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      12.11.2000 22:22
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      Something is going badly wrong with UK freebie sites. While American freebie sites are still obviously very active Uk freebie sites have suddenly died a death. Sites which have provided regular daily updates have been sitting stagnating for weeks. The lists are endless - Freestuff, FreeUKstuff, All4free etc etc. Today an announcement has appeared on the Freefirst site stating that due to the fear of legal action he is closing down the site. Freelist UK (which I recently recommended for its regular daily updates) has also remained silent for over a week. Can anyone shine any light on this? I am intrigued. America takes all the prizes for leading the world in legal action. It seems that internet freebies are proving the exception.

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    • bookbrain.co.uk / Price Comparison / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      31.10.2000 02:18
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      Heres a riddle for you! What site that does not sell books must you visit to buy a book. Answer - BookBrain.co.uk. This is a well presented site that searches 14 online UK booksellers to find you the best price for the book you want. Not only does this save you visiting each individual site yourself, but it also adds on the postage which can be tricky to work out at some of the sites (they all do things a little different). Having searched the 14 shops for your book it lists them for you in order of cheapness. It provides you with details of stock availabilty and estimated delivery time. There is an excellent search engine, and you can search for title, author, publisher, or ISBN. It provides a description of the book with an illustration of the jacket cover, so that you can confirm you have the right book. The home page has a list of best sellers, along with a list of recommended books. The site is very attractive and user friendly, and invites you to email them with suggestions or problems. There is a shopping trolley which is not yet active, and the features of which have not yet been given. I hope that future improvments to this site include an accumulative search for multiple orders, as the pricing structure for P &P at many sites varies. This results in the cheapest site for a single book, not being the best one for multiple orders. Working this out by yourself is a nightmare and a facility to do this on this site would be a great idea. Even so, it is still a fantastic site to search for a specific book, or idly browse. Once you've found a book you want it will tell you where to get it cheapest or fastest. You then have an easy link direct to the site, and also straight to your book. The wonders of the internet!

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      • freelistuk.f2s.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        27.10.2000 05:15
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        if you are fed up like me of fruitless visits to freebie sites, then try this one. I regularly visit all the usual freebie sites. The list seems endless. Unfortunately most of them leave you feeling that you,ve wasted your time. Either they havent been updated since the year dot,or you plough through an endless registration process to find that its not available in the UK. This site is worth visiting. It is nicely laid out- not too many ads - just lots of freebies. It is regularly updated , and all the links I followed were genuine and UK available. It could be the only UK freebie site you need to visit. www.freelistuk.f2s.com/ ps:comes with a bright union jack on your favourites list so you can easily pick it out from the rest

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        • ITV Evening / TV Programme / 1 Reading / 2 Ratings
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          23.10.2000 03:10
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          Lets face it its a true British tradition:) Those of us that hate the news can switch to ITV at nine and back to BBC at ten. Those of us that love the news can switch to BBC at nine and ITV at ten. Those of us with an average interest can select which time is most suitable. However with the excuse of a longer time slot in which to schedule high quality television we had a change forced upon us --- now the BBC would stay at nine, but the ITV would move to eleven. I have to say that the high quality TV did not materialise, and people who for the whole of their possibly sad lives had watched the ITV news had now a difficult decision to make - should they watch the nine o clock news and go to bed early, or watch the eleven o clock news and go to bed late. IF ALL THIS WASNT ENOUGH there came a new twist to the tale -- ITV should never have been allowed to change their scheduling, and would be forced to return to their ten o'clock slot. HURRAY you shout! At last we're back to normal. However IF ALL THIS WASNT ENOUGH, BBC decide to change their 9'Oclock slot to 10 O'clock. This is with the promise of a longer time slot for high quality television, (Deja vue) and 1 hour longer to give you 1 hours more updated news. "Theres a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza " This is really getting silly. I do like to watch the news at some time during the evening. Theres little chance of me catching the 6 oclock. As far as competition goes, well news is news really isnt it? I really cant see that one channel can muster up a better quality of news than the other. You may prefer a certain presenter, buts thats unlikely. So youre going to make your decision according to the most convenient time, and if theyre both at the same time .....well thats not very convenient at all, is it? The moral of the story I think is ...if its not broken
          , dont fix it!!

