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Ali: The Greatest of All Time (6-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Ali: The Greatest of All Time (6-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD]
Offered by The Canny Store
Price: £23.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great footage - a dvd version of "when we were ..., 24 Feb. 2016
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Great footage - a dvd version of "when we were kings" the fantastic film of the rumble in the jungle and some good pundit stories / however Bert Randolph Sugar denegrates Henry Cooper and offends the Uk with crass statements such as "what do they know they think Dunkirk was a victory" - it was ! and Henry Cooper knocked Ali down fair and square and Dundee bought time with a cut glove - Sugar was a hack with little understanding of what Cooper or the British achieved - offensive and biased but that has nothing to do with the sublime ALI who is in his glory in this box set even if Mr Sugar is not


The Beatles - In Their Own Write [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
The Beatles - In Their Own Write [DVD] [2014] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ The Beatles
Price: £5.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars you already know more about the Beatles, 13 Sept. 2015
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Total rubbish - if you know nothing about the Beatles ... You
Know more than The tired music journalists and dj s spouting banal cliches about the music on the early albums that make up this DVD - don't be misled as I was by the other reviews these DVDs are going straight to the charity shop - buy anthology or listen to the music - or watch the extra features on help or hard days night ... This is low quality filler material by talentless hacks


The Beatles - In Their Own Write Vol 2 [DVD] [NTSC]
The Beatles - In Their Own Write Vol 2 [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Beatles
Price: £5.99

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You know this already but anthology, 13 Sept. 2015
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Total rubbish - rather boring music journalists and third rate hangers on talk about the Lennon and Mcartney songs on
Latter Beatles albums without adding anything to them - might as well pay for failing English Students to read you the lyrics - don't waste your
Money - buy anthology instead utter utter banal rubbish. Dave Hawkes


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. [DVD] [2009]
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Robert Vaughn
Price: £9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget then - positively a rip off now, 18 Aug. 2015
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The Man from Uncle "Movies" were actually the tv shows broadcast in the USA with some additional "filler" footage shot to flesh out the episodes into a product that could be released in cinemas to offset the production costs of the series. The comparisons with Bond are erroneous - these films are low budget shot for TV and should not be compared to Bond (despite the fact that Fleming came up with the name in a single creative meeting with the TV writer thats as far as the "created by Fleming" story can be stretched). We loved Man From Uncle but that was infliuenced by collective unconscious , the associations of the context and times with the show .. the toys, the idea of a Russian spy as a hero … the gadgets etc - That has all dissolved into the ether. The strategy behind the series concept was that people watching at home on black and white sets could get a colour fix of Solo and Kuryakin in cinemas - and lets be honest … be relieved of their cash twice. The American public felt slightly ripped off after a while (seeing shows they had already seen on TV in the cinema) and the movies were then only released outside of he USA. Youll probably feel just as ripped off by the low budget treatment given by Warner brothers to this DVD release. 1) it is not a box set of "Man from Uncle" shows - 2) it has only 5 of the movies there are some missing 3) What IS here does not hold up well in terms of production values , direction, plot, dialogue or even comedy value 3) the extras are merely badly written and brief computer pdf files there is no extra DVD commentry options or documentary material - and Warner brothers have mislead in the blurb … So I would avoid!! - the TV shows are better but overall the whole concept is better in your fond memories than in watching this padded out shot for TV stuff.


TARDIS Eruditorum: An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 4: Tom Baker and the Hinchcliffe Years
TARDIS Eruditorum: An Unofficial Critical History of Doctor Who Volume 4: Tom Baker and the Hinchcliffe Years
by Philip Sandifer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.29

