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Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Vice City was produced by Rockstar games in 2002. To save the game requires an 8mb memory card with 500k of free space. The age rating on this game is over 18's. The game is single player only and cannot be played online. In the box is a large Vice City map with a poster on the reverse and a Vice City tour guide which is a manual set out to look like a tourist guide book. Story It's 1986 in Vice City and Tommy Vencetti is being released from doing a long stretch in prison for crimes committed when working for gang boss Sonny Forelli. Sonny "helps Tommy out" by giving him a job when he gets out. His first job is a drug deal which doesn't go to plan and he ends up fleeing from a shootout with no drugs and no money! Sonny is not happy, so Tommy get started trying to get Tommy's money back. Jobs Tommy earns money by doing jobs and missions all over Vice City. The missions are marked on the on screen radar by the initial of the contact who has set the mission. There are many types of mission including driving missions, stealing and killing targets. Some of the missions have specific criteria, such as killing someone but making sure it looks like a car accident. Other missions may be timed. It's not very easy to get the jobs done with the police and rival gang members always after Tommy. Trying to get through them without being killed or arrested can be quite tough! Weapons Weapons such as screwdrivers and hammers can be bought in the hardware store, guns can be bought in 'Ammunation'. Some weapons are also dotted around the city to pick up, if you kill someone who is armed you can then pick up their weapon or ammunition. If you get busted by the police or wake up in the hospital, your weapons will be taken from you so you will have to acquire new ones. If you're stuck for a weapon you can punch enemies or knock them down driving a vehicle. Vehicles There are a few ways to get around in Vice City including driving a car or boat, riding a motorcycle and flying a plane. The driving experience is quite good and realistic. For a small fee you can also hop in a taxi when you come out of hospital which will take you back to the previous mission mark on your radar which is really handy if you are repeatedly getting killed in the same mission. You can also get around on foot, but it is much better for short distances only as you can't run for long and it does seem to take ages if you have far to go. Home Your home to start with is a hotel, this is where you can save your game at any time apart from in the middle of a mission. As you progress through the game, properties will become available for you to buy, making it much faster and easier to save as you get more and more property you will have less far to travel to a save spot. Health Your health is shown on screen as a number next to a heart. 100 is the maximum health. Picking up body armour will add another 100 protection. Hearts can be found around the city to restore your health to maximum. MY OPINION I enjoyed this game, not as much as some other GTA's, but it is better than a lot of games for the Playstation 2 console. I particularly like the extra little jobs dotted around the city such as collecting hidden packages and rampages (killing a set number of people in a time limit of a couple of minutes). The graphics aren't great but I do like some of the effects such as the realism of the sun shining in your eyes when driving and rain drops on your screen. The graphics are very poor in comparison to newer games, but not terrible for a 12 year old game. The sound effects are good, there is plenty of dialect, interesting cut scenes and a choice of radio stations when in a vehicle. There are plenty of missions and lots to keep you occupied so it's not a game you are going to complete or get bored of in a few hours. The game isn't really suitable for young gamers as it has a lot of violence, strong language and criminal activity. Whilst I'd much rather play GTA San Andreas (superb game) or one of the newer releases in the series, I don't mind playing this now and again for a change. Not bad at all!
The Diamond Girls was published in 2004. Written by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharatt, it has a RRP £10.99. The Diamond Girls gets its title from the name of the family the story is about. The book is written in the first person through as Dexie Diamond. Dexie lives with her 3 older sisters Jude, Rochelle and Martine. The girls all live on a bad estate with their single mother who is pregnant with her first boy! She is excited about the new baby and decides they have to move away from their dingy flat into a house with a garden. They quickly get a council transfer to the Planet Estate, aside from the eldest of the Diamond girl's, 16 year old Martine, the others don't seem to mind moving. Martine would much rather stay near her neighbour and boyfriend though, but agrees to help them move before coming back to their estate. The move happens very quickly, and is a huge disappointment to them all, with the house not resembling the lovely house in the pictures one bit! The area seems even worse than where they were in the first place and the house is very run down needing everything cleaning or repaired, this is left mainly down to the girls, and Dexie's dad friend Bruce who was sent with his van to help them move, but ended up doing a lot more as their mum Sure goes into labour almost immediately after arriving at the new house! Dexie just gets on with things, not complaining and helping where she can. She goes exploring in the garden and meets a new friend Mary, who lives in a nearby estate. Mary seems to have the perfect life, a mum and dad who live together, nice toys and clothes, a pretty garden with a swing....everything Dexie would like. Dexie isn't jealous though, and is just glad to have a friend other than her stuffed bird, Bluebell. It isn't long before Dexie realises that Mary's life isn't as perfect as it may seem. She is torn between keeping a secret of Mary's or telling someone. When Dexie's mum arrives home from hospital it soon becomes apparent that she is hiding a secret of her own. It seems Dexie soon has the weight of the world on her small shoulders with all the secrets, but all is soon revealed. