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Henry V (1989) DVD
Henry V (1989) DVD
Dvd ~ Kenneth Branagh

5.0 out of 5 stars What a classic, 30 April 2014
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Look for the leadership archetypes exhibited by King Henry V - fascinating stuff and a beautiful production. I missed out on a Shakesperean education and am catching up by watching films like this. This particular film is as good as it gets.


The Bridge: Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
The Bridge: Series 1 & 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sofia Helin
Price: 25.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive, 30 April 2014
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Don't buy this if you value your evenings. Once you start, you can write off the next 2 weeks!! Loved it.


Dutch Cream Wooden Garden Planter (Extra Large) + FREE Liner
Dutch Cream Wooden Garden Planter (Extra Large) + FREE Liner
Offered by UK Shopping Mall Ltd
Price: 47.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Colour is misleading, 6 Mar 2014
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Very disappointed with these planters because I thought they would be a kind of dirty cream like the picture. They are a really naff bright cream - think cheap paint in a kind of yellow/white mix - a sickly cream and very bright. The distributors refused to accept that they were different from the picture and wouldn't take them back so I had to repaint them - 5 of them! 40 in paint and half a day of work and they now look great. Will they last? I don't know.


Insight Guides: Myanmar (Burma)
Insight Guides: Myanmar (Burma)
by David Abram
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, informative guide, 10 Jan 2014
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Having just returned from Myanmar where we relied heavily on this book, I reckon that it deserves a 5 star rating without doubt. Published in 2013, it captures the ancient culture as well as much of the recent political history. It is written in such a way that it makes for truly interesting reading, not something that can be said about many travel guides. Of course we want to pretend that we are not tourists in a country as unique as this - but the fact is that we are and with this guide we felt we could make ethical choices about how to engage with the people and places that we visited. Tourism is going to take off exponentially in Myanmar and there is a real risk that international (especially Chinese) investment in hotels and infrastructure will overwhelm the precious culture. Meanwhile the prospect of tourist dollars is already causing the locals and their children to swarm round tourists as they arrive in a tourist destination. The warmth and charm of the Myanmar people is the most appealing aspect of the country and the more we can learn about the culture and customs, the less likely we are to ruin it with inappropriate behaviour. In the regional sections of the book, we found that the recommendations of what to see, where to stay and eat were accurate, up to date and helpful. If you go you should also read "Letters from Burmah" by Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese Days by George Orwell. Have a great trip! I'm very envious...


Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
by Michael Pollan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.74

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great little book!, 29 Sep 2012
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Food Rules came highly recommended by a nutritionist at the Penny Brohn Cancer Centre in Bristol. It is a great little book because Michael Pollan demystifies the whole subject of what we should eat these days when the supermarkets offer a bewildering array of products and there is conflicting advice everywhere we turn on whether we should be low-fat, low-carb, low GI, low GL, high fibre etc. My shelves are full of the latest advice, collected over the years, most of which conflicts with the earlier "latest advice". This book is quite different. Based on a good understanding of nutrition science, Pollen has reduced the chaos into less than 70 witty little rules that are easy to remember and lighthearted enough to appeal to the most hardened skeptic. It takes minutes to read, can be taken anywhere, left in the loo for amusement but the messages are sound, memorable and skillfully delivered. Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. It takes a great deal of skill to arrive at such a simple message. I'm giving it to all my friends and family.


Siddhartha (Penguin Modern Classics)
Siddhartha (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Hermann Hesse
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A spiritual journey, 8 Mar 2011
My 12 year old listened to this audio book and wrote: "An obviously well-researched book. I would recommend it to people who enjoy spiritual themes to books. It has an interesting, if slightly confusing, ending when Siddhartha tells his old friend Govinda of his belief in the inner life of things such as a stone. At the beginning of the book he followed in his father's spiritual footsteps and found this unsatisfactory, then he went to the Samona religion, then he indulged in the pleasures of city life before realising that he had ruined himself. He then went to the ferryman who had taken him across the river in his boat for free and they lived together happily. There the ferryman taught Siddhartha to listen to the river and nature around him. The unexpected coming of his spoilt son from the city made Siddhartha joyful but the son was never pleased with what they gave him and he ran off back to the city. The ferryman dies and Govinda returns to Siddhartha who taught him of his learnings from the river."


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