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Super Gran - The Complete Second Series [DVD]
Super Gran - The Complete Second Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gudrun Ure
Price: 11.48

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for children and adults alike., 21 May 2011
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Super Gran returns with another series, as the Granny with amazing powers continues to battle evil in the form of the Scunner and his various partners-in-crime.

Watching these episodes really takes me back. This is an exceptional TV show, is also the kind of kids' series which anybody of any age can watch and enjoy. As with the first series there are well-written, funny storylines and a wealth of guest stars and cameos. Highlights include a circus on its last legs, a promising racing pigeon and a treasure hunt. The Scunner's exploits see him stranded on a desert island, joining the RAF, trying to con his way into an inheritance and going on a game show presented by the hilariously obnoxious Cecil Smarm.

If there is one slight drawback it's that digital technology could have been used on a few of the episodes. One of them looks like an old worn-out video recording. But that's just a minor complaint. This DVD is a must for children and adults alike. Oh, and keep Newcastle Brown away from the kiddies.


You Couldn't Make it Up
You Couldn't Make it Up
by Richard Littlejohn
Edition: Paperback

1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, 15 May 2011
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This is a collection of columns from the years when a weak, divided Tory party under the leadership of the dithering, pathetic Major was running (or should that be 'ruining') Britain. Topics cover everything from the politically correct madness to the quite laughably hypocritical Tory MPs. If you remember, they were preeching "family values" whilst involving themselves in one sleazy sex scandal after another. This book is filled with Littlejohn's usual sarcasm and near-the-knuckle wit. Even if you're too young to recall the Major years this is an interesting and informative read.


Littlejohn's Britain
Littlejohn's Britain
by Richard Littlejohn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.99

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He should be PM, 14 May 2011
This review is from: Littlejohn's Britain (Paperback)
I used to believe Richard Littlejohn was a far-right bigot. Maybe that was because I'd been told so by the so-called left-wing, who these days seem about as left-wing as Lord Haw Haw. I'm glad I read this book and made up my own mind. This is a well-written, funny and quite unsettling account of the way Britain has been dragged down to the lowest denomenator. It really is a no-holds-barred attack on New Labour, a party which has cut its ties with the working people and has instead become driven by greed, lies, corruption and a desire to control and dominate supposedly in the name of equality and socialism. Anyone who has been disgusted at the dumbed-down education system, the political correctness madness, the politicising of the police, the way authority has been taken away from parents and teachers, the compensation culture, the rights-without-responsibilities chaos, the discrimination against the British and the millions wasted on town hall busybodies and useless middle-managers will get something out of this book.


Littlejohn's House of Fun: Thirteen Years of (Labour) Madness
Littlejohn's House of Fun: Thirteen Years of (Labour) Madness
by Richard Littlejohn
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lone voice in the wilderness of madness, 14 May 2011
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In 1997 Britain was at the dawn of a new golden age. We were at the end of eighteen years of Tory sleaze, corruption and self-centred destruction of our society. I and many others truly believed we were about to leave the dark ages. What we didn't realise was we were actually at the beginning of thirteen more years of Tory sleaze, corruption and self-centred destruction of our society. The difference was that this Tory party had the word "Labour" in its title and had at its helm a crew who were masters of propaganda and deceit. This book prunes away the long-held myths concerning the "New Labour" party. When Blair sought out Thatcher's advice on politics and invited her round to tea we should have seen the signs. But New Labour were allowed to turn a relatively stable economy into a country which will be in debt for generations to come and which is the laughing stock of the developed world. Education, the NHS, the police, housing and industry have all slid further into the mire under New Labour. But, as this book states, Blair and his cronies had a propaganda machine working flat out to make them look good. Socialism was abandoned, was twisted out of shape and used only as a weapon to keep the working classes under the Blairite thumb (in much the same way as religion was turned into a weapon for keeping the masses in order centuries ago). Anybody who dares tell the truth about the way this country has gone is accused of racism (an all-purpose insult which has lost its true meaning). New Labour claimed to embrace both a multi-cultural society and Islam whilst murdering innocent Muslim civilians by the thousand in illegal wars. The result was that we now live in a country where religious and racial tension are worse than ever. New Labour have used immigration as a way of providing cheap labour for rich businesses. That isn't racial equality. That's going back to the bad old days. New Labour dumbed down education supposedly in the name of equality whilst sending their own children to expensive private schools. We now have a far-right system posing as socialism (a system I might add the new Tory government has now adopted), and its defenders will stop at nothing to silence anyone who disagrees with them. "Political Correctness" has gone from being a defence against the intentionally offensive to being a way of silencing opposition. What this book does is dare to speak the kinds of words a lot of people, regardless of racial background, are thinking. It contains Littlejohn's usual moments of satire and parody and is well worth reading.

To the people who haven't a good word for Littlejohn I say forget what the brainwashing democracy-hating elite want you to believe about him and read this book.


Sony 5C-90HFC Audio Tape (Pack of 5)
Sony 5C-90HFC Audio Tape (Pack of 5)
Offered by Papaya Soaps Direct UK
Price: 12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy these, 8 May 2011
I have recently recorded a lot of things on these Sony music cassettes and the sound is just dreadful. The music sounds as though it is out-of-tune and spoken words sound kind of like someone is speaking slightly too slowly. I can only assume the tape is not taut enough. On some occasions the tape recorder stopped playing because the tape had snagged inside it. A few of the Sony music cassettes I have keep doing that regularly and are therefore useless. I am going to have to re-record a lot of recordings that took me a long time, and I am understandably furious.

