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Modern Design High Back PU Leather Chrome Base Office Chair In three Colors (Brown)
Modern Design High Back PU Leather Chrome Base Office Chair In three Colors (Brown)
Offered by Daal's Home
Price: £99.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contestants, get ready..., 11 Sept. 2015
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Once assembled, the chair's so comfy that I have to give it five stars, but my God is it frustrating to assemble. It should come with a free chiropractor to sort your back out after the contortionist stunts you'll be pulling to get this thing upright. NOTE - get someone to help build it. It is possible to build alone, as I discovered, but for the twelve gray hairs I earned in the process, it would have been worth my while to wait.

Anyway, it's super comfy, and was worth the struggle.


Gone Too Far! [DVD]
Gone Too Far! [DVD]
Dvd ~ Malachi Kirby
Offered by vivaverve
Price: £4.85

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone Too Far, 17 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Gone Too Far! [DVD] (DVD)
It went down a storm in Movie Theaters, took home Best New Comedy at The London Comedy Film Festival, was praised as 'intelligent, funny with crackling dialogue and more going on than meets the eye' by the UK's number one film critic Mark Kermode, had audiences cheering and applauding as the credits rolled, the Canadian Press review read; "The excitement this film leaves with the spectator is matched only by the energy of its director, who clearly sought to create a work of art with which she could identify. Despite the film being an adaptation of a play, the influence and creative genius of Ekaragha can be seen all throughout the duration of the work."

... and yet you've probably never heard of it.

Why? Well ... perhaps it's to do with the lack of promo. An interview with director Destiny Ekaragha informs us the film took three years to get off the ground because its financiers declared 'This film has two black brothers in it. Why aren't they killing each other?' Destiny, along with writer Bola Agbaje, maintained their desire to make a film closer in style to flicks like Ferris Beuller's Day Off, Friday, Planes Trains and Automobiles and Coming to America. i.e - something FUN. Not another gritty British drama which seeks to tell you that violence is wrong (Despite those British films being violent and using violence to entice the kids to watch them.)

So perhaps the lack of guns and knives muted the film's promotion. I can imagine the advertisers "There are no guns in this movie?! Then what in hell do we put in the trailer?"

A spot-on comedy, utilizing long takes to build immersion - it's unique for the UK, but not fair to regard the film as distinctly British, or Black British, or anything like that. Good stories are human stories, and will resonate with anyone. What IS important about this particular story is that it acts as a window into the lives of those misrepresented in the media. One look at a tabloid gives the impression every kid in Peckham wields a knife. This film changes that.

Anyway ... yes it makes you think and it's funny and smart, but how often do you leave a movie theater feeling genuinely good, loving life, wanting to give the stranger next to you a high five to celebrate the finer points of humanity.

Not enough.

There are many great movies, but very few that really make people smile.

Gone Too Far is unique and stays with you, but that is its greatest success. It makes you smile.

Five stars.
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The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe) [Explicit]
The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe) [Explicit]
Price: £9.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Will the real Slim Shady..., 23 Jan. 2014
Eminem was an invention
A name to shift the blame of his aggression
Rhymes that bore more firepower than a loaded Smith n' Wesson
Songs that somehow taught the young AND old a lesson
Lyrics with enough heart, it made you feel a part
Of something special, something incredible
Something labelled 'pop music' but undeniably more tangible
An underground story, from an underground industry
Making Gangsta rap mainstream, as though it was mandatory
And doing it with style, violence, and a lot of humour
'White boy doing Black music' - so began the rumour
'A pop act who hates pop' - too bad it didn't happen sooner
A breath of air, as fresh as Tarantino's Big Kahuna...
Burger, packed with songs of murder, rape, and misogyny
But not a moment of monotony, and never a word that said sorry
For rapping about his ex wife, or how his Mother ruined his life
Or how his Father wasn't there. In fact the only real care
The only flare that made the hair - stand up
Was when he got serious about his daughter
And how there's no one who means more ta'
Him - well, that was eminem
White boy, Marshall Mathers,
Peroxide Blonde, blue eyes, his rhyming was the baddest
Beats by Dre, and the stories always had us...
Hanging on, hypnotized,
A white trash facade, but those words were awful wise

Now it's been a while, now it's been a long time
Now it's time to climb new rhymes, about the pleasant side of cathartic crime
And getting out emotions
But this boy - ain't a boy no more,
So today we knock instead on a grown man's door
Ask him to remind us what we're knocking for
Ask him to tell us of the past,
See if the boulders on his shoulders are still heavy
If he's set them aside, or just learned to hold them steady
With an ear to the speaker, we say 'Take the stage Mr. Preacher
Again, be a teacher, been too long, rap and pop need ya!'

