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The Battle Of Algiers (Special Edition) [DVD] [1965]
The Battle Of Algiers (Special Edition) [DVD] [1965]
Dvd ~ Brahim Haggiag
Price: £9.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever made, 7 Feb 2014
It is relatively easy to make an anti-war film, or a war film where one side is good and the other side is bad. However, to make a war film that portrays both sides committinmg atrocities, but leaves you sympathetic to both sides - takes genius.

From the very first scene with French paratroopers scrambling across the rooftops you know that, visually, it is going to be a great film, but the film gives you much more. You get drawn into the action, seeing it from both sides. As the situation developes, the problems seem insoluble and conflict seems inevitable - perhaps even justifiable, for both sides. This goes beyond entertainment, and stimulates thinking on war, terrorism, patriotism, the clash of cultural identities and other life and death issues.

I do admire Oliver Stone films, but compared with this his work looks superficial in comparison.

Mark Nightingale: Easy Jazzy 'Tudes - Treble-Clef Brass Instruments
Mark Nightingale: Easy Jazzy 'Tudes - Treble-Clef Brass Instruments

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating challenges for beginners, 10 May 2012
I must admit I was not keen on the book at first, but it has grown on me after being used by three of my children.

The compositions are unusual - even quirky and eccentric, but there is nothing wrong in that. Anything that makes learning the trumpet / cornet more varried or interesting is recommended. What makes these studies so good is not so much the tune, as the rhythm which is the challenge to the new player. If you play one of these pieces you have to get the rests and the staccato(detached)notes exactly right otherwise the piece does not make sense.

Not only does these book contain actual exam pieces, but getting disciplined in timing and the length of notes is essential for sucessful sight reading and playing brass with others.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You would be crazy to buy this, 13 April 2012
You would think that a song book with the title Football Crazy would actually have the catchy novelty tune Football Crazy in it - but no. The reason is that song is copyrighted and there are no copyright material or original pieces in the whole book.

Instead of getting some of the more modern songs that are heard on the terraces such as You'll Never Walk Alone or Go West, you only get a few old hymn tunes, spirituals and chants, the bland arrangments of which have been copyrighted by the "composer".

I got this book for my sons, because it contains some of their exam pieces. Otherwise it has no value whatsoever. For someone learning the trumpet or cornet - Easy Winners and Easy Jazzy Tudes are infinitely better books and much better value.

Man of Ashes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Man of Ashes [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Khadija Abaoub
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £18.48

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film and fascinating insight into Tunisian life, 29 Jun 2007
I came across this film by accident, and I know nothing else about Tunisian cinema, but this is a classic film.

The film concerns two young men as they try to come to terms with being sexually abused when they were child workers. One is a waster, the other is about to get married.

The acting and direction in the film are superb. It is also surprisng to Western viewers - I didn't expect to see drunkenness, gambling, prostitution and homosexuality in a film from a Muslim country.

A Tunisian "Rebel without a Cause".

Victim [DVD]
Victim [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dirk Bogarde
Price: £6.30

36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic film on many levels, 11 Dec 2006
This review is from: Victim [DVD] (DVD)
This is a fascinating film in many ways. The acting by Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Sims and the rest of the cast is excellent, and it is well directed.

The film works on many levels. On one level it is a whodunit - a homosexual commits suicide, and the man's lawyer (Bogarde) tries to track down the blackmailer who drove him to it.

On another level it is a drama - as the lawyer goes deeper into the gay world, it reopens his uncertainty over his own sexual orientation, and puts a strain on his marriage (to Sylvia Sims).

On a third level it is gay propoganda. At the time (Early 1960's) male homosexual acts were illeagal. This film led to greater tolleration by the public - leading to a change in the law. In fact, this has probably had a greater impact on changing public opinion (on any subject) than any other British film.

Some gay activists may now dislike the film, because many of the gay charaters are shown as sad, pathetic individuals living secret lives in the shadows, who only wanted to be left in peace away from the police and blackmailers. However, this was probably an accurate reflection of the times.

How to Lie with Statistics (Penguin Business)
How to Lie with Statistics (Penguin Business)
by Darrell Huff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this Book, 8 Nov 2006
This is a classic expose of the ways politicians, advertisers, pressure groups and the like, misuse statistical information to promote their own interests.

The book is over 50 years old now, but the same tricks are still used just as much today.

It is very easy to read - you don't have to be good at maths to understand it. It is also hilariously funny, although it will probably get you angry at what people get away with.

