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Collins Birds By Behaviour
Collins Birds By Behaviour
by Dominic Couzens
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique approach to identification, 15 Jan 2013
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As a relatively inexperienced Birdwatcher I have tried (with varying success) to find a good field guide - generally speaking the Collins guide (Mullarney, Svensson et al) is by far the best as far as a very high quality book with a standard approach goes; however this book is something which I think is quite unique. Firstly by identifying different behaviours it allows you to search for that unknown bird in a very different way, secondly instead of stumbling around different plumages, it actively encourages you to look at what the bird is doing. As a very, very amateur photographer I know it is all too easy to look but not see. By concentrating on how the bird is behaving (IN ADDITION to usual plumage, markings etc.) this book encourages much more active birdwatching. I would say that alone the book probably is not sufficient but it makes that clear from the outset. A fantastic book that I recommend utterly - I'm certain experienced and inexperienced birdwatchers alike can take something from this.


Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland
Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland
by Richard Lewington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and genuinely fits your pocket!, 16 Dec 2012
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For a highly informative guide with beautiful illustrations of larval stages, male and female butterflies, distribution maps and highly readable text you should look no further. I'm by no means an expert and this suited me perfectly. I daresay those more familiar through to fully fledged lepidopterists will find something here.


The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe
The Birdwatcher's Pocket Guide to Britain and Europe
by Rob Hume
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very fine field guide, BUT..., 20 Mar 2011
On the whole I totally agree with the 5 star reviews I have already read so I'm not going to repeat what others have accurately described. I have used it regularly since buying it and it is handy, pocket sized and comprehensive.
Now the BUT... it might seem like only a small thing but there are no distribution maps which can be clincher's in identifying troublesome birds when you're out and about (at least while you are relatively new to birdwatching, although I would suggest this is essential long-term).

The Collins guide mentioned in other reviews has the maps and more detailed descriptions, BUT it is not so 'pocket'-sized, I suppose to fit into so neat and durable a book something has to give?


The Punisher 2: War Zone [DVD] [2009]
The Punisher 2: War Zone [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Ray Stevenson
Price: £3.16

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 7 Dec 2009
It scares me to notice other reviews say this is better than the other films.
Yes, Jigsaw's part is quite hammy, what the hell else could you do with that script? In fact this part is the highlight of an otherwise awful film. Using this marvel character there's room to explore a bit of wrongs and rights, revenge etc. (very old, worn themes but why not?). High comedy moment is the drama of Frank Castle's guilt at 'accidentally taking out one of the good guys' - he gives the good guys' wife the opportunity to shoot him, to make amends, assuage his guilt etc. Her daughter, unperturbed by a gun, watching her mother shoot someone, or just generally sitting out on the porch in the middle of the night manages to save Frank by demanding her red crayon!!! Nearly wet myself. Dear oh dear. Back to the gratuitous violence then. Awful.


Make Another World
Make Another World
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Price: £7.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Belter, 7 Dec 2009
This review is from: Make Another World (Audio CD)
I'll keep this short. I have always "liked" Idlewild a lot, but never quite got wildly enthusiastic. UNTIL NOW. This album made me revisit them. THIS album is quite simply one of the best indie rock albums of the last few years. Most importantly for so many albums over the last decade, it bears repeated listening. In fact it seems to have been crafted (yes crafted) as an album like albums used to be built, with a bit of thought. Not a couple of singles with a bunch of fillers. But an ALBUM. No not just a CD. An ALBUM. I'm writing this review having bought the album when it first came out, and I am still listening to it, again and again - in Dec 2009. How often do you say that you do that? Honestly? And at this price you should buy several, cause you might well wear one out.


The Da Vinci Code [2006] [DVD] [2007]
The Da Vinci Code [2006] [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £2.59

17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Conspiracy of idiocy?, 27 Jan 2008
What a completely horrendous film - if I can paraphrase from a published review (Sight & Sound)- one of the best things about it is you don't have to go through the ordeal of the appallingly written book. It is awful, the action nothing to do with cleverly moving the plot on, just a hackneyed attempt to keep your attention. Truly dire.


Recycler
Recycler
Offered by nationwide
Price: £4.88

5.0 out of 5 stars The guts of The Replacements with added guitars!, 3 Nov 2002
This review is from: Recycler (Audio CD)
If you ever need a bit more of the 'mats rock'n'roll yearning, with some chunkier guitars and some truly great songs - try this. If maybe you feel the Goo Goo Dolls were always a bit too wimpy and Superchunk have gone a bit too introspective you'll find this somewhere around the middle. This release is a compilation of old and new stuff. The problem with that sort of thing USUALLY is that there's just too much to listen to - here 23 tracks over 77 minutes and not a second wasted.


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