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David B "Piano David" (GOUROCK, Renfrewshire United Kingdom)
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Lullaby
Lullaby
Price: £0.79

1.0 out of 5 stars Two thirds missing., 16 Mar. 2015
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It is not made clear on the website that at three and a half minutes, including a spoken introduction by Larry Adler, there is only about one third of the recording here. I am familiar with the original LP record release of this recording - friends have a copy of the LP. This mp3 track cuts off after the introductory theme. There is no second theme, development or reprise. There should be about ten minutes of music for Adler's recording of Gershwin's "Lulllaby", not 3 minutes 2;27 seconds, some of which is speech (albeit intereresting).


Joplin Super Hits
Joplin Super Hits
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The most distinguishe Joplin playing. A delight., 13 Mar. 2015
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I agree with the other reviewer. I am not a pianist or harpsichordist as that reviewer is, but I have known of this recording for a long time, when friends bought it in the original LP issue in the late 1970s. There was a subsequent issue in LP with a different sleeve which I have, and then, available in the USA only, a CD re-issue of which I bought a cop. Only the original LP edition gives information about the magnificent pedal harpsichord that Biggs plays here - one which he had built for himself. The reissue on LP had a different sleeve which did not include this information, and the CD version is disappointing in terms of information content. However, the CD issue has some tracks which were not on the LPs. I think it's only now that it's been available as mp3 download in the UK. To my mind (and ear) this is the most distinguished Joplin playing available. Biggs is completely respectful of Joplin's notes, playing them "as wrote", and he plays with such a mix of vigour, bounce, and elegance. The meaty sound of the instrument is fascinating, and suits the music so well. THis is perhaps the ultimate Joplin (though if you want a comprehensive set, the Guildo Nielsen et on Basta is available on mp3). This really is joyous Joplin.


Rapesco Zero-01 Heavy Duty Full Length Personal Office Stapler, 50 Sheet Capacity - Silver
Rapesco Zero-01 Heavy Duty Full Length Personal Office Stapler, 50 Sheet Capacity - Silver
Price: £14.14

5.0 out of 5 stars Robust solid product, feels good in use., 9 Jan. 2015
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This is a robust product. It's heavyweight and as such more suited to the office than to carrying around in a briefcase. It's a heavy duty stapler and although this model, the Zero-01, is listed as lightweight, it's still pretty solid. Depending on which type of staples you use, it can fasten up to 50 sheets of paper. I haven't yet used it for that thickness, but the action is positive and dependable for all normal tasks. It's of quite elegant design.


Celestron Dual Purpose Amoeba Digital Microscope - Blue
Celestron Dual Purpose Amoeba Digital Microscope - Blue
Price: £61.79

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great within its limitations, 17 July 2014
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I still have my 1960s little Merit microscope, great within its limitations, but probably not meeting modern safety standards at all - far too easy to damage your eye if careless. A microscope is a great educational thing for children to have, and this is a very reasonably priced modern version. Instead of looking down through an eyepiece, you look on the computer screen, and with the software provided you can capture still or moving images. Clear slides can be backlit from beneath, and solid objects from above. The build-in lighting might not be quite powerfuil enough for some applications, but its good enough to have lots of fun with. The range of magnifications is useful, as it enables you to make imagies of relatively large objects with the 10X setting, and down to the microscopic with the X200. The whole apparatus is fairly lightweight and probably is not as robust as a genuine scientific optical microscope would be. But I am sure that children, erspecially older children, would get a lot of enjoyment and education out of this.


Adhesive Dispensing Ltd - Cyanoacrylate Very Thin Grade 50G Bottle
Adhesive Dispensing Ltd - Cyanoacrylate Very Thin Grade 50G Bottle
Offered by Adhesive Dispensing Ltd
Price: £7.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the application I required it for, 8 July 2014
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Perfect for the application I required it for, where lower than normal viscosity is required. Extra care is needed with the lower viscosity CA adhesive, as it runs very easily, but the bottle has a good dispensing top.


