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101 Reykjavik
101 Reykjavik
by Hallgrímur Helgason
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, possibly for the wrong reasons, 23 Oct. 2007
This review is from: 101 Reykjavik (Paperback)
The Amazon description of the book captures this well: dark and comic. Some of the scenes in the book were so funny that my laughter frequently drew too much attention of my fellow early morning commuters. However, the book also has an ever-present dark undertone, and one cannot help feeling slightly disturbed about the night-and-day actions and thoughts of the main character. Although it is difficult to attract sympathy for him, you sometimes can't help him wanting to come out on top.

The description of Reykjavík and its surroundings are excellently portrayed, albeit cynically by the main character. The rougher edges, as well as the beauty, of this wonderful city are captured to a tee by Helgason. These will especially ring true with anyone who has visited Iceland or Reykjavík.

Read the book and watch the film; they are very different and I much preferred the book over the movie as they develop the main character, and some of the peripheral ones, a lot more.

Waking Up in Iceland (Waking up in)
Waking Up in Iceland (Waking up in)
by Paul Sullivan
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of Iceland and it's culture, 18 Sept. 2007
This book gives a good overall flavour of what makes Icelander's tick. Although primarily focused upon modern music in Iceland, the author takes this base to explore the historical and modern underpinnings of what it means to be Icelandic overall. As a result the author manages to capture various Icelandic idiosyncracies accurately and, sometimes, humourously. The author also gives good, but not in-your-face tips for any new or seasoned Icelandic tourist to visit, though it should be emphasised this is not a tourist guide. The book was more special to me given that the author was there during my second of many visits to Reykjavik, which brought back many fun memories (about half-way through he references Scotland fans that were there for a Euro 2004 qualifying match). I am sure anyone who has visited Iceland would enjoy this book. Highly recommended.

Powerball Techno
Powerball Techno

5 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 21 July 2007
This review is from: Powerball Techno (Sports)
Unfortunately, the one I received appeared to be defective. Despite moving the powerball for one and a half minutes to the extent my hand felt it was going to fall off, the scoring lights failed to illuminate. The unit itself also made an awful grating noise; sounded like something was being sanded rather than the 'jet engine smooth' sound that the manufacturer suggests. I have returned mine within hours of receiving it as faulty, and will not consider a replacement. If you pay this amount of money for such as small and simple object, it should work!
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Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War
Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War
by Hugh Bicheno
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No-holds barred, fresh approach to military history, 9 Feb. 2007
Bicheno writes about the Falklands combining a reassuringly fresh outspokeness, whilst at the same time remaining surprisingly objective. His criticisms of the Argentine Junta is as strong as those he reserves for the British establishment. His style will take a bit of getting used to for those used to more traditional accounts, but the fact that the author has taken the time to visit and describe the scenes of the bloody conflict of 1982 emphasises his passion about his subject. As a bi-lingual author, he is able to make the best of his skills by consulting various Spanish-language primary and secondary sources in addition to the regular English-speaking ones, which puts him in a clear lead against most other authors.

The Complete Yes Minister - Collector's Boxset [1980] [DVD]
The Complete Yes Minister - Collector's Boxset [1980] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Paul Eddington
Price: £9.99

28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 14 April 2005
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I am a fan of many classic BBC sitcoms such as 'Allo 'Allo and Fawlty Towers. However, the Yes Minister series is the jewel in the crown due to the fact the hilarious and clever script makes more of a mockery of the inner workings of Britain than any journalist could. Dealing with politicians and civil servants 'getting the wheels in motion' in opposite directions from each other, featuring Jim Hacker, the Minister for the Department of Administrative Affairs, Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby, and, caught between the two, Private Secretary Bernard Wooley.
It is such a pity modern day civil service life is not so entertaining, otherwise walking down Whitehall on a rainy morning would be such a pleasure!
5 stars!

Influencing Within Organizations
Influencing Within Organizations
by Andrzej Huczynski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £41.99

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate rulebook for career success, 16 Jun. 2004
I studied Dr. Huczynski's 'influencing' course at Glasgow University in 2002-3 using the first edition of this excellent text. Expanded to discuss issues such as how employers would perceive a potential employee from an email address, this book continues where others normally stop. As well as being an invaluable for getting into an organization (e.g. influencing verbally and non-verbally in interviews), the book continues to discuss the crucial issues such as office politics and networking; fundamental to climbing the career ladder.
I feel this book is an excellent 'all-in-one' guide to playing the career game, written with a high-quality, academic rigour that most career guides seem to lack.
Highly Recommended *****
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How to Pass the Civil Service Qualifying Tests: The Essential Guide for Clerical and Fast Stream Applicants (Testing Series)
How to Pass the Civil Service Qualifying Tests: The Essential Guide for Clerical and Fast Stream Applicants (Testing Series)
by Mike Bryon
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, if taken with a pinch of salt, 30 Mar. 2004
I used this book to sucessfully navigate myself through the initial stages of the Faststream process. Whilst providing plentiful examples to practice on, especially compared to the tiny booklet provided by Faststream's recruitment agency, it falls down on two counts. First, not enough explanation is given to the answers, especially as regards the Analysis of Information test. Second, and more importantly, some of the answers provided are incorrect. This is, in some cases, due to the fact that some of the questions have one or more answer. Others are due the total ambiguity of some of the questions. The numerical test question about holiday bookings is a case in point. Anyone who has booked package holidays in the past will see what I mean.
Despite these flaws, I will give this book a '3' as it does really help you get into the swing of doing these questions. Just be sure that the book is not wrong when you mark your answers...

