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      25.11.2008 18:07
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      Don't play and you 'win' every week

      Wow first review on this subject!...This is a particular hobby horse of mine as i have often discussed with people that the English national lottery is not worth playing. These are the reasons why i think this:

      1) the odds of winning the jackpot are 14,000,000 to 1

      2) Even when a miracle happens and somebody does win they very rarely if ever receive the true odds amount i.e. 14 million pounds

      3) People often justify playing by saying 'oh its only £1 a week and i can afford it', well thats the same psychology marketing firms use for useless extended warranties i.e. 'it only works out £1 or £2 a week' sounds peanuts....BUT by not playing the lottery since it started in novemebr 1994 i have saved myself approximately £728. In the difficult financial times which would you rather have done?

      4) Then there is the excitement of 'playing' but after all these years who sits there on a Saturday night all excited thinking 'it could be me'? only the sad and deluded me thinks.

      5) By contributing towards the lottery you probably have helped people like 'Mikey Carrol' he of the bling and many asbos and drag racing in his back garden become rich.

      6) Your lottery money went towards the waste of time and money that was the millennium dome!

      7) If you wish to give to charity, give it to charities that actually spend the money wisely and not government quangoes

      8) I believe most people 'play' the lottery automactically now and don't even think about it...therefore negating the 'excitement factor'.

      9) The massive advertising campaign actually 'brainwashed' people into believing it 'could' be them who won.

      10) 12% of your lottery ticket goes to the government in tax (yet more tax for them on top of income tax, fuel tax, national insurance, stamp duty V.A.T etc etc) and 5% of lottery money goes towards making the camelot fat cats even richer.

      11) Statistically you have more chance of being kicked to death by a donkey in Peru than winning the lottery.

      12) It promotes gambling, need i say more here.

      In summary, don't play the lottery give the money to a effective charity or something you enjoy that gives you value.

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        21.11.2008 14:04
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        Easy to use and cleans well

        I brought the Hotpoint FEW12 1200 spin about 3 years from comet auction site, for the bargain price of £150, they sell ex display,end of line, and sometimes superficially marked gods for knock down prices and best of all most items come with a years guarantee on them.

        I had just moved into my new house and needed a solid machine to deliver the goods, this model does that job. First thing that drew me towards it was the brand, my family have had hotpoint washing machines for years and never had a problem with them, secondly the '12' bit indicated the 1,200 revolutions a minute the drum performs when washing.

        Specifications:

        59.5 cm wide
        85cm high
        60cm deep

        Capacity from 1 to 5.5 kg

        Electric connections

        voltage 220/240 Volts 50 Hz which is about standard.

        The machine was delivered within a week of me winning the auction, the set up was straight forward, firstly you have to take the nuts out of the back (they stop the drum from being damaged in transit) then you just connect the cold water pipe and drainage pipe to the unit and plug in.

        The control panel at the front is fairly familiar with a dispenser drawer on the far left, on the right you have a 'rinse hold' button, 'energy save' button and a 'super rinse' one with the 'start' button far right next to the programme selecter dial.

        All the different programmes are dispayed in written format in the middle i.e., White cotton, Heavy Soil =A, Cotton, Heavy Soil =B and so on, it also indicates the wash label and temperature next to it. So it is fairly well marked. The programmes run right thru to 'Q' = Slow Spin dedicates. Being a typical man not really an expert with the various types of wash this machine makes it easy to find out which wash is suitable for the garments you wish to be cleaned.

        I liked the fact it had rinse and just spin cycles to give a load an extra going over it you need it.

        In summary the Hotpoint FEW 12 is a good all round performer and will do a good job, the only draw back is that it can be a tad noisey sometimes.

        I would recommend the model as i have had no breakdown problems with it and its cleans my clothes well and effectively.

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          21.11.2008 00:11
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          Needs to get back to basics

          Post office counters is the former name for 'Post office ltd', basically they are the high St arm of the Royal Mail Group and in recent years have been undergoing a change-a BIG change.

