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Grace Shiver
Grace Shiver
by Cathy Stonehouse
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars "Grief that is not expressed suffocates future beings", 13 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Grace Shiver (Paperback)
Cathy Stonehouse's second volume of poems, "Grace Shiver", opens with a quote from Heidegger: "What is spoken is never, and in no language, what is said". Motherhood, death and grief form the cornerstones of this dark and saddening work: the dead of Hiroshima; the loss of a child during pregnancy; the Moors murders; the aftermath of massacre; the death of an incestuous father; in a variety of voices and poetic styles, ranging from prose poems to single epithets, Cathy Stonehouse attempts to bear witness as best she can to what language cannot describe. From seeing Hiroshima in terms of its eternally present individual dead, to expressing maternal grief in broken phrases and false starts, Stonehouse refuses to turn away from her subjects, taking each horror head on. "Perhaps after a year you will become oak sap", she writes of her unborn child, "thin enough to bleed through veins of leaves". Sometimes the emotions stirred up by Stonehouse's words are unbearable; the poem that opens the brief cycle on the Moors murders, "Another Little Flower for God's Garden" is only three lines long, but it will never, ever leave me; and as I think of it I want nothing so much as to go upstairs and guard my two sleeping children.
Those who have read her first volume of poetry, The Words I Know, or her recent collection of short stories, Something about the Animal will have some idea of what to expect. This is a powerful and sobering read from a courageous writer who refuses to talk down to or lie to her readers. I wish there were more like her, and I look forward to her next book.

The Words I Know
The Words I Know
by Cathy Stonehouse
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard going, incredibly rewarding., 24 Nov. 2011
This review is from: The Words I Know (Paperback)
I'll confess now that I knew Cathy Stonehouse during her mid to late teens, when we were both bookish kids growing up in Cheshire in the early 1980s. Cathy wanted to be a poet: that I knew. What I didn't know was that her father had been sexually abusing her since she was a child. That fact overshadows this book. There are poems about many other things: travel, young love, intimacy, leaving home. But what happened to her at the hands of her father insintuates all of these poems, and once known it cannot be unknown. This is a painful read. Literally. There were moments when I found myself squirming and wanting to look away from the page. But at the same time once you've started it you have to read it all.
What makes this book the brilliant thing it is is not the subject matter: there is no shortage of memoirs by abuse survivors on the market. What makes it a standout book is Cathy Stonehouse's poetic talent and skill. She has a gift for spotting the small detail that signifies a whole experience and capturing its essence perfectly in the fewest and best words.
Not an easy book to read by any means, but its drive and energy and anger are more life affirming than anything I have read in years. You might not find it easy to get hold of a copy but I promise you that it's worth the effort.
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Brother Max Easy Hold Home and Travel Weaning Bowl Set with Suction Base
Brother Max Easy Hold Home and Travel Weaning Bowl Set with Suction Base
Offered by Innox Trading
Price: £8.44

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by negative reviews, 28 Mar. 2010
Having read all the reviews here I decided to go ahead and give this bowl a chance and I'm glad I did. The bowl and spoons are quite small but this is because it is a weaning bowl ie. meant for babies 6-12 months (not 18 month old toddlers), and as such is a good size. The spoons in particular are good for my little boy who, at 6 months, already wants to have a go at feeding himself. The orange inner bowl and red outer bowl fit together well and require no more than a moments thought to work out how to get apart. This allows you to clean all parts thoroughly. This lid is tight to get on and off but this is what I want from a travel bowl. The Tommy Tippee weaning bowl I bought was a lot easier but as a consequence my wife ended up with butternut squash puree all over the inside of her travel bag! This bowl also comes with a removable non-slip suction mat which stops my son from throwing it.

In summary an excellent little product well worth the money.

Spooks: Code 9 (BBC Series) [2008] [DVD]
Spooks: Code 9 (BBC Series) [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joanne Frogatt

19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "For Queen. For country. For kicks." For ****'s sake!, 26 Aug. 2008
Wretched. It's like watching a bunch of kids who've been allowed to stay up and watch an episode of 'Spooks' re-enacting it in the playground the next day. The high production values serve only to emphasise its innumerable embarrassments, failures and inadequacies. Expect a face-saving series 2 and then a quiet death. And is it aimed at teenagers? When I was a teenager the last thing I wanted to watch was programmes about other teenagers. Especially teenagers pretending to be grown-ups. Especially in a programme which appears to have been written by teenagers as well. Maybe they won a competition or something.

