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Penge Papers
Penge Papers
by Brian Wright
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars If you are an unwaged metropolitan house-husband - this book is for you!, 17 Feb. 2016
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This is an adaptation of a series of interval talks from Radio 3 in the 1980s.
My memory of the talks is they were hilariously funny. The book is slightly disappointing in that whist the humour retains a wistful sardonic quality it lacks immediacy - which is hardly surprising since many of the references relate to political ideas in vogue in the early Thatcher years.
Quite an easy read, but probably an acquired taste.


Aria - Special Edition [DVD] [1987]
Aria - Special Edition [DVD] [1987]
Dvd ~ Elizabeth Hurley
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Some striking images - though the dramatic action is nothing to do with the underlying operas, 17 Feb. 2016
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This film has 2 quite beautiful sequences:
Ken Russell's Nessun Dorma I find very moving - and ultra exotic. Only Ken Russell could create images like this which somehow capture the emotion of the operatic aria, but have nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Nicholas Roeg's piece about King Zog is memorably striking.
Other pieces are interesting, maybe with Jean Luc Goddard leading the "runners up" with his baroque bodybuilders.
The documentary about how the film was commissioned was fascinating.


The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] [1971]
The Devils (Special Edition) [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Oliver Reed
Price: £11.70

5.0 out of 5 stars The classic Ken Russell film - and the extras are a real bonus, 17 Feb. 2016
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The film speaks for itself, and is a classic of stylised drama which pushed all Ken Russell's hot buttons.
The added features were also quite fascinating - the early Russell film Amelia and the Angel, and for me most importantly a feature about the music. I have always been a Peter Maxwell Davies fan and it was great to see him hard a work synching his music to the film - and looking almost juvenile at around 35.
Also interesting to me was to see the Japanese percussionist Stomu Yamashta as part of the ensemble in additin to Max's group the Fires of London. Yamashta was quite fashionable in the early 1970s producing ambient/electronic/percussion music and I had not realised that he was part of the musical team.
The other documentaries are also well worth viewing.


Earthen Vessel: The Story of a Reluctant Priest
Earthen Vessel: The Story of a Reluctant Priest
by Charles Walker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Catholic cleric who also played a political role after the 1981 Brixton riots, 9 Dec. 2015
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This book has a lot of interesting background to Canon Walker's time as priest in Brixton around the 1960s through to his inauguration of the Anglo Caribbean Chaplaincy for South London in the 1980s.
His tales of his youth in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe were also interesting to me - but as a non-Catholic I thought there was an awful lot of "honourable mentions" of various parishioners and colleagues who I never knew.
Obviously worth reading if you knew the man - but the Brixton background (particularly round the Scarman enquiry time) is worth a read anyway - especially the account of 1960s housing and social conditions in Brixton.


The Medieval Manichee: A Study of the Christian Dualist Heresy
The Medieval Manichee: A Study of the Christian Dualist Heresy
by Steven Runciman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Cathar church and predescessors sought freedom from intinsically evil matter, 9 Dec. 2015
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This book was written in 1947 before the Nag Hamadi codices were found or publicised, so the references to Gnostic ideas and the history of the heretical mainly dualist churches between about 250 AD and the rise and fall of the Cathars - 1250-1350 AD is narrated essentially as history rather than theology.
It was a revelation to me that there had been such a strong heretical tradition in Bosnia - although this might explain how Bosnia became so divided between Orthodox, Catholic and Moslem with the annexation of the Balkan lands by the Ottoman Turks.
The main burden of the text (last third of the book) is a discursive history of the Cathar church, and the political circumstances which allowed it to flourish. The author take pains to demystify the Cathars. He gives accounts of their man ritual, the Consolamentum, and other prayers and practices, but clearly believes the Cathars were essentially a political revolt against the corruption and wealth of the Catholic Church rather than having a special and secret route to salvation.
This book was clearly the source for part two of the 1987 Channel 4 docudrama "The Gnostics". I guess anyone familiar with that programme (available on Youtube now) might find this book provides a more detailed background to how the Cathars came to prominence.
Sir Steven Runciman, the author, was a school friend of George Orwell. A student of the occult, he adds an appendix explaining why the Cathars should not themelves be viewed as Occult, or what we would now call "New Age". To Runciman the Cathars were heretics, but not apprised of special secrets. Their heresy lay in believing the material world to be not fallen and redeemable through Christ, but as intrinsically evil and to be escaped from at death by the Cathar office of the Consolamentum - the divorce of one's spirit from matter.


Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder (Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease)
Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder (Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease)
by David Healy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.50

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5.0 out of 5 stars Horses for courses - how mood disorder has been classified and treated from antiquity up to 2008, 8 Nov. 2015
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I particularly bought this because I have used Lithium as a treatment on and off for many years. This book brings a perspective on how psychotropic and neuroleptic drugs have been discovered or evolved which you certainly will not get from your GP.
The emphasis on the variable use of statistics between researchers and indeed differing attitudes to patent safety over time quite interesting. e.g "one patient was treated with fatal results". in an early study, with no further comment.
I would welcome more discussion about what constitutes suitable treatment, and I think this book will provide the background for me to evaluate decisions being made about me and for me by doctors.
Some years ago I attended a lecture given by David Healey in London, so when I saw this book I knew it would be science based. Not necessarily a quick read - there are ample footnotes and references.


Printing Pleasure CE285A Black Toner Cartridge Replacement for HP Laserjet Pro P1102 P1102W M1212NF M1132MFP
Printing Pleasure CE285A Black Toner Cartridge Replacement for HP Laserjet Pro P1102 P1102W M1212NF M1132MFP
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Price: £8.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Price - but slght quality issues, 14 Jun. 2014
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I bought this because I was in the middle of printing a run of leaflets.
The cartridge arrived promptly.
The first leaflets done had clotted lumps of toner in some paces (which could be flicked off), and there were also faint vertical lines on every page. I was worried in case of a damaged drum, but both of these problems disappeared after printing 50-100 sheets and printing became normal.
Photographic reproduction with this cartridge were less accurate and more contrasty than the original HP toner (as in the printer when I bought it), but personally I could live with that at the low price charged.


ANTIFERENCE TCX AERIAL 10 ELEMENT (A BAND)
ANTIFERENCE TCX AERIAL 10 ELEMENT (A BAND)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Correct antenna for Crystal Palace, 15 Oct. 2013
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I had endured picture break-up misery with a cheap Freeview TV connected to a loft antenna. I have intermittent signal reflections from an elevated rail track immediately behind my house. I was getting picture break-up and total loss of sound for several seconds on affected channels (particularly BBC1 BBC2 ITV and Channel 4).
The new Antiference Band A aerial has largely overcome that problem. The signal strength is much improved and I only occasionally get slight picture disturbance now, and only on ITV.


BBC Proms 2013: The Official Guide (Proms Guide (Promenade Concert Programme))
BBC Proms 2013: The Official Guide (Proms Guide (Promenade Concert Programme))
by BBC
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The Promenader's Bible, 15 Oct. 2013
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Essential guide to the concert season - details of each programme and pre concert talks etc. Surely the easiest way to sort out bookings - unless you are super-nimble on handling the Proms website.


HP C3906A Toner Cartridge Cahvc3 For Laserjet 5L 3150 No 06A
HP C3906A Toner Cartridge Cahvc3 For Laserjet 5L 3150 No 06A
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Price: £7.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Efficient service, 15 Oct. 2013
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Was pleased to receive this original boxed toner in less than a week. A life-saver for an old Laserjet 6L printer. Prints fine.


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