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4 Legends / Finlandia
4 Legends / Finlandia

5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong disc pictured, 28 May 2016
This review is from: 4 Legends / Finlandia (Audio CD)
The five stars are for the Sir Alexander Gibson version, now re-released on Chandos at bargain price. However, the disc actually pictured here is not that, but the early Naxos release conducted by Kenneth Schermerhorn, cheap, pretty mediocre and long surpassed even in the Naxos list by Petteri Sakari's Icelandic Symphony Orchestra version -- don't bother with it.


Real Leather Press Stud Belt 40mm wide for Jeans etc. (XXL 44"- 48", Brown)
Real Leather Press Stud Belt 40mm wide for Jeans etc. (XXL 44"- 48", Brown)
Offered by HotShuffle
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars OK, 15 April 2016
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Just what it's supposed to be, nothing particularly special but good value at the price


The Ring of the Nibelung
The Ring of the Nibelung
by Richard Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Wrongly described...., 12 Dec. 2015
Haven't bought this yet, because I took a look inside; might consider Kindle edition, though, just for convenience. The description at the top is of Andrew Porter's modern translation, available in other forms, but the text here is in fact Margaret Armour's Edwardian version, okay but creaky and obscure, originally done to accompany the famous Arthur Rackham illustrations. Some of his text decorations are included here, but rather cramped on the page, and it doesn't include a parallel German text, so is less use for following recordings. If you don't want German or decorations, Porter is better; if you want the Rackham plates, Dover publishes an edition without the text.


The Floating Republic: An Account of the Mutinies at Spithead and the Nore in 1797 (Pen and Sword Military Classics)
The Floating Republic: An Account of the Mutinies at Spithead and the Nore in 1797 (Pen and Sword Military Classics)
Price: £7.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but very old-fashioned viewpoint, 2 Oct. 2015
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1930s "history" of the Spithead and Nore Mutinies, so free and full of inaccuracies it's more like a historical novel, with the authors colouring in how the various people were thinking. Worse, they start from the idea that the Navy of the day was some kind of sadistic hellhole of constant starvation and flogging, and that the mutineers were poor helpless illiterates rebelling against this and impressment, which has now been thoroughly discredited -- the mutineers main demand was more money, and this was supported by officers, admirals and everyone else, and soon granted. They did want some bad officers sent ashore, but not many, and this too was generally done. The mutineers kept strict discipline and even flogged offenders themselves. Political radicals tried to take over the mutiny at the Nore, but most seamen ignored or attacked them. This isn't without interest, but better to read more up-to-date histories first, especially N.A.M. Rodger's The Wooden Walls and The Command of the Ocean.


Antique Effect Distressed Round French Word Wall Clock 28cm - Opera
Antique Effect Distressed Round French Word Wall Clock 28cm - Opera

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, 2 Oct. 2015
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Just needed an inexpensive clock with a little extra character, does very well -- nothing special, plain printed board face with simple movement stuck on the back, but looks well and does its job. At this price, fine.


Essentialz Twister DVD, Blu-ray and CD Media Storage Unit - Oak Effect with Microfibre HSB Cleaning Glove
Essentialz Twister DVD, Blu-ray and CD Media Storage Unit - Oak Effect with Microfibre HSB Cleaning Glove

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Looks okay here, but..., 1 Oct. 2015
Ordered this from another vendor, but as soon as I looked in the end of the box I decided to return it. Surface is a very cheap-looking foil foil over very coarse chipboard, roughly cut at the edges and badly drilled, and looks as if it would go at the joints; doesn't compare with Ikea-type products, for example. After I returned it I saw some other reviews which said the same of the black version, and I also found that Argos sells it for about £60; even that seems high. Only reason for buying is that nobody else seesm to make anything like it in the UK.


The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815
The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, 15 Sept. 2015
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Simply the best of all histories of the British Navy I've found so far, and a valuable correction to the image you get even in the best historical novels. It covers everything from the rations to the financial and political backgrounds, yet it's seldom if ever dry because it relates the details so well to the wars and the personalities involved -- and the accounts of the various battles and actions, though fairly brief, are sharply and often unforgivingly observed, including many relating to campaigns on land. We learn that Navy seamen were for the most part well paid, well fed and well treated by the standards of the day; that only a small percentage were ever flogged and that it was increasingly discouraged; that there was no "splicing the mainbrace" or regular rum ration -- beer was the usual drink, except on really long voyages; that vacillation, dithering and sheer incompetence were as likely as fire-eating bravery. On the other hand, Rodger does show that, despite some brutal or stupid exceptions, the humane officers of fiction, like Hornblower and Jack Aubrey, were probably in the majority, and that many of the Navy's problems came back, in the end, to Parliament's reluctance to pay for what they expected of it. If this period of history interests you at all, this is essential reading.


The Master and Margarita / Master i Margarita (3 DVD SET, ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
The Master and Margarita / Master i Margarita (3 DVD SET, ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Dvd ~ Sergej Bezrukov
Offered by sale-cd-dvd-store
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterly, 12 Sept. 2015
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This is practically a sacred text to many Russians, and that's how it's treated here -- though not without a fair amount of the humour and occasional nudity Bulgakov wrote in. A bit crude in places, though the effects are good even if the actual picture isn't, but a compelling adaptation, the best of any I've seen. The Master and Margarita themselves don't have quite the magical aura they do in the book, but that's hard to suggest, and the various devils are great fun, even if Behemoth looks like a cuddly toy -- and the Voland is seriously good.


Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
Price: £5.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vision of carefully constructed hell, 12 Sept. 2015
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Brilliant but chilling -- still hard to finish, long after I bought it, the aura of betrayal and brutality is so overwhelming. This was all happening while complacent Western European and American politicians, liberal and conservative both, sat back and made pious noises about co-existence, yet it would not have been so hard to hinder, if they'd acted early enough.


TREASURE ISLAND (1990) - Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed
TREASURE ISLAND (1990) - Charlton Heston, Christian Bale, Oliver Reed
Dvd ~ Steve Whitmire
Offered by Rare Dvds
Price: £14.57

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best..., 12 Sept. 2015
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Brilliant, the best ever adaptation, though it isn't entirely faithful, and there are some splendid American howlers -- some probably deliberate -- and bits of C.S.Forester and Patrick O'Brian (whom Heston senior admired) creep in here and there. The Revenue officer Dance becomes "Sheriff Dance",for example, which means nothing even in Scotland where they have sheriffs, and Silver offers to "put up a snack"; a gamekeeper called Redruth would be Cornish, as in the book, not Scottish. But the cast is amazing, surely hard to match again, the atmosphere is beautifully caught, the Chieftains' score is exciting, and Heston's performance as Silver will be a real eye-opener to anyone who ever thought him a bit wooden. He doesn't exaggerate like Robert Newton or Eddie Izzard, but he isn't too lovable, like Wallace Beery; people would trust this man, as Stevenson intended -- at first. Peter Vaughan, in a lost BBC TV serial, was almost as good, more overtly psychopathic, and looked more like Stevenson's heavy-faced original, but Heston is more charismatic.

Not much to add to other reviews, except that this Spanish Region 2 disc is better than the American Region 1, and (unlike some Dutch discs) has given no trouble on UK players.


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