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      06.04.2006 15:43
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      good way to keep law and order

      We started using this method on our two girls quite recently and it really does work. Our kids used to leave the house in a complete mess every night after coming home from nursery and playing with their toys. The two of them love getting stars or stickers when cleaning the lounge or kitchen as a treat and prevents a lot of crying and shouting by both parties. They like to get picked up by us and put their own stickers/stars on the chart which is an adventure in itself. I would suggest to any parents that they try this method if all else fails.

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      • The Full Monty (DVD) / DVD / 21 Readings / 20 Ratings
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        06.04.2006 11:08
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        a lighter look at Sheffield

        This has got to be one of the best British films ever made just because it depicts life in one of the cities hardest hit by the effects of Manufacturing in the UK. It is funny all the way through with a little political undertone which is easy to see why and climaxes with a strip show, hence the title, which is fantastic. I am sure a lot of cities throughout the UK deal with this sort of poverty and lack of work on a daily basis and can therefore relate to this situation. Robert Carlyle is fantastic as an actor anyway, but this movie definitely made him what he is today. The humour as I already said is a continuous reminder that life is tough for a lot of people, but keeping positive and realising there is always a solution to a problem if you just look around you is key to success. For all those people that have not seen this movie and want a laugh then buy it on DVD now and enjoy the fun.

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          04.04.2006 18:34

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          be patient and your child will learn.

          I am a father of two small kids (girls) aged 3 and almost 2. They both go to nursey 4 days a week where they learn to draw, count, identify things, socialise with other kids, sing, play and all the things youngs children should be doing before school. My youngest started potty training before she was 2 by watching what her older sister did and then just doing it without much assistance from me or my wife. My eldest took a little longer as she had nobody to watch and after quite a few accidents at home, including poo and wee on the stairs, started to pull down her pants and go whenever she needed to. She still sleeps with a nappy on until such time as she can prove, by way of a dry nappy, that she can sleep without one on. I suggest to all parents wanting to potty train their kids not to allow them to drink any water or juice at least an hour before bed and they will learn to go whenever possible and not to wake you up at 2am wanting a wee. DO NOT pressure them to go as this will set you back a few months and your child will wet their bed more often than not and subsequently cry if you shout at them. Trust me, this is a lesson my wife and I learnt recently. You must be patient and they will just pull down their pants and wee.

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          04.04.2006 18:18
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          nice and cheddary.

          I have recently had the opportunity of tasting these new flavoured crisps and must say they are nice. I am by tradition a salt & vinegar man, but do enjoy the occasional cheese-flavoured crisp. They put quite a lot of cheddar cheese flavouring on these which is great, because the crisp is just not the same if it is plain. Walkers have again surpassed themselves in creating the new taste as most manufacturers steer clear of cheddar cheese and stick with the usual smattering of cheese. There is no doubt that this flavour will be a hit. Go on try it!

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          • The 4400 / TV Programme / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            03.04.2006 20:36
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            fantastic viewing for all.

            A friend let us watch the first series after we finished watching another brilliant action series. It was one of the most exciting pilots ever and kept us enthralled throughout and wondering why it was so short. The second series was then shown on SKY One but we missed it. The second series is due out in June 2006. It starts off introducing the main characters to us with a summary of their lives and what they were up to when the aliens abducted them. A bright light appears and they vanish into thin air. A typical and predictable storyline you think - not at all!! These characters are then reintroduced back into civillisation sometime later after we meet the other non-captured characters. They are all led to a big lake one day and a large ball of alien matter appears and these people appear on the lake all intact and ageless. There are 4400 of them, hence the title, and the main characterts start herding them into a big hall where they can analyse exactly what happened all those years ago when the light appeared. It is apparent later that they all possess different powers for good to help mankind with their problems. There is evil amongst the group as you would expect otherwise it would be rather boring. There are only 6 episodes in the first series whihch I found a little odd as it is one of those series you just want to keep watching all night it is that good, so why did the creators decide to only make 6? It is just possible that this was bait to reel the viewers in and make them wait for series 2. This series climaxes with the main character's son facing his 'boss' and you realise he is not who he seems. You must watch this!!!

