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Our Island Story - H.E. Marshall 18/08/2010

Our Island Story...History For Kids In Story Form...

Our Island Story - H.E. Marshall Our Island Story I have always loved history, but feel my knowledge is somewhat lacking at times. Having just made that statement, it has improved since I started working in schools….I think I can safely say I have helped make enough Roman shields to lead an invasion of my own! I was sorting through some books to take to the charity shop and started to read this one again….. I received my primary education pre National Curriculum when schools could pretty much teach what they felt like and perhaps my most overriding memory is having spent weeks learning about birds and a project on trees (What I don’t know about Blue Tits that live in Oak trees isn’t worth knowing……). Although… funnily enough this hasn’t been of much use in my adult life... It hasn't got much better and so a campaign to bring this book back was brought about because many people were unhappy with the way history is taught in schools. It is argued that the current approach of dipping in and out of different eras, instead of following a chronological format has no context or meaning for children and so their knowledge is both sketchy and they don't develop any real kind of interest in history. It has to be said, that from my experience kids would think 1966 has more importance with regard to English history than 1066..... This book was originally published in 1905 and was written by Henrietta Marshall who was living in Australia at the time. She wrote it in story form for children so that they would know all ...

Inception(DVD) 10/08/2010

Inception....Living The Dream......

Inception(DVD) Inception (2010) This is a film only review. Inception was released in cinemas in England on the 16th July. All That We See Or Seem….Is But A Dream Within A Dream – Edgar Allan Poe… I had a dream…In that dream, I went to sleep and I dreamed some more……in that dream, I also dreamed…I dreamed of going to the cinema to watch Inception. Was it a dream? Or was it reality? Did I actually go? Confused?... That is perhaps a strange opening to a review, but it gives a flavour to the confusion that will await you if you choose to see this film. This is not one of those chewing gum films for the brain; you need to be alert. You need to concentrate. This is a blockbuster that needs brain cells switched on and geared to high alert to appreciate it fully. Plot The film centres around the character Cobb played by Leonardo Di Caprio. He is a spy; a spy with a difference. He can penetrate people’s minds as they are dreaming and steal their thoughts. (*just a thought….. but how rich would Bill Gates be if he could nail that one?...*) He is on the run for something, which is not made clear until later on in the film. He is offered the chance to return home to his children in America, IF, he is able to do the reverse of extracting thoughts. Hence we have the title Inception. He is hired by the head of a multi-million corporation (Saito) to ‘plant’ an idea into a rival’s mind (Robert Fischer), that would be to his own advantage. Something which the film cleverly illustrates as being nigh on ...

Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 27/07/2010

Shrug Off That Cloak Of Anonymity......

Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000 I Spy With My Little Eye..... On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of technological awareness I would probably score a 5. I can do more than find the on/off switch, but would struggle to upgrade my RAM.....So when I went in search of a Web Cam, ease of use and installation was pretty high up on my shopping list. Incidentally, the Web Cam was not for me, but for my children. With seemingly endless weeks of school holidays looming large on the horizon, the need to stay in touch with their friends was something that was quite important to them, as they now live more than 15 miles away from where they grew up. When I was a kid and you couldn't see your friends........you had to invent an imaginary one...... Eeny Meeny Miny Mo... I expected to go into an a shop and just pick up any old webcam, thinking the choice would be limited. No such luck! There were two whole stands swimming before my eyes, ranging in price from £10 to £70 plus. Thankfully I had expert advice in the form of my twelve year old daughter who pointed me in the right direction. She helpfully steered me towards the boxes that had the Windows Live Logo (blue and green people) on the front, as this webcam was to be used for chatting. I chose a Microsoft option as obviously Bill isn't rich enough.....and I don't like obscure brands that I can't pronounce. Also there was a nice picture of a woman and a young girl on the front looking all happy and well adjusted....so I clearly knew this would be the product to foster a ...

Dorset Cereals Super High Fibre Bars 24/07/2010

It Wasn't 'Unadulterated Pleasure' For Me!

Twilight Saga - Eclipse (DVD) 19/07/2010

The Clouds I Can Handle...But I Can't Fight With An Eclipse.....

