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    • Badminton in General / Discussion / 23 Readings / 23 Ratings
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      11.01.2011 16:52
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      Go down to your local club and give it a go!

      A little known fact is that Badminton is the most played racket sport in England. Even more popular than tennis and squash. Only recently after a scoring rule change to try and get it more entertaining for television has it been seen on TV.

      I have now been playing badminton for over 20 years and have gained so much from this sport. I started playing the game at senior school and from that started going to a local junior club with some friends. Since then I have played for school, collage, local league club and even set up a local junior club to get young kids interested in the sport.

      It is a great way to get fit and also to meet new people. Over the many years of playing badminton the spirit the sport of badminton is played in has lead to me meeting many life friends. It does not matter if you are playing with friends at the local sports centre or if you are playing at a Badminton club you will meet other people that are playing the game. The speed and movement that is required to play in the sport keeps you fit. The constant twisting and turning trying to get to the shuttle is great exercise.

      Most people who have never played badminton or only played it at school think is it a easy sport were you simply hit a shuttle in the air and then the other player hits it back up in the air straight to the other player. I have played many people who thought that was the case until they played and I had them running around all over the court chasing the shuttle and sweating. Not only do these people come off tired but they come off enjoying the game that is not quite as easy as they thought it was.

      Watching a club level game can be very entertaining as the speed of the shuttle and the speed of the movement of players pushing themselves is much faster then most people imagine. I have often been playing at a local sports hall in a league game and turn around to see groups of people watching the game with great interest.

      If you play the game with your friends only try going to a local club and join in with their club night. Most clubs will welcome you and help you improve your game. Not only this but most clubs have a great social life that is part of the club. You will soon find that you have many new friends.

      One drawback from playing badminton is the injuries that the game is prone to. Such injuries like badminton elbow (like tennis elbow), knee injuries, and ankle injuries. All the turning and twisting and repetitive movement of the elbow can cause injury problems.

      To get a racket you can pay anything from £5.00 to £120.00 and starter plastic shuttles are around £12 a pack. If you join a club you will find that they are most likely using goose feather shuttles as they are smoother in the air and have more control. My club charges visitors £3.00 to come and visit the club to see if you like it.

      You will find that clubs play doubles matches of either mixed, men's or ladies. Mixed games are a lady and man playing together against another lady and man. Men's is two men playing against each other and ladies the same but with ladies. You will also find singles matches are played sometimes to.

      My advice is give the game a go and then tries a local club......

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        20.02.2009 15:10
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        feed and play with Disney characters

        Disney Friends is a great game for the younger children who like to play on the DS. It has many Disney characters in it such as the Alien (Toy Story), Dory (from Finding Nemo), Stitch (Lilo & Stitch), Simba (Lion King) and Pooh (Winnie the Pooh).

        You start of in the game with only the Alien from Toy Story and have to uses voice and touch control to do things to the make the Alien happy. After interacting with the character for so long such as talking to and giving it a marble to play with you build up enough friendship level to release another character.

        While going through the games interacting with the characters you collect coins so that you can buy more items for your fiends to eat or play with. While doing certain tasks you collecting Disney pins.

        When you complete tasks and improve friendship levels you free more games and more characters. This is an easy game to master for the younger child as well as the old child.

        You will need to collect the coins as you need them to purchase things such as sandwiches and food to feed the characters when they become hungry. Also you can buy the things to play with such a bikes and bunny ears. You need to buy plasters for Dory as she often bumps into things and required first aid. Stitch like to playing in the sand and make things out of the mounds of sand on the beach.

        One thing is that when you first go on this game there is a lot of on screen instructions that need to be read but after playing it a little while you soon pick the idea up. As with a lot of DS games being able to read what the instructions say does help but it is not essential to being successful. One thing to remember is that all the instructions are written on the screen and none at all are said out loud so being able to read is a great advantage.

        You can pick this game up cheap and it is well worth the money but it can become a little addictive trying to release all of the characters.

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          20.02.2009 14:40
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          Watch the girls faces when Ariel and the other Princess talk to them

          This game is perfect every young girl who is mad about Disney Princess.

