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Gites in France According to the French Government statistics 15% of all visitors to France are British and thus form the largest national grouping. Little wonder when you consider the diversity of landscape, food & wine, leisure activities and holiday accommodation offered by the regions of France. Usually located in the quiet countryside and ranging from a chateau to shepherd?s cottage, through watermills and barns of every description, gites, are the first choices of holiday accommodation for most British people. A value for money variation on the gite is an apartment. We opted for one at Naudine provided by www.gitesinfrance.biz in the Lot-et-Garonne, SW France. The English owners have skilfully created the two self-contained apartments in a tobacco-drying barn. Not for them the dark oak furniture, poor lighting and questionable plumbing of many gites. These apartments are furnished and decorated to the highest standards and because they are new, not modified, they benefit from modern plumbing and electrical systems with insulation and heating to allow year-round occupation. The accommodation was purpose designed within the shell of the old building and together with the owners? choices of materials, colours and generous lighting ensure a bright, airy and cooling interior. Each apartment sleeps two guests in a large and comfortable double bed and provides an open-plan kitchen and sitting room and a bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The sitting room is furnished with armchairs and modern units in maple and includes a television (French terrestrial channels only) with a DVD and VHS players. The kitchen is thoughtfully laid out and equipped with everything you need for full self-catering i.e. includes dishwasher, oven, hob, fridge/freezer, microwave etc. A small dining area and masses of storage units together with the provision of first class lighting ensure a pleasant experience for chef and diners. The double bedroom provides plenty of hanging space, shelves and drawers, bedside tables with reading lamps, a desk/dressing table with lamp and chairs. The fully tiled bathroom contains a hand basin in a vanitory unit, a large shower and a WC For six months of the year most eating, drinking and lounging about takes place outdoors and Naudine provides yet more pleasing facilities for these purposes. The apartments have access to the first floor palier (a large, open balcony) where we sat with cooling drinks and took our meals whilst enjoying views over the pleasant, rolling countryside; or we lounged by the swimming pool soaking up the heat with frequent dips in the chlorine free water to cool off. For the more active Naudine offers 24 acres of managed grounds including gardens, pasture, a vineyard, woodland and a lake. A path is maintained all around the perimeter and takes 20 ? 30 minutes to walk depending on your enthusiasm. Take a rod and fish for giant perch. Take binoculars and watch the wildlife including woodpeckers, buzzards, kestrels, jays, herons, redstarts etc and if you are really quiet you will see deer. We were particularly impressed by the thoughtful extras, at no extra cost, which included a complete linen service, fresh towels midweek including pool towels, a free-loan service of VHS tapes and DVDs, mountain bikes, fishing, BBQ and facilities to receive email. The village of Lauzun is 2 km away and has a bar, two restaurants, a mini-market, post office, bank, butcher and boulangerie. The surrounding area provides all the tourist attractions you could wish for. The nearby villages maintain a full calendar of activities that frequently include the opportunity to sample and buy local dishes (try confit de canard or fois gras) local wines (Beaupuy and Duras wines are unsung, sensibly priced and very good) and combinations of the two (The Eymet white wine & oyster festival). Gites in France fo r just two people are few and far between and are generally expensive because you pay for more than you really want. An apartment specifically designed for two guests with all the benefits and facilities of a large gite but at a sensible price makes a lot of sense. From Bergerac airport, served by Ryanair and Flybe, a 25 minute drive (even this ?extra?is included in the basic price) will deliver you into another world. A world of peace and tranquillity, of rural comfort, of quiet enjoyment. Re-charge your batteries at Naudine - Probably the finest apartments in all of France www.gitesinfrance.biz Naudine 47410 Lauzun France +33 (0)5 53 20 66 89
Launched in the UK on October 1st 2003 If you're like me and try to save money by using rolling tobacco it doesn't mean you don't enjoy a decent smoke. There's nothing worse than smoking a load of paper - I've taken papers from mates before and they're as thick as A4 in the office! I know smoking's not exactly healthy, but at least I feel like the thinner the paper the purer the cigarette. Less if definitely more as far as rolling paper weight is concerned. Rizla Silvers are the lightest ever produced by Rizla and are so thin they are transparent. Natural gum Arabic is used to ensure both taste and stickiness are of the highest quality. These rolling papers also feature the unique Rizla King Size Slim Silver watermark. I found them to be excellent - they stick first tie, they are tasteless to smoke, they are even a bit damp-resistant (well enough to spend an evening down the pub in my jeans pocket!) If you can't get them in your local shops yet - they are widely available online for 90p a packet - which I also find good value considering their superior quality to other products on the market.
