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Overcoming Binge Eating
Overcoming Binge Eating
by Christopher G. Fairburn
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Men can also suffer from BED!, 23 Feb. 2011
First off I should say that this is a really brilliant book. It's very pithy, but misses nothing out that you need to read if you are in a position of thinking you, or someone you know, may suffer from some kind of binge eating disorder. Everything has been said in other reviews about why it is so important to read this book if you are in that position, so I'll just make one extra point.

Although the stats show that Binge eating is more common among women, if you are a male and think you may be suffering, don't be put off my some of the stuff in this book. It does lean towards the female aspect of the problem, but the bulk of it is cross gender applicable. you can skip over the bits focussing on why women might binge eat. The fact is that everyone has their own reasons, and that really what you should get from this book is that if you recognize some of the behavior it describes, then you should take it seriously.

The most important part for me was when it describes how eating disorders often get passed down from parent to child. This was the most persuasive element for me to seek help. So if you are a man and start to read this book and think only women suffer, that's not the case at all. It's the only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5, just could have made more of an effort not to alienate male readers.

Wall of Arms
Wall of Arms
Offered by Revolution Media
Price: £4.53

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but dissapointing, 11 May 2009
This review is from: Wall of Arms (Audio CD)
As a massive Maccabees fan up to this point, I have to say i was a touch underwhelmed but this album. There are some very good songs on it, particularly Love You Better. There is however an overall lack of diversity. There's a very clear thread running through all the songs, but each one doesn't quite stand on it's own.

If you think of what makes colour it in such a brilliant album, it has to be a lot to do with the lyrical content of the songs. There were some beautifully constructed lines. You see glimpses of that with wall of arms, but not nearly enough. There's far too much repetition of a single line.

I definately enjoyed listening to the album, and there are some good songs on it. But i wouldn't just stick it on from track one and sit back like I would with colour it in. I could have waited another 6 months for them to write some totally different stuff to create a truly original album.
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Brain Thrust Mastery
Brain Thrust Mastery
Price: £18.01

4.0 out of 5 stars No dissapointment, 21 Aug. 2008
This review is from: Brain Thrust Mastery (Audio CD)
A very pleasing follow-up to their first album. This is the album that The Killers should have been making, but were too overly-hyped to keep to what the do best.

If you haven't listened to "with love and squalor" buy that too, just the best band around at the moment.

Love It When I Feel Like This
Love It When I Feel Like This
Offered by westworld-
Price: £5.35

2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I would have given it no stars, 31 Aug. 2007
The twang are perhaps the most over hyped band of the last year. I had to listen to them when they were supporting Milburn last december and could not understand why so many people are so excited about them. They seemed like an amateurish bunch of very boring muscians, who try and make up for their lack of talent with bombasticity. I still cannot understand what 'the other guy' actually does in this band, it seems he mainly stands around on stage getting far to into the shallow, uninspiring tunes his mates are churning out. They ended up getting pummelled with water cups 'cos everyone was just so fed up with them acting so cocky.

Do not buy this album, and show lazy music journalists craving '90s throwbacks that the ones with the real power in the music industry are the consumers.

The Freedom Spark: Special Edition
The Freedom Spark: Special Edition
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £9.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ruddy good, 3 Jan. 2007
it took me a couple of listens to really get into this, but now i can't stop playing it. I agree with the previous reviewer here, they are nothing like the libertines. They have definately created a style largely of their own, and managed not to sound as painfully CBBC as the kooks. A far superior band in every way. This is probably the first of many good records and I cannot wait.

Price: £4.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album, 14 Nov. 2006
This review is from: YOURS TO KEEP (Audio CD)
If your a strokes fan you will really enjoy this album. It feels very much like an exploration of a route the band did not really take. Although at the same time this is very much a personal record for Albert.

