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Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (DVD) 13/12/2001


Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone (DVD) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone *************** *************** *** Well I’m back again, where have I been, well nowhere in particular, just got wrapped up in a whirlwind and spat back out again, life has been hectic to say the least. However I have managed to fit in my regular cinema trips and I though it would be nice to share my thoughts on the much-hyped Harry Potter. Well here is the bumf that people like to read about: - MPAA Rating: PG Running Time: 153 minutes Distributor: Warner Brothers Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Sean Biggerstaff (Oliver Wood), David Bradley (Argus Filch), John Cleese (Nick the Nearly Headless Ghost), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Richard Griffiths (Uncle Dursley), Richard Harris (Professor Dumbledore), Ian Hart (Prof. Quirrell), Joshua Herdman (Gregory Goyle), John Hurt (Mr Ollivander), Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Devon Murray (Seamus), Katharine Nicholson (Pansy Parkinson), Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), Alan Rickman (Snape), Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia), Maggie Smith (Prof. Minerva McGonagall), Verne Troyer (Griphook), Zoe Wanamaker (Madame Hooch), Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe) The Plot ******* Sweet lil Harry Potter has a hard life, his parents died as a child and he is brought up by his gruesome Uncle Vernon and the intolerably annoying Aunt Petunia. They ...

Boursin Soft Cheese 13/11/2001

orgasmicly creamy

Boursin Soft Cheese Today is the lucky day that I tell you all about the most delicious creamy yum cheese in the world. I am also going to tell you how to make a chicken and Boursin recipe which is absolutely divine, have I ever lied to you? Ooh you are excited aren’t you! Now you must have heard the of the advert “Du pain, du vin et du Boirsin (bread, wine and Boursin for you non French speakers). It was one of the most famous and successful French adverts in history. Packaged in a delightful aluminium cover, Boursin is recognised as one of the best French cheeses, by me anyway. The Boursin Dairy was started in 1957 at Croisy-sur-Eure and in 1964 Boursin Cheese was created, it is a cousin of some of the normal traditional Norman triple crème and unripened cheeses and since its start has been produced with pasteurised milk, creme and spices. Its dreamy, creamy and ultra lush, there are many different flavours including pepper, onion-chive, salmon and onion and garlic and the list goes on. Now if you want to make your own Boursin cheese yourself, here is a wee recipe for you, its easy to make and can be frozen if you want. Ingredients ******** 8 ounces unsalted whipped butter 16 ounces cream cheese softened 2 cloves garlic minced 1 tablespoon oregano 1/4 teaspoon thyme 1/4 teaspoon dill weed 1/4 teaspoon basil 1/4 teaspoon marjoram freshly ground pepper Preparation ********** Combine all ingredients and mix well; chill 4 hours or overnight. ...

Nokia 3330 08/11/2001

Small and perfectly formed

Nokia 3330 I have never attempted a review in this category before, why, well because I am pants with anything techy. Yes I know I work in IT but that means tiddlysquat when you are a daydreaming dolly bird like me. But I did desperately want to write about my nifty new(ish) phone, its fabulous and looks real swish but I guess you wanna know the important stuff don’t you! Well its available to all of you people who live in Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific and weighs a feathery light 133g (with standard battery). My phones dimensions are (no I didn’t measure I read on the box) 133 x 48 x 22 mm, 97cc. There is between two and half and four and a half hours talk time, which is not really enough for me, but I am assured it is quite satisfactory to most normal people. Standby time is 55 – 260 h. Phew techy stuff over, now time for the reasons why I love my new phone. WAP ***** Now I know as well as everybody else that WAP is a little crap, but it does have some uses and has saved me from several scrapes, including getting train times so I managed to get back home before anyone knew I was missing (long story). Big brother alerts, I defy anyone who says that these are not important, getting cinema times when the newspaper is missing or you are already on the road, getting a number for pizza! OK not life threatening but still quite useful. Animated Screen savers *************** **** These are really cute and make people go ooh! You can get new ones from the Nokia ...

