Andrew Norris

Replica of the "Rocket" at the National Railway Museum, York.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,200
Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (232 of 239)
Location: West Midlands, UK
Birthday: 4 July



Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,200 - Total Helpful Votes: 232 of 239
Beads and Beadwork of East and South Africa (Shire&hellip by Margret Carey
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, 12 Sep 2013
The Shire Ethnography series was a brave attempt by Shire Books to provide a third-arm alongside their successful Archaeology and Egyptology series, but struggled to find an audience as the topics chosen were little-studied in Britain at the time of publication.

"Beads and Beadwork of East and South Africa" was one of the first titles in the Shire Ethnography series, and though it has never been reprinted since the Shire Ethnography line was deleted, it provides a remarkable insight into African jewellery, with discussions about jewellery designs, the materials used to make jewellery beads, and the significance of beads and beadwork in society, all accompanied by… Read more
Painted Boats [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Jenny Laird
Painted Boats [DVD] DVD ~ Jenny Laird
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning documentary, 31 May 2013
"Painted Boats" is a short docudrama created by Ealing Studios in the last days of the Second World War. The film follows a loose narrative fitted around a history of the British canal network and its importance to British industry in the 20th century.

The film tells the tale of two families working on the Grand Union Canal - the Smiths, who operate a horse-drawn canal boat, and the Stoners, who operate a motor-powered boat and its unpowered "butty boat". Mary Smith hopes to marry Ted Stoner and operate a boat with him on the canal, but is unsure whether this will come true, as Ted hopes to get off the canals and join the army rather than stick to the canal… Read more
Compleat Angler With Geoffrey Palmer And Rae Borra&hellip
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice, gentle series, 31 May 2013
"The Compleat Angler", as the title implies, is a miniseries inspired by the work by Izaak Walton. In this series, veteran actor Geoffrey Palmer teams up with angler Ray Borras to fish in areas that Walton would have fished in, trying out baits and fishing methods as recommended by Walton in his book.

The series stands out from other fishing shows not just because of the Izaak Walton connection but because of its celebration of the British countryside. There are numerous scenes that focus on the development of angling as a sport, the lives of various fishing personalities contemporary and near-contemporary with Walton, and the changing face of the local ecology. In doing… Read more