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The Magic
The Magic
by Rhonda Byrne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

17 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is dangerous!, 11 April 2012
This review is from: The Magic (Paperback)
Whatever you do, do not read this book. This book is a recipe for suicide or abject misery. Rhonda Byrne should be sued for every penny she has for the misery she has wreaked upon this earth.

I can disprove 'positive thinking' very easily. None of us are born with negative emotions, we learn them through experience, life gives us these negative emotions through failure. Face it. How many of you have decided to start your own business at some point in you lives? You are full of positive energy about it, you are convinced that this idea cannot fail. You invest perhaps more than you should ensuring everything is exactly as you want it for the launch of this new venture. Then you begin your new business, still stoked up with positive energy. After month one you have made less than nothing, then month two rolls along (you still try to stick to your positive energy) and you again make nothing. Positive thoughts at this juncture can be extremely dangerous because they will lead to do stupid things such as invest even more money in a business that is doomed.

If you had approached this business idea filled with cynicism you would have planned for the pitfalls, you would have looked at all the reasons why a business such as this will fail, and tried to work out how to turn that failure situation into a winnable scenario. If your cynical mind had been at work you would probably decide that the business is a no-go and looked into something else instead.

Another example - you can try this. Convince yourself that you are the luckiest person in the world. Keep looking at every aspect of your life that you think 'boy I'm lucky' about. Then after two weeks open a betting account, look at the horse racing for the day and bet on the horses in each race that you have a 'gut feeling' about - remember, you're the luckiest person alive! Guess what will happen? You'll lose.

Positive thinking is destructive. You become deprogrammed to cope with failure, so when you fail the hit is much harder than it would be to a cynic. Please do not read these books, there are young people who read this and other positive thinking books who go on to commit suicide. I really and truly hope there is a God, because the way Rhonda talks about Jesus is positively blasphemous. She talks about him as if he's some kind of used car salesman.

Avoid these books like the plague - if you want to succeed at something approach it with a cynical mind. Always have half a mind that you very well may fail.
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Sony Ericsson HPM-70 Stereo Headphones
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Price: 4.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value and essential for your phone :), 9 Oct 2007
These headphones are surprisingly good for el cheapo ones, if you don't like the ones supplied then you could go off and spend a whole wad of cash on some Shures or something. If you think they lack bass then you probably either haven't pushed them into your earholes enough (give them a good shove), or you're using the wrong sized rubbery bits (try the different sizes).

Bass response is pretty good, mid and treble are also pretty good. Not the best, but for the price they are amazing!

Before Sunrise / Before Sunset [DVD]
Before Sunrise / Before Sunset [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ethan Hawke
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 5.84

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now my fave movies of all time :), 9 Oct 2007
This film is so beautiful. Those people who say it isn't good haven't lived. I'll try and expain.

The movie takes a theme that (as far as I know it) has never before been put on film. Some of us who are lucky enough have been in the situation that these two young people have found themselves in will love this film. I'll ask you a simple question – have you ever been on a train journey, or gone on holiday or went to a festival or theme park or anything and met someone who lived quite a long way away so any kind of relationship would prove impossible, but at the same time you had some sort of connection with that person. You felt that they understood you and you understood them. Maybe you had a kiss or shared some intimate moment (or just wished you had), and you knew that you were in love (or could easily be), but were perhaps too scared to say anything to that person? Then, you can't shake the memory of that person, you know deep down that you'll never see them again, that the situation would have been impossible? Even now, years later you still think about that person?

Well if you've ever been in that situation this movie is most definitely for you. This is exactly that! The scene in the record store, which at first makes you feel uncomfortable to watch, eventually seduces you (well it did me), it was just how it is, when you are trying to get a good look at a girl but you don't want her to notice you looking and both of you are sneaking peeks at each other. You just know that this is the moment they fell in love, the way he sighs just says it all. They wander around visiting places, just ordinary mundane places, but these places will live on forever in the hearts of these two. Surely most of you can relate to this? You must know a place that when you were young you maybe had your first kiss there, it could be a park bench or even against a pub wall. That dirty pub wall can conjour up the memories of the past can't it? Although to any other onlooker its just a dirty pub wall, but to you its something else.

Apart from this, the movie doesn't have any sort of plot, just two people wandering around, discussing life issues, how they view the world etc.