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            23.10.2000 01:02
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            We all spend many an hour on line (we all spend many an hour on Dooyoo!), and if youre not careful you could be paying far too much to your isp. I have swapped, registered, pre registered until I struggle to remember who I'm with. The frustrating part of it is that the best ISP one month can be the worst the following month. A recent example of this is Red Hot Ant which had rave reviews, and now no-one can connect. In order to keep up to date you need to log on daily to a good ISP review site. While I have until now used Net for Nowt, I have recently changed to ispreview.co.uk. They have all the up to date listings and links. There is an award scheme for the best ISP of the month, and year, based on all aspects of support and services. They also award a worst ISP of the month which is based on the most complaints sent to the site. It is possible to view past entries on their discussion forum which is conveniently broken down into categories. The most impressive section of the site however is the news bulletins and newpaper articles, which are constantly updated. I recently was tempted by surfing rabbit, but took heed of the warnings on this site, which seems to have paid off. If you really want to let off steam about your ISP, then you can join their chat. Now I've recommended the site I have a confession. I joined Freeserve time unlimited before visiting this site and discovering that they were the worst ISP of the month. I've since found out why, and am on the look out yet again. I dont think any unmetered ISP is perfect, but finding the best is a constant challenge!

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            22.10.2000 22:53
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            This site is a sheer delight to visit. It is attractively presented and easy to move around. It makes a change to find a useful shopping site which is purely UK based. It is designed as a virtual shopping city. The city comprises of 12 zones and you select the zone you are interested in eg: technology.You can then follow links to find all the products and services you could wish for. I used it to find UK bookshops on line, and it gave me an impressive selection. There are many other links to UK information such as news, weather, stock market quotes etc. There are competitions and free offers. At the moment you get a free Cd rom worth £29.99 for simply supplying the email addresses of 4 friends who you think might find the site useful. This is as good as visiting Meadowhall or the Trafford centre. No bags to carry, and your feet stay intact, but just as damaging for your flexible friend. Update. Whoops! Forgot to give the URL www.ukshops.co.uk Sorry folks.

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            • IC24 / Telecommunications Service / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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              01.10.2000 23:04
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              In the hunt for a replacement for the irreplaceable Line One deal I have struggled reaching a decision. Should I go for World Online and change my telephone company? Should I lay out £89.99 for TFI ? It is a minefield out there and is changing by the hour. I eventually registered for NTL which have said it could take up to 3 months for the CD to arrive. In the meantime I needed something to keep me going , and ic24 seemed to fit the bill. It is a quick on line registration, which you then have to update to the 0800 number. Make sure you do this or youll be connecting on an 0845 number without realising. Ic24 apparently keep giving dates when there free service is being withdrawn, but have now extended it until the end of the year. The hours are limited. You have unlimited surfing between 8pm and 12pm Mon - Friday, and 9 - 5pm Sat and Sunday. You are disconnected after 1 hour online, but can connect straight up again. You can also connect by CD which is available at Esso petrol stations. The home page is mainly Mirror Group news stories. There is online site support as well as a telephone support service at 50p a minute. I connected with no problems and have not needed either. I have sometimes had to redial several times to connect, but am always connected within a couple of minutes, and sometimes first time. This isnt exactly the 24 hour unrestricted surfing of Line One, but it certainly is an impressive freebie!!

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            • The NHS and the disabled / Discussion / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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              26.09.2000 03:06
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              I am very much involved in this issue. I am an ultrasonographer which means I spend every day examining unborn babies for major and minor abnormalities. I constantly live in fear of missing some small pointer which may lead to the diagnosis of a chromosome problem such as Downes syndrome or something rarer. The clues can be subtle and easily missed. A thickening at the back of the neck, overlapping fingers, a gap between the toes. Any of these could be the vital clue to a diagnosis. When a diagnosis of any disability is confirmed , chromosomal or otherwise, then parents are faced with the hard decision as to whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. It is not my place to influence or judge, simply to provide as much information as to the severity of the disabilty, and this I try to do. When I child is born with a disability I believe it has the right to whatever treatment we are able to give with the knowledge we possess. Money is certainly an issue, but should not be. As medicine advances, treatments become more and more expensive. This is certainly the main cause of the crisis in the NHS. However lets look at some of the facts. Accident and Emergency departments are crammed 24 hours a day with people attending for complete trivia. I have worked in hospitals where patients attend at 3 am because their shoes are rubbing their feet. I give you my word that this is fact. The main source of out of hours work load is alcohol related - self inflicted injury. Most Accident and Emergency attendences are old injuries or things that will sort themselves out in a couple of days. People visit hospital because it is more convenient than getting a GP appointment. It would be wonderful if the NHS had a bottomless pot of money to afford these luxuries, but rightly or wrongly it obviously has not. Would any of these people sleep at nights if they realised that the money they were costing the NHS was stopping the likes of
              Jo receiving her transplant. She has done nothing to contibute towards her disability. She was simply unlucky, and it could have been you. In helping to diagnose pre- natally, I hope that the children born are able to have the treatment that we so carefully plan for. If we have the scientific ability to improve the quality of someones life, then money should not stand in the way. It is there but the grace of God go I, and anyone wasting NHS money should stop and think of Jo.

