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    • Maybe Baby (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      07.01.2002 23:14
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      After hiring this film on several occasions I decided to actually go out and buy it. As you can probably tell by now, I love the film. I watched it the other day with a few of my friends and we all loved it. There is quite a simple plot to the film, but none the less it is a great one! The acting is ok, I wouldn't call it perfect, but the actors are getting there! The 2 main characters are played by Joely Richardson and Hugh Laurie. They play the characters well and you can relate to them throughout the film. The directing isn't bad either. There are a few let down in the film but generally I found it enjoyable. This film is a comedy and certainly deserves being called one. It is taken from Ben Elton's best selling novel, Inconceviable. There are many humerous bits throughout the film and it's great to watch when you're feeling down. I'll now get on with the plot. Sam (Hugh) and Lucy (Joely) are trying for a baby. Each month according to their plan they have sex in order to try and make a baby. But after months of trying they get nowhere, so they go for IVF treatment. This isn't all! Sam decides he would like to write a screen play about their story. Lucy puts her foor down to this but Sam goes ahead and does it anyway. But things go wrong for the couple when she finds out about the play. It turns out he's used everything she's said in the play along with personal stuff from her diary! They had the perfect marriage, the perfect lifestyle, but will their love survive this? Not the best plot in the world but one I certainly enjoy watching. Added in with the comedy side of it is some sadness which makes the film all the more better. There are appearences from a few well known stars including Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley), Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) and Rowan Atkinson(Mr. Bean). I love the film and can watch it over and over again (it's one of the few I can!) I would rec
      comend you watch it. Though it isn't advisable that you watch it aroung young children as there are some rude bits! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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      • The Wedding Planner (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        06.11.2001 00:08
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        I must admit I have never before seen a film starring the multi-talented (model/singer/actress) Jennifer Lopez and hired it with great expectations.... It has been out a few months now and is a romantic comedy, directed by Adam Shankman, starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. It is about a famous wedding planner, by the name of Mary Fiore (Ms.Lopez), who is a successful woman in everything except her lovelife. She is so successfful that she pulls in more money than the company that employs her. She is by far the favourite of all couples who need help planning their weddings and has a list as long as her arm of couples hoping to fit into her hectic schedule. She brakes the no.1 rule in her line of work, by falling in love with the man enganged to one of her newest clients after a chance meeting where he saves her, and her designer shoe, from a runaway rubbish skip. The plot is mildy entertaining, although i wouldn't recommend you go out and buy it, renting will do. Unfortunatley, I found Jennifer Lopez completly hollow as a comedy actress and think she shouldn't approach this genre of film again. That may sound a little harsh as I have no basis of comparrison but I felt personally unable to connect with her character as I felt she portrayed her as false, and not in the best possible way. You may warm towards her character at the end of the film, perhaps as Ms.Lopez gets more into the role or you just adjust to her style of acting, but I found even this a struggle. If you are keen to see this film hire it by all means and then form your own opinions on the film. But I wouldn't watch it again. The film has few laughs, is predictable and un-original. Worth a single viewing at a push.

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        • Attacks on America / Discussion / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          13.09.2001 01:56
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          All of us must have heard of the horrific 'act of war' commited on America by terrorists. I turned on my television at about 3:30pm yesterday, an hour an a half after the awful attack which took place at about 9am in America (2pm in the UK). I was greeted by the sight of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, then I saw half of it blow up. My first thought was 'Oh my God, they've gone and declared war on America.' It took me a while to grasp the shocking truth of the situation. I couldn't get my head around it, why? Why then, what did they think they were achieving, what about the people? Too many questions. I hadn't been following the news about the squabbles between America and the Middle East. No one ever be able to understand what distorts a man's mind far enough to make him want to hurt so many people in this way and be rid of his own life to achieve it. It is quite sickening. I watched it most of the evening with the camera shots of the crashes and the collapses on constant replay. The Pentagon was also targetted but the main focus was, and still is, on the rubble which was once two of the tallest buildings in the world. I don't think the pilots of those planes would fly them into the buildings knowing they would be killed anyway, I can only imagine they were knocked out or killed. I've heard reports that a phone call from the plan told how the hi-jackers were stabbing the flight attendents in an attempt to draw the pilots out of the cockpit, what possesses someone to do this to other people? I live in the south west of England, we are on alert, a number of planes have gone over my house survailing the skies as I am writitng this. I am terrified that this will spark off another war, our futures will be very uncertain if it does. Chances are all countries involved will do all they can to avoid a war, but this is the biggest risk of a full scale war since the last finished
          . I wrote all of the above the day after the attacks... now, 3 weeks after there is few survivors and the horific death toll seems to vary from all different sources of information. The hope has more or less faded comlpetly for the people who are still stuck under the rubble. The chief suspect appears to be Bin Laden, but we have been shown no proof that it is him that commited this horrendus crime. It's not only him, the hijackers died to achieve this, what exactly did they achieve? Surely if you were so desperate to make a stand by taking such drastic action as this you would want to live and see what happened afterward. Especailly if they took years of their life planning this 'death mission'. There is no way any of us can understand how the minds of these people were working.

