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      03.08.2000 01:22
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      I'm writing this in the vague hope that it will help improve safety on the roads... I have just about had enough of the mindless attitude of just about every bloody road user from pedestrians to lorry drivers. It seems that in the proximity of a road, everyone swithes on their 'selfish' gene placing them in the centre of the universe. I know I shouldn't generalise, but I haven't found any evidence to suggest otherwise. Ofcourse there are plenty considerate drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists who go out of their way to ensure the safety of other road users. But generally, subconsciously, everyone take the viewpoint that they own the area around them, and that no one should infringe this space.... Now for the different modes of transport, this no go area is different; cars will leave a large distance between them and other vehicles, cyclists will leave inches between themselves and cars, and pedestrians will rub shoulders if necessary... now these differences can only be appreciated after experiencing the actual form of transport. The fundemental problem that I have identified, is that in situations when these different modes of transport confront each other in a road situation, there is confusion as to who takes right of way, what space to allow the other vehicle(or person) and what speed that they can pass. When cars pass cars, they know what space to allow, and will not often infringe it. This is because of the common viewpoint. Now if a cyclist overtakes a car, it will do so with only a few inches to spare... this is because the car is not physically able to move sideways very quickly. Drivers, when they experience this, seem to take on the opinion that they can then overtake a cyclist with the same couple of inches to spare. This, as every cyclist knows, tends to leave your pants soiled! it is also extremely dangerous an irresponsible. If a cyclist is on open road, it will swerve unexpectedly wit
      hout warning to avoid small obstacles on the road. If a car happens to be making an overtaking manouvre at this moment, the cyclist could swerve into the path of the car... and the rest could be tragic. It is not the responsibility of the cyclist to look before swerving, as the swerve itself is a involountary reaction to the danger ahead and is a essential part of cycling safely. The motor vehicle driver should always allow at least a half-car-width between the bike and the motor. Why is it that motor drivers don't see this? lets have some views... If you hadn't noticed already, I am a cyclist... Anyway, I'm not going to leave this a one sided argument... I am also a padestrian, and as such, when I am already part of the way across a road, I expect any oncoming traffic to slow down or avoid me. As a road user (car or bike) I always expect the pedestrian to get the hell out of the way (although I consciously know this is wrong, my instinct is to expect the pedestrian to hurry-up out of the way). I appreciate that this is different in certain circumstances, but generally this is my attitude. It is the paradox of the roads... everyone is correct in their point of view, but their views are wrong and selfish... There should be a hierarchy set up in the law, where pedestrians always get right of way... cars cyclists and other road vehicles would have to give pedestrians total respect or risk prosecution for anti-social driving (difficult to enfore, but over time would become a socially excepted norm), then cyclists, who must give pedestrians respect, but must expect respect from motor vehicles... also motor drivers must expect cyclists to appear from either side of their vehicle at any time. Its all down to safety really; who is going to win in a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian.... answers on a postcard please to....

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        14.07.2000 23:51
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        This venue is amazing! A converted church just a few minutes walk from Brixton... this club offers a totally emmersive environent for the clubber. There are two dancefloors, one of which is a classic and is a must for any club-head. A huge square room with a high ceiling sets up some weird acoustics that at first are a bit unnerving, but after a few minutes you appreciate that the music has much more definition and depth than what you get used to in the usual low-ceilinged clubs of london. This high ceiling also allows the club-owners to put on a much more visible set of video projections. What really makes this square space fantastic, is the lower semi-circular dancefloor in front of the DJ box which itself is framed by two HUGE (and I mean massive) columns. This really gives the space a dramatic edge that I've not seen in any club before... wicked! The ballustrade around this lowered area allows you to chill out and watch all the ravers below, and to have a great view of what the dj and mc are up to. When my good mate ;) Marky was playing, you could see every crazy thing he did on the decks, and I can tell you it took me some time to pick my jaw off the floor! My only gripe with this club is the door policy; I have always had to wait a LONG time to get in. This is largely due to the huge numbers of people that seem to be able to jump straight to the front of the queue. On one occassion, I had already given up getting into two clubs in central london due to the huge queues, and then we thought we'd give mass a shot.... after waiting for half-an-hour outside mass without moving an inch, we ended up going home! that was one crap night out! More a tour of London's public transport system! Anyway, apart from this, the other areas of this club add to its status as a classic; the long spiral staircase that takes you up to the dancefloors, also doubles as a chillout zone on the upper floors. That's about it rea
        lly... -Simple layout but essentially perfect! Great soundsystem and Visuals... Just get there early to avoid the queues ;)

