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The Squad [DVD]
The Squad [DVD]
Dvd ~ Juan David Restrepo
Price: £5.38

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fear Itself Is In That Room, 29 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Squad [DVD] (DVD)
A squad of Columbian troops is sent to check out a communications post that has gone quiet. Naturally, they disobey orders and don't wait for reinforcements. Immediately we are in that favourite horror feature, the dysfunctional group: no-one does what they are told, everyone moves around on his own despite all that training, the officer and the NCO dislike each other. Stir in a bit of fog (the post is in the mountains), lots of bunkers without lighting, long tracking shots of men searching rooms and you get the usual preparation for the "made you jump" moment. The usual mayhem ensues but throughout it there's the nagging doubt that the director is misdirecting us. Right up to the last Michael Haneke monent. A little too long for my taste but cleverly done.


Hanna [DVD]
Hanna [DVD]
Dvd ~ Saoirse Ronan
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £2.74

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4.0 out of 5 stars I Missed Your Heart, 27 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Hanna [DVD] (DVD)
Someone's been training their bairn up in the tundra to be a ninja. The reason for this obsessive behaviour becomes slowly explained as the film proceeds via a trail of tortured bodies involving the US authorities, the ninjette herself and a group of German nasties (a capable version of the Nihilists in The Big Lebowski). At times veering into almost 1960s Avengers' surrealism the film stutters through some plot gaps (our heroine is trained in the frozen forest but at home in the desert - hmn...) and then falls into a long series of long chases. At least it has a better plot than Lucy (to which it bears a strange resemblance).


The Family [DVD]
The Family [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Price: £3.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ratting Them Out, 27 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: The Family [DVD] (DVD)
Black comedy is a difficult genre, some viewers are going to find it as funny as having their fingers broken, others are going to regret there was not a bigger body count. Tip in the genuine dislike many viewers will have for bad guys and it is a matter needing a subtle approach, but in this case it's Luc Besson directing so we can go straight to Plan B. Providing frequent slaughter does not bother you there is an amusing tale here, well-delivered by the players though the French location is pretty much St Imagination-sur-Scriptwriter, and lots of shooting. It was an interesting distraction but no more.


Blenheim (Great Battles)
Blenheim (Great Battles)
by D.S.V. Fosten
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Illustrations, Thin Text., 24 Jun. 2015
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Some delightful illustrations but a desperately thin text, written in era where there seemed to be just five books on the topic. No comparison to the splendid Flodden volume in the same series


Blenheim: Battle for Europe , How two men stopped the French conquest of Europe
Blenheim: Battle for Europe , How two men stopped the French conquest of Europe
by Lord Charles Spencer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancestral Pride, 24 Jun. 2015
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If you looking for academic history or a mastery of texts in many languages then you should look away, because this book is good old fashioned narrative history from an author not afraid to have an opinion but without the need for the enfeebled stridency of many amateur military historians. I had expected less than I got, Charles Spencer is a good writer, pacy but considered, and he is well read in English texts. The book covers far more than just the battle, but he covers that well. Popular history where that term is a compliment


The French Navy and American Independence: A Study of Arms and Diplomacy, 1774-1787 (Princeton Legacy Library)
The French Navy and American Independence: A Study of Arms and Diplomacy, 1774-1787 (Princeton Legacy Library)
by Jonathan R. Dull
Edition: Paperback
Price: £39.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars The View From Versailles, 24 Jun. 2015
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Jonathan Dull seldom fails to please with his histories, usually combining naval strategy and diplomatic activity. Diplomacy and state policy are where the primary drives for military action arise. Although many historians concentrate on the lower level activity; weather gauges, weight of shell, squadron tracks, or upon the state at war: lots of population, GDP, and constitutional thought, Dull heads for the bit where the rubber hits the road. The American War was the last occasion where a suitably equipped and trained French fleet could take on the Royal Navy, aided by their fellow Bourbon rulers, the Spanish. The carnage inflicted on the French Navy by the Revolution hides this past from us. But in order to get that key advantage in numbers over the pesky Brits two large nations with different aims, separated by time and tide in a world lit by candle and where messages could take weeks had to combine. That they managed (at the key moment) to wreck Cornwallis's army at Yorktown is little short of a miracle. Throughout the book Dull keeps the patterns of diplomacy and the patterns of fleets aligned in as much as they were in real life. This is not a world of 80 ship fleets, but of small squadrons escorting out convoys, returning home, refitting, heading off to the Caribbean and then splitting to send ships up to Rhode Island, and almost Brownian motion of vessels.

