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    • My Top 5 Favourite Beers / Discussion / 0 Readings / 23 Ratings
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      02.04.2001 04:18
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      Beer. Lager. Well, whatever you want to call it, alcoholic beverages hold a special place in so many people's social lives, and therefore I decided to write a quick review of beers I like. Following a comment from a fellow dooyoo-er I should like to point out the difference between beer and lager is that beers are fermented at the top, and lagers at the bottom. So there. People still mix them up, particularly when the US uses Beer to mean lager quite often. As you can probably tell from my choices, I'm not a CAMRA member, real ale lover or anything. I mean, I prefer my pint without twigs floating around in it :) Starting from five, and working down to number one, I aim to describe each of my choices. 5 - Ashai ---------- I dont know too much about this one, but its wonderfully dry, and served ice cold is very refreshing. Hailing from Japan, this brew is one of the better imports around at the moment. Although the bottles we get here are brewed in Europe, not Japan. I bought a few bottles of this for the remarkable price of 59p from Jacksons food stores and home bargains. (the latter has a website at www.halfpriceorless.com - unsure as to whether they sell this beer here). 4 - LOWENBRAU Pils ------------------- Goodness me - only had this a few times, but my word it has a kick to it. I managed to almost make a complete fool of myself drinking this (free) at a careers related function. I could hardly function at all after downing about 6 bottles of this in 30minutes or so. I really, really will not do that again! :) Its about 5.6% tastes fairly awful until the third bottle, after which you care not about such minor issues as taste and complexity! 3 - Fosters ------------ Yes, it isnt terribly strong, its fairly common, and not the most amazing pint in the world, but its MILES better than some of the other stock draught beers/lagers offered by pubs these days. I love the m
      ock condensation covered plates on the pumps too - anyone seeing them will know exactly what I mean. 2 - Budweiser -------------- I know a lot of people dislike this popular beer, but to be honest, the quality of this, particularly when ice cold is unsurpassed as a thirst quenching drink. Having been to the Bud Beer School in Florida, I know all about this beer, in terms of its production, and how to serve it etc. here are a few facts and figures for you. o Budweiser was first brewed in 1876. o Budweiser is available in over 80 countries. o Budweiser has been the world's best-selling beer since 1957. Not to be confused with the Budvar bottled beer that can be found in the supermarkets and off licences around the country. This is a Czech beer, and uses the same hops as the US Bud (I think). Its a cracking drink in its own right, too. 1 - Hoegaarden --------------- If anyone has not tried this veritable brew, then I urge them to try it at least once. A wonderful white, creamy belgian beer, the taste of this pint is 10 times better than any of my previous choices. Having done a little research, I found that a bloke called Pierre Celis, who grew up in the small Flemish brewing town of Hoegaarden invented this pint. This small town which in the 18th century boasted 35 breweries for 3,000 inhabitants had breweries run by farmers using their own local cereal - wheat. Brewing with wheat rather than barley apparently produces a very pale beer, which if unfiltered has a cloudy appearance. Hoegaarden has become famous for this 'white' beer, which sold widely in Belgium and more recently over here. The natural unfiltered appearance of his Hoegaarden beer, has appealed to a new generation of drinkers and bars pretty much due to its wildly different taste. Wheat beers are top fermented like English ales and some were originally spontaneously fermented u
      sing wild yeasts. This resulted in quite a sour beet, and to balance this spices were added as well as hops. Pierre Celis used coriander seeds and curacao (orange peel) to provide a heady bouquet and soft spicy taste beneath its thick collar of white foam. Hoegaarden is traditionally served in a chunky six-sided tumbler. It is said that the hexagonal glass allows barmen to use a spanner to prise the empty container from determined drinkers after closing time. Although quite how true this is, is not certain :) I definitely try and nick the glasses whenever possible! Oh and it is pronounced "Who Garden", not "Ho Garden" :)

