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I have had my suspisions for a few years now due to reading a lot of information in magazines, but 5 months ago, I was officially diagnosed with having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
What is it? I hear you ask. Basically about 20-25% of women have it, but most dont even realise this. It is a complex which effects the ovaries, making them larger than normal and disallows them to develop properley. Eggs are rarely released for reproduction because of this, which means lower fertility than a "normal" woman and there is an hormone imbalance (more testosterone produced than usual).
This is followed by other problems/symptoms as follows:
*Acne (especially around the jaw area)/ oily skin
*Hairitus (Unwanted body hair!)
*High blood pressure and cholestrol
Gladly I only mainly suffer the first 4 in the above list. You dont have to have every symptom.
How did i know i had it? I visited the doctors about 2 years ago with my suspicions as something had never felt right. He sent me for an ultrasound test. I Had to drink approx 3 pints of water to fill my bladder, to enable them to see the ovaries clearly. I didnt drink enough water and they could not see anything so they had to do an internal "ultrasound" instead. The results came back as abnormal but my doctor brushed this off, saying I didnt need to do anything. I went home feeling a bit disappointed that they couldnt do anything about it, it can not be cured, but symptoms can be controlled. I returned to the doctor about a year later who did a blood test to doubly confirm that I actually had the condition. This time he sent me for an appointment at the hospital to throughly discuss this. At 9 stone and 5"5 she told me this was a perfect weight but to maintain this weight as any weight gain could cause diabetes due to over insulin production.
I was prescribed the contraceptive pill "Dianette". This can be used only by people with bad acne or PCOS. It helps to rebalance your hormones, stop any male hair growth patterns, and acne. The only bad thing is, it can have side effects of depression and weight gain which are both symptoms of PCOS in themselves !! I have been taking it for 4 months now and my acne has just about cleared up (it wasnt really that bad but there wa always at least 5 spots there!). It usually only takes 2 weeks according to doctors but it took miles longer than that for me. I havent gained weight (only a couple of pounds over xmas due to chocolates!), i have only had the usual depression which everyone gets now and then, but if anything the pills make me feel more confident in myself. My hair seems to have gotten a little thicker and grown faster than usual too! If you suffer from hairitus, apparently the pill takes about 6 months to begin to work on this. The pill also doubles up as a contraceptive too which cant be bad !!
Its not a nice condition to have but if you dont smile, you will only cry.
I used to work for a mortgage company as an underwriter, dealing with hundreds of people and companies who sent us things all the time.
One day i was sat there, working away, steam coming out of my pen, etc etc... When a box was hand delivered, addressed to our 3 man secured loans team. "What could this be?" we wondered "paper? stationery? leaflets?"... well, we opened the first box and inside, there was another box with a sticker sealing it, saying "Handy Candy". What was this? Another silly waste of time promotion from another company? No it wasn't, upon fully opening the white box, the lovely pink crepe paper made my eyes pop open, but not as much as the treats hidden inside - Retro Sweets from when i was a child! We could not believe it !! After digging into the box and stealing the best treats, i found a business card with a web address on - www.HandyCandy.com. I went onto the website and was faced with one of the best things i have seen all year!
The website is basically an old fashioned sweet shop where you can have hampers of all different sizes and types delivered to you, or a special person (or our company in this case!). They gift wrap it all up for you and deliver it on the day that you specify within reason.
Any old sweet that you can think of, they do it! Examples are as follows:
Kopp Kops, Cherry Lips, Monkey Nuts, Coconut Mushrooms, Fish n Chips, Cola Cubes, Yorkshire Mixtures, Aniseed Balls, Mojos, Wham Bars, Golden Nuggets, Fizz Whizz, etc etc etc
They have different categories of sweet hampers for special occassions such as weddings, or the more recent one, Valentines day. They usually have about 8+ different themed hampers to choose from, ranging in price from approx £11.99 upwards. For Valentines they include sweets such as Love Hearts, Jelly Lips, Fizzy Hearts and other fitting sweets included to fit the "theme".
