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Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]
Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Leonardo DiCaprio
Price: £2.98

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic in many ways, 14 May 2007
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This review is from: Blood Diamond [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
A very enjoyable film, well made and well-acted and which rams home the disturbing fact that child soldiers are common in Africa. A number of reviewers take issue with Leo's accent; as an ex-South African soldier myself I think he does an excellent job of it - he speaks exactly the way you'd expect a real ex-Rhodie to speak - in other words the accent of an English-speaking Southern African and different from the Afrikaans accent of Arnold Vosloo (who of course didn't have to fake it). A couple of jarring bits, including the ridiculous idea that a Cape wine estate would be guarded by lines of mercenaries, but on the whole a great action film with a powerful message and one that Africans of any stripe would identify powerfully with.

An Hour from Paris
An Hour from Paris
by Annabel Simms
Edition: Paperback

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect guide to the beautiful Ile-de-France, 3 April 2007
This review is from: An Hour from Paris (Paperback)
I was given this book as a gift when I left the UK to spend a year in Paris. I own a couple of well-known guidebooks to Paris, but this one is unique. It details really lovely days out in the countryside and I haven't found any inaccuracies (except perhaps that the ticket prices are slightly out of date by the time of writing this). Best of all it tells you exactly how to get there by train and / or bus. I've done nearly all the trips and I can really recommend it to anyone who lives in or around Paris and who finds themselves with a free day or weekend. A lovely, lively book, and it has been the inspiration for some really special, happy memories.

Pampered Menial/Sound of
Pampered Menial/Sound of

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, 10 Dec 2004
I first heard these albums in 1978 when a friend of mine was pushing all sorts of music at me. Initially I preferred At The Sound Of The Bell (Standing Here With You being an outstanding track) but I soon graduated to the harder-rocking first album. It seems everyone has different opinions on their favourites - mine is Theme From Subway Sue, on which Surkamp's vocals are absolutely astonishing, and there is gorgeous country-rock-inflected piano and some excellent lead guitar playing.
Get these albums if you can. Proof that the 70's weren't all bad taste and flares! The music is timeless and even now if marketed properly would do well on general sale... It's REAL music, played and produced well, by people who knew what they were doing, and, of course, Surkamp's utterly, utterly unique voice. Only Geddy Lee of Rush comes anywhere close but it's not really a fair comparison.
There are two other albums that I know of plus a bootleg of a live radio show, but these are of the 'for-fans-only' type.

The Queen Symphony
The Queen Symphony
Offered by Media Vortex
Price: £34.99

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Professional, but cheesy..., 5 Jun 2003
This review is from: The Queen Symphony (Audio CD)
I'm listening to it as I write. It's very pretty, if a bit cheesy, but only because you know it's Queen tunes. The composer (if that's what you call him) has real skill, but it's what you would expect. A suite of popular tunes, professionally arranged in cod-late Romantic or early C20 style. Bernstein (Leonard or Elmer) would have done it better. For all that, it's nice, but you worry about that amount of creative effort being expended.

Legends of the Stars
Legends of the Stars
by CBE, DSc, FRAS, Sir Patrick Moore
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb introduction to Greek mythology, 7 Nov 2002
This review is from: Legends of the Stars (Paperback)
I was given this book as a child in 1965 or so. I was completely captivated by it and have been looking for a replacement copy for more than 20 years. The book tells the stories of the various Greek gods and heroes (of both sexes) who ended up as constellations -- Orion, Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, the Pleiades, and many more - with detailed star-maps showing how the ancients perceived the arrangement of the heavens. Timeless and brilliant.

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