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Official "Dilbert" 2010 Block (Calendar 2010)
Official "Dilbert" 2010 Block (Calendar 2010)

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life seven days a week - and a laugh!, 12 Nov. 2009
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The scene is set for the DILBERT calendar by the cover "If everyone is doing it, Best Practices is the same thing as mediocre..."

If you have an office job with cubicles and computers, and you are looking for a daily neutral comment on your life, and find if your boss says "so we'll make this website with a guy in tights and a movie about coffee" meaning Flash and Javascript, this is for you!

(if you have difficulty with American slang or computing terms, then try something else...)

Official "Shaun the Sheep" 2010 Slim Calendar
Official "Shaun the Sheep" 2010 Slim Calendar

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Shear" enjoyment!, 12 Nov. 2009
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This calendar is guaranteed to brighten up the lives of people (especially Shaun fans!) where the calendars hang throughout 2010.

There is also lots of room to write down daily appointments.

A great present at amazon's price.

What more can I say?


5.0 out of 5 stars Fight to get this beautiful CD!, 10 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Mateli (Audio CD)
To give an idea of just how good this CD is, the only time I heard it on the radio I was driving from London to Hamburg and heard it played on Cologne-based German WDR. Before the programme had finished, I was outside the WDR region. I looked up what it was off the internet before getting one from Finland. It is that good.

As for what the record is actually like, the two female voices sing haunting, soaring melodies over tuneful accompaniments on traditional Finnish instruments. You might call them the Finnish Sundays if that wasn't "the Sunnuntais"...(which it isn't)

My Finnish is only good enough to suss that the lyrics are NOT "my squirrel is eating ice-cream, in Helsinki the airport is off the third ring road".

Clearly (as I find by looking around the internet) the lyrics are based on classical Finnish poetry - the runic poems of Mateli Kuivalatar (1771-1846) . Not knowing what the words mean is not a major issue just as with many current pop records...though they are worth a delve...being poetry...

Dastardly And Muttley Complete Collection [DVD] [2006]
Dastardly And Muttley Complete Collection [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ William Hanna

38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hanna-Barbera cartoon format soars to its best-ever! Medalmedalmedal..., 3 Nov. 2009
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Like many people, I remember these stories from my childhood - a comic chaos of cartoon characters flying wacky planes around to "stop that pigeon". Which they never achieve.

On a residential course at a management school, I learnt more from this series (then on in the mornings) about management technique than from the formal lectures - rewarding staff ("medalmedalmedal"), retribution for failure (general's fist bops Dastardly on the head), and not thinking outside the box, trusting instead only in building ever sillier things to achieve team objectives!

What happens is usually genuinely unpredictable and normally hilarious. It's a long time since I laughed so much at a cartoon.

Like the other Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the sixties and seventies, this is very colourful, but quite low on detail, and the lighter areas like character's faces often show blobs. The action happening in the sky avoids "Scooby-Doo just went past that vase for the fifth time" syndrome.

The episodes are at their very best in English - it came as a surprise to learn that only two people did all the voices. Paul Winchell (who was also Fleegle in the Banana Splits and Gargamel in the Smurfs) was Dastardly and the General, and Don "Boo Boo" Messick was *absolutely* everyone else including the Stanley Unwin-type talking Klunk. Nevertheless, you can watch in French or Italian if you like karaoke "Stop that Pigeon" and can live with Klunk talking more normally. Subtitles include Dutch.

As for extras, there is a short piece on how this show was originally conceived without the double-dealing do-badders Dastardly and Muttley, and two complete shows with commentary by the original team.

It's a hoot! Get that DVD! Rootly-toot-de-toot!

Shaun The Sheep 2009 Slim Calendar
Shaun The Sheep 2009 Slim Calendar
by Danilo
Edition: Calendar

5.0 out of 5 stars Bleat this!, 30 Sept. 2009
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This calendar is great - it's the gift that keeps friends and family laughing all year!

If the 2010 one is like this, it won't be baa-d!

Red Dwarf - Just The Shows : Complete BBC Series 5-8 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Red Dwarf - Just The Shows : Complete BBC Series 5-8 (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Price: £19.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Space Corps Directive no. 678914 says get this!, 30 Sept. 2009
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678914, sir? "No officer shall attempt to juggle in zero gravity"?

Seasons 5 and 6 of Red Dwarf are more like a four-man comedy chase movie - season 6 being an absolute classic (hence stars) - and then it seems it is becoming bigger-budget and broadening out first to bring in beautiful ChloŽ Annett as a permanent crew member and then to resurrect the whole crew for series 8!

Series 8 is frequently very close to the bone with teenage-type *snicker snicker* jokes of the kind I might have thought of, then rejected, when I was 13, and not really suitable for kids despite its special effects. So if this DVD were Series 8 only I'd only give it four stars.

Rimmer loses his hologram "H" in series 8 (due to being alive) and becomes a slapstick kind of snidey Norman Wisdom (which Chris Barrie can do to perfection).

Otherwise, ChloŽ Annett leading the Canaries "suicide squad" battalion in Series 8 looks exactly like a spoof La Femme Nikita...

As per the title these DVDs have only the shows with no features on how the increasingly complicated special effects were done. The picture and sound are fine, the menu is a little fiddly (you start at the bottom on the left, which is a pain if you want to go top right) (and I haven't noticed a "chapter menu") and the subtitles are English only (though I'd hate to try translating it!)

