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Gerhard Winkler: Teekonzert - Zärtliche Begegnung
Gerhard Winkler: Teekonzert - Zärtliche Begegnung
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Album, 22 July 2016
Admittedly this will not be for everyone, and will possibly appeal to older generations than me, but I must admit that I find this lovely and relaxing to listen to, and it has a sort of airy encompassing feel that really works.

The multi-talented Gerhard Winkler is not a name that most people are familiar with today which in many ways is a shame. For some this will feel like something too light and breezy, but come on at times that is what we all need, something to sit back or dance to and enjoy, whilst letting the troubles of the world slide off us.

The Salonorchester Leipzig certainly does this music justice, giving us that light and airy feeling where if you were dancing you would just effortlessly glide around the dance floor. This has the feeling that you get from those old dance tunes where people gathered together at tea rooms, or after events to enjoy a genteel time.

With tea concerts still quite popular in some places in this country, this is an ideal album for the home, where you and your spouse can enjoy yourselves.


Yes I Can
Yes I Can
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 22 July 2016
This review is from: Yes I Can (MP3 Download)
I first head this song performed and saw the band on ‘The Last Leg’, and they are brilliant, you have probably also heard this track as it goes with the Paralympics advert shown on Channel 4. Now you can own this track which really is classy. Creating a cover version of Sammy Davis Jnr’s 1964 hit these talented musicians and singer put to shame us able-bodied people.

It can be hard enough learning to play some instruments when you have all your limbs, but imagine doing it by using other parts of your body to normal, and doing it to perfection.

This is a great track, not only because of the disabilities of the members of the band, but because believe me they put their all into this, making something that is great to listen to, and like the original a timeless track. As far as I am aware all the proceeds from this are going to the British Paralympic Association. With great instrumentation just listen to Tony Dee’s vocals soar on this classic track.


Tender is the Night (Vintage Classics Promo 113)
Tender is the Night (Vintage Classics Promo 113)
by F Scott Fitzgerald
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complex Read, 20 July 2016
I must admit that it has been a few years since I last read any of F Scott Fitzgerald’s works, so it made a pleasant change to re-read this book. This particular novel was the last complete one that was published by Fitzgerald in his lifetime. In some ways this book is semi-autobiographical, that is if you look at what was happening in the Fitzgerald’s lives at around the time that this was first thought of and writing started.

To most people The Great Gatsby is considered to be Fitzgerald’s masterpiece; however he himself considered this book to be, although it was met with some very mixed reactions by the reading public at the time. It has to be admitted though that as the yeas have gone by this book has met with a greater appreciation and enjoyment by later generations.

Set in the Twenties we first meet Dick and Nicole Diver in a small relatively out of the place resort on the Riviera, a few miles from Cannes. As new film star Rosemary Hoyt and her mother come to the nearest hotel for a break so Rosemary comes across the Divers, and takes an instant liking to Dick. As we follow this episode we see that she starts to become aware of something perhaps a little strange in the Diver marriage.

Quite complex in its structure, and taking in how Dick and Nicole came together this has a lot to offer readers. If you take away the Jazz Age and the wealth of the characters here, then the issues raised are still as relevant today as when this was first written. We have mental illness, child sex abuse, extra-marital relationships, keeping up appearances and people behaving badly abroad, all of which still goes on, and other subjects raised.

With some really well fleshed out characters we also see how Dick Diver, who should be the most stable character here slowly becomes worn down, more introspective and turning to alcohol. The two leading ladies in this book, Nicole and Rosemary become much stronger and self confident as the story goes on, becoming more the type of modern woman that we are familiar with today. An ideal book to read any time, this also gives you more than enough to contemplate and discuss within a book group setting.


Beyonce Heat Seduction Eau de Toilette for Her 50 ml
Beyonce Heat Seduction Eau de Toilette for Her 50 ml
Price: £30.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Scent, 20 July 2016
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Created and crafted by COTY, one of the big names in scents and other related products, who already give us such things as the Cerruti, Davidoff and Calvin Klein fragrances amongst many others, this scent is from the Beyoncé range. Coming in a quite posh looking box, and novel bottle I initially saw the name and immediately thought of this as a younger woman’s perfume, but we have been trying it out here on different ages, including my mum, and all the women have been more than satisfied.

With top notes of exotic island spice cocktail, mandarin and dewberry this is followed by mid notes of gingerlilly, African jungle trail orchid and freesia. At the base of this the notes are golden amber, musk and natural labdanum. All of these notes come together and make something that is exotic and distinctive, with a slight floral accent. This has proved to be quite long lasting, and is thus ideal for work or an evening out, and the scent does catch the notice of others.

Although as I mentioned I thought of this as more for the younger market, it must be admitted that because of the spiciness and musk elements here along with other notes this does have a scent that should really be okay for women of any age, so it is worth considering for a range of ages, from whether you are buying a present for a daughter, your wife or mother, or if you are a woman, just for yourself.

