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Klitschko [DVD]
Klitschko [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sebastian Dehnhardt
Price: £5.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Grim, 24 Jan. 2015
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This is an excellent film covering the lives and careers of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. It reminded me of "Senna" another brilliant documentary that had as much drama as fiction. It helps that the Klitschko brothers are very intelligent fighters who plan their careers and have the ability to criticise themselves. The film is aided by the views of many who have trained and who have fought the brothers. The violence of the sport is ably shown by the Lennox Lewis and Samuel Peter fights; but you can see the brothers adapting, learning building up their ferociously intelligent fighting style. There are scenes with their parents and of the beginnings of Vitali's political career but above all that it is a tale of two brothers. Made in 2011 it ends with the comment, "..to be continued"


DC Comics Deck Building Game: Rivals - Batman vs. The Joker
DC Comics Deck Building Game: Rivals - Batman vs. The Joker
Offered by Gamesters Orb
Price: £11.67

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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Deck-Building, Batman!, 23 Jan. 2015
I have been playing the various games using the Cryptozoic Deck Building engine for some years. I continue to be impressed by how much they can wring from the system. In this case we are firmly in DC Comics Deck Building country but with a few twists. There are no arch-villains just the two rivals - Batman and the Joker represented in each case by three large cards with increasing strength and abilities. One gains cards normally but can, if you feel lucky (punk) choose to have a confrontation where you must beat your opponent's strength. In most cases you will not be certain of doing this - counting on drawing and deploying cards during your play. Just to add to the fun your opponent can play blocking cards to increase his strength. If you fail to beat your opponent you do not use the cards to gain others, you simply discard them. The usual Equipment, Super-hero etc etc cards are present but all with a Joker or Batmen theme.

Great fun


Killing Them Softly [DVD]
Killing Them Softly [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.78

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5.0 out of 5 stars Busted Flush, 23 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Killing Them Softly [DVD] (DVD)
If the Godfather showed the mob as opera, it has been downhill since, and no further down than this interesting film. Two very stupid people get together with Johnnie Sac to hit a poker game. We know they are very stupid from the 20 minutes plus of sub-Dumb & Dumber conversation liberally spiced with cursing. Try not to give up on the film at this point, because it gets better, though not noticeably less vulgar. The denouement is not really surprising but very cinematically realised. It's noire, but in colour. En route James Gandolfini reprises his moody gangster, Ray Liotta takes a beating, Brad Pitt is unusually together, and a host of other actors do their piece. Richard Jenkins is very good as the contact to the gamblers arranging the vengeance much as he might book a catering firm. With a running background of the 2008 Presidential Election the whole piece has a wonderfully discordant feel. And it ends before the story ends, just as it should.


This Is War [DVD]
This Is War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kristian Fraga
Offered by Wowudo
Price: £2.49

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Enhanced, 20 Jan. 2015
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This DVD represents hours of helmetcam and hand-held film shot by a USMC officer - Mike Scotti. This includes a lot of waiting and then moments of kinetic action and high and low comedy. The heap of material has been splendidly woven together by Kristian Fraga to tell a story. I particularly enjoyed the scene where Scotti looks for a phone to call home, and upon finally finding one gets the answerphone.


Danger Close: The True Story of Helmand from the Leader of 3 PARA
Danger Close: The True Story of Helmand from the Leader of 3 PARA
by Stuart Tootal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.94

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5.0 out of 5 stars Platoon House, 19 Jan. 2015
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Stuart Tootal was out in Afghanistan when the politicians still thought this was a peace-making mission. This meant he was short of everything except aggressive opponents; as a result this is a war fought by platoons where every sortie from their own Fort Zinderneuf attracts an enemy ambush. The power of the support weapons available to the Paras has a Starship Trooper quality, but when casualties are taken that edge can be lost. Because Tootal was a Lieutenant-Colonel I had expected something rather staid and "correct". How wrong I was.


Greatest Hits
Greatest Hits
Price: £13.34

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent old style C&W with some great guitar work, 17 Jan. 2015
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Excellent old style C&W with some great guitar work. I particularly enjoyed the Ernest Tubb parody. Junior Brown is a real talent.


