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    • puzzlepirates.com / Internet Site / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      Played all the Fantasy RPGs etc - only this Online Game still has me hooked

      Where to start? Okay been said before already - if you like Puzzle games - and like playing in an multi player environment in real time then Puzzle Pirates is perfect. There are many different puzzle games to play in a Pirate environment here. But its not just about puzzles - the whole game has a real social puzzling aspect - which has been missed in previous reviews. You only have to read the "Parley" forums on the website to see how involved people can get on this game. There are sea battles, Atlantean monsters, Zombies, etc all to fight - as a crew or "jobbing" with other crews. There can be wars, fights for islands, etc. There is also an economic aspect to the game as well - the ability to run stalls - selling wares to other pirates. The harder you work - the more experience that shows on your profile - but this also works as a team game - you choose a crew - the harder the crew works, the more fame the crew gains too. For something that might come across as simplistic to start with (this is no WoW or similar) the game slowly drags you in and is incredibly addictive. Its $75 to subscribe for a year which is under £40. That gives you three pirates which can play fully subscribed on 2 oceans and the ability to play on other oceans as a non-subbed player where the subscription format is somewhat different - a pay-as-you go if u like. There are cheaper ways to try it out - a 1 month sub costs way less.
      The majority of the players are from the US - but there is a real International player base and a good number of Brits play on there. Its free to play as a non-subscriber - and this does limit somewhat what you can do in the game - but definitely worth a try free to decide if its for you. I have been playing 4 years - and am still totally hooked!

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      • Tchibo / Restaurant / Cafe National / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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        Good money back policy - but complete tat!

        It seems to me that these shops are popping up everywhere. My wife used to shop there a lot until I basically put a stop to it!

        Now before all the women start telling me what a sexist pig I am etc.. it was nothing like that. It was just that our kitchen was starting to clutter up with... well tat! Little gadgets that were used once were strewn all over the house. The sort of items you used to find at the back of the Sunday papers... 3-in-1 - Tea Maker, TV Remote and Back Scratcher... well you get the idea!

        What made it worse is she used to buy the coffee too... well I like my nice cup of Nescafe.. and well this just tasted awful.. really sour.. almost like coffee when you pour burning hot water over it without adding the milk first.

        I understand the company is German, and having checked out both the UK and German websites.. they must be laughing at our expense. The products are usually different - and I am sure they offload all the tat to the UK shops!

        The only godsend is that they have a no quibble money back policy.. so even a cpl of years after the purchase they will hand the money over if not happy.. so I am going to fill a box with all the Tchibo tat around the house and take it back to the nearest store - and will probably have enough for a deposit on a new car :)

        If you have more money than sense the shop is ideal for you as they change the stock weekly.. but rather than waste that money.. put a cpl of quid in the charity box the nice lady is usually shaking somewhere close by!

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        • Blind Date / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          14.12.2001 05:21
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          Okay maybe not.. I am a footie fan, and love watching it, but don't think it is suitable for a prime slot on weekend telly. But.. I mean all the fuss that was caused to bring Blind Date back in for prime time viewing.. must we really be subjected to this??? Okay it is lightly entertaining, but only because it is so false and shallow. Thepeople that come on it, are invariably reasonably good looking (talking as a bloke about the girls on it I might add), which leaves the question - Why? Why are they there? Well the "ten minutes of fame" theory is one reason of course. These individuals want to get on the telly. Then of course there is the chance of a free holiday, which does seem to be the driving force with most contestants. One of the few amusing parts is to see their faces drop when they realise they have chosen the wrong envelope and are going to Clacton for the weekend. Hah bloody hah.. that'll teach you! But it is the falseness of it all. Loads of blokes full of male egotism, and loads of girls with heads full of... well nothing quite frankly. The answers are quite obviously scripted, and the contestants are so full of themselves it makes me nauseous as times. Every show they throw in a complete eccentric weirdo to try and get a few laughs from the audience. The couples never get on, and hardly suprising in the circumstances they have met. And due to the exceptional bigheadedness of the blokes on it, it is hardly suprising the girls find them so very annoying. Maybe it is just me.. I mean people obviously watch this drivel in their millions looking at the ratings. Or maybe it is because it is so false, shallow and dire that makes it appeal in some strange way? And to top it all off the whole thing is hosted by the incredibly irritating Cilla Black. She exaggerates every sentence she speaks.. I know some Liverpudlian girls, and they never speak like that. And here comes our Clur? Clur.. does sh
          e mean Claire??? Oh well, at least they don't let her sing on this show... Come on ITV, there are plenty of excellent shows.. but this is a really prime slot for viewers, there must be something better that this?? Mind you BBC.. you could give us some better alternatives to watch.. Saturday evenings are pretty poor all round!

