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The Minister of Chance
The Minister of Chance
Offered by Audible Ltd

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Delight!, 28 Jan. 2016
So, my Young Man went to an SF convention, and he brought back a business card advertising Minister of Chance. I noticed that there were Doctor Who actors among the cast - Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy, for instance, as Ambassador Durian and the Witch Prime. The main characters, though, are played by Julian Wadham - the Minister of Chance himself, and the barmaid Kitty, played by Lauren Crace. And Kitty leads the Minister to the Professor, played by Jenny Agutter, who became my favourite character. She is the voice of reason and science in a world where the Witch Prime wants to spread belief in magic.
Oh, and Paul Darrow is in there too, working for the Witch Prime. As soon as he opened his mouth I could hear Avon from Blakes' Seven - and he gets wonderfully sarcastic lines!
So this series is an absolute delight!

Medieval Welsh Poems
Medieval Welsh Poems
by Joseph P. Clancy
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Welsh Poems - Not Just for the Welsh!, 10 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Medieval Welsh Poems (Paperback)
This book has a comprehensive array of Welsh poetry from the Gododdin right the way through to the late middle ages.
It includes a heartbreaking lament for Llewelyn ap Gruffydd, last Prince of Gwynnedd, among the Poets of the Princes and in the following period, 1285 - 1525, my favourite Welsh poet, Dafydd ap Gwilym, forever being disappointed in love, including a hilarious account of him waking up a whole tavern as he gropes his way across the room in the darkness to find the girl he fancies.
Anyone who has any interest in Welsh poetry should own this book, and so should anyone with an interest in love poetry or nature poetry. Right the way through, the nature imagery is absolutely stunning.
These poems deserve to be more widely known than they are.

Medieval Vision (Visual Culture of Wales)
Medieval Vision (Visual Culture of Wales)
by Peter Lord
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Vision, 10 Mar. 2006
This book is a magnificent overview of Welsh visual culture. Four years of research went into it, and it shows.
Much of the secular art and buildings of the middle ages were destroyed - Edward I wanted to keep up the propaganda that the Welsh were a backward bunch of savages - but this book shows through what little remains that the Welsh were, in fact, cultured, and had links with Europe that can be seen in their art work.
Much of the book is, of necessity, taken up with Christian imagery, including some wonderful illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows, as well as a wide variety of fonts. There's even the suggestion that there was a workshop knocking out fonts on spec, loading a cargo boat up with them, and sailing round the coast ("'Ere, vicar, fancy a new font? Bargain offer?")
I do medieval re-enactment as a 13thC Welsh mercenary, and this book will be invaluable to me as a reminder of the physical surroundings of the character I portray.
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The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
The Tough Guide To Fantasyland (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
by Diana Wynne Jones
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, 27 April 2005
This book is great fun. Diana Wynne Jones gives a comprehensive run down on all the cliches of fantasy fiction, including musings on the unique properties of horses in Fantasyland, the origins of elves, and why fantasy characters don't wear socks.
It really is very, very funny, and it's also a good guide to what to avoid if you're thinking of writing your own fantasy epic.

The Tain
The Tain
Offered by A1tradingGB
Price: £16.99

7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tain - Horslips, 27 April 2005
This review is from: The Tain (Audio CD)
Irish legend with attitude!
Queen Maeve sends an entire army to steal a great bull, and only Cu Culhain stands in their way.
The section where he defends the ford against the champions of the army, until only his friend Ferdia is left to stand against him, is without equal.

The Sea Hawk [VHS][1940]
The Sea Hawk [VHS][1940]
Offered by qualityfilmsfromuk
Price: £19.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sea Hawk, 21 April 2004
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Just a comment about the synopsis, which states that Capt Thorpe is"popular with the ladies". One of the running jokes of the early part ofthe film was how shy our hero was with women - except Queen Elizabeth "butthat's like talking to a man".
It's a beautifully crafted film - justlook at the sequence at the beginning where the Albatross is about toattack the Spanish Galleon - the camera pans all the way along the deckbefore coming to Errol Flynn himself. Everyone in the cinema would havegone in just to see him, so the director was spinning out the anticipationas long as possible.

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