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    • Top 10 Singles / Discussion / 32 Readings / 29 Ratings
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      every review on this subject will be different

      Listening to music over the years I believe that my taste in tunes has changed when I was younger I was totally drawn to adrenalin pumping music young people tend to go for house/dance or rock/indie type or perhaps rap/r&b music with energy and youth appeal. I think as you mature you become more refined and hear more and more eventually you hit a point where you have heard alot of tracks and can make your choices from that.
      However refined your choice you will miss a couple and not take certain tracks into account I can vouch for this when I was talking about the best players in the world focusing on maradona/ pele/ronaldo etc a man reminded me of George Best and I could not believe Id forgotten him.
      When choosing singles I believe factors include personal impact which cannot be avoided if you were romancing when a certain song came on it will be etched in your mind. Another factor is the message the song sends. This may not apply to all top singles because some people look for a message more than others, but for me a message can give me a grounding of what I believe in for example . Then there is the hidden message a song that is seemingley a good song with a catchy tune then has hidden depths I found this with Rock the Kasbah by the Clash I always liked the song but when I looked at the words and found the meaning it was almost prophetic talking about the real middle east situation, when I watched the video it was even more profound. Love a reassuring song appeals to all to a greater or lesser degree. Then there is the jingle like a really catchy tune that appeals.

      Heres my list, how it appeals to me and reasons why
      1. Rock the Kasbah - The Clash - depth almost prophetic, addictive tune
      2. Dare - Gorillaz - A jingle I love
      3. The beach boys - God Only knows - A timeless song, love it
      4. Bob Sinclair - Love Generation - A really touching song for my generation and the youth of today strong message the tune makes it.
      5. PM DAWN - Set adrift on memory bliss for me
      6. The Clash - London Calling - A revolution song - my great grandads from London(born within a mile of a St. Mary Le Bow church so a true cockney:) would you Adam and Eve it
      7. The Clash - Inoculated city - I couldn't believe this song was about Inoculation as far back as 1982 talking about the general public being sedated by vaccines and TV -unbelievably insightful
      8.Sixpence none the richer - Strong message, lovely voice from the singer love, hope feeling of wellness despite the struggles of life.
      9. Fiction Factory - Feels like heaven - great track love the strange voice can imagine the great 80s dancing.
      10. Powerman - Free - rock song about the fact we think we are free but we need to step outside ourselves to see what we need to see are we really free?

      There is at least one song I have heard that would be in the list but I don't know the song titles. There is about another 40 that could have easily been put in the list without much hesitation. If I went by mass appeal the songs wouldn't be my choice at all.
      Some of these songs may be seen as slightly obscure but Im not trying to please others just show a little of myself.

      Just give these songs a listen I know you will find something you will really enjoy, no really you will I just listened and felt really energised that's the whole point isn't it right lets conquer the world damn it then the Universe start with a revolution to destroy the corrupt media and rubbish government/UN/NWO

      Thanks for reading

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      • Sony Ericsson K800i / Mobile Phone / 33 Readings / 23 Ratings
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        04.01.2008 01:28
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        A groundbreaking phone you wouldnt be unhappy with, ahead of its time

        I have seen this phone for a while when I was a very keen phone user and the phone was first released but knew it was out of my price bracket and although tempted wasn't prepared to stretch myself beyond £100 so I left it knowing it was one of the best multi feature phones available and far beyond the competition for features when it was released and I believe it still is a top phone.

        My personal experience with the phone.
        I used this phone of a friends during the christmas period and really was impressed by the many features. The video footage was very good, much better than I have seen before on any other phone much crisper and more detailed, I thought it would be nice to see the footage transferred to a PC to see how it stands up against camcorder footage, because from what I've seen is that the footage is very clear and easy to identify things with good sound as well as you would expect from a sony device. I saw some footage of a family member playing with a ball with commentary and I thought I have to get one of them because it would be so handy with the extra feature of a camera video/mp3s and the option of a large memory card to store any information on without the need to hook it up to the computer every time you take a few pictures or a couple of low quality video about 15 seconds in length. The camera is a very impressive 3.2 megapixels (as I write this review I know an upgraded camera exists with 5 megapixels) The 3.2 compares to my current digital camera I use for photographing items before I sell them on a well known auction site. The battery life on the phone for such a task is better that my digital camera lasting a lot longer and the quality of picture is as good so it just makes it easier for me to complete the task. Another really appealing feature is that it doesn't rely just on the inbuilt memory of the phone. The memory cards can be upgraded to add alot more storage space (for example a 1 gig SD card which should be more than adequate for most things you would use a phone for)

