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      03.04.2001 04:28
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      In many ways, I think Basingstoke is under rated. It's at the butt of every joke comedians make about 'bad' towns and that seems a little unfair... If you've visited Basingstoke, you may know it's not ALL that bad. OK, the shopping's not great and the whole look of the place is a little lacking generally in the town centre but I'm told it's all set to change with the new 'Festival Place' now coming and due for completion within the next year or so. This is going to attract new shops and maybe boosy Basingstoke's reputation! Town centre aside, Basingstoke has some great places. Two theatres - one featuring mainly plays and one specialising more with concerts and ballets. So it caters for all! Who could ask for anything more?! There's a selction of gym's for the fitness type ranging from more exclusive one like the Beechdown Club and Centre Court which is close to Chineham to the more casual one in the sports centre in town. There's a 10 screen cinema with a brand new multiplex opening with the new Festival Place. Next to the cinema, the swimming pools being refurbished to Olympic standard and there's an ice rink (not ALOT of towns can offer that can they?) which has a very good ice hockey team. Adjacent to that is a large bowling alley and a Bingo hall and indoor bowls centre and opposite THAT is a restaurant. Talking of restaurants brings me on to restaurants in the town. Nothing spectcular I'm afraid to say. Nothing particularly up market. There's your usually chains: Harvesters, Beefeaters and wine bars which offer food to the lunching business people. Then there's your fast food outlets, a couple of McDonalds etc. Pubs and clubs. Well, I say clubs but theres only a what I regard as a 'dodgy' over 25's club which leaves alot to be desired! There's a few pubs and the nightlife isn't terrible but is pretty close to it. What Basingstoke need
      s is a good club. It would attract alot more people to the town and be good for all. Housing around Baingstoke is good. There's some nice areas, Kempshott and Chineham and then Oakley if you prefer a more village style life. Further afield yet still convinient to the town are quaint little places like Hannington and Overton. All in all, Basingstoke is an ideal place to live - especially for young families. It's in an excellent location. Beaches are not too far away and London can be accessed from the mainline station in Basingstoke and be reached in about 40 minutes. Everything's very close to hand. The hospital is close and there is a fire station opposite the leisure park. Taxi services are good but buses are still struggling a little. I have great belief in Basingstoke. There is alot of redevelopment happening which will really boost the town and in about a year, I'd highly recommend a visit.

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      • Avent Baby Liquid Talc / Baby Care / 2 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        05.03.2001 03:24
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        This stuff is great. I love it. It comes out of the tube like a cream and once it's smoothed on, turns into a light talc. Masterful! Because it's first state is a cream, it means it no-mess and no fuss. OK, so it's a tad expensive. Partly because it's Avent (good quality products though) and partly because its a new product. I'd rate it highly though and recommend it if you're sick (like me) of the mess that talc can make!

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        03.03.2001 21:11

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        The Miami highchair is perfect from what I can tell. It folds up and down easily and when it's folded, it can easily slip behind a sofa or likewise. It's very reaosnably priced compared to others in its field - espcially compared to brand name products like the Chicco or Mamas and Papas highchairs. It comes in a choice of colours- a greeny checkered one (I'm supposing the 'girly' version) and a nice bright blue on with dinosaurs (possibly aimed at boys?). On the whole, there's nothing to complain about this highchair. It's very safe and durable, easy to clean and basically, you could really ask for much more at the price you pay!

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        03.03.2001 21:04
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        Mothercare stock an excellent vareity of matresses. So many different sizes and interiors! You have such a choice. You are more than likely to find the exact size of matress that you require, even if the cot you bought was not from mothercare. Once you have selected your size, you have the choice of foam interior or a sprung interior (please note that the prices jump around ALOT depending on the interior you select!) and then you have the choice of a 'coolmax' covering - the latest technology in matress as I can understand! Basically, what I understand 'coolmax' to be is that it's breathable and is a porous fabric. This means that if the baby wets the bed, the wet is absorbed into the matress and the baby is kept clean and dry. As you can imagine, you pay the price for such a fabric! Still, it certainly seems a good idea. Unfortunatly, mothercare no longer offer a custom made service as they did a few years ago, but the store I visited were very helpful and recommended a company where I could get a rounded end matress which I need for an old style moses basket.

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        03.03.2001 20:46
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        The newest thing on the pushchair market is the three-wheeler buggy. I tried out a few and my personal favourite was the Glacier in the Urban Detour range. I found this at Mothercare World, I'm not sure if you can get them elsewhere. What was so good about this pushchair was that when it folded down, it was light and fairly compact for a pushchair of its style with such chunky wheels. It's very easy to put down. Something I found when I was 'investigating' into pushchairs were that some designs are getting difficult to collapse and there seems to be alot of fiddling around with different clips and putting up hoods, taking off raincovers, cosytoes etc. If you want ease, then I'd highly recommend the Urban Detour three-wheeler range because it consists of a simple safety catch, two levers at the side and a simple folding over mechanism. When it's up (the glacier in particular which had lockable wheels) the pushchair was easy to manourvre. The raincovers also go on really easily and there's not too much fiddling round with awkward clips. The newest model on the market was the BuggyBob. Personally, I don't like the look of this pushchair. It was extremly complicated to put down and change around. It has its merits, it comes with a carseat but I warn you, you pay the price for this (seemingly unnesscary) luxury. I suppose its the three wheeler equivilant of a travel system? And it has excellent suspension and pnumatic tyres which the Artic, Glacier and Pinacle do not. There is also a double buggy which works in exactly the same way as the singles. Once again, easy to use but quite bulky. From what I can tell, all of the three-wheeler buggies I was shown are all suitable from birth. On the whole, I'm enthusiastic about the three-wheelers range and recommend them.

