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160cm Artificial Silk Ivy Leaf Garland ~ house plant
160cm Artificial Silk Ivy Leaf Garland ~ house plant

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can be said about an artificial ivy leaf?, 7 Oct. 2009
It's long, green and artificial and is handy in filling up awkward spaces and colourless patches around a room. Buy enough of them and you can cover an entire wall. Buy a tree with them and you can re-enact "Heart of Darkness".


The Black Sabbath Story - Volume Two [DVD] [2008]
The Black Sabbath Story - Volume Two [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Black Sabbath
Price: £17.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't go out of your way..., 7 Oct. 2009
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This DVD is even less interesting than Vol.1 in terms of insight and commentary, but is still worth viewing for archive footage of Dio/Gillan era Sabbath (Later Sabbath is not worth mentioning, since it is basically the Iommi Band, not Sabbath). Ok, but not essential.


Batman - Comic - Maxi Poster - 61 cm x 91.5 cm
Batman - Comic - Maxi Poster - 61 cm x 91.5 cm

5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Knight lightened up, 7 Oct. 2009
There have been many "imaginings" and "re-imaginings" of Batman, some succeed, most fail miserably. This poster displays the "real" Batman, the comic-book hero. The poster is a perfect size for a child's bedroom, its content not too scary or existential. The colours are bold and Batman's expression displays determination, authority and a sense of protection against the monsters under the bed. While older Bat-fans may find this poster a throwback, It is perfect for the 7-11 year old range as it encapsulates everything that younger fans consider Batman to be.


Stamford Sandalwood Incense Sticks
Stamford Sandalwood Incense Sticks
Offered by mydealsaver
Price: £0.26

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How does one review a burning, smelly stick?, 6 Oct. 2009
The point, of course, is not concerned with the product itself, but rather with its effect on the senses. I have only recently started using incense sticks as I find aerosols to be extremely uncomfortable on the nose and throat. So rather than spray chemicals in the air, polluting myself and the earth, I tried the incense, and am pleased with the result. True, smoke pollutes, but the fragrance of sticks lasts longer and permeates the room, so you don't have to use them as often as you would an aerosol. Further, the fragrance smells more natural than chemical particles and I can understand the use of incense in meditation and relaxation. I recommend incense sticks to the spray-can society. Cheap, effective, pleasurable and provided by friendly, reliable suppliers. Go on, try them. Give your nostrils a treat.
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The Black Sabbath Story - Volume One [DVD] [2008]
The Black Sabbath Story - Volume One [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Black Sabbath
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £8.56

5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Intro to Sabbath, 6 Oct. 2009
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This DVD is an excellent introduction to Sabbath but offers nothing new (in terms of insight) for their fans. The interviews are far too brief and shallow and tell us nothing substantial. However, the DVD is worth getting for the music and archive footage of the Sabs. Maybe someday someone will have the imagination to produce an in-depth, original documentary on the greatest rock band ever. (Biased? Me? Never!)


The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album
The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album
by Matt Groening
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A History of the Simpsons Clan, 6 Oct. 2009
This collection of the Simpsons' photos, report cards, awards, personal notes and mementos is a hilarious insight into our favourite family's past. When I gave this book to my son, he complained about the coffee mug stain on the first page and I had to explain that it is meant to be there! A brilliant little book that ties in well with the series.


Other Worlds
Other Worlds
Price: £15.40

5.0 out of 5 stars The squealing saplings, 1 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Other Worlds (Audio CD)
This debut from the Trees is a surprising mixture of musicianship which clearly shows their future direction. Not has heavy or laden with attitude as their future releases, it does present an attitude and outlook on life that would have been considered revolutionary at the time. The musicianship is excellent, the lyrics mature and confident, but the vocals reflect a youthfulness, even an innocence, not found in later albums. Overall, this cd sounds like a demo tape, not only in sound and composition, but also in attitude, as if the trees were testing the water, so to speak. the first steps of a fantastically talented band whose music and influence on the rock genre is too often overlooked. Not a classic album, but a valuable addition to a fans collection.


