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    • Attacks on America / Discussion / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      02.04.2002 20:52
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      Not wanting to sound out of place or anything, but this really was the inevitable for America. They parade there way about countries of the middle east, Asia and demand items or information and rely solely upon there sheer size and power. Now how many people have America killed for some cause that’s quite difficult to work out on my behalf, thousands, hundreds of thousands. Now not for one second am I saying that the attacks on the world trade centre and the attack on the pentagon were just and right for those countries, or mainly Afghanistan to exact there revenge in that fashion. The television pictures sent shivers down my spine whoever had planned the attacks really had hit the target and made some point which was yet to be seen at that point. We all remember pictures of people celebrating on the side of rivers watching the big screen as America’s mighty buildings crumble. To them I think this was much like the rebel fighters in star wars taking out the death star, to us this was grievous crime against humanity as we ourselves had many people within the towers as they collapsed, so to remember that if this was attack on America they killed, no slaughtered innocent bystanders of a war that wasn’t theirs. Now we have another problem, pride. When your top and somebody else that could be classed as bottom given their size and power, destroys a vital part of your empire then you don’t just take that nicely and agree to forgive and forget, especially if your country means everything to you. To those people that lost a loved one, I believe the anger was just, they had no warning all those that didn’t want to be involved in what war was brewing were given no warning to get out of the way. I have a few questions that still never seem to be answered. What is the purpose of the war on Afghanistan? Why are the English marines over there? Do America not have enough power considering there size? Why are some soldiers d
      efending and piece keeping? And others running into the hills blowing up whatever they see moving? Because there not quite sure even with all this godly power of technology where Bin laden or in fact anybody is. To those of you that read my opinion and have lost loved ones or those close to your families. I’m really sorry for your losses and I did prey for them. To anybody reading this though that thinks the war on Afghanistan is right and just. But in other opinions they would comment that two wrongs don’t make a right. Follow your own advise America has not achieved anything by this attack on the afghans you are emphasising to the world how much you want your own little war. If the aim was to find bin laden then that should be the purpose of the movement in Afghanistan.

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        Ah yes money, something I have little of. I am not yet at the point of complete and utter money wastage, but I will offer anybody interested the following advice. I will also say now that not all advice should be taken seriously. I will leave that to the personal intellect of the person reading. You accommodation ? You're a student, if you want more money to spend on beer then live in a room with just a bed and desk, don't bother with on-suite. If you would rather sleep comfortably then go for the superior rooms. Remember the further the accommodation is away from campus, means the cheaper it is. I've found that that applies to the majority of Uni.'s throughout the country using info from my friends. However does not apply to all. When moving into a house, remember for the same amount of rent, the more people you have the more luxuries you can afford within the house i.e. cable or sky, Internet and phone connections, gas and electricity bills and takeout of course. Drawbacks are, at least one member of the house will not give two hoots to washing, or cleaning up after themselves. Food shopping buy as a group, you save money and it stops fights to who owns what in the fridge and freezer, you can take the trip [to the supermarket in turns giving you more time in front of the TV/ in bed or maybe doing work. Drawback may create problems if you're living with a big fat guy! Or girl! So as not to be sexist. Answer install CCTV over the fridge to deter any late night thefts. Beer ? It doesn't bother me where I drink, baring a brothel, strip club, or a local people pub. Look out for the fliers being handed out you may be tired of being handed them but sometimes they give some good deals. If you're a pi## head then apply to give the fliers out and take them for yourself giving yourself lots of free alcohol, this does come with moral dilemma. And if completely desperate for cash don?t shave for three da
        ys and sit on the streets! I saw a suspect homeless chap climbing into a taxi with a wadge of notes, which has put me off giving them my change. Another great money saver don't be drawn in by charities who poach on the campus there are people better of then we are let them go and knock on their doors. Finally this is a really serious piece of advice if you want to be comfortable then come to University with at least 1000 already saved in the bank. It will take a great weight off you're mind believe me.

