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Undiscovered (DVD) 22/12/2007

Better Left Undiscovered?

Undiscovered (DVD) When I was looking through the films on Sky and saw a film featuring Ashlee Simpson I knew I had to record it. I never knew she acted in anything and was intrigued to see if she and the film were any good. As someone who has reasonably recently discovered her music I wanted to see if any of her songs I knew featured in the film. A quick look on IMDb.com told me that unsurprisingly 'Undiscovered' a song from 'Autobiography' was in it and a couple of other songs were included which I hadn't heard of before. I also learnt that the film had a lot of negative reviews and Simpson was even nominated for a Razzie for Worst Supporting Actress. Even after knowing this I still wanted to watch it out of curiosity more than anything. Brier (Pell James) is a model who moves from New York to L.A. to try out acting. Her boyfriend Mick is a rock star and has repeatedly cheated on her and she knows this. After moving to L.A. she meets Clea (Ashlee Simpson) in an acting class. Through her she meets Luke (Steven Strait) whilst he is performing at a local club. They recognise each other from a chance meeting in New York a couple of years previously. Back then Luke was completely smitten (his words) with her and Brier seemed to like him as well. It was only a brief meeting on the underground in which they never even spoke. Now they get to talk with a possibility of their being a spark between them. Luke is an aspiring artist who is desperately trying to make it in the music industry. It's a ...

Die With Me - Elena Forbes 03/12/2007

Die With Me? Or Maybe Alone…

Die With Me - Elena Forbes I first heard of Elena Forbes’ debut novel ‘Die With Me’ in a review in a paper. Intrigued I made a mental note to look out for it at my local library and if they didn’t have it to reserve it. By sheer coincidence the next time I went there it was in the new releases section. The review I read grabbed my attention even though it was only a paragraph long. I was mainly drawn to it because it was a British author with a debut crime novel. At first when the body of 14 year old Gemma Kramer is found at the nave of a church it’s thought to be suicide. A witness steps forward after the crime scene has been released and cleaned up claiming to have seen a man with Gemma whilst she was waiting for a bus. The case is handed to DI Mark Tartaglia and his team from Barnes. They discover that Gemma had been drugged as well as having alcohol in her system. However, she wasn’t sexually assaulted so this makes Tartaglia and his team wonder why Gemma was murdered and indeed by who. Tartaglia is acting SIO as his boss DCI Trevor Clarke is in hospital after a bad motorbike accident. Immediately Tartaglia and DS Sam Donovan start investigating other suicides that look like there has been foul play. After Donovan visits Gemma's home and speaks to her stepfather she takes her laptop to see if there is anything which will help them. Emails from someone calling himself Tom come to their attention. He’s been grooming Gemma into a suicide pact and it ...

Edison (DVD) 29/11/2007

JT 'trouser snake' fights cop corruption

Edison (DVD) When I was looking through Sky Anytime to see if there was anything decent to watch I came across 'Edison'. A quick read of the blurb grabbed my attention simply because of the cast. Something a film with Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey would be worth watching. What concerned me was I had never heard of it and it was filmed in 2005 so it can't be that great. I was also interested to see that Justin Timberlake and LL Cool J were in it. Having seeing LL Cool J in 'S.W.A.T.' and an episode of 'House' I enjoyed watching him. Plus I was curious to see if Timberlake could act as well as he can sing. Set in the fictitious city of Edison the film opens with Officer Rafe Deed (LL Cool J) and his colleague Sgt. Frances Lazerov (Dylan McDermott), from F.R.A.T. (First Response Assault & Tactical) on their way to a raid. They find money from drugs and then force two men on their knees. Lazerov is clearly enjoying waving his gun around and then tells Deed to shoot one of them. Not being able to go through with it Lazerov takes charge and shoots one of them in the head. In a few short minutes of seeing him on screen it's clear that Lazerov is a psycho and Deed is the one with a conscience. Later on Deed is testifying at the trial. They've made the other man say he shot the other one in the head as he came at him with a knife. Fearing for his life the accused takes responsibility for shooting him and is sentenced to 18 months in prison. Josh Pollack (Justin Timberlake) is a reporter who ...

Dextro Energy 22/11/2007

Quick energy fix

Dextro Energy Several weeks ago I was talking to my Aunt who suggested energy tablets to me. Not just for the energy boost but for other health benefits. For almost 4 years now I've suffered with dizziness, which at the moment is the best it's been in a long time. I'm starting to get my life back in shape and I'm really eager to get back into work. I find that some days I'm really fatigued and it's normally when I'm really dizzy that it overwhelms me. Not wanting to give in to it I've tried a variety of things to help me. When I was really bad I'd have to go for a sleep as I was so dizzy and tired all of a sudden it's the only thing I could do. The days it didn't hit me so hard I fought it and slowly over the months I've more or less mastered what I can do and what my limits are. My average day isn't exactly strenuous but the days I am really busy I can find it knocks the life out of me and can trigger my dizziness of really badly. So after a short conversation to my Aunt about this and how I'd started taking vitamin B supplement she suggested energy tablets to give me an extra helping hand. She had also suffered with a spate of dizziness (not for that long though) and said that when she started to feel really bad she'd take one and it would help her dizziness as well as giving her energy. Willing to give anything a shot I got a few packets of Lemon Dextro from my chemist when I was there next. Remembering how I used to munch through a packet of these really quickly when I worked loads ...

