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    • Citroen C1 Vibe / Car / 16 Readings / 15 Ratings
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      31.12.2011 23:48
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      Citroen C1 a small with a big personality

      Since owning my first C1 in 2008, and now in 2010 I really like these cars hence why I have gone back to another one.
      I have the 5 door version and this version has a slightly bigger back seat, which is better for parents with children with car seat/s I have two in the back of mine, the only disadvantage is there are only two main seat belts on the back seat, this is because these are classed as two seats at the back.
      From a design view these look like pretty little space saving cars, and they do look very attractive - the reason I brought my first C1.
      Citroen are a very innovative company who think of lots of very clever gadgets and space saving ideas. The C1 is a basic car which is a good little runaround, with lots of little compartments for all of your accessory needs, with two cupholders, side pockets front and back, some space for cds, and the glove compartment, which comes without a lid, which can be purchase as an extra. If you do have children in the back of the car you have child locks on the back doors which will enable peace of mind to parents, also with the standard model, there are no electric windows, or winding window mecanisms, what you do have is a little handle that you can push out to allow air intake through the car. The windows at the front have a hand winder which is basic for a standard model, if you were to upgrade to the next model up, or the top of the range model you would get automatic window, air condition, and alarm key entry - which on the standard model is just entry with they key in the lock.
      The general space is good for smaller people with room to move in the front chassis of the car, the back is a lot more spacious without car seats. Economy wise, this a very economical car, fuel consumption averages 50 miles mpg, and on long runs you can expect over 60mpg. Tax for this car is £20 for a year, which I think is definately worth it. And insurance is very cheap, one of the lowest categories. The only space you compromise on is the boot, which is very compact, and would suit me fine if I did not need a pushchair in the back, and if you need a pushchair in the back you will need a smaller puschair, but even so once the pushchair is in the back, there is still room left over for a small shopping load. The main reason I went back to this car is the economy factor, and how cheap it is on upkeep. And when you want to trade it in these do not lose their value as much as some other cars.

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      • Epson SX130 / All in one Printer / 14 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        Epson SX130, small and compact

        I have always brought Epson all in one printers. And this is my latest acquisition. At the time I did not have extra money at the time of this purchase, so I went for a budget version scanner and printer all in one. This is a lightweight compact printer, which came complete with cartidges. The instructions were easy to understand and the installation disc was very simple, the installation was quick and it sailed through with ease. The scanner is simple and quick, and when you enter the printer preference box it is easy to understand and all functions understandable. For a small printer this does the job of a big printer with ease, and never struggles with any task you throw at it, and very quick. When it comes to cartridge changing, once you figure out where the ink cartridges go, the installation is very easy and require the least time possible. The ingenious idea of the location of the ink cartridges is a brilliant piece of thinking, and space saving. This is a worth while buy, whether on a budget or not.

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      • The Euro / Discussion / 19 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        31.08.2008 21:31
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        The Euro, change of currency, subject to scrutiny

        I am against the euro, I simply like the fact we are unique to other foreign countries with our own set of currency, we are british and we reside on a small island which is increasingly expanding, but I think we should stay the same. Ever since the talk of this I have always been worried about the effects this will have on us, I believe the problems we are having with the economy at the moment have been causing by the government and their reckless waste of taxpayers money, which would have been better spent elsewhere. I do not think we should join the euro for a start the prices of our everyday goods will go up in price, as the currency exchange rates are always changing and buisnesses will not be able to accurately calculate these rates and charge more for goods because of this.

        If we were to be a part of the european union we would be subject to scrutiny by the european parliment and their rules and regulations, we will be probably have to change our measurment sizing, the ingredients in products might have to change to conform to their standards, foods may also have to change, all this so we can be part of one big country.

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          06.07.2008 00:05
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          Princess Diana, long may she live on in our memories

          I remember from a young age who princess Diana was and I liked her, when I was about 11 or 12 she was visiting Northampton and I was one of the lucky ones who was there and I can remember this really tall lady who spoke with a really nice accent, she was a lovely woman who always had time for children especially the sick. As I got older I remember the news headlines when she was going to get a divorce and thinking about how her children would cope. Then in August 1997 I remember getting home from a friends at six in the morning and seeing Diana on the news, so I turned it up to find she had died in a car accident, I was so grieved and shocked by what had happened to such a nice lady. I followed the events up to the funeral, I watched from my TV screen with thousands of others as she was laid to rest. I think about what a lovely sincere lady we have lost, and there will never be anybody who could match her stature, she is sadly missed especially by her children, who have turned into brave young men. Long may she live in our memories and our hearts.

