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    • O2 X1 / Mobile Phone / 29 Readings / 27 Ratings
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      You get what you pay for!

      *I would firstly like to point out this review is for an O2 ice mobile phone that hardly anybody has heard of, it can only be bought in an O2 shop and try as i may i cannot find the exact category to write the review in, this is the closest i can get*
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      When my Motorola V547 suddenly broke down this year I went to town with only £60 in my pocket hoping for a phone with a colour screen and a decent camera, but somehow I found a lot more for a lot less. I always try to stick with o2 phones, I prefer to use a mobile and sim card from the same network rather than unblock it, otherwise you cannot pay anybody to fix your phone if you have problems in future. So I started off in Tesco. needless to say there was nothing in there but the kind of mobile phones that you pay around £80 for because they are pink, or because the screen can be rotated and these types only have a VGA camera so I left there in moments. The camera is an important factor in my mobile phones because I am constantly taking photos and having this option in my pocket at all times is far simpler than buying a digital camera.
      I took a quick glance around Face-It our local trade in shop, sometimes you can find a new release in here for a ridiculously low price, the only problem with this is that you never know whether its legit, a lot of stolen phones are sold in here! Plus with my accident prone lifestyle I figured I’m better off with a brand new phone complete with at least a years guarantee, (I will come to find later that this was a very good choice).
      So being a lifelong o2 customer I did the obvious and marched on into the o2 shop, it didn’t take me long to find exactly what I wanted. An O2 Ice!


      *~* Features *~*

      Colour Screen
      1.3 mp Camera
      Video Camera
      Video Calling
      Voicemail
      Micro SD Memory Card
      Bluetooth
      Realtones
      Mp3 player
      Alarm
      Voice Recorder
      GPRS (class 10)
      Triband

      *~* Vital Statistics *~*

      Size: 117mm x 49mm x 14mm
      Weight: 92g
      Talk time: 3.08 – 6.35 hours
      Standby time: 262 – 458 hours
      Display: 176 x 220 VGA
      3G Class: 2.1 Ghz

      Now would you expect to pay £50 for all this, including a hands free Bluetooth bug, stereo headphones and £10 call time credit a long with 2mb free browsing, 1 free downloadable realtone and 1 free downloadable game? I certainly didn’t!
      It also comes with a CD rom to install the 02 PC suite onto your PC. This gives you options to upload or edit your photos and videos, back up all your messages and phone contacts and charge your phone via USB cable instead of plugging it in.

      *~* The drawbacks *~*

      To begin with I was in love with this mobile, but one by one I discovered the small things that really began to piss me off!
      Firstly you have to remember to set your alarm everyday, there is no recurrent alarm option and you can only set one alarm at a time, the snooze button lasts for 5 minutes and you are only given the snooze option three times, that should be helpful I know but I just find it irritating.

      The phone volume is ridiculously low, I have to use bleepy ring tones so that I can distinguish it from the television, otherwise the sound blends in and even so I’m constantly missing calls.

      If you change the settings when taking a photo e.g to black and white or to daylight you have to do it everytime you take a photo. If you’re on a sunny trip out its hard to take spontaneous photos when you have to change the settings before each snap.

      When charging your mobile using the USB cable you have to leave your PC as is, for example, if my PC is off when I plug in the phone I cannot switch it on before unplugging the phone, this makes it freeze up.

      Many a time I have left my phone on my desk, keys locked, only to return and find it browsing the net on its own whilst draining my credit!

      And for the biggest drawback of all, the handset is white. As far as fashionable goes this phone is not in the slightest! It closely resembles a TV remote, many of my friends have tried to change the channel using my phone! And I’m sure you can imagine how easy it is to leave a leaky pen in your bag along side your phone!


      *~* The breakdown *~*

      6 weeks after buying the phone it began to frequently freeze up, at first it was when listening to music, or opening a multimedia message, but it progressed to the point where at the end of every phone call when I hung up the phone froze, with every text when I pressed open the phone froze. So I took it back to O2, the staff were extremely friendly but unhelpful. I had bought the mobile 6 weeks ago which was 2 weeks over the refund limit, so I had to take the free repair under guarantee option, it would take 2 weeks to fix the phone (apparently it was a problem ‘many girls’ had found, don’t ask me why it had to be girls!? Anyway there was a simple software update that would fix it), the problem with this was that they had just given out their last loan phone. If you ever need a loan phone from O2 and they do have some in the cost is £25 which they refund on the safe return of the mobile. Anyway 2 weeks later my mobile was returned and they were right it works perfectly well now, or atleast as well as it did when I bought it.

      So since then I’ve been waiting for my parents to update their contracts so I can use their old phone. There are a few things I do like about the O2 ice, for example the double camera gives you the option to switch so you can take photos of yourself and see what you are doing! But the disadvantages out weigh the advantages by a long shot. So in conclusion the phone sounds too good to be true, it probably is!! My advice is to pick a mobile designed by a well known company e.g Samsung or Nokia, the O2 ice is manufactured by O2 and in my opinion they are better off as a network provider only!

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      • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 22 Readings / 30 Ratings
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        Scroll down .............................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ............................................................................. .............................................................................. ...................................................... .............................................................................. ..................................................... .............................................................................. .................................................... .............................................................................. ................................................... .............................................................................. .................................................. .............................................................................. ................................................. .............................................................................. ................................................. .............................................................................. ................................................ I forgot to copy and paste the a.a.a.a.a thing...so maybe that will have worked? ***Intro*** Again I have to go shopping for a whole new wardrobe, my butt is involuntarily getting bigger and so are my hips but damnit I haven?t gotten any taller! In the last two years I have grown little more than 2 inches! That?s got to be bad! Very bad. I am still 5?3 and ashamed of it, fair to say I think people look cuter when they are short, but I?m not supposed to be one of them! Having chan
        ged my appearance and have adapted my taste in clothes it is now even more difficult to find clothes that I know I will wear often, to make things worse we are still in the holiday period and washing the same trousers every few days cannot be healthy! So instead of wearing the same 3 pairs of trousers?(that?s all I have left now other than school clothes! What a disaster) I have to go shopping! Not that I?m complaining of course?. ***Other Shops*** Ocean To Earth ? This shop is new in town, it took over the place which used to be ?Image? a shop full of good quality fair priced clothes mostly for teens. Ocean To Earth stock skate labels like BillaBong, Animal, Hunter and Vans etc. At obviously high prices, if you want one or two decent quality, skate-design clothes by all means go in here! But if your looking for any old thing you can throw on to wear around the house or, (to do as I do best this time of year) go out to get drunk in the fields and hang around in the skatepark this isn?t the best choice. Caves ? A local shop owned by George Cave and his family, this shop stores many many hoodies, Murderdolls, Slipknot, Eminem, Blink 182, Limp Bizkit and the rest. The same bands are featured on one-size-fits t-shirts as well as the range with funny slogans. T-shirts bought from here previously display quotes such as ?I have no idea what I?m doing out of bed? and ?If you think I?m strange you should meet my mates? you get the idea. Also sold in this shop are the Wu-tang and Fubu labels aswell as many original jeans, cords, cargo trousers etc. If you buy an item in Caves you can be almost certain that no-one will order the same from a catalogue. But again, the prices are high, not as bad as Ocean To Earth but not too much better either. New Look / Tammy ? Although entirely different shops I have the same speculations on both so may aswell save sometime and summarise them together. Although I used to do a lot of clothes shopping on the
        jeans in here (ones to be worn with the small handbag and high boots) I no longer dress this way. The odd T-shirt or two can be found in both shops for not a bad price, and the skirts are a definite to be customised and warn to the monthly gigs. But, when shopping for any old thing I keep a fair distance, they have the types of clothes that drive me mad. Like when you see people walk around in with their little handbags and three-inch-thick make-up and a top that says ?Rock chick? or ?Punk? on it when you know damn well they don?t know the first thing. Having said that there are a few accessories that can be put to good use, e.g. ties with safety pins included and black hole belts and maybe the odd plain strap top to be worn under a netted top found elsewhere. ***Primark*** The usual shop we go in, although it?s not the best of places. This is definitely not a shop to go in if your looking for something to wear out and be seen looking good in! Well I suppose if you wanted to look specifically ?nice? you would be splashing out elsewhere anyway! Products ? There are tops for everyone in here, we have the nasty floral patterns that a typical stereo-type granny would want to buy, the small vibrantly bright flashy colours that little children don?t mind being seen in, such as lime green and hot pink. There are a lot of netted tops, chained tops and black straps for my own advantage, cropped trousers, full length trousers, many types of cheapy jeans for ripping up and ruining. There are shirts and trousers suitable for younger school children and shorts for working adults, belts, hair bands and bags have their own little range. This is all at the front of the shop, towards the other end there are larger bags used for picnic type things and camping etc, there are the cheap plasticy slippers people tend to wear, know the ones I mean? With laces and old fluff around the edge, they have scores of those! Umbrellas and nasty bright macs for
        the young ones again. Now to the right of the shop there are underwear selections for the men and young boys, and to the left on the other side of the path that winds through the shop are hundreds..(ok not hundreds) but a LOT of bra?s and the likes for women. Loads and loads, you could get lost in there! The Shop ? Just next to this are the changing rooms, strangely I think they are only women?s although I never saw a sign saying that. They are very small there are only 3 cubicles with green curtains across and I?ve never seen a bloke in there. You are supposed to take in a tag for your clothes quantity but they never bother and when you come back out instead of putting the clothes you do not wish to purchase people tend to dump them on the desk. This desk is for customer services and always has a large queue which is probably why they don?t bother with the number tags. A draw back to this shop is that they never know what they have sold out and what they can?t sell because the whole shop is a massive jumble of clothes. Things aren?t shelved properly they are on the floor falling off the shelves and tangled up, the hangers do not display the right size and the price is never what it says! I think part of the reason for this is that this store is generally a place for the kids who need an easy job having just left school. I know of atleast 5 people aged 16-18 working in this shop, well they say their working anyway but there?s never any evidence of it. There are three tills in the shop including the customer services which you can also pay at. The shop is a bit lower than the street outside so when searching through the racks your mates could be walking past your head outside the window and you wouldn?t notice! The shop is also right next to the location where most of those people (I?ve forgotten what they are called! The ones which play music or sing for your change..) and last week there were too men of about
        17 right next to the window. Cor their singing was awful, they were mickey-taking of Britney Spears, and I exclaimed loudly in the shop that ? if they didn?t shut up I was gonna go and yell at them- at this two other women that I?ve never seen of about mid thirties cheered and said I should. Although by the time I had left the shop they were gone I really think their money ? if they got any ? should go to singing lessons, it was terrible! Anyway Primark is in the middle of town opposite Woolworths and its easy to find what you want in there, you just gotta push a few other things out the way there?s always something there. And it is unbelievably cheap, not to the point of charity-ness but it can be £5 for a top that looks really good and could be found for £12 in New Look or wherever else. Another Primark I have also been in was in Taunton, and the state of the shop was no better it was still a big mess, their range was slightly broader and they sold more pyjamas and swimwear than the Primark in yeovil but there wasn?t much difference other than that. ***Conclusion*** I think that all shopping areas near me have a New Look, an Etam/Tammy, a Primark and a Woolworths. So if you want to get a good deal for your money and buy your kids a couple t-shirts or little jogging trousers (bless ?em) go in there. If your mother-in-law wants a scary flowery top go in there, and if generally you want something casual for everyday use then Primark is the place to go. My purchases from Primark this month: A black fitted shirt (£5) A low-cut black tight shirt with longer sleeves and silver hook fastenings (£5) A baggy black shirt to hang around in (£4.50) A purple low cut translucent top with angel-arm sleeves for the gig (£4) A low top with a swirl knot below the chest (£4) A ribbed white tight top with 3/4sleeves to go job-hunting (£4) Long Black trousers with straps and a lot of pockets (£12) A B
        lack hole belt (£1.50)

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        • Creative Writing / Discussion / 5 Readings / 18 Ratings
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          • "But i'm not! Promise!"

