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The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha: The Revised English Bible with Apocrypha
The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha: The Revised English Bible with Apocrypha
by M. Jack Suggs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.62

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent translation but more effort could have been made producing the physical product, 1 April 2016
Absolutely a 5 star translation whose lack of popularity can only be explained by the fact that this is a British rather than American translation. It is a very accurate and literary translation. It is slightly less literal than the RSV / NRSV and their predecessors, but stands alongside the original Jerusalem Bible as a truly excellent "dynamic equivalence" version. The questionable readings and phrasings of the New English Bible (of which it is a revision) have been amended to give this a more conservative flavour whilst still sounding fresh. I have however found one annoying interpretive addition in Hosea 3:1 which reads "(they) love the cakes of raisins offered to idols". ("Offered to idols" is not in the Hebrew or Greek and is just one interpretation of why the cakes are mentioned.)

On the plus side, this edition comes with the apocrypha (unlike the only other easily available edition - the Cambridge hardback) and has some good quality and not overly copious notes.

Unfortunately this edition is only currently available as a flimsy paperback with a fairly light type and rather thin pages leading to some bleed-through. It is still readable and fine for the price; but perhaps if better quality complete versions of this translation were available, it would be more widely used.


The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version
by Michael D. Coogan
Edition: Leather Bound
Price: £60.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 31 Mar. 2016
This is a beautiful product with nice soft genuine leather. The text size and opaqueness of the pages is really good. It is a good size (smaller and lighter than you might expect) for carrying around, reading on your lap and using at home or in whatever gathering you might want to take it to. It also has tab markers and comes in a presentation box for safe keeping. This really is one of the most up to date, accurate and scholarly translations you can get. It reads well, is fully gender-inclusive and this edition is replete with perspicacious commentary.

Other excellent translations (you should have at least a few) are the original Jerusalem Bible (standard edition with notes if you can find one, although the French "Bible de Jerusalem" is even better!) and The Oxford Study Bible: Revised English Bible with Apocrypha: The Revised English Bible with Apocrypha. If you can read older English I would also recommend the Revised Version for its literalness and the Authorized Version or the Geneva Bible for their cadence when reading aloud and for ease of memorising. All the versions I have mentioned (bar the RV) are also very literary translations.


Reinkaos
Reinkaos
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £11.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, 9 Mar. 2016
This review is from: Reinkaos (Audio CD)
This is a very underrated album. It shows a greater maturity and taken as a whole album, I find it a more enjoyable listening experience than Dissection's previous work. Of course it is a doesn't have the atmosphere of "Storm of the Light's Bane" nor does it have a stand-out track like "Where Dead Angels Lie"; but I would say it is simply a very different type of album (with better production). The only negative is the silly lyrics, but in this genre there are very few albums that don't suffer the same fault. (Notable exceptions include the even more underrated "Rebel Extravaganza" from Satyricon and certain Marduk albums.)


Doctor Who Scarf - Official BBC Doctor Who Season 18 Chenille Scarf - 4th Doctor Burgundy 12 feet long scarf by Lovarzi
Doctor Who Scarf - Official BBC Doctor Who Season 18 Chenille Scarf - 4th Doctor Burgundy 12 feet long scarf by Lovarzi
Offered by LOVARZI
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice scarf even if it doesn't quite convince and seems to be produced fairly cheaply, 4 Feb. 2016
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My review is positive because I bought this at a reduced price, which was a good price for any scarf of this length. I'm not sure it's worth the full price.

The negatives:
Made of acrylic
The sides do not have a very straight finish
It is a lot thinner than the actual scarf, with a thinnish single weave, which also makes it very light (for good or bad)
The colouring is lighter and the patterning slightly less distinct than on the real thing, although it looks good in its own right

The positives:
It is long without being unmanageable, so it is quite a practical scarf (I would not want one that's as long as the original!)
It does look good (stylish)
It so far hasn't shown a tendency to curl up unlike a long wool scarf I own
I like the tassles (even if they again don't quite look right)


Catechism Of The Catholic Church Popular Revised Edition
Catechism Of The Catholic Church Popular Revised Edition
by catholic church
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Badly printed edition, 30 Jan. 2016
I am specifically reviewing the UK "Popular and Definitive Edition" by Bloomsbury (0860123278) and I am in no way commenting on the actual content of this work which is extremely good and freely available on the Vatican website. Given that fact, if one desires a paper edition (in my case for use with a men's group), one would expect an easily readable text and certainly not the very small and hard-to-read font in this edition. It is a small but thick tome with barely any margin. It is also very stiffly bound, which makes it difficult to keep it open on a specific page. All this is very unnecessary if you compare the cheaper French edition of the text (2266095633), which is very readable and supple as well as being smaller!


