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      12.06.2007 15:34
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      This is a film I wanted to see from when I first saw the trailers; I knew straight away I would enjoy it and how right I was.

      The Plot
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      RJ is a racoon and a con artist who steals all the bears’ human food that he has stored. RJ convinces the bear that he can get all his food back and he has just one week to do it.

      RJ stumbles across a group of animals that have just woken up after hibernation and discovered that humans have built houses around there home. Now they have to stored food for the next hibernation and RJ offers his help.

      RJ takes them over the hedge to the humans where they all begin to gather food to store up for winter but RJ has other ideas.

      Characters
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      RJ the Racoon – Bruce Willis
      Verne the Turtle – Garry Shandling
      Stella the Skunk – Wanda Sykes
      Hammy the Squirrel – Steve Carell
      Heather the Opossum – Avril Lavigne
      Ozzie the Opossum – William Shatner

      The cast are great and work well together because the laughs keep coming one after the other. Willis was brilliant as RJ and really brought through the characters’ mischievous side along with his emotional side.

      Extras
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      This was a DVD rental but the disk still had some extras bits available.

      Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure – RJ is filming Hammy playing with a boomerang this is really quite funny.
      DWK which contains Critter 411 (info on the animals in the film) and Backyard Obstacle Course which is a game where you have to control Hammy to switch off the lasers.
      Behind the Hedge – This is behind the scenes footage of the film.
      The Tech of Over the Hedge – How the animation comes to together
      Meet the Cast
      Filmmaker Commentary
      Verm-Tech Infomercial – Join Verm-Tech advert
      Galleries - Picture stills of the film and original drawings
      Jingle Burps – Hammy singing and burping


      Overview
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      I did really enjoy this film I kept laughing the whole way through. The story was very good and the comical moments kept the whole point of the film together.

      It is amazing how animation has moved on and these animals now can look so real even to an extent that the human actions and emotions bring the animal to life. Also with how this film is done you have an education side as well because you feel sorry for the animals because the humans have invaded their territory but you also understand how some people feel that animals can be a nuisance.

      My favourite character has to be Hammy because he is a little wired and I could not stop laughing when the other animals gave him caffeine. The other character that amuses me is Verne especially when he loses his shell and his bare bottom is on show.

      This film is rated U and can be bought from Amazon for £6.98 for the single disk and £17.98 for the double disk edition. I would recommend this film for everyone because the story was good, the characters are excellent and the comedy really carried the film along.

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        12.06.2007 13:29
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        Poor story but scrat is funny

        Introduction
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        I have wanted to see the sequel to Ice Age for some time and yesterday I finally watched the film and I wanted to share my thoughts with you but first a little about the film.


        The Plot
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        In Ice Age 2 The Meltdown we are reunited with Manny, Sid and Diego when they realise that all the ice is going to melt and flood their home, they must all find a way to survive.

        On their adventure they meet Ellie (a mammoth) who believes that she is a possum she also has two brothers Crash and Eddie (who are actually possums). Will they all be able to get to safety in time before the valley floods?

        I really can’t say anymore without giving the entire story away.

        Characters
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        Diego – Denis Leary (who stars in Rescue Me)
        Sid – John Leguizamo
        Manny – Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond)
        Ellie – Queen Latifah
        Crash – Seann William Scott
        Eddie – Josh Peck

        The whole cast are very good but I found that the addition of three extra characters a little too many. Though Crash and Eddie were amusing I did not really see the point of their role in the film with the exception of their affection for their adopted sister Ellie.

        The three main characters were good and still have their bond from the first film. Scrat also makes more appearances in his quest to get the acorn before the valley floods.

        Extras
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        Since this was a rental disk I was surprised to find some extras on it.

        Short film “No time for nuts” starring Scrat
        Factoid Meltdown – a three level quiz about the film so make sure you watch carefully.

        Not many but still the short film is defiantly worth it.


        Overview
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        Overall I was not too impressed with the film and think it is a sequel that maybe should have been left alone. The story was quite lame and extremely predictable and the film did not live up to all the hype.

        When I watched the first film I was very impressed and really enjoyed it, which I why I thought I would enjoy the second one but the real lack of story made it very predictable. I found myself knowing what was going to happen from the beginning of the film. I know the title of this film might give away a certain amount of the story but not all of it, get ten minutes into the film then you will probably be able to guess the rest.

        However Scrat and his acorn kept me in laughter and if had not been for him I doubt I would have laughed at all during the film. I did enjoy his short film “No time for nuts”.

        This film is rated U and even though I did not overly enjoy the film I would imagine children would. This DVD can be bought from Amazon for £8.97 (1 disk) or £16.48 (2 disks) which I would assume has lots more extras on it.

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        • britishrewards.co.uk / Internet Site / 51 Readings / 45 Ratings
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          29.05.2007 13:58
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          Very good cashback site

          Introduction
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          I have been a member of British Rewards for approximately a 1½ years I have taken my time to write this because I had a bad experience with them to begin with and I wanted to give them the chance to improve.

