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The Long Firm [DVD] [2004]
The Long Firm [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Mark Strong
Price: £4.90

5.0 out of 5 stars You see, Len, my generation never went to war. So we started one of our own, 31 Aug. 2015
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This is a very good series of four films surrounding the fictional Sixties gangster Harry Starks (a man built out of bits of the real ones), moving through the Sixties and Seventies we see Starks through the eyes of his pet Lord, a female protege, a criminal friend and finally an academic looking to dissect him. The cast are wonderful throughout with the almost impassive Mark Strong (half wide boy, half Dracula) lending a strong spine to the four stories. With their elements of reality and strong sense of era these join the finest ranks of faction. Based on a novel by Jake Arnott this is what the BBC did best.


The Hour Of The Lynx [DVD]
The Hour Of The Lynx [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sofie Gråbøl
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Leave Your Scarf And Shoes, 28 Aug. 2015
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A grim tale of a young man seeking his way back to happier times. Since this route has involved a couple of nasty murders the story takes place in a secure mental unit. The story-telling is sparse and you need to fill in the gaps, as a priest attempts to bridge the trouble caused by an experimental treatment. But exactly how she does it, or whether she does it at all, is left a bit of a mystery. If you were expecting a homicide investigation you'll be very disappointed.


Max Miller - EMI Comedy
Max Miller - EMI Comedy

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't I Look Well, Lady, 28 Aug. 2015
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There is so little recorded material of the Cheeky Chappie that one must buy a lot of duplicate material; this one added to my stock however.


The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
The Brothers Grimm [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
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Price: £3.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Good In Parts, 28 Aug. 2015
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Terry Gilliam has a marvellous visual flair and in this film it is used to full strength, especially the scene with the cracked mirror. However, I never find his story lines rise to the same level. There's an element of the boy who enjoyed fart cushions growing up and getting a whole film with which to play. The Shrek-ish interweaving of stories is fun. If you like your fairy tales more in the Singing Ringing tree vein you'll find this one full of unseemly levity.


Olive and Wild Pistacia Oil (Bittim) 100% Natural Traditional Castile Soap Bar from Siirt Mardin Turkey 150g Oily Skin, Eczema, dandruff, acne, Psoriasis
Olive and Wild Pistacia Oil (Bittim) 100% Natural Traditional Castile Soap Bar from Siirt Mardin Turkey 150g Oily Skin, Eczema, dandruff, acne, Psoriasis
Offered by Caria Handmade Soap
Price: £2.25

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5.0 out of 5 stars Olive & Pistacia, 22 Aug. 2015
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Excellent soap, hand made in Turkey. Not much of a scent but good on dry skin.


Out of The Furnace [DVD] [2013]
Out of The Furnace [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Christian Bale
Price: £3.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Grim, 22 Aug. 2015
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Set in the Rust Belt of Pennsyltucky (the Furnace of the title perhaps) two brothers deal with the need for money in different ways. The violent death of one starts the other after revenge. There's not much of a surprise in Out Of The Furnace, in some ways it is a western where a man's got to do what a man's got to do. Excellent cast though the director lets Woody Harrison do even more gurning than usual. A twist or two would have helped but it's a competent film.


Nil By Mouth [1997] [DVD]
Nil By Mouth [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Winstone
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.68

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Baby, 16 Aug. 2015
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Not many punches are pulled in this depressing tale of a working class family mired in domestic violence, crime and drugs. Everyone acts up a storm and the director keeps the camera in close scene after scene. You'll not have much of a laugh and the narrative does not lead in any single direction, except perhaps to demonstrate that it takes a lot to wreck a family. Some of the conversational scenes look to me to be improvised and Ray Winstone and Jamie Foreman are perfect here.


To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949
To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949
by Ian Kershaw
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Thirty Years War, 8 Aug. 2015
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Covering a period of the most bloody 35 years in history requires a deft touch. The topic requires a grasp of military events, the political lives of a number of states, the economies of them all, and a track on the effects on the lives of the people; all in 500 pages. Ian Kershaw manages the task by staying one higher level than individual histories. Instead of pages on the military campaigns of 1944 and 1945 he just needs to tell us how the great number of military casualties in a seven year (for the UK) war occurred in those last two part-years. The most difficult tasks for a historian is that, with the plethora of detail, how close to counterfactuality he can skate. It is a trite theme to criticise the West for being weak in the response to the dictatorships, but I would like to see the alternatives examined (even though they must include a lot of guesses). Democracies are slow to anger but then are implacable, dictatorships are the opposite. The 1914-1949 era was (as David Coleman would have said) a game of two halves, but the game had different rules in each half.

A very good history


Pimpernel 30.5 x 23 cm MDF with Cork Back Classic Midnight Placemats, Set of 6, Multi-Colour
Pimpernel 30.5 x 23 cm MDF with Cork Back Classic Midnight Placemats, Set of 6, Multi-Colour
Price: £18.82

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Set Of Mats, 8 Aug. 2015
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This is a very smart set of place mats. The dark finish fits well with our table which is teak.


The King Without a Kingdom (The Accursed Kings, Book 7)
The King Without a Kingdom (The Accursed Kings, Book 7)
by Maurice Druon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.54

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5.0 out of 5 stars What France Did Next, 8 Aug. 2015
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If the first six volumes by Academician Druon plumbed the depths of pretty much every human vice this volume concentrates on stupidity and its appeal to the weak. With the capable Philippe le Bel long dead we are left with the grandson, John II, of his grandiose brother Charles of Anjou. The bad news for France is that the fruit has not fallen far from the tree. Historical novels depend a lot on their subject matter and the schemer of this piece is Charles the Bad, King of Navarre and grandson of Louis the Hutin. Bad as he is he is not a patch on that splendid villain Robert of Artois. The remarkable Charles V (who appears as the Dauphin) has not revealed his colours yet leaving us with a finale that is far from a climax and more of a tragedy. I enjoyed it greatly, but it is "my" subject.


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