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The Little Book of Bridge Tips (Little Books of Tips)
The Little Book of Bridge Tips (Little Books of Tips)
by Chris Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Dec. 2011
This is a really excellent book for all beginner and intermediate bridge players. Not all tips will be useful, but a lot of it will be. It's also full of obvious tips, but these are things us bridge players often forget. This book is well recommended.


The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean
The Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean
by Viscount John Julius Norwich
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 12 May 2011
This book is truly a remarkable achievement, like the civilisations that lived along the shores of the Mediterranean. John Julius Norwich is an excellent historian and writer and has seamlessly written a history of the middle sea from its beginnings to the Great War. It is truly an amazing book, and Norwich manages to keep it fascinating and intriguing. I recommend anyone who wants to read a history of this fascinating sea to get a copy of this book as soon as possible - in it you will find out about so much: from the Ancient Greeks to the Romans; from the Pope to the King of Spain; from the Ottoman Empire to the Holy Roman Empire - everything is covered.

Well done, Lord Norwich. 10/10.


Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Paradise Towers [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.99

11 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it and always will, 15 April 2011
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I am very excited by this release, because Sylvester McCoy is my Doctor Who. I haven't seen Paradise Towers for about six years now since I sold all my videos, but I used to watch this constantly before that.

In Paradise Towers, McCoy still hasn't reached his peak as the Doctor (that would come in the next and last season), but in this story he's finally in his comfort zone (unlike Time and the Rani) and plays the Doctor with great acumen. His companion, Mel, still has too much screaming time, but this is calmer and she actually has much to do in this story - she helps to lead various rebellions, and is nearly eaten by some old dears!

When this was on TV, I was only 7 years old, and though I am now older and I can see some faults - it still has a great level of creepiness and comedy. It's also very daring with the stories cannibalistic old ladies, caretakers who choose to ignore what's going on with all the residents, and the cleaner robots which quite literally clean up the people. Not a nice place to live, and all Mel wanted was to do was go for a swim! However, both she and the Doctor are true heroes against the baddie - and they finally seem like good friends, and a good team.

I highly recommend this great story to all....


Doctor Who - The Ark [DVD] [1966]
Doctor Who - The Ark [DVD] [1966]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £6.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 18 Feb. 2011
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Granted - the Ark is not the best of Hartnell's era, but it is still a pretty good story. It utilises a really great use of time travel in this era (the Space Museum tries to do something different with time travel too) and makes use of Hartnell as the lead actor (for once!).

In addition the extras on this DVD are brilliant - some tongue in cheek; others fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the interview with Peter Purves at the old studio. The interview was tinged with sadness too, especially when he discussed the departure of Hartnell due to the actor's ill health. Another interesting documentary is on why some monsters only appeared in Doctor Who once. The conclusions vary from the fact that some monsters are a bit rubbish to the writers not returning to Doctor Who! These two reasons are true of the Monoids, though I love concept behind them. Is it time for the Monoid's to return to Doctor Who? No, I didn't think you would agree. :)
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The Tomb of the Cybermen (Doctor Who: The Scripts)
The Tomb of the Cybermen (Doctor Who: The Scripts)
by Gerry Davis
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 8 Dec. 2010
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I love these books, because it's nice to see the scripts behind some really classic Doctor Who. Each book includes some information and thoughts about the story, which helps to get you completely set for the reading. This book was originally published long before they found the full version in Hong Kong in 1992, so it was very much a rare thing. Now we can watch this classic story on DVD, and this script book helps us to realise how great these intelligent scripts are.


Bond Remastered - Tomorrow Never Dies (1-disc) [DVD] [1997]
Bond Remastered - Tomorrow Never Dies (1-disc) [DVD] [1997]
Dvd ~ Pierce Brosnan
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Price: £2.89

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic Brosnan, 8 Dec. 2010
This is not the best Brosnan Bond Film, but it still has some great moments, and it's very clear that he is settled in the role. The brilliant Jonathan Pryce plays the villian of the film - Elliot Carver, and is a very modern villain. His wish is to take over the world through media, and is a very clear parody of Murdoch and even Robert Maxwell. The Bond girls are also excellent - Teri Hatcher (who is such a brief Bond girl); and Michelle Yeoh who is Bond's Chinese ally.

Definitely not the best, but not the worst Bond film either. Well worth watching, because Brosnan is settled - and it will get you ready for his greatest film: The World is Not Enough.


Ahistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe
Ahistory: An Unauthorised History of the Doctor Who Universe
by Lance Parkin
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of work, 20 Sept. 2010
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This book is truly an excellent Doctor Who factual book. I love seeing how everything fits together in the Doctor Who Universe - and if you like this too, I would highly recommend this book by Lance Parkin. In this the Second (or really Third) edition of his book, he includes the important comics, the TV series up to the 10th Doctor's 2007 season, BF audios and novels.

He's very articulate at explaining certain anomalies and also explaining why he's placed stories in a particular time. He also tries to tackle the questions of UNIT dating and other problems, and has very good answers for them.

Please do read this excellent book and enjoy being part of the massive, wonderful universe of Doctor Who....


Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Doctor Who - Time and the Rani [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Sylvester McCoy
Price: £6.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people say.., 3 Sept. 2010
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I admit these two things: I am a Sylvester McCoy fan and I still agree that this is NOT his best...but it has some good positives, and that's what I want to talk about here. So, here we go - why is it worth buying this first seventh doctor story?

1) If you compare it to the previous story The Trial of a Time Lord, Time and the Rani is so much more fresh, light and different. It's not bogged down by the Doctor's past like the previous two seasons either. The viewers needed this difference and it was such a nice relief at the time.

2) The Tetraps are really brilliant. As a child in 1987, these creatures scared me lots with their four eyes and horrible tongues - as well as their utter hatred of everything. They were well realised by the team and saw a complete upgrade to some of the monsters from before.

3) The opening credits and special effects throughout the story are top notch for 1987. Those bubble traps are extraordinary and very well done.

4) Though the script is a bit rubbish and has massive plot holes, the actors still perform very well: Mark Greenstreet; Donald Pickering and Wanda Ventham are excellent. Sylvester McCoy is still finding his feet, but you can really see him developing here and the power to come is very much in this story. Finally, Kate O'Mara is wonderful as the naughty Time Lord, The Rani. Let's have her back some time?

What's bad? The script has plot holes, which are filled in nicely by the helpful information text. Is that all? Yes, pretty much. It isn't McCoy's best story - but it is a marked improvement on what went before...I highly recommend this DVD.
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