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Save The Last Dance (DVD) 20/04/2007

Keep on dancing

Save The Last Dance (DVD) The Story: Sara Johnson is an aspiring young ballet dancer, well on her way to making it big. That is, until her mother gets into a car crash on the way to an audition Sara made her mum promise to attend. Distraught from her mum’s death and devastated from her poor audition, Sara is forced to move to Chicago and live with her father. It’s quite a culture shock to Sara and she had trouble fitting in – a lone white face in a predominantly black school, where security checks and body searches are carried out before you’re allowed into class. A friendly face, Chenille, takes Sara under her wing and introduces her to her brother, Derek. Sara may be an established ballet dancer, but she doesn’t know any hip-hop to fit into the local dance scene. Derek befriends Sara and becomes her dance teacher. Their relationship develops due to their love of dance, but they still have a whole host of obstacles to overcome. Opinion: Julia Stiles does an excellent job playing Sara Johnson, and shows she skill as both an actress and a dancer. For someone who wasn’t classically trained in ballet before the movie started, she pulled off the intense dance sequences remarkably well. Julia Stiles also has great on-screen chemistry with Sean Patrick Thomas, the leading male. Like Julia, Sean also shows he’s a good dancer as well as actor. The pair really do make this movie work. The dance scenes in the movie are very impressive, both in the way they are carried out and incorporating such ...

Spa O2 Revitalising Body Scrub 22/02/2007

If only it worked as good as it smells

Spa O2 Revitalising Body Scrub The Brand Spa O2, a little known company aiming to product spa quality products that can be used in your own home. Their mission statement is "Indulge your body and awaken your senses. Spoil yourself with a spa style treatment in the comfort of your own home from top to toe. A unique way to care for your body with true spa style treatments to soothe your mind body and soul". Although I wouldn't necessarily agree with their products being unique, as companies such as The Body Shop, Lush, Radox etc have been doing the same thing for years, but the products so seem to be of a spa quality. The range is focused mostly on natural fragrances (although there is nothing truly natural about them, as I'll get to later). In the case of this body scrub, its white tea, sugar and fig. The Packet Like many of the Spa O2 products, this comes in a squeeze tube with the screw on lid acting as a flat base for it to stand on. The plastic is transparent, so you can clearly see how much product is left. The tube I have is 200ml and would probably give you between about 10 and 20 applications - depending on how much you use. I dislike the packaging somewhat. The product is quite runny and easily pours out of the hole if you leave to cap off. With the shape of the packaging, it's hard to find a position it will stand in without leaking, while you use the handful you squeezed out. The Claims The front of the tube instructs you to 'massage over body. The scrubbing grains exfoliate ...

Ice Age 2 - The Meltdown (DVD) 17/02/2007

I'm A Possum!

Ice Age 2 - The Meltdown (DVD) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown PLOT Global Warming. Its all over the news, its our fault, right? No, at least, not this time. Hot lava from the core of the earth is rising to the surface, heating things. In Ice Age 2: The Meltdown, everything is melting and there is too much water around; floods on an enormous scale loom. The only chance for Sid, Manny, and Diego (all recurring characters from the first movie) and all the other creatures to survive is to travel miles away from their homes, to a 'boat' at the end of the valley. In a desperate exodus, everyone sets off with their homes and their children, in a procession to the boat. Along the way, Sid, Manny and Diego meet a family of possums - Crash, Eddie, and their 'sister' Ellie. To everyone on the outside, Ellie is a mammoth, but she's convinced she's a possum. Manny's attempts to convince her of this fact causes their new found friendship to fall apart and arguments begin. They all realise though, the only way to survive is to set aside their differences and work together as a group. Of course, running alongside and interspersed with this story is Scat and his eternal quest to keep that nut! OPINION The first Ice Age was a fantastic movie and it was going to take quite a feat for a sequel for the second movie to draw close to it. I believe Ice Age 2 has achieved that. The world of Ice Age 2 is much larger than that from the first movie. Also in the first movie, everything was quite uniform: the ice age was ...

