The rooms at [[Name]] in Kingston, South West London, are so cheap that you should book now. Stay at this two star London budget hotel and you'll be...... more
The rooms at [[Name]] in Kingston, South West London, are so cheap that you should book now. Stay at this two star London budget hotel and you'll be ideally placed for exploring Hampton Court Palace and trying out Chessington World of Adventures; central London is only a 30 minute train ride away too!
Hotel du Lac is an impeccably produced BBC television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Booker Prize-winning novel. Middle-aged writer Edith Hope has fled...... more
Hotel du Lac is an impeccably produced BBC television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Booker Prize-winning novel. Middle-aged writer Edith Hope has fled London and romantic disappointment to find sanctuary at a luxury hotel on a Swiss Lake, but finding no escape from her loneliness must eventually face her past. Edith is played with compassion by Anna Massey, her intellect and wit acting as a defence against her own failings, and support comes from a superb cast including Denholm Elliott, Googie Withers, Julia McKenzie, Patricia Hodge, Irene Handl and Barry Foster. Brookner's apparently slight but multi-layered tale is skilfully crafted by writer Christopher Hampton, who has with such films as Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and The Quiet American (2002) become a master of literary adaptation. Giles Foster's direction focuses on bringing the best from his cast, rather than attempting any sort of cinematic sweep, and Carl Davis' eloquent theme music makes the introspection all the more touching. Ultimately, though, it is Anna Massey's insightful central performance which makes Hotel du Lac such a memorable slice of television. On the DVD:Hotel du Lac is presented in the original TV broadcast 4:3 ratio with a very poor, extremely grainy and soft picture. The sound is reasonable mono, clear and free from distortion though lacking in dynamic range. The only extra, though one well worth having, is a serious and highly informative commentary from Giles, Hampton and producer Sue Birtwistle. --Gary S Dalkin
Vicky Hampton's working lunch: recipes for your office kitchen - Vicky Hampton
Bored of overpriced ham-and-cheese sandwiches and packet soups from the canteen? If your workplace has a surface big enough to fit a chopping board, and perhaps...... more
Bored of overpriced ham-and-cheese sandwiches and packet soups from the canteen? If your workplace has a surface big enough to fit a chopping board, and perhaps a kettle or toaster at best, Vicky Hampton's Working Lunch is here to help. This compact cookbook is for people who are keen to make healthy, simple lunches, but who don't have the time to spend hours in the kitchen. British-born Amsterdammer Vicky Hampton, better known for her blog amsterdamfoodie.nl, takes you through some 50 easy lunch recipes covering everything from fresh, vibrant salads to cool, summery soups, and from spicy couscous to pimped-up sandwiches. Vicky has been cooking since she could reach the kitchen counter in her dad's hotel, and has written for a string of international publications, including Eyewitness and Michelin guides to Amsterdam, the New York Times, The Guardian and Time Out.
In the autumn of 1953 Lionel Hampton brought a band to Europe that was bulging with jazz talent (even though it was restricted to playing Hamp's...... more
In the autumn of 1953 Lionel Hampton brought a band to Europe that was bulging with jazz talent (even though it was restricted to playing Hamp's favourite rabble rousers). At the beginning of the tour Hampton decreed that there were to be no recording sessions without his permission. But band members such as Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Gigi Gryce and George Wallington succeeded in making record dates in Stockholm and Paris, even though it meant climbing down hotel fire escapes to avoid detection. The recording dates done in Paris placed the accent to a large extent on Clifford Brown who was already recognised as a jazz star in the ascendant. This second volume in a three CD series opens with four Gryce originals played by a sextet co-led by Gigi Gryce and Brownie supported by a good French rhythm section. The following day a big band was assembled in the same studio made up of Hampton's sidemen and French musicians. With limited rehearsal time the band gets an exciting, cohesive sound on pieces by Gryce and Quincy Jones with plenty of solo space devoted to the unique Brown trumpet. The final track, "No Start, No End", is a rarity for it finds Brown and the others actually learning a French pop song ("Venez Donc Chez Moi") prior to the final version being recorded. These Vogue sessions capture a young but mature Brown at his most captivating, the ideas tumbling over each other in joyful fashion. --Steve Voce
Advantages: Some good tracks Disadvantages: Some awful tracks, probably too diverse for all tracks to appeal to one person, many of the songs are slow
...eafront. Some of us were rather pleased to see the arrogance knocked out of him, but Reborn in the USA was another chance of success and all his old self-confidence blossomed – until, that was, Dollar became the first act to be voted off. Oh, how we laughed.
They did entertain us though with their stage routines, obviously auditioning for Celebrity Ballroom Dancing. With Thereze making Posh...
Advantages: Spotting landmarks, controls do the job Disadvantages: Poor collisions physics, cornering troubles, infinite continues
...choppy when driving through detailed surroundings, such as downtown San Francisco - this is also the section where the external views can be blocked, albeit partially and briefly, by cars behind. There are direction signs in Cruis'n USA but nothing to tell how tight an upcoming turn is - there is a radar for CPU presence, but no map present so you never know until too late, and traffic is sure to come...
...It may suprise some people, but America have actually got a pretty good record in World Cup. The USA were involved in some of the very first World Cups in the 1930s, some twenty years before England or any other home nation did so themselves. They cannot kid themselves that they invented the game though, and the truth now is they are really not very good.
A spectacularly bad performance in...