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      14.01.2003 17:17
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      Our house, our pride and joy. We live in a Wimpy apartment that's less than 3 years old. It was new when we bought it and we love it. When we first moved in we kept it spick and span, tidying up our clutter as we went along. These days though, what with the dog, my downright laziness and Rachael being reluctant to do everything whilst I do nothing, the place is often quite a mess. One of my pet hates in life though is an untidy kitchen. So I take the cleaning of the kitchen as my job, why, I don't know because I rarely cook in there. Most I do is open the fridge for my whiskey, or boil the kettle for my Pot Noodle. But hey, a little give and take keeps Rachael Happy, after all she does clean up the bathroom which is where I spend most of my time preening myself. On to the product at hand then. Astonish comes in handy for almost any cleaning purpose you need it for. In my case the kitchen. My mother has been buying it for as long as I care to remember. It's cheap at 99p, and resourceful, like I said you can use it for anything. A 500g tub that's royal blue and white. White writing adorns the front and back. Astonish in bold large writing clearly states what it is. On the back you have the hard sell and a few uses for it. Inside a grey thick, gritty paste lies. The smell of lemon faintly drifts out of the tub. The smell is not overly nice, but not unpleasant either. When dry the paste is a little hard, but add a little water and the consistency changes to the kind of wallpaper paste. Here's what you can use it on. Ovens, hobs, pans, glass, ceramics, bathtubs, sinks, tiles, work surfaces, you name it, as long as it's not a fabric you can use it. You can also use it on stainless steel, which I must admit looks nice and shiny after a clean with this. So how do you use it? Dampen a cloth, apply a little paste and rub. That's it, simple. Only a little effort is requir
      ed. When your chosen item is clean rinse your cloth and wipe the left over Astonish off and you sorted. Anything I should look out for? No, it's completely safe. No gloves are needed because it's kind to your hands. It doesn't contain acid, it's not tested on animals and contains no phosphates. Astonish Antibacterial is the one I use, it's the same price but it kills 99 % of household germs. Canny eh? Wonder if I could wash my socks in it. Well no I can't, it's probably the only thing you can't do with it. Where can I buy it? Almost anywhere I think. I get mine from Morrisons, but I've also seen it in places like Wilkinson's, poundstretchers and woolworths. I wouldn't be without it, and for a quid neither should you. Recommended as much as I would a Pot Noodle. Cheers.

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        Some people are cheeky aren't they? Stocking fillers consisting of deodorants, shower gels, body washes, need I go on? I don't smell, well, maybe a little after the gym or a game of football with the local girls team, but not a lot really. That's why I was annoyed, although not ungrateful for the 6 cans off deodorant that I found nestled in the bottom of my stockings over Christmas. Two cans in the stocking from my mother, and a further four from Rachael's mother. TUT! I digress though, and have actually thanked them for bringing to my attention the wonderful world of Arrid Extra, Extra, Dry, Showerfresh. Yes, a bit of a mouthful, but hey, it has to be said that this needs to be written for all to see. What's the can like? Erm, blue, a nice metallic blue. With Arrid written boldly and vertically in white on the front. Easy to spot, and nice to look at on your bathroom shelf. 170ml, for the price of 150ml, a bargain perhaps? Well yes, considering it was two for the price of one in Morrisons , I was told. 2 quid for two. Not bad eh? What does the showerfresh scent smell like? Sporty, a mixture between a fresh feminine smell, with a hint of masculinity about it. It's quite intense and strong, not that I need the smell to be strong of course. How do I use it? Hold six inches for your armpit, upright and spray. Simple. I spray for about 15 seconds. Anything else? Well, unlike other sprays that I have used in the past, this one doesn't appear to leave those horrible, irritating white marks on my armpit. You know the kind, the ones when you go to put on your t-shirt. Shirt, jumper and your left with those white deodorant marks on your top. None of that with this deodorant, not at all, that's why I like it so much. The smell, I can get with any deodorant, it's those white marks that really annoy me. A thumbs up from me in that department. <
        br>It doesn't sting either. You shave your underarm, wait for 15 minutes and then spray. OOOH! AHHH!, that's the normal sound that emanates from my bathroom and that's just when I'm looking in the mirror. Yes, I have found that this doesn't sting at all. Long Lasting Freshness? Yeah, I suppose. I do a lot of physical activities, both at work and at home. I know what your thinking, but I'm not on about that, I'm talking about running with my dog, and about 1hr a night on my exercise bike. It keeps me fresh throughout all that. On the can it states that the fresh smell and dryness lasts for 24hrs, well I can't really tell you if it lasts that long or not, because I have never left it on for that length of time. I shower twice a day, but if the occasion ever arises that I do leave it on for that long I will update. It's cfc free, but highly flammable, both are clearly marked on the back of the can. The one downside of this deodorant is that when spraying the room becomes a bit gassy. I wouldn't let this put you of though, just use it a large room or open the door. Recommended. Cheers.

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        • Windows Washer / Utility / 1 Reading / 16 Ratings
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          20.12.2002 16:30
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          I was reccomended this product by a friend and was very sceptical as I had tried other so called system clean up utilities before and was unimpressed. I downloaded the software and in a matter of minutes I was on my way to cleaning up over a thousand megabytes of space taken up by unwanted cookies.The program is very easy to install and use. www.webroot .com brings you this delightful software for a free thirty day trial. Simply, 'Window Washer' cleans up all your unwanted files from your computer. Unwanted cookies, your internet cache, document history and your recycle bin all gone, capoot. Of course you can do this on most Operating Systems anyway, so why choose this software? 'Window Washer' does so much more. What is it then? Window washer cleans and completely removes all traces of your internet and PC activity. Everything from your drop down address menu, downloaded program files, your registry and recent documents list can be completely wiped and untraceable. A little information for you all. When you delete something from your computer, it doesn't completely erase. Instead it remains on your hard drive. What 'Window Washer' does is something called bleaching. This means that it overwrites the code of the particular file so it cannot be traced. For added security, or to be just that little bit more sure you can specify how many times you want to bleach the items. I've heard from someone that the M.O.D uses this, how true that is I'm not sure. What I will say though is that I wouldn?t be surprised. If you don't want your boss or your other half knowing what you have been up to I suggest you get yourself over to the website and give it a try. What else does it do? It has a built in Custom Wash. This is where you can also clean up things like playlists from 'Windows Media Player' and 'Real Player'. T
          he 'Automatic Cleaning Function' means that you can set it to wash your computer automatically. You can set it to wash at specific times, such as before you shut your computer down. You can intergrate it into your own 'Windows Scheduler'. 'Cookie Keeper'. There may be some cookies that you don't want to delete. 'Window Washer' enables you to specify certain websites that you do not want cookies to be deleted from. In other words you can save the cookies you want and delete the rest. So once you have downloaded it what does it look like? Well, not that nice really. It's just a grey box with the appropriate buttons on the front. It's easy to use though and runs in the background so it doesn't harm my image. Will it work on my O.S? Yeah, probably. 'Window Washer' is compatible with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP. It supports all major browsers including AOL, Internet Explorer and Netscape **************************************** After your 30 day trial you can purchase it for only $29.95 which I think is around 20.00 GPB. Cheers

