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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: South Africa
by Michael Brett
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 2009 Travel Companion, 20 April 2009
Travelled with it in January-February 2009 from Joburg to Cape Town. Gives you a good list of must see places although does skip a few places you inevitably pass on your way and ask yourself a questions this book simply doesn't have any answers to as if big portions of the country simply do not exist. All in all, it does the job, giving you a bit of history, little tips and a good background. Map wise - you need a proper atlas that is easy to get and comes free should you rent a car with a major rental company. the book is politically correct, sometimes dry and certainly won't substitute the live experience of interacting with the locals. Perfect for preparation home work you need to do before the planned trip.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars comfortable, high quality, affordable, 20 April 2009
I was looking for a pillow that I would sleep the whole night on without waking up to find my head on the edge of it or the pillow turning flat. And I must admit this pillow is the same in the morning as it is when you go to bed - nice, comfy and so plump you wouldn't want to share it with anyone. Not being an allergy sufferer myself I can not comment on its other sides, however, I wouldn't recommend it highly to those who suffer from the neck pain - it's not an orthopedic one and won't solve your problems. Good for everynight sleep once your neck is fixed and is very easy to wash. Good buy.
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The Bear [DVD]
The Bear [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tchéky Karyo
Price: £29.99

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE FOR THE KIDS!, 11 Jun. 2008
This review is from: The Bear [DVD] (DVD)
A touching story of two bears with a happy ending. Of course, something like this wouldn't have happened in real life - an adult male Grizzly bear would most probably kill a strange cub. However, as it is a nice fiction, not only did they live side by side, they encounter a number of situations where they support each other and come out as the true winners! No blood, fantastic scenery and fabulous bears - a pleasure even for the adults, never mind children. Played it to our friends' under 3 sons - they watched it very attentively and seemed to understand what was going one better than us! Regarding the fact that these boys are always fidgeting, this movie kept them on the couch with no effort! Worth 6 stars.

Onegin [DVD] [1999]
Onegin [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece!, 11 Jun. 2008
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This review is from: Onegin [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Overall: great directing, smashing play, spectacular camera work and interesting extras. The main characters demonstrated interest in the context and were `qualified' on the scene. The props and costumes looked perfect too and that is not just in my personal opinion but of a fellow historian of costumes from Moscow. Ralph Fiennes is always convincing depicting controversial villains. He looks very natural, sometimes appropriately revolting. Liv Tyler looks good too, definitely like someone you can relate your private life's worries to.
It shows a bit of Russia and a lot of emotions, it's suits Pushkin's masterpiece accordingly. Loved it.

The Heart Of A Dog (Vintage Classics)
The Heart Of A Dog (Vintage Classics)
by Mikhail Bulgakov
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 11 Jun. 2008
As a Russian native speaker I was a bit suspicious about this genius piece being translated into English. However, as soon as I started reading I couldn't stop! Savouring every page of it and passed this book on to my English friends. Although some of the things described by the author would be a bit confusing to someone who never lived in Russia or has limited or little knowledge of its history and culture. A must read for everyone who has interest in Russia or that period in history in particular.

Close Up and Personal
Close Up and Personal
by Catherine Deneuve
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about, 11 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Close Up and Personal (Paperback)
I honestly expected more from an actress who has so much to say and met so many people to share her impressions of.
To start with, the book is relatively short, features notes about a handful of the films she starred in. It has a number of Deneuve's family photos and that is it.
So it's not an autobiography, neither an interesting diary to read. Even her entries about filming with Bunuel are dry and rather boring.
My only hope is that is a short version of a bigger original and that maybe in French this book is better. Won't recommend it to anyone. Disappointed!

Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador
Notes from My Travels: Visits with Refugees in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan and Ecuador
by Angelina Jolie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging you to think, 9 Jun. 2008
I won't go into much detail of how this book is written neither give this book moral evaluation like some people here do in their reviews. Especially the guy who gave it 1 star accusing Ms Jolie of doing little. Disgusted as that man probably wrote his wrote whilst seated at a comfy desk himself. Anyway, I personally enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to my friends. Below is a brief list of pos/neg sides of it.
- it gives you insight into the places most media have lost interest in, draws a vivid picture of places she visits in your own mind;
- you get to know Angelina better. And she doesn't disappoint you with her willingness to understand, help, her open mind and endless compassion;
- easy to read (well she can also be blaimed for simplicity of her language but I think in this case it was appropriate and nicely worded).
- she shows little knowlegde of history and other cultures so this book can't be used as a guide into other cultures as some reviewers pointed out;
- it's too short!

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