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Bridget Jones 2: The Edge of Reason [DVD] [2004]
Bridget Jones 2: The Edge of Reason [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Renée Zellweger
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.74

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridget is back, and as neurotic as ever!, 27 Feb. 2005
One of my favourite films is Bridget Jones, so this sequel was a must buy. In many places you get the feeling that they deliberately remade key scenes from the first, such as the Turkey Curry Buffet and the clumsy Bridget getting her bum in shot while filming her TV show. But in itself it is a cute movie that left me with a warm, happy feeling. I also must say that Hugh Grant saved the film for his portrayal of Daniel Cleaver.
Many people compare the Bridget Jones films with the book but I think it is fine to change them or leave things out. I much prefer this film to the second book, although I adore the first book more than the first film.
If you loved the first film, I really would recommend seeing this sequel. The extras are also good and include a commentary on the Mark/Daniel fight, the much asked about interview by Bridget (Renee in character) and Colin Firth (as Colin Firth)! and a feature that allows you to watch the film with some quiz questions thrown in along the way to tell you who would suit you better, Mark or Daniel.
I recommend this DVD, and give it 5 stars.


Shopaholic & Sister: (Shopaholic Book 4)
Shopaholic & Sister: (Shopaholic Book 4)
by Sophie Kinsella
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becky has a sister - but has she found a soulmate?, 19 Feb. 2005
Shopaholic and Sister is the fourth in the Shopaholic series. The first book, "Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic" was undoubtedly the best, but the character of Becky Bloomwood is so compelling that each of the subsequent offerings are unputdownable. This one certainly doesn't disappoint.
If you haven't read any of the series, Becky is a former financial journalist who is absolutely obsessed with and addicted to buying anything and everything, all the time justifying her purchases to herself, but hiding them from family and friends. She is foolish, a dreamer and utterly lovable. The books are so ironic and literally make you laugh out loud, such as the point in this book when she has discovered ebay, is making thousands of pounds from selling some silly unnecessary purchases, then immediately checks her buyer account and squanders her earnings on more useless gear!
In Shopaholic and Sister, Becky, an only child, discovers that her father has a daughter from a relationship before he married her mother, and she is overjoyed to meet her new sibling, Jess. She dreams of them being soulmates, someone to go shopping with now best friend Suze is busy with her babies and new best friend Lulu, but Jess has distinctly different tastes, and actually despises shopping. She is a scrimper and a saver and lets Becky know a few home truths.
For anyone who is a fan of the first three books, this one is an absolute must as we find out much more about the triggers for Becky's spending addiction. She also takes her habits a bit more seriously, as she realises that she has a big problem! It is a tad more serious than the previous books, but the character is already so well established by now that I welcomed a bit more depth from this book. The middle section seemed a little slow, but the last hundred pages were brilliant, and they alone made me give it five stars! It's great to read anything by Sophie Kinsella, this stuff really is the best of its genre, and she makes you laugh, cry and feel totally satisfied by the end.
This book comes highly recommended, but read the first three before this one. What are you waiting for? Borrow or buy them now!


History KS1 (Curriculum Bank)
History KS1 (Curriculum Bank)
by Penelope Harnett
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide, 19 Feb. 2005
Curriculum Bank History KS1 is a thorough guide to the subject at this level. The introduction offers background information on the National Curriculum for History and goes on to offer ways of teaching key elements of it, such as chronology, interpretations of history, historical enquiry, using artefacts and pictures, questions to ask and how to plan and assess History.
The subject areas covered by the book are:
Myself and My Family
Ways of Life in the Past
Famous Men and Women
Past Events and Celebrations
To give some more specific examples, the section on Ways of Life in the Past has 30 detailed lesson plans covering topics such as clothes, diet, everyday objects, shops, jobs, transport and entertainment. Each topic is then further split into subheadings so the information is easy to locate and has an accessible layout.
The lesson plans are very well thought out, varied with different teaching methods suggested, and offer cross-curricular and ICT opportunities, although as the book was written in 1996, this is possibly the only part of the book where more detailed, dedicated and up-to-date resources and information could be found elsewhere.
A further section of 42 photocopiables offer worksheets and resource material, for the children to use in during the activities. The majority of them do not require much writing, such as matching labels and pitcures, putting pictures in order, completing pictures, but others include writing a postcard, a simple speech, a diary entry and a wanted poster. The drawings are lovely, however there are no primary sources such as photographs or copies of real documents, which could be a useful for the children and is a requirement of the National Curriculum.
Although it is not a complete guide to the curriculum as other resources would need to be used, this could be said for nearly all curriculum guides, so I have given the book 5 stars because the information here is excellent and will save hours of planning.


Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Room on the Broom, 6 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Room on the Broom (Paperback)
This fabulous book is written in ryhme, and all the children I have read it to have loved it. I myself think it is great, the pictures are fab and it can introduce children to poetry as the lines are set out in this format. Other than reading just for fun, it can be used in school to teach some spelling points, as Julia Donaldson chooses words that rhyme but which are not spelt with the same endings, such as hat and plait.
I'm sure any child would love this story about a friendly witch trying to make sure that there is Room on the Broom for everyone.


