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      24.04.2003 02:32
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      We went to longleat safari park whilst we were on holiday. it cost us £58 to be able to access everything (on their "pass port") elsewise you can buy for 3 separate areas the house, the safari park and the "extras". (that was 2 adults and 2 children btw) we visited the butterfly house and that was lovely (though smaller than I had thought it would be) with plenty of information, had a ride on the train.. wanted a ride on the boat but there was a 30 min queue so we decided against. saw the house, the girls had a ride in the spinning cups (NOT included in price so a extra £1 a head) and we walked around the grounds saw the mazes etc.. we wanted to do the big maze but ran out of time.. and we obviously did the safari park.. I have to say that the safari park in itself was lovely. you got a cd (or cassette) to play in the car that told you lots of stuff and generally we all enjoyed it.. however I think the rest of it was overpriced and the girls was very disappointed they could not go on the train again (you can only access each attraction once with the "passport").. If you live near by you can come back to "use up" the pass port but we are 2.5 hours drive away and was on holiday near so it is not a option for us.. The house was nothing special (we are National Trust members and have seen plenty of houses in similar style that where far nicer to visit) and generally the entire place smacked of commercialism with you having to go through shops to get in/out of areas.. (2 shops to get out of the house) Their ice cream cones where surprisingly good value though and it was a lovely moment sitting on the grass in the court area eating ice cream in the shinning sun.. (to bad that everything else was N*stle' I support the ban) And postman Pat came out and walked about saying hello to the kids whilst we where eating our ice creams. They had a area called d
      olls houses so we thought great.. some old dolls houses lets go and see. we did and they did have some lovely old dolls houses (3 in total) the rest was ALL shop.. as we have a dolls house shop very close to where we live I wasn't even that impressed with the stuff they had in the shop.. (my local one is far better stocked).. the girls however both spotted the china dolls and wanted one.. I was dreading the whole no they are to expensive when I discovered a range that was £4.99 so they each had a doll. But the majority of their dolls where £20 +.. the kind of ticket they sold I was not keen on, and personally I would rather pay the couple of £ extra to get into one of the Tussards attractions where at least the kids can go on the attractions they like as many times as they wish. We gave the rest of our passports to the people who where next door in the holiday cottages we where staying in as they came down regular and had older children so we felt at least they would get some value out of them. we had taken a picnic and there was a good sized picnic area and I had some amusement in the fact that their burger bar was out of burgers lol.. I would go for the safari park and that in itself was good value (£9 for entry) but I thought the rest of it was over priced and not that good.. the kids enjoyed it but all crashed out in the car on the way back.. :o) I am not in a hurry to go back I have to say and would not particular recommend the place unless you lived near

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      • Totsbots / Baby Care / 2 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        21.08.2001 03:51
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        I had decided to start using cloth nappies at night time for my oldest, and I was recommended this nappy by people who had been using cloth for some time. So I purchased 2 and 1 air rikki wrap and I must say that I have been very happy with them. being shaped a lot like a disposable it is easy to put on fastened with Velcro (and the wrap just does up around it with poppers) First time I put it on I was a little taken aback with how much thicker than a disposable it looked but now I have got used to it I actually think they look really cute. I have been using them for about 4 weeks now and I have not had one leak (though I have had some messy nappies) my girls seem comfortable in them (I now often put both of them in them at night) and they wash easily and so far I have not had any stains. I intend to buy a couple more as 2 really is a little on the tight side (even though I only use them at night time) I showed them to a friend who was that impressed that she purchased 3 the day after and she is also very happy with them.. Only "negative" thing I can find about them is the fact that they do take a good while to dry. Not a problem if you have a tumble drier (but I don't) but as they are terry and folded and shaped they do take a while. This however is not a big problem if you are organised and get them done first thing in the morning then they are usually dry by the evening in summer weather at least.. good buy and I would highly recommend..

