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I was given this Walkman as a present on my birthday last year and have ever since been listening to it. This Walkman has the longest battery power in any Walkman with up to 60 non-stop hours. This is a great advantage because like many of my other old walkmans I used to hate having to change the batteries after every couple of hours. It was just pointless. I liked the look of this Walkman, as there are not many like it, which is why it is probably a limited edition. It has a white metal case with the buttons all connected on this one strip of button in the shape of the new Sony Walkman logo. As you can see from the picture provided the buttons are yellow but they are meant to be blue. Going back to the battery as a whole, not just is it great that it can last up to 60 hours but when that runs out you don’t have to go and buy new batteries as it comes with a rechargeable battery. This rechargeable battery is in the shape of a rectangle and just slips straight into a slot in the player. This is good because it means you do not have a great big lump coming out of the side for where the battery is meant to go. This battery is charged in its charger, which is just a plug with a section on the back where you just place the battery into. It comes with a full remote control with LCD. On this remote there are the buttons, Rew, FF, Volume, Sound, Mode, Stop, Auto changing play and a hold button which comes in very handy just in case you kept clicking the button by accident with it being in your pocket or something, because this button stops that. The sound of this Walkman is very powerful and you would be surprised how far away you can still hear it from. You don't get any interference from anything such as mobile phones etc, which could often annoy you. This has to be one of the greatest walkmans I could have got especially for the type of music I listen to which is Garage, drum n bass etc. Just as a little extra you
also get a little carry bag to put it in, which could be handy. A great powerful Walkman and I would recommend it. Just the only let down could be that it doesn't have a built in radio, but not to worry as long as you have many tapes you won't be complaining! Thank you for reading Jamaican
Well, I must be a true leightoner as I have lived here my whole life, it may not be the best place in the world to live but over the last couple of years it has been getting better. Leighton Buzzard is a funny little town in between Luton and Milton Keynes about 30 miles each way. There are many different types of families which live here, there are the millionaires and very rich people who live on one side of the town, another side where all the run down houses and old flats are etc, but the rest of it is just normal really, just your typical everyday family. We do have a high street not that there's a lot there, the main shops are probably, Woolworths, Boots, WH Smiths with many other shops around such as Peacocks, Blockbusters, Superdrug and many more little shops. I don't quite know why but there seems to be a bank after every 100 meters or so. Not like many people are going to spend money in Leighton. The Nightlife though is good for a little town such a Leighton with 3 nightclubs, 4 major bars and over 20 pubs. Sometimes the nightlife can be a bit too much and you may often see a fight or two but where don't you. The nightclubs are called Elements, Shades and O’Neil’s. Shades and O'Neils are over 18's where Elements is for over 21's. The Bars are Renoir’s, The Litten Tree, The Waterborne and Elements. Inside the town we have a few gyms and fitness places such as Tiddenfoot, in which there is a gym, 2 x swimming pools, cafe and sports hall, which is also used by one of the 2 high schools, we have here. These are Cedars and Vandyke, they are kind of rival schools from different sides of the town but of course they are. Leighton Buzzard has a few little villages around us such as Wing, Tring, Toddington, Stanbridge, Tilsworth, Heath and Reach, Hockliffe and a few others. If you were ever thinking of coming to Leighton I must ask why? there isn't really much here, I suppose
the one night out in Leighton would be ok but for anything else I wouldn't bother. Unless you were visiting a relative or something.
Eastenders has just got to be the best soap you will ever get to watch. All the acting is great and the storylines are fantastic. This is even coming from a blokes point of view. Other soaps I just can't stand but this one I enjoy. As in many of the other soaps or from what I have seen, the whole episode(s)is just formed around one event. But in Eastenders every family sometimes even every character has its own little problem which the storyline doesn't just seem to forget and leave it out but brings it right into your own living room. Over the years Eastenders have had many great story lines. At the moment things just seem to be hoting up in the Slater household, as well and the Mitchell and Fowler baby thing. There are a couple of weddings about to take place and there is soon to be some shocking news for Peggy Mitchell to get her teeth into. Over the last couple of years Eastenders have lost out at the awards to rival soap Coronation Street, I have no idea why because CS is just a load of rubbish and is really just full of old people. It doesn't really appeal to the younger generation where as Eastenders have maybe played it tactical, where some of storylines have involved the younger generations in which these will be the future watchers. Eastenders is now on 4 days a week and again on Sunday for the omnibus all on BBC 1. The times are Monday - 8:00, Tuesday - 7:30, Thursday - 7:30, Friday - 8:00 and Sunday - 12:55. Thanks for reading Jamaican
Michael Felgate (Hugh Grant) is an Englishman working in a prestigious auction house in New York. When he meets Gina Vitale (Jeanne Tripplehorn), a schoolteacher from Queens, he realises that this is the greatest love of his life and wants to marry her. But what Michael doesn't know is that Gina's father Frank Vitale (James Caan) is a member of New York's Graziosi crime family. In order for Michael to marry his love of his life he must get to know Gina's mafia family and their way of life. So to do this Michael must become Mickey Blue eyes. A name which was given to him when he was caught by another gangster mob burying one of the Graziosi's. This was after Gina had accidentally shot him. Once Michael is started to become one of the family, he is helped out by them by little things such as like, the delivery people where always late and with only half of the paintings to Michaels Art gallery. But once the gangster mob have had a little word they soon start delivering on time. In doing this the leader of the Graziosi's wants Michael to sell his son's worthless paintings. These worthless paintings are set at an asking price of $50 thousand plus. But at being worthless Michael knows he will never sell them for that price. So not wanting to disappoint this gangster mob, he goes to his future father in law for help and he manages to pull it off. Thinking that was a one off, he thought he had got away with it, but no! Another of these paintings came and this time it was either rip off and old women of $120 thousand he just makes it up to get out of it. This gets the son of the mob angry and goes after Michael but is ended up being shot by Gina. Now the Graziosi leader is angry and his lost son and thinking it was Michael who killed him, orders Gina's father, Frank to kill him. Now you must watch the ending of the film if you wish to find out whether he does kill his own dau
ghter’s future husband and then losing the trust of his daughter or if he refuses then his own daughter will die. Have fun watching!
