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The Little Book of Market Wizards: Lessons from the Greatest Traders (Little Books. Big Profits)
The Little Book of Market Wizards: Lessons from the Greatest Traders (Little Books. Big Profits)
by Jack D. Schwager
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.79

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Welcome Book, 11 Aug 2014
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A compact book distilling nuggets of wisdom, experience and insights that have appeared in the Market Wizards series of books by Jack Schwager. To my mind, and judged in the context of what I need for my own activities, I would say this book is a handy reference to dip into, to remind me of what I've forgotten, to reinforce what I know, and to tell me something new. Reading it was an act of clarification.

The chapters cover various psychological elements involved in trading (and applicable to trading virtually anything: shares, foreign exchange, second-hand cars or tat down a boot sale). The layout is logical and simple. And straight to the point, which apart from the content, is the strength of this book. I don't like wading though a load of irrelevancies and woffle, and this book gets me to the crux of the matter in no time. It is also a worthy reminder that as regards 'trading' we are not infallible and are indeed vulnerable. The idea is to swing the odds in your favour, and this is not done by wondrous trading schemes, magical formulae and complex charting, but by increasing one's awareness of various aspects of oneself and the business to hand. A very welcome breath of fresh air in a financial book environment noted for its flatulence and piffle.


Cannibal [DVD]
Cannibal [DVD]
Dvd ~ Antonio de la Torre
Price: 17.43

3.0 out of 5 stars A Mild Dish, 7 Aug 2014
This review is from: Cannibal [DVD] (DVD)
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Granada, Spain. A tailor who is a cannibal. But not any old cannibal. He is particular about his choice of cuts. Not any old human will do. Only females that have kindled a certain passion within him. Asexual passion: he is still a virgin and seems not to like physical contact. He is quiet and seemingly insignificant. He has a suicidal streak as evidenced by the method of the first killing we see (or two, actually, the other being collateral damage). The method could have easily gone wrong in which case the film would have only lasted mere minutes. As it is we have to wait about eleven minutes before the first subtitles appear.

The pace is slow, unfurling naturally, and there are periods of tension. Conversational interaction is mainly minimal (he's that sort of person despite the relative garrulousness of one or two other characters). People come and go as they do in life. He's a member of The Brotherhood which is never explored, so what it is can only be guessed at. He never seems to eat vegetables yet appears immune to such dietary deficiency. He likes his filleted meat lightly fried. He dislikes restaurants and food prepared by others. He sniffs the abdomens of his victims before preparing them for the table.

He gets involved with a Russian girl who disappears. He gets more involved with her curious (in more ways than one) sister who comes looking for her. He doesn't get involved with the first girl's boyfriend. Involved here is meant minimally. Our cannibal is a strange and boring chap, yet makes for almost compulsive viewing. There are little signs that suggest he would like to get caught, maybe even feels guilt, but who would think he was a........?

The film is stylish but ultimately shallow, for we do not fathom the depths of anyone in it. Why the tailor has to do what he does, and how he got started remain a mystery. How he knows the art of human dismemberment is a mystery. Why the Russian girls went to Spain to work is a mystery. He dines with an elderly woman: who is she? Why the police aren't on his tail is a mystery (his modus operandi is rather opportunistic and borders on careless). Perhaps The Brotherhood has something to do with his continuing freedom. There is some religious overlay here and there but like everything else it is minimal and its role mysterious. There is no gore, no violence. Consequently it is a mild film worth watching if you are in a relaxed, attentive state of mind.


New Apocrypha: Guide to Strange Sciences and Occult Beliefs
New Apocrypha: Guide to Strange Sciences and Occult Beliefs
by John Thomas Sladek
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 4 July 2014
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Cuts through the nonsense beliefs, fads, cults and craziness of the late 60s and early 70s like a knife through butter. UFOs, hollow earth, ice universe, perpetual motion machines, religious cults and doctrines, alien abductions, Loch Ness monster, the Yeti, spiritualism, pyramid maths, end of the world, predictions, the list goes on and on. Excellent stuff, well-researched and written, and at times most amusing. Be good if someone did a 21st C follow-up to this book. Goes well with Patrick Moore's 'Can You Speak Venusian?' Should be required reading for all those who have even a mild interest in fringe elements.


Live: The 1971 Tour [Us Import]
Live: The 1971 Tour [Us Import]
Price: 7.56

4.0 out of 5 stars GFR at their best, 4 July 2014
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Better than the earlier double album. Faster and harder, more professional.


PENATEN Creme (25ml tin box)
PENATEN Creme (25ml tin box)
Offered by TOTAL RECALL UK 2
Price: 4.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, 4 July 2014
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I know someone who has a little tin of this dating back to the late 1970s which is still used (albeit infrequently) and really seems at times to be a sort of magical lotion in the way it speeds up healing of the skin. Age doesn't seem to mean anything to this cream, perhaps because of its ingredients. I did a search to find out more about this and discovered Amazon sold it, so I thought I'd get a new tin, just in case after 35 years the other one ran out.


