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If you enjoyed American drama series Gilmore Girls, you'll probably love this too. I started watching this as Lauren Graham (who plays Lorelai in Gilmore Girls) is one of the main actresses.Her character, Sarah Braverman, a recently separated mother of two kicks off the show with a dramatic storyline about taking her two kids and moving back in with her parents. Although not quite as witty as Gilmore Girls, you are gripped by the strong dramatic storylines of general family dramas.
Other social issues included in the first season include learning disabilities, paternity issues, relationship dramas and loads of other dramas an every day family might incur.
What I like about this series: Although it is an American drama I think it is easy to relate to wherever you are from, as the issues are not all about 'not getting into the cheer-leading squad' or 'being as skinny as a model' it's more about every day issues most families are likely to face whether they be from America, the UK or Japan.
Although not mega stars, most of the actors and actresses have a bit of a name for themselves already, featuring in other tv shows and films.You can tell they have lots of experience as it shows in their acting skills.
What I don't like : It is no longer shown on UK TV and the DVDs although available here are hard to get hold of. I guess that the producers didn't feel that it would appeal to a UK audience, how wrong could they be, i love it!
I've been using different tablets and sprays for Hayfever for a while now but out of all of them, Beconase was the one that I just couldn't get on with. Why? It makes my nose bleed. It wasn't a one off thing either, i tried it a few days later and had the same problem again. However other nasal sprays I have tried don't give me this problem. I couldn't tell you whether the spray did or didn't relieve the hayfever symptoms as the bloody nose made me even more stuffy so I couldn't tell which was the hayfever and which was caused by the bloody nose.
So other than not being able to use it because it makes my nose bleed, here are my observations:.
It's quite fiddly to spray, the bit that you press down on isn't exactly easy to get a grip on as there isn't much extra plastic to hold on to. So i when i was using it I found it hard to press down without jabbing myself in the nose while i tried to get a grip on the thing.
The packaging is quite small so should easily fit into an handbag or pocket without bulging out too much. The spray does have a removable safety cap you can put on to prevent you from spraying it all over your bag or pockets.
I personally now prefer to use tablets rather than nasal sprays as they seem to act quicker and there's no fiddling about trying to press the damn thing.
There's very few horror movies that I have watched that have left me sitting on the edge of the seat, this is one of the few that did. The film is full of suspense and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next, unlike a lot of films it's also pretty hard to guess what is going to happen next, right up until the end of the film I was left wondering.
About the film : The film is about a true crime writer who moves his family to another town to research a murdered family which he plans to write a book about.
Scare factor : 9/10, there was quite a few bits of the film where the eerie music and low lit scenery made me want to hide under the covers. The film is quite jumpy with a few 'false alarms' where the music and lightning is eerie and it turns out to be nothing to be scared of, this gives you a false sense of security so that when you get to the actual scary bits you are unprepared/not expecting them.
The acting : I thought the actors played the parts really well, I had never seen a film featuring these particular actors before so didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised.
The Plot : I thought the storyline was really good, in lots of horrors I've seen the storyline gets overshadowed by the special effects and horror element but in this case there was a strong storyline throughout.
Gore: The film is a little bit gory but not over the top 'i can't watch this' type gory. There isn't loads of blood, I think if anything it's the idea of the storyline and the way that the characters he is researching are killed that makes you wince rather than the sight of blood.
Being in a bit of an Horror movie mood I decided to give this film a watch. Although jumpy I would say that this was more of a Physiological Thriller than a Horror, although promoted as an Horror film i didn't think it was that 'scary'.
The acting on this film is spot on, Jesicca Alba successfully manages to portray what it would be like to be in the characters shoes and has you feeling for the character throughout her ordeal.
About the film:
The film is about a blind woman who has an operation to bring her sight back, although when she does, she begins to see things she does't want to see.
What I like about the film :
The film is full of lots of twists and keeps you on your toes. It isn't as predictable as you think it might be.
Jumpy Bits - Although it isn't exactly an Horror, there are still a fair few scenes that do make you jump.
Special effects - The special effects in this film were really well done and believable.
Although none of the other actors really stood out as amazing, they all played their parts very well. I think if any of them had been well known actors it would have detracted attention away from the main character/actress and plot.
