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      04.09.2001 18:36
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      Frankenstein - the word itself conjures up images of a huge lumbering monster with bolts in either side of its neck that has just emerged from a slightly seedy tank full of electrical wires. Gee, not exactly what the book is about... Actually the creature we depict is the creator, Victor Frankenstein; the creature itself has no name and indeed, no bolts. Frankenstein is an extremely difficult book to get into, probably because it was written in about 1815 and updated at about 1830 (I think). Incidentally, it was dismissed as trash by anyone who has read it now, and many people would agree that it is trash now. Still, Shelley does write an interesting story, if slightly unbelievable. The story is mostly told from Victor's point of view, occasionally the creatures and at the beginning through letters by Captain Walton. The story pretty much explores Victor's thirst for knowledge, his total ambition and his struggle against the creature he finally creates. This is not the whole story though, there are many different themes that run through, including the comparison between Walton and Victor, the way they feel that they have wonder a friend who shares the same burning ambition to succeed against all odds. There is an endless battle between good and evil in this book, but the creature is not inherently bad natured, he is driven to it by alienation from the world since he was rejected by his *father*, without any friend, nor interaction with any person who can tolerate the way he looks. Some might say that the creature is the personification of Victor's suppressed evil nature. There is the relationship between Elizabeth and Victor and the way Shelley depicts all women to be graceful and beautiful to contrast with the creature. Shelley also likes to make references to Paradise Lost and the constant struggle against good and evil. Of course the book can be unbelievable at times, Shelley skirts over t
      he scientific parts, manage to slip in a plot device so the creature is educated and the long journeys only seem to take a couple of days. At times the book seems self indulgent and pointless, with Shelley using it to have a go at the failings of society and the corrupt nature of the justice system of the time, but if you can get over this, the book can become quite a good story which is both frustrating and abrupt as well as interesting and intriguing. It is also very hard not to get irritated with the incredibly selfish Victor! ;-)

