Christopher Chinnery

Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (59 of 61)
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Night Mail / West Highland [1936] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Arthur Clark
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure poetry, 27 Jun 2011
Night Mail is deservedly celebrated, but I bought this DVD for "West Highland", John Gray's beautiful and poetic 1960 BBC documentary about life on the West Highland Line between Glasgow and Mallaig. The line has often been well filmed, but never nearly as well as it was here (in black and white).

We hear the voices of railway workers talking about the line, of its beauty and, above all, of its significance. There are simple readings of place names; of the mountains, lochs and glens. This poetry is sometimes inter-cut with bald facts: gradients, miles of track to be maintained, and reminders of the necessity of shovelling coal to boil water to lift hundreds of tons of train up… Read more
Ubuntu Linux Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for Ubuntu an&hellip by Christopher Negus
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly useful!, 24 Jun 2009
To summarize; if I had to have only one book on GNU/Linux, this would be it. It is excellently indexed, very readable, and-- at only 330 compact pages-- usefully portable. Almost immediately, it established itself as my number 1 reference. Ubuntu Linux Toolbox is almost entirely devoted to using the shell. After a useful introduction to Ubuntu, the following 13 chapters are on subjects such as using the shell, working with files, manipulating text, managing the system, remote system administration etc. Each chapter is divided into sections such as "Backing up tar archives over SSH". It is in these sections that the authors' experience really shows. Everything is explained and alternative… Read more
Philosophers Behaving Badly by Nigel Rodgers
Philosophers Behaving Badly by Nigel Rodgers
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nietzche was a sweetie, 18 Jan 2006
A great little book. I hugely enjoyed it, as did my two friends who to whom I lent my copy. Although we all read the book from cover to cover, it is an ideal dipping book; divivided into chapters, each of which stands on its own. As a non-philosopher, I felt both entertained and educated. Forget about actors, pop-stars and footballers. The French have it right! Intellectuals are the stars! Keep a copy lying around and you and your visitors will have something to laugh about. You might save the chapters on Rousseau and Russell until last. While fascinating, they were both so very unpleasant. Nietzche was much sweeter.

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