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Apr 27 2008

Ever been to a real music festival? – now’s your chance

Tag: Commercial,Entertainment,Musicwendy @ 6:06 pm

America gave the world the biggest musical love-in with Woodstock; in Australia we had Sunbury in Victoria and Narara in NSW but one thing that summer brings in the United Kingdom is the best selection of music festivals in the world.

Now you might think that music festivals are only associated with rock music, rain and lots of mud – not always the case. There are a variety of festivals to choose from and once you have been to one you will want to go back for more. Never been to one? then now’s your time. Festival Planet has the complete guide to UK Music Festivals for this year. Of course the biggest one on everyone’s list is Glastonbury which offers music to suit all tastes and takes place on the last weekend of June.

But there’s more: consider Wavestock Blenheim at the magnificent Blenheim Palace in June; Latitude Festival in Suffolk featuring literature, poetry and theatre in July and the Reading Festival in August which will feature the band Metallica.

There is a very useful guide detailing what to take along with you to one of the festivals, and what to leave at home (they are huge events don’t forget). Also where and how to purchase tickets and, more importantly, how to get there. Don’t forget that the best way to travel is by public transport – the festivals are all well serviced by transport links in order to keep cars to a minimum as most of the festivals are held on private land and estates. It’s also the green way to do the festival thing.

So go on – spend a weekend in the open air and take in some culture.

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Apr 27 2008

Declare a law against fat women wearing these…

Tag: Female Topicswendy @ 5:30 pm

Apparently they are set to be one of this summer’s hottest trends and I am feeling just a little scared…not because I am one of those slave to fashion types who rush out and immediately buy all the pieces shown in womens magazines. I get annoyed with those who do – you see them all over the UK; they all buy the same things from TopShop and River Island and walk around wearing the same clothes. These are an item that would never be found in my wardrobe!

What scares me though are the females who will buy them and wear them. And they are almost always those with bodies that actually scream out to be covered up. I have never been a fan of the low rise denims; I have seen too many fleshy, flabby females with acres of blubber spilling over a hideously too tight hip band – not to mention those thongs/G-strings that assault our eyes when these women sit down or bend over…god help us.

There ought to be a law; a law that states any female above a size eight is banned from buying them. So in effect that should pretty much rule out a large chunk of the buying market – unless you are ten years old or Victoria Beckham…but let’s hope no-one encourages her.

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Apr 27 2008

Solve your endowment policy woes

Tag: Commercial,Financewendy @ 9:03 am

The depressing news about the British economy seems to gather speed with every passing day wouldn’t you agree? One thing that has many people worried right now are the statistics that show that many properties have been overvalued and home owners are staring down the barrel of having negative equity in their properties.

Other victims of the current situation are those people with Endowment Policies, particularly British expats in places like France and Spain. If you fall into this category you will no doubt be looking to cash your policy in despite the fact that your policy will not be worth the value originally expected. The way to get around this situation is to put yourself in the hands of a brokerage service, Endowment Express, who sell endowments to buyers and aim to get you up to 35% more than your surrender value.

They do a very effective search of a large number of buyers so that you get the best deal possible and will do you a free no-obligation quote to start the ball rolling. Even though you might have had misgivings about a policy you intended as a good investment, at least in this case you should come out relatively on top.

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Apr 27 2008

Amy Winehouse – the downfall continues…

Tag: Entertainmentwendy @ 8:41 am

If nothing else Amy Winehouse is certainly proving to be great fodder for newspaper articles and bloggers such as yours truly. Not too long ago she was being hailed as being everything from the new Billie Holiday to a legend in her own right.

It is not the case these days; it is not nice, or fun, to witness the gradual disintegration of a human being that was once so talented. And the fact that her disintegration is being played out in public and so recklessly makes it all the more tragic.

Amy is certainly a tragedy in progress – like watching a loved one succumb to the hell that is dementia; like watching a teenaged youth with a death wish behind the wheel of a car knowing that somewhere is a tree or telegraph pole with his car’s name on it. Amy’s tragedy is that despite all efforts to help her she is careering more out of control everyday and she is at the wheel of her own vehicle. She is driving a coffin on wheels in my opinion.

To be her parents must be a complete nightmare. Her mother has MS and all this stress and anxiety would not be helping her own condition. We all saw her on the Grammy’s not too long ago and for the first time in two years felt that maybe things were starting to go right – she was addressing her demons and had made those first tentative steps on the road to recovery. That hope was short lived.

This past week has shown that Amy is still walking that path to self-destruction. Just like legend Billie Holiday did back in the 1950’s – maybe comparing Amy to Billie will prove more tragically accurate than we ever thought.

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