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King Lear [DVD]
King Lear [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian Holm
Offered by battlehawk
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Production, 29 Oct. 2013
This review is from: King Lear [DVD] (DVD)
An outstanding production of arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. The production strikes a perfect balance between naturalism and symbolism, achieving a depth of emotion rare in film productions of Shakespeare. Ian Holm is magnificence as Lear, bringing humanity and vulnerability to the part. Other performances are uniformly excellent, especially the Fool. The production design is superb, with bold use of colour symbolism. The production gives due weight to all aspects of the play (one never feels that the director is imposing a one-sided interpretation on the text, as with Brook's theatre-of-the-absurd version). Well worth paying a premium for.


The New Munsell Student Color Set 3rd Edition 3rd Edition
The New Munsell Student Color Set 3rd Edition 3rd Edition
by Jim Long
Edition: Ring-bound
Price: £38.30

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding: Highly Recommended, 22 Aug. 2012
An excellent introduction to the theory and practice of colour use in art and design. The text is clearly written, informed by high quality empirical research, and explodes many of the folk myths and defunct theories that surround the subject. The colour charts and interactive exercises are excellent: the student can systematically explore relationships between colours with ease.

The chapters are:

Part 1: Color Use

1. The Vocabulary
2. Color Anomalies, Emotional Response, Symbolism and Trends
3. Relationships Among Colors
4. Combining Colors
5. Color in Designed Products, Installations, and Printing

Part 2: Color Science

6. Science, Color, and Art
7. Light and Color
8. Vision and Color
9. Additive Color Mixture: Mixing Light
10. Subtractive Color Mixture: Mixing Paints

Glossary
References

The colour charts comprise one Hue Value/Chroma chart, and ten Hue charts. Each hue chart consists of a grid representing value on the vertical axis (in steps of 2/ from 2.5/ to 8/) and chroma on the horizontal axis ( in steps of /2 from /2 to /14). Each chart contain approximately 21 colour chips, depending on the hue. The interactive charts explore advancing and receeding colours; successive contrast and vibrating boundaries; separated colour; transparency effects; color control; harmonious and balanced colour groups; colour sequences; matt and gloss colors; colour constancy; colour assimilation and optical mixture; and iridescence.

This is one of the best contemporary texts on the theory and practice of colour use. Of course, interested readers will still want to consult classics such as Albers' Interaction of Color and contemporary scientific monographs, but this is an excellent place to start. Five stars without question.


Jazz Piano from Scratch: a how-to guide for students and teachers (ABRSM Exam Pieces)
Jazz Piano from Scratch: a how-to guide for students and teachers (ABRSM Exam Pieces)
by Charles Beale
Edition: Sheet music
Price: £23.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book, 18 July 2012
An excellent introduction to Jazz piano improvisation for those with a modest prior knowledge of the piano and music theory (I have studied for ABRSM grades one and two in classical piano in the UK, and find that the text explains theoretical concepts in a clear and accessible way). Elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and form are introduced in a sequence that makes sense to the beginner, without overwhelming the reader. Those hoping to learn Jazz piano without using basic musical notation will be disappointed, but I suspect that nothing worthwhile can be achieved without tackling both this and some musical theory. The presentation of theory is different (and perhaps more accessible) than in texts for those aiming to learn classical piano. The accompanying CD is a vital learning tool, which complelements the written text well. Good value for money.


Timeguard TG77 Day Compact Electronic Timeswitch
Timeguard TG77 Day Compact Electronic Timeswitch
Offered by Fastlec
Price: £9.60

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Timer, 30 Jan. 2011
An excellent timer. Twenty independent timer settings, allowing for mutiple ON-OFF events over 24 hours or one week. Compact, easy to programme (once you've read the instructions), and with a useful override switch. More expensive than mechanical timers, but reliable and silent. I use these to control aquarium hardward, so the programmability and silence are highly valued.


Fluval U4 Underwater Internal Filter
Fluval U4 Underwater Internal Filter
Offered by Warehouse-Aquatics
Price: £49.46

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to Other Comparable Filters, 9 Jan. 2011
This filter has several design strengths:

- Very quiet in operation (once all air has been expelled from the system).