          I think we should remember her especially on the tenth anniversary which will soon be eleventh.

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          • Birthmarks / Discussion / 25 Readings / 24 Ratings
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            04.07.2008 00:26
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            Birthmarks, can be a problem, but there is no need to worry

            I can always remember when my youngest brother was born, he had a couple of birthmarks, the most noticable was on the back of his neck which started just below the hairline going into the hairline is was a bright red I just thought it would fade in time, when my youngest brother was about 7 the birthmark had settled and was a little lighter he had his hair cut really short and then one day shortly afterwards he came back home really upset and he told me the kids noticed the mark and were calling him names and being really nasty, I told him the birthmark was no that big and it made him better than the others because he was special and the next day I went to the school and told the teacher about the incident, the teacher then has a word with the children involved and explained what they were, and fortunately my brother and the kids became friends. He is a big strapping man now and the only thing I noyice about him is his sense of humour.

            When my first son was born all I looked for was that he was fine and well, then I had the nurses looking over him and telling me he had two birthmarks and worrying about them and it makes you feel uneasy, I can remember giving him his first bath and seeing a birthmark at the base of his hairline and one just above his buttox and thinking why did they try worrying me when he was fine and healthy, they have faded a little but I am careful not to cut his hair to short and his boxer shorts cover over the other one so I am not worried. My youngest son had the worst birthmarks when he was born, where he had been laying he has his hand clenched over his eye and he has a strawberry mark there, and he has another by his mouth which has now gone, but when my sons eyes are sore I still notice a slight red mark, he also has a birthmark over his knee area which was a different colour from the others, it is more duller, I have been told by the doctors that one is permanant. Everytime a different health professional sees my youngest son they point out the birthmark on his leg and make comments and I just tell them I am not worried about it, I just wish they would not keep drawing attenton to it.

            All in all unless they are really medically dangerous I do not see the point in the professionals pointing out little childrens faults unless they are serious, then they should it make it be know of the problem. I myself do not look at how a child looks, or disablility, it is the person inside them that counts.

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              21.01.2008 23:48
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              Are we spoiling our kids to make them feel happy in the pursuit of friendship

              In my personal opinion children today are more spoiled nowhere days. When my son comes home from school he wants this thing someone else has got at school or the other children have got. My son is always asking for toys he sees that are put out to attract kids, and adverts on T.V. It all adds up to peer pressure. Most of the time I say no and he obeys me, and sometimes I do let him have his own way, but only when he has been good. What I tend to do at the moment is every time he has been good or achieved something I reward him with a factual book.

              When I was younger we never had toys brought for us, if I ever got any pocket money it was only enough to buy a bag of sweets not like the money kids are given nowhere days.

              Unfortunately children of today have too much pocket money and parents who will buy on demand which is not teaching the children respect of values.

              Parents spend more money on their kids than on anything else. In a report in the newspaper a few months ago it was showing how much parents spend of their children up to the age of 18 and it runs into the thousands.

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                20.01.2008 10:21
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                Identity theft, can cause a lot of hassle

                In 2006 I received a letter from a credit card company in what was my maiden name, I opened it to find a bill for over £1,000 I proceeded to contact the company and get the mistake rectified. They told me I had changed my address details with them to the address I lived at and the date of birth was the same sa mine, I told them I had been at the address for over 3 years, they told me to pay the bill or got to court. I went to the police who took details from me, they said someone would get in touch, so I asked for an incident number which they gave me and I wrote a letter to the credit card company giving the police reference number - which the police told me to do, and also ingnore any letter from the credit card company. A few weeks later I received a call saying the fraud case has been resolved and I would not get any more letters from the credit card company, I asked who the offenders were and I wanted to press charges. The police told me the case was now closed, and the letters from the company stopped.

                I still to this day cannot think how these fraudsters found out my details or how they came to find out where I was living. I am always very careful to make sure people cannot obtain my details, especially now.

                Also a very important thing to remember is never give your personal details to anybody, never reply to e-mail supposed to be from companies asking to verify your bank details or password, or your account will be suspended. Any if you use ebay never reply to e-mail stating that you have bid on an item and not paid for it in which you have to respond to the e-mail and another one is an e-mail inviting you to become a power seller.

