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      15.08.2003 02:02
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      Having very sensitive skin, I was looking in Boots for a gentle exfoliating skin wash of some kind. I came across Boots Skin Clear Deep Cleansing Wash. It's made especially for sensitive skin and doesn't block your pores. At 2.99 for 150ml, I thought I'd give it a try. To use, you wet your face and then apply a small amount of the scrub. You don't need much. Massage your face in small circular motions. You don't have to press hard. It's very creamy and the particles used for exfoliation are very small and gentle compared to normal exfoliating creams. It doesn't scratch your face and it doesn't hurt. The smell is quite mild and it's not particularly scented. To remove, you just rinse off with warm water. Removal is easy and you aren't left with big chunks in your hair around the side of your face (bit of a problem if you have long hair!). After washing, your face feels really clean and smooth. It definitely gets rid of any dead or dry skin. You aren't left with any feelings of tightness or dryness. In fact, it feels so good; it feels like you don't need to use an additional moisturiser. The cream contains fruit acids and Tee Tree Oil, which are supposed to encourage a healthy blemish free skin. I've been using it for a few days now and my skin looks clear and softer than before. It's been particularly good at keeping my face clean during the hot weather. Overall, I am very happy with the results. It's definitely gentler and kinder to sensitive skin. It is lanolin free and doesn't block your pores. If you have sensitive skin, I would recommend that you try this product as it will leave your skin looking and feeling great. It comes in a clear tube with a cap which you can stand in the shower.

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      • Currys / Highstreet Shopping / 0 Readings / 16 Ratings
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        12.08.2002 18:35
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        A week or so ago, my mum went to buy a new dishwasher. In the end she found one in Currys. It was a Beko brand dishwasher. It was arranged that the dishwasher would be delivered on Tuesday, and someone would phone to confirm the expected time of arrival the day before. We waited for the call on the Monday, but there wasn't one. My mum was a bit worried so she phoned the warehouse number she had been given. The phone just rang and rang. In the end my mum phoned the store she had bought the dishwasher from and spoke to a blithering idiot who didn;t know anything. So, she had no choice, but to wait in all day on Tuesday. Eventually the dishwasher arrived (about 3.30pm). They unloaded it and undud the packaging. They came back to the house to tell my mum that it was damaged and had a dent down the side. So, off they went and my mum had wasted a day waiting for a dented dishwasher. Of course, these things do happen...once! She is given a new delivery date which is on Friday and the whole scenario turned full circle and started again. No phone call to confirm the time, blithering idiot at Currys. To cut a long story short, the new dishwasher arrived on the Friday. The delivery men dumped it in out kitchen at a rather odd angle, the fornt facing the wrong way to the alcove it was to go in. My mum had checked it as best she could and the men got her to sign and then got out of the house as fats as they could. After turning the dishwasher round to slot it into the alcove, there was a big dent in the side. My mum was furious! They had basically tried to give us the same damaged dishwasher and had been rather sneaky about it too. We went straight to Currys and demanded a refund, and for the dishwasher to be taken away. We were told that it couldn't be taken away until the following Monday. I asked them why they didn't check stock before they sent it out, they told us that they couldn't open it
        because people wouldn't accept it. Well, that isn't true because they open up the packaging inside the lorry, so the customer would receive it opened. I also bought my TV from Curry's and the box had been opened. So, basically, they were just trying to offload shoddy goods onto their customers. He also tried to fob us off by saying that a row of dishwashers may have been hit on one side! From the position of the dent, that was impossible. So, in total, my mum wasted 3 days waiting for this dishwasher and had to live with the inconvenience of storing it in her kitchen until it was picked up. SHe also had to look for a new dishwasher, one that didn't dent so easily. I wouldn't recommend buying anything from this store. They can't be trusted or relied on at all.

