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Brio Old Steam Engine
Brio Old Steam Engine
Offered by Otherland
Price: £8.90

5.0 out of 5 stars No problems for us here, 16 Jun 2014
This review is from: Brio Old Steam Engine (Toy)
As there were only two, negative reviews here, I feel compelled to balance this out a little. Our one works perfectly, with a gorgeous and smooth piston movement finishing what is a lovely miniature locomotive. I hope that the broken ones that others have received are by far the minority as I too would expect Brio to have high standards.


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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - this entire book is copied and pasted from wikipedia!, 1 Aug 2013
Look closely at the final paragraph of the description: "Contains selected content from the highest rated entries" What this is referring to is the highest rated entries on wikipedia! I could not believe it when this joke of a book landed on my doorstep. How dare people charge almost £15 for print outs from wikipedia? You can read the entire thing on line at en.wikipedia.org which is of course a publicly available, totally free, website. Even if "the proceeds from this sale go towards the "wikimedia" foundation," (whatever that may mean) I nonetheless feel the same way about this book as a College Tutor would likely feel, if they reveived an essay from a pupil which was 100% copied and pasted from wikipedia. What a joke.


North Face [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
North Face [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Philipp Stolzl
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £7.90

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most harrowing film I have ever seen, 5 Aug 2009
The reviews already posted here are articulate, accurate and comprehensive so I won't needlessly repeat anything they say.

I am writing because I would like to emphasise just what a desperately agonising experience I found this film to be. I consider 'Breaking the Waves' and 'Requiem for a dream' brilliant tragedies but 'North Face' however, raises the bar clean out of sight. I was utterly transfixed as the climbers' nightmare gets ever worse. I am a 30 year old grown man, but I had to keep reminding myself that the characters I was watching were actors. Furthermore even though the outcome is common knowledge I still hoped that a miracle would occur. When the film finished I soon started shaking and I sobbed a little. NEVER has a film hit me like this - I would actually say I was distressed. 24 hours later I am fine but the most haunting scenes keep flashing back into my mind. I'll settle soon I'm sure but my awe of this film and the true story behind it will never wane.

I apologise if this reads more like a blog entry than a review but I have never had a movie experience like this and felt compelled to share it.

Hats off to the actors and director for crafting this masterpiece of desperation. An utterly worthy tribute to these 4 brave men, and indeed to all who have perished on the 'Murderwall'


World War II: The Definitive Visual Guide (Dk)
World War II: The Definitive Visual Guide (Dk)
by Dorling Kindersley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DK are not exaggerating when they say "Definitive.", 26 April 2009
In short this book is extremely good, coming very close to the utterly bar-raising standards of previous works in the 'definitive visual guide' series.

This book gives a very good overview of all major activity in the various theaters of war throught the entire confilct. The text is accompanied by a variety of images which bring the conflict to life in the rich and enticing way that DK seem to find so easy. There are plenty of maps too, which are incredibly helpful in visualising the battles and campaigns, though the annotations are a little disorganised and can be annoyingly hard to follow. The book's greatest strength is its balanced perspective. All theaters and nations are given close to equal coverage which makes for a pleasingly broad overall scope. The inspired inclusion of first hand accounts ensures that the narrative frequently touches base with real experiences.

On the downside, I read this book from cover to cover but found that it became a little dry in places. It leaps to an entirely new subject with every page turn which gives everything a rather rushed pace. Furthermore, one occasionaly feels that some events are not given sufficient coverage such as the Russian assaults on the Eastern front in 1944. This book is therefore not the gripping page turner that other, more specific war narratives are such as the magnificent 'Stalingrad' by Anthony Beevor. However, it is probably designed to be used as more of a reference book and given the immense amount of material sandwiched between the covers it's remarkable just how much detail there is. So if you are looking for a flowing narrative detailing every part of World War two then you may be better off looking elsewhere. If on the other hand you're after an outstanding reference book to dip in and out of then this is about as good as it gets. The current Imperial War Museum series; 'The second world war experience' may well rival it but this is far better value for money. A thoroughly worthy addition to anyone's book collection.


