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There are several reasons to go watch this movie: 1. You are completely exhausted from hitting the shops and need a quite place to take a nap. The streets will obviously be packed with crazy shoppers so the pavement is not a good place to place your weary head. Instead buy a ticket for the only movie that isn’t sold out this Christmas, kick off you’re shoes and slip into a joyous slumber. 2. Watching any kind of special effects in a movie is against your principles/ ethics/ religion. This movie is guaranteed to have you fixated with it’s hum drum graphics, lack of colour, very two dimensional graphics and complete lack of magic. 3. Your name is Ebenezer scrooge or Charles Dickens and you’re just popping in to check justice has been done to the masterpiece that is. Go home. This will kill you all over again. The Plot: There’s nothing new and exciting about this movie. Directed by Jimmy T Murakami the plot follows that of Charles Dickens’s much loved A Christmas Carol. The exception being the introduction of Belle, Ebenezer’s love interest, who doesn’t exist in the novel to the extent she does in the novel. Her character does develop substantially during the course of the movie and provides a larger romantic helping than seen in previous versions of the movie. There are two more new characters, two little mice, who steal the lame production away and manage to entertain the audience for snippets of the movie. Alas, even the poor little mice are not enough to haul this movie from the pits of crapness. The Cast and Characters: The movie opens with Charles Dickens himself (Simon Callow) setting the scene of the story. Callow does a good job of grabbing the attention of the cinema audience but sadly things landslide drastically from this point and we are introduced to very poorly drawn Victorian London. The characters lack the magic
that now exists with all major animated productions and all the characters fail to jump out at us. The movie features an all-star voice cast with Kate Winslet voicing Belle, Nicholas Cage voicing Bob Marley and Jane Horrocks as the ghost of the Christmas past. Judging from past animated movies, all voice-overs must have been recorded prior to any animations actually being created otherwise it can be said for certain that most of the cast would have pulled out. The audio performances are credible but as the animation is so terrible it reflects badly on the voices. It has to be said that though that Nicholas Cage can do a good English accent. The Animation In the current age of computer generated animation and high quality graphics, a cartoon as lame as a Christmas Carol was always going to plummet in the cinema box office violently. The animations, compared with any recent animated movie, are simply awful. All characters are poorly drawn and appear to be two-dimensional. Not one character in the movie shows any real signs of any enthusiasm for life, not even tiny Tim. Instead, all the characters show similar traits to that Scrooge and wander around the streets of London aimlessly. In turn the movie fails to bring out any real nastiness to Scrooge himself. One irritating thing about the animation is the way the animators have excessively used shades of brown throughout the movie. Why oh why is this? Surely, if anything, the animators should have used excessive amounts of white which symbolise winter and not brown which symbolise autumn? Most irritating. Conclusion There you have it. This movie is an absolute waste of colour and actors voices. Releasing a movie of this calibre amongst such movies as Lord of the rings and Harry Potter is surely suicide. A better fate would have befallen the movie if it had been a direct video release. Unfortunately, it will now be eaten up by the movie critic wolves and de
emed to be the worst production of A Christmas Carol ever made.