Member Advice on Catering for Vegetarians 06/11/2001


Member Advice on Catering for Vegetarians Hurricane Pie This is a recipe that I have been making for ages it is very popular and very easy to make, it is absolutely gorgeous and it makes my stomach growl ferociously whenever I think about it. I have no idea why I call it hurricane pie, maybe its because it looks like its been through a hurricane with all the colours and textures whirled together. It is an ideal recipe for the coming winter motnhs which is why I have decided to share it with you. Here is what you will need for hurricane pie for four: - Eight large potatoes Two large onions A large block of strong cheddar cheese (about £4 worth, but more if you like it really stringy mmm) Two red peppers Two green peppers nachos Soy sauce Butter Salt pepper Preparation time: 10-15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Preparation ********* 1. Wash hands 2. Wash, peel and quarter potatoes then put in a pan of cold water. 3. Roughly chop the onions and peppers. 4. Grate all of the cheese and put in a bowl. Cooking ******* 1. Put potatoes on to boil for about twenty minutes until they get really soft and tender. 2. Put oven onto a medium heat. 3. Add ¾ of the cheese and three large tablespoons of butter (so fattening I know) and mash till stringy and yummy, try not too eat too much whilst cooking. 4. Mix in onions and peppers. 5. Add a few liberal dashes of soy sauce, pepper and salt and mix thoroughly. 6. Place in an ovenproof pot (about four inches high). 7. Put in pre-heated oven ...

Members Advice on Healthy Eating 01/11/2001

The Humdinger Hangover Breakfast

Members Advice on Healthy Eating My name is Dawn Howells, and not a lot of people know that (on here anyway), what they also don’t know is that I can cook delicious scrumptious humdiggly food. I have mainly been writing about movies but I am need of a change and I am about to divulge to you over the next few weeks some of my best-kept secret recipes. What you have to bear in mind is I have been living the poor student lifestyle for quite some time so my recipes are cheap and some quite simple, but if you try them I am sure you will agree they are delicious. Most of the recipes are made for about four people, as this is the amount of people I used to cook for but you can halve, quarter or whatever them to suit your own situation. The first and most gratefully received dish is the Sunday morning humdinger hangover breakfast. It is a healthy alternative to the fry-up. Here is what you will need:- Sausages (low fat) Bacon (smoked rindless of course) Eggs Beans Mushrooms Bread Vegetarian gravy granules Butter Salt Pepper Barbecue sauce (Heinz is good) Olive oil Milk Preparation 5 Minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Preparation *********** 1. Wash hands 2. Put grill on medium heat. 3. Chop mushrooms 4. Put beans in a pan( do not put on heat just yet) 5. Put frying pan with olive oil on very low heat. 6. Get a large plastic jug, and per person put two small eggs, a generous dash of milk and a teaspoon of butter into the jug. Then whisk furiously until red in the ...

Members Advice on Weight Loss 31/10/2001

wibbly wobbly bits and my new bottom

Members Advice on Weight Loss Now I am no dieting expert, but I have lost quite a lot of weight recently and I am very pleased about it, so I thought I would let you in on my secret. Here is the kinda thing I ate before and after. Breakfast ******** B4 – Two pieces of toast with marmite and orange juice After – Natural Live Yoghurt and a glass of orange juice Snacks ****** B4 – packet of Monster Munch (pickled onion of course) After – banana or apple or both (or sometimes monster munch) Lunch ***** B4 – Sandwiches and crisps. After – Jacket potato with beans/cheese or a tuna salad Dinner ****** B4 – Largely fatty meals with no/hardly any vegetables After – Mexican vegetable tortillas (yum and calorific) or anything mainly made out of vegetables Basically I have tried to keep white bread to a minimum but not completely rule out any major food group, I have cut down on fat, highered fruit and veg intake and I feel much more healthier and have lots more energy. Now everyone knows that there is no use dieting if you don’t exercise, but what I didn’t realise is that the various different types of exercise do different things. After seeking advice from the usual resources my pals, these are the exercises that I decided to do (and I am still doing). Another point to remember is I am not the richest of people so what I do is budget stuff and not expensive gym membership and beauty treatments malarky. *YOGA – this ...

