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      03.08.2002 19:28
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      I am 21 years old and not a very girly girl. have never had any perfume before mainly because noone has ever bought it for me, and i am not going to waste my hard earned money on perfume when there are cds to be bought...... However I was in Manchester in a department store when some woman sprayed me with this perfume "sexy Graffiti" by Escada. This is the first perfume EVER that i have not only liked but LOVED, I smelt like a strawberry and I was loving it. I obviousley didn't stop going on about this perfume because on my 21st birthday i got three bottles of it, one from my boyfriend, one from my parents and one from my friends (all in each size of the range....spooky) To be honest i don't know why they got me anything or even hung around with me if i'm that boring, but i digress...... Sexy Graffiti is one of the Escada perfumes that they bring out every year and then stop, its a limited edition perfume that is very summery and also a young perfume but is only out for a year, so its a good job that i have stocked up really seeing as though it'll stop and the only perfume that i have ever loved will discontinue...... Anyway if you're not a big perfume lover like me then maybe you will like this, its different to all the other perfumes that i think smell like bleach, this one makes you smell like a strawberry all day, its wicked! although be cautious after a while it may make you crave strawberries, which is fine when they're in season..... but may get very expensive when they're not.....so be careful.... but aside from this extra expense i'd definately reccommend Sexy Graffiti, despite the cheesy name, it smells really nice and also the bottle is lovely too if you're into that kind of thing and as a receiver of this perfume as a gift then I'd definately reccommend it as a gift as i was happy with it!

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      • Ozzfest 2002 / Musical Event / 2 Readings / 19 Ratings
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        What better thing to do after finishing your last exam of your degree ever (aarrgggh!) than going to see a few of your favourite bands?? I went to Ozzfest last year and thought it was wicked and Tool and System of a Down were playing so I thought I'd trek to Donington to see them. The weather was lovely.... everyone was sat down chilling then anti-product came on........ I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Antiproduct, in fact I'm not a fan at all so maybe I didn't appreciate them live as much as maybe I should but I just wasn't too impressed as I am not in to them at all. Next up was Zakk Wylde's Black Label society who got a huge response, but again its not my cup of tea, they're no Tool lets just put it like that. During this though I went round the shops so I can give you a review of them, there was a WICKED shop which did one pound bargain bags which were the best things in the WORLD. I bought 3. It was well worth it. Anyway sorry.... the music........ the next band that I really actually watched were Lostprophets. I wasn't totally impressed with these because where I was stood was pretty windy making the sound quality really bad, but they were wicked, I would have stood closer if it wasn't for the bloody stupid barrier at the front. Basically at the front there was a huge barrier erected which meant that only vips could get to the front meaning that all the plebs had to stand around there, meaning that people who paid £40 couldn't really get near to their favourite bands at all, which, OZZY, I do believe was ridiculous....... thats if he ever reads this....which he won't.... but still, it was really annoying.... but yeah the Lostprophets didi totally give a really good energetic show and got the crowd going in the horriblest weather EVER (including hail) Anywho as I said the only bands that I was there for really were Tool and SOAD. However I did watch Cradle of filth and was totally dig
        ging the stilt dancers, they were wicked, but I HATE COF but they were pretty funny, and i thought for their fans they put on a really good show. Not for me though. Slayer were WICKED live, i'm not into them but I was TOTALLY impressed with their live performance and also the amount of respect for them in the crowd, maybe it was because Slayer have been around a long time and there were a lot of older people there to see Ozzy anyway but these were definately the third most popular band there (under ozzy and SOAD) and rightly so according to their live performace, they were really good live and also the whole crowd was totally getting into it and loving it. Next were SOAD! YEAH!!! I was REALLY excited about this as I had never seen these live before and I LOVE them (and a ticket mix-up in manchester on their tour made sure I couldn't see them then either) so this was REALLY exciting for me and they came on and blew the crowd away, I am in love with serj now they were AMAZING and the WHOLE crowd was loving it (although i couldn't speak for the bourgeois barriered people being so below them I am just a mere proletariat pleb) but they were really tight live and serj was especially amazing to me, and they had totally wicked stage prescence and me and serj are getting married next week. (you heard it here first....so did he probably) next up were the big one....TOOL. I have seen them 3 times before this but I still feel sick before I see Tool as I get SO excited (this, sadly, is true) The crowd seemed to go to get beer/go to the toilet or basically get away fro the stage when Tool came on as it was much less packed than SOAD, but i didn't midn that as I could get closer. Tool were abolustely magnificent, I can't think of a better word to describe them, they were AMAZING and blew me away, like they always do. Maynard's voice is just fantastic and also his getting "suspicious minds" into tool's set was geniu
        s too. The stage prescence of Tool has never been good, but they don't need to, they are SO amazing live that they surpass the need for it, and for the people who do believe that they need it they give little video clips (aww, aren't they nice?) but with Tool its all about the music, they don't need to bother with moving around the stage (and the weirdness of Maynard'd dances is entertainment in itself) and a Ozzfest they were amazing, as per usual. Next up was the man himself OZZY!! He started with some really funny clips of him as christina aguilera etc, which got a laugh and then EVERYONE wtched him as he ran out onstage. He was wicked live and everything but it was sort of same-y as last yuear, but without the goodness of Black Sabbath, it was REALLY wicked last year I was reallyl excited about seeing Black Sabath but without them this year I wasn't too excited about Ozzy. He was good and everything I just didn't think he was amazing. However what was amazing were the fireworks after his set! They were AMAZING!! I was loving them. I wasn't loving the queues out of the place which took us HOURS to get back to cheshire. I also wasn't loving the sunburn (?!) than I had when i got home, it had pissed it down all day and i was burnt to a crisp, which wasn't great. However it was TOTALLY worth it for the almost orgasmic experience of seeing Tool and SOAD and also I was loving Lostprophets and SLayer and it was wicked watching the other bands as the atmosphere was wicked and it was just a generally wicked day, one thing though I would have liked to have got closer to the front to see my favourite bands that I had paid £40 for, and the venue was better last year in Milton Keynes, Donington was a bit weird...but still good.