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Set the Tardis to "avoidance" Self referential nothing new, 10 Aug. 2015
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I'm puzzled By some of the other reviewers high praise , basically this is a set of Blogs compiled into a series of commentaries on all things Who. Wierdly it suffers from not having enough DR Who in it and focusing too much on the Authors personal history and relationship with the show. perhaps the fact that he was watching Tom Baker episodes after the event in an American basement on VHS and admits he never even " got around" to watching the Talons of Weng Chiang until Paid to do so - should be a clear warning to British Who Fans who actually watched the fourth doctor unfold ? This also explains a rather poor attempt to place each episode in a hail of news events and UK chart lists to give a "context" those of us actually there remember? But mostly it's the self referential "me me me " focus of each piece that grates along with a lack of original material. For the average Dr Who fan there is nothing new here about the relationships on set an absence of any production notes of value and the analysis is over complicated and biased . The attack on Seeds of Doom and sarchastic swipes at John Pertwee are entirely personal axes Sandifer attempts to grind at the readers expense - and they Must be blunt given the number of times he tries to grind them In a chapter! when compared to
The recent special feature interviews and critical analysis on the dvd reissues - Sandifers commentary is often inaccurate - sadly he misunderstands and undervalues both Terry Nations skill as a writer and Phillip Hinchcliffe's skill as a producer - so set your Tardis coordinates to "avoidance" this material should have stayed as a free blog Mr Sandifer
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EARTHRISE
EARTHRISE
by DR EDGAR MITCHELL
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Written for kids and newcomers to apollo, 13 Oct. 2014
This review is from: EARTHRISE (Hardcover)
I'm disappointed with this book - Amazon should indicate it's reading age as 10- 12 years. it is really a children's introduction to Apollo and Apollo 14. The writing style is clear direct and very basic as is the subject matter. Mitchell is a fascinating man -a true Intellectual and an Erudite commentator on Apollo (see his interviews on in the shadow of the moon on DVD) He is also a forthright moon walker who clashed with his Commander Al Shepard in temperament intellect and spirituality and famously said they might as well have sent an ape to the moon given what it meant to Shepard to be there (nothing beyond a fighter jock ego boost ) - none of this Is covered in this simplistic sanitised and very basic book . good for kids as an intro to apollo Adults would do better elsewhere


Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight) (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight Series)
Ambassadors from Earth: Pioneering Explorations with Unmanned Spacecraft (Outward Odyssey: a People's History of Spaceflight) (Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Spaceflight Series)
by Jay Gallentine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you can cope with the dumbed down prose, 7 Oct. 2014
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A good general read , that introduces some fascinating missions to space without any spam in the can - if you are interested in space exploration worth the effort but beware - if you are easily irritated by America the Beautiful sentiment and poor standards of language . Sadly Jay Gallentines mangling of the English Language and use of football jock dumbed down prose is irritating as it obstructs and damages the narrative - for example Korolev and the the Russian design Bureau apparently battled with ..." secondary projects that multiplied like horny bunnies" pg 63 - oh dear me - Andrew Chaikin or Frances French and Colin Burgess where are you when we need you ? I would rather read into the shadow of the moon or Into that silent sea or Cadburys Space Race .. For better writing and a wider perspective - here is an American space race historian glossing over Von Brauns use of Slave Labour and the devastation wreaked on London by the V2 (Gallentine offensively underplays this for comic effect ). Poor writing aside however it does illuminate some of the characters of un manned exploration and is very absorbing . At times you can loose yourself in the wonders of satellite exploration - if you can go with the teenage potboiler passages there is a reward to be gained - but learn to write for adults Mr Gallentine and take off your all American high school blinkers - it would help your cause not hinder it Dave Hawkes


Easy Way to Control Alcohol
Easy Way to Control Alcohol
by Allen Carr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An attempt at a cliffhanger - but we know all along who done it, 29 Aug. 2014
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I have updated my review as I belueve that Carrs agency itself is flooding Anazon with positive reviews to loose negative reviews in the static - please do look at the 25 negative reviews when considering if to buy this book ? The decision is yours then
Of course - my review is ... I agree that Carrs suggestions are good suggestions - stop drinking- never question your decision- don't avoid social situations - live life in the here and now and enjoy freedom - view yourself not as an alcoholic or in recovery but as someone who doesn't have to wrestle with it any more and has left a dangerous drug with no benefits behind - easy indeed ! but the incessant comparisons with smoking and heroin , the repetition and the attempt to leave these rules as a "cliffhanger " make this a patronising tome - he is right ! - alcohol is a poison that does the opposite to what it says on the tin - it's the way that this is said that I did not find as helpful as other reviewers