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        • Ageism and Employment / Discussion / 0 Readings / 15 Ratings
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          24.01.2002 05:56
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          What do we blame it on? I mean ageism is one of many that get on my nerves especially as I find it so difficult to obtain a job myself. An employer should choose the best candidate for the situation regardless of age. Of course taking three steps back and two forward, if it is suitable as well. I am currently living down in Devon. As a student (after that word I will cower in the corner). I'm taking my degree and guess what I need money. Hey that’s new a student lacking in money. Mm wonder what they spent that on. I reply to the audience before I go on, rightly so! It's not all drinking games and late nights discussing the birds and the bees. We work hard to! Employers have this bad habit of not liking that age group of about 18 to 21. It kind of represents to them late nights, or late arrivals at work. Another thing about Uni. students, they have brains, exceptions allowing of course. And in theory they're training to go for higher positions in the work place. Quick tongue's and are much more efficient then most other age ranges. As they are at that age where you are still quite resourceful when things go wrong. The ability to blame other colleagues without remorse for accidentally pushing the photocopier down the stairs. Conscience I believe develops with age, it’s a harsh world got to be strong. On the less funnier side, we're seen as a threat. We do speak out when we find a problem and we're not for backing down in an argument. This is the less working, more pretentious side of students. Then you have the students that will work the arses of for money and they will abide by rules and regulations and bite their tongues. But because on that vital piece of paper it says, you are at the university of ? Then you are more likely to head immediately for the reject pile. Also in my part of the world we have far more mature people working in the high street, I guess because of the lack of industry as you trav
          el down towards Cornwall. We really can't compete even if we could do the job ten times better. We have study and they can work whatever the hours any day of the week. I could however miss lectures although this would be not to highly regarded by my loving father who is paying these silly tuition fees. (I say silly because without them there would be far more opportunity out there, for people that can't afford Uni.) If you have the experience and the qualifications and the ability to communicate well with other workers, then we should be able to get at least an interview with the prospective employers. At the time sadly that’s not the case and out of 12 prospects, not even a reply or an interview which I find disheartening and rude on the employers part.

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          • Money in Football / Discussion / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            News just in, Keane buys oilrig! Mmm well that might not be true for the current state of football. But everything is getting a little out of control. Ok their argument - they entertain us, yes well that’s a good argument and yes football is probably one of the biggest forms of entertainment. In the majority of men's life and a growing female percentage, just after the bedroom. Luckily we are not charged for that yet. But give the government time. Anyway football, more of a religion these days. Europe based football has a wie bit to much money me thinks and this is contributed highly by deals with sky and the selling of merchandise. (Rupert Murdock will die one day). For many a way of life and what better way to pump more money out of people. How much do you pay? To advertise your team on your chest these days? I believe it's a fair amount. Ooh and don't forget the cost of sitting on Plastic seat I here you pay anything from £20-£40 roughly depending on how pants your club is. I support spurs and I can tell you the ticket price isn't worth it, for now at least there will be the day where we win the Premiership again. And back out of dreaming. This really needs to be capped there is all that talk but will they do anything that will tighten the belt of football severely. Answer - no, players would strike the game would go down the plug and entertainment in England and abroad would cost us an arm and a leg whether they cap or not. I do think that this goes to player's heads. Yep before they join the club they have the best intentions, but after seeing doe in hand. They have to pull the fingers out of there bums once a weeks to look like there putting in some effort. Also there freedom, Mmm what is freedom to them, 4 days of the week. In the premiership they get more then most would in one week and yet they claim that being tied down to a club is unfair. Wrong, if your getting that kind of money then you wil
            l have to keep your part of the bargain to the club. Help pull in the silver. Players are becoming greedy for money and attention and they don't seem to care about forming a great team. To play for the guys in your team as well as yourself. A good example I think of team play at the moment is Leeds. A top side and those players deserve the respect of playing as a team, not as a group of heroic individuals. Lets put a hold on freedom, send them off to greed camp, instead of fat camp and get especially players in our country back in shape for the will to play the game for the glory not the money. And for god sake lets win something!