Normandie Diamond Scrub 12/11/2007

Scrub Away With Your Best Friend

Normandie Diamond Scrub Recently I've suffered with dry skin around my upper lip and round my mouth. I tried moisturising frequently through the day but it's inconvenient and I kept forgetting. Plus it wasn't really doing the trick. Then when I was in Tesco it occurred to me that I should get a facial exfoliator as that would help get rid of my unsightly flaky bits. I spent a while browsing and trying to decide which one to get. Previously I'd used St Ives Apricot Scrub for sensitive skin and I'd only used it as my sister gave it to me. I don't really have sensitive skin so I thought I'd get something different even though I did like it. In the end Normandie Diamond Scrub caught my eye, as it was £3.47 as an introductory offer. It looked like an expensive product and not knowing how much it would go up to afterwards I thought I'd grab it whilst I could. On closer inspection when I got home I discovered that Normandie Keith is a top beauty editor who writes for the Daily Mails 'You' Magazine. I hadn't heard of her and thought I'd see if she has a website and if I could find anymore information about her new range of toiletries. She does have a website but it doesn't contain any information on this product which I was a little disappointed in as the tube doesn't really have a lot of information on it so I was hoping to find a little bit more about it online. It has only just appeared on the shelves at Tesco (I think it's exclusive to them) so this could be why. Undeterred at this I took the ...

Losing You - Nicci French 29/10/2007

A Birthday You'd Never Forget

Losing You - Nicci French Having read a handful of Nicci French books I grabbed 'Losing You' off the shelf at the library thinking it would do. I tried to recall what I thought of the previous books but my mind went blank. I thought that they must have liked them as I tend to remember the ones I dislike and had I loved them then I'd have also have remembered. I had no high expectations of 'Losing You' and sometimes that can be for the best. Nicci French is in fact a pseudonym for Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. They are a married couple who write in unison without the reader being able to tell who is who. I did a quick search to see who they went about this and they said they wrote a chapter and then passed it over to the other. They read it; made any alterations they wanted and wrote the next one and so on. All I can say is they must get on very well to do this and their writing styles must be very similar! Nina Landry has a busy day ahead of her. She and her new boyfriend are heading off to Florida with her children for a Christmas break. Not only that but it's Nina's fortieth birthday. It's morning time and she is having car problems so she's turned to a neighbour who is trying to fix it. On top of that he isn't sure if Charlie, her 15 year old daughter, is home from a sleepover the previous night. Being a typical teenager she promised she'd do her packing, some chores as well as her paper round before they have to set off to Heathrow. Nina moved to Sandling Island, in East Anglia, with her ...

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre 27/10/2007

Come and Monkey Around

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre For Christmas last year my Dad handed us all an envelope as a present whilst having a huge grin on his face. I just thought it was money and was pleased with that. I opened it up and there was a card with an orangutan on it. Not very imaginative I thought but never mind. I then opened it and it was an invite to Monkey World for my Dads 60th and he'd also rented a cottage in Dorset for the week to celebrate the occasion (getting a free bus pass hehe). So ever since then I had been looking forward to going. So in September we all went to Dorset and it was Monkey World which I was most looking forward to. For those who have seen the TV programme 'Monkey Business' then you'll have seen a little about the Centre and what they actually do. I had seen a couple of them before going and thought they were really cute. I hadn't seen enough to know all the primates they had and I was only aware that they had chimpanzees and orangutans. I did know that is was a rescue centre as opposed to a zoo and that made me want to go more knowing they actually help animals that need it. Monkey World is set in 65 acres near Wareham in Dorset. It is one mile from Wool on the Bere Regis/Wool Road. It is easy to find and there are plenty of signposts. Those of you who know the area it is very close to the Bovington Tank Museum. On entering the park there is plenty of parking spaces all of which are free. There are disabled spaces near the front for those with mobility problems. You need to ...

The Woods - Harlan Coben 03/10/2007

If You Go Down To The Woods Tonight...