They also have 6 month subscription hampers that you can buy for approx £116.99. Sounds like a lot of money but the boxes are massive with loads of different things in and are different every month.
You can of course buy the sweets just in small bags if you wish, there are many options and choices.
Free Deliveries on orders over £45.00
This is a simple potato bake which goes well as a side on almost anything, or even as a full meal if you fancy it (although i do not feel there is enough flavour to eat on its own!)
I would not say it is an outstanding dish, but average and a "filler" for your plate, as chips would be. Definately puts a spin on plain old mashed potatoe though.
The oven needs to be set to 220 degrees before popping the finished product in to cook.
You need to start off with the main ingredient of potatoes. You can use Maris Pipers' or King Edwards. For 2 people you will need about 450g. Whichever one you decide, these will need to be peeled and cut into pieces which are about 2 cms big. They then need to be boiled in a pan until tender (usually about 20 mins)
While the potatoes are boiling, cut 3 big leeks into 1cm sized pieces. Place 25g of butter into a pan to melt, and then add the leeks to gently cook for 10 minutes. Make sure you keep checking them because i burnt mine the first time - not only did it make my kitchen stink but i had to stand and cut another load to put in!!
Going back to the potatoes. Once boiled, drain all the water out and them mash with a masher (tp ensure no lumps!), add 25g of butter, a lightly beaten large egg, and 150g of mature cheddar cheese. Once mixed together, add the leaks which should now be cooked.
This mix now goes into an ovenproof dish, sprinkling 50g of mature cheddar cheese (or more if you wish).
Take out of the oven in 10 minutes.
As i mentioned above, the flavour of the cheese isnt really strong enough to give the bake a really full flavour. You can always use different cheeses or add more if you wish to.
I cant remember where i got the recipe for this as it has become a scruffy little piece of paper that i wrote the ingredients on.
I made Salmon Fingers once for my boyfriend and they are the simplest and quickest things to make ever. I am poor at cooking but he thought I had bought them and wouldnt believe that i made them!!!
You are best off buying salmon without the bones or skin because you can eat them with ease and enjoy them more knowing that you wont get a skinny little bone stab you in the gums! You will need about a 260g pack for 2 people.
Along with the main ingredient of salmon, you will need the following: 1 large egg, 25g of butter (melted!), 150g of breadcrumbs (preferably nice n fresh), 2 tbsp of seseme seeds.
Now slap your oven onto 220 degrees while preparing the food.
The first step is to cut the salmon into chunky fingers. I like to do them about 2 inches long and about an inch thick, but you can do them whatever size you want really.
Secondly, totally cover a plate in your breadcrumbs and the seseme seeds. I like to "stir" with a fork to make sure there is an even coverage of the seseme seeds.
Beat the egg into a jug and add the melted butter. Once sufficiently mixed, dip in the pieces of salmon, fully saturating them.
Roll the fingers in the breadcrumb/seseme seed mix until fully covered and then place on an oven baking tray.
Bake for 12 minutes.
= Lovely meal.
You may want to cook something to go alongside this, eg; broccolli, asparagus, chips, potatoes.
You can make this without the seseme seeds but it is so much nicer with them plus they are extremely cheap to buy!!!
BooHoo.com is a website which sells clothes for women sizes 8-14 which covers the mainstream sizes, but unfortunate for a lot of people as this isnt a very big range.
The clothes are very cheap, you can buy dresses for approx £18, tops for approx £5, etc...and there are also always sales going on - at the moment there are items going for 70% off !! Not the best items but there are still some quite cool things in there.
The styles not only range from what is currently in fashion but also basic everyday generic things like t-shirts, shirts for work, etc. You can find almost anything you want on here, not only clothes but accessories, jackets, shoes... I do not find the look of these additional items attractive though, i feel they all look rather tacky.