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              02.04.2006 19:07

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              funny and heartwarming.

              I thought this remake of the original version was very funny and typical Jim Carey humour. It touched base with some problems we were having with money and the areas of our life we had to minimise on to survive. I really enjoyed the story and how they plotted to bring the arrogant CEO to his knees after he sold them down the river. The scene in the shop where Jim Carey tries to steal some money to feed the family and then escapes in the car with his wife driving was the funniest scene. He was the high flying executive who got promoted and then left out to dry by the CEO on national television. His wife decided to quit her job on the same day without realising her husband had just been humiliated by the company he had worked hard for. The movie then goes on to show how they must sell off everything in their house even the fancy roll-on lawn outside to make ends meet. Carey then tries to find work but is mocked by some of the people he used to know for doing that TV interview while the stock of Globodyne fell through the floor. It was one of Jim Carey's funniest movies in years and a definite must see.

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            • Bird Flu / Discussion / 20 Readings / 15 Ratings
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              02.04.2006 18:31
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              be informed.

              No matter what spin you put on this potential epidemic, if one bird lands in the UK there is going to be trouble. I am sure most people have not forgotten about BSE/CJD or even foot and mouth disease. The problem in this country is that nobody does anything until it is too late and people die. I think the government need to study the effects these birds will have on humans/animals a little more closely, because no matter what the scientists or doctors tell people on TV there is always a bit of information they hold back to prevent any widespread panic. They must think the average Briton is of low intelligence! Do they not realise that most people are well educated and can think for themselves especially when the people in power try and convince the public there is nothing to worry about. The bird flu' is serious and something to be concerned about. It is important to read up on everything relating to it and not allow the government to inform you.

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              • Money Supermarket / Travel Insurance / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                01.04.2006 19:51
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                A great way to find stuff.

                I saw an advert on TV recently in which this website was being suggested as a perfect way to shop for insurance, mobile phones, financial products and many other things. I decided to search for a new mobile phone and without much hassle found a great deal on a Motorola L6 through Virgin Mobile. I also wanted to find an inexpensive quote for home/motor insurance and viola there it was without any real problems and in no time at all. The website is divided into 6 easily understandible subsections within which lies the different quotes for each category. They are easy to scroll through and find what you want.

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                  01.04.2006 14:54
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                  A very fast acting pain relief for kids.

                  I have 2 small kids and they have been through the pain barrier loads of times in the last 3 years due to colds, teething and everything else kids have at a young age. Calpol has been a revelation for us and I am sure a lot of other parents across the UK. We recommend all parents go to their local pharmacist and buy this product now. It doesn't cost anymore than the equivalent item sold by other manufacturers of kids pain relief. We have found that it helps little kids sleep as well especially when they are in pain through teething and fever. The handy sachets can be taken anywhere with you whilst travelling out and about. The bottled version is heavy and best left at home. A definite purchase option.

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                    01.04.2006 00:28
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                    heartfelt, human and warms the cockles of your heart.

                    My wife introduced me to this programme sometime last year and I have loved it ever since. It is refreshing to know there are big-hearted people in the world who are prepared to give up their time to help others. There are so many people less fortunate outh there who just need a helping hand and this programme personifies this. It starts with an introduction to the family by the host and then we meet the family who live in a 'shack' made of wood with their 6 kids. Most of the families on the show have lost a loved one or one of the kids has cancer which is primarily why they are chosen. The team then introduce themselves to the family who then get to go on holiday while their house is demolished to be rebuilt in a week. The programme is a must see for DIY ideas especially when it comes to the brainstorming session the team have with each other. The local people also chip in and then a group of 50+ end up working 24 hours a day to finish the house for the big day. The host then takes the family up to the house, which is blocked by a big bus, and then voila the most beautiful house appears. The family is then shown around their new house room by room with before and after shots to give us, the viewer, an idea of what it was like and how it is going to be for them in the future. I definitely suggest watching it...

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                    • Northern Rock / Mortgage / 21 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                      01.04.2006 00:07
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                      A helpful and flexible bank.