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              • DeLonghi Deep Fryer / Deep Fryer / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                05.09.2000 04:01
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                I needed a deep fat fryer. I shopped around and the choice was mind blowing. Did I want to pay for one that dismantled, was a rotating fryer an expensive gimmic. After reading the reviews I bought the Delonghi rotofryer. It has an angled base which rotates, so you only actually need just over a litre of oil to cook. It has 2 filters in the lid which are very simple to replace. The lid comes off for cleaning. The other main difference is that you can drain off the oil through an integral drainage tube into a filtered container which is provided. To clean the fryer you simply put hot water and washing up liquid into it and let it drain out into the sink. The basket lifts up with the lid closed, and the whole design is attracive and neat. Some models have a timer, and some have a window. I,ve had a fryer with a window before, and didnt really rate it. The price in Argos is £69. But if you,ve got a Costco near you it is only £37 + vat. A great saving! The only other thing I forgot to mention is that the chips are great.

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              • Asda / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                04.09.2000 03:36
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                As my league tables of supermarkets goes Asda is right down at the bottom, or at least it was. We have always had 2 Asdas in our town, and I would travel miles to avoid them. While one appears dirty, uninspiring with nowhere to park, the other is dirty, uninspiring with ample parking. Visiting either leaves me with nothing for tea!!! HOWEVER......being forced out of town away from my usual schedule I decided to do my weekend shop at an out of town Asda. Admittedly it was newish, and very big, but for me it was a completely new Asda experience. I was impressed by the range of convenience foods, and also by the meat section. When it came to main meals, I was stuck for choice and found the varieties a refreshing change. There were varous marinated kebabs and stir fry beef etc. I bought 2 exceptionally large fillet steaks which were excellent quality and very cheap compared to Sainsburys. The rest of the store was impressive in price, range of goods, and cleanliness. I have decided to give my local Asda a second chance. Maybe the impreesive range I discovered at weekend is only available at new Asda superstores. In which case I may be pursuaded to go out of town occasionally.

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                  04.09.2000 03:00
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                  This is yet another musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is the second longest running musical in the West End, second only to Cats. I went with my two teenage daughters about 4 years ago, and I think they expected to hate it. It was the only only musical we could get tickets to at the time. The theatre is small, and the stage positioned in such a way that all seats are close to the stage. There is a model train track around the theatre which would be an immediate hit with younger children, and keep them entertained before the show starts. The story line is certainly a little on the weak side, but the action and special effects more than makes up for this. The storyline is based on a race between the different types of locomotive ie: steam, diesel, and electric. The trains are played by men, and the carriages by women. And.......as in every good Andrew Lloyd Webber musical there is tear jerking romance. Yes trains do have a lovelife!!!!! The main thing to mention here is that the whole thing is done on roller skates. The fastest part of which takes place on a track above your heads around the theatre. It is full of energy and speed, with a generous dose of lights, lasers, and fibre optics. I dont expect this show could go to a different theatre as the set up must be incredibly expensive. So if youre in London don't miss it. Its a treat. Without a doubt this is not to be missed for younger children and train spotters! But.....my 2 teenage daughters had to admit they enjoyed it, and yes I have to admit it .........I even shed a tear!!!!(but thats Andrew Lloyd Webber for you).

