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National 5 English: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
National 5 English: Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation
by Andrew G. Ralston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much focus on 'active' learning and not on the target exam, 7 Mar 2014
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Of course Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (only the SQA could change 'Close Reading' into something even longer and more complicated) is often the paint drying part of English and it's good to see interesting and colourful tasks (though well done the schools with money to buy a class set). There's also a good stab at relevance and application. Mary Firth is clearly on board with the Broad General Education and how it 'relates' to NAT 5. However students (well done the student reviewer) are baffled by this book: "And how does this relate to the actual questions which appear in the exam?" The answer is often - it doesn't. So departments with money and no time to produce resources this could be for you. For those of us in the real world of NAT 5 it possibly doesn't help that much.


BrightRED Study Guide: National 5 English (BrightRED Study Guides)
BrightRED Study Guide: National 5 English (BrightRED Study Guides)
by Christopher Nicol
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best book available at the moment, 9 Oct 2013
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Hurrah! At last a course book for National 5 English which does what it says on the tin. For students the whole course is here with good exemplification and clear explanations of the expectations of the mandatory units and the exam. It's not quite the Holy Grail for teachers and students in the first year of National 5 but it comes close. Online support from Bright Red will be welcomed by ambitious students. Well done Bright Red!


How to Pass National 5 English (How to Pass - National 5 Level)
How to Pass National 5 English (How to Pass - National 5 Level)
by (Principal Assessor) David Swinney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.44

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not complete course notes as suggested, 9 Oct 2013
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There is a lot to commend in this book - as the other reviewer suggests it does attempt to make sense of the course. It's not worth its five star rating however as, for example, there is nothing in the book about listening and talking apart from the briefest mention on p.5. The book is not as the cover claims "complete course notes". This book targets passing the exam - rather than the whole course. This might be the book a student turns to between prelims and the exam when the writing folio is in and the talk assessments are over and the time has come to look for ways of raising your grade. Much better in my view is the Bright Red Study Guide by Dr Christopher Nicol which takes a far better integrated and holistic approach to the whole course. This book is complete with glossaries, technical term explanations, exemplars, clear folio guidance etc ... and seems somehow much more up to date in its layout and presentation. Buy both, but if you only have money for one - then buy the Bright Red one. There's good online support from Bright Red as well.


HTC RADAR PREMIUM PU LEATHER FLIP CASE / COVER / POUCH / HOLSTER - BLACK PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE
HTC RADAR PREMIUM PU LEATHER FLIP CASE / COVER / POUCH / HOLSTER - BLACK PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality item, 13 Mar 2012
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Really pleased with this - does what it says on the tin (or cover). The quality is very good and it isn't bulky in the pocket.


The Best of David Garrick
The Best of David Garrick
Offered by orbitingbooks
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A faded star, 10 Mar 2012
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Unlike the other reviewer this is karaoke stuff at its worst. A decent 60s singer with a great catalogue with a career destroying backing to some of his favourite hits and new songs. Avoid - buy the original Pye stuff not this.


The Flying Scotsman [DVD]
The Flying Scotsman [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonny Lee Miller
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £5.69

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An English Classroom is wowed by Obree, 13 May 2010
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This review is from: The Flying Scotsman [DVD] (DVD)
Students' names follow after their reviews

The Flying Scotsman *****

A film I recently watched was The Flying Scotsman. A really good scene is when Graeme Obree beat Chris Boardman to be world champion. This film leaves your heart beating because you don't know if he is going to win the race when he returns from quitting. I would recommend this film to young people because it is exciting and interesting. I have given this film 5 star because I thought it was enjoyable to watch.

Alan Hay

The OK Scotsman *****

I watched a film called The Flying Scotsman. It was about a man who was bullied as a kid so his mum and dad got him a bike so he could cycle away. That's how it all started. This move would be good for any family. I'll give this film a ***** star.

Dan McNally

The flying ok man ***

A film I watched recently was The Flying Scotsman. A really good scene is when Obree becomes the world champion the 2nd time.This film leaves you warm.I would recommend this film to young people because it makes poorly people feel better about themselves. I have given this film 3 stars because it was ok.

Gregor Smith

The flying Scot ***

The film I watched recently was called the flying Scotsman. A really good scene was when he won the one hour record on the racing track. At the end of this film I thought that Graeme Obree was a really determined man. I would recommend this film to young people because it shows them how lucky they are. I have given this film *** stars because not every scene was brilliant.

Keil Spouse

The flying Scotsman *****

A really good scene is when there's a big race at the end. The film leaves you very pleased what you can achieve in life. I would recommend this film to young people because it is very interesting. I have given this film 5 star because I enjoyed it.

Kieran Davis

A Flying Start *****

A film I watched recently was "The Flying Scotsman". It was very interesting and it shows what you can go through when you have bipolar and when you become a famous cyclist. A really good scene is when he meets his old school bullies and he shows he is doing better than they are in life. This film leaves you with a thrill of a Scottish Champion.I would recommend this film to young people because it shows how hard his life was to win the race. I have given this film 5 star because it is an excellent film to watch as it inspires people to do their best and never give up. Brilliant!

Kirsten Battison

The amazing flying Scotsman *****

The film that I recently watched was called The Flying Scotsman, the movie was very moving. The best scene in the movie was when Graeme Obree was cycling to break the world record. And my heart was beating against my chest, and when he won WOW. I would recommend this film to young people because I think that they will like it maybe even love it because it inspires young people. And I would also give these movie 5 stars.

