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BiC Easy Mens Triple Blade Disposable Shaver System Blister of 1 Handle with 6 Free Cartridges Included
BiC Easy Mens Triple Blade Disposable Shaver System Blister of 1 Handle with 6 Free Cartridges Included
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5.0 out of 5 stars BIC EASY MENS TRIPLE BLADE DISPOSABLE SHAVER, 20 April 2015
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In my seventy plus years of shaving, with a variety of razors, I have never had a cleaner, smoother shave that leaves my face free from stinging. I have tried all the expensive modern disposable razors and this is the best.

William Stewart


OneTube for YouTube
OneTube for YouTube
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've just recently bought Fire TV and if You tube ..., 11 Mar. 2015
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I've just recently bought Fire TV and if You tube was the only programme it would be worth it.
William


Ben-Hur; a tale of the Christ
Ben-Hur; a tale of the Christ
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5.0 out of 5 stars I saw the 1959 version in 1964 and forgot about it until recently and how glad I am to have watched it again, 14 Feb. 2015
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Ben-Hur by Lewis Wallace

Fascinating, intriguing, tender, exciting and interesting are the words I can think of to describe this book. I saw the 1959 version in 1964 and forgot about it until recently and how glad I am to have watched it again. But is it the book I wish to talk about. This is a long book but so, so worth the read.
Of necessity the film is different from the book which starts with the coming together of the three wise men, from Egypt, Greece and India, who are led by a star to Bethlehem. While the drama is different, the author drew me into the action and kept me hooked all the way through. What the book does is to engage one’s imagination in a different way than does the film. For example, the chariot scene is equally memorable in the book as in the film. The scene where Ben-Hur’s mother and sister – now lepers – are released from prison and then healed by Jesus is beautifully portrayed.
One gets a real sense of dipping into the history of the time as the author describes in detail the stable, the clothes and the awe with which Jesus is worshipped; the clothes people wore, and the heat of day and the dusty roads.

William Stewart


And In Their Rage
And In Their Rage
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5.0 out of 5 stars the seeds of belief that Communism offered world peace were cultivated by Soviet agents who saw in the young JKF (born 1917) the, 16 Jan. 2015
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AND IN THEIR RAGE

Gripping, compelling, enlightening, and fascinating; these are the words which sum up this book by A Smith. It is written with the detail of a journalist from the perspective of an historian, as he (I assume the author is male) tells the story of the assassination of President John. F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963.
The details, taken from public domain documents, are woven into a compelling and convincing account of what might have led to the assassination of JFK, and of Lee Oswald, and the parts played by the various people and why.
The period covered is from the mid-1930s when JFK was a student at London School of Economics and tutored by Professor Harold Laski. JFK could see in Communism the only viable political system to counteract Fascism; the seeds of belief that Communism offered world peace were cultivated by Soviet agents who saw in the young JKF (born 1917) the future president of the USA and how useful it would be to have him as an ally. Although Kennedy was carefully groomed, he was insistent that he would never betray his country.
The author shows how cunningly the Soviets groomed Kennedy and although he never did betray his country, by the third year of his presidency certain members of the CIA were concerned that the safety of America and the peace of the world could be compromised if JFK was allowed to live. He had to die. The plot was hatched with the knowledge and commitment of the Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson and two CIA assassins.
This is not a book for the faint-hearted for it is a long-haul. It is not a book for readers who want a ‘quick fix’ or for those who skim read; skim read and you will miss vital detail. Every detail is important and draws you deeper into the action and into the emotions of the people, which are described in graphic detail, particularly the two assassins, Lee Oswald (the patsy) and Jack Ruby (who eliminated Oswald). Most graphic of all is the assassination itself, planned with minute detail and executed with such precision that one can clearly visualise the action and hear the self-talk of JFK as the bullets strike and all that follows. Perhaps the most gripping, and at the same time, terrifying, part is the descent of Jack Ruby into near madness as he is propelled into killing Lee Oswald.
I hope to read more from this author. I consider this book to have the potential for a movie.

William Stewart
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Ultimate Crochet Bible (C&B Crafts)
Ultimate Crochet Bible (C&B Crafts)
by Jane Crowfoot
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars the illustrations are great. However, 1 Sept. 2014
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I was looking forward to this book to add to my collection. the illustrations are great. However, the majority of the text is so faint that it I found it too difficult to read, so I returned the book. I hope that this was a rogue copy; if not, the publishers must print this in a readable font.


Salter Big Button Timer
Salter Big Button Timer
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3.0 out of 5 stars TIMER, 9 May 2014
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The timer part is fine. The advertsing blurb says the timer has a loud buzzer. I am not deaf, but the buzzer certainly is not loud enough to hear any more than a few feet away. You would need to keep your eye on the coundown.


The wine of life
The wine of life
by Maude Annesley
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE WINE OF LIFE, 29 Nov. 2013
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The Wine of Life is my grandmother's first book and first novel, written in 1907. It is a romance and tells the story of Uli, a titled woman, whose husband was granted a divorce on the grounds of adultery when no adultery had taken place. Uli feels betrayed and on the rebound falls in love with two different men; the second of whom beats her. She eventually finds happiness but the story ends in tragedy.