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            20.08.2001 23:09
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            I love Destiny's Child, they must be one of the most talented artists ever. I have their second and third albums (The Writings on the Wall, Survivor) which are both brilliant. They both are packed with loads of great songs and are great value for money. The band, now of three members, Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle, are certainly survivors, they have survived 3 different line ups and the only two to stay in the whole time was Beyonce and Kelly - indicating they are perhaps the ring leaders and perhaps the bitchiest members, have you heard the rumor that thy kicked out the other two original band members? Beyonce Knowles is the leader without doubt, her mum designs the groups costumes and her daddy, Matthew Knowles, is the groups producer. I can imagine what she says pretty much goes. If you watch them in interviews and on stage you can clearly see Beyonce taking control, doing most of the singing/talking, then followed by Kelly and then Michelle, who dances around in the background. The reason why I think Beyonce is bitchy is party emphasized by the track 'Survivor', she wrote it about the old band members and to me it is saying that they are better than them, not bitchy at all? They are a really talented group and I will continue buying their albums as they continue producing them, I am a great fan of their music. I just wanted to voice my views on the group as people, I appriciate the fact I am only going by what we see and hear as I havn't met them. I tried not to judge any of the girls, I think they are all blessed with talent but I can't help thinking that way about Beyonce.

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            • Hear'Say in general / Archive Music / 1 Reading / 12 Ratings
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              20.08.2001 22:44
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              I wasn't sure if his catagory was about Hear'say's debuet album, Popstars, or about them in general. This is my opinion on them in general. Thousands of us tuned into the television series 'Popstars' earlier this year to watch who would be chosen for the final band. After weeks of auditions and re-auditions and dance classes the judges came up with the 5 new band members, Suzanne, Noel, Mylenne, Danny and Kym. I am sorry, I have forgotten their second names. I was a keen follower of the series but to be honest got a bit bored of it towards the end. The band which chose the name 'Hear'say' where turned into stars over night. They obviously had masses of talent oozing through their performances to be chosen for the final five, it can't have been easy for them facing nasty nigel and the rest of the judges and telly crew. I did however think they had an easy ride to the top, their debuet single, Pure and Simple was destined to go straight to the number one spot and I was so sick of hearing it I could have smashed up the telly/radio when it came on. I did buy the album, on impulse after watching the series but I don't listen to it much. Their songs all sound too simalar for my liking and I prefer just to leave the CD on the shelf. There is no particular reason why Hear'say are continuing to get on my nerves, I just think we need a break from them. It's like 'Stop-Enough Already'. I think the majorty of their fans are younger, and they will continue to follow in the footsteps of say, S Club 7. They probably won't be around forever but will be here long enough to make their mark on pop history. They must have their fans as their second single, The Way to Your Love, also hit the number one spot, as did 'Popstars' in the album charts. They just don't seen to appeal to me anymore.