Small Business Marketing For Dummies
Small Business Marketing For Dummies
by Paul Lancaster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely clear writing, bound to be helpful for any business, 22 April 2014
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We are well familiar now with the "For Dummies" series. This 3rd edition of Marketing For Dummies illustrates the strength of the series. It covers a lot of ground, and does so in clear understandable English which rigorously avoids any kind of technical-speak "jargonese". Where technical terms are introduced, as they have to be, they are properly explained.

It really does cover the ground outlined in the four bullet-point topics listed on the front cover and is very much up-to-date, in considering online presence and social media.

The typographical layout is excellent and easy on the eye. In addition to a detailed Contents listing, the "Contents at a Glance" page is a very useful abbreviated version.

It's difficult to imagine that there would be anyone involved in marketing any kind or size of business, who couldn't get something helpful of of this book.


How To Eat Fried Worms
How To Eat Fried Worms
by Thomas Rockwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing children's story in partial translation, 22 April 2014
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This amusing story is some forty years old now, and this seems to be a new edition for the UK market.

Thomas Rockwell is an American author (son of famous painter of scenes of American life, many including children, Norman Rockwell).

The "yuk" factor might help to capture and keep children's attention (perhaps more so for boys than for girls?). The characters are quite nicely delineated, and all the boys are seen to have good and respectful relationships with their own and each others' parents.

This edition is adapted for the British market, with Dollars being changed to pounds. But the translation is only partial - the text is full of American expressions. None the worse for that, really, but it would have been easy to do a more completely UK version. I am a little surprised by the font size used here - it seems rather large and more in keeeping with a text aimed at younger readers. Although the Amazon listing shows the cover of this new edition, the 'look inside' feature takes you to a 1980s American edition, and the text is much smaller.

Will this new edition of a popular story appeal to today's child audience? I think so.


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for GCSE, Complete Revision & Practice
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar for GCSE, Complete Revision & Practice
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful exercises, clear friendly layout, 3 Mar. 2014
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Although the cover says "for GCSE", with contents taylored to those exams, this book will be useful for anyone learning written English at comparable level. The format is a clean "worksheet" layout and many useful revision exercises can be worked through, without seeming too tedious, by pupils wanting a bit of supplementary English work.


Alpen Berries Trail Bar 48g (Pack of 12 bars)
Alpen Berries Trail Bar 48g (Pack of 12 bars)
Price: £7.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty with a nice cranberry tang, 3 Mar. 2014
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I like the slightly tangy cranberry 'tang' in these, as well as the nutty texture and flavour. Snack bars like this should not of themselves be thought of as especially 'healthy', more so than any other biscuit, as there's plenty of glucose syrup and suger in them. It struck me that bars like this, which come with a long shelf life, might be good as part of emergency rations. We don't traditionally think of the UK as being prone to natural disasters, but this winter we have seen plenty of reports of people losing the electricity supply due to storms, and of being flooded out of their homes. It is a good idea to keep an emergency "go bag" accessible in the home. Various online sources suggest suitable contents for such kits, including bottled water and snacks. A box of snack bars like this could be a useful part of such contents and could prove useful to a family.


The Day The Earth Stood Still [DVD]
The Day The Earth Stood Still [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Rennie
Offered by HalfpriceDVDS_FBA
Price: £8.20

5.0 out of 5 stars A Science Fiction classic, nicely restored, 3 Mar. 2014
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This was perhaps the first 'intelligent' science fiction film. In this one, humanity is not under threat from raving space monsters. Here, the humans are the 'baddies' and the alien from space is on a warning mission.
Although the sci-fi effects look dated by today's CGI standards, they were good for their time, including the careful drawing in of the animated shadow cast by the landing spacecraft. The art direction has a beautiful visual theme of stripes - watch for them in blinds, teeshirts, chair backs, and insdie the spacecraft. There is a real 'mood' about this film, made during the "cold war" years following world war two, when the threat of nuclear annihilation haunted the collective imagination. Michael Rennie's cool, slightly remote performance seems apt, and Bernard Hermann's theremin-laden score is wonderfully atmospheric. The plot is based on a short story called Farewell to the Master, an interesting read in itself. Extras include good information, with comparison shots, of the film before and after restoration. The 2008 'remake' with Keanu Reeves simply doesn't cut it, in comparison to this original.


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