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Brabantia BBEK1031-A 4-Slice Toaster, 1800 W, Almond/Brushed Stainless Steel
Brabantia BBEK1031-A 4-Slice Toaster, 1800 W, Almond/Brushed Stainless Steel
Price: £57.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable Toaster but not high end quality, 31 Aug. 2016
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This came up at the right moment as my old toaster had started playing up after a few months!! This looks great and it has some nice features. It does 4 slices and has two heat dials for each of the two sides. The knobs though are a bit weak and very easy to turn and knock off the required setting.

The holes are large enough for a doorstep type and it has a bagel setting for the more cosmopolitan types out there. It also has a defrost and a warm up setting and they all work fine enough. The colour is great but the paint work is a bit bubbled in a couple of places and the brushed steel on top marked straight away in a kind of burn – which I was not best pleased about. The crumb trays are located at the rear – another design flaw meaning you have to turn it round to clean.

The toast is fine but my old one let you lift the toast half way through to ensure it was just right and did not break the toasting cycle and I loved that. This does not do that and it took me three attempts to get it right – now I just have to remember 3.5 every time as the dials seem to turn themselves. So it is OK as a toaster, does the job, looks ok but not great and certainly not a high end production either, but it will sort your bagels out so not all bad then.

The People's Republic of Absurdia
The People's Republic of Absurdia
by Ed Spencer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Stupendous satire that is a must for all non fans of Governmnet., 31 Aug. 2016
The World has lost it – well the UK has and I don’t mean having the temerity to tell Brussels where to stick it, but worse – this is the future and we have reverted to non consumerism! Never, I hear you gasp as you retweet some banal non stamen from a D Lister, but in this great book that is exactly what has come to pass. After we had polluted ourselves to toxic levels with the cappuccino throw away culture that is the norm, the ECO friendly parties have formed a coalition and taken us into some sort of dystopian eco – fascist World.

This is overseen by a spin doctor extraordinaire – one Fred McVelley – he is a mischief maestro and wants to have a laugh; only at everyone else’s expense. So he has some very familiar career ‘politicians’ leaping at his every piece of drivel to the point where society has become his plaything and citizens grub about eeking an existence whilst being constantly surveiled by an administration that is the iron fist in a velvet glove type – only the velvet is thread bare through too many beatings.

Throw into the mix an alcoholic Scotsman, an erudite dandyesque character a portentous Reverend a love interest or two, a plethora of well realised, if often scary types, and you have a book of authentic and audacious abilities. It is both funny and nasty in some of the antics but the humour keeps coming through right to the last. There are so many great ideas here that one can only imagine as to why Ed Spencer did not save some for a sequel – and I do hope there is one as I ruddy well loved this. It is also really well written and that is always a plus for a book that is essentially being driven by the story, but I always appreciate a good stretch in the vocab department. Unlike a mongrel with the mange and a nasty STD, I could not put this down (scratch that I think you can give them pills now?) Well suffice to say this was a great fun read. I was sent an uncorrected proof to be able to write a review and I am very pleased I was – completely recommended.

Klown [DVD] [2010]
Klown [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Frank Hvam
Offered by FREETIME
Price: £8.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Amusing if cringeworthy Danish comedy, 29 Aug. 2016
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This review is from: Klown [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
Frank Hvam plays frank who is one of those man child type of characters. His long suffering wife thinks time may make him grow up but then she gets ‘in the family way’ and realises he is not that much kop in the father department. So she ropes in a young relative called Bo who is 13 who has some confidence issues.

She wants Frank to look after his young charge to prove he is going to be a good father. The big however is that his best buddy has planned a canoe trip that is intended to take in some of the more ‘seedier’ sights along the way – what happens is a full on un pc fest.

I really like this it is gross in places and pushes the boundaries of taste but it does so in a really good way. It is a coming of age tale too but all wrapped up in some well acted and conceived scenarios. There is a fair bit of nudity too but all in context – and there is a follow up too – recommended unless you are easily offended.

Men And Chicken [DVD]
Men And Chicken [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mads Mikkelsen
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Danish Comedy, 25 Aug. 2016
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This review is from: Men And Chicken [DVD] (DVD)
Gabriel and Elias are brothers, but they look nothing like each other save for a hair lip. Gabriel is a down at heart professor and Elias is a man who has a way with the ladies – the wrong one that is and a need for a lot of ‘tension relief’. They are both a bit odd – to say the least.

Then their father ‘pops his clogs’ (well the film is Danish) and leaves the ‘boys’ a VHS message. In it they discover that he is not their biological father and that their real daddy lives on some remote island and is a bit of a scientist or something. Anyway with no time left to lose the lads decide they have to trace their real family – and so the fun begins.

Now this has some belly laugh moments and Mads Mikkelsen seems to relish the role. Then so does everyone else too and it must have been great fun to make. It is a pretty dark comedy in places but it also has a fair smattering of slapstick too. There is also a great story with lots of fun, truisms and heart. Written by Anders Thomas Jensen who brought us ‘Green Butchers’ and many more – this is one of those films that you will tell your friends is a must see.

Sing Street [DVD] [2016]
Sing Street [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £9.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Irish based musical comedy set in the eighties, 25 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Sing Street [DVD] [2016] (DVD)
It is the eighties, with fashion that made you cringe and swoon for and music that will stay forever – mostly. Connor is being taught by The Jesuits in Dublin but his father 0- Aiden Gillen – is having financial problems and so needs to make some cutbacks. The first victim is Connor who gets sent to the rather dilapidated Synge Street school run by The Christian Brothers – he is not best pleased.

