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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing alternative verion of a Christmas classic., 27 Nov. 2015
The original is one of the all time classic Christmas songs. This re-work is actually very different and refreshing, whilst at the same time maintaining the joy of the original. In the age of digital downloads the original has re-charted every year since 2007, after first reaching No. 1 in 1985.

In the age of digital it is actually quite nice to hear some actual musical instruments being played and a vocal that sounds real and not digitally re-tuned. Not that Shaky ever needed that. This re-make has actually given this classic Christmas song an almost traditional feel.

Unlike that other song by Slade, which I think is now very tired, the rework of this classic provides a legitimately good alternative version that I hope does well because I think Shaky deserves a bit more recognition and also because it's for charity.

But, oh my, where have the last 30 years gone, I was 15 back then.

If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious, Magnificent., 30 Oct. 2015
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I may be accused of bias as a life long Elvis fan, but this is quite simply the most amazing music I've ever heard, no arguments, no doubts, no debate.

What has been achieved here by putting Elvis's voice with this orchestra is beyond compare. These shiny new coats on old classics whilst being fresh and new are also very true to Elvis's performances of these songs.

Every track is mind blowing, it's impossible to pick a favourite. The presentation of the Collectors box is first class. From the Collector's check out "Heartbreak Hotel".

This is so good I've bought it twice, so I can keep one copy sealed, in mint condition.

The documentary first shown on 4th November 2015 which featured Joanna Lumley and her trip to Memphis, Graceland and Tupelo and also a trip to the Abbey Road studio during the recording sessions of the Royal Philharmonic really managed to present one of best expressions of why Elvis is Elvis, standing above all others.

In exploring his humble roots, the early influences of his music and his success when it came down to it he dared to be different and no matter what, he was always nice to everyone and anyone and that fosters loyalty.

This album is a powerful tribute to the man in what would have been his 80th birthday year and I am so pleased this has reached No.1.
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by Karen Woods
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read spoilt be a very poor and rushed ending., 2 Oct. 2015
This review is from: VISITORS THE (Paperback)
The book tells the story of a number of characters mixed up in criminal activity which finds them in prison. First of all you have Tim, whose girlfriend Susie is having an affair with Ashley, his best friend. Tim finds out whilst he is inside and he is the first to seek revenge. Meanwhile Ashley becomes involved with Pippa, a working girl from Tim's brothel.

The story progresses into one combining greed, jealousy and revenge using the act of smuggling drugs into prison to link the characters together.

The story is quite gritty and dramatic, but then it's all sort of wrapped up in two very quick final chapters. I say sort of wrapped up because it appears one of the character comes out on top (sort of) and I'll leave it up to you to find out who. Also it appears that a couple of the secondary characters end-up fairing reasonably well despite everything. But, the ending seems so rushed you feel that conclusion is only half reached. At the same time, there does not seem to be enough left to follow this up with a sequel as it's not that kind of saga.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap end golf trolley with a design advantage, 21 Sept. 2015
I bought a go-kart golf trolley on recommendation from fellow members of my golf club, after the locking bolt sheered on my previous trolley after 4.5 years of use and the subsequently collapsed on itself.

The design if this trolley with battery locking the spine of the trolley in place without any such bolts mean that this cannot happen with the go-kart.

This seams to be different from most other trolleys. As the price also falls in the cheap end of the golf trolley market, a design that can avoid problems such as the one described above could become a real winner for go-kart.

You do have to be careful with the battery to make sure everything is aligned, when slotting it into position.

Provided that the special strength plastics live up to the strength claims, then the trolley should be long lasting as there is also no rust opportunity.

The trolley is very neat when folded away, although it is a bit clumsy to un-fold at least until your as practiced as the on-line help video where this is demonstrated by someone as skilled as a member of a formula 1 pit crew member. Although the trolley itself takes up less storage space than most, the battery with its cradle does take up more storage space in comparison to some that with more conventionally mounted batteries. This means that some of the advantage gained by the neat folding is lost.

I opted to go for the manual speed control as the saving of the premium for the automatic version can be put to better use with accessories such as a matching bag and so on. This seems to make more sense as the conventional on/off switch should mean that you don't end up running after the trolley if you simply let go of the handle on an automatic one.

When at rest make sure too that the trolley is not on a significant slope as there is no breaking mechanism.

