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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential addition to you collection!, 19 Sept. 2014
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Totally exceeded my expectations. There's some rare and choice footage in this collection that is a joy to possess. Some great performances that even a die-hard Kate Bush fan like me has not seen before. I'm so glad to have this in my collection.


I Wish, Wish, Wish You Were Dead, Dead, Dead
I Wish, Wish, Wish You Were Dead, Dead, Dead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death By Bubba Bubba Yum Yum, 27 Mar. 2014
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This is a terrific story that draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go until the last. For anybody who was bullied at school, or knew somebody who was bullied or maybe even did the bullying themselves this story will resonate deeply. Throw in tonnes of 1980’s references and you’ve pretty much got a dream package for anyone who suffered the trials of their teenage years to the soundtracks of The Wedding Present, Dangermouse and The A-Team. For those of you who went to school in a different era there’s still enough emotional references to take you back to those good / bad old days of school. The girls you fancied but didn’t stand a chance with. The fashions you couldn’t keep up with. The desperation to hang out with the cool people. The terrifying and exciting anticipation of one day actually having sex with another human being. But most of all, the seething, murderous desire to reap vengeance on those gits who always seemed bigger, stronger and more socially aware than you were; the ones who made sure your place was the bottom of the heap and went out of their way to keep you there. Imagine the delicious carnage you could wreak if you could merely wish your enemies dead and then sit back and watch it happen. Death by Bubba Bubba Yum Yum is surely a fitting end to any of them? But could you live with it? How would it affect your home life and your relationships with the few friends that you’ve managed to accrue around you? Would such an ability be a blessing or a curse? For the hero of the story, Paul Baldwin, this is the question he must answer. Rol Hirst’s superbly written tale takes you through the entire journey – from the highs of discovering such nascent power to the soul crushing responsibility that it brings. Be careful what you wish for: you just might get it. I can’t recommend this novel highly enough. Un-put-down-able.


Department of the Peculiar #2
Department of the Peculiar #2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, dark and damned funny..., 6 Mar. 2014
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After reading the previous volume there was no doubt in my mind about signing up for volume 2. Elegant storytelling and elegant graphics make for a thoroughly entertaining combination - and one that had me smirking and snorting to boot. Department of the Peculiar has more than earned a permanent place on my Kindle. Brilliant.


Department of the Peculiar #1
Department of the Peculiar #1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master of the dark arts..., 6 Mar. 2014
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I haven't read a graphic novel for years so this was a great way to re-immerse myself and twist my Kindle's electronic brain in the process - in a good way. If you like your wit sharp, your humour blacker than the old black and the new black put together and fancy it all presented through the medium of some fantastic artwork then this is the volume for you. Blow your mind; not your Kindle. Though I can't guarantee that the latter won't occur.


Girl Bros.
Girl Bros.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wounded Love, 24 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Girl Bros. (Audio CD)
"Subdued" is the best way to describe this album and that is not necessarily a complaint. Sure, those of you that loved the enthusiasm and fun of Wendy & Lisa's first three albums are going to be a little nonplussed, maybe even disappointed with Girl Bros, but stick with it. Girl Bros is a very personal offering from the girls. It's gentle, sentimental and emotional. There's a tiredness to it that is quite palpable but it's not an uncaring "whatever" kind of tiredness - it's more of a "too tired to fake it anymore, too tired to be anything but honest and simple and direct" kind of tiredness. And that's cool. That's good.

The result is a very intimate, very modest, very unpretentious album. This is a whisper not a brazen shout.

But it feels like an end. There's a note of finality about Girl Bros. It sounds like a goodbye. It's hard to see where Wendy and Lisa can progress to after this. The album feels like they're letting go of the crazy world of the music industry. And who can blame them?

The album is also obviously a musical tribute to Wendy's brother who died before the album was recorded. I'm sure this accounts for the wounded gentleness that pervades nearly all of the tracks and also adds an affecting rawness to many of the lyrics.

This is an album that sighs its own grief whilst rocking itself to sleep... though there are flashes of the old Wendy and Lisa funkiness and ebullience. However, these flashes are few and far between. Musically everything is very stripped down and uncluttered. There are Folk and Country influences here. It's quite reminiscent of some of XTC's latter day output.

Do I like it? Yeah. I do. It's nice to hear Wendy and Lisa's voices again and this album completes the collection. But it's a sad end to the story. Like losing two friends. They sound a little battered and blue... but it's OK, they're getting over it. It's just that unfortunately things aren't going to be quite the same anymore.

Cue soft watery smiles.

I wish them both well. I thank them for sharing. And they will always have an honoured place on my MP3 player.


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