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        14.07.2000 23:16
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        This venue is amazing! A converted church just a few minutes walk from Brixton... this club offers a totally emmersive environent for the clubber. There are two dancefloors, one of which is a classic and is a must for any club-head. A huge square room with a high ceiling sets up some weird acoustics that at first are a bit unnerving, but after a few minutes you appreciate that the music has much more definition and depth than what you get used to in the usual low-ceilinged clubs of london. This high ceiling also allows the club-owners to put on a much more visible set of video projections. What really makes this square space fantastic, is the lower semi-circular dancefloor in front of the DJ box which itself is framed by two HUGE (and I mean massive) columns. This really gives the space a dramatic edge that I've not seen in any club before... wicked! The ballustrade around this lowered area allows you to chill out and watch all the ravers below, and to have a great view of what the dj and mc are up to. When my good mate ;) Marky was playing, you could see every crazy thing he did on the decks, and I can tell you it took me some time to pick my jaw off the floor! My only gripe with this club is the door policy; I have always had to wait a LONG time to get in. This is largely due to the huge numbers of people that seem to be able to jump straight to the front of the queue. On one occassion, I had already given up getting into two clubs in central london due to the huge queues, and then we thought we'd give mass a shot.... after waiting for half-an-hour outside mass without moving an inch, we ended up going home! that was one crap night out! More a tour of London's public transport system than anything else! Anyway, apart from this, the other areas of this club add to its status as a classic; the long spiral staircase that takes you up to the dancefloors, also doubles as a chillout zone on the upper floors. That
        's about it really... - Simple layout but essentially perfect! - Great sound-system and Visuals... Get yourselves down there, it is definately worth it! Just make sure you get there early to avoid the queues

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          14.07.2000 22:16
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          I've been to Rumba alot over the two years I've been living in London. It always seems to be the only option after my couple of pints on a thursday. I've seen some classic nights, ranging from a guest appearance from DJ Marky (who promptly mashed it up... I will describe later...), to Todd Terry (doing his first official drum'n'bass set). All have had their good and bad points. The club itself is an underground affair. This is accentuated by the low ceilings and long, thin plan. Before the main club opens( the dancefloor is shut off by screens until about 10.30-11) there are DJ-hopefulls performing in the bar; the new breed getting a chance to show off their skills infront of a very discerning crowd ( and boy, have I seen some cheeky skills!) The bar is WELL cheap before 9 (entry is also free b4 9) with drinks at 2-for-the-price-of-1 (unheard-of in a west-end-club). So it makes a good place to go after work anyway; superb music to get you in the mood, and cheap drinks. The bar itself is a decent size, and well staffed. The most exciting thing about this space thuogh is the low ceiling. Tall people may experience difficulties when trying to dance in this area! Don't worry though, there's plenty headroom in the main dancefloor. I think its superb... just perfect for that underground vibe. I won't say much about the music, because it depends what you like... generally it is superb, but could do with a few more hard-funk tunes rather than the monotonous 'Renegade Hardware'-style industrial choonage that is overplayed sometimes. The crowd is mixed; there is the usual crowd of regulars (looking younger by the week), and raver, but there are also the drunken lager lout-types that crawl in from leicester square, looking for somewhere to continue poisoning themselves after the pubs have shut. That said, I always end up having a good time... hope to see
          ya there!

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          13.07.2000 00:39
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          Dooyoo is great... but what's the future of this site? As this is one of what will be an increasing number of opinion site, I wonder what will keep this one ahead of the competition. As travelnotes said, there should be more reward for reading reviews... thus encouraging people read more. Having said this, I have already started to use the site regularly to find peoples opinions about things... How about links to sites relating to the items reviewed... this would make it easier for people to purchase the products they have read reviews about, or to find out more about them. The companies that want their links included would pay-per-hit to dooyoo. Also, part of this payment could go to the reviewer that led the person to hit the companies link. Everyone's happy then .... so why not?

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            12.07.2000 00:39
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            I've been to Rumba alot over the two years I've been living in London. It always seems to be the only option after my couple of pints on a thursday. I've seen some classic nights, ranging from a guest appearance from DJ Marky (who promptly mashed it up... I will describe later...), to Todd Terry (doing his first official drum'n'bass set). All have had their good and bad points. The club itself is an underground affair. This is accentuated by the low ceilings and long, thin plan. Before the main club opens( the dancefloor is shut off by screens until about 10.30-11) there are DJ-hopefulls performing in the bar; the new breed getting a chance to show off their skills infront of a very discerning crowd ( and boy, have I seen some cheeky skills!) The bar is WELL cheap before 9 (entry is also free b4 9) with drinks at 2-for-the-price-of-1 (unheard-of in a west-end-club). So it makes a good place to go after work anyway; superb music to get you in the mood, and cheap drinks. The bar itself is a decent size, and well staffed. The most exciting thing about this space thuogh is the low ceiling. Tall people may experience difficulties when trying to dance in this area! Don't worry though, there's plenty headroom in the main dancefloor. I think its superb... just perfect for that underground vibe. I won't say much about the music, because it depends what you like... generally it is superb, but could do with a few more hard-funk tunes rather than the monotonous 'Renegade Hardware'-style industrial choonage that is overplayed sometimes. The crowd is mixed; there is the usual crowd of regulars (looking younger by the week), and raver, but there are also the drunken lager lout-types that crawl in from leicester square, looking for somewhere to continue poisoning themselves after the pubs have shut. That said, I always end up having a good time... hope to s
            ee ya there!

