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Last night I was extremely bored, sitting around with nothing to do, so my friend and I decided to go catch a movie. I had seen Maid in Manhattan advertised and although it got decent ratings, I really wasn't that interested in seeing it. Anyway, we got to the cinema and saw that all the other films available were a bit depressing (the words 'suicidal theme' under Far from Heaven were a bit of a turn off)! We noticed Maid in Manhattan was on, and even though we knew it would be your usual romantic rubbish, we decided to go for it! The story is basically about a latino maid, Marissa, who has worked her way out of the Bronx (ah, good old Jen, never one to let us forget her roots) and who lives with her ten year old son,Ty. She works as a maid in some posh hotel in New York somewhere, and aspires to become a manager. One day she's messing about with one of her colleges, trying on some woman's $5000 Dolce and Gabbana suit, when a handsome, rich guest of the hotel walks in and mistakes her for the real owner of the clothes. From there its all about them falling in love, but her trying to hide from him because he thinks she's someone else. She loves him but it can't be because she wants to become a manager, and if her bosses found out she had tried on a guests clothes, and then pretended to be that guest, she'd be sacked. It all works out nicely anyway, as you'd presume! I'm not doing the film any justice but I can't say much more than that, because it is all a basic formulaic plot, but its the classic one liners which make the film so funny. To be honest, it was everything I had expected. There were no nasty surprises, unusual twists, original endings, it was just your usual Cinderella themed story, however it was much, much funnier than I had presumed it would be. They tried to tackle some interesting issues such as race and single parenting, but it just washes over the viewers head. The little kid
, Ty is exceptionally cute and funny and worth going to see in the first place! The acting isn't too bad to be honest, the supporting cast was well made up (Bob Hoskins was in there!) and played their parts well, but its not as if the acting was that important, you don't expect cheesy love films to be well acted, but this one makes a nice change. One of the best things is Norah Jones playing on the soundtrack - it seems out of place, but its nice! Don't go to see this film if you're expecting to watch something exciting or challenging, you'll be as miserable as sin, but if you want something light hearted, funny and un-stimulating then pop to your nearest cinema to see it. (sorry about the poor title, it was funny at the time)
I can't believe that's the name of my title, cheesy or what!?! Well, I couldn't think of anything else! I was given Blue's albulm All Rise for my Christmas, and although I really liked their singles which they'd previously released, I was very unsure about this albulm. I'm the sort of girl who only listens to the songs she's heard before, cause usually the rest are rubbish. But...I was very pleasantly surprised... I'm not going to go on about band members etc, I'll just give you the lowdown of the albulm, cause that's all your interested in! 1. All Rise The title track and the first released single. Hmm, I loved it when it first came out, but I get fed up with songs quickly and I think it's had too much radio airplay, so now it bores me. But it is a cool song. 2. Too Close This is an old song, from an old R & B band called Next (I think, please don't sue me if I got that wrong!). This is a very, very sexy song, and I love it. It's been released so you'll have heard it. All I can say is mmm, yes please... 3. This Temptation Not a bad tune, but one of those I prefer to skip. Upbeat and funky, but I find it boring. 4. If you come back Aww, this is a nice song. A serious turn it up full blast and sing along in your mirror song. I love it, but once again, coz its been released I'm starting to get bored of it. But it is a fantastic love song. 5. Fly by Very funky! The best thing about this song is trying to sing the chorus, bit of a tongue twister! Try it! Great song though. 6. Bounce I love this song. It has such a strong bass, I just have to dance to it. You'll love this song! 7. Long Time Another slow and soppy song. It's nice though, this albulm is a great one to listen to before your bed, songs like this are really relaxing. 8. Ma
ke it happen I like this song too (I'm starting to sound a little too repetitive, I apologise). The guys really do have fantastic voices (just thought i'd pop that in there!). You'd think by now I'd have turned this albulm off, since all the previously released songs are well gone, but it keeps getting better. This is your usual run-of-the-mill song, but its great. 9. Back to you The guitars are fantastic in this track. Go on turn it up a bit...louder...LOUDER! You just have to turn it up and jump about, it's the law! 10. Girl I'll never understand This is my favorite song on the albulm. Don't know why, it's just fantastic. The chorus is great to squeal along to. I love it. 11. Back some day One of the slower, yet still funky songs. I like this song. It's not rubbish, but not fantastic. Listenable. 12. Best in me If I'm honest I've skipped this song too many times to make a fair judgement on it. it's ok, but not one of the greatest. Well, there you go,the fastest, rubbishest run-down of Blue's All Rise. You're either gonna buy it or not, regardless of what I said. My opinion is just buy it, it won't kill you!!!
