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Winter Dreams [DVD] [2011]
Winter Dreams [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Darcey Bussell
Price: £12.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoiled by the lighting, 8 Aug. 2013
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Dearly as I love Darcey Bussell, this is technically a poor DVD, let down by dreadful lighting. Most of the action seems to take place in semi-darkness. And it's in the old 4:3 format, which is about the only thing that could make Darcey Bussell look over-weight.


Fighting Bull
Fighting Bull
by Nigel Farage
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better journey than Blair's, 19 Sept. 2010
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I expected to enjoy this book (if not I wouldn't have bought it). But I enjoyed it more than I expected -- and not only because Nigel Farage is an acquaintance with whom I have occasionally shared a beer. For an insight into the highways and byways of European politics, and a damning indictment of the European institutions, this is a must-read.


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: with Pearl and Sir Orfeo
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: with Pearl and Sir Orfeo
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versions of Sir Gawain, 12 Jun. 2010
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I had previously spent rather a lot of money on a splendid Folio Society edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in a translation by Simon Armitage. It is a very fine edition, a beautiful artifact, but the translation is a bit too folksy and demotic. Armitage is a man of his time, and his modern vernacular style jars with ancient poem. The Tolkien version, which I ordered on the recommendation of my friend and colleague Dan Hannan, and which I am reviewing, is as different as chalk from cheese. Physically, it's no more than an ordinary little paperback. But unlike Armitage, Tolkien is by no means a man of his time. He is a man of a very different time, and his glorious language suits the period and the ambience of the poem. It gives a real feeling, a real insight into the mediaeval text. Nothing jars, nothing feels out of place. Toklein's rendering is a triumph and a delight, and while I shall value the Folio edition as an object, I shall prefer the Tolkien as literature.
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