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          • Amaretto Disaronno / Liqueur / Cocktails / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            14.12.2001 05:04
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            Okay I am a bloke.. and I like my occasional drink. Usually a lager or a whisky or maybe a Jack Daniels. But a few years ago I tried Amaretto di Saronno as it was called then. They have now dropped the Amaretto from the main name I believe, and now it is plain Di Saronno. I won't go into great detail as this has already been done by another op, the history, the cocktails etc etc. Now onto the drink. Firstly it is quite sweet, so only for those with a sweet tooth! Secondly it is described as an almond liquer, which is true.. but rather than tasting of just almonds, because of the sweetness - it tastes like marzipan. Now I have to admit I am a bit of a marzipan addict, always leaving that bit of a christmas or wedding cake till last. Although sweet, it does have a smooth taste to it, and goes down extremely well. It is quite potent stuff though if drunk in quantity, so don't be fooled by it's sweetness. I personally drink it all year round, in moderation of course. But I have to say that it is a perfect liquer for Christmas. It just tastes so Christmassy! Be warned though it is quite addictive! If it is too sweet I would recommend mixing it with a diet lemonade just to take the edge off if you find it too sickly. Not something I would go to my local pub and order for myself, for fear of name calling from my mates.. who have not reached the modern man status as yet, but ideal in the drinks cabinet.

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            • Liverpool F.C. / Discussion / 0 Readings / 3 Ratings
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              14.12.2001 03:44
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              Hello.. I am a Manchester United fan :) Not the prawn sandwich variety, but a home grown one who has supported them all my life, not just when they started playing well... Anyway this is kind of an opinion, in fact something of a light retaliation. I am actually getting fed up with most of DooYoo's opinions on the Manchester United board being from Liverpool fans. There has always been a rivalry between Liverpool and United, and it is only natural. We have two of the most successful clubs in British history - so there is bound to be exchanges of opinion contantly being thrown around. But the constant attacks on United and thier fans by every other club, is nothing but jealousy and hatred of success. I am a little more level headed and consider myself a fan of any GOOD football. I will watch even the more obscure matches on telly, and will say if it's good or bad, instead of just writing them off as a club I hate, so they must be crap! Everybody seems to hate United fans as they are so successful as a club in recent years. But I remember the little smug kids at school in the seventies with their Liverpool school bags and their full Liverpool kit. It's just gone full circle. United have had a very poor start to the season, and I can imagine there are a lot of Pudlians rubbing their hands together. Just hope you aren't getting the trophy cabinet ready yet though. I actually rate Liverpool very highly, and despite hoping United stuff them 4 or 5 nil every time they play each other, I do follow them through Europe when they play well, and hope they win. I am also an avid supporter of England, and here United and Liverpool players gel together, and had it not been for them we would not be watching them in the world cup next year. However I also see the likes of Arsenal and Leeds as a threat to the title, and United aren't dead yet. Historically they have rarely been top of the table before the New Year. A couple of
              injuries to key players at Liverpool will leave them struggling to maintain form. Imagine Owen, Gerrard and Smicer out for a few months? Liverpool have an excellent first eleven, but I just don't think they have established the depth that United has at present. All in all I wish Liverpool luck, and no I am not crossing my fingers. I think United were starting to get complacent in their Premiership games, and losing the title is probably the kick up the backside they need to come back as an even more dominant force. Besides the Premiership was starting to get a little boring...