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        15.11.2000 07:08
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        The internet is completely and utterly ubiquitous. You cannot escape from that in any way, shape or form. Even "lesser" technology such as SMS and WAP have permeated into society at all levels. Hell, even old people have mobile phones. But this is about .com business, so why am I banging on about SMS and suchlike you all ask. Well, frankly I'm tired of the hype. Not in that I dont want to hear about .com this and .com that. I just think that such businesses are now no different to any other. It's no longer a new thing anymore so why all the fuss? I suppose much of it is down to the fact that the common man, and the media that represents this demographic are usually about 4 years out of touch. Any self respecting business ought to be on the net now, its foolish not to be. Whereas in the old days of the .com company, VC (Venture Capitalists) handouts were huge and advertising spends bigger, nowadays a grim reality has set it with most of the startups. The poorly managed, badly staffed ones have fallen by the wayside through mis management, a bit too much chest-puffing and new-media rhetoric. Just like any other business really, when you think about it. No matter if the company sells pegs from a small shop in Huddersfield, or its a .com startup in Soho - same rules apply. I believe this so called new economy really has to conform to the old rules.. And the sooner they do, the better off the companies will be. This boom to bust scenario will be a thing of the past. Certainly, when the VC capital dries up the companies wont even get off the ground without a proper business plan, unique idea and a target demographic more specific than "young people". The number of .com's thinking of an IPO (Initial Purchase Offering) are dropping, and thats through shear fear of the .com bubble bursting on them at the wrong moment. But, I suggest the bubble has already deflated. Bricks and mortar companies are going to be the big
        beneficiaries – they’ve watched the situations carefully, seen the mistakes, and are rolling out their web strategies in a much more civilised and controlled manner. Take GAP for example, offering unique maternity wear exclusively on the web. They don’t have the room to tell this stuff in store, but by cleverly creating a scarcity and knowing that customers trust the GAP brand name, they’ll turn a profit from very little effort. Compare this with boo.com, the ultimate style over content company. Who really understood what was going on with boo? Silly adverts, silly website. Marketing fluff does not a company make. So, where next? The future is probably wireless, and location based. Grab your mobile phone, hit the WAP menu option, and you can instantly see which shops, based on your physical location at that moment, want to sell you extra cheap clothes, last minute cinema tickets or simply show you where their nearest outlet is.

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      • Business 2.0 / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        03.11.2000 20:00
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        Well, Im a PC format subscriber, and i was called by Future Publishing and asked if I would like a years subscription to Business 2.0 for five quid for the year. After being a bit suss about the erm... well lets say it seemed a little cheap... I said OK, and Im really glad I did. The articles are always topical, relevant and provide a rich source of information, links, and opinion on todays topics. I certainly recommend the magazine for any one interested in e-commerce, or m-commerce. I need to read the magazines for articles relevent to my area of research (m-commerce and wireless security). There are often good articles in the magazine from a wide range of writers on this topic. The mag website is pretty useful as well. www.business2.co.uk This magazine is NOT a general purpose computer magazine. It is aimed at the IT professional, and assumes a reasonable level of knowledge and acumen with regards to businesses.

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        • Sports and Soccer / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          29.10.2000 04:50
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          Well I often buy things from Sports Soccer in Meadowhall, Sheffield. The shop is pretty big but is absolutely packed with stuff. One might think this is a GoodThing™ but in reality you knock most of the merchandise off the racks and shelves just walking around the shop. The staff are your usual minimum wage school leavers, but theyre pretty helpful whenever I have asked them for some help - if not always totally sure where things are. The shop is owned by Donnay - or at least, is a sister company of Donnay. Therefore you'll find theres a lot of Donnay kit in there at VERY low prices. Basic, well made T Shirts are only £3, socks £2 for three pairs, polo shirts only a fiver, theres bargain clothes galore in this shop. Sports kit is pretty cheap as well - I bought an excellent badminton racket for well under the normal price for example. They are expanding at the moment, and are obviously doing well on the back of sell more for less tactics. A new store is due to open in Sheffield, and I am sure more are opening soon. The primark of sportswear is very apt!

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          27.10.2000 05:01

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          Well, this is definitely something that varies from person to person, and theres no point in me thinking that my view is the correct one or anything. However, theres much to be said for staying at home when you study. It means Im probably much better off financially than I would be living away from home. My room doesnt have mould growing in it (Um, well, actually..!) Not only that, its good to have your own surroundings to work in, and it means you know the area, and can spend more time on your workload than trying to find where to buy pegs or whatever. Bad points? parents. lack of the "student experience" whatever that is. It really doesnt mean you have no social life - spent many a night round at mates' digs drinking etc etc. Youjust have to make more of an effort.

