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The House of Cards Trilogy [1990] [DVD]
The House of Cards Trilogy [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Richardson
Offered by joe4books
Price: 19.98

4.0 out of 5 stars "You might say that. You might very well say that. But I could not possibly comment.", 29 Jun 2013
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This is a good set of the ground-breaking House of Cards trilogy, the BBC series based on Michael Dobbs' books. It's also the inspiration and blueprint for the US 2013 /2014 series House of Cards.

If you have seen the new US House of Cards, it is still worth getting this because the plots and characters are different enough to make them fresh.

House of Cards is the story of Francis Urquhart, a typical "Knight from the Shires", posh middle aged Tory MP who has become the Conservative Chief Whip, the "back-room boy" responsible for loyally helping the Prime Minster to push his agenda.

He has stayed in the shadows, manipulating and coercing his colleagues for many years in the service of someone else, and is almost invisible to the public despite his seat at the Cabinet Table. But when this apparently genteel, almost elderly man is overlooked for promotion, he plots a Machiavellian revenge destroying all those who stand in his way as he rises to the top.

Ian Richardson is brilliant throughout as he lets us see through the civilised, upper class veneer to the monster scheming underneath, as he blackmails, lies, murders and schemes with a twinkle in his eye. It's one of the few shows in history to have someone in their late middle age as the protagonist

If I am honest, I was less keen on the second and particularly the third parts of the trilogy - once he has achieved his goal, the keeping of his position does not seem to have the same excitement. I also think the realism drops away a bit in parts 2 and 3, he just doesn't seem to have developed the army of acolytes that modern politicians need and it seems a bit stagey.

But quibbles aside, this is a landmark piece of TV which anyone interested in politics should have in their collection.


Richard Scarry's The Adventures of Lowly Worm
Richard Scarry's The Adventures of Lowly Worm
by Richard Scarry
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Great bedtime stories, 29 Jun 2013
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Great introduction for children to the world of Richard Scarry and Busytown. The book reads like a long story but in chapters which stand by themselves, so you can do one, two, three or whatever. Good for bedtime stories.

High quality hardback.


Blue Ribbon Ornament Blue Stone Bridge 13 X6 X5cm
Blue Ribbon Ornament Blue Stone Bridge 13 X6 X5cm
Offered by APS
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you only buy one ornamental blue stone bridge, make it this one, 13 Jun 2013
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This ornamental blue stone bridge, which is made of high quality resin, is quite simply the finest and best value blue ornamental stone bridge model I have ever purchased.

The quality of the mould is evident from the tiny details such as ivy on the steps, the intricate carvings on the pillars, and the "weathering" of the bridge generally. There are at least three different colours of paint on this baby. Three !!

You can easily imagine a number of tiny ornamental blue stone chinese or japanese people, perhaps a tiny ornamental blue stone princess and her followers or a tiny ornamental blue stone Shogun with his Samurai warriors, walking over this tiny ornamental blue stone bridge crossing a tiny ornamental blue stone stream and then entering a tiny ornamental blue stone palace. All sold separately.

I have no doubt that if you need an ornamental blue stone bridge, perhaps as part of a tiny ornamental blue stone diorama, or as a tiny ornamental blue stone garden ornament, or maybe for a fish tank, then you will not be disappointed with this product.

I bought this as a gift for my daughter who now sleeps with this on her bedroom table at night so she can look at it when she wakes up. That's actually not a joke.

It should be in the garden, which is why I bought it for her, but she likes it too much to leave it outside.

Well done Blue Ribbon. You are the masters of tiny ornamental blue stone bridges.

Howard


Chupa Chups Wheel (including 200 Lollipops)
Chupa Chups Wheel (including 200 Lollipops)
Offered by Top Brand Discounts 4 u
Price: 31.46

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum yum, 25 May 2013
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An excellent product at a fantastic price. I bought this as a gift and the recipient was as chuffed as something costing this much could have possibly made him.

Looks like you live in a sweet shop.

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Home Planetarium Homestar Pro / Star Theatre by Sega Toys (black)
Home Planetarium Homestar Pro / Star Theatre by Sega Toys (black)
Offered by SportsPartners GmbH & Co. KG
Price: 114.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best home planetarium, 25 May 2013
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I have bought several star projectors for my little star-obsessed girl, but this is by far the best. It plugs in - which is vital given her previous one ran out of battery power within 15 minutes. There are several star discs with the projector, and options to rotate and to add "shooting stars". The "shooting stars" are little zips of light which move over the star field.

