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Coast 2 - BBC Series 2 (New Packaging) [DVD] [2005]
Coast 2 - BBC Series 2 (New Packaging) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Nicholas Crane

5.0 out of 5 stars Award winning programmes from BBC and The Open University, 15 Aug 2014
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This set of eight programmes arrived very quickly at a bargain price. The photography is stunning and the detailed information presented by enthusiasts bears repeated viewings. The specially composed background music is, most unusually, played by a real orchestra and enhances the whole experience. Highly recommended.


Raising The Wind [DVD]
Raising The Wind [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Robertson Justice
Price: 9.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Musical fun for everyone, 10 Aug 2014
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I first saw this film when it came out over fifty years ago and have been waiting a long time for an opportunity to see it again. I wanted to see if it was still as hilarious as I remembered and it certainly is. All the cast are on top form and the music is great, with lots of in jokes for musicians and a good story line. Picture and sound are beautifully clear. It will appeal to children and adults of any age, and is good for repeated viewings.


Henry Purcell - "A greater musical genius England never had"
Henry Purcell - "A greater musical genius England never had"
by Robert King
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars England's Greatest Composer, 16 Jun 2014
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This book is well researched and very readable. There are numerous illustrations and insights which make it a must read for lovers of English music. Robert King sets the historical context but also makes it come alive and relevant for Twentieth Century readers.


Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic best seller, 16 Jun 2014
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A gripping tale that predates Twelve Years a Slave. Yes, there are some dated passages, but the main story is based on real situations and is horribly credible. The repercussions from this era are still with us in the Twenty First Century.


Schumann: At Pier2 | Symphonies 1-4 (Paavo Jarvi/ Christian Berger/ The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen) (C Major: 712004) [Blu-ray] [2012]
Schumann: At Pier2 | Symphonies 1-4 (Paavo Jarvi/ Christian Berger/ The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen) (C Major: 712004) [Blu-ray] [2012]
Dvd ~ The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Price: 29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating and highly enjoyable recording, 26 Mar 2014
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In depth background from the conductor, players and engineers. I felt I had not only learned more about Schumann but that the orchestra had also become my personal friends. The performances are energetic, demanding repeated hearings. The picture and sound quality in Blu-ray are crystal clear, the whole project being managed with German precision. There is generous extra material including how the project.was filmed plus a travelogue on Bremen. Perhaps there is rather too much camera movement during the performances: the players do mention that this was distracting. But this is a very minor blemish on what is a highly recommended set of all four symphonies. Excellent value too.


Silverline Combi Hammer Drill 24V
Silverline Combi Hammer Drill 24V
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Price: 49.58

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Service, 1 July 2011
The drill arrived very quickly in perfect condition and is just what I wanted, at a competitive price. What more could you ask for?


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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle 3G review, 28 Jan 2011
The Kindle took a long time to arrive but when it did I was surprise how compact yet rugged it is. I am delighted with the clarity of the print and I like the way it saves everything where you left off reading ready for next time. That it works only in black and white is no disadvantage: it means longer battery life and less distraction on the net. My only grouse is the mp3 playing. The sound is good but finding the right track is hit and miss. My favourite feature is the article mode which makes reading on the web as clear as reading a book. For those of us without a smart phone the web search is a big bonus and it works world-wide. The two dictionaries included are useful and can be expanded by searching on the internet. Once you get the hang of the controls the Kindle is quick and easy to operate. It certainly beats carrying heavy reference books around, so for me it is good value.


Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
Fool's Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe
by Gillian Tett
Edition: Hardcover

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heads they win, Tails we lose, 4 July 2009
This is a gripping read from an author who is sure of her facts and can tell the true story of the banking crisis clearly and dramatically. Because she was one of the first to forecast financial disaster she has become a pundit on the subject and there is rarely a day when Gillian Tett is not on television or radio. Thanks to a useful glossary the reader is guided through the murky world of what Vince Cable dubbed "casino banking" with explanations of "Credit Default Swaps", "Mortgage-Backed Bond Security", the surreal sounding "Gaussian Copula" and the like. What started out as a well-thought out investment strategy turned into a glorified pyramid selling spree in order to generate bank profits, and therby bonuses. The author has a degree in anthropology and this gives the book a human interest beyond the world of high finance. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to understand the greatest economic trauma of our times.


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