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How many times do you buy a computer game and after playing it constantly for weeks on end get fed up with it and go out and spend another £30 on yet another game only to end up at the back of your cupboard never to be thought of again? Well with ntl on-line games you'll never need to pay for another game. The list of games are endless, from arcade games to t.v show games such as catchphrase and family fortunes to teasers, trivia, puzzles, card games and even bingo. The arcade games are obviously one player games but your aim is to get the high score and get your name on the high score board. There are prizes each week for the players with the highest score. There are 9 arcade games to choose from, one being astro ball,(my favourite) The idea of this game is to break out of the level by hitting the ball with your bat and breaking the blocks on the floor each time your ball hits them, each time you miss the ball you lose a life, you get 4 lives, this game is very addictive and quite hard, I can't seem to get past level 1!!! The other game I am really can't stop playing is family fortunes, (the old Max Bygraves then Les Dennis T.V show) You play this game against other people online, 2-8 players can play depending how many are online wanting to play. You get three rounds of trying to guess the six top answers to the questions given, although sometimes there can only be 3 answers to find. The object of the game is to get the top answer first to get double points, then guess the remainding answers before you lose all your lives ( you get 3 lives) or before another player clears the board, you get 15 seconds to answer each question so you do have to think fast!! After 3 rounds you go into the big money round, for this you get asked to name the top answer to each question, you are given 60 seconds to answer them all which isn't too bad. For each top answer you get 1 entry in the prize draw, you also get 1 entry f
or each player you beat at the end of the game. There is a high score board with the top 20 high scores of the day, at the end of the week all prize draw entry's go into the draw for a prize of £50, I really don't think there is much chance of winning this considering the amount of people who play. so it's really not worth playing for the money but it's really great fun. Get your friends to play as well, you never know you might get to play against them if they play online at the same time. My son was playing this at the same time as me and we got put on the same team,although it was only for one game, then we got put on different teams!! quite amazing really as there are usually about 100 people playing most of the time.So you never know who'll you'll play against. You can go to this site through ntl at www.ntlworld.com then on the left hand side of the screen click on entertainment, then fun and games, then uproar. Or you can go directly to uproar by going to www.uproar.co.uk Hope you enjoy this site as much as I do!! Have fun!! "UPDATE" I must tell you all about another game on uproar called "wordox" If you like playing scrabble then you'll love this, it's a word game you play against others online, 2-4 players, unlike scrabble you only get one set of letters which all players play with, each player has their own colour, the idea is to make words and try to pinch other players colours, the players to cover most squares with their own colour scores more points,The best thing about this game is your rating, when you first start you'll get a rating of 1600, The more games you win makes your rating go up, but beware!! if you lose it starts to go down!! When you first start to play it's best to play against players with a lower rating, as these players are obviousley not very good and you've got a better chance of winning,then when you get more advanced play
against players with a higher rating for more of a challenge. hope you'll love this game as much as I do, maybe I'll see you on there sometime!!! Have fun!!
