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Atlas Games Gloom Card Game
Atlas Games Gloom Card Game
Price: 18.89

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites!, 2 Jun 2014
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Gloom is superb! The price strikes me as a little steep, but my friends and I have had hours of fun with this game - it's one of our all-time favourites.


J Pillow, Travel Pillow - Winner of British Invention of the Year 2012/2013 (Navy)
J Pillow, Travel Pillow - Winner of British Invention of the Year 2012/2013 (Navy)
Offered by Jensen's Inventions
Price: 29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 2 Jun 2014
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This is a great product - offers excellent support and is very comfortable. It also has a loop on the bottom so you can hang it off your case/backpack so it doesn't take up room in your luggage! Highly recommend.


The Noughtie Girl's Guide to Feminism
The Noughtie Girl's Guide to Feminism
by Ellie Levenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just don't., 13 Sep 2010
I could write an entire essay about what was wrong with this book, but in brief: she thinks we should feel pleased at sexual harassment and intimidation from men on the street, women should conform to stereotypes or they risk being ostracized, traditional feminists are "man-bashing and bra-burning", feminism is only for straight, white, able-bodied, young women (there is absolutely no mention of how race, class or disability fit in with feminism), and finally, that it's okay to laugh at rape jokes (the example she gave ran along the lines of "I'm a man, and I can have any woman I want... because I'm a rapist") because the men that tell her those kind of jokes have never raped her, so men won't rape you either. Shallow, patronising, unintelligent crap.


The Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues
by Eve Ensler
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A positive affirmation of all things vaginal!, 13 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Vagina Monologues (Paperback)
So this is going to sound really cheesy but I'm going to say it anyway: this book made me love my vagina. I read it when I was 15, and before the book came along I had the usual teenage thoughts and insecurities, including fears that my vagina didn't look nice enough, or smell nice enough, and that no person would ever want to go down there. It wasn't triggered by anything, they were just silly worries, and that general feeling I got that we weren't supposed to talk about our "down there". But then I read this book where I was told that my vagina was awesome, and beautiful, and deserving of love and orgasms, and all those silly unfounded insecurities just melted away. It's a short, lucid book (which suited the impulsive 15-year-old me), based on interviews with hundreds of women who discussed their vaginas with Eve Ensler, some for the very first time. The result is a varied series of monologues, dealing with experiences such as sex, menstruation, men, rape, birth, hair and orgasms. The beauty of the Vagina Monologues is that it's tragic, hilarious, powerful, painful, outrageous and exciting, and despite the violence and tragedy that surrounds women's sexuality in some of the stories, overall it's an empowering and positive affirmation of all things vaginal! (The monologues in the book are exactly the same as those in the live theatre show, so if you've seen the show already, you won't find anything new in the book.)


Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters
by Jessica Valenti
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.22

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!, 13 Sep 2010
I can't recommend this book enough! If you haven't read a book on feminism before, this one would be a good start. It's a very simple, lucid overview of feminism and why it matters, with each chapter dealing with a branch of feminist thought, including sexuality, pop culture, reproductive rights, rape and violence, dating, motherhood, and women's history. A great feature of this book is the final chapter, which lists a number of ways we can make a difference, such as "Please, god, vote", "Volunteer at your local [Planned Parenthood] clinic" and "Don't date guys who scoff at feminism - they will end up being disappointments in life, love, and bed". It's important to remember that this book is designed as a young person's introduction to feminism, so she writes in quite a jocular tone, and her discussion of each issue is very thin on the ground. This can get a bit annoying after a while, but I can understand why the book is written that way. On the plus side, this easy-going approach makes the book a nice, easy read - I take a ridiculously long time to read books (I'm still picking away at The Female Eunuch), and I managed to finish this in just over a week! The book also comes with a long list of feminist websites, campaign groups, and books for further reading. A really great book for those of you who may not be big readers but want to learn more about why feminism matters.