          First of all you build your own Princess character by choosing dresses, hair, makeup, skin tone, eye colour and accessories. This Princess character is then saved as you in the game and you control this character in the game while playing.

          The game can be played in a tow player mood where each player controls their own designed character and then both players work as a team to move through the levels of the game. This is a great advantage if you have two of your own little Princess like me who both want to play on the game at the same time.

          The game has the following Princess in it that can be interacted with during playing ; Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, and Jasmine.

          In the game you have to work your way through the levels and try and defeat the Bogs. Each Princess has levels that need to be completed before each Princess is complete. Each of the Princess's are of different levels of difficulty. The Little Mermaid is the easiest of the levels and a great place to start when learning the game. They gradually get harder starting with Arial, then going to Aladdin for the next level of difficulty. Then Cinderella which is ranked at medium and Snow White is the hardest level in the game.
          After you finish the game there is a bonus level which has Belle in it.

          The controls on the game are very easy to pick up and start to use for the younger children. My youngest girl is three and has no problems moving the character around or making her do spells. Both my girls absolutely love playing this game and the first time they bump into on of the Princess on the screen watch their face and how excited they are to see her.

          To enable you to play this game you must have a control and the knunchuck connected together. This means that if you wish to play the game in two player mode you must have two of each. To move the characters you can either use the joystick on the knunchuck or use the direction buttons on the main control. To make the simple spell all you have to do is move the main control from side to side to cast a spell.

          The game is rated at a 3+ game and is very good for little girls aged 3 and upwards.

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            24.11.2008 10:59
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            Somewhere extra special to stay in Scarborough

            The Crown Spa Hotel is the only 4 star hotel on the Yorkshire coast and when you stay there you certainly know that its 4 star. The hotel is located on the cliff top above the Scarborough Spa Theatre Complex. The front of the building looks great and stands out in the Victorian terraces that it sits in. The large columns and balcony give it a special look.

            To get to the town centre and you have to take a short walk along the quiet South Cliff Esplanade and the Spa Pedestrian Bridge.

            It has won Yorkshire Moors & Coast Tourism Awards Hotel of the Year for 2007 and 2008.

            Also situated in the hotel is the Crown Spa Health Club. This is a private members fitness club that boasts a fully equipped gymnasium with qualified fitness instructors. The Club offers a range of activities and the friendly team can provide inductions to the gym; personal training sessions, lifestyle sessions and classes both in the pool and studio.
            To unwind, the relaxation area provides a tranquil atmosphere with the 40ft indoor pool, large Jacuzzi, saunas, steam room and aromatherapy room to indulge in.
            When you are staying in the Hotel there is complimentary membership to the Crown Spa Health Club.

            Rooms
            I stayed there with my young family and we had a room with a large double bed and a sofa double bed. The room was very spacious and the bathroom was all that you expected for a place such as this. The views out of the room over Scarborough front were spectacular. The Heating in the room was very good an often needed turning down as it did get hot. We were staying in early November time so the heating was required. One thing about the room was the television was not up to scratch and I did complain that there were problems with it and it was replaced.

            Dining
            There is the Taste restaurant for the fine dining and the Taste café bar for the less informal dining. The food in both was really good and I would recommend having something to eat in the hotel during your stay. The surrounding in both dining areas was very comfortable and spacious with a very modern look.
            The breakfasts were top notch my kids really loved going for breakfast here they would try everything. It was mainly self services and you could go back as often as you liked. Never did they run out of anything at all and there was plenty to choose from.

            Pool & Leisure
            There is a small swimming pool were you can go for a leisurely swim, also available are the delights of the large jacuzzi, sauna, sanarium, aroma room, steam room, retreat lounge, and gym. These are all great to use while you are staying in the hotel. They are situated on the ground floor of the hotel. If you have children they are only aloud in the pool at certain times during the day. We used the pool with our children and they loved it the shape and size of it was great for them. The times that they were aloud into the pool were family friendly times too.

            Staff
            The staff in the hotel was great starting with the reception team that was very friendly and helpful. They even knew about local events that we were interested in and gave us local information about how to get there and were to park.

