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Don't come to Northampton to shop is my first tip!
Review of Tips for a Hassle-Free Christmas by thedevilinme

Advantages: We have a Debenhams
Disadvantages: We have a JJB ports

Northampton has decided to tear up the main high street pedestrian area and stick a road back in. Even the public seats are facing the other way in disgust. Its two hours free parking up until Christmas as a gesture of goodwill by the council for this uni ... Read review

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Getting out of Northampton last night was a nightmare! by Pointress
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17.12.2014 20:32
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Look how popular Im 'not!
Review of Christmas Cards by thedevilinme

Advantages: Cheap in Pound Land
Disadvantages: Don't buy charity ones

...of the perfunctory birthday and Christmas card ... Read review

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We use the Scouts local postal service. only 25p a card and same day delivery. by ryeb
One tradition I would be glad to see end. by cha97michelle

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16.12.2014 12:28
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Miracle Man the Movie - it's a miracle I got through it
Review of Everything that starts with M ... by Mildew82

Advantages: There are none
Disadvantages: The entire "movie"

So there’s this man called Ted Kraft Jordan who may or may not be of sound mind. He writes / makes movies for families that have faith (if you don’t have faith you can jolly well sod off) – you can find out all about it at FamilyFaithFilms.com which also ... Read review

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e :o) by euphie
Sounds wonderfully terrible ! by dee7778

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03.12.2014 10:22
"T" is for "Tribute Acts"
Review of Everything that starts with T ... by sharper_fin

Advantages: They perform live music that you want to hear
Disadvantages: They're not "the real thing"

The rock group Queen have just (Nov 2014) announced a UK tour. I quite like the idea of seeing them, having loved their music for most of my life, so I asked around a few friends to see what they thought of the idea. I was surprised at the negative reacti ... Read review

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A very interesting analysis. I think we have a natural craving for authenticity and somehow the first way we hear something sets a standard that all others have to match or mimic - even if the later versions are technically better we may not like them as much because they are not what was embedded in our brains. Music tends to embed itself in our brains in a way that any subsequent performance that is different tends to sound somehow wrong. The example you give of Genesis is an interesting one as I am one of those people that loved the old Peter Gabriel fronted Genesis and as far as I am concerned they were no longer really Genesis when he left - and though a talented performer in his own right Phil Collins could never reproduce the Gabriel magic for me (perhaps that is why Gabriel took his kids to the tribute - maybe they adhered to the original format better). But then again, as you say, classical music is all covers. But that is because nobody alive could have ever heard the original performances so there is no yardstick to measure by. by buzios
too expensive by mumsymary

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22.11.2014 12:41
Northampton is so skint we are flogging Egyptian antiquities!
Review of My Home Town by thedevilinme

Advantages: Good sport
Disadvantages: Functional immigrant job hub

In my hometown of Northampton the Tory council has decided to rip up the public pedestrian high street and stick a road on half of it. The new road doesn’t look like a road and apart from a few soon to be strategically placed flower pots you would not kno ... Read review

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e :o) by euphie

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15.10.2014 09:39
Plymouth - it's not as bad as it seems.
Review of My Home Town by ravingreviewer

Advantages: God coastline/ countryside.
Disadvantages: Lack of jobs/ transport links.

...more so the case in my own personal experience, no matter how much I may have moaned a ... Read review

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I spent four good years in Stonehouse. If Plymouth could be picked up and dropped in Lancashire, I'd be even more of a fan than I already am. Great place, mega friendly people them South Westerners - not like them cockneys on the other side of the south. Up the Janners. by StewwyB
Not a city I know at all. Interesting. by torr

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08.10.2014 13:52
Palliative Care.
Review of Everything that starts with P ... by ravingreviewer

Advantages: Not sure.
Disadvantages: Not sure.

Having worked as a nurse in Palliative Care but also being on the receiving end of it with a close relative or three in the last few years or so, I would just like to give my own thoughts about it. I do realise that this can be a difficult subject to talk ... Read review

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A very interesting and informative post. by Kukana
One of the great assets of Ciao is that it gives us the opportunity to get to read articles - it isn't a review in any conventional sense - like this. A subject which at some stage most of us are going to be forced into considering, but wouldn't tend to think about or educate ourselves until that time comes. Very thought provoking - all the more so for reading some of the comments below from people who have first hand experience. R. by RICHADA

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27.09.2014 14:42
Little Donkey...
Review of Everything that starts with L ... by ravingreviewer

Advantages: A story with a moral behind it...
Disadvantages: ...but is one that everyone may not agree with.

