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Summer in the City

AdvantagesPure unadulterated pleasure

DisadvantagesNot a single one

"...unhappy to begin with. What I was afterwards is….well, does 'suffused with joy' sound too pretentious?…."glad to be alive" too trite?… "pleased to me" too self-satisfied? They all apply, but let's just settle for 'happier'. What it was, was a lunch-break. An ordinary everyday lunch-break. All employer-initiatives notwithstanding, I am still one of the miscreants who cannot be relied upon to take a break in the middle of the day. My problem ..." Read review
04.09.2004

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Seasons to be cheerful 1-2-3 Review with images

AdvantagesGlorious autumn, winter and summer too

DisadvantagesWhat's the matter with the spring of our discontent?

"...because autumn is coming on? What is this supposed seasonal nadir? The -ologists who study such things (psychologists, sociologists, climatologists - some diabolical mixture of the three?) claim to have discovered a condition that they call Seasonal Affective Disorder. They call it that in order to produce the catchy acronym SAD, and thereby publicise their dismal discovery, which one would think best kept hidden. According to them, we humans ..." Read review
10.09.2004

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Community Level 7Elffriend

Elffriend

You inspire me, a poem for Rachel.

AdvantagesA chance to say thank you

Disadvantagesnone

"...beside her and can glimpse what she must feel. I cannot match her poetry, I hold her in such awe, Indeed compared to what she writes, my efforts seem so poor. I cannot thank her quite enough; I’d really like to say, Rachel you give so very much, I hope I can repay. All the kinds words that you’ve written, the message you convey, I know I speak for everyone, each person that’s been blessed, With the warmth of your deep feelings that put us ..." Read review
23.08.2004

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Aulon - It's Been Good To Know You Review with images

AdvantagesFor me, a totally new kind of holiday

DisadvantagesI don't even want to think of any

"...a France/Creuse Valley category, but what I'm about to write would have been so off-topic in many places that it wouldn't have justified a place in the travel section. However, as something that's made me happy recently, what follows fits the bill admirably. So….. MY WIFE'S A TEACHER SO SHE MADE ME WRITE THIS HOLIDAY DIARY I've just returned from 10 days in France. Nothing special about that I guess, since France lies 22 miles from Dover, but ..." Read review
10.02.2006

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Community Level 6karen5416

karen5416

What makes me smile

AdvantagesSee op

DisadvantagesSee op

"...this myself and remind myself what makes me happy, my kind of therapy. We all need happiness but it’s reminding ourselves what. Especially in our busy lives we sometimes forget the most important person in our lives and that’s me, and you. Thinking about yourself now and again will reap benefits. It can be the slightest thing that pleases you, doesn’t matter what, just keep doing it. This is about us as an individual not a family… Here are mine (1)…Not ..." Read review
22.05.2004

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Community Level 6manunas22

manunas22

He won the fight

AdvantagesHe made it

DisadvantagesNothing nothing at all

"...do not have a clue what I am on about, a short re-cap!! Roger my partner has been--lets just say poorly for a couple of years and has been awaiting a triple by-pass for the last year. He was taken in last Sunday week and had the op Monday morning. It has been touch and go but today he is back home. I am now looking after him 24-7 and as he is snoring away at the mo, thought I must just let you all know that the op went well and he is alive and ..." Read review
13.09.2003

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I can't stop smiling

AdvantagesI'm happy, he's happy...

Disadvantages...no everyone is happy!

"...my if I told him what was there. I replied, and it went from there, we talked over text for the rest of the day, mainly general chit chat. Then he asked me if I was seeing anyone else at the moment, which I was, someone I thought I really liked. I told him I wasn’t, Im not quite sure why. That night he asked me to go for a drink. I picked him up in my car, and as soon as I saw him, my stomach leapt. I knew exactly how I felt, nothing had ..." Read review
12.11.2003

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Community Level 7jo1l

jo1l

For Niamh with love.....

