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    • Nurseries in general / Local Service / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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      5 Months ago I would have been looking for tips about choosing a nursery school as I was in the unenviable throes of finding one for my eldest child. Now I did not relish looking for a nursery (I think I found the thought of approaching schools quite intimidating) so I put it off and put it off and all the time it was playing on my mind, that this was a job that really needed doing - NOW! So 9 months before my sons 3rd birthday I pulled my finger out and started proceedings. NURSERY EDUCATION IS FREE FOR OVER 3'S It won't cost you anything to put your child into LEA (Local Education Authority) Nursery from the age of 3 - That DOES NOT necessarily mean that when your child turns 3 you can put them in nursery - it doesn't work like that. GET ON THE LISTS Depending on where you live and population figures and school availability, you need to think about nursery quite early. I left it really late, but luckily there are a lot of places available in my area. If you are set on a particular school get their name down early - it is however worth knowing that some schools won't put a child on the waiting list until they turn a certain age (normally 2 years). LOOK AROUND I made appointments to visit 3 different school nurseries in my area. Before I went I asked around to get peoples general ideas on the school. One woman I knew had had her children at 2 of the schools on my list and was happy to give me her thoughts - however don't be blinkered when you visit a school - one school that the woman did not rate - actually turned out to be my favourite and Joes too, depsite me being determined to find fault! WHAT TO ASK AND TO LOOK OUT FOR ON YOUR VISIT . Do the doors have a secure entrance - a lot of schools have buzzers now. . Is the school bright and friendly looking - are the students work displayed on the wall, is there a themed project anywhere that
      you can see? - its nice to see the sort of work that the school is producing. . What is the ratio of teachers/assistants to children - this can be very different from one school to the next, make sure that you are happy that your child will have the attention that he/she deserves. . Do you like the teacher/assistants - fist impressions count for a lot - is the teacher approachable and do the children seem happy to approach her? . Do the children look happy? If they do yours will too! . What sort of activities do the children do? Is there messy play, outdoor play, a themed project, book area etc. Ask what sort of structure the day follows and do they follow the national curriculum for nurseries. However remember that nurseries are play based, the day should be 90% filled with structured and unstructured play. . What are the hours of the nursery? Again this changes from school to school. Its a personal choice whether you prefer your child to attend full time part time, morning or afternoon - but nurseries rarely cater for personal choices so choose one that has a time to suit you! . Take your toddler with you. The teacher should be happy for your child to join in for 15 mins or so and its a good chance for you to see what they think too. . Ask about whether the school has a bullying policy. How do they discipline rowdy toddlers - is there a time out policy. Make sure that you are happy with their arrangements. . Ask if the ages 3-5 are mixed or if they have older ones in the morning and younger ones in the afternoon or vice versa - if you have a timid 3 year old you may prefer him/her to mix with just the younger children. . Can they take your child? When can they start? This all depends on their age and when their 3rd Bithday falls, children born before September will be taken in the usual September intake, any children younger than this will be taken as spaces arise
      , but this can be as late as the next years intake - ask what the schools policy on this is. If you like the school then put you name on the list ASAP - this normally involves filling in an application form and showing your childs birth certificate as proof. Ask when you will be notified if they are going to offer you a place or not. This is handy becuase you will get offers at different times, the school I least liked offered me a place first and wanted an answer quickly so I needed to ring the other schools to ask if they would be offering too! Try not to be stressed about the task - its not a long job - and the sense of relief when you have them enroled is emmense! Oh and don't be put of by stroppy receptionist!!!!

