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Just Jhoom! - Bollywood Workout [DVD]
Just Jhoom! - Bollywood Workout [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shalini Bhalla
Offered by New Shoot Pictures Ltd
Price: 8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!, 5 Jan 2014
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This DVD is really well thought-out - I really appreciated that you could run through the whole thing with instructions first (which are really useful and give you good pointers and background on the steps) or without, so you won't get fed up with it once you've done it a few times.

I go to Jhoom classes and had to buy this DVD recently because I missed the music and routines over Christmas! It's such a fun way to exercise with a great balance between aerobic fitness and gorgeous Bollywood moves. Love it!


History in Progress: Pupil Book 3 (1901-Present)
History in Progress: Pupil Book 3 (1901-Present)
by Mr Martin Collier
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-structured and well-designed for Key Stage 3 students, 28 May 2013
As a secondary history teacher I use this book frequently with my classes, especially Year 9. The coverage is very good, and contains information and activities on a wide variety of topics that other books for the same audience do not, such as the Mao's China and the Rwandan genocide. The pages are well-designed to be engaging for young teens, and the book is structured around thoughtful enquiry questions.

This book would be even better if some more popular topics were covered in a little more detail, and if the written tasks were a little more interesting. Overall, however, it is highly-valued book in our history department.


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth it, and better than other models, 7 Jan 2009
We bought this model after finally giving up on a cheaper - but hopelessly unreliable - Thomson version. We've now had it for a month and I'm seriously impressed. It's actually reliable and hasn't frozen once or failed to record a programme for no apparent reason. It's got some very handy features like picture in picture and the capacity to trim and edit recorded programmes. I don't find it takes long to warm up and it's easy to use - and the picture quality is excellent. The fan noise is definitely present while it's in use but I really don't see it as a huge problem - if it's on standby and not recording, the fan stops anyway. The only reason I've not given in 5 stars is because it does have an odd quirk: taping some programmes for a lot longer - up to an hour - than they actually are. This could have the potential to waste memory space, but as there's the option to 'trim' programmes it isn't unsolveable, and the memory is huge anyway. So, a handy piece of equipment if you can't get/don't want Sky +, very reliable (hugely important when you're away and want a whole series taped!) and has a range of very useful features. Highly recommended.


The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007]
The Tudors: Complete Season 1 [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Price: 8.62

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, a refreshing dramatisation, 27 Oct 2007
Having studied the reign of Henry VIII for years and becoming overly familiar with some of the more ridiculous myths and common mistakes about the era, I have been pleasantly surprised by this dramatisation. Of course the highly sexualised style and decision to cast a heart-throb as the notorious monarch will be disappointing for some, but television is, after all, meant to entertain us.

And unlike the embarrassing attempt by ITV to bring Henry's story to life a couple of years ago, 'The Tudors' has a healthy respect for proven facts and intriguing issues that made up his reign. I believe this is mostly due to the good offices of scriptwriter Michael Hirst, who also gave the film 'Elizabeth' a refreshing and often accurate spin. He even managed to make me laugh out loud with his ironic humour, when Sir Thomas More is a little too humble when Henry credits him for helping him to write his pamphlet against Luther, and Henry replies with a deadpan "You're not a saint, Thomas". Genius.

Of course some of the characters don't look exactly as they did in the portraits we've grown up with, but surely that's not the point at all. And for the record, Anne Boleyn did have dark hair, as celebrated by many of her contemporaries - just because Elizabeth was a redhead doesn't mean her mother had to be too!

I've only seen 3 episodes so far, so I will watch with interest to see if Henry does indeed become the bloated ego-maniac of his later years. As yet there is only one thing that baffles me, and that is the decision to call Henry's sister Mary, Margaret. I know they amalgamated both characters but Mary's story is the most important by far. And there is a distinct lack of headdresses for the ladies - I understood that by wearing your hair down you were flaunting your virginity and maiden status, so surely more heads should be covered?

All in all, however, this is an innately watchable and entertaining production that wouldn't be a bad introduction into the issues of Henry VIII's reign, as it does explore the dark intrigues of politics and the deepening religious divide as much as the rompings at court.


Catherine, Called Birdy
Catherine, Called Birdy
by Karen Cushman
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and amusing, 23 May 2007
I read this a few years ago when I was the same age as the heroine. I found it hugely amusing and it was a refreshing change from many other books targeted and the same age range. I particularly enjoyed the God's teeth, God's blood, God's ears etc. joke, especially because so many phrases from the past do seem so odd to us now. The heroine was relatable but not at the cost of some genuine period detail, and would make a good read for anyone interested in the under-represented genre of comic historical fiction!


