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A Parrot in the Pepper Tree: A Sort of Sequel to Driving Over Lemons
A Parrot in the Pepper Tree: A Sort of Sequel to Driving Over Lemons
by Chris Stewart
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, funny and honest, 23 Mar 2007
I picked this book up when I saw it lying on a friend's coffee table and became absorbed from the first chapter, so much so I was barely able to put it down until it was finished. It is written in a humorous, fluent and self-deprecating style that provides a fascinating insight into life as an ex-pat in a remote foreign farming community. The book's worth is increased for me by it coming across as a very honest account of events naturally brought to life by the characters and their situation. Each chapter is a self-contained episode which keeps the whole thing fresh. I certainly chuckled aloud at one or two sections; the improptu talk given to the Swedish on cattle rearing in England being particularly memorable. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Comfort Of Strangers
Comfort Of Strangers
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

9 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bland, 13 Sep 2006
This review is from: Comfort Of Strangers (Audio CD)
I love Beth Orton and her unique melchonic, fragile voice but this album has left me cold I'm afraid to say. I find it bland, soporofic and obscures her vocal talents. Drab songs delivered in a drab way. Strangely, I had a similar feeling when I heard Ryan Adams' "Cold Roses" album. Is it some musical fashion statement I'm just not getting? Surely anyone can just pick-up a guitar and sing meanlingless songs and a soleless way like that - but these artists are supposed to have talent.

Paraiso Di Gumbe
Paraiso Di Gumbe
Offered by aardvark-games
Price: £3.89

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Music that requires listening to appreciate, 16 Dec 2003
This review is from: Paraiso Di Gumbe (Audio CD)
I'd heard good reviews about this album, so was slightly disppointed when it didn't reach my expectations. The guy has talent no doubt, but i found my mind drifting away from the music occiasionally and then making a concious effort to return it. That's not to say i don't enjoy it, but it doesn't reach out and grab me. Maybe not upbeat or toe-tapping enough for my liking, Orchestra Baobab's "Specialist in All Styles" for example has the type of African rhythms that really do grab me!

Become You
Become You
Price: £6.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less is more, 16 Dec 2003
This review is from: Become You (Audio CD)
Have been a big fan ever since I saw them live on a friends recommendation years ago. This is a beautifully crafted album containing much less politicism and angst than previous more up-tempo albums. The strength of the album is its subtle harmonies of vocals and accoustic guitar. Much self-contemplation and sensitivity in the lyrics. Yeah, a really nice album, i have to admit i wondered if they were losing a bit of direction in their last couple of albums but this album is strong and cohesive all the way through and a definite return to form.

Up All Night
Up All Night
Price: £9.37

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Australian Upbeat Cowboy Junkies ?, 16 Dec 2003
This review is from: Up All Night (Audio CD)
First saw this band at Cambridge folk-festival and was instantly hooked. Refreshingly different and totally honest music. Vocal harmonies, delivered in unashamedly Aussie accents with a wonderful blend of guitar, harmonica and violin. Ok, i know what you're thinking...typical folk band...but that is not the case, try and imagine Aussie version of an upbeat Cowboy Junkies and you may get a better picture. Songs laced with sentimentality and nostalgia. "London Still" often brings a tear to the eye and somehow manages to make even a Brit like me feel homesick for Australia! See them live if you get the chance, you won't regret it.

Complete Acoustic Guitar Dvd
Complete Acoustic Guitar Dvd
Dvd ~ Mel Reeves
Price: £22.92

59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and comprehensive - highly recommended, 17 Jun 2003
This review is from: Complete Acoustic Guitar Dvd (DVD)
First thing to say is this is not for the guitar beginner, you should be at least comfortable with inking together chords. The DVD takes you through various guitar styles: rock, classical, finger-picking and so on. The presentation is clear and concise - each lesson builds up to examples of playing a complete song. Camera work gives simultaneous close-up shots of both hands and is broken-up into sections ideally suited for quick rewind and playback. Mel Gibson is an exceleent tutor nd includes lots of sensible practical tips, doesn't just teach the theory. Overall - highly recommended!
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Black Boots On Latin Feet
Black Boots On Latin Feet

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what REAL music sounds like !!, 17 Jun 2003
I first saw Ezio play live in 1991 and have been hooked ever since - like fine wine they just keep getting better and better. I'd say this is the definitive Ezio album (tho' all albums are great) - superb virtuoso quitar work - Ezio and Booga playing off each other with outrageous guitar riffs. The lyrics go straight to the soul. It's incredible this band aren't more well-known, probably 'cos the music transcends most musical categories. Don't miss an opportunity to see the band live - an awesome(literally) experience!!

The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
The Shadow of the Sun: My African Life
by Ryszard Kapuściński
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa in a nutshell, 4 Nov 2002
I've visited Africa several times and have read a number of African travel books, but for me this one stands out hand and shoulders above the rest. Based on the author's personal experiences as a journalist spanning the whole continent each chapter presents a fresh insight into African culture,physchology, beleifs and history . Whether it is describing the revolution in Zanzibar (where the author himself was taken hostage), the rise of the 3rd-rate officer Amin to president of Uganda or observations drawn from travelling amongst the ordinary villages and people the author allows neither sentimentalism nor predjudice to cloud a hugely entertaining and informative read.

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