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Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop
Price: £7.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His own way, 5 Feb 2014
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On the surface a fairly conventional chronological trip through the musical landscape of the second half of the 21st century but Stanley's personal passions and prejudices (Bob Marley is overrated; heavy metal is irredeemable; and bloody hell, he really doesn't like Patti Smith, does he?) make it constantly surprising and delightful. Even if you've got several shelves full of rock 'n' roll reference, get this. It's fab.


TARDIS Eruditorum: An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 4: Tom Baker and the Hinchcliffe Years
TARDIS Eruditorum: An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 4: Tom Baker and the Hinchcliffe Years
Price: £2.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful but sometimes overly dogmatic, 5 Feb 2014
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Sandifer's analysis of this key period of Doctor Who is smart and challenging, treating the stories as serious texts and subjecting them to appropriately rigorous analysis. However, he clearly has a number of bugbears that recur through the book, most obviously his allegations of racism with regard to The Talons of Weng Chiang. Now, I agree that some aspects of Talons make for uncomfortable viewing today and this should not be glossed over. But those parts are surely forgiveable in the context of the time in which the story was made, not least the yellowface performance of John Bennett as Li H'sen Chang. Sure, discuss these issues, point fingers where it matters, but Sandifer pretty much dismisses this hugely popular story entirely because it doesn't fit with his 21st-century sensitivities. And immediately afterwards he dismisses Mary Whitehouse as "a sanctimonious prude of the worst sort". Which is probably a pretty accurate summary of the ghastly woman but it could also fairly be directed at him.

It's a pity because, as I said, I'd recommend this book highly for any serious fan of the original series (or Proper Who as it's known in my house). I know Sandifer's intentions are good – yes, racism is A Bad Thing – but a more nuanced response might have helped his cause better.


Doctor Who - The Complete Series 8 [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Complete Series 8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Capaldi
Price: £36.75

19 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When I turned around they were all wearing modesty patches, 31 Jan 2014
When I took the first disc out it had "THIS IS A FAKE" written on the back in felt-tip.

The bit where Capaldi regenerates into Matthew Waterhouse was rather startling though.


Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story
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4.0 out of 5 stars A plausible dystopia, 21 Sep 2013
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A touching and sad love story, maybe, albeit one that's pretty much one-sided. But the real meat of Shteyngart's narrative is its picture of a society where individuals are utterly beholden to money and too wrapped up in technology – the ominpresent apparat – to notice what's going on. The ending offers a faint hint at hope but all the indicators suggest this is the way the world is going.


The Cloud Atlas
The Cloud Atlas
by Liam Callanan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.91

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Opportunistic reappearance, 11 May 2013
This review is from: The Cloud Atlas (Paperback)
And David Mitchell thought his only problem was getting confused with Mr Victoria Coren. I will read this when I've finished with The Argo, The Lincoln and The The Great Gatsby.


Politics and the English Language
Politics and the English Language
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Becomes more relevant by the day, 22 Mar 2013
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The most obvious development of the ideas that Orwell expresses here are those embedded in Newspeak, the invented language in Nineteen Eighty-Four; and then into various forms of political obfuscation, from political correctness to government ministers adroitly sidestepping questions. But it's gone way beyond politics per se - look at the vacuous buzzwords of advertising, marketing and branding, wrapping up a whole lot of nothing in layers of facile verbosity. Once you've read this, you'll think before you write; you'll probably write less, but it'll be a whole lot better.


Newtownards Pride of Northern Ireland Flag Key Ring
Newtownards Pride of Northern Ireland Flag Key Ring
Offered by 1000 Flags UK
Price: £3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Ulster says YES!, 20 Jan 2013
Probably the best key fob I've ever owned. Goes nicely with my lucky Rangers y-fronts and "Popery is Poopery" t-shirt.


Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained
Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained
by Susie Hodge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it says on the tin (Manzoni joke there, for the conceptualists), 4 Dec 2012
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Hodge's work is a spirited defence of abstract, conceptual and other forms of art that are regularly under attack from the dullard philistines of our age. Unfortunately, its arguments on a painting-by-painting basis tend to be contextual ("yes, a five-year-old might well have painted it, but that's not the point") and while they will offer sustenance to those who already enjoy Duchamp, Pollock etc, the haters are still going to hate. But, hey, maybe we like it that way.


Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain
Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain
by Tom Watson
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for, 4 Dec 2012
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Watson's analysis of the Murdoch empire is deeply troubling, implicating as it does not just the media but also the police and the political establishment. "Something must be done," you think; and then Leveson finally reports, effectively suggesting increased restrictions on the freedom of the press. Is that what we want?

I really don't know any more...


The Twitter History of the World: Everything You Need to Know About Everything in 140 Characters
The Twitter History of the World: Everything You Need to Know About Everything in 140 Characters
by Chas Newkey-Burden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.82

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Something missing, 12 Nov 2012
What? No rib-tickling tweets about the deaths at Hillsborough or The Sun's grotesque attempts to smear the victims rather than the perpetrators. Hardly worthwhile then, is it, Kelvin?


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