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            Although I now work as a decorator, I still like to keep up to date on things. My girlfriend Rachael still works in the Psychiatry field, so the information side of things has never left me, although the practical side has. Mind you, the practical side I will never miss, boring! Some of you may have read my op on Schizophrenia, I'd like to go into something called Korsakoff's Syndrome today. Right, let me make a start then. A deficiency in Vitamin B1 (thiamine) causes a memory disorder called Korsakoff's Syndrome. The most common cause of this is alcoholism. There are other causes such as Kidney Failure and 'hyperemis gravidarum'. The latter being a condition of extreme morning sickness in pregnant women. They suffer from a lack of thiamine because they vomit almost all of their bodies fluid and food. O.k, so the main cause is alcoholism. Why? Well alcohol is high in calories, as I sit here with a can of John Smiths. LOL. A person who suffers from alcoholism generally substitutes alcohol for food, therefore reducing their intake of other high calorie things that are nutritious . Most alcoholics considerably reduce their food intake, thus developing multiple vitamin deficiencies. Alcoholism also increases the bodies need for those B vitamins and interferes with the absorption of it from the intestine. Thiamine (vitamin B1) is involved in lots of reactions which provide your brain with energy. So those with Korsakoff's Syndrome cannot carry out those actions and the end product is not produced. For example: A person may need the toilet, but the actions that provide the brain to tell you to do so, may not tell your body to go, or the time may be slower. So, what are the symptoms. Difficulty in remembering things is most common. The area of the brain affected by the syndrome is the part which is known as the 'Diencephalon'. This is the part of brain that affects
            your memory and the ability to store new information. Memory from past events is usually unaffected. A person can tell you what happened thirty years ago, but is probably unable to tell you what took place thirty minutes ago. The term used for this is called 'Anterograde Amnesia'. An occurrence that happens regularly in a person with Korsakoff's Syndrome, is something called 'Confabulation', this is where the person fills in the gaps in their memory with imagined information. Another regular occurrence is the complete lack of concern and unawareness when the memory loss is pointed out. How can we diagnose Kosakoff's Syndrome. O.K, someone you know has a problem with alcohol, then in turn they have difficulties in their memory, this doesn't mean that the person is suffering from Korsakoff's Syndrome, although it should be seriously considered and looked into because there are treatments. There is no specific test to diagnose the problem, although a thorough and careful examination of the person mental state is usually revealing. A persons ability to answer questions may be convincing, but we must always remember that they may be confabulating ( giving you imagined information). Therefore ask questions that are factual such as 'what is the name of Tony Blair?s wife?' to which they may answer George Bush. HA!...anyway, enough nonsense from me. Perhaps show a person 5 objects and get them to name them 10 minutes later, if anything is wrong here this points to Korsakoff's Syndrome. The treatment then. Persons suffer from a lack of Thiamine, so immediate administration of this is involved. Anybody who is in hospital because of Korsakoff's Syndrome will be given Thiamine. Recovery from the disorder takes months of Thiamine replacement. So what's the future like then? Sadly, 15% to 20% of people will die from the disorder. Half of those who survive will have w
            alking difficulties. Nearly all people will have a memory impairment for the rest of their lives, only 20% of persons fully recover. Most will require supervised living accommodation. How do we prevent it? Maintain a good diet, however much alcohol you drink make sure your intake of vitamin B1 is sufficient, supplement your intake with vitamin tablets, but the most effective way is to not drink to much. Alright, I'm sorry for putting a downer on Christmas festivities but I really needed to get this of my computer. Cheers

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            • Pantene in general / Archive Lifestyle / 0 Readings / 19 Ratings
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              You want to know a little about me eh? Well tuff, because I'm going to tell you. I'm a girl who doesn't care what people think about me, I'm daring and a bit of a hardened drinker. So without going into to much detail, in the space of one day, I went from having long, blonde hair, to having short pink hair. That's where the drinking and being daring came into it's own. The bit about not caring what people think? Well I got a bollocking from my boss, and my girlfriend didn't speak to me for 2 days. You think I care? NO! Anyway, it's strange, when my hair was long I never suffered from dandruff, or itchy scalp. Since my hair is now short, my head gets itchy whenever I do anything that makes me perspire. So whilst in Boots a few months ago I bought a product from the reduced bin for 50p.The product being 'Pantene Pro V Scalp Therapy'. What a bargain it should have been 1.99 GPB. What is it supposed to do? It's supposed to provide long lasting relief for your scalp, for those who suffer from itchy scalp but not dandruff. What does it actually do? Makes my head itch more and makes my hair go hard like straw. What are you supposed to do with it? Well, after shampooing and conditioning your hair, you massage it into your scalp. Only using a pea sized amount. Don't rinse it out, just leave it to dry, and repeat as required. Well repeat I did, and it still didn't work. Let me tell you what the packaging and product look like. The packaging is cream, and on the front in gold writing it says 'Pantene Pro V Scalp Therapy', nice and simple I thought. It comes in a 150ml tube with a flip top lid, and on the back in ever so small writing are the directions for use and the rest of the garbage that I usually take no notice of. This I will tell you later. The cream is thick, it has the consistency of a moisturizer and is white in c
              olour. It smells like pantene shampoo. And so, I have been using this product for a few months now, and it has only made my head worse I assumed that if I used it over a long period of time I would notice the difference. I haven't, the only good thing is that it smells nice. The garbage For questions and tips you can call Proctor and Gamble on 0800 0283578 or visit the website www.pantene.com. It says nothing about it being tested on animals so I assume it has been, and it states that you can use it on coloured hair, I can verify that it didn't strip out the colour of my hair. Overall I don't recommend this product. Cheers