Black Sabbath - Undead And Alive [DVD]
Black Sabbath - Undead And Alive [DVD]
Dvd ~ Black Sabbath
Price: £10.95

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Undead and Alive? More like "Resurrected", 1 Oct. 2009
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This DVD is, in fact, a copy of "The Black Sabbath Story Volume 1" without the interviews. The archive footage, intros to the songs etc is exactly the same. But no interviews with the band. Now, this DVD is selling at a hell of a price (given the fact that it is an inferior copy) and will only appeal to fans and collecters such as myself. But if you are not an obsessed fan such as myself, buy "The Black Sabbath Story Vol.1" instead of this, simply because it is cheaper and has exactly the same content with the addition of short interviews with Ozzy, Tony, Geezer and Bill.


Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [DVD]
Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Shatner
Price: £11.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's better than that, Jim. He's re-mastered!", 30 Sept. 2009
First, I must congratulate the team that remastered this classic series. They should be proud of themselves. As a previous reviewer stressed, nothing is lost in the CGI effects which, in all honesty, enhance the storyline and characterisation.This remastering of the original series will be a wonderful surprise to fans. This is Star Trek as it was meant to be viewed. As a previous reviewer noted, the only fault with this set of dvd's is that "The Cage" (The original pilot episode) is not included in this first volume but is included in Vol.3 for some reason (But then, I am a sucker for the accuracy of Star Trek history, which is why, I suppose, I take issue with the historical accuracy of the latest Hollywood Star Trek action film!).
This re-mastering is a pleasure to behold, adding a new and fresh element to one of the greatest sci-fi series ever made. The picture is crisp and clear, the sound excellent and the "grainy" element of the original series is eliminated. The special effects are cleaned up and, indeed, enhanced, adding depth and atmosphere to the storylines. But none of the remastering detracts from the period feel of the series. The remastering only involves subtle and small changes to the original (e.g: the phaser fire, which is blurry in the original, is cleaned up to look more realistic and the structure of the USS Enterprise is smoothed out to look less like a small model dangling in front of a starlit cardboard background and more like a real ship in real space). There is nothing in the remastering that alters the overall substance of the series.
These three remastered volumes of Star Trek - The Original series are well worth viewing. With all the production errors and failures removed, this series is like a brand new chapter in Trek history. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended.


1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four (Penguin Modern Classics)
by George Orwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Political Sci-Fi, 27 July 2009
"1984" is one of those rare novels that convincingly mix politics with sci-fi (the sci-fi element being employed only to explore the consequences of the reader's mode of thinking). In this book, Orwell creates a sense of fear that haunts the reader for days on end. Why? Of course, reviewers talk of "Big Brother" and "Room 101" as the central elements of the novel which cause concern. But in my view, it is the manner in which Winston's, (the protagonist whose name reflects England's great, but flawed, leader in WW2), story is told that shocks. While Churchill is considered a hero, our Winston is a nobody. Like us, he is subject to the whims of those in authority, even though no-one has any idea what, exactly, the party's policy is. He hates the party, he hates society and he hates women, only because they tempt him into un-permitted sex. As we all do, he obeys the rules laid out by strangers. But he suddenly realises that he will die soon and has neither done, nor said, anything of importance. And this is where Winston stops being a nobody, even though no-one, not even himself, is aware of the change. We see the change, haunted as we are by brutal, realistic imagery and honest, heart-rending descriptions of life given over to our politicians. A previous reviewer criticised the "sudden" manner in which Winston "falls in love". Obviously, that reviewer is thinking along the lines that Orwell is condemning. Winston does not fall in love. He becomes a man. That is all that is important to him; to be a man. To have a women without Party permission. Or, in our terms, to have sex without the moral judgement of society. To write and speak about the world as one sees it, right or wrong. To associate with those who agree with one's political, moral, aesthetic and religious beliefs. To be an individual in a world that values consensus more than originality. There are those who claim that Moses, Jesus, Mohamed and Buddha were prophets. With "1984" Orwell has put himself forward as the greatest political philosopher of our time.


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