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Unfortunately, as a villafan, my only memory of the hawthorns is of a preseason intertoto crash out (by villa) to Celta de Vigo. Villa Park was under repair, and the Hawthorns hosted all the preseason games. Anyhow, we decided we'd go along, and not having been to a vast variety of stadia in my time, i was dissapointed by the hawthorrns, and especially the family stand (which was to our left) However, I am told that for a first division ground it is good... so i'll take that to be truth, and say that I was pleased with the stand we were in... plenty of view, and legroom... and the travel there and back was good too. not a vastly memorable experience, but at least it was neither memorable for good nor bad, rather than being vast in the latter!
Take it from a villa fan... though you'll love Benni while he's there, he won't be there this time in two years... four year contract or not. He is way too tempramental, and acts on his whim a little but too readily. The fact that the longest he has ever been at one club was sheff weds, and that was for just under two seasons speaks volumes more than I ever could. He has been at over 8 clubs in his time, and I don't think you'll be the last. On the plus side, you will enjoy his snap shooting, willingness to try things out (like beating leeds keepers from 50 yards) and attempting to beat players and work something when on the ball. I will really miss watching him play, and I think he will be good for you while you have him. He shouldn't be played as an out-and-out striker, that may have been villa's error. I'd love him still to be here... him and Ginola in the one side would have been quite exciting!
WW2, a clear evening, coventry in the midlands receives one of the most horrific bombings that the country has seen in one fell swoop. This, and this solely is the reason why coventry is so much of a dump today. However it is not the distruction caused by the bombers in the 40s, but the rebuilding job that followed which makes it so ugly. For some reason, now that all the beautiful tudor houses leaning over the streets were gone, they decided to rebuild coventry from concrete, and that only. The only nice part (for me) is the cathedral area, where you can see the old cathedral which was bombed to ruin in the war, and the new cathedral, which is a pioneering work of genius. With wondows in it, paid for by the Germans, as a tribute to those who died. If you go to Coventry, to see anything acceptable, you must come here.
Who would have thought when Gustav Eiffel designed and was comissioned to build this novelty item for a Victorian Paris Fayre, that it would turn into the symbol that everyone now ascosiates with this amazing city? Not eiffel himself that's for sure! He had anticipated that his tower would stand for 6 months, and be a temporary structure only, allowing the selected few a high-rise view of the city... but no. The Tower was so taken to, that the Parisiens campaigned, and the tower stayed. So now, complete with modern elevators, restraunts, shops, and telescopes, the eiffel tower could well stake a claim as being the most famous structure in the world. Having been to the top of it, I can confirm that the tower is awe inspiring... and much larger (MUCH MUCH larger) than you expect from seeing the pictures. The arch (at the bottom) is the same height as most sky scrapers in the city, and that is about 2/7 of the way up. The bottom drops out of your stomach as the elevator takes you quickly to the top, through the middle bit (there are 3 seperate elevators for the three levels) and the view from the top is like nothing you'll have ever seen before, especially on a sunny day! The best conditions to go up the tower are on a crisp winters day... when the sky is clear, but a wind is blowing. This is because when the wind blows, the tower moves back and forward to five metres from the middle, so it's on a 10m arc! Luckily the tower was designed so well, that the structure is able to take a little swaying, and is not harmed as a result. Viva la tour... c'est magnifique toujours!
OK Alladvantage.com should not be signed up for under any circumstances for any one of these three reasons. 1. It is about to go bust... 2. Payout totals and payable hours keep getting worse 3. (and most intrestingly...) There is an intricate scheme in place which ensures that it is actually a lot longer than you think before AA parts with the cash that you have earned. I have an e-friend who I know for a fact is an ex AA employee, and he let me in on a couple of iccle secrets. Alladvantage will eventually send you your cheque (if you badger on relentlessly) but these measures are designed to make people who think they have reached the payout get exhasperated and give up. 1. As soon as you reach the minimum payout level, the layout changes (on an individual basis) and tells you that for your country, the minimum payout has just gone up, and the amount you get per hour down... this is very intricate, but you try it! It happens every time! They only do this once though, figuring that you might get suss should it happen 2wice... 2. When you reach the minimum payout level that it now reaches after the last measure, you will get an email telling you that either you or one of your referees has been involved in "unfair practices" and thus your earnings will be cancelled. I'm told this doesn't happen in every case, but most of my friends experienced it. If you write back to challenge this, you get a return mail saying that they are sorry, and have been mistaken, and you will soon get your cheque. I was told I'd have mine before the 20th of this month. I'll update this report and tell you whether I did or not. In the mean time, don't sign up. I'm told it's going bust, and it is unlikely that you'll have time to reach the £18 minimum payout. Dooyoo is a much better way to get some money back for internet input.