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were good and there was just the right amount of description and detail about each character that you can feel like you know them without being bogged down with too much detail. There is quite a bit happening between meeting new characters, the sisters making friends, getting in fights, running away and the new baby so the book moves at a good pace and doesn't every seem to be slow or boring in places. There are a few twists and turns and I think this would be a good book for the young readers it's aimed at. This book covers some serious issues in a light hearted way which is good for kids. The only criticism I have isn't really aimed at this book in particular, but as I've read a few of Wilson's recently I find them quite similar (single mums whose kids seem to do their own thing) and I'm kind of sick of the same thing. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Daisy is a budget brand which supplies a variety of products for Tesco. I have previously used a few of their products such as washing up liquid and fabric conditioner and have found them better than the usual supermarket own brands and a good substitute for more expensive branded products. I normally but antibacterial spray on offer or in shops like Poundland, but when I spotted this costing only 79p for a 500ml spray bottle that claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria I thought it was worth a try. The spray bottle is clear, as is the liquid inside so its easy to see how much you have left. The spray is an antibacterial cleaner and although it works perfectly when using for a quick wipe around it isn't really tough enough to clean grease or thick dirt. I wouldn't really expect such a spray to do this so it wasn't a disappointment to me. Depending on what I am cleaning, I find that in most circumstances for tougher marks, cleaning with soapy water and then a quick wipe with this spray when dry is sufficient. What I really like about this spray and those of its kind is that it has many uses all over the house. I use it to wipe down kitchen appliances such as the mystery marks that appear on the fridge, to clean my worktops of small tea and food spillages, on placemats, on radiators, window frames, doors, bathroom sink and lots of surfaces that just need a quick clean and freshen up. I also use it on the windows when I haven't got time to give them a decent clean but they have milk splashes up them from feline visitors coming for milk then shaking their heads around. It doesn't leave the windows shiny and gleaming, but it does clean them without leaving a streaky mess behind. The spray is easy to use and lasts a while, even though I use it daily. I'm now on my second bottle and would definitely continue to buy it as I find it as good as any of the more expensive branded sprays. I normally just wipe around with the spray and a cloth without gloves and haven't had any skin reaction but I would definitely advise anyone who is prone to skin reactions to wear protective gloves. Definitely recommended.
This 1989 Disney film was a favourite of mine growing up and seems to have remained popular up to this day. More 'Little Mermaid' films have been released since and I watched these recently on TV. This film, and the others, are being shown on Sky Movies Disney over the Christmas period, they are also available on Anytime and On Demand. I do think it is a film worth buying for a child as they will probably want to watch it again and again. 16 year old Ariel is a mermaid who dreams of a life on land as a human. She spends her time under the sea swimming around with her best friend, a cute little fish called Flounder. Ariel's dad is King Titan, ruler of the sea, he is very strict and thinks humans are bad people who just want to harm the sea creatures. He gets extremely angry when he finds out that Ariel has been swimming to the surface and asks his little crab servant Sebastian to follow Ariel and make sure she stays under the see where she belongs. Ariel can't resist sneaking back up to the shore in search of Prince Eric, a human she saw and fell in love with when she was secretly watching a party on a boat. When she swims back up, she finds the prince in trouble and saves him. When he is unconscious she wakes him with a beautiful song but quickly jumps back into the water before he sees her. The prince can't get the sound of this girl's amazing voice out of his head and is determined to track down and marry this girl. Ariel knows there is no way her father will let her go to land and marry a human and thinks there is no chance of her being with her dream man. ....... Until she gets an offer she can't refuse from a horrible sea witch called Ursula. Ursula is prepared to turn Ariel's fins into legs to walk and live on land for 3 days. If she can get the prince to kiss her by sunset on the third day, she will remain a human forever. Nothing is straightforward with Ursula though, the catch is that she has taken Ariel's voice. How is the prince going to know that she is the mystery woman he's been searching for if he can't hear that song again? Will Ariel get her prince? MY OPINION Based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, this story is really magical. It is great for all the family and packed full of excellent songs that you can't help singing along to no matter how old you are. The characters are entertaining and fun. It definitely gets a big thumbs up from me I'd definitely recommend it to everyone, but especially for little girls! Also on Ciao
