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Hanging Baskets (RHS Practicals)
Hanging Baskets (RHS Practicals)
by Dorling Kindersley
Edition: Paperback

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know in one small book., 3 Jun 2006
At a mere 80 pages long you could be forgiven for thinking this is a quick guide to hanging baskets...not so. This little book is stuffed to the gills with information from creating a basket, what materials/linings to use, through designing plantings and to where they should be placed. It even tells you exactly how many of each plant you will need to obtain the effects pictured...ideal for the less confident gardener. There are foliage baskets, flowering baskets, ones for spring, ones for summer, indoor baskets and so on.

If all that isn't enough, there is a guide to maintaining your plants, pricking out, taking cuttings and avoiding problems.

Filled with lovely colour pictures throughout, this book is of the standard you would expect from the RHS and should prove useful to beginners and old hands alike. It is certainly good value for money.


Peggy Sue Got Married [DVD]
Peggy Sue Got Married [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kathleen Turner
Offered by RCDiscs.
Price: 7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming film., 28 May 2006
This review is from: Peggy Sue Got Married [DVD] (DVD)
Peggy Sue is a bored, unhappy middle-aged mother whose marriage to Charlie Bodell, her childhood sweetheart, is on the rocks. At a high school reunion Peggy Sue collapses and wakes to find she has somehow been transported back to her teen years. As she gets over the initial shock she realises she has the chance to relive her life and maybe make some drastic changes. She also realises she can change the lives of those around her, such as when she encourages one class mate to invent panty-hose and encourages others to invest in things she knows will succeed in the future. Of course those around Peggy Sue are confused by her newly serious nature, particularly Charlie who cannot understand why she is so cool toward him.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the film stars Nicholas Cage as Charlie and Kathleen Turner as Peggy Sue, and watch out for a very young Jim Carrey as Walter, a friend of the young couple. Although the lead actors play their parts well, and try to be believable as teenagers, the fact that they both look far to old to be teens does detract from the film a little. That aside, this is a heart-warming film with some very witty moments. It will make you laugh and cry in equal amounts and, although it looks a little dated now, it is still worth a look.


Pilgrim (Wayfarer Redemption)
Pilgrim (Wayfarer Redemption)
by Sara Douglass
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.71

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the standard of the others in this series., 29 April 2006
Sara Douglass's Wayfarer trilogy directly follows on from the Axis trilogy and is set forty years on from then. The Axis books were lightweight but very enjoyable and the first book in this series was the same. However, in Pilgrim, things seem to go awry. The basic story is sound; Time Demons have broken through the Star Gate and are wreaking havoc and madness on the inhabitants of Tencendor. Caelum Sunsoar, also known as the Starson, is the son of the god Axis and goddess Azhure, and supposedly the man who will save the land. Old favourite characters appear, including the magical, gentle Faraday and the twisted Wolfstar Sunsoar and the usual battles and quests ensue.

As the story unfolds however, the story gets somewhat strange and the writing becomes immature and repetitive. An army of vicious sheep (!), violent cows, maddened chickens and other assorted animals, led by a badger of all things, is causing bloodshed; whilst a 'mad eyed hamster' seeks revenge against mans inhumanity!! Although this is a fantasy book this is stretching things too far, the more so because it is written in such a serious way with no humour intended. Douglass goes into gory detail with every scene of violence, and there is much violence in this book. Another 'hard to swallow' aspect of the book is the burgeoning romantic relationship between Zenith Sunsoar and her grandfather. Nasty.

I am tempted to read the last book just to tie up any loose ends but have to admit that if it is the same as this one I may not read any of her other books.


