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WKD Original Vodka Blue 07/05/2003

Blue is the Colour

WKD Original Vodka Blue I was sitting in my local just yesterday studying the thousands of different alcopops on sale, when my eye fell upon one which i hadn't seen for a while- Blue WKD. It is an alcoholic based soft drink made with vodka and a blend of colours and flavourings(produced by Beverage Brands) which is more commonly known as and "alcopop" they come in a variety of colours and flavours and are markeded mainly at the younger generation. It is, as the name suggests blue in colour. (approximately the colour of windscreen wash/brake fluid) It comes in 330ml clear glass bottles (this is good as most alchopops come in 275ml bottles) with a mostly clear label (except for the WKD logo and the word blue)incase anybody is interested... they use the "Rotary Screen" method for printing the labels. This product can be found in most publicic houses accross the UK as well as in most supermarkets and offlicences. It has an incredibly sweet taste and is also quite fruity in flavour. However, i have seen larger 70cl bottles of both the blue and iron-bru varietys on sale in our student union shop, and, since there is only a couple left each time i visit, this would suggest that it is a very popular drink amongst students. (well i like to have a couple on a friday evening!) Being very sweet (the drink- not me)i do find it quite sickly especially if i have too many, and, as with most alcohopops this drink has a tendancy to leave your mouth feeling a little furry. If you buy these ...

Everything that starts with L ... 10/02/2003

living in the twenty first century

Everything that starts with L ... You know you're living in 2003 when... 1.You accidentally enter your password on the microwave. 2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 4. You e-mail your mate who works at the desk next to you. 5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they do not have e-mail addresses. 6. When you go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner. 7. When you make phone calls from home, you accidentally insert a "9" to get an outside line. 8. You've sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies. 10. Your CV is on a disk in your pocket. 11. You learn about your redundancy on the 11o'clock news. 12. Your biggest loss from a system crash was when you lost all of your best jokes. 13. Your boss doesn't have the ability to do your job. 14. Contractors outnumber permanent staff and are more likely to get long-service awards. 15. Board members salaries are higher than all the Third World countries annual budgets combined. 16. Interviewees, despite not having the relevant knowledge or experience, terminate the interview when told of the starting salary. 17. Free food left over from meetings is your staple diet. 18. Your boss gets a brand-new state-of-the-art laptop with all the latest features, but you have time to go for lunch while yours boots up. ...

Everything that starts with T ... 10/02/2003

twenty six things i bet you never knew...

Everything that starts with T ... 1> In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined. 2> On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year. 3> On average people fear spiders more than they do death. 4> Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants. 5> Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married. 6> Elephants are the only animals that can't jump. 7> Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. 8> It's possible to lead a cow upstairs... but not downstairs. 9> Women blink nearly twice as much as men. 10> It's physically impossible for you to lick your elbow. 11> The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. 12> A snail can sleep for three years. 13> No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH". 14> Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches. 15> Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. - SCARY!!! 16> The electric chair was invented by a dentist. 17> All polar bears are left-handed. 18> In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes. 19> An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. 20> TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be ...

Age of Empires II (PC) 09/02/2003

Age of Empires II

Age of Empires II (PC) The popularity of the game Age Of Empires, which was a million-plus seller, easily justified the logical sequel. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings takes the us into the Dark, Feudal, Castle, and Imperial ages of A.D. history and adds more depth and gameplay to the already rich AOE than I could describe in any review. Taking place in a more recent epoch of human history, Age of Empires 2 is able to do something that wasn't really feasible in AOE; that is, to add character to an otherwise impersonal style of gameplay. In the single player campaign mode, you can take on the role of a trusted confidant/aid/advisor to William Wallace (training campaign, Scotland), Joan of Arc (France), Frederick Barbarossa (Germany/The Holy Roman Empire), Saladin (The Saracens), or Genghis Khan (Mongolia, and almost everywhere else). Each campaign for these five leaders/civilizations is based on actual historical data and a narrative, read from the perspective of your persona. It really adds atmosphere, purpose, and drama to each and every mission in the campaigns. This is quite advantageous, given that the difficulty of most campaign missions will have the player occupied for hours and the heightened drama helps to hold interest in slower moments. In total, there are 13 civilizations (as opposed to 12 in AOE) to play in the AOE2's multi-player or non-campaign single-player modes. What is really remarkable about AOE2 is how the 13 different civilizations are both unique from each other ...