        The phones aesthetics
        The phone has a very easy to use keypad with an easy to use joystick which can be manipulated with the thumb. The screen is large and bright with a crisp coloured screen. The phone is durable, my friend has dropped it a couple of times and made a couple of scratches and just with regards to wear and tear his was a little worn at the edges but nothing I haven't seen with other phones I have owned in the past. One criticism that could be thrown at the phone is the fact its not a flip phone where the keypad and screen are protected when not in use, however this is not a problem for me personally, the top 3 phones I've ever had were not flip phones and for some reason most flip phones I've come across tend to have less amount of features.

        Phones durability
        The phone is durable, my friend has dropped it a couple of times and made a couple of scratches and just with regards to wear and tear his was a little worn at the edges but nothing I haven't seen with other phones I have owned in the past. One criticism that could be thrown at the phone is the fact its not a flip phone where the keypad and screen are protected when not in use, however this is not a problem for me personally, the top 3 phones I've ever had were not flip phones and for some reason most flip phones I've come across tend to have less amount of features. After reading another review the person writing the review did an update about having to replace the screen and the screen cost little to replace, immediately after reading this I went to look online for the price of a screen and also saw plenty of other replacement items such as keypads and cases/case protectors, a great amount of replacement parts are available so it is cheap to fix one of these phones or at least reasonable should you damage the phone by accident.

        Phones technical details
        Manufacturer: Sony Ericsson
        Width: 4.7 cm
        Depth: 2.2 cm
        Model: K800i
        Height: 10.5 cm
        Weight: 115 g
        BATTERY:
        battery is rechargeable
        Talk Time: Up to 420 min
        Standby Time: Up to 350h
        Audible Battery Alert: Yes
        CAMERA:
        Sensor Resolution: 3.2 Megapixel
        Focus Adjustment: Automatic
        Camera Flash Type: Built-in flash
        PHONE TECHNOLOGY
        Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
        Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 900/1800/1900
        Phone Design: Candy bar
        Aerial: Integrated
        Vibrating Alert: Yes
        Polyphonic Ringer: Built-in
        Melody Composer: Yes
        Phone Navigation Buttons: Joystick
        Automatic Redial: Yes
        Call Divert: Yes
        Call Barring: Yes
        Call Hold: Yes
        Call Timer: Yes
        Call Waiting: Yes
        Conference Call Capability: Yes
        Voice Recorder: Yes
        Voice Mail Capability: Yes
        Caller ID: Yes
        Volume Control: Yes
        Ringer Control: Yes
        Speakerphone: Yes
        Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Infrared (IrDA)
        Computer Link: Yes
        Additional Features: Radio Data Service (RDS)


        In conclusion
        I have to say I am still well impressed after all this time of its release which seems to suggest it is a significant development in the mobile world. I have read a couple of the reviews on this phone but I just thought despite this I would put my ten peneth in not only showing its diversity of users and opinions of just how good this phone is but also the impact it has made in the mobile marketplace, for me its a ground breaking phone for the features in the phone being of such quality i.e its got a camera - but also the camera is good quality and worth using which isn't usually the case and the same applies to the video and sound. I would say if you are looking for a fully featured phone or you not quite sure this one will definately be a good choice and a wise choice as the cost is coming down.