I'm sticking my neck out a bit by writing a review like this about a programme that continues to recieve good ratings, but Southpark is not a work of Genius. It was just "different" for a while, and that's what gave it it's novelty, and it's publicity, and that's why it is now so famous and popular. OK I'm not saying it's bad. No far from it, it's just average comedy. The only real turn on is the fact that it is deeply offensive (to some) and is completely uncut, yet spoken from the mouths of these kids. Now I'm not saying that it's not a novel idea, and I enjoyed the programme for a while. However now, it just seems that every episode is the same. I didn't make a conscious decision to stop watching, I just sort of stopped remembering to. Programmes that I really enjoy, I don't need reminding to watch! Though many clearly enjoy it, so on that basis, it's not wasted airspace.
Quake for me is the original and best Shoot 'em up game, and quake two is no dissapointment. The thing that makes the Quake games so much far superior to... for instance "Half-life" (an ok game) is that they are not overcomplicated with the things that just confuse you. The biggest turn-off of most computer games is when you get to a point when you are stuck, you seem to have tried everything, and nothing seems to be workin'... and although you may put a few sessions into trying to crack it, it is likely that pretty soon you will get board, start on something new, and the game will go back into it's box for an indefinite time. This kind of scenario does not apply to the Quake games. This is because in quake, and quake II, it is obvious where to go and what to do... and though there are some mechanisms etc to work out, the hardest part of the game is getting past the monsters and working out how to kill them. This is what it should be, and what you play the game for. Nothing particularly against Halflife, as some of the features of the game are absolutely fantastic. Some levels I absolutely loved, the graphics are AMAZING, and some of the features included in the game... and the weapons too, but it's sometimes just too complicated. Not addictive enough! If you have never experienced the joys of the original quake, or quake II, you should be able to pick up both for under £10 these days. You can even download quake I as shareware. Try www.shareware.com .
If you have been to the footy on saturday (or even if you haven't) and you are looking for a good sports supplement to take to the bathroom (!!!) in the morning, then I find that this is good. You get a paper the size of a normal broadsheet on sunday, which is wholly devoted to sport, and about half of this is about football. It's great because it is half magazine half newspaper in style, with articles about players, managers, grounds, etc. as well as the match reports and more regular stories. The pictures are only colour on the covers, but I find this not to be a problem, as B+W can often make pics look more dramatic... and the pictures are very good indeed as far as quality is concerned. As for the rest of the paper, I'm not really sure, as I never really read the sunday broadsheets. It's all a bit heavy going really... and as far as the financial supplements, and Educational bits go... well! They're good for lighting the fire. Nothing against them or anything, just not my cup o tea! I'm not sure what the price of the whole lot of Observer (there's a lot of it) is, cos I don't pay, but I don't think it's too bad.
If you live in the West Midlands, and have a keen intrest in one or other of the Birmingham football teams, then this is the paper for you. I have recently gotten into it, and enjoy reading the articles that are news related as well as the sports. This is the official newspaper of Aston Villa, so maybe I have a slight bias in that kind of area, but it is nice to see a paper with such a high-quality regional sports section. The major sports stories, you can read on the internet, Ceefax, or even a national press, but for the in-depth local exclusives, this is top banana. It is not exactly a tabloid, more of a broad sheet that is tabloid sized... Ie the standard is higher than a tabloid, and it is less "scandal-based"... however, it is slightly more informal that the likes of the guardian, telegraph, and observer. It's a friendly paper with lots of personality, and the news speed is excellent. When you go to a Villa game, leave the stadium at 4.45pm, when the game ends, and are back in New Street station by 5.15pm at best, they already have the article from that day's match on the stands. I can see me buying a lot of copies this year, and at 30p a go, I can afford to!
The only gadget shop that I have ever actually come accross is the onein the Pavillions shopping centre in Birmingham (anyone know it???) and it's cool. They have the most diverse range of things in there. It is not just an electronics shop (as it has been catagorised on dooyoo) but it sells all sorts of cool things. Check out the website @ www.thegadgetshop.co.uk if you want to see the kind of wares. Basically it sells a lot of hi-tec novelty items. You might expect such a shop to be highly priced, but I have not found this to be the case. Whereas some of the more substantial items are high priced, you would only expect this, and there are a lot of cool things in there that you never knew you needed for a price that you would expect to be much higher. The one slightly annoying thing about this shop is that everything is behind a glass display case... and you can't pick stuff up and "fondel" it before purchase. Instead you have to quote a cat. number, and an assistant will go into the warehouse and retrieve the product for you. Definitely worth a visit, especially at Christmas time if you are unsure what to get anyone. The clocks in there are VERY cool!
