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Shutter Island [DVD] (2010)
Shutter Island [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Film About SHUTTING People Up, 18 July 2014
This review is from: Shutter Island [DVD] (2010) (DVD)
(WARNING - THIS REVIEW REVEALS SOME OF THE PLOT)

The whole concept of this film is actually rather nasty. It is based upon the psychiatrists insistence at the end to the mental patient to 'accept reality' - ie 'I need to know you have accepted reality'. For a mental patient, given that it is 'reality' which is their whole problem, and a severe enough problem to put them in hospital in the first place, this is the equivalent of asking them to accept having pins repeatedly stuck into themselves. The 'delusion' complex is the method of psychological survival and is a fascinating imaginative process designed to protect the afflicted individual so they may retain some sense of meaning and purpose in their lives. The correct approach is to allow them to develop their delusion in a healthier way, but to bluntly eliminate it is extremely cruel and greatly harmful. It is a fact that 'delusion' is not classified by whether it is 'true' or not. It is classified by how the person relates to the delusional thought. Eg someone may have a delusional obsession that their partner is cheating on them, but the partner may actually be cheating on them. Delusions may or may not be facts. Another example - someone may be obsessed that the pharmaceutical industry is corrupt and harming human health and be paranoid about their doctors - but the delusion has some basis in fact - as all the $multi-million lawsuits against big pharma tell us.

So this film is pro-psychiatry, and pretty much pro-Pharma-psychiatry also. The emphasis is to shut the person up. Perhaps that's why its called SHUTTER ISLAND.

But Shutting up vulnerable people in great need of help cannot be classed as medicine in any form, other than Nazi medicine perhaps. Telling them to 'accept reality' is grossly wicked and causes them huge harm. They need their own little world in order to survive, it is their only survival mechanism and only hope. It just needs some guidance to help them avoid those self-defeating behaviours, and attempt some form of positive integration into the outside world.

As regards the cinematic quality of this film though De Caprio is as ever excellent, and there is some cinematic quality to this film. But it is ultimately a disappointing film. What is far more interesting is when the 'delusion' has some point of fact, and that is where so many of the advances of the world came from! But this film is extremely claustrophobic and closed down - taking place only inside the head of the mental patient, a person who is portrayed as being beyond hope. I can't see what's enjoyable about that.


Asthma Free Naturally: Reverse Asthma Using the Buteyko Breathing Method, Suitable for All Adults and Children (includes Free Buteyko CD)
Asthma Free Naturally: Reverse Asthma Using the Buteyko Breathing Method, Suitable for All Adults and Children (includes Free Buteyko CD)
by Patrick McKeown
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle Cure, 4 April 2014
I can only say this from experience, but after following the advice in this book on how to stop an asthma attack (or equivalently the video on the author's Asthma Care Ireland web site entitled 'How to stop an asthma attack') my asthma problem of 15 years was cured virtually immediately. Up until then I thought that without my Ventolin inhaler I could easily die of one of my asthma attacks, which at times could be severe enough to require emergency oxygen treatment in my GP's surgery. I lived in fear of asthma - it is a frightening condition, and I know of numerous people who have died because of it. But now this method of cure really is a miracle, I sometimes think this is just a dream and I will wake up. But no - this is for real - I have had virtual total elimination of asthma for 18 months now, and not one single puff of an inhaler in all that time. When asthma does come, the Buteyko method of dealing with it dispatches it within minutes if not seconds. It is quite remarkable just how effective it is. It probably sounds like I am trying to sell something, but I am just amazed at this method, and how it has changed my life for the better - I just want to share that information, that is all!

So I cannot say it will work for every single case, but my case was a fairly typical one I think, an asthma that came and went, but at times could be quite severe and alarming. The terrible truth is, the continued use of reliever inhalers will progressively make asthma worse, as happened to me. And more and more puffs are needed to get relief. I was at times requiring 10 puffs to get relief, the maximum amount according to my doctor.

Using the information in the above video alone I was able to cure my asthma, and did so within 5 minutes of learning the word Buteyko after a Google search for alternative cures for asthma. Up until then I believed there was no cure for asthma, and did a search only out of desperation. I was pretty shocked by what I found.

