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Shane Slade (Sevenoaks, Kent, England)

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The Counsellor [DVD]
The Counsellor [DVD]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £3.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise Counsel, 9 Dec. 2015
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This review is from: The Counsellor [DVD] (DVD)
This film can be criticised on so many levels. It is derivative and phoney with a creaky plot. And yet I have watched it five times and will probably watch it again. I suppose on reflection the reason is threefold. Firstly the actors do a very professional job with the little material they have to hand. Second there is the pevasive evil throughout the film of the manipulative Cameron Diaz character. Probably spurred by the boredom of riches she is merciless in achieving her immoral ambitions. We have all probably encountered such a person to some degree and in hindsight consider ourselves lucky to have escaped any lasting damage. Lastly the film exhibits graphically the sometimes sad and irreversible consequences of greed which can also affect those innocently but closely associated with the greedy.

The Story of Mohammed Islam Unveiled
The Story of Mohammed Islam Unveiled
by Harry Richardson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.66

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An urgent call for Alarm, 29 Nov. 2015
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This is a timely publication following recent terrorist world events as it offers an interpretation of the reasons and rationale for these events. It also offers an alarming forecast of worst things to come. This is a compelling read and I urge you to buy the book.

PocketStrings 99/1762444481 Guitar Practice Accessory
PocketStrings 99/1762444481 Guitar Practice Accessory
Price: £24.86

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to my Ears, 13 July 2015
My first impression was to return this item. There were two issues. The first was personal. My fingers are on the short side and I play a Parlour te guitar to accommodate this. Pocketstrings uses a standard space fretting which at first touch was to wide for me. However it took very little time and effort to overcome this.
Secondly I found that on one side of the fretboard the frets had not been smoothed down and the metal was snagging my fingers. I had to use a file to take the edge off all the 6 frets.
However now the good part. I bought the item to save humping my guitar on holiday. Personally I can vouch for the usefulness of the gizmo. I practised in the car, on the train and in queues. I have no doubt in recommending it as a practice tool. Thanks to the first reviewer who gave it a positive review which influenced me.
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Having You [DVD]
Having You [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Friel
Price: £5.71

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem, 11 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Having You [DVD] (DVD)
I was doubtful if this film would be released on Amazon as I first saw it on satellite TV and hadn't noticed its release on the general cinema circuit. So I was very pleased that I can now own a print of it. The film has no car chases and you will not be regaled with alien invasion monsters.

This film is a story of a life changing event when a former girl friend brings news to upset the ordered life and marriage plans of a past lover. It is a very moving tale that is brilliantly portrayed by the ensemble of actors.

I was very impressed by the soundtrack of three or four songs by different artists which enhance the scenes and emotions. The artists are Fionn Regan (Be Good or Be Gone) and Nathaniel Rateliff (We Never Win) whose albums containing these songs can be purchased (as I have done) on Amazon. Another song of particular note was Names and Races by Foreign Fields which I think can be downloaded from their own site.

Buy this film! It is a mini classic .
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Greek Grammar
Greek Grammar
by HW Smyth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £38.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Treat for Attic Lovers, 27 July 2012
This review is from: Greek Grammar (Hardcover)
The 1984 hardback edition with the brown cover is the edition to buy. I do not think this comes in paperback on Amazon.

Dip into any random page and there is a rewarding exposition of any aspect of ancient greek. There is no condescension or pomposity.

The multiplicity of examples illustative of a grammatical point are often witty and memorable.

The only complaint I would have is that the type on the examples can be on small size. But then perhaps its my age!

Buy and enjoy!

La Gran Aventura de Tarzán (Tarzan's Greatest Adventure)
La Gran Aventura de Tarzán (Tarzan's Greatest Adventure)
Offered by phoenix UK DISPATCH
Price: £7.75

1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time if you want an English version, 27 July 2012
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Looked forward to this film which was well acted and scripted. Unfortunately despite assurances on packaging it was totally impossible to select English version without subtitles. The DVD simply refused to allow changes.Total waste of time.
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London Boulevard [DVD]
London Boulevard [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keira Knightley
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £2.43

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farrell First Class, 10 July 2012
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This review is from: London Boulevard [DVD] (DVD)
This film was immensely enjoyable. I have watched it several times since purchase a few weeks ago such is the emotional impact.

It is loosely based on a London underworld novel by Ken Bruen and is typical of those understated B movies of the 50's and 60's in Britain even though the director/writer is American.

