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The Cruellest Night: Germany's Dunkirk and the Sinking of the "Wilhelm Gustloff"
The Cruellest Night: Germany's Dunkirk and the Sinking of the "Wilhelm Gustloff"
by Christopher Dobson
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREATER DISASTER THAN THE TITANIC, 7 April 2013
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The evacuation of German civilians and military fleeing from the vengeful Russians after all their atrocities makes Dunkirk look like a picnic.The Baltic was icy and swept with snowstorms when the Wilhelm Gustloff (previously one of Hitler's Strength Through Joy" liners sailed with a nominal 4000 men,women and children on board. BUT order had broken down and nobody knows how many were on board,some estimate 10,000,when the ship was torpedoed!
The rescue was botched and there were few survivors.
Truly perhaps the greatest maritime disaster of all time and so little reported!


Little Buddha (1993) Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda DVD
Little Buddha (1993) Keanu Reeves, Bridget Fonda DVD
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves

4.0 out of 5 stars A FILM FOR CINEASTES, 7 April 2013
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From Seattle shot in mystic blues to vibrant India and back again this a truly amazing film.
,Keanu Reeves as The Buddha is amazing,Bridget Fonda under-used but great and the pop singer Chris Isaak a very pleasant
surprise.
See it with an open mind and let your mind be filled!


Morphy Richards 48721 Slow Cooker, 3.5l, Black
Morphy Richards 48721 Slow Cooker, 3.5l, Black

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY COOKING, 21 Nov. 2010
Morphy Richards 48721 Slow Cooker, 3.5L (Black)

FOR THE SINGLE PERSON OR COUPLE,WORKING OR RETIRED,THIS IS AB EXCELLENT WAY TO COOK,AND RETAIN THE FLAVOURS, OF A WIDE RANGE OF DISHES....SOUPS,CASSEROLES,FISH AND DESSERTS.
IT CAN BE LEFT SAFELY TO COOK OVERNIGHT OR WHILST YOU ARE OUT AND IS DISHWASHER SAFE.
A VERY GOOD BUY.


Slimline USB External Dual Layer DVD+-RW drive Reads and writes both CD & DVD media. Slim and portable drive for laptops, Netbooks and desktop PCs. Works with Windows and Linux. In White to match Samsung NC10 Asus EEE PC , Macbook Air , Acer Aspire One and any other white netbooks / laptops
Slimline USB External Dual Layer DVD+-RW drive Reads and writes both CD & DVD media. Slim and portable drive for laptops, Netbooks and desktop PCs. Works with Windows and Linux. In White to match Samsung NC10 Asus EEE PC , Macbook Air , Acer Aspire One and any other white netbooks / laptops


Torchwood - The Collection (Series 1-3) [DVD]
Torchwood - The Collection (Series 1-3) [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Barrowman
Price: £23.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCI-FI AT ITS MYSTIFYING BEST, 10 Mar. 2010
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WRITE A SENTENCE OR AN ESSAY.....I WILL STICK TO A SENTENCE.

THE MULTI-TALENTED JOHN BARROWMAN LEADS A GOOD CAST IN A SERIES WHICH IS A MUST FOR SCI-FI FANS ESPECIALLY OF THE HOME GROWN GENRE,SOME OF THE PLOT LINES WERE UNLIKEY BUT PLAYED WITH CONVICTION AND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE A GAY ACTOR PLAYING A GAY ROLE NOT SOME STRAIGHT GUY PRETENDING WHICH IS SO OFTEN THE CASE....ESPECIALLY IN AMERICAN AND UK SIT-COMS.
JUST SIT BACK AND ENJOY.


