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    • Specsavers Opticians / Health Product / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      15.11.2010 00:49
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      Pleased I went to Specsavers!!

      Recently had an eye test done at a different opticians and I was informed that I will most likely need another new prescription in a years time. I had a look in the opticians I had my eye test done in and decided that for one year I wanted to get the best possible price yet still have glasses that I liked.

      On the same street was a Specsavers so I popped into the shop to have a look at their frames with my prescription in hand and within a few minutes a member of staff approached me and asked if I needed any help choosing frames and if I wanted to know more about the current offers.

      I was told they had buy one get one free on glasses over £69 (I believe) or free anti reflective lens worth £30 as well as a few other offers. I went for the Mr Greedy option and decided on 2 pairs for the price of 1.

      The woman helped me choose some frames and advised me on the ones which suited my face shape the most and the ones that were not the most flattering. I choose two £99 frames and she then discussed me adding the anti reflective lens for an additional £30 per glasses. At this time she advised me that if it were her she would just get the extra on the pair of glasses I would find myself wearing the most or for driving. To keep costs down I decided on having the extra applied to just the one pair of glasses.

      She sat me down and took some measurements for the glasses, took my payment and advised me they would be ready for collection in 7 days unless there was a problem and I would get a phone call if there was.

      A week later I returned to the store and picked up my glasses, once again I was lead to sit down and the staff member checked the fit of the glasses. She made some alterations, tightening the sides and the nose rests on one pair and bending the behind the ear part of the other as well. She also asked another member of staff to double check they were done ok and advised me if there were any problems with the fit to return to the store.

      The range of glasses was very good, men's, women's and designers with the most expensive pair costing £125 and some that I noticed were well under £50. So a selection to suit different budgets and styles from chunky to rimless in all sorts of colours to suit different people.

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    • Waterstone's / Highstreet Shopping / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      15.11.2010 00:35
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      Great bookstore

      I have three Waterstones stores close to me and each of them varies greatly in size. One a large one floor store another two floors and one across four floors. The one thing they always have in common is helpful and knowledgeable staff as well as the stores always being brightly lit, clean and clearly signed so you can navigate to the section you want to visit.

      Each time I have visited a Waterstones store there have been offers on across different genre books, many buy one get one half price or 3 for 2. They stock all the latest bestsellers and new releases and I have had a book ordered in for me on one occasion when they did not have it in stock. Any time I have had a query the staff have helped and always seem willing to search for information for me, whether it be release dates or finding the book I want when I only know part of the title.

      I joined their points card a while back and recently used the points I had collected to buy a book online and have it delivered free to my house. As in the stores the website was easy to navigate and I received an email once I had placed my order and again when it was dispatched and received the book within two days.

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      15.11.2010 00:05
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      Great for everyday wear

      Although I wear make up most days I find that for the last several years I have not bothered to wear a lip colour. The main reason for this is my lips get dry throughout the day and I always carry a lip balm or Vaseline tin with me and apply throughout the day to keep them feeling nice.

      Several times throughout the year boots give away free £5 no 7 vouchers for you to spend in store. I use many of the no 7 products but recently found myself with 2 extra vouchers and a full make up bag and some spares so rather than just buy another blusher or nail polish I decided to look at the lipsticks.

      As I mentioned I haven't worn a lip colour for a long time so I was reluctant to get a strong colour which would be very noticeable and that is when I saw the Sheer Temptations collection. There were not a great selection of colours to choose from but I wanted one just a bit more than my natural lip colour and I found this with number 20 Entice.

      I have used the lipstick every day since I bought it and find it glides on very nicely and looks subtle, yes you can tell I am wearing a lipstick but it does not over power me and does what make up in my opinion is meant to do for everyday wear, enhance what I already have. It feels smooth and I find myself re applying it at lunchtime just to touch up the colour and re moisturise my lips. It has a slight glossy shine appearance but not as much as a lip gloss.

      At £10 it is not the cheapest around but I will be looking out for another £5 off voucher again in the future and stocking up on this product.

      All in all a great subtle colour for daytime wear and it can be made darker and to stand out more by applying in a thicker layer for evening wear.

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    • Ann Summers / Highstreet Shopping / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      14.11.2010 23:53
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      Will not feel uncomfortable on my next visit

      Ann Summers, when I first heard about the stores the idea made me blush and although over the years I have noticed many pop up in shopping centres that I often frequent until a few months ago I had never visited a store.

