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Yves-Michel "B movie bum" (Montreal Canada)
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30-second Theories: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Theories in Science
30-second Theories: The 50 Most Thought-provoking Theories in Science

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Scientific easy read, Jan. 29 2014
At last, abook that gives the non-initiated persons all they need to know to get start in Scientific reading. Ifyu did not know where to start, look no further. All theories are explained in plain language, so you get the most out of the text. The book also gives you some hints on where to inquire next, if you want to dig deeper in this or that subject. The perfect point to initiate anybody who was scared to look.

I will try other books in this collection.

10 Minute Solution: Slim and Sculpt Pilates
10 Minute Solution: Slim and Sculpt Pilates
DVD ~ Suzanne Bowen
Price: CDN$ 19.98
23 used & new from CDN$ 1.44

4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle approach to Pilates.... It will be too soft for some, Jan. 27 2014
Actually, it is kind of a 3.5 - 4.0, Pricing is an issue. You are getting the 5 workouts DVD + the resistance bands. You may already have some bands, which will make this one overpriced.

Everything abut this one is mild. The ecercise are ranging from beginners to intermediate, with a focus on getting the newbies acquainted with Windsor's fitness legacy. It is a good way to get started. I am not a floor exercise fan, but this cideo is pleasant to do. It will be challenging for the "just-started" crowd, but not for the Pilates buffs. Seperate lower and Upper body routines are paired with an ALL body and a Pilates for flexibility one (I love that one). Let's not forget the Abs, of course (10 minutes of it) . The bands ar used to add or negate resistance. A fine twist !!!!

Pilates DVDs fitness host are usually quite muscular and may not seem appealing to some. This one is slender with arms that extend forever. You really want to look like she is.. smile, shoulders and tush.

Archies Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series [Import]
Archies Weird Mysteries: The Complete Series [Import]
Offered by M and N Media Canada
Price: CDN$ 64.60
5 used & new from CDN$ 33.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody can resist Archie and his friends... Loads of fun !!!, Jan. 17 2014
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If you are expecting Teen aged adventures from Archie and friends, be aware that this a cross between The Archies (Sugar, Sugar) and Scooby doo. All the episodes are featuring supernatural beings or events. Aired in 1999-2000, it casts the usual bunch of High school kids, but it does not have the a joke per story approach. Betty, Reggie and the others are always mixed up in some Sci-fi plot. It was as refreshing as surprisung... Animation and sounds are simpleto keep it close to the originals. Each episode has a little "morale" attached to it (required by thr networks). It is just plain FUN !!!!

Fans of secondary characthers such as Midge, Moose or Big Ethel have to know that they appear only once or twice in the course of 40 episodes. Dilton will be there on and off. Authors are grabbing ideas from various Horror/Sci-fi movies and brings them to life with Archie and his friends (Ex : VEronica becomes the 50-feet woman).

To beef up the DVDs, you are served a few episodes of the Sabrina and the "Mona the Vampire" cartoon. So even with the cons, this complete set is as irresistible as Archie and friends.

And Speaking of Scorpions... The Autobiography of Herman "Ze German" Rarebell
And Speaking of Scorpions... The Autobiography of Herman "Ze German" Rarebell
Price: CDN$ 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars So far, Best book for 80s headbangers, Jan. 16 2014
Hermann Rarebell's bio is like the lyrics he wrote for Scorpions music. Simple and entertaining tongue-in-cheek stuff. He shares his views of 80s music, his life as a Scorpion and gives a fresh look at the whole insanity that went on during the Metal years. He does not spend time on events chronoligy. He prefer to write about what those events meant to him and how he lived them. While staying polite, he bars no holds when he talks about Ted Nugent fading star in the early 80s or on how opening acts are treated by the headlining band (the console handling section is funny). He will not fall into the trap of telling you hiw many women he had or how much booze flowed during tours. This has been done before (Notley Crue and Aerosmith bios). His thoughts on how the Scorpions blossomed from obscure band to a mega-platinum outdit is do to the point, it is refreshing. A SUPER book to read suring vacation time....

Too bad, he talks little about their Blackout tour with Rainbow. It was the first ever live concert I attended.

RECOMMENDED.

Black Knight: Ritchie Blackmore
Black Knight: Ritchie Blackmore
Price: CDN$ 9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, Very Very Informative..... but a slow read., Jan. 14 2014
In terms of information, this is top of the line.... or the Pops. The career of this legend unfolds 5 times over as you progress through the book. Very Chronological and detailled, it will supply data to your musical brain for years. The man played in back up bands for rock legends before he became one. Some one may say that the Deep purple Mark II portion goes by too fast. but it is a Blackmore bio and not a DP one. Self-assurd in the description of his own life, mothing is overlooked. I felt that the Pre-Purple portion drags for too long, but try to feel the musical progression of the master and it will make it go by faster. VEry well written with some dark overtones... Blackmore is what he is.

