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The Law's Strangest Cases: Extraordinary But True Incidents from Over Five Centuries of Legal History (Strangest Series)
The Law's Strangest Cases: Extraordinary But True Incidents from Over Five Centuries of Legal History (Strangest Series)
by Peter Seddon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not good, 8 Jan. 2013
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This is the type of case reporting that comes out of the Daily Star. It has the most unpleasant snide tone, picks only sensationalist details and (as an earlier reviewer said) litters them liberally with aside that add nothing. Peter Sneddon proves legally ignorant in the constant errors before giving his own pontificating view on each case. The material is interesting but presented as if the author is writing to the worlds stupidest person. Not good. Buy a tabloid and look at the law section.


Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke 1858-1929
Catching the Light: The Art and Life of Henry Scott Tuke 1858-1929
by Catherine Wallace
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photo of sir Elton's privates, 8 Jan. 2013
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It's becoming sadly rare to see Elton John's private collection of Tukes but so many of them are here we can safely say the man has good taste in art. Tukes could paint and paint light that would have taught Monet a lesson. Aside from his male nudes, which imply more innocence than eroticism, there are his portraits and marine painting, so often neglected. In this book they are shown also, printed in excellent quality with clear colour, they prove Tukes as a brilliant marine and portrait painter too. Really worth buying this one, unfortunately difficult to get hold of now.


Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915
Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915
by Sharon Sadako Takeda
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £36.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book, 8 Jan. 2013
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A beautiful large book detailing historical fashion from an exhibition, things you rush past and don't notice, the details, workmanship and beading etc along with the styles themselves and how the evolved (or often didn't.) For the size, interest value and photography it's definitely worth the money


Balenciaga and Spain: Spanish Master
Balenciaga and Spain: Spanish Master
by Hamish Bowles
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A social history and a great designer combined, 8 Jan. 2013
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This is a book that compares Spanish social history with Balenciaga's couture, all printed beautifully. The essays are insightful and the dresses are fantastic. my only complaint is some of the comparisons are a little opportunistic. Other than that well worth a look.


William Etty: Art and Controversy
William Etty: Art and Controversy
by Sarah Burnage
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £29.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More controversy than art, 8 Jan. 2013
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William Etty is one of those artists that I don't know if I like or not, he is an academic artist but doesn't come close, in terms of ability, to artists like Alma-Tadema. He focuses mainly on clumsy looking nudes, occasionally beautiful but more often than not a little unpleasant looking. The essays are interesting and gush praise but the paintings they refer to don't quite live up to the admiration.

The book itself is interesting but I have a few complaints here too. It's printed with very poor quality, the colour isn't very vivid. I've seen some of Etty's paintings in galleries and I don't recall them looking so dull.

In conclusion then, this book is for an Etty fan and only useful to read the essays since the printing is poor. It isn't the best place to find academism worthy of admiration.


Sony VAIO SVL2412M1EB Intel® 2500 MHz 1000 GB HM76 , GeForce GT 620M DVB-T, Web Cam, 2 in 1 Card Reader
Sony VAIO SVL2412M1EB Intel® 2500 MHz 1000 GB HM76 , GeForce GT 620M DVB-T, Web Cam, 2 in 1 Card Reader

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The death knell doesn't ring loud enough, 29 Dec. 2012
I got this for christmas and hunted it out on amazo just to write it a love letter, it is really an awesome computer. The screen is brilliant, really high def when so many hdtvs aren't really, the clarity on the is fantastic. so much so I'm throwing the bed room tv away and using this. The computer itself is super fast certainly faster than my laptop and the windows8 interface isn't so bad that it would mitigate my love for the pc. It also looks cool, really well designed and should be advertised a little more since for an office or for home use, I think at least, it has no rival. With HP no longer making desktop pcs people think that the death knell is ringing for the personal computer but if they designed more like this, I dare bet pcs could make a comeback.


HTC One X+ 64GB UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black
HTC One X+ 64GB UK Sim Free Smartphone - Black

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy, tidy and very functional, 29 Dec. 2012
Firstly I know I'll be strung up on the apple tree for saying this, possibly bringing the wroth of iPhone fans, but I think the design and shape of this phone is far better than the apple alternative. On upgrading my iPhone 4 I thought I'd try this htc and I'm really impressed with it.

These are the pros:
The apps screen is really well designed
The screen is sensitive
It does what it's supposed to efficiently
In call sound quality is the best I've heard
The text prediction is awesome, highly intuitive whereas if you've had an apple product you'll know it often changes words like arse into harassment
The camera is excellent, good video quality
I've dropped it already, no scratches bumps or damage since the unit is very sturdy
You can even print screen (hold triangle and press the power button)
I get roughly three days from a charge

Now before I start to sound like a htc corp employee the cons are:
It starts fairly slowly
The media player isn't the best in terms of storing music
There isn't much option for cloud storage

Cons aside though brilliant phone, if not a shade too expensive.
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Life Of Pi
Life Of Pi
Price: £8.21

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, beautiful film, beautiful music., 26 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Life Of Pi (Audio CD)
I saw the movie and stopped at Hmv on the way home to buy this as if it were a compulsion perhaps in euphoria from the wonderful movie. It iis a very nice soundtrack. For me the stand out song is Pi's lullaby a traditionally Indian sounding song evocative of the spiritual theme of the movie and reflective of the modern romantic idea we have of India itself. The theme music is also fantastic, one of those songs that make you the hero of your MP3 player induced fantasy on the way to work. Some music requires you to have seen the movie since the songs are really only useful as reminders of the film, however, some songs are defiantly worth listening to as just music for example Richard Parker which is a lovely song.

My only complaint is I'm ready now which has an awful opening and music like First Night, First Day that shouldnt really be here since it isn't particularly nice to listen to music that is scene specific and only supposed to be accompanying for the film. those two problems however, certainly don't warrant giving the cd four stars since it really is worth buying.


Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir
Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir
by Camilla Morton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 24 Dec. 2012
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Complimentary to my love affair with all things Lacroix this is a lovely little book and I really like Lacroix's collages which should be in galleries.


Nutcases Criminal Law
Nutcases Criminal Law
by Penny Childs
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 24 Dec. 2012
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This genuinely is one of the most brilliant examples of a publisher trying to tap the student market with the least possible effort. I still haven't found a use for mine criminal law nut cases and I've had it since as level, it names cases, gives a two line description of it and that's it. You may as well buy a proper book of case and use the index since that is exactly what this is: an index.


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