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      03.03.2009 00:00
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      good film but fans of the book may be disappointed

      Prince Caspian can be enjoyed as a stand alone film, although it would definitely make much more sense if the film 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe' has been seen first, or if you have already read the books!

      Plotline: Since the four children (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy) left Narnia 1000 years have passed and Narnia is not the same. Talking beasts and non-humans have been driven out, and most men now believe they never existed. Prince Caspian is the heir to the Narnian throne but his evil uncle, Miraz, is ruling in his place supposedly until Caspian comes of age, but once Miraz has his own son Caspian realises he must escape the palace and run for his life. He discovers that the creatures of 'Old Narnia' are not mythical, just in hiding, and some still believe in the great king Aslan the lion. Caspian calls for help and the four children appear in Narnia again and find they must join Caspian and the beasts in battle against Miraz and his troops, trying to get Caspian on the throne and restore justice in Narnia.

      There is plenty of action and adventure to enjoy in this film and it is fast moving. My criticism would be that if you like the book then this may be disappointing as it leaves out much of Aslan's parts and yet adds in extra stuff that is not in the book (e.g. the suggested romance between Susan and Caspian, which could confuse things if the rest of the books are made into films).
      On the whole enjoyable.

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      • Cadbury's Mini Eggs / Chocolate / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        02.03.2009 22:58
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        great for a treat

        How addictive are mini eggs?! You have to be very self-controlled not to eat the whole packet in one go!
        If you haven't tried them, these are small solid chocolate eggs covered in a crisp sugary coating of various pastel colours (and speckly to look more like eggs).
        Of course, the Cadbury's chocolate is delicious and a nice size chunk, while the crispy shell adds a sweet crunch, and stops them melting so quickly, although crispy sugar shells and melty chocolate is still a good combination!
        These eggs come in several different size bags/tubes and generally the bigger the pack - the better value the price, which is a good enough reason to get the big bag!
        It is certainly not the cheapest way to buy a chocolate snack, but once in a while (Easter is a good excuse) it is worth treating youself to the best little chocolate eggs out there.

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        • Gerbils / Pet / Animal / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          22.02.2009 00:01
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          brilliant pets for older children

          Gerbils are wonderful pets - if you like rodents!
          They are generally very friendly and easy to tame; if you spend a little time with them every day letting them come to your hand and having a sniff, they will soon be sitting in your hand if not running up your arm and onto your shoulder!
          Gerbils are much less bitey than hamsters, and less smelly than rats. They are not nocturnal so they provide entertainment during the day and don't make too much noise at night!
          Pet gerbils are best kept in tanks (or gerbilariums) where you can fill them with a deep layer of sawdust that they can dig tunnels into. Anything plastic will soon be chewed through, and anything wire will also be chewed and can then cause injury to their mouths.
          Gerbils are very social and prefer to live in pairs or groups. I had groups of 6-8 siblings per tank and they were able to groom each other and sleep together. Boys can live together and don't fight any more than girls together.
          They are fast breeders, and although the dads are attentive fathers and take their turn babysitting the nest while mum has a break for food, they will also mate immediately after birth so will need to be separated for a day or two initially. (Some vets will castrate gerbils so parents can live as a pair, but not every vet would be willing!)
          Most of all gerbils love to chew, and should always have something suitable to gnaw - loo roll middles are ideal, but any cardboard will do (and reduces waste!).
          They run fast, and they can shed their tails if picked up by anywhere except the very base of the tail, so not brilliant for very young children, but lovely pets for 7+ children and adults!

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        • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 10 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          21.02.2009 23:26
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          excellent site for shopping

          Amazon.co.uk is a website I could spend an awful lot of time and money on! It seems to stock just about everything, so it's always worth a look if you have something you need to get, or even to get ideas for gifts. Once I go there though I get very distracted by all the offers and products available I end up browsing for ages!

          Famous for selling books, Amazon now also sells DVDs, CDs, homeware, clothes and shoes, accessories, toys and games, electricals, garden stuff, jewellery - and more.
          Ideal for Christmas shopping; you could get the whole lot in one go.
          Their prices seem to be very competitive, often the cheapest for books and DVDs.
          I have bought necklaces from Amazon for gifts and they have been good quality and well-packaged.
          Payment is very easy, especially after you have shopped there once and they have your details, it is literally just a few clicks.
          Over £5 and delivery is free (unless buying from the marketplace).
          There are gift wrapping options.
          You can save stuff you like in your basket if you can't decide straight away and come back even weeks later and they will always charge the latest price, even if cheaper than when you first put it in your basket.
          They give you an estimated dispatch date when you buy, and then email you when it has been dispatched.
          Customers reviews are available for most products, which is very handy.
          Extremely useful site.

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            21.02.2009 22:59
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            watch it more than once

            This is a perfect family film that really deserves to be watched more than once. The animation is incredible, and the storyline is clever and funny.

