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Puccini - La Boheme [The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008] [DVD]
Puccini - La Boheme [The Metropolitan Opera HD Live 2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Angela Gheorghiu
Price: £10.86

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars La Boheme with Angela Gheorgghiu., 27 April 2013
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Delvery and packing up to Amazon's usual high standard. Singing up with the best. Unfortunately, the very pronounced colour fringing on the DVD ruined my enjoyment of it. This was a shame because both principals were superb and Marcello and Musetta were sung and played equally well. The Metropolitan Orchestra was, well, the Metropolitan Orchestra. What more can anyone say than that.
Shame the poor picture and the inclusion of the between acts live chat and interviews detracted so much from it all.
Eric Hulme.


The Faerie Queene (Penguin Classics)
The Faerie Queene (Penguin Classics)
by Edmund Spenser
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Spenser,s masterpiece, The Faerie Queene., 27 April 2013
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Oh, what a read! Written and spelled as in Tudor times, it takes a bit of getting used to but once you've got into the swing of it all the verses scan and read perfectly. You soon get used to pronouncing words such as,say, armoured as "armour red in ordered tokeep the rhythm flowing and the glossary at the end of the book can be easily followed as you read, especially if two bookmarks are used; one to keep your place in the text and the other for the glossary.
The knights are bold, brave and with their reputation and honour being all that they live for. Their damsels are both chaste and chased. The second of these by various monsters, evil magicians and lustful knights who don't know the rules of knightly chivalry.
The witches and magicians are a thoroughly bad lot and the description of the wicked witch, Duessa, after she is stripped naked is not to be read just before or just after a meal. It is truly stomach churning. The monsters are equally horrible and probably had to be to hold the interest of those for whom burning at the stake and hanging, drawing and quartering were an enjoyable and regular public entertainment. Don't forget that this work was written in the reign of Elizabeth Tudor when such things were available on an almost weeekly basis.
This Penguin classic has over a thousand pages of nine line verses, four to a page, and if that sounds like something for only scholars and nerds, think again. Boring it aint!
Dedicated to Queen Elizabeth, Sir Walter Raleigh and one or two others whom Spenser thought might be usefully flattered, it is a monumental work and, had Spenser lived longer than his forty seven years, he might not have left it only half finished.
I know that I shall return to this book over and over again.
Eric Hulme.


La Boheme - The Film [2009] [DVD]
La Boheme - The Film [2009] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Anna Netrebko
Offered by DVD Vault UK
Price: £13.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars la Boheme DVD, 8 April 2013
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I bought this DVD not realising it was a film and not live recording. One of the most fortuitous mistakes I have ever made.
For the first couple of minutes into the opera I thought Villazon was well over the top with his acting and then I was suddenly totally involved. I had just returned the DVD featuring Angela Gheorghiu because of the poor picture quality But this DVD can only be rated as superb in every resect. Villazon and Netrebko were born to perform together. This is my third version of this oper and is by far the finest. Musetta is portrayed as the slut the composer intend and Marcello is great as her hapless lover.
I hade never before heard Anna Netrebko sing and I am now looking for more of her DVDs and recordings. I would love to hear her sing Armida in Rossini's opera. She would be at least the equal of Rennee Fleming.
The parting scene outside the inn is truly heart rending with both Villazon and Netrebko deserving of an Oscar for their acting as well as their singing.
Don't hang about, just buy it!
Eric Hulme.


Nabucco: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2005]
Nabucco: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Juan Pons
Price: £13.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi's Nabucco, 9 Mar. 2013
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i had never before listened to this opera and was only familiar with the slaves chorus. Reading a critique in the Mail on Sunday
persuaded me that should put this right. It is all that I could have hoped for and more. Pe3rhaps having played through it a dozen or two more times I will be able to form a more considered opinion of the performers,but, for now, I love it all.
Well packed and excellent deliver time, well up to Amazon standards
Eric Hulme.


Red/Grey dual socket, 10 metre extension cable reel, EACH
Red/Grey dual socket, 10 metre extension cable reel, EACH

5.0 out of 5 stars Red/Grey 13 amp xtemsion reel., 9 Mar. 2013
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Good, free delivery time and well packed. Perfect length for my needs and I don't need, now, to fully
unwind my old twenty metre one when using this one to its full load capacity. Nice, free-running reel too.
Eric Hulme.