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                20.08.2001 21:16
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                I used to use this all the time. I suffered from a flaky scalp for a while and this cleared it right up. It also stops your hair getting greasy, which helps you stop getting spots in hairline. The bottle isn't all that to look at but it does it's job brilliantly and I'm not complaining. The actual shampoo is green and has a plesant smell, although it isnt any kind of particular fragrance. It does pretty much what it says on the adverts on telly... Stops dandruff/flaky scalp, soft managable hair, shiny and not greasy. I havn't used this product for a while, but after writing this I intend to buy it again soon. There would be three suggestions I would make to the manufacturers... 1.Nicer Bottle 2.More of a Fragrance 3.A Separate Conditioner in the Same Series. A great overall buy and you couldn't wish for better results.

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                  20.08.2001 21:00
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                  I picked this up when it was on a buy on get one free offer at my local Tesco store. I got the shampoo and conditioner for £2.19, which I thought was a great bargain. The actual shampoo is in a attractive bottle which was a really nice lilac/blue colour. The shampoo felt gorgeous and left my hair soft, shiny and easy to style. Which is all I ask for really. It smelt gorgeous and didn't aggravate my scalp or anything so it was a great buy. I'd deffinatly recommend it, but I don't stick to one brand of shampoo and conditioner. I would also recommend the seperate conditioner from the same brand, the shampoo teamed with the matching conditioner left my hair feeling so much nicer. I never use 2 in 1's any more. Go out and buy this product, it's great.

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                • Claire's / Highstreet Shopping / 1 Reading / 9 Ratings
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                  20.08.2001 20:42
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                  If you have never been in one of these shops you have been seriously deprived of all the cool little things you can buy! Well, Claire's Accessories is a shop that would probably most appeal to teenagers. It's a bit of a girlie shop, but because they have such big choice ranges there has to be something for everyone. The store is a bit of a novelty for me as I don't have one in my hometown, but it's one of those shops where you just have to look for ages and you still don't get to see everything! What do they sell? Umm..apart from everything there is earings, pencil cases, cool stationary, make-up, purses, bags, hair bobbles, fake body jewelery, real body jewelery, hair bands, hair clips, hair extension pieces, sunglasses, jewelery storage, photo frames and I'm afraid I can't remember much else but there is loads and there is really large ranges for everything. They also offer a ear piercing service, only they do it in the middle of the shop and I wouldn't have it done like that because everyone just seems to stop and watch! They also have great bargains, if you look hard enough you can find sets of earrings for like 50p!!! All their earrings are good quality, and don't aggravate my ears. But I have never had particulary sensitive skin. In fact, all of their stuff is good quality. But I wouldn't reccomend their fake body jewelery, you know the decrotive rings you have to prise open and shut, they snap in about 5 minutes or fall off. Overall this is a great shop, they have loads of chocie, if you don't believe me go and have a look...

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                  • Other Beauty Treatments / Discussion / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                    19.08.2001 19:59
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                    Well, I suppose it's alright for the rich and famous, but for the average person? Well, if I said no it would make me a hypocrite. Those who know me know I was born with majorly sticky out ears, my Grandad nicknamed me 'WingNut' and I got bullied in junior school because my mum made me wear my hair up, until I realised I could refuse. At the time all my friends had their hair done up nicely whilst mine hung around my face, I still wasn't happy and I told my parents who dismissed the idea. I then spoke to my gran who said she'd help me pursuade them if that would make me happy. I asked to see my doctor when I was in year five at primary school, which would have made me about 9 or 10 at the time. He said if I wanted it done on the NHS I would have to wait to be reffered to a speacailist, I wondered why he hadn't made it hard for me as no one had said I couldn't have it done. My parents weren't keen on the idea but they wanted me to be happy. It took ages for a reply and I began to think that they weren't going to give me an appointment because I was too young. The letter came through eventually and the appointment was in June the next year, when I was in year six at school. When the time came I was really nervous, I had to wait for ages before I could go in and I must have been in the room for about 10 minutes in total after all that waiting. He just held up my hair and said 'Yes. I see the problem, you should be able to get it done on the NHS. I'll sent you the date through the post'. I was really pleased, but confused. I was waiting all that time to find out if my ears were bad enough to have it done on the NHS and no one had tried to put me off or say I couldn't have it done. I didn't think it would be that easy to sort out. My appointment came through for the day surgery department of Yeovil Hospital on the 7th of January. No one really spoke about
                    it until christmas where all my family wished me luck. I had my ears pinned back on the 7th. I was really nervous about the needle. All the nurses were rally nice to me and I had to go in at 8:30 in the morning. I went into the operating theatre at about 10am, I clenched my fists together because I was afraid of the needle so they used gas to put me to sleep before the anasthetic. I was only expected to be out of it for about two hours, but when I came around it was 2pm. The doctors had put extra cartalidge in my ears, which made them stiffer and stopped them sticking out. I was really confused and didn't know where I was but when my mum came in I was alright about it. I reacted badly to the anasthetic and kept throwing up all day, my mum stayed with me and they said if I didn't stop being throwing up I'd have to stay in over night. At 8pm I still hadn't stopped so I was taken up to the children's ward. I was given some toast to see if I could keep it down, luckily I did and I was allowed home, where I threw up all over the cat! I stayed away from school for a week and I had bandages around my head for this time (with my hair sticking out the top!), my ears itched the whole time and drove me mad! After the week was up I had to go back and have the bandages taken off and my sitches were disovlable. I didn't class this as plastic surgery at the time, but the doctors did. I couldn't actually believe I'd gone through with it and I was pleased with the result, I still have scars on the back of my ears. I don't regret having it done and would recommend it, but I would never have any other form of Plastic Surgery done.

