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Let's Change The World With Music
Let's Change The World With Music
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of touch? No! In command!, 13 Sept. 2009
This album contains some of the most heart-stoppingly beautiful songs that Paddy McAloon has ever composed. The man's ability to combine the perfect lyric with the perfect melody and harmony has long been obvious; but here he seems to go one further and add transcendence to the mix. As a result, listening to this album will shift your senses to another, better place: one where love, longing and litanies dance together, and where each sigh and - ahem - swoon of Paddy's voice makes you view the world with a bit more hope. The production gives the record a unique coherency: one of being both in and out of time, so on top of everything you've a hefty dose of nostalgia. Finally there's the 'theme' of the album: music itself. Only the soulless would fail to be moved by Paddy's sincere outpourings of faith in music's redemptive, spiritual potential. And only the artless would fail to concede that the very thing that Paddy celebrates is what he simultaneously demonstrates - with mind-spinning genius - on Let's Change The World With Music.

Austerity Britain: A World to Build
Austerity Britain: A World to Build
by David Kynaston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment, 13 Nov. 2008
I had high expectations for this book. The concept sounded great and the publicity had been very favourable. But a couple of chapters in I began to feel disappointed, and then angry and frustrated. Kynaston uses his source material in a shamelessly partisan fashion. Nothing unusual about that for a historian, perhaps, but here the narrative is so one-sided as to subtract almost all credibility from the text. It's fine for him to believe the post-war Labour government actually did the country more harm than good...but for him to imply (on the basis of very limited surveys and testimonies) almost the entire population felt the same way is preposterous. Reading this book you'd think most of the UK were ignorant, backward whingers who hated all politicians. Saying that, he doesn't even attempt to represent the whole of the UK, despite the 'Austerity Britain' title. Northern Ireland isn't mentioned once. Scotland is confined to a few pages about Glasgow. There's a south east/midlands bias which is really unsubtle. Certain passages are useful from a purely empirical point of view. Overall, though, this is a flawed attempt at what could, and should, have been an impressive work. If you want the definitive history of this period, read Peter Hennessy.
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Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes/The Return... [DVD]
Sherlock Holmes: The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes/The Return... [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Jeavons

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more reason to buy this DVD, 15 Aug. 2008
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If you're only familiar with these episodes from catching repeats on ITV3 or (a few years back) Granada Plus, you're in for a treat. It turns out the versions in syndication have several cuts in them, whereas the ones on these DVDs are complete and unexpurgated. I didn't realise episodes like The Resident Patient and The Red-Headed League have entire scenes missing when you watch them on TV; it's been wonderful to discover the full-length versions here.

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