I'm not sure if this is in the right category, but I couldn't find the one I wanted, so this will have to do!! Anyway what I am giving my opinion on is a great site I have found,(Actually my son found it - thanks Nicky!) Popex is all about buying and selling shares in pop music, well it's not actually the music but the artists. Whether or not your into buying and selling shares you'll love this, you don't use real money, nor do you gain real money, you don't even win anything! It's great fun though, once you've signed up you are given £5,000 (don't forget this is only virtual!)to buy shares with. Just go down the list of artists you can buy, it will say what they are selling at and how many shares you can afford to buy, you can buy as many or as little as you wish, if you want to spend all your money on one artist that's up to you, or you can just buy 1 share in an artist, I usually do this if I'm not too sure about them or it's all I can afford. The shares go up and down depending on how well the artists are doing in real life. They are updated all the time so you can see how well you are doing, if you find your shares going down and decide to sell make sure you keep them for 3 days to get full dividend, if you sell them too soon you will lose out, and you never know they may start to go back up!! although it's best to sell when they are high to make money. It's best to try not to keep buying and selling too much, as for each transaction you make popex takes 5%. You are paid your dividends each Friday, this goes into your account ( you always have to have a certain amount in your account- you cannot spend it all) so if you want to buy a share worth 3.15 and you have 4.15 you won't be able to buy it as you always need at least 2 in your account. Before you buy into someone it is always best to look at their statistics to see how well they have been doing, it is really
easy to follow. You need to have an e-mail address to sign up as you are given a password which is e-mailed to you immediatly, then you can start playing. you will be given a quite obscure password so make sure you write it down, as you could easily forget it! There are nearly 60,000 people who have signed up with popex, at the top of your page it will tell you how well you are doing compared to everyone else, I am currently number 1649(not bad!)but my son is number 40!! Obviously the longer you do it the more you will gain, as each week you are paid your dividends you can then buy more shares. get your friends to join in as well and make up your own chart and see how well you can do against each other, to do this click on "my chums" on the grey bar at the bottom, then follow instructions. If any of your friends sign up under you once you have joined you will earn a bonus for recommending them, so sign up get your friends to join and have fun!!! If any-one is interested in signing up perhaps you could sign up under me, my user number is 56717. Thanks!! The address to go to is: www.popex.com
Well done comic relief on one of the best red nose days. They raised over 22.000,000 this year for charity, the best part for me was watching the celebrity big brother. Starting last friday with the six celebrities going into the big brother house. Chris Eubank, Vanessa Feltz, Claire Sweeney, Anthea Turner, Keith Duffy and Jack Dee. I don't think they really knew what they were letting themselves in for. Chris Eubank got evicted first, I'm not surprised, what an arrogant person he is!! As soon as they arrived in the house he was ordering the girls to make him a cup of tea, no wonder they got rid of him!!! Then there was vanessa she really seemed to have a hard time, and she was only in there for a few days, she lost it completely when she started to write wierd stuff on the table,incarcerated, distraught, anguished, disconsolate, crippled, fraught, lampooned, What was going on in her head? She was the next to get kicked out,she didn't like being in there, but when she was nominated to go she seemed really upset,obviously not liking the idea that anyone could actually dislike her!! who does she think she is? I've never liked her much anyway!! Then you had Jack dee, he was so funny, he actually made it worth watching, he really hated being in there, and tried to escape a couple of times before being caught and brought back. Every time there was an eviction he was praying he would go, and looked really sad when he was left in, at least he kept the others cheerful with his jokes and humour. At first I thought Claire would win this, she seemed so nice and natural, and did you hear her sing? when the group got together to make a song about big brother she was brilliant she's got a fantastic voice. I also admire Keith Duffy from Boyzone, he kept his cool throughout his stay in the house and he even missed his daughters first birthday to go in there, he seems a really nice bloke. Anthea Turner turned ou
t to be nicer than I thought, I never thought much of her before, but she is really nice and down to earth, she seemed really concerned for Vanessa, after her little outburst, she also gave Claire some expensive perfume, Claire seemed so pleased with it and wasn't going to take it but Anthea insistd after telling her she had more at home.She was always cleaning and clearing out the chickens, she even offered to go back and clean the house after they'd all gone. In the end Jack won and I really think he deserved to although I know he wanted to be the first to go he was left til last, at least it was all for a good cause,and they raised over 500,000 for comic relief, and I think the majority of the stars had a good time. well done to you all!!