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        • Dude Wheres's my Car? (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          22.02.2001 03:09

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          I swear a 10 year old wrote this. Maybe younger. I've never seen such an unfunny comedy. The script was TERRIBLE the storyline? Worse. And the jokes?! Don't get me started! This film had no merits. It didn't make me laugh once.And to be honest, it's really not all that hard to make me giggle. This film really was trash. Typical american but PAINFULLY stupid and not in the least funny. The bizarre, twisted and basically weird storyline (which I suppose was meant to be obscurly funny) was ridiculous. I'd even go as far to say it made me cringe. I wanted to leave like about 50% of the audience did. It wasn't because this people had no sense of humour. No, this is because these people had taste and knew what makes a good film. Trust me, Dude Where's My Car is NOT a good film. The acting? Wooden. Plain. Which didn't help matters. And the amount of large breasted and untalented women (put in to make the film appealing to blokes I'm guessing?!) made it cheaper and tackier than it already was. I wonder how much money Hollywood wasted on this movie? Too much, far FAR too much.

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        • Remember The Titans (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          21.02.2001 00:57
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          I loved this film. I didn't think I was going to. I had the "Oh do we HAVE to go and see THAT?" kinda attitude towards it. Basically, I didn't know much about it and like any other shallow movie-goer I judged it with it's title which seemed a bit...I don't know. Greek. Anyway, it first began to appeal to me when it said "based on a true story". I do like nice, sentimental, heart warming true stories. At least it wasn't some made-up hollywood trash. Bonus point 1. Next, the acting proved pretty good. Yep, it certainly had some talent in this film. Bonus point 2. And then, the real merit of the film - the issue it dealt with in an interesting, unboring, non-school like fashion. Something a little different because instead of seeing how the black/white divide affected people on the streets, in workplaces, in schools, it dealt with the issue on the football field. A place of high importance in America as I'm sure you are all aware! If you weren't, after seeing this film - u will be! There were sad bits, yes. Real tear jerkers. But in true stories is not all sugar and candy is it? But to make it all up, it did have a nice ending which concluded it nicely. Including brief notes at the end about 'what happened next'. No dazzling special effects, no amazing technological details, just a great film. It didn't need anything else. It was the story. Excellent. GO AND SEE IT!

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        • What Women Want (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          04.02.2001 22:01

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          This film is ulimate tack. Entertaining, yes - but also very cheesy! Especially the end but I won't give anything away! It was one of those films you classify "nice". Happy people, happy events, happy endings. There were some funny bits which kept the audience on their toes but I felt they were few and far between. It went on a tad too long. There werre qite a few times where I thought "oh, it's the end, that was nice" and then was quite surprised when it continued for another 10 minutes. It really had got a bit boring in the end. Do you count 'far-fetched' as a good thing or bad? Depends what you like really. I mean, it's only a movie and you surely expect surreality sometimes. Well, if you don't or you like a good serious movie, skip this one. The actors were good. Couldn't really expect them not to be, the amount they must have made for the movie!! Shame they got such an mediocre script really. So, if you don't want anything too heavy and a bit of a giggle, go and see it. Oh, and don't go to this to find out what women want - you won't find the answer! ;)

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        • Unbreakable (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 1 Rating
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          04.02.2001 21:49

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          I was sure that this film would be amazing. One of those blockbuster types that never fail to dissapoint. Well, I'm sorry to say that this is an exception. Even after the huge success of The Sixth Sense which I throughly enjoyed, this was a bitter dissapointment. If someone were to ask me what I remember most about Unbreakable, the first thing that would pop into my head was how it DRAGGED. This movie just didn't keep me captivated, it was so slow paced. Definatly a visual film, Unbreakable didn't have a lot in the way of dialogue. In fact, if I were to name the second thing I remember most about Unbreakable, it would be how much I saw Bruce Willis walking slowly and dramatically around. It really got quite tedious. I suppose the acting was good. It couldn't really not be with the star studded cast it had! Like the Sixth Sense, Unbreakble featured a young boy. Although the boy was very good, he was nothing compared to the young star of The Sixth Sense. Special Effects? Well, hey, can't have been that good because surely I'd remember them. Nothing springs to mind. Usually I'd say "go to this film and make up your own mind" but for Unbreakable, I'd have to make an exception and say "really don't bother".

