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Monty Python's Flying Circus (Vintage Beeb)
Monty Python's Flying Circus (Vintage Beeb)
by BBC Audiobooks America
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £6.04

5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane, 29 Mar. 2011
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For Python fans this cd is a must have. Unavailable previously on CD, it is the first Monty Python album and an important historical recording, comedy wise. The sketches are instantly familiar but that has in no way diluted their effect. The Lumberjack is as funny 95th time around as it was on the previous 94 occasions. The sleeve notes, though brief, are interesting and it is to be hoped that the subsequent albums will get the same treatment in the months and years ahead. By now, there are very few people who have not made their mind up about this comedy team. If you love them, you'll love this and if you don't you won't.


Modern Cookery for Private Families (Classic Voices in Food)
Modern Cookery for Private Families (Classic Voices in Food)
by Eliza Acton
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a cook book to use, 29 Mar. 2011
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I think this book should be seen as a social document rather than a cook book. I was looking forward to receiving this and using it to try out different recipes. However, the print, as mentioned by many other people, is very small for those of us with problems reading large banks of text. The clutter of recipes and comments makes it very hard to follow a recipe even if you can magnify the text. Finally, most of the recipes are of little interest to me even as an enthusiastic cook. Clearly many people enjoyed this as a piece of social history, but I was expecting it to be a usable cook book. On that score it fails I'm afraid, but as long as you know this it is not without its interest.


The Alice Behind Wonderland
The Alice Behind Wonderland
by Simon Winchester
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but ultimately frustrating, 22 Mar. 2011
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I knew very little about Lewis Carroll before i read this, and I'm not certain I know much more about him now. This book is full of interesting snippets and quite fascinating on early photography. However it doesn't grip in the way it should as the man behind the camera stays enigmatic throughout. A book like this is worth reading once, but it is not one you would want to return to for anything other than research. I agree with the reviewer who said that the lack of pictures robbed this work of much of its impact.


101 Languages of the World (PC)
101 Languages of the World (PC)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, but too much to deal with, 21 Mar. 2011
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First off, let me say I do really like this product. The vocabulary range and the useful phrases make this a fantastic choice for any semi-serious language learner. However, the four discs lead you through the hoops in order to load up the product. Either you download every language which takes up huge swathes of memory, or you pick your languages. The most commonly needed languages are not on one disc so you are forced to look at the contents and tick boxes then wait to see if your computer wants to download it properly!
Once set up has been negotiated a wealth of features await that are worth five stars, but the sheer difficulty of loading the software is the reason it is a four star package.


HoMedics MiBody Scales, Pedometer and Blood Pressure Monitor Fitness Analysis Set
HoMedics MiBody Scales, Pedometer and Blood Pressure Monitor Fitness Analysis Set

4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful set, 23 Feb. 2011
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First off, let me deal with the plus points. This collection of health analysing products is a very useful guide to anyone trying to lose weight or increase fitness. The scales work on a flat surface like lino and give very accurate readings. The main difference between this and other sets is the ability to upload your readings to any computer. The pedometer is a good guide to overall activity and, once again, you can work out how near you are to optimum activity levels.

The one major minus is the blood pressure measuring. As you will probavly be unused to taking these readings you could very easily be lulled into a false sense of security. If you position the equipment wrongly you could end up with a far lower blood pressure reading than is actually the case. Unless you are confident that you have everything perfect, leave that to the professionals.

Overall, then, a good set at a good price.


Upstairs Downstairs (BBC Audio)
Upstairs Downstairs (BBC Audio)
by John Hawkesworth
Edition: Audio CD

5.0 out of 5 stars A trip back to Eaton Place, 23 Feb. 2011
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With the resurrection of Upstairs, Downstairs at Christmas, now is a perfect time to return to the original series. Read by Jean Marsh, the creator and Rose in the original, the listener can picture every one of the characters and remember some of the scenes from the original programmes. Jean Marsh has got a lovely voice and she has a go at all the characters' voices with varying degrees of success. Her Mrs Bridges is spot on, but she naturally has more trouble with Mr Hudson. As an unabridged read you can completely lose yourself in it. Well worth buying for a long journey anywhere, or just some evenings of relaxation at home.


Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body
Agatha Raisin and the Busy Body
by M. C. Beaton
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing listen, 23 Feb. 2011
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I got this as a Christmas present for my Mother-in-Law who really enjoyed it. It is perfect for her with the mix of humour and a whodunnit. With it being unabridged she could follow every step of the story and not be concerned about missing anything. Penelope Keith is fantastic, of course, and brings the book to life in a way that only she can. Overall, perfect for an older relative.


Rockoholic
Rockoholic
by C.J. Skuse
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for pre-teens, 21 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Rockoholic (Paperback)
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First off, let me say I really liked the book. It has an arch sense of humour and a grasp of the absurdities of being a teenager, not to mention the problems of stardom. It is a great read and a lot of adults will appreciate it. However, the blurb on my copy has the ages 12+ for its core audience. I would not give this book to a 12 year old. 14 year old, maybe, but even then I would be uncomfortable with some of the language, particularly in a very early chapter where the Oedipal swear word is used. Even I was shocked with that, and I'm pretty broad minded. I really don't think you could call that use of the word anything other than gratuitous, and it seems to be a serious lapse of judgement from a very well established publishing house. The four stars would have been five if it hadn't been recommended for 12 year olds, but I felt it was right to say something to parents thinking of buying this.


The Memory Cage
The Memory Cage
by Ruth Eastham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A challenging read, 3 Feb. 2011
This review is from: The Memory Cage (Paperback)
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I have looked at all the other reviews written about this title and I find myself in general agreement with the unstinting praise that The Memory Cage has attracted. It is superbly written and deals with a whole range of issues in a realistic way. However, the range of issues from Alzheimers to Bosnia via Adoption makes it far too difficult for most children of under 11 to engage with.
My daughter, who is a Michael Morpurgo fan and 10 years old, is apparently the target audience. After three chapters she put the book down, finding the subject matter very tough to wade through. I will keep the book for her so she can return to it when she is emotionally maturer and well read enough to understand what is going on.
On balance, then, a book for secondary school students with a general understanding of the issues around war and dementia. If you want an easy read, stay away, but it is definitely worth persevering with if you can.


BabyFoot Deep Exfoliation For Feet peel
BabyFoot Deep Exfoliation For Feet peel
Offered by Intern Boutique
Price: £15.43

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but effective, 2 Feb. 2011
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This is one of the stranger products I have had to review, so lets start with basics. Does it work? Yes, to a large extent it does. It doesn't clear every bit of hard skin, but, as it suggests on the instructions, between 3 and 7 days an awful lot of hard skin starts to flake off. The process leaves your feet looking unsightly for about 3 days, but the overall result was very pleasing.
The big problem comes for anyone with feet over size 7. I'm a size 9 and I could only barely fit my feet into the bags containing the chemical. Size 10s and above would never be able to use it. Finding two hours to sit immobile was a problem for me as were the comments from the rest of the family!!
Overall then, a success if you can put up with the strange process.
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