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          CounterStrike is an online first person shooter, where two teams battle it out for supremacy on one of the many well designed and realistic maps. The two teams are that of the CounterTerrorists, and the Terrorists. The game consists of "rounds", where each player is given a life (100 hitpoints), and as they get shot or wounded, their hitpoints decrease. If you die, you are out of that round until the new one. The two teams start in separate locations on a map and are given 5 seconds to buy a large selection of weapons ranging from a knife, to an M469 Para Machine Gun. Some of the weapons include the Glock 18, Desert Eagle.50, MP5/Navy, AK47, MAC10(uzi), M4A1 Colt Carbine, Arctic Warfare/Magnum, and a selection of sniper rifles for combat at long range to name but a few. A range of grenades are also avaible. Not all weapons are avaiable to both teams. Cash is earned by killing enemies or by accomplishing preset goals. One thing is for certain, the makers of CounterStrike were aiming for real life accuracy. The guns "kick up" as they would in real life, and simply holding down the fire button will NOT be a sure way of eliminating any enemies in your path. It is much more effective to be stealthy, using short bursts instead of going in all guns blazing. Sound is also crucial, you must be able to hear people coming round corners to gain the advantage, and "walking" slowly instead of running renders you silent. The maps are all very realistic with locations ranging from Italy to a raid on a POW camp. The game is also very versatile, with four different missions. Assassination, Hostage Rescue, Escape and Bomb Defuse. Commucation is made easy by a large list of binded key commands ranging from "GO GO GO!" to "Team Fall Back!". Tactics are vital if your team is to succeed in beating the other team. CouterStrike uses the Half Life game engine, which means that in terms of v
          isual quality, it does not dissapoint. Even though the game engine and mechanics are over two years old, this Mod for Half-Life is still very impressive. The number of players online everyday is testament to the fact that it is a very successful online game. However, CounterStrike does yield a few problems. The first is that of the maps avaiable. Some are too big, badly designed or lack the innovation of some of the others, and many players will find that learning the maps will be overwhelming. Cheaters are also rife online, and many of the anti cheat systems are failing to counter this continuous annoyance. The game is also VERY hard to get into, as it is so different to other first person shooters such as Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament. Life is precoius in this game, and the newer players will often find themselves sitting out boring rounds until a new round begins.

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          • Super Rabbit Excel / Small Pet Food / 5 Readings / 18 Ratings
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            31.12.2001 07:03
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            I recently adopted a baby rabbit and initially I fed it on a quality rabbit mix (Russel Rabbit Junior). My rabbit liked to pick out the nice tasty looking bits and leave everything else. This is supposed to be bad for rabbits as they do not get the correct amount of nutrients as they are selectively feeding. After a visit to my vet, I was given a sample of this all in one rabbit food. It looked like rabbit dropppings and didn't smell very nice either. My rabbit seemed to like them when fed occasionally one at a time. However, when I tried to tranfer him to the pellets he refused to eat them. You have to introduce it slowly mixed with the rabbit's normal food. It got to the point where I was throwing most of the pellets away and he was eating lots of hay. He got quite angry! I was really annoyed because it's supposed to be good for his teeth and general health but he won't eat any of it! I don't think that it looks very attractive to the rabbit and I can't say what it tastes like but it can't be very nice. I have gone back to the rabbit mix where he is at least eating some of it. I would recommend it to other rabbit owners as it is high in fibre, nutrients and good for a rabbit's teeth. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to go down well with fussy rabbits. I would recommend buying a very small bag first, unfortunately I am left with a big bag of the stuff! If my rabbit actually liked it, it would work out very cheap to buy. In theory, nothing is left behind or wasted. I bought a large bag for £2.99.

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            • Skincare in general / Archive Lifestyle / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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              25.09.2001 04:16
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              There are so many people who spend a fortune on skincare products. I think that the more chemicals you put on your face the more likely you are to cause damage to your skin over a period of time. I tried Oil of Ulay once and it caused a burning effect on my skin, the same happened with Baby Lotion. I find that water is enough to cleanse my face and I rarely get spots. The best moisturiser thet I have found is plain old simple E45. You only need to use a tiny bit and at about £2.85 a tube it's a lot cheaper than buying highly perfumed beauty products that cost a fortune. Ok, everyone gets the occasional spot. The best way to get rid of a spot is to use a tiny bit of toothpaste. Yes, this does sound a bit odd and how on earth did I find this out. I don't know I have strange friends who gave me this tip years ago. The toothpaste has a drying effect and dries your spot up overnight. Just make sure you wash it off before you go out or you may get some strange looks. I use Colgate, but I suppose any brand will do?! I havent heard of anyone allergic to toothpaste either!