Out Of Our Minds
Out Of Our Minds
Price: 13.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but disappointing, 13 Sep 2010
This review is from: Out Of Our Minds (Audio CD)
Former bassist for The Smashing Pumpkins and Hole, Melissa Auf der Maur released her debut solo album in 2004, the self-titled Auf der Maur, which received a great deal of critical acclaim, and established Melissa as a unique and talented songwriter in her own right. Six years later came the long-awaited follow-up, Out of Our Minds. This is part of a multi woven concept project with roots in Viking lore, alongside a short film, comic book and interactive website which have all been overseen by Melissa herself. The Viking concept behind it might seem silly, but don't let that put you off an otherwise decent album.
In some ways, her song writing has developed since the first album. Whereas Auf der Maur was a well written - but unadventurous - rock album, Out of Our Minds is far more experimental and artistic, with 70s progressive rock influences shining through. Her talent with writing melodic hooks has developed too, with certain songs on this album getting stuck in your head for days, especially the tracks Isis Speaks and Meet Me on the Dark Side. The latter track is stunning, with some wonderfully creepy vocal work by Melissa - it gives me shivers to hear her growl about "sucking and kissing in [her] bad girl boots". Father's Grave is another great song, with the haunting guest vocals of Glenn Danzig (founder of the band Misfits) working well with Melissa's feminine wails.
In other ways, this album doesn't nearly match the high standard of the first. One notable difference is the lack of standout tracks. Auf der Maur was an excellent album insofar as eleven out of the twelve songs were standout tracks, worthy of being released as singles. With Out of Our Minds, only four or five out of twelve stand out at all, with the rest blending together as mere `filler' tracks. There are too many lacklustre instrumentals that add nothing to the album, and a few of the songs (such as The Key and The One) are just plain boring, middle-of-the-road rock.
Despite the advances in her music writing, her lyric writing still leaves a lot to be desired. The Viking concept is not as obvious as you'd think, and her lyrics seem trite and a little cheesy. It can be difficult not to cringe when you hear silly lines like: "Everyone has a dark side, why don't you like mine?"
MAdM's debut album was stunning, and remains a huge favourite of mine. However, Out of Our Minds doesn't quite match up to the same high standards. And therein lies the problem: after such a powerful and exciting debut album, the long-awaited follow up feels very limp in comparison. It's a decent album, yes - but for Melissa Auf der Maur, `decent' should be a big disappointment.


5 Star Stapler Long Arm Full Strip 320mm Reach Capacity 25 Sheets Black - Ref 918656
5 Star Stapler Long Arm Full Strip 320mm Reach Capacity 25 Sheets Black - Ref 918656
Offered by Alba Office Supplies
Price: 8.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, useful piece of equipment!, 5 Jan 2010
Long-arm staplers are an excellent investment, I love mine and use it regularly. At this price as well, you just can't go wrong. This stapler is a 20-sheet version, which is probably more than I'll ever need.

The way it works is this: imagine a regular stapler with the top half (where the staples lie) mounted on a long flat arm of metal, which then connects to the base at the other end, and the base stretches to meet the underneath of the stapler's teeth (the base on mine is around 16 inches long). So you can fit A4 pages under the stapler easily (say for example, you wanted to staple a halved piece of A3 paper together like a magazine, this would be handy) because the pages fit under the metal arm and don't interfere with the stapler bit at the other end.

It's especially useful for booklets, zines, magazines, and similar paper projects. The item arrived promptly, with no delivery problems. Excellent product, even better price!


Little Earthquakes
Little Earthquakes
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally and musically intense, 8 Sep 2009
This review is from: Little Earthquakes (Audio CD)
Tori Amos' debut album Little Earthquakes is at once moving and challenging, with a stunning set of musically complex and brutally honest songs.

Lyrically, the songs on this album are her best and most personal of her career - here she tackles the themes of sex, religion, relationships, identity, and loss in an uncompromising manner. The timeless classic Crucify is a lyrical highlight, in which she explores the bondage she suffered during her Christian upbringing: "Why do we crucify ourselves every day? My heart is sick of being in chains..." Another favourite is the bittersweet Happy Phantom, which juxtaposes playful melodies with lyrics about death and the afterlife.

Musically, the album is superb, with lush piano melodies, beautiful string arrangements, and powerful rock arrangements. The songs are complexly structured and excellently-executed, detailing some intensely intimate personal feelings, best showcased in the string-laden ballad Winter, which explores memories of her father, or the beautiful hit-single Silent All These Years. The electrifying Precious Things is another musical highlight (and my personal favourite), which uses powerful rock instruments to bolster an already powerful song, until its effect is almost violent.

There is much to be admired here vocally too - her voice is wide-ranging, dynamic and versatile, capable of handling many styles of music with relative ease. The vocal highlight of the album is undoubtedly the stark Me and a Gun, a disturbing account of her own rape. Sung without accompaniment, the song's dark subject matter is rendered even more harrowing.

