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Doctor Who - The Complete Eighth Series [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Doctor Who - The Complete Eighth Series [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Peter Capaldi
Price: £23.99

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion of the Crombies, 5 Feb. 2014
Can I be the first to say I'm loving the coat?!
Intergalactically speaking the Crombie has always been a big hit. The Cybermen would have well rocked a crombie had they been available on the Tenth Planet, And as for the Dalek's, who knows....if they'd been given dred threads instead of sink plungers, the world as we know it could be a very different place indeed.
All hail The Crombie!


Yonderland - Series 1 [DVD] [2013]
Yonderland - Series 1 [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Martha Howe-Douglas
Price: £4.50

37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Labyrinth with Laffs, 24 Nov. 2013
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I'm currently watching this series on Sky and what a wonderful confection it is. The much vaunted new project from the Horrible Histories Team does not disappoint. In fact, so horrified were the cast at the thought of not working together after the demise of 'Histories,' Yonderland was born.

So what is it then? Well, Fraggles on acid meets Labyrinth in Narnia could be one description. Just swap the grandiose lion for a wise cracking Elf, whose biggest excitement comes from watching trees yawn - and the wardrobe for a suburban kitchen, and you may begin to catch its drift.

A Brummie Mum (Martha Howe-Douglas) finds herself transported from boredom to bonkers land, whenever she opens her pantry. Once there, it is revealed via a mad mix of man and muppet, that she is "the chosen one." Chosen seemingly to stop squabbles, prevent fights and help those she encounters rediscover their Mojo. Once Literally, in the case of a washed up magician and his errant puppet.

Amazing the Yonderlandians with her no-nonsense approach to problem solving, basic common sense endows our Mum with the powers of a super-hero. Thusly and hereafter attracting the attention of evil mastermind Negartus, played with mildly malevolent glee by former Stupid Death-meister Simon Farnaby. Who, when not tinkering with the flame height on his newly installed furnace of death, attempts to thwart The Chosen One with the aid of his three hillariously inept minions and a scary looking helmet.

Clearly a cast at the top of their game, the principal players are mercifully free of the ego and creative strife which has riven apart many comedic collectives in the past. They write together, laugh with and at, eachother and genuinely enjoy the pleasure of larking about with an audience. They're like the funny kids at school you secretly wanted to hang around with.

All this makes Yonderland something of a rare beast - or should I say Muppet? - in this digital age. It's distinctly Old School in its worldview. CGI free, Brim-full of funny lines, whip smart sight gags and engaging characters - it can't fail to transport it's audience to a time when most family telly was this inventive. So, just open that cupboard and enjoy the ride. it's guaranteed to be more than a bit percent better than most other shows containing puppets.
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Jellycat Special Edition Didi Bashful Bunny
Jellycat Special Edition Didi Bashful Bunny

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jellycat toys are the Cat's whiskers!, 24 Jun. 2011
I bought this little Jellycat beauty from the Special edition range of Bashful Bunnies, and I love him to bits!!!

I am Mum to a mini-lop rabbit (of the non-toy variety!)and this little Bunny reminded me so much of my little living, breathing article - that I just had to buy him.

All Jellycat toys have a very high standard of craftmanship and are that tiny biy quirky - and the 'bashful' series are no exception. Lovely soft fur, cute faces and squadgy bodies make them ideal to cuddle.

Even my own little rabbit likes to lick this little bashful bunny and lie across him - what better recomendation could you have?!

Jellycat rock - long may their brand continue!


Weight Watchers 8967U Precision Electronic Medical Style Scale
Weight Watchers 8967U Precision Electronic Medical Style Scale

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars weigh weigh off!, 24 Jun. 2011
I can only say that I agree with previous reviewers - These Weight Watchers precision scales are very inaccurate.

Firstly, I had to 'drop' the bottom feet on to the lino in my bathroom to get them to start. Having 'tapped' and even stood on the things to no avail, dropping them feet first was the only course of action left!

Each time I stepped on my weight varied by 3 - 4 lbs within seconds. I can only presume that the weight of air in my lungs due to breathing while standing on these scales, added the extra poundage!

I recently buried (sniff!) a pair of basic Salter electronic scales that lasted me over 10 years, and remained accurate for all that time. These scales can't stay accurate for 10 seconds!

An extremely depressing and frustrating experience. With the Weight Watchers brand name attached to them, I really did expect better.


THE SEA WOLF ( BLU-RAY ) -NEVE CAMPBELL
THE SEA WOLF ( BLU-RAY ) -NEVE CAMPBELL

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brothers grim..., 21 Jan. 2011
'Sea Wolf' is a sprawling maritime epic spread over two parts. As stated, the DVD is based upon the Jack London (White Fang) novel and apart from the odd bit of 21st century vernacular - this adaptation largely does the book justice.

