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Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100-1900 (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
by John Guy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how you present art., 5 Aug. 2014
An exceptionally beautiful book. The reproductions are of a very high standard and a feast for the eyes. With any book of paintings, first impresssions are rarely wrong and a book of carelessly cropped or badly coloured images will never be a book you love. The colour and line in this book are so good that I look forward to spending time reading the text.


Historic Maps and Views of Vienna/Historische Karten Und Ansichten Von Wien/Cartes Et Vues Historiques de Vienne
Historic Maps and Views of Vienna/Historische Karten Und Ansichten Von Wien/Cartes Et Vues Historiques de Vienne
by Hannah Schweizer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea; terrible book., 5 Aug. 2014
Sadly, despite the large size, the heavyweight paper and the pleasing landscape format, this book fails completely because the paper is cream-coloured and every image is murky, the colours dull and lifeless and consequently not one of the maps or paintings is even worth close study, let alone framing.


Verbatim 43549 4.7GB 16x DVD-R Matt Silver - 100 Pack Spindle
Verbatim 43549 4.7GB 16x DVD-R Matt Silver - 100 Pack Spindle
Offered by Europe Sellers Kings
Price: £21.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always reliable, 5 Aug. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I buy a spindle of 100 once or twice a year, always Verbatim DVD-Rs, and I've never had a disc that wouldn't play. This is the only brand I recommend.


The Prisoner [DVD]
The Prisoner [DVD]
Dvd ~ Patrick McGoohan
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £25.87

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All trapped in one box, 5 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Prisoner [DVD] (DVD)
You wouldn't be reading this if you weren't already inclined to own a set of Prisoner DVDs. Look no further: these are just about perfect, restored to eye-popping colour and clarity after all those years of scratchy broadcasts, fuzzy tapes and poor DVDs, and with a wealth of information in a proper paperback book. Network habitually set the bar very high and once again they don't disappoint.


YORK FITNESS 3 KG Vinyl Dip Dumbbell (Fitbell) 1 x Blue
YORK FITNESS 3 KG Vinyl Dip Dumbbell (Fitbell) 1 x Blue
Price: £8.46

4.0 out of 5 stars Fit for purpose, 5 Mar. 2011
I broke my wrist falling on the ice last winter and was told to have a proper exercise regime in place when the cast came off. I bought these Fitbells since they were modestly priced and about the right weight for daily use. These days the Fitbells are in a box under the bed (as all weights tend to be, sooner or later!), but they were ideal when I needed them.


Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive
Seagate 500GB Expansion Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 500GB for under fifty quid!, 5 Mar. 2011
In the mid-1990s, editor and sound designer Walter Murch detailed the huge towers of hard drives that would be required to store a film the size of Apocalypse Now for editing. He estimated it would take 480GB of storage space, and cost $160,000. Today you can get 500GB for the equivalent of just $70 and it's about the size and weight of a wallet. It's reliable and silent and it doesn't even need a power supply - everything's done via the USB cable. Do you need other reasons to buy one? You do not.


War and Peace
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.78

27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pevear and Volokhonsky, 14 April 2009
This review is from: War and Peace (Hardcover)
First of all, the book itself. This is a nicely-bound hardback, with very clear black type on pure white paper - the clarity of the type and the whiteness of the paper both being important considerations when there are twelve hundred pages to get through! The biographical notes, chapter summaries and footnotes at the back are informative and accessible.

Now, the translation. I don't read Russian, so I can only judge it by how well it reads in English rather than by the degree of its fidelity to the original, so let's be clear: ninety-nine percent of this book is a joy to read. However, if you're prone to writing marginalia, this book will have you reaching for the pencil on quite a few occasions. I'm not talking about Americanisms (such as "fall" for "autumn") which are fine by me, but the doubtful choice of words here and there. For instance, when Rostov confronts a wolf close by some trees, we find:

> ...the wolf shook himself and made a move towards the timber which would save him.

Wood, trees, copse and forest all make sense in this context; "timber" does not. It sounds like the wolf has spotted a pile of firewood.

> "Ah, you cursed floor-scrubbers! Clean, fresh, as if from a promenade, not like us sinful army folk," Rostov said.

Other translations have "dandies" instead of "floor-scrubbers", which makes a lot more sense. Another page has Boris piling his checkers in a pyramid, but after he has knocked them to the floor, they have become "chessmen".