The album has a really good flow and is very catchy. You will find yourself huming the tunes after one listen. A criticism could be that some of the songs do sound a little too twee and are slightly too beach-boys like. This might not be a bad thing for some people, but I kind of like the raw angstyness of the strokes, and there isn't too much of that here. It is far more grown up than especially 'Is This it'

As a first outing for Albert Juniour its great, can't wait to see him live!

Command & Conquer Generals (Mac)
Command & Conquer Generals (Mac)

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as red alert, 16 Sept. 2006
ok so its got better graphics and is better looking, but is it just me or do the units look like little toys. The people are designed to look unrealistic. There are also not enough teams, i don't want to be just usa, china or gla. I wanna have loads of different teams. There also aren't enough units. what happened to sea warfare as well?

Tiberian sun is just far more detailed, and a lot more grown up. The story in this is just so obvious. Very, very dissapointed.

Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Football Factory (Special Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Danny Dyer
Price: £2.41

6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe, 2 Jun. 2006
Couldn't agree moer with teh other reviewers who have given negative press to this complete nonsense of a film. It's yet another patronising, sensationalist product of british film industry at present. Why do you have to have voiceover narration all the time explaining whats happening and who people are. It's like the film makers forgot that we are looking at the screen or something. Its so annoying to hear every 5 mins the main character going "heres mickey, he's a larry f**ker, likes a bit of a punch up.." etc etc blah blah blah, just let uis watch the ruddy film and make our own minds up.

This film is trying to emulate the style of Guy Ritchie in many ways ( and I am no fan of his either). Why can't the British Film Industry makes films that don't treat the public like 12 year olds, and actually look at some social issues with accuracy and depth. Rather than just churning out this sort of tosh, plus a few trashy romantic comedies.

Human Traffic Remixed [DVD] [1999]
Human Traffic Remixed [DVD] [1999]
Dvd ~ John Simm
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.50

6 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the rest of this film?, 31 May 2006
So you start watching this, and your getting into the swing of the introduction of all the characters and themes, and it's well done to a a point. There is plenty of interesting techniques being used to bring you into this setting and context. And then the film finishes. This is nothing more than an hour and half of exposition. Where is the complications, the resolutions? There are none worth speaking of.

So you get a little disheartened with the whole thing, having heard extensive praise from your friends. So you ask them why it is you didn't actually get what they were raving on about. They tell you that its probably because you've never taken ecstacy, and that you really didn't understand it on the right level. That seems a little weird. Surely a film that requires you to have induced a certain chemical would provide it with the purchase price.

This is no way a british classic. If you have seen requiem for a dream or quadrophenia, or of course trainspotting, then you will see this film as what it is, a pretender. And the voice-over narration isn't useful, it's just patronising. And why is this film set in cardiff? Why didn't the director actually give in to his obvious desire to have the films et in London?

Why do we accept these over glossy, almost jingoistic tributes to a subculture which has far more depth and levels than Human Traffic would lead us to believe. Don't buy this, buy requiem for a dream, because it actually explores an issue, rather than just presenting it as fact.

Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Requiem for a Dream [DVD] [2001]
Dvd ~ Ellen Burstyn
Price: £3.84

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we come to step three. This..drives..most..people crazy., 6 April 2006
It is really hard not to get angry at the people who don't like this film, mainly because compared to the rest of the complete tripe that the American film industry churns out each year is so uninspiring.
This film attempts to deal with a wide range of issues, and tackles them with insight, confidence and innovation. An earlier reviewer of this film suggested that trainspotting might be a better work. Although I am not denying the sizable merits of trainspotting, but Requiem succeeds in really cutting a slice through the issue of drug use. We have four individuals, all with a different motivation behind their drug taking.
It is very important that you watch this film with an open mind. I perhaps wanted to like it too much. But never-the-less this soon petered out as the film got into full swing, and I was left feeling completely rejuvinated after the experience. The score is absolutely perfect. The acting is perfect. The script is just right and the cinematography is a film lovers wet-dream.

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