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                  19.01.2008 18:32
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                  Nut allergies are very unpleasent and life threatening

                  Since I was little I have always loved snickers bars. Then just over nine years ago I started getting gradual symptoms of something strange happening, every time I would eat a snickers bar at work I would start having a coughing fit, and had a really dry throat and a rash around my mouth and eyes, I just put this down to my asthma. A few weeks later when I was at work and again I had a snickers bar, but this time the symptoms were worse to the extent I had difficult breathing, my lips swelled up, and my eyes were puffy. My friends were so scared they called an ambulance out, the ambulance men put a face mask on me to try and lessen the effects, they noticed I had what looked like an anaphlatic reaction, so he gave me an injection of adrenaline in my thight and took me to hospital, within 10 minutes the swelling had started to die down and I could breath a bit easier. In the hospital they asked me what I had eaten and the symptoms. The doctor told me it was likely to be something I had eaten and they would run some tests, they kept me in hospital overnight to monitor my condition in cae it worsened, but I was ok. I had the prick tests on my arms, and the results showed raised levels towards nut, but they could not tell me which ones, and I was sent on my way with a prescription for 2 epipens.

                  Since that incident I have been so careful what I eat always checking the labels and making sure foods are safe for me to eat. Because my son has a severe milk allergy I shop in health food shops and the daily bread, they have a wide variety of free from foods. And I have managed to avoid having another reation.

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                    18.01.2008 17:21
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                    Divorce should try to be avoided unless necessary

                    When I was six my mum and dad were argueing, there was five of us children at the time and I was the eldest, then they started sleeping in seperate rooms then my mum was pregnant again I thought this might improve the situation but my mum my sister and me moved into the bigger bedroom. After my brother was born my mum suffered post natal depression which was so bad she disowned my little brother, my dad was out at work all the time and so I took on mummy duties for my brother (getting up in the night, feeding changing him, taking him out for walks) but the arguments were no better and a few years later and after enduring being neglected financially by my dad, having to live off vitually nothing, my mum moved in with my nan (not the right situation) but it had to suffice. Through all the court battles and all the bickering. My oldest brother stayed with my dad and the rest of us were with my mum at my nans. My dad somehow managed to keep the family house, and all my mum got was a small settlement, and my dad kept visiting rights to the kids, and because I was the oldest I had the choice what I wanted to do. My mum moved onto a council estate with us, and again my mum went into a severe depression, so I became the mummy, I got the kids ready for school, done the washing, cooking, cleaning and took my little brother on the bus to school with me, while the other kids went to another school after school I would collect the money from mums post office book, get mums prescriptions and get the shopping and butchers before coming back in a taxi. Then we moved from the hell hole I called home. We moved back to the town we lived in before we moved, and we continued to move from place to place, until I had my son and moved away. My mum and dad get on with each other for a lillt while until they have an argument, but my mum still lives on benefits for this that and the other.

                    From all this I know it is important for parents to get on and not to argue. It has taught me never to make the same mistakes as them. My husband and I hardily ever argue, and if we do it is about silly things, and we make up a few minutes later, we have a strong relationship.

                    And as for these huge payouts I would like to know who these people are - not mr and mrs average.

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                      21.08.2007 00:45
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                      A good idea, which could be good, but can have a side effect

                      This topic will raise many different answers.
                      A lot of people have their own opinions on this, but mine is if a child wants to learn, they learn and become better students, on the other hand if a child doesn't want to learn they don't learn and bunk off school or behave badly and fail academically and blam everyone but themselves and have problems getting a job because of it.

                      My point is this I like the idea of upping the school age by two years, but how can we as parents enforce this onto our children? at the end of the day it is up to that child to decide whether or not they want to go further and carry on at school I think this has to be left to the individuals to choose what would be best for them. It could cause the child to rebel and resent the parents for their desicion.

                      Another point I would like to make on the education side of thing is, carer prospects have change a lot over the last few years where as skilled trades were the most important to get a skilled job they could enjoy and get paid a decent wage were a must. Nowerdays english and maths are not top priority for a lot of students, all they interested in is getting it easy at school, and choosing the easier
                      subjects at school rather than choosing the harder
                      ones, and then trying to get straight into a higher position rather than progressing through the ranks (like I did) My little brother is a total computer boffin and starting building computers and systems from about 13 years old. He then left school with A's and B's grades and immediately wanted to get a job and become a manager straight away I said to him then he would have to start on the bottom of the ladder and work his way up, but he though he knew better than me, every job he has had he has left because he does not like being in a miniscule position. He has now just completed his first year as a senior at university, and got his A and B grades, and has got two more years to go, and he has just realised he has to take on a miniscule position to get himself an income whilst studying.