            What more can I say about this place if you are stopping in Scarborough and you want to try something special then get yourself booked into this place.

            Have look at the website here http://www.crownspahotel.com

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            • Camp Rock (DVD) / DVD / 70 Readings / 66 Ratings
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              14.11.2008 17:23
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              You will be singing along to the songs soon!

              Camp Rock was released on the Disney Channel on 19th September 2008. It is in the same mould as the first High school Musical film and starred the Jonas Brothers.

              It follows the trials and tribulations of Mitchie Torres as she try's to break through and get her voice and music heard. Mitchie manages to get onto a music camp which she dreams of going onto by her mum becoming the camp cook. This allows her to get into the camp as her family can't afford to pay for her.

              Once on the camp Mitchie finds that she is not like most of the kids there and befriends Tess Tyler to try and become accepted by the camp. This friendship is a big mistake and leads to Tess dominating Mitchie and keeping her in the background to make sure Tess is the main attraction.

              Mitchie meets the spoiled rock star (Shane Gray) that is there teaching dance classes and a friendship blossoms between the two of them. This friendship has its ups and downs but does develop into a relationship.

              This film is a great Disney feel good film that has a good moral lesson in it for the kids. The film shows that you should be yourself and be proud of what you are.
              It has some great catchy song which makes it very similar to the original High School Musical.

              Some of the English accents are very funny and are clearly Americans attempting the English accent. As with all of the Disney films of this type great songs and a good feel good story.

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              • nectar.com / Internet Site / 67 Readings / 65 Ratings
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                13.11.2008 16:50
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                Get you business registered for nectar points

                The Nectar card is a loyalty card scheme in the UK and is used by many suppliers. The one suppler that most people think of with the Nectar card is supermarket Sainsbury's, but it is also used by BP. It has been around since around 2002.

                Some people may not realise that when they are using the loyalty card it is giving the group a chance to track and trace what is bought and where by the user of the card. This helps the group gain information on what is being bought and where it is being bought. One concern over these cards is the fact that it means the company collects information about a person and that it could be used to obtain information about people and used illegally.

                How it works
                In general most companies off 2 Nectar points for every £1 spent with themselves. Once you have collect some many points you can use them to obtain something that you wish from the web site. Some of the places where you can gain points are places like Ford, BP, Sainsbury's, Viking Direct, Brewers Fayre, and many more places.

                I set up an account with Nectar at home and also have one at my work which I set up. The work one is great because it collects points every time the company fills up at a BP garage. Also my company use Ford and Viking Direct a lot so the points soon tally up even though we don't do any shopping at Sainsbury's.

                I have had some great things from the Nectar for Business site. The best thing I have ever got from Nectar is the small Pizza oven, it is amazing. It cooks a pizza like in a proper pizza shop and is much quicker than the oven. This is left at work so I can take a pizza in and have pizza for my lunch at work.

                Other things I have got from Nectar are Argos vouchers, a juicer (for work too!), and even used my points at Adam's kid clothing shop.

                On the Website you can log in and see how many points you currently have in the bank and then do a quick search to see what you can have with the point you have. It is a great loyalty system and works very well at my work.

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                  13.11.2008 11:18
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                  Did the job and stopped little one falling out of the bed

                  After deciding it was time to move my daughter out of her cot into a bed. I converted the cot/bed she was in into the bed. It was only slightly of the floor so the drop was nothing at all really if she was to fall out of the bed.

                  The first night of her in the bed I was really worried that she was going to fall out of the bed and kept going upstairs to see if she was okay and still sleeping in the bed.

                  She did fall out of the bed though later in the night but did not actually wake up. So I would pick her up and place her back into her bed still asleep.

                  After it going on for a few nights I actually went into her room to check on here and found her not in her bed. At this point I looked around the house but could not find and was starting to get very worried. I put the light on in her room and looked around and then right under the cot bed up against the wall I found her still asleep. There was hardly enough room for her to get under it but she had managed to.

