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Member Advice on Tongue Piercing 03/11/2003

how to scare kids on buses...

Member Advice on Tongue Piercing Body piercing is becoming increasingly popular amongst the youth of today (myself included). Not quite sure what the appeal is if have metal through various parts of the anatomy, but hey, we’re young and stupid and desperate not to conform. I had wanted my tongue pierced for years, mainly because it’s different, and unlike the belly button, labret etc, only a handful of people having it (and I heard it has it’s uses unlike most other piercings, but we’ll say no more on that). But getting up the courage to actually let someone stick a rather large needle though my tongue, scarily close to a main artery put me off slightly (hence it’s rarity). Eventually, my friend who is a professional at sticking holes in people persuaded me that it was worth it, so I let her book me in. Understandably, I researched a little first. Firstly online, which said that it was perfectly safe, as long as you had it done in a professional controlled environment. Secondly, I asked around the few people that I knew who had a stood. Most said that it didn’t hurt, my tongue would swell a bit at first but it would be back to normal size in no time. (In conclusion, that is the last time I asked big butch men whether on not something hurts!!!) The big day came and I was a nervous wreck. The piercing itself wasn’t too bad, just a little uncomfortable (no big shock there then). You will be asked to wash your mouth out too kill off any nasty germs and give little chance of infection. Some places may ...

Everything that starts with Z ... 16/05/2003

my duvet cover, what sort of a question is that

Everything that starts with Z ... I’ve been busy revising and it’s been ages since I’ve written anything on Ciao, so to make sure that everybody knows that I’m still alive I thought I’d complete yet another challenge! Enjoy! 1. What’s on your duvet cover? It’s just plain lilac at the moment, with a few inkblots where I have been writing something in bed and fallen asleep, I’m always doing that! 2. What is in the glove compartment of your car? Unfortunately I’m too young to drive, so I don’t have a car! But as I’m a famously messy person, I imagine that when I do get a car, within weeks, the glove compartment would be full of empty drink cans, wrappers of some description and god knows what else! 3. What is the background to your computer screen? My mum’s favourite place is Koh Samui in Thailand, so I set that as a background for her. It’s getting a bit boring, so I might change it soon. 4. What was the last thing you sung? Bohemian Rhapsody, some friends and I were trying to sing it all of the way through, but we keep missing a chunk in the middle, but we can’t figure out what it is that we are missing. 5. When was the last time you did a cartwheel? Erm… I really do not know. Probably the last time I was in a wide open space and felt a sudden burst of energy, not quite sure exactly when that is. I did one at Alton Towers once and nearly broke my leg! Fool! 6. How do you take your coffee? I don’t, but I’m a huge tea freak! I drink obscene amounts of the stuff. We worked out that ...

Jokes 21/04/2003

things to do in an elevator

Jokes got this from a friend and thought that i should share it with you guys! 1) When there's only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder and then pretend it wasn't you. 2) Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more. 3) Ask if you can push the button for other people, but push the wrong ones. 4) Call the Psychic Hotline from your cell phone and ask if they know what floor your on. 5) Hold the doors open and say your waiting for a friend. After a while, let the doors close, and say, "Hi Greg. How's your day been?" 6) Drop a pen and wait until someone goes to pick it up, then scream, "That's mine!" 7) Bring a camera and take pictures of everyone in the elevator. 8) Move your desk into the elevator and whenever anyone gets on, ask if they have an appointment. 9) Lay down the twister mat and ask people if they would like to play. 10) Leave a box in the corner, and when someone gets on, ask them if they can hear ticking. 11) Pretend you are a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers. 12) Ask, "Did you feel that?" 13) Stand really close to someone, sniffing them occasionally. 14) When the doors close, announce to the others, "It's okay, don't panic, they open again!" 15) Swat at flies that don't exist. 16) Tell people that you can see their aura. 17) Call out, "Group Hug!" and then enforce it. 18) Grimace painfully while ...

The English Patient (DVD) 20/04/2003

a classic choice between husband and lover

The English Patient (DVD) This is a video that has been in my cabinet for years, one that I always intended to watch but never actually made an effort to stick it in the VCR, until an ill day off school, in which I learned that I owned one of the most tremendous film of love and betrayal ever made. It is set in the North African desert during the Second World War. Count Almasy is a desert explorer on an expedition like many others, or so he thought. That is until Geoffrey Clifton and his beautiful wife, Katherine join him on a trip that would change his life forever. Almasy is unable to contain his lust and indeed love for the spirited Katherine, and the two embark in a passionate affair. Katherine finds herself torn between devoted husband and her exhilarating lover. Katherine and Almasy are forced to suffer the torment of suppressing their love for one another whilst facing the perils of a World War. As a huge fan of classic British actors, Ralph Fiennes, Kristen Scott Thomas and Colin Firth did not fail in impressing me with their outstanding and memorable performances. Ralph plays Count Almasy, a Hungarian count/desert explorer, also a member of the international sand club. Kristen plays Katherine Clifton, independent and feisty wife of a British spy, Jeffrey Clifton, played by Colin Firth. All are absolutely fantastic within their roles, especially Scott-Thomas; whose performance was both believe and contained a real energy. For once in his career, Colin plays the doting and devoted husband ...