          In the old days they were there to sell you stamps, send letters and parcels and pay your pensions and allowances in cash over the counter e.g. child benefit etc, these days they seem to do anything but. These services have been steered towards the private sector i.e the government finding it cheaper to pay people their benefits through customers bank accounts. Not only this but bill payments like water.gas and electricity are all now cheaper to pay at services stations and newsagents. The tv licence cannot now be paid at your local Post Office.

          Letter stamps are now cheaper to buy at your local pharmacy than they are at your local post office. All this gives people less and less reason to visit their Post Office and thus mass closures which have been going to for the last few years continue. The Post Office has being trying to diversify by launching products such as home telephone lines, credit cards,insurance and even mortgages in the last 4 or 5 years and has tried to push these at every oppurtunity through its branches.

          This has resulted in people going in to send their annual Christmas gift and being met with counter staff giving them the sales pitch on car insurance and credit cards etc. Much to my annoyance when the only Post office for miles that hadn't been closed down tries to sell me a service i don't want thus increasing queues.

          This practice of trying to sell things like extra insurance and credit cards has been going on for quite a few years in department stores and the like which is why i avoid them and shop online instead now, just wish the good old Post Office hadn't gone down this route.

          I yearn for the old days when the Post Office did what it does best, an excellent postal service giving the customer what it he/she wants effectively and efficiently.

          Hopefully they can return to that soon and it will find people flocking to its doors!

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          • Top Five Jokes / Discussion / 176 Readings / 162 Ratings
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            06.10.2008 19:51
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            We need something to smile about!

            With winter fast approaching and the days getting shorter, think we could all do with a smile and a giggle. I've heard literally thousands of jokes over the years but few have actually stuck. Here are a selection of the few that i have managed to retain and remember....enjoy!

            1) Did you here about the cannibal that wanted to reduce the cost of his holiday?....He decided to go self-catering.

            2)A man runs into a pet shop, puts a bomb on the counter and shouts 'Everyone has 1 minute to get out. A tortoise at the back shouts ' you swine!'

            3) A tuna sandwich walks into a bar and asks the barman for a beer, the barman replies ' sorry sir we don't serve food in here'

            4) Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because there were no chickens in those days.

            5) A vicar books into a hotel and says to the clerk 'i hope the porn channel in my room is disabled'. She replies 'No sir its just normal porn, you sick man'

            No animals were harmed in the production of this review.

            Thanks for reading.

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              05.10.2008 20:54
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              Things you may not know

              Name: Sam

              Age: 34

              Sex: Yes please....oops male of the species :)

              Height: 5ft 9.

              Hair Colour: Brown

              Eyes: Two.

              Body Type: Athletic.

              Religion: Catholic.

              Ethnicity: White/caucasian

              Orientation: Straight


              ~Favourites~

              Colour:Blue

              Hair Style: Short and spikey

              Food:Canneloni, roast beef

              Soda: Dr pepper.

              Store: Comet, Argos

              Animal: Giraffe

              Movie: field of dreams(works on so many levels).passion of the Christ(more than a film)Airplane(timeless one-liners)breakfast club(my teenage film)....i could go on and on lol

              TV Show: The apprentice(the egoes are laughable), The ultimate fighter, mock the week(very witty) big brother(great concept),world cup(greatest sporting event on earth),little britain,blackadder.

              Book: The power of now

              Music: i like a broad rang of music from classical to soft rock.

              Song: So Strong, In your eyes, The greatest love of all. I like song's with a story or message,plus of course a good melody and beat.

              Band/Artist: Too Many To Choose From.

              Website:Dooyoo of course!

              ~This or That~

              Soda or Juice: Pop

              Music or Internet: internet. any day of the week

              Rock or Rap: Rock

              Dogs or Cats: Canine's

              White or Black: Black

              My space or Bebo: Myspace.

