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The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicines
The Constituents of Medicinal Plants: An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Herbal Medicines
by Andrew Pengelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone with a serious interest in Herbology - a must., 8 Oct. 2012
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This book serves as an introduction to the constituents of medicinal plants. Understanding them and how they affect the body is crucial for those desiring to raise themselves above the occasional herbal hobbyist. For those studying medical herbology, it is an invaluable little reference book and introduction into the chemistry of plants.

Although a little basic understanding of chemistry is helpful, it is not crucial in order to appreciate this book. My very basic chemistry knowledge from ages ago in school - and that I added to through the years as an autodidact - are quite enough to value this book as a great little reference book. I know it will be in good use in my personal library.

The author did as he promised in making this book easily readable and understood by the herbology student and lay reader.


Dark Shadows : The Original TV Series (The Barnabas Collins Episodes) [DVD]
Dark Shadows : The Original TV Series (The Barnabas Collins Episodes) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Frid
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £13.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable!, 8 Oct. 2012
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Dark Shadows came out in June of 1966. I left the US to return to Germany that winter, so I only watched episodes during summer and whenever I could when school did not interfere. Being a Gothic tales and Vampire fan, I never forgot this innovative, decidedly different, camp daytime series. Nothing else came near it at the time.

I have been very much enjoying the selection of episodes featuring Barnabas. There is plenty of background info to catch one up with the developing plot(s) and the third dvd is invaluable with the background and making-of and aftermath interviews of the actors long after the 5 year old series ended.

I am only giving 4 stars because I would have liked a few more dvds of episodes...not necessarily a full collection (is there one?). This set comes with two episode dvds and one dvd with the history and background of the production.

Very much worth the money adding to your collection or reliving nostalgia.


Cry of the Banshee [DVD] [1970]
Cry of the Banshee [DVD] [1970]
Dvd ~ Vincent Price

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply...awful!, 8 Oct. 2012
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I enjoy camp, classic 'horror' films and was looking for a film that terrified me as a child which featured a banshee wailing and all the exciting bits that went with it.

This utterly boring, long winded tosh certainly wasn't it. The suspected banshees were just a few dogs howling. Vincent Price was at his worst in this film...very disappointing. Elizabeth Bergner made a very appropriate deranged eccentric as the one and only Oona, the witch ("my chill-ren, my chill-ren"). Frankly, she was entertaining, Vincent was embarrassing.

Buy it if you must have a complete collection of Vincent Price films and be prepared to fast forward, otherwise...oh, don't.
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Romantic Country Flowers Large Address Book
Romantic Country Flowers Large Address Book
by Paperstyle
Edition: Stationery

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars romantic address book, 17 April 2012
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Having to finally face the fact that my tattered address book of nearly 14 years wouldn't stand up to yet another patch up to the cover, I decided to look around for another.

I found this lovely Country Flowers address book and much prefer it over my old 'romantic' one. I value highly the cloth bound spiral spine of the book as this was the weak point of my old one that had the same material over the spiral spine as the cover, minus the stiffer material. It was just reinforced cover paper over the spiral.

The address book has ample space for your addresses and auxiliary info such as cell phone or email and each alphabetical page has a beautiful country home photo featuring flowers. Some may find the lack of a birthday list page annoying, as I did at first but I solved that by using the back last page. How many of you could fill a page with 'Y or Z' friend's last or first names? And if you do know a 'Zoe', there are two pages for you (all other letters have 3 pages). I find it excellent workmanship and value for the price. I am more than happy with it.

I ask myself why I did not replace my old one much sooner!


Rumba Argelina
Rumba Argelina
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £21.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Sensous and Evoking, 18 Sept. 2011
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This review is from: Rumba Argelina (Audio CD)
I purchased this cd when it first came out in Germany and was enjoying Euro wide popularity sometime in the late 90's. It moves me now just as it did then, evoking memories of North Africa, Andalucia and the travels and cultural explorations I made. I eventually moved to Spain as part of my grand plan, and of course this came with me.

Radio Tarifa's music is a successful crossover melt, be it a touch of salsa, Arabic folk or the ever present flamenco influence.

This particular album, their first, is a natural blend of the rich history of Spain, of a time when Andalous encompassed Northern Africa AND southern Spain (in that order). History and politics shifted the physical borders, but the cultural merges and rich arrangement of Rumba Argelina album are delightfully alive. Sensous and transporting, moving or relaxing this album is still one of my very favourites to recommend for personal enjoyment or for delightful background music when having friends over for summer get togethers. Invariably, its musical threads weave their way into conversation. It is intoxicating and 'moving' - physically and emotionally.

Buy it. Gift it. Be delighted with what you discover.