The story basically revolves around the fierce rivalry between two brothers - Wolff Larssen (Sebastien Koch - The Lives of Others) Skipper of 'Ghost', and Todd Larssen (Tim Roth - Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, Lie to Me) Skipper of much grander steam-ship, The Macedonia.

A race ensues, with both brothers intent on being the first to find and kill seals for their pelts. Matters become further complicated, when the respective captains find themselves forced to take on board an American socialite passenger each.

To a certain extent, the two brothers would seem to be Yin and Yang - Tim Roth's civilized charm masks his sly malevolence, while Sebastien Koch's brutal iron fist hides a poet's soul.

The scenes on board Wolff's ship are spectacular in a grungy, 'Moby Dick' meets 'Lord of the Flies' sort of way. The viewer is spared none of the violent detail, as the crew are repeatedly bashed by the sea, the wind and each other. Threats of murder and mutiny hang in the air like storm clouds - as the 'Sea Wolf' prowls the deck like rumbling thunder.

This film is a joint German/Canadian/British venture and the cast are uniformly excellent.Tim Roth is as compelling as we have come to expect, as treacherous Todd. Carrying a fratricidal chip on his shoulder the size of Antarctica, he gleefully becomes the architect of his brother's downfall.

British actor Stephen Campbell-Moore (History Boys, a Short Stay in Switzerland) is also very impressive as priviledged weed Humphrey Van Wuyden. An initially unsympathetic character, Campbell-Moore manages to tap that seem of understated valour he does particularly well. With each indignity 'Hump' is forced to endure - he finds himself gradually propelled toward the status of grudging hero.

Party of Five's Neve Campbell convinces effectively as runaway shipping heiress Maud Brewster. Who, through a series of very unfortunate events finds herself prey to both brothers - and with only a bloke called Humphrey between her and certain doom, poor lamb.

However, the real honours must go to German actor Sebastien Koch. as the 'Sea Wolf' of the title, he manages at once, to be both tender and terrifying. A tragic mix of Ahab and Bligh, Koch out-Crowe's Russell in the charismatic sea-captain stakes.

Wolff's decscent into blindness has Koch railing and raging around his ship like a wounded animal. He is finally felled like a giant oak tree - and with his redemption denied until his (literally) last breath - the secret locked in the heart of the ship and the man, is finally revealed.

Koch's Wolff is a torment of cruelty. Yet when he finally breathes his last, you cannot help but feel a pang of sympathy for him - a testament to a masterful performance.

This adaptation of 'Sea Wolf' is as unforgiving as a tempestuous sea journey. It offers no easy resolutions - with each character's flaws exposed in technicolour. Yet, this maritime take on Cain and Abel is by no means brothers grim. 'People, they make no sense at all' opines the Sea Wolf. Perhaps not, but they certainly make a great story.


Sea Wolf [2 DVD] [2009] [Region 2] [European Import] [PAL]
Sea Wolf [2 DVD] [2009] [Region 2] [European Import] [PAL]
Dvd ~ Sebastian Koch

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brother's grim..., 21 Jan. 2011
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This is a sprawling maritime epic spread over two parts. As stated, the film is based upon the Jack London (White Fang) novel 'Sea Wolf', and apart from the odd bit of 21st Century vernacular - this adaptation largely does the book justice.

The story basically revolves around the fierce rivalry between two sea-faring brothers - Wolf Larssen (Sebastien Koch - 'The Lives of Others') skipper of 'Ghost', and Todd Larssen (Tim Roth - 'Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead', 'Lie To Me') skipper of much grander steam-ship, The Macedonia.

A race ensues, with both brothers intent on being the first to find and kill seals for their pelts. Matters become complicated, when the respective captains find themselves forced to take on board an American socialite passenger each.

To a certain extent, the two ship's Captain's seem to be yin and yang - Tim Roth's civilized charm masks his sly malevolence, while Sebastien Koch's brutal iron fist hides a poet's soul.

The scenes on board Wolff's ship are spectacular in a grungy, 'Moby Dick' meets 'Lord of the Flies' sort of way. We are spared none of the violent detail, as the crew are repeatedly bashed by the sea, the wind, and each other. Threats of murder and mutiny hang in the air like storm clouds - as the 'Sea Wolf' prowls his deck like rumbling thunder.

This film is a joint German/Canadian/British venture, and the cast is uniformly excellent. Tim Roth is as compelling as we have come to expect as treacherous Todd. Carrying a fratricidal chip on his shoulder the size of Antarctica, he gleefully becomes the architect of his brother's downfall.