The style is easy to read and entertaining. The digital copying laves much to be desired.

WILLIAM STEWART


My Parisian Year: A Woman's Point Of View...
My Parisian Year: A Woman's Point Of View...
by Maude Annesley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY PARISIAN YEAR, 2 Nov. 2013
PARISIAN YEAR; A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW

My maternal grandmother Maude Annesley (MA) died in 1930, three years after I was born in Australia so I never knew her. I read My Parisian Year (MPY) (and some of her other books), as a teenager, and have recently reread it.
It is fascinating how MA makes what could have been a dull documentary into an interesting, entertaining and enlightening journey through one year in Paris.
Written one-hundred years ago, MPY provides a wonderful and often humorous insight into life in Paris. MA describes various aspects of Parisian life; its many facets, customs, foibles and personality traits. Her characterizations of the people and situations are lively, amusing, and detailed.
Written from the perspective of a well-to-do woman, MA captures the relationship between the wealthy and the working class, yet manages to convey a strong sense of equality between the classes, which she frequently contrasts with Anglo-Saxon culture.
It would be a fascinating study for someone to follow the same paths that MA trod and to compare and contrast the Parisian of 1912 with the Parisian of the 21st century. Is the Parisian personality which MA describes the same as it then was? What changes have taken place since then? What influences have two world wars - which involved fighting on French soil and where France was occupied in World War II- had on the Parisian way of life and personality?
One example of a Parisian trait must suffice. MA contrasts the unpunctuality of the Parisian with almost obsessive Anglo-Saxon punctuality. On page 169, writing about Theatres and Music Halls, MA says, `One or two grumbles...: One is the notorious unpunctuality. It is rare to find a play begin at the hour advertised, so rare that, I think, I can count the exceptions I have known on one hand. As I shall detail more fully later, the French, as a race, are abominably unpunctual, and I presume theatre managers think that by beginning later than announced the audience will have assembled. Not a bit of it! The public knows that a play advertised to begin at eight-thirty will begin at nine, or later, and never by any chance are the seats filled before that later hour, and very often not then. Late-corners irritate one enough in proverbially punctual countries, but in Paris it is really unspeakable. One would think that even primeval notions of politeness would make an invited audience punctual...'
. In the hundred years since 1912, has that Parisian particular personality trait been modified by the influence of other cultures, and what way? What other characteristics which MA describes have changed? Perhaps someone will take up the challenge and write another My Parisian Year.

William Stewart
November 2013


The English Civil War (complete series) [DVD]
The English Civil War (complete series) [DVD]

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2.0 out of 5 stars CIVIL WAR, 19 Oct. 2012
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I was disappointed by this 2-disk DVD. Although informative, I consider it to be amateurishly produced. The action seems authentic but why do we have to see Tristram Hunt talking to us in his car, sailing through the Fens, sitting in a deckchair? His hand movements are a constant irritation, which detract from his narrative. From time to time the peculiar camera shots make it look as if he is about to topple over. At the Amazon cost of £22.75, this `complete series' - of less then two hours playing! - is grossly overpriced and it does little to enhance the reputation of the Open University I also recommend the use of subtitles for the hard of hearing

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The Ultimate Bourne Collection: Identity/Supremacy & Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
The Ultimate Bourne Collection: Identity/Supremacy & Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
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3.0 out of 5 stars COMPARATIVE REVIEW, 16 Oct. 2012
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REVIEW OF THE ULTIMATE BOURNE COLLECTION

The Bourne Collection is three films which bear the same names as the books by Robert Ludlum; The Bourne Identity; The Bourne Supremacy; and The Bourne Ultimatum.

To state that the films are based on the three novels is a travesty. Apart from a few names and places, there is little relation between the books and the films. Certainly in both, Jason Bourne (whose real name is David Webb) is rescued from the sea, suffering from amnesia, and he is hunted by the CIA who believe that he has turned; however, from thereon the similarity ends.

In the novels, Jason marries Marie St. Jacques and they have two children; the family form an integral part of the drama but they are not included in the films. Jason pursues an arch criminal, Carlos the Jackal, who gets no mention in the films. In the third novel, the Jackal is killed in Russia and the trilogy ends.

In the films Jason starts off as a young man and stays young; the novels cover a period of nearly twenty years, and in the Ultimatum he is a mature man in his fifties. Alex Conklin, Jason's boss in the early days in an organisation called Medusa (which has no mention in the films; instead an organisation called Treadstone assumes importance) is killed off in the first film, but in the books he is active all the way through. There is no mention in the films of anther important character, Morris Panov the psychiatrist who is crucial in Jason's rehabilitation.

The three films can stand on their own, but in my opinion they lose credibility by focusing too much on fancy surveillance techniques, on high speed vehicle chases in various parts of the world - events that put the Bond chases in the pale - and athletics that would be worthy of the Cirque du Soleil, if they could be believed. The films suffer from too many flash images that are on the screen for a few seconds only and left me confused and disorientated, trying to work out the sequence and continuity.

By not sticking more closely to the books, the film makers miss a great opportunity to create a wonderful trilogy based on the fascinating world of the spy as presented by Robert Ludlam; instead they have produced a second-rate collection of films, which pander to the masses.

WILLIAM STEWART


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