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        03.09.2001 18:10
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        About 2 months ago, Jimmy Eat World would have just been a weird band name to me, but ever since Kerrang gave it 5 stars (which surprised me, seeing as they didn't seem heavy) I knew I had to check these guys out. Now I can't believe I ever had lived before Jimmy Eat World. Whoa. Every track on this album seems to take on new meaning and style. It is innovative and tremendously enjoyable - 11 tracks of pure genius. BLEED AMERICAN A mass of energy and melody is crammed into this fast paced, guitar-fuelled song. The lyrics seem to imply the decline of America's industry, yet you wouldn't know it to listen to the song, it is absolutely wonderful, possibly the best opening track I have ever had the privilege to listen to. It ends as abruptly as it begins; leaving you stunned and excited, only to be plunged into the second track, which is... A PRAISE CHORUS This song was on a free CD that Kerrang gave away, and still rates as one of my favourites on the album. Jimmy's voice rips through the verses with grace that you never thought possible, with apt stutters on the beginning of some words. The chorus then breaks down and is softly sung, emphasising the line 'I wanna fall in love tonight.' Emotional and beautiful, this song chops and changes, keeps you guessing and opens up the rest of the album to you whilst you bask in the light and feel good. THE MIDDLE This song sort of gives advice, reminding the subject that its all fine and they don't have to worry if things go wrong and they definitely don't have to worry about what people think of them. Less *crash* than the previous two songs, but thought provoking and easy to sing-a-long to! Melodic with a great guitar solo, proving that you don't have to yell to get your point across. YOUR HOUSE An acoustic number that continuously strains on the lyric 'You rip my heart right out'. This song kee
        ps it moderate tempo, and talks of a relationship that seems to have broken down.. The middle 8 is a treat, as is Jimmy's voice, which manages to seem cool and clear whilst also giving showing the feeling and pain he does actually feel. SWEETNESS Whoa! This song has an amazing vocal intro, and continues to rush along in bursts of vocals and then instrumentation.. Wonderful! Incredibly impressive, full of harmonies and words you struggle to understand, continuously calling out 'Are you listening?' making you what to scream back that you are listening and you always will be. HEAR YOU ME Probably the most emotional songs on the album, technically acoustic, with the vocals slightly more hushed and regretful. I can't justify this song in words, you can only really feel it when you hear it... IF YOU DON'T, DON'T Another one of my favourite, I guess it probably it has more relate ability.. Wonderful, very personal lyrics, stressing the vocalists frustration with his current situation. More emphasise is placed in the voices instead of the instruments which seem to run along in the background cutting the way for the lyrics, Only to by pushed to the forefront for a guitar solo and then broken down again for the final verse. GET IT FASTER This song manages to have a minute long intro that builds up to the quiet angry vocals that haunt the actual beginning. One of the few truly angry songs on this album, much guitarage, making 'Ah ha ha, ah ha ha ha' never sound so good! Funky little ditty in the middle with two guitars playing off each other.. Definitely a song that makes you want to jump around, or even more so, make you want to write something equally as fiery and angry. CAUTIONERS This song can only be described as beautiful. Wonderful bass line and suspended guitar in the background holding it to together until the chorus then letting it break it
        down into the most satisfying piano piece. The kind of song that makes you catch your breath, best listened to whilst driving on a dark night with the imagery and emotion, its hard not to get a lump in your throat. Truly beautiful. THE AUTHORITY SONG A poppy, almost Beatles like song that definitely has the sing-a-long factor. Funky lyrics and instruments. A groovy vibe that gets you moving whilst conjuring up images of old American bars with run down jukeboxes. This song is fuelled with a really fun chorus and lots of really good drumming. Definitely well worth listening to. MY SUNDOWN This song is definitely made for the end of an album, as it addresses to vocalist's place in the world and how they see everything. The line 'I could be so much than this' plays on your mind, making you realise how little everything can seem. Another piano filled song and a good end to the album. This album can be listened to on so many different levels.. The songs aren't obvious and therefore can be seen in so many different ways, which is much better than stating the obvious. The musical ability of this band is undeniable, the experiment and aren't afraid to play a song with emotional lyrics fast or slow. They aren't even frightened to have a girl sing some of the harmonies to give that little bit of extra depth. It is both a powerful and unique album, and Jimmy Eat World are fast becoming my favourite band. If you enjoy emotional, powerful music then you should definitely try this album out, and the previous ones as well. Jimmy Eat World most definitely rock!

