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York Notes on Julius Caesar
York Notes on Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars tax for text, 19 Jan. 2013
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My daughter found this a very useful text but I'd appreciate it it more if Amazon started paying corporation tax in the UK.
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Bom Bom (Pirupa Remix)
Bom Bom (Pirupa Remix)
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5.0 out of 5 stars tax for tracks, 19 Jan. 2013
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Great track but I'd enjoy it more if Amazon stopped avoiding UK corporation tax.
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Breakn' A Sweat
Breakn' A Sweat
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5.0 out of 5 stars tax for tracks, 19 Jan. 2013
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Great track but I'd enjoy it more if Amazon stopped avoiding UK corporation tax.
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Drinking In L.A.
Drinking In L.A.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tax for tracks, 19 Jan. 2013
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Great track but I'd enjoy it more if Amazon stopped avoiding UK corporation tax.
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Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars love as disease, 19 Mar. 2011
If ever a book makes a case for the idea of romantic love as temporary psychosis it is this one, only in the case of the central protagonist, the psychosis is life-long.
Here is a portrait of a monster to rival Easton-Ellis's American Psycho, an obsessive fantasist who puts McEwan's Jed Parry in the shade. Florentino Ariza forms a teenage fixation for a girl he has hardly met and, in his fevered imagination, fuelled by her inaccessibility, builds her into a goddess. When she rejects him, with masochistic glee, he becomes her stalker and persists in this for the next fifty years, while waiting for her husband to die.
He fills the years of waiting with an endless string of casual sexual encounters, usually with lonely or vulnerable women, whom he tracks down with predatory zeal, prowling the sultry La Manga nights like a Caribbean Nosferatu. He leaves in his wake unwanted pregnancies, suicides, murders and child abuse but, with a psychopath's detachment, is able to compartmentalise these, setting them aside as collateral damage in his mission to win his impossible love.
The stifling claustrophobia of both character and landscape are captured beautifully by Marquez and this is a novel which clings to you like tropical perspiration. The tone is by turns erotic and darkly humorous and the narrative flows as languorously as a river-boat passage through choking jungle.
Remarkably, by the final outcome, which is as uncomfortable for the reader as it is triumphant for Ariza, we still retain a sympathetic connection with our monster at some undefined level. It is testament to Marquez's skill and daring that he is able to appeal to the Florentino Ariza in all of us.


Pioneer XWNAS5K-BLACK iPod Speaker System with FM Radio and Alarm Clock in Black
Pioneer XWNAS5K-BLACK iPod Speaker System with FM Radio and Alarm Clock in Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars warm, rich sound and plenty of oomph, 10 Feb. 2011
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For me, the thing that distinguishes this dock from others at this price is its particular sound quality. Pioneer seem to have gone out of their way to avoid the listener fatigue produced by the slightly clinical edge experienced with some digital sound sources. The result is a system which gets a little closer to the warmth and richness of a valve-amp configuration. This is achieved without loss of detail or clarity and the unit packs plenty of punch, particularly at the lower end. In fact this is my one slight criticism of sound quality - if anything bass from the down-firing drive is a little too prominent and this is the only audio system I've ever owned where my default setting for bass level is minus 2!
Build quality is good and the Pioneer has a reassuring weight and solidity and the LED display is discrete and stylish, situated behind the front grille.
I find the remote control fiddly and difficult to read, which is a drawback as I use it to control the alarm function and the claim in the handbook that hitting any button will activate the snooze function is misleading.
Overall a good buy at the price offered on Amazon (around £150) which was the best I could find anywhere at the time. At around £350, the full price would have been a bit steep, which is probably why most people are now offering it significantly discounted.


