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BIRUGEAR Black Silicone Cover Case + Blue Wrist Strap Lanyard for Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip
BIRUGEAR Black Silicone Cover Case + Blue Wrist Strap Lanyard for Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip
Offered by emaxland
Price: CDN$ 3.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Guessing a response, Dec 29 2013
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I have yet to receive the above mentioned merchandise, so my impressions are mere suppositions. I will know better, later, I hope.

All's Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
All's Well That Ends Well: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
DVD ~ Paul Hilton
Price: CDN$ 17.65
14 used & new from CDN$ 17.65

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered on time as promised., June 9 2013
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Plays on the thrust stage, in the authentic manner as when first presented, demonstrate the real impact of the production. The Globe plays are as "authentic" stories, (ie suspension of disbelief), as the cleverly crafted movies. The story and the characters remains the central and authentic focus of the plays.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Europe Breaks Free, Nov. 13 2009
Using the iconic pictures by Vermeer, 'a master painter light', the author employs the items shown in the paintings to begin his descriptions of the development of international trade. Vermeer's home of Deflt was one of the centers of early trade and overseas commerce as perfected by the Dutch during the Seventeenth Century. Brook weaves interesting stories from the yarn of items represented in the paintings shown in full color plates in the center of the book.

We are treated to a thorough explanation of the development of trade with hostile Asian nations that produced many goods that Europeans were anxious to buy at inflated prices. It also points out how the Republic of Holland was much more adroit at finding new markets than were the nations on the Iberian Peninsula who were restrained by their being beholden to a Monarch or a Church.

Some of the later parallels he uses near the end of the book are a bit of a stretch and seem weaker than the early chapters.

All in all it is an entertaining and informative read.

High Hopes
High Hopes
DVD ~ Philip Davis
2 used & new from CDN$ 30.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thatcher's Refugees, Aug. 30 2009
This review is from: High Hopes (DVD)
Mike Leigh has a sharp eye for people and their foibles. Much of his work deflates the pompous windbags, socially important, but mostly unimportant, who dwell in contemporary England.

The heart of the story is an older, widow lady, barely getting by in her council flat in London. Her condition and home are items from a kinder, more generous past when a social safety net was built after WWII. It is now under a ferocious assault by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The widow's socialist son and his partner struggle on, surviving in low paying jobs. They make an effort to look in and care for the old lady. Her yuppy next door neighbors bought their home when all low rent housing was put up for sale. They are disgusted that the widow will not paint or refurbish her rental property. Her vacuous daughter is so busy climbing the social ladder by spending her husband's money that she has no time for her mother. Her husband is an odious businessman who allows his wife to create the facade at home while he has a bit of stuff on the side.

None of the characters are perfect or really nice. That is how Mike Leigh sees life.

Eyewitness Travel Guides Florence And Tuscany
Eyewitness Travel Guides Florence And Tuscany
by Dorling Kindersley
Edition: Flexibound
22 used & new from CDN$ 0.55

3.0 out of 5 stars Saving Time and Money, Aug. 4 2009
With the Eyewitness Travel Guides to Florence and Tuscany, Rome and Italy in hand, we were able to make the most of our brief stay in these areas. By using the Guides to prepare for our trips to see the most important sites and attractions, we saw as much as possible in a very limited time. We often had a tour guide leading us, but the knowledge we gained from the Guides enriched the experience.

Courtesy maps given out by businesses were notoriously inaccurate when trying to find notable attractions. The maps and 3-D illustrations in the Guides were very useful. We saw most of the things we wanted to see and we had time to shop and dine without feeling we had missed too much. These guides were good investments.

The Wrestler / Le lutteur (Bilingual Edition)
The Wrestler / Le lutteur (Bilingual Edition)
DVD ~ Mickey Rourke
Offered by OptiShopper Canada
Price: CDN$ 18.76
37 used & new from CDN$ 0.91

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Decline and Fall After Fame., May 29 2009
In a world obsessed with following the famous or notorious through television, the web, or print media, only the prime of a "star's" life seems to be examined and pursued. There is even a reality show about the paparazzi and their boss as they discuss and giggle over images they have captured of the notorious.

Few films have dealt with the life lived by the mediocre or unwise star who did not provide for his old age. "Requiem for a Heavyweight", with an outstanding cast, is a black and white version of this sad tale.

"The Wrestler", takes gritty look at the decline of a man whose career was fueled by steroids, alcohol and painkillers. The pain and abuse damage his heart. Recovering, he reaches out to an estranged daughter and a stripper who is having her own age related problems. His efforts start to bear fruit when the old, high living behavior reinforces bad, old memories. He is still loved and respected by his fellow wrestlers. So, like a gladiator in Roman times, his return to the arena becomes his destiny.

DVD ~ Paul Brennan
Price: CDN$ 42.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Running on Empty., May 27 2009
This review is from: Salesman (DVD)
Filmed in the heyday of the "realistic" documentary, Salesman, follows a door to door salesman as he loses his selling touch and is earmarked as becoming "negative". You witness an ensemble of commission salesmen as they try to sell gold embossed Bibles to relatively poor Catholic families from the north to Florida.

The Maysles' camera focuses on the body language of the uncomfortable squirm of people who cannot afford ten dollars a month for the Bible. We see the deflation of the salesmen when the sale is denied. We also see the smugness of the producers as they check through their completed sales slips. Each salesman has a distinct selling personality that is characterized by his nickname in the group.

Paul, the main character is losing his touch. We witness the rejections he endures until he finally decides to give up and go back home, bowed and beaten.

Many of the characters are adapted from this film to the play, then movie, "Glenngary Glennross", another intense drama about salesmen. One can also imagine Paul returning to his wife and reliving his past as does Willy Loman in, "Death of a Salesman". These three are a tour de force of life as cold call salesman.

Weeds: The Complete Third Season
Weeds: The Complete Third Season
DVD ~ Mary-Louise Parker
Offered by Warehouse105
Price: CDN$ 24.99
21 used & new from CDN$ 12.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars California Dreamin', April 20 2009
Poking fun at nearly all of the goals and rituals of white, middle class Californians, (and others,) is funny from the opening credits to the closing of each episode. Putting on airs by living in the trendy, new communities, doing the proper community services at school and keeping out riff-raff are the things that must be done. Of course, smoking up is essential to release the tension of high achievement. The series concludes at the correct point in time. More efforts at expanding the story would have ended its good story development.

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