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Blood & Champagne
Blood & Champagne
Price: £20.88

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says on the Tin/Title, 10 Feb 2013
This review is from: Blood & Champagne (Audio CD)
This review appeared in the "Clarinet&Saxophone Magazine" Winter 2012.
If anyone were to ask me to provide a recipe for a simply marvellous modern jazz CD featuring a small group I would specify the following: a variety of strong tunes/tempi, fertile underlying chord progressions, accessible and innovative improvisation and technically accomplished playing. Lo and behold, or more accurately "behear", Tommaso has delivered, via his latest project, a truly marvellous 69 minutes of great music. It must be said that Tommaso has help - serious help - not only from the pen of the late Michel Petrucciani (an Italo-French jazz pianist/composer b. 1962 d. 1999) but from his Italian backing trio and two guests. On his previous CD "Blood and Champagne" released in 2010 our soloist employed his trio of outstanding UK musicians, a group I felt to be extremely difficult to equal but somehow he's managed it. Michele Di Toro on piano provides both splendid solos and and driving accompaniment with bassist Attilio Zanchi and drummer Tommy Bradascio both turning in excellent performances. Ten tracks cover ballads, jazz waltzes, mild rock, latin influenced and up-tempo numbers with Tommaso handling eight on alto and two on soprano. His usul fluent style, somewhere twixt Phil Woods and Stefano Di Battista, nimbly exploiting the changes. He's joined by the Uk's Roger Beaujolais (vibraphone) and Italy's Fabrizio Bossa (trumpet/flugelhorn) for four and two tracks respectively. Both men add quality solos to this brilliant CD. Recommended!
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WD Elements 500GB Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0/2.0 - Black
WD Elements 500GB Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0/2.0 - Black
Offered by SmartSalesUK
Price: £52.39

5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect back-up device for my Lenovo Laptop, 28 Jan 2013
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Not wanting to over-load my laptop bag with anything bulky but not wanting to risk losing any work/photos etc. should the hard-drive go down I shopped around for a suitable compact device. As the Lenovo sports a couple of USB 3 ports it was an easy decision to go for the WD device. I've not regretted it - it's fast, it's small and it performs impeccably.


The Times Mapping The Railways
The Times Mapping The Railways
by David Spaven
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting approach to UK railway history., 28 Jan 2013
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Julian Holland (and his co-author David Spaven) has done it again. Another excellent 'tome' from the Times stable - and a very useful companion to the same author's "Britain's Scenic Railways". Using facsimiles of rail scheme maps from early promoters to today's publishers the book follows the nearly 185 year development/decline/re-awakening of our railway system. Beautifully printed, well written and illustrated I can recommend this work unreservedly.


Britain's Scenic Railways: Exploring the country by rail from Cornwall to the Highlands
Britain's Scenic Railways: Exploring the country by rail from Cornwall to the Highlands
by Julian Holland
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very fine concept for a railway book., 27 Jan 2013
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With something like twenty UK railway atlases in my possession why would I want this one (I bought as a Christmas present to myself)? Well, most railway atlases are "introverted" - they concentrate on railway detail and largely ignore the surrounding geographical/scenic context. This volume selects more than 50 of our most scenic routes and superimposes the lines on maps taken from Bartholomew's "half-inch" scale topographical layer-coloured early 1960's (pre-Beeching) editions. Lavishly illustrated with mainly modern colour photos of trains working the lines and with useful notes on the line history and route descriptions this atlas is highly recommended.


Renouncement
Renouncement
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £11.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent music., 27 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Renouncement (Audio CD)
This CD by Christian Forshaw and his Sanctuary Ensemble/Singers is extraordinarily difficult to classify. It harnesses the quite beautiful sonorities of a saxophonist (Christian; he's a Professor of Saxophone), a superb soprano voice (Grace Davidson) a church organist, a percussionist and a seven voice choir. The material arranged principally by Christian for delivery within a "church" acoustic is not entirely religious but has, as its main objective, the creation of an awesome sound. In this he succeeds with aplomb.


Staffordshire County Atlas (A-Z County Atlas)
Staffordshire County Atlas (A-Z County Atlas)
by Geographers A-Z Map Company
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £6.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job., 27 Jan 2013
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Excellent in all respects.(2nd Edition 2011). With many new housing developments it is useful to have access to a detailed map of the local area. It even includes the Industrial Estates.


Chemistry of the Elements
Chemistry of the Elements
by N. N. Greenwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work of reference - but!, 27 Jan 2013
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There can be no doubt that this is a splendid reference book for post grad level chemists needing to refresh their knowledge of, for example, less common elements. However the progress of research since the last revision date of my copy (1998) meant that in my search for "graphene" I could only find information on the fullerenes. With re-prints actioned almost every year since this cannot have been seen to much of a disadvantage to many readers. However the time must be fast approaching when the authors/publishers will find it necessary to offer electronic up-dates.


Bradshaw's Railway Folded Map 1907 (Old House)
Bradshaw's Railway Folded Map 1907 (Old House)
by George Bradshaw
Edition: Map
Price: £5.59

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but you need a magnifying glass as well., 21 Nov 2012
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As an historical document (to accompany the same publishers Bradshaw's Railway Guide) this map is fine. But the sheer proliferation of Edwardian rail lines in 1907 coupled with the paper stock size/single black ink used to print it out impairs reading/understanding of the system. But there is a solution! Get back on to Amazon and buy the "Railway Atlas Then and Now" by Smith and Turner and published by Ian Allan in 2012. Whilst it compares the UK rail system of 1912 with 2012 it is a proper Atlas (large scale, multi page, multi colour) with a huge amount of supporting data on the 'state-of-play' of the current rails and what has become of the 1912 one.


The Genealogist's Internet: The Essential Guide to Researching Your Family History Online
The Genealogist's Internet: The Essential Guide to Researching Your Family History Online
by Peter Christian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.89

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable up-date in a fast moving field., 21 Nov 2012
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This is the 5th Edition of Peter Christian's book but the first I have owned having borrowed a (2009) previous edition. Everything 'on-line' is changing at a fast pace and the use of the Internet to research family history is no exception. Just one look at the contents page confirms the sheer practicality of PC's volume - it is useful to both beginner and experienced genealogists alike and is really bang up-to-date with a host of new sites (to me) to explore together with numerous other new sources of information. Strongly recommended.


4 Step Safety Ladder with Side Safety Rails Tackles all Jobs Around Your Home Safely and Easily.
4 Step Safety Ladder with Side Safety Rails Tackles all Jobs Around Your Home Safely and Easily.
Offered by CLIFFORD JAMES
Price: £69.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine for oldsters like me., 21 Nov 2012
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With wide and deep steps (anti-slip rubber covered) side and top rails to hang on to and enough height to fix light bulbs in an Edwardian ceiling height house this ladder was perfect. It doesn't fold up particularly flat and is made of steel (not aluminium) so it's not light but what the heck I'm 18 stone.


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