The clothes are well presented on this simple and well designed site with the ability to zoom in on the items and look at the item in all directions. The only downfall is that the items barely have a description other than the name. It is easy to find what you require and once you have clicked into the necessary category, it brings up a whole picture list of clothing. You can choose how to view these, whether it be on a sliding bar or a basic list.
I have ordered from here about 3 or 4 times and in all honesty have always been slightly disappointed with items, left feeling like they looked better in the pictures and on the models!! I suppose you are taking the same risks as you would with a catalogue, not been able to try it on or feel the material.
The service is brilliant, always delivered near enough the next day. I have also had a problem once when i ordered the same item twice by accident. I called the helpline and it was simply deleted with no problems.
If you sign up to the newsletter you get about 1 or 2 emails a week with offers, etc. Its quite a good read!
TIP: Search on Google for voucher codes for the site before you order as there is near enough always a discount code somewhere !!
Your average After Eights (produced by Nestle) are known as the thin dark chocolate squares with a lovely cream mint fondant in the middle. They are individually wrapped in little black "envelopes".
Now it came as a surprise to me this Christmas when i received this wonderful tube of After Eight Sticks. I didn't really know what to make of them but within seconds i was of course, opening the tube. My first impression was that the packaging made them look quite expensive as it is a very strong and sturdy tube with a very simple posh looking and effective design mainly consisting of being silver in colour.
The sticks of dark chocolate were very smooth to bite into and broke of very easily. I would not say that i was impressed, but i wasnt disappointed either. The fondant in the middle of these sticks is not the same texture or thickness as the original After Eight. These sticks boast a thicker fondant.
Once you eat a few you cant stop until you finish them. I dont feel that there are enough in the tube (unless thats just greedy old me!). I probably wouldnt purchase these myself as a treat but if someone bought me them i would be very grateful!!
You can purchase different types of After Eights in different shapes, forms and flavours now and i do think that these were a step forward in general.
Take a break is a brilliant magazine for everyone regardless of age and sex. It is jam packed full of all different things from fiction, to real life, to love rats, to facts and figures.
I would say that age range of the reader could be 14+, although i am sure that some of the content wouldnt be suitable for such a young age (pictures of surgery, horror stories about murders - nothing goes amiss!). I remember reading my mums copy from when i was about 12 - yes this magazine has been knocking around for all that time!
We'll start off with the front cover. As with most magazines, this is very bright and eye catching with bold story titles in yellow, white and black to entice you into purchasing.
The magazine includes the following:
Puzzles: throughout the magazine, there are little puzzles of all different natures from difficult to easy, to suit everyone. You can apply for competitions upon completing these puzzles via text or post.
Photos: Readers can send photos in - funny, serious, cute... etc...
Real Life stories: As mentioned earlier, this magazine does not mess around when it comes to its variation of real life stories !!! My personal favorites are the love rats sections and women being ripped off by Turkish toyboy lovers. But, there are also stories of murder, illnesses, success stories, the lot.
The Brainwaves Roadshow: This is where readers can share their top tips. For me, this is more of a comedy page. Who can take a letter serious when it says "If you are bored whilst washing your plates, give them names and make them talk to each other" - i genuingly thought i was seeing things when i read that. Unbelieveable.
Health: There are many health facts of recent medical research. There is always a different story each week on a true life medical problem. There is also a part where you can write in to "Dr Knott" for health advice.
Recipies: This is a 2 page spread of various different recipies
Beauty: Readers send letters in to TAB for beauty advice and to tip off other readers with their own advice.
Fashion: This usually consists of a couple of pages of fashion.
Travel: Each week there is a double page spread on a travel destination.
Problem pages: Rather than the usual advice that would come from an Agony Aunt, the Agony Aunt, Katie, has a database with different readers that give advice to them that have been on the same situation.
