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Member advice on Self Employment 08/06/2008

Understanding the World of Self Employment

Member advice on Self Employment I have been self employed now for one and a half years. Within that time I have experienced both the highs and the lows that come with working for yourself. Whilst it may seem like a dream to be your own boss; starting work when you want, finishing when you want and never answering to anybody but yourself - unfortunately there are also many downsides that come with self employment. I am 23 years old. I have no finance background (maths was always my worst subject). I worked in a supermarket before I took the plunge and I had no business experience whatsoever. If I can do it, then so can you! However, it isn't always easy doing it alone and I definitely wish I'd have had more information available to me when I started out. So if you are thinking about becoming self employed, read on to find out whether it is definitely the right option for you. **What Self Employment Actually Involves** Before you can begin to understand whether self employment is for you or not, you first need to know exactly what it involves. It doesn't matter what type of business you are planning on setting up - it will be extremely hard work no matter what you choose to do! What many people do not take into account is that very rarely do you get to pick and choose when you work. Yes you may be working for yourself, but if you want to make a living from self employment then you need to dedicate a lot of time and hard work into your business. In fact, self employment will take up more of ...

Capote (DVD) 24/07/2006

Am I The Only One Who Didn't Get It?

Capote (DVD) Directed by Bennett Miller, Capote is one of the most talked about films of 2005. Now, after scooping Phillip Seymour Hoffman an Oscar, Being compared to 'Dead Man Walking', and after all the suspenseful waiting, the film is now available to buy on DVD. But will it live up to its expectations? *** The Plot *** Set in 1959, the film tells the story of Truman Capote, a well known writer with the 'New York Times'. Always looking for an intriguing story, he is drawn to the news of a horrific murder in Holcomb Kansas, which completely wiped out a family of four. Capote and his partner 'Harper Lee' travel to the place of the murder in order to research the story for his next article, but Capote is drawn into the story so much that he aims to write a book about it, rather than just an article. Meeting up with the killers, Capote forms a friendship with one of them - 'Perry' - which many people could never understand. However, his friendship with 'Perry' starts to conflict with his proposed book 'In Cold Blood', and as the killers execution comes closer, Capote struggles to cope with his conflicting feelings. *** What I Thought *** Now, I had heard so many good things about this film before I actually saw it. I had seen previews and had loved them, and I really couldn't wait for the DVD to be released. However, I have to admit, after watching this I was extremely disappointed. * The Cast and Their Characters * Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays the lead role of ...

Vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult 21/07/2006

Can Our memories really be trusted?

Vanishing Acts - Jodi Picoult Released in March 2005, 'Vanishing Acts' is Jodi Picoult's twelfth novel. Turning out usually one novel a year, Picoult tackles all kinds of moral dilemmas and human emotions, usually in the form of a courtroom drama. Most famous in the UK for the book 'My Sister's Keeper', Picoult has discussed issues such as murder, suicide, babies born just to keep their siblings alive and, in the book I will be reviewing today, 'Kidnapping'. I personally haven't found another author who captures the raw emotions involved in such extreme circumstances, as Picoult does. I have been a huge fan of Picoult's, ever since I read 'My Sisters Keeper', and I now have four of her thirteen books. I didn't really go into the book with any expectations as each of her books that I have read, have all been different in some way. Some I enjoyed more than others. However, now after completing the book, I can safely say it was one of the best that I have read from her. *** The Plot *** Delia Hopkins can't imagine having a better life than the one she has had. Raised by her widowed father in New Hampshire, she now has a great job finding missing people with her trusted companion 'Greta', a faithful bloodhound, and a beautiful daughter named Sophie, whom was fathered by Delia's first love 'Eric'. However, as she plans her dream wedding to Eric, she starts to have flashbacks that she does not recognise. These flashbacks are of a life she has no knowledge of, and as she struggles to find the ...

John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Ahead Shampoo 18/07/2006

I am going to wash that frizz right out of my hair

John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Ahead Shampoo Created by legendary John Frieda, the frizz ease range has been specially formulated for frizzy, flyaway hair. There are two, new, different varieties to choose from - straight ahead or curl around, both of which are pretty much self explanatory in what hair type they are for. The one I am going to be reviewing is the 'straight ahead' shampoo. *** The Claims *** The straight ahead range is designed specifically, for people who either have straight hair or who want straight hair. Gentle enough for everyday use, this shampoo promises to tame dry, frizzy hair, and to make it easier to style after use. Containing a special nourishing feature, straight ahead leaves your hair shiny, soft and hydrated and promises salon styled results. It is even safe for colour treated hair. So does it live up to all of its claims, or is it, like a lot of other top named brands, simply just over-priced rubbish? *** The Trust Factor *** Mention John Frieda and I automatically think 'High profiled hairdresser, high price products and a man who knows what he is doing.' Most people will have heard of him, yet they may not necessarily know anything about him. I have to admit… Neither did I. Amazingly, John has been working in the business since he was just 16 years old. Starting off as an assistant, he was eager to learn the ticks of the trade and to show that he had the creative energy to succeed in a mainly 'woman dominated' world. Recognising that everybody's hair was ...