          What is British Rewards?
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          I know that most members use these types of sites to earn themselves a little extra cash. If you have not already guessed British Rewards is a cash back site, which means that you can earn cash, when you buy products or goods online. Sometimes you do not need to spend anything to earn a little more I will come to that later.

          Sign Up
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          The sign up process is quick and simply.

          Choose a user name
          Choose a password and confirm the password
          You first and last name
          Email address
          Address
          Phone number
          Country

          The final choice you have to make is your preferred payment method but just because you choose it does not mean that you cannot change it at a later date.

          You can choose from any below:

          Amazon GV (£5 payout)
          British Pay (No minimum withdrawal)
          Cheque (£7 payout)
          Firebox GV (£5 payout)
          Paypal (No minimum withdrawal)
          Random Sweets (£5 payout)
          WH Smith GV (£10 payout)

          There is no sign up bonus I’m afraid unlike many of the other cash back sites but you can earn cash quickly.

          Retailers
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          British Rewards have 1021 retailers and for easy access they are split into groups on the left hand side of the screen. I won’t list them all but there are categories such as Clothes & Fashion, Computers, Finance, Health & Beauty and Mobile Phones

          My favourite category has to be the Paid Clicks because it is in this section of the site that you can earn cash for clicking on links that will not cost you anything. Using their links you can go through to sites like Kelkoo, Carsource and Shopping.com


          My Experience
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          I did have a bit of a bad experience with British Rewards but they were excellent in sorting it out. When I made my first request for payment to my Paypal account I was informed that payment would be made within 14 days.

          I made the request back in November 2006 I requested the payment to my paypal account as expected it in 2 weeks time. Two weeks passed and no payment had arrived. I went onto the website to get in contact with them but found on the help pages that payment could take up to 28 days. I decided to give them another 2 weeks. However it did not show up so I logged back into British Rewards and luckily their online help facility was available.

          I have not seen this on any other cashback sites; it is a live facility that enables you to chat directly to someone who can help you with questions, queries and non-payment. The guy I dealt with was very nice and sent my payment immediately I know that because before I finished chatting with him I had an email come through from paypal to say a deposit had been made.

          The second time I requested payment I had no problems with them at all, within one week I had received the payment into my paypal account.

          Overview
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          Overall this is a very good cashback site, your cash (not points) are added once a week usually on a Thursday but sometimes this can change but there is a message on your home page notifying you of this.

          There referral program is also good because you earn 25p for each one, now I know other site offer a bigger sum but this is after your referral has earned enough cashback to receive payment. British Rewards offers 25p per person that opens an account.

          The site has a nice colourful layout and navigation is very easy. I found it a very easy to find my way around the site and start earning cash. I find this one of the better cashback sites that I am signed up to because I can seem to earn a lot more in the paid clicks than other sites, let’s face it we all like free money.

          If you are not already registered with them I would strongly recommend you do I have placed a link below for any one who would like to register.

          http://www.britishrewards.co.uk/index.pl?a=join&r=3691

          Thanks for reading.

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          • Tunnock's Teacakes / Snacks / 47 Readings / 45 Ratings
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            29.03.2007 18:54
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            Chocolate and Marshmallow what more can you need?

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            I hate January and February because I lost my close family in those months so it is always a very low time for me. Now you are thinking what has this got to do with teacakes? Well my Mum loved these teacakes and when she used to take me shopping she would always by one pack and open them in the car before we returned home. We would both have one each and she saved the rest for later (not that I saw them again).

            I had forgotten this until I was walking around my local Somerfield's and saw them on the shelf. The memory can rushing back and brought a smile on my face so how could I resist buying a pack in the memory of my Mum?


            A Bit of History
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            Don't worry I am not going to bore you with lots of information about the company. However they have been established since 1890 when Thomas Tunnock bought a shop for £80 and they are still a family run business to this day.


            The Product
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            I bought a 6 pack of teacakes however they can be bought in a 10 pack as well but I do not think I would be safe to have that many left in my home, trust even six do not last me long but hopefully long enough to write this review.

            The packaging has not changed in years they are still in the yellow box with red writing. The clear panel enable you to see the 6 foiled wrapped teacakes in the traditional red and silver just waiting to be opened and devoured.

            Holding one of these wrapped teacakes in my hand they seem bigger than what I remember but maybe I was just too eager to eat mine as a child. The dome of chocolate that hold in the white marshmallow sat on the biscuit base.

            The Taste
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            As my teeth sink into the dome I hear the chocolate crack, my teeth then slide through the marshmallow until they hit the biscuit base. The biscuit base is not soggy like I would have expected having had marshmallow sat on top of it.

            Looking at the bitten teacake I can see that the milk chocolate is very thin and only just coats the teacake but the milk chocolate has a very rich taste so if it had been any thicker I assume it would be too slickly.

            The marshmallow is very white (have they been using daz because it is very dazzling) and sticky to the touch. The marshmallow is not too sweet either and it light on the pallet.

            In all the whole combination makes this teacake a very enjoyable treat.

            Other information
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            Well you knew it had to be somewhere didn't you, there is 102 calories and 4.4g of fat per teacake, which is very good if only I could stop at one!

