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Teletubbies - Happy Birthday [DVD]
Teletubbies - Happy Birthday [DVD]
Dvd ~ Teletubbies
Offered by TastyMate
Price: £25.99

21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment for the under-4s, 19 Nov. 2007
My son sat for hours in front of Teletubbies Happy Birthday, and gurgled continously with delight at their playful sounds and bright eye-catching colours.
Never mind the critics who say that Teletubbies is not educational - what do you expect a 3 year old to learn anyway?
I recommend this to any parents who have trouble doing the hoovering with their little child around, or who need a couple of hours peace.

Addendum (2 years later): I am so glad there was at least one out of twenty Amazon customers who did not like my review, which I have to admit was written with more than a little tongue in my cheek. On the other hand, of course, it is disgusting that 19 out of 20 agree with my outrageous statement that 3 year olds aren't capable of learning anything. My recommendation: don't buy this DVD, and instead give your child some attention for a change.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Offered by Game Trade Online
Price: £17.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly scary monsters, 30 Sept. 2007
I'm writing this with my 5 year old son, who despite Zelda being for 12+, is enjoying playing the game as much as me. Even though I have to take the controls when the monsters come out, he thinks the monsters are really good and he loves exploring the villages and the forests when things are a bit quieter. Admittedly we have been taking it very easy, but we have had the game now for nearly two months and are only about halfway through. You could of course rush through it a lot faster, but as I say there are lots of opportunities to explore too. from eskil

The Rum Diary (Bloomsbury Classic Reads)
The Rum Diary (Bloomsbury Classic Reads)
by Hunter S. Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering Hot, 29 April 2005
For your next beach holiday, forget your suntan lotion + order this. There is enough sun, sand + Caribbean rum in this novel to keep you going through the winter.
You may have heard of Thompson's "FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS" which was made into a film with Johnny Depp + Benicio Del Toro in 1998. This, Thompson's first novel, bares some similarities, although the drug intake is a little tamer + the general feel of the book is a little more laidback.
It chronicles the drunken antics of budding journalist Paul Kemp during the late 50s in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Kemp is a thinly disguised Thompson, (the novel being very close to autobiographical), who starts work for the San Juan Daily News, a paper which is constantly on the brink of bankruptcy due to its corrupt, degenerate + drug addled staff.
It is because of the town's gradual intake of American greedmongers + social misfits that there is a growing sense of unrest among the locals who have begun to want the paper + its staff off the island.
To add to this cocktail are the sultriest, most maddening charms to appear on a written page, in the shape of hard-partying but tragic blonde Chenault, the girlfriend of one of Kemp's colleagues. The summer heat + mounting tension become more enveloping + intense with every turn of the page, masterfully turning Kemp's copious consumption of rum into a thoroughly riveting read..

Metallic K.O.
Metallic K.O.

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually BE at the concert!!, 29 April 2005
This review is from: Metallic K.O. (Audio CD)
This gem of a bootleg, that has come to merit the approval of the artist, became a cult classic as the very last Stooges performance, staged in the city of Detroit on the 9th of February 1974.
Despite the sound quality being a little substandard, I believe this may actually be the best introduction for the uninitiated to the one + only original punk rockers. Before your first listen, it is vital to know the story behind this infamous concert.
A few days earlier, Iggy had been in a little fracas with a seven foot Hell's Angel. Unperturbed, the Stooges frontman decided to go on air at the local radio station challenging all the local bikers to come along to the band's next concert + to do their very worst.. No matter what they threw at them, he bragged, the Stooges would carry on with the show.
Nick Kent, reporter for NME said in 1976: "Throughout [the recording] you can hear the sound of glasses splintering against amps, lightbulbs, eggs, shoes - even an expensive Nikon camera which just manages to miss Williamson's face" (the lead guitarist).
+ that is what makes this such a successful live album - we hear Iggy continually taunting the bikers amongst the crowd, actively encouraging them to lob as many heavy + varied objects at him as possible, turning this into the wildest, rawest + most daring rock n' roll record that - had the playlist encompassed some of the band's studio work + the sound been a little tidier - would most certainly have deserved that all-important extra star.
Crack open a beer, marvel at the mayhem + wonder at the miracle that the bootlegger left the gig with his life.
For more info: Read "I Need More" by Iggy Pop, Published by 2.13.61 Publications Inc.
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I Can Stand a Little Rain
I Can Stand a Little Rain
Offered by THE READERZ3 WAREHOUSE - From the edge of the New Forest, England
Price: £18.89

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant!, 29 April 2005
If you ever fancy a bit of the former East Midlands Gas Board employee's gravely croonings but don't know which to go for, look no further than this excellent album.
For the hit-seekers amongst you, this is where the overplayed classic "You are so beautiful" lies, along with several other heart wrenching ballads. Musical accompaniment is sparse, giving Cocker's bluesy + throaty vocals centre stage on some of the best songs he has ever chosen to record, particularly Jim Webb's "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", backed only by a piano, which remains little known + still retains its immense charm.
Cocker recorded this album at a difficult time in his life, following his physical + artistic decline during a gruelling tour in 1970 which almost finished his career. Perhaps because of this, there are only two up-tempo tracks on the album + these appear early on (track 1"Put out the light" + track 3 "I get mad"), so if it's blues you're after, don't let them put you off. It does not take long to descend into navel-gazing, despondent depression - something which, when it sounds as good as this, definitely beats being happy.
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Origin Of Symmetry
Origin Of Symmetry
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.40

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Melodic Multi-Layered Rock, 28 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Origin Of Symmetry (Audio CD)
Muse’s “SHOWBIZ” not only had the critics comparing leadsinger Matthew Bellamy’s vocals to those of Radiohead singer Thom Yorke, but actually discarding them as Radiohead rip-offs. With the release of “THE ORIGIN OF SYMMETRY”, the objective listener will note that a similarity between the two voices does exist, but that any attempt to compare their music is now rendered futile.
True, there is an element of angst present in both band’s output, but while Radiohead’s angst is dismal + despondent, Muse are belligerent + passionate. So passionate, in fact, that it would be less incongruous to draw a comparison between Bellamy’s ornate arrangements + opera music rather than Radiohead.
Not only does a piano feature to an unusually prominent degree on a number of tracks, but a lot of songs seem reluctant to end without a booming, climactic finish.
Suitably too, the album closes in an undeniably over-the-top fashion with an epic ode against Christianity making good use of the organ at St Mary’s Church in Bathwick.
As with “SHOWBIZ”, this is all about choruses – big, operatic choruses that invariably lead Bellamy’s vocals into a soaring falsetto, so big that despite there being a mindblowing tune in every track, at times the melody takes a back seat to the multi-layered, climactic orchestrations. + it is truly magnificent – so magnificently intense that, in order to fully appreciate this album, you would need to take a tea break in the middle.

Sexy Death God
Sexy Death God

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it with a pinch of salt, 10 July 2002
This review is from: Sexy Death God (Audio CD)
Being a devoted Valor Kand fan, in my opinion this is one of Christian Death's best albums so far. Expect heavy, crunching, admittedly rather dated guitar riffs and excellent vampiric lyrics... to such a degree that I would classify this as a great Vampire Rock Opera of an album. The best asset of this release is the variety in rhythm, in textures and even - dare I say the word - melody.
Valor's home-made cut-and-paste artwork on the cover and inlay booklet beggar belief, but all add to this truly enjoyable album - however pompous and overblown it may be. After all, this is Christain Death we're talking about.

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