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Ashton Celebration [Artists of the Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson] [Opus Arte: OABD7128D] [Blu-ray] [2013]
Ashton Celebration [Artists of the Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson] [Opus Arte: OABD7128D] [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Artists of the Royal Ballet
Price: £29.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning final performance forTamara Rojo with the Royal Ballet is ..., 5 July 2016
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Stunning final performance forTamara Rojo with the Royal Ballet is reason alone to buy this DVD. Rojo was made for the role of Marguerite.


Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [DVD] [2009] [NTSC] [2010]
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake [DVD] [2009] [NTSC] [2010]
Dvd ~ Lev Ivanov
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £24.49

5.0 out of 5 stars a great actress as well as dancer - exceptionally swan like ..., 5 July 2016
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Spectacular performance from Nunez, a great actress as well as dancer - exceptionally swan like in white and wonderfully beguiling in black. Enjoyed staging and costumes, easy to spot the moments of supplementedAshton choreography vs original choreography. A perfect Swan Lake.


Adam:Le Corsaire [Dancers and Orchestra of the EngLish National Ballet] [OPUS ARTE: DVD] [2015]
Adam:Le Corsaire [Dancers and Orchestra of the EngLish National Ballet] [OPUS ARTE: DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Chris Blaine
Price: £20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the magic of the live production, 29 Jun. 2016
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I bought this to recapture the magic of seeing le Corsaire live. The DVD did not disappoint. There are occasions in the production where a screen does come down and the action takes place behind, which explains the issues another reviewer has described. The occurrence of these screens infront of the dancers is minimal and overall the quality of picture and sound is excellent.


The Visual Dictionary of Ballet for Children [DVD]
The Visual Dictionary of Ballet for Children [DVD]
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £8.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Not for little kids but a beautiful and comprehensive DVD for older children, 12 Feb. 2016
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This is a beautiful and very comprehensive DVD, however, this is not for children starting out, say RAD Primary level as the steps are far too complex. It is an excellent way for older children (ISTD/Ceccheti level 3 or RAD 4 upwards) to build their ballet vocabulary and learn new steps and there is a lovely class on disc 2 which is suitable also for adults. I think the cover makes it look like it is for younger children.


Macmillan Ballet Classics [DVD] [2011]
Macmillan Ballet Classics [DVD] [2011]
Dvd ~ Covent Garden The Royal Ballet
Price: £17.40

2.0 out of 5 stars Video quality is exceptionally poor due to old recordings which haven't been remastered which ..., 3 Nov. 2015
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Video quality is exceptionally poor due to old recordings which haven't been remastered which is disappointing after having the luxury of watching widescreen, HD ballets from the Royal Ballet filmed in recent years. I bought this version to experience Prince of the Pagodas but found it lacklustre because of the poor quality.


Matzo Ball Boy (Picture Puffin Books)
Matzo Ball Boy (Picture Puffin Books)
by Lisa Shulman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted to get the last available UK copy in time ..., 24 Mar. 2015
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Delighted to get the last available UK copy in time for Passover! This is a fun, very Jewish take on the Gingerbread Man...with a twist. A cute story for the kids which is kosher l'Pesach but also some humour for grown up readers from the mouth of the 'bubbe' who created the Matzo Ball Boy - and a good pinch of Jewish guilt inducing lines.
Enjoyed by a range of kids age 3 to 7 and they can't wait to read it/hear it again!


Honeybuns Gluten-free Baking
Honeybuns Gluten-free Baking
by Emma Goss-Custard
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.48

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious and easy to follow recipes, 21 Jun. 2012
I waited eagerly for this book to become available and it didn't disappoint. Having received the book only a week ago, I've already tried 3 recipes; Snowy Hills (ginger almond and polenta shortbread with a lemony topping, 'Heathcliff' brownies (which are full of chocolate and almond chunks) and date and orange flapjack (gf oats of course). Both turned out beautifully and taste delicious. A large proportion of the recipes use ingredients which are naturally gluten free, such as polenta (cornmeal) and ground almonds in addition to things you may not have used before like linseed (available in most supermarkets) and sorghum flour (which you can replace with Doves farm rice flour if you can't find/don't like it). The book has a resource list directing readers to online shops where the more unusual ingredients can be purchased if they can't be sourced locally (I much prefer gluten free books to use a range of gluten free ingredients rather than a ready mixed all purpose flour which would generally work in substitution to wheat flour, meaning that standard recipes and books could be used rather than buying one which is specifically gluten free).

