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      09.10.2003 00:38

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      As a student i felt it would be a good idea, actually forget that, it's my duty to bring you my review on at least one nightclub especially in the clubbing capital of Britain that is Newcastle. let's be honest here though, is Baja really what you and I already know to be a nightclub. It doesn't have well known dj's, it's not pitch black with flashing neon lights and the music isn?t exactly up to much and yet it is probably the busiest nightclub in Newcastle. The reason for its success is simple. It?s damn entertaining. Every night while your there the bar staff will get themselves on the stage and ?perform? which is funny enough but the people you will meet in Baja are just as entertaining in themselves. Baja is open 6 days a week Monday through to Saturday and costs between £2 and £5 to get in though on Tuesday?s entry is free if you have an NUS card. You can also get free access on Monday and Wednesday if you show your NUS card and your there before 10 o?clock and 11 o?clock. Baja is defiantly catered for Students with the likes of Smirnoff Ice, Becks, Archers Aqua, Bacardi Breezer, Kronenburg all available for just £2 a bottle. Having said that on certain nights you can see one or two famous footballers and the odd famous person like Ant and Dec or Jimmy Nail appear from time to time. The club is far from perfect though, the music is probably the worst thing about the place where you end up listening to cheesy classics such as Better the Devil you know, Build me up buttercup and the Shoop Shoop song. Overall though I know I?ll end up going back, even if it?s just to see the lovely ladies, which always seem to be there. I recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.

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      06.12.2002 02:15
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      The Tyne and Wear Metro must seem like a breath of fresh air for those of you who live in London and have the misfortune of traveling every day on the London Underground. The Metro which is funded by the tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority and run by Nexus, has taken on the task of providing the North East with a good quality transport system. The current system allows passangers in the North East to easily travel around Newcastle, Gateshead, South Shields and now even Sunderland in minutes but unlike in most of the underground system and many other local transport links round the country, also in comfort, most of the time. The system trys to make sure the system is good value for money and also trys to have as many trains on the tracks as possible which means many people wait at the most 10 minutes before a metro arrives to take them where they need to go. The system however does has it's downsides. Despite it's modern stations which mean you don't have to run through a maze of corridors before getting to the platform you can still find yourself stuck in a crowd of hundreds of people when the North Easts most popular past time finishes. That's right the football. Within minutes of a match finishing all the major stations in Newcastle and now in Sunderland are packed to the brim with people trying to get home, this can cause problems with thousands of people being kept away from the stations and instead being kept upstairs waiting. These problems must be solved before Nexus can meet it's promise of raising "the quality and quantity of public transport to meet the needs of those who are dependent on it for their mobility as well as attracting car users for some of their journeys."

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    • True Faith / Magazine / Newspaper / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      03.12.2002 18:13
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      True Faith was created back in 1999 when two of Newcastle's former fanzines, Number 9 and The talk of the tyne, decided to stop publications. This left Newcastle with just one fanzine "The Mag", the oldest and most respected fanzine in the north east. Because of this it was decided that true faith should be created to show more of a fans view and to be a more than worth companion along side The Mag. True Faith started life as a simple black and white magazine without any colour and stood by it's claim that it would always put substance before stlye. Despite this claim however the style of the magazine has changed as time has gone on with colour now been added and the magazine has grown in size. Despite this the price has stayed low making it the cheapest fanzine in Newcastle. The name of the magazine isn't really what you would expect for a Newcastle United magazine however they explain their reason for the name on their new website (www.true-faith.com) "Some are bewildered by the choice of name for the fanzine. We aren't religious maniacs. The name was taken from the New Order classic and neatly sums up the unbelievable depth of support that exits for the most persistently under-achieving football club in the land. The name "true faith" is a tribute to the people who have followed, who follow and who will follow Newcastle United. No-one involved in true faith is interested in becoming a minor, local celebrity or in claiming to represent the views of Newcastle United supporters. We will leave that to others." Although always a published fanzine first, the addition of the true faith website has allowed the fanzine to grow to a new audience including those elsewhere in the world who although support the club find it hard to get their daily dose of Newcastle. Like the fanzine the website stands by it's claim that it's content first style second and this is prove
      d by it's constant, almost daily updates but unlike other websites from the opinion of a fan rather than just detailing how a match went. The most important thing to a Geordie is that their opinions are valued and this fanzine gives the fan just that.

