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    • Dorothy Perkins / Highstreet Shopping / 6 Readings / 15 Ratings
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      A familiar name on the high street for years, Dorothy Perkins has a reputation for being one of the less trendy stores for female clothing. In my opinion, this view is now unjustified as, in the past two years, Dorothy Perkins (or DP as I will refer to it from now on) has really improved their range, styles and quality of clothes. Gone are the frumpy "old lady" styles and in are tops, skirts, jeans and trousers on a par with shops like River Island and Next. Ok, so it isn't designer gear but is stylish, reasonably priced and wears well. DP is part of the Arcadia Group (which also includes TopShop and Burton) and a few years back Arcadia were facing financial difficulty and closed quite a few of their stores all over the country. Thankfully, the abovementioned stores survived and DP increased their range, dropped their prices and aimed at a younger age-group. ~~~~~~~~~~ Style wise you'll find strappy vests, classic t-shirts and slinky tops mixed among their denims, combats (yep - people do still wear them!) and casual wear. Don't panic at the thought of this as good old DP still have their range of suits, skirts and blouses, seasonal knitwear and jackets/coats. Larger stores may also have a small area set aside for bags, belts and shoes with most shops carrying at least a few underwear and nightwear lines and a display stand with several budget jewellery items (earrings, chains, etc). Maternity wear used to be a big seller for DP but I don't think that this is the case any more as their range is much smaller than it has been in the past. The stores themselves vary from town to town with most large city centre stores having a well laid out, spacious area for clothes with plenty of room between the racks and a full range of sizes available. However, other stores (typically in smaller towns and cities) are more cluttered with the rails much closer together. You may also find more than one item range
      on each rack and as a consequence there may only be room for one of each size to be displayed. Thus, when you are on the lookout for a particular size, it may not be there [Note: on many occasions, if you ask an assistant, the size you want might be in the stock-room or hanging up on the rails by the changing rooms]. Changing room wise, I have never had any problems with them. They are usually well lit and are of a decent size with at least two hooks for hanging your clothes and you'll also find a full (or 3/4) length mirror. Some stores also have a stool in each cubicle and a "help" button which you can press if you want any help from the assistants. In most cubicles, the curtains actually close the whole way over without leaving those annoying gaps at the side (that drives me mad!!). As for sizes, hmmmmmm. Some of my friends are divided on this one - I personally have always found DP to be one of the retailers who have 'generous' sizing. For example, if you are between a size 12 and 14 then you may find that a DP 12 will fit comfortably whereas in other shops it could be a bit tight (well that's what I have found anyway but a few others will disagree). Many of their items are available in a good range of sizes and it is one of the few shops that have size 18 clothes as standard. Quite a few of their lines are also available in sizes 8-20 - something which other retailers should take note of. Height wise, DP have a "petite" range for those people 5ft 3 and under and this is quite a broad range. For the taller ladies out there, many trousers are available in a long length and there is also a small range of clothes tailored especially for the taller women (unfortunately there are only a handful of items but at least they are making the effort and appreciate that there are women taller than 5ft 8 that shop there!!) Their clothes seem to have quite a high turnover as their range is updated freque
      ntly - I find myself popping in to browse every few weeks and there are always at least a few new items each time I've gone in. ~~~~~~~~~~ Price wise, I have to admit that they are very reasonable. I have picked up a few strappy tops for £6 and regularly buy trousers for work (usually black) for around £12 per pair. I will also admit to buying a grey suit there about 18 months ago which I still wear to work on a regular basis. Granted, not all of their clothes are going to last that long (you get what you pay for after all) but I certainly got my money's worth out of that suit (Jacket £30, Trousers £15 - both machine washable too!!). I've also bought a few pairs of own brand jeans there - ok so they aren't Levis but look just as good for a fraction of the price (best bargain was a pair of blue sparkly jeans for £15 that I got about six months ago!!) I've also bought a few t-shirts and tops there and have never had any problems with them. As with many high street stores, DP also have their own account card. Usually the assistant at the till will offer it to you under the guise of saving 10% on your first purchase. I personally am not a fan of store cards as I find their APR (and monthly interest rates) are very high and much prefer to use my own credit card. However, some people do like using them even if it is just to save 10% on the original purchase and paying the bill off in full when it comes in. If you do decide to get a card, as well as paying the bill through your bank or sending a cheque off in the post, you can also pay it at the tills in store as well - either the full amount or whatever payment you want. ~~~~~~~~~~ But back to Dorothy Perkins itself. For customer service, as with most high street chains, this varies from store to store. You may be lucky enough to come across pleasant assistants, always willing to help but you may also have the misfortune to approach one of the sulky-lookin
      g, couldn't-care-less people who never want to check if your size is in stock or answer your query. Thankfully, these people are few and far between (although one girl called my friend a fat moo for daring to ask if they had a specific pair of jeans in a size 16 - my friend explained she was 6 months pregnant and a finger was then pointed towards the maternity wear as the assistant flounced off!!) I personally have never had any problems with customer service in Dorothy Perkins but I'm the kind of person that hates to make a fuss anyway!! I have returned a few items in the past (y'know - get them home and realise what a BIG mistake it was to buy them) and have always been able to get my card refunded or exchanged a wrong size for the correct one. I even took back an unwanted birthday present (without a receipt of course!) and was able to exchange it for anything up to the value or have gift vouchers instead. And one last thing I'd like to mention is the DP Sale!! Yep - their prices are reasonable enough as it is but at sale time many items can have up to 50% off. Granted, a lot of the time there are clothes that are basically a waste of money, but if you are willing to wade through the bargain rails, you can pick up quite a few things at a great price. (I recently got a denim jacket for less than 20 quid, a t-shirt for a fiver and two pairs of black trousers for £8.50 each). Their big sales take place in January and in the summer but they have regular mid-season sales and most stores have a sale rack lurking near the back of the shop for most of the year - definitely worth taking a look at! ~~~~~~~~~~ So would I recommend it then? Of course I would!!! Granted, it isn't everyone's cup of tea but I find it to be reasonably priced with a good range of clothes and definitely worth spending a while browsing around. Of course, you have to remember that you get what you pay for but DP clothes aren't as frumpy, cheap l
      ooking or as poor quality as some might think. Oh and if you can't be bothered getting up off the sofa, you can always check out their range and buy online at www.dorothyperkins.co.uk Happy shopping!!

