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      31.07.2012 01:48
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      A lovely wax tart burner!

      For years I'd been seeing Yankee candles and accessories on QVC and heard people raving about them, but I've always been put off by the prices. I decided to buy one of the littlest candles just to see what all the fuss was about. It was only when I took the wrapper off that I found it had no wick and learnt that it was actually a wax tart.

      Fast forward a month and I've got around to buying this tart burner. It cost me £5.95 from Amazon which I think is a really good price for a genuine Yankee burner. I was a bit worried it could break in the post as I'd previously only seen very fragile looking ones, but it's actually a lot sturdier than you'd imagine from looking at it. The black base part is made of what I'd guess is coated metal and this holds the top piece which is a thick ceramic bowl in the shape of an open flower. The top piece has a slight rim underneath it that ensures it sits in place in the holder. The whole thing looks really nice, and as it's an off white/creamy colour it will go with whatever room I feel like putting it in.

      Using the burner:
      It really is easy to use, you simply pop the wax tart in the top bowl and light a tea light underneath, after a few minute you start to see that the wax is melting and making a pool.
      The burner came with some general instructions about how to use it, things such as that you should put it on a heatproof surface, and only use unscented Yankee tea lights underneath it. I've found that it doesn't actually get that hot underneath, and as for the tea lights, I only had common or garden ones and I don't see that it makes a difference! To be honest, the instructions were pretty much common sense. It says not to use sharp implements to remove your melted wax from the burner and advises you to put it in the freezer if you have trouble removing it. I find that if you let the wax cool completely then it will pop out easily using your fingers. This is great as it means you can have different tarts on the go at the same time (If one should be inclined!).

      Summary
      I'm really pleased with it and have already been out buying more tarts to use. It would make a really nice present and is well finished and substantial. I having nothing but good things to say about it.

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      • The Sims (PC) / PC Game / 29 Readings / 27 Ratings
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        27.07.2012 18:51
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        The original and best!

        This has got to be my favourite ever computer game and probably the one I've lost the most time playing. The Sims came out back in 2000 and was a huge hit with all ages. One of the first games of it's type, the Sims allowed you to create a character and live out their life. A simple sounding concept but one that has been really successful. I think the main reason the Sims has done so well is because of the escapism it provides. When you're playing you are in your own little world that you've created. Various expansion packs and two updated versions are testament to the longevity and success of the game.

        Each game you play can be unique as you have the choice of either creating your own house or buying one. You are truly in control as you steer your Sim/s through life. You can get them jobs and work up through the career ladder or you can have a stay at home Sim. You determine what they eat, wear, who they befriend, you can even starve them to death if you're getting bored! Speed time up or slow it down, it's entirely your choice.

        The Sims have their own currency called Simoleons, each Sim family starts off with 20,000, but there are several cheats that can be used to enhance this number. The Sims also have their own language , Simlish, which you will hear them using. There is no real aim to the game, but in order to keep your Sims happy you need to keep them fed, clean, comfortable, etc.

        I am a huge fan of the Sims in general and although I don't play any more, I had many hours of entertainment from this game. It is suitable for almost anyone to play. I didn't even have a computer when it first came out but I remember my friend's dad was completely addicted and when I went to her house he was always on it (much to the annoyance of his wife!). It was only a couple years later that I got it and found out why he had been spending all his time glued to their computer!

        No doubt someone new to it would now find the graphics, etc to be very outdated, but bearing in mind it is 12 years old I don't think it's aged too badly. You will have trouble finding it for sale new these days, so your best bet if you're after a copy is Ebay or Amazon private sellers.