          Hey! A late happy new year to all! I keep threatening to come back.. and it may be known that i'm all mouth and no trousers but i thought i should keep to my promises! For those of you that listen to my incessant garble you would know that i have a whole portfolio of 'creative writing' if thats what i may call it on my own site www.postpoems.com/member/roxie I have my own little community on there but they bore me! Oops how offensive but it's nothing like the friendliness you get around here! So i shall pick one, and Lyla has said that it must tell a story so... umm! One moment... Ok i've picked one about me..it's kinda depressing in some places i'm sorry to say, so your all due five seconds to flee my review . .. ... .... ..... Ok you asked for it! -----Permanent----- She?s permanently happy Or to others so it would seem But tell me how long I should keep this up Just living inside a dream. Nothing will ever be simpler for me This world was never square I?m damaging all of the others in trying To live my own life as a dare. To well up a lone tear Would encourage the rest They will flow down my reddening cheeks Come look its me at my best. Smile little Roxie Act like everything is well Frozen expressions on my face No hidden stories to tell. It?s a selfish perspective To think of my own screwed up life I?ve never been purposely ill Or cut my wrists with a knife. So it can?t be that bad can it? This emotional ghost Some days will disappear More often than most. I?ll help everyone else Because that?s what they need I want to ignore my problems Whilst inside I bleed. I am not self-centred I will not hold a grudge With anyone who frowns on me Or that want to judge. I?m not good enough for you We can end it all there You all think your above
          me Well I couldn?t really care. I?m not to be used Thrown away when I?m broken I?ll not do what you say. My conscience has spoken So listen to yours Before you hurt me any worse I will not stand for this Living under your curse. She?ll always be happy To others it will seem I think that I should keep this up Asleep in my never-ending dream. ------------------------------------------------------ Why do people always expect me to smile through life? I do, i spread it like a virus but it only deepens the emotions i feel when alone. If you think you would like to read any more the option is open the link is also posted in my GB. Postpoems.com is a site where you can build your own free portfolio witht he opportunity to organise them into seperate folders and show the world what you can write, or how you feel. Please do join as there are soooo many people on there that you feel kind of insignificant if you're a beginner like i was and kind of still am...i've posted over 50 and yet i have only around 4/5 readers. Thanks for reading! (And hopefully commenting....go on... you know you want to)

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            ..but someone already snatched it! ***Intro*** Well I finally have a computer in my room, its only a scabby little thing that we owned for?jeebus I don?t know how long! It?s much more efficient for my write-ups, and it brings a whole new meaning for doing my homework the night before?or even the same morning! So I?m sat here missing out on a good old p*ss-up right now? I could be out with atleast 10 other friends celebrating a birthday down at river Yeo. But I?m ill enough from my scamperings at Friday nights gig, and I don?t trust myself not to fall in the river anyway, so I?m quite literally sitting out this one. Snow White was bought for me at Easter about 3 years ago, maybe a bit less, I have a strong liking of horror films and having been extremely tired of The Screams and few other horror films I owned at 12/13 years old I discovered this ?Gothic Horror?. The movie rentals at my local spar (as local as a three minute walk!) only cost a quid each and their selection was at first good, but the new managers never update anymore. Snow White A Tale Of Terror was on the ex-rental shelf, nobody was renting it so they were selling it out. At £4 it didn?t seem too bad for a horror film I?d never seen before, so add that to a CD I wouldn?t be caught dead listening to nowadays, and a snowflake easter egg and that was my present! This film was produced in 1997 I think?.but I wouldn?t take my word for it! ***The Cast*** Liliana Hoffman- Monica Keena Lady Claudia- Sigourney Weaver Frederick Hoffman- Sam Neill Dr Gutenberg- David Conrad Gustaf ? Miroslav Taborsky Nanno- Frances Cuka The Dwarves- 1. Gil Bellows 2. Brian Glover 3. Andrew Tiernan 4. John Edward Allen 5. Anthony Brophy 6. Christopher Bauer 7. Bryan Pringle All the cast have screen names but to make it easier I will list them as their character! I can?t tell you which is the main dwarve
            either because I can?t catch his screen-name mentioned! ***The Plot*** The Tale Of Terror opens with Snow Whites parents riding in a carriage which is attacked and turned over by a pack of wolves, the woman is attacked and orders her husband to cut out his daughter before the both of them die. And so he does. (I don?t know how she knew it was a girl in that day and age!?) Snow White has a name in this film, after her mother she is Liliana and after a few credits we return to her and the nanny telling her about her mother. Here comes the usual rhyme about red, white and ebony etc, amazing how all the woman wished for came true! If on becoming pregnant I wished for a brown-haired green eyed boy, would I get one?? Ah fairy tales! The Baroness, Lady Claudia arrives and charms Snow?s father, and brings the gift if a puppy whom we will refer back to later for Snow. Along with Lady C also comes her brother Gustaf who cannot talk. A main part to this tale is that Lady C desires a child of her own, which will come into things later. During their marriage ceremony Lady C and Snow?s father (who?s name is Frederick by the way) lay in a bed onto which wine is thrown by the guests. Snow brings out her rebel side in throws her wine into the face of Lady C, heehee you go girl! Running away from her father, Liliana hides in Lady C?s room. Nanno follows her on in, and thinking she has hidden in the cupboard (which we know better to be an evil mirror) the nanny opens the door. Lets just say she has uncovered an awful secret and therefore doesn?t live much longer! Years and years later we return once again to Snow, who?s hatred has grown for her spiteful step-mother who is now pregnant. Now we are introduced to Dr Gutenberg who is basically the role of the Prince winning over young Liliana. That night a celebration is held for what will soon become a child, and so Liliana wears her most special dress, one which was her mothers. ?Lily why are you wearing your mothers gown?? ?I wanted you to be proud of me? ?You look so like her *laughs* play on? Reminding her father of his dead wife she attracts all of his attention and an enraged Lady C collapses then shortly gives birth to a still born baby and is announced barren from then on. The tied up corpse is thrown onto a fire but then by the sickening orders of Lady C, Gustaf retrieves him. Unlike the disney version, it is the mirror instead which gives the orders, and it is the mirror which further blackens the heart of Lady C.... A marriage is planned for the Dr and young Lily but then..as nothing can ever be perfect, everything goes tits up! Gustaf, the ever faithful servant chases Snow deep into the forest and attacks her with a knife, finally escaping and realising that Snow cannot return home she finds sanctuary in underground ruins after falling into a hole. Referring back to the original tale, Gustaf takes that heart and flesh of a pig home to his sister, and although it is not that of Snow, the sickening thing is that Lady C puts pieces of it into a stew she later feeds to her husband. The heart is fed to Lily?s dog, and young Snow is announced missing. During the search Frederick falls from his horse and breaks a leg, rendering himself helpless to the later intentions of his murderous wife. The mirror of course intervenes in time to warn Lady C that her job is not done and she soon sets about her plans once again, scarily finishing off Gustaf in the course. The strongest tallest of the dwarves I quite coincidentally handsome, and for some reason he is the only one not growing a beard and looking to shabby. He intervenes one of the lesser dwarves whislt trying to violate young Snow, and banishes him. I never saw that in the cartoon version! So now we have 6 dwarves. By means of a crow Lady C watches over Liliana, who not wanting to be left alone, follows the dwarves to work. An
            other weird spell enables Lady C to bury the working caves of the dwarves and we lose another few this way. Dancing around the halls of the castle and pulling down suits of armour, Lady C whips up a whirlwind in the forest and kcosk down trees, killing yet more dwarves. Few other spells are cast and the dwarves which have been befriended by Lily, now die in place of her. The mirror now convinces Lady C of a trade that can be made of Fredericks life and the life of the hollow corpse which was once their child. We go through the whole witch-hag transformation and freeze Snow with the poisonous apple, yet it is not the ?prince? that awakens Snow, but the handsome dwarf. By the time the young doctor/fiance of Lily returns from Paris and discovers her there is only her and surprise surprise the handsome dude, left to return and attempt revenge on Lady C and her trapped husband. Another helpful twist to the tale is that, owing to the plague spreading wildly throughout the castle most of the servants have died, and those who have not are now walking moaning zombies! Will Liliana, the handsome dwarf and Dr Gutenberg save Frederick? What will become of Lady C and her mirror? If so, who will young Snow choose between the two apparently good-looking men? Whatever the outcome just to be cheeky they let it snow at the end!!! *** More things to question*** Why couldn?t Gustaf talk? Does Snow return to her Prince in waiting or her rugged dwarf? Does Snow?s father live? How does Nanno (the Nanny) die? How does Gustaf die? What happens to Dr Gutenberg and/or ***Disney?s Snow White*** The original tale, or atleast the animated one I used to watch tell the story as a young girl who?s mother dies in childbirth. (All though of course they don?t show this in a kiddies film!) Her stepmother (I don?t think the father is mentioned) orders her servant to kill
            Snow White because she is prettier. She runs away to the forest makes friends with the ?talking? animals and lives with some friendly dwarves she discovers. The step-mother turns herself into a witch, no hag sorry, she?s already a witch! Poisons the apple and whilst Snow White chokes the dwarves chase her off a cliff, Prince Charming arrives to kiss Snow White whilst laying in a glass coffin and she wakes up. Throw in a castle in the sky, a magic mirror, a wishing well and some strange songs and that?s Disney for you! ***Conclusion*** So as you can now see there are many differences from the cute little sun-filled stories you get as a child, and from the old old disney film I have somewhere in my brothers room! (To save myself embarrassment I thought I?d hide it behind his videos in there and pretend that he was the little muppet who used to collect disney films?.as if I?d do that!) Thinking about it I used to collect the books too! In my Snow White book they mention something about a comb that puts her too sleep forever?but that fails and hence the step-mother attempts again with an apple?I didn?t see that in any other versions! I don?t know what makes these guys dwarves in this film though, I thought they were supposed to be short? These guys are just pretty rugged dirty men living in a knocked down church underground, merely tramps if you ask me, not dwarves! Sigourney Weaver suited her character perfectly, as in ?Heartbreakers? she assumes an evil role with flair. I don?t watch this film very often and I?ve never seen or heard of anyone else owning it, either because its very old and I never really noticed its release or because it really is a bad film! I think it?s a good one-time film because it has its own twists and turns to add and the plot is generally pretty exciting. ***Extras*** It is certified a 15 and if anybody finds it for sale or to rent, then I?m surprised! Theme: Fairytale/Magic
            Bad Language : Infrequent mild Sex/Nudity : Infrequent moderate Violence : Some moderate horror More apologies for the ?s if they appear which i've no doubt they will.