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          11.10.2001 04:11
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          I was interested in a property at the Reeds and Rains estate agents and went inside to find further details about it. I had a quick look around and I asked if I could have some details on the properties I was interested in. In response I was asked if I had a mortgage and would I like to see their mortgage advisor. I replied yes as I was open to suggestions at this time and arranged an appointment for a couple of weeks time. I went to the appointment and was a little early so I decided to have a browse at some other properties on display first. While browsing I couldnt help but hear a lady talking about the size of her bum casually over a desk with one of the customers who looked like a friend. I walked across and asked one of the secrataries if I could see the mortgage advisor and she pointed to the lady in question who had a shocked look on her face. I thought it might have been her, and wasnt impressed about her lack of professionalism. I just laughed it off when she apologised and then we went upstairs to discuss borrowing. She said she represented a whole range of mortgage providers and so would be able to give me an idea of what my maximum borrowing amount would be. After showing payslips etc she quoted me a ridiculously low amount and I was in doubt from then on because Id been quoted over £5000 more on the internet. This also limited the areas where I could buy a property. I left a little annoyed but never to return. Within a few weeks I found 2 deals which offered over £10,000 more and put to shame what she could offer. My advice-dont take their advice, quite simply. It seemed as though they would try and fix what provider you are with and I was a bit dissapointed with the whole dealing. I found a better property from a smaller dealer who have been really good so far and I will hopefully be writing more positive things about them.

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            20.08.2001 08:09
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            I bought this product on the strength of the advertising. The ad on TV brought the product to my attention and made me take notice of it when I saw it in my local chemist. I tried a bit and it seemed smooth and refreshing for my skin. The price almost detered me, even though it was on offer but as I was buying a few cosmetics to look after myself I thought Id just give it one try. The bottle came in a cardboard box which I hung onto for a while because it looked nice. The box tells you about the extra vitamins and the other ingredients that have been added to make this potion. Having discarded the box I am left with a square box shaped toughened coloured glass bottle with a plastic square lid. The instructions tell about the product being specially formulated for sensitive skin with a neutral fragrance and being alcohol free. They also recommend using Nivea shaving gel or foam. Two months into owning the product I have had a bit of experience using it. I use it after shaving and the supple feeling is there in my skin. Its a great product to splash on quickly before you go out giving you a discrete manly scent and your skin also feels supple for a while. The box says that it is fragrance neutral but theres definately some kind of fragrance there. Funny I read the box and the last ingredient mentioned is parfum(fragrance). Now it says fragrance neutral yet the ingredients state that there is Parfum(fragrance)and there is definately a scent. I dont like companies giving misleading information or information that can easily be interpretted as something else. No doubt they will have some explanation as to why it says something about it being fragrance neutral maybe they mean the PH paper test or something daft. Im only speaking for those who may be led into believing one thing then finding its different. My girlfriend loves the scent of the fragrance neutral product and I quite like it but it is expensive for what it is. Having been to Lond
            on I got some flavoured soaps which are oil rich and I must say that these offer a similiar effect on the skin leaving it supple and these were cheaper to buy. I would buy this product again as I still use it occasionally but not that often. I might look at a few others at the chemist in future. 19-10-01 My first bottle is coming to an end and now is the time to go and look for another. I am drawn to getting another bottle of the nivea balm. Perhaps its grown on me and I haven`t had another product of this type thrown in my face in recent months. Ill see if I can get a bottle at a reasonable price.

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              20.08.2001 07:44
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              many organic choices you appreciate over supermarket junk

              I came across Lush in covent garden on a recent trip to London. The product that caught my eye was the huge array of soaps which were on display with lots of wonderful scents and ingredients.
              The shop was full of lovely smells and as I saw this as a bonus to get something extra for my skin(and a present for my mum:))I had to pop in for a look around. The soaps were cut to different sizes and priced up according to weight and flavour much like cheese in a supermarket. The range of flavours was extensive including Lemon, fennel, chamomile, peppermint, Teatree, to name but a few and then there is also a whole host of massage soaps, shampoos, creams and lotions. Im sure the choice can keep you occupied for quite a time if your really into your skincare. I choose 2 blocks (lemon and figs and leaves) and got a free newspaper called the Lush times.

              The newspaper contains details of the products on offer and there is an order form should you want to write an order. There is also a web address which allows you to order online. The newspaper is like a fanzine and encourages people to send in pictures of themselves and suggest names for new items. I think this is interesting and Im sure many people might be drawn into taking part.
              The newspaper contains a key for people with allergies and products containing nuts.
              I used the Lemon soap to wash my hands and it was a very addictive flavour. The lemon had milky vain's running between segments of Lemon which made up the block. The milky vains were almost like real vanilla ice cream with the smell of icecream very distinct in presence.
              At first I asked to purchase purely for my mum but after smelling the soaps I decided I should get some myself. I think this was a good descision because I really like using them. They leave you feeling supple and are a joy to use with the different flavours and enhanced properties. I will be going to Lush again Im sure and I would suggest this as an alterna
              tive when looking for skincare. I like variety and Im sure Ill use Lushes products again in the near future.

