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The Best of Steeleye Span
The Best of Steeleye Span
Offered by nagiry
Price: £5.60

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, earthy folk, with a bit of distortion pedal, 29 July 2008
Worth the price of admission for Gaudete alone, this is a good solid folk album, you can picture the lead singer resting his chin on his hand as he nasally crafts each track. For someone new to Span, it is a grower, which is always a sign of quality in an album.

If I have one gripe, it's that several songs, and 'All Around My Hat' in particular, tend to go a bit 'Quo' when they get over-excited. This is of the time, and to a degree the Span signature, but I find it an unnecessary blot on an otherwise great CD.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun; bit awkward, 21 July 2008
For those uninitiated into the world of the uke, it is a fabulous instrument, much simpler than a guitar, without the depth, but allowing a new player to step pretty much straight into the world of playing songs.

The Flying V creates a reaction, and because it looks so ludicrous, nobody expects you to be able to get a tune out of it; but it plays reasonably well, has a decent tone, and stays in tune well. The irritation is that it's slightly unwieldy to hold and naturally slips off your knee if you're supporting it that way. But get one, cos they're ace, but not if you live near me cos I want it to be a talking point and that won't work if everyone's got one.


Flying V Ukelele Uke Ukulele 'Mahalo' By Richwood Pink
Flying V Ukelele Uke Ukulele 'Mahalo' By Richwood Pink
Offered by Stargoat Guitars
Price: £44.44

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, but a bit awkward, 19 July 2008
For those uninitiated into the world of the uke, it is a fabulous instrument, much simpler than a guitar, without the depth, but allowing a new player to step pretty much straight into the world of playing songs.

The Flying V creates a reaction, and because it looks so ludicrous, nobody expects you to be able to get a tune out of it; but it plays reasonably well, has a decent tone, and stays in tune well. The irritation is that it's slightly unwieldy to hold and naturally slips off your knee if you're supporting it that way. But get one, cos they're ace, but not if you live near me cos I want it to be a talking point and that won't work if everyone's got one.


Inside the Whale
Inside the Whale
by Jennie Rooney
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and moving, 14 July 2008
This review is from: Inside the Whale (Hardcover)
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...without being absorbing.

This is essentially a story of lifelong love, as manipulated by life. The characters are well sculpted, the plot twists gently and the tone is feminine, but not the stereotypical chick-lit.

There will be no warnings required upon giving this book to your maiden aunt; violence, swearing and explicit sexual references are avoided, but in a style which seems quite natural in the 1940s voice of the narrators. It would be unfair however, to suggest that the book lacks impact as there are passages which are genuinely moving.


That's Proper Folk
That's Proper Folk
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.96

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but how folkish is it?, 27 Jun. 2008
This review is from: That's Proper Folk (Audio CD)
Not a regular visitor to this genre, but this CD seems to lurch around between eighties All About Eve-style, to American country, to a vaguely mariachi style track sung with a Scots accent. It's all nice enough, and with a price tag to please, but it's not my understanding of earthy folk music.


Norton 360 2.0, Full Edition (PC)
Norton 360 2.0, Full Edition (PC)

2.0 out of 5 stars Ageing computer battered by Norton!, 23 Jun. 2008
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Now I know I should invest in a new system, but I'm tight.

I have a dark ages pentium 4, which runs everything fine, but previously fell over when I had Norton Personal Firewall on it. Now 360 seems to have taken over where firewall left off. With 360 running and one IE window open, the system is 'low on virtual memory' - it is taking forever to start the computer up and longer to actually get anything open. I'm going to try to clear out anything spare which might unecessarily be running (I've already killed off SpyBot as the two of them weren't getting on) but I fear for how long this is going to take at the current processing speed.

I'm sure, given the blurb, that this is going to be a great package for those of you with new systems, but for me it is a disaster; which shouldn't really be a surprise except that it claims it will 'improve the performance of my PC'.


That's Life, Lily
That's Life, Lily
by Valerie Dayre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Deep for a 12 year-old, good story, 13 Jun. 2008
This review is from: That's Life, Lily (Paperback)
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Lily is a troubled girl, who invents a story of being left by her parents. She fends for herself and a similarly abandoned dog, and the denouement has good twists.

Maybe in France it is commonplace to have quotes from Voltaire and a deep understanding of the motivations and yearnings of your parents, but this was something of a surprise for a rural Englishman; it's certainly more highbrow than Harry Potter or the Narnia stories.

This is going to appeal to well-read parents who are willing to do a lot of explaining to their young progeny, and it is an interesting, satisfying read for any age. It puts me in mind of The Dog in the Night time in terms of an innocent voice eloquently expressed.

What lets it down a little is the quality of translation from the French, certainly in the early chapters; 'egoists', for example, is a frequently used phrase in French but one that is not so common in English. Also it strains at the believable that a child of that age would be capable of penning the lines that appear, but this is splitting hairs in what is otherwise a quality piece of proper literature for children.


Bescherelle Complete Guide to Conjugating 12000 French Verbs (English Edition) (Bescherelle 1)
Bescherelle Complete Guide to Conjugating 12000 French Verbs (English Edition) (Bescherelle 1)
by Bescherelle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.83

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Les mots justes, 11 Jun. 2008
Showing all the verb forms, and a guide to identifying which verbs fall within which form, this is a comprehensive reference book for conjugations.

You have to know the verb you're looking to conjugate,and you have to know the subtleties of use of the various tenses, so this book is mainly useful for the competent French speaker.

For someone making the transition from hoping to be understood to making an impression with your French, it is invaluable and endlessly useful.


Bescherelle Complete Guide To Conjugating 12000 French Verbs
Bescherelle Complete Guide To Conjugating 12000 French Verbs
by Bescherelle
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable companion for good written French, 11 Jun. 2008
Showing all the verb forms, and a guide to identifying which verbs fall withing which form, this is a comprehensive reference book for conjugations.

You have to know the verb you're looking to conjugate,and you have to know the subtleties of use of the various tenses, so this book is mainly useful for the competent French speaker.

For someone making the transition from hoping to be understood to making an impression with your French, it is invaluable and endlessly useful.


The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
by Bobby Henderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They got it all wrong about the midgets, 8 Jun. 2008
An entertaining book for college/university students (and while I'm heading off on a tangent in my first sentence, what's all this 'we are in America' rubbish?) and others with a bit of a geeky sense of humour and a healthy view of belief structures. Unfortunately, it fails on several key points.

1. It's just a bit too smug
2. There are no protracted introductions to chapters telling the reader who begat whom.
3. Right at the start, Mr Henderson explains that the more of the FSM's attention he lavishes onto us, the shorter we are. And then the claim is made that there is antagonism between the FSM and midgets. The true chosen ones are miget pirates. This book is verging on heresy.


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