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Vtech InnoTab 2 (Pink)
Vtech InnoTab 2 (Pink)

5.0 out of 5 stars Practically indestructable!, 24 April 2015
This review is from: Vtech InnoTab 2 (Pink) (Toy)
This has been posted out of an upstairs window onto concrete by my autistic daughter 4 times. One cracked, but the other three times it survived and was fine! If you want a toy that can take anything a small child can throw at it, this is the one.
My daughter loves it as she can have her favourite videos, songs, pictures etc wherever we go and it has enabled us to sit in cafes with her, which was previously impossible!


The Painted Sky
The Painted Sky
Price: £19.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Like being there!, 3 April 2015
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This review is from: The Painted Sky (Kindle Edition)
A real nostalgia trip for me with it's beautiful evocations of Sydney and the bush. There's also lots of romance, suspense, mystery and colourful characters. What more could you want?


Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent
Dvd
Price: £0.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Quite dull., 11 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Yves Saint Laurent (DVD)
I'm the kind of person who never misses a fashion exhibition at the V&A, but even I found this pretty boring. There was only a superficial examination of the creative process. Most of it was given over to a predictable litany of self-indulgent, self-destructive behaviour. We are clearly supposed to empathize with the tormented genius, as so many films from Lust for Life to Piaff have invited us to do, but frankly he just comes across as spoilt. Maybe this is because there is no struggle. He comes from a privileged background and by the time we meet him at the start of the film he has already been taken on by Dior and his future is assured. Or maybe it is because its told entirely from the point of view of his long-term partner (who must surely have had approval of this film) who is painted as the long-suffering martyr who made it all happen. We never really seem to get to know them.
Its a fairly one-note affair, with no wit to lighten it. Though the scene where the two main characters get together is unintentionally funny. (It was so clichéd, I was expecting a slow-mo shot of them running towards each other across a field any moment!)
The frocks were nice, though.


Marvellous
Marvellous
Dvd
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its name, 31 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Marvellous (DVD)
It really is Marvellous. Funny, uplifting, moving and just brilliant. People I've recommended it to actually phoned to thank me as soon as they'd watched it. Its that good.


Bof! France Funny-Side Up
Bof! France Funny-Side Up
by Anneke Elwes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Audaciously lazy!, 23 Nov. 2014
I was given this book as a gift, and its hard to imagine anyone buying it other than as a gift, probably for the "secret Santa" at the office. But it must be said that even as a stocking filler, this is an amazingly lazy book. Of the 200-odd pages more than a quarter have nothing on them except a page number or chapter heading, as they've shamelessly padded it out with several blank pages between each chapter. As has been said, what's left is printed in large type with double spacing, generous margins and lots of space given over to drawings.
The content is equally lazy, just predictable stereotypes about the French. There are about 10,000 better books about the "funny French" than this one!


The Family
The Family
Dvd
Price: £0.00

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2.0 out of 5 stars A 90 min episode of "Itchy & Scratchy", 1 Sept. 2014
This review is from: The Family (DVD)
Pretty poor stuff considering the cast and director. Billed as a comedy, but really very short on laughs and with a pointlessly high body-count.
Basically, its a cartoon, with constant acts of ridiculously overblown violence with no consequences, one-dimentional characters and a plot which is just a string of absurdities.
How could Besson make a film which is so wrong in every possible way about France and the French? The two kids have apparently been going to school in France for quite some time, yet still speak no French, which is fine since all lessons are conducted in English for their convenience! They will feel right at home since the whole school and everyone in it are lifted straight out of every American teen high school movie you've ever seen. The only concession to it supposedly being in France is that everyone speaks English with a French accent. In fact the whole town speaks English all the time (not just English, but idiomatic American English). Why did he bother setting this film in France?? Most baffling is the claim that the French live entirely on macrobiotic steamed veggies and are therefore longing for a hamburger! If it did not have Luc Besson's name on it you would think it was made by someone who had never been within a hundred miles of the place (or even to a French restaurant).
In such a cartoonish film you'd expect French clichés and stereotypes, but these aren't even clichés, its just WRONG.


Micmacs
Micmacs
Dvd
Price: £0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully wierd, 26 Aug. 2014
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This for me is the ultimate Jeunet film. It combines the charm of Amelie with the dark humour and downright weirdness of Delicatessan. Perfect.


Roxanne [DVD] [1987]
Roxanne [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Steve Martin
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Feel-Good, 22 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Roxanne [DVD] [1987] (DVD)
One of the most charming, witty, delightfully feel-good rom-coms ever made. No matter how gloomy or down you may be feeling, you will be smiling by the end! (And the scenery, filmed at Nelson in British Columbia, is stunning)


One Summer: America 1927
One Summer: America 1927
Price: £3.66

4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read, 22 Aug. 2014
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Not quite as good as "A Short History of Nearly Everything" and "At Home" (but then again, few books are!) but in the same mould. Mr Bryson does amazingly thorough research in order to bring us the juiciest nuggets from reams of history and biography. And as ever, writes in a very enjoyable and captivating style. My only caveat: Bill is a REALLY keen baseball fan! If you're not quite so keen, you might want to skip some of the lengthier passages of baseball statistics and puzzling baseball terminology.


Adult & Child sizes. Soles Up Front Rash Vest with Short sleeves and short neck line. Top quality Lycra with UV sun protection factor 40+. Ideal for surf kayak or beach.
Adult & Child sizes. Soles Up Front Rash Vest with Short sleeves and short neck line. Top quality Lycra with UV sun protection factor 40+. Ideal for surf kayak or beach.
Offered by Soles Up Front
Price: £9.99 - £20.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How can I buy pink or blue?, 24 July 2014
Would love to buy but every time I select size, colour defaults to black! (The one colour I don't want). If I click another colour, size selection disappears.


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