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Hole, The (2001) 22/05/2012

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Yamaha Recorder 22/05/2012

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Buffet Clarinets 22/05/2012

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The Dish (DVD) 21/05/2012

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Choke - Beautiful South (The) 21/05/2012

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Edinburgh (Scotland) 29/05/2001

You'll Have Had Your Tea

Edinburgh (Scotland) In Glasgow, people rip Edinburgers for being mean and unfriendly. And if you're in Edinburgh City, you're bound to meet one or two people who fit the description. However, leaving the people aside for the moment, let's talk about what's on offer to visitors. Princes street offers a huge range of shops, restaurants and bars, but for cheaper options, cross one of the bridges, and browse the streets just off the Royal Mile. Booklovers should be sure to make a stop at the immensely fabulous, and simply immense, James Thins bookstore on the South Bridge. When shopping in Ednburgh, there's something to suit everyone, as long as you don't mind spending an age walking the picturesque streets, to get from one shop to the next. Beware of prices soaring in shops aimed specifically at tourists. Start your shopping trip in the Waverly centre, just outside the railway station - you'll also find Tourist information here, who will find you somewhere to stay. If you're travelling on a budget, ask a taxi driver to take you to a cheap B&B - you'll get a better deal than the TI will give you. There are several hostels in the centre of town, but you'll almost certainly have to book in advance, and although they are clean and friendly, you'll pay dearly for the service. B&Bs are often the cheaper option, especially if they include breakfast. Edinburgh castle makes a good day out - it's pricey, but if you like that sort of thing you could spend a good few hours in there. Go for the ...

Sesame Street 28/05/2001

1234-5-6789-10 E-le-ven Twelve

Sesame Street All I ever wanted as a child was to be one of those cute little black kids on Sesame Street. I wanted to be cooed at by millions for running around with my front teeth missing, hugging Kermit and counting to twelve. Speaking of twelve, how many of you out there can count to twelve? Hands up! And hands up how many of you ever watched Sesame Street? You call *that* a coincidence? You see, for a relatively old children's TV program, Sesame Street had the right idea about early years education. The makers really knew how to make learning fun. They removed adults almost completely, bar a few uncle and aunt types who appear every so often to make sure everyone is OK and to offer some friendly advice to Muppets in distress. Sesame Street's ideas have been blatantly copied for the last two decades. Compare the make-up of Sesame Street with it's catchy songs and loveable characters, to "classic" kids shows like Rainbow, The Pink Windmill and Playbus. George, Zippy and Bungle? Think Kermit, Cooki Monster and Big Bird. Grotbags and the hoards of children running around the pink windmill? Think The Count, and the kids. There was something hugely memorable about the characters and songs from Sesame Street. Bert and Ernie, who shared a house and a bedroom, teaching children lifeskills like washing and brushing teeth, and getting changed for bed without even mentioning it - usually they were nattering on about something completely different. This is the kind of ...

jobs.tes.co.uk 28/05/2001

Education Jobs

jobs.tes.co.uk This is an excellent jobsearch facility for teachers of any subject, or anyone who has experience in education (e.g. classroom assistants) and is looking for a job within the education service. This is a well organised site, where practically all teaching jobs are advertised. You can search by location, by salary, school type and subject, and you can also add in keywords to focus your search. Originally, Scotland was listed as one place, with no subheadings, but this has now been changed thankfully. Someone must have realised that Scotland is a bit bigger than one wee village. There are jobs here for all subjects, for primary, middle, and secondary schools, for independent and grant maintained schools. There is a section for special education, and also non-teaching jobs. There are denominational and non-denominational schools, further education colleges and universities. Even prison education services advertise their jobs in the TES. The site lists the same jobs that are listed in the weekly TES paper. However, it is not so easy to go straight to the jobs which would suit you in the paper, so this website is much easier to navigate to exactly what you are looking for - and it's free! If you are a teacher who fancies something different, there are job opportunities in prisons, as learner co-ordinators. There are area management jobs, and jobs in special needs schools and departments. If you want a job in education, look no further than www.jobs.tes.co.uk ...

