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I have to admit I am a huge Emmerdale fan. Since it was dragged kicking and screaming in to the modern world by the dropping of the 'Farm' from the title I really think it has gone from strength to strength. I've always followed most popular soaps, Coronation Street, Eastenders and Neighbours. I even followed Brookside a few years ago. This was mainly due to the fact that my parents were glued to most of them. Emmerdale still doesn't get the credit it deserves. I now find it a lot more entertaining than Eastenders which tends to be dragging out a lot of it's story lines and is still the most depressing soap on the box. The characters in Emmerdale are generally well developed and there is a good helping of comedy which seperates it from a lot of soaps (Corrie's an exception) Unfortunately as in every single soap I have ever watched, the characters never do the sensible thing. Nobody ever goes to the police when they should and nobody has punched Eric Pollard's lights out yet, and as for Viv Windsor, the way she treats her customers, she should have gone out of business a long time ago. Being of the male species it is not considered cool to be in to soaps. I should just watch football and Men Behaving Badly, and I do. But Hey, what can I say, I guess I'm in touch with my feminine side. I love soaps. Always have, Always will!
Dom Jolie (may have spelt that wrong) has really got balls. He does things in public that any normal person wouldn't dream of doing. I think his best, most talked about and immitated sketch was his long running 'Mobile Phone' gag. I thought this was absolutely hilarious and I'm sure it will be used when the new series is released. If you haven't seen this, basically he carries an enormous mobile phone and it rings in the most inappropriate places, for example, A library. He then answers it at the top of his voice 'I'm in the library' That sound crap doesn't it! Well those of you have seen it will know exactly what I'm talking about and those of you who haven't, really should. You don't know what you're missing. The vast majority of the sketches in this show will have you crying with laughter. There are some sketches which are so surreal that they may just leave you with a blank expression on your face but the format of the show is so quickfire that you will be laughing again before you realise it. All of this is held together superbly with some great tunes which make it a great show
I've got the worst hangover in the world today but it's totally worth it. After watching the match on the big screen in the pub last night, I couldn't have wished for a better result. I have to admit the game itself was not the most entertaining I have ever witnessed but the atmosphere in the pub more than made up for that. It was just like being there. The mood was great and the beer was free-flowing. Expectations were high. England had not beaten the Germans in any competitive match since the all important 1966 result and it was now or never. We had to beat the Germans to keep our hopes alive, And what do you know, We did! Never has a goal been so sweet. Shearer answered all his critics with a well taken header that took the Germans completely by surprise. The pub erupted. Beer went flying and so did various items of clothing. It was amazing. I don't pretend to be a football expert but I know what I like and last night was bang on target. Come On England. Lets go all the way.
I love The Jerry Springer Show, it's just great. I know recently it's been revealed to be completely staged, but I don't care it's just good clean fun, well maybe not that clean! It seems to be getting a little repetitive though and when it's shown through the day it is cut to shreds. The fun starts when the late night editions are shown (usually Saturday, ITV and most evenings on UK Living) Here you will see a lot more of the action which is normally, carefully edited out. Fists are a flying left, right and centre and resident security guard Steve has his work well and truely cut out for him keeping everyone in check. The Jerry Springer Show appears to be a rather voyeuristic look in to the real lives of the American public but having visited the States several times myself, I know this is not generally the way Americans are. The show is constantly being ridiculed in the press and I suppose, with good reason. Their mistake is that they take it way too seriously. To enjoy this show you have to take it for what it is: Absolute trash but entertaining trash.
'Come On Over' is without a doubt a complete country music sellout, But who cares, I love it. This has been in my cars disc player for ages, I never get tired of hearing it. The opening track 'You're Still The One' is probably, in my opinion, the worst track on the album. Despite selling millions of copies and staying at number one in both the UK and US charts for a number of weeks, I find this rather tedious. The track time is only 3.33 but it feels a lot longer. However, if you can get past this track, I find the 'Skip' button can help, then you're in for a real treat. The whole album has a real summer feel to it and it's great to play in the car with your shades on and the windows rolled down (sad but true!) The album is totally commercial but since when has that been a crime. The rockin' tunes and catchy lyrics will have you singing along and tapping your steering wheel in no time. Just don't get too excited, you don't want to set your air bag of accidentally! If you are holding back on buying this album because you're not too sure of the singles you've heard, then don't. For some reason Shania or her Husband/Producer, Mutt Lange, decided to re-mix them all for release in the UK. To be quite honest, I was appalled by some of the mixes, fortunately I'd already bought the Album but I have no doubt this may have put some people off. Take my advice and go out and buy, borrow or steal this album. Get it any way you can but make sure you get it!!