RRP £6.99 ISBN 0-7472-5539-3 Pubished 1997 Pages 663 I first read one of Martina Cole's books a few years ago, I read another couple and although each one was good, after 2 or 3 I found them all to be too similar and felt like I had read it all before. I think this is all down to personal opinion though, as my boyfriend has read many of her books and doesn't seem to get sick of them. The Runaway was a book I bought for him a while back and decided to read myself, hoping that as it's quite a while since I read one of her books it wouldn't seem as "samey" as others. The book starts in London in 1960 with children Cathy (7) and Eamonn (10) being brought up in a house full of problems. Eamonn's dad, Eamonn senior is dating Cathy's prostitute mother Madge and the two moved in with Cathy and Madge. Both Eamonn senior and Madge drink too much and there is a lot of domestic violence. Life isn't going to be easy for the two children. When Cathy is 13, Eamonn senior finds a new girlfriend and moves out, taking his son Eamonn with him. Madge has plenty of male friends around who keep sneaking into Cathy's bedroom trying to take advantage of the young girl, but despite her small size, Cathy is no pushover. She shouts and asks her mother to get the men out of the house but she is ignored most of the time. It seems her mother plans for Cathy to go down the same route she did herself, and is now getting old enough to use her body to make money, Eamonn isn't having a much better time, living with his dad and new step mother, who has made it clear to him that she doesn't like him and will only be pleasant for his dads sake. Eamonn and Cathy meet regularly and seek comfort in one another which soon develops into a romantic relationship. Soon a sequence of events in each of their lives means these two teenagers are going to have to grow up, and fast. Eamonn doesn't want to end up a drunken dock worker like his dad, and decides the only way to gain respect is to earn it within London's gangland. Cathy doesn't agree at all with some of Eamonn's actions, but when she finds herself getting into trouble with one of her mothers clients it's as if she feels she can't really express her disappointment in Eamonn's lifestyle when she has done something wrong herself. At times it seems the two are drifting apart, but they feel they are the only ones who understand each other and have a bond which can't be broken. No matter what the other does, they will always have a love for one another. As the pair grow into adults, they have new lives, friendships, families and relationships away from each other, but throughout the book you always wonder if they will be reunited again. The book contains a lot of violence and sexual references so would not be suitable for younger readers. It has a bit of everything in it and is enjoyable. One negative was that I found it slightly too long. I think this is due to the fact that it is following the two main characters from childhood so a lot happens over the years. I do think some parts dragged a little, it included lots of characters, some of them adding nothing at all to the storyline except a few more pages we could do without. Overall I really liked this book, I felt like I really knew a few of the main characters and was left wanting more when I had finished the book. A book which is full of prostitutes, drugs, sex and gang violence is not one I would not the kind of book I would be drawn to so I was quite surprised that I enjoyed Martina Cole books so if it's not "your kind of thing" it might still be worth trying to borrow one, you might surprise yourself and enjoy it too. A drama based on this book was on tv a couple of years back, and although it was good, had nothing on the book.
Since our cat came on the scene he has been using a small open tray to do his business. As he was so tiny at only 3 weeks old, he couldn't climb more than a couple of inches so this was perfect. Now he is getting big and has outgrown his tray, it is also a bit messy as the litter ends up all over the floor surrounding the tray as he digs in it. Also it can get quite smelly with an open tray so I find myself constantly cleaning the tray. So I decided it was time to upgrade and get a deeper, covered tray with an odour filter. I chose this CatIt box, which cost around £16. They are available in a good few shops online, all being similar in price. Depending on what you're ordering you could get free delivery too. This comes in a couple of different colours. Mine is grey on the bottom and white on the top with pink locks at the side, a pink lid and handle. There is enough pink to please my cat who is well in touch with his feminine side, but not too much that it would look silly or stand out too much. The tray comes in 2 pieces, the hood and the base, so is extremely easy to assemble, the only thing you need to do is take the odour filter out of its plastic wrapper and put the top onto the base, you don't need to do anything with the flap door or handle. You can remove the door if required or just leave it open as I will demonstrate in photographs. The flap on the front is clear and easy to go in and out of and luckily it didn't take long at all for my cat to get used to using this door rather than an open tray. There is an odour filter on the top which is black. Replacement filters are easy to buy and not too expensive. The tray is far bigger than I expected so should suit any size of cat, which is better than buying one they're going to grow out of. One needs space to do ones business. As they are so big they can take a lot of litter which could lead to using more than you normally would but I actually put the old open tray inside this one so he knew what this new box was for so I am using the same amount for now. If your cat is fully grown and is not that big, I'd probably suggest you go for something smaller, but if you're not sure how big your cat is going to be this is a good option. The only negative I have found with this tray is the locks on the sides. There is one on each side which slide along to keep the top and bottom of the tray locked together so you can pick up and move the tray using the handle on top of the hood. These locks are really stiff and tricky to get in place. Only last night did I pick up the tray to have the bottom fall out of it. Sometimes it feels like the hood is pushed down onto the base properly and sounds and feels like it has locked when the hood is actually sat on top of the base. So if you are planning on lifting the whole lot check and double check that it is locked in place on both sides before moving it. The handle is comfortable to lift and the tray is lightweight considering its size, but obviously the weight will depend on how much litter is inside it. It is really easy to clean and I find I can't smell any of my cats business from the tray which is great. As I've only had this tray a couple of weeks I can't really comment on how it will stand the test of time, The only thing I could imagine being a problem is perhaps the locks would loosen over time but so far so good and I will update if I experience any issues. This tray suits my cats need perfectly so I would recommend this.
