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Starting Out: The Scandinavian (Starting Out Series)
Starting Out: The Scandinavian (Starting Out Series)
by Jovanka Houska
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.82

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 5 July 2010
A great book on the Scandinavian defence. At times the explanation feels a little too heavy for a "starting out" book, but this is a minor quibble.
All the major lines are covered - 2... Qxd5, (3...Qa5 or 3...Qd6), 2...Nf6 - in a fair amount of detail with lots of example games.
Plenty of hints, tips, and warnings throughout. With one section devoted to crucial knowledge about tricky move orders in the 3...Qa5 variation that White can try to use to gain a tempo.

Compared to this book, both the books by John Emms and James Plaskett seem a little outdated now and not as user friendly. If you want a book on the Scandinavian, get this one. Top marks!


"Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Stuff of Nightmares v. 1 (BBC Audio)
"Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Stuff of Nightmares v. 1 (BBC Audio)
by Paul Magrs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: 8.16

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, 25 Sep 2009
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Doctor Who": Hornets' Nest: Stuff of Nightmares, is the first in a five part story staring Tom Baker. Many people have commented on the fact that this production doesn't meet the standards set by the audio dramas produced by Big Finish. In some respects this is a valid criticism, but it fails to recognise that this story is more of a traditional audio book. There is dialogue delivered by different actors, like in an audio drama. But it is intermixed with a fair amount of descriptive narrative. In some respects I found this worked better than some of the Dr Who audio dramas, where the lack of narrative can occasionally leave you confused as to what is actually happening.

The story itself is quite novel and certainly seems to be quite different from the high action Tom Baker stories of the 1970's. There is a definite gothic horror flavour to this first episode that has intrigued me enough to want to check out the other parts when they are released. The story is not without humour though, and at one point made me laugh out loud at a bit of typically Baker-style craziness.

It's certainly worth a listen, provided you understand it's more audio book than audio drama.


Braun Series 5 570cc Clean & Renew System Rechargeable Foil Electric Shaver
Braun Series 5 570cc Clean & Renew System Rechargeable Foil Electric Shaver

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good shaver, 17 Sep 2009
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Braun 570cc is the third Braun shaver I have owned, and it is without question the best. It gives a clean and close shave every time, and even manages to pick up flat hairs that my other shavers could never cut. The battery life is excellent and, unlike some other models, the shaving power does not seem to be reduced even at low battery charge levels. The supplied re-charging station, while not essential, is a nice touch. While re-charhing it also cleans the foil and cutter block and leaves it smelling lemony fresh. The Braun 570cc also comes with a neat little zip fasten case and the usual cleaning brush.

Overall it's a great electric shaver. It may be a little pricey, but it really does out perform the cheaper alternatives I have used previously.


Alien 3 - Definitive Edition [DVD]
Alien 3 - Definitive Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sigourney Weaver
Price: 5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the love?, 19 July 2009
The first two ALIEN movies were successful because the audience was able to connect and empathise with the characters and the dire plight they were in. Each death was in essence a mini tragedy. On an emotional level you didn't want the alien to kill any of the characters.

In ALIEN 3 this dynamic between the characters and the audience is almost completely lacking. With one or two exceptions the characters are totally unlikeable. So who cares when they get picked off one by one? I certainly didn't.

Credit where credit is due, the move was beautifully shot and the music is very good too. But the lack of "audience connection" leaves this movie with a very detached, cold and clinical feeling.


X-Files - I Want To Believe (1-Disc Edition) [DVD]
X-Files - I Want To Believe (1-Disc Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: 3.93

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you., 28 Nov 2008
I think the biggest problem with this movie has nothing to do with the movie itself. Sky high expectations were the real problem. This movie really does deserve to be judged on it's own merits.

After my first viewing of this movie I was somewhat disappointed. Like many X-Files fans I was expecting a big budget block buster continuation of the alien invasion mythos storyline. Instead we got a little self-contained story that kind of lacks that "big screen" feeling. In fact, in a number of ways, it feels more like an ordinary episode of the X-Files. But on subsequent viewings I began to appreciate it more and more, and eventually began to warm to it and like it a lot. It may not be the movie everyone wanted, but it does have a charm all of it's own. In my opinion it is a worthy addition to the X-Files.
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The X Files: I Want To Believe (1 Disc Edition with Exclusive Free X Files Poster) [DVD]
The X Files: I Want To Believe (1 Disc Edition with Exclusive Free X Files Poster) [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Duchovny
Price: 6.16

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you., 28 Nov 2008
I think the biggest problem with this movie has nothing to do with the movie itself. Sky high expectations were the real problem. This movie really does deserve to be judged on it's own merits.

