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Encyclopedia of Sculpture Techniques
Encyclopedia of Sculpture Techniques
by John W. Mills
Edition: Hardcover

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Detailed, Comprehensive, 7 July 2004
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A revised & updated version of the 1991 edition. This reference work now encompasses new materials such as resin & metal particle castings, synthetic clays, alloys, polymers.
The book serves as an indispensable encyclopedia for sculptors/studio practitioners or enthusiasts/collectors - describing all methods of sculptural creation from the lost wax casting process to contemporary materials and associated techniques and tools.
It covers sculpting techniques (hand-building, carving, forging, casting, moulding, modelling, welding etc) materials, processes, tools, patinas, finishes, glazes, fixings, mountings, how to light sculptural work, and many such creative options. It's well illustrated (photographs and drawings).
Wide-ranging, with real depth and breadth - for example, on materials alone, it includes types of stone, categories of rock formation, plastics, metals, clays, woods, concrete, glass, plaster of Paris, polystyrene, papier māché, wax, gelatine and so on.
There's a sense of the history of art in many of the explanations and the rich cumulative inheritance of sculptors, sculpture and sculpting.
A major achievement by accomplished sculptor John Mills, who provides an indispensable reference work for any practitioner, art historian or committed collector whether beginner or experienced.


The Alan Clark Diaries [DVD] [2004]
The Alan Clark Diaries [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ John Hurt
Price: £12.99

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Hurt on Outstanding Form, 21 April 2004
Alan Clark was a conceited, narcissistic politician with laughabledelusions about his own talent and worth. There's no doubt that Clark'sdistinctive voice came through powerfully in his diaries.
The diaries are the smug, self-important, shallow ramblings of alightweight of the Thatcher years. This BBC series covers the beginning ofhis career in Government in 1983 and range to his death in 1999.
The series (6 x 30mins) dramatises the diaries in a quiet, understated andquite brilliant manner. Jon Jones' (Cold Feet, The Debt) screenplayadaptation, along with his direction, are un-showy, subtle and skilful(for example - watch for the way the exasperated Mrs Clark lays thebreakfast table one morning - brilliant).
The wonderful revelation here is John Hurt - he communicates volumes withjust a look and a vocal inflection. A delightful example of trulyeffective screen acting.
Hurt's is a great and convincing performance. His facial expressions,mannerisms and voice-over readings vividly capture this gruff, vain,spoilt, grumpy, self-absorbed politician and really bring him to life.
Jenny Agutter delivers a stand-out performance as his wife and every otheracting turn is telling and truthful. For example, William Armstrong as afawning, irritating, duty-bound Civil Servant or Julia Davis as his firstPrivate Secretary.
A strong complement to the written diaries with Hurt's acting easilymatching his memorable performances as Quentin Crisp and John Merrick.


The Alan Clark Diaries [DVD] [2004]
The Alan Clark Diaries [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ John Hurt
Price: £12.99

25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Hurt on Outstanding Form, 20 April 2004
Alan Clark was a conceited, narcissistic politician with laughable delusions about his own talent and worth. There’s no doubt that Clark’s distinctive voice came through powerfully in his diaries.
The diaries are the smug, self-important, shallow ramblings of a lightweight of the Thatcher years. This BBC series covers the beginning of his career in Government in 1983 and range to his death in 1999.
The series (6 x 30mins) dramatises the diaries in a quiet, understated and quite brilliant manner. Jon Jones’ (Cold Feet, The Debt) screenplay adaptation, along with his direction, are un-showy, subtle and skilful (for example – watch for the way the exasperated Mrs Clark lays the breakfast table one morning – brilliant).
The wonderful revelation here is John Hurt – he communicates volumes with just a look and a vocal inflection. A delightful example of truly effective screen acting.
Hurt’s is a great and convincing performance. His facial expressions, mannerisms and voice-over readings vividly capture this gruff, vain, spoilt, grumpy, self-absorbed politician and really bring him to life.
Jenny Agutter delivers a stand-out performance as his wife and every other acting turn is telling and truthful. For example, William Armstrong as a fawning, irritating, duty-bound Civil Servant or Julia Davis as his first Private Secretary.
A strong complement to the written diaries with Hurt’s acting easily matching his memorable performances as Quentin Crisp and John Merrick.


Get Some Sleep
Get Some Sleep
Offered by simak
Price: £4.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bic Pens Her Way To Success?, 13 Mar 2004
This review is from: Get Some Sleep (Audio CD)
Watch this space - this might well be the single that sees Bic Runga beginning to imitate Dido's sales volumes.
A sweeping, ear catching song, that made me turn up the radio to listen - very well arranged and engagingly sung.
OK - so it's not gutsy new metal thrash -
- but it has strong melodic and emotional momentum.
A captivating single.


The Best.Of John Fahey 1959 - 1977
The Best.Of John Fahey 1959 - 1977
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.80

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lively Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, 15 Nov 2003
John Fahey excels as performer and composer in this outstanding compilation of his distinctive brand of solo, finger-picked, steel strung acoustic guitar blues and folk.
This well selected set covers a period when Fahey was really sharp and focused.
Melodic, original, engaging solo instrumental pieces, played with attack and gusto - Fahey always thumb and finger picked a full loud sound out of his dreadnought Martin guitar.
The instrumentals are a fusion of traditional American blues and folk and John Fahey's gutsy reinventions of both - here we have striking metal strung guitar sounds and strident melodies.

Many of these sharp, punchy, lively, highly original guitar pieces will become favourites you’ll feel compelled to hear again and again.
This re-release comes with three new bonus tracks (tracks 16-18) making it a must buy.


