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One day whilst walking through the Gatwick Airport train station I noticed a small golden coffee bar near to the ticket desks, drawn by the nice smells of coffee amongst other things I asked for a large latte (I later learned that they only do one size which is fairly large anyway). I paid £1.50, slightly cheaper than my usual caffine hit at redhill station each morning which is £1.60. I was surprised when the girl behind the counter asked if I wanted chocolate, Cinnamon or nutmeg on top, I've never usually had anything on top of a latte, to be given 3 choices was quite exciting! Well kinda, I was boring and went for chocolate. The drink itself was no different to any other latte that I had tasted, although the chocolate was a nice change. Over the next few weeks I grew to love the little bar, I have since tried all toppings deciding that nutmeg is best :o) They have an extensive menu for such a little place, and all at priced 10 or 20p cheaper than other places, and let me tell you now, their shakes are to die for! Hazelnut or chocolate especially and again, only £1.50 (well, that may sound expensive, but wait till you taste one, they're worth every penny!). There is also a nice selection of buscuits, cake, pretzels (the heeauge bread ones, not the crispy things) and other snacks and the staff are always friendly and know exactly what they are doing. Ooh, another novelty that I forgot to mention, fresh orange juice, squeezed while you wait....it doesn't come any fresher than that! All in all, I realise that most of the time if you want a cup of coffee, you're stuck with whatever outlets are available...but if you have the choice...go to AMT Espresso!!
(Sorry about the title...I had a mind blank!). I started playing darts about a month ago. I was on holiday with my parents and friends, bored out of my mind in a crappy pub on the south coast. My parents and their friends were talking about the old days when the suggestion of darts popped up. They jumped up...assembled their darts and started hurling the sharp pointed arrows at the unsuspecting dart board. I must admit I was a little curious about how they were actually getting the scored they were getting because as far as I could see they were awarding them selves 45 for hitting a 15 (of courrse later I learned that the small bands are double and trebles). They persuaded me to have a go. After practising how to actually hit the board I actually started to enjoy the game and very quickly picked up the rules. You can play singles or doubles, and the first team to reduce their score to nothing wins. Each team (or individual) starts off with either 301, 401 or 501 (I guess you could go higher or lower than this depending on how long you want the game to last.) A dart board is numbered round the edge from 1 to 20 and is divided like a piece of cake (or pizza if you prefer). There are 2 colored bands al the way round the board going through all 20 sections. These are the double and treble sections. If you get the dart in one of these sections you get double or treble the points for that section. A bullseye is worth 50 and outer bull is 25. Each player gets 3 darts and takes it in turns to throw them, after each go the points are added up and deducted from that player or team's score. This may seem all pretty straight forward, and it is, until you have to finish the game. The most common rule is that you have to end with a double, so for example, you have 2 points remaining, if you hit a single 2, nothing is deducted, you must hit a double 1. (Double 1 is notoriously hard to get and is often referred to as 'madhouse'). Now
I've bored you to death I'll tell you what I really think of the game. It is very easy to pick up and you have to be relaxed to play, one of my parents friends was a newcomer as well, he started off having trouble hitting the board, 3 pints or bitter later he was playing like a pro...so alcohol does actually help!! Its not an expensive hobby (apart from maybe the alcohol after a while), the dart board can be provided by your local and a good set of darts can be picked up for a tenner. Its not really competetive, just a good laugh. You've seen the board there in the corner of the pub, give it a go!
