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Unzipped: Proof That Power Really is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac
Unzipped: Proof That Power Really is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac
by Anonymous
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Woeful, 24 Aug 2006
Really, what's the point? My colleague and I spent a desperately sad hour in Bond Street bookshops looking for this, and frankly it just wasn't worth the bother.

Given that it is tantalisingly advertised as "what really goes on in the corridors of power", if the anonymous author is ever unmasked (and he will be - there are many reference points, most so large you could hang a jacket on them) I will sue him under the Trades Description Act.

First, if having lunch in Parliament and strolling to the gift shop - as close as our hero gets to the hinted Parliamentary naughtiness - is somehow illicit, then rename me (and the other hundred or so tourists who do the same every day) Miss Whiplash.

Second, "shopping list" descriptions of sexual acts and prostitutes visited is not erotic. It's boring, and would be even if the whole book wasn't written in the style of a tax return.

Third, the constant pathetic assertion that the women enjoyed doing this seemed to point to a need to justify his actions to himself.

There was no sense of plot or even personal development. Just long, interminable, functional descriptions of champagne drunk/prostitutes bedded/subsequent self-justification. That's three hours of my life I'm not getting back. Boring and pointless.

Come to think of it, "boring and pointless" pretty much sums it up.


The Closed Circle
The Closed Circle
by Jonathan Coe
Edition: Paperback

8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Put down your copy of the Independent and make your way quietly to the nearest exit..., 21 July 2006
This review is from: The Closed Circle (Paperback)
Oh dear! I really enjoyed the Rotters' Club but this one left me cold. Apart from the fact that all the characters were given personality transplants, really how many cliches about politics can you cram into one novel? Admittedly it's not as bad as Sue Townsend's "Number Ten", a truely woeful caricature of eeeeevil politicians and smarmy special advisors, but it's close.

Yes, I am sure that many of the left-wing latte sippers who berate the Government from their expensive pads in North London might like it but really this reads to me as nothing more than a protracted and impotent scream of rage of a middle aged hippy who has never come to terms with the fact that politics can occasionally be a nasty business.

And the twist was so bloody obvious as well that it may as well have been signposted from the first page and as for Michael's dramatic "choice" and how he responded to it....ARGH! A more utterly nauseating conclusion couldn't have been dreamt up in the most awful "chick lit" novel.

My advice is - give this book a wide berth and don't let it poison your perspective on the wonderful Rotters Club.


The A-Team: Series 1 [DVD]
The A-Team: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Peppard
Price: 10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prosthetic dummies and a stationary wig..., 10 Nov 2004
This review is from: The A-Team: Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
My best friend and I watched the entire box set last weekend and I haven't laughed so much in an age - I had nearly forgotten how tremendouse the series were. The pilot was terrible, however, and we did wonder how on earth this series got commissioned on the back of it.

The box set is a must for any nostalgic A-Team fan, but please watch out for these classic moments:

(1) The body double for Hannibal in an early fight scene (who is clearly half the weight and size of George Peppard) executes a perfect 360 degree flying kick. Unfortunately, his wig stays stationary.

(2) The boys being drafted in by the military to rescue a colonel and his daughter who have been taken captive by a South American guerilla group. They are given a map from "military intelligence" which has been drawn up using watercolours and the finest illustrations an A Level art student could manage. We were surprised a big arrow with the legend "bad guys be here" wasn't included.

(3) Hannibal driving along on a motorbike with Face on the back drives full speed off a ramp. In the ensuing "slow-mo" shot, it is fairly obvious that "Face" is a prosthetic dummy who has been strapped to the ankles of the Hannibal stunt double. You can almost hear the "boiiiiing!" as the motorbike hits the ground and "Face's" head bounces around like a crash-test dummy.

All in all, a fabulous experience - HURRY UP WITH SEASON TWO! Especially for those of us not insensitive to the silver-haired lure of George Peppard. Grrrr!


The A-Team: Series 1 [DVD]
The A-Team: Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Peppard
Price: 10.00

26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prosthetic dummies and a stationary wig..., 8 Nov 2004
This review is from: The A-Team: Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
My best friend and I watched the entire box set last weekend and I haven't laughed so much in an age. The pilot was terrible, however, and we did wonder how on earth this series got commissioned on the back of it.
The box set is a must for any nostalgic A-Team fan, but please watch out for these classic moments:
(1) The body double for Hannibal in an early fight scene (who is clearly half the weight and size of George Peppard) executes a perfect 360 degree flying kick. Unfortunately, his wig stays stationary.
(2) The boys being drafted in by the military to rescue a colonel and his daughter who have been taken captive by a South American guerilla group. They are given a map from "military intelligence" which has been drawn up using watercolours and the finest illustrations an A Level art student could manage. We were surprised a big arrow with the legend "bad guys be here" wasn't included.
(3) Hannibal driving along on a motorbike with Face on the back drives full speed off a ramp. In the ensuing "slow-mo" shot, it is fairly obvious that "Face" is a prosthetic dummy who has been strapped to the ankles of the Hannibal stunt double. You can almost hear the "boiiiiing!" as the motorbike hits the ground and "Face's" head bounces around like a crash-test dummy.
All in all, a fabulous experience. Especially for those of us not insensitive to the silver-haired lure of George Peppard. Grrrr!


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