It's also a sturdy thing, which feels high quality compared to the alternative plasticky versions.

The stars are beautifully crisp and you can make out constellations etc. Short of a "real" star projector planetarium, I think this is the best you are going to get at around 100 for the home.


GENUINE BLACKBERRY CURVE 8520 LEATHER BELT CASE POUCH
GENUINE BLACKBERRY CURVE 8520 LEATHER BELT CASE POUCH
Offered by Modern-Tech
Price: 10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Clip your BB on your belt, like a holster, 25 May 2013
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For anyone who needs to whip out their Blackberry on a regular basis (and has a belt), this is an excellent product. The BB goes into sleep / lock mode when put in the holster, and wakes up when it comes out, The clip is very strong and rotates for comfort / getting the BB at the right angle. The closure is a strong magnet, but to be honest the holster is snug enough to hold the BB in anyway.

I have used one of these pretty much every day for 2 years and it finally broke only because I slammed it in a car door. I had no hesitation in ordering another one.

A great product.


Be Your Own Spin Doctor: A Practical Guide to Using the Media
Be Your Own Spin Doctor: A Practical Guide to Using the Media
by Paul Richards
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on handling media, 25 May 2013
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Don't let the title fool you, this is actually a very good practical guide to using the media.

Although there isn't much about social media and the internet, for anyone who is taking on a role as a press spokesperson, running for the council or for some other sort of position where they might have to handle the media, it's an excellent basic guide with a lot of good insider tips.

The author was a press officer for the Labour Party, a special adviser in Government and a PR consultant.


PK Green Solar Fountain Pump With 2w Panel 70cm Height Water Feature For Pond Garden
PK Green Solar Fountain Pump With 2w Panel 70cm Height Water Feature For Pond Garden
Offered by goforgreen
Price: 39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, cheap small pump, 25 May 2013
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I bought this pump for a small water feature I was building - a tiny cascade for a small garden. When it's sunny, it works great. When it's not sunny, it doesn't work. There's no halfway house, in anything other than direct sunlight (ie no clouds over the sun), you get a little dribble because the solar panel doesn't deliver very much energy. In bright sunlight, you get a strong flow.

I'm using it for a waterfall but tried it as a fountain for a bit, too, and that worked pretty well - it takes less power to do the fountain than to pump the water up the pipe for the cascade.

If you need constant flow, get a plug-in pump. If you need to shift a lot of water, get a bigger pump. Otherwise, this is a good, very small, pump.


Rockport Men's Northfield Leather EspressoLace Up APM21683 10 UK, 44.5 EU, 10.5 US
Rockport Men's Northfield Leather EspressoLace Up APM21683 10 UK, 44.5 EU, 10.5 US

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfy, hardy, the best shoes I have ever had, 13 May 2012
I have had a pair of these for 10 years. I have used them to walk across bits of the Sahara desert, through four election campaigns going door to door, up mountains in Austria, along beaches and around Bangladesh, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Scotland and Ireland. They have been in snow, seawater, sand, mud, torrential rain, extreme heat and cold. They even survived an idiot shoe-cleaner in Morocco who tried to polish them like a normal shoe, not realising they were suede.

I have, frankly, abused these shoes.

Yet after 10 years of these being pretty much my only casual shoes to wear at weekends and on holiday, they still look smart enough to wear as smart casual shoes with chinos and a shirt, or even a linen suit. The sole, though worn down, has not split. They do not leak. They do not smell.

In fact, they have been so reliable, so unobtrusively efficient, it's only recently that I actually started to think about just what these shoes have been through.

I normally ruin a pair of shoes within 6 months. Very occasionally a pair will last me a year. These have lasted through a decade.

I cannot be too complimentary about the build quality, comfort and design of these. They really know their business.

I have just bought myself a second pair to keep for best.

I have no hesitation at all in recommending this product.
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Elephant Joe is a Spaceman!
Elephant Joe is a Spaceman!
by David Wojtowycz
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Very silly but lots of fun, 6 Sep 2011
What a very silly story - but brilliantly done with excellent flaps to pull and pop ups. My 16 month old daughter loves it, she's only had it two weeks and it's already the first one picked out for bedtime stories. Would recommend keeping it out of reach, though, as the flaps and pop-ups are not going to stand up to a lot of toddler engagement.


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