The Woods - Harlan Coben Having read all of Coben's other novels I just had to pick 'The Woods' up when I saw it on the shelf in the library. I didn't even read the blurb on the back, as I knew I'd want to read it anyway. I didn't even know if it was a stand-alone novel or part of the Myron Bolitar series. Either way I wasn't really bothered as I enjoy both as much. For those of you who don't know Coben started off writing his novels with a character called Myron Bolitar who is a retired basketball player who investigates a lot of cases. He then introduced his stand-alone novels which are good if you've not read all the Bolitar series as you don't feel you could be missing some things out if you don't read them all or in the correct order. 'The Woods' is in fact a stand-alone novel so even if you've never read Coben before this doesn't matter, as it won't effect your enjoyment of the book. The book opens with a prologue where Paul is watching his father digging in the woods. Paul thinks that he doesn't see him watching but after he follows him out there eight times he tells him that this time he needs to go alone. All the time Paul thought he was hidden well and his father was oblivious to him watching him. Coben gives a few facts but not the full picture - enough to grab your attention and want to know more. His mother ran off and something has happened to his sister Camille but we're not told the details yet. After his father goes out to the woods on his own he doesn't go back again. Then twenty ...

envirofone.com 01/08/2007

Get paid for recycling!

envirofone.com For those of you who’ve never heard of Envirofone then you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you have any old mobiles lying about the house. They basically pay you for your old mobile and they recycle it at no extra cost to you. They even pay for your postage and packaging as well so you have nothing to lose! After reading a review about Envirofone I went off to investigate as I had an old Sony Ericsson K700i lying about and figured I may as well find out if it’s worth anything. The homepage is professional looking and has everything you need to know at first at a glance. Like most people I went straight for the drop down box to put in my mobile to see what it was worth. So you can have a look how much it is worth without joining. I did this and found out that my mobile was worth £21.87 or £25.26 in Argos credit. For a phone that I hadn’t used in almost 2 years I was delighted with that and I was glad I hadn’t thrown it out! So I quickly signed up which was very easy to do. You can register from the homepage but I didn’t do it this way. I simply pressed the continue button from the page I was already on to trade in my mobile. I then had to choose if I wanted a cheque or Argos credit. I went for Argos simply because you get more money for it. They actually say that you get 15% more for choosing Argos credit, which I thought that was a good amount. Once I’d gone through the registration process I received a welcome email and a confirmation email of my trade in. Not only did ...

Member Advice on MRI Scanning 31/05/2007

Clink, clank, clunk!

Member Advice on MRI Scanning any people have heard of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and more likely have seen it in a medical drama such as House. How many people actually understand what it does though? I’m guessing not many. Until I needed one a few years ago I had never really thought about it. Then when I found out I had to have one to help diagnose dizziness I panicked a little and started to research it. The main reason I was worried was because of what they may have found rather than having to go for an MRI in the first place though. After looking it up online I was put at ease as it is safe as long as you have no metal on you and is painless. So I wasn’t worried about having the MRI after that, until I got to the hospital! I’m not normally the kind of person who would worry so I’m assuming that my fears were natural. So I’d hate to think how someone who suffers from claustrophobia would feel. I think the main thing that put me at ease was knowing a bit about it before hand. I didn’t want to be an expert but I wanted to know what to expect. *** So what is an MRI? *** The basic idea of the MRI is to take images of a persons tissues and organs to build up a picture of what’s going on inside a person. This is normally focused on a certain part of the body to help diagnose an ongoing medical problem or to help diagnose something in the first place. It can show muscles, nerves, joints and blood vessels so it can be useful for a variety of things. So if you’ve had your kneecap shattered an ...

Tri-Ominos 17/05/2007

Sophisticated Dominoes

Tri-Ominos Not many people will have heard of Tri-Ominos but we’ve had the game since as long as I can remember. Our set was bought in the early eighties when I was a really young so I would have had no interest in this and I don’t recall playing it then. My parents tell me they used to play it, which explains this. It does look like a dull game to play and for young children it would be, especially now with all the computer games they have. *** So what is Tri-Ominos? *** Tri-Ominos works on the same principle as a game of dominoes but the tiles are triangular and instead of dots you have a number at each point ranging from 0 through to 5. You have to place the tiles next to each other matching the numbers to the other tile. This is the basic idea but it is far from dull as you get extra points for certain moves. In the box I have you get 56 tiles and the instructions are on the inside of the lid. *** Aim of game *** The aim of the game is to get rid of all your tiles. For each tile you put down you get a score and also for any bonus scoring moves that you make. If you’re the first person to get rid of your tiles then you get bonus points plus points for any tiles your opponent's have left. The winner of the game is the first person to reach 400 points. Of course, you can change this amount or perhaps have a time limit or a limit to the number of rounds you play. When I usually play we stop when we’ve had enough more than because someone has reached a certain score. ...