My Cousin Vinny [1992] [DVD]
My Cousin Vinny [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joe Pesci
Offered by 101Trading
Price: 4.26

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest films ever., 10 April 2006
This review is from: My Cousin Vinny [1992] [DVD] (DVD)
Two friends, Stan and Billy, take a road trip down south but run into trouble when they are mistakenly arrested for murder in Alabama. The hapless youngsters have no money to hire an attorney but Billy's cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci) is a lawyer so they call on him to help. What they don't realise is that Vinny took 6 attempts to pass his legal exams and, what's more, has no courtroom experience to speak of. What follows is none stop humour and 'laugh aloud' moments as the brash New Yorker sweeps into the hick town accompanied by his strident girlfriend, Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei).
Vinny's lack of court etiquette, such as dressing in leathers and arriving late, quickly upsets the traditionalist judge, played by a brilliantly dry Fred Gwynne. The judge decides to have Vinny investigated in order to prove he is not fit to take the case whilst Vinny races against time to complete the case before the judge finds any information against him.
Marisa Tomei is the real scene-stealer with her brilliant portrayal of Mona Lisa, her courtroom scenes are pure genius, and she deservedly won an Oscar for the part. The film is no high budget work of art and the DVD has little in the way of extras but the sheer quality of acting and the wonderfully funny script more than compensate.


The Sims 2: University, the Official Strategy Guide
The Sims 2: University, the Official Strategy Guide
by G. Kramer
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying, 10 April 2006
.This is better value than other Prima strategy guides as it is actually a guide for both Sims University and for Sims 2.... however it's not such good value if you've already bought the original Sims 2 book.
Prima, as ever, have packed a lot of information into their book and it is stuffed to the gills with useful tips and ideas. It gives a rundown on what your adolescent Sims need in order to survive, and ultimately graduate from college whilst still managing to party hard and have a good time. There are details on the new features to be found and goodies to be bought as well as a useful list of careers and what is needed to reach the top of career ladder.
The original guide, which is included here, gives a useful run down on playing the game and provides lots of additional information for the budding architect making building a lot simpler. Even the die-hard Sims player is sure to find new ideas and helpful advice in this book, it's worth every penny.


The Graduate [DVD] [2001]
The Graduate [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Dustin Hoffman
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: 9.94

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60's movie, 23 Mar 2006
This review is from: The Graduate [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
The Graduate has become a classic film, one that makes all those ‘top 100 film’ lists. It stars a young Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a young man from a wealthy family, who has just graduated from college. He is in limbo, unsure of what to do with his time and where life will lead him. The Robinson’s are his parents’ best friends and it is their daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) who Ben’s parents have earmarked as a partner for their son. However Mrs Robinson (played by a brilliantly predatory Anne Bancroft) has other plans and is set on seducing the naïve young man. When Elaine returns from college, Ben falls for her and ends his relationship with her mother. Predictably Mrs Robinson reacts with hostility and sets out to ruin both his relationship with her daughter and his life.
Simon and Garfunkle provide the music in their inimitable style and the title song, Mrs Robinson, was a huge hit for them. Director Mike Nichols managed, in this film, to capture the feel and mood of the 60’s flawlessly and he deservedly won an Oscar for his work. The DVD itself has few extras, a documentary by the director, interview with Hoffman, some trailers and the usual subtitles. The picture and sound quality are good, what you would expect from the format. This is a film that has stood the test of time and is still worth watching today.


12 Angry Men [DVD] [1957]
12 Angry Men [DVD] [1957]
Dvd ~ Henry Fonda
Price: 4.48

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping courtroom drama, 28 Feb 2006
This review is from: 12 Angry Men [DVD] [1957] (DVD)
This is a courtroom drama with a difference. Apart from a very brief scene in the courtroom itself, the film takes place in the jury’s deliberation room. The whole film revolves around the deliberations of a jury in a murder case in which a guilty verdict will lead to the death penalty for the accused. Initially it all seems very clear-cut with an all male jury having decided on a the young mans guilt before they have even sat down, all that is except for one man (Henry Fonda). Although he believes the accused may have possibly committed the murder, his values and ethics won’t allow him to agree with his fellow jurors without thrashing out all of the evidence. Gradually he forces the other men to confront the evidence in front of them and to admit the situation is not as clear cut as it seemed. At the same time they are brought face to face with their own prejudices.
Filmed in black and white and shot almost entirely in one room, this film allows the viewer to concentrate entirely on the dialogue with nothing to distract from the story. It is a credit to the acting skills of the cast and to the direction of Sidney Lument (in his directorial debut) that the film remains gripping throughout. This is drama at its best and still one of the finest, if not the finest, courtroom dramas to be found.