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      • Rio Slim Gym / Beauty Accessories / 1 Reading / 22 Ratings
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        24.02.2001 21:35
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        I have always wanted an electronic toner, like the Rio Slim Gym, but have been unwilling to pay out £100 for something that might not work, and that I might not use, so imagine my delight when walking past Cash Converters windows one afternoon I saw a second hand Rio Slim Gym (In pristine condition) for just £39. I took it home and read the manual, which is short and to the point and features a list of FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions), The maunal explains where to place the pads (with diagrams) and how it should feel when you have them positioned correctly. PLEASE NOTE: there is a health section which advises you if the Slim Gym is unsuitable for you, Pacemakers users and Pregnant women to name two. Here is a list of what the Slim Gym Comprises: . The main console - which has a large dial to turn the power on and also to determine the amount of time between the pulses, and 5 individual dials which determine the strength of the pulse. . A mains lead, which plugs into the back of the main console. . 5 individual leads which split to 2 plugs at the end - (2 electrodes per lead). . 10 pads (electrodes). . 5 black adjustable bands, with which to hold the pads in place with. . 1 tube of conductive Gel - Although when this runs out you can just wet the pads with water instead and this works just as well. . Short but comprehensive instruction booklet in several languages. The Slim Gym also takes size C batteries (6) and as it is low drainage you can buy the cheapy sort and they will last for ages! I use my gym for at least an hour a day and the original set of batteries are still working after 5 weeks. HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE SLIM GYM After Numerous uses the best way to do it is this: If you are using the mains lead - plug it in! Then you need to plug the individual leads into the main console - making sure that all the dials ar
        e switched off. The attach the pads to the leads - make sure they are well secured on. The place the black bands around the part of the body you wish to tone. Wet the pads Place under the black bands This is the one serious drawback of the Slim Gym - you have to be careful or you are tangled in wires - a little careful planning goes a long way!!! It takes me about 6 mins to connect myself up, so you have to be motivated to use it because it is time consuming and boring to get going. Once you are all connected switch on the main dial, the more you twist this dial the shorter the time between pulses, then switch on the individual dials, and away you go. The Slim Gym works by sending an electronic pulse through the pad and stimulating the musles to contract and relax, over and over again - they say that you can do the equivalent of 600 situps in only 20 mins. When you first start using the Slim Gym it can be pretty painful - I remember having the dials switched on only half way and wincing in the pain, which each pulse. But the more you stick with it the easier it gets, I now have to switch the electrodes up quite high to even feel a slight buzz. On the pain point I have a word of advice - When turning up, switching on or turning down one of the dials make sure you LOOK at what you are doing, if you touch the wrong dial, and turn it up by mistake, you are in for a shock QUITE LITERALLY :) I did this once and was actually crying with the pain, my body almost hit the ceiling!!! and also DON'T TOUCH THE PADS WHEN THE GYM IS SWITCH ON or you will get a nasty shock through your fingers - common sense maybe - but just remember that when you are distracted and you get an itch..... The sensation you feel is a tingly buzz, you need to turn it up until the buzz turns to an actual contraction of the area which you can either feel or see (you skin should jump). I te
        nd to do my tummy for an hour a day - you do need to use it daily until you are completly toned - which I am not yet!!! and then once a week thereafter, and my legs and arms for 30 mins a day. I now find it relaxing in a wierd sort of way, from breaking out in a sweat when I first started, I can now lay back and forget about it. THE RESULTS???? I have been using it for 5 weeks now and yes I can see results. first of all when you take off the electrodes, your skin feels lovely and firm underneath - this gradually plumps out again After 2 weeks my tummy and arms were firmer and now after 5 weeks I can see a fair bit of definition at the top of my stomach, my lower tummy is being stubborn though!! I would recommend this - if I miss a night on it now I definatley feel flabbier the next day - probably all in the mind, but hey! who cares?????