            Plot details: Wallace and Gromit run a pest control business, Antipesto, protecting the village's gardens and allotments from vegetable-stealing rabbits. Their work has become especially valuable in the run up to the annual large vegetable competition. Antipesto has been very successful but as an humane business it now has the problem of what to do with all the rabbits that have been collected. Wallace attempts to solve the problem with his mind-altering invention intending to curb the rabbits' appetite for veg, but accidently creates a were-rabbit. After causing widespread carnage in the village, Wallace and Gromit are commissioned to deal with the wererabbit before the big contest is ruined.
            Along the way Wallace finds love in the form of Lady Tottington, hostess of the contest. Her fiendish suitor, Victor is determined to take Wallace out of the picture permanently.
            As usual it is up to Gromit to save the day, and the climax is action-packed!

            There are loads of jokes that you may miss first time round and this film is great every time.
            My 2 year old loves it (although she usually hides when you see the wererabbit go through the change) and my Dad loves it too, so it can be enjoyed by all ages.
            Brilliant film.

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          • Quaker Oat Granola / Breakfast / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            19.02.2009 23:32
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            nice if you like very crunchy clusters

            This cereal consists of clusters of oats and a sprinkling of raisins.
            The oat clusters are quite big and very crunchy, which I like, although my husband described it as like eating wood, so it may not be for everyone!
            There are plenty of raisins per serving and they are a decent size, not small and dry like in some meuslis.
            This cereal tastes fairly sweet to me, as someone who usually eats rice krispies or weetabix, but not sickly sweet.
            I enjoy eating this at any time of day. It is a filling breakfast served with just milk, but can be dressed up with yoghurts or fruit if you fancy - banana works well.
            Generally I don't like cereal that is too sweet or that has raisins in, but I really quite like this one. I think it is like eating flapjacks for breakfast (nice!) but my husband would prefer cheerios with loads of sugar, so you can't please everyone!

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            18.02.2009 00:08
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            brilliant product, highly recommended

            These sleeping bags are fantastic; I would always recommend them to new parents as they really do solve the problem of babies kicking their blankets off at night and then waking up because they're cold. Any product that allows you a bit more sleep when you have a newborn is worth its weight in gold!
            These sleeping bags are designed to replace the traditional blankets often used in cots. They have plenty of leg room to allow for normal movements, but fasten snugly around the top half so that baby cannot wriggle out.
            The best part is that you can lift baby right out of the cot for feeds or nappy changes without them getting too cold.
            Another advantage is that they make staying away from home easier as baby gets to sleep in familiar covers and will settle quicker.
            My own routine is to use a normal cot quilt for the afternoon nap when it is not so dreadful if she wakes up early, and then she knows when I put her in her grobag at night that this is time for the long sleep!
            Grobags come in sizes right up to 36months.
            Brilliant product, although I have used other makes of baby sleeping bags too, which tend to be cheaper, and these have been just as good.

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            • photobox.co.uk / Internet Site / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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              16.02.2009 22:42
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              very impressed

              I have nothing but praise for PhotoBox. I think that the quality of the prints they produce is great (much better than prints I have seen from Snapfish for example) and there is so much more to the company than just the prints.
              Once you have put your chosen prints in your basket there is opportunity to crop each one, decide how many copies of each print you would like, and also to choose your required print size - the prints don't all have to be the same size, you can pick and choose for each individual picture if you wanted, depending on if they were all for different sized frames for example.
              There is a large selection of gift products to create and the gift-creation pages are extremely simple to use. I have tried the mugs, keyrings and photobooks so far and the quality has always been excellent.
              I have found delivery to be fast and well-packaged.
              When I did email customer services over a keyring that arrived damaged they replaced it with another pack of three keyrings within days.
              It can take time to upload a large number of pictures onto the site initially, but this is probably more to do with the size and quantity of the pictures rather than a problem of the website, but it is good to be prepared for this.
              They often have special offers on various products, sometimes even free delivery, which is a bonus.
              A great value and great quality service.

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              16.02.2009 22:16

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              great product - great results

              I use this product regularly and I am always amazed that you do seem to be able to actually see the results instantly. I find that my skin definitely feels alot smoother immediately after using it, but also appears smoother and clearer to look at.
              It is a very gritty feeling scrub to massage in, but it smells pleasant enough and you really only need a small amount so the tube will last quite a while.
              It is not a product that needs to be used every day, but it is gentle enough that you certainly can do, if just for the lovely smooth feeling you get when you rinse it off!
              The hole can get crusted up with dried out scrub if not completely wiped clean after use but it's not hard to clean off.
              Overall I would recommend this product as effective, good value (as it lasts a long time) and pleasant to use.

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            • Chicken Little (DVD) / DVD / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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              16.02.2009 00:26
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              very entertaining fun film

              The traditional story of Chicken Little (where he thinks the sky is falling and runs round warning everyone and causing general panic) is cleverly developed into a feature length film about an alien invasion/rescue mission.

              Chicken Little himself (voiced by Zach Braff) is a tiny chick who is trying to live down the embarrassment of his original 'the sky is falling' catastrophe, and more importantly to him he is desparately wanting his Dad's approval.
              His misfit friends,especially his best friend Abbie Mallard (Ugly Duckling), are hugely supportive with his attempt to improve his street cred by joining the baseball team, but any success is short-lived when one friend, Fish, is accidently abducted by aliens and Chicken Little must firstly rescue him, and then face the wrath of the whole town again when he tries to warn them of the threat of an alien invasion.

