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Rage Against The Cuisine
Rage Against The Cuisine

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a cookbook I enjoyed!, 15 April 2013
I have to be honest and admit I am not the world's greatest cook. This book hasn't improved things, but it did make me, genuinely, "Laugh Out Loud"! I'm even tempted to have a go at a couple of the recipes. Mr Burt's humour is dry and his punnery highly amusing without being grown-worthy. A very funny and irreverent read whether you like food or not, it will leave you with a smile on your face!


Fearless [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Fearless [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The version to get, 22 Mar 2013
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I quite enjoyed this film in the cinema and on the initial DVD release. Some of the wirework was occasionally over-the-top, but there is enough well-performed and choreographed action to negate it, and it is nice to see Jet Li working with various traditional Chinese weapons. The film however did seem a little hollow in getting it's message across, and Jet Li has said in interview that he took the story of real-life martial arts master Huo Yuanjia, to convey his philosophy on martial arts, or wushu. These problems are addressed in the extended Director's Cut on the blu-ray, giving the film much-needed emotional depth, and even a little extra action! The quality of the picture and sound is also excellent on the blu-ray version. Not a great deal in the way of extras, but definitely worth purchasing for the Director's Cut. The only downside for me is the lack of historical accuracy in the story of Huo Yuanjia, a character referred to in films such as "Fist of Fury", "Fist of Legend" and "Legend of a Fighter", but whose real-life story deserves a proper biopic, as in the book "Fearless: The Story of Chin Woo Kung Fu".


Jingwu: The School That Transformed Kung Fu
Jingwu: The School That Transformed Kung Fu
by Brian Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.41

4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary, 5 July 2010
This is a very good summary of the early days of the Jingwu (Chin Woo) association. Most of it's references come from the Jingwu 10th Anniversary Book, published in 1919. There are some fascinating and very rare photos from the very beginnings of the Jingwu Association. The book often references the spirit of Jingwu, and how it was one of the first martial arts associations to be open and modern in it's approach to training. There are some interesting facts too, for example, I didn't know Jingwu had their own film unit and photography division back in 1919!

It would be nice to see a follow-up book chronicling the rise and expansion of Jingwu schools around the world from the 1950's to present.


The Equalizer: Series 1 [DVD]
The Equalizer: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward
Offered by Champion Toys
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show - when's season 2 released?!, 23 Dec 2009
I remember this when it was originally aired, and loved it then. It does look a little dated in places, but Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, holds it all together magnificently, with good support from his regular co-stars. The best episodes usually have two story strands, and the action and cinematography are almost film-like in places. McCall's no-nonsense attitude to problem solving is refreshing to see in these "nanny-state" times we live in, and his cynicism is often very funny.

Keep an eye out for special guests such as Joseph Wiseman (Dr No), Robert Davi (Die Hard/The Goonies), Linda Thorson (The Avengers), MeatLoaf, and an especially creepy turn from Adam Ant!

I hope after the sad passing of Edward Woodward, seasons 2-4 also get to see the light of day. Based on Season 1, they certainly deserve to.


In The Line Of Duty / Ultra Force [1989] [DVD]
In The Line Of Duty / Ultra Force [1989] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cynthia Khan

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't Donnie Yen a bigger star in the west?, 2 Oct 2009
As with a lot of Hong Kong action movies, don't worry too much about the plot or acting. The stunts and fighting in this film are up there with the best Hong Kong offered in the mid-to-late eighties. Highlights include a thrilling motorbike chase and bone-crunching rooftop punch-up finale between Donnie Yen and Michael Woods. Cynthia Khan holds her own in all departments too, in a role that could almost have been written for a male cop. In real-life, Donnie Yen speaks excellent english, and his physical ability is on a par with Jet Li's or Jackie Chan's. And, dare I say it, he's probably the better actor too. I just wonder if Hollywood hasn't offered him anything "meaty" enough to tempt him to the west? If you enjoy this, check out 'Flashpoint' or "SPL" for a modern-take on this kind of Donnie Yen picture.Flashpoint [DVD]


Asics Gel Cumulus 11 Running Shoes, Size UK9
Asics Gel Cumulus 11 Running Shoes, Size UK9

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal running shoes for me, 2 Oct 2009
I needed to replace a well-worn pair of Cumulus 8's, which were the first "proper" running shoes I had bought when I was training for a 10k. I supinate, and read that the updated Gel Cumulus range would suit me. They are a nice light, airy shoe, with comfortable cushioning, but not much bounce. I went for a 7k road run in them straight from the box, and have done 6 or 7 similar runs since with no trouble. They are slightly heavier than my old ones, but it is negligble.


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