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Rule Britannia!
Rule Britannia!
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I'd like to buy it twice!, 27 April 2011
This review is from: Rule Britannia! (MP3 Download)
This stirring and enspiring collection of music is performed with great verve and gusto by the wonderful band of the Royal British legion. There's something about brass bands, they're a wonderful and tremendous sound, they lift my spirit in a way no other music can. This is one of the best compilations of brass tunes I've heard in a long while, well chosen and masterfully played. Even the short MP3 samples left me feeling charged with emotion.
This album consists of a selection of some of the best patriotic music this nation has to offer. It is mostly english, the scots irish and welch are perhaps not so well represented here. However if you're not too fussy about that, this collection is definitely for any lover of brass. It also features a number of very nice medleys, including stirring sea shanties, nostalgic wartime songs, and all inclusive songs from around the british isles.
I give this collection my highest recommendation. I'm not sure if any of the proceeds from this album will go to the british legion, but in any case buying there music is a show of support. If this album was available in CD format, I would buy both MP3 and CD versions, in the hope that some of the money may go to support our armed forces.
Please consider buying this album, both because it is a most handsome compilation, and to support the british legion, who do such great work to support our soldiers, sailors and airmen and their wives and families.

Dad's Army: It Sticks Out Half a Mile (Classic BBC Radio Comedy)
Dad's Army: It Sticks Out Half a Mile (Classic BBC Radio Comedy)
by Harold Snoad
Edition: Audio CD

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a seaside saga of postwar peer perpetuation, 17 Nov. 2010
This is a charming and gentle spinoff to the marvelous Dad's Army. In the pilot eppisode, the once proud Captain Manewearing must humbly ask his ex sergeant Arthur Wilson for a massive loan to buy an old peer which he dreams of restoring to its former glory. This is an interesting roll reversal, with Wilson as the Bank manager at Framborne on sea, with Mainwearing having to treat him with the respect he deserves. Sadly, it is clear from listening to this recording that Arthur Lowe's health is failing. After his sad death, the first eppisode starts with ex Warden Hodges, who's name has changed from Bill to Bert, going into partnership with ex private Frank Pike to buy and restore the Peer. This is a slightly unlikely partnership, considering Pike and Hodges mutual enmity during the war years, "why don't you shoot him mister Mainwearing?" Perhaps Hodges has mellowed, and Pike has grown up a little. As the series progresses we see the two unlikely businessmen struggling to pull the peer back into shape, with Arthur Wilson as their reluctant financial advisor. Though this series is certainly not Dad's Army, I think it is a marvelous tribute to the actors commitment to the series and their characters. I agree that it is sad that we don't see more characters from the series, it would have been nice to have a cammio from Clive Dunn or John Lauri. Walker would certainly have liked the idea of running a peer, though the sad early death of James Beck obviously makes this impossible. Nevertheless I feel this is a very nice little radio sidcom, of the kind rarely seen even at the time it was made. I would say for non Dad's Army fans, this show probably holds little interest, but if you like Dad's Army, and in paticula Wilson and Pike, and want to hear what they got up to after the last all-clear was sounded, then give this a listen.

Other Lives (Doctor Who)
Other Lives (Doctor Who)
by Gary Hopkins
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bites off more than it can chew, 18 Mar. 2008
when I read the sinopsis of this show, I was extremely excited, however, I find myself extremely disappointed. Charlie has always wanted to see the great exhibition, so off they go, The Doctor, Charlie and Keris. soon, Keris is in a freek show, The doctor has been taken home by a woman who is convinced he is her husband, Charlie is making the best of things staying with the Duke of Wellington, [brilliantly performed by Ron Moody that's what the two star rating is for] and the Tardis has taken off by itself with 2 visiting french diplomats inside. The foundation of any story, and in particular a doctor who story is a problem or set of problems, these problems however, the writer seems to have been unable to solve in a convincing way, so opts for the cop out of having the problems almost miraculously solve themselves. To me, it seems like the writer got carried away creating problems over 3 eppisodes, and then panicked over how to solve them all in the last 25 minutes. The previous reviewer of this story has called it dickensean, and it does at times seem to be a vehicle for redisplaying stereotypical characters of the victorian era. In the big finish sinopsis, it says that the Duke of Wellington believes there is a revolutionary plot to overthrow the government, but no evidence of such a plot appears in the story, and while the Duke does mention his fear of "the mob and the guilotine" he seems to have no immediate fear of revolt, nor evidence for fearing one. I therefore think the information given on the cover of this product is misleading. I think the idea of Keris being put in a freek show is quite plausable given his apparent wild or strange appearance, but the whole business with the woman, her long lost husband and the miserly uncle really doesn't work, and is just one strand too many in this story. There are however some very nice performances in this, the villiness Jacob Crackles, the butler fazacally, and as I said the Duke, are all played to perfection, I think it is sad that these wonderful characters are let down by such a half baked plot.

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