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              • Saving tips / Discussion / 2 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                24.09.2001 02:19
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                When I was a first year at uni, at our first lecture we were handed a reading list. Not knowing quite what to do with it, we took the advice from our lecturer to buy all the essential books (I caught on years later, that there were only try to sell their own books). Anyway, being young and gullible I spent a fortune on these books only to find that I didn't read them anyway! It was just as easy to go to the library and take out the copies they held there if it so possessed me to actually read. So many students are conned into buying the books, that the ones in the library are always available and you can reserve them anyway. I also found that walking saved a lot of money. Yes, it took longer to get anywhere but it was better than wasting 2 quid travelling 1 mile on a bus. It was also cheaper to share a taxi if a group of my friends wanted to go to town aswell. In my first year, I was in halls and we were expected to eat in the dining hall. We only had a cupboard for a kitchen which contained a 2 ring stove for boiling water. Funny, but we had a kettle too....of course we're going to attempt to make 3 course meals! It's amazing what you can make on a stove - pasta, rice, scrambled eggs etc. It's cheaper too if people chip in to share the cost of a meal. We didn't have a fridge so stuff didn't last very long hanging outside our windows! When you go shopping, you should go late in the day as things start being reduced. Sunday is also a good day to shop. I wouldn't advise buying vegetables form markets as you can't pick it yourself and more often than not they give you the rubbish from behind the decent stuff on display. A good way of earning some spare cash is to proof read essays for foreign students. My friend put up an advert and she made £10 per essay rising to about 25 for a dissertation. It seems that foreign students don't mind paying for this service as they are
                very conscious about having their work word perfect. I did it once and it only took me about 30 mins and there was only a few errors to correct. Not bad money. Another great way of earning money is to be a university guide. You take a few people round the uni for about 20 mins and get paid about £10. Always arrive late, so the bulk of visitors have gone or you'll end up with about 30 people rather than 3 or 4. My uni also had an agency which paid quite well for jobs like envelope stuffing, so it's always worth signing up.

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                • Quorn Sausages / Archive Shopping / 0 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                  16.09.2001 23:49
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                  Quorn sausages have been out for a while now. They cost around £1.60 for 6 and you can get them in the freezer section of most supermarkets. They are quite tasty but don't taste anything like meat. Nor do they have the same texture as a real meat sausage. It is difficult to describe the flavour as it is quite unique. The texture however, depends on how you cook them. If you just fry them in a little oil the outside is crispy and the inside is quite moist and soft, but not squidgy. They don;t taste that great on their own, but with a splash of gravy they are nice. I tend to make things with the sausages such as casseroles and stews. Like most quorn products, you need to put them with something that will give them more flavour. They do contain bits of onion but it does not overpower the flavour of the sausage. You can buy them fresh or frozen, either way they are easy to cook. Either put them in the oven or fry. I haven't tried grilling them. They are very low in fat, about 5% so they are quite healthy. I'm not too sure if meateaters would like them very much as they do not taste anything like meat. But, worth a try!

