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Cherish these days - these are the best days of your life! You have nothing to worry about (apart from which Chalet School book to buy and read next!), you have good friends, and you have a loving family. Enjoy being a teenager as well - the friends will get more unreliable, but you'll still have a great time.

Oh, and when you hear about Michael Jackson playing in London, *please* go, go with Uncle Paul (as he bought you your first Michael Jackson cd anyway!) as you will get tickets for the next time Michael Jackson plays in the UK, but he'll die before you get to see him!!
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The Lives of Others (german) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/

Amelie (french) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/

The Edukators (german) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0408777/

My Neighbour Totoro (japanese) - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096283/

They're the ones that immediately spring to mind, probably quite obvious choices, but they are really brilliant films. I don't think any of them should be remade (although I'm disgusted to see a IMDB page for The Lives of Others with a 2013 date on it which I hope isn't a remake...). The Lives of Others is about something which is specifically german and related to Germany, the secret police and their activities, it just wouldn't be as good in English. Amelie I think works really well with subtitles, as a lot of what is said is in her mind anyway, so it is like you're reading her thoughts, which is great. The Edukators shouldn't be remade as they will probably dumb it down for an american audience and that would just be rubbish. For Totoro, I've watched it dubbed and the english children's voices were incredibly annoying...so it shouldn't be made again in English! It would just lose its charm if it became americanised.

I don't understand why people are so eager to remake films which are in a language other than their own. People should broaden their minds and take the chance of watching something outside of their comfort zone.
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I really really wanted one of these:



because everyone else seemed to have one! well they had one at playgroup anyway :D But instead, my parents got us this:



which was actually, I realise now, so much better as you could do so much more with it :) I don't think I'd get one of them now though...mainly because I don't know where I'd put it, haha :)

I also really really really *really* wanted on of these:



(although I don't remember her being quite so staring!) and I remember one year getting everything on my Christmas List apart from this...haha. I wasn't spoiled at all (it wasn't a long list!) just lucky to have parents who were able to buy lovely things for us, so thats why I think these two things stand out, because we were generally satisfied with everything else! Plus our cousins seemed to have every toy - every My Little Pony, every Sylvanian Family, every Keepers toy (does anyone remember them??) so we always had fun playing with all their toys every time we saw them.

oh and then there were all the big cars and bikes that you always had to play on when you went to Toys R Us...but that was never a realistic want! :)
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Russia. I'd love to visit there! It seems like a fascinating country with a fascinating history. Plus Vladivostok is just a great name for a place, I want to go there :D

I really want at some point to go by train from London to Beijing, going through Russia, I'm hoping I can get to a point in my life where it can be one of those "holiday of a lifetime" type things and I can take 4 weeks off work to go on it (or more!). I'm not keen on flying, but I love travelling by train, it would be so interesting! I looked up the price of the train to go from London to Moscow the other day - and it was between £300 - £400, which is a lot cheaper than I expected - considering it costs about £100 to get from London to Glasgow.

Its kind of a dream, but I know it can be a reality, I am capable of saving up enough money for something like this - so its quite exciting to think about really! :)
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I don't think I can say my favourite - they are all good for different reasons! In terms of acting, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Benny and Joon are really excellent - I didn't even know it was him in Fear and Loathing at first! In terms of the character he plays, Edward Scissorhands and of course Pirates of the Caribbean are really good. For the worst, but also best, haha, accent, watch From Hell. For proof that when he has short hair his films are less good - watch Donnie Brasco and Public Enemies! Public Enemies especially - with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale starring, this film should have been amazing, but it just was quite disappointing. Oh, and how could I forget Chocolat - which is just a lovely film! :) Thats one of my films that I watch when I'm having a bad day - its just so nice and gentle :)

I'm just looking at IMDB and his list of films - theres loads I keep forgetting about! Totally forgot about The Libertine, might have to watch that again soon. And Finding Neverland. He's done such interesting characters over the years - one of the only "normal" type people he's played was recently in the Tourist, which most people seemed to dislike, but I quite liked it. The last scene was just fantastic, haha :)

But anyway, better stop thinking about Johnny Depp and get back to work!! :)
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The longest book I've ever read is probably A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. I've also read Pillars of the Earth and Fall of Giants by Ken Follett, both of which are very long. I've also got 1/3 of the way through War and Peace, which I am quite pleased about...but then the "war" bits just got too boring so I stopped! I am definitely going to try again though, hopefully this year.

