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Heimat 2 - Chronicle Of A Generation [DVD]
Heimat 2 - Chronicle Of A Generation [DVD]
Dvd ~ Edgar Reitz
Price: £29.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite beauty, 22 Oct. 2014
First of all, don't read the review "Does Everything Important Escape the Camera's Eye? Proving Reinhard (Partly) Wrong ..." if you have not watched the series yet.

That review has serious unwarned plot spoilers in the last paragraphs . You will enjoy this series far better if you don't know what is going to happen in the end.

One important thing to know about Heimat 2 is that you can watch the series even if you did not watch Heimat as there is very little relation between stories. Only one character from Heimat appears here, the young musician Hermann Simon, who is the main personage of Heimat 2. Actually, I prefer Heimat 2 to Heimat because the story unfolds in one decade instead of sixty years or so as it is in Heimat, making for a less fragmented story.

Heimat 2 is mainly about the life of music and film students in Munich in the 60s. It is a fascinating story, most of the time, but I don't see Edgar Reitz as a great story teller. The story is fragmented, he changed the age of the main character so he could start the story in 1960, and the quality of the story declines considerably in the last two episodes.

That said, Edgar Reitz is a unique, fantastic "image teller" .

Heimat 2, even more than Heimat, has exquisite and extraordinarily beautiful images. They are not "post card" beautiful. They are moments of pure cinema, pure visual beauty. The beauty of many moments of Heimat 2 is really unique, really exquisite.

There is so much movement and life in the frames of those moments! It is utterly beautiful, utterly moving. Even a very ordinary sequence such as getting in a taxi is transformed, in Heimat 2, in moments of sheer visual beauty.

Edgar Reitz started the series Heimat, as it says in the booklet of Heimat, because he was upset with the biased vision of Germany history shown in the American TV series "Holocaust". But that was "Heimat".
The box set has no booklet and there are no extras in the dvds. The packaging is poor. There are 13 episodes of almost two hours each. The episodes were originally broadcast on 4:3 so you will need to change the format on your tv otherwise you will see stretched images.

"Heimat 2" is mainly about music, filming, literature, photography, painting and young people trying to discover new ways of expressing their artistic minds. Never mind the silliness and gratuitousness of most of their experiments. The story is fascinating and, after watching all episodes in about a week, I miss the personages as if they were real, as if I was in some magical holiday and am back to the mediocre reality of 2014.

But what I really love about Heimat 2 is the visual story, the absolute beauty of images. The director uses, sometimes, special effects that are a little silly and now dated. But there are some sequences of Heimat 2 that I will watch again ten, twenty times. I never saw anything like what I saw in "Heimat 2" and I saw many thousands of films.

I am going to order Heimat 3 and the documentary "The Making of Heimat". There is a prequel to Heimat, "Home from Home", that apparently goes back to the 19th century. It was shown last year in Venice but, so far, it seems that the latest Heimat is available only in French or German.


Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Natural 16oz / 453g
Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Natural 16oz / 453g
Offered by reloads
Price: £11.80

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much sugar (40%!!!), 16 Oct. 2014
I eat buckets of peanut butter and was looking for a low fat peanut butter powder to mix with whey protein and make a good tasting smoothie.
I still didn't find a good peanut butter powder. This one here is very popular ( more than one thousand reviews on Amazon US) but, although it does have much less fat than traditional peanut butter it also has much more carbohydrate. Peanut butter has around 15 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams or 15%. This product here has around 40 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams or 40%...

It is just too much sugar and that spoils the low fat factor.


Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Chocolate Peanut Butter
Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Chocolate Peanut Butter
Offered by Buy Zone Direct
Price: £7.02

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too much sugar (40%!!!), 16 Oct. 2014
I eat buckets of peanut butter and was looking for a low fat peanut butter powder to mix with whey protein and make a good tasting smoothie.
I still didn't find a good peanut butter powder. This one here is very popular ( more than one thousand reviews on Amazon US) but, although it does have much less fat than traditional peanut butter it also has much more carbohydrate. Peanut butter has around 15 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams or 15%. This product here has around 40 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams or 40%...

It is just too much sugar and it spoils the low fat factor.


Powdered Peanut Butter - 85% Less Fat and Calories(Size: 6.5-Ounce)
Powdered Peanut Butter - 85% Less Fat and Calories(Size: 6.5-Ounce)
Offered by Best Health Shop
Price: £6.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much sugar (40% !!!), 16 Oct. 2014
I eat buckets of peanut butter and was looking for a low fat peanut butter powder to mix with whey protein and make a good tasting smoothie.
I still didn't find a good peanut butter powder. This one here is very popular ( more than one thousand reviews on Amazon US) but, although it does have much less fat than traditional peanut butter it also has much more carbohydrate. Peanut butter has around 15 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams or 15%. This product here has around 40 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams or 40%...

