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Annancy Stories by Pamela Colman Smith
Annancy Stories by Pamela Colman Smith
by Pamela C. Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Annancy Stories By Pamela Colman Smith, 3 Mar 2014
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Annancy Stories is a 79 page collection of Jamaican folk stories interpreted by the artist and writer Pamela Colman Smith, who is widely remembered for her illustrations of the Rider Waite Tarot deck.
This book's dimensions are roughly 8in by 11in and contains 22 short stories with plenty of black and white illustrations, lots of which are full page. The Type setting appears to be direct from the original manuscripts and the stories are simplistically told in a Jamaican vernacular Patois . This colloquial dialogue can hinder the flow of these tales but in no way spoils the enjoyment. The stories often have a universal theme and end with some type of moral message.
Children, in particular, will love these tales as they introduce some mythical folklore type creatures; especially Annancy himself who regularly appears throughout the book. The stories are perfect to be read out loud and appear written with this purpose in mind. Either way, it is a curious collection and certainly not something you would come across every day, and for this reason alone, very enjoyable.


The Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set
The Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set
by Pamela Colman Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 22.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Pamela Colman Smith Set, 26 Feb 2014
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I purchased this commemorative set for the sole purpose of reading the much anticipated book on Pamela's life and art as I already owned the Rider Waite deck itself, along with the accompanying cards' interpretations by A E Waite. Having finished this publication I was so eager to read, I will give a brief description only as an addendum to the other reviews:
The Artwork and Times of Pamela Colman Smith is written by Stuart R Kaplan, who fortunately takes this endeavour to inform us with this insight into Pamela's life very seriously. The 101 page book contains lots of her non tarot illustrations, and varied examples of her poems or writings in a chronological order. The biographical information builds an interesting and often poignant picture of Smith's personal hopes, ideals, and public ventures, without being in any way obtrusive: a worthy retrospective of a creative life well lived.
This set is certainly recommended for anyone newly interested in tarot, or those who enjoy art, biographies, or those willing to delve into the accomplishments and spirit of this fascinating lady.


WWE: The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment [Blu-ray]
WWE: The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment [Blu-ray]
Price: 26.57

4.0 out of 5 stars WWE: The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment [Blu-ray], 15 Jan 2014
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This is a review of the 2 disc Blu-ray presentation of the history of the WWE. The first disc begins with a 2 hour documentary covering the humble beginnings of WWE, then known as Capitol Sports Promotions owned and operated by Vince McMahon Sr. Previously to this, we find his father Jess McMahon had been a successful boxing promoter. Fitting 50 years of wrestling into a 2 hour documentary is at best a touch over ambitious, but this in turn allows a bullet point history rather than a convoluted mish-mash. The most glaring omission comes in the fact that Vince McMahon himself is not interviewed for this release, and the reigns are handed to wife Linda, and daughter Stephanie to give an over view of past events. Many notable wrestlers and former champions are interviewed here and that gives the DVD the depth it needed. As ever with WWE releases, some more unflattering events are glossed over or omitted altogether.
The extras contain the very first Royal Rumble, which was broadcast as a telly special and had 20 participants as opposed to the usual 30. Hulk vs Andre from Wrestlemania 3 is included interestingly as the action is filmed from just one static camera that zooms in and out, along with no commentary whatsoever. This release is perfect for curious new fans, or those who enjoy a dose of wrestling nostalgia.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Century Heavy Adult Grappling Dummy, 3 Jan 2014
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This is a review of the 90lb version of the grapple dummy: firstly the product dimensions given by Amazon state that this product comes in a box weighing 25kg. This is incorrect; it arrived wrapped in protective covering and fully assembled. It is made of a good quality leather type vinyl and is solid. The height of the 90lb dummy is approximately 5ft 6in tall and its dead-weight gives a feel of being a touch heavier. The arms are mounted on the chest rather than the shoulders, which makes the mid-chest width mere inches. There are obvious limitations in the dummy's flexibility as there is no knee, hip, elbow or neck pivots. I can only hope that the more the dummy is used the more pliable it will become. Overall this is a very well made product and should provide good value for the price-tag.


The Sheriff - My life fighting wrestlers, boxers, villains and cancer
The Sheriff - My life fighting wrestlers, boxers, villains and cancer
by Paul Stenning
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sheriff Ray Robinson, 20 Oct 2013
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This is a 178 page book [page 108 jumps to page 190 without a break in the narrative] about former British cruiserweight wrestling champ Ray Robinson. Having finished the entire book very quickly it is certainly an interesting read. Aside from his wrestling tales, this is a story relating to life's passions and ambitions and a man who believes in a sense of fair play; those who have denied others of this, or who have crossed him, soon learned not to do so again.
I wrestled Ray several times while he was cruiserweight champ in 1991-2, and being aged around 19 when we first wrestled I can vouch for his physical power and wrestling skills. In the same breath, I will also vouch for the opinions of others in this book as I found him a genuine man who looked after me, and never once took liberties during our matches.
I know by reading this book that Ray's reputation as a hard man will now forever be cemented in print. On a personal note however his goodwill and decency should be remembered in equal quantity also. Nice one, Ray.


