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eBay

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>I have spoken of eBay before (briefly of Jack’s addiction) and I must say that in the space of 6 weeks I have developed a ‘habit’.

Two nights ago I dropped everything to hook my computer up to the net so I could check out the last few minutes of an item I was watching. Colin and I were perched on the bed, glued to the laptop frantically trying to win an auction. In the last 15 seconds my dial-up internet connection finally sealed the deal on the case for ADSL- we lost.
Apparently, when it comes to auctions you should not get emotional…. I can only imagine the carnage that will follow when I lose my first auction for a house if the reaction is directly proportional to the size or cost of the object.

So unbearable was my pouty moping for the ensuing 30 minutes, that Colin frantically scoured eBay for a matching item (in-the-box G-Lide Baby G Casio watch).

Just when I was about to give up on the whole eBay scam, of which until that moment I had been a big fan of…. games, DVDs, jewellery, kitchen appliances and clothes had all been magically delivered to my home, the watch seller whose auction I had just lost emailed to say that the sale fell through and that the watch was mine!

Who needs bars and clubs for entertainment when you have got the highs and lows of eBay?!

But truly, back to the basis of this addiction, it seems the addiction is a spin-off from my burgeoning internet shopping-spree. It started innocently with some concert tickets on ticketek, then there was the sheet music site, plane tickets and cosmetics. I would have to be the least credit card paranoid person I know. I am throwing that number all over all kinds of sites. Now eBay has offered itself up as a gateway to anything I ever wanted to buy in the store but thought was too expensive (or if you just decide to be extra tight and get that $15 CD for $5 (don’t forget the $5 postage!).

Everything is there…. everything. I mean, who couldn’t love shopping in a place where under the heading ‘Collectables: Weird Stuff’ you can view auctions for Iraq 5 Dinar notes (1992 ones with Suddam Hussein on them) right next to a Twisty shaped like a penis (currently at $13.49 with 1hr38m left…hurry up it’s a bargain!!!). There’s a mini pig chucker (up to 15 ft…. v v impressive!!), a kangaroo scrotum purse (a must for this year’s fashion week,)a Voodoo doll and a cup of knowledge (made by Grosvenor China circa 1924 for divination only).

Just now, I spotted a new item to bid on- a mini swearing punching bag. I can’t think of any teacher who DOESN’T need one of these. It’s at $12 and has 11hrs to go- I’ll book mark it for later.

Gotta run- Versace distressed blue denim jeans ends in 10 minutes.

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Chaos Bleeds

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>I briefly mentioned that Jack has developed an e-bay addiction, and recently he has branched out from DVDs into X-Box games (yeah, like we really need anymore games in our house). In the post yesterday arrived Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds.

Not only does it bleed, but burns and turns into dust also.

After 3 hours of solid play, I started to wonder about the characters, in particular the completely disproportionate figure of Faith. Her breasts were each bigger than her head and she was very skimpily dressed. Do guys playing X-Box think the characters are sexy?

I am not saying that the graphics in this game are poor, but they are no match for Final Flight of the Osiris (Animatrix http://www.intothematrix.com ) who’s female lead, by any standards is completely hot due to the extreme realness of the animation (imagine a slightly more Japanese looking Lucy Liu in a graceful and sensual sword fight in which clothes are slowly being sliced off then cut to her dressed in red and black leather leaping building to building out running the bad guys in a desperate final mission).

Now that I think about it, are those creepy over violent Japanese anime also sexually arousing with completely offensive (but, let it be said, extremely imaginative) plots? Let me give you an example of what I was talking about.

Legend of the Overfiend has a very complex story line involving demons, which probably could have made it an excellent animation if it weren’t for all the completely sick and outrageous sex! This review gives you a good idea of just how strange a movie really can be (http://www.badmovies.org/movies/overfiend ), and how perverted some people really are (not pointing any fingers, but why do a number of films like this come from Japan?)

Why, may you ask, have I seen this film?

Well, I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime (http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/mh ). They are quite beautifully drawn and the stories are priceless. By mistake, I decided to check out some Japanese anime by a different director (in hope that they would be as uplifting and morally upstanding as Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away) and randomly selected one from my local video shop.

Lesson learnt: Never randomly choose Japanese movies, anime or otherwise, you just never know what kind of freaky stuff you are going to be subjected too. Always ask the video shop attendant for a description in case of possibly offensive content which will result in you having the unsavoury, slightly violated feeling I had after watching Legend of the Overfiend.

Ewwwww.