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              *** Introduction *** ?Great Expectations? is the novel by Dickens about Philip Pirrip?s life, with him as the leading character and the narrator, a life that without one sole benefactor would probably be the common and predictable experience that Pip himself was expecting. Although he desperately wanted to become much more than he believed he was to be, if the encounter which took place in chapter one had never occurred the life story of Pip would be an extreme opposite, and probably not worth writing about either! ***Characters*** Pip ? the main character about who the whole novel is about. Mrs Joe ? Pip?s older sister who has brought him up Magwitch ? more than an escaped convict Joe ? Mrs Joe?s husband another main character Estella ? the snobby ?daughter? of a rich lady Mrs Havisham - the rich lady I just mentioned Biddy - Carer of Mrs Joe who goes on to marry Joe Most of the other characters I couldn?t keep up with?! *** Main additions to the plot *** In chapter one we encounter Pip in the churchyard early Christmas Eve visiting the graves of his long deceased family, parents, Phillip and Georgiana, and fellow siblings Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham and Tobias. At this point Pip?s life is nothing special, in fact it?s downright miserable, living with his elder sister Mrs Joe who likes to intimidate and victimise Pip alongside her own husband. However Pip is not alone in the churchyard as he soon comes to discover for himself! An important addition to Pips yearning to be a ?gentleman? is the way in which Estella looks upon him, when Pip meets Estella in Chapter 8 during an expedition to Satis House. ?She seemed much older than I, of course, and being a girl, and beautiful and self-possessed; and she was scornful of me as if she had been one and twenty, and a queen.? Estella looks down on Pip, she comes from a much wealthier background and is of higher
              class than him, she deems him common and believes herself to be above Pip. ?Why, he is a common labouring boy!? Estella has a powerful influence over Pip at his impressionable age, and his way of thinking begins to alter. ?I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before; but I began to consider, them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong that I became infectious and I caught it.? At first Pip does not understand Estella?s perception, but when he comes to realise the stark differences between them instead of excepting them, as Joe clearly had a long time ago, Pip becomes ashamed of himself, and yearns even more to be a ?gentleman?. At this point Pip?s personality is that of a kind, polite well brought-up child, he is perhaps a little more timid than usual, owing to the violent manners of his sister, but other than that Pip is no different than can be expected. ?I in great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and very sensitive.? Each aspect of Pip?s childhood personality fade and change during the years to come. Upon coming home from up-town at Satis House in Chapter 15 another piece of Pip?s life is thrown into place: ?I became aware of my sister lying without sense or movement on the bare boards, where she had been knocked down by a tremendous blow to the back?. Mrs Joe Gargery had been attacked whilst standing by the fire at a time when both Pip and Joe had gone out. ?On the ground beside her, when Joe picked her up, was a convicts leg-iron which had been filed asunder ? some time ago? Pip recognises this leg-iron and it provides a strong connection to Chapter one. ?I believed the iron to be my convict?s iron- but my mind did not accuse him of having put it to its latest use? The results of the actions pip took at the beginning of this novel force themselves upon Pip, ?It was horrible to think that I had provided the weapon, however un-designedly.? At this point in Pip?s life he still contains
              a certain respect for his older sister, and he feels guilt and shame, emotions that would be a surprise for the late Pip to encounter. Pip?s education develops immensely all to the omission of a sole benefactor unknown to Pip, until one night when Pip?s benefactor is finally revealed! ?It was wretched weather; stormy and wet, stormy and wet, and mud, mud, mud deep in all the streets?. The repetition Dickens uses when describing the weather circumstances clearly emphasizes just how miserable it is. Magwitch (the convict) seems to prompt the bad weather with his own appearances, and just as Pip?s old life has been displaced, so have the memories with it. ?He looked about him with the strangest air ? an air of wondering pleasure, as if he had some part in the things he admired,? and ?Even yet, I could not recall a single feature, but I knew him?.? Magwitch returns to Pip a good many years later, unrecognizable to put forth a revelation of which Pip has awaited since he escaped life as an apprentice. ?Yes, Pip, dear boy, I?ve made a gentleman on you! It?s me wot has done it! I swore that time, sure as ever I earned a guinea, that guinea should go to you. I swore arterwards, sure as ever I spec?lated and got rich, you should get rich.? *** What I wont tell you *** ~Who is in the churchyard with Pip at the beginning? ~What becomes of Pip by the end? ~Do Pip and Estella ever get together? ~Who really attacked Mrs Joe? *** Conclusion *** Personally, I despised this novel! It bored me relentlessly, I read it for the one reason, swathed in flowery dresses and frumpy coats and marching around school, Ms Mantell! Lovely woman, and its not often you hear me say that about a teacher either! She never judges, always listens to your point of view and tries to understand as well as helping at the same time, in issues other than her own lessons when there?s nothing to say she need even
              bother to help. So anyway, I read this slowly and grudgingly and its not something I would like to do again! I think that too many characters were introduced and by the end the housekeepers, servants, messengers and whoever else all blended into one person for me! I?m not really a big Dickens fan anyway I suppose, one or two of his novels were good, and they were fun to portray in musicals when I was about 7 years old?but now they just soak up my valuable time! I can't give you a price on it because i didn't buy it i was loaned it by the school. This was a lot shorter than my usual dronings but I really did not want to bore anyone more than I had to!

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              • Love Metal - Him / Music Album / 2 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                ***Intro*** Whilst on the German Exchange a good few months ago I made what I think was a decent swap with my partner, she had the HIM ? Love Metal which she didn?t care for, and for odd reasons I had Justin Timberlake?s album which I despise. So both now happy we leave each other with amongst other souvenirs a new cd each! ***Background Information*** Surprisingly not many fans of HIM even know what the 3 initials stand for!? I can never understand that, well anyway the answer is His Infernal Majesty, so far this year they have released only two songs, both regularly shown on Kerrang, Scuzz and what used to be P-Rock and Mtv2, but never on any other channels which owes to part of their not being so popular in my school. As I have mentioned before my school is the definite worst in Yeovil, especially when it comes to prejudism between the individuality of others. Anyone admitting to enjoy Rock / Heavy Metal or anything other than the usual senseless Pop Dance or Rap is labelled a Goth/Mosher/Punk, pointing immediately to the fact that all these people rarely even know what they are talking about. Now I?ve said my piece on that? HIM originate from Finland, and Ville Valo is fast becoming an icon where I am. Their two released songs from this album are Buried alive by love, and The Sacrament. Many of you will have heard the music of HIM without realising you have done so, my poor sad mother was listening to Orchard Fm in the car the other day, humming the words to ?I love you? (fair enough that does nothing to encourage recognition, how many millions of tracks are titled I love you?). This song is regularly played on Orchard and my mother had never even noticed she was infact listening to the music she calls my ?scary loud banging racket?. Stupid woman. I should actually point out now that if you don?t like a ?scary loud banging racket? then a lot of the tracks on Love Metal will not appeal to you and you would be better off
                looking for an older HIM album. Currently I know of Deep Shadows, Razorblade Romance, Love Vols 666 and Love Metal, and own only two of these, I?m sure there are more around! ***Love Metal*** The HIM songs are displayed in chapters, which can be annoying because you have to count down the list to find the number of the track you want! The drawback to my having got my album from Germany is that I do not have the solo track of Chapter C which is ?Loves Requim? so having never heard it I couldn?t tell you if it is much of a loss! But then that could have been part of the Limited Edition album?.i don?t know!? -Chapter A- Buried Alive By Love Funeral Of Hearts Beyond Redemption Sweet Pandemonium Soul On Fire -Chapter B- The Sacrament The Fortress Of Tears Circle Of Fear Endless Dark The Path (Chapter C ? Loves Requim) Most, if not all of these songs are based on love, and the rest, but its not all romantic slosh..thank god! There is no swearing, so atleast that?s one thing to knock off the list my parents can draw up to their not liking my music! The Love Metal album I own is a black case with slightly visible intertwining vines, and a gold heartagram symbol. The insert contains the lyrics on a gold page however they can only be seen in certain light which I suppose is darn annoying if you need the lyrics! But Ville Valo doesn?t scream and shout his words like Wednesday of MurderDolls or Chester of Linkin Park etc so you shouldn?t really need the lyrics anyhow! Another compliment I would give to this band is that, as with Evanescence, I consider the lyrics to be very individual and well written, not the basic crap you can find in some of the albums I own. For example Inme, although I?ve no particular complaints with their album Overgrown Eden, the difference in complexity between the way their tracks were written is obvious. ***
                My Re commendations*** Being the first HIM song I ever heard (not including the strange broadcasting of ?I love you? on the radio) Buried Alive By Love is definitely a track that I would recommend. ?But a cold heart is a dead heart and it feels like I?ve been buried alive by love. If I should die before I wake pray no-one my soul to take, and if I wake before I die rescue me with your smile?? The second would be Sweet Pandemonium, whilst I was in Germany I kicked my personal cd player off the bed and broke it, and for extremely weird unknown reasons it would only play up to the fourth track of any album! Sweet Pandemonium being the fourth track it was singled out from the other 3 songs and so I constantly listened to it. It has a brilliant introduction which is basically repeated throughout the song and it hooked me. ?The truth that could set souls free, is buried within sweet pandemonium, concealed by disbelief the riddle stays veiled in sweet pandemonium?? The Path, the last song on my album I like for mostly the same reasons as Sweet Pandemonium, the recurring backing tune is brilliant and very individual both of these tracks are slower than the others which adds to the theme, they use a lot of dynamics and the involuntary changes in the volume add to the makings of the track. ?I walk through the gardens of dying light, and cross all the rivers deep and dark as the night, searching for a reason why time passed us by?? ***Conclusion*** If I really was forced to choose the lowest of the 10 tracks on this album I would say that Endless Dark is least likely to match up to the quality of the rest of the album. But that?s only at a push, I think that this album is well worth owning and I haven?t so far tired of it. -Bought in Germany for 17 Euro (cant find the euro sign!!!) -Bought in V-Shop for £12.99 -Bought in Woolworths for £9.99 if your lucky?the prices are going
                up! -Bought in Acorn Music (if you have one of those!) for £10.99 If you can find the Limited Edition then lucky you?I can?t! There isn?t that much difference anyway but I expect the prices are higher. Please tell me my capitals and punctuation aren?t going to wander?I apologise if they do I find it really irritating as it degrades everyone?s work.. ~sigh~