DAVID SEAMAN David is still Arsenal and England’s number 1 goalie. He has a great influence on the team and you always feel very safe with him in goal. He was born 19th September 1963 in Rotherham and before joining Arsenal on 15th May 1990 he had played for Leeds Utd, Peterborough Utd, Birmingham City and QPR. He made his Arsenal Debut on 25th August 1990 in a 3-0 win away against Wimbledon in the old first division. During the last couple of seasons David has not been able to get back between the posts due to an injury. Hopefully he’ll be back soon! RICHARD WRIGHT Richard is one of the newest members of the Arsenal squad after joining Arsenal from hometown Ipswich in the summer. He is a great talent and at just 23 has already represented his country when he was awarded his first England Cap against Malta in June 2000. He is certain to take over from veteran goalie David Seaman when he decides to retire. Richard was born on the 5th November 1977 in Ipswich. He made his Arsenal debut with a 2-0 Premiership victory over Derby County on 29th September 2001. STUART TAYLOR Stuart came up through Arsenal youth development and signed professional on 1st August 1997 and is very highly rated. This season he has been Arsenals first choice keeper due to injuries to both David Seaman and Richard Wright. He has fitted in very nicely and I believe has a good future at the club. Stuart was born on the 28th November 1980 in Romford. He made his arsenal debut in a 2-1 defeat but Ipswich in the Worthington Cup 3rd Round on 1st November 2000. ASHLEY COLE Ashley has obviously been a great talent since a very young age seeming he has been at the club since he was 9. He came up through the youth development and last season had every young boys dream season. He played in the Champions League Quarter Final, FA Cup Final and become England’s first choice left back. Ashley is one of the best left backs I have seen, he loves to r
un up and down the wing as well as being a great defender which has offered arsenal with a lot more options. He was born on 20th December 1980 in Stepney and only signed a professional contract with arsenal on 24th July 2001. He made his arsenal debut against Middlesborough in a 2-2 draw in the Worthington Cup where Middlesborough went on to win 3-1 on pens. Ashley is a great player, which is why last season he picked up the Young player of the year award. Lets hope he stays away from injury for both Arsenal and England’s World Cup squad. MATTHEW UPSON Matthew is also one of the young great talents arsenal have to offer and who has been offered a chance to show what he can do in the first team due to injuries to both Tony Adams and Martin Keown. Matthew was signed from Luton Town on the 10th May 1997 and made his debut against Birmingham City in a 4-1 victory on the Coca-cola Cup on 14th October 1997. He was born on 18th April 1979 in Hartismere. Matthew is a very strong centre back with a great future and maybe even an England call up in the future. MARTIN KEOWN Well Martin has proved year after year that his is one of England’s best Centre backs. He is a very strong and determined defender and it is a great pleasure watching his throw his body in front of the ball to keep the ball out of the arsenal net. Martin was born on the 24th July 1966 in Oxford, which means he is one of arsenals so called “oldies”. The former arsenal apprentice joined back to the gunners on 1st Feb 1993 from Everton after spells at Aston Villa and Brighton. Martin has picked up many England Caps over his career and I’m sure he has more to offer. He made his arsenal debut on 23rd November 1985 in a 0-0 draw against WBA in the old first division. TONY ADAMS Tony has been Arsenals skipper since 1988 and has also been England captain 15 times. Although he is now retired from international football Tony is still a great playe
r in English football. This season he has hardly played a game due to injury and there has been talk of him retiring. Tony has always been an Arsenal player and is on of Arsenals all time greats. He made his Arsenal debut on 5th November 1983 in a 2-1 defeat by Sunderland in the old first division. He then went on to sign for Arsenal professionally on 30th January 1984. Tony has been one of the best centre backs in the world over the last decade. He is a great role model for the younger players coming through and we wish he would come back soon. SOL CAMPBELL Sol Campbell is one of Arsene Wengers best signing. Sol didn’t cost the club anything after joining Arsenal from bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspurs on the 3rd July 2001. He made his debut for the club in a 4-0 victory over Middlesborough on 18th August 2001. He had come up through the Tottenham youth development but decided enough was enough at White Hart Lane and wanted to join a club where he could win trophies. Since joining the club he has played a major part in arsenals set up. He was born on the 18th September 1974 in Newham. He made his England debut in the 3-0 win over Hungary in May 1996 and when captaining his country against Belgium in May 1998 he became England’s youngest captain since Bobby Moore. Sol is going to have a great future at the club and with him at our helm we are certain to win more trophies. LEE DIXON Lee is one of arsenals oldest player if not the oldest. He was born on the 17th March 1964 in Manchester and had played for Stoke City, Bury, Chester City and Burnley before joining Arsenal on 29th January 1988. He made he debut in a 2-1 victory over Luton Town in the old first division on the 13th February 1988. During this season Lee has been another of those players who have been not available due to injury. His time at the club may now be near an end but arsenal will always remember him as one of the best right backs they have had. Over the last 13