Bonekickers [DVD]
Bonekickers [DVD]
Price: £4.48

15 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ****kickers, 20 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Bonekickers [DVD] (DVD)
AWFUL. A programme made for an imaginary audience of dribbling and illiterate twenty-something couch potatoes who can't tell the difference between CITV and Civilisation and have just got back from the pub (and, of course, it being 9pm, they haven't). Which leaves the rest of us. Not all of whom respond positively anymore to being told that middle class white people are awful, especially if you happen to be one. Though fair dos, I imagine it was middle-class white people who made it. I bet they wouldn't watch it though. If it were ITV I'd assume it was being made as a joke or a tax loss, but it isn't.

And it being the BBC there will be a second series. Everything gets a second series. No one wants to admit failure, do they? Though three or four years from now some idiot in a v-neck on 'Point Of View' will claim to have learned from the experience, in the same way that the BBC learned that fleecing callers was 'wrong' once they had been appropriately retrained. Does Terry Wogan still read out viewers' letters in a voice intended to mock their concerns and belittle them? I gave up on 'Points Of View' years ago.

Dracula (1931)/House Of Dracula (1945) [DVD]
Dracula (1931)/House Of Dracula (1945) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Onslow Stevens

24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the films, hate this disc, 13 May 2004
because the same package in region 1 also contains an extra disc, and includes the Spanish version of Dracula, plus Dracula's Daughter and Son of Dracula. If you've any sense you'll buy the Monster Legacy DVD Collection as a whole, which contains all of the old Dracula, Wolfman and Frankenstein movies, and cost me £35 including shipping. The above disc is really poor value and completists will be very disappointed. Your choice.
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The Wicker Man - The Director's Cut (DVD) [1973]
The Wicker Man - The Director's Cut (DVD) [1973]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £14.89

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Britt Ekland naked, 6 Nov. 2003
There are two great things about "The Wicker Man": an incredible ending and Britt Ekland naked. The latter alone would justify the price of the set.
Out of the two versions the shorter one is better. The extra footage in the "Director's Cut" adds nothing to the story, which makes total sense in its shorter, "butchered" cut. Film's are a visual medium: I don't need Howie's character explained to me, and neither does anyone else.
The commentary is interesting but unfortunately Christopher Lee is too in love with the sound of his own voice sometimes to let others contribute. He seems to think the job of the film was to explain pagan ritual to people or, more precisely, to provide him with a podium to explain it to the audience in long dull speeches, most of which have been cut. A bit pompous, really, but nobody seems brave enough to want to challenge him on the issue. I would have liked to hear a lot more from Edward Woodward, who comes across as a nice bloke who hasn't taken the whole thing too seriously.
So. Britt Ekland naked. Enough said.

Heart Of Glass [1976] [DVD]
Heart Of Glass [1976] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Josef Bierbichler
Offered by Replay-International
Price: £21.98

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally bats!, 23 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Heart Of Glass [1976] [DVD] (DVD)
Honestly, this film is absolutely, totally bats, and all the better for it. 70s European arthouse cinema at its strangest. Good old Werner. Who else would hypnotise a whole cast - he did it himself, by the way; he had to sack the hypnotist he hired because he was too weird. Herzog's commentary, like those done for other movies, is fascinating.
Worth buying for the shot of the clouds passing over the mountains; one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

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Price: £4.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Kid Yourself - It's A Single, 8 Nov. 2002
This review is from: NIRVANA-NIRVANA (Audio CD)
That's right folks, this is an expensive single. I know it, you know it, Courney Love, David Geffen and the other members of Nirvana know it. This is marketing. They're selling people product they already own using the new song "You Know You're Right" as bait. Nirvana fans like me will buy it, but we know we're being screwed. At least they didn't put out a double CD. Except for the new song the collection's a bit of a waste of time, as even the most casual Nirvana fan is going to own Nevermind, In Utero and Unplugged anyway, and anyone who didn't care enough to buy those albums in the first place isn't going to be interested in this.
Is the song any good? It's OK. It isn't the masterpiece everyone says it is, but it sounds like it might grow on me.

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