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          02.01.2001 04:54
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          DKNY. The new perfume. have to say...it's delicious! Quite different from other perfumes I own (Romance by Ralph Lauren or Obsession by Calvin Klein etc) this is a fresh and fruity delight. According to the (trusty?) saleswoman, this perfume was inspired by the good old Vodka and Orange. Although that's not what immediatly springs to mind when you smell it. I'd reccomend this fragrance to younger wearers. It's vibrant...something (wrongly or not) I associate with the younger forms of woman! The perfume itself has astounding staying power. It doesn't just fizzle away after the top tones have vanished. Oh no, I'd definatly say that this perfume has three very distinct tones. All of them pleasurable in their own ways - so much so that I'd recommend you'd purchase the perfume to discover them yourself. Let's talk packaging. 21st century? - Indeed. Tall, slender bottle with a slightly holographic box. Oozes style! As for price...on the slightly higher end of the market but in my opinion...well worth it! Go buy it!

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          • Online shopping - Comments & Tips / Discussion / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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            02.01.2001 04:27

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            I enjoy browsing around the online shops. It's great if bustling and busy 'real' shopping isn't quite your thing - especially at sales time. HOWEVER...there are many down points about online shopping. Let me shed light on a few. Firstly, the variety of shops. Don't think you can choose your favourite store and go and choose whatever you like from there. Doesn't work like that! Secondly, when you DO maybe find the shop you're after, what are the chances you will find what you are looking for? For businesses just starting out, their product variety seems a little on the limited side. Thirdly, there are SO many American shops with their prices in dollars and unbeliveable shipping rates! Fourthly, MANY places don't take debits cards. I personally usually choose to use my Visa Electron card when online shopping and so many online shops don't take this card! Well, once the big bosses have sorted out these few problems, I'm sure online shopping will be a hit!!

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          • Motorola V3690 / Mobile Phone / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            22.12.2000 00:38
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            I love this phone. I have to say that I disagree with those that have said that the menu system is hard to suss out. It's not at all, even if you're not a technology buff - I certainly am not yet I can work this phone with great ease. Small and lightweight and scratch resistant, I find this phone highly durable and can survive bumps and knocks that other phone will break after. It's not feature packed as such but it has all the features any normal person would require plus the added bonus of voice activation for time saving. The new version of this phone though (the v.50) has alot more features. First and formost, it's a WAP phone. There is also a ringtone composer and games to play for those who like their phone to be a bit more fun! As far as I can see, there's not alot more that Motorola can add to this phone to make it better. The battery lasts AGES. Really good. And it's very quick to charge too. So no problems there. I have also heard in recent surveys that Motorola phones are best for you when it comes to all the radiation scares which has been in the news so much over recent times. How much does it cost? Well, it's difficult to say with any phone depending whether it's contract or pay as you go and what network you decide to go on etc. The v.3690 is now fairly cheap with quite high line rental I believe whilst the v.50, which is still new to the market (hence doesn't have it's own spot on the motorola section of cioa! yet) is still expensive and I think is only available on contract. I'm sorry I cannot be more precise about this information! I suppose the thing that strikes people most about this phone is how good it looks. And it really does. People often say how if they had it, they'd probably lose it. No way. Once you have one of these things, you'll never want to let it out of your sight!

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            • Hercules (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
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              23.10.2000 00:21
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              Disney - of course it's going to be great. And Hercules is no exception. But, I have to say that Hercules is not Disney's finest animation. The songs, were good but by no means excellent compared to the other Disney releases. Nice, happy cheerful but not the kind of tunes that stick in your head like songs from films like...Beauty and The Beast might. I don't know, they just lacked a certain something. The story was good. I miss the traditional fairy tale though. Like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty - what I regard as the 'true' Disney classic. I would not recommend this film for very small children. It's a shame because surely the Disney animation is the perfect market for them, you would have though anywya. But with such things in this film such as visits to the underworld and graphic monsters with never ending heads this film does have the potential to give nightmares I'm sure. The humour is great though, though adults will benefit most as some is quite sophiscated compared to other childrens movies! Don't get me wrong, I do love this film. And like all the other Disney classics, it's the type you can pull of the shelf again and again. Memorable characters and a whole load of magic.

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              22.10.2000 01:47

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              In a strange way, to me this frangrance is the Nokia 3210 of perfumes. Used to be great when it was first released and because it was so popular, everyone got it and then it was nothing special anymore. But I suppose just because everyone has it doesn't make the product any worse and I admit, this is a very nice scent. More feminine than masculine, it has nice base tones as well as the sweeter top notes. Stylishly presented, if you love perfume then this a classic which really should be in your collection. However, if you want to be individual, I'd go for something else.

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              22.10.2000 00:40
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              This mascara has to be decribed as brilliant. I had it recommended to me by some friends and was extremly pleased with the product which I got. I actually bought a lengthening mascara, not a volumising one. And for once, the product did exactly what it said it would. How refreshing! Non-flaky, good quality mascara, you really cannot go wrong with this. Reasonably priced, once you've tried this mascara, you'll never go back to ones you've previously used. My only very slight complaint would be that the product is ever-so-slightly sticky. Has a TINY tendency to clump. That's my only compalint but trust me, it's nothing compared to other mascaras I've tried in the past!

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