            As mentioned earlier you can also get the in a 10 pack and according to this box you can also get them with dark chocolate, I shall have to keep a look out for those.

            For the allergy sufferers these teacakes contain egg, cow's milk, wheat gluten and soya. For once though there is no warning about traces of nuts so all you nut allergy suffers can try these out.

            For the full range of Tunnock's product you can visit there website www.tunnocks.co.uk


            Overview
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            Well if it is not clear from this review I thoroughly enjoyed eating these teacakes, I have only managed to eat two during this review but I am sure then when I finish this review I will be able to give them my full attention.

            If you have never tried these then I recommend you do because at 69p for a box of 6 teacakes I find them very good value for money but do not blame me if the whole box disappears within a few hours because they are very moreish.

            Thanks for reading.

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            • Turner & Hooch (DVD) / DVD / 49 Readings / 48 Ratings
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              11.03.2007 16:04
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              A Doggy good laugh

              ***This is a film only review***

              Introduction
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              When I finished work on Sunday night I needed something just to unwind and relax me. Flicking through all the channels I stopped on ITV3 a channel I am not usually one to watch but this film was about to start and it is one I have not seen in years but was the perfect for me to watch late on Sunday evening.


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              Scott Turner is a detective in a small town where nothing ever happens so much so that he is only a few days away from being relocated to the big city. Turner is not the type of person you expect to own a dog his life is all about order and neatness.

              However Hooch comes into his possession when his elderly owner is killed. Animal welfare cannot get control of Hooch so he is left in the hands of Scott Turner. At the beginning the relationship is not a happy one but Hooch is the only witness who is able to identify the murderer.

              Turner & Hooch team up together to bring to justice the man that killed Hooch’s owner. What gags follow is because Hooch is causing chaos in Turner’s life at work, at home and even in his love life with the vet Emily.

              Characters
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              Tom Hanks – Scott Turner
              Emily Carson – Mare Winningham
              Chief Hyde – Craig T Nelson
              David Sutton – Reginald Veljohnson

              I am a big fan of Tom Hanks and even though this is one of his earlier films his qualities still shine through and the comedy moments are easy to pick up on. Hanks bonds with the dog very well and you can she the relationship building.

              Hooch is a very scary looking dog to begin with but as the film progresses Hooch becomes such a lovable character that you begin to get attached to him as much as Scott does.

              All the characters blend well together which just adds to the comedy.

              Overview
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              I really enjoyed this film and it may not be the most hilarious film or be exceptional in the actors’ performances but the doggy films are ones I just can’t leave alone. I am a big softie when it comes to doggy films.

              Most of the gags can be seen coming a mile off but it is still a very enjoyable film to watch with the essence of crime and mystery. It is a very good film for children even though it is rated PG.

              My favourite part of the film has to be when Hooch breaks out of his room and trashes the rest of Scott’s apartment. It is probably because I can relate to the situation having my own dog break free and trash my own flat (however mine did not break through a door!)

              This film can be bought from amazon.co.uk for £5.97, which is very good, value for money. This film is rated PG, as there is a few violent scenes and maybe one with a sexual reference and runs for 95 minutes.

              Thanks for reading.

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              • Ugly - Constance Briscoe / Biography / 49 Readings / 46 Ratings
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                13.02.2007 22:36
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                Inspiring recommend

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                My Manager had bought this book and had leant it to her sister (who also works with me) and once she had finished it the Manager could not be bothered to walk home with it so leant it to me.

                I only decided to read the book because I had read other people's review on the book sometime ago and thought it would be in an interesting read.

                The Story
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                This story is an autobiography about a young girl called Clare who has a very hard childhood due to her mother. Her mother abuses her both mentally and physically. Clare is not an only child though she has a number of brothers and sisters, though the boys get treated like little princes while all the girls are forced into cooking and cleaning for the rest of the household.

                Clare does not discover her real name of Constance until she goes to university but the main story is based in the 1960’s while Clare was growing up.

                However none of the other children seem to receive the same kind of abuse as Clare. Her Mother drives Clare to the point that she is so nervous of being attacked by either her Mother or her Mother’s boyfriend that she is constantly wetting the bed.

                My Opinion
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                I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I spent most of the time being angry with her Mother, Brothers and Sisters. The Mother for doing what she did and angry with the Brothers and Sisters who do absolutely nothing to help Clare. If anything at times they actually caused more hassle for Clare.

                Regardless of the attacks Clare receives her courage is most inspiring, how in the face of all the abuse she can remain focused on what she wants to achieve out of life. The suffering and hard ship Clare goes through should be a reminder to us all that no matter how hard we think our own life is, it is nothing compared to what she endured for years.

                This may be a true story but the characters in the book are written well and give a true likeness of what was happening and how Clare felt throughout all these terrible times. Even though the author is telling her story the other characters are describe good as well and complete and utter fear can be felt throughout the book.

                This book can be bought from amazon.co.uk new for £12.99 (Hardcover) or £3.89 (paperback). I borrowed the hardcover version so there are 310 pages to the book. I would recommend this book, as I was not able to put it down. I spent most the time wanting desperately for Clare to be saved or for her to tell her Mother where to go.

