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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
Price: £5.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Too much wholemeal pasta, not enough sauce, 16 Mar. 2016
An interview with the author brought this book to my attention, and while I was sceptical that the subject could fill a book I decided to give it a go. I was right to be doubtful. This must be the most long-winded, insubstantial books I have read. There is little here that I haven't come across before, and any new information is extrapolated upon ad nauseum. The section on weights and measures, for instance, is interminable and repetitious. And when you finish you conclude that what was said could have been done in a quarter of the space. Really the fundamental problem is that this is a thin plot stretched to ridiculous lengths. At 200 pages it may have been bearable, but 400 is simply overkill. If the writing were stylish and witty this may have been excusable, but the dry, functional tone makes the journey seem even longer.


B the Magpie
B the Magpie
Price: £29.51

5.0 out of 5 stars An album you need if you love music, 23 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: B the Magpie (Audio CD)
I have been aware of Pekka Pohjola for some time from his work with Wigwam, but only recently got round to investigating his solo work. What a find. This is an extraordinary album: classification is difficult, which illustrates that this is a singular achievement. It melds Zappa, 1970s Californian rock, jazz, neo-classical and God knows what else to create a record of great beauty. It is an artfully arranged, inspiringly played selection of wonderful compositions. It may be forty-plus years old, but it is as fresh as paint. Stunning.


Never Mind the Balkans, Here's Romania
Never Mind the Balkans, Here's Romania
Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars What the f***, 9 Jan. 2016
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A fun, often interesting read. The author has an attractive, witty and self deprecating style that tends to ameliorate some of the darker aspects of the book. But I have one (unique in my experience) criticism of the book. Why do all the expletives come with asterisks? I am an adult and find it insulting that the publisher feels the need to protect me from words they deem unprintable. I honestly can't remember ever reading a book printed in the last forty-plus years that censored words. Truly ridiculous and patronising. (I read the book via Kindle; I am curious to know if the print version has this infantile flaw too.)


Silver Mountain
Silver Mountain
Price: £15.81

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and icy, 27 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Silver Mountain (Audio CD)
If you are looking for a quick fix, a little entertainment to pass the time (which is, naturally, no bad thing) then I would advise you to give this record a miss. If, however, you are ready to be challenged, to take a trip to the icy outer edges of scandinavian prog/jazz/rock (for want of a better description) then this is the album for you. By turns mesmeric, vicious, searching and eerie this is best absorbed as a piece. There are hints of many influences here, from the obvious (Miles, Crossings era Herbie Hancock and 70s prog - ELP and VDGG especially) and the less obvious (the Grateful Dead and Neil Young at their most searching). Yet the Elephant9 soundworld is unique, though noticeably Scandinavian, having a chilling, hypnotic, intense atmosphere. A truly beautiful, haunting record and a worthy follow up to their previous fantastic album Atlantis.


Say You Don't Mind
Say You Don't Mind
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Price: £7.98

2.0 out of 5 stars Not the originals: caveat emptor, 17 Dec. 2015
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Colin Bluntstone is a wonderful singer, and has recorded some fantastic music. On the whole you won't find it here. Yes, it contains his best songs. Unfortunately, however, they are rerecordings that are all wildly inferior to the sublime originals. They are functional, but lack the warmth and magic of the music we know and love. Oh, and the updated 1998 verson of She's Not There that ends this cd is an aberration.


Rust-Oleum RO0030201G1 750 ml Universal Paint - Satin White
Rust-Oleum RO0030201G1 750 ml Universal Paint - Satin White
Offered by Transtools
Price: £13.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Rust..., 23 Oct. 2015
Used this to paint a bathroom radiator that had developed some minor rust spots. As the information stated this paint was suitable for indoors and out, I assumed it would be the perfect product to use to prevent rust reoccuring, and protecting the radiator in future. At first I was pleased. The paint was easy to apply and left an attractive finish. However my initial delight was short lived. Despite thorough preparation (including, though according to the instructions not necessary, removing all the rust spots) and two coats the rust reappeared in less than three months. Very disappointing result and clearly not, despite the blurb, up to the rigours of even a mildly humid environment.
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Trail 11 Function Pen Knife - Silver, 8.9 cm
Trail 11 Function Pen Knife - Silver, 8.9 cm
Price: £4.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nasty, 12 Aug. 2015
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Flimsy and useless. Arrived with the main blade falling off the thin and nasty body. Ok it is cheap. But it really is a very poorly made product. Sent back for a refund with no problems.


Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story
Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story
by Gabriel Weston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Cut Above..., 12 Aug. 2015
First books are often like first dates. They try too hard to make an impression and end up gauche and strained. Not Direct Red. Weston has arrived with a unique, fully formed and startling voice. Her story is as thrilling as, well, a thriller, but it is the humanity that lingers. It is a humanity without sentimentality, but with all the expediency and compromises of a real life. And because of that it is all the more affecting and memorable. Wonderful stuff.


Stanley High Impact Abs 3 Vial Level 24in 1 42 476
Stanley High Impact Abs 3 Vial Level 24in 1 42 476
Price: £5.04

1.0 out of 5 stars Not straight, not level., 10 July 2015
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A spirit level requires just two things to be fit for purpose: to be straight and true. You may believe that a company as experienced and respected as Stanley could manage that, even on an inexpensive model. After all it's just a hunk of plastic with a couple of vials glued on. But no. This 'level' was bowed on one side, with light visible underneath when set on a flat surface. Worse was that it was not even close to being level. The plumb vial was marginally better, but still inaccurate. In other words what I bought was a useless lump of hard plastic. This piece of junk is similar to those levels you can buy in Pound shops only this was six times more expensive. Really don't understand how Stanley can let its reputation suffer making terrible products like this. Amazon have, naturally, given me a refund.


Obscure Knowledge
Obscure Knowledge
Price: £13.72

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental, 15 Jun. 2015
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At the time of writing there are no reviews for this album, which is a shame. This is a monumental work. One long piece, with the dynamics of a symphony and the fire of an angry bull. Progressive rock has, of late, been reassessed and rejuvenated, probably in response to the dispiriting drivel that passes for 'rock' music in recent years, all style and faux attitude over substance and passion (just watch an episode of 'Later' to see what I mean). I believe that, despite the cynicism of the music industry - which treats the average person like a sheep- people want something more from their music than More of the Same. Guapo take the spirit of classic progressive rock and create truly modern music of depth, intelligence and skill. But more than that they create works that demand your attention while in return taking you on a journey as thrilling and moving as only good music can. This is a brilliantly conceived, stunningly played and wonderfully cohesive rock record. If you want something more than a quick three chord fix, if you want to be challenged intellectually and emotionally, yet also want to rock, this is an album for you.


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