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      • NTL / Telecommunications Service / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        03.12.2002 17:38
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        After waiting on a list for broadband through NTL for about 6 months I was informed by both an email and a letter that I was now in a broadband area and could finally receive the service. I had a choice though I could have 1 of three packages. The first one was 128k the second was 600k and the last was the 1mb service. I decided to go for the 600 kbps service for a cost of £24.99 per month which included the installation and everything I needed to get the service working. This seemed a good deal as most compaines charge for the modem or for installation. I rang them up and booked for someone to fit the service on the Monday (3 days later). Two engineers came on the Monday and fitted the wire from the back of the house to the front and into the cable box without a problem and they left saying I wouldn't have a problem and to just follow the instructions I got with the CD. I did this and came across my first problem, despite the engineer ringing to confirm that the modem was switched on in my cable box they had failed to cofirm that I could use broadband. After 15 minutes waiting on a local charge line I got through to a woman who said she couldn't solve this from her end and that I should call the free number and they would turn it on. This was done and broadband was up and running without a hitch. Before I had broadband fitted however I was using the AOL service for free calls and because of this I also had an extra telephone line fitted. Despite asking the engineers to disconnect this line and to inform NTL that I wouldn't be paying the £10 a month any more they failed to do this. I only found out by ringing the line to check otherwise they would have charged me had I got to the end of the month. I rang NTL again and after another small 15 minute wait I was told that they would disconnect the line. It's now a couple of weeks on and the internet is still running at a great speed witho
        ut any more problems and for £24.99 a month I couldn't really be happier. The actual service is fantastic, with most broadband services you are given a modem and you have to dial to it if you switch off your computer, however with NTL as the modem is in your cable box it is always connected which means you can switch your computer off and back on and you will still be connected without having to dial up again.

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        • Tesco Car Insurance / Car Insurance / 2 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          03.12.2002 17:10
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          I decided it may be a good idea to write my report on Tescos car insurance as I go into my second year of being insured with them. Last year whilst looking round for someone to insure my J reg Ford Fiesta 1.1 I came across Tesco. All the other insurance compaines either didn't want to know or we're looking to charge me around £1500-£2000 just for my little run around. Tesco however started off well by saying it would only cost £920 to insure me. After talking to some people they agreed it was a good deal but warned me that because Tesco were new to insurance that I should be careful. I checked everything over and it all seemed ok to I signed up as TPFT and as the second driver. I had no problems in my first year with the car or my insurance so when the time came round to get it renewed I started to ring round again. Although the prices had come down from my first year, even as a TPFT and second driver the compaines were still looking for around the same as what I had paid for my first year at Tesco. I then recieved my letter to ask if I wanted to renew with Tesco and the quoted price was £570 with 2 years no claims. This suprised me, no only because of the drop but because of the two years no claims. I rang up to check and they confirmed that this was correct and they were offering me that deal to keep my as a customer for another year. I mentioned the fact that egg were willing to match any offer plus knock £1 off, however they laughed this off saying that yes this may be true but staying with Tescos would allow me to keep building my no claims years up quicker and they would still be cheaper than everywhere else, plus egg might not do the same deal next year. I was more than happy with this and so signed up straight away and hopefully I'll be able to make even more savings next year.

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            22.04.2001 21:41

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            I first started using DooYoo when it first opened but I didn?t really stay on long as it wasn?t very busy and I didn?t think it would last long because many of the other pay schemes had gone under very quickly. However I have since come back and have used the system better than I did when I first started. When I first signed up I used to write short reviews just to get me a few miles and hoped that if I did this I would make money quickly. Since I?ve come back I?ve realised this is just not true and I have made a lot more credits because of it. To make more credits you have to write detailed, informative opinions that other people will want to read and you have to get other people interested in joining who will also be dedicated to writing reviews. If your reviews are detailed and informative then lots of people will read the reports and write comments about your reports. You can?t just spam people to get them to sign up or make up fake accounts simply because you will not get anything from them as they do not write reports. If you have people who are interested in joining then they will write reports and you will make more credits. However DooYoo is a lot more than just about making money (credits). You can read many of the reports that other people have written which will help you to decide on a hell of a lot of things. For example I have gone to watch many movies simply through reading reports on here. I don?t understand why DooYoo has some things though. The friends idea never really has helped me and when I?m interested in reading a topic I will read more than just the people on my friends lists topics simply because I haven?t read ever read everyone?s reports so can?t judge them because there not on my list. DooYoo is a fantastic idea I will continue to use it for a while yet. You get some great opinions and the whole site is helpful. Many people have tried to take advantage of the fact that they give away mon
            ey but really the design of DooYoo prevents this.