Polo Mints 07/02/2003

mint of the evangelist... holy

Polo Mints If somebody said "polo mint" to you... what is the first thing you think of? The original flavour polo in the green and very dark blue wrapper? Well a local survey conducted by myself proved this to be the case. Very few people gave any thought to the numerous different flavours of polo. Incidentally, if you are writing a pub quiz, a question concerning all the different varieties of polo will get 'em thinking. More to the point there ARE many different flavours including... Polo original Polo spearmint Polo strong Polo extra strong Polo sugar free Polo lemon Polo fruits Polo smooth Polo buttercups Polo chewy fruits Polo plum and mint (available in Japan) These are all the ones I can think of anyway. Rowntrees sweet manufacturers first made Polo mints in London in 1948. But polo weren't the first mint to be made with a hole in the centre as the American sweets “life savers” were made in this style. -The packaging- Except polo smoothies all of the mints are packaged with about 23 of the mints stacked upon each other, wrapped in paper foil to hold the cylindrical shape approximately 12cm long and a further sleeve of paper wrapping of various designs covering this. Polo original: mainly green paper wrapper with a few narrow metallic lines encircling the main logo which says POLO on a dark blue background in green letters for the P+L and two pictures of actual polo mints for the O's on both sides and the ingredients and information of their ...

Everything that starts with J ... 06/02/2003

A Joke

Everything that starts with J ... There are two men sitting in a bar at the top of the Empire State building, the first man says to the other... "if you jump out of the window on the top floor the wind is blowing so hard, that by the time you reach the 10th floor you are blown back in through the window" the second man looks at him in astonishment and asks him to prove it. So the first man jumps out of the window, and sure enough, when he reaches the 10th floor he flies in through the window, takes the express lift up to the top floor and walks into the bar. The other man is so amazed at this he asks the man to do it again, just to test it wasn't a fluke. And sure enough, the same happened again. On seeing this the second man decides to try for himself and leaps out of the top floor window. There is a long pause while they wait for the man to walk back into the bar. When it is obvious that the man is not coming back, the barman turns to the first man and says... "Superman, you can be a real B*stard when you're P*ssed!" I do hope this has cheered up what might have been an otherwise dull and boring day. Dan:O) ...

Everything that starts with E ... 03/02/2003

ever wondered

Everything that starts with E ... Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed? Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic Wins Lottery"? Why is "abbreviated" such a long word? Why is it that doctors call what they do "practice"? Why is it that to stop Windows 98, you have to click on "Start"? Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food? When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it? Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes? Why do they sterilise the needle for lethal injections? You know that indestructible black box that is used on aeroplanes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff? Why don't sheep shrink when it rains? Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal? I Hope you find these useful :O)

Jokes 30/01/2003

froggy joke

Jokes A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack. "Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday." Pattie looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager. Pattie explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, Sure. I have this, and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall - bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Pattie explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral. She holds up the tiny pink elephant. I mean, what in the world is this? (you're gonna love this) (its a real treat) (masterpiece) (wait for it ) The bank manager looks back at her and says... "It's a knickknack, Pattie Whack. Give the frog a loan. His oldman's a Rolling Stone."

Kettle Chips 20/01/2003

...its because of the pans they are fried in.

Kettle Chips In my opinion, I think that kettle is just the brand name/ the name of the company that make these delicious snacks founded by a guy called Cameron Healy in 1978 to try to ressurect the quality in crisps which had been lost through mass production...However, i have been informed that it is because of the large "kettle" pans which are used to fry the kettle chips! Kettle chips come in a variety of flavours including: Lightly salted (my favourite) Sea Salt and black peppercorns Balsamic vinegar and sea salt mature cheddar and chive salsa and mesquite Yogurt and green onion sea salt, rosemary and garlic Blue Stilton and port Jersey royals lightly salted Medeteranian and natural reds made from red potatoes There is even a range of organic kettle chips, which, i believe only come the lightly salted flavour and sea salt and black peppercorn flavour "KETTLE Chips are delicious, all natural, hand-cooked potato chips which are made through a process that demands a high level of human involvement and care. Unlike mass-produced crisps, KETTLE Chips are cooked in small batches in pure sunflower oil, (which makes them suitable for vegitarians, vegans,people on a gluten free diet and people on a Koshar diet) until their cooks judge them to be perfect, crisp and golden in colour. After cooking they are sprinkled with one of the natural seasonings KETTLE Chips are famed for, which are created by their dedicated chef, Chris Barnard" (Taken from the kettle chip official ...