                  At this point I decided I need to get one of these bed side guards to try and stop her from falling out of the bed until she get used to it. I went to Mothercare to buy one so that I could use it straight away to find that they only had the blue ones available on the shelf. I asked them to check the stores to see if they had any of the pink ones left. Luckily they came out with one that had a damaged box but had everything in it.

                  When I got it home I took it out of the box and stated erecting it to get it to fit onto the bed. As I assembled it and tried to get it to fit width ways across the bed the adjustment would not go small enough on the extendable legs to let it fit in correctly with all the legs in place. I took off the extendable locking legs and left the initial part of the frame sat under the mattress only. It did sit there no problems but was not locked in place as described in the instructions.

                  This did help with keeping her in bed and was of more comfort to me when she was asleep. The product is a great idea and does seem to solve the problem of converting from a cot to a bed.

                  One thing I would say about this is that when the child is in a cot mine tended to stand up holding the cot sides and that when this guard was placed on the bed she did use this to stand up sometimes. This looked very dangerous as she looked like she was going to topple over the top of the guard at times.

                  As for solving the initial problem top marks as it helped and it was not used very long as she soon stopped rolling to the edge of the bed.

                  Mothercae sell this for £19.99 and it comes in blue and pink colours.

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                  • Kes (DVD) / DVD / 44 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                    Iconic film not to be missed

                    I was first introduced to the film "Kes" when I was at school. This film got a lot of kids in my school interested in English that were never interested before seeing it. Our school was not the best school in the area and was in Yorkshire I think some kids simply could connect with the film.

                    Kes was produced in 1969 and was based on the book A Kestrel for a Knave. This book was written by Barnsley Author Barry Hines in 1968.

                    The film was about a boy named Billy Casper who had all sorts of problems with being bullied and had very little hopes of a great future. He gets bullied at school by teachers and other students. Also he has problems with his brother (Jud) that beats him and insults him. His mother even says he is a "hopeless case".

                    Eventually Billy finds a way of escaping his life with kestrel. He goes to the library to get a book on falconry but he can't get a card to take a book out so he gets a book from a second hand book shop. Billy then trains the kestrel that he calls "Kes".

                    Things start to look up for Billy as he has something in his life (Kes) that gives him a meaning. His develops a great relationship with the bird and uses this experience to talk about it in class. He gets credit from his teacher for this talk something very alien to Billy.

                    In the end Billy has a run in with his brother over a bet that his brother asked him to place. Billy decides to use the money on chips as he is sure it won't win. The consequences of this will last in your memory for a long time after the film finished.

                    It is a classic film that has its high's & low's and is a very down to earth film that takes you back to how it was in those days. Magical story set in the West Riding of Yorkshire with great phrases and saying.

                    Who can ever forget the funny scenes of Brian Glover as the sports teacher Mr Sugden taking the football lessons. Pushing the kids out the way and trying as hard as he could to score a goal against the much younger and smaller kids. Glover with his bald head, stocky build and strong Yorkshire accent made this scene unforgettable.

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                    • MB Games Guess Who? / Board Game / 38 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                      Top origional game that's has been updated

                      I can remember playing this game as a youngster all the time. It must have been one of my favourite games. It is a two player game aimed at the ages of 6 and upwards. I can remember always asking "does your person have a hat?" when there was only Eric and Maria that wore the hats.

                      Each player is given an identical board containing pictures of 24 people. Each player picks a card from the pile of cards containing the same 24 people. The object of the game is to be the first to guess which card the other person has. This is done by asking various yes or no questions. Using the answers to the questions, you turn over the one that does not fit the criteria.

                      Now Disney has brought out their version of this classic game and it includes all the favourite Disney Characters. You get your Disney Princess's, and many others such as Tinkerbell, Pinnochio, and Jafar.

                      I bought the Disney version recently for my five year old daughter's birthday. She loves playing it and so does her younger sister who is three. I know the game says that it is for age 6+ but both my two daughters play it together and all you have to do is spend a little time with them to make sure they don't cheat and look at the others card. Sometimes maybe help them with the type of question to ask the other but they really enjoy playing it together.