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        • S Club 7 in general / Archive Music / 2 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          21.05.2002 22:59
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          I am not a big pop music fan, if you read my other opinions you'll realise that my favourite band are Tool, but I am quite partial to a bit of S Club 7. My friend was getting tickets to go and see them so I decided to go with her and a group of us went to see S Club 7 in Manchester. We were scared that the place would be FULL of kids and that we'd HATE the concert and be too tall for the kids behind us to see (we're 20 by the way) When we got there there were THOUSANDS of kids, and when we found our seat we were passed by Zoe from Pop Idol....who i didn't actually know who she was, but my friends did, so we sit down and the crowd were going MENTAL it was brilliant, all the wicked posters that the kids had made were the highlight. We were sat near some kids who were LOVING it and were dressed as S Slub 7 and it was WICKED!! Also people outside were selling flashing lights and the place was FULL of these flashing lights and it was AMAZING as i'd never been to a concert like this before, it was really interesting......... there were screens with loads of films on about S Club 7 and films about 3SL (?) who i later learnt were the brothers of lisa from steps....like i cared.... they came on and the crowd went WILD, they performed and the crowd subdued a bit.....when they were finished i think a few kids were asleep. bless them, i wish i was.... THEN came the torture.... S Club bloody JUNIORS!!! what the hell???? We watched a film of the 8 most BRATTISH stage school kids in the WHOLE wide world, it really was a talent to find those 8 as they really were the brattiest kids in the world, well done to the scouts there and we watched a film on them and then lo and behold the bloody bratts bounded on to the stage for a 3 song set where they just danced in denim to annoy us, and the kids in the crowd just HATED them as they wanted to be them and the kids on the stage were just gloating. We HATED them.......... THEN when they left t
          he crowd went mental....probably including me, i was getting a bit excited by now, it felt a bit like christmas in there, and suddenyl S Club 7 came on!!! yeah!!!!!!!!! it was WICKED I have never seen a concert like this EVER, it was TOTALLY different to any of the rock concerts I've been to, it was AMAZING, but it couldn't be compared as it was too different, it was like a show! I have NEVER seen costume changes before EVER and it was WELL good, it was so smooth!! and exciting and they were AMAZING live, jon especially was a wicked singer and they totally played the crowd (tina was our particular favourite after much deliberation in the car on the way back to uni) EVERY song was amazingly entertaining, even the ballads were wicked as they had fake snow and stuff, and the best thing EVER was the stage that came down OVER the crowd, it was SOOOO exciting, to carnival music and then, of COURSE, "don't stop movin'" they played all their famous songs and did them amazingly well, I'd definately reccommend seeing these live, even without Paul, or any pop concert in general, and its DEFINATELY one for the kids too, it was AMAZING!

