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Must-Have Been…

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I went to Manchester.  I had only been before as a small child and so did not remember anything.  We loved it!  The nightlife was great, the people were friendly and we never ran out of things to do!  A lot of people were saying stupid things like ‘Oh you don’t want to go up there!!…’ before we left but I am very glad we ignored them. 

We toured the Man U ground and museum; going behind the scenes was really cool!  We did lots of walking around the city centre, lots of eating, lots of drinking and were pleasantly surprised!  On the last day, we visited the Trafford Centre…one word…WOW!  We were actually ashamed that we had not been there before!  It was an absolutely beautiful place to shop and chill out.  We spent hours there; mainly in the food court!  I live in Birmingham and can safely say it puts Merry Hill and even the Bull Ring to shame! 

If you haven’t been there and you love shopping, seriously, cancel all other plans this weekend! 😉

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Must-Have played!… 

Rockstar Games

Woohoo!  So, about 7 years late, I just completed San Andreas for PlayStation2.  Not that I’ve played many games (Sims, other GTAs, Mario and car racing games is about it, lol), but it is the best game I have ever played in my life; I’m 20.  I know, really I do, how embarrassingly late this is for me to realise, but this GTA is the bomb!  Guiding Carl through the missions to avenge his mother’s death strangely helped me to unwind and have great fun!  Yes, I used endless cheats for my weapons and health but I would not have got through if I didn’t.  Many of you may be ashamed at this, but hey, live and let live.  I’m a girl and I’m not too good at PS2 games without cheating. 

My boyfriend has completed the latest GTA for PS3 and that game also seems great.  I feel like buying my own PlayStation3 just so I can play and complete it too.  My bf gave me his old PS2 and I only use it to play Grand Theft Auto!  I am an addict and am about start S.A from scratch because I enjoyed it so much!  My favourite missions have to be the last one, ‘End of the Road’ (I was so glad to finally see Tenpenny dead!) and the one where I had to fly to Liberty City to cause problems in a Bistro.  It was really cool to be able to fly to another ‘land’, one that I had previously explored in GTA Liberty City Stories for PSP. 

I think I love these games so much because it really does allow you to run away to another world and leave your own life behind for a few hours.  The endless detail of the locations, endless places to explore, people to bump into and missions to complete really does provide you with loads to do.  It feels like you’re really there.  And the fact that most of the islands are based on real places in America makes ‘sight-spotting’ fun too!  The radio stations have me singing along while I’m driving from place to place.  I think the best music has to be in Vice City – seriously, I downloaded nearly all the songs from the game!  Vice City also plays the funniest song I think I’ve ever heard.  It’s called Japanese Boy by Aneka and the lyrics go a little something like, ‘Was it something I said? Or done?  That made him pack his bags up and run?’  Lol.  Honestly, I haven’t heard anything like it; there’s a link below.

There has been talk of real simulation games taking over in the future.  Imagine being able to personally and physically enter a GTA game and live out your own story.  Holding the guns, grenades and rocket launchers in your hands, having to run, drive and swim yourself.  Would it still be funny to run over the pedestrians if it was you behind the wheel?  Whoa, I don’t know.  In psychology, we talk about how violent games affect the potential of a game-player to be violent.  It is supposedly OK for us to kill people in games and not be violent in real-life because we know games aren’t real.  We are usually acting through a middle character; Carl in this case.  I wonder though, would we be able to make this distinction (of what is not real and what is) if we were the protagonist in the game?  I’m not sure we would.  As cartoon-like as GTA can be, how much scarier would missions be if it was us that had to do the killing, chasing and kidnapping? 

My Second Home



Even so, I think if it was safe I would love nothing more than to put on my special glasses and enter a GTA city.  As lonely as it may be, I think I’d really enjoy exploring and simply getting away from the real world for a bit.  So, if you ever happen to stumble across my page, brainy game scientists, there is at least one girl who’s waiting for you to invent safe simulating games.  Until then, I will continue to enjoy the GTAs at PSP and PS2 level and I’m not complaining about that at all; they’re great, however late I may be!

