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Shown on ITV and repeated on various other ITV channels, Emmerdale has been running for around 2 decades now. It is a soap opera set in the fictional town of emmerdale, in the yorkshire dales. The soap follows the trials and tribulations of the villagers.
The soap started out with a very country feel, there were constantly live animals used in the show and plot lines revolved around country issues, and as such the show was perceived as being more gentle than other major UK soaps such as the rather depressing Eastenders. These days, probably in an effort to raise its profile, the soap has resorted to more traditional soap plot lines, there is scandal around every corner and the wildlife aspect is now a token gesture.
The soap has many long standing characters and has a number of families that form the backbone of the soap, theres include the dingles, the kings and previously others such as the tates and the sugdens. As for the locations, it seems country life revolves around the pub, as the Woolpack is where the majority of the action takes place. Other main points of interest in the village are the post office cum cafe, the sewing factory and the vets.
The Graco travel cot is the ideal piece of kit if you are of need of a cot whilst away from home but it is equally adept in our case at providing a play pen in the home. The cot comes folded up in a travel bag that is difficult to get the cot back into once you have taken it out. Having said that it is possible. The colours I believe can vary although our cot is the same deisgn as the one in the picture here.
The cot is easy to assemble although we have experienced some trouble with aking the side bars rigid as it is an unsual movement that is required to help the cot keep its shape. Once done though it is easy to do in future.
The cot has a sturdy base which from first hand experience can withstand a lot of bouncing up and down from a child. The cot is also big enough (roughly 4ft by 3ft) to contain various toys for your child to play with. The whole cot is raised onto 4 legs to keep the cot off the floor. The mesh around each side of the cot is good for 2 reasons: you can see your child through the side of the cot and also, if your child falls the mesh acts as a kind of safety net.
All in all a very good product
The latest album from the followill brothers sees a progression and development from their previous albums that had been orientated towards garage rock to more of a stadium sized sound. The album includes the massive hit single 'Sex on Fire' and other hit single 'Need Somebody' As mentioned, the album does has a big sound that seems ideal for playing in stadiums, in fact, in some ways it is reminiscint of earlier u2 albums, with its echoing guitars and rattling, pounding drums.
In their singer Caleb, the Kings of Leon have a truly unique voice to give their songs an extra edge. The problem with this album and their previous ones is that his lyrics and the events they describe are quite hollow. This is such a shame as his voice is perfect for describing the highs and lows of life but unfortunately with Kings of Leon every song seems to revolve around drinking and girls. Still, for a lot of people this is fine and in Only By The Night, the brothers (and cousin) have got the routine down pat with maybe their best album yet.
Fast becoming one of the BBC's flagship shows, this dinosaur of a program made a comeback a few years ago with a glossy overhaul and has become a firm favourite for a lot of people staying in on a Saturday night. The show, on BBC 1, is an on going contest between 14 'celebrities' and their professional dance partners.
The show is hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly. Their combination is not very good as 'Brucey' is in need to a good retirement home these days and Tess Daly seems to be there purely for cosmetic reasons rather than any genuine interest in ball room dancing. They are joined however, by a panel of judges who are there to give scores and critiques of each of the dancing pairs' performances with the result being that the lowest scoring partners at the end of the night will go into a dance off with one being eliminated. This process continues each week with a few twists such as different kinds of dances being required and sometimes extra dances being thrown in until the grand final around xmas time and the new winners crowned.
Friends was a mainly 90's US TV comedy series following the lifes of a group of friends (hence the title) as they live through their 20's. There are 6 main characters (Ross, Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Monica and Phoebe) as well as an assortment of long standing bit parts as well as several famous special guests throughout the lifespan of the series.
The show is mainly lighthearted since it is a comedy but I think the big draw is that throughout each series, a general story is progressed through and a development of the characters can be seen. This box set captures all of the episodes and has I believe over 5 hours of extended episodes and gag reels as well as director commentaries included for good measure. With christmas coming and the price being so good there is no better reason than to get this and watch it over the xmas period, especially since this box set has dropped a good £100 in the last year or so.