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        • What's On TV / Magazine / Newspaper / 27 Readings / 25 Ratings
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          26.07.2012 23:18
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          A good value listings guide

          Up until a few months ago we had been buying the Radio Times every week but as the price was creeping up we have gone back to What's on TV.
          If you are not familiar with it, although I expect you are, WOTV is a weekly TV listings guide/magazine. It runs from Saturday through to Friday and shows listings for both the main channels and a wide selection of freeview channels. The cost of the magazine is 50p which on a weekly basis is not a bank breaker. In addition to the TV listings the magazine also has a comprehensive guide to what's going on in all the soaps, film reviews, and write ups about documentaries. Dotted about the magazine are a couple crosswords, spot the shot, and soduku. There is also a small sports listing section.
          I actually think I prefer this magazine to the Radio Times despite it costing a lot less. It's down to earth, informative about most aspects of TV and the listings are clear. It's the kind of magazine you can dip in and out of and you can easily find the information you want.
          The only complaints I have are that it is a bit of a garish and cheap looking publication, but then again it is cheap and this doesn't really matter. If I were at all interested in sports I probably wouldn't be very impressed by the sports section as it's not even half a page. As it is this doesn't bother me, but it is something that might annoy others.
          Overall this is a good, cheap weekly publication that covers exactly what I need it for.

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            26.07.2012 21:49
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            A great value selection of nail varnishes that won't break the bank

            At first I dismissed these thinking that they were likely to be poor quality but then I found out that my sister had some and thought that they were good. The next time I was in Asda I picked one up and since then I often find myself adding one or two of these to my trolley. I'd say about half of all my nail varnishes are George ones because they are so cheap at £1.75 and have a good range of colours.
            As expected from the price, they are not the best varnishes out there, but they are acceptable quality and I am certainly happy with those that I have. As promised they are quick dry, very quick dry at that so there's no hanging around with them. I find that the quality varies depending on the colour/type of varnish. The metallic ones are the best and I can get away with one coat in some, with the brighter colours being slightly thinner and therefore I use two coats of these. The range of colours is excellent; there are pastels, brights, metallics, nudes, and deeper darker colours.
            The varnish comes in a cylindrical shaped bottle that cinches in at the middle meaning the lid is easy to grip. The bottle itself is transparent glass and you can easily see which colour you are grabbing. The brush is a generous size and I find application is easy with it.
            I was really surprised to find that these were such a good value range in terms of the quality you get for your money. Even better is the fact that they are occasionally on offer (just recently they were £1!).

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          • Competitions / Discussion / 42 Readings / 39 Ratings
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            26.07.2012 00:03
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            Cliché I know, but you've got to be in it to win it!

            I've always been one to enter the odd competition that I see online, but it's only in the last couple of months that I have properly got into 'comping'. I was spurred on by reading the blog of someone who regularly wins things. I started off by googling to look for competitions and then realised that there are several helpful sites such as Money Saving Expert and Loquax, which help you find compeitions and offer advice. Since then, I have been spending time every day entering compeitions that are posted on MSE and also retweeting competitions that are posted on Twitter. There are also many good competitions to be found on Facebook.
            I keep a list of site that have 'dailies' you can enter or games you play in order to win, and I do these in the background while I'm doing other things such as reading and rating on Dooyoo!
            My first win came in the form of a pair of Henry Holland tights from Pretty Polly. I had joined their email newsletter and was subsequently entered in the monthly draw to win. Since then I have had several smallish wins including a book, face wash, shower gel, and lipstick. By far my best and biggest win was a complete shock because it was something I didn't even remember doing and was before I really started properly comping. It was a £250 Argos voucher which I had won from the quarterly draw of people who filled in a 'How was your delivery service?' survey. I was completely shocked and over the moon.
            That gave me even more inspiration to continue comping. I get a total buzz from each win which means I am spurred on even more and it just goes to show that if you put in the time it may pay off. Either that or I'm on a winning streak.
            If you told me last year that I would enter competitions as a hobby then I would have said that was mad, but now I've started I'm afraid I just can't stop!

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              25.07.2012 23:22
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              A good multitasker

              I have a love/hate relationship with face washes and scrubs and am forever searching for 'the one'! My skin is combination, so anything too drying or too moisturising is a no go, and I am also prone to spots so have to consider that too. As this is a multi-tasking product I bought it thinking that if I don't like it as a wash/scrub I can just use it up as a mask every now and again.