Miss Congeniality (DVD) 27/05/2001

Snorting Sandra

Miss Congeniality (DVD) Ever fancied seeing Sandra Bullock with stringy hair, chucking doughnuts and pints down her throat by the bellyfull while snorting with laughter reminicent of Porky Pig? I have to admit that I was not particularly looking forward to this film, perhaps due to a combination of mediocre Ciao reviews and the fact that my dear sweet faithful other half would jump into bed with gorgeous Sandy-B as soon as look at her. However, this was a cracking film, full of good humour and the kind of jokes everyone from Hollywood to Hounslow makes about beauty queens and the FBI in their own living rooms where no-one else can hear. As well as producing the movie, Sandra Bullock stars - and shines - as Gracie Hart, a clumsy FBI agent who is on her last warning and desperate to succeed. When the FBI get a warning about a crackpot trying to sabotage the upcoming Miss United States Contest, Gracie is the likeliest candidate for an undercover agent. At least, she's likeliest on screen, as the agents check out what every agent - male and female - would look like in a pink flowery swimsuit using advanced imaging software. The reality is, however, that Gracie has never tried on a pair of heels in her life, let alone tried walking in them. Enter Victor Melling, gay beauty pageant coach, played by a rather uneasy looking Michael Caine, who whips Gracie into shape, using sniffer dogs to detect all the doughnuts hidden beneath her flowing frills. Most of the humour stems from the activity ...

ONDigital - Ondigital 27/05/2001

Recommendations of the Unexpected

ONDigital - Ondigital Oh dear. Ondigital seem to have come under a barrage of poor reviews all over the net. Well, here is the tale of a satisfied customer. If I'm the only one, well, maybe I'll win a prize. First of all, let me state that we are not great telly watchers in my house. We watch videos and occasionally sit down to The Fast Show or Ali G, but I think we watch less TV than the average couple. However, this has never meant that we don't want more choice, so when we spotted the Ondigital year's subscription staring at us invitingly from numerous shop windows, we decided to take the plunge. The first hurdle was to actually find a shop with a box in stock - it may not have gone down well with some people, but we had to go through about four different suppliers before we found one with a box in stock. We took this as a good sign - few boxes left in shops = lots of satisfied customers. Pretty much all electrical type shops stock Ondigital boxes - Curry's, Dixons, Scottish Power, Comet etc etc. The thing to remember is that you are NOT buying the box - you are only renting it. This is quite important, as you will keep receiving a signal until you either have your box collected, or you take it back. We took a one year subscription to the basic package. This costs £100 with no additional monthly fee and includes the following: "Free to View" Channels: ITV ITV2 (Or S2 in Scotland) Teletext BBC1 BBC2 Channel 4 Channel 5 BBC News 24 - excellent for ...

Five Minutes Peace - Jill Murphy 26/05/2001

Sounds Familiar...

Five Minutes Peace - Jill Murphy I first came across this lovely story book at my school where it is a firm favourite with Class 3, a group of young children with complex and profound learning difficulties. Not that this book is designed especially for children with special needs - it just happens to be a book which *all* children can relate to. See if you can work out why... Many of Jill Murphy's books are based around about a family of elephants, Mr and Mrs Large and their three children, Lester Large, Laura Large, and Baby Large. In this particular story, Mrs Large just wants five minutes of peace and quiet. But in a humorously realistic fashion, her children follow her around the house begging for her attention. As she tries to relax in the bath, she is "entertained" by Lester screeching "Twinkle Twinkle" on his recorder, then Laura reading a book to her, then Baby who shares his toys with Mum by throwing them in the tub. Children love this story, because they have all, with no exception, heard Mum or Dad or aunty Jean wistfully wishing for five minutes peace. The repetition in the story is especially good for our children, but also for any young child, to develop familiarity and anticipation. We dramatised the story, splashing about with water and water spray for the bath, listening to a recorder, and the story of "Little Red Riding Hood", the book which Laura reads to Mrs Large. Most of our children have visual impairments, so we leave out the fact that the Large family are actually ...

Interrail Pass 25/05/2001

See the World This Summer

Interrail Pass There are several ways of seeing the world. One of the most common is to get a eurorail or amtrak unlimitred travel card and go and visit as many countries you can in your 8 week summer holidays. These type of travelling holidays are great for tasters about where you might want to return to. Or you could try doing it my way. This is purely a suggestion, but I've found that people who set out to visit as many countries as they can in a short space of time, don't leave with a real feeling of any country or it's people. It's like spending three days in London, then thinking you've see the UK. The way I like to travel is to save up money then take as much time as I can afford (usually one week - a month) and choose one country to visit. I'm always on a budget, so I stay in hostels and use a Let's Go book to get around. Talk to the locals - they'll tell you the best places to see, and don't inhibit yourself by staying in the city, although this is usually a good place to start. If you're alone and you want to go to a less touristy area, try and hook up with another traveller and do it together - it's often cheaper to rent a room between two or three in towns or villages where there are no hostels. Keep some emergency cash on you at all times. Keep it separate from your other money and documents. Don't ever offer to carry packages for anyone, however much money they offer you. Just don't do it. If you're short of cash, but don't have a work ...