Food: Food is tested from different shops to see where the best place is to buy the featured product of the week
Fiction: There is always a fiction story of no paticular genre featured.
Letters page: Readers write in with letters of any nature
This magazine usually features approx 76 pages and costs 78p ( a penny or so a page! This is sold every week on a Thursday. It is a little disappointing that half of the magazine is covered in advertisements though. There is one on nearly every other page!
I have been purchasing this magazine since it came out. It is jam packed with everything from real life stories to celebrities.
Currently this sells for 68p, but every now and then it is on offer for around half price. There are approx 60 pages in this weekly magazine which is on sale every Tuesday.
The cover is very bright, always with a white background and bright pink logo to draw you in. It is A4 sized and has a glossy cover which boasts the titles of the stories which feature inside the magazine.
Flicking through the magazine, I come across the following:
Editors words - The editor Karen Pasquali Jones gives you the lowdown on her week and usualy tells a funny story
Celebrities - There is usually a celebrity story included within the magazine and also a double page spread on celeb stories of the week.
Real Life - This is jam packed full of real life stories, from tragic to serious to comical to shocking - there are no holds barred!
Fashion - Celebrities model the latest fashions. This is over 4 pages usually.
Beauty - Make up hints and tips are included here and the latest products are advertised.
Letters - readers can send in their opinions on almost anything
Hunks - You can send in pictures of your own hunks and there is usually a large pic of a male celebrity for the ladies too
Hints & Tips - Readers send in the handy tips
Health - A professional doctor answers your questions and there are also health stories and facts
Surgery - There is a page where surgeon Shiva Singh answers your plastic surgery questions
Problems - Trisha Goddard answers your problems. There is also an additional sex confidential page answered by a Dr.
Home Shopping & Furniture
Food/ Recipies - 4 different recipies
Puzzles - There are 4 pages of puzzles which you can enter competitions with
As you can see, there is a massive variation of things in this magazine, almost everything you need!
The magazine does have a few pages of adverts sliced in between but not an overly massive amount.
This aired on Channel 4 on 28th October 2008 at 8:00pm and will continue to every week until Miss Naked Beauty is decided.
This is hosted by the one and only Gok Wan of "How to Look Good Naked", who is accompanied by Myleene Klass of Hear'say fame.
Miss Naked Beauty is the ultimate 21st century beauty contest between 12 "normal" women of all different shapes and sizes. They must undertake different tasks to stay in the game.
The show began where all 12 contestants had to be photographed intimately, framing and zooming in on their least favorite body part. For some women this was a nightmare, and one girl even had a panic attack at the sheer thought of having to get her bum out. Least favorite body parts ranged from one girl who had had a boob reduction and regretted it to another girl who hated the bottom of her back. It goes to show people can be hung up on the smallest of things which other people find gorgeous or don't even notice !!
All in all this activity proved sucessful with the girls feeling a little better about themselves after Gok in his usual way reassured the ladies and pointed out that they werent as bad as they thought.
The next part of the show featured Lisa Rogers who investigates the worrying rise in cosmetic surgery. She met up with Alicia Douvall, the serial boob job addict and well known glamour model come z-lister. She reveals her latest boob job and shows the scars which "should have healed by now" and tells of her plans to have her 15th boob job as soon as possible. UK surgeons will not see her due to the amount of scar tissue she had accumulated, but she has had a surgeon in the US agree to undertake this procedure. The blonde glamour model, who has said in the past that her 12-year-old daughter wants a boob job already, admits that she has spent over £1 million pound on trying to get the perfect pair.
Alicia has severe Body Dymorphia (this is where people think there is something wrong with their body and concentrate on this and can not stop thinking about it) and is a perfect example of someone with this condition. Lisa goes more into this condition, highlighting the reasons why more and more people are suffering due to the surgery boom and the following of celebrities.
