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      12.07.2003 18:11
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      Well, this is a game that everyone should try, but it's not worth buying if you're not really patient, and into stealth games. The game is easy and very quick to complete if you simply run around, guns blazing, though especially on some of the harder levels, this is hard to avoid. Patience is what counts. As you are provided with a map showing what direction all enemies are facing, it is possible simply yo wait for all to pass, or for all but one, in which case they can be quietly picked-off individually. Graphics are good, but not top of the range. However, the gameplay makes up for whatever else is lacking- similar in style I felt to "Progect IGI". However, there is less attention to detail, and the game is not up to the standard of some of the modern gameplay classics ssuch as "Soldier of Fortune" or "Deus Ex". Bear in mind though, that it is in a genre of its own, and the fmovie-like structure helps it along. The music is about as good as you could possibly get to hope for on a game, and there is a classic "thriller" storyline, which helps- however, unoriginal. If you like stalth, then this is for you. If not, then give it a try anyway, you may still like it.

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      • Smoking in General / Discussion / 4 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        17.10.2001 04:42
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        • "Chronic Bronchitis"

        I am not a smoker and never have been, but about a few years ago, I did a school project on the subject, some of which I have used in this op. It is a shocking fact that in our modern civilised society, people feel the need to smoke (effectively suicide). Lung cancer has increased by 4000% during the last century, which is mainly due to tobacco (90% of lung cancer is caused by tobacco smoke) and particularly cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke contains very poisonous chemicals, plus some highly addictive drugs. Cigarettes are more addictive than heroine, and plenty of other Class A drugs, yet they are legal. Smokers are not only at risk from lung cancer, but also from Emphysema, Heart Disease, Chronic Bronchitis, and some less common forms of cancer and heart failure. However, it is not only the smokers who are at risk, but also those around them. Secondary or passive smoke also kills many per year (that is just from being in a smoking environment or even just from being around one heavy smoker for a prolonged period of time). It is understandable, that fifty years ago, when people were lead to believe that smoking was healthy, that the majority of the population smoked. Now however, we are no longer so ignorant, we are aware that smoking kills, that is damages those around us, and still a very large proportion of the population smoke. People are encouraged to smoke by their friends, work mates, and people around them (peer pressure). I believe this is the most common cause for people to start smoking, and is also the most unfortunate. It is very hard not to “go with the flow” when everyone else is doing, or enjoys something. No one ever says no when everyone else is playing a game in a group, having a drink in a bar, and sadly having a cigarette outside. Until quite recently, the tobacco industry used a lot more advertising than they do now. We no longer have to put up with advertisements on television (which used to consist of good look ing girls and young men enjoying a cigarette on a beach or something to that pleasant happy effect). When such a rich and powerful industry wishes to sell something, they can afford to spend millions of pounds on advertising campaigns. Of course, the tobacco industry is not going to stop selling cigarettes in bulk until they stop making money. Unfortunately this means that lots more people are going to die through peer pressure, fierce advertising campaigns, or a simple urge to light up. Chemicals Present In Cigarette Smoke NICOTINE – This is a highly addictive drug. It can cause instant mood swings, headaches and can make people feel dizzy. It has no colour and is highly poisonous. It affects the heart, lungs, bloods vessels and nervous system. TAR – This is the sticky dark substance, which collects in the lungs of smokers. It stains the fingers and cloths of smokers as well at their teeth and tongue. Smaller amounts of tar collect in the air passages, which it pass though to reach to lungs. It is one of the main reasons that tobacco causes cancer. CARBON MONOXIDE- This is a gas present in cigarettes, which has no smell, but is deadly to human beings. It is not possible to smoke without getting it into the blood. Carbon monoxide in the blood is very unhealthy, as the substance takes up space, which should be used for oxygen. In regular smokers, due to regular inhalation of this substance, it interferes with the working of the heart and blood vessels. This is also the substance found in car exhaust fumes. There are many negative effects of smoking on the individual, the obvious ones being: LUNG CANCER – It is very clear without much research that the common cause for lung cancer is smoking cigarettes. Though pipe and cigar smokers are exposed to a risk greater than non-smokers, they are at a considerably smaller amount of danger than cigarette smokers. Lung cancer itself is a form of cancer, whi ch causes the cells in the lung to divide a rapid rate. This causes the tissue to swell, and can then block a main branch of a bronchus, which stops the air flowing through