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                    • Body Piercing / Archive Lifestyle / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                      19.08.2001 19:11
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                      I had my ears pierced for the first time when I was seven, I had my belly button pierced on my twelth birthday and I had my ears pierced again just before I was thirteen. All of my 5 piercing requirded a certain amount of begging from my parents as I was too young to go and get it done myself, you need parent/gardian's present to give their permission if your under 16 years of age. I can honestly say I found getting my ears pierced more painfull than my navel, I think it's because I had my ears peirced with a gun and it was the force that hurt. Niether are particulary painfull though and no, I didn't cry when I was seven. Gory details of navel piecng - I had to ring my local jewelers ( De'Lors ) for an appointment on my birthday. I was told to come at about 3pm and spent the rest of my birthday getting nervous! When I walked in there was a bit of a que and we filled out the form which my mum had to sign and were told to come back at 3:20pm, and we went of around town whilst we waited. I was so nervous my stomach felt like jelly but I forced myself back through the door where the receptionist talked me through what was going to happen. I am scared of needles, so when it was my time I asked the man not to let me see it. You have to lie on this bed thing and the man cleaned your navel and then puts two dots in pen on your navel and then this freeze stuff inside your navel to numb it. Then there's the clamp, the worst bit, it doesn't pinch but it is uncomfortable, it has two holes lined up with the pen dots. I shut my eyes after this but I know what happened. The man pushed a sterylised disposable needle with a thin bit of tubing around it through the hole in the clamp and my skin. This feels like a pin prick, honest, my stomach had so much freeze put on it I couldn't feel much. The plastic tubing comes off and the needle is pulled out, the bar/ring is pushed inside the tube and the tube is then push
                      ed out, which is totally painless. The man then does up the bar/ring and your done, they show you with a mirror and I was shaking at the time because I didn't think he'd finished, but I opened my eyes and it was all finished. Mine bled for about a second, but not everyone's does. He was covered with a patch to stop any blood touching my clothes and I went away to show it off! (well, I was 12!) For two weeks you have to bath it in salt water every night. I put normal table/cooking salt in a glass of water and held it over my belly button for about 15 minutes every night. After that you get given some piercing cleansing stuff which you have to apply every night until your eight week period is up, when you can change the bar/ring! You also have to wiggle it up and down during this period - make sure your hands are clean though. It cost my £30 for a titanium bar with a sngle blue gem in it, it would have cost £20 for a ring and £35 for a double ended bar (with two matching colour gems, one in each end). There was a £40 option for sensitive skin, where the titanium was coated, I didn't need that though. I would not recommend a ring to have it pierced with, as you can't change it if it starts getting caught on your clothes and a few of my friend's rings got infected. I have had no problems with my piercing and I don't regret having it done. Since this most of my friends have had their's pierced too.