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      • Fallen - Evanescence / Music Album / 4 Readings / 28 Ratings
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        I've had this review sitting on my hard drive for the best part of four months now but never got around to posting it for one reason or another. However after going to the Carling Academy in Glasgow a few days ago to see the band's first live Scottish gig and being lucky enough to meet lead singer Amy Lee, I decided it was about time I dusted off the ol' computer and let you all read my thoughts on Amy and the band, their debut album and their live performance. ~~~~~~~~~~ Many of you have probably heard of Evanescence after the success of their first two singles "Bring Me To Life" and "Going Under" but they seemed to just appear from nowhere over the summer and hit the big time very quickly. To be honest, I had a copy of the album in my hands even before their debut single was released as I first heard of Evanescence on the Daredevil soundtrack (which I really only got because Saliva and Nickelback were featured on it). However, Evanescence with their two tracks "Bring Me To Life" and "My Immortal" really stood out on the whole album and my boyfriend at the time rushed out and bought Fallen on import before it was even released here. He raved about it so much that I just had to get my own copy and played it to death even before "Bring Me To Life" was getting airplay on the radio. At the time nobody knew much about this four piece band other than they were from Little Rock in Arkansas, their debut album was very different to other bands in their genre, and that lead singer Amy Lee had an amazing voice. However, over the past few months the general public soon got to know them and they managed to secure a no1 hit with their debut single. The band consists of Amy Lee (vocals), Ben Moody (guitarist), John LeCompt (guitar) and Rocky Gray (drums). Amy and Ben formed the band in the late 90s and wrote most of the songs together. After gaining recognition in their home
        town, John and Rocky joined and they managed to secure a record deal. [Unfortunately at the beginning of November on the eve of the British leg of their tour, Ben announced he was leaving the band. At time of writing, there has been no word as to his replacement, although a guitarist was brought in to allow them to continue their tour and fulfil their European and US dates.] ~~~~~~~~~~ So just what is it that makes Evanescence special? Hmmmmm... Well I'd have to say that it makes a refreshing change to hear a strong female vocalist singing the kind of rocky, edgier songs that are usually left to guys. And that's what makes them unique. I do find it hard to describe their sound and originally thought of Sarah McLachlan on lead vocals for Linkin Park as Amy's voice is so succinct and clear but fits in well with the guitar riffs and bangin' drums. So on to the album itself. The tracks: ~ Going Under ~ "I'm going under drowning in you I'm falling forever I've got to break through" This is definitely a good choice of opening track to introduce us to the band as it is upbeat but with a classic "rock" feel to it. Establishing Amy as lead vocalist, it really sets up the rest of the album and even after only hearing it a few times, I did think that it was strong enough to be a future single. It was released hot on the heals of "Bring Me to Life", received a lot of radio airplay and charted at number eight thus proving Evanescence weren't just a one hit wonder. One of my favourites and definitely one of the best from the whole album. ~ Bring Me To Life ~ "Frozen inside without your touch, without your love darling only you are the life among the dead" As I've said before, this song is the first single released from the album and again is on
        e of my favourites. The opening is a stark contrast to the previous Going Under as it is more mellow and the soft piano introduction makes you think it is going to end up as a ballad. But the verse picks up speed until we have a full blown rock sound complete with banging drums and guitars and guest vocalist Paul McCoy (from band 12 Stones) play a big part in the chorus and towards the end. This track received an amazing response when performed live in Glasgow where John LeCompt took over the male lyrics. ~ Everybody's Fool ~ "I know the truth now I know who you are and I don't love you anymore" At first listening, this sounds as if "Bring Me To Life" has ran for longer than it was supposed to as both tracks are very similar upon first hearing but with the absence of any male vocals. In fact, at their live gig, this track was sung straight after "Bring Me to Life" - almost melding both of them together - although it had a slightly different arrangement to the album version. It is a good track with meaningful lyrics about betrayal by a loved one and feeling a fool when it's all out in the open - something that myself, and I expect many others can relate to. This one certainly does help to establish the Evanescence "sound" although I found that it was much better performed live. ~ My Immortal ~ "When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears when you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears and I've held your hand through all of these years but you still have all of me" There really is only one way to describe this song and that is: haunting. It is a stark contrast to the first three songs and I do think sounds very like Sarah McLachlan but with smoother vocals and in a lower key. It is essentially a ballad with Amy's strong vocals accompanied with violins and a piano i
        n the background. The lyrics are poignant and sad - "these wounds won't seem to heal, this pain is just too real, there's just too much that time cannot erase" - and convey the despair and pain felt for a loved one who is now gone. Released as a third single, it takes Evanescence in a different direction and widens their appeal to more people. However, the album version is quite different to the one released as a single as Amy herself wanted to re-record it as the one on the album was actually from a few years back after she had just written the track. The new version is more similar to when they perform it live with the majority of the song having Amy accompanying herself on the piano and a few soft drums and guitars kicking in for the final chorus. Essentially, the album version is an acoustic version of what you may be hearing on the radio now. Definitely the best song from the album and the highlight of the night at their live gigs! ~ Haunted ~ "Watching me wanting me I can feel you pull me down fearing you loving you I won't let you pull me down" Following on from My Immortal, this one starts off relatively slowly, possibly to justify the title of Haunting - except it has a rockier feel to it with the re-introduction of a strong drum beat and a few guitars. We are even treated to a 20 second guitar solo midway through the song and although I do like this one, it isn't one of my favourites as it seems to cut off very quickly just as it seems to be getting somewhere. However, they used it to open their Glasgow gig and I felt it was a good choice as the pace of the song built up to a strong opener, setting the scene for the rest of the night. A good track but not one that really stood out for me until I heard it performed live and the lyrics are slightly darker than previous Evanescence tracks. ~ Tourniquet ~ "I'm dying praying
        bleeding and screaming am I too lost to be saved am I too lost?" We're halfway through the album and I've decided that Evanescence definitely have a sound - although I'm still finding it difficult to describe. Even from the first few notes, "Tourniquet" is instantly recognisable as an Evanescence track as Amy's lead vocals over a bed of soft guitars works well. This song in particular, is why a few journalists have been categorising Evanescence as "Christian Rockers" as this song has a religious undertone to it, describing God as a tourniquet bringing us to salvation. However, Evanescence don't see themselves as sending a Christian message out through their music as their songs have different themes; this one just happens to be about their feelings towards God. ~ Imaginary ~ "I know well what lies beyond my sleeping refuge the nightmare I built my own world to escape" Upon listening to this, it's actually quite hard to separate it from the previous track as there aren't really any distinguishing parts to it although the pace does slow a little. Listening to the lyrics, they do sound nonsensical as they are about living life as a dream - "In my field of paper flowers and candy clouds of lullaby, I lie inside myself for hours and watch my purple sky fly over me" - bizarrely enough they do make sense in the context of the song which really is much more melancholy than I had first realised. This is a good track - just not a great one and sounds a little too similar to a slower, less rockier version of Tourniquet and thus maybe should have been separated from it in the track listing. In a perfect world, every track on an album would be fantastic and, although Evanescence try their best, this one just doesn't stand out for me although I'm sure there will be many that will disagree with me. ~ Taking Over M
        e ~ "I believe in you I'll give up everything just to find you I have to be with you to live to breathe you're taking over me" The pace slows down considerably at the start of this one - or so you think as the soft piano introduction is quickly replaced with a loud drum beat and guitars quickly kick in. Following on from "Imaginary", dreams again play a big part in the lyrics of this one: "I lie awake and try so hard not to think of you but who can decide what they dream? And dream I do..." Again, like "Imaginary", this track isn't as outstanding as some of the others on the album but after a few plays and hearing it sung live I'm definitely beginning to warm to it. ~ Hello ~ "Don't try to fix me I'm not broken" For "Hello" we have another opening whereby Amy's vocals are accompanied solely by a gentle piano providing yet another haunting tune. Perhaps not as intriguing as "My Immortal", the slower pace of the song kind of allows you to catch your breath as the previous tracks have been relatively upbeat. This concept was used to great effect at their live gig as the lights dimmed, the mood changed and a keyboard was brought out for Amy to accompany herself while singing this. Again this is another track that sounds much better live than on the album. Lyric wise, I'm not actually sure what this one is about as the song itself is so short but the immortal line: "Don't try to fix me I'm not broken" is one which I certainly can relate to in the sense that people are always trying to change others into something they aren't. ~ My Last Breath ~ "Holding my last breath safe inside myself are all my thoughts of you" Usually when it comes to the last few songs on an album the quality isn't as good as the beginning as mo
        st bands place their stronger tracks earlier in the listing but Evanescence have decided to be different and have left two of their best tracks to the end of the album. Upbeat and easy to listen to, it is a little different to some of the previous tracks in the middle of the album which seem to lose their way a bit. This one brings the album back up to the high standard of the opening few songs and gives Amy's vocals a chance to shine again. ~ Whisper ~ "Don't turn away don't give in to the pain don't try to hide" As I said previously, most albums seem to leave their poorer tracks to the end but Evanescence have decided to end their debut album with one of their best tracks. A Whisper it certainly isn't as it is loud, upbeat and, although sounding a little more "pop/rock-esque" it is definitely one of my favourites. A more positive song than a few of the others on the album it speaks of not giving in no matter how bad it gets and is a great way to bring the album to a close. I would even go as far to say that it could hold its own if it was released as a single and is definitely one of the stronger tracks on the album. Used as the encore song when they played at Glasgow's Carling Academy, it got a fantastic reception, and is Evanescence at their best!! ~~~~~~~~~~~ So that's my thoughts on Fallen - one of the best albums I've bought this year and the more I listen to it, the more I think that it could have a wider appeal than I had first thought as, even though it is predominantly a rock album, it has a couple of good ballads, is fairly easy to listen to and is definitely radio friendly (no explicit lyrics, profanities or parental advisory stickers here!!) I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure if I'd like Evanescence as I thought that Amy's vocals would become irritating after a while (I'm not a big fan of
        female vocalists if I'm being honest as I hate screeching!) but her voice suits the tracks. I was a big fan of the band even before I saw them live and met Amy but now they are right up there near the top of my fav bands list. Amy herself is very down to earth and easy to talk to and admitted that the whole band were surprised at how fast they've gained favour with the general public. Although she is only twenty years old, she wants to be taken seriously as a songwriter and on the day I spoke to her, founder band member Ben Moody had just left the band, leaving her as the now main writer so she has a lot to live up to. However, the fact that she wrote "My Immortal" when she was only 16 or 17 proves that she is up to the job and I can't wait to see how Evanescence progress over the coming months. Definitely a 5/5 album and I can't wait for the next one!!

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          OK, so I only own one Armani product... ...and it is this perfume!! ~~~~~~~~~~ I suppose writing about a perfume is one of the hardest reviews to write, but I figured that I would give this one a go anyway as it is one of my fav fragrances and I wanted to share it with you all. I first discovered this perfume about two years ago when I was working in Boots the Chemists. Always one to try out new scents, it wasn't unusual to see me hovering around the fragrance counter when I was supposed to be doing my work. When Armani 'She' was on display, I picked it up, sprayed it and that was it - pretty much what I did with all perfumes. However, I have to admit I quite liked that one and whenever I passed the counter I'd have another skoosh (yes, that is a technical perfume-spraying term!!!) ~~~~~~~~~~ I'm not quite sure just what attracted me to this perfume but it became an instant favourite. Now, I'm not one for very strong, in-your-face fragrances and generally go for subtle scents which linger without being too overpowering (after all, you don't want to scare everyone away, especially your other half!). This, I suppose was what I liked about 'She' (or 'Elle' if you want to be chic!) because although when you first spray it on, it does seem to be a bit strong, it soon settles and has an aromatic, almost sweet fragrance. This is probably because it contains vanilla and jasmine and I found that the subtle scent lingered for hours. I must point out that I hate vanilla with a passion but this perfume does not have a vanilla aroma at all. If you are a fan of floral and light fragrances yet want something that tiny bit stronger (perhaps for going out at night) then you may want to give 'She' a try. On the other hand, if you usually use strong fragrances, then 'She' may be a great daytime perfume as it has a more subtle aroma that lasts well. I pers
          onally use it for both day-time and night-time wear depending on my mood. ~~~~~~~~~~ As many of you girlies out there will know, 'layering' helps the fragrance to last longer and Emporio Armani have not let us down on the matching deodorant and bath gel. All too often, the so-called matching products smell nothing like the eau de toilette but I can vouch for the fact that with 'She', this is not the case. The bath gel is wonderful and produces plenty of bubbles and the fragrance lingers in the bathroom for ages afterwards. The body lotion also has an aroma very close to 'She' as well, albeit a bit more subtle and sweeter. The lotion is quite thin and spreads well, meaning only a small amount is needed to cover a large area and the fragrance lasts quite a few hours which is average for lotions like these. I personally wouldn't use it as my regular body lotion as I prefer something a bit more moisturising but it's great to use just after a bath or shower if you are going out for the night and want your perfume to last longer. ~~~~~~~~~~ Obviously, prices vary from store to store but the approximate average price in high street stores for the 50ml EDT is around £29.50 although if you shop around then you may get it cheaper especially if you visit the various online perfume and make-up discount sites. This is definitely one of my favourite fragrances and I have yet to tire of it - even though I usually have half a dozen bottles on my dressing table that I use depending on my mood (please don't tell me I'm the only one that does that!) So give it a go, you never know, it may just be what you are looking for. And guys, please don't feel left out - this review was actually written for you so that you'll know what perfume to buy your loved ones. After all, we girlies have no qualms about heading into Boots or Superdrug and having a quick skoosh but i
          t's all the more difficult for you guys, eh? ;0) ~~~~~~~~~~ Thanks for reading and grrrrrrrrrrrrrr about the capital letters going AWOL :0(

