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The Plant Programme: Recipes for Fighting Breast Cancer - Healthier Living for Everyone
The Plant Programme: Recipes for Fighting Breast Cancer - Healthier Living for Everyone
by Gill Tidey
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Highly Recommended, 28 July 2015
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An essential read for all who are visited by breast and prostate cancer - and all those who want to eat healthily. See Jane Plant's other works too.


Onegin [DVD] [1999]
Onegin [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love offered and lost, 28 July 2015
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This review is from: Onegin [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
A brilliant and subtle version of Pushkin's great poetic novel. The casting is perfect and the acting great, with Fiennes' performance as the anti-hero touched by genius. It brings out the essential poetry of the novel and becomes a poem in its own right.


Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
Eugene Onegin (Penguin Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a tale for today, 28 July 2015
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This great and witty translation from the Russian describes a dilemma for all who fall in love in our 'age of narcissism'. See also Ralph Fiennes' brilliantly cast cinematic version, with Fiennes as the anti hero (a performance touched by genius) which captures the underlying poetry of Pushkin's work


German Romantics in Context
German Romantics in Context
by Roger Cardinal
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Primer, 11 May 2013
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This is a pretty good introduction to the complex phenomenon of Romanticism in its general remarks and more detailed treatment of individual German Romantic artists and philosophers.


Astral Weeks
Astral Weeks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!, 11 May 2013
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I first heard it in the '60's, it stayed with me and it's still as fresh as hearing it for the first time. One could see in this early work that Van was going to do great things - and in fact he'd already done it with this recording. All the tracks are good but 'Madam George' and 'Ballerina', especially the latter's orchestration, are superb.


La fille du régiment [DVD] [2007] [NTSC] [2008] [Region 1]
La fille du régiment [DVD] [2007] [NTSC] [2008] [Region 1]
Dvd ~ Natalie Dessay
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of 'Daughters'!, 18 Nov. 2012
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This is a brilliantly funny production of the Royal Opera House's 'Daughter of the Regiment', with Natalie Dessay in the title-role. Her opening scene as a demon ironer of the regiment's smalls is a wonderful piece of acting and direction. Her wicked eyes and frenetic boyish movements (after all, as Marie, she was brought up by a whole regiment of French soldiers!)are perfect. I even replay this aria regularly, just to marvel at her acting - and ironing technique! All this and her superb voice!

Juan Diego Florez is also perfect as her lover, Tonio, who is dashing and funny at the same time. He tackles those fiendish and 'impossible' high notes in his famous aria on gaining Marie's hand with seeming ease, much to the applause of not only the audience but also the conductor, Bruno Campanella, who is also, always, on top form.

All the singers are in excellent voice and act their parts with verve. Dawn French, in the non-singing role as La Duchesse de Crackentorp, even dominates the stage at one point by just standing looking very proud.

This must be a definitive 'Daughter'.


The Migrants' Song - Stephen Leo Davis
The Migrants' Song - Stephen Leo Davis
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner, a Good Read - but with depth, 3 Jan. 2012
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This is a novel that works on at least four levels: the tough world of the LAPD, the alienated Mexican `wetback' community, Aldous Huxley's experiments with mescaline in the pursuit of enlightenment - with its spin-off into the philosophical realms of TS Eliot's poetry. Yet Stephen Leo Davis relates them all seamlessly and with tremendous finesse. We even have cameo appearances by such as Marlene Dietrich in the context of `50's Hollywood. All this must be based on enormous research, which the author clearly relishes, making it to some extent a work of `faction'.

Despite the weight of some philosophical and artistic content, all deeply interesting and integrated, the readability of the varying `languages' carries the reader onwards, capturing LA's `50's cultural scene in its LAPD cop dialogue, the migrants' political rhetoric and Huxley's mystical flights, examples of language that are part of the book's meaning. The detailed references to LA's geography enables the reader to experience the city's fabric and disorienting complexity. The sexual relationships of Huxley's milieu are revelatory, and its characters are drawn with wry humour and in apt detail.

The novel is packed with incident and thought. I intend to re-read it soon to pick up on the finer points I feel I might have missed on a first reading. I don't think I shall be disappointed. So much so, I've just bought Davis' other Kindle novel, `The Secret Government'.


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