On arrival he enters a world of strident teachers, bullies and a strange show policy. He also meets Raphina – and is immediately smitten. She is an aspiring model and so he decides to get her to be in his bands pop video. Problem number one is he does not have a band – so he sets about pulling one together.

This is a wonderful film from start to finish, the actors are all perfect in their roles and the writing and direction for John Carney (‘Begin Again’ and ‘Once’) are superb. Plus you get some great fashions, great songs and even some brilliantly bad videos. This is a film that will brighten your day, make you laugh and affirm your faith in humanity – absolutely one hundred percent recommended.

Fulltime(TM) New Men's Sexy Lycra Underwear Nightwear Boxer Brief Shorts Underpants (M, A)
Fulltime(TM) New Men's Sexy Lycra Underwear Nightwear Boxer Brief Shorts Underpants (M, A)
Offered by Fulltime
Price: £1.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks good but slightly on the small side, 22 Aug. 2016
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I am a 30 inch waist so I ordered the medium which the size guide advises and they do fit, however there is not a lot of room up front. This means I have to wear them lower on the hips and they are ok. Not necessarily the best look in the gym changing rooms though.

They do look good but the material which is 95% cotton and 5% Lycra and have a nice feel, but again it is a bit on the thin side. On the plus points they look really good and you can machine wash at 40 degrees and they have come up really well after two washes now, so a few niggles but overall not too bad probably three and a half stars but I am being glass half full here – and probably would go a size up if I were to buy them again.

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [DVD]
Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Finnegan Oldfield
Price: £11.62

4.0 out of 5 stars French Ménage a ‘loads’ in this teen drama, 22 Aug. 2016
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** Please Note Slight Plot Spoiler ahead**
This is an unusual film in that it is dealing with middle class teenagers who decide to let it all hang out – literally and then the curse of the social media gets involved. It is told around the main character of a young man who is a silver tongued charmer and extremely manipulative.

He gets other teenagers to join him in his sexual dalliances and they party where anything goes. What starts out as a ‘bit of fun’ soon takes on a much darker hue and it is a very interesting journey for all involved.

Now this is the sort of film where I felt not a lot happened – it is a slow build up. However, when you sit back and think about it, then I realised that there was a lot more subtleties going on which actually needed the build up to work. The acting is all fine and there is a fair bit of nudity. If you like your films fast and the plot spelled out then this will probably be one to avoid, but if you are up for a bit of Gallic indiscretion then you may well find something here to like.

1944: Forced To Fight [DVD]
1944: Forced To Fight [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mark Leht
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly Great War Movie from an Estonian Perspective., 19 Aug. 2016
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This review is from: 1944: Forced To Fight [DVD] (DVD)
Set during the Battle of Tannenburg in 1944 this is the story of several Estonian men who fought for either Stalin or Hitler. The story is both simple and moving and it really does not pull its punches.

The action is as good as any you will see and the materiel all seemed to be spot on as well as the uniforms. The Russian T34 tanks looked very real and even though there is some CGI here it makes no difference to the overall quality of the film.

There is a love interest too but that is both incidental and also a large part in that the affections in war time can often be magnified due to the constant proximity of death and injury. The acting is just perfect and the direction seemingly effortless in how well it was done. There is very little to find fault with here. In Estonian, Russian and German with good sub titles.

This is a film for those who appreciate a quality production and it may also shine a light on a part of that war that many of us know very little about, completely recommended.
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Guernica [DVD] [2016]
Guernica [DVD] [2016]
Dvd ~ James D'Arcy
Price: £8.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War Romance tale set during The Spanish Civil War, 19 Aug. 2016
This review is from: Guernica [DVD] [2016] (DVD)
James D’Arcy plays an American journalist who is stationed in Guernica in 1937. The German Condor Legion is active and the war is raging all around, but the Republic have strict orders to only allow good news out and as such all journalists are censored to the point of mere mouths for propaganda.

Meanwhile he sort of falls for Teresa who is one of the censors, but her Soviet boss, Vasyl (Jack Davenport) is also romantically committed to her and does not take kindly to the dalliance. We also have the brilliant Burn Gorman playing a NKVD agent who is deliciously ruthless (great piece of casting too) and he brings some welcome spice to the proceedings. What follows are the events that put Guernica on the map – ‘for all the wrong reasons’.

This is a really well made film with some great performances (accents aside) and high class CGI and a nice attention to detail. The love interest is good but not really going to be legendary and some could say that the bombing was under done, but I found it to be about right – we don’t need loads of screen time of people suffering to make the point. In English, Castilian, Basque and some German with good to average sub titles, this is a film that is very much worth checking out.

The Survivalist [DVD]
The Survivalist [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mia Goth
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Visceral and Brooding Post Apocalyptic Tale, 18 Aug. 2016
This review is from: The Survivalist [DVD] (DVD)
Set in the future where the fabric of society has unravelled and one man lives deep in the forest where he has carved out some land to grow crops and eek out an existence for himself.

Then one day a mother and her daughter turn up and offer an unusual trade in exchange for food and shelter. His loneliness leads him to striking a bargain, but in doing so he will set in train events that could undermine the very survival he has been fighting for.

Filmed in Antrim, Northern Ireland this film is minimalist for the most part and relies on the interplay of the three main protagonists – who are all excellent. It is imaginatively and beautifully shot, making use of all that was available and turning what could have been a ‘seen it before ‘scene into something else altogether. It had a menacing, desperate quality and is up close and personal whilst always dealing with the base question of existentialism. This is a film you will remember and that is why I find this one where the hype was justified and as such can thoroughly recommend.

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