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        • Mary Poppins (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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          08.07.2001 20:45
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          I do like this video, but boy am I tired of it. Over and over again I get the cry of Mary Poppinssss mummy pleeese.... But to give it a proper review. (assuming there is anyone out there who doesn't know Mary Poppins) Julie Andrews plays the nanny from heaven that Jane and Michael Bank's have so specifically asked for (they wrote an advertisement you know) Mary Poppins is nothing like other nanny's and she takes Jane and Michael on many adventures (be it jumping into chalk drawings to go on a merry go around and then go on to win the derby with her merry go around horse or teaching them that tidying up the nursery can be great fun) Dick van Dyke plays Mary's friend Bert he is a bit of a jack of all trades (from a one band guy via chalk drawer to chimney sweep) he does a wonderful performance but I have got to say he goes down in history for WORST EVER accent.. Without revealing the entire story in true Disney film it does have a very happy ending and there is some lovely songs in it.. Despite the fact that the movie is now close to 40 years old it is still a wonderful movie with lots of kid appeal and I think a must in any kids video collection.. Now all I want to know is how to get my daughter to stop loving it that much that I can recite the entire movie from heart ...

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            08.07.2001 19:29
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            Our last car was a Renault Scenic and I have got to say that for us it was a disaster, the one thing we did like however was the space and versatility it gave us, so when we had to go and get a new car we had little doubt that we wanted another mpv, thankfully at this stage there was several out on the market and we had a good look around. We eyed the Citroen Picasso and where sold.. The lines of this car makes it aesthetically pleasing to look at beautiful curves and for the first time (not looking at a Mercedes Sports car - my big weakness) I actually thought That is a beautiful car. We went to have a closer look at our local car dealers and ended up with a test drive. As the car is comfortable and you just get a beautiful drive in it I was sold. My husband had a test drive and felt the same way so it was quickly decided that we wanted to buy this car. Due to our original local garage messing things around a little (not being very quick at sending us paperwork we wanted before signing on the dotted line) my husband went on the web and found a wonderful deal on the Picasso that actually was £2000 cheaper than the car we originally had intended to buy. It was also the 1.8 model as opposed to the 1.6 model so we felt very happy. (in total it took us 10 mins to do this deal with a garage up in Bucks the guy who answered our phonecall must have made the quickest commission of his career) Well this was back in November 2000 and we are still happily driving our Picasso. I still think it is a wonderful drive I LOVE how it has the dashboard displays in the middle of the car and I love how easy it is to change the dashboard display, and there is so many lovely and well thought out touches to this car that I don't know where to begin.. to mention a few of these lovely touches. The approx mileage to next petrol fill. The ease of which it changes from miles to kilometres. The 3 full sized seats at the back, making it possible
            to have 3 car seats in the back. And the gear stick halfway up the dashboard making it easily accessible and a very comfortable driving position (plus extra room between front seats) Back in May 2001 we drove to Denmark in the car (via Harwich Esbjerg ferry) we were a little worried about driving for this length of time with 2 young children in the back (our daughters at the time was 1 and 3) but it went fine. We did not need to constantly get out to stretch our legs as you have a comfortable position to sit in and several possibilities to change seat position and our daughters felt happy and contended in the back just watching the car's and the landscape go by.. We drove just short of 1000 miles on this trip and at the end of it still felt happy with our choice of car.. My husband told me that he had been asked what got him down the lane of buying a mpv. He replied you don't decide to buy one your circumstances dictates you to get either a mpv or a station car.. Well given our circumstances (2 kids one on the way and living in the suburbs) I feel very happy with out choice of car and I do not see us changing it any time soon. Very good buy that I would recommend to anyone with a busy family life..