We went here in the summer of '98, just before our holiday to the Seychelles and Mauritius... and it was raining, everything was running with water, but it was so cool. It was like paradise. I got a complete new holiday wardrobe at a fraction of the high street price. This is because Bicester Shopping village is a collection of factory outlet shops (with normal shop appearences) where you can get clothes as good as half price. One of the best, I found, is the Converse shop. You can get converse (USA) stuff for almost half price what you might pay. I got a pair of shoes, a tee shirt, some trousers, and a basket ball (ok not a holiday neccesity, but at 2.50 for an NBA ball, can you go wrong???) All I can say is that if you are looking for a big day's spending, and the main thing ou are after is clothes, then this is by far the best choice! Get on down there. It's on the main B'ham - London train line, so that could be a good way 4 u to get there.
When futurama comes out on C4 in the autumn, mark my words, it will be huge. As huge as the simpsons, I might even say. Having spent a lot of time downloading episodes from www.morefuturama.com, I am well and truely into the programme, and If you haven't seen it, then you have really missed out. The basic principle for the programme is that on a 1999 new years eve, a human (fry) is lamenting his lame existance, and while trying to deliver a pizza, accidentally freezes himself Kryogenically (sp??) and wakes up 1000 years later, to find that things are very different. I won't spoil it for you by telling you any more, but I will say only that you would be hideously stupid to miss any of these episodes once they come on TV. I have heard that it will be September on Channel 4 when British viewers will first be given a sample of this programme. Don't be suprised if in five years time, there is a Bender tie next to your homer tie (not with me...? you'll see!!)
What I really really REALLY don't understand, is why the government lottery mony spending people feel that everything they buy and do has to be huge. The dome is just one example of this... the popular music centre in sheffield another. Both of these places have not pulled anything like the estimated crowds... and as a result are now to be changed or knocked down. What I don't understand is why they feel that it has to be something big that they do, and not lots of small things that are probably needed far more, but wouldn't make the news as much. Everybody in their time has said "just think what that £70m could have bought" people imidiately mention things like hospitals etc. Yes! This is where the money should be going. The Lottery has been dubbed "the poor man's tax" so if (as it is) it is to be treated like a tax, then government have to be more responsible about how they spend the money, or else more and more resources are going to be poured away, when they are desperately needed in other areas. I haven't been to the dome, nor do I have any particular desire to do so, I'd much prefer to go on the eye! I may visit the dome when it is turned into the dome entertainment complex... that does sound good! Other members of my family have visited the dome, and report that it was, though not a waste of a day, not particularly inspiring. The general consensus seems to be "So where did the bulk of the money go?" hmmmm
We are going through a bit of a decorating pahse at the moment... and many of the rooms in our house have succombed to a good painting. Amidst the types tried have been Dulux, Crown, a wierd one called "homeart" and homebase' own brand. Now it was upon the walls of my own room that I used the Homebase paint, and I needed to cover up a heavy dark blue that had been on the wall for several years. I knew it was going to be a big job, and it was only by chance that I was using the homebase paint. The paint was dubbed "one coat only" however this would only presumably apply should the colour that you wanted to cover be white, or another light cover. It only took two coats to get a beautiful solid sheen finish, and I was very pleased. Infact I finished it today. and looking around me at the moment, I am indeed pleased. The colour I used was "Soft Sage Green" which can best be described as the colour of... well I don't no really... but it's a nice whitish green! Homebase paint is the cheapest (in homebase anyway) and worked better than the other brands we tried. It gets my heart thumbs-up!
Yes, a sheep would infact have a far better cutting power than this feeble excuse for a lawnmower. I work at Homebase to get a bit of extra holiday cash, and I had seen this mower on display for a couple of weeks. When we were looking to buy a new one, we took home a couple of test models, this, and the flymo which I have also reviewed. Even my retro flymo, from 1985 mows the lawn better than this... it's pathetic! It took four or five sweeps over the same patch to get it even remotely well cut. It isn't versitile (you can't get it under the overhanging plants) and it doesn't cut in neat strips, so you can make your lawn stripy! It's like it combines all the bad points of a flymo and a petrol driven mower. Don't, whatever you do buy this mower... it's pathetic!