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              • Pot Noodle - Big Dave / Archive TV / 1 Reading / 22 Ratings
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                Why has it taken me so long to write this op? Nearly 1 month into my Dooyoo experience and I haven't yet wrote about my one true love. The reason for this is because I can't be bothered to clean up all the saliva from my keyboard and computer desk. So with a cloth and some antibacterial spray at the ready I feel I am now prepared to undertake this immense, emotional rollercoaster task and jot down my feelings about my dearest friend and comfort. Even now, my hands are shaking and my heart is beating erratically, contemplating whether or not I should just press and hold the delete button on my keyboard, and make my way to the kitchen, make her hot and devour her. NO!....I'm strong, I have my own mind, my own life, I will not be ruled by her. I'm weak, I'm so weak, it's a good job I'm sitting down, I can hear her calling me. I rise and shut the door, turn up the sound of Basement Jaxx and focus on letting you in to my secret. *DEEP BREATHS* Padlocked cupboards are a regular sight in my kitchen. I'm allowed 1 Pot Noodle a week. Rachael says it's to keep my body in tip top condition for the Territorial Army. I come back at her and say "well how come you let me drink 6 pints a day"? Rachael states that if I had my way I would eat a Pot Noodle at every meal, and that we should eat together. "O.K" I say, throw myself on the floor and bang my fists till she relents. I skip into the kitchen, boil the kettle and caress her body. She looks so gorgeous in her white and yellow outfit. I touch her softly and feel that it's plastic. She dons one of those motifs across her chest that says "Pot Noodle Spicy Curry" With no hesitation from her she lets me remove her gold foil top which comes of easily. Then I fill her up with boiling water, steam emits from inside of her. I slowly stop pouring when I reach the specified line, and let her cool for tw
                o minutes before I begin again. I look at her from across the room, she's hot. I slowly walk over to her, keeping contact with her eyes I start to stir. She becomes moist, and changes colour. She changes from being pale to a lovely warm mustard colour, with specks of green and red. She tells me that the colours represent her love for me. I tell her to shut up, that they look more like peas and red peppers, and to get saucy. She carries with her a orange sachet filled with a thick brown sauce that makes her spicy. I rip it open with my teeth whilst she watches me. I slowly squeeze the sauce onto her, and stir it in slowly. I can almost hear her moan. She smells so good, spicy tones waft up my nose, with a light smell of sweetness. She tells me that 'Golden Wonder' make her what she is. They made her look and smell the way she does. In my mind I thank them. I make her sweat as I leave her for another minute, and then she warms my hands as I carry her to the couch. I turn on some Barry White and devour her. She tastes so good. Spicy, but not to spicy. Curry flavours tantalize my taste buds, I moan and groan until I have had my fill of her and can take no more. I lie back on the couch still holding her in my arms. I close my eyes and think through how intimate we have become. Stroking her I feel that she is still warm. I put her down gently so as not to wake her and sleep with a smile on my face. We met at Asda, she was with some friends of hers. She introduced me, there names were Beef and Tomato, Chow Mein ,Nice and Spicy and Chicken and Mushroom, they all seemed really nice as I looked them up and down and smiled. Spicy Curry really took my fancy though. I asked her if she would like to come back to mine she told me she had a boyfriend called Bombay Bad Boy. Charmingly I smiled and said that I wouldn't tell him. She agreed to come back with me but only if I gave her 79p. Cheap at half the price I thought. I lik
                e women with a bit of weight and was glad to see that she weighed 89grams and had 14.3grams of fat on her. To sum up my date, I would say that she is easy, cheap, and spicy. I like to get around so will definitely be trying out her friends, but only after I have used and abused her. I think I need a lie down! Cheers