The final chapters on the results of the war and the difficult process of negotiating such a peace are particularly informative.

Thoroughly recommended.


Grandpa's, Wonder Pine Tar Soap, 4.25 oz (120 g)
Grandpa's, Wonder Pine Tar Soap, 4.25 oz (120 g)
Offered by STRATTON UK
Price: £6.45

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5.0 out of 5 stars Effective For Skin Dryness, 23 Jun. 2015
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An excellent soap for skin dryness and general hygiene; I find it works effectively and reduces the need to cover oneself in E45. The pine tar smell is probably a Marmite issue; I like it, some do not. Compared to the wonderful smelling products from Lush this bar will last a long time.


Lucy [DVD] [2014]
Lucy [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Scarlett Johansson
Price: £5.72

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3.0 out of 5 stars Watering The Brains, Master, 20 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Lucy [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
There's a whole mish-mash of stuff here, drugs, Australopithecus, the bloke from Borgen, crazed Asian gangsters, Morgan Freeman playing a scientist (he's even got a white coat in one scene just so we know he's a scientist) and some very very good special effects as Scarlett J fires up her brain. However, if I had not been distracted by the special special effects I have my doubts as to how well the story would have stood up. One had a feeling that the guy who wrote the front half of the script was on another job when the second half needed doing.


1864 [DVD]
1864 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pilou Asbæk
Price: £21.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Guds hjælp, Folkets kærlighed, Danmarks styrke,, 17 Jun. 2015
This review is from: 1864 [DVD] (DVD)
The Nineteenth Century was a time of transition; the beginning of the end for the old agricultural-"feudal" system and the full flowering of popular nationalism (usually via a royal or imperial family). From 1870 (France) to 1918 (Austria and Germany) the old royal families departed and the agricultural world began to die as factories took young men from the fields. 1864 is firmly set in the old world of tenant farmers but Denmark got an early glimpse of the dangers of raging nationalism when they took on the major powers in Germany over the Duchies of Schlewig and Holstein - German states whose duke was King of Denmark, and whose history and rulership are complex. To place us in this strange land the series works on four levels: a local love triangle of two brothers, sons of a peasant farmer, and the daughter of the estate manager (Thomas Hardy country really, though they come over as a bit daft); then the magnificently deranged world of Bishop Monrad and his nationalist policies (a bit of Fall of Eagles for those of you who remember that splendid series); then a war film full of action, uniforms, and death (and very well executed too); and, finally, a modern version as the descendants of the 1864 players meet in a very different Denmark.

Putting together such an ambitious interleaved story is always going to risk losing viewers as the story splits, flashes back and grows complex. For me it worked (albeit with an occasional visit to Wikipedia) but I can understand some who found the sighing swains in the early episodes a bit tedious. If you can hold out through episodes one and two you get the full flowering of the story. The battle scenes are well executed as are the practicalities of military life. The performance of Nicolas Bro as Monrad will long stick in my mind, as well as the story of Lieutenant Wilhelm Dinesen who is perhaps better known as the father of Karen Blixen of Out Of Africa fame


Collins French Dictionary and Grammar (Collins Dictionary and Grammar)
Collins French Dictionary and Grammar (Collins Dictionary and Grammar)
by Collins Dictionaries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective, 8 Jun. 2015
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I finally had to abandon my collapsing dictionary (acquired in a second hand book shop near St Paul's in the Eighties). This has proven an excellent replacement marred only by the margins and binding being too tight so that some words vanish into the crevasse.


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