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FIFA 08 has since been succeeded by FIFA 09, 10 and 11.
What I will say about this gme is that it's just the same as other Fifas. There are the options of tournaments, exhibition matches, manager mode, creating your own player and team, be a pro...
All of these are good and fun I agree, but compared to Fifa 11 this is nothing!
The graphics aren't half as good as Fifa 11's graphics, in game there are some limitations, for example I sometimes click X to apss and the poalyer takes another touch and then passes, when running with the ball it takes a while to change direction, it's just annoying really. The number of teams available is up to date and so are the players available (up to date up to 2008) However if you want the most up to date line ups then you definitely should NOT buy this game.
The features are good and varied, my favourite is manager mode, although I do get fired often. It enable you to take control of managing a team season by season, watching players and the team altogether grow and plow through the ranks of football leagues and win loads of trophies (if you're good!)
Be a Pro is awful and I really don't like it, you make a player and stick him in a team and plpay only as him, completing challenges in each match, both individual and team challenges, and also try to win the match. You gain experience and level up, and increase attributes to make you player better.
This game's really cheap now, about two pounds should get you it, it's amazing how fast the price of Fifa declines!
However I thoroughly recommend you get a more up to date game, it's no good playing Fifa 08 if you have a keen interest in football or gaming, if you're a neophile you don't want to go near this game.
In this game you start off with Pikachu and it follows you around for the rest of the game as long as it's conscious and in your party. You pick up all 3 starter pokemon Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur near the start of the game. This is one of my favourite pokemon games as you get all 3 starters, I hope they re-make it or make anothe new one similar to Yellow. The idea of getting all the starters is really cool!
There are two aims of the game - the first is to collect the 8 badges of Kanto and defeat the Kanto Eilte Four. The second aim (much harder and time consuming) is to complete the Pokedex. You need to know someone else with Yellow, Red or Blue to be able to complete the Pokedex, and it is hard. However comapred to the difficulty of completing later generation games it's a lot easier, as in later versions it's possible to visit different regions, import pokemon from every single region and now to date there are over 450 pokemon to catch! Compared to the original 100 (I think) this is epic!
The game takes place in the Kanto region, the gym leaders and cities are the same as in the Red, Blue, Fire Red and Leaf Green versions of the game. The legendary pokemon up for grabs are the 3 birds - Zapdos, Articuno, Moltres and the powerful Mewtwo.
The game's quite expensive now, I've seen it sold on Amazon (New) or 50 pounds! Now that's astounding considering when it was first released it cost incredily less. In fact my dad just came home one day with Pokemon Yellow, I was over joyed! (And then Red a few months later, yay!)
The graphics are completely primitive compared to the graphics in pokemon games nowadays, and the sounds are bad too. Anyone who loves retro gaming should buy this though, it truly is the original pokemon.
I'm afraid to say that I'm quite disappointed with this film, it has four and five star reviews and so I was expecting excellence when I watched it. My initial reaction to the first few scenes was positive, I was thinking it had potential to be really good, and it did! Unfortunately my expectations weren't met...
We reach the leaving party for a guy named Rob (think that's his name), his brother (Jason) has been asked by his girlfriend (Lily) to document the party and take testimonials from guests, however he doesn't want to and so he asks Rob's best friend (Hudson).
For a while we're at the party, watching some testimonials and watching the relationship between Rob and Beth uncover. Then there's an earthquake...
I really don't like the way it's all filmed - it reminds me of Paranormal Activity but much worse.
Throughout the film the characters don't get developed very well at all, infact I can barely remember names, the only guy I started to feel for was Hudson, the guy who takes us on the journey through the film, he holds the camera, ultimately he decides what we see. And then he dies?! what the?! I thought that part was poorly written and I don't know why he was killed off, they only guy we can relate to...and he's dead...brilliant.
However the plot's a great idea, the setting and special effects are amazing, and they deserve recognition (in the form of dooyoo stars).
The end of the film is also amazingly bad in my opinion...we end with Rob, who was due to leave to Japan, and Beth and... It's a terrible (I'll say no more)
Jason, a funny and entertaining guy who is the first to die.