I have just purchased this mobile phone from virgin. It is an Alcatel Max DB. I had been looking around for a pay as you go phone at a reasonable price with a good tariff, I don't think I could have found a better offer than this. The phone cost £39.99 including a £5 voucher, I also got another £20 worth of calls free, Which works out I only paid £15 for the phone. This offer is only in Virgin record stores, I'm not sure how long this offer is going on for. The tariff for this pay as you go phone is excellent, 15p for the first five minutes then 5p a minute. Text messages cost 10p per message. There's also a great option on this phone called virgin extra's, with this you can get allsorts of messages sent to your phone for free, whether you want the latest football results, news on your favourite artist, travel news, lottery numbers or even your daily horoscope, just log on to virgin extra's on the internet and choose what messages you'd like, you can even choose what time of day you'd like them sent to you, all for free!!! You also get a hands free headset and belt clip with this phone included in the price!!! (normally £14.99) Also included is a desk top charger.(sold separately for £11.99) There are lots of extras you can buy if you wish, A leather case to protect your phone from wear and tear, it fits your phone with easy access to all the keys. includes a belt clip, for £9.99. In-car charger which plugs directly into your cars cigarette lighter socket and conveniently charge your mobile whilst your on the move!! for £9.99. Mobile pocket sized retractable headset, not much bigger or thicker than a credit card, this headset fits snugly into your pocket or onto your belt with a clip.Features a boomerang earpiece that always returns into place. price £14.99. Mobile portable car kit, keep your hands on the road with this basic pack that enables hands-free conversation in your car. Comes c
omplete with in-car charger, built-in speaker, microphone and a magnetic holder for your mobile to sit in. price £24.99. The leather case and in car charger is also available together for £14.99. This is a nice neat looking phone, very easy to use with easy to follow instructions, no registration is required, just put the sim card in, charge up the phone and it's ready to use. "UPDATE" I have just found out that this offer finishes on 18th March, but it still only costs £39.99 with £5 of free calls,and the calls are cheaper than any other network I've come across. Sorry to anyone who's read this opinion too late!!!
I can't believe ouija has been brought out as a game, because a game it certainly isn't!!! Whan I was younger, about 12, I started to use the ouija board, well not an actual board, we used to make our own using 26 pieces of paper with each of the letters of the alphabet on, placed in a circle round the table, placing a glass in the middle, each person playing sits round the table and places their finger on the glass, then some-one asks "is anybody there?" Then you'll get someone from the other side come through. I must admit we had a lot of fun doing this, but luckily for us we only ever got my uncle through, who was killed in the war, and he just used to play about with us, saying silly things. One day I went to my friends house and talked her into having a go, she wasn't too keen but had a go anyway, We got her grandmother through, and she told us things my friend never knew about, when my friend told her mum about it she went absolutely mad!!! Needless to say my friend wasn't allowed to use the ouija board again. I never thought it would be dangerous, although my mother knew I did it all she said was if anything bad started to happen just leave it alone!!! Anyway I carried on doing it for quite some time, never getting anyone bad. This was until I saw the film The Excorsist, when I was about 17, This film is about what could happen if you dabble with ouija boards, it put me off completely, and I've never used one since and never will!! All I can say is if your'e thinking of using a ouija board don't!!! They really can be dangerous, if you get a bad spirit through they can be very difficult to get rid of, just watch The Excorsist and you'll see what I mean, these sort of things REALLY can happen!!! If this "game" is sold in shops then I think whoevers responsible needs their heads examined, because ouija boards are NOT games!!! Please, please, PLEASE!!! don't even touc
I discovered this site after reading an opinion on it on dooyoo, It is a fun site and I'm sure it's not meant to be taken seriously. When you go on you get shown a picture, you get to choose whether you see pictures of men only, women only or a mixture of men and women. When a picture comes up you have to rate it on a scale of 1-10, depending on how attractive you think that person is, to get the next picture up. You get people putting really silly pictures on there, probably not by them but more likely a friend? puts it on for a laugh. I admit I've put pictures on of me and my friends and family (some know and some don't don't!!) It's interesting to see what rating they get, some are surprising, what you think is good looking others obviously don't!! and vise versa. You can get a 1 rating from one person then get a 10 from another!! They average it out so you get an overall rating. women go up to just over 5,000 votes and men get about 200 before that picture becomes inactive. The reason men gets less votes than women is because more men use this site and obviously only want to see women!! The pictures you put on have to be tasteful, no nudity or even lingerie pictures, although some I've seen are not far off the mark!! I don't think the moderators on amihotornot really take much notice of what goes on, It's up to the person rating the pictures to let them know if you come across any that you think is in bad taste and they remove them. It's very easy to put a picture on the site, you have to have a web address and follow instructions, the only trouble I have someimes is getting it to the right size as they only accept pictures up to a certain size!! if it's too big it won't be accepted. Whether you put a picture of yourself on here or a friend, or just to see what others look like, have a go, it is just a bit of fun!!