                      We now live in an age of modern technology, where computers are the big thing at the moment and a lot of school leavers want higher wages for doing an easier, less manual job, which means there is more need for office workers, and people who are computer literate.
                      This in turn means there is a call for more skilled manual workers with no positions been taken because of the trend for easier higher paid jobs.
                      Workshops are no longer in use, and computer classes are being used frequently. I say bring back these classes, get the children interested in going to these classes, and watch the enjoyment from some of there faces.

                      So my summary is, the upper school age should not be compulsory, but voluntary if the child wants to carry on their education, fine let them, but don't force
                      them, if they don't want to do force them, and support their decision in the best way you can.

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                        04.07.2007 11:39
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                        Sports are very important for all - especially children...............

                        When I was at school PE - physical education was a big part of schools national curriculm, and the school was focused on sport. Every year we would have sports days, and the children were split into different team and we would compete against the other team and at the end points were added up, and the team with the most points was the winner. We also walked up to the swimming baths before we did our swimming, and when I moved up to secondary school the curriculm also included physical education and we did all sorts of sport including rounders and cross country - which was complusory - and never did us any harm and also made us fitter, and there was hardily any obese kids about then.

                        Nowerdays for a lot of kids they don' t see any sort of physical excercise. P E seems to be less important nowerday, luckily in my sons school they have PE and they not only use all the school gym equipment they do dance and games on the field. The thing I agree with is the fact that children who participate in sports day are told that is does not matter if they win its ok to be second, third or fourth. A lot of the problem today is physical education has taken a back burner in most schools as they cannot be bothered to make the children do these activitys which I think is a shame. Another big problem is tv's and computer games rather than children getting out and participating in sport they would rather stay at home for hours on end watching tv or playing these games. One important issue is with all these evil people about today parents do not want their children playing away from the house in fear of them being snatched or even worst killed by some crazed person all this causes children to be isolated from society which is a contributory factor in obesity.

                        My oldest son would rather be playing outside the house than in it, he would rather play basketball, football, or go running around the garden than be stuck in the house, I will not let him go any further than down the close where I can see him. At the weekends my husband and I take the children out for walks and little treks and they love it, I think it is important for them to know the importance of the outdoors.

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                        • David Beckham / Discussion / 27 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                          03.07.2007 00:03
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                          David beckham, world class player, great dad

                          David beckhams talent was noticed at an early aged and was signed up to play for manchester united's youth team. David beckham grew up in London, but had to stay in manchester in a boarding house to be nearer to the grounds, he was a dedicated player who devoted his time to football. His parents were ordinary people who worked for a living.

                          I remember the first time I watched david beckham playing for manchester united - no I was not a fan I was just interested in the other team, I watched this young talented player playing and I thought to myself he is going to be a player of the future.

                          When I knew he was going to be in the england team I was interested in seeing if his talents would progress to playing for his country, and boy I was not dissapointed, what a superb player he is just a master when it comes to football, he has his off days, but dont we all.

                          Yes, he did marry someone who was from a different class from him, victoria beckham's father was a banker but even so between them they have brought three beautiful boys into the world who will never want for anything, and their futures are assured. Yes they have used their fame, but they have used it wisely. The only problem I see with the fame side of it, is the constant media attention they get and I think it is wrong of the press to keep following their kids about they should be left alone and allowed to enjoy their childhood. David beckham deserves to be called a world class player because that is what he no matter what club he plays for he always gets results and I am glad to see him playing for england once again, steve mc claren knew he dropped a spanner and he has had to rectify his mistake.

                          All together david beckham is an all round family man who loves his kids, and a world class player worthy of wearing the england jersey.

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                            13.06.2007 00:48
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                            The Balloon festival, lots of family fun

                            When I lived in the town of Northampton I lived a couple of streets away from the racecourse where the balloon festival was held, a few days before it started the balloonists would test the balloons over the skys of Northampton and all the family would sit outside the front door watching the balloons going overhead it was spectacular, and you felt as if the balloons were really close to you.

