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Sabotage [DVD]
Sabotage [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sylvia Sidney
Price: £5.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After the Secret Agent?, 27 Jan 2013
This review is from: Sabotage [DVD] (DVD)
I have read the 'Secret Agent' (Victor???Conrad - sorry, I thought the saboteurs name was Victor but it's Verloc and was getting muddled up because Joseph Conrad also wrote a novel I think called Victory)...but seemed to remember the Secret Agent in that book was holed up in some kind of Porn Shop (that is sleezy pornography rather than pawn) - or a Newsagents that had a top shelf selling magazines of women with their clothes off.

Hitchock seems to have changed this to make the Agent (not the one at the veg.shop - (the goody) - but the baddy - who the woman seems to be married to but treats as a stranger (calling him by his surname etc) - in charge of a Cinema.

The act of Sabotage seems to have something to do with the lights going out (i.e. electricity) - and coal (in that there is a canary shop hanging about).

Now - apparently - 2013 - the Russians have a banking system that openly acknowledges it is mixed up with the gas/electricty arrangements for Russia.

I don't know what nationality Hitchcock's villain is.

However, I am concerned that unless we abandon our cars and start supporting our elderly population on the buses they may have less frequented bus routes taken away from them -----ie. the buses need to get some money from somewhere, and the more people there are on the bus the cheaper it will be for those who are actually paying bus fares.

You will see, this does come into the film as an innocent on the bus and the bus and the other innocents on the bus end up feeling the brunt of betrayal.

A lot of people seem to think that the whole of the Climate Change scenario is some kind of 'propoganda' to try and trick people who may be winning 'the race' back into a position where they may be losing it - i.e. fooled into not loving Jeremy Clarkson who is an obvious winner since he has written so many books.


The Paper Eater
The Paper Eater
by Liz Jensen
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most recent 'Brave New World' update?, 20 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Paper Eater (Paperback)
I daren't give this novel 5 stars as to say 'I really liked it' would be tempting fate as I found the material it covered very worrying indeed - but, having put the book aside for a while and wondered whether it could just pass as 'entertainment' - have realized, sadly, it can't. There may be no point in a warning if we are all going to ignore it.

Everybody in the world in this book is encouraged to go on shopping right up until the last minute - when they realize they've been living on a waste site that is eventually going to envelop them.

This has a relationship to both 'The Paper Eater' himself - who is eating up computer generated records that have in fact actually printed out - to paperback fiction - to the Kindle and to Amazon itself.

I am worried about saying anything slightly critical of Amamzon as I feel as though they are a 'friend' somehow - I have ordered so much from them and always received it - and they have let me review books like now etc. I even tried to find something out about Amazon's head man - and that is why I have decided to speak out here - because, according to Wikipedia he came from a place in America that had something to do with the development of nuclear material - but also, because it mentions it is named in a phrase Bug's Bunny uses - should have taken the left turn - or should have turned left at .......etc. Well, I'm worried that may be the problem. My Kindle (keyboard and own 3G connection type - seems to have acquired a bug after I picked up a load of kindle books from Amazon for £1 in the 12 Days of Christmas sale.

One of the books I acquired (I can't remember whether it was in the sale or not) was a Hamlyn Book of recipes - it might of been free actually - and said it was a promotion - but it seemed to confuse my Kindle and since then it has not charged up and is stuck on a page with fishes on it = but where the digital picture of the fish is broken up at the bottom. I rang someone at Amazon about it last Sunday - and someone (coincidentally?) called 'Sole' or 'Seul' or - well, something that sounded like that I don't know how you spell it - told me to try charging it up more - but that all didn't work and it is still stuck on the fish picture. There is always a chance that if I leave it to discharge long enough and then try charging it up again it may work....

Anyway, the problem thus seems to be that although digital books do not use up vital paper and tree resources they may eventually catch a bug wiping out all our libraries of digitally stored information - or material could be changed retrospectively more easily to suit a different political agenda.

You will see how this fits with Jensen's book when you read it.

Moreover, the same fishy type picture as is now appearing on my Kindle (and I've never seen that one before when it's been 'at rest' ) - happens to be very similar to one that some staff at PC World in York showed me on my computer once when I'd taken it back for them to have a quick look at it in the hope that they could resolve a problem/mend it. The problem now is that I've noticed that PC World (both shops that were open until a few months ago) - has now disappeared from York altogether. My sister says they have merged with Curry's - but I can't see Curry's shops being bothered to offer such good customer service as PC World sometimes did - for any computer problems that may arise. If you think about it more down these lines it becomes clearer that we are in a 'seige' situation potentially - with regard to repairs and customer service.

A friend of mine is worried that if we buy from online shops all the time (where you can't see if the goods are as described and might have to pay return postage fees - and daren't on places like Ebay give any negative or even neutral reviews - if the High Street has gone bust and all the shops are empty - if council money is also running out - there is a danger there will not be any public places left in our cities.

Amazon themselves seem to keep asking me for feedback on packaging - as if they are surprised I haven't commented yet about how everything I order comes from them in a massive box with loads and loads of brown paper wrapped up inside - even if it is a fairly small item.

Are they really called Amazon because of the length of the Amazon river being a long one - or has it something to do with this Bugs Bunny thing - or paper-waste and trees somehow????

