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I am catching up with Knot's Landing all over again on Sky's Movies Gold 2......every day at 6pm! I am as addicted to watching it this time round as I was the first time. It is a spin off soap from Dallas, and features Gary Ewing -the younger 'black sheep' brother of JR and Bobby, and his wife....or ex wife as she is at the moment, Valene. The soap isn't just about Gary and Valene, it's about all the residents of knots Landing and their trials and tribulations - of which there are many, a bit like a cross between Brookside and Dallas....although not quite as glitzy as Dallas. Karen and Mac....his daughter Page that he knew nothing about has just turned up.....followed by her Mother, Macs ex-love who has just tried to commit suicide because Mac doesn't want her....oh dear, she knew she wasn't really going to die....she's just an older version of a spoilt brat! The very Evil Abbey, who has been between the sheets with just about every man and his dog, recently divorced from the afore mentioned Gary, and currently seducing Senator Hollister, the fresh faced naive brother of Greg (also an Abbey conquest)....who isn't really his brother after all - he's just after Gregs money and half his business.....long story, I won't even go down that road. Valene and her current husband Ben, an ex journalist who was blackmailed into killing Greg....of course he didn't do it he's a good guy but is slowly going demented thinking his family is now in danger. Valene is so perfect you'd like to slap her but even she went through her demented stage when her twins got kidnapped.....in fact every character has had a turn at it. Greg Sumner....is he a good guy or is he a bad guy, we are never quite sure, just the way he'd like it....if he was a real person that is. Not forgetting Gary the reformed alcaholic brother of Bobby and JR, who is just about to marry for the third
time to Jill Bennett who isn't really Jill Bennett at all but Senator Peter Hollisters sister and of course he isn't really Peter Hollister......... Confused yet? It's a good job I only touched on some of the current story lines :-)) I admit it's not something I like to admit to openly, but if it's pure escapism your after then this fits the bill, some of the story lines are so off the wall that escapism is all they could be......and it has the fantastic William Devane in it as Greg Sumner (fom 'From Here to Eternity'.....not the Frank Sinatra one, the later one), anyway I like it and I don't care what anyone says :-))
This is a new treatment available on the National Health so as I am only into my 5th day of taking the tablets I can't tell you if they work or not, but I can tell you about them if you haven't already heard. Apparantly they have been using this drug for giving up smoking in America for the last 5 years but it has only just become available to us in this country recently, and yes it's available on the national health via a prescription from your doctor. The tablets were originally used as an anti-depressant, mostly for post war syndrome (I can't remember the correct term for it) but they discovered that so many of the men that were taking it were just quitting smoking and so this has been looked into for quite a few years and they say it works. The reports say it has a 93% success rate!!!! Lets wait and see, eh! For the first 3 days you take one tablet per day, then you go onto 2 tablets a day, I was given a box of 60 on prescription, so if you do pay for them then that's not bad for a months supply. You continue smoking for the first two weeks, and then just stop. Like I said I am on my 5th day and still smoking as normal, but I shall re-write an opinion when I have finished and let you all know how it worked for me (and my husband). There are a number of possible side effects, but so far all I have noticed occasionally is a slight metallic taste in my mouth. I must admit I am very, very sceptical that they will work for me. They don't contain any nicotine in them, so they don't work by replacing nicotine for a while. They just make you not want to smoke anymore!!! We'll see!