Jeepers Creepers (DVD) 31/10/2001


Jeepers Creepers (DVD) Starring: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Eileen Brennan, Jonathan Breck Director: Victor Salva Screen Writer: Victor Salva Details: 90 mins Cert 15 (Tom Luse, Barry Opper) It is absolutely shocking how this film ever made it to our cinema screens. I wanted a refund, not just for a ticket but for the complete waste of my precious life, 90 minutes carelessly frittered away spent in a stunned silence, flabbergasted at this film. The basic plot is Darius (Long) and his sister, Trisha (Phillips) are driving back from college for their summer holiday. They spot a sinister looking guy dumping bodies into a pipe in a desolate old church. They decide to investigate, as they always do in cheesy horror films, and end up in mortal danger themselves, surprise surprise! He then chases them in his battered old van with the numberplate “BEATINGU”, they let you work that out yourselves, (Be eating you). It turns out the sinister guy is a bit more scary than they originally thought and he wants something special from one of them. Basically it is absolute pants, the special effects are from special in fact they suck, the dead people do not look dead, the script is poor and the little bits of occasional comedy ruin it even more. It’s not that I want my horror films to be without a little bit of cheese, I truly don’t mind but this is pure Gorgonzola throughout. I pity the actors, they do the best they can with the extremely poor material. Now please do me a ...

Little Voice (DVD) 29/10/2001


Little Voice (DVD) Director: Mark Herman. Jonathan Benson. Producer: Elizabeth Karlsen and Laurie Borg. Executive Producer: Nik Powell, Paul Webster, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein and Stephen Woolley. Script: Jim Cartwright. (from the play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) Cinematography: Andy Collins. Editing: Michael Ellis. Art Direction: Jo Graysmark. Production Designer: Don Taylor. Costume Designer: Lindy Hemming. Make-Up: Tamsin Dorling, Peter King and Kirstie Stanway. Music: John Altman. Cast ***** Jane Horrocks Laura Hoff ('L.V.') Brenda Blethyn Mari Hoff Michael Caine Ray Say Ewan McGregor Billy Jim Broadbent Mr. Boo Annette Badland Sadie Philip Jackson George Little Voice is a beautifully made, exquisitely acted film about an incredible singer who wishes to keep her talents to herself. LV (Jane Horrocks) is a sweet innocent soul, badly affected by her father’s death and living with her vile loathsome mother. She is a total recluse and never leaves the house. She has a passion for singing and escapes the crazy world she lives in by playing her collection of old records including Billie Holiday, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich. She can imitate their voices perfectly, (which I am in awe of Jane Horrocks for, as she actually sings). She has a unique gift which goes unnoticed by her loudmouth, cringesome hussy of a mother (Brenda Blethyn) but when she gets herself a new fella, Ray Say (Michael Caine) he hears LV and ...

Almost Famous DVD 17/10/2001


Almost Famous DVD Starring: Billy Crudup,Russell Hammond,Frances McDormand,Kate Hudson Director: Cameron Crowe Screen Writer: Cameron Crowe Cert 15 The kind of music in the film : Beach Boys The Who Todd Rundgren The Seeds Led Zeppelin Cat Stevens Still Water I rented this film out last night and was expecting some king of teen trash that I usually pick up, and to be perfectly honest usually enjoy. I didn’t have time to read the back as my dad was in a rush and fretting about me taking my time. I can’t cope in Blockbusters, there is so much choice it hurts my head, it takes me hours to choose a film if I am not hassled. I even worked there at one point because I love films so much (it was the most enjoyable job I ever had, seven free rentals a week and watching films whilst it was quiet!). *************** ** I pressed play skipped the trailers and launched myself into the film, I was transfixed, the film was a sheer viewing pleasure and I was severely pissed of when I had to take a pee break. *************** ** You will probably want to know what the film is about, well its set in the early seventies, at centre of the film is a fifteen year old boy, he loves music, but most of all he loves writing about music. He writes for an underground music magazine called cream, and by chance the editor of the rolling stones magazine see’s some of his work and is impressed and wants him to do an article for him. *************** ...