the body. This causes bleeding from blood vessels in and around the lung, and the cancer can spread to other parts of the body. EMPHYSEMA – This is the breakdown of the alveoli (air sacs attached to the bronchioles). Tobacco smoke damages the walls of the alveoli. The alveoli can be burst by a strong “smoker’s cough”, caused by cigarette smoke. If this continually occurs, the absorption process carried out by the lungs loses efficiency and subsequently, the smoker cannot fully oxygenate their blood, and they become short of breath and exhausted. There is no cure for damaged alveoli or Emphysema. CHRONIC BRONCHITIS – Bronchitis can occur due to tobacco smoke damaging the cilia in the air passages. This can lead to excess mucus collecting in the bronchi, and therefore developing bronchitis. More than 95% of people suffering from bronchitis are smokers, and they are twenty times more likely to die of it than non-smokers. Young people and children can also get bronchitis, but they normally recover from it. HEART DISEASE – This is the biggest killer is economically developed countries. It is caused by fatty substances blocking the coronary arteries. This causes heart failure when oxygenated blood cannot any longer be supplied to the heart. About one quarter of deaths from coronary heart disease are by smoking. Blood clots can be caused by the carbon monoxide and nicotine in cigarette smoke, and thus further block the coronary arteries. The carbon monoxide also increases the rate at which fatty material is deposited, making a greater risk. OTHER MAJOR RISKS- Other diseases can develop from smoking. One example is the disease of the leg arteries, with which 95% of victims are smokers. Strokes and many other forms of ca ncer are also the result of smoking. Babies born to smoking women are below average in size, and can be unhealthy. One might believe, through “quitting” adverts on television, that quitting is easy. However, it is one on the most difficult thing a person may have to do. The necessary tobacco gum or nicotine patch might help, but the individual must be extremely committed to quitting, and must learn to control their cravings for nicotine. There are now many products to help individuals to give up smoking, which can be purchased in pharmacy or even in some supermarkets. For those individuals who are heavy smokers, they will have to work their way down to the minimum number of cigarettes a day that they can physically manage. Once they are at that stage, they can then buy a product if they so wish that can take them to an even lower level of nicotine, usually a patch which is worn on the individual’s arm. The way most patch systems work is to start with a larger patch and a higher level of nicotine, and for the size of the patch and the level of nicotine to reduce over a number of weeks. People might not realise while they are smoking, but it costs the average smoker about £2000 per year that they smoke. They spend about an hour a day smoking. While they smoke they smell of tobacco, and of course smokers have a much higher death rate than non-smokers. When an individual stops smoking, that individual will have saved about two extra weeks a year, all of the money that he/she would spend on smoking, and he/she will have a much more of chance to live to a ripe old age. When someone quits, they are making a huge decision, which will take away the risk of disease and death that would have lingered over them before. I feel that I can conclude that tobacco is a simple killer that should be banned and locked away. It causes huge numbers of unnecessary deaths every day, and it is the fault of the government and the tobacc o manufacturers. Unfortunately however, the tobacco industry is so strong, and is such an important part of our economy, that nothing can really be done, unless the government charge more tax on other products, or find some other new source of income. The tobacco companies will continue to spend millions on advertising (though the range of advertising fields for them now has been legally narrowed), and people will keep on dieing.

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        • 1 - The Beatles / Music Album / 1 Reading / 4 Ratings
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          12.03.2001 23:54
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          I gwas given this album in November, and I knew very few of the songs on it. Now, I have listened to it so many times, that I know all the words to all the songs. This is truly the best album I now own, and it was definitely worth whatever was paid for it. It contains every single Beatles number one hit, thus being a “real” greatest hits album. I shall not list them all, but some of their best songs such as; “Let it be”, “Yesterday”, “She Loves You”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Love Me Do” and loads more are included. I believe that anyone who says he does not like this album is either lying, or is insane. How could it actually get any better, all of the best songs by the Beatles, a few from each original album, with the glory of all of them. The only this that it might be missing is some kind of information about the band on the CD sleeve. One might say that all that has to be said about the Beatles has been written (on said) already, however it wouldn’t have gone amiss. Other than that, the album is completely faultless, and I’m sure shall remain one of the greatest albums of all time. If you have not got it yet, for goodness sake, go and get it, I guarantee it is truly worth it, and the Number 1 album shall gain a status on your CD rack unequalled.