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          • Control of Time / Discussion / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            23.01.2002 06:19
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            Time is of the essence and rightly so, because time is money, there is no time like the present. I guess it's time for me to stop riddling. Why is it that we value time? I reckon to ask that you're not even talking about time. You're talking more evolution. Human beings crave money as unsurprisingly this brings us happiness (to all that doubt that, please write your comments at the end. But if it starts with s and ends in x, I guess that’s the only exception). It gives you somewhere warm to live lets you buy food, to keep you alive as you can guess the list is endless. What do we have to do to receive this money we talk about? WORK YOUR ARSE OFF! Work takes up most of our daily life, whether we be students or in full time jobs, this lovely item saps your time, supplies you with a large quantity of stress (Unless your lucky!) and usually gives way at 60. At which time you don’t really have the physical strength to sky dive, or canoe white water rapids. Although there are many outstanding people out there that defy my last sentence, just so as not to land myself in a big pile of pooh pooh. Money gives you the chance to do what you want to do most, whether it be extreme sports, or shopping, or even spending the rest on grossly over costing Anne summers items that spice up the bedroom. Of course when carrying out these activities your mind fills itself with the happy hormones, what makes you ecstatically happy. Happiness is good, a dream that you wish to fulfil everyday when standing next to the coffee machine or the canteen dreaming of that £500 shopping spree that you'll be able to afford the end of the month. The rush when you can afford going on the extreme sports holiday or buying that new jet ski that at top speed would almost kill you if you were to collide with even so much as an upturned stick. This would be all well and good if humans didn’t have to sleep. Eat and carry out all of the daily chores.
            For most of their time will be sapped dry from them. The dream of freedom, the rapids replaced with going back home to look after what was created by the heated passion. Or to rest as you feel after your 6-hour shift in the most boring place on earth. Apart from the white padded cell you know about, because you would end up there if you started telling people what you really think as you left your place of work. We come to the people who control you as workers. They are known as the lucky ones or the not so polite words that I will disclose from this opinion. They would like to increase their profits, double there capital so they may splash out on only a big luxury then they already have. Business and learning must move forward otherwise these companies wont make any money that means you must be worked harder and for less money then you really should be getting considering the price of things today. We want new, we want quicker, bigger. I.e. faster Internet connections, quicker modes of transport, flashier cars so we either may live our dreams or make money quicker. We have no time now, and things are only getting faster and faster, evolving more rapidly. Our wants are our own time re-strictures and we certainly cant help this, its in out genes. The American dream comes to mind, the belief of working because one day they will have their dream and there freedom. Sorry to disappoint, but we can't all be rich, so learn to be happy poor. Or in those famous words, you will die unhappy. have a nice day, and tahnx for reading. By the way incase your wondering I have a huge overdraft, but I am a student so I only have two more years of fun then its all downhill. Unless! a miracle happens. hehe have fun.

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            • General / Discussion / 2 Readings / 12 Ratings
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              Practised by Asia for over a 1000 years martial arts are the evolution of mastering the art of hand to hand combat. Split into many sub-categories some may even be described as extinct lost with the ancients 100 of year's back. What makes this so fascinating is how purely simple martial art is when you break it down. You may need to know a little sports psychology but I'll give you the run down into why this is so effective in both un-armed combat and self defence. Thing about Asia is that they were meticulous in training soldiers. You will die for your lord or emperor, your born you serve you die. Nothing more complete social control. Anyway back to psychology, fights are won and lost in the head. This is totally true, for both before, during and after a fight. Martial arts is about focusing on the moves of an opponent or opponents and selecting the right moves within your head to get you out of that situation, to keep you from harm, or to perform a offensive manoeuvre. By now you pay no thought to opening a door, tying your laces. Why? Because you've done in 1000s of times, you've performed that task so often that you don’t even need to think about doing it. This is the same for why you are made to do drills in martial arts. Some are designed for focusing, or meditation which ever it is aimed at. But mainly it is for grooving responses. Therefor the more experienced martial artist would be far better then a less experienced muscle built junior. Although they have weight and height advantage there reactions are slower due to their size. They have not grooved their punches and kicks which means that they have to much stimuli to process, resulting in their failure. For instance Mr Miyagi or whatever you call the little dude of karate kid. I mean in this instance I'm taking the pee slightly but it has the same theory behind it. When in a fight you have many stimuli to contend with as a
              youngster, the crowd, the cloths your wearing, even expressions on your opponents face. The key to becoming the best is to be so focused on the opponents body positions, as you will pick up the weaknesses and habits they tend to perform. More experienced artists may release the opponent is weaker and less agile with the left side of their body and take advantage of this. Etc.. For some this used to be a way of life, a religion to them. Many of the great arts are not practised so freely now, as we probably couldn’t do them. For instance Iaido the art of unsheathing a weapon killing the opponent with one cut and flicking all the blood of the sword and re-sheathing. I do think the arts are treated badly these days, kids only doing them for a belief it will give them an advantage in fighting. I don’t actually do martial arts myself but its an area I do a lot of research into as It really intrigues me, thank you for reading.