So...

MMLP 2 is out, wagging its tail about,
Claiming it has something new and special, to shout about
And though worthwhile, to knock on the door of an old master
To find that fame and drugs didn't make his life a complete disaster
The grown man's voice now makes his points with a whimper
Dre's beats used to bang, these are more a whisper
An unclear direction, combined with Em's aggression
Lacking point or lesson, makes you wish for something clearer
A rainstorm of words can be hard on the ears of the hearer
Em's talk is complicated, when before it couldn't be simpler

But we're told there's something inside, nostalgic, for US
Yet if Em' hates Pop stars, why do they sing almost every chorUS?
And in twenty one songs, why isn't there a story?
He CAN write fiction, it doesn't have to be autobiography
Perhaps lacking in youth, or just emotional truth,
The album feels unfocused, desperate for the old hocus pocus,
Like a first draft, instead of the hard graft,
Instead of the words, that took off with the birds
And once made pain into art

But so what? The old white face has already made his place
Parked his Limo in Fame's parking space
Marked his territory, told the world his story
And he managed to make it to forty without a 40.
Some say a sequel album proves he's not on the shelf
Or that there's nothing worse than an artist imitating himself
But he is without doubt - one tough act to follow
He was on fire yesterday ... perhaps there's still tomorrow

For today ... MMLP 2 sounds like the adopted brother
Bearing the family name, but birthed by some other Mother
The first - parented by Dre - this, by another
With little on it that's really new, to discover
And as a whole, it just feels pretty cheap and brittle
Marshall still talks a lot, but he says ... very little.

3 stars.
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The Affair
The Affair
by Gill Paul
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of The Affair by Gill Paul, 11 July 2013
This review is from: The Affair (Paperback)
For me this book was a journey back to the sunny years of the early 1960's. I was 14 in 1962 and I remembered all the hooha around the film "Cleopatra" and the affair of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. It was all so glamorous to me at the time and Ms Paul recreates this glamour perfectly. I was wallowing in it while reading this book. I loved the descriptions of Rome, of the restaurants, of the Via Appia; the wine, the coffee - I could almost taste them. There was an exuberance about this book and sunshine everywhere and love, lots of LOVE!! I felt as if the whole thing was experienced from the back of an Italian scooter, going at whirlwind speed.

The writer's research is faultless. I loved the way she brought Liz Taylor, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton and Sybil Burton to life. These had been two dimensional characters to me; mere celebrities and suddenly, after all these years have passed, Ms Paul took me behind the glossy magazine articles, behind the TV tittle tattle, to show me real people behind the masks.

There are other characters too; much more down to earth, some lovable, some worthy of hatred. There is suspense, crime, comedy and tragedy.

I don't want to give too much away. Buy it now; just before your holiday! Read it on the beach or up a mountain or, better yet, in your classy Roman hotel.
Alternatively, it'll brighten up your tube journey to your dull old job. (Barbara Massey)


Women and Children First: Bravery, love and fate: the untold story of the doomed Titanic
Women and Children First: Bravery, love and fate: the untold story of the doomed Titanic
by Gill Paul
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Women and Children First by Gill Paul, 11 July 2013
I was completely submerged (sorry; that just happened) while reading this book. I love her clean, unpretentious style and her attention to detail. Although the novel is based on the Titanic, the writer weaves personal stories, based on real passengers, in such a way that there is suspense and surprise at every turn, not just when the ship sinks. People said to me:" Ha, not many surprises there...We all know how it ends." Read the book and, of course, you'll experience the heart-rending scenes during the sinking but there is so much more to this book and the characters go on and on (a bit like the song)and you are sure to love them all, even the baddies. I recommend it, especially to people like me, who are fascinated with the Titanic or as an introduction to those who don't know much about it (her research is meticulous and very impressive). A great read. Guaranteed unputdownable. (Barbara Massey)


Complete Essays, Vol. 1: 1920-1925
Complete Essays, Vol. 1: 1920-1925
Price: £23.70

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Huxley's essays are fascinating, but..., 19 Sept. 2012
I would love a complete kindle-set of Huxley's essays. I'd LOVE it. But, volume 1 at this price ... it's just too darn expensive.

