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Learn to Play Irish Fiddle (Mel Bay Presents)
Learn to Play Irish Fiddle (Mel Bay Presents)
by Philip John Berthoud
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £14.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great way to get into the tunes, 22 Oct 2012
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if you were a complete beginner, the first few pages of this book will get you on your way. I'm not a beginner, but nowhere near proficient, and the combination of gentle progressive exercises (one finger tunes, two finger tunes), all in the irish mode have improved my playing considerably. there is an accompanying cd, which plays the tunes so you know how they are supposed to sound, as well as a useful tuning section so you know you are in tune. tunes are played through twice, the second time with an accompaniment.
Enjoying working my way through it.
Would recommend it as a great starting point for anyone who wants to take their fiddle and play in a session, as once the proper tunes kick in, they are all popular session tunes.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant!, 5 Nov 2011
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a perfect present for the twelve-year-old who loves nail varnish. Arrives in a box stuffed with packing, like a lucky dip. her face was a picture as she pulled out bottle after bottle. would make a briliant stocking filler for christmas

Torc of Moonlight
Torc of Moonlight
by Linda Acaster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars inspirational history, 9 Jan 2010
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This review is from: Torc of Moonlight (Paperback)
Two things I guarantee will happen when you read this book:
1 - you will have to finish it, becasue you will be desperate to know how it ends, how the mysteries unravel
2 - you will want to buy an ordanance survey map and go hunting for signs.

You may even book a trip on the fantastic Pickering railway, see what you can spot on Google Earth, or go snooping round the Salmon Road area of Hull University.

The people and plot are all fictitious - the geography and history is not. If you've ever fancied learning about Yorkshire celtic history, read this book, buy the OS map, and spend a few days having the most fun you can have with your clothes on (Unless, of course you decide to recreate the railway love scene).

The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities (Independent Thinking Series): Bringing NLP into the Classroom
The Little Book of Inspirational Teaching Activities (Independent Thinking Series): Bringing NLP into the Classroom
by David Hodgson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.79

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!, 29 Jun 2009
I love this book. I love the size of it (just the right size to sneak into a handbag or briefcase), I love the feel of it (strange thing to say about a book, but as soon as you have it in your hands, you'll know exactly what I mean). But most of all, I love the content.

It is indeed a book of inspirational teaching activities - `inspirational' being the operative word. The activities are divided up like a pack of cards - the activities in the `diamond' section are all focussed on Believe in Yourself, the `hearts' - Know Your Strengths', `clubs', Have a Plan, `Spades', Go For It. There's even some fun activities in the `Joker' section, and a useful end section that covers NLP basics, and how they can be applied in the classroom.

The activities in the book are explained in simple terms, and each is prefaced with a little anecdote to illustrate why the activity is useful and what you will learn.

Whenever I work in schools or with groups of hard-to-engage learners, (or even with eager, motivated, real workshop-attending fee-paying, adults) I always slip this book into my bag. Why? Because I know that if I dry up, if I run out of steam, if I can't think of what to do for the last half hour, or if there are issues that require attention, I can dip into my Little Blue Book. And believe me, the answer is always there.

Whether you know nothing about NLP, or you are a seasoned expert, this book will not disappoint. It is funny, it is informative, it is packed with useful activities (some of them you could even try out at kiddies parties!), and everyone who works with groups of people of any age should have this book tucked away somewhere, for those moments when you need to inject a little more fun/activity/inspiration/humour/positivity/team spirit into your work.


The Buzz: A Practical Confidence Builder for Teenagers (Independent Thinking Series)
The Buzz: A Practical Confidence Builder for Teenagers (Independent Thinking Series)
by David Hodgson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.78

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Buzz - why every school should have a copy, 23 Oct 2008
THE BUZZ - a practical confidence builder for teenagers
David Hodgson

The Buzz is a no-nonsense, jargon-free book which demonstrates how teachers, therapists, parents and work with those often difficult teenagers to develop confidence.
David Hodgson has worked with young people for many years, and shares his tools and techniques with the reader.
This book provides a framework to get young people talking about themselves, exploring aspects of their personality, and how they relate to others, and offers solutions, alternatives, and reasons for why we do what we do. It covers issues that are common to all teenagers, and offers tools and techniques for coping with them.
This is a useful book for anyone who deals with teenagers, as it uses easily accessible language, there are simple, fun exercises, and it requires no knowledge of NLP to understand. What I like about THE BUZZ is the way it steers clear of any confusing jargon - there is a short explanatory section at the back of the book, if you want to know more about the thinking and theory behind the exercises - and you could work through the book in a conversational mode, rather than a lecturing one.
The book is divided into three sections:
Finding out who we are - discovering personality preferences; how to use them to find out what you're naturally good at and how to get on better with people.
Finding out what makes us buzz - how our emotions and reactions to situations effect us
Deciding to go for it - confidence building strategies for any occasion.
This book should be in every staffroom - I'm sure teachers would be able to use some of the tips on themselves, too!

Amanda Lowe, Author

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