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First by Van Cleef and Arpels Perfumed Body Cream 200ml
First by Van Cleef and Arpels Perfumed Body Cream 200ml
Offered by Direct Cosmetics
Price: 27.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 12 Sep 2014
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Utterly lush! I'm so happy with the transaction. Item received very quickly and wrapped well, BNIB as described. For those unfamiliar with the scent, it's an opulent floral and one of the classiest, most sensual fragrances I have encountered. Layering the perfume with the body cream is an absolute dream and I couldn't be happier.


Ladies Lace Tie Front Bolero Shrugs Cardigan Tops in Black for women, including plus sizes
Ladies Lace Tie Front Bolero Shrugs Cardigan Tops in Black for women, including plus sizes
Price: 8.99 - 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted!, 3 Jun 2012
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Gorgeous shrug that is soft, elegant and versatile. Really, what more could you want from a shrug? Will be buying another one in a different colour ASAP. Great purchase.


Mabool
Mabool
Price: 13.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Israeli Metal, 19 Jan 2008
This review is from: Mabool (Audio CD)
As a keen enthusiast of both folk and metal, finding this album was like happening upon a treasure trove. Orphaned Land channel the fearsome voice of God from the Old Testament, and they do so with a vengeance. The lead singer, Kobi Farhi, is superb and his slick growls are only slightly outshined by a beautiful, melodic voice that will transport you back to antiquity.

OL incorporate Biblical lore in their music, their lyrics brim with incantations and proverbs, and indeed "Mabool" evokes the story of the Arc. They sing in both English and Hebrew (there are translations and other helpful notes in the booklet) and employ traditional Middle Eastern instruments. The result is truly staggering. Show me another band that makes you headbang to citations from the book of Genesis.

I cannot recommend this album enough. Buy it now.


Mabool - the Story of the Three Sons of Seven [Ltd Edition]
Mabool - the Story of the Three Sons of Seven [Ltd Edition]
Offered by UK Entertainment
Price: 19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Israeli Metal, 5 Jan 2008
Discovering this band is a veritable learning experience. As a keen enthusiast of both folk and metal, finding this album was like happening upon a treasure trove. Orphaned Land channel the fearsome voice of God from the Old Testament, and they do so with a vengeance. The lead singer, Kobi Farhi, is superb and his slick growls are only slightly outshined by a beautiful, melodic voice that will transport you back to antiquity.

OL incorporate Biblical lore in their music, their lyrics brim with incantations and proverbs, and indeed "Mabool" evokes the story of the Arc. They sing in both English and Hebrew (there are translations and other helpful notes in the booklet) and employ traditional Middle Eastern instruments. The result is truly staggering. Show me another band that makes you headbang to citations from the book of Genesis.

I cannot recommend this album enough. Buy it now.


Wuthering Heights [DVD]
Wuthering Heights [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Calder-Marshall
Price: 4.60

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartfelt Production, 9 Aug 2005
This review is from: Wuthering Heights [DVD] (DVD)
In the early 19th century on the lone, shivering Yorkshire moors, the owner of Wuthering Heights brings home an orphan from Liverpool named Heathcliff (Timothy Dalton). When the kindly Mr Earnshaw dies, his son Hindley forces Heathcliff to work as a stable boy. Though clearly despised by Hindley, daughter Catherine develops an intense kinship with the dark, brooding Heathcliff that blossoms into fervent love. When Cathy (Anna Calder-Marshall) meets wealthy neighbour Edgar Linton (Ian Ogilvy) and encourages his attentions, the devastated Heathcliffe runs away. Cathy marries Edgar, and a few years later the resentful Heathcliff returns with his own wealth and sophistication. Still obsessively in love with each other, Cathy gets deathly ill and the plot ensues with tragic consequences for all involved.