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                Hey there! Well I thought that its about time to start writing some opinions again, places I've been, people I've seen. I thought today I'd give you my thoughts on the University of Plymouth, Ive been there for just over 3 months now, I'm studying Marine sports Technology. So what have I learnt about Plymouth that I thinks valuable advice to be given out in dooyoo. COURSES THEY HAVE TO OFFER: Plymouth does have a wide array of courses and I really am only qualified to talk about a few of them. My course and its area of Marine Technology, my girlfriends of computing, and two friends I have that study Biology and Geography. My section you will only find two universities within the country that specialises in these areas. It does help that they are by the sea, note, on the warmer end of Britain. Plymouths record for putting graduates in full time employment is excellent but with all the courses I am about to talk about. Plymouth adopts a bum on seats approach to students, much the same as many other universities within the UK. The more bums they have the more money they get, simple as that! If you want the 1st or the 1-2 then it is left to you to do the work. Marine technology for instance is not all about playing with boats. You may look in the prospectus and go that sounds like an easy course. Just because of the low pointage to get in it certainly is not easy. I would say that 80% of my course is physics and those that haven't cut the mustard soon disappeared. Close to half the group in my case. Lectures advance quickly and you have to do the work when received or your making your life extremely difficult when it comes to hand in time. Just like with A' Levels but with no leeway. I would definitely say those that aren't good at maths don’t bother putting this one down it’s a waste of time, anybody that struggles with formula is done for little help can be given for complete beginners. Computi
                ng, now Plymouth puts across the impression that you need no prior knowledge of computers or computing to do the course, it will be taught from scratch. My Girlfriend came from northern Ireland under this impression only to find that no basic treatment was given as most of the class were second year students repeating the course as they failed the first year or programmers or people who had obviously had computing experience before. 30-40 failed exams and dropped out because they didn’t know where to start, for Plymouth this was easy money they had taken in. The course itself though on completion is a prize asset to have as experience for your future career, I believe that is why so many pre-existing programmers take the course to add to their paper work. Biology from what I understand is quite the difficult subject to take, it may however be easier for my friend if he didn’t manage to get himself hung-over on the morning of the assessed lab sessions but we won't go any deeper then that. Pure biology however does give you the ability not to specialise in any fields and have a broader depth of knowledge on exit. But this may not be everyone's cup of tea eh! THE UNION Is cheap, can't really leave it at that. Well look Ill be honest it isnt the best and most social place which is what it should be. Theresa wide selection of seating yo0u can choose between plastic and wood and is popular with students on club night as its probably the cheapest place to go. They have a large pool room with a selection of arcade machine. I personally like Time crisis although with a sticky pedal the game lacks that certain level of fairness. CONCLUSION My advice to any one coming to live in Plymouth and study, is to have at least a grand saved up the majority of students will go through that in there first 3 months. Also if you wish to have a job get a transfer if you can as Devon doesn’t really like students working as
                they have this habit of either having a brain, and the tendency to disappear at weekends or to be to drunk to turn up to work that day. Possibly because it was cheap in the union the night before. Check the halls you want and send of your form early to ensure a place where you want. Also double check all un answered questions with tutors don’t waste the money on the course your gonna quit after 3 months when you either fail or get bored of it. An insight into halls from somebody that lives there, is better then anything Plymouth will print. ACCOMADATION I will only note the main halls of the Uni. as there is also a large amount of private and university run accommodation other then the main halls. DEVONPORT Down near squady land and the roughest halls to live in. We only here stories close to the university but its not the place to be walking around at night if you’re a girl on your own, but come on I think nowhere is in Plymouth there have been many reported muggings and rapes throughout the city. And although it’s a fairly tame city its still not as safe as the more rural universities. This is cheap accom, once decorated completely liveable and only if you believe you deserve a lot more will you find a problem here. 20 minutes bus ride from the Uni. and a fair walk, so it will cost you on transport or energy levels for the walking. MARY NEWMAN Eeek this is where I live. Through my head on the way to university I was thinking, 'my room will look like a prison cell, minus the bars'. And so it did the moment I walked in tiled floors, stains on the curtains satanic rituals scratched into the walls, Ok I lie a little, but not about the scratching also no phone connection in Devonport or Mary Newman unless you’re a warden, or a assistant warden. Kitchens between 6-7 and Uni. sex toilets and showers, don’t worry they have locks, but there not very good. Looks don't think I
                9;m sick but I have played the odd practical joke. At the moment we are also privileged with the rather large PMS that stand only 10 metres from my window on the third floor, which has the working hrs of the social 7am-7pm 6 days a week. Oh by the way PMS stands for 'Peninsula Medical School' the newest addition to the Uni. main lecture buildings. ROBINS One of the newer buildings covered in glass, bedrooms the size of a rabbit hutch and the same goes for everything else. On-suite bedrooms give the occupier the chance to pooh, shower and clean ones teeth at the same time, isn't that wonderful they obviously thought of how much students have to rush in the mornings. RADNOR and PILGRIMS Same could be said for the bedrooms, where they have draws within draws, within draws, within draws, basically the peak of an Ikea bedroom. Showers with the same fascinating abilities but the kitchens are much more communal and spacious with some good ovens which is more then can be said for elsewhere in the Uni. RESTAURANTS ON SITE Right we have the café within the union, as cheap as your average café. Main items for sale are slop! That’s a little harsh ok they serve a lot more then slop and some things do look edible. Then at the top of the Babbage centre the foods usually very good although prices vary but an excellent view over Plymouth. Pilgrims café adjoined to pilgrim halls nice large menu but a little expensive for students. Aim for private accom but if you have the extra to spend then go for radnor or pilgrims.

