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Stone Of Destiny [DVD] [2008]
Stone Of Destiny [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Charlie Cox

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a look, 3 Sep 2009
This film is based on the book of the same name by Ian Hamilton, one of four Glasgow university students who liberated the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day, 1950. In most aspects it's faithful to the book, although the film makers use quite a bit of artistic licence at the end.

I was disappointed that two of the major roles weren't played by Scottish actors (Englishman Charlie Cox played Ian Hamilton and American Kate Mara played Kay Matheson - not being Scottish myself I'll leave it to others to comment on how realistic or otherwise their Scots accents were). So it was good to see locals Billy Boyd, Robert Carlyle, Stephen McCole and newcomer Ciaron Kelly in the other roles, and all of them put in strong performances.

The sets are magnificent - Glasgow University, Paisley Abbey and Westminster Abbey all feature - but the main thing is the story. It's an entertaining ride for the viewer, hilarous in some places and moving in others. I'm glad I have it in my DVD collection.


Stone of Destiny
Stone of Destiny
by Ian R. Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read, 3 Sep 2009
This review is from: Stone of Destiny (Paperback)
This is a great story - and true one - of four Glasgow university students who liberated the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day, 1950. The author was one of those students and he wrote the book shortly afterwards, but this edition includes his more recent thoughts about that time.

It's a cracking adventure story that's told with humour and a real passion for the Scotland he so clearly loves. I simply couldn't put it down. In the update he wrote for the book in 2007, Ian Hamilton accuses himself of arrogance in some of his earlier writing, but I didn't see that.

If you're a Scot and haven't read this story, buy it. If you're not, buy it anyway. It's the closest you'll ever come to understanding what the Stone - and Scotland - mean to the Scots.


David Tennant - A Life in Time and Space
David Tennant - A Life in Time and Space
by Nigel Goodall
Edition: Hardcover

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm with the first reviewer - don't waste your money, 29 Aug 2008
This is not an authorised biography (and it takes the author quite a long time to get around to that admission in the acknowledgements page).

If you've kept up with the tabloids and the fan sites there's nothing new in here. My suggestion - wait in hope for the day that Mr Tennant decides to write his own or authorises someone to do it for him.


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