It is just too much sugar and it spoils the low fat factor.


Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas
Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas
Price: £133.13

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bach's voices, 15 Oct. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is my favourite cantatas set although I would not say it is the best one.

It is my favourite because it uses period instruments and the songs have no women's voices so the cantatas in this set are closer to the way Bach composed them than in other sets.

Voice is an instrument. I see reviewers making the distinction between modern and "historically informed period" instruments all the time when thez write about Bach's cantatas but the political correctness stops them of including voice as an instrument.

Bach composed the sacred cantatas having the voices of men and boys in mind. Being the ultimate composer, he knew exactly what he was doing and what he wanted. He was an expert in organ building and had a strong interest in instruments so I don't see why he wouldn't pay attention, whilst composing a cantata, to who would sing it.

To have women's voices instead of boys' voices makes for a noticeable difference and it causes Bach's cantatas to go off the track.

I am not saying that Bach cantatas should not have women's voices. What I am saying is that I prefer the cantatas that don't have women's voices.

I very much prefer women's voices to boy's voices . Women's voices are more beautiful and, on the top of that, women are obviously more skilled professional singers than boys could possibly be. But the fact that women are better singers than boys is very clear when I hear one of Bach's cantatas. The contrast between voices of men and women is higher than the contrast between voices of men and boys because of the difference in sound and skill. That higher contrast was not on Bach's mind when he composed the cantatas simply because he composed them for men's and boys' voices.

That said, I dislike two things about this set. One is the usual lack of texts in Warner's sets. Warner is one of the largest recording companies but, despite of that, is by far the meanest one and their sets almost always have dreadful presentations. Never mind texts for the songs. Many new sets released by Warner don't have even a booklet...

This expensive set doesn't have the texts for the cantatas.

I have all texts for the cantatas because I got them from the Hänssler set. But if I didn't have that set then I would need to do some DIY and I don't like that. I want to buy complete products, not unfinished products that I have to finish myself.

The second thing I don't like about this set is that the technical quality of the sound, in general, is not as good as it is in the Hänssler set ( Rilling) or SDG set (Gardiner), for example.


Listening to Music
Listening to Music
by Craig M. Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £72.87

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The book is very incomplete, 12 Oct. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Listening to Music (Paperback)
The book itself is very good and it has a "look inside" where you can check the index and also several pages of the book. The "look inside" here is very good and it makes for something similar to the most helpful review, in my opinion, about a book : Browsing through it in a library or book store.

But there is a serious problem with this book. If you buy the book as a way of teaching yourself music then you will need to go further than the book. You will need a basic 2cd set or a complete 5 cd set with examples of classical music. You will also need a cd with popular and global music. They are not included in the book. There is a cd included but it covers only the music from chapters 1 to 3.
The book has 39 chapters.

You will also need a code access to a course mate website. It costs £42 and you will find them on cengagebrain dot com ( I wrote like this otherwise Amazon might delete the website address). But the course is for the 6th edition, not the international edition. I don't know if there is any relevant difference.

The book is constantly referring to the website so you will really need access to the website and to have all cds if you want to make good use of this book. I am fine with that but what I really disliked is that the whole thing is so messy. I had to spend some time looking for information on the internet that should have been provided in the information about the book, to begin with.

The book on its own is very incomplete. You will need to buy, separately, cds and a code access to a website with videos etc. I am fine with that but why did they make it so difficult to find information about that?


Powerbar Protein Plus Vanilla Coconut 55g Pack of 15
Powerbar Protein Plus Vanilla Coconut 55g Pack of 15
Price: £17.97

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not so good when you look closer, 28 Sept. 2014
At first sight this is a very good whey protein bar but looking closely I realised that it is another less than good protein bar because:
It has little amount of whey protein. Most of its protein is from casein, a good protein but not as good as whey.
It has practically no fiber
It contains the dreadful fructose ( the toxic one, not the fruit one)
it contains one of those not so healthy sugar alcohol sweeteners : sorbitol syrup. ( the cappuccino flavour) . Different flavours have, obviously, different ingredients but their nutritional values are similar

The nutritional information per 55grams bar of 30% protein plus bar :

Protein 16,7g
of which casein 12,1g
of which whey protein 2,3g
of which soy protein 2,2g
Carbohydrate 24,1g
of which sugars19,0g
Fat 5,8g
of which saturates 3,1g
Fibre 0,61g

This is the generic information for the flavour Cappuccino-Caramel Crisp. Other flavours will have similar information and they all contain fructose, besides the low amount of whey protein and almost zero fiber.

