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Collected Poems 1909-1962
Collected Poems 1909-1962
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5.0 out of 5 stars sublime, 21 May 2014
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Picasso, Debussy, Eliot.
Not much in common as men, but each represents the pinnacle of early 20th century Art.
Wonderful.
This is a collection that simply demands to be read on paper- with a good typeface, Faber and Faber are so inter-connected with Eliot that anyone reading Eliot for the first time should always start here.


What A Carve Up [1961] [DVD]
What A Carve Up [1961] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sid James
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4.0 out of 5 stars British rainy Sunday afternoon film..., 21 May 2014
This review is from: What A Carve Up [1961] [DVD] (DVD)
What a carve Up!....a very curious film. Wonderful cast, really wonderful...British-B Movie production values, and yet... you feel comfortable here- we probably all first saw it on a wet Saturday afternoon as a kid...better than the racing from Kempton. It's what inspires people to love this film. "Crooks in Cloisters" has a similar affect.
Poor Sid James- he'd just been dumped by Tony Hancock (it broke his heart). But he was always short of cash (the Bookies claimed an awful lot of his money, but here he plays one). So he made this film, in which Kenneth Connors' character and the relationship between the two men is almost a parody of the James/Hancock characters. Connors is fine in this, but it is a real tragedy that this wasn't a James and Hancock film. I'm sure the irony of this wasn't lost on Sid, as his friend cascaded into self-destruction over the next 6 years.
There are some genuinely funny moments ( "Your room, Sir"...."Ta Cheeky!").
A Gem worth polishing.


Paradigms and Fairy Tales: Introduction to the Science of Meanings
Paradigms and Fairy Tales: Introduction to the Science of Meanings
by Julienne Ford
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to a wider world of thought., 28 April 2013
Of its time, but still up to the job. Such an enthralling, enticing book, which I came across in a box belonging to my uncle in 1983...(he had studied social science at Birmingham University). I was just 12...the book was already a decade old but I read it avidly...and though I ?understood? (!) little, it enthralled me. I rediscovered it in on my own bookshelf recently, (as I do every 10 years or so) having become familiar now with Popper, Ayers, Russell,Wittgenstein and Chomsky etc (purely as an "amatuer" it's a great book.
Thank you, Dr Ford.
Your book introduced me to the study of philosophy, as a boy, and I'll always be grateful to you.


Friend or Foe: An Anglo-Saxon History of France: A History of France
Friend or Foe: An Anglo-Saxon History of France: A History of France
by Alistair Horne
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is La Pucelle?, 13 Sep 2010
I'm afraid that two examples among many will suffice to show the "idiosyncracies" of this book. Both are bizarre.
1. Joan of Arc, surely a central figure in Anglo Saxon/ French paradigms of nationhood and the perception accorded to each by the other is brushed over IN TWO PARAGRAPHS.
2. The England of the 11th Century, invaded by William of Normandy, is described as "sleepy"...Outrageous simplification, but worse,pure nonsense.

Most of the book is accessible, but a reader with any historical background will spend most of their time squirming in anger at Horne.


Captain Kidd [DVD]
Captain Kidd [DVD]
Dvd ~ Charles Laughton
Offered by FUNTIME MEDIA
Price: £1.73

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Laughton genius., 9 Feb 2004
This review is from: Captain Kidd [DVD] (DVD)
Captain Kidd (1945)would be a footnote in a long list of pirate B-movies but for one vital element. That is of course Charles Laughton.Laughton is one of the very few actors who could make a terrible film well worth watching. There are only a handful who can do this. And but for the Genius of Laughton, this would be a terrible film. He twitches and goggles to perfection, and is utterly mesmerising- in stark contrast to the bored banality of Randolph Scott (the lead man, as such). The quality of this film is perhaps best summed up by one panning shot of "Ye merrie olde London" which makes a point of showing Tower Bridge in all its glory (Union Jack included) despite the fact that it would not be built for another 200 years from the setting of the story! Rather like making a film of the American war of Independence which features a shot of the Empire State Building! Still, for all its faults, this is an entertainingly quirky piece in the Laughton collection.


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