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                  The hours I have spent researching and writing this op is beyond belief, it has been by far the hardest opinion I have had to write but also the most rewarding and interesting. I have lived in Newcastle all my life, so who better to tell you of it?s attractions than me. There was a time in my life when I was going to move to Peterbrough to start a new life, but no, I couldn?t leave my beloved home city, Newcastle has everything that I could ever need, and I love it here so I couldn?t bring myself to go. I?m going to get straight into now, this opinion is long enough as it is without me waffling on about things that you have no interest in. Newcastle is the largest city in the North East of England. Newcastle has a colourful past that dates back to the Romans. Once upon a time it was known around the world for it?s ship building industry that was centered along the banks of the river Tyne. A few decades later however ,Newcastle was in a state of decline and had gained a reputation for poverty and unemployment. Fortunately recent years have seen a surge in development and restoration, bringing Newcastle to what it is today. A stylish, historical, bustling city. If you?re a shopaholic, Newcastle has all you need to satisfy you. We have several huge shopping centres which include Eldon Square and the Metro Centre. Eldon Square is situated right in the heart of the city on Northumberland street. Shops there include ? Levi?s?, ?Boots? , ?The Disney Shop? and many electrical, clothing, and sport retailers. It also includes many café?s and restaurants on the upper level. The Metro Centre is a massive shoppers paradise, it?s like Eldon Square only four, maybe five times the size. I?m sure a lot of you have heard of the Metro Centre, it was once and maybe still is the largest shopping mall in England or Europe. The Metro Centre has ample parking spaces and situated on the south side of the river in Gateshead. It?s easy to get
                  there from Newcastle, once over the Tyne Bridge it is signposted and takes about 20mins. Just south of the City Center you will find Grainger Street, it?s on this street that you will find the Grainger market. It dates back to the 1830 at the time of the Victorians. Here you will find many bargains. Fruit and Vegetable stalls cram into this undercover market, although you will also find meat stalls and other such items. The Grainger market is open everyday except Sunday and is always busy, you can?t stop bargain hunters. Around the rest of the city though, you can find an array of shops, including my favourite FCUK, if you ever come to Newcastle and go in there, I will be the girl kicking and screaming shouting ?I WANT , I WANT, I WANT ?. Enough about shopping, I think you get my drift that there is all you need, I like to tell you about another of the many attractions. The River Tyne. What?s attractive about a river?, you ask. Well The River Tyne has 7 bridges joining Newcastle with Gateshead. The most significant bridge being that of the Tyne Bridge. It opened in 1928 the year that my grandmother was born. It was opened by royalty, King George V I think, and looks like the Sidney Harbour Bridge. At the time of opening it was the largest bridge in the world. Only broken by the Sidney Harbour Bridge in 1932. It?s a remarkable sight on an evening, the whole bridge lights up. Memories come to me now on Bonfire Nights of old ,when my Mother and Father used to stand alongside my brother and I on this bridge and watch the remarkable fireworks display that takes place every year. This also happens on New Years Eve now. I say to myself every year that I?m going to make an effort to watch it, but always end up way to intoxicated to make my way down from the Nightclub. Maybe next year! The rest of the bridges are going to just get a brief mention, or else I will bore you. In 1849 the High Level bridge was opened. Situated
                  just west of the Tyne Bridge it was designed by a local engineer called Robert Stevenson. At the time it was a remarkable achievement because it allowed Rail and Road travel on the same bridge. The rail being on the upper level and the road being beneath. We also have the Swing Bridge, it opens up to let ships pass through. One more then, because I?m boring myself. The Millenuim bridge is the rivers newest bridge. It only opened last year and it?s a public footpath bridge. This opens to, to let ships pass and is often referred to as ?The Blinking Eye? because that is what it looks like. Again it is lit up, and looks a remarkable sight on an evening. Phew! A short drive out of Newcastle?s City Centre and over to Gateshead, you will find ?The Angel Of The North?. A towering structure built from Rusty Metal. Built by Anthony Gormley the sculpture measures 20 metres high and has a wing span of 52 metres. The sculpture is intended to represent the great engineering skills of our region. It?s visible for 30 miles and is situated on a on a former colliery site at Eighton Lodge in Gateshead. You can see it from the A1 approach to Gateshead, and also the main London to Edingburgh railway line. Onto the stuff that I?m not really interested in, but will tell you anyway because I?m nice like that. The Laing Art Gallery. Considered to be the North East best Art Gallery, it houses a brilliant collection of pieces ranging from ?Arts and Crafts? to ?Glass Enraving and Glassmaking?. It has won many national awards. Open from Monday to Saturday, which is good. What is even better though is that admission is FREE, GRATIS, NIL. Its located on Hingham Place, just east of the City Center. The Newcastle Discovery Centre. This place tells of Newcastle?s past right up to the present day. Again admission is free and it?s open Monday?s to Saturdays 10 to 5. It?s just west of the City Centre in Blanchford House. I?ve neve
                  r been so I don?t know if it?s any good, but from other people I?ve heard it is. The Hancock Museum. Admission is 2.25 for adults and is open Monday?s to Saturday?s 10 to 5. It?s also open on a Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. Honestly, I can?t tell you much else about it, because I have never been. All I know is that is displays things raging from Dinosaur artifacts, to specimens of extinct animals. Check out the website: www.ncl.ac.uk/hancock The Centre for Life A brilliant place which I have frequented many times, here you can exlpore life, the brain and the human body and find all about how it works. Just left of the Central Station admission is 5.95 for adults. Times of opening are 10 to 5 Monday to Saturday. To the south east of the Centre you will also find the Newcastle Catherdral, it?s maritime center and the Castle. Newcastle also has some great architecture, Grey Street is worth looking up if anyone visits. It is named after Earl Grey who was Prime Minister in the 1830?s. Greys monument was aptly named after him too. It stands 135ft high and at the top is a statue of the man himself. Just down the road from Grey Street walking south you will come across Newcastle?s Theatre Royal. The Royal Sakespeare company visits there every autumn, and it has also seen concerts held there from the likes of David Gray, and The Manic Street Preachers. I am yet to see the lovely singer Pink there, but I do have a little kitty for a ticket if ever the occasion arises. YUM! Now to things that do interest me. Pubs, Clubs, and Football! Newcastle is the United Kingdoms trendiest City?s for Nightlife. It?s absolutely buzzing up here. The range of bars and nightclubs is amazing. We have the big market which houses loads of pubs. On either side of the road every door leads into a pub, and the place is busy every night of the week. Prices aren?t to bad, ranging from about 2.50 to 3.00 quid for a
                  pint, and 2.50 to 3.50 for a bottle of the stuff some like to drink and call alchopops. Yak! A short walk south and you will come to the Quayside. Many residents of Newcastle think the Quayside is more Posh than the Big Market, but I think it?s just the same cliental, just the prices are a bit more expensive. Once here you can walk over the Tyne Bridge and come to our floating Nightclub affectionately known as ?The Boat? but officially the ?Tuxedo Princess?. Here is a nightclub that has many different genres of music played in separate rooms. You have the club music downstairs with the hilarious spinning dancefloor. Many a bruise has been attained from that. And in a few of the side rooms we have 70?s and 80?s music played. Brilliant for all legal drinking ages. In the summer thy also hold a BBQ on the top deck which is fantastic considering how hungry you get after a good session on a Saturday Night. The ?Haymarket? is good too, this is a 5minute walk north of the ?Big Market?, and again houses door to door pubs with a good few Pizza Places and restaurants in between. Dotted around frequently we have those vendors of Hot Dogs and Burgers. They are all over the city and you are 100% sure to find one outside of any nightclub. Near the Central Station, is ?The Pink Triangle? This triangular area of the city houses all the Gay bars and Bed and Breakfasts in the city. A good range of pubs are situated here, and also 3 nightclubs. I frequent there myself twice a month, and the atmosphere is top notch. ?The Pink Triangle? can be found in the area around Newcastle?s Central Rail Station, which I will come to after I waffle about the sports for a bit. All Geordies share a passion for Football, the famous Black and White strip and magnificent structure that is St James Park, is part of a Geordies heart. Well mine definitely. St James park can be seen from miles around, it?s situated in the North West of the city, jus
                  t follow your eyes, and every other Saturday just follow the noise, you?ll get there easy enough. Newcastle Arena The home of Newcastle Eagles Basketball team, and regular holder of concerts. Everything from Ronan Keating to Robbie Williams and Westlife gets held here. It?s situated south west of the city centre and a five minute walk from the Central Rail Station. I?ll get onto the station now then shall I? Traveling around Newcastle is easy enough, we have the Metro which will get you anywhere you want, and even goes to the foreign land of Sunderland. I look at it as Newcastle?s version of the London Underground, although not as crowded or expensive. We have buses that take you where you want to go, prices are reasonably cheap and the buses come every five minutes in the city centre. The Central Station then. This houses many shops and a Burger King, a train can be taken from here to get you to the Metro Centre and nearby York and Durham. Of course you can get a Inter City train from here to just about anywhere in the country. Right then, the conclusion. Newcastle is a compact City, almost everything I have mentioned above is within walking distance of the City Centre. I recommend avoiding driving in the City Centre itself because of the one way system and the hard to come by parking spaces. Blame the government. Getting to Newcastle from other City and Towns is relatively easy. Travelling by air you land at Newcastle Airport and then you are only about a 20 minute Metro ride away from the City Centre. By car you reach here by driving up the A1 from North or South. The A69 brings you in from the West, and the only way to get to us from the east is by swimming or a boat. Newcastle has an array of places to visit, things to do and look at, but I can?t list them all, honestly I would be here for ages. I recommend you take the time and opportunity to visit this fantastic city at least once. I promise
                  you, you will not fail to enjoy yourself. The people are renowned for the friendliness, as much as I am renowned for enjoying the occasional whiskey and Pot Noodle. Go On, make the effort you won?t be disappointed.