After hearing so much about Dave Pelzer and reading various reviews about the sad past of the little boy (now a grown man) I pondered over whether to actually read this book or not. The reason being I’m a big softie and many a time I’ve burst into tears reading sad books or watching sad movies and this being a true life story would mean I would simply bawl a lot more over the book. So, I hung around the bestsellers section (which is where this book currently is) in various bookshops every time I was in town and finally one day bought it. The first thing that hit me about this when I opened it is how thin the book was and that the print is large print meaning this wasn’t going to last me long. I was a bit annoyed to discover that Dave Pelzer’s whole story has been chopped into three separate books. A child called ‘It’ covers only Dave’s life between the ages of 4 – 12. This could have very easily been combined A Lost Boy which covers his young adult life and I couldn’t help but think this was obviously a well planned marketing strategy. Discovering things like this took away a bit of the sympathy I felt for this boy despite not even having read the book. It gave the impression that he was cashing in on his past. I also initially thought that Dave Pelzer was British for some reason but on reading the first couple of pages discovered that he is in fact American. A Child called ‘It’ is about Dave, a small boy whose perfect little world crumbles around him when his mother undergoes an extraordinary personality change. Unfortunately for Dave, it holds violent consequences and his once idyllic world is replaced with beatings and torture, physical as well as emotional. This isn’t just any old account of an abusive childhood, it is absolutely terrifying to read what Dave’s mother puts him through and from the first page it truly hooks the reader, not to the torture, bu
t to the discovery of how Dave deals with this unjustified punishment and how he eventually escapes his awful prison. The book is unclear as to why Dave was singularly tortured so much despite the fact that he had four other brothers. Perhaps the other books in the trilogy will explain this. Reading this book did however make me very angry at times and equally as upset at others. I still couldn’t put it down though and read the whole thing from start to finish in one go (which isn’t hard though seeing as the book is thin). What struck me most about the book was how intelligent Dave is. Time after time he describes in detail how he overcame a particularly difficult obstacle or how he managed to escape a form of torture. Dave is only a young boy in this book and whilst reading this book it made me wonder if I, had I been in the same situation, would have the sense or intelligence to escape such atrocities. The descriptions in the book are very detailed and it’s evident these horrific incidents must be etched into Dave’s mind. At times I was skimming over the descriptions just to detach myself from the awfulness of it and it’s saddening to see that he may never forget these events nor can he skim over the past events of his life. Another thing, which got me very angry about Dave’s life, was his father. Seemingly, this man had his own mind, his own personality and his own spine, yet this man continues to turn a blind eye to his wife’s mental behaviour and isn’t ever bold enough to stop her from beating the living daylights out of their son. He neither stops his wife nor helps Dave and instead drinks himself into a stupor. By the end I wanted to take a swinging shot at him and tell him to wake up. I found it utterly disgusting and unbelievable that a human being could sit back and watch his very own child get tortured un-relentlessly in such a despicable manner. Despite being qui
te short in length I found this to be an good read and am already planning on buying the other two books ‘A lost Child’ and ‘A man called Dave’ to follow the rest of Dave’s past. It is quite disturbing in places but the fact that Dave is actually alive and well as we speak keeps you in a positive frame of mind. Note: The book is on sale at the moment in Amazon.co.uk priced at £2.99.
This has to be the first of it’s kind. It’s an animated fairytale with a modern kick in it. Think about it, how many of these have you actually watched up till now? None. (Cue: You realise I’m right and produced an enlightened “ahhhh”). Anyway, I’m a sucker for animated kids movies that have been hyped up more than Mr Motivator and Shrek was no exception. Off I trotted with my work colleagues when this was released and settled down in my big comfy Printworks seat and prepared myself for an hour and a half of laughs. Shrek stars a big scary green Scottish ogre voiced by Mike Myers (Austin Powers & Wayne’s World) who is given a mission to rescue Princess Fiona voiced by Cameron Diaz (Charlie’s Angel) so that the evil horrible short mean mean mean Lord Farquard can marry her to gain the title of a king. (Voiced by John Lithgow from Third Rock from the Sun). Shrek goes about his mission accompanied by a very chatty Donkey known as …Donkey! (Voiced by Eddie Murphy). There is a whole host of other fairytale characters thrown into this movie and frankly it was hard to keep up with the few hundred that popped up at various points of the movie. The Humour The movie is excellent and rated a U, it’s a definite must for all children. What struck me most about this movie though was how it doesn’t actually have two levels. With most animated movies there is an appeal to adults as well as children. Something exists in these movies, which provide “another level” for adults to enjoy. In my opinion this is lacking in Shrek and hence makes it one that is exclusively targeted at children. Having said this there is a few adult jokes in Shrek that’ll wiz over the heads of younger folk, thankfully. Shrek also has some hidden humour within it. Namely, it makes fun of Disney. You’ll have to watch the movie to see where this occurs but one scene will rem
