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Now that winter is here, what could be better than a bowl of tasty soup? The great thing about soup is that it can be prepared quickly, and if you do not want to eat it straight away, you can simply reheat it in the microwave. If you have read my previous recipes, you will be aware that I like to cook traditional recipes in the microwave. Soup is no exception; soup is very easy and quick to cook using a microwave. A Few Hints Before Starting. ============================= Because most stocks require long slow simmering to bring out the flavour, they are best made in the conventional way; this is especially true with the soups requiring beef stock. Having said this, soups that require small amounts of fish, vegetables and chicken stock can be made successfully in the microwave. When using water use less than usual as there isn't as much evaporation when microwaving. I find that if you leave the stock overnight in the refrigerator it brings out the flavour in your soup. Another advantage of cooking soup in the microwave is that when you use vegetables most of the Vitamin content will be retained, which is not true with convention cooking methods. So, why not try a healthy way of cooking. I have included two of my favourite soup recipes, which are guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. Celery and Stilton Soup. ========================= Preparation Time: 10 minutes. Cooking Time: 16 minutes. Method: Microwave. Heat Setting: High. Serves: Six people. Ingredients. 25g of margarine. 4 celery sticks, trimmed and finely chopped. 30ml plain flour. 300ml milk. 600ml of chicken stock. 225g of Stilton cheese, crumbled. Salt and pepper. Method. Step 1: Place the margarine in a large serving bowl and microwave on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in the celery, cover, and microwave on high for five minutes or until the ce
lery begins to soften. Step 2: Stir in the flour and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Gradually stir in the milk and stock. Cover and microwave on high for 8 minutes or until the celery is, tender. Stir occasionally during cooking. Step 3: Gradually add the Stilton and stir until well blended with the liquid. Season to taste, then add the salt very carefully, you only need a bit, as Stilton is quite salty anyway. Step 4: Heat through in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately. If it is to your taste serve with slightly warmed crusty rolls. This is an excellent soup that is extremely tasty; the Stilton gives it a distinctive flavour when coupled with the celery. This soup would also make a great starter. Lentil and Bacon Soup. ======================= Preparation Time: 25 minutes. Cooking Time: 23 minutes. Method: Microwave. Heat setting: High. Serves: 6 people. Ingredients. 125g of streaky bacon, rinded and chopped. 25g of margarine. 100g of red lentils. 2 leeks, trimmed, washed and finely chopped. 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped. 1 litre of chicken stock. 30ml of chopped fresh parsley. Salt and pepper. Orange shreds to garnish (optional). Method. Step 1: Place the bacon and margarine in a large bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add the lentils and toss to coat them in the fat, then add the leek, carrots and stock. Step 2: Cover and microwave on high for 18 minutes or until the lentils are cooked. Stir two or three during the cooking time. Step 3: Cool slightly, then puree the soup in a blender or food processor. Add the parsley, season and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until hot. Garnish with orange shreds and serve. Once again another delicious recipe. This is my personal favourite; this soup has a very distinctive taste that is not dull or boring, as
is the case with many soups. The bacon gives the soup a bit of meatyness, and the lentil, and vegetables give it a tangy flavour. Once again, this would make an excellent starter, because of its full-bodied taste, and the fact that it is not very filling. As you can see soup is not hard to make in the microwave, you can prepare and cook challenging soup recipes in the microwave that taste just as good as the old fashioned way. Why not try your hand at microwaved soup? ENJOY!.
Ever since I've been young, I've always been great at baking cakes, pudding and biscuits. Everyone who samples my creations always compliments me on how tasty they are. Some people even go, as far as to say that they are the best cakes they have ever tasted. I'm not really into cakes myself, to be honest the only cakes I like are crumbles and Spotted Dicks. However, because of my cake making abilities the rest of my family constantly demand a variety of cakes, biscuits and puddings. I am going to include my favourite, which is Apple Crumble, and two firm family favourites, which are Spotted Dick and Saucy Chocolate Pudding. I mentioned in my previous recipe opinion that I like to use the microwave to cook cakes so two of the recipes are cooked using a microwave. Right here they are. Spotted Dick. ============== Preparation Time: 8 minutes. Cooking Time: 10 minutes. Method: Microwave. Heat Setting: High. Serves: 4 people. Ingredients. 75g of self-raising flour. A pinch of salt. 75g of fresh brown breadcrumbs. 75g of shredded suet. 50g of soft light brown sugar. 175g of currants. 90ml of milk. Instructions. Step 1. Mix the flour, salt, breadcrumbs, suet, sugar and currants in a large mixing bowl. Add just enough of the milk to give the mixture a soft dropping consistency. Step2. Spoon the mixture into a 900ml pudding basin and cover the bowl loosely with cling film. Microwave on HIGH for five minutes. After five minutes turn out on to a hot serving plate. Step 3. If desired serve with custard. Wasn't that easy? The secret of a good Spotted Dick is to get the consistency just right, if you can master this your Spotted Dick will come out perfect every time. You might be dubious about using the microwave to cook cakes, however I can assure you that it tastes exactly the same as it would with the oven method. My f
amily thinks that it tastes better when cooked in the microwave. Here is the next one. Saucy Chocolate Pudding. ========================= Preparation Time: 10 minutes. Cooking Time: 14 minutes. Method: Microwave. Setting: High. Serves: 4 people. Ingredients. 100g of plain flour. 75ml of cocoa. 10ml of baking powder. A pinch of salt. 275g of soft light brown sugar. 175ml of milk. 30ml of vegetable oil. 5ml of vanilla flavouring. 50g of finely chopped walnuts. Instructions. Step 1. Sift the flour, 10ml of cocoa, the baking powder, and the salt in a large mixing bowl. Then stir in 100g of the sugar. Step 2. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, oil and vanilla flavourings. Then beat the mixture to a smooth batter. Now stir in the nuts. Step 3. Pour the mixture into an 8 inch baking dish. Mix the remaining sugar and cocoa together and sprinkle evenly over the batter. Step 4. Pour over 350ml of boiling water. Microwave on high for 12-14 minutes or until the top looks dry and the sauce is bubbling through. Once again another simple but tasty recipe, the trick to this one is to get the batter right, the smoother it is the better it will come out. Last but certainly not least the Apple Crumble, this one is cooked in an oven. Apple Crumble. =============== Preparation Time: 20 minutes. Cooking Time: 50 minutes. Method: Oven. Setting: Gas mark 4. Serves: 4 people. Ingredients. Crumble. 3oz of margarine. 6oz of self-raising flour. 3oz of castor sugar. Fruit Filling. 1.5lb of cooking apples. 3oz of sugar. 2 tablespoons of water. Instructions. Step 1: Grease a medium sized pie dish. Step 2. Rub the margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Then stir in the cas
tor sugar. Step 3. Peel, core and thinly slice the apples. Step 4. Place the prepared fruit in the pie dish and sprinkle each layer with sugar and water. Step 5. Pile the crumble mixture over the apples until completely covered. Step 6. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40-50 minutes until fruit is cooked and the crumble is golden brown. The great thing about crumble is that you can adapt it to suit yourself. Instead of using fresh fruit, try adding some tins fruit. Also instead of one type of fruit experiment with two or three different fruits. My favourite is Strawberry and Peach Crumble and Apple and Pear Crumble. The secret of making a good crumble is to get the crumble right. The crumble should be very fine, with no lumps in it, keep rubbing until it resembles very fine breadcrumbs. That's your lot. ENJOY!
