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      03.09.2010 13:01
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      A really good compilation album that will please everyone

      If you are looking for a good compiliation album to stick on whilst cooking the barbecue or doing the housework then this is definitely the album for you. Those of you who have read my previous reviews will know that I am a huge music fan and there's not one genre that I don't like. I've purchased many of the 'Now That's What I Call Music' albums in the past, and I have to say that overall I have not been very impressed with the tracks on any of them. However, with this album I was pleasantly surprised. There isn't actually one track on the whole album that I can honestly say that I don't enjoy.

      If you have purchased any of these albums in the past then you'll probably know that the majority of the music on the CD's are pop music, usually with a little bit of dance music thrown in there somewhere. If you are not a fan of pop music then this is an album to avoid, but it is definitely one that will please the majority of listeners. There are over forty tracks on both CD's. Of course, there are some tracks that some people will not enjoy *COUGH* Beiber...I'll say no more. Sorry to those who enjoy Justin Beiber's music!

      On the first CD there are tracks by all the most popular artists at the moment such as Pitbull, katy Perry, Usher, Professor Green, Cheryl Cole etc. i have to say that the majority of the tracks are actually really good, and as I mentioned above, if you're going to have a barbecue in what is left of Summer then this is the perfect background CD and it will please everyone.

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        A great site with very few flaws

        Social networking sites such as Facebook can be a frightening prospect for the technophobe. One of the latest in a long line of sites that serve a similar purpose, Facebook's popularity is growing by the day, it is fast becoming the most hassle free way to keep in touch with family and friends. This is all well and good for the expert surfer who can set up a profile in a matter of seconds, but what about those who can not? Signing up to a social network when lacking the basic experience of Internet use can prove to be quite a difficult task. Signing up for Facebook account and creating a profile is usually a very straight forward and simple process. Sometimes, however, there can be problems along the way that need to be overcome in order to create an account. One of the problems that may crop up along the journey of creating a Facebook account, is naming the profile. Any Facebook user if required to use their full name in order for friends and family to be able to search for them and find them. Occasionally a name that is entered into the system may be rejected for an unknown reason. Fear not, this is easily remedied.

        When a new member first signs up for a Facebook account they will be presented with a screen that requires them to enter some personal data. This is mostly for security purposes, but also to put the correct information on a new profile. Some of the information that is required from the new user will include: date of birth, e-mail address, and, of course, their full name. On a rare occasion the user will be presented with an error screen stating that the name that they have entered is invalid, or something similar. This can put a lot of people off carrying on with the process of creating a Facebook account, but it is easily fixed. the first thing that the new user needs to check is punctuation. Facebook doesn't allow users to use punctuation in names. It requires that the user only enters their full name, nothing fake, and no punctuation. This would include full stops, exclamation marks, commas, arrows or anything else that could be considered as punctuation or a symbol. Once the user has deciphered whether or not they have unintentionally entered a punctuation mark or symbol into their name, they have removed one possibility for their name being rejected upon singing up for a Facebook account and profile.

        The next thing that the user needs to check is how they have entered their name. As mentioned above, Facebook requires an account holder to enter a full first name as well as surname. A lot of users think that they can avoid doing this by entering something fake, or even worse, not entering anything at all, but Facebook will not let a user leave a blank space where the surname should be. For one thing, providing a real first name and surname protects the users privacy. More new users would be aware of this because it helps ensure their safety as well as the privacy of any information that they don't want to share with the public. Another reason, is for security of Facebook itself, which is equally as important as the privacy of it's users. The main advantage to a user entering their real first name and surname however, is the search function. By entering a first name and a surname it allows old friends, colleagues and family members that contact may have been lost with, search for the user that they want to contact and send a message to the user or add a them as a friend. If a user is still having problems submitting their name for a Facebook account, then they are advised to submit a report to Facebook support. The link to that function can be located on the help and support pages of the Facebook site.

        Junk mail or spam always has and always will be an issue wherever a user is on the internet. Every internet user at some point or another will have received a junk email claiming that they have won the lottery, a car, or another ridiculous prize. Facebook, unfortunately, is no exception. For new Facebook user this can be quite a worry, and often users will be put off using the site because they don't want to receive such annoying messages. However, luckily there are a lot of things that a Facebook users can do to prevent and get rid of any unwanted messages that they are receiving. Spam is not the only unwanted message that users are receiving though. There are a whole range of other messages that users are frequently getting. Again, there are ways to prevent this. Let's take a look how.

        Chain mail has been around for years. Everyone remembers the annoying chain letters that used to do the rounds in the old snail mail, they were annoying and always made the recipient feel obliged to carry on the trend. Since the Internet exploded and everyone started using it, chain mail has moved away from cluttering up the Royal Mail post houses, and is now cluttering up people's inbox's online instead. The chain mail that people reciev electronicly these days often contains much more sinister content that users do not want to read, and certainly don't want to pass on to some other unsuspecting Facebook member. These messages eventually find their way to users inbox through the search function. If somebody starts a chain letter, all that person does is search through Facebook and send to random people. There is one thing that a member can do to prevent a particular user from contacting them with such messages however. If a user were to recieve such a message, all they would have to do is block the sender. Once that user has been blocked by the recipient, the sender can no longer contacting them, preventing them from involving uninterested users in their chain letter.

        Even more irritating than the previous issue, is people that trawl Facebook sending messages to other users that they don't know in real life. Again these people will use the search function to find people to target and send them a message or ask for a friendship request. The messages will more often than not be friendly chat, but for people who only want to use Facebook to keep in contact with their friends and family, people that really know them, this can get quite annoying, and even unnerving. There are several solutions to this problem. The first thing that a user can do is t make their profile not available to search. This means that a members profile will not show up in a search result on the Facebook site, so nobody can contact them through a message or any other way. This can cause a problem for friends and family who try to search for them, though, so the other alternative is to block the user that sends the message. If a member of Facebook felt that they were being harassed though, they could contact Facebook directly who would deal with the problem.

        Bullying has always been around, but as some will know it is usually only found in the playground. Most people will have first hand experience of bullying. Maybe they were bullied as a child, or an adult even, maybe they know people who are close to them who have been victims, or maybe even worse, they were or are a bully. Fortunately, for kids in the playground bullying is usually easily remedied, they tell the teacher or another trusted adult who will ensure that the situation is solved permanently. Equally, adults that are bullied in the workplace for example, they can inform their boss who will sort the problem out. With the explosion of the Internet, though, users are presented with a new problem, cyber bullying. There are however, ways to avoid and prevent this from happening.

        The main culprits of cyber bullying are more often than not, teenagers. The vast majority of people will have read those terrible, heartbreaking stories about teenagers who have been victims of cyber bullying that have felt so tortured and helpless that they have resorted to ending their own lives. This should not be happening. The problem that comes with Facebook is that it has become far to easy for bullies to find and target who ever they want. All they have to do is perform a simple search and they instantly have access to their targets. This is when the malicious messages, pictures, and wall posts come into the equation and when the trouble starts. This can be very intimidating, but there are things that a member of Facebook can do if they feel that they have become a victim of cyber bullying.

        Firstly, there are some users that will target anyone to become their victim. They will send horrible messages trying to provoke a reaction from the user. These people are more often than not, but not always, teenagers. The bully sees it as a source of fun, but they do not realise how they can affect a person's life by making them a victim of cyber bullying. If a member is receiving nasty messages from someone that they don't know, the first thing that they should do is block the other member from contacting them. This can be done by clicking on the bullies profile. Even if they have it set to private, they 'Block' icon will still come up. All they need to do is click on that icon, and the user will no longer be able to contact them through messages, wall posts or otherwise. If the problem still persists from other users then the victim should report the bully to Facebook who will then act accordingly, usually by banning the bully from the site all together, and depending on the severity of the bullying will pass the problem onto a higher authority who will deal with it.