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                • Cinemaxx (Berlin) / More Travel / 0 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                  It?s been just under two years now since the old ABC cinema closed down in Yeovil, with a brand new shiny 10 screen cinema opening just down the road just what would be the point? I thought it about time that I wrote my own review on the main and well-received attraction of Yeovil, in a small rough town full of almost only two types of people. There?s the ?suits? the type that think they are above everyone because they are paid well (yes this is adults) and then there?s the common ones who think they are tough enough to shout and yell like banshees at the ?suits?. So I think we can be sure it?s not the loving atmosphere that attracts the tourists in peanut-sized amounts. **The ABC** Although the old cinema was a favourite in its own cosy way there were many flaws in the somewhat small building. Queuing could cut five minutes into the film just trying to buy tickets at the tiny two-till booth, customers could queue out the door and quite a long way down the street. Parking was Ok considering, but often these places were already full of people making their short trips into town. The sweet section was particular limited, and although there was popcorn and Pepsi, as no cinema would be complete without, once again you had to queue for a considerable amount of time and in the end people would just buy from shops and take their own goods in. The rumour now, which has been confirmed by the local gazette is that the old ABC will now be an xxx strip club. Good grief I hope not, there is enough bad material around to make Yeovil the town of thugs as it is without that influence as well! Not to mention the kind of jobs it will encourage upon the women trying to pay through college. I mean would you really be able to trust your man, living in Yeovil with a place like that within reach, who knows if his car really wouldn?t start or if it just happened to stop outside a certain building?on a certain road..at a certain time! Anyways..there goes our ABC! <
                  br>**The Multiplex** Our Cineworld is located in the centre of the Multiplex, a key feature to this town, saving our souls from boredom. It took 2 years to build, maybe less I can never keep track, everything is like one looong day to me! But it was a short time considering what was built, right over the top of a car park! It was an enormous car-park and parking to go shopping is now a pig, but not a problem I have to deal with! I?m sure the bus company loves it. After passing the zebra crossing the first place you reach is Pizza Hut, brilliant, and a stark difference to the Frankie and Benny?s beside it, so we now have the option of a casual day out ending with a Pizza, or a proper date with expensive Lasagne in Frankie?s. Opposite this is the Cannons gym, not something I can comment on, as I am too lazy to drag my backside in there, let alone pay the fee that comes for the first few classes, which I have heard is also very expensive. But aside from the treadmills which can be seen from the other side (Ha-ha we all saw you jogging up there, we were looking through the groovy-pink glass windows!) there is definitely a swimming pool in there, that much can be told from the chlorine smell radiating around the side of the building. Aside from Cannons is our very own blockbusters, long has Yeovil awaited a proper rental from our cheap Spar shops with as much of a choice so that I have seen each and every film they possess. Along with Cineworld, Bowlplex is the other main building for this site, there are double doors entrances usually guarded by men I have deemed very polite! There are dance machines, driving games and the usual arcade penny rubbish. To preserve the cause of this attraction under 16s are banned from the building after 8pm without an adult, otherwise the whole place would be permanently flooded by that girl who just couldn?t get the top score on the dance machine, or that boy who cant pull the girl and needs his mates ther
                  e too! So before 7pm on a school day can be a nightmare, but if you?ve booked one of the alleys or have a private party there the service is brilliant. **Cineworld** There are about 4 doors into Cineworld, and one automatic door for disabled persons, a big difference to the steps up to double doors in the ABC! These open up to the main area, approximately 5 times the size of our previous. To one side is a long seating area for people waiting for the screens to open, a very small arcade room with fewer than 5 or 6 games in, stands with funny postcards on. (My favourite I discovered yesterday is a man sat innocently in the cinema, with a moose sat in front of him!!! Hilarious, I was wetting myself!) The Star bar, I?m unsure what the use of this is for, I never see workers in there, or customers for that matter. A big section for pick+ mix, alongside an ice-cream stand with the strangest variations you?ve heard of. E.g. big blue berry and sherbet / rocky road chocolate, and so on and so forth. The steep downside to the ice-cream is the prices, at £1.40 for the smallest available ice-cream its best to stick to the little pink free-tester spoons! I once watched the scale whilst being served a single ice-cream, and on this scale there was a convertion from weight to worth in £, and I was sold a 70p ice-cream for £1.40 which I was extremely cheesed off with. Never again shall I buy ice-cream from there with my own earned money! Also in the main area is this strange ticket thing, it works like this; if you do not have any cash on you and would like to buy a ticket, you may use your credit card by following the instructions on screen with these strange post-box looking machines. There is of course CCTV directly above these machines to save someone robbing your card from you should anyone be cheeky enough to try. In the centre of the main area hanging from the ceiling on a scary circular rail sit about 15 televisions. I kid you not,
                  a good 15 or so varying size televisions, all of which play the same advertisement at the same second, ok so I presume this is good for advertising each film but must they use so many televisions? Cineworld is most busy on a Tuesday, this is because it is Bargain Day! When the cinema first opened the prices were lowered to £3 for any film any age on a Tuesday, and so all my film-seeing opportunities were massively increased! The normal price for a child is £3.60, for a child over the age of 15 is £4.50 and films after 5pm are umm?.£5.50 I think? I?m not sure they change the prices change so frequently I can ever keep up, Bargain Tuesday is now £3.30 and I dread to think how much money they must have lost by introducing this scheme. But then perhaps it was appealing enough to the viewers to cover the expenses? Another benefit to Cineworld is the offers printed on the back of the cinema tickets, on each there are vouchers for Burger King, ?Buy two meals for the price of one? or ?Any 2 meals for £5? I prefer the first option. Apart from the fact that this is encouraging people to each junk food, which there is enough of anyway, and the idea that I am now avoiding Burger King for the very same reason, I suppose this is a very welcome addition. Unlike our old ABC cinema the new Cineworld supply leaflets of the times of each film including little summaries etc, which any cinema could well do with, they also offer a free magazine updating you on films to come and little details on actor/resses comeback appearances etc. To while away the time I had off school this Tuesday I picked up one of these magazines, (Tuesday off due to lack of teachers, attending the funeral of my I.T teacher Mr Bagnall. He died a sudden death at the age of 52 last week, god bless his soul and bogey green socks.) Anyways, I was appalled by the amount of sequels promised soon: Charlie?s Angels 2 2 Fast 2 Furious Jeepers Creepers 2 Legally Blonde 2 To
                  mb Raider 2 Spiderman 2 Shrek 2 What on earth is going on? Is there no fresh ideas circulating anymore? Surely some of these films were not such brilliant hits that the public plead for a sequel? I doubt it. Yet another difference between our ABC and Cineworld is the times, whereas the old ABC would only show horror films at late night, and would always close by 11pm, the new cinema shows all films (excluding animated children?s fiction) until late at night, and at the weekend early in the morning too. Premieres are shown at these kinds of times, a friend of mine was invited to the premier of Harry Potter 2 from 11.30pm till 4am! So that just goes to show what a life some people have?..(some people being me and my parents shopping in Tesco?s at 1.30am after LOR2! But that?s irrelevant!) So altogether Cineworld?s 10 screen is definitely an extreme preference to ABC?s 5 screen building, the refreshments, the magazines, the times, and did I mention that the whole of Cineworld is on the ground floor? No lifts required, automatic doors and helpers speckled all over the place. They offer a Junior Saturday morning to take your children to a film while you sit in the star bar, who says single parents never get the chance to meet people? So?I love Cineworld its brill! Now I?ve just got to see if I can find the right category?..nope. * * 10 minutes later: Ok ok I know this is the wrong place but it?s the closest I can find! Cineworld is supposed to be quite a big company too! Darnit! * *

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                  • It (DVD) / DVD / 1 Reading / 18 Ratings
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                    Your about to get more than a whinge out of me!- Two Saturday nights ago I was, once again, grounded for the inability to keep my own foul mouth shut, a skill I have yet to learn! So I had to spend the night in with my mother, which was inevitable anyway because Matt was going out on beat and my brother was at his dads, I know I don?t have the heart to leave her at home alone. Although I love the peace and solitude it brings me in turn it brings her loneliness and boredom. So me and Dan promised to stay behind with her (I always have to drag him into these things you see). Earlier that day: Roxie ?I really like this book, if you see it about on film anywhere pick it up for me would ya?? Approx 30 minutes later Mum ?You know that film you want to see? Its on tomorrow at 9 o?clock sky one? *What a flipping unbelievable coincidence!* So I was eagerly awaiting this film, the book as I have already said I found absolutely brilliant, and I loved Steven kings ? The Green Mile, so why shouldn?t I like this? Oooh plenty of reasons! It is often said that you shouldn?t read the book before you watch the film, the images you create in your mind are usually a lot more effective than can be put into words and actions by actors and film-makers. So true, as I found was the case with Bridget Jones Diary, the reason I think I dislike the film so much is that it did not meet the standards I expected. About a Boy I watched in the cinema before reading, and again I found the book was a lot more thorough and more enjoyable. Having spent solid hours of a good two-three weeks reading IT I was expecting more than could be given. Hopefully you can appreciate that there are limits to the statistics of the film I can give you after watching it on Sky One. I should have been warned by the black and white photographs, and enormous bold white TNR credits that this film was going to be lame. When films are shown on the
                    television they often cut parts out, but if that?s what happened with this film I?d say it was more of a hacking with a chainsaw than a snip of the scissors. In the book two completely different processes are used to kill ?it? and there are three attempts, in the film two attempts are made using the same method. Considering this monster is supposed to have been strong enough to have created the universe, and haunted Derry Maine for hundreds of years, don?t you think it is a bit of an understatement to be able to kill it with 5 no 4 humans punching and kicking it? Again in the book ?it? has its own natural form which is indescribable but you make your own image of it in your mind, in the film you aren?t shown what they make of the image, this could be because it is impossible given the day and age and effects they are limited to. Instead It takes on the most commonly feared form, I?ll leave you to figure that one out. Me being common as much myself I fit well into the scared category and the final monster scared me, not because of how it looked, the appearance did little more for me than a kids drawing, but the way the beast moved made my skin crawl. So I was successfully scared, but in a boring way. I think the worst part of this film was when the werewolf attacks one of the kids in the basement, as I said effects will have been limited when this film was made, but the werewolf was an actor dressed in the appropriate Derry uniform, wearing a FURRY PLASTIC MASK aaaarggh! The locations of each horror were all muddled up, and some of the adult descriptions of each character were so completely backwards I could not identify one from the other, 3 of them looked practically identical! Pennywise the clown was portrayed as white and balding with red hair, well it doesn?t take a brain surgeon to think up a costume for that. Anybody could dress up as a clown and scare viewers, its not something people would find difficult. The voice and guttural lau
                    gh fit the face of Tim Curry perfectly. I knew I recognised the man?s eyes but it wasn?t until the credits that I identified him. I know him from Charlie?s Angels and Long john Silver in Muppets Treasure Island, I don?t know what else he has acted in. Another actor I recognised was Tim Reid who plays Mike Hanlon, he plays a fatherly role in the teenage show Sister Sister. A good factor to this film was the circus music, in the clown appearances for those who are scared of these beings the music was an obvious but chilling addition, they bring out the fact that the main point of this film is that IT feeds on children, IT scared the children and the adults don?t see it. What?s more childish than clowns and circuses? Apparently it is a known fact that when you are young clowns are scary and people do sometimes grow up to be afraid of them. This is almost definitely because of their looming smiles and enormous noses, but then wouldn?t some Grannies be in for the running too? I don?t ever remember being scared of clowns, perhaps I was, but what?s lurking in the corners of my ceiling or under the shed was always more scary. Dan was the one getting the most digs, cowering behind my cushion, at 18 years old you?d think they know better ;) Richard Thomas (John Boy) plays the main role in ?It? he played Stuttering Bill and I found him incredibly annoying. He has enormous squared glasses and a long pony tail, I thought that his acting was weak, particularly in the way that he portrayed pain and upset. His stutter kicked in at odd times when all of a sudden he remember he was supposed to be stuttering! Oh yeah, oops! His voice which I found incredibly girlie did not at all fit the description in the book in which he is supposed to be the brains and the brawn of the Losers Club and repeatedly lead them safely. A young Seth Green could also be found in this film, playing Ritchie Tozier, his glasses halfway down his nose on a roll of tape it was painstak
                    ing to watch Seth Green in such a nerdy stance! Yet another thing for me to moan about is the fact that adverts were showed at regular intervals of about 20 minutes, the same darned cycle of adverts, but considering this is Sky One what else is to be expected? Has anybody watched a horror film before that they were actually scared of (not often does that happen nowadays, its usually more scary to go out into the world and see the actions of regular people than to sit at home watching it on TV). Anyway, something particularly calming in the midst of the night is to watch normal television, the adverts, the sleazy late night talk shows etc. So having these regular interruptions was breaking the film down and making it seem less than it already was. So overall as i'm sure you have worked out by now I was appalled at the state of this film, even more appalled that Dan found it scary, if it ever won any awards I would be even MORE appalled. Please please please pleeease somebody remake it! It has so much potential if only they could do it justice! (Be thankful I?ll never be your dissatisfied customer! Or atleast hope I won?t be!)