Mary-Lynne (or something like that), the girl Hud is besotted with, who we start to like and then BANG they kill her off.
Hud, our beloved camera man, a bit of a dope, but he's loyal.
Rob and Beth...hmm what will happen to them?
There's one character who we're with from the start that definitely survives (I hope), this is Lily, Jason's girlfriend. I don't really have any feeling towards Lily as (stressing this again) the character development is absolutely minimal.
Overall I suppose it's a film to watch for it's weird structure, but don't expect something brilliant.
This is my favourite website for finding out more information on many different things. The content is all added by members of Wikipedia, therefore unfortunately making it slightly unreliable. It has been seen on some information pages that much of the information is completely wrong, however it's wuicky found and deleted. On the website you can find absolutely masses of information on practically any subject! - This is what I love about Wikipedia.
The subjects range from bananas to tsunamis! There really is no limit to the information available, as it's all done by us! The pages are easily navigated, with clear headings and sub-headings which can be reached by the single click of a link.
The site is useful for leisurely browsing, light and heavy reading, finding information for work, be it needed for school homework or personal research work. Maybe you want to find out the name of the drummer in that band you like? It's so easy I can't stress how easy it's made it to find information. It's basically a database full of every member's knowledge on a massive range of topics.
It can be hard to add information, and it's harder to make a page look good! If you take a look at some pages you'll see a generic layout, I've tried making an information page and oh my days it was hard to get it to look good. But overall it's a great idea for a website, it's somewhere you can find out anything you want and I really do recommend it to anyone who is looking for somewhere with masses of information.
But I'm sure you'll have heard of it before, so you'll know just how handy it is.
I boguht this book at a school book fair for around 6 pounds as I love myths, especially Greek ones. I expected a lot of stories, but on looking inside there were only 4. I was disappointed with the amount of content in the book, the stories did last a while but weren't very impressively written, and I'm certain there are better Greek mythology books on the market. For 6 pounds it's not worth it. Expensive for a book in my opinion!
The stories include Perseus, Odysseus and Hercules. My favourite was Hercules, although, still, I wasn't that impressed. I actually felt quite annoyed with myself for buying the book in the first place and I knew I'd wasted my money. In retrospect I should've looked for other Greek mythology books on sale before purchasing this one. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who has a thorough interest in Geek myths. However for anyone with a limited knowledge, or no knowledge of these myths at all, it's a good introduction. I'd say the book is aimed more towards younger readers, it isn't that informative and as I have an interest in the myths I would have obviously liked a lot more factual information.
The stories take about an hour each to read, well that's how long they took me anyway. But yeah, a waste of money!
A Streetcar Named Desire was written by playwright Tennessee Williams in 1947 and a year after release received a Pulitzer Prize. It is based in New Orleans, in the time when the French colonial rule and plantation owners began to fall. It highlights cultural conflict amongst other issues such as alcoholism, rape and deceit.
Although there aren't many characters, the depth and interesting personalities of each of them more than make up for the small number:
Blanche DuBois - She has come to New Orleans after losing her plantation (or what's left of it), Belle Reve. Williams comapred her to a moth, with the idea that she is a fake butterfly, she wants to be a Southern Belle. Also like a moth, what she desires will ultimately be the death of her. This moth-like idea is maintained throughout the play by Blanche's habit of avoiding strong light, and covering bulbs up. She pretends to be something she's not, and doesn't want people to see her for who she really is. She indulges herself in fantasy and make believe and tries to deceive everyone around her with her exotic, hyperbole stories.
Stanley Kowalski - An animalistic, very masculine, dominating son of a Polish immigrant. Stanley represents the rise of the new world, a new class of American. This can be shown by his denim work clothes and his simple ideals. He is the brother-in-law of Blanche, and husband to Stella. He immediately questions Blanche's reliability and sees through her fantastical facade, this is ultimately the main subject of the play - his uncovering of Blanche's seedy, hidden, dark past.