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          • The Hardy Boyz / Discussion / 2 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            A few weeks back, I was sat in front of my computer, racking my brains as to what review I could write for dooyoo when another member popped up onto MSN and set me a mini-challenge in an attempt to get me to write something. ~~~~~~~~~~ "Nobody ever writes wrestling reviews any more", he said "It could be a laugh!" "Yeah," I replied "For you anyway when my Not Useful total shoots through the roof!!" ~~~~~~~~~~ But I'm never one to back down from a challenge hence the reason why I'm now sat in front of the computer attempting to write a review about the Hardy Boyz and you are all wondering if I really have gone insane!! :0) Hardy Boyz? Who are they I hear you ask? Well I have to admit that they are WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment wrestlers So if you aren't the least bit interested in the great American "sport" then I suggest you stop reading now and errr forget I ever dared write a wrestling review ;0) . . . . . . . . Still with me? Good!!! Now I'm usually not one to make assumptions but I'm going to assume that if you're still reading then you have at least a teeny weeny bit of interest in the WWE or at least in Matt and Jeff Hardy. But fear not, because if you don't, then I suggest you read this rather long review one night when you can't sleep and I guarantee it will bore you to tears and you'll get a good night's sleep. However, I won't take responsibility for your dreams which might involve the odd Twist of Fate, a Swanton Bomb or liberal doses of Mattitude!! ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ So who are these guys anyway? ~~ Duh - they're the Hardyz - one of the best tag-teams to ever come out of the WWE. They did split up a while back hence why this review is going to touch upon both their tag-team careers and their singles ones. ~~ Are they really brothers? ~~ Well, they were born to the same parents, so errr I think we can safely say that they are. Matt was born Matthew Moore Hardy on 23rd Sept 1974 Jeff was born Jeffery Nero Hardy on 31st August 1977 Their mother died of cancer when they were both very young and they were brought up by their father. I'm not going to go into much detail about their background but suffice to say that they were BIG wrestling fans and used to create characters, make costumes and wrestle each other. They even have home-made videos of interviews they recorded when they were young. (There are two videos & dvds available which have excerpts of these and I'll talk about them towards the end of this review). So basically they taught themselves to wrestle from watching early WWF programmes (for back then it was called WWF and had nothing to do with pandas or wildlife) and going to amateur bouts hoping to get a match. They never made any money, came home covered in bruises but enjoyed every minute of it. After a few years of this, they were offered a contract by Vince McMahon (owner of the WWE) and the rest, as they say, is history! ~~ So what makes them so special? ~~ Well, at the time they first arrived in the WWE, they were kind of different to everyone else. They were both young (Jeff was still a teenager, Matt was in his early 20s), weren't overly big or muscle-bound (their combined weight was a little over 400lbs which by wrestling standards isn't much) and their style in the ring was unique. They were classed as high fliers and, especially Jeff, was able to pull off the most amazing stunts and moves not seen before in the ring. Matt was a little more grounded but just as entertaining and the crowd went wild for them. They had great matches with the fantastic Edge and Christian (who rock!!) and took part in several TLC matches - that is Tables, Ladders and Chairs.
            This gave Jeff in particular a chance to show what he could do by pulling off crazy things such as diving off a 15ft ladder onto a table which, of course, he smashed right through. They also won the WWE tag-team titles on a number of occasions. ~~ But what happened? ~~ Well, to be honest, no-one is quite sure what exactly happened but it was decided that the Hardyz should split. I personally think if was because the fans were finding them a bit repetitive because there wasn't any scope for decent storylines and thus the writers decided to have the brothers turn against each other - which, unfortunately, turned out to be a major disaster! The fans didn't buy into it and although the match in which they faced each other should have been a good one (as they know each other so well in the ring) it just didn't play out as it could have. As a result, the Hardyz were taken off tv for a while to give them and their fans a break and then returned a few months later as if nothing had happened. But there were still problems with their characters and the WWE took the opportunity to split the brothers up once again and move Matt to Smackdown while Jeff stayed on Raw. This proved to be a better decision as they were apart but not necessarily hating each other as their paths rarely crossed and the fans could like both brothers as they didn't have to fight. ~~ So what happened to Matt? ~~ Well, as I said, Matt moved to Smackdown where everyone thought he would be a complete flop as he had no character, few fancy moves and was always classed as the weaker of the two brothers in terms of wrestling ability. However..........he proved everyone wrong!! Not long after going to Smackdown, Matt Hardy version 1.0 was born. It was pretty much the same Matt Hardy that we know and love but with a more cocky and confident attitude - which he himself dubbed Mattitude!! At first he played the good guy
            - well, his character was a classic heel (bad guy) but he thought the fans loved him and as Mattitude took off, he turned into a fully-blown, but extremely well-liked heel character. At the same time he was able to prove his wrestling ability in the ring and show that Jeff was not the only talented one in the Hardy Boyz. His alliance with Shannon Moore (who looks nothing like George Dawes from Shooting Stars!) has provided some great comic moments, of which this year's Royal Rumble is a prime example. So Matt's move to Smackdown and the birth of Mattitude has, in my opinion, been a great success for him and a winner with the fans. ~~ And how did Jeff do? ~~ Ah Jeff, hmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Y'know, I always liked Jeff - he was my favourite of the two Hardyz for his mad antics in the ring and his strange uniqueness but unfortunately the split has not worked as well for Jeff as was hoped. You see, Jeff was always the one regarded as the talented on in the Hardyz. His Swanton Bomb looked impressive and he could pull off the most unique, high-flying moves that no-one else could. But take him away from the security of a tag-team match and strip away the daredevil-esque moves and you're left with......not a lot really. This is a shame because he has such potential yet, for a while there, he had become sloppy in the ring and his mistakes were blatantly obvious. One match which sticks in my head was from a Raw episode back in 2002 where he was fighting Triple H. All I can say is that I'm surprised HHH didn't actually have a serious injury as Jeff botched up so many spots and ended up dropping Triple H on his head due to a badly executed hurricanrana or similar high risk manoeuvre. However, we all have our off-days and nobody can expect to be perfect all the time - it's just that Jeff's off-days are becoming more and more frequent. In saying that though, I do like to watch
            him wrestle even though he can be a bit repetitive at times. He is still a fan favourite but the writers have not been doing him justice as they haven't been giving him any decent storylines or back-stage dialogue. Unfortunately, just as I'd finished writing this review, Jeff left the WWE and nobody is quite sure why. There are rumours abound that he lost his passion for wrestling and left; that he was taking drugs and was fired; or that he wanted to leave and concentrate on his music career. Whatever the true story is, I'm sure the fans will all get to hear about it one day, but I personally think (and hope) that we haven't seen the last of Jeff Hardy wrestling. ~~~~~~~~~~ Ok - so that's my opinion on the Hardy Boyz but, as this is a consumer site, then you'll be looking for some consumer-type products to read about, eh? Now there is absolutely LOADS of merchandise for the Hardyz but I've picked out a few that might be of interest to some of you. ~ Leap Of Faith (video) ~ This is the Hardyz very own video (also available on dvd). It tells the story of their childhood, how they got into wrestling and also has footage of Jeff's volcano which he built in his back yard. Yes, you did read that right, Jeff has a volcano!! (Watch the video and all will be revealed). I personally have only seen the vhs video version of this but I believe the dvd has quite a few extras including Matt and Jeff's first televised WWE debut. "Leap of Faith" is quite a hard video to find these days (as the WWE were forced to delete a lot of their videos because of a court case with the World Wildlife Fund) but is still available to buy from some websites (at time of writing Play.com were selling it for £13.99 if you are prepared to wait for them to order it for you). ~ Before They Were Superstars (dvd) ~ Now this isn't actually a specific Har
            dy Boyz dvd but i t dedicates a whole section to them. It is like a summary of their childhood (almost a condensed version of Leap of Faith) and contains some of those childhood interviews of wrestlers that they did (these are very funny). For anyone that is interested, the dvd also dedicates a section to Edge (cool guy) and Christian (who rocks!!) RRP £17.99 available in the high street and on sites such as Amazon and Play (at a discounted price). ~ TLC - Tables, Ladders and Chairs (dvd) ~ Again this isn't a specific Hardyz dvd but it contains all of the TLC matches - of which they played a key part. I haven't personally seen this one so can't say very much about it but it retails at £16.99 and looks quite good (but again might be difficult to get a hold of). ~ The Hardy Boyz "Exist to Inspire" (book) ~ Yes, the Hardy Boyz have written an autobiography. Well, I expect that they got a ghost writer to do it for them, but still, we have a Hardy Boyz book - yay!! It was released in the US a few months back and is officially available in the UK on 16/06/03 Of course, there are plenty of sites on the internet who will gladly import it for you (and charge through the nose and take weeks) so I'm waiting until it is released here in June. It is 288 pages long and has an RRP of £17.99 for the hardcover version (paperback won't be available until later in the year). I'll make sure to update this review when I've read it and, you never know, I might even write a separate review on the book if it's any good. ~ T-Shirts ~ Now, the WWE are famous for their merchandise and they certainly do have a few Hardy Boyz t-shirts. The newest ones available are: ~ Mattitude Version 1.0 t-shirt - this is black with a V1 logo on the front and the slogan "The era of Mattitude has arrived" on the back). It is available from wweeuroshop.com f
            or £15.50 (+P&P) and at live WWE events (for around £18). ~ Jeff Hardy Flying Objects T-shirt - this too is black but has a green JH logo on the front and the slogan "Beware of falling objects" on the back. It too is available at wweeuroshop.com at the same price (but due to Jeff leaving the WWE, you may find it on sale very soon along with other Jeff Hardy merchandise). ~~~~~~~~~~ So that's it - 2000 words on the Hardy Boyz and my challenge is now complete......phew!! And my final thoughts on them?......Matt rocks and Jeff kinda does too!! ;0) [PS apologies again for the lack of capital letters at the beginning of this review but Dooyoo won't let me change it :0( ]

