Phil Ruse

A kind of software developer
Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (95 of 116)
Location: Bristol, U.K
In My Own Words:
A kind of software developer and the world's leading authority on cheesecake.

Cheesecake, films, Liverpool FC, wine, women and song. In that order.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,872,102 - Total Helpful Votes: 95 of 116
The Banned List: A manifesto against jargon and cl&hellip by John Rentoul
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big it up, 11 Oct 2011
Big it up for John Rentoul's most excellent The Banned List. Some might accuse him of picking at the low hanging fruit that represents the result of my ironically titled comprehensive education. I say "Best. Book. Ever." End of.
Shoot 'em Up [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Clive Owen
Shoot 'em Up [DVD] DVD ~ Clive Owen
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A part of me died..., 10 Sep 2009
A part of me died whilst watching Shoot 'Em Up, the rest of me wasn't so lucky. You know how sometimes you think you ought to give a film a second chance, perhaps you weren't in the right frame of mind the first time out; there are also times when you should leave well alone. I get that it's over the top, I get that it's tongue-in-cheek, I get that some of the puns are deliberately bad. On the other hand it's not often that you cheer the arrival of each action sequence for the sole reason that you won't have to listen to any of the characters speak.

There was even a point where I found myself saying "no please... PLEASE DON'T do the BMW versus porcupine joke"... only my appeal… Read more
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Modern Libra&hellip by Edward Gibbon
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I thought I'd wait until I'd finished reading this edition before writing a review, but after reading around 2/3rd's of the book I'm exasperated at just how much appears to have been omitted already. As noted in a previous review the reasons are noted in the foreword; but this can't excuse an almost savage excision of the military conflicts that occurred during this history. Indeed, entire civil wars are reduced to an editorial note before proceeding on to the next detail of internal conflict within the Church.
That's not to say I don't find such details interesting. It's just that in attempting to address a previous imbalance in favour of military detail, this edition has swung so far… Read more

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