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Tiger Suit
Tiger Suit
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Price: £3.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit different, but none the worse for that, 20 Nov 2010
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There was I thinking it would be difficult to improve on Drastic Fantastic. It's definitely a bit different from the first two albums, but what a good one this is! It took a couple of plays to stop comparing it to the others and to really get into it but now I like it more with each listening.

And it's definitely worth getting the special edition, with the dvd which will stand watching a few times.
Favourite tracks? All of them.
Buy it and enjoy it.

Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy
Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines: The Truth Behind a Tragedy
by Andrew J. Wakefield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.06

30 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic disregard for the truth, 23 Oct 2010
If it were possible to award this fairytale no stars, or even a minus number of stars, I would do that.
This man is a charlatan, and in the way of all con artists he is a smooth and persuasive talker - as long as you are ignorant of the facts. He has been shown in no uncertain terms to be corrupt. His exposure by Brian Deer and the take down by the GMC were devastating. The Lancet has disowned the paper they originally published and all but the most corrupt and dishonest of his colleagues have deserted him.

Wakefield's book is a thoroughly disingenuous piece of work - a tissue of irrelevancies, fantasy and omissions. The man lied through his teeth to his research colleagues, most of whom disowned both Wakefield and his research. In fact they, who were more qualified than Wakefield in many respects, contradicted his published findings. He subjected children to invasive and unnecessary medical procedures, without ethical approval, and fabricated his results.
Prior to the infamous "study" he took out a patent on a single vaccine which would not succeed unless MMR was undermined in some way. He omitted to tell his colleagues of his vested interest. He undertook his "study" with the express purpose of coming to a specific conclusion because he was being paid to do so. His failure to inform his colleagues here is another omission. He lied about the provenance of the children in the study because he knew they were the children of the plaintiffs in the case for which he was the "expert" witness and for which he was being paid. They didn't come to him by chance. All this is of historical fact. Nothing Mr Wakefield writes changes any of that.
I think it's fair to say the British news media has played a crucial role in elevating the disreputable Wakefield to the status of sainthood and furthering the cause of ignorance. But he was and remains a money grubbing, fame seeking charlatan. He is adored by sensationalist media hacks, hordes of conspiracy theorists, the wilfully ignorant and terminally gullible.
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Guitar Recital
Guitar Recital
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding performance, 7 Oct 2010
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I must take issue with the commentator who says the Prelude to Bach's Partita III (BWV 1006) is too fast. It isn't, although I concede many guitarists play it slower. The duration on this recording is 3 minutes 22 seconds, and all the commentator says is that it isn't to his taste. Many violinists play the same piece almost if not quite as quickly. To me it doesn't seem rushed although it is played, as I said, quicker than by many other more famous guitarists.

All that said, this is a masterful performance full of feeling, variety and technical virtuosity. The Bach Partita is a joy. Particularly outstanding for me is Miss Vidovic's rendition of Tárrega's Caprich Árabe, which is faultless, haunting and utterly beautiful.
Overall I think the performance on this CD stands comparison with the best. Miss Vidovic has subsequently grown in stature and gone on to greater things, and considering her monumental talents seems to have remained a particularly humble musician.

The Lost Prince [DVD] [2003]
The Lost Prince [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Daniel Williams
Price: £5.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and heartbreaking, 7 May 2010
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I can't speak highly enough of this film. A monumental work of art, beautifully conceived and executed, and deeply moving. The acting is of the highest order from every member of the cast, but I feel particular mention should go to the two young actors who played Prince John, and Gina McKee who played the nanny, Lalla. Brilliant, honest performances.
The word "awesome" is bandied about today far to often and applied to describe the most mediocre rubbish. But The Lost Prince really is an awesome piece of work.
Notwithstanding that I'm a big fan of Stephen Polliakoff's work, this is the best film by far I've seen in a very long time.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest, 22 Feb 2009
= Educational:1.0 out of 5 stars 
There is one word in the product description, which is complete drivel anyway, that might be described as thoroughly dishonest. That word is "effective". It is effective for none of the things suggested in the description, most of which are fiction - and not even science fiction.
I'm particularly intrigued by the toy's ability to "encourage" the immune system. Encourage it to do what? Kite skiing? Play Monopoly? Sit up and beg?

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.49

24 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brain Myths, 5 Jan 2009
Just feel I should add that most of this left-brain/right-brain stuff is just myth, mostly from the 1800s. Modern brain imaging shows that the two sides of the brain are very interdependent and complementary. About the only thing that remains true is that the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body. Otherwise creativity and things like drawing are functions that require both sides of the brain - including the front part which controls inhibition.
I give one star for the brain nonsense, and the temerity of the author or publisher for using cod-neurology as a marketing device. If people find the book useful then great, but The Complete Book of Drawing by Barrington Barber is far and away the better book and more inspiring.
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For ALL Mobile Phones, BRAIN Radiation Shields (Buy 1 get 1 Free !!)
For ALL Mobile Phones, BRAIN Radiation Shields (Buy 1 get 1 Free !!)

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More quackery, 28 May 2008
I see the technical blurb refers to HARMFUL radiation - in BLOCK CAPITALS. Is the manufacturer of this thing intending us to think of nuclear fallout or something similarly undesirable? Because that most definitely is not associated with mobile phones.
We are surrounded by electromagnetic radiation. If there were no electromagnetic radiation there would be no radio waves, microwaves, terahertz radiation, infrared radiation, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, X-rays or gamma rays.
Mobile phones use microwaves, but not at the same frequency as a microwave oven, and at a minuscule fraction of the power and it has virtually no effect on anything. If you average the power output of a mobile phone over a second or more, it comes to about 0.25 W, one quarter of a watt. But this power level is used only when the phone is at its maximum distance from the base station. When it's close to a base station, the power the phone transmits can drop to as little as two-thousandths of a watt. This is a lot less than the 600-1,000 Watts of a typical microwave oven.
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Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf [1992] [DVD]
Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Juliette Binoche
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and beautiful, 2 Feb 2007
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A visually beautiful, if sometimes disturbing, film with an excellent cast delivering first rate performances. I often think French actors are extremely underrated by international movie audiences and critics who can't be bothered with anything other than English. Denis Lavant, a French theatre actor, is a glaring example of one such under-appreciated Thespian. If he were American or from an English speaking country surely he would be a household name. His performance as Alex in Les Amants du Pont Neuf is a colossally impressive piece of work - as are his performances in his subsequent films.

Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection
Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection
by W. Awdry
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For all Thomas fans, young and old, 13 July 2004
I bought this book last year for my son, then 4 years old. It's a version published by Egmont Books in 2002, which we picked up new in a bookshop sale at a fraction of the cover price. Nevertheless, this beautifully designed, bound and printed book is worth every penny of that cover price.
A truly charming book with series of original stories by Rev W. Audry, dating from 1945 all the way upto 1960, complete with original illustrations by C. Reginald Dalby and John T. Kenney. It is our favourite bedtime book. We never tire of reading it and our son never tires of listening to the stories and looking at the pictures.
We can thoroughly recommend it for children of all ages, from 4 to 94.

The Elements of Typographic Style
The Elements of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without doubt one of the best books on typography, 24 Aug 2003
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A beautifully written book and a pleasure to read. Herman Zapf is quoted on the back cover "All desktop typographers should study this book...", and I agree with him. If you design anything using type you should heed the great Mr Zapf's advice.

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