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              • Kilroy / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                14.12.2001 03:23
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                • "Pure rubbish"

                I vaguely remember in the dim and distant past that Kilroy was quite good, as these types of programs go. He is obviously quite an intelligent man, with a good background in current issues and the law. But having had to endure a week of morning TV and Kilroy, I have to say what a completely condescending idiot he has grown into. He is just so smug and smarmy, moving from one unfortunate audience member to the next, giving them his soft voice and self opinionated advice on how to better their lives. You can almost see them cringing and shying away as he gets far too familiar with some of them, especially the female members of the audience. On many occasions, it seems that rather than trying to solve their problems, Kilroy is actually trying to pull them... And where on earth do they find the audience. All seem to have been "let out" for the morning.. albeit from a prison or some form of mental institute. If I was some retarded misfit (no offence..), I think I would want to keep myself to myself, instead with their inane grins they seem to relish their five minutes of fame. He seems to relish on attacking the experts, the police, and anyone else on the program. His opinions are often misguided and extreme. Yet most of the issues are serious ones that need to be addressed.. instead Kilroy seems to mock those that have their own opinion that differs from his own. Perhaps he is playing devils advocate to try and stir a reaction.. but unfortunately his guests are rarely bright enough to rise to the challenge. What ever went wrong? Has the many years that it has now been shown gone to his head? And while on the subject of Kilroy.. has anyone seen Shafted? Well he should be... The way he repeats the start of the question twice gets me clenching my fists every time... How tall is the highest..? How tall is the highest...? Said in stupid exaggerated voice the second time over.. British programs of this ilk are all really
                poor I have to say.. there is Trisha (who is even more patronising than Mr Silk), Vanessa, and loads of other rubbish! Certainly have some catching up to do on Mr Springer, who they often try to very poorly imitate. Mr BBC... sack him! Oh and Mr ITV.. the game show thing.. sack him!

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                • Dwight Yorke / Discussion / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                  14.12.2001 02:25
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                  Remember Samson and Delilah... well Dwight and Jordan is obviously the modern day version. In the biblical tale.. Samson had all his hair cut off by Delilah and lost his strength. Well what has Jordan cut off of Dwight??? When he came to United he started brilliantly. He gelled brilliantly with Cole, and they were deemed as one of the most feared strike force in the country, if not Europe. He was keen, quick and had great finishing. So what has gone wrong??? Perhaps it was the fact that United had such a plethora of top strikers last year, and Yorke didn't get too much of a look in. That though has only worked to keep players like Solsjkaer and Sheringham (last year) that although not the obvious first choice, played their socks off when brought on. But Yorkie has been average, and sometimes dire when he has had his chance. He seems far slower, and repeatedly loses the ball to the opposition. Whereas before he had one touch football capability that was impressive, he now seems to have low confidence and reluctant to take any player on with the ball. It has now got to the stage where, regrettably, United must consider his worth at the club. Especially at this low time for the club (although I still believe they can still do it) when goals are needed. I feel that once Cole is fit, Yorke might go. Hopefully he will have a return to form that will prove me wrong? I know that Jordan and Yorkie have now split.. and he is trying to avoid his parental responsibility. But please Jordan, give Dwight back his MoJo!

