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An Inspector Calls (60th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [1954]
An Inspector Calls (60th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [1954]
Dvd ~ Alastair Sim
Price: £14.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 60th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray (A Missed Oppurtunity ?), 26 Nov. 2014
This short review is only iro the digitally restored 60th Anniversary blu-ray edition, UK (Region 2) release, late 2014.
The Film itself is (as most already know) a Classic, if a little dated. But that really just adds to its charm.
Set in 1912, but released in 1954, it's the old English Class system shown in its true colours, by J.B. Priestley.
Excellent acting by all, especially of course by Alastair Sim. One of his best / most memorable performances.

No Holywood "Colorisation" here, you get the original classic in Black & White.
Picture detail / restoration is v good & I didn't notice any problems with the sound whatsoever.
My only criticism is the almost total lack of any "extras". Just one interview with the actress that played ...
er ...one of the central characters (spoiler deleted LOL).
Very nice to see her in a more recent interview, but handly earth shattering.
I'm sure that there must be some on set photographs, etc someplace, that could have been added.
Shame, hence only 4 stars.


Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Platinum Edition (PS3)
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue - Platinum Edition (PS3)

5.0 out of 5 stars Spec III (Platinum) version, 2 April 2014
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Smaller "taster" version of the subsequent GT5.
With only a handful of tracks & 40 odd cars, it's a nice but limited driving experience over 4 different classes.

Unfortunately the online support for this game has now ended, as Polyphony are concentrating on their latest offering (GT6).
Even the GT5 main game's online support will run out in May 2014.

If you're new to Gran Turismo & want a PS3 game, that'll challenge you for months, but you don't play on-line, try GT5.

If you want something that you can play online, I'd suggest you get a cheap / used copy of GT6.
The game's not as massive as GT5, but content is being added on a regular basis.


100 Reasons to be Glad
100 Reasons to be Glad
by Isabel Losada
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight - Very small & thin, but every page triggers a thought/memory., 2 April 2014
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This review is from: 100 Reasons to be Glad (Hardcover)
Large photographs with a small amount of text.
You'll be tempted to rush through it, which will take you all of 5 minutes.

I'd suggest that you should savour each page, in order to gain the maximum benefit.

Your own 100 reasons will probably be completely different.


A Step By Step Guide To KUNG FU Teach Yourself His Dynamic Martial Art In 18 Easy Lessons
A Step By Step Guide To KUNG FU Teach Yourself His Dynamic Martial Art In 18 Easy Lessons
by Chee Soo
Edition: Unknown Binding

5.0 out of 5 stars Chee Soo's original booklet on the "Internal" art of Fung Sau (Hand of the Wind) Kung Fu, 2 April 2014
A little piece of history, from the 1970's. Small, but very informative softcover booklet written by the extraordinary Professor Chee Soo, the late Grandmaster (died 1994) of the various chinese arts previously preserved in secrecy by the Lee family. I would suggest that this is really of most use / interest to those who are studying the "Internal" art of Fung Sau (or Feng Shou) Kung Fu.

Outstanding.


Tai Chi: It's Tai Chi Jim But Not As We Know It
Tai Chi: It's Tai Chi Jim But Not As We Know It
by Mr Howard Gibbon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T'ai Chi & Taoism in the 21st Century, 5 Dec. 2013
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Absolutely loved reading this Book, as the Author is a 6th Tengchi Master / Instructor of Taoist (or Daoist) Tai Chi, who has several decades experience in Tai Chi, Internal Kung Fu, Chinese Yoga and various Health arts.

This isn't your typical run-of-the-mill "How To Do Tai Chi" type book, you won't actually learn any of the relaxed, flowing and graceful movements here. But you will be able to read the thoughts & ideas of someone who has "lived, slept, eaten & breathed" Tai Chi for many, many years. (Sorry if I'm making you sound Ancient, Howard !)

Although I'm sure Howard's Instructors and pupils of the EWTA will enjoy this Book, it's not simply for those who study the Lee / Li form of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. In fact, it doesn't matter which style of Tai Chi you currently study, or are thinking of studying. It's more about trying to explain the various health benefits, that practising Tai Chi can bring into your life, if you devote a little of your time to it, on a regular basis.

