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Airfix 1:48 - Gloster Javelin FAW9/9R
Airfix 1:48 - Gloster Javelin FAW9/9R
Offered by CHELTENHAM MODEL CENTRE
Price: 39.70

3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful but be warned, 21 July 2014
Look, there's no doubting the detail and moulding of this model is first rate, and the best I've known from Airfix. But for all its many qualities, there are some fit problems to overcome in prominent areas (air intakes, exhausts and fuselage join). These can be overcome (that's the challenge of modelling etc.) but don't get the impression this kit is as good as flawless.

In addition, the application of the upper wing roundel decals (usually a high satisfaction/low skill part of the process) is very hard indeed owing to the vortex things (I am getting technical here) that the decal has to go over. The holes in the decal don't fit -I challenge anyone to apply these without cracking the decal. My advice would be to simply cut off the 'vortex things' and apply the decal flat. If you're keen to add them later they would not be too difficult to scratch build.

Fantastic for Airfix to have released this, but its many charms aren't always as accessible as some of these reviews may lead you to believe.


The West Wing - Complete Season 1-7 [DVD] [2006]
The West Wing - Complete Season 1-7 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Martin Sheen
Price: 55.61

2.0 out of 5 stars Well made fakery, 11 Jun 2014
There is no doubt that this is a well put together show. What remains so insidious is the faux documentary realism, for it is this that often seems to fool otherwise intelligent viewers. And here lies my concern. So many fans believe that 'The West Wing' delivers much more than simply drama - they feel that there is authenticity here - a belief that each episode delivers a 'what might have been' insight. They measure this belief against their own confident (but I suspect ill-founded) views that this is what The White House would ACTUALLY BE LIKE. These are people who are convinced by characters like the brooding Toby Ziegler. Mmm. I do not myself claim to know what life in American government is like, but have at least resisted the temptation to be drawn into this 'West Wing syndrome' where a brassy Capitol Hill theme tune and a knowing screenplay mask the fact that 'The West Wing' is like many other TV dramas, no better no worse, and no more authentic.


Psycho Drops Killer Million
Psycho Drops Killer Million
Price: 9.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haute cuisine noodle recipe, 16 Mar 2014
Take one chicken and mushroom pot noodle (available at specialist supermarkets and garages countrywide) discard the tiny puddle of inferior quality soy sauce contained within the sachet. Prepare according to the irritatingly matey instructions printed on the side of the pot. Following this, add three drops of Dr.Burnorium's 'Killer Million' preparation. Mix gently with a plastic fork (from the handful you thought you were clever nicking from M and S that time) and rest until the sweet corn is no longer chewy. The heat of this recipe will surprise you. There will of course be those who deride this, declaring that they have to add red diesel or some kind of nerve agent before they are ever truly satisfied, but take it from me the recipe above will warm enough for most.
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Invisible Men
Invisible Men
Offered by dutchtoni
Price: 21.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Despite all indications to the contrary......, 18 Feb 2014
This review is from: Invisible Men (Audio CD)
This album is really good. It's not really pop of course, as perhaps it was intended, and I doubt it even has pretensions to rock, but the best of Anthony Phillips' very British sound comes to the fore here with lively, melodic (I really hate that word but it is right here) and free spirited sound. 'Exocet' is a little bit close to the knuckle, but the other tracks are bang on the money. Music for a bunch of slightly whacky 70s Oxbridge types to enjoy on their way to a champagne picnic in 1983. In a VW Beetle. With a bad stereo. Perfect.


About Time [DVD] [2013]
About Time [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Rachel McAdams
Price: 6.99

