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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 best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.49

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.
Recommended.


Her [DVD]
Her [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joaquin Phoenix
Offered by Speedy Wonder
Price: £5.30

1 of 2 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.


Niagara Motel [DVD] [2006]
Niagara Motel [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Kevin Pollak
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen sink drama with laughs, 6 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Niagara Motel [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
This is an enjoyable, if not life changing, little film.
It is set at Niagara Falls but, apart form the fact that one of the characters lost his wife when she fell 'overboard' on honeymoon, it could be set anywhere, including - given the presence of Anna Friel - north west England.
This is a kitchen sink drama with humour, although most of the latter is of the dark rather than funny-ha-ha variety. It's pretty well acted, Friel in particular does well in a part that unusually requires her to do more than just wander around in her undies (although happily she does a fair bit of that too). Pollak is also very good, as are most of the cast, although I was less convinced by the financially on the edge couple.
Well worth 90 minutes of your life though.


New Season Official DISNEY WINNIE POOH Ladies girls Socks size 4-6 3 Pair Pack
New Season Official DISNEY WINNIE POOH Ladies girls Socks size 4-6 3 Pair Pack
Offered by SnoWas-UK
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and funky, 27 Jan. 2015
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Very nice, decent quality and my daughter likes them, although they are not quite as pictured. (no blue yellow and pink stripey one, with Pooh for example).


Cosmic
Cosmic
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed by both my 10 year old and me, 27 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Cosmic (Paperback)
I got my 10-year-old daughter to read this to me all the way through and it was an epic if enjoyable journey for both of us. Like the best of Anthony Horowitz's books, this can be enjoyed by both kids and adults and - if there are a few chapters where not too much of import happens - I would thoroughly recommend it.
Quite reminiscent of Charlie and the chocolate Factory in some ways but with more believable - and sympathetic - characters. Only criticism is that I found the end a bit abrupt and unsatisfactory.


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