F. H. Riley

"Fred Riley"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 77% (55 of 71)
Location: Nottingham, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,438,164 - Total Helpful Votes: 55 of 71
Active Products A009892 Recharegable Spotlight by Unknown
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This was a great lamp when I bought it from a local hardware store. Really bright and portable, and perfect I thought for keeping it in the car in case of a night-time breakdown. The 'fine manual' does, though, have a whole list of 'do not's' which weren't mentioned to me when I bought it, including "Failure to re-charge [the torch] every 3 months may damage or reduce the performance of the spotlight". Whilst I did try to recharge it every couple of months, I didn't keep track of the dates (life isn't long enough for that sort of record-keeping for minor appliances ;-\) and the thing's now kaput. I've tried recharging it the last few days and there isn't a peep out of the bulb (the… Read more
Il Divo [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Toni Servillo
Il Divo [DVD] DVD ~ Toni Servillo
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As an 'italophile', speaker of the language, and student of post-war Italian history, this film was a must-see. I had expected, as another reviewer wrote, a linear narrative, perhaps semi-documentary in style. Instead, the film started off, quite literally, with a bang, with a rapidfire sequence of political and mafia assassinations. Some might see this as a cheap shock tactic, but to me it set the scene perfectly. For all that the byzantine and baroque politics of the Second Republic were fascinating and involving, they resulted in, and from, brutal violence and corruption on the ground, where real people got killed and seriously hurt. The violent start meant that you never forgot the… Read more
The Sacred Art Of Stealing by Christopher Brookmyre
The Sacred Art Of Stealing by Christopher Brookmyre
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Brookmyre, 19 Feb 2009
I'm quite a fan of Brookmyre and his Glaswegian sense of humour (a nice antidote to the dark Edinburgh dourness of Ian Rankin, even though he's a far better craftsman to be sure), and his satires are often spot on. He does have a tendency to over-produce and spread his material too thinly, and a few of his books (Be My Enemy is an example) are airport fodder, an entertaining enough one-time read but not a book to keep and re-read. When he hits the satirical spot, though, he can be very funny and savage - Boiling Frogs was a really nasty (in a good sense) piece of work which really put the boot in to deserved targets and raised a smile, something all good satire should do.

The… Read more