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Illumination
Illumination
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious harmonies, beautifully sung., 18 Mar 2013
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Having heard this 14 strong a cappella vocal group sing in yesterday's BBC One "Songs of Praise" (they performed 'Danny Boy' as it was a St. Patrick's Day) I immediately switched on my Kindle to see what Anuna had recorded. The Danny Boy track was on this CD along with 14 other tracks. Superb singing, splendid arrangements and a good variety of tunes. Recommended.


Dr Beeching's Axe 50 Years On: Memories of Britain's Lost Railways
Dr Beeching's Axe 50 Years On: Memories of Britain's Lost Railways
by Julian Holland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.60

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful work., 4 Mar 2013
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I found this new book by Julian Holland an extremely useful companion to the recent "Railway Atlas - Then and Now" by Smith and Turner (Ian Allen). Between the two volumes one gets a very comprehensive picture of the Beeching effect and the rise and fall of our railway network. One tiny niggle: I could not find any explanation for the dotted red tracks in the rather crude maps of the Holland book. Apart from this I strongly recommend it.
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Market Your Way to Growth: 8 Ways to Win
Market Your Way to Growth: 8 Ways to Win
by Milton Kotler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anyone in business. in these trying times., 4 Mar 2013
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As usual Kotler (this time with his brother) sets down a readable, reliable and re-assuring guide to business success in there trying times. Excellent stuff. Recommended.


Nuts (Kindle Tablet Edition)
Nuts (Kindle Tablet Edition)

16 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get it to work., 4 Mar 2013
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Somehow my new Kindle HD tablet could only bring up four dull pages. So I deleted it. I see from other reviewers that the e-version of this mag is not entirely satisfactory.


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 Digital Components Ltd (dclstore)
Price: £33.99

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 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.


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