This does have a sensual and powerful enough aroma to attract the attention of others, and I am sure will go down well in any woman’s seduction arsenal. One thing to remember though is that not all perfumes act in the same way on all people, so for some the floral notes won’t be as strong as on others, but I did found here that with everyone who applied this (and I even had a quick spray on myself) the heavier basal notes do seem to stand out.

This won’t get you singing and dancing like Beyoncé (I know, I have tried) but it will get you noticed. I have personally always been a bit dubious with regards to having celebrity names on products like this, but in this case if the lady herself had anything to do with the creation of the scent, then she has done herself proud.


Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel
Trigger Mortis: A James Bond Novel
by Anthony Horowitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sin Jai-Seong aka Jason Sin, 18 July 2016
It had to come, with the Ian Fleming Estate out to make more money and persuading well known authors to write stories we could all have guessed that at some stage the talents of Anthony Horowitz would be called upon. In actual fact there is some text in this story from Ian Fleming as part of the inspiration for this came from material for a TV production of Bond, which never materialised.

The year is 1957 and Bond has only a short while earlier defeated Auric Goldfinger, but he soon finds himself back in the thick of it. Having Pussy Galore staying with him this hasn’t gone down too well with M, but as things turn out he is soon taking some driving tips to compete in the Grand Prix at Nürburgring and help prevent a racing driver from being killed. But as Bond starts to notice, SMERSH are trying to win this event, and seem to be talking to multimillionaire Sin Jai-Seong aka Jason Sin.

Finding some help from an American girl called Jeopardy Lane, what has our spy stumbled upon? Taking in sabotage, fraud and the space race, along with murder and deceit how far are the Russians prepared to go to be seen as the top dog when it comes to technology and forging ahead into space?

This has a good plot and makes for some very enjoyable escapism, but let’s faces it Horowitz cannot write in the style of Fleming, mainly because he hasn’t had the same background in writing for the Press. At times this story did seem to swerve between what you would expect from one of the novels towards what you would expect from one of the films, which does give it a slightly disjointed feel. Despite its problems though this is a good enough pastiche that should go down well with a lot of diverse people, and will give you more than enough excitement and escapism. The best action scene though definitely has to be the motor racing.


The Secret Agent
The Secret Agent
by Joseph Conrad
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Personal Favourite, 18 July 2016
This review is from: The Secret Agent (Paperback)
I don't know how many copies of this I have got through over the years as it is one of those stories that I just love reading, and in some respects it always give me something new every time I read it. I am always surprised how people think of Conrad as one of the greatest of English writers, although he was Polish and English wasn't his native tongue, but he also arguably brought something to the English novel, a more European approach.

This tale although published in 1907 is set in London in the 1880s, and it was inspired by a true event in the 1890s. Although not that popular at the time it has since come to be regarded as a classic and a masterpiece, as it so well shows us our world, also it has some of the darkest, blackest humour of any work.

Verloc is an agent provocateur in the pay of a foreign government. Running a small stationery shop, having settled down and married, taking on his wife's retarded brother and her mother, Verloc holds meetings with his fellow aged anarchists. And that is all they do, hold meetings amongst themselves, after all they are all getting on, have all settled down to some degree to a comfortable life of freedom in England. But a spanner is about to be thrown into the works. With Verloc's chief replaced he is told in no uncertain terms that he must do something for his money. Thus begins Verloc's task of committing an outrage.

Taking in Verloc's home life, the lives of his friends and the machinations of a certain foreign power, as well as the investigation of the terrorist act and the political machinations that that involves this is the ideal read for anyone interested in politics and terrorism. To be honest I have urged many people to read this over the years, and so far everyone who has has absolutely enjoyed it, so if you want to read something that is powerful and will give you an insight into how things really are, then give this a try, you won't be disappointed.


Spring Evenings in Sterling Street: Poems by Eliot Bliss
Spring Evenings in Sterling Street: Poems by Eliot Bliss
Price: £3.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection, 17 July 2016
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Eileen ‘Eliot’ Bliss was born in Jamaica, her father being in the Army but as was customary with British people working in the Colonies she was sent to Britain to be educated. Although a prodigious writer it has to be admitted that most of her work was never published in her lifetime, and thus a lot still remains unpublished. Known particularly for two novels that were published whilst she was alive, she also wrote plays and poetry, the latter making up this collection.

We have here an interesting introduction which is well worth reading, plus some photos and then the poems. This has a fully active table of contents, plus also active footnotes, so it is a doddle to navigate yourself around this book. Being Jamaican but white Eliot sort of fell in the middle of society; not of the higher echelons of white society, or being included in black society meant that for people like her there is always that sense of not belonging, plus of course being a lesbian at such a time was also a stigma. Eventually settling in the UK and after some affairs settling down with the same woman for a number of years, up unto her death Ms Bliss produced some wonderful poems. Some of those that appear here have been published in other places before, but the vast majority have never seen the light of day until this collection came along.

