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The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh: A Society of Gentlemen Short Story
The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh: A Society of Gentlemen Short Story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Nov. 2015
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Splendid historical romance from a a very great writer. More please!


To Love a Traitor
To Love a Traitor
Price: £2.63

5.0 out of 5 stars sweet understated characters who grow on you and trademark JL ..., 11 Nov. 2015
This review is from: To Love a Traitor (Kindle Edition)
Lovely evocative writing, an intriguing plot, sweet understated characters who grow on you and trademark JL Merrow British authenticity. What more could you want? Well... more of the same, please!


It's Raining Men
It's Raining Men
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trending, 31 Jan. 2014
This review is from: It's Raining Men (MP3 Download)
It's a classic and rightly due a revival. I hope it hits No. 1 in the UK charts in the next few days.


Eating Out - Open Weekend [DVD]
Eating Out - Open Weekend [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Salvatore
Offered by Gayfilmlover
Price: £8.09

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn, 11 April 2012
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If you've seen other releases in the 'Eating Out' series you'll know what to expect. This is certainly no worse than the others.

It's silly stuff, a rather ridiculous story and poorly acted. But it's harmless and nice to look at, and quite funny in places. It might cheer you up if you're down and alone of an evening.


Casio Men's Quartz Watch with Blue Dial Analogue - Digital Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet WVA-M490D-2AER
Casio Men's Quartz Watch with Blue Dial Analogue - Digital Display and Silver Stainless Steel Bracelet WVA-M490D-2AER

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Radio Control ineffective, 27 Sept. 2010
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There's a lot about this watch that is fine. It looks good. It appears to be sturdily made. It's water-resistant. It's not too bulky (although it's heavier than my previous, Titanium, watch). It's solar-powered. It has lots of extra functions such as a stop-watch.

The Amazon illustration shows the watch with a strong navy blue face and bright gold hands and hour markers. In some kinds of fluorescent light the watch appears to have a grey face and silver hands, but in daylight the Amazon illustration is more-or-less accurate.

I don't really have a problem with the metal-plastic-metal sandwich construction (if you look at it side-on you see a grey middle stripe, the plastic sandwiched between the metal top and bottom) because the watch still looks and feels well-built. It has no second hand, but it has a digital seconds counter. The digital display is, of course, partially obscured when the hands are covering it, but you can usually make out what's behind them.

The watch keeps a record of the last time it successfully updated its time using the radio signal from the local transmitter. Mine updated on August 21st at 3:02 in the morning, which is about three weeks before I bought it - and has never succeeded in updating while in my possession. I've been through the instruction booklet making sure everything's set right, I've pored through the FAQs on the Casio website, I've taken it to the top of a local hill, tried it in different parts of the country (I live near Bristol, which is about 500Km from the transmitter) and nothing gets it to find a radio signal. I would send it back as faulty except that it clearly did update on August 21st, presumably in possession of the dealership which is in Northern Ireland.

So I would caution a prospective buyer that you might have difficulty getting it to update unless you're in a strong signal strength area. Otherwise the watch is fine.
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The Closet aka Le placard [DVD] [2001]
The Closet aka Le placard [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Daniel Auteuil
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £10.42

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A damp squib, 11 Mar. 2010
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Billed as a gay comedy, this really isn't.

It's a one-gag story, an undistinguished employee is due to be made redundant, and colludes with a scheme from an older neighbour to pretend to be gay, so that the redundancy might be seen as discrimination. The audience is invited to laugh at the absurdity of the fear the management experience when confronted with the possibility they might be labelled homophobic, and the paranoia it engenders in one of his superiors in particular (Gerard Depardieu, the biggest name in the cast, and hopelessly underused here). I didn't find this situation funny, and was uncomfortable with the film's point of view.

In fact the employee doesn't pretend to be gay, which might have been funny. He just continues his life and we are asked to laugh at his colleagues finding aspects of his behaviour which label him obviously gay once they 'know'. And there is some humour there.

Ultimately there are no particularly likeable characters, no-one for the audience to get behind and root for. The one gag cannot sustain a full-length film and lacks an adequate punch line.

The acting is competent, particularly Depardieu, in an unrealistic part which he mugs through gamely.
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Lessons in Love
Lessons in Love
by Charlie Cochrane
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Turn of the century academic life at Cambridge University catches fire..., 28 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Lessons in Love (Paperback)
Students are dying and two of their teachers join forces assisting the local police force to solve the case. At the same time the two men are working out their relationship which becomes closer than a friendship.

Charlie Cochrane here delivers a flawless picture of academic life a century ago, and of the challenges of romance between two male academics. The story is addictive, the characters attractive, the writing impeccable. It's the first in a series so if you like it you have further treats in store. You will like it - highly recommended.


Lessons in Desire
Lessons in Desire
by Charlie Cochrane
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The groves of academe smolder!, 28 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Lessons in Desire (Paperback)
The second book in the 'Cambridge Fellows Mysteries' series takes the reader with Jonty and Orlando, respectively Doctors Stewart and Coppersmith, as they tackle and solve another mystery.

Charlie Cochrane's historical compass is precisely accurate and combines with a sure-footed writing style that opens up a wholly believable world of Oxbridge University life from the beginning of the twentieth century, as different as that is from the experience of most of us.

The relationship of the two men is heart-warming and involving, lifting this book right out of the 'whodunnit' genre. As a detective mystery it stands comparison with the best, as a gay historical romance it's at the top of the pile. Strongly recommended.


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