              It turns out that I've got on really well with this product. I've been using it for the past month or so in the morning and also at night after removing my make up. I've not seen a difference in the condition of my skin, but I'm happy with the way it feels and the fact that it hasn't aggravated my sensitive skin. After using this then moisturising my skin feels clean and smooth to apply make up. Similarly, at night I feel like it has really got off every last bit of make-up and it leaves my skin free to relax overnight.

              The product itself is white with lots of miniscule exfoliating particles. The consistency is quite thick which is understandable given the fact that it can be used as a mask. It contains zinc, pumice and white clay which all have properties proven to purify, exfoliate and smooth skin. The wash/scrub element of this product can be used every day, but you are advised on the back to use the mask 2 - 3 times a week. It also says that if dryness or irritation occurs then reduce frequency of use. I thought this was a bit weird as surely it would be better to not use it at all in that case?! Fortunately I have not experienced either of these problems.

              Overall I am happy with this and would consider repurchasing, although I am a long way off finishing this one yet.

              This product can be bought in a variety of stores, including supermarkets and health and beauty stores like Superdrug and Boots. The RRP is £5.99 but it can be found a lot cheaper than this at certain retailers.

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              24.07.2012 22:33
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              My favourite TV

              In no particular order:

              1. Friends - Whenever I need cheering up this is sure to do it. Despite knowing all the lines and having watched each episode dozens of times over the years, I'm still not fed up. For me, nothing has come close since it ended.

              2. The Inbetweeners - A wealth of one liners and sayings that my friends and I use are all thanks to the Inbetweeners. Funny and also a bit gross at at times, these four 'frwends' never failed to make me laugh.

              3. Brothers and sisters - Full of drama and with a great cast, always left me wanting more.

              4. The Big C - An unlikely subject (cancer) at the centre of a comedy series, but it surprisingly really works. Just the right mix of funny and sad. The characters in this are superb.

              5. University Challenge - My guilty pleasure, but since I did my OU courses I realised I could actually answer some of the questions!

              6. The Simpsons - I rarely watch this nowadays but as a child I was absolutely obsessed with the Simpsons, and it was still a relatively new programme. When I watch it now I realise there are jokes, etc that I never noticed or understood.

              7. Will and Grace - I'm sad that they either don't put this on tv much anymore, or else maybe I just don't have the right channels. Either way I miss this, as a teenager I used to watch it every morning when I was supposed to be getting ready for school.

              8. The Big Bang Theory - Can you tell that I like my American sitcoms? This is always on E4 and a couple months ago I just finished watching them all from the Pilot.

              9. Eastenders - although I hat to admit it, I always keep up with what is happening on here. If there's something big going on then I make extra effort to make sure I watch it.

              10. Revenge - so far I've only seen halfway through the first season as it's a new show on e4. I'm finding it really gripping. Full of twists, turns and revelations.

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              • Erin Brockovich (DVD) / DVD / 39 Readings / 35 Ratings
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                24.07.2012 01:14
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                The true story of how a woman brought a town to victory

                ~Plot~
                The film is based upon a true story about a woman of the same name. Erin Brokovich tells the story of a down on her luck, single mother, who at the start of the film loses her own lawsuit for an injury she sustained in a car accident. She talks her way into a job with her lawyer as a means of compensation for the fact that they lost the case. While doing some filing Erin starts to investigate a series of old cases which brings about one of the most successful law suits in American history.

                ~Cast~
                Julia Roberts play Erin, who's a trashy, mini skirt clad, southerner with tons of attitude. She pulls this off excellently in my opinion. There are many supporting characters. Notably, Ed Masry who is Erin's lawyer/boss played by Albert Finney and Aaron Eckhart who is Erin's love interest/babysitter, George.

                ~My Thoughts~
                At first I didn't realise the film was based on a real story and when I found out I was really intrigued to learn more about Erin. From what I have read it seems that the film has stuck as closely as possible to what really happened, and I have to say that I am amazed by it. It's such a triumphant story, that although sad in places, really encapsulates the power of people sticking together, and what can be achieved when you have the right person on your side. Although the acting is great, it really is the story that sold it to me. Well worth a watch.


