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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,313 - Total Helpful Votes: 848 of 1000
Massenet: Neeme Jarvi Conducts ~ Jules Massenet
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Massenet was an influential figure in French music in the later 19c, but it is only when you hear this very well-played selection that you get some idea why. All credit to the authoritative Neemi Jarvi and the assured Suisse Romande; and credit too to Truls Mork for tackling the Fantaisie with such assurance, and making the listener feel that this piece does not deserve to be so obscure. The livelier music is played with enormous spirit, and benefits from the fine, vivid Chandos recording. A highly enjoyable disc.
The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science by Tim Ball
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a key quotation in this book, describing the 'forecasts' of climate contained in the IPCC reports. The author is out to expose the pretensions and deliberate mistakes of the climate 'gang', and correctly identifies many of them, especially prominent characters such as Michael Mann, as politicians rather than reputable scientists. He makes it clear that the models can produce anything they want them to. A lot of this is not new, of course, and has been more elegantly done by authors such as Andrew Montford. But there is a place for this passionate, indignant book, however repetitive and badly edited and proofed it may be (and it is). The author is an important figure in the climate… Read more
The Building of England: How the History of Englan&hellip by Simon Thurley
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars too big a subject?, 9 Feb 2014
This is an ambitious book but I'm afraid that for me it does not quite live up to its ambition. The range of scholarship is wide, but inevitably there are big gaps and too many examples that are not necessarily helpful. For example, he talks about the Brighton Pavilion without mentioning Sezincote - indeed he says that hardly any country houses were built around 1800. A lot of the illustrations are too small to be much use, and there are quite a few typos.

The book is worthy enough, but it falls between being scholarly and being a good introduction for the general reader.