After my first viewing of this movie I was somewhat disappointed. Like many X-Files fans I was expecting a big budget block buster continuation of the alien invasion mythos storyline. Instead we got a little self-contained story that kind of lacks that "big screen" feeling. In fact, in a number of ways, it feels more like an ordinary episode of the X-Files. But on subsequent viewings I began to appreciate it more and more, and eventually began to warm to it and like it a lot. It may not be the movie everyone wanted, but it does have a charm all of it's own. In my opinion it is a worthy addition to the X-Files.


Order Of The Silver Star
Order Of The Silver Star
Offered by streetsahead
Price: 9.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Beast Speaks, 19 Sep 2008
This cd is a re-release of The Great Beast Speaks under a different name. It's the same 15 crackly recordings of Uncle Al found elsewhere. I had hoped this might be a new digitally enhanced version. But alas no. Still worth getting for the nostalgia value though.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine but not fantastic, 19 Sep 2008
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Other reviewers have already commented on the fact that the Braun CruZer4 is a jack of all trades, but a master of none. After using this shaver for several weeks I have to agree with this sentiment. The Braun CruZer4 is basically the Swiss army knife of electric shavers. It does a number of different jobs and it's all in one neat little package. Unfortunately it doesn't do any one job brilliantly.

As a dry shaver it's fine but nothing special. It does seem to struggle with flat hairs under the chin for some reason. I also found that it works best on very short stubble. A day or two growth at the most. Anything longer than that and it begins to give a very uneven shave, cutting some hairs and completely missing others. This may be due to the fact that I have pretty thick stubble. People with light facial hair might not notice.
Personally I find that my old Braun 5775 is much better at cutting my industrial strength stubble.

I tried it as a wet shaver once and wasn't impressed. The shave didn't seem all that much closer than a dry shave and I did end up with a rash under my chin and a slightly sore face. Granted, this may be nothing more than a personal idiosyncrasy of my face, but it put me off trying it again. Another down side of using it as a wet shaver is the mess. Just rinsing it under the tap is not an option. After use as a wet shaver it really needs drying out and cleaning with the supplied brush. Otherwise you end up with a load of gunk on the cutter block and foil.

The clip-on beard and body hair trimmer attachments work fine. But they do require a bit of experimentation to get used to. (The manual is not that informative.)

Overall the Braun CruZer4 is a fine/average shaver. But it's not a great shaver. Particularly if you have thick stubble.


The Messenger (Llewellyn's Psi-Fi)
The Messenger (Llewellyn's Psi-Fi)
by Donald Tyson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A little gem, 2 Feb 2008
I wasn't expecting too much from this book, but it turned out to be a rather good occult horror story. Fast paced, atmospheric, and quite chilling in places. The perfect read on a cold winter night.


Aleister Crowley - The Wickedest Man In The World - In Search Of  The Great Beast 666 [DVD]
Aleister Crowley - The Wickedest Man In The World - In Search Of The Great Beast 666 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Garofalo

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Facts and fallacies, 15 Sep 2007
Quite a thorough and fact filled documentary of the life of Aleister Crowley that is somewhat marred by it's overall negative tone, the inclusion of unsubstantiated rumours originally spread by John Symonds in his book, The Great Beast, and some complete fabrications and distortions of fact. While the producers have clearly done their homework there is a feeling that they too frequently pander to sensationalism and the sinister. This leaves you with the feeling that you are watching a horror story rather than a documentary.

The dramatic reconstructions seem a little wooden and are given a certain negative spin for extra effect.
On the plus side there is good use of archive material and some nice, though brief, location film footage. The use of photographs is occasionally confusing like when the narrator is talking about one person while showing the photo of someone else.

It's probably the best Crowley documentary ever made. Unfortunately that's not really saying much. It's good-ish but could have been much better.


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