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The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain : Including a Gazetteer to Over 300 Prehistoric Sites
The Modern Antiquarian: A Pre-millennial Odyssey Through Megalithic Britain : Including a Gazetteer to Over 300 Prehistoric Sites
by Julian Cope
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 28.05

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely holiday companion, 3 Sep 2010
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This is an awesome reference book for anyone interested in stone circles and ancient british history. It is easy to use with each site arranged on its own page in geographical sections, and each with an enjoyable personal section written by Julian Cope on how the site made him feel at the time of his visit (he has visited each site in person over 8 years in compiling the volume, some in horrendous weather of course which makes for quite amusing reading). In many cases it is not the actual monument (sometimes very derelict) that leaves the impression but moreso the natural energy and beauty of the site.

I have used the book on many occasions on holidays especially in Cornwall and I can say it has enhanced and given purpose to my experiences, and taken me to many wonderful and little visited sites well off the beaten track (trying to find them from the directions and clues in the book is an exciting adventure in itself!).


Hear My Song [DVD]
Hear My Song [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ned Beatty
Price: 4.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hear the songs, see the movie, 4 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Hear My Song [DVD] (DVD)
I remember going to see this at the cinema without knowing anything about it and coming out totally enchanted. It is a lovely feel good movie with great music, a good cast, amusing comic moments (especially the cow and the well, and the tooth extraction Irish pub style), beautiful scenery, and a happy ending. I tracked down a CD of Josef Locke soon afterwards but it has been an unaccountably long wait for the DVD release of the film.


Hero [DVD]
Hero [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jet Li
Offered by Direct-Offers-UK-FBA
Price: 3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 17 Feb 2010
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This review is from: Hero [DVD] (DVD)
Hero has everything you might expect from the modern high wire Chinese martial arts film : beautiful cast, beautiful music, beautiful locations, epic army scenes, and amazing sword fights, but what is most stunning in this outing is the colour: each section of the film is imbued with it's own hue.

The story also keeps you gripped throughout the film, although in a way it is secondary as you can just lie back, relax, and let the visual experience wash over you. Indeed I have watched many of the most stunning scenes, such as the famous autumn leaves encounter, several times in isolation.

A visually stunning movie and the best of the martial art chinese films spawned from Crouching Tiger.


Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money
Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.48

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Proceed, but with caution, 5 Jan 2009
Like alot of wealth creation books there are two sides to the story. The author did well financially and has shared his story (further enhancing his finances of course). However there will be many who followed similar paths who didn't do so well and haven't written books. Skill and attitude played a part but also luck and circumstances would have done too.

Unfortunately I read this book at the wrong time - January 2008. I became less wealthy! But this isn't the book's fault of course. It was just unlucky timing and circumstances. But it does illustrate that such books are not a panacea and they can be quite dangerous if advice is followed naively.

Particularly I remember 3 things from the book. One was the advocation of high risk taking -true that you probably do need to take some high risks to achieve exceptional returns and many millionaires have done this many times over, but the downside is also possible and can be magnified by wreckless risk taking. Second the author surprisingly turns conventional western thinking on its head by arguing that an "owned" house is not an asset. This second argument is particularly interesting and many of the points such as the drain on income that the upkeep of a house involves are very thought provoking. However in my case owning a house has certainly been an asset and, present market difficulties not withstanding, has provided me with more capital than I would have produced by any other means. Thirdly, contrary to general wisdom passed down by most "Dads" you don't necessarily have to work hard or long hours to create wealth, nor will a regular salaried job achieve wealth. Yes, this is a good point drawing on a capital owners v proletariart workers argument.

Now here's a thing...despite my personal mixed results I am still pleased I read the book. I have gained a new view of money and wealth and it has encouraged me to learn new skills and attitudes which although they have not paid off so far, I'm confident will in future. So give it a go, but take it with some salt and maybe dilute it with an alternative read such as Nassem Taleb's "Black Swan".


Tadpoles
Tadpoles
Price: 6.62

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely different......, 24 Sep 2008
This review is from: Tadpoles (Audio CD)
"Tadpoles" is probably the most accessible of the Bonzo's albums including some of their best known songs like the singalong "Hunting Tigers Out in Indiah" and children's favourite "Monster Mash", as well as their hit "Urban Spaceman". However this is to overlook the surprising depth displayed across many of their less celebrated compositions as demonstrated on this particular album by the delicate "By a Waterfall" and brilliant variations on traditional forms in "Dr Jazz" and "Laughing Blues". "Tadpoles" ends with lead singer Vivian Stanshall's rather apt "Canyons of Your Mind" resplendent with Elvis vocals and a guitar solo so terrible it is very funny.