              Will Earth be obliterated?
              Will he just embarrass his Dad all over again?
              Will he ever live it down?
              This film is sweet and funny and has a good soundtrack (inc Barenaked Ladies, REM - it's the end of the world as we know it, and more)
              I think it gets better the more you watch it as the characters grow on you, and you can pick up on more subtle jokes.
              Very enjoyable.

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                12.02.2009 22:50
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                excellent value

                Sainsbury's own wipes are now my wipes of choice! I have tried several other brands but I find these to be better, even than the expensive types. The wipes are strong enough for the jobs (even the hideous ones) and I have not had one rip when trying to remove it from the pack (unlike another brand),despite being strong they are also soft rather than coarse, they are moist enough all the way through the pack, and yet they don't leave loads of residue all over your fingers after using them (unlike other brands) so your hands feel clean, not just damp. My children have not had any adverse reactions to these wipes, on bottoms, hands or faces. on top of all this great performance they are also relatively cheap, even when not on offer. I am a fan of the fragrance-free variety, and the click-shut fastener is ideal for babies who love to pull all the wipes out for fun (most babies I believe!) I can't be without them!

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                12.02.2009 22:26
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                genius

                This is a wonderfully simple book which I loved as a child and now my daughter seems to love too.
                The story begins with an egg on a leaf, the egg hatches and a very hungry caterpillar emerges! Each day he eats something more; one apple, two pears, etc until Saturday when he gets to go crazy and eat through all sorts of junk like chocolate cake, a lollipop, a sausage and more! This results in a stomach ache and the next day he eats a nice green leaf! Finally, as an enormous caterpillar, he builds a cocoon and becomes a beautiful butterfly.
                There are many reasons why this book is brilliant for young children, one being that it could be seen as educational; helping children grasp numbers and days and even the caterpillar lifecycle. For me personally though I remember loving this book mostly because it has the novelty factor - it has holes to put your fingers through, the pages showing all the fruit are different sizes and the colourful illustrations are quite unusual in style, the pictures of the cakes and other food are really attention-grabbing!
                Most children will adore this book!

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                • The Lion King (DVD) / DVD / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                  12.02.2009 22:01

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                  funny bits, sad bits, happy ending.

                  This film is considered a Disney classic and rightly so I believe - it has all the elements of a good Disney film; cute characters in baby lion Simba and his friend Nala, the villainous uncle Scar, very catchy songs (especially Hakuna Matata) the tragedy of Simba's Dad dying (with the extra tragedy that Simba thought he was responsible) a hint of romance, comedy characters in Timon the meercat and Pumbaa the warthog, and of course a happy ending!
                  The storyline is based around Scar causing the death of his Brother Mufasa (the king) and convincing Simba it is his fault so he should run away (and be killed) allowing him to take over the pridelands along with his army of hyenas. Simba escapes, grows up with his new friends Timon and Pumbaa and eventually discovers what has been going on back home and must return to take his place as king.
                  The big fight at the end could be quite scary for children, but overall this is a must-see family film. The opening sequence with animals travelling from all over to bow to the future king, baby Simba, is pretty awesome in itself- classic!

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                • Toy Story 2 (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                  12.02.2009 21:30

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                  Excellent!

                  This is one of those rare sequels that is possibly even better than the original film. Woody and Buzz are firm friends, and when Woody is stolen Buzz quickly organises a search party. Buzz and the gang of toys risk everything in their daring rescue mission and cause havoc along the way. Meanwhile Woody is meeting new friends and must decide if he wants to be rescued at all and risk Andy, his owner, outgrowing him or will he choose to join his new gang for eternal glory in a Japanese toy museum?
                  The storyline is clever, the new characters like Bullseye the horse, Barbie and Evil Emperor Zurg, are welcome additions, and the comedy is still good enough for the grown ups!
                  Personally I didn't like the cowgirl Jessie so much as she is so loud but she has grown on me with repeated viewings!
                  Don't worry if you haven't seen Toy Story, it will still make sense as a film, but my advice is watch both!

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                • Toy Story (DVD) / DVD / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                  12.02.2009 21:12

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                  Brilliant film you can watch over and over

                  What a great film! This was celebrated when it first came out because of the brilliant computer animation, but all these years later it is still an amazing film and doesn't seem to date.
                  The story line and characters are strong enough to keep adults as well as children entertained no matter how many times you watch it, which is handy as it has been my 2 year old's favourite film for about 3 months now!
                  The basic storyline is that the boy Andy has a room full of toys that come to life when he isn't around. Woody the cowboy is his favourite until he gets a Buzz Lightyear spaceman toy. These two become rivals until they find themselves lost away from home and need to help each other get back before Andy moves house and before the evil child next door blows them up!
                  There is action and comedy and a few good songs (but not too many songs to be distracting) and the underrunning theme of friendship.
                  Aside from the fantastically detailed animation, this is simply a great film!

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