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Tenore
Tenore
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sings with Beauty, Expressiveness and Great Sensitivity, 15 Oct 2014
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Jonathan Antoine sings with such beauty and sensitivity. We heard this in 'Ave Maria', 'When a Child is Born' and 'O Holy Night', for example. Truly thrilling to hear in the - then - 17/18 year old. His other great strength is in classical Italian opera, which was apparent in his stunning versions of Santa Lucia or O Sole Mio.

It is clear a great deal of thought has gone into his debut solo album. Should it be an easy listening pop opera crossover, or pure classical opera? Bravely, Jonathan has opted for the latter, which is marvellous as he has been given the unique opportunity to really really showcase. his phenomenal talent, with no expenses spared. He has already come a long way from Perhaps Love and Together, his successful albums with Charlotte. His voice range has developed, with some amazing high notes we haven't heard before. Jonathan treads a fine line between theatrical opera and "Diva!". Although Charlotte's lovely voice is missed, it is good to see them both progress as soloists.

Each track has a lush orchestral backing. My own favourite (for now) is 'Una Furtiva Lagrima', which has a melancholy piccolo, or flute, or wind instrument, chasing Jonathan's sad words, notes dancing one after each other, to stunning effect.

As another example, my heart sank when I saw 'Panus Angelicus' in the track listing as it has become somewhat of a cliche with so many dozens of cover versions, most of them, awful. However, I now love it again. Jonathan sings it with such expressiveness, beauty and sensitivity, it made me cry.

There are one or two tracks that could be called "populist" such as 'Arriverderci, Roma' and 'Love Changes Everything', for those who enjoy a maudlin singalong.

In all, a collection of songs that get better and better with each hearing.

How old did you say he was...? No! Only 19? Wow.

We truly have a new Pavarotti or a Jussi Björling. He is English,too, and also an honorary Finn, having wowed everyone at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, pre-release, with yet *another* standing ovation.


The Last Town on Earth
The Last Town on Earth
by Thomas Mullen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.82

3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Subject Matter, Set in the Remote Wilds, 10 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Last Town on Earth (Paperback)
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I started this novel and it appears to be of a fascinating subject matter, as I am interested in pathology, as well as tales of remote townships in the wilds.

My apologies, I never did get around to finishing it, but I fully intend to dig it out and give it a fair go.

So, for the time being, 3 stars. Watch this space.


Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf
by Alexandra Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.96

3.0 out of 5 stars A Safe Buy for Woolf Fans, 10 Oct 2014
This review is from: Virginia Woolf (Hardcover)
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I gave this book to a friend who is a Virginia Woolf fan and it was well-received. She commented that she had just been reading a review of the book in a literary magazine.

It's a good-looking book, and, as I recall, well-illustrated.

Sorry I am not able to say more. However, Alexandra Harris appears to be a well-respected author, so should be a safe buy.


Black Rock
Black Rock
by Amanda Smyth
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars This is a reasonably good debut novel, 10 Oct 2014
This review is from: Black Rock (Paperback)
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This is a reasonably good debut novel, although I felt some of the metaphors are overworked, in that they are obviously so.

It is set in Trinidad & Tobago. The landscape is vivid and vibrant.

I read the novel all the way through, so not bad at all!


Dynamic Fat Burner 800 mg Coffee Bean Extract with GCA Natural Weight Loss Supplement - Pack of 60 Capsules
Dynamic Fat Burner 800 mg Coffee Bean Extract with GCA Natural Weight Loss Supplement - Pack of 60 Capsules
Price: £15.38

3.0 out of 5 stars Passing Craze, or Weight Management Aid?, 10 Oct 2014
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See my comments for similar product Health Aid CoffeeSlim - Green Coffee Bean Extract - 60 Vegan Capsules. I have not had a chance to give this a fair trial yet and will upgrade my review when done so.

Green coffee beans caused excitement in that experiments showed they could be an effective weight control mechanism.

So, are they "just a passing craze", or a real weight management aid?


Nature Pure Potent Raspberry Ketone
Nature Pure Potent Raspberry Ketone
Price: £13.23

2.0 out of 5 stars Unscientific, synthetic, dubious value, 10 Oct 2014
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All raspberry ketones on the market are 100% synthetic and have never been near a raspberry.

There is no evidence they have any weight control mechanism in humans.

They are merely the unscientic product of a fashion craze, because of some animal trials.

I cannot honestly say they did anything for me.


Dynamic Fat Burner 1200 mg Raspberry Ketones Capsules - Pack of 60 Capsules
Dynamic Fat Burner 1200 mg Raspberry Ketones Capsules - Pack of 60 Capsules
Price: £14.91

2.0 out of 5 stars I have no idea if this product is good or bad, 10 Oct 2014
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There is no scientific evidence this works for humans. The craze for raspberry ketones started when animal trials seemed to indicate they had a weigh control mechanism.

Despite its name, all raspberry ketone products on the market are 100% synthetic and have never been near a raspberry.

I have no idea if this product is good or bad. As Shakespeare would put it, thinking only makes it so.


Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
Consolations of the Forest: Alone in a Cabin in the Middle Taiga
by Sylvain Tesson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Poetry and the Philosophy of Solitude, 4 Oct 2014
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It is clear Tesson put in an impressive amount of research for this book (I can tell, being a writer, myself). Not that it shows, for the prose is seamless, natural and flowing. Tesson's considerable intellect and knowledge does not intrude at any time.

The hermit, solitude, finding oneself, getting away from the rat race, is a topic that has fascinated mankind throughout the ages, from Jesus or John the Baptist in the desert, to poet Alexander Pope, who locked himself away in a grotto. I myself was drawn to the title, having one or two books on the topic on my shelf, not to mention a log cabin in a forest in remote Finnish countryside (albeit, with family).

Tesson writes sparsely and simply - a very attractive feature for me - yet with sufficient depth for the work to be intellectually and emotionally satisfying. He writes like a poet, every word works hard, they are like the brushstrokes of a beautiful painting. The writing has enough wit and humour to rescue Tesson from the pitfall of taking himself too seriously or coming across as self-important.

It is a wonderful book, which I enjoyed very much. The surprise towards the end was incredibly moving.

Pure poetry and philosophy.


Rigoletto, Act III: "La donna è mobile"
Rigoletto, Act III: "La donna è mobile"
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "hype"is true! Bit short, bit cliched, but what an hors d'oeuvre! #Tantalising, 12 Sep 2014
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The "hype" is true! Jonathan Antoine sings with geniune sensitvity and passion. Partner Charlotte had a lovely voice, but Jonathan's is head and shoulders outstanding. So hard to believe he is still a teenager.

Apparently he has been coached by Pavarotti's ex-coach.

He certainly has perfect pitch. Not a note wrong. Nuanced so perfectly, the flats and sharps all just so, you feel you could cry.

This opening track: yes, it is a bit short and a bit of a cliche, but now one can't wait for the main course. What an hors d'oeuvre!


The Berberine Supplement: Alternative Medicine for a Healthy Body (Health Collection)
The Berberine Supplement: Alternative Medicine for a Healthy Body (Health Collection)
Price: £1.88

3.0 out of 5 stars Very short. More of a pamphlet., 6 Sep 2014
I had not heard of berberine before and was interested to learn more.

I downloaded this as a prime library loan, so price was not a factor.

Be aware that at 15 pages long, it might not be very good value for money.

I could not see anything here that could not be found for free on google.

Interesting enough, hence 3 stars.


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