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The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe
The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe
by Graham Robb
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely convincing, 27 Oct. 2013
This book claims to describe a major discovery, a lost map of celtic Europe. It presents a huge amount of largely unreferenced information mixed with the author's own interpretations. It is difficult to tell one from the other. This makes it particularly difficult to check his facts. Some of the information presented is definitely contentious or unproven. For example the positioning of Medio-nemeton at the central point of the Antonine wall conveniently fits Robb's theory, but its location is actually unproven. Elsewhere the maps of significant sites suffer from severe cherry-picking. A distribution map showing all of the many hillforts in Wales, for example, would be considerably less convincing than the maps in the book that merely show the three that happen to be on one of Robb's alignments. In this respect it resembles the discredited works on ley lines and the like.
There seem to be far too many leaps of faith underpinning the arguments that form the basis of the book. Remove some of these and the whole edifice starts to crumble. Unfortunately the way the information is presented makes it almost impossible for the critical reader to ascertain if there is any truth behind any of Robbs hypotheses. If these ideas are to be taken seriously they need to be tested in a peer-reviewed journal. This should have been done before they were published in a heavily publicised 'popular' publication. Many credulous journalists who have reviewed The Ancient Paths seem to love it....it does, after all, make a good story and Robb is a writer of note. As presented in this book, however, it is nothing more than good story and certainly not proof of a ground-breaking discovery.
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Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere v2 Black Dock for iPod and iPhone
Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere v2 Black Dock for iPod and iPhone

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fatally flawed, 18 Mar. 2013
The auto battery-save feature ruins an otherwise good product. As soon as it senses more than 2 mins of silence it switches off...Fine in theory but "silence" is actually not the case. Anything that is a bit quiet will cause it to shut down. That includes anything at headphones level coming in through the aux input, even turned up full. This means most mp3 players, tablets, phones etc. Logitech have known about this issue for years and have failed to act. Very poor.


Carn Ingli 'Hud ar Ddyfed'
Carn Ingli 'Hud ar Ddyfed'
Price: £13.83

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph!, 21 Feb. 2012
Llio Rhydderch teams up with trumpeter Tomos Williams for her fifth CD for Fflach:tradd. Unfortunately not particularly well-known outside of traditional music circles, despite rave reviews in Folk Roots Songlines etc, Llio deserves wider recognition. She has taken Welsh triple harp playing to a new level and has a unique and captivating style of playing. The tunes on the CD are a mixture of tracks that were improvised in the studio based on traditional melodies along with recent compositions by Llio. The playing is complex but restrained with no show-boating, just a quiet concentration. The rather dry and immediate production only adds to the intimate atmosphere. Llio takes the traditional music of Wales and allows it to speak through her. Like a jazz player no two performances are the same and this music has a real spirit of improvisation and adventure. Definitely my favourite album of the year.


Klipsch Image X1 Headphones
Klipsch Image X1 Headphones

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb value in-ear headphones, 10 May 2011
Having tried several in-ear headphones over the years including some expensive Shures, I bought these just to use with my computer at work. I was very surprised by the sound quality, perfectly balanced with strong bass and clear, but not brittle, highs. Far better than the Shures and in many ways better than more traditional on-ear hifi, phones. They go deeper into the ear canal than most in-ears which stops them falling out and produces a more consistant sound and excellent sound isolation. They have the usual downside of in-ear phones; the leads transmit sound when they rub against clothing, although it's much better if I loop the leads behind my ears. Also eating a packet of crisps is a very noisy experience! These are however drawbacks with any in-ear phones. In conclusion an absolute bargain and my most-used headphones!!


Josephine
Josephine
Price: £11.68

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best bits are as good as it gets, 3 April 2010
This review is from: Josephine (Audio CD)
A thoroughly inspiring Magonolia Electric Company company album. It suffers from a few formless slow songs, in this case in the second half, but the best bits are some of the best songs I have heard ...ever. The first track O! Grace is probably the best of the lot with Josephine and Little Sad Eyes close behind. Loose ramshackle country rock with a wicked slide guitar and songs you can't get out of your brain. If you haven't heard them before stick Bonnie Prince Billy, Gram Parsons, and Stars n Bars era Neil Young in a blender ..... but to be honest after a few listens there is no one quite like The Magnolia Electric Company


Shadowman
Shadowman
Price: £13.31

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steamin', 30 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Shadowman (Audio CD)
Mix together Neil Young, R L Burnside and Elvis turn it up loud and you might get something sounding like this. Link Wray has been playing filthy guitar for several decades and is credited as being one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll. Unlike many he hasn't got polite in his old age. This is a fine collection of scruffy blues songs and surf instrumentals. Think Tarrantino soundtracks....


The Blues And The Abstract Truth
The Blues And The Abstract Truth
Offered by themusicmerchant
Price: £24.57

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Masterpiece, 30 Jun. 2003
Where do you start with this album? It's melodic and beautifully arranged but has space for Eric Dolphy's twisted solos, it manages a bit of country jazz with 'Hoedown' without sounding trite, in short it's close to perfection. Oliver Nelson went on to work in more mainstream music but on this album he still had a real edge. With an ensemble including Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard this was the pinnacle of his involvement with jazz and one of the very best albums of its time. Frank Zappa even plays a note for note version of the standout Track 'Stolen Moments' on one of his live albums.


Re-Ac-Tor (Reactor)
Re-Ac-Tor (Reactor)
Price: £6.37

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome re-release - honest!, 30 Jun. 2003
This review is from: Re-Ac-Tor (Reactor) (Audio CD)
Generally reckoned to be one of the worst Neil Young and Crazy Horse albums, this deserves reassessment. Sure it has it's low points, 'T-bone' is okay for the first few minutes but goes on for too long and some of the playing is a bit loose even by Crazy Horse standards. On the up side 'Southern Pacific' is one of the best songs Neil Young has ever written and the sheer sonic barrage of 'Shots' gives most of 'Rust Never Sleeps' a run for its money. The rest of the album is a fairly raucous and somewhat eccentric selection of songs dedicated to surfers, old cars and ageing rockers. Business as usual then (only louder).


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