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                  I was told to move this to the other one. the n's are here to make up the 75 sorry nnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nn nnnnnn nn nnnnnnn nn nnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnn nn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnn nnnnnnn nnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn n nnnnnn nn nnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnnnn nnnnnn

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                  • The War Against Terrorism / Discussion / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                    What have we let ourselves in for?… How do you combat terrorism?… How much danger are we in?… Has the world not learnt from the past that this is the wrong way to go? But then again were we not in stalemate. Bin Laden takes out Trade Centre – now where do you go from here? If we left it and tracked Bin Laden down, to put him up for war crimes. And what would that achieve with his ability of moving anywhere whilst in the ‘Black Hole’ of Afghanistan. It could take month's, years. However much technology they say we have with cameras that can picture faces from satellites, come on let’s wake up here! So if that technology was so great why threaten Pakistan into allying with the US. Bin Laden takes out Trade Centre – We seek revenge through War. We move our chess pieces across the table to leave the king with porn’s. Smart move eh? Bin Laden has called this a Holy War (i.e. they will stop at nothing when religion becomes involved). To them they have nothing to lose. Revenge attacks will hit us harder. Lets just analyse where he has his crazy critters. Dope there in our country already and in the US and in other European countries. This man is not stupid and we are treating him like he is. This crazy plot could have been 10-20 years in the making. So to carpet bomb, strategic military positions in Afghanistan of the Taliban. We’ve already killed 5 of our own men. We are good at this kill the enemy not the innocent, aren’t we? I pick up the paper today, my eyes droop to the large bold writing of ‘ANTHRAX’. Well now we are in the pooh aren’t we. I fear chemical warfare more then I fear nuclear threat. Easier to impose upon the nation. And deadly in our large population density a group of people could cause thousands to die. Were we take thousands of troops to kill thousands of people. You can already see that one of their pieces on the chessboard ha
                    s far more power then ours. Now the wars started when would it stop? For starters can it stop? This is there Holy War surely they will fight to then bitter end. Are we going to have to kill every one of them? The tabloids and interviews say that this is likely to be a cold war. Great so I could bring my kids up to the trouble in Northern Ireland and now a cold war with Afghanistan. We also have to deal with a type of global rebellion against the super powers, now ones taken a pot at the big guy what’s to stop the rest taking one. America filled with anger and rage is intent on seeking a revenge, which could cause them more misery then Bin Laden. We sit there watching the news, you are the king close to stale mate you only have a low percentage chance of getting out alive. But where’s that space. I think of Terrorism much like I think of a diseases or Virus’s. We use medication to deal with the problem much like we use our militaries to combat terrorism. Like diseases and virus’s terrorism evolves we call them super bugs are we entering an era in order to fear the threat of terrorism. You cant stop it you only provoke it. In order to globalise we need a common goal, ‘peace on earth’ I think not! Another thing that’s a long way of far in the distance maybe one day we’ll reach it. Religion and hierarchy always seem to rear their ugly head. Religion has caused this and nothing else. Some may say it was created as a part of social control and now cause the devolvement of democracy throughout the world. The key unfortunately lies with youth and they need to lead us into a global community. Units throughout the world (countries) that work efficiently together. Trading and a common wealth need to be spread. Discrimination erased. So we are faced with a close to impossible task. Thanx for reading.