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            • cd-wow.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 13 Ratings
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              I have to admit that I am a bit of a shopaholic when it comes to CDs and, more recently, DVDs. No matter how many I own, there is always another one that I want and my poor credit card gets a bashing every so often. So you can probably understand why CD Wow is one of my favourite sites on the internet and not just because their prices are excellent (£8.99 for a chart CD with free P&P). But what exactly makes CD Wow so good? Read on.... ~~~~~~~~~~ When you first access the site, it may be a bit daunting as there is a lot of information on the front page. The centre of the page has highlights of top CDs or DVDs and has a list of new releases and pre releases. To the left is the current top 20 best sellers chart and on the right is a menu where you can access the different categories on the site (Region 1 or 2 DVDs, pre-releases, etc) and a search box. The prices on CD Wow are fantastic with most chart CDs retailing for just £8.99. Some limited edition or 2-disc CDs are around £10.99 with most compilations (eg Now, Smash Hits, Kerrang!, etc) priced at about £12.99. [Please note, the double CD and compilation prices vary]. DVDs have various prices too but are very competitive and there is a good selection (albeit not as varied as places like Play or Amazon but still a decent range). In the past few months, they have segregated their Region 2 DVDs into their own category (they were previously mixed in with the other regions) which makes it simpler to buy if you don't have a multi-region player and can only play R2 discs. They also have a bargain basement where you can pick up CDs for just £6.99 and some DVDs for only £4.99. You'd be surprised at some of the bargains that you find there. Recently they have started selling PS2 and X-Box games but as I'm not a big games fan, I can't really comment on their prices. ~~~~~~~~~~ I find that the site itself is easy to navigate and when you
              search for an item, it searches all categories and displays the results under each one (CDs, Games and DVDs). You can register with the site and store your name, address and preferences (but not your credit card details - these have to be entered each time you make a purchase). You can also create a wish list, check your order history and see the status of any items you have ordered recently. For those of you who have never purchased online before, you may be a bit apprehensive about sending credit card details over the internet. However, I have been using CD Wow for the best part of two years and have never had a problem. They use SSL and all of their transactions are handled by Worldpay. After you have ordered, you get a confirmation email from CDWow and an email from Worldpay also confirming your payment. On the day that your goods are despatched, CDWow send you another email to let you know that they are on their way. ~~~~~~~~~~ As most of their goods come from Hong Kong (well that's what it says on the customs label!!) they tell you to allow 5-7 working days for delivery but I have found that many of my parcels arrive in about 3 days - especially CDs. Most are small enough to put through the letterbox so the postie doesn't have to wake you up in the morning (which is always a bonus!) Hang on, did I just mention Customs? Isn't that a bit dodgy when it comes to charges and the like? Well, as far as I'm aware, you are allowed an £18 limit before customs take a look at what's inside your parcel. A few months ago I ordered a DVD box set that you would find on the high street for £30; as the CD Wow price was only £17.99 and that was the value that they put on the box, the customs people didn't bat an eyelid!! More recently I ordered a R1 Dark Angel Boxset (which rocks BTW) on pre-release at the cut price of £29.99 (RRP of £59.99) and it managed to be delivered safely to my door (all the w
              ay from Sweden of all places!) without customs even bothering with it. Oh and did I mention that it arrived five days before its release date?! :o) I am not sure how CD Wow are for items such as PS2 games (as some games are £30-ish) or how often they get stopped by customs because I usually just buy CDs and DVDs. I do know that if you order more than one item, they are dispatched separately so that helps to decrease the overall value of your package. ~~~~~~~~~~ Customer service from CD Wow is second to none. I have only ever had to contact them once about a DVD that was scratched and they answered my email within two hours apologising for the inconvenience. They sent me a freepost envelope to send the DVD back (not to Hong Kong though - can't remember exactly but it was a UK address) and a replacement was dispatched which arrived just three days later. I've also emailed them a few times with various questions about their site or items in stock and have always got a quick, comprehensive reply - even at weekends! I have heard and read other good things about their customer service but I won't go into that now or else I'll be here all night!! Although one thing I would like to mention is that if your CD case arrives cracked or damaged, if you contact them, they will send you a new one free of charge. ~~~~~~~~~~ I honestly can't praise CD Wow enough and they really are my favourite online retailer without a doubt. They have a great selection of top-selling CDs (including a few of the less well known bands that I listen to) and you can pick up some great bargains in their DVD section. The only thing I would say though is that because they are a worldwide supplier, check your DVD region carefully if you don't have a multi-region player. It also might be an idea to check the track listing of CDs as well especially if the artist has brought out different versions in certain countries -
              just to make sure that you get the version that you want. So go on - why not take a look and see what they've got - you might just be tempted!! [PS - I'm not sure just what is happening with the lack of Capital Letters at the start of my review - take it dooyoo has an ickle bug then?? heehee!! ;0) ]

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              • Liz Earle Cleanser / Skin Care / 3 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                I would say that Liz Earle's Naturally Active Skincare is probably a range that many of you have never heard of before. This is due to the fact that the products are not widely available on the high street and the only way to purchase them is by mail order, the internet or from the shopping channel QVC (found on Sky Digital channel 630). If you live in London, I believe that Browns (in South Molton Street) also have a few of the products. Liz Earle herself is a well known beauty author and has written many books about health and beauty and general lifestyle issues. Her range uses a blend of herbs, essential oils, vitamins and plant extracts and is suitable for all skin types. For those of you with particularly sensitive skin, the products are gentle enough to be used even on eczema prone skin (but it is always wise to do a patch test first as no product can be 100% guaranteed not to cause a reaction). ~~~~~~~~~~ Cleanse and Polish is one of the core items in the range as a cleanser is step one in a good skin care routine. As I have said before, Liz Earle uses natural ingredients in her products and these are of the highest grade. The Cleanse and Polish alone contains: ~ Chamomile which helps to calm skin ~ Hops which helps to leave skin feeling soft ~ Eucalyptus oil which purifies, brightens and soothes skin ~ Cocoa Butter and Almond Milk which are both moisturising agents ~ Rosemary which helps to stimulate the circulation and leave skin looking brighter There are other ingredients included in various quanties (bulking agents) which make up the cream base but these natural agents consist of a high percentage of the final product and are the active ingredients. The Cleanse and Polish itself is packaged in a 100ml pump action bottle and is priced at around £10 although QVC and Liz Earle Mail Order usually have gift sets or duo packs which are better value for money. With the product
                , you also receive two muslin clo ths which you use to remove the product from your face. ~~~~~~~~~~ The Cleanse and Polish system has two aspects to it. Firstly you apply it to your face and massage it in gently as you would do with a normal cleanser. Although it has a rich and creamy texture at the same time it feels quite light and refreshing on the skin. It gently removes make-up and I have found that it is also suitable for use around the eyes to remove mascara and other eye make-up. I have found that it doesn't sting the eyes and so may be of use to those of you who wear contact lenses. Once you have massaged the cleanser onto the skin, you should remove it with the muslin cloth. The cloth should be firstly dipped in warm water and then used to remove the cleanser from the skin. If you use a gentle massaging motion (I always find a circular motion is best) the muslin cloth helps to remove dead surface skin cells and thus 'polishes' the skin. When the cleanser has been removed, you should gently pat your face dry with a towel and follow with a toner and moisturiser or whatever you use in you normal routine. I find that it leaves my skin feeling very refreshed and unbelievably soft. Before using this product I had quite dry skin and many face washes and cleansers left my face feeling very tight and uncomfortable. Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish has the opposite effect and my skin is in much better condition now. After use, the cloth should be rinsed in warm water and left to dry for the next time. I personally put the cloth in the wash with the rest of my clothes after I have been using it for a week just to ensure that all of the dirt and grime has been removed. As you get two cloths with the product, you do not have to worry about waiting for it dry as you will always have a spare. ~~~~~~~~~~ For the guys that are reading - don't feel left out as you can use this product to
                o. As it is very moisturising, it is good to use before shaving as it helps to soften stubble. You could actually use it for shaving with as well but this probably wouldn't be very economical as you would need to use quite a bit of it to get a good enough lather. The Naturally Active Skincare range is fast becoming a 'Premium' range with many beauty magazines singing its praises. As with all premium products, the price tag is usually quite steep but Liz Earle's products are actually quite reasonable in comparison to others. Currently the starter pack costs £10.00 and comprises 100ml Cleanse & Polish in an easy to use pump action bottle and two muslin cloths in a waterproof bag. A replacement pack without the cloths costs £8.25 and you can order a triple set for £24.25. Recently, a 200ml size tube has been introduced and this costs £16.50 (or £17.50 with the muslin cloths). Although at £10.00 this product is expensive, it is actually quite a reasonable price for what I would call a 'premium' product. If you compare the Liz Earle range with some ranges which you find in department stores (eg. Clarins or Clinique) then, a lot of the time you may find that Liz Earle's products are no more expensive. As you are regularly able to get special gift sets and offers then you find that you can save even more in the long run. I can thoroughly recommend this product as I have found that it is easy to use, lasts a long time and leaves my skin looking brighter and feeling refreshed. ~~~~~~~~~~ For more information: www.lizearle.com Liz Earle By Mail PO Box 50 Ryde Isle of Wight PO33 2YD Tel: 01983 813913 QVC Channel 630 (Sky Digital) www.qvcuk.com