As a 17 year old (it's my 18th birthday party tomorrow - worse!) I am disgusted with myself to be writing about the Teletubbies. The thing is, I just have to let it all out! The Teletubbies are one of those programmes develope to torment the minds of siblings and parents everywhere. I have a 20 month old brother (that's nearly two - please don't send the sympathy cards to my home address - he'll only eat them!). Ever since the age of 5 months he as been obsessed with the Teletubbies, much to my dispair. They were ok in the beginning, quite fun actually, but now (after seeing them 3 times a day, EVERY SINGLE DAY) I am very close to suicide (ok well maybe I wouldn't go that far - but if you'd have seen them that often - you'd feel the same!). Just for those of you who are complete nitwits, for those of you without a life, or for those who've been on Mars for the last god knows how long here's what they are: the teletubbies are big costumed guys jumping about everywhere. No,really, it's a children's programme with four cuddly characters - Tinky Winky, Dipsy, LaLa and Po (don't ask how they got those names!). Basically they make funny noises and try to speak baby speak. It's great for children up to about 2 because it combines colour, music and words. It is actually a good idea, and kids love it. It also helps kids speak, as my brother says more words now since watching it, like door and ball and lala and po. It's also good because it starts at about 10 in the morning, which is the time my brother wakes up, so he just kinda sits there hypnotised by the telly, and my mum and I can get him dressed with no hassle. Yesterday was the last straw though, the narrator was going on about how a puffy cloud entered their house. He commented on how the cloud was 'inconvenient' and the bloody teletubbie, that can't even say the word teletubbie, said 'inconve
nient' (they have an annoying habit of repeating the last word the narrator says!). To me that was rediculous, the programme is aimed at the under two's, I didn't learn that word til I was 12! Overall the Teletubbies are great for teaching young children things. and for stimulating their minds, but for adults it's hell, sheer hell.
Being a self-confessed chocoholic is very difficult. Finding decent chocolate can be difficult, especially after you have tried every type of chocolate bar, chocolate ice cream, chocolate mousse etc. I have to admit that I prefer ice cream to sweets, and it just has to be chocolate, although finding a good quality ice cream can be difficult. I used to be a Hagen Daas girl with my Belgium Chocolate ice cream. That was truely devine, all those chocolate flaky bits through it. But then one day I was in TGI Fridays and was picking my desert. I remembered a friend saying that Ben and Jerry's did a gorgeous ice cream called phish food, so I ordered it. It consisted of chocolte ice cream with melted caramel swirls, melted marshmallow and chocolate fish. Now that was my idea of heaven. Mr Hagen Daas was not getting any more of my money! For months I stuck to phish food, and as great as it was, I started to get bored with it. So I went back to Hagen Daas, except I went onto double choc chip (yum!). My mum was in Asda one day and couldn't get me any of my usual ice creams, so she bought me Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie. I tried it, grudgingly, but found that it was actually one of the greatest ice creams I've ever tasted. It is just really chocolately ice cream (always good) with chocolate brownie peices in it. It is marvellous stuff, especially for someone like me who loves chocolate. There is only one problem with it, it is quite expensive. Sometimes I cannot believe I am paying nearly £4.00 for a little tub of ice cream - it's shocking! To be honest though, if you like chocolate you will love Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream.
