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Make Your Own Paper Chain Kit 50's Christmas
Make Your Own Paper Chain Kit 50's Christmas
Offered by Dotcomgiftshop
Price: £6.95

3.0 out of 5 stars To make this item you will need...., 15 Dec. 2013
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... A stapler or some sticky back plastic as Blue Peter used to call it. The chains look lovely and are made from a decent quality paper. Nice subtle colours, not cheap or tacky looking at all.

Sadly though the little stickers used to stick them together are a waste of your effort and time. We made these last night (14/12/13) and I spent most of the night re-attaching them as they popped open on the ceiling and eventually moved onto stapling the burst loops back together. We woke up this morning to find more of the (unstapled) links hanging from the ceiling on laying on the floor.

Dont get me wrong, they're lovely paper chains and everyone in our home thinks they looks fantastic and they give a nice retro touch to your rooms Xmas decorations. I'm still glad we got them , but if you want to do it right first time, Staple the loops as you go. And if your looking to do several rooms or have a largish Living Room, buy a couple of packs. Gonna give them a Three Star rating rather than the four I would have given them purely because I wasted a lot of time with the stickers and then reparing every single chain link with Staples.


The Likely Lads [DVD] [1976]
The Likely Lads [DVD] [1976]
Dvd ~ Rodney Bewes
Price: £6.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute classic that holds up brilliantly today., 22 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: The Likely Lads [DVD] [1976] (DVD)
If you're a fan of 'Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?' you'll love this. Slightly different pace to the TV series but the same humour and great characterization. This movie sees a Bob more frustrated with his life and more nostalgic for his past than the Bob of the TV series, whereas Terry has moved on a little and seems more or less content with his life and his latest girlfriend. When Thelma suggests the four of them go on caravan trip, things begin to unravel.

There was a trend in the 70s for making movies of TV sitcoms of the time. Almost all the even vaguely popular ones got one, and almost all fail to work for various reasons, (Characters too one dimensional, situations/concept not strong enough/poor reheating of the corpse of an established episode of the tv series ) This movie works beautifully because the subject matter of the TV series - the desperate desire of one man to join the middle classes and 'better himself Vs the stubborn reluctance to change or progress - is timeless. We all know a Bob and we all know a Terry. At heart, we're all probably one or the other of them. These characters never become stale because take away the gaudy seventies decor and fashions and the subjects are as relevant today as they were almost 40 years ago.

Its a very funny movie and there are some fantastically hilarious memorable lines and scenes. Many of which I would love to quote on here but dont want to ruin their impact. Bob gets most of the best lines this time around, where Terry was often the funniest in the TV series, but it balances beautifully. It also did the Forrest Gump 'Chocolate Box' analogy 20 years before and far more accurately and amusingly.

This movie deserves to be in everyone's DVD collection. Its a classic of its era that stands up brilliantly even today.


The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume I (Eye Classics)
The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume I (Eye Classics)
Price: £11.48

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read., 21 Jun. 2013
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Like Vol 2, I bought the Kindle version of this in an Amazon sale. Each story is drawn by a different artist and the differing styles really help with the way the take unfolds. I like that the artwork is often kept quite simple as it adds to the imagined horror the narrators of the stories are dealing with, Its almost like only catching glimpses of the monster in a horror movie, which works well only often we're disappointed by the eventual 'reveal' - not so here.. The artwork always works to the stories best advantage. The stories themselves are short but unfold at a natural and eventful pace. If you can pick it up at a reasonable price, Its well worth getting.


The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume II
The Lovecraft Anthology: Volume II
Price: £14.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic adaptations of Lovecraft., 21 Jun. 2013
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Got the Kindle version of this in an amazon promotional sale and have to say i really enjoyed it. Each story is drawn by a different artist so the styles of art vary with each story, often to great effect. The stories tell themselves but the artwork gives the stories that little more edge and bite. Not a massive book, but if you're a fan of Lovecraft and you can get it at a good price, Well worth the money.


Berlin Bromley
Berlin Bromley
by Bertie Marshall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, fast paced and a good read., 21 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Berlin Bromley (Hardcover)
I found this book a great little read. I really enjoyed it. I've read a great many books about the emergence of the UK punk 'movement' (for want of a better word) and this was a fascinating little excursion down below the facts and events contained in most of those books, into the life of one of the 'Bromley Contingent' - A group of friends who followed the Sex Pistols in the early days. Some of whom appeared on the infamous Bill Grundy interview and some of whom went on to be famous in their own right (Siouxsie Sioux/Steven Severin of the Banshees, Billy idol)

Bertie Marshall, Who renamed himself 'Berlin' didnt go on to become famous in music or TV or but has an interesting life to write about nontheless. He's pretty brutal in his honesty, and yes it feels somewhat seedy at times and I felt something of a voyeur whilst reading it, but to me that made it all the better a read, that feeling of almost being there. I think that for me, is what gives it its charm, that and the fact you're reading about an everyday person, devoid of celebrity trappings and how they cope with life. It's a snapshot really into the underworld of 1970s and 80s London. One that I'm sure still exists in much the same way today.

The book itself reads at a lovely pace and I found myself reading the majority of it in one sitting. Its not a massive book, but the pace suits it well. It didn't outstay its welcome or at any point feel like a chore. If you have an interest in the early days of the UK punk scene, and/or you've read and enjoyed Boy George's book 'Take it like a man' you'll probably enjoy this. I certainly did.


Punch The Clown
Punch The Clown
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Price: £9.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely stuff !! ......, 18 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Punch The Clown (Audio CD)
......Not my words, the words of Shakin' Stevens. If you like punk in any of its forms, youll like this debut. Irresistably catchy , with more tunes than you can shake a stick at, instantly memorable choruses, Great guitar sound, great rhythm section and some bloke singing too! its slick (and sick !!) without being over-produced. Better yet, its not an album of songs about how hard done by the singer is cos he didnt get the toys he wanted for Xmas. (he prolly has them all already)
Basicly, to sum up? its a FUN record. Remember FUN records? FUN dosnt mean throwaway or disposable ... it means FUN. You'll smile all the way thru this record and then you'll go out and drink too much cider, and then sing the songs on the way home.
If you like The Undertones, or Buzzcocks , Ramones or The Ruts you could do a lot worse than have this in your collection


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