Don't order this bar if you care about your health. But it is not all bad news because, odd enough, the Powerbar Protein Plus 33% is far better than the protein plus 30% bar here. I have no idea why two protein bars from the same manufacturer are so different. Look at this:

The nutritional information per 90g of a Powerbar 33% protein plus bar:
Protein29,9g
of which
Casein12,4g
Whey Protein11,9g
Soy Protein5,2g
Fat 11,7g
of which saturates 3,8g
Carbohydrate 25,5g
of which sugars 25g
Fibre 10,2g

This is the generic information for the flavour vanilla-raspberry flavour.

The bottom line is that a 33% protein plus 90 g bar has over three times more whey protein than the 30% bar and almost half the carbohydrates, proportionally, of the 30% bar.
You get much more protein (and a better quality one at that) and much less carbohydrate.
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Protein, 12 Bars, (75 g) Each
Protein, 12 Bars, (75 g) Each

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A healthy protein bar, 28 Sept. 2014
This is the healthiest protein bar I could find so far.

What I like about it:
It has not nasty sweeteners or other chemicals so present in whey protein bars. This bar is really all natural.
It has a good amount of fiber, what you won't find in most protein bars
It tastes good
It doesn't have added vitamins and minerals what is a good thing because vitamins and minerals added to protein bars are always cheaper forms of low quality that end up forcing you to have lesser amounts of good quality vitamins and minerals in order to keep an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals.

What I don't like about it:
It has too much carbohydrates
The protein is from rice and almond.
It is a little dry
It is good protein but certainly not close to the quality of whey protein. On the other hand, it is an excellent option for vegetarians (I am not one. I wish I was but I didn't reach that level yet) as it has no ingredients of animal origin.

The ingredients of the bar are
Organic Almond Butter, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Dates, Organic Tapioca, Organic Bio SproutsTM - FlaOrganic Biodynamic(tm) (Demeter) Raisins, Organic Sesame Seeds

And its nutritional values per 75 grams bar are

Total Fat 13g
Saturated fat 1.6g
Total Carbohydrate 33g
Total Dietary Fiber 9g
Trans Fatty Acids 0g
Sugars 18g
Cholesterol 0mg
Protein 22g
Sodium 5mg
Calories 330
Fat Calories 117

The bar is 100% raw. It has no soy, no whey, no GMO, no trans fats, no table sugar, no dairy


PhD Nutrition Diet Whey Bars 24 x 50g Bar(s) - Choc Cookie
PhD Nutrition Diet Whey Bars 24 x 50g Bar(s) - Choc Cookie
Offered by Pure Source Nutrition
Price: £27.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars too many bad chemicals in it, 28 Sept. 2014
I am looking for a good protein bar with low carbs and thought this PH bar would be a solution. Unfortunately, there is nothing diet about this bar. Each bar contains 27% of carbohydrates, what is about the average of other protein bars. The very stupid thing about this bar is that they replaced ordinary sugar for three different kinds of not so healthy sweeteners: Isomalt, maltitol and sucralose !!!

Add to that non hydrogenated palm and palm kernel oil, an E number additive (E 476) plus flavourings and what you have, in terms of artificial ingredients, is something not much different from a bar of soap...

Moreover, the form of chromium in this bar is a cheaper one which has poor bioavailability (NIH- Office of Dietary Supplements) . The E476 is, apparently, a harmless additive but I stay away from any E numbers. Just in case.

Maybe some E numbers are not so bad but, it seems to me, all artificial sweeteners are not good for one's health. Two of the artificial sweeteners in this bar are sugar alcohols. These two sweeteners, "because they are not completely absorbed, can ferment in the intestines and cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea. People can have different reactions to different sugar alcohols. Careful experimentation is advised."(about health)
There is more: "if maltitol has ¾ of the sweetness of sugar, ¾ the calories of sugar, and ¾ the glycemic index of sugar, it isn't a far leap to the conclusion that you need ¼ more maltitol to get the same effect of sugar, which will give you close to the same effect in most other ways (except for dental cavities). You are basically getting expensive sugar. And...a bonus:"

The bonus is the following, from a different source:
"The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition notes that maltitol is associated with stomach and abdominal pain in adults. A placebo controlled, double-blind study on health volunteers showed that consuming levels as low as 40 g of maltitol daily would trigger side effects of abdominal pain." Livestrong.com

What they mean by "abdominal pain" is bloating, intestinal gas, cramping and even diarrhoea.

