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An Introduction to Sociology
An Introduction to Sociology
by Ken Browne
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Biased and sloppily written, 4 Mar. 2015
Disingenuously purporting to be a objective introductory text book, Browne's guide is disgracefully biased and ultimately fails to give any sort of objective perspective on the themes raised. For example - in an analysis of women's treatment in the criminal justice system - Browne spoils his piece detailing how women are disproportionately given custodial sentences for theft, fraud and robbery by flippantly writing "in effect, many women are sent to jail for being poor."

Another example is a piece on how political rebels previously been labelled deviants or terrorists have been instrumental in social change. His reading of Martin McGuiness is particularly crude. "Martin McGuiness is a former commander of the Derry Brigade of the IRA...and was imprisoned in the 1970s for his role in fighting against discrimination and violent attacks against Catholics, and British rule and the presence of British troops in Ireland." (No mention of the reason for his prosecution being because he was found with explosives and ammunition in his car) Browne goes on in similarly romantic vein:
"His early battles, once defined as deviant and criminal, so changed Northern Ireland that he is, at time of writing, a British MP, a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland." Yes, Ken, they so changed Northern Ireland that Northern Ireland (at time of writing!) remains part of the UK which was what Martin McGuiness spent the vast majority of his life fighting against.

Listen, I'm certainly no Daily Mail reader. But I don't want a SWP manifesto rammed down my throat in the guise of an objective sociology text book. I'd rather get a rational analysis of both sides of an argument and make my own mind up. Ken Browne's Introduction to Sociology is unable to provide that.

David Bowie: An Illustrated Record
David Bowie: An Illustrated Record
by Roy Carr
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 2 Dec. 2012
Can't add much to the previous review but I loved this book too for all the reasons already stated. It's well written, humourous, informative and well laid out with plenty of fantastic pictures.

Tiswas - Volume 1 - The Best of the Best Bits! [1974] [VHS]
Tiswas - Volume 1 - The Best of the Best Bits! [1974] [VHS]
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: £13.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT !!!, 25 Feb. 2004
Great Stuff of course. Don't let anyone have you believe that Ant and Dec that were somehow cutting edge on Saturday Morning tele. In comparison to Tiswas they were very ordinary and were only made to look half decent because of the BBC's general incompetence to provide a watchable alternative.
It was ever thus. Multi Coloured Swap Shop may have been the Daily Mail reading middle class houswives choice of viewing for their 2.5 children but it was over on ITV that the action was really taking place.
This video has some great moments. Frank Carson's invisible pyrannas reduce Chris Tarrant to geniune hysterics. The bucket of water song, the dying fly, Sally's trick, the suprise appearance from Trevor McDonald (watch carefully).
Gunging became a staple for any vaguely naughty kids show after Tiswas but none of them ever managed to capture the geniune nihilism of this show. The venom with which the Phantom Flan Flinger attacks the children with custard pies is impressive and the gunging that Sally James gets in a fantastically written sketch was more humiliating than anything Crackerjack could ever dream up.
My only gripes with the video are the exclusion of some of the best moments that I remember - the most notable being Tiswas' Blue Peter spoof, Green Nigel - but Sport of World, Pass the Pie and the cardboard cut out This is your lifes are also absent.

This Is Stina Nordenstam
This Is Stina Nordenstam
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Price: £7.99

