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Black Sheep [2007] [DVD]
Black Sheep [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Nathan Meister
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £3.47

1.0 out of 5 stars Not funny or horrific, just rubbish, 25 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Black Sheep [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
Killer sheep on the loose, rather in the vein of Monty Python's killer rabbit in Holy Grail? No doubt appealed to someone's sense of humour (including mine, when I picked it up in the shop) and indeed it's probably a good basis for a comedy. Unfortunately for a decent film you need a decent script. This film isn't a horror film, or a comedy, it's just not very good. If you can be bothered to take it seriously there's several holes in the plot too. There's not even any of that reliable standby of poor horror films, nudity (gratuitous or tenuously plot-related), despite the presence of a well-endowed young blonde lady in the leading role who I had erroneously assumed was there for that very purpose.
Don't bother.

The Constant Princess: 4 (Tudor series)
The Constant Princess: 4 (Tudor series)
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Catherine of Arrogant, 16 Jun. 2015
This book is very enjoyable, but the problem with a historical fiction when you know the period is that it's a bit like watching Titanic - you know the iceberg is just around the corner. Inevitably you're therefore waiting for Arthur to appear in the story, for the wedding to happen and then for him to start feeling a bit unwell (which , having done, he wastes no time at all, barely 3 pages, in turning his toes up). That apart, it's well written and draws you in as you go along even if you know where the icebergs are hiding.
One device I didn't like is that every few chapters you get one of interior dialogue, in which Catherine voices her thoughts, which usually involve banging on incessantly about how she is destined to be Queen of England and looking fondly back to how wonderful it was at the Moorish palace where she had grown up. (This wonderfulness was of course down to the Moors who built it, not Catherine's parents who laid siege to and captured it and promptly threw out both the Moors and the jews). These themes become so repetitive that at times you wish she would just shut up going on about them and go back to Granada if it was so wonderful. Catherine - as depicted here - comes over as arrogant and scheming such that the reader is not necessarily rooting for her throughout. Even the great victory she won over the Scots was achieved by The Earl of Surrey while she waited 30 miles down the road with reinforcements in case the battle further north went badly.
The end is a bit of anti-climax too, after the build up to the battle with the Scots the battle itself is covered very briefly and after that it limps on to a non-existent conclusion before we have a coda 17 years down the road by which time Anne Boleyn is in the ascendancy and Catherine is preparing to tell her big lie one more time in the hope of retaining her marriage and position. This battle with her usurper is what most people know her for and it would have been good to extend the book to cover this episode, but presumably her publisher felt the book was long enough already.
Anyway, caveats notwithstanding, I quite enjoyed it, although not perhaps as much as the Queen's Fool, or indeed quite as much as I had hoped to.

Marvel Iron Man 3 Iron Man Hero Mask
Marvel Iron Man 3 Iron Man Hero Mask
Offered by a1 Toys
Price: £7.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 22 May 2015
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perfectly adequate (for an iron-man themed scout weekend away!) with an adjustable velcro strap, though find it hard to imagine anyone paying the RRP the item is allegedly reduced from.

Some Sunny Day
Some Sunny Day
by Dame Vera Lynn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but a bit dull, 21 May 2015
This review is from: Some Sunny Day (Paperback)
Whilst Vera Lynn deservedly holds her place in our hearts as a national treasure, it has to be said this book is rather bland and a bit dull.
The current national sweetheart for example, achieved her fame through winning a reality show, beating up a cloakroom attendant and getting into bed with an international footballer and then (metaphorically speaking) the evil empire presided over by Simon Cowell. None of which displays any great talent but it makes for a more interesting read.
Vera is essentially nice, always behaved nicely to people and - in return - generally nice things happened to her. When someone does act badly towards her, you really want to know more about what and why and how the problem was resolved but it is invariably glossed over in a few lines. American fellow solo singer Evelyn Dall allegedly treated her poorly in her pre-war big band days and some fellow expat entertainers allegedly behaved so badly towards her while she was on her far eastern wartime tour that she left the area immediately. Presumably having spent years slogging around Burma entertaining the troops they were jealous of the famous woman off the radio who swanned in for a couple of weeks and got instant adoration but this is never made clear. Finally, in 1944 there were apparently people doing unflattering impressions of her to such a degree that she went to court to stop them, which seems somewhat drastic, esecially given there was a war on. Again, however, we are never told exactly what they were doing and how she went about stopping them doing it.
Anyway, despite these caveats about the book itself, Vera comes over as a good person and you generally root for her throughout. It has to be said that the book is somewhat dull though, particularly the last couple of chapters, which are just rambling and full of bland platitudes that no one would disagree with.
Anyway, all power to her elbow. At the time of writing (May 2015) she is 98, it is to be hoped that she reaches her century in good health and the nation recognizes her with some appropriate ceremonial/honour

Jazz Masters Vol.22
Jazz Masters Vol.22
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £5.92

2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely voice, shame about some of the material., 16 May 2015
This review is from: Jazz Masters Vol.22 (Audio CD)
Eckstine has a lovely voice but most of the songs on here don't linger in the memory. Passing Strangers apart..
All a bit muzak-ky I'm afraid.

Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
Falling Leaves Return to Their Roots: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter
by Adeline Yen Mah
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated Cinderella story full of ugly, unprepossessing characters, 28 April 2015
This is a cinderella story with a very wicked stepmother and a very unprepossessing set of siblings. However, while the protagonist was certainly poorly treated by her father and stepmother relative to her siblings, she had a far better life than millions of other Chinese girls growing up, none of who m were ever sent abroad at great cost to get a decent foreign education, for example.
The story is full of unsympathetic characters - the downright nasty brother, the sister who only wanted her in later life when she had some money and spent most of the rest of the time intriguing against her, the elder brother who was ostensibly her ally but in practice rarely stood up for her and always looked after his own interests first, often to the detriment of Adeline, the weak father who allowed himself to be dominated by his second wife, and the apparently completely obnoxious stepmother, who nobody at all ever seems to have thought to instruct to take a long walk off a short pier, apart from - ironically - her own daughter. The 5 step children - or at least the elder four - hung around in her orbit, forever hoping for a windfall one day.
As the book progresses I found myself increasingly alienated by this unprepossessing bunch, to the point that I didn't really care who was being obnoxious to who, or why. Even the author, whilst whining on about her own mistreatment, makes life worse for herself with a series of stupid decisions, amongst them starting a relationship with a clearly maladjusted lecturer twice her age while at college, giving up a good job offer for a much worse one because she thought it would please her father and - most stupidly - marrying someone having spent less than ten hours in his company and then being surprised when he turned out to be violent and abusive. Even then, it only occurs to her to divorce him when her parents tell her to. And why did she completely desert Aunt Baba, who was one of the few people to show her kindness throughout her growing up? I stopped caring about the lot of them some time before the (somewhat inconclusive) end..

Winnie the pooh (Large, Blue)
Winnie the pooh (Large, Blue)
Offered by AJR
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks good, 12 April 2015
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Nice clear transfer, not washed off or shrunk in dryer. Nice 'chelsea' blue colour.

Her [DVD]
Her [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joaquin Phoenix
Offered by Magic Movies Ltd
Price: £3.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of annoying people being well...annoying, 12 April 2015
This review is from: Her [DVD] (DVD)
It's basically a load of irritatingly needy people sitting around whining about their emotional needs. It's hard to identify with, let alone like, any of them. I lost patience with the main character when he turned down Olivia Wilde (fool) to go home and abuse himself while talking dirty with his virtual operating system.
If you like obsessing about relationships interminably this film might appeal to you. If you're a bloke I confidently predict it wont..

The Queen's Fool
The Queen's Fool
by Philippa Gregory
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good job Elizabeth can't sue..., 7 April 2015
This is a rollicking good read and I would recommend it. Only quibbles
1. Is there any evidence that the 'virgin queen' behaved like a whore, particularly in public (thinking of the scene near the end of the book where she allows one of her favourites to intimately 'touch her up' in full view of her court. I know there is for the Tom Seymour scene at the beginning but this scene seemed thoroughly unlikely to me.
2. The heroine's outlook, behaviour and speech seems far too liberated/modern for a mid-16th century girl. Having made her moral stand earlier in the book the volte face near the end to achieve a happy ending didn't convince me. Also, having willingly gone lip to lip with Robert Dudley it seems unlikely that she would then be in a position to say no (and even more unlikely that one of the most powerful men in the country would take no for an answer).
Anyway, that apart, a jolly good holiday read.

6 x BRITWEAR® Kids Children Boys Girl Cotton Rich Plain School Socks Size:4-6 Colour:Black
6 x BRITWEAR® Kids Children Boys Girl Cotton Rich Plain School Socks Size:4-6 Colour:Black
Offered by Britwear
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No issues, 12 Feb. 2015
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No issues. comfortable (slightly big if anything) fit for a girl with size 5 1/2 feet.
expected number of socks arrived within expected time frame.

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