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Approaching The Unknown
Approaching The Unknown
Dvd
Price: £7.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong casting, 6 Jun. 2016
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Not a film to watch for its special effects (which are strangely reminiscent of Space 1999), this film instead goes where The Martian chose not to: into the mind in isolation, to explore the poetic death-wish of an astronaut travelling alone to Mars with no hope of return, and in that respect it certainly succeeds, and engrosses. Mark Strong does a good job here, with none of the self-pity of Love, but quite a bit of asocial madness. Personally, with the possible exception of the last three minutes, I enjoyed it.


The Concise Art of Seduction
The Concise Art of Seduction
by Robert Greene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice on How To Use People and Live To A Lonely Old Age, 19 Aug. 2015
I give this book three stars because, while it is very good, well written and, I think, extremely helpful if you like using other people, it is ultimately only that: a guide to using other people. To be frank, much of the advice given here is bang on if you want to seduce someone, and extremely revealing if you have been on the receiving end, but the big clue here lies in the final twenty-fourth chapter ("Beware the Aftereffects"), which really should be the first. Every single piece of advice here can be used by men or women to gain deep emotional control of another, but once you actually have that control, what do you do? "Keep controlling, control again, control someone else", is the only advice the author can provide. The author simply doesn't know what to do next, and worse, all of the methods employed here produce larger and larger obstacles to a proper, loving, honest partnership (obstacles that are mainly in your own head, in the way you have treated and thought about the person you are seducing), so that by the time you have succeeded it is simply impossible to do anything else except play the same scratched record again, or move on to the next "victim". That's great if you are a sociopath and are happy to lead an empty, rather unfulfilled existence all the way to a lonely old age, but not if you're an actual human being. If you ARE a human being, I would suggest doing something a little more fun and fulfilling.


Gamewright Forbidden Island Game
Gamewright Forbidden Island Game
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, Tense and Very Enjoyable, 23 Dec. 2012
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This is a great little game, very well made, attractively illustrated and with lots of replay value. Taking about 30-45 minutes to play, it nonetheless racks up the tension very effectively as the island sinks around you. We've lost about a third of the time, which is certainly hard enough, but there are game mechanics for making it more challenging. Our 8-year old daughter enjoys it a lot.


Jim Henson's Storyteller
Jim Henson's Storyteller
by Anthony Minghella
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking work for older children, 1 July 2011
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Often rather dark, with a wide vocabulary, this book fully stands up in comparison with the excellent television series. It IS for older children, mainly because the stories are rich and rather long, but stands the test of reading aloud very well.


The Unwinking Gaze [2008] [DVD]
The Unwinking Gaze [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joshua Dugdale

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Documentary, 1 July 2011
This is an excellent film, which contains much that is new and tends to avoid the excessive fawning of some similar works about Tibetan religious figures. I think I would like to have seen more about what Tibetans themselves (rather than some US movie star) think of the Dalai Lama, since we get little enough of that. There is a moment when the Dalai Lama is asked what will happen to Tibetan refugees when he dies, and he replies "I don't know, I think maybe some of them will die too". Twenty-five years ago, before I first went to Tibet, I would have thought such a statement preposterous and ego-maniacal; long experience has taught me that, actually, it's probably true.


Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar
Essentials of Modern Literary Tibetan: A Reading Course and Reference Grammar
by Mc Goldstein
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £56.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent inroduction to written Tibetan, 5 Jan. 2011
Goldstein and Gelek Rinpoche's book remains in many respects THE introduction to written Tibetan, particularly if you are trying to learn the language on your own. While his phonetic methodology is cumbersome and has long been surpassed, it only represents a small and dispensible section of the book. In regard to the overwhelming bulk of the work however, it is genuinely excellent and rather uniquely compassionate on the learner. Taking the reader from the absolute basics of reading Tibetan script through to a remarkably high level of reading, it provides a multiplicity of carefully graded (and intrinsically interesting) examples, without bogging the reader down in the fine-tuned complexities of Tibetan grammar that can obscure a practical working knowledge. Many Tibetologists of my acquaintance have cut their linguistic teeth on this book, and as a self-help language book it has yet to be surpassed. If only it were in paperback, or even a tutor's version existed!


Jim Henson's the Storyteller
Jim Henson's the Storyteller
by Anthony Minghella
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch storybook for older children, 20 Dec. 2010
I got this having seen some of the original series, and it didn't disappoint. As a storybook, the writing is excellent and the pictures are wonderful. The stories each take about an hour to tell, the language is quite rich, and the imagery often rather dark, so this is an excellent book for older children (say 7+) who have wearied of Rapunzel and the Three Little Pigs, and have a good vocabulary. It also doesn't shy away from serious and difficult topics, like death. Because of all of these, they also make very respectable out loud reading for adults, if you like that kind of thing (which, in our household, we certainly do!).


The Secret of Kells [DVD]
The Secret of Kells [DVD]
Price: £8.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem, 7 Sept. 2010
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Without doubt, one of the most beautiful and moving films in recent years, with great 're-watch' potential. The film works at several levels, making it work for both adults and children: as an exciting children's story about a boy's encounters with dragons, vikings, white cats and whiter wolves; as a homage to the exquisite artwork of the Book of Kells itself; and as a morality tale about the true nature of religion. Genuinely exceptional.


Guide to the Feng Shui Compass: A Compendium of Classical Feng Shui
Guide to the Feng Shui Compass: A Compendium of Classical Feng Shui
by STEPHEN SKINNER
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and comprehensive examination - but not for the beginner!, 7 Sept. 2010
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This book takes the reader through the intricacies of the lo-pan, or feng shui compass in its many forms, but does so at a pretty professional level, and assumes that the reader is interested in being a practitioner of feng shui at quite a proficient level, rather trhan someone simply wanting to know where to put their sofa. Ultimately, it is a practical text as well as a theoretical (or, more specifically, historical) one: so, it includes how to use the compass, where to buy good ones, what kind to buy, how they relate to the various systems of feng shui, and so on. Although I doubt it would think of itself this way, the text assumes that the reader knows quite a chunk of feng shui theory already, so the beginner would get easily lost.


Philips SPD5210CC 80GB 2.5" Portable External Hard Disk
Philips SPD5210CC 80GB 2.5" Portable External Hard Disk

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, long-lasting product., 30 Aug. 2010
I have now had one of these for four years, and it has never, never let me down, despite a considerable number of knocks and bruises. It often requires two USB ports to get enough power, but that is worth it for its sheer reliability.


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