A wonderful, accessible album, Little Earthquakes remains among her best works.


Kill Bill Vol.1 [Blu-ray]
Kill Bill Vol.1 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome experience in Blu Ray, 25 Jun 2009
I loved this film when I first saw it as a teenager, and couldn't quite put into words just why I found it so empowering. With retrospect, the reason is this: it was one of the first action films (if not the first film) I'd seen with so many strong, powerful female characters.

A female assassin, referred to as The Bride (Uma Thurman), is attacked and left for dead on her wedding day by the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad, led by the mysterious Bill (David Carradine). Four years later, she wakes up from a coma looking for revenge. Throughout the course of the film, she relentlessly takes out the minions who ruined her life - Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). The film ends with The Bride moving towards the assassination of her ultimate target, Bill.

One positive aspect of this film for me is the abundance of women in strong, pivotal roles in this film. As well as the Bride, the assassin squad is comprised of three women and only one man. Ex-DiVAS assassin O-Ren Ishi-i's bodyguard, Gogo, is female, as is her lawyer and best friend, Sofie Fatale. All of them are forces to be reckoned with. The utter dominance of women in, of all things, an action movie is a very rare thing and should be welcomed with open arms.
As well as being physically strong, the Bride is also mentally strong, embodying typically male characteristics such as decisiveness, resourcefulness, determination, good judgment and tolerance of pain, as opposed to sexual submission, ineptness, and an act-now-think-later aggression so often seen in female action heroines.
Another positive aspect of this film is that the women involved are not over-sexualised. They wore long, loose-fitting kimonos, androgynous gangster suits, hospital gowns, black jumpsuits, jeans, yellow tracksuits and school uniforms, but nothing which would reduce them to sex-symbol status.
Those of you who are particularly squeamish may want to give this film a miss, as certain scenes make for rather uncomfortable viewing. However, if you can see past the gore, this film a definite must-see - it buzzes with energy and visual exuberance, with impressive fight sequences. I highly recommend this film, particularly if you need an antidote to the mind-numbing awfulness of other "girl-power" films such as Charlie's Angels.

In Blu Ray the quality filmmaking is best showcased - everything is crystal clear, and has a much greater impact than the regular DVD version. I highly recommend watching this film in Blu Ray.


Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003]
Kill Bill, Volume 1 [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Uma Thurman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome, empowering film!, 25 Jun 2009
I loved this film when I first saw it as a teenager, and couldn't quite put into words just why I found it so empowering. With retrospect, the reason is this: it was one of the first action films (if not the first film) I'd seen with so many strong, powerful female characters.

A female assassin, referred to as The Bride (Uma Thurman), is attacked and left for dead on her wedding day by the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad, led by the mysterious Bill (David Carradine). Four years later, she wakes up from a coma looking for revenge. Throughout the course of the film, she relentlessly takes out the minions who ruined her life - Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), Sofie Fatale (Julie Dreyfus) and O-Ren Ishii (Lucy Liu). The film ends with The Bride moving towards the assassination of her ultimate target, Bill.

An obvious positive aspect of this film is the abundance of women in strong, pivotal roles in this film. As well as the Bride, the assassin squad is comprised of three women and only one man. Ex-DiVAS assassin O-Ren Ishi-i's bodyguard, Gogo, is female, as is her lawyer and best friend, Sofie Fatale. All of them are forces to be reckoned with. The utter dominance of women in, of all things, an action movie is a very rare thing and should be welcomed with open arms.

As well as being physically strong, the Bride is also mentally strong, embodying typically male characteristics such as decisiveness, resourcefulness, determination, good judgment and tolerance of pain, as opposed to sexual submission, ineptness, and an act-now-think-later aggression so often seen in female action heroines.

Another positive aspect of this film is that the women involved are not over-sexualised. They wore long, loose-fitting kimonos, androgynous gangster suits, hospital gowns, black jumpsuits, jeans, yellow tracksuits and school uniforms, but nothing which would reduce them to sex-symbol status.

Those of you who are particularly squeamish may want to give this film a miss, as certain scenes make for rather uncomfortable viewing. However, if you can see past the gore, this film a definite must-see - it buzzes with energy and visual exuberance, with impressive fight sequences. I highly recommend this film, particularly if you need an antidote to the mind-numbing awfulness of other "girl-power" films such as Charlie's Angels.


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