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            25.02.2001 22:47
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            Now, having read, loved (and reviewed) the first book, I feel it my duty to fill you in. If you've read "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", then you will no doubt agree with me that it is a hard act to follow. However, I believe that though this book would be a muddle without knowing the story so far, the plot in this book is better, scarier and more exciting, and I was therefore shocked to see that this is the least rated of all the Harry Potter books. I have read all of them, and I think I loved the story as a whole, but this was in my mind probably second best, after the last book "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". The story starts off during the summer holidays, and Harry is back home with his horrible extended family, his thuggish uncle Vernon, his mean Aunt Petunia, and his fat, spoilt nasty cousin Dudley. Harry has not been allowed to use his owl to communicate with his best friend Ron and Hermione and is utterly deppressed. His heart lies at his school, Hogwarts (school of witching and wizardry). One morning he is awoken by house elf named Dobby, who claims Harry's life is in danger and he should not return to Hogwarts. Harry finds this strange as the Hogwarts headmaster; Albus Dumbledore is known to be the world's greatest wizard, next to only the dark wizard Lord Voldemort (who has a past with Harry which I explained briefly in my review of the first book). Harry was under the impression that Voldemort was weak and would be no threat to anyone, even him. But could Harry be wrong? Is the dark Lord rising? After a series of attacks around the school, nobody knows what to think. This is a scary and exciting book, and is well worth a read. This is a masterpiece! (However, I urge you to read the first book first to set the scene.)

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          • King and I / Theatre / Musical National / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            03.01.2001 23:25

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            I had been looking forward to seeing this musical for some time. Of course we all know the film with Yul Brynner’s excellent performance as the King of Siam. Of course however, it is Elaine Paige that was the real star of this show. There was an excellent set and great costumes. I saw the show on 27th of December, a few days after Christmas, so all of the actors were in high spirits and it was a great show. All of the children involved in the show gave fantastic performances, and sang very well. I very much enjoyed Paul Nakauchi’s performance as King, and thought that even though he was not quite as stern in the role as Brynner, that he put up a very decent performance. I also thought that Aura Deva and Sean Ghazi who played Tuptim and Lun Tha, the secret lovers were both outstanding and there performance of the song “We Kiss in A Shadow” was equally impressive. Paige also put forward an impressive performance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. All in all, this a great new musical which everybody should see, with no bad points. I think that it should not be compared to the film, and that one cannot expect a set design to be as good in a stage production as a movie, but the standard of acting was similar to that in the film, apart from the fact that the actors new they were performing to a live audience (which induces light slap-stick and so forth for the enjoyment of the crowd).

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            29.12.2000 01:32
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            Everyone has heard about “Harry Potter”. This first book is a fantastic read for anyone. It has some great characters and a really intense plot. Harry Potter has been living most of his life like a normal human being. He lives with his fat spoilt cousin Dudley, his mean uncle Vernon, and his horrible aunt Petunia. He has been brought up to believe that his parents died in a car crash, and that he is just a normal boy. The truth however is that Harry is a wizard, and his extended family are aware of this, however his aunt and uncle are completely against magic and feel that Harry should not know who he or his parents are. His parents died in an attack from the evil wizard Voldemort, however Harry somehow survived, and Voldemort’s powers were destroyed. This happened too far back for Harry to remember and his only memento from the incident is a lightening shaped scar on his forehead. One day, a letter comes in the post for Harry, which of course his uncle does not let him see. Uncle Vernon opens the letter, seems petrified by what it says and gets rid of it. Soon however, hundreds of copies of the same letter keep arriving for Harry. Uncle Vernon and aunt Petunia don’t tell Harry anything, and run away from the house with Harry and Dudley. The mysterious letters keep coming, and one day a giant comes for Harry. Harry is to attend Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Throughout the story, Harry has many adventures with his best friends at Hogwarts; Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, including battling against the evil wizard Voldemort who returns to find Harry. This is a truly amazing book that everyone should read, first class!