Ghost Dog - The Way Of The Samurai [DVD]
Ghost Dog - The Way Of The Samurai [DVD]
Dvd ~ Forest Whitaker
Price: £5.93

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5.0 out of 5 stars This ain't no ancient culture here, mister, 11 Jan. 2015
Set in a night-time inhabited by a rap-based soundtrack Ghost Dog is the embodiment of the Hagakure, killing on the orders of his "master" a mafiosi who in turn rescued him from being killed by thugs. He operates carefully and with great skill, moving through the night-time scarcely noticed by others. In the daylight Ghost Dog is a much more kindly figure until fortune and men's eyes turn it all upside down. At times a gangster film, an arthouse piece and a western it manages to be very much its own film.


Revolt on the Tigris: The Sadr Uprising and Governing Iraq (Crises in World Politics)
Revolt on the Tigris: The Sadr Uprising and Governing Iraq (Crises in World Politics)
by Mark Etherington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.81

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5.0 out of 5 stars Failing to Plan Means Planning To Fail, 11 Jan. 2015
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This is a very interesting book from the "governor" of Wasit Province (centered on Kut, where Britain came a pearler in 1915-1916) under the CPA. The Author is an ex-Para and it seemed to me was more at sea amongst diplomats, consultants and contractors then when the whole thing went kinetic. Coming from an organisation like the Army which, for all its faults, tends to get to the nub of the issue promptly and finding oneself in the mess arising from the misplanned assumption of power over Iraq must have been a shock. Etherington is very conscientious, and the task before him impossible, there is much of Sisyphus in this book. Given the misinformation fed to the Coalition (and its failure to audit it) one can only wonder at stamina of those who kept on trying.


British General Elections 1832-2001
British General Elections 1832-2001
by Peter Joyce
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars The More Things Change The More They Are The Same, 11 Jan. 2015
General Election fans must share some DNA with cricket and horse-facing fans. The same need to try to estimate the future from the past either for a wager or the sheer joy of it. The same interest in the stranger happenings of the past and a refusal to view the past as a poor version of the present. Peter Joyce's book follows the same format for each of over 40 general elections; notes on policies, parties, campaign and result. We start in 1832 with voting that lasted several days with two aristocrats leading their parties and an electorate of about 500,000 but by 2001 we are in tens of millions of voters and two sons of the people (well almost). Along the way we encounter all manner of wonders: the Irish voting blocks, the collapse of the Liberals, the odder parties (Scottish Prohibition Party anyone?) and those interesting individuals who gave us a very varied political life.

Peter Joyce bids fair to be the Wisden of general elections.


The Secret Life of France
The Secret Life of France
by Lucy Wadham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bobo bonobo, 9 Jan. 2015
What Lucy Wadham the racehorse trainer has written a book on France? But no, dear reader, this is Lucy Wadham who went to Oxford and worked for the BBC, living life, as it were, in the raw.

The blurb might have you believing that we're in for a Panorama report on the "The Sexual Life of Catherine M" and indeed there is quite a bit on the way a small part of the French (rich, educated, living in Paris) pursue sexual promiscuity without breaking up their marriages - the "jardin secret". This is not the same territory as Catherine M, but it is a contiguous land-mass and Lucy Wadham describes how it functions. These are the bobo bonobos as I call them, amusing in their cages but I would not like them in my house. But just as you are about to shake Lucy warmly by the throat for this generalised picture she's off on other topics and by the end of the book admits that not all the French are like that; indeed they are, like most nations, a lot of different threads.

Lucy discusses a wide number of points including what the French look for in politicians; they must be "hot rabbits" sexually, presumably explaining why Protestant politicians have not had a popular support since Henri of Navarre. Then on to why the French bureaucrats are such a pain; though in truth not turning up with the right document is likely to harden the kindest bureaucratic heart. There are excellent chapters on health services, education, and foreign policy. By the time you arrive at the end a much rounder picture begins to appear. One cannot but wonder if the publisher didn't send a post-it over saying "spice it up early on, love!"

If not as organised as Agnès-Catherine Poirier's French view of the English, Lucy Wadham's return volley has some valuable insights. I do however feel that France had ground up against her, and she against France. I have seldom encountered anything but kindness even from Parisian waiters (indeed when I once enquired which restaurant they would recommend in another part of Paris, my waiter called a soviet of his colleagues and they delivered two excellent recommendations five minutes later after Danton-style debate) and so I do not see all that Lucy sees. But then she saw it day-in and day-out. By the end of the book while I might disagree I was at both educated and entertained, but more importantly amused.


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