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        • Hasbro Play-Doh / Art / Craft / 1 Reading / 26 Ratings
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          11.02.2001 22:28
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          Scared to buy Play-doh, scared for my carpets, scared for my sofa, just plain scared! However my son (2.5 yrs) was under the weather, and I wanted something that would keep him amused and entertained and out of my hair for a while. So on a wet Sunday afternoon I was in my local Woolworths, when I saw a set of 4 tubs of Play-Doh, and I finally gave in, in the hope that this could be my answer for a peaceful afternoon. The Set of 4 contained these colours: RED, YELLOW, BLUE and WHITE. Bit bemused by this choice at first, but all became clear later. I paid my pennies (£2.99) or you can purchase single tubs for 99p, and took my buy home. My son was eager to get started, so throwing caution to the wind I put the entire contents of the tubs on his teletubbies desk and let him get on with it. Well I say that but it only took 3-4 seconds before I wanted a go too! I was pleasantly surprised at the texture of the Doh, it was very soft and squedgy (a brilliant de-stresser) without being easy to fall apart, and had an almost cold feel to it. The smell was just as I remembered from childhood - really distinctive. My son had no problems manipulating it. Its important to note that this brand is non-toxic, and also tastes disgusting - really salty! (I know this beacause I wanted to make sure that my baby girl would not eat it, so I licked it - it didn't stop her, but at least she won't be poisioned by it!) I wanted to make a pig but had no pink colour, it was then that I saw the packaging which has a guide on it telling you which colours to mix to make new colours. I was really surprised at this as I remember that in childhood mixed colours ended up a sludgey browny green. And this is where the fun came in (for me) I spent the best part of half an hour making new colours with the 4 we were given, after 5 minutes my partner put down his newspaper and joined in too! And so we spent
          a happy while, making animals and snowmen from Play-Doh. The tubs that the Doh come in have a shape on the end (different shape each pot) and an animal inside the shape, this is brilliant for pressing in the Doh and delighted my little boy. My son played with the Doh for about 1.5 hours - brilliant for a 2.5 year old and worth the money alone for that bit of peace and quiet! I left it all out for several hours that afternoon and he went back and forth to it. He made minimal mess, and importantly the Play-Doh did not dry out, we simply put it back in the pots ready for use another day!

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            10.02.2001 23:34
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            I am a lazybones, I admit it, I hated sport at school, and try to avoid exercise if at all possible. However I live on the top of two massive steep hills, there is no way to get anywhere than to go down the hill and then invariably plough up it again! So picture the scence if you will: A hugely pregnant woman pushing her strapping toddler up the hill in a lovely heavy pram, (I might add that the only response I got from this was ridicule from a woman, who should have known better! - and never once an offer of assistance). Later on in my pregnacy I started to suffer from a bad back and had to see a physiotherapist, who informed me that I had seperated a couple of ligaments in my back, and should wear crutches!! Impossible as the hill does not cater for crutch users! So day in day out I ploughed up that hill, and that in my opinion is a good form of exericise! OBVIOUSLY I don't advocate stout hill walking at all! TIPS FOR AN EASIER PREGNANCY & LABOUR 1. Get out and about, long walks and fresh air is a lovely form of mild exerice that keeps the pregnant woman fit. It's probably an idea to plan ahead for toilet stops in late pregnancy, as the baby pushes down on the bladder alot. 2. When bending, bend from the knees (a sort of straight backed squat) this will save your back - and with a bump, bending from the waist gets quite painful. 3. FOR ALL YOU RESTLESS LEG SUFFERS OUT THERE. I had this with both my pregnancies and can sympathesis totally, this condition is completely maddening and can drive you around the twist, I recommend going on all fours or kneeling over the sofa, this is one position that will give you relief for a short while. Another brilliant idea is to buy a beanbag (£30 Bentalls - the best one I saw on the markt), which brings me to my next tip. 4. OPTIMAL FETAL POSITIONING. Or in other words trying to get the baby to lie in the best posi
            tion for an easy labour. As I have said above I suffered from Restless Legs so would spend much of my day slumped front down on my beanbag, the all fours position is great to manouvre the baby into the head down front facing position. This means there is not so much hard work to do on L day! and will cut your labour time down too. I had easy, quick labours which I can put down to the fact that I spent my pregnancy looking like a cow, grazing at pasture! However a quick note: Try not to do this for more than a couple of hours a day, because it is possible in this position to damamge your pelvis (weight of the baby on pelvis when resting in the all fours position). 5 A QUICK BIRTH? I've had two labours, spent my 1st on the bed, like a scared rabbit - it was quick but I felt out of control. With my second I stood for the majority of the labour, between contractions I rested on my beanbag which I had placed on the top of the bed, I then slumped over the bag in a standing up position in the painfree moments, this was fantastic, I could pace with my feet during the contractions, and I felt totally in control and really peaceful. So there you go! Gentle exercise and positioning tricks can help you through the difficult times. I hope it helps.