Stella Kowalski - Subservient to Stanley, she shows her love and need for Stanley when she returns to him after she endures his physical abuse, much to Blanche's astonishment. She tries to keep equilibrium, stopping Stanley upsetting Blanche and stopping Blanche enraging Stanley. Howeverr, her efforts are in vain. Stella knows how Blanche behaves, she knows Blanche needs to be complimented of her appearance, she knows what upsets her and she knows she loves romance, poetry and art. She listens to Blanche's stories throughout the play, but towards the end we see her begin to merely put up with them, and it is clear Stella pities Blanche. Stella is pregnant with Stanley's baby.
Mitch - A possible suitor for Blanche, he shares a similar grief to Blanche - they have both lost a partner. They immediately show relation to each other and can familiarise with each other. We see Mitch is different to Stanley and the rest of the men in the play, he is less animalistic, and more sensitive and caring.
The subject of the play is Blanche, how she copes with her problems, deceives other characters and finally breaks down, has he past uncovered and prvacy penetrated by Stanley. Ultimately, the play shows how the new world takes over America, and how the French colonial rule is just a faded grandeur.
All of the above I learnt in my A Level English Language and Literature course, where I had to read this really impressive play. I don't normaly read plays, I've read about ten of eleven in total, but thi is definitely amongst the best. It may take a while to grab you and pull you in and not let you go until you've finished, but once you're ensnaed there's no going back, you MUST know what happens to Blanche. It's a great play overall and although I wouldn't have ever thought about reading it out of choice, I'm glad I have read it, it presents a new world, a movement, industrialisation conflicting with what it is replacing. It covers a lot of serious issues and so should not be taken lightly, it's a great read and if you do dece to pick it up. study it well and take in all the details. Take into account Willaims' use of symbolism and think about why it's called A Streetcar Named Desire.
I stumbled upon Global Test Market when I was searching for ways to make money online - so far all I've found are review and survey sites (comments on anymore ways of earning online are highly appreciated!). Out of all of the survey sites I have found, this is probably second best (Survey Network being just a bit better). It was founded in 1999 and has members covering 49 countries around the world. It's free to sign up to and you get email updates if there are surveys which match your profile, this is really good if you aren't always checking if there are surveys for you to do, but do check your e-mails regularly. It's even better foR anyone with a smartphone - you can get your phone to vibrate when you have an e-mail and it may well be from GTM!
Surveys are emailed to me almost daily, today I haven't yet had an email, other days I get three or four. These reward you with between 5 and 40 points on average, although the most I have been offered is 70, unfortunately I screened out a few questions into the survey. Yes, screening out happens often on Global Test Market (GTM). Usually I'm asked 4 or 5 questions and then I'm screened out, other times even before the survey starts it tells me I've sceened out, and it still gives me a sweepstakes entry for applying to fill out the survey which is great! The lengths of the surveys vary - 20/25 minutes is my average, but they range from 5 to over 40 minutes, the longest I've seen is an hour and five minutes with a reward of 40 points - I didn't bother with it.
The subjects of the surveys I have done are vast and varied, most are interesting, my favourites are the ones based on upcoming films. I recently had to choose what I liked about posters for a certain film due for release soon (I cannot disclose any more information on the film) and what I would take out of the poster. Other times I've been granted the privilege of being able to watch draft trailers which haven't even been released to the cinema yet, and I've had to say what I like and dislike. It's going to be interesting seeing the trailers and posters nearer to the release date of the films, I'd like to see what my opinon led to... Other subjects include cars, finance, groceries, supermarkets, electrical products, sports and video games. I find the surveys on finance and supermarkets really boring and I've found them to be the longer surveys, another subject that I don't favour is the electrical products subject. Although it's cool being one of few who know about new prototypes and products in development!
The reward system is simple - earn 1000 points and you've got yourself a lovely 50 dollars (equivalent to around 30 British pounds). Broken down into a smaller and simpler way of thinking about your points and what they equal: 20 points = 1 dollar. Therefore for every point you earn, you have earned 5 cents. To request a payout you must have at least 1000 points though. So it's no use thinking "Ooooh I've made 18 dollars in two days!" because you still haven't secured it, you have to reach 1000. I think this is a really good reward system, and it's very generous in my opinion, compared with, for example, Toluna, where it takes absolutely ages to earn 80000 points which equates to a measly 15 pounds Amazon voucher. On GTM you're getting double! And it's real cash for you to spend wherever you want!