UPDATE 4/02/13

I can't believe I heard on the News today that the Cumbrian nuclear power plant will need to spend a further 68 billion pounds on decommissioning the Sellafield site. Not only does this article of News come on the same day that we are told police officers have been using dead children's names to try and entrap the kind of people (ecologists I think) who might have been protesting against such sites on behalf of the general public, but on a day when we are told about the plans to Ringfence banking activities - the banking sector has no doubt known about the cost of nuclear decommissioning looming up...could this be classed as a Casino activity? Moreover, though we were told the other night that Cumbria has voted against storing the nuclear waste (properly) (and I don't suppose I blame them in some respects) - but I assume that this means that the nuclear waste is just going to continue being stored dangerously and insecurely - I saw a programme about it some time ago - about how potentially dangerous our own method presently of dealing with the waste is....


Carnival of the animals [International Version]
Carnival of the animals [International Version]
Price: £3.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Really recommended to add a magical note to childhood, 17 Dec 2012
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Really good value. Really magical, both for children and adults alike..Probably need to introduce it to your child when they are still young, as may reject it in favour of 'pushed pop' when they are a bit older..


Dimplex 1.5 KW Optiflame Electric Micro Fire in High Gloss - Red
Dimplex 1.5 KW Optiflame Electric Micro Fire in High Gloss - Red
Price: £50.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous!, 17 Dec 2012
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Absolutely fabulous! Not as powerful as some of the others available - but be aware this might be an advantage as may eke out the electricity available a bit more..


40 Most Beautiful Choral Classics
40 Most Beautiful Choral Classics
Price: £3.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, this is really lovely, 17 Dec 2012
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This is a really lovely album, and very good value. There are a few occasions at the end where the tracks don't quite seem to finsih properly and almost collide into each other - but on the whole, delightful..


Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (Gollancz)
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (Gollancz)
by Philip K. Dick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful novel - but was anyone really that sensitive?, 17 Dec 2012
Looking back on it, it's hard to believe that anyone was really that sensitive - the test for robot-like anti-empathy seems rather sweetly quaint...could it be that we're developing into robots ourselves without even the (necessary?) electrical imput?


Blind Faith
Blind Faith
by Ben Elton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Should be made mandatory reading for 17 year olds, 16 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Blind Faith (Paperback)
Everybody is offered the illusion of fame. Everybody is expected to keep up a blog. But the Government don't really care enough about the people even to offer their children the price of an innoculation, and the pressure to stand out from the crowd works rather as a threat to merge into it - or else...

UPDATE: 27/05/2013

About the polluted environment in the book...I've been worrying that the Developing world might be tempted to develop a nuclear fuel programme even though it might not have the capacity to properly pay for it to ensure its safety. We were all worried a couple of months back about the dangers of a Nuclear Weapon from North Korea, but isn't it even more likely that a country with nuclear capacity that's broke might be tempted to tamper with Nuclear power for the sake of some expediency? Frightening thought - but one that I'm so worried about I think it needs airing and meeting somehow, rather than wait under the bedclothes till it happens...


Daniel Deronda (Wordsworth Classics)
Daniel Deronda (Wordsworth Classics)
by George Eliot
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought that prejudice against Jews in England stopped with the Merchant of Venice, 9 Dec 2012
Some of the bullying between Grandcourt and Gwendolen was awful. I admit I haven't read the book since I was about 18 and couldn't remember much of it as I was asked to read so much at the time that I think the potential impact of each book got confused.

However, a couple of months ago I saw the BBC series/adaptation of George Eliot's novel and was shocked at the portrayal there of Jewish slums in London - I suppose I thought that the character in Oliver that sung 'Got to pick a pocket or two, boys' was some kind of eccentric - not that all Jews, or most Jews were confined to some slum Jewish quarter? According to Margaret Drabble in'The Oxford Companion to English Literature (1985) the novel was published in 1876...I hadn't realised that the quest for some sort of land/place of their own for the Jews had started so recently and from what background of prejudice in places like London. Margaret Drabble says that F.R. Leavis in 'The Great Tradition' (1948) says that the Jewish plot is 'embarrasingly fervid'. I'm wondering why he chose 'fervid' and not 'fervent'?


The Alchemist (New Mermaids)
The Alchemist (New Mermaids)
by Ben Jonson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.84

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seem to remember that it was the New Mermaid's edition that I read..., 7 Nov 2012
The other day I was sitting looking at a table on a train in a certain psychological condition. Sometimes when that happens I see great patterns and designs in red. But this time I saw two alternatives - either great patterns and design or graffiti. Both alternatives seemed to exist concurrently - or at least seemed to be able to switch from one to another slightly at will. Neither seemed particularly more true than the other but an alternative did seem to exist.


Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
by E L James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Had to give it one star to put forward a review - but think we are being appallingly manipulated, 5 Nov 2012
This review is from: Fifty Shades of Grey (Paperback)
Do most people realize that sometimes publishers delay publishing a book by years - speculating and trying to predict and manipulate the zeitgeist? I once asked for a paperback book about the Opium Wars and was told four years beforehand that one would be available in 2008. I haven't read this book, or any of its manifold spin offs, but did see a documentary that convinced me that it would definitely not be up my street. I think there are probably hundreds of men (unless some of them have been singled out as potential victims too) rubbing their hands with glee at having regained domination because women have, again, been lured into following a fashion. I may as well let you know now that more vampire stories are going to be in the offering soon - a bid to make suffering not appalling but fashionable because we now have less money around to pick up the pieces. I felt happy to try and stay out of this argument altogether but today - at the British Heart Foundation shop - a whole load of these S & M books were donated - about 35 in all - loads and loads of spin offs from this book. I decided to make a new category for them called 'Cult Fiction' but have yet to see whether the manager will make me put them out in the shop or not tomorrow.


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