                ISBN 0-340-89597-7

                Recommend, thanks for reading.

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                • Blast From The Past (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                  16.01.2007 13:48
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                  Very enjoyable

                  ***This is a film only review***

                  Introduction
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                  I am a big fan of Brendan Fraser, why because firstly he is extremely good looking and secondly he plays characters very well regardless of whom they are. Fraser can pretty much throw himself into any character and give an excellent performance.

                  When I noticed that this one was on the TV I just had to watch it because it is one of my favourites that he has done along with both The Mummy films. However I do not have this film in my DVD collection so I had better rectify that soon.

                  The Plot
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                  In 1962 Calvin Webber built a fallout shelter during the Cuban Missile Crisis. One night a plane crashed in their back yard and paranoid Calvin thought the blast had happened. Calvin took himself and his pregnant wife Helen into the shelter and locked them in for the next 35 years.

                  Helen gave birth very shortly after they were locked in and named him Adam. Adam spends the next 35 years learning from his parents, all his education from his father and dancing from his mother.

                  When the shelter is finally unlocked Calvin goes up and gets quiet the shock of life to discover what society is like after the blast. Adam is sent up to get supplies but having never seen the outside world he gets lost and befriends Eve to help him sell baseball cards to buy supplies.

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                  Calvin Webber – Christopher Walken
                  Helen Webber – Sissy Spacek
                  Adam Webber – Brendan Fraser
                  Eve – Alicia Silverstone

                  Christopher Walken is excellent as the eccentric and paranoid Calvin. I have seen Walken in other films and he is always able to give a very good performance to whatever character he is given and this is the case here.

                  Sissy Spacek is good as Helen who has been driven onto alcohol due to the fallout shelter. Brendan Fraser gives his usual excellent performance, Fraser is very good as the child-like Adam and to watch through his eyes and experience what he is feeling is wonderful.

                  Alicia Silverstone who plays Eve gives a good performance as Adam’s friend and her uncertainty shines through as she tries to decide whether Adam is for real or just a lunatic.

                  Overview
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                  I am a fan of Brendan Fraser and he is excellent as Adam. This has to be one of the most enjoyable films I have ever seen as Adam discovering the world really comes through in the film and feels like you are seeing it for the first time too.

                  My favourite scene in the film has to be at the swing club where Adam is trying to find a non-mutant wife. His dancing skills are excellent because he took dancing lessons everyday of his life up until a couple of days ago.

                  I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would definitely watch it again and I will have to buy this for my DVD collection because I think it will be one that I will never get tired of.

                  You can buy this on DVD from amazon.co.uk new for £6.97 and used from £4.88 which is very good value for money regardless of any extras that you would get on the DVD. This film is rated 12 because there is scenes of violence and references of a sexual nature.

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                  • Dangerous Minds (DVD) / DVD / 42 Readings / 39 Ratings
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                    13.01.2007 14:13
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                    Good story

                    ***Please note this is a film only review***

                    Introduction
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                    What first got me interested in this film was the soundtrack by Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise, if it had not been for that song I think I would have dismissed this film and still be waiting to see it now.

                    I have only seen this film once when it was first released but I noticed it was on Sky Movies the other night so I decided to watch it again.

                    The Plot
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                    Louanne is hired to teach the Academy class (special students with social problems). However no one had really explained to her how these students treat their teachers (one had a breakdown).

                    At first they get the better of her but with some advice from Hal and the marine in her she soon finds the key to getting them to listen. Her teaching skills are not standard at all and sometimes she even has to bribe them into learning.

                    Louanne is educating them for their life not just there future. She soon discovers though that she cannot save everyone.

                    Characters
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                    Louanne Johnson – Michelle Pfeiffer
                    Hal Griffith – George Dzundza
                    Emilo – Wade Dominguez
                    Callie – Bruklin Harris
                    Raul – Renoly Santiago

                    I am not a big fan of Michelle Pfeiffer as she never seems to add much depth to the character and this seems to be the case once again. Pfeiffer does add some depth but only just seems to be able to get by with her passionate character.

                    The supporting cast do a good job and give a real feel to the film of what their lives are like in that kind of neighbourhood. Wade Domingues is very good and the cocky Emilo who seems to be untameable by Ms Johnson.

                    Overview
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                    I did enjoy this film and the story was a very emotional one. However this was not an extra special film in anyway but the soundtrack does make it more enjoyable. This film has a very true life feel to it because these types of lives do happen.

                    If you enjoy true life types of films then this may be one you would be interested in but don’t get too excited about it the story may be good but the acting is very standard really and Pfeiffer does not add much depth to her character at all.

                    You can buy this on DVD from amazon.co.uk for £13.99 new and from £3.55 used. I find the new price quite high considering this film was released back in 1996. The film is rated 15 because of the violence throughout the film.

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                    • The Full Monty (DVD) / DVD / 37 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                      25.12.2006 13:17
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                      Very entertaining British Comedy

                      ***This is a film only review***

                      Introduction
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                      This has to be one of my favourite films and I cannot count how many times I have seen this one. However as much as I enjoy this film I have not managed to add this to my DVD collection.