One downside is the referral program - yes, of course you can make referrals, make as many as you want, but you get diddlysquit for each one. I think GTM is working on some form of reward for referrals, but as for now you get nothing. (The moral of this paragraph is build up your contacts and refer once there's a reward for it!)
The payment is fast, unlike other sites such as Toluna and Survey Network, and I received payment within 2 weeks of redeeming. The sweepstakes, I believe, is a waste of time. I have not yet won anything and have been on GTM a considerable amount of time. There are short surveys, usually 5 to 15 minutes long, which reward you with sweepstakes entries but no points, these I don't bother with, I advise you not to either. Just stick to racking up the points, you'll be redeeming for cash in no time. I'm on 330 at the moment, and it's been 3 weeks since I redeemed my first 1000 - which took a bit longer to get.
That's about it, overall, in my opinion, I would say this is a really great site and it's really easy and quick for you to make some top dollar on here. The only problems are late screen outs and a referral program with no reward. Hopefully this will chnage soon though! I recommend this site to anyone who has a bit of free time on their hands and would think it a good diea to spend it earning some extra money.
When I get in from school the crisp bag is the first place I go, and I'm always pleased when I find it's a McCoys bag.
The McCoys bags we buy have cheddar and onion, ready salted, salt and vinegar, flame grilled steak, bacon sizzler and chargrilled chicken. These are all great tastes, my favourites are chargrilled chicken and cheddar and onion. They're all very strong and rich, full of flavour and the crisps are thick and crinkle cut. They're really moreish unfortunately, and I often crave another bag once I've finished. They aren't ver good for you, I know, but they're so tasty! There is apparently 30% less fat now, although I doubt this makes much difference to the health benefits crisps bring you ( - NONE).
The packets look big a fat, bulky and full of flavour, however when you open the packet you will find that in fact there is only half a pack full of crisps, but I'm sure you'll be familiar with crisp packets being half full. There are 32g of crisps in each packet. Also, in each packet there are 167 calories (oh god), 0.7g sugar, 10g fat, 1g saturates, 0.5g salt. As you can see they aren't very healthy and the calorie count is high! But I'm lucky enough not to have to worry about calories as I have a great metabolism. But for those of you who like to know the calorie intake, there you go.
Compared to Walkers, these are slightly more expensive, but still reasonable in my opinion, and worth it too. I buy mine from Morrisons and I love it when they're on offer.
Overall I'd say the fall flavour, amazing taste you get with McCoys, in their thick, crinkle cut crisps is worth the price and worth the calories. They're just such a good tasting brand of crisp I can't stress you full of flavour each pack is. A great snack on t's own or a wonderful addition to a sandwich and more for lunch at work or school, however they aren't filling at all. Actually I just ate two packs writing this review, and I need more to eat, but I know another pack is just too much, so now I'm going to head to the fruit bowl for a healthier snack, and apple or banana perhaps, Adois!
I like to play darts when I'm bored, and a week ago I noticed my darts were slightly blunt compared to my brothers, he uses his much less than mine. I asked my dad about the bluntness and he told me he would get us a dart sharpener, I had no idea what to expect to receive when he came home with it at the weekend. It was a lot small that I thought, and it was compact, and infact it has come in very handy indeed.
It's really esy to use, I sharpen my darts before every use of them, which is usually 2 or 3 times a week. The sharpener will last for ages, it's double-ended too. It's of the Unicorn brand which is a major darts manufacturer, it's seen as a very reliable brand and in my opinion Unicorn and Winmau are the best. Unicorn being number one. I'm really pleased with the sharpener, it's worked really well and I've noticed darts falling out of the dartboard a lot less since I sharpened them.
My dad bought the dart sharpener from a sports shop in Otley, a historic market town in Leeds which sells sports equipment at very reasonable prices. He said it cost him 89p, and that is dirt cheap in my opinion, especially since it's a Unicorn sharpener!
It's very small, you can put it in your pocket with your darts case if you're going to a game somewhere other than in your house. If you;rea a hardcore player, one that's most inevitably much better than me at darts, then this is a must have. I mean it. I'm sure you;ll have experienced blunt darts, and the anguish caused when they fall out or fly in to the board straight but end up at an annoying and obstructive angle.