Transporter 2 (DVD) 15/07/2006

Will It Tranform You Too?

Transporter 2 (DVD) Directed by Louis Leterrier, this action packed sequel, sets out to grab its audience and take them into a world where violence, kidnapping and psychopathic women with barely any clothes on, are all part of the norm. Starring Jason Statham, Allesandro Gassman and Amber Valletta, to name but a few, this film is predicted to be a hit with both sexes, but is it really as good as its trailer says that it is? *** The Plot *** A rich family hire Frank Martin (Jason Statham), to chauffeur their young son Jack Billings, not knowing that he is usually used to transporting different types of goods rather than people. However, after taking Jack to what should have been a regular, routine doctors appointment, he finds himself caught up in the middle of a vicious kidnapping plot. Can Frank save Jack from the psychopaths that took him, or will the police catch up with him first? *** The Action *** After watching the trailer, this looked like a really fast paced, action film - just what I was in the mood for. Now, after watching it I have to admit, I wasn't disappointed. The film opens introducing Frank in a nice, black Audi, which straight away gives off the image that he is either very rich, or he works for somebody very rich. His car is held up by a gang of youths who hold him at gunpoint. This is where Frank shows us his 'transporter' skills. In a Jackie Chan kind of way, he manages to fight off the gang, get in the car, and arrive on time to pick Jack up from ...

The Da Vinci Code DVD 13/07/2006

Hard Not To Compare It To The Book

The Da Vinci Code DVD The da vinci code was set to be the blockbuster of the year when it was released in early 2006. Director, Ron Howard, would have been jumping up and down at the prospect of directing this movie, though he does have an impressive portfolio already. Having worked on films such as the smash hit, 'Cinderella Man', 'Cocoon' and 'A Beautiful Mind', The Da Vinci Code had a lot to live up to. So did he manage to pull it off, and could he possibly make the film just as good as the book? *** The Plot *** Dr. Robert Langdon is a respected, American symbology expert who, after being scheduled to meet an historian, ends up being part of a murder investigation. However, this is more than a simple murder case, and the historian makes sure, in his last moments before his death, that a trail of clues has been left for Dr. Langdon and his granddaughter, agent Sophie Neveu, to find. A fast- paced chase through the Louvre Museum, the city streets and across the channel into England ensues, in a race against time to find the secrets that date back to the times of Jesus. But will Langdon and Sophie discover just what it is that her grandfather was hiding, or will the killer and the police catch up with them first? *** How it compares to the book *** I was one of the thousands of people that read the book before I saw the film, so unfortunately I had my reservations. I did try and go in with an open mind, but people kept telling me 'The film is never as good as the book'. I ...

Red Eye (DVD) 27/06/2006

There's always one psychopath!

Red Eye (DVD) Red Eye is directed by none other than the horror expert himself, 'Wes Craven'. With top films such as 'Scream', 'The Hills Have Eyes' and 'A Nightmare On Elm Street', under his belt, Wes is no doubt one of the top men within the horror film industry. However, he is also quite the star when it comes to creating good, intense, thrillers, and red Eye is no exception. *** The Plot *** After attending the funeral of her recently departed grandmother, Lisa Reisert is now on her way back to Miami, to her job as a hotel manager. However, on what should be a regular flight back to Miami, she encounters a mysterious stranger named Jack Ripner. Jack comes across as a strange, kind of arrogant, yet strangely sweet at the same time, guy. Undoubtedly handsome, Lisa cannot resist his charms when he asks her to have a drink with him before the flight. Letting her guard down she chats freely to Jack and loses him as she goes to board the flight. Upon boarding she realises that somewhat strangely, she is sitting next to Jack. Could it be fate? Things are going smoothly apart from Lisa's obvious fear of flying, the plane takes off and they are on their way back to Miami. That is when Jack suddenly turns sinister. Kidnapping Lisa 30,000 feet in the air, Jack informs her that she is now part of a murder plot and unless she agrees to help Jack to murder William Keefe, head of Homeland Security, her father will be killed. *** The Thrill Factor *** I expected quite a lot from ...

The Review Writers Forum, opinion site 24/06/2006

My Review on the review writers forum!

