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The Secret
The Secret
by Rhonda Byrne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish it would work!!, 11 July 2007
This review is from: The Secret (Hardcover)
After reading and attempting to put into practice so many other books about manifestation, such as Ask And It Is Given and Living Magically, I hoped there might be something different in this one to rekindle my faith that we can actually draw to us metaphysically what we want in life. I have read these books for the past 10 years or so and, as time as gone by, my initial faith that they are true has dwindled with experience.

Sadly, this is exactly the same as all the others with nothing new to share. It is just the same old stuff recycled over again. Life has taught me that it is not possible for us to manifest our desires metaphysically and, if something you were thinking about does happen, it is pure chance and nothing more. I can sincerely recommend to everybody not to buy this book or any other on this subject and do not believe what is said in them because it just isn't true in reality!


Roles and Activities of Parish and Town Councils in England: Case Studies
Roles and Activities of Parish and Town Councils in England: Case Studies
by Great Britain: Department of the Environment
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not enough detail, 9 April 2007
This publication is quite an interesting read for anybody interested in parish councils as a form of neighbourhood governance as it does look at the roles they have generally adopted in England. However, I felt the detail was lacking and more could have been presented. There also isn't much in the way of recommendations for future roles of these bodies, which is a real shame.


New Parish and Town Councils in Urban Areas: Communities and DIY Democracy
New Parish and Town Councils in Urban Areas: Communities and DIY Democracy
by Mark Bevan
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A fair piece of research, 9 April 2007
Having been involved in setting up urban parish councils in West Yorkshire, I found this research publication very interesting. It documents a number of cases of new parish and town councils in urban areas and raises some ideas and questions about their future roles in the context of neighbourhood management and governance. Well worth a read if you are interested in this subject!


Neighbourhood Councils in England: A Report to the Department of the Environment
Neighbourhood Councils in England: A Report to the Department of the Environment
by Stephen Humble
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars A fair assessment but could have been better, 9 April 2007
I read this report during my university studies and it is an interesting read for anybody who is interested in neighbourhood governance issues. However, although there is a bit of detail about the definition of these bodies, their estimated numbers, ways of working and activities, for me it lacked sufficient detail. With modern initiatives like development trusts, resident-led SRBs, the New Deal for Communities and Neighbourhood Renewal, this is probably no longer practically useful except maybe for historical research purposes.


"Tripods, The - Series 2   (DVD)" [1984]
"Tripods, The - Series 2 (DVD)" [1984]
Dvd ~ Graham Theakston|John Shackley|Jim Baker (II)|Peter Dolphin

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can get a copy of it then do!, 9 April 2007
It is a real shame the BBC and the company they sold the rights to for "The Tripods" cannot broker a deal so the second series can be released. Until then, if you know somebody who recorded it when it was first on then borrow their copy.

Unlike the first series, which was fair but lacked enough scenes with the tripods actually present, the second one is fantastic! The acting is still a wee bit cheesey at times and the effects perhaps a little dated, but there is a lot more of a stronger storyline and they have actually managed to build in suspense and action in this one.


The Tripods: Series 1 [DVD] [1984]
The Tripods: Series 1 [DVD] [1984]
Dvd ~ John Shackley
Offered by AGJ1965
Price: £13.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good remake of the book but could have been better, 9 April 2007
"The Tripods" has been one of those stories that I have always read great symbolism into - the idea of a society where "the cap" takes away people's creativity and initiative at the coming of age. And although some of the acting isn't first class and the special effects are a little dated, this series was relatively faithful to the original book.

I guess the main disappointment is that for a majority of the series there isn't a sign of any tripods (or just the odd minor sighting) and when there are any encounters with them the lads seem to get away relatively easily and unscaithed. Having said that, the scene where they are trapped under a tripod and manage to trip it up and destroy it is good, and the number of ones then looking for them, including the first sightings of the red ones with guns, builds up some sense of excitement.


The Matrix Revolutions [DVD] [2003]
The Matrix Revolutions [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.50

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing conclusion to the trilogy, 9 April 2007
Unlike the first and second films, "Revolutions" has something of a ropey storyline and it smacks of a rushed job with little thought gone into much of it. After number one and two were so brilliant this one is very much an anti-climax!


The Matrix Reloaded (Widescreen edition) [DVD] [2003]
The Matrix Reloaded (Widescreen edition) [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £1.46

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fair follow up to a classic, 9 April 2007
Although "Reloaded" is far from as gripping or symbolic as the original Matrix film, it is a good follow up with a strong plot and some gripping scenes, especially the one where Neo has to fight hundreds of Agent Smiths. I would definitely recommend a viewing!


The Matrix [1999] [DVD]
The Matrix [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matrix / Movie
Price: £4.34

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film everybody should watch before they die!, 9 April 2007
This review is from: The Matrix [1999] [DVD] (DVD)
"The Matrix" is one of those films that can really have an profound effect on you, especially if you pick up the symbolism in the film and the key messages it is trying to get across - that the world as we perceive it is an illusion and we are being tricked, that we are part of a control system and our role is basically to provide it with the energy and support it needs, that most people are too bound up in their own pointless stuff to ever voluntarily wake up and do something about it, and that love is stronger than death.


War Of The Worlds (2 Disc Special Edition) [2005] [DVD]
War Of The Worlds (2 Disc Special Edition) [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Cruise
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.73

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! A must see!, 9 April 2007
I saw this film at the cinema and have since bought it on DVD. Although the storyline is far apart from the Wells' original, the basic concepts in the novel remain the same and it is certainly much better than the 1950's movie. The tripods with their ray guns and tentacles are more faithful to the original concept, and the film does generate a sense of high anxiety and no hope. Great stuff if you like being scared!!


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