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Olympus Stylus SZ-15 Digital Super Zoom Camera - Black (16MP, 24x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)
Olympus Stylus SZ-15 Digital Super Zoom Camera - Black (16MP, 24x Wide Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Olympus Stylus, 1 Mar. 2015
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As the old saw goes, 'it does what it says on the tin...' recommended. As someone who 'snaps' - really simple, point and press...


Mary Boleyn: 'The Great and Infamous Whore'
Mary Boleyn: 'The Great and Infamous Whore'
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1.0 out of 5 stars I was aware that little was known of Mary, ..., 21 Feb. 2015
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I was aware that little was known of Mary, most of what we do know is speculation, surmise... Ms Weir confirms this. Alison Weir is my historian of choice, However this book contains too many 'probably's' 'may have been's' 'possibly'. We do not know with certainty Mary's age, where, when she was born, she was 'possibly' the elder of the Boleyn women, but this book does not nail the assertion. Well written but ultimately disappointing.


The News Is Read
The News Is Read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte is wonderfully candid, however we learn relatively little about her ..., 25 Oct. 2014
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This is a book that informs, but is curiously guarded. Charlotte is wonderfully candid, however we learn relatively little about her private life, is she married, is there a significant other? Apparently not. A well written memoir that conceals rather than reveals.


The Story of Mohammed Islam Unveiled
The Story of Mohammed Islam Unveiled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Islam Unveiled, 3 Sept. 2014
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a must read, highly recommended.
well written insight on this world religion... beliefs, ideas and dogma explained in a very accessible manner...


Moondog And Suncat Suites
Moondog And Suncat Suites
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moondog/Suncat, 11 Mar. 2014
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This was recorded when the then PM Anthony Eden wore a top hat. Moondog was a US composer of quirky, percussive, Ethnic American inspired 'outsider' Jazz. To say it was music ahead of its time is to understate. Kenny Graham was perhaps the finest British arranger of his age, this recording should be on all Jazz lovers shelves. The line up of the 'Satellites' reads like a who's who of 50's Jazz, Stan Tracey, Danny Moss, et al... Highly recommended...


Wuthering Heights (2009) [DVD]
Wuthering Heights (2009) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wuthering Heights, 23 Feb. 2014
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A good stab at producing this difficult book. Filmed around Keighley, with East Riddlesden Hall standing in as 'Wuthering Heights'. An outstanding performance from Sarah Lancashire, however patchy but ultimately acceptable performances from others. Nevertheless worth buying if you find the book a little hard going...


The Sound of His Horn
The Sound of His Horn
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sound of his Horn, 23 Feb. 2014
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Set in a dystopian future were the Nazis had won the War, this novel has a dream like quality. The pervasive threatening atmosphere is always apparent. The protagonists, some genetically modified, some altered to perform menial or specific tasks. Sarban (John Wall) produced only a handful of novels, all of them disturbing and thought provoking...


Beckett On Film [DVD]
Beckett On Film [DVD]
Dvd ~ Barry McGovern
Price: £90.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Beckett on Film, 23 Feb. 2014
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I once heard Sam Beckett described as a 'Marmite' playwright, you either like him or don't, there being no neutral ground. These plays/playlets are extremely well produced and realised. A standout is the new take on 'Play', fast moving and sympathetically photographed. I believe Sam would have approved...


Coriolanus [DVD] [2011]
Coriolanus [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Ralph Fiennes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coriolanus, 23 Feb. 2014
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Coriolanus is at the best of times is a difficult play to pull off; however in this production the cast achieve miracles. Set in an Adriatic state, suitably war torn and down at heel, the anti hero Coriolanus ultimately manages to evince our sympathy... A must for all Shakespeare lovers...


The Merchant of Venice [DVD] [2004]
The Merchant of Venice [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Al Pacino
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Merchant of Venice, 23 Feb. 2014
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Pacino is a revelation as is Jeremy Irons, not a bad performance from anyone. The court scene with Portia is gripping and the 'Quality of Mercy' speech is beautifully delivered...


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