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Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360)
Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360)
Offered by Gameseek
Price: £21.96

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expansive but shallow, 10 Oct. 2013
Every bit as bloated and self-regarding as the targets of its satire. Little innovation, plays like a cash cow being milked.


Summerhill School
Summerhill School
by Alexander Sutherland Neill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves more attention - there are critical lessons to be learned from Neill's experiment, 24 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Summerhill School (Paperback)
Summerhill was an amazing read. For those who haven't read it, Neill ran a 'free school' with very little top-down organisation. The children basically had to learn how to live with each other and make the school a functional place. There were no compulsory lessons, although they were classes students could attend if they were interested. The basic idea was the no child can stand wasting time for more than a few weeks tops. After this breaking-in period in which they explore their new-found boundaries, they apply themselves to the most constructive activity they are drawn to. For some this will be listening to the history teacher in class, for others this will be drawing and making music, for yet more still it'll be making furniture in the workshop. The output is children who are fully independent and motivated in their shaping and fulfilling their own destiny. There are some very moving testimonies from former pupils who found their contemporaries who went to conventional schools to be weird and socially-mishapen creatures.

tl;dr - I can't recommend this book highly enough. Neill is a lovely eccentric writer. There are passages where you can almost see him writing it in his potting shed on an English summer's day with toast crumbs all over the desk. Lovely stuff :)


Afghanistan
Afghanistan
by Simon Norfolk
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortably beautiful, 21 April 2004
This review is from: Afghanistan (Hardcover)
As an example of fine photography - it's superb. Light and structure areused with truly 'devastating' effect. As a chilling call for attention tothe consquences of our actions - it's even better. Such apparentlybeautiful scenes are soured when the fundamentally damning comments areobserved. Painful, painful irony.


Get Born [EXTRA TRACK]
Get Born [EXTRA TRACK]
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £3.47

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More big rock moments than Stonehenge, 21 April 2004
This review is from: Get Born [EXTRA TRACK] (Audio CD)
Get Born is an absolutely superb debut from the 4some from Down Under.Whilst maintaining an overall, adrenalin-fuming edge the whole waythrough, the album contains delightful changes of mood and tone. The headgets thumping with a stylish opening trio - Last Chance, Are You Gonna BeMy Girl? and Rollover DJ before Look What You've Done allows pause forbreath whilst enjoying a languid, lens-flare-in-shades siesta. Get WhatYou Need blows the cobwebs away before the tone changes noticeably - MoveOn and Radio Song providing ample time for reflecton whilst encased inwarm ballad. The final five get you back on the dusty road like someblistering tunes and opportunity for reckless singalong action. Theperfect summertime driving album. Get it now!


Sk1
Sk1
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £2.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 21 April 2004
This review is from: Sk1 (Audio CD)
What a great album. SK is a fresh, inteliigent and above all relevantcommentator on society today. Every song strikes a chord somewhere withinyou, something not done properly since Jarvis Cocker. Staring At The Sun,the Commuter and Supertramps & Superstars are highlights for me, whilstAverage Man and Truck On seem odd choices for singles being socomparitvely weak. Even so, just buy it and go and see him live andgenerally support him 'cos he's absolutely fantastic and deserves to behuge.


All Years Leaving
All Years Leaving
Price: £6.40

7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars DULL DULL DULL, 21 April 2004
This review is from: All Years Leaving (Audio CD)
You hit PLAY and sit back expecting to be challenged when you finally get such a hotly-talked about album home. What a disappointment. With little exception this All Years Leaving is dull. At best tired and banal, at worst painful to endure. Before you get this, take a look at Simple Kid.


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