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                  I have been meaning to write a review of Aftershock for the past few weeks but, as I take all my reviews so seriously, I just had to try it out several times to ensure that I was able to write an accurate and comprehensive review. So at the weekend, I decided that I would try out a good few and finally get around to writing this even though my head is still aching and I just can't seem to get my hands coordinated to type!! For those of you who don't know much about Aftershock, it is a strong alcoholic beverage which you drink as a shot and down it in one. It comes in three flavours Red, Blue and Green. Each flavour has it's own unique characteristics and are supposed to tell a lot about the person that drinks them. ~~~~~~~~~~ Red - if you drink this then you're supposed to have a Raunchy Side. It has a strong cinnamon taste and I can assure you that it is hot and it burns!! To be honest, this one is my favourite and I can now drink it quite easily as I love the taste of cinnamon. Blue - those that drink this one have a Cheeky Side to them. It is also known as the 'cool' version of Aftershock because when you drink it, it doesn't burn as much as the Red. It does have a cinnamon/aniseed taste but reminds me a bit of mouthwash and I'm not a big fan of it. Green - this is the newest addition to the Aftershock range and is for those who have a Wild Side. I have to admit that it is my least favourite as it looks, smells and tastes like cough medicine - I personally avoid it. ~~~~~~~~~~ Now there are two different ways of drinking Aftershock - the first is detailed on the official website www.shockingtimes.com and is: Store at zero degrees Serve in a shot glass Take it in one Take a deep breath... ...then exhale This way of drinking them is really easy and the deep breath and exhale part is crucial for the "Aftershock Effect"! <
                  br> The other way is, rather than downing the drink in one, you hold it in your mouth for as long as possible - usually 20-30 seconds. Be warned, this is difficult to do with the Red one as it stings the roof of your mouth, gums and tongue! Then it burns all the way down when you swallow it...Not my fav way of drinking them but great for drinking games and challenges. As for alcohol content? Well each of these little shots are 40% proof (although a friendly barman once told me they were nearer 50%). Hence why you don't get very much for your £2.50 - which I believe is the average price you would expect to pay in a pub for them. Incidentally a full bottle of the stuff will set you back about £20 if you were to buy it in a shop. So you can see that it is going to work out pretty expensive if you are a regular Aftershock drinker as you would normally buy it along with your usual drink rather than instead of it. As my fav tipple is Smirnoff Ice, it costs me £5-6 for both - just for one person!! But, hey, it's worth it and although I don't get drunk very easily, Aftershock goes right to my head (heehee!!) I am currently Queen Of The Aftershock in that I have beaten all my mates in our little Aftershock challenges which usually consist of 'who can drink the most without feeling sick'. As I actually like the taste of the Red one then I seem to always win and it is a good way of getting people to buy them for you. OK so that's a bit irresponsible as I know the damages of drinking in excess, so below is the responsible part of my review. ~~~~~~~~~~ You should drink in moderation. No more than a few units should be taken each day. Don't store up your units for a drinking binge at the weekend. Do not let anyone coerce you into drinking something you don't want. Never drink on an empty stomach. Never leave your drink unattended. Too much alcohol can cause liver dama
                  ge. ~~~~~~~~~~ Now back to the fun! Courtesy of the Aftershock website and my friendly barman at Underworld in Glasgow, here are a few recipes for all you Aftershockers: Loved Up Hot Blooded After Shock Red, caressed with passion fruit liqueur and the crunch of fresh apple juice. Composition: 10ml After Shock Red, 10ml Passoa, 5ml Apple juice After You After Shock Blue, white creme de cacao and a cool breath of peppermint liqueur. Composition: 15ml After Shock Blue, 5ml white Creme de Cacao, 5ml green Peppermint liqueur Purple Pain A Deluge of fruit with Creme de Cassis and pineapple juice - whip up a storm with After Shock Green. Composition: 10ml After Shock Green,10ml Creme de Cassis, 5ml fresh Pineapple juice ~~~~~~~~~~ So that's the wonders of Aftershock. And as different flavours reflect your personality then I guess all you guys out there better watch out as I?m a fan of the Red one...

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                  • u-rate-it.com / Internet Site / 1 Reading / 22 Ratings
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                    I have noticed here on dooyoo that there have been quite a few reviews of a new consumer opinion site called "U-rate-it.com" so I decided to have a bit of a nosey and take a look. In fact, it was the glowing review by wampyrii that actually persuaded me to type the URL into my browser and see what was happening over there. And I am so glad that I did. For those of you who were around when dooyoo was in its infancy (I've been here since June 2000) then u-rate-it may bring back a few memories - except it is a hundred times better than sites like dooyoo and ciao were when they first started out. The first time I accessed the site, I had my mouse poised in preparation to "kill the pop-ups" because I figured that like the other consumer review sites around I would be bombarded with those annoying ads as soon as I'd opened the page. But - nothing - not a pop-up in sight - hey I liked this place already! The layout of the site is quite basic with very few banner ads or affiliate links. It took me no time at all to access the FAQ which was easy to read and pretty much answered most of my questions. I had a quick look around a few categories and decided to take the plunge and sign up. The sign up process was unbelievably easy - they just want your email address, username and password and that was it - the whole process took seconds. After checking my email and clicking on the activation link I was a fully fledged member of U-Rate-It. Just as I was checking out the features of the site I received a Personal Message in my Inbox (on the site) welcoming me and saying that they looked forward to reading my reviews - I thought that this was a nice touch because, although there weren't many members around to say hello, at least the administrators were friendly. At the moment it doesn't have as many categories as dooyoo has but their main ones are CDs, DVDs, Movies, Games and Websites
                    . Recently new categories such as Books & Magazines, Televison and Shopping have just come online and more are been added daily. Within each category you can add items instantly. Yes I did say instantly - no need to email site administrators or wait for weeks for your item to be uploaded - you get it added there and then and can submit your review. Although there aren't any payments for submitting reviews at present, there is a Token System whereby you get tokens for writing reviews, commenting on others, having your review read and introducing friends. These tokens give you entries into their prize draws - there is a monthly draw for free DVD rentals (which I won for December!!) and a regular one to win a £50 Amazon gift voucher. I believe the next Amazon draw takes place in February. I suppose the lack of payment may make a lot of people not bother with the site as there isn't any financial reward but they say they are going to offer payment for reviews some time in the New Year. I for one don't mind about not being paid - I'm just glad that there is an alternative to the big review sites out there and this one seems VERY promising. I won't go into detail as how to submit or edit reviews, add categories, etc as is it easy enough to do and the site is simple to navigate and use. Basically if you have used any of the other review sites, then you should be able to get the hang of this one quite quickly. In my opinion what makes u-rate-it stand out from other, similar review sites is its speed and online support. The site loads quickly as it isn't bogged down by constant pop-ups or banner ads and it is easy to add an item if there isn't a category for it. A lot of the time, one of the site's administrators is online and you can send personal messages and emails with any suggestions, comments and the like and they are replied to very quickly. I believe that the feature for commentating on a r
                    eview was suggested by a member one day and the next day it had been added - pretty impressive, eh? One major advantage that I'd like to point out is that when you submit a review and paste from Word, you don't get those annoying ?? everywhere unlike some other review sites around... At the moment there are very few members around and as a result not that many reviews either - but it is early days yet and once the membership grows, the site will certainly give dooyoo and ciao a run for it's money. An advantage of the small membership of the site is that you can register pretty much whatever username you want and secondly, you have a higher chance of getting something in the prize draws. I have to admit to spending a fair bit of time on there even thought I am not the most prolific at writing reviews. I like to keep the site open in the background when I am browsing other sites or doing research for work so that if a new member happens to come by or a new review is submitted then I can take a look. It would be a shame if this site was overlooked and didn't become as popular as other review sites as it really has a great layout, some fantastic features and a friendly online team. Even if only a few dooyooers read this review and take a look it would be great. And forget about not getting paid for submissions because, realistically how much money do you really make from places like dooyoo or ciao anyway? Come on - take a look - you know you want to!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [Incidentally if you are looking for me over there you won't find me under star500 as I go by my real name but I'm sure our paths will cross at some point]

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                    • Zovirax / Health Treatment / 3 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                      I suppose Cornflake Girl is a strange title for a review about Zovirax, but believe me, it is a very apt name for me when I have a cold sore because basically it looks like I've got a cornflake stuck on my upper lip. Cold sores - the bane of my life. Some people find that sunlight triggers them, some find that cold weather triggers them . For me, arranging a good night out with my mates triggers them. Come rain or shine, if I'm going somewhere special, have just met a potential boyfriend or have a presentation to do at work then my ever so trusty cold sore appears. With that, I become "Cornflake Girl" and have the superhero powers to scare people away (ooh, yuck, what?s that?); stop men from spending time with me (you're not coming near me with that thing on your lip) and am treated like a leper (the green towel is yours - don't use mine and don't even think of drinking out of my good Winnie the Pooh cup!). Before I go on to discuss Zovirax, I suppose I'd better tell you a bit about Cold Sores first as it will make my review about Zovirax a bit easier to understand. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ ~~ So what exactly is a cold sore anyway? ~~ A cold sore is actually an infection cause by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It usually appears on or around the lips although people can sometimes get them around or just inside their nose. They can also be found in the eyes but this is uncommon and should be referred immediately to a doctor. You can catch a cold sore by being in contact with an infected person. It is commonly caught by kissing (as most cold sores affect the lips) although it can also be caught by using the same cutlery, cups or towel as somebody else. Unfortunately, once you have caught your first cold sore, you pretty much have them for life as the virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and flares up every now and t
                      hen. I, along with many people, find that my cold sore appears in pretty much the same place all the time as it stays localised in one part of the nerve. However, they are very easily spread to other areas especially if they weep or bleed. They can sometimes be triggered by UV light (bright sunlight), cold weather or stress. Some people get them when they have a cold or flu or are feeling run down and a few women may get them at certain "times of the month". You may be unfortunate enough to get one every couple of months - you may not get them for years or you might be one of the lucky people that have only ever had it once and never had one again. ~~ So what do they look like? ~~ Like a cornflake on your lip!! No, seriously, they usually start off as a tingling or itching feeling eg. on the lip. After a while, the area becomes red, almost as if a spot is starting. The red area becomes raised and feels uncomfortable. If you look closely (eg in a magnifying mirror) you will see that it is made up of tiny "water blisters" (usually about 8 or so) all clustered together. After a while, the cold sore takes on its characteristic honey coloured crust which does, really, look a bit like a piece of cornflake. It is also very painful to touch and feels quite hot and uncomfortable at times. If the crust comes off, it can bleed and weep and generally doesn't look very nice. ~~ OK, I've got one, what do I do? ~~ Whatever you do, don't pick the scab off as not only will it be very sore but it will increase the chance of spreading the infection. Although cold sores should disappear themselves in around ten days, certain creams on the market are available to help them clear up quicker (eg Zovirax which I will talk about later). There are also other creams such as Cymex and Blistex (formerly Blisteze) which help soothe the cold sore and stop it from drying
                      out. You should be very careful when washing and drying your face as you may inadvertently pull the scab off. Always remember to thoroughly wash your hands after touching the sore to minimise the spread of infection. It is also worth avoiding sharing towels, cups, cutlery, etc with other people to avoid passing it on and remember that kissing (be it lips or other parts of the body!) can spread the virus very easily. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Now to Zovirax - officially my best friend in the world (well, when it comes to cold sores anyway!) As I am a regular sufferer, I always make sure that I carry a tube of Zovirax around with me in my bag as I never know when I will get that characteristic "tingle" on my top lip. I am one of the lucky ones that does get this tingle warning (some people don't or don't realise what it is) and as soon as I feel it, I put Zovirax on straight away. If you catch a cold sore early enough, Zovirax is strong enough to prevent it from coming out completely. You can use it five times a day for five days and this should be enough to stop it. To be honest, I find that only using it for a couple of days is enough to prevent it but the manufacturers do recommend five days. Sometimes you may be unfortunate enough to miss the tingle stage and the cold sore starts to come out. It still isn't too late to put on Zovirax as it can cut down the healing time by a few days. However Zovirax is quite expensive and if the cold sore has already come out, many people opt for the cheaper Cymex or Blistex to soothe and moisturise it. Zovirax works on cold sores because it contains the active ingredient Aciclovir in a 5% w/w concentration. Aciclovir is an anti-viral agent and stops the Herpes Simplex Virus from replicating and forming the cold sore. This is why it is best to use it as soon as you feel the sore coming out.
                      Aciclovir itself is very potent but is safe to use as it only affects cells which are have HSV - it has no effect on healthy cells and thus you shouldn't suffer any side effects. Sometimes, I have found that it tingles a bit when you put it on and can make the skin a bit dry but this is a normal reaction and shows that it is doing its job. However, there will always be a few people who experience side effects from any medication so, courtesy of the information leaflet supplied with my tube of Zovirax, the makers, GlaxoSmithKLine state: "A very few people may be allergic/sensitive to Zovirax. There have been rare reports of allergic reactions including swelling, especially of the lips, face and/or eyelids; skin rashes or weals. If you experience any of these symptoms check with your doctor immediately and do not use the cream any more unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so." I, and other members of my family and friends, have been using Zovirax for years and have never suffered any ill effects but that is not to say that you won't. Zovirax has a "Pharmacy Only" licence which means that you have to ask for it in chemists behind the counter. You will probably be asked several questions before it will be sold and it can only be used on the face. Herpes infections in the eyes or the genitals should always be referred to your doctor and your pharmacist will not sell it for that purpose. Similarly you can not buy it for young children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Those who have a compromised immune system (eg because of disease or other medication such as steroids) will also be referred to their doctor as viral infections in these people can become serious if not treated properly. If you have a cold sore which has lasted for longer than ten days without showing any signs of healing or the infection becomes very severe (eg several cold sores at on
                      ce that are persisting) it is also recommended that you see your doctor as you may need some anti-viral tablets to help clear them up. And now the bit you have all been waiting for - the price!! Yes, Zovirax is very expensive: £5.89 for a 2g tube or £5.95 for a 2g pump (exactly the same in terms of content but the pump is less messy that the tiny tube). However, a tube will last a while as you only need a tiny amount to dab on each cold sore. There are other brands of cold sore creams on the market which also contain 5% aciclovir and which are cheaper than Zovirax. One of these is Soothelip which has exactly the same ingredients and product license as Zovirax but works out at about £1 cheaper (not all chemists stock this brand as Zovirax is so popular). I believe that Boots also have their own brand version called "Avert". Zovirax was the first company on the market to get an over-the-counter license and has a loyal following. It also spends £millions on advertising and increasing consumer awareness and thus the price tag is quite hefty. But I hate being Cornflake Girl and I am quite happy to pay the money for anything that will rid me of my cold sores!! /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ The information in this review is based on my own experience and knowledge and should not be taken as definitive medical advice. What I have found to be suitable for me may not always be suitable for you. Remember, you should always check with your pharmacist before using any over-the-counter products especially if you are taking other medication, have underlying disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding. Thank you for reading. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