London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD + DVD]
London Calling - 25th Anniversary Edition [2CD + DVD]
Offered by trec002
Price: 19.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius born out of genuine creative freedom, 10 Sep 2006
This album is certainly NOT over-rated. It asserts two of the best elements that make The Clash one of the most significant bands of their time: first, Joe Strummer's lyrical ability to have his finger on the pulse of how young people were really feeling (as in 'London Calling', 'Guns of Brixton' and 'Clampdown'); second, the group's warm welcome of a huge variety of musical styles. 'Wrong em Boyo', 'Rudie Can't Fail' and 'Revolution' pay tribute to the band's deep love of Jamaican music: another great thing about them is that having the interest and the ability to do this gradually introduced punk fans to wider genres. There are also some truly original sounds in the likes of 'Jimmy Jazz' and 'The Right Profile'. This album has so many facets you can listen to it repeatedly. It is also what really marked The Clash apart as amazing songwriters, musicians and social commentators from their punk band contemporaries.


Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day
Ladies in Waiting: From the Tudors to the Present Day
by Anne Somerset
Edition: Paperback

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written, a fascinating and juicy read, 22 July 2006
This is an excellent work written from a very interesting viewpoint. It focuses not only on the changing responsibilities of ladies-in-waiting and the rituals of court life, but the influence these women had on various kings and queens. In some cases (especially with Henry VIII's wives, three of whom were first ladies-in-waiting to queen they supplanted) these ladies had a profound effect on the England of their time. Somerset explores and examines these women with sophistication and wit, and offers the reader many gossipy and juicy insights.

As usual with Somerset's work, there is evidence of impressive research based on a variety of primary sources. My only reservation was that she does not cover the gap between the start of the Civil War and Charles II's restoration: perhaps there was not enough evidence for this period to reflect on the impact of ladies at court; however, I would have been interested to know how they functioned at the Royalist alternative court at Oxford, if they had any role during the Commonwealth, or during Charles' exile on the continent.

However, with an otherwise highly detailed representation of ladies at court from the Tudors onwards (and even some discussion of their role in medieval times), this book is a treat for those interested in the lives of the rich and famous (sometimes infamous) ladies of the land.


Long Way Round [DVD] [2004]
Long Way Round [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 7.03

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and compelling, 30 April 2006
This review is from: Long Way Round [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
Initially drawn to this documentary on the SkyTravel channel (RIP!) because of the beautiful Ewan McGregor, I found myself riveted by this documentary and also quite jealous that I'll probably never get up to anything this exciting ever! Looking at previous reviews, there seems to be an amount of cynicism as to why Ewan and Charley were undertaking the trip, but it seems to me that two guys wanted to indulge their passion for motorbikes, so where's the harm? It's definitely true that you can never wait for the next episode, not only because the trip is so exhilarating and eye-opening, but because its two stars are so endlessly entertaining, even when they're obviously exhausted and in need of a shower. I really enjoyed watching their endless sense of adventure, an almost childlike determination to pursue something thrilling. Either version of this trip is worth watching - and watching several times - and the book is also worth a read.


Walk The Line
Walk The Line
Offered by westworld-
Price: 19.98

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's here is fantastic, 3 Mar 2006
This review is from: Walk The Line (Audio CD)
I agree that this soundtrack unfortunately leaves out one of the sweetest songs ever, 'Time's A Wastin'', as well as 'Rock 'n' Roll Ruby' (although you can see the clip from the film on the enhanced CD so I shouldn't complain!). This is definitely worth buying if you enjoyed the film, of course you should also be listening to the one and only original. A couple of songs are definitely better by the man himself, especially 'Ring of Fire', since the film version omits both the stirring brass section and the amazing backing vocals. But this soundtrack really is something... much is made of the fact that neither Joaquin Phoenix nor Reese Witherspoon were singers before they made the film, and this CD is a real credit to their recently discovered talents as performers. Their vocal performances are stunning and the revitalised song arrangements of Cash and co.'s songs can only endear you more to their genius.


Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]
Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Jude Law
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.73

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised by a moving, gritty film, 21 Sep 2005
This review is from: Cold Mountain [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
I missed this film at the cinema but since I work in a library I was able to rent it for free! I knew it was going to be good with the likes of Kidman and Zellweger but I was genuinely impressed with the film on almost every level. First of all it looks amazing with not only beautiful scenery but gruesomely realistic battle scenes. The director has dealt sensitively with some of the more horrific moments, such as the rape of Natalie Portman's character and the murder of Sally's husband and children, effectively conveying the absolute lawlessness and lack of humanity in the Civil War era. Certainly not a way to learn about the war in detail and the story isn't based on real events but you really get the feeling it could have happened. For me the star of the show was Renée Zellweger who created a fully-rounded character who was equally strong and vulnerable and offered humour in what is essentially a bleak but brilliant film.


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