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This was one of those times when I had about 40 junk e-mail and I was about to erase them all, when this one caught my eye... it offered me a FREE IQ test, and I've never known my exact IQ, so I thought I'd give it a go to ensure my brain is still functioning... which it is I'm glad to report. Emode.com is full of 'tests', all v.easy as it's multiple choice... if you don't know the answer, just take your pick. Simple and fun too as the tests are extremely varied, from high-end 'deep' types, designed to determine your IQ, your Emotional IQ, a Personality Test, Career Personality, Your Brain Type etc... all designed for you to learn more about yourself as a person. In my case I was pretty confident that I know myself well, so the results in 'most' cases verified what I already knew... but then there's always a couple of surprises. Some test help guide you to determine where your strengths are and so what career you would be well-suited for. Then, you have tonnes of test designed purely for fun... if you were a dog, what dog would you be? what zodiac sign should you be really? what colour is your aura? what's your emotional age? what's your party style? are you a sex God/Goddess? what your ideal sexual partner would be like... (mine is a Type 4 just in case you're curious out there!!) and even a test to determine when your wedding date will be!! It's great fun and you can invite people to take the tests and compare the results... I got my parents to do the brain type test... my dad's left-brained, my mum's right-brained and I'm a balanced-brain, so it makes a lot of sense if you knew us all. The only downer is that some of the tests (the more serious, deep ones like the ones I mentioned above) only give you a basic outline for your results and then they offer you a special personalised report (10-15 pages) if you pay for it... so that's
a slight frustration, but I suppose they have to make their money somewhere! Personally I haven't bought any reports so I can't tell you if they're worth the money, but you can look at samples and can see what they will include when you get your results at the end of the test. The tests are designed by professionals (psychiatrists and psychologists) and they do add more tests all the time. Enjoy discovering new things about yourself and your friends!!
This little haunt is a great place to go for a quick bite to eat... the value for money is fantastic if you are hungry, because you select your own ingredients from a buffet, it is then cooked right in front of you and you can have as many helpings as you like... But my one piece of advice is that if you don't like hot food, you must be careful with who is in front of you in the queue because although they clean the pan b4 cooking your food, often strong tastes will remain and add flavour to your dish, this is also true for fishy foods which will often make your meat dish taste funny! I've never had wine there so can't comment on that but it's a hip place, full of young people and very friendly effective service, although on a busy night the queues can be fairly long. enjoy!!!
Foxtrot Oscar makes this part of town worth living in. I live down the road and go to foxtrot maybe 3 times a week on average, I know the menu off by heart and it never tires me. The selection is fabulous from American food, club sandwich, eggs benedict, great hamburger, to good old british, sausages and mash... there's also mediterranean food with mozzarella and tomato salad with a delicious vinaigrette. The service is very friendly and young, so it attracts hip young professionals to the golden oldies who like to have a nice bit of foo while they read the sunday papers or watch the races. Have a wonderful time there, and they have also opened a new one in battersea though i haven't been to that one yet.
A fantastic restaurant in central london which will also do deliveries. The food is very good quality but it is not cheap, some say it's not good value for money, but for a special occasion, birthday, romance... it is great! The atmosphere is also very special and the service very good. I unfortunately won't be going to eat there for a while as last time i was there i was very sick in the ice bucket, so until they forget my face... no go. Hope all of you that go will enjoy your meal, i highly recommend it!
I used to be a member of fitness first on abercromby place while i was a student in edinburgh and although it is a small gym, it looks like nothing from the outside as it is down in a basement, the facilities are great. it is clean and hygienic, it has classes for those wanting to do aerobics, tai ohi or whatever as well as machines, running, step, bikes and weights of course. I also found the staff to be great, they are always there to help out and will even design a routine/regime for you to follow depending on your level of fitness. I wish I'd used it more oftern that I did, especially because being the size it is, and being a student where my hours are flexible it makes you feel quite exclusive, as often I would be the only one in there not having to be watched by other fitness freaks while i sweated and turned very red in the faceç1 Enjoy!!