What women want is an old fashioned romantic comedy.The man who starred as a kilted warrior in Braveheart and wielded death-dealing tools in Lethal Weapon has a totally different type of role. Mel Gibson plays Nick Marshall, a heavy-drinking, bum-pinching advertising executive. He thinks he is about to be promoted but then his boss (Alda) recruits rival exec Ashley (Helen Hunt) instead, to boost the flagging performance of the company. Nick's babes-in-bikinis style of advertising is fast running out of steam and Ashley is determined to target intelligent women and bid for business advertising wonderbras, leg wax and panti-hose. Nick struggles to come up with campaign ideas for the modern woman - but then he has a freak accident involving a bath, a hairdryer and vodka that leaves him inspired. He wakes up from a daze to find he can hear women think!!! And out of the minds of babes comes some pretty freaky stuff. Stuff which helps him claw his way back to the top of his job ladder and fall in love with new boss Ashley - but not before he has cleverly sabotaged her career. This is Mel's funniest performance ever. It's a delight to see him use his immense screen charm to create comedy and romance.Helen Hunt does a top job of playing the career bitch from hell, who underneath has a warm, squishy heart. This is a chick flick that any bloke with half a crumb of sensitivity and a love of a good laugh will enjoy. Watching the transformation of Mel from sexist oik to every woman's ideal mate is hilarious. The gags are good and the only downside is that the movie is just a bit too long for this type of comedy. But it is perfect date-fodder - excellent for a night out with the one you love, or the one you wouldn't mind getting a chance to love!!! No kilts, no guns - just lashings of warm-hearted comedy that isn't trying to be innovative . It just amuses and entertains you. Which is a rare but welcoming th
ing these days.
Home makeovers, body makeovers, lifestyle makeovers – they’re all the rage. So what about garden makeovers? It could be you’re not particularly keen on gardening. Or perhaps you’re thinking of selling you’re property as spring approaches. Maybe you just want to keep up with the Joneses. For whatever reason, you can make your garden look a hundred times better at this time of year without too much effort. If you’ve got waist-high weeds, bring them down with a strimmer right now. Don’t wait for the warmer weather to do jobs like that, or the path-clearing or re-treating fences. Tackle the places that matter most, those that are on show – particularly near the front door. If they’re horrible they will depress you and everyone who comes near the house. A small bed on either side of the front door area dug over and planted, even at this time of the year, with winter-flowering pansies, double daisies and polyanthus will be bright, cheerful and pretty. And the chances are that your local garden centre will have reduced the price of those plants by now. If no spring bulbs are putting in an appearance, at the and of next month you can buy pots of narcissus, crocus, hyacinths, or any other spring bulbs being sold in bud or even just in flower. All you have to do is plant them, so that the pot cannot be seen, in the eke-catching beds. Only buy the pots of bulbs where they have been displayed outside the garden centre throughout the day, because they will be reasonably hardened off. Pots, of course, are the solution to everything, even the messiest garden. Pots can be planted for every season and you can even have water feature pots with waterlilies or water hyacinths floating on the surface. The great thing about container gardening is that you can move the containers around to create a kaleidoscope of colour and shape. And if you are on the move, you can take them with you. Colour,
form and interest – it’s all available in the darkest of months with just a little effort.
I have been watching popstars since the beginning. The idea of this show is to find another? girl/boy band. over 3,000 kids aged between 18-25 auditioned to get in this band. Week by week they dwindle it down, getting rid of the most useless(and some good!!) singers. I feel so sorry for those who don't make it, this is their dream chance of becoming a star. Although a lot of them don't deserve to get through(have you heard them? do they really think they can sing? or are they doing it for a bet?!!) some have got real talent, more than some of the stars around today. I thought that Hayley had a great voice and she's gone!! I really thought she might make it. Then there was Claire, brilliant voice but not the right size!! this was so cruel to reject her on this, it's supposed to be about talent and Claire certainly had that, I really hope someone recognises her and gives her a record deal of her own, I really do think she will be bigger than her size!! Although they are only coming up to the 4th week and they are down to 30 hopefuls, the final five have already been chosen and are currently in the recording studio cutting their first single. Good or bad, I expect their first single will be a hit after the success of the programme, but I really can't see it lasting, there are already enough, if not too many boy/girl bands around, do we really need another one? These poor kids are working their socks off to make it big, if it doesn't last they will feel really down, I don't know who's idea it was for this, but have they really thought it through? These kids are giving up everything for this "band" lets hope for their sakes it's worth it!! Although I know who the final five are, I shall still be glued to the end. it really is compulsive viewing!! "update" So the final five have been revealed, I already knew two weeks ago who they were as a sunday newspaper let it
out. However the five they chose look great together, get on well and sing great, apparently the group is to be called Inner spin, although I've heard they may change it as that got out as well!! (They can't keep anything secret can they?) I felt so sorry for the five who didn't get in, but made the final ten. I've heard that someone is going to take them and make a rival group!! Oh well, good luck to them all!!!