The show continues with the girls next task which is to change the size of the British high streets. They meet up with the managers of Debenhams to try and convince them to change their Size 8-10 window models to a more realistic size 14. They are split into two teams - A & B, and sent onto the streets with a curvy Size 14 model which they have to utilise in their own way to gather evidence and points to take into their meeting with Debenhams. They speak to the public, asking opinions, whilst gathering information. They also speak to various clothes shops to ask if they will display their Size 14 model in the window temporarily to see what the public reaction will be. Team B gain the approval of a few independant shops, while Team A sucessfully and shockingly convince Miss Selfridges of Oxford Street to not only display their model but to dress in their own clothing too!!
After much research, the teams finally meet up with Debenhams to give their presentation. Team A choose to have each member of the team to have their say. Debenhams are impressed with this, although they feel a couple of members waffled a little. Team B go for the approach where they use only 3 members of the team to give the speech. Debenhams ask immediately after why they didnt all have a turn. They did not seem impressed with this team but do decide to display these models.
Upon this, the two teams are put in front of a panel of judges including: James Brown - Lads mag dude, Kathryn Fleet - Journalist, Mica Paris - An acclaimed musician, actress and broadcaster, and also a successful TV presenter. They will all decide which two members will be leaving. The girls are criticised on everything from one girl being too quiet in the presentations, one girl looking too "smug" on her intimate photo, the girl who had the panic attack gets shot down and flames for being unconfident. Team A are all told they are to stay in the game. Team B however are all told that two girls from their team will be leaving.
The two girls who were eliminated were Anna and Laura, whos interviews can be read on the Channel 4 website.
The remaining girls will be judged on new challenges next week....
I really enjoyed this show. It is very refreshing to watch as it goes against everything that the youth of today seems to follow in magazines; planning surgery before they are even old enough, starving themselves to look like Cheryl Tweedy and the like. This isnt just a feel good program, it is there to bring you smashing back down to reality.
Also, what I like about this program strangely enough is the way in which there is so much nudity but because of the nature of the program and the way it is handled, it isnt embarrassing, degrading or seedy.
This is about normal people living in the real world and I will be watching this again.
Jaffa Cakes are a very long running and popular biscuit/cake, produced by McVitie's. I personally love these but do not feel they are as popular as they used to be.
The are approx 2 inches in diameter (they are around shape), but you can also purchase them in a smaller mini size. The normal sized ones come in a blue box with "Jaffa Cakes" written in "orange peel", which makes them stand out from the shelf. The mini Jaffa Cakes have pretty much the same design but are in a small plastic packet. There are further variations of packages ways you can purchase them in but these seem to be the most popular !
When you bite into them, you come across 3 different layers. Depending upon which way up you are eating it, this consist of; a thin chocolate layer, a thin layer of orange jelly in the middle, and the biggest layer of the lot - the soft sponge.
The best bit about this biscuit is the softness and texture of the bite. I would not dip this into a cup of tea though as it will go soggy and ruin it !!
Each biscuit is 46kcal and 1g in fat and contains the following ingredients:
The price of these vary but are usually around £1.30 for 12, £2.10 for 24.
Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Plain Chocolate (20%)[Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Butter Oil, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E476), Cocoa Butter, Natural Vanilla Flavouring], Sugar, Wheat Flour, Whole Egg, Water, Dextrose Monohydrate, Concentrated Orange Juice (8% Orange Juice Equivalent), Glucose Syrup, Citric Acid, Humectant (Glycerine), Gelling Agent (Pectin), Vegetable Oil, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dried Whole Egg, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Natural Flavourings, Natural Colour (Curcumin).
They have a cool website too - http://www.jaffaholics.com/flash.html
Biscuits come and go but this one is definately here to stay!
I don't keep games for long but I really enjoy this and wouldn't dream of selling! This is a very comical and funny game.
The game is quite simple (in a good way) with low graphics, very variable games, randomness and all round fun.