I know that this might not be for the right time of the year, but this is a short story that I have always really enjoyed listening to and then yet again re-telling. However it must be said that before I start writing it, it is a story that has changed a ... Read review

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nice to read :) by MsTricia

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23.09.2014 16:13
GUESTS!! The To-Do List!!
Review of Everything that starts with G ... by Scotlass712

Advantages: Can be fun and enjoable
Disadvantages: No naked running around your house

THE PREFACE It's a nice, lazy Saturday afternoon. You have had a work week that would curl the hair on a bald man and it's finally time to kick up your feet, open a book and relax (well that would apply to many of you who may be reading this - I ha ... Read review

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Oh I'll have to try all that instead of pretending not to be at home LOL. by CelticSoulSister
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30.08.2014 23:25
It depends on what shop you're in really...
Review of Self Checkout Service by Lily_AnnM

Advantages: Sometimes it's quicker, easier, nobody is in your space
Disadvantages: Can be slow, long lines of people, machines get stuck at times

Self Checkouts For you people who still don't know about technology growing to be a big thing, self checkout is this amazing machine in which you scan your own items, you bag them yourself, you pay yourself and get your change yourself. It's an ind ... Read review

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VH!! Well written review :-) by Scotlass712
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27.08.2014 22:18
Self serve? Self destruct!
Review of Self Checkout Service by ravingreviewer

Advantages: May be quick.
Disadvantages: Can be slow.

I generally tend not to do big shops these days, but get food or other bits on the go and find that this seems to work just as well. Quite often however I tend to use the more local smaller stores such as my local Co-op where I get served by a member of s ... Read review

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Self checkouts are yet another scourge on modern society. Supermarkets should give us a big discount for doing their job ourselves. R. by RICHADA
Good review. by IzzyS

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26.08.2014 09:25
Batman's 75th Anniversary Tribute
Review of Everything that starts with B ... by BlackSwan

Advantages: A brrilliant, evolving and complex icon
Disadvantages: The Schumacher movies

I have loved Batman from almost as early as I can recall. As I push the ever aging and failing mechanism I call a brain to recreate the images of my past, I am filled with a sense of happiest during those earliest of years. One of my happiest memories was ... Read review

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An enjoyable read x by spobz86
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23.07.2014 22:30
The Lust for Failure? 2007
Review of Everything that starts with F ... by BlackSwan

Advantages: Aids improvement and can check arrogance, promotes humility and long-term progress
Disadvantages: Undermines confidence, reinforces a defeatist attitude and can easily lead to depression

"Losing: it’s like winning, but with more experience." - Anon 2013 Introduction Below is an article I wrote back in 2007 long before I started making a deeper study into the nature of failure and mistakes. That particular journey moved me more into scep ... Read review

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Some interesting ideas and observations! The teacher one is spot on of so many teachers I know too (haha). by LiveMusicLoverLyn
A great read by dee7778

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22.07.2014 11:33
Being "Naughty"
Review of Everything that starts with N ... by BlackSwan

Advantages: Disruption can rebalance your life and right wrongs
Disadvantages: Get the timing wrong and you can make matters a lot worse

“Naughty” is a song written by the anarchic comedian Tim Minchin for Dennis Kelly’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s novel, “Matilda”. If you are unaware of the original story of “Matilda”, it is about a downtrodden yet very intelligent and b ... Read review

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An excellent review.x by Violet1278
Very interesting. by Pointress

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27.06.2014 16:36
A hand fan with a difference
Review of Foldable Hand Fan by pottyness1

Advantages: fabric, simple, folds. light weight.
Disadvantages: not found any yet.

I am a women of a certain age... i prefer not to grab magazines and start wafting madly or hiding in the loo till the hot flush fades. I am out and proud. Always have the fan shaped fan in my bag, on my computer table, in a draw, by the loo, in the car an ... Read review

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Hi you need just a little more info by mumsymary
ok by thedevilinme
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12.06.2014 08:29
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