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Operation Christmas Child 16/10/2001

Put your old shoe boxes to use!

Operation Christmas Child For those of you who don't already know, Operation Christmas Child is a project set up by the Samaritan's Purse. They deliver gifts to children abroad who have suffered because of war, natural disaster, poverty, illness or neglect. A number of organisations, schools and churches participate in this project each year. Every year, around October time, the people involved in this project send out leaflets to those who have participated before. The leaflets are self explanatory and can be ordered online at For those of you who have not seen or heard of this project before, here's what to do:- 1. Find an old empty shoe box, it must be one with a separate lid. 2. Wrap the box and lid separately, in christmas wrapping paper. 3. Decide what age group your gifts will be for: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14, and whether they are for a Boy or Girl. Leaflets have stickers attached to them, for marking your category and attaching to the lid of your box. 4. Fill your shoe box with gifts, but don't wrap them individually! The gifts don't have to be new, but they must be in good clean condition. Here are some ideas for gifts: sweets and chocolates small toys and games, e.g. car, doll, puzzle, skipping rope, teddy, stationery, e.g. pen, pencil, ruler, rubber, crayons, paper, notepad, stencils, stickers toiletries, e.g. sponge, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, talc small items of clothing, e.g. hat, gloves, scarf, cap, socks A list of ...

A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (DVD) 13/10/2001

A.I. - Possibly the worst film i've ever seen

A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (DVD) For my daughter's birthday we decided to take her to the cinema with a couple of friends, to watch, what we thought, would be a good movie. My daughter's friend said that she'd heard AI was good so we decided to go and watch that. So, here goes the story. Fri 5th Oct, both of my daughters, two friends, my partner and myself set off for the pictures. We decided we'd get some tea en route. The six of us went to an absolutely fantastic restaurant in Bury called Baccos - i'd recommend it to anyone. The Italian food there is wonderful! After our meal we called to get some sweets for the pictures. We were all really looking forward to watching the film. We arrived at the cinmea at about 8.00pm. The film was due to start at 8.30pm. Bought popcorn & drinks. The film didn't start till about 9.10pm so the kids were already getting a bit fidgety. The cast looked good. The effects of the robots at the beginning looked like we were in for a great movie. Wish i could say it was. You could just about grasp what was going on with the couple whose child was ill. And when the mecha child arrived it looked like things could get interesting - unfortunately they didn't. Before you knew it the couple's son got better and arrived on the scene - still nothing much happened. He was jealous of the mecha child and wanted rid of him. The brat got his own way. The mecha child got dumped with a load of other mechas - it seemed like this part of the film was just to stretch it out a bit longer. The ...
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