years he has helped arsenal win many trophies and has played a very important role at the club. LAUREN The Cameroon international joined arsenal from Real Mallorca on 30th May 2000. Since then he has had a good start to his arsenal career and couldn’t have wished to score on his highbury debut against Liverpool. He made his Arsenal debut against Sunderland on the 19th August but lost 1-0 at the stadium of light. He joined arsenal to play in either central or wide midfield but has since moved to right back taking the place of the injured Lee Dixon. He is a key figure in the Cameroon team, winning the ‘Player of the Tournament’ trophy following his country’s victory in the 2000 African Nations Cup and helping them qualify for the 2004 World Cup Finals. He looks to have been a great buy and looks set to have a good arsenal future ahead of him. GIOVANNI VAN BRONKHURST The Dutch international arrived at highbury from Rangers on the 19th June 2001. Since then I think he has had his moments but has relevantly stayed quiet, but I feel he has a lot more to offer the club. Giovanni has earned over 20 caps for his country. He was born on the 5th February 1975 in Rotterdam. Giovanni can play at either Centre or left midfield and left back which is where he usually plays for Holland. Before coming to Highbury he played for RKC Waalwijk, Feyenoord and Rangers. Giovanni is a great player and has become known for his powerful free kicks! JUNICHI INAMOTO The Japanese international signed for arsenal on 23rd July 2001 from Gamba Osaka. Junichi is the first Japanese international to sign a permanent contract with an English club. He is one of the greatest young talents Japan have to offer, his move to highbury attracted a lot of media all over the world. Junichi was born on the 18th September 1979 in Kagoshima. He made his arsenal debut on the 19th September 2001 in the 3-2 victory at home to Schalke 04 in the Champions Le
ague. One of the stars of the Japanese national team, Junichi was part of Japan’s Asian Cup winning side last year as well as their victorious Kirin Cup campaign. GILLES GRIMANDI I’m not sure why but I have never really rated Gilles but come of late he has had to fill into different places due to injuries etc and I feel he has done a great job. Gilles joined Arsenal on 17th June 1997 from AS Monaco after starting his career at Gap. Gilles is a useful player to have seeming he can play both centre midfield and defence. Grimandi was born in Gap on the 11th November 1970. The Frenchman made his arsenal debut in the premiership away fixture to Leeds on the 9th August 1997 where we drew 1-1. FREDRIK LJUNGBERG Freddie has become an arsenal favourite over the last season or two, this is mainly because he just pops up anywhere and has scored many important goals for the club. He was born on the 16th April 1977 in Sweden. The Swedish international can play anywhere in midfield and can also play upfront where he has played for his country a few times. Freddie signed for arsenal on the 12th September 1998 from Swedish club Halmstads. He made his arsenal debut in a 3-0 win over Manchester United in the premiership on the 20th September 1998. Freddie is well known for his ever changing hairstyle and colour. Freddie made history when he became the first player to score in an FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. ROBERT PIRES The French international has been a great bonus for us this season he just the same as Freddie has scored many important goals. Robert is known for his amazing runs up and down the wings and delivering great crosses. He is one of the best dribblers of the ball in the premiership, which is why he has been played his world cup winning country France. Robert was born on the 29th January 1973 in Reims. He joined arsenal from Marseille on the 3rd July 2000 after previously playing for FC Metz and Stade
Reims. He made his Arsenal debut in a premiership away game against Sunderland where we lost 1-0 on the 19th August 2000. After winning World Cup 1998 and Euro 2000, Robert continued to shine with France and he earned the ‘Golden Ball’ in the Confederations Cup. PATRICK VIERIA Patrick is maybe arsenals best player and is tipped to maybe be the best player in the world. He has lately been linked to Real Madrid for a World Record £50 Million transfer fee. Patrick is also a World Cup and Euro 2000 winner. Patrick is maybe not best known for his goals but for his amazing display in the centre of midfield. He often makes great runs through a whole team or he will make a crucial tackle. Patrick was born on the 23rd June 1976 in Dakar. He joined arsenal from AC Milan on the 14th August 1996 and went on to make his arsenal debut on the 16th September 1996 in a 4-1 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday in the Premiership. He has now been at arsenal for over 5 years now and is reported to want to move away from the club. His former clubs include AC Milan and Cannes, where he started off his career. Lets just hope he doesn’t leave! EDU Edu was born on the 15th May 1978 in Sao Paulo. Edu is maybe not a well recognised player yet, but I’m sure he will be over a matter of time. The Brazilian joined arsenal from Corinthians on the 16th January 2001, he went on to make his debut 4 days later in a 0-0 draw against Leicester in the Premiership. But then got injured and is yet to break back into the arsenal squad but is close. Edu is a skilful midfield and can also play upfront, he is good in the air but I mainly known for his work-rate in midfield. He is also a World Club Championship winner whilst at Corinthians in 2000. RAY PARLOUR The English international is a gunner through and through after being at the club for over 10 years. He signed for arsenal as a youngster and has been here ever since. He has had his problem
