A. Byrnes

Top Reviewer Ranking: 129
Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (2,574 of 2,689)
Location: London, UK



Top Reviewer Ranking: 129 - Total Helpful Votes: 2574 of 2689
Blank Multi-Colour Key Ring 100 Pages (54x90mm) by Blank Flash Cards Inc.
I have been using these to help me learn Italian - writing words and phrases in Italian on once side and the translations on the other. They can then be flipped through from beginning to end or end to beginning, depending on whether or not I want to revise from Italian to English or English to Italian.

I liked the fact that the cards were divided into four colours, which means that I could categorize topics or themes and focus on those when I am on the bus or otherwise unoccupied.

The structure of the paper, which is actually light-weight card, is robust and doesn't crease. It is excellent to write on without leeching through to the reverse side (even with fountain… Read more
Trefl Puzzle Sicily Italy (1000 Pieces) by Trefl
This is a very well constructed jigsaw. If you are a puzzling fan you will know that the construction of the individual pieces makes all the difference between an enjoyable and a tedious experience. In this case, the pieces fit beautifully, they are thick and well made and the colours are as vibrant as on the box.

My only grouch is that I bought this as a souvenir of my holiday in Sicily and the view on the box has only an ephemeral relationship with reality. It was, however, the only puzzle I could find to buy. The bottom half of the scene shows the Greek amphitheatre in Taormina, a really lovely place. Beyond the amphitheatre, in real life, is a scene of colourful… Read more
How to Write Art History by Anne D'Alleva
How to Write Art History by Anne D'Alleva
Anne D'Alleva is Associate Professor of Art History and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut and write from the point of view of a teacher with a lecture hall full of students who have never looked at art in an informed way before, and have never attempted to write art history. The structure and content is all based around how to look at paintings, sculpture and buildings, how to describe them as a formal exercise in description (one problem) and how to interpret them in their historical and cultural context (a separate problem). She then goes on to explain how to deal with specific university essays and assignments that are likely to be set.

Her attitude is… Read more