High quality ingredients are recommended for high quality results and although recipes might appear expensive to make, quantities are large (traybakes and brownies produce A4 sized results) and the end result for all 3 recipes I've made to date have been delicious and snapped up by coeliacs and gluten-eaters alike - and I think the book should also appeal to non-coeliac cooks. As a keen baker, I've also had pretty much every ingredient (or a workable substitute) available in my kitchen at the time of baking.

I have a number of gluten free recipe books at home and this definitely has the best range and the best recipes in terms of cakes, traybakes, brownies, flapjacks etc. Ingredients appear in ounces, grams and cup measures so it's easily transferrable across continents and I'd highly recommend it to an American audience - I do have some American gluten free baking books but this is far more original and while focussed on gluten-free foods doesn't try to cut anything else out or to 'health up' the recipes.
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Healthy Gluten-free Eating: In Association with Coeliac UK (Healthy Eating Series)
Healthy Gluten-free Eating: In Association with Coeliac UK (Healthy Eating Series)
by Darina Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first book you should buy to get to grips with gluten free, 30 May 2012
This is the first gluten free cook book I owned (earlier version) and in my opinion it's still the best. There are some great basic recipes including pancakes, biscuits, savoury and sweet pastry and pizza dough. The recipes use easily available ingredients but don't use ready blended 'all purpose' flour mixes, so the book translates well across countries. As well as covering the basics, there are some great ideas for substitutions, such as how to use Chinese rice paper circles to create crispy parcels of salmon or spring rolls.

Finally, the cover photo doesn't do the pizza base recipe justice!


Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking: In Association with Coeliac UK
Seriously Good! Gluten-free Cooking: In Association with Coeliac UK
by Phil Vickery
Edition: Hardcover

53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't recommend this book at all, 29 May 2012
I don't rate this book at all and was really rather disappointed with it after all of the positive PR coverage.

The breakfasts, smoothies and drinks chapter is mostly filled with drink recipes - these would be gluten free anyway and if I had any interest in making these, I would have bought a book on smoothies and juices. Other recipe books use this section for pancakes, breakfast muffins etc - i.e. replacing what someone on a regular diet would be able to eat.

The snacks section is filled with recipes which are quite time consuming and low on calories and carbs - filling snacks are the most difficult thing to find as a coeliac, specifically for snacks on the run. These recipes all assume you are home all day.

The outdoor section does little to recommend carbohydrate accompaniments which is probably what most new coeliacs need guidance on. The rest of the recipes could easily be in any other recipe book.

The baking section - suggests chestnut flour (which is about £7 for 500g) or cornmeal flour which are both quite heavy flours so I would question the quality of the results.

As an experienced gluten free cook, there are also a few things in the book that I just can't believe are right.

The book doesn't recommend specific brands, so for new coeliacs, when it says 'gluten free miso soup mix' or 'gluten free mustard' there is no explanation on what is safe and what isn't. In the case of mustard, it's generally English mustard which isn't ok.

I'm a little bewildered as to why Coeliac UK endorses this book as it is far from a good basics book and is a bit too random as well to be 'just a good recipe book'.


The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide Part 2
The Essential Gluten-Free Baking Guide Part 2
by Iris Higgins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for the flaky pastry recipe if nothing else!, 29 May 2012
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This book is great for understanding how gluten free flours work - the authors have done all of the research so you don't have to! I mostly bought this (and part 1) for this reason - to understand which flours work in replacement of others due to similar characteristics e.g. protein content and to aid me with recipe creation. the recipe I was most keen to test was the flaky pastry recipe using sweet rice flour, which worked excellently and I have used as a pie crust and to make some sweet cheese pastries. There aren't really many other recipes in this or the other book which I am particularly keen to try, but the book has given me a good grounding in how non wheat flours can be used. I recommend this as a reference book more than anything.

You can easily get hold of the flours recommended in this book (and the part 1 book) online through Healthy Supplies and the Asian Cookshop.


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