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                      Hi there, I'm writing to you from the US of A, yes I am British. And I don't live here. Where I'm staying is about 4000 miles away from where I started at. Ok Ill start from the beginning. Like with most of the other opinions in this section, I had a fairly raw deal. I have just finished what was a three yearlong 'A' Level course cause I messed up in the first. And as it was drawing to an end, although I felt more confident within myself. I wasn't getting any closer to finding someone I could call my girl. That one special person in the whole world I could trust with what's bothering me and I could spoil silly. Yes I know, it sounds like a text book dream. And I believe for most of your life it will be. Well I'd got to the point where I was at coursework deadlines, and it was a case of finishing of all the work that polished my coursework off. Being a man I didn't realise I had more to do then I had planned and every night for two weeks. I would solidly work on my comp till 3-4 in the morning then get back up for school at 7. I was getting to the final stages of my sports studies and I was becoming really down. With life and everything else I'm sure you know what I mean. I logged on to the net and went about using 'Napster' to speak to people in the alternative chat section. Dam thing was good for at least one thing for me. I simply wrote out. 'Anyone fancy a chat', then 'babycarriage' messaged me. I thought to myself there's no point in saying all the a/s/l cause I'm just not interested, I'd rather just chat. The conversation went on, and on, and on. Till it got to about 4:30 in the morning. And then I had to go to bed for fear of having no sleep. We had promised each other after that conversation that we would talk again and sure enough the next night it happened again. After a while she began to ask why I had not asked what she looked like
                      and that it wasn't like taking to one of the regular guys in there. So we gave each other a mental image of what each other looked like. And some twisting did come into play. Like when we first talked I made out I was 19 and she made out, she was 17. We then looked at where we were in comparison to one another. I said Bristol (England) and she said Little Rock (Arkansas) USA. Now that was a big gap this was Beverly Hill Billy area where the accent got stronger. We talked non-stop for about a month, and then she decided that she wanted to hear my voice. This was kinda what I was dreading cause I hate my accent. The phone rang at 2 in the morning. I dashed slid fell into the kitchen table trying to get it to shut up as my parents were in bed. I answered and on the other end of the phone was the girl that had changed my life from America. We found it difficult at first cause of the culture shock. But after a while it became easier. That happened about 5 more times but in the men time, we were both getting worked up to what each other looked like? So we sent pictures obviously the best we could find. Not gonna be sending the one where I'm 3 at the beach naked am I. Another half a month passed and we decided to get cams. We were two halves she was the only one I spilt my problems to and I to her. The first moment I saw her a big smile shot across my face. You know, the phew, she's actually good looking. But she was very self-conscious. Talks continued and they even sent me a Mic from America to make taking easier. I then went for the hair brained of travelling to America. I figured I needed a life changing experience before I went off to destroy my liver at Uni. Trying to persuade her mum took some time and after she started talking to me and we became good friends the holiday was on. 1 month later I'm here 4000 miles from home although I warn you. This love has not lasted. B
                      ecause of events prior, and during my stay here. We may have something but the clash in culture and humour is far to great to be able to keep up the smiles. Because of my dry humour and their very different humour it's difficult for me a foreigner to be able to communicate effectively. There have been points where I've just wanted to leave a go home. But it's simply not possible. If you fall in love make sure there's one cardinal rule you keep to. She or he lives within reason close proximity to you. And that only travel if you're sure the friendship or relationship is strong enough to come off the keyboard and back into the real world. Well I'll be back soon and I hope that if you haven't already each and every one of you find love. At least once in your life.

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                        Prague is a magical place and a cheap place to visit. In getting around Prague it really couldn’t be easier. First of all when you get there ‘do not!’ buy the tickets that last you an hour they are a waste of your money and time. Go straight for the daylong travel passes. I bought one the would have lasted me 15 days on any transport when I’m in or around Prague and that cost me 280Kc = about £5. That gave me the full use of the Trams, Buses, and the Metro I also heard that this could also be used for a type of river transport that I never managed to try. As well as being cheap it’s very easy to use. Directions and signs are plastered everywhere and all transport types run really effectively. Not like England where you can be waiting for up to half an hour. Metros run on average every 7-8 minutes and they take about 50 seconds to a minute to travel between stations. METRO STATIONS Getting into the Metro stations can be quite daunting for some people as they do travel to quite a depth underground. The escalators are huge absolutely massive and do travel at a fair space so watch yourself. I myself have never seen any sticky accidents with the as yet but I’m guessing they have had problems. Watch out for pickpockets, when getting on or off and travelling up the escalators these are prime times for your belongings to be pinched. Basically from above it looks like herding sheep. Getting on the things as a large group can cause havoc there has been many a time where people have missed the doors getting on or off, when we went as a group and getting lost in Prague is not a particularly brilliant idea. Metro lines have to motions stopped and belting it. So once on board one of these for the first time grab something metal. Or line your feet up as if you were going to be surfing. And Brace! They are good in that they will tell you like all other modes of transportation what the
                        next stop they are arriving at. TRAMS Follow all the instructions with Metro Stations apart from travelling deeper underground they may not help trying to catch a Tram. BUSES Bus timetables in Prague are so easy to read a lot like the Tram timetables. If you know the destination of which you are travelling to then you simply need to look through the different buses then scroll across at the hour period you are currently in. Buses like Trams and Metro lines still adopt the time and punctuality rule if you’re running for a bus. ‘They will not wait!’ And once on them grab the nearest thing that will be able to support you whilst the bus driver is trying to handbrake turn corners or accelerating like a dragster. One key element to remember when travelling on a bus is when now getting on. Walk through the front door of the bus and flash your ticket at the driver if you have not already punched it with the electronic device you will find on all the buses and trams, and the metro in Prague. DESTINATIONS If you want to travel to the biggest to my knowledge shopping centre in Prague they make you way to the yellow metro line and get off at Namesti Republiky. There you should find a rather flash restaurant, and a shopping centre about 6 stories large full of everything from clothes to gadgets to sports equipment. If you wanna get to Old Town Square then get to the Green Metro line and get of at Staromestska. From exiting the station you should be able to see the Tyn Church, you’ll be able to recognise this by the many spires it has on its roof. If for some reason you are missing Tesco’s. Or you need to do your shopping there then get on the yellow or green metro lines and make your way to Mustek. But when reaching mustek make sure that you exit the station via the yellow mustek station otherwise you won’t have a clue where you are. Green will
                        put you buy dunking doughnuts, and yellow by Tesco’s. From staromestska if you trek back to the river and take a left this will take you to Charles’s Bridge, which is one of the most beautiful things I believe you can walk across. Anyway good travelling and don’t hesitate to email me about Prague as I am going for the forth time next year. Cause I’m totally in love with the place.