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          25.07.2001 18:56
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          I heard 'Rhythms' by Sum 41 on a CD sampler and instantly was attracted to their energy and melodic style of punk. So, because I think I'm addicted to all things musical, I went out and bought the album 'All Killer, No Filler'. From the outset you can tell these Canadian Punkers have a prominent sense of humour, much emphasised in the first track which is basically a spoof intro, as seen on CD's like Smash and Ixnay on the Hombre by the Offspring. 'Nothing On My Back' is one of those storming tracks that can get stuck in your head for days and days without you even realising it, and by the end of it you just wanna hear the track again or you swear you'll go crazy. Or maybe that's just me... 'Never Wake Up' is all of 50 seconds long, right on guys, way to be punk.. Apparently it’s about never waking up, now I'm sure there is a deeper meaning in here somewhere... 'Fat Lip' just plain rocks, and that's the honest truth. I dare anyone to listen to this song and not want to just jump around and get all that anger out!! Therapy you might say. All the band members take a turn at singing this song, and the line 'I don't wanna waste my time, become another casualty of society' just totally appeals. Very summery, very funny video too!! 'Rhythms' is more rhythmic you might say, melodic, another jump around the room tune, less paced but still incredibly fast. I think they should release this for sure. 'Motivation' speaks of their despair of never being bothered to do anything, something we are all familiar with. Another sing-a-long rock-a-long teenage 'hate my life' song. Gotta love 'em. 'In too Deep' slows it down, starts like a blooming Sugar Ray song, picture yourself on a beach time. It talks about a slightly lovelorn relationship, and I guess this will eventually become a single.. seem slightly
          more commercial than the rest of the album. 'Summer' Is just one of those tracks, not outstanding, yet not total rubbish, angry and full of 'whoas'. Well, where would be without them, huh? 'Handle This' is pretty darn funky, its got of those hooks that you catch on to very quickly, makes me smile, not that's its meant to, because its angry, of course!! :-) 'Crazy Amanda Bunkface' wins the title for most ridiculous song name, but not award for best song... Kinda merges in, same old same old, jump around material. 'All She's Got' fast paced, rock out, not much else to say. 'Heart Attack' I love. Brilliant intro, totally cool build up, and the chorus that just appears from nowhere, screams in your face and ends with a funky little ditty. A song about the perils of getting up.. Oh yes! Redeems then from any mediocre songs!! 'Pain For Pleasure' is a humorous 80's metal piss take, I think the drummer sings it, and actually the guitar parts are kinda cool.. I didn't just say that right? Funny end to an album... Sum 41 sometimes appear to be trying too hard to be that band they wanna be, but I reckon their next album will problem get them there. Still this album is a whole lotta fun, and at times it just totally rules, worth buying for the humour and 'Fat Lip'. Much heavy than their contemporise such as Blink 182 and New Found Glory.. But if they must be called 'Punk Pop' its punk pop with a huge dangerous sharp edge. A very promising future I think! Worth a listen if you feel like the kids aren't alright!

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        • Malcolm In the Middle / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          04.07.2001 03:44
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          Malcolm in the Middle is one of the rare American shows that you wait a long time for. Its funny, entertaining and depicts the lifestyle of a somewhat disfunctional American family. The story is usually set around Malcolm (Frankie Muniz) and the goings on with him and his two brothers at home, Reese (Justin Berfield) and Dewey (Erik Per Sullivan). Malcolm is an above average kid who is usually placed with the 'geeks' although he feels he is anything but. Reese is his older, totally opposite brother who looks for trouble, whereas Dewey is your typical madcap youngster who has his own set of rules. The boys continously live in fear of their neurotic and totally aware mother (Jane Kaczmarek) who is on to everything the boys do and is ready pounce at an second, while their dad, Hal (Bryan Cranston) seemingly stands by without caring much. The other bout of hilarity comes from the older brother Francis (Christopher Masterson) who is away at military school and who breaks the rules almost every show and occasional tries to make it home. Of course, these characters seem pretty 'cardboard' when anaylised in a sentence, but its the reality of them on screen that brings this show alive and makes it fresh and funny beyond many others. This coupled with some superb acting from the young cast and the continuing struggle of Malcolm (who is most definitely in the middle) against is own family makes this show extremely watchable. So next time you flick over and its on, take a look, because you probably won't see anything better that evening, and watch out for the cool theme song from 'They Might Be Giants'. I hope Malcolm in the Middle stays around for a while.

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          • Rock Sound / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            04.07.2001 03:16
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            You really have to love Rock Sound, even if it is only for its certain young feel and amatuer style. Its a pretty newish magazine, although saying that it has been around for a couple of years, yet compared to other music magazines that certainly makes it the baby of an ever decreasing market (with the loss of Melody Maker et al). Rock Sound looks young as well as feels it, it has a glossly cover and clocks in at over a hundred pages, mainly because it is a monthly magazine so it has to pack everything into it. Of course there is not a lot new to it - the same old news pages, interviews and reviews of just about every obscure album or single you could hope to think of. Yet, these reviews are all split nicely into sections such as Indie/Punk & Hardcore etc which is a pleasant change. Rock Sound also has an extensive 'New Bands' section, not just a piece at the bottom of the page, which is also quite refreshing. I guess the thing that clinches me into forking out £2.99 is the free CD with each issue, something that no other magazine can provide on such a regular basis. There are always a couple of tracks I love and it is a bonus for people like me who love to discover new and innovative music. Rock Sound is a cool magazine, it often feels personal, espcially with the numerous spelling mistakes and although it may not feel new and dynamic in the world of music magazines it offers an alternative to the often pretenious drivel of Kerrang!. Rock on Rock Sound.

