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Platinum Pixie - Hits
Platinum Pixie - Hits
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Price: £7.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Half-way to excellence ......, 22 July 2015
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This review is from: Platinum Pixie - Hits (Audio CD)
This is a great album, really showing Pixie's capabilities as a first-class vocalist. Cheryl Cole, Katy Perry, Rita Ora - I'd like to see them attempt material like shown here - that would topple their ill-deserved "national treasure" status!

Boys And Girls and Mama Do are 2 of the best pop songs ever to hit the charts, and Break-Up Song and Nasty show Pixie's ability to tackle more soulful material while also putting her own stamp on it. "Caravan Of Love" is a brilliant song, Pixie's cover making it sound almost like a 60s protest song, although I still couldn't quite give this album 5 stars.

I gave it 4 stars because of the jumble of other songs included on it - the mediocre Jason Derulo duet (Dancing On My Own would have been a better inclusion) and the other 2 new songs which were sadly below par for Pixie. I myself would have included instead: Dancing On My Own, What Do You Take Me For?, Heart Cry, Rolling Stone, and Kill A Man - I would also have liked to see Pixie do the song she co-wrote for Alexandra Burke - the brilliant You Broke My Heart from the Overcome album. But no, we get Jason Derulo - why does he make Pixie sing his name in the intro to the song? - and some half-hearted stuff that feels tacked on to up the track numbers.

Pixie can do better than this for a greatest hits album. She's not only a fantastic singer but a brilliant song-writer too, and her career deserves a much better Greatest Hits than this version. I know she's going to release many more excellent albums, so let's hope that in another 5 years' time, we get a better Greatest Hits 2!!


Mary-Kate and Ashley Beauty Secrets
Mary-Kate and Ashley Beauty Secrets
by Mary-Kate Olsen
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars A load of rubbish!!, 22 July 2015
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Not at all worth the money - like all these kind of Mary-Kate and Ashley books, it gives the overwhelming sense of being cobbled together from any old bits of rubbish. There's hardly any photos of the twins and you've seen the ones that are there a million times over. Pls don't waste your money on this.


"Joy Division"/"New Order": Pleasures and Wayward Distractions
"Joy Division"/"New Order": Pleasures and Wayward Distractions
by Brian Edge
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 22 July 2015
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Excellent book, for which my only complaint is that some of the pictures are too small and some not all that clear. However, it does manage to tell the tale, and its sad ending, with sympathy for both Curtis (not all books do) and the remainder of the band who went on to become New Order. Particularly lump-in-throat forming is the quote from Stephen Morris about how on Sunday night he was trning up his trousers and "on Monday morning I was screaming" after learning of Curtis' death.

Well worth the money I paid for it - you get the feeling of owning something that cares about the contribution Joy Division made to music in its all too short life-span as a band.


The Ultimate Guide to Mary-Kate and Ashley
The Ultimate Guide to Mary-Kate and Ashley
by Mary-Kate Olsen
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Another rip-off item, 22 July 2015
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Another waste of money from the Hollywood twins. Again, same pictures are repeated endlessly over most pages, and it's filled with trite rubbish you can find in any children's book anywhere! Definitely not worth the money.


Pierrot with rose - trinket box round VINTAGE
Pierrot with rose - trinket box round VINTAGE
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Price: £7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent item!, 22 July 2015
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Excellent item, really nice and well-made. Looks like it could have been made back in the early 80s when Pierrot was all the rage.

Pls don't be put off by it being a new version - it's perfectly in keeping with the original ones. Well worth the money I paid for it, and the seller packed it well so it arrived in pristine condition.


Mary-Kate and Ashley Annual
Mary-Kate and Ashley Annual
by Mary-Kate Olsen
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Rip-off item!, 22 July 2015
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This is a real rip-off item - same old pictures repeated page after page - I don't know who was making money out of this (MK and A or the publishing company) but many fans must have paid out money for this rubbish - pls don't waste your money on it.


Pierrot with rose photoframe VINTAGE
Pierrot with rose photoframe VINTAGE
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Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent item, 22 July 2015
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This is an excellent item, really as good as the original early 80s Pierrot items, doesn't look like it is a new version. Would recommend for all you New Romantics out there (like me!).

Best viewed on your MFI unit with "Rio" and "Don't You Want Me" playing in the background, while you hunt out your Spirograph and some change for that Pacman machine ......... ;-)


Lullaby Land. Songs of Childhood, by Eugene Field. Selected by Kenneth Grahame and Illustrated by Charles Robinson.
Lullaby Land. Songs of Childhood, by Eugene Field. Selected by Kenneth Grahame and Illustrated by Charles Robinson.
by Eugene Field
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever, 22 Aug. 2014
I have the original version of this book - it's Edwardian with the art-nouveau Robinson illustrations which still evoke images of the old, deep South of the United States. It's not at all like the picture on Amazon - mine is hardcover with a lady embossed in gold-colour on the front. This is a compilation taing poems from several of Field's poetry volumes - with the poems inside actually selected by Kenneth Graeme who wrote Wind In The Willows. This book is so old (my copy is now over 100 years old but still going strong - not a page coming loose, unlike some modern books) it was obviously compiled before Grahame wrote Wind In The Willows, as his authorship of an earlier book is mentioned insitead.