There are approx 200 party games that last about 3-5 seconds each and are randomly thrown at you one after the next. The Wii remote is placed in a different position for each game, consisting of crazy ways such as; "The Mohawk" - where you place the remote on top of your head like a mohican, "The Elephant" - where you place the remote at the end of your nose like a trunk, "The Tug of War" - you hold the remote like you would a piece of rope in a Tug of War.
The main menu consists of many fun levels for you to unlock and conquer, some of which are harder than others. Each level has approx 10-15 of the short party games for you to quickly run through, positioning the remote how it instructs you to before each game. It sounds like a massive effort to swap and change so often, but that is the aim of the game - it is very quickly paced.
The various games consist of silly things such as:
*Balancing a sweeping brush on your palm for 3 seconds
*Sawing a piece of wood
*Doing squat thrusts
*Pumping up a balloon
*Drinking a drink without spilling it on yourself
There really is no shortage of variation.
You can also play the game with a friend in different modes, where you pass the remote to each other really quickly after your short game and whoever fails a game first, looses! It could go on forever!
The only downfall in this game for me is that it can be completed very quickly, but it is still fun to go back through it again as the games are randomly selected anyway.
The game can be purchased as new for the RRP of £34.99, Pre Owned from Game/Gamestation, etc for approx £29.99, or on eBay for approx £10.00.
I would say that this game is for all ages and can be enjoyed by everyone.
As an avid Wii player and also a massive fan of Segas previous Sonic the Hedgehog games, I purchased this with high hopes.
Although very action packed, brilliant graphics and sound, plenty of different games, I felt very disappointed.
The whole game has a Middle Eastern theme and there are two ways in which you can go about playing:
Challenges: 100 high velocity missions set in stunning fantastical locations.
Play with friends: 40 party games for up to 4 players
The Challenge Mode is slighty disappointing to me and I could not continue to play after the first 5 minutes. There is a very, very long story book played before you get into the actual game. You feel like you are waiting a long time for it to start, all for this irrelavant and boring feature. Although there are many missions mainly based around "ring collecting", I feel from what I saw, they were quite boring and standard!
On a different note - the Party Mode has a massively brilliant range of games; some are very generic, but unlike other party games for the Wii, there are some truly original/different games too: for example on one game, there are a pile of mats in the middle of the room and you have to move your Wii remote in a motion as though you are actually pulling the mats away. Whoever pulls the most mats off wins! - sounds crazy but it is quite fun!
This mode is basically set out where all player start in boats at the beginning of a river and whoever wins each party game, moves up the river. Whoever gets to the end first wins the whole thing! After each party game, it takes you on to this screen, and takes approx 3 minutes of you having to sit and watch the boats move down the river - this can be very boring and frustrating! Also, you can fall into whirl pools down the river which sends you backwards, or be blown forward by the wind to take you further to the front. I feel that whoever wins the game is not truly the winner because of this.
You can have up to 4 players which is brilliant if you actually have 4 remotes and 4 friends who are willing to play this with you all the time. If you do not have all 4 players, you play against the CPU to make up for these players - this is personally a downfall for me as I do not like to play it this way, but you dont get a choice.
On gaming websites, this game generally gets a score of about 6-7/ 10 which I feel is definately too generous.
This can be played by kids as well as adults. The story book feature would be targetted more towards kids but the hardness of some of the games may be aimed more towards adults.
RRP is £39.99 but you can get this miles cheaper from all different shops such as Zavvi.
Back of the box:
"An evil genie has brought mayhem to the magical storybook world of the Arabian Nights, He's hunting the all-powerful Secret Rings, and there's only one hero standing in his way. Now able to slow time and boost himself to incredible speeds, Sonic will need to be faster than ever on his most dazzling adventure yet!
Hailing from Leeds, Kaiser Chiefs blasted into the charts 3 and a half years ago (2005) with this album. It includes some timeless classics which no one will every forget like "I Predict a Riot", "Oh My God", Modern Way", "Everyday I Love You Less & Less". All tracks soared to the top of the charts.