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          • Money in Football / Discussion / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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            19.04.2001 22:44
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            Money has destroyed football. It used to be the game for anyone, those who didn't have a job could afford to go and forget everything else. This was a game for the average punter not for the mulitmillionare. However is that a bad thing? Look around you when you go to your next match. You have top class facilities, your watching some of the greatest football in the world and some of the greatest players. Aren't you? This is very true if your in the Premier League where football has never been better. Yes it's expensive for the average punter but it's worth it. It's when you go lower down the leagues that you notice how that money at the top has destoryed the rest of the league. But the fact is this never should have happened. ITV had the chance to buy the top flight football matchs to show on TV but they turned it down. SKY popped up and the rest as they say is history. However all the passion has not left football because of this. This really is a blip which will eventually fade and the prices will drop again I have no doubt but the passion is there anyway. How do I know. Because I and millions of other Geordies and Mackems are looking forward to this Saturdays derby match. It does not matter who is playing for either team what matters is that both teams play like it's there last game and try to match the passion of the field. Football is still there you just have to look underneath all the cash.

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            • Microplanet Gravity / Communication / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              13.04.2001 21:39
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              I decided to use Gravity despite using Outlook Express for near on 3 years. However just because I've used OE for that long doesn't mean I've not tried others I've used the likes of Free Agent and I had tried Gravity before when it was in version 2.3 along with that I had also used Pineapple which is a newsreader available for BeOS. I downloaded the free version of Gravity now available (version 2.5) and installed it without any problems. I was introduced to Gravity with a pop up box which wanted to know my details, SMTP and the news server I wanted to connect to. No problems there and once I had entered the details the program automatically connected to the server. The actual layout of Gravity is not something I really like. The icons looked old and dated and the actual way things were placed on the screen needed changing so I set about it. I found using the icons the options menu and then I was greeted with a very large set of tabs which i had to click on to find everything I needed. This looked very ugly and was not easy to navigate or find everything I wanted. I changed the layout to that I was used to using OE and then tried to change the headers at the top so that the subject title was the first thing I saw. I went back into options to find that it was actually already meant to be set up that way but it just would not move. This meant I was stuck with peoples names instead of the titles which I didn't want. Of course it may have been possible another way but from using other newsreaders in the past surly it should be easier. A quick search of the help files showed me how to get mulitple news servers which was just a case of pressing certain short cut keys. I ended up removing Gravity 1 week after using it simply because it seems to try and make things as confused as possible. I did not enjoy using it and tried hard to avoid actually using the program. Yes it uses standards for
              example ,no HTML posting (an option anyway), wraps text correctly and it uses proper .sig seperator, and auto .sig snipping but OE stands in in so many ways more and I could get the usability of OE and the standards of Gravity using Pineapple news. It seems to me people are using this program as they don't like Microsoft not because this is a better product. This really has a lot of work needed before I will move away from OE to use it.

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            • theregister.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 3 Ratings
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              13.04.2001 21:03
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              I never thought there could be a fun way of bringing news to people but the register mangages to do this. With it's use of witty headlines, stories and the odd news story which doesn't seem to get posted anywhere else, the register seems to have got the blend just right. The site itself is easy to navigate and has all the main news on the first page you see. The design is made to have the feel of a newspaper with your starting on the front page, which includes about 50 stories. The site is then split into separate sections. These include Software, servers, storage etc, which allows a user to choose the exact news story they want to see without any problems. The register though doesn't stop there. Along with the chance to buy Register merchindise the site also allows for quick and easy research, job searches and now it's very own ISP. The site is constantly expanding with new sections opening all the time when the technology becomes the norm. These include sections just for broadband and for the Mac, whilst also allowing the user to have their say through the letters page. The site doesn't let you forget it's their either, with it's daily dose of news sent direct to your mail box it means you'll just have to keep coming back again and again. And why not ? If you need to be kept up-to-date with news from the internet then from my personnal view there aren't to many places better.

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            • freeloader.com / Internet Site / 1 Reading / 8 Ratings
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              13.04.2001 17:23
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              Freeloader sounds to good to be true. Full complete games to download on to your computer for free. Well it's not this site really is every gamers dream. You download each game in sections which means the download sizes are very small so that your not spending hours downloading the game however you can play the game once you;ve got the first file. The site of course does have it's downsides. The biggest one being of course the fact that hundreds of thousands of people download from the site at once meaning it can be very slow during certain times of the day. However because the site is growning so big they are upgrading there servers to cope. A great site which will get better with time due to more games being added and even things like software and music are now being planned on being added. Well worth a look.