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                        • Mini in general / Car / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                          20.07.2001 07:46
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                          The new mini adverts rock. Are you bored with what u usually see. Cars making themselves out to be people carriers, well der doesn't take a genious to work that one out does it. Or how they are able to adapt designs to your personality. And how they all advertise the no.'s that if someone asked you. How much did that car cost, you could simply turn around and say. I have no idea it wasnt really that exciting. The new minis are a mixture of gangsters balcked out windows with smooth lines running around that little car chasy. And Noddies car of course. Come on the ting was practically modelled on Noddy. Even comes complete with hat and bell in glove compartment. Anyway Im getting off the point, basically the new adverts are not only ingenious they actually make me wanna watch them. Obviously based around bristish humour, anywhere else in the world these adds would be a catastrophe. We have the mini saves the world. Where we see martions land on earth and try to destroy us. But loosing hope the new mini arrives and leads the martion walkamy thingy (hehe technical term) into a cattle trap. Martion falls over, attack canelled, mini saves the world! Looking for the lost city. Finds it! I like that one it made me giggle no fannying around. And the last one I know about they have rigged up the trailers a movie consisting of a mini driving past on a country lane. Then the credits and I guess if you slowed it down you may even see the real director. Or it may just be a micky take. I just dont know. Sees theres another point the mystery. Well anyway Ill stop wasting your time if you wanna see these fab trailers then go and watch films, there at the cinemas. Not sure whether they have made it to terrestrial or sky yet. Well worth the £3.50 if the film isnt anyway. Long live the mini! And, I want one!

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                          • Shrek (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                            20.07.2001 02:04
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                            Of course you do this is the best film to roll of the cinematic production line all year round so far. But how did I come to such a conclusion. Quite simply I think it was impossible for any one person to walk out of the film without laughing once during. The film caters for adults, teens and kids. Which is where a lot of films lack. I can liken this to only one other film. 'The Grinch' this also set the standard for a new breed of kids movies. Many times before as parents and older siblings were are subjected to mindless drivel about little puppy dogs or cute cats, or stories that are brought to life. Black comedy mixed with bland sarcastic remarks with the classic sketch leaves this film atop the rest, how anyone could rip into this is beyond me. A team of highly skilled animators artist, software engineers and a dedicated workforce of editors and writers have concocted graphics that in comparison to most other computer-based cartoons are excellent. For the donkeys leg twitches to humorous dialogue which doesn’t let up. What better people to choose as well. The two comic geniuses. Eddie just has to talk and his voice does the trick and Mike Myers who plays Shrek in the Film. Puts his fat bastard voice back into action. Cameron Diaz with her sweet innocent voice goes well with a hard hitting Princess Fiona, with added twist. And John Lithgow A proud voice with a small body what could be more contridictive. THE STORY. Ok this is a textbook hero and princess story with a twist. Shrek an 'Ogre' make sure you remember that. Lives alone in a swamp. Smells, eats dodgy stuff and generally is quite nice though for an Ogre he doesn’t eat or kill the men trying to catch him. Now we meet Donkey, takes no other name during the film. Due to the fact Lord Farquaard wants all fairy tale creatures off his kingdom. In order to create a perfect kingdom. Doesn’t like freaks although does very well at bein
                            g one himself. Therefor all the fairytale creatures, Pinocchio (who is labelled as a possessed toy) three little pigs. And many more of 'Disney's' characters were left dumped in Shreks swamp. After reading some reviews into the film, the film was designed at creating as many digs at Disney as possible. And when Atlantis came out at the same time in America it crashed and burned. Anyway Shrek and Donkey head off, donkey is insistent on trying to be Shrek's best friend maybe because he doesn’t have any friends of his own or donkeys just love to make friends. (Mental note stop trying to psycho analyse donkey) They Reach the palace which is rather large and you may notice the subtle cracks at the size of ones house in comparison to the size of their …. Well you know. On Arrival they are just in time to take part in the champion's tournament to see who will get to rescue the Princess, with tag team efforts they turn the tournament into a wrestling free for all. After pummelling everyone to a pulp they are chosen as the champions to find Princess Fiona. In return Shrek will have the fairy tale creatures relieved from his swamp. They set out to the castle atop a volcano where there find the princess in the highest tower. Of course she is guarded by a Dragon, this is no normal dragon, this is a girl dragon who obviously likes a smaller man as she falls for the donkey's wit and charm, just before he is toasted alive. The story continues with a few more twists that if I tell you will ruin the film. MUSIC The soundtrack in this film was excellent like no other fairy tale, bit of rock here and just as you think there about to break into operatics a bird explodes. You'll get it when you see it. Soundtrack list: 1. Stay Home - Self 2. I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth 3. Like Wow! - Leslie Carter 4. It is you ( I have Loved) - Dana Glover 5. Best years of ou
                            r lives - Baha men 6. Bad reputation - Halfcocked 7. My Beloved Monster - Eels 8. You Belong to Me - Jason Wade 9. All Star - Smash Mouth 10.Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright 11. I'm on My Way - The Proclaimers 12. I'm A Believer (reprise) - Eddie Murphy 13. True Love's First Kiss - John Powell A must see!

