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Who Made God? New Third Edition
Who Made God? New Third Edition
by Edgar Andrews
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book for those people who are happy to accept ..., 21 Mar. 2016
A perfect book for those people who are happy to accept the argument that God must have a creator, so therefore he does not exist.
For too long, we are fed the line that in our enlightened age we have now gone past the primitive belief in a God who created this universe we reside in. In fact, we are told, it was US as humans that created God and now we are not in need of him, thank you very much.
This book manages to explode these so called enlightened beliefs, and the author fuses his excellent deep set knowledge of relevant scientific fields with a readable, witty command of English that engages the reader.
If you were provoked by Richard Dawkins' "God delusion", enjoyed Stephen Hawkings "A brief history of time"..or even Bill Brysons "A short history of everything" then this will appeal to you.
Prepare to be challenged!


Manchester United Season Review 2010/11 [DVD]
Manchester United Season Review 2010/11 [DVD]
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.54

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 14 Jun. 2011
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After 10 minutes of watching, it became depressingly clear that it was going to be an ordeal to watch this poorly made DVD. Abysmal camera angles with music dubbed over most goals - you didn't get a sense of the occasion and it tended to detach you from the emotion of the game; great comebacks and top games merely pass you by in this shoddily made DVD.
I am so disappointed, I would have given it 0 stars if possible. It seemed over in a blur, wish I hadn't bothered.


Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything
Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything
by Edgar Harold Andrews
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 28 Sept. 2009
A perfect book for those people who are happy to accept the argument that God must have a creator, so therefore he does not exist.
For too long, we are fed the line that in our enlightened age we have now gone past the primitive belief in a God who created this universe we reside in. In fact, we are told, it was US as humans that created God and now we are not in need of him, thank you very much.
This book manages to explode these so called enlightened beliefs, and the author fuses his excellent deep set knowledge of relevant scientific fields with a readable, witty command of English that engages the reader.
If you were provoked by Richard Dawkins' "God delusion", enjoyed Stephen Hawkings "A brief history of time"..or even Bill Brysons "A short history of everything" then this will appeal to you.
Prepare to be challenged!


The First Freedom: A History of Free Speech
The First Freedom: A History of Free Speech
by Robert Hargreaves
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class, 23 Mar. 2003
A fine attempt on such a controversial subject, the author examines the most pertinent examples of freedom of speech relating to individuals thoughout the last several thousand years of world history.There will never be agreement on freedom of speech - how far should it go? When does it become dangerous? What should be restricted? It's probably the one issue that inspired me to think for myself most at university, and one that any society that wishes to call itself enlightened and civilised must always address and readdress.
The author does a splendid job defining freedom of speech in theory, backing it up with practical examples - I was especially fascinated with his examination of St. Paul and his rights as a Roman citizen.
An excellent book, thourough and intelligently written.


The Bourne Identity [VHS] [2002]
The Bourne Identity [VHS] [2002]
VHS
Offered by londonstorehouse
Price: £13.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars slick, quick and enjoyable, 22 Mar. 2003
A very enjoyable film starting with a half-dead Matt Damon being fished out of the sea and realising he has no memory. Reminiscient of "The Long Kiss Goodnight", he slowly finds out that he has incredible fighting skills (a la Geena Davis). Worse, he then finds out that the CIA are out to kill him.
The pace is good throughout, without any painful soul searching moments and despite lack of depth and characterisation, the film moves at an entertaining pace. "Memento" gives a far better depiction of someone losing their memory, albeit in a different manner, and "The Bourne Identity" is more for mainstream entertainment.
Matt Damon is quite convincing overall, bar a ridiculous scene where he falls down a stair case with a body to protect his fall and, simultaneously, shoots another assasin.
Couldn't figure out whether the female lead was trying to be American or Swiss, but nevermind!
Overall, good fun to watch.


