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Happy Valley [DVD]
Happy Valley [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Lancashire
Price: 13.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Last of the Summer Wine, nor another episode of Halifax, 1 Aug 2014
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Happy to be back in her own north of England, Sarah Lancashire brings a refreshing insight to her role. Good entertainment and delicious unromantic portrayal of everyday life in the towns and country between Leeds and Manchester. Not Last of the Summer Wine, but reflects well the life in this area of England.
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Seven Ages of Britain [DVD]
Seven Ages of Britain [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Dimbleby
Price: 13.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, except for final chapter, 1 Aug 2014
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Until the final chapter this is a masterful analysis of Britain through the ages. With clearly defined themes, each episode deals visually and historically with a surprising variety of hitherto overlooked aspects of British history. Only the final chapter misses the clarity and objectivity of the earlier chapters, but don't let this put you off. As a series it is hard to beat. I long to watch and enjoy much of the series again and again, as I fear I may have missed some important details. The photography is as good as it gets. A quality work, much removed from the tourist guide book as it is possible to get.

One star less because of the final chapter, where poor David Dimbleby appears perplexed and out of his normally comprehensive element. But discover this for yourself. Excellent value at this price.


The Darling Buds of May
The Darling Buds of May
by H.E. Bates
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful portrayal of the fictitious 1950s Larkin family, 17 Jun 2014
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Used as a support for my German students' English learning group, this book is full of humour. It reflects the social history of England in the 1950s, always a discovery for the better educated student of English as a Foreign Language. Not for beginners, since the language is rather complicated at times. If you are looking for a book for use with less capable learners, then go for the Penguin Readers Edition, level 3. For the general reader, an excellent read.


"Pride and Prejudice": Level 5 (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers))
"Pride and Prejudice": Level 5 (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers))
by Jane Austen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal level for the better student, 17 Jun 2014
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I use the Penguin Readers series with my German English learners. The Level 3 books are set at a good level for most of my students (those that have a fairly high standard of both written and spoken English).

Pride and Prejudice is no exception. Recommended for adequately capturing the intricacies and humour of the relationships within the Bennett family, as well as the social comment on the England of the time. These aspects make this version of the classic novel so very acceptable to my educated German readers. Recommended.


Inspector Morse: The Complete Series 1-12 [DVD]
Inspector Morse: The Complete Series 1-12 [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Thaw
Price: 33.50

4.0 out of 5 stars If you have just viewed Endeavour, go back to this remastered series of the mature Morse., 1 Jun 2014
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A collectors' item, to be sure. A throwback to a time when characters and story lines were more individual. If you knew Oxford in the pre-1980s, with a certain indulgence including good pubs, real ale and a red Jaguar, ask for nothing more. The technical quality is now good in the remastered edition, although the breaking up of the title sequences is definitely a little passé. Sound quality varies: the episodes shot in Bray appear to have a clearer voice-tone than the episodes shot in the Lee Studios, but really good sub-titles are always there is you are a little hard of hearing.

Experience the vintage Morse before trying Endeavour. Look out for the earlier characters too. A few surprises here.


"The Darling Buds of May" Book/CD Pack: Level 3 (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers))
"The Darling Buds of May" Book/CD Pack: Level 3 (Penguin Readers (Graded Readers))
by H E Bates
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 8.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Warning to English teachers - Not the same edition as previously available in the Penguin Readers Series, 1 Jun 2014
Still much the same as the previous version, but do take care if you are adding to a number of books already owned.

This edition, bought in May 2014, varies widely from the previous edition, also a Level 3 Readers Edition. The text is different. The story line is the same, but now we meet Chapter Headings which were omitted from earlier versions. However, if you are hoping to read from the old edition, while your student uses the new edition, be prepared for a surprise. They are not the same. Not worse, just different. Please remember this if you use both editions with your students.

The illustrations are now photographs from the excellent television series, not line drawings. No problem really, but a nuisance if you ask your students to describe the images . . . and they are not the same in both books!

Still an excellent choice for learners of English, compulsive reading, a mirror on 1950s England (or a small part of it) and lots of comedy.


Endeavour - Pilot Film & Series 1 [DVD]
Endeavour - Pilot Film & Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shaun Evans
Price: 12.51

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5.0 out of 5 stars Morse "improved", 18 May 2014
Remember Morse?
Then try this pre-Morse, from the days before he had risen in the ranks. The trials and tribulations of a young man who has recently joined the police force in Oxford, and has his doubts, about himself and about his choice of career. Set in the years 1964 to 1966 (and hopefully beyond in Series II), the scenes of city life are as authentic as possible, considering this series was made just recently. The story lines are absorbing, if just a little slow. Sadly the use of modern English, such as "to gift" (the verb which did not exist in the 1960s), detracts from the otherwise accurate portrayal of England and Oxford at the time.
All in all, an excellent series, which will lead many to go back to the Inspector Morse DVDs to relive a wonderful portrayal of this music-loving, intelligent, detective. And do listen to the music! It's magic.


House of Cards - Season 1 (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2013] [Region Free]
House of Cards - Season 1 (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Kevin Spacey
Price: 18.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Grippiing Saga Spoiler by the use of inappropriate Language, 15 April 2014
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On my Sony Blu-Ray player and television, this HD version brought the series to life. A storyline based loosely on the British mini-series which was itself masterful in its understatement, the US version is brought up to date and reflects what must be a real den of iniquity: the DC set of rules, or rather the lack of them.

The over-use of inappropriate, raw, language by people of both sexes, is tiring and completely unnecessary. We can do without it.

That said, I very much look forward to the release later in 2014 of the continuation


The Yorkshire Coast
The Yorkshire Coast
by Mark Denton
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Coverage of a wonderful part of Britain's coast line, 25 Mar 2014
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Having bought and appreciated the works by the same team covering The Yorkshire Dales and The Yorkshire Moors and Wolds, I took a chance on The Yorkshire Coast. It was the right decision once more. Beautiful and emotional images, so far removed from the picture Post-Card images used in guide books. You feel that the photographer knows and appreciates the changing aspects of this sometimes wild and rugged coast. Worth every penny.


The Yorkshire Moors and Wolds
The Yorkshire Moors and Wolds
by Mark Denton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Mark Denton, 25 Mar 2014
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Having bought and enjoyed The Yorkshire Dales by the same author, I persuaded myself to go for this volume covering the Yorkshire Moors and Wolds. A good decision. It's every bit as good and covers the area very well. I particularly appreciated the quality of the photographs, much different from the usual chocolate-box pictures seen in the tourist guides.


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