John Smith's Extra Smooth 20/01/2003

Top Bobming

John Smith's Extra Smooth Please welcome britian's entrant.... John Smith... Every time i go down to my local i don't think of ordering anything but a nice cool pint of John Smith's Extra Smooth. Weighing in with an alchoholic volume of 4% it is about on average if you compare it to the likes of similar bitters such as Tetely smoothflow at 3.6% from the tap and 3.8% out of a can and Caffery's Draught is 4.2% from a can For people who are really fussy about their beer, this one doesn't really have a strong distinctive flavour or aroma. If you were expecting a full bodied beer you would certainly be dissapointed, however the fact that it has a smooth texture and doesn't have any nasty lingering after-tastes makes up for this. This bitter is quite similar to Tetelys smoothflow so if you have had the chance to sample this and have enjoyed it, you should enjoy John Smith's. The beer is Golden slightly amber color. Thick rich one inch beige head. Smooth rich malty taste with a slight dry hoppy finish. Not a huge nose but there is some malt sweetness. It is not gassey so dousn't cause bloating and flatulence like lagers. The beer is available on tap from a pub, or in cans, both pour quite nicely giving a nice creamy head thanks to the ingenius widget in the cans. There is not a great dea of difference between the two, but i prefer drinking it straight from the tap as it is slightly smoother despite being slightly more expensive. Prices of this product can vary depending on where you buy ...

Tap Water 15/01/2003

Water water everywhere

Tap Water Well, what can i say, everyone knows what water tastes like so there's no point in me telling you!! It's as cheap as chips to quote Dave Dickenson- even better if someone else is paying the bill!!! and it is readily available at the nearest tap. Per year a water rate is on average £400 but this varies around the country, an average water bill for a family of 4 would come to approximately the same if on a water meter. One thing i would say about tap water is that it isn't quite as nice as bottled or mineral water especially if you live in a hard water area. We use a Britta water filter in our house and the water tastes fine out of that. Nutrition experts agree that people should drink six to eight glasses of water per day as part of a healthy lifestyle. But how much good drinking all this water is actually doing depends upon the quality of the water itself. Plain tap water can contain micro-organisms that can cause serious illness. It may also contain other contaminants detrimental to health over the short or long term, such as lead or high levels of chlorine Lets face it, nothing beats a nice long glass of tap water over ice on a hot day, or after a hot curry!!! ...And one thing i've never understood, is why water looks soooo nice when you see someone on TV drinking it when you know that it really is pretty tasteless!! May you all have many happy years drining it! Dan :O) ...

Yamaha YTR2335 Standard Bb Trumpet 15/01/2003

My first Trumpet... aaahhh.

Yamaha YTR2335 Standard Bb Trumpet As you may have guessed from the title, my first trumpet was a YAMAHA which I bought some years ago now for a bargain price of £250. I think that the model I bought was the one below this one, but they are still very similar and fundamentally the same. This model comes with three valves... there's a surprise, and mobile 1st and 3rd valve slides. It is available in gold laquer as well as silver plating, but the silver plating will cost a little extra. These more basic models are easier to take care of and last longer as they are less fragile. The threaded guide on the 3rd valve slide on a vincent bach is REALLY annoying if it gets even slightly bent. The YAMAHA has a more simple mechanism consisting of a screw which catches on the rim at the end of the tubing to stop it coming all the way off. I have had absolutey no complaints about my YAMAHA trumpet since i have had it which shows that it is fairly sturdy and lasts well. I have probably had it now for eight or nine years now and the only dents and scratches in it are my own fault really... it still blows fine even thugh ive droped it a few times!!! Despite having upgraded to a Bach Stradavarius I still get my old trumpet out for a blow from time to time or if i have a gig with a jazz band as it is easier to blow being a smaller bore and a brighter sound, and it still works fine. If you are thinking of buying one though, i suggest you splash out a little on a decent mouthpiece as the yamaha 7c which it comes ...