        If a user is receiving messages, wall posts or threats on Facebook from somebody that they do know in person, then there is a lot more that they can do to prevent it from happening again. If, for example, the victim is still in school and the bully is a fellow pupil, the first place the victim should go to is a parent, or even better, a teacher. A teacher can do a lot to prevent this pupil from bullying anyone on Facebook or anywhere else. If the bullying is severe, the next place that the victim should go to for help, is to the police. Threatening or intimidating someone whether it is face to face or over the Internet, is considered a crime, and rightly so. The police will handle the victims case and take the appropriate action and deal with th problem there and then. If the problem is severe, but the victim does not want to report it to the police, then they can also contact Facebook directly who will usually ban the user from Facebook for life. Cyber bullying is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with, don't let them get away with it!

        Photo sharing on Facebook has become one of the main attractions to the site itself. It provides a way for users to show off their family photos, photos of nights out, pretty much photos of anything and everything. This is great for a user to share it with people that they choose to share it with. However, it also poses a problem. What if a user doesn't want to share a photo with the Facebook world but somebody is doing it without their permission? This can and does happen, on a regular basis. Fortunately there are many things that a Facebook member can do if they feel that their privacy is being violated by somebody else sharing pictures of them without their permission.

        The next problem with photo sharing appears when it comes to the 'wall'. Again, for a new Facebook member they may not be aware of what the wall is. Basically, it is a page on the Facebook member's profile where friends and other members can post messages that can be seen by everyone. Not only can they post messages to be seen, but they can also post photographs and videos. This can be a really entertaining feature for members who don't mind people posting things on their wall, but for those who do, it can be a nuisance. There are several things that a user can do to prevent this from happening Photo sharing on Facebook has become one of the main attractions to the site itself. It provides a way for users to show off their family photos, photos of nights out, pretty much photos of anything and everything. This is great for a user to share it with people that they choose to share it with. However, it also poses a problem. What if a user doesn't want to share a photo with the Facebook world but somebody is doing it without their permission? This can and does happen, on a regular basis. Fortunately there are many things that a Facebook member can do if they feel that their privacy is being violated by somebody else sharing pictures of them without their permission.

        For a new user of Facebook, the term 'tag' may be an unfamiliar one. Basically, if for example a user has a photograph of a group of friends, they can write the names of all of the people featured in the photograph. Once a member has been identified in a photograph they have then become 'tagged'. If a user is tagged in a photograph then a link to their profile is accessible to everyone. This is brilliant for people who don't mind other users browsing through their profile, but not so great for those who don't want other members to do that. If a member has been tagged in a photo they will receive a notification on the Facebook homepage. This presents itself as a red number in the bottom right hand of the screen. Once they click the number a pop up menu will appear notifying them that another Facebook member has tagged them in a photograph on their profile. Once that link is clicked they will be taken to the photograph page so they can see where they have been tagged. If a member decides that they don't want to be tagged in the photograph in question then they can click the link that says 'remove tag'. This will not remove the photo, but it will remove any information that identifies the tagged member.

        If another Facebook member is using a picture of another member, then there are a lot of things that can be done to resolve it if the member in question hasn't given their permission to use the photo. The first thing to do of course is to talk to the culprit. The member should ask them to remove the photograph from their profile, as they have not given their permission. This should usually resolve the problem the first time around, but not in all cases. If the member refuses to remove the photograph then the next thing to do is to report it to Facebook directly. A member should state to Facebook support that they have not given the user permission to use a photograph of them, and that they would like it t be removed. Facebook will take it from there and sort out the problem for you. Facebook is usually extremely helpful when it comes to privacy, they will be more than happy to help.

        A Facebook wall. This is one of those terms that a new Facebook user will probably find a little confusing. Facebook is not the first and most probably not that last website in terms of social networking sites to use a wall function. The concept is pretty simple, but the term itself can be quite puzzling for a new user. Basically, each member of Facebook has a wall on their own profile. This can be used by the members friends to post comments, messages, links, photographs, and even videos.

        Firstly, once a new member of Facebook has established what a wall on the site actually is, the next task is to find the wall itself. You would think this is an easy thing to do but it can be difficult for a beginner. When a member logs into their Facebook account they are presented with the Facebook home page. This contains advertisements, updates from the users friends list, and other useful information. At the top of the Facebook home page there is a bar of icons. The first four icons are 'Home', 'Profile', 'Friends', and finally, 'Inbox'. The user will then need to click on the icon that say 'Profile'. This takes them to their own profile, and automatically shows the users wall. On the wall they will be able to view all of their past updates as well as any messages, videos, photographs, or links that their friends have posted to the wall.

        At the top of the wall the user will notice a box that says 'What's On Your Mind?' or something similar. This is the box that is used to post something to another members, or their own wall. To add a message it is simple. The user simply types their message into the box at the top of the screen and clicks on the 'Share' button. Once this has been done, the message or comment will be viewable to everyone. It couldn't be simpler.

        To post a photograph on a members wall is a little different, but again, a very simple process. At the bottom of the box shown at the top of the wall, there is a group of icons. In order to share a photograph the user needs to click on the blue and orange icon that looks like to pictures that are overlapped. The user then just types in their message, uploads the photo, and again, clicks 'Share'. Once this has been completed the photograph along with the message will appear on the members wall for their friends and anyone else to see.

        Videos entails much the same process. The main difference is the icon. The user will need to click on the icon that looks like a video camera. This function is brilliant for members who like to watch videos online. The video sharing function even enables Facebook members to share their favourite videos from media websites such as Myspace, YouTube, Veoh, and DailyMotion. It is great for making users friends smile too! A user can find a funny video and share it with their friends. As well as this, a user who comes across the video can also choose to share it with other people too.

        One other option for the Facebook wall on a members profile is to post links. These can be links to practically an web page. A member can link to their favourite game, video, song, forum, virtually anything. This can be great to promote businesses or even to get more traffic to a website. The possibilities are nearly endless. There is one thing that Facebook will not tolerate though. A member can not post links to websites that contain adult content. A few users think that they are being amusing by posting links containing such content. Users should remember though, that Facebook also has a lot of younger members, and they won't tolerate such things, so be aware of this as a member who does it is likely to get banned!

        This review is a combination of several that I have written under the same name on helium :-)

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          02.12.2009 16:49
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          A brilliant new edition to the Apple family

          Over the past couple of months I have been saving up for a new MP3 player. I previously had the Apple iPod Nano 2nd generation, which I had been using for several years and I'd eventually got fed up with it. The click wheel wasn't working anymore, and the screen looked awful! I originally planned to buy myself an iPod Touch. At a huge price of £150 however, I wanted to be sure about it before I bought one. Luckily for me, my younger brother recieved one for his birthday. For the first couple of weeks it worked great, but then he dropped it and the whole screen smashed! This is obviously no reflection on the MP3 player itself, but there was no way I was going to pay that ammount for something so fragile, I am one of the clumsiest people ever. I definitely wanted to stick with the Apple brand though, I have used their products for a long time and haven't had many problems at all. So, I bought myself the Apple iPod Nano 5th Generation in purple, and I have to say, I am very impressed.

          The player itself looks great. In comparison to the 2nd generation Nano that I previously owned, this one looks a lot more stylish. The shape of the iPod itself has evolved a lot since previous releases. The edges are more curved and the player is considerably slimmer. The screen of the iPod is huge in comparison to the 2nd edition. This is great because not only does it mean that the album artwork can be seen properly, but the whole thing makes it all a lot clearer. The hold function to stop your music skipping whilst in a your pocket has changed slightle. The old plain white switch has been replaced by a silver button swich which I have to say, is a lot easier to use. The headphone jack is also now on the right hand underside of the player itself, and the click wheel is exactly the same except for being a lot smaller which definitely takes some getting used to if, like me, you are used to using the older editions.