I just reminded myself of one time where a dart flew out and bounced back into my foot, that was so painful! Now that I have the sharpener though, the chance of bouncing back darts is much less likely so my feet are feeling a lot safer and happier when stood at the oche.
Ultimately shaper drats give you a better chance of a better score, so this is a handy tool all darts players need. They're really cheap so there isn't really a reason not to buy one! Other than they get lost easily due to their small size, but that's all!
Blogger is an online blogging (basically a diary) site owned and run by Google. You can set up an account quickly and for free very easily. You can create multiple blogs on your one account and they can be about anything you like! (Obvious restrictions apply.) I advise you to blog about things you're passionate about, it makes the content mush easier to write and it just looks so much better when it's relaly from the heart, it's much more powerful.
It's easy to get up and running on, but it's really hard to get traffic to your blog, and I mean really hard, I have no idea how to get extra traffic to mine. I would love to get some traffic, although my blog is small and the content isn't much, it'd be a nice thought knowing people are reading what I'm saying, rather than feeling like I'm writing for invisible eyes...
You can track how many people view your blog easily from your profile, and you can add a picture of yourself, add your interests, birth date, location and more to make your profile even more personal. Also, there is a business/application run and owned by Google, called Adsense, which you can use on your blog to possibly earn a bit of money whilst blogging away. All you do is enable it on blogger and there you have it: Ads on your blog which realte to what you're talkinig about. From now on, every click of an ad earns you money! Careful you don't click the ads yourself, even to test them, because Google will find out and your account will be terminated immediately. However more info about Adsense should be left to a different review!
Back to Blogger...
Blogger is basically an online diary which you can use for anything, you can document anything from daily life, emotions, relationships and troubles to things such as the recent football scores, a fan-run blog dedicated to your favourite band, a blog about the universe's origin, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING (almost).
In my opinion blogging is a rising star in the internet, it's taken over the traditional diaries some people used to have and blogging is a much quicker and eaasier soluton to note things down.
I recommend Blogger, it's a good way to express your opinions and I thoroughly enjoy it after a hard day's work, it's a lovely relaxation. A great comfort, to blog about your day, it also helps you recollect events, which I think is imporving my short term memory and long term too. It also helps you review what you've done that day, you can see how little or how much you've achieved. It's very interesting and it's a great hobby to take up too. I say sign up today :) If you do, be sure to let me know and I'l add you to my friends list on Blogger. However it could get addictive, so be careful, also, don't spend too much time in front of the screen blogging, it could lead to health problems. On a lighter note, get blogging!
-How I Got It-
Normally my mum gets me the lipbalm from Morrisons with no flavour but this Christmas she got me a really tasty cherry chapstick (she likes to buy a really small present each year for some reason). Now compared to what I usually use, or shoud I say used to use, this is amazing, and I'm sure to be using this one form now on. It's an amazing taste and the Morrisons one used to leave residue on my lips, it was weird.
Chapsticks are cheap, I saw this one in a supermarket for a pound once, but compared to the supermarket own brand lipbalm, this is slightly more expensive, about 10p to 20p or so more. However the little extra you pay is well worth it, this is a great product, no doubt.
The tube is a white plastic itself, but has a lovely, bright wrapping around it of different shades of red, it says it's for "everyday lip protection" which is spot on! It also has the ingredients listed on it, which I have listed at the bottom of the review.
I found the lovely reddy pink chapstick smelling amazing when I opened it and screwed the bottom to make the product make it's way out the tube. It's a very strong smell of cherry, and I love it! One problem is once applied, the smell only stays for a short time. I can't say how long exactly, but to put it into perspective: I applied the lipbalm at the start of writing the review, now the smell is quite faint and I have to really sniff to be able to sense the cherryness.
Despite the loss of scent that occurs, it's a really good lipbalm, it makes your lips feel smooth instantly and it leaves them looking very kissable in my opinion. Although one problem my brother has encountered, which i have not really cared about when I use mine, is that it turns your lips just a bit redder, and shinier. For women this is a godsend of a bonus! But sadly for some men I guess this doesn't excite you, and infact proabably deters you, but don't worry, a bit of a smudge with your finger does the trick.