The proof is in trying it, when it works that's all you need to know. Reports of 90% reduction in reliever inhaler within 3 months are often made, but with me it was 100% reduction within 5 minutes. I never needed an inhaler ever again after that first attempt at the Buteyko method of stopping an asthma attack. Now 18 months on, I am confident enough to go anywhere WITHOUT an inhaler.

Alternative health treatments are a lot more effective than I ever expected - and others worth checking out are : Turmeric (an utterly incredible list of health benefits), Omega 3 Fish Oil, Green Tea, and the book Back Chat by Gary Trainer (can be very effective for back problems).


Asthma-Free Naturally: Everything you need to know about taking control of your asthma
Asthma-Free Naturally: Everything you need to know about taking control of your asthma
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle Cure, 2 April 2014
I can only say this from experience, but after following the advice in this book on how to stop an asthma attack (or equivalently the video on the author's Asthma Care Ireland web site entitled 'How to stop an asthma attack') my asthma problem of 15 years was cured virtually immediately. Up until then I thought that without my Ventolin inhaler I could easily die of one of my asthma attacks, which at times could be severe enough to require emergency oxygen treatment in my GP's surgery. I lived in fear of asthma - it is a frightening condition, and I know of numerous people who have died because of it. But now this method of cure really is a miracle, I sometimes think this is just a dream and I will wake up. But no - this is for real - I have had virtual total elimination of asthma for 18 months now, and not one single puff of an inhaler in all that time. When asthma does come, the Buteyko method of dealing with it dispatches it within minutes if not seconds. It is quite remarkable just how effective it is. It probably sounds like I am trying to sell something, but I am just amazed at this method, and how it has changed my life for the better - I just want to share that information, that is all!

So I cannot say it will work for every single case, but my case was a fairly typical one I think, an asthma that came and went, but at times could be quite severe and alarming. The terrible truth is, the continued use of reliever inhalers will progressively make asthma worse, as happened to me. And more and more puffs are needed to get relief. I was at times requiring 10 puffs to get relief, the maximum amount according to my doctor.

Using the information in the above video alone I was able to cure my asthma, and did so within 5 minutes of learning the word Buteyko after a Google search for alternative cures for asthma. Up until then I believed there was no cure for asthma, and did a search only out of desperation. I was pretty shocked by what I found.

The proof is in trying it, when it works that's all you need to know. Reports of 90% reduction in reliever inhaler within 3 months are often made, but with me it was 100% reduction within 5 minutes. I never needed an inhaler ever again after that first attempt at the Buteyko method of stopping an asthma attack. Now 18 months on, I am confident enough to go anywhere WITHOUT an inhaler.

Alternative health treatments are a lot more effective than I ever expected - and others worth checking out are : Turmeric (an utterly incredible list of health benefits), Omega 3 Fish Oil, Green Tea, and the book Back Chat by Gary Trainer (can be very effective for back problems).


Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place
Knockout: Interviews with Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer--And How to Prevent Getting It in the First Place
by Suzanne Somers
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation!, 6 Mar 2014
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This book is a total revelation - the insight it gives into modern medicine is fantastic. It gives us the pointers we need to start making the right choices with regard to our health care - because the system isn't necessarily going to make those choices for us - IT'S primary goal is to make profit - and keeping us ill facilitates that. The corruption in medicine is much much worse than I would ever have suspected. This and other books exposes it, thankfully, because medicine NEEDS to change, and fast.


Philip's Planisphere (Latitude 51.5 North): For use in Britain and Ireland, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada
Philip's Planisphere (Latitude 51.5 North): For use in Britain and Ireland, Northern Europe, Northern USA and Canada
by Philip's
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of This World!, 6 Mar 2014
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Without doubt this is probably the best six quid I have ever spent, on anything. Unlike some star maps, this map has good contrast, with yellow and white text on a black background. It comes in a plastic sleeve like an old 12" vinyl record cover, together with 2 cardboard inserts, and with that you can keep it protected, eg stuff it down the side of your car seat or in a holdall for example and it won't get damaged. I drive in the evenings for a living, and have it with me at ALL times.

