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I got the URL for Am I Hot Or Not? in an email from my Brother in America the other day and was quite surprised when I saw a category for it on dooyoo, so I had to write an opinion. This is a fun site, its well laid out and surprisingly fast to access. The general idea is that you submit a photo of yourself and others rate you on a scale of 1-10 in terms of hotness, while you, in turn rate other poor souls. A site to boost your ego, perhaps this isn't, but maybe if you score on the low side you can console yourself with the thought of the people that do the voting, as I'm sure its aimed at the younger American. As a bit of fun though, its surprisingly addictive. I'm an Am I Hot or Not survivor, and I'd love to see some of your pictures on the sight, so let me know if any of you take the plunge. Its only a bit of fun after all. The pictures can be changed at your request or removed, so the embarrassment factor is minimal. Get some pictures of your mates, and put them on as well to see who scores the highest. Don't be expecting any favours unless you fancy yourself as a posh or becks. And just for the record, I scored 6.7, which after spending time looking around the sight, I'm quite releaved about.
Jim Carrey plays the freakish, cold-hearted green monster living in a mountainside cave. On Christmas Eve, disguised as Santa Claus, he robs every single house in Whoville. Director Ron Howard skillfully brings the Dr. Seuss tale to life. Howard has painstakingly re-created Dr. Seuss' vision from the 1966 animated feature. Jim Carrey is awesome. His Grinch is maniacally fun and delightfully over-the-top. The make up is Mask-like and fantastic, the best I've seen in some time. The Grinch is a christmas winner. It gets five stars out of five in my book, its a little obscure for the younger children perhaps, but Carrey alone will make it for them with his exaggerated body language and hillarious demeanour. How The Grinch Stole Christmas is rated PG for some crude humour but its nothing the average parent would sensor their child from. All around its a superb time waster for the christmas holidays if you don't see it before then.
Charlie's Angels surely has to be one of the most stupid offerings Hollywood has ever produced. Evolved from an old television series which was at best terrible, add a few models who grin, leap about and change outfits every few minutes and leave the rest to a pop video director who obviously feels that feature-film making is all about glossy sheen and very little to do with storylines. The result is exactly like watching a pop video which happens to last for the formulaic 100 minutes. Formula would be unjust praise for the tiresomely mediocre action set-pieces in which helicopters, racing-cars and explosions are sure to bore the pants off you. Responsible for the mayhem and the tracking-down of a kidnapped computer millionaire are the three silliest investigators, whose dumb blend of athleticism and femininity is meant to be sending up something which always did fall flat. Diaz, Barrymore and Liu, Diaz also look as though they stepped off a catwalk straight into overglamourised, plot-free idiocy. While they are accomplished ex-models or child stars in their own right, combined with this script (or lack of it), and over emphasised awful action scenes, Charlie's Angels is a movie to avoid at all times, surely your girlfriend would rather see something else this Christmas than drag you to this.
I was in Asda shopping the other day, and I saw in their very limited DVD range, the new Disney DVD "Tarzan". My kids have been good in their returns to school so I thought I'd treat them. Then I saw the collectors edition on another shelf and thought I'd pick it up and have a look (you'll notice that there is a sketch of Tarzan on the front cover). After the assistant tried to tell me that it wasn't the actual movie Tarzan and just a making of Tarzan, I persuaded her that I knew what I was doing and bought anyway. The movie itself it standard Disney, the voices are great (Minnie Driver as Jane in particular, there is particular attention to detail, the very thing Disney is famous for, and the storyline - well they can't go too far wrong with that, seeing that just take old classics and animate them. Overall its a good one - its not a Toy Story or anything particularly groundbreaking, but its good enough to keep the kids amused without driving you to dispair. I must mention however, that if you, like me can't stomach too much Phil Collins, perhaps you wouldn't want this one after all.....Phil pretty much sings every song in the movie, surely Disney could have done better? The best thing about this purchase is the collectors edition second disk. For an extra £2 you get another disk filled with interesting stuff for you and for the monsters. There is a History and Developement section showing how they transformed the original story into the cartoon version. Also there are 3 original American release cinema trailers, read along story book a trivia game, and much more. I own 2 other Disney DVD's and this is the first one I've seen to have any features at all, hopefully they are moving in the right direction now....I strongly recommend this to the parents out there....just make a cup of tea while Phil does his thing - the kids don't seem to mind much.
