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Fighting Techniques Of The Medieval World
Fighting Techniques Of The Medieval World
by M. Bennett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.31

3.0 out of 5 stars excellent illustrations, maps, 17 July 2014
Covers a lot of ground so inevitably a broad sweep, authors well known in the field but not an academic book - more a beefed up Osprey - a lot more content. Well produced, excellent illustrations, maps, line drawings, an easy read. Good value.


DSTE® 2pcs NP-95 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W1, X100, X100S, X-S1 Digatal Camera
DSTE® 2pcs NP-95 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery for Fuji FinePix REAL 3D W1, X100, X100S, X-S1 Digatal Camera
Offered by DSTE Technology
Price: £9.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 17 July 2014
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Work very well - no difference to the Fuji version. Great value


Josef Koudelka: Wall - Israeli & Palestinian Landscape 2008-2012
Josef Koudelka: Wall - Israeli & Palestinian Landscape 2008-2012
by Josef Koudelka
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing indeed. Having lived and photographed in Ida ..., 17 July 2014
Very disappointing indeed. Having lived, photographed and worked with young Palestinian photographers in Aida camp on the separation wall in and around Bethlehem I looked forward to seeing Koudelka's vision and interpretation. I'm afraid, to me, that these images lack all the things I look for - a distinct conceptual approach, compositional style, print quality (especially in terms of tonal quality of monochrome images), selection of vantage points etc. Thev images are 'muddy', often out of focus, and its frankly quite difficult to see how many of these images were selected. Above all - it doesn't do this important subject justice.


Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation (The Photography Workshop Series)
Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation (The Photography Workshop Series)
by Larry Fink
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.57

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy just one photo book this year, make it this, 1 July 2014
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A high- production value book in this new series - as is the Alex Webb edition companion volume. Full of amazing images beautifully re-produced. Fink produces some very memorable images - Jean Sabatine's sixtieth birtday, Truck (just a bottle on the side of a truck - but what an example of how to make an image out of 'nothing'), Martins Creek, English Speaking Union, Picnic, The Horvath Family, Blue Horizon, Houston Texas etc etc - and the same sense of style is applied to such a variety of subject matter.

Fink is not a humble human being (I certainly can understand the thrust of the critical review by Omani) and he certainly over-sells' some of his images, seeing too much in them but the best images are worth it and the text is spare, enigmatic, penetrating, profound, mysterious, provoking, illuminating, (yes, occasionally infuriating and irritating) but overall, inspirational. But don't buy this if you are expecting a more conventional 'workshop' book - and some people will hate it ! Unless you are a real fan, this selection is the best introduction to Fink's work - I found his Social Graces collection rather disappointing - and at the price of just over £10 it's a great buy.


Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (The Photography Workshop Series)
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image (The Photography Workshop Series)
by Alex Webb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating book where text and images are equally important, 30 Jun 2014
I find it strange that some reviewers seem surprised, disappointed and/or critical that this is not a 'workshop' book and has no 'practical' impact. The Webbs were never going to produce the kind of book such reviewers seem to crave - as Alex says 'It's not for me to tell viewers what to find in my photographs; it's for them to discover'. This goes for the book as a whole - you'll discover a lot here - if you reflect on it - but it's more about the essence of photography than the nuts and bolts - Larry Fink's companion volume is exactly the same in this respect.

I really like the 'spareness' of this book - this is the essence of a photographic approach in text and images - there's no long and complicated theorising - just the core ideas, clear and to the point - in a book that has high production values.

Alex Webb has done something very difficult in the modern photographic environment - created a unique personal style - and he explains and illustrates the evolution of his approach and the core of his thought-processes extremely well - such as the 'crowded frame'. There's a fundamental honesty here - street photography is 99.9 percent failure. Webb's images are so different and challenging that they take some looking at - always a good thing in itself. Bland they are not; they stand out from the crowd. Some of his images are just brilliant and always stimulating and provoking. The juxtaposition of text and images with Rebecca Norris Webb works well as a device - although personally I would have probably preferred a full volume of Alex Webb.

I think there's some fundamental 'practical' advice embodied here -but you need to discover it for yourself.


DBA 2.2 Simple Ancient and Medieval Wargaming Rules Including Dbsa and DBA 1.0
DBA 2.2 Simple Ancient and Medieval Wargaming Rules Including Dbsa and DBA 1.0
by John Curry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.50

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2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Phil Barker's Musings but Rather Disappointing Publication, 10 Jun 2014
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This is evidently very widely used and popular at conventions and clubs throughout the world. It certainly is a very simple set and no doubt fulfils the brief of producing a quick game - or series of competition games. I enjoyed reading some of Phil Barker's comments on the history of the rules and about war gaming in general - lots of wisdom there and he comes across very impressively. The discussion in which he generalises about the broad types of medieval and ancient period troops, is interesting and stimulating, as are the short notes on tactics.

A set of rules that produces an enjoyable wargame that satisfies both the quest for a recognisably 'realistic' battle and at the same time does it quickly without the tedium of table-consulting, modifier- application etc etc is the holy grail of the hobby. Clearly lots of enthusiasts have adopted the concept eagerly - to the apparent surprise of it's author Phil Barker. It's all a matter of balance and compromise of course - personally, it's not quite for me - much too simplistic and too great an emphasis on dice throws.

For nearly £15 there's really not very much here - two versions of the rules - and lots of '12 element ' army' lists - by far the biggest chunk of the pamphlet.


CamRepublic®--Leather Camera Case for Fujifilm FUJI Finepix XE1 X-E1 (brown)
CamRepublic®--Leather Camera Case for Fujifilm FUJI Finepix XE1 X-E1 (brown)
Offered by CamRepublic
Price: £19.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vaue, 26 Mar 2014
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Came within a couple of weeks from China - very decent quality and fine for XE1 with 18-55mm lens - needs a bit of fiddling but it does work fine.


Rapesco Foolscap/A4+ Zippi Bag with Metal Zip (Pack of 25)
Rapesco Foolscap/A4+ Zippi Bag with Metal Zip (Pack of 25)
Price: £17.61

3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful, 26 Mar 2014
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Zip mechanism fails sooner or later so don't rely on these if they are going to be in regular use as a filing device - but very inexpensive


Jeanne La Pucelle - Part 1: The Battles [DVD]
Jeanne La Pucelle - Part 1: The Battles [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sandrine Bonnaire
Offered by The World Cinema Store
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Every expense spared, 26 Mar 2014
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Trully awful - a film about battles of the Hundred Years War made with 20 extras! This may be some psychological version but it so lacks any credibility - difficult not to fall about laughing at times.


No Place Like Home
No Place Like Home
by Judah Passow
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good photo book, 26 Mar 2014
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This review is from: No Place Like Home (Hardcover)
Images a little patchy perhaps but several great shots and a high- production value book. Very interesting documentary essay on the UK Jewish community.


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