The incredible REcord listing closes the book and is a statement in itself.

A must for heavy metal grown-ups...

Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: CDN$ 11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Informative, but not a great read, Jan. 13 2014
I had high expectations for this one. I was looking for a more cerebral Bio than the one from Motley Crue or Iron Maiden.

Unfortunatly, this book is very chronological with a lot of "then after that" and not much insight or substance. Fans of the band or 80s headbangers probably sre aware of 60+ % of the stuff written onthose pages. It will bring back memories (his description of the YES/Black Sabbath tour is priceless), but not much more. THe writing style is dated. I could have lived without the countless swear words punctuating the book. It reads too much like an 80 S magazine like Circus or Hit Parader. THe sections about how they got their gold crosses or how he met Rick Wakeman cannot save the book.

Good, but not entertaining.

The Last Great Heavyweights. From Ali and Frazier to Lewis and Tyson
The Last Great Heavyweights. From Ali and Frazier to Lewis and Tyson
Price: CDN$ 9.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and easy to read., Jan. 4 2014
For once, a book about heavyweight boxers that is not focusing and glorifying the Pre-50s heroes. Nothing like "they use to be better in the Joe Louis era" THis one starts with Ali-Frazier-Foreman massive bouts. The writers brings all the way back to recent years. high on story-telling and low on stats, it has this boxing fan appraoch to it. Championship fight with forgotten fighters likes Akiwande, Briggs, Golota and others are alos part of this glam-fest which is Heavyweight title fighting. His views on Lennox Lewis are priceless. It is a must read !!!!!! it feels like a cold light beer on a hot summer day......

The writing lacks a bit of finesse, but I was not expecting Shakespeare. THe auithor literally spills his guts on the kindle file. He loves that sport and it shows.

Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days
Leslie Sansone: Walk It Off in 30 Days
DVD ~ Leslie Sansone
Offered by importcds__
Price: CDN$ 12.73
19 used & new from CDN$ 12.71

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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit different, but still great, Dec 13 2013
This one steers away from her "All you can walk" DVDs. Of the two workouts offered to you, the BURN one is a usual Leslie Sansone walking thing, but the FIRM one is half walk and half resistance training. You need to own free weights to do the whole set. It hits the whole body...

As always, Leslie's workout are flying by and you will not get bored. it will be over before you know it. Moves are very simple to learn (as oppose to some other fitness DVD). This is low impact stuff that delivers slowly, but delivers.

Leslie sports her usual Fit-Woman-Next-door look. She is going through the exercises with a group a students of all ages and shapes. Two modes are offered, With comments or Music only (to avoid her annoying laugh).

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Atlas
Atlas
DVD ~ Various
Price: CDN$ 4.95
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Sword and Sandals movie, Dec 3 2013
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I never thought that Roger Corman and peplum would mix too well. Low-budget epic are few and far between. The result is surprisingly good. A fine gladiator movie to watch. it is not a Hercules or Maciste film. No super-powers in this one. As usual with the director, the story-telling is the strong part. Sets are fair when considering the usual no cash approach by the fame director. ACting is good when lines are delivered by the main cast... It is simply a pleasnt epic film to watch with heroes and villains. A 90 minutss peplum with it's share of muscular men and lovely damsels. A lot more historical than mythological.... It is worth a lot more than the $6.00 pirice tag.

Walk at Home: 5 Day Slim Down - A Mile Each Morning
Walk at Home: 5 Day Slim Down - A Mile Each Morning
DVD ~ Leslie Sansone
Price: CDN$ 9.83
12 used & new from CDN$ 9.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense low-impact, Simple and effective., Nov. 27 2013
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Expressions like Intense low-impact and Power walking did not make any sense until now.

This DVD is pure delight for low Impact training lovers. IT is offering 5 x 1 mile work out (four of them using a 14 nibutes a mile pac and a faster at a 12 minutes a mile pace) plus a warmup and a cool down track. All can be done in one fun workout or seperatly in any order.

The trainer uses a little less than 10 basic easy to follow moves (low kicks, standing leg curl, side steps....) to get your heart rate in upper gear. It is fantastic for people with little dancing abilities or aerobics class experience. IT is that simple to use..... Trainer has this " Woman next door" look that makes you want to be like her. I would also recommend it to fitness experts that wants something to do on light training day. Music is very so-so, but it is only there to get you to keep the beat. The best part about this video is that your 14 minute mile will be done before you know it and you will go for another one and another.... I would recommend using light hand-weights to increase the challenge.

Recommended !!!!

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