Doctor Who - The Underwater Menace [DVD] [1967]
Doctor Who - The Underwater Menace [DVD] [1967]
Dvd ~ Patrick Troughton
Price: £9.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casual fan but worth having for completists, 7 Jan. 2016
I am glad this DVD has finally been released because I thought the found episode would never see the light of day, and having seen every other extant episode I desperately wanted to see it. The episode itself is well remastered and while this is undoubtedly one of the worst stories of the classic series (the sleeve notes are very apologetic!); it is still watchable for several reasons and deserved to be better treated than it has been:

The still missing episodes 1 & 4 are reconstructed with minimal stills of fairly poor quality and a soundtrack which is also not the best quality, making them difficult to follow and frankly hard to endure. It a shame that the animated approach has been abandoned for the last three "found episode" releases.However, in comparison to this release, the stills were relatively successful on "Enemy of the World" and "Web of Fear" (which are of course also far superior serials).

I am glad I own this, but I am also glad it was a present! Obviously I hope that more episodes are found, that they get a DVD release, and that the reconstructions are better (ideally animated)!


Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD]
Doctor Who: The Legacy Collection (Shada/More Than 30 Years In The TARDIS) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I put off buying this until the price became reasonable but I have enjoyed it immensely, 4 Jan. 2016
"Shada" is well worth adding to your Dr Who DVD collection. I enjoyed the plot; the Cambridge setting and Tom Baker at his whimsical best, relishing his delightful delivery of Douglas Adams "undergraduate humour". Of course the missing scenes are frustrating, and the linking narration, although well delivered, is very brief. However, I made it through the whole 1hr 50minutes in one sitting. The gaps can be filled in by watching the Big Finish version of the story on your web browser. It is well done with basic animation, an interesting framing story and only minor changes here and there in the script. Unfortunately Paul McGann's delivery of the witty script rather dampens the humour. Both the delivery and facial expressions of Tom Baker (and for that matter, the facial expressions of Lalla Ward) are sorely missed. So the experience, in both cases, is imperfect but enjoyable nonetheless.

The extras are also good, highlights being the interview with Verity Lambert and the "More than 30 years" documentary which was very well done, informative in places (even for a long time Dr Who fan) and had me laughing out loud several times.

Now I really must get round to reading the book version...


Rivals
Rivals
Price: £12.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a comeback of Black Sabbath proportions, 12 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Rivals (Audio CD)
I was surprised that this much maligned but great fun 90s metal band actually got back together and released a belated fourth album. Although it has been argued that this is a natural progression from Dark Days, it has more in common with later DevilDriver. It reminds me of the more mediocre songs on Dark Days, but the most recognisably coal chamber aspect is the ropey lyrics! Gone is the bass and nu-metal sound in favour of a modern metal vibe which is less melodic and groovy than the first DevilDriver album with few stand out tracks. It notably lacks the variety of vocal delivery seen in the best of coal chamber. I shall stick with the back catalogue.


Frankenstein (Big Finish Classics)
Frankenstein (Big Finish Classics)
by Mary Shelley
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £18.53

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric; captivating & dramatic interpretation of a classic., 7 Nov. 2015
This is one of the best Big Finish plays I have heard, although the quality of the source material obviously has a lot to do with that! Equally, as adaptations of "Frankenstein" go, this is probably the best I have experienced. It is very atmospheric and well interpreted from all the actors. Of course it is necessarily abridged to fit 3 hours and dramatised to suit the medium of a audio play. Arthur Darvill does well here, reminding me more of Paul McGann than "Rory". The frame structure is retained from the novel and it is fun to hear the iconic scenes and dialogue.

There are a few changes to make the story more dramatic. They do succeed in this, but unfortunately they also make the character of Victor Frankenstein far more "evil" than he was in the book. I am also not taken with Frankenstein's monster referring to his creator as "father-mother".

Those two points aside, I recommend this to everyone. It made me want to read the book again as any good adaptation should. I am equally eager to listen to some of the other Big Finish Classics, and cannot wait for "Dracula" in May (with Mark Gatiss as the titular character and a role for Katy Manning).


The Richard Dawkins Collection (The Genius of Charles Darwin,  The Enemies of Reason and The Root of All Evil?) [DVD]
The Richard Dawkins Collection (The Genius of Charles Darwin, The Enemies of Reason and The Root of All Evil?) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Dawkins
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £12.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Great documentaries that stand up to repeated viewing even now., 1 Nov. 2015
I watched these the first time round and they are still interesting documentaries. I find "Root of All Evil?" (2006) to be the worst as it is designed to be polemical and Dawkins himself comes across just as irascible as most of his chosen interviewees. However some of the attitudes he elicits are scarily eye-opening and the interviews act as salutary to people of all persuasions.

"The Enemies of Reason" (2007) is first-class documentary-making. Although, as with the previous documentary, political references show its age; it is still just as relevant. After-all, there are still NHS homeopathic hospitals and some GP practices still offer homeopathic treatment. In fact, I have never seen a better documentary about conventional v alternative medicine and Science v superstition. Richard Dawkins adopts a far more friendly and polite manner, whilst still being just as "no-nonsense"; and it does him credit. Everybody should watch this, and then watch it again some years later!

"The Genius of Charles Darwin" (2008) sees Richard Dawkins returning to his own specialism and it shows. He is never better than when talking about Evolution as his books also demonstrate.

I recommend this set to everyone. There may be good reasons not to agree with all the sentiments expressed in "Root of All Evil?", but it is harder to argue with the other two documentaries.


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