The actual longevity of the balm when you apply it is wonderful, I couldn't ask for a better chapstick. Seriously, I apply it every day before I leave the house (8.20) and every night before I go to bed, and when I get in from school (3.00) and when I wake up in the morning, it's still working and I'm still able to feel it on my lips, though just slightly. As I said, I got mine at Christmas, and I use it twice a day everyday, and I do apply a lot on at once, most likely a lot more than I should, and I've just this minute twisted it right out to see how much is left, and there's actually about three quarters! I'm pleased! I couldn't help but smell it just then, it's so so nice. It's an incredible smell. And my girlfriend loves it too (BONUS!)
Petrolatum, Paraffin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Octyldodecanol, Arachidyl, Propionate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cera Alba (no relation to Jessica Alba unfortunately), Aoma, Isopropyl Lanolate, Ethylhexyl Dimethyl PABA, Lanolin, Isopropyl Myristate, Cera Carnauba, Camphor, Cetyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, CI 15850, Saccharin, Menthol, Hexyl Cinnamaldehyde
I recommend this lipbalm to absolutely anyone who wants to keep their lips in a lovely, soft, overly-attractive condition. Although there is the side effect of turning your lips a bit redder which men may not like the sound of, it is easily sorted and as I said, my girlfriend loves the smell and taste of it when she kisses me, so there's an obvious bonus for all the men considering buying a new lipbalm. Choose Cherry Chapstick!
Oh and as for the title, listen to the song "I Kissed A Girl - Katy Perry" and all will be revealed!
I recently scoured through numerous different survey and review websites such as dooyoo, in an desperate attempt to find some way of earning a bit of extra money for doing a little bit of extra work. Toluna is not the best way of doing this.
-How To Sign Up-
Simply go to www.toluna.com and click sign up, it's free so there are no bad points to it as of yet! All you do is fill in a few details, then youa re taken to your profile and are asked to complete some interest surveys - each one completed earns you a measly 300 points, and once all of them are completed you earn a bonus 2000 which is a nice little sum.
-How To Earn Money-
Firstly in this paragraph I'd like to point out if you;re looking for somewhere to earn money, stone cold cash, toluna isn't the place. Toluna sends a number of prizes in exchange for points - vouchers for HMV, Amazon, Debenhams and more - all at 15 pounds value. These all cost 80000 points. Also, there is the option of spending just 500 points on a sweepstake entry for that month, in which you could potentially win some money, but it's a gamble.
There are a number of ways you can earn points on Toluna, the easiest is to answer the short surveys on the home page, they earn you normally between 20 and 80 points each time. They're very simple and take about a minute to complete, worth it I say. Then there are polls which earn either 15 or 25 points, these are quick and easy too, you can also make polls yourself which earn you points when people answer them, great! And then there are sureys you can complete, long ones, between 5 and 40 minutes (sometimes less and sometimes longer!) and these reward you with a variety of amounts of points the most I've seen on offer was 10,000, sadly I got screened out :( You also get 500 points for referring a friend if they sign up to use Toluna.
I tihnk that although Toluna has many many of earning points, it takes such a long time to reach the required 80,000, that it just isn't worth it. Now I'm pretty sure there are better websites of the same type as Toluna, however I am yet to discover them, so if anyone knows any please do tell me! Thankyou in advance to anyone who does. The problem with Toluna is it takes such a long time! That's basically it. I've spent hours clicking on polls, short surveys and doing a load of long surveys, the time taken could've been used to earn more money, in a shorter space of time, doing reviews right here on Dooyoo, it really isn't a good way to earn money online in my opinion. Plus at the end of the day it's a voucher! Not even money! However I've been told you can sell Amazon vouchers at face price very easily on Ebay. However I'm yet to reach 80,000 and I've been using the site for a month, every day I've been on it! And still nothing! I'm currently on about 53,000, or so it says, but I know I have earned more, I'm waiting for today's and yesterday's points to be added. I've also heard there are problems with the time it takes for the payment (or voucher should I say) to be received. It shouldn't take that long, but who knows with Toluna, they love to take their time, and adore making others take their time too.