The supporting actors are first class and I cannot think of one scene that wasn't well acted or scripted. The sound track highlights both the action and the emotional scenes and the Kasabian song lifts the mood of the film onto another level.

I suspect that the dramatic conclusion to the film explains some of the negative reviews on Amazon. Personally I think the closing scenes are within the bounds of the foregoing storyline. Judge for yourself and buy this movie!

A Summer Story (1988) Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible DVD Starring James Wilby, Imogen Stubbs, Susannah York...
A Summer Story (1988) Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible DVD Starring James Wilby, Imogen Stubbs, Susannah York...
Dvd ~ Piers Haggard
Offered by sodamifeel_DVD
Price: £6.85

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perennial Summer Story, 5 Feb. 2012
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Like the other reviewers, I often researched over the years to see if this film had been released on video or dvd . It was seldom shown on TV. I was very pleased therefore to see this issue. I was also very happy to find that my fond memory of this poignant story was not misconceived.

The background to the tale is told by another reviewer at length so suffice to say it is a very moving story that is well acted with the countryside playing its role.

In its enjoyment, the whole adds up to so much more than the parts. This may have a lot to do with the fact that like most succesful stories it shares with the viewer some aspect of their own experience. In this case it is the the way chance can shape our lives and loves.

Forget any quibles over the dvd aspect ratio raised by other reviewers.I did not experience any and I suspect the power of the experience will outweigh any perceived problem in this respect. Buy the film and don't forget the tissues.

The Greatest Crash: How contradictory policies are sinking the global economy
The Greatest Crash: How contradictory policies are sinking the global economy
by David Kauders
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Analysis, 29 Nov. 2011
I have long been an attentive follower of the economic opinions of David Kauders. Over the last twenty five years, his analysis of the state of the British and indeed the world economy has been consistently accurate as indeed has been his investment advice.

So if he now predicts the global economy is facing its greatest crash, I believe we all ought to pay him heed. This book is succinct in explaining his views. The world's debt is causing the crisis, he says. No amount of government device can avoid the crash but will only have the effect of deferring the inevitable which he predicts will be deflation.

Mr Kauders illustrates that all parts of society have contributed to the current dire circumstances. The governments of the western world encouraged the cycle of boom and bust by allowing the bank's to create irresponsible debt. The populace have indulged in a spending spree principally by taking loans secured on property and the scale of the impending disasters was hidden by poor accounting standards and sleight of financial mis-management by the various government agencies.

A collective delusion of easy wealth attainment appears to have overtaken the western world. Mr Kauders explains that such collective delusions are not new and cites Tulip Mania and the South Sea bubble as examples.

As the opposing policies of austerity and stimulus will both have undesirable consequences in solving the crisis Mr Kauders suggests that alternative methods must be found based on principles than on credit and debit. He suggests a couple of ideas of his own but is hopeful the market itself will readily offer up fresh ideas if left alone by the interfering politicians whose efforts can only exacerbate or defer the problems.

In the meantime he offers his advice as to the best investments to protect and preserve one's capital in this slow motion crash. I suggest you buy the book to find out what this advice is. After all Mr Kauders deserves some reward for his efforts!

Mr Kauders is a lucid and convincing writer with a singular, firm and assured grasp of those facts which have led the West to this current financial mess.

Annika - The Complete Series [DVD] [1982]
Annika - The Complete Series [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Jessie Birdsall
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £10.15

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rites of Passage, 18 April 2011
I was very pleased that this 1984 Channel 4 production has been issued on DVD. There has been a consistent internet speculation over the years as to whether it would be issued. Some inferior quality "bootleg" copies of the TV series have been previously circulated but at last there is a reasonable if not perfect print.

The theme of "Annika" is first love and as such is universal in its appeal. We all have this experience and it is so intense and bitter sweet that we remember it for the rest of our lives.

The story of Pete and Annika is very well scripted and performed and expertly captures the supreme happiness of fresh love and the heartstopping pain that can be associated with it.

I do not want to give away the plot except to say that it is set in the Isle of Wight in England in the mid 1980's and where a lively young but directionless lad, Pete, meets a Swedish girl, Annika, who is visiting England with her school friends to study English. Pete is experienced sexually but has never had his emotions engaged before. His meeting with Annika changes this and Pete soon realises that his selfish sexual life will never be the same again.

There is a very apt soundtrack which heightens the emotions involved as well as some lively pop music by the Waltons.

I strongly recommend this DVD.
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