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          • Jeeves and Wooster (DVD) / DVD / 1 Reading / 8 Ratings
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            12.12.2000 17:39
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            This is the television programme which we were all watching ten years ago. Based on the P.G.Woodhouse novels about the rich young Bertie Wooster (Hugh Laurie) and his smart clever buttler named Jeeves (Stephan Fry). This is British comedy at its best. The double video sets of each series (six eppisodes) are all now available, and I think that it's a perfect christmas present. There is a part- continuous storyline, so it is worth seeing the series' in order. The show really has it all: the good, Jeeves the bad, Woosters terrifying aunt Agatha the quite stupid, Wooster as well as all of Wooster's very funny friends, who greet each other with the shows catchphrase; "What Ho!". Ideal gift.

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          • FAO Schwarz / Highstreet Shopping / 1 Reading / 4 Ratings
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            29.11.2000 20:31
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            A few weeks ago, during my visit to New York City, I had a look in FAO Schwartz …twice! I loved it, there are only three floors, but each floor is huge, and packed. There are free demonstrations; however the popular illusion that they let you try whatever you want is false. They do however allow you to try out the latest Playstation, Dreamcast, and N64 games ,for free. When I went, they had one of those scooters on the bottom floor for people to try out. My big buy was one of those indoor Quazar things. I got it for $50, and it’s really fun! However, my favourite thing about the store, even better than the console demos was that half of the top floor is dedicated to candy! They have all kinds of sweets and goodies; kinds that I never knew existed! They had “m ‘n m” pick and mix, with every different colour in a different box. They had colours that you don’t get in normal packs; white, turquoise, etc. They had a different kind of pick and mix as well… chocolate. They had chocolate covered Oreos, chocolate covered marshmallows and so many other things. It was really amazing! The shop as a whole was great, and there really was something for everybody, they had adult board games as well as baby toys. This is an amazing place!!! (Bear it in mind that if you go with the kids, that they might make you stay a little longer than you had planned, so go on a free afternoon for an hour or two.)

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            29.11.2000 20:10
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            Okay, a few weeks ago, over the half term I travelled to New York City, New York. I have to say this was one of the best holidays I've ever had. This is partly due to some of the sights I saw while I was there. If you are in New York, you have to go up the Empire State Building. The actual queue to go up takes about 20-30 minutes. Unfortunately, you also have to queue to go down which took me a little longer. However, there is a food stall selling hot dogs, drinks and crisps, so really you could stay up there for quite a long time. There is also a nice souvenir shop where you could buy models of the building, or most standard souvenirs. As well as the actual view, they also have a ride, some kind of simulator (a bit like the “star tours” ride in Disneyland). Basically, you are in a room, which moves about, and there is a screen in front of you simulating a skyline tour of the city. Don’t expect to be scared by the ride, or that impressed (it’s not amazing), but the kids might like it. However this means more money, and more queuing, so be prepared for it! The whole thing is fun, but the visit is not a half hour job, be ready to spend a couple of hours there. There is also a couple of very nice restaurants at ground level, which have nothing to do with the building, but I recommend going up after breakfast, and then having lunch there. Hope that’s useful!

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            29.11.2000 00:00
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            The first thing I noticed when I saw the film is that the characters behave (and sound)a little different than in the first film. I personally think that Dr Evil is far better this time around, and of course there is his cute little clone 1/8 his size, "Minime". Of course, Dr Evil still does not get on with his firs son Scott, and very near the beginning of the film, they go on the Jerry Springer Show, with the real Jerry playing himself. Inevitably, the token fight on the show breaks out, and the is lots of punching and lots of "bleeping". As you may or may not know, both Austin Powers and Dr Evil are played by Mike Myers. In this film, he also plays "Fat Bastard", a huge Scottish, baby-eating bad guy. The basic plot is that Dr Evil invents a time machine and invents to go back in time and steal Austin Powers' "mojo" (his hippness or grooviness or something like that). This task is to be carried out by his spy in the British Ministry of Defence... Fat Bastard. The film as a whole is great, however the girl in this is not quite as hot as Elizabeth Hurley (Vanessa in the first film). I think the plot in the first film is funnier so I prefer that, but Dr Evil is certainly better in this.