I have never actually stayed in the Balmoral, but I have been there plenty of times for tea and functions. The tea room is comfortable and the service is impeccable, with delicious teas and cakes etc. Function room facilities are fantastic if you want to do a presentation, seminar or conference of some kind. I have been in one of the rooms before and I must admit the provisions are great. Comfortable beds, TV, imternet access all the mod cons you would hope for or need as well as great service, room service, information, telephone, messages etc. Highly recommended to anyone visiting the city because aside from its great location by Prince's street, it will be a holiday to remember, but be prepared to pay a good 120 pounds for a double room, and I would also advise you avoid the brasserie... it is cheaper than the restaurant, but it did almost poison me the 2 times I've been there, so treat yourself to fine dinner in the restaurant if you intend to eat in the hotel... although there are many fantastic restaurants in town: Fisher's for good fish in Leith, Est Est Est for good italian food on Geroge Street, or even the Witchery behind the castle for a seriously good Scottish dinner. Enjoy!!
I saw this movie in Spain, dubbed, so I'll have to see it again in English, as I can imagine having Eddie Murphy doing the voice of the donkey must be unmissable. Shrek itself is unmissable as a film. For children and adults alike, the story is fantastically choreographed to fit in with classic stories we all grew up with like cinderella, snowhite and the 7 dwarves, pinocchio etc. It is wonderful to see these characters brought back to life in the modern era... a clever marketing ploy by Producer Jeff Katzenberg who recently went to Dreamworks, having been head of Disney for a long time... so he uses Disney characters in this new Dreamwors Production, and I don't know about you but with The Prince of Egypt and Shrek I dare say Dreamworks is producing better animated films than Disney of late... the last Disney film I saw and really enjoyed was The Lion King! OK... so what's Shrek about? Shrek is a socially feared creature who lives alone, but through certain events that happen a donkey befriends him and they are sent to find the princess for Lord Farquard to marry. She is in a castle protected by a dragon, who as it turns out is female and falls in love with the donkey thanks to his gift of the gab (his diplomacy and ramblings on are great). A secret lies in the princess... something "happens" to her after sunset... we don't find out what this is till later in the movie so I won't spoil it here, but this will determine her fate and it will help her find her true love as well. Full of fun, good music, great dialogue and visually very pleasing... the blow-up of the frog, the bird explosion and the snake... (you'll know what I mean when you see it) give this cartoon a much more modern and 'black comedy' element making it more 'real' than all the fairy tales we grew up with... as shrek says at the beginning when he's on the loo reading a fairy tale saying "and I belie
ve it!!" (or something like that... remember i saw it in Spanish!). Highly recommended... especially as it is 90mins so it doesn't drag on... enjoy!!!
Kate Hudson is nominated for an oscar for her role in this movie, but i really feel the star of the show was Frances McDormand as the square, over-protective mum, who turns out to be kind of cool towards the end of the movie. The movie is narrated by a young 16 year old guy who aspires to be a rock music journalist. He meets a music journalist from "creed" magazine (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman... who is as usual... ace!). Upon meeting him, he sets the young apprentice a few projects. He then goes to a concert to interview a band... he stays with them and the movie follows the story of the band on tour, and how this 16 year old gets a contract to write the cover piece for rolling stone magazine! Along the way, love, music and 'growing up' are all themes that are investigated, making for a fun, fast-paced, colourful flick. It's an interesting movie... I think any movie which follows a band on tour makes for interesting viewing, as it is such a peculiar existence. The guy who plays the kid (sorry but the name slips my mind) is ace... It's a cool flick with sex drugs and rock n roll... what else do you want?
