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The Accidental Pornographer: A Story About Having a Go - And Succeeding... in Failing
The Accidental Pornographer: A Story About Having a Go - And Succeeding... in Failing
by Gavin Griffiths
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Failure IS an option, 13 Nov 2008
I did business with Gavin during the time this very amusing book was set and can confirm that the stories are as absurd as he claims. Transatlantic negotiations that, for example, featured the sentence "We're happy with poshtotty.com, but unless they remove xxxpats, then as far as we're concerned, that's a deal breaker" actually took place from a callbox in Brewer Street. Even though I managed to make even less out of media from Gavin that year, I urge you to buy this book, if only to keep him from embarking upon another initiative that enriches the nation, but probably leaves him skint ...


The Heart Felt Letters: 'A Tragedy Aired Is a Tragedy Shared'
The Heart Felt Letters: 'A Tragedy Aired Is a Tragedy Shared'
by Liz Reed
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four stars for wit, five stars for prescience, 17 Oct 2007
Donaldson's prediction of TV dystopia has been eerily (and depressingly) proven accurate ten years on. Anyone working on the Jeremy Kyle show or BBC3 should stop, read and, if they've a scintilla of intelligence or humility, go off and do proper jobs. That said, it's horribly funny, but the tragedy is that the spoofs have largely become true.


The Rough Guide to the Internet (Rough Guides Reference Titles)
The Rough Guide to the Internet (Rough Guides Reference Titles)
by Angus J. Kennedy
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for a luddite, 6 May 2001
The acid test of this book's success lies in this incident. In April, I bought this for one of journalism's leading luddites who is an absolute IT disaster zone. A month later, she'd recommend it to anyone, but wishes that Angus would write a Rough Guide to the PC and Windows.


Hot Buttered Soul
Hot Buttered Soul
Price: 7.58

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurd, yet indespensible, 11 April 2001
This review is from: Hot Buttered Soul (Audio CD)
This really is a landmark album in black music, whereby taking white MOR tunes and covering it for the soul movement was something that had never been done before. It also blazed a trail for the lush 70's soul movement that this album undoubtedly influenced. You'll probably be aware of the opening of Walk on By from the Wu Tang sample, but the epic, drawn out melodrama is nothing like Burt Bacharach intended. Hyperbolic... has the most lasciviously funky riff that no white person could ever pull off convincingly, while it's safe to say that during the 18 minutes of By the Time I Get To Phoenix, the couple could have patched up their differences, renewed their marriage vows and booked a dirty weekend with minutes to spare. A preposterously overblown epic, this is Isaac Hayes at his most wonderfully and excessive and every home should have a copy.


The Naked Chef
The Naked Chef
by Jamie Oliver
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars He got lucky, 18 Mar 2001
This review is from: The Naked Chef (Hardcover)
I've worked with scores of great young chefs in the UK and asia pacific who could -gastronomically speaking - wipe the floor with the wide mouthed wunderkind, who could write better than his ghost writer as well (there are many creatives in the industry) and who'd refrain from talking in a Neo-Nigel Kennedy fashion all the time.
But the recipes? They work really well, and they're near as dammit failsafe, which is why I'd recommend this book to the less than confident "non-foodie" cook. It's the rest of the J.O. package that's so intensely annoying.


Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes
Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes
by Nigel Slater
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 18 Mar 2001
Not only does Nigel Slater write like a dream, the recipes in this book are failsafe. You really can't go wrong with this book and it's an essential part of any kitchen.


El Baile Aleman: a Tribute to Kraftwerk
El Baile Aleman: a Tribute to Kraftwerk
Offered by shakedownrecords
Price: 4.98

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kraftwerk go loco, 24 Aug 2000
Kraftwerk unplugged is an old gag that Nick Hornby used in High Fidelity, but it takes a brave man to give the Ubermenchen of Electronic music the full latino treatment. Like the Dread Zeppelin of the early 90's (reggae zep covers band with a Vegas-period Elvis impersonator on vocals) and Frank Bennett (aussie crooner does "Creep" in a big band stylee) about five years ago, the joke runs a bit thin after a while, but for post techno fun (it's all sampling by a fellow german) this summer, it should put a smile on the faces of all but the most earnest Teuton.


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