The Review Writers Forum, opinion site The review writer's forum is a forum started by quite a popular member of both review sites, ciao and dooyoo. Thingywhatsit - or Rachel, as she is also known- set up the forum in the hope to bring members together to have a laugh, make new friends and basically just create a happy, easy going web space for members of all review sites. But can a forum ever be completely happy? And does the website provide harmless fun or is it just another boring site that people sign up to and never take part? Well, as someone who frequents the site daily, here is my view on Thingywhatsit's online forum. *** The Layout *** When the site first loads you are greeted with a rather plain looking site, though it does contain a nice little logo with a cartoon picture of what I presume to be as Rachel. It's a fun logo with Rachel holding out a drink, toasting the fact that you have come to the site. I think this is very fitting to Rachel's welcoming character and it goes really well on the site. Below the logo you can see links to an FAQ, a calendar of posts, a search section, an option to either login or register, and a link to get back to the home page. Although the writing for these links is quite small, they are written in blue and are against a white background so they stand out quite well, without being in your face. This is good news for me because I've visited some sites that I have wanted to join, and I haven't for the life of me been able to find the link to sign in/register. ...

Dead Man Walking (DVD) 19/06/2006

Would You Have The Faith?

Dead Man Walking (DVD) Based on a true story, Dead Man Walking is the story of a nun who befriends a man on death row after receiving letters from him asking her for guidance. Following an emotional journey into the life of a murderer, Dead Man Walking truly is a moving film that will capture your emotions right from the start. *** Cast and Crew *** Tim Robbins is the director of this film but he is more famous for his acting roles in films such as 'Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me', 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'High Fidelity'. Trying his luck in directing, he proves that he is more than just a pretty face by delivering this Oscar worthy film. Susan Sarandon plays the lead as Helen, the nun who befriends the murderer on death row. She is highly convincing and she comes across a little naïve at times. She struggles with her faith as she tries to do the best thing for everybody but soon finds it is impossible to please all parties. How can she possibly explain to the victim's families the reason that she is supporting the man who murdered their children? How can she explain it to herself? Sean Penn bags the role of murderer and rapist 'Matthew Poncelot'. Arrogant and racist, Matthew refuses to admit to what he has done. Claiming he hasn't murdered anybody and that his accomplish carried out both murders, he asks Sister Helen to help him get off death row. Sean really brings Matthew's character to life and he puts across a very believable performance. It couldn't have been easy ...

member advice on Root Canals 13/05/2006

Root Canal? Where abouts is that then?

member advice on Root Canals When I found out that I needed to have a root canal treatment I nearly had a heart attack. I hate anything to do with needles and having had no surgery whatsoever, I am absolutely petrified of the thought of undergoing any procedure whether it's major or minor. However the most important reason for not liking the whole root canal idea was that I absolutely hate the dentist! I know for a fact that I'm not alone when I say that I hate the dentist as most people admit to having an extreme phobia of getting in that chair. Maybe it's the thought of not being in control or maybe it's the lovely array of the dentist's torture equipment that practically stares you right in the face once you're in there that does it? Whatever it is, it is enough to put people off going until it is absolutely necessary, until the pain is just too unbearable. That is exactly what I did and boy do I wish I hadn't waited until it was too late to get things sorted! Personally I had never heard of root canal treatment before so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I had to research everything as even though my dentist explained a little about what he was going to do, I was still in the dark about the actual procedure. So I researched as much as possible. In fact it took up most of my spare time…I was obsessed with knowing what I was letting myself in for. It turned out though that although there was some very useful information out there on the procedure itself, there were also a lot of horror ...

The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella 10/05/2006

From Law to Loos and the gardener in between

The Undomestic Goddess - Sophie Kinsella The Undomestic Goddess is the latest offering from Sophie Kinsella bringing with it lots of humour, wittiness and more chick lit than ever before. *** The Story *** Samantha Sweeting is a top lawyer in a huge law firm called Carter Spink. She works all day and all night, sometimes not leaving the office until 11pm because she's so determined to become a partner in the company, she'll literally work herself into the ground if she has to. That is until she makes a mistake, a mistake so big that it ruins her whole career. In a daze she walks out of the office and gets on a train. She ends up in the middle of nowhere in front a big house and the owner mistakenly takes her in as the new housekeeper. Samantha has never cleaned or cooked, in fact using a toaster is quite a big ordeal for her so just how long will it be before she gets caught out, or could she possibly somehow keep up appearances? *** My Opinion on… *** Here you will find my opinion on everything from how funny the book was to how it compares to others by the same author. I will also be talking about how addictive I found it and who I think this would appeal to. Hopefully this section will give you the best idea of whether or not this book is for you. 1) The Story I've read a couple of Sophie Kinsella's books and I have to say I've been impressed by what I've read. So when I heard about this new one coming out I knew it was only a matter of when to get the book rather than if I would get it. ...

Empire Earth (PC) 07/05/2006

This is my Empire!