French With Michel Thomas Complete Course CD
French With Michel Thomas Complete Course CD
by Michel Thomas
Edition: Audio CD

88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but don't believe all the hype, 27 Feb 2006
Michel Thomas definitely has something. After just one hour of his eight-hour course, you are able to translate “What impression do you have of the economic and political situation in France at the present time?”
Michel’s method is quite simple. He gets you to relax, introduces a new word or grammatical point (with minimal jargon), and then asks you to translate sentences involving the new word/point. He then repeats each sentence in French. If the students on the CD cannot translate it, he repeats what he has said and breaks down the sentence until they can.
Michel never deviates from this method. He doesn’t speak to the students in French. There are no dialogues, no rote learning, no formal structure and nothing is written down. Very different from how you learnt French at school or courses by Linguaphone, Hugo or the BBC for example.
The advantage of this course is that Michel gets you speaking French with confidence. It is very good on word order, pronunciation and the future tense. However, there are quite large gaps in the teaching. For example there is virtually nothing on the past tense and using the informal you - “tu” (which is the way you would speak to friends and children). Also, you do not build up as large a vocabulary as other courses.
But the main problem with the course is where do you go next. There is the Michel Thomas two-hour Language Builder course and the five-hour Advanced course, but these are not sufficient for someone serious about learning French. Ideally Michel would have produced a hundred-hour course, but Michel has now died so this will not be forthcoming.
My recommendation is you buy this course, and the Language Builder and Advanced courses, but supplement them with a traditional Linguaphone/Hugo/BBC course and join a French conversation group if possible.

Thank God it's Monday
Thank God it's Monday
by Mark Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity at the Coal Face, 20 Dec 2004
This review is from: Thank God it's Monday (Paperback)
For Christians in paid employment, being at work is the place where they are most likely to spend time with non-Christians. This means that there are pressures, but also opportunities to advance the Gospel.
Mark's book is a thoroughly practical and often humourous description of how best to serve God in the workplace.
It is ideal for all those who go out to work, but also a wake-up call for ministers and others in full-time Christian ministry, who often are ignorant of or neglect this important mission field.

Complete Recordings
Complete Recordings
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £12.99

59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is as good as it gets, 20 Dec 2004
This review is from: Complete Recordings (Audio CD)
Muddy Waters is probably the most famous of all bluesmen, but not many people know that, in the early years of his carear, he was a Robert Johnson tribute act.
Standing on the shoulders of the great delta blues giants like Son House and Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson took accoustic blues to reach it's pre-war peak, before amplifiers and the electric guitar came in.
As a singer he is passionate rather than technically brilliant, but it is as an accoustic blues guiitarist that he is unsurpassed - not just my view but Eric Clapton's as well. No-one else could play such a variety of styles with such power, feeling and emotion. In fact so skillful was his playing that when Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones first heard it, he was conviced that there were two people on the record - one doing the lead work and one doing the bass runs, rather than Johnson managing both simultaneously.
The best thing about this CD is that it has every single take that he ever recorded - from the intense, crazed "Preaching Blues (Up jumped the Devil)" to the slow, moving "Come on in my Kitchen" which, according to Johnny Shines, reduced men to tears when Johnson played it live.
If you only have one accoustic blues CD in your collection - this is the one it should be.

The Y Plan Physical [VHS]
The Y Plan Physical [VHS]
Offered by pkeylock
Price: £13.64

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in an excellent series, 26 July 2001
I have used the Y Plan, the Y Plan Countdown and the Y Plan Physical, and I would recommend all three videos. However, the best of these is the Y Plan Physical for the following reasons:
1. The fittness assessment (not in the other videos) is an easy to follow, meaningful test which enables you to gauge your level of fittness and measure progress.
2. The workouts in this video are for 25 minutes long as opposed to 12-14 minutes in the other videos. In order to get the best cardio-vascular benefit from exercise, most experts agree that you should exercise for at least 20 minutes at a time.
3. By demonstrating two levels simultaneously, you are able to gradually build up the intensity of your workouts. You can start at level 1 and then introduce level 2 elements bit by bit as your fitness improves. You can then progress from level 2 to level 3 in the same way.
The only drawback to this video is that if you have not exercised for a long time before, you may find the lowest level of exercises too hard. If this is the case, I recommend the Y Plan Countdown video. The lowest level in that video is more gentle and you can build up from there.
Go for it!

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