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Quick and Clever Watercolour Landscapes
Quick and Clever Watercolour Landscapes
by Charles Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.45

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The books title says it all - and it's amazing as well., 9 May 2007
Charlie really is the master of his art, if you've seen his TV programmes then you don't need me to tell you how good he is, if you haven't then take it from me Charlie quickly and easily debunks the myth that watercolours are difficult and unforgiving, I was amazed at how easily a painting appears out of a blank piece of paper - Unless you are an amoeba you cannot fail to produce a painting which will stun you, when you step back from it and see the end result you will be amazed. It doesn't matter what medium Charlie is using (oil, watercolour or watercolour pencils) ALL of his books give clear, concise instruction, they are well edited and provide well thought out instructions because Charlie is writing these books and sharing his knowledge with you - the student so that you can learn that painting doesn't have to be uptight and difficult, here you will learn how easy it can be, the techniques are easy to follow and if you think you can't do it, don't criticise the instruction, don't be hard on yourself ... keep going ... better yet, try and get to a workshop (visit [...] [diary page]) for venues local to where you are and if you can get to a workshop you can paint along with Charlie, this is invaluable tuition.

Back to the books - practise the excercises and then paint. Sounds simple? well, take it from me it is. Even if you're not happy with what you produce - what have you done? - wasted a piece of paper. So, simply turn it over and start again.

Charlie is so good at what he does, he is THE best painter of his generation, he is a friendly, outgoing, inspirational person ... his confidence in YOUR ability is stunning. As he so rightly points out art is subjective; ie: your painting will be different from mine yet we will have both followed the same instructions. You are not trying to paint an exact copy of the painting you are learning, it is YOUR interpretation and that's the key.

Ready to paint? buy the book and get going, you will be amazed at what you produce. Thank heavens for Charlie, THE most inspirational painter and instructor, I really wish he'd been my art teacher at school!!!
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Quick and Clever Watercolour Pencils
Quick and Clever Watercolour Pencils
by Charles Evans
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who'd have thought you could have so much fun with pencils???, 9 May 2007
Charlie is back with Watercolour Pencils this time and thank heaven he is. For many years I had thought these incredible little pencils as far too hard to use ... I know, hard to believe eh? These brilliant little paint sticks are easy to use and just look at what you can do when guided by the master of his art - the incomparable Charlie Evans. Again using his no-nonsense approach, he takes you quickly from one sketch to another, add water and there it is ... your own little masterpiece. I cannot stress just how easy this process is. A huge thank you to Charlie yet again for his unique and insirational teaching. You are quite simply the very best, long may you reign as master of the art of paiting.


Charles Evans' Watercolours in a Weekend
Charles Evans' Watercolours in a Weekend
by Charles Evans
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, clever, no-nonsense painting from a true and genuine master of the craft., 9 May 2007
Despite his heavy schedule, Charlie has managed to produce yet another highly instructional and motivational book dedicated to producing Watercolours in a Weekend - it does exactly what it says on the tin, or book in this case. Practise on Saturday and produce the painting on Sunday. I've been lucky enough to meet this hugely inspirational man and been on many a workshop with him. He is genuinely passionate about art and his love of the craft is obvious, he oozes confidence and that translates so readily and quickly out of his workshops, demonstrations and books to you the student; you cannot fail to be inspired. If you have ever struggled with the nonsense that watercolours are hard and unforgiving then throw those ideas out of the nearest window - don't wait - do it now!!! Then settle back with Charlie's books, pick up the paintbrush and get going. You WILL be amazed at what you produce. If you follow Charlie's advice and guidance you CANNOT fail. Watching this incredible man paint makes you WANT to give it a go, so buy the book and you will not be disappointed. Charlie Evans is, without doubt, THE best painter, instructor, and motivator of his generation. He is totally unique and thank heaven he is, nobody else gets close to this man (in my opinion), who genuinely cares about what he does, his no-nonsense, approachable and gregarious style is infectious and I'm SO glad they broke the mould when they made him.


Night At The Museum (Two-Disc Special Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Night At The Museum (Two-Disc Special Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.47

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good film, 10 April 2007
Good to watch over a holiday period, once again Stiller and Wilson are reunited, and as bad as they were in Starsky and Hutch they excel here. This was charming, intelligent, fun and dark in all the right places. With such a stellar cast it could not fail and it's great to see Dick Van Dyke playing a baddie for once, does this man never age - he is timeless, and I bet they all had a great time making this and it shows on screen. Robin Williams was reasonably restrained but Ricky Gervais was even more annoying than David Brent (his character from The Office), if it were possible for that character to be eclipsed then this was it - I was squirming, it just wasn't funny but Stiller played opposite him with no effort at all (seemingly).

A good fun, family film, you'll want to see it again.


Click [DVD] [2006] [2007]
Click [DVD] [2006] [2007]
Dvd ~ Adam Sandler
Offered by Shop4World
Price: £2.49

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, 10 April 2007
This review is from: Click [DVD] [2006] [2007] (DVD)
Considering all the tripe around at the moment, this was outstanding. I'm not a lover of Sandler's films and resisted this for a while but was very pleasantly surprised. The film pulls you right in from the first secene and then is hilarious as Sandler 'remotely' controls his life, it's very funny and then all of a sudden incredibly sad, touching and poignant. The end is every bit as good as the rest of it, a really good film and one I would watch again. Christopher Walken does a very passable Ken Dodd and was excellent in it. All of the cast were excellent though and it is a great film, go watch it and you'll see what I mean.


