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Breaking in [DVD] [1989]
Breaking in [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Burt Reynolds
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £3.20

3.0 out of 5 stars An amusing crime caper, 2 July 2015
This review is from: Breaking in [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
Directed by the great Bill Forsyth ('Gregory's Girl' and 'Fallen Hero'), this low-key comedy caper runs at a slow pace, but is a charming film and an interesting character study.

My James: The Heartrending Story of James Bulger by His Father
My James: The Heartrending Story of James Bulger by His Father
by Rosie Dunn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A heart-breaking true story, 1 July 2015
A book dealing with this awful case of over twenty years ago was always going to be emotional to read, especially as this one was written by the victim's father. I confess, I knew the basic information about the Jamie Bulger murder, but not all of it, and after reading the fill details here, I'm not sure if I needed to. For those of you who don't know, toddler Jamie Bulger was abducted and brutally murdered by two ten year old boys in Liverpool, 1993. His father Ralph, twenty years later, bravely decided to tell his story in this very emotional book.

Due to it's content, I found 'My James' to be very difficult to read, and had to pause and take regular breaks. What we have here is Mr. Bulger's first-hand account of his son, what James was like during his short life, his despicable murder, and the devastating and emotional effects it had on the family. What should have been done with his lovely son's evil murderers? - you decide. Personally, I think this book also reveals just as much about the appalling justice system that we have in this country, and it makes me very angry.

My heart goes out to Mr. Bulger and the entire family, this was an appalling act of cruelty, but I admire his strength to write this book, and also his constant campaigning, along with so many other people, to keep those two monsters behind bars. Clearly written from the heart, the loving father is very honest, but also most dignified. This is an important, but terribly heart-breaking book.

'My James' contains a section of colour photographs, including some lovely pictures of the beautiful boy before his death. RIP Jamie x

Seven Year Setlist
Seven Year Setlist
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A top compilation of one of Scotland's finest, 1 July 2015
This review is from: Seven Year Setlist (Audio CD)
Four piece indie-rock band The View, have always been one of my favourite acts from Bonnie Wee Scotland, and this excellent playlist, released in 2013 to celebrate the lads' first seven years, contains virtually everything you need to become a fan. It is equally as appealing if you're just looking for a compilation which contains all their hits and singles in one place. With tracks from over four top studio albums, 'Seven Year Setlist' is one mighty album. As the title suggests, the track listing features songs that are the most commonly played by them live in their set-lists, and are listed in a similar order to those gigs.

Avid fans will want this CD for the four new, previously unissued tracks: 'Kill Kyle', 'Standard', 'Dirty Magazine', and 'Standard (Album Mix). Six tracks from the lads' fantastic debut album 'Hats Off to the Buskers' (2007) are here: the mega-hits 'Same Jeans', 'Wasted Little DJs', 'Superstar Tradesman', the lovely acoustic 'Face For The Radio', 'Skag Trendy and 'The Don'. Four from album number two, the more mature (despite the title) 'Which Bitch?' (2009): '5Rebbeccas', 'Realisation', 'Shock Horror' and 'Distant Doubloon'. The third album 'Bread and Circuses' (2010), is represented with a further four: the infectious 'Tragic Magic', 'Grace', 'Underneath The Lights' and 'Sunday'. The remaining three which make up this 21 track release are three songs from the bands' last album to date, 'Cheeky For A Reason' (2012): 'How Long', 'Tacky Tattoo' and 'The Clock'.

Not ones to relay on past glories, The View have a fifth studio album, 'Ropewalk', due for release in September this year - I can't wait!

This is a most enjoyable collection of energetic, feel-good indie-rock music, filled with catchy tunes, good vocals from Kyle Falconer, and nice guitar playing from Peter Reilly. If you like the sound of the early Arctic Monkeys, The Enemy, The Courteeners and The Libertines, I can unreservedly recommend these four men from Scotland. Well done guys!

