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The Typewriter In The 21st Century [DVD]
The Typewriter In The 21st Century [DVD]
Dvd ~ Christopher Lockett
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £20.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary, 16 Nov. 2015
Excellent little documentary that covers the history of the typewriter, interviews with collectors and aficionados and other ephemera. Well worth the purchase


To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World
To the Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World
by Simon Garfield
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 23 Nov. 2013
A wonderful journey through the history of the letter from Roman times to its present decline, including a criticism of Jane Austen's literary technique - in short, she was dull - and carried such an amusing anecdote about Oscar Wilde's letter writing that I immediately went out and grabbed a copy of his collected letters.

The book is available cheaper on the Canongate website though.


HTML5 in easy steps
HTML5 in easy steps
by Mike McGrath
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.39

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Basic, 19 Oct. 2012
This review is from: HTML5 in easy steps (Paperback)
Too basic to be of much use. Better of with short, well-written and well-designed book, like the HTML5 book from the 'A Book Apart' series ([...])


Columbo Seasons 1-8 [DVD]
Columbo Seasons 1-8 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Falk

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can you judge a DVD by its cover?, 20 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: Columbo Seasons 1-8 [DVD] (DVD)
Columbo is surely one of the cleverest and wittiest cop programmes to come out of the US. While its heyday was the early seventies, the series still stand up superbly when viewed today. Its my favourite TV programme of all time.

You can tell there's a 'but' coming.

I bought this box set last February. As soon as I opened it I thought I should warn others about how gruesome it is.

I know others have commented on its presentation, but no matter how many times it's repeated, it's always worth doing again just to make sure the message gets through. It's awful. Shockingly bad. The only way of telling what's on each DVD is by referring to a flimsy paper index sheet.
The DVDs themselves are housed in pairs in a dozen or so nondescript cardboard jackets. The DVDs themselves come with a variety of designs printed on them. Some state the series they came from; others don't. It's such a mess that even nearly a year later I suspect I have duplicates of some DVDs and I'm missing others. But it's almost impossible to prove conclusively.
The shoddy production extends to the DVD menus themselves. Again there is no consistency in menu navigation; some DVDs have a single episode, others two or three.
Of course, the content, once you get there, is sublime. But it's a travesty that such a phenomenal and ground-breaking TV programme is treated so shoddily.


Ironside Series 1 [DVD]
Ironside Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Raymond Burr
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £24.99

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 30 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Ironside Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I won't comment on the quality of the films themselves - most people interested in this DVD will know just what a good detective series Ironside was - but the presentation of this DVD set is really good too. The DVDs are well packaged in four separate DVD cases and it looks like a lot of care has gone into it.
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Swift Faringdon Collection Bakers Pride Non-Stick Large Loaf Pan Carbon Steel 23 cm x 13 cm x 6.5cm / 2 lb Capacity
Swift Faringdon Collection Bakers Pride Non-Stick Large Loaf Pan Carbon Steel 23 cm x 13 cm x 6.5cm / 2 lb Capacity
Price: £6.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sticky, 30 Oct. 2009
Decent enough size for a loaf, but I found that it began to stick after a few weeks' use, even when coating the inside with a little oil.


Saving the Planet Without Costing the Earth: 500 Simple Steps to a Greener Lifestyle
Saving the Planet Without Costing the Earth: 500 Simple Steps to a Greener Lifestyle
by Donnachadh McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful, and often inspiring, guide, 5 Jun. 2008
It's hard not to be totally in awe of what the author has achieved in his life, and much of this book is inspiring for that reason.
It provides a great way to start thinking about how much more you can do to live a more environmentally friendly life. A year after reading it, I'm probably putting into practice at least two dozen of the ideas here.
Only minor criticism is the scoring criteria, which don't always adequately reward real green behaviour. I'd have liked to have read more about the author's life and beliefs.


Real England: The Battle Against the Bland
Real England: The Battle Against the Bland
by Paul Kingsnorth
Edition: Paperback

56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Statement of truth, 3 Jun. 2008
You'd think that a book entitled 'Real England' might have much of an audience north of Newcastle. But while the tales in this book, which detail the disappearance of local shops, the death of the farming community and the end of the pub, have a particular resonance for the English - who do retailing, farming and drinking better than just about anyone - the Scots, Welsh and Irish too can share the concerns raised in it. Because the sort of decline witnessed in this book is happening everywhere in Britain.

The book is relentlessly - and inevitably - depressing. That shouldn't be taken to mean that it isn't readable (on the contrary: I polished it off in a weekend). But the narrative throughout almost inescapably leads to the feeling that those small, almost unnoticed things that together made England special have passed forever. And yet... the author details pockets of resistance to the disappearing core of English life. Will this book inspire others to act, or simply a fine valedictory epitaph to England? Time will tell. But I urge you to read it either way.

I don't think other reviewers have mentioned the fantastic cover design - really clever and eye catching and a big factor in me picking up the book in the first place.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Jun. 2008
Excellent thriller from a talented author - although the synopsis above relates to a different book!


Tales of the Country
Tales of the Country
by Brian Viner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better books about downsizing, 10 July 2007
This review is from: Tales of the Country (Paperback)
I think Viner writes a decent column in the Independent. But it doesn't translate to writing about rural life, and it was a real struggle to get through to the end of this. It wasn't helped by an ebbing warmth to the book's central characters: transporting himself to a million-pound property with attached rentable cottages isn't living the good life quite as much as Viner seems to think.


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