I recently won a Palm V in a competition, and to be honest it's not something I would have gone out and bought....£250 is a lot of money for an organiser. Having now had a play with it I have realised it is much more than an organiser. It connects to your computer via a serial port, bear in mind if you have a modem and a digital camera you could have a problem, as I have. The computer wouldn't recognise the palm just because I have the camera softwear on my PC, I had to uninstall the camera softwear in order to use the Palm, of course I can get round this by having an extra com port fitted, but as yet haven't got round to it. The Palm comes with some items already loaded on to it, the usual stuff like address book, calendar for appointments, calculator, memo pad etc, but it can be tailored to your own personal requirements with programmes of all descriptions downloaded from the internet. I have just downloaded a german programme for my daughter to help her with her studies, and of course a few games! Just check before you download something as they are not all freeware, some you have to pay for. There are 3 ways you can enter information on your Palm, the first and easiest way is use the programmes on your PC and transfer or HotSync as it's called the information to your Palm.....this also transfers anything you have done on your Palm back to your PC, or if you are not near your computer you can bring up a picture of a small keyboard on the Palm's screen, you just tap on each letter and it types into whichever programme you are using. Personally I find this a little fiddly. The best and most fun way is using the 'Graffiti' function, you type each letter separately in a designated box using the special stylus pen that comes with it, as if you were writing on paper but each letter over the top of each other. The letters are very simialar to writing in capitals, it is so easy to learn, it took me a matter of minute
s. It is a very clever feature, and if you write the letters correctly you get 100% accuracy. The Palm V is an excellent tool to have, whether your employed or a mum like me, I love my gadgets and this has to be the gatdget of all gadgets!
The truth is she never really did cut it, not for me anyway. OK, so she seems a 'nice' girl but is a bit too sickly sweet for my liking. Her songs are what I call pink bubble gum, they had no substance to them and were made purely for the money making factor, commercialism at it's best.....neighbours was a big thing back then! Now, who knows? Can she finally get rid of that 'I should be so lucky' image? Maybe as she is 10ish years older there may be something more interesting there, to help us forget. If she succeeds in losing her fluffy girly image and the songs that go with that maybe she will be able to 'cut it' now. I feel she should have stuck more to the acting, I thought she was ok and possibly could have done more with that.
How the Government can class petrol as a luxury is beyond me! There are numerous ways we use petrol for very unluxurious reasons and apart from people who need their cars to get to work, disabled drivers who need their cars purely to get around, those that live in remote areas and need their cars for everything, there is also the knock on effect. So, lets say you start taking public transport to get to work to avoid the price of petrol, well apart from the fact it's already expensive and the service in general has a lot to be desired, this too is going to be even more expensive because they need to recoup the extra in petrol/diesel costs.....wheres the luxury in that! The health service is already at crisis point, don't they use petrol/diesel??? Where's the luxury? Haulage companys delivering goods and perishables all over the country, their extra expenses will show in the price of food and everything else in the shops, so apart from the increase in petrol there is the knock on effect to everything else we have to pay for in our every day lives. Again where's the luxury in buying your weekly groceries! The petrol pumps MUST be boycotted on August 1st, ok it may not mean a loss in petrol tax and revenue over the week because we all know that people are going to fill up either the day before or the day after but what it will do is show the government how we as a nation are not happy and we mean business. If they don't take our displeasure on board then show them that in the next general election!
I have recently aquired one of these printers, and it's now my third Epson. The last one - the Epson Stylus 600 lasted about a year and a half and the one previous to that the Epson 4xx (?) lasted about a year. I don't know if this short life of a printer is usual but I do use them quite a lot.....mostly for photographs (I have a digital camera). I have put aside the life span problem and gone for an Epson again because I have always been really pleased with the output, and this one is no exception. The photos are excellent, you would never know that they weren't the 'real thing' They are sharp and clear, I can't see any banding on them whatsoever. I wouldn't say though that it was any quicker to print than my previous printer, maybe that is down to my PC I don't know. All the write ups for it say how speedy it is, perhaps if you have an up to date high spec computer it will be???? The printer tray takes 100 sheets of regular paper, and compared to the Stylus 600 is very quite, in fact I didn't even realise it had started printing when it did. Normal page printing (ie not photographs) is also very good, and printed quite speedily. Another thing I like about this printer is the status monitor, it shows you how much ink you have left, the time remaining for your print job, and there is even a tips box that you can read while your waiting for your printing to finish. As to how long this one will last.......watch this space!