Kevin Keegan's time as England boss has been anything other than successful. Time and again he has ignored the potential of up and coming stars in favour of a selection of "has beens" and "never were's". Its very easy in football to jump on a band waggon, a few poor results and the same people cheering a selection for national coach are quickly calling for his head. I can say that I am not following that pattern when I call for his head, I was shocked and distressed by his appointment in the first place. Lets look at King Kev's managerial credentials. Manager of Newcastle for five years, he took them from near the foot of the first division to Premiership runners up with the help of an excellent chairman who put his heart, sole and bottomless pockets into the venture. Then it got stale, the team couldn't defend, no matter how much money Kev spent. The pressure mounted, Keegan's hair went white and he couldn't get away from the spotlight fast enough. A short time out was followed by him taking charge of Fulham, once again a potential sleeping giant with money to burn, and a chairman willing to put everything behind Keegan. The results were quick, but most English managers could get a side out of the 2nd division buy buying premiership class players.....this kind of managerial tactics do not work at international level. So, a man famed for running from pressure situations, famed for not knowing how to coach a side to keep clean sheets is put in charge of an England side already in a downward spiral from the Hoddle era. Brilliant idea from the "old farts" at Lancaster Gate, and we are surprised that Keegan didn't set the world on fire at Euro 2000? I'm not, not in the slightest. You cannot fault Keegan for his enthusiasm, but coaching a national side is more than picking the team and telling they are good enough to win, before sending
them onto the field with no tactics to their inevitable slaughter. I call for Keegans head, for these reasons, but mainly for the fact that he does not have the courage to bring to England what he did with Newcastle, quality flair players. We have them in this country, maybe not in abundance, but we do have them. However Keegan prefers to stick with the ageing trusty players that have succeeded in winning very little in the past. If you want to keep your job, have courage in your convictions Kev. Out with Seaman and the Neville brothers. In with Martyn, Dyer and Barry. Play Beckham through the centre and trust the players around to contribute. I give him until summer 2001 to get his act together and hope that this wasn't too generous. ****UPDATE**** As we all know, dear old Kev has gone, for the better I think, once we get old Sergeant Wilko back in the directors box where he belongs.....Bring Back El Tel I say....at least he got the nation passionate about our beloved game.
Should cannabis be legalised? I seem to be in the minority on the subject, as I firmly believe the answer should be no. I don't take canabis, but did quite heavily for a number of years. I stopped mainly because I found I could no longer cope with common tasks that are easily performed by the majority of the population. I believe Cannabis should however be made availble to certain sections of the population, but only for medical reasons. Glaucoma sufferers and in particular people with M.S. should be given the option of using it, under strict Doctors supervision. Cannabis hasn't been tested thoroughly enough to say its neccessarily the best form of treatment for these ailments, but with M.S. in particular, if the patient feels it to be working, then give it to them, I don't think we have to worry about them moving up the drug chain to heroin as a result. Decriminalisation is another matter. I believe police forces in Britain to be under tremendous pressure, and with Cannabis being used by such a large number of the population, decriminalisation is a sensible approach. It appears to me that although the usual punishment for possession is a caution, the authorities use Cannabis as a "joker" and can imply much stricter punishments (including incarsaration) when it suits them. It is the general opinion that Cannabis is less harmful to our bodies than cigarrettes or alcohol. But is that really a good enough reason to legalise it. Neither cigarrettes or alcohol would be legalised today if we knew the harm that they caused. I'm not one to jump on the band waggon however, so I'm not going to spout out the usual anti-drug response "but it leads on to more harmful substances, like crack, or heroin". This is unproven, as most of the complaints against Cannabis are. The biggest harm Cannabis causes, in my experience, is the general apathy it causes. Cannab
is is taken for a feeling of general relaxation, a small buzz, you know, most of you have taken it. This causes problems when related to driving, operating machinery, basically anywhere that judgement is needed to ensure our safety. Reactions are slowed and accidents do happen. As far as reports go, this one has been pretty incoherent, I admit, but I am conflicted on this issue and I apologise. Thinking back to my Cannabis days, I don't think I would have wanted Cannabis legalised then either. The price of a "teenth" has remained the same since I was 14, that is one of the advantages of buying on the black market. The government would tax it heavily, and strictly monitor its use, before you know it, the fun would be gone.