Overall it isn't a website I am fond of and I would love to heard from anyone who knows any better ones which you can earn money on.
Okay so I just have one bag - for sixth form. And as it's a Sunday night I've just packed it for tomorrows lessons. I've just had a week off. I came across this discussions and thought hey I may aswell earn a few miles talking about my bag as seen as I just packed it!
Oh wait I just remembered some stuff in the bag that isn't for school, forgot I left them in there. Curses.
Anyway I'll go on, and I won't remove anything from the bag and I won't leave anything out of the review, to make it as revealing as possible, because quite frankly I need to it be revealing, becasue the content is so boring!
So let's crack on with the contents!
*Grabs blue adidas bag and heaves it on to the bed next to the laptop*
In the front pocket:
- Three foil wrapped pieces of gum. If I remember corectly these are Wringley's Spearmint. And if that's right they've been in the bag for one one week and two days. Ew! Won't be using them, I'll leave them in there to keep my bag smelling minty fresh :D
That's all that's in the front pocket, hence the title's lexis "minimal".
The main pocket...
- Two packets of Morrisons pocket tissues. I've had a cold for a week, I chucked a packet in my bg on Tuesday, I don't know how long the other packs been in the bag, but it's been opened and there are 7 left in there of the 10 you get.
- Two 250mg calpol satchels. These have been in the bag since last April, almost their anniversary! God I'm so unclean when it comes to my bag! I guess I'll be throwing them away in a sec!
- One box of 16 500mg paracetamol tablets from Morrisons. These are for my recurring headaches, stress related. A-Levels are stressful! These are life savers! (Well maybe just pain relievers...)
- A purple paper bag which was given to me by the Mobile Leeds Youth Service from whom I recently received the Leeds Youth Award (yay...), it was initially filled with 6 condoms, however I've just opened it and found that all that's left is a "Using Durex" leaflet.
- One durex latex condom, I don't think this one was from the purple paper bag. Infact I distinctly remember picking this one up, with some others, at the Bingley Music Festival where I did a chlamydia test (negative!) and received free boxers, sperm keyring and condoms. It was well worth weeing in a jar.
- 2 plastic files holding the homework I did over the half term break. One is pink, the other is black. The work includes french essays on smoking and alcohol, worksheets on the conditional, future and imperfect tense in French, question sheets and answers on the first two scenes of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, a short essay on the findings and conclusions of David Rosenhans study of "Being Sane in Insane Places" which I find temendously interesting if I'm honest!
- An A4 refill pad from Morrisons for work to be done on, one refill pad usually lasts about 2 weeks with the amount of work I have to do at the moment.
- A planner, in which I take notes on all my homework I need to do, points I need to discuss with my mentee (I am training for a Leeds Mentor qualification).
- My passport - you never know when you might need identification!
- My building society book, incase I need some money (I need my passport for withdrawals too)
- Two pens, these are for practicing my balancing act which I am quite well known in school and in the local community for, I can balance two pens vertically on the tip of my nose! My record so far is 2 minutes 32 seconds. I'm training myself to balance two normal sized pens and one half sized pen at the moment, although I'm not sure where the half sized pen is...I'm joking they're to write with. I can't balance anything on my noce. Anyone who believed that is gullible.
- Junk like little ripped pieces of scrap paper and a corner of a Snickers wrapper
I used to have a dartboard attached to the back of my bedroom door, with two thin wooden boards behind it to protect my door. However a few months ago I realised I was in need of a new board, as my family likes darts a lot, so it had a lot of use! I went for this darts centre, I chose this because it was great value for money, being around 20 pounds on sale at Argos and it looked terribly impressive in the pictures in the catalogue. If it was full price then I probably woud have chosen a different one, as 34.99 is expensive for a dart board which won't be used too seriously. (Only competitions with freinds and family, and for practising.)