Live In Denmark 1976
Live In Denmark 1976
Price: 11.26

3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet & Sour, 4 July 2014
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This review is from: Live In Denmark 1976 (Audio CD)
There is one thing I don't like about this CD and that is the way Sweet insult the audience. It sounds like mainly Danish girls who presumably speak little if any English and like to make a noise, and to insult them is crass. That aside the music isn't bad, bit rockier and rougher round the edges than the Rainbow gig of '73, although I actually prefer that one. It's more professional and powerful. The Danish gig is good enough, and its interesting to hear a somewhat different song list being played live. It's a pity Sweet never played that Charlton gig with The Who back in the mid-70s. If they had played a straight heavy rock set they would have wiped the floor with The Who and picked up thousands of new fans. The future might have been a lot different. Still, all fantasy and old CD releases now. C'est la vie.


Forgotten Men [DVD]
Forgotten Men [DVD]
Price: 16.05

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Reminder......, 4 July 2014
This review is from: Forgotten Men [DVD] (DVD)
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.......of the savage stupidity and waste that is war. Not that we need much reminding these days: the vivid savageness is all around us via TV and internet. But back in 1914 it was different. War was usually a distant event, read about in newspapers and magazines, spoke about by those who were part of it. Details were usually lacking, the overall picture monochrome, any depth of reportage and recall curtailed by censorship or personal preference. This documentary reveals footage never seen before, and there are many rare or unusual scenes. Within the stock footage battlefield scenes are many examples of rare material that leave one in no doubt how sudden and silent death can be, and in one potent shot, how slow and horrible. Men, horses, artillery shells, machine guns, mud. Lots of mud. And wounded. And there are tanks and machine guns, an artillery barrage balloon going up in flames, the spotter parachuting out. There are dog fights, aerial bombing, the Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen. Old Kitchener inspecting colonial troops, Italians in white up the Alps with its exploding mountain tops. Germans, French, Russians, Belgians and Turks. Zeppelins over England. The naval Battle of Jutland, submarines, sinkings. Passchendaele where at times more men were 'drowned' in mud than killed in action. The Somme where 20,000 died in the first day. A huge armoured railway artillery gun. Food shortages in Germany. The sheer utter madness of it all is laid out in 75 minutes interspersed with classroom type scenes featuring veterans who talk falteringly, possibly reading off a cue board, the presenter linking the stages or scenes of warfare.
The film is from the early-mid 1930s and so is obviously very dated in its interview technique and style, but the main substance carries the (anti-war) message strongly enough. A poignant dimension is that the men of the 1st WW became the Forgotten Men within about ten or twelve years, and those of later wars also fell into that category within similar time frames. Forget the man, forget the war? Forget the war, repeat history? We repeat it anyway. This is a worthy documentary for those interested in this period, and as a partner documentary I would recommend that afterwards you watch '1914-1918' for a really cynical slant on the 1st WW and how to elevate a long documentary into something more interesting.


Ring RCT1 European Travel Kit
Ring RCT1 European Travel Kit
Offered by Otium-Retail
Price: 18.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Neat Package Of Euro-Essentials, 23 Jun 2014
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It's a pain getting all the bits and pieces required for a trip to the Continent and replacing various items that have had their day, so this box of essentials is a welcome addition to what is already out there, and it compares mostly favourably. Everything is in a compact bag although like another reviewer commented, the zips are held together by a small, thick, plastic loop that won't give up its position lightly. I found a pair of pruning scissors did the trick. Remove it before you stick the bag in the boot otherwise you might be cursing later. So, all-in-all, a good bit of kit.


Love Crime
Love Crime
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: 0.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Crime??, 15 May 2014
This review is from: Love Crime (DVD)
More like a crime born of humiliation. Certainly worth watching as it is intriguing with a twist in the tail. The acting is solid, the corporate backdrop suitably minimalist and functional, not to mention scheming. Script is pretty good. Tension evident. Not bad at all, although a little more info on the past of the humiliated half wouldn't have gone amiss.


Miss Bala
Miss Bala
Dvd
Offered by Lovefilm UK Limited
Price: 0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Another Worthy Movie, 15 May 2014
This review is from: Miss Bala (DVD)
It's worthy because it gives one a realistic view of life for some in Mexico, even if the story is fiction. The acting, camerawork and locations are good, and the script is pretty much okay. The film has a quick pace and the violence is understated, although indirectly still packs a punch. There is also an undeniable tension that doesn't often ease up. Also features some catchy mad music in one of the 'club' scenes. Overall it captures the tense, unpredictable society that is increasingly prevalent in Mexico, where anxieties are high and the threat of violence never far away. A side the tourists usually never get to see. Recommended.


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