This is the fourth pub in a series opinions telling of my short pub crawl around 5 Brighton pubs / bars. If you wish to read the whole series please read my opinion on the Font and Firkin first. ************************************ After leaving the Cricketers we found the Druids head. Myself and Tom remembered the pub from a Leisure and Tourism class visit to Brighton, we had gone on a tour and the guide mentioned that it was haunted. The bar staff were very friendly, they told us about the how the pub is supposed to be haunted and about the underground tunnels heading off to different places. I ordered a JD and coke, they asked me if I would prefer a southern comfort and coke instead, a double. I told them I couldn't afford doubles and they agreed only to charge me the price of a single...bonus :o) I don't remember much of the pub inside as we sat outside. We had to transfer out drinks into plastic glasses to sit outside, a little annoying, but a good idea I suppose. The chairs and tables outside were a little wobbly, but were comfortable. There were large flower containers. The average age was definitely younger than the previous pub. A group of guys came round the corner cheering and holding up a trophy, my mate, always the drunken companion to any random drunk cheered with them and said "they won a trophy!", they replied... "no...we found one!". They went into the druids head and it became noisy. Still a pleasant pub, drunks or no drunks. Prices: Southern comfort & coke (reduced double) £2.10 The weather turned colder and we decided to find somewhere where we could sit inside, we went off to Smugglers. Please rate this opinion and move on to my opinion on the smugglers :o)
This is the fifth pub in a series opinions telling of my short pub crawl around 5 Brighton pubs / bars. If you wish to read the whole series please read my opinion on the Font and Firkin first. ******************************************** The Smugglers had been recommended to us by the barstaff at The Druids Head. I think that it was also one of the places it’s underground passages lead to. The pub was very big, and the bar was huge. The barman was friendly but not very chatty. Although this would have been difficult with the loud club style music they were playing, there were even ‘disco’ lights around, the only thing that it lacked as a club was anyone dancing and an actual dance floor. This was all in the space in front of the bar, I would imagine if anyone did dance it would pretty much ruin anyone’s chances of getting to the bar. The pub was very dark and with the loud music, the atmosphere wasn’t very relaxing, the tables were high and the stools were limited in numbers and uncomfortable, there were some normal tables and chairs but there were mostly occupied. At the back of the pub up a few steps is a small Chinese restaurant, if you’re having a night out, going from the pub to a restaurant this place is ideal. Downstairs there were 6 pool tables, a billiards table ....and a bouncer keeping an eye on things. The pub is decorated with all sorts of nautical items, a large boat was fixed to the wall along with ropes and things. We were tickled by a mirror on the wall saying “look no cracks!”, other than that, the atmosphere is a bit crap if you are just looking to have a quiet drink. The drinks were quite cheap though; £2.10 for a JD & coke. It could be a nice pub but the atmosphere (in my view) is ruined by the music, the pool hall and the Chinese restaurant.
This is the third pub in a series opinions telling of my short pub crawl around 5 Brighton pubs / bars. If you wish to read the whole series please read my opinion on the Font and Firkin first. ***************************************** After leaving O'Neils we found the Cricketers. The pub looks very small when you enter, but apparently there is an upstairs and more room out the back, but we never ventures that far and sat down on some large chairs in the window. (Although these chairs looked comfortable and relaxing, they made you sit bolt upright). There was modern music quietly in the background, I was al little disappointed when Hear Say and S Club 7 were played, it spoiled an otherwise pleasant pub but I guess you cant have everything! The average age in the pub was definitely older than the others we had been to and it was very traditionally decorated but it was a nice pub. The bar staff were quite friendly, some more than others. My mate bought a cigar and asked if they had a lighter, the barmaid said you’ll have to buy a box of matches, on hearing this the other barmaid came over and handed him her lighter. There was a better selection of bitter in this pub, charlotte ordered a tap water (she was driving) and they added ice, lime and straws which is a lot more than most pubs would bother with. Prices: Pint of Best £2.35 JD & coke £2.40 There was a fruit machine in the corner, but as I mentioned earlier there was a lot more to the pub that we didn't see so there was probably more there. After leaving the Cricketers we went to the Druids Head. Please rate this opinion and go to my Druids Head opinion :o)