This can be both a scary site and a very helpful one depending on which side of the fence you are. It is an on-line electoral role register and telephone directory. It's free to use for the first 20 searches per month and after that you pay. If you don't want to pay you just wait until the following month and you get another 20. I'll deal with the helpful side of it first.....my husband is a lorry driver and is often phoning me at home asking me for directions, have you ever tried finding local maps on the internet? It's hard work...but using this site makes it easy. All I do is type in the company name of where he's heading to and the area which they are located. It comes up with 2 lists, one is the electoral role and one is telephone numbers. I then click on the one I've been searching and you get a local map as to the exact location, which can then be zoomed in or out depending on what your after.....brilliant. It's saved him many a time having to stop and ask directions. I have also done searches for old schoolfriend and if they happen to still be in the same area even found one or two and been able to get in touch.....again, brilliant. Now for the bad side, we are all aware that there are some absolute nutcases using the net, it seems to breed them for some reason. Well the main problem I can see is that often when we first sign up for an email address there are so many of us that use our real names within that email. When we are chatting with folks these chats are usually very public, and I am even guilty of it myself, but often your general location is mentioned. There you have it, the two things necessary to track you down to your complete address and phone number!!! It even has a link to it that tells you the name of your next door neighbours!!!! For a lot of us it is too late once we have our email address, but my advise would be NEVER use any part of your real surname in your email a
ddy, and be a lot less specific about your location. There are too many unsavoury chracters out there watching!
Starring Tom hanks and directed by Steven Spielburg....already a winning combination. This is one of the most graphic war films I have ever seen, be prepared for quite a bit of blood and guts, perhaps the feint hearted should give it a miss. There is a lot more to this film though than your average war story, Private Ryan (Matt Damon)is one of 4 brothers, the war department discover that all three of his brothers have been killed in the line of duty, and it is decided that Private Ryan must be found and returned home so that the mother of these 4 boys doesn't lose all her sons. This is where Tom hanks and his fellow soldiers come in, no-one knows where Private Ryan is and it is their job to find him and bring him home. The film is both heart rending and as I said before, graphic.....it is the best war film I have seen.
I have lived in Hull for the past 10 years and worked for a Shipbuilding company, Hull has always been a shipbuilding town but unfortunately this is beginning to die out now but there is still much to see with regards to this. When I first came here about 18 years ago the town centre reminded me very much of London, big old buildings with the shops below. The first thing you see as you drive into Hull is the Humber bridge, the largest single span suspension bridge in the world (at the moment) exactly 1 and a quarter miles in between each tower, it is certainly a sight to behold! It is not cheap to cross it though...£2.40 each way for a car. The Humber estuary which runs under the bridge is the busiest estuary for shipping in the country. A quarter of all the United Kingdoms water drains into the Humber Estuary it also has it's own pilots for guiding the ships up and down due to the tides being so strong, millions of tons of silt move on each tide. So this gives you an indication of the size of it. Whilst proceeding down the A63 Clive Sullivan Way, which is named after one of the famous sons of the city who played Rugby league for Hull, Hull Kingston Rovers and Great Britain, you will pass two of the most famous docks in the country - St Andrews Dock and Albert Dock which until the 1970's was home to the biggest deep sea trawler fleet in the world. St Andrews Dock was home to some of the most famous trawlers in the country such as The Gaul and The Arctic Ranger. Carrying on past the Docks you'll come to the Marina which houses boats and Yachts from all over the world, restaurants and bars line it's quayside. opposite the Marina there is a strange architectrual site known as The Princess Quay Shopping Centre which is built on 3 stilts inside a disused dock. Inside Princess Quay you can find every shop you could imagine, the very top floor being the most interesting with it's hand crafted stalls. P
ast the Marina you will go over the River Hull which is the heart of the old town. In 1940 to 1943 this area of Hull was the most heavily bombed city in the country which destroyed a lot of the old buildings but leaving the car behind and going on foot there is still a lot of the old town to be seen, such as the Customs House, Trinity House (one of the oldest schools in the country)William Wilberforce House a famous son of the city - the man who abolished slavery in Great Britain. The River Hull also divides the city in a different way, on the West side your colours will be black and white (Hull FC) on the East side Red and White (Hull Kingston Rovers) and never the twain will meet! Approx one mile further on you arrive at the gateway to Europe where the Ferrys for Rotterdam, Zebrugger and the Hook of Holland leave on a nightly service. In close proximity to the city of Hull you will find the quaint market town of Beverley where you will find the North Gate where King Charles the First was refused entry into the city and thus starting the English Civil War. To the East of the city there are the very popular seaside resorts of Withernsea, Hornsea and Bridlington. To summarise it's well worth a visit to the capital of East Yorkshire.
