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Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood [Standard Edition]
Revolutions: The Very Best Of Steve Winwood [Standard Edition]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of very good stuff in a small space, 15 Dec 2013
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If you like Steve Winwood's music, you've probably got all these songs somewhere in your collection, but it's great to have a few of the best ones in a portable space.


From A Clear Blue Sky
From A Clear Blue Sky
by Timothy Knatchbull
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Moving personal history, 15 Dec 2013
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I think above all it's a very fair book, as well as being moving and instructive. If you have any experience of PTSD, I think you wll find it revealing and supportive.


The Rough Guide to Rock
The Rough Guide to Rock
by Jonathan Buckley
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the Rough Guide to Jazz, 29 Jan 2013
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Very very useful as a research resource. Well-written and -researched. Needs updating (a re-edition) and makes what some would say are surprising omissions (though these are explained to some extent in the Intro). But still a very good buy if you take it on its own terms.


House Of Women
House Of Women
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tobin does it again, 29 Jan 2013
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This review is from: House Of Women (Audio CD)
I've only listened to this album a couple of times so far but can bear witness to the fact that it grows on you. Tobin has a warm, expressive and unusual voice and I think the best numbers are the ones where she uses that resource as an instrument (i e as more than a singing voice).


The Catalans
The Catalans
by Patrick O'Brian
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars An early O'Brian work based in French Catalonia, 29 Jan 2013
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This review is from: The Catalans (Paperback)
For O'Brian fans, I would imagine that this book has curiosity value as it was written in 1953, long before his successful series of 'navy' stories. I have lived over the frontier in 'Spanish' Catalonia since 1971 and have come to know Catalan people and their culture in depth. I have to confess that I had to make an effort to recognise Catalan traits in his Catalan people, but suspect this reflects the fact that things have moved on a long way since the time he was writing about. However, I found the book a good, engaging read and would recommend it to (a) O'Brian fans (b) general readers who enjoy period pieces about life on the Med in the 50s and (c) readers who enjoy detailed descriptions about e g traditional methods of wine-making.


The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button [DVD] [2009]
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Brad Pitt
Price: £2.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A movie worth revisiting, 27 Jan 2011
I felt curious to see this movie because the theme is linked, albeit obliquely, to radical life-choices made at a time when most people are preparing for old age. I was not disappointed. I have now seen the film twice and feel the need to go back to it again, several times, to gather more from the sub-text. I would sum it up as 'thought provoking'.


Gerhard: Symphony No.3
Gerhard: Symphony No.3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roberto Gerhard; Little-Known Catalan master, 20 Dec 2010
This review is from: Gerhard: Symphony No.3 (Audio CD)
I find it surprising that Gerhard is not more popular in his native Catalonia; this may be partly because of his non-Catalan parents, partly because his exile was lower-profile than e g that of his compatriot Pau (a.k.a. Pablo) Casals, and also partly because the kind of music he composed entered fields of difficult access. All the compositions on this CD are of interest if you are receptive to his kind of music. I also recommend his 'La Peste'.


Das Heilige Experiment (Modern world literature series)
Das Heilige Experiment (Modern world literature series)
by Fritz Hochwälder
Edition: Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mission, 26 Aug 2010
I first read this play as a school (A level German) set book (the Harrap edition) in about 1960 but at some point in the 50 years since then, that copy got lost. If you have seen the film 'The Mission' (starring Robert de Niro and Jeremy Irons), the topic of the play will be familiar and I hazard the guess that Robert Bolt, who wrote the (excellent) film screenplay, was probably familiar with the Hochwälder work. If you are interested in the Jesuit missions in Paraguay and the politics behind the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spanish territory (in Spain, that is, and the Spanish Empire) in 1767 (shortly after the events in the play), you may find the play (and the film) very interesting. If the topic doesn't grab you, you may find it a bit heavy going, but if it does, you may enjoy the 'holy experiment' as a study of what happens when utopian idealism is caught between a rock and a hard place.
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