The follow up movie (before Sunset) is the icing on the cake. A much shorter movie, but it shows how one missed opportunity can change people's lives. In 'Before Sunrise' the girl is perhaps the more spiritual of the two, more of a 'glass half full' girl, and he is quite cynical about everything. However in 'Before Sunset', you just know that both of them led very different lives since that day they met, she has become the more cynical, less spiritual person, whereas he has became much less cynical and much more spiritual. He at least tried (you'll understand when you watch it), and I think that, as in life, if you try to hold on to romantic notions and actually make an effort with those that you love, then life gives you rewards, not big financial rewards, but definitely spiritual rewards. I did feel that these two had almost certainly 'missed their chance', as I felt that she is maybe lost in her cynicsm and that he had 'outgrown' her. If these two were in a relationship I wouldn't give it long before he wandered off, as her life had become vacuuos and I don't think that someone as spiritual and deep feeling as the man would tolerate living the kind of life that she now has to offer. It'd be good if Mr Linklater would do another follow up, as there are still so many unanswered questions. I'd love it if they got together and she mellowed, and maybe re-found her old self. I just hope he didn't fall into her world of trying to 'save the planet'. I always find that the kind of people who are stong environmentalists lead such intolerable lives that they maybe deep down realise that they can't save themselves, so they'll try and save the planet instead! I just find the conversations they have are boring and pointless. Whereas the more spiritual of us realise that it just doesn't matter. The human race will be wiped out, does it matter? It might be for the best if were all wiped out and leave the planet to the creatures that deserve to live on it.

Anyway, these are very good movies :)

Crank [DVD]
Crank [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jason Statham
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.72

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does just what an action movie should do!, 10 Aug 2007
This review is from: Crank [DVD] (DVD)
If you like action movies then buy this movie. It does exactly what it says on the tin! It is gripping, funny and violent. What more could you ask for?

Nuff said!

This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]
This Is England (2 Disc Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Thomas Turgoose

17 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great either!, 9 Aug 2007
This film feels like a made for television drama knocked up in 1983 by a clueless drama school student. You know the type of thing, they try to depict the era they are in but in reality are so out of touch! I can remember 1983 very well, for starters the Skinhead movement had died a death by that time, there were hardly any left. The few that remained weren't listening to Ska either, they were listening to Oi! Even Oi! music had finished. So his film isn't an accurate description of the time.

I realise that I'm being picky, but I hate it when films say 'an accurate depiction of life in such and such a year' then when you watch it it's all wrong, as far as I can remember 1983 was choc full of goths, a few punks, lots of straights and a few skinheads.

That aside, the film is disjointed, messy, no real purpose (apart from the usual racism is bad theme). Character development is too short, plot is very weak, each scene appears to have been cut short. There are so many more films that do this story better - Crash, American History X to name but two. Sadly after watching this it just sort of leaves you thinking it could have been so much better. If it were a made for television drama I would have rated it four stars, as it was made for cinema I'm afraid it just doesn't cut it and I'm awarding it a very, very generous 3!

Still, if you've nothing better to do then watch it, as it is okayish!

Life on Mars : Complete BBC Series 2 [2007] [DVD]
Life on Mars : Complete BBC Series 2 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Simm
Price: 8.00

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only I could jump off a building and get back to the 70s!, 23 May 2007
The whole series was wonderful. Brilliantly acted and researched. Although not quite as gritty as it really was back then. The police weren't quite as racist nor as violent as they were back then, but the sets are amazing and the storyline was top notch! I would recommend this to anyone who missed this soon to be 'classic' BBC serial. Ah, it nearly took me back to the days when modern policing was to hold your head down by your hair and kick you straight in the face. The days when grown men would beat up a 9 year old for 'looking at him funny'! Then you'd tell your dad what happened and he'd say 'you must've asked for it' before he too punched you in the face. Teachers too, would receive great pleasure in punching children. It never did me any harm!

The Butterfly Effect - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
The Butterfly Effect - Director's Cut [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ashton Kutcher
Price: 2.75

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How on earth did this slip under the radar?, 23 May 2007
This is now one of my favourite films of all time! Okay, it does have its moments of cheese - but what American film doesn't (okay a few I know)? Its best not to describe this film as it may ruin it. If you are reading this review, just buy the film, don't bother reading anyone elses review - its best viewed knowing nothing at all about it! Once it arrives sit back and prepare to have your head well and truly turned upside down. Everyone I know (bar one) who has watched it has said it was brilliant. The one who didn't like it only watched the first 20 mins and gave up! Don't give up, watch the lot, it really is amazing!

Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 12.99

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Just one listen and you're hooked!, 16 April 2007
This review is from: Ghosts (Audio CD)
This album is beautiful - it really is completely original, there are echos of Kate Bush but only slight, there are echos of Sugababes, again only slight. I can't really describe how amazing this is - this album is Art - Sioban's voice is haunting, every song goes much deeper than your run of the mill 'pop' song. I think if you like Kate Bush then you'd love this. If you loved 'nearer then heaven' by the Delays then I can guarantee you'd love this whole album! Definately the album of the year so far. Five stars without hesitation!!!

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