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More Fool Me
More Fool Me
Price: £3.66

1.0 out of 5 stars More Fool Us for buying this feeble excuse for a book, 20 Jun. 2015
This review is from: More Fool Me (Kindle Edition)
Sandwiched between the tedium of a re-hash (or should that be re-coke) of his previous memoirely efforts and the utterly pointless reproduction of his soporific '93 diary entries, Mr Fry's latest effort provides us with: absolutely nothing. What will autobiography number 4 bring us? His laundary lists perhaps, or is that too Woody Allen?

The Truth: (Discworld Novel 25) (Discworld series)
The Truth: (Discworld Novel 25) (Discworld series)
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Je Suis Pratchett!, 21 Jan. 2015
A brilliant and hilarious novel about the "free" press. If you want to attack the media, this is the way to do it!

Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us Are Trying to Think
Too Much Information: Or: Can Everyone Just Shut Up for a Moment, Some of Us Are Trying to Think
Price: £5.31

3.0 out of 5 stars I was looking for a book by someone taller than JK Rowling, 25 Dec. 2014
... and Dave Gorman's doesn't disappoint! It does, however, run out of steam half way through.

I can heartily recommend Badgerlands by Patrick Barkham. It's an excellent book about badgers.

Dave Cooks the Turkey
Dave Cooks the Turkey
by Stuart McLean
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Read it and weep with laughter, 10 April 2014
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This review is from: Dave Cooks the Turkey (Hardcover)
This slim volume is a bite-size delight. As with all Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe stories that involve Dave's ineptitude, "Dave Cooks the Turkey" is a riot of slapstick comedy. Other treasures you should seek out are "Attack of the Treadmill" and "Tour de Dave", both appearing in Stuart McLean's Revenge of the Vinyl Cafe.

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Price: £14.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Under the Rainbow, 10 April 2014
This review is from: Unforgettable (Audio CD)
The version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow on this CD is nowhere near as good as the sublime version dedicated to "Gavin". Had the version on this CD been be first version I'd heard, I'd never have given the great Israel a second listen. The cover version of the Jacksons' "I'll be there" is also quite poor. Much better Israel K CDs are: "Facing Future" and "Alone In Iz World". the latter of which has a hauntingly beautiful version of Mona Lisa.

Classic FM: Hall of Fame 2012
Classic FM: Hall of Fame 2012
Price: £13.47

74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Random Collection, 13 April 2012
This is a disappointing collection masquerading as the Hall of Fame 2012. It contains only 21 of the 300 pieces, and those not the top 21, nor in the orcer in which they appear in the top 300.
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Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
by Mark Sisson
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Primal!, 18 Mar. 2010
What could you do in 5 months?

You could veg out, be a couch potato, and enjoy the odd six-pack. Or you could adopt the Primal Blueprint, like I did, and lose 58 pounds and 7 inches off your waistline; you could drop 15 percentage points of fat, and go from fairly obese to fairly fit. You may even find a different sort of six-pack - like I did!

The Primal Blueprint is not a fad concocted by some hack after a quick buck. It's an easy-to-follow lifestyle, developed by a former Olympic class endurance athlete, that's based on sound science, and, get this: It works!

Do your body a favour: Get this book; read this book; and go primal!

The Habit of Art
The Habit of Art
by Alan Bennett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A work of genius, or a lapse into senility?, 13 Jan. 2010
This review is from: The Habit of Art (Hardcover)
Frances de la Tour was absolutely stunning. I kept forgetting that she was actually part of the play, and not genuinely a stage-manager struggling with: a questionable script, a weak, but possibly once great lead actor, and an egotistical play-write.

As far as the "play-within-a-play" genre goes, this is possibly the most ambitious that I've come across. I spent most of the first half cringing at the awfulness of the rent-boy loving side of the WH Auden character (which I'm not convinced is quite as awful as depicted in the fictional play). In fact, I almost didn't return for the second half.

I did, however, spend the interval considering what the point of it all was, and came to the conclusion that the fictional actors (possibly at the end of careers that may or may not have ever amounted to anything) were struggling with an awful script that they had no choice to be a part of as job offers were no longer abundant. So the feelings of repulsion that I felt, I managed to level at the fictional play-write and not Bennett.

So, did the fictional play have to be so ghastly, and what would Michael Gambon have done with the same material (Richard Griffith having taking over the lead role)? On balance, I think the first answer is actually "yes". Giving Bennett the benefit of the doubt, he had to overdo the awfulness to clear the way of the fictional actors to put forward their own thoughts; complaining about a script that is just slightly bad may come across as just petulance, but when the script is unquestionably awful, the audience is more likely to be on the side of the fictional actors, and no one would even consider siding with the fictional play-write.

As for Gambon, recalling his superb performances in "The Singing Detective" and "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover", if anything, I think his performance as the fictional WHA would have been much more grotesque than RG's (I picture Alec Guiness's Fagan as opposed to Ron Moody's much cuddly version). But, when playing the actor, he would have been levelling his ire at full force against the fictional play-write, and at the same time, praising and describing his idol (the real WHA) with great eloquence. I think Gambon would have strived for a once great actor, brought low by alcoholism (an Oliver Reed type); whereas Griffith could only manage to portray an aging ham-actor who probably never amounted to much in the first place (a Donald Sinden perhaps).

Gran Torino [DVD] [2009]
Gran Torino [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Clint Eastwood
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Price: £2.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guessable Ending, 29 July 2009
This review is from: Gran Torino [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
This is another great classic movie by Clint Eastwood, but not his best - I don't think he could ever top his Million Dollar Baby.

Clint is grizzly, but a little more verbose than usual. His direction, eye for detail, and occasional glimses of humour well judged. The story is excellent, and the resolution dramatic. The thing that lets it down for me is the guessable ending; although admittedly, it is no less poignant for that.

Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World
Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World
Price: £0.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good, 29 July 2009
This version is not good at all.

I had a wonderful version of this song until my MP3 player died earlier this year. The version I had is a live recording that starts with the following spoken dedication by Iz: "This is for Gavin." If anyone knows what CD that's on, I'd love to know!

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