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                • Zoos / Discussion / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                  14.12.2001 01:33
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                  Well my opinion on zoos has changed somewhat over the last 20 years. Back then I remember going to a zoo, and seeing all the animals looking so sad. The cages were small and smelt appalling, and it was obvious that the condition were terrible. It didn't quite push me to become a member of the ALF, but it was years before I was to visit a zoo again. Now that I am a father, my children have got to the age where they are interested in learning about animals. They are full of questions when any animal documentaries come on the telly (although we try to avoid answering them when the mating scenes come on...) So we have started taking them to the zoo. We have a local one near us.. Marwell Zoo. I have to say it is excellent and has changed my opinion on zoos completely. They have definitely moved on and have changed from being an "attraction" for the public into an educational place of conservation. It has to be said that with some of the endangered species, they are far safer in a zoo. They would more than likely be faced with extinction if they were to remain in their natural habitat. This is due to the appalling way they are hunted down in certain countries for their fur, ivory, whatever.. which obviously appalls me. Most zoos have educational facilities, mainly for the children but for adults as well. Many zoos also have rescued many of the animals from people who bought them as pets and mistreated them. Another place we have been to is Monkey World in Dorset. Again excellent facilities, and it is well documented how they have rescued many animals from the wild and mistreatment. We have visited various other zoos across the country now, and the space designated for the animals has increased considerably over the years. Obviously each zoo is different, and there may be some in the UK that are not quite as spacious and are acting purely as a business, rather than a welfare concern for the animals. In general
                  though, I have to say that in this country zoos have become far more than caged animals to view and go "Awww..." at. Many are actual rescue centres that rely on the visiting public to fund their efforts. I do appreciate however that there are still many zoos in the world, that due to lack of education or the countries treatment of animals in general means that they can be a hive of cruelty to the animals in them. In some cases it is in fact these zoos where animals are rescued to come to UK zoos. Of course it would be nice if all animals could roam free in the wild, but in many parts of the world this is unfortunately not a safe option for them. So as far as our zoos are concerned.. I have to now condone them :)

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                  • Gimme Gimme Gimme / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                    04.12.2001 12:09
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                    Now I used to love this comedy.. in fact used to plan my evenings around it. There wasn't amny comedy shows that I could sit and watch and almost be intears of laughter. Kathy Burke's character was pure genius, from one of the UK's funneist and best actresses. Her rude innuendos and plain "common as muck" comments had perfect delivery and timing. James Dreyfus, despite becoming completely typecast in his camp roles, fed brilliantly Burke's one liners. However.. is it me, or is the new series a complete load of rubbish?? Dreyfus has seemed to have completely taken over. His outrageous camp behaviour just doesn't seem funny anymore. I still manage to raise a smile with some of Burke's lines, but all in all the show seems to have totally lost it. I watched show 1 and 2 hoping that with it being a new series it would take time to settle. How wrong, it seems to be geting worse with each episode. The characters have become far too exaggerated, and it has got to the point where I go trawling through the channels to find something else... Such a shame, but it seems they have done it to death. Time for Kathy Burke to move onto a new project.. without Dreyfus methinks.

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                    • Internet Censorship / Discussion / 0 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                      Having been on the internet for a good few years now.. I am well aware of the place it has become, and what lurks out there. If it exists in life.. it is out there on the net basically. And so the net has become a place that reflects not only the good things in society, but also all the bad and depraved things too. Unfortunately, unlike the real world, there are rarely any barriers to access the material which is held in the public domain. In the real world, if you are under 18 you are thrown out of a pub if drinking (well in theory..), the same goes for the cinema with the film classifications, sex establishments, nightclubs, etc etc. All have some form of barrier or deterrent to stop those under age from participating. However on the internet, the only barriers to most sex sites take the form of a password or the requirement of a credit card. But there are newsgroups, websites, etc all giving out hacked passwords on a daily basis.. so that any 12, 13 year old can quite easily gain access to hardcore material. There is more and more scaremongering on television that the web is unpoliced and children are coming to harm by being allowed to freely access this material. However there are ways to filter material, parental controls, etc etc. But these are rarely mentioned, and there seems to be little in the way of education for parents. If parents were given more advice then they could help to prevent this from happening. Okay I'm not daft and I am well aware that most teenage kids are able to find a way around these preventative methods. But it would go a long way to preventing children "stumbling" across these sites. In an ideal world all adult sites would have their own little part of the web.. with each website starting www.xxx.????? making it easy for parents to lock out their children. But we have gone way to far forward for this to happen... the sites are already out there. At the end of the day educati
                      on is the key.. much like children get sex education... Internet Education will be next. It has become such a big part of many peoples lives, that schools will have to integrate it into the curriculum on a more than casual basis in a Computer Science lesson. As for censorship generally, well I think things are fine for us normal adults. Much like television.. if you don't like what you see.. turn over. Obviously if what you see is illegal then report it to the authorities.. The law also needs to bear in mind the internet, Registered Sex Offenders should not be allowed free access to the Internet. There is just too much material out there.. how they would enforce this.. I don't really know. I am sure some Human Rights group would kick up a fuss if certain individuals weren't allowed to own a computer with Internet access. But this has to be a strong case for selective censorship.