ind you of a certain Disney scene ‘Snow white singing to a bird’ scene. Also, rumour has it that Lord Farquard closely resembles the one of the men at Disney Inc. The story behind all these little digs, if you didn’t already know, is that DreamWorks and Disney conflicted somehow at which DreamWorks huffed and puffed off and made their own animated movie. The other main thing you’ll notice about Shrek is memories from other movies such as the Matrix. The others I won’t mention. :) The Acting (As such!) If you’ve watched and are a fan of Austin Powers then you’ll notice that Shrek sounds suspiciously like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers II. This is, thankfully, only in the beginning though and his much calmer and quieter Scottish accent soon makes you forget about Fat Bastard! Mike Myers does an excellent job at keeping up a good accent throughout and no annoying American words creep in there! Cameron Diaz on the other hand has a sort of dodgy americany englishy accent that, in truth, can’t be placed in one place or another. Despite that she does a good job as does Eddie Murphy. Needless to say, Eddie Murphiness just oozes from this charming creature and he was a winner with both myself and all the children in the cinema! The Animation The animation is done very well and has a sort of pastelly effect for the major part of the film. It isn’t as vibrant as say A Bug’s Life or Toy Story but the cool use of colour works well with the fairy tale theme and is quite effective. The dragon scenes however are in contrast to this and again this works well. Nothing else I can add about the animation really as I’m not really know ledged in that department!! The kick Above I mentioned that Shrek is an animated movie with a modern kick in it. The modern kick is the music. Traditionally a lot of animated movies have a certain theme and usually ha
ve songs specifically written for them. Shrek is different. It has modern rock music, which comes as a bit of a surprise initially because it isn’t quite fitting with a fairytale story. It works brilliantly though and the songs lift the movie from a ’niceness’ to a ’funkiness’. Songs include “I’m a Believer” by the Beach Boys and by Eddie Murphy and “Like Wow!” by Smash Mouth. This is a very good animated children’s flick that is packed (like sardines!) with lots of fairytale characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this but feel this isn’t a classic masterpiece or in the league of The Lion King. The voice-overs are excellent and the animation is pleasant to look at. On the whole, this is a very good film and if you haven’t already seen it I suggest you go and watch it now. I do have one small query though; which fairytale does Princess Fiona come from because I don’t have a clue!!
If you’re anything like me then you’ll have experienced the frightened rabbit situation when using the London underground, all hustle and bustle and too many people trying to get onto a tube train. I encountered frightened rabbit syndrome when I first travelled the London underground…alone. In the past I’d always needed my hand to be held whilst I’d get lead from one platform to another by my tube-wise friend and I would simply obey instructions and follow where I as told to follow. This was good enough for me and I did not want to learn how this complex looking network worked! Then I started my IT job which meant I had to grow up, let go of my friends apron strings and …gasp…travel the underground alone (strike of lightning). My first experience is a blur and I prefer not to remember it (or rather I cant remember that far back!), but it only really took 3 visits to London to get used to the underground, so it can’t really be that hard can it! There are approximately 18 underground tracks that run right the way across London. There are also some hidden stations, which in fact only mean they are disused and are not ‘secret’ or anything exciting like that. The London underground was established in the mid 19 century and has ever since been carting people to both work and home on a daily basis. So frightened rabbit, how do you use the underground? You firstly buy a ticket from the various machines and kiosks dotted around the underground. I find a lot of people tend to avoid the automated machines where you press the virtual buttons on a TV screen. Why, I don’t know but if you’re in a hurry simply run to one of these as the queue is pretty short. Prices vary according to where you are travelling as the underground is split into zones. You’ll have to read a map to see what I’m talking about. As is usual, you can purchase single tickets (£1.50), ret
urns, day passes (approx £4) and monthly passes for daily commuters and students. (Varies) You have your ticket? Ok, good boy/girl. Once you get past the machine that takes your ticket and spits it back at you, your mission will begin. All trains on the underground travel east, west, north or south and the station you are currently at represent the centre of the compos. For example, say you are at Paddington and want to travel to Euston Square, that means you need to get a train travelling east or in underground lingo “eastbound train”. The same goes for travelling north or south. Geddit? Simple huh? Good! The entire underground is signposted and has underground maps plastered everywhere so it’s pretty impossible to get onto a wrong train. Although, having said this, I spent one of my first journeys frantically checking the tube map and the LED display that told me, which train it was just to make sure it was the right tube I was boarding. One thing I cannot understand is why everyone is always in such a rush! This is not good for the confidence of frightened rabbit types as it makes us feel like we too should be rushing, which means we hurriedly follow the crowd, hurriedly read the tube map and hurriedly get onto the tube which of course will be the wrong one! Tubes come every minute or so which means you do not have to rush! I find the underground to be quite hot and stuffy especially in the rush hour but it’s no worse than other parts of the country so no frightening surprises there! One surprise I did find were the little black underground mice. If you peer over the platform edge beneath the tracks you can spot little black tiny mice running around happily enjoying themselves. I know mice and rats bring nothing but filth to areas but they look kind of cute. (That doesn’t mean I’d hold one!). If you happen to be travelling late evening then occasionally people’ll appr
oach you at your destination station that may ask if you’re finished with your ticket. Now don’t do what I did and look absolutely petrified and start running whilst my boyfriend stood watching me laughing his head off…quite embarrassing. Simply say no and go about your way calmly as they’re not harmful people, only freeloaders. Overall: The London underground isn’t as hard as you might think and although the map looks totally confusing it is quite straightforward. You can get a bit sick of it at times especially if you’re caught in the rush hour and have to change tubes 3 times. One final tip: If you want to travel to somewhere that is one stop away then don’t. Walk instead. It’s a 3 minute walk or less! (This only applies to inner city stations!)
