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I had heard of the musical "Wicked" but I had no idea it was based on a bookl, until I saw it sitting in a friends bedroom in her pile of "Too read" books, I asked to read the blurb on the back and as a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz since Childhood it immediately grabbed my attention. I bought it for myself at a bookstore on the way to the Airport and once I started reading it, was unable to put it down!
For those unaware of the musical or indeed the book the full title of the book is "Wicked -The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West"
In the Wizard of Oz it is told from Dorothy's perspective,Wicked is the story of Elphaba a girl born green in colour in Munchkinland, and how she had to endure the predjudice of her physical differences to eventually, through these predjudices becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. It includes the Good Witch Glinda and tells how the two's paths crossed. It also makes a fleating reference to Dorothy and the events in which caused the Elphaba's demise.
It allows the reader to get an insight into Elphaba's life and the trials and tribulations she faced. For me I found myself actually feeling sorry for her and wanting people to be nice to her!
Well written and captivinating from the 1st line.
As a huge Take That fan, when they announced a Stadium tour I HAD to get tickets. Between myself and my friend continually on the telephone and internet, we managed to secure 2 tickets for Hampden Park in Glasgow on Satuday 20th June 2009. The Support acts were Gary Go - He was OK and did well to get the crowd going. Next up was James Morrison - A big star in his own right and he did an amazing set. Before each of the support acts came on they were introduced by the Ringmaster.
With great anticipation we waited for Take That to apear on stage. Alot of clowns with balloons appeared and began to walk down the the walk way connecting the main stage to a smaller "B" stage. All of a sudden all the clowns with their balloonsconverged on the centre of the "B" stage and as they let go - There were Take That looking and sounding amazing.
The whole concert was amazing from the costume changes to the set - it really was a circus, including clowns, acrobats and even animals!! My favourite parts were The Elephant- A BIG blue elephant on hydrolics and with the "cast" controlling its ears, head and a cast member as its tail, it ws just a sight to behold. The 2 acrobats on the trapeezes were also amazing and at one point I was unable to take my eyes of them as they were swinging and alling backwards holding on with just their legs then flipping themselves back to the sitting position without using their hands/arms. My favourite song, was the Take That and Party album medley, It had everything from The Golden Oldies of Take That songs - "Do What You Like", "Promises", "It Only Takes A Minute" and "Take That and Party" I was in heaven with that!! Plus the comedy element with each of the guys riding a tricycle to the "B" Stage, except fro Gary who had a little 3 wheeled bike!
Overall the best gig I have ever been too and I do not know how on earth the boys are going to be able to top this tour in the future!
If you didn't get to see it live I would definately reccommend the DVD!
As a huge fan of The Stereophonics I bought this album upon release, and the whole album does not disappoint! Kelly Jones is on top form as always with his dulcet tones.
The first single from the Album - "Innocent" is a great song to sing along too and is very catch. The First track "She's Alright" sets the tone for the album, very upbeat with some very catchy tunes. My favourite tracks on the album include "Trouble" and "I've Got Your Number" both great tracks, and Kelly's song writting at its best! For me I enjoy trying to predict which tracks will be sung on tour, along with the classics! However with this album I am finding it very difficult to choose as there is not really any of the tracks I dislike, even slightly.
I would recommend this album to anyone who has enjoyed any of the Stereophonics music in the past and for Die Hard Stereophonics fans its a must!
I got this camera as a replacement for another make and model. It was not my first choice of camera, but due to the higher specifications, and the offer in store I was persuaded to buy it.
With its first use the camera worked well, and the picture quality was great. However during its second use the camera began to freeze as I was taking photos and would only unfreeze if I removed the battery and rebooted it that way. It also decided to delete photo's I had taken without me actually deleting the photo's myself, I lost several photo's I really wanted to keep. It was also a bt heavier than my previous camera but I did overlook that as I liked the look of the camera and the features it had to offer.
On the plus side the features on the camera are great and if it had been working properly Kodak are the only cameras with an undelete function, so if you delete a photo accidently you are able to retrieve them easily. It is also a HD camera when using the video function which does give great clarity to the videos you have taken.
Maybe I was just unlucky with the camera I had as I seem to have been with several cameras this past year but had it been working correctly, it would have been a great little camera to have.
I have had my Samsung Pixon M8800 since May 2009 and it is one of the best phones I have owned. The major attraction for me was the 8 mega pixel camera, which takes fantastic photographs, the other attraction for me was the touch screen. The touch screen does take a little getting used to but is easy to use when you get used to it and accurate when typing a text message. The video calling is also another great feature which is fun to use. The phone is full of other features and the internet access is quick and reliable.
I do wish now I had bought a protective cover for the phone screen as I have managed to scratch my screen on several occasions with my finger nails. Predictive text has an unusal way of saving words and can also be a little confusing to begin with. It is also a little chunkier than other phones in the Samsung range.
I have had my Y registration 106 zest 2 since 2005, the first car I have owned myself. I would reccommend it to anyone looking for a small car or a first car.
It is a great little city car for getting from A to B and is very economical in its fuel consumption, it is also very relaible and repairs until recently have been at a minimum. The only negative thing I would say about the 106 is although the repairs are to a minimum, the things in the car needing repaired are more costly, as the car is getting older. It runs well driving around town and also on the motorways.
Due to it being a Diesel engine car, the engine is a little noisier than a petrol engine car, but this does not affect its performance at all.
Overall, the 106 is a great car and I am happy to reccommed it to anyone.
Up until recently I had refrained from jumping on the Ipod bandwagon. Having been quite happy with alternative MP3 players. When my 16GB MP3 player gave up the ghost after only 4 months, I finally gave in and purchased the Ipod Classic 160GB.
It is the best MP3 player I have bought and I am now able to store my entire music collection on it. (250+ albums!) I am an Ipod covert and I doubt I will ever buy anything else in the future, when something evenyually happens to the one I have now.
The storage capacity is great for music lovers like me!! The ear phones provided are not the greatest and I use Phillips earphones I bought for my previous unit, with these the quality of the sound is better than my previous MP3 player. The download speed of albums and tracks is pretty quick. Also compared to other MP3 players and Ipods the price was very reasonable for the capacity of the unit.