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Great Novels of E. M. Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room with a View, Howards End
Great Novels of E. M. Forster: Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room with a View, Howards End
Price: £7.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Missing Text!, 18 Dec. 2015
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This would be a nice edition of Forster's "Great Novels" if it were not for the fact that several sentences are inadvertently missing from "Howard's End" making a number of paragraphs incomprehensible.


Sunoptic S054 Womens Sunglasses
Sunoptic S054 Womens Sunglasses
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as pictured, 30 July 2015
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Good quality glasses but sadly not quite as pictured. The glasses which were delivered to me were a sort of dark brown colour and not grey, as pictured. Was slightly disappointed at the appearance...


Incredisonic IMP150 Media Player Remote Control
Incredisonic IMP150 Media Player Remote Control

1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work, 4 Mar. 2015
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The remote control arrived without batteries and without instructions. I went out and bought some batteries but the remote control did not work, it was completely dead. Sad waste of a tenner!


Six Great Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, The Republic (Dover Thrift Editions)
Six Great Dialogues: Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Symposium, The Republic (Dover Thrift Editions)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good value but..., 27 Mar. 2014
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Good value but the book claims to be the Jowett translation but it's actually a revision of Jowett. Also it has American spellings so I have to deduct a couple of points for that. If something is advertised as being in English, it should actually be in English, not American English...


Bouquet of Barbed Wire/Another Bouquet [DVD]
Bouquet of Barbed Wire/Another Bouquet [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frank Finlay

7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone sleeps with everyone else., 16 July 2004
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Everyone sleeps with everyone else.
Er ... that's it.


The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde
The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde
by Neil McKenna
Edition: Hardcover

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The subject that dared not speak its name ..., 30 Oct. 2003
Although the life of Oscar Wilde has been written countless times in the century since his death, surprisingly little has been written about his homosexuality. It has been for biographers the subject that dared not speak its name. It is spoken of in connection with his fall from grace, his trial and imprisonment of course, but otherwise the subject is passed over in as much silence as possible. It remains for us now almost as much as it did for his earliest biographers “The Problem of Oscar Wilde’s Inversion” and every sympathetic author strives to find a way of explaining it away. Neil McKenna's excellent book for the first time examines the evidence of Oscar Wilde's sexual orientation from his earliest youth and proves that the relationship which led to his fall was no aberration. Those who have read previous biographies may be surprised to learn that there is a secret life of Oscar Wilde to reveal but reading this book will certainly introduce a Wilde few people know.
Oscar once said that every great man has his disciples and it is usually Judas who writes the biography. This book is an honourable exception.


Callan: Series 1 (Box Set) [DVD] [1967]
Callan: Series 1 (Box Set) [DVD] [1967]
Dvd ~ Edward Woodward

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great British spy series returns ..., 13 Oct. 2003
"Callan" first appeared on British screens in the 60's as a one off play but was soon commissioned as a series when the popularity of its central character was realised. This video contains 3 episodes from the first series to be shown in colour in 1970. Edward Woodward is superb as the reluctant spy who is happier re-creating historic battles with his model soldiers ("they're not toys!" he indignantly insists) than engaging in the murky world of intelligence operations. Russell Hunter also shines as the malodorous Lonely, a petty criminal who is continually co-opted by Callan into assisting him. Patrick Mower makes an early appearance as Callan's ruthless colleague Cross, while William Squire is just right as Callan's boss Hunter, a code name for all the heads of the department.
Viewers may be put off at first by the datedness of the production and the shoe-string budget but this feeling disappears after about 20 minutes when the plot grips you. "Callan" draws the viewer into a strange and intriguing world, half imagined and half real, where nothing is quite as it seems. The plots are complicated and by the end you are likely to find yourself scratching your head and only slowly being able to make sense if it all. But this does not detract at all from the great enjoyment of the stories themselves.
This is nostalgia television at its very best and I would recommend it whole-heartedly. It has stood the test of time very well (better I would say than many later productions). Some viewers though, will be disappointed by the absence of Toby Mears (Anthony Valentine) who appears in the later series which sadly has not, as yet, been released.