Lush Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar 17/10/2001


Lush Ultimate Shine Shampoo Bar I have been treated appallingly, not only did she pour bleach over me scorching and blistering the skin, she proceeded to make me look like Ronald McDonald by coating me head to toe with hideous red dye. She has abused my trust by exposing me to dangerous chemicals that strangle every last bit of life out of me, leaving me gasping for air. My cruel mistress dawn has finally taken pity on me and started using this lovely chemical free product called Lush Ultimate Shine Bar. It wasn’t exactly a picnic being her hair. Two weeks ago we were shopping for toiletries, I was filled with dread as she picked up bottle after bottle of what I call death lotion. By some stroke of luck she snapped out of her inane shopping trance and stumbled into a shop called Lush, it was here that she picked up the beautiful shine bar, this is when my life truly began. The price of my saviour is £2.99, quite a bargain for a miracle. When we got home she poured us a bath and we clambered in, the bar was on the side, I looked at with some reservation, as at this point I had not experienced the effects. The ingredients reassured me, as there was nothing that sounded too harmful: - * Sodium Lauryl Sulfate * Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate * Perfume * Elemi Oil * Ylang Ylang Oil * Violet Leaf Oil * Gardenia Extract * Golden Sparkles I particularly liked the sound of the golden sparkles! My mistress was very pleased and told me about how Lush believe in making all their products ... 15/10/2001

Do you like to watch When you open up this film review site the first thing that hits you is a flash intro, I skip every-time because flash pisses me off. Plain and simple, its ok in certain things like games but for intros, I get bored of waiting (I am a very impatient little madam). So I skipped the intro and got straight to the home page. What did I find, delicious verdana font, centred text, faint union jacks glimmering in the background, beautiful layout, scrumptious. They have a space age navigation bar which I feel looks rather hot mama. Frankly I’m impressed, and I don’t impress too easily. A humungous niggle of mine is advertising, obviously I understand the necessity for many sites but I dislike it all the same (especially those damn pop-ups) this site is not too bad, everything is at the bottom, lovely. The site is not super quick loading but not too bad considering how lovely it looks, and the navigation is marvellous as you have the space age menu at the top of each page. Reviews ******* The reviews are of quite a high standard; they are not too long and are to the point. They are well written with no obvious spelling or grammar mistakes. To be honest they were not ever so interesting though and I have read much better reviews on here  There is a very useful feature at the bottom called film finder, you type in the name of the film and where you want to watch it and it brings up your local cinema times. Features ******* This month they have ...

The Fast And The Furious (DVD) 11/10/2001

The fast and the cheesiest

The Fast And The Furious (DVD) The fast and the furious Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg Directed by Rob Cohen Written by David Ayer, Erik Bergquist, Gary Scott Thompson Studio Universal ********* Where the hell can I start on this film? I have been looking forward to its release for ages, eagerly anticipating its arrival at my local UGC. It left me bewildered and confused. I wanted to come out and say, god that was great, but the film left a lot to be desired. It was quite possibly the cheesiest film I have ever seen in my life. The actors bar Vin Diesel were very poor (and he only rates because he is so goddamn fit!) So you may ask why was I confused if it was so appalling, well the cars were amazing, the special effects breathtaking and exhilarating, it left me flabbergasted. I did however cringe at the weak plot and the ever so cheesy lines. Perhaps I am being unfair on the actors; they did have very poor material to work with. They could have made so much out of this film. ********* So what’s the plot I hear you holler, well its set in Los Angeles, where street gangs adapt Japanese sports cars into powerful muscle cars and race them illegally through the streets of LA. There is a little romance between the new kid on the clock and the tough guy’s sister, this causes friction big style. There is also an undercover operation to crack a hijacking ring. It is blatantly obvious what is going to happen; my ... 10/10/2001

