J. Aitken

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William and Dorothy Wordsworth: 'All in each other&hellip by Lucy Newlyn
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I enjoyed Lucy Newlyn's scholarly investigation of the work of the Wordsworth sibling's William and Dorothy. No hint of incestuous goings on, long suspected but clearly in this well argued book, without foundation. Instead we have an exploration of why the Wordsworth Brother and Sister lived and worked so closely together. Separated in childhood and made to grow up apart, their coming together at last fulfilled a huge emotional need and this, coupled with their extraordinary talent as writers, is the stuff which Newlyn unravels in this exceptional book. Dorothy and William were the kind of couple who were absolutely in tune with each other's intellectual precocity, and indeed theirs has to… Read more
The World's Great Wonders: How they were made and &hellip by Lonely Planet
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This is a book ideal for the young intrepid traveller. Not detailed as regards to each individual wonder, but well illustrated with useful diagrams, pictures, and being lonely planet, the inevitable tips as to how to get there. There is also a good section on other things to see in the vicinity and helpful travel tips about time of year etc, etc.

Anyone wanting in depth information about these individual places should look elsewhere for further info, but this is an excellent quick view guide which the gap year student or indeed any adventurous traveller with enough money to travel, would find indispensable. Some of the places are near at hand so the Giant's Causeway, Stonehenge… Read more
Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera [Massimiliano Pisapia,&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Massimiliano Pisapia
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Good things first. This is musically a first rate Ballo. Massimiliano Pisapia is a suave musically intelligent Riccardo, Chiara Taigi a moving and finely sung Amelia and Franco Vassallo a superb Renato, all marvellously supported musically from Maesrto Chailly and the Gewandhaus orchestra. The Ulrica of Anna Maria Chiuri is not to my taste, producing some squally singing, but she is adequate. The Oscar of Eun Yee You is excellent and the smaller roles are well taken. All in all a musical joy. Bad things. The costumes are an uneasy cross between early Doctor Who and Trumpton and don't look particularly well made - saggy knee pads are not a look to emulate. Ulrica suffers most as a kind of… Read more

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