Melissa Black

"The flying superhero" ****

A film I watched recently was "The Flying Scotsman".A really good scene is when he opens up about his bipolar and decides to get help. This film leaves you thinking that even if you have problems there's always a way round them. I would recommend this film to young people because it shows you that anyone can beat the bullies! I have given this film four stars* because I enjoyed it, but I think it could have had a better ending.

Rebecca McBain

Flying into the memory *****

A film I watched recently was called The Flying Scotsman. A really good scene is when Graeme Obree lost a race and then he trained to go for the championship and he won. This film leaves me with courage because if he can achieve success then so can I. I would recommend this film to young people because it would encourage people to follow their dreams. I have given this 5 stars because it was a Scotsman who won a race using parts of a washing machine.

Ryan Foulis


Swimming Upstream [DVD] [2005]
Swimming Upstream [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Geoffrey Rush
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Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eyemouth High S1 give this one Five Stars!, 7 Dec 2009
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My S1 class has watched `Swimming upstream' and think that the review is too negative! Here are the views of four young people - for whom the film was intended:

`Swimming Upstream' is about a young boy called Tony who has a very hard home life. His father (Gregory Rush) always boozed with alcohol and says he's no good. Also his mother Dora (Judy Davis( is a kind hearted woman who suffers from Harold's temper. If this isn't bad enough his brother Harold Jnr bullies him and teases him. At the start of the film Harold Jnr is his father's favourite son even though Tony is winning swimming galas and has worked himself up to the Australian Nationals.
My personal favourite scene is when Tony is about to go to college and he talks to his mum at the beach. This is gripping and emotional.
When this film ended I felt sad but really happy ... also thankful! My life is so much better compared to that.
People my age would like this film because it is gripping and exciting.

Hayley Robinson (aged 12)

`Swimming Upstream' is a passionate film about a family overpowered by a selfish drunken father. Tony never really settled in with his dad. As his brother John and Tony battle it out to be Australia's best back stroke swimmer Dora (Tony's Mum) tries to deal with the family's problems. Harold is a biased father who is only in favour of John winning. As Tony progresses to Harvard (America's best university) with a full scholarship Dora manages to push Harold out of the family's life for the better. At his first visit to the school pool Tony manages his best back stroke ever. Young people will jump into this film because it is so encouraging. If you don't try to be number one you'll never be number one.

Jake Crombie (Age 12)

"Swimming Upstream" is about an Australian family who have a very hard life living with their alcoholic father who loses his job. The father, Harold, never supports his middle son Tony and wishes he was never born. Toy had a very difficult life getting beat up by his alder brother and in the end because they are competing against each other he also loses the friendship of his younger brother.
As Tony grows up he struggles to get attention so he uses swimming to get away from his family. His mother, Dora, is very supportive and looks out for Tony. My favourite part is when Dora throws Harold's breakfast over him. I would recommend thus film to young people because it is very exciting and passionate. It's a very good film.

Jamie White (age 12)

"Swimming Upstream" is a very good film about a family living in Australia who are living in poverty because Tony's dad spends a lot of money on drink. Tony's mum Dora keeps the family together by stopping fights in the family and tries to stop her husband from drinking too much. I think their dad should spend more time with his five children and spend more of the money on the children's clothes and food than his drink.
I think the most amazing thing was when Tony followed his dreams to go to the Empire Games then he goes to Harvard University where he keeps up his swimming and gets his best ever time. This is one of the best films I have watched I would give this film 5 stars. You will like this film - be sure to become a fighter not a biter!


Sam Leads The Way : The Penny Farthing Recordings
Sam Leads The Way : The Penny Farthing Recordings
Price: £8.44

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album .. shame about tracklisting, 27 Jan 2009
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Samantha Jones is a much underrated talent from the 60s as this and the companion Vol 1 album show. It's a shame that the advertised "Best of both worlds" (a great track for both Samantha Jones and Lulu) isn't on the CD as advertised - a pity that the people at RPM didn't rate this track enough to include it on the final CD.
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Get The Party Started
Get The Party Started
Price: £12.16

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let;s get the star rating started, 29 May 2007
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This review is from: Get The Party Started (Audio CD)
When did the name of an act or a band EVER have anything to do with the quality of their music or popularity. Come off it sound advice. Listen to the pre release tracks on Shirley's web sits and you'll hear that the voice is as good as ever - the rhythms are fresh and the sound is geared up to sell to all of Shirley's fans, including the gay community who continue to adore her. "Let's get the party started' would have had a top 3 rating if her record company could have had the imagination to release it when the ads were on. It would be good too if her record company could keep to their publicised release dates as well. So Shirley it's 5 stars.


Cilla In The 70's
Cilla In The 70's

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth having but only just., 13 Sep 2005
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This review is from: Cilla In The 70's (Audio CD)
It's inevitable that fans are running out of available recordings from Cilla's vaults and must content themselves with CD releases of vinyl tracks and weaker tracks which didn't make it onto the original albums. This album showcases some of Cilla's 70s recordings and closes most of the gaps from her "In my life," "It makes me feel good" and "Modern Priscilla" albums. Notable oppotunities are missed such as "Easy in your company" which will no doubt appear on a future release forcing us to buy tracks we already have in order to get the one or two we don't. Having said all that fans have Stephen Munns to thank for the project along with worthwhile sleeve notes and pictures. It's worth having but only just.


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