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Wild and Wolf Scrabble Mug Q
Wild and Wolf Scrabble Mug Q

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! I feel like I can head the weapons division of a secret agency!, 9 Dec 2012
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It came and I checked, and yes, it is indeed Q's mug from Skyfall. YAY

(To those who are just shopping for a mug, just to point out that it is a very well made mug, and quite light too, definitely worth the purchase. The product came to my house with no flaws whatsoever.)

Dressed to Kill: British Naval Uniform, Masculinity and Contemporary Fashions, 1748 - 1857
Dressed to Kill: British Naval Uniform, Masculinity and Contemporary Fashions, 1748 - 1857
by Amy Miller
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Specific, but wonderful because of it., 17 Sep 2009
There are tons of books out there about 1750 - 1850 fashion. There are tons of books out there about Royal Navy. But to find information on the tiny intersected subset of these two fields... rarest of rare.

I was overjoyed to find this book, because my previous resources about Age of Sail Royal Navy uniforms were only from movies and paintings. There are so much more detailed resources in this book, both in words, pictures, photographs and patterns. You can find uniforms from all ranks -- from Captain to Lieutenant... even a Naval Surgeon's dress uniform!

Definitely for all Age of Sail fans, no matter experts or amateurs.

Young Victoria [DVD] [2009]
Young Victoria [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Emily Blunt
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.93

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focusing on Lord Melbourne's role, 17 July 2009
This review is from: Young Victoria [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
I felt that the movie itself was brilliant when it showed in the cinemas. The events during the early years of Victoria was condensed very well, and the the pacing quite good for a costume drama. In stead of zooming in primarily on a young girl's emotions, we also see the the numerous other key players in the fight to control her. It is more than a single young woman's struggle. It is also a whirlpool of so many other political interests and manipulation.
I found Paul Bettany's performance brilliant (no matter what history says Lord Melbourne's age REALLY was lol). Wonderfully charming at times, unbreakably calm at others. He may have came to the young queen with ambition in mind at the beginning, but he definitely also grew to care for her as friend. Maybe even a surrogate daughter.
On the DVD itself, the extras are definitely wonderful: a short making of, some looks into the costumes... The deleted scenes were understandly cut to keep the tighter pacing, but are gems themselves: there are scenes after the King's birthday, extended versions of Melbourne's confrontation with Duchess of Kent and John Conroy, extended versions of Melbourne's talk with the King, several dealing with Lady Flora's exile from the court and some dealing with the awkward fumbling of the actual coronation.
Definitely worth a purchase, even for people who have seen the movie in the theatres already.

Lord Melbourne, 1779-1848
Lord Melbourne, 1779-1848
by L. G. Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £80.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An academic look into a Prime Minister's life, 11 July 2009
For a prime minister, there doesn't seem to be a lot of volumes written about Lord Melbourne.
L.G. Mitchell took a distinctly academic approach in writing this biography: we are presented seperate looks into each sphere of William Lamb's life. There is a seperate chapter for his education, his marriage (and another for the disintergration of it), his work as a politician and of course, the days with Victoria. In each one, we can see how's cynical and passive personality shaped his life. The man seemed to enjoy looking at life more as a third person POV than one fulling participating in it. And yet, when given the task of being the young Queen's tutor, he fully rises to the task.
The book is gives a great analysis into Lord Melbourne as a person, husband, politician and surrogate father to the queen.

However, the seperate chapters sometimes overlap the events in Melbourne's life. If you're one who prefers a more linear, "story" like read, perhaps the David Cecil Autobiography is a better option.

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