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The Pensado Papers: The Rise of Visionary Online Television Sensation, Pensado's Place (Music Pro Guides)
The Pensado Papers: The Rise of Visionary Online Television Sensation, Pensado's Place (Music Pro Guides)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You are at the place - It's Pensado's Place!, 11 Nov 2014
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I enjoyed this short book, much like the TV show it is Dave and Herb talking about their love and respect for the world of audio and the people who inhabit it. The book charts the inception and growth of the Web based TV show we know, and love; Pensado's Place. The back and forth between the co hosts on the TV show is mirrored in the writing as each section is headed either 'Dave' or 'Herb' and it is hard not to hear their voices in one's head whilst reading. I feel that the book should really been viewed as a companion piece to the TV show which it complements and for this reason I have only given 4 stars. The show itself is so enjoyable and fascinating that it is natural to want to read more about it and anyone who knows the weekly broadcast will not be disappointed.
If you have not seen the show I doubt you will be considering buying this book but if you search one of the many platforms it airs on (I watch on You Tube) and give it a try you may well come back and snap this book up as a welcome addition to the unique Pensado experience. The world of audio is something we all experience daily and Herb and Dave are enablers, prophets and teachers in that world their message is worth attending to. This book is worth a read.


Through it All I've Always Laughed: Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
Through it All I've Always Laughed: Memoirs of Count Arthur Strong
by Count Arthur Strong
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A properer review, 3 Dec 2013
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I have read this book from cover to cover so let me make it clear that I do know what it is I am talking to you about. When it comes to reviewing a book like this there really is only one way to go about it. For instance I found that the chapters were quite short on the whole which made it ideal to read when taken short and having to use the smallest room in the house for a few moments. Leafing through the pages of this tome passed the time I was passing while I was passing what I was passing. Oh hang on that sounds a bit unpleasant doesn't it? Forget that. On the other hand the wealth of information (and tips) squeezed into each section of this memoir shed a lot of light into the early life of Count Arthur Strong when he lived (and worked) with his 'mother' and 'father' as he called them. Reading these words, which he typed up himself, it is hard not to hear Arthur's voice in one's head. Some of the antidotes related by Count Strong on these pages are already partially in the public domain but none the worse for being re-told in print. The writing style flows just as naturally and effluently as does his own speaking voice in the many stage, radio and TV appearances that we are more familiar with. His gift for public speaking is mirrored by his adept use of the words he uses and the way he writes them down. (despite being hampered to a degree by the manual typewriter loaned to him by Faber and Faber and Faber, his publishers, to produce the work upon - sometimes the CAPS LOCK GETS STUCK On (and his repeated requests for tippex fall upon deaf ears)
The feeling of being present at the birth of a literary masterpiece and being in close touch with the original manuscript is enhanced by the many annotations annotated in his own hand, with a biro I would imagine. Suggestions to the publisher, comments and aid memoirs bring the thing to life as a living breathing work in progress, and a reminder to buy stamps (which one gets the impression Arthur has meant to purchase but forgotten to do as is so easy when you have got as much in your head as he has - what with writing his memoirs and everything. In short if you enjoy Count Arthur Strong as you've seen or heard him up to now you will enjoy him on the page as much as you have on the stage, airwaves or screen. There are a few photographs in the middle too. Arthur promises that this is but volume one of what he hopes may be a series but it has taken him weeks to write this one so, you know, it may be some time before the next installment appears. Did I enjoy it I hear you ask? Suffice it to say through it all I always laughed and if that isn't helpful to you you must want your head examining.
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Command and Control
Command and Control
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one can know what will happen in a dangerous world, 7 Oct 2013
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'No one can know what will happen in a dangerous world' is sometimes offered as the rational for a state to maintain 'the ultimate deterrent' that is possession of nuclear weapons. This thought provoking book examines the dangers that come not just from the 'enemy' but also from the weapons systems that states have developed and keep on alert in a effort to 'protect' themselves. Every human activity is prone to mistakes and accidents but how is the balance between readiness for immediate use and safeguarding against unintended or unauthorized use to be struck when it comes to nuclear bombs and missiles ? How is safety to be assured during routine maintenance? What is to be done if something does go wrong? These questions are explored in some detail by Eric Schlosser using personal eyewitness testimony, public domain data and evidence he has obtained via freedom of information requests. What we learn is the ironic truth of the statement that 'this is a dangerous world' when the danger comes from within and is unintended. Interspersed with a history of the evolution of the weapons themselves, the thinking and planning about them and their day to day operation is a narrative of one incident with a Titan II missile based in the heart of America. During routine maintenance a socket wrench is dropped by accident and the consequences of this simple human failing are truly alarming. The author quotes the thoughts of one of the two man crew present when the socket goes bouncing down the missile silo 'This is not good'. 'Command and Control' examines just how complex command structures operate in difficult situations and shows that control is not always what those structures are in. Readable, gripping and sobering this book adds both to the history of, and debate about, nuclear weapons it reveals how they figure in our dangerous world.