          The great thing about the 5th generationin my opinion is the new album artwork feature. On previous versions you were able to view album artwork but the novelty soon wore off. With the 5th generation however, Apple have taken this feature to a whole new level with their 'Cover Flow' feature. This means that when the player is tilted horizontally the album artwork appears and can be scrolled through by touching the click wheel. Also, if you rotate the player then the screen also rotates, so whatever position you are in you can view your album artwork at the right angle.

          Genius Mixes...what?! When I first came across this on iTunes i wondered what on earth it was. This feature can be really useful for those who want to be able to listen to music at random but don't have the time to create a playlist themselves. Basically, you go into iTunes, turn on 'Genius Mixes', and selsct your song. Once the song is selected, iTunes will then compile a list of songs that compliment each other. Sometimes it can come up with a random mixture but it's good if you're on the go and want something different to listen to.

          The video function is by far the best on and MP3 I have ever owned. I'm not exaggerating, but the quality of the movies and TV shows that I have put onto my nano are by far better quality than my laptop which is quite outstanding. Not only is the picture quality is great, but the sound is also perfect. If you are wanting to put your DVD's or TV shows onto your iPod then there are loads of different softwares that you can download that will convert them to the correct format without comprimising on sound or picture quality. The games on the iPod are probably the only bad point for me, but that's not why I bought the iPod so I'm not overly concerned about that!

          Overall, I am very pleased with the 5th generation Nano, I've had no problems as of yet, the sound quality is brilliant, the picture quality is outstanding and the whole thing seems to be working flawlessly. Another plus point, as it's coming up to Christmas I have seen it advertised on places like Bid TV for £49!!!! At that price, you really can't go wrong.

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            24.11.2009 16:00
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            Great show that everyone should watch!

            When The L word finally came to an end this year, I have to admit that I was one of the many fans that was a bit gutted! Okay, I'm not one of those crazy people that wears a T-shirt saying 'RIP The L Word' (that's a whole different review!), but I was dissapointed, it was a great show! First things first, anyone of any sexual orientation can enjoy The L Word. It's not against the law to watch it if you are heterosexual! Those that avoided watching because of the content really missed out on a great show! Anyway, back to the point. I watched the show regularly from the frist season to the last. I didn't want to download any of the shows illegally so I started collecting all of the seasons on DVD, this being the first obviously!

            The L Word focuses around a group of friends from LA. Some are gay, some are lesbians, some are bisexual, some are transgendered and some are straight. Oh, and there's Lisa, the guy who's a lesbian- don't ask, I honestly still haven't quite figured that one out for myself! Although it is a drama series, some of the episodes are hilarious. Especially two characters in particular but I'll get to that later. The show follows the lives of the people in the group and other people in their lives. As well as having some really comical moments, there are also the heartbreaking ones. Even though it's all fiction it's really hard not to get drawn into the show. I guess the next thing to talk about is the main characters!

            Shane McCutcheon
            Well, this character is probably the reason that the show became such a hit. Shane is played by the very talented Kate Moennig. To explain the character in a few sentences is actually quite difficult, she's definitely complex. Shane is the character that all the girls want, and all the guys envy. She can have anyone she wants. She is a hairstylist to the rich and famous, and in this series (and quite a few others actually), she is portrayed as a bit of a player. In this series you don't really get to see why Shane acts the way she does, but later on in other series there are more pieces to the puzzle. She's definitely a character that makes viewers want to keep watching.

            Dana Fairbanks
            The professional tennis player. Dana is one of the characters in the group that is struggling with her sexuality. She knows who she is, she is gay, all of her friends know to, it's just her highly conservative parents that are in the dark about it! In this series we see Dana slowly come out of her shell and also come out to her parents. Her mum certainly has trouble accepting it though. Dana is one of the more comical characters, but she does have some real tearjerking storylines. She features more heavily in later series, where Erin Daniels who plays her really shines, but in this series she is also brilliant.

            Jennifer Schecter
            The character that most hate. Jenny makes her first apperance in this series as Tim's (Eric Mabius) fiancee. At first she is protrayed as heterosexual, and totally in love with Tim. They have just moved in together and are ready to start their life as a couple. That is until Jenny meets Marina, the seductive French cafe owner. The two have an affair which ruins Tim's plans to live happily ever after with Jenny, and also makes Jenny question her sexuality. She later comes out as a lesbian. Jenny is played by Mia Kirshner.

            Alice Pieszecki
            The most entertaining character on The L Word- ever. Alice is hilarious. In later seasons Alice, played by Leisha Hailey, has some of the most heartbreaking scenes ever, but in this series she is definitely one to watch if you want a laugh. Alice is bisexual, but at one point in the series decides that she is off women and wants a man. This is when she enters a relationship with Lisa, the man who says that he is a lesbian. She eventually gets fed up and says that she wants a real man.

            Tina Kennard
            Tina is also bisexual. She is in a long term relationship with Bette Porter who she has been with for seven years. They are ready to start a family which is one of the main storylines of the first season. After giving up her job in order to prepare for becoming a mum for the first time and starting a family with Bette, Tina thinks that everything is going to plan. The couple find a suitable sperm doner and eventually Tina becomes pregnant. After suffering through several months of feeling very unwell, Tina suffers a miscarriage. This is one of the most brilliantly acted scenes in the whole season, both actors did really well. Tina is played by Laurel Holloman.

            Bette Porter
            Bette is a high flying career woman who works in the art industry. She is Creative Director at California Arts Centre, and is very passionate about her job. In this season we see her at work, and also at home with Tina. When the couple tell Bettes father, Melvin, that they are expecting a baby, his reaction is totally unexpected, and he says that he will not accept the baby as his own grandchild. Bette is played by Jennifer Beals.

            Tim Haspel
            Tim is Jenny's fiancee. He is totally in love with her but left heartbroken when he catches Jenny and Marina together (possible the most awkward scene of the whole season!). He is a swimming coach at the local high school. After he catches the two together, him and Jenny run off and get married. The next day, Tim realises that he can't be with Jenny after what she did and leaves her. Tim is played Eric Mabius.

            Kit Porter
            Kit is Bettes half sister. She is a recovering alcoholic who is trying to get her life back together. She is a professional singer, and in one episode she teams up with 'Slim Daddy' (played by Snoop Dogg) to release a hit new song. Throughout the series we see Kit struggle to cope, and also trying to get back into contact with her so, and also her father. Kit is played by Pam Grier.

            There are loads more characters that feature in the series, but these are the main focus of the majority of the season. I would recommend this show to anyone and everyone, it really is brilliant!

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              An old classic brought back to life

              If you grew up in the late 80's or early 90's then it is very likely that the spiky blue hedgehog known as Sonic played a huge part in your childhood. Not only Sonic, but his sidekick Tails, the evil mastermind Doctor Robotnik and a whole collection of other characters too. After the popularity of the Sega Genesis and later Sega consoles died out with the release of the Nintendo '64 and other platforms, Sonic went with it. Luckily for us, the internet was a huge success and we can now play the much loved original Sonic games online! Sonic was the most popular game to come from the Sega era, and thankfully, it is most definitely back as one of the most well known and most frequently played games on the internet today. This article will take a look at Sonic from the beginning, with the original game for the Sega Genesis platform: Sonic The Hedgehog.
              The first game that introduced us to the blue superhero hedgehog, is far from difficult. When it came out, though, it was worlds away from any previous platform games to be released before. The main aim of the game is firstly to collect the six Chaos Emeralds that are nestled among the landscape in the various levels. Throughout the different zones it is up to you to collect the emeralds in order to prevent Doctor Robotnik from getting his hands on them. It can't be that simple though, can it? Well, in a word, no. You have to face the evil genius at the end of each three stage zone, which gets more an more difficult through each stage. The reason it gets more difficult is because Robotnik has a whole host of protective suits, machines and whacky inventions to stop you (Sonic) from defeating him and freeing the Badniks from their mechanical capsules in which they have been encased.
              Not only does Sonic have the somewhat difficult task of locating and collecting the six Chaos Emeralds, but he also has to collect as many rings as possible. They are certainly not hard to locate, but watch out, if you accidentally bump into a Badnik, or get hit by one of their missiles then your rings will get knocked out of you and fall into oblivion. You don't want that! Rings mean lives, and lives mean a much higher chance of defeating the evil Doctor Robotnik and claiming victory as the saviour of the whole land. There is, of course, a great value for the rings. Once you reach one hundred golden rings, you will notice that Sonic gains an extra life, and the ring score goes back to zero. A handy tip, always check the tree tops! Often times, there will be rings hiding in the tops of the palm trees, or even more of a regular occurrence, you will find a box hidden in the tree containing those highly sought after rings.
              The final thing to mention, is the bonus stages. If you finish a level in a zone with an adequate amount of golden rings under your belt then it is likely that you will get the chance to take on a bonus stage. There are many opportunities for Sonic to not only gain rings, but other additional extras. The first thing to point out, don't be too picky about collecting every single ring. There are plenty more to come! Hidden among the various springs and ledges on the bonus levels are boxes that are stamped with 'Cont.', this is one box that you do not want to miss out on. Breaking this box gives you the opportunity to receive three extra lives when 'Game Over' flashes on the screen. A vital extra if you want to claim victory! A final tip, hidden in some of the bonus levels are the old classic, the extra life. Not essential to find and break, but it never hurts to have an extra life!