                      My wife and I were expecting our first child when we approached them for a mortgage to furnish our new house and they gave us a 'Together Mortgage' which really got us started and that was 4 years ago now. We should have made the rate fixed rather than variable, but that was our mistake. I read another review which found them to be the total opposite of mine, but that is down to personal experience. We have only had good times with them and would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking for a first time mortgage as some of the major lenders are very inflexible. Their investments and bank accounts are quite highly rated by some of the search engines and their experts. We live in one of the major cities in the UK and there is a local branch nearby which is very helpful if you need something doing on the account. TRY them....

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                      • Crash (DVD) / DVD / 18 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                        30.03.2006 20:11
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                        a great movie.

                        This has got to be one of the best movies ever made without doubt. I have seen most of the movies released over the past 20 years and it ranks up there with the best. It portrays LA, and I am sure a lot of other cities in the world, as being a cold and uncaring place to live where people judge others based on their colour, creed and personal beliefs. It shows how people express themselves openly instead of keeping their comments to themselves. My mother always told me: "if you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say it." The problem is that when a situation presents itself to you and rational thinking goes out the window, then you end up saying something you may regret at a later stage. I found Crash to brilliantly portray a city lost in its own ignorance whilst still carrying on with its daily pursuits not really comprehending the enormity of the weakness of its own society. The interchanging roles of the characters in conveying the fragility of life in LA and the effect of gun crime on their lives is well represented by the makers of this film by using rappers as the usual targets in their ghettos. The institutional racism in the police is shown to good effect by Matt Dillon's character who then makes good by saving Thandie Newton from a burning car after she was told by her husband to leave the film set as he could not deal with the events surrounding their routine car stop by the very same character portrayed by Matt Dillon. The comical rapport between Ludacris and Don Cheadle's 'brother' in the movie is the lighter side of this struggle to survive humanity's inability to just get on. I would really recommend this movie...

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                        • The Longest Yard [2005] (DVD) / DVD / 14 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                          30.03.2006 19:41
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                          a definite must see movie....

                          I watched this movie recently on the silver screen and was really impressed with Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. It was funny and entertaining at the same with a predictable ending yet watchable because of cast. Chris Rock is a funny guy no matter what he acts in and even on stage there is a presence which keep you interested. The story is as the original in most parts with the inclusion of comedy as a selling point. There is definite emtional appeal as well when Chris Rock's character meets his grim demise at the hands of the snitch/mole planted by the guards. The prison life is like any other you would expect and the lack of support for the main character and his life changing ideals makes for good viewing. Burt Reynolds is the ageing sidekick who helps Sandler coach the unlikely heroes to eventually take on the prison guards. I would recommend watching this DVD to any Reynolds, Sandler or Rock fan...

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                          • UK Petrol Prices / Discussion / 14 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                            30.03.2006 19:18
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                            no more petrol price increases.

                            I have been driving now for 4 years and noticed a very steady increase in the petrol prices, and at the same time, the petrol companies are making billions of pounds profits. You can blame the government all you like, but it is the suppliers who are making the real money. I agree that the government is charging a high percentage of tax on the petrol being imported and it is time the consumer did something rather than just moan about it. Remember September 2000!!!
                            The truckers are hardest hit due to their reliance on long driving time and high petrol usage which means that every time the petrol stations put the price up by a penny every other week then they have to reduce the profits made by their businesses. Unfortunately, there is no real substitute for petrol on the market so we will have to keep paying these ridiculous prices until someone comes up with a solution.

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                            • Next / Highstreet Shopping / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                              29.03.2006 21:17
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                              great place to shop for kids clothes and many other goodies

                              My wife and I regularly shop at NEXT in Leeds for kids clothes as their range of clothing is unrivalled. They have all the TV characters on and come in various colours for girls. The only problem we find with their clothes is that they tend to shrink after a few washes which is expensive. They do promise value for money and deliver everytime. We nevertheless recommend all parents look at NEXT first before any other retailer. They start at birth and work all the way up to young children which is handy. The staff are also very helpful and friendly which you would expect from a top retailer in a large city. Most NEXT stores also have clothes for adults, little gadgets for gifts, homewares and many other goodies. Well worth the trip....

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