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Playmobil - 3997 Three Wise Kings
Playmobil - 3997 Three Wise Kings

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value Christmas Play Set, 19 Nov. 2009
We love this set and my daughter (6 years) whom I bought it for last Christmas has actually been playing with it all year as she uses the figures generally in her games. She was delighted to see the camel I have to say and likes to fiddle as children do with opening and closing, dressing, loading as well as using the toys in her games. It's colourful and good quality and comes with several figures for your money and many little pieces yes but this is not a toy for toddlers, it creates wide play value for kids aged 4+ who love having as many little pieces as possible!, much as us parents don't! We've used it to talk about the religious aspect of course and I think it's quite unusual and interesting to add to the standard fayre of children's plastic character dolls and certainly costs no more than other inferior sets. Great for boys and girls, Christmas and anytime you want some good stories, and quality from those nice people at Playmobil.

Merlin The Magical Puppy: Merlin's Snowy Tails [DVD]
Merlin The Magical Puppy: Merlin's Snowy Tails [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keith Littler
Price: £3.44

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 18 Nov. 2009
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My very short review on this is that we were disappointed with it. We thought with the puppy content (daughter is pet mad) and it being a well known children's programme with "names" our daughters might enjoy it. It just wasn't very enjoyable for us, and with the wide range of other children's programmes available I wouldn't buy another Merlin dvd, in fact we gave this one away.

Crayola Gigantic 130 Page A4 Colouring Book
Crayola Gigantic 130 Page A4 Colouring Book
Offered by K Direct
Price: £3.90

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good deal for younger kids, 18 Nov. 2009
This is quite a good value colouring book from the name of Crayola. It's A4, double sided and has around 160 pictures to colour. The non-white paper wasn't a concern for us at all, after all they are going to be colouring over most of it. Most of the pictures are cartoon style, similar to the boy on the image here and of children, though we would have prefered there to be more scenes or animals included. At times some pictures seemed to be limited on what there was to colour, which seemed a bit of poor design but they are large and so good for younger children. On the whole, it's a good price for a big book to keep them busy and is child friendly and a way to avoid the excess of characterisation of goods whilst allowing children to do normal child things and keep of the DS.

Joseph: King Of Dreams [DVD] [2000]
Joseph: King Of Dreams [DVD] [2000]
Dvd ~ Ben Affleck
Price: £5.80

8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars second rate failure, 23 Nov. 2007
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Everyone knows the story of Joseph, this isn't a very good version though, I prefer the LW one I saw as a child. it tries to be too clever and modern with modern art representations to convey deep meaning (which fails). It's Joseph for Americans actually, "stars" Ben Afflek, is that any kind of credentials? hailed triumphantly whilst being borderline offensive and stereotypical. Songs not quite memorable and often irritatingly overly ostentatious and showy and yes the animation does look like the third in a series of films as opposed to the first or one on a limited straight to dvd release.

Not a parr on Prince of Egypt by the same people.

Would do for a basic religious angle and that's seemingly what people appreciate but confuse it with a good film, not really one to hunt out.
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Cloppa Castle - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]
Cloppa Castle - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Judy Bennett

1 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some things should not be brought to dvd, 16 Nov. 2007
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If you go down to Cloppa Castle, be prepared to want to leave immediately...

This is one of those things that I guess you might say oh that seemed really good when I was 4 but you watch it now and say, all is forgiven Tweenies. I am not old enough to remember it but in line with other 70s puppet shows and classic tv bought on offer and subject it can't be that bad, I'd give it a go.

I simply find it amazing the people responsible for the Stingray and Thunderbird models are cited as also for these as there is no comparrison. perhaps it is lost in the dvd transfer which incidentally is terrible and looks like a really badly over used vhs quality as it is, but you just can't see any resemblance. I would be left thinking this was in the post glory days or what happens in the 70s but other things have been done so much so successfully.

I didn't personally like the programme anyway, it doesn't seem "crazy" or anything special, it's pretty boring.

Seems to have a cult folowing or rest on the back of its associations only. If looking for anything in the same line then consider this your last option only as it's really dire and mine will be in my local charity shop shortly.

Sooty & Co.: Sooty's Magic Box of Tricks Part 1 [DVD]
Sooty & Co.: Sooty's Magic Box of Tricks Part 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Matthew Corbett
Price: £3.99

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not classic Sooty, 16 Nov. 2007
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I bought this as I have two other Sooty dvds: Sweep Superdog and Wet & WIld and thought this might be of the same content. Warning, it is absolutely not the same Sooty. This is akin to the new Basil Brush, too fast, distinctly unfunny, with failing attempts to be modern or improve upon itself whatsoever. I felt reassured that Matthew remained but the setting, storylines and content is completely removed from what I conside rSooty to be and was expecting from this purchase. Having a young child of 4 who loves Sooty, I felt in that respect this is also too adult for her...Delgrub focuses for example on "sick and twisted" burglars in Prestwich and relies too heavily on older supposid adult in jokes to get along. There's over reliance on dramatic constant screams, high speed racing around, tacky characters to presumably bring something different or extra in from the Vera Duckwork line dancing Northern Del-Boy cliche to the cool London "cuz" taking the Scampi deviation and modernisation just too far. call me picky, but I also expected to see some magic...in this episode it consisted as a tacked on ending where Sooty sorted out the mess for the policeman by waving his wand and something disapearing in a 10 second feature...not even low scale magic of any sort.
The set is cheap and the puppets new out of the box from poundland losing all realism or furry appeal.
Classic seems to refer to the fact the dvd states 1993 and little else. This must be surely the poor attempt at competeing with the new programmes on offer in the Sooty era which i am actually saddened to see.