How does it compare to the original? : I have no idea, I haven't seen it. Although if the original is anywhere near as good as this one I'm sure it'll be amazing.
Having read lots of bad reviews about this film I can only imagine that it's a bit like reading a book before watching the film, as I haven't seen the original I have nothing to compare it to so to me this film was spot on. Maybe once I've seen the original I might think differently.
After previously owning a laptop with Windows Vista on, I was relieved to finally upgrade to one with Windows 7 pre-installed. Windows 7 is a lot less lagging than the previous version (Vista) and has a few more added features that make i more user friendly.
The Features I like :
The taskbar : I love that I can click a little square in the bottom left hand side of the taskbar and it takes me back to my computer desktop, removing the faff of closing down 10 different windows Id just opened, one by one.
XP mode: Struggling to run applications which were designed to run on previous versions of windows? XP mode was designed to allow you to run those easily by creating an emulated XP environment for them to run on.
Pin to taskbar: Use a programme a lot and don't want to keep looking for it? Pin it to the taskbar and find it easily at the bottom of your screen.
Other great things about Vista:
Start up and shut down times seem to be significantly quicker than previous versions of Windows.
The user interface is customisable : want your current version of Windows to look like an older version? No problem, right click anywhere on your desktop > click personalize and choose the colour scheme/theme that you want. You can also create and save your own themes.
In my personal opinion, I think that Windows 7 is by far the best version of windows so far. I love how customisable it is and how much quicker than the previous versions it seems to be.Having tried the next version (Windows 8) I also prefer it to the newer version too. Most new laptops and computers now come with Windows 8 so when I come to buy a new one I will be in a bit of a dilemma about upgrading as I've gotten so used to this one. I would definitely recommend it to anyone upgrading their operating system or buying a new computer (if you can find any retailers still selling machines with this version on).
I''ve had Netflix a while now, I honestly have been meaning to cancel it for ages but just as I''m about to cancel i seem to find another TV series that I want to watch. The great thing about Netflix is it''s easy enough to cancel and re-subscribe whenever you like, so if you run out of things to watch you could cancel, leave it a few months then sign back up when more films/tv shows have been added. Don''t get me wrong, there isn''t a shortage of things to watch on Netflix, with films arranged by genre and type and suggestions as to what type of shows you might like, running out of things to watch isn''t usually a problem, the problem is usually deciding which one of them to watch.
At it''s current price I think it is well worth the money, especially if like me you are a bit of a film addict, which also saves on storage space for DVDS, just watch them again and again online instead.
A particularly useful tool for me is the ability to search for shows by actors or actresses featured in them, we all have our favorites so being able to search for any shows featured on the website that they are featured in is a real time saver that means you no longer have to search for films title by title until you find one that you want to watch.
You can also set up multiple profiles which means you no longer have the kids or husbands favorite shows suggested in ''what to watch'' you can each have your own profile which is set up to remember the type of things that you yourself like to watch.
As a proud cheesy pop lover this is the perfect album for me, it is now proudly owned by my car, perfect for long journeys and annoying the parents with.
Reach - Reach is an upbeat song about reaching for the stars and supporting each other while doing so.
Natural - Natural is quite different to S Club's usual upbeat dancey songs as the backing music isn't quite as up-tempo as the others , although still contains upbeat lyrics (about loving somebody) it just doesn't quite cut it for me.
I'll keep waiting - I keep waiting is a little slower than most of S Club's other songs but like a lot of them is based on the theme of love. Bradley does a lot of rap/talking in this track which works really well.
Bring the house down - this is my favourite track on the album. It's an upbeat pop song. I love the chorus which starts "Let's bring the house down raise the roof and get on the floor".
Best friend - The men's vocals are quite dominant in this track, whereas in a lot of the tracks it's usually the women's vocals that you can mainly hear. It's nice to hear what they can do without the backing of female vocal.
All is fair in love - Again another slow song. This one is dominated by mainly female vocals. Perhaps they did this to show that all the band are really talented separate or together. There is a little bit of a rap and backing vocals done by one of the men towards the end.
Love train - the title says it all, this track is about a love train. There's some great harmonies on this track.
Cross my heart - this track takes a while to get into but the chorus is very catchy.
The colour of blue - I don't know how to describe this song other than 'dreamy', it's quite a light song that i could imagine being played on a dreamy love scene on a film.