The Sims 2: Christmas Party Pack (PC CD)
The Sims 2: Christmas Party Pack (PC CD)
Offered by GX-ENTERTAINMENT UK
Price: 18.85

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for a short while., 28 Feb 2006
This isn’t a bad addition for your Sims as long as you don’t expect an expansion pack along the lines of Sims University/ Nightlife. What you are buying is a disc that provides new outfits and goodies for your Sims to enjoy, such as Christmas trees, presents, festive lights, wreaths, decorations and so on. You can now cook a holiday feast and receive a visit from Santa too. Just make sure that you have a fire alarm installed before you put the Christmas tree lights on…oh, and don’t pet the electric reindeer.
This is an add-on that is limited in its interest, fun at Christmas for a few days but not interesting enough to keep the interest levels high for long. Still, it is a low price, and it’s always good to add to the Sims inventory.


Battleaxe: Book One of the Axis Trilogy
Battleaxe: Book One of the Axis Trilogy
by Sara Douglass
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.14

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic but still a good read., 20 Feb 2006
I picked up this book with some trepidation as it has had very mixed reviews but it really isn’t a bad read at all. The ‘Battleaxe’ of the title is Axis, the leader of the Axe-Wielders, a religious army. He is the illegitimate son of a princess and nephew of King Priam who refuses to acknowledge him as family. His half brother Borneheld, heir to the childless king, hates Axis and is determined to see him destroyed. The purpose of the Axe-wielders is to uphold the religious beliefs of the land and destroy any of the ‘Forbidden’ they may chance upon. The Forbidden are races of beings that once populated the land alongside the humans but centuries ago were driven into exile. A prophecy says that one day the Starman will come who will once again unite the races.
Sara Douglass doesn’t have the most mature writing style but she has produced a fast paced, action filled tale. Sure, it isn’t the most original fantasy ever written, and true, some of the characters are a little one-dimensional, but overall it is interesting enough to keep you reading and if you want a quick and fairly easy read it is ideal.


Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [DVD] [2005]
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Johnny Depp
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: 2.69

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic., 20 Feb 2006
Any fan of Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas' will love this film. It's a darkly gothic, yet beautiful love story about a young man, Victor who accidentally marries a corpse while practicing his wedding vows. His 'bride' Emily had been spurned by her lover in life, and is desperate to find love with her new groom, whilst the hapless Victor wants only to return to the land of the living and his beautiful fiancée, Victoria. Meanwhile the sinister Lord Barkis Bittern is determined to step into Victor’s shoes and marry Victoria himself.
Filmed in stop/motion (like Nightmare) the film has a surreal but captivating air. The living world is colourless and dark whilst the land of the dead is a vibrant, lively place, full of music and colour...a nice twist on the usual view.
Tim Burton has once again teamed with Johnny Depp (the voice of Victor) and his real life partner Helena Bonham Carter (the corpse bride). He also uses the voices of other well-known talents such as Joanna Lumley, Richard E. Grant, Tracey Ullman, Christopher Lee and Jane Horrocks to name but a few. Danny Elfman composed the music for the movie and with his usual flair has matched the mood of the film perfectly.
The DVD has been well produced and there are several featurettes including a music only track, interviews with Tim Burton and Danny Elfman, production galleries, and a look at the actors performing their voice-overs. This is a quality film on a quality disc and well worth adding to your collection.


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