Infamous (DVD) 12/02/2007

The other Capote movie

Infamous (DVD) In 1959 all four members of the Clutter family were murdered during the night, two in their beds and two in the basement. From such a small Kansas town, nationwide interest in the story developed. But one man wanted to take a different approach to telling it. Truman Capote (Toby Jones) didn't want to just tell the facts, and wasn't particularly interested in whether the case was solved, instead he wanted to look at how such a high profile murder case affected the small town, where everyone knows everybody and suspicion is ripe. His book changes tract slightly after suspects are brought in, and instead it becomes more the murders' side. For this Truman needs to get in to speak to the suspects directly so him and his best friend Harper Lee (Sandra Bullock) travel to Kansas. After initially hitting some barriers, Capote's contacts manage to get him on the inside, and the research begins. Over the next five years, Capote was in contact with the suspects, both face to face and in letters. His relationship with them became more than just business, especially with Dick, with who Capote developed a very close relationship. His book was a national success, but it came at a great personal cost. Infamous looks at how their relationship grows as Capote learns all he can for his book, entitled 'In Cold Blood'. The movie cuts back and forth between the story in hand, and 'interview' shots. Various characters from the movie sit individually in a studio and comment on Capote, in the ...

Spa O2 Relaxing Bath And Shower Cream 02/02/2007

Cream is much better than Gel!

Spa O2 Relaxing Bath And Shower Cream Spa O2 Relaxing Lime, Basil, and Mandarin Bath and Shower Cream The Brand Spa O2 is a brand I only recently began to know after getting some gift sets for Christmas. Their products claim to offer spa quality treatments in the comfort of your own home. From what I've seen so far, their products are quite hit and miss - some work fantastically, and others are just pants! Their mission statement claims the products are unique, but I reckon that's a fib as you could get the same kind of products from Radox, Lush, the Body Shop, or even supermarket own brands! All of their products claim to be pH balanced and the company is against animal testing. The packaging of most of their products is, unfortunately, not recyclable. The Packet The shower cream comes in a tube, with the screw on cap providing a flat base for it to stand on. The tube I have is 210ml, so it's a good size and should last quite some time. The plastic is very soft so its easy to get product out, and transparent so you can clearly see what is left. As the opening to get the cream out of is on the base, it's quite hard to use this product in the shower without lots of time spent screwing the cap back on and off again. Until it starts to get quite empty (at which point you can lay it down) there is no way to position this so that it does not leak without the cap on. The Claims This relaxing bath and shower cream claims you can use it to 'treat yourself to a bit of luxury - this moisturising ...

Spa O2 Moisturising Hand Cream 01/02/2007

Soft, yet greasy

Spa O2 Moisturising Hand Cream Spa O2 Moisturising Hand Cream The Brand Spa O2 seem to be quite a new company on the bath and shower product scene. After lots of searching online I managed to find just a single paragraph about what the company claim their products to be: "Indulge your body and awaken your senses. Spoil yourself with a spa style treatment in the comfort of your own home from top to toe. A unique way to care for your body with true spa style treatments to soothe your mind body and soul". I wouldn't necessarily agree with their products being unique as companies such as The Body Shop, Lush, Radox etc have been doing the same thing for years, but the products so seem to be of a spa quality that you can do in your own home. The main place I have seen their products for sale is on Ebay, so I'm not entirely sure on where else you'd buy them or the 'standard' price of any of the products. All of their products claim to be pH balanced and the company is against animal testing. The packaging of most of their products is, unfortunately, not recyclable. The Packet The product comes in a small plastic tube, similar to a toothpaste tube, with the opening at the bottom. A screw on plastic lid with a flat top provides the product with a standing base. The tube I have is quite small at just 80ml, but the product goes a long way so it should still last plenty of time. As the plastic is transparent, you can clearly see how much of the product is left in the packet. The Claims This ...