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                    What a week! The weather has been utter crap, I've been working all hours down in Newton Aycliffe, and my bones hurt. I feel about 60, look about 40 and haven't been to the gym for a week either, am I hard done by or what? The future is bright though. I've finished the stint in Newton Aycliffe, the weekend is here, and Newcastle won today. However I'm knackered and aching, so what have I done about it? Easy, I've been to the shop for some Radox, and plyed myself with cups of tea. I've been using Radox products for years. Let me tell you a little about it. Radox uses natural herbs and minerals to help relieve stiff and aching muscles and joints. That's what it says, that's what it does. I've tried them all, the bubble baths, shower gels , and bath salts. They all work for me, and now I'm going to tell you about my favourite one, the bath salts. At 1.69 GBP for 400g from my local Superdrug. I think they are reasonably priced. You pay for the quality, and you get a fair bit of use out of the box. About 8 baths. Lasts me about 6 months. HAHA! I'm sure you have all seen Radox bath salts, but for those of you who haven't they come in a minty green coloured box, with a appealing picture of a Turkish Bath on the front. In white across the front it simply says Radox. The directions for use are simple enough too, you just pour under running water, which is good for simpletons like me. The hard bit though is actually opening the box. At the side it has a perforated square which you have to push to create a hole, I normally end up tearing the box because I am a bit heavy handed. The contents end up all over my bathroom floor, and by the time I have swept them up my bath is cold. The easiest way to do it, is to open over the bath. I should have been a brain surgeon for thinking of that. Onto the bath then...... Once poured under running
                    water the grains of green salt dissolve easily and colour your bath water green. I don't mind this so much because it disguises the horrible brown colour that normally resides in my bath when I have one. No gritty bits are left at the bottom of your bath, and no bubbles rise to the surface, which is what I have found with other bath salts, and the smell, well let me tell you about that. The smell reminds me of someone's sick bed when they have a cold. Chamomile and Eucalyptus immediately spring to mind. When looking at the back of the box though I find that it also contains, Rosemary, Thyme and Jasmine. You can't really smell these but it makes you feel that little bit better just reading what it contains. So the bath itself then. Well, normally I step in, have a nice long soak and come out feeling relaxed, revived and warmed right through. I can't stress how much Radox actually works, the smells clear your head, the minerals and herbs relieve pain and aching, and if like me you like your bath time to be quiet, your relaxed. Champion! That's all I've got to say really, apart from the stuff which I feel I must include. H & BC UK Ltd Slough SL1 4AU Need another cup of tea now. Cheers.

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                      After my disastrous experience with 'John Frieda Sheer Blonde Styling Wax' I was reluctant to try any of his products again. With a little persuasion from my mate though, I went out and bought another of his products, this time with her recommendation. What product am I talking about? 'John Frieda Sheer Blonde Golden Opportunity' that's what. Costing nearly 4 quid from Boots, I was thinking to myself that it was another waste of cash. The tube only holds 125ml, not much there for that price. I'm really tight with my money, I only buy things of luxury if I really need them, but peer pressure won me over on that particular day. The tube is clear with purple coloured cream inside. Apparently the ultra violet formula helps counteract brassiness and enhances my highlights. I couldn't see it myself. How can something a light shade of purple do that to blonde hair is beyond me. Anyway, I've gave it a go and here I am to tell you about it?s affects on my pride and joy. The cream itself is thick, not smelling of anything in particular, it doesn't smell of chemicals or perfume. All I can smell is the plastic of the tube. After washing my hair, I followed the tiny printed instructions on the back. I dried my hair and applied a pea sized amount to the palm of my hand, and rubbed them together to create a thin film. Then I raked it through my hair, and smoothed the ends into place. I looked in the mirror and got the fright of my life! Oh, my hair looked mighty fine, it was the sheer ugliness of my face that nearly gave me a heart attack. Anyway, a dab of concealer, and a little tinted lip gloss solved that, then I could concentrate properly on my hair. It looked canny good, well as good as it was ever going to be. I'm not really good with styling hair really, that's why it's scalped. Anyway, forget about the styling, that's not what this stuff is inten
                      ded for. It's supposed to take the brassiness out of my hair and give it a ultra glossy finish. Well it certainly did just that. No complaints at all from me, not this time anyway. It is so simple to use, especially if you have very short hair like me, don't use to much off it though because my hair went a little greasy. Remember you can always add but you can't take away. Crikey, that was very feminine, that from a painter and decorator. Throws stereotypes right out of the window. Ha! It lasted throughout the day, a sweaty marathon christmas shopping in a packed city centre, and I still got chatted up in the pub. I'll be buying it again if it has that affect. Ha! Apparently it works just as good on long hair too, my mate has hair down her back and uses this all the time. Her hair always looks nice, well it can't be hard when she's standing next to me. I recommend it, truly I do. Although shop around, I'm sure you could get it cheaper than 4 quid somewhere. For further information on this and other John Frieda products you can call: 0800 975 9715. Oooh! Nearly forgot, don't get it on your clothes, it stains. I've tried all ways to get it off a white top of mine, and it doesn't come off. Oh aye, and don't forget to use a magnifying glass to read the instructions on the back, the print is tiny, could just be my eyes though. Cheers