A few years back I remember thinking Pyrex branded kitchenware seemed expensive and thought it was a case of paying for a name. I don't know if it was never as expensive as I thought or if they have come down a lot in price but I bought a few of their pieces earlier in the year when there was a sale on kitchen items somewhere (maybe Dunelm). Pyrex glass measuring jugs are widely available in supermarkets, department stores and online. I really wish I had got this jug a long time ago as I have gone through so many jugs. I use my measuring jug a lot, not only for measuring but also as a container to microwave food. The first good thing about Pyrex is that it's glass. The container will not easily stain like a plastic one would after putting beans or tomato soup or something in them. This happened to my first jug and it just looked terribly dirty all the time. I stupidly replaced this with another plastic jug as I'm clumsy and try to avoid anything which can smash where possible. Within a fortnight I dropped the plastic jug on the floor and the handle fell off, so much for unbreakables. Jug number 3 was a dirt cheap own brand glass jug which smashed just placing it (probably not all that gently) on the glass microwave plate. 3 jugs later and a special offer and the Pyrex jug was purchased. Months later it still looks new, no signs of staining and no breakages. The measuring marks on the side are easy to see as they are a red colour. My last jugs had clear or white, almost invisible lines, so no more holding the jug up to the light to measure anything. These markings haven't worn away or anything after much use and many washes. The measurements are in fl oz, pints and ml so are suitable for lots of recipes and directions without the need to try and convert the volumes yourself. My jug is a 0.5 litre jug which is perfect for my needs but they are available in larger and smaller sizes. I do find the 0.5 L jug easily manageable but I would think the larger jugs could prove quite heavy when full. I find the handle comfortable to use as well and there is enough space between the handle and the jug to fit even long or chubby fingers (am I the only person in the world that has so many issues with measuring jugs?). The jug is microwave safe, scratch resistant, thermal shock resistant and also come with a 10 year guarantee. It can go in the oven, the freezer and dishwasher without a problem. As you will see below, these jugs can vary quite a lot in price from place to place so shop around if you're in a position to do so. I think this is a good buy and is much better value than buying and replacing several cheap and nasty jugs. Here's a quick price comparison Wilko - £3 Asda - £3 Argos - £3.49 Sainsbury's - £4 Tesco £6.82 Debenhams - £7 Don't waste your time on a naff jug, get a Pyrex! Thanks for reading. Also on Ciao
Sports Direct is a company which has a chain of stores selling sports equipment and clothing as well as casual clothing. From the name of the store you would assume it is just a sports shop but they have excellent value clothing for all ages, sizes and styles. They have stores in most UK cities, but I find visiting their stores stressful and choose to shop online instead. Products sold include bikes, golf clubs, football boots, shirts, jeans, dresses, shoes, darts and equipment and much more! The website looks a bit tacky but is fairly easy to use although it does have a few issues which I will go into later. You can click one of the buttons to quickly be taken to the department you are looking for such as mens, kids or clearance sections and refine your search by brand, size, colour and product. It's all quick and easy to use. You do not have to be a member to visit their site and view the products, but I would recommend signing up which is as simple as entering your email address and password as they do send newsletters regularly letting you know about their deals which is good as some promotions may only last a day. One such newsletter was sent to me via email yesterday which was advertising up to 90% off "Miso" dresses. Clicking the email link took me to pages of dresses of all styles including some pretty and colourful skater dresses all for under £6. They had dresses suitable for day wear or occasion wear and for that price you just can't go wrong. I recently bought some gorgeous "Firetrap" jeans with an RRP of over £70 for only around the £6 mark. The prices are hard to beat and your money does go far shopping on this site which is why I continue to do so. There are a few issues though, some items are in the wrong category, a search for womens tracksuits in a size 8 could include infant pyjamas in the results. This has happened on many searches and can be a little annoying. They could really do with a seperate kids and infants department too as they are together and you need to do quite a bit of searching for baby items, although they do have some lovely stuff (if you can find it). Some items such as trainers show a 'from' price, so searching for mens trainers recently which showed up as from £29 was actually £45 in the size required so keep an eye out for prices changing when you select your size. When you find an item you like, you simply select your required size and colour and click on the add to bag button where it will be saved until later. Your bag will always be shown on the top right hand corner of the page where you can keep an eye on the number of items added and a running total which is handy as it's easy to get carried away with so many bargains. When you have finished shopping you can proceed to the checkout where you can view all the items, it's definitely worth double checking all of your sizes before ordering, I have never had to return an item but have heard from a family member that it's not a very easy process. Also check that they haven't added one of their mugs for £1 which they seem to do automatically, so if you don't want this then make sure you remove it before entering your payment details. The payment page is quick and simple to use and they accept most debit and credit cards. I find the authorisation quick and have never experiences problems. Delivery times vary and can be a bit of a pain. Sometimes it has been a couple of days before I get any kind of communication regarding my order and although they eventually send a link to track your order it usually says processing for days anyway! Delivery is normally free over £50 but this amount sometimes changes. When packages have arrived the goods are always well packages and protected and clothing has never been too creased or damaged at all. Overall I'm fairly happy with the delivery service but I doubt I'd order something I needed in a real hurry using this website. On my latest order I was told in an email that 2 of my items were out of stock, this was particularly annoying as they are gifts and now if I want to go back and order similar products I will have to pay postage as they would be less than the minimum spend. Quite annoying as the original order was over £250. An item added to the basket showed up as out of stock and I was told to remove the item before checkout. If it was out of stock I can't understand why they allowed me to add it to the basket in the first place? The products in wrong categories, slow confirmation of orders and communication of products not available, order tracking not being too good and of course the owner Mike Ashley (BOOOOOOO) put me off using this company, they have deals which can't be missed, have good products and great prices so it's too good not to keep using really. I will continue to use this site and cross my fingers that another company follows in their footsteps bringing bargain deals and I can use them instead. To finish here are a few tips when using the site. - As if the prices are not competitive enough, you can sometimes find voucher codes to use. '10OFF50MVC' gets you 10% off orders over £50 at the moment. - Check your sizes and the product description carefully before ordering. I nearly ordered a cheap tracksuit for my boyfriend until I realised the description said juniors. Which of course should be in the kids, not mens section, but that's sports direct. - Sign up as a member, you will get emails with their latest deals Thanks for reading. Also on Ciao.