I have taken particular interest in picking out the constellations of the Zodiac, and the planets, and thanks to this map I was able to plan out months in advance which dates and times I would be able to view a certain constellation or star. (It is important to remember when setting the time on the planisphere that you must set it to the UTC time - so in British summer time for example if it is 11pm on the clock then the UTC time is 10pm). Despite poor weather conditions I was lucky in the early hours last weekend to see my own Zodiac constellation Scorpius and its brightest star Antares, along with Libra with Saturn, and Virgo with Mars. Also that night I saw what must have been a satellite of some kind, possibly the international space station, crossing the sky, too slow to be a shooting star, and not an aircraft as not flashing. The speed at which some shooting stars cross the sky is utterly incredible, though I haven't seen that many since around last November.

I have been able to track all the major visible planets ie Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn easily with this planisphere. And together with information from earthsky.org I was able to see the near conjunction of Saturn and Mercury on 25 Nov last year, and I was surprised at how bright Mercury actually was. Note due to its fast movements Mercury is not recorded on the planet tables of this planisphere, but information on it can easily be garnered online, eg from earthsky.org.

For gaining an overall orientation to the night sky this planisphere is really excellent. But you may want a more detailed star map also for further information. This planisphere is great to hold out in front of you whilst you view the night sky, with a red astronomer's head-torch on (such as : Red LED & White L.E.D. Multiposition Adjustable HEADTORCH - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00AYXG3E0/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) .


5 Star Office Book Ends Metal Heavy-duty 229mm Black (Pack 2)
5 Star Office Book Ends Metal Heavy-duty 229mm Black (Pack 2)
Offered by Office Nerd
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Ends To End All Book Ends!, 6 Mar 2014
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These book ends are simply brilliant! They are up to the job even with large heavy books, and they are well worth the money. So many book ends are small and flimsy, and constantly fall down, causing potential havoc, but these are the proper design, tall and with a long base, and sturdily built. Highly recommended.


BLACK 500ml Glass Drinking Bottle - Non-Slip Silicone Grip - BPA Free - 100% Recyclable
BLACK 500ml Glass Drinking Bottle - Non-Slip Silicone Grip - BPA Free - 100% Recyclable
Offered by Grip and Go UK
Price: 10.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Great - BUT With A Flaw!, 6 Mar 2014
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Overall this bottle is great - its not cheap but it is a quality item, and after drinking concentrated BPA and phthalates out of refilled plastic water bottles for the past 15 years in my job, it is now a great relief to taste fresh uncontaminated water.

However this bottle CAN leak - but thankfully it is easily fixed. At first I could not figure out how water could escape from a solid glass bottle with tight fitting cap - until I looked inside the cap. Somebody posted a 1 star review on the blue version of this bottle due to this leak (I am assuming their's was leaking for the same reason) - I paste my response below

"Look inside the cap, and you'll see a rubber washer in it. This rubber washer can come out of its groove, and when that happens the bottle leaks slightly - it happened to me. Just run your finger around the washer to press it back into position, and then it will no longer leak. You have to check the rubber washer is in place every time you put the cap on - slightly annoying - and press it in if needed - but most of the time it is in the right position."

Also, the washer might work better one way round than the other.

Secondly it might be helpful, certainly for older people maybe, if cap had some kind of more tactile grip, as it is very smooth metal.
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The Bones Of What You Believe [Digipack]
The Bones Of What You Believe [Digipack]
Price: 11.07

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS MY CHVRCH !, 4 Feb 2014
In a quiet unassuming way, just knocking out one great song after another, without seeming effort, each song probably at least three times the complexity of an average pop song, this band has sky-rocketed to one of THE great bands of our age - EASILY one of the best bands ever to come out of Britain, let alone Scotland.

So out there, quietly, musical talent works at its extraordinary craft, transforming our head-space into a new dimension - a dimension called Chvrches, a mysterious alien spelling, a mysterious alien symbolism.

If I can guess what is happening here it is that MUSIC has taken a FRONT seat, and all the rest though it may be fun or important has been placed secondary.