The Blitzed Brits (Horrible Histories)
The Blitzed Brits (Horrible Histories)
by Terry Deary
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blitzed Brits, 6 Feb. 2005
The books in the Horrible Histories series are fantastic, because they are written to entertain children from 9-13, and are full of facts, cartoons, lists, pictures and quizzes. This book, The Blitzed Brits, covers evacuation, gas masks, bombing, rationing, and dozens of true stories about children during the Second World War.
As a teacher, I think it is brilliant because it makes the children want to read and find out more about the topic we are covering, it can be dipped into and the children are learning while having fun.
Highly recommended.


Guerilla Guide to Teaching
Guerilla Guide to Teaching
by Sue Cowley
Edition: Paperback

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book by an excellent authority on teaching., 3 Nov. 2004
Sue Cowley is an excellent author on teaching and classroom control, and this book is an impressively comprehensive guide on all aspects of teaching, including but not limited to planning, teaching, assessment, finding your first job, career progression and ICT. Cowley includes the transcripts of extensive interviews with all different types of people working in education, from student teachers to managers and representatives from teaching unions, which makes it realistic and very practical.
The book is split into clearly defined sections, comprising questions and answers from Cowley's own experience, interviews and bullet pointed lists which make it easier to dip into. There are detailed case studies of planning in both primary and secondary schools, containing actual examples of the planning used by teachers, examples letters of application and blank planning sheets for you to adapt. Finally, a directory of contacts and websites for all subjects, teaching resources and supply agencies make it the most complete guide I have come across for those starting in teaching or those already involved in education.
Some of the material is not new, the sections on behaviour management are the same as can be found in Cowley's Getting the Buggers to Behave and her website, but this is much much more than just a behaviour manual. After the first read it becomes an excellent guide to keep on the shelf and dip into when the need for specific advice arises, and the insights offered by experienced professionals surely cannot be found elsewhere and would take years for a new teacher to discover for themselves


Mathswork: Mathswork 2: No. 2
Mathswork: Mathswork 2: No. 2
by Steve Mills
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, full-colour activity book that makes maths fun!, 3 Nov. 2004
The book is intended to provide lower Key Stage 2 pupils with fun activities and games to build confidence when working with maths concepts in many different contexts. It is directly linked to the National Numeracy Strategy, and offers teachers and children imaginative and original ways of learning maths skills and the opportunity to apply them to the world around them. This second book, obviously following on from Mathswork 1 (for Key Stage 1), uses characters that children will love, such as witches, pirates and chefs to trigger the imagination and show them how maths can help with cooking, shopping, decorating and money.


Mathswork: Mathswork 1: No. 1
Mathswork: Mathswork 1: No. 1
by Steve Mills
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, imaginative activity book., 3 Nov. 2004
Meeting the requirements of the National Numeracy Strategy, this fun full-colour book introduces the concepts required at Key Stage 1 and can be used in school or at home to encourage your child to find maths fun and learn the necessary skills. Characters such as frogs, snakes and a spaceman guide the reader through number, patterns, symmetry, measurements, doubling, shape and time and help them imagine how to start to apply these to real situations such as dealing with money and putting things in order. A follow-on book, Mathswork 2 is also available for Key Stage 2 pupils.


Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination
by Helen Fielding
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and risky-themed read., 3 Nov. 2004
Olivia Joules is a ditsy reporter who seems to fall in love with every man she meets, hampering her career progress. Her big break comes when her over-active imagination fancies a Hollywood playboy as none other than Osama Bin Laden and so begins a round-the world journey to prove her theory. The subject matter therefore became rather perturbing: a self-styled spy who is more often than not distracted on her missions by the muscles of the local men, yet is fearless all the time she genuinely believes she is managing to infiltrate al-Qaeda.
The book is still enjoyable, and the few annoyances the reader may experience are put to one side as the ending must be reached for us all to discover the truth! It is a fun read and the detailed descriptions of diving and the wonderful places visited seem accurate, thanks to the far-flung adventures of Helen Fielding herself.
In all, an average read, but incredibly far-fetched.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Offered by westworld-
Price: £16.75

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun., 30 Oct. 2004
I bought this CD as I wanted to hear it again after all these years. Jason Donovan is excellent as Joseph, and David Easter (Pete Callahan in Family Affairs) is superb as the Elvis-style Pharoah! It is a great sing along CD, and will be especially enjoyable if you saw the original West End production starring Jason Donovan at the London Palladium in the early 1990s. The lyrics (all provided in the inlay) are really cheesy but it is just great fun to listen to. I think Joseph was one of the best Lloyd-Webber/Rice musicals, and have listened to my CD countless times without getting sick of it. Listen to the clips on Amazon too! They are not very good quality but give you a good idea of how the songs sound if you have forgotten.


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