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42 Cm Long 5 Pack Hand Shaped Fly Swatters - 3 Colors
42 Cm Long 5 Pack Hand Shaped Fly Swatters - 3 Colors
Offered by Bargain Warehouse
Price: £3.84

1.0 out of 5 stars Useless - they are too whippy because they are made ..., 30 Sept. 2014
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Useless - they are too whippy because they are made of very thin plastic. When trying to swat flies its more like playing badminton with them, Very pretty but a complete waste of money.


Bellini - I Capuleti E I Montecchi (Tagliavini, Farcas) [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Bellini - I Capuleti E I Montecchi (Tagliavini, Farcas) [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by the excellent Anna Netrebko/Elina Garanca CD of the opera I decided ..., 30 Aug. 2014
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Inspired by the excellent Anna Netrebko/Elina Garanca CD of the opera I decided to give the DVD a go. Alas utter disappointment.
The music lacks the bite of the CD, the staging is dull, Juliet and Romeo apart much of the acting is wooden and the photography is absolutely awful. Aside from being out of focus it seems as though the camerman was given a free hand to create his own cinematic disaster. Most of us who watch operas on DVD surely want to see the opera as we would see it in the opera house/theatre ; it is arrogant of camera staff to imagine they can improve on that experience. I accept that Ravenna is not the Met, the RoH or Glyndebourne, but even so this DVD has claimed bottom place in my collection of ~ 60 opera DVDs. If you want to see how the original 'Romeo and Juliet story' that inspired Shakespeare's version, later adapted by Gounod for his opera then it is worth watching ... once.


The Jews in Modern Egypt
The Jews in Modern Egypt
by Gudrun Kramer
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read, 27 May 2014
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Gudrun Kramer does her research properly and this is another of her very comptetent accounts of the factors that have put the Middle East at the centre of the World's trouble spots.


Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Bellini: I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Price: £19.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 27 May 2014
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How lucky we are that CDs do not wear out as LPs do. What a great shame that this peformance was, so far as I have been able to discover, only recorded by an American using a hand held video camera. Netrebko and Garanca give an unmissible performance. Buy while you ca.


Clip (DVD) (FSK 18)
Clip (DVD) (FSK 18)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Slavs at their worst, 27 May 2014
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This review is from: Clip (DVD) (FSK 18) (DVD)
Having travelled extensively in Russia I bought this to see how it portrayed Slavs. In some ways its accurate ... and toublingly so its crudeness. Although many Slavs live (in their flats etc) as those portrayed do , in my experience they are not as vulgar as the movie suggests. Some viewes will surely watch for gratification ... hopefully others will watch to help them to understand the nature of Slavs.


Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash
Peoplequake: Mass Migration, Ageing Nations and the Coming Population Crash
by Fred Pearce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

4.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener, 27 May 2014
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We live on a finite planet so there must be a limit to the population that Mother Earth can support. But there are ways .... and ways of curtailing population growth ...and some are unpalatable. The author is naive and fails to evidence many of his assertions to a level that will withstand a robust peer review ... but his narrative will certainly provoke though amongst those readers intlligent enough to understand the thrust and challenge of his arguments/assetions.


Duets
Duets
Price: £13.25

5.0 out of 5 stars One for all Opera buffs, 27 May 2014
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This review is from: Duets (Audio CD)
We have been so lucky to have been able to enjoy the enduring chemistry between Anna and Rolando. They bring new life to evrything they sing together.


Ion CD Direct USB Turntable with Built In CD Burner and Integrated Speakers
Ion CD Direct USB Turntable with Built In CD Burner and Integrated Speakers
Price: £249.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, 27 May 2014
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60 of 250 LPs copied to CD without any problems and no obvious loss of quality. Software a bit clumsy so room for improvement but a good buy for all that.


Habanera
Habanera
Price: £9.42

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 27 May 2014
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This review is from: Habanera (Audio CD)
What else can one say about Elina's singing. OK ... its not I Capuleti e I Montecchi (what a great shame that there is no official recoring of Garanca and Netrebko in that opera and only a US hand-held camera version) but a joy to listen to for all that.


Monteverdi: Operas [DVD] [2007]
Monteverdi: Operas [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Monteverdi
Price: £30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable man, 27 May 2014
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Truly remarkable opera when viewed against its era. Casts all round good performers. Very different from what many opera fans are used to but still excellent entertainment.


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