I'll be there - on this track the women have a go at rap/taking on the verses. Another dreamy sounding song this is the perfect follow on song from 'The colour of blue'
Two in a million - Staying on the love theme this as about a couple who were made to be with each other.
Lately - This song is another slow one. The vocals are really soft on this one. Slightly more downbeat than most of the songs this is quite a sad song.
Never had a dream come true - most people will have already heard of this song, it's played a lot near to Christmas and is a great upbeat ballad song.
If like me you used to love S Club 7, you'll love this cd.
Robin Williams - You may know of Robin from films such as Toys, Big, Jack, Mrs Doubtfire and various other popular movie titles.
Cheryl Hines - Cheryl is also in The Ugly Truth and TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm
Joanna Levesque -You may know Joanna as american singer 'Jojo' who sung chart hits 'Leave (Get Out)', 'Too Little Too Late' and 'Baby It's You'.
Josh Hutcherson - You might remember Josh as one of the main characters in box office hit 'The Hunger Games' a slightly younger more innocent looking Josh was also featured in family film 'Bridge To Terabithia'.
Bob Munro (Robin Williams) - Bob is an hardworking man who prides himself in being able to look after their family and pay for their needs. Bob is hoping for a job promotion.
Jamie Munro (Cheryl Hines) - Jamie is a stay at home mum who takes care of anything to do with the home and taxiing the children around.
Cassie Munro (Joanna Levesque) - Cassie is a typical teenager, engrossed in her own little world of listening to music and talking to her friends online.
Carl - Munro (Josh Hutcherson) - Carl is a lot smaller than most kids his age so tries to make up for it by lifting weights and wearing baggy clothes.
About the film
RV is a family movie about a family who end up going on an RV family holiday together instead of their already planned luxury trip to Hawaii. The family board a rented RV of which they name 'The Rolling Turd' and head out on their way to Colorado. What they don't know is that the reason why they are going on the RV holiday instead of the luxury trip to Hawaii, is Bob Munro is in in Gdanger of losing his job and must do everything he can to try and keep it, including sneaking off to meetings mid-holiday.
RV is a great movie to watch with the whole family. With words such as 'Turd' it might not be suitable for very young children so might be worth having the parents watch it first to make sure that it is ok for their children's age range (it's enjoyable even for adults honest). There's lots of funny/entertaining scenes all the way through which will keep you giggling for days.
When watching films or listening to music on my laptop, the inbuilt speakers just aren't quite loud enough, these are my choice of speakers for getting around that problem, plug them in, switch them on and receive instant noise with very little effort needed.
They're louder that my laptop inbuilt speakers
Just plug and play, there's no need to install any software or anything to make them work
Good Sound quality
Sound quality distorts if turned on to full volume
Creates an annoying hum when switched on with nothing being played though it
Sub woofer doesn't seem that loud, I'd expect the sub woofer to be louder than the side speakers but it seems quieter
These are a great pair of speakers to add to your computer setup if you're just using them to add a bit of extra noise. If after loud volume i'd maybe suggest paying a little bit more and getting some hgiher quality speakers that don't distort on high volume levels.
After getting advice from sound technician friends and many musicians who all choice Shure as a favourite brand for microphones, we decided to invest in a couple of SM58s as part of our live events PA system setup. We decided to buy some SM58s to use as vocal microphones at live events, I wouldn't know what they are like as instrument microphones as we use our SM57s for that.
These microphones are great for the purpose we wanted them for. The sound is crisp and clear with no hiss or feedback, even when taking them off the stand and moving around with them there is no distortion . We have only used these in Live music environments so far so I wouldn't be able to tell you what they're like for studio use but the recordings we got through using these (from input collected from our sound desk), is spot on.
At around £100 they are a little more expensive than a bog standard karaoke microphone but if professional quality is then these are definitely great value for money.
We bought 2x Mackie speakers to be used as part of our live music PA system setup, we love them so much that we are now considering buying some more for an even bigger PA system setup.
About the speakers : they are active speakers, which means they have their own amps built in and you won't have to buy another one to power them. This cuts down on gear, as lugging about 2 speakers is bad enough as it is without having an extra amp to carry around too. However as they are not huge speakers they are not too heavy to carry around, i can comfortably carry one at a time and some of the men can manage to carry two.