                      Coming home on Christmas Eve I turned on my Sky box and found this film on, just the thing to cheer me up on a lonely Christmas Eve.

                      The Plot
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                      After the Sheffield Steel work closes there are many men out of work. Gaz has child maintenance arrears to pay and after seeing how many women went to watch the Chippendales he decides to give it a go himself.

                      Dave, Lomper and Gerald get roped into it as well and along with Gaz they hold auditions for another to join their group. Horse and Guy are the final additions to the group now they must learn to dance and strip.

                      We follow these wannabe strippers through the trials and tribulations before they even make it to the stage. As the nerves and tension builds will this motley crew be able to perform the full Monty?


                      Characters
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                      Gaz – Robert Carlyle
                      Dave – Mark Addy
                      Nathan – William Snape
                      Lomper – Steve Huison
                      Gerald – Tom Wilkinson
                      Horse – Paul Barber
                      Guy – Hugo Speer

                      Roberts Carlyle is great a Gaz and is able to pull of his character Gaz extremely well. Plus he is quite cute as well, which is a great bonus. Mark Addy gives a nice performance as a man who is struggling with his size.

                      Steve Huison plays a very quite character that is going through a hard time. Tom Wilkinson is superb as Gerald, a bit snobbish but he is in debt because he has not told his wife that he has lost his job.

                      All the characters are very different but they all blend well together and they all bond together to help pull them through to the end.

                      Overview
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                      As I mentioned this is one of my favourite films so I really enjoyed watching it again last night and will probably keep watching for many years to come. This film always makes me laugh because these men are dealing with there own issues while trying to make some quick money.

                      The part that always makes me laugh is when they are all standing in line waiting to sign for the dole money and the song “hot stuff” comes on and they all start dancing in the queue

                      This has me in stitches the whole time and it is British comedy at it’s best. If you have not seen this film then I highly recommend that you see this film and there is no doubt that you will enjoy it as it is not just about men getting there clothes off.

                      The music is wonderful as there are some real classics like Hot Chocolate and Donna Summer. The music gives you a feel good factor and sets the background for what these men are experiencing.

                      You can buy this DVD from amazon.co.uk new for £5.99 and used from £3.50. The film is rated 15, as they are some sexual and nude scenes.

                      Thanks for reading.

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                      • Mickey Blue Eyes (DVD) / DVD / 27 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                        24.12.2006 14:19
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                        Funny and a little predictable

                        ***Please note this is a film only review***

                        Introduction
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                        On a cold Thursday evening, I arrived home from work tired and just wanting to snuggle on the sofa and watch something that would make me laugh. Flicking through the channels there was not up option until I turned onto Film Four and saw the Mickey Blue Eyes was on. I had seen it once before and remembered it being very entertaining.

                        The Plot
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                        Michael has been dating Gina for three months and he decides that he will ask her to marry him. Gina rejects his offer and hides out at her dad’s house. Michael seeks out her Father and meets the other members of the “family”.

                        Gina’s dad just happens to be part of the mob, which is why Gina said no. Michael assures Gina that he is not corruptible and she agrees to marry him. However Frank (Gina’s Father) and Uncle Vito have other ideas and begin the launder money through the auction house where Michael works.

                        As Michael confesses the truth to Gina, Johnny (Vito’s son) accidentally gets shot and since Michael is one of the boys now calls on Frank to help him clear up the situation.

                        Characters
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                        Michael Felgate – Hugh Grant
                        Frank Vitale – James Caan
                        Gina Vitale – Jeanne Tripplehorn
                        Vito Graziosi – Burt Young
                        Johnny Graziosi – John Ventimiglia

                        Hugh Grant has a perfect role as Michael who is completely the opposite to any of the mob characters. I am not a huge fan of Hugh Grant but do enjoy his films and he can always seem to pull off whatever character he is playing. I really enjoyed the part where Michael is trying to speak like a mobster but failing miserably.

                        Jeanne Tripplehorn is not someone who I remember seeing in films before but she gives a very good performance as Gina. James Caan I have seen before but cannot remember in what but from memory it was a gangster/mobster type of film so he was also good in his role.

                        Burt Young is hilarious as Vito, his thick glasses just really add to his performance and I do not think they could have found anyone better to play his role. The entire supporting mobsters are excellent as they are a typical stereotype of what we imagine mobsters to be.

                        Overview
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                        I did enjoy this film and found it very funny but it is not one I would want in my DVD collection however I would probably watch it again on TV if I could not find anything else.

                        I found the film very predictable to begin with but I remember the first time I saw I was not ready for the twist at the end. The funniest parts has to be when Michael is trying to be Little Big Mickey Blue Eyes (if you watch it you will know what I mean) the way he is trying to speak like a mobster gets me in stitches every time.

                        You can buy this on DVD from Amazon.co.uk new for £5.97 or used from £2.20, however all ebayers out there will probably be able to get some good deals as well. I would recommend this film as it is very funny but it is not going to be the best film you will ever see.

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                          22.12.2006 10:47
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                          Very good and addictive read

                          Introduction
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                          A while ago I read a review on Ciao about this book and it sounded like one I would enjoy so I bought a copy off Ebay a while ago and have only just got around to reading it.