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          15.04.2002 03:35
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          No - my copy isn't stolen!!! But this album sure has stolen my HEART! Right, ok, I'll stop now.......... When I saw that 911 didn't have any opinions I was flabberghasted!! I have been a HUGE fan of 911 ever since I MET them in Warrington on a night out YEARS ago, they were pissed, so was I, and they were also REALLY short. Sadly 911 have called it a day now, but not before releasing a "greatest hits" album for their devoted fans, called "Greatest hits & a little bit more" which contains all of their erm, greatest hits. the first track on the album is "Wonderland" which is a lesser known track by mere mortals (ie non 911 fans) but its brilliant all the same. The next track is "If you'd only love me" smooth grooves and if you're on the dancefloor hot moves! (sorry.... i'm REALLY sorry) A Little Bit More - I LOVE this song, so much that i've just put it on, its my favourite 911 song and i'd reccommend it to ALL.... More Than A Woman is the next track, this is a cover of Leo Sayers/the beegee's song, I can't remember which, it may be neither, its a famous single by 911 aswell, it could be seen as a major turning point for 911's career, roun the u bend. Private Number - i can't say anything about this as my cd player always skips when it hears it. All I Want Is You -Is the language in my review appropriate for a wide audience? Are my spelling and grammar good enough? If not, why not write reviews in Word then cut and paste? the rest of the album is amazingly crap, to be honest i HATE 911 and I HATED them when i met them, they all had S.M.S (Short man syndrome) which made them irritable and angry and not very nice. The alcohol didn't help their mood and made them even more arrogant. JOKE! Basically I have actually heard this album though as all my friends used to love 911 (until we met the
          m of course) and I can honestly say that it is no different to any other of the nineties boy band pap that was so popular then (and sadly still is) this cd is just another product of the pseudo-individualisation of the music world. DO NOT buy it/ listen to it. BURN it. (in a fire, not onto a cd)

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            19.02.2002 21:16
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            For anyone who hasn't heard of The Moldy Peaches (which is most people in England) they are a duo from the same lo-fi New York scene as The Strokes. The Moldy Peaches are from the New York Anti-folk scene the same as The Strokes but their music is NOTHING like The Strokes, in fact their music is like nothing you have EVER heard before. The Moldy Peaches are made up of 21 year old Adam Green and 28 (I think) year old Kimya Dawson.... and they are, to be honest, REALLY weird.... but also REALLY amazing. MY friend got me in to their music by playing me one song and I fell in love straight away and SEARCHED for their album and eventually found it on the internet, butrecently I've noticed it in HMVs EVERYWHERE which means its getting more readily available.... anyway about the actual music.... Well the music is REALLY basic, they recorded each song in one take in their houses, which is why on one song a phone goes off and they piss themselves while they sing but still carry on, but this adds a certain charm to the album. The reason I love this album so much is not because its amazing (which actually is another reason I love it so much) but the thing I love most about it is the fact that they sound like they're having SO much fun making it, and it really is reflected in the album. There is also a REALLY immature kiddy element to the songs which makes it even better, like track number 4 "Nothing came out" its about a girl who is in love with a boy, but "all I want to do is watch cartoons with you" its SO wicked. Each song is a weird and crazy adventure and are totally different from each other and are very experimental, but I don't think that the Moldy Peaches will just be in the experimental section of dooyoo for long as they are gaining popularity they will be working their way up to the "bands" section. Words cannot describe how much I love this album, I have never heard anything like it b
            efore or since I bought this album, it is DEFINATELY worth buying for ANY music fan just because of the originality of the songs. The songs to watch out for the most are ....well, ALL of them.but especially track 15 "D.2 Boyfriend" its MAD, its about a grl who didn't have a Duran Duran Boyfriend.... track 9 "Greyhound Bus" which sounds like a 9 year old singing how "I ride the greyhound bus, I ride it everywhere" but the energy of it really makes you love it as it is amazingly infectious Track 4 "nothing came out" its just AMAZINGLY sweet and makes you want to be riding bikes again and ESPECIALLY track 10 "Anyone else but you" a love song with a difference....well all these songs are different to anything you've ever heard before which is why you should get this album....or borrow...or download it.... the point is don't deprive yourself any longer, GET THIS ALBUM!!!

