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The Cats of Copenhagen
The Cats of Copenhagen
by James Joyce
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.03

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyce, cats and grandkids, 14 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: The Cats of Copenhagen (Hardcover)
Do you like books? (Good). Do you like cats? (great). Do you like books about cats? (fascinating). Are you from Copenhagen? (Sandsynligvis ikke).

Joyce wrote this for his grandson Stephen, a cute little boy who loved his grandfather, and already had a dim awareness that his 'Nonno' was a special sort of person. If you can find it, you might also like the story Joyce wrote for him about the the devil, the cat and the bridge at Beaugency. I would imagine Stephen liked this also.

What a shame then that Stephen grew up to be the Executor of James Joyce's estate, and decided to craft an oppressive regimen of repression and censure designed solely to inhibit the dissemination of his grandfather's work - even to the point of hiding behind copyright as a legal instrument to outlaw people from even quoting Joyce on the very streets of Dublin that gave 'Nonno' his canvas in the first place. If ever a family nest was delivered a 'wrong 'un' by a cuckoo, this was surely it.

Joyce once remarked of his concern that Ulysses would be appreciated by 'six or seven' readers. Stephen Joyce tried to fulfil this on his behalf, and happily, he failed. Like cats, the appreciation of Joyce extends way beyond Copenhagen, and thrives far outside the small-minded pettyocracy of a childlike world view.


Accurate luggage scale for weighing suitcases and luggage. 32KG capacity.
Accurate luggage scale for weighing suitcases and luggage. 32KG capacity.
Offered by EAZY BREATHE
Price: £1.70

3.0 out of 5 stars These come in handy if..., 13 Nov. 2013
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...you like weighing things. Not be confused with 'weighing things up', which could be how you decide to do / not do something. Unless the to do / not to do decision is whether to buy these scales or not. I bought them, Weigh that one up.


Michael Collins [DVD] [1996]
Michael Collins [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Liam Neeson
Offered by A1tradingGB
Price: £13.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Hollywood talent AND Julia Roberts, 12 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Michael Collins [DVD] [1996] (DVD)
A film that genuinely shreds to bits two staple Hollywood golden rules. Firstly, as a historical film, it actually keeps loosely to the basic facts. Most of what you see and hear bears some semblance to the basic truth. Secondly, it works just fine as a well made, enjoyable film while still having Julia Roberts in it.

She (rightly) takes a back seat to Michael Collins' more pressing matters with the State of Ireland, and is therefore comfortably superfluous to anything key to the drama.

A good cast (led by Liam Neeson) tells the ongoing tale of Ireland's attempts to get the British monkey of her back. As throughout history, The genuine desire of the Irish to be liberated is matched only by incompetence and internecine tendencies, whilst the ice cool, stiff upper lip British approach masks well its own ineptitude. This was an enduring ineptitude that never fully acknowledged that its ongoing subjugation of Ireland relied solely on its own indecision and stupidity being marginally less damaging than the Irish ability to shoot itself in the foot at every available opportunity.

When the denouement of the film arrives - namely the Irish killing one their own in the middle of a process they at least had a semblance of control over - what was the Pretty Woman doing? Buying Pretty Dresses, of course.


Corrina, Corrina [DVD] [1994]
Corrina, Corrina [DVD] [1994]
Dvd ~ Ray Liotta
Offered by westworld-
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old, (quite good) same old, 12 Nov. 2013
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Do you enjoy films that are best watched at somebody else's house, with your brain safely ensconced in a bell jar at home? Do you still secretly yearn for the old days, when predictable movies (like this one) were shared around fairly between 'at a lose end' erstwhile A listers? Do you harbour a resentment for the fact that clichéd romance comedies suddenly became 'Rom-Coms', with the copyright for formulaic claptrap wholly owned by Jennifer Aniston?

Then watch this movie - a film exploring the possibilities of mind-numbing cliché made in an era before Jim Carrey turned the theory into dreary. It's true, I'm no Liar Liar.


Albinoni: Adagio/Pachelbel: Canon
Albinoni: Adagio/Pachelbel: Canon
Price: £5.79

2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are you like everyone else?, 12 Nov. 2013
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Are you like everyone else?

Do you enjoy buying cheap CDs because you vaguely remember the first track from some advert or other? Do you kinda suspect that the title track was that Old Spice advert with the man on a surfboard and the woman with horses, or something? Or was is from that movie with whatshisface in, You know, the film we had to watch last Christmas with Uncle Ned, when he was upset because his whippet had just died, and Aunty Betty had spent a small fortune the week before buying it a diamanté collar with the letter 'G' for Gerald on it?

And are you sure that track four is that slow piece they played at your cousin Alan's wedding... no hang on, it was at the crematorium when we gave Bill his last send off. Well the doctors warned him, but would he listen? Still, 16 wasn't she? SO agile and gymnastic - no wonder they found him smiling.