Spa O2 Softening Foot Lotion 31/01/2007

Soft as a baby's... foot

Spa O2 Softening Foot Lotion Spa O2 Softening Foot Lotion The Brand Spa O2 seem to be quite a new company on the bath and shower product scene. After lots of searching online I managed to find just a single paragraph about what the company claim their products to be: "Indulge your body and awaken your senses. Spoil yourself with a spa style treatment in the comfort of your own home from top to toe. A unique way to care for your body with true spa style treatments to soothe your mind body and soul". I wouldn't necessarily agree with their products being unique as companies such as The Body Shop, Lush, Radox etc have been doing the same thing for years, but the products so seem to be of a spa quality that you can do in your own home. The main place I have seen their products for sale is on Ebay, so I'm not entirely sure on where else you'd buy them or the 'standard' price of any of the products. All of their products claim to be pH balanced and the company is against animal testing. The packaging of most of their products is, unfortunately, not recyclable. The Packet The product comes in a small plastic tube, similar to a toothpaste tube, with the opening at the bottom. A screw on plastic lid with a flat top provides the product with a standing base. The lotion is quite runny and I found that, due to the bottom opening, it had a habit of running out a little before I wanted it. Initially this did cause mess, but after the first couple of tries I learned to open it upside down! The tube I have ...

Spa O2 Refreshing Bath and Shower Gel 31/01/2007

I smell like a herb garden

Spa O2 Refreshing Bath and Shower Gel Spa O2 'Lime Basil and Mandarin' Refreshing Bath and Shower Gel The Brand Spa O2 isn't a brand I'd ever heard of before, but I was given a gift set of several of their products for Christmas and have been getting acquainted with them ever since. On the whole, it seems I'm not a fan of their products and doubt I'll be buying them for myself. The range seems to be focused mostly on natural fragrances (although there is nothing truly natural about them, as I'll get to later). In the case of the bath and shower gel, it's lime, basil and mandarin After lots of searching online I managed to find just a single paragraph about what the company claim their products to be: "Indulge your body and awaken your senses. Spoil yourself with a spa style treatment in the comfort of your own home from top to toe. A unique way to care for your body with true spa style treatments to soothe your mind body and soul". I wouldn't necessarily agree with their products being unique as companies such as The Body Shop, Lush, Radox etc have been doing the same thing for years, but the products so seem to be of a spa quality that you can do in your own home. The main place I have seen their products for sale is on Ebay, so I'm not entirely sure on where else you'd buy them or the 'standard' price of any of the products. The Packet The product comes in a short clear bottle with a white screw on lid. It contains just 150ml of the jelly-like stuff. The bottle is quite small in comparison to other ...

Spa O2 Grapefruit Antioxidant Soap 30/01/2007

Not Impressed

Spa O2 Grapefruit Antioxidant Soap Spa O2 Grapefruit Antioxidant Soap The Brand Spa O2 seem to be quite a new company on the bath and shower product scene. After lots of searching online I managed to find just a single paragraph about what the company claim their products to be: "Indulge your body and awaken your senses. Spoil yourself with a spa style treatment in the comfort of your own home from top to toe. A unique way to care for your body with true spa style treatments to soothe your mind body and soul". I wouldn't necessarily agree with their products being unique as companies such as The Body Shop, Lush, Radox etc have been doing the same thing for years, but the products so seem to be of a spa quality that you can do in your own home. The main place I have seen their products for sale is on Ebay, so I'm not entirely sure on where else you'd buy them or the 'standard' price of any of the products. All of their products claim to be pH balanced and the company is against animal testing. The packaging of most of their products is, unfortunately, not recyclable. The Packet The soap comes in a 100g bar, which is about 2cm deep, 6cm wide and 12cm tall. The box seems slightly over exaggerated as it is about 6cm square and 12cm tall, giving the impression of the soap contained inside being around three times the size it actually is! The box is quite professionally designed and it wouldn't look out of place along side products such as from the Clininque range. The colours would even match! The ...