                ~Other Stuff~
                Released in: 2000
                Running Time: 131 minutes
                Age Certificate: 15
                Available for: £4.77 Amazon (23/07/12)

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              • About a Boy (DVD) / DVD / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                24.07.2012 00:36
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                A great film about an unlikely friendship

                ~Plot~
                About a boy is the film adaption of Nick Hornby's novel of the same name. The plot revolves around the unlikely friendship between a teenage boy and a man in his 30s.
                Will Freeman is the ultimate bachelor. He lives on the royalties of his late dad's one hit wonder and thinks about nobody but himself. In an attempt to meet women he invents himself a toddler and joins a single parent support group.
                Marcus is a 12 year old who lives with his unconvential and suicidal mother. He has a dodgy haircut, a lack of mates and his mum still kisses him at the playground.
                They prove to be just what each other needs.


                ~Cast~
                There aren't that many characters in the film that we actually get to know well. Hugh Grant plays Will effortlessly (the character's probably not far from him in real life). Nicholas Hoult (Tony from Skins) is perfect as the part of Marcus, while Toni Collette is very kooky as Marcus' mother. Sharon Small also stars as one of the other parents from the support group.


                ~My Thoughts~
                I love both the book and the film adaption of About a Boy, which is unusual for me as I rarely feel that a film adaption has done the original book justice. The plot is great and is unlike any other film I know of, and the cast are perfect. There is just the right balance of comedy and drama in the film, some parts are hilarious, for example the duck scene (I don't want to give too much away, but if you watch it you'll know what I mean). You can't help but feel for Marcus, he is rather helpless but adamant that he and Will should become friends. There's something quite endearing about the pair of them. They're both in need of some guidance in the right direction and they find it in each other. This is an excellent film that I will never get bored of watching.

                ~Soundtrack~
                The soundtrack is all by Badly Drawn Boy. Roughly half are songs with vocals and half orchestral arrangements, all written especially for the film. Listen out for Marcus and his mum's rendition of 'Killing me softly', it's cringeworthy!

                ~Other Stuff~
                Released in: 2002
                Running Time: 101 minutes
                Age Certificate: 12
                Available for: £2.98 Amazon (23/07/12)

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              • Growing Fruit & Veg / Discussion / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                22.07.2012 23:36
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                Give it a try, you might find you like it!

                I'm probably not the usual suspect for this as I'm only in my early twenties, but over the past few years I have gradually got more and more into growing fruit, veg and flowers. This is the fourth summer that I've been doing it and you've probably gained from me saying summer that I am a bit of a fair weather gardener. Thus far I have only tried things that grow from the last to the first frost, but that's about to change. We only have a small garden so we are now on the allotment list for our village. The man who organises it says we should have one by the end of the year, and I'm really excited.
                There are many benefits to GYO - the exercise you get, fresh air, no food miles, saving money. The reason I've become so taken is because I get a buzz from growing things. It really gives me a sense of accomplishment to sit down to a meal and think 'I grew this salad' or 'all these veggies came from the garden'. It's also really nice to be able to share your harvest with friends and family, sending them home with some strawberries or taking them over some beans.
                It's also quite a social thing where I live because we are in quite a rural area of Devon and a lot of our neighbours grow fruit and veg too. Hopefully this year I'll have something to enter into the village flower show.
                This has been a bit of a dodgy year for growing, what with the erratic weather we've been having in the UK, so if you are a beginner, stick with it!

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              • Top Ten Sweets / Discussion / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                22.07.2012 22:32
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                Sweet About Me

                Okay, so here are my top 10 sweets in no particular order.

                1.Cola Bottles - I have loved these ever since I was young, despite not liking actual cola very much. Probably something to do with the fact that they are covered in sugar! The blue and pink versions and the red and black ones taste pretty damn good too.

                2.Flying saucers - These are fun. I like to eat the top and then have the middle separately. They literally melt on your tongue. I don't think the casing tastes that great, it's a bit papery. The middle is the best bit.

                3.Fruit sherbets - Again, I like these mainly for what's in the centre. Marks and Spencer do the best fruit sherbets around, I think there are about 5 different colours in a pack and they are so sweet!