Twilight Saga - Eclipse (DVD) Eclipse - The Twilight Saga (2010) *Spoiler Alert* As this film is a sequel, just to even talk about the plot will potentially contain spoilers for those who have not seen the first two films, nor read the books, so please do not read on if this is the case. Forget Warren Buffet……Watch and Learn…..This Is How You Make Billions……. This is a film only review, Eclipse opened in cinemas in England ‘officially’ on the 9th July. Eclipse is the long awaited third film in The Twilight Saga, adapted from a series of books written by Stephenie Meyer. Books which may appear to be knocking The Bible off the number one spot of best selling book of all time, but in reality….. haven’t actually eclipsed The Hungry Caterpillar….yet. If you want to make a shed load of money….. then have a dream. That’s what a housewife in America did. Stephanie dreamed of a meadow with a sparkly vampire and a girl next door, discussing the problems of how they could be together Romeo and Juliet style and the next thing you know, a book deal (the likes of which have never been seen for an unknown) landed on her doorstep a few months later. It may surprise you to know that the executive, who rubber stamped that deal, was leaving that publisher and probably fancied a laugh on his way out…… Plot Synopsis A quick run down of where we are at so far. Bella is a girl next door and is in love with Edward. Edward is a vegetarian sparkly vampire, who is in love with Bella. Jacob is a shapeshifter (NOT A WEREWOLF, ...

Knowing (Blu-ray) 09/07/2010

Knowing? I'd Rather Not Thanks......Know ...That Is........

Rock & Republic Jeans Women 04/07/2010

R&R Jeans - The Wonderbra for the Bum......?

Rock & Republic Jeans Women Rock and Republic Jeans If you have clicked on this product, then you are aware the word 'bum' is in the title - for those that are of a sensitive disposition, I will try wherever possible to avoid this term; I will use derriere, rear or behind etc. If I transgress this rule, then please forgive me, as sometimes only the word 'bum' will suffice....as I find it adds... a certain 'je ne sais quoi'............. Designer? Give Me a Pair of Levi's and I'm Good To Go.....Aren't I?...... Jeans have come a long way. Once the staple of workwear and even prison wear (am thinking Cool Hand Luke) *sigh*, jeans have now become a status symbol and a must have item for any self respecting WAG. Anyone remember the Levi 501's Laundrette advert ?- I don't suppose that did too much harm for the image of jeans either! Once upon a time, your main brand choices were the aforementioned Levi's, Lee or Wrangler. Now there is a whole plethora of upmarket brands competing for your hard earned moola. You have Armani, Citizens of Humanity, Earl Jeans, Calvin Klein, 7 For All Mankind just to name a few. It's not just the brand either.....should you buy boot cut, skinny, slim, straight, low-rise or flares....again just to name a few. Button fly or zip? Gone are the days when it is one style fits all. They are just such a versatile part of any wardrobe both for men and women and even the ban that you used to get on wearing them in certain establishments seems to have relaxed over the years. Is Designer ...

On Writing - Stephen King 28/06/2010

Totally, Utterly, Completely.... What Can I Say It Is Fantastic..

World Cup in general 27/06/2010

Hey.......Let's All Be A Fan......

World Cup in general A Cynic’s Guide To The World Cup……. This review is written in a tongue-in-cheek style and I hope it will be taken in the spirit in which it is intended - it is in no way meant to poke fun at real fans nor the game itself... thanks. Hmmmm…..What does the World Cup, The Olympics and Wimbledon all have in common? Would it be that they are all fine examples of tournaments displaying sporting greatness? Or……..could it be that all of a sudden…. would be sports fanatics come out of the woodwork, waving their flags with patriotic glee? I’ll take a shot in the dark here and go with the latter option …..You see, call me a cynic and all that, but where were all these patriotic sports fans when ‘Timmy’ Henman was playing at ‘Queens’ or ‘Nottingham’ (a while back now). Even forgetting the patriotic bit, how many of these same people have ever attended ‘any’ football match? Or at the very least have watched a game on television or attended a youth game? Yet, these same people anticipate the start of the The World Cup……well……. AS IF IT WERE CHRISTMAS!!!!! In fact, in terms of chat value in the work place, The World Cup is right up there with The X-Factor and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! Everywhere you turn you are blinded by the St. George’s Cross. I mean there is just no escape….flags are on every second car, house, painted toe-nail and places I just can’t mention here in polite company…..It also seems to encourage spontaneous displays of nudity, with grown men drinking in the ...

Montezuma's Chilli Chocolate Bar 23/06/2010

Monty Blows Your Head Off!

Old Trafford, Manchester 14/06/2010

Theatre of Dreams....

Lindt Excellence Chilli Dark 10/06/2010

Some Like It Hot!

Sex And The City 2 (DVD) 05/06/2010

Sex Sells......Even Below Average Sex It Would Seem........

Piano Time Classics - Pauline Hall 01/06/2010

Go On.....Tinkle Those Ivories!

The Grove, Chandler's Cross 27/05/2010

A Beach? In The Middle Of Hertfordshire?

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