              Curly Hair or Straight Hair: Straight
              Lap-Top or Computer: Computer


              Pen or Pencil: Sharp pencils and smooth rollerball pens are my faves

              Phone or Internet: Internet

              Single or Taken: Single and open to offers :)

              School or Work: Neither lol (in an ideal world)

              ~Random~

              What do you do on your spare time: Surf the internet, go to the gym, social with friends either in the pub, bowling alley, cinema usual stuff really, oh watching films and gaming takes up some of my spare time too

              What do you wish you had more time for:Socialising, going on dooyoo, reading

              What is your usual clothing style: Look in wardrobe, whatever is nearest to hand whip on

              What's your usual hair style:Short (low maintenance is the way to go)

              What are you wearing: A pair of black jeans,a T-shirt i brought in the costa brava and a scarf

              Are you a virgin: Erm, if it can grow back then yes

              Are you related to anyone famous: If you go back far enough we are all related

              What Time is it:19.14

              What Day:Sunday.

              Summary: I've started so i'll finish.....final thought...You can't have everything.......where would you put it?!"

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                02.10.2008 14:02
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                Will inject a stillness and calmness into busy lives

                The power of now by eckhart tolle

                WOW I'm the first to review this book! I thought there would be hundreds of reviews for it, given it's popularity.
                Let me start with a little about the author because Eckhart Tolle is no ordinary author, all his work concerns basically the same subject matter of spirituality. About 20 years he found himself lonely homeless and wondering the streets of Germany, living the life of a tramp. Then one day while watching rays of sunlight slowly creeping through a window into a room, he had a 'road to damascus' moment. A moment enlightenment so profound it has led him to become one of the western world's foremost spiritual gurus.

                His perception of the world and himself underwent a complete transformation, he claims it happened in an instant and ever since that moment has lived in a state of total contentment. I suppose the closet known equivalent is the Buddhist concept of 'enlightenment', and in fact he does refer to ideas in Buddhism in the book as well as mentioning Christ and other religious beliefs.

                The 'power of Now' he refers to is being able to release yourself from the shackles of modern living whereby everything is fast moving, including 'chaotic mental traffic'. This 'mental traffic' is the thousands of thoughts we have each day e.g. what time is the bus coming? Where is my partner? Whats for dinner tonight? Can't afford my gas bill! These thoughts and thousands like them are constantly swilling around in our minds, so much so that they take us away from totaling living in the current moment. Tolle explains the 'Now' i.e. the current moment is all we have, the future and the past are just man made concepts and don't exist. They are concepts that are constantly preventing people from fully living and appreciating the current moment. Its about changing perceptions and therefore changing feelings.

                A lot of the book details how the more you focus on the now the more fruitful and happy your life will become. And i must admit whilst reading the book i did meditate on the current moment for the first time in my life. Like all the best ideas this one is simple, clear your mind and really focus on the now. Zen Buddhism has a similar philosophy whereby all things are ignored in favour of this moment in time. His style of writing takes a little time to get used to, but once you do, you find yourself agreeing with more and more of his points.

                This read is a fantastic antidote to modern stressful living, some will like the concept and adopt it, some will delve further and make it quasi religious and some will just enjoy the relaxation it affords you. And if you already have a strong faith, it will compliment it and not oppose it, the author refers to most of the great religions in the book.

                This was Eckhart Tolle's first bestseller he went onto write a further two , being 'Stillness Speaks' and 'A New Earth'. He also conducts seminars and talks about his philosophy.

                For more information visit www.eckharttolle.com

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                  24.09.2008 14:17
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                  Science made easy

                  Millennium Point,
                  Curzon Street,
                  Birmingham
                  B4 7XG
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                  Funded in the main by lottery money, Millennium point is a vast structure housing many things. It is located in Curzon Street 10 minutes walk from Birmingham's Bullring Shopping centre and is futuristic looking (think 'Bladerunner' type place). The locale basically incorporates two attractions, first is 'Thinktank' which has taken over from the old Birmingham science museum. It is an educational 'hands on' science museum and has things like learning about medical techniques and how the body works to how appliances work such as microwaves, satellites, cars etc, there are also exhibits about Birmingham and its history along with real steam engines and a real size spitfire hanging from the ceiling.