If you have a few of my previous opinions, you may be aware that I am a distance learning student. I decided to study from home because I am a carer and attending a college course would be impractical. Last year I studied GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English, and I am pleased to say that I obtained an A* in both subjects. This was quite an achievement considering that I left school at 13 to care for my dad and had no previous experience of both subjects. I worked extremely hard throughout the seven months of the course and that paid off. One thing I did discover was that I had a real talent for mathematics, it was not just a matter of being good at it, I really do enjoy doing it, which may sound strange to some people. I enjoy the challenge and get a huge kick out of understanding something very complicated. My ambition now is to do a degree in mathematics, and then go into research as I really enjoy the researching side to mathematics. At the moment though I don't have enough qualifications to do a degree, I could do an Open University course now, however, I want to be taken seriously and feel that having the standard five GCSE's and Three A levels will make a difference to future employers. At the moment, I am doing AS Mathematics and GCSE Biology. This opinion is about A Levels though so I will give some information on the current AS Mathematics. As you may be aware a new system has been put into place, instead of studying a subject over two years then sitting a final exam, this has been replaced by a new system. Now you study three modules in the first year and then sit three exams in January or June, which gives you an AS qualification, in the second year you study a further three units and take another three exams which gives you a full A level qualification. There has been a lot of scepticism about this system, personally I can't see a problem with this system, the only criticism I h
ave is that if you do well in the first three exams and then not so well in the second year it could ruin your overall grade and vice versa, however, as long as you have covered all the necessary work and done plenty of revising you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Who Should Take A Level Mathematics? ===================================== First you should have obtained at least a B in GCSE Mathematics, otherwise you may struggle, however exceptions can be made, and if you are willing to put in the extra work candidates with a grade C will be considered on their merits. A level Mathematics is a fantastic A level to have, employers think very highly of a Maths A level, it shows them that you can solve difficult problems, and analyse information effectively. Maths is also useful for many careers, such as teaching, accounting, actuary work, banking, and finance. What Options Are Available? ============================ A level Mathematics is divided into four sections: pure, mechanics, statistics and decision making. It is normally compulsory to do three pure modules, and the other three modules can be a mixture from mechanics, statistics and decision making. I am doing Pure 1, Pure 2 and Mechanics 1 this year, and plan to take Pure 3, Mechanics 2, and Statistics 1 in the second year. Basically, it is up to you, which other three modules you decide to take you could do all three mechanics modules and not bother with statistics or decision making. The Modules. ============= Pure Mathematics. ================== Pure Mathematics starts where you left off at GCSE. The concepts are simple at first and you gradually build on these simple foundations. In Pure 1 you will learn about exciting things such as proof, you will need to be able to prove trigonometrical identities, and prove the quadratic formula, amongst other things. You will learn more on indices
and surds such as rationalising the denominator. Algebra plays a big part and you will learn how to solve simultaneous equations where one is linear and one is quadratic, you will learn algebraic division, completing the square, and drawing quadratic functions and their graphs and be able to interpret what they mean. Trigonometry also plays a large part, you will learn about radians, be able to draw and transform the graphs of sin, cos, and tan with ease. You will also learn how to solve simple trigonmetrical equations. Co-ordinate Geometry plays a small part and you shouldn't find this too demanding. You will learn about sequences and series and learn about geometric and arthrimetic sequences and learn how to use stigma notation. You will also cover differentiation and integration, but once again, as this is Pure 1 there is nothing too demanding to learn. For the Pure 1 module, there is quite a lot of formula to remember. Pure 2 builds on the foundations of Pure 1, you will learn how to simplify linear and quadratic expressions, functions are introduced, in sequences and series you will learn about binonminal expansion. Trigonometry gets a little more complicated you will get to solve harder equations, learn about half angles and double angles. Exponential and logarithms are introduced. Differentiation and integration are further build on, and numerical methods are introduced this involves iteration and the trapezium rule, you probably did this at GCSE so you shouldn't find it too hard. Once again, there is a lot of formula to remember. The best way to learn formula is to do lots of questions that way it becomes second nature, and it will pay off in the exam room. Mechanics. ========== Mechanics is the application of maths to physical situations, which occur in the real world. Some parts are closely related to physics so it does help if you have studied physics having said that
it is still possible to do mechanics without a physics background, I haven't got a physics background and I am doing alright. In the first module you will learn about vectors, kinematics which involves distance time, velocity time and acceleration time graphs, and you will also learn how and when to use constant acceleration formulas. Dynamics of a particle will be covered which involve Newton's Law's of motion, connected particles, momentum, impulse and friction. Statics of a particle will be covered, you will learn about equilibrium of a particle under coplanar forces, and moments of a force. Luckily there is not too much formula to remember in this module, which is a bonus. A word of advice though, mechanics can be difficult, you should be able to cope alright with the first module, but unless you want to do a job that involves mechanics think very carefully before taking mechanics 2 or 3. Statistics. ============ Statistics is concerned with assessing the probability of a particular event happening such as getting five numbers on the lottery. It also involves learning techniques for analysing data and reaching conclusions. In the first statistics module, you will learn about mathematical models in statistics, frequency distributions, measures of locations, and measures of dispersion. You will also learn more about probability, correlation and regression, discrete random variables and the normal distribution. I'm not doing statistics this year, however, I have learn some of the things mentioned above, such as calculating regression equations and finding the product moment correlation coefficient is especially useful if you are taking any of the sciences, these two equations allows you to draw a perfect line of best fit and to calculate if there is any relationship between two variables, learning these two things will be a great asset to you, especially when it come to
the sciences coursework. Decision Making. ================ In Decision, making mathematics you will learn about algorithms, networks, critical path analysis, linear programming, and matching. I think you'd enjoy doing this module if you enjoy really using your brain in a logical way. I'm not sure, how seriously this module is taken, so I'm sticking to the traditional route just to be on the safe side. The Exam. ========== You take a separate exam for each module. The exam generally lasts for an hour and a half, during which time you will have to answer eight questions of variable difficulty. You will be provided with a separate answer book, which allows you to do a bit of rough work unlike the GCSE where you only had a couple of lines for working out. Also, check with your board about what calculators are allowed, my board Edexcel only allows very simple scientific calculators. Advice. ======== Like I said Maths is a great A level to have, and can be teamed up with any other A level, depending on what your future goal is. I would like to eventually take a Physics and Biology A level. To succeed at maths you need to either enjoy it, or be very good at it, if this isn't the case, you won’t do well, because you'll find it boring. More Information. ================= Here are the Web Addresses of the exam boards; here you can download specimen papers and the latest syllabus. www.Edexcel.org.uk. www.ocr.org.uk www.aqa.org.uk. Books. ======= Good A level books are hard to come across, my favourite is Core Maths for Advanced Level by L.Bostock and S.Chandler. Priced £17.00. ISBN 0748755098. This book takes you up to Pure 3, and has plenty of worked examples and hundreds of questions from recent exam papers. A good revision book is Do Brilliantly At AS Maths by Ted Graham. Priced at £4.79. ISBN 0007107
021. This book covers Pure 1, Mechanics 1, and Statistics 1, and has lots of tips to do brilliantly in your exam. I haven't come across a good mechanics book yet, so if you have let me know. Last Word. ========== Good luck, to everyone who is taking there A levels in January and June.
Christmas is expensive right? When you tally everything up the cost can run into hundreds of pounds. What with presents, food, drinks and all those other unexpected costs. Christmas can leave you in debt. We all love Christmas don't we? Especially the kids, and you want to be able to buy them the latest toy or game, but for some folk they simply can't afford it, and that's when the problems start. You take out a loan or maybe buy something out of the catalogue, and you spend the rest of the year trying to pay it back, and the same thing happens again the following Christmas. It's a vicious circle. When I was younger, it was the same for my parents. We didn't have a lot of money, certainly not enough to buy the latest toys, so what did my parents do, they bought the presents out of the catalogue and spent the rest of the year paying it off. One year was particularly bad; we didn't have any decent food, drink or presents. I think everyone can remember at least one bad Christmas. That was when we decided to change things. My mum and dad sat down after Christmas and thought about how they could improve Christmas. All they really wanted to do was to make sure that we had plenty to eat, drink and a couple of decent presents for me. They came up with this great idea, the plan was to buy the Christmas food throughout the year, they figured that if they could buy an item of food every week by Christmas time all the food would be bought, so it would be one less thing to buy, thus giving more money for the presents. They did this for the first year, and it worked, we had lots of nice food, there was Ye Old Oak ham, Salmon, Real Spam, Tinned Strawberries, Pudding and much more. That year there was enough money for the presents and even enough for a bottle of whiskey. The best part was that they did not have to borrow any money. However, it didn't end there. The next year we took it a step furt
her. The new plan was to buy all the Christmas food as before, but also buy two weeks worth of ordinary food (the normal week's food). By doing this, we could take the money that we would normally spend on food for Christmas. Therefore, my mum started buying the Christmas food, but also ordinary items such as toilet rolls, shampoo, bleach, beans, you know the ordinary stuff that you would normally buy for the week. I'll tell you what; we had the best Christmas ever. We had all the fancy Christmas food, plus the money that would normally be spent on two weeks food was ours to spend on Christmas presents, we even had plenty of alcohol and enough money for some extra treats such as a big tin of Roses. Basically it has snowballed from here, at this present time we be buy all the Christmas food, enough ordinary food to last six weeks, all the soft drinks, the cheaper alcohol such as beers, and wines, and even some stocking fillers, but that's another opinion. As you can imagine when Christmas comes, we have plenty of food, and a reasonable amount of money left over for presents and a few extras. Sometimes the food goes further than expected which gives my mum some extra money to spend in the January sales. The best part of our Christmas strategy plan is that Christmas hardly costs anything, or in other words you don't notice what you are spending as the cost is spread our gradually over the year. Our plan is a great way for families who don't have a lot of money but still want to enjoy Christmas to the full. Some people say why don't you just put some money in a box and leave it until Christmas. Have you ever been able to save money in a jar without touching it? No, it's impossible, with my way, this can't happen. So if you want to have a great Christmas follow the simple steps below and start enjoying Christmas without feeling the pinch. Christmas Strategy Plan. ========================
= Step 1. ======== In January start compiling a list of Christmas foods and foods that you normally buy for the week. The normal food list should be easy, as you buy these items every week. When writing the Christmas food list consult the whole family, sit down and ask each family member what foods they would like, by doing this every family member is consulted and everyone ends up happy. Step 2. ======== You will need to be able to store your food, so start collecting some cardboard boxes from the supermarket. You will also need to find somewhere to store your food; this could be the attic, which is where I store it, or the shed or garage. Step 3. ======== Now that you have your list and your boxes and somewhere to store your food, you can start buying. Every week buy a couple of items of food from your list, but look for bargains. Say John West's salmon has a £1 off, buy it. Alternatively, if see a buy one get one free on the foods you want, buy it. You will be amazed how much you can save this way. Step 4. ======= Around September time, you should have almost all your food. Now is the time to start compiling another list. Make a list of soft drinks you want, once again, ask the whole family what they would like. Once again, look out for special offers, supermarkets regularly have buy one get one free offers on branded soft drinks. Step 5. ======== Around October time start buying the stocking fillers and the beer and wine. Remember stocking fillers are supposed to be inexpensive gifts to supplement the main present so don't go mad. Get hubby some socks, undies, body sprays etc. Girls are easy they will love bubble bath, make-up, creams etc. You have got a good three months to get the stocking fillers, and the beer and wines, that's plenty of time to buy everything you need. Step 6. ======== Christmas is almost here. Ho
w many weeks worth of ordinary food have you saved? Say it is four weeks, start using this food four week before Christmas, sooner if you prefer, the money that you save from not having to buy food can be spent on the main presents, and all those little extras. Step7. ======= It's Christmas Eve, start unpacking all those boxes of lovely Christmas food; hopefully your cupboards will be crammed with wonderful Christmas treats for the whole family. Step 8. ======== Lastly enjoy yourself and have a Very Merry Christmas. Step 9. ======== In January start the whole process over again.