Red Dwarf: Just The Shows (Vol. 1) (Series 1-4) [DVD] [1988]
Red Dwarf: Just The Shows (Vol. 1) (Series 1-4) [DVD] [1988]
Dvd ~ Chris Barrie
Price: £12.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Remember, in space, no-one will steal your dog's milk!, 30 Sept. 2009
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Possibly the funniest TV science fiction series begins here - featuring Lister, the last human alive on a mission to eradicate chicken vindaloo from the known universe, Rimmer, a snidey hologram who has been brought back to life to keep Lister sane, a senile computer and a creature that has evolved from the ship's cat. Kryten, an android whose perfect afternoon is spent doing the ironing, joins them later.

It's the sort of thing I used to write when I was 13 but with a bigger budget and great jokes.

In these episodes the world the characters exist in is a strange and thought-provoking one - where the North West Electricity Board is after Lister for the unpaid bill after leaving a light on before he left home three million years ago, where the ship has different levels labelled in Esperanto.

As per the title the kind of features (which can be tiresome) explaining how it was all done are not included. The menus are a bit daft to navigate but that's the worst technical problem! Great picture and sound quality. English subtitles only, but I'd hate having to translate it!

PURE Siesta, DAB/FM Clock Radio - Black
PURE Siesta, DAB/FM Clock Radio - Black
Price: £59.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stealth DAB radio alarm clock!, 12 Sept. 2009
I've just bought a second Siesta after the first expired totally, utterly and completely, 11 months and two weeks after I had bought it. Lucky one! I had bought it from a shop and, for the reason that my personal experience of this unit suggests it may be iffy if you are unlucky, I would advise you to bear in mind, when considering through what channel to buy it, how easy it would be to exchange if the unit failed while under guarantee.

I tried a Tesco's own brand DAB clock radio (I mean, my *branded* radio had conked out!) but found the Tesco one far inferior, much more difficult to set and, above all, that the Tesco one's transformer hummed audibly.

So I got another Siesta instead.

The radio is attractively packaged in durable plastic and is very light. In black it is a "stealth" model - you can't really see the display in the dark and it pumps out crystal clear, undistorted radio.

Programming the alarms is quite involved (many presses of menu buttons) (but far simpler than on a Tesco one). There is no single button to activate or de-activate any of the three alarms, nor is it possible to see at an untrained glance which alarm is activated (though a "bell" icon is shown for each one activated). Not an issue if you always use the same alarm - and there are "weekdays only" or "weekends only" options, hooray.

Important - this radio resets itself automatically (time and alarm settings) after power is turned off, so that the frequent power cuts I get don't mean I am late for work or have to reprogram anything...

The unit uses very little electricity (which may explain why you can't see it ;-) ).

DAB radio was once heralded as the future, but, in the last year, stations have gone off-air (including "TheJazz" and Birdsong :-( ) and the ones that are left are losing some of the specialness. Decide for yourself if you need DAB. I do.

There's a nice-looking white model available too, if you prefer something a bit less stealth.

Overall, this product doesn't disturb me while I'm sleeping and wakes me up with my favourite DAB channel when it should. If you are not unlucky with its reliability, I would recommend it.

Local Hero [DVD]
Local Hero [DVD]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £10.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Triumph of Wonders over Numbers, 18 July 2009
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This review is from: Local Hero [DVD] (DVD)
In the "extra" - an interview with the filmmaker, Bill Forsyth - the charge is repeated that the natural world and the society threatened by the big Texas oil company's development is too "made up" and idealised - a beautiful mermaid, a sort of "Balamory" atmosphere (but with the hoteliers at it like knives all the time), and the natural beauty of the hills, the sea and the Northern Lights.

However, anyone mesmerised by having to earn tens of thousands and have the flashiest Porsche should watch as the American "Mac" gradually loses the suit, adopts a sweater, and lets his digital watch drown in the sea.

It would be his BlackBerry today - though to use a "British Telecom" "payphone" he would surely need a lot more tens - if it hadn't been removed...

Conversely, the villagers smell big money like the characters in Dürrenmatt's "Visit"...(though we don't get to see if it ruins their lives...)

This is a charming film that prompts us to ask what we want from life, and why.

Although "Mac" (Peter Riegert) and his boss "Hopper" (Burt Lancaster) are American, they do not appear to be sort of Sellotaped in to appeal to a wider audience, as so often happens. Their roles are part of the fabric of the film.

The DVD has neither subtitles, nor alternative soundtracks. The German version doesn't even have English! However, this beautifully digitally-remastered version is perfect if you never bought the video...

Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981]
Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981]
Dvd ~ John Gordon Sinclair

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bella! Bella! Don't drop the penguin..., 18 July 2009
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This review is from: Gregory's Girl [DVD] [1981] (DVD)
A film from another magical world of Scottish-made Chryslers, when teenage girls look pretty and where the sun shines brightly long after 8.30pm...where you could realistically get off with Clare* Grogan (*the interrent tells me she was born Claire, and I can't remember which spelling she now prefers!);-) (her Equity name is now C.P.....)

If you never found this on video, now's your chance to get a shiny disc thingy of it.

Anyone who saw this when it first came out, but not since, will relish the chance to enjoy it again.

In particular, for all the classic moments, like the electric machines at breakfast time and the Italian lessons ("Bella! Bella!") - not to mention how high Gregory used to be able to raise his arm - by being able to watch the film again using a DVD with rewind and pause, you can perhaps work out what actually happens by looking at the little discussions that happen between the girls. I've not met a teenage bloke yet who could explain the plot after just one viewing...

I looked up Christopher Higson - credited as the boy in the penguin suit who embodies this film in his cameos wandering around the school. Apparently he created models for The Lord of the Rings and is therefore subsequently the most successful actor in the film!

As per the other comment, no subtitles, no other languages. The German DVD doesn't even have the English soundtrack! The English edition is far cheaper, though...
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