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Foundation Game Design with Flash (Foundations)
Foundation Game Design with Flash (Foundations)
by Rex Van Der Spuy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.15

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a foundation, 26 Feb 2010
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Well presented with lot of examples.But this is not an absolute beginners guide, hence 4/5


Bleak House - BBC (3 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Bleak House - BBC (3 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Gillian Anderson
Price: £7.70

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good dramatisation, 26 Feb 2010
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Really good dramatisation of Dickens' book. Presented "soap opera" style with associated cliffhangers, as Dickens used to produced a lot of his work in exactly that format.
Some top performances from some very good actors and actresses.
A little confusing at first if you've not read the book, but all becomes clear in time.


Simon Schama: A History of Britain - The Complete BBC Series [DVD]
Simon Schama: A History of Britain - The Complete BBC Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Schama
Price: £15.06

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff, 26 Feb 2010
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Of course, anything that tries to cram in so much history into 1 series is going to skimp on certain areas, but Schama picks out a superb choice of highlights, seeing life not through the eyes of royalty but also that of the ordinary person.
Very well produced and makes history come alive. His enthusiam and obvious knowledge only adds to it.

I thoroughly recommend this to a anyone, especially those with a love for history but no desire to plod through tired old history books. THIS is what a history series should be. The only comparable presenter and historian, in my experience, is Michael Wood.


ER: Complete Seasons 1-15 [DVD] [2009]
ER: Complete Seasons 1-15 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ George Clooney

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't got wrong for this money, 26 Feb 2010
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You just can't go wrong for the massive amounts of viewing contained in this box. Realistic, funny, emotionally wrenching ,controlled chaos.
Even if you didn't like season x or character y, there is enough here for anyone.


Winter's Eve
Winter's Eve
Price: £5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice work, 26 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Winter's Eve (MP3 Download)
Not as dark as their previous works, but still retains a sense of mystery and beauty.
Nice work
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Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure
Japanese the Manga Way: An Illustrated Guide to Grammar and Structure
by Wayne P. Lammers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An original book, 27 Aug 2009
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This book takes a very original approach to learning.

It's presentation is excellent but aims to cover a lot and hence covers each area very briefly. To this end, there are no excercises, word lists or anything here to reinforce learning. That onus falls on the reader. This is not a text book in the classic sense. It's a book that takes on the language and tries to explain it with real examples.

Each mini-lesson (of which there are hundreds) is presented with a frame from an actual published cartoon. The text from the frame is translated into Romaji and also a directly translated English from and a final translated English form (truer to what was implied by the original Japanese text). This has been done excellently.

However, it is not particularly suitable for beginners. I think it's best used as a primer for intermmediate level or as a reinforcer to be used alongside other texts. Vocabulary is presented haphazardly, as its dicated by the cartoon in question, not by the normal order a learner would expect. But this is no ordinary book.

The author explains things well in general (in a few places he gets tongue-twisted) but beware that he isn't afraid of grammar. So if you are unsure about indirect objects, active verbs and all the rest of it, this might scare you a bit and you might need a very quick swot up on such concepts in English first.

Another unsual approach was that he introduces "normal speaking form" alongside "polite speaking form" from the off. This is something that I haven't seen before and works really well. Most text books focus on the rather starchy sounding polite form, which is great to avoid bloopers but not so good when you suddenly realise "normal speaking form" is significantly different. This book would soften that blow.

Another plus point is that , since the author grew up in Japan, he gives useful insights in how things sound or why such-and-such is often used. You won't find that elswhere.

Overall excellent, but a little random in it's approach and you would need other books to learn the language. But this would be a great help to any learner. Especially good for visual learners.


Oxford Beginner's Japanese Dictionary
Oxford Beginner's Japanese Dictionary
by Oxford University Press
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.47

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good for beginners, 11 Aug 2009
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Firstly, I should clarify that am great advocate of learning/teaching Japanese using Kana, as using Romaji does and will lead to the learner using first language phonetic patterns incorrectly in the target language.

However, the whole point of a dictionary is speedy look-up. Since the Japanese words are written in Hiragana order (which a beginner would have no notion of the order), the function has therefore failed. There is simply no competition in how fast someone can look something up in their first language compared to a new language.

The words ideally should have been indexed in Romaji but had Kana versions after each.

In addition there are numerous grammar articles and other sections none of which are looked for a in dictionary. If anyone would find such half-baked articles of any use, one wonders how their basic grammatical knowledge has brought them this far.

Due to the catastrophic failure above, I would have given it zero stars if it was possible to do so.


Jane Eyre (BBC) [2007] [DVD] [2006]
Jane Eyre (BBC) [2007] [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Ruth Wilson
Price: £4.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version ever, 9 Aug 2009
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This version is just excellent, full of wonderful imagery, tension and emotion.
In years to come this will be considered the definitive version.

You won't be disappointed. I liked it and this is not even my sort of thing!


Hamlet (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1996]
Hamlet (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Kenneth Branagh
Price: £6.58

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 9 Aug 2009
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Excellently done.
I wish Mr Brannagh would do all the Shakespeare plays.

This would appeal to those not even "into Shakespeare" are are thinking of exploring it a little.


Twelfth Night [1988] [DVD]
Twelfth Night [1988] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Briers
Price: £5.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dry, 9 Aug 2009
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As the last reviewer said it was rather unenthralling somehow.

The set is limited and quite dreary, the direction adding nothing to it either. The acting is fine, Richard Briars excellent as ever. In fact all the actors do their part just fine.

Sadly, the spark just isn't there on this one.

Having said that, if you want to know the story without studying a text, at this price it's still a more pleasant alternative!


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