I think I'll go chew on a soma tablet to mellow me out.


Apple 8GB 4th Generation iPod Touch (Black)
Apple 8GB 4th Generation iPod Touch (Black)

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will I ever read a book again?, 16 Dec. 2011
It's like holding the universe in my pocket. I love being notified about emails. Pointless checking is history.

Apps like Shazam and Midomi - you sing into the phone and it tells you what you're singing (No more wondering `What is that tune in my head?') it's extraodinary.

As for download games - I was playing Blade Dash on it for about two hours last night. I felt like I was back in the arcade it's so good!

Music - it's an Ipod, we know it's good for that ;)

And as for reading - well, I downloaded Bram Stoker's Dracula. I'm now reading on the Ipod :)

Amazing. Five stars!


Mondo Amore
Mondo Amore
Price: £16.84

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real music, 4 April 2011
This review is from: Mondo Amore (Audio CD)
I heard this playing in HMV and was compelled to ask what it was. Then I got it. I've never heard of Nicole Atkins before today, but this just about blew my head off.

Since keyboards have widely replaced instruments and Labels now prefer to manufacture Groups rather than sign them, genuine songs have become rare, and genuine artists even rarer. Without so much corruption in the music industry, perhaps most chart music would be on par with this album. Alas, this is unique, a piece of gold amongst a sea of garbage.

I could meticulously go through the album, saying 'That song is better than that one' etc, which is the case with most albums, but as a whole, musically, it's all excellent.

Nicole's voice is amazing. One of the best I've ever heard. The backing is terrific, real musicians, excellent compositions, first class stuff. The mix is also superb. It all feels very fresh, very original, whilst being musically authentic. Not 'trying' to be new, just being new. I'd like to mention that I got Radiohead's new album a few days ago too (After a lot of anticipation.) Monde Amore blew it apart. If there's justice in the world, this will become hugely popular.

If anyone who worked on the album reads this, I just wanna say thank you. You've restored my faith in music.

^^
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Neo Tokyo & New Fist of the North Star [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Neo Tokyo & New Fist of the North Star [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neo Tokyo, 11 Sept. 2010
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I won't even sit through that Fist of the North Star remake, but Neo Tokyo was superb. It was worth the money for Katsuhiro Otomo's short easily, (With so much wonderful similarity in style and meticulous detail to Akira.) I found the overall tone of the whole thing to be better overall than Memories (Which is far more acclaimed.)

Animataion has deteriorated so much after the introduction of computers. Really, it's tragic. If you don't believe me, just put on the new Fist of the North Star after watching the masterful Neo Tokyo. It's a joke.


Rainbow Brite Complete [DVD]
Rainbow Brite Complete [DVD]
Price: £12.99

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, 11 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Rainbow Brite Complete [DVD] (DVD)
It's the complete set in a very nice box that reminds me very much of a classic VHS (Which is kinda cool.)

No extras but well worth the price.

However, the episodes are totally out of order. What's wrong with the people who make these things? How hard is it to put them in order?

Anyway, here's the real order. Every episode is listed inside the box in detail, so it's easy to find which disc they're on.

Peril in the Pits June 27, 1984 01
Mighty Monstromurk Menace (part 1) December 4, 1984 02
Mighty Monstromurk Menace (part 2) December 5, 1984 03
The Beginning of Rainbowland (part 1) April 22, 1985 04
The Beginning of Rainbowland (part 2) April 23, 1985 05
Invasion of Rainbowland Spring 1986 06
Mom Spring 1986 07
Rainbow Night Spring 1986 08
Star Sprinkled Spring 1986 09
Chasing Rainbows Spring 1986 10
Murky's Comet Spring 1986 11
A Horse of a Different Color Spring 1986 12
The Queen of the Sprites Spring 1986 13

(Note - The first three eps were aired so far apart because they were actually supposed to be one off TV specials, but generated such a fanbase that after three it became a series, and a cinema film.)

Hope that helps!

^^


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