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                  30.08.2000 03:13
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                  For anyone who needs a fast growing hedge or screen Leylandii conifers have provided a cheap and instant solution. The popularity of these over the last few years has resulted in an epidemic spread through gardens across the country. However they have caused heartbreak for many whose neighbours have used them as weapon of war. Cases of this have been shown in the television series "Neighbours from hell". A case in question was of a house surrounded by farmland, where the farmer planted conifers in close proximity to the house walls, and in doing plunged the couple into a dark existence. Are they attractive? If situated in a carefully selected sheltered spot these trees can be attractive. However sadly they are usually planted so that exposure to the elements causes them to turn brown and unattractive. Strict laws are in force governing the height of walls and fences erected around properties. Planning permission has to be obtained, for any wall or fence over 1 metre in height at the front of a property or alonside a road frontage. No such laws govern the use of conifers which can form a thick dark wall 20ft high. They certainly do have their place. They are perfect for screening an unattractive shed or fence. However the many people who spend their lives campaigning for laws restricting their use are indisputable evidence of the heartache they can cause. Leylandiis should be controlled by legislation. There should be a height restriction in force. They should not be availabe as a weapon of neighbourhood warmongery.

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                    26.08.2000 03:20
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                    I am a great lover of opera and most vocal works. I love to hear a cathedral choir, and listening to Pie Jesu or Ave Maria sends shivers down my spine. But.......Charlotte Church simply sends me cold. Her voice is pleasant, dont get me wrong, and if I was her mum I would be as proud as punch. You wouldnt have to go further than the nearest cathedral choir, however, to match or better it. She has been handed over like a lamb to the slaughter to the impresarios who will not care one jot in a few years when shes a distant memory. I have admiration for her parents who are trying to keep her feet on the ground, and for the moment she seems to be coping with her new found fame and millionaire status. How will she feel however when her moment of glory has ended and she has to go back to a normal life. I know this is a very pessimistic opinion, and I hope I'm wrong, but I dont feel she has the potential or is receiving the right training for a long lasting career. There must be nmany a good chorister who is thinking "why her and not me". The answer is she was in the right place at the right time, has had excellent marketing and exposure, and ... well I think its the awwwwwwwwwww factor!!

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                    25.08.2000 04:04
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                    In my opinion the laws on clamping are a dream come true for fraudsters looking to make an easy killing. Anyone at all is allowed to buy a few wheel clamps, and start clamping away, charging whatever they like as a release fee. They obviously need to find a suitable bit of spare land and the landowners permission. Apart from that the law states that a sign has to erected, and they are set up in a lucrative legal business. I admit that illegal parking is a problem and needs dealing with, but most of the time clampers are at work on derelict land where parked cars are causing no problems. This was highlighted on a television programme some months ago where cars were parked perfectly harmlessly on derelict land while they attended a Sunday car boot sale. The clamper had erected a sign which was conveniently hidden, and simply sat back and waited to collect. Another incident showed the same man clamping an ambulance and refusing to release the clamp, putting peoples lives at risk. A young female student friend was a couple of years ago clamped on university land, and had no means of paying the release fee. I found her sitting on a doorstep in tears. She was in Liverpool and lived in Chester. It was a dangerous situation for her to be in, and we bailed her out. Holding your car as ransom for a parking fine should not be legal. It causes misery and suffering, and can leave female drivers in a vulnerable and dangerous situation. Clampers are a law unto themselves, and should be stopped.

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                    • Road Rage / Discussion / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                      24.08.2000 05:26
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                      Road rage is defined as uncontrolled anger that results in violence or threatened violence. It is a 21st century epidemic that is accepted as causing many accidents , injuries and deaths. A study in Australia recently blamed half of all accidents on road rage. So how should we avoid being the victims of road rage? Incidents are usually caused by bad driving or inconsiderate behaviour eg: playing loud music. Typical driving habits responsible are for instance tailgating, not indicating, lane hogging etc. While none of these justify violence, its in our best interest to try and avoid it, and driving considerately will certainly help. I know I have felt angry and frustrated when driving, but usually when I'm in a hurry or stressed out about something else. I suppose it makes snense to leave your self plenty time for a journey and play relaxing music. I always listen to classic fm or a favourite tape, although its easier said than done. There no doubt that the stresses of modern living are the cause , and it would be lovely to escape to a desert island and forget the rat race, but for most of us thats not possible and we have to make the best of it. So if someones inconsiderate driving annoys you, try not to gesture or sound your horn, - try to chill out. If you have upset someone by your driving, and youre in danger of a violent reaction, then the advise is to avoid eye contact. Dont take things personally, and apparently what were all supposed to do to is to keep a "sorry " card with us at the ready. This all means swallowing your pride, but its surely better than the alternative.

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