                      I don't think that the new board is as good as the old version I remember as it is hard to flip the board cards over when it is not them. The depth of the board is not big enough and they hit the floor or table as u turn them over. One this that is good about the newer game is the way that the red and blue board clip together so they are hard to loose.

                      Any child that loves Disney films will love playing this game as it has all the favourite characters on it and is a fun game to play as well.

                      I recently got this game for our local Disney store for £11 which I thought was a great price for it. I notice it is £15 on Amazon today as I write this review.

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                      • Its a Knockout / TV Programme / 56 Readings / 54 Ratings
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                        It's a Knockout bring back great memories

                        It's a Knockout bring back great memories for me as I used to watch it at my Gran's house. When I was little at weekends I used to stay the night my Gran's house and that's when I got to watch It's a Knockout.

                        There is nothing like it anymore on television. The original series is what I am talking about here and it ran from 1966 to 1982. In it teams for places all over Britain used to complete in the silliest games you could ever think of while wearing even sillier costumes. It did not matter if it was raining or sunny they would just get on with the programme, it was even better if it was raining as falling over was more likely. The teams would get points for how well they did in the events and they could also play there "Joker" card to get double points in one event.
                        Anyone that watched it when Stuart Hall was commentating on it will remember how much fun he had on it. Often when something happened you would hear him laughing out load and not able to commentate on what was happening. When Stuart Hall started laughing you could not help yourself and you would end up laughing too. This would happen most weeks too.
                        I remember one time seeing the It's a Royal Knockout with members of the Royal Family. This entailed four celebrity teams each captained by members of the Royal Family. They also did a International It's A Knockout and this had teams of celebrites representing the United Kingdom, USA, and Australia.
                        The game I always remember is the giants trying to fit through the gates only wide enough to get one through and they are pushing and shoving each other to get through. Some of the costumes and games were genious and this programe must be one of the best ever television programes ever produced for comedy.
                        As I said for me all the memories are of staying at my Gran and Grandad's house when I was very little enjoying the show with them and having so much fun laughing with them.

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                        • Gellibaff / Bath & Shower / 34 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                          07.11.2008 16:24
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                          Not for my children or me but might be fun for yours....

                          I bought this stuff for my eldest daughter's birthday as she had seen it on television and said she would like it.

                          First of all you have to run the bath, then empty the first packet of jelly mixture into the bath and leave it for 5 minutes. So after running the bath I let the two of them pout the powered into the bath themselves. It turned some of the water pink straight away but in patches. Gradually you could see it developing into the jelly type product.

                          After five minutes it was set and looked very pink but not that inviting. As my children got into the bath they initially enjoyed the first feel of it even if they did not look convinced. Soon they were moving it about and feeling the texture to the liquid.

                          I put my hand into the bath and moved it about and I must say that after taking it out of the bath there was a sand like granular material on my hand. When I used a towel to wipe this off my hand all the small granular bits fell onto the floor and in the towel. The best way I can describe this is it looked and felt very much like sugar.

                          After a while my youngest had a slight cut on her arm and she said that where the product was on it was making it hurt so I had to keep washing it off. Not sure if it actually did hurt her but she insisted it did.

                          Then after about they were both picking up the product and dropping it some of it landed on my youngest ones face and she really did not like that. Obviously the sugar like deposits was on her hand and near her mouth and eyes and that was enough for her. I had to lift her out and put her in the shower to get it all off her.

                          The mess this product leaves while it is in this state is very annoying. Imagine spilling some sugar on the floor but sticky sugar that what it was like.

                          I must say that when you put the activator into the product to turn it back into water it does turn back quickly and with not much or the deposits left.

                          I would not use this product again as it was not that fun for my children and caused such a mess.

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                          • Hull F.C. / Discussion / 33 Readings / 29 Ratings
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                            Live the dream, support Hull FC (sometimes its a nightmare though)

                            Hull FC is a Rugby League sports team that plays in the Engage Super League. Hull FC are nicknamed the Early Birds.

                            --- History ---
                            HULL FC is one of the oldest clubs in the League and was formed by a group of ex-public schoolboys from York in 1865. Following a succession of grounds and headquarters, the club moved into the Hull Athletic Club's ground at the Boulevard and played their first game there in September 1895.

