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Elephant Diaries - Series 2 [DVD]
Elephant Diaries - Series 2 [DVD]

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 29 May 2009
At long last series 2 of the BBC's Elephant Diaries is released on DVD. Here we catch up with the progress made by the orphans met in series 1 and also meet new babies who, sadly, come into the orphanage all too regularly, having lost their families due to poaching, accidents, natural causes or the interference of man ... eg babies falling into wells. There are some heartbreaking moments as not all the babies survive, but the dedication and love lavished upon the orphans by the Sheldrick family and the team of keepers is awe-inspiring and inspirational. Daphne Sheldrick is an amazing woman and the importance of the work done by the Trust that carries her late husband's name cannot be stressed enough. Please support them, either by buying the DVD and other products from their website and/or by getting involved and adopting an orphan. I'm now foster mum to 6 baby elephants and 1 tiny rhino - and the temptation is always there to add more to my mini herd! It's the best thing I've ever done and the Trust keeps you involved and makes you feel part of an extended family. Elephants are incredible animals and are under increased pressure once more from poaching with the appalling change in the rules regarding the trade in ivory. Please help protect them. Buy both series of Elephant Diaries, you won't be disappointed. And please, BBC, it's way past time for series 3 and/or some follow ups on the progress of the orphans we have come to know and love.


Elephant Diaries : Series 1 [DVD] [2005]
Elephant Diaries : Series 1 [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Michaela Strachan
Offered by loftmedia
Price: 13.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING, MOVING AND AWE-INSPIRING, 26 Oct 2008
I watched the first series of Elephant Diaries when it was shown on the BBC back in 2005 and eagerly awaited its release on DVD. It follows a year in the life of the orphaned baby elephants, cared for so incredibly by the Sheldrick Trust. The work of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, her family and all the keepers and staff at the Trust is simply awe-inspiring. Their dedication and devotion to the needy babies in their care is plain for all to see. Around half of the rescued babies will not make it to their second birthday - they are so vulnerable and have been through so much. But all the staff pick themselves up from the inevitable moments of heartbreak and go on because of those remaining who need them. The successes they have had over the years are a fitting tribute to the Trust and the work they do in raising these babies and caring from them at the orphanage and then one of the release sites as they take the steps needed to return to the wild to live as they were meant to - free and majestic and safe. The Trust are also involved in helping to protect all wildlife with their anti-snaring teams who search the bush for the evil snares that cause such hideously painful and unimaginable deaths. And they work hard to prevent poaching, which sadly still goes on and results in far too many orphans needing help. Since first seeing Elephant Diaires in 2005, I now foster 3 baby elephants and continue to support the Trust and all the amazing people who devote their lives to these magnificient, intelligent, fun and empathetic animals. Series 1 is superb and the DVD unmissable. I just hope that it will not be too long before Series 2 is released on DVD - and that the BBC follow up the stories of these delightful babies with Series 3. A must buy and a wonderful stocking filler for any animal lover.


Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday
by Christina Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.09

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB ENTERTAINMENT!!, 23 Aug 2008
This review is from: Happy Birthday (Hardcover)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY is yet another triumph from the incomparable CHRISTINA JONES. It is the 5th book in the magical village series which began with Hubble Bubble and continued through Seeing Stars, Love Potions and Heaven Sent. All are wonderful and the standard just keeps getting better and better. While each story stands alone, if you do read them in order you derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment, meeting up with some familiar characters as well as meeting new ones who will swiftly join the favourite ranks. As usual, Ms Jones brings her unique humour and warmth to Happy Birthday, as well as the superb mix of characters young and old. Phoebe is an adorable heroine, picking herself up from one of life's cruel blows, moving on and finding that life is still worthwhile and love is still possible. Rocky is a gorgeous hero, misunderstood, rebuilding his life after a selfless act of bravery and finally getting the rewards he deserves. Ms Jones introduces us to the wonderful world of Twilights with its superb cast of residents and splendidly appalling owners!! There is so much scope here and I hope we see much of Twilights in future books. This is a book that delivers in every way and is full of emotion, laughter, tears, warmth and sheer joy. I never wanted it to end - and once it did, I had to read it again, something that happens with every Christina Jones book. If you want a book that will make you laugh and cry and laugh again and make you feel good to be alive, then Happy Birthday is for you. Brilliantly clever observations and the kind of characters you care so much about and wish were your friends, make this another very special book from Christina Jones. As ever, I cannot wait for the next instalment in this truly magical series. A joy, a triumph and a must-read book. It deserves to follow on the heels of past books in this series in winning awards and nominations by the bucket-load.