Empire Earth (PC) Empire Earth is a strategy game made by Sierra Studios released in 2001. Covering 500,000 years, this game allows you to play through all of human history and gives its players a wide variety of choices to make throughout the game. Allowing you to fight on land, sea and in the air, there really isn't another strategy game quite like it. *** My Opinion on … *** Here you will find my opinion on everything from how easy the game is to play and what age range this would suit, to how good the graphics are and how it compares to similar games of its type. Hopefully this will give you the best idea of whether or not this game is for you! 1) What's the difference between this and other games of its type? Empire Earth is most like the game 'Age of Empires' in the way that you can choose to play the role of different civilisations and you have to battle other civilisations to win the game. You have citizens which you have to use to gather resources that you need and you also have to have either a settlement or a capitol to place the resources in after you have gathered them. This isn't just a game where you send men out to gather resources and they just magically appear in your status bar, here the men actually have to place them into the appropriate place. Building plays a big part in this game too. You have to build buildings such as a barracks (just like in Age of Empires and The Settlers), a dock and temples. As with Age of Empires you can upgrade to different ...

Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara 05/05/2006

Check out my masterpiece lashes!

Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara Masterpiece is the new mascara brought to us by top leading brand 'Max Factor'. Promising to highlight even your tiniest eyelashes and enhance them to full effect, this is a mascara that oozes drama, demands attention and it is not for the shrinking violet! *** My Opinion on… *** With a couple of new mascaras out over the past couple of months it has been hard to know which ones to go for. I needed a new mascara but was sceptical about which new one I was going to buy. I have made the mistake before of buying well known brands and having my eyelashes look like they had been drenched in sticky toffee sauce, so needless to say I was a bit more wary this time! So after seeing this new 'Masterpiece' mascara advertised I thought it sounded a little too good to be true and the advert seemed to be a little unrealistic. Taken from the film 'Memoirs of a Geisha', this is the mascara they used to create the dramatic look of the Geishas and it claims we can have the same effect if we simply use this mascara. Hmm I thought, they look more like fake eyelashes to me! Still with the promise of highlighting every single one of my eyelashes without any clumps in sight, I was persuaded to try it if only to write a review about it! So here is my opinion on everything from how easy it is to apply, its new unique brush and the all important results. Hopefully this will give you the best idea on whether or not this is for you! 1) Its unique Brush This mascara comes complete with a ...

Four Brothers DVD 30/04/2006

These Are My Brothers

Four Brothers DVD From the director that brought us '2 Fast 2 Furious', 'Shaft' and 'Boyz n the hood', Four Brothers is the story of four brothers (unsurprisingly) out to avenge their mother's death. Released in 2005 this film promises action, revenge and surprisingly plenty of humour. *** My Opinion On *** Here you will find my opinion on everything from the way the movie was filmed to how action packed it was and the enjoyability of the film compared to John Singleton's previous works. Hopefully this will give you the best idea of what the film was like! 1) The Story I thought the story was quite good in this, a little simple maybe but still a good story all the same. It has the hard man image with the brothers all out to get revenge on their mother's killer but then there is the quick witted humour that makes this film enjoyable to watch for both sexes. What added a little bit of a difference to the story was that the brothers aren't blood related. They are all misfits who were brought up by the same woman who adopted them. Two are white men and the other two are black which tends to confuse people throughout the film when they say they are brothers. There are also little subplots which make the film a little more interesting which I won't give away because it could spoil the film for some people. All in all I'd say even though this wasn't as original as it could have perhaps been it was still fairly solid and I didn't notice any gaps in the plot or anything like ...

Chillates (DVD) 23/04/2006

Stressed Over exercise? Don't worry just chill!

Chillates (DVD) Don't stress over exercise just chill out! Chillates is a workout brought to us by the Ministry Of Sound. Combining Yoga, Pilates and the Alexander Technique, it provides a full mind and body workout which improves balance, aerobic fitness, co-ordination and muscle tone. Programmed by a top choreographer, Litza Bixler gives the voice over and introduces the DVD and she has designed it with beginners, intermediate and advanced users in mind meaning there really is something for everyone. *** My Opinion on… *** With so many fitness DVD's out there at the moment it can be hard finding something that is right for you. In this section I will give my opinion on everything from who this will suit to how challenging each section is and how long the workout takes to the all important results. Hopefully this will give you the best idea of whether or not this workout is for you. 1) Why I chose this DVD I have been a fan of yoga for roughly four years now, though I have to admit I haven't been a frequent user of the practice as like most other people, life has often gotten in the way (or at least that's my excuse!). My love of yoga then moved on to the now ever popular 'Yogalates' workouts which combines both yoga and Pilates to bring a full body workout. However I found the last one in that series that I tired a little too testing for me due to the fact that I spend all my working days lifting heavy things around and the way that the workout left me aching, meant that I ...
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