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          27.10.2000 04:46
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          I find the best tip for doing coursework is to start early - even if it is only just reading around the subject a little. That means ensuring that procrastination does not get the better of you. Deadlines for work are set at a reasonable level usually; they reflect the effort you need to put into any given piece of work - although they do not always take into account the other work you may have at any given time. This means that time management is vital. With reports, I find that writing the contents page first works best - breaking the work down makes life a lot easier as you can attack it in stages. You can come back to parts that are troublesome, and you can get on with areas you feel strongest in. Try and offer something innovative, and new - I am sure tutors see the same types of reports all the time, and will probably be impressed should you do something different. (within the allowed specification of course!) Talking to your tutors is a good idea as well, they are generally always willing to reply to email, or the odd quick discussion here and there to ensure you are going on the right lines. Spelling and grammar is vital; I'm convinced that it can be worth about 10% of the marks on a project. Even if not technically perfect, or carefully researched, you certainly improve your chances if your work is well written. Make sure you are writing to the correct audience. A dooyoo review is reasonably formal, an email is not, a thesis very formal. Think carefully about who wants to read such an essay. Group work forms a lot of coursework marks these days; there are ways to make sure you do well at that, too. Try and choose your own groups - think about the skills and abilities of your friends and peers, think about how likely they are to turn up for group meetings. Are there any conflicts between the members? These are all important to think about. Trust is a big part as well, you need to trust others to do work you could feasi
          bly attempt yourself. Lab reports - you may find that your experiments do not always work. Do not try and cover this up with fake results - better marks are given for more honest reports, with ideas as to why the expected results are not achieved. Talking to your peers is an excellent way to find out what is required of you - perhaps they have a different take on the specification you have been given. Not everyone handles assignments the same, and you need to do what feels best to you. There are the obvious pitfalls around hand in time, too. Printing is always tricky nearer the deadline time, as the law of sod states that what can go wrong probably will. I tend to get a rough print done before I have totally finished, and keep this with me in case of any last minute mishaps - a slightly rougher piece of work handed in is better than nothing at all. Always keep a copy of your work. I have heard horror stories of work that has gone missing from being handed in, to getting marked. This can result in zero marks, despite the fact that you have done nothing wrong. Try and get a receipt for handing work in (some universities do this). There is a useful list of links to help you with writing reports below.... good luck! http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/advise.html

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            27.10.2000 04:30
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            I dont see that working during your degree offers you the best chance of doing your best when it comes to marks. I realise that the financial pressures are great - I should know - Im on the 4th year of my degree after all! But, I do wonder if a study has been done to show the correlation between marks and amount of time worked. Cramming a social life into your schedule is hard enough, without working as well. I think the rewards of working hard and getting a good job from good grades is more important that some beer money for a friday night, frankly. I understand that people have to work to make ends meet, but Im convinced that their work would suffer in general. May I point out that not every single person who works is basically going to fail - just that it is an extra worry when youre going thru the most important 3 or 4 years of your life. The money we get from the government is pretty appalling, and barely covers rents and living costs, but it is a case of doing the sums. Perhaps stopping work during busy times such as deadlines, and exams would be most suitable, but finding an employer who would allow this might be hard. Oh and student employers generally dont exactly have your best interests at heart.

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            • Old vs New Universities... / Discussion / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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              27.10.2000 04:13
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              Experience - that is, not just work experience, but the overall experience of being at a certain university is probably the most important when it comes to getting a decent well paid job. When applying to university, I decided that I wanted to do computing, and had options of Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam university (needed to stay local at the time). Now, Sheffield has a big reputation as a redbrick, and has a decent computing course. However, although I was accepted by both institutions, I decided to go to Sheffield Hallam. I dont regret this at all, I am now in year 4 of my degree, and have already got an excellent 15 months of work experience through my course. This is surely valuable experience and will look great on the CV. Conversely, the course at Sheffield is very maths based, and mainly theoretical. I'd be very concerned going into a job from having no experience. For me, the old-school university offers me nothing in terms of a career, except perhaps a slightly more illustrious degree which will matter not a jot after a few years in industry. Certainly something to consider when choosing a university.

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            • Train safety / Discussion / 0 Readings / 18 Ratings
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              12.10.2000 03:31
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              Why is it that the ATP system is deemed too expensive for roll out on the existing train infrastructure. Although the arguments are fairly obvious, surely a price should not be put on lives. Regardless of protection systems or not, trains are generally safe, and I often wonder if the figures released for ATP roll-out refer to *ALL* trains/lines getting ATP. Surely there is little reason to use this system on all the trains. Would a combination of the two systems available be better? For example, the West Coast Main Line trains would be more usefully equipped with ATP, but a smaller regional train running on rural lines would never need it.

