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What on Earth Happened?: The Complete Story of the Planet, Life and People from the Big Bang to the Present Day
What on Earth Happened?: The Complete Story of the Planet, Life and People from the Big Bang to the Present Day
by Christopher Lloyd
Edition: Hardcover

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have item!, 17 Oct. 2008
Who say's history is boring? Here we learn how past history will shape things to come...

Christopher Lloyd's book is a complete walk through of history from the big bang to the present day.

Providing history with such a holistic overview is a powerful reason to buy this book and should be a 'must have' item for every Year 7 school child in the UK studying history. It provides the reader with a true sense of history over time and space and the interrelationship with the natural environment - something that most children don't get an appreciation of in school. (I should know being an ex-teacher!)

The flexibility of the book is something that stands out - on the one hand it is an excellent reference book that will not date, on the other hand the author's easy and amusing narrative style makes this also a very easy "pick up and read when you like" coffee table book!

For me, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read from cover to cover. A gift for any occassion that will not fail to disappoint.


Sony KDL-20S4000 - 20'' Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview
Sony KDL-20S4000 - 20'' Widescreen Bravia HD Ready LCD TV - With Freeview

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for five star quality, 15 Mar. 2008
Bought from Amazon in February 2008:
1. Plug and Play - simple to set up, excellent automatic tuning for both digital and analogue services
2. High quality picture with strong digital TV signal, excellent quality DVD picture particularly when using a 1800 upscaling DVD player (recommended) through HDI
3. Sound quality - excellent for a TV of this size - enough to fill an average sized living room
4. Not had to change any of the default settings for picture or sound quality - it is great as it is!
5. Channel surfing is quicker than many digital sets I have tried
6. Remote control is good - shame it is a grey colour (as per previous comments)
7. Has higher dynamic ratio than the Sony KDL20S3000 coloured TV range - which makes the picture better (compared in Sony shop) - the only major difference (and the fact it comes in black only!)

Highly recommended - we have it in our smallish typical sized living room for UK residents and it is absolutely brilliant - we did not want a new TV to dominate the landscape and this 20" is plenty big enough for good film viewing particularly if TV does not rule your home life.
Well done Sony - another fine product and I am so glad I have once again gone for a trusted and quality brand.


Aero
Aero
Offered by firefly-music-store
Price: £24.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aero Review - technically excellent but lacks innovation, 11 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Aero (Audio CD)
I have been a JMJ fan for many years, first introduced to the composer way in the early 80's back when my good friend Ben Sparrow's older brother had a vinyl LP of Oxygene crackling away on a delapidated record player....then, it's erie mixture of electronic synth noises and calmic effect contrasted well with the jumping needle and dark rural Herefordshire nights.
This album would not evoke such a similar mood, even though Equinox, Magnetic Fields and Oxygene tracks are included - re-mastering and digitising into 5.1 surround sound is fun but it misses that 'original Jarre magic'. There are too few new tracks - Aero and Aerology are superb (pity these are limited to two tracks) and although I do love to listen to the old Jarre tracks, I am desperate for him to now bring on a completely new album. I know that times have moved on, and I would not wish Jarre to 'mimic' albums gone by, but he would do well to re-view his music that made him unique and bring his dedicated fan base something different and less like the many amibient/chill out bands around. Do something different Jarre! This album is a fantastic compilation but that is all. I am waiting for Jarre to produce music like he used to - music that taps into your mood and penetrates deep into the listeners mind. I am waiting.....(like that fantastic 46 min track on 'Waiting for Cousteu' album!)


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