Revolution [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Revolution [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £8.69

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a different perspective, 11 Jan. 2011
I feel I need to add my comments to this review list, coming from the perspective of an extra who worked on the movie. I was indeed one of the 'suicidal extras' in the scene one reviewer refers to and can only say the angle must have been deceptive because when we did topple the statue (can't remember if this is shown in the final edit)it crashed to the ground (as much as fibreglass can crash - I still have a fragment as a souvenir!)a few feet in front of the rope-pullers, causing them to scatter rapidly but not presenting any real danger.
On a serious note, I think the reviewer is correct who comments that Pacino's performance is undermined by a weak script. I definitely got the impression he was not happy during filming and witnessed one or two tense moments between him and Hudson on set, including one ('he won't come out of his trailer' moment!). The visual authenticity of the film remains its saving grace for me and I do remember the lengths that were gone to to get every detail correct. However the visual accuracy was again let down by the script; in the drag-hunt scene, for example, when Pacino's character, Tom Dobb,is captured a British officers jeers 'and so dies the American Dream' . In fact the American Dream is a modern term, not coined until the 1930's, some 240 years after the American war of Independence. Much of the dialogue comes across as awkward and stilted and you sensed the embarrassment of the cast at having to perform it.
However, as I've said, this is a visually breathtaking film which accurately portrays the grim realities of a desperate and bloody war. All of the battle scenes are real action, not CG, involving hundreds of extras (whose induction involved a full week of 'square bashing' under an army drill-instructor, versed in the military protocol of the period)and the very strong cast do their best to wring something noble out of a script that should have been discarded in the first week but wasn't.
I do think it improves with repeated viewings; there is a huge amount of visual detail which is not picked up first time around. The atmosphere is suitably oppressive throughout, with many scenes taking place in mud or torrential rain, historical research having shown that 1776 was one of the wettest years on record at the time. (after a week of standing under fire hoses every day, spontaneous industrial action gained extras a 25% 'rain bonus' on all days filmed in rain, however, this did not extend to real rain!) and the film-stock was selected to give a grainy feel on-screen.
Some notes on the cast list; early acting appearances feature for Annie Lennox and Robbie Coltrane, who both have bit parts. Tom Dobb's son is played first by Sid Owen (Ricky Butcher) and then Dexter Fletcher, who went on to great things.
Lastly, one possible exception to historical accuracy; the aftermath of one battle was filmed amid fields of oilseed rape in Norfolk, which, while the bright yellow flowers added to the visual impact, I'm not sure that this was a commercial crop in 18th century America.
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Exspect EX884 - Polished Metal Earphones - Silver + Black
Exspect EX884 - Polished Metal Earphones - Silver + Black

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not teenager-proof, 14 Nov. 2010
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Good sound but in the hands of my teenage daughter (who admittedly has a bit of a track record with headphones)the left channel had stopped working after about 3 weeks.


Stoned [DVD]
Stoned [DVD]
Dvd ~ Will Adamsdale
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £7.00

2.0 out of 5 stars what a waste, 14 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Stoned [DVD] (DVD)
The fact that this film is visually quite appealing and goes some way in capturing the atmosphere of the period is about all it has going for it.
Physically, Brian Jones, before he became bloated by excess, had an ethereal and androgynous beauty; Gregory, in the lead role, would have been better cast as one of Thorogood's labourers.
We are left completely uninformed of the huge influence Jones had in bringing together and shaping the work of the early Stones, of his songwriting talent and great musical virtuosity. His relationships with fellow band members (whose characters are left completely undeveloped) are also barely touched upon.
If the film is meant to focus on the circumstances of his possible murder then, unfortunately, it also misses this opportunity. With the exception of Monet Mazur as Pallenberg, the central cast performances are embarrassingly unconvincing. (the actors playing Jagger and Richards show more potential if their appearances has been developed beyond mere cameo).
Thorogood was probably far more controlling and manipulative than this narrative allows and saw an opportunity to exploit Jones at his lowest ebb. Instead he comes across as a weak character envious and embittered by Jones' success (particularly with women) and where the movie could be exploring the complexities of Jones' personality it escapes into soft-porn indulgences.
A disappointing result for a movie that could have offered so much more.


The Prophet
The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars nuggets of wisdom, 14 Nov. 2010
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This review is from: The Prophet (Hardcover)
Some good stuff here. The chapter on marriage is always a good one if you're looking for a reading at a wedding.


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