                            When the balloon festival started my brothers and me would walk down to the racecourse early in the morning and watch the balloonists firering the balloons testing them and al the balloonists would all be in the arena firering up, it was great. They have a radio station, which me and my brothers would hang around next to for a while. We then went to look at all the different stalls to see what freebies we could get and then go home for dinner before setting off late afternoon for some more action and fun. We would watch the acts doing their bit in one of the arenas, and then moving on to where the balloons would be getting ready for their evening launch and we always hoped the weather conditions would be right for the balloons to take off so we could watch all these balloons take to the sky's.

                            We watched and visited for many years, and when I was old enough I finally got to go in the beer tents - but not to get drunk just to have the odd drink, I still enjoy it now. The last time I went was 3 years ago my oldest son nearly got lost through the crowds of people and it really worried me and my partner and decided to leave it till he got a bit older. We are planning making a day of it this year and are looking forward to it with great anticipation.

                            The balloon festival is a great family event and is well worth a visit, what I would say is make sure you have the younger children properly harnessed as it is very easy for them to get lost through the crowds.

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                              Colgate smiles, minty fresh clean

                              I wanted to try some new toothpaste for my baby, so I looked at all the different ranges of toothpastes, and decided to try this one. I brought the first one which is 0-2 years old. My baby just started showing signs of teething, so I thought I would start him early so he could get used to the taste. The minute I pu it on his gums he loved it and was giving it a good taste.

                              The good thing about this toothpaste is it is very mild and gentle and does not foam up as much as normal toothpastes, and leaves a nice plesent taste in the mouth and not in any way bitter, so you don't have to worry if they swallow it as it wont do them any harm.

                              The toothpaste costs around £2.00 in the shops, it has a lovely minty soft taste and it does not foam up as much as normal toothpastes.

                              I would recommend this to all the mums out there.................

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                            • Vegetarianism / Discussion / 34 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                              Vegetarianism, can be important for health reasons

                              My eldest son has always been fussy about what he eats, and only eats chicken and fish and certain vegetables and lots of fruit. When he was a baby he would only eat chicken and turkey dishes, and as he got older went onto fish fingers and lots of chicken. When my son was three he saw an animal get killed on tv, and he always said he would not eat any meat and even now my son will say " I 'm not eating that, I dont like animals being killed" and that is from a seven year old. My son also has a severe milk allergy so he has to be careful what he eats, so when I find a food that is suitable I stick to what I know. When buying food I look at the packet, and usually if if says suitable for vegans I know it is safe, and with vegetarian foods I have to look at the packet for milk products and proteins, and if its safe I buy it.

                              I myself like all meats, white and red, but I tend to stick mostly to chicken and fish. When I discovered The Daily Bread for my son's food I wanted some cook in sauce for chicken. I found some really good chicken in mushroom white wine sauce, and it was totally milk, gluten free so was suitable for my son, and he loves the chicken and sauce. I now go into to daily bread every week to stock up on things I need.

                              There is a large variety of foods available for vegetarians and vegans nowerdays, you can buy curries, casseroles, lentils, vegetables, chick peas, red kidney beans, you name it you can buy it and it does not stop there, there are also lots of fast food stuffs you can buy from th local supermarket. I have just discovered some vegetarian frankfurters and they taste very realistic and my son loves them. My baby son is on a milk free formula and is now in weaning mode, just for test purposes I tried him on some normal mince the other week and he just would not eat it, I tried him on some cottage pie in a jar and again he would not eat it and so I no longer try, but give him anything with chicken, and he just eats the lot, and he loves his vegetable dishes and eats them till they come out of his ears, so he is a total veggie fiend.

                              I don't eat a lot of dairy products myself as I have eczma, and my skin is better for it, I also have problems with anemia, so I have iron tablets to keep it under control, I also take cod liver oil capsules.

                              To keep my son's vitamin deficiencies up he has cod liver oil, minadex, and calcium tablets. And my baby is having multivitamins, and in a few weeks cod liver oil in his food.

                              I don't claim to be a total vegetarian myself, I do love the vegetarian ranges of products, but with my eldest son I am happy for him just to have chicken and fish for as long as he wants to, I would not force him to eat something he would not eat, and my baby it is the same and he is growing well, and putting on weight as well as looking really healthy.

                              It is a lifestly choice and in some cases also for health reasons and is not to everyones preferences.

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