Blitzkrieg 1939-41: IWM Second World War Experience v. 1
Blitzkrieg 1939-41: IWM Second World War Experience v. 1
by R. J. Overy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superlative, 22 Sep 2008
This book is something very special indeed. What sets it apart from other history books is its use of primary sources from the time. I had read about Chamberlain's Munich agreement and 'peace in our time' speech countless times, but this book enables you to able to pull a replica of the agreement out of a pouch and examine it for yourself. This genuinely brings history to life in a new and dynamic way. Other pull outs include copies of 10,000,000 Reich Mark notes from the 1920s and a map of the English Channel detailing 'Operation Sealion' - the planned naval invasion of Britain. This rich visual treat is accompanied by a rational, objective stance by the authors. Key events such as Appeasement and the Treaty of Non-aggression between Germany and Russia are discussed with a remarkable balance of hindsight and empathy. Congratulations to all involved and roll on volume II!


Path of Destruction: A Novel of the Old Republic (Star Wars: Darth Bane)
Path of Destruction: A Novel of the Old Republic (Star Wars: Darth Bane)
by Drew Karpyshyn
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ive read 30+ Star Wars books and this is the best, 6 Sep 2008
This book is about as good as a Star Wars book can possibly get. In my opinion, the biggest problem for Star Wars authors is that it is very hard to describe Space battles and Lightsaber duels using text alone. There are countless books where you end up reading about thrusts and parries with no real visualisation in your head. Drew Karpyshyn changes all that by describing the ever changing momentum of the battle, in the minds of the two combatants which makes for much more immersive and enjoyable reading. Furthermore the story is incredible as Bane stoops to darker and ever more evil levels in his efforts to crush his enemies and dominate the Sith. This is perhaps the best Star Wars book of them all, possibly even topping the mighty 'Shadows of the Empire'. Certainly, along with Shadows, it can be considered one of the precious few Star Wars books to truly capture the spirit of the films and genuinely immerse you in the same magical universe. 10/10


Shadow Hunter: Star Wars (Darth Maul)
Shadow Hunter: Star Wars (Darth Maul)
by Michael Reaves
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointing, 14 Oct 2006
Star Wars books hold something of a niche market, because those that are into them tend to be REALLY into them, and are big collectors of the 'expanded universe' novels.

When they are good, they really are good as books such as Steve Perry's 'Shadows of the Empire' and James Luceno's 'Labyrinth of Evil' are becoming cult classics amongst Star Wars fans.

Sadly, this effort from Michael Reeves falls far short of such high standards. Set 6 months before the Phantom Menace, the story is centered around the unlikely duo of Jedi Padawan Darsha Assant and down-on-his-luck spacer Lorn Pavan. A rogue Nemoidian is trying to sell a holocron containing a full expose of Darth Sidious' identity and plans. Assant and Pavan come to aquire this holocron, and Darth Maul is sent after them by Sidious to destroy the holocron at all costs. Communications being somewhat good in the Star Wars universe, it seems Reeves has had to put a real effort into finding a way to keep the pair somewhat isolated. Consequently, almost the entire book is a chase set in the basements of Coruscant's metropolis which tends to create a somewhat dull atmosphere. The real problem however is that Darth Maul is constantly outwitted by Assant and Pavan. Darth Maul, the epitome of Sith darkness is time and again outwitted and left cursing in rage as the pair slip through his fingers time and time again. Without giving away too many details, he ultimately has nothing to do with the eventual dooming of Pavan's treasure, as little more than bad luck eventually causes the holocron to be destroyed. Sadly this is a somewhat lacklusture story in which a supposedly unstoppable villain is made to look rather foolish as failure strikes him again and again.

better luck next time Mr Reeves, if indeed there is a next time.


CIVILIZATION
CIVILIZATION
Offered by CD USA
Price: £6.11

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FLA's Cililiazation puts them at the top again., 12 Feb 2004
This review is from: CIVILIZATION (Audio CD)
This album represents a devestating return to form from one of industrial/e.b.m.'s former giants. The due of Leeb and Fulber are reunited after three albums apart and the reults are storming. The band have mellowed somewhat and have delved into some chill style melodies that are reminicent of recent records from their side project - Delerium. The distinctive bleeps and grinds from their FLA glory days are as present as ever and Leeb's vocals have never sounded so good. The result then, is a beautiful fusion of the best of Leeb and Fulber's musical sides. Both F.L.A and Delerium fans should snap this one up. A treat to the ears.


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