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Dreamscene Mink Faux Fur Throw, Mink, 200 x 240 Cm
Dreamscene Mink Faux Fur Throw, Mink, 200 x 240 Cm
Offered by Linens Limited
Price: £12.43

5.0 out of 5 stars An adult comfort blanket, 1 Oct 2014
This is superb value for money. It's wonderfully soft and is big enough to cover a double bed even though I've decided to use it as a throw. It's also far cheaper than you can buy in the shops and it will go with any colour scheme. Cold winter evenings will be just great hugging this for warmth! Buy and you won't regret it.


The Woman In Black
The Woman In Black
by Susan Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Effectively scary ghost story, 19 Oct 2013
This review is from: The Woman In Black (Paperback)
This novel creates a sinister atmosphere which is deeply unsettling and yet compulsive reading. It is one of the few books that transfers well to the stage. This author writes simply and yet no word is wasted or irrelevant. Highly recommended.


The 50 Greatest Tracks
The 50 Greatest Tracks
Price: £8.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable brilliance, 19 Oct 2013
This review is from: The 50 Greatest Tracks (Audio CD)
Unforgettable Pavarotti - a brilliant tenor, unequalled in his ability to hit every note perfectly and effortlessly, indeed the 'King of the High Cs'. He recognised that music has universal appeal, hence his willingness to corroborate with other popular performers like Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton to excellent effect. For me, however, the aria Di Quella Pira, Il Trovatore shows his incredible voice at its best, ending with the trumpet ring that is so characteristically Pavarotti. We won't see his like again.


Classic Albums - Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos / Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: Violin Concertos
Classic Albums - Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos / Tchaikovsky & Sibelius: Violin Concertos

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius at work, 11 July 2012
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Wonderful and effortless performances from the man once described: 'looks awful, sounds terrible and plays like an angel at the gates of heaven.' His version of Tchaikovsky's Violin concerto must be the best I've heard, a faithful rendition and yet bearing the light touch which is so typical of Kennedy. He has introduced people to classics, occasionally combining popular with highbrow, and ruffling the feathers of several purists en route! Your social class should not define the music you enjoy and Kennedy appeals to all ages and levels of appreciation.


The Woman in Black [DVD]
The Woman in Black [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.51

7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A truly dreadful film, 7 July 2012
This review is from: The Woman in Black [DVD] (DVD)
This is basically a 'things that go bump in the night' kind of film and contains endless cliches bordering on ridiculous - I initially thought it was a comedy. The brilliant Ciaran Hinds is wasted in his role and Daniel Radcliffe has all the depth of a puddle. Essential parts of the book are missing, in particular the reasons for the woman in black's physical appearance. Use the money you'd pay for this DVD towards buying a ticket for the stage play or Susan Hill's book. The TV adaptation starring Adrian Rawlins in the role of the solicitor is outstanding - that will scare you!
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War Horse [DVD] [2011]
War Horse [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Jeremy Irvine
Price: £2.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spielberg shows his genius touch in a human and animal story in WW1 conflict, 27 May 2012
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This review is from: War Horse [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Spielberg shows his skill as a wonderful director. His choice of Jeremy Irvine, a relative unknown, to play the role of Albert was inspired: the star of the film is Joey, and all other actors, however well known, are in supporting roles! Peter Mullan and Niels Arestrup excel as Albert's father and Emilie's grandfather respectively. The battle scenes are graphic, realistic and, like Spielberg's other anti-war films, powerfully show the carnage and realism of conflict. The ending, I think, takes a nod to John Huston's 'The Big Country' - centring on a sun setting on the day. It marks the end of the story,the journey home and a war to end all wars. Wordless, the reunion of the family is reminiscent of the final scene of 'Empire of the Sun'. Spielberg knows the power of silence and again uses it to great effect.


The Sunshine Boys (Korean Import)
The Sunshine Boys (Korean Import)
Dvd ~ Walter Matthau
Offered by Seedhouse-Rare-Movies
Price: £13.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in comic timing, 20 April 2012
The pairing of Walter Matthau and George Burns was inspired. They play totally different characters and yet their delivery of an excellent script is dry, deadpan, witty, and uses the comedian's silence to great effect. One of the film's most poignant scenes is between Richard Benjamin and Matthau, the former asking if he hated Lewis so much, why did he stay with him for so long. The answer 'Because he was terrific, Al Lewis was the best, do you hear me, the best..... as an actor no-one could touch him, as a person no-one wanted to touch him'.Inspired writing by Neil Simon, and perfomred by two actors of sheer genius, both sadly missed.


An Inspector Calls [DVD]
An Inspector Calls [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alastair Sim
Offered by Macheath Productions
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in acting by Alistair Sim, 28 Mar 2012
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This review is from: An Inspector Calls [DVD] (DVD)
The brilliant Alistair Sim is the centrepiece of the film, proving once again that he was a marvellous chameleon actor. The most striking images are his entry as the inspector - sudden, unexpected and imposing, and his exit - subtle, and not totally unexpected. The rocking chair is a strong and compelling prop in many films eg The Woman in Black, The Changeling. The obvious question is 'Did the inspector exist?'and there are several possibilities: was he the summary of the family's combined consciences, a ghost (he is Inspector Goole (ghoul?) in the play,) or does he represent the Priestley's own views. Whatever the answer it is a classic circuitous story, completely dominated by the enigmatic inspector's prior knowledge of the family and his effective interrogation.


The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, The Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches
The Last Fighting Tommy: The Life of Harry Patch, The Oldest Surviving Veteran of the Trenches
by Harry Patch
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Patch, 17 Aug 2011
An engrossing account of World War 1 and its effect on an ordinary working man's life and family. Harry's meeting after the war with a German officer who fought at Passchendaele is simply told and moving: neither of them had any desire to fight and kill people they didn't know. As Harry rightly states all wars end by being discussed around a conference table and it's a great pity that this doesn't happen in the beginning before mass slaughter takes place. Harry's thoughts on Armistice commemorations are also enlightening: he saw them as glorifying war and having lived through two, he perceived them only as mass murder. He regarded the Second World War as proof that nothing was learnt from the First. On a lighter note, I loved the photos of him as he rose two fingers (and it wasn't V for Victory!) at a photographer, then turning around and giving him a big grin. Great man. RIP, Harry.


Porridge - The Complete Series Box Set (Series 1, 2, 3 and The Christmas Specials)
Porridge - The Complete Series Box Set (Series 1, 2, 3 and The Christmas Specials)
Dvd ~ Ronnie Barker
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £31.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Porridge - timeless and classic, 11 Nov 2010
The late great Ronnie Barker's finest work, I think. The comedy is subtle, dry and occasionally poignant. The supporting cast are wonderful and Ronnie was generous and unselfish in giving them just as many punchlines as he had. Like Tony Hancock, he was not afraid of silence as indicated by his pauses, standing in his cell, chewing gum, doing nothing and doing everything; it's impossible to take your eyes from him. The scriptwriters were ahead of their time - the episode with only Ronnie and Richard Beckinsale in a cell having a conversation proves their genius. RIP, Ronnie, Richard, Ron Lacey, Fulton McKay - we'll never see your like again.


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