With the continued rise of all genres of urban music, including the recent desi beats explosion, UMTV are back with yet another fierce compilation album - Urban Fusion. As I quite often review R'n'B and garage - you'll not be surprised to hear I loved this one too! Blending together some of the hottest urban artists around, including MOBO winners Wayne Wonder and Punjabi MC alongside the likes of Sean Paul, Joe Budden, Ashanti and Ja Rule, Urban Fusion showcases the very best in hip hop, dancehall and desi beats. This double CD package is crammed with exclusive tracks including the Pot Of Gold version of Wayne Wonder's Bounce Along and Beware by Sean Paul making it an essential album for anyone who likes their beats phat. CD1 1. Wayne Wonder feat. Spragga Benz - Bounce Along (Pot Of Gold Version) 2. Sean Paul - Baby Dont Yuh Worry 3. Cam'ron feat. Juelz Santana - Hey Ma 4. Lisa Maffia - In Love 5. Sanj Vs Sound Ministry feat. Sugahill - Bun Down 6. Elephant Man - Elephant Message 7. Beatfreaks Vs Neat & Anderson - Whoops (It's Friday Night) 8. Joe Budden - Pump It Up 9. Urban Kings - Turn It Up 10. Felon - Flash (Surinder Rattan Mix) 11. Panjabi MC feat. Jay-Z - Beware Of The Boys (Jay-Z Remix) 12. Sanj Vs Sona Family - Hey Hey 13. Sanj feat. Ranjit Manni - Punjab Di Galla 14. Metz & Trix and Surinder Rattan feat. Joga - Mango Dance 15. Ashanti - Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) 16. 5RB feat. Nadia & Nowlage - Ajaa 17. Bob Rai feat. Palvinder Singh - Bhangra Club Wich 18. Luck n Neat Vs Sanj feat. Deepti - Hit 'Em (Tum Nay) 19. Gubi Sandhu feat. E=MC/Singh MC - Gal Sun 20. Wayne Wonder feat. Surprise - Got To Be 21. Charli Baltimore feat. Ja Rule, Ashanti, Vita - Down 4 U CD2 1. Sean Paul - Beware 2. Biz Markie feat. Elephant Man - Let Me See U Bounce 3. Kami K & C.P. Family - Model Chik 4. Karmacy - Passage To In dia 5. Azian Empire - XXX Clusive 6. Desi Underground feat. D.S.I - B There 7. Ja Rule feat. Ashanti - Mesmerize 8. MAC-G feat. Surjit Sagar - Dushmani 9. Tigerstyle feat. MC Soom-T - Heer Di Kali 10. Desi Crew - Challa 11. Notorious JATT feat. C.O.V. - What's My Name 12. Zeus feat. Master Rakesh - Kangna 13. 2 Play feat. Raghav & Jucxi - So Confused (Dancehall Mix) 14. Apache Indian - Global Talk 15. Gubi Sandhu feat. MC Coppa - Nakhra 16. Unyson Vs Sanj feat. Cheshire Cat - Asian Ting 17. DJ Slick - Saun Rab Di 18. D/I/P - Gabroo 19. Jay-Z feat. Pharrell - Excuse Me Miss 20. LL Cool J feat. Amerie - Paradise
Following last year's number one compilation album 'Kisstory Dance Classics', UMTV has recently released 'Kisstory Urban Classics' - a retrospective look at Kiss through the early nineties. This double CD package features some of the music pioneers who helped to make the urban scene - particularly the london urban music sound - as big as it is today. Including Soul II Soul, Masters At Work, Young Disciples and Jamiroquai alongside Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Young MC and Mantronix. An essential album crammed with Urban Classics, just like it says on the box. Tracklisting: CD : 1 1. Soul II Soul - Back To Life 2. Mantronix - Got To Have Your Love 3. Heavy D & The Boyz feat. Aaron Hall - Now That We've Found Love 4. Young Disciples - Apparently Nothin' 5. The Brand New Heavies - Dream On Dreamer 6. Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Let The Beat Hit 'Em 7. Masters At Work - I Can't Get No Sleep 8. Adeva - Respect 9. Family Stand - Ghetto Heaven 10. Incognito - Always There 11. Omar - There's Nothing Like This 12. Mica Paris - I Should've Known Better 13. Young MC - Bust A Move 14. Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full 15. Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype 16. C+C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat 17. Freakpower - Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out 18. Jamiroquai - Space Cowboy CD : 2 1. SWV - Right Here 2. Luniz - I Got 5 On It 3. LL Cool J - Around The Way Girl 4. Arrested Development - Mr Wendal 5. Jade - Don't Walk Away 6. Aaliyah - Age Ain't Nothing But A Number 7. Salt N Pepa - Let's Talk About Sex 8. Boyz II Men - Motownphilly 9. Bell Biv DeVoe - Poison 10. En Vogue - My Lovin' 11. Color Me Badd - I Wanna Sex You Up 12. TLC - Waterfalls 13. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime 14. Shabba Ranks feat. Chevelle Franklin - Mr Loverman 15. A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum 16. Busta Rhymes - Turn It Up 17. Double Trouble & The Rebel MC - Street Tuff 18. Dream Warriors - My Definition Of A Boombastic 19. Shanice - I Love Your Smile 20. Wreckx-N-Effect - Rump Shaker I hadn't heard some of these for a few years - they are definitely worth a re-visit. They were massive hits with a fresh sound a few years ago, and they haven't lost the edge in the 8 or years so since. A must-have if you like R'n'B, soul or just plain good music!
An eclectic mix of classic summer tunes perfect for those lazy sunny days. Great value for money double CD, which is comprised of newly released material mixed with timeless summer tracks of the past to give the listener a diverse selection of music, making it an ideal choice for parties, barbecues or even just sunbathing in the garden! Some of my favourite tracks on the album include; Run DMC with Its Tricky, Whams Club Tropicana, Royskopps Eple, The Streets-lets push things forward, Destinys Child Bootylicious, plus many more, to keep you entertained and pleasantly surprised by the unusual yet complementary combination of some of the best sounds of the summer. Full Listing: Disc: 1 1. Favourite Things - Big Brovaz 2. Gossip Folks - Missy Elliott Feat. Ludacris 3. Everybody Come On (Can You Feel It) - Mr Reds vs. DJ Scribble 4. It's Tricky - Run DMC feat. Jacknife Lee 5. Destination - DT8 Feat. Roxanne Wilde 6. The Theme - Jurgen Vries 7. Never (Past Tense) - The Roc Project feat. Tina Arena 8. Midnight - Un-Cut 9. Let's Push Things Forward - The Streets 10. Gimme The Light - Sean Paul 11. Bootylicious - Destiny's Child 12. Booty Call - All Saints 13. Jenny From The Block - Jennifer Lopez 14. Overload - Sugababes 15. Gotta Have Your Love - Liberty X 16. Touch Me, Tease Me - 3SL feat. Est'elle 17. Feelin' U - Shy FX Feat. Kelly Le Roc 18. True - Jaimeson feat. Angel Blue 19. Summer Of Love - Lonyo 20. Eple - Royksopp Disc: 2 1. Speechless - D-Side 2. Reminisce - Blazin' Squad 3. I Begin To Wonder - Dannii Minogue 4. Tuck Your Shirt In - Holly Valance 5. Addicted - Alexis Strumm 6. One Day In Your Life - Anastacia 7. Stuck In A Groove - Puretone 8. My Love Is Always - Saffron Hill feat. Ben Onono 9. Loco - Fun Lovin' Criminals 10. Get Down Saturday Night - Oliver Ch eatham 11. Can You Feel It - The Jacksons 12. The Ketchup Song (Asereje) - Las Ketchup 13. Club Tropicana - Wham! 14. Livin' La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin 15. You Spin Me Around (Like A Record) - Dead or Alive 16. Let's Go Crazy - Prince 17. Cruel Summer - Bananarama 18. People Hold On - Coldcut Feat. Lisa Stansfield 19. Things That Make You Go Mmmmm - C&C Music Factory 20. Play Some D - Brassy You won?t be disappointed with this purchase and I am sure it will rapidly become a firm favourite in your CD collection.