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                        I am not going to run through a whole load of statistics.This is just to let people know a little more about Diabetes, its treatment and Diagnosis. WHAT IS DIABETES ------------------ Diabetes is a condition in which the body cannot convert food into useable energy. The reason for this is that there is a lack of or no insulin in the body. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas. When starchy food is digested it breaks down into glucose, and this builds up in your bloodstream. Insulin controles the levels of glucose in your body, by helping it move from your bloodstream into your bodies cells. Once in your cells, the glucose is used for energy or stored for other needs in the future. If the above fails to work then you have a condition called Diabetes. Diabetes falls into two categories. TYPE 1 DIABETES ------------------------- This is where your body fails to produce Insulin. If someone has this condition they are required to have daily injections in order to survive. TYPE 2 DIABETES -------------------------- This is where your body fails to produce enough Insulin. This condition usually affects the elderly or people who are overweight. This time round it is usually controlled through tablets, and is not as severe as type 1. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------ Both of the above have one thing in common. They both make the person who suffer from Diabetes have a high amount of glucose in their blood. If it is not controlled properly this can lead to serious problems and even death. The treatments that are available for the condition aim to control the amount of sugar in a persons blood, and keep it to a healthy level. This in turn leads to the decreased likelihood of long term ill health. USING INSULIN ---------------------- Insulin is given in the form of an inje
                        ction, this is so that it can be absorbed over a period of time. Insulin cannot be taken orally because it is easily digested.( insulin is a protein) There are two different types of insulin. There is Human Ultratard, this acts quickly once in your body, it does only last for a short period of time. This type of insulin is normally taken during the day. The other is Human Actrapid, this type of insulin has a chemical in it that makes it slow down and release slowly into the body.It is normally taken before bed. There are other names that are used for these types of Insulin, but I am just naming the ones that my mother uses every day. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------------------------- Insulin is not the only thing that controls the glucose levels in a Diabetic persons body. Exercise uses glucose so your blood sugar levels take a nose dive. If this becomes to low, people feel tired, sweaty and shaky. This is what is commonly known as ?hypo?(hypoglyceamia).Insulin does not control this,and the only way to build up your sugar level is to eat food that is sweet. Preferably something like a chocolate bar. My mother carries with her a bottle of Lucozade and glucose tablets at all times. If the glucose becomes to high, Diabetics get what is known as a ?hyper? (hypergliceamia). This is controlled by Insulin. DIAGNOSING DIABETES ---------------------------------- My mother has had Diabetes since she was 13, she is now 40. Although my mother has had this condition for a long time, she is not very good at controlling it. My mother was diagnosed as being a Diabetic when she went into a coma, after doing handstands at school. The doctors eventually brought her round , and after doing some tests (urine sample, blood sample) they confirmed her as being a Diabetic. There are tell tale signs of Diabetes which I am now gig to run through. You may f
                        eel sick, thirsty, tired, have headaches frequently, you may collapse, or like my mother ,go into a coma. The latter being very unlikely but serious. If it had not been for my Mothers brother, who is also a Diabetic, I do not think that my mother would be alive today. He spotted the tell tale signs before she went into a coma and had already rang an ambulance. LONG TERM ILL HEALTH ----------------------------------- If Diabetes is not controlled well, it can lead to problems in later life. A common one is bad sight. Others include, bad circulation , ulcers, loss of feeling in your extremities, kidney problems and heart problems. DIET ------ It is important to have a healthy diet. As should we all. Diabetics these days are able to eat the same as everyone else. It is also important to exercise and avoid smoking, and alchohol. Although it is not essential. GENERAL RULES ------------------------- Always carry something that says that you are a Diabetic Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar Drink alchohol in moderation Remember you can?t do everything Don?t smoke Carry around with you something sweet (incase of hypo) ------------------------------------------------------------------- Diabetes is not proven to be heriditory.I however am inclined to think that it is.I have valid reasons for this.Below is a list of my family members (on my mothers side) who have Diabetes. My Grandfather My Uncle John My Uncle Ian My uncle Ian's 2 daughters My Auntie Carol's daughter And 2 of my cousins sons. Cheers Lianne

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                          Up until a few weeks ago I worked for a Mental Health Charity. My job was very stressful, but also very rewarding. However it was not physically challenging so I left. The role of my job was to support, counsel, and befriend people with mental health problems, such as depression, bi polar disorder and schizophrenia. The latter was the most common problem, and I dealt with people who suffered from this on a daily basis. In this opinion, I hope to give advice and insight into this illness. What is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a mental illness that usually affects people between the ages of 16 and 25. It distorts peoples senses, making people who suffer from it unable to tell the difference between what is real and what is not real. Schizophrenia is a brain disease, it happens because of chemical changes or imbalances in the brain. It affects 1 in 100 people worldwide. Schizophrenia is NOT caused by bad parenting, trauma, stress or poverty (as is commonly believed). It is also not a split personality disorder, these are two different things. Living With Schizophrenia. I do not suffer from it, nor does anyone in my family, but as I have said, I counsel people who have this disease on a daily basis. I am only giving you opinions on living with Schizophrenia from what I have learned through training or patients. Living with Schizophrenia can be a terrifying experience. People feel very much alone in the world, a world that is empty, deranged and unrealistic. Some live in a fantasy world and find it easier to withdraw into a shell rather than deal with a reality that is different from what they dream of.. Others are tormented by the distorted perceptions, and feel alone, unable to tell anyone of their so called 'madness'. Paranoia, hallucinations and delusions are common. People lose or give up their jobs because of the 'little men' inside of their heads
                          taking up their time and energy. We must all remember that having Schizophrenia does not interfere with peoples intelligence. Symptoms Just like most other diseases there are symptoms and early warning signs. These symptoms are different from person to person, they are not identical. For instance, two people may have Schizophrenia, one is withdrawn and quiet, the other talks to themselves and tells you of their hallucinations. They both have the symptoms of being a schizophrenic, they just have different symptoms, different imbalances in the brain. Some people may battle with disease most of their lives, others may have recurring episodes, but lead a 'normal' life in between these times. Schizophrenia always has a common occurrence, this being that there is a change in the persons ability to go about their daily lives and a change in their personality. Like I have said this is not a split personality, just a change in the overall personality of the sufferer. We may not notice changes in the person who is suffering from the disease for a while. However once the sufferer starts to have difficulties in differentiating what is real and what is not. the symptoms become more pronounced. Only then can we put together the pieces and see that there may have also been a deteriation in other aspects of their lives. The persons personal hygiene may suffer, they may also take a step backwards academically and socially. A change in a persons personality is often the most obvious and common. At first the changes may just be minor ones. They may be less motivated, moody or lack emotion. A person may cry over a joke, and they may laugh when something sad happens.Or in some cases show no emotion at all. A profound change may also occur, it is easier to spot. The person may jump from topic to topic, sentences may become jumbled. They may have difficulty making simple everyday decisions. A person may become overwhelmed by grandiose thoughts, false beliefs or paranoid. This is referred to as paranoid schizophrenia. Some people may hear voices such as 'kill yourself' or 'hurt yourself'. There is always a danger that these voices may be acted upon. Can you imagine living with something or someone telling you to kill yourself day after day The treatment If you suspect that someone is suffering from Schizophrenia it is important to seek advice from a doctor. He/She may then refer the person for a assessment. It is important to remember that a person who is suffering from schizophrenia may believe that their hallucinations or delusions are real, and may resist. Schizophrenia is not a curable disease but it can be controlled. Most people who suffer take medication. Many medications do not work at first, because it is impossible to know which type will work best for the individual. This period of trial and error is difficult.Patients may suffer from drowsiness, dry mouth and restlessness. Drugs Used A few of the drugs used to treat schizophrenia are: Modecate, Thorazine and Mellaril. There are side affects from these drugs, so in turn other drugs are given to compensate and combat these. Recovery It is not known whether people who suffer from schizophrenia can recover, however studies show, that families and people involved in the care of sufferers can do a lot of help in helping patients/relatives remain stable. Recommendations. If you would like to know more about this disease I suggest reading 'How to live with a mentally ill person' by John Wiley. It should be available from your local library. Thanks for reading Lianne