The 13th Note, Glasgow 22/05/2001

Noteworthy

The 13th Note, Glasgow The 13th note has gone up in the world. What used to be a small dingy two level pub graced by buskers and skint indie-kids looking for a cheap pint, is now a well known venue for up and coming bands. It now boasts two branches - a cafe, bar and band venue, on King Street and a pub and nightclub venue on Clyde Street, by the river. The cafe/bar is friendly, although the clientele are a little more upmarket, and not quite as welcoming to visitors outside their social circles as they used to be. Downstairs, where the bands play, is cramped and dim, reminicent of the old days, but it's worth it - the atmosphere is buzzing, the music is loud, and the prices keep going up. . . Although the Note is known for it's support of new indie bands and performers, other styles are also recognised and played, including jazz. They have established Glasgow bands play, as well as ones starting out. BMX Bandits, Bis, and Uresei Yatsurah have all graced the 13th Note. In the old days, I used to see two thirds of Teenage Fanclub down here for a pint, although I doubt they frequent the new place as regularly. If I sound like an old person moaning about how "it's not like it used to be", forgive me. It's just that I had such good times in the 13th note as it used to be. However, I see that the people there each time I go are also having a great time, and they will doubtless have memories of the good old days when they too reach the ripe old age of, em, 22. I now visit less frequently than ...

Antitrust 22/05/2001

PEPSI PEPSI PEPSI

Antitrust Ever since that exceptionally poor excuse for a film, "Mac and Me", I have always looked out for product placement in films. It's like a little hobby when I go to see a movie. Well I had a field day at Antitrust! As a film about big money, anyone could see the producers did a splendid job of making a few bob themselves by overdosing on some rather unsubtle product placement. Actors were tripping over Pepsi cans and pouring Pringles down their scrawny necks by the frame, and cameramen must have made more use of their Zoom lenses than ever before, roaring in to focus on Apple Mac keyboards and APC power supplies, as the plot raged on behind them. However, advertising campaigns aside, this was not actually all that bad. I heard at the last minute that the film had been compared to the Matrix, but the tickets were bought and it was too late to go back! The Matrix was too complicated for me. Although I could go out on a limb and say I enjoyed it, that was only a video viewing, with the Sci-Fi minded other half sitting by my side explaining everything that was going on throughout the film. However, Antitrust is much much simpler than the Matrix, and you don't actually have to be a computer nerd to enjoy it. If you are, you will probably identify a bit more with the characters and find certain bits quite funny. You will also be impressed by the real programming code showing up on the screens throughout. However, for those of us who are more interested in a good ...

ebay.co.uk 12/05/2001

SOLD - To the Shady Ebayer With No Stars

ebay.co.uk Ebay is a remarkably clever idea - it's no wonder that literally hundreds of websites are following in its footsteps. Websites like Yahoo and Freeserve, who have huge presence in the internet world still haven't stolen Ebay's significant and growing market of buyers and sellers, even though their charges are smaller. So what is Ebay? It's an online Auction site. People list items they want to sell, and others place bids. Ebay claim a small percentage of the final bid on each item, plus a listing charge of 15p. Auctions can last between 1 and 10 days, and in that time may receive anything from no bids to 100 bids, depending on a number of factors. There are also numerous chat boards, and a wanted board, where users can list items they would like put up for auction. Now here is the reason why Ebay is so clever. When you first join, and sign up to Ebay, a little icon of a pair of sunglasses sits beside your username, and stays there for 30 days. This lets other users know you are either new, or have changed your username recently. In between the shades and your username, sits a big fat zero. This stands for the number of people who have given you "feedback". When you complete a transaction, either buying or selling on Ebay, you have the option of leaving Feedback for the person you dealt with, to say you would use them again, or you wouldn't, and why. Understandably, there are very few people out there who would be silly enough to bid on an auction listed by ...
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