      I was very nervous upon entering the store although I knew which products I wanted to buy after looking online, but not quite knowing how discreet the discreet delivery service is as well as the added cost of postage I decided to brave a visit to the shop.

      Pretty much straight away I was greeted by the two members of staff in the store, just a friendly hello. I then proceeded to look around the store for a few minutes before one of the sales girls came over to me and offered assistance, to be honest this usually puts me off and makes me want to leave the shop. However, the sales girl was friendly and welcoming and I explained it was my first visit and what I wanted and she was very helpful in finding the products I wanted and offering other things I may want to purchase. She also assured me many people feel nervous shopping there and she herself felt her hands shaking the first day on the shop floor after doing all her training. She was knowledgeable about the products and offers across the store and made me at ease during my visit. Something I consider vital for shoppers who, like me, may feel unsure when entering the store.

      As for Ann Summers they are an adult store who sell lingerie, sexy costumes and sex toys as well as books and other adult products. They have a good range of sizes available in store with many products going up to around a size 24. The store visited had lingerie at the front of the store and a slightly hidden away by curtains section at the back was where the sex toys were placed. There were numerous offers around the store on multi buy bras to pocket vibrators.

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      01.03.2009 13:48
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      Lovely family day out

      I am writing this review for Dudley Zoological Gardens as I have searched for it and this is the only one that came up so I hope it is the right one?

      Although I have lived within an hour of Dudley Zoo pretty much all my life I first visited last Summer. My first thought was it was a strange location for a Zoo, not too far from Merry Hill shopping centre and when you are walking around the zoo up and down hills on one side you have animals from all over the world and when you look to the other side you can see a busy part of town with shops and cars everywhere - not something I have ever seen at other zoos I have visited.

      I visited again this week and decided when I was there to buy an annual pass which cost £25 for an adult and £14 for children over 3. I also got a parking pass for £10 for the next 12 months. The one off admission prices are £3 for car parking all day and children are £6.95 and adults are £10.95 or £9.95 if you choose not to pay the extra £1 which helps with conservation costs.

      It was busy when I went last year and the entrance was through the gates at the front whereas last week it was not busy the entrance was through the shop.

      They have many animals in the zoo as you enter if you turn right you will come past some rides that do look a bit old and like they have seen better days and then to a nice adventure playground, further down is a small farm animals section that you can walk around as well as Monkey Tails which is an indoor walk through with chimpanzees that you can look down on and to the side of the monkey tails entrance is a viewing area to see them closer. In the monkey tails they have three types of monkeys goldis, squirrel and I think saka?? but might have made that last one up! As well as Otters. The monkeys jump around infront, to the side and above you and there is a member of staff in there to talk to you and make sure the monkeys dont escape or get too close.

      To the left from the entrance you first see some pink flamingos, monkeys, birds, owls and depending on which way you go you will see bears, tigers, lynx, lions, giraffes, reindeer's, chimpanzees, meerkats, a wallaby walk through, kangaroos, tapirs, alpaca, gibbons, wallabies, mongose, mara, porcupines and I am sure there are some more I have forgotten to mention.

      Another highlight for me is Lemur world which is another walk-through (unsuitable for push/wheel chairs) where the Lemurs will stroll past you and jump around right infront of you. The reptile house has crocodiles and large lizards amongst other reptiles and creepy crawlies.

      During weekends and holidays they have a land train which takes you up to the castle. They also have a place to get something to eat and drink and a bar which is open during holidays.

      You can also walk around the castle grounds and read the information plaques which guide you around the remains from the castle which was first built around 1000-1100

      All in all a great day out

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      • Awake (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        01.03.2009 13:06
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        Great film to watch

        I saw an advert for this film on another rental and was not too sure what to expect as it does not give much away other than the fact that Clay ( Hayden Christensen ) undergoes surgery and experiences the rare experience where people are paralysed and appear asleep and fully anaesthetised but are in fact awake and able to feel everything that is happening yet are unable to move.

        The film starts off with Clays doctor saying he has lost a lot of people on the operating table but this was the first time a friend had died. We then see him a few days earlier fishing with Clay who happens to be extremely wealthy then taking him into the operating theatre and getting him to lie on the table and tells him that he is having major surgery and that he could very well die on that table.