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            • George by Asda / Clothing / 1 Reading / 18 Ratings
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              20.01.2001 22:13
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              Now that I am a mother of 2 (and a non-driving one at that) I can't get myself down the highstreet as often as before - in my money making days! I live within 5 minutes of a largeish Asda store, where they stock the full George range of clothing. Being a slight snob, there is no way that a few years ago I would ever had contemplated even LOOKING at the clothes selection in a supermarket - I mean purleasssssssse what if someone was watching me! However needs must, and with no time to spare and my clothes looking decidedly raggerdy, I ventured into the clothing section furtively looking left to right to make sure no-one I knew was around! Well I am sooo impressed with George clothing (George apparently is an ex NEXT designer). Here is what I like about them: 1. DESIGN - you will find the latest fashionable clothing at George - it does NOT cater for fuddy duddies. Even better is that George constantly bring in new ranges, it is not limited to 1 per season, I would say that there is a large amount of new clothing every month! 2. PRICE - the prices are so reasonable! at the moment they are putting thier clothes in price catergories i.e. £16 for trousers £8 and £12 tops. 3. RANGE - they stock clothes for casual wear, with some brilliant long sleeved tops, lovely colours, lots of bright tops and lots of lovely toned and nuetral colours e.g. khaki and beige, the clothes always mix and match with others in the range. They also have clothes for nights out be it smart or party, glittery spangly boob tubes, halter necks, spagetti string vests tops, tight trousers, little skirts - your bound to find something to suit. And if you are a worker there is a range of suits to suit too! At Christmas George go party mad!!! with loads of little black dresses and gorgeous seperates. P.S George Jeans are only £12 at the moment!! Grab yourself a pair (normal price £15). 4. SHOES - they st
              ock a wide range of shoes for every occasion be it party or fitness. 5. LINGERIE - there is some very pretty lingerie at George, however the prices are not much cheaper than other stores. 6. SALES - they change their stock so often that they frequently do sales, with rack upon rack of clothes with all the prices slashed! If they are not clearing their stock then they often do a week where you can get 15% of everything! 7. BABY CLOTHES - so many beautiful baby clothes at a very good price, from basics such as vests and sleepsuits to lovely 3 piece baby outfits. You really can kit out the whole family at George. You can take all the clothes back with a receipt for a exchange or a full refund. Here are a few disadvantages. 1. LENGTH - the standard length they use for their trousers and jeans are a little too long for my likeing - at 5"2 they go to right around my angle, and they do not stock too many short lengths. 2. CHANGING ROOMS - although the changing rooms are large and airy, the lighting is abismal, instead of a flattering light, it makes you look WORSE than you normally do, many the time I have left an Asda changing room in despair - and nearly tears!! 3. I WANT MORE ACCESSORIES! - they do very few gloves, hats, scarves sets, I am always looking for them but the range is limited, and a little on the pricey side too. So all in all get down to ASDA and kit out your family - I do all the time now, me and my friends go around in hungry packs lol, no more misplaced snobbery for me.

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              • A Bug's Life (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                I must have seen this film about 50 times now! Not because I want to you understand, but because my 2 year old son, loves it! It is a PIXAR and Disney collaboration, and at least is very watchable. The action centres around Flick the ant who can do nothing right! Everything he turns his hand to is a complete disaster, although he tries so hard to improve himself! The only Bug who believes in him is Dot the little Princess. The last straw is when he destroys the food 'offering' that they have spent most of the summer collection for the mean grashoppers. He is banished from the colony to find warrior bugs to help them fight the grasshoppers when they come (although no one believes he will do it!) He finds 'circus bugs' believing them to be warriors, and the rest of the film is about them all finding a way to beat the grasshoppers, with lots of misuderstandings along the way. There is of course a romantic side with Flick and Princess Atta slowly falling for each other. I won't say anymore in case I ruin it for you. My partner originally bought this for us to watch, and it was enjoyable - if nothing else you can play "Spot the voice" 'Hopper' (the mean grasshopper) is played by Kevin Spacey and you will instantly recognise 'Stick' as being David Hyde Pierce (Niles in Frasier) The animation is very good - not being an expert in animation techniques it is harder for me to alloborate, however I did particulary enjoy the scenes where Flick finds the city (a carboard box under a run-down caravan!). My little boys favourite is the circus scene where the flea burns himself in "Flaming Death"! Honestly the way he laughs at that!! makes me wonder! As the end credits run there are a number or so called out takes where they show you the bugs making mistakes, this is funny the first time you watch it, but unfortunatley they give all the char
                acters the same sort of attitude, which is a bit wearing. Another novel thing about the video, is that you can choose the cover! There are several to select each featuring a different bug. On the over side of the cover you choose is another cover so you can swap and change at home (how exciting).