When I unboxed the darts centre I was really pleased with it, a lovely wood with a fine, shiny, glossy finish. It came with a large check-out chart poster - this is a really nice little extra, it helps if you aren't quick with working out what you need to aim for to finish the game, all of my family use it apart from my dad as he's an accountant. Sometimes he tells you what you need quicker than the time it takes you to look at the poster! Also included were two sets of darts with Taylor endorsed flights, these darts aren't very high quality, but they're okay for spares. or if you and your friends feel like a game and someone needs a set. Nice white chalk and a board wipe are also included. However the brackets needed for fixing the board to the wall aren't included. My mum's the DIY expert of the house so she nipped to the nearest Homebase and got some, she was back and had the board up and ready for christening within the hour.
The wood is really good quality, nice and solid and I know it will last. The only thing I don't like is "The Power" 's signature on the front! I don't know why, for me I guess it just doesn't look good. I'd prefer the signature to be on the inside. The cabinet can go in any room, it's not painted so the natural wood colour shines out. The doors are fixed by hinges, they're easy to open and close and will definitely not fall off. The board is standard size, by Unicorn - this brand is considered a leade of darts equipment, this board with used in the PDC champoinships. I didn't realise it was Unicorn initially, but when I did I was quite surprised, it affirmed that the darts centre is definitely not a cheapy rip-off, it is in face a high quality, attractive, bristle dartboard, accompanied with a lovely wooden cabinet and hinged doors. The fact that it's Unicorn is a great bonus!
I've had it a while now and it hasn't worn at all. Yes, there are a few holes in the wood due to my little brother's poor aim and from when he and I decided it would be fun to play darts with our eyes closed (this also left some oles in my door - oops) The wood hasn't faded and the glossiness of it is still as shiny as ever. It's very smooth to the touch. I would advise putting the cabinet on a wall somewhere out of direct sunlight, as I'm pretty sure the su would bleach and fade the cabinet and dartboard, and this would be a real shame because it does look very nice indeed.
In summary I'm extremely pleased with the dartboard, I'm glad I chose this, and I'm tihnkful Argos had it on offer because otherwise I wouldn't have bought it. However if I had tested it before hand, for example if my friend had it and I played on it with him/her, I would have been thoroughly impressed and probably would have bought it despite the price once I needed a new dartboard. Hopefully you will be able to buy it cheaper now, I'm not sure.
Percy is accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt, and embarks on a quest, with his protector and another demi-god, to prove his innocence.
The film's introduction is great, it starts with Percy not knowing he is a demi-god, but on a field trip to a museum everything becomes very strange, and his teacher (Pierce Brosnan) turns out to be a centaur, his bestfriend half man, half goat too. It turns out his mother fell in love with Poseidon, and this answers the reason why Percy loves to be in water, he is a demi-god, a son of the God of the Sea, Poseidon. He is then taken to the demi-god training camp, where he finds a rival in a daughter of Athena in a capture the flag game. He is beaten by her, right next to her team's flag, and an audience of other demi-gods and centaurs grows. Percy hears a voice telling him to go to the water (a river is just next to him), so he crawwls in pain and puts his hand in the water, and finds himself healing quickly, and seems to have found a source of energy and strength, as he gets up and takes on the rival team, and takes their flag as his own, thus winning the capture the flag game.
Percy later starts his adventure to prove his innocence to Zeus with his half man half goat protector and the ex-rival daughter of Athena...
I would like the introduction and the duration of the camp games and training to be much longer, it's my favourite part of the film, I love it when his realisation of him being a demi-god starts, but it could be made much longer. I hope there will be more films and in them; much more of camp half-blood! The action is great, it' intense and has you on the edge of your seat. The whole idea of a demi-god and a training camp is a great use of imagination.
You witness Percy and his companions reach many well known destinations like Las Vegas, and encounter mythical beasts such as Medusa, a Hydra and Hades.
The storyline's great and I think it's going to be the next big franchise, once Harry Potter is over. I urge anyone with children aged 6-18 to see this because they are sure to enjoy it. And anyone with even the mildest interest in myths and gods and goddesses should go see this, it provides great information and a fun and action-packed adventure film. I've seen it ffive times now, and I bought it on DVD after Christmas because I love it so much. I'm not sure whether I prefer this to Harry Potter. Hopefully there are going to be more Percy Jackson films in the future, but as for now this is the only one. So enjoy!
Chris Columbus - Director
Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Coogan