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              • LG Cookie KP500 / Mobile Phone / 74 Readings / 73 Ratings
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                09.09.2009 11:59
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                Great Phone

                I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to gadgets. I'm always replacing my phones, mp3 players etc. It's an annoying habbit but never mind that. I'd been using my Sony Ericsson Walkman phone for just about a year but it started playing up, the texts weren't sending and the camera was broke so, I decided to buy a new phone. I saw the LG KP500 (Cookie) on offer for £109 and I couldn't resist sending myself broke for a few weeks to try out this new gadget!

                I was a little worried after reading some comments on this phone about it being no good but I've only had a few minor problems with the LG KP500, nothing that would make me not want to use it! The only problems that I've had so far (I've only had it for 3 months) is that sometimes when I try to reply to a text, the phone slows up and I end up touching the reply button then the send button which sends a blank message, that's quite annoying but it's a problem that I can deal with. Maybe the problem is just my patience! The one other problem that seems to have resolved itself now strangely, is that on a couple of occasions the whole screen has gone a bright blue colour and frozen, the only way I found to fix this was to turn the phone off and on again, but as I said, this seems to have resolved itself.

                The messaging function is fairly easy to use but if you have big fingers I'd advise that you just use the Stylus pen provided becasue it can be quite a task even for someone with small fingers. The inbox and outbox has a huge memory but I find it best to delete the messages when it gets to about 100 in each because it seems to slow the phone down a bit. When typiing a text there is the option to use T9 (too annoying for me), standard abc text or the Qwerty keypad. I find that using the Qwerty keypad with the Stylus pen is the fastest was to text and most accurate too. Sending a MMS is as simple as can be, just select the MMS option and select the image, video or sound that you want to send and you're away!

                The camera function on this phone is one of the best quality of cameras that I have seen on a mobile phone so far. It has a 3.0mp cam with so many different options for effects, frames etc. The quality of image produce is near perfect. It can take a while to get used to the camera but I'd say that it is near enough the same quality picture as my digital camera. The other great thing about this phone is that once you take your picture you can then edit it on the phone itslf instead of having to upload it to your computer first so that saves a lot of time.

                The music player is not my favourite thing on the KP500 but again, I think that just has something to do with my lack of patience! There is the option to minimize the media player so that you can listen to your music on the go if you wish, as well as a radio player that you can minimize. The media player does support album artwork but I've yet to figure out how to get it visible on all of my music albums which is slightly annoying but I'm determined to figure it out. There is also the option of shuffling your music which I was really pleased about because I prefer to listen to random songs instead of a whole album which I can't do on my mp3 player.

                There is a slot for a Micro SD card if you want to store your music or videos on your phone, I bought a 4GB one after buying the phone as there was no free card with mine and the 4GB seems to work fine at the moment. I was going to get an 8GB but didn't want to overload the phone.

                The touch screen itself couldn't be easier to use. There are scroll functions on the menu and the screen is really sensitive. This is a good thing when I'm using my phone but I wouldn't recommend carrying this phone around in your pocket becasue the unlock function is really easy to activate, I have had the phone in my pocket before and accidently sent SMS and made phone calls!

                There are a varitey of game demos and flash demos that come with this phone so you definitely can't get bored, I mainly use my phone for texting though so I still haven't fully explored this function! The KP500 offers so much to do, I really need to sit down and look through the whole thing because I'm sure that there are things that I still haven't looked at.

                In the box I had:

                Headphones
                LG PC Suite CD-Rom
                Screen Protector
                Charger

                The price that I got my KP500 for (£109) is probably the highest that you can expect to pay at this time, I would imagine that you could get it a lot cheaper on EBay, just have a look around, I'm sure there are many different offers about. The phone, as far as I know, comes in three different colours- Black, Pink and Silver. I got the black version, I thought that it might look a bit plastic but it doesn't, so that's good!

                Overall, I'm really pleased with this phone and very happy that I bought it, if you like gadgets then I'd definitely recommend it.

                Thanks For Reading!

                (This review may also be posted on Ciao at some point under the same name!)

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                  Brilliant album, well worth a listen

                  Kids In Glass Houses have become one of my favourite punk bands lately, I'm always on the lookout for new punk bands and artists so I was more than happy to have a listen when a friend leant me this album! I have somewhat of a loathing for mainstream artists who call themseves 'punk' when all they really are is dressed up boy/girl bands who sing (mime) cheesey pop, so I was glad that I hadn't heard of Kids In Glass Houses when I was told about them!I think that this band leans more towards the 'emo' genre rather than punk but there are definitely elements of punk here an there. If you like bands like Death Cab For Cutie, Cute Is What We Aim For or Hawthorne Heights then this album is probably worth checking out because they all share similarities.

                  The first song that really jumped out at me was the opening track; 'Fisticuffs'. Just the title made me want to listen. It gave me the impression of something for the mosh pit, I'm not sure why but that was just what I was expecting. Compared to the majority of the rest of this album, Fisticuffs is quite heavy. It's not one of those horrible screamo songs but the music itself sounds quite heavy. The first five to ten seconds of this song reminded me of Lostprophets-Every Day Combat which really put me off but the rest doesn't sound much like it thankfully!

                  The next track that I love is one that I'm completely addicted to! It's a track called 'Give Me What I Want'. The opening riff gets me everytime, it's nothing complicated it's just an awesome riff. This song is more pop-rock than the first that I mentioned but it's so catchy that I can't fail to love it. The chorus is brilliant too, and as well as that the lyrics are really well written so that every word sticks in the back of your mind. There's something about the lead vocalists voice that's almost hypnotizing, it's crazy but in a good way.

                  Another favorite of mine from this album is a track towards the end of the album called 'Dance All Night'. Again, this is another pop style song but it has more of the punk rock edge that is projected in the first track. The lyrics are consistanly brilliant throughout the whole album which is pretty rare with modern music so that just adds to the high quality of this album.

                  Tracklist

                  1. Fisticuffs
                  2. Easy Tiger
                  3. Give Me What I Want
                  4. Saturday
                  5. Lovely Bones
                  6. Shameless
                  7. Girls
                  8. Good Boys Gone Rad
                  9. Dance All Night
                  10. Pillow Talk
                  11. Raise Hell
                  12. Church Tongue

                  Overall, an extremely high quality album from a band that I think will go really far. If you haven't heard of these guys yet I'd definitely recommend giving them a chance, well worth a listen.