I recently received a Kong Kickeroo as a present for my cat who thinks he's Thumper rabbit and loves to cling on to limbs to kick, bite or just cuddle. A couple of people had recommended the kickeroo and I was excited to try it, but not too sure how long Bobby would stay interested in it for. The Kickeroo is basically a soft toy for cats, they have catnip in them, which is some sort of herb found in many cat toys which seems to make them excitable and mad to play. They come in many sizes, shapes, colours and patterns. Mine is the same as the one pictured, which is a giraffe print with a black tail. Other options include tiger print, a pink zebra print and a denim. The Giraffe print Kickeroo is a nice pattern and colour. It is a fun design without looking cheap or tacky (not that you'll be wearing it). The fabric is a suede type material which is nice and soft. When I took the Kickeroo off it's cardboard I was wondering how the cat is supposed to know what to do with it. Needn't have worried, within seconds he was licking the tail, grabbing the toy and pulling it into him then kicking like crazy! He had so much fun and it was wonderful to watch. He played with it for a good 10 minutes before he seemed a bit tired from all the kicking so he took the tail in his mouth to move it to a safe place for later. He play with this toy every day, it seems much more exciting and the novelty doesn't wear off as quick as a new mouse or ball would. This is a fantastic toy and when he's not playing with it he sometimes likes to just curl up and cuddle it. These toys are available in many pet shops and also online. They currently sell online for under £4 including delivery and I would highly recommend them over any other toys. They are good for cats of all ages, my sister recently got one for her 8 year old cat who "isn't really into playing" and this soon proved that theory wrong! She loves her Kickeroo as much as my 6 month old kitty. The Kickeroo is around 30cm long, so a decent size perfect for grabbing. Smaller ones are available for kittens but I wouldn't bother and would just go for the larger size that's going to last. You can add more catnip which is widely available if you like for some added excitement as it will wear off after a time. Everyone I know gives this product a big thumbs up including me! An excellent buy.
Dreamies are a range of treats for cats and kittens manufactured by Mars. They come in a variety of flavours including turkey, cheese or tuna. I was personally drawn to the bright pink packaging and when I saw that it was my cat's favourite flavour, beef I had to pick it up. Each pack contains 60g, which is over 30 servings based on 8 pieces per serving. You can feed your cat up to 20 pieces per day. The treats inside are little brown rectangular biscuits which are described as crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, I'll take their word for it being soft on the inside as I don't fancy biting into one myself. The small size of the treats make them easy for small kittens to eat and I have found them great when used during play, what better surprise for your kitty than to crawl in their tunnel and find a treat. My cat is still nibbling my hand when I try to brush him (something I'm hoping is down to teething) but a couple of dreamies when brushing and a couple more when it's done seems to make the process much easier for both of us! My cat loves these and really does as it describes in the pack "shake the pouch and watch your cat come running" it's really nice to see the excitement and enjoyment they get from them. If the cat isn't in the room I like to hide A few around the room and as soon as he enters the room he can smell them and loves hunting them out. As they are a treat I only get them out every 2 or 3 days and wouldn't use as many as the 20 a day as I don't want him to "expect" treats or get used to having them (I don't think they would seem such a treat then). A packet lasts ages and keep for 4 weeks once opened. The packet is also resealable which is handy as they stay fresh and dont spill all over the place. The packets have a shelf life of over a year so you can stock up when they are on offer. They retail for around £1 a packet, which I think is good value for treats which are going to last 3 or 4 weeks and will make your kitty very happy. Dreamies have received some mixed opinions so its worth mentioning why. They do contain additives, some claim that the additives can lead to serious health problems and many claim their cats are addicted to dreamies. I personally wouldn't let it put me off, if I took notice of all the articles I read me and my cat would both be extremely hungry. I think, like our own diets, a treat now and again is nice although not too healthy. All personal choice but in my opinion I would probably buy these again, my cat loves these but he also loves other treats so I would not necessarily go straight for these each time. I'm sure my cat hasn't seen the last of his dreamies. He deserves them, in moderation!!