Anyway, if any the above rings a bell, this is almost certainly the album for you. Probably. Or was it that other composite album, you know, the one with the British Airways music and that tune they play before the Champion's League games start...
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Lady Gregory's Complete Irish Mythology
Lady Gregory's Complete Irish Mythology

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why this book is OK, within a certain context., 12 Nov. 2013
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If you buying this book from the internet, you are doing a kind, compassionate thing in giving it a retirement home. How so? - because this is one of those books that is only ever taken down from a bookshelf in an actual bookshop and actually paid for in an ephemera of Zeitgeist. Almost every copy of this book ever sold embraces the same story. I elucidate thus:

This book is always purchased by visitors to Dublin who, fuelled by more than a few drops of the 'black stuff', want to get in touch with the culture of the Irish. You know, us British were really harsh and stuff with the Irish, and yet we don't really know our Firbolgs from our elbows. And just think of all that 'perning in a gyre' Yeats did on his way to Byzantium, or whatever. I'm gonna buy this book and sort all that out, cos you know, it's important we don't just see Ireland as one great big Leprechaun strewn watering hole. So I'm gonna get this book and...ooh, ooh, was that another round of Jameson you just bought...?

And yes, you know the rest. You start to read the introduction on your Ryan Air flight back to England, maintaining a tenuous interest until the drinks trolley appears to remind us all what the pull-down tray in front of you is really for: And it's not putting books on. Get a grip!!

Six months later you rediscover the book on a shelf at home whilst looking for the instruction manual to that George Foreman grill Aunty Doris bought you last Christmas. Oh!! you think. That book'll just finish off nicely that charity bag I've being filling to help buy a new scout hut. Funny, I didn't think kids these days still went to scouts. Not with all these game boxes and Grand Theft Theft Auto thingies they have and.. (Get on with it...Ed.)

And thus begins the inexorable spiral downwards to internet oblivion. So please buy it. It needs you. And in a strange way you need it.


Messenger Bag | High quality Faux Leather | Black | Leather Laptop Bag | Student Bag | Business & Casual
Messenger Bag | High quality Faux Leather | Black | Leather Laptop Bag | Student Bag | Business & Casual
Offered by Frozen DNA
Price: £89.99

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Messenger Bag Review, 12 Nov. 2013
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Have you ever seen those messengers who fly around the streets of cities, looking really busy and important, casually reaching into their over-the-shoulder bags for leaflets and things, with an almost aloof air of gay abandon? All the time knowing that they have just the right bag for doing messenger type things, whilst all you can do is wistfully look on with a tinged sadness knowing your lack of proper accoutrements will forever thwart your efforts to be like them? I thought so.

Well - get one of these, and your melancholia can abate. No longer will you be the underbelly of the Messenger Metropolis, but will instead stand toe to toe with those distribution savants, evincing an aura of 'I am Ozymandias. Look on my Messenger Bag, ye mighty, and despair'. You want that don't you? Oh yes, you really do.
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Bob Martin Flea & Tick Clear Fipronil Cat Spot on Solution, 3 Tubes
Bob Martin Flea & Tick Clear Fipronil Cat Spot on Solution, 3 Tubes
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Flea Clear Review For Dummies..., 12 Nov. 2013
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I used to have a cat that had fleas. I bought the product in question, administered it according to the instructions, and now I have a cat without fleas.

I wonder if Bob Martin has plans any time soon to sell a 'Cat has suddenly gone distant and moody (again)' remover. I would buy this. Every day.

Come to think of it, I wonder if Bob Martin is developing a 'Niece & Nephew repellent'. That would be good. That would be 5*****'s.


Collins Dublin Streetfinder Colour Map (Collins Streetfinder)
Collins Dublin Streetfinder Colour Map (Collins Streetfinder)
by Collins Maps
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's more of a pre-trip item..., 30 Aug. 2013
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...because when you open the map up, it's pretty big. I mean PRETTY big. You wouldn't want to be traipsing around the Dublin streets with this in tow. However, for getting a good idea of the city layout and obtaining a mental picture of what's where in relation to what it's ideal. My recommendation would be to take this with you to your digs, plan where you need to be to do what you need to do, and then take a pocket map to keep you on the straight and narrow when your actually out. You can get a small map from pretty much any 'touristy' type shop for a couple of Euros.
You probably wouldn't want to take this map back to any kind of digs if you already live in Dublin, obviously. And thinking about it, you wouldn't want a pocket map either, as you'll already know your way around, what being resident and all. If you do live in Dublin, you could probably keep this on a bookshelf somewhere in that spare room you always said was going to be an office, but actually resembles an indoor garage, what with last year's unused barbecue still in its wrappings, and that acoustic guitar you never learned to play because the top 'E' string broke and you don't know where the music shop is. You could look at the map, of course, but by now you've spotted that Soda stream in the corner you forgot you had and now have a hankering for fizzy ice cream soda.
Anyway, if you're not from Dublin, you get the idea: Plan with the big map, walk with a smaller one. Now go and check out your 'office', because trust me, those flares WILL come back one day. Dig it ma man.
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Lassus: Le Lagrime di San Pietro / Marini: Le lagrime d'Erminia
Lassus: Le Lagrime di San Pietro / Marini: Le lagrime d'Erminia

5.0 out of 5 stars A fine performance, 20 Jun. 2013
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A strong but still subtle performance by 'The Consort Of Musicke'. Although I bought the CD for Roland De Lassus, there is (as a bonus) a good performance of Marini's Lagrime d'Erminia. Well worth buying for either suites, so to get both together shifts it from 4* to 5*.


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