s with injuries but he has got over them and is now starting to feature in Arsene Wengers plans again. He had been linked to clubs such as Sunderland but never went. Ray was born on the 7th March 1973 in Romford and signed for arsenal on the 24th July 1991. He made his arsenal debut in a 2-0 defeat by Liverpool on the 29th Jan 1992 in the old first division at Anfield. Hopefully ray can stay fit and maybe feature in Sven’s World Cup Squad. DENNIS BERGKAMP Dennis has been a highbury favourite ever since he joined arsenal from Inter Milan on the 3rd July 1995. He was born on the 10th May 1969 in Amsterdam. He started his footballing career at Ajax and become one of the world’s greatest players there, he then moved to Inter but had a troubled time there before moving to Arsenal. Dennis won the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year 1997/98 and the Players’ Player of the Year 1998. Dennis made his Arsenal debut on the 20th August 1995 in a 1-1 draw against Middlesborough in the Premiership. Dennis has now retired from international football but still holds the Dutch record of 37 goals. He has only just recovered from injury that left him out of most of last season. SYLVAIN WILTORD Sylvain is Arsenals record signing of £13 Million on the 26th August 2000 after joining from Bordeaux. The French international was born on the 10th May 1974 in Neuilly-Sur-Marne. Sylvain joined Arsenal following his memorable late equaliser for France in the Final of Euro 2000. He was the league’s top scorer with 22 goals in 33 games when Bordeaux won the French Championship in 1999. Sylvain’s former clubs are Bordeaux, Deportivo and he started his career at Stade Rennais. He is well known for his pace and runs into the corners. He was brought as a striking partner to Thierry Henry but has lately been playing out on the wings. Lets see more of Wiltord. KWANKWO KANU The Nigerian international is one of the skillfulest
players I have ever seen. He joined arsenal from Inter Milan on the 15th January 1999 after also playing for Ajax. The giant Nigerian is 2 meters tall which makes him a great player to have in the box. He was born on the 1st August in Oweri. A key member of the Nigerian national side, Kanu captained them to their historic 1996 Olympics win. After recovering from a life threatening heart complaint, Kanu created The Kanu Nwankwo Heart Foundation which helps others with cardiac problems. He has often been the main striker along side Thierry Henry this season and it has proved to have paid off. He was also another player to be rumoured to be leaving the club to teams such as Deportivo, but never did. FRANCIS JEFFERS Francis is one of my favourite players and at being very young is believe he has a great future as both an Arsenal and England player. Jeffers come up through the Everton youth development and scored 20 goals in 40 games for them. Wenger saw this and thought he would be a great player to sign this is why he paid £8 million for him. He was born on the 25th January 1981 in Liverpool. Francis joined arsenal on the 14th June 2001 and has since only played a few games before getting injured which he still is. The young England striker made his arsenal debut in a 2-1 defeat by Leeds on the 21st August 2001. We are yet to see the best of great young talent. THIERRY HENRY Well I saved my best till last. I think Thierry Henry is just amazing and arsenal wouldn’t be arsenal without him. He has been one of the most important players at arsenal since joining from Juventus for £10 million on the 3rd August 1999. Thierry was born on the 17th August 1977 in Paris and has played for Juventus and at AS Monaco where he started his career. Thierry was France’s top scorer in their World Cup winning side as well as scoring three goals at Euro 2000. His blistering pace and powerful shooting made him one of the most feared strikers in the
country, and his volleyed goal to defeat Manchester United at Highbury in October wont be forgotten in a hurry. Thierry made his arsenal debut against Leicester on 7th August 1999 where we won 2-1 at home in the Premiership. Lets keep him for as long as we can! Thanks for reading I hoped you know a lot more facts about the Arsenal players now!
Tom Cruise is Jerry Maguire. He's popular, he's a top notch sports agent, and he's at the top of his game. He's unstoppable, but driven by his conscience he writes a 'mission statement' of a new belief that it is quality not quantity, the people not the money, that really counts. Fired as soon as his boss reads the statement, Jerry is soon stripped of his friends, fiancée and self-respect, and is forced to start from scratch. The only people who stand by him are his only remaining client, Rod Tidwell, a second rank footballer (Cuba Gooding Jnr), Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger), a single mother inspired by his statement and way of life, and Flipper the office fish! Only through his shared journey to success with Rod, Flipper and his relationship with Dorothy and her son does he begin to understand the values that really matter. If you have a chance to see this film then do. I think it is on Channel 4 tomorrow night (20/01/2002). As Jerry is sacked from his job, he try's to get all the sporting stars to stay with him, but no, they all go off with the business he works for. Except Rod Tidwell, who is a funny character and in this film is a great actor and plays an important part. Jerry isn't just Rod's agent he's also a family friend, which might have been a major reason why he stayed. This was a touch decision for Rod who at the time had his house falling apart and with his contract running out at the end of the season, he left his future in the hands of Jerry Maguire. As you can probably tell Rod does end up being one of the big stars of the game after scoring a last minute winner in the play-off final. After this he is offered an $11.2 million deal over 4 years to stay at the club he made his name. So now, Rod's life is up and running but is Jerry’s? Yes of course, he ends up with more people wanting his to be his agent, proving he is the best man to be w
ith. He even gets back with his wife Dorothy who he married during the film after falling in love with her, after she left her job to work with the skint Jerry Maguire. Jerry Maguire was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, with Cuba Gooding Jnr winning Best Supporting Actor award. Tom Cruise also earned a Golden Globe for his performance as Jerry. This is a must see film if you haven't already! I rate it 8/10!