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              • JJ72 in general / Archive Music / 0 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                02.09.2000 23:18
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                Well I dont know about anyone else, but for me, this one of the most eagerly awaited debut albums since Mansuns essential "Attack of the Grey Lantern". This eponymous release comes on the back of hectic touring in the last year, as well as three successful singles: Long Way South, Snow and Oxygen. The latter enjoying some serious airplay and a Top of the Pops appearance for the Dublin band. Fronted by the excellent Mark Greaney, the energy of the three piece that is JJ72, comes from the youthful exuberance of the three members. Mark, for example is merely 17 years of age, and has only recently finished his schooling. He is backed up by Hilary Woods on bass; blonde, impish and brooding she performs magnificiently, and the bass throughout the album is outstanding. Drummer Fergal Matthews makes up the threesome. For fact fans, the album was produced by Ian Caple, at the Chipping Norton Studios, and mixed at the fortress & dairy. Weighing in at 12 tracks, and 45 minutes, the tracklisting, with appropriate comments, follows... October Swimmer --------------- The opener is utterly beautiful. Perhaps the strongest track on the album, alongside Algeria, October Swimmer is an immediate, and quite startling introduction to Greaney's falsetto, almost delicate vocals. The emotion in the track is very tangible. It makes you want to close your eyes and bawl out the chorus "I want to be a happy boy/This means you must employ my lies". I know its one of THOSE tracks. It gives me goosebumps. Its that good. Probably the most amazing piece of music written in 2000. Seriously. "I dont need anyone / And you dont need anyone" Well I think we probably *need* JJ72 if they carry on like this. Undercover Angel ---------------- Starting off in an accoustic solo. The vocals, still delicate, kick in with dramatic effect. Although at first glance, this simple
                song, with rather simplistic lyrics really kicks in with the chorus, with power chords, and clever chord changes. Oxygen ------- Probably the best known track to most people. The third single to be released from the album (all strangely, before its release). Another excellent sing a long chorus. To try and compare it to other material would be futile. Many others have tried, and I see a different side to the band than most, a more unique side. "You and I / We're going so high / The air is getting thin" Probably refers to their stature if enough people buy this release. Accompanied by a string arrangement, this deserved to do even better than it did. Not quite up to the amazing quality of the opener, but very beautiful nontheless. Willow ------ A quieter start to this track. More accoustic guitarwork, and much deeper vocals. As Mark Greaney's voice increases in pitch, the track comes to life as the strings kick in, and you are drawn the the lyrical content. A lovely little hook line completes this very relaxed, reflective track. A stronger finish, with more excellent strings arranged by Rosie Wetters. Surrender --------- Opening with strange eerie "Oooh ooOhh" noises. A more disjointed track at first, surrender sounds more mainstream than some of the other tracks on here. Once the chorus(?) starts, the vocals sound very much like Paul Vickers from the excellent Dawn of the Replicants. More power choruses and quieter verse sections, still eerie and very much vehicles for Mark Greaneys vocal talent. Long Way South -------------- Starting off with almost Seafood clangy guitars. I guess in some ways, the vocals, and song structure is nearest to Placebo than anything, yet remains totally unique. Quite different to much of the other material on this release, an almost sinister edge to this track really differentiates it from the others.
                Snow ---- One of the other single releases from this album, more almost falsetto vocals. "Why wont it snow / like they said it would / what is it they know" gives a sort of paranoid flood of rock which perhaps tries to capture that awful "Will it snow and get us a day off school?" feeling you get when you were a kid. Erm, they *are* kids... one almost forgets. Broken Down ----------- I thought it was my hi-fi they were talking about at first - a mansun-eque 20 seconds of silence, to be greeted with an unaccompanies vocal singing "Pasta Machines broke down / by the weed in the field" Bizarre. Incredible falsetto croonings again by Greaney, and this track becomes a total showcase for his talent once again. A soft track, with very powerful sections where necessary. The sort of track that stick in your head. Minimal guitars, maximum emotional content. Improv ------ A solo, soft, almost lullaby beginning to this track, almost mantra like vocal work. It is no coincidence that much of the album is a showcase, and vehicle for *that* voice. Incredibly high, ever emotive - give this track to someone and they'll probably make their own comparisons; Fergal Sharkey, Brian Molko, Davey Crockett, Thom Yorke. Very good company indeed. Totally accoustic, one has to feel sorry for the drummer and bass player. Not like you ------------ Xylophones! Yes, a xylophone intro here, and more accoustic, vocal heavy, backing lite emotional material here. A stop start effort, which perhaps, despite the hooklines and still amazing quality, is the weakest track on the album. Algeria ------- Stunning, I love this track. Even though the rhyming scheme is a little obvious and contrived, this track really has to be heard believed. Its the hookline that does it. Loud chorus of "Spring it dies / Summer arrives / summer dies / autumn arrives / au
                tumn dies / winter arrives / forever" The massive guitar fuzz sounds, the overlapping bassline, the vocals... outstanding, and it sticks so emotively in your head. Bumble Bee ---------- Last track on the album, and it is one of those albums that makes you sorry to be hearing the last track. You so want it to continue on and on. A quieter track, reflective, yet more powerful sections, and a fine finish to proceedings. An outstanding achievement from a band so young, so new, and with such grand ideas. For the greater part, they accomplish what many were worried might escape them. They have written a mature, powerful, ever emotional 12 track album which deserves to be in anyones collection. Sigur Ros with louder guitars. Essential purchase for anyone listening to alternative music, and available for 9.99 right now.