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              04.07.2001 02:26
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              Midland Mainline are probably one of the cleanest, well run and safest train operators in the country. I travel on them at least once and week and usually more and I have to say that the trains are always well looked after and pleasant to ride on. Of course after the numerous rail disasters of the previous year and the imminent speed restrictions, the timetable was severely disrupted and still hasn't got back to normal. Yet, the service and the pleasant staff seem to make up for it (I even think this on a day when I was delayed about an hour because of a MM train). On the front, Midland Mainline seem fairly expensive compared to other operators and it seems hard to justify their continous rise in prices, but with a railcard that are readily availible for students (£18) and families, these costs are cut by a third or more. Midland Mainline run continously back and forth to London St Pancras with 2 highspeed trains going through every hour, with limited stops, followed by 2 Turbostars an hour that stop at just about every stop to Derby or Nottingham or Sheffield or even sometimes Leeds and York. There is a a buffet services on all the trains (unless there is some problem) and most of the time they offer a supply of free tea or coffee which is very nice of them, espcially on a cold winters day. They have just introduced more cars to the Turbostars with an abundance of first class seating and also some extra standard seating so it is easier to get a seat at peak times. Their fares to London also include the tube which makes the price actually works out particularly cheap, at round £21 (£14 with railcard) from Kettering/Leicester. Also, if I am correct in saying they are offering a deal that incorporates a trip on the London eye into your train ticket, although this deal may have expired now. All in all, Midland Mainline are an example to the rest of the train operaters, as they are clean, good looking, invested in and are
              manned by pleasant staff, I always have a good journey when the train eventually arrives. :-)

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            • Dickies / Clothing / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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              04.07.2001 02:07
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              Dickies are a new clothing product to me, although to be said they have been around for a while but they are one which I have been incredibly impressed with. Although I hardly own anything by them (poor student and all) their cotton American-like shirts and such are pleasing both to look at and to wear. As a girl who likes skater clothing I find it very hard to find anything that is suitable, basically because most companies think that all 'skater' girls like to wear flare like jeans instead of baggy jeans and tight shirts. This often forces me into the mens section which is never good considering I am about 5'2 and the clothes I buy are mostly too long, too baggy and just plain dissatifying!! I came across my most prized Dickies shirt in a little shop in Leicester, and found that is was both baggy (!) and in girls sizes (!!!) for a mere £23.00 (!!!!!) *and* it was red (!!!!!!). Right here and now I would like to thank Dickies for making my clothes shopping just a little less painful. So, if you like skater clothing in girls sizes, Dickies is certainly worth a look at.