For those who have played this game, some might say it was a fairly hard and impossible game, but others will just say it is dead easy. I have been played the championship manager games ever since they started coming out, and they have just been getting better and better. This is the best champ man game I have played yet. This 10th anniversary addition has over 100,000 detailed profiles and histories of players, coaches, and managers within twenty-six concurrent leagues. It also has full implementation of the new EU regulated transfer system. This version of the game lets you even makes notes on players, compare two players side by side and also lets you send away your players for surgery to repair recurring injuries. This is the most realistic way of being a footballing manager yet. You can do almost everything any manager could do apart from actually being there on the sideline. There are really two types of champ man managers, you have the manager who always does well with the top teams in Europe but are useless at being managers of lower teams in lower divisions, and their are those who are the opposite, like myself, who are good at being a manager of a lower division team but rubbish at being managers of a top team. My best performance at this game so far is steering Luton Town to the Premiership and even into the Champion League. If you think you can beat this, please let me know? Just like the other championship manager games, you can buy and sell/sack players and staff and ask the board many things such as expanding the stadium and asking for more transfer funds. One of the new features in this game is that you can issue the board with an ultimatum if they refuse to give you what you want. You even get reports from actual newspapers linking things such as you to another club, your players to different clubs of such things as you have fights with your own teammates. As mentioned before a new feature of the game i
s that you can compare two players side by side, this is easy to do, all you have to do is chose the two players you wish to compare and then click on compare and it will just tell you which player is better at which attribute. There are manager performance tables in which you can see where you what your rating of manager is in both you home country and throughout the world. If you start getting a bit bored of your club but don't want to start again you can just apply for a job elsewhere and if you are a really good manager you may even be offered the job of a international squad. In the transfer department you can still do all the usuals, such as, adding players to your shortlist, applying to get a player on loan but now you can even add a reminder note to the player of your chose. Maybe this will be for a reminder to buy the player or just to see how well he is doing a certain way through the season. This just really is the most important game of your life! I rate it a great fab 9/10!
Casablanca is set in the days before the allied occupation which proved a perfect foil for a film of intrigue and adventure. The place is given an elaborate setting. Money is plentiful, time is meaningless, life is cheap. French, German, Italian, American and native rub uneasy shoulders and no man is to be trusted.The film mainly deals with the visas, arrests, and escapes. The film begins with the gathering of the usual suspects in Casablanca’s streets and alleys. A German courier has been ambushed and killed in the desert, thereby giving up two transit visa. Two extremely valuable travel documents, signed by general Weygand, that means free passage via airplane to Lisbon, and from there to America. That night in Rick’s Cafe, its owner, American adventurer Rick Blaine, is accosted by the shady passport dealer Ugarte. He has the transit visa and asks Rick to keep them for him for a few hours. Rick agrees and hides the documents in Sam’s piano. Meanwhile, Gestapo Major Strasser has arrived in neutral Casablanca which falls under the command of the thoroughly corrupt Vichy French Prefect, Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains). So have resistance fighter Viktor Laszlo and his wife Ilsa ( Ingrid Bergman) with the intent to take possession of two transit visa for passage to the free world. Strasser orders Renault not to let Laszlo leave Casablanca at any price. With the dashingly beautiful Ilsa on his side, Laszlo enters Rick’s(Humphrey Boghart)Cafe. He has an appointment with a possible source of transit visa. This man, Berger (John Qualen), tells him about the two transit visa and informs him that Ugarte has just been arrested by Major Strasser. In the meantime Ilsa recognises the bar pianist as Sam and asks him to play their old favourite, ’’As Time Goes By’’ He hesitates but relents. Just as he is about to start the second chorus, Rick storms in. Without noticing Ilsa he te
lls Sam harshly he never wanted to hear that particular song again. Sam halts and nods towards Ilsa. Rick’s glance meet Ilsa’s. Just at that poignant moment, Laszlo joins the party in the company of Renault, having found out that Rick is the only man in Casablanca who knows the whereabouts of the transit visa. Maybe they even are in his possession. The basic intrigue is established. Ingrid Bergman makes a devastating appearance in the first act of the film. The film continues with the battle over the transit visa and Ilsa’s desperation. Before the war, Ilsa and Rick had an affair in Paris. They agreed not to ask any questions about each others past. Ilsa only tells Rick that her husband died recently. The Germans are approaching Paris and the couple decides to flee from town and country. On the morning of their departure, waiting at the station in the pouring rain, Sam hands Rick a note from Ilsa, giving no explanation but saying she cannot join them. Rick and Sam leave for the south. Now, a year later, they meet again in Rick’s night club. She tries to wheedle the transit visa away from him but Rick reacts bitterly, reproaches her for leaving him and refuses flatly to give or sell her the visa. The tension rises. Ilsa is confused about her feelings and doesn’t know whether she must choose for Rick or for her husband. The film reaches a surprising climax to end in one of the most impressive endings in film history. Do check this movie out if you are a classics movie fan. I had seen it in TNT Classic movie channel. If you are a die hard romantic you will enjoy this movie and it has its share of the chills and thrills.
