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I live near to a large Mothercare World shop and whenever I pay a visit it is always full of shoppers so it much be quite popular even though there are many people who do not like the shop. The service is always fairly good in my local shop although a lot of the sales assistants are quite young but seem well trained on the department they work on. If you pay a visit in the week when it is not so busy there are plenty of knowledgable staff available and they have much more time to help out than if you visit on a Saturday or Sunday. Some of the clothes are nice but I prefer childrens clothes that are fairly simple and plain and Mothercare do tend to cover them in animals and logo's - especially the boys clothes, but a lot of the other stock is excellent value especially some of the toys and household goods and they have really good sales on a few times a year where the stock is often half price. There is also a Mothercare outlet store nearby where the stock has about a third off and is really good value - they sell everything. Recently they had a Mothercare travel system including the car seat on sale for £65 - what a bargain. Many people have low opinions of Mothercare but I think it is a great shop and always has friendly staff available for help - especially in the week!
My three year old nephew Brandon absolutely adores Bob the Builder. He had the 'Silly Spud' video for Christmas and would watch it all day if he could. He has loved it since it first appeared and continually sings the theme tune - it drives me mad! His favourite character is probably Wendy - especially as it is his nanny's name. He loves how she helps Bob out with his business. There are many toys available on the theme of Bob the Builder including soft toys and battery operated toys. Brandon loved his talking Scoop! Bob the Builder is narrated by Neil Morrisey so is probably a hit with parents too. It has fascinating story lines which are easy enough for Brandon to follow. He even prefers it to the Teletubbies!!
Friends has now been running for six years and is still as fantastic as when it started. The characters have developed brilliantly over the six series and each episode is rib tickling funny. Chandler has to be my favourite character. He has gone from a commitment phobic joker to proposing marriage and moving in with Monica. He always has some good jokes at hand courtesy of the brilliant script writers. I have watched every episode and the scripts are all fantastic. Episodes are usually based in New York but some specials are filmed elsewhere. Ross and Emily's wedding was filmed in London and starred special guests such as Richard Branson and Fergie, and Joey recently went to Las Vegas where this time Ross married Rachel. Many stars are queuing up to star in Friends such as Bruce Willis, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Selleck, Jennifer Saunders and George Clooney. Some only have small parts such as Clooney but others - Tom Selleck - have longer, more permanent parts. Friends is unmissable and I watch every episode. If there is anyone out there who has never seen it. I'd recommend watching it. It's on now on channel 4, Friday nights at 9pm!
ER is the most fantastic programme on the TV. I love it. I have watched it since the pilot episode which I think was five years ago. Now it is on Sky One, I can get a double dose of each series. It is action packed and full of drama throughout each episode. My favourite doctor has to be Dr. Mark Greene and Doug Ross was great too. It is much more gritty and shows more action than other hospital shows such as Casualty and the storylines are great, such as Doug Ross helping a patient to die, or nurse Carol Hathaway getting caught up in an armed robbery. ER also deals with the hospital staffs private lives such as Dr Peter Benton being faced with the prospect of his baby son moving to Germany. If you don't like blood and gore, that is the one problem you may have with ER. Fantastic special effects mean the injuries are very life like and the blood is very real looking. My only problem with ER is that is it not on throughout the year and that George Clooney's reappearance was not long enough!! If you love hospital shows, watch ER. It's fantastic.
I never miss an episode of Brookside. It is fantastic with its gripping storylines. I have been watching Brookside for many years and still watch the old episodes on Cable. It is not afraid to approach issues often shied away from by other soaps including lesbians kissing, domestic violence, incense, drugs and currently we have a innocent character charged with child abuse. It is on three times a week with the omnibus on Saturday and each episode is always packed with action. There are even Brookside videos available to buy although it is sometimes difficult to follow the plot if you don't watch a video - such as 'The Lost weekend' I'd recommend Brookside. It is much more interesting and gripping the Coronations Street and EastEnders which are both very depressing at times.
The Next Directory is excellent. There are sections for ladies, men, children and home and the range is fantastic. It contains many of the clothes in the high street shops as well as many exclusives. Everyone knows the clothes are excellent quality and many come in regular and petite range. The childrens clothes are excellent quality and go from newborn to teenagers. The catalogue costs £3 and you can shop with an account with the APR about 29% or you can purchase by credit card or by cheque. The goods can arrive by courier the next day and if they are not suitable, you can have a courier collect them or you can simply return them to your nearest Next shop. We have had the Next directory for about 5 years and spend a fortune every year on clothes and household goods. I'd recommend the Next Directory. It is an excellent mail order catalogue.
Our Westie Elsa is now 10 years old and is a very lovable dog. She is great company and the breed is great for people who cannot have a dog which requires a lot of exercise. Elsa gets taken for a short walk just once a day and it is plenty. She is very friendly and is great with children, even young babies. She is however very noisy and barks at animals or noise on the television. She once scared away burglars! She also attacks and eats the post as it is coming through the letterbox and so we have to beat her to the postman. A great bonus is that she doesn't lose her hair but it means she has to have a hair cut every 3 months which cost £15 each. She is also now suffering with ill health now she is older and so the vets bills are getting higher. She has twice burst blood vessels in her ears and had to have them drained and as Westie's have naturally dry skin, she suffers frequently with an excema type condition which requires special shampoo and treatment from the vet. Overall she is a great pet and has provided 10 years of great fun for her owners.
