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Rick Stein's India
Rick Stein's India
by Rick Stein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine and fun curry book, 5 Mar. 2016
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A beautifully produced book, full of colour and inspiration. Maybe not for the purists out there as some of the recipes are not authentic; whatever that means. As Indian cuisine is the original fusion food that shouldn't matter. As even garam masala has no agreed composition, how can there be an agreed recipe for anything. In any event, the book is based on a TV program and doesn't claim to be a definitive work on classical Indian food. Some reviewers have carped that the recipes are too hot. This is a pretty pointless criticism as it all depends on the type of chilli you use. Stein even makes the point that the Kashmiri chillies he uses are relatively mild.


Mesrine: Part 1 & 2 [DVD] [2008]
Mesrine: Part 1 & 2 [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Vincent Cassel
Price: £6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars True grit, 5 Mar. 2016
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Good grief, most of this is true! If you look on Wikipedia it seems that this psychopathic folk hero actually did most of the things shown in the movies. So many adventures, it was enough for two DVD's. Vincent Cassel is supreme as a violent nutter and Gerard Depardieu, who is snuffed in the first DVD, is pleasingly evil. Not a movie for faint hearted or light sleepers, but a gripping gangster thriller. (In French with English subtitles)


Instinct [DVD] [1999]
Instinct [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ Anthony Hopkins
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Price: £3.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not "The silence of the lambs", 5 Mar. 2016
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Anthony Hopkins is a man who can extract the best from any screenplay he is slotted into, so he is fine and convincing in an unconvincing story. The careerist young psychiatrist given the job of understanding a primatologist who has "gone ape" starts ok, if you are ready to go along with the story. In the end though, the implausibility of the whole thing culminating in the mad professor escaping from the institution where he is incarcerated and somehow making it back to Africa exceeds my willingness to believe.


All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars slow motion, 5 Mar. 2016
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The subject is of course interesting if highly contrived; like two vehicles approaching which you know will eventually collide. But the vehicles progress so slowly, you wonder if they will ever get there. Yes, it is very polished and literary, but god is it slow. I am only half way through after 2 weeks, as I find I can only manage about 20 pages at a time. The principal characters grow in substance with the passage of the pages, but the artifice of going back and forth in time just makes it strained and a bit tedious.


The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
by Richard Flanagan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Tough tale, 14 Feb. 2016
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A vain and self centred character with a penchant for cuckolding his uncle and anyone else in his vicinity becomes an unlikely hero in a Japanese POW camp. The story in the camp is harrowing as you might expect and the hero's duplicity is impressive in his private life. the static generated between these two sides of the main character play very well in this book, but it is hard on sensitive feelings if you have them.


Lawless [DVD]
Lawless [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy
Price: £3.00

4.0 out of 5 stars In any event the tough guys are tough and the bad guys are bad and get their come-uppance, 14 Feb. 2016
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A nasty, violent film about bootleggers and corruption of local politicians. We are asked to favour the bootleggers in this moral battle, which some may find a bit moot. In any event the tough guys are tough and the bad guys are bad and get their come-uppance. So if you like that sort of thing, you'll like this. good acting and skilfully produced.


Life After Democracy
Life After Democracy
by Michael Davis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.00

2.0 out of 5 stars damp squib, 14 Feb. 2016
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The author of this tiny book claims to have been influential in solving many intractable conflicts (behind the scenes, don't you know). Well, maybe! In any case he makes some rather well known criticism of democracy's ill fittedness to societies with no appropriate history or tradition. However, the idea of conflict resolution through a television forum simply doesn't convince.


Grisport Warrior 43 Brown
Grisport Warrior 43 Brown
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Price: £78.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multo Buono, 20 Dec. 2015
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Nice solid walking shoes of good quality hard leather. Not for Glencoe perhaps as no ankle support, but for moderate hiking, strenuous dog walking they will do the business. They are very well made, in Italy (not the far east).


Britain in the First Millennium: From Romans to Normans (Britain and Europe)
Britain in the First Millennium: From Romans to Normans (Britain and Europe)
by Edward James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.49

3.0 out of 5 stars dense and confusing, 20 Dec. 2015
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On the one hand you will learn a lot if you read this book as the author is clearly highly knowledgeable on the subject. Whether you will enjoy it is another question! Although the first part, Roman Britain, was relatively readable and painted a discernible image of the time; the second part Anglo Saxon, Viking etc was really tough going. To try to conclude any mental image from the endless list of unpronounceable kings and their various comings and goings is all but impossible. The hardest part is to keep track of who he is talking about. In the preface he explains a bit about his national terminology, then appears to make every effort to confuse. We learn that Welsh doesn't mean people from Wales, except when it does! There are British and Britons and English and Anglo-Saxons and just plain Angles and just plain Saxons and they are all jumbled up without any effort to keep the reader clear about who is who. We are told that Celts is a misleading term to be avoided except that it is then repeatedly used along with Gaels and other ill defined terms. What would help enormously would be more maps, showing the changing zones of control with time. These exist on the internet if you search for them. In the end, the book will be most useful for history students needing lots of detail and less for those who want a good informative read.


Good Morning Vietnam (5 CD box-set)
Good Morning Vietnam (5 CD box-set)

2.0 out of 5 stars save you money, 10 Dec. 2015
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A real mish-mash of tracks from the 60's and 70's. Some good some bad, some pretty well unknown. Bear in mind that this is not a cheap supermarket cd! The most disappointing aspect: there is no identity that can be associated with Vietnam. This is less Vietnam, than the sound track to Forest Gump.


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