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The Question that Never Goes Away: What is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain?
The Question that Never Goes Away: What is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 17 May 2015
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Short, direct and very thought provoking. Yancee writes so effortlessly that reading his books is never a chore and it will leave you with plenty to think about. Well worth the easy read.


A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 12 Dec. 2014
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Absolutely brilliant book. Could not put it down. So fascinating that it's hard to believe it's really true.
Ben Macintyre has done it again.


Flashman (The Flashman Papers, Book 1)
Flashman (The Flashman Papers, Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun rollick through an interesting part of history., 21 Nov. 2014
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Great fun rollick through an interesting part of history.


The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy
The Baby-led Weaning Cookbook: Over 130 delicious recipes for the whole family to enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful! Defiantly the baby cook book to get., 23 Sept. 2014
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Such a brilliant, helpful cook book. I didn't do pure baby led weaning with my little one but this book is full of tasty recipes that we ate together as a family and our baby could join in. She effectively ate the same as us from about 7 months onwards. Although she managed better with some of the recipes once they were puréed and spoon fed to her she preferred these recipes to the Annabel Karmel purées I made. The recipes are super quick, most can be put together with only about half an hours preparation, really useful when there's a little one who needs attention. I will be buying this as a present for all my friends with babies for years to come!


10 Archery arrows Fibreglass field and Target broadhead compatible 28 inch
10 Archery arrows Fibreglass field and Target broadhead compatible 28 inch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 15 Aug. 2014
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Really heavy arrows. Most if the notches needed glueing as they came out first time. Arrow heads also need screwing but they were cheap.


Command and Control
Command and Control
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a thriller, 15 Aug. 2014
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I have to say that I'm finding this book hard to put down. It's a fascinating insight into how close the West came to a nuclear accident during the Cold War. The whole background to the nuclear programme is interspersed with the most dramatic race to save a nuclear missile from detonation in rural America. How non fiction should be written.


Sky Blue Sky
Sky Blue Sky
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't worry, it's great., 2 May 2007
This review is from: Sky Blue Sky (Audio CD)
Yes, great. It was with some trepidation that I tore open the cellophane wrapper and hit the play button. After two truly wonderful albums in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born, aren't they due a dud? Perhaps, but that's not what they've delivered.

More relaxed, less frantic and comfortable in its own skin, Sky Blue Sky showcases a band who can move from more familiar soaring guitar solos to Uncle Tupelo-era acoustic ballads, and back again without breaking a sweat. Frontman Jeff Tweedy called this "hands down the easiest Wilco album to make" and it's obvious. The songs feel happier, without the frustration and anger of a band falling apart (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) or a crippling drug addiction (A Ghost Is Born). Notably absent is the challenging fuzz and noise from the previous two albums. Sky Blue Sky is much more accessible yet on first listen doesn't sound like much. Like the best relationships this album makes you yearn to listen to it again, and rewards your time by revealing new facets you hadn't noticed before. At first "Impossible Germany" will seem like the greatest song ever written, then "Please Be Patient With Me" will captivate you with its gentle harmonies before you move onto the sticatto lead guitar of "Hate It Here". If you buy Sky Blue Sky, be prepared to listen to nothing else for weeks, this is Wilco at their effervescent peak.


Time Being
Time Being
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still at the top of his game, 22 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Time Being (Audio CD)
Ron Sexsmith

Time Being

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Ron Sexsmith is no stranger to this game. His tenth, and most accessible album yet, uses all his experience and tricks gleaned over the years to produce a gem.

Teaming up once again with long-time producer Mitchell Froom, Sexsmith opts not to rekindle his youth, but instead to reflect on the passing years. He does so with mellow wisdom, relying on well thought lyrics, natural acoustic sounds and strong melodies.

The album opens with "Hands Of Time", a song about the importance of "this here and now" and feeling "When you move your snow-white hand in mine." Over the next eleven tracks he ponders the well trodden themes of the fleeting nature of life and time, eventual death and the possibilities after that. The beguiling vocals and exquisite harmonies draw you in immediately without the need for repeated listens.

The highlight of the album is "Snow Angel". Using the image of a melting snowman as a metaphor for love, Ron remains upbeat, his delicate vocals creating something beautiful. "Never Give Up", with its whispered, hopeful message stands out along with "Ship of Fools"- a McCartney-esque pop ballad with the best chorus on the record.

Eight months after the worthy detour of "Destination Unknown", Ron Sexmith returns with one of his strongest albums yet. Mid-life crisis has never sounded so good.


Avalanche
Avalanche

4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Illinois, you'll love this, 22 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Avalanche (Audio CD)
First things first: the 21 songs on The Avalanche were culled from the Illinois album. Therefore we shouldn't expect them to measure up, let alone surpass their brilliant parent album. Having said that, as substitutes go, they'd give the starting 22 tracks a run for their money.

The Avalanche kicks off with the title track, first released as a bonus on the vinyl edition on Illinois. It was originally cast to be the lead on Illinois but fell from grace and now perfectly serves as a meditation for the process of cleaning up and dusting down the b-sides for the album: "I call ye cabin neighbours," the song bemuses, "I call you once my friends."

As Illinois was originally planned as a double album before common sense kicked in, the mood and feel of The Avalanche is identical. Almost every song on the Illinois album has a counterpart on the outtakes. Carl Sandburg arm-wrestles Saul Bellow. The aliens landing near Highland salute Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto. The loneliness of "Casimir Pulaski Day" deepens even further in the foreboding soundtrack to the autobiographical "Pittsfield."

I want to reconstruct the Illinois album as the double-epic it should have been. One song that definitely should have made the cut is "The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself). It's a haunting song based on some personal experiences that Sufjan would rather not elaborate on. With as many as 21 tracks, there are bound to be a few filler tracks; the three (!) versions of Chicago spring to mind. The acoustic version is better than the original, the 'adult contemporary easy listening version' is an in-joke from Sufjan at the accessibility of his music, while the third 'Multiple Personality Disorder version' is fun to listen to once, but not more than that.

In summary, if you yearned for more from the Illinois album, then this is an early Christmas. If you haven't heard Sufjan, check out his other work first, but other artists will labour in vain to create anything as good as the scraps from Stevens' table.


Undiscovered
Undiscovered

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine pop, 22 Jun. 2006
This review is from: Undiscovered (Audio CD)
I have to own up to a guilty pleasure. Since I got a copy of Undiscovered I can't help donning my headphones and spinning the wheel to hear 21 year old James Morrison's voice.

You see it's not the type of album I usually like. It's got female chorus girls on backing vocals, Nashville strings, major-label muscle and marketing from a young heart-throb with a big name producer. But the kid has talent. He has an ear for a melody and a remarkable voice. Think somewhere between Ray LaMontagne, Al Green and Otis Redding but he's not trying to pastiche the American past, instead he's confronting his own fractured upbringing.

James has opted out of the manufactured route, preferring to write all his own songs, concentrate on lyrics rather than rhymes and do things the hard way. He's not a pop idol protégé, rather someone who busked every day for a year, won over uninterested audiences and flogged CDs to every A&R man he could find. His soul blues songs have maturity, an undeniable pop sensibility and the sound of someone who for the first time loves his life.


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