Fight fans won't be disappointed by the body count in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a martial arts tale of love, honour and fisticuffs in Imperial China. Ice storm director Ang lee returns to his Chinese roots with this latest piece of epic film-making. Featuring Matrix-style flying sequences, high-velocity fight scenes and love stories to give Mills and Boon a run for their money, this is as accessible as subtitled films get. It's a strange diversion for Ang Lee as it's an old fashioned movie of the martial arts morality tradition. The simplistic story begins with a reunion between two Wudan warriors, who have been secretly in love for years. Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) is a Giang Hu fighter, who, following a period of meditation, has rejected violence for inner peace. He visits his warrior beloved Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and asks her to take his 400- year- old sword Green Destiny to Sir Te in Peking, Yu Shu, a brilliant fighter who has taken over her father's security firm, does as commanded. But the weapon is later stolen and when Yu Shu challenges the burglar she discovers she's doing battle with a fledgling Wudan warrior with enormous potential. Jen(Zhang Ziyi), the beautiful daughter of Governor Yu, has secretly been training as a Wudan under nasty warrior witch Jade Fox, a bandit queen who has been posing as her governess for ten years. This is the cue for a series of far fetched action sequences as actors fly through the air like angels without wings performing impossible feats. The hand-to -hand combat on the other hand is as exciting, frenetic and beautifully choreographed as I've seen in any martial arts movie. Hearing the sword has been stolen and eager to be reunited with Yu Shu, Li Mu Bai turns up in Peking too. Meanwhile, on the eve of her arranged marriage, Jen, who has fallen passionatly in love with Lo(Chang Chen) tries to escape. Mouthwaterng cinematography, wonderful performances
and an old fashioned story of love, honour and sacrifice make this a film feast. It may not be the most intellectually-challenging movie, but for straightforward romance and action you won't be disappointed.
Root canal treatment is becoming increasingly common as a remedy for saving teeth. But I wonder how many dentists warn their patients that the treatment may be a threat to their lives? Studies have shown that more than 90% of all infections which affect the the human body start in the teeth and tonsils. And the danger is that when a tooth is root filled dangerous bugs can be trapped inside. These are impossible to reach with drugs but are still capable of spreading and infecting other parts of the body. They could cause any one of a number of serious diseases, including some of the commonest and most troublesome degenerative diseases such as arthritis, heart disease and muscle problems. It is even possible that root filled teeth can kill you. The bugs trapped inside may sit there for years, apparently doing no harm. But another disease- or a stressful incident putting pressure on the body's immune system - could trigger the bug into action. No-one really knows just how dangerous root-filled teeth can be. Many dentists dismiss the idea of danger out of hand but I think this confidence is misplaced. I believe there is a real risk. I suspect that having a tooth root filled could lead to future health problems if an infection is trapped inside. I also suspect that if you have a serious , chronic problem and you have a root- filled tooth the two could be connected. I havn't actually had a root filled tooth, and neither do I have a long-standing health problem, but if anyone does and they are concerned about this problem make sure you get your dentist and doctor to consider the possibility that the two could be connected. I will certainly think very carefully before allowing my dentist to root fill any of my teeth!!
