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What Am I Still Doing Here?: My Years as Me
What Am I Still Doing Here?: My Years as Me
by Roger Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.59

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusingly Irascible, 22 Dec 2011
As someone who found Seasonal Suicide Notes delightfully funny, I was looking forward to this, and was not disappointed. The 'struggling provincial author' theme now seems more obviously forced, seeing as Lewis name drops like mad and even launches this book in a celebrity-packed London venue, and I must confess the regular anecdotes about his innumerable Welsh relations can sometimes seem superfluous and, well, a bit boring, but there are still some glorious comic rants and riffs, and also some very sharp=eyed critical insights. A great read over the festive season and beyond.


A Case for Paul Temple (BBC Audio)
A Case for Paul Temple (BBC Audio)
by Francis Durbridge
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £12.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant re-enactment, 19 Oct 2011
The original radio dramatisation of this story was lost at some point over the years, but what the BBC has done - quite brilliantly - is to re-make the eight-part series, with a superb cast, some lovingly restored musical links and sound effects and even some announcements spoken in an authentic-sounding 1940s style BBC accent. It's really so well done you forget it's not the original (all that's missing are the crackles!). The story itself - about Paul Temple's at first reluctant hunt for the evil mastermind behind a mysterious drug dealing gang - is another delightfully pacy detective tale, with all of the usual characters, crises, coctails and endearingly improbable booby traps and hidden bombs. If you like the original Paul Temple radio series, you'll surely relish this stylish revival. Please do more, BBC - these are little gems!


Dad's Army
Dad's Army

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 13 Feb 2011
This review is from: Dad's Army (Audio CD)
As a memento of this wonderful troupe of actors, this CD is a delight. The contributions of John Le Mesurier and Arthur Lowe are especially charming, with John's rendition of 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' being a glorious moment, but the whole show conjures up so many warm and happy memories.


A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography
A Fart in a Colander: The Autobiography
by Roy Hudd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 7 Dec 2010
As the many reviews make clear, this is an enjoyable memoir by a decent man and funny entertainer. Some of his anecdotes left me wanting more (the one about Charles Hawtrey turning up blotto for a TV interview, for example), but you breeze through the book smiling as you go.


Dad's Army - The Christmas Specials [DVD]
Dad's Army - The Christmas Specials [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £2.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 29 Nov 2010
This is a lovely little collection to have. It's not very festive, but that's because Dad's Army didn't really do festive specials, and my favourite of these episodes, My Brother and I (a real tour de force by Arthur Lowe), isn't even to do with the war! All the same, there are some glorious laughs contained in these programmes, and the extras are very welcome, too. A great gift for the Dad's Army fan.


And Furthermore
And Furthermore
by Judi Dench
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.59

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good memoir, 29 Nov 2010
This review is from: And Furthermore (Hardcover)
Although this is perhaps a little disappointing as a record of her career, mainly because she is too polite to be truly candid, it is certainly a revealing and moving account of her private life. Having not read any other books on her, I found all the stories fresh and entertaining, and this serves as a very good introduction to a superb actress's life.


BC5i Big Button Sim Free Senior Telephone - Black
BC5i Big Button Sim Free Senior Telephone - Black
Price: £26.17

77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars USB only charger, 25 Nov 2010
This is a nice, smart, compact, very easy to use mobile phone. It comes with a built-in SOS emergency function, 10 speed dial numbers, an FM radio button, a torch and a 100 number phone book. The only drawback, possibly, is that it only has a USB cable to charge the 1000mAh battery. Now that may suit some people, but I would have thought that a big button phone like this would have great appeal to the more elderly person who probably doesn't have access to something with a USB socket, so limiting the phone like this strikes me as daft. The price is great compared to most similar models around, so it will certainly make a good present, but do check first that the recipient will be able to charge it! (Amazon do sell adaptor plugs like this one - 3 PIN 1000mA USB Power Adapter Mains Charger UK Wall Plug for MP3 players, ipods, iphone 4G, iphone 3G, Apple iPad, Mobile phones, PDA's and Digital Cameras etc - so there is hope, but it's still a bit bad not to warn people about this in the description.]
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Dad's Army: The Movie [DVD]
Dad's Army: The Movie [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arthur Lowe
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film, lovely price!, 23 Nov 2010
This review is from: Dad's Army: The Movie [DVD] (DVD)
I know the film wasn't put together as the TV team had wished, but I still find this really entertaining from start to finish. The acting, as always, is brilliant, and the dialogue is very funny. As with the TV show, the more intimate the scene is the better the comedy works, but this works well as a whole IMHO. (P.S. Picture quality very good.)


Aerolatte Black Milk Frother
Aerolatte Black Milk Frother
Offered by Emporium Cookshop & Homewares
Price: £9.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 22 Nov 2010
This looks smart and works perfectly. I use it mainly for hot chocolate, but I'm sure it has many other uses. Very easy to keep clean, easy to store, easy to use. It's simple but effective.


Godfrey's Ghost: From Father to Son
Godfrey's Ghost: From Father to Son
by Nicolas Ridley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, 22 Nov 2010
I found this an interesting and unusual memoir, as much about the son as the father. I didn't much like some of the rather sneering things the author had to say about the literature on Dad's Army (he seems incredibly reluctant to acknowledge any of them, even though he clearly makes ample use of them, while implying he and he alone is speaking the truth rather than adding to the 'myths'), but the majority of the book concentrates on his father and their relationship, and this is consistently absorbing and sometimes affecting.


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