Callan: Series 1 (Box Set) [VHS] [1967]
Callan: Series 1 (Box Set) [VHS] [1967]
VHS

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great British spy series returns ..., 13 Oct. 2003
"Callan" first appeared on British screens in the 60's as a one off play but was soon commissioned as a series when the popularity of its central character was realised. This video contains 3 episodes from the first series to be shown in colour in 1970. Edward Woodward is superb as the reluctant spy who is happier re-creating historic battles with his model soldiers ("they're not toys!" he indignantly insists) than engaging in the murky world of intelligence operations. Russell Hunter also shines as the malodorous Lonely, a petty criminal who is continually co-opted by Callan into assisting him. Patrick Mower makes an early appearance as Callan's ruthless colleague Cross, while William Squire is just right as Callan's boss Hunter, a code name for all the heads of the department.
Viewers may be put off at first by the datedness of the production and the shoe-string budget but this feeling disappears after about 20 minutes when the plot grips you. "Callan" draws the viewer into a strange and intriguing world, half imagined and half real, where nothing is quite as it seems. The plots are complicated and by the end you are likely to find yourself scratching your head and only slowly being able to make sense if it all. But this does not detract at all from the great enjoyment of the stories themselves.
This is nostalgia television at its very best and I would recommend it whole-heartedly. It has stood the test of time very well (better I would say than many later productions). Some viewers though, will be disappointed by the absence of Toby Mears (Anthony Valentine) who appears in the later series which sadly has not, as yet, been released.


Catweazle: Series 1 [VHS] [1970]
Catweazle: Series 1 [VHS] [1970]
VHS

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immortal children's television series, 13 Oct. 2003
"Catweazle" is one of the few children's television series that deserve the epithet "classic". That is to say, the original series filmed in 1969 and starring Geoffrey Bayldon and Robin Davies was. The follow-up series a year later with a completely different cast and setting (apart from Geoffrey Bayldon as Catweazle) was somewhat disappointing by comparison.
This first series sees Catweazle (Geoffrey Bayldon), an incompetent 11th century wizard on the run from the Normans, travelling forward in time as the result of a flying spell that goes wrong. He finds himself at a remote farmhouse in the mid-20th century and is befriended by a boy called Carrot (Robin Davies) who is glad of the companionship of what he regards as an eccentric, but harmless, old man.
Catweazle takes everything he encounters in the 20th century as magic (electricity is, to him, "electrikery") and he regards his young companion as a great sorcerer. The stories in this series are as funny and original as they were when the series first aired, with Catweazle constantly saved from the various scrapes he gets himself into by Carrot. He constantly attempts to work a spell to take himself back to his own time but his spells always end in failure ("nothing works!" he frequently exclaims) while Carrot considers his claims to come from the past as "potty".
This is a series in which everything came together to create a classic: a witty, intelligent script by Richard Carpenter and perfect performances by Geoffrey Bayldon, Robin Davies, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell and Neil McCarthy, as well as a distinguished cast of extras. The series has aged well and only very occasionally does it seem dated. "Catweazle" makes a welcome change from some of the crass, dumbed-down programming sometimes inflicted on the children of today.


Laurel And Hardy: Way Out West/Big Business [DVD]
Laurel And Hardy: Way Out West/Big Business [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stan Laurel
Offered by uniqueplace-uk
Price: £16.50

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Five Star Comedy, 2 Sept. 2003
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Some people consider this to be Laurel and Hardy's finest hour. For me, that honour goes to "Sons of the Desert" but this film runs it a close second. The plot sees our heroes travelling to Brushwood Gulch (way out West) to deliver a deed to a goldmine to a young girl called Mary Roberts only to have it tricked out of them by the villainous Finn (played wonderfully, as ever, by a squinting James Finlayson). The duo's antics in trying to recover the deed make for some great comedy! There are great lines and great visual gags as you would expect. Two favourite moments for me would be Ollie trying out some of his best chat up lines on a harassed lady in a coach: “A lot of weather we’ve been having lately!” and Stan being forced to eat Ollie’s hat.
Many purists will insist they prefer black and white of course, but I enjoyed seeing the film in colour. The picture quality is excellent and for me the colourisation seemed to give the film a new dimension. In any case, this DVD gives the viewer both options. The bonus is a silent short which also features Finlayson. I can’t say this short exactly had me rolling with laughter but it is an interesting insight into how the characters evolved from their silent screen days. Five stars!


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