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              • Worthington Cup / Discussion / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                13.04.2001 03:22
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                Only to the people who get knocked out is this the worthless cup however I am a Newcastle fan yet still know how important the competition is. Without this competition the English Premier League would be unable to offer over 6 teams the chance to play in Europe. So what some people may say. Only the good teams do well. Except this is not true. Europe is more than just doing well in yet another competition. Europe allows teams to sign great players from all over the globe to allow england to have the best league in the world. The Worthington cup is simply another route into Europe yes to teams like Man U and Arsenal who qualify for Europe every season this competion does not matter but success can leave your club as quick as it came I should know being a Newcastle fan. From challenging for top spot for season after season Newcastle have dropped down to mid table but we know that being in the Worthington Cup and the FA Cup and even the intertoto means we have yet another chance of making it into Europe and bringing back the great players we once had to let the club climb up the league once again.

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              • General Web Design Tips / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                13.04.2001 03:07
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                Many people when they first start to design site try and cram as many things in as they can. They will have animated gifs all over the place they will have midi files playing they will have loud glaring backgrounds, scrolling marquees and much much more. AGGGHHH. Think back to a site you visit nearly every day. What is it. It's probably something like Yahoo or maybe something that lets your send SMS messages but more than likly it's Dooyoo :) what do you notice about these sites ? There easy to look at, there clean, tidy, easy to navigate, quiet yet still very fun. The fact is sites like this one are perfect they show all the good rules people should apply when doing web design. Yes it's all well and good knowing how to use midi files just in case you have no choice but to use them but really in a normal every day site they should be avoided. Why you may ask and what do I know. Simple people never go back to a site like I described at the top more than they have to and whats the point in making a site if people don't want to visit. What do I know. Well simply I started off like every other web desinger about 3-4 years ago doing just that. I tried to put as much stuff into one page on a website as possible and back then I was getting around 20 people going to the site a day. I then started to learn I visited great sites like www.pageresource.com and learned how to code by hand instead of using frontpage express. I learned other how to use other tools and languages in web design and now I run a thriving website build up from that same site I build way back 3-4 years ago which now gets around 22,000 hits a month despite the site being on a specialist subject (Newcastle United which means I have to attract Newcastle fans) it may not make me money but it gives me enjoyment and because I've learned how to design correctly it's hopefully gives other people enjoyment and has even been in .net magazine. Good Luck if your making a site and just remember that it has to be something someone wants to keep coming back to.

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              • Football in General / Discussion / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                13.04.2001 02:50
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                People have been doubting how great the Premier League is recently for reasons I just can't understand. People feel that the Spainish league or Seria A is better but I don't think they are really looking at the likes right. What makes a good league. For me it's fast flowing exciting football that really is unpredictable. This is exactly when the premiership is. People seem to think that because Man U are so dominant in the league it makes the rest of the league terrible but this is simply not true. You still get shock results which you just don't really get in other leagues and the speed of the play in the Premier League is second to no other league. The spanish leagues may have some skillfull players but this is only through out the tops clubs unlike the Premier league where you have the likes of Hagi, Cardone, Dyer, Boksic who are playing for clubs near the bottom half or not even challanging for Europe. The Italian league is said to have the best players and we only get players over 30 yet when the likes of Di Matteo, Bergkamp, Ginola came over they were not over 30 and why do the Italian and Spanish clubs want our top players if there past it? We are have the most money from all the leagues, we play the best football and we are now even doing well in Europe and it will be like that for a long time to come.

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                • Sports Miscellaneous / Discussion / 0 Readings / 1 Rating
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                  13.04.2001 02:26
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                  Cricket. I just can't see what people see in this sport. Yes it's okay when your playing it. Why simply because it usually lasts about 1 hr (unless of course your playing for a team and not just for a laugh) but what I can't understand are the people who watch it. You watch a bowler throw a ball and the batter hits it to the ground. Game stops for about ten minutes then he bowls again. This happens for about 1 hr then suddenly the ball gets out of the crease and a bit of running happens. Great I don't think. Then you have the fact that the game can last around 4 days. Where exactly is the fun in that. So what do I think makes an exciting sport. Simple. Something that shows passion, has speed, determination, is quick and can change quickly and easily. Cricket for me is just to dull. It seems to be run by upper classes still yet watched on a hot summers day just so that people have got something more to do than just sunbath. Maybe if the sport lasted around 1hr 2hrs the sport would be better and more exiting or maybe it needs to head more in the way of baseball but in it's current state cricket certainly is not for the masses.

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                  • Father Ted / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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                    13.04.2001 02:13

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                    I have to agree with every other opinion about Father Ted. This simply was one of the best comedys ever to be created. Dermot Morgan was one of the greatest comedians to ever grace our screens and is still sadly missed however the whole cast of Father ted made this show great. The one liners the story lines and just plain stupitness of some of series made this show great. The show caused riots from Catholic priests in real life with the content of the show however they played well of this and never went that step to far and instead made the whole idea of religon funny. Great show yet to be beaten.

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