This is the second pub in a series opinions telling of my short pub crawl around 5 Brighton pubs / bars. If you wish to read the whole series please read my opinion on the Font and Firkin first. ******************************************** After leaving the Font and Firkin we saw O'Neils. It was playing loud Ricky Martin when we entered and all of the time we were in there the music was either Modern Spanish, 70's Spanish (La Bamba etc.) or Irish music. It sounds like a strange selection but they went well together. This pub is quite large, with the bar spanning 2/3 of the pub. There are various classic Guinness ads decorating the walls. The ceilings were very high and very decorated indicating that it was once one posh house. The general atmosphere was good and I would imagine the perfect venue for a group of drunken Irishmen, or a group of any drunken race for that matter. They didn't have any bitter on (apparently) so my mate had to get a Guinness (I'm not sure how this is any different, but according to him is does). Prices: Guinness extra cold (pint) £2.55 JD & coke £2.45. The tables seemed to be mostly square, I'm not sure that this matters, but you can only fit so many people round a square table. The barman wasn't as friendly as you might have expected, he seemed to be trying to rush us to order our drinks even though there was hardly anyone in there. Games in the pub were limited, just a who wants to be a millionaire quiz machine (I don't remember there being an upstairs). We drank up and headed off to the next pub, The Cricketers. Please rate this opinion and move on the Cricketers opinion :o)
This is the first pub in a series of my opinions telling of a short pub crawl around 5 Brighton pubs / bars. *************************************** On the 18th of June myself and my friends Tom and Charlotte decided to celebrate the end (or near end) or out college years (well that was the excuse...we were really just bored). After a discussion with suggestions of paintballing, gokarting, laser quest etc. Charlotte came up with the idea of Brighton. We agreed this was a good idea and set off to Brighton, arriving 25 minutes later. We went on the pier on a couple of rides and had some chips, then hit the pubs. The first pub we went in was called the Font and Firkin. We decided to go in here because firkin pubs are familiar and are generally pretty good. Once inside we realised that it is actually a converted church with real pews, hymn number boards and other religious oddities around the pub. Not to mention the stained glass windows. This may sound a little dodgy, but it was quite tastefully done and as far as my understanding of religion goes, non offensive either. (Well maybe the 'Hymns and Hers' on the toilet doors would be heading that way, but I thought it was clever anyway!) The pub itself is circular with the bar just offset in the centre. There is also an upstairs with a view of the bar and the stage above the bar which apparently hosts live bands on some nights. The pub is very large and although was quite empty at 7:30 on a Monday evening I would think that it comes alive at weekends or later in the evening, especially with live bands. The staff (well the one we spoke to) were very friendly and was only too happy to answer our queries about where the best pubs are. Prices: JD & coke £2.30, Bitter (can't remember the name, but apparently not a good selection) £2.40 ish. In the pub there is table football, a couple of fruit machines and a quiz machine, though as
far as I could see, no pool table (we didn't venture upstairs). The pubs had a nice atmosphere and as I mentioned earlier would probably come alive later in the evenings. After this we moved on O' Neil’s. Please rate this opinion and go to the O’Neils section :o)
I went out with the people from my new job last night. We went to the ASK restaurant in Brighton and then on to The Zap Club. Its the first time I've been clubbing in Brighton and I can tell you it wont be the last! The local club where I live is a rip off, I was expecting a club on Brighton seafront to be even worse, but I ended up not spending a penny! (This was on a Thursday night, someone told me it was a student special night...so don't blame me f you don't get the same deal!). We got to the door, entry was free and they gave us 2 vouchers each to get a barcardi and mixer (not my ideal choice of drink, but you don't say no to a free drink!). There was people walking round giving out more vouchers, if you play your cards right you can have a steady stream of drinks all night!. There was a table in the corner with free food, just small Thai nibbles but free none the less (we had already eaten...we wish we had gone there first!) The club itself isn't the nicest place I've been to, but it serves its purpose. Being in the arches on the sea front its all long and winding corridors to find anything, it took me 5 minutes to find the toilets. The floor and walls we brick and concrete...painted in odd places. But when you've had a few and it fills up you don't really notice. The music is very bassy and 'underground'. There were a few chart songs from the mid 90's and earlier ranging from "I wanna jazz it up" to Michael Jackson's Bad. There are 2 different dance rooms playing slightly different music. The first one which you see as soon as you walk in was more break beat with people jumping around like nutters. If you climb the stairs and go through a door you come to the other dance floor, a lot smaller but the music was slightly better (in my view anyway). There was a good mix of people in the club, young and old (well...middle aged). There were some gays there, but again it
was mixed, everyone was having a great time! There are a lot of drugs around, the stoners were blatant. One woman was trying to grab something in the air that wasn't there and was caressing the wall but everyone was just there to have a good time and everyone was! :o) The Zap is a club with a really great atmosphere. It wasn't that busy when we were there (it was a Thursday). Apparently at the weekends its packed. If your ever in Brighton on a Thursday night, I recommend The Zap!!
