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Current Debate - Do programmes such as the X Factor have a positive or negative impact on the music industry?

Do programmes such as the X Factor have a positive or negative impact on the music industry?

(+) Keeps popular music in the public eye (-) Very safe and pedestrian, focuses on short term success over long term credibility (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2011)

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Current Debate - Scottish Independence: Do you think Scotland should remain a part of the Union?

Scottish Independence: Do you think Scotland should remain a part of the Union?

(+) A clear democratic mandate would be best for any major constitutional change (-) But I fear that the proposed referendum won't allow Scots to express their true preference (*) (On Ciao since: 08/2012)

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Current Debate - Olympic Games Beijing 2008: Which country will win the most medals?

Olympic Games Beijing 2008: Which country will win the most medals?

(+) China and USA are a very strong team but GB are coming through. (-) None, GB have done very well. (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2008)

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What is our country turning into?

(+) Good riddance (-) Riddance is about the only good (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2005)

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Current Debate - John Terry’s scandal - Should he remain the captain of England national team or not?

John Terry’s scandal - Should he remain the captain of England national team or not?

(+) Retaining Terry would have been better for English football and for resisting witch-hunts (-) Sacking him served no purpose except to appease media rabble-rousers (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2010)

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Current Debate - Cricket World Cup: do you think it\'s been a successful tournament for the ICC?

Cricket World Cup: do you think it's been a successful tournament for the ICC?

(+) Good show! (-) Too many rule changes (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2015)

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What do your reviews say about you?

(+) You are telling me what my reviews are telling you, about me. (-) l'm making myself vulnerable . . . again! (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2007)

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Current Debate - Discounters and Christmas Shopping

Discounters and Christmas Shopping

(+) Bargains out there (-) But we want comfort food (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2014)

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Current Debate - £25 fee per GP\'s appointment - will you pay?

£25 fee per GP's appointment - will you pay?

(+) Demonstrates that the "simple" solution is never "simple" (-) Simply shuts the door on the issue rather than dealing with it. (*) (On Ciao since: 08/2013)

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Why Donate to Charity?

(+) Everybody wins (-) Nobody loses (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2004)

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Current Debate - Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

(+) Increased government revenue. Less cuts needed to front line public services. A progressive tax. (-) Will hit people in the pocket. Possibility of nudging up inflation. (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2011)

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Current Debate - Does Christmas start too early?

Does Christmas start too early?

(+) Cheap (-) Expensive (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2012)

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Current Debate - London Olympics 2012: Will the games be a success?

London Olympics 2012: Will the games be a success?

(+) "Full of sound and fury…" (Macbeth) (-) "…signifying nothing." (except enormous expense) (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2011)

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Current Debate - Kososvo declares independence from Serbia. If Kosovo why not Scotland?

Kososvo declares independence from Serbia. If Kosovo why not Scotland?

(+) In principle, self-determination is always desirable (-) In practice, individual cases differ and the outcome can be problematical (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2008)

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What is your opinion of compulsory drug testing in the workplace?

(+) Could Help (-) Personal Rights? (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2003)

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Current Debate - Is UKIP now a major political force?

Is UKIP now a major political force?

(+) Farage has the 'F' Factor - A political force. (-) Farage mechanics is only a 'Kwik Fix' and has no domestic attributes. (*) (On Ciao since: 05/2014)

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Current Debate - Is an increasing population a good or bad thing for humanity?

Is an increasing population a good or bad thing for humanity?

(+) "Our children are our future" (-) More children, less future? (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2011)

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Current Debate - Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009.  What are your thoughts on the life of the King of Pop?

Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009. What are your thoughts on the life of the King of Pop?

(+) His music, his singing and what a hot dancer! (-) His lifestyle, increasingly odd behaviour (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2009)

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Are British teachers justified in taking strike action?

(+) Might make the government get their ass moving (-) Disruptive to childrens education (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2003)

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Current Debate - AV Referendum on 5th May! Which is fairer, AV or First Past the Post?

AV Referendum on 5th May! Which is fairer, AV or First Past the Post?