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                      • WWE in General / Discussion / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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                        Why are so many adults into this??? - Advantages: Mildly entertaining for the kids, Requires a good level of fitness for the top stars - Disadvantages: Americanised nonsense, Fake

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                        I first moved to Southampton about 18 years ago, and I must admit when I first moved down here I hated it!! The main centre wasn't up to much and was pretty grubby, the outer lying areas were pretty run down. There seemed to be no sound infrastructure to the city - and it seemed to be a town which had relied on its port status for many years and was now in decline. However, having moved away and back to Southampton several times over the last 18 years, I can now see that things are very much on the up. Waterfront developments have cropped up everywhere, replacing abandoned dockyards and industrial waterfront areas. These new developments often include new restaurants, boutiques and marinas. The town centre itself has undergone a lot of change. The recent West Quay development has brought with it huge investment and new bigger stores. It has moved a lot of the shopping away from the Above Bar area, which was getting dated. The Leisureworld development has brought with it a new range of pubs, bars and restaurants as well as the usual cinema and casino. All has been laid out nicely and replaces a lot of the wasted area of the "old" Southampton. There is even a new football stadium for next season, which at it's current stage looks magnificent, although the location could probably have been better, as indeed could the team who play there! There is obviously a lot of future investment also planned for Southampton. Hopefully this will spread to the suburban areas such as Millbrook, Northam, Thornhill, etc which are still admittedly run down with a lot of crime and dirty looking streets and houses. But then what city doesn't have this? Southampton is still a long way off being perfect, but has improved vastly over the last decade and I am more than happy to stay here with everything I need so close by.

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                        • Rizla Lights / Tobacco / 1 Reading / 5 Ratings
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                          Having made the transition from tailor made ciggies to hand rolled over a year ago due to the rising costs, I was pleased to find Rizla White rolling papers. I was using good old Rizla Green before, and excellent rolling papers as they may be, I found that they burned too quick and were quite messy when burning - with ash everywhere. Rizla White are a perforated paper, which are totally chlorine free. They burn a lot slower, and smoke much more like a tailor made cigarette. Now with a Rizla rolling machine (metal tin type), king size filters and Rizla Whites I can still enjoy a nice cigarette at a fraction of the cost. They look like "real" ciggies and smoke like them too.

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                          • Mark Bosnich / Discussion / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                            At last!!! Wasn't that keen when United bought Bosnich anyway. He had such a hard act to follow in Peter Schmeichel, it was obvious that he would have to be someting really special to gain the support of the United faithful. And lets face it.. he failed.. miserably. He has very little in personality, and his ability was brought into question on the few occasions that he did actually play in the first team. What with him and the purchase of Massimo Taibi, it seemed that United were going to struggle to find the replacement they so needed. Well fortuantely Mr Barthez came along at the right time, and has managed to fill the spot with comfort. Since then Bosnich has constantly whinged on to the press about how unfairly he was treated at United and that he was still good enogh to be wearing the number 1 shirt.. i think not. He is not even in the same league as Barthez, and at this stage in his career was unlikely to ever be that good. I'm not saying he is a poor keeper as that would not be true. But I am glad that he is off the United payroll at last. Chelsea are welcome to him, but I think he will find himself in a similar position when he is there. Chelsea have a couple of excellent keepers, and Bosnich will again struggle to gain a number 1 shirt for them, and could well be left out in the cold yet again. He would have been far better off either going abroad or looking to a smaller club (maybe a Premiership club) and regaining the reputation he had when he was at Villa. Still good luck to him anyway.. though I suspect he will definitely need it!

