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Thomas And Friends - Classic Collection - Series 8 [DVD]
Thomas And Friends - Classic Collection - Series 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas and Friends
Price: 7.59

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so useful!, 4 Aug 2008
There's no faulting the content of this DVD, even if our household do prefer the original episode format (this is the first series made in the computer enhanced, longer episode format with the "Engine Roll Call" theme song).
The reason I've marked it down is because of the mess Hit have made of the presentation.
One star is lost because of the trailers at the start of the DVD, which can't be skipped. This is an inexcusable liberty (it takes long enough to load up as it is), which thankfully wasn't taken with the previous series 1-7.
The second star is lost because of the fact that you have to sit through the entire introduction and extended theme tunes at the start and end of every episode, whether you choose to "play all" or "select an episode". This gets tedious very quickly.
My advice to Hit for series 9 is simple: Drop the trailers, and instead include the introduction ("Welcome to the island of Sodor", "Who's that puffing down the track?" etc.) just once, before the options screen. Then start and end each episode with a cut down version of the theme tune.
If these mistakes were corrected I would have given it 5 stars.
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Jolly Herring: 77 Songs Folk and Pop (Classroom Music)
Jolly Herring: 77 Songs Folk and Pop (Classroom Music)
by Roger Bush
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - NO MUSIC IN THIS EDITION, 18 Jan 2008
I bought this book for someone who wanted to learn the songs in it. Unfortunately, it only contains the words. The other review for this book, I now realise, is for the spiral bound edition which contains the music, tabs etc., but this paperback edition doesn't. I'm sure the words might be useful in a classroom environment, where the teacher has the master copy, but is of no use if you want to teach yourself the songs.

Sadly, the spiral bound version is no longer available. Please be careful not to assume, like I did, that this is a direct re-print. It isn't!

Born in England
Born in England
Offered by sameday cd's
Price: 0.01

1 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, just awful!, 1 Jun 2004
This review is from: Born in England (Audio CD)
Ok, I know football songs are traditionally supposed to be bad, but this embarrassing effort wins a special prize.
It sounds like a cross between Slade and Oasis - does it get any worse?

Fit But You Know It [CD 1] [CD 1]
Fit But You Know It [CD 1] [CD 1]
Offered by Thoms-toys
Price: 5.00

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's the sample....., 4 May 2004
Yeah love it, grows on you like a rash...
But what's the guitar sample in it? Is it Blockbuster or Tiger Feet?

Red Dwarf: Series 2 [DVD] [1988]
Red Dwarf: Series 2 [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Doug Naylor
Offered by 247dvd
Price: 3.98

3 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let it put you off Series 3, 2 Dec 2003
Now I see why I went off Red Dwarf after the first series! I thought I'd give it a second chance but I was just as disappointed this time round. The original series was fresh, witty and original. Series 2 just isn't as good. It relies on the humour developed in the first series, only all the best gags have already been used. Despite the bigger budget, it looked even more cheaply made than the first. And to make matters worse, a small amount of complacency had set in after the unexpected success of the first series; the writers evidently thought that just having a character say the word "Smeg" was enough to get a laugh.
Fortunately the beeb thought Red Dwarf worthy of a third series, at which point the producers must have realised that with a little more effort the show could go on and on... hence the return to form after this low point.
All that said, I am still glad I own this DVD. The presentation is faultless - loads of extras, booklet etc. - this is still a must have for all Red Dwarf fans.

Led Zeppelin (2003) [DVD]  [Region 1]
Led Zeppelin (2003) [DVD] [Region 1]
Dvd ~ Led Zeppelin
Price: 17.77

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It never gets better than this, 10 Jun 2003
All other rock bands past, present and future - just give up now! You will never be this good! Ever!
Wow! This DVD is incredible. From the explosive opening of "We're Gonna Groove" right through to the powerful "Achilles Last Stand", this 5+ hour extravaganza makes it clear why Page and friends have always said their studio albums don't do them justice.
In between there are all the songs you thought you'd never get to see performed live but always wanted to; "Misty Mountain Hop", "The Ocean", "Trampled Underfoot" to name but a few, all skillfully interlaced with improvised digressions, which of course made Led Zeppelin one of the most exciting live acts ever seen. Add to these truly moving live performances of acoustic favourites such as "Going To California" and "That’s The Way", and you know you're in for a treat.
Criticisms? Maybe one too many versions of "Dazed And Confused", but is that a criticism? Not really.
This DVD will make you want to get up and turn your guitar upto 11, or bang the hell out of your drums, or even scream "Squeeeeeze My Lemon" into the nearest hairbrush. But remember, you'll never be as good as the best: there's only one Led Zeppelin!

Foundation And Chaos (Second Foundation Trilogy)
Foundation And Chaos (Second Foundation Trilogy)
by Gregory Benford
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You won't have to grin and Bear it!, 7 Mar 2002
This is the reward for persisting with the first volume. As if apologising for the incompatible ideas in Foundation's Fear, Bear manages to bring some of Benford's ideas back into Asimov's Foundation universe, and puts the Second Foundation Trilogy firmly back on course. To be fair to Benford, perhaps his incongruities were just a brave and unselfish attempt at widening the scope of the new trilogy, I suppose they do help make this and the final volume more interesting.
Bear thankfully re-introduces the hyperspace jump alongside Benford's wormholes, makes the Voltaire and Joan sims (is that a deliberate Carry On pun?) far more believable, and on the whole manages to give the whole thing a far more Asimov-esque feel. He even allows one of his characters to "tighten his lips" at one point (have you ever seen anyone tighten their lips?).
Bear is a very convincing and entertaining storyteller, keeping us captivated throughout. This volume is far more easy to accept as part of the Foundation Saga than the first, and I found it extremely difficult to put down.

Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Trilogy)
Foundation's Fear (Second Foundation Trilogy)
by Gregory Benford
Edition: Paperback

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fear not, this is a firm Foundation, 16 Jan 2002
In the true spirit of Asimov, Benford has taken a completely unrelated story subject and attempted to tack it onto the side of the Foundation saga. Unfortunately, unlike the real thing, I found this book very easy to put down.
Benford introduces the idea of simulated personalities (based on two historical figures) existing in a virtual universe (which of course crosses over into the real world) who then develop, escape and reproduce, a bit like a computer virus, and cause much mayhem. Though this was (eventually) a useful idea, it got a bit boring and threatened to become the main story of the book, rather than develop as an interesting sideline to the Psychohistory theme. I constantly found myself wanting to skip these sections and get back to the plight of Hari and chums.
Good effort though, and don't let this put you off. Benford's opening provides a good foundation for further and more interesting (and convincing) development. Persist and you will be rewarded...

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