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OCR GCSE Modern World History Revision Guide
OCR GCSE Modern World History Revision Guide
by Ben Walsh
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to a lovable qualification., 9 Mar 2014
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The product is a perfect, comprehensive and generally efficient method of acquiring the information required for the GCSE. Usually, the CGP company is an excellent brand as the generally bland and unnecessarily flowered data is condensed into something more easily accessible by GCSE students. This trend however has been broken through simply going too far - the CGP version of GCSE History - a guide I purchased previously - contains the bare minimum for a literal and extremely simplistic grasp of the subject. This guide however seems to contrast CGP in this area, in the sense of its ability to express the material in an interesting and perfectly articulated manner yet retaining the simplicity of writing that revision simply demands.

In consideration of this, the guide is a perfect book for any student of history, with more than enough sophistication and general attractiveness to allow achievement of an A*. Though reputation is commonly an effective means of decision making, in this case, the Ben Walsh guide has outshined the largely popular CGP counterpart in almost every aspect - only a few of which I have named here. Remember, reputation isn't everything, and this situation is a perfect example. What? You're still reading this stupid old review? Go out there are buy it! Go on!

- C. J. Evans, author of 'Black' (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-conscience-C-J-Evans-ebook/dp/B00M5LJ846).
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Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials [DVD]
Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £5.99

38 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambiguously Excellent!, 28 Dec 2013
The writers were forced to: create an excellent Christmas special, wrap up the entire story ark of the eleventh Doctor, make the episode emotional - to show all of the elements of the character, write out Matt Smith, create an effective regeneration scene, show the incarnation's memories for the sake of nostalgia, clear up the regeneration limit, introduce something new for the next incarnation, introduce the new actor (Peter Capaldi), and make the transition meaningful, all in a single - hour long - episode; I think they made an excellent job under the circumstances. But will this set an impossible standard?

Some may be a little displeased with the episode, because it's what they believe to be "unsatisfactory", but how do you define that? At times, when a T.V show becomes popular enough, the expectations of the fans, go beyond reality - and not even an incredible episode like this one, can meet the expectations of those who can never be happy.

Personally, I think that the episode is a magnificent example of creativity, and real emotion. Some may see a couple of humorous elements to be "unnecessary", but all I can say is to please develop a sense of humor! Comical moments may not always fit the story art exactly, but they add an extra dimension to the show - which is much needed in a lot of others. The ending is also in my opinion touching, and fitting for the incarnation - ending in a blaze of glory, and an emotional speech. Many see Matt Smith's departure as too quick, and insufficiently dramatic; I however see the actual change from Matt to Peter as an excellent way of allowing the moment to set in, by reminding the audience of the core of the character himself; ironically followed by an almost instant and shocking regeneration moment - this is however separate from the main section of the regular cycle, which involved the glory that I talked about above.

This structure of a lack of any transition from one moment and the next, is perfectly represented in this special - compressing everything that was presented in the era, into a single episode. Be it the immediate final regeneration, or the change from almost childish moments of joy, to dramatic moments of shock and almost emotional trauma - fitting for a final episode.

To conclude, the episode is a perfect method to end an era, and must be seen by any fan - major or minor - or any intelligent and tasteful person. The standard for the story telling seems to have leaped from sometimes slapdash story arks, to the dramatic storytelling of the Name, Day and Time of the Doctor trilogy; this is likely due to Matt Smith's departure, following the regular pattern of a temporarily raised story line - in a similar fashion to David Tennant's era, resulting in the following episodes being terrible due to the comparison. Nonetheless, the standard has been set once again, and due to the significant number of reviews on Amazon, who complain that they are not entirely "happy" with the quality of this epic tale, such standard could backfire on the show, simply because the truth is that it's impossible to make everyone happy - as I have said before. All arguments aside, I strongly recommend that you enjoy the episode, before being influenced by other people.

Please note that I'm reviewing "The Time of The Doctor" only, as it is the most significant of the DVD set, at the time of this writing.

