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Olympia
Olympia
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few good tracks, 27 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Olympia (Audio CD)
I loved the first album and played it to death, but there are only a few tracks that strong here. Those are great and sustain the album, but it feels like "a difficult second album" to me. One for existing fans, such as myself, rather than quite such a revelation for newcomers as the first one.


Uke 'an Play The Rolling Stones (Ukulele Tab Edition)
Uke 'an Play The Rolling Stones (Ukulele Tab Edition)
by Rolling Stones
Edition: Sheet music
Price: £15.95

4.0 out of 5 stars It's all there, 27 Aug. 2013
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It's all there, but feels much harder to learn than just by following tab online. This means that many song stretch over several pages, which is a nuisnce when playing on your own. But, hey, it's The Stones; it's ukulele. What's not to like?


Kala Makala MK-S Pink Coloured Soprano Ukulele
Kala Makala MK-S Pink Coloured Soprano Ukulele
Offered by Zoundhouse
Price: £24.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect pink dolphin, 27 Aug. 2013
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Still the best ukulele for the price by a long way, especially if you add Aquila strings for an extra fiver - and it's very pink indeed. I bought this one for a friend, but still use a yellow one I bought myself a couple of years ago. The only issue (barring rubbish original strings) is that the black decal around the sound hole and on the headstock scrapes off far too easily.


Nature Printing: The Ogden Nature Centre
Nature Printing: The Ogden Nature Centre
by Ogden Nature Center
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a bit limited, 27 Aug. 2013
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This book is ok, but is more oriented towards children than I anticipated from the publisher's information. Therefore, the activities are easy and work, but are definitely more family craft than fine art.


Birds in a Cage: Warburg, Germany, 1941. Four P.O.W. birdwatchers. The unlikely beginnings of British wildlife conservation.
Birds in a Cage: Warburg, Germany, 1941. Four P.O.W. birdwatchers. The unlikely beginnings of British wildlife conservation.
by Derek Niemann
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that had to be told, 21 Nov. 2012
Most people who know a little about the history of nature conservation will have heard of the fiersome ladies who started the RSPB in 1889 to protest about the plumage trade. But despite some of the protagonists of the present book still being in living memory and their impact on birds conservation being just as important, it hasn't really come to light before now.

This book brilliantly tells how four diverse young men found lifelong friendship through their common interest in birds in the most horrific of circumstances, and how the ripples from that friendship still affect our understanding of birds today. John Buxton's definitive study on The Redstart arose from his observations during the war, and there have been few finer monographs. And Peter Condor's contribution to the development of Europe's largest nature conservation charity lives on.

This isn't an easy tale to read because it's so well written. Some of the details of daily life in the camps is harrowing, but it is ultimately uplifting. The war scarred all four men in the book, but the redeeming power of a common interest in birds shines through.

If you are interested in history, in birds, in people's struggle against adversity, or just in a great read, I would strongly recommend this book.


Wildlife Walks: Great Days Out at Over 500 of the UK's Top Nature Reserves (Wildlife Trusts Guide)
Wildlife Walks: Great Days Out at Over 500 of the UK's Top Nature Reserves (Wildlife Trusts Guide)
by David Bellamy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but limited, 30 Aug. 2012
Although this book provides the information it claims to, it does so in a dull and uninspiring way. It is unlikely to appeal to people who just want good walks in the country, as opposed to the committed nature lovers. And worse, if you were given this thinking that it would tell you where would be the best places to go to see wildlife, you would find that most of the best places aren't in there - so there are no National Trust sites, no National Nature Reserves, no Wildfowl and Wetland Trust centres, no RSPB reserves. So although it covers all the big Wildlife Trust sites - and many are great - it certainly doesn't cover many of the top nature reserves in the UK. And because the Wildlife Trusts are made of over 40 separate bodies, each with relatively limited buying power, they tend to have smaller sites than those national organisations. So, the book's ok, but you'll need something less partisan to avoid missing out on the best great days out.


What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know: 1
What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know: 1
by Barry Maz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.79

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slim and slight, 4 Aug. 2012
If you are an absolute beginner, there is some useful stuff in here, but you can find all this and more for free online. I had been playing for only six months when I was lent this, and can honestly say that it didn't teach me anything I hadn't already picked up. On the positive side, I haven't found anything wrong with the information in here and it is short enough to read in a couple of evenings. If you want one book to kickstart your ukulele career, this isn't it. Buy the Dummies guide instead.
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Ukulele For Dummies
Ukulele For Dummies
by Alistair Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.19

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a dummies choice, 23 April 2012
This review is from: Ukulele For Dummies (Paperback)
I haven't been a great fan of all the dummies titles I have picked up. The format suits some topics better than others and the authors aren't always experts in their field, whatever the covers tell you. This one, however, works brilliantly on every level. It's a great starter for anyone with a new ukulele, and worked well for me with only a few months experience under my belt. This book simply accelerated my learning massively. I read through the whole book quite quickly (when my fingers were too sore to carry on playing!), and reckon that I will still be coming back to go through the exercises and refresh my knowledge for years to come. It's not for dummies: it's for people who want a great primer in all things ukulele without losing the sense of joy that so many of us have in the instrument itself. Buy it now and stick [....] in your favourites list - it's by the same author and shows his passion.


Viking 6.5x32 MD Binocular
Viking 6.5x32 MD Binocular

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good value, 24 Aug. 2011
These binoculars are not only astonishingly good value, but they are also astonishingly good by any measure. The image is bright, clear and - as they are low-powered - dead easy to keep stable. Under most conditions, I can see more through these because of the lack of shake than through any 10x binoculars, Swarowski included. If it's windy, there is no competition.

I have found myself using these in preference even to my trusty Zeiss 7x42s for two reasons: first, in most light conditions the difference in quality is minimal; but second these are easier to use and focus ridiculously close. The focus wheel turns easily, smoothly and quickly to give a range from only one metre to infinity in about 1.25 full turns of the wheel.

This makes them great for watching insects or flowers as well as for birdwatching.

Other close-focus binoculars, such as the remarkable Pentax Papilios focus closer and the images from the two eyepieces coincide better. Those bins are also a little cheaper and much lighter, but the image is nowhere near as bright.

I wear spectacles, and eye relief can be a problem on many binoculars. Again, these MDs are brilliant, so good in fact that I have put a rubber band under the retractable eyecups to keep them raised slightly. With thicker glasses, I wouldn't need that, but it does mean that just about everyone should be able to use them to the full.

If you want a top-notch pair of binoculars at a bargain price, without the one-upmanship that goes with following a brand, grab a look through a pair of these. They are even better than the 8x or 10x versions. Low power bins definitely allow you to see more of the world.
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Now You're One of Us
Now You're One of Us
by Asa Nonami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Japanese Ian McEwan, 24 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Now You're One of Us (Paperback)
This has that lovely quality of being both peaceful and gently disturbing throughout. Right from the start, you sense there will be a punchline, but it stays just out of reach for a long time. Fantastically, even after the main revelation of the book, it just keeps on getting better.

The characters are well drawn and the atmosphere is perfectly evoked. If you like other Japanese literature, this shouldn't disappoint. If it's your first time, and you like Ian McEwan or George Orwell, then dive right in.


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