Cadbury's roses are a famous and nicely packaged box of chocolates by the confectioners Cadbury. Nowadays, these chocolates come in a variety of different sizes, with the mid range for this shape of box being the 200g boxes (including wrappers). There are about 8 - 10 different varieties of chocolate contained within box. They range from truffles to toffees to plain cadburys milk chocolate.
Each chocolate in the box is wrapped in its own own wrapper. I believe that this is to maintain freshness as well as to avoid the chocolate melting or merging flavours. Whatever the reason, this gives the chocolates a feeling of being slightly luxurious. These chocolates are popular for birthday and christmas gifts are they are relatively cheap, have the look of a luxury item and it is almost impossible to find someone who does not like a least a few of the different types of chocolate contained within.
The proper follow on (disregarding the bands output as an alter ego) to American Idiot, Greenday quite succesfully attempt to consolidate their position at the head table of Rock Music with this, their latest effort - 21st Century Breakdown. With this album Greenday once again present a themed rock opera, mainly detailing the collapse as they it of America through the eyes of Christian, a fictional character who pops up throughout the album.
The songs themselves are similar to those of American Idiot, veering between bombast and reflection, sometimes in the same song. There are quite a few more ballads on this album that don't always hit the mark. The production is crisp and very commercial, which will probably further alienate the cult following of greendays earlier years when they released Kerplunk etc. You get the feeling though that these days, Greenday has moved on from their beginnings and have set their sights on becoming the biggest band in the world.
I would say there are not as many catchy songs as on some of their other albums, and Billie Joe's vocals sometimes get slightly lost in the mix but these are slight grumbles in what is a quality 21st Century Album.
This is not Derren Browns first 'magic' book but it is his first mainstream book as his previous one is almost imposibile to find and was only meant for profesional magicians. This book however also covers a number of pshycological techniques such as how to hypnotise people, improve your memory as well as explaining some simpler card tricks.
The tone of the book is veers from the very funny and informal to the quite dry when Derren explains a more complex technique. The book appears to have been written by Derren himself (probably due to the material contained within it might be difficult for a ghost writer to have done it) so it is definitely not some sort of celebrity cash in.
I have had the book for a few years now and I will say that it is not the kind of book that you pick up and read from cover to cover, you will find yourself flipping from section to section picking out the most appealing and useful sections for yourself.
I particularly liked the anecdotes contained in the book (the one about the rhino is great) and think that there is a nice balance between the dry material and the more jokey, funy side to Derren Brown.
Since this book is now a couple of years old it does not cover any of the recently televised 'events' performed by Derren, so please be aware of that.
I bought this for my son recently and it brilliant. The main thing that I like is that the main playing panel is detachable - meaning that your child can use it as a stand alone toy completely seperate from the trolley that it comes with. The great thing about this toy is the colours and sounds whilst at the same time being educational. There are a number of spinning wheels as well as a musical keyboard at the bottom of the playing panel that both speaks out letters of the alphabet as well as making random noises and singing songs.
The toy itself is very well made. It clips together in seconds straight out the box and does appear like it will last a long time - i.e. not be broken through constant play. The wheels are small and perfect for my one year old son who is just about to start walking. I say the wheels are small but whereas other toys may grind to a halt on a thick carpet, this toy moves as smoothly over it as it does over a wooden floor.
The toy requires 3 AA batteries and the only downside I can see is that whilst learning to walk, if the toy was to roll away from your child, without constant supervision they could fall flat on their face.
This course is fantastic, it is presented by world famous language teacher Michel Thomas. The difference between this and other language courses is that you simply do not learn by repeating what is said. Incredibily, as simple grammar and vocabularly are introduced you teach your self. The set up is this: Michel Thomas teaches to two students, in this foundation french course the woman is quite annoying as she is pretty dumb. However, after explaing a principle of giving a few words, you are asked to pause the cd and produce the sentence in french asked for in English by Michel. Then you press play and the students have a go themselves with Michel finally giving the correct version of the sentence. Some people complain that Michel is not a naitive speaker or that he mumbles or that the students are annoying. To varying degrees all of these things are correct but it does not take away from the fact that overall the course is incredible. If you were someone who did French at school and never got further than please and thank you, you will learn more French in these 8 hours and have a complete understanding of what your saying than years worth of class room study. Brilliant.