So yes Sooty was and remains a great show for kids...but those who'd like to show it to their own and sit through it pleasantly should definately not buy this bargain bucket version, go for one of the other two decent versions instead. I can't imagine this would be for anyone else other than serious fans or students frankly.
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Rid Of Me
Rid Of Me
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This woman is rock!, 12 May 2007
This review is from: Rid Of Me (Audio CD)
OMG this album scared me when I heard it recently, on going through to discover what exactly PJ Harvey is (if anyone can say). This is as different as can be from the semi pop tones of Stories of the City. It's kind of scary, angry but very sad with a lot of undeniable truths there and matched with a lot of hard rock/punk music being bashed out and some deliberate screaching, shouting, synthed vocals that really confuse you as you can't fit it into your understanding memory slot easily. It really scared the pants off me, probably as it took me by surprise. I do feel kind of tired just listening to it, exhausted myself from the energy. I can't think of many comparrisons but musically Nirvana style really strikes me and maybe the Cranberries as it was early 90s with more blatant sexual references - inadequacies, needs, in there. It doesn't rhyme, there isn't an obvious pattern, it isn't even in tune and goes from deafening to can't hear it but god, this is uncompromising, original work. I'm not sure if I like it, but it's undeniably challenging, amazing stuff!

Back To Black
Back To Black
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.00

9 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing follow up, like a reunion attempt, 7 May 2007
This review is from: Back To Black (Audio CD)
This isn't going to win me a lot of votes but I am genuinely dissapointed with this album after Frank. We might expect some diversion, new direction but really even as a single piece this falls short. There's no question Amy has a fantastic tallent and yes, i really do like this style of music as well...it just feels a bit too contrived - her wonderful expressive skill is lost in neat and tidy, autoqueue read words that don't convey much of anything - relying on the quirky music to carry the formulated song along.

What is so great about Rehab - it's different and I guess you'd listen to it, and that it's perhaps a brave move rather than trying to recreate Frank but it just goes on and on, it's formulaic and catchy. I'd hope her next album went back to a more freer, personal style or moving on into something else! Best soul for years? because you put on a motown tune doesn't make it an achievement I'm afraid! Thje best soul has somthing behind it and I've seen Amy doing live sets where she excels, (I feel here like they've said please don't do what you normally do, read these words and don't change them or put it anything offensive) not in pre packaged studio sellers. I do feel perhaps the financial, commercial expectations or cash signs have more influence on this album, which creatively and musically as well as lyrically is not much to get excited about. If you are really interested in her music, don't be put off by this!, and everyone else, don't confuse nostalgia and mass appeal with creativity.

Offered by westworld-
Price: £20.00

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Folk, 7 May 2007
This review is from: SCRIBBLED IN CHALK (Audio CD)
I came to this obviously after the Folk awards and looking into what is generally termed modern/celtic influenced music. I was really pleased (and surprised) to find, similar to Kate Rusby some really intelligent lyrics, accompanied by engaging music and different styles which is probably why she has some serious recognition, Folklines aside.

I'm not sure what traditional Scots music is, but there's a lot of worth here and is vastly different (superior) to the gentile, tiptoeing gasps of Cara Dillon or Patty Griffin. There's elements of Indie Alanis, traditional field tunes, and maybe a bit of etherealness with guitars and pianos that create an interesting background but don't loose her voice in doing so. Very introspective, thoughts and personal statements, she's not shy in tackiling issues and voicing opinions, giving a more recognisable folk/political approach (sex trafficking, the Holocaust) - even Moses crops up in there and I didn't think I could possibly like a song with that as the theme alone. There's elements of despair, wonderment, the universe and individual support. It is very melodic and communicative, being intelligent and affecting as well as interesting, unpredictable and beautiful.


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Classic, 17 April 2007
This review is from: Miriam (Audio CD)
This is the first of the three Stockley album releases and has a lot a person could say about it.

Having a background in session work, with credits including backing work for solo Queen projects & the 80's SAW productions she's moved more recently into more classical lines, from her original South-African roots (clearly evident in her music) into collaborations with Mike Oldfield, her soundtrack projects and even yes, Peter Rabbit, and her current album "Eternal" returning to a more classical focus, showing her great versatility.

This album she states included 5 composers, and is "contemporary classical" whilst reflecting many musical styles, being a contemporary songwriter and performer. As such it does succeed in appealing to her intended wide audience and represent her journeys and artistic growth.

So what is it exactly?

There's a large Irish element yet catchy, tribal, African rythms and yet "Empty Space" sounds reminicent of a Carpenters tune.

Musically there's drums, and pianos predominate.

It's classical and contemporary, traditional and cultural. Relaxing/escapism and affirming/uplifting.

Harmonies, instumentation. Epic, soundtrack sound. Grand, sweeping to rousing which you could imagine projected in a large hall or equally as appropriate in a Cathedral.

Prayer like chanting/choir music (eg Nocturne). At times a haunting, emotive, goth like element. Pastoral, lullaby; calming with the lighter "Seahorse". Dreamlike & studio mix elements of Enigma.

This album is from '99 and succeeds by not sounding out of place today. Gives a timeless or historical connection feeling, a connection to the earth and people - not just a quick commercial avenue...the songs being fairly long at 5 minutes generally taking the listener on a journey, with the music entirely listenable by it's own merit (no background fillers)

Miriam has a distinctive, skilled voice and takes great care and accuracy in using it to the desired effect. She equally well manages native elements as contemporary and classical lines.

If you liked "Perfect Day" you'll like the ballad like "Innocence & Morte D'Arthur" but there's such a varied mix of styles it's almost like a multi-artist compilation.

Creating a cumulative positive feeling after being on an adventure journey through the jungle on a rescue with a bit of over sea sky flying thrown in!

It creates other worlds and sense of focus/releif.

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