How many great bands and great artists go on to produce canons largely populated with repetitive sparse musical pabulum - notably the U2's and Coldplay's of this world - capable of writing great songs, capable of writing great music, yet churning out disappointing tracts of strangely average works - a slavery to mass appeal maybe, the love of success itself, not of music - its like they are trying to 'compute' which will be the most 'cool' - that is sad.

But without effort Chvrches are 'cool' without even trying - they have taken the long road to success by creating actual good music.

Like the best synth pop music this album has vocals both angelic and street-wise, it has pathos yet bounce and energy, it has vitality. It shuns relying on simple chords patterns hanging off of catchy hooks, but instead surprises with unexpected changes in pace and rhythm, a finely woven texture underlies all of these songs. But it is not TOO finely woven, just enough to do the job, just enough to take us forward from the over- simplified state of our popular music, and the obsession with 'success' as fast as possible through mass lowest-common-denominator appeal.

I hope Chvrches will take with a pinch of salt all the complete BS of online bullying - now a major and sad part of internet communication - OPEN communication is best though, we cannot let these bullies stop us from communicating on the OPEN internet.

In the spirit of Faithless and Maxi Jazz, this is now decidedly MY CHVRCH!


Desensitized
Desensitized
Price: 7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Could This Be Brilliant?, 15 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Desensitized (MP3 Download)
Like many others I have been a big fan of Kasabian's first album but disappointed with all of their subsequent material, after the departure of Chris Karloff. Clearly the band without Karloff seem to notch down several grades on the musical scale, becoming just run of the mill indy rock, with the same old same old, lads playing guitars, but nothing to get too excited about.

But this? This is something else! I LOVE this album! I have hundreds of albums on my mp3 player, and I would have to rank this as the best. I have played this over and over again, and now its maybe spoiling it. I just hope Black Onassis will bring out some more albums SOON - this music ROCKS! It is a modern and sophisticated sound, with both driving rythmns and ethereal atmospheres - it is a fusion of rock and electronica. It is clear Karloff is a skilled musician and composer - he knows what he wants to achieve and in this - he HAS ACHIEVED IT 100%. Except that is the thorny subject of 'mass' appeal - the 'masses' are not exactly renowned for their good taste, and this kind of music will generally not come to the attention of the mainstream. However like great 'cult' status films such as Blade Runner it will have a loyal following. I could imagine this type of music being used in films, for example the sci-fi cyber punk genre. Or maybe in video games.

The outlets for music are changing - the way people find out about music is changing. Commercial radio stations are torturing us with endless repeats of the same aural sugar, nice songs to start with but sickening after the 1000'th listening. But how can people find out about music as good as this album? For me it was looking up information on bands online and seeing what Chris Karloff the guy who made Kasabian once great had done since leaving the band.

Though this music may seem non-mainstream - it is something that can easily be played to a public audience. In my job as a taxi-driver I play it often on a Sat night when working late, and I think people like it. By contrast some other music I like can be a bit too weird or too heavy for playing in public.

Two other new albums I have listened to recently are Brilliant by Ultravox (good to see this great band reform and produce an album this good after all these years apart), and Koi No Yokan by Deftones - this album is really excellent, showing this band is continuing to grow in stature.

So in summary if you like electronic/dance type music and also rock music, and if you loved songs such as Club Foot and LSF from Kasabians first album, then DEFINITELY check out this album, it is actually outstanding.


2 PAIRS OF LAMBLAND GENUINE LAMBSWOOL INSOLES
2 PAIRS OF LAMBLAND GENUINE LAMBSWOOL INSOLES
Price: 3.38 - 5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice, 15 Dec 2013
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These are really nice set of insoles. I wear a sandal type shoe in the house, and dislike the slippy inner surface of the shoe, and putting these in creates a much more comfortable base for the foot. One slight problem though is they slip out on walking, but I remedied that with a bit of gaffer tape, which I used to fix the insole to the back of the sandal. I change that maybe every 6 weeks or so - it works just fine. The insole itself lasts me at least 4 months I would say, maybe longer than that. A very good buy indeed.


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