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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes - Martha Long 05/07/2009

An inspiring and shocking autobiography

Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes - Martha Long I first spotted this book at the airport when I was going on holiday. I was browsing the book store with an open mind, when I passed the autobiography section, and was immediately drawn to the title of the book, 'Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes.' With a title like that, you can't fail to be curious about what story lies within the pages of the book. This book has been a number one best seller in the UK, and is the debut book by author Martha Long (2007). The book is 477 pages long and it retails at £6.99 at all good bookstores - but I recommend you get a cheaper copy at **Plot** The book is a true life account of Martha's turbulent childhood, whilst she was growing up in the slums of Dublin in the 1950's. The book begins when Martha is only four years old and takes us on a trip throughout her childhood until she reaches the age of 12. From the age of four, the reader is thrown into Martha's world, as we follow her day to day life in the slums. Initially living in cramped conditions with her young mother, alcoholic aunt and cousin, Martha's life quickly becomes a whirlwind of turbulent, chaotic and often tragic events. The reader fairly quickly looses sympathy for Martha's single mother, who presents as having absolutely zero parenting skills and consistently puts herself and her relationships with men before Martha. Moving from man to man often in order to survive, Martha's mother fails to provide adequate food and clothing for ... 05/07/2009 - reasonably priced, personalised greeting cards. I first discovered after reading a review on Ciao no less! If I am honest I have previously heard the advertising jingle in the background on TV, but the tune irritated me and so I just ignored it, thinking it was an advertisement for car insurance. Yes, I am aware that that is a bit dense - but I am exceptionally good at selective hearing. **What is Moonpig?** Moonpig is an online company which sells personalised greeting cards. The company has a range of cards for all occassions - whether you are searching for Wedding or anniversary cards, birthday and Christmas Cards, good luck cards or Father's day cards, you can pretty much find a card to suit your needs here. **What is meant by 'personalised cards?'** Basically, you can choose from a range of card designs and add your own personal touch. For instance, you can select ready made designs - such as a picture of 'Big Ben', and write a message or your recepient's name on it. You can also write your own greeting inside the card electronically, so that you can choose the font style and colour. Moving it up a step, you can also put personal photographs onto the cards. In fact you can put a number of different photographs on the front of the card, and also on the back. **How does the system work?** Moonpig produce the cards in a hi-tech production facility in Guernsey. First of all you will need to register your details on the website, including billing addresses and payment details. ...

Marks and Spencer 05/07/2009

This is not just any review. This is a Marks and Spencer Review.

Marks and Spencer You may have your own opinion about Marks and Spencer in general, with some people still perceiving it to be a tad old fashioned and unimaginative. However, the same cannot be said about Marks and Spencer's food department. The reason I buy Marks and Spencers food is because of the taste and quality. I often pop into Marks and Spencers on the way home from work if I don't have much in the fridge and fancy a quick but tasty convenience meal. To be fair, I think that the ready made meals are probably the biggest attraction for most people shopping at this store. You just don't manage to get the same selection or quality of convenience meals from the larger supermarkets, such as Tescos or Asda. I know that I can stop off at Marks for 10 minutes and manage to pick up a nice meal for tea, whereas if I went elsewhere, I just wouldn't find much that would appeal. My local Marks and Spencer is a small store, but the selection of ready meals is well focused with a good selection to choose from. My favourites which I would recommend include the Cumberland pie (which is nice and crispy on the top with a tasty mince and gravy filling), Chicken pie, Quiche and lasagne. There are many other tasty meals to choose from which can just be heated up in a short space of time. Many of the meals are genuinely delicious, unlike a lot of other supermarkets which appear to churn out bland and unappetising convenience foods. However it is not just the ready meals that are worth a buy. ...

27 Dresses (DVD) 05/07/2009

27 Dresses - A predictable chick flick

27 Dresses (DVD) I watched this film last night after renting it from A number of people I knew who had seen it had suggested that it was very funny and worth watching, so I thought I would get in on the act ans see what all the fuss was about. 27 Dresses is a romantic comedy which is directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Aline Brosh McKenna. Mckenna was also screenwriter for the Devil Wears Prada, which led me to expect an equally good film in 27 Dresses. The film has a 12A rating and was released in January 2008. Running time is approximately 110 minutes. ***The Cast*** Katherine Heigl as 'constant bridesmaid' - Jane Nichols James Marsden as ' wedding journalist' - Malcolm Kevin Doyle Malin Akerman as ' Jane's sister' - Tess Nichols Edward Burns as 'Jane's boss' - George ***The plot*** The film centres around Jane Nichols, a woman who has been a bridesmaid an astonishing 27 times, yet never the bride herself. The film opens with a slightly amusing scene (albeit completely unrealistic) whereby Jane has the misfortune of being a bridesmaid at two seperate weddings on the same night. In this scene Jane spends the night going back and forward in a taxi all evening between weddings, changing in and out of her seperate bridesmaids outfits in the back seat. It is at one of these weddings that Jane falls and hits her head whilst trying to catch a boquet - and is brought around by wedding journalist, Kevin Doyle. Despite writing the wedding ...
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