Understanding Accounts (DK Essential Managers)
Understanding Accounts (DK Essential Managers)
by Stephen Brookson
Edition: Paperback

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Key Finance and Accounting Concepts Made Clear, 7 Nov 2003
A value for money, bottom-line overview of key knowledge areas in finance and accounting.
Sound financial management isn’t solely about working with figures– it is about grasping core concepts and then putting them to work for your business.
If you run a small business, this book will help build confidence. It is useful preparation for getting the most out of your accountant and understanding his work and advice.

The book will help you understand key accounting and financial statements and the data they convey.
The clear, uncluttered, well laid out overview provides you with monitoring and analytical tools such as applying ratios and reading the balance sheet.
I found it invaluable when preparing to launch my small retail venture. I refer to it before key meetings with my accountant and when I have to consider and analyse accounting and financial information.


Think Yourself Rich: Discover your millionaire potential
Think Yourself Rich: Discover your millionaire potential
by Sharon Maxwell Magnus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read Your Way to a Wealth Producing Mind-set, 30 Oct 2003
A well written book - clear and highly readable. I found it hard to put down.
Worth buying for the sheer variety of fascinating business start up stories it tells.
These illustrate that million £ ideas can come from anywhere, at any time, and to anyone. You may already have a potential winning idea.
Many big businesses grow from the most humble beginnings with a strong, sound, core idea (combined with relentless drive, focused toil and self belief).
I read it to inspire and motivate me in running my new small independent retail venture. It helped me develop some raw, bottom line, useful mind-sets and practical approaches for making a business work.
You'll certainly learn what traits make a typical millionaire and where your personality fit with these. Throughout the book there are self-questionnaires to help you judge your characteristics against million £ people.
Whether or not you have those traits really does not matter. It doesn't mean you're no good at business. And it's your own priorities in life that matter - not those of stranger millionaires!
But there's always something to go for. This book will help motivate you and provide inspiration to develop the right ATTITUDE, to seize money making opportunities, to build a new business or to strengthen current success.
You also get insights about how it actually feels to be a wealthy businessperson - whether it makes people happy, what they spend money on, whether they stay in business or retire to the sun - and how it changes their priorities.
It may never be too late - so have a read and see where it takes you.


All Things in Common
All Things in Common
Offered by samurai_media_JPN4UK
Price: £31.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Peerless folk singing & guitar, 3 Sep 2003
This review is from: All Things in Common (Audio CD)
In the late 1970s, Chris Foster recorded two classics of the English folk revival movement that had emerged out of the 60s - this album, and its predecessor: 'Layers'.

He sings expressively and engagingly - you care about the characters he describes and the events he relates. He supports this with strong, inventive, distinctive steel strung acoustic guitar work.
The CD ranges across the strident and defiant ('Black Fox', 'The World Turned Upside Down') the tender and subtle ('Low Down In the Broom') the poignant and wistful ('When This Old Hat Was New', 'Unicorns') to plain joyful celebration of English folk at its storytelling, melodic best ('King John and the Abbot of Canterbury', 'Low Down' and 'Grey Cock').
'Pigeon on the Gate' and 'Jump at the Sun' are marvellous, dancing, pouncing guitar instrumentals.

If you enjoy the spiky tunes, rich lyrics and instrumental craftsmanship of the English folk revival, you'd do well to buy this welcome Japanese re-issue of a paradigm artist of the British Topic label in its heyday.
Chris Foster is still performing and recording but, as is proved here, is scandalously neglected and underrated.


Machanic Manyeruke & Puritans
Machanic Manyeruke & Puritans
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £16.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joyful Zimbabwean songs & smiling guitar, 25 Aug 2003
This is a very strong set from Machanic Manyeruke, leader of Zimbabwean gospel group 'The Puritans'. They developed an international following at the height of their popularity in the late 80s to mid 90s through tours in Europe and the US.

Manyeruke writes and performs the melodic, dancing, sunny songs and The Puritans support with celebratory, joyful backing vocals.

The lyrics are in Bantu and Machanic's vocals are gentle, earnest and spirited. He supports with irresistible guitar work - typical of much African guitar, he concentrates on high trebly triads to produce a happy, delightful, lightly attacking, rhythmical sound.

If you like African music, especially for its distinctive guitar sounds, this comes strongly recommended.


Lobe
Lobe
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £23.93

4.0 out of 5 stars AffectiveAmbient-TactileTechno, 25 Aug 2003
This review is from: Lobe (Audio CD)
‘Lobe’ is captivating, multi-layered, ambient-Techno electronic listening music and chilled-out grooves.
Here are glass-like, icy, sculptured soundscapes, buzzy repeats, fuzzy echoes, twizzled tonalities, digital droplets, metronomic pick-pock rhythms and warm bass tones.
The compulsive, lightly attacking ‘Placebo’ and ‘Affective’, the engaging ‘Tactile’ and the dark ‘Disordered’, epitomise Lobe’s cerebral, intricate, melodic approach.
‘Lobe’ was written, performed and produced by Ian Hartley who emerged out of Edinburgh’s ‘Blue Room’ club scene and maintained his career as a psychiatric nurse while developing a keen following for his electronic music.
In the pre-mid to late 90s, Techno wandered off the dance floor and produced a classic era of electronic listening music – digitised dreamscapes and sculptured sound textures never bettered since. Lobe stands besides the best of his contemporaries, such as: Beaumont Hannant, Cosmic Baby, Astral Engineering, Higher Intelligence Agency, Future Sound of London and Autechre.


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