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Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: £4.96

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakable drivel!, 24 Sep 2013
I simply cannot believe the review-enthusiasm for this utter tosh! The basic situation is interesting enough - a well planned and quickly executed surprise attack on The White House. And there is nothing wrong with the acting. But this is an entirely formulaic movie with some ludicrous premisses. The President has been captured with several high-ranking officials by some predictably ugly foreign johnnies affiliated to (if not all actually from) North Korea. Their aim the nuclear destruction of the United States by detonating the country's nuclear missiles in their silos. In order to accomplish this dastardly end they need three codes, one of which is held by each of three of the hostages, including the President. This appears to pose a dilemma for the Administration, who have to choose between letting the president and his officials die and having the entire country turned into a nuclear wasteland. In reality this no-brainer would take an Administration about a nano-second to decide, and the President would be toast. But then there would be no film. This administration wants to save the President (and his young son), and they are prepared to allow one man (Gerrard Butler) to do the Bruce Willis thing, which he does. And so the United States cheers itself up, averting disaster and saving the President. This is hardly a spoiler. If you don't know how it is going to end from about five minutes in, then you haven't been watching 'Independence Day', 'The Day After Tomorrow', 'Under Siege', 'Deep Impact', or any one of a hundred dismally scripted action movies, aimed at the eight-year old in all of us, which celebrate the All American Hero - laconic, indestructible, unflinchingly loyal, and (of course) deep down a family man. When I was a little boy my mate, Michael, and I saved the world countless times, but then we were only eight. This is complete tripe!
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Asus Fonepad ME371MG 7-inch Tablet (Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 3G, Camera, Android 4.1)
Asus Fonepad ME371MG 7-inch Tablet (Intel Atom Z2420 1.2GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 3G, Camera, Android 4.1)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing value!, 9 Jun 2013
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This gizmo seems to have slipped into the market with very little fanfare, and what a little treasure it is. It really does save you the bother of carrying around a phone and a tablet. It is very competent, very like the Google Nexus, except that it comes with a phone facility. Alas, at the time of writing, there is no equivalent of the keyboard cases available for the GN. The one I got from Koolertron to work with my GN does work with the Fonepad,and it fits perfectly, but some of the key presses don't work. For example, you can't type the @ sign, which is a bummer if you are sending email! No doubt this will be put right in due course. I bought some inexpensive bluetooth headphones and an excellent case and i think I am kitted out now for the foreseeable future. Well done Asus - again!
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ASUS FonePad Case Cover Folio Skin, BLACK with integrated PropUp Flip-Stand Function for ASUS FonePad ME371MG. Includes BONUS: G-HUB ProPen Stylus
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value. Excellent Service., 9 Jun 2013
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If you don't get a case you will break you Fonepad sooner or later. As certain as death and taxes. This case does the business, and the thrown-in pen is a real bonus - makes for clean texting and a clean screen. Great value!

Archetype Revisited: An Updated Natural History of the Self
Archetype Revisited: An Updated Natural History of the Self
by Anthony Stevens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.52

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jung's Most Persuasive Interpreter?, 24 May 2010
I have had a love affair with depth psychology for the best part of forty years. And like a love affair, it has had its ups and downs. As far as the triumvirate is concerned my affections have strayed between Freud, Adler and Jung in a rather shameless and irresponsible fashion. Jung has been for me the hardest one to love, partly because I have found his prose rather difficult to digest. Adler too was no stylist, although I have always been interested in his ideas. Sometimes the trick is to find the right interpreter. Freud didn't really need one, although I have read many. His writing is so clear and seductive. Adler was best interpreted for me by Heinz and Rowena Ansbacher, whose anthologies of his work, together with their wonderful commentary, made Adler not only accessible but persuasive. In Anthony Stevens I think I have found my way into Jung. His very short introduction was brilliant, and 'Archetype Revisited' is stunning. If you are somebody who has been put off by the clouds apparently surrounding the concept of the archetype. If you have found Jung's concept of the Self baffling. If you have been put off ny New Age enthusiasm for the wilder shores of Jung's though. And if the collective unconscious has sounded like dodgy Lamarck - this is the book for you. Stevens has done a magnificent job elucidating many of Jung's core concepts, and linking them with ethology, anthropology, neuroscience, and neo-Darwinism. If you have an open mind I guarantee that you will finish this book with a fresh enthusiasm for Jung. Read it!

Koestler: The Indispensable Intellectual
Koestler: The Indispensable Intellectual
by Professor Michael Scammell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book about Koestler, 27 Mar 2010
If you have time to read only one book about Arthur Koestler, read this one. There are at least two other biographies:- one by Iain Hamilton written while Koestler was still alive - science-blind and very incomplete; and one by David Cesarani, hostile, unmasking, and almost as science-blind as Hamilton's. Michael Scammell has written a marvellous critical biography. He has been thorough. He pays attention to all aspects of Koestler's life and work. He writes beautifully. He is aware of Koestler's faults without this leading him into downright hostility. And he does justice to the extraordinary complexity of this unique and brilliant man.

Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess
Mary Magdalene: Christianity's Hidden Goddess
by Lynn Picknett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just because there are conspiracy theories, that doesn't mean that there are no conspiracies, 2 Sep 2008
I think it is very unfair to dismiss this book as yet another example of a loopy conspiracy theory. Lynn Picknett is not David Icke. And her book is intelligent and challenging. I am not competent to judge all her claims about Mary Magdalen, Jesus Christ, and John the Baptist. She may turn out to be wrong about important aspects of all three of these world historical individuals. But I would like to make just one point. Anybody who believes that the evolution of the Old and New Testaments was not driven by conspiracy, politics, brutality, and bigotry has simply not been paying attention. The New Testament in particular was authorised by a committee/cabal determined to present a particular view. If it were not for the heretical/alternative documents that have been unearthed over the centuries, and for the scholars and writers who have interpreted these documents for us, ordinary people would have had very little idea just how spun and partisan are all four of the so-called canonical gospels. And anybody even slightly familiar with the Roman Catholic Church's way of dealing with difference must accept that historically the Church has been as brutal as any warlord, as oppressive as any totalitarian regime, and as mendacious as any criminal organisation. This does not mean that there have been no shining examples of decency within the Church. Nor does it mean that the present-day RC Church has not changed very much for the better. But to dismiss Lynn Picknett's analysis of Christianity's shortcomings as a nothing more than an example of conspiracy theory is simply to be trite.
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