X-Ray Yankee Zulu Tango
X-Ray Yankee Zulu Tango
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark deep vibes, 15 July 2013
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If you payed attention to the music credits for HBO's lauded 'The Wire' you will know that the end title music was 'The Fall' by Blake Leyh, sadly that track is not included on this album but fear not the same dark deep vibes are here on every track. Intelligent, haunting, atmospheric and mournful, dub stylee about sums it up. The violin that made your spine tingle at the end of each episode of The Wire is here also and really if you liked that you will like this album. Bleak, but in a good way, the cover image is apt. Go ahead and buy this you won't be disappointed.


Zen and the Art of Producing
Zen and the Art of Producing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mixerman is insightful and though provoking, 15 July 2013
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Having read 'Zen and the Art of Mixing' by Mixerman I expected at the least an entertaining read but also an informative one. I was not disappointed. Mixerman's years of experience allow him to give practical advice, but this is not mundane step by step 'how to' type instructions, it is much more than that. This book provides an in depth and interesting view of the practicalities and philosophies involved in producing music in the modern industry. I don't expect to ever produce more than my own personal home studio projects but value the insights that this enjoyable book has given me.


Playback (Philip Marlowe Series Book 7)
Playback (Philip Marlowe Series Book 7)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book is as easy to spot as a kangaroo in a dinner jacket., 18 Feb 2012
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This is a good book. The writing style is as enjoyable as the plot. The snappy dialogue and visual imagery make for an almost cinematic experience. Reflecting the social situation of the period it was written in, some modern readers may find some aspects jarring, but it takes only a minor effort to suspend such concerns. The many TV and film derivations make the setting seem at once familiar but this is the source and still shows the originality and skill that made it popular in the first place and demonstrates why all of Raymond Chandler's novels have had many screen adaptations.
Just as with P.G. Wodehouse in a Raymond Chandler the writing is deceptively simple and effortlessly enjoyable by dint of consummate ability with words. Just the right ones, in exactly the right order. For instance - 'she gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket' or 'the furniture had had a great deal of expense spared on it'. Cops, blondes, guns and murders, California in the 40s and an anti-hero in the shape of Philip Marlowe. I hope this reads like a 5 star recommendation - because that is what it is.