                          The Plot
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                          Anna is thirteen years old and she files a lawsuit suit against her parents for the rights to her own body. Anna has been in and out of hospital more times than she can remember but she is not sick.

                          Anna has an older sister called Kate who has leukaemia. Kate was three years old when she was diagnosed and that is the reason Anna was conceived, to save the life of her sister.

                          At first it was just her umbilici cord but as the years passed more and more was taken from Anna to give to Kate to keep her alive. Finally Anna has enough and hires a lawyer called Campbell to fight her case.

                          Characters
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                          Anna – wants to decide what happens to her own body
                          Kate – dying of leukaemia
                          Jesse – Brother to Anna and Kate
                          Sara - Mother
                          Brian - Father
                          Julia – Guardian ad litem
                          Campbell – Anna’s lawyer

                          All the characters are written extremely well and you feel a part of their lives as you read the book. There is lots of depth to all the characters as they all try to deal with this difficult case. I didn’t notice until towards the end that Kate had not had a chapter but all the other characters are so focused on Kate that you feel you know her anyway.

                          Overview
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                          This is the first book I have read by Jodi Picoult and I enjoyed it very much. While reading the book I found I could not make up my mind as to who was right, I kept skipping from one decision to another.

                          The chapters of the book are written from each individual characters point of view, which is why I think I kept changing my mind. For instance you can read a chapter about Anna then the next chapter would be from Sara, which was a completely different point of view.

                          This was an extremely compelling read and very difficult to put down. I found that my curiosity got the better of me as I finished each chapter, as I wanted to know what the other characters were going to say.

                          I am not going to spoil the book but the history between Julia and Campbell is very good and also the explanation as to why Campbell has a service dog is excellent.

                          As I mentioned earlier I bought this from ebay so therefore it cost me around £3, very good when it is meant to retail for £6.99. There are 407 pages to the book but the chapters are concise but that makes the book very addictive.

                          I would recommend this book, as it was a very enjoyable read. It has you on the edge of your seat throughout the story and you can never quite guess which way the story is going to go. The twists in the story make an interesting read.

                          ISBN 0-340-83546-X

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                          • Durex Play Tingle / Sexual Health / 57 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                            15.12.2006 12:59
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                            Recommend

                            This review has content of a sexual nature so if you are easily offended please do not read any further.

                            Introduction
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                            A lot of you may be wondering why I am writing a review like this, well so am I to some degree but everyone needs pleasure when it comes to sex and Durex have developed a range of lubricants to enhance pleasure for both partners.

                            Background
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                            Durex is well known for making condoms but they are owned by SSL International plc who manufacture other well-known brands such as Scholl foot products and Marigold household gloves.

                            Some Interesting Facts:

                            The Durex trademark was registered back in 1929: Durability Reliability Excellence
                            In 1957 the first lubricated condom was launched in the UK
                            1964 saw the first Durex Condom vending machine
                            Asda was the first supermarket to sell Durex Condoms in 1980

                            Durex has now advanced from just condoms and offers a whole range of products to use including vibrators, lubricants and condoms that enhanced your enjoyment.

                            Product
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                            I bought a 50ml bottle of Durex Play Tingle lubricant for £3.99 from Boots, luckily there was an offer going on where you can buy 3 for 2 on any condoms and lubricants but I will not gross you out on what other products I bought.

                            This small bottle fits nicely into your hand and has a pump at the top to able easy dispensing of the lubricant. Shake before use and one pump is all you need and it is a clear liquid, which has a minty smell. The lubricant is not greasy on your fingers and is only very slightly sticky.

                            Right you place the lubricant onto your erogenous zones, if you don't know them I am not going to spell it out and suggest you have a chat with a parent/guardian about the birds and the bees.

                            Once the lubricant is on it only takes less than a minute for the tingling sensation to begin. It is not over powering and is enjoyable and you can apply more lubricant if a stronger tingle is required.

                            It also has a good lasting ability as well, again I am not going to go into detail about my sex life but take my word for it, and it does last very well and not just from the female's point of view either.

                            This lubricant is for males, females and the vibrator. It is also safe to use with condoms, it is not a contraceptive and does not contain spermicide.

                            There is a warning to avoid contact with eyes and that this product may cause irritation, warming/burning or itching in either partner. From my experience I did feel the warming sensation but not to an extent to cause unpleasantness. However if you did experience any problems you are recommended to discontinue use of the product and if symptoms persist, contact your doctor.

                            Overview
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                            Keeping sex fun and enjoyable is a very big thing these days and Durex have kept up with this. I like this product and will definitely use it again; I will also try the other lubricants from the Play range called Heat and Feel.

                            I was a little worried about trying this at first (so was the other person but he quite enjoyed it as well) but you cannot have an opinion on these types of products unless you have tried them. Now I have tried Tingle I am very willing to try the other ones but I have a feeling that this one will be a firm favourite of mine.

                            For £3.99 for 50ml it is quite good value for money because you do not need a lot of the lubricant during your sessions. I am enjoying this product and very glad I took risk at buying it. As well-known ad once said "it does exactly what it says on the tin" or in this case bottle, this product tingles.