WWE: Legends of Mid-South Wrestling [Blu-ray]
WWE: Legends of Mid-South Wrestling [Blu-ray]
Price: 23.17

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5.0 out of 5 stars Legends of Mid South Wrestling Blu-ray, 25 Sep 2013
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This is a two disc set of a selection of matches from the Mid South promotion, later renamed UWF following a national expansion, that was owned and operated by wrestler 'Cowboy' Bill Watts.
The format is unlike previous territory releases as this has no lengthy documentary detailing the promotions highs and lows. What you do get is a history of the territory from 1981-1987 by the wrestlers themselves, featuring short narratives followed by a vintage match.
Bill Watts could boast a who's who of talent in his wrestlers achievements. Virtually every face in this DVD has made a huge impact in the 1980's in North American wrestling. The DVD cover shows Ted DiBiase, Junkyard Dog and Jake Roberts, but that doesn't even scratch the surface of the 'Legends' included here.
My only gripe is that the lighting of the ring during the odd match appears a touch on the dull side, but that is my only complaint. The Blu-ray extras featured are very good also. If you possess the curiosity to know where some of the greatest wrestlers from the NWA/WCW or the WWF/WWE previously made a name, then this is the DVD for you. It really is that good.


WWE: War Games - WCW's Most Notorious Matches [Blu-ray]
WWE: War Games - WCW's Most Notorious Matches [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Ric Flair
Price: 26.89

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5.0 out of 5 stars War Games- WCW's Most Notorious Matches [Blu-ray], 9 Aug 2013
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This double disc set is a presentation of War Games matches from its inception in 1987, until its demise in 2000. The early two ring, cage covered matches, are blood soaked and brutal. As this was the offering from the then named Jim Crockett promotions, who formed part of the National Wrestling Alliance group. One such spectacle is a triple cage match, where one cage is stacked on top of another, shrinking in size to the top cage.
From 1990 onwards, after the sale of the group to Ted Turner, and the new name of World Championship Wrestling, the matches take a more family friendly turn; though the 1991 and 1992 matches are no less compelling and intense.
The inventor of the War Games concept, Dusty Rhodes, introduces every match and gives some opinions into the goings on at that time, which adds extra insight for the viewer. With the matches spanning a 13 year period, there is certainly something here to please everyone. Having waited a long time for this release, I certainly wasn't disappointed.


Integral Neon 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Blue
Integral Neon 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Blue
Price: 13.99

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1.0 out of 5 stars Integral 32GB USB, 6 Jun 2013
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What a disappointment. I purchased this memory stick on the basis of the glowing reviews given. This '32GB' memory stick will not accept any HD video file over 3GB on the basis of the file being too big for the memory of this USB. Another point is that this '32 GB' stick is actually 28 GB. I will never ever buy another.
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The Big Daddy Annual 1983
The Big Daddy Annual 1983
by The Big Daddy Annual
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Daddy Annual 1983, 15 May 2013
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This 78 page annual is centred around Shirley Crabtree's professional wrestling persona of Big Daddy. In this era of wrestling it was very much orientated to the younger audience and an Annual was a perfect way in promoting the then popular sport even more. Much of the pages are in black and white as are the half a dozen Big Daddy cartoon strips that were regularly featured in Buster comic. There are many action stills from Daddy's numerous matches with the likes of Giant Haystacks, King Kong Kirk, Mighty John Quinn and more. There are features on Daddy's favourites in sports and showbiz with a lamentable appearance by the repellent Jimmy Savile. Through the small selection of glossy colour pages there is an old school style 'Big Daddy's wrestling game' in the centre pages, requiring a dice and two counters to begin play. For a person of the right age and interest this book is a pleasant trip down memory lane of an era of wrestling sadly long gone.


Scrooge
Scrooge
by Elaine Donaldson
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Scrooge [paperback] by Elaine Donaldson, 13 May 2013
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This is a 128 page novelisation of the 1970 Cinema Center Films release of 'Scrooge' starring Albert Finney. As an enormous fan of this film, and an avid collector of all things Scrooge I was delighted when after more than 20 years I discovered the existence of this book. With the copy long out of print I bought the cheapest second-hand copy that I could find, just to test the water, as no other review was available. So for what it's worth,this is my opinion of it: this book to begin with is mainly for the collector of memorabilia. Of the 128 pages there is plenty of dialogue and lyrics from this musical and also, interestingly, some dialogue and lyrics that didn't make the final cut of this film; but would be familiar to those who have seen the Leslie Bricusse stage musical version. There are many full colour stills from the film included here and also lots of illustrations by Ronald Searle whose fantastic artwork is seen in the film's opening titles. Sadly for me much of these drawings are without colour and therefore, in my opinion, lose their magic. For this reason alone I give this nostalgic Christmas book 4 stars.


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