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Lotte Reiniger - The Fairy Tale Films [DVD]
Lotte Reiniger - The Fairy Tale Films [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lotte Reiniger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique silhouette films, 23 Jan. 2015
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Beautiful, sensitive silhouette fairy tales with enchanting musical accompaniments. Quite unique, and a fascinating additional documentary showing Lotte Reiniger at work with a pair of scissors.


Ukip Calypso
Ukip Calypso

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, catchy song - it gets the message across ..., 22 Oct. 2014
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Clever, catchy song - it gets the message across clearly and wittily. Hope it goes to no.1 - we need to get our country back!


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
by John Boyne
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 3 Feb. 2013
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Actually, I think this book should really be reviewed by a child or teenager. It is written through the eyes of a nine-year old German boy who is upset when his family move from Berlin to Auschwitz. His father has been promoted to Camp Commandant. However the author has chosen to replace the name of the camp with the child's mispronunciation "Out-with" - ignoring the fact that this would of course be different in German. Similarly with "The Fury" for The Fuehrer. This might annoy some people of an overly-rational outlook, but if one decides to go along with these and other contrivances, then the main story is quite moving, as anyone who has seen the film will be aware. But as it is written, supposedly, from a child's perspective, most adults will inevitably find it somewhat unconvincing. Having said that, it's central image of two boys, German and Jew, on opposite sides of the metal fence becoming friends despite the vast difference in their lives is a powerful metaphor and one that will probably enter the realms of legend.


Killer Elite
Killer Elite
by Ranulph Fiennes
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Killer Elite, 3 Feb. 2013
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Originally entitled 'The Feather Men', they are a group of people dedicated to protecting ex-army/SAS colleagues. Another group, hired assassins called the Clinic, are slowly but surely taking out a succession of heroic soldiers who all have a common link. Based on Sir Ranulph's own time in the SAS and subsequent service in Oman, this gripping story is packed with realistic detail and local colour. And with a completely unexpected twist at the end it leaves one deeply impressed with Sir Ranulph's story-telling ability. Another feather in his incredible cap.


The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea
The Tainted Source: The Undemocratic Origins of the European Idea
by John Laughland
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon purchase - Book review: the Tainted Source, 2 Oct. 2012
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This is a superb book, very well researched, in depth, and with many expositions of important and interesting related topics along the way of which I had little or no previous knowledge, eg the Classical Gold Standard and the effect on world economics of its being abandoned at the outbreak of WW1. But of course the central topic is the EU and how many developments which we are currently witnessing such as the single currency and a Central Bank had already been planned by Hitler or even earlier. Throughout WW2 a common Nazi theme was that the 3rd Reich was, in effect, actually doing Europe a favour and that the other European countries should gladly embrace a united Europe, whilst acknowledging Germany as the strong centre of it. Sounds familiar?


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4.0 out of 5 stars Circulation Booster, 4 Sept. 2012
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A useful self-therapy for the home and easy to operate; the only drawback is that one has to bend down and hold down the buttons each time till the program reaches the desired intensity. But one can get round that by using something like a walking stick or cane.


Memoirs
Memoirs
by Roy Jenkins
Edition: Hardcover

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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazon purchase - Jean Monnet's 'Memoirs'., 14 Jun. 2012
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Despite Amazon labeling this work Memoirs by Roy Jenkins, it is in fact the Memoirs of Jean Monnet, with an introduction by Roy Jenkins. Jean Monnet's life was fascinating and is an example of how EU politicians end up creating such havoc. Having tried and failed to unite the French and British Empires in 1940 (as a last resort before complete French capitualation to the Nazis), Monnet was then sent to America by Churchill as part of the British Supply Council to try to expedite supplies for Britain's war effort. Monnet realised that America was unprepared for the massive conflict that was looming and persuaded a few of Roosevelt's closest advisers to imagine how many weapons America would need to win the war singlehandedly. Thus they set in motion a massive expansion of US industry, and when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, America's 'Victory Program' was already up and running. However, this was only possible by Monnet's insistence on by-passing all the usual layers of bureaucracy, and being answerable only to the President. Thus, although in this case Monnet's determination to by-pass democratic procedures was a great blessing, it nevertheless set a precedent for his future way of dealing with any great issue.

Thus, after the end of WW2, he set about re-building France's shattered economy by persuading de Gaulle to allow him to set up a Planning Commissariat answerable only to the President of the Council, and to set up a ring-fenced fund for modernization and investment in new equipment, (much of which came from Marshall Aid funds). His next Plan (usually called the Schuman Plan, although it was Monnet who proposed it) was to answer the question of what to do about Germany; his solution was to pool the steel and coal industries of France and Germany, under a High Authority (of which Monnet was the first Chairman.) This was supposed to prevent France and Germany ever fighting each other again; but it set in motion the beginnings of the present-day EU, by establishing the principle of European nations surrendering sovereignty to a supranational and undemocratic body (despite there being representation from national governments at Council level). De Gaulle was against Supranational institutions and fought to keep an independent France; Monnet insisted that only a federal Europe could once and for all stop European nations fighting each other. Reading these memoirs is a must for anyone who is interested in the origins of the EU and as a case study in a well-meaning but arrogant diplomat who couldn't see the difference between sorting out the immediate problems of a particular situation, and thinking that the whole future of Europe was only solvable by circumventing the system and principle of democratic governance by sovereign nations.
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