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Hidden St Andrews: Discover The Hidden History of One of Scotland's Oldest Towns
Hidden St Andrews: Discover The Hidden History of One of Scotland's Oldest Towns
by Susan McMullan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent purchase for anyone with an interest in St Andrews, 9 Jun. 2014
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I have to admit I find St Andrews an intriguing place. The blend of old town, University town, former ecclesiastical town and golfing Mecca make is something unique. Perhaps because it exists at something of a 'dead end' on the main road network it has managed to maintain that uniqueness.
Previous books I have read (and owned, as I seem to have amassed quite a collection) have been, in my opinion, always a touch disappointing as they tended to focus more on specifics within the town - the golfing for example, or the University. This book however, is different. In a simple, easy to follow format, it explores each district, picking out the unusual and the hidden. Okay, some may take issue, with the term 'hidden' as some of the places explored are quite overt, but that is nit picking! Susan has done a great job here in blending the known with the lesser known and in doing so produced an enjoyable book for the armchair traveller and also one that will find it's way into the backpack of those keen to explore the back ways and bye ways of this wonderful place. Okay, it's not an academic work and not earnest in the way some other titles are but that's to it's credit. And a great price too for a well produced hardback! Recommended, without reservation.


A Year in the Life of Greenwich Park
A Year in the Life of Greenwich Park
by Anthony Quiney
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book for a great Park, 12 Feb. 2014
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Of all the London parks I am continually drawn to Greenwich Park. Perhaps it's the setting, leading down to the Thames or what it contains - not least the Old Royal Observatory. I was surprised, however, to discover there has been a whole book produced about it. And pleasantly surprised. I have tended to be a fair weather visitor, enjoying long summer days exploring the park and it's environs. This book has shown me this is, to paraphrase, a park for all seasons. There are wonderful vistas to find, great sweeps of lawn-style grass and intimate corners. This book describes them all and shows them to the best in each season. Anyone yet to visit Greenwich will find it a place that needs time to explore in full; after reading this book you'll probably want to devote more time to the Park alone. Recommended!


Hugo [2011] [DVD]
Hugo [2011] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Asa Butterfield
Price: £4.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun adventure with a serious historical tale, 3 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Hugo [2011] [DVD] (DVD)
When this film first appeared I yawned and thought 'another showcase for 3D movies' and gave it no more consideration. Later, however, I discovered it not to be a children's film but rather a deeper tale and one that told the true story (albeit in heavily dramatised form) of the later life of Georges Méliès. It's a fascinating tale, especially if you know a little of Georges Méliès's earlier film output (such as the peerless 'Voyage to the Moon'. The film is clearly constructed for 3D - with the usual exaggerated longitudinal perspective, but none the worse for it. If you have a 3D TV then enjoy it as such, but the 3D bit is by no means essential to the production. Just enjoy it!
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Clever Digital Photography Ideas: Using Your Camera Out and About
Clever Digital Photography Ideas: Using Your Camera Out and About
Price: £3.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Concise clever ideas, 3 Feb. 2014
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Some may think that it's stating the obvious but this little ebook is perfect for stimulating your creative juices and using your camera for more than just taking so-so photos. I would, however, suggest forgoing this title and buying the larger book - 100 Clever Digital Photography Ideas, by the same author, of which this book is a selection of 'ideas'


Photo Plus Mobile Phone Tripod Mount for iPhone 5 iPhone 4S iPhone 4
Photo Plus Mobile Phone Tripod Mount for iPhone 5 iPhone 4S iPhone 4
Offered by meiegouk
Price: £3.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect bracket for an iPhone, 3 Feb. 2014
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There's not much you can say about this other than it does what it is supposed to, and does so very well. It's easy to slip your iphone (any variant) in, and then mount it on a tripod head or tripod bush screw to firmly mount your camera. It's particularly useful if you like using the panoramic mode as you can easily pan the camera precisely for perfect results.


MB-D10 MBD10 Battery Grip + 2x EN-EL3 Batteries 1800 mAh for NIKON D900 D700S D300S D300 SLR Cameras
MB-D10 MBD10 Battery Grip + 2x EN-EL3 Batteries 1800 mAh for NIKON D900 D700S D300S D300 SLR Cameras
Offered by bpsltduk
Price: £200.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, and a sensible price, 3 Feb. 2014
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Ever been caught short when your battery power gives up? And you find your back up battery was left at home? This battery grip doubles the range of shooting and gives you an extra shutter release for when you have the camera in portrait format. As such it's pretty standard fair. The bonus for me was that it seemed as robust and durable as the manufacturer's own (substantially) more expensive model plus it came with two additional camera batteries. As such that's an incredible price for a very useful product. There's also an AA battery insert included for those times you do run out of camera-battery power. Recommended!