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            • Abortion / Discussion / 0 Readings / 20 Ratings
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              08.07.2001 18:04
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              I have thought long and hard about writing this opinion, and even writing it I am not 100% sure I can get across what I think about abortion I will try however.. Firstly let me "declare" I believe in a woman's right to have a abortion should she feel that this is the right way to go. I do not believe anyone should have the right to tell her she can not do this. Also I do not believe that if we made abortion illegal that would stop it happening, things would go back to "the good old days" where it was a back street clinic job and as a result we would have very emotionally scared women (and men) around and even some with physical problems because of it.. I do not however believe abortion should be looked upon as a light choice or even that it should be use as a "contraceptive" (I once knew a girl who at 17 had already had 4 abortions) I believe that in this day and age there are better way's to deal with these issues than simply needing abortion after abortion. My friend in question should have had some solid advice about contraception (her mother would not let her use the pill and she did not realise she could go and get it herself) and some solid advice about sex and sexual relationships.. I have a couple of friends who have had abortions. Both of them believe that they made the right decision for them and after all that is what counts. Not if you think it is right or wrong but if the person to whom it is happening thinks it is the right thing for them to do.. I have also however got a friend who had a abortion and she regrets it to this day (6 years ago) She says she wishes that she had kept the child now but at the time she was in a abusive relation ship and could see no way out.. There are times where I think that people should not even be allowed to voice the opinion that it is a wrong thing to do (like if we are talking rape or incest) I think at this point the woman has gone through so much an
              d if she then makes the decision to abort then people should worry more about supporting the woman (child at times) through what obviously is a horrible time for her, than to add to the guilt and terror she so obviously must be feeling.. I think that was England more open about speaking to their children about sex, meaningful relationships and CONTRACEPTIVE then we would not be in a situation where abortion would be needed quite as much. At times we need to do ground work more than we need to deal with the actual "problem" After all you are confused and worried enough as a teenager (and even in your early 20's) and all the sex that you get shown in advertisements & tv does not help the matter, if we where more open and spoke about loving relationships and contraceptive (and std's) then I am pretty certain that a lot of the girls who end up with abortions could be prevented... and before anyone asks yes I am aware that people older than teens and 20's have abortions, but often when we are talking older women deciding to have a abortion we are talking a completely different ball game.. (feelings that her family is complete / product of a affair or even health problems) things I feel puts a different view on the abortion and this is why I decided to call my opinion personal oh so personal... After all the only one who can and WHO SHOULD decide what is right for her is the woman who is going through that situation.. I do not know how I would react in a situation where I had a unwanted pregnancy as it is not something that actually happened to me I do know however that it is not up to me to judge the women who decide to do this they will do that themselves a thousand times over again...

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                08.07.2001 06:13
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                This is my 3rd pregnancy and my 7th attempt at finding a nursing/maternity bra that is comfortable and well I have FINALLY done it. The Active bra is admittedly expensive (around £30) but it is worth every penny. It looks very like a sports bra in that you pull it over your head but it has additional hooks (placed on a wide elastic band) to get a tighter and better fit. As you get it on and the day goes on you actually can actually at times forget you are wearing it (something I have never managed before) I am a DD cup so normally I need to wear the larger sizes so it was a pleasant surprice for me to discover I actually only needed a medium.. I ordered 3 bra's via active birth webpage. (they had a special offer on so I got them cheaper and also for free the most ridiculous expensive bottle of post natal bath oils - NO WAY would I ever have send £23 on that - sorry sideline) they arrived 6 days later (said 7 day delivery so can't complain about that) and they come with a guaranty that if they do not fit at ANY point you can return then for you a exchange. Also they do not charge you for 28 days so you can have a fit of the bra and decide if it is for you. Well personally I have not had it off and I have thrown what other maternity bra's that I had, I am NOT swapping for any other bra.. It goes in the washing machine (Thankfully) and washes lovely without loosing any shape. I have not yet used it as a nursing bra (due Christmas 01) but I have had a go at the drop cups to check that they where like. Very standard opening/closing possible to open one handed (not sure about closing I think I would want a little help with a second hand but perhaps as I get more used to it?) watch around January and I will try to update on what it is like as a nursing bra ;o) Very high quality bra and I just wish I had known about it with my other 2 pregnancies.