Full Scoop - Charlotte Hughes, Janet Evanovich 30/01/2007

Mmm a Full Scoop of Ice Cream Please

Full Scoop - Charlotte Hughes, Janet Evanovich In 1989 a small romance novel was released under the title of 'Second Chance at Love, No 466' and released under the pseudonym of Steffie Hall. It was only on sale for a month, and yet it became the first in a series to be known as the 'Full' series after being renamed 'Full House'. Two more books were published in the series under her true name of Janet Evanovich (Full Tilt, Full Speed). A couple of years later, Evanovich teamed up with Charlotte Hughes to continue the Full series as a co-authored work (releasing Full Blast in 2004, and Full Bloom in 2005). Now at the sixth in the series, Full Scoop was published in 2006 under the St Martin's Paperback label. PLOT Fourteen years ago, Dr Maggie Farnsworth was romantically involved with a guy named Carl Lee. Shortly after they'd separated (not before getting her pregnant) Carl Lee then went on a crime spree - killing a cop and shooting several others in an attempt to rob an ATM truck. He was sentenced to life in jail, and so Maggie got on with her life. Nowadays she resides in the small South Carolina town of Beaumont and is the local paediatrician. At home she lives with her 13year old daughter and their menagerie of animals (chickens, rabbits, a goat… all payment at one time or another for her medical services). Life is moving along fine and dandy until one day she receives news that Carl Lee has escaped, and rumour has it he is on his way to visit her, and collect fourteen years of debt. Help comes to hand for Maggie ...

Love Overboard - Janet Evanovich 29/01/2007

Anchors Away!

Love Overboard - Janet Evanovich Love Overboard I've always been a fan of Janet Evanovich's Plum and Motor series, but hadn't read many of her other books. In the past few years (now that she's making quite a name for herself) many of Evanovich's pre-Plum romance novels have been released. Love Overboard is one such book. Originally it was published in 1989, under the title of 'Ivan Takes A Wife' (a title which I hugely dislike!). Along with most of the other books she published, it quickly went out of print, destined for the shelves of second-hand book stores everywhere. The newly re-titled Love Overboard was re-released at the end of 2005 under the Harper Collins label. PLOT Twenty-nine year old Stephanie Lowe has lived in New Jersey City all her life. Feeling she's made several wrong decisions in her time, and that she's in a job that's come to the end of its course, she sets of in search of a new life in Maine. She's bought a little old house overlooking the harbour, with big plans to turn it into a bed and breakfast. It seems the house doesn't quite agree with those plans and things start to happen to the previously immaculately kept house - her boiler breaks down, the toilet cracks, the front porch collapses. Her cousin Lucy happens to be running off to marry a plumber, so in return for free DIY work, Stephanie sets off to cover a week at Lucy's job. It just so happens that Lucy is a cook aboard a 100-year old cruise boat, owned and captained by the same guy who sold Stephanie the house in the ...

The Rocky Road To Romance - Janet Evanovich 22/01/2007

Not Ben&Jerry's quality, but still a Rocky Road

The Rocky Road To Romance - Janet Evanovich The Rocky Road To Romance I've always been a fan of Janet Evanovich's Plum and Motor series, but hadn't read many of her other books. In the past few years (now that she's making quite a name for herself) many of Evanovich's pre-Plum romance novels have been released. The Rocky Road to Romance is one such book. Originally published in 1991, it was one of the better pre-Plum romances. Even so, it quickly went out of print, destined for the shelves of second-hand book stores everywhere. The Rocky Road to Romance was re-released at the end of 2004 under the Harper Collins label. PLOT Daisy Adams is The Dog Lady. She hosts a five minute radio slot about dog food recipes and other tasty treats. She's also in the last few months of getting her doctorate on geriatric psychology; runs several paper rounds; works as a crossing guard; waitresses; and when she has the time (!) she helps out at a retirement home. In short, she's a busy lady and she's always strapped for cash. The slot for traffic report just opened up at her radio station, and the 'double your current salary' is too hard for her to resist. Station manager, Steve Crow takes her under his wing to explain the traffic reporting job - it involves being able to drive around all day, while listening to three scanners, a two way radio, and various police reports to get together enough information about the roads to put together a 60-second slot every 15minutes. After their first day in the car together, there is ...

