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      14.12.2001 16:35
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      I've got to tell you this as Im still excited that I made something that actually tastes nice! Just to let you know my boyfriend would rather cook himself dinner than have me cook him something because my culinery skills are a slight problem! We are having a small Christmas gathering at work and everyone has been given something to make ie Mince pies, sausage rolls and all that tasty Christmas stuff. I got Rum Truffles! I was praying they might ask me to bring the mulled wine but oh no...I get rum truffles. So off to work I go, searching the internet to find out how on earth to make these things. Of course, being a complete chocoholic it didnt bring me out in a sweat as I new at the end what ever happened it would taste of CHOCOLATE. Here's what I found: 150g Plain cooking CHOCOLATE!! 1OZ butter 150ml extra thick double cream 2 tbsp (look I even know the abbreviations now) of Rum or a liquer of your choice Some CHOCOLATE chips or chopped nuts to finish off Boyfriend aside (watching a film with his mate) I set to my task. I put everything out on the kitchen top and followed the instructions: *heat on a low setting in a saucepan the chocolate, butter and cream. *once melted stir in your liquer (mine was whiskey...yum yum). OK, all going well. Although feeling a bit squiffy as have already drunk half the bottle and am giggling to myself at the thought of my Mum actually seeing me cook something! *transfer into a bowl and leave in the fridge overnight. EASY! the only washing up I had to do was a spoon and a saucepan. This morning I actually got up earlier to see what my CHOCOLATE gunge looked like. FANTASTIC! *Roll into small balls and cover with a coating of your choice (CHOCOLATE chips in my case) The funny thing was there was also a huge chunk eaten from it. Yes, my boyfriend had actually eaten something I made. Yippee! At
      last! I brought them to work...they've all gone! they went down a treat, cost about £3 to make 24 and you guessed it....I'll be making them for Christmas day!

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        13.12.2001 20:00
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        I know someone who spent six years of her life struggling with debt yet it only took her one year to get into it! Two things that bug me. Firstly, the national debt is something like £300 billion and more and more people are declaring themselves bankrupt every year. Secondly, most of that is young females with credit cards and loans. OK, so the National Debt is massive but why do the Government keep publishing these figures and the news keep on reporting about it when no-one is doing a thing to sort it out. Young females with credit cards!! How easy is that! the more credit you've got the more likely you are to get another credit card! Have you read any magazines recently? One very popular female magazine recently published an article on debt and how easy it is to get into it....the next 10 pages were fashion and beauty and pictures of the rich and glamourous....and lo and behold smack bang in the middle of all that was a double page advert for a very well known credit card with pictures of young women shopping at the most expensive shops!! Is there any wonder this has happened!?

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          13.12.2001 18:29
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          I'm going to sound a bore here on the whole Christmas party thing but I recently read an interesting article on the 'goings on' at Christmas parties. My belief is that Christmas should be enjoyed by everyone (however commercialised it has become) and it is a good time to sit back and reflect on the past year, family and friends and those loved ones you claim to love so dearly. For those single people out there this doesn't really apply to you but is worth thinking about. Apparently 64% of workers who are in a relationship see the Christmas party as a great opprotunity to have a 'quickie' with someone. However exciting and mysterious this could be do these people not think of their loved ones at home waiting for them? What about on Christmas morning when everyone is full of Christmas spirit, loving and laughing with families, opening presents and telling loved ones how much they feel for each other. So a couple of nights before one of those had a fling with their work collegue with absolutely no consideration for their partner. That to me makes Christmas both unreal, cheap and very fake. I sound bitter about something don't I?? Well, this HASN'T happened to me so I'm not but the thought that this could happen to so many people this year makes me feel a little sorry. Why can't everyone party, have fun, drink and be merry without using it as an excuse to cheat? I didn't think that's what Christmas was about!

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