Starsky and Hutch: The Movie [DVD] [2004]
Starsky and Hutch: The Movie [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ben Stiller
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £1.99

3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another example of trash movie making, 7 April 2007
This is rubbish, pure and simple. Probably the writer wanted to 'annoy' the original fans of the TV show, well ya know what - YAWN.

My own opinion is that the people involved in it MUST have known how it would be received especially by the fans of the TV series and yet carried on regardless, ah well, there's no accounting for taste and this movie has none. Stiller and Wilson are much better actors than this so why perform it like they did, it's a joke and a bad one at that, they are old enough to know what the original was, what the original characters stood for, and how good it was, so why then perform the characters as idiots, and fools. You'd have to be fans of these two in particular (and even then that's pushing it to 'enjoy' this rubbish). Anyone else who professes to 'liking' this trash have never seen the TV series and never fully understood it. The only original thing in it was the car. This was the worst movie I've ever sat though (well half sat through, I was disgusted by it and insulted by the crap being acted out on the screen under the guise of S&H (that's Starsky and Hutch by the way). It can only be described as SH*** (rhymes with fight) and THAT's the only way they incorporate the characters names into this.

This movie will go down in history as THE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE and that's some accolade. What's even worse is people are being paid to make crap like this, what a joke, and a bad one at that.
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Casino Royale (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Casino Royale (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [2006] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Craig
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £2.98

11 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, Bond it was not!, 26 Mar. 2007
I was really looking forward to this film as previous reviews had screamed that 'Bond is Back' and 'Craig is the best Bond ever.' I am at a loss as to how to start this review other than to say it was not Bond, it was dreadful. All this film was, was a glorified shoot 'em up. There were NO Bond gadgets, no Bond girls, and no Bond theme (even at the beginning) ok, a cursory bit at the end which was also hopeless. I hope the next time people are doing a Bond movie, they make it recognisable as such. All I could recognise Bondwise in there was, well the name - James Bond, and M. Very very poor and a total waste of money buying the DVD. If Daniel Craig is the man to save Bond then make the film more Bondlike, this was unrecognisable as Bond and I hated it (I'm annoyed really as I'd SO wanted to enjoy it).


Beyond the Hedge
Beyond the Hedge
by Mairi Craw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.13

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, 30 May 2006
This review is from: Beyond the Hedge (Paperback)
I'd hoped I'd be able to describe this book in one word but I can't - it is far too good a story to generalise. Beyond the Hedge is sublime. The characters are so well written, they simply fly off the page and you really feel as if you are standing with them on their quest to rid the world of Maligna and her like. It is a rip-roaring blockbuster of a novel and I understand the sequel is being written as we speak, and I for one, can't wait. There are far too many characters to mention without giving the plot away, but two of my favourites were Vince and Florin - who would have thought a kilt and sporran could be so wonderfully entertaining? If you don't buy any other book this year, buy this, or pester your local library to get it in, you won't be disappointed. This book is far too good to remain a book only, I can see this transferring easily to TV and Film; it really is that good - enjoy!


The Monarch of the Glen: Complete & Unabridged
The Monarch of the Glen: Complete & Unabridged
by Sir Compton Mackenzie
Edition: Audio Cassette

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure excellence from David Rintoul, 3 Feb. 2006
This review relates to the audio version.
David Rintoul is an excellent actor but what a find to hear him narrating this book on disc. The book is good in it's own right, of course it is, but David Rintoul brings this story to life as surely as if you were standing on the hillsides of Glenbogle, or peering out from behind the curtains at the hikers meeting place in London. You can almost see Chester Royde in his orange kilt, and the voices ... well, the voices supplied by Mr Rintoul are absolutely amazing. One second he is McDonald of Ben Nevis - all bluff and bluster, the next he is Carrie Royde, wife of Chester and Canadian with an accent to match, then he is the old Scottish retainer Toker, and then he is the Reverend. All manner of accents are here; Scottish, English (of all varieties: from Northern to Cockney and back again) all rolling off the tongue as easily as the River Bogle winds it way softly through the mountains and hillsides of the estate. The twists and turns of the story are matched in excellence with the twists and turns, accents and idiosyncracies of the voices that David Rintoul manages with ridiculous ease - to say he is the master in this field is not to do him justice, he is absolutely and without doubt superb.
If you don't buy anything else this year, you have to buy this ... wherever you can find it, it is absolutely a joy to listen to and I am sorry that it ended ... I could have listened to this for ever.
David Rintoul absolutely makes this audio version unique, and above all - magical.


Captain Quirk/the Unauthorized Biography of William Shatner
Captain Quirk/the Unauthorized Biography of William Shatner
by Dennis William Hauck
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish at best, 12 April 2005
One word sums this book up, and that is 'unauthorised' - it is a truy miserable book. The author tries and fails to assassinate one of the world's most loved actors. Bill Shatner's charitable works and all the positive sides to his character are never even touched upon here as the writer goes for the jugular ONLY. A poor example of penmanship if ever there was one. The author deliberately passses over any positive sides to Bill (and there are many) in favour of negative, bitchy and in most cases child like sniping; although in the words of Sir Roger Moore: "They can write what they like about you, as long as they get your name right." Nothing more to say then, except - buy this only if you like sensationalising at it's worst - a very poor, and I use the next word advisedly 'biography' indeed.


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