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The Brown Hare (Shire natural history)
The Brown Hare (Shire natural history)
by Stephen Tapper
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & informative, 8 Feb. 2005
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I always love the Shires series of books, they are always extremely informative on all types of subjects. It has actually been difficult to source any book about hares, their habitats, behaviour, biology and their relationship with man. Although the book is just 24 pages long, it is just like a small encyclopaedia of information, and has both black and white and colour photographs, and some illustrations too. My only slight complaint is that unlike natural history shire books, this author makes a very brief, barely passing mention of the hare in mythology, something I find a little odd given that hare and moon folklore in particular are found across the world. Other than this wee book is superb value at £2.50.


The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Edition: Paperback

43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant & sad yet a true insight into life., 8 Feb. 2005
It is impossible to read this true story without feeling sad. Anne's hopes, dreams and her confidence for her own future plans make it all the more poignant when you know that she never lived to see her sixteenth birthday. Out of the eight in hiding in The Annex only her father survived the concentration camps, all the others died in captivity, when you think about this when reading the book it makes it so dreadfully sad. It is the real story of how they survived, terrified they would be discovered, frustrated and fearful at their self imposed living conditions in hiding. This version of Anne Franks Diaries includes diary entries that had been omitted from previous editions. She is brutally honest about those she shared The Annex with and whilst her words often seem like those of a typical teenage girl, there is a world wiseness that shines though. The situation she finds herself in is one that few can ever imagine, it is more than a diary of a teenager but a social history too, one that I will always wish could have had a much happier ending.
The Diary of a Young Girl is the most poignant book I have ever read.
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Barry Trotter And The Shameless Parody (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Barry Trotter And The Shameless Parody (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Michael Gerber
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shameless indeed!, 8 Feb. 2005
As a big Harry Potter fan I thought I would give this a try. It is certainly different, and some parts of it are very clever. The concept of Marketors (rather than Dementors) making Barry collapse because they feed off his trademark identity rather than his soul is excellent, and I loved Ermine's spell that created ten pounds of unslimmable cellulite to appear on someones hips! As for this book it's one or those that you either like or really despise, I'm afraid to say I liked it! It really is a 'shameless parody' indeed!


Fawlty Towers: Vol 1 (Radio Collection)
Fawlty Towers: Vol 1 (Radio Collection)
by John Cleese
Edition: Audio CD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 July 2004
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This CD has four episodes on it, in 'Communications' Mrs Richards deaf old bat, causes Basil great money problems when she loses cash elsewhere but he wins on the horses and the Major (bless him) helps add to the chaotic misunderstanding. 'The Hotel Inspectors' has Basil fawning over the wrong person believing Bernard Cribbins, spoon salesman to be one of the hotel inspectors. In 'The Builders' Basil causes his usual troubles when he decides to use cheap, cheerful, useless O'Reilly in favour of the proper builder Sybil wanted. The outcome is as expected, bodged! 'Basil the Rat' sees Manuel's pet 'siberian hamster' cause chaos when the public health inspector calls with poisoned veal mixed with the untainted veal. Nowhere but Fawlty Towers could have two dead pigeons in the water tank!
Before each episode is a small interview with John Cleese, boring once you've heard them so I skip those now, however my real gripe with this is the annoying occasional narration by Andrew Sachs as Manuel, to explain what's going on. It detracts from the CD, but that said, the CD is hilarious and well worth it's money.


The "Vicar of Dibley": v. 1 (Radio Collection)
The "Vicar of Dibley": v. 1 (Radio Collection)
by Richard Curtis
Edition: Audio CD

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh a minute, 3 July 2004
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This double CD really is excellent value as each each CD is over 70 minutes long.
From 'Arrival' where the expected male vicar turns out to be 'a babe with a bob and magnificent bosom' to 'Songs of Praise' where the show comes to the church, to the wonderful 'Easter Special' where more than one Dibley easter bunny abounds. Yet for me the star episode is the christmas special where poor Geraldine ends up having to eat three different christmas lunches, and she's not done then either. The utterly hilarious misunderstanding with Tristrams marriage proposal is brilliant and how could you forget that Jesus was born in Dunstable or the childrens version of Whilst Shephards Watched their Flocks by Night?!
I absolutely adore this CD but could listen to the christmas episode every single day and never tire of it. Richard Curtis at his best, supported by the best team of actors possible. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.