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              • Hold Me Up - Goo Goo Dolls / Music Album / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                03.07.2001 21:55
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                This album clocks in as the Goo Goo Dolls 3rd album after 'Jed' and the 'Goo Goo Dolls' and it perhaps shows a slight change in direction from the two previously more 'punky' albums. 'Hold Me Up' was recorded in 1990, so it is still incredibly early Goo, which is intriguing too. John Rzeznik has a nack for thoughtful lyrics and major guitar hooks throughout all the Goo Goo Dolls albums, and 'Hold Me Up' is no exception. Stand out tracks include the opening number 'Laughing' which harks back to their punk beginnings with Rob (bassist) on vocals. Rob's voice is much rougher than John's and not particularly to everyone's taste but now I think they balance the album out. Also, 'Laughing' has a killer bass line! 'Just The Way You Are' is a classic Rzeznik track, just musically excellent, lyrically heartfelt but still utterly rocking as is 'There You Are'. 'Out Of The Red' is much darker and slower, almost angry, fuelling many a day of teenage angst. Most of the time I find myself relating to Rzeznik's lyrics, but thats probably just a sucker for anything deep and meaningful. Other stand out tracks include a Prince cover 'Never Take The Place Of Your Man' which seems somewhat out of place on the album, but is quite an unexpected breath of fresh air. 'Kevin's Song' is a instrumental, discordant and a stroke of genius if you ask me, incorporating the use of a piano that speeds up and down without any seemingly obvious purpose. The last track 'Two Days In February' is an aucoustic number that is both personal and a decent ending to a decent album. This album isn't a total departure from the Goo Goo Doll's punk roots but it is hardly the same band that you hear on 'Dizzy Up The Girl'. Musically it is excellent and its only downfall is the poor quality of sound, but t
                he tracks 'Just The Way You Are', 'Two Days In February', 'Laughing' and 'The You Are' have just been remastered and put on the Goo Goo Dolls best of, 'Ego, Opinion, Art and Commerce'. This album is certainly worth a listen if you are a Goo Goo Dolls fan already if only to see the progression and direction that led them up to 'Dizzy Up The Girl'.

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              • Dubliners - James Joyce / Fiction Book / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                29.06.2001 22:45
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                I had to do 'Dubliners' for A-level English, and having to write about a book under pressure never leaves a good impression of that book in your mind. Dubliners, however, keeps coming back to me, because of its sheer honesty and perspective on early twentieth century Dublin and Ireland. James Joyce was obvious a very perceptive young man, for he was able to take the thing he saw around him (the apparent depression, paralysis and lack of hope) and write them down into a collection of 12 short stories that were to cause so much controversy that he was unable to publish it for a number of years. Of course, all this sounds increasingly depression, and that's what the book seems to be - depression, but it’s also incredibly real. I don't think I have read another book like it. The stories move in 4 sections dealing with such issues as growing up (for example Araby), frustration (Little Cloud), the inability of Dublin life to hold anything good (Counterparts), drunkenness (Grace) and other factors like religion and peoples role in society. His writing takes on a distinctive style and each story has an epiphany, a realisation that is usually an unhelpful or useless. Even in 'The Dead', by far the longest and most hopeful of the collection, Gabriel has a realisation, echoing Joyce's own personal experiences. Dubliner's is so a fun book, but it is highly interesting and almost always frustration in its abrupt endings for Joyce was certainly not a student in the meaning of 'closure'. Still, it draws you in as its stark reality and imagery, whether it is religious or otherwise maintains interest throughout, leaving you feeling both hopeless and dissatisfied only to find hope in 'The Dead'. 'Dubliners' is a masterpiece of writing and easily describes Dublin the way that Joyce saw it.

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                • Xena - Warrior Princess / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                  29.06.2001 22:11
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                  I love this show, that is, when I can get to see it as the only terrestrial channel to pick it up in Channel 5 and I am only just on the verge of convincing my parents to get Sky One. Xena: Warrior Princess is one of the few shows that make the grade. Its gutsy, funny, action packed and at times emotional. I started watching because, well, it as on, and after a couple of weeks I was hooked. The story lines may not be down to earth or believable, but something screams in me that the characters are what make this show. Xena, the 'warrior woman' haunted by her slightly unhinged past and warlord wars, dedicates herself to fighting for all things good. Lucy Lawless is probably the only person who could play this part. Tall, totally mad blue eyes with a moody disposition. Gabrielle is the naive sidekick (or at least she was for about the first 3 seasons). Utterly loyal, and totally dizzy, she easily becomes loveable and a good counter balance to Xena. Joxer is the witless wannabe warrior who tends to hang around like a bad smell. Fun at times, irritating mostly and the eternal annoyance to both Xena and Gabrielle. The whole programme just somehow pulls together, it can be dark and serious in some episode and light and funny in others. The friendship between Xena and Gabrielle is constantly tested and it’s always a thoroughly entertaining watch. The show is helped by some well thought out extra characters that pop up from time to time; Autolycus 'King of Thieves' (Bruce Campbell) is the most notable, as well as Callisto (Hudson Leick) who seeks revenge from Xena who killed her family and others like Ares. Xena is well worth a watch, but is probably not for everyone, even if it is set in the beautiful surroundings of New Zealand. I can't decide if the whole show has ended now as they are selling off props on Yahoo auctions, but even if it has, the previous 6 seasons are wo
                  rth a look at.