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                    16.09.2001 06:52
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                    The other day I walked past my Orange shop and saw adverts about upgrading Orange phones. I have had my Nokia for about 2 years and thought now was a good time to change it to something a bit smaller than a brick. So I went into the Orange Shop and the assistant was very keen to get me signed up with a new phone. I got a Nokia 3310e and the assistant said that if there was anything wrong with it, I had 14 days within which to return it. I signed the contract and went off with my new phone. They had put my old SIM card in and I had to wait for a new SIM card to be sent to me, so that I could keep my original number. This was all fine and dandy until the SIM card came. I couldn't open my phone! It was impossible, I was trying everything except throwing it against the wall. It just wouldn't open. So, I had to wait until the Saturday to go back to the Orange Shop so that they could take the back off it. Once this was done I put in the new SIM card and it kept coming up with a security code request. I tried my old code and the codes given in the manual but nothing worked. I phoned Orange and they said it was because I hadn't registered the SIM card. I then went through the motions of doing this and they told me that I would receive a text message of confirmtion in 20 minutes. I waited and waited for about 4 hours. Then I phoned Orange again and they resent the text message. My phone still had the security code thing on. In the end they decided that the handset must be faulty. I took it back to the Orange Shop on the Sunday and asked them to change it for me. They said that they couldn't change it as they didn;t have any in stock. By this point, I just needed a phone and I was prepared to pay £40 for the next one up. Nope...couldn't do that. The systems were down. I was sent away. When I phoned them up, they told me that I couldn't have a different phone and I would have to wait for Orang
                    e to send me a new phone. I was then told that it would take 28 days. I was very annoyed and in the end they said they would have it delivered in 3 days. I then found out that the 14 days period for bringing the phone back did not apply to upgrades. I was also told that I was lucky I had brought it in on the Sunday because you only have 7 days within which to bring a faulty phone back. I was so annoyed as it wasn't my fault that they had given me a faulty phone which had obviously been returned by a previous customer. I am disgusted with the way Orange con people into upgrading their phones. I think it is unfair that they don;t give you the same terms and conditions as if you signed up for a phone as a new customer. I don;t see any difference. I was out of my contract and resigned up. My advise is to cancel your contract first and start again. Every customer should have the same terms and conditions as it is exactly the same thing. I only remain with Orange because all my friends are on Orange otherwise, I would take my business elsewhere. I also lost my 50 minutes for about 5 days, which they said couldn't be rolled over.

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                      06.09.2001 04:50
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                      The Oral B Ultra Plaque remover is not quite all it's cracked out to be. I used to think that a quick push around my mouth and my teeth would be sparkling clean as the brush would do all the work. However, whilst browsing at the replacement toothbrush heads, I came across some disclosing tablets. These are red tablets that you chew turns your mouth bright red and shows up the places you have missed. I bought some out of curiosity and tried them out with my electric toothbrush. Firstly, I chewed the tablets and brushed my teeth as normal with my electric toothbrush. I then looked at my teeth and found that it hadn't done such a great job after all. I was a bit shocked! I then brushed my teeth again and had to apply quite a bit of pressure. This is not recommended by Braun, but it was the only way to remove the dye particularly on the molars and premolars. It wasn't just a matter of letting the brush do all the work. It also took more than the timed 2 minutes. It took about 4 minutes. This is a bit disappointing because the toothbrush heads don't last very long using it in the way Braun recommends. If you want to clean your teeth properly it's going to be a very expensive business as about £3.50 -£4.00 a replacement head. It would only last about 1 month. Apart from that, the toothbrush works well, but only if you use it properly and with greater pressure.

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                      03.09.2001 04:21
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                      I have worn contact lenses for about 8 years and have tried a variety of solutions and lenses. I currently wear SpecSavers Aspheric contact lenses. They are soft contact lenses and are slightly thicker than normal contact lenses. This means that they hold more water and are more comfortable for your eyes, in the long run. I didn't notice that they were any thicker and they didn't dry out so easily and stick to my eyes as my previous ones did. This means that they are more comfortable in air conditioned environments and when staring at a computer screen. They cost £12 per month and come with all the solutions and contact lenses cases you will need. The solution I use is called Easy Vision One Step Multifunction solution. It is peroxide based and from my experience does the job a lot better than non-peroxide solutions. The only time I ever got an eye infection was when I was using a non-peroxide based solution, so I would recommend this for thorough cleaning. All you have to do is take your contact lenses out, and put them in the baskets of the contact lense case. You fill the container up to the line with the solution and place your contact lenses inside it. There is no need to clean them first with a special solution as the solution contains an integral cleansing agent. You don't have to add anything to the solution as the case has a special disc which uses ionic exchange which neutralises the solution. This is great, especially if you are prone to accidently forgetting to add neutralising tables or neutralising them in solutions before you put them in. So, there is no risk of putting acid directly into your eyes which can be extremely painful! It takes 6 hours to cleanse and neutralise your contact lenses. But, once this is completed you can take them out and wear them. The only draw back is the length of time you have to leave them in the solution. Sometimes I tak
                      e my contact lenses out to give my eyes a rest. If you accidently just leave them in the neutralised solution, you can't just clean them in an hour like some other solutions. It takes 6 hours. Overall, the system is cheap and effective and you get a new pair of contact lenses for each month. SO it is very hygienic and good if you accidently lose a contact lense. Also, it cuts down on the number of bottles you have to take away with you when you go away. Whilst you are on the scheme, you are also entitled to free contact lense checks.

