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Marche du couronnement, Op. 117
Marche du couronnement, Op. 117
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance of a little heard gem, 6 July 2013
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Saint Saens won an award from the British government for this; I'm surprised it's not played more often - I think it's better than some o his other marches..

Life from Light: Is it Possible to Live without Food? - A Scientist Reports on His Experiences
Life from Light: Is it Possible to Live without Food? - A Scientist Reports on His Experiences
by Michael Werner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A look at the bigger picture - what Inedia could mean, 10 Mar. 2011
I've read the book, and tried the techniques. Most of the book is devoted to testimonials from people - and what is interesting is their universal claims of benefits from not eating, but also showing how they couldn't continue because their families and friends directly or indirectly applied social pressure to stop. If you go out, for example, how often is what is we do in socializing revolve around drinking or eating something? These testimonials always seem to end with this: that we are so based in our instincts that we have to relate to other people through ingestion as a background activity.

The book is dismissive of Jasmuhinn. Jasmuhinn was not the originator of the process - she simply quoted someone else who came up with the idea in Australia, and filled out a book and career based on it. There are plenty of historical claims of those who stopped eating - usually in a religious context. Any reviews, such as above, that mention Jasmuhinn miss the mark entirely. Are all the stories, including those in the 20th century, of individuals not eating, of being isolated for observation and not getting ill (Jasmuhinn plainly has problems here) to be dismissed as nonsense?

As a primary condition, it is stated that if anyone in following the technique starts to get a pain in their liver after 3 days they should stop immediately. People who go beyond that pain are ignoring the advice given, and really only have themselves to blame. Michael Werner is not making a career out of this - his book reports on others who purport to have done this, and he is asking those with enough curiosity to read it. It is not for everybody, but the fact that there are people who are claiming to have actually stopped eating, who have no reason to defraud or make money out of it, points to a phenomenon that needs to be studied rather than dismissed because a few have been hurt or died while not following the primary cautions. We have to be careful, but not childish in trying to avoid everything that might hurt us.

Michael Werner is not making a career out of this - he is a research scientist. Nor is the MD who is doing the same - the word for this is inedia - who has written the forward of the book.

My take on this: I have found that stress in work directly affects whether I can do this or not. The result is this: I eat, but my daily food intake is half (1,200 calories) of what is claimed that an adult needs as a regular intake to stay healthy. Without work stress, I can get by on very little - much less than 1,200 calories. As a result, I am healthier than I have ever been - all pains and aches and colds and little illnesses have gone, while I observe all those around me continuing to get ill as they eat 2 or more times what I do. Michael Werner can drive 18 hours without tiring - I can do the same but for 12 hours. I think I conceptually know what is happening, but cannot actually physically describe the mechanisms. Neither can Dr. Werner. That is what needs to be studied, and researched objectively - not dismissed because it doesn't agree with one's view of reality. If you do that, all you will ever see is your own reality.
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Motor Driven Bimbo
Motor Driven Bimbo

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving, liberating, and different!, 14 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Motor Driven Bimbo (Audio CD)
Rockbitch is a band with a message - a liberating one that is carried through the music on this cd.
The music is not all strictly heavy metal; some pieces show a fusion with other styles, in a way that they repay repeated replays with qualities and nuances that are not picked up on first hearing. This cd grows on you.
The music itself is powerful and driving, and requires a tolerance for some coarse language. Really worth getting.

A Traveller's Key to Ancient Egypt
A Traveller's Key to Ancient Egypt
by John Anthony West
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Travelling Companion, 23 Feb. 2000
Having been on one of West's Egypt tours, I found this guidebook an indispensable companion. If sets out clearly and readably the theories of Schwaller de Lubicz (and West's development of these) and shows how looking at the different sites from a Symbolist point of view can immeasurably enrich one's experience of Egypt.
There are especially detailed chapters on the pyramids and West's theory on the age of the Sphinx.
I recommend reading this in conjunction with West's Serpent in the Sky.

Serpent in the Sky: High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt
Serpent in the Sky: High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt
by John Anthony West
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.00

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it Now!, 22 Feb. 2000
The only readable account of Schwaller de Lubicz's esoteric masterpiece "The Temple of Man". With enormous erudition, great style and commendable lucidity, West makes this very difficult work intelligible to the general reader. There's also a chapter on his own theory on the age of the Sphinx.
OK, so he does rant on a bit about the Church of Progress, but some of us happen to share his views!
A must for anyone interested in the esoteric (NOT New Age!) legacy of Ancient Egypt. Those intrepid souls intending to scale the Everest of Schwaller's Temple of Man are recommended to take this guided expedition to base camp first.

The Temple of Man
The Temple of Man
by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £167.00

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of the 20th Century, 15 Feb. 2000
This review is from: The Temple of Man (Hardcover)
Written by a man with a brain as big as a planet, this must be one of the most important esoteric works of the 20th century. It's a difficult read but then we're dealing with a highly abstruse subject - the unified philosophy upon which the whole of Egyptian civilisation, religion, art and architecture was based.
This beautifully-produced two-volume set explains in over 1,000 pages just why ancient Egypt was so much greater than we realise, and how the Egyptians used advanced mathematical and geometrical concepts long before the Greeks.
Makes most of today's New Age offerings look like Noddy and Big Ears Go to Toytown!
Essential reading for any serious student of the Egyptian Mysteries. I recommend reading it in tandem with John Anthony West's Serpent in the Sky, which explains Schwaller's concepts in plain English.

The Stargate Conspiracy
The Stargate Conspiracy
by Clive Prince
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost: the plot. Found: not a lot., 18 Jan. 2000
Seems to me to be little more than a cynical attempt to whip up hysteria and cash in on the popularity of books by Bauval, Hancock et al. The amount of research is impressive, but the way the authors attempt to tie everything together into a Grand Conspiracy Theory is almost laughable at times. Plenty of dark allegations, but as for the plot itself, I'd completely lost it by about page 100. And after all the hype and buildup, their final conclusions deliver no fireworks, just a damp squib. A Very Bad Book.

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