Everything that starts with S ... 14/04/2003

a tad more about spobz

Everything that starts with S ... Time Started: 9.59am Date: 13th April 2003 A LITTLE ABOUT ME: Full Name: Robyn Jayne Turner Age: 16 What are you listening to right now? A few of my favourite songs on my mp3 player. Last thing you said? “Where the hell is the remote?” I am an absolutely master when it comes to misplacing the remote! Who is sitting next to you right now? No-one, I’m all alone =O( Who would you like to spend the rest of your days with? Hmmm, this is a tough one. It would probably be Orlando Bloom (Legolas from Lord of the Rings). Where do you want to go on your honeymoon: Ko Samui - Thailand Daughters name if you have one or want one: Not a clue! Son’s name if you have or want one: I would call him Keyser Soze, (for those of you that have seen ‘The Usual Suspects’, yes, I am evil). Only joking, to be honest I haven’t given much thought to names, I don’t plan on having children any time soon. Who makes you happy: My mum, and my closest friends. How many people are on your buddie list (msn, aol, Yahoo): I’m not 100% sure, but I think it’s 94. What do you like to do: Go out to a pub or club with friends, wind up my dad and swim when I can be bothered. What did you do yesterday: Went to work, did a bit of revision. Last person you talked to on the phone: My friend, Abi, to check that she was still up for our Good Friday bender. What are you afraid of: Feet (they’re disgusting) and clowns. Eye colour: Blue/Green – they tend to change Hair ...

Pride And Prejudice (DVD) 08/04/2003

clevage, wigs, wet shirts and oh so tight pants

Pride And Prejudice (DVD) Well, I am almost sure that everyone who has purposely sought out an opinion on this video has at least some kind of an idea as to the basic storyline, but for those of you that don't, here is a VERY quick plot synopsis: Elizabeth Bennet is the second of five sisters, 3 of whom, and her own mother, are ridiculously silly. She and her elder sister are reputed local beauties, in particular the eldest Miss Bennet, or Jane. Enter the rich man from the north of England, Bingley, who falls for Jane, his two false and snobby sisters, and his proud best friend Darcy. Darcy at first insults Elizabeth's beauty, but duly falls for her wit, vivacity, as well as her fine eyes. But did the course of true love ever run smooth? No. And for these two pairs of lovers, it is no different. Can Lizzy and Darcy overcome their 'pride' and 'prejudice'? Right, now that that's cleared up, we can get on with the review. Amongst the backdrop of many stately homes throughout England, te most prominent of which, Pemberley, Darcy's grand estate, I am happy to say, is in Chesire, very close to me, this classic romance takes place. The emphasis placed on the outdoors, the beautiful scenery and landscapes, very effectively reflects Lizzy's active and energetic nature. The costumes are absolutely amazing, so much so in fact, that I found myself at the end of the film wishing I had lived in Regency times just so I could acheive that kind of bountiful clevage daily. And may I also add that breeches ...

Weird facts - Daft Stories 06/04/2003

world ideologies as explained by reference to cows

Weird facts - Daft Stories I can't take any credit for this, it was sent to me by e mail, but it was so hilarious that I thought that I had to share it with you guys! Feudalism You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk. Pure Socialism You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all the cows. The government gives you all the milk you need. Bureaucratic Socialism Your cows are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs the regulations say you should need. Fascism You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk. Pure Communism You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk. Real World Communism You share two cows with your neighbors. You and your neighbors bicker about who has the most "ability" and who has the most "need". Meanwhile, no one works, no one gets any milk, and the cows drop dead of starvation. Russian Communism You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the black market. Perestroika You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the Mafia takes all the milk. You steal back as much milk as you can and sell it on the "free" market. Cambodian ...

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier 04/04/2003

what wouldn't we do for love

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier Tracy Chevalier has written 2 other works, one of which was Fallen Angel, which I started to read, but when read any book, I need to feel passionate about some element of it, and unfortunately, there was nothing to interest me in that. But this one, lets me begin by saying that 'fictional' history is her forte. Set in Renaissance Holland, with enchanting, romantic and realistic descriptions, which luckily for me, do not take over what I feel to be the more important descriptive passages relating to emotions and characterisation, but do just enough to paint a pretty picture in my head of a place I've never seen before. For those who don't know, 'Girl with a pearl earring' is a painting by Johannes Vermeer, subject unknown. This story gives Chevalier the chance to imagine just who the model was in life, and she calls her, Griet. Griet was the daughter of one of many tile painters in the city, and her family were well able to support themselves and their children, until that is, a horrific accident with a kiln took away her father's most essential tool as an artist, his sight. Griet is then forced to go work as a maid to Vermeer and his ever expanding family. As a protestant, in a catholic household, in a predomintantly protestant city, Griet finds life hard. Confused by the things she sees around her, the explicit paintings of Christ's life and demise, and alienated by the rest of the family, especially Vermeer wife, Catharina, his daughter's Cornelia, and a moody ...