What a delightful, haunting tale of sheer brilliance and disturbing imagery. Filmed on location in Yorkshire, the scenery is spectacular, foreboding and beautifully depicts the characters sense of desolation and hopelessness. Director Robert Fuest dishes up plenty of mood, atmosphere, and some rather delectable performances from his two leads, particularly Timothy Dalton as the tortured, gorgeous Heathcliff. This film is not without faults, it does not zealously follow Emily Bronte's novel and some viewers might find this annoying. Overall, a stunning, heartfelt production that I warmly recommend to all.
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The Story Of Skip Bifferty
The Story Of Skip Bifferty
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 38.95

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Voyage!, 28 July 2005
Skip Bifferty have more myths and tittle-tattle surrounding them than the Sphinx. One of the most enthralling gems in the history of UK Psyche, these guys were plugged by John Peel and endorsed by the likes of Keith Moon. Enshrouded with mystery and celebrated by the local rock quagmire, Skip Bifferty may have had their priorities off beam and spent too much time frolicking around than in the studio. As a result, "The Story of Skip Bifferty" is their only official release.
A record as alluring and versatile as their personalities, this record is truly wonderful. From beautiful, heartfelt ballads such as "Come Around", through awesome psyche-outs like "Gas Board Under Dog" and "Guru" to introspective eccentricities like "Follow the Path of the Stars". The 2nd disk is hardly worth mentioning, encompassing various radio edits and live takes that smack of mediocrity. The only redeeming quality is "I Keep Singing That Same Old Song", an incredible, powerful song the guys recorded later on under the name of "Heavy Jelly", demonstrating again that Bifferty's career is beset with curiosities.
All in all, an absolutely wonderful album and a *must* for any Psyche Rock aficionado.


Somebody to Love?: a Rock and Roll Memoir
Somebody to Love?: a Rock and Roll Memoir
by Grace Slick
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: 13.66

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Entertaining!, 7 July 2004
In a time where rock and roll was reined exclusively by heady testosterone, when the vast majority of female singers were either popstrels or folksy songbirds, Grace Slick was the first female rocker whose flamboyant style and notorious countenance equalled that of any of her male counterparts. Somebody to Love recounts Slick's long journey from posh socialite to counterculture goddess. With unabashed candour and a tremendous sense of humour, Grace flashes back to the halcyon days of the late 60's when her unique talents soared Jefferson Airplane to the top of the charts.
The beautiful, extrovert Slick was invited to join Jefferson Airplane after replacing the band's original lead singer. Grace brought both "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love" to the already popular group's hit list and the rest is history. She recalls her drug-dazed and alcoholic-soaked performances, as well as her relationships with rock and roll royalty such as Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby Stills & Nash. She provides an intimate time capsule into the Triple Crown of rock and roll festivals -- Woodstock, Monterey Pop and Altamont (Airplane is the only rock band to play at all three).
Fear not, her autobiography also chronicles her many lovers, including the sexual escapades with her bandmates (she bedded all except one); her long-term relationship with Paul Kantner and the legendary one nighter with Jim Morrison ("It was like making love to a floating art form with eyes.").
Grace, who has had nearly as many arrests as paramours, discusses her penchant for sassing cops, and her aborted visit to the Nixon White House with Abbie Hoffman (they intended to spike the President's tea with LSD). Fans of the Airplane's music will learn of the behind-the-scenes rivalries and friendships, and of their eventual transformation from rebellious rockers to mainstream pop stars when they evolved into the '80s hit group Jefferson Starship.
A compelling, very entertaining and at times hilarious read. I warmly recommended this book to rock and roll fans everywhere!
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The Lion in Winter [DVD][1968]
The Lion in Winter [DVD][1968]
Dvd ~ Peter O'Toole
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 17.49