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                  22.08.2000 05:29
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                  I dont know about anyone else, but I love the olympics! Despite the fact the americans always win all the medals worth winning, and Britain win like... silver in the equestrian or something equally boring, its still such fun! How is is possible to take a genuine interest in Weightlifting for three weeks? Or know the star players in the Ugandan hockey team. I know not, why these normally mundane sports seem to take on such a interesting edge for the duration of the games, they just do. I guess its the same thing that gets people watching "The Worlds Strongest Man" every Boxing Day. Theres always a huge number of sports on show, and the coverage on the beeb is always top notch and take it all seriously, and have commentators who seem to know *something* about greco-roman wrestling or whatever.

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                  The OBLIVION ride is, for me, the main attraction at alton towers. To feel that force pressing against your chest for a few seconds - its the nearest thing to skydiving or jumping off a tall building or something. Although the queues are sometimes long, I feel that the way that you do queue for rides at AT is very cool. They intice you and force you to look at what youre about to endure. I dont know about anyone else, but this really gets me thinking "oh my god do I wanna get ON this ride"? :o) Very smart.

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                  • The Euro / Discussion / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                    17.08.2000 05:43
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                    I keep changing my opinion on the euro - but really, all the in depth analysis of the financial effects of it are all well and good. Very interesting in fact. But what about the other things that will be good and bad about the Euro. You know everyday sort of things... heres my little humourous list GOOD o I get quite excited at the prospect of having new coins, notes and the whole getting used to it. It'd be quite fun I think, although I reckon a lot of people might disagree! o It'll put less money in the pockets of those Bureau de Change places. Anyone bothering to use one of them will know what I mean. Buy back/commission/minimum fees etc etc GRRRR! o The euro symbol looks pretty cool (try typing one using AltGr+4!) €€€€€€€€€eeeks! BAD o Wont be able to do that funny thing with the queens face on banknotes. You know the one, where you can make her smile or frown by folding lines into the paper! o We'd have to share notes with loads of other countries, potentially spreading more germs [holds back the laughter] o Comedy interpretations of the euro symbol on market signs.

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                    • Six - Mansun / Music Album / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                      14.08.2000 06:14
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                      Whatever do I mean? Well, think about the three albums Mansun have written. Attack of the Grey Lantern - Brooding, sweeping orchestral passages, with rocked out guitar let punk/pop. Easy to get to love, listenable, and accessible. Six - A sprawled out, schizo concept album, inaccessible, complicated. Little Kix - Accessible, fresh, well produced catchy tunes. So why a future masterpiece? Well very very few people understand Six. It is so multi-levelled its unbelievable. It works in so many levels, and facets. Sitting down to it doesnt work, listening to it in the background is futile. So how can you make it sound as intended. Listen to it with headphones, in the dark, after listening it lantern or kix. You'll understand a little more. ONe of the most complicated, yet fascinating pieces of music ever.

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                    • V2000 / Archive General / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                      I doubt I could seriously submit the word Mansun 75 times and it be allowed as a real opinion. Dooyoo would complain. Please - if you do nothing else this summer, go and make your life complete by seeing mansun at their Prime. With new material, a new vigour, outlook and style, Mansun will eclipse any other artist over the weekend. Forget the fact you have to suffer the tent theives, crapped up toilets, drug induced loonies etc, get down the front of the stage, lift your head towards Paul Draper and give thanks for what you are about to receive. A revelation live, this band will make V2000 rock like never before.

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