- C. J. Evans, author of 'The Falling Lemmings' (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Lemmings-Tale-Corruption-ebook/dp/B00MDXZWAK/).
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Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials [Blu-ray]
Doctor Who - The Time of the Doctor & Other Eleventh Doctor Christmas Specials [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Matt Smith
Price: £8.00

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambiguously Excellent!, 27 Dec 2013
The writers were forced to: create an excellent Christmas special, wrap up the entire story ark of the eleventh Doctor, make the episode emotional - to show all of the elements of the character, write out Matt Smith, create an effective regeneration scene, show the incarnation's memories for the sake of nostalgia, clear up the regeneration limit, introduce something new for the next incarnation, introduce the new actor (Peter Capaldi), and make the transition meaningful, all in a single - hour long - episode; I think they made an excellent job under the circumstances. But will this set an impossible standard?

Some may be a little displeased with the episode, because it's what they believe to be "unsatisfactory", but how do you define that? At times, when a T.V show becomes popular enough, the expectations of the fans, go beyond reality - and not even an incredible episode like this one, can meet the expectations of those who can never be happy.

Personally, I think that the episode is a magnificent example of creativity, and real emotion. Some may see a couple of humorous elements to be "unnecessary", but all I can say is to please develop a sense of humor! Comical moments may not always fit the story art exactly, but they add an extra dimension to the show - which is much needed in a lot of others. The ending is also in my opinion touching, and fitting for the incarnation - ending in a blaze of glory, and an emotional speech. Many see Matt Smith's departure as too quick, and insufficiently dramatic; I however see the actual change from Matt to Peter as an excellent way of allowing the moment to set in, by reminding the audience of the core of the character himself; ironically followed by an almost instant and shocking regeneration moment - this is however separate from the main section of the regular cycle, which involved the glory that I talked about above.

This structure of a lack of any transition from one moment and the next, is perfectly represented in this special - compressing everything that was presented in the era, into a single episode. Be it the immediate final regeneration, or the change from almost childish moments of joy, to dramatic moments of shock and almost emotional trauma - fitting for a final episode.

To conclude, the episode is a perfect method to end an era, and must be seen by any fan - major or minor - or any intelligent and tasteful person. The standard for the story telling seems to have leaped from sometimes slapdash story arks, to the dramatic storytelling of the Name, Day and Time of the Doctor trilogy; this is likely due to Matt Smith's departure, following the regular pattern of a temporarily raised story line - in a similar fashion to David Tennant's era, resulting in the following episodes being terrible due to the comparison. Nonetheless, the standard has been set once again, and due to the significant number of reviews on Amazon, who complain that they are not entirely "happy" with the quality of this epic tale, such standard could backfire on the show, simply because the truth is that it's impossible to make everyone happy - as I have said before. All arguments aside, I strongly recommend that you enjoy the episode, before being influenced by other people.

Please note that I'm reviewing "The Time of The Doctor" only, as it is the most significant of the Blu-ray set, at the time of this writing.


48 x Tassimo T-discs / Capsules Variety Pack - For Tassimo Machines only (48 Servings)
48 x Tassimo T-discs / Capsules Variety Pack - For Tassimo Machines only (48 Servings)
Offered by Sterling UK Coffee
Price: £19.25

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Coffee at an incredible price. Or is it?, 7 Dec 2013
The product itself is of excellent quality, it makes life more convenient for everyone in the family, however the price is very deceiving - when you immediately look at the description, in ore of forty eight capsules for the price of only £22, you reaction is to buy without restraint. Further analysis however, shows that the aforementioned deal, is not a deal at all; if you look next to the Amazon price, it states the you are receiving 100g of coffee, for the price of £6.93. Now if we forget the commercialism, and look at an online competitor like Tesco, you see that the same products are available for £3.65, every 100 grams.

3.65/6.93 = 53%

100% - 53% = 47%

That means that Amazon is asking for FORTY SEVEN percent more money than Tesco - forget these kind of deals, and look for a shop closer to home. Or just be aware. Either way, don't fall for this con.