There are poems here of a more spiritual nature, along with love, and Sapphic love, the feeling of isolation and more nature inspired pieces, to poems about certain people, and so on. One poem is a translation but all the others are originals. As with all great poets Eliot Bliss writes with dazzling beauty, drawing you into and visualising the worlds that are created in her words. In all if you love poetry, then you should enjoy this book.


The Tale Of Benjamin Bunny
The Tale Of Benjamin Bunny
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 17 July 2016
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Although to best appreciate this I would recommend a tablet device, as the illustrations are in colour and can be enlarged on such a device, it has to be admitted that they still look really nice in black and white on a standard Kindle e-reader.

First published in 1904, this is a tale that will still enthral your little ones and is ideal for you to read to them, and as they get older to read to themselves. Benjamin Bunny is making his way towards his aunt and cousins, and comes across poor Peter Rabbit wrapped in a handkerchief, as his clothes have been stolen. As Benjamin sets out with him to regain his clothes from Mr McGregor’s scarecrow this isn’t the only adventure they have.

Trapped with a cat in their presence can anyone save the poor little rabbits? This is quite a simple tale and Beatrix Potter did write slightly more complex ones but in all this is an ideal story for children to first learn to read with.


Four Tales of Terror
Four Tales of Terror
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Pulp Tales, 17 July 2016
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There are some typos in this book, most of which appear in the last story; most noticeably the dates are wrong. There is an active table of contents here so that you can read these stories in whatever order you like. The tales we are given are The Dream Snake, The Hyena, The Fearsome Touch of Death, and The Cairn on the Headland.

Robert E Howard did write quite a number of stories in his lifetime, which was cut tragically short by suicide, and today he is best remembered for his Conan and Solomon Kane tales. The four stories that appear in this book are not the best of Howard’s writing, but are okay pulp tales. The Dream Snake as such is about a dream that a man is having, and we find out what the meaning of it is by the end. The second tale here, The Hyena takes us to Africa and what happens when our narrator comes across a witch doctor. Taking in shape shifting and magic this shows how different cultures can collide.

The Fearsome Touch is really the best story here as we read of what happens when a person sits up all night carrying out a vigil on a corpse. This story works so well as it plays upon the fears of the living person and relies on that rather than making this into an outright tale of terror from beyond the grave. The final tale here, The Cairn on the Headland is about two men who after wondering about who is buried in a cairn in Ireland decide to excavate. We see here how what should only be a little archaeological dig turns into something much more sinister.

This admittedly won’t be for everyone although those who enjoy old pulp tales should find more than enough to entertain them with this.


Woman and Her Secret Passions (Expanded, Annotated)
Woman and Her Secret Passions (Expanded, Annotated)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A 19th Century Marital Guide, 17 July 2016
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I should warn anyone who is thinking of downloading this that it is full of typos, much more than the average and this does slow your reading down at times as you try and work out what the correct word is. This has obviously been optically scanned and although the editor here has provided an introduction of sorts, and a couple of asides within the text, they have not taken the time or trouble to correct all the mistakes. There is however an active table of contents to help you navigate this if you are looking for certain chapters.

Although warning against female masturbation this does take in other matters, such as marriage and pregnancy. Written by Dr Robert T Wakely it has to be admitted that he is an elusive character to trace, and so nothing is really known of him, or considering the time this was first published whether it is a real name, a pseudonym, or something put out by a fraudulent snake oil seller.

Because of the date of this the medical science is not necessarily correct and although at times the basics are covered with regards to pregnancy there are some inaccuracies, things such as in general the younger the parents the thicker the child will be, and so on. Actually there is some sound advice in the marriage section, although to be honest it is more a case of common sense. As for the main thrust of this, which is on masturbation, it has to be admitted that you will end up laughing at it. A contentious subject even today here we are led to believe that playing with yourself will not only lead to blindness and an unhealthy addiction, but much worse. Who would have thought that Consumption could be laid at its doorstep, and remember this is what we call today Tuberculosis, or that Epilepsy and even what sounds like Cystic Fibrosis and other such afflictions are caused by it?

Here we read of people suffering multiple illnesses and afflictions, all of which can be traced back to the fact that they had self-abused themselves. Do not fear though as the good doctor gives us his solutions. From spying on a patient, and obviously fingering a friend’s wife (perhaps even more) we see young women in distress with at times having to resort to masturbating in more public places. Indeed in one case we see that the start of this in a schoolgirl was due to her attending boarding school and having a lesbian relationship with another girl.

To the majority of us this may seem rather ridiculous, but remember at this time apart from arguably those who practised prostitution, and those who were brought up on farms there were a vast number of people unaware of what proper sexual intercourse was. So if you want the gist of this book it is pretty simple, long walks, no playing with yourself and after marriage sex no more than three times a month.


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