This is one of the best P.C games I.ve played, It is so true to life, (that is to say exactly like the t.v series). It is for one to four players, fastest finger first, with all players gathered round the p.c for this, each player enters their name and chooses a key, then you get a question where you have to arrange the four answers in the correct order, to do this they all appear on the screen in a different order, when you think the correct order has come up you press your key, the first person to press at the correct time in the fastest time will win the round and go on to play the game. Chris Tarrant actually asks the questions, you start off with easy questions and they do get harder as you progress, you get the phone a friend where Chris 'phones' someone they will either give you the correct answer or say they don't know or they may say an answer but tell you they're not sure obout it, this part you have to have your speakers on fairly loud and listen very carefully as your 'friend' doesn't speak very loud and clear!! Then there's the ask an audience, you click on 'ask the audience' and you'll get a rating from the four possible answers, sometimes you'll get a clear winner but you might get three with all the same rating, so it makes it difficult to choose, the 50-50 is easy as the computer just takes away two answers and leaves you with a choice of the remaining two. You can walk away with the money any time you wish, (well not literally,I wish!!!) Or try to get as high as possible, the higher you get the better chance you'll have of getting on the 'high score' board.These high scores remain until some-one takes over!! So far I've managed to get up to 250,000, (the highest so far!!) with a little help from my friends!!! This game is great fun and so addictive, I'm not sure how many questions there are but we played for two days and didn't get a quesion repeated. Th
e only thing is you need the C.D in to play the game,and as my step daughter got this for christmas, she's taken it home with her and now I've got to wait til the weekend to play it again!! "UPDATE" I've had to change my opinion on this game, after playing it for just over two weeks, I've found that it's getting easier and easier to play!! This game has only got 1000 questions, therefore the questions get repeated quite often and you get to learn the answers. I've won the million twice now and I must say that it is getting quite boring, fortunatly I managed to get the game copied from my daughters copy but I really don't think it it worth paying £25-£30 for it. Apparently they are bringing out another version next year with a new set of questions, but what is the point if they only put 1000 questions on again? you'll soon learn those too and get bored with it. If they make it easy to win a million quid they ought to have a million questions to make it worth playing. Another update I've completly given up playing this game, after winning the million about twelve times it's getting really boring!! The same questions come up time and time again, the only challenge is to try and get it in the fastest time to get on the high score list, as every time you win the million you get a password given to you, you then go on the website, give your details and then they let you know what position you are. Out of 25,000 people I got to 1,300th place!!! not too good, but maybe I'll have another go when I've got nothing better to do!!
It's that time of year again - scrooge always gets it in the neck at Christmas. So Doug Ellis won't be in the bit surprised at the deafening demands for him to put his hand in his pocket. Aston Villa are standing still, cry thousands of fans brandishing pound signs on their protest placards. Treading water for want of investment in the team rather than another posh new stand, just opened. All this, fanned by requests from two of the club's internationals, is perceived as clear evidence of a lack of ambition by Villa's chairman renowned for his obsession with book-keeping. Deadly Doug is an easy target and there may be more than a little substance to accusations that he is happy enough with survival in the top half of the table,the occasional involvement in Europe and the Worthington cup to plonk on the mantlepiece from time to time. And that when it comes to speculating in order to accumulate regular appearances in the Champions League, Villa should be dismissed from the equation. This is a multi- millionaire so money-concious it is said he drives to Luton for easyjet flights to board his boat in Spain, rather than paying a more expensive fare at neighbouring Birmingham airport. If that is the case then how could such a man be expected to make unlimited funds available to the Villa team's flight of fancy that carries no guarantee of getting there? Having taken a minute or two to consider the state of affairs at Villa Park, it strikes me there is more than a tight-fisted chairman at the source of the trouble, even though not nearly enough funds are available for the liking of boss John Gregory. No mananger has ever enough - not even David O'leary, who has just spent £18million on Rio Ferdinand. They are now 7th in the league after winning 2-1 today away to Leeds. If they win their match in hand then they will be 6th - just 3 points off a champions league place. And Gregory admits he has "a subs