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                • Mini-Boden / Highstreet Shopping / 2 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                  07.07.2001 23:26
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                  I will have to say that of the mail order catalogues around Mini Boden is probably in the more expensive end. However personally I think it is worth every single penny and I love the clothes I have bought from there for my 2 daughters. The clothes fits the ages that it says that it will (unlike many other clothes shop where I have to buy one year higher than my kids are) something I must admit came as a surprise to me the first time and I had to return the items to get the smaller size. No problem there however they sent me a return note and I had received the new clothes within 3 days. The service when I have called up to order have always been helpful polite and they have never attempted to make me buy more or other stuff than what I originally have wanted. Something that often annoys me in other mail order catalogues. I have ordered from them 5 or 6 times and only once have there been a fault (they sent me the wrong size) when I rang to get this sorted I got a apology and a promise of a new pair being sent to me (and a return envelope to arrive) this duly arrived and my new correctly sized trousers arrived with a £5 off voucher for my next purchase. Something that will ensure that I keep coming back. Good customer service and add to that the clothes standing up to my 2 grub monsters and the amount of washing that it has to endure and personally I think the price is well worth it. I will be back again and again.

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                    07.07.2001 23:16
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                    I just purchased this recently released Burt Bucharach cd and I must say that it is wonderful. I knew that he had written some wonderful songs but listening to the 2 cd's in this album I was surprised by how many of the songs that I know and love that he had written. I freely admit to liking what is often known as soppy music but I defy anyone not to find at least one song on this double album that they like or even one they don't know the lyric's to . It has "classic's" like They long to be close to you (carpenters) I say a little prayer (Aretha Franklin and raindrops keeps falling on my head (B J Thomas) - not a personal favourite I must say ... The album is also quite versatile as it offers more than one style of music there is the slow soft love songs and then there is the more sha la la songs and finally more jazzy styles hard to imagine any of the current song writers coming up with a repertoires as versatile and well known as this is. Personally I think a must in any good cd collection.

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                    • Waki Dino Ultra Buggy / Nursing / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                      10.05.2001 00:11
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                      I bought this buggy on etoys when they where closing down I must admit that I had never heard about it but it was a £70 for £35 and I wanted a umbrella fold buggy and I just went for it. And boy am I glad I did.. I am so pleased with this buggy. It is nice and tall (I am 5 8) and it drives beautifully and the swivel wheels are easy to switch on and off. IT is a standard umbrella fold close but it has added clips for locking on the side of the buggy for extra safety (not just click up and off we go) My 16 months seems very happy in it and has slept happily in it from word go (11 months then) The hood you can clip on and of after your own liking (personally I always have it on) and the rain cover is Velcro on and off something I personally find very clever. I am however considering getting a frame raincover as I find that this fold away one does get rather hard to handle when you are out and about and I often end up just smacking it into the car boot when I am finished with it. On the down sides I must say that I have found the extra safety clips rather stiff to use but they are now slowly getting easier. My husband on the other hand insists this is a good feature as he feels this makes then extra safe as they cant snap out easily. It has a net shopping basket under the seat it is not huge but not impossible small either. My all time favourite feature about this buggy is the fact that it doesn't fall over when you take the child out. Even with a lot of shopping bags hanging on the handles it stays upright something that I really like. On a funny note I decided that I would like the cosy toes that is additional to the Dino a couple of months ago so I emailed wake and got told that I could order it from them at a price of £30.. plus £2,50 for p&p.. As this only came to £2.5 less than what I had originally paid for it I decided against it and we have been using a blanket instead with no problems.. I would highly recommend this bugg
                      y for anyone looking for a umbrella buggy of all the ones I have tried (from friends etc.) it is by far the best. A good buy that I have not regretted.

