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English Clubs
English Clubs
Price: £5.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, Concise, and Full of Good Little Ideas., 14 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: English Clubs (Kindle Edition)
This book has a highly practical outlook and is written in a helpfully clear, concise style. The first section outlines how to set up an English club whilst the second presents a collection of ideas for actual sessions, drawn from six case studies in various countries.

As an English teacher who has run such clubs, I found this to be a very useful source of good ideas, especially in the second section. There is a recognition that different things work in different places, and with different groups, but the general principles seem to work across the board.

This is a good book both for those initially setting up an English Club or (like myself) experienced English teachers looking to keep sessions lively and engaging. I recommend this.


Economics for Business
Economics for Business
by David Begg
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Economics for Business, 29 Oct. 2013
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I bought this for a university course on business economics, and so far, this book has proven invaluable. Good stuff.


The Day Of The Jackal [DVD] [2010] [2003]
The Day Of The Jackal [DVD] [2010] [2003]
Dvd ~ Edward Fox
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Classic, 18 Sept. 2013
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This is a real classic, and whilst the supporting cast are all excellent, it is Edward Fox's performance as the chilling hit man that is central to the film's success. The feeling that the events of the film might really have taken place makes this film long stay with you.

I have seen it only twice; once when I was thirteen, and once at the age of twenty-eight. Now I have the DVD, I'll try not to watch it too often, but I know I'll be watching it many times again. I'd recommend it to anyone with a mind to appreciate an old cinematic gem.


Henry V [DVD] [1989]
Henry V [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ Kenneth Branagh
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Entertaining, Epic., 1 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Henry V [DVD] [1989] (DVD)
The problem with most `Shakespeare movies' is pretty simple, they were written for the theatre and it is difficult to make them work on the screen. This problem never seems to occur here; there is a sense of cinematic scale that just makes it work. Each scene flows seamlessly into the next so that the abridgements - and the additions taken from Henry the Fourth - seem utterly natural.

The primary `bad' is the packaging; the DVD cover looks cheap and dated. This does not do the film any justice at all. For a film made just over twenty years ago, it is remarkable how little it has dated. The battle scenes are a highlight for me, though this is where the age (lack of CG) and budget (not Hollywood scale) might disappoint some.

The overall concern I had when approaching this film was that with Kenneth Branagh as writer, director, and star, this film might prove something of an ego trip. In this I was pleasantly surprised, the title role by no means eclipses the others; in fact; the strong performances from a host of other actors is the main virtue of the production.

I would recommend this as a classic with a distinctly contemporary feel. Five stars.


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