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The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time
The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.66

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable myth and legend, 24 Sept. 2011
Thought the book well written and fun. A piece of popular history on the culture of the ghost story. Some of the reviews on here seems to have missed the point or have another agenda... that there are NO ghosts and you shouldn't/are not allowed to believe in them anyway! Well enough of all that, keep this book at hand (bathroom a great place) and dip in for the pure eccentric curiosity of each strange tale. Not a horror book just a series of reported natural anomalies. Englishness at its best.
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Really Really Big Questions
Really Really Big Questions
by Stephen Law
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book but definitely for Atheists, 2 Nov. 2010
Love the format and the illustration style. Text is clear and well written in a fun and jaunty way.
But the answers to these big question are definitely from a materialist Atheist perspective. After reading it, I just found myself saying "But.. but... How can you... etc?"
Philosophy for kids is great, though a more even handed approach would have been better. This book presents the claims for God in a very childish way and shows its unabashed philosophical position by quoting Douglas Adams. Buy if you want your kids to have a biased view, that they may never, ever challenge again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural talent and individual vision, 11 Nov. 2007
This review is from: 30 (Audio CD)
This album is the third in the concept "age" albums. Recorded around the time of the masterful "Come by me" it is Connick at his most relaxed. One man, a piano and a guest or two. You get the feeling this is not connick the showman and actor but something alot more personal. The new orleans pianist reminds me not of Sinatra, or Torme on this cd but more akin to Hoagy Carmichael.

Some other reviewers call this album self indulgent but isn't that what Jazz is. An indulgence in the idea of your own vision. So when connick decided to play Chatanooga Choo Choo like his fingers where on the payroll of Virgin Trains. I felt this was a performance inspired by wit and not hubris.

The highlights of the album for me include: Junco Partner, a sombre, decaying rendition with a beautiful opening and a nod to the late mentor of Connick James booker; Don't fence me in, the Bing and Andrew Sister track laid bare; ...One more time, this time Connick puts the pedal down a little on the vocal with Reverend James Moore.

It is helpful if you listen to this album in the context of previous albums "20" and "25". I highly recommend this album to people who come to it without any preconcieved ideas.

Harry On Broadway Act 1
Harry On Broadway Act 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much to explore - one listen just intrigues, 12 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Harry On Broadway Act 1 (Audio CD)
Harry Connick JNr is back to his vocal best. After (I feel) inconsistant vocals on the ONLy You album, Mr Connick has regained his timbre. His vocal with Kelli Ohara on "there one was a man", from The Pygama Game Album, has all the gusto and expertise that will have harking back to sunday afternoon films with Bing or Doris.

The second album is a re-working of songs from "Thou Shalt Not" Harry's broadway musical. Here you really get the feeling this is a man not afraid to take melodic chances. That isn't to say this album is hard on the ear - some of these melodies are timeless and so full of little philosophies it makes you want to consult Emile Zola's original to see where they came from.


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