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Richard Thompson: 1000 Years of Popular Music  [DVD + 2CD] [2006] [NTSC]
Richard Thompson: 1000 Years of Popular Music [DVD + 2CD] [2006] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Richard Thompson

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and highly original musical project, 3 Oct. 2011
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For those who have an interest in music and musical development through the ages, particularly that of Western popular music, this would be an excellent purchase. It's a real joy to hear these old (sometimes ancient) songs being revived, and although I don't think that some of the versions would qualify as being among my favourites (e.g. Shenandoah), others are excellent, and most are highly enjoyable and original takes. The highlights for me are, however, the really old songs. 'Remember O Thou Man', 'Sumer Is Icumen In", and "So Ben Mi Ca Bon Tempo" are delights, and (for me at least) a revelation. A final high point is Thompson's musical hall rendition of 'Sam Hall', which is hilarious. There is, I believe, an earlier version with a slightly different track list available. I can't comment on that version, but this one is outstanding. There's the added bonus, of course, of listening the Thompson's guitar playing, which is, as ever, very, very good.


A Month-by-month Organic Gardening: Green Gardener's Calendar
A Month-by-month Organic Gardening: Green Gardener's Calendar
by Lawrence D. Hills
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near classic, 30 Aug. 2011
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This relatively slim volume (144 pages) is first rate. Written by one of the godfathers of organic gardening it covers an astonishing variety of subjects and in immense detail, and its pages are replete with much of the knowledge gleaned by Lawrence D. Hills over decades of experimentation. It achieves this feat by using a relatively small font, few (well-chosen) photographs (contrast "The A-Z of Companion Planting", which uses varying, rather large fonts and pointless photos), and many, very useful tables. Hills' knowledge of pests and solutions to pests is also mind-boggling.

If it has a drawback, it's that Hills' style of writing is somewhat idiosyncratic, hence my "near classic" label. Sentences often need to be re-read to understand them properly (believe me, it's well worth doing so!), so it's not perhaps that easy to dip into and rewards a thorough reading (even better, repeated ones). This will probably make it a bit less popular with those born after, say, 1980, but if your attention span is halfway decent you're likely to benefit greatly from reading this excellent book.


The A-Z of Companion Planting
The A-Z of Companion Planting
by Jayne Neville
Edition: Paperback

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 30 Aug. 2011
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This is a book of 128 pages of which only pages 89-125 are actually on companion planting, with a further (approx) 5 pages dealing with some general issues. The rest is just stuff you can get in most gardening books, but dealt with in less detail. That's a little irritating in itself, but, annoyingly, there's relatively little text for the number of pages, with lots of photos, most of which aren't much use.

At £9.99 RRP it's a bit steep. There are a few nice tips in those few pages, but not many, and overall it's a disappointment.

I'm convinced that there is a good book to be written on the subject of companion planting, but I'm afraid this isn't it.


The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
The Wild Flower Key (Revised Edition) - How to identify wild plants, trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland
by Francis Rose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good, 25 Aug. 2009
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Not much else to say really. The guide is very thorough, with very helpful pictures. It seems to cover "everything", although it should be said that I'm pretty new to this lark. For me it's been the next rung up the ladder--the first being the excellent Collins photographic guide. Its glossary is a real godsend (and that's where the Collins guide fell down a bit). My only quibble might be the step-by-step identification guides, which are an excellent idea, but, if I understood correctly, are occasionally less than useful when an identification step involves whether or not the plant is biannual or perennial etc. What am I supposed to do? Wait? That said I use it all the time in conjunction with the Collins guide, and I wholeheartedly recommend it!


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