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A Dictionary of Entomology (Cabi)
A Dictionary of Entomology (Cabi)
by Gordh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £99.95

4.0 out of 5 stars It is definitely impressive and useful, but there are still bugs to work out, 14 July 2014
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It is definitely impressive and useful, but there are still bugs to work out. Little things like misspelling hypo as hupo in one place are inconsequential, but the use of only English leads to problems like 'Western plant-bug' not having an explanation/etymology for Rhinocloa forticornis. And if you are searching from the Latin name, then you can find nothing. It is listed as belonging to Hemiptera: Miridae, but the Hemiptera entry does not have Miridae marked in any way and I finally gave up looking for it in the long entry since it would have also been unlikely to yield any further on Western plant-bugs.


French Berlitz Hide This Book
French Berlitz Hide This Book
by Berlitz Guides
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just racy, 2 July 2014
Although marketed on the racy terms it includes, most of the terms are ordinary, like the departments in a shop, items one might buy in a chemist's, articles of clothing, etc. So it is actually valuable as phrase book and not just for a laugh.


STORY OF THE DRINKING HORN (Publications of the National Museum Studies in Archaeology &)
STORY OF THE DRINKING HORN (Publications of the National Museum Studies in Archaeology &)
by ETTING V
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.00

4.0 out of 5 stars history, not a monograph, 26 Jun. 2014
157 pages, apparently translated into English by Don Kincaid. Lots of colour photos, a few full page. This book covers the main sources of exquisite horns, but not poorer quality horns like those found in Lithuania. It gives something of an illustrated catalogue of the former. The text is readable, although not exciting, being more a description of the horns along with citations and paraphrases of historical passages that mention drinking horns. If you are wondering about terminology, the book mainly uses the terms tip, mouth, and strap mounts. There is no glossary. I gave it only four stars because the pictures could have been larger and the horn descriptions more technical.


Chicken or egg game O2668
Chicken or egg game O2668
Offered by Pelicanshop
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars phrasing is the problem, 11 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Chicken or egg game O2668 (Toy)
The big problem with this game is the wording of the questions. For example, 'which came first - film stars or musicals?' If the topic is limited to film, then obviously there were silent film stars before musicals which could only be recorded after talkies had appeared. But the musical films did not appear out of thin air. Musical theatre dates back to the 19th century, for example, Gilbert and Sullivan started putting out comic operas in 1871. And long before that there was opera and medieval ballads. But the card does not specify which 'musical' it has in mind (film musicals is the category given on the back).
Another card says crackers were invented by Tom Smith in 1846, but Wikipedia gives Theodore Pearson in 1792. But wouldn't unleavened bread also be considered a type of cracker, pushing the date much further back? Bread is given as dating back to 10000 BC with the discovery of the quern-stones. (Wikipedia says 9500-9000 BC.) Sheep, however were domesticated around the same time 11000-9000 BC and butter could date from that time. Therefore, butter could be older than bread, unlike the card's answer. The card gives the first reference of butter as AD 1200 but the ancient Greeks were talking about butter long before that. Another card dates pancakes to 1439, but according to Wikipedia, the Greeks were making pancakes in the 5th century BC. American Indian manufacture of maple syrup is given as ancient, date of origin unknown. The card, however, states maple syrup is older than pancakes.
It is a shame that the company did not do a better job researching and testing their questions before they put the game out. The questions are colour-coded (yellow, orange, red, blue, green, and purple) so the cards could be incorporated into other trivia games. The game includes 300 questions, one per card.


Brotherhood of Justice / Violent City / Back In Action / Good Cop Bad Cop [DVD]
Brotherhood of Justice / Violent City / Back In Action / Good Cop Bad Cop [DVD]
Dvd ~ Keanu Reeves
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £2.58

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3.0 out of 5 stars double sided, 26 May 2014
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Two double sided discs. Includes interactive menus and scene selection. Stars include Telly Savalas, Robert Hays, and Roddy Piper. Have not watched any of them, so cannot comment on watchability.


Trapped In A Purple Haze [DVD]
Trapped In A Purple Haze [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jonathan Jackson
Offered by Fulfillment Next Day
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars oversimplified, 22 May 2014
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I did not like this film. The acting was OK, but the script oversimplified the situation. The father leaps to the conclusion that all of the son's problems have been caused by the mother pushing her son. One could perhaps say that this shows the internal family conflict, but to me the director took the father's side. At no point did I see anything that said the son should take responsibility for his actions even though he was nearly an adult.


Victorian (Miller's Antiques Checklist)
Victorian (Miller's Antiques Checklist)
by Eric Knowles
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian and Victoriana, 16 May 2014
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These are one and the same, even to the publishing dates, but with different dust covers. The book is the standard checklist quality.


Polish Winged Hussars, 17th century metal sculpture. Collection 54mm (scale 1/32) miniature figurine. Tin toy soldiers
Polish Winged Hussars, 17th century metal sculpture. Collection 54mm (scale 1/32) miniature figurine. Tin toy soldiers

5.0 out of 5 stars Actually taller, 2 May 2014
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The man is 2.5 inches tall, but the figure as a whole is 3.25 inches tall. The metal is heavy and the scabbard can be moved due to the softness of the metal, but the base is not scratched by a fingernail. No problem with standing or deformation. The mould seams have been ground down but the ground places are visible if you look for them. The detail is good for metal, but not as good as a good plastic casting. A fox fur is draped on his left shoulder. There are no blank areas for making the mould easier to remove. There is a Maltese cross on his right breast.


The Polish Army of 1775
The Polish Army of 1775
by Gabriel Nicholas Raspe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.00

4.0 out of 5 stars reprint of 1775 illustrations with modern explanations, 26 April 2014
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The good thing about this text is that it gives all the unit breakdowns with the uniforms they wore. So if you want to know about the Polish-Lithuanian army at this time, this is a great primary source. There are no stories, anecdotes, or battle accounts. The problem is that these are old 1775 reprints that are a bit blurry. In addition, the black lines are sharp so that it looks like a child has come along and drawn on faces and mustaches on many pictures. Thus the pictures are not really good for scanning and using to decorate a document but would work fine for creating your own artwork. The original text that was translated into English was in German and French. So the ranks have been translated from Polish into these languages, even for units stationed in Lithuania. The Lithuanian terms are not given anywhere and some of the rank names even for Lithuanian units are given in Polish. Two appendices list Polish ranks and place names.


The History of the Cavalry
The History of the Cavalry
by Z. Grbasic
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Good insights into warfare, 23 April 2014
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While historical pictures are used, many modern detailed illustrations are also included. The best part of the book is that it explains something of the situation and tactics of the various units. This would definitely help in understanding any military account from 1661 to 1865. While some terms are used, many are missing, for example, one illustration is for French grenadier rank insignia, but even the specific ranks are not given, let alone the terms to describe said insignia. The insignia are not described in the text. So this is not the best book for learning all of the cavalry related terms.


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