                  My favourite exhibits were the medical operation zone and the recycling centre, in the medical operation you play the part of the surgeon replacing the hip joint of the patient with a large screen in front of you and actors playing the parts of others surgeons and nurses. You have a type of wii remote device and a voice guides you through what you have to do in the operation. The recycling information interested me because it had the actual processes that our rubbish goes through in the display, and plaques explaining each stage. Virtually everything has a little explanation plaque, detailing background and function.

                  The other major attraction in the building is an imax cinema screen, it has a 50 ft by 70 ft screen and most of its films are in 3 dimensions, you are given special 3 dimensional glasses upon entering (much better than the little blue and red things given out with newspapers and cereal packets in the 80s), these glasses are quite weighty and do produce a great effect of things coming 'out' of the screen, most of the films last about 45 minutes.

                  Features are usually 'Space quest' or 'Under the Ocean' they basically explore the environments and have an educational bent. Although recently went to see batman the dark night there (which was showing in 2d) its unusual to have a major film filmed in IMAX format though.

                  Plenty of places to eat are to be found in the building with cafe's, fast food and souvenirs shops never far away.

                  Lastly the building does house some rooms for matthew boulton college and these can be seen in the corridor. The prices are OK and its well worth a visit if you haven't been there before and live in the Birmingham area.

                  THINKTANK PRICES:
                  Adult
                  £8.25 £9.25 £16.25
                  Child: 3-15 yrs
                  £6.25 £7.25 £12.25
                  Concession*
                  £6.25 £7.25 £12.25
                  Family of 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
                  £26.00 £28.00 £49.00
                  Opening hours are 10am-5pm with last admission at 4pm

                  IMAX PRICES:

                  Adult
                  £9.25
                  Child
                  £7.25
                  Family of 4 (max 2 adults, 2 children)
                  £30.00
                  Concession
                  £7.25

                  For more information tel : 0121 202 2222

                  I would recommend a trip here for the educational content. It can get crowded at school holiday times though.

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                  • The Machinist (DVD) / DVD / 82 Readings / 78 Ratings
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                    21.09.2008 13:32
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                    Candidate for cult status

                    Film tagline: How can you wake from a nightmare if you're not asleep?


                    Christian Bale plays Trevor Reznick - a factory worker wasting away. Over the past year, he hasn't been able to sleep, lost a shocking amount of weight, and in his spare time has developed a habit of hanging out at an airport cafe' late at night to flirt with a waitress (Marie) when he's not seeing a prostitute (Stevie). He is ravaged by fatigue most of the time and his mind starts to play tricks on him.


                    One day Trevor accidentally causes a horrific accident in the machine tool factory where he works and a fellow worker loses an arm,
                    thus starting a descent into a sort of madness that's half-nightmare, half-mystery. His guilt over the incident flows into paranoia as he starts to find strange notes in his apartment.

                    When insomniac Trevor is followed by fellow worker 'Ivan' his confusion is compounded because none of his co-workers have ever heard of this 'Ivan'. I won't spoil the story for you, just say there is a hint of 'Fight club' in this film. The film is less plot and more an unraveling of the title character but is very intriguing.

                    This was made a year before 'Batman Begins' and proves Bale has good acting abilities, he lost a third of his body weight to play this role and went down to 9 stones, considering he's 6'2" it meant he looked like he'd been released from a concentration camp! The film was shot entirely on location in Barcelona, it's a tribute to the director Brad Anderson that he could make Barcelona look like America!

                    Although a tad slow in parts, I would recommend this film if only to see the mesmerising performance from Christian Bale.

                    Film running time: 1 hour 38 minutes

                    CAST:

                    Trevor Reznik - Christian Bale
                    Stevie - Jennifer Jason Leigh
                    Marie - Aitana Sanchez-Gijon
                    Ivan - John Sharian
                    Miller - Michael Ironside
                    Jackson - Larry Gilliard
                    Jones - Reg E. Cathey
                    Mrs. Shrike - Anna Massey

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                    • Easyroommate.com / Internet Site / 65 Readings / 63 Ratings
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                      20.09.2008 10:43
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                      Delivers the goods.

