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Sibelius - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7
Sibelius - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 7
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances - probably the best single disc in the Simon Rattle CBSO Sibelius Cycle, 16 April 2015
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I generally find Simon Rattle's approach overly cool and analytical in most things but I really enjoyed this CD. The 3rd Symphony has real swagger and comes off very successfully, not as joyful for me as the Barbirolli/Halle recordings both in the studio Sibelius Edition - Barbirolli and live on BBC Legends Nielsen - Symphony No 4; Sibelius - Symphony No 3 Many will however prefer the more modern sound on this CD. The 7th symphony is also very good but there is tougher competition in this work. My current favourite is probably Karajan and the BPO but I will definitely come back to this often. A great bargain on Amazon Marketplace too!


Walton: Symphony No. 1, Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time, Live from the Proms, Volume 2, No. 11
Walton: Symphony No. 1, Takemitsu: From Me Flows What You Call Time, Live from the Proms, Volume 2, No. 11
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting live performamce on Walton's First Symphony, 17 Nov. 2014
Enjoyable disc with exciting performance of the Walton 1st symphony and very interesting Takemitsu. This was perhaps the first time I'd heard the Walton symphony and the first movement blew me away. I've since heard other more famous performances, including Boult and Previn, but still come back to this one.


The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth?
The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beatifully written and compellingly argued!, 3 May 2014
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I came to this book having just read the Collins biography by James Mackay Michael Collins: A Life - a book I enjoyed very much.

However reading about Collins assassination I found myself questioning if this was really the same man whose intelligence operation had contributed so much to achieving independence for Ireland. The events described in the official story e.g. taking the convoy to the dangerous back roads of County Cork, repeatedly ignoring warnings of an ambush, drinking in local pubs when under extreme danger and a fire fight lasting more than 30 minutes with only one injury - that of Collins himself require a more credible explanation.

This new book provided the missing information. The author has done a great job assembling all of the witness statements and combining this with very credible evidence based on known facts about Collins life and the political environment in which he operated. Beautifully written and compellingly argued the author maintains a calm and persuasive presence never resorting to the rancour that can derail even the most painstaking research. By the end I was convinced that the book contains more truth on what happened to Michael Collins on 22nd August 1922 than in any account published to date.

At last the events surrounding Collins death make sense and Collins the man emerges even more strongly as a result. The author deserves great credit for this towering achievement.

Next Book: England's Greatest Spy, Eamon DeValera


Michael Collins: A Life
Michael Collins: A Life
by James A. MacKay
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well written - well worth reading, 23 April 2014
I enjoyed this book. It found it informative and well written with good coverage of all periods in Michael Collins life. Perhaps there are more romantic, passionate or polemical accounts out there but this is surely as good a place as any to start.

However reading about Collins assassination I found myself questioning if this was really the same man whose intelligence operation had contributed so much to achieving independence for Ireland. The events described, taking the convoy to the dangerous back roads of Cork, repeatedly ignoring warnings of an ambush, drinking in local pubs when under extreme danger and a fire fight lasting more than 30 minutes with only one injury - that of Collins himself, surely require a more credible explanation than is presented here.

By the the end I knew much more about Collins and Ireland than ever before and was stimulated to find out more about the events surrounding his assassination. Well worth reading - great job Dr Mackay!

Next book - The Assassination of Michael Collins: What Happened at Béal na mBláth?


Chamber Music of Arnold Rosner, Vol. 2
Chamber Music of Arnold Rosner, Vol. 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and Memorable String Quartets - A Great Musical Discovery!, 6 Feb. 2014
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This disc contains some of the most enjoyable string quartet music I've heard in some time. Judged only on this CD Arnold Rosner was a great and original talent whose work distilled elements of pre-classical and romantic music through a thoroughly modern sensibility. My reference points might be the string quartet "Echoes" by Bernard Hermann (another great but under rated work) and the early string quartets of Shostakovich. The works here, from the String Quartet No.2 in A Minor, written in 1963 when the composer was just 18, to the Duet for Violas from 1991 show a remarkable consistency in quality and make for a highly enjoyable programme when listened in a single sitting.