                            Thanks for reading.

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                              13.12.2006 08:29
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                              Nice just a shame about the strip lights

                              Introduction
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                              I have never stayed in a posh hotel so spending a night at the Elizabeth Hotel was quite a treat for me and I was much like a giggling little schoolgirl, I cannot remember being so excited in my life.

                              Background
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                              I have researched this information from their website. www.elizabethhotels.co.uk

                              This hotel is part of the Elizabeth Hotels group formed in 1991, which has 13 hotels and 4 Inns they are located in East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Suffolk.

                              The Hotel
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                              The hotel I stayed in was in Rockingham, Corby. The hotel is based quite near to Rockingham Castle, which was built by William The Conqueror over 900 years ago, that's a place I have not visited, but I think I should.

                              The hotel is supposed to have 71 rooms but at the moment they are currently rebuilding some of the hotel because they had a fire not so long ago, so there may be some change to this at the moment.

                              Even though there is building work going on the entrance to the hotel was very nice and modern, check in was very smooth and simple also but I must confess I did not have much to do with this.

                              The hotel also offers facilities for conferences with 7 meeting and conference suites that can accommodate 10 to 400 people. You are also able to book weddings there, as they are licensed for civil ceremonies and can have up to 350 guests.

                              There is a non-smoking restaurant and light meals and snacks are served at the bar. Children are welcome at this hotel and they have special child prices and menus available. All public areas are air-conditioned.

                              The other little interesting piece of information is that small/medium dogs are allowed to stay at the hotel for a small charge of £5 per night. It is nice to know that canine companions can also enjoy spending a night away from home.


                              The Room
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                              Since this was an early Christmas treat I stayed in one of their mini suites that has a four-poster king size bed and a Jacuzzi.

                              Upon entering the room, which was lit by lamps, I later discovered was to hide the strip lights they had in that room. I entered into the sitting area and too my left was a door, which took you into the bathroom.

                              The sitting area is very spacious and the furniture is Victorian looking, I could not tell you if it was authentic because that is not my forte. There is a large two-seater sofa and pay per view television.

                              To the left of the sofa lends into the bedroom area, where I am greeted by this huge bed (also Victoria looking), it looks so inviting that I wanted to run and jump onto it and be caught by the huge mattress but I manage to restrain myself.

                              After dumping my bags I decided it is time for a peek into the bathroom, considering how traditional the suite looked the bathroom was very modern, toilet, basin and the corner bathtub, which is also a Jacuzzi at a push of a button. A shower is also attached to the tub should the Jacuzzi and bathtub be too much for you.

                              The room also has facilities available for Internet connection and the usual tea and coffee facilities are also made available to you. You can also order room service available 24 hours of the day, still something I have never done but maybe one day.

                              Contact Information
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                              More information can be found at www.elizabethhotels.co.uk.

                              Hotel Elizabeth Rockingham,
                              Rockingham Road,
                              Corby,
                              Northamptonshire,
                              NN17 1AE

                              Telephone
                              0870 116 2713


                              Overview
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                              Like I said this was a Christmas treat so luckily I did not pay but I have been informed that this suite is around £100 per night. I am sure that there are some more reasonable priced rooms however there online booking system is not currently working properly.

                              I did enjoy my stay because I have never spent a night in a posh hotel like this. However if I had been paying I would not have been very happy with some of the facilities but this may be due to the fire they have experienced.

                              The thing I was disappointed about the most was the strip lights for the cost of the suite I would have expected better lighting. With how the room was furnished it was just a major let down to see this lovely suite be lit by strip lights when the lamps did not give off enough light.

                              I might just be me being picky but there were only two sachets of coffee, tea and hot chocolate. I do not drink tea and I am not of big fan of hot chocolate either so two sachets was not enough. I probably could have asked for more but I am one of those people who do not like to complain.

                              I had to have a go in the Jacuzzi and I spent just over an hour relaxing in it and felt most pampered indeed. The water was keep at nice hot temperature without scalding you. The bath foam was provided in the room but just be careful as too much can some make more bubbles than you anticipated for.

                              The night I spent there was very enjoyable and I did sleep well which is very unlike me, as normally if I am in a strange bed I cannot sleep much at all. When my alarm went off at 6am the following morning (I had to go to work) I must admit that I did not want to get out of that huge warm bed and could have quite happily turned over and gone back to sleep.

                              Would I stay there again? I probably would. I did enjoy my night there and I did feel like a rich well to do person but for £100 per night you don't really get much for your money. For me the feel of the suite was very nice until the strip lights were discovered. However since they are rebuilding after the fire there had been some temporary changes, like the dining area being in the lobby of the hotel. I may try this again after building work has been finished to fully assess whether my experience was just an exception.

                              Thanks for reading.

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                              • Cadbury Flake (Dark) / Chocolate / 31 Readings / 29 Ratings
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                                12.12.2006 10:20
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                                Recommend for dark chocolate lovers

                                Introduction
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                                It's been staring at me for a week now, teasing me and tempting me. I have resist, my love of dark chocolate is being forced back down until today when my desires fought through, I bought one and it only cost me 44p.