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            12.07.2000 00:03
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            Quality, Highly recommended... With my faith in London clubs waining... too commercial, too busy, pretentious interior; I was pleased with this little nugget of a club. Right in the centre of town, you'd expect a disproportionate amount of drunken 'suits' to clog the dancefloor (like Bar Rumba), but no! The crowd was superb; friendly, and well-up for a good dance. The club is found through an innocuous entrance on Charing Cross Road. Once in the club, it is clear that you have found something different from the usual... its tiny! Well... smaller than the monstrous fabric that's for sure. This size of club is, in my opinion, ideal; you're always guarenteed a good atmosphere, and everyone's close to the action. The other striking thing about this club is the absence of an MC. Something which I'm sure alot of you out there would be VERY pleased to see; none of that nonsense ranting. It puts the emphasis on the actual music being played, which was also superb. I think the line-up for that night was the legendary Fabio and Grooverider... so you can't really complain. Actually I thought the music was some of the best I ever heard (no exaggeration!). Bar Prices are pretty average. They do Cocktails and all the rest. Entrance is cheap for students at only 4 quid(6 pounds otherwise). The only annoying thing is the 10'o'clock start, which is a pretty late start for a Wednesday night (I could have done with chilling to some music from about 8.30) but once you're there its all worth it. Go There!

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              04.07.2000 22:02
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              The guest; DJ Teebee, with residents DJ Kid, Gmac, and MC Feelman rinsed out the crowd BIG time! Excellent drum and bass from first scottish club to play these sort of tunes, and don't we know it! Starting with some smoothe funk and jazz vibes, the night soon progressed into the usual quality mix of bouncy basslines and dark beats... Teebee treated us to some top-notch scratch techniques whipping the already ecstatic crowds into a frenzy. DJ Marky eat your heart-out! Not the best night I've had here... but the atmosphere and music puts most London clubs to shame! Nobody wanted to leave when the music came to a halt at 3.30; what more proof of quality do you need? The recent refurbishment has increased capacity, and speeded up access to the bar. Its worth buying tickets in advance as for big nights its usually a sell-out. What more can I say? Get down there and milk the music, boogie, and spend the rest of the week recovering! see ya!

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              04.07.2000 21:43
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              The Royal Bank of Scotland doesn't have a great deal of freebies that I'm aware of... but the overdraft facility (max 1800) certainly does the job. I have had the student account for around three years, and have now suffered twice from mistakes with my account. What really surprised my was the speed at which the bank accepted liability, and the fact that they reimbursed me with any money that I had lost as a result. For example... I had asked to have my overdraft facility increased to the maximum amount (purely to buy a pair of decks). A couple of days after I had expected the change to take place I took a taxi down to a shop to buy my decks, and when I tried to switch the payment, I was rejected. As a result my taxi journey was in vain. When I contacted the bank, it turned out that someone had failed to increase my limit. When I told them that I had wasted 12 pounds on a taxi, they happily reimbursed me with this amount... class! Who would have thought a bank would reimburse me with cash without so much as a receipt of the loss as proof! >> NEWS FLASH >>>>>>> >>>>> >>> >> > Since writing this, I have had two experiences which may have changed my opinion of the royal bank... Firstly, when I changed my account from a young persons account, to a student account, they forgot to increase my card max. withdrawal amount from £50 to £200. I was unaware of this, and on two successive weekends, I was left stuck in central london, at night, with only a few pennies to my name! This was a BIG inconvienience and I was rightly p#ssed off. When I called them up after the second incident, they realised they had made a mistake, and then reimbursed me £15 for the extra cost that I had incurred due to my inconvenience. But guess what.... a fortnight later, a few days after payday, I tried to get some bandages for an injury I had received the night before, only to have my switch transaction rejected... luckily I
              had some money, but not enough to get me food for the rest of the weekend. Sure enough, I was unable to withdraw money anywhere, or use my switch card. When I got home, fuming, I gave the bank a call... the only people around were the direct-banking people, and the only help they could give me was to tell me that there had been a problem with their system and as a result, a large number of students had had their overdraft facility removed by accident. They also said that there was no way for them to get me any money until monday... nice one! How do they expect us to eat eh? I could not beleive it... I'm sure there must have been people that weren't lucky enough to know people that they could borrow money off to get food, etc.... <<< !!! outrageous !!! >>>> Anyone else out there had a similar problem??? Have you had any good, successful compensation claims??? I was only reimbursed £20 for the inconvenience. Not enough in my eyes! ... Lets hear any similar stories .... please comment...

