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And So It Goes
And So It Goes
Offered by Mud Records
Price: £10.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back To Basics, 2 May 2013
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On this album Clare Teal and Grant Windsor strip things back to the very basics. Grant plays piano and Clare sings and for 12 tracks that is all you get and that is all you need. The simplicity and the purity of the resulting album is almost overwhelming.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Two., 20 Dec. 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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If you are buying one for a child then I would suggest you order two because when you get your hands on it you will not want to hand it over to anyone. This is a quality item and the constantly changing geometric patterns in wonderful colours is both fascination and very relaxing.

A Wonderful World
A Wonderful World
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful world and a wonderful album, 7 Oct. 2009
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Both of these great artists were born to sing and when you listen to this album you will be convinced they were born to sing together. Tony brings his marvellous voice and a lifetime's experience singing the great American song book. Kd brings an amazing voice and a wonderful freshness. Together they give us an album that is timeless, I have listened to this album over and over again and it never fails to move me.

Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares (BBC Audio)
Doctor Who Hornets' Nest 1: The Stuff Of Nightmares (BBC Audio)
by Paul Magrs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.98

7 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Small start not Big Finish, 3 Sept. 2009
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Like several other reviewers I was looking forward to a full cast audio adventure in the style of Big Finish where what you get is basically Dr Who as it would have been if it had been created for radio rather than tv.

Unfortunately what we get is a story told in flash back consisting mainly of long periods of narrative with very little actual scenes with other actors.

I don't agree that Tom Baker sounds bored I think in the few scenes where he is allowed to interact with other actors he is fine but most of the time the script requires him to be in jackenory mode relating his adventure to Captain Yates.

To give you some idea what its like imagine you sat down to watch the DVD of Genesis of the Daleks and instead found yourself watching the Doctor sitting by a log fire in a rocking chair and him saying "Well it all started when Sarah, Harry and I found ourselves on Skaro, now I had no intention of going there but the Timelords had once more interfered with my plans, anyway when we looked around......."

At the end of this cd he is just about to start telling Mike about another adventure he had so while I will probably give the next cd a chance I am not optimistic.

The Origin of Species and the Voyage of the 'Beagle': Introduction by Richard Dawkins (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
The Origin of Species and the Voyage of the 'Beagle': Introduction by Richard Dawkins (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)
by Charles Darwin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.78

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Darwins for the price of one., 15 Aug. 2008
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By combining the two books into one volume the publisher gives the reader the chance to see Darwin in two different stages of his life.
The Voyage of the Beagle shows us the young Darwin, energetic and enthusiastic with a brilliant mind and a keen observer of everything he sees.
This is a wonderful book and Darwin gives a facinating look at South America and Australia as it was 200 years ago. If you have ever been bored by some friend showing you his holiday snaps as he drones on about every detail of his holiday you might be put off buying a book describing a five year sea voyage but don't be fooled, this is Indiana Jones meets the theory of evolution.
In the Origin of Species we have a much older but just as brilliant Darwin describing his theory of evolution by natural selection. He takes us through the basic idea and then uses it to explain why the natural world is the way we see it. The fundamental idea is brilliant in its simplicity and in its power to explain. What is all the more amazing is at the time Darwin was writing there was no concept of genetics and the discovery of DNA was 100 years away. Inevitably this book may appear a bit dry compared to the high adventure of The Voyage of the Beagle but the reader is more than compensated by the knowledge that they are reading one of the most important books every written in the history of mankind.
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The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths
The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths
by David A. Robertson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

18 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dawkins can sleep soundly in his bed., 24 Jan. 2008
While David Robertson does score a few hits on Dawkins by raising some valid criticisms of "The God Delusion" these are heavily out numbered by the misses.
Roberston's arguments often do not address the point he feels he is attacking and others are just not convincing.
When Robertson attacks Dawkins description of the Old testiment God as cruel and vicious which Dawkins bases on such things as the biblical flood etc Robertson quoates a bit of the old testement which basically says God is a realy nice chap. Since both are using the old testiment as their source the obvious conclusion is that God is a realy nice chap who destroyed all human and animal life on Earth apart from one family and their pets.
When Robertson gets on to the subject of morality he uses the type of argument all too frequently trotted out in Christian literature, the argument from consequences. He argues that without God there can be no absolute morality and any form of relative morality will allow anyone to justify any action however bad and thus lead to the type of terrible attrocites that litter the history of the 20th centuary. Since this is unattractive consequence of relative morality there must be an absolute morality therefore God must exist. This type of argument boils down to if A is true then B will happen, I don't want B to happen so A must be false.
Someone could argue that if they were poor they could not buy the things they want, could not go on nice holidays and could not eat at the restaurants they like, this would be unpleasent for them therefore they must be rich but I suspect their bank manager would not be impressed.

Duets: An American Classic
Duets: An American Classic
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Price: £4.60

40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still going strong at 80., 19 Oct. 2006
This album of duets has been released to celebrate Tony Bennett's 80th birthday but listening to the album it is impossible to believe you are listening to an 80 year old singing. While Tony's voice may not have the power and range of his prime it is still an excellent instrument and a joy to listen to and there is no one who can match his skill and experience when it comes to singing the great American songbook.

I cannot claim to have been familiar with all the artists who appear on this album but having heard their excellent performances I will be trying out some of their other work. Foe me a few of the highlights were `Smile' with Barbra Streisand, `Shadow of your smile' with Juanes, `Because of you' with kd lang and `How do you keep the music playing ` with George Michael.

All of the songs will be familiar to Bennett fans and many appear on the numerous compilation albums of his work. These are the songs that he has sung for years. He has never compromised as a singer always singing the songs he wanted to in his own style rather than being a slave to passing fashions in popular music. This has meant that his popularity has varied over the years but gives his work an integrity and strength that each new generation rediscovers.

This is a wonderful album that I have listened to at least once a day since I got it and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good music and good singing.

Happy Birthday Tony.

Dr. No (Ultimate Edition) (Two-Disc Set) [DVD] [1962]
Dr. No (Ultimate Edition) (Two-Disc Set) [DVD] [1962]
Dvd ~ Sean Connery
Offered by 247dvd
Price: £4.99

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOKING GREAT, 19 July 2006
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Like most Bond fans I already have all 20 films on DVD and so when I saw that they were being re-released in the Ultinmate collection what I wanted to know was not is this a great film (It is ) but was the new versions worth getting. I ordered Dr no as being the oldest of the Bonds I thought it had most potential to be improved. I watched the first 15 minutes of my current Dr No DVD and spotted 2 very obvious marks on the film. I then watched the same amount of the new release and found that both marks had been removed.

Apart from this obvious difference the film as a whole looked cleaner and fresher than the previous version and althought I don't have a surround sound system I did notice a marked improvement in the sound quality. I am impressed with the overall improvement in the film quality and I am planning to purchase more of the early Bonds, how much of a difference this clean up will make to the more recent films I can't say.

A Good Hanging
A Good Hanging
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different lengh, same quality, 26 Mar. 2003
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Having read a number of the Rebus novels I was worried that Rebus in short story form would not be as entertaining. I am glad
to say such worries were groundless; these stories are excellent examples of short story writting and retain the flavour of the novels.

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