From Me To You
From Me To You
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5.0 out of 5 stars From Then to Now - from Me to You..., 18 Feb 2012
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This review is from: From Me To You (MP3 Download)
I bought 'From Me to You' by George Duke on vinyl, second hand in Head in the Clouds a shop in Norwich in the early seventies. I had previously bought a George Duke Trio album with Jean Luc Ponty some years before and also knew him from his work with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. To me this album was moving into unfamiliar territory but I quickly grew to like it and from then on was a confirmed fan. I have been buying his albums ever since and am still enjoying, at time of writing, his latest album 'Deja Vu' an appropriate title given that I have just downloaded 'From Me to You' as an mp3 album - it is a very long time since I last heard it but it sounds as fresh today in 2012 as it did back in 1973 (I think). A mixture of electronic synth sounds mixed with funk and jazz. GD has always covered many styles and is master of all. His playing is always vital and engaging. I'm afraid I haven't got a bad word to say about this album! I'm delighted to have this on my iPod and wonder what I would have though back all those years ago when I picked up that second hand LP if I'd known that in 2012 such things would exist. The times have changed - the music remains timeless.
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Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! Series 5 [complete] [3CD]
Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show! Series 5 [complete] [3CD]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You couldn't make it up!, 24 Dec 2011
The affection in which Count Arthur Strong's fans hold him may be explained in part by the fact that many of his bumbling failings and forgetfulness reflect our own short comings writ large. The difference is that when we grope for, and come up with, the wrong word we don't blame the person we are talking to and then compound the error by instantly inventing a tenuous justification culminating, inevitably, in disaster. Resolutely refusing to acknowledge his own failings, total confident in his infallible knowledge of everything and exasperated by his public's constant failure to recognise him when they meet him in the flesh - such a well known Show Biz Personality - they must have seen him in one of his plays, tellys or plays he done surely?
With this implacable personality Count Arthur goes about his everyday business involving innocent bystanders and regular characters alike in comic mayhem. Listeners of more advanced years may be drawn to The Count because in a way he represents a return to an older style of situation comedy - Tony Hancock or Harry Worth spring to mind - Younger folk will not have heard anything quite like him, though Alan Partridge does come to mind, and will be fascinated. Never resorting to smut or crudity Arthur can never the less bring colour to the cheeks! You get 6 28 minute episodes on this CD release the entire 5th Series as heard on BBC Radio 4. You can listen over and over again hearing fresh things each time as well as laughing out loud again at what you know is coming. Recorded in front of a live audience the atmosphere is a taster for his other live shows - if you get a chance to see one don't miss it. In the mean time treat yourself to this 5th series CD I'm almost sure you won't regret it.
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The Phoenix Conspiracy (The Phoenix Conspiracy Series Book 1)
The Phoenix Conspiracy (The Phoenix Conspiracy Series Book 1)
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Phoenix dosen't rise, 16 Nov 2011
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I am sorry to say that I was disappointed by this book. I was excited by my new Kindle and downloaded it while it was still free. I kept noticing the writing, not in a good way, as the author kept remembering to add bits of description to enhance the dialogue, he said huskily. The experience was most nearly similar to listening to one's school friend describing, scene by scene, the made for TV movie that everyone had been eagerly awaiting due to the trailer that had been constantly broadcast for the last two weeks but which one's own parents had not allowed one to watch because it was on too late at night for a school day. The suspense built slowly but seemed to hint at something 'big' only for it to transpire that there was not enough time for the mystery to be fully revealed so that just before the credits roll the words 'to be continued...' appear over the final freeze frame and the voice of announcer informs that the adventure continues next week when a series with the same characters but cheaper special effects begins. Clearly the author has imagined the story set against a large canvas but has failed to depict that world or make it live. The elements, an empire at risk from treason within, inter service rivalry, a rebellious male leader of men with a drug habit forced to co-exist with a beautiful female stickler for correct procedure, aliens encroaching on the boarders and weird genetically modified vampires and werewolves filling his nightmares in flash backs to a disaster from before our story begins, mysterious messages and meetings all sound promising but are sketched in mechanically. We are going to disobey orders but I can't tell you why you have to trust me. Then we have an action sequence because, well you have to have an action sequence don't you?. Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica all no doubt inspired the author Richard Sanders but I'm afraid the Phoenix Conspiracy did not inspire me.


Weeds - Series 5
Weeds - Series 5
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bot-wins again!, 9 July 2011
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This review is from: Weeds - Series 5 (DVD)
Nancy Botwin (Mary-Louise Parker) continues her journey as a, somewhat, innocent abroad in a world of crime and discovers more and more about what goes on in that life. While she has few scruples and views supplying weed to adults as simple matter of tax free supply and demand with herself in the role of entrepreneur only mildly inconvenienced by the illegality of her chosen trade, the folk she has to associate with in perusing this career have no reservations whatsoever. Re-located down south Nancy has to confront the realization that weed is not the only commodity crossing the boarder, her response to the dilemma this presents could be hazardous but could provide a chance for new love. Nancy also has to deal with another contemporary social difficulty in the shape of the bed ridden aged mother of her father-in-law. Weeds continues to be enjoyable TV, darkly comic, well scripted and acted, yet, if you care to allow it, Weeds stimulates thought about a number of issues unresolved in the modern world. My only disappointment is that to date Season 6 is not available in region 2 format. (This season 5 region 2 DVD is a Dutch import but it is in the original English language only the writing on packaging is in Dutch). Still with an 18 rating this season we get to glimpse some decorously revealing views of M-L Parker and as Nancy says in one scene 'good for you!' However there are many more reasons than that to own and enjoy Weeds season 5.


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