              Can I also ad they don't use animal ingredients or buy from companies who use animal ingredients. To me this is more and more important in life as I don't want to support GM crops or genetically altered rubbish.

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              • Nokia 6210 / Mobile Phone / 3 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                16.08.2001 06:41
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                • "Battery needs recharging often"

                The 6210 comes with WAP(Wireless Application Protocol) and an infra-red connector. The infrared connector allows the phone to be connected to a PC via a wireless link provided the PC has an infrared link attached. The phones WAP services can be useful and I used them on weekends when it was free. However now a charge is being made so I have stopped using the WAP service. The wireless link allows you to put tunes and graphics on the phone using the supplied nokia software cd. If the cd is missing downloads are available at Nokia.com It is a smart phone and comes across as slightly more upmarket to the 3210, 3310 and 3330 which I see as typical teeny phones. It has extra capacity enough to store 150 messages(better than 10 on my Nokia 3210). A calender which you can leave notes attached to certain dates and a warning beep which will alert you to the event (i.e birthdays) You can choose to be alerted one or two days before the event which is handy for getting gifts just in time. The games could be better. Snake is an improved version with a few extra bits called Snake 2 but the other games arent much to speak of really so I wont. There is a standard information service for Sport, Finance and Lifestyle which allows you to request information on how your football team is doing (i.e. typing Leeds in sports under football will get you the result from the latest Leeds match. These scores are updated frequently as I had Leeds scores sent to my phone all of last season. Its nice to read a score and clench your fist in public when another result goes your way) The phone features a profile manager which is useful this allows you to select a profile depending on your situation so if you are in a meeting you select activate for the meeting profile and the phone only vibrates in this mode so as not to disturb the meeting. There is also other profiles like outdoor which is louder so you can hear it better. The profile
                menu also allows you to create your own profile. You can change the ringing tune/ringing volume/keypad tones/switch vibrating alert on or off/switch message alert tone on or off/switch warning tones on or off. This is plenty to fiddle with and while I dont find it necessary as such (maybe just the meeting profile would suffice)Id say its a welcome addition. I like this phone to look at and the added extras gave it extra appeal at the time of buying. I got the phone free on a contract bundled with extras like a handsfree kit, leather case and a car holder. Now Im 6 months into using the phone the joy of WAP has worn off and the phone is used a a basic communicating device. I think its tidy and it offers some really smart features Ive yet to try the bluetooth technology but would if I thought it was worth it. Ive had no connection problems as yet and the only real complaint is the battery supplied which soon needs recharging. Other than that Id have liked to have had an infrared link for my PC and more free weekends to get to grips with wap(but hey thats my service providers fault). All in all Im happy with the phone and I think the next phone I get will probably be a 3rd Generation one.

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                  • "Potential splinters"

                  Having seen an abundence of palettes at work and propped up against shops in London I thought Id share a few ideas for making use of the wood. At work the thought of a pallette is a few shoddy, well trodden pieces of wood banged together with nails and full of potential splinters. The first time I realised the potential for other uses was when a fellow workmate took a couple home and told me he as building a fence. I thought why not? It costs nothing and if enough effort was put in Im sure a decent fence would result. I was totally convinced when I saw a palette converted into a coffee table on Big Strong Boys. The chipie first removed the nails and joined 6 strips together to form the top. Then he put strips around the side for extra support and attached the legs. Finally he sanded the wood with a belt sander to leave a smooth surface and then he waxed the finish to leave a very smart looking piece of furniture. After seeing these creations a list of ideas has started to take shape in my own mind and I have a project where Ive just started to build a Mexican wine rack. The wine rack would cost £200 or more in the shops and I think Ill be able to get something very close, if not better because it fits my own personal requirements. It is a green method of making furniture by recycling the wood from used palettes and because of this I am encouraged to make more use of them. This observation about the use of materials is something I wanted to share because it is a resource that is freely available in many part of the UK and it saves on more logs being demanded for furniture. I feel very humble bringing this idea to the other Dooyoo readers because it is helping something we all should care more about and thats our environment. Update 13-08-2001 I dragged a palette home at the weekend and have started work on a coffee table. I have finished the top of a coffee table and it looks wicked apart from the nail holes. Ive filled
                  the holes and I am going to do a bit of french polishing like in that old Yellow pages advertisement. After lifting the table up it looked as though it would make a really good door(understairs cupboard type). Im going ahead with the coffee table but Ive got lots of other plans to consider. Does anyone do this for a business?

