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Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles
Pilgrim Routes of the British Isles
by Emma J. Wells
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book from start to end, 25 Feb. 2017
I loved this book from start to end. A great source of pilgrim related history and a handy guide/planner for those pilgrimages you have heard about, and always wanted to make.
Well written and illustrated, easy to read, the narrative style follows in such a way to engage and teach. I look forward to putting the content to good use, planning for my next trips. A 'must have' for all ordinands looking for something to do over the summer Long Vac...

New XLoop AURORA Polarised Sport Wrap Unisex Sunglasses Adult Medium (silver frame grey lens)
New XLoop AURORA Polarised Sport Wrap Unisex Sunglasses Adult Medium (silver frame grey lens)
Offered by VIBRANT HUT
Price: £11.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new Sports Glasses product from XLoop, 17 Oct. 2016
This is a review for the New XLoop AURORA Polarised Sport Wrap Unisex Sunglasses Adult Medium (silver frame grey lens) that I purchased last week. I have used these for running and rowing. They are a good fit, stable, even when sweating, and comfortable to wear. I am running at the end of the day at the moment with low autumn/winter sun meaning very bright direct light on good days. The polarised effect works very well in these conditions without any vision loss, or interference of sight. They also give good anti-glare reflection protection from the water when rowing.
They are understated, important for me, in looks and good value for money at the price I paid here on Amazon.
I would recommend these to anyone sportsman/woman who needs a pair of utility glasses for sporting use. They are stylish enough, if it is your thing, to be worn for general use as well. An excellent purchase.

Bamber Gascoigne's The Christians [DVD]
Bamber Gascoigne's The Christians [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bamber Gascoigne
Offered by NextDayEntertainment
Price: £10.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now of it's time but a very worthwhile purchase, 7 April 2015
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Made in 1976 and 1977, this series is very much of it's time, but is still a useful addition to any religious collection or for use as background reference to study and people exploring their faith for the first time. What surprised me, even as an Anglican, was the thinly veiled anti-Catholic thread that ran through the episodes. Some of the criticism levelled at the Roman Catholic church, especially during the pre and early post Reformation period, is scholarly and justified. Other comments and criticism by Gascoigne, would not stand the test of being defamatory in this day and age. Gascoigne's personal contempt for the Roman Catholic church, is easy to see on screen. Don't let that put you off if you are Catholic, but it will sting I fear. There are scenes, Gascoigne's sitting with a real T-shirt wearing monkey drinking tea while discussing Darwinism, and the anti Jewish joke at the very end of the final episode that would also not survive the producers and editors hand today but make it an interesting snapshot, in it's own right, of television and society in it's time during the middle 1970's.

I found the omission of the Tractarian English Anglo-Catholic revival, it is not mentioned at all, difficult to understand, given the effect it had both here and in Europe, while so much was made of the Methodist movement but I can see the context of the episode in question, even if it feels very unbalanced. What really marks this series out now, is the access the producers had to locations in the Middle East especially Syria. Something that will not be seen again for some time, and is therefore very useful to see even if it is nearly 40 years old. The series is worth watching for just the one episode, on the way Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith grew together and interacted centred around the 'people of the book'. A useful and surprising resource for any one interested in interfaith dialogue.

While dated in many ways, I would recommend this series with the caveat that the excellent MacCulloch's BBC series A History of Christianity gives a far more balanced and ecumenical view of Christian history. I would view this first then MacCulloch's for balance. Gascoigne's series is very well made and produced, as you would expect from Granada at that time, with some interesting voice overs - see if you can spot the voices of Brain Blessed and Richard Wilson of 'One Foot in the Grave' fame ! Television like this is not affordable, sadly, in this age so this makes the series all the more for that.

Now of it's time and dated it is still a very worthwhile purchase.

HBR Guide to Project Management
HBR Guide to Project Management
by Harvard Business Review
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent baseline to start from, 2 April 2013
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In a world awash with information, this is an excellent start point in the world of project management. If you have no previous experience, it will give you a solid foundation on which to build. If you were an experienced manager you may find the content is already there for you and that some of the HBR publications that have greater depth would be better. A great guide to suggest if you are teaching or coaching people new to the subject.

TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS - Complete collection: Series 1, 2 and 3 - 4 discs DVD Box set [IMPORT]
TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS - Complete collection: Series 1, 2 and 3 - 4 discs DVD Box set [IMPORT]
Dvd ~ Alan MacNaughton
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Price: £18.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Good, 19 Jun. 2012
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I have used Amazon for years and this is the first time I have had cause to be critical. This product is a Dutch edition so all the notes are in Dutch and the actual series with Dutch subtitles. Please note THERE IS A BBC UK EDITION FOR SALE AS WELL it is a little more expensive. Cost aside it's madness to market these two editions together. You can see it has caught lots of people out even old Amazon stagers like me!
Very annoying as I will have to now return this and order the other. Not your finest day Amazon!
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Brideshead Revisited [DVD] [2008]
Brideshead Revisited [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Emma Thompson
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Price: £4.99

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money..., 13 Sept. 2010
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Like all the reviews of this awful film I agree don't waste your money on this. Buy the simply excellent box-set of the Granada series. The makers of this film deserve to be banned from film making for ever as it has no resemblance to the book or the story save the name in the title. No wonder it bombed at the box office. Leave well alone.

Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Mark Chapman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

16 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An introduction that reflects the very problems it tries to describe., 10 Mar. 2008
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Credit when credit is due. Mark Chapman's work as a theologian is well know and rightly praised. This Very Short Introduction (VSI), as with all the series, is exactly what it sets out to be. Well written and in the main informative. I first came across the series when I bought the VSI to Islam, and the Koran before my first tour of Iraq in 2004 and very very useful they proved to be.

Where this VSI falls sadly short is that Mr Chapman is, alas, to near to the flame of the subject to be truly objective. In some ways it would be impossible for it to be otherwise given Mr Chapman's credentials. The very discourse that he sets out to show by way of the current problems of the Anglican Communion seep into his text leaving a rather unpleasant aftertaste. Yet the first chapters, which are sharp and well written, give a rounded view of the subject.
The end of chapter 5 and the progression of the Anglo-Catholic movement with it's modern day legacy I found could have spoiled this entire VSI and did leave me to question how fair an account this might be. His inclusion of a quote by Evelyn Waugh, even if described as crude, was distasteful and added nothing. If it was that crude then it should have no place in such a work, Waugh or no Waugh.

It is, I suppose, inevitable that Chapman, a strong evangelical, should feel mistrust of the Anglo-Catholic movement but an Oxford VSI is no place to show boat it. His description of the Forward in Faith movement is simply unrealistic and now proven to be untrue. The movement grows apace. Time will tell if this is a good or bad thing but Mr Chapman's clumsy attempt to dismiss this movement smacked of the school playground rather than informed theological debate. He may not like it but he should try and do the right thing by presenting even cases when looking at why Forward in Faith came into existence rather than a simple my side (Evangelicalism) is winning and the other (Anglo-Catholicism) is losing. This discussion should not be about win or loose but surely finding a medium for the future?

I also find the contradiction between his views on the ordination of women and homosexuals confusing. He is for the ordination of women but against homosexuals, or it reads that way, given his comments within both chapters.
I hope this is nothing but a rather cleaver way of illustrating the problem the Church now faces? In accepting the ordination of women but not of practicing gay men the Anglican communion and the see of Canterbury created it's own unique problem. Be strong on all issues or you have to eventually give way to them all when challenged and rightly so. The church simply cannot have one rule for one and another for another! This point is very well made by Chapmen given he seems to be in the same boat!

One of the others problems with this subject rather than this VSI is that secular people tend not to want to write about the current issues in the Anglican Communion because in an increasingly secular world people are not bothered about the Anglican Church anymore. This means the likes of Mr Chapman do a good job on the whole but in the final analysis are found wanting because they are too close to what they are writing about. Objectivity is replaced by personal view in a way that a secular writer would not, I hope, be.

This VSI is a useful tool on the subject matter from an otherwise excellent series of books. But it's use must be offset by additional reading to gain a balanced picture especially in the latter chapters which, sadly, become a soapbox for some of Mr Chapman's personal feelings. If only he had resisted the temptation and followed the vein of the first chapters. I look forward to an updated version soon as this organic subject continues to unfold.
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