The Detection Collection
The Detection Collection
by Simon Brett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 July 2015
A compilation of some of Britain's finest crime writers

The Bravery
The Bravery
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Price: £4.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 30 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Bravery (Audio CD)
Good debut album

The Invitation
The Invitation
Price: £6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Invitation (Audio CD)
An impressive debut

This Is Hardcore
This Is Hardcore
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully dark and depressing music, 30 Jun. 2015
This review is from: This Is Hardcore (Audio CD)
Good album

The Magic Numbers
The Magic Numbers
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £9.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Infectious folk and upbeat indie music!, 30 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Magic Numbers (Audio CD)
The Magic Numbers, an English band made up of two pairs of brothers and sisters, released their self-titled debut album in 2005. 'The Magic Numbers' is a thoroughly enjoyable record, consisting of good, catchy folk songs, and a mainstream, upbeat indie sound. Most of the songs, give or take a few in the middle and the end which sound like filler, are worth repeated spins, but the hit singles 'Forever Lost' and 'Love Me Like You' have always been my favourites, along with the soft and cheerful 'Long Legs'.

These guys have a real contemporary 1960s/1970s inspired sound going on, which I find appealing, and I'd place them alongside bands like The Thrills (RIP) and The Coral in their style. With such good song writing and nice harmonies demonstrated, it's no wonder that they have gone onto release a further three albums, the fourth just last year. Listen to The Magic Numbers in the Summer, and just relax to the sweet sound of their music.

About A Boy
About A Boy
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Price: £3.32

4.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous mellow tunes from a top film, 30 Jun. 2015
This review is from: About A Boy (Audio CD)
The hit 2002 movie 'About A Boy' was a great one for British cinema, but was complemented by such a wonderful soundtrack, composed and performed entirely by Damon Gough, better known as 'Badly Drawn Boy'. The complete 16 tracks are here, and the result is a truly magical listen. If you haven't seen the film yet, it doesn't matter, just buy this album anyway, and once you hear it, I can almost guarantee that you'll want to watch 'About A Boy'.

There is something about this soundtrack, one of the best in my collection, that is always able to calm and sooth me, it's incredibly relaxing to just kick back and listen to. My favourite track is the amazing top 30 hit single 'Something To Talk About', which puts a smile on my face every time. Like most soundtracks to major motion pictures, there's a variety of tunes, including quirky, upbeat numbers, a few instrumentals, and some beautifully mellow songs. Another highlight for me is the absolutely wonderful 'Silent Sigh', the definition of a 'walking song'.

Thank you Damon Gough for making such marvellous music for an original soundtrack. If well-crafted, acoustic music sounds like you're cup of tea, buy 'About A Boy', and you'll find yourself in musical heaven.

Twelve Stops and Home
Twelve Stops and Home
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Music to make you feel happy!, 30 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Twelve Stops and Home (Audio CD)
When I first heard The Feeling's big hit single 'Love It When You Call', it annoyed me, but it grew on me quite quickly. I bought the album 'Twelve Stops and Home', and I still play it whenever I'm feeling down, because this is music virtually designed to lift your spirits up and make you feel good.

Three more mayor hits are here, the joyful 'Fill My Little World', the utterly gorgeous 'Swen', and the bouncy, Beatles-isque 'Never Be Lonely'. Other notable gems are the opening 'I Want You Know' and the romantic, munch-more serious 'Rosé'. I'd describe this band's album as charming, cosy, uplifting and quite often adorable. This is one CD that I'll never give away.

'Twelve Stops and Home' is a great little debut from these indie-rockers from West Sussex. I'd be lying though if I was to deny that some of the stuff here doesn't border on cheesy, of course it does, but hey, at least it's good cheese, and it's infectious with it. If you like bands with a similar sound, i.e.: Scouting for Girls' and Orson, and if you don't already have this album, don't hesitate in buying it. Play it in the Summer (I have fond memories of just chilling with The Feeling with a group of mates drinking beer and smoking cigarettes over many Summers since i's release in 2006), and you'll thank me for it.

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