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Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation (Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebook)
Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation (Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebook)
by David Price Naylor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 41.85

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful photographic record of some great buildings., 6 Mar 2014
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You will buy this large coffee-table type book for the illustrations; there is some text but not a lot. However the photographs, and the buildings they portray, are magnificent and full of interest. They are from the government archives and span a hundred years or so of history, so all in black and white, but sharp and often very artistically composed. The Americans quite often exceeded the Europeans in the grandeur of their railway stations, especially of course those in the large urban centres. The vast distances that separated them from each other, at a time before significant long-distance air or road transport, meant they were the gateways to the rest of the country and the world for their rapidly expanding populations and their prosperous businesses.The book does not, however, neglect the little country stations and the regional character of many of them; the chapters are organised geographically to accentuate this point. The book is a worthy celebration of a glorious achievement; the sad thing is that so much of it has not survived.


Finlandia;: The story of Sibelius,
Finlandia;: The story of Sibelius,
by Elliott Arnold
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars As Dry as Dust, 6 Mar 2014
Firstly, the book has 241 pages not 7 as the description says! Written while the composer was still alive, this is a simple, adulatory account of his life illustrated by woodcuts. Dull and repetitive, written as if for children, modern readers will find themselves skipping large parts of it. Even someone who loves and appreciates Finland, like myself, will get bored with the repetitive accounts of its sky, its trees, its water, its poetry its repeated abuse and invasion by Russia. There is little other than a chronology to help one appreciate the composer's wonderful music. A collector's item only, and out of print of course.


Fred Hoyle's Universe
Fred Hoyle's Universe
by Jane Gregory
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 18.83

5.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched history of a brilliant and fascinating individual, 8 July 2013
This review is from: Fred Hoyle's Universe (Hardcover)
I can't remember the last time I sat up late in bed in order to finish a book, especially not a biography. But I was gripped by this well-researched and well-written account of Hoyle's career, not so much the science which is well known (although still interestingly outlined here) but the little-told tale of the politics for supporting British research and academics in the mid-to-late 20th century. These are exemplified by Hoyle's struggles to set up an institute in Cambridge to take forward his world-leading (if not always ultimately vindicated) ideas on theoretical astronomy, against a background that had become ossified and (like British science and technology in general) was in danger of being left behind, by the Americans in particular. There are no real villains; almost everybody was well meaning and wanted Hoyle to succeed, but systems and vested interests were in place that made it almost impossible, and Fred was in some ways his own worst enemy (a Yorkshire tyke and proud of it). The way it turned out might best be summarised by pointing to the fact that there are no less than three departments (and an Institute) of astronomy in Cambridge to this day. Hoyle's institute now forms a third of one of them. Brilliant people can create a marvellous mess.


Lg Nb3520A Sound Bar
Lg Nb3520A Sound Bar

4.0 out of 5 stars Performs well but you need French adapters., 25 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Lg Nb3520A Sound Bar (Electronics)
The product came reasonably promptly but without the usual advance notification of shipment. I was unable to set it up immediately because it is configured for the French market and required two plug adapters before it could be connected to the power supply. I found one inside the box, rattling around loose outside the main packaging, but two are required so I had to buy another one. A manual in French (only) had also been inserted in the box but not in the factory packaging. Once I got it set up it worked fine and I have been pleased with the sound it produces.


Cyber Clean Home & Office 145g Tub
Cyber Clean Home & Office 145g Tub
Offered by procooling
Price: 10.88

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor, 27 Dec 2010
It picks up loose stuff - crumbs etc - but has no noticeable affect on ingrained dirt or grime at all. Very disappointing.


Mad Men - Season 3 [DVD]
Mad Men - Season 3 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Hamm
Price: 15.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Best TV drama series since the Sopranos, 29 Aug 2010
This review is from: Mad Men - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliant - everything good that other people have said about this is true. I'm looking forward to Series 4 already.
(One small speculative observation. The storyline features an unattractive British company that takes over an all-American enterprise and messes our heroes about. Watching this at the same time as the BP oil spill I suspect that the fictional series influenced US reaction to the real-life event, in the same way that the American perception of British history is based on Mel Gibson films. Did President Obama watch Mad Men? Bet he did.)


Firewire IEEE1394B 800 to 400 9 Pin to 6 Pin Cable Lead - 2M / Black
Firewire IEEE1394B 800 to 400 9 Pin to 6 Pin Cable Lead - 2M / Black
Offered by Aquarius Computers
Price: 4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy double-ended cable, 29 Aug 2010
Does just what it says and seems to be good quality. I didn't know before I saw the listing that cables were available with 400 on one end and 800 on the other, so there's a small but valuable saving in clutter and increase in reliability available (over using an adaptor) if you have, for instance, a new Mac with older peripherals.


The Ultimate Bourne Collection: Identity/Supremacy & Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
The Ultimate Bourne Collection: Identity/Supremacy & Ultimatum [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Matt Damon
Price: 9.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, and suspension of disbelief, 29 Aug 2010
I'm not sure what is 'ultimate' about it, there aren't a lot of extras, but this is a nice cheap box set of all three of the wonderful 'Bourne' saga movies.All are very watchful, exciting, and extremely well done, by Matt Damon in particular. Their greatest achievement is the way in which they achieve what Coleridge called 'suspension of disbelief'. The plots are completely preposterous, but sufficiently realistic, and well worked out at a cracking pace, so that you don't mind the absurdities and are willing to take them at face value while you watch. This is crucial - many of the James Bond movies, particularly the Roger Moore ones, lost this essential aspect and became merely silly.


From Anger To Apathy: The British Experience, 1975-2005
From Anger To Apathy: The British Experience, 1975-2005
by Dr Mark Garnett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.71

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very readable and interesting account of harrowing times, 17 Aug 2010
I thought this book was very well written, erudite and witty, and quite riveting to read - a sign of good writing, since one already knows the plot!
However in terms of bias and omissions I am at odds with some of the other reviewers - I thought the author, while obviously trying to be balanced, betrayed a LEFT wing bias in many places. New Labour is castigated mainly for not being Old Labour, for instance, a perfectly respectable view for an academic socialist to hold (and a lot of them do), but hardly the Tory line. As another example, the extensive social unrest in British cities that blighted this period in our history is attributed to (white) 'racist thugs', a gross simplification by anyone's standards. I could go on. But who says a book has to cover every aspect, and every point of view? It would be dull if it did. This is a fine polemic.


HollywoodLand [DVD]
HollywoodLand [DVD]
Dvd ~ Adrien Brody
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 9.96

5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and nostalgic fact-based story, 20 July 2010
This review is from: HollywoodLand [DVD] (DVD)
I like this film because it is a weil-constructed, well-acted, suspenseful and mainly true story set in 1950s Los Angeles when the place was still fabulous.
The background is the real life story of the actor who played Superman in the old B&W TV series, which I recall with affection, too, although now it seems ridiculous.

This is one of a few films I can watch over and over.


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