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The Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of the Regime
The Arab Uprisings: The People Want the Fall of the Regime
Price: 5.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readable and informative, 9 Feb 2013
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The descriptions of events as witnessed by the author in Egypt, Libya and Syria are fascinating but it's the background, particularly with regard to the ongoing tragedy in Syria, that I found most valuable. The uprisings are set clearly in their wider political context and events on the ground brought vividly to life.

An excellent read.


The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards
The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards
by Philippa Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining gossip, some shaky history, 5 Aug 2009
Well paced and strongly argued, but silly mistakes really spoiled my enjoyment of this one. For instance, Marie de Guise is described as a daughter of the French King - no, she was daughter of the Duc de Guise, widow of another French duke when Henry VIII showed an interest.

Also, we are informed that after Anne Boleyn's execution, in 1543, her uncle decided to bolster his family's influence by allying with the Seymour clan. As Anne died in 1536, and Henry had passed through 3 more wives by 1543, the statement is confusing to say the least!

Philippa Jones has written an enjoyable account of Henrician gossip, but in the end I was as much frustrated as entertained
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The Life of Senna
The Life of Senna
by Tom Rubython
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and disappointing, 14 April 2009
This review is from: The Life of Senna (Paperback)
Had I read reviews here before buying, I might have been prepared. This book began as a series of articles about the great man, and it shows; facts (or suppositions) and quotes are repeated; short chapters succeed each other (particularly in relation to Formula Three/ Senna and Brundle) which might have been merged for an easier read. It's not that the book lacks detail or interest, just that it is so poorly pieced together.

Also, I felt there was too much focus on the fatal accident; too much on the trial. I wanted to read about the great races, the endless controveries, not the horrible end which I remember all too well.

Not the greatest tribute to the greatest racing driver I have ever seen.


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5)
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.85

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the Chronicles, 6 Dec 2008
I loved all the Narnian chronicles as a child, but this remains my absolute favourite: a magical journey through uncharted seas with the two most rounded Pevensie children, the deliciously unpleasant Eustace Clarence, whose redemption lies at the heart of the tale, and a crew of enchanting Narnians - Caspian, Drinian, Reepicheep and Rhince are all delightful. It also boasts the best opening sentence in children's fiction: There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

Even now, I can't quote it without a smile. And I still pick up the book to read more.


The Other Boleyn Girl [DVD] (2008)
The Other Boleyn Girl [DVD] (2008)
Dvd ~ Natalie Portman
Offered by streetsahead
Price: 3.90

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stand by with the rotten fruit, 23 May 2008
It's very lavish, and the performances are acceptable, but if you have any feeling for historical accuracy, go buy a good book. I recognise that it's supposed to be entertainment, but why, when you have a factual story as riveting as Anne Boleyn's, would you mangle it into this?

I spent half the film howling with laughter, the rest shouting abuse at the screen. Definitely not one for the purist.
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Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 3 Box Set - Limited Edition Lenticular Master Sleeve (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]
Doctor Who : Complete BBC Series 3 Box Set - Limited Edition Lenticular Master Sleeve (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 15 Nov 2007
Series 1 was ok, apart from the Doctor; Series 2 better, even allowing for an increasingly irritating companion (sorry, it's not Billie Piper, it was the whinging, clinging way Rose's "love interest" with the Doctor was written) Series 3 on the other hand gets just about everything right.

David Tennant has just about taken over as my all-time favourite Doctor now, and he's given some fantastic material - Human Nature/Family of Blood, Utopia and The Shakespeare Code are my favourites, but the spooky (almost Doctor free) Blink and the atmospheric first half of the Dalek two-parter (pity about the second half!) come close. Freema Agyeman is great; the production values are exemplary; and the DVD extras, including an hilarious final-episode commentary from Tennant, Agyeman and John Barrowman, are highly entertaining. A proper treat of a series.


Doctor Who: Sick Building
Doctor Who: Sick Building
by Paul Magrs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 6.24

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soem good ideas, but..., 28 Oct 2007
The basic premise of this story is fascinating, and there are some wonderfully graphic descriptions, but while Barbara, Toaster and Domovoi are genuinely well-written, the other main "guest cast" are more or less cardboard cut-outs, including the boy I think I was supposed to empathise with. What was supposed to be a revelation about the woman, too, was obvious to me from her first appearance.

The Doctor and Martha are OK, but overall, I found Sick Building one of the more forgettable additions to the Doctor Who range


You're Him, Aren't You?: An Autobiography (Blakes Seven Big Finish)
You're Him, Aren't You?: An Autobiography (Blakes Seven Big Finish)
by Paul Darrow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.64

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never less than entertaining, 19 Sep 2007
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Parts of this book had me howling with laughter; most of it kept a smile on my face, not least the Blakes 7 quotations which head every chapter. Mr Darrow is unfailingly generous about the many well-known names he delights in dropping throughout the book. He has obviously enjoyed his career! I must mention one chapter above all: The Plain Man's Guide To Alien Invasion is without doubt the funniest and most penetrating episode guide to B7 ever written. A gem
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The Champions: The Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD] [1968]
The Champions: The Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD] [1968]
Dvd ~ Stuart Damon
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Price: 34.97

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Value, 11 Jan 2007
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The Champions is, to my mind, an under-rated series: three terrific leads who work brilliantly together, an original concept and some fantastic scripts. For those who want whizzy special effects, look away: this was state of the art in 1966, not 2006. For those who want action, adventure and a fair slice of humour, give it a go.

The extras in this set are outstanding, and seeing the three stars reunited after so long was a treat. They're great fun, both in the documentary and their commentaries. It's a pity they weren't asked to comment over every episode!

I'm too young to recall the series' initial broadcasting. I caught up with it in the '90s, and have watched out for a release like this ever since. It was worth the wait.


Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 2 Box Set [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Complete BBC Series 2 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: 15.87

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent all-round, 4 Jan 2007
Series One was OK, except for what it had done to the Doctor. Series Two rights that, with David Tennant bringing a sense of real fun to the character: the Doctor is quirky, humourous and NEVER utters the despised phrase "stupid apes". Billie Piper remains outstanding, though Rose is far less likeable this time around, preparing us for her eventual departure in the epic Doomsday. Fear Her and The Idiot's Lantern are slow; Love and Monsters doesn't rate a second look; but the rest of the episodes are top-class, and the extras are way ahead of the first series box set. Tennant's video diaries get right to the heart of the production, which is more than can be said for the afterthought that is Piper's. The out-takes are amusing enough, and it's nice to actually see the deleted scenes mentioned in some of the commentaries.

Roll on series three!


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