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History's Daybook: A History of the World in 366 Quotations
History's Daybook: A History of the World in 366 Quotations
by Peter Furtado
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you can quote me, 6 April 2012
An interesting idea; combining a calender with key events and associated quotations. I quite enjoy looking up today's date and then finding out what happened on that day. But, rather than just reading a historian's interpretation of the event, you get a quotation. The book covers a broad spectrum of events as well as historical periods. It would make a good present or general volume for a personal library


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4.0 out of 5 stars Thermal? Good Value and Comfy, 20 Jan. 2012
For the price - these are well worth it. I've put them to the test in the last week when the temperatures were below freezing. I certainly felt the cold on those mornings but considering how thin the material is I'm quite impressed by the thermal properties. The bum padding ensures a pleasant ride and the braces/bib ensure there isn't a draft up your back.
I would order a size up. The reflective strips on the calfs are good. Overall pleased and recommend.


Shell Houses and Grottoes (Shire Album)
Shell Houses and Grottoes (Shire Album)
by Hazelle Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She sells sea shells, 3 Jan. 2012
This is a wonderful little book. If you are interested in grottoes, shells, follies then this is the place to start. If you are reading this then you should also consider joining the Folly Fellowship! Ms Jackson (no relation) is considered one of the pioneers of Shell House researchers and her attention to detail and interesting anecdotes make this gazetteer a fascinating read. Worth every penny.


The Uses of Decoration: Essays in the Architectural Everyday
The Uses of Decoration: Essays in the Architectural Everyday
by Malcolm Miles
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars ornamentation is a crime, 3 Jan. 2012
This book is not very good. It doesn't really deal with the main issue of the title, i.e. how decoration is used as a component of architecture! I would skip this book, save your money and invest in Ruskin and Pugin, or perhaps even Pevsner or Betjeman.


Rotring Rapidograph Mixed School Set
Rotring Rapidograph Mixed School Set
Price: £33.45

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard Issue for the drawing board, 2 Jan. 2012
This is an excellent product if you want to make quality drawings. You get three pens each of different thickness. The 0.2mm is fine enough for most details and the 0.5mm chunky enough for baselines and outer lines on sections and elevations. In addition you also get a 0.5mm propelling pencil with leads. A black ink bottle is also supplied. What I particularly like is the lid! It doubles up as a template giving you circles, arrows and a protractor - nice touch! You also get an eraser (rubber) in case you make any mistakes!!!! Well worth it. I bought this product in 1995 (yes, a long time ago) and it is still serving me well.


The Architecture of the City (Oppositions Books)
The Architecture of the City (Oppositions Books)
by Aldo Rossi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.28

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cities with Collective Memories, 7 Jan. 2011
Aldo Rossi was a major contributor to architecture and architectural theory. This book contains some of his thoughts about city design. He is concerned with typologies, that he argues persist throughout the ages as part of a 'collective memory'. He discusses the Courtyard Type, The Aldephi District in London, the Amphitheater, amongst many others.
Rossi made it acceptable for architects to enjoy, take inspiration and learn from historical precedent again, after it was chucked out and declared invalid by Modernists.
The book contains lots of plans, drawings, engravings and paintings that convey Rossi's arguments - in fact they form image essays in their own right. The book suitably presented in bright orange in a square format. It is a delight to have it upon my book shelves and I recommed it to geographers, planners, critical thinkers, architects and those concerned with the history of our built environment.


Illuminations
Illuminations
by Walter Benjamin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.74

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpacking my library, 19 April 2010
This review is from: Illuminations (Paperback)
In addition to the 'classic' Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction [a must-read essay for all culture vultures, artists and flaneurs]
this volume contains the essay called, 'the task of the translator': which not only theorises about how we make a translation, but identifies that
a translation is in fact a new work in its own right. This is all the more interesting, as this book is a translation, expertly created by Harry Zorn, with a snappy introduction from Hannah Arendt.
Benjamin's work is also crucial [with regard to the above essay], for those interested in Postcolonial theory and the likes of Homi Bhabha.
Another essay that I enjoy reading is 'unpacking my library'. A candid account of Benjamin unpacking his boxes of books and rediscovering old friends and memories through these treasured volumes.
The range of topics covered by Benjamin is vast and his Theses on Philosophy of History has yet to be fully acknowledged as a crucial twentieth century text.
I don't like the front cover - so I choose not to look it.


Walter Benjamin's The Archive
Walter Benjamin's The Archive
by Walter Benjamin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars flaneuring through walters notebooks, 26 May 2008
this peek into walter benjamin's note books is well worth a look, as well as a read. In addition to having the archives translated into English, the original german and photos/scans of the original note book are also included. This is important when considering the work of benjamin, as he often attached great importance to the way the words look upon the page, as well as the notebook itself. We come across some of the more familiar aspects of benjamin's writings, but also learn a lot about the person, his relationship with his son, Stephan, and his dablings into wordplay and puzzles. Unlike some of the other paperbacks on benjamin's work, this book provides great insight into his working methods and anarchic, yet highly ordered system of studying and researching.


Insomnia
Insomnia
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £22.55

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TEARING OFF TIGHTS WITH MY TEETH, 14 Nov. 2001
This review is from: Insomnia (Audio CD)
This was the track that opened my eyes and ears to dance music - very good dance music.
This tune reaches the point where images become sound, where music challenges, reconfirms and raises our expectations and ambitions of what it takes to be music.
an excellent track, well worth investing your pocket money.


Aphex Twin - Windowlicker [VHS]
Aphex Twin - Windowlicker [VHS]
VHS

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving image copulating with sound, 15 Jun. 2001
The movie is the spawn of Chris Cunningham and the track is the aphex twin on heat. it is unbelievable that the moving image was actually created from the sound track and not the other way round as the dance moves seem so refined and almost elegant. The short film starts of with a normal dialogue of two guys trying to trap off with two extremely good looking girls - the lads inevitably fail - and a stretched limo pulls up containing the main character; at this point the music starts and the enchantment multiplies.... well worth buying, make sure you're hi-fi is linked up to the TV for full effect.


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