There are not a lot or recordings to choose from of this very under-rated composer so we can be all the more grateful that this one, recorded by the Ad Hoc Quartet in 1994, is in excellent sound. Arnold Rosner died at the end of 2013 and there is a great tribute on newmusicbox.org for anyone who wants to find out more about this remarkable composer.

Arnold Rosner is a great musical discovery and I've really enjoyed this CD.


BlueRigger High Speed Micro HDMI to HDMI cable - Gold-Plated Connectors - Delivers high-definition video (up to 4K Resolution) - Type D to Type A - Supports 3D, Ethernet and Audio Return - 3 Meters (10ft)
BlueRigger High Speed Micro HDMI to HDMI cable - Gold-Plated Connectors - Delivers high-definition video (up to 4K Resolution) - Type D to Type A - Supports 3D, Ethernet and Audio Return - 3 Meters (10ft)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quality Cable For Kindle Fire HD, 8 Jan. 2014
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We bought this cable to connect my son's Kindle Fire HD to a Sony Bravia TV. Out of the pack the cable looks the part and seems to be good quality. We connected the cable for the first time last night. Video and audio quality were both excellent on LoveFilm and Minecraft - the look on my son's face when he got to play Minecraft on the big screen for the first time was priceless! Early indications are that this is a great product which works well with Kindle Fire HD.


My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (My Weird School series)
My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (My Weird School series)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm really glad that crazy teacher was not at my school:):):):):):), 27 July 2013
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I enjoyed this book a lot it was very funny. I'd like to read more about this school.

Harry Age 9


Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?
Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable book published before the Warren Report!, 6 Jan. 2013
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This is a remarkable book which was published in 1964 before the the Warren Report.

Part 1 lays out the emerging concerns about Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman and assassin of John F Kennedy. Key questions including: how many shots? were there shots from locations other than the Texas School Book Depository? was there a 2nd Oswald impostor? was the ageing rifle and Oswald's marksmanship really capable of the deed? These questions and others are analysed in a rational and lucid way.

Part 2 considers evidence of a wider conspiracy involving elements of the CIA, political extremists, oil barons and other groups who may have gained from the assassination. This section is weaker (more time and evidence was needed to build the case) but nevertheless provides a fascinating early glimpse of other possible assassination scenarios.

The book gains considerably from the fact that the analysis is based on contemporaneous evidence (witness statements, newspaper reports etc) and is therefore free from the accretions of the last nearly 50 years. The book is also very well written. Released on Kindle through a special arrangement with the author's relatives - this is a fascinating read and a great bargain. Snap it up while you can!


The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X
The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Humane, 15 Sept. 2012
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Fascinating collection of articles on the assassinations of John F Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. Key contributors are Jim DiEugenio and Lisa Pease but there are also pieces by other notable writers including John Armstrong (excerpts from his increasingly rare book "Harvey and Lee") and James W Douglass. If you have never read anything on these key events in recent American history this book would be a great place to start. If you are familiar with the cases you are certain to find out something new and important.

The loss of these leaders is still keenly felt across the world today. Jim DiEugenio, Lisa Pease and their fellow writers succeed brilliantly in providing a compelling analysis of these historical events and a demonstration of how responding with commitment, integrity and faith in our common humanity can start to build a better future. I loved this book.


The Murkin Conspiracy: Investigation into the Assassination of Martin Luther King
The Murkin Conspiracy: Investigation into the Assassination of Martin Luther King
by Philip H. Melanson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and Well Written Case for Conspiracy, 15 Sept. 2012
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A patient and measured investigation into the assassination of Martin Luther King. Professor Melanson builds a convincing case for a conspiracy. I enjoyed this book very much.


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