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Amazing advertising has increased the popularity of this American brand enormously in the past few years. You cannot walk down Oxford Street for more than about 2 minutes without seeing another version of Gap - Gap Kids, Baby Gap. It's clothes are quite expensive, and some may say very bland and boring. However, I think that the quality is exceptional, and some of the sales that I have seen have been literally fantastic - eg. a £12 purse reduced to £1.50.... It can be even cheaper in America, I got a £15 (UK) white t-shirt for $3 in a Gap in America, as well as combat trousers for the same price. It may be expensive at first, but the sales are worth waiting for.
The Bourjois lipgloss that I hunted high and low for for many weeks, after I saw it in Cosmopolitan magazine, is one of my favourite products! It's added glittery ingredient adds sparkle without a separate glitter product, and it even tastes nice! (Remeber "Refreshers"???!) The colour doesn't stay that intense for very long, but it leaves long lasting moisture, lusciousness, and glitteryness! A snip at about £4! The brush applicator makes it easy to apply, although my brush has got slightly dog-eared!
A good few years after the programme began, I am still addicted to this sitcom, and could watch re-runs all day long. Although I must admit the recent series are not as impressive as the 2nd or 3rd, I cannot fail to be amused by Joey's silliness and Chandler's wittiness! Monica is the neurotic cleaning freak, with Phoebe the spaced-out hippy type! The on-going saga between Ross and Rachel keeps old viewers coming back for more. However, I think that the show won't really attract many more new viewers, although it has a large loyal following.
This is an excellent programme which shows up the fantastic acting of Britain's greatest, and the up-coming stars of the future. The programme is based around the everyday life of a typical (common) northern family. The action often centres around the viewing of Coronation Street, but the hilarity is immense. Ricky Tomlinson and Sue Johnstone are excellent as the parents of the family. Ralf Little is brilliant as the ever-tormented Antony, with Caroline Aherne contributing to the many laughs as well.
Anfield - the home of the most successful football club in English history. But to stay or not to stay? Most Kop regulars believe that Anfield is not the same since they removed the standing Kop in favour of the new all seater stand. They protested against that, but that hasn't stop people, old and new, returning to the home of their heroes, with each match a sell-out The whole district of Anfield may have a special feel to it on match days, but that doesn't mean that that cannot be re-created somewhere else, especially Stanley Park. Residents are unlikely to allow further expansion, leaving no choice but to leave. They must look to the future, and not wallow in old memories.
This has been a popular haunt of me and my friends for many a year, since school! (but don't say anything.....) I suppose it was designed to appeal to the snooker and pool fans (loads and loads of tables!), but somehow mad clubbers, metal fans and most of the general public all seem to end up there of a week-end! Live sport shown on big screens attracts crowds during the day, and dj's prepare the crowd for a saturday night! This is more like a stop-off before you go clubbing or to a more up-market venue. Drinks used to be hideously cheap, but bottles can be quite pricey. Vodka & mixers, or a pint, is the best way to go. It can be full of blatantly underage teeny bopper clubbers in minute outfits of a week-end, and the music has definitely gone more "dancey", but still a great place to go on your night out.
The Union, the main focus of most 1st years social life. Cheap drinks and cheesy music lure the same crowd back week after week (or night after night as it seems to become.....) Located on the main campus in South Ken, the union building contains 3 main bars, Da Vinci's, db's and the union bar. Da vinci's is a cafe style bar which also serves cocktails on some nights (although they are quite expensive....).Food is also available during the day, and is only OK. db's is where the dancefloor is and has a smaller bar. The union bar has a more traditional pub-style theme. Typical prices are £1.25 for a pint of Carslberg, and £2.10 for a double vodka and mixer. The main nights of the week are the wednesday and friday, with smaller crowds on other nights. There are theme nights such as Pop Tarts (cheesy pop!), and Shaft (70s), as well as less frequent events like St.Trinian's nights which are also great fun!
I had never experienced a H&M store until I moved to London, although I had seen it mentioned many times in magazines. My first impression was that the clothes were slightly......not weird, but not exactly as main-stream as Topshop or Miss Selfridge for example. The price is generally fantastic, and there are often great bargains to be found if you make the effort to look (black cropped trousers for £10!) The accessories department is great, with lots of things for your hair, as well as plenty of fashionable jewellry. I have also found that the underwear section is particularly well-priced, although they didn't do strapless bras in High St. Kensington!!!!
Bluemountain.com is an American site, hence a lot of the card ideas that they suggest are based around the American way of life, eg. Thanksgiving. However, this does not mean that you can't adapt them for your own use, and there is a wide variety of cards avaiable for almost all occassions that you could think of, eg. cards are available for an "ex-love", of the writer. If you send cards regularly, like I did to my boyfriend, and use the same category regularly, then the choice may seem to dwindle and it may seem boring. However, most people would only use this service every once in a while (not every day like I was using it), and so there is probably more than enough choice for them!
