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A Flower Fairies Postcard Book
A Flower Fairies Postcard Book
by Cicely Mary Barker
Edition: Cards
Price: £5.63

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Away with the fairies- what a lovely treat!, 15 Nov 2007
This wonderful collection is a must-have in every household- it has saved many a birthday, when I've forgotten to buy a card.
The imagery is so familiar, yet they bring joy to all that comes across them.
Also make a perfect gift for all flower-inclined children- and adults of all ages.
Beware that the cards are quite hard to remove from the booklet, heavy handling and they may rip.
Strongly recommended anyway!!!!


Teenagers [DISC 1] [7" VINYL] [Single, Limited Edition, Maxi]
Teenagers [DISC 1] [7" VINYL] [Single, Limited Edition, Maxi]
Offered by Eds Attic Music Store
Price: £11.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Not at all an mis-spent youth!, 9 Nov 2007
Teenagers is the new, and probably, last single to be released off the Black Parade album.
It really stands out with it's eerie music hall type of sound. My Chemical Romance is a fantastic band, especially when it comes to experimenting with styles of music that the main bulk of their audience have no reference to.
Maybe not even their grandparents!
What with ragtime and burlesque vaudeville, as in Mama, and hidden track Blood, on the album.
With Teenagers, Gerard Way expresses a real fear of misguided youth, like the tragedy at Colombine High. And there are no if's and but's about the lyrics!
Teenagers that lacks in empathy really CAN scare the living ...hell out of the best of us.
This is a whopper of a song- and THE evidence that this band has the potential to deliver an even better, bigger and more beautiful forth album- I for one, can't wait!


Waterloo to Anywhere
Waterloo to Anywhere
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £6.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Pretty Brilliant!!!, 27 Sep 2007
This review is from: Waterloo to Anywhere (Audio CD)
Waterloo to Anywhere sounds more Mick Jones than even the Libertines ever did- and this is not even a production of the former Clash -genious!
This album is the clever bastard-child of Tony Doogan and one of rocks best voices ever, Carl Barat.
The definitive proof that Pete Doherty really did nothing to make The Libertines a great band, well his own shabby Babyshambles are the living proof of that!
Here we have a boquet of songs that really compliments each other.
From first track Deadwood until the last chord on Last of the small tower playboys, the band never misses a beat.
This really is The Clash of the era, meant both as a compliment and a true observation.
My personal favourite is Bang Bang youré dead, where the back-beat and fab guitar strumming really lifts the song to dizzying heights.
This is a feel-good album for a lost generation- we need this dystopic yet strangely exhilirating sound!
For those of us who thought it was all over after the Libertines, this is a great big sugar-coated band-aid!
A must have!


"My Chemical Romance"
"My Chemical Romance"
by Mona Gale
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Instant MCR, just add water!, 16 Sep 2007
This review is from: "My Chemical Romance" (Paperback)
This is not a complete biography- it's partly a chronological tale of a band that made it very big.
It's great if you have no earlier reference to the band or if you're quite young.
It's an easy read for the already devoted. Bur somehow the simplicity in the writing feels a little diluted, like too week coffee or watered down beer.
It lacks body, in want for a better word.
The bio by Paul Stenning is a far better buy and read!
But then again, if you are say, 14 and just have to own anything by or about MCR, this, of course is a must.
Quite a few pretty pictures and not so much substantial facts about the band who has battled near death, drug-abuse, severe depression and extreme fame.
One day the real story will be told-in the meantime we have to make do with this and Paul Stenning.


Icky Thump [7" VINYL]
Icky Thump [7" VINYL]
Offered by adrians_records
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Two-tone duo discover scottish roots!, 13 Sep 2007
This review is from: Icky Thump [7" VINYL] (Vinyl)
Having been a very enthusiastic fan of The White Stripes from the very beginning, I must say that this direction of music is not only refreshing, but also a big and interesting step in a new direction.
Having re-invented the American songbook, from the alternative swamps of Louisiana to the darkest caves in hill-billy land, this adventure to "the old country", namely Scotland, has brought a new dimension to the dynamic duos musical span.
Still incredibly melodic, always the somewhat unexpected beat (Meg may not be the world's greatest drummer, but she certainly makes up for lack of techniqe in many ways, not the least, quirkiness!}and Jacks voice that you either love or hate. I do the former!
Icky Thump, single as well as the whole album, has been a well needed blood transfusion for a band that keep re-inventing themselves, but this is far less pretentious than, for example De Stijl, that was closer to getting off the rails, and only just managed to hold together.
Icky Thump shows promise that White Stripes may live on for a few more, very interesting, albums, still.


Teenagers
Teenagers
Offered by Japan-Select
Price: £28.15

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Youth really IS wasted on the young!, 13 Sep 2007
This review is from: Teenagers (Audio CD)
Teenagers is the new, and probably, last single to be released off the Black Parade album.
It really stands out with it's eerie music hall type of sound. My Chemical Romance is a fantastic band, especially when it comes to experimenting with styles of music that the main bulk of their audience have no reference to.
Maybe not even their grandparents!
What with ragtime and burlesque vaudeville, as in Mama, and hidden track Blood, on the album.
With Teenagers, Gerard Way expresses a real fear of misguided youth, like the tragedy at Colombine High. And there are no if's and but's about the lyrics!
Teenagers that lacks in empathy really CAN scare the living ...hell out of the best of us.
This is a whopper of a song- and THE evidence that this band has the potential to deliver an even better, bigger and more beautiful forth album- I for one, can't wait!