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is (not the best of) Stina Nordenstam, 7 Jan. 2004
The title Stina Nordenstam’s fifth album suggests her record company hope this will serve as an introduction to her work. While collaborating with Suede’s Brett Anderson on two tracks indicates, perhaps, that the singer herself wishes to access the niche in the market for those who like singers with annoying voices. Stina is after all, an acquired taste – like Alison Shaw of the Cranes she is best (but not adequately) described as a whispering Bjork on helium.
In many respects this album is a good indication of what to expect from her back catalogue as a whole. It steers a neat path between the gentle harmonies and delicate melancholy of her best album “And she closed her eyes” and the harsher industrial sounds that weren’t altogether successful on the follow up “Dynamite.”
And although, as a combination of better and worse it inevitably transpires that this particular album is not a universal success, and is therefore unlikely to open the floodgates to legions of new fans, it is still a cut above most releases and contains several moments of rare beauty.
Opening track “Everyone Else in the World” is uncharacteristically romantic but with its line of “you get what you want, when you just want what you get,” it is certainly not over sentimental. “So Lee” is Stina by numbers but the gloomy “Stations” and “Clothe Yourself For The Wind” are Nordenstam at her best. The latter particularly is beautifully understated; distorted vocals mouthed over minimalist keyboard. It is what spines and shivers were made for.
The two tracks with Brett are slightly disappointing. “Transurfing” is a sleazy trawl through “concrete graves” that's poor enough to be on Head Music while “Keen Yellow Planet” is more pleasing but not as special as a duet between these two haunting singers should be. In fact it is left to the very last track for Brett’s influence to really impose itself. Perhaps they hoped that the similarities between the supposedly Stina penned “Sharon and Hope” and the Suede b-side “The sounds of the streets” wouldn’t be so apparent. They were wrong but the saving grace is that this at least works better than the original.
So like the title says, this is Stina Nordenstam, and as an introduction to her it works well. Crucially however it is not the best of Stina Nordenstam. For that, I suggest you track down “And she closed her eyes” which remains possibly the most distinctive and beautifully fragile album of recent years.

Knockout Kings 2000
Knockout Kings 2000

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A real let down, 5 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Knockout Kings 2000 (Video Game)
If this is the first Boxing game you have played then on the surface at least, it has something to offer. A wide range of classic boxers, decent graphics and some fast moving boxing action.
If on the other hand, you have played Knockout Kings 99 then boxing fans at least will appreciate why this game is such a let down. The art and subtlety of the original is scrapped in favour of an ugly slugfest in which the boxer with the most power invariably wins.
The pace may be alot faster but dreadfully unrealistic. In Knockout Kings 99, if you threw a few combinations in quick succession then your blows would soon become non-threatening powder puff punches. Here you can seemingly slug away to your heart's content with few ill effects. It's arcade nonsence, nothing more, nothing less.

Knockout Kings 99
Knockout Kings 99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and still the best, 3 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Knockout Kings 99 (Video Game)
This isn't the fastest boxing game on the market. Some of the action can appear ponderous at times but for realism I don't think it has ever been bettered.
There is a real art here. On subsequent versions of this game - particularly Boxing 2000 - you can simply bludgeon your way to victory with a boxer who rates highly with power. Here, you have to pick your punches more carefully. You waste energy at your peril.
Real fans of boxing will find this game a pleasing antidote to the dreadful plethora of caricature frantic scrapping games that have been released since.
The commentary is good and you can re-live many classic moments in Boxing history such as Sugar Ray Leonard outclassing the so called Marvellous Marvin Hagler back in 1987. He couldn't live with Leonard that night!
My only gripe is the absence of some of the greats from the list of names - Foreman, Hearns, Tyson, Bowe, Robinson and the trio of British middleweights - Eubank, Benn and Watson.
But that's nothing. This game will live on, long after the shoot em up neanderthals have got bored with Boxing 2000.