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                    A good hip hop album but definitely not for everyone

                    I have said in some previous reviews that I have what could be considered a strange taste in music. I listen to so many different genres and this is one of the artists that I (secretly) love. I'm not a huge fan of rap and hip hop and only really listen to mainstream artists such as Tupac, Eminem, The Game etc. Eminem is a whole world away from a lot of the music that I listen to, which is why it's a nice change for me to review a different kind of music! If you are offended by foul language then this review will most probably be of no use to you at all, I would just advise you not to listen to this album! For me, it doesn't really bother me because I think that it's all just part of the whole hip hop genre, but that's a whole different review! Anyway!

                    Tracklist

                    1. Public Service Announcment 2000
                    2. Kill You
                    3. Stan (ft. Dido)
                    4. Paul (skit)
                    5. Who Knew
                    6. Steve Berman (skit)
                    7. The Way I Am
                    8. The Real Slim Shady
                    9. Remember Me?
                    10. I'm Back
                    11. Marshall Mathers
                    12. Ken Kaniff
                    13. Drug Ballad
                    14. Amityville
                    15. B*tch Please II
                    16. Kim
                    17. Under The Influence

                    There are way too many songs for me to review track by track so I'm just going to go through the best ones. There are also a few skits in there too which I don't really listen to, I find them a bit boring if I'm honest!

                    [Stan]
                    This is probably one of the most well known tracks by Eminem, it's not the best but it's pretty well written and quite popular with other people too. I think that the lyrics and the story behind this song can make Eminem come across a bit conceited- he tells a story about an obsessive fan called Stan who trys in vain to contact Eminem. When he doesn't get a reply he kills himself and his girlfriend by driving off a bridge (lovely I know). When Eminem finally gets around to replying he realises that he's too late to save Stan. I don't really like the story, I think it's pretty harsh and it's a strange thing to put yourself in, but the music to the song is good and most of the lyrics are good.

                    [The Way I Am]
                    I like this track. It's the first Eminem song that I really got into. Again, it's full of swearing, agression, violence, you name it. It's well written and perfromed though so that's what makes it sucessful. I think that this is the best track on the album but it all depends on what you like and how much swearing you can tolerate without wanting to switch off!

                    [The Real Slim Shady]
                    This is probably the least serious song on the entire album, again he comes across as really quite cocky but I think that's all part of the Slim Shady persona. Some of the lyrics in this track are actually pretty funny, its a pretty daring song in some parts.

                    There are a few other good tracks on here, but then again there are some that I just cant listen too. I find some too violent, some too agressive and some just gross. But again, it all depends what you like really. I would recommend this album because it's one of the best from Eminem but I definitely wouldn't recommend it for younger listeners. There's way too much swearing and other things. It's a good hip hop album though.

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                    • La Roux - La Roux / Music Album / 55 Readings / 54 Ratings
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                      A brilliant debut album from a brilliant electro-pop duo

                      Everyone knows who 'the red-haired one' is by now. Elly Jackson, the main part to the electro-pop duo La Roux was obviously the inspiration behind the name! The self titled debut album from these two is definitely something worth buying or downloading. Even if you're not a fan of electro pop, you just have to love this girl. Her voice is unique, her style is unique, this music is unique and above all, this album is awesome!

                      Track List

                      1. In For The Kill
                      2. Tigerlily
                      3. Quicksand
                      4. Bulletproof
                      5. Colourless Colour
                      6. I'm Not Your Toy
                      7. Cover My Eyes
                      8. As If By Magic
                      9. Fascination
                      10. Reflections Are Protections
                      11. Armour Love
                      12. Growing Pains

                      Well, the first song that I have to mention is the very well known 'In For The Kill'. I don't think that there is anyone on this planet that hasn't heard this song by now. If you haven't then you must have been in space or something for he last couple of months! This is a great party track. I've noticed that it is played a lot in night clubs too actually, and I can see why. It's one of those songs that is guaranteed to get everyone dancing. It always gets me dancing and I never dance! If you like electro-pop or just popular music in general then you will no doubt love this song.
                      The next song that I feel is worth a mention is track 3, 'Quicksand'. I don't know why I like this song so much, I just think that it has a really interesting sound and interesting lyrics as well actually. I wouldn't say that this track is in a totally different style to 'In For The Kill', but it definitely has a different tone and mood to it. The lyrics to me are a bit confusing but I think that's one of the things that makes this track so intriguing.
                      The last track on my list, and my favorite on the whole album, is track 6, 'I'm Not Your Toy'. I like this one because I think the lyrics are written so that everyone can relate to it on some level. Everyone knows what it's like to feel use. I love the catchiness of this track, particularly the chorus "I'm not your toy, this isn't another girl meets boy". It might sound simple but it really is a brilliant song.
                      If you like pop music, dance music, indie, or to be honest, music in general then I'm sure that there is a track for everyone on this album, it is well worth the money for the download or CD, go buy it!!

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                        Fun Times! NOT!

                        I've been wondering for ages whether or not I should write about my experience here.
                        1. Because as anyone who has experienced such problems will know, talking about it is usually something you would rather not do. And,
                        2. It will be a really long review!
                        But I thought I may as well just go for it, I have nothing to lose and maybe some people can relate.

                        Anxitey has been a huge part of my life since I was 14 (I'm now 18). There were a lot of things that contributed to the triggering of 'my problem' as I call it. It started off with my grandparents dying within a short space of time when I was around 11-13, I obviously knew this would happen one day but I guess I wasn't expecting it to be that soon. I know everyone has to deal with death at some point in their lives but I wasn't really mentally prepared and I didn't cope very well. After this happend I was okay for a few years but I bottled everything up so I thought I was coping but in reality, I wasn't. When my Gran died it was two days before my 13th birthday, I remember then just having no reaction at all for some reason. Anyway, fastworward a year. I started smoking Cannabis regularly, almost daily, getting drunk quite often and generally hanging around with the wrong sort of people, most of them were a lot older than me so you can imagine my parents views on this! I'll go into more detail later on in the 'review' but for now I'll say this. I have an Anxiety Disorder and it's not fun!!!

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                        When It All Started
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                        As I said above, it started when I was 14. I remember the first panic attack, it was horrific and I'm not exaggerating! I came home from a bit of a 'session' of smoking Cannabis, I'd been smoking for 4-5 months by this time. I think it was my mum's birthday. I came home and laid down to watch TV (I didn't want to go downstairs because I knew my parents would find out I'd been smoking because of the state of me!). My mum came into my room and I started shaking from head to toe, ran out of the room and started crying hysterically! When she asked what was wrong all I could get out was "I don't know!". Fastforward a few weeks and the trouble really started. I had another panic attack and from then on I was light-headed 24/7. I kept thinking I was going to pass out or something. I didn't tell my parents that this was happening because I had a feeling that it had something to do with smoking so much. Now I can see that that's not strictly true but it definitely didn't help that's for sure. I started to not go out. Not with my friends, not with my family and certainly not to school. When I did go to school I would only go to the lessons where I knew that I would be able to sit by a door so that I could get out. My friends didn't understand what was happening to me, not that I did either, so they pretty much abandoned me and didn't want anything to do with me. I was bullied in school before it even started and was bullied even more when it began. I would get called crazy on a daily basis which really didn't help as I actually convinced myself that I was crazy at one point. Anyway, after I told my mum what was happening she took me to the doctor who knew that I had an anxiety problem before I even opened my mouth (I guess I wasn't as good at hiding it back then!). He referred me to the children's mental health team where I had counselling and saw a psychiatrist. For a 14 year old girl who didn't have a clue what was happening to her, psychiatrist was a bloody scary word!!! I'm not going to go into the details of the mental health team as it wouldn't be fair to slate them on here so I'll just save that until I'm feeling particularly evil lol!