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              25.11.2001 22:03
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              • "my room is forever taken over"

              I am writing this review from a different perspective....because really I don't play this game, but that doesn't mean to say that I don't have any opinions on the game.... I'm not actually going to talk about the actual game, I'm going to talk about the effects that it has upon the champ man addict and their family and friends..... let me explain..... I go to university in Lancaster, I live in halls with my friends....everything was sweet, we all had a life, some people even did work occasionally, but mostly we all went out all the time...... until one fateful day..... my friend John asked me if he could install a game on my computer, I said sure, what game? and he replied "Championship Manager" That moment will haunt me for the rest of my life. Being a non-football fan I didn't realise what Champ Man was, I just assumed it was another football game..... when I saw that it took up most of my memory I started to realise that something was a bit.....wrong. When John first started playing it I wondered where all the footballers were, and where the goddamn game was, now i am older, and wiser I realise the true art of the game.....but I also realise implications. Firstly my room is FOREVER being overtaken by john, and my other friend who brings his laptop in to play with him (yes I know this is the saddest thing of all) I can't sleep properly because at all hours of the day John is knocking on my door to play, and if he's not my other mate Lacey is banging on my door to get the cd.... I am always scared that all my things are going to get stolen as I am forced to leave my room open when i go out at night (ALL the time)/to lectures (this one is rarer) but this is less of a worry as noone is ever out of my room...... My room smells of boy. My social life is slowly being ruined, everyone is slowly being reeled in by champ man and are slowly becoming addicted too....and
              the worst thing of all is that I have been pulled in to the vortex. I feel lost and helpless. Last night,(a SATURDAY NIGHT i might add)I stayed in.... I stayed in my room, I planned to do some work..... but couldn't get to my computer as all day it'd been taken up by john, since noon i might add, and Lacey was sat there too on his little laptop.... I suddenly became a victim of Champ Man's power too and watched their games, I wasn't even playing! I was in my room with them playing champ man for 14 HOURS!!!!!!!!! AAARRGGGH!!! I am 20. It was a Saturday night, I should be out living life, but instead I WATCHED 14 hours of champ man. I am officially sad. I used to have a life. Really. Champ Man should have a warning sticker on the front, it is a danger to normal human beings, it brings them in to the champ man vortex, even non-football fans like me who HATE football have been sucked in....it is THE most addictive game in the history of the world, I'm not going to explain the game, as i said before I am just reviewing the after-effects of it....if you don't know of the game look at another review, but if you do know of the game then you'lll understand my plight.... but I am fighting my plight and am planning my form a Champ man anonymous club for victims and their families/friends who suffer from champ man addiction. We could help you. You are not alone, there are people out there who can help you..... you can get over this. Champ man anonymous (TM) is only for people who previously had lives, if you didn't have a life before Champ man then this is DEFINATELY the game for you.

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              • Singles - Soundtrack / Music Album / 0 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                The Singles soundtrack is possibly THE best soundtrack EVER, especially if you're into the grunge scene, firstly it has the best grunge bands on ever, and manages to bypass Nirvana which is an achievement in itself. The film itself is a bit pants, especially compared to its soundtrack, but its saving grace is the music that is played in the background....and it is quite funny. The first track is "Would?" by Alice in Chains, an amazing song by an amazing band, and if you're already a fan of this band you'll definately know this song, but if you don't know them then after you know this song you'll soon become a fan. The next song is "Breath" by another classic grunge group, Pearl Jam. I am a huge fan of Pearl Jam so them being on this soundtrack is a huge bonus, and this song is amazing, but not as amazing as "State of Love and Trust" (track 8) which is my favourite Pearl Jam song EVER and is only available on this album (yet another reason to buy this album...you get songs that are only available from these bands on this album) The next track is Seasons by Chris cornell (the lead singer of Soundgarden) and this song is amazing too, it shows his amazing vocal abilities and song writing skills. Wicked! The next song is "Dyslexic heart" by Paul westerberg, which is a really catchy love song. aaaah. Lovely. The next song is Battle of Evermore by the Lovemongers, another wicked song, to be honest there isn't a dud song on this soundtrack, each song is amazingly good (and I can see my excessive use of the word amazing, but it really is neccessary when reviewing this album) The next song is "Chloe dancer/Crown of thorns" by MotherLoveBone (the band before Pearl Jam...and then Andrew Wood the lead singer died and later Pearl Jam were born, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were in MLB...sorry...quick digression there) Anyway this is the mould
                ing of two songs together, and its WICKED, its really nice and soothing Lovely. The next song is Birth Ritual by Soundgarden. This sees Soundgarden going back to their roots, its more like the metal stuff from Badmotorfinger, its wicked, it sees chris cornell screaming like a mother. Lovely. One of my faves on the album. "State of Love and Trust" by Pearl Jam is the next song, and I have already talked about this, it is THE best song in the world EVEr....well one of them. I thoroughly reccommend getting this album just for this song, although the other songs are amazing too, but this is just supreme. Get it. Mudhoney follow with "overblown" another classic grunge song, its wicked listening to them belt this out. Lovely. Paul Westerberg reappears next with Waiting for Somebody, this is another catchy love song, hes good at them, its wicked. Jimi Hendrix the daddy of Seattle sound is next with "May this be love". Aaaah. its another lovely song. This album is wicked as it has a mix of rocking tunes but then some really nice soothing tunes. Aaah. This makes this album even better. Next is the Screaming Trees with "Nearly lost you" they didn't nearly lose me though 'cos this album has the power to keep your attention all the way through from its sheer amazingness...this song is wicked. The album ends with The Smashing Punpkins "Drown", ending on a chilled note. Drown is one of The Smashing Pumpkins quieter efforts which ends the album perfectly. aaah. All in all words cannot express the love that I have for this album, maybe my love is magnified because I am such a big fan of most of the bands on this album and of the Seattle Sound in general, but I really would reccommend it to everyone, I have lent it to friends who don't like grunge and they have all loved it, it really is the prefect album, it has the right mix of songs on to make it a
                prefect album to chill out to, but also to dance to, its wicked....I reccommend it to all, especially people who are fans of any of the bands on it as the rare songs make it all the more worthwhile.