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Royal Soap Opera, 5 July 2004
Set in Medieval 1183, Britain's King Henry II (Peter O'Toole) finds it occasionally useful to take his wife out of mothballs and parade her before the public. Henry's Queen Eleanor (Katharine Hepburn), long exiled to a faraway castle, is "invited" to join Henry and their three sons for a family reunion. In this way, Henry hopes to maintain a stronghold on his Empire and to prevent the balance of power from shifting to Eleanor or to one of his sons: Richard the Lion-Hearted (Anthony Hopkins), Prince Geoffrey (John Castle), or Prince John (Nigel Terry). Also on hand for the get-together is Henry's mistress Princess Alais (Jane Merrow) - who covets the King's influence - and the Princess' brother, King Philip of France (Timothy Dalton).
Despite Henry's efforts to keep his wife and offspring at arms' length (and away from the throne), Eleanor successfully reunites the brood, assuring that her power will not only be restored, but will last long after her death.
Barbed tongues wound to the quick in this James Goldman screenplay about England's King Henry II (1133-1189) and his dysfunctional family. Peter O'Toole dominates the film with his forceful portrayal of the legendary Henry. As ruler of a vast Anglo-Norman kingdom, the 50-year-old monarch holds sway over all that he sees, except his wife and three sons. Shrewd wit and elegant quality season the dialogue throughout the film, allowing the actors to wring brilliance from their tongues. During the film, the choral music of John Barry sets an appropriately ominous mood. And director Anthony Harvey occasionally mixes in action sequences, featuring poised lances and gleaming daggers, to pick up the pace.
This masterpiece is not without fault. As a keen aesthetic with an eye for period fashion and setting, I found it rather perplexing that the Royals were all dressed in what appears to be dirty, tattered rags. Amazingly, King Henry and Prince John look like a pair of vagabonds! I feel that more attention should have been given to this aspect, which renders the entire production side rather amateur.
However, it is the wonderful acting - in particular O'Toole's and Hepburn's - that carries the day and makes The Lion in Winter a masterpiece worth viewing again and again.


Anne Of The Thousand Days [VHS]
Anne Of The Thousand Days [VHS]
VHS
Offered by rdowns33
Price: 14.89

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic!, 1 July 2004
Anne of the Thousand Days is the belated film adaptation of Maxwell Anderson's 1948 stage play. The story concentrates on the romance between Britain's King Henry VIII (Richard Burton) and his ill-fated second wife Anne Bolelyn (Genevieve Bujold).
After holding out for marriage rather than an illegitimate union, Anne marries Henry after he sheds himself of Katherine of Aragon causing a rift between the Crown and the Church in the process. Anne's inability to produce a male heir leads Henry to look about for other suitable mates. Henry's sinister right-hand man Cromwell (John Colicos) arranges for Anne to be condemned on a charge of adultery. She is beheaded, while Henry disconsolately sits in Windsor Castle, regretting this callous example of political expediency.
Bujold accents her portrayal with just enough tenacity to reveal something of the strong-willed child she would bear, Queen Elizabeth I. Richard Burton, in what must be his finest hour, ably portrays a ranting Henry obsessed with shedding his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, in order to bed Bolelyn and sire a male heir. The rustle and swirl of stunning period robes and gowns seasons the film with authenticity and atmosphere.
This film is exceedingly powerful and makes for very emotive viewing. It is also the best portrayal of Tudor England on the silver screen to date (you might want to look up "Lady Jane", another brilliant adaptation of the period).
My one and only (rather irrelevant) rant is WHY HAS THIS FILM NOT BEEN RELEASED ON DVD?


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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointing, 2 Jun 2004
I would have loved to afford this film with five stars, however I must confess that I found it very disappointing. You can immediately tell that it wasn’t directed by Colombus, who had achieved a good mix of character/CGI on the first movies and served up a tasteful dish of both brilliant filmmaking and immensely delectable viewing. Azkaban is conceivably darker and atmospheric, which isn't always a good thing. This is fundamentally a story about a group of kids, so with all do respect to Renaissance inspired music and pseudo-philosophical exchanges between Professor Lupin and Harry - it just doesn't feel right.
Professors Snape and McGonagall, whom I’m sure we all agree are superb characters, are practically non-existent in this film. Michael Gambon tries but fails miserably to recapture the heart-felt, touching performance of the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore. Radcliffe’s portrayal of Harry is another sore spot; his anger gets seriously annoying at times (I can see him turning into Connor from the TV series Angel if he's not careful). Unfortunately, The Prisoner of Azkaban just isn’t as funny and entertaining as The Philosopher’s Stone and Chambers of Secrets.
Go and watch it by all means, but do not expect the heart rendering, fun-filled adventure pack delivered by the first two. What a shame!


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