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                      • Quorn Roast / Ready Meals / 4 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                        This is what vegetarians have been waiting for! I have been veggie for about 10 years now, and I am fed up with being given vegetable lasagne and veggie burgers. Although I prefer looking at animals in fields as opposed to eating them, I do like the taste of meat. Yes, I miss Kentucky Fried Chicken, turkey, ham, chinese roast pork (yum). I'm not opposed to people eating meat, I am opposed to meateaters thinking that all veggies like health food, oh and vegetables! This has also been the assumption by food manufacturers...until Quorn appeared. Quorn is mushroom in origin and now comes in a variety of forms such as pieces, mince, fillets, roasts and ready meals. It has 5% fat, and is an excellent alternative to meat as it actually tastes and has a texture similar to meat. My favourite Quorn product is Quorn Roast. It comes in a fat sausage shape wrapped in cellophane and all you have to do is prick it a few time and bung it in the oven. Easy! It takes about 45 minutes to cook, but don't overcook it or it will be very dry. Once it's cooked you just take off the wrapper and slice it. It tastes like roast chicken and has a similar texture to roast chicken, although slightly blander. It's great with gravy, roast potatoes and vegetables. It's also really versatile as you can chop it up and put it into stir frys, casseroles, stews, sandwiches..anything! I think it is delicious and I have even tested it out on my meat eating friends who also like it. It's so low in fat that you can put something naughty with it like buttery mashed potatoes. So, you don't have to be a veggie to enjoy it. It's worth giving a try. It also keeps for about 4 days in the fridge, you just slice it up when you want some. Cover with clingfilm so it doesnt dry out.

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                          01.09.2001 23:36
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                          When we were moving house, we had no choice but to put our dog in a kennel for a couple of days. We looked around and at first sight seemed OK. This was to be a big mistake as our poor dog must have wondered what on earth she had done to sent to this dog house. When we went to pick her up we discovered how she had been kept. The kennels were tiny and there was no outdoor run. The only thing she had to look at was the four walls. She had to go to the toilet basically in her bedroom. They don't walk the dogs, supposedly because it's near a main road. Funny but there were plenty of fields around and if you don't walk them you should at least build some kind of exercise pen. So, the only exercise or time spent in natural light was when they cleaned out the run, once a day. The place where they put them whilst this was being done was about as small as the run the dog had come from. So, if your dog has to stay there for 2 weeks while you're on holiday, it must be terrible. So, no walks to look forward to, no romping around in a field or pen, no human contact except to have a bowl of food shoved in front of your face once a day...and I'm hoping they fed her. When we went to pick our dog up, she was in a terrible state. She couldn't walk properly and collapsed. When she went to the toilet she was bleeding. She looked so relieved to see us and it had only been 2 days. Thank goodness it had only been 2 days. If we had left her any longer her heart would have been broken and she would have died from neglect. We took her home and had to spoil her rotten until she was back to normal again. She still doesn't like going into the car as she thinks she might be taken there. It is disgusting how these people can treat these animals who have paid to be looked after properly. It doesn't take much to play with an animal, take it out and make some fuss of it. I felt awful that I had let her
                          go there, but at the time we had little choice. It wasn't cheap either. A friend of ours had taken their cat there when they went on holiday and their cat almost died from depression. They were lucky that they were able to nurse it back to health. How can these people be allowed to run businesses like this? It should be stopped. I would advise anyone to inspect a kennel thoroughly before putting your dog in one. We made the mistake of thinking it looked OK. From previous experience, our dog had come back happy and full of beans after being to a kennel. You need to make an appointment to visit it and come back when the kennel is closed to see if they really play with the dogs in the pens/fields. Also, happy dogs won't be barking ALL the time and should calm down after a while. I would also advise that you bring your own food, because they may feed your dog any old cheap rubbish. This is really important if your dog has food allergies.