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For years, I have cussed and turned my nose up at the Twilight saga.  Those who read the books annoyed me and I had no time to listen to their whining over Edward and Jacob.  A few weeks ago, my friend asked me if I wanted to watch the latest film with her on DVD and my reply was ‘Hell no’!  She asked me why I hated Twilight so much and I actually didn’t have an answer.  This shocked me – why did this line of books annoy me so much?  Where had the hate derived from?  I couldn’t remember.  I knew that I did hate the women who walked around in the T-shirts and read the book over and over again and cried at it because ‘they will never meet a guy like Edward in their life’ but I’ll get on to them later. 

Anyway, my friend rightly said, I should not cuss something I have never read or watched and I agreed.  I stole my mom’s copy of Twilight, opened it and closed it, finished in a week.  It was a great read.  It was a great story and I was hooked immediately.  It really tugged at my heartstrings and all the way through I felt so excited for Bella.  I do think every girl would like to be loved as Edward loves Bella.  My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy for getting sucked into it lol.

I am now on book 3, Eclipse.  I read New Moon as quickly as the 1st.  It was also great.  Stephanie Meyer, I am sorry for slating your fantastic romantic tale.  I don’t even want to watch the films because I don’t want to spoil my take on the book (if that makes sense).  For example, the Edward I picture does not look like Robert Pattinson.  No offense to him.  From now on I will try not to be so pre-judging and I will always try something before I voice such strong opinions. 

However, the women and girls who take Twilight to extremes really do need to return the real world and get a life.  There are actually very nice guys out there that will love and treat you like a princess.  But Twilight is a story – a fictional one.  Life is up and down and so are relationships.  I love my boyfriend and have been with him for 6 years.  Our relationship is not like Bella and Edward’s but I love him as much as Bella loves Edward.    I’m only saying this because there are endless forums for women to talk about how their lives are so empty since reading the books and how the story has made them see how awful the real world is…this is annoying.  Girls, put the books down and get out there…

I should have finished the last book in a month’s time, I wonder how it ends!  I’ve made sure no-one tells me anything!  I take back all my bad words.  So, four years late, the only thing left to decide now is…Team Edward or Team Jacob?  I really can’t choose! …Yet!

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If you do a lot of internet shopping, you could really benefit from the magical site, TopCashBack.  This was introduced to me by my auntie and I use it everytime I purchase something from a website. 

 Visit the site, register and then save the page to your favourites.  In the TopCashBack (TCB) search bar, type in the name of the online store or the product you are looking for.  Follow the link to your chosen site.  TCB will now open a new window, with the website you want to visit.  That’s all you have to do!  Just ensure you entered your site via TCB! 

Then, when you have bought something, cash-back will accumulate in your account automatically!  The amount of cash-back depends on the store but TCB will clearly indicate the percentages of money back you get.  It is 100% free with no strings attached or hidden charges!  TCB are reimbursed by the company you buy from.  

I have had my account for 4 months now and I am proud to say I have accumulated £26 of cashback!  It may not seem like a lot to some people but it’s my money that I have had returned to me, for free!  I don’t think I’d ever buy online again without going through TCB first, it’s great!  Why would I ever buy something online again without getting a little something back?  Also, in some cases you don’t even have to part with your own money to get paid.  I have earned £5.17 by simply getting ‘quotes’ from GoCompare.com!  I filled in my details, put the details of a made up car in, (usually a BMW or Merc), laughed at the prices…and got paid for it! 

It does take a while for the money to reach your account, (6 weeks usually), but this is because TCB have to be paid by each store first.  However, I can honestly say I have received everything I was ‘owed’.  The process is clearly outlined in the ‘My account’ section and all pay dates are displayed. 

