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Dutch For Dummies
Dutch For Dummies
by Margreet Kwakernaak
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.82

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content let down by sloppy editing., 11 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Dutch For Dummies (Paperback)
I've only had this book for a few days and whilst I have found it to be well structured with lots of information I have also found quite a few problems. Whilst I cannot comment on the accuracy of the Dutch, having only just started out, I can saw that the English is full of bizarre word usage and awkward sentences. For example, it calls "conjugation" a "conjunction". This in itself isn't too much of a problem as you can still generally understand what it's trying to say, it just makes it seem a bit unprofessional. Also, this isn't really a problem, but one of the top 10 tips for not offending the Dutch was to not tell them you think the Netherlands is boring... duh. Personally I wasn't going to study the language for the sole purpose of telling them I thought little of their country and I think as a rule this could probably be applied to most countries. Also, the pronunciation guide is a bit difficult to follow, you really have to study it hard before using it as, for an English speaker at least, it's not very intuitive. Apart from that the content is good and covers most topics you'll need for a trip to the Netherlands with an emphasis on business trips. However, as I've said earlier, this is let down by some sloppy editing and an awkward pronunciation key and I'm sure there is better out there, personally I'd stick to the Colloquial series or Teach Yourself, I picked this one as an experiment and in honesty I am regretting it.
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Price: £12.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Riot Grrl Album, 23 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Calculated (Audio CD)
Sadly, Heavens to Besty are not as widely known as other Riot Grrl bands such as Bikini Kill or Bratmobile, but they have a sophistication and a passion that isn't matched by these two bands. This has quickly become one of my favourite albums. The songs range from loud, fast punk to more mellow songs and unlike quite a few albums by riot grrls, every song stands out on its own. The emotion and passion on this record cannot be equalled, Corin Tucker's vocals are raw yet have a tender edge. Complicated perfectly sums this up, it starts of slow and builds up, and the vocals gradually turn into a (still tuneful) shriek that alternately begs a lover to stay and then screams at him to leave. Other highlights are "White Girl", about racism; it is an incredibly beautiful yet simple song. "Axemen" is probably my favourite track and "Terrorist" is also a standout song. Confusion is a clear theme throughout the album, shown in both lyrics and the shifting sounds found on each track.

The song writing on this album is amazing and the tracks come together to create one of the most listenable and creative statements to come out of Olympia.

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Price: £12.36

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty on the Inside...very, 22 Mar. 2010
This review is from: PRETTY ON THE INSIDE (Audio CD)
Whilst I wouldn't go as far to say that it is Hole's best release, that accolade really rests with Live Through This, Pretty on the Inside is still an amazing album and definitely a necessary addition to any fan's collection. For me, the highlights of the album would have to be "Garbadge Man", "Loaded", "Starbelly" and the dreamy closing "Pretty on the Inside/Clouds". It took me a few listens to completely get into this album, though it was worth it, the lyrics are some of the best Courtney's ever penned and her singing/growling/shrieking really powers the record. The title of the album sums it up completely- on the outside the fuzzy noise can make it hard listening at first, but stick with it and the album is one of the most beautiful I own.

Horrible Histories - 26 Groovy Episodes [2005] [DVD]
Horrible Histories - 26 Groovy Episodes [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Horrible Histories
Offered by Griffston-Online
Price: £9.28

19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HO-HO-HORRIBLE HISTORIES, 20 Mar. 2010
This cartoon series came before the cbbc version. It's the one I grew up watching and I used to love it! Unlike the CBBC version, which in my view is incredibly over rated, featuring patronising actors repeating parrot fashion the information that you can just read in the books, this series features a separate story line in each episode that entertainingly give an overview of each period. I love this series! It's original, colourful and entertaining, unlike the middle of the road, uninspired CBBC version which judging from the reviews seems to be most popular with middle-aged fans who are apparently scared of loud music. That would lead you to believe this DVD is a cartoon punk video, and I feel it necessary to highlight the fact that it is not.
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History of the Paris Commune of 1871
History of the Paris Commune of 1871
by Lissagaray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.03

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable to anyone studying the comune, 29 Nov. 2009
The actual text of the book is very good and gives a complete overview of the events of the Paris Commune from someone who was actually there and i have found it very useful for my A-Level history coursework. However, the book is let down by its lack of an index, which is incredibly annoying when trying to look up information. However, this is the only cheap edition of the work i can find and so i would recommend it on that fact alone.