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            • Risk / Board Game / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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              28.06.2000 00:33
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              When we're talking about traditional games, I take it we're talking board games... I haven't played the computer version of this classic so I'll just have to give you the schpeil about the traditional board game. This game is AMAZING!!! What other game can last over 5 hours, leave you needing medical treatment and undoubtedly wind up the mates that you're playing with. The original game gives you the choice of playing missions or playing for world domination. If you want to get home that night I recommend you play missions. World domination is rarely completed before everone has crashed-out or gone home! But you are left buzzing after a good game like no other I know. Missions :- This one is great because you don't know your opponents missions so if you are making deals with other people for your own advantage, you may be handing the game to someone else. It always ends in a betrayal of an ally, which leaves you untrustworthy for the next game. Its also about winding other people up to attack other opponents so that you are left with some easy mopping up to do. I could go on for pages and pages, but I won't. JUST GO OUT AND BUY THIS GAME. Get ideally four or five people,and leave yourselves at least 5 hours for a decent game. The tactical side of this game really comes into its own when you and your opponents have played a good 5 or six games. Then its all about a war of stealth and diplomacy. Everyone claims a continent, then undoubtedly space runs out on the board and all hell breaks loose. This process takes a long time, and alot of stressfull dice rolling. SUPERB!!!!! (don't forget to get plenty beers in so that its easier to wind-up your opponents. the game is all about the banter)

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            • Fabric @ Fabric (London) / Club National / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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              27.06.2000 03:09
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              Yeah, pretty much spot on! When I fist went to Fabric I just spent the first hour wandering around getting lost in the miles of interconnecting rooms crammed with other amazed clubbers. Once I had found my bearings and picked a dancefloor that I preferred, the club had become so busy that it became difficult to enjoy the vibe. Even with all the dancefloors rammed, there were still tonnes of people crammed into the chillout spaces and anywhere else they could find to chill without being herded on by the bouncers. This place IS great but is spoilt by the small size of the dancefloors in relation to the numbers of people that are let in. Music : Great, a good mix of styles on most nights to keep everyone happy. Venue : Fantastic spaces. Plenty bars, but too busy.

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              24.06.2000 21:19

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              I don't know what the fuss is all about... Edinburgh certainly boasts some of the most picturesque views to be found in any city in the world, but the small size of the city centre, and the total lack of 'quality' drinking holes leaves me cold. Fair enough, Edinburgh has the probably the largest concentration of pubs in the country, but come the evening they become packed with loutish rugger buggers, gadgies and oxbridge rejects. This may make me sound a little bitter, but if you've shared my experience of getting pissed-up year after year in the same stinking holes, then you'd realise what I'm on about! Granted, there are places I enjoy going to and highly recommend to everyone; there's the 'City Caf' with a friendly crowd, good music, great interior, and the essential pool tables... Also, relatively new on the scene is Henry's Cellar Bar which caters for the more undergroud musical tastes of the locals. That's about it though... After that rant, I do have to recommend visiting Edinbugh; beatiful architecture and landscape, plenty to see and more pubs than you can shake a stick at... Cheerz all.

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              21.06.2000 22:55
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              The guest; DJ Teebee, with residents DJ Kid, Gmac, and MC Feelman rinsed out the crowd BIG time! Excellent drum and bass from first scottish club to play these sort of tunes, and don't we know it! Starting with some smoothe funk and jazz vibes, the night soon progressed into the usual quality mix of bouncy basslines and dark beats... Teebee treated us to some top-notch scratch techniques whipping the already ecstatic crowds into a frenzy. DJ Marky eat your heart-out! Not the best night I've had here... but the atmosphere and music puts most London clubs to shame! Nobody wanted to leave when the music came to a halt at 3.30; what more proof of quality do you need? The recent refurbishment has increased capacity, and speeded up access to the bar. Its worth buying tickets in advance as for big nights its usually a sell-out. What more can I say? Get down there and milk the music, boogie, and spend the rest of the week recovering! see ya!

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