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                        Hypochondria (Health Anxiety)
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                        Oh the joys. lol. Okay, with my disorder I have symptoms of several different disorders so it's simpler to call it Generalised Anxiety Disorder, but I'll go into a bit of detail of what I have or am experincing. As I said before, when this all started I kept thinking I was going to pass out. Hypochondriacs are often the butt of doctor doctor jokes but believe me it is NOT a nice place to be. It's hell. You're scared of dying but you're not actually living a proper life. I missed out on so much through this and still do if I'm honest. It's not as simple as just thinking that you have a certain disease. Hypochondriacs will actually convince themselves that they are ill and they will even give themselves horrible symptoms (not intentionally of course). I can laugh at myself and some of the things that I've come up with over the years but I know from experience that it is a really horrible disorder to be stuck with. To give you an idea, over the past four years I've thought I've had: Throat cancer, tonsil cancer, brain tumour (gave myself migraines every day!), heart disease, heart attack, stroke, MS, basically anything you can think of, Ive probably thought I've had it at some point (don't post diseases please, I'll freak out LOL). Like I said, I can laugh now but for a teenagers that's a horrible way to live.

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                        Agoraphobia
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                        It's hard to decide whether this is worse than Health Anxiety. I guess it actually links in with the HA anyway so there's not really much of a difference. Although, it completely wrecked my confidence. And my social life come to that, I mean I lost ALL my friends. Well nearly all. I can't use public transport, I even walked for 4 hours to get home one day last year to avoid getting on a bus. Yes, you have permission to laugh, it's insane I know lol. It pretty much messed up my education although I managed to get some GCSE's. I can't go to really crowded places. You can probably imagine the rest. I know now that avoidance makes it worse so I force myself to get out of the house. I've actually forced myself into college! lol

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                        Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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                        Luckily, I haven't had too much experince with this but I went through a phase where I washed my hands after touching anything! It came back again with the whole Swine Flu thing but I broke out of it again thakfully.

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                        Depression
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                        Depression usually goes hand in hand with anxiety unfortunately. I get bouts now and agin, sometimes really bad and sometimes not so overwhelming. It's not a nice place to be but I get through it by distracting myself until I start to feel better. I know for a fact that there are so many people in the world that are so much worse off than I am, so I try to think about that instead of feeling sorry for myself so to speak. Another thing to mention, people always say that they think I'm older than 18. I think I had to grow up pretty quick with all this going on when I was younger so it's not really a case of being mature, more that I didn't really have the oppertunity to act like a teen because I did it all too soon and then this happened so I think I just had to grow up!

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                        What If?
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                        I think I should have this tattooed on myself lol. The current 'what if?' is what if I throw up?! Which in turn makes me feel physically sick obviously! Ah it's a lovely cycle lol. What if the car crashes? What if I offend someone? What if someone thinks such and such about me? What if I did that wrong? BLAHBLAHBLAH, I could go on for hours. I think the trick too this one is.......SO WHAT!!!! (I'm still a rockstar!!), sorry had to do that. Seriously, just so what.

                        Everyone gets anxious at some point. People who say they are scared of nothing are just lying to themselves and everyone else. I always try to think that I'm not that hard done by, I mean there are worse mental health problems than an anxiety disorder. Panic attacks won't kill you, trust me I've had enough of them and I'm still here lol. It's not a nice thing to have to deal with, especially at this age but I always say to people that I don't want sympathy, I just want to be treated like any other teenager. Sorry, that should be adult now really lol. I used to envy 'normal' people but I just treat it as a part of me now and that's the way it is. Anyway, I'm going to be quiet now before I bore everyone lol!

                        Thanks For Reading!!

                        P.S. I had to give it a star!!! :(

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                          27.05.2009 19:44
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                          if only life were still that simple lol

                          I have read a few of these reviews in the last few days and just HAD to do my own!! I grew up in the 90's so most of mine are the old classics, I've had great fun remembering them all lol So, here goes in no particular order!!

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                          1. The Racoons
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                          "This is the Evergreen forest. Quiet, peacful, serene. That is until Bert Racoon wakes up!" I used to know all the words to the intro and often recited it word for word on a daily basis everytime it would come on TV to my poor mum, I think she ended up knowing them word for word too! The Racoons was a Canadian animated series that was broadcast on CBBC if I remembery correctly? Anyway, I remember watching it when I was younger. It was created a while before I was born and ended not long after so I guess I was watching the re-runs. The show was set in 'Evergreen Forest' and the main characters were Bert Racoon, Ralph Racoon and Melissa Racoon. Then there was the pink Aardvark Cyril sneer and his three accomplices who were pigs. He was a slightly evil character I think. Either that or I just didn't like him, I can't remember it was a long time ago lol. There were a lot of other characters but I can't remember most of the names, it was a brilliant cartoon though.

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                          2. Playdays
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                          I watched this show daily from the age of about 2 until 5. My mum and me would sit down and eat breakfast while watching it, it was a very long time ago but I still remember this one! I remember that each day there would be a different theme to the show that would focus on one main character and I could never wait until the end of the week where they would show the episode with Rosie the magic roundabout! The other main characters were Why Bird, Peggy Patch (she was awesome!), Poppy the cat and of course Mr.Jolly! Those days children's TV was actually GOOD and not based around weird things that talk nonsense mentioning no titles of course...COUGH TELETUBIES!!!! lol

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                          3. Mopatop's Shop
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                          Woo! This was aired in about 1999 I think so I must have been around 8. It was on CITV (I don't know if it still is, I don't watch kids TV these days lol) It was about a big green puppet named Mopatop and his assistant PuppyDuck. The reason I was so fascinated by Mopatop's Shop is because I loved the idea of a shop where you could buy anything and everything! It was brillant! My favourite character was Moosey Mouse who lived in the loft above the shop though! lol

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                          This CiTV show was brilliant, back in the day when CiTV actually HAD presenters! It was about a comic brought to life, on the title part of the show you would see the front page of the comic and each part that would feature in the show. If that makes sense? It's hard to explain lol. There were various characters that would all come back every week. Some of the characters included: Cuthbert Lilly, Smart Arty, The Handymen, Puzzle Page, Tricky Dicky, Daisy Dares, and Minnie the Mini Magician.

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                          5. Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde
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                          Not many people remember this show because it only ran for a short time. If you haven't seen it you'll probably guess that it was based on the novel Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. It was about a school girl who got poisoned in a Science lesson which made her turn into a monster every now and again. There was nothing really special about Julia Jekyll and Harriet Hyde but I used to love it. Although it did encourage my mum and dad to give me the lovely nickname of Harriet Hyde! lol.

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                          This was a brilliant American cartoon about a boy with an American football shaped head and other funny characters. I used to make sure I never missed Hey Arnold!, it was always on when I came home from school and both me and my brother loved watching it. The other main characters were: Grandpa Phil, Grandma Gertie, Helga Pataki (Arnold's bully who actually loved him awww lol), Gerald Johanssen (Arnold's best friend), Eugene Horowitz, there were so many more but I can't remember the majority!

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                          This was over the year before I was born but I used to always watch the re-runs before school! I used to love it! Me and my brother used to argue over who the best Smurf was. I of course said Smurfette! lol The other thing that used to make me laugh in this show was that I knew this elderly man that lived near me who looked almost identical to the evil and very scary (to me!) Gargamel. He was a very nice man though lol. Anyway, I think that everyone will remember the Smurfs, definitely a kid's classic.

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                          This show was brilliant, it only fuelled my obsession with rag doll type things, along with the help of Rosie & Jim of course lol. I used to always try and sing along with the theme tune to Tots TV when I was very little, the actual lyrics are: "I'm a tot, je suis une tot, Tilly, Tom and Tiny, we're the tots on Tots TV, one two three-BOO!" but I couldn't get my head around the French parts so I would sing the English parts, mumble between the French and scream BOO at the end! lol.

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                          This was another show that was finished with before I was born I think, but again I watched the re-runs and loved it! It was about a girl (Penny Crayon) who has magic crayons that she takes everywhere. Wherever she draws something it comes to life. Might not sound that great but for a 5 year old girl it was brilliant lol. Unfortunately there were only 12 episodes of Penny Crayon but I thought it was great!

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                          No kid's TV list would be complete without The Wombles! I don't remember ever not watching this as a kid. There's not really much to say about this show, I think everyone knows who The Wombles are or were, brilliant show!