I have suffered with arthritis for a few years now and can quite often be in a lot of pain. My Father found an advert for this 'pen' and at £49 isn't particularly cheap but sent off for one for me to see if it helped. After all it does have a money back guarantee if it doesn't work for you. It is about the size of a very fat pencil so is very handy to carry around, it seems to work on the same principal as a tens machine. You point the nib at the pain and click the top about 30 times it sends small electric shocks, you can even see the spark. Apparantly this sets the endorphins in your body going which are your own body's natural pain killers. The main question is does it work?? For me, yes it does.....in the short term. My arthritis is quite acute, and the pain can be very intense so it has some hard work to do but even short term pain relief is very much welcomed, and I can use it as often as I like which is quite handy. The pen lasts on average about 2 years, according to their instructions. How long it will last on someone like me, only time will tell. It's a shame you can't get some sort of 'refill' or new battery for it...however it works, but unfortunately once it's finished that's it, time to buy a new one. Two years isn't bad though for £49 but we'll see. I think it will depend on your level of pain as to how well it will work for you, but even the short term relief is better than nothing. I must point out that there are certain circumstances when you mustn't use the pen....from the instructions: Do not use In the first 16 weeks of pregnancy If you are fitted with a pacemaker In or around your eyes Over implanted metal parts On wet skin or in damp surroundings Close to Oxygen or inflammable liquids If you are a sufferer of pain, not just arthritis I would say give it a try.
My daughter watches this religiously on Sky every evening and until the last series I didn't take much notice. Although the programme is mainly about Cory, his girlfriend Topanga and his pal Sean, for me the real stars of the show is Cory's brother Eric and his pals Jack and Rachel. Their story lines are hilarious, if it was down to me I'd give them their own show. The programme is aimed at teenagers and although it has always been pleasant to watch somehow the last series has changed, maybe because the chracters are older so therefore the humour is aging with them, all I know is that me and my daughter have sat there in stitches at some scenes. I think the secret is not to take the show seriously, these 'perfect'American kids don't exist in real life, and take it for what it is a light hearted family comedy. I am looking forward to the next series and hope that Eric has more story lines and is as crazy as ever.
I went to Italy a few years ago and although I was staying in Sorrrento I had a trip to Rome, it is a place I shall never forget! Of course if you go to Rome you must visit Vatican city, and the cathedral, it is breathtaking. The soldiers garding the city in their brightly coloured uniforms with pantaloon type trousers look quite funny but are not to be messed with...they mean business! Send a postcard to yourself so you have a franked vatican city stamp. Bear in mind that if you go to make sure you have suitable clothing, no shorts or short sleeves in the cathedral. Trevi fountain was another place I went to, although busy with people sat around the steps eating their lunch it was surprisingle peaceful and a very nice place to enjoy lunch. Don't forget to throw your coins in the fountain to wish for a return to Rome....my wish hasn't come true.....yet! The colluseum was another place I visited on my trip, there is so much history there and is well worth a visit. Italy is well known for it's thiefs and pickpocket and Rome is no exception, so it is a good idea to only take with you what you really need, be on your guard. There is so much to see in Rome, and my short trip there only just touched it, but even if you only manage to see a small part of Rome like I did, it's still well worth it.