This car seat is great. It is lovely and padded for the baby and is quite light for the parent to carry unlike a lot of stage 0 car seats which are heavy with the baby in. It also has the added bonus that it attaches to most Mama's and Papa's pram chassis and pushchairs so the baby doesn't have to be disturbed when moving it from car to pram. The car seat has a hood to keep the wind off the baby and it is also possible to buy cosy toes for the car seat. The car seat also converts into a baby rocker by simply adjusting the bottom of the car seat. Unless your baby is a vary large baby, I'd certainly recommend it, and with the pushchair, it makes a great travel system.
I use the McLaren duette to take my nephew and niece out (aged 10 months and 20 months) when I look after them. Both children are comfortable in it and both love sitting next to each other. I would recommend it much more than a twin pushchair where the children sit behind each other as both have plenty of foot room and both can see all around them. Although this pushchair is heavy compared to a single, it is very easy and manoverable to push and fits through virtually every normal doorway. It comes complete with a raincover which fastens over the hood and baskets are provided underneath both seats but cannot be used very easily if the seats are lying down as you cannot get to them. The pushchair has five lie back positions so is suitable for a newborn baby and as both seats lie back independantly, it can be used for twins from birth or for children of different ages. Accessories such as cosytoes, matching bag and sun parasols can be bought to match but are expensive so it is easier to but a plain coloured one that tones in but is cheaper. I think the pushchair cost about £250 when bought from Mothercare. It is easy to fold and it is also small enough when folded to take onto public transport which cannot be said for many twin pushchairs! All in all, I would recommend the McLaren duette. The children find it comfortable, It is suitable from birth and is easy to manouver and push.
What a great little car. My fiance's parents keep a Hyundai Atoz at their villa in Spain and it is a great little car. The seats are very high up, much higher than in a normal car so the view out of the windows is much better than usual. I have only used the Spanish version of the car but the controls are really light and it is so easy to drive. It is also quite roomy inside the car for how big the car is. The only problem is that the boot of the car is quite small - we couldn't fit one standard size suitcase into it very easily. They are also not too expensive. I recently spotted a second hand, 1999 model for about £4,000. They'd make fantastic first car and I'd love to own one in this country.
I have been reading F1 Racing since 1997 and really enjoy it. It contains some fantastic interviews such as the recent between Michael and Ralf Schumacher and is not usually biased towards the British drivers knowing people do support drivers of other nationalities. It manages to cover the GPs in good details and even gives help if you are planning on attending a grand prix, such as what restaurants to eat and other places to see as well as the usual advice such as the best places to stand at the race track. My favourite part of the magazine has to be the 'pitstop' containing all the small articles about the drivers and the world of F1. £3.20 might sound expensive for a magazine but it is only monthly whereas Autosport at £2.40 a week is more more expensive.
Just over an hours drives from Alicante airport is the small town of Denia. Denia has the most gorgeous white sandy long beach with restaurants and bars lining the sand. There are sunbeds to hire but it is just as nice to lie on the sand. The sea is warm and there are jetski's to hire. Along the seafront you can also hire quad bikes! In the town there is a market in the evening offering leather goods and jewellery as well as clothes and toys. The town has many pubs and restaurants that serve food such as pizza and chips or something more special like Mexican dishes. There is even an Irish pub which serves Guinness and a McDonalds to suit every taste. There are also many shops selling jewellery and clothes etc. I visited Denia over Christmas 1999 and again in June 2000 and recommend a visit if anyone is driving past.
I stayed in Gumbet in 1997 and have to say I did not enjoy it much at all. The apartments we stayed in were very basic and were only swept quickly each day instead of being cleaned properly. The water was solar heated so if we didn't get a shower early, the water was freezing. We also had a problem with cochroaches which nothing was done about. We endured a lot of hassle while going out each night to go to different bars and shops and were not allowed to enjoy our meals in peace as were pestered by people selling jewellery and other goods. A short ride away was the resort of Bodrum which is bigger with more bars etc. There is a day trip from Bodrum to Kos which we went on and really enjoyed. We also went on a boat trip which showed us lots of different coves and allowed us to snorkel in the sea. One thing Turkey is good for is the jewellery from the proper jewellery shops. We bought a gold bracelet which when valued back in England, should have cost three times more than we paid for it. I think we would have enjoyed it more if it was cleaner and we didn't get hassled so much.
I went to Goa in March with my fiance. We booked just 3 weeks before with JMC and got an all inclusive deal in Calangute for £520 each - we paid extra for air conditioning. When we booked we were told we didn't need All Inclusive but as we had never been before, we didn't want to risk not having food we liked. We had to fly to Goa via Bahrain so the flight took nearly 12 hours with the 1hr stop off in Bahrain. I'd recommend flying non-stop if you can!!! The airport facilities are very primitive and the hour bus ride to the hotel was very very hot!!! We stayed in the Maria Rosa hotel. It had a lovely big pool and very friendly staff but not enough sunbeds. After a few days, we found the all inclusive was not needed. The food in the resort area was very good - I'd recommend the restaurants Little Italy and After Eight - both are cheap and delicious. We met a couple who paid £325 for 2 weeks bed and breakfast - much more advisable than all inclusive. We visited Coco beach - beautifully secluded with good facilities - also visit Anjuna flea market if you can - hot but packed with goodies to take home. We had a fantastic time and the locals were really friendly - can't wait to go back!
Having been to Silverstone for several years - and really enjoyed them, the only gripe I have is the price of the British GP tickets. £90 for general admission one day is ridiculous. I have been to Spain and paid £60 for 2 people and these were in a special seating area. This years mess was the result of the race being in April and I cannot believe that next year it is so early again. It should be returned to July - the weather in 1999 was wonderful.