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                  • pineonline.co.uk / Furniture / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                    08.08.2001 22:16
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                    I saw this on dooyoo with no opinions near it so i decided to have a look at the site and provide first opinion on what the site has to offer. The firms slogan is "furniture grown on trees for people whos money doesn`t!" This left me with the impression of value furniture and I was of the feeling that this was for young families on a tight budget. It contains a nice selection of Pine furniture, the usual bedroom furniture and dining furniture. The beds offer a little variety with one 4 poster bed on offer. A few typical pine beds you might see the length and breadth of Britain at reasonable/typical prices. The bedroom furniture has 2 styles available, these are Balmoral and Kensington. Having recently been to Kensington Id argue as to whether youd see much of this furniture in Kensington at all. The furniture comes in flatpack and delivery to anywhere in UK mainland is free. I found the bedroom furniture was lacking any inspiration and was probably designed to furnish a box room. After looking at the dining furniture I thought that the range was going to be pretty limited and Id say this is the case with some of the basic designs but I did like the Salvador Dining set with the Mexican influence. The Dining sets seem to be offering value and I would say that there is a variety of different styles in this section. There wasnt any lounge furniture on offer but Id probably look elswhere anyhow. I spent a good amount of time reviewing this site and I have to say most of whats on offer doesnt really inspire me. It seems to me that they are chopping trees down just to churn out more plain pine furniture. Its becoming too commonplace and Im not keen on having the same furniture allover. Id be happier recycling an older piece, its much more rewarding and you end up with a piece that has a little history.

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                    • Intelligent Finance / Bank / 1 Reading / 12 Ratings
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                      I have applied for a mortgage with Intelligent Finance. I was advised that they were offering a very good mortgage deal by the Tesco.com mortgage supermarket and again in the Sunday Express. This led me to look into what the catches were. The low interest rate was a 1.5% reduction for 6 months then payments would return to normal at the variable standard rate of 6.1. The mortgage had no booking fee, no Lenders arrangement fee, no mortgage Indemnity premium, and a remaining fee of £150. The loan had no Loan conditions such as early redemption penalties or conditional insurances and the only problem I encountered was that the solicitors dealing with Intelligent Finance have to be listed on their board of approved solicitors. This meant I had to bypass a solicitor who quoted me a very good price and go with another who was slightly more expensive. I must say the process has been quite smooth so far and I can imagine phoneing up all the time would probably be far more stressful. The interest saving from purchasing this loan over a similiar offer from another provider is approximately £10000. The other firm were also near the top of the mortgage list in both the Tesco supermarket and the Sunday Express financial paper. I feel I can say Intelligent Finance offers the customer a market leading rate and a smooth service. I am still cautious about them and dont have any other accounts with them as yet, but if I should need a loan or savings account Im sure Ill check them out.

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                      • Shrek (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                        • "gingerbreadman loses a leg"

                        I went to see Shrek recently and wasnt dissappointed after the hype. Its a story about an Ogre who lives in a swamp living a simple life scaring the local humans and bathing in mud. The film begins showing Shrek bathing in a pond and washing himself with mud. The film is really well put together and the animation is really smooth and attractive. The story begins when the king starts buying fairy tale creatures and people then carting them off to his new town. You get to see Pinnocchio, the three pigs, the wicked witch etc. As this happens a talking donkey manages to escape and runs into the forest chased by the kings guard. The donkey runs into Shrek and then quickly goes behind him and faces the kings guard. Shrek scares them off and this marks the start of a relationship between the donkey, voice of Eddie Murphy (famous for Mrs Doubtfire and Doctor Doolittle to name but a few) and Shrek, the voice of Mike Myers famous for Austin Powers and Waynes world. They then have to go and rescue a princess from a dragon and live happily ever after(I dont want to give too much away). The story is full of comical scenes like when they meet robin hood and the princess starts beating them up matrix style to be honest I am really sick of this style of fighting and prefer more realistic types, but it was okay in Shrek. Its a nice clean film for for all ages and some of the jokes are cleverly discrete so kids might not get the full meaning, certainly not the younger ones anyway. The language was good aswell and I dont recall any swearing which I was quite impressed about. All in all well worth a visit Im 24 and my girlfriends 20 we both enjoyed it thoroughly.