To Mother E.P.
To Mother E.P.
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £15.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spit to see the shine- there's beauty underneath, 26 Nov. 2009
This review is from: To Mother E.P. (Audio CD)
After seeing some of their videos on Youtube, this was the first Babes record i bought as it was the cheapest full album on iTunes. I wasn't expecting to be as good as it is, it's rough and loud, but there's melody underneath it and some of the songs are real gems. Highlights for me are "Catatonic", "Ripe", and probably my favorite Babes in Toyland track, the fiery, funny and frightening "Laugh my Head Off". "Quiet Room" is a reworking of a song originally written for the Pagan Babies, a short lived project with Courtney Love in the 80s and is a soothing, vocal-less closer which contrasts sharply with the previous tracks. In my opinion, "Primus" and "Mad Pilot" are low points on the album and while not terrible they are skip tracks for me. Whilst being a brilliant drummer whose energy drives the most of the album, Lori Barbero lacks the insane shifting vocal style of Kat Bjelland and so "Primus", which features her voice, pales compared to the rest of the record.

If you're a fan of Babes in Toyland, or looking for an introduction, this record couldn't be recommended more, if for no other reason, get just for "Laugh My Head Off".

Collins Easy Learning French Grammar (Collins Easy Learning) (Collins Easy Learning Dictionaries)
Collins Easy Learning French Grammar (Collins Easy Learning) (Collins Easy Learning Dictionaries)

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic guide for GCSE french grammar, 9 Sept. 2008
This book is perfect for anyone studying French at GCSE level or any intermediate learner. Key grammar points are simply explained and organised by the different parts of speech meaning it is easy to find what your looking for. If you are an advanced student, don't choose this book as you will already be familiar with most of the topics covered in this book, but if you're beginning in your studies this is an excellent reference book to get you started.

Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul
Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul
by Charles Timoney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not great, 2 Sept. 2008
This book is OK, as mentioned before it is really just a long list split into different categories. This book only touches upon certain subjects lightly, littering descriptions with reminders that the author isn't going to include obscenities, which is ok, but i don't see why he has to keep on telling us this. This book doesn't really give an insight into French culture either, it just briefly mentions what we already know. If you actually want to get a clear picture of what France is like that comes not just with a few words, but with whole phrases, how to use them and more importantly how to actually pronounce them (without knowing that you won't use these words as you'd just look stupid) then get "Talk to the Snail" by stephen clarke. All in all this is a slightly entertaining book so long as you don't actually expect to learn anything extraordinary about the french language, if you do want to learn some "real" french, better is out there.

Live Through This
Live Through This
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Rock Album, 10 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Live Through This (Audio CD)
Possibly the greatest album to come out of the 90s, everything about it is perfection; from Courtney's vocals to the melodic yet still raw songs and the cover which sums up the whole thing. Unusual for even my favorite albums, every track is a winner with absolutely every one brimming with energy and poetry. The album opens with "Violet", my original favorite and still the most played song on my iTunes library. It's a powerful opener that documents the bitter end of a relationship. "Miss World" is probably Hole's signature track giving the listener a glimpse into the isolated world of a girl at the top, this is a standout track on the album. "Plump" is a heavier track featuring Courtney's signature growling. "Asking For It" is the strongest song in Hole's entire repertoire and effortlessly combines beautifully constructed pop sensibilities with a louder chorus that all comes together to form a masterpiece of feminist rock. "Jennifer's Body" is another standout song which is followed by "Doll Parts", an achingly desperate song about unrequited love and isolation. "Credit In the Straight World," the only track not written by Courtney, opens with a sonically interesting pseudo-gregorian chant and then launches into a fast, guitar lead punk track. "Softer. Softest" is a bittersweet song about a high-school loner and is juxtaposed against the grinding "She Walks On Me" which is a strike out against critics, "Geeks do not have pedigrees/ or perfect punk-rock resumes" which is screamed out at the start of the track. "I Think That I Would Die", a track cowritten with Babes in Toyland's Kat Bjelland, is dark look into motherhood and another of the album's many highlights. "Gutless" is much like "Plump" and shares the same raw sound. The album closes with "Rockstar", a track everyone knows is actually "Olympia". This seems to be an unpopular song, though on my first listens to the album it was a favorite and is a cynical look at the riot grrls of the title city.

As i've already said, this is an amazing album and i can't see how anyone could be disappointed by it. Listen with open ears and ignore any preconceived notions on C.Love, on this she more than proves herself as the most talented woman in rock.

Campfire Stories [DVD]
Campfire Stories [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Offered by Rikdev Media
Price: £2.87

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars an AWESOMEly bad film, 17 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Campfire Stories [DVD] (DVD)
thirty year olds pretending they're high and "amazing" computer graphic snakes are just some of the delights waiting to be found in this pathetic attempt at a movie. the scariest moment would have to be "and that reminds me of _another_ story". Oh please god no!

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