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Bonnie Millington (Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus)

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Emma [DVD]
Emma [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kate Beckinsale
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Price: £3.75

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make sure it's Kate!, 28 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Emma [DVD] (DVD)
Jane Austen's stories have always been a rich source of material for both film makers and those who produce period drama for television and these productions have varied, of course in quality. So what makes one production of the same story better than another? We all have our own opinions on this but I ask that firstly, the story 'sticks to' the original book and that secondly, the characters are well cast and believable - that they reproduce the people Jane Austen invented. I could talk about many other things that make a production exceptional - details of the period, ambiance and so on but those first two are the most important to me.

The most successful production of Emma - with no exception - is the one starring Kate Beckinsale. She portrays Jane's Emma to perfection; in fact she IS Emma! Not a giggly airhead (as depicted on a more recent television serial) but a privileged young woman who is kind-hearted and caring but impetuous and rather too self-confident. Space cannot allow me to praise each actor, separately here because everyone's performance was so good but it would be wrong to not mention Mark Strong as a totally believable Mr Knightly and Samantha Morton as the pretty and indecisive Harriet. Of course, it would be impossible to avoid mentioning such a gifted actress as Prunella Scales (whatever part she undertakes); what a wonderful performance as the garrulous Miss Bates!

Disregard all other productions of Emma. Let Kate Beckinsale transport you to Jane Austen's world!
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Pitta the Great
Pitta the Great
by Virginia T. Habeeb
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to cook pitas - and more, buy it!, 10 Oct. 2001
This review is from: Pitta the Great (Paperback)
Pita the Great is, indeed a perfect title for this book. If, like me you thought that a pita was a pita, was a pita, to be stuffed with a bit of this and that, prepare to be surprised and delighted when Virginia Habeeb describes all the wonderful and mouth watering varieties, both savoury and sweet that there actually are! Then make them, following her clearly spelled out instructions, (with diagrams) and you cannot fail. In the unlikely event that something does go wrong, Virginia has listed possible reasons and solutions! Commercially produced pitas will never again be quite good enough for you, your family or your friends, especially when they are so easy to make! Then, what to put into your pita? There are lots of ideas to choose from - and all tasty and healthy.
Hold on, there's more!
Virginia tempts us with recipes for delicious dips, cheeses, yogurts; even tarts and pies.
There are cookery books with a wealth of information that is difficult to find or you think, "does the author mean this or that?" Virginia Habeeb spells everything out clearly so you are in no doubt about what she means and the index is really quick to use. There is even a glossary at the back telling you about ingredients you may be unfamiliar with.
An attractively presented little book - buy it!

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