Heaven Sent
Heaven Sent
by Christina Jones
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNPUTDOWNABLE! STUPENDOUS FUN, 19 Sep 2007
This review is from: Heaven Sent (Hardcover)
Christina Jones has delivered another triumph. Heaven Sent is fabulous, full of warm humour, wonderfully eccentric characters and everything else a reader has come to expect from this author. An extra delight in this book are the cameo appearances of characters dating back to her very first books set in the racing village of Milton-St-John. It was a masterstroke to bring everyone together and catch up on some favourite old characters while at the same time falling for the charms of the new ones. Watch out especially for Suggs the ferret!! He steals the show! Heaven Sent is a must-read book, an absolute joy. I read it in a sitting and had the time of my life. Let it light your sparklers and give you an explosive experience, too!! Thank you Ms Jones. Now I cannot wait for the next instalment.


Love Potions
Love Potions
by Christina Jones
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS - ANOTHER WINNER FROM CHRISTINA JONES, 29 Aug 2006
This review is from: Love Potions (Hardcover)
I loved this book! As ever, Christina Jones never lets her readers down and has written a wonderfully involving story with an impressive cast of characters - some new and some delightfully familiar old friends - in a book which made me laugh and cry. Sukie is a wonderful leading character, independent, determined, loyal, feisty and yet with an edge of vulnerability as she struggles to put the needs of others before herself as she reaches for her own dreams. I really identified with her. Derry is delicious! And I also loved all the secondary characters, young and old, who were perfectly drawn, believable, eccentric in the nicest of ways, and the intertwining stories of the village residents makes you wish that you lived there, too! Although this book stands alone in its own right, it follows on from HUBBLE BUBBLE and SEEING STARS with some of the same characters reappearing. After Mitzi's herbal recipes weaved their magic in HUBBLE BUBBLE and Amber discovered the celesteal interventions in SEEING STARS, we now have Sukie who stumbles across the recipes and flowers in the cottage garden and infuses them for the massage oils she uses. Her potions have unexpected, hilarious and moving effects on her clients, friends and even herself! LOVE POTIONS is an absolute joy and a must-read book. I just cannot wait for the next instalment to find out what else will happen in this ramshackle collection of wonderful rural villages and their delightful occupants! Buy this book (paperback coming in early October) and you will not be disappointed. Christina Jones's books should be available on the NHS to spread happiness and joy and contentment.


Hubble Bubble: Be careful what you wish for
Hubble Bubble: Be careful what you wish for
by Christina Jones
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous - magical stuff, 29 Sep 2005
I am quite stunned by the solitary post by an unidentified person saying they disliked this book. Fine, we don't all enjoy the same things, but as you can see from the rest of the reviews, the vast majority adored Hubble Bubble. It is a magical story and Mitzi makes an exceptionally enjoyable older heroine triumphing over the disappointments in her life to emerge renewed and successful and happy. It is a fun book, filled with the kind of deliciously eccentric and believable characters we have come to know and love from Christina Jones. Hubble Bubble is a feel-good book that had me laughing and crying and laughing again. I have read it several times and have just enjoyed the second in this connected line, Seeing Stars, in which Mitzi and some of the other characters from Hubble Bubble also feature although the new story stands alone, too. Hubble Bubble is the perfect read from an author who never lets her readers down, who is never boringly the same and who delivers fresh and refreshing stories and characters that her devoted following devour in a sitting. She weaves together the interconnected stories of Mitzi Blessing and her daughters, the characters in the delightful village of Hazy Hassocks and the magical effect Mitzi has on all their lives when she discovers the herbal recipies in an old family book. Go with the vast majority who speak the truth about this book and this author. You won't be disappointed. It is an involving read, glorious fun and once you have read it you will have a smile on your face that lasts for ages. Then pick up Seeing Stars and be swept away with another stupendously romantic and moving and funny book. As always, a Christina Jones book is like an old friend, delightful, reliable and full of fun, the very best of companions. Top marks for Hubble Bubble!