This little beauty is worth £800 (well to be precise...£799.99). It's worth every penny... it was my christmas present this year from my mum and it records beautiful imagery, the sound quality is ace but i would recommend you invest in a microphone anyway. You can do digital special effects on it and you can do fade-ins and fade-outs... editing is easy if you buy yourself a firewall card and a program for your PC... I've heard that "final cut" is THE best program on the market at this moment in time. I recently bought myself a tripod, and have to say it works wonders, making all the work look highly professional compared to hand-held work. Finally, it is manual or automatic, so you can play around with exposures and depth of field... but how to do slow or fast motion is something i have yet to figure out. i highly recommend this to anyone looking to buy a digicam... but remember they are sensitive and must be looked after re: wet weather, humitdity, heat, sunlight in the lens etc... be good to it and it will in turn be good to you... guaranteed!
Le Colombier can be found on Dovehous Street, between the King's Rd and the Fulham Rd. I have been here only twice and both times at dinner, and I believe it really is a dinner restaurant. This is not a casual affair, people dress quite smartly to dine here and the service is very good. Both the wine and food are fantastic, with a lot of nouvelle cuisine, mixing flavours you may never have thought of putting together, but creating a very complementary dish. I can't say very much more, except it is ideal for romance, it's low lighting, candles, quiet, smart, small dining areas creating a very cosy and warm atmosphere, perfect for dinner dates. Prices are surprisingly reasonable for the food you are getting, but I can't really say it's cheap if I'm honest.
The Big Easy is on the King's Rd, near World's End, by the Bluebird restaurant. It's a great place for people looking for a fun time. You don't just go for the food, which although is perfectly good, you really go there more to get a bunch of people together, have a few jugs of 'sex on the beach' or 'margaritas', some good burgers and the 'live music' (downstairs). It's really the music and cocktails which gives this place the character it has... firstly it's loud enough to get the room buzzing, but not so loud that conversation is hard to follow. It's delicious when conversation is running dry because everyone just sings along, and for some reason, it seems to encourage everyone to smile a lot more (or is that the cocktails?). Prices are reasonable, so it's just a question of getting 8 or 10 of you togethere and go on down to the Big Easy for a good time. I will add here though, that I have once had a coat stolen from here, so look after your things or use the cloakroom provided... but, having said this, it has not deterred me from frequenting this jolly joint. Unless you're a 'groover', I'd say this is more for the younger crowd.
Patara is on the corner of the Fulham Rd and Sydney Street. It's cosy, and because it is not large, reserving a table is definitely recommended. Although I haven't eaten in all Thais of London, I find it to be the best Thai food in the city. Service is impeccable, the prawn crackers are not your usual, greasy, white things, but made in-house and are out of this world. I don't like very hot food, but I hear the curries are delicious. I personally like to stick to the steamed dumplings (hmmm) and all the other goodies. Patara is moderately priced (starters are £5-£7 and main courses £12-£17). There are some good wines to choose from and the atmosphere is 'busy' without the hecticness or rowdiness that could accompany it, but it has a buzzy, fun ambience. The age group is all-round, young and old alike and is suitable for dinner I find (I've never been there for lunch!). Definitely worth a try for when you're tired of Chinese but feel like something a little more exotic.
Directed by Ang Lee (who probably reached worldwide reknown for directing 'The Ice Storm' with Sigourney Weaver and Elijah Wood... -definitely another worthwhile movie), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is nothing short of magical! I'd heard great things about it, but had to go see for myself and found it to be a movie that stands alone in its kind. It is good for male or female audiences, for the young and old alike and is truly stunningly shot. The cinematography is impeccable and the story is curious and well drawn out on the screen. Chow Yun Fat is wonderful as Li Mu Bai (I think!), and though I don't know the names of the actors, the 3 leading ladies, Jane Fox & Co. all also give star performances. It's hard to describe the film... it reminds me of 'The Matrix' for it's beautifully choreographed fighting scenes (which are more like dancing and slightly remind me of John Woo style films), ad also reminds me of a Japanese film (well worth seeing) called Judou... beautiful cinematography with lots of colours... reds, yellows, apricots... hmmmm. I don't want to spoil it... it will melt everyone's heart... even the toughest and hardest amongst us... and will mark you. Oh and the actor who plays Lo... v.sexy :)
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