                            --- Old Faithful ----
                            Old Faithful is the Hull fans song and this all started in a game at the Boulevard against Wigan, which Hull dramatically won 13-12.
                            The Hull fans were so happy with the result that they began to sing a cowboy song Old Faithful, which had topped the charts.
                            That song was Old Faithful and it stuck to become the club song ever since.

                            --- Grounds ---
                            Hull FC played at the Boulevard for 107 years and moved to their new home at the £44m state-of-the-art Kingston Communications Stadium in January 2003.

                            --- Recent Success ---
                            2005 was one of the most successful seasons in the clubs history with the now famous Powergen Challenge Cup success at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff in late August. A last minute try made the score 24-23 in Leeds Rhinos favor but Danny Brough made the successful conversion to make the scores 24-25.
                            2006 Hull FC book their place at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford after making it through to the Grand Final. Hull's first Grand Final was a magnificent occasion even though Hull lost 26-4 to Saint Helens.

                            Being a Hull FC fan is never dull there is always something around the corner. With the clubs recent success of winning the Challenge Cup and making two other finals since then it looks like the good times are rolling back to Hull FC. I certainly have enjoyed the recent years of us breaking into the so called top four and actually winning something.
                            Lets hope that there are some more good times ahead but whatever happens the Hull FC fans will always be there supporting the club in numbers.

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                            • Best / Worst TV Adverts / Discussion / 48 Readings / 46 Ratings
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                              Read my list and i bet you'll have one of the tunes in you're head all day

                              Here is my list of my best ever television adverts, most of them are from when I was younger.

                              1) Kia-ora - "it's too orangey for crows, it's just for me and my dog" "I'll be your dog. woof, woof, woof......". Come on sing along I am sure you remember it and it ended "We all adore a Kia-Ora". I remember watching this and loving this advert when I was younger. Bring it back!!!!

                              2) Um Bongo - "they drink it in the congo" Remember the pink hippo like animal with all the fruits around it. Started something like this "Way down deep in the middle of the Congo, a hippo took an apricot, a guava and a mango. He stuck it with the others, and he danced a dainty tango"

                              3) Shake n Vac - "put the freshness back!". Anyone that saw this advert will remember the lady dancing and singing the tune as she vacuumed up her carpet.

                              4) Charley Says - This was a series of Public Information Films for children. It dealt with safety issues that children face, like not going with strangers. They featured a little boy called Dominic and his cat called Charley. Charley would say something to stop the boy doing something he should not be doing, but you could not tell what Charlie said. Then the boy would tell us what Charlie said to him. I really have no idea what these would be like nowadays if they were still on with the changed in the world since they were on.

                              5) Cadburys Fudge - "A finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat" I don't remember much about the pictures in this advert just the song.

                              6) Monster Munch - "but while he's asleep, guess who's eating his crisps?"
                              Do you remember the original monsters; the small yellow monster that was for Pickled Onion flavor, the tall pink monster that was for Roast Beef flavor, and the small blue monster for Flamin' Hot flavor.

                              7) R Whites Lemonade - "I'm a secret lemonade drinker". Remember the man in striped pyjamas creeping downstairs to get into the fridge for the Lemonade.

                              8) Smash - "for mash get smash". This featured the Smash Martians, who would watch humans making mashed out of potatoes on television instead of using potato granules.

                              9) Cadburys Caramel - "Take it easy with Cadburys Caramel'. Remember the sexy looking rabbit with a husky voice and come-to-bed eyes.

                              10) Trio Biscuit - "TRIIII-O, TRIIIII-IIIII-O!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WANT TRIO AND I WANT ONE NOW!!!". I remember this tune on the advert.

                              I will apologies now for anyone who has read this and can't get any of these songs out of their head after reading it.

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                                06.11.2008 16:27
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                                Make it special for your kids if going and a box is available

                                The Hull New Theatre is a Grade II listed building. It was opened in 1939 and is the main theatre in the City of Kingston Upon Hull. It is currently the main theatre in Hull but it may come under some competition soon when the Hull Truck Theatre establishes itself in its new location as part of the St. Stephens development.