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                I'll give anyone and anything a fair go. And I do enjoy mexican food. This bar/restaurant is on the small side, the bar hits you imediatley you walk in the room, and it is a cramped walk to the dinning area, that you might overlook if you did not know it was there. They have another dining area upstairs which is larger, and more spacious, we however were seated downstairs. We ordered our drinks (a pitcher of lager) which ariived promptly, and as we were hungry, eagerly awaited our started (I was having nachos!). An HOUR later our starter arrived!! And only after numerous requests from the staff. The waiter, who claimed to also be the manager ("Deputy, the manager is not on duty tonight madam!") was most unapologetic, claiming that they had a large party upstairs and that was why there were delays! Now I am sorry, but one party of people no matter how large should not bring a restaurant to a grinding halt, It was pre-booked and they should have had more staff. I told the waiter I wanted compensation of some sort for the unaccepatable wait and he grudgingly offered another pitcher of lager (Worth about £4!!) No way matey Jim! I told him that we would each choose a cocktail of our choice, and that we would expect to get it free. He agreed with a moody shrug of his shoulders and we did get £12+ worth of drinks out of it. The meal was so so, the Nachos did not touch the sides we were so hungry when they arrived. I had enchiladas for mains, and they were tasty and filling. We daren't order dessert, we would have been there til Christmas. The Service here was appaling, sulky uncaring staff, slooooooow and just very uninviting. The decor downstairs was cramped and the surroundings very noisy. Upstairs decor faired better (much better layout etc). The food was acceptable but not memorable, the prices average for mexican food: £3-5 starter, £5-12 main. The cockt
                ails were lovely though! Not advisable for wheelchair users as the toilets were up a flight of stairs. I would recommend you don't visit this place, rather get yourselfs down to Las Iguanas in St Nicholas Street, lively, fun, quick service and good food!

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                • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 2 Readings / 29 Ratings
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                  Amazon, Amazon, Amazon, log on to the internet and one of the first sites you will see on all browsers homepages is Amazon. I have heard many good things about them and since I had some Christmas shopping to do, I decided to let them impress me too. I put my order in on the 4th of December, for books that they said should be despatched in 2-3 days. First over a week later I got a mail saying that one of the books was out of stock (It took them a WEEK to discover this?). On the 22nd of December I emailed them saying that the books still had not arrived and received a message stating that my order was lost and that they would be re-ordered. So not only did my poor boyfriend not get his birthday present (through WHSmith online, also being inadequate - incidently his birthday was in October and he still has not received the book!) he now is having no christmas present. I then received a mail after christmas saying that these books would take another 4-6 weeks to arrive!!! Good God If they had told me this in the first place I would not have bothered. A week later I got a postcard from the PostOffice saying that they had been holding a parcel since the 11th December (they had not informed me before) so the Post Office are also totally incompetent too. I got the package and it was the missing books. One of the books was not the one I ordered, so it went back (at a cost of £3.02 post and packing!). 2 days later I got another package - yes you guessed it the re-ordered books. So now I am stuck with two of the same book and another of the book that they got wrong. I have emailed Amazon ( a week ago!) telling them I am not prepared to send them back and pay more postage and that I want a full refund for the book I sent back, even though I still have a copy of it - confused? me too! Amazon have so far not got back to me on that one! So to summarise: 1. They need
                  to communicate with their contractors i.e The Royal Mail, and make sure that they are not hoarding parcels (especially if they are re-ording books, you'd think that they would want to check to see if the Royal Mail still had them). 2. They need to send notification on out of stock books sooner. 3. They need to reply to their complaining emails quicker (especially ones that specifically ask for a prompt reply). 4. They need to stop sending out the wrong blummin books tsk. 5. They need to be the company that I thought they were!