Cadbury Double Decker 13/01/2003

6 inches of pleasure

Cadbury Double Decker Isn't it strange how we remember the strangest things, like i can remember eating my first ever double decker chocolate bar... I was only young at the time so it seemed massive, which is probably one of the reasons why it stuck in my mind. out of all the chocolate bars this one has to be good value for money as you get a lot of chocolte bar for the price you pay. The cost of the chocolate bar varies from shop to shop, and nowadays you can pay anthing between 30 pence and 50 pence for the pleasure of sampling this well sought after delight. They are also available in multi packs from super markets which gives them even greater value for money. The chocolate bar comes in an orange and bluey-purple wrapper which hasn't changed a great deal over the years. In a nut-shell, the chocolate bar wehiting in at a magnificent 65 grams consists of smooth chewy Nougatine and Crisp, Crunchy Cereal coated with cadbury's milk chocolate, which, in my opinion, is the nicest tasting chocolate on the earth. And believe me, i've tasted a lot of chocolate. What makes this chocalate bar different from all the others is the juxtaposition of different textures, as there is the chewy nougatine, crispt cereal and the slipery melting of milk chocolate. Every time i eat one of these i can't help thinking how nice it really is evoking memories of my first time... (eating a double decker that is!) If i were to give this treat a mark out of 10 i would certainly give it a 9 as there might ...

...Hits - Phil Collins 09/01/2003

This really is a CD of Hits.

...Hits - Phil Collins Well... What can I say? I have been an avid Genesis/Collins fan for quite a while now and my CD collection consists mainly of that! However i rate ths CD very highly in my collection as it is a CD full to the max with really likeable music even to non collins fans. There are 16 tracks on this particular CD which are as follows; 1. Another Day in paradise 2. True Colours 3. Easy Lover 4. You Can't Hurry Lve 5. Two Hearts 6. I wish It Would Rain Down 7. Against All Odds 8. Something Hapened On The Way To Heaven 9. Seperate Lives 10. Both Sides Of The Story 11.One More Night 12. Sussudio 13. Dance Into The Lght 14. A Groovey Kind f Love 15. In The Air Tonight 16. Take Me Home On most CD's you get the odd track that you don't really like, but not with this one. t might be so that we have them all already on other CD's but this compilation of all his best stuff really shows the true talent of the legend that he is. This CD is very listenable and i have not yet grown tired of playing it day in and day out! Since there is nowhere to write a review in his newest album TESTIFY, i thought i'd add a little about it... There are some elements in the msic on thi cd which suggests that phil is digging u a bit of that early genesis sound with the cheesy organ playing, yet the lyrics seem to have a lot of meaning again like when he was writing just afer his marital problems. I hope that this opinion will lead you to buy his album Phil Collins ...

The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer DVD 07/01/2003

Ohh...I Got It From Twitchy The Tramps Ditch

The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer DVD As the other opinions suggest, these pair need a very bizzarre and aquired taste to find them funny, however i dont understand it when people say they are just stupid and not funny at all. Their jokes are very cleaver and well thought out to achieve maximum hilarity. Each episode starts off with Vic and Bob singing a crazy and obscure song, and a different one each time. They continue with a mixture of comic gags seated behind a desk making good use of wacky props like vic trying to play the arm of a manakin like a saxaphone!!! (i did say it is an aquired taste- did I not???) And there are plenty of sketches taking the micky out of just about everything and anyone! One of my particuar favourites is the micky take of masterchef where Vic is dressed up as Lloyd Grossman and floats around the studio with a knofe and fork for his two index fingers. And fans of R&M will know exactly what i'm on about... If you havn't seen it... don't worry, just wach it and enjoy it for the cmic genius that it it. Another favourite of mine is the sketch where R&M dress up as two folk singers Dermot Mulligan and Dermot O'Hare(both male, but vic having a quite a bust!) Thir songs are also crazy singing about a load of nonsense really... "We've just fell off a Honda... My legs are in that tree... I see you're wearing those shoes again... The ones from Italy, YES!" and the story of how Mulligan's wife ran off to kenya with a bloke from allied carpets. R&M also have their own ...
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