        Clay is having a relationship with Sam who he is very in love with an wants to marry, they argue over when he will tell "her", I took this to mean he was already married and was leaving his wife for Sam (Jessica Alba) however we are soon shown that the "her" they are talking about is his mother and Sams boss.

        Clay is awaiting a new heart and shortly after he marries Sam his pager goes off and they rush to the hospital. His mother is also there and she and Sam come to some sort of peace as they wait for news of Clays progress.

        Clay is on the operating table and as the anaesthetic starts his body is paralysed yet we still hear him talking and thinking he is just waiting to go to sleep, when he finally realises he should be unconscious he is unable to move and is literally screaming for help but no one knows he is not under. And the operation begins, with Clay able to feel it all..

        I am not going to spoil anymore of the film than that as this really is a must see film. It was just great. Hayden Christensen played this in love, sick, millionaire business man perfectly and the terror in his voiceover when he was on the operating table was very believable.

        There are turns and twists that you dont expect and all the characters are portrayed wonderfully. The plot is wonderful and so much more than I was expecting after seeing the preview.

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      • Slither (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        01.03.2009 12:48
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        Great film to watch

        Ok I only added this to my rentals list as I am a fan of Nathan Fillion, but I also like horror films so this played a slight factor in wanting to watch the film.

        It is based in a small town and one night Grant is out and cheating on his wife in the forest when something crashes in front of him and he goes to investigate and he is attacked by something. When he returns home he is full of life and makes love to his younger wife Starla and heads to the shop to get 12 steaks?!

        Later that evening the thing in his chest causes him pain and protrudes out of his shirt and he is about to attack his wife when his love for her overcomes and he heads to the womans house that he was with the previous night and attacks her instead.

        The towns animals start to disappear and Grant acts odd and has a rash that spreads all over, but assures this wife it is nothing to worry about. She starts to suspect something and breaks into the cellar and finds dead animals and meat everywhere. She calls the police - Nathan Fillions character Bill, who happens to be in love with her and they arrive as Grant is attacking Starla and has turned into a squid looking creature.

        Grant escapes and they then manage to track him to a shed in the woods and find the missing woman who is now a really big balloon shaped thing which is really hungry and enters the funniest part of the film when the Mayor played by the witty Gregg Henry comments on watching a tv channel - not going to spoil it as I found it very funny!

        The woman then explodes and out slither thousands of worm creatures and they start to attack the police and try to enter their mouths. The people who were attacked then start to get up and walk around trying to attack the others. Thats all of the plot I am going to ruin for you.

        Not a particularly good horror film but was still slightly creepy and an amusing watch. Nathan Fillion and Gregg Henry I see as great actors so anything they are in I am going to be bias about but this film is worth a watch for a bit of light relief

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          01.03.2009 12:28
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          Great Mummy film that is as good as the others in the series

          I was a fan of the first two Mummy films so decided to add this one to my rentals list and watched it recently.

          It starts off in China with a powerful emperor who is power hungry and wants to conquer everything, including death so he sends his general and loyal friend to find a powerful witch who it is said is able to make people immortal. Upon the Emperor meeting the witch he decides that no man can touch her as she will be his, however general Mingh has already fallen in love with her and when the Emperor hears of this and once she has made him immortal he kills the general and stabs the witch. She places a curse on him and his army and turns them to stone.

          Fast forward 2000 years to the O'Connells and Rick is living a fairly boring normal life longing for adventure as is his wife who is now an author of books about Mummy adventures. Their son Alex is searching for the Emperors tomb and as he finds it his parents are heading to China with a stone that can awaken the Emperor.

          Needless to say the Emperor awakes and awakens his army to conquer the world. The O'Connells family including Ricks brother in law along with the witch and her daughter and three yeti are trying to defeat him.

          I really like the friction between father and son in this film, with the father jealous of the sons youth and energy and the son uneasy at being in his fathers shadow an trying desperately to make a name for himself. The brother in law Jonathan is still the funny and scarred of everything character. Superb special effects, good story and a triumphant return for the Mummy films

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            01.03.2009 12:07
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            Ideal place to cut back on and save some money

            Got some of these for some nibbles to put in a bowl when people are over as a pack of 12 cost me well under £1 and if buying say walkers it would have cost double that! Each pack is 18g and has 95calories, 6g fat, 0.7g saturates and 0.3g salt.

            They come packaged in the normal standard Tesco Value white with the blue stripe and each bag is the same and has the above nutritional information on the front of the packet.