As a teenager I would always avoid this store. The reason being it was always filled with professional looking fuddy duddies looking for boring expensive clothes unlike Miss Selfridge or Topshop that were both filled with trendy hip and fashionable clothes at an affordable teenage budget. (I sound like an advert huh?) Times seem to have changed. I have now turned into one of these fuddy duddies that religiously makes a pilgrimage to Next at least every fortnightly. Next is your “sensible” store, which houses the following Men’s wear: The men’s department contains everything from casual wear to formal suits. My brother (who seems to be going through a “I must wear only black and navy” life) buys a lot of his jumpers and shirts from here. So, if you’re looking for your basic black top, t-shirt or a sweatshirt then Next is the place to buy one as the clothes are very good quality and seem to last a long time. Also, Next is good for formal attire such as men’s work shirts and trousers. The trousers come in at least 2 lengths: standard and long, and are available in your basic work colours (black, navy and grey and all different shades of black, navy and grey). For work shirts, you’ll find a whole range of shirts in different styles and colours so go mad! Also, this is an ideal place to purchase ties from and makes a change from wearing a tie from tie rack that 3 work colleagues ALSO have. Women’s Wear: The clothes again vary from very casual to very formal. The women’s section also has evening wear which is sometimes quite stylish but other times quite tacky. I’ve noticed that the Next ranges of clothes do not heavily revolve around the latest fashion, which means that an expensive purchase may be worthwhile as the item won’t go out of fashion very quickly. Petites: Hurray for this section!! This is my section. This is what changed me
to become a devout of Next. You see, I am quite a small person, slim and just over 5 foot, which means I have a lot of trouble finding nice clothes that fit me. I have in the past resorted to the kids department, which is lovely as I pay a very nice cheap price for a very trendy item of clothing but alas a big dilemma struck around a year ago. I was in my third year at university and had been applying for graduate positions. Soon enough an interview letter dropped through my post box one day and landed at my trembling feet. Terror set in…what was I going to wear! I know what you’re thinking; typical woman who must have a few hundred items of clothes bulging out of her almost breaking wardrobe. Wrong! I needed a suit, fast and I knew petite suits are not common concept in stores. Bravely, I set out wandering to find this rarity and after much searching and outrageous suggestions from friends (“Why don’t you just wear a school blazer, no-one will know the difference”) I discovered the petites section in Next. My problems wear solved, my suit bought and my interview attended with other, more appropriate, worrying thought on my mind. Anyway, the Petites section contains a smaller stock than the normal sized clothes but if you’re small like me then this is quite handy to have. Other departments of Next are Children’s wear and Shoe wear. The children’s range ranges from 0 to 18 years old and in some large department stores such as the Trafford centre you can find a store dedicated exclusively to babies wear (similar to Baby gap). Some tips you might find useful: ~ If the item you want is not on the rails then ask someone whether they can get hold of it. Most next stores have a warehouse nearby that may contain the item. You may need to wait an hour or two for it to arrive at the store but if it’s something you really want then it’s worth asking. ~ Next have around 4 B
IG sales every year where they slash prices by almost a half. The sales start at 7am and if you’re very very keen then like hundreds of other shoppers you can queue up to get your hands on the best bargains. Be aware though, people at next sales have either totally lost their manners and senses in the mad frenzy of sale shopping or have been studying the New Zealand rugby team. Either way, if you’re not careful you’ll get knocked around quite a bit! ~ If the item you want isn’t on the rails then ask someone (who looks like they’ll actually help) whether it’s available in a nearby store. The nearby store will reserve the item for you for 24 hours. ~ If it’s still not available then look it up in the wonderful Next directory. There is a 2.50 delivery charge but all deliveries are made the next working day if the order is placed before 5. Also, if the item isn’t in stock then on request someone from customer services will ring you up when the item does become in stock – quite handy! There you have it – Next in a big nutshell - Happy Shopping!