                          I think it's a shame the way kid's TV seems to have gone downhill in recent years. Especially with shows like Balamory, In The Night Garden and Teletubies. Creators have made things too complicated, I think it was so much better when they were just simple shows like the ones mentioned above, they were much more enjoyable! And the majority of them were actually educational too, unlike some today. I've heard kids going around saying "Macca-Pacca" and all that rubbish, that's not educational. At least I son't think so anyway! lol Bring back good TV!!!

                          Thanks For Reading!!

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                          • Waterloo Road / TV Programme / 75 Readings / 70 Ratings
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                            a brilliant show that I would recommend to everyone

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                            Waterloo Road is a BBC1 drama based around the day to day running of the secondary school of the same name. It also focuses on the lives on the pupils, the staff and their families and tackles a wide range of story lines, some very relevant in today's society. Created by Ann McManus and Maureen Chadwick, Waterloo Road has been successfully aired since 2006 and so far there have been 4 series. Each episode runs for 60 minutes, at the moment it is on BBC1 on a Wednesday evening at 8PM.

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                            I have watched Waterloo Road since the first series and have to say that it really has got progressively better as the series went on. Many so called drama's these days are full of completely unbelievable plot lines, ridiculously bad actors/actresses and storylines that are so obviously fictional that you may as well be watching an episode of The Simpsons. This is where Waterloo Road really stands out from the rest for me. The storylines created have always been (particularly in the latest series) very up to date with society and very relevant to things going on in the United Kingdom today. My favourite storylines at the moment have included the shooting and killing of Maxine by her "psychopath" boyfriend and Earl Kelly, and Kim Campbell smuggling baby Grace from Rwanda to the UK to give her a better life. Other serious issues that have been tackled and portrayed, not just in this series but also in previous ones include suicide, abortion, drugs, teen pregnancy Asperger's Syndrome and many others. In my opinion these have all been portrayed by fantastic issues with a great deal of sensitivity.

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                            Karla Bentham
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                            Karla was first introduced in 2007, the third series I think. The first thing that I have to say is, the girl that plays her (Jessica Baglow) has done a fantastic job of portraying Asperger's Syndrome in my opinion, she is a brilliant young actress. Throughout the various episodes the viewers have been able to see how challenging and unnerving it can be for a young person with Asperger's to deal with school life. It was shown when the character of Karla was first introduced that she didn't like physical contact with people she doesn't know very well. This was definitely highlighted in the episode where Karla is being told off by Grantly, who doesn't listen when she asks him not to touch her and ends up getting smacked with a chair! As part of her Asperger's, Karla tends to take things people say very literally. This was shown in the episode where she was asked to wait outside an office and removed herself completely from the building. Despite some people thinking that Karla isn't very intelligent, she actually shows she has a lot of potential and is particularly talented when it comes to art and maths.

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                            Kim Campbell
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                            Played by the brilliant Angela Griffin, her character Kim has been the focus of a controversial storyline in the latest series. She smuggled a baby girl (Grace) from Rwanda into the UK with the intention of giving her a better life. After thinking she had fooled her fellow colleagues into thinking that Kim herself had this child whilst in Rwanda, her plan was foiled and baby Grace taken back to her home in Rwanda. Kim is the head of pastoral care and the teacher that every pupil goes to for advice. She has strong views on just about everything and isn't afraid to voice those opinions! The illegal smuggling of baby Grace was written and acted brilliantly, I haven't really seen much of Angela Griffin on TV but she definitely shines in this show.

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                            Donte Charles
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                            Anyone that watches Coronation Street will probably know that the character of Donte is played by Adam Thomas, the younger brother of Ryan Thomas in corrie (Jason Grimshaw). They are both very similar so I found this quite hard to get past when I first started to watch Waterloo Road, but the character of Donte has had some fantastic storylines and Adam is a brilliant young actor. The main storylines that really stand out are Donte marrying Chlo despite still being in school and in the latest series, battling with Chlo to stop her putting their unborn baby up for adoption. Sound confusing? It is!

                            All in all, Waterloo Road is a great drama that everyone can enjoy, despite being some controversial storylines I still think that it is suitable for teens and adults. A lot of the stuff going on in the show is very relevant to society today. There are some great characters and actors, a lot of comedy but with some amazingly emotional scenes. This is the first show that everyone in my house agrees is worth watching! If you like dramas then this show is a must see!

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                              A Brilliant Album

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                              Kate Nash
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                              Kate Nash is the cockney singer/song writer most well known for her smash hit 'Foundations'. It was this track that made this album so popular, gaining Kate a huge fan base and probably a lot of money! She has become part of the Myspace generation along with other famous names who start off at the website. Her style of indie-pop is clever enough to be popular with the non conformists and cheesy enough (in places) to appeal to a wider audience. To date she has only released one album:
                              Made Of Bricks (2007)

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                              Tracklist
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                              01. Play
                              02. Foundations
                              03. Mouthwash
                              04. D**khead
                              05. Birds
                              06. We Get On
                              07. Mariella
                              08. S**t Song
                              09. Pumpkin Soup
                              10. Skeleton Song
                              11. Nicest Thing
                              12. Merry Happy
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                              My Favourite Tracks
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                              02. Foundations
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                              I don't love this song as much as I did but when it first came out it was amazing! Unfortunately I spoiled it for myself by having it on non stop repeat for about a week but it was good while it lasted! Lol. The thing that first attracted me to this track was that brilliant cockney accent belonging to Kate Nash! At that time the only singer like this was Lily Allen (in the mainstream anyway) but to me it was something fresh and new, also the song was (IS) incredibly addictive. "Thursday night, everything's fine except you've got that look in your eye when I'm telling a story and you find it boring you're thinking of something to say, you go along with it then drop it and humiliate me in front of our friends". 9/10.

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                              03. Mouthwash
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                              I don't know why I like this song. However, I REALLY do! It makes no sense, she sings about mouthwash, cups of tea and dental floss! Not really the ideal foundations for a song (see what I did there? Lol!). Anyway, you'd think that it wouldn't be good but it really works well. It's just a pop song that everyone can sing along to with that trademark Kate Nash edge. "I use mouthwash, sometimes I floss, I've got a family and I drink cups of tea". 10/10.

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                              04. D**khead
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                              I really shouldn't like this track but I do. It's actually one of my favourites. There's nothing unique or special or outstanding, it's just a great track with lyrics that are not just any old rubbish. I can't post any of the lyrics for obvious reasons but it is definitely worth a listen. Except if there are little ears around!!!!! 10/10

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                              06. We Get On
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                              THE best cheesy pop song ever created in my opinion. Towards the last part of the track it comes across quite obsessive and a bit scary, it's a brilliant song. It's one of the more up beat pop style songs on Kate's debut album but in my opinion it has the best written lyrics, definitely worth a listen! 10/10.

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                              My Overall Opinion
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                              This is a great debut from Kate Nash. There is a balanced mixture of indie style tracks for the non conformists and lots of more up beat pop songs that will appeal to a much wider audience. I think that Kate deserves a lot more credit for her work, she IS talented no matter what the critics say, her music is original, she can actually write a song and she has a really unique voice. Overall, 10/10.
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                              • Puzzle - Biffy Clyro / Music Album / 73 Readings / 68 Ratings
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                                Exceeded my expectations!