This game by Rockstar is for over 16 year olds. It is set in a school, so you would think it would be aimed at children, but due to the violence, bullying and bad language it isn't really suitable for kids. There are a lot of elements to the game and a lot to do so I will try to cover the main aspects of the game without going into too much detail. You play the character Jimmy Hopkins, who has been dumped at Bullworth school, where he will attend lessons and lie while his mother and her new husband go on honeymoon for a year. You will have to attend 2 lessons per day. One at 9am, and the other at 1pm. Of course you could always decide to skip classes, but if you are caught by one of the monitors and can't hide in a bin or locker or run away from them they will drag you back to class. There are various subjects, each has 5 lessons to complete. If you complete all 5 lessons in a subject you are excused from attending future classes in that subject and will have more free time on your hands. In English class you will have to unscramble letters to create so many words in a set amount of time. In gym class you will wrestle and play dodge ball. In biology you will perform dissections. In photography you will travel to locations on the map taking photographs of people and landmarks. Other classes such as chemistry and the shop require you to perform actions with your controller, following on screen prompts. For completing all lessons you will earn rewards such as collection items being shown on the map, a chemistry set in your dorm to make your own weapons and unlocking interactions with others such as the ability to apologise and try to get yourself out of trouble. When you are not in class there is plenty to do. You will need to collect rubber bands and cards which are located all over the town, some are in obvious places and others will require you to climb up buildings or jump over walls. You can travel on foot, on your skateboard, a bike or a scooter to the shops to buy clothes, gifts to impress the girls, a drink or weapons such as eggs, stink bombs and fire crackers. You can also visit the carnival to play games to win tickets to exchange for prizes, try out the rides or check out the freak show. Earn money deivering fast food or newspapers, accepting missions from classmates or people in the town, mow lawns and complete other mini tasks. The yellow stars on the radar indicate the main missions which you need to complete to earn the respect of the various gangs (nerds, jocks and greaseballs) at schools to become popular and make your life at school easier. Early missions are quite simple such as breaking into lockers, spray painting over tags and finding missing items. The missions get more complicated as you go along. With all this to do, the game lasts quite a while but to be honest it does get a little tiresome after a while. It is worth noting that you will need a nunchuk controller to be able to play the game. You can save at any time by going to your dorm or other locations which you unlock as you complete missions. The radar on screen is enough for most tasks, but you can get a larger map up by pressing the '1' button. Pressing '2' will show your current objectives. You should keep an eye on the time using the clock on screen, if you are still up and about at 2am you will pass out from tiredness, so it's not a good idea to start a mission near this time as you will wake up in your dorm and need to start it again. Multiplayer is hardy worth a mention, you can't play online and offline you can't walk around the town or fight or anything. It is just competing against one another in the lessons, arcade games and fairground games. My opinion I thought the game was good as I only paid around £5 for a used copy on Ebay. The map, radar, collection items and spray painting does remind me of the Grand Theft Auto games also by Rockstar but some parts of the game seem a bit pointless. For example if you could spray the same tag 100 times, it seems silly that your tag disappears and appears as one that you can do and doesn't seem to have any point in the game, whereas the tags in GTA are counted until you have done them all. I think this is aimed at a small number of people, I think the theme of the game is more for teenagers, but with its 16+ age recommendation it doesn't make it suitable for all. Anyone older than teenagers would probably soon find it a bit dull. I got frustrated with going back and forwards from the town to the school and back again, you can catch a bus which is a faster than making your own way there but it was a bit silly. After a few hours I found I had run out of the smaller tasks to do, you can repeat the money earning tasks if you like but it gets a bit boring mowing the same patch of grass over and over for something to pass the time until your next lesson or bed time. It is still an enjoyable game though, and even when I got a bit fed up of it I was determined to continue and reach the 100% completion. It's hard to rate this game as I think it is one aimed at a certain style of gamer. I personally quite like wandering around hunting for collection items, but if you are more interested in action and something a bit more fast paced this probably isn't for you.
I picked this up in a charity shop lately along with 3 other books which cost £2 for 4 books. I had previously read a couple of good books by Sydney Sheldon and was hoping this would be another good read. The cover on my paperback copy differs from that pictured here as my copy is mainly white with blue text. RRP - £6.99 ISBN - 0-00-772452-7 Published - 2000 Pages - 394 (26 chapters) The first thing I want to mention is another of Sidney Sheldon's books, 'Best Laid Plans'. When I started to read this book I was wondering if I had read it before, what it was is that 'The Sky is Falling' uses some of the same characters as 'Best Laid Plans'. Athough this is a new plot and is not part of a series, I would recommend reading 'Best Laid Plans' before this book as it gies you a bit of background story on the characters which makes this one a little more interesting as you feel you already know the characters. Reading them in this one first and later going on to read 'Best Laid Plans' could spoil the earlier book a little. Interestingly, the other book is not mentioned anywhere on the cover of this book. Anyway, onto the plot..... Dana Evvans is a news broadcaster who lives with her son Kemal, who she adopted and brought home to America after rescuing him when doing news coverage on a war in Sarajevo. Kemal lost an arm after a bombing and has behavioural issues as well as his physical impairment which feature a lot throughout the book. Dana suspects his behaviour is a reaction to being teased but he wont admit to this to try and protect her feelings, which leads to him being expelled from school and many child minders walking out on them. Dana has a boyfriend Jeff, who also works at the news station as a sports reporter, when his ex wife turns up this causes some jealousy from Dana and as his ex becomes reliant on him during a tough time in her life it causes more worry for Dana. The main plot however, is that Dana becomes suspicious when she is reporting on the death of a billionaire, she finds it a bit suspicious that his entire family has died within the space of a year in various "accidents" and she decides to do a bit of investigating and see if something more sinister may have caused their demise. One part of the story I don't like is that Dana seems to be the only person in the word that suspects foul play and it seems like everyone around her thinks it's a ridiculous far fetched theory that something else could have caused the deaths. In my opinion it would be the first thing anyone with half a brain would think if a whole family died one by one in accidents within a short space of time, but in this book it's as if Dana is amazing for making some kind of link. Dana then travels from city to city across the world meeting people who had contact with each member of the family around the time of their deaths. This also annoys me as, although both are mentioned, it seems like it's perfectly normal to get on a plane going from country to country dropping work and leaving your son (who is going through a difficult time) with a new housekeeper who only started working for you that day. Aside from the couple of points which annoy me I did enjoy this book. It was really easy to read and I got through it in no time. Even though there are lots of characters mentioned it is not hard to keep track of who is who. There are enough twists and turns, along with Dana's personal life to keep in interesting throughout. Most people will probably have figured out who the 'bad guy' is by the end of the book, but I did suspect others at different stages of the book and there are still a couple of surprises in store. I don't think this was one of the best or worst books I have read but I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, especially to those who read 'Best Laid Plans'.