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                      • Urban Legend 2 - Final Cut (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                        This is the second of two films, but lets get one thing straight, IT'S NOT A SEQUEL. With only one character from the first film still standing it's hardly surprising, but she has joined in here too. One good thing is you don't have to watch the first movie (Urban Legends) to be able to understand this one. At the begining of the film you see the inside of a passenger aircraft and a couple who head into the toilet together and do something that wouldn't be the obvious thing to do when there is a serial killer on board who has already killed the poilots. Blissfully unaware of the danger the couple carry on until the girl gets distracted by something written in red on the mirror, which reads 'Your Going Down'. They then stop and go out into the cabin to investigate, and everybody has been killed and there's lots of blood and screaming. Anyway they get chased aroun for a bit and you see her screaming 'MAYDAY! MAYDAY!' into the radio and then it cuts into a film studio. It turns out to be a group of film students at Alpine University making a film to compete for the 'Hitchcock Award' which grants then $15,000 and a movie deal. The film is fast paced and the killings start from here on in, with a nasty scene involving a broken window pane, a girl, her head, her liver and a dog! It is actually quite funny when you think about it, but I hid behind a pillow at the time! The students soon start fighting over who stole whose idea for their film and then people start going missing and are destined to turn up dead later on. The killer wears a creepy fencing mask and it has some fairly freaky scenes in it. But there is nothing to original - typical horror movie, but it isn't all bad. I particulary like the end scenes where they lose the real gun in a pile of fakes guns used as props! As most movies try to do it keeps you guessing who the killer is and I thought it was everyone except the killer, who y
                        ou won't guess either because the plot twists towards the end as the killer reveals a motive which concerns our heroine's father. Confused? It isn't too bad. The actors/actresses were fairly good but I have never heard of any of them before. Mind you, the one that plays Travis/Trevor (twins) isn't bad (looking as well as acting)! Overall a fairly good film, but there's nothing much you havn't seen before from a horror flick, so hire it instead of buying.

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                      • Foxhunting - is this sport? / Discussion / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                        • "It's not only the foxes that suffer"

                        Who could prossibly enjoy terrifying a poor defenceless fox and then killing it? What is the point? Vermin control-there are much more humane methods. Sport/ tradition- When I think of sport something bloodless and enjoyable comes t mind, like Tennis or Football, but killing in the name of a sporting tradition? It's not exactly that enjoyable, is it? And traditions have been abandoned before. So what happens? A bunch of smartly dressed people send a pack of ferocious dogs into the countryside to hunt down a fox whilst they follow on horse back. The dogs find one, terrify it and chase it through the forest until it is so tired it collapses. Then the dogs tear it apart until the riders catch up and put a bullet through the poor creature's head. There is no way the men on horseback reach the animal before the dogs as they claim too and it's not even the dogs fault, they are trained to be ferocious and violent and when they are too old to join the hunt they have to be destoyed, so they don't hunt down small children and tear them apart instead of a fox. It can't happen to our children, but it can happen to the fox's, is that really acceptable in our modern day soceity? Well that seems to be the question on everybody's lips when it comes to this controversail political dilema and everyone seems to have a opinion on it. Clearly government parties (like Labour) and mostof the nation are against it, but we can't upset they people who find it fun to brutally kill a helpless animal. Is it impossible to reach a decision on this subject because the people who's noses will be put out of joint if there is a ban are the upper class people of our soceity, or even the Royal family? If we did this to our pets it would be totaly unacceptable, imagine sending a bunch of trained, angry foxes out to kill little Fluffy- it just wouldn't happen would it? So, where do yo
                        u draw the line? I know where I'd like it drawn, this type of thing makes me sick, but what about you? Where do your opinions lie in these moral dilemmas? Think of all the dogs and foxes that have died because of this so-called 'sport', and the ones that will unless it's stopped. If there is a ban put in place, chances are all the hunting dogs at present will have to be destroyed, but it all comes back to us. We trained them to behave like that, but after we've had our fun we'll kill them too. I wonder what we would think if it was the other way around? If we were the victims of a cruel sport. This is MY personal opinion - feel free to leave a comment.

