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Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day: A Guide to Sightseeing, Shopping and Survival in the City of the Caesars
Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day: A Guide to Sightseeing, Shopping and Survival in the City of the Caesars
by Philip Matyszak
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.06

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a book!, 2 Mar 2008
What a quirky little book! I discovered it quite by accident but what a find. It basically tells you what to expect if you had the ability to travel back in time and found yourself a tourist in Ancient Rome. Based around AD200 but the author has borrowed from sources ranging over 300 years. It gives you an informative guide at every stage of your journey from getting there to eating out, where to stay, shopping and what sights every tourist ought to see and avoid! The book has lots of quotes from the likes of Cicero, Horace and Petronius but perhaps most amusing of all is the pages of useful phrases. The author has taken modern phrases and translated them into Latin - In hac tunica obesa videbor? This book should appeal to history buffs and travellers alike and anyone who has ever wished they could travel back in time to see what Ancient Rome was really like.


The Journey Through Wales and the Description of Wales (Classics)
The Journey Through Wales and the Description of Wales (Classics)
by Gerald of Wales Giraldus Cambrensis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and entertaining read!, 15 Dec 2007
Gerald of Wales was Archdeacon of Brecon in the 12th century and along with Archbishop Baldwin he travelled around Wales to drum up support for the Third Crusade. This book was supposed to record the day-to-day events of the mission but Gerald was a bit of a raconteur, he also wrote about everything else that caught his eye. He knew everyone who was anyone in the 12th century and wrote about them all, sometimes with quite a bit of venom! He aspired to be Bishop of St David's (a role he'd never get) and would often write snide remarks about the man who did get the job. He also wrote about local legends that he'd heard, mythical creatures, saintly relics, described beautifully the landscapes and people that he met along the way. He writes with wit and humour throughout the book which makes it a delight to read. This book is a fascinating study of life in Wales in the 12th century written almost in the style of a travel diary. This book will appeal to both scholars and anyone with just a passing interest in history.


The Hound Of The Baskervilles [DVD] [1939]
The Hound Of The Baskervilles [DVD] [1939]
Dvd ~ Basil Rathbone
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.18

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why no remastered version?, 8 Feb 2005
Having enjoyed a friends Region 1 DVD I thought I'd get this one as it was the same. Wasn't it? No, for some reason the British DVD buying public don't need a remastered version just a VHS version shuffled out onto DVD. It was a huge disappointment.
The picture jumps, pops and fizzes all over the place and has a greenish tinge to it. No extras either. It wasn't like there wasn't a remastered version available, it's been out on Region 1 for some time.
That aside, this is a cracking film, hugely entertaining. Even if it doesn't stick faithfully to Sir Conan Doyle's story. Basil Rathbone in one of his best Holmes film, gives a brilliant performance and is ably supported by Nigel Bruce playing a rather dim-witted Doctor Watson. The film still has a creepyness about it, and there is a lot going on in it that's never fully explained and red herrings aplenty (Dr Mortimer denying he has a dog for instance).
My advice to you is, if you've got a region-free DVD, then get the remastered version as it's even better when cleaned up and adds to the moody atmosphere of the film. If you haven't then wait for the sales before buying this DVD.


Norton Systemworks Pro 2004 (inc AntiVirus, Utilities, Cleansweep, GoBack, Password Manager, Ghost)
Norton Systemworks Pro 2004 (inc AntiVirus, Utilities, Cleansweep, GoBack, Password Manager, Ghost)

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite the poor reviews, I found it okay, 19 Oct 2004
I'm running Windows XP Pro and have recently changed my Antivirus from Panda to Norton. I did have problems with Panda auto-protect and despite the negative reviews about Norton I still bought it.
I've got to say that I've had no problems with running NAV on my system and my PC is only 6 months old.
It does take a couple of seconds longer to boot the PC up but that is no hardship. I did find it a little irritating when it insisted on scanning every file you tried to open, even when it has previously scanned the same file. But you can disable this and tailor NAV to suit you. Since then, I've had no problems and I have found it very easy to use.
The NSW program has been useful too. I run a scan once a week and I'm astounded at the things it finds, Adware and Spyware etc. So it's proved really useful for me, but then I use it on a home PC and not for anything else.


Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) [DVD] [1977]
Dvd ~ Mark Hamill

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The purists won't like it............, 22 Sep 2004
Yes, the purists will moan it's "not the original" but the original was dated and the special effects poor in places.
This is how the trilogy should have been done in the first place; the pictures sharp, convincing effects and a great soundtrack. It's also how the new trilogy should have been filmed with great story lines and characters not just special effects.
With this box set George Lucas has completely updated the effects and I've got to say it looks stunning. The colour is 10 times better than the original and the special effects look much more convincing. The sound much better too with it's digitally remastered soundtrack.
There are some scenes added as in the 1997 VHS box set release but I don't think these spoil the film at all.
So if you're a purist don't bother buying it as you'll only be disappointed. But if, like me, you grew up loving the Star Wars movies then get this DVD box set because the changes to this trilogy are a huge improvement (dare I say it) on the originals. There's also extras galore on a separate disk.


Mr Peabody's Apples
Mr Peabody's Apples
by Madonna
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An improvement from English Roses, 14 July 2004
This review is from: Mr Peabody's Apples (Hardcover)
The second book in a series of 5. Based on the teachings of the Kabballah. I'm not sure which age group this is for, as it's a bit too short for an older child and I'm not sure a younger child would understand the message the book is trying to convey.
As with The English Roses, the illustrations eclipse the story. Beautifully illustrated and very different from The English Roses. And Madonna has stopped writing in that Schoolmistress' tone she had in the first book. Definetely an improvement. Lets hope the third book is even better.


Das Boot - The Mini Series (2 Disc Uncut Version) [DVD] [2004]
Das Boot - The Mini Series (2 Disc Uncut Version) [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jürgen Prochnow
Price: £8.00

97 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible dubbing from a foreign film, 14 July 2004
Easily one of the best war movies/mini-series ever made. It gives a different angle on the Second World War, from the German perspective. With previous war movies you either had an American "back-slapping, good ole America" film or a British "stiff upper lip film, usually starring Sir John Mills". This film turned those views on it's head. Remember it was filmed in 1981 long before the likes of Saving Private Ryan.
It's basically the story of a German U-Boat crew, patroling the Atlantic looking for British convoys. I can't remember who said it, but someone once said that "war was 90% boredom and 10% sheer terror". This film conveys this brilliantly. It's also very clever as it removes the patriotic angle you might have felt had it been set on an American or British submarine. All of the crew are nameless only being addressed by their rank, with exception to the war correspondent and you don't really know anything about their lives (unless you watch the full mini-series version and even then it doesn't give you that much of an insight into their lives instead concentrating on the action on the boat).
The film moves at a good pace despite the length of the film, and the ending will still give you a visual slap accross the face no matter how many times you see it.
The only decision you have to make is whether to buy the cinematic version or the mini-series. Both are very good but the mini-series is better, but it is around six hours long. Das Boot is best viewed in it's native German with English subtitles as the dialogue is sharper. Still, if you can't be doing with subtitles then the English dubbing is okay as most of the leading actors dubbed the film themselves, so no dodgy dubbing on this DVD.
The only minor midly annoying thing on the widescreen version, is the audio settings automatically default to the German without subtitles and every time you stop the DVD and start it again you have to go into the set up and redo the settings. As I said it's only minor - don't let it put you off getting the film.


Ciao Italia:  Live From Italy [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Ciao Italia: Live From Italy [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Madonna

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily her best concert, 22 Jun 2004
Everyone will tell you that Blonde Ambition was Her Madgesty's best concert, but in my opinion this one is.
Out of the 16 songs she performs here just one song had never been a hit single in one counrty or another. She sings completely live and the choreography is stunning. It's also a very simple set-up compared to her subsequent concerts so you can dance around your living room to it without feeling that you'll miss something if you're not looking at the screen.
The only slightly annoying thing is the Italian speeches she makes, and it's only annoying because I can't tell what she is saying!
Easily her best concert (so far!). Enjoyable from beginning to end.


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