                4.Sour pastilles - I've always liked sour sweets but the Rowntrees sour version of sweet pastilles are really something else. They're so tangy! They also do something called sour faces which I'm pretty sure are the same thing with different shapes and branding.

                5. Strawberry pencils - the ones with the white middles. I like to strip the edges off and see if I can get just the middle bit out. Yes, I do like to play with my food 

                6. Refreshers - the ones in the tube (not the chews). When we were little my friend and I used to drop these in our drinks and watch them fizz, pretending they were junior disprol. They bring back good memories of being little.

                7. Marshmallows - I am awful when I get hold of a bag of these. In winter we buy the little ones to go in hot chocolate but I also easily find my way through a bag of the Princess ones. I like to buy them when we have a BBQ too.

                8. Fruittellas - you don't see them as much now, but they used to be everywhere about 10 years ago. Lovely and fruity with several different flavours, these were like Chewits for grown ups.

                9. Wham bars - A childhood favourite that used to cost a mere 10p! These used to last me ages as I found it hard to bite bits off them. Think my mum used to buy me them to shut me up!

                10. Smarties - horribly moreish. There's something about them that just makes me want more and more and more!

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                • General / Discussion / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                  22.07.2012 01:03
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                  An insight into my world

                  Another 47 questions thing. Dunno who'll want to read but here it is:


                  1.What is the wallpaper on your computer screen? Pink cosmos flowers because they're pretty and I grew them.

                  2. Mexican food, Chinese food, Italian food, French food or American food?
                  Italian!

                  3. Do you have any tattoos and piercings?
                  Nope

                  4. Do you have any siblings?
                  Yes, 3 half sisters

                  5. Have you ever broken a bone?
                  No

                  6. Do you believe in superstitious things such as breaking mirrors?
                  A bit, I like to touch wood and avoid walking under scaffolding.

                  7. Do you like those 'end of the world' movies?
                  No I find them boring, don't appeal to me at all.

                  8. Do you eat more fruits or vegetables? What's your favourite fruit and veggie?
                  Definitely more veg. You can't beat corn fresh from the plant before it loses it's sweetness.

                  9. Who were you most likely to play during school nativities?
                  I was always a shepherd with a tea towel headdress!

                  10. What's your opinion of the dentist?
                  I avoid it at all costs even though I know I shouldn't.

                  11. Have you ever had a speech impediment?
                  Yes. I had to go for speech therapy as a child because I had trouble with 'sh'. Not helpful when my reception teacher was Mrs Sheldon!

                  12. If you had to choose, what is the worst movie you've ever seen?
                  I can't think of one specifically but the later American Pies (after the wedding) were pretty dire.

                  13. Do you like meeting new people?
                  Generally yes, but it depends who they are of course ;)

                  14. If you could, which celebrity would you date?
                  I couldn't stand dating a celeb - too much hassle.

                  15. Who would you take with you on a deserted island?
                  My dog - he'd protect me!

                  16. Do you know how wide your hips are in exact inches?
                  No and I doubt most people do. Weird question.

                  17. What would you say is the worst part of high school?
                  Leaving and then wishing you were that age again.

                  18. How old will you be on your Mother's 68th birthday? Is that 'old' to you?
                  I'll be 30. Not at all.

                  19. Ever thought you were dying of something you were not even close to having?
                  Well, this one time...

                  20. Have you ever wanted to be a doctor?
                  Definitely not. I' be awful and completely unsympathetic as I think a lot of people causee their own illnesses.

                  21. If you were dying who would you say goodbye to first?
                  No family of my own, so would probably be my mother.

                  22. Do you like to babysit children?
                  I don't mind it, as long as they behave!

                  23. Do you often forget where you put things?
                  Not really.

                  24. Do you go on a lot of holidays?
                  No 

                  25. Have you ever met someone with the same 'biggest fear' as you?
                  I don't really have one big fear, just lots of littles, like slowworms!

                  26. Would you rather write with a pen or pencil? Why?
                  Pen, I think it helps your writing flow.

                  25. What is your favourite number and why?
                  I like 21 because I'm a fan of 3 and 7 and this is the multiple.

