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The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss
The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss
Price: £7.48

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read., 3 Jun. 2013
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Tnis book makes the grade in several ways. It is very informative, colouring in the backgtound, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood of two very gifted brothers, Terence and Dennis Mckenna. For anyone interested in the ideas of Terence Mckenna this book shows the development of his thinking and philosophy in tandem with that of his younger brother, Dennis. In fact it turns out that many of Terence's original ideas were shared creations by both brothers. This is a deeply human, ,moving story, socially interesting for its initial portrait of Fifties America, contrasted with the colourful explosion of ideas and psychedelic experimentation of the sixties. It is, in many ways, a story of social revolution that affected the lives of countless families and whose ramifications are far from over today. The story of Terence and Dennis is unusual, in that these brothers went to extremes in order to tussle with truths of life and death. Dennis became an ethnopharmacologist, pursuing his interest in psychoactive plants through scientific study whilst Terence became a kind of bard, fantastic in his use of language and his mental agility in the realms of connecting ideas. Many of Terence's speeches and seminarss proliferate on the internet, extraordinarily prescient and prophetic as well as outrageous. Dennis Mckenna's book is not a disappointing read. It is full of colour, human beings doing interesting things at a time of unprecedented change. It carries a stark message though; either we drastically change our monkeyish behaviour as a species and really stop destroying Nature or we will simply go the way of the dinossaurs, and fairly soon.

The Science Delusion
The Science Delusion
by Rupert Sheldrake
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.48

18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly inspirational, 5 May 2013
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This review is from: The Science Delusion (Paperback)
This book penetrates not only moribund thinking within the scientic community but explores the historic religious and philosophical bases for many un-scientific prejudices, that are almost guaranteed to prevent important discoveries from taking place. Far from hating science, Rupert Shedrake clearly loves the discipline and has felt it necessary to write this book in order to expose the particular crankiness and rigidity of viewpoints that riddles contemporary thinking on the subject. In doing so he has broken ice, perhaps to an unprecedented depth. Thanks Dr.Sheldrake.

Whirlpool ADP 7955 WH Aquasteam 6th Sense Full-size Dishwasher
Whirlpool ADP 7955 WH Aquasteam 6th Sense Full-size Dishwasher

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ought to be good but dinner plates won't fit into it, 17 Feb. 2012
I was very pleased by the robust appearance of this appliance when it first arrived. It also pleased me that the machine operates quietly.

But two things have come home to irritate me. One is the old issue of the dishwasher tablet not ejecting from its trapdoor...I have come across this before on dishwashers. For much of the time and on several settings the Finish dishwasher tablet simply doesn't find its way out of the compartment of the Whirlpool ADP 7955 WH Aquasteam 6th Sense Full-size Dishwasher and into the washing area. One opens the door and there is the half dissolved, half glued tablet still in its hole. The other niggle is to do with dinner plates. None of our dinner plates are exceptionally large but they simply do not fit into the machine. That is to say, they would interfere with the rotation of the water rotor above them. Side plates are fine and this machine will clean saucepans but I cannot stress sufficiently strongly the silliness of designing a dishwasher that hasn't the vertical clearance to accept normal dinner plates. Perhaps there is something that I have missed? But I cannot see how normal sized dinner plates can fit into the washer without them interfering and stopping the spinning of the water rotor above them.

I also don't understand the pre-set times for washes. On ours there are a number of heat settings such as 40 degrees, 45 degrees, 70 degrees. These roughly seem to correspond to intensity of wash, the hotter being better at getting dirt off saucepans (at least I think this is how it's supposed to work). But the time settings don't seem to be logical at all. For example, the 40 degree wash is set to take about 1 hour and twenty minutes. Then, 45 degree wash takes a brief 44 minutes, whist the 70 degree wash is an epic that lasts for three whole hours!...Why? Also, it seems to happen too often that this dishwasher completes its cycle for us to discover inadequately rinsed, damp and soapy utensils. Our machine is still only a month and half old and yes, I do make sure that the filter component is free from any debris or grease between washes.

Is there something I'm missing?
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Oil Painting Techniques and Materials (Dover Art Instruction)
Oil Painting Techniques and Materials (Dover Art Instruction)
by Harold Speed
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oil Painting Techniques and Materials - Review, 13 Oct. 2010
For anyone who has come through the lottery of Art College education over the past few decades this book may answer some important questions about how to actually paint successfully in Oils. Without being pedantic the author shares his considerable experience as a painter, laying out in an ordered fashion methods and stages in development of painting. It is a practical book written for people who would like to be told straightforwardly how various masters have worked, their techniques, colours, methods.

This is the kind of book that speaks confidently and with a certain authority about the craft of painting, mainly prior to impressionism (but not wholly). Some might regard the style as pedantic and moribund. However I think that, for the time, the style of writing is warm and even humorous. You are free to take what you need from this useful volume without needing to feel compelled to agree with every statement Harold Speed makes. Many of his observations on the studio methods of artists such as Rubens, Gainsborough, Turner (and many more) are cogent and enlightening. Particularly useful is his understanding of Transparent and Opaque pigments, Warm and Cool colours and the descriptions of artists' palettes.

I find that I 'dip in' to this book often, sometimes just idly opening it at a random page and reading; and I'm always rewarded. And I often find that I can use some of his painting tips straight away.

The Paintings of John Yardley
The Paintings of John Yardley
by Ron Ranson
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Paintings of John Yardley, 7 Aug. 2010
When I considered buying this book I hoped that it would contain a wide and exciting range of John Yardley's watercolours. I was not disappointed. From elegant still-lives to sparkling Italian subjects and atmospheric interiors, the very personal and particular style of this artist is shown off brilliantly, with large and well chosen illustrations.

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