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Build Your Business in 90 Minutes a Day
Build Your Business in 90 Minutes a Day
by Nigel Botterill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Having read 'Botty's Rules' twice and thought it was brilliant, I eagerly ordered this book, 15 May 2015
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I had high hopes for this book. Having read 'Botty's Rules' twice and thought it was brilliant, I eagerly ordered this book. However, whilst it is an easy and entertaining read, it is very light on useful advice. The premise of the book is 'shut yourself away for 90 minutes a day and spend the time on activities to grow your business'. There is one useful but very short chapter explaining the types of activities you should undertake in the said 90 minutes but, otherwise, the book is peppered with anecdotes of the type 'a followed the 90 minute rule and grew their business by x000%' but without elaborating to any great degree on how they did it. In many respects, I should have anticipated this as I have trial membership of Nigel Botterill's Entrepreneurs Circle and know that he is very careful about the amount of information he gives to each tier of the circle to provide an incentive for people to upgrade. By all means go for this book if you enjoy a lightweight business read but, if you're looking for more concrete advice on growing your business, either buy 'Botty's Rules' or look elsewhere.


Big School - Series 1 [DVD]
Big School - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Walliams
Price: £7.00

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic Comedy, 26 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Big School - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
If you look at the classic comedies over the years, there seem to be a number of common themes - in particular a number of strong and contrasting characters (even though there may be a strong central character - Basil Fawlty, Risgsby, Del Trotter etc.) and following a situation that most of us wouldn't really want to be in (either because we've been there and don't want to go back or because the sheer idea of it gives us the shivers) - after all, who would really want to do business with Del Boy, live in one of Rigsby's bedsits or stay at Fawlty Towers?!

Big School is in a similar vein - a strong cast of dispirate teachers who we almost certainly wouldn't want teaching our kids (but who we probably recognise to a greater or lesser degree from our own schooldays)! Other reviewers have highlighted some stand out moments so I won't repeat them here (although I have to add the methane chemistry experiment to the list of favourites) but suffice to say that this was outstanding comedy.

However, Big School is a bit of a guilty secret - you wouldn't sit down and watch it with your granny and, equally, watching it with your kids may result in having to answer some uncomfortable questions. For that reason, don't open the package until the kids have gone to bed and then indulge yourself. Not everyone will appreciate the humour but as long as you're the sort of person that has a little snigger at things they shouldn't from time to time, you won't be disappointed.
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Ommadawn
Ommadawn
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £17.38

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New life for a masterpiece, 12 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Ommadawn (Audio CD)
I've always been a huge fan of Ommadawn, in my view, Oldfield's best. To be honest, am not overexcited by the remixes; nice to listen to and you do hear the odd bit given new prominence (or, in a couple of cases, included in the mix for the first time.

However, there are two things that make this package a must-have; firstly, the accompanying booklet which gives a great insight into the album and, secondly, the lost version. Although it follows the theme and, for he most part, general structure of the finally released version, it really is a piece of music in its own right. In addition, being a 'rough' mix rather than the finished article, one can hear real emotion in Oldfield's playing in some sections which, while evident in his live performances in the 1980s, was often lacking from his album releases. In fact, it's so good that I'll forgive the inclusion of the 'I say, I say, I say' section!

Would have given this package 5 stars but, as some other reviewers have highlighted, the 5.1 surround mix seems to have some serious flaws in it and was a real disappointment.

Overall, though, a worthy purchase for any fan of the original Ommadawn or anyone wanting to hear Oldfield at his best.


Music Of The Spheres
Music Of The Spheres
Price: £5.99

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This could have been a great album...but it isn't, 17 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Music Of The Spheres (Audio CD)
The beauty of Mike Oldfield is that you get the complete package in one - composer, arranger and all of the band members. That gives his music a power rarely seen in others.

Unfortnately, here we have watered down Oldfield. The tunes are his, the arrangement & orchestration seems to owe a lot to Karl Jenkins (who refers to working with 'fragments' of tunes on one of the promotional videos doing the rounds) and Oldfield plays just the classical guitar and only in sections of the album.

This is not an offensive album and, in fact, some parts are good - Harbinger and Shabda in particular. However, for the most part it's unmemorable and, unless you're a hardcore Oldfield collector or enjoy classical music, there are a number of other titles in Oldfield's back catalogue far more worthy of your hard earned cash.

Classical Oldfield this may be but classic Oldfield it is not!


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