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Going to California: A Classical Guitarist's Tribute to Led Zeppelin
Going to California: A Classical Guitarist's Tribute to Led Zeppelin
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Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!, 20 Sept. 2012
For those who think that classical guitar music can be boring, listen to this ... then listen again ... & again ... it just gets better every time.

Played beautifully by an accomplished classical guitarist who "fell in love" with Led Zep's music in his teens when listening to a copy of their "Physical Graffiti" album given him by a friend.

This compilation is in deed a great tribute to the musical creativity of Led Zeppelin. The renditions have been created from the music recorded on various albums by the band.


Martin Smith 34 inch 1/2 Size Classical Guitar - Green
Martin Smith 34 inch 1/2 Size Classical Guitar - Green

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 19 Sept. 2012
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Wonderful 1/2 size guitar. Sounds beautiful for its size, and looks beautiful in green. I use it as a classical travel guitar, and although fret spacing is less than that for a full guitar, one can easily adapt (stretch those fingers wider again) when using a full-size guitar. Very good quality for the price, and the "free" matching-green coloured carry bag is real snazzy. Guitar is well made, and doesn't look as if it is made for kids.


Contemporary Eartraining: Level one
Contemporary Eartraining: Level one
by Mark Harrison
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.82

1.0 out of 5 stars NO CDs, 27 Aug. 2012
Where's the CDs that are supposed to come with the book (as declared on page vi in the book)?

Books for levels one & two have CD sets that cost $40 & $30 respectively when accessing the Harrison Music website.

Rip-off. The books are incomplete without the CDs.

Waste of money.


23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism
by Ha-Joon Chang
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One thing missing, 22 July 2012
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This is probably one of the very best books on important aspects of real (not theoretical) economics that should be read by laypersons and academics. It describes the effects of economic and political decisions on our everyday lives, and how far removed modern practised economic philosophy is from what is really happening.

It is easy and entertaining to read, and though controversial, it is still of academic relevance. It also describes human behaviour, and can therefore also be described as social economics, despite being classed as "non-scientific" by some "pure" economists. Economists tend to forget, of course, that all economics is based on what in many respects is unpredictable human behaviour.

More importantly, it also describes the relationship between economics and politics (which is also unpredictable because of human behaviour).

The author, Ha-Joon Chang, is remarkably insightful, thoughtful and understanding (except for a few important things), and there is a very interesting description on Wikipedia of his activities. He is a professor at Cambridge University. Of course, there are many readers in the USA who don't like what he has to say about Capitalism. However, he doesn't condemn Capitalism; he just shows how it is being misused and abused.

I give it one less than five stars because the author (like most others in economics and politics) does not understand the developed and developing countries' ubiquitous banking system. This banking system is a fractional reserve, and therefore fraudulent, money-making scheme for the world's interrelated privatised banks, and which has been the basis for all "booms and busts" in human history over the last 300 years. The current Euro crisis is basically a result of this system.

With regard to this missing information in the author's book, I would implore readers to examine the research findings and recommendations of the London-based New Economics Foundation, one of the few organisations that have economists who truly understand the relevance and workings of our current money system in economies. Another organisation is the Money Reform Party, which has the ambition to educate fellow politicians (most all of whom are ignorant about the relevance of money creation and distribution in economies). There are other organisations like these in North America and elsewhere.

One other particularly glaring, though relatively smaller flaw in his arguments and recommendations concerns the popular notion of "equal opportunity". He discusses this at length and alludes to the requirement of cross-border migration without restrictions, even without considering commonly known socio-economic repercussions. This is contrary to his other arguments that, to paraphrase succinctly, "charity should best begin at home", and that outright "free-marketing" does not work well for host countries. He also contradicts his own argument that countries and their States should have the right to determine the skills needs of, and training for, their own industries. This unrestricted cross-border migration for "equal opportunity" sits nicely with the desires of mega-rich industrialists in their protected socio-economic (non-geographic) enclaves, for unrestricted migrations help drive down the wage costs in the host countries. Wage earners are also consumers, so the more labour units there are at low cost, the cheaper the products and the greater the sales. Wunderbar! Why do you think Britain has "difficulty" in monitoring and controlling illegal immigrants? I would say that it satisfies the ideology of the liberals as well as the pockets of the conservatives! I discovered reports by Civitas UK on these issues of migration after I recorded my views on this matter.

I'm still waiting for Ha-Joon Chang's reply to my email regarding my views on his book, perhaps either because - (a) my email hasn't been passed on to him by a "filter-monkey", (b) he is too busy to reply, or (c) he doesn't consider my comments important enough in light of all the emails he must be getting.


How Music Works: A listener's guide to harmony, keys, broken chords, perfect pitch and the secrets of a good tune
How Music Works: A listener's guide to harmony, keys, broken chords, perfect pitch and the secrets of a good tune
by John Powell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No 5 stars for no CD, 21 July 2012
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This publication (ISBN: 1846143152) does not have a CD with it, whereas the publication with ISBN: 0316098310 does have a CD with it.

Both publications have exactly the same content, so I suggest prospective buyers copy the ISBN number 0316098310 and paste it in the search window above to get the one with the CD.

Unfortunately, I bought both books, so I can see they are exactly the same. The reviews for this publication (ISBN: 1846143152) would therefore apply to the other publication (ISBN: 0316098310) as well.