It's also about Howard's own journey, with some hints and tips to help you progress along "the Way".

Excellent.

PLEASE NOTE: The Taoism referred to in this book, is more the Ancient Chinese Philosophy rather than the (slightly) more recent religious aspect. Howard is (I believe) a Christian, and some of his Religious views in this great Book might not be the same as yours.


How To Do Tai Chi
How To Do Tai Chi
Price: £5.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee T'ai Chi Ch'uan, 5 April 2013
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This review is from: How To Do Tai Chi (Kindle Edition)
Howard is the Chief Instructor of the "East-West Taoist Association" & has been teaching the various Lee Family arts for several decades now.

This is a very clear Instruction Manual for practitioners of Lee Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
I've only given it 4 stars, because Howards multi-angle DVD's are an even better way to memorise / learn the Form !!!

Obviously, being taught by a qualified Instructor in a Class environment, is the very best way to learn T'ai Chi.
But this Book is a great "aide memoire", for when you're practising alone.


Tai Chi
Tai Chi
Price: £5.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on Tai Chi & on Taoism in the 21st Century, 2 April 2013
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Absolutely loved reading this Book, as the Author is a 6th Tengchi Master / Instructor of Taoist (or Daoist) Tai Chi, who has several decades experience in Tai Chi, Internal Kung Fu, Chinese Yoga and various Health arts.

This isn't your typical run-of-the-mill "How To Do Tai Chi" type book, you won't actually learn any of the relaxed, flowing and graceful movements here. But you will be able to read the thoughts & ideas of someone who has "lived, slept, eaten & breathed" Tai Chi for many, many years. (Sorry if I'm making you sound Ancient, Howard !)

Although I'm sure Howard's Instructors and pupils of the EWTA will enjoy this Book, it's not simply for those who study the Lee / Li form of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. In fact, it doesn't matter which style of Tai Chi you currently study, or are thinking of studying. It's more about trying to explain the various health benefits, that practising Tai Chi can bring into your life, if you devote a little of your time to it, on a regular basis.

It's also about Howard's own journey, with some hints and tips to help you progress along "the Way".

Excellent.


Butterfly Boy (The Early Years Book 1)
Butterfly Boy (The Early Years Book 1)
Price: £5.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest portrayal of a challenging childhood., 13 Jan. 2013
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Essentially this is the story of a young boy from a modest, working class background from his birth until aged about 7. Not at all the sort of thing I'd usually want to read. But the difference with this particular story is that it's truth not fiction. Also, the rather mischievous boy in this tale grew up to be a very highly respected, liked and admired teacher of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. Then later, the Chief Instructor of his own Association. With several teachers under his guidance and instruction.

I like Howard's writing style


Earth 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)
Earth 3D (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray)

1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID "EARTH 3D" AT ALL COSTS !!!!!, 7 Jan. 2013
As per the previous reviews, I made the mistake of buying this in HMV based purely upon the Cover picture.
Watched it, (mostly) hated it. Then curiosity made me look it up on Amazon to see if I'd missed something (I hadn't).
Narrative: Boring & Basic, trying to sound Intellectual & New Age (but fails miserably). Obviously translated straight from German.
Titles: All in German with the option for English Voiceover.
Music: Bland / Generic.
Picture Quality: Mostly None !! A few 10 second clips were memorable, good quality & (appeared to be) 3D. The Seals on the beach, the boy in his canoe made out of a hollowed out tree trunk, the elephants..but for 95% of the time the camera work is shoddy, shakey & out of focus. AVOID THIS BLU-RAY AT ALL COSTS...

Note to the makers of this Blu-Ray disc. If I wanted to look at a sky full of Grey Clouds in 3D, I'd save myself the cost of your feeble disc & look out of the Window.

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Post Script: Took my "Earth 3D" Blu-Ray back to HMV & explained why I was unhappy (also explained a few of the reviews on Amazon). They gave me a full refund straight away. So this Disc = 1 Star, HMV = 5 Stars.


A Billion Jokes (Volume 1)
A Billion Jokes (Volume 1)
Price: £5.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great ..., 2 Jan. 2013
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Lots of good jokes, along with some ok ones....you'll probably read the entire book pretty quickly as it's fairly short and about 999,999,500 short of the title !!!
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