Like I said, if you shop online, whether it be Ebay, ASDA or even renewing insurance, I advise you to check out this site because you really do get something for nothing.  Visit one website for everything and get paid for it.  Happy days!  Let me know how much you earn! 🙂 


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Parka in khaki BD5, Parka, N/A 

  This week’s Must-Have is a coat I have fallen in love with.  A Paul’s Boutique Parka.  A Christmas present from my wonderful boyfriend.  The one I have is, in my opinion, the best design they have in this coat.  They have Parkas available in khaki, black or blue.  I personally think Green is the best colour for parker coats.  On the Official Paul’s Boutique website, they have different designs which are available in each of the colours, (subject to availability!).  When I say ‘design’, I mean the large motifs on the sleeves and back differ.  I own the khaki BD005 design.  I love the cherries on each arm and the large motif on the back matches the motif on my PB bag. 😀 

After wearing in it on some of the cruellest cold days this week, I can proudly say, it has kept me perfectly warm!  The sleeves have an elastic cuff inside which prevents drafts, there are 3 different sets of pockets to hide your hands in and the hood!…The hood is to die for.  I couldn’t even hear my boyfriend talking to me when I had that up!  It is a pricey piece of outerwear at £141 (I know a random number…damn you VAT increase!) but its quality makes it money very well spent!

Let me know what you think…

Photos taken from Paul’s Boutique Official Website.

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Unsurprisingly, my Must-Have of The Week is a Blackberry!

Blackberry Curve


Until now, I had always been behind when it came to the latest phone technology.  Throughout my teenage years, (I am now 20), I just had cool but affordable handsets and was always on pay-as-you-go.  Last year, my Mom, (yes, my Mother is more trendy than I am!), got a free upgrade on her contract plan and decided to go for the Blackberry Curve.  She fell in love with it instantly and I could see why!  I’d heard a lot about these new ‘down-with-the-kids’ smartphones and now even my Mom had one!


I remember the time when Blackberries were crazily expensive and were only bought and used by people in business.  They’ve now been perfectly modified and made ultra-cool and I wanted one of my own.

I would have rushed out and got one immediately but I still had a few points to consider.  For example, should I buy a phone just to follow the trend?  Was I just following the trend?  Do I want to switch from PAYG to contract?  I’m in part-time work at the moment alongside University and so I need to be sure I will always be able to pay my bill.  After all, no-one wants the bailiffs knocking!  I had to think about these points before I signed on the dotted line.

A few months later, when shopping in Birmingham, my boyfriend and I popped into Starbuck’s.  I remember looking around at people’s tables whilst in the queue.  I could see Blackberries everywhere!

“Right!” I said to him, half shouting.  “As soon as we’ve finished our Strawberries and cream Frappucinos, we’re going to find a mobile phone shop!”

I got the chance to witness the vulture-like qualities of the ‘T-mobile assistants’.  As soon as we walked through the door I was jumped on.  “Give me a chance!”  I thought.  Anyway, I asked an excessive amount of questions, sought reassurance from my partner and then signed up for an 18 month contract.  It was actually quite a scary experience.  Whilst my new ‘baby’ was being wrapped up, an African man could be heard speaking in a very angry tone to another sales assistant.  The conversation went a little like this:

Assistant:  “As I’ve just explained, Sir, you cannot just cancel your contract.  This would have been made clear at the time of purchase.  I’m afraid you will either have to pay the remaining balance of £317.25*, or continue with the monthly payments.”

Man:  “No, No, NO!  I do not want this phone anymore and I will not pay for minutes I won’t use!”

Assistant:  “Well, Sir, you have signed up to this contract and will have agreed to our terms and conditions…”

Man:  “No!  You are all liars and thieves and I will not pay you another penny!”

I watched the man storm out of the store.  I gulped but then smiled as I was handed my pink T-mobile bag.

I have had this phone for five months now and I really am in love with it.  It’s obviously the best phone I had ever owned and I have not a single regret of switching to contract.  (As of yet.)  Research In Motion must have made a real killing with the Curve, which is the one I opted to go for.  It’s got everything I could ever need and more.  Receiving my emails straight to it is handy, except when it’s Ebay or Amazon!  The camera is surprisingly good and the choice of Apps means I’m never bored.  It’s qwerty keyboard is easy to use and makes texting quick, especially if you already good with computer typing.

Another great aspect of the phone is of course, Blackberry Messenger!  BBM seems to top everything off nicely.  Everyone I know either has or wants one.  Their adopted name ‘crackberry’ is beautifully fitting as I’m very much addicted to mine!


 I would advise anyone who is thinking of purchasing one to go for it!  I doubt you’ll have any regrets.    The new models are also taking the market by storm and I can only look forward to what they’ll have to offer when my upgrade time arrives!

RIM, thumbs up!

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