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Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains
Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains
by Susan Greenfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not science, 7 Oct. 2014
Evidence free hypothesising on the state of the nations youth. The worry is that some people might mistake this for science, since it comes from the pen of someone who used to be one of our leading scientists. For more detail, there is a good review and commentary here:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/the-lay-scientist/2014/oct/03/mind-change-susan-greenfield-has-a-big-idea-but-what-is-it
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Hunderby [DVD]
Hunderby [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julia Davis
Price: £6.40

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A most diverting entertainment, 31 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Hunderby [DVD] (DVD)
A period 'Nighty Night', with added lewdness and outrageous synonym-coining. Think Comic Strip does Trollope. "You must rub his hump, milady".


Tex Avery's Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
Tex Avery's Droopy: The Complete Theatrical Collection (REGION 1) (NTSC) [DVD] [US Import]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £14.41

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids, 31 Dec. 2012
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More obviously than other comparable cartoons, these are obviously supporting features for '40s films. Given that quite a few feature damsels in distress who are basically animated Varga ladies, then the motivations of the villains are probably incomprehensible to small children. Likewise, the booze and gambling references.

Some of the gags are repeated rather too often, although eventually they become an expected part of the story.

Having said all that, the timing and characterisation is well done, and some of the odder moments are something to cherish.

My own favourite, FWIW, is the early one based on an old western story poem set in the frozen north.


Moby Dick (Oxford World's Classics)
Moby Dick (Oxford World's Classics)
by Herman Melville
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This edition particularly, 9 Nov. 2011
This edition includes the prologue list of words that reinforce the ideas of categorisation; there are 2 prologues IIRC.

There is also a good potted biography of Melville - it's interesting to know that the author really did crew a whaler i.e. the descriptive passages of whaling operations are from his own life.

The alternating of fiction and non-fiction alienates some people, but works well once you become used to it.


Health Kinesiology
Health Kinesiology
by Jane Thurnell-Read
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More quackery, 31 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Health Kinesiology (Paperback)
Sorry, but this yet another book that attempts to suggest that apllied kinesiology is of proven value.

It isn't; the 'reactions' that people experience are caused by ideomotor activity. No double-blind test has shown results for this 'therapy' better than chance or placebo.

Save your money, and don't encourage quacks
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Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles
Applied Kinesiology: A Training Manual and Reference Book of Basic Principles
by Robert Frost
Edition: Paperback

1 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More quackery, 31 Aug. 2011
Sorry, but this yet another book that attempts to suggest that apllied kinesiology is of proven value.

It isn't; the 'reactions' that people experience are caused by ideomotor activity. No double-blind test has shown results for this 'therapy' better than chance or placebo.

Save your money, and don't encourage quacks.
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spiral scratch
spiral scratch

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ennui? Non., 7 Feb. 2011
This review is from: spiral scratch (Audio CD)
If you're reading this, chances are you know what it's all about. I hadn't heard the EP properly since I lost my own copy from 1977, many years ago.

And the main thing is, it stands up fantastically. The songs now strike me as more thoroughly worked out then I recall, which was a pleasant surprise.

And like all the best records, it tells you something of the times that produced it, as well still sounding fresh.

Oh, and can I just say "Iconic two-note guitar solo"?
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Black Snake Diamond Role
Black Snake Diamond Role
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £25.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than I remembered, 9 Aug. 2010
Hadn't heard this in 20 years, since losing my vinyl copy.

This comes with a couple of extra tracks that are deinitely worth the listen.

Standouts are the moody Acid Bird, and stomping Brenda's Iron Sledge:

"All aboard Brenda's iron sledge
Please don't call me Reg
It's not my name.."

Although credited as a solo outing, this is basically the last Soft Boys LP.


The Very Best Of
The Very Best Of
Price: £4.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wholewheat Flour Power, 5 July 2010
This review is from: The Very Best Of (Audio CD)
I bought this for the full length versions of Lay Down and Ruby Tuesday, which were all I knew (apart from Brand New Key, natch). And they are really very good - Lay Down is all strident vocals and full gospel choir (Edwin Hawkins Singers, they of Oh Happy Day), moving into a gospel-psych thing, spread over nearly 8 minutes. Truly wonderful, and worth the price of entry alone.

Anyway, extremely pleasantly surprised - most of the songs stand up well, and it helps if you like that very powerful voice.

There are a couple of Dylan covers (Tambourine Man and Lay Lady Lay), and she is a really good interpreter, it must be said.

There are a couple of clunkers - I Don't Eat Animals is an ode to the joys of vegetarianism, and unless it's a mickey take (which it doesn't seem to be) is an embarrassing slice of 'of its time'.

Honestly, for 4 quid, or whatever you end up paying, just buy it.
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Endgame
Endgame
by Cuger Brant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.29

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Funny Guy, 26 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Endgame (Paperback)
For a more extensive critique of the works of Bruce Grant/Cuger Brant, try the scurrilous threads on the 'Speak Your Branes' site. Comedy gold.
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