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The Seven Pillows of Wisdom: A collection of political, economic, social and just plain bizarre writings
The Seven Pillows of Wisdom: A collection of political, economic, social and just plain bizarre writings
by Dewi Heald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the politics, 23 Sept. 2016
Politics? This collection of essays looks at things in a readable and interesting way. The author's own views are clear but he also writes with a realisation that his readers may not share those views and there are a lot of satirical prods along the way. Love, homophobia and veganism jostle with thoughts on single parent families and George Osborne's time as Chancellor. Politics yes but also fun and interesting.


Cheese Market of the Future: and Other Stories
Cheese Market of the Future: and Other Stories
by Dewi Heald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Something for Everyone - Funny and Deep, 23 Sept. 2016
Just when you think that you know where the next story comes from, there's a new angle - sometimes fantasy fiction, sometimes satire, sometimes romantic comedy. The observation is clinical and almost everything works as either comedy of drama. The story of the man whose dead wife returns to talk to him shows surprising depth and 'the book had other plans' is the creepiest story about reading that you will ... read. There must surely be something for everyone in this.


What Have We Become
What Have We Become
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great vocal partnership and diverse music, 24 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: What Have We Become (Audio CD)
Paul Heaton has a long pedigree of great song writing skills, his observations always being worth listening to and Jacqui is the perfect vocal foil for him. Hearing the two together will bring back memories of the best of The Beautiful South. However, the album is a slightly different direction, still full of witty and interesting directions but more suited to Jacqui's vocals than some of Paul's previous song-writing. He has also assembled a band that plays the diversity of the songs well, there's a hint of country, there's ballad, there's up tempo, there's a hint of Latin ... the musical interest seems wider than before. It can get a little wearing at times since the lyrics have a tendency towards the downbeat, but overall it is good.


Lost Horizons
Lost Horizons
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - if you like this type of music, you won't be disappointed, 24 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Lost Horizons (Audio CD)
How had I lives for so long without Lemon Jelly? Relaxing, fascinating, full of inventive ideas and tunes, this album is just a great example of its genre. Nice Weather for Ducks is the most memorable and accessible but I am also very fond of Ramblin Man, especially to listen to when driving. Some albums in this style can be a little pedestrian but Lemon Jelly always find something new in the tune just when you least expect it. It exceeded my expectations.


Queen II
Queen II

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not bad but the band aren't quite at their best yet, 24 Feb. 2015
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I bought this more for completing the set than for its own qualities. It has some good songs on it, with trademark heavy guitar, astounding vocals and hard rhythms, but it is just a bit too caught up in its own love of mythology and suggests a band still trying to find its voice.On the next album - Sheer Heart Attack - I think that they broaden their outlook and get it right. Queen II shows some of those skills are being formed but they are not quite there yet. However, it will still find its way on to my mp3 player occasionally.


A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries
by Tony Benn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have followed all of Tony Benn's diaries then ..., 24 Feb. 2015
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If you have followed all of Tony Benn's diaries then this one will feel slightly odd. It follows him engaged in politics still but also facing up to old age and his own death - it is surprising how often he reflects on whether the day may be his last. The last section is an interesting summary of his last years but not written in diary format. The impression given is that he thought of himself as less relevant to politics in his final years - the outpouring of grief when he died suggested that this was not the case. It is still entertaining and interesting and - as ever - even if you do not agree with his conclusions, his enthusiasm for asking difficult questions and the sheer hope he has can only be inspiring. You might not get a lot of political debate from this volume, but you do get something very human.


Gadget Giant Blackberry Curve 9320 - PU Leather Flip Case Cover & LCD Screen Protector (Purple)
Gadget Giant Blackberry Curve 9320 - PU Leather Flip Case Cover & LCD Screen Protector (Purple)

3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay, 10 Aug. 2014
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It was okay. That's in the past tense because after about a year I dropped it and it broke. It had had a lot of carrying around before then, but the plastic is a little flimsy. Also the holes for the camera lens are not completely matched up with the camera so I ended up having to take it out of the case for photos. It was okay, but could have been better.


Flight Of The Conchords
Flight Of The Conchords
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars if you have seen the series, four stars if not, 10 Aug. 2014
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Five stars if you have seen the series, four stars if not. It works as a parody of song styles with some added depth (A Kiss is Not a Contract is both funny and a thoughtful treatment of consent) but if you have seen the series then you will also have the scenes where these songs happen in your head. Although it drags a little in places and there is a bit too much falsetto at points, there is a variety that should make sure everyone has a favourite. I wouldn't be able to decide between Rhys Darby's impassioned and shallow singing about the leggy blonde, the acid trip rip-off Prince of Parties or that wonderful hymn of faint praise The Most Beautiful Girl in the Room. Then again there's the mocking of French songs in Foux de Fafa, the demand of 'hey man I just want to buy museli' in Inner City Pressure and the completely barmy rap battle with the Rhymenoceros and Hiphopapotamus. Completely barmy and I will be laughing again and again.


A Night at the Opera [DVD] [1935]
A Night at the Opera [DVD] [1935]
Dvd ~ Groucho Marx
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the big budget Marx films, 22 Jun. 2014
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As ever, the Marx Brothers find themselves bringing insanity to another standard plot. However, this time the studio has given them music and dance numbers and a bigger budget. Some of the earlier spontaneity is lacking (Animal Crackers and Horse Feathers seem much more like off-shoots of the stage act) but the basic characters are still there with Margaret Dumont assisting as ever in the role of stooge (and much under-rated in the role). There are plenty of laughs along the way and whether you like Groucho's quipping, Chico's mangling of language or Harpo's physical comedy or any combination of them then there is something for you (and if you don't, why are you watching a Marx Brothers film?). Personally, I don't think it's their best, but it is still way above most comedy of the time ... and much of what has followed.


A Day at the Races [1937]
A Day at the Races [1937]
Dvd ~ Groucho Marx
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good laugh, though of its time and not quite the best, 22 Jun. 2014
This review is from: A Day at the Races [1937] (DVD)
This is the Marx Brothers film that has aged the most in terms of its attitude to women and race. Some scenes may therefore seem rather awkward to a modern audience and if you are watching for the laughs then the long music and dance number will also have you reaching for the fast forward button. However, amid all this there are wonderfully screwy performances from all three of the Marxes and Margaret Dumont once again playing the fabulous straight woman to so much of their insanity. The sadness is that during this film their producer Irving Thalberg died (aged only 39) and after then the Marxes were not allowed to test out film material on stage (as they did with this and all their previous films) and Groucho commented that making movies stopped being fun. You can tell ... so for all its unfortunate aging, it is the last chance to see the Marxes showing their theatre-honed skills and getting some big laughs.


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