I went out with a group of friends for a friends birthday. We went to a couple of pubs then on to an Indian restaurant. We were sitting eating our meals and I needed another drink. I had been on JD and coke and aftershocks all night so I went for something less sweet and ordered a cobra beer. I don't usually drink beer, but I thought it would be quite refreshing with a curry, especially as the curry would probably drown out the flavour of the beer anyway. When I got the beer I was surprised to see the size of the bottle. 660 ml (2 coke-sized cans). This meant that you didn't have to keep reordering refills, a minor luxury, but still a luxury! :o) When I tasted it I was pleasantly surprised. It was very smooth, not very gassy at all and had a very light taste to it. I'm not a beer drinker, but I will drink it if there is nothing else, though I don't enjoy beer that much, I did enjoy this one. You may remember the adverts: "The beer from Bangalore that lets you eat more....curry". I can tell you that its true! I finished my curry and tons or rice with ease! (Well the statement isn't true, the company had to withdraw it because the beer is actually brewed in the UK and was invented by an Indian Cambridge law graduate in 1989!). The beer is perfect to help wash down a curry, and to cool down your mouth if you're the adventurous type!
The first thing you will notice about JD wetherspoons from the outsite is that they are all identical. The blue and gold sign, the wood panneling, everything. Not that it is an unpleasent look, it certainly looks old fashioned and not bold and ugly like other modern chain pubs can be. Once you get inside however it is a different story. I have been in 3 different wetherspoons and they are all unique inside. the sun in Redhill is decoraed with...you guessed it, suns. The decor is pleasent and again, not modern and garish. The seating, again varies from pub to pub, in the sun if you are lucky enough to grab one of the side alcoves its very comfortable, but a lot of the other seating the bottoms of the chairs have been stretched and you end up with your a*se touching the floor. The seating in the other 2 places I have been to (the Hatters in Bognor Regis and the Jubilee Oak in Crawley) has been fine. Their website boasts that their loos are brilliantly decorated and have won awards. I'm guessing that this is only in a select few pubs because the blokes loos that I have been in have been nothing special. The ones in the sun can become quite disgusting on a Saturday evening. The drinks are very reasonably priced. If you are a hard up student like myself the specials that they have on nearly every day are a god send. With offers like 99p for a bottle of smirnoff ice, reef, fosters etc etc you can get abseloutly mashed on a tenner! The offers can vary from week to week bt they are the same across the chain so wherever you go you can always depend upon there being a good deal. The food isn't too bad, though it varies depending on when you order it and who is working there. The food is also very reasonably priced and again, look out for the deals. You can often get 2 meals for a fiver (a saving of around £2). I personally recommend the duck wrap, the chicken wrap isn't bad though its a little dry, steer clear or the
caeser wrap unless you are a rabbit. Oh, the onion rings and chips are lush! The menus are all identical, ideal if you know what you want...but it you fancy a change in a different pub it gets difficult! I have ordered in the sun before, a drink and a meal...they didn't have either, this was on a Monday afternoon. I would suspect the earlier you go in, the better chances you have of getting what you want. All in all wetherspoons pubs are great for a cheap meal or a cheap night out in a nice atmosphere and NO MUSIC!! :o)
Having lived in Redhill for most of my life you'd think that I'd be fed up with it by now, but I'm not. There is a good mixture of shops, pubs and restaurants and the gereral atmosphere is good. There are a few downsides to the town. There are lots of card shops for some reason! There are 3 Clintons shops along with a new card shop just opened in the Belfry Centre, there are far too many! Charity shops are plentiful too, there are about 4 now. The other problem is the lack of anything to do except drink or club in the evenings. There is a theatre / cinema but the choice of films is limited. There is nothing like a bowling alley or normal cinema, for these you have to travel into Crawley or there is a small cinema in