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                          • Adoption / Discussion / 0 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                            What on earth is going on?? The last time we were selling human lives in the Western world was during the times of Black slavery in the United States. This was eventually recognised to be a disgusting trade and was finally stopped. Now here we are in the 21st century, and human lives are now being sold again as a commodity. Absolutely disgraceful. Of course this isn't actually a new thing, and has been going on for some time, probably for the last 20 years it has been getting increasingly more prevalent. The internet has just revolutionised this sick trade in young babies lives. During the 80's controversy started when babies were being traded from Eastern European countries to countries like the United Kingdom. Parents who for whatever reason, didn't want to go through the usual means of adoption - which must raise concerns to start with - were making deals through agents who could get them the baby they wanted - they could gnerally choose sex, hair colour, skin colour, etc - little bit like going to the shop. Governments have since tried to crack down on this - and have succeeded to some degree. Although the trafficking of humans from Eastern European countries and South East Asia continues, who are then exploited in one way or another continues, especially in this country, but I digress... This recent event with the couple from Wales has again brought this whole nasty business to the headlines again, and quite rightly so. They have made several appearances on television, and my gut feeling (and the majority of the population I would think) is that these people are not suitable parents by any stretch of the imagination. The mother is clearly not the full ticket, and the father is pretty creepy. And their reason for not going through the usual adoption channels in this country? She likes to smoke and he likes the odd beer. Well sorry, but alarm bells are ringing here. As if that would make them unsuitable by Social Services for
                            adoption. There would seem to be a lot more behind that excuse. As for the circumstances under which they came to be in possession of the twins in question. Well they haven't been able to explain that very well either. Having watched highlights of a slanging match they had with the American couple on television (who also claim to have rights to the children) they did not come over very well, and it would seem very suspicious indeed how they came to get the children with what they claim to be legitimate papers, which they seem to be reluctant to show to Social Services. The FBI are now involved and I would think that all their claims will be proved to be false. I don't know too much about the American couple, although on the face of it they would appear to be fairly normal - well at least compared to the Welsh couple over here. But yet again, questions have to be asked as to why they decided to bypass the adoption set up which is very similar to ours. I am all for adoption - there are many instances where it is certainly in the child's best interest to be given up (or taken away) for adoption. But there is, and has to be, certain criteria that must be met by the prospective adoptive parents before they can be given a human life to care for and bring up over the next 18 years of their life. Having watched another TV program recently (I watch too much TV...) which was based around several couples in the UK who were hoping to adopt children, it is clear that some rather strange people do still slip through the net. There was one couple who were determined that they wanted to adopt three children at the same time. they were very religious, and believed it was their "calling". But after a couple of weeks, they were pulling their hair out and gave the children back to Social Services. Now they say "A Dog is For Life...", well surely with children this is even more the case. So even the system we currently have in pla
                            ce is flawed. It just highlights that these controls should be in place, and should even be tighter than they already are. There are people up and down the country, who cannot have children for one reason or another and would make wonderful parents. Social Services and the Adoption Agencies in this country should continue to seek these people out, and make sure that when children are sadly either not wanted or need to be taken away from their natural parent(s) then they should be given the best possible start in life, with a happy, settled home to live in. Almost anonymous exchanges of cash over the internet, is never going to guarantee these things and quite rightly this government has promised to treat these cases very seriously. Although they have acted far too slowly, as usual, and the new laws will not be in place until later this year. As for the twins. Well I personally feel that they should be taken away from the couple in Wales. They should NOT be given to the American couple, and neither should they be given to the natural mother. Instead they should be taken back to the US and put up for adoption through all the usual channels. It is clear that them being here is wrong. The American couple could well be suitable, but they have still gone through this sordid process of buying children, and the childrens anonymity would never be allowed if they were to go to them. The natural mother is now reported as wanting the children back. Perhaps it is the world coverage that has tugged at her conscience?? Even so, there would not seem to be a valid claim for her to have them back - these children are now eight months old and were apparently with the American couple for some time. Perhaps she is seeing another money earner in having them back... more buyers lined up?? Who knows... They should go to another completely anonymous and deserving couple and perhaps then they will never learn of these awful circumstances in which their young
                            lives began.

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