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Yoga for Healthy Knees: What You Need to Know for Pain Prevention and Rehabilitation (Rodmell Press Yoga Shorts)
Yoga for Healthy Knees: What You Need to Know for Pain Prevention and Rehabilitation (Rodmell Press Yoga Shorts)
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1.0 out of 5 stars not for anyonecwho already has knee problems, 20 April 2015
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A waste of my money, I'm sorry to say. There's no way these exercises are suitable for someone ( like me ) who has osteoarthritis of the knee


The Mindful Manifesto: How doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world
The Mindful Manifesto: How doing less and noticing more can help us thrive in a stressed-out world
by Jonty Heaversedge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, practical, encouraging book, 31 Dec. 2012
A second and updated version of this excellent book. Not radically different, but fine-tuned. Human, useful, practical, do-able. Highly recommended.


An Introduction to Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung
An Introduction to Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable CD, 30 Jun. 2012
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Like listening to an enjoyable story-telling with great (and substantial) musical extracts. It really helped me get my head around the plot, and meant that I enjoyed the Ring Cycle so much more when I saw it


Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of The Awakened One
Gautama Buddha: The Life and Teachings of The Awakened One
by Vishvapani
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear, readable, informative, 27 Jan. 2012
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I've read several other biographies of the Buddha, but this is definitely the most enjoyable yet. Vishvapani fills in the story with lots of historical detail, whilst not discounting the more mythic elements.
Readable and interesting. Well-written, too.


AVEDA PHOMOLLIENT STYLING FOAM (200ml) [Personal Care]
AVEDA PHOMOLLIENT STYLING FOAM (200ml) [Personal Care]
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Price: £17.23

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pricey but good product, 27 Sept. 2011
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An excellent product -a bottle lasts me almost a year (admitedly I have short hair!). Gives volume and shine without static build-up


Walks in Morbihan, Southern Brittany (Red Dog Guides)
Walks in Morbihan, Southern Brittany (Red Dog Guides)
by G. H. Randall
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellen and useful book, 28 Sept. 2008
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I used this book on a recent holiday in the Gulf of Morbihan. There were loads of interesting walks to draw on, clearly explained, easy to follow, taking me to places I wouldn't have come across otherwise. I heartily recommend it if you enjoy walking.


Holy Wells in Britain: A Guide
Holy Wells in Britain: A Guide
by Janet Bord
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent new book, 3 April 2008
Another lovely and fascinating book for those of us drawn to wells and watery sources generally. Broken down into Wales, Scotland, or regions of England, the book features a selection of over three hundred especially rewarding to visit wells. There are many black and white photographs, directions, and Ordnance Survey references. The book features an excellent index and details of the author's sources, paper and web-based.
There's a sense of wonder throughout, of tapping into something old and mysterious in our heritage. It was almost lost, but the last few decades have seen a revival of interest in such wells. This book forms a part of our increasing knowledge base about them and encourages us to get to know them more. I am inspired to visit more wells, especially those local to me, and to begin to really get to know them much better than I do now.
A useful and stimulating reference book that is a pleasure to read.


Late Night Sessions
Late Night Sessions
by Bryn Colvin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.74

4.0 out of 5 stars pagan erotic fiction!, 18 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Late Night Sessions (Paperback)
Erotic fiction isn't my usual reading matter and I'm not aware of there being much that can be defined as pagan. But here's an erotic novel, in which the heroine is a flute-playing druid!
At the beginning of the novel, Vicky is beginning to come out of a period of mourning for a close female friend. At first I wasn't clear whether the friend had also been a lover, and it is left unspecified for about a half of the novel (so I won't tell you here!). At a folk festival weekend, Vicky meets the significantly older charismatic guitar-playing Dan, and very quickly experiences a strong attraction to him. At first it's not clear whether this is just about sex, but gradually it becomes clear that Dan has his own sadnesses which enable him to strongly empathise with Vicky's. A firm bond forms between the two despite the opposition and doubts of their family and friends. Inevitably, misunderstandings occur, and for a while Vicky hits a downward spiral out of which it seems that she may not be able to break free. In the way of romantic stories, however, the lovers manage to meet again and all the difficulties are resolved!
I felt that this was a very woman- centred depiction of an intimate relationship - Dan is endlessly generous and thoughtful in his love-making and always quick and eager in his responses. There's a lot of sex! Not quite my cup of tea, but mostly well done (only one or two cringey bits!), and the novel IS erotic.
There is more to it than that, though, it also boldly explores issues of loss and mourning and the fears around daring to love again. There's a lot about the joy and connection that can be experienced through music, too. Overall, an enjoyable read.


Cures and Curses: Ritual and Cult at Holy Wells
Cures and Curses: Ritual and Cult at Holy Wells
by Janet Bord
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 21 Jun. 2007
This is an excellent book, consisting of seventy-five short essays (in alphabetical order) discussing different aspects of Holy Wells, from Ampullae to Witches, looking at topics such as Dragons, Healing, and Rituals along the way. It is satisfyingly well researched and easy to use - many of the essays are cross-referenced, full details are provided of sources and there is a good index. It is well illustrated, too, with photos and drawings on most pages.

The essays explore both historical and current day responses to wells, considering how they have changed. Clouties, or rags, are, for example, are now more frequently left at wells as compared to twenty years ago. Nowadays, people are less likely to leave pieces of fabric ripped from their clothing, but do still tend to leave clothes or coins or (increasingly, it seems) other items. Our purpose in leaving these items has shifted as well- the author suggesting that whereas in the past it arose from a desire to seek a cure for an ailment, it has changed into the making of an offering to the spirit of the place. We may no longer hope that holy wells will cure our problems, but do wish to respond to the atmosphere and energy of the wells with honour and respect.

The author does not just cite beliefs about wells uncritically, being unafraid to say when there is no evidence for stories about a particular well. She argues, for example, that there is no real evidence that Holy Wells predated the Romans coming to Britain.

A wealth of material has been gathered here, and it has been well digested before being compiled into this book. It is a very useful reference book for those of us who are interested in the water element in general and in wells in particular. I found it both inspirational and interesting. The author well conveys her enthusiasm and love for wells. The book's format means that it can be just dipped into and read in small self-contained chunks.

The final section of the book lists twenty-five Holy Wells that the author recommends visiting in England and Wales - here each is accompanied by a photo. The addition of a map would have been an added bonus. I have felt stimulated to visit some of those which are closer to me very soon. The author adds that she is currently compiling a much more comprehensive guidebook to surviving Holy Wells in the British Isles - I'll look forward to that.


Ceremonies of the Seasons: Exploring and Celebrating Nature's Eternal Cycles
Ceremonies of the Seasons: Exploring and Celebrating Nature's Eternal Cycles
by Jennifer Cole
Edition: Paperback

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very attractive book, 21 Jun. 2007
A very attractive book, covering the traditional eight festivals of the year. The author draws upon different religions and traditions, making links between them, stressing the universality of our responses to the changing seasons. I didn't feel that there was much new information (though there is some), but the book is so beautifully put together, with colour photographs and illustrations on every page, that it is a pleasure to pick up and look at. It could be used to provide some ideas and inspiration as each festival comes around, and would make a lovely present, particularly for someone who's relatively new to the Druidic/Pagan path.


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