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                            • Religion / Discussion / 0 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                              Ok guys I'm in kinda a sticky situation in my head and I have a fair few views that I stand by till the end but this, well mmm. I'm a Christian and have been for the majority of my conscious life. (where I was able to think for myself). Allowable the first 15 years forced but then, well I don't know, something changed. Whether it was the designer's point of view, or the amazing people I met when I wasn’t all that sure what to think. But I keep reaching the same problem in my mind. I have a girlfriend and before long 'I am' going to want to have sex with her. Maybe because I'm a man and these thoughts come around every 3 seconds is it? There by breaking one of the ten commandments, but then I have the problem that I find parts if not the majority of the bible to be contridictive of itself speak in such away that doesn’t state a clear meaning of what to do and what not to do. A lot like reading Shakespeare (whilst drunk)! I don’t doubt my faith in god, so this is why I am here in a mess in my mind. Now through philosophical debate with a friend from work he presented another argument. Maybe more likely to apply when the person you are with could be (the 1). No I am not talking about the savour of the Matrix Neo. The person you are going to settle down with and live happily ever after. He said 'sex nowadays is a big part of any relationship, so if you marry and have crap sex will that not cause you to believe you've made the wrong decision. And therefor divorce.' Now in a way he has a point, but nowadays we have sex schools and clinics so you worst lover could be turned around. And I believe that relationships are not entirely based around sex. Or are they (you tell me) Religion has been described by those that don’t believe as a social control. A way of controlling people to make them obey laws that generate a moral society. So please writ
                              e back I've given my pints but please tell me what you think in my comments. Thanx for reading…

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                              • Railways in General / Discussion / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                                16.07.2001 05:08
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                                I am about to take quest in order to get myself out of work then catch a train at 9:07pm. Its gonna be a bit of rush as I have 10 minutes to run to the railway station. The first thought that played on my mind will be what if it's early. Now cause its night then maybe the train might not be that packed so therefor it might run ahead of schedule. Then I thought nah it'll be late it has been the last 5 times I have travelled by train. But still let's not tempt fate. When buying my ticket which cost £7.90, now that's not bad I hear you cry, you right its pretty good to travel from Weston-Super-Mare (near Bristol) to Didcot (near Oxford) what I didn't understand is this was a cheap day return ticket. If I had just wanted a single it would cost me £17 !!!! Now if the nice man behind the counter had not scanned his huge book of cheap tickets, that they rarely tell you about I would be £9.10 out of pocket and as a student that could do a lot for me. Why is it that these fares are not promoted! I do not understand. But there are good points. Trains at night are relaxing and I love travelling on them when they are like this. Although you always get the moron sitting behind you talking to his wife about the meal he's gonna get when he arrives home. Thumbs up or down to this I cant decide although I think they will be more down then up! Thanx for reading...

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