The third sweetener, sucralose, is even worse. Read this: "Splenda (sucralose) is being downgraded from "safe" to "caution" after an Italian animal study linked sucralose to a higher risk of developing leukaemia...Dr. Morando Soffritti, director of the Ramazzini Institute in Bologna, Italy, and team fed 843 laboratory mice varying doses of sucralose from when they were fetuses until they died.

Post-mortems showed an association between leukemia risk and lifetime sucralose consumption - the more sucralose they consumed, the higher their risk of leukaemia."
Medical News Today.

Palm oil plantations have a very negative impact in the environment. Besides, palm oil is certainly not as good as people might think : "Palm oil naturally contains palmitic acid, a fatty acid that may increase your chances of weight gain and obesity. A 2005 issue of the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" included a study on the overall effects of a diet high in palmitic acid in healthy young adults. The study found that an increase in palmitic acid intake led to lower fat oxidation rates and a decrease in metabolism. As a result, researchers concluded that a diet high in palmitic acid may increase the chances of obesity and insulin resistance."

So, this diet bar contains, besides all its artificial and unhealthy chemicals, an oil that "may increase the chances of obesity and insulin resistance".

This Ph diet bar is utter rubbish. It manages, with its sugar alcohols, to impact the blood sugar level and insulin in a similar way of table sugar adding the disadvantage of abdominal discomfort and , maybe, increased chances of getting one of the worse types of cancer.


The Complete Aeschylus: Volume II: Persians and Other Plays: v. 2 (Greek Tragedy in New Translations)
The Complete Aeschylus: Volume II: Persians and Other Plays: v. 2 (Greek Tragedy in New Translations)
by Aeschylus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars A NEW TRANSLATION IS NOT A BETTER TRANSLATION, 25 Sept. 2014
Don't order this book if you don't like dumbed down translations.

This book is part of a collection of "Greek Tragedy in New Translations". It is a shame that the translation is so awful because it is not that easy to find books on Greek classic theatre. Besides, the book itself has nice off white pages and also a very nice binding.

Who reads Aeschylus today, apart from academics and students? Do they think that young people will read the book just because the translation is dumbed down?

I decided, some time ago, to the read classic Greek texts. I knew some of them but wanted to go through them with method, this time. The collection, that this book is part of , seem to be perfect for my purposes but unfortunately I couldn't pass through the mediocre translation.

I have here examples of different translations:
Prometheus Bound
This book's translation "Clamp this troublemaking bastard to the rock". Troublemaking bastard ? I imagined myself in a pub, not in Greece B.C

The translation in the excellent "Greek Drama for the Common Reader" by F.L. Lucas
"bind this miscreant
Against your precipice of beetling crag".

The translation in the excellent "Loeb Classical Library", by H. Weir Smyth
"clamp this miscreant upon the high-beetling crags"

The Translation in "The Complete Plays of Aeschylus" by Gilbert Murray
"against the marge of this sky piercing precipice...bind...this wrecker of the law"

The translation in "Aeschylus - Persians and other Plays" by Christopher Collard
harness this malefactor to high, rocky cliffs

I had to consult the dictionary whilst reading some of the older translations and that is a very good thing because it enriches my vocabulary. You always learn more than just the meaning of a word when you consult a dictionary.

The "troublemaking bastard" is just one example amongst many I could use. The book has other plays translated by different translators but the general idea of dumbing down the translation is always present.
I understand that the English in "Loeb Classical Library" is a little distant from contemporary English, for example, but the translation of Christopher Collard, for example, is pretty modern without dumbing down the language.

I like H.Weir Smyth, F. L. Lucas and Christopher Collard's translations. They make me feel as if I was witnessing a Greek tragedy unfolding thousands of years ago. This "new" translation makes me feel that I am in a pub and the stupid tv, unfortunately omnipresent in pubs today, is too loud.

To put classic Greek drama in "jeans" impoverishes the language, the drama and life itself. The mediocre idea of making everything the same, this lazy search for sameness dumbs down the culture, dumbs down people's minds and impoverishes the diversity of life.

The 23 august edition of the magazine "New Scientist" has "dumbing down" as its cover story. A neurogeneticist says, in the article, that "if you want to make people smarter, educate them better".

Oh, well, calling a titan of the Greek mythology a "troublemaking bastard" is the opposite of a better education in any sense.
What is especially upsetting about dumbed down translations is that they take over the market and it makes more difficult to find older, better translations


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