Radox Showerfresh Active 02/04/2003

smooth as a babies bum

Radox Showerfresh Active I’ve been using this for a few years now, it was first recommended to me by my mother, who raved about it after she used it when she stayed at a friend’s house. She immediately went out and bought some, so when showering later that day; I thought I’d give it a bash! PACKAGING The container itself is a bright blue colour, quite refreshing with a picture of a wave on, clearly trying to reinforce this idea of it being ‘active’. The plastic is semi-transparent so it is easy to see how much of the product is left. The top of the container goes into a hook shape so that it can easily be hung from an in-built shelving unit or something to that description, which is very handy as it saves having to fumble around looking for it when showering, (although, it is all very well saying that, as my shelving unit thingy has a habit of falling down on top of me, but good news for Radox as the container is usually still attached when I pick up the remains of my shelves). The best bit about this container is the soap dispenser itself. Usually with containers like this with a flip lid on the bottom, you have to make sure that you close it once you have used it, or else the contents are lost forever, but this one is different. Inside is a clear, plastic jelly-like disc with two tiny slits where the soap comes from. This means that the soap only comes out of the bottle when the container is squeezed. According to the back of the packet, this is what is known as the non-drip cap. Hats off to ...

All About Me 20/03/2003

a little bit about little old me

All About Me I saw this challenge and thought I'd give it a shot! So here you go! Enjoy; 01. What time is it? 20:16 02. Name: Robyn 03. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake: 16, still a baby. 04. Hair colour: Blonde at the minute, but I’m planning on going back to my natural colour, brunette at the end of the month. 05. Tattoos: Not right now. I have friends who are professional tattooists, and I have been extremely tempted, but I’m still young and it’s going to be there forever, so I best wait a bit. Having my tongue pierced in a few weeks though. My dad is going to go ape! 06. How much do you love your job on a scale of 0-5: Somewhere between 3 and 4. I work part time at River Island, it’s easy but can get a tad boring! 07. Favourite colour: Blue, I’m not sure why. I suppose because it’s calming and peaceful. 08. Home County: Lancashire 09. Current Relationship Status Single 10. Favourite food: Anything Italian. Not meaning to sound like too much of a teenager, I go wild for pizza! Love it!! 11. Been to Africa? No, but I would love to go. I have to visit Thailand, India, Florence and Africa before I die. I figure I’ve got some time. 12. Been to Camden? Nope. 13. Loved somebody so much it made you cry? Yes, once. 14. Been in a car accident? Some bitch reversed into me on Asda car park then drove off. Worst thing was that she had a tow bar on the back of her car, and it went right into my shin! Best ...

The Ring (DVD) 11/03/2003

Everyone will suffer... well, maybe not

The Ring (DVD) I saw the first advert for this film about 6 months ago, and to be honest, it looked quite crap. The title itself seemed quite laughable, and many adolescent boys that I know pointed out the connotations of it. It looked like another rubbish teen flick (I know that sounds strange coming from a sixteen year old) with no plot, crap acting, and a pretty blonde. Since it came out, I’ve heard people raving about how scary and brilliant it is, but these reviews came from the sort of people that enjoy teen flicks with no plot, crap acting and a pretty blonde. But whilst at work the other day, I was talking to a friend of mine who likes many of the films that I do and said that ‘The Ring’ was worth a watch. So I thought ‘what the hell!’ Five minutes into the film, ‘what the hell?!?!?!’ is exactly what was running through my head. It begins with two sixteen year old girls talking about strange videotape, after you watch it the phone rings and a voice says, ‘Seven days.’ Seven days later, you die. But I am glad to announce that it does get better from here on. One of the girls, Katie (Amber Tamblyn) realises that she had watched a creepy tape exactly even days earlier! (What’s a girl to do!) The girls dismiss it as a silly urban legend. Then at exactly 10 o’clock (the time that Katie and three of her friends had watched the tape a week earlier) the phone rings. Katie begins to freak out. Turns out to be her mother. She then realises that something is a little strange. Unable to find ...