Before I went to Malta last year everyone I spoke to that had been either loved it or hated it....there didn't seem to be any in-between. As for me it grew on me, my first impressions were 'Oh my god, it's concrete city...' I didn't like the look of it one little bit. When we arrived at the Bugibba Holiday Complex in (you've guessed it) Bugibba, I could not believe the mess on the streets....it was awful!! They have the bin men around every morning for the homes surrounding the complex and the Maltese people leave their rubbish in plastic bags on the streets most of the day until they are collected. There seems to be dozens of what appear to be stray cats which of course take a liking to the carrier bags and junk just ends up over the pavement, so much so that you sometimes find youself having to walk in the road....which is somewhat akin to playing Russian Roulette. You'll know what I mean if you ever come across a Maltese driver, they are worse than the Italians and that's saying something. The complex itself was very good, it was immacualte inside, no sign of the rubbish outside. It had 3 swimming pools, clubs for the children, entertainment every evening and the food was excellent. We went half board which included breakfast and evening meal. The rooms were cleaned every day, towels changed etc. So no complaints there. As I said Malta grew on me, you are probably wondering how so after my first paragraph!! Once you get away from the concrete there are lots of places to visit, and some very beautiful places at that! The chuches are fantastic to look at, although it is rather sickening when you go inside and you cannot believe your eyes with the amount of gold and silver lining the place yet the people are so poor! They seem to have a different Saints festival every week, so there always seems to be a village somewhere packed with celebrations, massive fireworks etc. all going on until t
he small hours and as the place is so small there are all easy to get to...but stay well away from those fireworks, they are massive. They have had quite a few deaths because of them. Popeye island is worth a look, especially if you've seen the film. The dolphin show at the Aquarium is absolutely fantastic. It was the first time I'd seen one and it's something I'll never forget...my daughter got to go up and stroke one and I wanted to take one home with me! We went on a visit to the film studios, it's surprising how many films apart from Popeye have been made in Malta. The beaches are rocky...great for snorkleing! You can find 3 or 4 sandy beaches a short bus ride (if you're brave enough to take the bus) and they have plenty of amenities on them, snacks, deckchairs, parasols, water sports etc. There is so much more and I'd be here all day, but I can't finish without mentioning the Maltese people, I love them. They are one of the friendliest people I have ever come across and that is the main reason I changed my mind about Malta......there is something about the place!!!!
I won my first ever prize off Jamba, a dreamcast console! To be quite honest I was playing the games for pure enjoyment, I didn't expect to win anything in a million years being the sceptic that I am! I didn't even expect to ever see the prize after receiving the email, but there it was on my door only 2 days later. I have since won £20 on lucky letters and various prizes off other sites.......I'm now an addict! I still love the Jamba site, but one or 2 of the games take an age to load, which can be quite frustrating, but I persevere.....which must say something. Jamba has some really good prizes on offer and that to games I enjoy plating means it's one site I shall keep going back to.
We changed from the old sky system to sky digital a couple of months ago, and yes it's great to have all those extra channels but there are a few things that really bug me with the digital system. Mainly it's to do with the programme listings, you can't beat looking at a good old magazine to plan your TV viewing. I know that there are that many channels the book would cost a fortune to send out, but trying to find out what is on with your remote is a big pain. Half the titles are too long, and as I cant be bothered to look at the write up for every one of them there are perhaps plenty that you miss. Why oh why does my daughter decide to come and switch sky channels when I am in the middle of Corrie, the old system you could just point at the box and change the channel, not with this....you have to turn the tv over, so annoying! Oh well, I suppose there must be a price to pay for all those extra channels.....funny though how many times we still say ''There's nothing on telly worth watching'' :-)