Unbuilt Bristol: The City That Might Have Been 1750-2050
Unbuilt Bristol: The City That Might Have Been 1750-2050
by Eugene Byrne
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 'might have been' tales, 3 Feb. 2014
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It's frustrating sometimes to see what magnificent buildings a city might have boasted were circumstances - and planners - not given too much of a hand in decisions. If you live in Bristol or have a love for the city then this book shows some of the marvellous - and some less than marvellous - schemes that could have graced the city.
Some are familiar - the alternate designs for the Clifton Bridge, for example, others were partially built - such as the city wide elevated walkway scheme but many others didn't see the light of day. Imagine, for example, the docks being filled in and used as an express way linking the M32 with the Cumberland Basin. Or a Harbourside Arts Centre that would have been the envy of the world. Or even (and Bristolians will recognise the irony) an arena venue. And a metro system. We're still talking about the last two, and still no where nearer a solution.
In short a great read that shows how short sightedness can be both a handicap and a boon when it comes to civic building projects.


Building Your Book for Kindle
Building Your Book for Kindle
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A useful primer, 24 Nov. 2013
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If you're planning to publish on Kindle it's remarkably simple. However there are a few details you need to follow. This book explains what. Easy to read, easy to follow. Mac users may be a little irritated by the use of Windows Word, but a little knowledge of Word for Mac will see you right!


The New English Garden
The New English Garden
by Tim Richardson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant exploration of horticultural delights in the twenty-first century, 5 Nov. 2013
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Visiting landscaped gardens is a pasttime many people enjoy. The UK is blessed with many such places that we can explore and which show us the characteristics of garden design across the centuries. So often we covet medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian gardens, to the point that many people today ape their designs in new gardens. It's a bit like architectural design: contemporary designers choose to copy Victorian and Edwardian buildings rather than create something bold and striking for today. And that's a pity. What legacy will the twentieth and twenty-first century leave?
This book (and it's a big, heavy one!) shows us what and celebrates contemporary design. It is packed with names of gardens that to many - even those well versed with gardens - are new. What quickly becomes clear is that there is plenty of imaginative and compelling design in new gardens and they can be just as good as their more established forebears. Credit must go to Andrew Lawson, the photographer too, whose images do much to convey the wonder and beauty in these sometimes secret places.
There's variety here too: from the small scale (the Living Wall Garden of the Athenaeum Hotel) through the rapidly evolving Olympic Park in London (I'm writing this in 2013 as it's undergoing it's transformation) to the exciting (in my eyes) Througham Court.
This is the archetypal 'coffee table' book, but to call it that would be to do it a disservice. I'd call it a landmark book, a book that both visually and descriptively defines gardening in the early twenty-first century. If that sound a bit pompous or earnest, then ignore those comments and just sit back and enjoy this as an enjoyable book. It's well produced and put together too, so I can recommend it unreservedly.


The Queen's House
The Queen's House
by Dr. Pieter Van der Merwe
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and comprehensive book, 5 Nov. 2013
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Greenwich, in South East London is something of a bubble: surrounded by bland - and often disappointing - industrial suburbia it is an island of the interesting, intriguing and beautiful. It is a World Heritage site and rightly so, with the National Maritime Museum, Old Royal Naval College and Old Royal Observatory headlining the 'must see' landmarks. I've always been disappointed, then, that there is no corresponding landmark book about the area. Yes, there are works (such as those of Clive Aslet) that are authoritative and compelling but nothing that conveys and celebrates the visual beauty too.
If such a book were to be written (and I hope that is the case) then this book, that celebrates The Queens House should be the exemplar. The Queen's House is part of the National Maritime museum and home to some of their collection of artworks, but for most people it is part of the splendid view from the Observatory, something to be viewed from the outside rather than within. This book, though, shows the importance of the house and why it is an essential part of any visit to Greenwich. Pieter Van Der Merwe's narrative is all encompasing, taking in the history of the area before the house was built though it's history as a home and museum/art gallery and looks forward to 2016 (I'm writing this in 2013). It's also copiously illustrated. I must admit my first look at the book was just a flick though those imposing images, but they quickly draw you in!
Any negatives? Just the format. I'd have like to have seen the book a little larger, to make the most of those images. And a softer binding, so it would open flat a little more. But those are practical comments and nothing to do with content. I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Greenwich and I hope that Pieter (and perhaps other experts) might, one day, produce similar works - or a similar work - to cover the whole of the World Heritage site!


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