Smiley's People [1982] [DVD]
Smiley's People [1982] [DVD]
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £4.78

5.0 out of 5 stars HOW TO ADAPT A BOOK FOR TELEVISION, 10 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Smiley's People [1982] [DVD] (DVD)
AS THE SEQUEL TO "TINKER,TAILOR,SOLDIER,SPY" THIS WAS A FAITHFUL IF FORSHORTENED ADAPTATION OF THE BOOK WHICH HELD ONES ATTENTION THROUGHOUT.
ALEC GUINESS WAS HIS USUAL HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND CONVINCING ACTOR WELL SUPPORTED BY THE REST OF THE CAST,THE ONLY DISAPPOINTMENTS BEING THAT THE PART OF
"PETER GULLIAM" WAS PLAYED BY A DIFFERENT ACTOR AND SIAN PHILIPS WAS UNDERUSED.
IT MADE ME RETURN TO THE WORKS OF JOHN LECARRE AND FOLLOW THE CAREER OF GEORGE SMILEY!


Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
by Simon Armitage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANGLO SAXON FOR EVERYONE, 9 Mar. 2010
I READ THIS BOOK AT THE SAME TIME AS THE NEW TRANSLATION OF "BEOWULF".
I CAME TO BOTH "FRESH" AND AS A STRANGER AND WAS ENTHRALLED.
THE TRANSLATION OF THE PROSE IS TRULY IMAGINATIVE AND YOU SUDDENLY REALISE HOW THESE ANGLO SAXON WORKS HAVE BEEN PLUNDERED OR MINED FOR MATERIAL AND IDEAS IN MORE RECENT TIMES.
TO QUOTE JUST TWO EXAMPLES.....WAGNER'S "RING CYCLE" AND TOLKEIN'S "LORD OF THE RINGS".

IF YOU ARE TRULY INTERESTED IN ENGLISH LITERATURE BE LIKE ME AND TAKE THE PLUNGE IT IS WELL WORTH IT!


The Tempest [DVD] [1979]
The Tempest [DVD] [1979]
Dvd ~ Heathcote Williams
Price: £7.60

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT QUITE THE GLOBE THEATRE, 9 Mar. 2010
This review is from: The Tempest [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
SHAKESPEARE PURISTS WILL PROBABLY HATE THIS FILM BUT IT IS DEREK JARMAN AT HIS IRRITATING BEST.
RE-IMAGINED AND CLEVERLY FILMED IT IS AS MUCH THE BARD AS "SHAKESPEARE'S BOOKS" ALTHOUGH IT LACKS THE GRAVITAS OF JOHN GIELGUD.
THE CAST OBVIOUSLY ENJOY THEMSELVES,THERE ARE SOME VERY FUNNY CAMP MOMENTS AND ELIZABETH WELSH ENDING THE FILM SURROUNDED BY DANCING SAILORS SINGING "STORMY WEATHER" IS INSPIRED.

BUT IF YOU LIKE YOUR BARD AS PER STRATFORD UPON AVON STAY AWAY!


The Wonderful Horrible Life Of Leni Riefenstahl [DVD]
The Wonderful Horrible Life Of Leni Riefenstahl [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Muller

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY?, 9 Mar. 2010
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EVEN IN OLD AGE,LONG AFTER THE END OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR,LENI WAS TOTALLY UNREPENTANT OF HER COLLUSION WITH THE NAZI PARTY.
HER CONSTANT JUSTIFICATION WAS THAT SHE WAS JUST AN ARTIST.
THE FACT THAT HER FILM OF THE NUREMBERG RALLY "THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL" IS WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE MOST BRILLIANT PROPAGANDA FILM EVER MADE.

FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN HISTORY OR THE ART OF FILM MAKING THIS IS A MUST!
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Jean Cocteau Boxset [DVD]
Jean Cocteau Boxset [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lee Miller
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £9.97

5 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A COLLECTION FOR ANY CINEASTE, 9 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: Jean Cocteau Boxset [DVD] (DVD)
YOU WRITE A SENTENCE OR A BOOK ABOUT THIS COLLECTION,I WILL STICK WITH A SENTENCE!

FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CINEMA AND PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGERY THIS COLLECTION IS A MUST HAVE!
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