...yes Bough I'm ...fine.. Johnny English, the smooth, suave, sophisticated, yet totally inept Special Agent. Released by Universal Pictures Video, this hilarious spoof spy movie has been called the British Blockbuster of the Year and features an all star cast including the hilarious Rowan Atkinson, talented John Malkovich, pop babe Natalie Imbruglia and British comic Ben Miller. When the Crème de la Crème of the UK?s special agents are killed in a ?freak? bombing, the only man left for the Secret Service to turn to is Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson), the hugely enthusiastic yet totally incompetent member of British Intelligence unit M17. The Nations hopes are resting on English and his assistant Bough (Ben Miller), he blunders his way through one hilarious scene after another and somehow falls in love with the beautiful, yet mysterious Lorna Campbell (Natalie Imbruglia) on the way. This movie is full of nail biting fight scenes and dramatic stunts that don t really go to plan, Johnny English is an all-British comedy production hit. Directed by Britain?s own Peter Howitt (who also directed Sliding Doors), the film features a hit soundtrack including Moloko, Bond, Abba and an exclusive track from Robbie Williams! DVD Extras: ·Observation Test - Answer 5 footage related questions correctly and see 8 minutes of deleted scenes, menu screens and footage ·The Making of Johnny English ·Character Profile - Tongue in cheek look at the 4 main characters ·Self Defence Techniques - Hilarious look at Johnny?s fight moves in the feature compared with fighting sequences from other films with a voice over by Johnny English DVD-ROM Features: ·Interactive Spy Game Play the part of Johnny English on a mission to retrieve the Crown Jewels. Answer questions, complete tasks and guide your DB7 through London whilst on a truck ·Find Your Code Name - Insert personal informati on and let the computer generate your secret spy name for use in the Spy Game ·Identikit Game - View a short clip from a surveillance video and recreate the face from the items listed ·Rate Yourself - Answer a series of questions in order to ascertain whether you are fit enough to be an M17 Agent, a member of Interpol or an evil criminal mastermind
A compilation album containing unforgettable classics, which have all been hits, some more then twice over. This indicates its good for all ages, those who can remember the songs first time round will be taken on a trip down memory lane and for those younger listeners, you will be pleasantly surprised by how many tracks you recognise. It is a double CD so there are plenty of classic?s to choose from. My favourites are mainly those that I can remember last time round, such as Tears on My Pillow, Sealed with a Kiss, Unchained Melody, Believe, all of which coincidentally were re-released by TV actors turned singers. Other favourites include Oh Carol by Neil Sedaka as it reminds me of laughing in the school library with a friend (don?t ask me why!), and the classic Stand by Me by Ben E King, which is an old favourite with everyone. Definitely a CD for those more sombre moments. However it is also perfect background music to chill out and unwind to after a stressful day. With twenty tracks in total, it is undeniably great value for money and will always be relevant to the era as these songs are ones that are passed on with every generation.
Glamour CD. This album is a spin off from the popular no 1 selling Glamour magazine. If you are an intelligent independent lady like me, then you will love it. It is a perfect start for those girlie nights out. The packaging encapsulates the glamour reader with the picture on the front the fuschia pink text and its slogan; fits your life, your handbag and your stereo). It is aimed at women who are not afraid to be ladies. This album is full of tracks that are either old classic?s, ones that have been some of the biggest hits in 2002/3 as well as a taste of what?s coming soon in the charts. It includes the phenomenal Mr Timberlake, The bootylicious destiny?s child and J-Lo and the eccentric genius Badly drawn Boy. There is a mixture of slow and fast songs to suit your mood. You can boogie to the faster songs and chill out listening to the few slow ones on there. A double CD with forty tracks in total, it is undeniably great value for money. You won?t be disappointed with this purchase and I am sure it will rapidly become a firm favourite in your CD collection.