                                The Hull New Theatre is used by the musicals, opera, ballet, drama, and children's productions that travel the country. It is also used every Christmas for the annual pantomime.

                                It has had many improvements and works done to it over time with its most recent taking place in 1995. This included alterations to improve the access for less able bodied patrons via a lift from Jarrett Street to the Foyer and a lift from the foyer to the lounge bar.

                                My last visit to this theatre was to go and see the Disney Musical production of Beauty and the Beast. For this we sat in one of the boxes as I managed to book the tickets very early on.
                                One thing with sitting in the boxes is that you can not see part of the stage. Which ever side of the box you are sat on you will not be able to see the back part of the stage at the same side. This can get annoying when you can not see what's happening and you know from the audience reaction that something important is happening.

                                However I found my experience very enjoyable sitting in the box you are not bothered about upsetting the people sat next to you or them annoying you. This is especially good if you have kids as they love sitting in a box as they feel so special.

                                The theatre itself despite being old is very clean and tidy inside and has a good atmosphere for a theatre of its size. You can book through the website, on telephone or in person at the booking office.

                                Parking can be a bit of a problem if the theatre is busy as there are not that many parking spaces around the theatre. There is a small car park at the rear left-hand side of the theatre that can be used as well as the on street parking. Note though that the on street parking is pay and display for most of the day.

                                One thing to watch if you are taking along young children. Cars tend to drive up to the front entrance of the theatre to drop people off and this can be a problem with cars parking all over to pick people up. Make sure you keep an eye on your kids and a firm hold of their hands as it can get dangerous outside as the theatre is empting.

                                For those coming from outside there area to see a show here it is not the easiest of places to find. The address and contact details are as follows; Hull New Theatre, Kingston square, Hull, HU1 3HF and the telephone number is (01482) 226 655.

                                The following is the council webpage where you can search to find their page for the theatre to get more information:
                                http://www.hullcc.gov.uk

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                                06.11.2008 15:39
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                                This is growing as time goes by and getting better every month

                                St Stephens shopping centre is the newest shopping centre opened in Kingston Upon Hull. It is a monster of a building in the Centre of the city. Hull really needed a large modern shopping centre to attract some of the bigger names in retailing that were absent from the City. It was opened in September 2007 and was no where near the finished article.

                                The new building is very modern and it is interlinked to the transprt interchange, and the new Hull Truck Theatre. It has made a big differnce this area of the city centre. An area that was very dated now looks very modern and has the new focal point of the city centre.

                                When it was first opened there was a lot of empty retail units and this gave the place a cold feel. Gradually some of these units are starting to fill up more and more. With more retail companies and other facilities become available.

                                Currently there are shops such as NEXT, H&M, Zara, Oasis, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Pumpkin Patch, Topshop Topman, The Body Shop, and many more. The complex also contains restaurants such as Nando's, Prezzo, and Starbucks. AS well as these shops there is now a REEL cinema and a Gala Bingo.

                                As part of the project there is a large Tesco Extra which is based at the very back of the complex. This is open 24 hours Monday to Saturday.

                                I feel that this place as starter to develop more and more over time. When it first opened yes there were problems and it did look a bit empty in places but now it has started to grow. The Tesco's store is always very busy now throughout the week and the weekend.

                                One thing to not is if you are not stopping for a over two hours park in the Tesco carpark at the back of the complex as it is free for two hours. If you stay any longer though you can not pay you simply have to move the car. The entrance to this car park is not from the City Centre but actually from Park Street, this runs between Spring Bank Avenue and Anlaby Road.
                                You can however follow the parking signs and pay to park in the carpark above the shopping centre and the entrance to this is of Ferensway A1079.

                                Shopping Hours are as follows:
                                Monday to Wednesday: 9am - 7pm
                                Thursday: 9am - 8pm
                                Friday: 9am - 7pm
                                Saturday: 9am - 6pm
                                Sunday: 11am - 5pm
                                Bank Holiday Monday: 10am - 5pm

                                The web page to have a look at this place is http://www.ststephens-hull.com

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