Mr. C. Hallam

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Location: Exeter, UK


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Clement Attlee: The Inevitable Prime Minister by Michael Jago
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Few great political leaders have been so frequently underestimated as Clement Richard Attlee. In his early years, he showed little sign of becoming anything special or indeed of developing a socialist outlook. As Jago explains, for a Victorian boy of Attlee’s background born in 1883, there was simply no means of becoming a socialist. The teenage Attlee once argued that the working classes could not be expected to appreciate museums and art galleries in a school debating society. Attlee would later be embarrassed by these views, although as a lifelong champion of both the monarchy and the public school system, a conservative strain to Attlee’s thinking always remained.

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The Office 10th Anniversary Edition - Complete Ser&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Ricky Gervais
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Don't get me wrong. The Office itself is superb: perhaps the finest British sitcom of the century so far.
But this version - the 10th Anniversary box set - is best avoided.
Why? Well, imagine you want to watch Episode 1. Or Episode 5. Or any episode. As you surely will.
Press Episode 1 on the menu screen and you don't get the programme but instead lots of chat about the series from Gervais and Merchant and assorted other celebrities. The show comes on eventually but it's not easy to "skip".
These extras are fine in themself. But there is no opportunity to avoid them and just get straight to the show. You even get Mackenzie Crook talking half way through the opening… Read more
50 People Who Buggered Up Britain by Quentin Letts
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quentin's list, 18 Jun 2013
Quentin Letts' list of names whom he deems culpable for many of today's problems is certainly a thought provoking one. It's hard not to feel, however, that he chooses many of the right names for the wrong reasons.
Take former Prime Minister Tony Blair, for example. Many would doubtless include him here, perhaps for invading Iraq or banning fox hunting. But what was Blair's chief crime in Letts' eyes? Blair's decision to resign as an MP on the same day that he stood down as Prime Minister. That's right! I'm sure you're still fuming over that as well! This action apparently demonstrated Blair's "contempt" for parliament despite the fact his predecessors Thatcher and Major also left… Read more

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