British actor Stephen Campbell-Moore (History Boys, A Short Stay in Switzerland) is also very impressive as priviledged weed Humphrey Van Wuyden. An initially unsympathetic character, Campbell-Moore manages to tap into that seam of understated valour he does particularly well. Each indignity 'Hump' is forced to endure propels him ever closer to the status of grudging hero.

Party of Five's Neve Campbell, convinces effectively as runaway shipping heiress Maud Brewster. Who, through a series of very unfortunate events finds herself Prey to both brothers - and with only a bloke called Humphrey to save the day, poor lamb.

However, the real acting honours must go to German Actor Sebastien Koch. As the 'Sea Wolf' of the title, he manages at once to be both tender and terrifying. A tragic mix of Bligh and Ahab, Koch out-Crowe's Russell in the charismatic Sea-Captain stakes.

Wolff's descent into blindness has Koch railing and raging around his ship like a wounded animal. He is finally felled like a giant oak tree - and with redemption denied until his (literally) last breath - the secret locked in the heart of the ship and the man, is revealed.

Koch's Wolff is a torment of cruelty. Yet when he finally breathes his last, you cannot help but feel a pang of sympathy for him - a testament to a masterful performance.

This adaptation of 'Sea Wolf' is as unforgiving as a tempestuous sea journey. It offers no easy resolutions - with each character's flaws exposed in technicolour. Yet, this maritime take on Cain and Abel, is by no means brothers grim. 'People, they make no sense at all' opines the Sea Wolf. Perhaps not, but they certainly make a great story.
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7cms (3 inch) Deep SINGLE Size Memory Foam Mattress Topper With A Washable Cover ***Now Includes A Washable Zip Cover*** By "The Linen Depot"
7cms (3 inch) Deep SINGLE Size Memory Foam Mattress Topper With A Washable Cover ***Now Includes A Washable Zip Cover*** By "The Linen Depot"

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous foam!, 30 Sept. 2010
This is now the second 3" foam mattress toppers I have purchased from the Linen Depot.

My Mother suffers with severe Rheumatoid Arthrits and cannot change her sleeping position when in bed. This memory foam topper is the only thing we have found that gives enough comfort for a decent night's sleep.

After about 24 hours, the 3" foam reaches just the right thickness, and my Mum finds it comfortable enough to give her a restful sleep.

The Terry Towelling cover provided with the foam, is also excellent for preventing the foam becoming too hot.

These toppers are a marvellous provision for those who sufferwith pain during the night. As they don't crease - they are also helpful in reducing the risk of pressure sores.

The customer service provided by the Linen Depot is also excellent.
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Stuart: A Life Backwards [DVD] [2007]
Stuart: A Life Backwards [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Tom Hardy
Price: £5.99

52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convict curry, 9 Oct. 2009
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Every now and then, the BBC produce a drama so breath-haltingly wonderful, it makes you want to trot off to Television Centre and press every single exorbitant pound of license fee money straight into the hands of the TV execs who gave it the go ahead.

The man at the centre of this drama, Stuart Clive Shorter, was it seems, a 'convict curry' of contradictions; By turns, gentle yet violent, intelligent yet credulous, polite yet terrifying, innocent yet street savvy - riding the tidal wave of his personality with a strange kind of grace and sharp humour.

Shunted around like a hockey puck from institution to institution and beset by abuse, disability and addiction from childhood, our introduction to the 33 year old Stuart begins when he parks himself in a Cambridge drop in centre and wins over writer Alexander Masters with his perculiarly acute worldview.

Stuart and Alexander become unlikely allies in campaigning against the unjust imprisonment of two out-reach workers, jailed when a homeless centre they ran was raided by Police.

Long hours and long journeys lead to long conversations, as Alexander decides to 'staple Stuart to the page' - writing, at Stuart's invitation, a 'murder mystery'. Starting - Columbo style - with the victim, and guiding the viewer slowly through the horrific crimes which led to the maiming of the man, and the killing of the boy.

Director David Attwood has previously taken viewers on a visceral voyage through Edwardian seas in 'To The Ends of The Earth', and again, does not flinch from the difficult subject matter contained in Stuart's story.

Attwood's use of black and white cartoon sequences to illustrate the darker aspects of Stuart's life is an ingenious device, giving light relief while still underlining the theme of childhood lost. Stuart's endearing attempts to cook the most unpalatable food ever eaten rival even Baldrick's finest culinary efforts, and add a splash of welcome gallows humour.

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch, (as Stuart and Alexander respectively), pull of a masterclass in understated brilliance. Through their performances, this technicolour story is allowed to breathe freely, and like Stuart, it sneaks up slowly and grabs you by the heart.