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          • Gladiator (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            25.11.2000 02:53
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            First of all, I have to say that this film is a lot better in the cinema. I've currently seen it twice: the first time in the cinema, the second on a plane on a very small screen. Both times I enjoyed it thoroughly. The story is quite basic: Maximus, a great Roman general is outlawed by a new emperor whose father would have chosen Maximus to be his heir, had he not have been murdered. Maximus flees, only to be captured by the sellers of slaves as Gladiators. Oliver Reed gives his last ever performance (in fact, he died before the movie was finished, though this is unnoticeable) as the Gladiatorial master. Maximus does very well (as you would expect) and in the end ends up in the coloseum in Rome, fighting before the Emperor. Well of course, he is recognised not only by the Emperor, but also by the crowd, and of course he wins the fight. The arrogant Emperor decide in the end to take on Maximus in the arena, which ends the film with a spectacular fight sequence. This is really a great film, and is probably one of the best you will ever see, so see it now!

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          • Rainbow Six - Rogue Spear (PC) / PC Game / 0 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            20.11.2000 01:12
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            First of all, I have to tell you that this is an amazing game, and you must play it! You can be on of many people, and the good thing is, when you die, if you are not on a solo mission,then you get to be someone else. There are loads of real weopons to choose from, as well as a choice of body armour. There are training levels, and a choice of ways to perform missions: Once a mission has been completed, the mission can be done in Lone Wolf mode which means you do it on your own, or Terrorist Hunt mode which means that there are no mission objectives other than to kill loads of "bad guys". The graphics are great, the storyline is good and the actual gameplay is amazing. This is a must.

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          • Tomb Raider 2 (PC) / PC Game / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            18.11.2000 02:43
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            This is a good game, or at least it was when it first came out. I remember seeing the graphics and being blown away, now those graphics are considered awful. The graphics aside, this game is fiendishly difficult, and if you're having trouble, these hints maybe handy. Light a flare (/) Two walking steps forward two steps back (shift direction to walk) Turn around three times at least (though it does not matter if you turn more). The next option is either/ or. You can do both cheats, but you would need to do the above again for that to be possible. Now, to skip a level jump forwards (alt forward). To gain all weapons, jump backwards (alt backward). It should work, (has for me).

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          • British Airways in general / Airline / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            10.11.2000 20:17
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            A week ago, I went to America on a new BA plane only used between Heathrow and JFK. The Plane was probably about ten metres wide, and there were TV's on the seats in front of you. There was a choice of about ten different movies (different to and from the UK) as well as radio. I was issued with drinks about every half hour, or whenever I requested. The staff were very friendly, and the meals were surprisingly good. One obviously does not expect good food when travelling on aeroplane, but on the way there for dinner and snacks, and the way back for breakfast and lunch, the food was practically restaurant cuisine, (although my father reacted badly to some beef on the way there). The flight lasted about seven and a half hours on the way there, and about five and a half hours on the way back. An enjoyable experience all round. I hope that helps.

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              10.11.2000 19:00
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              Okay, so you've played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, you've heard about the sequel, what do you do? PLAY IT! Both the graphics and the game-play are amazing in this new game. There is a very wide choice of characters, and there are too many moves to memorize. Each character also has personalised move that can only be used after a long run of successful tricks without falling over. The only slightly bad thing about the game for me is the fact that levels have to be unlocked in “Career Mode” before they are playable (apart from when you are playing 2 player), however some people might find this a good thing, as it means it is a game to complete. The first level is a pretty easy one to complete, and won’t take you very long. The second level is quite a lot more difficult, but the third level is an amazing competition, in which you are “judged”, and to unlock the next level, you must come first, second or third. This is an amazing game, if you haven’t got it yet GET IT! Hope that’s helpful.

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