                  26. Are you afraid of being kidnapped when you go outside at night time?
                  No, it's never crossed my mind.

                  27. Where was the best school trip you ever went on?
                  The Eden Project was good.

                  28. Are you a controversial person?
                  No, pretty normal(ish)!

                  29. What would you say your average word per minute count is on a keyboard?
                  No idea. I probably run at medium speed.

                  30. What was your favourite and least favourite subject in school?
                  Favourite was English. Least favourite was science.

                  31. Do you bite your finger nails?
                  No, never have done.

                  32. When is the next time you'll go to the library?
                  Maybe in the next month sometime.

                  33. Do you like fiction or non-fiction books more?
                  Fiction, I like to read before I sleep.

                  34. Do you treat others as you'd like to be treated?
                  Yes.

                  35. What type of child were you?
                  A bit of a loner - quite quiet. Very polite.

                  36. Are you someone who likes to get into arguments and fights a lot?
                  No. Who does?

                  37. Do you swear a lot?
                  I try not to, but occasionally I'm provoked!

                  38. If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be of and where would you have it?
                  Probably at the base of my back, or on my hip. I've never really thought about it as I don't like tattoos much.

                  39. What's your favourite TV show?
                  At the moment it's Revenge.

                  40. Does personality weigh out the sense of 'good looks'?
                  Yes. Looks fade, personality doesn't.

                  41. What is your favourite thing in your bedroom?
                  My bed.

                  42. If you could change 1 thing about you, what would it be?
                  I'd have a different nose please!

                  43. Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?
                  Not going to university after leaving school.

                  44. What colour hair do you have?
                  Brown.

                  45. What colour eyes do you have?
                  Blue.

                  46. Favourite sound?
                  Waking up and hearing the birds

                  47. Favourite Quote?
                  It's hard to pick one, and as it's not 50 questions, I'll give you a few.

                  That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

                  Robert Louis Stevenson

                  Sometimes you have to accept that somedays you are the pigeon and somedays you are the statue

                  Your mind is a garden.
                  Your thoughts are seeds.
                  You can grow flowers
                  or you can grow weeds.

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                    21.07.2012 22:29
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                    I'm in favour of a public ban

                    Firstly, I'd better say that I am a non - smoker, who has never been a smoker and doesn't intend to start anytime soon. I am not particularly personally bothered by people smoking in public, as generally I have found that it is not in your face, and people are considerate of others who may not smoke. I understand however that this probably means I'm pretty lucky as I know that there are some very rude people out there who will stand right on top of you, etc smoking and being generally ignorant. I expect if I had children I would feel very strongly about the issue and would really not be happy about smoking in public.
                    The main reason issue I have with smoking in public is the fact that it has negative health effects, whether you are the one smoking or not. This is why I think that is should not be acceptable to smoke in public, and I think that if our government had any back bone then they would have also raised this issue and done something. I mean what is the point in concealing tobacco from sight in shops, when the biggest promoters of smoking are people who do it in public?! Aside from this, it's also not very nice to be walking down a high street or road that's littered with cigarette butts. This wouldn't be the case if it were banned.
                    On the other hand, perhaps a total public ban would have negative effects, especially on those who go outside to smoke rather than staying inside. When I was young my dad never smoked inside. He would either sit in the garden or, more commonly walk the dog around the block several times a day, which was just long enough to have a smoke. A public ban would restrict people like him, meaning that more children and non-smoking family members have to put up with second hand smoking. Then again, it may prompt many to kick the habit.
                    Final verdict: people chose to smoke and these days the effects are well known. I believe it's unfair to non-smokers that they can do it in public, and am in favour of a public ban.

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                    • Saving tips / Discussion / 37 Readings / 31 Ratings
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                      Not fun to save, but essential at times.