- Well designed filter media configuration (there are two coarse filter sponges, and two carbon / poly pad filters, resulting in reduced loss of bacteria if these are replaced one at a time).

- Holds a relatively large amount of biological media compared to other products with the same flow rate.

- Convenient to maintain (the pump is below the filter media chamber).

Far superior to the Interpet PF4.
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Interpet Internal Aquarium Power Filter for Fish Tanks - PF4
Interpet Internal Aquarium Power Filter for Fish Tanks - PF4
Price: £24.45

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There Are Better Filters Available, 9 Jan. 2011
This filter has design flaws:

- Noisy in operation (even when all air has been expelled from the system).

- Poorly designed filter media configuration (there is only one coarse filter sponge and one carbon filter, resulting in loss of bacteria when these are replaced).

- Holds a relatively small amount of biological media compared to other products with the same flow rate.

- Inconvenient to maintain (the pump is on top of the filter media chamber).

If you are looking for a filter for a larger aquarium, you would be better advised to buy the Fluval U4, which does not suffer from any of the above design flaws.


The Blue and Brown Books: Preliminary Studies for the 'Philosophical Investigation': Preliminary Studies for the Philosophical Investigations
The Blue and Brown Books: Preliminary Studies for the 'Philosophical Investigation': Preliminary Studies for the Philosophical Investigations
by Ludwig Wittgenstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Key Texts in 20th Century Philosophy, 10 Aug. 2010
Key texts in the history of 20th century philosophy, the Blue and Brown Books record stages in Wittgenstein's development away from the logical atomism of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921), towards the positions expounded in the posthumous Philosophical Investigations (published 1953) and On Certainty (published 1969).

The Blue and Brown books contain arguments on the concept of meaning, philosophy of mind, and solipsism, and anticipate the rejection of Cartesian dualism and materialist behaviourism of the Investigations. There is also useful material of different kinds of potentialist and actuality, which link his thought to elements of the tradition in philosophy of mind running from Aristotle to Aquinas.

It is misleading to characterise this volume as 'preliminary studies for the Philosophical Investigations', as the views expressed in the two works are significantly different. Nonetheless, the volume gives and interesting insight into the development of Wittgenstein's thought. Readers looking for an introduction to Wittgenstein's later thought would do better to read the Philosophical Investigations, alongside Wittgenstein, by Sir Anthony Kenny.


Ethical Theory 1: The Question of Objectivity (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) (Vol 1): The Question of Objectivity Vol 1
Ethical Theory 1: The Question of Objectivity (Oxford Readings in Philosophy) (Vol 1): The Question of Objectivity Vol 1
by James Rachels
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Anthology, 11 May 2010
An outstanding anthology which presents key readings in meta-ethics, covering a wide spectrum of cognitivist and non-cognitivist positions. The articles included usefully distinguish different varieties of objectivity and realism. The introduction sets out a number of questions which any meta-ethical position must answer, and will therefore be of great help to those approaching the subject for the first time. An excellent resource for undergraduates and the general reader.


An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
by Brian Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.16

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neither Superficial Nor Subjective, 27 Sept. 2007
Intended as an introductory text for undergraduates and the general reader, Davies' book provides a broad and balanced account of philosophy of religion as practiced in the analytic tradition in America and the United Kingdom. The topics covered are those that are likely to be encountered by an undergraduate undertaking a first course: analysis of the monotheistic concept of divinity, arguments for the existence of God, miracles, the nature of religious language etc. The exclusion of Eastern religions and philosophy thus reflects the anglo-american academic tradition (if the is a charge of eurocentrism to me made, it seems unfair to level it at Davies: he is well aware of the material he chooses not to cover). Arguments are placed in the context of various traditions in Western philosophy, and are developed in sufficient depth to allow beginners to appreciate the complexity of the issues raised. The result is neither superfical nor subjective: OUP is to be congratulated in taking this excellent text book to a third edition.
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