Reigate. However for the over 18s the nightlife is good. There are 4 pubs in the town centre and more within walking distance, there is a club called 'The British Embassy Rock Bar". Locally known as just "The Embassy" or "M'airs" (after its previous name...the Millionaires). (It doesn't play rock). The club isn't bad, the drinks are a little pricey after 10:30, but its OK for a night out if you're drunk, if you're driving its not much fun. (For free tickets go here: http://www.kingfisherleisure.plc.uk/berb/berbtickets.html , I haven't actually tried using these yet but its the official website so they should be ok). The cheapest pub in the centre is the Sun (I've written an opinion on this if you want to know more). But the Abbot or the Firkin are the places to go if you like loud music (the later tending to be more rock). There is a snooker / pool club in the town too but this is members only and since I don't know how to play snooker I've never bothered joining. Around the town you generally feel quite safe. The one thing you should be careful of is if you want to get a taxi after the club has closed, there are often fights by the
taxi rank, its best to leave 30 minutes before closing if you want to get a taxi. The restaurants around the town are slightly limited, but they aren't too bad.There is a nice Itallian restaurant called Mama Mia and an oriental restaurant in the high street. There is also an Indian restaurtant just outside the centre well within walking distance. Other than there restaurants there are a number of cafes and snack bars, 2 fast food restaurants and a couple of take aways (don't buy anything from the kebab van or fish and chip van that park in the car park behind the Abbot unless you want to spend the next couple of days in bed or on the loo). The mixture of shops isn't too bad, although there isn't much in the way or designer fashion apart from the overpriced nicked stuff in StreetTalk. The clothes shops are generally chain stores such as Mark One, Bon Marche, Etam, Marks and Spencer. There is a nice park in the town with tennis courts and a childerens playground, his is very well kept and pleasent. Don't be put off by the local dossers, they're harmless! Transport links are good, there is a train station and bus station in the town as well as 3 taxi ranks. The town centre is pedestrianised but parking around the town gnerally isn't too hard to find. Your best bet is the Belfry Centre, 40p for 3 hours. There are 3 supermarkets in the town, the largest being Sainsburys. There is a Marks and Spencer in the Belfry centre selling food and clothes (I work in the food section...say Hi! :o) ) and Lidl, the cheapy dodgy german supermarket. All in all Redhill is a good place for a small shopping trip but be prepared to go elsewhere when you can't find what you want. Evenings out are OK, but don't expect too much from the Embassy...its not the best club in the world! Come to Redhill! :o)
Although I live in Redhill, I usually go to the UGC cinema in Crawly becuase of the large choice of films it has at one time. I'm not sure exactly how many it has, but its a heck of a lot! This also means that if you are late for a film you anted to see, there will be another one starting again within about half an hour. There are hundereds of parking spaces and although this sometimes means a small trek from the other side of the car park, it saves searching through the town for space. Within the leisure park there is a bowling alley, the cinema, a leisure centre, a couple of restaurants and a club but still there are always parking spaces. (This also means that if you change your mind about the cinema, you can just go and do something else!"). When you first go through the cinema doors you are confronted by the queue to the box office. This often stretches most of the way across the foyer. Every time I have been to this cinema there has been a huge queue. They have lots of tills, but the only seem to ever open 2 or 3 of them and with the queue blocking the foyer I think its a bit badly thought out. The tickets are slightly more pricey than you would uaually pay, they are £6 for adults and £4 for students (I think...I always forget my college card!). Once you've bought your tickets you see the snack shops. These offer a wide range of drinks, sweets, popcorn and even pick and mix but again, these are badly designed with the queue going right the way through the shop. Once in the once you get into your seats they are very comfortable, some screens differ to others, but af the ones I have been in they are fixed seats with plenty of leg room, if someone wants to walk past its just a matter of moving your legs back, There is nothing more annoying that having to stand up and almost sit on top of the chair row to let people past. There are also drinks holders in the seats, hands for keeping your snacks close at ha