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                      • Best / Archive Movie / 0 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                        I think the most important thing for me about a film is me wanting to watch it over and over again.. and all of these I have. Now before anyone goes into hysteric's about how these movies are not the "best" ever shot/directed/acted etc etc please note I am not saying that they are (though my first mentioned comes pretty close on all accounts) I am merely saying this is my 10 most favourite films and I have watched them over and over again and will continue to enjoy them for a long time. And to me that is the true meaning of a good film. People enjoying it enough to want to say Play it again Sam. So my top 10 not in preferred order (dont think I could do that) Cinema Paradiso 1988 Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore This is a wonderfully shot, acted and directed film. Add to that a wonderful story line, subtitles (keeps away the people who throws popcorn in your hair and shouts/whispers during the movie) and you have a film that you wish to watch over and over again. Well deserving of it's Oscar When Harry met Sally 1989 Directed by Rob Reiner I simply love this film. It is funny, sweet, charming and at the same time I think it touches you a little, as we can all find something in common with that lost soul inside you that wants to find that one and only person who can make you happy. Casablanca 1942 Directed by Michael Curtiz Well it was a good guess this would be on my list. This is a film I think EVERYONE should watch at some point in their life. With Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the lead this is a true Classic. Dansen med Regitze (The dance with Regitze) 1988 Directed by Kaspar Rostrup This is a Danish film (I doubt many of you would have seen it sorry) It is about a old married couple and their life together. The film is shot so you see it all in the mind of the husband as he sits and remembers their life together, every
                        now and then popping back to "today" where he and his wife are preparing for a party. As the films draws to an end you realise he has just discovered that his wife has terminal cancer, and this is the reason for his sadness on this day where everyone else seems so happy. I know explaining it like this makes it sound very soppy, but this film had a profound impact on me when I first saw it and I have to have it in my top 10 list as a film I know I will remember all my life. It was nominated for a Oscar (best non English spoken film) same year as Cinema Paradiso (CP won) strangely Denmark had won this category the past 2 years. Sadly I think neither of the previous 2 films who won comes any way near this one.. Shawshank Redemption 1994 Directed by Frank Darabont Wonderful film with Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins in the lead. This film sadly got lost a little during the Forrest Gump trample but it is truly a amazing and wonderful film. Four weddings and a funeral 1994 Directed by Mike Newell Ok I know it is a everyone has seen it and a old hat by now. But I watched 4 weddings in a full Cinema (Leicester Sq.) when it first came out and I still strongly recall the entire audience screaming with laughter tears running down their cheeks. Add to that the sentimental value for me as this was my husbands and mine first date and well it has to be here for me. I do However know not to analyse this one to much as Hugh Grant does get annoying and you do start wondering if any of these people ever work. But try putting that aside and grap a big bottle of coke cola and a huge tub (or 2) of Hagan Daz ice cream and well you have a pretty good evening.. Kramer Vs Kramer 1979 Directed by Robert Benton A older film now but one of my long time favourites. With Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep in the lead roles. This film follows the father trying to get his life together after his wife sud
                        denly (for him) leaves him holding the "baby" (his son must be around 6) and then as he gets his life sorted out and he and his son has established a warm bond, his x wife re-appears wanting custody of Justin (the son) Wonderful film again one to watch again and again. Toy Story 1995 Directed by John Lasseter Well what can I really say? Woody the jealous cowboy and Buzz the I am the real buzz light-year not a toy... I love this film I have watched it over and over again (and with my 3 year old currently in a frenzy about it a we have had it on a lot and it still does not annoy me) Good clean fun with the added touch of knowing it was all computer generated.. As good as it gets 1997 Directed by James L Brooks Jack Nicholson plays a man with obsessive compulsive disorder with very strong views in life. Helen Hunt plays a single mum & waitress and Gregg Kinnear a gay artist. All very different and living their own life. Circumstances makes them all have to get together and they end up forming some interesting (unlikely?) friendships and romances. A very good movie Fried green tomatoes at the whistle stop cafe 1991 Directed by Jon Avnet Well I know this is a chick flick. And I love it. With Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker in the 4 female leads you are sitting down with the feeling this will either be a complete flop or a complete bomb of a movie. Thankfully it is the latter. One of my most favourite scenes in a movie is from here. Kathy Bates who's character (Evelyn) is struggling with her own self worth in life (and at this point finally beginning to get she is worth something) is waiting in a full carpark for a guy to move out. As he moves off 2 young girls in a mini speeds in and steals "her" space. When she objects they say "face it lady we are younger and faster" and walk off laughing to each other. Evelyn
                        then sits for a little while then decides not to put up with this, and purposely drives into the mini (6 times ) when the 2 young girls come running back screaming "what are you doing" Evelyn looks at them and totally cool answers " Face it girls I am older and I have got more insurance" !!! Well here they are 10 great movies. Quite different from a lot of 10 best's opinions I have read but I think this is probably why there are made so many films, there is such a wide audience to catch and so many different views on what makes a GOOD movie.

