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A People's History of England
A People's History of England
by A. L. Morton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Concise and Readable Account, 26 Feb 2014
A summary history of England written in a very readable style. Although written in 1938 the chapters up to the twentieth century don't come across as dated in any way. Morton's Marxist perspective gives the narrative a purpose that is lacking in supposedly less ideological accounts. He explains the events in terms of their economic background, especially the ownership of land and property by different sections of society and the changing means and ownership of production. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to understand English history as a rationally explained whole, rather than a list of "great men" and battles. Its a concise and readable account and should make a good frame of reference for anyone studying a particular period in more detail.


Akeman Street
Akeman Street
by Tim Copeland
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Akeman Street up close, 28 Jan 2013
This review is from: Akeman Street (Paperback)
I bought this book because I live close to the route of Akeman Street and wanted to know more about it. It did not disappoint me. Its written by an academic archaeologist and was at times a little too technical with a little too much assumption that I would understand some of the technical terms but then this added to my education. Overall it paints a detailed and scientifically accurate picture of life along the route of Akemen street linking the two Roman towns of Verulamium (St Albans) and Corinium (Cirencester) from before the Roman conquest into the late Roman period. The story is rooted in the economic and power politics of the times. Its added immeasurably to the pleasure I can find in my experience of the landscape on my walks and rambles. I loved the many maps and diagrams.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and a bit nasty, 20 Jan 2013
This is at the budget end of head torch prices and its simply built. There is no on off switch and no instructions on how to turn it on and off. With some trial and error I discovered that by screwing the torch unit tighter the lamps come on and my unscrewing slightly they go off. This is a bit hit and miss and the thread binds making a positive on or off condition difficult to find. There is a risk of loosening to much and the torch coming to pieces while in use and there's a risk of it coming on in a pocket while not in use. An on off button would have been nice as well as a set of operation instructions.


Portable Karaoke Family Party Pack CDG + Karaoke Machine CD Player - 2 Microphones & 50 Songs (4 CD) (parts: Silver / White / Black) NOW WITH VOICE RECORDING - record your karaoke songs onto USB stick + Remote Control - PINK
Portable Karaoke Family Party Pack CDG + Karaoke Machine CD Player - 2 Microphones & 50 Songs (4 CD) (parts: Silver / White / Black) NOW WITH VOICE RECORDING - record your karaoke songs onto USB stick + Remote Control - PINK

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor mic Volume, 26 Dec 2012
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The microphone volume is so low , even when the machines mic control is turned right up , that the sung voice can hardly be heard over the CD track.

All other features work as advertised but this rather ruins the enjoyment of the machine.


The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness
The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness
by Carl Johan Calleman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe's Grand Design, 17 Oct 2011
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Calleman claims to have unraveled from the Mayan calendar the grand design of the creation of the universe. A progressive view of history as the universe developed from the Big bang to the present, where it is about to fully complete on 28th October 2011. This has enough evidence and supporting logic to make it a possibility and I found it compelling, exciting and inspirational. Callemen writes like a scientist not a new age muddle head. The result is a very positive spiritual book linking mysticism, science and history in a grand design.
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The Biology of Flowers (Penguin Nature Guides)
The Biology of Flowers (Penguin Nature Guides)
by Eigil Holm
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting biology book, 26 Jun 2011
A clever well illustrated book that takes the layperson through flowers from a biologist's point of view. The book covers their structure, naming of parts and how they evolved, and co-evolved, with their animal pollinators. I like the numerous examples, all well illustrated and written. These contain many snippets of fascinating information. Such as that the Cuckoo Pint can raise its temperature , like a warm blooded animal to attract flies to it. Or that the orchid got its name from the Greek orchis or testicle plant, because its root resembled a pair of testicles. A good compelling non fiction read.


London in 3-D: A Look Back in Time: With Built-in Stereoscopic Viewer - Your Glasses to the Past (Stereoscope)
London in 3-D: A Look Back in Time: With Built-in Stereoscopic Viewer - Your Glasses to the Past (Stereoscope)
by Greg Dinkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A time machine, 3 Mar 2010
I got this book for Christmas and have been peaking into it in odd moments ever since, its now March. Its fascinating to see the views of London almost as real little worlds that can be explored by the eye. Many include crowd and street scenes which contain a wealth of detail on the lives of the inhabitants of this long gone city. I also like to compare the view then with what I know of the same scene now.

My minor quibbles would be that the printing process is a bit grainy so that fine detail is lost. Each slide has a narrative but the descriptions do not include the year , or even decade the picture was taken. I am left trying to guess this from the fashions and technology on display.


Theology in the Context of Science
Theology in the Context of Science
by J. C. Polkinghorne
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.64

8 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not reconcile science and religion, 27 Oct 2009
The author pursues the idea that scientists and theologians share a common goal in the pursuit of truth. He points out that scientists , perhaps better than most theologians are able to live with not knowing something and may freely admit this and keep alive the hope that knowledge will eventually fill the gaps.

He avoids mentioning Karl Popper at all which I found incredible. Popper's concept of falsification , the possibility of an idea being contradicted by an experiment in the real word, is now fundamental to science. Of course that of which theologians speak has no repeatable presence in the real world only in people's minds and so there can never be an agreed truth in the way that science means the word. We all experience these things in our own isolation. Individually we must all inwardly follow the road that science has taken over the centuries but on our own, being our own research scientist.

The book does not reconcile science and religion but provides some food for thought.


The Yamaha Years
The Yamaha Years
Offered by zoreno-uk
Price: 8.45

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to the Common Man, 30 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Yamaha Years (Audio CD)
John Shuttleworth is a character created by comedian Graham Fellows and its hard to tell if he is a celebration of the common man or a gentle satire of him. Either way I've been a fan since I first heard him on BBC Radio 4. John Shuttleworth lives in West Yorkshire , probably Sheffield and for a hobby makes up songs on his Yamaha electronic organ that are both banal and sentimental with an eye for the detail of everyday life. I cringe at the sentiments but love his convincing depiction of the amiable character I might have met in the pub yesterday. John means well but somehow always gets the small picture on the big issues. We are called on to save the whale by eating more tuna chunks. Feel sorrow for the little boy orphaned at Christmas but then reunited in death with his parents. Share in his pride in his Austin Ambassador Y registration car. How to be happy in a sad world? Listen to John Shuttleworth.
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Antic Hay
Antic Hay
by Aldous Huxley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.19

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World War I Aftermath, 12 Jan 2007
This review is from: Antic Hay (Paperback)
A great sadness permeates this book, but it remains a comic novel. The tragedy of the First World War is still fresh and the book's characters are still feeling, or trying not to feel, the trauma. New ideas in art, science and morality abound as the characters seek to grasp the future in an effort to escape the past. The ''Antic Hay'' was a lively medieval dance and it is a restless dance in search of everything "New" which we follow.

Mrs Viveash is central to the story. She is the candle around which most of the male characters , Gumbril, Lypiatt and Shearwater, revolve and it is her tragic affect on their lives which dominates the novel. The pain of the loss of her lover in the war is unbearable to her and it is her inability or unwillingness to feel for another that causes so much pain around her. Unaccountably, Gumbril seems on the edge of finding true love and potential happiness with the innocent Emily, but then abandon the pursuit of her too easily after a setback. I found myself annoyed by his fatalism.

The reader is left with a taste of the atmosphere of disappointment and disillusionment of the era.


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