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Lyke Wake Dirge
Lyke Wake Dirge
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4.0 out of 5 stars A passionate performance., 8 Aug. 2014
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A passionate performance of this traditional English song by Canadian Buffy Sainte-Marie.
She gets the fear in the song, which some performances of the song miss.
The reason it does not get 5 out 5 is occassionaly her voice seems a little over the top.


A Storm of Swords, Part 2: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
A Storm of Swords, Part 2: Blood and Gold (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3)
by George R. R. Martin
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An effortless read, 8 Aug. 2014
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A fast passed read. It creates an immaginary world that is so well described with believable well drawn characters that you can almost believe it while reading the book.


A Lyke-Wake Dirge
A Lyke-Wake Dirge
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good performance of this song would probably not convince you ..., 8 Aug. 2014
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To me this method of performing this famous traditional English bit of music, does not suit the song.
Johnathan Veira's voice sounds more suited to an operatic song than performing a folk dirge that contains dialectical words and dread of afterlife punishments for a life spent ungenerously.
A good performance of this song would probably not convince you of the purgertory beliefs in the song but make you think of putting some food in the poor peoples food bank just to make sure. I do not see how this performance of the song would do this.


Kentucky Avenue
Kentucky Avenue
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching sung tale of problem childhood., 4 Jun. 2014
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Touching sung tale of problem childhood.
Some lyrics are not clear but with the passion of the singing and the strength of most of the lyrics it wins through.


The Killing - Series 1
The Killing - Series 1
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here, 4 Jun. 2014
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Sorry to the many fans of this series but this did not appeal to me.
Reviewers would have you believe it breaks new ground I just do not see how.
The red herrings get tedious after a while, and some plot tricks seem old hat like like the stress of the crime causing presure on a marriage.
In the end it seems like an over extended Whodunnit.
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The Impossible
The Impossible
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2.0 out of 5 stars Just not exciting to me., 13 April 2014
This review is from: The Impossible (Amazon Video)
The story may be true but truth does not usually make a good film script. The main problem was there hardly any doubt as to what would happen meaning no suspense.


The Mercy Seat (2010 Digital Remaster)
The Mercy Seat (2010 Digital Remaster)

4.0 out of 5 stars Comparing it with singles version, 29 Mar. 2013
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Comparing it with singles version this remastered album is almost 50% longer.
Also the spoken words near the start are a little less unclear.


Acctim 14112 Europa Alarm Clock, White
Acctim 14112 Europa Alarm Clock, White
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good., 29 Mar. 2013
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I have used it now for about 5 weeks and there are no problems so far.
It seems a good quiet alarm clock.


Murder Ballads
Murder Ballads
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 star, 5 Mar. 2013
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The albums songs are in many different styles from tragic to black comic, from old fashioned to modern. All but the last one are linked by being about a murder or murders. The best is the opening one 'Song of Joy' where we have a multiple murder described by a possibly unreliable narrator. Stagger Lee is a masterpiece of song story telling and the Curse of Millhaven is a black comic masterpiece.
The reason why its not a 5 star partly because the song Henry Lee is too repetetive and also it is not quiet clear how the religious song at the end relates to what has gone before, even though it is well performed.


Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong
Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong
by Jonathan Wells PhD
Edition: Paperback
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2.0 out of 5 stars A flawed book by a leading Intelligent Design advocate, 28 Oct. 2012
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In this book the author makes his point by criticising certain ideas(or icons) found in evolutionary textbooks.
Jonathan Wells has not convinced me but it's not quiet clear what he is trying to convince the reader of. For instance he spends most of the book sniping at evolution,then towards the end of the book (in the chapter on horse evolution) he criticises recent diagrams of horse evolution, that are branching rather than of a single line, for implying that evolution is undirected. So is evolution OK after all provided evolution writers acknowledge a divine hand in it? To add to the confusion the next chapter criticises the famous simplified diagram of human evolution for showing evolution from apes to humans as a simple straight line, which is like the old diagrams which show evolution of horses as a straight line rather than a branching tree like the new diagrams Wells has earlier in the book criticized. It appears writers of evolutionary diagrams cannot win with Wells.

But what about Jonathan Wells idea about directed evolution (presumably by the author's god, he is a member of the Unification Church). The problem is how do you test for it, to make it into a scientific theory, pray? There is the additional problem with assuming God can provide the solution, if you cannot think how undirected evolution caused the animals of Earth to come into being. Assuming God did it is perhaps no solution at all. It's like the ancient idea of instead of working out how the lightening and hail forms you assume God(s) directly did it. Scientifically it seems like giving up.

But is there any good criticism of evolutionary textbooks in this book? He makes a few good points like in the chapter on the Four winged Flie mutation. How ever the book contains a lot that is exaggerated and some that is incomplete and some that is just plain wrong. For instance he says 'Archaeopteryx has been quietly shelved' [by scientists]. But this is plain untrue as is shown by the fact there was a scientific journal called 'Archaeopteryx' in operation in the years after this book was published.
A good example of the author's exaggeration is found in the chapter 'Haeckel's Embryos'. This contains the old charge that the 19th Century Scientist Ernst Haeckel drew diagrams of embryos (sometimes used in textbooks on evolution) that were false. There may be something in this but its hopelessly overstated here. He accuses Haeckel of not being merely wrong but faking, however the embryo diagrams Wells uses to demonstrate this includes maternal material like yolk, Haeckel quiet clearly stated he did not include such material because its not really part of the embryo. Wells then goes on to say Darwin used these 'fakes' in his seminal work despite them being published years after Darwin's Origin of Species. He also bafflingly accuses palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould of hiding the truth about Haeckel's embryos despite the latter persons numerous criticisms of Haeckel.

In short Jonathan Wells argues his case vigorously but his book has too many exaggerations and errors to be useful.


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