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                • Deuce Bigalow Male Gigolo (DVD) / DVD / 2 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                  Deuce Bigalow is immature. The film never set out to be high brow, by looking at the back of the video (Deuce Bigalow holding a prosthetic leg) you know that this is not a high brow film, you also know that the comedy is not going to be amazingly complicated, basically you know what you are letting yourself in for. My advice to you when you watch this film is to go with the flow....it really is amazingly funny. The plot is that Deuce Bigalow is a helper of all fish. He goes around and saves fish from toilets or ponds. He smells of fish. He is highly unpopular with women....until one day.... Basically he finds himself in the position where he owes someone a lot of money (its hilarious...he breaks their expensive fish tank.....they are a gigolo but go away for a few days....so Deuce has to pretend to be him to raise some money....and hilarity ensues) So Deuce pretends to be a gigolo...which he thinks will be all glamour, but finds that it isn't when he meets the freaks that he has to go out with (one of them is a 10 ft woman, you never see her head, its comedy genius) While all this is going on there are loads of stupid things going on in the background,like an old woman falling down the stairs of a coach etc etc. (watching that part on video is wicked 'cos you can rewind it to make it funnier....yes I am immature...but it was funny....honestly. trust me) Deuce starts to make money until he goes out on a date with a girl....that has been set up by her friends because she can't find love because of her prosthetic leg...she doesn't know that he is a gigolo. He doesn't know about her leg. He falls in love with her and vice versa but love doesn't run smoothly for Deuce Bigalow...it can't! its a low brow slap stick comedy film! and the love of his life finds out about his giggolo-ness. I won't ruin the end but I will say that its amazingly funny. Basically I REALLY loved this film, but I did watch
                  it when I was in a really silly mood after me andmy mates pissed ourselves for about half an hour in the video shop about the back cover...don't worry I am sorting my problems out now... but I really would reccommend this film, but just take it with a pinch of salt, as I said before, it isn't exactly high brow.