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                    • It - Stephen King / Fiction Book / 4 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                      Warning, not for the faint hearted: :Or those in a hurry for that matter! Aha! Finally! Not being the type to find books, and having lost my library card it has taken me a long time to come across someone in possession of this book! Maxine (a person I have mentioned many a time before)?s mum, Anji is a great fan of Stephen King, so to save myself from the atrocious tastes of my mother I am working my way through her collection. Starting with the best, ?It?. ?To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their hometown; familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw ?and felt- what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each ones deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, killing?. The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as it stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.? The book is off 1116 pages, and many many parts, so if you were looking for a short read this is your second caution, this may take a while! THE KEY CHARACTERS: Stuttering Bill Denbrough : Bill gets this nickname from his stutter, bet ya never would have guessed that! His younger brother Georgie provides the opening action for the novel and is a constant presence throughout. Bill is the strongest of the group mentally and physically, basically the leader the one each and everyone looks up to. He becomes a successful horror-writer and manages to lose his stutter?which promptly returns alongside the memories of Derry Maine. Eddie Kaspbrak : Ever since Eddie?s mother discovers he is suff
                      ering from severe athsma she molly-coddles him, which has a terrible effect on his upbringing. He is extremely weak and her ranting and raving at his gym teacher emphasises this to the rest of fifth grade. Obviously resulting in him being a prime target of bullying. There is not a drastic difference in his adult self, he marries a controlling large woman who has more than a little similarity to his own mother. Ben Hanscom : Ben lives with his mother, in the form of his youth he is fat and lonely until he meets up with the other characters. Being a single parent his mother fails to recognise the extent of his victimisation, if any at all. He is interested in building and grows up to be a wealthy fine looking architect. Beverly Rogan/Marsh : Beverly is not at all wealthy like many of the other girls in fifth grade, this also makes her a target, the clothes she wears are always purchased at second hand, and to anger the other girls further she still looks good in them. Her father beats her and after she grows into a successful clothes designer she marries a man who also beats her. Stanley Uris : We do not hear a lot about Stanley, probably owing a lot to the fact that he does not re-appear more than once as an adult. As a child he is also extremely weak although very interested in bird watching. He finds it hard to share experiences in the group and of these seven he contributes the least to the novel. Richie Tozier : Richie is the clown ?no no bad definition- the fool of them. Just like me he can?t stop himself from opening his large trap and dropping usually more than just himself in the s**t. He is always mouthing off and likes the sound of his own voice, which makes it no surprise that he becomes a voice impressionist for the radio in his older ages. Mike Hanlon : Mike is the one who remains in Derry throughout, so he is the one who calls them all back to face their past and finish the deed. He inherits his extreme
                      inter est in Derry?s history from his father whom, unlike the other characters, he is very much attached to. Often Will Hanlon would send Mike to different sites in Maine and ask him to bring back souvenirs?this contributes to his own nightmare. OTHER IMPORTANT ADDITIONS Henry Bowers ? the toughest bully of school, bought up by a crazy father. Belch Huggins (a flanky of Henry ? typical dumb one) Victor Criss (another flanky of henry ? typical obese one) Patrick Hockstetter (emotionally dumb, strange bully) Mrs Kaspbrak (overpowering molly-coddling mother) Mr Marsh (beats his daughter, is the school janitor) PART ONE ? THE SHADOW BEFORE 1. AFTER THE FLOOD 1957 Jumping straight into the action we meet young George Denbrough, he is six years of age. Wanting Bill to come outside with him and play, because the rain has finally ceased and the flood is slowly clearing up, he settles for a waterproof boat. Bill has landed a bad case of the flu and is condemned to his bed for the time being. Amazed with his boat Georgie runs out to play, but soon loses it in the tides of the previous rainfall. Crouching down at the drain the boat has entered Georgie encounters a strange man, or what he thinks to be one. Dressed in a clown suit with orange pom-poms and silver eyes IT politely offers Georgie his boat back, but first he has to come down into the drain. Scared Georgie refuses, to which the clown then offers him a balloon. ?It floats Georgie, we all float down here. I know you?ll like it, so do you want your boat back?? with this Georgie?s right arm is torn from the socket and he dies horrendously while the streets are filling rapidly with the townsfolk. **So that?s how the youth experience began** 2. AFTER THE FESTIVAL 1984 27 years is the time given to complete the cycle in Derry. 27 years before IT returns. 27 years since the murder of Georgie Denbrough. The town is now
                      known to be filled with homosexuals, in this book they are frequently referred to as faggots. After the festival a certain two Adrian Mellon and Don Hargarty get caught up in the violence of the homophobics habituating in the town. However it is not these 3 fully ?maybe-over grown men who kill Mellon. Admittedly they do an ideal job of beating the living cr*p out of him but they do not murder him.. it is the clown under the bridge with the zillions of balloons.. the one seen to have been biting a chunk out of his armpit (mmm salt!?) that kills Mellon. **And that?s what summons them for their adult experience** 3. SIX PHONE CALLS 1985 We join six of our characters now as we stand alongside their partners or relatives to watch their reactions as they are each in turn summoned back to Derry. Again the book is split into further pieces.. I wont go into each and every one, this is going to be long as my arm as it is already! There are 5 Parts to this book, and this is only the first! 3.1 Stanley Uris takes a bath. ?The bathroom was lit by fluorescent tubes. It was very bright. There were no shadows, you could see everything whether you wanted to or not. The water in the tub was bright pink. Stanley lay with his back propped against the rear of the tub. His head rolled so far back on his neck that strands of his short hair brushed between his shoulder blades. His mouth hung open like a sprung door. A package of Gillette razor blades lay on the rim of the tub. He had slit his inner forearms open from the wrist to the crook of the elbow, and then had crossed both of these cuts just below the Bracelets of Fortune, making a pair of bloody capital T?s?. ?He had dipped his right forefinger in his own blood and had written a single word on the blue tiles above the tub, written too staggering huge letters?.? ** Just thought I?d give you a little preview! Well well, a word of two letters, I wonder what IT cou
                      ld be????** <br > 3.2 Richard Tozier takes a Powder 3.3 Ben Hanscom takes a Drink 3.4 Eddie KaspBrak takes his medicine 3.5 Beverly Rogan takes a whuppin 3.6 Bill Denbrough takes time out DERRY THE FIRST INTERLUDE- Of all the people I just mentioned there is one key character missing, the one which made all the phone calls, the one which invites them all back into his world, the one guy who couldn?t bear to leave Derry. Mike Hanlon. He is the only one who stayed behind to keep watch over what lies beneath the town, and the festival starts his instincts running like the blood to his body. The First Interlude tells of Hanlons life up to now, although there is a sence of past in the fact that in the first interlude, the six have not yet been called. See what I mean about the tenses? Everything breaks down into everything its hard to keep up sometimes. But to contradict myself it does fit neatly together. PART 2: JUNE OF 1958 Again there are 6 Chapters in this part of the book, and again they break down into 6 or 7 smaller sections. In each one of these we meet It in It?s different forms, whatever the victim in question finds scariest. For Ben It is a Mummy For Eddie It is a Leper/Hobo type man (who offers a blowjob!!) For Mike It is an enormous bird For Stan It is drowned children For Richie It is a Werewolf For Beverly It is a LOT of blood For Bill it is living ghosts of his dead brother George To go into the detail would cover around 264 pages?and I don?t think either you or I have time for that! DERRY THE SECOND INTERLUDE The second interlude is another tale written by Mike about the past of Derry, it tells of a black mans company in the army, how they are prevented by the town council of drinking in the same bars as white men. In the face of their uproar they are allowed a small shed to socialise in, they convert it into
                      quite a nice hut which soon begins to attract white men and women. The town council are again not happy with this and one particularly vicious man gathers a group to torch the place. In excess of 200 people are killed and of course It makes an appearance... Summary of PART 3: GROWNUPS It seems that nobody except Mike (who stayed in Derry) can remember what happened back in ?58. Upon meeting up they slowly reminisce together and the pieces slide back slowly, Mike is the one to point out that each are childless and extremely wealthy. They are each left a nasty surprise in their fortune cookies, which of course nobody bites into, but only breaks open. The waitress returns and of course can see nothing of the horrors upon the table. The 6 which are now left split up to a childhood place of their choice to help jog their memories. Three Uninvited Guests ? Work that one out for yourself. Summary of PART 4 : JULY OF 1958 Mike Hanlon is chased into the Barrens where the 6 of the Losers club become 7 and fight off Henry Bowers and his flanks. Later Mike returns with an old album in which It is featured in several extremely aged pictures. The 7 dig a hole in the ground to be dubbed the clubhouse, where they perform an old indian ritual in which they smoke out the place, leaving when they can no longer stand it. Richie and Mike remain and witness the coming of IT before earth in a faint-dream like stance. Patrick Hockstetter is revealed in the fact that after he once killed his infant brother he has had a murdering obsession. He therefore kills neighbourhood cats and dogs and keeps them in a fridge in the dump, however something is breeding in the fridge, waiting to turn the tables. DERRY THE FOURTH INTERLUDE: The tale of how they attempted to kill IT in 1958, in the house on Neibolt street which seems to be Its hideout, using silver slugs and a bullseye. Summary of PART 5: THE RITUAL
                      OF CHUD **Something yo u will have to read for yourself, this part of the book is extremely imaginative and is full of shocks and twists, it is completely brilliant by far the climax that can only be expected from Stephen King, in which IT finally takes its original form.** The children are helped along by ITs only living rival, this rival is claimed to be the producer of earth. **Apparently this ?thing? just up and puked one day and spilled the universe?. Hmmmm?.i am still searching for my own theory on how the world came? but perhaps this is a bit to far fetched!** What I won?t tell you: Who lives and who dies! What kills Patrick from inside his death fridge Whether Audra (Bills wife) is ever cured What happens with Tom (Beverlys husband) What form IT really is What form Its rival is If they kill IT, and how they are expecting to. Differences between the film and book After the book I found the film a complete let down, which could be majorly owing to the fact that it was extremely old and of course the werewolf and mummy were unbelievably fake. The clown was freaky but anyone can look like a clown it doesn?t take much, the clown is actually played by Tim Curry, which can be recognised by the excellent voice! In the film they miss out a majority of the plot, Henry and Georgie are played by actors which look exactly as can be expected. Bills stutter is extremely unrealistic, but what can be expected of a young actor? The film was made less scary (if at all) by the frequent breaks, which are inevitable when watching Sky One! The 2nd Part I have yet to watch next Saturday! I will because it just wouldn?t do to watch only half! If you want to watch the film and read the book I suggest you watch the film first or else you will be deeply disappointed, so why don?t they have the idea of remaking it? That would be ace?. Conclus
                      ion: It can become difficult to piece it all together, the tenses jump drastically, anecdotes mix into what we are reading as the present and characters regularly blend in together, which sometimes makes it a job to remember which ones past we are visualising. However I think this book is brilliant, my best read so far I?d say, definitely worth reading every single page out of 1116 pages! Its taken me 4-5 weeks to read it (I took it on holiday with me) and its encouraged me to start reading again. My next target is Green Mile! Sorry i kept you so long! You might wanna check on that pizza you put in half hour ago...its burning!