It’s true! It does! But then you end up looking silly especially if you have long hair like moi because you end up simply whacking people in the face with your long shiny locks! Still…I’m worth it! :o) Anyway, I used to always walk past all Aussie products simply because firstly I thought they were a bit over priced and secondly because they have daft names like “The Mega Instant Conditioner” and “Miracle treatment in 3 minutes”. The names sounded very American and “surf dude” and hence I stuck to my trusty normal named hair care items. One day I was shopping and in the “what can I buy to treat myself” moods and walked around aimlessly looking for my special treat. I wandered into Bodycare and stood in front of the big stock of items and that’s when I spotted the Aussie Mega Instant Conditioner. “Hmmm…shall I buy or not”. I pondered over it for a few minutes then grabbed it knowing I could stand there all day chewing over it! It cost £2.99 for a 250ml bottle, which is ok-ish, but I find Bodycare is always a bit cheaper than other high street drug stores so it is slightly dear for an everyday conditioner especially considering other brand name conditioners cost in the region of £1.29 (Johnson’s brand). What made me buy it was the fabulous jargon at the back telling me of its Chamomile, Kelp, and Australian paw flower extracts. (The paw flower is apparently velvety to the touch so part of my pondering was whether it’s going to do the same for my hair!) Anyway, off I trot home and use it when next I wash my hair. I read the instructions that tell me to “work through your hair and rinse with warm water. For extra shine follow with a cold rinse”. Urgh…a cold rinse…not very pleasant!! I tried anyway and shocked myself initially when the cold water blasted out of the showerhead but surprisingly my hair even wh
en wet felt nicer! Having followed the instructions painstakingly I very excitedly couldn’t wait to see the final result! After drying my hair I did notice a very significant difference, my hair was much shinier AND velvety (well, sort of) to the touch. I sat swishing my hair initially admiring my lovely hair in the mirror...that is till my brother came in asking me what I was doing …OOPS! I try not to use this every day as I know conditioners tend to stop working as effectively the more you use them but at the moment I can’t help myself! I don’t cold rinse after a warn rinse because I just can’t be bothered and I haven’t noticed a difference so to all of you preferring a shower of one temperature only, miss the cold rinse out! Overall: Although it's a wee bit expensive it's a good product and the best conditioner I've come across!Also, this is a very good conditioner to use just before you go out clubbing because then you and your hair can swish away all you want without looking bonkers!
There! I said it! I am NOT embaressed and I have recovered..fully! (Now that I've FINALLY discovered something that works for me) I struggled alot and it wasn't all up hill. I sometimes still have my bad days but I try to see the postive side of it and I BELIEVE I shall one be totally dandruff free! (Wild applause!!!!) Ok seriously, I really do have a dandruff problem which comes and goes. It isn't major but I've discovered that my scalp is getting more sensitive with age as I didn't have this problem as a child. Thankfully I have alot of good friends that brush my shoulders for me from time to time to get rid of any unsightly flakes(and no - it doesn't look like snow on my shoulders!) I tried various products to clear my dandruff up such as Head and Shoulders (not good as it dried my scalp up even more), T-Gel (Worked VERY effectively for a while but my hair started looking more and more lifeless over time), Neutrogena Healthy Scalp Shampoo (I'm not even going to talk about this awful shampoo that is defintely NOT healthy for my scalp). I also tried giving myself head massages with Johnson's Baby oil (yes, desperation struck) - which was actually quite effetive! This really did work and I still do this sometimes although I started to find that when I perspired I'd smell of baby oil slightly (YUK! Believe me, this is true!) So I do this only once every two weeks or so now. Finally, on a visit to The Body Shop one day my friend recommended "The Body Shops Anti Dandruff Shampoo for dry hair". Now, I don't have dry hair, only a dry scalp and at first I was a bit dubious about trying this because I didn't have dry hair, only a dry scalp (there is a difference). I gave it a go anyway and ...OH WOW did it work! It didn't have miraculous results of completely banishing my dry scalp staright away but after around 3 washes with this shampoo I had much less of a flaky scalp. The
shampoo actually contains ginger extracts and hence the gingerry smell which I wasn't overly keen on, but beggars can't be choosers! I've found that that is the only disadvantage of this shampoo and recommened all dandruff sufferers to give it a try. It isn't as cheap as normal shampoos and costs in the region of £3 (If I remember rightly). The bottle I purchased was 250ml and that is the only size of bottle they do unless you are totally in love with the product in which case you can purchase a gallon (yes a gallon) of it. The bottle, as with all Body Shop products, claims "Not tested on animals" and is alos labelled with "Please return this bottle after use" which is a damn fine recycling policy that alot more stores to take note of. Overall: A very good shampoo that is a recommended purchase for dandruff sufferers.