My recipes are all cooked using the good old microwave oven. Most people tend to think that microwaves are only good for reheated food, and for cooking those ready meals from the local supermarket. However, this is not true, your trusty microwave can be used to make almost any meal, and best of all they cook it fast. As the following recipes are fish recipes, it might be useful to give you some microwave tips for cooking fish, these handy tips can be incorporated into the following and many other fish based recipes. The moist delicate texture of fish is especially suitable for microwave cooking. Fish can be cooked in minutes and if anything it's natural fresh flavour is enhanced by cooking in a microwave. To help keep the fish moist during microwaving, I would advise brushing the fish with oil or melted butter, and cover it tightly. When cooking fish slit the skin of the whole fish, this will prevent it from bursting. If cooking large fish, I find it beneficial to curl it in a large dish so that it fits in the microwave. Also position the thinner ends of the fish fillets towards the centre of the dish and if you are cooking more than two fillets overlap the thin ends, separating them with Clingfilm. Remember to always slightly undercook fish, as it will continue to cook when standing. You can tell when fish is cooked when the flesh flakes easily when tested with a fork. One drawback with microwaving fish is that it cannot be deep-fried, or breadcrumbed fish will not become crispy. However, there is a way round this, first cook in the microwave, then transfer to the grill where it will crispen off. This is great if you are on a diet. So there are my fishy tips, now for my tasty fish recipes. Stuffed Trout with Caper Sauce. -------------------------------- Time Needed: 30 minutes to prepare, and 21 minutes to cook. Microwave Setting: High. Serving: Enough for 4 hungry people. In
gredients. ------------- 150g of butter or margarine. 1 small onion, skinned and finely chopped. 50g of mushrooms, wiped and finely chopped. 45ml lemon juice. Half a small fennel bulb, finely chopped. 50g fresh brown breadcrumbs. 1 egg white, lightly beaten. Salt and pepper. 4 trout, each weighing 175g cleaned, and heads removed. 3 egg yolks. 15ml capers. Instructions. ------------- Step 1: Place 50g of butter or margarine in a medium bowl and microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in the onion, mushrooms, lemon juice and chopped fennel. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 5-7 minutes or until soft, stirring once. Stir in the breadcrumbs and egg white and season. Step 2: Stuff each trout with some of the mixture. Arrange the fish in a shallow oblong dish, head next to tail and stuffing pockets uppermost. Step 3:Cover and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Reposition the fish, cover and microwave for a further 5 minutes or until tender. Leave to stand, covered. Step 4: Melt the remaining butter or margarine in a medium bowl on HIGH. Step 5: Whisk together the egg yolks and remaining lemon juice and season to taste. Gradually whisk into the butter or margarine. Microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds, whisking every 15 seconds, until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from the microwave and whisk for a further 20 seconds to cool slightly. Stir in the capers and serve with the trout. Step 6: Serve with potatoes and green vegetables. Tip: When buying trout make sure that the fish are firm and have a slimy skin and bright eyes. Did that get the old taste buds going? Well don’t run off yet, I have got another fishy recipe for you. Haddock au Gratin. ------------------- Time: 30 minutes to prepare, and 17 minutes to cook. Setting: HIGH. Serves: 4 people. Ingredients. -----
-------- 450g of Haddock fillet. 225g of Smoked haddock fillet. 60ml of dry white wine. 6 black peppercorns. 1 bay leaf. 1 small onion, skinned and thinly sliced. 50g of butter or margarine. 100g of button mushrooms, wiped and sliced. 3 tbsp. of plain flour. 75g of cheddar cheese, finely grated. 25g of fresh breadcrumbs. 25g of walnuts, finely chopped. Instructions. -------------- Step 1: Place the fish in a shallow dish. Pour over the wine and 300ml of water. Add the peppercorns, bay leaf and onion. Cover and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes, turning the dish once. Step 2: Strain off the liquid and reserve. Flake the fish and discard the peppercorns, bay leaf and onion. Step 3: Place the butter or margarine in a medium flameproof casserole dish and microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in the mushrooms and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute. Bland in the flour and microwave on HIGH for 5-6 minutes, stirring after every minute, until boiling. Step 4: Season to taste with pepper and stir in half the cheese and the fish. Microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Step 5: Mix the breadcrumbs, remaining cheese and walnuts together. Spoon the mixture over the fish and brown under a hot grill. Step 6: Serve with mashed potatoes and spinach. Well that's my lot, hope you enjoy my tasty fish recipes. Watch this space, for more microwave cooking tips, and tasty recipes. ENJOY!
I have been a massive fan of Donna Summer; this is mainly due to the fact that I love disco music, which was regrettably before my era. However, I have made up for this, by sampling almost every disco tune that ever came out. In my opinion disco was fun, it was care free, and it was hot. When you think of Donna Summer, you normally associate her with hits such as "Last Dance", "Hot Stuff", "On The Radio", and "She Works Hard For The Money". You would imagine that fame just fell in her lap, it never. Her real was Donna Adrian Gaines; she was born on December 31st 1948, in Boston MA. Donna started off in a rock band called The Crow. When the band split, she left school to be in a German production of the musical Hair. Germany must have brought out the desire in her to succeed as a singer, because she became well known in the German musical circuit. She appeared in great musicals such as Showboat, Porky and Bess, and The Me Nobody Knows. In 1971, Donna released her very first solo record, "Sally Go Round The Roses". In 1974 Donna became Donna Summer, at the time she was doing a lot of session work, this proved fruitful for her, because it allowed her to meet producers, namely Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. They worked together to record a record called "Hostage", and this song became Donna's first hit in Europe. She then recorded an album, and had a few more hits in Europe. In 1975, Donna recorded "Love To Love You Baby". This was the song that allowed her to crack that elusive American market. From this point on there was no stopping Donna. She went on to have fourteen top ten hits, three platinum albums, four number ones, five Grammy awards and twelve Grammy nominations. Wow that some achievement. If that weren't enough, she even became the first female to have three number one solo singles in one year; the three great singles w
ere "MacArthur Park", "Hot Stuff", and "Bad Girls". Wait there is more; she is the only artist to have three number one double albums in a row, these are "Live and More", "Bad Girls, and "On The Radio". Apart from being a great artist, Donna has also written and co-written the majority of her hits. Donna has not just faded away either, like many other artists. Not so long ago, she did a benefit performance for GMHC at Carnegie Hall, which helped to raise $400,000 for the organisation. In addition, Epic Records offered her a multi-album deal. Her first release was a live CD recorded at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The concert was recorded, and this became the highest rated concert special for a solo artist that VH1 ever broadcast. It has been over twenty years since Donna exploded on the music scene, and I personally cannot wait for some new material. Donna Summer Information. -------------------------- Life Tit Bits. --------------- Donna came from a large family, consisting of seven children, one boy and seven girls; she was the third child. In the early seventies, she had a brief marriage with Helmut Sommer; she had one child with him, Mimi Sommer. Donna is currently married to Bruce Sudano, who is a songwriter; they had two children Brooklyn and Amanda Grace Sudano. Donna is a grandmother, to Vienna Lynn Dohler and Savannah Grace Dohler; these are Mimi's two daughters. Throughout her career, she has had homes in Los Angeles, Connecticut, and New York. Now Donna and family live in Nashville. In 1980 Donna became the first solo artist to sign with the newly formed Geffen Records. Donna is a very talented painter. Her masterpieces sell for thousands of dollars. She is the only artist to guest host Dick Clarkes American Bandstand. Donna has racked up 11 gold albu
ms, 3 platinum albums, 2 of which were double platinum. She has also has 12 gold singles, and 2 platinum singles. In 1980, she received the NAACP Image Award. In 1992, she was awarded a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. At the moment, she is eligible for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Grammy Awards. -------------- 1978 Won Best R & B Vocal Performance Female for "Last Dance". 1979 Won Best Rock Vocal Performance Female for "Hot Stuff". 1983 Won Best Inspirational Performance for "He's a Rebel". 1984 Won Best Inspirational Performance for "Carry On", and won Best Dance Recording for "Carry On". Over the years, Donna has been nominated for numerous awards. Charity Work. ------------- Donna has proved she is not selfish, by giving her time and money to various charitable organisations. She donated the proceeded of Mimi's Song to Music For UNICEF. She has helped Youth With A Mission which helps children with AIDS, Paul Newmans Hole In The Wall Gang, which helps terminally ill children, Music Care which donates money for AIDS research, she raised money for AMPHAR-AIDS, by doing an art exhibition in a gay night-club. She has also helped The Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, which helps cancer and AIDS, she also raised over $400,000 for gay men, and she has donated money to several hospitals. The list goes on, Donna has certainly done a lot of work for charity, she is a totally unselfish woman. If you fancy sampling Donna's unique sound, I would suggest you buy Anthology, which is £15.99 at Amazon. This contains, all her best music, this CD will prove to be an enduring addition to anyone's CD collection. All that's left to say is that She's Hot Stuff!
