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Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by Nelson Mandela
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.79

64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read, 3 Jun 2007
This book has over 800 pages and even its own index, but don't let that scare you off. It is far from being a boring historical report on the events surrounding his life. If you want to know what he did, go to an encyclopedia and read such a historical report. If you want to know Nelson Mandela, to know his way of thinking, to feel every emotion as he feels it, to really get a picture of the pain he and the oppressed felt, read this book.

As the book progresses, the development of Mandela's character and his way of thinking is made apparent to the reader. Every emotion that Mandela feels is shared with the reader in a deeper way than in most autobiographies, as alongside his personal struggles, there is the struggle for freedom that can incite strong feelings of injustice and sympathy in anyone. This is definately an emotionally and politically heavy book, but there are several moments of light-heartedness where Mandela expresses certain past events with an irony or humour. As he looks back on certain bad experiences, he can laugh about it.

This is a man that everyone should learn about, and this is certainly the book to read in order to do so.


Kill Bill Vol. 2
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: 7.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully flowing, yet perfectly varied, 13 April 2007
This review is from: Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Audio CD)
The songs on this album, unlike processed pop, show a variety that keeps the listener interested throughout. The tracks range from vocal dialogue, to instrumentals, and to both english and foreign singing. Even with such a range, the overall flow of the album is held together by the common mellow and meaningful feel. Of course by mellow I certainly don't mean dull, but rather that it's not really going to hype you up. What it will do is make you listen and listen intently. 'A Satisfied Mind' is a perfect example, as the lyrics are powerful and flow deep.

If you own and like the soundtrack for the first Kill Bill, I would recommend that you buy this album. Although there are some really strong tracks in the first album, the overall quality is better in the second. 'The Legend of Pai Mei' is a nicely placed vocal extract from the film that really helps you to visualise the scene and is followed by Ennio Morricone's 'L'Arena' whose melodies send shivers down my spine every time. The album finishes (excluding the bonus track) with Meiko Kaji's powerful voice, whose words you don't need to understand to enjoy. This is no doubt a much stronger finish than the strange sound effects in the first album.

All in all, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez (whom Tarantino accepted as a guest to aid in choosing the film score and whose band 'Chingon' contributes the song 'Malaguena Salerosa'. If you enjoy this song, be sure to check out the soundtrack for 'Once Upon A Time In Mexico' which shows off Rodriguez's talents as a singer-songwriter) combine well to form a brilliant soundtrack.


Sony Ericsson K800i On Vodafone Pay As You Go
Sony Ericsson K800i On Vodafone Pay As You Go

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a quality phone, 4 April 2007
Even 7 months after the release of the phone in the UK, the phone still sits near the top of the range for camera phones. Without meaning to repeat what all the other reviews say, the pictures are brilliant. There's no question about it - if you want to capture the moment, this will do the job. Even a 2MP camera does the job properly, although it would probably not satisfy the quality junkie quite as much as this phone does.

The camera lens cover is a great feature, in that you don't have to worry about the lens being damaged. Every so often, the cover can slide off in your pocket (activating the camera) and suck battery life.

One of the other few downsides is the occasionally sluggish menu. This is barely a reason not to buy this phone though, and considering the price that it can be bought at now, I would regard it as a definate purchase for anyone whose main reason for buying a phone is for the camera. It is loaded with user friendly features and is in my opinion fairly robust (although does show up the scratches after several months). Be sure to buy an M2 memory stick though (1-2GB) to be able to store more pictures and music.


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