(+) A step in the right direction... (-) ...though not as big a step as it could or should be (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2011)

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Current Debate - What is your most memorable Olympic moment?

What is your most memorable Olympic moment?

(+) The Olympics could inspire many (-) Not enough coverage of minority sports at other times (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2012)

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Thoughts on US Presidents - George W. Bush

(+) You get to tell the interest-conflicted U.N. and the impossibly corrupt Kofi Annan to piss-off (-) Nobody but Tony laughs at your Saddam Hussein jokes with you (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2004)

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Current Debate - What is the most unusual New Year\' Resolution you have kept?

What is the most unusual New Year' Resolution you have kept?

(+) Positive changes physically and mentally (-) None! (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2011)

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Current Debate - Brazil 2014: What are your predictions?

Brazil 2014: What are your predictions?

(+) Great tournament so far (-) England out (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2014)

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Current Debate - Is there really a climate change, your opinion?

Is there really a climate change, your opinion?

(+) Its a big problem with small solutions that could help IF EVERYONE did something (-) inevitable its not going to work out, the earth will suffer (*) (On Ciao since: 08/2006)

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Current Debate - Memories of Bonfire Night

Memories of Bonfire Night

(+) pretty colours, good memories (-) loud, scary, people forget the true meaning (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2009)

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Current Debate - HS2: Can the UK afford the high speed rail network system?

HS2: Can the UK afford the high speed rail network system?

(+) I'll be able to get around faster on my pensioners rail card (-) Not immediate enough to create a boost, technology may supercede it, and it may never happen. (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2013)

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Current Debate - What are your resolutions for 2012?

What are your resolutions for 2012?

(+) Works for me (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2012)

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Is e-mail lowering the level of interpersonal communication?

(+) See review (-) see review. (*) (On Ciao since: 05/2004)

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Current Debate - Is the government right to freeze minimum wage for young people?

Is the government right to freeze minimum wage for young people?

(+) I can see a benefit for businesses (-) Is it fair? (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2012)

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The Selling Factor

Advantages: Keeps popular music in the public eye
Disadvantages: Very safe and pedestrian, focuses on short term success over long term credibility

I am a bit of a music nut and loved Pop Idol and Fame Academy when they were on TV but I have never really learned to love The X Factor. I watch it because my daughter wants me to watch it with her but as time goes on it becomes ever more predictab ...

rosebud2001 22.11.2011 · Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
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Saturday Night Bieber!

Advantages: Everyone can be famous!
Disadvantages: But not for long

As famous as Justin Bieber is he doesn’t shift many records, his latest going in at number 14 in the U.K charts. That would never happen with Timberlake. So we can only presume Biebers appeal is to the youngest internet generation, content with YouTube or ...

thedevilinme 24.11.2011 · Read full review
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Cost Effective Conveyer Belt Talent!

Advantages: Brings new talent.
Disadvantages: Incites shouting down a microphone, telephone charges & short campaign careers.

As a musician and when it comes to watching musical based shows on TV, I was entertained lightly with British TV content such as “Top of the Pops,” other chart based shows and on the other side of the coin, classically based entertainment such “the sympho ...

Nar2 24.11.2011 · Read full review
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"You Are The Music While The Music Lasts"

Advantages: Entertaining, Great Talent, Variety Of Music & Success coming from the show.
Disadvantages: Too many politics and negativity.

Music is my passion. Reality TV is my guilty pleasure. I consider myself an X Factor fan and have watched every series almost religiously. Why? Because I find watching people entertaining. The same as I find it amusing watching people on the tube, or sitt ...

izzoh 19.11.2011 · Read full review
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YOUR 15 MINUTE CAREER STARTS RIGHT HERE!

Advantages: You may just find a worldwide star
Disadvantages: You probably won't

“It wasn’t like that in my day,” is a phrase you shall often hear from the older generation, and it doesn’t ring much truer than with the progression of the music industry over the ages. Many will have seen the transition from vinyl to cassette, and no so ...

tipsyrabbit 30.11.2011 · Read full review
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