So if you fancy something completely different, that the kids will love on long car journeys, and is guaranteed to raise a smile in these credit crunched times, take a punt on "Tadpoles".


Future Days (Remastered Sacd/CD Hybrid)
Future Days (Remastered Sacd/CD Hybrid)

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pick up Tago and Ege before this one, 30 Oct 2007
Borrowing from the title of the Can remix album it seems "sacrilege" to criticise this album. I am a huge Can fan and have heard most of their output and although this album is often offered up as their best, and has received glowing reviews here, I think it is the weakest of the celebrated Damo Suzuki Trilogy - both "Tago Mago" and "Ege Bamyasi" are superb 5* albums and the songs on "Future Days" neither offer the efficient groove of Ege (excepting the exceptional "Moonshake") or the avant garde scope of Tago. I haven't heard the remastered cd but the previous releases also suffered from a bit of a fuzzy production lacking the pounding rhythms so important to the Can sound (or maybe the material was just not so good).


Rockpommel's Land: Remastered & Expanded
Rockpommel's Land: Remastered & Expanded

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kraut Prog Rock, 11 Oct 2007
I first heard this stupendous album at school; the cool guys were into Pink Floyd and Genesis, the even cooler ones were discovering Marillion and King Crimson, and then ..........there were the ones that went that little bit further! One such excursion (along with I remember Nectar's "Journey to the Centre of the Eye") was a visit to "Rockpommel's Land" with German prog rockers Grobschnitt (there, I've taken care to spell it right).
There are only 4 tracks. The old side one consisting of 2 x 10 minute epics and side two the shorter tuneful "Anywhere" complete with whistling solo, and the 20 minute plus title track. (Incidentally I don't know what the "expanded" refers to here as this edition which I haven't heard has the same track listing as the original, but, what the hell, more of the same would be great!). The longer tracks each build on beautiful chord progressions to thrilling climaxes, particularly "Rockpommel's Land" where you can hear the strings squeaking as the acoustic guitarist shifts position. Variations on simple, beautiful and hypnotic musical themes return throughout. Particularly memorable is a gorgeous piano arpeggio that starts track 2. The only slight grumble could be the very Germanic vocals that sometimes encroach on the sumptious musical passages and as for the lyrics - I can't say I've paid that much attention to the tale of Ernie and his flying friend Maribou. However this 70s prog has aged much better than some other contributions to the genre including the aforementioned "Journey to the Centre of the Eye".


Vauxhall And I
Vauxhall And I
Price: 6.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, not what I expected., 11 Oct 2007
This review is from: Vauxhall And I (Audio CD)
From the perspective of being a non-Smiths fan I was surprised how great this album is. Every track is superb, Morrisey's singing is a revelation (much more tuneful than the rather monotone delivery reminiscent of some of earlier Smiths stuff). The tunes are both powerful and catchy, and the lyrics characteristically gritty. I don't actually possess any other Morrissey albums but don't feel I need to!


Four Calendar Cafe
Four Calendar Cafe
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 12.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scaling the peak, 3 Oct 2007
This review is from: Four Calendar Cafe (Audio CD)
This is one of those rare albums that immediately struck me on first hearing as being something new unlike anything I'd heard before. This partiular album (and granted it probably could have been any number of them) has mixed reviews here which is not surprising as this, along with the very similar Heaven or Las Vegas, is quite a departure from the Cocteau's more indie beginnings. But for me this is their peak and the perfect compromise between the earlier albums and the more middle of the road latter period albums. Great melodies, ghostly vocals, superb production, and some fantastically catchy tunes.....nice cover too (it's nice to see some artists and labels still take great care over the whole package). Beginners start here.....if you want more of the same afterwards try Heaven or Las Vegas, and then for something more new wave (80s sounding) and baser go for Treasure. That about covers it.


Candide (Dover Thrift Editions)
Candide (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Voltaire
Edition: Paperback
Price: 2.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A farcical romp, 27 Sep 2007
I sometimes approach old literary classics with a degree of trepidation fearing the language may be impenetrable. Not so here, this thin book is a fast and easy read. Candide travels Europe and South America with his philosopher companions whose simplified views of the world are put to the test as they farcically lurch from one misfortune to another. The story is littered with devastating wit and satirical observations of his fellow Europeans. Candide's determination to be reunited with his long lost love continues to move him on even during a rare peaceful sojourn in "Eldorado", but when he finally reaches his goal it is not as expected although there is a hilarious compensation. No doubt there are many clever political references and riskee comments relevant to the times (Voltaire spent time in jail for his outspoken views) but the overall moral of this fable reminds me most of Coelho's "The Alchemist".


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