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Elgar: Symphony 1, 2, In the South, Pomp & Circumstance
Elgar: Symphony 1, 2, In the South, Pomp & Circumstance
Price: 15.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Magisterial account, 30 Aug 2014
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As well as the symphonies, this generous 2-disc package includes In the South, and Pomp and Circumstance Nos. 1 & 4, all played beautifully by the Philharmonia and recorded in typically clear and transparent DG sound.

These accounts of the symphonies are spacious and detailed, and deserve to be much better known. I can only think they have been a victim of the idea that only British conductors are approved for Elgar. Happily, this quaint idea now seems to be changing at last, so perhaps these performances will take the place they deserve, right up there with the more famous accounts.


Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi
Price: 109.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the extra over basic Kindle, 30 Aug 2014
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This is my third Kindle, following a Kindle Keyboard that served well for several years before expiring, and more recently a basic Kindle (without the built-in light or touchscreen). I bought it because Amazon had a summer offer, and am glad I did. It is very easy to use, with the touchscreen being a huge improvement over keys or buttons. The all-important readability also scores highly - one point that does not seem to be widely-known is that you can adjust the lighting level to take account of the ambient lighting. Very useful.

The only tiny niggles are that the touchscreen sometimes seems a little too sensitive, occasionally jumping a couple or more pages when only one is desired; and going back a page by tapping the relevant portion of the screen is a little hit-or-miss, with a leftward swipe being more reliable.

Overall, very highly recommended.
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This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury (Annotated and Illustrated)
This New Ocean: A History of Project Mercury (Annotated and Illustrated)
Price: 2.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and exhaustive, 30 Aug 2014
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This is an incredibly comprehensive look at how America got a man into space. The length (of over 700 pages) is one indicator of the detail: another is the fact that the description of the first manned Mercury flight, by Alan Shepherd, only appears over two-thirds of the way through. As the book was written in the Sixties, soon after completion of the Mercury programme, the style is perhaps a little formal compared to what would be the case today: this is not a criticism, as the prose is crisp and readable.

As well as the look at Mercury itself, the book also covers the wider aspects of the very early days of what would become the space race, and will be of interest to those who want to know more about why there was a manned space programme at all. So if you have read most or all of the Apollo books, this forms a very readable and rewarding prequel. Highly recommended for space fans.


Soap Dish Holder Swiss Line Chrome Plated Steel Vacuum Suction Cup
Soap Dish Holder Swiss Line Chrome Plated Steel Vacuum Suction Cup
Offered by Tatkraft
Price: 13.95

1.0 out of 5 stars Lasted three weeks, 30 Aug 2014
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This item looks smart, and initially adhered to the tiles quite firmly. Even so, the dish part tended to rotate a little, a consequence of the rather clumsy attachment mechanism to the suction part. Much worse, though, is that despite having followed the instructions carefully, I found the actual suction only lasted about three weeks before failing irrevocably, with no adhesion at all remaining.

Although called "Swiss Line", there is nothing at all of typical Swiss quality to be found in this China-made item. Avoid. I am returning mine.


Tivoli Audio Pal BT Portable Bluetooth AM/FM Radio - Red
Tivoli Audio Pal BT Portable Bluetooth AM/FM Radio - Red
Price: 198.54

3.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy for Bluetooth, 30 Aug 2014
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Having being the happy owner of a couple of great-sounding FM/AM Tivoli PAL radios for several years, I bought the Bluetooth (BT) version for streaming music. This which turned out to be a mistake: connectivity is very hit and miss, with numerous attempts typically needed to connect, and connections that drop very easily. (This is compared to pairing and listening to other BT devices in the same location, over the same network.) The BT side of this radio therefore seems to have been tacked on rather badly.

If you mainly want this radio for its FM/AM capability, go ahead - the Tivoli sound is as good as in the non-BT version. Just don't expect much from the BT side.


Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate About the Nature of Reality
Price: 4.79

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quantum of solace, 1 Jun 2014
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This book differs from most writings about quantum theory, in focusing more on the human aspects of the great endeavour to uncover one of nature's deepest secrets - what is reality?

The cast is a large, multi-national (although mostly European) one, with the two principal players being (as the title tells you) Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. The epic, long-running debate between them is the skeleton on which the author builds his story - an approach that helps the reader gain a foothold in the strange world of the quantum, and makes it easier to see just how bizarre the concepts must have seemed in the Twenties and Thirties. And still do, for that matter.

The author does an excellent job in balancing the baffling minutiae of the quantum world with the very human aspects of the story. Anyone interested in quantum theory, or just the history of science in general, will appreciate this book. Highly recommended.


Symphonic Star Trek
Symphonic Star Trek
Price: 7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent arrangements, 1 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Symphonic Star Trek (Audio CD)
If you are a fan of Erich Kunzel's recordings with the Cincinatti Pops Orchestra, you will find this another example of his great talent for orchestration and arrangement, while remaining true to the spirit of the original music.

If you are a fan of the music of Star Trek, this CD will stand comparision with any other recordings. It includes a comprehensive selection, on TV going from "The Menagerie" original pilot through to "Voyager", and on the big screen going from "The Motion Picture" to "Generations". (The album was recorded in 1996, so more recent productions are not represented.)

Finally, if you are fan of both Erich Kunzel AND Star Trek music... need I say more? Just buy and enjoy!


Salter Mechanical Baking Scale
Salter Mechanical Baking Scale
Price: 17.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, but does the job well, 11 May 2014
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With no electronics, and so no batteries required, you can just take this scale out of the box and start using it. Zeroing is very easy - just rotate the whole base until the indicator is back on the zero mark.

With a smart, business-like appearance, this will look at home in most kitchens and should last a long time.


A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol. 1: The Birth of Britain
A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, Vol. 1: The Birth of Britain
Price: 1.21

5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life, 11 May 2014
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Among his many other talents, Churchill was an exceptionally fine writer. His most famous books are probably the 4-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples, of which this is Volume 1. I unreservedly recommend this and the other three volumes to anyone wanting a high-level (but certainly not superficial) look at the history of these islands. A pleasure to read.


Sheridan Essentials, 1000 Thread Count Vanilla, Cotton Sateen, Standard Pillowcase Pair, 50 x 75 cm
Sheridan Essentials, 1000 Thread Count Vanilla, Cotton Sateen, Standard Pillowcase Pair, 50 x 75 cm
Price: 26.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality pillowcase, 11 May 2014
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This is a high quality product with a suitably luxurious feel. The pillowcase is a little heavier than equivalent products with a lower thread count, although this is not noticeable in use.


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