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                        As always I stumble upon these things a lot later than every one else? ho hum better late than never! Being at the age I am and living in the place I live it is often hard to find a proper friend. Not to say that I have none, I have them by the dozens, but the ones which really matter to you and the ones which will stick by you no matter what are always hard to choose. When girls are young they always strive to have someone as their own personal best friend, and many an argument over them is to be had at that age! I?ve had my fair share of people dubbed my ?Besmate? and they all turned sour?I?ll only use a few examples! *~ *The Strange One*~* Roxie met Holly when she was 4 years old, Holly was sat alone in the corner of the playground and sweet and innocent Roxie went over to see if she was ok! Awww bless! Our friendship blossomed enormously over a 7 year period!! Holly was a little bit strange, an inheritance given by her mother, she had an older brother who Roxie once had a crush on *heehee* and a younger one who was forever pestering. However, as I began to mature Holly didn?t she remained the snivelling pretending child and we began to argue excessively. One day me and our other friend Michelle decided to mess around and we were all cat fighting on the football pitch, Michelle ran off with Hollys bag, or I did, I don?t remember which! We were only messing around as young kids do, but Holly decided to start shaking me by the shoulders. Now Roxie has a very short temper? I felt the anger bubbling in my stomach rising up and up and up until it burst out in the energetic form of a punch to Holly's red face. Oops. I still see Holly she is in two of my lessons, she has been in my form since I first started school. Thing is, as I said she was weird, she keeps tabs on my life. My younger brother is child minded by her mother, and Holly tells her mother every detail about me. Holly?s mum often knows my l
                        atest boyfriend or detention before my own parents! *~ **The Crazy One** ~* Maxine doesn?t need much explaining, for those of you who have read my op about Ecstasy you will know almost all there is to know. I met Maxine in Year 6 when I was about 10, we were good friends and when she was chased out of secondary school by bullies I remained to defend her name. In doing so I made a good many enemies, I did nothing wrong, the original sin was apparently the fact that I was friends with Max. At Westfield Maxine did not make many new friends and the ones she did were worm infested rotting apples. Max smoked already, that wasn?t a problem, she soon skived, that wasn?t a problem either but then she skived excessively, began to smoke weed regularly and then to finish our friendship? she nearly killed me. I wont go into that now that?s my last review. *~*** The Ditching One*** ~* Another candidate was Emma! Emma was rich, particularly rich, her Mum was a managing Nurse and her Dad?god knows!? But anyway me and Emma got on brilliantly, we were always happy laughing kids and we could spend everyday together for months! Me and Emz were the pantomime Cow in Dick Turpin! Her parents and I got on well, although her father scared me often and in 2 years worth of friendship we clearly argued only three times. In November of the 3rd year Emma met Steve, he appeared on her MSN contact list one day, we all chatted to him regularly and in a cold wet day in town we all met up. Steve instantly took a liking to Emma, 3 months later they were going out. A month after that Steve?s cousin and I made a go of it (big mistake). The problem was that the only way of being able to see Emma out of school was to have some kind of link to Steve (basically date one of his friends). Considering Steve had ditched all but 2 of his friends for Emma anyway this was difficult, as well as unfair. Emma stayed with Steve for a year, she ditched al
                        l her friends, only to be seen in school, and one month ago her and Steve finally split up, the drawback to this is that instead of getting our loveable Emma back she is moving to Guernsey on Thursday. Lost forever?. X x **~ **The Weal One** ~** Now I am finally made aware of what a real friend is! Dan is almost 18, I met because he lives next door to two friends and an ex of my own age. I met him when he was 15, we were all having a water fight in the back of a culdesack and Dan was the one that no-one could ever catch up with?until I came along! At first Dan was just the large-nosed boy in a scarily stripy t-shirt, but then I got to know him and we were quite good friends. The reason for my title is that Dan has a speaking impediment and his R?s are W?s which is exceedingly cute. My parents were a bit wary when they found out Dans age (you wouldn?t expect it at first he is only about 5?4 and has hardly any facial hair) but they adore him now. He is one of those charmers and has my Mum and my Step-dad eating out of his hand, sometimes I even think maybe he?s only visiting to speak to the parentals!! They are so lax with him that if he knocks while I?m in the shower they will allow him to wait in my room (scary when i walk in wearing only a towel! I have to dash back out). And a few times they?ve come in my room late at night and not even minded that Dan was still there 3 hours after anyone else would be thrown out! Dan is sometimes mistaken for gay!! This could be because his voice is often squeaky, he wants his belly pierced, the fact that he always pays for me to go doubles on a dance machine with him, and often the way he acts. To me its just cute. I can take Dan shopping and he wont lie about whether my ass looks big or whether I?m falling out of that top, I take him to the dentist because bless him he?s scared of them! He takes me to the cinema or the chippy etc when hes been paid, I can even get him
                        to do my homework for me, and straighten the hair at the back of my head which I just can?t reach! Dan always answers the phone to threaten that mean boyfriend I?ve just broken up with, and always the one to crack me across the head with a cushion when I look angry! He?s vowed to drive me home from school everyday for a term when he gets his license, boy am I looking forward to that! Bless him he even came to my house with a spare mobile he?d picked up so that he could contact me (mine was stolen). Last nights conversation: Me ?Can I go to the cinema at 9.30 please?? Them ?Ummm well I don?t think you should your supposed to be keeping a low profile? Me ?Dan?s taking me? Them ?Oh right yeah, yeah of course you can go, want some money? Need a ride?? ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - *A real friend will see your point of view no matter what *A real friend will not judge you *A real friend will not use or ditch you *A real friend will stitch on you if its for your own good *A real friend will care and respect and do all the other things they are supposed to *A real friend does not need you to call everyday to know that you love them Apparently Dan came to visit my parents while I was away, they make their hopes obvious to both me and him, they want us together, but I would never want to ruin a friendship as good as I believe this one is. Lets just hope I?m right this time! (Ozzy - "Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about
                        one of YOUR fav ourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August.")

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                          I know this is in the wrong category i could not find one to suit it and when looking under archive 'unwanted gifts' came up so.... I thought it quite ironic to place it here! It is actually about my experience of ecstasy, given to me against my will, i suppose if you were mad you could call it an unwanted gift? I didn't want it, and it was given to me...Well its the closest i can get, without over justifying my choice of category, oops too late! You may find it strange that I am sharing this experience with you, the memory is raw and pierces into my thoughts frequently during the day. At present it has ruined my life but I find it easier to share with others than to bottle it up inside me so here goes? As you know I am often quick to praise my best friend Maxine Brown. My parents are to blame too, they loved her to bits she was accepted into our home as one of the family, but too often we have done that and been wrong. Once again the situation has headed the same way but with a much more drastic effect. My little scene always opens up in my head from the moment I left Mack?s house with a jolly goodbye to her lovely parents expecting for us to head for Folly Fields to meet up with Gareth, the boyfriend she has been banned from. But instead Mack turns off into the cul de sack along the road not far from our own houses and into Bryan?s. I have met Bryan once before, I do not know much, only enough to know he has a 1-year-old and a 17-year-old girlfriend. Jodi is out, in the house is me Gareth and Mack. Walking towards the house I am given one bottle of Frosty Jacks by Daryl, a tall thin scary man with long hair and deep dark wells for eyes. His jolly friend Shaun has a beard and moustache, they jump into a car which I am uncertain whether it is stolen or not, and head towards Spar for more booze. I do not want the Cider so I continue my walk into the house and watch Eastenders with ev eryone else.
                          When Daryl returns he blocks the doorway and orders me to drink it, feeling extremely intimidated I down t he whole bottle and sit down. I am a lightweight and it all goes straight to my head and I am now feeling dizzy. Daryl and Shaun are sat in the front room with bottles of Bacardi and Red Square, I have no idea where Ma ck and Griff have gone. I?m tired and I try to lie down but I am poked and told to take the drink again, I do so and halfway through the pint glass I realise I have no idea what it is. Daryl again demands that I drink it all so I ?accidentally? tip it on to the floor. Bryan has now gone out, his one year old Natalie is crawling around the floor, there are candles and booze everywhere so I know too well this is dangerous but everything is blurry and blended together, I need to grab the kid but I cant reach her. Where is Maxine? I?ve lost my keys! My parents will kill me! So I crawl, unable to stand, into Shaun and Daryls room and throw clothes everywhere looking for my keys, suddenly Daryl leans forward a roly in his hand and tells me to take it, it will clear me head. After 3 or 4 tokes on the roly I realise it is a spliff, shocked and scared I hand it to Shaun and realise I am completely wrecked. I find my keys in my pocket they had been there all along but now I realise I have lost my phone. Daryl pushes me into Bryan?s bedroom and he is all over me, I cannot move and he is so much bigger than I am. I ask for my phone back I have to be home right NOW. ?SSsh I?ll find it later? His hands go up my top, undo my bra and then head downward to wards my jeans, he knows I am fourteen he has already asked my age. I slap him away and begin to yell, in runs Shaun. ?What the f*** are you doing Daryl get OFF her? Shaun supports me into the next room and sits me down on the sofa passing me some water, suddenly Mack comes barrelling in, she marks my finger with her cigarette then throws it down and begi
                          ns to punch me. Her face is swimming in and out of view and I can see her raining blows on me but I cannot feel a thing. Shaun pulls her off me and while he takes her outside to calm down Daryl enters the room with a sneer on his face and Natalie in his arms. ?If you w ant your phone back you will have to come back tomorrow so we can finish what I started? Horrified I get up and tear from the room, I can only manage as far as the front lawn before collapsing again, another girl is there yelling at me and dragging me across the lawn. Suddenly Mack is back and she is hitting me again but then she leaves screaming in anger about something I have no idea of. Things are still blurred and I can manage to sit up and drink the water Shaun has brought back, forget the phone I?m leaving! I stagger down the road and lots of people are watching from their porches, their faces swim together and I can?t help but wonder if my sister can see me, as i pass her house. There is only a field separating me from my home and I?m over an hour late, so I begin trying to run. Once again Mack begins to yell and she chases me halfway home. Finally arriving I am in hysterics as I barrel into my bedroom and jump into my bed. No such luck. On flicks the light and I am faced with Anji (Mack?s mum) Matt and my Mum, I am in floods chanting that I?m sorry. From a distance away I can hear Mum saying that it is not just drink something is in me and they take me to hospital. 2 Hours later I am still rocking and crying, only concerned for Mack, I am convinced she?s got in her what I have got in me, but when the cops arrive they insist she has consumed nothing. I take the blow full force, slowly realising that Maxine was fully sober in the right mind when she laid into me, so why did she? If she wasn?t pissed or stoned, why was she harming me ? The cops also say that Mack is still at that house and has no intention of going home, Anji is fine with this,
                          she has almo st been killed through her worry and anorexia so it is no skin off her nose, she is only worried for me. No tests are performed, my blood pressure is checked and 3 hours after being admitted the nurse checks my eyes and mouth and pronounces it safe for me to go home. At 2am I am home trying to sleep and at 4am I wake and stay up until leaving for school, that is the last I have seen of Maxine. She has ruined my life. At school the next day everyone knows, it has been bragged about ? Some Roxie girl went to Bryan?s and they gave her E, it nearly killed her!? My friends don?t find this a big deal; they seem to think that the fact I very nearly died is not important. Only 2 or 3 of the 5 or 6 people who know felt for me, the rest, HA get this, the rest were JEALOUS because I had attention. I can tell you now I would rather be the least known person on the planet than ever have that attention again. Maxine knew I had been drugged, she knew Daryl had attempted to rape me and she let it all happen as well as hitting me. I have no bruising, which I cannot understand, only a mark from the cigarette burn. I am pressing charges against Daryl, and will if I can against Maxine, perhaps that will wake her up from the nightmare she is. Choose your friends carefully is all I can say. I cannot believe how stupid I have been. My mobile has been stolen, and the smell of a cigarette is enough to reduce me to tears. If I hadn?t spilled the rest of that pint of ????? If I hadn?t come home and puked my guts up If I hadn?t eaten a proper meal before I left If I hadn?t drunk a ton of water that night I would be dead now. ** 8.6.03 I have had to step away from the case there is not enough evidence to press any one of the people involved :( what the hell is with justice these days? **