HAPPY CAFFEINATING!


Stargate Atlantis - Complete Season 1-5 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Stargate Atlantis - Complete Season 1-5 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Joe Flanigan
Price: £71.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 13 Aug 2012
First of all don't listen to the one star reviews as the people don't even know what they are talking about, one of them thinks it's stupid that the main enemy the wraith defeated the ancients who built the stargates. Who can destroy a fleet of ships with one of their minds and goes on to say that non of it is logical well if you watch the episodes you will see that they only got those abilities after they evolved in to energy after they were defeated.

Now to the series

I have to admit the first series has some very boring episodes including the pilot however the last episode of the first series and some others have their moments. Now series two has a lot of improvements in the story line such as characters becoming more realistic and them not being completely powerless all the time ( the zero point modules that power everything have lost all their power over the thousands of years so they had no power until the last episode of series one where they get a zero point module or zpm)

As the series go by the episodes improve and are very entertaining, such as Vegas the next to last episode of the last series (series 5).

Ok now this is what it is about Incase your wondering

And sorry about the full stops in the middle of sentences I writing this on my iPad and it keeps placing full stops where I don't want them

10 thousand years ago there was a race just like humans but far move advanced and evolved they made ships and stargates that can connect to each other allowing them to travel around the galaxy and to others galaxy's with stargates placed on them with ease. They starting seeding planets with life that would eventually evolve in to them node that they did this longer than 10 thousand years ago as someone says that life cannot evolve to humans in 10 thousand years. Anyway one of the planets they seeded was earth (Christians may not like stargate) and it become us. Unfortunately one of the planets they seeded had a planet with a bug that fed on the humans and turned them in the creatures that feed on the life force of humans, they did this for. Long time and built ships without the ancients who are those people I'm taking about knowing about it. When the ancients found out about the wraith they didn't care as they were a thousand years more advanced than the wraith so they ignored them giving them time to learn from the ancients technology and become even more powerfull but still not as strong as the ancients so they still ignored them. When the wraith were ready they started attacking the ancients and knowing that the ancients were far mor powerfull they just send 20 of their ships to attack one of the ancients weak ships. They took it's power sources and used them to make more of their ships then after time they sent hundreds of ships for the ancients and after a hundred year war the wraith killed all the ancients using their numbers to beat them. The ancients knowing that they were defeated they sunk their city Atlantis the the bottom of the ocean so that the wraith couldn't get to it and used its shield to hold back the water they then went though their stargate to another galaxy and in time evolved in to pure energy leaving Atlantis on its own. That was all ten thousand years ago in that time the humans that the ancients created learnt to use the stargate and explored the galaxy, if you watch sg1 you will see that the Air force learns how the stargate works and starts their own program exploring the galaxy. All that with the ancients happened in the Pegasus galexy not this one. Now you will have to watch sg1 to completely understand it but they find out about Atlantis and want to get their they find one of the ancients power sources called zero point modules and use it to power the stargate enough for it to connect to the stargate in Atlantis this unfortunately uses up all of its power so after the team went though they couldn't do it again and send more people. The team gets there and finds Atlantis and 3 more power modules which the ancients used to power the city however ten thousand years of keeping the shield running to hold back all of the water has used up nearly all of their power taking away any hope of going home. They explore the city only to find out that the city has been able to keep the shield up for so long because it's shut down everything in the city so everything goes to the shield, when the Atlantis team starts exploring the city turns everything back on and with the power sources nearly gone they have less than a couple of hours before the city runs out of power and let's all the water in crushing and drounding everyone. The team uses the stargate to go to a world inside of the galaxy in hope of. Finding more zpms to keep the shield up they find nothing but a town of people and some caves which they explore. This is when they find out that the wraith are still alive and feeding on humans, entering the cave alerts them and ships come to the planet to take people to be fed on. To save the people they take them back though the stargate to Atlantis where they find that the shield is failing and that they are about to leave the city as they dial the stargate the city activates a program that brings it to the top of the ocean before the shield fails. They are safe and the pilot is nearly over however they realise that with the wraith they are going to need to find more power to defend them selves and to get home meanwhile the people from the town stay on Atlantis. They make friends and more enemy's and at the end of series one they get a zpm and are able to get the shield up before the wraith ships weapons hit atlants.

