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We're British, Innit: An Irreverent A to Z of All Things British
We're British, Innit: An Irreverent A to Z of All Things British
by Iain Aitch
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as funny as it could or should have been, 19 Oct. 2008
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I was hoping and expecting this to be a funny book but I was disappointed to find that while its written in a way which is supposed to be humorous, but at best it raised a slight smile every ten or so pages. The author has clearly tried to produce an irreverent book here, but it falls just short in the humour steaks.

It's a short book and you can read it cover to cover in a couple of days. I like the fact that the entries are listed alphabetical and you can pick it up and read a couple of entries (which are usually 2-3 pages in length) during an advert break on TV.

Overall a slightly entertaining read, but you may be disappointed that its not as funny as it could be.


African Girl
African Girl

4.0 out of 5 stars well produced and well written - but not overly original, 17 April 2008
This review is from: African Girl (Audio CD)
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well produced and well written - but not overly original. the album seems to float by without ever really making you sit up and take notice of it.


Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker [DVD] [2011]
Swan Lake/Sleeping Beauty/The Nutcracker [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Ballet Box Set
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 25 Mar. 2008
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This is a triple-disc package of some of the world's most loved ballet performances (Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker) together in a nice digipack packaging.

All performances were recorded between 1980 and 1985 and unfortunately these recordings haven't aged well at all. The colour of the recordings is slightly over saturated, and the sound is only in stereo. The video format of all the discs is 4:3, so it will appear boxed on widescreen televisions. Furthermore, two of the discs (Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake) are in the NTSC format so may not display on certain, older TV sets.

There are no extras at all. I wouldn't have expected lots of extras on such a set, but it could have been nice to see an interview or two, a cast gallery or an illustrated synopsis (the BBC's ballet DVDs have such features).

Ultimately, this really feels like a pretty cheap VHS to DVD transfer. In fact, the third disc of the set (Nutcracker) even looks like a cheap copy with a single colour print on a silver disc which doesn't match the nice full-colour onbody artwork on discs 1 and 2.

I don't know of an alternative ballet boxset to recommend instead of this, but I would advise steering clear of this DVDset.


Charlie's Monsters (Nightmare Academy, Book 1)
Charlie's Monsters (Nightmare Academy, Book 1)
by Dean Lorey
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not Harry Potter, 16 Mar. 2008
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From the cover artwork to the synopsis on the back of the book, you can really feel that this was written to try and catch some of the fans of the Harry Potter books.

Unfortunately however, this book fails to match the tales of Mr Potter in every way. The story isn't so intriguing, the characters lack depth and you just can't help feel that the plotline could have been so much more interesting.


Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
Offered by STOCKTASTIC
Price: £39.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fairly mediocre game, 16 Mar. 2008
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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Flight-combat games should be either realistic and detailed (Flight Simulator style) or fun and quick to pick up and play (Arcade style), but unfortunately Ace Combat 6 tries to be both and fails.

The graphics are very impressive, with a lot of next-gen gleam. Explosions are fantastic and the detailed terrain is very realistic; it all creates for quite an immersive environment. The sound too adds to the feel of the game, with explosions and gunfire all firing over crisply in Dolby Digital surround sound.

Unfortunately, the flaws in gameplay detract from the presentation and is results in a fairly mediocre game. I also found it too easy, and zipped through the first few levels without hardly thinking.


Eden [2007] [DVD]
Eden [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Josef Ostendorf
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.82

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and enchanting story., 16 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Eden [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
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This is a genuinely enchanting and heartwarming film. I found myself smiling all the way through and mesmerised by this beautiful story of an overweight but wonderful chef who enjoys making amazing food for a lady he befriends. I won't ruin it for you by spoiling the whole story, but there are a few twists and turns in the story.

Beautifully shot with great attention to detail, this movie whisks you away in to this world and you feel yourself craving after the delicious food that the chef is making.

If I was to find any downsides, then I was disappointed to find that the DVD didn't have any extras at all whatsoever. It would have been nice to see the theatrical trailer, and there were no other subtitles or audio tracks available other than the German audio and hardcoded English subtitles.

I rarely rate films 5 out of 5, but this is a fantastic movie and I highly recommend watching it.


20Q Version 2
20Q Version 2

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars infuriating, best off avoided, 1 Jan. 2008
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: 20Q Version 2 (Toy)
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20Q Version 2 is an interesting little concept, and I was curious to try it out and see if it was as clever as its packaging suggests. The idea is that you think of an object and the 20Q will ask you a series of questions and be able to tell you what you were thinking of. The build quality is pretty good with a tough plastic semi-translucent casing.

Unfortunately however, it's a great disappointment to use. Simple common objects (such as cat or dog) are usually correctly guessed after 20 questions but anything else it rarely gets correctly. I tried headphones, pineapple, window, football; but it failed to get any of those (and many others).

Overall, I found 20Q to be quite infuriating and would not recommend it. Sorry, but '20Q Version 2' is best off avoided.


Charlie Jade - Series 1 Vol.1 [2005] [DVD]
Charlie Jade - Series 1 Vol.1 [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jeffrey Pierce
Price: £24.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Awful. Best off avoided., 12 Nov. 2007
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I was looking forward to watching this. As a (huge) fan of sci-fi and films based in the future such as Blade Runner, I was really hoping for an interesting watch. How wrong I was, Charlie Jade is dull. Dull as dishwater.

Just about every sci-fi tv/film cliche is over-used with flickering neon lights, endless rain, dark skies and city lights glaring through blinds... it's all been done and seen so many times before.

To make matters worse, the complex plot and twisting storyline is a little confusing and my wind started to wander off and lose interest in the whole thing.

I would credit the soundtrack however, as the haunting electronica sounds really lends itself and helps set the scene.

Awful. Best off avoided.


The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed
The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed
by Justin Pollard
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great little book full of interesting, and often amusing stories from the past, 12 Nov. 2007
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'The Interesting Bits: The History You Might Have Missed' is a great
little book full of interesting, and often amusing stories from the past. Justin Pollard has picked around 250 stories and divided them in 20 loosely defined themes such as 'Unlucky', 'Where In The World?' and 'What's In A Name?'

Each story is just one or two pages in length, and it's easy to just dip in to it whenever the mood takes you. It's a true coffee-table book with a story being just about the length of time in a TV advert break.

My personal favourites were about Dicky Dick (the London pub that was named after him is just round the corner from my house) and the one about the girl being killed by a tiger in a pub.

Overall, an entertaining read and a nice idea for a Christmas present.


Cafe Del Mar 98 [12" VINYL]
Cafe Del Mar 98 [12" VINYL]

4.0 out of 5 stars Tracklisting, 24 July 2007
Catalog#: HOOJ 64 X
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: UK
Released: 13 Jul 1998
Genre: Electronic
Style: Breakbeat, Progressive Trance

A Café Del Mar (Oliver Lieb's L.S.G. Remix)
B Café Del Mar (Hybrid's Time Traveller Remix)
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