This is one period epic you cannot miss. Though this story itself is fictional the main character Zorro is a legendry Spanish American hero. This film stars Antonio Banderas(Alejandro), Sir Anthony Hopkins(Zorro), Catherine Zeta Jones(Elena), Stuart Wilson(Don Montero), Matthew Letscher(Captain Love). California the setting of the movie is one of Spain’s colonies whose governor is Don Montero. He oppresses the people. Zorro one among them fights for the people. Montero was in love with a woman who eventually marries Zorro. This adds to their rivalry. Montero captures him by deceit and kidnaps his daughter Elena who is a few months old. Zorro’s wife is killed and he is put behind bars. Fearing an attack from Santana the ruler of Mexico Montero escapes with Elena after dividing all his territories between all the Dons who surrender before Santana and pay allegiance to him. Zorro is put behind bars. The story then jumps twenty years forward when Montero comes back to California. First he goes to the prisons to check whether Zorro is alive but he doesn’t recognize him and presumes Zorro’s dead. On seeing Montero Zorro escapes and the next day he is about to kill him when he learns about Elena and decides against it because Montero has convinced Elena that he is her father. Meanwhile Alejandro and his brother are thieves. His brother is killed by Captain Love. He tries to seek revenge. In order to learn swordsmanship he trains under Zorro and becomes an ace swordsman. The training part is really funny. Alejandro(pronounced as Ale andro with j silent) then wears the mask of Zorro. That is why this is the title of the film. The chemistry between Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins is amazing as so the chemistry between Antonio and the sexy Catherine Zeta Jones. Montero had found a gold mine in California before he had left. He secretly started mining and accumulated lots of wealth. His main aim was to buy Cal
ifornia from Santana with the gold from his own land. Santana need the money for his expensive war with the United States. To keep this theft from detection he decides to blast the entire mining area with all the people who work there. But Zorro and Alejandro as usual foil their plans and avenge against Montero and Captain Love respectively. Scenes to watch out are Zorro’s training, Antonio’s exploits with his horse and Zeta Jones in the barn and confession box, Anthony Hopkins with his wonderful acting is by far the best actor in the movie. Of course we have all seen his acting as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs and as the millionaire in Edge, The. Antonio Banderas is charming and comical while Catherine Zeta Jones is hot. This movie is a must must must see for people who enjoy good music. P.S : The background music is mind boggling and even the Zorro theme music. Watch out for the excellent sword fights in this movie. Far more refreshing than the Boom Boom Bang Bang of guns that you have to face otherwise. A superb film.
The movie is a sentimental journey of a reporter (Drew Barrymore) who in search of an authentic story goes to the extent of masquerading as a student and joins a high school. Though she never had an enjoyable life in her school days and now as a dummy student she finds that she’s attracting a number of friends thus she is in the coolest group, she is invited to every party and has a gala time. In the process, she falls in love with her English teacher (David Arquette) who also responds to her but in a platonic manner. In the course of time, he discovers that she was a reporter and comes to a wrong conclusion that she was sent to spy on him. He confronts her angrily and she disappears from the school and finds a story on her experiences from one end to the other and all the students, teachers, her staff members are touched and even the teacher. So the teacher realises his fault and reconciles her by kissing her after a long while of 22 years. I am sure that the students and students till date will enjoy this film that takes one down the memory lane. A LOVABLE MOVIE!!!!!!
In America, there has been a trend of serial killers who have been making waves and movies have been made and loved by the people. Whether movies like Psycho has been loved and watched many times. Most of these kinds of Serial Killer movies really make your mind think and explore the human beings killer mind. Hannibal starring Academy Award Winners Anthony Hopkins and Julian Moore is a movie about a serial killer who loves eating human flesh. Like most of the movie sequels were in there has been an extension and the shadows of their earlier movies. Hannibal has some shadows of Silence of Lambs, but it tries to make its own mark with having the complete hangover. Plot I don’t want to reveal the complete plot of the movie and be a spoilsport. Now under the assumed name of Dr. Fell (Anthony Hopkins), Hannibal has become curator of an art museum in Florence where he relaxes and hardly kills anyone but he has an old victim who is having a close watch on him and wants to take revenge. (Check out the make up given to this victim). Hannibal Lectre has been listed as Top 10 criminal listed on the FBI list and is having heavy rewards on his name. Apart from his victim, there is Julian Moore who is on a hunt for Hannibal, then starts the cat and mouse hunt. Though it has some surprise ending which you can go ahead and watch it, instead me being a spoilsport. Acting As far acting is concerned, I don’t have to say anything because, the way Anthony Hopkins speaks and looks into the victim’s eyes, you are definitely going to get scared of the character he has played. Julian Moore looks good and plays her part very well as an FBI agent. The good part of this movie is that, in spite of being a movie where in it is all about a Cannibal who eats human being, their has been only one scene were in he opens the skull of a victim, cuts the brain and makes him eat the part after frying. They have not shown more of
such grousy stuff. Thank Goodness!!!. This movie is more about the “Catch Me if you can” kind of stuff, wherein Hannibal Lectre wants to play around with Julian Moore but doesn’t want to actually kill her. The movie is very slow and at times really makes you sleepy, don’t expect to the movie to be a fast thriller just because the trailers shown on TV looked very fast and pace. Though it has fare moments were you will get ’’shit ’’scary but overall the movie isn’t that scary. Don’t watch this movie on the small screen, the mistake I did. Because, the movie being a bit slow and has lot of dialogues you miss some important conversation while watching it on TV. This movie is worth watching only once because at times it looks a drag of some mix of serial killer movies. Although Ridley Scott’s direction has made this movie worth watching.
My Mom always said..’’Throw that Filmfare away and read Readers Digest instead’’! I guess its been more than a decade since my family has been subscribing to Readers Digest. I call it the little family book of humour & knowledge. This is a magazine that is available and published worldwide. Did you know that it publishes 25 million copies in 19 different countries. Boy! That definitely speaks for its popularity. Also this magazine can be read and enjoyed??(varies..) by all ages. Its a book which has something instore for every single member in the family. The regular features include the popular sections that I never missed as a kid. `Life’s like that’, `All in a days work, `Humour in uniform’. Apart from wacky humour, it has has regular informative reviews on education, specially a lot on Science, Research and recent medical discoveries. Hmmmm, bored aren’t you? Well, but it is informative and I have seen people reading and benefiting from it.. It has Non fiction articles on nature, which is interesting and more to my liking, Drama and adventures..Real life stories, with photographs and comments from the survivers themselves. This section sometimes has really scary and unbelievable true stories. Last but not the least is the `Book Section’ which always has an interesting 9-10 page true to life experience. I have grown reading this magazine. And I definitely like it more today as I keep discovering new segments of my interest. Also, its an excellent way of improving your vocabulary. I never miss the section `It pays to enrich your Power’. Try it out, you’ll know what I am talking about. A copy of the magazine is published every month. Also dont miss out the `Special Readers Digest’ edition with selected articles and stories from the magazine. I am sure there are many who just read it for those sections on humour..some for news on medicin
e, some for stories. Whatever the reason I feel its a magazine worth reading and worth subscribing to. Of course the articles, reviews are all American based. I however have no regrets so I am sure you wouldn’t either!