When I first joined AOL I thought it was the bee's knees. Most of my friends were part of AOL, and they were quite impressed with the service. When I got my free trial pack I was given 15 hours of free internet use (all of which I used within 3 days!). That sounds so pathetic, 15 hours, especially since they offer 100 hour trials nowadays, but at that time, to use 15 hours in 3 days was a big deal! AOL offers a list of useful services, most of which I don't use, or know how to use! One of the best services is the Instant Messenger. That is a service where you can send really quick messages to other AOL users who are on at the same time as you. It is quite cool and very easy to use. They have loads of great chat rooms, I have spent hours in them, and they are even funnier if you have a friend on AOL who meets you in one and then you pretend to be ex-lovers and shout at each other etc (long story, we're sick people!!!). You can set up a personal file, where people can find information about you, for example your name, hobbies and where you are from. This can be dangerous though. Although it helps when you are making friends in chat rooms, AOL don't warn you that people can access your information if they want to meet people from the same location as you. In one night alone I had 12 guys speak to me because I was a female and from Scotland. People I didn't know, nor care to know would send me Instant Messages all the time. It's ok when you're messing about, but if you are trying to do research or something specific, it is highly irritating. Because AOL is American (duh - stating the obvious!) you will be inundated with spam. I recieve a 'daily devotional' everyday for those who lost their lives on September the 11th. As nice as that is, and as much as I really do care, ENOUGH ALREADY. I have had one, every day, since September the 12th and I can't take anymore! Also, someone (I do
n't know who) set me up for porn which I now recieve daily. Very irritating. AOL is quite cheap in the long term. When I first started I was on a normal tarriff and paying about £30 a month (with standard charges etc). They then started an unlimited package at £14.99 per month, which means I can use it anytime, day or night, and for as many hours as I want. That is good, but I'm at uni now, and I do what I have to do on the net here, so I don't really need it anymore, so I'm paying £15 a month for nothing. Although I have to say that when I have research I need to do at home, sometimes I can be online for hours, and that is definatly when it comes in handy. There is one great thing about AOL. If you join and want to leave, phone them. They will then insist on waving the next month (giving you it for free). If you do it again the next month the same will happen. This will go on for a very long time! My friend really did want to leave, but couldn't resist free internet access. He started trying to leave in February, and is still there!!! Overall AOL is a really good ISP. The helpline is free (although ALL the voices on the other end are Irish!) and the service they offer at the price they offer is quite reasonable. I'm going to stick with it for a while longer, because if I don't, I know I'll miss it when it's gone.
Being one of those women with short, stumpy eyelashes I feel God has bestowed a fate worse than death upon me, but thankfully, he has made it all better by introducing Coup de Theatre by Bourjois. What this mascara is meant to do is extend your eyelashes to their full potential. I have really sensitive eyes, which water whenever I go out in the wind, and have a habit of swelling up and going red! If I use a mascara which doesn't agree with me, I am unable to go out in public, in fear of looking like a panda! I really liked Le Grande Curl by L'Oreal, but when it ran out I fancied a change. First I tried the Boots No7 Super Extending one (don't really know the name of it!) but it didn't agree with me. So then I bought Boots No7 Sensitive Mascara. That one has a habit of flaking, so bits would get in my eyes, causing them to run. And then I'd end up with black streaks all over my face! I signed up for a magazine subscription, and the free gift was Coup De Theatre by Bourjois. I really fancied buying the mascara, but at £8.99 from Boots, I wasn't too keen! Getting it free was just a boost! I was worried it would affect my eyes though, but thankfully it hasn't. How it works: There is a black side and a white side. The white side is the extender -you put that on first, and let it dry for a few seconds. Then, you apply the black, top coat. When you first put the white stuff on, you can't really see it, apart from a few white bits stuck to your lashes. You won't notice any significant difference, but as soon as you put on the black coating, you will be amazed. I had never seen my eyelashes before then! This is quite an expensive product, but I really do think it is worth every penny (not that I spent any!). When the one I have runs out, I will definatly buy a replacement. I wear it day and night, mainly because it would cost me a fortune to buy more for daytime use. It looks
natural enough though, so you don't need to worry about looking over done! If you are looking for fuller eyelashes, which are really long (and do curl without curlers!) I would definatly recommend this product. Even for those with sensitive eyes like myself. It is not completely waterproof, but, unlike other mascaras I've tried, you won't go around looking like a panda, with black streaks down your face! Thank God for Bourjois!!!