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                  • Evolution (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                    29.06.2001 20:45
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                    I stumbled into this movie because I couldn't think of anything else to watch that I hadn't seen before, but it was actually I really fun film. Of course, not everyone is looking for fun and it is quite possible for many to view this film as tacky and not particularly well made, not helped by the tagline, 'Have a nice end of the world'. The story revolves around the landing of a metoir that brings with it alien life capable of evolving at an incredible pace. This discovery is made by two would-be high school lecturers; David Duchovny as Dr Ira Kane, a biology teacher and Orlando Jones, as Harry Block, a geology teacher. Basically the alien life forms are evolving so fast that they are about to wipe out human life, and the teachers have to face off against some rather dubious military officials (including Julianne Moore). Of course it makes for a whole lot of fun and liberal use of head and shoulders. David Duchonvy is obviously relishing in the fact that is isn't playing Mulder and even Seann William Scott (that Stiffler guy in American Pie), who plays Wayne Green manages to (half) escape from the role of vulgar dumbass. Its never going to be the best film of the year, or perhaps the month, and the special effects are never going to compete against the likes of 'Peal Harbor' but its definitely worth your cinema ticket if you just wanna have some fun.

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                    • History / Discussion / 1 Reading / 6 Ratings
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                      15.05.2001 18:12
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                      I'm just about to complete my 2 year A-level course in History and it has definitely been my favourite subject, even if it has been a heavy workload. I've studied the period 1815-70 in both Britian and Europe (although the British part of the course focused mainly on 1820 - 1850) and I have to say I feel that studying this period has definitely made me understand the events of the 20th Century and today much better. History always manages to carry with it a stigma of being boring, and occasionally it is, but isn't every subject? I have found it to be both interesting and fulfilling, giving me the ability to grasp modern day situations and events using information from the past. I do believe that it does all depend on who is teaching the course, without the right teaching or enthusiaism, it could quickly become a vey dull experience, but thankfully it didn't. The course itself focusses more on the political aspects of the period studied (for there are many different periods on the history syllabus) and there is great emphasises on anaylsis on the historical period covered rather than just narrative. A big feature of the course is being able to take other historarian's opinions and use them in the context of the essay you are writing. This skill is essential to get the top grade. I feel History has given me much more than any other subject, I enjoy it, I like to study it and hopefully I will do well in the exam, but it certainly is a heavy subject full of dates and quotes, not for people who feel they have a poor memory :-) If you enjoyed History at GCSE then definitely consider History at A-level.

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                      • Art / Discussion / 1 Reading / 5 Ratings
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                        At GCSE, Art was one of my best subjects. I throughly enjoyed it and found it to be fulfilling and satisfying. At A-level, it is a completely different story. As I am nearing the end of my 2 year Art A-level course and I am all but finished the exam, I can truly say that I have never had to go through so much hassle for a subject in my entire life. I never went into Art because I thought it would be easy, I wanted to express myself other than in writing and I thought that I would get on well with Art at A-level but I was wrong. The jump between the GCSE and the A-level is enormous, everything seems to be different and it took me the best part of a year and a half to adapt to that. They are not bothered with conventional methods of painting, nor with anything you have learnt at GCSE, you virtually have to unlearn yourself, and push yourself the edge of your talents. Still, I know that the grade I will get (hopefully a B, probably a C) will be something I can be proud of because I had to work so hard for it, often sacrificing time for my other subjects for it. So, if you think Art is an easy, cop out subject, then think again. You will spend more time on art than anything, you will constantly be challenged and pushed more than your other subjects. The pressure is high and you may find that your natural talents won't take to as far as you would like. Then again, it can be fulfilling, especially when you do a piece that you are proud of, and it can also be very frustrating. Either way I suggest that anyone taking a-level (AS level now) Art has a long and hard think about it before deciding.