Located within the heart of East London is an establishment famous for attracting the hottest producers, designers, musicians, photographers and artists from across the London region. This institution, better known as the 'Old Truman Brewery', was a project envisaged and directed by Vibe Promotions. The history of the Vibe team goes back to the 80's, in the heyday of acid house, where the young entrepreneurs plotted warehouse parties in the major cities within the UK. The philosophy of the Vibe team has been to amalgamate all areas of music, dance, art and design to create the ultimate in entertainment. As ambitious and talented business people, the Vibe team had itchy feet, a new challenge was on the horizon, the question was what? It was in '94 that the aspect of resurging The Old Truman Brewery came into play. The aim was to create a flagship for cultural entrepreneurs and creative individuals. The government recognised the inner area of Tower Hamlets as an area consisting of problems in housing, education and employment. What was to come from the revamp of this derelict brewery would not only reform the inner area around the building 'Brick Lane' but it encouraged a whole new lifestyle to come and settle, bringing excitement and a new lease of life to what once was a depressed area. The change was magnetic, it drew in an influx of a new generation of inspiring music makers and artists from all angles of the creative world. Tenants included Mercury award winning Talvin Singh, the superb choreographer Lynne Page and the author/director/manager Ray Shell. The 'OTB' set new limits; it was one of the first places to produce a record from start to finish. The brewery occupied musicians, vocalists, producers, dub plate pressing plants and record labels, all components needed to produce a tangible track. The life source of the brewery pins down to the centerpiece known as the Vibe Bar. The concept was to c reate an international centre by merging all collectives of the creative industry. The three-phase strategy took 5 years to achieve, during this time it was key in raising the areas profile. It was one of the only places in London providing free Internet access. Through the years the bar has become renowned commercially, yet it still keeps its credible image. Its ethos of experimental music ranging from reggae to dance is a vital component in maintaining the bars success. The bar has hosted many key players in the past few years including Madonna, Bjork, Liam Gallagher, Pete Townsend and Paul Oakenfold. Major brands have used the location to hold significant events ranging from the Planet 24 party to the Guardian Newspaper party plus the Working title party with Joseph Fiennes and Natalie Imbruglia. The sight has encouraged many music directors to use the location to film pop videos, including: Alicia Keys, All Saints and Kula Shaker. Most recently the 'OTB' was host to the critically acclaimed Bodyworlds Exhibition. This summer the Vibe team released the 'Sound of Brick Lane Volume 1'. The unmixed compilation consists of many unreleased & limited edition tracks which seem carefully selected to only include DJs and producers who have played at the Vibe Bar over the last 5 years. It reflects the music policy that has provided the bar with its unique reputation. This timeless collection features sounds from Defected, Atlantic Jaxx, Tummy Touch and many more cutting edge labels. It journeys into a retrospective of dance, funk, leftfield, tech-garage, electro and Balearic. Whatever your taste is, this compilation is guaranteed to suit any mood. The Vibe team are planning ventures in Brighton and New York - worth looking out for I imagine ...