Get the one with the CD, which is obviously a worthwhile bonus.
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How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond [With CD (Audio)]
How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond [With CD (Audio)]
by John Powell
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With CD, 21 July 2012
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I can't do better for this publication than what reviewers have said for publication with ISBN: 1846143152, so I suggest prospective buyers copy this ISBN number and paste it in the search window above.

That publication (ISBN: 1846143152) has received excellent reviews (hence the five star), and has exactly the same content, except that that publication does not have a CD to go with it.

I would suggest that one makes sure that 2nd hand copies of this publication (ISBN: 0316098310) has its CD with it. It is far better to get it with the CD.

For some reason (perhaps to avoid mistaken purchases re CD) Amazon has not linked this publication to the reviews of the other publication.


Tiger Keyring Digital Guitar Tuner ]
Tiger Keyring Digital Guitar Tuner ]

5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Keyring Digital Guitar Tuner., 3 July 2012
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The item is in appearance exactly as advertised, and it functions accurately (as compared with other tuners I've got). Simple in design, yet serves its purpose at a very good price (a.c.w. other tuners advertised)


The Wisdom of Sustainability: Buddhist Economics for the 21st Century
The Wisdom of Sustainability: Buddhist Economics for the 21st Century
by Sulak Sivaraksa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Benevolent Economics, 27 Jun. 2012
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I would highly recommend this book for its advanced humanistic and ecological perspectives. The ideals expressed by the author should not be prejudiced by any ideas about Buddhism in comparison with other true religions or spiritual teachings, for the ideals are simply based on the common sense that one should also allow unto others what one wants for oneself, and that greed will only destroy everything for everyone, even for those who claim most of the wealth of the planet for themselves.

E F Schumacher ("Small is Beautiful"), who was a Catholic, expressed similar recommendations in the previous century after having seen the benevolence of Buddhist economic practices.

The chapters in this book are:
1. Heavenly Messengers
2. Creating a Culture of Peace
3. Development from the Bottom Up
4. Re-envisioning Education
5. Moral Governance
6. Real Security
7. Buddhism in a World of Change
8. The Breath of Peace

I gave it only a 4-star rating for the following reason: There are some serious flaws in the author's understanding and reasoning, which is astonishing in light of the author's clarity of thinking. Two of the flaws are -
(a) The author does not appear to understand the true purpose of money (tokens for exchange of goods and services) and how it should be created and used. This lack of understanding can be seen from his belief that the World Bank could still perform a worthwhile function (as described at the end of chapter 3), not realising that the World Bank applies the principles of neoliberal banking that force nations to accept extortionate loans created by the fraudulent fractional reserve system. The Euro crisis is proof of the failure of neoliberal banking. The World Bank is a global arm of the world's private banking plutocracy, so the people it employs maintain its system of money creation and utilisation. Reformation of its corrupt banking system would require a radical revolution in attitude and behaviour of its employees. Moreover, democratically elected governments, not private banks, can and should create money for local use.
(b) He writes about the (practical) wisdom of sustainability, yet he says (to quote from chapter 4): "One type of knowledge is to get men to the moon, another to foster environmental sustainability. Certain forms of knowledge are needed to build super-bombs; other forms are needed to make peace."
I ask: What need is there for going to the moon or having super-bombs if we create and maintain sustainable and spiritual economics?

What redeems the book from losing yet another star is the highly useful vocabulary created and used by the author throughout the book. For example, with regards to our industrialised Western education system in Universities, he says (to quote from chapter 4): "Language (of education) becomes so perfectly attuned to the agendas of the powerful (industrial elite) that the concepts and connotations with which resistance could be formulated are eliminated, making protest appear irrational and naïve."

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You Can Sing-Seven Steps to Singing [DVD]
You Can Sing-Seven Steps to Singing [DVD]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it is very basic stuff, 10 May 2012
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My low rating of this "self-training" DVD for learning to sing properly is based on the following reasons:
- Techniques are not adequately explained for the vocal sounds (The "what's to be done", but not the "how it's to be done", are mostly shown). The assistants playing the part of trainees have been chosen for their ability to sing well already, giving the impression that learning to sing is "all so easy".
- The hyped performances give the false impression of being able to produce the kind of pop singers featured in the interviews on the DVD. This "X-factor" (instant gratification) mentality is further reflected in the way English is spoken by some of the participants doing the demonstrations ("Me and my mother ...", "... for Peter and I", etc.). If one is not conscientious in the way one speaks, how conscientious will one be in the way one sings?
- The overall impression is one of being a promotional DVD for the singing teachers giving the "lessons".
- This DVD is not for beginners seeking proper training. There are better materials available elsewhere for people who are realistic about the training one needs to be a fairly good singer.

Its compensating features are:
- It is visually entertaining.
- It provides encouragement and provisional hope for those with the "X-factor" mentality.

This "DVD trainer" is best suited as an introduction only to the kind of training one needs to be a good singer. It is not worth the nett cost of £5.55 I paid for it; best get it 2nd hand.

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After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
by Jack Kornfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.78

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor binding, 19 April 2012
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The reviews for this book praise the book's written contents, and I would agree with most of what has been said.

I would, however, like to provide a review of the book's quality (of this Rider publication): this publication [ISBN 0712606580] has a far lower quality binding than that of Bantam's publication [0553378295 & 0553102907].

The spine of this publication creases easily while opening the pages, making it look like a well worn book, even if one tries to handle the book carefully.

This will make the Rider book have a far lower resale value.


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