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So sorry, but the pixie dust isn't working anymore, 22 Jan 2014
This review is from: About Time [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
There is no doubt that Richard Curtis has been responsible for some of the very best comedy of the last 30 years. Some of the Working Title productions are wonderful and joyous. I expected something great here, or at least good, but ended up disappointed. The plot had great potential, but it remained potential. A few rather unimaginative uses of time travel raised a brief smile, but nothing remarkable or involving seemed to happen. This film plays as if Curtis felt obliged to explore certain obvious plot scenarios, tick them off, and then tack on something a little more emotional for the last 10 minutes. I am sure there could have been more done with the central plot device - were I intelligent or imaginative enough I would make some suggestions, but I can't - I leave that stuff to the filmmakers, and here they let me down. There is certainly a flavour of Curtis's former greatness, but the characters are neither likeable, nor the script funny enough to really raise the pulse. I feel a little bit like I did after paying for Odeon premier seats to watch Working Title's 'Wimbledon' with Paul Bettany and that American girl whose name I can't now remember: a bit lacklustre. Neither film is awful, but the magic? Well it simply isn't there.
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Madhouse [DVD]
Madhouse [DVD]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price
Price: 7.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The poor relation, 17 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Madhouse [DVD] (DVD)
This was the last of the four Vincent Price 'serial killer' films of the early 70s. With a pair of Phibes films and Theatre of Blood going before it, 'Madhouse' had a lot to live up to. It fails rather dismally I am afraid. The ponderous whodunnit of a plot combines with a really poor script to leave the impressive cast doing their level best, but cast adrift in a charmless gore fest. Where the previous films had some wry humour and were delivered with style and pace, this film looks a bit like a TV movie copy, simply designed to cash in. The use of an actor as the main protagonist is clearly lifted from Theatre of Blood, and thus suffers the more dearly by comparison with it. A pale, rather unpleasant spectacle to end a run of otherwise excellent films.


St George's Day [DVD]
St George's Day [DVD]
Dvd ~ Frank Harper
Offered by Helen's Goodies
Price: 7.41

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable, 13 Nov 2013
This review is from: St George's Day [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this film at a supermarket for 3.00. My expectations were not high, but I thought it might pass away a couple of hours in a sort of below par 'lock stock' way. I am afraid that in the event I simply could not watch more than 25 minutes. The scene where Craig Fairbrass and Frank Harper argue in the car is dire and badly acted. The scene with the Russian drug dealers was worse. I gave up. Try this film if you like, perhaps it suddenly improves from minute 26. However I suspect that even in the pantheon of these kind of Brit gangster movies, this one is a real shocker. Shame is that Frank Harper was actually brilliant in 'Lock Stock'. File with all the other DVDs displaying the England flag/hooligans/Essex in the title.


Psycho Juice 70% Ghost Pepper
Psycho Juice 70% Ghost Pepper
Offered by Dr. Burnorium's Hot Sauce Emporium
Price: 4.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best quality sauce, 16 Oct 2013
The fact is that beneath the rather take it or leave it packaging verbiage, Dr.Burnorium produces some very high quality sauces. This has the earthy flavour of the ghost pepper in spades, and enough natural heat to satisfy all but the rather silly pepper extract brigade. Highly recommended.


Chariots of Fire [DVD] [1981]
Chariots of Fire [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ Ben Cross
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: 4.51

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best before December 1981, 16 Oct 2013
In 1981, this film came as something of a tonic for the United Kingdom. Along with an extraordinary ashes victory and the royal wedding of that summer, the success of 'Chariots of Fire' provided a welcome contrast with the riots and economic difficulties being experienced at that time. More specifically, there was hope expressed that 'Chariots of Fire' would be emblematic of a return to quality filmmaking for the UK film industry. Colin Welland, the screenwriter, announced in his Oscar acceptance speech that "The British are coming". In the event, that resurgence was not to happen for many years.

This failure cannot be blamed on 'Chariots of Fire', of course. Nonetheless, the film cannot be said to have had the positive influence on British filmaking that was once expected of it. The film successfully harnesses historical drama with an electronic soundtrack ('Gallipoli' had done the same) and contains some decent performances by all the leads. Additionally there are some stirring scenes during the races themselves.

However, this film - when extracted from 1981 and contemporary enthusiasm for the film to be successful - is for the most part rather dull. Beset by tiresome characters (particularly Eric Liddle) and an over earnest approach to the plot, the narrative is rather dry, and saved only by the excellent but few slow motion race scenes. There was much to celebrate about this film, not least its Academy Award and the fact that it wasn't 'Confessions of a Windowcleaner', but thirty years on its not that great as entertainment I'm afraid.


Thai Monkey Hot Sauce
Thai Monkey Hot Sauce
Offered by Hot-Headz!
Price: 4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Teriyaki magic, 1 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Thai Monkey Hot Sauce (Misc.)
This sauce is a mix of teriyaki, peanut, pineapple (subdued taste) and chill. It's good, mild and moreish. Could take the place of HP sauce if properly marketed. That won't happen of course. Or might it? I can't say. I mean it could happen, but it probably won't because of production costs. They would have to think about putting it in a squeezable bottle. Sorry, but I've got time on my hands here.


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