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                      • The Lost Boys (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                        The Lost Boys is the original, cult 80's vampire flick directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric. It was originally regarded as being pretty poor at its time of release and as a result didn't actually became a big hit. This was probably because it was billed as a horror film but, to be honest, did not really have enough blood, guts and tension to satisfy the hardcore horror fans looking to be scared out of their wits. Instead it became a bit of a cult hit and its popularity has re-emerged in the last few years with the success of shows such as Buffy and Angel. The Lost Boys has taken the vampire story and turned it into a teenage flick about a gang of biker vampires terrorising the small town of Santa Clara in California. Kiefer Sutherland plays David who is the lead biker and the vampire that the others take their lead from. When Michael (Jason Patric) moves to the town with his family, he soon manages to get caught up in the gang when he falls for David's girlfriend, Star (Jami Gertz) and finds out just exactly what David and his gang do for entertainment and why half of the residents of the town have gone missing. To say any more would spoil the storyline which, although a little predictable, is still enjoyable. The special effects are practically non existent perhaps down to both the time of release and budget as basic things such as showing the vampires flying was difficult to achieve (although Schumacher used clever "point of view" camera shots to simulate the flying motion). I can only imagine what a remake of it would be like especially some of the final scenes. In my opinion the casting of both Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric was a very good choice as, even before makeup, these guys looked evil enough to be blood sucking vampires. Their acting was superb and their supporting cast made a good effort although some of the actors seemed a bit uncomfortable
                        and wooden during a few scenes. However, this was not noticeable enough to spoil the enjoyment of the film. The inclusion of the Frog Brothers (played by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) certainly provided an almost slapstick element as they were the town's resident vampire hunters. However the Frogs are not in the same league as our current TV heroine Buffy and the duo end up creating havoc and mayhem as they try to stop the fanged ones from taking over the town completely. Also worth a mention is the brilliant soundtrack which features the "Cry Little Sister" theme as well as tracks from INXS and Jimmy Barnes (Good Times) and Echo and the Bunnymen (People Are Strange). With regards to the DVD itself, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed as there isn't anything much in the way of extras ? you pretty much get the cinematic trailer, a few cast bios and some production notes. As the film was made 16 years ago and wasn't a blockbuster, I suppose there were very few featurettes or "making of" documentaries that could have been added and I suspect that any deleted scenes or outtakes would be long gone. The picture quality is average (but this may be because quite a few of the scenes were filmed in low light) and I have personally found the sound to be slightly muffled in some scenes. However this may be due to the age of the original film or to my DVD player which wasn't the most expensive one in the shop and is a bit temperamental at times. If you already own the film on video, then I wouldn't honestly rush out to buy the DVD unless you get it at a bargain price (I actually got mine for £5.99 a few months back). It is available to buy on a few websites for £7-8 so shop around if you are looking for a copy as I have seen it in certain high street stores and reputable DVD websites for anything from £10 to £15.99. Technical specs: Region: 2 Aspect
                        Ratio: 2:35:1 Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 (English); Dolby Surround (French, Italian) Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish Hearing Impaired Languages: English, Italian Running Time: 93 minutes I can't recommend the film highly enough and give it 5 stars. However, as this review is in the DVD section then I'm afraid my overall rating has to be just 3 stars based on the fact that the DVD has little to offer in the way of extras and, on my DVD player anyway, the sound and picture aren't as sharp as they could be. \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Sleep All Day. Party All Night. Never Grow Old. Never Die. It's Fun To Be A Vampire. \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

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                          Once upon a time it was quite "cool" to like this 4-piece Canadian band. The internet was buzzing about Chad Kroeger's unique style and the band's underground following across Canada. MP3s of early unreleased tracks were being swapped and downloaded by fans wanting to hear more and the future for Nickelback looked rosy when they released their first commercial album "The State". This was received positively with tracks such as "Leader Of Men" getting reasonable airplay on American and Canadian radio stations and the album sold well. Slowly, Nickelback were getting recognition. Then what happened? Well, they released "How You Remind Me" from their second commercial album "Silver Side Up" and all hell broke lose. "How You Remind Me" was hugely popular in the States and Nickelback was officially the "coolest" band in late 2001. In February 2002 they released this track in Europe and its success here mirrored that in North America. The airplay it received was phenomenal and it stayed in the charts for many weeks. It was even the most played rock song in Europe over the summer. On the back of this and the release of "Silver Side Up" here, they started touring. They received three nominations at the 2002 Kerrang Awards (didn't win anything though) and seemed to be able to do nothing wrong. But they were slated in the musical press for basing a tour on the back of one song - one hugely popular song but nonetheless, one song. Their second single from "Silver Side Up" was "Too Bad" and wasn't released until half way through their tour. The album itself was well received and sold well at first but people soon began to tire of it and began nitpicking and criticising and Nickelback fans on the internet began to die down - they were still there but just didn't admit it any more. So what was the problem with "
                          ;Silver Side Up"? In my opinion, nothing. I thought that it was a good, solid album with emotive songs, kicking guitar riffs and strong vocals from Chad Kroeger. ~~~~~~~~~~ The track listing is as follows: ~ Never Again ~ For me, this was a good choice of opener as it is upbeat and allows Kroeger to show off his vocal ability. The lyrics centre on domestic violence "he's drunk again - it's time to fight" and in essence is quite depressing and emotional although the song comes across as being angry and bitter. ~ How you remind me ~ This is the song that everyone has heard due to its extensive airplay on various radio stations. The catchy lyrics "Never made it as a wise man, couldn't cut it as a poor man stealing..." sticks in your head and in my opinion is the best song on the album. However, many people bought "Silver Side Up" on the basis of this one song and were disappointed as the rest of the tracks are not as easy to listen to and catchy although excellent in their own right. ~ Woke up this morning ~ This is a very strong, solid song and memorable to myself as it was the track that they played to open their gig at the SECC last August. It kind of hides itself away on the album as it is very different from the song before and may be overlooked. But, it is still one of the better ones in my opinion. ~ Too bad ~ Again, this is another one of my favourites and was the second single taken from the album. It is catchy and was a good choice although it didn't catch the public's imagination possibly because the chorus is not as catchy as "How You Remind Me" and many were expecting a similar style to this. ~ Just For ~ Although, the song is not a weak one, it not one of my favourites. The vocals work well, the guitars are prominent and overall it is quite easy to
                          listen to. I have noticed th at the intro sounds very much like Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" although the rest of the song bears no resemblance to it. ~ Hollywood ~ This song has been criticised for being one of the more "boring" ones on the album but I have to admit that I quite like it. This may be because it sounded exceptionally good when I saw it performed live and the guitar solo really stands out. It is one of the heavier, slower songs on the album and can take a while to get in to but it is one of my favourites. ~ Money Bought ~ As a contrast to "Hollywood" this track is a little more upbeat with a relatively strong chorus although I find the verse to be a bit weak. It is a good enough song but I personally think that there are better ones on the album. ~ Where Do I Hide ~ This song opens well, with a solid 35 second intro. It is one of the better songs and well suited to Kroeger's gritty vocals. Guitars feature heavily in this one and again it is great performed live. The chorus is catchy in its own way although I personally feel that the whole song is strong. ~ Hangnail ~ Unfortunately, as with most albums, songs towards the end are usually the weaker ones and "Hangnail" is probably the poorest track on the album in my opinion. It is still an okay song but nothing much to write home about. ~ Good Times Gone ~ The last song of the album is more downbeat and with "Hangnail", is classed as one of the weaker tracks. However, I don't think that it deserves the criticism it receives. It does sound like some of Nickelback's earlier stuff (before Silver Side Up). I think it is a good track and would probably appeal to those who bought the album based on "How You Remind Me" as it isn't as heavy as some of the other tracks. ~~~~~~~~~~ S
                          o that's "Silver Side Up". As with all albums, there are good tracks and bad ones and I think Nickelback have produced a pretty good mix. Of course, your perception of a song depends and your own personal taste and I believe that the problem with "Silver Side Up" is that many people bought it wanting to hear carbon copies of "How You Remind Me". When this wasn't the case, they dismissed it as being poor as the style of the other tracks was quite different to the first single. However, I liked the album, I like Nickelback (hey, I even met Chad at the SECC gig) and I am going to give "Silver Side Up" five stars.