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                          18.08.2001 22:51
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                          Impulse has to be the best brand of body spray around, there is a great range of different scents, their is something to suit everybody's taste. My favourite scents are Spirit, Zen and Temptation. They come in a attractive 75ml aroesole bottle and the smell lasts ages. They are small enough to fit in most bags and their price ranges vary, you can find them on offer at the moment in Boots. They have cool new twisty caps which don't fall off and get lost and it doesn't take the colour out of your clothes if you spray it on them. Then there is the Impulse spray deoderant, also in in a range of scents, I had 'spirit' and in a simalar bottle only mine was alot smaller and cuter as it was a free sample I was given in Superdrug. The spray was easy to apply and didn't make my underarm go white, I hate that. You don't have to wait for it to dry, you just spritz it and go! They only thing I would moan about is that it doesn't have very strong anti-persperant qualities, but does a good job otherwise. But overall, considering it was free was brilliant. I would definatly buy this product again. Finally, the Impulse roll-on deoderant. This was a better anit-persperant than the spray, it last along time and the 50ml container is fairly attractive with a simalar design according to which scent you choose, once again I had 'Spirit'. It lasts a full 24 hours as promised and is practiacally invisable once dried. I would suggest you wait for it to dry after application or it may feel sticky for about a minute under your clothes. Once again, highly recommended product. Not only do all three of these products smell gorgeous but they do a great job too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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                        • Capital punishment / Discussion / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                          Capital punishment, a form of punishing a person for a henious crime committed by putting them to death. Justice or Babarric? The question is, should we re-introduce Capital Punishment in Britain after 36 years without it? Personally I don't think the death penalty should be re-introduced. In my eyes, it is not effective, it does not deter people from commiting the crimes in the first place - take America for instance, they have hundreds of people of 'death row' and more people get murdered every day. I view it as an easy way out, why let them die and get away from their lives and the consequences of their actions? Think about it... A crimanal in a small prison cell, with four blank walls, a uncomfy bed and a toilet. Before long he'll be going out of his head, like a caged animal, being confined in a small place, away from the world. That is punishment. If it isn't, why do prisoners, who even have access to large grounds and other priviliges around the prison still top themselves? Because they are being mentally punished. So instead of letting it get to the point where they commit suicide themselves, people who are campaigning for this to be legalised are suggesting we should help them out by giving them a quick painless injection and letting them die with more dignaty then many terminally ill people campaigning for euthanasia to be legalised. Even the Bulgar killers have been treated like royalty, they have been released after 8 measly years, 8 years that they took away from poor little Jamie Bulgar. They now have new identities, new houses, their whole lives back, everything they could possibly want. But nobody thinks about the homeless man at the end of the street, he hasn't hurt a fly and yet the murderers of a defenceless toddler get treated with more respect. The only fit punishment for these people is to lock them in a small padded cell, with a bed, a wash basin and a toi
                          let, a large metal door and a single bulb in the ceiling. They should have no privaliges and their only contact with other people would be guards handing them food through a flap on the door. Making them live like this, on constant 24 hour suicide watch for the rest of their lives would be the best punishment possible. Being forced to live without luxuries and communication, spending the rest of their days dwelling on their past and spending every mintue of every day regretting the crime they have commited 'til the day they die. That is what would happen in my ideal world, but then again, in an ideal world people wouldn't need to be punished as they wouldn't commit these crimes in the first place.

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                            15.08.2001 03:26
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                            Collection 2000 is a cheap make-up range that will fit anynone's budget. It won't break the bank everytime you want some more make-up. It is a large range, providing you with a lot of choice. It is available from Superdrug and many other stores nationwide. Prices range from about £1-£4 so it isn't expensive and the make-up is all good quality. They sell things like eye-liner, lip-liner, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish, eyeshadows (mono, trio and quartet), foundation, pressed powder, bronzer, blusher etc. etc. (Practically everything you can think of!) Personally, I love their Plastique Lip-glosses. There is also a large range of shades and colours for each product. It doesn't aggrivate sensitve skin and the products come in compact and stylish packaging. The only thing that I would say is that the eyeshadows smash fairly easily compared to others. Overall this is a great budget make-up range, I would recommend it to all.

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