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                          • Banks! Aarrrggghhhh! / Discussion / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                            A few years a go, I decided to set up a facility with Halifax telebanking. It seemed a good idea at the time because I could never get to the bank as I was working during the day. Setting up the facility was reasonably hassle free. I began using the facility and found that it was very good. It was quick and easy to access and you weren't placed on hold for that long. In most cases, I got straight through to a customer adviser who dealt with my requests efficiently. The facilities include: checking your balance, transferring funds from your current account to another account, setting up direct debits etc. You can also talk to a customer adviser who can deal with other banking transactions for you. The service is free. However, one day I phoned up and checked my bank balance. I was planning to buy something quite expensive, so I requested to transfer some money over to cover this. As far as I was concerned, the transaction had gone through. I then went shopping the next day and tried to make my purchase using my Switchcard. The sales assistant put my card through and...it woulnd't take it. She tried again and again. I was stood there feeling very embarassed with a queue of people behind me. I just couldn't understand it, I had transferred more than enough money into my account the day before. In the end, I was unable to make my purchase and had to leave the store feeling very annoyed and embarassed. I had wasted a journey to the shops. I then went to a cash machine and checked my balance. I found that the transfer of funds hadn't gone through. So, I phoned up Halifax and complained. They had no trace of my requesting a transfer of funds. How absolutely USELESS they were, or rather the donkey who should have completed the transaction for me. I was furious. Although the service is handy when you can't get to a bank. I would advise people to always ring up and double
                            check that a transaction has been put through. You cannot trust these people 100% to get things right and it could leave you overdrawn or looking stupid in a shop.

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                              I went on a short trip to Penang this summer and it was absolutley brilliant. I have family over there, so I got to see some places that tourists probably wouldn't know about...as well as some of the more popular sites. As soon as I got off the plane, I was hit by the heat. Wow, it was hot and very humid. It is advisable to change into shorts before you get off the plane. I travelled from Singapore and the aircon in the airport was at subzero temperatures, so I didn't bother changing. Penang is very beautiful and has some lovely countryside. I was taken up into the mountains where there are a lot of fruit farms. It's great seeing all the different fruits growing on the trees such as durians and rumbutans. If you're really lucky you may stumble upon a pineapple. You go up quite high and pass some interesting sites such as the damns. If you stop off in a village you will experience some real life here. They people are friendly and you can buy fruits very cheaply and drinks etc. I also visited the Snake Temple. It is a meeting place of many snakes and you have to be careful where you tread! I had my photo taken with 5 snakes on my head. This would have cost about £6, but I just took my own for £3. I also visited many other temples, and it is very interesting to learn about Buddhism. The main temple is on a slope on Penang Hill. This is where you will find the monks and you can sample some real vegetarian cuisine. You will be amazed at all the statues there are and each one is of a God of something. Entrance is free but you can make a small donation. When you enter the temples you must take your shoes off. I recommend taking a backpack and carrying them with you because there are shoe thieves who like Addidas and Nike etc! They're not interested in the locals' flipflops. Another good temple is the Sleeping Buddha. It costs 50c to get a reading from the Wheel of Fortune and it is eerily accurat
                              e! Unfortunately, I got a bad reading and had to go back again to improve my luck. Don't forget to ASK for good luck...silly as it seems it's worth a try! The beaches are mainly clean and sandy. We stayed in an appartment by the sea. It was fairly basic and cost about £12 per night. However we found that we were the only people there because it wasn't really the holiday season. So, I would recommend staying in a tourist area in a hotel near the sea. Where ever you choose, it's going to be cheap and worth it. You can go paddling or try some water sports or just sunbathe. Be careful though as the sun can be very intense. The night life in Penang is excellent. Gurney Drive is brilliant. There are loads of places to eat and you can have a 3 course meal for about £1.20. The food from the hawkers is fine to eat and it tastes delicious. It's so cheap, you may aswell just try even odd looking things as you'll be pleasantly surprised. In the tourist areas there are lots of stalls where you can barter for goods. You HAVE to barter or they will be offended. It's great fun and you can pick up some great bargains. Beware though, some of the branded stuff isn't real, but it's cheap. Security in Penang is essential. Don't wear ANY shiny jewellery or anything that is worth much because there are thieves looking out for this type of thing. We went out for a meal with some friends and one of them had her necklace snatched as she crossed the road. She's a local, so it can happen to anyone and is very common...luckily it was only costume jewellery. Always keep hold of your bag and don't leave valuables in the hotel. The economy is very bad over there and opportunism is rife. Another great place to visit is the Botanical Gardens. You can drink ice cold coconut juice from a coconut while wandering around the gardens. There's loads of orchids, turtles and monkeys. Don'
                              ;t feed the monkeys because it's against the law. Also, be careful because they look cute and friendly but they can run off with your bag and climb up a tree and one by one throw the contents of your bag at you. Funny to watch it happening to someone else, mind you. You'll need to put on loads of insect repellent cos this is the place to be bitten, I'm afraid. There are trails you can follow if you are feeling energetic. Again, be careful not to get mugged. On my travels, I also went up Penang Hill. However, I did not hike up! It is advisable to pay the £2 and go up on the fenicular (urmm...) railway. It's very steep but you get a good view of the island and you don't have aching legs. At the top of Penang Hill there is a great view, but not much else. You can get a drink or some food in the restaurant and there is a small avery place you can visit for a few dollars. Overall, I had a great time and would recommend a visit. Everything is cheap there when I went it was about $5.5 = £1. It's probably easier if you take travellers cheques in US dollars as it is easier to exchange. Shopping is good too, the Komtar is worth a visit for some cheap shopping. However, if you venture into town, be careful of the open drains...don't fall in! Hotels are also cheap and plentiful, it's about £20 a night for a twin bedroom. We mainly organised our own accommodation as we had family there who booked it for us. But, there's plenty to choose from even if you just turn up on the day. The water is also safe to drink, at first I asked for drinks in a can, but my mum was drinking the water so I did and it was fine.

