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A. P. Kerry "Ackworth" (Croxley Green, Hertfordshire)
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Reverie at Schloss Elmau
Reverie at Schloss Elmau
Price: 16.10

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure beauty, 16 Jan 2014
I simply cannot recommend this highly enough. I confess I bought my copy from Gwilym's recent Kings Place gig, along with Instrumation (his collaboration with LSO). The latter is also great but this is the knockout blow. Piano, double bass... umm... that's it. Compositions of great purity and depth, phenomenal musicianship from Gwilym (as ever) and the Russian double bass virtuoso Yuri Goloubev. There is definitely no cello - this is all on the really big fiddle!
I can't stand the idea of 'Chillout music' but this is somehow incredibly peaceful, attention grabbing, relaxing and absorbing all at the same time.


Effective GP Commissioning - Essential Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes: A Practical Guide
Effective GP Commissioning - Essential Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes: A Practical Guide
by Sunil Gupta
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective...just about anything really!, 20 April 2011
Sunil's book has a wealth of content.

The style is unconventional as it is written mostly in bulleted points so it can be scanned quickly which might lead you to wrongly conclude it is lightweight. However if the content is absorbed more slowly, with due reflection then it will help you to focus and become more effective at just about anything, not just GP commissioning.

I must say I sometimes prefer this quick fire 'get to the content' style over books which are padded out with unnecessarily verbose prose. In the space of 170 pages you are presented with all the meat content of Balint, Belbin, Carnegie, Covey, and innumerable other names which we've all heard of but maybe are not clear quite how they want to change us.

The extensive breadth of content is refreshing as it encourages us that Generalism (and being well versed in wide ranging skills) is a virtue - specialism is partialism!

Definitely recommended


A Short Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life
A Short Treatise on the Great Virtues: The Uses of Philosophy in Everyday Life
by Andr Comte-Sponville
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wise, humane and thoughtful, 25 Jan 2007
I read this book when it came out, and I've referred back to it a few times, teaching Ethics to junior doctors and also within a church context. I think it's a lovely book, the sort of thing that gives atheistic humanism a good name - but that's not to say it's fully successful in erasing 'god' or indeed 'christianity' from it's ethical system. The final extended chapter on love becomes increasingly fascinating as he attempts to wrest this virtue away from it's dependance on god and uses ever more essentially 'christian' language to do so. Which leads to a whole other sphere of debate!

I'm surprised to see that others have found this book superficial and skimming, I would have said it was much more in depth than Alain De Botton's Consolations of Philosophy - which is also lovely but decidedly less profound.

The chapter on Tolerance is a prophetic voice that we need to hear.


Halcyon Days
Halcyon Days
Offered by Hot Cakes
Price: 15.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early days, 18 Aug 2004
This review is from: Halcyon Days (Audio CD)
Lot's to worry about here - Elton John, Sting, Eric Clapton guest, and a new Randy Newman fixation. But Bruce has probably pulled it off. His albums always reveal themselves over time, the vocal lines tending to have an almost r'n'b fluidity and complexity that take a few listens to settle in. 'Spirit Trail' was instantly recognisable as a classic, 'Here Come the Noise Makers' is IMHO one of the finest live records ever made, so he sets a high bar.
Early listenings suggest 'Circus on the Moon' and 'Halcyon Days' are standouts, 'Gonna be some changes made' will hopefully hook in radio listeners that maybe only got as far as 'The Way it is'. Off to give it a few more spins, as always with Bruce it takes time for the real subtleties to reveal themselves, and to work out how he does stuff. Did I mention he's a bit handy on the Joanna?


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