In use, it seems to do the job very well without the gimmicks that can come with the top end electric trolleys. For the price, overall it seems to be excellent.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read, 20 Aug. 2015
This review is from: TAKEN (Paperback)
Jacqui is one of several authors whose writing is influenced by Martina Cole and one of the very best, based on this evidence.

The angle here though is not so much one about one East End gang pitting themselves against the other. The core of the story is about the innocent although troubled heroine, Casey, searching for the child she was forced to have adopted as a teenager and the effects on a family that can be felt when the criminal activities of the main gangland figure go wrong, as Casey's search leads to her to London's Soho.

It's a gripping read with several, twists and turns, with a great moment that makes you turn page after page.

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike)
by Robert Galbraith
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a long winded tale, that boils down to the final chapter, 15 Aug. 2015
This novel seems to take an age to get anywhere, but at the same time you don't want to put it down until you have found out if Lula Landry was indeed murdered and by whom.

The book could be completed in half the length. All is revealed in the final chapter. I identified the culprit, prior to the end and I suspect many others will too. I do confess though that this was not based on all the pointers that Cormoran Strike used in unravelling the true depth to the story.

It's bit like an episode of Columbo, except one where the audience doesn't know for sure who the killer is until the end.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British humour, not done to death, 13 July 2015
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The pre-political correctness humour comes to the fore again in another classic set of episodes.

This time Basil has problems with Americans, health inspectors and various others who he considers to be riff raff.

It is all more tongue in cheek than the political correctness brigade would ever advise.

Perhaps the enduring appeal of Fawlty Towers is that only 12 episodes ere made and the concept wasn't done to death.

A Touch of Class
A Touch of Class
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy pre political correctness, 13 July 2015
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Comedy like this could not be made today, in the days of political correctness.

Now there are some famous episodes in the series where this is very true, The Germans for example. But although the comments made by Basil and the Major may be have ended up in the out takes bin if the series were made today, the real joke is actually at the expense of these characters for their ignorance.

The relationship between Basil and Cybil, providing the husband and wife gags has a touch of the Les Dawson's about it.

This has stood the test of time, it's frantic, funny, even if by today's standards unsubtle.

Trixie Cat Activity Solitaire, 20 cm, White/ Blue
Trixie Cat Activity Solitaire, 20 cm, White/ Blue
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Achieves the intended objective of slowing down our cats eating rate although not a complete feeder, 27 May 2015
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After trying an alternative product that although was labelled as being OK for dogs and cats, which turned out to be unsuitable for cats, I found this alternative.

This actually works well, the rubber on the base stops the feeder sliding all over the floor.

With a little bit of encouragement our 13 year old cat was able to figure out what it was all about. Sometimes she would walk away from it if approached in the hope for a more easy option, but when that wasn't forthcoming went back to it.

It has slowed her eating down as sometimes she looks for additional food inside the ball, before immediately going to uncover one of the others.

So this does do the intended job.

Perhaps, it doesn't quite have enough slots to be a true feeder, but used as means to supplement small feed via a standard bowl with extras to be uncovered the objective can be achieved.

But please, if your cat is sometimes sick after eating, don't assume that this is due to eating too quickly, have this investigated, especially if this occurs with an increasing frequency.

Mightier than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles)
Mightier than the Sword (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished business, 14 May 2015
There were two possible headlines for this review: "Unfinished business" and "Always leave them wanting more".

Sure enough the book resolved the cliff hanger from the previous chronicle predictably enough with the IRA bomb getting thrown over the side of the Buckingham just in time. But, it does leave the question of the ensuing cover up by the board of Barrington's concerning the night time disturbance experienced by some of the passengers on the maiden voyage. This is one of several that remains to be fully explored.

One of the good things about the book is that not all runs smoothly for either the Barrington's or the Clifton's. Sir Giles looses his seat in the commons to Alex Fisher and Sebastian appears to loose out romantically. I'm pretty confident that there is more to come on these stories.

Harry has a hard time in Russia and Emma is about to hear the verdict on a libel case bought about by Lady Virginia, which is the cliff hanger on which this latest volume of the chronicle ends.

But actually, there is more unfinished business in this volume than in the others, over and above the trademark cliff hanger. So, definitely lots of unfinished business and yes, I'm left with wanting to know how these various threads turn out.
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