Flower of Scotland
Flower of Scotland

16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star performance, 8 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Flower of Scotland (Audio CD)
Firstly, with reference to Folksie's review I need to be slightly pedantic and say that folk music is generally defined as "music of the folk or of the people". As the Corries are Scottish and that their songs clearly have deep Scottish themes and lyrics to appeal to the Scottish market, they certainly adhere to this definition. This is to the extent the title track of this album, Flower of Scotland, has been adopted by the people of Scotland as their unofficial national anthem. Furthermore, the anti-English sentiment you complain about isn't so, simply a recollection of historical wars, also quite common in folk music. Finally, it is worth acknowledging that the Corries have also brought to the fore some historical events for Socts to be ashamed of, namely the infamous massacre of the Macdonalds by the Campbells in the song Massacre Of Glencoe (not on this album).
As this album manages to rouse the spirits of a proud Scot, I give it five stars.

Trainspotting: The Definitive Edition [DTS] [DVD] [1996]
Trainspotting: The Definitive Edition [DTS] [DVD] [1996]
Dvd ~ Ewan McGregor
Price: £4.51

109 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atomic!, 27 July 2003
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Having bought the original DVD away back in 1999 (in the old-style transparent plastic case and everything), I have to say I was aprehensive about paying the extra money for the extra scenes and interviews. However, it was well worth it.
To recap, Trainspotting follows the lives of three junkies (Renton, Sick Boy and Spud) and a psychopath (Begbie) in Edinburgh (although quite a lot of the film is actually shot in my home town of Glasgow). Having recieved a mixture of acclaim and controversy when it was released, those who make the effort to watch it will realise it is not about glamorising drugs. It is essentially about the break up of friendships between men who have been pals since school and whose lives decay in a furore of drink, violence, sex, and drugs. It also makes an important statement of how mundane junkies' lives are.
The most disturbing aspect of this film is actually the amount of humour: from the bookmaker's toilet to the psychopath Begbie, quite simply a nutter, to use a nice vernacular phrase. Also look out for Sick Boy's great impressions of Sean Connery.
The extras on the DVD are great and a perfect length. Various missing scenes are included on the first disc. On the second disc, there is a mixture of interviews (including one with the author of the book, Irvine Welsh), and good behind-the-scenes material, including some nice multi-angle material.
Admirers of Trainspotting will have already appreciated its pulsating and eclectic soundtrack: from Lou Reed's 'Perfect Day' to Sleeper's cover of 'Atomic'; from Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' to 'Habanera' from Carmen. This DVD explains the choice of sound, as well as other aspects such as visuals and colour, and was interested to find out the music is designed to move the audience from the 1980s where the story begins to the 1990s. Indeed, Renton, the hero (?) of the film begins as a person with his mind stuck in the era of Iggy Pop, before eventually waking up to the 1990s with Pulp and Damon Albarn. Incidentally, also look out for the vox-pops of Albarn at the Cannes film festival on the second disc, as well as the likes of Oasis and Ewan McGregor himself.
This a film which deals with a controversial subject in a perfect manner with an excellent cast, great visuals, and a racing sountrack. ***** Five Stars! *****

Best Of
Best Of
Offered by ReNew Entertainment
Price: £5.26

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect reminder of the live shows..., 10 Dec. 2002
This review is from: Best Of (Audio CD)
Having been to see Jools at one of his live gigs, I felt obliged to review this upbeat CD by the genial musician. As with other reviewers, I believe this is the CD to take home and bring back the electricity of his performance. In fact, some of the tracks (e.g. "Dr. Jazz", Maybe I Need Her" are also recorded from live performances, which heavily influenced me to go and see Jools at a live gig.
The mellow "Tranquil Passage" is followed by the fast-paced "Beatroute" that gets the party atmosphere going. This is closely followed "I'm Gone", featuring vocals by Paul Weller, seems to capture the 'boogie' spirit, "Well Alright", "Dr. Jazz" and "Skin the Cat" keeps the action moving later in the CD. the mellower tracks such as "Temple Bar" also deserve their place on this highly credible CD. Some British listeners will also recognise the track "I Wish I Knew How It Felt To Be Free", the theme from the BBC's "Film 2002".
A CD can never do justice to a live performance, but this probably is the next best thing. Five out of five!

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