Monday brought about the sacking of Luca Vialli as the manager of Chelsea football club after 2 and a half years, and more millions of pounds spent in the transfer market than any other manager in the country. Vialli, Italy's golden boy of football, in his early playing days, took over from Ruud Gullit, due to the Dutchmans lack of trophies, and some say excessive pay demands. He has won four trophies in his time at Stamford Bridge, including last years F.A. Cup. I am a big Vialli supporter, a fan of the man as a player, and equally what he tries to do as a manager. My feeling is that he was out of his depth at Chelsea, and most certainly out of his depth with Ken Bates. Overall, though, I think they made the right decision to show him the door. Football is a business after all, and the money invested did not match success on the field. Vialli has helped in the long term task of making Chelsea Football Club one of the big names in European football. And lets face facts, without Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit and now departed Vialli, where would Chelsea be? They have a lot to thank these three for. Who will be next? Will Ken Bates give Dennis Wise or Gian Franco Zola a crack at the whip, or go for someone with managerial experience? I vote for the second, he has gone for a young inexperienced big name footballer every time, and now I think perhaps he should turn to someone with a sound track record. We all know who pulls the strings at Stamford Bridge anyway, and Dennis Wise would be the perfect front man for Graham Rix to continue his superb work in the background.
Ok well, the highly documented fuel price topic has reached a new level in the last couple of days, so I thought it was time to put my opinion in, for what its worth. First of all, I need to make my views on the subject perfectly clear. I think its criminal that we are being taxed 614% on our petrol, far higher than other European countries. I appreciate that people who drive for a living (I used to be one) are finding life very diffecult financially at the moment. However I must ask this question. Is blocking the oil refineries really the answer? On the surface I can see the logic, its basic. It worked for the Frogs, they were able to bring their government to its knees in a matter of days. So, we should all block the oil refineries, and we'll bring our government to its knees too? Well, I don't think so, and I'm going to tell you why. The trick is to try and look a little further. Suppose the government doesn't back down quickly, what will happen then? I live in plymouth where a mass blockade was set up last night at our Cattedown plant. Great stuff. Using what petrol I have left to get to work this morning, I drove past 6 petrol stations, only 2 of them were open, and the queue's were something which had to be seen to be believed. The government is blaming "panic buyers" for this, which is kind of a double edged sword. You are a panic buyer until the petrol runs dry, and when it does, if you didn't panic buy, you are just a fool for having no petrol. The scale of the situation didn't really hit me until I began my journey home this afternoon. None of the 6 petrol stations were open. No shock there, it was predicted last night that we would be out of fuel today. The true shock came when I went into my local supermarket to find the shelves bare of essentials, things like bread and milk in particular. Surely this is a s
ign of things to come the longer this sort of action continues. Ok the emergency services have their own supplies to last them about 9 weeks, fair enough. But what about the food. Its a minor issue at the moment, but I can guarantee that if our shelves are continually bare, the truckers blocking the oil refineries will have a greater power than Tony Blair to fight - the people. One very interesting development today, was Tony Blair calling a meeting with the oil bosses. His point was that police during the night had ended 2 plant blockades and yet there was still no fuel being delivered. This is where it gets a little deeper. The oil men in their wisdom played their joker, and told the PM that they weren't sending full tankers out for fear of their employees safety. There has been no documented violence so far, so one can only assume that this is purely profit driven. When and if taxes are reduced, oil companies have a greater profit margin. So, its already getting away from the "little people", surely we are handling this wrong. My Gran had a saying, as I'm sure all of yours did too. "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face" she used to say. However this is exactly what we are doing. Perhaps if we increase our own personal suffering to a desperate state, the government will have to listen? The reasoning here totally eludes me. Blocking oil refineries in essentially rural areas, will never make the government stand up and take notice. If these truckers, farmers, and other generally disorganised mobs wish to be taken notice of they should really take a leaf out of the French book. The way they went about it was slightly different. They set out to cripple roads in and out of France, and in particular Paris itself. If we are to be taken seriously, I propose that truckers move away from oil refineries, let the people back to their jobs of delivering essenti