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                            Reading is not something I do very often anymore, atleast, not the engrossed in a book type of reading. Something we cannot live without doing I should think, I read opinions on this site, I read the texts in school and I read my own work and every day notices. That would be about all. This is a stark difference to the Roxie of 2 maybe 3 years ago. I used to spend the first hour of my Saturday town trips in the library taking out maximum 16 books, which would always be read within 3 weeks. 16 books in 3 weeks, I would say that was pretty good going! Varied they were not. Always the same, crime, horror, the odd mystery, but my interests never stretched any further. Nothing has changed in that view! Faced with a long stretching day alone I cooped myself up into my bedroom, too lazy to leave the confinements of my own bed and thought I?d read something. The books I possess are all Point Horror, books of the first-teenage years, which I have now outgrown, so I took a browse through my mothers which are kept on the upstairs landing. The choice I found myself was of Danielle Steel ? Accident, Ruth Rendell ? The Crocodile Bird, J.R Tolkien, yep, Lord of the Rings!!! And something called Undercurrents, which I am currently focused on. With the exception of Lord of the Rings, which I will read purely from the aftermath of watching the film, all fitted into the few categories earlier mentioned. Ruth Rendell is not an author I have read before, there are a further 2 or 3 books on the dusty old shelf that I might take upon myself to check out later this week. She is a scary woman, that much I can tell from the back of this book!! It is a hardback, which, without the cover, would be unrecognisable. Something I find rather silly because Bradley once took it upon himself to decorate the shelves with toothpaste, effectively ruining many of the book covers. In any case, this cover has the silhouette of a woman and young girl stood in front of a bro ken-blinded w
                            indow, the eyes of one of the characters look worriedly up at me. The crocodile bird. What an odd title, gives you absolutely no idea as to what this book is about. Gives me the idea of the little bluebirds you see perched inside the mouth of a crocodile, fair enough I?ve never actually seen them in real life, but who says the animation?s of ?The Lion King? aren?t real!!! Upon page 203 is the quote which links the title to the whole story, it then falls into place. ?I was like the bird that lived inside the crocodile?s mouth. I was safe, whoever else wasn?t.? Obviously at this point it?s irrelevant, who spoke those words? Who would they need to be safe from? Why? ** Characters** Mr Tobias: A rich man, he seems rather aloof, and snubs many of the other characters in this story. He comes and goes extremely often leaving the woman he ?supposedly- loves in charge of Shrove, just one of the many properties he owns. Suspicious already, if he really loves this woman surely he wouldn?t leave her behind? His attitude can change from that of a kindly and generous man, to one who couldn?t care less. Tobias attitude is always extremely influenced by the company he is in. Liza: The main character to this story. We join her at the age of 17, she is a very confused girl, intelligent yet at the same time at an extreme disadvantage with the world. We are guided through her life and mistakes in flashbacks as a very important part of the plot. Liza has only ever come into contact with 5 or 6 people, all of an adult age, it is amazing how she manages out in the world. Eve: Measuring up close to Liza in the importance of her role, Eve is Liza?s mother, she is a complete recluse. Believing through her own experience that evil and pain smothers the world in a blanket which does not quite reach the grounds of Shrove. Seeing the world through these tinted glasses thoroughly effects the upbringing of her only daughter, and wha
                            t she believes is for the best, might not be? Bruno: The second man to plunder at Eves doing, upon recognising the beauty of Shrove his painting is seized in a shop in the nearby town and bought by Mrs Becker. Claiming that the painting is unfinished Bruno retrieves the address of his buyer and appears at the door of the gatehouse. Bruno is a truly selfish and evil man, Eve comes to see this of late but by this time Bruno has taken things to far to turn back now? Sean: After the untimely death of Shrove?s old aged gardener Sean is hired through a job card left in the shop window. At the time of about 19 years of age, he lives in a scruffy old caravan illegally parked in the depths of the wood. He sets his sights on young Liza and behind closed caravan doors they resume their relationship away from Eve?s prying eyes. **The General Idea** Shrove is a country mansion, completely isolated, in a way safe, at the edge of the world surrounded by fields. The mansion is owned by Mr Tobias, and living in the small bathroom-less gatehouse alongside are Liza and Eve Becker. Eve is in big trouble, she is up for double manslaughter, and there is never a doubt about her guilt. Although one of these murders was committed in self-defence the other two (at this point only two of the three have been discovered) were for her own degree of self-pity and loathing. For the protection of her own daughter Liza she automatically tells the police she lives alone, her daughter is only visiting. Brought into the world as a mistake Liza has been sheltered from the cruelties bestowed by other people, she was taught by her mother, fed and clothed by her mother, and with the exception of Mr Tobias, the milkman and the gardener Liza is entirely alone in the world. She has never seen money, let alone touched it, she does not know the value of things, and believes her knowledge of Latin and Dickens novels will guide her through life. Liza runs to t
                            he only other ?living- person in the world whom she knows, her boyfriend Sean. He lives in a grotty rundown caravan as I mentioned before, and from there they travel northwards towards work at a supermarket, apple pickers and as a house cleaner. Whilst scraping their way through life Liza takes 103 nights to tell her life story to Sean, in the manner of a tale about Schehezerade; A woman who married a man known to kill his wives on their wedding night. To save her own life she told her husband a story, a very very long story which only resumed at bedtimes. By the time Schehezerade had run out of events for this very long yet exciting story her husband has decided he loved her, and she should not be beheaded as so many before her had been. Liza?s life tells of how Eve was raped by 3 men in the back of a van at the age of about 18, thus she could not continue her education at Oxford. The terrifying ordeal also ruined her engagement to Mr Tobias, who still vowed to one day ask once again for her hand. Liza dawdled through life like a long thick dream, her only encounter with modern times was when she discovered a television in the Shrove household, only to be locked away by her mother. Living their lives without telephones, cars and even bathrooms the two still managed to stay happy. Until one day a backpacker stumbles upon their path, he seems nice enough, when rejected a glass of water in their home he leaves. Only to return uninvited to attack Eve, who calls for the help of Mr Tobias? two dogs Heidi and Rudi, then retreats to the house, returning with a shotgun she blows his brains out and buries his body. Oblivious to the fact that Liza is sat in stunned silence watching from her bedroom window above. Life continues somewhat normally for the pair, with the comings and goings of Mr Tobias, until he marries Lady Victoria. Determined to prove Tobias jealous Eve hooks up with Bruno, the artist of a painting she discovered in the small town. Bruno
                            pursues his aim to coax Eve and Liza from their beloved home in Shrove, to live in an ugly house and send Liza to boarding school. Bruno is treating Liza foully and although scared to be alone Eve finally notices the potential harm he can cause to their existence, and kills him. Back to normal for a while we follow the lives of Sean and Liza has she discovers Eve?s picture in the newspapers, the trial is to go ahead soon. One night whilst Liza is to upset to be active, Sean forces himself on her, terrified of living her mothers life Liza instantly turns on Sean from this point onwards. She is now working as a cleaner for Mrs Spurdell, whose husband and daughter take an instant liking, although Mr Spurdell doesn?t quite share this. Her daughter Jane is a teacher, she lives alone at a place called 76, (Liza's birth year) Shrove Road, what a coincidence!! Not hard to remember then! Sean is soon offered a job far away to train to be a manager of another supermarket, Liza does not want to leave and the violence of her past whirls around in her head. Positive that she no longer loves Sean a plot forms in her mind, ready to be put into action in the morning, Liza has stolen Mrs Spurdells sleeping pills to buy herself more time to mull over how to kill the man which is now her fiancée. All this is very well, but none would have happened if it wasn?t for Eve, so how did she get caught? Well, Mr Tobias and Lady Victoria get divorced and in doing so she reaps half of his fortune, after which he loses a tremendous amount through something to do with Banks and Names which I don?t quite understand. Finally realising he will soon be alone without anything he tries to sell Shrove, much to Eve?s horror. She refuses to leave and he asks her to marry her so that they can go and live on his final property far away from Shrove, the only place in the world Eve wishes to be. Eve promptly turns down his offer, and shortly after she asks him to teach her to sh
                            oot pheasants, something that horrifies Liza, her mother has never agreed with the killing of animals? But of course, Eve doesn?t want to shoot the animals?.If only Matt, a business friend of Tobias, hadn?t been watching from another window! Back to the present and all of a sudden we find that Liza has somehow remembered that extremely difficult address and gone to visit Jane Spurdell, with one last favour to ask? **What I won?t tell you** What method does Eve use of slaughtering Bruno? Was the corpse of Bruno ever found? What of Sean and his fate? What is it that Liza asks of Mrs Spurdells daughter? Is Eve sent down? **Conclusion** Overall this book was a good read, but only good I wont stretch myself as to say any further. The flashbacks between the past and present flowed together nicely but still I found them an interruption at some points. Personally I did not find enough of the gory details to satisfy me, at the same time there was no doubt about it that Eve had killed, there were not enough proper shocks and twists to the story. However to contradict myself, the ending was brilliant, there are two enormous twists, the disadvantage to which is that I had to read to the end to surprise myself, by which time the read was becoming a bit of a chore. There is no price on this book so I can?t comment on that either! Me mum said it was one of those book club things you get sent in the mail where they don?t charge you!! Fine by me, that happened to us with ?MIB2?. Atleast we got that instead of those silly freebies they send, I got ?The Avengers? like that, utterly pants film!! I probably wont be writing a review on ?Undercurrents? the book is completel y pants so far and I will be surprised if it is recognised on here! About an american man who comes to look for the woman he once loved and left years ago. He arrives in England to stay with two poofters in a strange and a
                            gain bathroom-less hotel, only to discover that Francesca is jailed for killing her five-year-old son! Wedging him through a gap in the pier to drown slowly and be caught in the net of a fisherman. But I don?t think she really killed him! I think it was someone else?.but anyway! That?s a different story! Starting on Stephen King's 'It' next :D

