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Curious George Christmas Carols [With CD (Audio)] (Curious George Green Light Reader - Level 1)
Curious George Christmas Carols [With CD (Audio)] (Curious George Green Light Reader - Level 1)
by H. A. Rey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Beutiful folk adaptations of traditional Christmas carols, 4 Dec 2014
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What a wonderful, beautiful and original CD this is. Allow me to explain. Scare is a Boston rock band of some renown. Their usual music is very different to this, but as a one-off, they were as I understand it, asked to come up with some original adaptations of traditional Christmas carols, and boy did they deliver! What you get on this CD is 10 well known carols performed with a folk music adaptation, so soft guitars and understated vocals rather than sleigh bells and a "big" music sound! Chick and Joyce's soothing vocals bring a sense of warmth and closeness to the carols which is so different and rather more engaging compared to the usual way that these songs are performed. So I think context is the only issue here.

For those rating the book/album poorly, they were probably expecting something far more traditional than this folk rendition, that's all. If you want traditional carol records, there are thousands out there. If you want an understated, folky piece of holly to decorate your Christmas, then this is the place to come.


SKYTRONIC UNIVERSAL BATTERY TESTER
SKYTRONIC UNIVERSAL BATTERY TESTER
Offered by A-Nicetop
Price: £1.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Dec 2014
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It works!


Emmo: A Racer's Soul
Emmo: A Racer's Soul
by Emerson Fittipaldi
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars it's like you are chatting with him, 2 Dec 2014
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Very enjoyable to read this, Emmo's recollections are very interesting and insightful, but the way the stories are told, it's like you are chatting with him, so very nicely written.


Out Of Our Minds
Out Of Our Minds
Price: £13.71

4.0 out of 5 stars Melissa does it again, 5 April 2013
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This review is from: Out Of Our Minds (Audio CD)
Melissa Auf Der Maur's second album is great to listen to. Her first album had some really catchy songs you could listen to over and over - Real a Lie, Skin Receiver, Followed the Waves all good fun. Some quirky lyrics (that you either loved or grated with you) but an absolute creative explosion lyrically and musically from this former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bass player. Her second album seems a more serious, darker collection, but is none the worse for it. Again there are some catchy and memorable songs, the nautical Follow the Map is the stand out poppier, pacier song more akin to the first album but the strength and main difference from the earlier work is that the second album has some unexpected dark ballads such as the inspired Father's Grave and 22 Below. The atmosphere of the two albums is quite distinct and they really complement each other.


Football Manager 2012 (PC/Mac DVD)
Football Manager 2012 (PC/Mac DVD)
Offered by scaddingk
Price: £6.15

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Please do not buy this game, 13 Nov 2011
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
It is a great game, as you would expect, BUT...

For some unfathomable reason, the game's makers have made it so the game is unplayable, but you only find this out after you buy it.

1. You cannot just pay for, load and play the game, oh no. You have to also subscribe to something called STEAM, and you need a permanent online connection to STEAM to be able to play the game. That means that if you find yourself somewhere where you don't have an online facility, you cannot play FM2012 unless you previously opted for a temporary offline facility. Complex. Madness.

2. After a few weeks of playing you may well, like me, receive a message saying "this is not an official copy, you cannot play anymore unless...." Suffice to say the recommended action is impossible - it asks you to uninstall software which you haven't got anyway!

Why they have done all this is beyond me, but it is so sad given that the game is so good. Trying to get customer support is just a pain - if they do eventually respond to your query, they will invariably take 2 days and then answer a different question and refer you to the online solutions that you already tried and failed, very, very 2011!
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Officially Licensed Lonsdale - Workout Boxing Gloves (Wii)
Officially Licensed Lonsdale - Workout Boxing Gloves (Wii)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another product that does not work, 4 Oct 2011
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
These gloves dont work either, it seems from the reviews of all Wii boxing gloves that they all have problems, which is very silly really, I mean, how hard can it be to manufacture something that looks like a boxing glove to hold the 2 Wii attachments? Ridiculous.


Ancient Marine Reptiles
Ancient Marine Reptiles
by Jack M. Callaway
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £73.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DANGER: This is a SCIENTIFIC TEXTBOOK,, 6 Feb 2006
Looking at the cover of this glossy hardback and the details on the back of the book, I'd assumed this was a book about extinct marine reptiles (such as plesiosaurs and icthyosaurs) which a non-scientist would find interesting. No. This is effectively a collection of academic papers written by experts in the field for other experts in the field and is far too technical for the average person to get much value from. Latin names are used liberally throughout with only the occasional sprinkling of common names/terms. Illustrations are concerned only with arrangements of particular bones discovered rather than of what the relevant cretures they belonged to may have looked like.
For a more accessible (and far more engaging) read on the subject, I'd recommend Sea Dragons (predators of the prehistoric oceans) by Richard Ellis.


The Dragon Seekers: The Discovery of Dinosaurs Before Darwin
The Dragon Seekers: The Discovery of Dinosaurs Before Darwin
by Christopher McGowan
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biographies of the mid 19th Century palaeontologists, 12 Oct 2005
An interesting read but not quite what I was expecting. What I was (wrongly I admit) hoping for was a picture of the wonder and incredulity that people must have had when dinosaurs were being uncovered in the 1800s. What must people have thought these extraordinary relics were, dragons or demons? Instead what we get is an historical review of the early (UK) dinosaur bone collectors themselves and they are an interesting bunch with the author nicely describing their lives, actions, theories and the scientific-religious environment within which they operated in the pre-Darwin period.
A useful and picturesque introduction to the modern birth of palaeontology.


Old fourlegs: The story of the coelacanth
Old fourlegs: The story of the coelacanth
by James Leonard Brierley Smith
Edition: Unknown Binding

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original story of the rediscovery of the Coelacanth, 29 Aug 2004
The original story of the rediscovery of the coelacanth told in a gripping, adventure story style by the man who had a large part to play in the confirmation of the fish's existence and (one of its) homes. It is an inviting tale of high drama and politics and Smith is not found wanting in terms of setting out in words the fantastic and colourful activities from the original chance find of the first fish in 1938 through to 1955 when the author penned the narrative.
Being published in 1956 (2nd edition 1958), the book stops when still a lot was unknown about the fish, including its numbers and locations, but more recent books deal with this in good detail. Smith's book should be considered a gem in telling one of the most classic and incredible of fisherman's tales and at the same time presenting an interesting post-colonial insight into Southern Africa in the early Twentieth Century.


In the Wake of the Sea Serpents
In the Wake of the Sea Serpents
by Bernard Heuvelmans
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Reading for Sea Serpent Enthusiasts, 15 Mar 2004
OK, it's expensive and it's old (1965), but it still has so much to offer. This remains the most comprehensive study of sea serpents and a must if you, like me, are intersted in this intiguing field. Heuvelmans was a Belgian zoologist who effectively invented cryptozoology, writing about hidden animals and wondering what they may be or if they really do exist. This book, which builds on the earlier works of Oudemans (1892) and Gould (1934) brings together 600 possible sea serpent sightings from around the world, with BH detailing the most remarkable and attempting to explain what might have been seen by the fortunate observers.
BH speculates on whether what was seen were reptiles, mammals or whatever, and groups these sightings into distinct groups, based on the observations and his inferences. It is a truly mammoth and thought provoking piece of work, as well as temptingly suggestive as to the veracity of the subject matter! What on earth have so many people seen so often, swimming through the waves all these years....?


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