nd, no more fumbling around in the dark and wondering if the drink you've grabbed is actually yours at all! The UGC cinema is perfect for a good night out. ===========UPDATE=========== Well within the last 4 months this cinama has really gone down hill. I recently bought the unlimited card (£9.99 p/m for unlimited films) so I go quite often now. Still the same problem with the large queues but the screens are constantly filthy. Although tye clear up excess cups and pop corn the floors are always sticky, quite often the seats are too (if not soaking wet) the pads on the arm rests are missing off 50% of the seats. There are always pikey teenagers in films making noise and generally being obnoxious, somthing easily cured by imply putting members of staff in the screen now and again. I'm not even exagerating, probably 5 of the last 10 films I've seen have been spoiled by little c**ts. The toilets are pretty grim too. The newly refurbished bar is ok with reasonable prices (unlike the ever sky-rocketing prices in the snack shop). Sorry UGC, you've lost 2 stars, you need to turn it around quickly.
I found open whilst at college looking through various search engines for government websites. I study GNVQ Leisure and Tourism so I need to find lots of information on government policies and departments. Open.gov.uk lists them! As soon as you go to the site you are greeted by the "Organisational Index". All you have to do is click on a letter and it will give you a big list of all of the government websites beginning with that corresponding letter. The websites include local councils, police forces, educational boards, helth and safety authorities and all sorts of other government and public sector websites. You can browse through the sites by topics too. This is very useful if you don't know the actual name of the department you are looking for or if there may be more than one area of interest. This is devided into categories such as arts, immigration, media and transport etc. Clicking on one of there links brings up a sub-categorised list of websites. There is also a handy search facility. Although this often brings up a lot or repeat articles you can usually find what you want. For example on typing is "Health and safety" the very first search page brings up the Health and safety executive website and a health and safety contact page. The site is very fast and user friendly and has certainly improved since I first found it about a year ago. If you need to find a government website or information on government policies or public sector services, this is the perfect place to start! p.s. I apologise for the cheesy opinion title! ;o)
WARNING!! This opinion gives away a lot about the film!! If you haven't seen it yet, don't read the whole thing, but I wish to tell you...you wont be dissapointed with this film!! =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= I didn't really know much about Coyote ugly when I rented it with a friend, we were kind of expecting it to be a bit of a girlie film, the truth is, it isn't. It is a great movie for either gender. The acting is brilliant from every cast member, especially the Coyotes themselves the brilliant acting is also backed up by a superb sound track and first class dancing. The storyline may seem a little boring here but let me assure you, the film isn't! It gets a little predictable but its great for a quiet night in. It is the story about a young woman named Violet. She moves out of a small town in New Jersy into New York leaving her friends and father beind to persue her dream of becoming a songwriter, or as she puts it "to see someone famour perform my songs". Although she is a great singer she doesn't like performing on stage, she gets stage fright. After visiting lots of record companies and sending out lots of tapes she has no success and so decides to get a job in a bar. She goes to Coyote Ugly and meets the owner Lil who after looking her over gives her an 'interview' on the spot. Violet's name is changed to Jersy and she starts that night. Things do not start off too well, buy Lil gives her another chance after a few slip ups she becomes a full-blown Coyote.the crowd. Coyotes are the bar maids at Coyote Ugly, they dance on the bar, spray the croud with water and must "always appear to be available, but never be available". Jersy saves the bar when a fight breaks out and the other girls are pulled into the crowd. She starting singing to "one way or another" on the jukebox and the figh soon stops with everyone listen
