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A Glass and a Mile
A Glass and a Mile
Offered by Birnam CD Ltd.
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful evening listen, 28 Jan. 2013
This review is from: A Glass and a Mile (Audio CD)
Stoke up the fire, pour a drink and invite Alistair & Chris into your front room for an hour of warm music.

This is a delightful collection of songs & tunes. All bar the last one are traditional arranged R&P. This is Celtic music, stories & tunes of life, love & tragedy. A stirring version of "Step it out Mary" - follow the words and the gaiety of the tune turns into the tragedy of the tale.

The May Morning Dew - beautifully haunting song, Alistair's rich voice floating in front of gentle notes.

Surprise final track - cover of a Mark Knopfler song. Reminiscent of "Brothers in Arms". A fine choice to end a fine album.

The CD comes with very readable notes about both the songs/tunes and the artists.


Car Charger Windscreen Holder Mount For Apple iPhone 3G 3Gs
Car Charger Windscreen Holder Mount For Apple iPhone 3G 3Gs

5.0 out of 5 stars basic and perfect, 18 Aug. 2010
This does exactly what it described. It is robust. The suction is strong and works well when I had to reposition it. It does what I needed: allows me to charge the phone while away from other sources of power; and I can use it hands-free if needed using the standard earphones. You do have to be careful when driving because of the wires but it's still hands-free. Good value for money.


Samsung T220 22-inch Widescreen LCD TFT Monitor, 2ms Response Time, Rose Black, 20000:1 Contrast Ratio DVI
Samsung T220 22-inch Widescreen LCD TFT Monitor, 2ms Response Time, Rose Black, 20000:1 Contrast Ratio DVI

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All it was said to be, 5 Oct. 2009
I bought this after reading the other reviews and it is living up to its promise. I'm using it primarily as an external monitor for my Samsung NC10 (which I call "Dynabook")


The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis
The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis
by Roman Krznaric
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read for tennis players and others, 27 Oct. 2006
The subititle "Stories of obsession in Real Tennis" describes the essense of this book. The game as played today would be recognised by the players of 300 years ago. However, the game has developed significantly over the past 30 years, largely by the efforts of a few individuals who indeed have their own obsession with the game. Roman captures this in a style that is both very personal and very readable.

As a tennis player myself, I naturally ordered the book. I sat down the evening I received it to take a look and before I knew it, I'd read the first 100 pages, discovering much more about the people involved in the game and enjoying the way the book is written.

The book starts with introduction to the game, both its history and how it exists today. There are other books that go much more into this history and a couple more have been written by todays professionals. This book however, focusses on the more personal aspects of the game itself through reporting interviews with some of those involved as well as describing the authors own experiences.

The style of the first chapter is, to me, quite unusual but it works! It takes the reader into a number of related dimensions of the game. A later chapter contains some stories that positions the state of the game in the 60's before a new breed of professional entered the game and made it what it is today. This change is well described in the penultimate chapter.

The final chapter contains a very personal insight into a father-son relationship through sharing a game of tennis.

You don't need to play Real Tennis, or even have seen a game, to enjoy this book. It conveys the attraction of the game and how aspects of it relate to how people are and what they need at a very basic level in life, both within themselves and with others. Perhaps it will encourage others to discover this for themselves by trying the game?

I encourage anyone to read it from front to back. It's written to be read that way.


Witness
Witness
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £7.15

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A outstanding modern folk album, 20 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Witness (Audio CD)
If you know Show Of Hands already then you won't need this review. If you haven't heard them yet, then this album is a good place to start. It is modern Folk Music that should appeal even to those not used to english folk music.

The first and starting track, Witness, sets the tone for the album - good lyrics, a good tune and well produced. The second track, Roots, provides to me one of the strongest songs they have recorded - it's a view of modern life for young people and the lack of knowledge of our own heritage: "without our stories or our songs, how will we know where we've come from". Together with a strong tune and catchy chorus, it turns into almost a sea shanty at the end (accompanied by the Fishermans Friends chorus from Cornwall). Could/should be a single perhaps?

Dive is based on a true story and it is worth listening to the words carefully, expecially the first time you hear it. The Falmouth Packet contains a wonderful lyric about King Louis of France and is followed by Haul Away Joe. Undertow is haunting.

If I Needed Someone is a cover of the George Harrison song from Rubber Soul that was done for Mike Harding's Rubber Folk project on Radio 2 and leads into a melancholy view of Christmas (Innocents' Song) sung by Phil with words from (I believe) a Devonshire poet and ending with an instrumental (Gwithian).

There ends the first half of the album which is what I personally listen to the most. The other 5 songs are all good in their own right and round out a very worthwhile album.

I would recommend the album to any one interested in real music but more so I'd recommend seeing Show of Hands live.


Fairport Convention: Live Legends [DVD]
Fairport Convention: Live Legends [DVD]
Dvd ~ Fairport Convention
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £10.47

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FYI - to encourage your viewing of this concert, 20 April 2006
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A concert from 1990 filmed in Birmingham Town Hall. Simon says "it's good to be back". Very good quality video and audio. As it's now 16 years ago, you get Peggy with (some) hair and a slimline Maart. DM on drums plus Simon and Ric. Nice version of Porteirion with Ric and Maart. Plus Red and Gold, a classic Matty Groves (where Ric takes his glasses off!) with The Rutland Reel and Sack the Juggler, Meet on the Ledge. Plus The Eynsham Poacher, On the Floor, Honour and Praise, Bird from the Mountain, London River, From a Distance.

The DVD just shows the concert straight through although you can select the starting track.


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