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                        • Lords Of Magic (PC) / PC Game / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                          11.07.2001 17:08
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                          I have played Lords of Magic a few times and am quite a fan of this game. The selection screen allows you to choose from the 8 elements earth(dwarfs), air, fire, life(elves), order(humans), chaos, water you can choose also whether you want your hero to be a mage a warrior or a thief each having their own attributes and advantages over the other two. The aim of the game is to expand your armies and conquer the lands plundering villages and defeating the other elements armies who have their own objectives. There is alot of different things that can be done to expand your empire including the many types of troops at your disposal(different with each element). For example the Life element represents the elves and therefore there is every elf troop type available and all of the allies to the elves(brownies, unicorns). By managing your money effectively you can purchase extra troops to help your cause and pay a bit extra maybe to have some mounted troops or archers. The music is very good and adds to the whole atmosphere within the game. Each element has its own tune and although I have my personal 2 favourites they are all at least reasonable going up to very good. The game is played on a 3d map with the music playing away in the background. The game is turn based at this stage but when a battle takes place it goes into real time and blows are exchanged infront of your eyes on the battle scene. I have to say the battlescene is one of the let downs of this game for me personally. They backgrounds tend to be very similiar in my experience and the graphics could have been alot better me thinks. I would recommend this game to an RPG fan as it includes alot of strategy and typical fantasy units. Its also got a good selection of music and speech supporting the game making up for the graphics in the battlescenes, otherwise the graphics are good enough for me. The main map is green as it is revealed and black when it is out of range of
                          one of your villages or units. Its not the most fantastic game Ive played personally but its a good one and worth having a go at. The music keeps me engrossed and the speech helps, the game itself though is neat and if you like manageing armies and resources this will keep you happy. This is my type of game and it came only just short of 5 stars.

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                        • X-Men (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                          I became interested when I heard Patrick Stewart was in it and after some of the hype. The film starts out with the main character Wolverine he is gritty, aggressive, tempremental mutant and his particular mutation is claws that rip through his skin. The actor Hugh Jackman who plays Wolverine reminded me of Clint Eastwood and I was very impressed with his acting. In the souvenir fim programme I got for the movie it describes Jackman as "Like a young Clint Eastwood, Professional and multi talented". When Patrick Stewart is introduced to him later in the film this adds another layer of acting talent. Patrick plays the Professor Xavier. The other mutants Cyclops and Storm dont really excel themselves in their roles and are pretty plain. The actor Anne Paquin (from the Piano)who stars as Rogue plays a solid part and adds to the mystery in this film. There is also some bad guys, cant forget the bad guys eh. Sabre Tooth is the strongest(bar Magneto for now) being around 7 foot tall and haveing similiar claws to Wolverine. Mystique has the ability to change her appearance and uses cunning. Toad is like a trouble maker who crouches, spits goo and has a long tongue. Magneto is their Leader and has the ability to move metal with mind power. These make formidable opponents for an action packed film. The film is short but you get your moneys worth. I went out of the cinema very pleased, If your a fan youve probably seen it, if you havent, what are you waiting for...