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                        • Infest - Papa Roach / Music Album / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                          Up on hearing 'Last Resort' I became interested in Papa Roach, although as many others probably did, I thought they were just jumping on the 'Limp Bizkit' Bandwagon. Thankfully, it definitely can be said that they are nothing like Limp Bizkit. They are a proper rock/metal band, no DJ in sight, just a decent group of guys making good music. I bought the album on a whim, because I had some extra cash and I am not sorry that I did. 'Infest' is certainly a worthy woldwide debut (they had previous local CDs), beginning with the hard hitting 'Infest' which acts half as an introduction, half as a political message! The first six tracks are amazing, 'Infest', 'Last Resort' (For teenagers everywhere, and with a killer riff), 'Broken Home' (Homage to the break up of one of the groups parents, nice guitar effect), 'Dead Cell' (shouty anthem), 'Between Angels and Insects' (amazing track, second single, marvellous bassline, slightly offensive in lyrical content, but so is Last Resort), and 'Blood Brothers' (Included on the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 game, fast paced and fun). After this the album seems to lose its way slightly, only to be saved by the tracks 'Never Enough' and 'Binge'. My personal favourite is the hidden track 'Tightrope' which slows everything down and is both superior in the way Cody sings it, and its melody. Its nice to slow things down, even if it does have a slightly reggae feel about it. Still this is a class album, you perhaps have to be in the right mood to listen to it, but these guys are leading a new generation of bands that will shape the future of music. Well worth a listen.

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                          15.05.2001 16:45
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                          Everclear's follow up to 'Songs From An American Movie, Vol. One: Learning How To Smile' is a much more pleasing album. Firstly they have returned to their much rockier style, and the opening track on the albm 'When it All Goes Wrong Again' (the American single) acts as a prompt for the rest of the album. Art Alexakis's lyrics are both real and thought provoking and combined with music that manages be much more solid than its predecessor, this album is both satifying and full of feeling at the same time. The Stand out tracks are definitely 'When It All Goes Wrong', 'Babytalk', 'Rock Star', 'Short Blonde Hair', 'All F**ked Up', 'Overwhelming' and 'Song From An American Movie pt. 2'. 'When It All Goes Wrong Again' for its beefy guitar sound, anticipating the rest of the album. 'Babytalk' has a somewhat comic overtone about it, as it talks about how partners comunicate with one another, it silly voices sometimes :-) Yet it still manages to be a gutsy, good song. 'Rock Star' has a much more 'single material' feel to it, decent melody, a song that most people can relate to, wanting to be a rock star. 'Short Blonde Hair' is obviously about Art himself, and his feeling that everyone either gives him too much credit or they have a rather tainted opinion of him. 'All F**ked Up' has an incredibly punky feel to it, and despite its rather dubious content, it still manages to be one of the best tracks on the album. Art's explaination in the inlay explains his over use of the word 'f**k' 'Overwhelming' perhaps talks about a bad relationship and lyrically it is perhaps my favourite track. 'Song From An American Movie pt 2' takes the first track off the previous album, rocks it up and adds several more verses, making it a far superior so
                          ng with much more depth and feeling. This is definitely my favourite song on the album. The other songs - 'Misery Whip', 'Out Of My Depth', 'The Good Witch Of The North' and 'Halloween Americana' are all decent tracks but they don't stand out as much as the rest. Overall, I find this album very pleasing and it is well worth a listen.

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