Sapphire Battersea is the second of three books in the Hetty Feather series by Jacqueline Wilson. The books are: 1. Hetty Feather 2. Sapphire Battersea 3. Emerald Star I actually picked up the third book in my library recently, not realising at first that it was one of a series, I decided to read it anyway and when I finished I was eager to read the previous two books as it was really enjoyable. Sapphire Battersea was published in 2011. It is illustrated by Nick Sharatt, the illustrations in the series of books are simple silhouette style and although I don't find them too interesting, they break up a long book a little, which may well interest the children who the book is aimed at. This series is aimed at 8-12 year olds but I think there is no upper age limit on this book and that it would be enjoyed by children and adults alike. There are a few difficult words and some of the content may be a little confusing for younger readers, though they may need a little help. The RRP of this hardback book is £12.99. ISBN 978-0-385-61892-2. The 3 books are the memoirs of the character Hetty Feather so are written from her prospective. Hetty was the name given to her at the foundling hospital, which is where orphans and children born out of wedlock were handed over and brought up. Hetty lived with a foster family until she was 5, then returned to the hospital to live and go to school. In this book Hetty has turned 14 which means it is time for her to leave the hospital and go out to work. A governor in the hospital who Hetty became friendly with has found her a job as a servant for a man called Mr. Buchanan. Hetty is very naive, the education at the hospital was poor and she is an opinionated girl who doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. She thought she had been placed with Mr. Buchanan as he is an author and might give her some help with her own writing, but in reality it seems they had to beg him to take Hetty as a servant as nobody else would employ such a small frail girl. Hetty will be working with other help in this fancy new home, Mrs. Briskett and Sarah, who are not going to give her an easy time. Hetty had already decided that when she left the hospital it would be the start of her new life and she wanted to use a new name, Sapphire Battersea, the name her birth mother chose. Mrs. Briskett and Sarah think the name is too fancy and tell her she will be called Hetty and that is that. They laugh at her lack of knowledge and scold her for making mistakes. You really find yourself feeling sorry for Hetty as she is often getting told off for not knowing how to do something but she has never been shown. It seems she really does want to learn but this doesn't go down well either as people think she asks too many questions and find her cheeky. It seems she cant win! It soon settles down and it seems the others like her the more they get to know her, she has one admirer in particular, Bertie the butcher boy. He is another cheeky one, he is a bit of a smooth talker and soon persuades Mrs. Briskett to allow him to take Hetty out each Sunday. The two of them have such innocent fun, walking, going to the fair and going rowing but Hetty cant help but feel a little guilty as it is obvious Bertie wants her to be his sweetheart but she cant stop thinking about her foster brother Jem and their plans to marry which they made years ago as little children. This part of the book is also really well done, it is a lovely young love story and it is really sweet to feel like you have gone back in time and their dates are so innocent it is enjoyable to read. Before long Hetty has a huge argument with her employer Mr. Buchanan, afraid she will be sent back to the Foundling hospital, Hetty soon runs away to try and reunite with her birth mother and make a new life for herself. She meets plenty of interesting new people along the way and their are lots of interesting parts in the story. Unfortunately this book also has a really sad story as well and it is really quite an emotional read at times. I thought it was a fantastic book, as were all 3 of the books in the series and they come highly recommended from me. They are full of interesting and engaging characters and should appeal to a wide audience of readers.