I started RGU when I was 16 years old. I left school abruptly after two weeks of sixth year, as I'd had a dramatic bust up with my friends (ironically they made up with me when they found out I was leaving, and begged me to stay!) I was unsure of what it was I really wanted to do, I had a vague idea about wanting to become a journalist, but I didn't know how to get into it. The publishing course at RGU seemed my best option. I called up one day and asked if they had any places, and bravo, I was in! I was so scared when I first started! There was one person in my class who I actually knew! That was surprising, although he was really just a friend of a friend of a friend, if you get my drift! Anyway, the lecturers seemed friendly enough. My course leader though, didn't impress me, her attitude was that you needed a 3 (ratings go from 1-6 - six being highest) to pass your essays/exams, so if I aimed for that, I'd be fine! That seems to be the attitude of most lecturers here. I think it has something to do with not wanting us to feel under pressure, but sometimes it feels as though they don't expect us to achieve! The lecturers are really friendly and approachable though, they are located on the top floor and you are encouraged to visit them whenever you like. Some other services available at the Garthdee Campus: The library here is very extensive. They hold books on most subjects, as well as journals, magazines, newspaper clippings, monographs etc. It you needed a specific book which was being held at another RGU library, they'd order it in for you. It is a very quiet area, perfect for studying, with private study areas, and computers. You must keep to their rules about quietness though, or you could have your library card taken away. The canteen is a joke! Outside caterers are taken in, and basically they charge us a fortune to poison ourselves! I wouldn't eat here to be h
onest, although in the mornings it's not too bad for a bacon roll. It's just the prices that are hugely unjustified. It is a self-clear facility which means it can be difficult to find a clean table. The same goes for the shop, overpriced with nasty workers! There is a little pub straight across from the art school which is really good. It's not overpriced and the bar staff are really friendly. The food's good too. Overall the School of Information and Media (one of a few faculties at Garthdee) isn't too bad. Everyone's really friendly and the building is bright and funky. It could be better, but it does for me!
Going to see Moulin Rouge was a quick decision only made because there was nothing left to see! Although I really wanted to see it, my boyfriend wasn't so keen (huh!). Watching the film was probably one of the greatest moments of my life. It sounds dead corny I know, but it's true. From beginning to end I was transfixed. The colour, the music, the costumes, it was all so glamourous, yet cheap and dirty at the same time! For those of you who haven't seen it, here's a quick rundown: Christian is a writer who believes in love and all it's glory. He accidently stumbles upon a theatrical group (or rather they stumble upon him) who introduce him to the musical they are trying to write. He brings them new music and a much better storyline. He has to woo the owner of the Moulin Rouge though, so that they can show their play there. Anyway, the Moulin Rouge is hoping to gain some money in the form of The Duke, and the owner of the club has asked Satine, the greatest showgirl of all, to entice him into handing over the money (with her being a prostitute it's easy to tell how!). But, accidently Christian approaches Satine in her room, and she mistakenly thinks he's The Duke. Anyway, there's a bit of a farce (literally) and, to cut a long story short, they invent a new musical, The Duke wants Satine, she falls in love with Christian. And then she dies! I know I've missed out too much detail, but this thing would go on forever if I didn't end it there! The music is fantastic. It is a mixture of old love songs, which are slyly placed to give warmth and depth. The voices of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are fantastic. Nicole's renditions of Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and, Fly Away, are superb, with Ewan singing Your Song beautifully. My favorite song of all is an excellent version of the Police's Roxanne. There's just something about it
that sends a shiver up my spine, especially when Ewan sings a counter-melody over the top. The ending is one of the saddest I've ever seen. The powerfulness of Satine and Christian's song Come What May puts a lump at the back of your throat. Being musically orientated this film was excellent in my eyes, although I have heard mixed criticisms. My boyfriend wasn't impressed, he was bored, and wasn't moved by the music at all. So there's a warning for you, if soppy, sentimental love songs aren't your thing, just forget about Moulin Rouge. But if music, dance and colour are, go for it, you will regret it if you don't. PS Look out for the Lady Marmalade, Smells Like Teen Spirit mix! It works amazingly well. PPS Just in case any of you are disappointed in hearing the ending, it's ok because she knows she is going to die, and it is made very obvious that that is what is going to happen.
At first look it was tiny, shiny and had a very beautiful and famous woman on the cover - 'looks good' I thought. When I saw the price I really thought they were joking - I mean, £1.50, how can it be good at that price, most decent magazines are at least £2.50. I thought that since it was so cheap I'd give it a go. And to my surprise I was really impressed. It was funky and fun, it fitted in my bag (a great help) and was extremely cheap. Their gossip section isn't too bad. It's not as great as New Woman for example, and has nothing on Now! but for a monthly, it's not too bad. It has a great Do's and Don't's section - it's hillarious! They manage, quite successfully to use high profile women and men for features and the cover stories. Because it was new I thought it wouldn't be so good at doing that but so far we've had people like Liv Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Jude Law etc. Their beauty section is fantastic. Really handy tips and the make up they suggest is good and not too expensive. The fashion section is funky, new and cool. Overall this is a fantastic little magazine. The biggest drawback was that I kept holding off and holding off to subscribe because every week they offer a great free gift. Now I've subscribed I'm supposed to get a free mascara and lip gloss - but it looks like it ain't comming! Doesn't matter, twelve magazines for a tenner ain't nothing to moan about!!