Seeing Stars
Seeing Stars
by Christina Jones
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!, 21 Aug 2005
This review is from: Seeing Stars (Hardcover)
This book is now retitled 'SEEING STARS' not the previously released, Fiddlesticks. (see forthcoming paperback page on Amazon uk). A truly fantastic read, a joy from beginning to end and, in my opinion, rivals the best from Christina Jones. A cast of wonderful characters, including some of the delicious eccentrics we have come to love and expect and which are so beautifully drawn and observed. I laughed and I cried - often at the same time!!!! It is also a deeply moving book, very romantic, and with a depth to it which was an added bonus. Marvellous in every respect with both younger and older characters and something for everyone. A classic Christina Jones novel and a must for anyone. The story links to the previous novel 'HUBBLE BUBBLE', with some of the familiar characters returning, but the book stands alone with its own central characters. There are two main storylines, one with Amber, a young city woman who moves to the village of Fiddlesticks and finds it something of an alien world!!! But she is soon drawn in to the magic of the village and the celestial celebrations the locals enjoy. She is also drawn to the gorgeous but enigmatic and mysterious Lewis. The other main storyline relates to Zilah, a woman in her fifties, whose past gradually unfolds as the book goes on. I can't say any more because it will spoil it for anyone who has not yet read the book! All I can say is read and enjoy, you will not be disappointed with this latest, brilliantly wonderful offering from Christina Jones. I cannot wait for the third in this connected series. First class, a definite winner that deserves to be a huge success. Buy it for all your friends.


A Girl's Best Friend
A Girl's Best Friend
by Liz Young
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz Young is a reader's best friend!, 16 Aug 2005
This review is from: A Girl's Best Friend (Paperback)
Nick & Izzy are just wonderful and Ms Young brings her familiar humour and excellent touch to their unfolding relationship. A fantastic read, just like her other novels have been, and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone. It's definitely a book for the keeper shelf and to be read again and again. Won't give anything away but read and enjoy!


Blood Junction
Blood Junction
by CJ Carver
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful new find, 15 Mar 2005
This is a stunning debut from a new writer. The book was recommended to me by a friend and I have just read it. I'm so glad I did. It was gripping stuff and I read it in a day, finishing at half past midnight! A gripping plot, clever twists and surprises, a feisty female lead and an unexpected male counterpart who starts off as India's enemy but comes to be the man she can rely on in a fix. I cannot wait to read Caroline Carver's other books and highly recommend Blood Junction to anyone who looks forward to a fast-paced read and an involving story. Great stuff.


Il Divo
Il Divo
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 3.50

52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 7 Jan 2005
This review is from: Il Divo (Audio CD)
This CD is amazing, the sound is beautiful and how anyone can say it all sounds the same beats me. Far from it, the tracks are exquisite, sung in Italian, Spanish and English. It brings me out in goosebumps. It is rousing, comforting, inspiring, romantic ... simply divine. The blend of voices is fantastic, too. I can't stop playing it! It has been on constantly at full volume since Christmas and I never tire of it. Unusually for an album, I love all the tracks, too, although favourites include Mama, Passera, Everytime I Look At You and The Man You Love, but they are all wonderful. This is a stunning debut and I cannot wait for their next CD to come out. The best thing I've ever heard! I'd give it 500 stars if I could, not the 5 allowed!


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