Alton Towers is the 2nd most visited theme park in the UK and the 11th most visited in Europe. Recently the park has undergone quite a change in renaming many of the 'zones' around the park as well as introducing its latest major ride 'Rita' only a handful of summers ago.
Anyway, the park is split into sections and each incorporates a different style of attraction. There are water rides such as the rapids and (log) Flume as well as traditional rollercoasters such as Nemesis and Air.
The park is well kept and tidy in the majority of places with only the real noticeable expection to me being the area at the bottom of X-sector where the 'Black Hole' renames despite being out of service for a number of years.
Having just been, I can add that even on a cloudy overcast day the queues where quite long, with probably around 50 minutes being the average waiting time for the big rides.
There are many food and drink outlets around the theme park but as you might expect, they are a rip off - I saw one such stand charging £4.25 just for a hotdog - so be prepared and take a pack lunch.
There are currently 2-4-1 offers a plenty for park tickets which reduces the price to £18, but bear in mind that they charge a minimum of £5 to use the car parks these days - scandalous.
All in all, a great day out slightly tarnished by the parks desire to get every last penny out of you.
What's on Tv is a popular Television guide that I buy each week. It's main purpose is to provide the televsion schedules for the forthcoming week. It does this very well, the main terrestial channels are given the most space but cable and satelite channels are also given their own pages, and this seperation is handy to distinguish the different sets of channels from each other.
In the front of the magazine there is always information about the latest story lines from the national soaps as well as previews of that weeks documentaries, drama's and so on. The front section also includes a crossword with the clues and asnwers based around television (of course).
In the back of the magazine there is a letters page where people can discuss recent tv programmes as well as a horoscope section. The What's on TV guide is reasonably priced at 47p and a lot easier than using your TV's programme guide.
A Saturday afternoon sports show dedicated to all things football. Hosted by Jeff Stelling and including an impressive array of former players as pundits, the show begins each week with a discussion section that reviews the previous weeks games as well as offering an in depth analysis of the weeks forthcoming games. This section of the programme often brings up some light hearted banter and is perfect viewing if you are lounging around on a Sautrday afternoon.
Once the days games kick off, the shows morphs into a more journalistic show with reports from around the grounds as well as on screen updates as news of all the goals/bookings/major talking points come in. The pundits also get in on the action as they view designated games on screens in the studio and offer updates as jeff comes to them one by one.
The show is the best of its kind, easily outdoing its nearest rival (Setanta's own version) and shows table topping form.
These baby wipes are wilkinsons own brand of wipes. The number of wipes in the packet is 80. The price of these wipes is at the moment £1.09. The wipes are advertised as fragrance free and indeed there is no smell to them. They are wet to touch but there is no excess moisture on them. The wipes remain in their simple but effective packaging and can be accessed through a hole in the top of the packaging. The wipes are all joined to together but the idea is that upon removing a wipe, it will tear away from the next wipe, leaving that next wipe ready to use sticking out the top of the packet.
As for the wipes themselves, they are the size of a small hankerchief, they are very light but I find the texture of them to be rough. I would not recommend these wipes for a new born baby but rather one that is 6 months old plus as I believe they could cause irritation.
All in all, quite cheap and decent but not the best kind of wipe around.
On BBC every week during the football season that runs from August through to May, and also covering the major football tournaments from around the world, Match Of The Day or 'MOTD' has been a mainstay of sporting television for around 40 years. Hosted these days by former player Garry Lineker, the format remains the same as ever, highlights of the days matches followed by analysis of the games by former players and experts. Alan Hansen is a regular on the show as well as a few others such as Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson. The show also has a goal of the month comptetion where viewers can pick out their favourite goal of the month.
The show tends to cover in depth one or two matches from the days play followed by a quick round up of the other games - usually no more than the goals and major incidents. In these days of Sky and Setanta showing more and more games live, MOTD may have lost some of its former prestige but still remains a valuable show for catching the goals after staggering back from the pub.