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Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms
by Gerard Russell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.10

5.0 out of 5 stars I found this book fascinating. By not being too ..., 3 April 2015
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I found this book fascinating. By not being too academic it gives an overview which does not tempt the reader into believing he has become an expert. Much relating to the thoughts of the faiths described is left unsaid, as indeed it would be if they were to be described by their own adherents. It is described as the author's first book and I hope that this is prophetic; that more will follow. His experiences, aided by his linguistic fluency, suggest that there are more books which could be written. I had read about Samaritans and Mandaeans and have passing familiarity with the Coptic Church, but until recent events had never heard of the Yezidis, consideration of all the faiths described does open the mind, not only to the modern world, but the heritage of the west beyond Europe. The work presents itself as a summary, written to give equal weight to each of the cultures considered and is effective as such. It may be more specialised than would appeal to the general reader, but I feel that for anyone interested, this is a valuable work.


Yezidis, The
Yezidis, The
by Birgül Açikyildiz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 April 2015
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Clear, well written. The seller was prompt and the product as described.


Black Walking Stick Wrist Cords
Black Walking Stick Wrist Cords
Offered by Inco-Direct
Price: £2.90

1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks to those who said it worked for them. ..., 7 Mar. 2015
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Thanks to those who said it worked for them. The largest circumference is less than the circumference of the ferule on my stick. Perhaps they had different sticks; it will not fit on mine.


Ravenna in Late Antiquity
Ravenna in Late Antiquity
by Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £74.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ideal Book, 26 Jan. 2013
I found this book readable, it is informative and academic without being dry and stilted. The only drawback is that the illustrations, though well chosen and well presented, are too few; I assume that this is because of publishing restrictions, including cost.I have visited Ravenna and own the tourist guide so that makes up the difference, I wish that I had read the book before visiting! By providing this comprehensive survey including the historical background, the author has provided a service and it is well worth buying for anyone with an interest in the history of the city and the period and doubly so for anyone intending to visit.


Highlander Military Style Pullover - Navy Blue Reinforced Shoulder & Elbows
Highlander Military Style Pullover - Navy Blue Reinforced Shoulder & Elbows

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Purchase, 19 Dec. 2012
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The description of the item was appropriate to what I had in mind. It arrived quickly and was as described. After a short while wearing it I am happy with the fit and the comfort. The colour is what I wanted, so, all in all, it is completely satisfactory.


What The Bleep? Down the Rabbit Hole - 5 Disc Box Set [DVD]
What The Bleep? Down the Rabbit Hole - 5 Disc Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marlee Matlin

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a load of rubbish!!!, 9 Nov. 2011
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This is nonsense; the data pesented on quantum physics has been available for at least three decades in books written for the interested layman by respected scientists. The film goes from science to pseudo-science and then new age idiocy, or perhaps it is new age idiocy with some real science thrown in to lend credibility to that idiocy. I thought that David Albert was rather diffident in the first disc and a bit less so in the interview, it is worth looking at [...]in which he says that he was not represented accurately in the film. The other contributers, though apparently sincere, were not convincing. The makers of the film are enthusiastic for "Ramtha", fodder for the hard of thinking if anything is; two of the makers met at one of its 'schools' and introduced the third to its faux spirituality. The woman who appears to have founded the school was amazing, I have never heard anyone talk so much without saying anything. I looked at the website and it carries the same message as many of the cults that come out of America "Now open your cheque (Am. check) books". Noetic science has a website, but it will only appeal to those who want to be convinced, or reassured about their own infantile prejudices. One can only comment on this film by watching it, but it is an exercise in futility and it is a pity that one cannot rate it as less than an undeserved one star. If anyone sees it as the path to enlightenment then when they reach 'Nirvana', they will be welcomed by the men in white coats. CAVEAT EMPTOR.
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Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches
Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches
by Roger Rosewell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills a Gap, 3 Nov. 2011
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I feel that this has been a neglected subject;there was destruction of images in English Churches during the Reformation and it is tempting to believe that the destruction was complete, though specialists in the fields of ecclesistical history or art history would have had a different view. For the interested person who does not have the opportunity to range across the country this book provides a comprehensive survey. There does appear to be a renewal of interest in religious art, Icons of the Eastern Church in particular, and this volume sets the subject in a local context and reveals aspects of pre-reformation England which may have been ignored for too long. One would hope that it would have a wide appeal, attracting the attention of those interested in art, Christianity and history.


Green Wing Definitive Edition [DVD]
Green Wing Definitive Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tamsin Greig
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £17.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal, 23 Jan. 2011
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I consider this to be an excellent series; I enjoyed it when it was broadcast, but watching the whole series over three nights was even better entertainment. The characters are believable and well portrayed, of course they are writ too large to be entirely credible, but it is not a documentary. The last programme ended in fantasy and on first (television) viewing it descended into complete fantasy, but watched as the culmination of the session, it did provide an amusing finale. One criticism that applies to many such films is that the deleted scenes are not included in the narrative. Perhaps this is because of the timing schedules of television, but they do add to the story, this is a minor point.


Belkin Pro Series Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Extension Cable 1.8m
Belkin Pro Series Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Extension Cable 1.8m
Price: £1.80

5.0 out of 5 stars It works, 21 Oct. 2010
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I use it with my webcam, I do not know if a full-face picture of me is more inspiring than the (earlier) view up my nose, but my friend who had complained is satisfied!


Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science
Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science
by Jim Al-Khalili
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Historical Interest, 21 Oct. 2010
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Some recent television documentaries have implied that without Arabic/Islamic science Europe would not have emerged from the dark ages. This contrasts with Jacob Bronowski's statement (Ascent of Man) "...Alhazen, who was the one really original scientific mind that Arab culture produced." The view presented by the present author is more balanced than, perhaps, either of the foregoing but at times I felt that I was reading a list. This may beg the question of What is Science? The collection of data is useful, but what is done with it produces results, results which one hopes will be beneficial, but are not always so. I was left with the impression that there was the important collection of earlier knowledge and its transmission, but of itself was somewht sterile. Anyone interested should read the book and form their own opinions; I did start with Bronowski in mind.
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