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Whistle Down The Wind [DVD]
Whistle Down The Wind [DVD]
Dvd ~ Alan Bates
Price: 4.04

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok it's a bit sentimental BUT..., 22 Jan 2010
This review is from: Whistle Down The Wind [DVD] (DVD)
It's great.
Richard Attenbouough gave Bryan Forbes his first big directorial break on this strange and charming British classic. Mr Forbes later made some rotten films but, under Dickie's wing he made a truly great job of this.
Compared to modern Hollywood films which are almost invariably at least 30 minutes too long this is a very tight and efficient screen play... Keith Waterhouse's touch: there's no time wasted and nothing that does not contribute to the sum of the parts: more like watching a good stage play than a film.
Alan bates actually has quite a limited role, but pulls it off with aplomb, capturing the enigmatic nature of the role of "Blakey", the criminal on the run who the children believe to be Jesus Christ: he presents the character neither as a frightening baddie nor as some kind of one-dimensional anti-heroic victim but "just a fella".
Bernard Lee's good as Mr Bostock, the kids' decent but rather harassed, grumpy widowed farmer Dad.
Hayley Mills, who's mum wrote the book is ...well Hayley Mills. Britain's never "done" child actors like America does and Hayley can be a tad wooden at times, but the theatrical nature of the film lets you suspend disbelief as she just about manages a Lancashire accent over her carefully-elocuted drama school voice.
But the runaway star of the whole film is little Alan Barnes as Charlie Bostock. His performance is utterly naturalistic and his phlegmatic, tell-it-like-it-is simplicity is a complete joy to watch. Everyone should watch this just to see this kid, who only ever appeared in one other film. He was obviously just being himself.
Great music too by Malcom Arnold which really enhances the emotional nature of this drama, complimenting the rather stark, uncluttered black-and-white photography.

An out-and-out classic. Thughtful, but easy watching and emotional, making the hairs on the back of your head stand up without being a full-on tear-jerker.
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Sony MDRNC33B.CE7 In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones with Extra Long Battery Life
Sony MDRNC33B.CE7 In-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones with Extra Long Battery Life

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cut the crap!, 22 Jan 2010
I bought these noise-cancelling phones for my 17 year old son for Christmas.
He LOVES them. He was always whingeing that in-ear phones are really uncomfortable or poor quality or both. He's a very talented musician and very critical.
He thinks these are perfect for comfort but most of all was amazed by the effectiveness of the noise cancelling (key thing for him as he travels by train a lot)
He walked round the house saying "Wow, I can't hear the telly at all. Wow I cant hear you talking. Wow I cant hear the dog " etc etc until we had to yell "OK WE GET THE MESSAGE!" to which of course he replied "What?"
He's immediately chucked his standard issue iPod phones and also the Senheisers he had previously which were pretty expensive. He thought they were good but he says "The Sonys cane them"
Very pleased.
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Muffs, Chuffs and Nonsense: Poems for Grown Ups
Muffs, Chuffs and Nonsense: Poems for Grown Ups
by Jan Jack
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Jan Jack's Cartoon Book (Muffs ,Chuffs & Nonsense), 5 July 2009
I saw Jan's stand up routine described on Google as a "sort of nymphomaniac Pam Ayers" and went to see her comedy club at the Red Lion in Basingstoke (twice). Very funny ,rude but not gratuitously obscene or tasteless. Highly highly recommended. Shame Amazon's out of stock as I wanted a copy to give to a mate.

Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You
Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You
by Richard O'Connor
Edition: Paperback

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped me, 6 Jun 2009
This is not a lightweight book. Someone said it's a bit like a medical journal and they couldn't relate to the case studies (some of which are of lifetime depressives with lot's of suicide attempts etc)I can understand those comments and for that reviewer or those who've suddenly found themselves depressed for the first time ,I'd recommend "Depression: the curse of the strong" by Tim Cantopher.
This is very much targeted at those who've struggled with depression all their lives.It's especially good for those who may not even recognise it, but have just accommodated it in their life and think "this is who I am, this is the way things are".People who are "good at depression" and need to learn they can be "good at being happy" There are so many people who bear up under this ongoing depression, often very successfully but more often than not the weight gets heavier and their ability to carry it declines as time goes on and life throws inevitable banana skins in their path.
I found myself in that situation...suddenly finding that what I thought were lifelong essential characteristics of "me" (workoholism, anger, grumpiness, disappointment, anxiety, unwillingness to think about the future)suddenly became triggered into something catastrophically overwhelming. My "personality" was suddenly an "illness" needing bed rest, doctors, pills, hospitals etc! Pretty bloody frightening. This book helped me navigate that. I needed to UNDERSTAND in order to start doing something to help and this book gave me that basic navigation . Plus in doing so I was relieved to find out that millions of people had similar experiences and this was not just a "me thing".
The main messages are very hopeful: you were not just "born that way" and are not destined to suffer. You CAN change the situation, you can engage with and enjoy life and tap into all kinds of positive aspects of yourself that maybe you've neglected to cultivate. It takes effort and patience but the effort will certainly transform your life and could save it!

The Hal X Syndrome
The Hal X Syndrome
by Tracey Kelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Author's 1st Great Novel, 28 Mar 2009
This review is from: The Hal X Syndrome (Paperback)
I'm not much good at writing reviews and I hate it when people give too much away . But I really enjoyed this novel by Tracey Kelly. I think it's her 1st, although I've seen stories and other pieces by her that have been published. She's really a talented new writer. All I can say is just buy it, read it & enjoy it!

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