ing to her great singing. Violet continues to persue her songwriting career with the help of her new boyfriend, Kevin. He encourages her to overcome her stage fright and finds her gigs. He trades his pride and joy, a rare comic book to get her a slot at a top music bar, but she cannot get off work. Kevin gets mad and visits her at work. He punches a guy making (or trying to make) advances on violet, he starts a fight and is thrown out. Violet looses her job for breaking the rule...."never bring your boyfriends into the bar". Things look bad for her when her father is hit by a car and is hospitalised, she says she is giving up her quest but her father persuades her otherwise. She get a job at a quieter bar and finds herself a big gig. She overcomes her stagefright and performs her song 'Can't fight the moonlight'. In the closing scene we see Violet in Coyote Ugly, in the crowd with Kevin watching LeAnn Rimes on the bar performing her song. Go see it now!!
(Updated as requested :o) ) Now before I start I'd better tell you that I am a conservative supporter and I hate Tony Blair. Not before you Labour supporters scroll down to the 'not useful' button hear me out! I found this website today, I actually typed in tory.com and conservatives.com popped up...its all good. I was very impressed by the website, the conservatives having an ever increasing old fashioned and "out of touch" image certainly fight back with their website. It looks far more professional and modern than that offered by Labour and is very easy to navigate. The news section gives you all of the recent news aboutr the party, whats going on campaigns launched. Unfortunatley, this is used partly to take cheap stabs at other parties, but there is normal news there too! The speeches section offers...you guessed it...speeches. Its a list of who read the speeches, when and what about. Theres loads of them and I would think if you are studying politics at college or university this section cxould come in quite handy. The campaigns section gives details of....the campaings (see a pattern forming? ;o) ). This includes the campaigns in general and what has been done to promote these campaigns. My favorite 2 are that 'students are worse off under Labour' and 'keep the pound'. Again, dissin' all around. The conferences section gives details of recent conferences, along with the topics of discussion, news and speeches at that conference. This also could be quite useful if you are studying politics. The people section gives a detailed list of the different sections of the Conservative party, who does what, where and why. This includes shadow cabinet, front bench, elected conservatives etc. The principles is a statement from William Hague telling us about what the Conservatives is all about, what they believe in and how they are different to other partie
s. Nothing that we haven't heard before I'm afraid. The manifesto section contains the different manifestos, national, local, London, Scotland etc. These can be read online or downloaded as .PDF (Adobe Acrobat) files. The members area doesn't look much different to the normal page to me. There is details on the magazine they publish and money saving offers that you can get as a member. (Nothing special, I must say). The site is fast and user friendly. All of the information is easy to find and is well set out to make it a pleasent read. And it isn't just cheap stabs at the other parties. There is some good information there and unlike the Labour website, has no popup ads. There is also a WAP / PDA service offered. I have got the PDA service through avantgo on my palm computer and its not bad, though I cant really see much point in it. It gives you access to the speeches, campains and news sections of the main site. Labour have the same this and its just as useless! The site also allows you to join the party and volunteer your support. I was so impressed with the website and this along with my dislike of Tony Blair actually persuaded me to join the party. (Its only costs £3 if you're under 22 and can all be done online). Compare the Conservative website with the Labour website. I think you will agree that the Torys got it right this time. :o)