The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Day of the Triffids (Penguin Modern Classics)
by John Wyndham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Triffids are tops., 18 Sept. 2012
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If the film and television productions of this book have put you off buying it, forget them and get the book.
I read it when it was first published in 1951 and it was a cracking read. Over the years it got lost but a recent television production persuaded me to get another copy. It still is a cracking read: the merest shade dated in style perhaps but far. far better than anything that has ever appeared on screen. Buy it and enjoy it.
Thank you Amazon.
Eric Hulme.


King Solomon's Mines (Oxford World's Classics)
King Solomon's Mines (Oxford World's Classics)
by H. Rider Haggard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King's Solomon's Mines, 3 July 2012
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How many times has this book been made into a childish, dumbed-down, unexciting film? How many times has it been shown on television and how many times have you wondered how the pretty female lead manages to wander around central Africa with not a hair out of place or a drop of perspiration on her brow and without her clothes becoming stained or creased? Compared to this book every film of it has been nothing more than a pretty little fairy story.
In the book the only females are the evil, hundred year-old witch doctor, Gagool and the beatiful native girl, Foulata, who falls in love with one of them main male characters and finally comes to a gruesome, sticky end, murdered by Gagool.
In the last film of this book that was screened, the final battle was replaced by a couple of seven foot natives. circling lazily round and round one another, each waving his weapon vaguely in the direction his opponent until the true king, almost by accident, kills the other. Contrast this with the battle as described in the book.
Fighting against the evil king Twala, a native regiment, the Greys, goes into battle knowing that that they are being sacrificed in order to hold off superior numnbers until others come to their aid. This terrible, bloody battle describing how, led by the heroic Sir Henry Curtis, they were practically wiped out, occupies a full chapter and could having the making of a film on its own.
So what if the book was written at the end of the nineteenth century and reflects, occasionally uncomfortably,the thinking of that era regarding the African native? So what if the writing style of that age is a little more stilted then that of today?
After all, it was written one hundred and twenty seven years ago.
This is a terrifc adventure story and should be read by all children between the ages of eight and one hundred and eight.
Buy a copy, it will be the best value-for-money book you will ever read.
Eric Hulme.King Solomon's Mines (Oxford World's Classics)


Verbatim 43533 DVD-R 4.7GB 16x Printable 50 Pack Spindle
Verbatim 43533 DVD-R 4.7GB 16x Printable 50 Pack Spindle
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verbatim printable DVD-R, 25 Feb. 2012
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I have tried many different makes of DVD and had my share of duds among them and have lost some photos that I really
wanted to keep. My own fault for not making a backup, I suppose.
These DVDs appear to be in a different class with bright, accurate colours and I don't have the, sometimes, tricky job of
attaching a printable label to them. Great price and fast, free delivery and no failures. Try them, you won't be sorry.
Eric Hulme.


Good Housekeeping Cookery Book: The Cook's Classic Companion
Good Housekeeping Cookery Book: The Cook's Classic Companion
by Good Housekeeping Institute
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Housekeeping cookery book., 13 Jan. 2012
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My wife has been using a twenty five year old edition of this book and it was just about
falling apart. This more up to date edition is glossier than the old one and covers everything
her old one did. It must be good because she has now consigned the old one to the dustbin.
What more can I say? Oh yes: delivery times and packaging are excellent too.
Eric Hulme.


invero®Premium Range -Twin Pack- 2x High Power EN-EL3e ENEL3e - 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Nikon / Coolpix D Series Range
invero®Premium Range -Twin Pack- 2x High Power EN-EL3e ENEL3e - 2 Year Warranty Replacement Lithium Li-on Digital Camera Battery for Nikon / Coolpix D Series Range

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars D90 replacement batteries, 13 Jan. 2012
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I was a little dubious about taking a chance on these batteries at this price but I finally did.
A month later I find that after a couple of initial charges they are approaching optimum performance
and are the equal of the genuine Nikon article. They hold their charge as long as the Nikon ones and
and are, in every other respect, indistinguishingable from them. A great buy and great delivery times too.
Don't hesitate to buy tnem.
Eric Hulme.


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