Buried - Mark Billingham 03/04/2007

Dig Deep

Buried - Mark Billingham Having read all of Billingham's books I was keen to get my hands on his latest book 'Buried' for a long time. I kept looking out for it in my library but it's clearly a popular book and I've only just been able to get it even though it's been out in hardback since May last year (for those of you interested the paperback is out this June). After loving all of his last attempts I was convinced that this was going to be a page-turner and I'd finish it in no time at all. The book opens with a prologue, which had me hooked and wondering what relevance it had to what I read on the back of the book. It's only short but it shows an argument between a man and a woman. What it's all about is unclear but the woman is furious and it leads to the man pushing her. This leads to her death when she falls on a glass coffee table. From this dramatic start I was hooked and was curious to what the argument was about. I even read it again just to make sure I hadn't missed anything but I was still left wanting to find out what it all meant. Six months after being undercover on the streets DI Tom Thorne is bored of not having anything interesting assigned to him. To keep him out of trouble he had been given mundane things to do which really doesn't suit him at all. He's then asked to help out in a kidnapping of Luke Mullen along with his colleague Dave Holland. He isn't too happy about working else where and for another department at New Scotland Yard but at the same time he is intrigued ...

Wabbadabba 21/03/2007

Wabbadabba doooo!

Wabbadabba Discovering new reward sites is always a good thing in my eyes and if I hear about something that seems to be worth it then I'll be sure to join it. So after reading a review about Wabbadabba and how you can win prizes I was intrigued. Then when I won I wanted to share this site with everyone else. ***What is it then?*** With such a strange name it's understandable to wonder what the site is. It's simple a search engine much like Google only with rewards. Everyday you get 15 chances to search and with each search you do you get a chance to win a prize. You don't have to click on any links for this to work so it doesn't take any time at all. So even those who have very little time could do this without feeling like they were wasting their time. You maybe asking yourself why they would chose to reward people for using a search engine. The answer is in their FAQs - they make money from the advertisers through the search results. ***The site*** The site has a nice layout and it's very simple to use. It is predominantly white with green and orange used for Wabba and Dabba. They are the characters you'll find throughout the site. When you log on you are greeted with a search box and you can chose whether it searches the web or just the UK like many search engines. Alternatively you can download a toolbar to be added to your browser if you'd prefer that. Personally I just visit the site as I'm not over keen on toolbars. On the homepage you're also told how many ...

Killer Instinct - Joseph Finder 16/03/2007

Business is War

Killer Instinct - Joseph Finder Jason Steadman is a salesman for a leading electronics company, Entronics, who rivals with the other top companies such as Sony. He is doing well for himself but he doesn't have any ambition to further his career as it is. He comes from a poorer background and he has done well for himself and thinks that is enough. His wife Kate, however, is eager for him to work his way up the corporate ladder. She comes from a wealthy background and yearns for a bigger house and wants to start having a family. It doesn't help that his brother in law is a successful TV Producer and very smug with it. One evening on his way home from work he calls Kate on his mobile to tell her he'll be home shortly. They talk about Kate trying to fall pregnant and discuss the IVF they are having. Jason isn't concentrating on the road he ends up having a crash. It's nothing serious but he needs to be towed to a garage for it to be repaired. This is when he meets Kurt Semko, an ex-Special Forces soldier who is now towing his car. He is a quiet guy who doesn't want to really talk. Eventually after listening to a Red Sox game on the radio they get talking. They share the same passion for baseball and to Jason's amazement Kurt was nearly signed for a big team but he signed up to the Forces instead. They also come from the same poor background, only Jason went to college to get where he is today. Jason invites him to play on the softball team they have at work as they've been doing really badly and could do ...

Bittersweet (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Blu Cantrell 18/02/2007

Sweet sounding

Bittersweet (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Blu Cantrell When I heard Hit 'Em Up Style (Opps!) and Breathe I fell in love with them and when I heard that Blu Cantrell were releasing an album I bought it straight away. Expecting the rest of the album to be similar to these hits I was really disappointed and the CD got forgotten about and never listened to again as I had copies of Hit 'Em Up Style and Breathe on RnB compilation CDs. That was until recently. I dug it out and listened to it in the car and was equally disappointed. I didn't give up this time though and I put it on my iTunes and listened to some of the tracks as I have it on random. A few times a song would come on and I'd think who was that, as I couldn't place it. When I saw it was Blu Cantrell I was surprised and I turned it up and listened to it several times. Then I realised it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. On closer inspection I can see why I came to the conclusion that the album wasn't all that good. The problem was the two hits are Hip Hop/RnB and are extremely catchy. Most of the other songs on the rest of the album are slower and more Soul/RnB. So nothing stood out and I never gave it much of a chance. The album opens up with the ballad I Love You. It starts off with the sound of a keyboard before Blu Cantrell's vocals kick in. Once she starts to sing she is joined by the beating of a drum. A string instrument is also used which you can here faintly in the background every so often. The vocals are very soft and smooth during the verses and when the ...
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