                      PURPOSE OF SITE: To match potential landlords to tenants, match people who wish to house share or flat share, for people who wish to advertise accommodation and those who wish to find accommodation in all areas.

                      SITE LAY OUT: Basically the site is split into two sets of advertising listings, being people who need a room and people who have a room available for rent. So people who need to rent a room in a house or flat simply create profile of themselves i.e. a photo, name, age, occupation, budget etc then post it on the site. Similarly people who have accommodation available create a profile with a picture of the room or house, the area, the term, the asking rent, whether utilities are included in monthly rent or not etc etc.

                      HOW TO WORKS: Once the potential tenants and landlords have their adverts posted on the site it is automatically listed in the appropriate area and rent band for easy searching. All adverts are free to search and see but in order to actually make contact with an advertiser you will need to pay a fee to the site.

                      THE FEES: 10 DAYS=£19.90 30 DAYS=£29.90 6 MONTHS=£59.90 1 YEAR=£79.90

                      Paying any of these fee's via debit or credit card to the site will upgrade your status from 'basic' to 'premium' member for that length of time. Giving access to email addresses or telephone numbers of any person who has listed them on their profile, plus the site has its own email/message system so you can message an advertiser through the site also.

                      MY THOUGHTS: i have found this site very effective, it is well laid out, very easy to use and looks better than most other room mate finding website's. Ive been using the site along with others on and off for 5 months, i rented out my spare room and listed it on a few websites and found this one to be the best (got a roommate through this site) , plus had more responses from this website and it worked better than the others, i particularly liked the site's email/message function a bonus if you don't like giving out your phone number or email straight away.

                      Four photo's can be uploaded to your ad and the advert can to edited at anytime, there is a good 'favourites' file to save all the adverts of interest into. It's bit like having a mini account with all your messages (sent and received) and your favourites all stored for you whenever you log in.

                      I've found the site to work extremely well, pages load first time every time, links are slick, payment is done efficiently and smoothly. Being a pay site you don't tend to get any scam artists messaging you like i have found on the free gumtree site.

                      Overall, looks good and certainly one of the best accommodation finding website's on the net. Definitely should be in your portfolio when looking for a place to live or a potential tenant.

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                        16.09.2008 14:26
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                        A terrific day out

                        I visited this theme park last October 2007 around Halloween time, being a theme park fan i had to experience it as all my American friends raved about it constantly. You know how they say most things in America are bigger and better? well it's definitely true in this case.

                        Six flags over Texas is found in Arlington, TX 76010 which is a town between the cities of Dallas and Fort worth, actually all three are joined and the locals call the whole urban area the 'metroplex' for convenience. The park was created in 1961 and was the first 'Six Flags' (it's a franchise now all over America).

                        We went by car from Dallas exiting interstate 30(motorway), leaving our car in the vast car park, from which you can see the tallest ride, 'the titan' it really whets your appetite and i couldn't wait to get in.

                        It costs $49.99 (about £28) for a day for all rides(Adult) Child Admission Under 48" $29.99(£18) you can buy in advance online which is cheaper at $29.99 Adult. Anyway when we queue up for our tickets at the entrance the teller was so interested in trying to upgrade to a season pass she forget to sell me my ticket and i had to go back to get it (not a great start).

                        As with most major parks now this one is in sections each with a different geographical or film theme, they are 'Mexico and Spain' 'Texas' 'looney tunes USA' 'boomtown' 'Old south' and 'Gotham City'. Being adrenalin junkie's my friend and i made a beeline for the big rides. There are 45 rides in total with varying levels of intensity. The first ride we went on was the 'Texas Giant' which is a massive wooden roller coaster, built in 1990. We waited about 10 minutes in the queue, and the first drop really did get the blood pumping, although quite noisy i would say its the best wooden coaster Ive been on better than 'The grand national' in Blackpool in my opinion.