Ever since I can remember, I've always had some type of computer. In the 80's, I had the trusty ZX Spectrum, and Amstrad CPC. In the early 90's, I had an Amiga, which I owned up until 1998. As you will probably remember, all these computers were reasonably priced, and within most peoples budgets. However then the so-called web revolution came about, this left me longing for my own PC. Small problem though, I just didn't have enough money to buy one. Whilst browsing through my local newspaper, I spotted an advert advertised PC's, the advert said, P90's, only £75, with Windows 95, Games, and Word. To me this sounded like a real bargain, and off I went £75 in hand. Don't get me wrong, I was delighted with my new PC, and found I could do a lot more than I could before. Nevertheless, in my heart I was disappointed. Why? Well it didn't have enough free space, or modem to connect to the web. You see I wasn't aware of modems, and space, when I purchased the machine. I put up with this computer for a year. Then I saw the same advert, offering Internet ready P330's for only £275. I convinced my dad to lend me the money, and I even got a full £75 discount for my old machine. Therefore, I only had to pay £200. As soon as I got my PC, I inserted the first ISP disk I could find, which was The Sun Newspapers Currant Bun, and within an hour I was online. The first expression I typed in the search box was Chihuahua, because I have two. I was so amazed by all the different sites out there. People were showing off their bundle of joys, advertised exclusive Chihuahua goods that you would never find in any shop. I found all this information unreal. My excitement was soon quashed when I realised how much surfing the web cost. So I had to contend with only going on for about ten minutes a day, and as you can imagine, ten minutes passes fast when you are surfing the web. A few
months later I saw an advert from BT, saying that they offered off peak internet access, for £10 a month, this meant that I could surf all day Saturday and Sunday, and from 6.00pm on weekdays. I signed up with BT Internet, and from that point on, I became a Web Addict. At first, I didn't really know the capabilities of the Internet, so I just felt my way around. Through magazines, I found out that I could get Free Games, and Applications for my computer. I did lots of searches on all sorts of different topics, and through that I realised that you could actually earn money and rewards. My first discovery was Beenz, everyday I would log on, and with in a few months I had earnt enough for 2x £25 Amazon vouchers. I also discovered Ad Bars, however I never had much luck with these, I think the only way to earn anything is if you have lots of referrals. I soon learnt that the majority of free money concepts were a con. Through the Beenz Board, I discovered DooYoo, which is a genuine moneymaking site, and I have my earning to prove this, although I won’t say how much. With DooYoo, I got addicted to the money, and to the writing, it's a good feeling when you write something good, and people comment on it, it makes you feel as though your writing skills are really increasing. Through the DooYoo categories, I discovered Free Stuff. I got completely addicted to Freebies, and I would check every Freebie site on a daily basis. Since I've been on the net, I have accumulated a lot of freebies. Such as Free Chart CD's, Books, Make-Up, Food, Magazines, Samples and much more. A few months later BT Internet brought out 24 hour Internet access, for £14.99 a month, and I signed up to this service. I became even more addicted, and would spend my time entering lotteries, playing bingo, and entering competitions. One thing I got really addicted to was AbandonWare, which are games that are more than five yea
rs. These games are available to download for Free. There are some fantastic titles, such as Indian Jones, Monkey Island, Transport Tycoon Deluxe, Day of the Tentacle, Kings Quest and too many more to list. Then I purchased a CD Rewriter, and I became addicted to downloading MP3's. I have put together some great CD's, my favourite is my customised Dubliners CD, I also do compilations, which I label as Mandy's Mix, 1, 2, 3 etc. These are really mad, because my music tastes are quite strange, I might have something really modern, along side Little Richard, but that’s just me. I can honestly say, I would spend every minute I could on the Net. However, nothing lasts forever, and my Internet habits have dwindled. Why? Well since I became a Distance Learning Student, (See Reach For The Stars, for information), It was either surf the net, or dedicate my time to the course, and the studying came, first because it is more important. I still surf the Net, now I tend to spend about two hours a day on it, I log into DooYoo every day still, but don't have time to write everyday, however I do read a lot of your opinions. I still do the freebies, and download AbandonWare and MP3's, and if I need to, I search for educational resources and general information. I think most people get addicted to the Internet when they first start; however after time it does dwindle, there are only certain things you can do. Unless of course you have discovered DooYoo. Happy Surfing!
Ok I lied, school is not cool. To be honest it's boring, tedious and mind-numbingly dull. The same goes for revision. Who wants to be stuck in the house revising, when you could be doing more interesting things. Having said all this, the fact is that without good grades, you stand no chance what so ever, of going to college, or university, and pursing your dream career. Basically what I'm saying is that revision, is a must if you want to make the grade. We should consider ourselves lucky, you know, out parents had to be content with pouring over hard-backed textbooks. But we have access to the web, which can actually make our revision that little bit more bearable, and at times more exciting. There are tons of revision sites on the web, some are excellent, some are good, and others are a waste of space. I tend to stick to two revision sites, one being gcse.com, which ironically isn't listed on DooYoo. The other is S-cool, which is my firm favourite. Read on, and you will discover, exactly what S-cool has to offer. Technically Scool is a revision site, however, there is much more to this site than meets the eye. GCSE's. ------- If you are taking your GCSE's this summer, I'm sure you will find their revision tips invaluable. S-cool covers, Maths, Biology, Physics, English, Geography, Chemistry and PE. Each subject is explored in depth, as an example, if your clicked on Biology you would be presented with the following concepts, (Enzymes, Cells, Respiration, Photosynthesis, Heart and Circulation, Nerves and Hormones, Nutrition, Defence against disease, Homeostasis, Drugs, Genes and Genetics, Evolution, Fertilisation, Environment and Plant Growth). Not every concept is covered, but a fairly good chunk of it is. Say you wanted to know more about Enzymes, there are four steps you will need to go through. Firstly, S-cool asks you whether you know what enzyme
s are, what they do, and optimal conditions. If you are not sure about these topics, you would proceed to step two, which gives you detailed information on the above, after you've digested the information, you then proceed to step three, which is revision questions. Sadly, these are not available yet. The last step, is revision summary, this page sums up what you have just learnt. These notes are there for you to print out, so make sure you print them out. All the GCSE's topics work in the way I have just described, and no subject has revision questions yet, but I'm sure something will be sorted out soon. A Level. -------- In my opinion, the quality of A Level material on this site is outstanding. It covers, Maths, Biology, Physics, English Literature, Geography, Chemistry, Business Studies, Art, History, Economics, French, Psychology and Sociology. The layout is the same as the GCSE's, but the big difference is that concepts and ideas are covered more in depth, and there are questions for you to practice your knowledge on. There are also some handy formula sheets for you to print out, and some sound revision and exam advice. The great thing about S-cool is that everything is worded in plain, simple, uncomplicated language, which thus makes it easier for you to understand an unfamiliar area. I would highly recommend the Maths section, especially if you are just starting on the AS, there are some really helpful sections on sequences, and co-ordinate geometry, which will give you an head start in your course. Careers. -------- S-cool doesn't just revolve around revision. There is an extremely detailed section on careers. There is advice on what subjects to take, whether that be at GCSE, A Level, or Degree Level. Say for example, you wanted to be a doctor, this site will tell you exactly what subjects you should be taking. Even if you don't know what you want
to do, there is a career quiz; when you've completed this, it will tell you what career options may be right for you. I filled the questionnaire in, even though I know what I want to be. My goal is to be a mathematician. The quiz said a career, as a dentist may be right for me, this is not far from the truth, as I was considered a career along these lines. There is information on summer jobs, which are mainly with Marks and Spencer, and Renishaw. There are links to companies that offer sponsorships, these are Laing, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, and Arthur Anderson, and also information on sandwich placements. If that weren't enough, S-cool gives you advice on how to write up a favourable CV, and there is some excellent advice on how to cope with interviews, to ensure you get the job. Discussion Groups. ------------------ S-cool even have their own discussion board, here you can chat to like minded people about a variety of topics, such as Universities, Subjects, Revision, Careers, and problems such as Anorexia, bullying and Dyslexia. Most of the people on the board seem to be all right, however, you do get the idiot's, who like to boast how they easily got an A in a subject and never revised at all. This is in reply to someone who is having difficulty in that subject. However, if you ignore these types, there is actually some very valuable and useful information to be found. Links. ------ Although this site is good, there is bound to be something you can't find. That's why S-cool has provided a list of the best educational sites, in each subject. There is also links to Careers, Educational Resources, Charities, Reference and University sites. The University links are a great way of finding the right university. If you click on the link, and then select a region, it will give you a list of the Universities in that area, if you click on a University it will take
you directly to their homepage. Entertainment. -------------- If you are bored, and are not sure what's going on in your area. You must check out this section. It's so easy to use, simply pick a category from the drop down menu, either Live Music, Club Nights, Comedy/theatre or Cinema. Then enter you postcode or town, and Hey Presto, you will be presented with a list of events in your area. Get The Latest On. ------------------- This is my favourite section on the S-cool site, because it has information on all sorts of things. You can analyse your handwriting, get help on buying your first car, obtain advice on opening a student bank account; there is advice on serious issues such as anorexia and dyslexia. There is sound advice on choosing A levels, interview skills, going to university and revision tips. My favourite bit in this section is It'll be alright on the day, basically it says that strange things can happen to our brains, when we are under pressure, and it gives lots of examples of exam howlers. For example, "Queen Elizabeth is the longest Queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. She was a moral woman who practised virtue. Her death was the final which ended her reign." We wouldn't make this type of mistake, would we? Conclusion. ----------- To sum things up I would say that S-cool is an excellent site for revision. They have got something that other revision sites haven't. That is they don’t COMPLICATE things, if something is explained to you without the jargon, it much easier to understand, and thus you will perform better in the exam. If this weren't enough, there is a wealth of information, on topics, that concern all students, and they have even thrown in some entertainment. If you look around, you will not find better than this site. If you are doing exams, I would highly recommend you take a look at this sit
e, and I guarantee you will find something of interest. GOOD LUCK to everyone who is sitting their exams soon!
