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Most people now know of this story because of the Hollywood film that was released based on the book. (The film is great actually but nothing on the book and actually not that similar).
I read this book when it was first published and have never forgotten it. When the film was released a friend of mine called me because she still remembered how much I would talk about it at the time.
If you're a fan of true love stories then this book will not let you down. It is full of slightly "puke-worthy" moments but it all adds to the beauty of it.
The basis for the story is in itself heart-crushing and the book sent me into spirals of sobbing on many occasions.
I would love to read the book again now and see if I am more immune to its sadness than I used to be but I would be surprised if I wasn't reduced to tears more than once.
It's an easy read and very heart-felt. A beautiful book that i will never forget.
In 2006, I finished school and my mother thought it was high-time I learnt how to cook (as I had always been very lazy in the kitchen in terms of mains and desserts).
For my 18th birthday I was given a 4 week Cookery Course at Leith's School of Food and Wine in Kensington. I was a little hesitant at first, imagining pompous french chefs shouting at us in a sweaty kitchen for not having the right hat on when cutting broccoli as opposed to onions.
The truth was far from what I had imagined though. The introduction to cooking we received was efficient, informative, creative and delicious.
The purpose of the course was really to give us the confidence we needed to cook at home. We prepared a lot of varied dished while there and learnt all the skills to cook once we'd left.
The classes were a mixture of demonstrations and short lectures and practicals where we would prepare dishes talked about or seen.
The staff were in fact very friendly and the atmosphere during the course was great.
I have to admit that I am now seen as one of the best cooks I know and take great pride in my culinary skills. It's an expensive way to learn but you learn well.
This cookery book is a kitchen essential.
Unless you have someone who can teach you the ins and outs of good British cooking then you have no excuse not to own this book. And even if you do have such a person in your life, then I guarantee you that he/she owns it anyway.
How do you make the perfect sunday roast? Delia will actually walk you through every last detail. From the roast parsnips and gravy to how to cook your meat perfectly and how to serve it all, it is all explained simply.
Not having had a particular British culinary upbringing I rely on Delia. If it weren't for this book I wouldn't know about a large nunber of our traditional dishes and I now take great pride in our cuisine (even if a lot of Europeans belive we don't actually have any dishes of our own!).
I seriously recommend this book to any kitchen-dweller, whether a complete novice or a fully-fledged cooking maniac. You would not regret buying this book.
I got this little car in 2006 as my first car. It is brilliant!
Yes, it is very small so using it as a family car would be ludicrous (especially as there are only 4 seats) but there is in fact space for 2 large men to sit in the back. We often drive with 4 people in the car and everyone seems comfortable.
It is worth noting though that although 4 people can be happy in the car, there will be no room whatsoever for their luggage as the boot would only really fit 4 handbags.
The extras are lacking compared to the similar Toyota and Peugeot cars. That said, just the basics - which can look a little cheap I'll admit - are great. The i-Pod socket works wonders though and actually attracts a lot of jealousy from people with more expensive cars.
The size of the car means manoeuvres and parking are a breeze making it a perfect city car. As for longer journeys, my little C1 has been to France a couple of times and had no problems. You can travel at a decent speed on motorways but don't expect any extreme acceleration.
The petrol engine seems to run itself, very rarely needing refuelling so it is in fact a very economical car even once it has been bought.
I would definitely recommend this car.