tantial ammount of money" at his disposal for new recruitments. Hardly surprising, you may say, after the sale of Ugo Ehiogu to Middlesborough for 8 million. But its not as if Villa haven't spent plenty in recent years. I'm thinking of signings like Steve Jones, Paul Merson, Dion Dublin, George Boateng, Alpay, David James,David Ginola and others now departed. Hardly the role call of a club run by a pathhological skinflint. Gregory might be better advised to run his eye around the dressing room instead of the boardroom. Thats where he'd find the roots of Villa's failure to make the dramatic progress to be expected of a manager who began with the potential to be one of the very best. First, there was the transfer request of Garath Southgate, so upset by his penalty miss against Germany at Euro 96, that he agreed to make a TV commercial for a pizza company with a paper bag on his head. Then, only last week, keeper James followed suit, asking to leave and apparently citing the same justification - that convenient complaint against a club not throwing good money after bad. Lack of ambition. Let us remind ourselves about Mr James. He had lost his place at Liverpool and was plying his trade in the dazzling surroundings of the Pontins League, until Gregory took the risk and bought him. 18 months on after glowing reports from his boss and an England appearance, James rewards his rescuers by wanting to jump ship. Was it a lack of ambition by Villa or the knowledge his services were desired elsewhere? James we learn has now withdrawn his request. But the damage has been done long before his declaration that he would not be signing an extension to his existing contract - which still has 2 and a half years to run. And then there is Ginola, who seems to infuriate every manager who depends on him for their living - not least George Graham, who inherited him at Tottenham. That working relationship was never going to survive, so imag
ine Ginola's relief when Gregory took him to Villa for £3,000,000 in the summer. But how deep was Ginola's gratitude? Not enough to avoid doubts about his fitness cast by his boss prior to scoring Villas equaliser against Man City last weekend. Despite the bare chested celebration, shampoo man Ginola had been criticised because Gregory believed he was worth it! Something else transpired, the fact that Ginola has not shifted his backside from London on a perminant basis. He commutes to Birminham prompting Gregory to complain: "It's up to him whether he moves but all this time in a car is bound to have some affect on him". And so, the symptoms on Villa's dissatisfaction spread from the chairmans office to the left flank of the team. Questionable attitude seems to be even more prevailent than questionable ambition. The snipers will continue to take aim at poor old deadly. Funny thing is, the protesters blame him for doing precisely what they should demand of the players. Living for the club - staying put.
Puppies are cute, Especially dalmation puppies - soft, furry things with wet noses and black spots. But to hang a whole feature length movie around the cuteness of puppies is stretching a point way too far. 102 Dalmations fails to really build on the success of 100 dalmations. It's a sequel that hopes to do the same business by trying half as hard. It may have an extra dog, but a lot of other things feel scrimped on. Including the number of laughs, stars and gags. The plot and direction seem to rely far too much on the kindness of a puppy loving audience. Glenn Close is brilliant in her portrayal of Cruella De Vil, who this time has been freed from prison on account of her successful psychiatric rehabilitation. She has been cured of her murderous fur fetish and now only wants to do goodly doggy works. now, she loves puppies. So Cruella uses her wealth to save a bankrupt dogs home, run by cute Kevin (Ioan Gruffudd). It's full of misfit pooches and a talking parrot who thinks he's a dog (voiced by Monty Python's Eric Idle). Then, of course, the cute wears off and Cruella turns back into her old puppy murdering self. She is determined, with the help of a fat French furrier (played by Gerard Depardieu), to go forth and skin 102 spotty doggies to make the finest fur coat in the world. Which frankly isn't a bad idea. I loved the 1996 live-action version of 101 dalmations but this felt much weaker. Mainly because the grand finale seemed like such a step-by-step rerun of the previous one. The highlight for the under-eights is the final sequence where Cruella gets her comeuppance. In this one she is trapped in a bakery and gets baked into a huge, ugly, fairy cake. It is a moment of inspiration which certainly hit home with the kids. There's another sequence where Cruella is rapidly losing her marbles as her prison cure is wearing off, and she sees the whole of London and everyone in it covered in huge d
almation spots. This was quite hilarious. So, there are a few gems but it's mainly the very young who'll find this funny. The romantic storyline has a naff sweetness to it that can easily set your teeth on edge. Newcomer Alice Evans takes over from previous star Joely Richardson as the most soppy and annoying multi-dog-owning, do-gooding, butter-wouldn't-melt, God-I-just-want-to-slap-you to evil cruella. I suppose if you get really fed up over the Chrismas holidays and the kids are already bored with their new games and videos, and you've got the usual repeats on T.V, then take the kids to see this, they'll probably love it, at least you'll get the well earned rest you've been craving for!!.