If you want music cassettes then stick with TDK. I know I will be from now on.


LEGO Space Police 5972 Space Truck Getaway
LEGO Space Police 5972 Space Truck Getaway

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Half flying car, half container, all not-much-cop., 4 May 2011
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
The Space Police 3 line really was a mixed bag. There were some real gems, such as the large spacecraft and the space station/lock-up. But Lego really should have stuck to one theme, maybe released a range of "alien" sets the following year. Some sets seemed to consist of a Space Police and alien vehicle. Others, such as this, just seem ill-thought-out. There has been no new "baddie" army like Blacktron or Spyrius, just varied cartoony-looking aliens.

This vehicle is an alien craft carrying a stolen Space Police gun. On paper that probably sounded like a good idea. But in reality we have a flying Knight Rider/Batmobile attached to a large yellow box. The Space Police weapon is hidden inside the box, although not very well-hidden as there's no way of stopping the two halves of the box from falling open. The set just looks hideous, as though no-one could agree on a theme for it. The front half of the set (the flying car) has some useful pieces, but the box is far too pre-fabricated. Younger Lego fans who just want to play at space wars might like this toy, but I can't really see it appealing to anyone else apart from completists.


Laurel And Hardy: Way Out West/Big Business [DVD]
Laurel And Hardy: Way Out West/Big Business [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel
Price: 3.92

5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time classic movie, 4 May 2011
Laurel and Hardy are friends of a late prospector, have been left the task of presenting the deeds to his valuable gold mine to his daughter. Unfortunately things don't go quite as planned, and before long they have been conned out of the deeds and fallen foul of the local sherrif.

This has to be a candidate for Laurel and Hardy's finest ever work. There is literally never a dull moment. The two leads are at the funniest and most accident-prone, the verbal and physical gags all work well, Jimmy Finlayson is at his best as a scheming bar owner and there are several unforgettable song and dance numbers (all but one of which involve the two leads and all of which are hilarious). The sets are also great, bona fide wild west. And isn't the "Way down in Dixie" song at the end just the most beautiful sound you've ever heard? A classic.


Lego Kingdom 7946 King's Castle
Lego Kingdom 7946 King's Castle
Offered by GOODSJaponism
Price: 186.70

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to the glory days of Lego Castle, 4 May 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is the kind of castle I've been waiting years for. It uses the fantastic designs of the 1980s Lego Castle sets but also makes use of the much wider variety of pieces Lego now has at its disposal. The result is a great set. There is an entrance with a drawbridge and portcullis, battlements, a jail for villains, a tower and the king's throne room. The modular design of the model means that the various parts of the castle can be re-arranged. There are stickers but they are pretty easy to apply. There is also a good supply of medieval soldiers and knights, including some enemies. Also, the wealth of useful pieces means there are plenty of opportunities for alternative building.

After the disappointing Pirates re-launch, it's nice to be able to say Kingdoms have put Lego Castle well and truly back on track.


LEGO Creator 5766: Log Cabin
LEGO Creator 5766: Log Cabin
Offered by JP'S
Price: 22.00

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but could have done with some furniture, 4 May 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: LEGO Creator 5766: Log Cabin (Toy)
Another of Lego's 3 in 1 Creator sets, this is a log cabin which comes complete with a tree, a barbecue roast and a minifigure in a canoe. The roof can be removed and the back of the model is hinged so you can open it up and move things around inside. Unfortunately, apart from a fireplace the interior of the cabin is empty. Surely a bed, a table and a few chairs would have been a good idea. Still, the model is fun to build, there are no pre-fabricated pieces and the building instructions for three models extends the appeal of the set. Younger builders I'm sure can have fun playing at woodland adventures or acting out scenes from Evil Dead 1 and 2.


The Uncanny [1977] [DVD]
The Uncanny [1977] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: 8.31

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low-budget but gripping and great fun., 27 April 2011
This review is from: The Uncanny [1977] [DVD] (DVD)
A writer (played by the ever-reliable Peter Cushing) is certain there is more to cats than meets the eye, and has compiled evidence to suggest they have been behind all manner of horrific goings-on throughout history. Three examples of his findings are played out in this anthology. These include a hoarde of cats who take revenge for the death of their mistress. There is also the tale of a witch's daughter who is forced to stay with her bullying cousin after her parents are killed in a plane crash. Then there is an account involving a hilariously horrible theatre actor (played by the great Donald Pleasance) and his cat (inherited from his late wife) who soon turns nasty.

This is a classic example of an apparently innocent part of society being turned into something sinister. And it works very well. As with most of the Hellraiser films, the real monsters are actually certain humans - the greedy nephew and his fiance who plot the death of his aunt in order to inherit her wealth, the sadistic cousin who makes her recently-orphaned relative's life a misery, the egotist thesp who flushes kittens down the toilet. The film's low budget admittedly does show now and again, but there is a star-studded cast, a great sense of black comedy and never a dull moment.


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