                        Next up was the biggie 'The titan' , this was a red coloured steel coaster and could be seen from miles around, it is 255 ft tall and reaches up 85 mph on the drops, in fact the first was so high and fast it dried my contact lenses out! It scared the daylights out of me, not happened since i rode 'corkscrew' as a 12 year old!

                        There are tons of rides and attractions at the park e.g. usual log flume, exhibits about Texas history and cowboy stuff, but its the rides i went there for, although we did experience a few in the afternoon it did seem to get really crowded and the queue waiting times went from 10 mins to 30 mins so we didnt have time to go on 'Batman' or 'Mr freeze' the other two major rides.

                        I would recommend going up the tower to get a fantastic view of the park and Texas stadium home of the baseball team (Texas rangers). Being Halloween time there were lots of decorations in the theme and lots of park staff dressed up as ghouls and ghosts, it created a really good atmosphere and being end of October it wasn't too hot or cold, just the right temperature, a sunny 21 degrees centigrade.

                        There's tons of enjoyment to be had for young and old here, with live shows, eateries, live exhibits like glass making and of course the thrills of the rides. Its not as nicely spaced out as Alton Towers but the quality of the entertainments make up for that, plus it much more accessible to get to than Alton towers is.

                        This place is an absolute must for anybody holidaying in the Dallas or Fort Worth area, heart-beating thrills are guaranteed. By the way if you are wondering about the name, the 'six flags' refer to the flags of Texas, Spain, Mexico, Confederate states of America , the stars and stripes and France which have all flown over Texas at some point in its history.

                        This is an adrenalin junkie's paradise.

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                          15.09.2008 17:13
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                          Good solid performer

                          As post office has recently brought out a new addition to their homephone service on 8th September thought it apt to review the whole package. About 3 years ago the post office dived into the crowded telecoms market by launching 'Post Office HomePhone', a land line service in direct competition to BT, Talk Talk, Virgin, etc etc.

                          Anyone with a normal BT line (not BT light user)&(not cable or kingston) can apply for the product, to get it all you have to do is fill in a simple form , either in branch or online, and the post office does the rest, it usually takes 10 days for your home land line to be switched over to post office, you'll get a final bill from your old supplier, once that is paid you are set up and there is no need to dial special codes, and phone number stays exactly the same.

                          The benefits of changing to this service is that there is no minimum contract so you can always cancel anytime if not happy, the billing structure is familiar and straight forward. The line rental is £10.95 a month which is cheaper than BT and for that price you get free calls anytime to any other Post Office homephone users, free evening and weekend calls to land lines (upto 60 mins per call), 10% off calls to 10 nominated numbers and now as of 8th September free weekend UK mobile calls and free international calls(19 countries in Europe , north America and australia and new zealand) (each free call can last up to 60 minutes) but i have found you can hang up and then recall for another 60 minutes all weekend if you wish. What's more they have recently thrown in a free 60 minute call on you birthday and Christmas day (you can call one international number and one mobile number)

                          The customer service is good and the UK operators are polite and helpful, they aren't in some foreign country and hard to understand. I also switched my parents to the service and are very pleased with it, the simple straight forward pricing structure is so refreshing.

                          Obviously the quarterly bills can be paid at any post office, or by phone or online. I know a few people who have taken the post office homephone and found the switch to be easy and problem free.

                          i also like the fact you are able to estimate and budget for bills with good accuracy , unlike many operators imposing charges and hidden costs, this doesn't.

                          Although not the cheapest telephone provider out there, this product does provide good vale for money and is straight with you about its prices, plus it is from a trusted brand so it gives you peace of mind. I'm always wary about really cheap prices from companies I've never heard of.

                          All in all a good solid performer, with the safety net of the cancel anytime option, this is worth your consideration if thinking of ditching your current land line company.