That's all of the pilot episode written out for you, if your a scifi fan you need to buy this .

Also I recommend you watch a little stargate sg1 so you know what people are saying.


Sony Move Fitness - Move Required (PS3)
Sony Move Fitness - Move Required (PS3)
Offered by games-wizard
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 4 July 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This game is great, its the same as going to the gym. I got the Wii fit and tried that out but ended up selling in a week as all you had to do was flick your hand to punch and didn't give me any feeling of a work out, however this is something different, its like having your own gym in your house, it tracks everything, i have to do everything that i would need to do in real life. I never thought that tech would get this advanced, it gives you a great workout and is a lot more fun than going to the gym as you know how many calories you have burnt and have a score to beat.

Buy this game, trust me its the gym of star trek.

Oh and also make sure you have 2 controllers or you cant play the game.


Rubie's Jason Machete Fancy Dress
Rubie's Jason Machete Fancy Dress
Offered by Simply Fancy Dress
Price: £4.36

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, 13 Mar 2012
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
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I opened the box to find a machette that looks nothing like the picture, its brown and looks stupid, if it is for adults as amazon says then why have they made it so unrealistic. I hanged it up on the wall and when i slowly pulled it down off the wall, the blade snapped due to its stupid cheap plastic.


Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Full Journey [DVD]
Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Full Journey [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick Stewart
Price: £74.30

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Mar 2012
This boxset has to be the most compact and sleek i have ever seen, it contains every episode of star trek the next generation in a box that can be held in your hand. Very nice designs inside and outside.

The box opens up by removing the lid, this reveals 7 different cardboard cases for the disks, the cardboard unfolds allowing access to the disks, unfortunately they are in cardboard slots that scratch the disks causing the odd 2 second skip on some of them, each time you remove them from the cardboard they get scratched again and again that is the reason i have rated only 4 stars.

I must admit, the cardboard slots are a pretty big design floor but any noticable damage to the disk only happens when you are not gentle so if you remove them slowly, playback shouldnt be effected.

Overall i would say that this boxset is a must buy for any star trek fan, however if you dont care about it being compact or sleek then you can buy the slim line individual boxsets which have the disks in normal dvd slots and would result in no damage to the disks. These boxes are sold on amazon for £10 each so you can buy all of the seasons on the slim line cases for around the same price as this set but are not as compact or as nice looking.

To summarize

The quality of the dvds are surprisingly good considering how old the series is.
The storys are original and exciting however the first series is quite dull the later episodes are excellent.
The box is very nice looking and compact however the cardboard slots damage the disks.
I would reccomend this set to any sci-fi fan as for £75 its a bargain.


Nedis 1.5m V1.3a HDMI to HDMI Cable with Gold Plated Connectors - Black
Nedis 1.5m V1.3a HDMI to HDMI Cable with Gold Plated Connectors - Black
Offered by NowView
Price: £2.20

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great, 21 Feb 2012
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The cable works but its nothing special, if you just want a basic hd signal then this is your cable but if you want good quality video for blurays then look someone else.

The video through this hdmi is a bit little grainy but i suppose for the price its ok.
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The Exorcist [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free]
The Exorcist [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Linda Blair
Price: £7.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 3 Feb 2012
This is not for everyone, my son liked it and so did i. This is not for young children or for people who dont like horror.
This movie is not scary and by scary i mean pop outs, well there is none of that, its more desturbing.
I would say that its a movie that some would find sick and other would find good or even funny. Its about a girl who slowly shows being possed by the devil. Quality is good and story is excellent but its not for everyone.
Quality 4.1 of 5
story 5.0 of 5

I reccomend watching trailer first


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