Meet Joe Black (DVD) 05/03/2003

tall, very dark and incredibly handsome

Meet Joe Black (DVD) When this first came out in November 1998, I was quite young, (young enough not to know what the big deal about Brad Pitt was, and young enough not to understand the true brilliance of Sir Anthony Hopkins). Back then I thought that this film was rubbish. Then, about two years ago, my mum brought it home, so I thought that I would give it a shot and I was not disappointed. The film is about a successful media tycoon, William Parrish (Hopkins) living in New York with his two daughters, one of which, Susan (Claire Forlani), is in a relationship with his brilliant, yet slimy colleague, Drew, (Jake Weber). One day whilst on her way to her job as a doctor at the hospital, she meets a fascinating, attractive young man in a coffee shop. The two establish an instant spark, but do not discover anything about each other. The two leave the coffee shop without exchanging names or numbers. As they walk away in different directions, Pitt turns to run after her and is hit by a van, killing him. Later that evening, a mysterious character turns up at Parrish’s door claiming to be death. To our surprise, it is Pitt. Death makes a deal with Parrish, telling him that he will soon die, but until then, he wants Parrish to show him around until he decides that it is time to go. Not wanting his family to know Death’s true identity, he introduces him as Joe Black, and to Susan, who believes that Joe is indeed the same incredible guy that she met that morning in the coffee shop, things begin to ...

The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers (DVD) 21/02/2003

the lord is back

The Lord Of The Rings - The Two Towers (DVD) Ever since seeing 'The Fellowship of the Ring', I have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of the sequel, 'The Two Towers' When I saw the first film, I hadn't read any of The Lord of the Rings' books, I think I read a few chapters of 'The Hobbit' but I had never really got into it. But now, I'm completely hooked! The opening scene is even more brilliant (if it is indeed possible) than the last film, and two minutes into the film, I was already on the edge of my seat! The film starts exactly where the last film ended, in fact, a little bit before. We learn exactly what happened to Gandalf after his apparent 'death'. The amazing Ian McKellan, one of my favourite actors of all time, plays Gandalf. Then again, I am slightly biased as he did begin his acting career at my school, so as well as me being mesmerized by his tremendous acting, I also see him as my mini claim to fame! Aside from that, I thought his performance in both films so far has been utterly brilliant. The part could not have gone to a more convincing actor. In fact, the entire cast of Lord of the Rings has been fantastically picked. All delivered an extraordinary performance. I was particularly impressed by the compelling performance from Viggo Mortensen who played the brave warden, Aragorn. I have seen Viggo Mortensen in a number of films, such as the modern adaptation of 'Psycho' and 'A Perfect Murder', and i was quite unimpressed. TLOR have definitely brought out the best in Mortensen and altered my opinion ...

Kerastase Dual Action Balancing Bath 21/02/2003

Best hair care range ever

Kerastase Dual Action Balancing Bath I am the owner of incredibly curly hair which is also colour treated, and as we all know, this is not a good combination when it comes to the condition of your hair. Especially considering that I like to straighten it from time to time. No matter what I did with it, it was just a frizzy, dry mess with ends that just broke every time I brushed. I tried working my way back to my natural colour, this made a little difference but not a considerable one, it was still really dry. Then I discovered the Kérastase range, an absolute God send! My hairdresser, who gave me a few free samples to try and see what I thought, introduced me. It is now silky, shiny and soft, regardless of how much I straighten or colour (although, I tend not to colour as much these days as I beginning to like my natural colour again). I use both the shampoo and conditioner along with the serum. Kérastase is notoriously expensive, and as a young student with a small part time job, I struggle to keep up with buying the required supplies, but it is definitely worth the money, and I heavily recommend it to anyone, (except for those who are lacking in the mane departmant, in which case it would be a huge waste of money!)

The Importance Of Being Earnest (DVD) 20/02/2003

colin firth's bum

The Importance Of Being Earnest (DVD) although this film is really ratehr good, i found as a girl trying to prove to my best friends that colin firth really was attractive, the openign scene did very little to place that belief firmly in their minds, and no amount of my cajoling can remove it, despite my efforts. but on to the story... i truly believe, unlike many, that this film did not ruin the play by wilde. it is perfectly casted with colin firth protraying the lead character, jack's change from country gentleman to popular townie to a tee. everett as usual is on form, playing jack's dandy of a friendly rival, the bantering between the two is realistic and entertaining, especially when everett is trying to capture the heart of jack's ward, (witherspoon). meanwhile, jack has fallen desperately in love with gwendolene, and is trying desperately to win her hand, but she believes his name is ernest, which obviously it isn't as this is only the name of his town alter ego. but jack hadn't counting on the intervention of gwen's mother. dench plays this snobby, proud and driiping with dry wit mother excellently, as per usual, who strongly objects to the match, upon finding that jack was abandoned as a child, and is an orphan, resultign in one of the most famous lines of wilde. i would tell it to you, but there is no way i could deliver it as well as dench, and you would lack appreciation. so the comedy aspect is ever present, all characters are witty and on the ball, but the ultimate comic twist occurs when ...
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