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                                This is the first Vanessa Mae album I have bought, so it was a bit of an experiment. I was not to be disappointed.It is also my second attempt at writing opinion about music and it's hard! SO this is my interpretation and hope it's OK! The album cover has Vanessa with her silent violin. The silent violin is very different in sound to a classical violin as it is much smoother. The album has a variety of tracks which differ in mood, beat and accompanying instruments. Yantra - Slow, accompanied by vocals and piano. Quite repetitive but not overtaken by the violin. White Bird - Lively modern beat. This one's got singing in it and its very difficult to tell what the woman is singing about. There is a mixture of plucking and bow playing of the violin. There is an impressive violin solo in the middle. I'm not too keen on this one because I didn't like the singing. Picante - Latin American Beat, you could dance to this one. It's very lively. Excellent violin and sythesizer beat. Destiny - This was my favourite track and I could listen to it over and over again. Strong, modern, racy beat. Brilliant violin playing and this track is almost like dance music, but much more classy. Good pumping drum beat and the synthesizers are brilliant. It has a feel good factor. Night Flight - It sounds like it telling a sad story. Reaches very high notes on the violin, but is played beautifully. The piano and synthesizers add to the mood. Very smooth and relaxing as the music draws you in. The violin duet is amazing. Clear Like Ice - Slow beat with bursts of synthesizers. Violin tune is smooth, relaxing and mysterious. There are some good synthesizer effects, but don't play it in the car because it sounds like sirens approaching! Laughing Buddha - Very fast paced and incredibly lively. Again, this one's a bit like dance music. Strong beat and the violin alternates
                                between fast and slow. Some vocal accompaniments and electrical guitar. Modern sounding and amazing she can play that fast. The beat, however, is slightly overpowering. Pasha - Another Lating American sounding one. Good beat and a very sweet violin piece. Its also like it's telling a story...a build up to something happening/argument. Very dramatic! Solace - Classical guitar accompanies the violin which plays a rather sad, slow and wistful tune. Good for those moments of self-pity, helps you have a good cry. It's very high! Love Is Only A Game - Lighthearted singing. Singing, again hard to understand what she is singing about! Violin is mainly background music. A strange love song. Lively, happy beat with a lively violin solo in the middle. Deep South - Fast beat, modern. Not too keen, a bit non descript really. Jamais - This one's in a foreign language (french?!). Nice violin accompaniment with the singing. Although not too keen on this woman's singing. Violin sounds almost orchestral. Overall, a good album, especially for background or chilling out music. The only thing I think it could od without is the singing. The violin is brilliant on its own.

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