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                            05.12.2002 03:36
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                            All week I walk around in paint stained overalls, gloss up my fingernails, and flecks of Magnolia Soft sheen finish paint in my hair. Attractive some might say, well I hate to disappoint but no, it's awful. I look awful. Once a week though, I do make a little effort, of course I say a little, I mean looking like me I don't need all that blusher and stuff, ( LIAR! ), I do however need something to keep my hair nice. I'm blonde you know! I digress. A few weeks ago I dyed my hair from Pillar Box Red, to blonde, it looks alright too. I decided to splash out and get myself something for my hair, some hair wax or something. My one night out with the girls, as I said, I go the whole hog because I walk around a mess the rest of the time. I came across 'John Frieda Sheer Blonde Spun Gold Styling Balm' (bit of a handful isn't it?) in Boots, and thought I would give it a try. Nothing attracted me to it, I just fancied a try. At 3.95 for a 35g pot it is quiet expensive, but a little goes a long way. Let me tell you how to spot it if you really want to try it. It's a silver tub, actually it's more of a disk shape. It is about 1cm thick and 5cm's in diameter. Embossed on the front it says sheer blonde, and it comes in a box, which has a hole in so you can see the tub. On the box it has two blonde women,( some may recognize them from the advert) with black sleeveless tops on, and the box is pale blue in colour. Upon opening, you will see a orangey type sticky wax, with speckles of gold, like glitter. There isn't much of a smell to it, and it feels like a sticky, waxy balm to touch. Upon rubbing it through your hands it leaves a glitter residue, which I like, I feel like rubbing it all over my body, that should look good when I go clubbing. The instructions are to use sparingly on dry hair. Lightly coat your fingertips with the balm and then rake through your hair. On
                            ly using a very small amount. Then style your hair with your fingertips. Well I've done all that, and what am I left with? I'm left with beautiful looking hair! It looks good, there are glimmering spots of sheen in my hair where I have applied the wax, lots of texture throughout my short shaggy style, and my hair looks thicker too. 'Brilliant', I thought. Ahhh, there is a downside for me though. It feels awful to touch, really awful in fact. I like to run my fingers through my hair, actually I like anyone and everyone to run their fingers through my hair, but I'm not letting anyone touch it. Oh no, not whilst I've got this on. It makes my hair feel sticky, and the parts of my hair that looked nice and ruffled, are actually clogged together. Not what I'm after at all, not what the back of the box says either. Here's what it says. 'In minutes, add shape, shine and glamour to any style. Spun Gold instantly gives hair a modern and sparkling sun kissed shimmer apply sparingly, separate ends and shape hair'. How am I supposed to separate ends when I can't get my fingers through? I'm not keen on it now, it looks good, but it doesn't feel good. Maybe nice for a day in the office, or a meal at a restaurant, but no good for clubbing. No good for running your fingers through your hair! Oh well, I've had my rant, I'll let you make up your own mind. Available from most chemists and superstores, or online at: www.wellbeing.com www.walmart.com Distributed by Gaelle Internatonal, llc, London. Cheers. P.S, the title? got that from the advert, just substituted the 'Yes I Do' for ' No I Don't' simple hehe!

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                              Another one of my g/f's favourites that I was told I must read, and I must say our lassie has good tatse. Well she has been going out with me for three years. As some of you may know I'm a painter and decorater, for the past few weeks I've been decorating a nursing home,I've been working during the night so as not to disturbe their routine, as the residents there are in bed, I can't watch T.v or listen to music. So on my breaks I've been reading this book, and now the time has come to let you all in on the story. ?Ralph?s Party? is a novel about the lives of the residents of 31 Almanac Road. On three different floors live three different sets of people living three different sets of lives. These three groups of people are all connected in various ways, and in this story the reader finds out about the lives and loves of these six people. Karl and Siobhan are a happily unmarried couple living on the second floor. They have been together for 15 years, living with their dog, Roseanne. Their relationship plays a significant part in the book, as they have their ups and downs like any couple would. This pair are my favourite characters, because they are so ordinary, but they are so happy, until Siobhan finds out about Karl?s affair. They seem genuine. Cheri lives on the top floor, and is not discussed much in the book. She is viewed as a home-wrecker and a huge role of hers in the story is her seduction of Siobhan?s long-term boyfriend, Karl. She?s an attractive girl that all the women want to be, and all the men want to sleep with. She looks upon every man as a conquest, and Karl is one of these, much to the disgust of Siobhan. Ralph and Smith are best friends who inhabit the ground floor. They are very close and happy in their mundane lifestyle, until Jemima comes along. ?Jem? is their new flatmate, and she has the idea that it is her fate to end up with one of these men ? she just doe
                              sn?t know which one yet. Smith is in love with Cheri, and Ralph has a bitchy girlfriend called Claudia. Despite this, Jem and Smith find themselves in a relationship ? which Ralph is not happy about. Ralph begins reading Jem?s diary while she?s at work, and gradually begins to fall in love with her. However, he can?t do anything about it because his best friend is already with her. The author examines their relationships with each other and describes how romantic liaisons can influence friendship a great deal. This book is not complex, but it is a realistic tale of friends, lovers and enemies, which brings to life the true nature of love in the 20th century and beyond. The reader follows the lives of these six people and how they intervene with one another, all culminating in Ralph?s party. It is easy for the reader to feel close to Ralph and the other characters in the book, because they are so true to life. The reader feels he or she has experienced the same situations, because they are so common, and this makes them feel empathetic towards them. The characters are all very believable, and it?s easy to get caught up in the story, even though it is fairly simple and not really anything out of the ordinary. There are a few twists in the novel, but aside from them, the story is quite predictable. A merit to the book is the fact that it doesn?t take itself too seriously. It is not a normal romance novel ? it is about relationships, but it considers male viewpoints, even though the author is female. The female characters are not clichés, which makes ?Ralph?s Party? superior to a lot of other books, as so many writers have attempted to create a Bridget Jones-style character. Jewell?s characters are strong-minded women, in control of their own lives. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as Jewell?s writing style is so fluent, and not ridiculously complex. It doesn?t seem as if the author is trying to hard, which I like. The two contrasting plots
                              neatly join together at the end, to create a near-perfect climax. Cheers