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                          • Aveda Shampure / Hair Care / 1 Reading / 30 Ratings
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                            29.01.2002 03:19
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                            Have you ever fancied washing your hair with an aroma-therapeutic blend of twenty five pure flower and plant essences? Well, if you use Aveda's best selling shampoo "Shampure" then this is exactly what you will be doing. I am a big fan of the Aveda range of shampoos and conditioners and, since I was introduced to Shampure a few years ago, it has become one of my favourite haircare products. ~~ Background For those of you unfamiliar with the company, Aveda is based in America and is the manufacturer of a premier range of salon quality products and exclusive blends. They work on the principles of "Aromacology" which is "The art and science of pure flower and plant essences" and are very environmentally friendly and aware. They are constantly trying to reduce the amount of synthetics and petrochemicals used in their packaging and products and use a high percentage of naturally occurring plant and flower extracts. Although here in the UK, Aveda are best known for manufacturing haircare products, they also have a wide range of skin and bodycare, make-up and even vitamins to help promote a healthy body and lifestyle. ~~ Why is Shampure so special? Along with some other premium brands, Aveda have manufactured a shampoo which can be used on all hair types - dry and brittle; greasy; fine; out-of-condition or normal to name a few. Shampure contains Coconut Oil rather than a detergent to produce the lather and also has plant proteins to replace the moisture as it cleanses the impurities and grime from the surface of the hair. As it is protein enriched, with regular use it can strengthen hair and make it less susceptible to breaking and splitting. Aveda do not used petrochemicals in their haircare products and so Shampure will not coat the hair in silicon-type substances and thus won't give it a greasy sheen or make it feel lank and unwashed after a few hours. <
                            br> Some of the ingredients in Shampure's unique blend include: rosemary, lavender, aloe vera, avocado and ylang ylang and it has a wonderful aroma. Personally it reminds me of a mixture of cherry with a hint of lemon but it is a fragrance that is quite difficult to describe. ~~ Can it be used for those with sensitive skin or flaky scalp? For those of you with a sensitive scalp, ingredients such as Aloe Vera help to calm it down and thus few reactions should occur (however as each person reacts differently then it is always worth doing a patch test first if you have allergies or extremely sensitive skin). As it does not irritate the scalp, it should not over-stimulate it and for those with greasy hair, shouldn't lead to more secretion of sebum to the roots of the hair. If you have a flaky scalp this may be due to a number of things, one of which could be a fungal infection that may need treatment with a medical shampoo. Shampure is safe to use on this but, as it doesn't have any anti-fungal agents, it may not clear it up and thus medical help and a specific anti-fungal shampoo (eg from the doctor or pharmacist) may be needed. However, if the flaky scalp is due to a sensitivity to another shampoo, then you may find that after using Shampure a few times then this might help clear it as there are fewer synthetic ingredients used in this than in other formulations which you might find in your local chemist or supermarket. ~~ If it is such a wonder product then it must be expensive? Well, yes, I have to admit that the Aveda range is on the expensive side when you compare it to the shampoos that you find in your local Boots or Superdrug. It is available to buy in selected House of Fraser, Debenham's and Fenwick stores around the country. You can also buy it from QVC (Sky Digital Channel 630) and the website Look Fantastic (www.lookfantastic.com). Prices vary but expect to p
                            ay £6.50-£7.50 for a 250ml bottle. You may also be able to get a 50ml trial size for around £2 from some of the department stores mentioned above. As you can see, it is significantly more expensive than other shampoos on the market, but I have personally found that once you have tried it and like it, then it is worthwhile buying the Salon Size bottle (one litre) which costs around £21-£22. By purchasing this size, it can actually work out more economical in the long run when you compare it on a "price per 100ml basis" as it means that 100ml only costs £2.10 when you buy this size. Comparing this to regular brands of shampoo which may cost £2.99 -£3.99 for a bottle (150-250ml) means that Shampure compares well. However, not everyone is willing to pay this for a shampoo so it might be worth looking out for sales or special offers or, if you are in one of the department stores and ask the assistant nicely, they might give you a sample to use for one or two washes so that you can try it out before committing yourself to a big bottle. ~~ Does it really work? Well, I can only speak for myself and my mother who both use it but we are very pleased with the results achieved. This was the first Aveda shampoo that I purchased and, after only using it for a few weeks I found my hair to be much softer, shinier and brighter looking. Although my hair was out-of-condition with plenty of split ends, my hairdresser noticed an improvement in the overall condition of my hair, especially at the roots - and this was from using Shampure in combination with my ordinary conditioner. Nowadays, I also use an Aveda conditioner and, although I still dye my hair every so often and use heated styling products, it is still in great condition and I have very few problems with split ends. Now I'm not saying that if you buy this shampoo you will get the hair of your dreams, just that both myself and my mother had great res
                            ults with it and the rest of the Aveda range. We both have pretty thick, strong hair and perhaps we were just lucky that Shampure (and an Aveda conditioner) was able to bring it back to a manageable state but it certainly worked for both of us. ~~ Why should I buy it? If you feel that your hair is in need of that extra boost or perhaps you find that your old shampoo is not doing it's job properly then you might want to buy a small trial size to see if it makes a difference. Perhaps if you are going somewhere special and want to look your best, then investing in a salon quality shampoo might make your hair look that little bit more special. Or maybe you just want an all purpose shampoo that every member of the family (including young children) can use regardless of their hair type. As I've said before, a one litre salon size costs around £21 and I purchased my last bottle about six months ago. Although I probably only use it twice a week (I like to use other Aveda shampoos as well), there still isn't any sign of reaching the end of it and thus, for me, the large size works out to be very good value for money. I would say that for a family of four it will probably last around four or five months. This seems quite a long time but you only need a small amount to get a lather - even if you have long hair like I have. ~~ Conclusion I cannot praise this product enough as I personally have seen a difference in my hair since I have been using it. Although expensive, I do feel that it is worth it and would recommend it to anyone. And as it says in the bottle, it truly is "above and beyond shampoo". For more information: Aveda UK 7 Munton Road London SE15 1PR Tel: 020 74101600 (for details of stockists around the country) # www.aveda.com (for explanations about the range of products. Based in USA)
                            # www.lookfantastic.com (sell a variety of products) # QVC channel 630 on Sky Digital (Note: Aveda products are not available on QVC's website).

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                            • Unbreakable (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                              08.01.2002 03:50
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                              I originally saw this film at the cinema when it was released last year and, if my memory serves me correctly, I wasn't too impressed with it. However, I recently got the chance to watch it again and found that I did indeed enjoy it. Why I perhaps didn't like it the first time round was because it had been billed as the sequel to "The Sixth Sense", the first of M. Night Shyamalan's blockbuster films. Those of you who have seen The Sixth Sense will know that it is a very good film and because Unbreakable starred Bruce Willis and was directed by Shyamalan, many had thought that it would be the natural sequel. When I watched Unbreakable at the cinema, I left feeling a little disappointed, not because the film was sub-standard, but because I was looking for another Sixth Sense-esque movie - I suspect this was the same for many. However, after seeing it again, I realised that my original judgement was a little too harsh as this is definitely a film worth watching. As you have probably gathered by now, Unbreakable sees Bruce Willis in a starring role again as he tries to break the mould of his stereotypical, vest-wearing action hero. He plays David Dunn who, at the start of the film, is involved in a train crash which kills all crew and passengers except for him. In fact, he manages to escape with very little injuries indeed. This miraculous feat brings him to the attention of Elijah Price, played brilliantly by Samuel L. Jackson. Price is a comic book dealer with a very rare brittle bone disease which causes his limbs to break very easily with the slightest knock or fall. He earned the nickname "Mr. Glass" at school due to his condition and, after seeing the news reports of the train crash, believes that Dunn is the opposite of him - his bones are unbreakable. Of course, Dunn thinks that he is a bit crazy and talking a load of nonsense and the film then focuses on Price's belief that Da
                              vid Dunn is some sort of unbreakable comic-book-type superhero. To say any more would spoil the rest of the storyline as there is a slight twist at the end of the tale that could very easily be ruined if I explain anything else in too much detail. Character wise, Willis and Jackson suit their roles perfectly. I am not the biggest fan of Bruce Willis but I have to admit that he carried off the role of David Dunn very well and seems to be making the transition from action films to those with a little more substance. Samuel L. Jackson too was very good as Elijah Price and his crazy hair added to the eccentricity of the character. Although I have heard the film described as a thriller, it isn't your typical edge-of-the-seat one. In fact, I found that the storyline actually moved at quite a slow, steady pace. Some may argue that it was perhaps too slow but this could be due to the emphasis in character development of both Dunn and Price. However, the ending actually seems to sneak up on you and, in my opinion, was somewhat abrupt. At the time of it's release in the cinema, this came under a lot of criticism as many were left feeling a little disappointed. I have to admit that the preceding 10-15 minutes were quite fast paced (a stark contrast to the rest of the film) and perhaps seemed a little rushed as if the director suddenly realised that there was a time limit or deadline that he had to meet. In saying that, though, Shyamalan's direction was certainly innovative and clever throughout. One of obvious themes throughout the film was in relation to Elijah Price who was nicknamed Mr. Glass at school. His early life, birth and childhood are told by the use of flashbacks which are shown solely as reflections in glass objects; namely a television set, mirror and a framed picture. In the same way, I found the camera work to be original, in particular when Price tumbled down a flight of stairs and also at the begi
                              nning of the film when a conversation between Dunn and a female train passenger was shown from the perspective of the eyes of a child peering between the seats in front of them. Overall, Unbreakable is a good, entertaining film which, in my opinion, does not deserve the criticism and comparisons to The Sixth Sense that it gets. I do wonder, just how the critics would have perceived it, if Unbreakable had been released before The Sixth Sense as then there would not have been anything to compare it to. It certainly was a film that I enjoyed and I would recommend that you catch it the next time it is on Sky Movies or rent it when you are at the video shop. Even if you do not like Bruce Willis or Samuel L. Jackson, the story will keep you entertained and as long as you are not expecting a sequel to The Sixth Sense, you should hopefully enjoy this film.