BBC CZ Blackadder II One
BBC CZ Blackadder II One

5.0 out of 5 stars A cunning CD indeed!, 3 July 2004
From the second series this single CD where Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Miranda Richardson and the rest of the team are at their best. In 'Bells' Blackadder falls for Bob, a 'male' manservant and they plan to marry whilst Baldrick as bridesmaid gets a kiss from Percy and Lord Flashheart! Rick Mayall (played Lord Flasheart) steals the show in this episode for me, flash by name, flash by nature. In 'Head' it's more a case of don't lose your own! Lord Blackadder at his scheming best, with Percy and Baldrick getting the flack as always. Absolutely brilliant as ever.


Only Fools and Horses: "Long Legs of the Law", "The Yellow Peril", "A Losing Streak", "No Greater Love" v.1: "Long Legs of the Law", "The Yellow ... Greater Love" Vol 1 (BBC Radio Collection)
Only Fools and Horses: "Long Legs of the Law", "The Yellow Peril", "A Losing Streak", "No Greater Love" v.1: "Long Legs of the Law", "The Yellow ... Greater Love" Vol 1 (BBC Radio Collection)
by John Sullivan
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as ever, 3 July 2004
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A good value double CD this, full of the usual early team, with the wonderful Grandad. As usual Sullivan's writing takes you from poignant moments to comedy classic lines in seconds. All episodes on here are great but 'The Yellow peril' is my favourite, where Rodney and Grandad end up painting the kitchen of a Chinese restuarant in a surprising colour which is nothing when compared to what Del did with the paint! 'Losing Streak' keeps you on the edge of your seat with the poker game of the decade, and Rodney in one episode dates a policewoman bringing the name of the Trotters into disrepute (!) and in another is dating a much older woman when Del shows real brotherly love, even though it's not appreciated. A good comedy CD this.


Only Fools and Horses: No. 2 (Radio Collection)
Only Fools and Horses: No. 2 (Radio Collection)
by John Sullivan
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A total classic, 3 July 2004
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A great double CD this from early in the series. My only gripe is that the episodes are not in the order that the CD says they are in. That said, John Sullivan is a superb writer who can really take you from utter sadness to moments of wonderful comedy as we have come to know and love from Fools and Horses. Rodney becomes the Peckham Pouncer in 'Wanted,' Del Boy gets taken in by antique dealer Miranda Davenport but gets his revenge in 'Yesterday Never Comes' and you're left thinking that Del is really going to become a grass in 'May the Force be with you' but Jim Broadbent really takes the emotions on a roller coaster ride in 'Thicker than Water' playing Del and Rodneys father who turns up after eighteen years away. Supported by the usual greats, Trigger, Boycie, and the much missed Grandad, the Fools and Horses team are at their best.


Absolutely Fabulous: Two Original TV Episodes (BBC Radio Collection)
Absolutely Fabulous: Two Original TV Episodes (BBC Radio Collection)
by Jennifer Saunders
Edition: Audio CD

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ad Fab is just Absolutely Fabulous!, 3 July 2004
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Shame there's only one CD in this. That said, they're both utterly hilarious. 'Birthday' about Edina's 40th contains Edina at her bitchest, slagging off ex-husbands, along with their respective partners and of course being so rude to her daughter as usual at the family party. Saffy's put downs though keep the balance. Patsy and Bubble keep the laughs coming, and the second episode 'Fat' contains the classic line where Edina says about 'inside this woman is a slim person trying to get out,' and June Whitfield as Mother gives the ultimate put down, "Just the one dear?!"
A wonderful modern comedy classic.


BBC Comedy Zone: v.1: Hancock's Half Hour: Vol 1
BBC Comedy Zone: v.1: Hancock's Half Hour: Vol 1
by Bbc Dramatisation
Edition: Misc. Supplies

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same old great Hancock, 3 July 2004
This single CD with two episodes has the great Hancock on top form as ever. In 'The Americans Hit Town' Hancock and Sid James are right in there, up to their eyes in money making schemes in leasing out accomodation then trying to evade getting caught when the council inspector arrives to check out the scheme. Hatti Jacques and the rest of the team are wonderful but Kenneth Williams really steals the show for me when he plays the army chap so utterly well in 'The Unexploded Bomb.'
Hancock's comments by todays standards are so un-pc it's almost a shocked delight to hear them. A good funny CD this.


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