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A Drinking Life: A Memoir
A Drinking Life: A Memoir
by Pete Hamill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars it's a cracking good read. Pete Hamill writes beautifully and absorbingly, 3 April 2015
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Although much of 'A Drinking Life' is not actually about drinking, it does offer some insights into the drinking condition as well as the human condition. More than that, it's a cracking good read. Pete Hamill writes beautifully and absorbingly, and he's had a fascinating life. The image he constructs of 1940s New York is so vivid that I feel as though I've experienced it myself. Hamill has very skillfully evoked the feel of a specific time and place. In this way, his writing reminds me of the works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.


Sonic Mega Collection (PS2)
Sonic Mega Collection (PS2)
Offered by Discount_Entertainment
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Forever, 3 Nov. 2013
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Oh Sonic, will I ever get bored of you? This disk includes all the old Sega games you might expect, and the highlight, in my opinion, is Sonic & Knuckles. It's a classic and it's so much FUN. Gaming should be fun, right? It's pure escapism. If you're nostalgic for the 90s, this game will suit you well.


Standard Kennel Coat-Blue-30
Standard Kennel Coat-Blue-30

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5.0 out of 5 stars Snug and Comfortable, 3 Nov. 2013
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I bought this coat for an elderly Greyhound who was continually shivering in our chilly house. She generally dislikes wearing coats in the house and does a lot of huffing, groaning and flumping around whenever I try to make her wear a coat indoors. I bought this coat for her because I thought it might be softer and more comfortable than her other coats, and it is. The fleecy material is soft and very snug, and there are no awkward buckles and uncomfortable fastenings, as there seem to be in so many other kennel coats. This is a well-designed, high quality product that is fit for purpose, and I have a much happier Greyhound now. The delivery was also insanely speedy, and the price is really very cheap compared to similar products. I would absolutely recommend it for other chilly Greys.


Crystal Castles [II]
Crystal Castles [II]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Close, but no potato, 10 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: Crystal Castles [II] (Audio CD)
There is a lot to like about this album. It's cool as a frozen cucumber, while still managing to be lively and energising. Celestica will make you feel like you are cucooned in spider's silk, or like you are Lot's wife turned to a pillar of salt and completely mute. It is seductive and suffocating at the same time. On the other end of the spectrum, Baptism is an angry, ripping musical eqivalent of Van Gogh chopping his own ear off, and is quite brilliant.

However, there are some duff notes. Fainting Spells is terrible as an opening track. It may be intended as something 'experimental' and 'edgy', but it just comes across as a load of annoying, screechy noise. It is not a pleasant or enlightening experience to be thrust into an album with bleeding ears and general confusion. On the other hand, Not in Love is easy, polished listening but makes one feel slightly cheated. It is all shimmer and no substance. The other problem with the album is that, although there are a lot of good tracks, and although some consideration has gone into the ordering of the tracks (Unlike in [I]), it doesn't feel like a coherent whole. Crystal Castles only manage that in [III]. [II] is a collection of songs, some of them very good, that have some connection to one another but do not form a single body of work.

That said, it is definitely an album worth listening to, and I would recommend it.


Tipping the Velvet : The Complete BBC Series [2002] [DVD]
Tipping the Velvet : The Complete BBC Series [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rachael Stirling
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Price: £16.74

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5.0 out of 5 stars keeley scores, 5 Feb. 2013
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Pretty nearly perfect. Love, lust, and adventure. And what more does one want from life? Genre-wise, I suppose it is drama, but really it's a bit of everything. Comedy, Tragedy (with a capital 'T', if you care to think of it that way), Drama, the lot. The scriptwriting is pitch perfect, the acting is fantastically absorbing, the sex scenes are beautifully done, and if you don't want to sleep with Keeley Hawes after this then you must be clinically insane. Mini-synopsis: Nan is an oyster girl - she lives by the sea with her working-class family and makes a living from helping out with the family oyster business. She dates young men, but she feels nothing for them, and assumes that must be normal. But then she starts going to a local variety show, and one of the acts is Miss Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes), a young woman who plays the part of a boy. Nan becomes obsessed with Kitty, but does not at first realise why. And when she finally does realise, she doesn't know whether Kitty feels the same way. Angsty pining follows, after which there is blissful consummation, but love is not as beautifully straight-forward as it at first seemed to Nan. Then begins Nan's journey through life, love, prostitution, poverty, disguise, S&M, performance, and everything else inbetween.


Romanticism: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies)
Romanticism: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies)
by Duncan Wu
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but clunky, 18 Oct. 2011
This is an excellent anthology for undergraduate students of literature - it is a collection of primary texts from all the big names of the British Romantic period and has very helpful introductory passages to each author featured. It provides a good starting point to a study of Romantic literature. The texts used are well chosen and, on the whole, logically laid out. The footnotes throughout are also excellent, and it is a relief to use a book with footnotes rather than endnotes. It does, however, feel very much like a tool, and a great big clunky one at that. It is impossible to appreciate certain works of literature when they are typed up in this sort of anthology. A good example is the work of William Blake - the Blake section would have benefitted from the addition of at least a couple of illustrated pages. As with virtually all academic anthologies, it feels rather soulless. Nevertheless, it is a very good study aid and, considering what a hefty beast of a book you get, it is good value for money.


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