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The Song Of Troy
The Song Of Troy
by Colleen McCullough
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles, 22 July 2016
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This is a competent retelling of the Iliad (and beyond) though it lacks the spark of her Masters of Rome series. Pretty much a god-less history the story is told chapter by chapter by different narrators, and there is a McCullough twist (and some) to the story we all know. Oddly enough, Odysseus appears as the villain in some sections, or perhaps simply too clever by half.


Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960]
Saturday Night And Sunday Morning [DVD] [1960]
Dvd ~ Albert Finney
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Get Seaton, 21 July 2016
At times films of this quality almost become historical documents, except for those who remember them as also being social commentary. A young Nottingham rakehell played by Finney enjoys the comparative wealth of the skilled working class in Tory Britain of 1960, but he's alive to the risks (his mother and father, he notes had their hash settled some time ago by the gaffers). On top of the class and economic issues Finney is squiring another man's wife (the husband played by Brian Pringle is excellent) and yet tempted by the rather traditional Doreen (brilliantly played by Shirley Anne Field). Can he avoid the traps of marriage, can he heckers like....

Directed by Karel Reiz, produced by Tony Richardson from an Alan Sillitoe novel: a cast that act their pants off. Enjoy one of the best examples of British New Wave


Jack Strong [DVD]
Jack Strong [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Wilson
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Intel Asset, 21 July 2016
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A tale of a Polish Army officer from a military family who passed information to the West in the Warsaw Pact years. Portrayed as a man of principle, Ryszard Kukliński (also the name of the officer on which the film is based) seeks to prevent the worst outcomes of nucleur warfare by not only leaking data to the West on plans he has written but by proposing counter solutions. Buried so far up the command structure Kukliński seems to have a charmed life but as things start to wobble the tension rises dramatically, aided by a really cheeky twist that wrong-footed me. The last 30 minutes is as full of tension as a John Le Carre story. The issue of whether Kukliński was a hero or traitor (or indeed both) is passed over, he certainly was a man of considerable testicular fortitude.


The Hypnotist [DVD]
The Hypnotist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tobias Zilliacus
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars We Have Been Here Before, 18 July 2016
This review is from: The Hypnotist [DVD] (DVD)
At times this felt like an extended TV series pilot, at others a manifestation of the All Powerful Killer film in which the law enforcement types are personally pursued by Mr Nemesis. But I suspect the problem for me was that I've watched too much good Nordic Noir and have become blasé; this was doubtless a competent crime story (with twists). So if you've not watched a lot of Nordic Noir please regard this as a four star review.


Factory Girl [DVD] [2006]
Factory Girl [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Sienna Miller
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Price: £2.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior But Sad Biopic, 16 July 2016
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Fielding's Tom Jones suffered from the view that "it was the universal opinion of all Mr. Allworthy's family that he was certainly born to be hanged". As I encountered Edie Sedgewick in this splendidly sad film I got a similarly grim premonition: she was not born (as she remarks) to die old. Played admirably by Sienna Miller she has that mixture of needieness and the expectation that that need will be met by someone, and the transmission of energy that others feed off and never return. In this case Andy Warhol (a magnificent piece of work by Guy Pearce) and a character designed to look and sound like Bob Dylan (but, in best Godzilla IP traditions, it's definitely not him, oh dear me no). There's a splendid sense of period to the film that goes far beyond what is essentially a story of naiveté rewarded. It is a New York one can barely recognise now from the era where the Holly Golightly Forties passed to the Kitty Genovese Sixties


The Homesman [DVD] [2014]
The Homesman [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Tommy Lee Jones
Price: £5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tinder On The Trail, 9 July 2016
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The Homesman has a long way to travel and passes through Violence, Sentiment and Grim Realism as if Cormac McCarthy was doing The Little House On The Prairie. Set predominantly in Sodbuster country we encounter a wide range of weathers and strangers. There is one splendidly horrible moment of surprise that sets up the remainder of the film with its mixture of sad, mad and bad. I found it a little slow going. It is also not over-endowed with likeable characters.


Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Gelatinised Maca Powder 250g, Soil Association certified organic
Sevenhills Wholefoods Organic Gelatinised Maca Powder 250g, Soil Association certified organic
Offered by Sevenhills Wholefoods
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Breakfast Supplement, 3 July 2016
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This has a slightly bitter caramel taste and I add it to a breakfast vanilla protein shake. Somewhat to my surprise I did feel more energy after using it for a few days. A single teaspoon a day was enough and the packaging keeps the powder nicely dry between uses


Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves - Black/Matte Black, 12 oz
Venum Challenger 2.0 Boxing Gloves - Black/Matte Black, 12 oz
Price: £43.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good set of practice gloves, 3 July 2016
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These are a good set of practice gloves with velcro wrist bands. The padding is extensive and even, and they fit my large hands well. I usually end up choosing from a box of second-hand gloves, some of which are a bit thin causing abrasions on the knuckles or finger joints. These Venum gloves have none of that.


Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint (Women in Antiquity)
Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint (Women in Antiquity)
by David Potter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ugandan Discussions, 20 Jun. 2016
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Theodora has been the subject of racy novels and a scurrilous history and nothing much more so that the historian has to tread a difficult line between the more famous accounts. David Potter makes a decent shot at this, noting what Procopius does and does not say, and drawing conclusions, but faced with the foreigness of society under Justinian compared to today it can be very hard to determine what was the more likely event (never mind the actual event). The story wanders a bit amidst many characters (lots of whom are called John) but it also visits some interesting by-ways.


Philips Satinelle BRE630/00 Advanced Wet and Dry Epilator
Philips Satinelle BRE630/00 Advanced Wet and Dry Epilator
Price: £59.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epilator, 12 Jun. 2016
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I passed this to my daughter and here's her report:

Despite the overly complex design of the instruction booklet this is incredibly easy to use. There's a button at the back which you press to swap heads, the kit comes with several attachments to put on the epilator head and a shaving head so if you decide epilating isn't for you than no problem. The handset is rechargable and lasts a long time, I'm yet to see it need a recharge mid-use. As it was my first time epilating I didn't really know what to expect, I won't lie it hurts alot but not nearly as much as waxing. I'd compare the sensation to having a succession of pins poke you very quickly, the good news is after a couple of uses the pain lessens considerably and unlike waxing you don't get little blood spots. Afterwards you get loads of little red bumps on your skin from where the hair has been pulled out, on me these started to calm down after an hour but didn't completely vanish until the next day. The hairlessness lasts for about 3 weeks and when they grow back the hairs are alot finer. I haven't tried it wet yet and haven't used the shaver head but so far I'm incredibly pleased with it.


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