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Victorian Farm: Rediscovering Forgotten Skills
Victorian Farm: Rediscovering Forgotten Skills
by Alex Langlands
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 27.55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality, April 10 2014
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I never saw the series on TV, however, this book is delightful and includes a great deal of Christmas information.

Easy Russian Phrase Book NEW EDITION: Over 700 Phrases for Everyday Use
Easy Russian Phrase Book NEW EDITION: Over 700 Phrases for Everyday Use
by Sergey Levchin
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 5.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uses a Phonetic System, April 10 2014
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I have not yet gone to Russia so I cannot tell you how effective this book is, however, I can say that I appreciate the phonetic spelling of the Russian words. I cannot spell in English so trying to make sense of Russian Cyrillic spelling is hopeless for me. The phonetic spelling is wonderful.

Eyewitness Travel Guides Russia
Eyewitness Travel Guides Russia
by Dorling Kindersley
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.68
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not yet used, April 10 2014
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This book looks beautiful and is encyclopaedic. I have not gone to Russia yet, so I cannot tell you if it does an adequate job of describing places or how helpful it is to find places.

Russka: The Novel of Russia
Russka: The Novel of Russia
by Edward Rutherfurd
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.88
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Tale of Russia, April 10 2014
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This is an excellent book. I would appreciate a better map and a glossary of terms with a time line in the back of the book. The map and family tree at the beginning are not as helpful as they might be. The map should be modernized to a Google Maps type format to suit the modern eye. The Family tree that also serves as table of contents and time line is too small to read easily and takes too much time to locate and understand when information is needed to understand the story's continuity from chapter to chapter.

Secrets of Selfridges
Secrets of Selfridges
Price: CDN$ 21.98
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great but Too Short, April 10 2014
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This documentary is well done with a balanced view of the founder, H G Selfridge, who could be greatly praised or greatly criticized. The documentary sticks to the facts regarding the store itself, with its founder being just a part of the story, not the main issue.

Holy Bible, Giant Print NLT
Holy Bible, Giant Print NLT
by Tyndale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 26.32
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Receiver Thrilled, April 10 2014
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This Bible was purchased for a man in a care home. He was delighted to get a Bible with large print and modern English. Thank you for printing this Bible.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Bilingual)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Maggie Smith
Price: CDN$ 16.98
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Piece with Eternal Issues, Aug. 28 2013
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In the early 70s while on a holiday in Victoria, we saw part of The Prime. I always wondered how it turned out. The recent viewing finds me at a very different phase of life and the movie is probably more meaningful now than it would have been when I was 25. How does a person deal with aging? How does a person gain self-worth and what if you change your mind late in the game? Is romantic love or family the only thing that can carry us through the final years of our decreasing vitality and the anticipation of the end of life as we have known it? As usual the people in this film always think maybe conditions on the other side of the fence might be just the ones needed for a transition to the acceptance of the inevitable, mortality.

A viewer can skip all the psych and just watch the film for the story itself, and of course for Maggie Smith, young and even more energetic than she is now. With a bit of guidance a person could even learn a bit of history on a time that has now become fairly unmentioned except maybe in english class when the teacher is trying to explain Hemingway, the Lost Generation, or wars before the big 2.

Starbuck (Version française)
Starbuck (Version française)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but Heart Wrenching too, Aug. 28 2013
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This movie is not suitable for family viewing with either young chilren or really senior members of your family. How does one explain sperm banks to the young or old? Once ones gets past the explanation of how all these children exist, the time to ponder adoption issues begins in earnest. Who has privacy and what for? Does the child have some right to his or her biological past? What about health issues that could be passed on, such as diabetes or cancer? What rights do the parents have regarding secrecy of past actions that profoundly affect the very life of the person created?

Another issue to ponder is the business of parenting. What is good parenting? Is it a private job, or is it really true that a child needs a whole village to parent her or him?

This movie would make a humourous start to a workshop on adoption and/or parenting. As a thought raiser, the rilm is excellent. However the film does not glow with memorable acting; no one person excells. The film as a piece of art is average, not remarkable. This might serve the purpose of the film. The acting etc do not detract from the isses.

Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 2 (U.K. Edition)
Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Season 2 (U.K. Edition)
DVD ~ Hugh Bonneville
Price: CDN$ 29.97
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait, Feb. 11 2012
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Ever since the end of season one on DVD I have been waiting for the release of season 2 of Downton Abbey. I think every review I read was more negative than positive so I was prepared to be disappointed. Sometimes I regretted having preordered season 2. Then on Thursday evening late season 2 arrived. Now, less than 48 hours later, I am longing for season 3.

I enjoyed the development of the story lines carried over from season one. Trying to tell a story with so many characters is a daunting task. And most probably terribly expensive. I have always regretted only one season of Berkeley Square, a series about the same time in history, with just as huge a cast of characters. Maybe the huge success of Downton Abbey will revive Berkeley Square, just as the Abbey has awakened nostalgia for all things Edwardian, including clothing styles.

I appreciated the softening of some characters and the hardening of others. For me, the process of personal change and cultural change is most interesting. Sybil's enthusiasm, impulsivity, is tempered by hard work over time, and leads her to strong convictions based on her own experience. Edith is rewarded from time to time for her devotion to others, but one still wonders why she is so pliable, so willing to seek a place to belong. Are there people who come into the world incomplete unless they have a place to lavish their love? And Mary; she is strong, aware of her peers and what is expected of her, but even when she takes the road always travelled, she does it in her own way.

In my opinion, the acting during season 2 is better than season one. Yes, there are a couple of places where reality leaves and people sing like in old time movies, but this is a movie of a bye gone era so I think it has the right to not only have historical content but historical style. And although one could say that Downton Abbey is no place to learn history, even the Bible says to tickle the baby's palate with honey to get him or her to eat solid food.

Masterpiece: Any Human Heart (U.K. Edition)
Masterpiece: Any Human Heart (U.K. Edition)
DVD ~ Jim Broadbent
Price: CDN$ 27.19
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for Kids, but Great for Adults, Jan. 26 2012
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Any Human Heart follows one man's life pretty well from the cradle to the grave. Sometimes you hate him; sometimes you love him; but you never forget him. In our time, people marry for love if they marry at all. There was a time when people married for economic advancement. Those participating in the system knew what they were doing and hoped love would follow. Love is a funny thing though as we all know and sometimes the heart wants what it wants. Any Human Heart follows a trail of broken and breaking hearts, a story that covers three countries over almost a century. In the end the viewer comes out with a richer idea of the definitions of love.

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