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                    Two weeks ago I went to Blackpool for the weekend with my friends to celebrate one of my friend's 21sts and it was on of the best weekends EVER! Beware though, only enter Blackpool if you are a lover of all things tacky, as i am, if you hate things like rock, thousands of tack shops, novelty arses, faux casinos, glittery wigs, sparkling sticks etc etc then Blackpool isn't the place for you... However if you are the world's biggest tack merchant (although you'd have to compete with me) then Blackpool is the place for you. The best thing about Blackpool is the illuminations, and I would reccommend that you went on one of the trams that is illuminated aswell! they're amazing!...except we weren't allowed on one as we were too drunk....but more of that later. We arrived on the saturday morning at our B&B which was run by Chris and Bob the nicest guys in the history of the world. They run the Surrey House Hotel. Go there! it was amazing...the room was wicked and we had a fried breakfast the next morning, and the next day they let us park our car for free in their carpark when we would have had to pay loads in the town carpark. They were wicked. So anyway on Saturday we took a walk on the beach, tried to save some donkeys, the donkey guy wasn't loving that so we had to go to the Pleasure beach. (had to..) For some reason there was no queue for the Big one, I thought that maybe someone had died that morning but they hadn't so I was forced to go on, but it was WICKED the highest and scariest ride that I have EVER been on and it lasts for ages! We went round loads of the rides and had the BEST time, and then we attacked the tat shops and the stalls. I won a plate. The next part of this review will be slightly hazy as I really can't remember much about the time after this, I remember being in the first bar...I remember going to a REALLY posh cafe (which I can't really understand as we were in Blackpool
                    ) and I remember drinking a bottle of wine in there... then I remember a taxi...and then a club with a LOT of old men in purple shirts sweating a lot....I don't know how/if we got back to the hotel but I remember touching an illumination and getting the hiccups. Basically that paragraph shows that getting drunk in Blackpool is wicked, its obviousley easy to do with the fresh sea air, and you get to touch illuminations which is always wicked. Granted I had to jump about a billion times to touch it, but in the end I triumphed master of all illumination touchers. Basically the point of this review is that you can't help but have an amazing time in Blackpool, the whole theme of it is fun.....and also tack...but still I happen to adore everything tacky therefore Blackpool is my utopia....but if you aren't a tackmeister then stay away but even if you went for the day i do think you'd have a good time. Long live Blackpool!! (and the illuminations of course!)

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                    • The Ritz (Manchester) / Club National / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                      • "hotness and many kids = crap night out"

                      Monday nights at the Ritz are "alternative night"s which is really wicked as they play some quality music. They also play a different variety which is cool too as every alternative music fan gets at least something that they like played. Another bonus of The Ritz is the bouncy dancefloor which is wicked. I used to dance the night away to my favourite tunes whilst getting really drunk cheaply. Lovely. the price to get in is also really cheap, especially if you have the frequent card thingy. Bonus! However change was a foot at the Ritz. Suddenly the average age dropped from around 18, maybe a little less, to about 12. Suddenly I was surrounded by gangs of 12 year olds getting amazingly plastered and running around the place. Now don't get me wrong I am not against kids of that age going out 'cos I used to when I was that age so it would be hypocritical of me to condemn them, but the Ritz hit new heights when the WHOLE place was covered in them, and NONE of them looked even slightly 18, I don't know how the hell they got in. My theory is that the bouncers let LOADS of them in ebcause they're half the size of normal human beings meaning that they thought they could fit more in, or maybe it was to make more money... I am making it sound like I'm around 60 when I'm 20, but the last time that I went to the Ritz the place was HEAVING with 13 year olds making it AMAZINGLY hot as there were too many people in there and i felt like a paedophile in a sauna, which isn't a nice feeling....by the way I didn't fancy any of them or anything, it was just an analogy to make me seem older...seriousley. I am not a perv. Really. However the last time that I went to the Ritz was in the school holidays, but this is the only time that I am home to go to the Ritz as the rest of the time I'm away at uni, during term time it must calm down a bit and must fill up with manchester uni students, which would make it wicked again, so ba
                      sically all in all I would reccommend the Ritz on a Monday night to you if you like alternative music, but one tip, don't go in the school holidays....unless you want to feel like Roy Cropper looks.