After reading quite a lot of opinions on ten best singles I thought I would add my own list in this category. Well, what a hard thing to do!!! I'm a real music fan and like all sorts of music, from the 50's to the 90's and have a record collecton of about 4,000, so you can imagine what a task it was to choose only ten!! Anyway I did it, and here they are: 1: The best of me by Cliff Richard, I have been a big Cliff fan for 33 years and this has got to be the best song he's ever done, recorded in 1989 this was his 100th single, he chose this for his 100th because he says it reflects the sort of relationship he has with his fans,and I always imagine him singing it just for me!! The words are really lovely, I also chose this song when I got married earlier this year, the words just say it all!!! 2: Paranoid by Black Sabbath, This has got to be THE best song ever recorded. This is real rock!!! Black Sabbath was one the the best rock groups ever, although they never had great single success. They had more success with albums. Paranoid was their first single which was recorded in 1970 and reached number 4 in the charts, they never released any more singles until 1978 but with not much success, they went on to make a few more until 1989 when they seemed to give up. 3:Disco 2000 by Pulp, This is the only record I've chosen from the 90's, not that I don't like 90's music,but theres not all that much that I could say stands out to be special, but this is just brilliant, from one of the best groups of the 90's. it was voted the best song for the millenium on our local radio station last year, this record will always remain a classic. 4:Whiskey in the jar by Thin Lizzy, reached number 6 in 1973, I remember my friend playing me this record, and when I heard it, well, WOW!!! this is great, really great rock record with Phil Lyott on lead vocals and guitar, and could he play that guita
r!!! just pure brilliance. 5:Battleship Chains by Georgia Satellites only reaching number 44 in 1987, I first heard this on a music channel just after it's release, I'd never even heard of this group before, but after hearing this song I had to go out and by their album, it was just great, really heavy kinda rock stuff, with great guitar sounds, Georgia Satellites were an American group who never went on to have success here, only releasing three singles and only just making the top 70!!! I really couldn't understand this as they really were great, perhaps they just didn't have the airplay they deserved as I'd never heard them being played on the radio. 6:Gee baby by Peter Shelley, I loved this song from the first time I heard it, reaching number 4 in 1974, such a lovely soppy sort of song, Peter Shelley was the genius behind Alvin Stardusts success writing songs for Alvin in the 70's he decided to have a go at singing himself although this was a big hit he never really made it, only releasing one more single and an album, which I have to say was also brilliant. 7:Could it be forever by David Cassidy, The heart throb of the 70's, I fell in love with him when he first appeared on the scene, This was his first release reaching number two in 1972, this is just so dreamy!!! just like David himself, He must have been the most geogeous guy I'd ever set eyes on!! he became the most lusted after man in the 70's with young girls going crazy over him. He went on to realease a load more hits until 1975 when he finally called it as day. 8:Spirit in the sky by Norman Greenbaum, This was a great disco hit in the 70's and still does well at parties even now.A real classic, great to dance to with some great lyrics, this was the only record Norman Greenbaum ever came to release, but will always remain one of the biggest hits of all time. 9: Wind me up (let me go) by Cliff Richard, As you all know I&
#39;m a really big Cliff fan, well, this is the one that started it all off!!, I was 11 when my friend (also a big Cliff fan) played this to me, although Cliff had been around a long time I'd never really taken a lot of notice of him until I met my friend who had been a fan since she was about 5!!! She played this to me and I thought WOW!!! what a song!!! what a voice!!! from that moment on I was hooked, Cliff has been my hero, my life, ever since. 10: The last kiss by David Cassidy, David Cassidy disappeared from the music scene in 1975, but came back in 1985 with this, I coudn't believe it, still as gorgeous as ever and still singing so brilliantly, this record was just magic, he sang it so lovely, with such lovely lyrics, it reached no.6 in the charts,unfortunatly he went on to release one other single which only reached no.54(romance) and he gave up altogether after that. shame!!! Well I hope you enjoyed reading all about my choice of records, they may not be to everybodys taste but thats what I like!!