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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Wordsworth Classics)
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Wordsworth Classics)
by Robert Tressell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and Enraging in Equal Measure, 3 July 2014
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Although this book is a classic, I had never heard of it until someone recommended it to me. Couldn't put it down, it both enthralled and enraged. Having been written in the early 1900s the grinding poverty and starvation in an age of no Welfare State is something that most of us in the UK have never known, but the system that created that poverty is still with us and as we see that system slowly, but surely, trying to return to the days when working people had no rights and constantly lived on the edge of starvation, it is easy to empathise with the characters. The most striking thing about the book, is how it is so easy to recognise amongst ones acquaintances and work colleagues people who fit the characters in the book. It is also easy to realise that the arguments that were being put forward in the early part of the last century, which were largely being dismissed by a majority of people brain washed into believing that they have no choice and they cannot change the system, also ring true today. I would recommend this book to anyone, but particularly to anyone who thinks that the capitalist system will ever offer equality or hope to those at the bottom.


Winter Tales
Winter Tales
by George Mackay Brown
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A Nostalgic Tapestry of Island Life, 22 Oct 2013
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An assortment of short stories that transport the reader to a time long gone and a way of life that has almost disappeared. George Mackay Brown's writing is poetical and his knowledge of his topics and love of his Island are ever evident. This book leaves the reader feeling nostalgic for a life that none of us born mid 20th century or later can ever know.


Orkney and Shetland (Exploring Scotland's Heritage)
Orkney and Shetland (Exploring Scotland's Heritage)
by Anna Ritchie
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little dated but still interesting, 22 Oct 2013
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The book is a little dated both in style and photographs, but still gives an interesting summary of most of the historical and archaeological sites. If you are planning on a visit to Orkney or Shetland and have not been before, it may be worth a read before you go, or may even be worth taking the book with you to ensure that you don't miss anything.


Four Walls
Four Walls
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD by the Brilliant Ivan Drever, 22 Oct 2013
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I have not come across many people in England who are familiar with Ivan Drever's music - all I can say is give it a listen. Ivan's voice is pure magic. This CD has a mixture of tunes and songs and is worth buying if only for Ivan's beautiful rendition of the Braes O Gleniffer.


Notes From An Island
Notes From An Island
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Ivan Drever but not sure about this one., 28 Aug 2013
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I had never really listened to Ivan Drever before until I saw him live in Kirkwall this summer and liked him enough to buy two CDs on the night. Having played both virtually none stop since and now being totally in love with the man's voice I decided I needed to buy another CD. Sadly, this one was a bit of a disappointment in comparison to the others. For my taste, the style of this one was far too country and westernish, Ivan's voice is far better suited to the type of songs on the Orkney Years album than to be an "Orkney Cowboy." There are some good tracks such as The Balland of James and Isa Cursiter and Take the Song Home. The amazing tune the Rose of St Magnus which was brilliant as a live, solo guitar piece is somewhat spoilt on the CD by the addition of keyboard etc., which gives it an air of the sort of chill out music they sell on those press the CD stands in garden centres. Some of the lyrics on this one are a bit wet too. Definitely not his best CD, but easy to listen to and if you like C & W music you may love it.


The Man In The Moon
The Man In The Moon
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy M Stewart at his best, 28 Aug 2013
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Andy M Stewart is a master of conveying the emotion of a song. All of his stuff is great and this album is no exception. What makes this album really interesting is the very varied collection of songs from the modern and very beautiful original Man in the Moon written by Stewart's wife to the really ancient traditional songs, including one written by James V, this is a great album. Its a bit different to Stewart's Silly Wizard stuff and to the albums he has done with Phil Cunniningham but there is nothing wrong with different.


Unsung Heroes
Unsung Heroes
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Price: 5.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed down Ensiferum, 30 Sep 2012
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Not a bad album but definitely lacking something in comparison to earlier Ensiferum stuff. They seem to have lost their edge somehow and produced a rather strange offering with this one.


Myths of the Pagan North
Myths of the Pagan North
by Christopher Abram
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting review of the recording of the Norse Myths., 25 Feb 2012
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From the title this book appears to be a retelling of the Norse myths. The title, however, is a little misleading as this book actually looks mainly at how these myths were recorded, when and by whom. That said, this is an interesting and immensely readable book, an in depth look at a subject rarely, (if ever), looked at in modern literature; and highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the subject.


Black Water
Black Water
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Listen, 22 Feb 2012
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I bought this album after hearing the track Steel and Stone, had never heard of Kris Drever before that. After giving it a couple of listens, its a good album, traditional folk with a modern slant. Love the track Harvest Gypsies, Farewell to Funirary and Braw Sailing. One or two of the tracks have a bit too much of an American Country Music slant for my taste but that's just a personal thing and not something that would stop me recommending this album.


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5.0 out of 5 stars German Heathen Folk at its Best, 22 Feb 2012
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This is a great CD, anyone who likes Sonne Hagal will love it. It's difficult to describe Sonne Hagal to someone who is unfamiliar with the band and their sound, possibly the best weay to describe it is 'folk music but not as we know it.' What it is is dark, alternative, German neo folk at its best, the mythology of Germanic tribes runs through it. Many of the songs have a decidely Heathen feel - Raidho, Futhark, Midgard, The Runes are Still Alive, Midwinter Night etc. that will appeal to followers of the old pathways and those who love their heritage. Not that this limits the albums appeal the songs are good enough to stand on their own merits even if you have never heard of Odin. If you are looking for something different then give this a listen.

Not sure who is the lead singer on the track Futhark, but he sure has a voice that sends you weak at the knees!


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