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                          • Some Kind Of Wonderful (DVD) / DVD / 65 Readings / 61 Ratings
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                            14.09.2008 03:16
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                            Best teen romance film of the 80s

                            This is a gem of a film. It's a teen romance film by john hughes he was also responsible for Home alone,Ferris buellers day off,The breakfast club and many more 80s films. This is a 'wonderfully' crafted film, the soundtrack is superb and it looks really great.

                            The lead charactor is keith(eric stoltz) a loner from the poor side of town with a talent for art, he attends school during the day and works as a mechanic in the evening along side his only friend Watts(mary stuart masterson) a tomboy with a secret crush on him.

                            Keith develops a liking for Amanda jones(lea thompson) one of the rich girls who also happens to be the most popular girl in school. The liking slowly becomes a mini obsession with amanda, even though Amanda already has a popular rich obnoxious boyfriend called Hardy jenns.

                            Ignoring all the advice to stay away from Amanda from his friend Watts and virtually everyone at school, he perseveres and plucks up the courage to ask Amanda on a date. Keith's luck is in, because even though he isn't in the same league as Amanda, he happens to ask her after a bad argument with her controlling elitist boyfriend(Hardy).

                            With a date secured keith goes about the meticulous preparations to try to impress the girl in question. After being vehemently against the idea at first his best friend Watts is talked into helping keith make the date a night to remember and agrees to chauffeur the couple around the city.

                            Not all goes to plan though as Amanda's jealous boyfriend is on the war-path setting his sights on keith, a confrontation between the two ensues. Will keith get the popular girl or will love turn out to be have been right under his nose all the time?

                            There is a small subplot involving keith's relationship with is dad and the expectations he has for his son which in his mind aren't being met.

                            Excellent performances from the young cast, who were hot properties at the time Eric stoltz played the lead in the hugely successful 'mask' two years earlier, Lea thompson had played marty's mom in 'Back to the future' before this film.

                            Most people had crush's in school so it's a film people can relate too, plus what adds to the timeless storyline is the sharp direction, eye candy cast and superb soundtrack. I like the feel-good ending too.

                            This movie has universal appeal and will bring back old school day memories. Definitely a good film to snuggle up to on the sofa with your partner.

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                              13.09.2008 22:39
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                              Revolutionary different approach to stopping smoking and it works!

                              Stop trying other methods to stop smoking, this book/method works! And works for virtually everyone who reads it. Forget patches, nicotine gum, Sprays, Inhalaters, Plastic cigarette's, hypnosis, aversion therapy etc..They all try to tackle the symptoms of smoking i.e. dealing with cravings and replacing nicotine in a different form.

                              Allen Carr approaches the 'smoking trap' from a revolutionary different angle, his method tackles the root causes of smoking by answering certain fundamental questions:

                              1.Why do you smoke?
                              2.Why did you start smoking?
                              3.Why do you carry on smoking?
                              4.Why don't you quit?

                              Once you know the true answers, stopping smoking becomes easy, hence the 'easyway' title.

                              This book reveals the REAL answers to these questions, not the myths and illusions about smoking e.g. smoking is NOT a habit(it's an addiction). No smoker knows why he/she smokes if they did they would stop immediately. Basically nicotine addiction is a combination of chemical addiction and 'brainwashing'(explained later). The chemical addiction is the easier aspect to tackle, it's just that empty restless feeling that smokers feel when they get the urge for a cigarette, the first ever cigarette CAUSED that empty feeling(craving), the subsequent cigarette partially relieves the craving for about an hour, then theres a need for another and another and so the chain goes on.

                              Smokers get told myths like 'smoking is relaxing' and 'smoking relieves stress' all their lives from birth and take on these myths as fact. Allen carr explodes' these myths one by one, by examining the facts and encouraging the reader to examine the evidence. These myths and many more like them are exposed as a form of subtle brainwashing that slowly seeps into the smokers subconcious mind even before they become smokers, once becoming smokers this brainwashing increases.