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                                Here I am going to tell you a little more about Alan Shearer the English Football Legend, and my Angel Of The North. Alan was born on August 13th in 1970, raised on the Gosforth council estate in Newcastle. When he was a young lad his nickname was ?Smokey? this was because he had a fondness for Smokey Bacon Crisps. All of his life he supported Newcastle United Football Club, and used to stand outside the ground on match days hoping to get a glimpse of his idol Kevin Keegan. At the tender age of 12 Alan was captain of his school football team. He had trials for Newcastle United, although at this time he played in goal and Newcastle failed to recognize his goal scoring capabilities. Shearer left Newcastle at the age of 15 and went down to Southampton to play in their youth team. At the age of 18 Alan Shearer made his debut for Southampton and scored a hat-trick. In 1992 Shearer moved to Blackburn for the then record transfer fee of 3.6million. Whilst playing for Blackburn he became the only player to have ever scored 30 or more goals in 3 consecutive seasons. At his time in Blackburn he helped them to lift the Premiership title in the 1994/5 season. In 1996 Alan played for England and in the European tournament became the top scorer with five goals. His success in this championship lured the big name clubs like Manchester United. Alan turned this lucrative offer down and accepted a offer from Newcastle United and Kevin Keegan to play for the team he has always loved. 15 million, a world record transfer fee at the time. The day that Alan shearer signed 15.000 people stood in a rainstorm just to see him wave. Personal Life ----------------- Alan is married to his wife of 12 yrs Lianya. They have 2 children Chloe and Hollie. His Time At Newcastle ----------------------- 2000/01 Alan?s season was disrupted by injury which restricted him to only 23 appearances. He underwent two kne
                                e operations to clear up his tendinitis problem, one in December and one in May in the USA. Awarded the OBE for services to Association Football in the Queen?s Birthday Honours List in June 2001 to go with the Freedom of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne that was bestowed upon him in March. Received a terrific and emotional welcome when he returned to first team action as a sub against Sunderland on 26 August before hitting two goals against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on his first start of the season on 8 September. His brace against Ipswich Town in the Worthington Cup on 27 November took his United goals tally to 100. The goal against Arsenal on 18/12/01 was his first at Highbury and it also broke United?s London ?jinx?. Hit his 200th Premiership goal against Charlton at St. James? Park on 20 April 2002. Voted North East Player of Year for 2001/02 and also scored North East Goal of the Season 2001/02 (versus Aston Villa) My Opinion ----------------- Alan is a old fashioned centre forward, he holds the line well, and is great example to his colleagues and fans. I hope that after good old ?sir Bobby? has gone that Shearer becomes manager. I think he will be a good manager because all of the players respect him. Alan scored his 300th league goal against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.Unfortunatly his goal came on a difficult day for the 10 men of Newcastle as they crashed to defeat,losing 5-2. Cheers

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                                  Last Month I went to watch Newcastle United play,West Bromwich Albion at St James Park.I was given the ticket from a friend for my birthday.(thank you Les). The Modern St James Park. ------------------------- In the heart of the city of Newcastle,stands this towering structure.It is home to Newcastle United Football Club,and their loyal supporters. I was seated in the Sir John Hall stand,formerly known as the 'Leazes End'.The name was changed in honour of Sir John Hall,he was a director of the club and a geordie.Sir John also owns the Metrocentre in Gateshead,which I'm sure you have all heard of. The stand is segregated into 4 levels.All of which have catering facilities,a bar,and toilets.The family enclosure is situated in this stand,and has facilities for the disabled. In total this stand alone holds 19.252 people. The old West Stand, is now known as the 'Milburn Stand'.This houses the Platinum club and bar 1892.It also holds the Directors Box and the Press Box. The East Stand has the same facilities as the Sir John Hall Stand. Then you have the 'Gallowgate End',now known as the 'Newcastle Brown Ale stand'.I consider this to be the loudest part of the ground.It has the same facilities as the Sir John Hall Stand,but also includes a club shop,and a Police Station. The staduim holds 52.193 fans The Pitch. ----------- The pitch measures 105x68 metres. The History (the long bit) ----------- Football was first played on the turf in 1880.The ground is the oldest in the north east.It was once home to 3 clubs.Newcastle Rangers,Newcastle West End and Newcastle East End.The 3 clubs merged in 1892 and became Newcastle United. In 1898 the club was promoted to the first division.A big effort was made by the club to develop the stadium.In 1899 the capacity of the ground was 30.000. In 1905 the ground wa
                                  s again rebuilt and on opening housed 60.000.At this time it was said to be the best ground in the country. 1985,was the year of the Bradford City fire disaster.All grounds in the country came under vigourous inspection.The Club was forced to demolish the West Stand,because it was considered unsafe.Work began on a new 5 million structure.This was named the 'Milburn Stand'.Named after Jackie Miburn,one of the greatest ever players for Newcastle United.It was opened in 1987. In 1992 along came Sir John Hall,which gave the club some much needed financial backing.Work started immediatly and a new 37.000 all seater stadium was unveiled in 1995. In 2000 work was completed to bring the ground to what it is now.An impressive sight and a landmark of the region. Travel -------- Getting to the ground is easy,you can see it for miles.The easiest way is to take the Metro.You can get it from almost anywhere in the city straight to the ground, Parking ------- The ground has ample parking space.Traffic is heavy in the city though,so it is quicker to use public transport. Food ----- The food is a little expensive.2 pounds for a mince pie,and 1 pound for a coffee.It is however probably the same at all grounds. Stewards -------- Very Helpful,pleasant and good at their job. Prices of Tickets ----------------- Ticket prices range depending on where you are seated.You can pay as little as 16 pounds,to as much as 38 pounds. Final Word ---------- St James Park is clean,tidy,friendly and has a brilliant atmosphere.It is very loud(but thats a good thing isnt it?).

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