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Le Creuset Silicone Small Spoon Spatula, Volcanic
Le Creuset Silicone Small Spoon Spatula, Volcanic

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Er... it's a spatula and it works, 8 Mar 2004
My First Spatula.
Seems odd to review it, but why not? It'd a funky Creuset orange colour, it does the job well, it doesn't flex too much and threaten to splatter stuff everywhere.
And, being orange, it's a little more difficult to lose in the kitchen drawer.

John Tavener: A Portrait
John Tavener: A Portrait
Price: 12.99

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding music, outstanding package, 8 Mar 2004
This is how CDs ought to be presented.
The music speaks for itself - a comprehensive (albeit not definitive) overview of Taverner's work. Taverner excels at the understated and enigmatic; this collection reminds you of the strength in depth that Taverner can offer.
This was the first time I'd heard Prayer of the Heart; what a wonderful piece, with an electrifying performance by Bjork.
What really impressed me was the audio interview with Taverner and the really interesting booklet by David McCleery.
In an age where DVDs seem to come with endless extras as standard, why don't more CD publishers provide quality extras in the way that Naxos have here? The interview and essay turn a great CD into an indispensible package.

Bruges (Cadogan Guides)
Bruges (Cadogan Guides)
by Antony Mason
Edition: Paperback

53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, clear, comprehensive, 8 Mar 2004
Excellent guide for those looking for a book that concentrates on Bruges. Many other guides seem to mention Bruges only briefly, concentrating on Brussels or trying to cover other cities such as Antwerp and Ghent.
The guide divides the city into sectors, making identification of suitable accomodation and places to eat quite easy. Excellent routes given for varied and interesting walks. Good, concise history section.
Major plus point for us was the inclusion of wheelchair accessibility - clear notes on accessible hotels, bars, restaurants, shops etc. Many guides just give a phone number to call for more info - this guide does a great job of actually providing useful info itself.
Ideal if you're staying in Bruges and don't want / need to know about the other cities. Highly recommended.

Red Dwarf: Series 4 [DVD]
Red Dwarf: Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: 4.74

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Smoked Kippers, 5 Mar 2004
This review is from: Red Dwarf: Series 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Every TV series DVD should be like this.
If you're a fan, you're going to buy sets like these. Doesn't matter that the odd episode is relatively weak, or even that a whole series may be weaker than others.
You'll buy 'em coz you love 'em all.
And when you do, you ought to be rewarded for your loyalty (epecially if you bought 'em once on VHS. Hey, anyone remember those?)
The extras on Red Dwarf DVDs are second to none. Series Four is no exception. The smeg ups, the bits from Red Dwarf night that you've got on tape but your brother recorded Baywatch over the end of, the sort of short, punchy documentaries that you actually want to watch. Perhaps even more than once.
Product this good demands to be bought. Give in to that feeling...

Secret Weapons over Normandy (PC)
Secret Weapons over Normandy (PC)
Price: 29.99

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aces High!, 5 Mar 2004
Top arcade-y action. Convincing mission structure, variety of planes to acquire, extra challenges bring extra bonus planes.
You could argue that having a red flashing target reticule makes the game easier than it ought to be, but hey - this is arcade action rather than having to take ten minutes just to get the crate up into the air.
It's not Flight Sim, it's not even Combat Sim, but then again Combat Sim never had comedy accents for enemy pilots.
Make sure you've got a joystick - it's tons more enjoyable to fly with one.
Not technical, not too difficult (handy checkpoints mid-mission saves you the hassle of repeated slogs to get back to where you just crashed 'n burned).
I noticed a little slowdown on later levels, just tweak your settings to keep things from twitching too much.
Not big, not clever, but lots of fun.

One Quiet Night
One Quiet Night
Price: 12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking, 5 Mar 2004
This review is from: One Quiet Night (Audio CD)
Heard 'Don't Know Why' on a Jools Holland repeat over Christmas, bought this album to hear that track again, found the rest to be just as great. Stunning.
This has now become my perfect 'wind down' album at the end of the day.
Deserves a much wider audience and greater acclaim. A truly breathtaking album.

Picasso's War: The Extraordinary Story of an Artist, an Atrocity and a Painting That Shook the World
Picasso's War: The Extraordinary Story of an Artist, an Atrocity and a Painting That Shook the World
by Pablo Picasso
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece, 5 Mar 2004
As 'Guernica' was the painting that introduced me to the works of Picasso, I was really looking forward to this book.
And it's a convincing tale well told - with such a work of art (still) inextricably linked to international politics and war (both world and civil) Russell Martin does a competent job of placing the work into the necessary socio-political context.
The illustrations don't do the painting justice - but how can you adequately illustrate Guernica in a small book anyway? Even weighty art books about the painting stuggle with this.
It's a history of 'Guernica' as symbolic art rather than an analysis of the painting per se, whereas some fans may want to know more about the creative processes behind the production of the painting.
More 'art' and a larger format may have made this a great book, but as it stands it's certainly a good book about the trials and tribulations of a great painting.

Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger
Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger
by Richard Beard
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Prop forward not flying winger, 5 Mar 2004
Promises much, delivers in fits and starts. Given the (UK) hype, the past success of 'journeyman' player books and England's World Cup triumph, this ought to be a winner.
After all, there are some worthy themes in here - the gulf in funding and facilities, the cultural differences between rugby nations, even dissecting the core of the rugger-bugger.
But sometimes the narrative just plods on aimlessly like a fat prop forward; worthy intentions but not particularly effective.
In choosing to revisit his haunts of past glories, the author ties himself into a structure that doesn't always deliver - some chapters seem to just go through the motions, nothing really happens that's worth the paper.
A worthy try, but won't convert many.

Whisky Classified
Whisky Classified
by Dr. David Wishart
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique approach to rating malt whisky, 5 Mar 2004
This review is from: Whisky Classified (Hardcover)
Wishart's approach is both novel and practical. By classifying whiskies across a spectrum of tastes and aromas, it's a doddle to identify whiskies similar to ones that you know you already like. Or, indeed, to find a malt different to those you already drink.
And if you're thinking of setting up a whisky tasting session, Wishart guides you through the choice of a range of suitable malts.
Clearly illustrated, genuinely informative. Ideal for newcomers to malts as well as old hands looking for a (reasonably) objective classification.

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