As for the shortest - I really don't know. I suppose it would be a children's picture book, well that would be the book with the least words anyway! In which case I will say either the Hungry Catepillar (colouring in version!!), or a book about a slug trying to find a shell...can't remember what that was called though!
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"style" over substance.

and to expand slightly: In 50 years, will people remember her songs? Or just what she used wears? Or neither?

to expand even more (and defeat the point of the question!!) :

i was listening to the Beatles the other day, and it just makes me think, they were just four ordinary boys from liverpool, and they changed the course of music, really. Is there anyone around today who is having the same effect and changing history like they did? I suppose you can only tell from a distance, and maybe we're not far enough away from it, but from the 90s / 00s there hasn't really been any big, amazing musicial movement which is liked by the majority and has changed the face of music. I know I am looking at it from the perspective of "alternative" music, but if you consider the main genres that are popular in the mainstream at the moment - pop is just forgettable, indie even more so, and RnB / rap doesn't really seem to be doing anything different. The majority of the "alternative" genres that I like are old genres anyway (e.g. goth), so it kind of makes it seem like, to me at least, there are not really any bands / genres which are that good now. When I say things like this and people recommend bands for me to listen to, I usually can't really hear in them what makes them so different and so memorable. But even when you listen to the Beatles now, after all this time, you can still hear what it was in them which made them so different, both then and now.
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Probably the majority of things in my wardrobe would shock the "fashion police", whoever they are! Who cares what they think anyway? If you like something, wear it, if you don't like it, don't own it! :)
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Exterminate, Annihilate, Destroy by Rotersand
Chrome by VNV Nation
Dominion / Mother Russia by The Sisters of Mercy
Alice by The Sisters of Mercy
Military Fashion Show by And One
Eleanore by The Turtles
That song about a monster coming over the hill!! 

Just because they are all totally fantastic songs, some make me want to dance right there on the spot, and some are just lovely! 

See, I'm now happy just from thinking about listening to them, so that must be a good thing! :) 
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I very rarely get genuinely insulted while walking down the street - unless it was actually someone I know insulting me, when I would really be offended.

So I usually get people shouting "goth", or "cut your hair" at me - and that just makes me smile :)

The best time was when someone driving past in a car shouted something, and threw an egg, but it didn't even get near me, it actually just smashed all down the side of their car...haha. Fail!
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Well that would of course depend on how much I won! But lets make it a nice round number and say I've won £1million :D

First I'd get the list of gigs and festivals I want to go to, and buy tickets for myself and my sister for them...then I'd go straight to the estate agents and look for a house :)

Then once I'd bought one of those I'd look for a house for my sister, and then work out how much money to give to my family and friends, and then to charity...then if I had any left after that I'd go to a record fair and buy lots of records... :D

see, I have this all worked out...but I'm never going to win as I don't even do the lottery!
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This can double up as a new years resolutions post too!

1. Lose weight (as most people say on New Years, but I really need to do this!!)
2. Complete three OU courses (the one I'm doing now and two more)
3. Read at least 120 books
4. Go to the theatre and the cinema more
5. Visit Katie and my friends in other parts of the country more, and make sure they and all my friends know how much I love and care for them :)
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I really love the whole Christmas dinner, I really enjoy roast dinners anyway, and at Christmas when its all a little bit nicer (i.e. more expensive, hehe!) makes it even nicer. My favourite individual things are bread sauce - which we never have any other time of year! - the chicken - we don't have turkey, my mum just buys an expensive chicken from M&S - and the roast potatoes, which my mum somehow manages to make them taste amazing!

We also have this tradition in my family of having croissants on Christmas morning, with butter and strawberry jam. Yummy!

My least favourite, unfortunately, are the main vegetables you have with a Christmas dinner - brussel sprouts and carrots! My mum usually does some other vegetable as well though. Oh and I'm not so keen on Christmas pudding or mince pies - but we have trifle instead!

I'm sure you're all thrilled to know this about my Christmas dinner. haha! I wasn't very excited about Christmas until today, as I had a OU essay which I was finding extremely boring, but I've done that now so can relax a bit. And its not due in until 11th January, so I'm really ahead on the course, which is good as I'm planning to start another one before this one ends! :)
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I think I'd either be excessively friendly and make them uncomfortable, or say nothing and stare at them until they felt uncomfortable!

I once got into a bit of an argument with someone as I refused to overlook the fact that someone had bullied me all through secondary school because their father had just died. Obviously I felt sympathy for them because their dad had died, but its not like I'm going to turn round and say they were a wonderful person and my best friend just because of that.