Free Jelly Beans taste better As you probably already know, I am a big fan of anything free, which is why I am reviewing this marvellous site I have been using this site for sometime now and I have bagged myself some pretty cool freebies, most recently a yummy bag of jellybelly beans and a free sample of dove deodorant. You can subscribe to this site so they send you update of what’s new and be one of the first to get the goods. A lot of the freebie sites I have visited in the past, no names mentioned have not lived up to my expectations and the links to the freebies have proved somewhat useless. *************** *************** *************** *************** ************** They not only provide you with links to sites; they have tried and tested them. They help you pick the Gems from the pebbles by giving each one a star rating. *One stars = Poor Rating - Freebie may never arrive but worth a chance. **Two stars = Average Rating - May take a while for freebie to arrive. ***Three stars = Excellent Rating - Recommended by *************** *************** *************** *************** ************** Here are some of the categories with current examples of what you can get your mitts on. NEW FREEBIES ************ Free genie sim card with 300 text messages and free wap. Free Lotus caramelised biscuits (yummy!) BEAUTY AND HEALTH *************** ** Free Sample of Lancome Aroma Free ...

Lancome Vitabolic Deep Radiance Booster 08/10/2001

eyemazing stuff

Lancome Vitabolic Deep Radiance Booster The situation ************ I have been getting more and more stressed out and tired recently. I look like a hag with bags under my eyes bigger than Asda’s. For some strange reason (especially as I am quite poor) I decided I had to splash out on something really expensive for under my eyes. I have dark circles and puffiness, which would disgrace someone twice my age, therefore only something very luxurious would do. I paid a visit to my local House of Fraser and wandered aimlessly around the posh store looking very out of place. Most of the snooty orange faced counter tarts ignored me, presuming me to be poor (correct) but a lovely lady at the Lancôme counter asked if I needed any assistance, for this reason alone I decided to buy something from her counter. After much deliberation I decided on the shockingly expensive Vitabolic Yeux (£22.00), I was reassured that it would drastically reduce dark circles and puffiness, I left the store with a definite bounce in my walk anxious to get home to try this new wonder product. The science ********** I eagerly unwrapped my new product and was shocked at how very small it was, it says on the package to use it sparingly, there was no doubt in my mind that I would be. Then to reading all the instructions, (I have to do this in case of any reoccurrence of my past beauty disasters). The ingredients all sounded promising, although ill be damned If I know what any of them are, maybe you will, It contains Active vitamin C, ...

How to write opinions 05/10/2001


How to write opinions I am so glad you decided to read this. *************** *************** ******** I have earned points and you are about to get some tips from a relatively new writer on ciao, which will hopefully get you more reads. You may wonder what someone so new would have to offer the average ciao writer, well, i am doing quite well, and i am doing a darn site better since i started doing the following: Title ***** Think about what woud make you want to read something, for me, and i hope most others it is SEX, naughty words, and the prospect of cash. As long as you use one of the above you are guaranteed a few reads. Layout ****** Make it nicely spaced, with prety things breaking it up. All the best and most encouraging comments have been on the opions which look sort of like this one. Spelling and Grammar *************** ***** Make sure you reread your work a zillion times, there are some people who are ever so picky about spelling mistakes, and you wont get the kind of results you want if your opinion is cramed ful of mistaks(that was on purpose by the way). Research ******** You may think you know lots about the product or service that you are reviewing, but people like quirky facts and those extra little titbits. Give them what they want, search the internet for facts on the product and you will be pleased as punch with the results. Make pals ********* Make sure you read lots of other peoples reviews, and always make comments, everyone ...
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