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From Time To Time [DVD]
From Time To Time [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maggie Smith
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Aaaah!, 31 Mar. 2014
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This is a lovely 'feel-good' film with Maggie Smith at her best, showing much more complexity than in Downton Abbey. She's moving without being sentimental. Excellent family viewing, though at times the pace is slow.


Love in a Cold Climate - The Complete Series [DVD] [1980]
Love in a Cold Climate - The Complete Series [DVD] [1980]
Dvd ~ Judi Dench
Price: £7.82

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry, 31 Mar. 2014
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It's a personal response and I just didn't enjoy it one bit. It has dated badly and I found the characters either ridiculous or boring. Her role does Judi Dench no favours; she seemed stilted with nothing to 'get her teeth into'. I watched the first two episodes then took it to the charity shop.
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Case-Mate Tough Cases for Sony Xperia Z - Black
Case-Mate Tough Cases for Sony Xperia Z - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Tough, 31 Mar. 2014
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This case is very strong and easy to use and hold. I'd have liked a front to it as then the protection would have been total, hence the four stars.
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Complete Hindi Beginner to Intermediate Course: (Book and audio support) Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language with Teach Yourself
Complete Hindi Beginner to Intermediate Course: (Book and audio support) Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language with Teach Yourself
by Simon Weightman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.24

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for slow learners - persist!, 31 Mar. 2014
I'm really enjoying this book which is well-structured and interesting; the secret is to go slowly and keep revising. I have no talent at languages whatsoever but I'm taking the time to learn the alphabet which makes it all the more fascinating. Suggestion - go online as well. Several sites teach you very effectively and also show you how to write, though I don't think they're a substitute for a book. I'm making up flashcards etc to help me learn. A variety of approaches works!


The Shock of the Fall
The Shock of the Fall
Price: £5.25

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb and unsentimental look at mental disorder, 22 Feb. 2014
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I read this book at one sitting last night. It took me into a world I've never really understood, the world of the mentally ill. Filer charts the disintegration of an intelligent and compassionate young man whose main problem is that he cares too much and is tortured by the guilt he feels about his part in the death of his Downs brother. Everyone in the book is kind to him, but each has their own problems which isolate them from each other. And they never seem to communicate about these problems. Filer shows the lonely world of those who suffer but offers a ray of hope at the end of the book with the first steps of some sort of solution. You'll have to read the book to find out, though!


The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (Vintage Magic)
The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories (Vintage Magic)
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Still fascinating and illuminating, 22 Feb. 2014
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I first read this book many years ago when it was a ground-breaking re-telling of several fairy stories, focusing on their dark underbelly. It still has huge impact - well-written insights into the female psyche and riveting developments of familiar stories. I've recently read 'Women who Run with the Wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estes which is a fairly heavy analysis of the creativity and instincts of women. I had to take time over this book because it is filled with such depth of insight, but found it fascinating. Together - wow! But Carter's book short-cuts the intellect and goes straight to the emotions. Read Estes' chapter on Bluebeard and follow with Carter's stories on the same theme for a reading experience that will change your perceptions about people and how they are exploited. I await the moment when someone writes a story with Bluebeard as the alluring woman ... !
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The Orange Reiki Book - inspiring articles about Reiki
The Orange Reiki Book - inspiring articles about Reiki
Price: £5.69

5.0 out of 5 stars an inspiring read, 13 Feb. 2014
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This book is a series of articles about Reiki, each one taking an aspect of this wonderful healing energy. Taggart is a well-respected practitioner and teacher of Reiki and the articles show his wealth of knowledge and experience. He is a very genuine writer who expresses himself clearly. As a Reiki Master I found the book inspiring and recommend it wholeheartedly.


The Enneagram
The Enneagram
by Maria Beesing
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A strong Christian viewpoint, 31 Oct. 2013
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One of the authors came to the enneagram through a course on Religious Experience and a strong religious belief underpins their interpretations. Outline of the different areas is clear and they state that a given personality type's compulsion is 'selfish as is typical of sin'; they say that an honest assessment will lead to 'a freedom from being secretly led by the dark side of one's inner self'. (p8)
Bearing this in mind, the analysis is clear and interesting, particularly to those who enjoy thinking about religion. A complete section is devoted to an analysis of the different personality types shown by Jesus, for example, and I found the examples interesting but not particularly revealing, perhaps because time has moved on since the book was written in 1984.


The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge
The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge
by Beatrice Chestnut
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a book to 'dip into'., 31 Oct. 2013
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This is a superb book, well-researched and clearly written. It's a book to study carefully, reading small amounts at a time and thinking carefully about the implications. I particularly liked the use of case studies, which often clarified points and made the whole thing less of an intellectual exercise. I found it useful to think of my friends in these categories - though not when I met them! I'm always a little wary of such theories that work by detailed analysis and I found it hard to categorise myself. I feel I move from one area to another, depending on many different things.
The book is well laid-out; I never felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information per page and there are many helpful diagrams. Explanation is clear and it is an excellent analysis of the subject.


Knock Three Times (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
Knock Three Times (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
by Marion St. John Webb
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book, 31 Oct. 2013
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I bought it to give to a grandchild and of course had to read it first. It's about two children who are given an unusual pumpkin-shaped pin-cushion which swells in the moonlight. It leads them to a large tree in the nearby wood and knocks three times on the trunk - hence the title. Thus they gain entrance to a different world.
I'd compare the book with Enid Blyton in many ways as the themes are similar. Parents are unimportant and the children enter a world that is threatened by the grey pumpkin and the evil it represents But the issues are more complex and the characters more developed. The children are sad because they feel they caused the problem in the first place by letting the pumpkin back into the land it once terrorised. People get killed by the evil pumpkin and it creates a sense of lurking menace. The children also have to see through the many disguises of the pumpkin's supporters, learning who to trust, and there are some tense moments when they realise they've got it wrong.
It's obviously dated and the style grates at times but it's also a very good read for a child around 8-9. And yes, my grandchild loved it!


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