The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
The Untouchables [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Kevin Costner
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top gangster flick, 7 Mar. 2003
This is such a good film, we have used it for GCSE coursework at school! It brings out the mood of the prohibition years, and emphasises the cult status that Capone had. He was a celebrity, appearing on Tv and in newspapers, and it would have been frustrating for the police to pin anything on him.
Anyway, De Niro as Capone is superb, and the baseball bat scene is quite harrowing and extremely effective, as well as being brutal. Sean Connery, for me, steals the show as a regular on the beat, almost washed up, cop - poor Kevin Costner, its not the first time he has been upstaged (think Alan Rickman, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves!), though Costner still puts in a decent performance.
There is certainly a sense of good guys against bad guys (Costner at one point states: "let's do some good") and this makes the train station scene even more dramatic than it is - the tension is incredible, the baby in the pram works so well, and the shoot out is excellent.
I really find it hard to fault, both for educational and entertainment purposes.


Mallrats [VHS]
Mallrats [VHS]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: £1.94

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated, 1 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Mallrats [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Too many people write this film off, claiming its the weakest of all Kevin Smith films....and I still don't know why! Admittedly, one of the central characters, TS, is feeble but that is made up for by the presence of Jason Lee as Brodie. Brodie is hilarious as a selfish, sega loving, bad boyfriend and attaches great importance to 'the mall' as well as Stan Lee's comics.
Kids getting caught in the escalator, making Brodie's fears come true, Silent Bob and Jay attacking the Easter bunny and getting attacked by dozens of kids in return, Ben Affleck as an anally obsessed store manager (wearing a hideous Burtons-style suit), its full of memorable and hilarious moments.
Like 'Clerks' the film really is about nothing, and maybe it does dwell a little on serious relationships and self obsession (TS irritates as well as somehow managing to be a superficial character in the film).
Don't compare it to Clerks or Chasing Amy, its just different!...
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Sharpe's Rifles [DVD] [1993]
Sharpe's Rifles [DVD] [1993]
Dvd ~ Sean Bean
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.60

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable gung-ho stuff!, 1 Mar. 2003
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This review is from: Sharpe's Rifles [DVD] [1993] (DVD)
I loved the Sharpe series when they hit our screens some 10 years back: simple story lines, good action scenes and excellent characters.
I enjoy this first installment the most, for it shows how Sharpe gets a foot on the career ladder and how he meets the chosen men - the battle with Harper is an entertaining one indeed!
I particularly liked the way that his love interest (Theresa) is a heroine to match Sharpe in terms of wit, sharpness and fighting ability, not a classic screaming damsel in distress!
Sharpe's constant struggle as an officer promoted from the ranks starts here and never ends, which is a poignant reminder of our class riddled past.
Forget the opinion that the books are superior (they are!), try to enjoy the films as a separate form of entertainment...starting with Sharpe's Rifles!!


The Teacher's Toolkit: Raise Classroom Achievement with Strategies for Every Learner
The Teacher's Toolkit: Raise Classroom Achievement with Strategies for Every Learner
by Paul Ginnis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.09

94 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ultimate teacher accessory, 1 Mar. 2003
Our department at school got its hands on a copy last year, and I was so impressed I purchased my own copy. This has to be the best teacher book I possess, and there are several reasons why i believe every practioner should have one.
Firstly, the book combines theory with practice - too many books do not get the balance right, giving too much theory or vice versa. What this book does is set out basic and more compex theories about how effective teaching can occur, then it gives practical examples. The effect of this is so simple - you can understand WHY you should use certain strategies.
There is a huge section in the book detailing dozens of effective teaching strategies that anyone can try, each one saying how it could be adapted for each subject and even what learning is taking place.
I thouroughly recommend this to every teach who wants to improve their teaching - from NT and NQT to HOD's!!
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Medal of Honor: Frontline (PS2)
Medal of Honor: Frontline (PS2)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £12.98

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling stuff!, 24 Feb. 2003
I thoroughly enjoyed this game, it's been a while since I have been so obsessed with completing a game and combined with my love of history, made this a top game.
I really felt part of the action and was swift to dish out vengeance on any German soldiers who shot my 'buddies'! The variety of levels was very good - one minute in a bunker, the next in a submarine, then into a science lab...great stuff!
I must admit that the much hyped landings in the first scene are a disappointment - there isn't much to do and your tiny band of men do the same thing every time you play the level. Fortunately, the game DOES improve after this, and I jumped with joy when I finally managed to blow up a German tank in a rather difficult level later on!
A very good game - huge satisfaction to be gained once you complete the game. There are one or two glitches with the actual soldiers you are fighting, but nothing that ruins the actual game itself.


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