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Christmas With Peggy Lee
Christmas With Peggy Lee
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £19.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Song, 13 Dec. 2010
My mum had many of these on LP that were played every year when we decorated the house. These are lovely songs about love, hope and peace, as well as fun at this time of year. This collection is lovely when you compare it with the same songs that are dragged out every year. There is, however, one track missing. It's 'Christmas Alphabet', a fun little number that has been done by so many artists over the years. But it's this version I remember from my childhood, and I think it's the best.

Pick this up if you want some new songs to listen to over Christmas. Great for sitting with a warm drink (mulled wine or hot chocolate) and enjoying yourself with someone special.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collector's Edition Calendar 2011
Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collector's Edition Calendar 2011
by Terry Pratchett
Edition: Calendar

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection of book covers, 13 Dec. 2010
I was really looking forward to another Discworld calendar this year. They have been so good lately. But this was disappointing. A collection of the book covers. As wonderful as this work is by Josh Kirby, it would have been nice to have something different. The 2010 calendar had great character pieces, moments in the books, all by different artists giving us a range of pictures over the year. I was really hoping for more like it this year. Never mind.

Starcraft: The Board Game
Starcraft: The Board Game
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £482.44

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent version of an excellent game., 27 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Starcraft: The Board Game (Toy)
At first glance, this game is a bit complicated. A further look does not change this fact. If you like your games quick and easy to learn, set up and play, this is probably not the game for you. If you are keen on having millions of pieces, tokens and cards then this should be right up your street. The 50+ page rulebook makes for some heavy reading and even then several rules are easily overlooked - some are summerised on the reverse of the rulebook.
Those who are determined to get the hang of it, however, should find their efforts are well rewarded.
The playing pieces are excellently made and capture the real essence of the units from the computer game. All the buildable units (non-hero) from the original computer game (not Brood War) are present - except for the Protoss Observer and the Zerg Infested Terran. The Zerg Broodlings, and Terran Spider Mines are represented as cards and the Terren SCV & Dropship, the Zerg Overlord & Drone and the Protoss Shuttle & Probe are represented as tokens. The main complaint I have is that the aerial units are set on transparent stands that break easily, I have already had to repair one of my Protoss Arbiters. My Terran Ghosts also look decidedly drunk! I have heard of some people opening the box for the first time and finding a few breakages.
A note to the unitiated: you do not need to know anything about the computer game to play this well.
A quick summary may help, however:
You can choose to play one of three different alien species. Each species is very different to the other in terms of abilities and tactics needed to win. They are all balanced to be evenly matched but experience is needed to know which tactics to use against which enemy units.
The Terrans (Humans) pack the hardware with tanks and battleships, the Zerg (insect-like things) have superior numbers, and the Protoss (advanced beings) have technology and mental prowess.
Each species is represented by two factions who have different goals.
Each player supports two planets, which make up the game board. So the board will range in size from four planets in a two-player, to twelve planets for a six player. You do need a large playing area for the larger games.
Turns are comprised of building, reasearching and moving (fighting) with the purpose of being the first to achieve one of three goals: Score 15 points; Achieve your faction's goal; Eliminate everyone else and be the last man/beast/entity standing. The third goal is rarely achieved as one of the first two normally happen first.
Effective resource management is paramount and the tactics require you to sometimes plan a move several turns in advance.
A two-player can be completed in under ninety minutes, whereas a six-playey may take over three hours. Double these times for elimiation rules (be the last man standing).
I love the computer game and love the board game as well. I can see some of those familiar with the computer game, however, may be a little put out by the alterations some of the units and buildings have undergone for the board game.

Star Wars - The Clone Wars [DVD] [2008]
Star Wars - The Clone Wars [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Matt Lanter
Price: £4.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, 29 Jan. 2009
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After being unable to see this at the cinema, it was great to actually see it after so much hype and advertising.
Very stylised and true to the feel of Star Wars, it even surprised us by one character not dying as we thought.
Now we just need to watch it on a big screen, with popcorn!

Mattel - Scene It? Friends DVD Game
Mattel - Scene It? Friends DVD Game

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Play it, 29 Jan. 2009
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I got this for a christmas present and it's had great reviews. A great nights fun with food and friends.

Indiana Jones - The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
Indiana Jones - The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Harrison Ford
Price: £12.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, 29 Jan. 2009
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Great fun, good laughs, excellent action sequences and entertainment over four nights. A couple of moments that my wife won't watch in each film, which is great to watch her expressions.
Exactally what you want from a boxed set!

Doctor Who: Series 4
Doctor Who: Series 4
Price: £11.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh..my..God!, 17 Nov. 2008
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Series 4 (Audio CD)
Fantastic! This soundtrack covers all the best bits of the last series and some that you may have missed. Track 17 is beautiful while tracks 20 and 21 will have anyone misty eyed. The 'Song of Freedom' I think is a bit better on the screen -perhaps I need to adjust my sound system a bit.
Just wonderful.

Torchwood: Another Life
Torchwood: Another Life
by Peter Anghelides
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 14 Jan. 2007
I follow Torchwood and it does have it's highs and lows. I'll admit it's not always brilliant, but this book shows what it's about. People, real people in situations that you just don't expect. The writing is gripping, with each character getting fleshed out more than there is time for on screen. The plot, about half eaten bodies, a drowning Cardiff and virtual reality, is sound, and all links together beautifully. There are some wonderfully funny moments, which I won't spoil because that's not fair, and there are other moments when you want to cry but won't because it's a book. (Go on, let it out.)

The chapters cunningly end on a cliffhanger, which makes it very awkward to put down when you want to eat your lunch, and in true sci-fi style, there are some stomach turning descriptions that put me off my food for a bit.

Do give this book a try as it's probably one of the best I've read in a while.

Doctor Who - The Inside Story: The Official Guide to Series 1 and 2
Doctor Who - The Inside Story: The Official Guide to Series 1 and 2
by Gary Russell
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time, 7 Jan. 2007
This is a wonderfully detailled book, behind the scenes stuff about the two new seasons and the 2005 christmas episode, with even a sneak peak at season three and The Runaway Bride. It has quotes from the production group, and the actors and interesting tidbits about the filming of the series.

Most interesting this the section about casting the main characters and styling them. Each episode is looked at, with the two parters having extra pages, because they are obviously longer!

A nice guide to the backstory and filming of new Who, with lots of interesting pictures. I only wish there were a few larger pictures.

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