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David Starkey: The David Starkey Collection [DVD]
David Starkey: The David Starkey Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steven Clarke

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Dispassionate Essay on Britsh History, 15 Dec. 2010
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Love or loathe him, David Starkey is a first rate historian. He sticks fairly close to facts and remains dispassionate throughout. This essay on British History uses its monarchy as its vantage point and we are drawn into a world of intrigue, state and office politics, battles, religion, bigotry, exploitation - the whole kit and kaboodle. Starkey's selection of using its monarchy as the vantage point gives us an all-round perspective. His delivery precise, calculated with a measured and appropriate of drama - the requisite qualities of a good history teacher. The nice thing about this series of programmes is that Starkey keeps it entertaining without been trashy. This set forms a superb aid to education as well as personal enjoyment.

Locke: The Broken Consort
Locke: The Broken Consort
Price: £8.30

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Warmth, 13 Dec. 2010
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There is a great sense warmth to this music. The Parley of Instruments perform the pieces so well - the viols weave a rich tapestry of sounds. It is well supported by harmonies in the lutes and organ. Although there is a slight sense of melancholy in the music, there is also a great sense of well-being and structure. Certainly a delightful album of music from a relatively obscure but creative epoch of English music.

Full Dark House: (Bryant & May Book 1)
Full Dark House: (Bryant & May Book 1)
by Christopher Fowler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Atmospheric Period Detective Novel, 13 Dec. 2010
Many elements go into the making of this book - Phantom of the Opera, pulp British detective novels of a bygone era, the X-files to name but a few. These become greater than the sum of their parts. The backdrop is an atmospheric, blacked-out and blitzed out London. In this, Christopher Fowler takes you on a guided tour of London's Theatreland (in particular, The Palace Theatre) during the Blitz. Not only that, we are giving a splendid synopsis of Offenbach's Orpheus and the Underworld and with this comes the history of the Can-Can.

The murders are fairly grizzly affairs - so, be prepared.

The characterisations of the Arthur Bryant and John May are spledidly penned. Their dialogue crackles and adds a humorous comic diversion.

Sus Primeros Exitos
Sus Primeros Exitos
Price: £16.60

5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Soulful Latin American Guitarist, 5 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Sus Primeros Exitos (Audio CD)
A friend of mine never heard any discs by Eduardo Falu, he borrowed the sheet music from the library and play it to himself on the guitar. Thirty years later, he discovered the joys of Youtube and found the master performing the music. He told me about him. I did a search on Youtube, and there he was. I was not disappointed. I bought my friend this disc as a birthday present. The music contained therein takes you to an atmosphere that is distinctly Latin American - but brimming with soulfullness and feeling. Beautifully evocative music.

Price: £16.71

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Night Music and Wine, 5 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Offramp (Audio CD)
This was the Pat Metheny album I heard in the early 80's - most of it had a serene and calming quality. I bought it on vynil. Lent it out, never to see its return. My daughter bought me it again as a birthday gift. I spin it out late at with a glass of wine. How else would you spin an album like this?

The Beat That My Heart Skipped [2005] [DVD]
The Beat That My Heart Skipped [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Romain Duris
Price: £6.17

4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Study of the Brute verses the Sensitive, 5 Dec. 2010
Romain Duris gives an engaging performance as Tom who works as a member of a gang of illegal bailliffs who evict squatters with violent and destructive means. Tom lives is all consumed by this underworld until he encounters the impresario of his late mother, a concert pianist. Tom was likewise talented, but he had long given up this activity to his occupation and electro music. He is invited to audition with his mother's impresario. He is immediately enthusiastic, but he struggles to tease out the delicacy and sensitivity that is required in a concert pianist. In affect, we see him soften much to the expense of his bailliff's job. The film is fundamentally about the battle of good and evil that can take place in many of us. You will find the tensions in this when you see him practice. Duris' acting is quite intense and his moments of ill-temper look genuine. It is beautifully photographed with great direction and editing.

Strictly Personal
Strictly Personal
Price: £5.99

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Audio Sculpture in your Living Room, 26 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Strictly Personal (Audio CD)
There is so much dross around. Virtually all popular music ambles around middle c, 4/4 rythm and "I love and I am in the dark" type lyrics. Completely peurile stuff. Yep, a lot of the stuff that youth produce is "wallpaper" or Cultural Babyfood.