            For the most important part - the taste and quality of the crisps. When I opened a pack I got the crispy smell and they are shaped the same as normal crisps but do look a little thinner /greasier. This however may be because I am so used to lites that I have not had a standard crisp for ages! They are very crunchy and as crisps should be and they taste salty which is what you want from ready salted crisps. They are not as nice as walkers but they are on a par with other stores own brand crisps and for me they are ideal for parties and get togethers when you just empty a packet into a bowl!

            For the price a nice packet of crisps

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          • Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (DVD) / DVD / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            01.03.2009 11:56
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            Not as good as the first film

            In my insomnia early this morning I was flicking through the movie channels and came across this film about 10 minutes into the start of film. I did watch the first one years ago and thought it was mildly scary with some jumpy parts so decided to watch this one. The sequel is also set in the middle of nowhere woods, with a group of people doing a reality show competing in a survivor style show for $100,000.

            As they are separated into pairs we see that they are being watched by someone in the woods and as one of the crew heads off alone we cut to the footage being taped in an RV and we see him getting his throat slit and getting dragged away.

            Bit gory to start with and it continues along this gorey, gruesome murder scenes as we soon discover it is a family working together hunting all those who enter the woods. We see a disfigured baby being born from one of the women and later we see an older man who explains that the paper mill down the road was deserted by everyone when it was discovered they were using harmful chemicals which were causing birth defects. He explained to the host of the show that one family stayed on and when they had children and their children had children they were effected from the substance. He then went on to try to kill the host as they were his family. So we get an explanation in this film as to why there are people living and hunting other people in the woods in this film, unlike the first film.

            There are some not for the squeamish scenes in this film but there were no jumpy parts just gore.

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            • Lost Boys: The Tribe (DVD) / DVD / 17 Readings / 17 Ratings
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              01.03.2009 11:34
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              Funny meant to be scary film

              I was born in the 80's and had older brothers and sisters so the films I watched as a child were not particularly suitable for my age group most of the time. The Lost Boys was one of those films that I watched and enjoyed, all of the rude parts went over my head as when I re watched it as an adult I could not remember any of the relationship between the woman and the older brother (for those of you who watched it!)

              Anyhow, seeing a Lost Boys 2 on my dvd rental site I thought I would add it on for nostalgia's sake. Decided to watch it last night. Straight away we see a bunch of possibly early 20's lads night surfing and soon discover when they in a very gruesome way kill another vampire that they are all vampires.

              Cut to a brother and sister moving to town and quickly getting invited to the surfer vampires beach party to discover the brother knows one of the vampires and happens to have a bad history with him. The sister and the head vampire - funnily enough played by another Sutherland lad!!! take a liking to one another and he gets her to drink some of his blood from a bottle, thus turning her into a half vampire.

              Here in the film is where Corey Fieldman - Frogg turns up as a vampire slayer/surfboard shaper. He tells the brother he must destroy the head vampire before his sister feeds/kills someone and then she will not turn into a full vampire. To do this he must get in with the tribe but not become a full vampire himself.

              Not going to spoil the rest of the film, but if you are looking for a funny /meant to be horror/ nostalgic film this one is definitely for you. I did enjoy it and found the bloody and gruesome parts not too gruesome and in a way it was a so bad it was good sort of film!

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              • toluna-group.com / Internet Site / 18 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                01.03.2009 11:03
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                Not a very good survey site, that I will close down if /when I receive enough points for a voucher

                I singed up to this site close to six months ago as a friend had mentioned that they were quite good.

                The website is an opinion and poll site, you earn points to save up and exchange for a discount code for some online shops or an e voucher for amazon, hmv, halfords, sanisburys or cd wow. All of which require 60000 points for a £10 voucher. You earn points by filling out surveys sent to you by email which can range from 120 points to 8000 in my experience and can last from 10 to 30 minutes. As well as earning 15 points a vote when you vote on points earning topic polls.

                In the first few months I had emails daily to invite me to do surveys on anything from mobile phone usage, shopping chewing gum, cars and many more. Looking back at my account history I have just over 35000 points which I have earned since joining.

                I received 500 points for joining and 300 points for filling out information and then a bonus 2000 points for filling out all personal information, I thought this was created to try to filter the surveys that are send to you to complete, I am fairly certain I was wrong in that assumption.