                                Packaging
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                                I have not had a flake in quite some time, I did try the Praline one when it came out but to be quite honest I was not that impressed. I am hoping that the Flake Dark will not disappoint me.

                                I have it here sat in front of me and the traditional yellow foil wrapper is pleading with me to open it. It is of course a flake but this is no ordinary flake it has dark chocolate rather than milk. The only difference to the wrapper is that it has a red corner on the right hand side with the word "dark".

                                Taste
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                                Enough of this boring stuff lets tuck in. As I peal away the wrapper I can smell the lovely scent of dark chocolate. Upon biting into the flake it does not seem to be as crumbly as the traditional flake but the taste is very creamy and melts nicely into my pallet. Since I am now working my way down the flake the crumbs are now starting to appear but the bar does hold together very well and therefore most of the chocolate ends up in my mouth.

                                Dark chocolate has a very rich taste but yet is not bitter at all like some dark chocolate can be. I think I like best about this flake is once the chocolate hits your tongue it begins to melt and crumb in your mouth. There is also a nice lasting chocolate taste left in your mouth giving you the feeling that you have really indulged yourself.

                                Nutritional Information
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                                As with all chocolate we must now suffer the consequences of our actions. However I was pleasantly surprised, 160 calories in this bar and 9.5g of fat not bad really, I have eaten worse.

                                There is a warning that this product contains milk ingredients and may also contain traces of nuts.

                                Overview
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                                Now what did I think? Yummy, yummy, yummy and did I mention it was yummy? I only wish that it were not 10pm in the evening so I could go a buy another one, actually that is probably a good thing or I might buy the whole shop out!

                                The flake had a lovely taste which also has a nice after taste and I shall definitely be buying this one again even though it will not help my waistline if I start eating too many.

                                I bought this from my local One Stop shop for 44p, which is quite good, value considering what you get for your money. I still do not know how I managed to buy it at lunchtime and save it until now

                                If you are a fan of dark chocolate then I would recommend that you try this one because you might enjoy this flake as much as I did. Please be aware though that it is all dark chocolate, no milk or white chocolate in sight.

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                                  24.11.2006 12:45
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                                  Very simple to set up and use

                                  Introduction
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                                  He goes on and on and on and on. Is this torture never going to end? He has to sleep at some point but he is just going to start again when he wakes up. I was hoping that he would just forget about this but I don't think he is. Right the pros to getting one, he will shut up, it will keep him quiet (at least for a while), the cons to not getting one, he will never stop, he will continue this forever more.

                                  All right we'll got one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                  I know getting a PS2 is not a life changing decision but by agreeing to purchase one, I have now got myself an easier life just for a while anyway.

                                  The Purchase
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                                  I told him that he could find one and buy it. So he purchased it from Game station. It cost £89.99 for the console, one controller, one memory card and four games from there 4 for £20 section.

                                  I did not choose the games but here are the ones he chose.

                                  Heroes of Might and Magic
                                  Flipnic
                                  America's 10 Most Wanted
                                  Leisure Suit Larry

                                  Now the console did not come in the PS2 box but a brown cardboard one, this is because the console is second-hand. However Game station have given a one-year warranty on the console.

                                  Set Up
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                                  The console itself is quite small and lightweight

                                  To set up the PS2 was very easy as there was very few wires, the console, a controller, power lead and an aerial lead. This may not to be the correct names but this may be more helpful for people who do not have technical knowledge like myself.

                                  With there being little to plug in, it was quite simple and did not take long to set it up about 5 minutes maybe even less than that but I know I did not spend hours fiddling with it.

                                  The other good bonus about this console is there is very few buttons to press. There is an on/off switch, one that opens the drive drawer and a reset button.

                                  How to Use
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                                  Once the set up is done, the next thing any game player is going to want to do is put a game in and start playing. Make sure you have the console turned on, press the button to open the drive drawer, put the disk in and press the button again. Now I am not sure on this one but I am sure someone will correct me in the comments! Sometimes I have to press the reset button to get the console to read the disk but then other times I do not.

                                  It is then a case of waiting for the game to load up, which in my experience does not take long at all.

                                  Other Features
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                                  If you do not have modern equipment such as a CD Player or DVD player then you can also use the Playstation 2 for you music and film requirements. This is not a feature I have used but might come in useful for someone.


                                  Overview
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                                  I am not a big fan of game consoles as I lose interest in them very quickly, however he likes to play with them for hours so at least it will keep him quiet. The games are now quite reasonably priced as many shops now offer 3 for £20.

                                  With the Playstation 3 on its way, I will imagine that this console will be obsolete just like the traditional Playstation has. The other good point about the Playstation 3 being released soon is that the price of the PS2 games will come down even further.

                                  The playstation 2 has been in the house for 3 months and I have probably played on it 5 times, I have now lost interest. If it had not been for someone pestering me about it I probably would never have bought one and it has still not changed my gaming habits.

                                  If you are new to gaming consoles this one is a great start as it is very simple to set up and use, however the more serious gamers are probably counting the days until the Playstation 3 arrives.

                                  Thanks for reading.

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