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                        • Catwood.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                          I found this site via a baby forum where it was mentioned. Always looking for a bargain I went to have a look. I must say I was impressed. This site is sectioned into categories of each individual makes and there must be around 70 different makes. There are the more expensive makes Like Catimini, FCUK and galipette and there is the more highstreet known names like M&S Gap and lady bird. Prices are good some makes obviously even reduced cost more than others do but thankfully it is up to you how much you spend. You place your order by writing them a email telling them what your order is. They will then come back to you with total cost and p&p and you will send email to confirm sale. You then send cheque (they also take cc via pay pal or i-Escroweurope) to address provided and once you email them this is in the post ordered items gets put on hold. You will get the items sent to you on the day (or day after) they receive your cheque. personally I ordered my items late Friday evening and had them on the Thursday so I was pleased. The clothes came in a padded envelope (I had ordered 4 items) each item individually in a bag with some tissue paper with a invoice enclosed. All very nice and as seen on the site. And I am very happy with it all. Only comments I had about the site was I would have liked a email confirming my items had been sent, but as this happened during msn's recent "breakdown" I am willing to believe that this may have been sent I simply never received it (being a msn main user) As I am sure to use site again I will amend this should that not be the case. And second comment is that the fresher used on the clothes could have been a little less heavy handed as I left the items in my living room overnight and the next morning we had to have the windows open for 1 hour before the smell had gone. IT did however leave as soon as the items was washed. It was also very over powering when you took
                          it out of the packaging. Overall a very good site I will definitely be back to look for more, and I would highly recommend other people to have a look there to. UPDATE I have once again been spending and bought from catwood again. Once more perfect service but no email to confirm order is sent (so obviously not a glitz last time) but the "freshner" on the clothes this time was not what was used on the last lot. This lot smelled fresh and newly washed (apart from the one set that was brand new that smelled like new clothes does <g>) Again prompt service though and I am a happy customer.

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                          • Milliemoos.com / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                            I was recommend this site by a friend and I went along to have a look (Always looking for a bargain)and I must say I felt I have found a good site. It is easy to navigate and I liked how it was done up in categories (like girls / boys and unisex) And then again in age groups. I spend a good while browsing on this site and then decided to place a order. I sent of the email with my order and the next day (I sent of mine late evening) received a reply with a address to send my cheque. As soon as I had sent of cheque and sent email confirming that it was on its way the items got put on hold online. When she received my cheque in the post she sent my items out the next day (with confirming email). And I was very happy with the condition of them. I must admit that when browsing on the site I would like the option for only searching for certain makes and I also found some stuff was more than I felt I wanted to pay for them. But do look around the site there is some amazing bargains (I got a pair of new denim jeans for my daughter for £4 and a pair of Oshkosh trousers for £6) I would definitely use milliemoos again. And would also recommend people to check the site at regular intervals.

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                          • phpbaby.com / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                            26.01.2001 02:29
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                            I have used php twice. Once was at Prima baby show where they had some anyway up cups at a very reasonable price. But I at the same time had a chat with the people on the stand about baby equipment (I was expecting my 2nd at the time) and I found them knowledgeable and polite. (always a nice touch to speak to proper people) Second time I used them I used their catalogue to buy a sleeping bag for a friend. I phoned in the order, got dealt with quickly and politely and the sleeping bag arrived within the 7 days stated. I was happy with my service in both accounts. I must however say that PHP is not the first catalogue that I spring to. I am simply not that keen on the layout of their catalogue and find other like minded catalogues easier to use so I go to them first. I only go to php when I cant find in other catalogues what I would like (or if I know they sell a similar product I will check price) If the price is similar in 2 catalogues I will use another again for preference. Before I sat down to write this review I went to have a look at their web page. It is easy to use and takes little time to down load. I once again however am not mad on the layout (I am sorry I just cant put my finger on it) and I find it annoying having to add the vat onto stuff (I like that done for me) But it is a easy site to navigate and I would go back again if I was looking for stuff that I would think they would be likely to stock. I liked the service I got from php it was nice and polite and helpful the goods arrived when I was told they would so I really should give this shop full marks. I however can not get past my dislike for the lay outs so I am going to have to mark it lower. I would use again and I would recommend it to others. But it will never be my first choice.