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                  • Nitol / Health Treatment / 2 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                    Now I am not a big sufferer of Insomnia anymore - with 2 kids I am asleep as soon as my head touches the pillow, but a few years ago pre-kids it was a different story. I went through a stage of just not being able to drop off despite being very tired (my limbs felt very heavy, but I could not sleep). So I decided to try Nitol, to see if I could catch some ZZZs. They are small tablets, that cost around £3 and are available over the counter of all pharmacists. The active ingrediant is an antihestimine, the same ingrediant that is found in Benylin (the drowsy version obviusly). I noted with some interest that two of these pills had less of this ingrediant than two teaspoons of Benylin! After about 20mins I started to feel heavy and groggy and could feel myself drifting off, the next thing I know I was waking up the next day. So yes some success, however the more I used the pills the less effective they seemed to become and sometimes they did not work at all. I also felt that they affected the quality of sleep that I had, as I would wake up feeling still tired the next day. Some days the medication must still had been in my system because I was groggy and could have fallen asleep (if my boss had let me!) at my desk. I used them for a while, but I soon realised I was spending a good part of each day feeling like a Zombie, and so I stopped, and luckily my Insomnia stopped for the most part too! These tablets might be good as a one off to get your sleep pattern back to normal, but don't rely on them, they effect you the next day, and make you feel strange and lifeless. My advice would be to buy soem Lavender Aromathearpy Oil and put 4-5 drops on your pillow, these will help to relax you and send you to sleep, without the side effects the next day

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                      I quite like the majority of Avon products, and love browsing through their catalogue to find bargains. I bought this cream in a buy three products for £5 promotion they were running. I think that it is normally around £3 on its own. I use face moisturiser everyday, as after a wash my skin always feels tight and dry, so I know what I like and what works. First of all the smell is a little unpleasant, it would work better if it were fragrance free. Secondly the colour is unattractive, a buttermilk yellow sort of colour (white is sooo much nicer!!) who wants to put a yellow cream on sallow skin? The cream is light but unfortunatley quite greasy too, when you first put it on you think you only need a little as it seems to go a long way. However after 5 minutes my skin felt tight again. Too get it right you do need to apply a lot of cream, which then forms a greasy layer on your skin as it is not quick to sink in. Today I have applied the cream twice already and my skin still feels tight when I move my facial muscles. It may be cheap for a large pot (250mls) but I would not buy it again. My advice? go for Nivea or Oil or Olay, one application of cream lasts all the day through!

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                        WHY AM I WRITING THIS? I have just purchased this highchair, but had to write an opinion as I am soo impressed so far! If I change my mind I will update this opinion - but I have a good feeling on this one! COST (IMPORTANT THAT! AND LOOK OF CHAIR) The chair is £59.99 (I bought mine from Argos) and is constructed of very sturdy plastic (all in attractive pastels) there is a lovely padded pvc insert which makes your baby look so snug and supported (it looks like the sort of thing that you get with wicker chairs, but more padded and solid). THE HEIGHT SETTINGS AND STUFF! There are 7 height settings, which is excellant as you can take away the removable tray and have them sat at the right height for your dining table. The first low setting is excellant for feeding if you yourself are sitting on a sofa. My six month old is sat in it now on the low setting watching tv - just the right height. I would recommend this chair from early on, as even though it does not recline, the padded insert really holds them in place. My baby just grinned when I put her in and played happily for 30 mins. THE TRAY The Tray is large and has 4 positions, good for either keeping a young baby secure or giving room to a chubba baby. And helpful when lifting them in and out of the chair (saves your back!) OH DEAR - SOME DRAWBACKS The are 2 disadvantage so far, firstly you only get a waist strap and crotch strap provided, it is not a proper 5 point harness, however your child would need to practically jump in the air to escape once placed inside, as it is very secure and secondly the tray is not easy to adjust, it comes off too easily!! and when you fold the chair down for storage(yes it does that as well) the tray keeps popping off. It would be much easier if the tray stayed attached, in fact I think that this will really get on my nerves as time progresses, but this is a small price to pay for an oth
                        erwise superb chair. BUT HEY READ THIS!!!! Another thing to mention is the whole highchair is plastic and pvc, is very attractive in design (designs vary, but they are all pastel and lovely) and of course the higchair is incredibly easy to clean, the padded insert comes out and it really is just a case of wiping the chair down and hey-presto spotless again! AND FOR THE THRIFTY... ...Resonably priced at £59.99 and because it will be so easy to keep new looking, you can sell it on later!! Bargain.