Unless you have been living in a cave, you will know that Argos have recently launched a new catalogue called Additions. The Additions catalogue has over 700 pages of quality Ladies, Men's and Children's wear. If that weren't enough you can also purchase Electrical goods, and a whole range of tasteful furnishing for the home. The catalogue is divided into sections I'm going to work through each section and comment, on price, quality and style. LADIES WEAR. ------------- When you open the first page you receive a warm welcome from Lowri Turner, she offers advice throughout the section, on how to put together great looking styles. Her most useful piece of advice is how to dress up or down the denim jacket. She has some great tips on how to look glamorous in your trusty jacket; she shows you how to wear it casually, smart, elegant and sexy. This is great advice, and it has certainly inspired me to liven up my jacket. Each type of clothing is easy to find thanks to key on the first page, which consists of leisure, fashion, swimwear, holiday, casual, fashion extra, classic, outerwear, lingerie and footwear. The great thing about their products is that they cater for all budgets and tastes. If you want branded labels they are all here, brands include Kangol, Teddy Smith, Ben Sherman, Wrangler, Kickers Calvin Klein, Joe Bloggs, Levi and more. You'd be quite surprised how reasonable their branded clothes are Kangol T-shirts are only £15, Ben Sherman shirts £20, Lee and Wrangler jeans start from only £22.50 and two Joe Bloggs T-shirts are only £17. If you are not into designer makes, don't worry, there are some fantastic clothes that are still stylish, but at a much lower price. My all time favourite is a pair of Pure Sport trousers, which cost only £11, they are fashionable, casual and hard-wearing, and of course the kind of trousers that go with almo
st anything. Other great bargains include two halter neck dresses for £12, a biker jacket for £13 and skating trousers are only £9. There are fantastic deals on holiday wear, such as three T-shirts for £9, three pairs of shorts for £13, two pairs of bootcut trousers for £12 and three vest tops for £9. Another bargain of mine was a real leather biker jacket for only £35, its fully lined and this is an essential in any girl's wardrobe. There is also any extensive range of lingerie, and it even features the NEW Variable Cleavage Wonderbra, which adjusts your cleavage by means of a strings, just think all this for £23.50. A great bargain in this section is ten knickers for £8, and you can get them in any style, from thongs to full briefs. Yet another bargain of mine was a pack of two pyjamas, the type with the shorts and T-shirt top, they cost £11, and they are really nice and comfortable, and wash well. Have I told you about the shoes yet, no? Well they have an enormous selection, they have all the best makes like Red or Dead, Rocket Dog, Kickers, Pod, Dr Martens, CAT, Faith, and even Clarks. They also have a brand called RAID, which has cheap affordable shoes that are bang upto date. I bought a pair of open toe mules for summer, and they were an absolute bargain at £15, they look cool and summary and they are a perfect fit, what more could you ask for? So in summary the Woman's section has plenty of bargains and quality clothes at the lowest possible prices, come on you wouldn't get a pair of trousers in New Look for £11, would you, that were of the highest quality. Even the designer brands are much lower than you would pay on the high street. Admit it, you're getting excited, aren't you? Don’t worry I'll tell you how to order later. MEN'S AND LADIES SPORTWEAR. ----------------------------- Wow this catalogue just gets better; they have a
superb range of sportswear for men and woman. Big names include Nike, HH, Reebok, Ellesse, Head, and Adidas. Once again, the prices are keen, with Reebok T-shirts starting from as low as £12. This section is the source of my biggest spend, and that was on a pair of Air Max running shoes, they were £89, but well worth every penny. MEN'S WEAR. ------------ Men seem to be even fussier about fashion than us girls are, but don't worry, the men's section is packed full of great fashion ideas for the man in your life. If your man is into brand names; the likes of Timberland, Rockport, Teddy Smith, Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Kickers Joe Bloggs and Diesel are all included. As with the woman's section all the prices are as low as possible, as an example two Lee Cooper T-shirts are only £17, and jeans only £20. Three casual T-shirts are £7, and come in a range of colours. There should be something in here for every man, from suits to jackets. The shoe section is massive, and every style of shoe is here. I bought my dad a pair of Timberland boots, for Christmas, which cost £89, which was cheaper than the high street shops. Quality is not compromised, as these boots are exactly the quality you would expect. So in other words they are not rejects or anything. KIDSWEAR. ---------- The children's wear section caters for boy and girls, from birth up to 16 years old. In my opinion, this is the best section in the whole catalogue and this is the source of the real bargains. For the new born baby there are a pack of seven bodysuits for £12, little girls dress sets for £10, little boys top and trousers for only £7, and a pack of two romper suits for £7. All the clothes I have purchased have been extremely hard wearing, and can handle a lot of washing. For the one to four year olds, there are many cute little dresses and
little fleeces and body warmers for boys. For the teenager the clothes are fashionable and stylish, there is a wide range of sportswear, brand names, and plenty of essential bargains, such as dresses, and T-shirts. The shoes are really just adult's versions, in smaller sizes. However, there is plenty to choose from. HOME FURNISHING. ----------------- The furnishing sections are divided into two sections, downstairs and upstairs. The downstairs section sells goods such as sofas, kitchen and living room furniture, lighting, curtains, rugs, vinyl, and carpets. Once again, the prices are low, and ready-made curtains start at a mere £9.99. This is a great section, I would especially check out the lighting section they have some very unusual forms of lighting, very contemporary. The upstairs section sells bedroom furniture, beds, bedding, curtains, and towels. ELECTRICAL. ------------ Believe it or not Argos Additions even sells a large range of large kitchen appliances that are not available in the ordinary catalogue. They have a large selection of Washing Machines, starting at just £189.99, and that’s for a well-known brand. There is a good selection of Tumble Dryers, Fridge Freezers, Fridge's, Deep Freezers, Gas and Electric Cookers and Microwaves. Once again all prices are really low, and you'd have a job finding anywhere offering the same goods cheaper. As an added bonus most electrical items have free installation and free delivery, even your old appliance will be removed for you. This is great, because it is always a struggle to get rid of your old appliance, thankfully Argos take all the hassle out of buying new electrical items. HOW TO SHOP. -------------- After reading all my hype about Argos Additions, you are probably wondering how you go about ordering items fr
om the catalogue. There are four ways to order goods. The first way is to call the order line on 0845 306 0005, alternatively you can order via their web site at argos.co.uk. The third way is to visit any one of their stores, which are located in virtually every town in the United Kingdom, and last but certainly not least; you can post a completed order form. HOW TO PAY. ------------- There are lots of different ways to pay for your goods. You can pay over the telephone using most well known credit and debit cards, or with your Argos Card (See opinion on Argos Card for full details). You can also pay in store using cash, gift vouchers, premier points, credit and debit cards or Argos card. Lastly, you can pay by post using a cheque or debit/credit card number. WHAT HAPPENS IF I'M NOT HAPPY WITH MY GOODS? -------------------------------------------- You really don't have to worry about this because Argos offers a no quibble 16-day money back return. Therefore, if you ordered in store simply return the goods within 16 days and you will get all your money back. If you ordered over the telephone or Internet, all you have to do is telephone 0845 304 0008 and they will pick them up free of charge. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY GOODS? ------------------------------------------- If you ordered in store, you're goods normally take three working days to get to the store, if you take this option, delivery will be absolutely free. If you want your goods delivered to, your home delivery normally takes 48 hours. However, if you spend under £100 you will incur a £2.95 delivery charge. CONCLUSION. ------------ In my opinion Argos Additions is the catalogue of the future, because it offers a new way of catalogue shopping, gone is the tradition way of only being able to order over the phone, now we can
benefit from flexible catalogue shopping from any location whether that be at home or on your local high street. The standard of service is the best, the prices are low, the quality of products is excellent, and even if you're not happy, you can get a refund. Where else offers this service? I use additions a lot, and I have never had reason to complain, about products or the service, I have received. I highly recommend Argos Additions.