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                              10.12.2000 04:13
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                              We decided to visit the Aquarium with our 2 daughters and our friends with their daughter. Children 11 months 3 and 4 years. This was arranged as a midway stop for both families (we both live around 1 hours transport from there) and it seemed as good a place as any. WELL BOY WAS I IMPRESSED. IT was easy to find (signposted clearly from waterloo station) and prices were reasonable I thought. (£8.50 per adult children under 3 free and £5.50 per child family tickets -2 adults 2 children- £24) this is money well spend. The children LOVED it, they found it amazing to be able to look at the fish from different angels (most aquariums are set at a good height for children and you can also look into them from the top) the "main" aquarium runs through the centre and you get to look at it from different angels as you walk through the aquarium and get lower down. They also have a come and touch me area where they have fish that the children actually can stick their fingers into the water and get to touch. The fish seemed to come up to get a scratch or at least a pat on the back. The look on the 4 year olds face when she touched a Ray is indescribable but looks off wonder amazement and total delight rolled into one starts to describe it. The 11 month old we had originally thought would find this a little boring and not be that interested, but she LOVED it she was staring wide eyed at the fish trying to "catch" one by sticking her hand out (got stopped by the window panes <g>)and it was obvious that she thought it was amazing. All the way through the aquarium was little snippets of information about different fish and you could also buy quiz sheets that would take you through the aquarium. I saw some children with one and they where well engrossed in the task they had. To begin with I was very worried about their toilet situation (we needed to use them as we came in) as there was only 2 toilets in ladies a
                              gents (dont know how many in there) and a disabled. I thought gosh this is never going to be able to cope with everyone who comes in here. But as we started walking around the Aquarium I realised that instead of having just one set of toilets with x amounts of toilets they had staggered toilets through out the aquarium making them smaller but more easily available. There also was disabled toilets AND (this I was VERY impressed with) toilets with baby changing FOR MEN... NOT only in the ladies toilet but in the gents as well. There was a couple of stairways but with each of them also a lift provided with a sign saying only for disabled, people with prams or the elderly. And it seemed to work most people was using the stairs. The aquarium exhibition in itself is marvellous it is done into different sections and is well thought out through out it also looks clean and looked after all over the place you dont end up feeling sorry for the fish as they dont look as if they are being taken care of, it is obvious that they are being taken very well care off. Only thing that I felt let them down was their brochure to "accompany" you around the aquarium that is down right boring. Black and white pictures of fish is NOT a good guide and I would really hope that they will get this changed asap. But that is the only thing that I was not impressed with so next time I will simply save my £3 and go without (perfectly possible as there is so much information in the aquarium anyway) I will definitely be going back again I am so impressed and still am amazed from a wonderful visit.

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                                01.12.2000 23:11
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                                My daughter got this from her godfather and family for her 2nd birthday and I must admit that to begin with I was NOT pleased (we have a no noisy toy's agreement) But we got it out again the day after (without hords of kids around) and it has been out at least 5 days out of 7 since. She loves it and just at the moment my 11 month old is discovering it to. The toy is a long mat that is yellow with footprints on it. When you step on a footprint the mat makes a noise. At the end there is a splash sound as you "jump" into the pool (last 2 feet are in a pool <g>) It is very cute and not actually to annoying as the noise level is non adjustable and it is not at a high setting. It folds flat up in a plastic bag (arrives in it) and it is easy to store out of the way if you wish to have it out of the way for a while. And as it is wipe clean it doesn't matter if any spills etc comes on it just wipe down with a wet cloth. We have since bought it for 2 sets of friends and they have both loved it. A great buy both for your own kids or as a present.

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