The sound produced by the speakers is excellent. They sound crisp and clear even on high volume levels. We recently put our system on at an high volume at a festival gig, and even when at a really high volume they sounded great.
We recently used the speakers without our usual sub woofers that make up our full PA system, at an outdoor event, we were surprised how well the sound actually travelled and how clear it was from even way up the street. If you're after quality professional speakers, I would definitely recommend buying some of these.
After getting advice from sound technician friends and many musicians who all choice Shure as a favourite brand for microphones, we decided to invest in a couple of SM57's as part of our live events PA system setup. Most venues and PA hire companies will have Shure SM57s and SM58s as standard, SM57s are more diverse as they can be used for both instrument and vocal microphones, but we opted to buy some of each. Why? Because SM58s are specifically designed for vocal use, we use these for lead vocals, which leaves us with SM57s to be used for either vocals or instruments so are handy to have.
So how good of a microphone are they when used for both purposes? They work great! The sound is crisp and clear with no hiss or feedback and they can effectively be used for both vocals and instruments with no problems whatsoever. We have only used these in Live music environments so far so I wouldn't be able to tell you what they're like for studio use but the recordings we got through using these (from input collected from our sound desk), is spot on.
At around £100 they are a little more expensive than a bog standard karaoke microphone but if professional quality is then these are definitely great value for money.
Ladies! If what you want to see is Jake Gyllenhaal half naked, watch this film! You'll love it. Originally the only reason I decided to watch this film was for my favourite actor Jake Gyllenhaal, if this too is your only reason for watching it, you will not be disappointed.
Half naked men in uniform aside, what is the actual film like? I actually quite enjoyed it. It has a good storyline behind it and the feeling of confusion as to why the are in a war zone and not actually fighting for the first so many days is portrayed in a way that leaves the viewer feeling confused too. It becomes more clear later on that the reason for them being there is to prepare them for the harsh conditions of the weather in the desert, ready for when they do actually go into combat. But along with this there is also a feeling of disappointment as to why they are put though such harsh conditions and challenges that could have maybe been prevented.
The film follows the lives of Jarheads (Marines) and what it would be like for them from training to combat and life after combat.
All in all this is a great film but I feel that the ending could have been a bit better. The viewer is left with unanswered questions and confusion.
After years of dying my hair Red I decided that i would dye my hair back to my natural colour brown. For anyone who's ever tried dying their hair brown when they already have dyed red hair, you will know that this is almost impossible, but thanks to colour B4 this is possible.
Pros : strips your hair back to a lighter (not quite natural) colour so that you can re-dye it a colour that you want.
You can re-dye your hair straight away after using this product
It only takes 30 mins- an hour depending on how intense of a treatment you need
Cons : It smells like rotten eggs
You have to rinse and re-rinse your hair for ages to make sure it is all out
Summary: I only used one box of this and got my hair colour back to almost a natural looking colour (a bit lighter than my natural colour), this enabled me to effectively be able to re-dye the hair to a colour that I wanted, which would have been impossible with the original red colour i had on before i used Colour B4. This product is a cheap effective way to strip hair dye without damaging your hair.
After previously owning an older version of the Fiat Punto, i bought I Renault Megane Authentique, and although only slightly younger than the Fiat Punto, the Renault is what can only be described as a spaceship in comparison. With it's electric windows, CD player and ignition at the touch of a button, you wouldn't believe that you can buy one of these second hand for less than £5000.
What I love about this car is all the little things that make your life just that little bit easier, like the fact that you cannot start the car in gear unless you have your foot on the clutch, or the way that it tells you exactly how many miles worth of fuel you have left in your tank.
The safety standard of this car is very highly rated, with airbags in the side of the front seats as well in front, and a very well protected boot panel (as I recently found out when someone crashed into the back of it), it's easy to see why it is rated so highly. The middle seatbelt is a standard 3-point seatbelt instead of a lap-belt like in most cars.
So why does this car remind me of a spaceship specifically? The handbreak! I don't know of any other cars (or haven't seen any so far) that have such a unique handbreak, it is what can only be described as a spaceship-like lever that gives you better grip when putting on and taking off your handbreak.
The car is spacious and reliable and is fuel efficient and I can't think of any reasons why not to love it.