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Jordans Organic Porridge Oats 750 g (Pack of 6)
Jordans Organic Porridge Oats 750 g (Pack of 6)
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Brand of Porridge Oats., 11 Mar. 2016
I have tried many brands of porridge but Jordans undoubtedly stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of taste and texture. Consequently I have been using it for myself and for my eighty-four year old mother every morning now for many years. Apart from thoroughly enjoying our breakfast the health benefits for both of us have been self-evident. I have only just started to buy it online as my local Sainsbury's has suddenly stopped selling it for some reason.


Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [DVD]
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Douglas
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Price: £2.52

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel., 16 Jan. 2016
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I enjoyed the original immensely. And 'Wall Street 2' is one of a small number of sequels to an acclaimed classic that I found to have been well and truly worth the ride. I am surprised at much of the criticism it has received. The casting and characterisation of those around Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko, along with the older and seemingly more chastened Gekko himself, was every bit as good as the original. The backdrop of people's career interests and the financial world in 'Money Never Sleeps' was not quite as credible and occasionally ventured into the surreal. Perhaps blunderingly brought to the fore by Gordon Gekko's momentary encounter with his old misguided protégé, Budd Fox, who then proceeded to deliver to Gekko a ridiculously brief, blasé and far fetched twenty year catch up of his own professional and private life. Without radically changing the script, the movie would have undoubtedly benefited from something considerably more substantial, thoughtful and emotive involving interchange between these characters. But it is a very good film nevertheless. A rare example of a sequel being in no way totally overshadowed by it's predecessor.


Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense
Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense
by Francis Spufford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Scripture deals with this nonsense perfectly., 7 Sept. 2015
This isn't about true Christianity written for genuine Christians (or objectively minded sceptics for that matter). This is a book which attempts to fashion a vague version of faith to suit the palate of 21st century narcissism. Quite awful.


The Pilgrims Progress in Modern English (Pure Gold Classics)
The Pilgrims Progress in Modern English (Pure Gold Classics)
by John Bunyan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Each character depicted part of myself., 10 Jun. 2015
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I enjoyed it immensely and the allegorical characters and challenges each faced are indeed poignant to all Christians of any era. I disagree with people who suggest that it is the most important work of literature since the Gospels. It is truly a giant. But I would suggest that it in no way surpasses, in importance, the most influential fictional and apologetic writings of someone like C.S.Lewis. But it is indeed right up there.


Terry Fox: His Story (Revised)
Terry Fox: His Story (Revised)
by Leslie Scrivener
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming film unavailable in UK on DVD., 21 Mar. 2014
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I had this brilliant film on VHS video. But many years ago I switched my entire video collection library to DVD. Anything that could not be replaced by a DVD was thrown away - including my video player. I therefore have not seen this wonderful true story for years because it is simply not available on DVD (certainly not in the UK).

I do hope this will be remedied eventually. I would also like to see the newer version of 'Terry'.


Hachi - A Dog's Tale [DVD]
Hachi - A Dog's Tale [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Gere
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine line that is never breached., 4 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Hachi - A Dog's Tale [DVD] (DVD)
I watched this film after the DVD had been given to me as a gift. Given that I had lost my twelve year old Labrador, Oscar, to cancer a couple of years earlier, and had then adopted a Labrador-cross - whom I had called Harry (after Harry Houdini - because he was always escaping from the house after working out how to operate lever handled doors) - the parallels between the film's and my own sense of dog and man's love / loyalty / sense of loss (not to mention the coincidental similarity of the name I had given to Oscar's successor - 'Harry') - reduced me to.............(use your imagination) !

All that aside - and being as objective as any dog lover can hopefully be - this is a truly wonderful film. And given that it is based upon a true story it manages to play every emotional note without ever descending into schmaltz. Thankfully anything based upon fact usually does help the story teller from crossing that infamous line which separates beautiful originality from drivel. And from beginning to season turning / heart churning end the film 'Hachi' never crosses that line. Wonderful.


Perelandra (The Cosmic Trilogy)
Perelandra (The Cosmic Trilogy)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Prophetically Accurate., 21 Feb. 2014
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A slow start. But once the Un-man and Ransom begin to lock-horns philosophically, with the innocence and future of Perelandra at stake, the book truly begins to take shape. Although written in the 1940's, C.S.Lewis brilliantly delivers a prophetic masterpiece with this novel - seeing ahead and right through the aegis of late 20th / early 21st century Post Modernist human reasoning - which welcomes anti-religious secularism and a form of pride based, separatist feminism as delusory foundation stones for long term human flourishing.


The Case for Christ Student Edition: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
The Case for Christ Student Edition: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
by Lee Strobel
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probing and honest., 25 Sept. 2013
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A wonderful investigative insight into the various foundation stones of the Christian faith. Clear historical perspective is provided concerning both Christ himself and those associated with during those critically important early years and decades which witnessed the birth of Christianity.


Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic) (C. Lewis Signature Classic)
Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis Signature Classic) (C. Lewis Signature Classic)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Christianity., 29 April 2013
An explanation for a docker or a don, this is why Christ lived and died for the human race. This is why good and evil exist not as subjective entities relative to an era, a culture or an individual, but as eternal and unalterable truths. Through the sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ, this is why God has offered us help and why it is totally up to each and every one of us as to whether we reject or accept that offer. Second only to the Bible, 'Mere Christianity' is, in my opinion, the most important piece of literature within reach of a human hand. There are no words that could adequately express the gratitude I feel that this book reached my own hands and its message is now embedded in my mind, heart and soul. Thankyou.


The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths
The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths
by David Robertson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The script of the Life of Anti-Brian it is not., 25 Nov. 2010
At times lighthearted, sometimes very witty, nevertheless the whole book manages to keep its feet well and truly cemented to intellectually solid ground as far as the all important perspective of objective and reasoned criticism is concerned.
David Robertson does not sneer at or mock Dawkins. He essentially allows Richard Dawkins to do that himself by pointing to the blatant vitriolic and dogmatic bigotry of modern atheism - for which hypocrisy and dishonesty borne of astonishing philosophical naivety are its essential ingredients, and for which books like The God Delusion are its gospel - and simply allows the reader to put everything into context with their own feelings and beliefs, enhanced by relevant and additional knowledge as to what is actually going on out there in the big wide world (and has been for a very long time). A short but great read.


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