Before I flag off with my review of Adobe Acrobat 4, I would like to state that Acrobat is really not your average run-of-the-mill product, it’s a concept and it’s essential I explain what it’s all about for the benefit of the folks out there who might be unaware of Acrobat and PDF files. The Internet ushered in an exciting age of the paperless office, which true to its name, did away with most of the paperwork primarily through electronic documents and email; before e-commerce hit the scene. The concept worked initially, but with the ever changing computer industry, problems soon began to surface. Variations in platforms, databases, spreadsheets, word applications spread over different platforms meant that you could not transmit such documents without being certain about the recipient’s platform and software specifications. HTML emerged largely as a platform independent language, which took care of some of these problems but had its fair share of shortcomings as well. Emailing a HTML document also meant that you had to email the corresponding image files the page utilized and the relevant fonts if you wanted the page to look exotic. Even after going through that entire ordeal there was no guarantee that the page would display on the recipient’s computer just the way it could be viewed on the senders computer. Even if all the aforesaid bumps were ironed out, there was the serious consideration of security. How do you ensure that your client does not tweak the figures in your spreadsheet you had sent him for consideration? How do you ensure that your publisher does not add his own creative touch in a PageMaker file you want him to print the way it is? More importantly, how do u ensure that the recipient sees the world in your perspective especially so in these politically correct times, where just about everyone harbours his/her own ideas and opinions. Enter Acrobat and that immediately takes care of all your
problems. Acrobat converts documents, spreadsheets, catalogues et all into a format know as the Portable Document Format (or PDF for short). It’s proprietary design helps Acrobat to achieve a lot of things which would otherwise make you rattle your brains to do the same task manually. Let me elucidate with an example. You want to send your sales forecasts to the Accounts department and you don’t want their creative insight in your ideas. All you have to do is make a spreadsheet using a standard package like Excel or Lotus and then instead of sending the original spreadsheet file, you distill it through Acrobat (fancy buzzword for PDF conversion). You could also specify the level access through password protection schemes and allow access for limited annotations (sticky notes, highlight etc) and they could send it back to you with their own suggestions without tweaking the figures. Acrobat supports an extensive list of various formats (incl. movie formats)and it’s you could just drag and drop your files and let Acrobat take care of the rest. The hyperlinking facility comes in real handy which enables you to download your entire website, distill it through Acrobat and it will work offline, exactly the way it does online. The Acrobat installation comes with a plethora of exotic true type and postscript fonts which you could use to enhance the aesthetical appeal of your work without ever thinking whether your recipient will have those fonts. I guess some of my discerning reader must be pondering at this point of time ’’that’s all fine and dandy, but you still need a Acrobat reader to view and print PDF documents.’’ The answer is of course you do, but then it’s freely downloadable and it’s often found in any generic computer magazine CD’s. You have to buy the PDF writer though. Using the authoring tools can be a bit troublesome at first, especially if you are not sure of the PDF concep
t but after a few hours of playing about with Acrobat it seems like child’s play. Acrobat seldom works alone as it’s not exactly a WYSIWYG editor by itself. It works with collusion with other document authoring tools and you only use the Acrobat program to make annotations, setting up hyperlinks and tasks of that like. After you are through with the formatting, and have ensured all the hyperlinks work the way they should, you use Adobe Catalog to bind the separate PDF files into one PDF. Acrobat has it’s own compression algorithms and so PDF files aren’t as large as other formats. This is especially commendable when you consider that it does not use local fonts or color schemes. Phew! Anyhow, I still can’t convince anyone about the virtues of Acrobat unless they use the product and see it for themselves. On a general note, I would like to say that Acrobat sure has pushed ahead our dream of a paperless office significantly.