I'm sure that this is the case with many London letting agents - but I just want to pass on a warning about Empire Estates of Wilsdon Green particularly. I moved to London last year and had to find somewhere to live reasonable quickly. It also needed to be cheap as I didn't have time to get a big deposit together and was unsure for how long I would be there. Looking around some of the cheaper ares I came accross Empire Estates of Wilsdon Green - and on the face of it the prices seemed reasonable - not good, London prices never are - even for a flat in a 'not great' area with very narrow hallway, little light and a damp problem we were paying around £300 a month. What should have made us suspicious in the first place was how the deposit was agreed upon as 4 weeks rent (a month's in fact - which is pretty standard) but at the day we came to pay it they had upped it to 6 weeks - no warning and time was running out for us to a) leave our old apartments and b) get the money together. Anyway - we managed to get the extra 2 weeks - and the £50 contracting fee per person. When we moved in to the supposedly renovated property we found that it had been done to the lowest possible standard - which is ok and didn't bother us, except that we were almost certain that they would not take this into account when it came to moving out. The paint work was near impossible to keep clean and as the decorators moved their stuff out they damaged paint work and work surfaces - which despite our efforts (having the agent round, putting it in writing) was conveniently forgotton when it came to moving out. When we finally did move out - less than a year later all the bad things I had expected came true. I have always had my deposit back in full from any previous property - I keep it clean and if there is wear-and-tear it is of the sort written into the contract. Empire Estates refused to take any of this into account - the walls they insisted needed completely re-painting (because the paint was so poor you could not clean it and dirt/damp attracted itself to it). A piece of furniture which came in the flat had damaged the floor - again we were blamed for this - and finally - the worst of all they tried to tell us the work surfaces were new and we had scratched them! This was exactly what we had wanted to avoid by having the agent round and putting it in writing - but guess what? there was no copy of this in the file and no memory of the visit! It then took around 6 - 7 months to get just half of our deposit back. I was disgusted. I assume this is delayed in the hope that those without the time or motivation give up. I wouldn't say don't ever use this agency - I can't be sure that I wasn't just unlucky - what I do say though is be warned! have everything in writing and keep a copy. Get them to sign your copy too if possible. Have a thorough pre-check of the premises done and again keep a copy. And just don't be bullied by them - you may think you are getting a cheap deal - but could easily turn out to be more expensive in the end than you thought if they keep most/all of your deposit!
With the urban music scene showing no signs of waning Universal (UMTV) continues to 'push things forward' with another compilation of this year's biggest R&B, UK garage and hip hop tunes so far. Urban Kiss 2003, the third in the series, features some of R&B's biggest names from both sides of the Atlantic proving that British urban talent is going from strength to strength. Again mixed by DJ Swerve this 36-track double CD, which includes several Universal exclusives, has an all-star line-up featuring Ja Rule, Jay-Z, NERD, Eminem, Ms Dynamite, Sugababes and Big Brovaz amongst others, making it the perfect soundtrack to the summer wherever you are. One of the things I liked most about this album is the way it brings together brand new talent (Big Brovaz for eg) as well as names that have been around for a while (Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg and others)- still going strong, proving that there really is no substitute for good music. Track Listings Disc: 1 1. Satisfaction - Eve 2. Thug Lovin' - Ja Rule feat. Bobby Brown 3. Excuse Me Miss - Jay-Z 4. Hey Ma - Cam'ron 5. Little Things - India.Arie 6. Street Life - Beenie Man 7. Make It Clap - Busta Rhymes 8. If I Could Go - Angie Martinez 9. OK - Big Brovaz 10. Mundian To Bach Ke - Panjabi MC 11. When The Last Time - Clipse 12. Hit The Freeway - Toni Braxton 13. Nothin' - N.O.R.E 14. The Streets - W.C feat. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg 15. Guess You Didn't Love Me - Terri Walker 16. It's Alright - Bon Garcon 17. Shape of You - Beverley Knight 18. Shape - Sugababes (Salaam Remi Remix) Disc: 2 1. Sing For The Moment - Eminem 2. Rolldeep - Eskimo 3. Oi! - Platinum 45 feat. More Fire Crew (Sona Family Remix) 4. My Philosophy (Bounce) - Donae'o 5. J-Dubs - Sticky Productions 6. True - Jaimeson feat. Angel Blu 7. Wondering Why - MJ Cole feat. Vula < br>8. Bad Boy - Iceberg Slimm 9. What's Your Flava? - Craig David 10. Boogie 2Night - Tweet 11. All Eyez On Me - Monica 12. Get Down Saturday Night - Oliver Cheatham 13. Alright - Hil St Soul 14. Jade's A Champ - Ms. Jade 15. Put Him Out - Ms. Dynamite 16. Paradise - LL Cool J feat. Amerie 17. Lapdance - N.E.R.D feat. Lee Harvey & Vita 18. Mesmerise - Ja Rule feat. Ashanti
