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The Great British Tuck Shop
The Great British Tuck Shop
by Steve Berry
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality nostalgia, 16 Oct. 2012
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It would be so easy to write a book about the UK's favourite crisps, sweets and drinks by saying "Lots of people bought this stuff and it was really popular" on every page.

Actually, I think I will...

But that's beside the point. What makes this such an outstanding book is the fact that it's been very thoroughly researched, uses beautifully crafted dialogue that rolls off the tongue and reawakens more forgotten memories than you can shake a Curly Wurly at.

If you were a kid in the 70's and 80's, you'll really love this book. All those trips to the local corner shop on the way to or from school will come readily to mind once again as you remember all those brand names that made life great back then. And there are dozens and dozens of them in this book, so do yourself a favour and buy it. You'll be totally glad you did.


Shelley - The Complete Fifth Series [DVD]
Shelley - The Complete Fifth Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hywel Bennett
Price: £8.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The plot thickens..., 13 Sept. 2011
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Those that have been following the story from Series 1 will know that James Shelley (played by Hywel Bennett) has become a husband, father and regular unemployment statistic. His life revolves around his wife, Fran (Belinda Sinclair), landlady Mrs. H (Josephine Tewson) and the officials he meets on his regular attempts to gain employment or claim income security benefit.

We now find Shelley at the start of Series 5 having been thrown out of the family home and about to move in at the seedy bedsit owned by friend Paul (Warren Clarke). Having met and taken an instant dislike to the commissionaire (Garfield Morgan), he sets about trying to reinvent himself as someone keen to work in order to impress and move back in with Fran and baby Emma.

Despite the fact that Shelley's wife and Mrs H hardly appear at all during this season, it's reassuring to see the series going from strength to strength as the main character comes to terms with his new surroundings, new circumstances and a growing list of temporary employers.

The humour is as good, if not better than in previous series and the episodes actually benefit from the variety provided by a new cast of characters and scenarios. All in all, if you've enjoyed the first four series, you're sure to enjoy this one!


Official ClimaxDigital USB 2.0 Video Capture Device. Convert Video+Audio from VHS, V8, Hi8, All Camcorders, Video Recorder, DVD player, Satellite TV, Freeview etc. Capture xbox360 & playstation3 in PAL 60 colour. Includes Arcsoft Showbiz 3.5 editing software. Upload videos direct to YouTube . Supports Windows XP/Vista + Windows 7 32/64. +Windows 8+ *FREE AV cable*
Official ClimaxDigital USB 2.0 Video Capture Device. Convert Video+Audio from VHS, V8, Hi8, All Camcorders, Video Recorder, DVD player, Satellite TV, Freeview etc. Capture xbox360 & playstation3 in PAL 60 colour. Includes Arcsoft Showbiz 3.5 editing software. Upload videos direct to YouTube . Supports Windows XP/Vista + Windows 7 32/64. +Windows 8+ *FREE AV cable*
Offered by ClimaxDigital UK (VAT NO: GB948688449)
Price: £29.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars COMPLETELY DISAPPOINTED, 17 Mar. 2011
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I bought this item expecting it to be a simple, effective solution for transferring my VHS tapes into a digital format. I was wrong. It doesn't work.

Not only does it not work, but the company that makes it can't be bothered to return your emails when you ask for help and technical support. Oh and their returns policy is far from helpful too.

All in all, a rubbish product and therefore one you shouldn't waste £20 of your hard-earned money on.


West Ham United - Big Match [DVD]
West Ham United - Big Match [DVD]
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £7.75

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia ahoy!, 2 Sept. 2009
The new series of 'Big Match' DVDs recently released by ILC Media are an absolute must for anyone that loves their football with a healthy portion of nostalgia on the side.

The West Ham DVD from the series is packed full of highlights from matches shown on the classic ITV programme from the late 60's to the early 80's. Each match is preceded by the opening Big Match titles and LWT ident from that particular year along with Brian Moore's introduction from the same programme. Many of the games are concluded by some extra dialogue from Moore, the early ones often featuring Jimmy Hill who also appeared on the show in the late 60's/early 70's.

As well as the excellent footage from the ITV Sport archives, there's a comprehensive collection of extras including material from the Christmas specials, letters from the Viewers' postbag and the Fun Spots which gave The Big Match a more light-hearted feel compared to Match of the Day.

If you love the nostalgia of football from a bygone era, these Big Match DVD's will be right up your street. Check the full range to see if your team's included!


Blue Street (Five Guitars)
Blue Street (Five Guitars)

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Guitars, one great sound..., 31 July 2003
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It could very well be that as a Chris Rea fan, you're still getting over the shock of witnessing his musical change in the direction of the blues. His most recent album release 'Dancing Down the Stony Road' was his first with back turned to rock and pop, and he faced the very real risk of alienating many of his followers that had known only that as a result.
If like me, however, you bought that album out of a sheer sense of curiosity and with no real liking for the blues, you may have found yourself contentedly admiring Chris Rea's new 'sound.' It was a no-frills down-and-dirty dive into the world of gospel, heart-breakingly desperate Delta blues and all stops in-between. This album, however, gives us a more easy-going, laid back slant on the blues, so if you got through 'Stony Road' without vowing never to buy another album like this again, may I suggest you put this one in your Amazon UK shopping basket.
What we have here is a collection of 11 tracks lasting a total of over 47 minutes, many of which merge seemlessly into each other as they roll on from one to the next. In fact the first five tracks all combine into one excellent whole lasting for about 20 minutes. During this time, you're treated to the steady rhythmic thump of tracks like 'Blue Street,' the catchy riff from the Hofner on 'Big C' and the gentle soothing atmosphere of 'Big C Big Sea.'
A little later, buyers of Rea's previous album will surely recognise a new instrumental re-working of 'Heading For The City.' This version is an absolute joy - a few extra melodic breaks are thrown in to give the track a slightly lighter feel, and the overall effect is that depsite the absence of Chris' singing, the guitar-playing more than makes up for this with interest.
If you're a fan of Chris Rea's singing, you'll have a long time to wait for it - it finally surfaces on tracks 9 and 10. The good news is this doesn't detract from what is essentially an album full of wonderful blues music which newcomers to the genre (such as myself) will get into and enjoy very easily.
And as has become a trademark of Rea's recent work, there's even a nod in the direction of his back catalogue. The last track, 'Funk 48' rests delicately on 'Guitar Street', a song which appeared on his self-titled third album from way back in 1981. It's a great ending to a fine album and a highly refreshing change not only to Rea's former material, but to the current offering of music currently available in the charts and on the radio.
Rea fans, fear not. You *will* enjoy this, and more to the point you'll eagerly await more of this ilk in the future.


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