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Joe Calzaghe: My Life Story [DVD]
Joe Calzaghe: My Life Story [DVD]
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: 2.99

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - a sporting DVD that's worth watching., 14 Nov 2008
Let's face it, most sporting DVDs are just bloody awful - some stock footage cobbled together with a couple of interviews bought off ITV.

That's not the case with Joe Calzaghe - My Life Story. Co-produced by Calzaghe himself, this is an intimate portrait of the man himself, with never-seen-before footage of Joe and his family. If you really want to get to know what Calzaghe is like, there is no better place to start - from Newbridge Gym in Abercarn to the family home in Sardinia via the bright lights of Las Vegas. With interviews from living legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard and Jake La Motta, this is a boxerphile's wet dream.

Although what really sets this DVD apart is the inimitable Enzo Calzaghe - Joe's father/trainer, he's as mad as a box of frogs and twice as funny. Get a couple of mates round, crack open a couple of beers and throw this on your DVD player - trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Bad Science
Bad Science
by Ben Goldacre
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading for all would-be journalists, 29 Sep 2008
This review is from: Bad Science (Paperback)
What a fantastic book - and what an important book.

Science is routinely ridiculed to the point of absurdity by the nation's press, a shameful and disgraceful trend that is making an international mockery of our scientific achievements and the great men and women who have strived over the past hundred years to ensure we live a long and disease-free life.

As Ben Goldacre rightly points out, the newspapers don't dumb down the finance pages, the sports sections or the literature pull-outs - but science stories in Britain's media are ALWAYS overly-simplistic takes on real science, boiled down to a byline - some daft 'miracle' cure, "x cures/causes cancer", nonsense equations concerning lifestyle choices paid for by travel companies, or, the most damaging of all, a good old-fashioned scare story.

A terror campaign. Wrought by the media.

When children start dying of measles again as a result of the media's hysterical reaction to ONE dodgy report (since utterly discredited) falsely linking MMR to autism by ONE doctor with a vested interest, I hope the editors, sub-editors and their writing staff take responsibly for their crimes and compensate the bereaved families accordingly.

Although how you adequately compensate someone for the death of a child is anyone's guess.

Read Bad Science. The world will seem a very different place when you've finished.

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