                In the first few months I clicked on pretty much every link to complete surveys, would spend a good five minutes answering some questions then get a message saying I did not qualify for the survey!! This happened about 9 times out of 10 so needless to say I have not bothered for a few months now as it irritated me so much but as I do not want to loose the half way to the £10 voucher I have gained I now occasionally click on the links I receive and in the last month I have not had one survey to complete and each time I have spent from 2 to 5 mins answering some questions to be told I do not qualify.

                Some people see this as a great site so I just wonder if I am really unfortunate in rarely getting to complete a survey, but even if I am I think I should get some points for spending a few minutes answering the first few questions!

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                  21.02.2009 01:38
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                  If you can resist temptation of them in the house, buy now when only £1 each!

                  Wow, Christmas is not long over I am still holding the excess weight and everywhere I look there are Easter Eggs and Easter cards and Easter chicks!!

                  Well today I finally gave in and decided to get some Easter Eggs in for all the kids in the family and put them up for Easter. I usually give books or Cds for Easter but lets face it I do not have the amount of money to be that generous with this year so I am going to just get eggs. So when I was doing some shopping in Tesco today and noticed all the £1.99 eggs half price at £1 I was pleased.

                  I have three little niece/nephews that I wanted to buy for and although they would probabally prefer a character egg I always think Cadburys is best. Even more for young ones the Buttons is always my first choice.

                  The packaging is still excessive and I would have liked to see Easter Eggs in less card this year but still the ones I got were 190g each and feature a small hole so you can see the egg and around the hole a chocolate egg with wings and legs and a chick with a chocolate egg head and some button shaped chocolate pieces around them. On the back is an egg head with different eyes, noses and lips so the kids can play with the box if an adult wants to spend ages cutting all the pieces out!

                  I presume from the size of the box and egg that there are either one or two bags of buttons above the egg.

                  For £1 this really is a good buy and you know with Cadburys you are getting a lovely Easter egg

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                  • qype.co.uk / Internet Site / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                    Great site to add to and read

                    A friend emailed me a link to this site last year with the promise of a free ipod! I had a quick look and thought it seemed like a lot of work for a 1gb ipod which would only cost around £30 to buy. Still whilst I was on the site I searched for some local places to me and noticed that apart from the main city centre there was not much for my local town centre so I decided to join and add a few reviews for some of my favourite places.

                    Before I knew it I had reached 250 points and received an email to tell me a pack was on its way! Well, at this point I was a bit hooked and quickly made my way to Ninja status and was told me ipod was on its way. Sure enough less than a month after joining I received a parcel with an ipod, usb stick, cup, frisbee, tshirt, sweets and mini bottle of cava.

                    I then emailed the site on to a few friends and family members who went on to join and complete the challenge for an ipod, unfortunately for them it was also the time Qype launched an amazing amazon voucher promotion and because the site got so busy and so many people joined to take advantage of this offer the three people who did join, although they completed the ninja status in November have only just received their goodies.

                    I however, got the goodies very quickly and also completed the amazon promotion and got the voucher through well in time for Christmas. I have emailed Qype a few times and had a response back fairly quickly so for me personally I have no complaints.

                    I also completed a virgin voucher challenge last month and am currently waiting for the voucher to arrive.

                    As for the site, I visit at least once a week and add any reviews for anywhere I have visited that I had not before (but to be honest with the NInja, amazon and virgin promotions I have pretty much ran out of places to review!). I also enjoy reading other reviews, I would like to say I read a load but I must admit I just look for local things and read those.

                    I got an email today about the site starting to change and improve so hopefully it will be even better soon!

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                      Great idea,

                      This is another game I was given for Christmas and I have used it every time I pick up my ds since.

                      I am not too sure how much it cost but I am guessing as it is quite a new game it was around the £25-30 mark.


                      Firstly you choose the orientation of the ds to suit left or right handed. You can either browse the bookshelf and choose a book to read from there, when you first use the game it takes you through a tutorial to learn how to choose books and read using your ds stylus. You can bookmark books so you return to that page another time.

                      A great feature is the quiz, it asks you a few questions and then offers a few books as suggestions that you may enjoy reading.

                      I am currently reading a book with around 4000 pages on the ds which sounds like an awful lot but obviously each page only has a small amount of a normal book page on.

                      One feature I have not yet tried is the download function, I am told you can download additional books using this.

                      I personally think this is a great idea for a ds game and it is one suitable for all the family

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