If we were to use visual analogies with music, then "Strictly Personal" is the "David" of youth music. It stands solid and uncompromising in your living room - "cheese in the corner with a mile long beard", so there you go.

I was always under the impression this was the definitive Beefheart Album, but I heard that Don Van Vliet freaked when it was over-produced with the then state of the art gizmos "what the hell, what the heck". This album is brilliant from beginning to end, it has the personality and solidity of dirty granite.

The guitar playing is completely gutsy and rootsy. "Ah feel like Ahcid" has such a satisfying guitar sound. I can't help feeling that this is where Keith Richards thought "Oh, yes!" and so shaped his future guitar playing. The lyrics are pure, simple and banal "flash chicken legs".

"Safe as Milk". Rock music. You could just imagine this being played live booming out over the speakers. "Gracious Ladies bi-lines hanging on to vine". This track makes the band into a juggernaut, just laying waste to anything that stands in its way.

"Trust us". Psychedelia abounds in this. I can Don Van Vliets point here; but then the production makes the sound what it is. Rythmically, it just chops and changes and you wonder what the hell is going on, but then the final passage splendidly completes things.

"Mirror Man". Like the opening guitar riff. Van Vliet ladling voice over the music "mirrrrrrroooooooooor...mirrrrrroooor..." Guitars, bass and drums turn into huge percussive heart over which Van Vliet gives an indistinguishable of harp and vocals. I really like the final gasp of harp at the end of the track.

This is only half of the story, play on...

Hurry on Down
Hurry on Down
by Nick Bentley
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry on get this book - a splendid read!, 26 Nov. 2010
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John Wain's literary excellence lies in his simple style of writing. Hurry on Down is a study of disaffected youth in 1950's Britain. This Briain is smokey and industrial and everyone is earning a wage. This is the world of mugs of tea, Woodbine Cigarettes, rainy streets, fog and smog, a country that appeared to exist in continuous monochrome and the enigmatic pre-decimal coinage, even the book jacket proclaims that it cost "2/6" (two shillings and sixpence).

At the centre of the book is Charles Lumley. Given that the book was written in 1953, Wain had become part of the tradition that had spawned fifties Anti-Heroes (Look back in Anger and Rebel without a cause). Lumley's first act of rebellion is to forego his university education and become a window cleaner.

Consider these passages:-

"In Charles's breast pocket was a paper packet containing his last cigarette. He took it out carefully, but it had somehow bent , and the paper was broken in the middle. He began to smoke it, holding it so that one finger exactly covered the torn spot, inhaling deeply. The hot storm-centre of alcohol in his stomach rose to meet the smouldering pool of nicotine in his lungs, and, the burden of guilt and fatigue slipping from his shoulders, he breathed a silent prayer of gratitude to the twin deities of his world"

"The words crashed into the silence by the sudden cessation in Blearney's voice. The effect was that of a man talking loudly in a tube train, who barks out at the end of his sentence as soon as the tube stops, and the whole carriage hears it"

"...Now we can really beginthe fun - the party's complete. Folks, this is Harry Lumpy...This is Jimmy, Stanley and Elsa" The succession of names flooded over his mind like dirty water..."
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Touchez Pas Au Grisbi [1956] [DVD] [1954]
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi [1956] [DVD] [1954]
Dvd ~ Jean Gabin
Price: £10.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Stylistic French Gangster Movie, 21 Nov. 2010
A simple enough story-line - rival firm of gangsters after the recently acquired loot of Max played with great style and panache by Jean Gabin. Shot in crystal clear black and white. Sharp suits and Haute Couture rule in this film. It's a foray into into the fantasy world of the Parisian underworld. Pure matinee escapism. Marvellous stuff.

Princess Aurora [DVD]
Princess Aurora [DVD]
Dvd ~ Pang Eun-Jinp
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £11.82

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What's in her handbag?, 21 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Princess Aurora [DVD] (DVD)
This is a rather grisly revenge tragedy. Painful in terms of physical pains administered on the victims and extremely painful in terms of the anguish experienced by the lead character. Not an easy film but beautifully photographed. Intense and compelling acting by the lead character. It climaxes in perfect cinematic madness.

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