For me I had to listen to this album a few times before deciding it was good. Once i passed that stage, i was addicted! The reason for this is that it is so different to anything else that was around at the time and took a while to get used to. Each and every track is catchy, in all a massive sound and content range.
Very experimental both vocally and instrumentally. Different.
This is the type of album you can put on in the background or in turn, to rock out to with your friends.
1. Everyday I Love You Less and Less - Upbeat start to the album. Instrumentally experimental and very sing-along
2. I Predict A Riot - This is an indie anthem which is played time and time again in clubs/radio stations, etc. This was covered by Lilly Allen shortly after Kaiser Chiefs release. This is the most popular track by them to date.
3. Modern Way - A soothing, quite serious track by the guys.
4. Na Na Na Na Naa - Again, an upbeat track and vocally experimental. Could have been hit or miss but it was definately a hit.
5. You Can Have It All - Turning the mood of the album again, a slow track which is nice without stepping into the "boyband" category
6. Oh My God - KC's other massive, massive hit. Indie dancefloors all across the UK are still going mental over this.
7. Born To Be A Dancer - One of my least favorites as I feel it struggles to be individual in comparison to the other tracks. Maybe a little droney.
8. Saturday Night - Upbeat. One of the best tracks on the album. The vocals to this are really fun and fresh.
9. What Did I Ever Give You - Again, another slow track to keep the album neutral. Emotional but not too serious. The instrumental backs up the vocals well.
10. Time Honoured Tradition - Lyrics are very original and comically arranged. The content of the lyrics allows you to see they are a serious band as well as "jokers".
11. Caroline, Yes - To me, this is a bit of a filler track but still cool, fresh and enjoyable.
12. Team Mate - The best slow track on the album. This is a very good "closer" to the album as an oppose to the beginning track. This track says "we can be serious as well as fun"
Out of all the Green Day albums to date, this is one of my least favorites of mine and the majority of fans.
If i had to be true to myself, I would only really recommend to hardcore Green Day fans like myself as i feel it would not be appreciated as much as other GD stuff.
There as some serious classics off this album such as Brain Stew/Jaded, but a lot of the other tracks would definately not be appreciated by mainstream listeners ad this is a very much pure "punk" based album. Most of the tracks are at a very rapid pace.
This album was released in 1995 and although seen as a "failure" to some, this is true Green Day going back to their roots and experimenting.
1. Armatage Shanks
3. Stuck With Me (Released 1995)
4. Geek Stink Breath (Released 1995)
5. No Pride
6. Bab's Uvula Who?
8. Panic Song
9. Stuart and the Ave.
10. Brain Stew (Released jointly with Track 11 as they are classed as the same song 1995)
12. Westbound Sign
13. Tight Wad Hill
14. Walking Contradiction (released 1996)
NME says that Kaiser Chiefs passed the difficult "second album" stage with this one.My own opinion of this is that is was distinctly average in comparison to the first album. This does not mean this is album is bad or a total failure. I have listened to and enjoyed listening to on many occassions.
"Ruby" was not a good reflection on the overall album. I feel that they could have chosen a better first single from the tracks.
The lyrics in a lot of the songs are quite comical and make you smile but not to the degree of being ridiculous or too full on.
In comparison the the first album "Employment", not much has changed and there isnt much originality compared to the last. However, compared to the new album "Off With Their Heads" - which seems to be stuck for ideas, this is brilliant.
I would recommend purchasing but only if it is for under £8 somewhere. Luckily enough the average price on ebay seems to be lingering around £6.
2. The Angry Mob
3. Heat Dies Down
5. Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning)
6. Thank You Very Much
7. I Can Do It Without You
8. My Kind Of Guy
9. Everything Is Average Nowadays
10. Boxing Champ
11. Learnt My Lesson Well
12. Try Your Best