...And Justice for all changed my opinion of Metallica completely. After the unfortunate death of bass player Cliff Burton in 1987, a lot of people thought the band just wouldn't be the same, as Burton was such an integral part of the band. Surely they wouldn't be able to find someone to fill the shoes of such a talented musician. They were wrong. While Jason Newsted will never replace Burton, he has equalled his brilliance with his contribution to this album and that's a major accomplishment. There is a more technical sound to this album not evident in previous material. It's not as much about Hetfield and Hammett thrashing out the power chords as fast as possible, it's more about some intricate guitar playing complemented by some great rhythm guitar. These are equally complemented by the incredibly talented tub thumper Lars Ulrich. His awesome drumming keeps the band tighter than a gnat's chuff and with the raw unmistakable vocals of James Hetfield, there's no stopping these guys.
Faith Hill's first album 'Take me as I am' was released way back in 1993 but in the UK went relatively unnoticed, as did her follow up albums. It's only recently that she seems to be getting the recognition she deserves. This could be mainly due to the generous amount of airtime the video seems to be getting on MTV, which is quite novel in itself. Since the demise of CMT from Sky, It has been a lot harder for any country artist to break through in to Europe. Faith has been getting a fair amount of exposure on Radio Two over the years, I only know this because my Dad is a Radio Two fan of course. The problem with Radio Two fans (and I may be stereotyping here) is the fact that they tend to hear what's on but they don't actually listen, it just washes over them, it's background music. The chances are they will never go out and buy something they hear on the radio because they never listen to who it is. This album is simple but great. It has some good pop/country numbers and it also has some numbers you can just lie back and relax to. There's something in Faith's music that brings country music in to the modern era rather than dwelling on the stereotypes of rhinestone shirts, line dancing and cowboy boots. Yet there is a certain naiveté about her music that keeps it separate from the likes of Shania Twain. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of Shania's music but you would definitely have to say that she has abandoned her country roots for a more commercial sound that sells. That's not a criticism, it's just an observation. Faith's music has so much emotion in it and this is best illustrated in the title track 'Breathe'. Her powerful voice coupled with some great lyrics make this a 'must buy' for any discerning music fan. Once you buy this album I guarantee you will want to go straight out and but the rest of her albums. I've been a fan
of Faith Hill since day one and I've even managed to convert a few of my friends along the way. One of the downsides to Faith not being very popular in the UK is the fact that she won't be touring anytime soon. I've got my fingers crossed that When Shania does a tour of the UK she'll bring Faith as a supporting act. Now that would be something I'd like to see. Country! It's not all Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers ya know!
This was my first ever bike after passing my basic training and it was a real cracker. Assuming you're not any bigger than 5'10" (which I'm not)you should be more than comfortable on this machine. If you are above 5'10" then not only will you not be comfortable on this bike but you will look like a peforming parrot on a miniature bicycle. From the moment you start up the engine you will be pleasantly surprised by the fact that, unlike most 125cc bikes, it doesn't sound like a hairdryer. With a top speed of approximately 75mph, you can quite easily keep up with most traffic without fear of being taken over by a scooter or even worse, A Robin Reliant. This is an ideal bike for new riders as it is easy to handle due to it's light 105kg frame. The GN125 is the model that most learner centres use to train new riders on which was the main reason I bought one as I had grown comfortable on it during my training. I'd probably still have it today if some blind Taxi driver hadn't smashed it to smithereens when I was riding to work, but this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it helped me decide to go out and by my Honda CBR600 (see my other review) The GN125 Is a great little bike with a gutsy engine more than capable of burning most people of at the lights if that's what you want to do. It's also a great commuter due to it's size you can squeeze between most traffic and the fuel economy is brilliant. You can go forever on Five quid's worth of petrol. Tax and insurance are practically nothing either, so all round it's cheap to run. They require almost no maintenance which is also good for the beginner. Keep your chain well oiled and you're laughing. Whether you want a commuter, something for the weekend, or you are just starting out in biking, this is probably the ideal bike for you.
What can I say about the CBR600 that hasn't already been said a thousand times before! Not a lot, but I'll give it a try anyway. This bike is truly the dog's nads. From it's looks and sleek styling to the raucous engine that would give any 750 or even 900 a good run for there money. it just oozes class. The first incarnation of this bike came out way back in 1987 and has been turning heads ever since. The cosmetics of the bike haven't changed drastically and neither had the specs, up until 1995 when the engine got increased compression and the introduction of the new two stage ram-air induction that improved top-end power and bottom end throttle response. The only bike to challenge the CBR600 for it's crown has been in the recent guise of the Yamaha R6, but this machine definitely lacks rider comfort. Too much weight is put on the wrists and can take some getting used to. You won't have this problem on the CBR. Depending on how you position your backside you can almost sit up and beg or hug the tank, whichever style suits you. This baby will peak at about 168mph which should be fast enough even for the most speed hungry of riders. The only downside of getting anywhere near this speed is it can take about a week to get the inane grin of your face. Go out and buy one now. If you don't you'll regret it. Take it from a man with a big inane grin across his chops