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                    • Crystal Maze, The / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                      The Crystal Maze is one of the most bizarre programmes on British Television. A team of 6 people, who on the whole are a group of REALLY posh people who don't know what they've let themselves in for...I really don't know how they find so many dimwitted posh people from, that in itself is an amazing feat....anyway where was I? Oh yeah, so anyway a group of 6 people in red jumpsuits follow either Richard O'Brian (if its a repeat) or that Tudor-Pole guy, I think its Edward... around the crystal maze... The aim of the game is to collect as many crystals as possible, I have no idea what the attraction of the game is to these really posh people as they'll have loads of family heirloom crystals at home, but nevertheless they come on the show....maybe its the jumpsuits. To collect a crystal a team member has to go into a room and complete a task, the task is either mental, physical, logical etc etc. The team captain picks the person, the team captain is usually Rupert, the poshest of them all. He sends poor Penelope in to do a mental task. Penelope has to do something strange like get a remote controlled car over a wall of eggs or something equally as weird and retrieve the crystal....but it has to be within 2 minutes. If she doesn't complete the task or come out of the room before the 2 minutes are up shes left in there, and the team are left with the decision to either keep her in there or use a crystal to get her out. Rupert is usually harsh, and Penelope is usually left in the room crying until the final competition. However if Penelope does complete the task within 2 minutes she gets the crystal and comes out of the room clutching the crystal to shouts of "Hurrah Penelope!" The game goes on like this for about an hour, but with different people in the team doing equally weird tasks, ie Fenella has to climb through webs to get her crystal, Timothy has to shoot at moving targets to move sandbags on to a scale
                      s to get the crystal, Dicky has to perform a heart transplant to get his etc etc. All the while Richard/Edward is running around shouting wierd things like "mumsy!" and "oooh not much time now" in a really annoying (and coincidentally posh....maybe they're his friends from school who are always on...just in different combnations and sometimes with different colour jumpsuits on just to throw us) accent. After the team have been into the weird rooms retrieving crystals all their crystals are counted up and they head to THE FINAL (queue dramatic music) Now the Crystal Maze final has to be THE weirdest final in the history of the world, if you had any dignity before you went in you know that when you go into the big crystal for the final all that dignity will have been flushed away. Basically the crystals represent time, and the more crystals you have the more time you have in the "big crystal" which is basically a big weird shaped green house with air blowers. What you have to do is collect as many gold papers as you can, but they are mixed in with silver papers and just to top it off are blown around the crystal. The music starts and the wind begins, and they're off! What follows is a group of 6 people in red jumpsuits scrambling around a big see through greenhouse...on television...with their arms waving round frantically trying to get gold papers. they put them in containers and they are counted up. I have NEVER EVER seen ANYONE win on the crystal maze, to be honest i don't even know if they have any gold paper in there. the jumpsuit team are told of their failure and maybe Fenella cries. Rupert holds it together and says what a good day they've all had, and then they are each given a crystal....and back they go with their tail between their legs to their manors. Weird. Predictable. Bizarre. But strangely addictive.

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                      • Loaf (Chester) / Pub / Bar National / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                        If you've ever been on a night out in Chester then you'll realise that it is very hard to get away from the 17 year old "it girls" in their denim skirts and glittery tops, and their loyal toff male followers. Loaf is where the old "Bar Coast" used to be, which used to be over 21s, which meant that it was (near enough) a safe haven from those 17 year old rich bitches...even though I'm not 21 yet....but still....thats not the point. However Bar Coast has now been replaced with Loaf. Loaf is a chain of bars, the nearest one to chester is in MAnchester under the arches. Loaf is a nice enough place, its very suave and has really comfy couches upstairs which is wicked, and the decor seems really retro and cool, and is generally a wicked place but there are a few minus points. Firstly it is £3 to get into what is essentially a bar, but this isn't uncommon for Chester....then its another £1 for coats which is also fair enough.... then the drink are majorly expensive, but again for chester this isn't an oddity. Another minus point is the fact that because it isn't over 21s you get the little rich kids in, which does tend spoil the atmosphere a bit, as they glare at you for not wearing the latest morgan clothes or having bleach blonde hair done at Toni and Guy (sorry but they do my head in) but to be fair if you want to stay away from these people then you are better steering clear of Chester in the first place. On the plus side Loaf does have wicked funky music and really comfy chairs upstairs where you can have a laugh with your mates, although it is really loud, but the drunker you get the less you need to talk and the more you need to dance and with a dancefloor downstairs that does mean that £3 is quite cheap to pay fr a club, especially in Chester....so basically if you are going to Chester for a night out I would reccommend here, but on the whole I would reccommend not going to Chester, try manches
                        ter instead, its cheaper, has more variety and is less snobby.

