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Hush Puppies Ladies Belleville Boot
Hush Puppies Ladies Belleville Boot

3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing overall, 3 Sep 2009
Really comfortable boots, known and trusted brand, nice looking - great. What's to be disappointed about?

Both pairs I've had eventually started to crack on the heel and sole (letting in water slightly on one pair), so I decided to prolong their life by taking them along to the cobbler to have them reheeled and soled. Completely impossible. The construction of the boot means that the heels cannot be replaced at all. A huge disappointment as I'd happily have paid to have these repaired time after time if it were possible, as it's taken me years to find a good boot in this style. I'll have to keep looking.

Erik The Viking (Director's Son's Cut) [DVD]
Erik The Viking (Director's Son's Cut) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Samantha Bond
Offered by ludovico_institute
Price: 14.99

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite., 20 Nov 2006
It's not quite true to say that Disc 2 features 'the original UK theatrical release'. At least one scene is still missing, so if you're the kind of person who remembers that Leif the Lucky had a bigger part in the cinema than he does on the VHS release, you'll be sad to hear that he isn't any luckier in this version. It is more or less the same as the VHS release, however. But that's not the primary reason for buying this set.

The Director's Son's Cut is shorter than the original - 25% shorter, in fact - and the difference is probably only noticeable to people who know the film well. A line here, a tiny scene there, a bit of running around before he reaches Freya's cave, that kind of thing - it all adds up but isn't horribly jarring in the scheme of things. The film is tighter, and snappier for it. New opening credits are a little distracting, and the impact of the original title screen (and music) is lost somewhat, but it moves the film on a little quicker so isn't a disaster.

The additional features aren't completely inspiring - edited interviews from the time of shooting, rather than new material - but the commentary is interesting, and the packaging is nice. Overall it's a much better product than the previous DVD release of this film, and it's a good fun romp through Norse mythology and post-Python humour, with some lovely visuals.
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Straight Face
Straight Face
by Nigel Hawthorne
Edition: Paperback

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just Sir Humphrey, 28 April 2003
This review is from: Straight Face (Paperback)
This is an unusually well-written autobiography, and one is left feeling rather sad that Hawthorne died before he could read the excellent reviews it attracted in the press and from readers.
He takes time and care over the childhood sections, something too many actors gloss over, and paints a fascinating picture of the young man he grew to be. Moving from South Africa, where he'd spent his early years, to Britain, at the end of his teens, he strikes a good balance between emotions and facts, skipping over some details ....but evoking a strong sense of the person he was. Similarly he doesn't dwell overly on his most famous roles (Sir Humphrey Appleby, for instance) but has some interesting insights into the arts of acting, directing, and writing. I was intrigued to find that "Father and Son", the Cat Stevens song covered by Boyzone, came from a musical Stevens and Hawthorne were collaborating on!
This book contains an unconventional love story (not just because Hawthorne was gay and not "out" for most of his life, but because he lived in a truly complicated domestic tangle that took some years to resolve), a heartwarming account of finally finding happiness, and some very funny, interesting or otherwise worthwhile stories about a well-loved actor who adored his chosen career.

The Merlin Conspiracy
The Merlin Conspiracy
by Diana Wynne Jones
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The land is Blest..., 14 April 2003
This review is from: The Merlin Conspiracy (Hardcover)
This is a great romp through familiar DW-J territory - alternative worlds, and magical families. Arianrhod (Roddy, one of the two narrators) and Grundo are part of the King's Progress, the travelling Court, but have to travel alone through the Isles of Blest (a "squished and stretched" British Isles) to stop a plot to take all the magic in the land and use it for evil. The Little People advise Roddy to raise the land to stop the plot, but she has little to go on until she figures out her inherited magic "database".
Meanwhile Nick, the other narrator, already a refugee from one world, gets drawn through a few other worlds looking for Romanov, a man who might just have the power to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill whom and why. He promises to help Roddy as part of a journey quest, befriending an elephant on the way, and encountering a malevolent goat named Helga.
The plot's intricate but all comes together in a satisfying ending as Roddy works out just what "raising the land" involves - dragons, Stonehenge, and all her extended and rather mad family...

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