When Justin Frenkel, an undergraduate in the University of Arizona, decided to create a small easy-to-use shareware application which would allow him and his friends to play MP3 (Mpeg Layer 3) audio files, he possibly had to idea that he was creating not just another novel product but a revolution. Frenkel dropped out of College shortly to float up Nullsoft, along with a few of his buddies and to this day, WinAmp remains the world’s no.1 software MP3 player. Decoding MP3 files was a tedious business in the past, but all that changed with WinAmp ( and subsequently MacAmp, the MacOS avatar). What lurches WinAmp far ahead from the competetion is it’s simple yet functional interface ,which hasn’t changed much over the years. It still maintains it car stereo styled interface (the default skin i.e) What has changed over the years has been the features WinAmp has been incorporating. One of Winamp’s trademark features has been the use of skins (They probably coined that now-familiar term). For the uninitiated, a skin is basically a 2nd aesthetic interface layered over the primary interface. Skins relating to vartious themes can be downloaded from the WinAmp website (www.winamp.com) or can be created using a image manupulation package like Adobe Photoshop. WinAmp itself still remains a small application, but some installations can occupy several megabytes because of it’s ability to configure and execute 3rd party plugins. A plugin is basically an external application which runs in collusion with the host application. They can range from pitch and tempo control, DJ mixing tools and amazing ’’trippy’’ visualisation plugins like G-Force. You have to see it to believe it folks. Another extremely well defined feature has been the playlist editor. This has to be the most convinient editor I’ve ever set my eyes on. You can add files by selecting individual files or whole directories (
with subdirectory recursing). Select the files, you deem unnecessary and click on the crop button, and voila! your desired playlist is ready in a matter of seconds. The ability to sort files on basis of name, ID tags and dates comes in handy as well. Well so much for features, lets talk abt resources and sound quality. WinAmp scores immensely on this front as well with it’s min system requirements being a mere Pentium based PC, little hard disk space and it can even run off a CD or a Zip disk. WinAmp also performs consistently over ALL flavours of 32-bit Windows (95, 98, NT, 2K, ME) As for the sound quality, it sounds great with any 16-bit run-of-the-mill sound card. The built in equaliser does make a hell of a difference when you apply the settings. Of course, I’m referring to a standard MP3 clip sampled at 44.4 KhZ at 128KBps (CD-quality). Anything below that wont sound so hot in WinAmp or any other player for that matter. It also pays to have good Ampli-speakers. I’ve stopped listening to anything other than MP3’s as my computer’s attached to my Pro-logic Hi-Fi system. Why bother with a plethora of CD’s when you can keep your entire collection in 5 CD’s; thats like 600 full length songs on an average. Apart from mp3’s, WinAmp can be configured to play wav, midi, mov, s3m, mod, wma files. This means you just need to have ONE player for all your audio files.The ONLY feature which needs to be incorporated into WinAmp is MP3 encoding and CD-ripping. Anyhow as the saying goes....Nobody’s perfect. Do keep in mind that WinAmP is TOTALLY free. I guess it challenges the cliche ’’Nobody gives you a free lunch’’. WinAmp can be downloaded from various sites (winamp.com, download.com); and it always figures on the goodies CD of any self respecting computer magaine. I guess this explains WinAmp’s global penetration. WinAmp also ushered in the world of ramp
ant music piracy over the net, what with MP3 being a piracy-friendly, CD-quality hasslefree format. For the users of WinAmp however they really dont need to bother about the ethical issue as long they put on some groovy Floyd mp3’s, and G-Force along with it, for a surreal and sublime experience.
Ever since Yahoo came up with Yahoo Pager, which one of the earlier messaging clients after ICQ, I have been a happy and a contented customer of the same. With more updates and technical innovations, Pager got better and more powerful and was rechristened Messenger. Microsoft followed suit with it’s own MSN messenger which looks like an imitation of Yahoo messenger but lacks Yahoo’s features nevertheless. A messaging client enables a user to send and receive instantaneous online messages from other users all across the world. Yahoo Messenger does precisely that and much more. Installation is relatively simple and Messenger files do not hog your HDD space. You’ll be prompted to enter your login and password, failing which you can opt for a new account in Yahoo. A yahoo mail account holder can also avail of Messenger’s facilities by using his email ID and password. The interface is simple, cute and functional. The main toolbar has 4 buttons; Messages, Chat, Call and Add. Right under the toolbar is a small window for viewing the status of your ’’buddies’’. A buddy is a smiley which indicates whether a user (whom you’ve added is online or not) The moment you perceive one of your buddies online you can double click on his to start a message/voice window which allows you to chat or speak to him in real-time. You can send messages in different fonts and colours. There’s also a colour blending function, which makes the text look rather spectacular. Right under the contents window is the status tab. Click on this and you can provide your own customized message for other users when they see you online on their messengers. In case a user is off-line, you can send him/her an off-line messages, which pops up the moment he/she logs in. This is a nifty feature that saves a lot of time. In MSN you’re unable to do this. You can also configure the infor
mation tabs right below the status tab and Messenger can retrieve customized information on General news, Stock reports, Sports news, Entertainment etc. So when you click on one of their Tabs, the content window shows you the relevant headlines on those topic. Click on the headlines (appearing as links) takes you to the whole story by invoking your default browser. You could also change the appearance and colour schemes of Messenger by following the instructions given on the Messenger web site. This makes life a tad bit exciting. There’s a chat function that comes in very handy when you’re indulging in the fine art of doing nothing. Click on the chat button and you can enter one of Yahoo’s numerous rooms for an online chat session (just like IRC) without the need to invoke additional chat clients or browsers supporting Java chat sessions. This feature comes in extremely handy when you’re downloading something as it doesn’t hog the bandwidth. MSN lacks this feature as well. The call function has been a saving grace for me. You can make free calls to the US and believe me the clarity is exceptional, provided you have a 33.6K modem or higher. I would recommend a 56K Flex modem for overseas calls; there is no time lag, rendering the need for calling people in the US and Canada through ISD useless. You can configure Yahoo to start whenever you switch on the computer and it closes down when you want it to close down (supposing you don’t want to send/receive messages as you’re busy finding that info your Boss asked you to). MSN is a hell lot adamant. It starts off on it’s own, irrespective of the users’ desires and even when you click the close button it resides in the taskbar (still online) unless you right click it to shut it down. This really infuriates me as I firmly believe that being a consumer, I should be able to exercise my own choice. What Yahoo lacks
is the PC-mobile device messaging facility. Once they add that Messenger would be perfect. In any case I’ve tried the same with MSN but have never managed to get it to work. Yahoo also has a high market penetration, chances are you’ll be able to keep in touch with far flung friends with Yahoo. I wish I could say the same for MSN messenger