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                                Biffy Clyro
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                                Biffy Clyro are a Scottish rock band from Ayrshire. Having been into this band for a few years now I was pretty excited to hear that they were due to release some new material- 'Puzzle'. The weren't that well known up until last year but hit the mainstream with singles such as 'Machines', and 'Mountains'. If, like me, you have followed the band for quite a while you will prbably, again like me, have thought 'Oh great, another unique act that have sold out and conformed!'. At first I did think that, but don't be fooled, this is no ordinary mainstream band, they are unique and fantastic in my opinion! You just have to ignore the whole mainstream or commercial label and enjoy the music, don't let the fact that they have become more sucessful put you off because they really are worth a listen. Currently, Biffy Clyro consists of: Simon Neil (vocals & guitar), James Johnston (vocals & bass), and Ben Johnston (vocals & drums). So far, they have released four studio albums (all worth owning!):

                                Blackened Sky (2002)
                                The Vertigo of Bliss (2003)
                                Infinity Land (2004)
                                Puzzle (2007)

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                                Tracklist
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                                01. Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies
                                02. Saturday Superhouse
                                03. Who's Got A Match
                                04. As Dust Dances/Two Fifteenths
                                05. Whole Child Ago
                                06. Conversation Is
                                07. Now I'm Everyone
                                08. Semi Mental/Four Fifteenths
                                09. Love Has A Diameter
                                10. Get F**ked Stud
                                11. Folding Stars
                                12. Nine Fifteenths
                                13. Machines

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                                My Favourite Tracks
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                                01. Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies
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                                What an explosive opener. If you've bought this album then it's likely that this was one of the tracks that influenced your decision. If you haven't bought this album then this track is definitely a good place to start, I'm pretty sure that it will have you hooked! It starts off with some quick fired electronics that vary in pace with some guitar thrown in the mix too. As it starts to fade into the first verse you hear some weird vocals that remind me of Star Wars! Don't let this put you off because it gets better and better. It kicks in with Simon's unique vocals and some very punk charged guitar playing. The chorus can only be described as one hell of an anthem! It changes pace and is so powerful, it will stick with you all day. "I don't wanna waste no more time, time's what we don't have, everywhere I look someone dies, I wonder when it's my time". 10/10.

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                                02. Saturday Superhouse
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                                I don't think I'd be doing Biffy Clyro justice if I didn't mention this track in my review, it is THE track to own on this album! There is something magic about this track that I haven't heard in a long time, it's almost like a mixture of many genres but with that unique sound that screams 'Biffy Clyro!". I'm so glad that this track is yet to be ruined by over exposure by certain radio stations- mentioning no names of course!! You will know from the intro whether you will like this song or not, it bursts to life with some amazing vocals and a big wall of guitars, likely to burst your eardrums if it's too loud so be warned. The chorus is definitely the key to the reason why I love this song so much, it's brilliant. "If we don't know where we belong, it'll make no difference from where we started, look out kid 'cause here it comes, you're not the lucky one". 10/10.

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                                03. Who's Got A Match?
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                                I really wasn't sure about this track the first time that I heard it, it seemed as though it was lacking something but I love it now! You can really hear Simon's scottish accent too! There's something almost sinister about this song, I don't know what but that's just the feel I get from it tonight. If you don't like this track the first time you listen to it I'd say give it a few listens because it does take a while to get into it. "I'm a fire and I'll burn, burn, burn tonight, I'm a fire and I'll burn, burn, burn tonight" 9/10.

                                There are so many more songs on this album that I love and none at all that I son't, I don't want to spoil the whole album though!

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                                My Overall Opinion
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                                There really isn't anything bad I can say about this album, it was well worth the wait in my opinion. If you like Biffy Clyro but were put off by the chart succes then just give it a chance, you won't be dissapointed. It's a great mixture of rock, punk, and some electrifying vocals.

                                **Note**
                                I would highly recommend that you go to YouTube and check out Biffy Clyro's cover of Rihanna's 'Umbrella'- it is amazing!!

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                                • General / Discussion / 59 Readings / 53 Ratings
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                                  03.05.2009 11:25
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                                  a bit about me

                                  I'm just passing the time while I think of something interesting to review!!


                                  1. What is your middle name?
                                  My middle name is not something I ususally tell people, I don't like it!

                                  2. Fire or Central Heating?
                                  Central Heating

                                  3. What are you listening to right now?
                                  Hollyoaks lol

                                  4. Clubbing or Romantic Meal?
                                  It depends who with really. I wouldn't mind either but I'm not really big on either of them!

                                  5. What was the last thing you ate?
                                  Nothing, I haven't eaten yet it's too early for me

                                  6. Last person you hugged?
                                  Best friend :-)

                                  7. How is the weather right now?
                                  Pretty cloudy but hopefully sunny later

                                  8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
                                  A friend

                                  9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
                                  Eyes or smile

                                  10. Favourite type of Food?
                                  Indian

                                  11. Do you want children?
                                  Someday, not yet though

                                  12. Hair colour?
                                  Purple, changing it again though lol

                                  13. Do you wear contacts?
                                  No

                                  14. Favourite holiday?
                                  I'd like to say somewhere exotic but it was actually a family holiday to Paignton when I was younger!

                                  15. Favourite Season?
                                  Summer. And Spring

                                  16. Have you ever cried over a love lost?
                                  Of course lol

                                  17. Last Movie you watched?
                                  Little Nicky

                                  18. What books are you reading?
                                  Dear Fatty by Dawn French

                                  19. Piercing?
                                  A few!

                                  20. Favourite Movie?
                                  Anything funny is fine by me

                                  21. Favourite Sports Team?
                                  I don't understand sports nor do I wish to, sorry lol

                                  22. What were you doing before filling this out?
                                  Watching Hollyoaks lol

                                  23. Favourite animal?
                                  All of Them!

                                  24. Favourite drink?
                                  Diet Coke please!

                                  25. Favourite flower?
                                  Bluebell

                                  26. Have you ever loved someone?
                                  Yes.

                                  27. Who would you like to see right now?
                                  No one as I've only just got up lol

                                  28. What colour are your bedroom walls?
                                  Chocolate & Cream

                                  29. Have you ever fired a gun?
                                  No, that would terrify me!

                                  30. Do you like to travel by plane?
                                  No you'd never get me on a plane lol

                                  31. Right-handed or Left-handed?
                                  Both

                                  32. If you could go to any place right now where would you go?
                                  Brighton or somewhere by the see that's not Cornwall. Actually, anywhere but Cornwall lol it's amazing down here but I could do with a change of scenery!

                                  33. Are you missing someone?
                                  Yes.

                                  34. Do you have tattoo?
                                  No, getting some soon though I think

                                  35. Do you still watch cartoons on Saturday mornings?
                                  I'll watch Spongebob if I'm REALLY bored lol


                                  36. Are you hiding something from someone right now?
                                  Possibly, I don't think so though

                                  37. Are you 18?
                                  I am actually lol

                                  38. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?
                                  Some weird pattern I think

                                  39. Are you afraid of the dark?
                                  Only if I watch scary movies lol

                                  40. Favourite Hangout?
                                  The beach :-)

                                  41. Three things you can't live without?
                                  Family, music, phone

                                  42. Favourite songs?
                                  Kids-MGMT, Save The World, Get The Girl-The King Blues, Ladytron-Destroy Everything You Touch (those are just at the moment!)

                                  43. What are you afraid of?
                                  Staplers, spiders, other strange phobias

                                  44. Are you a giver or a taker?
                                  Both

                                  46. What is your dad's middle name?
                                  John

                                  47. What do you sleep in?
                                  A bed :-P haha I'm not answering that one!

                                  48. Stuck on a deserted island, and can only bring one thing?
                                  Someone

                                  49. Favourite TV commercial?
                                  Nearly all of them bug me actually lol

                                  50. First thing you'll save in a fire?
                                  My family and my dog!

                                  51. What is your favourite colour?
                                  grey, green

                                  52. What are the things you always bring with you?
                                  Fags, Ipod, lighter, phone, lipgloss. Exciting I know lol

                                  53. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
                                  Hairdresser, Nurse, Vet, you name it lol

                                  54. What do you do when the alarm turns on?
                                  Cry lol no, I usually switch it off for another ten minutes

                                  55. What colour is your bed sheet?
                                  Chocolate & Cream

                                  56. Who do you want to meet?
                                  Quite a few people

                                  57. What do you think about before you go to bed?
                                  Oh allsorts, the joys of Insomnia lol

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