The Varangian Way
The Varangian Way
Price: £13.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Romancing the Vikings!, 13 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Varangian Way (Audio CD)
I really enjoy the first album by Turisas, Battle Metal. But where it lacks in musical confidence and a fully fledged concept, The Varangian Way, is far superior.
On their new album the songs are grand and well orchestrated. The only component to bring me out in hives, are the use of the accordion. An instrument that in my opinion really is the Devils piano! And NOT in a good way!!The lyrics are full frontal flirts with long gone times of Viking grandeur. And they definately have a great sense of humour. Holmgard and Beyond is the strongest track on the album, unfortunately they have a much better mix not released on the album, but you can find it on the June issue compilation of Rock Sound magazine. That version would have been the iceing on the cake.
I have yet to see them live, wich will be fantastic. You can never have to much of a good thing! Turisas new album is an eclectic mixture of fun, folksy metal, eastern european intrumentation and a lot of musical elements that sounds like big, bold Soviet propaganda-songs. And that meant, in a good way!
Someone referred to Turisas as black metal, bah humbug! this is fun metal, with a twist!
I strongly recommend both of Turisas albums, had it not been for the accordion, it would have been 5 stars!


The Simpson's Rubik's Puzzle
The Simpson's Rubik's Puzzle

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting to grips with Homers mind?, 12 Sep 2007
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: The Simpson's Rubik's Puzzle (Toy)
I got this for my son's 13th birthday-and it is driving him nuts!
If you thought an ordinary Rubik's cube was hard- Homer will have you in tears of distress and your stress-levels will rise, dangerously high!
Having said that, it's great fun- `cos the whole family, even dad the engineer, are evenly crap at this!
The 13 year old has left it on his desk for now- and it makes quite an enthralling center-piece. A little bit surrealist, but hey! Isn't that what the Simpsons is all about? Getting under your skin while entertaining you.
One day we'll beat that darn head, just wait....


Black Books - The Complete Box Set [DVD]
Black Books - The Complete Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dylan Moran
Offered by WorldCinema
Price: £19.99

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter Black Books at risk of hurting yourself laughing too hard!!!, 30 July 2007
There is a cluster, in want for a better word, of new era comedians in UK. All of wich have their brilliance and to the point timing in common.
Somehow they cross breed and spill into each others shows and universes and it is marvellous!!!
Black Books, the rebellous and sometimes intimidatingly funny brainchild of Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey is a contemporary classic!
The third season also has such talent as Simon Pegg and that bloke from Big Train (sorry, but his name always escapes me!}only kidding, it's Mark Heap and they add yet more flavor to the already heady brew, wich is Black Books.
This is the thinking man's and woman's sit-com. Sheer indulgence in litterary reference, and of course utter gibberish, in it's execution!
I love it!!!
Yet, there is nothing excluding or elite about it. You don't have to have A'levels to get great humour.
One especially funny episode is when Manny runs away and gets semi-abducted by a very scary Svengali-type (comic genious Omid Djilali) in gold chains that need Mannys looks (!)to cater for the japanese markets pornographic taste in anything Boo Peep!

This is something for everyone. And that isn't always a good line, when used in reviews. (I think thas was written on the case of the Pearl Harbour DVD, bleurgh!!}But in this case it is a great compliment.
After discovering Black Books, I went on to How do you want me?, Spaced and Green Wing. All of wich I liked very much, if for different reasons.
I also gave Shaun of the dead and Hot Fuzz a shot and they are great. And naturally, the many stand-up shows available of Dylan Moran and Bill Bailey, all of wich are far more efficient than Xanax or Prozac, when you suffer from a mild bout of depression.
So the spill over effect rules!
Please, Dylan Moran, can we have a forth season of Black Books? Please, please, please?!!!!


Tribute To My Chemical Romance
Tribute To My Chemical Romance
Price: £11.79

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice effort-a tribute to the greatest band in the world!, 29 Jun 2007
The Not Okay Kids have loads of energy! Doubtless they love the songs they perform.
Some songs are a little too close to the originals to feel comfortable. Why bother making a tribute album, if you don't put in anything of your own?
In my preference, a tribute should always have an element, less of copycat but more of uniqe interpretation. This lacks all of that.
Partly, it feels like a rushed job, "let's cash in while MCR are still piping hot". Only problem is-My Chemical Romance will always be the greatest band on the planet, especially to those who already worship at their feet, I for one!
But a quick fix of speed-metally, all punked up versions of the songs from the first two albums, just doesn't cut it, I'm afraid!
Lastly, Dave Ellefson, formerly of Megadeth (now, THAT'a dubious claim to fame to conjure with!!} has contributed with the last three tracks. Question that remais is, WHY? Is this a project to regain cred with the kids? No answer to that one, I'm afraid. All in all, a good effort, if possibly with murky intentions. A Tribute? Maybe. Worth buying? If you are a die-hard fan. For a safer bet- get your mitts on anything recorded by My Chemical Romance, and experience the real deal.


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