I like to try new shampoos and am not loyal to any brand, I usually just pick up the one with an attractive bottle in the pound shop. If it's any good I might get it again, if it's not I wont. There is often a good range of Schwarzkopf Supersoft shampoos for £1 and for some reason I have never tried any of them. The bottle I picked up was 'Shwarzkopf Supoersoft Ultimate Shine Superfruit Shampoo'. The packaging was what drew me to the shampoo, it stood out on the shelf with it's metallic purple bottle, a quick check that there wasn't any scents I dislike (e.g coconut) and it was into the basket. The shampoo is for dull & unmanageable hair, something I suppose mine is a little of both but not to the extent that I would seek out a shampoo for this hair type. The shampoo has Lychee & Noni-Berry extracts (I have no idea what a Noni-Berry is but I do like the smell). The bottle contains 400ml of the shampoo, which claims to nourish, smooth, regenerate hair structure and fill your hair with suppleness and shine. Does it live up to its claims? The shampoo has an easy to open flip lid with a large hole, making it easy to get out of the bottle. The bottle stands up easily so it can be placed on any surfaces without knocking it over. When I squeezed out a small bit I was amazed by the thickness of the liquid. It is really thick so I didn't have to worry at all about most of it dripping off my hands in the shower which happens with lots of shampoos and probably leads to me wasting a lot. As it was so thick I was wondering how well it was going to lather up but there was no problem at all, a small amount went a long way and felt really luxurious. What was even better was that I soon realised that one shampoo was going to be sufficient. With some shampoos my hair doesn't feel quite clean enough and in need of a second shampoo, therefore using even more. What was better again was that I really didn't feel the need to use a conditioner either, which is normally a must for me as my hair gets easily tangled. Sure enough, I didn't bother with conditioner and my hair was not only soft but also easy to comb through. The next thing I need to mention is the scent, I really like the scent of the berries! It is not a sickly sweet fruity smell, but a strong and fresh berry scent. The only problem I have here is that it doesn't last well. A faint scent is still detectable after rinsing and drying, but with such a lovely smell I would like it to be a bit stronger and last longer. I found my hair looked soft and shiny after use (nowhere near as shiny as the picture on the bottle of course) but I was happy with the results. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now and I think the condition of my hair has slightly improved. I imagine if I pick up the conditioner in the same range I may notice an even bigger improvement. I will definitely be buying this again, it is certainly one which I would look out for and recommend to others, the scent, results and price are all excellent. I would expect a shampoo that is so luxurious to be more expensive and for only £1 I think it is excellent value for money and will last a good length of time as it goes such a long way.
Hetty Feather is the first of three books about the life of the title character. The second book is Sapphire Battersea and the third Emerald Star. Each book in written by the popular children's author Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharratt. This hardback copy has a RRP of £12.99. ISBN 978-0-385-61444-3. The book has 392 pages and was published in 2009. Each book is written in the style of Hetty's memoirs. Hetty Feather was born in 1876, in the days when it was seen as a terrible sin to have a child out of wedlock. This is how Hetty was given up as a baby and sent to the Foundling hospital with other children like herself. At first she wasn't even named, just referred to as 256291. Then she was given the name Hetty Feather and sent to a new home in the country to try and build her up and make her strong until she started school back at the Foundling hospital, she will be sent back when she is almost 6. This new home belonged to a couple called peg and john, who Hetty saw as her mother and father. They had also taken in other foundlings babies and brought these babies up along with their own children. Hetty recalls the fun and games she played at their home, her love for her brother Jem, playing in trees and fields etc. It seems Hetty is having a wonderful childhood until she realises that it isnt going to last much longer. When she hears the mother getting up and going out with one of her brothers in the middle of the night and returning without him, Hetty remembers the same happening to another of their children and wants answers. They decide to explain that eventually Hetty would be sent away too but they will keep their own children. Unsurprisingly, Hetty is not happy and no matter how good they try to make the hospital sound, she is desperate to stay with her family. She does try pull a couple of stunts to get out of going but none of them work and eventually the day to leave arrives. It is a sad day for all the family but for Hetty it is made slightly easier by her brother Jem's promise that one day they will be reunited and marry (they are not actually blood related after all). Hetty hates the school, she was made to hand over her clothes, her doll, is not allowed contact with the outside world and she isn't getting along with the staff or the other children from day one. Eventually she makes a friend, but she is soon sent to a new home and Hetty feels very low and alone and pushes away the only people who are kind to her, nurse Winnie and Ida from the kitchen. Each day is the same, the teachers don't like her, they punish her for being inquisitive and wanting to learn more as they are only taught very basic literacy and numeracy. They spend more time at the school doing chores make them good servants which is what they will all be doing at 14 when they leave the hospital. Hetty has other ideas, she doesn't want to be a servant, she needs to find her real mum, publish her memoirs and maybe even join the circus. Will she achieve any of her goals? OVERALL I really enjoyed this book. I think it would appeal to a wide range of ages and is certainly one which adults and children alike would enjoy. The guide age for this book is 8 to 12 but I see no reason why over 12's wouldn't enjoy it. I really like Hetty's character,this tiny waif like girl certainly makes up for her small size with a huge personality. She is a daydreamer, she is intelligent, she speaks her mind and stands up for what she believes in at any cost. The book is very good and has some funny and entertaining chapters, yet also includes some sadness and is also a bit educational, showing what life was like growing up in the Victorian age. Although I had already ruined parts of the book by reading the last book first, I still thought it was excellent and started on the second book straight away.