Right - to the poems. Well, all I can say is that these are the most beautiful, funny, sweet, adorable poems - and they are not just for children, although I'm sure anyone's children will love them. If you've grown up with these poems (as I have) or are new to them as an adult, you will fall in love with them too. There's the tale of Wynken Blynken and Nod in a "wee one's trundle bed", exotic birds, the nighty-night train, chocolate that grows on trees, toy soldiers, calico cats that come to life and fight with toy dogs in the night, moonbeams and primroses and all manner of wonderful, beautiful lines to read to your little one (or yourself!) to ensure sweet dreams.

There is also an element of sadness that runs through this book, but don't let that put you off - it was a fact of life in the Victorian times that many children died in infancy - infants who enchanted their Mothers as they played with their toys or ran through the garden, only to fall victim to the perils of the time - no anti-biotics, rudimentary health care, pollution, those kinds of things. It's heartbreaking to read the few poems here that deal with that subject - I don't think anyone can read them without shedding at least a few tears. But the word "death" is never once mentioned - just sweet little lines about how Mother's darling fell asleep to be awakened by an Angel, how Little Boy Blue's toys are now gathering dust on the shelf after he "kissed them and put them there" so many years ago, telling them not to move until he comes back. Perhaps the saddest poem is "Telling The Bees", where a little girl who used to amuse her family by talking to the flowers in the garden, is suddenly gone one day, never to return. The flowers droop with sorrow as they realise she is never coming back, and it breaks not just her Mother's heart but also that of her Grandfather who dies soon afterwards - but with a smile on his face because in death "he has found his little one's resting place." The Mother of the lost little girl performs what must be an old Victorian custom - "telling the bees" about Grandfather's death (he keeps bees in the garden). I'd never heard of this old custom before - maybe Victorians thought it was a way of the dead going back to nature?

This book not only has the most wonderful poems, but also the brilliant Robinson illustrations - the little fat children in their bonnets and petticoats, Wynken Blynken And Nod fishing for the stars, the night-time train etc all brought to life in a way that cannot fail to make you smile, even though they're all in black and white.

This book really is superb - if you only buy one poetry book in your life, make it this one. It's not just sweet and sad, not just great poetry and illustration, it's a marvellous record of a long-gone age in history. It rises far, far above the likes of Dr Seuss and Harry Potter. I'd never part with my copy - not ever.
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Wynken, Blynken and Nod
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
by Eugene Field
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful poems, 22 Aug. 2014
This is, quite simply, one of the tenderest, most beautifully worded, evocative poems ever written for children. Eugene Field was a Victorian author who wrote many more beautiful poems - I urge you to seek out the rest of his books. Children will be enthralled by tales of magic, faraway lands, exotic birds and trees on which chocolate grows - my siblings and I knew these poems off by heart when we were young. This is the perfect poem to lull the little ones to sleep and give them sweet dreams - it certainly used to for me!


Kiss Me Once
Kiss Me Once
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Price: £3.35

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst Kylie album EVER!!!!, 16 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Kiss Me Once (Audio CD)
I never, ever thought I'd say this about a Kylie album, but this is absolutely terrible. There's not 1 even half-decent track on this album - nothing that could stand even near Confide In Me, Better The Devil You KNow, or Can't Get You Out Of My Head. Kylie has dumped her old manager and moved to Rihanna's record label, and obviously the mature pop princess has tried her hardest to be the cutting-edge, Rihanna-clone she believes her new label want her to be.

But the rubbishness of this album has been reflected in its chart placing, and the shameful placings of its singles. A Kylie comeback album should go straight to no 1, and the singles from it should glitter like her previous jewels - I Was Gonna Cancel? sorry, Kylie, but I think that's what the record executives will be saying very soon. She was a massive hit on The Voice - eclipsing anything Dannii ever did on X Factor - then she comes up with the worst album of her career, this great big pile of steaming dog doo-doo.

One track has 40+ year old Kylie singing "Bounce bounce bounce" repeatedly - not only does it sound as sexy as root canal surgery, but it's also extremely immature. Why has Kylie regressed to that sort of c**p when she can do so much better? It's obvious throughout this appalling abum that Kylie wants to reinvent herself alongside Rihanna and Beyonce, but she couldn't be further from both with this album. PLEASE, PLEASE Kylie - go back to what you do best - brilliant dance-pop, and leave the 'bounce bounce bounce' to the lesser artistes.


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