                              Even the term 'giving up smoking' does not help smokers because it implies making a sacrifice, so the author only uses terms like 'stopping or quitting'.

                              As a heavy smoker of 33 years Carr failed with numerous methods to stop smoking, all the nicotine replacement products he says actually make it harder to stop, because they are giving the smoker more of the same drug, he advises against using any of them.

                              The method 'Easyway' is ingenius because it just requires you to read and understand all the logical points he makes, then the desire to smoke disappears, its happened for millions of people already including celebrities like Sir anthony hopkins, Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher, Ruby wax and me!

                              As you read through the book, the desire to smoke lessens more and more, as every one of his observations makes sense. There is even something called 'the moment of revelation' or when the penny finally drops and people 'get it'. Some people understand the method straight away others might need a second or third read for it to sink in. But when it does it really works, you look at smoking for what it actually is, a filth disgusting addiction, gone are the days of thinking of cigarettes as wonderful things you can't do without.

                              The dependency ends and the feeling is extremely liberating, don't hope that one day you'll wake up and the desire to smoke will go, IT WON'T, you need to read this book and then you will no longer be a slave to nicotine. With smoking being banned in all public places on 1st july 2007, being a smoker these days is quite problematic and anti-social as well as being the cause of millions of deaths.

                              I recommend this publication to all smokers, it's the 'magic button' all smokers having been waiting, press the button i.e. read the book and you will be smoke free! it's as simple as that. Encourage people you know who smoke to read it too, they will thankyou as they will be happier, healthier, wealthier!

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                                12.09.2008 21:54
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                                Definately worth seeing when in Rome.

                                This is a massive grand palace in Rome, it's in venice square (piazza venezia), it's about the size of buckingham palace and made entirely of white marble. It is located at the end of the 'via del corso' which is the oxford street of Rome. The palace is called 'Il Vittoriano' in italian ,it's a monument dedicated to king Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of Italy. It was built in the early 20th century and was built to celebrate a united Italy and her first king.

                                Any sightseeing bus you board in Rome will pass by this impressive building, and it really does stand out because it's in white marble and because of its size. In fact most sightseeing buses have a stop opposite for you to pop out and take some pictures of it.

                                Its has typical colums and pillars dominating most of its structure, then you will see two large fountains on the left and the right, they signify the sea's which flank italy, front and centre of the columns there is a statue of Victor Emmanuel II on a horse.

                                The locals have a nickname for the structure 'the wedding cake' because it resembles one, if you can, i recommend seeing it at night when it is illuminated it looks breathtaking.

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                                  12.09.2008 11:32
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                                  Worth a rental.

                                  Rocky balboa or Rocky 6! and it is surprisingly quite good, after the dreadful Rocky 5. This is well worth a couple of hours of your life and good entertainment for all.

                                  In this film we find Rocky running a modest eatery in his old neighbourhood , widowed and having left the boxing life behind him, he spends his evenings telling old boxing stories to his restaurant's guests.

                                  There is a real feel of the original 1976 'Rocky' in this film, the locations are the same, the same grittyness and pace, Rocky and pauly even re-visit the site of the old ice rink and remininise. Rocky is living on past memories. Then one day a tv station's computer simulation create's a greatest of all time boxing match up between rocky and the current reigning champion 'mason-dixon', this stirs up massive interest all over the country.

                                  Perhaps it's fate but it seems to be what rocky needed , a chance to step back into the ring 'one last time' lol....after much soul searching he does slip the gloves back on and gets back into training. There is a subplot involving a romantic interest in a local single mother rocky used to know from the old neigbourhood but its never really explored in any depth.

                                  This hits(excuse the pun) all the right rocky film notes, it has the cocky champion who goades our hero, it also has the legendary training sequences that the franchise it famous for, that reall get the hairs standing up and the back of your neck.

                                  Fans will love it and the casual film watcher will also enjoy watching this film, as it really gets back to the originals success and is more character driven than the glitzy shallower 'rocky 3' 'rocky 4'.

                                  Worth a look.

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