Fleeting Thoughts is the second book from American author Michael McGan (his follow up to The Hamster Never Sleeps). He observes little snippets of every day life and draws from them the hilarity, hypocracy or stupidity that most of us let slide by un-noticed. His style is very laid-back and chatty and you have the feeling to could easily be together down the pub - he'd be the one who kept coming out with the jokes, funny comments, one-liners that kept any listeners helpless with laughter. One of the things I liked most about this book is the self containedness of each mini-story or observation. It gives it a real re-readability because you can go back to the ones you liked the most and you find yourself reading them to people 'hey, listen to this guy ...' The material is very original and can venture into the slightly surreal with his take on Norse Mythology for example or the suggestion that all Elvis sightings can be explained ...well, I won't ruin how, but it's not the most obvious of answers I can tell you! However the majority of his observations are based on daily events and scenes that are only to familier to us all - stepping on sharp bits of your kids toys, being told you can't check into the hotel you thought you would be on the first night of your holiday - and of course the common cold. You find yourself thinking (or saying out loud sometimes) 'yes! so right! too true! ...' Doing a bit of homework for fellow dooyooers I found I was not the only one to recommend so highly this book - others include eBook-Reviews.net who say: " This is one of those neat little books that covers a lot of territory in subject matter and time. You may suspect the author of sarcasm at times and toying with the reader at other times as the theme changes rapidly and radically. " I agree with this - his seemingly light-hearted look can pose some more profound questions and lead the reader into thoughts and theories of their own 'Answers are like the birds that come when we have thrown out bread. Questions are the bread that we throw out there.' Available from Amazon at just over £10 I'd say this is one to treat you (or someone else) to.
I have to admit this isn't out until the 19th May - but that I have got a sneak preview copy -let me tell you about it ... If you've seen Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal you'll already know where this fits in. In this film we find out why Hannibal the Cannibal was first put in prison and how he was eventually caught?I won't ruin it here - but's it's good! The Case: "Under full moon, a serial killer known as "The Tooth Fairy" targets sleeping families. With the next full moon drawing nearer, FBI investigator Jack Crawford is no closer to discovering the identity of the killer so decides to bring the reluctant but gifted investigator Will Graham out of retirement. Graham soon realizes that if he is to catch the remorseless murderer he will have to access the mind of someone equally brilliant and twisted. This means facing his nemesis Hannibal Lecter, the man who has left him physically and psychologically scarred. Through Hannibal's mind games Graham begins to piece together the character of the disturbed killer, Francis Dolarhyde. The tabloid press dub Dolarhyde as "The Tooth Fairy" due to the unusual tooth marks he leaves on his victims. However, he is eager to be known as "The Red Dragon", the persona that consumes him and drives him deeper into insanity..." The film boasts a very impressive cast: Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Edward Norton (Fight Club), Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient), Harvey Keitel (The Piano), Emily Watson (Gosford Park) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Talented Mr Ripley). DVD Extras (Disk 1): · Feature Commentary with Director Brett Ratner & Ted Tally · Music Score commentary with composer Danny Elfman DVD Extras (Disk 2): The second disk gives you access to the following bonus extras: · FBI Profile: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer Hosted by John Douglas (8:15) · The Burni ng Wheelchair (3:59) · A Directors Journey: Brett Ratner?s Video Diary (50:00) · Makeup (00:40) · Screen and Film tests (11:47) · Storyboards to Final Feature comparison (8:36) · Brett Ratner?s Untitled Student Film (Silent Film) · The Leeds House Crime Scene (3:38) · Red Dragon Teaser Trailer (2:01) · Additional Scenes (Includes Deleted Scenes, Alternate Versions of Scene & Extended Scenes ? offered with or without commentary) (13:00) · Visual Effects (4:24) · Theatrical Trailer (2:37) · Teaser Trailer for The Hulk (00:45) · Anthony Hopkin?s Lecter & Me (4:12) · Making of Red Dragon (14:30) Product Information: Release Date: Available to own from 19th May 2003 RRP: VHS: £15.99 DVD: £22.99 Certificate: 15 DVD Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen ? 2.35:1 Feature Run Time: 119:18 Languages Dolby Digital: English