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Mimobot DJ Einstein USB Flash Drive 4GB
Mimobot DJ Einstein USB Flash Drive 4GB

2.0 out of 5 stars 4GB? Really?, 26 Aug 2013
When I think of Albert Einstein, I think "genius". What an immense brain he had. So, I'm lookin' for a new flash drive and I'm looking at something that is kinda cool and - of course - has a big capacity. And I see Einstein. "Awesome! It might be £24, but it will have a huge memory capacity in honour of Einstein's intellectual capacity!" Then I see it. 4GB. Bye!


The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD] [2005]
The Thick of It - Complete First Series [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Chris Langham
Price: £6.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarity with Tourette's, 4 April 2009
Damn funny; Very close to the bone (especially if you are / have been a public servant); Very rude; Very worth watching.


Here There Be Dragons
Here There Be Dragons
by B. a. Bosaiya
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing, 21 Dec 2008
This review is from: Here There Be Dragons (Paperback)
This is rare and astonishing photography: Technically, the macro images taken on large format and lith printed are wonderful. Aesthetically, they are as unique as photographs come. The front cover is a great example, but not the best. The control of shapes, tones, shadows, etc. is wondeful, especially when considering the size of subjects being contrived. Marvellous.


John Dugdale: Life's Evening Hour
John Dugdale: Life's Evening Hour
by Peter Devine
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, 21 Dec 2008
I bought this having seen just a few images from it in various publications and it's proven to be a wonderful addition to my library. Dugdale's images are, individually and collectively, outstanding. He has a deep respect for the predecessors in his art, as evidenced by the cover image and his Julia Margaret Cameron-style use of subtle camera movements. I have a copy from the 2,000 limited edition run, so not sure if this is the same, but each image has some commentary by Dugdale, which adds an even greater intimacy. For the photographers amongst us, each image is 8x10 cyanotype.


Working The Light: Landscape Photography Masterclass
Working The Light: Landscape Photography Masterclass
by Joe Cornish
Edition: Paperback

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good class, but not really a "master" class, 14 Sep 2007
The concept of this book is very clever - Three wonderful British landscape photographers critiquing their own and each other's work, as well as critiquing images by participants in their landscape photography workshops. The critiques are useful in showing how others respond to and interpret landscape images.

But, really, to be a master class, half of the book is missing.

I bought this book assuming that it would have a number of master images with details of how they were made and the critiques of why they have worked. But there are only a very small number of images that invoke the emotional response that I want when looking at landscape images. (E.g. "Sluga Pass, Italy" by Charlie Waite, p.65 is very powerful and "Budle Bay" by David Ward, p.112, is delicious.) The remaining images are all good, but few of them make me say "Wow" when I look at them. I know that there are plenty of books that do critique great images, but I was expecting that this would be one of them, as well as have other content.

So, the photographers' critiques of those images are good - looking at some elements that might have helped bring in that "wow" factor. But I think there should have been more detailed constructive feedback (they guys are a little too nice sometimes), and more amazing images with perhaps essays on what are the elements that make stunning landscape photos stunning.

The other part that's missing is a section (or sections) on landscape images that aren't the straight, full-colour, "nature in all its glory" photographs. I really like those kinds of shots - that's one of the reasons I bought this book. But what about more interpretive images?

I thought that there could have been value in exploring other styles, like Sally Mann's "Deep South" work, or Art Wolfe's style as exemplified in "Edge of the Earth Corner of the Sky", or more black & white work like Marty Knapp or Michael Kenna. The style represented in "Working the Light" is very nice, but if the book is a Master Class, then it should have explored other styles and how they were achieved and how people respond to them too.

Perhaps one way to achieve that would have been for Joe, Charlie and David to critique works that have really inspired them - pull out those shots by Peter Dombrovskis, Ansel Adams, whoever - and tell us why you think they work so much better than other images. What makes them special to you?

So, this is a good book, but a little to generic for me to think that it's really a Master Class. Perhaps subsequent books in the series will help me out!


The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change
The Weather Makers: The History and Future Impact of Climate Change
by Timothy Flannery
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the general and scientific reader, outstanding., 21 Nov 2005
This book is a brilliant examination of this very broad subject. Not only is it filled with useful facts, but it is simple to read with Flannery’s friendly, down-to-earth style aimed at the general reader.
Predictions of the impacts of climate change are often stark, and Flannery doesn’t shy away from that potential reality. Indeed, he paints a picture of those frightening predictions to support his argument for mitigating emissions and to motivate action.
But he is also optimistic about how we, as individuals and societies, can make the changes necessary to prevent a scale of climate change which civilisation cannot adapt to, and he outlines a future which shares that optimism. For example:
“The best evidence indicates that we need to reduce our CO2 emissions by 70 per cent by 2050. If you own a four-wheel-drive and replace it with a hybrid fuel car, you can achieve a cut of that magnitude in a day rather than half a century.”
If anything will motivate climate change action, this book will.
And if you're a non-believer in climate change science, either this book will convince you of the reality, or nothing will!


On Equilibrium
On Equilibrium
by John Ralston Saul
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Valuable Reading, 2 Nov 2004
This review is from: On Equilibrium (Paperback)
An intelligent, articulate and well backed-up discussion about tapping into our potential as individuals and as members of societies, this book opened my eyes enormously.
Voltaire's Bastards, The Unconscious Civilisation and The Doubter's Companion are all fantastic books, but I felt like this was Saul bringing it all together and, moreso than previous works, laying out a way forward which is practical, alive and essentially optimistic.
This is a superb book and it's changed the way I view the world around me and thus the way I think and respond. I would love to share this book with others.
Truly wonderful.


First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Art
First Light: A Landscape Photographer's Art
by Joe Cornish
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Top, 28 Jan 2004
I'm glad to see that all of the other reviews give Joe Cornish's book 5 stars and glowing reviews, because it means I don't have to explain it all. His images, stories, explanations and technical details are all an inspiration to a budding landscape photographer. Thanks Joe.


Secrets of Lighting on Location: Photographer's Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques
Secrets of Lighting on Location: Photographer's Guide to Professional Lighting Techniques
by Bob Kirst
Edition: Paperback

7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As They Come, 22 July 2003
I don't want anyone else to buy this book because it's so good that anyone who reads it is going to become more competative!


The Unconscious Civilization
The Unconscious Civilization
by John Ralston Saul
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive, 10 Mar 2002
Saul's works are thoroughly researched and his ideas are original, intelligent, sometimes a little depressing, but exciting and honest.
If the size of Voltaire's Bastards scares you, this is a great introduction to Saul's ideas.
Saul should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in politics, philosophy, international relations ... you name it.
He is brilliant.


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