It's 7.30am, very cold and I'm runnig to the train station as per usual. I'm greeted by a woman from the Metro in a very bright yellow jacket who hands a free newspaper to me with a very cheery smile and a very high pitched "Morning". It always makes me wonder how this woman (who's newspaper-handing-out shift starts at 6) can manage to be so happy every single morning! Hmm... Anyway, I rush past the guards and flash my pass at them in the manner of an FBI agent (Very cool) and race onto the platform to wait for my usual commuter train. Taking my seat on the red poles on the platform, which are definitely NOT designed for sitting I flick through my freebie paper. I look up and see my train approaching. This is it..my daily battle...GET ON THAT TRAIN! I have a very good but very simple plan of at least getting onto the train which is that I know exactly (well..almost) where the train doors will be and I very plonk myself in that very place ready to press the Open button. At this point I'm surrounded by equally sad people who know exactly where the doors are going to be and I can hear the hostile commuters around me growling fiercely because they too are going to fight me for that last seat! The train halts and everyone impatiently await for the golden doors of the trains to open.....they slooowly open...AND THEN THEY'RE OFF! Oh - actually...don't forget (As someone always does)..to let the people off first! The commuters getting off the train tut at us as they push past. Anyway ...AND THEY'RE OFF! People impatiently move like sardines in a can and to clamber onto the little train. I manage to get on ..YES! But now, for my second mission..find a seat..any seat! I walk down the carriage and spot an empty seat and start to walk as fast as I possibly can whilst trying not to knock out the person in front of me. This person has found their seat also and I must wait patiently behind them and grrrit
my teeth whilst they take an eternity to park their bums down! I walk, sit and SCORRRRRRE! The seat is mine! Now...enjoy the scenery ...aahh! Scary huh! Thats my journey to work every day. I found the commuters lifestyle a nightmare to live with at first especially as I'm little and for some reason people like to knock and batter me alot. I don't mind if it's accidentla and the person apologises but trains and train seats seem to make people forget their manners - All very annoying! North western trains are pretty reliable (if you forget the big low time all trains had) and are sometimes slightly early! (Shock...swoon!). you'll find that alot of stations around the northwest now have gurads to check your tickets, which means if you intend running for a train thats already on the platform then you may as well not bother as the guards WILL NOT let you onto the actual platform until you have purchased a ticket. This can be slightly frustrating because it means that your family cannot simply wave you off. Although, the staff on the trains are pretty nice people considering what they put up with from some customers. Train fares are reasonable but if you're a commuter like me then a monthly pass is an ideal purchase. My pass allows me to travel between Bolton and Manchester for £68 and this includes all trains and busses. This is very very cheap as a daily ticket to Manchester Heald Green (The station I get off at) costs £5 - see? Bargain or what! North Western trains are not express trains but the travel times are reasonable, unless of course you count Winter. I've learned over time to expect poor reliability around winter times and times when it rains alot because in my experience there has always been at least one train that is very delayed - it's funny sometimes to listen to the reasons as to why the train has been delayed. e.g."There is rain on the track". NW train
s operate througout england although it is not as extensive as Viginand they tend to have more services in the North West I think. (Correct me if I'm wrong). They do actually have a service that runs from Manchester Airport to London Euston which is handy to know if Virgin are all booked up! People sometimes ask me why I don't drive to work, the answer is very simple. I can't afford a car..hmph!