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                          02.12.2000 21:47
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                          I have read a few Terry Pratchett books, but by no means all of them. The Hogfather is another book in the Discworld series, and is fairly typical of this. It bases around the fact that the Hogfather (a fantasy version of Santa Claus) has gone missing and Death has taken it upon himself to take his place - lots of funny moments here as Death has to learn all the niceities that go with this role. He decides that he is going to do it his way no matter what Albert his assistant says! Deaths Grandaughter Susan (who is desperatley trying to lead a 'normal' life) cottons on to the fact that her Grandfather is up to something, and tries -with the help of the wizards- to find out what. The wizards realise that strange things are afoot when they meet 'the verucca gnome' and realise that they can bring things into being by a mere suggestion i.e a sock eating monster, a god of indegestion (are u getting the idea?) It is up to Susan to save Hogswatch! This book is funny, don't get me wrong, but there are so many characters introduced in what seems like every page, and so many mysterious plots and sub plots, that unless you sit down to read it in one or two days, you will lose the plot a bit, it is confusing and just not as funny as other Discworld novels I have read. Worth reading, but will never be in my 'must read list!'

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                            22.11.2000 00:19
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                            I absolutely HATE the old school cartoons, you know Tom & Jerry and Bugs Bunny (please don't slate me!!! lol) and I approach all cartoons with caution. I saw a clip of this film shortly after it was released and thought it looked really intriguing, so with little persuasion my then boyfriend and I went to watch it. The film is about the 'boss' of Halloween (Jack Skeleton - the Pumpkin King)and what happens when he stumbles upon Christmas Town. Jack is fed up with Halloween and yearns for something different, whilst walking he finds a door leading to Christmas Town and when he visits he is enchanted. He decides to take over Christmas. Basically he wants everyone to experience the joy of Christmas, and make everyone happy, however it all goes horribly wrong as no-one in Halloween Town understands the finer points of Christmas! Along the way there is time for a little romance too! This is a truely enchanting film, its musical score is breathtaking and there are numerous songs to delight everyone, all very catchy and singable. Tim Burton directs this film and you can certainly see his touch, there is a lot of dark humour and most of the film is set in Haloween Town, although my favourite bit is in Christmas Town and the unmissable song "Whats This?" Although there are a few scary moments (thinking of the kids here!) My two year old absolutely loves it and this is one film I don't mind watching again and again.

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                              18.11.2000 19:36
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                              Whilst trawling the free samples websites, I signup for a free sample of this shampoo and conditioner. It came only 4 days later, so that was impressive. The shampoo contained Lemongrass and was called " Tea for hair - Lemongrass tea shine shampoo" and it is apparently Chinese Herbal Therapy. The one I was given was for normal to oily hair, which luckily was spot on! I applied the shampoo and yes the sample was small but I was dissapointed with the lather it provided (next to none) however my hair did feel clean afterwards. I used the Ginseng Tea Tonic conditioner next and although it was a smaller amount than I would normally use, I could feel it working on my tangled hair. After a rinse in clean water my hair was squeaking when I ran my hands down it (a sure sign that your hair is very clean!) Afterwards I found my hair very easy to brush and smooth and shiny. The results lasted for 3 whole days which is brilliant as I normally have to wash mine every other day! All in all I was so impressed with this product, I went out to buy it the next day! (unfortunatley could not find it in my local Boots store!!!!) I know Asda stock it and I think it is about £4 a bottle.

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                                18.11.2000 19:10
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                                Although a young un myself (25) I will always love the old classics at christmas. We had a tradition at home of decorating the christmas tree just a few days before the big day and we would listen to my mums christmas tape whilst doing so! I love all the songs like "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire", which makes you feel all snug and cosy and I love "Walking in a winter wonderland" which I find jolly and magical, I suppose these two are my absolute favourites. I also love "Let it snow" and anything that is sung by an old crooner! I suppose christmas is a time for traditions and I love it when I hear these songs at christmas time, it is something guaranteed to make me feel all christmassy, I love hearing them in shops, pubs and I love the Woolies advert too! The bad bit is I sing them soooo much I drive myself mad!

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