This film is Peter Jackson's masterpiece. Peter Jackson is a director from New Zealand, and has established himself as one of the best horror/comedy filmmakers ever. He has produced films like Bad Taste, The Frighteners, Brain Dead and Heavenly Creatures. If you have seen his films, you will know he is slightly abnormal. Come on how on earth can he think these films up, they are the workings of a lunatic. I don’t mean this in a horrible way; I absolutely love his films. I'm not sure, how he became this way, he was an only child, maybe this had something to do with it. He had his first taste of movie making at the tender age of eight, apparently his parents bought a camcorder, as a family present. Soon Peter was shooting his own movies; he'd enlist in his friend's help to act the parts out. That’s how Bad Taste came about, all the actors were friends, and they shoot the film in the spare time on weekends. Four years later Bad Taste was released, and it was a hit all over the world, and thus Peter Jackson became famous overnight. We have now established that Peter is mad, but just how mad is the film. The Plot. --------- The film starts off normal enough, Lionel (Timothy Balma), is a young man who still lives with his domineering mother. One day, whilst in the local grocers shop, he meets a young lady, called Paquita (Diana Penalver). Paquita isn't immediately drawn to Lionel, but when her grandmother does the tarot cards, she knows her and Lionel are destined to be together. Paquita practically throws herself at Lionel, however he is a bit nervous, as he is frightened of his mother. Eventually Lionel plucks up the courage to take Paquita to the zoo. Unknown to them both, Lionel's mum, is watching their every move from a bush. Disaster strikes when mum, backs into the Sumatra Rat Monkeys cage. At the beginning of the film, we learn that the Rat Monkey is a
freak of nature that came about when the rats, fled from slavery ships, and raped the monkeys living in Sumatra. Anyway mum is bitten by the monkey cross rat, and that’s when the madness starts. Mum's bite becomes infected, and she becomes a Zombie. Instead of alerting the authorities, Lionel decides to control the situation himself, which is a bad idea. She infects her nurse, kills Paquita's dog, and even infects the local vicar. Poor old Lionel has to resort to using horse tranquilliser to knock them out, and he then locks them in the basement. Worse it yet to come, the madness reaches a crescendo when the Zombies break out. That’s as far as I go, but take my word for it, from this point on the film gets very bloody, and you will find yourself rolling on your back with laughter. Memorable Moments. ------------------- There are so many fantastic moments; here are just a few of mine. The most amusing scene is when the Zombie nurse and vicar, get friendly, they're totally hilarious, imagine the scene two Zombies at it like rabbits. Due to there continuous riding, the nurse gives birth to a Zombie baby. You have got to see the baby, it's totally gross, its even got a red baby grow on, and it has this really annoying little laugh. Another great scene is when the vicar, catches a few Zombies in his cemetery, and processed to kickbox them all. Another great scene is lunch at Lionel's house, this is as his mum is on the turn, his dinner guests get to taste mum's pus. Funny Lines. ------------ Once again, there are so many funny lines my personal favourites are these. Vicar when he confronts Zombies "This is the devil's work, time for some divine intervention. I kick ass for the lord." Paquita to Lionel "Your mother ate my dog!" Uncle Les upon discovering the bodies. "That's quite a selection of stiffs you have down t
here." Uncle Les addressing Zombie baby "God damm little Rugrat. Where are ya ya little crawler." Veterinary owners response to Lionel, when he asks to purchase horse sedative. "What do you want? You're not from the immigration. I told you I lost my bloody papers. My family left Latvia during the occupation. We were hunted like dogs." Who made this film happen? -------------------------- This film was written and directed by Peter Jackson, music is provided by Peter Dasent, and it was produced by Jim Booth. Useless Information. -------------------- This film had a $3million budget, which allowed Peter to experiment with great special effects, such as the lawn mower that pumped out about 300 litres of blood. The baby in the park scene was only filmed because they was a bit of money left. All the blood and gore was created using human hair, polyfoam, latex, pork fat, and hundreds of gallons of maple syrup. The UK version is completely original, apparently critics were amazed that this film got through uncut. The US version is nowhere near as complete as the UK version, about seven of the best scenes have been cut, and the lawnmower scene has sixteen seconds cut from it. Conclusion. ----------- This film has gore galore, but it shown in such a funny way that you will find it completely hilarious. Remember this film should not be taken serious, if you do take it seriously then you have lost the plot. Having said that after watching Brain Dead, you will never feel the same way about custard again. Watch and you will know what I mean. This is a must for your collection, and I can assure you, you will find yourself watching it over and over. I salute you Peter Jackson!
The Home Page. -------------- When you log onto the Peterborough City Councils web site, the green background strikes you. Although some people may find the site layout dab, in actual fact it represents Peterborough's status. You see Peterborough is a green city. It strives to promote green issues, such as cycle routes, recycling and nature reserves. I will give you more information on this later. The home page gives you a warm welcome, and underneath, it explains that Peterborough City Council is a unitary council providing all local government services to the people of Peterborough and surrounding villages. The web site its self is easy to navigate, and the menu on the left side gives you quick and easy access to the following sections: What's New, The Council, Services A-Z, Community Information, Leisure and Tourism, About Peterborough, Feedback and Useful Links. Apart from this, there are direct links to important issues such as education, the latest council news and the latest foot and mouth updates. If this weren't enough the web site also has a very accurate site search facility that allows you to find your required information, quickly and easily. I'm going to start by giving you some information on the city, and then I will tell what Peterborough has to offer, and I'm sure you'll be impressed by this great city. The City. --------- Peterborough is located mid-way between Norwich and The Midlands; it boasts an excellent rail network, and a second to none road system. Peterborough is 78 miles from London, 4 miles from the A1 and 15 miles from the A14; these are major roads that link us to Major City's. If you decide to travel by train London can be reached in less than 50 minutes, and better still, we are on the main East Coast line, so train can be taken to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow and Leeds. The rail network also runs east-west, provided quick a
ccess to Birmingham, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. Peterborough has quite a history, archaeologists discovered a 3000-year-old settlement at Flag Fen, which is open to the public, and we also have a cathedral that dates back to 650AD. During the medieval times right up to the industrial revolution, Peterborough was just a small town on the edge of The Fens. Growth started in the mid 19th century, when the railways arrived. Peterborough became a major railway junction, which in the process attracted major industrial companies. In late 1960 the new town development program started, the aim was to build four residential townships; the fourth Hampton Hargate is now in the process of being built, so Peterborough will continue to grow in the 21st century. This new township will create 5000 new homes, some of which include housing association and local authority homes to rent, it will also provide 12,000 new jobs, as part of Hampton will be business orientated. Over the years parkways (landscaped dual carriageways) were build, to provide quick access to various parts of the city. A network of cycle paths was constructed, and now Peterborough has over 100km of safe cycle routes, making it the largest cycle network in Britain. A shopping centre (The Queengate Centre) was built, which has been voted as one of the best in Europe. Peterborough actively promotes sports and recreation and has some of the best sports establishments in the country. Although Peterborough is a city, open spaces are important, there are 10 golf courses in the vicinity, two large country parks, and the showground, which hosts the biggest and best agricultural show in Britain. Economy. -------- Peterborough has a strong economy; a census carried out in 1991 revealed that there were 78,000 jobs in the city. 55,000 of these jobs were filled by local residents and the remaining by people commuting into the area. Peterborough has some prominent b
usinesses in the town, which employ a large number of the city's population. These include Hanson Brick, Thomas Cook, Royal Mail, Freeman's, ACCO UK, Pearl Assurance, Pedigree Masterfoods, Soda Stream, Coca-Cola and Schweppes, Transco and Waitrose Ltd. Unemployment. ------------- There are currently 2173 people unemployed in Peterborough, which accounts for approximately 3% of population. Housing. -------- Altogether, there are 66,598 dwelling. Of these 18% are council, 6% housing association, private sector 74% and others 2%. The average price for a semi-detached house is £64,000. If you want to rent a property a one bedroom flat would be about £67 a week, a two bedroom house would be £69 a week, and a three bedroom house would set you back £76 a week. Ethnic Minorities. ------------------ There are approximately 141,000 people living in Peterborough, 92% of the population is white. However, we do have a large Indian population who mostly reside in the Millfield area of the town, they account for 1.7% of the population, so there is approximately 2,500 Indians living in the town. Transport. ---------- Subject to the necessary funding Peterborough is planning to introduce safe routes to school, home zones, and they say they will be working in partnership with the bus operators to make the Westgate area of town safer. There was also plans to build the Green Wheel, which is a series of bicycle routes in and around the town, this has now been built, and it does provide mile up on mile of safe cycling. By now, you should have a clear picture of Peterborough, and what it has to offer. Now I'm going to tell you about all the services that Peterborough advertises on its web site. What's New. ----------- This section basically keeps you up to date with important changes that affect people living within their catchment area. I especially