Hercules MS631B Microphone Stand with EZ Grip
Hercules MS631B Microphone Stand with EZ Grip
Price: £49.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointed unstable boom, 26 Dec. 2013
Hercules have damaged a good boom stand with poor engineering of the Ez grip system. In order to accommodate the Ez grip one handed system that raises the height of the main straight stand the whole boom arrangement is on a clip fixing and this joins the boom to the main stand. This wobbles and becomes looser the more you use the stand . Turns out the whole boom element is clipped to a small length of tubing about one and a half inches long that is fixed to the Ez grip handle - its not part of the main straight tube forming the main stand. This bends and flexes itself loose so the boom shakes and is unstable . Great shame / a good straight stand with a weak and wobbly boom attached - too expensive given this fault - buy a cheaper old fashioned boom it'll last longer and look more professional on stage - Dave Hawkes
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Clean Language:Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds
Clean Language:Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds: Revealing Metaphors and Opening Minds
by Wendy Sullivan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clean Language - is it really that clean? Where did it come from?, 30 Dec. 2012
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(In the style of the authors)
Questioner: What would a five star book of this kind look like?
Speaker: It would introduce clean language techniques in a clear manner that I could apply.
It would link these techniques to their roots in NLP , Ericksonian Hypnosis, Systemic approaches and solution Focused Therapy.
It would honestly appraise the approach and admit to wide influences , even if they were from other approaches than Clean Language texts and NLP.
It would be genuinely innovative and also consider "tricky" or complex situations and give examples of using these techniques in difficult meeting/teaching/ business negotiation or clinical contexts.

Questioner : Did this book look like that?
Speaker : No. Only the first thing I stated was achieved.
Questioner: Well, will you settle for that ?...................

If the answer is ....."yes" then this book is for you. It is a clear introduction. If the answer is "no" there are some issues you may consider before buying it.
This book does explain core aspects of clean language which is an interesting idea for counsellors, business folk and therapists. It is clearly (if rather repetitively) written. The case examples used are simplistic and do not seem "real" somehow. There are references to celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal and many popular quotations that may either Jar with the reader or may be amusing and accessible , depending on what you seek from a book of this kind.

It also attempts to stand in splendid isolation, pulling the ladders clean language would have used to climb to this position up behind it - it has an embarrassingly short list of sources and wider reading on language in therapy and the authors seem to be laying claim to relationship questions, future focused questioning styles, systemic feed forward or preferred future questions, Ericksonian adventures in metaphor and matching communication patterns and cooperation in therapy. Certainly Steve De Shazer and Bergs language structures from SFBT are either ignored or have been missed by authors? A good introduction to these would be [ASIN:0789033984 More Than Miracles: The State of the Art of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (Haworth Brief Therapy). Sullivan and Rees acknowledge only the late David Grove and "clean language" sources for what are very widespread therapeutic techniques and language structures. These techniques could just as easily be linked to JL Austons "How to do things with Words"[ASIN:019281205X How to Do Things with Words: The William James Lectures delivered in Harvard University in 1955 (Oxford Paperbacks), Wittgensteins work on "Language Games a good summary is in his biography by Ray Monk [ASIN:0099883708 Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius] and Milton Erickson's use of metaphor. In fact , a good accompanying book to Clean Language would be J Haleys "Uncommon Therapy" [ASIN:0393310310 Uncommon Therapy: Psychiatric Techniques of Milton H.Erickson, M.D.], his collection of Milton Ericksons' case studies in which some of these these techniques get their first airing (along with some strategic manipulation though so take care before going down this route it's addictive!).

Even NLP's Bandler and Grinder acknowledged Erickson! By suggesting that there are only clean language created techniques in clean language as an approach, Sullivan and Rees create a world where clean language has sprung from nowhere. I feel this is ungenerous. Putting these ideas in a wider context with other approaches would have helped rather than hindered the model. However Sullivan and Rees describe themselves as "specialist international trainers, psychotherapists, coach and coach supervisors , business consultants" etc and I acknowledge there is a need to create a "new" product to fulfil these roles successfully. Overall this IS a good introduction but you may still want to look wider than the sources used to put this interesting way to use words and metaphors into some context and also to be able to use the techniques effectively in more testing clinical and business situations.
Dave Hawkes . Senior Lecturer Mental Health.


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