al supplies to the people and drive off to London. The government will not listen to the South West's suffering, or Liverpools, or Norwich's for that matter. Block the M25, block inner city London, then see how fast tax's are dropped. The government are not going to give up on this one without a fight. It has been frighteningly easy to bring the country to its knees by blocking the fuel supply. So if the government cave in, why should it stop there. Every pressure group with a grievence can just hijack a few trucks, park them in front of an oil refinery and get whatever they want. Animal rights activists, economic assylum seekers where will it all end. Still, as a people we have to be heard. Drive to London, block downing street, the houses of lords and parlaiment, let us "little people" out here in the sticks (that don't matter much to the government) get on with our daily living, and start finding food on our shelves again. UPDATE 15/09/2000 Plymouth petrol supplies are getting back to normal today, Sainsbury's Marsh Mills and Asda Superstore at Estover are the latest stations to re-open. Queues are relatively short but in most places petrol is still being rationed to £10 or £15. Yesterday Esso informed the nation that petrol prices have gone up 2p per litre for unleaded and 4p per litre for Diesel......surely this is political??? The best newspaper headline I saw today referring to this latest price rise was surprisingly enough from the Daily Sport (I just saw it on the shelf OK!!) which simply said "W$ers".
Its true! I'm a gambler, semi-ashamed to admit it, since I usually lose. The other day a friend of mine sent me an email invitation to flutter.com. What a nice person. The email link took me to a what happens next game for which you get £10 free betting if you get the answer right. Of course I got it wrong, being the donut that I am, but was very pleased to find out that by clicking back in the browser I got to have another go, of course, already knowing the answer. I went on to the site from there. I was very apprehensive about joining as you need to give credit/debit card details in order to sign up. However I saw the little veri-sign, so I thought what the hell. So, 20quid in my promotional account was waiting for me in there (although they do say that the what happens next cash will be there within 10 days). I had a nice little win on the U.S. Open semi final, which was nice. One good thing about this site is that it is not run by bookmakers, just regular Joe's like me. You can bet on pretty much anything you like, if you don't see a bet there for you, just create one. You can chose your odds, bet against your mates, and all that other good stuff. As soon as you win a bet, the money can be withdrawn to your card instantly. How can you lose, you can't. Think smart, you must have a friend you can bet with. Funny money will always turn into real money for at least one of you that way. For those of you with friends, there is a great email referral system, where you get a £5 bet for everyone you refer that signs up. If you sign up 20 (I'm sure some of you can) they give you a bonus £50 making £150 to you arithmetically challenged. The site is well layed out, and loads of fun, give it a try. If you want an email referral to the game, drop me a line hehehe..... There is also a great incentive to
This is the first review I have done on an actual person, who knows, I may get to like it. And who better to start the ball rolling than one of my personal favourites, Philip Neville. Manchester United and England thought they'd found a gem in Phil but have been proved wrong consistantly over the years. His performance in Euro 2000 showed exactly why Glenn Hoddle left him at home for World Cup 1998, he was shocking. I do sympathise that he is given the role of left back/ left wing back, and being right footed, I'm sure this is not his preferred position, although God only knows what is. England V Germany is coming up, and after a fantastic performance by new boy Gareth Barry against France the other week, Phil Neville is still likely to be picked to face the Krauts. Maybe Kevin Keegan is a Dooyooer, ok....its not all that likely, but if you are Kev, please go with talent, experience and an additional left foot where a right one is supposed to be isn't more important than actual ability, which, young Phil here, is sadly lacking.
Hungry Hippos is one of those childrens board(ish) games that has been around since many of us were kids ourselves, and is still doing the business as far as occupying our little treasures(?). Basically, four different coloured Hippos with levers on their backs which open their mouths. A whole bunch of little white balls are released by the players and then the kids beat the hell out of the little levers to get their hippo to swallo the most balls. Its all pretty straight forward, so its good for all ages really, doesn't matter if your kid is 4 or 10, they can still play it against each other, no problems. Good points - Its sturdily made (my little angels regularly stand on it by accident). Its very straight forward. At £9.99 its very good value for money and besides the little white previously mentioned balls, there are no loose bits to get lost/hoovered up. Bad points - well, there is only one really......its very VERY noisy. Please don't underestimate this last comment. If you are relaxing downstairs with them in the bedroom above the living room you'll find out what I'm talking about. But in the main part, kids are noisy and there's nothing you can do about it. So bare it, and buy it.....its great value, and not too frustrating to get down on the floor and play it with them.