Pah. I did get bullied at school, but I know it was nowhere near as bad as other people go through though. I get more annoyed now if people dislike me for no reason - I know I'm annoying some / most of the time so if people don't like me thats fine, but I would like to know why! Or if they dislike me just because I dislike their friend or something - thats just stupid!
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It was when me and my family went to Eurodisney (as it was called then!) when I was 8. It was the first time I'd been abroad, first time I'd been on a plane, and it was a total surprise! My dad woke me and my sister up at 4am, and told us were going somewhere (my first thought was that he had lost his job, as he worked away at that time, although I don't know why that explained us being woken up at that time!!) In the car I had no idea where we were going, until we started to see more signs for the airport (it must have been Luton I think). Although I then didn't know where we were actually going by plane until my mum put the tags on the luggage!!! It was *so* exciting!! :D We stayed at the cowboy themed hotel, and have some great pictures of us there, especially as it was my sister's 5th birthday while we were there! so we have the customary "in bed opening presents" picture. And a lovely picture of us both running towards the entrance of Disney! It was such a lovely holiday, and such a wonderful surprise! I will definitely do something like this for my children when I have them! :)
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my favourite Beatles songs are:

A Day In The Life
Glass Onion
Back In The USSR
Here Comes The Sun

I really love the whole of the Sgt Pepper album - it fits together so well, and its all so singable, haha.

And two which I love the covers of:

Dear Prudence (Siouxsie and the Banshees)
Because (can't remember who its by but its on the soundtrack of American Beauty!)

I think they're the best Pop band ever. They have such a range of songs which appeal to everyone, they're not all "pop", some of them are pretty weird, but thats great that they felt they could change in that kind of way, and still remained popular. Oh, and I love this 70s remix/mix of their songs, haha:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOuZmEKmtWQ

Please note I'm at work so can't check if the sound is any good on that video! :)
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I think I've answered a question similar to this before, and I don't see why thats such a chore to give up those things. I only go on the internet because its there, if it wasn't there I'd be ok without it (and would possibly get more done!!). I would miss some of the regular programmes I watch on tv, but again it wouldn't be that bad. I normally just watch comedy and factual programmes anyway, no soaps or anything like that. I would however probably miss my phone - but thats because I use it to keep in touch with my sister and my best friends who I don't see much, so I regularly text them and send them little interesting or funny things. But then if I wasn't going on the internet and watching tv, I would write more letters, and so would probably write to them. Which is better really! I recently read a book about some people who lived in the 17th century and communicated their love for each other through letters for some years before they got married, and it showed how they depended on each others letters to keep their love going through those years. I sometimes wish things could go back to like that, as I love getting and writting letters, but I never seem to get round to it!

Actually thinking about this question has reminded me that I really should not go on the internet tonight - I really have to get my essay done! I didn't do as much over the weekend as I hoped to do, but I know what I want to write it and have a good plan, so I should be able to get it done relatively quickly.

And I'm still so behind on my book and event reviews etc. I was doing so well as well!

oh, and everyone should go and see Harry Potter. Right now! Its so great, the tension is so high all the way through the film. Its almost like a horror film at some points with the way you're just waiting for something to happen. Its great!
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I think this must be a more American question...whats a TSA and why would they be patting anyone down?? haha.

Can't wait for the new Harry Potter though! Just trying to organise my friends to go....although I may be going on my own at this rate! But thats ok, if I go with other people I get the urge to ask them questions about the film all the way through, which probably annoys everyone - but if I go on my own I have to save all my questions until I talk to someone else who's seen it, haha. Its so weird that its all coming to the end though, after all these years! I was planning to read the last book again before this film came out, but I don't think I'll have time now, but maybe I'll read it before the next one comes out.

I really wanted to see Burke and Hare as well, but I think as it didn't get very good reviews, its not on anymore, which is a shame! I wasn't sure about it because of the reviews, but then again Run Fat Boy Run got a bad review, and I love that!

Actually, all this talk of films has reminded me of some reviews I still need to do...am getting a bit behind again! I currently have 3 films, 2 books, Whitby, and one gig to write about...maybe if I have time I'll do it later :)
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I think I need more information before I answer this question...is there something to put the cockroach in? or will it just be running around free? If it was running around free, I'd kill it as I wouldn't want it to crawl on me while I slept!! But if there was a box or tank or something to put it in, yeah I'd keep it. I'd probably make some kind of obstacle course for it, so I can amuse myself by making it do funny things...after all I would have a lot of time on my hands!

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The first song that springs to mind is Tainted Love by Soft Cell - I like all the versions of this song I've heard (so far!) but the Soft Cell is the best one I think! I even like the original, which is unusual for me as I don't usually like soul.

"Hurt" by Johnny Cash comes close to being better than the original, but Trent Reznor's version is just slightly better. "Feeling Good" by Muse is amazing.

I actually can't think of that many covers at the moment! Maybe I'll come back and edit this later! :)
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1984 by George Orwell.

To see where this world is going towards.....

and then these, just because they're brilliant and / or make you think:

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

and finally, Dracula by Bram Stoker, to make everyone realise theres more to "vampires" than Twilight, and not all "classics" are dull and boring as a lot of people seem to think!!

I'd be interested to read people on my friends list's answers for this :)
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