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                          04.07.2001 07:13
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                          I have been with orange for just over a year getting a free phone when signing a contract. I first got a nokia 3210 and now a nokia 6210. I was very happy with the phones. The idea being that I would be paying for the phones with some of the contract money and therefore it would be a good deal. The Orange brand is a very clean image and the Orange shops are very well presented whereever Ive been. The phones in the shops are overpriced, certainly compared to the newspapers. Ive had several different experiences with the Orange service starting a month after I got the phone. The Orange service allows you to collect Equity points. These are gained when you use the phone to talk or send messages. I collected over a thousand last year and this allowed me to get some cooks soaps which were nicely wrapped and had strong herbal scents. I gave these to my sister as a present and I also got a golf towel with the remainder before I cancelled my first contract. My second contract has allowed me to acumulate almost 500pts so far and I will have a look at the list of rewards on the website then choose what I would like from whats on offer. When I went on holiday last year to Portugal (see my opinion on holidays in the Algarve) I switched the International roaming on and this allowed me and my girlfriend to have a short phone home which was handy. The Orange Network is supposed to be the most accessable in the UK. I have had experiences of the signal deteriorating near the coast and I have had a couple of messages failed just recently but I sent them again and they went okay. Overall reliability of the Network I would say is pretty good. The thing thats not so good is the price. I would say one of the most expensive Networks but the equity rewards can be useful and if you make full use of this by maybe getting a couple of xmas presents with it then it can save you some money. Obviously I have only had experience of my phone usage and I cant re
                          ally speak for those who talk a lot more than me on the mobile and those who hardly use it needing it only for emergencies. Overall I recommend for those wanting a reliable Network just above competitive rates and the bonus of an equity system. Im open to changing Networks but this ones been okay so far...

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                        • Canon BJC 2000 / Inkjet Printer / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                          03.07.2001 23:28
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                          I have a canon 2000 printer which I bought at PC world. The printer is compact and takes up a very small amount of deskspace. It comes in computer beige and has a centrally locatedflap behind which is access to the ink cartridges. The cartridges are black and colour and they travel along the line side by side squirting when required. I did a few cd covers recently and the ink ran out in no time at all, the small ink containers run out very quickly and replacements are very costly. I do like the look of the printer but the cost of keeping it supplied with ink is too much for anyone who requires almost any type of printing. The print quality is good and the paper feeds well, its easy to setup and the setupcd instructions are very simple to follow. I bought this on based on Canons reputation as a good supplier of printers. I had a BJ10EX and a Canon250 in the past and they both were very reliable printers with good quality output. This one made me aware of Canons focus on getting money from Ink cartridge sales. 8 Ink cartridges gets you a new printer with a new ink cartidge installed. It made me think about the factors Ill consider when buying my next printer anyway. My girlfriends printer is a Hewlett Packard and this had a larger ink cartridge maybe Ill consider one of these. I wont be rushing to Canon thats for sure. In conlusion nice but hidden expenses something no one needs, no one likes I have a dim view of Canon for taking this route.

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                          • Other Simple / Archive Lifestyle / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                            28.06.2001 22:01
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                            Simple moisturising shaving foam I found this product in a drug store when I was looking for a few new cosmetics to clean up my image. The foam comes in an pressurised container. The Green Simple logo is clearly visible on a white background. Under the logo it says moisturising shave foam and then a line. Below the line it says "Not perfumed, Not coloured just kind". Which of course is the phrase used on the TV advertisement. Underneath the text is the word Pure and surrounding the word pure in a cirle it says for sensitive skin. A list of benefits is shown on the back of the container. These benefits include: * Specially formulated with a rich creamy lather to provide a comfortable shave and help against razor burn and dryness. * Added moisturisers, including Aloe Vera leave the skin feeling smooth and supple. * Fragrance free. * Preservative free. * Dermatoloically tested. * Suitable for all skin types even sensitive skin types. * Does not contain any animal based ingredients. Below Benefits is Directions showing how to apply the foam to your skin. Then there is a caution section telling you to protect the container from sunlight and do not pierce or burn even after use. Then of course you have ingredients and how to dispose of the container. When I press the top of the container a rich lather of foam streams out into the palm of my hand. After putting it on my face I slowly started shaving making sure it was close. when I had finished i splashed a little water and dabbed my face with a towel. When I walked out of the bathroom I felt fresh and smooth and I would say the added moisturisers help here. When I chose this foam price was an issue for me and I didnt want to spend too much, so at £1.85 a throw this ones very good. Others were available and gels but these were at more cost. I could have gone for a gillette gel for a pound more or superdrugs basic shave foam a
                            t 69p but I think I got one of the best at a price thats reasonable.

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