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                        • ebay.com / Auction / 2 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                          25.09.2001 06:43
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                          I am now going to admit something that I have never publically admitted before, it is hard for me to talk about it so please, I know that I will be the victim of derogatory comments, and I realise that I do deserve them, but please, be gentle on me, I am fragile after my EBay Esperience. Right....so here goes..... I bought all 7 of the Police Academy films off E Bay. There. I've said it. I feel like an enormous weight has been lifted off my shoulders already. Now that I've got my confession out of the way I shall proceed with the harrowing tale of my ebay ordeal....well ok, so it wasn't THAT dramatic, well, ok, it wasn't dramatic at all.....but it was still annoying.... Basically I bid for these Police Academy films, which I assumed to be THE ORIGINALS....which they weren't....and then someone outbid me....but then aparantly I had bid more....I can't remember this but I must have done it so it was my fault...and i didn't know at that time that I was just getting videos with them recorded on, I thought I was getting the real deal....so anyway I won the bid and got an e-mail off the guy who was selling them and he told me that I had to give him another £3 postage and packing, which seemed like a fair deal.... or so I thought. I waited a week. Then I sent an e-mail asking where the hell my videos were. The nest week I recieved an e-mail apologising for the delay. The next week I sent another mail asking where the hell my videos were. The nest day I recieved a parcel....with ONE video in it....but it had the first four Police Academy videos on....now don't get me wrong I do love this video, BUT I do not expect to pay as much as I did for a pirate copy NOR so much for the postage. Anyway I sent another mail asking where the other video was, and it took another 3 weeks for it to get to me.... now I do love Police Academy (see my reviews of them by the way, then you'll see the severeness of my obession...be afraid...be
                          VERY afraid) BUT i begrudge paying so much for 2 measly videos....I didn't pay an extoritionate amount, but I still can't help but feel fleeced....so before you buy on ebay make sure that you check out all the facts, learn from my stupid example and beware!

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                          • Aiwa XR-H66MD / Hifi System / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                            25.09.2001 06:21
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                            I have had this stereo now for around 2 years (that long!?) and I can honestly say that this is the best stereo that I have ever had. Its a silver stereo with a 3 cd changer and a 5 mini disc changer with a radio too, the downfall of it is that it doesn't have any tape decks, but thats not a problem for me as I don't have many tapes, and the fact that you can record onto minidiscs means that this really isn't a problem. I have never actually had a problem with this stereo n my whole 2 years of owning it (and I do give it a hell of a beating as its on everyday, and mostly allday everyday) although I did blow the speakers that came with it, but in it's defence they were the show speakers in the shop, AND i do have a tendency to play extremely loud music all day, which will be a bit of a strain on the speakers, PLUS I like a lot of bass which also plays havoc with them. Another added bonus of this stereo (aside from the pretty lights....oooh!) is the fact that it has different recording setting to record from cds to minidiscs, it can record up to 3 minidiscs at once and can record them on different settings. This stereo also has nice effects, which means that you can change from disco to classical, to hall to live at the touch of a button. Lovely. All in all if you can get your hands on one of these stereos I would thoroughly reccommend it, although I can't speak for the newer models now, my stereo cost around £300 which was bargainous especially for a stereo with 5 mini discs and 3 cds and also for how much use I get out of it and how reliable it has been. Definately worth every penny.

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                            • Musiccity Morpheus / Communication / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                              24.09.2001 06:35
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                              I used to be a loyal follower of Napster....until it was so cruelly taken away from me....I was lost without free music....until my friend told me about Morpheus....this day changed my life. Well ok, it didn't change my life, that would be weird, but now that I have Morpheus I can now get free music again with the added bonus of....da da daaaa! FREE VIDEOS all off the internet!!! for FREE!!! To download Morpheus just go to www.musiccity.com and they'll be a link to get it there. I have no idea why Morpheus is free and Napster isn't, but to be honest I am not complaining. Morpheus is ten times better than Napster, mainly because of the video bonus (I have Aha's Take on me video which makes me a happy girl.....ok a sad girl....but a happy one too) but also because of the fact that you can pause downloads while other songs download....which is AMAZING especially when you're downloading music videos that are around 40,000 kbs, and it can be annoying while you're trying to surf the net aswell as it slows the computer down, so by pausing this you can get on with the surfing and download it later. Another reason why Morpheus is better than Napster is that when your computer crashes or gets disconnected Morpheus doesn't lose the song that it was downloading, as soon as you are back online it resumes the download, whereas napster used to lose the song, and also on Napster if a user decided to cancel your download that was it, you had wasted your time with that song, but on Morpheus it automatically selects someone else for you to download off. Genius. Another good thing about Morpheus is that it has built up a large following now, maybe not as large as napster which may be a point for Napster, but there is still a large following which means that you can get some really good rare song/videos which is another reason for its amazingness. All in all I'd definately reccommend Morpheus for everyone
                              , its quick, easy to use, has a wide variety of music and videos on it, it has improvments upon Napster, such as the "pause" facility and best of all its free!! what have you got to lose??

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