I have been a user of hotmail for about 9 months or so, and is my main account apart from my college e-mail address. I have found it quite reliable, and although it is not mind-numblingly quick or as simple as possible, I have found that the success that you have depends quite a bit on the computer on which you're connected to the internet from. The limit that they have on the size of files that can be sent is a bit annoying, and I have found trying to attach things to files an absolute nightmare! The need to "refresh", to update the inbox while you are on-line is also one of my complaints, although I am sure this is the same for all web-based e-mails. I would suggest that this is not the system to use if you use e-mail every day, and rely on it heavily. I think it was probably better when there were fewer users, but it is still OK for moderate use.
Askjeeves.com is a poor search engine. There are so many decent websites out there that I really wouldn't bother with this one. Compared to the likes of altavista, it is very lame. It is too much of a novelty site, and making you search in the form of a question makes the search less likely to work. One good thing about it is that it comes up with results from other, (decent), search engines, which you can link to relatively easily. So all is not too bad.
I have been a regular user ever since I started travelling regularly between London and Liverpool. Things I like about the trainline: -You can see all of the available trains on one screen, and select on price or time -On all occassions except one, they have despatched tickets at least a day before travel. -You can earn money off (£1 per ticket over £10) -Some tickets can be collected from special machines at the station -It's convenient; you can book tickets from home/work, without having to visit the station Some of my complaints.... -They do not always come up with the cheapest option. I have just searched for a Liverpool-Colchester ticket, and it came up with £40. If I booked a Liverpool-London ticket from them, and then a London-Colchester, it would only cost me £18.80, a huge difference, especially for a student! -Once the ticket came in the last possible post before the train was due to leave, which can become quite traumatic! -Sometimes the site decides to shut down at around 10pm, which is annoying because you would expect it to stay open around the clock -I have had trouble paying by switch, apparently the system doesn't like it if you have an issue number of 3 or more. Overall, worthwhile checking out, but if you use it regularly, you will become aware of its downfalls
Napster is the best mp3 programme that I have ever come across. Rather than just being a site, which can have a limited number of mp3's, it is an on-line "community", in which you can share your mp3's with other users, and likewise you can download theirs. Depending on when you go on-line, there are usually 500,000 or more mp3's available to share. One of the bad things is that people are able to cut you off when you're in the middle of downloading something off them, which you cannot do anything about, although ususally there is little trouble. At first there seem to be loads of technical terms which you really don't understand, but things such as "ping value", (the smaller the better), are only there to help you. The programme rates each mp3 on how good the transfer from the other computer would be, so you can sort out the good from the rubbish. Although it may not last much longer (big artists are tending to sue), it is well worth checking out soon!
I moved to London about six months ago and it took me about 4 months to actually make it to Hyde Park (2 minutes from my college). Even though it was pouring with rain, and I was there counting ducks (!), it was lovely. I've made much more use of it during the summer, and even went on a rowing boat on the Serpentine, which was great fun, if not amusing when the oars nearly fall in. It's also fun to watch the people who can't row getting tugged away by a motor boat! Lots of my friends rollerblade, and the atmosphere amongst the many Hyde Park rollerbladers is wonderful, with many of them bringing big ghetto blasters to do their funky stuff to! I must admit that on one occassion I was less than impressed with the lack of grass (mostly due to footballers), and the abundance of flies (unknown origin), but this was in a localised region of the park, which is very big indeed! I have moved even closer to the park, and next summer you will have to drag me away. If you find the right spot, you can relax, play games, read, or just people watch. But you need to know where to go!
When my parents and brother returned from a holiday to Florida (which I didn't go on), and said that they'd never go anywhere else, I thought that they were exaggerating. They haven't been anywhere else since, and now that I've experienced it, I understand what they mean. There's no place like it that I've ever experienced. It's as close to a living fantasy as you'll ever get. There is so much to do you wouldn't know where to start, and without a doubt, you need to plan what you are going to do. Walt Disney world is just one of dozens of major attractions, and in itself consists of many different parks. The atmosphere and effort that goes into each attraction or park is unlike anything else in the world. It is literally amazing. It may be expensive, but it's worth it without a doubt. But if you want to make the most of it, you need to plan it carefully. Especially the time of year that you decide to visit, we went around Septmber time which was ideal (except for the major hurricane....). The weather is an important factor (it can become unbearable mid-summer), as well as the likely sizes of crowds (check for US holidays like Thanksgiving). A holiday brochure could sell it a lot better than I could, but from a personal point of view, I was 18 when I went and even then it appealed to the (younger) child in me! My parents enjoyed it more than me, and will go back without a doubt. Definitely worth it! Especially if you've never been to the US before.