'Stuart- A Life Backwards' remains a fittingly mad, sad, joyous and chaotic tribute to a man who, like a sort of skewed David Copperfield, was the hero of his own life. It's a one-off - Much like the man himself.
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Thriller: The Complete Series [DVD]
Thriller: The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Powell
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £30.42

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, this is thriller....thriller night, 17 July 2009
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Dang...DAAANNG!! Oooh, Play that spooky 70's arpeggio!

I am actually a British viewer of this series, but it seems from all the packaging problems mentioned by global viewers, that someone somewhere actually listened, and re-packaged the entire caboodle. It seems the repackaging fandango has lowered the price drastically, too - from the original £75 to just under £40. Hooray!

And what a bargain! I am a little too young to remember this series from when it first aired in the 1970's. I'm glad I didn't see it as a nipper, it would probably have scarred me for life!!!

The 18 certificate is perhaps a little extreme. For instance, there is no explicit gore. Often, you don't even see actual murders being committed - but boy, are they tense!

If you can imagine a more grown up version of 'Tales of the Unexpected' then you would be close to the feel of this series. Some episodes, like the first one, 'Ladykilers'- featuring a shockingly young and blue-eyed Robert Powell and a Canadian Linda Thorson, is a whodunnit of the 'what for' and 'why' variety.

Other episodes are not so straightforward. 'Possession' is a genuinely gripping mix of clairvoyancy and murder in a spooky old house, and not at all what it seems at first glance. 'A Good Place to Die' - concerns the trials of a doe eyed American doctor's wife who finds herself the subject of FAR too much interest in a bonkers English village. The subtext of rural ritual sacrifice, makes it one of the creepiest pieces of episodic drama I think I've ever seen. Brrrr...

Granted, most of the 43 episodes revolve the themes of manslaughter, supernatural skullduggery and murder - with the themes of murder, supernatural skullduggery and manslaughter. But that doesn't make them any the less suspenseful. The subject matter may not be that original, but each story manages to find a neat twist to keep you genuinely baffled right to the end.

The direction is tight, and the strength of writing in each individual story is not something we'll see the like of again until Jimmy McGovern decides to become an episodic mystery writer.

The acting is largely excellent. It's so much fun to spot both well-loved and soon-to-be stars of the 70's and 80's doing such sterling work on Telly. As stated, Jeremy Brett pops up looking seriously handsome in the episode 'One Deadly Driver'. He stars alongside Donna Mills (the lovely US actress who went on to appear in 'Play Misty For Me' and 'Knots Landing') and a stunning White Rolls Royce, as all three of them try to unravel a murder.

Thriller was Produced in 1973 for ATV and shown to both British and US audiences. The marvelloulsy claustrophobic plots were peppered with the finest British, American and Canadian small-screen stars of the day. Filmed both in studio and on Location around London, it all looks somehow other-wordly now at this 36 year remove, but that simply adds to the eerie charm.

In short, if you fancy a spending an hour or two of your life watching good actors in great stories, then this is the series for you. Coz you know, If it's close to midnight and something strange is knocking at the door....... then it must be Thriller night. Ow!


John Foulds: Dynamic Triptych (Piano Concerto), Music Pictures, April - England, Song of Ram Dass, Keltic Suite
John Foulds: Dynamic Triptych (Piano Concerto), Music Pictures, April - England, Song of Ram Dass, Keltic Suite
Price: £18.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Foulds is fine!, 17 July 2009
I have to agree with the previous reviewer...this CD album of collected pieces of John Foulds' music, is really fine.

I heard the 'Keltic lament' - (part of the Keltic suite, the last track on this cd) being played on Classic fm only yesterday and I just had to hunt it down.

At first I thought the piece must have been lifted from a film soundtrack, such was its classic-yet-contemporary feel. I was very surprised to find this CD was released 3 years ago!

Foulds' 'Keltic Suite' is a beautifully affecting piece, string-laden but with a hint of melancholy. Similar to the kind of loveliness Adrian Munsey might compose. Needless to say, it's been on constant repeat on my ipod since.

Although Keltic lament rermains a favourite, the whole album is quite a surprise. 'Ram Dass' with its echoes of the orient, is beautiful, and 'England in April' is a picture of late springtime set to music. Imagine Vaughan Williams crossed with Jon Lord and you get the idea. (sort of...)

Apparently, John Faulds was a cellist who was convinced to give up playing to return to his first love of composition. Thankfully he did just that, and the musical world is richer for Foulds' contribution to it. Here's hoping Music as beautiful as the Keltic Lament, gets to be more widely heard. Foulds certainly deserves it.


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