Pevear and Volokhonsky sometimes get their clauses in a muddle and the results are unclear:

> "One moment, one moment, don't come in, papa!" she cried to her father, who had opened the door, still under the gauze of her skirt, which covered her whole face.

(Natasha has a door under her skirt?)

> When Nikolai and his wife came looking for Pierre, he was in the nursery, holding his awakened nursling son on his enormous right palm, dandling him. A merry smile lingered on his broad face with its open, toothless mouth.

(Who has no teeth - Pierre or the baby?)

Some lines make almost no sense, though this may be Tolstoy's fault:

> Pfuel was of small stature, very thin, but broad-boned, of coarse, robust build, with broad hips and sharp shoulder blades.

All at once? Similarly, there are odd lapses in grammar and agreement. Three examples:

> For us descendants - who are not historians...

> This sort of guests and members sat in their known, habitual places, and met together in known, habitual circles.

> In their attitude towards him, doubt could still be felt of who he was...

Of course these are exceptions and in a book this long it would be surprising if there weren't a few slips. Nevertheless, I feel an obligation to lay them out for the benefit of those trying to decide which translation of War and Peace to buy. I repeat - this is an excellent read for the most part and God only knows how much work went into it. Pevear and Volokhonsky are to be congratulated for scaling the mountain, but all the same, I did find the duff lines hard to ignore, so here is a final batch of oddities:

> A tallow candle stood on a baluster, melting in the wind.

> The entering man was wearing dark blue tailcoat, a cross on his neck, and a star on the left side of his chest.

> "Grounds of personal ambition, perhaps," Speransky quietly put in his word.

> Pierre sniffed silently, looking at her.

> He saw not her marble beauty, which made one with her gown, he saw and sensed all the loveliness of her body, which was merely covered by clothes.

> "Snort...snort..." snorted Prince Nikolai Andreich.

> His eyes were looking at the entering women.

> The husband, a short, stoop-shouldered man in a civil uniform with wheel-shaped side-whiskers and smooth temples...

> Princess Marya and Natasha, as always, came together in the bedroom.
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Sand Pebbles [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Sand Pebbles [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a 2-disc set, 9 Feb. 2009
...despite Amazon listing it as 1. Also, there's a great little booklet made up of the original 1966 press & promotional materials, a envelope of 4 lobby cards, a typical "chapter list and overview" booklet and it's all slipcased in a beautiful box - nice to see original artwork being used! Tremendous value. I also bought the 2-disc Patton in the same Fox Cinema Classics Collection, but that has no booklets.


The Silent Enemy [DVD]
The Silent Enemy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Harvey
Offered by Bonkers4Bargains!
Price: £19.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underwater heroes, 27 Jan. 2009
This review is from: The Silent Enemy [DVD] (DVD)
Calypsopiper is right in every regard. This is not a big-budget epic, but a study of men doing dangerous, largely unremarked work in World War II. Laurence Harvey, strikingly blonde and as brusque as a lean James Robertson Justice, arrives in Gibraltar to defuse bombs and quickly takes over a team of divers who destroy enemy mines. Fans of British character actors will spot Alec McCowen, Nigel Stock, David Lodge, Alan Webb, Cyril Shapps (Spanish, this time around) and a very young Derren Nesbitt, who's as easy to miss as Robert Shaw in The Dambusters. Sid James almost steals the show, but it's lean, unsentimental Laurence Harvey, his eyes like chips of ice as he defuses a warhead, who lingers in the mind. In black and white, 4:3 and a decent print, too.
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The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Peanuts)
The Complete Peanuts 1950-1952 (Peanuts)
by Charles M. Schulz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good grief!, 20 Jan. 2009
A really first-class book. The Peanuts cartoons (all fifty years' worth) are being published in hardback, each covering two years, with this first volume being slightly longer. The quality of the printing puts every previous Peanuts strip you've read to shame. Suddenly it's obvious how badly we've been served by those blotchy little paperbacks. Here is the art in pristine form on high-grade paper. Here is (or rather, will be) every single strip, so that you can see the gradual evolution and stabilisation of the style. These early volumes contain the handful cartoons featuring adults, Snoopy starting to think, characters like Shermy who disappeared and it isn't till the end of volume four that all the elements are in place. It all starts here!


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