like the latest press releases; this is updated on a daily basis. Obviously people haven't got the time to log onto the site everyday and check out the news, so to overcome this problem you can actually look at the archives and locate a specific story or just have a browse around. You can also read about on going news stories such as the Westgate Development Program, School Organisation Plan, Local Transport Plan and Best Value Plan. In addition, the council is very happy to hear your views whether good or bad, and a handy feedback form is supplied. The Council. ------------ This page gives you democratic information and key plans. There is even a welcome from the mayor Ray Pobgee. It says on the homepage that Peterborough has an annual budget of £151 million. This money is spent on education, social services, transport, housing, libraries, museums, street cleaning and refuge collection. Councillors. ------------ There are 56 councillors in the city, that represent 24 wards. The current make-up is 27 Conservative, 21 Labour, 3 Liberal, 2 Liberal Democrat, 2 Labouring for North ward and 1 Independent. Councillors hold regular surgeries for local people; they help resolve residents problems and complaints. They also help to make decisions for the city. MP. --- The MP for Peterborough is Mrs Helen Brinton (Labour). She can be contacted by telephone, or in writing. Schools. -------- The council spends £2000 per child in primary school, and £3700 on secondary school pupils. 74% of pupils achieved the pass standard at key stage one, 57% pass key stage two, 41% at key stage three and 30% obtain a grade A-C at GCSE. Council Tax. ------------ Peterborough spends £879 per head. 80% of this money comes from the government and the rest is from Council Tax. Council Departments and Services. --------------------------------- Thi
s section tells you how the council is run; it's run by a senior management team, where each director is responsible for a certain area. There are seven key departments spread across the city, many operate at satellite offices around Peterborough. The seven departments are defined as Chief Executive, Community Services, Contract Services, Corporate Services, Education, Environment and Legal Services and Social Services. If you click on each department it tells you how they run their department, their name, job description and there is a contact address, and most have email addresses. Also included in this sub-category is a very useful section that tells you how you can pay your council tax by direct debit over the Internet. If you live in Peterborough, this may be a good option for you, full details are provided on the site. Also included is a detailed section on library services, this is a very through page, which has links to every library in Peterborough, information on joining the library and details of charges are provided for your information. There are also many useful links, which include Webpac; this allows you to search for book titles as though you were in the library. To access this information all you have to do is enter the barcode on your library ticket, as well as searching for titles you can also renew books and reserve items. There is also a new service called Ask Peterborough, which is an email inquiry service offered to local people. Opportunities. -------------- This section actually advertises jobs within the council, it also has details of teaching jobs, this is great if you're looking for a new challenge. Also included is information on pursuing a teaching career, there is advice on virtually everything to do with teaching such as how to get started, how to apply and information about the schools in the area. Peterborough's Vision. ----------------------
Peterborough council wants to make its services even better; they want Peterborough to be the best council in Britain. They want to improve the quality of services, improve value for money and ensure the council is accessible and approachable. High on their list of priorities is crime, they want to improve safety and tackle crime efficiently. They want to provide better care services for old, young and disabled. They want to improve access to higher education, and adult learning. They want people living in the town to prosper. Quality of life is important so they want to provide more cultural, sports and community actives. Last but not least, they want to promote community spirit. Services. --------- This section outlines all the services the council has to offer. The services are conveniently arranged in an A-Z format that makes it easy to find what you are looking for. This section is very detailed and a lot of work has gone into the construction. As an example if you clicked on A, it would give you about 37 results, this includes abandoned cars, area housing offices, and air pollution. If you click on a link, it will give you a contact address and telephone number. I find this section invaluable because it saves you a lot of time. Community Information. ---------------------- This section is in the same format as Services, you can search A-Z by organisation name or by subject keyword. I'm truly impressed by this section, I have never seen so much information, a lot of research and dedication has gone into it. This section gives you links to community information, say I clicked on J it would come up with Judo, Jive Dancing, Job Searching, Jazz Music, Ju jutsu and Japanese. If you click on a link, it gives you the name, address and telephone; it also has a brief description and even meeting times. If want a new hobby or you need help, this section is great, to be honest I've n
ever seen anything like it before. Leisure and Tourism. -------------------- This section is aimed at the tourist; it gives you information on Peterborough's history, why the town is considered green, the best places to shop. In addition, it has details of the tourist information office, such as contact address, and opening times. There is information on the nightlife, and there is a list of the best clubs, cinema's and live entertainment in the city. There is an endless section on things to do and see, we have numerous spectator sports, such as a greyhound track, an ice-hockey team, POSH our very own football team and even a speedway track. There is also a page on what to see outside Peterborough, being centrally situated it's an ideal place for touring. Last but certainly not least there is a page convincing you why you should move to Peterborough. Useful Links. ------------- This section gives you many links to sites of interest, such as Anglia Television, BBC East, Radio Cambridgeshire, Peterborough NHS and not forgetting Peterborough's newest and brightest radio station Lite FM. There is links to surrounding local authorities and also links to Peterborough's Twin Towns, which are Alcaca de Henares in Spain, Ballarat in Australia, Bourges in France and Viersen in Germany. I feel this is a really nice gesture. Last but not least, there are links to local and central government sites. My Views. --------- I have painted a very rosy picture of Peterborough, and why not it's fantastic city, it has a lot to offer, and what's more it's a great place to live. However, no city can be 100% perfect, Peterborough does have a few problems. On one hand, they are building a beautiful new town, that offers state of the art houses. Yet there are some areas of the city such as Welland and Dogsthorpe that are run-down and depraved, these areas ne
ed to be regenerated, there is a lot of crime in these areas, and this needs to be tackled. Also, irresponsible people dump rubbish, mainly builders and garden waste, to me this is an ugly sight that spoils the city's imagine. The council should seriously consider this issue; maybe a mobile waste collection lorry would help, as the city skip can be quite a way out for most people to reach. The points above are my only niggles, about Peterborough. This is a truly great town, and should be set as an example to other councils. In my view my city is 99% perfect, and I hope it can continue to achieve this standard in the coming years. If you need further information on services, or just general information, don't hesitate to contact me.
I decided to write this story in amateur boxing, and not in Is Boxing worth the risk, because what I'm going to write is a true account of a boy, who live changed through taking up boxing. The Boy. The boy in question is actually my older brother, when we were at school, he was always bullied and picked on, even by children younger than him. He was a tall lad for his age, however he was over-weight. I don't believe he was picked on because of his weight, but because he was shy and not very confident. It was as though he was wearing a label that said, "Pick on me." I'm ashamed to say that he embarrassed me. You see I've always been a confident person, and I've never let anybody walk over me. On numerous occasions, I told him to fight back, let them see you're no wimp. He wouldn't listen to me. Even when a boy smacked him across the face, he just stood there and cried he didn't even attempt to hit the lad back. I told my dad about the incident, and he spoke to my brother about it, but to no avail, I know for a fact that my dad couldn't accept the fact that his son was this way. I suppose it's a man thing. That was when I decided to try and help him. The only trouble was how. Then one day when I was in town, I noticed a boxing club, outside was a sign that said, "New members always welcome." Maybe, just maybe this could be the thing he needs. That night I asked him if he'd ever thought of taking up boxing. At first, it was as though I asked him to commit suicide, but eventually I convinced him to take a look. The next day I escorted him to the club, and we went in and had a look around, there was so many people there of all ages, and everyone was really friendly towards him. After half an hour, I left him to it. When he came home later that day, I'd never seen him so happy, he couldn't stop talking about the place, and apparently, he'd
made quite a few new friends. I asked him if he was going again, and he immediately replied "Yes." After this point, he never looked back. At first he found it hard, as it's quite a physically demanding sport, that's requires a lot of stamina, because he was so serious about boxing, my mum and dad bought him a home gym, and every morning he would go jogging without fail. During the first year he'd lose most of his matches, but as he got fitter, he started to win. Before he took up the sport he was just an over-weight kid, but after a year he was six foot of solid muscle. The change was incredible, as these changes took place people at school started to treat him different, people wanted to know him, the bullying stopped, and people had respect for him. I suppose you could say he turned his life upside down. He still boxes now, and he is good at it, he has a tremendous physic and he is known to his friends as Big Mick. I dread to think what might have happened to him if I'd never persuaded him to join the club, the chances are he would have gone through his life as a target for bullies. He would have always been the underdog. Not everybody is naturally out-going or confident, sometimes they need something to bring them out of themselves. For my brother it was boxing. I believe that many boys could benefit from this sport, although it does require commitment. Some people may argue about the health risks involved in boxing, my answer to this is that my brother was hit and punched on a regular basis at school, and it wasn't just a few taps, sometimes he would be quite badly beaten. In my opinion, being a boxer is a better opinion; he is super-fit, doesn't smoke and eats the best food. I believe I have played a significant role in changing his life for the better.