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Price: £2.23

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Talent smothered by covers, 1 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Introduction (Audio CD)
In a world awash with bland Pop Idol debris, Fame Academy 2 winner Alex Parks was meant to be a breath of fresh air. In certain respects she is. Her voice is not unique enough to avoid comparisons to Joan Armatrading but it is pleasingly distinctive. Her quietly brooding, somewhat moody, manner contrasted sharply with the all-smiling bluecoat beams of the other contestants. And she was a spiky-haired lesbian. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, however, far from being a radical departure from the world of reality game show karioke, Introduction recalls nearly all Alex’s “triumphs” from the programme. It’s not that the six cover versions presented here are poor but the inclusion of so many of them detracts from her evident pretentions to be taken seriously as a singer/songwriter.
Things might not be so bad, had she picked lesser-known songs but those she performs are arguably so near to perfection in their original versions that even with her emotive delivery, she can only compare unfavourably.
Thankfully we are spared her murdering “Imagine” as she did in the Fame Academy final (the version here is much more understated.) And her version of “Beautiful” is better than most of the other pop star wannabies that sing it week after week on Pop Idol. But she is guilty of believing her own hype if she thinks it is a match Christina Agruileira’s perfect vocal. It should have been left as a single B-side.
Probably her worst crime is her cover of a cover. Had Gary Jules’ version of “Mad World” not hit number one then she might have got away with it but, as it is, her effort sounds third hand.
Only on “Here Comes the Rain Again”, which benefits from a Garbage-esque arrangment, does Alex add something to any of the orginals. And even this is marred by the rather limp instumentation which sounds like it is provided by the Pebble Mill orchestra rather than a decent rock band (as was presumably the intention.)
One cannot blame those involved in the project, including presumably Alex, for wanting to cash in on her success while her star still shines. The ghost of One True Voice will forever haunt those who seek to profit from what is esentially TV Trash. Unfortunately the result is an album that is transparently rushed.
Had Alex been given time to pen, say, four more songs of the calibre of her original compostions on Introduction then the result could have been quite different and a whole lot more pleasing. Because on these songs, Alex does, largely, live up to expectations.
“Maybe that’s what it takes” is an achingly beautiful record. Why does she need to copy others when she is capable of something like this? Her delivery and voice is perfect. The lyrics are simple but not overly sentimental. “Cry” is fairly bland but “Dirty Pretty Words” should finally consign Sinead Quinn to the bargain bin of obscurity. “Not Your Average Kind of Girl” would nestle neatly amongst Joan Armatrading’s best work and “Stones and Feathers”, with its melodramatic trappings should be the next single. After the plodding pop rocker Wandering Soul, Alex polishes things off with a touch of class - the beautiful lazy paced ballad “Over Conscious.”
I’ve got gripes about the production and musical backing but lets not end things on a sour note. Alex certainly doesn’t.

Kes [DVD] [1969]
Kes [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ David Bradley
Price: £4.89

51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of British, 26 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Kes [DVD] [1969] (DVD)
This is my favourite film of all time. It's gritty and earthy, ultimately a very sad film, for sure, and there are some shocking moments, but its social drama is heightened because it is juxta-posed against some of the funniest scenes ever made in British cinema. The games lesson with Brian Glover, doing his best to humiliate his class, is enshrined in folklore - and anyone who's ever experienced a PE lesson in a British school will relate to it. But all the school and home scenes are equally as realistic at least in part due to the improvised nature of much of the dialogue and the fantastic casting. Forget her drunken performance on Shooting Stars, Lynne Perrie is on top form here.
An american blockbuster Kes certainly aint and fans of such a genre might like to like to carry on lining the pockets of Arnie. But anybody with half a brain will surely not fail to be moved by this exceptional film.

Where'd You Learn to Kiss That Way?
Where'd You Learn to Kiss That Way?

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't go thinking I never did love you, 18 Sept. 2003
Pleasent, gentle and very often uninspiring compositions make up this collection. So why the five stars? It could be for "And before the first kiss" which is heartbreakingly sad and it would be had the Field Mice not topped it with "Willow" - which is one of the most touching laments you will ever hear. Believe me, it is one of those tracks worth buying a whole album for and will reasonate with so many people.
"I told you things that turned out to be untrue. When I said them I meant them..."

Sci-Fi Lullabies
Sci-Fi Lullabies
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Price: £12.98

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With a tattooed tear she'd die for us all tonight, 20 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Sci-Fi Lullabies (Audio CD)
God, this is fantastic. This is what made Suede special. The sheer arrogance/talent/stupidity to throw a song as beautiful as The Living Dead away on a b-side. One of the saddest songs ever written and recorded without a doubt.
And this isn't the only one. Take your pick - The Killing of a Flashboy, My Dark Star, High Rising, The Big Time, Whipsnade. Absolutely awesome.
The point about editing is well made - you get virtually everything here, including the ordinary Bentswood Boys and Graffiti Women but picking your favourites is always going to be subjective. How would you feel if, in an attempt to strip this album down, they took out one of your favourites. I am still recovering from Life on Mars being excluded from the CD version of Changesbowie all those years ago!
Many scribes have said that Part Two doesn't match Part One and that may ultimately be so. But let us not be in any doubt, there are some incredible songs here too. Young Men is Suede at their swaggering, staggering best. Another No-one is The Living Dead with a happy ending and This Time and Sadie are as anthemic as Suede get.
And he name checks Kate Bush's "And dream of Sheep" in These are the sad songs. That shows class!
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