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                              • Corsodyl Mouthwash Original / Oral Care / 0 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                                30.12.2001 21:32
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                                If, like me, you are one of those unfortunate people who suffer from mouth infections and ulcers whenever you are run down, tired or stressed out, you may find this review if some interest. ~ What is "Corsodyl" then? Corsodyl is a mouthwash which is recommended by dentists for mouth infections such as those affecting the gums (gingivitis) as well as ordinary mouth ulcers. It is available on prescription but you can also buy it in pharmacies for around £3.99 for a 300ml bottle or £6.99 for a 600ml one. If you usually pay for your prescriptions, it may actually work out cheaper to buy it over the counter. It is available in two flavours: mint and aniseed and, although I have used both, I find the mint version to be most pleasant as I hate anything containing aniseed. To be honest, though, neither flavour has a nice taste but the mint one generally leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean (as well as working on those mouth ulcers!!) ~ How do you use it? It is very simple to use as you just rinse 10mls of the solution around your mouth for about one minute. The white cap on the bottle has a line which measures exactly 10mls so it is easy enough to fill the cap to the mark to ensure that you are using the correct amount. Remember, as with most mouthwashes you shouldn't swallow it so be careful if children are using it as they may not spit it out. You should use it twice a day for several days until your mouth ulcer has cleared completely (it might be wise to use it for an extra day or so after it has gone, just to make sure that it won't come back). If you are using it for the treatment of gingivitis, you may find that you have to use it for a longer period of time but there are detailed instructions on the label of the bottle. ~ So why would I need a mouthwash? For a lot of mouth ulcers, the application of a gel such as Bonjela or Anbesol may be enough to give r
                                elief (I personally use Bonjela) but sometimes, if the ulcers are on the tongue or in hard-to-reach areas, gels are not as practical or effective. This is where a mouthwash such as Corsodyl comes in handy as you just rinse it around your mouth instead of fiddling about trying to put some gel on an ulcer that is right at the back of your wisdom teeth. Also, a mouthwash such as this is also better for generalised mouth infections as it has an antibacterial and cleanses the whole mouth as opposed to a gel which only acts on the areas that it is applied to. ~ Are there any side effects? There aren't any side effects as such as you do not swallow it and thus it doesn't go into your system to cause any problems. However some people find that, after using it for a prolonged time, it can discolour teeth slightly. Mild discolouration can be removed by a scale and polish from your dental hygienist so it is not permanent. I have found that to reduce the chance of discolouration occurring, it is best to use Corsodyl after brushing your teeth and to avoid tea, coffee and red wine (which can stain teeth anyway) for about an hour afterwards. Personally, I have not experienced discolouration at all even thought I have used it on and off for quite a while. I suspect this is because I only use it for a few days at a time rather than constantly for a few weeks which some gingivitis suffers may need to use it for. ~ Who shouldn't use it? The label on the bottle warns against using it if you are allergic to Chlorhexidine (the active ingredient) or any other of the ingredients listed. As with everything, it is always wise to check with the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, breast feeding or are taking any other medication. As with all medical conditions, if the problem is persistent or worsens you should always seek medical advice, especially for "at risk" people (child
                                ren, elderly, pregnant, those on long term medication). Children with mouth ulcers should always get them checked out by a doctor or dentist first before using a product such as this (which is not recommended for young children) especially if it is the first time that they have had an infection. ~ My personal thoughts In my opinion, this is one of the best treatments I have come across for mouth ulcers. At £3.99, it does sound quite expensive but I feel it is worth it especially when you have an ulcer which won't respond to topical gels or is just in such a hard to reach area that you cannot apply a gel to. As someone who suffers with mouth ulcers quite frequently, I always make sure that I have a bottle at home as I find that it helps to clear the infection in just a few days. I hope you have found this review helpful, but I'd like to stress that, as with all medicines, you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice before buying to ensure that the product is suitable for you.

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                                  Ever fancied getting hit over the head with a chair? Perhaps you'd rather be thrown through a wooden table. Or maybe you'd just like to tumble fifteen feet from the top of a steel cage. If this is your kind of thing then perhaps you should consider taking up professional wrestling, or at least watch a few WWE programmes shown regularly on Sky One and Sky Sports. ~~~~~~~~~~ Wrestling is quite a controversial topic even here on the pages of our very own dooyoo. It seems that people either can't stand to see, hear or read about it or they love it so much that they never miss an episode of Raw, know all of the current storylines and feuds and are clued up on the latest rumours. As for me, well, I'm one of those "secret" fans - the ones who pretend that they know nothing about it but in actual fact could recite the entry order for the last Royal Rumble, give a year by year account of each Wrestlemania and definitely know what The Rock is cooking. These type of fans usually have a sibling who is a big wrestling fan and this provides the secret fan's cover as they aren't really watching it - no, they are reading the newspaper/doing paperwork/ironing* [* Delete as appropriate] However my cover was blown here on dooyoo when I wrote a review of a book penned by Mick Foley (Have A Nice Day) and received some congratulatory emails along the lines of: "Whaddya mean you're a girl that likes wrestling" and "I didn't know you wrestling fans could read". But my favourite had to be: "How come I've never noticed your name around the wrestling reviews in dooyoo. Too scared to post or comment???" Well, in response to that challenge, I have entered the dooyoo realm of wrestling and here is my very first (and possibly my only) opinion about the world of the WWE. Be warned that it may not be altogether very serious, some die-hard fans m
                                  ay take offence, and remember it is from a female viewpoint so don't expect me to be kind. Oh yeah, and it is a bit long too! ~~~~~~~~~~ I suspect that those of you who are still reading and haven't automatically reached for the Not Useful button are interested in wrestling to some degree. Either that or you are one of my dooyooing circle of friends who can't understand how I'd be willing to ruin my reputation by writing about a topic such as this. Whoever you are, let me introduce you to the joy that is professional wrestling taken from my unique viewpoint. ~~~~~~~~~~ So just what exactly is it that makes wrestling so appealing? Possible reasons: ~ Muscley, half naked men in tight shorts: Hmm, have to say that they aren't really my type and very few can be classed as drop dead gorgeous (unfortunately) although their acting can be quite funny at times. ~ Not so muscley, half naked women in short skirts: Again, not something I would go for but I believe many male viewers are fans of the Divas. ~ Lessons on self defence: This is more like it. After watching a few episodes of Raw and Smackdown, I now know about cheap shots, knees in the bread basket and submission holds. I feel safe to walk the streets at night knowing if someone tries to attack me then I'll just pick up my trusty, steel chair and whack them over the head with it. ~ Lingo: If you ever want to go to the USA on holiday, you need to be able to speak the language and it's amazing how phrases such as "Hell Yeah" can be worked into everyday conversations. Only last week I told my boss that I was the American Badass who was going to lay the smack down on the rest of the staff. I did get fired, right enough, but I'll keep on rollin' until it's time to play the game - in the interest of fairness. ~ The joy of the sport: Sorry but if you are a fan of technical w
                                  restling and enjoy watching amateur bouts at the Olympics then perhaps WWE is not not for you. If, however, you like a good brawl, enjoy seeing the odd table getting demolished and have an unhealthy obsession with steel chairs - then tune in now! ~~~~~~~~~~ Okay, so perhaps that was not altogether very serious but I think that the point which many people miss is that wrestling is not supposed to be taken serious. It is Sports Entertainment rather than a Sport and, despite what some may think, the fans do know that the majority of it is fake. I say the majority because I can't understand how tumbling fifteen feet from a steel cage and smashing through a table isn't real or having someone pummel you with a chair that leaves welts across your back isn't sore. Nevertheless, most fans believe what they want to and the majority are as interested in the storylines surrounding the matches, rather than the in-ring action itself. The WWE employs writers to come up with new and interesting storylines each week in the same way that a soap opera such as Eastenders or Coronation Street would, except with liberal does of "attitude". Whatever you may think about it, wrestling is big business and it is not unusual to see people walking down the road wearing an Austin 3:16 t-shirt or one with Deadman Inc. emblazoned on the front. Tickets to see live UK WWE events shows sell out within an hour despite some having a £45 price tag and some of Sky Sports top shows include Raw and Smackdown each week. But as with anything, the WWE and professional wrestling in general does have it's critics. Not everyone likes to see two grown men pretend to kick each other in a ring surrounded by ten thousand screaming American fans. People are also worried about the effect it may have on children who are renowned for imitating their heroes. There have been cases in America where children have caused fatal injury to others a
                                  nd blamed it on imitating wrestling moves. However, Sky has taken it upon themselves to show censored versions of top rated shows such as Smackdown earlier in the day when children may be watching. These shows do not contain any extreme violence (chair shots, etc) or adult content and there are warnings during the shows from the wrestlers themselves not to attempt any of the stunts at home. Despite this, there is still a stigma attached to being a wrestling fan. It will always have it's critics and die hard fans and if it evolves at the same rate that it has in the last ten years, we may be talking about world domination - well, if Vince McMahon has anything to do with it! ~~~~~~~~~~ As for my life as a secret fan, well I think my cover has been well and truly blown at least here on dooyoo anyway. All I need to do now is find myself a new job - one where the boss doesn't mind me kicking his candy ass. Do you think the WWE would be interested in a new writer - I'm sure I could come up with some ridiculous storylines for them if they wanted. And that's the bottom line...

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