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Bernard Morey (Bulleen, Vic. Australia)

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Diary of a Nobody [DVD]
Diary of a Nobody [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Bonneville

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but nothing to rave about, 4 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Diary of a Nobody [DVD] (DVD)
I've read Diary of a Nobody several times and also own Arthur Lowe's brilliant reading of it. My view is this solo performance doesn't work. Arthur Lowe's did because you could visualise the missing characters when Mr Lowe provided their voices. In this performance you expect the characters to appear -- but they don't. For me this made it a lonely and somewhat thin performance. In any performance too parts are omitted. Naturally you hope the editor edited out less important parts. Diary of a Nobody is a short book and every episode and character works to provide the comic effect. Parts omitted here (and in Arthur Lowe's performance too) are vital to the comedy and plot development. I didn't finish watching and I doubt I'll return to it. I'd get more pleasure re-reading the book.

The English Hymn 4 - All Things Bright and Beautiful (Hymns For Children)
The English Hymn 4 - All Things Bright and Beautiful (Hymns For Children)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance, if with specialist appeal, 26 Jun. 2003
I can imagine how this recording would have limited appeal, even within a series with a specialist audience. In Australia at any rate the singing of traditional children's hymns has long since fallen out of favour. Indeed, traditional hymns, that is, 19th century Protestant hymns, have become decidedly unpopular as trendy clerics have replaced them with tuneless but rhythmic songs with 'youth appeal' in a vain bid to halt the rapid decline in church attendances.
My generation – now middle-aged -- is probably the last (in Australia) raised on children's hymns, those staples of the morning service (second hymn) and Sunday School. And highly popular they were in the past. I still have the book I used as the Sunday School pianist – "The School Hymn Book of the Methodist Church", published by the Methodist Youth Department, London, in 1950. In some 800 pages it has 650 hymns (many of course, also in the Methodist Hymn Book) suitable for children, a rather astonishing number. Probably less than 50 of these were regularly sung.
This recording is a magnificent tribute to these forgotten pieces. The arrangements are traditional and well-sung with no unnecessary ornamentation (sometimes added by modern hymn arrangements in the mistaken belief this improves the performance).
This recording will appeal to anyone who enjoys hymns, as I do, as a secular musical experience, or has a sentimental attachment to these lost treasures.

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