Advantagesmillions

Disadvantagesnone

" Dear Niamh, I can always remember the very first time I saw you, you were laid in the crib all wrapped up,so tiny and fragile with the most beautiful eyes. We both laid there staring at each other. You'll never really know how incredible that feeling was, the fact that you were there and you were my little girl.You were a very tiny baby having decided you wanted to come into the world a little bit earlier than you should have. Even that had to ..." Read review
13.08.2003

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Community Level 5jimblob

jimblob

Old King Cole is not the only happy old soul.

AdvantagesIt sure beats sadness

DisadvantagesMy face aches if I smile too much

"...basically to prioritize everything into what we needed and what we could do without. My head told me we had to get rid of one of the cars, my head told me the Omega had to go, my heart broke as I watched it go. I was not happy. For months we made do with Ali's wee Mazda, but really it was not practical, it was just too small to accommodate the family, (we have three kids, two dogs and a cat). Last week, after reviewing our budget, we decided ..." Read review
19.10.2003

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Community Level 5barney_mcr...

barney_mcrury

an ode to libby

Advantagessee op

Disadvantagessee op

"...family, it really upset me what he said and without Libby's help christmas would have been much worse than it turned out to be. March of the next year my mum and step-dad, who had been happily married for 16 years and who had brought me up as his own, started a very messy divorce which i won't go into, but is still happening now, over a year onwards, this of course upset me heavily and as they both ran a pub, all of the customers knew what was ..." Read review
20.08.2003

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The Day I Went To A Friends Gig...

AdvantagesEverything

DisadvantagesNone

" I’ve been working as a receptionist at this music company for 2 ½ years now so as you can imagine, speaking to the same people daily, you get to know them quite well and make friends. One of the people I had made friends with is in a band with a few other people at the company he works for and I had been invited to see them performing live. I had missed a previous one so thought I should go along and have a look. I went with a fellow colleague ..." Read review
22.07.2003

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Community Level 3matties_bi...

matties_bitch

The day I met Busted

AdvantagesI met my favourite band

DisadvantagesNone

"...Busted since I first heard What I Go To School For! The lyrics were so clever and it was such a fun and lively song! After watching their music video on THE BOX I went upstairs and onto the internet! www.busted.com I guessed correctly! :-D I read all about the boys and I checked out where they were playing gigs near me and arranged to go to them! I read on their website that they would be doing a gig in Newcastle, but couldn't find details anywhere! ..." Read review
15.07.2003

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The oscars make me happy and here are my predictions for tonight! Review with images

AdvantagesShamless

Disadvantagesmbigiou slot

"...of the people who decide what film wins the coveted golden statues in 2012. With 95% of them white and 75% of them male then The Help, about the racial lines of the Deep South in the bad old days, better start praying if it is to win. But The Help and The Artist, a silent movie about the glory years of Tinsel Town and the arrival of sound, fit that voter age demographic need for nostalgia, the only difference from their heyday in the movies that films ..." Read review
26.02.2012

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Community Level 3sarahl2002

sarahl2002

A-z Things that make me smile!

AdvantagesThey make me happy

DisadvantagesNot everything does

"...after a few bad experiences what I can and can't drink so I can have a good night laughing at the people who can't drink and end up missing their chairs and spilling drinks and stuff - evil but its funny! Air Stewardesses because they have to be nice to everyone all the time no matter how shit they feel and I don't have to be nice to them back! They shouldn't poke cans of beer in my face at £3 a can when I've got a hangover. O.k those were ..." Read review
28.12.2004

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Community Level 8thingywhat...

thingywhatsit

What makes me happy.

AdvantagesHappiness is good for the soul.

DisadvantagesToo happy and they lock you away.

"...when I help someone with what they have to do, I am happy when another person tries to make me whole, And am happy that I wrote this verse, and out there there is you. I am happy when I make mistakes, I laugh at what I learn, I am happy when I make new friends, and they remain a friend, I am happy when I find that life decides each twist and turn, And when sunny days and ice cream evenings all come to an end I am happy when I drink a coffee ..." Read review
19.08.2003

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