                      Hmm. I'm sure a lot of us are on here because we want to save money! The way I see it you have two major factors when it comes to money and money saving. You either need to spend less, or earn more. As earning more doesn't really define 'saving', we are left with the first option.
                      The obvious answer is to seek help from someone who knows more about it. Yes, I'm referring to the king of money saving, Martin Lewis. If you haven't heard of him then your first step is to google him and his site. I have found invaluable information via the money saving website, on all aspects of money related topics. The website will put in the right direction for survey sites, consumer panels, etc.
                      The second thing you can easily do (and from the comfort of your chair) is get better deals on things like insurance policies, and interest rates. There are many price comparison sites that will help you with this. On the same subject, it's worth giving your internet, tv, phone, etc provider a ring when your contract is due for renewal as they sometimes give you better offers so that you stay with them.
                      Another thing you can do is get tighter on the amount you spend on weekly outgoings such as petrol and the shopping. Take advantage of good weather to walk or cycle. Perhaps there's someone who lives nearby that you can car share with to work. As for the weekly shop, pick up the free supermarket magazines as they often have coupons. Read till spits for offers. Take up club cards for the stores you use. Maybe buy in bulk if you're in it for the long haul, or possibly downgrade on the brand you buy.
                      Make do and mend. It's nice to have new things all the time - but it's also nice to feel the accomplishment of saving some money that can be spent on more important things. Fix things (that can be) rather than replacing them. Buy second hand -at car boots and charity shops there are some great items to be had and if you really can't bear it there are often clothes new with labels still attatched.
                      On that note, wait for sales. If you must buy something, get it as cheap as you possibly can. Look out for promotions, join voucher code sites, sign up to email newsletters. A great example of this is Homebase. Nearly every other week I see adverts on tv for 20% off weekends. Argos is another one, they're frequently offering free £5 or £10 vouchers when you spend a certain amount.
                      Lots of shops also offer discount to students, so if you are/know one then be cheeky and take advantage of it. The same goes for OAPs, for example B and Q offer an over 60s discount on Tuesdays.
                      Create you own entertainment, and take your own food. Going out for the day can be so expensive when you factor in travel, entrance fees and the cost of food. Make the most of the free places around your area, keeping an eye on local papers for events and discounts.
                      Grow your own - not something that's for everyone, but if you've got green fingers or fancy yourself as the next Alan Titchmarsh then there's definitely some money and peace of mind to be saved in this area.
                      Got some free time? Become a brand representative. If you find yourself spending a lot in a particular place - for example The Body Shop or Avon then why not become a rep or throw a party for which you get your products cheaper and stand to make some money.

                      There are plenty more ways to save money, I'd never be able to cover and probably don't know them all, so I'll finish with an insightful money quote from the late Steve Jobs:

                      My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.

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                      • Along Came Polly (DVD) / DVD / 16 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                        An opposites attract rom-com

                        ~Plot~
                        Reuben Feffer is wary of everything and even has a job analysing risk. The one risk he does take is getting married. It turns out to be a bad decision when his wife cheats on him during their honeymoon. Back in New York Reuben bumps into an old school friend Polly. Polly lives her life to the full in a way that would normally make Reuben anxious, but there is something about her free spirit and go for it nature that catches his attention and leaves him wanting more.

                        ~Cast~
                        Ben Stiller and Jennifer Anniston have great chemisty as Reuben and Polly and really bounce off each other. I've seen Jennifer Aniston in a lot of things but haven't liked her this much in anything since Friends. There are few supporting characters, these include Reuben's friend, Sandy Lyle (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who gives awful advice, and Reuben's ex played by Debra Messing.

                        ~My Thoughts~
                        I bought this dvd on a whim a few years back as it was only £2 in Asda at the time. I think it's a really sweet film, but don't get the idea that it's a chick flick just because I've said this. There are several laugh out loud dirty man moments such as the effects of Reuben eating Mexican food when he's got IBS, and his friend sharting at an art gallery. There are also some great moments when they go salsa dancing, but the absolute show stealer for me is Polly's adorable blind pet ferret. I'd recommend watching it.

                        ~Soundtrack~
                        There is a very eclectic mix of music in the film from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Will I Am and Bob Marley. There's also a lot of Spanish music from the salsa scenes, and even some Beethoven thrown in there.

                        ~Other Stuff~
                        Released in: 2008
                        Running Time: 90 minutes
                        Age Certificate: 12
                        Available for: £3.93 (Amazon 20/07/12)

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