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Shirley Valentine [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Shirley Valentine [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £74.28

5.0 out of 5 stars "Wish you were here - Shirley Valentine", 4 Jun. 2011
Having seen Shirley Valentine in widescreen on a PAL TV many years ago, I was appalled to discover the hotly promoted UK DVD release was *only* available in PAL format, not its original widescreen (see: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shirley-Valentine-DVD-Pauline-Collins/dp/B0002XP0FK/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1307220514&sr=1-1). And this was after ten years of roaring DVD sales during which PAL format DVDs gradually disappeared in favour of original widescreen and letterbox editions. None of this is Amazon's fault and if you want the Region 2/PAL edition, follow that link.

I had to buy this American import to get the widescreen edition. If you want the widescreen edition, this is it. But it is in Region 1/NTSC format, so you will need a multi-region player to view it.

A couple of years after watching Shirley Valentine on TV, one of my sisters received a postcard from Greece: "Wish you were here - Shirley Valentine." Point taken. She and her husband now take their holidays in the Mediterranean.

What can you say about Shirley Valentine? It is - in a word - sublime. Funny, heart-warming, engaging, heart-wrenching and incisive. A middle-aged woman reviews her life and how she came to be who she is and where she is, as she sets off on a life-changing vacation "to drink the wine in the land where the grape is grown" against the wishes of her family and friends. Willie Russell deserves to be carried around on a sedan chair for the rest of his life for writing this. It should be required viewing for everyone from teenagers on up, especially married couples of all ages.


Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Erotic Fairy Tales
Bedtime Stories: A Collection of Erotic Fairy Tales
by Jean Johnson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.61

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure, 4 Jun. 2011
Having ploughed through it once, all agog with discovery, I have set this volume aside to read again more leisurely later. The author, Jean Johnson, prefeces each tale with a brief note explaining which fairy tale it is based on. Several bear little resemblance to the tale they are derived from. The actual sex gets a bit glossed over, so don't expect all those gory details: as the subtitle says these are erotic tales, which means they are not pornographic. Nevertheless, they can be pretty steamy! This is an excellent anthology of adult fiction, told in Ms Johnson's distinctive voice, nicely conceived and realised and covering a wide spectrum of life. While some of these tales are succinct vignettes, several others have the impact of a novella, opening vast horizons to the mind's eye which make one feel there are larger, more complex worlds to be explored.


Driving Licence License Wallet Cover Holder Plastic Vinyl Theory Test 5 YEAR GUARANTEE
Driving Licence License Wallet Cover Holder Plastic Vinyl Theory Test 5 YEAR GUARANTEE

5.0 out of 5 stars Photo card license holder., 4 Jun. 2011
A plastic cover for your driving license doesn't sound like much, does it? But it is surprising how important something so inconsequential can be. The wallet has pockets for both the paper document and the photo card, which it holds securely and protects against wear and tear. What more could you ask for? I am surprised this is not supplied with the photo card license by DVLA. Shame on them :-)


And Another Thing ...
And Another Thing ...
by Eoin Colfer
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mission Improbable?, 24 Jan. 2010
This review is from: And Another Thing ... (Paperback)
Eoin Colfer is a braver man than me. Can you imagine the sheer nerve of the guy? Continuing the saga of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy just when Adams had tied off all the loose ends and concluded the final chapter. How dare he? Actually, "And Another Thing..." is pretty good. It begins with the obvious cliff-hanger, which takes almost a quarter of the book to resolve properly. I fell off my chair laughing when I realised what was going to happen, barely a paragraph before Arthur reached the same conclusion ("...? You have got to be joking!"). All the gang's here except Marvin, may he rest in peace, along with cameo appearances from some unexpected characters. It's a thoroughly original and engaging story which sees our heroes facing certain death on several occasions, along with an unusual cliff-hanger ending. I'll be interested to see how the next brave soul to shoulder Adams' mantle gets us out of that! The only criticism I can make is that it isn't Adams writing. Colfer writes differently to Adams, but that's not a bad thing. He brings his own style and some remarkable ideas to the forum. Butterfly storms, for example. Genius. Your Hitch-Hiker's collection is incomplete without it.


Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last chance to see Douglas Adams, 24 Jan. 2010
Douglas Adams and Neil Gaiman. What can you say about these two? A perfect pair of writers. It's almost poetic that Gaiman should have shouldered the mantle of writing a book that combines Douglas Adams' biography with the ongoing saga surrounding his most famous creation, "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy". And he does it in an almost perfect Hitch-Hicker's tone that puts Eoin Colfer's recent brave effort ("And Another Thing...") to shame [No disrespect intended: Colfer had a tough act to follow and he did do a fine job.]. Just ignore me: I'm too big a fan of Adams and Gaiman to be objective. There should be statues: Adams throwing his wordprocessor across the room and Gaiman using the Key to Reality, perhaps? Anyway, the blurb tells you everything you need to know about "Don't Panic" except that it's a genuine treat for fans and readers alike. I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Go on: you know you want to :-)


Doremi Fasol Latido
Doremi Fasol Latido
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £5.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal Music Making., 23 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Doremi Fasol Latido (Audio CD)
As a teenager I was blown away by "Silver Machine" and "You Shouldn't Do That", both tracks now considered classics by fans and critics alike, but I never bought any of Hawkwind's material. Shame on me. 40 years later I've finally got around to buying their first five albums on CD and my brain is on another planet - without the aid of certain stimulants.

"Doremi Fasol Latido" carries on where "In Search Of Space" left off. "Brainstorm", the first track, hits hard and fast, breaking down resistance. All these years later, every one of these seven tracks strike me as being rock classics. I was particularly taken with the asian elegance of the brief "One Chance".

The CD edition I bought includes four bonus tracks consisting of archive material not available elsewhere, including the single "Urban Guerilla" which, for all its pertinence and relevence, strikes me as being out of character for the band.

This is a powerful grandstand album. Listening to these early albums consecutively, I feel listeners should treat "Doremi Fasol Latido" and "In Search Of Space" as a double album. Another unreserved recommendation, this time for an excellent third album.
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Hawkwind
Hawkwind
Price: £5.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Quirky, 22 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Hawkwind (Audio CD)
As a teenager I was blown away by "Silver Machine" and "You Shouldn't Do That", both tracks now considered classics by fans and critics alike, but I never bought any of Hawkwind's material. Shame on me. 40 years later I've finally got around to buying their first five albums on CD and my brain is on another planet - without the aid of certain stimulants.

I'm not normally favourably disposed to debut albums, but "Hawkwind" is impressive. The opening track, "Hurry On Sundown", is a very musical and surprisingly powerful song which I keep hearing in my head. It sounds nothing like the deep space excesses we've learned to love, instead acting as a solid departure point for the band's psychological journeying. The six tracks that follow are all nicely quirky, stepping away from normality into the uncharted territory of the psyche and doing a masterly job of setting out Hawkwind's agenda for their subsequent explorations. In deep space terms, this album represents the band's moment of lift off and hardcore fans shouldn't be disappointed. I found a couple of musical phrases in "The Reason Is?" reminiscent of early Pink Floyd, but I think that's coincedental.

The CD edition I bought has four bonus tracks consisting of archive material not available elsewhere. These include the original single version of "Hurry On Sundown", which has a richer arrangement, and a cover version of Pink Floyd's "Cymbaline".

All in all, I found "Hawkwind" to be a very creditable first album the band can be proud of. Highly recommended to fans and as a gentle introduction to the band for beginners.


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