Smacking has been a parents best way of disciplining their children for years. Political correctness, and a whole string of non parents are telling us we can't do it anymore...so I'll give you my opinion. I'm sure its not the same as yours, but its from actual personal experience. I have two children, a five year old boy and a four year old girl. I regularly smack my boy, and never smack my girl. There is a reason for this....ok so I couldn't smack my little girl cuz she's the apple of my eye and it would break my heart, but there is a more valid reason. Smacking works with some children and not with others. Its as simple as that. All I have to do is shout at my girl and she is reduced to tears and generally doesn't re-offend (if you'll pardon the expression). My boy on the other hand, stands there, shouts back at me, slams doors....all the usual unruly stuff....so he gets a smack....and he stops. But here's the thing. I smack my children. My ex wife, when she see's the children, can smack them too. That is it. Nobody else smacks my children, or should they ever. It is not only a parents right to discipline children, but it is their responsibility. I have yet to see a child with a 666 on their forehead, leading to the obvious conclusion that there are no bad children (we all start innocent) only bad parents. Summing up, I'd never tell any parent how to issue punishment to their children, just as I'd never expect them to tell me. Do what works for you.....but more importantly, what works for your children. If you aren't smacking them for their own good, should you really be smacking them at all?
Yes its true, I am a bit of a slob when it comes to cleaning the house and I've had some limescale that I just couldn't shift from the upstairs toilet. Well, my old man, king of useful trivia tells me that vinegar (being acid of course) is blinding for getting rid of limescale. So I tip the Sarsons down the bog, left it for an hour or so, then got to work with the brush, and hey presto!!! Almost no limescale.....and the night went swimmingly. The ladies out there will no doubt have already caught on to this, but for the slobbish, unattached male, hoping to get lucky........vinegar is the dog's.....well, you know what I mean.
Chasing Amy is the third film from director/producer/writer/actor/all around cult god Kevin Smith. Starring Ben Affleck and Jason Lee, plus support from the always hillarious Jay and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith himself). The story is of a comic book writer Holden (Affleck) and his buddy Blinky (Lee) who is a tracer (or inker as he likes to be called, another movie "in joke"). Holden meets the girl of his dreams, who just so happens to be a somewhat beautiful lesbian. Their friendship is tested to the extreme as Holden continues to persue her, to hillarious consequences. The movie is a little slow at times, but you are guaranteed the intelligent witty humour associated with Kevin Smith movies, to keep it plodding along, to an excellent finale. There are four roads, all leading to a $100 dollar bill. On one road there is Santa Claus, another The easter bunny, the third is a beautiful lesbian and the other a man hating dyke. Which will get to the $100 bill first???? Watch the movie and find out. Or, if you can't be bothered, email me or something, but you'll be missing out on another great movie.
Kevin Smith returns from the successful cult classic "Clerks", with this 1995 comedy "Mallrats". Mallrats (in colour this time) is the story of Brodie, our comic book compulsive hero, played by Jason Lee (Enemy of the State (running away from NIA smashed by a speeding bus, you know the guy)) and T.S. (Jason London). Yes Kevin Smith has got his hands on a quality young cast this time. Both our hero's dumped by their girlfriends in the opening scenes, Brodie is replaced by the manager of "Fashionable Male" (played by a young unknown Ben Affleck), known for his reputation of screwing girls someplace very uncomfortable (like the back of a volkswaggen???.....its an in joke, watch the movie!). T.S. Girlfriend leaves him basically over father issues. Her father hates him, mainly due to the fact that he was responsible for the death of a contestant for his game show about to be shot in the mall that day. With the help of the excellent Jay and Silent Bob, our hero's have to wreck the game show, humiliate the guy from "Fashionable Male" and generally save the day. Still don't know what the hell I'm talking about?? Watch the movie, if you are under 30, this one, again, comes with my personal guarantee.