Manhunt - Janet Evanovich 22/01/2007

Not so much of a 'Man hunt'

Manhunt - Janet Evanovich I've always been a fan of Janet Evanovich's Plum and Motor series, but hadn't read many of her other books. Recently (now that she's making quite a name for herself) many of Evanovich's pre-Plum romance novels have been released. Manhunt is one such book. Originally published in 1989, it almost immediately went out of print, destined for the shelves of second-hand book stores everywhere. Manhunt was re-released at the end of 2005. I'm not sure whether it's stocked in many book shops, but I bought mine from Amazon and received it a day later. PLOT Alex Scott was born and raised in New Jersey. At the very young age of twenty nine she had already made her way to an executive position in a Wall Street company. After too many 12-hour shifts and stressful board meetings, Alex makes a rash decision to quit everything and move across the country. Wanting a place where there are many more men than women, so that she can potentially find a husband, Alex heads for Alaska. She trades her Manhattan condo, and its mortgage, for a run down log cabin and a fishing shop in the nearby town (8 miles away). After initially getting off on the wrong foot, she befriends her neighbour Casey who attempts to teach her the bare essentials to get through an Alaskan winter - firstly trading her skirt suits for long johns and thick jumpers! Sparks begin to fly, but they both agree that they don't work together so should go about finding someone else for Alex instead. OPINION In my view, one ...

Hannah Montana 17/01/2007

The other side of me

Hannah Montana Hannah Montana is one of the few Disney series that still entertains me, even at the grand old age of (almost) 20! Any girl who's ever been a teenager, had a parent, brother, best friend, or ever been made fun of in school will find something in this show! There is enough humour to keep both small kids and bigger kids (me!) entertained for the 20minutes it occupies each week. The Plot Hannah Montana is the newest, hottest, teen pop sensation in town (in Disney TV land at least); everyone recognises her, knows her name and wants to be her friend. But if you looked up Hannah Montana in birth records, she probably wouldn't make an appearance. That's because in reality the pop sensation is actually the plain and ordinary social outcast Miley Stuart, freshly moved to Malibu from Tennessee. Nobody can know about her secret double life except for the chosen few - her dad (himself a fallen Country music star), her brother, and best friends Lily and Oliver. It's not always easy keeping a secret when you're in an American High school and constantly in a battle to remain 'popular' with people around you. On Going Storylines? At the beginning of the first episode, only her family know Miley's secret. In the first episode Lily finds out, and then in the next they tell Oliver. After this there is very little on going story between each episode, as is often the case with children's TV, meaning that re-runs can be any order and anyone would be able to pick up the story. Each episode ...

Cars Road Race Game with Jellies 16/01/2007

(Almost) guilt free pleasure

Cars Road Race Game with Jellies 'Cars' was this summer's big animated movie, with everything from underwear to video games sold to make Disney Pixar even more money from their success. This review is about the Road Race Game with High Octane Jellies. I would say it's suitable for anyone from about 6 up, and still entertained me at nearly 20! Setting it up There is probably an average amount of setting up that has to be done, in comparison to other board games. This is minimised after the first time when you have to push the various cardboard pieces out of their larger sheets. The most time consuming part is separating the Place Cards as there are 36 individual squares to push out and shuffle. (If there are less than four of you, sort out the Organic Fuel cards now to save time later.) Allowing 6 'Organic Fuel' cards per player and all the other Place Cards, randomly place them around the outside of the track. Each playing piece is about 3cm tall, 3cm wide, and stands in a 1cm high base. The board is A3 in size, and the bag everything comes is in slightly taller than A4. As the cardboard playing board has been folded up in the packaging, it helps to fold it back on itself to flatter the folds out. Part of the game is a 'flyover' to allow you to get from the outer to the inner tracks (I'll cover these more next). As part of the setting up you have to slot this into place. It has four tabs to engage, so an extra pair of hands would come in useful. The final piece of the board is to choose where to ...
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