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A Place to Call Home - Series 1-3 Complete [DVD]
A Place to Call Home - Series 1-3 Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marta Dusseldorp
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed, 30 April 2016
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Two weeks at home sick - some of which spent watching daytime TV. Caught this (at the point of the 3rd series) and was blown away by how good it was - brilliant escapist drama and glamour in a post-war 1950s Australia. Others here have outlined the story; all I want to say is that it is a first-rate production with brilliant actors and great writing and direction with superb scenery and backdrops. Lovely to watch a series that's old-fashioned but not exactly costume drama.


Another Late Night
Another Late Night

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 1 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Another Late Night (Audio CD)
I have a particular fondness for some of the tracks on this album. The Stylistics "People Make the World Go Round" and the tracks immediately preceding are my favourites.


H & L Russel Cedar Wood Hanging Blocks, Set of 2
H & L Russel Cedar Wood Hanging Blocks, Set of 2
Price: £3.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy them, 1 Mar. 2016
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Easy to use and a great invention.


Send It
Send It
Price: £12.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 1 Mar. 2016
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This review is from: Send It (Audio CD)
A real pleasure and my 11 year old son loved it too. They don't make music like this any more.


A Place to Call Home Series One [DVD]
A Place to Call Home Series One [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood
Price: £16.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, 1 Mar. 2016
I was off sick at home for 2 weeks and most afternoons watched a bit of telly. This series was on and I was hooked within minutes (having read one of the longer reviews here I can see that I've come in rather at the end of the third series when I really need to see all the back-story). I also think that it's a mistake to hide such a great series on afternoon TV - show it in the evening - push aside a few reality shows and all those depressing, gritty murder and intrigue series - and this would bring some lighter material into the mix. It deals with some sad issues and there are many big dramas, but it's colourful, glamorous and just a relief to watch given most of the rest of what's on TV. I thoroughly recommend it.


Soul Shine
Soul Shine
Price: £11.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, 1 Feb. 2016
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The whole album is excellent - and takes me back to my youth of the 70s and 80s whilst having a more musically sophisticated and modern feel. Victor Fields' "Let me be good to you" has a very 70s feel but has been transformed from the simpler original to a wonderful smooth and evocative piece that draws you in emotionally. I would recommend this album to anyone who loves the more imaginative soul and jazz funk that we enjoyed in those 70s-90s years before everything became contaminated by the noxious beat of rap.


Bride Wars [DVD]
Bride Wars [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anne Hathaway
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Girls' Night In, 7 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Bride Wars [DVD] (DVD)
As it's set in New York, all the way through this film I was put in mind of it being an extension-to the series Sex and the City, and was half-expecting Carrie and the girls to rock up at any moment. In addition to which Candice Bergen has a major role - and another actress, Kristen Johnston who had appeared in SATC "Splat" episode in 2004, also appears in Bride Wars - playing a similarly exuberantly raw character to the one she'd played in SATC where she fell out of a skyscraper window at a party - given by Candice Bergen's character. Hathaway and Hudson play complimentary roles as childhood friends whose mutual devotion fractures on the competitive rivalry triggered by their elaborate marriage plans. It says plenty about the modern-day-circus that "the wedding" has become that some women would far rather attend one than every have one oneself. The extravagance, the excesses and cost and the total throw-away factor of the whole thing, is deeply offputting unless you have a brain like Barbie and the pocket of Croesus.

The film excels in the sort of comic excess you expect of a Hollywood production. Lots of loud pop music constantly playing throughout, which I could have happily missed out on; but as a glamorous romp through New York it's the perfect TV movie for your girlfriends to come round and watch over curry, Haagen Daz, and a vat of Chardonnay.


Classic Album Selection
Classic Album Selection
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Price: £13.46

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECTION, 25 Aug. 2015
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Fabulous. I was about to criticise the odd way that the list of songs had been presented on Rufusized but I found Stop on By further on the disc just now. Such memories these albums bring back and some new and lovely things I hadn't heard before. I would recommend it 1000% for anyone who loves Rufus and Chaka Khan. Why don't we get funk geniuses like them and their golden age peers any more?


The Man Who Knew Too Much [DVD] [1956]
The Man Who Knew Too Much [DVD] [1956]
Dvd ~ James Stewart
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.64

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 2 Aug. 2015
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Loved this before I ordered it. It was on TV and I wanted to show my family later. Shows that the years I was born in were a different world to the one we live in now. In those days the world of the Middle East was quite separate from the West; not so any longer. Doris Day often comes across as housewifey and less glamorous than other big stars of her era - but the feminine shimmer she gives off here proves she was every bit as lovely as any of her peers - and subtly charming.


The original Liquid Leaf Metallic Gilding Paint 35ml - Classic Gold
The original Liquid Leaf Metallic Gilding Paint 35ml - Classic Gold
Offered by Monochrome Solutions
Price: £6.45

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ACE, 2 Aug. 2015
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Had a damaged picture frame and a large gold/white plaster ornament missing chunks. The gold filled in the missing chunks very well and gave the illusion of repairs that hadn't happened on both frame and ornament. This is good quality stuff. Delighted with the result.


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