I been a massive freebie fan ever since I got connected to the internet, and yet I'd never heard of this site until, I read an opinion about it yesterday. So what did I do? You're guessed it I was over there like a shot, and to be honest I was pleasantly surprised. The site. --------- When you enter this site, it's not exactly a work of art; there's a British flag, and a rather dull white background. The owner introduces the site by saying that most free stuff is aimed at Americans were as this site is for us Brits. There is a couple of links to other freebie sites, which are 2001freebies, and Magic Freebies, and you can also email the owner, if you have any new freebies or queries. The owner also claims that new freebies are added every day. If you look to the left of the page, you will notice a list of categories, if you look very hard you will see a hardly noticeable New Section. I actually never noticed the new section until I was ready to leave the site. However this site is for freebies, so lets look at what's available. What's New. ----------- This is the section containing the hot off the press freebies, so what's hot at the moment. I would say the free bottle of Fructis shampoo is a fantastic freebie, to get a bottle all you have to do is take a short quiz. Other new offers include a free stress squeezer in the shape of a boxing glove, a personalised notepad (wow). There is a free book called "Six Months To Live" by plough, I have received other plough publications and they are great, although they do tend to send you circulars through the post. Also there is a free Smint package, to receive this someone has to nominate you. So this site seems to be on the ball when it comes to the latest offers. Bets. ----- The bets section has to be my least favourite category on any freebie site, as most are a con. If you are into betting,
this section contains a couple of offers. Cash. ----- This is the section that tells you where you can earn cold hard cash. There are a couple of offers that have caught my eye such as the £5 stationary voucher and the £25 HMV voucher; these might be worth checking out. Of course, there is the usual pay as you surf programs such as Alladvantage and Desktop Dollars. I was surprised to see no mention of DooYoo on this site. Catalogues. ----------- This is your source if free catalogues, one that really caught my eye was the Zippo lighter catalogue which I have sent off for, there's also a Lego catalogue which might interest some people, and there is a free copy of PC Choice available from Tiny Computers. There are many other offers; I'm just mentioning which one's I think are the best. CD-ROMs. -------- I was quite impressed by the offers in this section, there is a free copy of Rainbow 6, the only snag is that you have to sign up to Line One to obtain a copy. What interested me the most was the Keebook Creator, which allows you to build a web site. For you football fans there is a football CD that contains lots of information about goals, and for the kids there is a Tarzan CD. Competitions. ------------- I hate it when freebie sites advertise competitions; it tends to spoil the site. Basically this section contains a few links to the big competition sites, might be useful to a beginner, but I didn't find this category very helpful. Downloads. ---------- Once again downloads spoil a freebie site, but for your information there are links to Freeloader, Gator, Winamp and Digiguide. As I said earlier, most people know about these sites anyway. Miscellaneous. -------------- This is quite a big section, that has freebie's that don't really fit into the other categories, there is quite a range of freebies, such as P
ens, MouseMats, Toys, Dog and Cat food, Stickers and Rubber Gloves. I would definitely check out this section, as there are lots of offers to choose from. Posters. -------- This section includes about seven different posters that can be sent off for, what more can I say. Publications. ------------- Publications is one of my favourite sections, and I wasn't disappointed with this site's selection, which includes a Muller Light recipe book, a pocket calendar featuring pictures of Bonnie Jill (Who's Bonnie Jill?) A Barbie sticker album, a Dundee bus timetable and a Barcardi recipe book. Ok they my not be the most exciting selection but you have a look, maybe something will interest you. Free Samples. ------------- Everybody's favourite section, don't you just love them free sample popping through your letterbox. This section has tons to choose from, there is Tanning Lotion, Pero Dog Food, Bodyform, Listerine, Galaxy Drink, Soap, Whiskas Cat Food and Tea. The list goes on and on. This section is well worth checking out. Conclusion. ----------- I have left a few categories out, as I didn't think they were worth mentioning. I have to say I was very impressed with this site, it's updated regularly, the pages load fast, the content is great, and I would highly recommend this site, even if you're a big freebie fan you could find something new here. All I'm waiting for now is for all my freebie's to arrive. Last Word. ---------- I think this site has great potential, however I would recommend re-designing the site, so that it's more accessible, the sections have to stand out more. Not forgetting they should have a link to DooYoo.
I've used Clairol Nice and Easy for about two years now, and I'd always been happy with the results. My motto is if something works for you, stick to it. However Clairol have recently changed the box design, and thus made claims of a new improved formula. I used the new improved formula,and in one word, it was a joke, the colour was rubbish, and it faded after a week. That's why I changed to L'Oreal. The brand I tried by L'Oreal Recital Les Blondissiones in Lightest Natural Blonde. I thought I'd write this opinion by stating what claims L'Oreal makes about this colorant, then write in a question answer format, that should address your queries, and most importantly a road test, from day of colouring to re-touch application. L'Oreal's Claims. ----------------- This hair dye claims to give you a natural blonde colour without the need for pre-lightening. You can obtain from the very lightest blonde to a more golden shade. Recital uses colour gel technology, which results in finely balanced colour, that's never dull, brassy or uneven, and throughout the month your hair should remain true and infinitely beautiful. Unlike most colorant's, you get a special After-Colour Conditioner, that lasts for four applications. This helps to maintain the colour, so that throughout the month your hair should look like the first day you coloured it. The conditioner is also supposed to stop your hair drying out, and thus give your hair shine and vibrancy. Who should Not Use This Colorant? --------------------------------- You mustn't use this dye if you have grey hair, if you have previously coloured your hair with a dark or warm shade or if you have used henna or metallic salts. Also, do not use if you have an allergic reaction to the dye. Before You Start. ----------------- Before you even think about applying this hair dye, follow out the sensitivity and c
olour stand test. Both are easy procedures, and could save you a lot of pain. What's In The Box. ------------------ A bottle containing the development cream. A bottle of colorant gel. A bottle of After Colour Conditioner. A pair of high quality gloves. (Wow). What Shade Will I be? --------------------- You shouldn't use this dye if your hair is darker that brown. If you have light brown to brown hair you should obtain a golden blonde, and if your hair is dark to light blonde you should achieve a very light blonde. Application. ------------ There are four options available to you. The first is if you are applying the colorant on natural hair for the first time, the second option is applying to hair which has already been coloured with a light shade, third option is applying if you have used this colorant before, and lastly applying on very light hair, which has already been lightened. Obviously, it wouldn't be appropriate for me to give concise instructions. Nevertheless, the instruction leaflet is well laid out and extremely easy to understand. How Long Does It Take? ---------------------- If takes approximately an hour, 15 minutes to apply and 45 minutes to set. However, the time should be shortened if you don't want to go too blonde. Personally I leave it on as long as possible, to obtain a very light blonde. What Now? --------- All you have to do now is rinse your hair thoroughly, apply the conditioner, and Bob's your uncle, not really always say that. The Road Test. -------------- The Application. My mum applied the colorant, after 20 minutes scalp started to burn; started to get uncomfortable and itchy, after 10 more minute's itchiness disappeared. Got a few drips in my ears and around my face. When I was cooked went into the bathroom and rinsed my hair thoroughly and app
lied the special conditioner. Looked in the mirror, I couldn't believe my eyes, my hair was really blonde, felt really pleased. In addition, drips had washed off, and I didn't experience any rash. Dried my hair, hair felt very sticky and horrible. The next day I washed my hair again, and it was back to normal, colour was extremely vibrant and my hair felt softer and there was slightly more shine to it. A Week Later. ------------- Colour was still vibrant; it hadn't faded at all. Used the colour care conditioner. Two Weeks Later. ---------------- Still going strong, hair still looks very blonde, used the colour condition again. Three Weeks Later. ----------------- I can't believe it my colour is still light blonde, used colour conditioner, it's all gone now, so it only lasted three washes and not four, but there again I have very long hair. Four Weeks Later. ----------------- Oh my god, it still vibrant, but now my roots are showing and it's off to the shops to by another pack. Conclusion. ----------- I was extremely impressed with this hair dye, the colour is so beautiful and it really doesn't fade, this could be down to the special conditioner. The only bad thing about it was the itchiness. But as they say no pain no gain. I'll definitely be purchasing L'Oreal from now on. Last Word. ---------- If you need further information contact L'Oreal on 0207 938 5845.