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Children's Games in Street and Playground: Hunting, Racing, Duelling, Exerting, Daring, Guessing, Acting, Pretending v. 2
Children's Games in Street and Playground: Hunting, Racing, Duelling, Exerting, Daring, Guessing, Acting, Pretending v. 2
by Iona Archibald Opie
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Games Galore, 7 Feb 2014
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Fascinating stuff all about the games children play in the playground or simply amongst their friends. Somewhat dry, academic approach to this vivid subject but comprehensive and enthralling. This is social activity that i hope will never be supplanted by six-year-olds tweeting each other!@


The Pobble Who Has No Toes (Little Books of Nonsense)
The Pobble Who Has No Toes (Little Books of Nonsense)
by Edward Lear
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Pobble Delight, 7 Feb 2014
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Lovely children's book, delightfully illustrated. Little Gift category to your favorite six-year-old. Edward Lear at his absolutely eccentric English best.


The Balcony [1963] [DVD]
The Balcony [1963] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shelley Winters

2.0 out of 5 stars Genet?, 7 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Balcony [1963] [DVD] (DVD)
This is a terrible film but sadly the only filmed version I can find of Genet's masterpiece.

It has clunky performances throughout, not least a smug Shelly Winters and an earnest but woefully uncharismatic Peter Falk as the Chief of Police.

Do not buy this travesty of a classic stage play.


Facade Suites
Facade Suites
Offered by The Classical Connoisseur
Price: 24.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Delights, 19 Jan 2014
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Walton's Facade was some of the first classical music I encountered. For those of us educated in England, BBC Children's Hour on the radio was a formative influence, bringing hours of delight.

One of the children's serials had a track from Walton's Facade as its title music and it stuck in my memory - for ever!

This is the Facade Suite, not the original one with recordings of Edit Sitwell reading her poems to the music. This instrumental version, although without Sitwell's performance, is a delight in itself - light, witty and for a young composer only 21, a dazzling start to a distinguished career as one of Britain's greatest composers.


The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See....: Libretto (Acting Edition)
The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See....: Libretto (Acting Edition)
by Edward Lear
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Stage version of O&P, 19 Jan 2014
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Clunky adaptation of Lear's classic nonsense poem with a few other characters thrown in. I am told it works on stage but for me it tries too hard to be funny. Lot of slapstick padding and the like.

Fun but flawed.


NJS800 61 Key Full Size Digital Electronic Keyboard Kit
NJS800 61 Key Full Size Digital Electronic Keyboard Kit
Offered by Motionperformance - Waxacar
Price: 64.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For starters...., 19 Jan 2014
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Value for money, this is one of the best keyboards around. I am no expert - in fact, I am a keyboard novice - but if you are going to start somewhere then this is your instrument.

It comes with durable stand and the keys are very touch sensitive. Tone a little thin but there is a wide range of musical effects.

For a beginner (like me!) then this instrument is exactly what you need.


Oxford Playhouse: High and Low Drama in a University City
Oxford Playhouse: High and Low Drama in a University City
by Don Chapman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.93

4.0 out of 5 stars Green and Salad Days, 18 Dec 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book - not least because I am in it!

The Oxford Playhouse under the Artistic Direction of Frank Hauser was one of the most important repertory companies in the 1970's and created many memorable productions.

Don Chapman was a theater critic and regular supporter of the company but this book also covers the history of the Oxford Playhouse as a venue for student productions and other professional companies.

Anyone who loves theater, especially if you have connections with Oxford and the University, will love this book.


Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind
Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind
by Nikolas S. Rose
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.87

4.0 out of 5 stars My Brain Hurts!, 29 Nov 2013
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This is not an easy book for the layman (or woman) to take in but it is a comprehensive look at the new science that has emerged in recent years around the brain and the advanced technologies that allow us - for the first time- to really look inside our skulls.

This book is primarily a history of those developments but it does so in an holistic way, contextualizing them into a moral and ethical framework and at times exploring the philosophical implications of these exciting discoveries.

It is a book for those really interested in these new scientific frontiers. I am, but having just read it, I must confess my brain hurts.

Never mind! Who said science was easy!

Back to the Luminosity program, I guess!


Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll (Wordsworth Library Collection)
Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll (Wordsworth Library Collection)
by Lewis Carroll
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 8.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Through the Wonderglass, 29 Nov 2013
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Lewis Carroll was always something or an enigma, not least his interest in young girls.

However, his real legacy is a body of work that is perhaps unique in English literature. Mind you, Sylvie and Bruno is still unreadable but everything else is as fresh and as enjoyable as the day he wrote it.

This is a fine, solid collection and includes not only all the major books but some of his more arcane puzzles and acrostics.

These may not interest modern readers but for students of this remarkable writer they show the mathematical/logical side of the professional mathematician - something that underpins even the more fantastic works of his extraordinary imagination.

Buy this book and relive many childhood memories or, if you are new to Lewis Carroll, start here!


Paul Nash (British Artists series)
Paul Nash (British Artists series)
by David Boyd Haycock
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nash-ional Treasure?, 8 Oct 2013
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David Boyd Haycock's short introduction to the work of the British painter Paul Nash is excellent, lavishly illustrated and perceptively written. It was first published in 2002 and is one of a series of monographs issued by Tate Modern.

Nash is best known perhaps for his work as a war artist, covering the horrors of WWI. This period of his career is well covered but what Haycock also show us is Nash's work as a fine landscape artist, sometimes moving into work clearly inspired by the Surrealists. His delicate ink, water-colour and chalk drawings are a revelation to me and an aspect of his work that I would like to explore further.

While Paul Nash may not be one of the greatest of modern artists, he is a British painter of some importance and this book serves him well.


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