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                            • Chinese Medicine / Archive Lifestyle / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                              30.04.2003 18:13
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                              I do not know a thing about Chinese medicine, I cannot find a category for Pepto Bismol and I have only 4 minutes left for my internet viewing …. Going down …. Usually I pride myself on being a very healthy person, I can go for years without having vomited (if that kind of thing turns your stomach you may have to leave early!), however this year and last it all turned around and caught up with me! The first time I used Pepto Bismol was last year, I had been feeling rough all day but stuck it out at school, knowing that if I returned home I wouldn’t be able to attend the Christmas lighting in town. I think Dr Ramsden of Coronation Street hosted it this year, previously it was Beppe Dimarco of Eastenders. Perhaps I had left it too late to suddenly take a dose of this –according to my age it is 20ml- because my stomach flipped over and emptied into the sink, thank god for that. So that’s blown my night in town! Off trundles all my mates for their girlie night and I have to sit at home alone! Boohoo poor Roxie. So that didn’t quite work! Since then I’ve been safe, I’m not one to be sick when drinking so its not often I am subjected to it. Until last Friday. Now I have apparently been in disgrace recently and I have lost the trust of my parents, (I am blaming this on the man of my mother, who no longer has a name). So they are reluctant to leave me alone, as it happens Sarah was with me too and she would be the most responsible girl in the world..that I know of anyway! Swallowing their tongues my parents leave to go and watch Johnny English, instantly Sarah and I take to stuffing our faces, I hadn’t been eating that week and so I was extremely hungry. Pizza, Toast, Yoghurt, Flapjack, Pancakes, Cola. As soon as I felt the unfortunately familiar queasiness I took some Pepto and once again it didn’t work! Mother and ‘Him’ return home and he is now trying to fo
                              rce me to do the washing up, it is around 11 o’clock at night and my stomach is tieing knots, I cannot move from my position on the stairs to the kitchen. There is not shed-loads of washing-up, it can wait until morning, but oh no it can’t! So of course Roxie splashes onto the stairs! Well… onto about 4 stairs worth! I have no idea where so much came from, I’m sure I didn’t eat THAT much! The smell is unbearable but still I drag myself down the stairs and do the washing up before collapsing into my bed. Responsible Sarah is now paranoid that she too will be ill and calls her mum at 12.30am (I’m sure she was not pleased) and returns home. Once again, Roxie is in disgrace. It is now hmm about 5 days later and despite large quantities of febreze and the highest level of air freshener the stench refuses to die! Another question, Does Febreze work? Pepto Bismol is a shocking pink thick liquid it can be bought in very large amounts. A dosing cup is provided and I have to take 20ml, you lot all have to suffer with 30ml. Pepto is up there with the foul medicines, it smells extremely strongly of Germolene, the -also pink- cream used to treat cuts and sores. The taste is kind of chalky and refuses to leave the depths of your mouth even when gallons of water has been drunk, I advise you not to drink it with flat cola!! There is no age limit to who can use it and the smallest dose is one 5ml teaspoon, lucky to the bugger who has to take it in such small quantities. The worst thing is that because of its consistency you cant chuck it back and be done with it, it slides down your throat and you have to endure the horrid taste until all 20-30ml has been washed down. *Shudder* Also known as Bismuth Subsalicylate (HA! As if I can pronounce that one) it boasts to relieve Indigestion and Nausea , symptoms I don’t suffer from, control diarrhoea, well don’t ask me?? Haven’t fallen victim to that since I
                              was about 7! And all importantly ‘Relieves Upset Stomach’ Well does it?? Does it really? I’m not so sure, I have used Pepto many a time and it has worked about 1/8 times. It is supposed to line your stomach with a protective coating, but if you have stomach pains or feel ill in that area I suggest using Gaviscon, also a disgusting medicine but extremely effective in a minute space of time. What on earth happened to the days of Strawberry and Banana medicines? When I was hit with Impetigo I actually enjoyed taking that banana medicine!! Until it went all bitty and urgh…anyway! If I had any Gaviscon I’d do a review on that, but I don’t have any! Our 240ml (rapidly disappearing) Pepto Bismol costs between £2-3 depending on which supermarket or pharmacy you purchase it from.

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                              • Religion / Discussion / 1 Reading / 20 Ratings
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                                29.04.2003 02:04
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                                I've been drawn to writing in this section after a very distressing R.E lesson today about... IVF and Fertility treatment, what on earth?? Hmmm.. and the teacher seems to have taken it upon himself to ask my opinion every 10 minutes in full view of the class. But then i am a very loud and opinionated person, not to mention wise! **snigger** You may find this opinion offensive? It is not meant that way, but I will apologise in advance because I find that some people take offence too quickly, often quite rightly so, but it is never purposeful. So if you find anything you disagree with please leave a remark in the comments section and as long as it is not an important addition to the structure of my review, I will retract it :o) The definition of religion is ‘the belief in a superhuman controlling power, in a personal God or gods entitled to obedience and worship.’ Also ‘a particular system of faith and worship’ of ‘life under monastic vows’. Atleast that’s what it says in my extremely dusty dictionary I have just unearthed. I myself am an atheist, what I personally believe is that ‘The Bible, Qu’ran’ and the likes of, were made up by man and that they are all mere speculations. I think that a group of people got together and wrote all those stories etc. and that as many are the stories are passed down and that the ‘religions’ grew in this manner. I do not believe in any Gods, or that the world was made in seven days. I do believe in reincarnation, that we are reborn into another life with no past memory. I have no theories for how the world became. Its here and I live in it that is all that bothers me. I do not believe in any higher power, I think that all is equal and should stay that way. I also believe in fate, in that what is meant to be will happen and there is nothing you can do about it. I have no refusal to people buying me christmas presents or eas
                                ter eggs though!!!!! Raking in the sweets at halloween…the money on carolling..the fireworks on guy fawkes! Yep I still do all those things! My parents had me christened when I was a year old, I do not agree with this, I think that when I have children I will leave it until they are of the right age to make their own decision in what they will believe and follow. Follow. That’s probably part of the reason I refrain from religion, I like to be extremely individual. I hate having to copy someone, or follow along with something; (this is where my extreme dislike to the new teenage groupings of ‘Townies Trendies and Goths’ comes from). Ever since I was a tiny (sort-of) child in my infant’s school, when we were told to bow our heads and pray (apparently it is a government decision they have to ‘follow’) I would always sit boldly upright and end up being sent from the hall! I attended Milford Infants and juniors, and whilst in the infant school I never encountered a child who was not a Christian! Obviously being of so young I haven’t yet travelled very much further that my own back yard! But still! An infants school of around …shall we say 200 pupils and most were Christians, even in those who weren’t there was no variation at all! Now I look back and realise this I find it extremely annoying, it was not until midway through the Juniors that 4 or 5 new pupils arrived at the Junior school, this one of about 450 pupils. Everyone could instantly tell they were different, I’m not sure what religion they were, I’m useless at telling them apart! I think they were Muslims? But anyway, they were bullied. Despicable! Just because they are different, they must have been terrified! Now that I am in Secondary school there are many welcome variations in peoples beliefs and although a proportion of the school are still Christians they do not mob on those who are not. Religious Studies is part
                                of the school curriculum, from the age of about 6-15 we have to study RS otherwise known as R.E We are not at all taught in depth, which probably owes to my unnaturally low knowledge of it all, we have one hours lesson a week, sometimes one a fortnight. I do not enjoy this lesson but it does have to be said that for a topic with such an enormous effect on the world, shouldn’t we know more about it? Up until this year in Religious Studies we are taught about Gods, Christians, Muslims, Hindu’s, Buddhists and umm… I think that’s all? That’s all I remember, so if there is more we couldn’t have been taught enough about it! Catholics and Protestants are dealt with shallowly in History lessons. However this year we have a new teacher, one I clash with quite disastrously. Angwin (nicknamed Angwin the Penguin for his way of walking) is very involved in his beliefs and theories, perhaps too much. Confusing questions are written on his wall, such as : ‘Is the answer to this question no?’ Well if the answer was yes then the answer wouldn’t be no. But if the answer was no then it would be yes the answer is no. See what I mean? Confusing! Anyway, he has a new method of teaching religion, and so far we have been taught about Animal Testing and Vivisection, World Pollution and Environment, Genetic Engineering and Suicide bombing. Apart from the last subject I do not understand what the rest has to do with Religion? Can someone point that one out to me please? Religion is not a choice for a GCSE option, other humanities History and Geography are, so once again I do not understand why RS is not included? We take a basic GCSE but that is part of the curriculum, every student has to do this, we do not learn jacks**t and they do not take a very big interest in it. For RS I am predicted an A grade, currently working at an E grade, because I DON’T understand! It’s all so confusing.
                                I do however know that most, if not all wars are caused by the clash of religion. I would give some examples but as I said it is all so confusing for me there is no doubt I would get everything mixed up! So instead of cause a hassle with what I don’t know I will stick with what I do: Why cannot people accept that some others do not think as we think, does it matter what others do or don’t do? Everyone has faults, but why are they faults? It’s a piece of that person, there is no right or wrong way to look or think, behaviour is a completely different matter, but only in extreme issues such as murder, thievery etc. People are prejudiced against others colour and appearance, to me religion is just something else for them to argue over. As long as we are personally happy with ourselves why criticise others? Another part of the world I do not understand, like the suicide bombers, why would you want to sacrifice your life to kill others? Apparently they are brainwashed into doing this, taught to believe that the opposites are evil, allies of the devil and such, but for the people who are teaching them this why do they feel that way? As is for the people before them, it is all stemming from somewhere! This is why I prefer to be atheist, I stay away from Religion, therefore all these so called ‘Holy wars’ etc. have know extreme meaning to me. I can see from both sides with out bias and quite clearly it looks to me like inhabitants of the world are just murdering each other. (By the way the text has not shown itself next to the options below so i've just checked all the boxes with no idea what they say...) :@)

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                                  26.04.2003 22:26
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                                  Introduction: (NOT FINISHED YET IN PROCESS OF REWRITE) So what is this category actually for? My guess is 'A' as in the band...the one who wrote 'Starbucks' and 'Nothing' etc cos i just noticed at the bottom it has all those questions you find on music reviews so...Ah well! This is more interestin anyways. D'you know if you search my name on yahoo (one of my mates did this) then this review comes up! So i thought seeing as i wrote it in April 2003 its a bit ouot of date, and as its about me people, if anyone actually read this, would get the wrong idea so i'm gonna rewrite it bit by bit.. **************************************************************************** A - Aggressive, ok so i'm not as bad as i used to be but i still get pretty violent and mostly over little things. I've got a really foul mouth at times to, i can talk for england and when i'm mad my voice gets really loud really fast and really spiteful. My boyfriends calming me down though, that's not supposed to happen, he's making me domestic!! He doesn't get angry with me see, and he's so relaxed all the damn time its startin to rub off on me! B - Bucklers Mead the hellhole of a school that i go to, they say that all schools have bullying, smokers, graffiti and drugs but i'm telling you there isn't a school as bad as this one, atleast in and around Yeovil anyway. I hate people knowing that i'm from there, the other schools are so snobby, and neat in their blazers and pleated skirts and then there's us lookin like a loada tramps in scraggy jumpers and ripped baggy trousers. Greeeat. J - Job! I finally actually got one..well two. The first i got in october babysitting a 3, 4 and a 12 year old, its a really easy job. They go to bed i get to bring my boyfriend or a mate, eat/drink what i like and check on the kids every two hours. i get well payed too, only thing is she cancels alot
                                  . The other i got today as it happens, washing up in a little pub on a main road, good pay for that too...gotta save up to buy my boyfriend another mobile. I bought him one a month ago and the idiot left it in his jeans...through the washing machine AND tumble dryer! U ? United States of America, my grandparents and 4 of my aunts and uncles moved out here from Yeovil when my mother was 19. 5 years later I was born, since that time I have visited the family home twice for a holiday. I miss my family, I do not communicate with my father?s side and so these are the only true family I have. I adore them all, my Grandfather owns his own business Leverton.Co I think it?s called, he is in collaboration with Westlands, a very important part of Somerset, the area I live in. Due to this he manages to fly over once a year or more, sometimes able to bring my Nan with him. I have only met my aunts and uncles twice. V - Vans. My mum used to be a courier for Westlands and the hospital, an odd pair! One delivers helicopter pieces and explosives to Yeovilton and the other takes urine samples, birthing-gas cylinders and god alone knows what else! Anyway, there are about 5 different vans my mum has to swap them over with other people all the time, or does she? Nope I have to! I was always the one stuck at home waiting for Andy or Darren to show up and give me a key and the mobile for that specific van. They do more than just that?they barge into the house and make themselves some tea!! But then that just shows people are comfortable around us I suppose. She got a better job a few weeks back and now she actually works in Westlands, and gets to be above her ex-boss! Aha! W - X - X-ray. I think i might need another one of these on my ankle again, its completely jammed and i don't have a clue why, i didn't do anything to it, i'm the laziest of all people, so bad my parents actually bought me microwave toasties, what kind of
                                  sloth can't be bothered to use a toaster? Anyway i've done something to it! So now i wear skateshoes 24/7 and people notice how small i really am. Dammit! I stopped growin a while back! Y - Y not! The classic come back to the ?Why? mode, and the answer to everything. ?Roxanne why are you doing that??- - ?Why not?? Always works, don?t use it on me though I?ll always find my way around that one! Z - Well what the hell am I supposed to put here? Zips! I need one of those stitched onto my mouth. *****

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