The LOLA-Principle.
The LOLA-Principle.
by René Egli
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.76

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written and superficial, 22 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: The LOLA-Principle. (Paperback)
This book was originally written in German and was translated into English, which I purchased even though I am German, I had hoped to eventually pass this on to English speaking friends here in Spain. I prefer to resell it rather than waste my friends' time.

Like the other two reviewers, I have read MANY self help books over the years and have benefited from most of them. Each one seemed to offer another step(s) in my personal journey. Unlike the other reviewers however, and not knowing which books they read...THIS book should be retitled The Lolly Pop Principle and gets me, personally, no where.

Besides being a less-than-professional translation into English (which adds to the muddle) the author seems to pontificate and give an overall superficial treatment of his idea of what life is about and how to live it. On one hand, love and letting go is what it is all about and on the other one seems to be encouraged to look at what goes on around us and our loved ones with dis-envolvement...since whatever happens in the world (and our personal worlds) is because we wanted it so anyway.

It is quite one thing to take responsibility for the decisions we make in our personal world and quite another to suggest that a child drowning is doing so because it 'wanted to', or genocide or the holocast happened because a folk 'chose to' or a mass murderer's victim is not really one, because you see...he/she wanted it that way...for whatever reason. Stepping far, far away into another dimension or from a spiritual aspect, there may be some truth to the above on a soul level since we all have different lessons to learn and this can also involve a communal or national 'karma' if you will....yet the book is very economical in presenting this aspect (afteral, Mr. Egli is an economist by profession). Still, this is not comforting when it is your loved one that died with all the rest in a plane crash. But, never mind, they all chose that crash anyway.

These are the areas that are treated rather superficially. I find it problematic when various aspects are so sloppily tossed together and served up in a 'teaching' that to a person new to self help will eventually find conflicting enough to apply and come to terms with. But never mind, we are to take Mr. Egli's word for it all even if he does contradict himself at times, mis-quotes Jesus or borrows a little of this or that from various philosophies and religions even if it takes a little bending to get them to fit into his 'teachings'.

If shifting your attitude to one of love, letting go of the past and not judging make sense to you, then you will find this a core of many teachings...you don't need to waste your money on this rather poorly written ego-trip of a book that serves up nothing new in an equally poor way. For all his talk of 'love', I find the book lacking in encouraging compassion. On the contrary. Yep, definately written by an economist.

Better books are 'out there' that explain how shifting your attitude (energy) works and how action/reaction works and how applying it in your daily life is easier to understand than what Mr. Egli hoped to achieve in this book. This is not new-age nor pseudo science...we really do now have the means to demonstrate and measure our mind energy - which affects every aspect of our lives.

One of my favourite authors is Bruce Lipton (The Biology of Belief - a well written, clearly written and humerous book - quantum physics and the mind were never so entertaining and helpful) and Gregg Braden (The Divine Matrix and my favourite by him - Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer a VERY insightful little book addressing the power of emotion (again, 'energy'). I suggest reading Lost Mode of Prayer first (if you ever wondered why your 'prayers/affirmations' are never answered...read this little book)!

Those above mentioned authors and their engaging books 'make sense' to me in a very clear way that few books have in the past. I highly recommend them.


The Girl in a Swing
The Girl in a Swing
by Richard Adams
Edition: Paperback

11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little to do with Medea, 21 Sept. 2003
This review is from: The Girl in a Swing (Paperback)
An excellent book by the author of Watership Down. The elements described by other reviewers - 'haunting, erotic, supernatural' - are all there, though it would be a difficult task to place this novel in such genres as horror, romance or the supernatural. It is a unique book with lyrical and poetic qualities, difficult to pidgeon-hole into a category. It is not horror a la S. King, and if erotic means graphic or pornographic to you, then no, it is not. But the erotic element is there, worked and woven in with honesty, taste and naturalness - and is an important key to the story. The supernatural element is likewise an important thread, and is not obvious at first. However, the reader becomes aware of it as the subtle handling of it in the plot becomes an important key.
As far as mythology and comparisons are concerned, this is by no means 'Medea Revisited' as suggested by another reviewer. Medea is about jealousy and heineous revenge. Though one of the 'sins' commited by Medea is also Karin's, I suggest a closer connection to Kali (which is very briefly and cleverly worked into a conversation within the book), if one must make mythological comparisons. In any case, yes...this is a tale worthy of Euripidean dimensions but it has nothing to do with jealousy, intrigue and revenge.
Karin is a gossamer, enchanting woman of deep, consumming emotions with, as the story unfolds, a dark secret. Her 'other-worldly' nature makes one suspect she is indeed an enchanted creature-turned-human whose very existence is for the spellbound love she and Alan share. Though make no mistake; this is no soggy love story.
Is she 'other-worldly' or a tragic human creature not-meant-for-this-world? Read this intriguing tale with a dark secret. It will haunt you long after the covers of the book are closed.


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