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Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Price: £4.74

3.0 out of 5 stars Good historical summary of church structures, 10 Jan. 2015
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But limited explanation of how that relates to social change or what the modern meaning or relevance of Anglicanism is. But it is only a v short introduction so still worth reading!


Walking London's Medical History Second Edition
Walking London's Medical History Second Edition
by Nick Black
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know much about medical history but I love architecture, social history and walking around the great ..., 20 Sept. 2014
I don't know much about medical history but I love architecture, social history and walking around the great cities of the world. This book brings all four together in a delightful accessible way that enhanced my knowledge of the city and the way its people have been treated for their mental and physical ailments over the centuries. A quirky must have for the Londoner and any newcomer or visitor to the city.


Britain's Great Immigration Disaster
Britain's Great Immigration Disaster

9 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confirm your prejudice, 2 Mar. 2014
Immigration comes with issues and tensions (like FGM) that have to be discussed. But this apocalyptic view of multi-racial, multi-faith Britain is for bigots who want their prejudices confirmed. In economic terms casino banking has cost this country far more in the last 6 years than rising immigration. Do the maths and move on. Nothing to see here except people looking for scapegoats for the failure of more powerful people (and, perhaps, to rationalise their own sense of failure in life - so often the source of xenophobia & racial/religious prejudice!). For a more balanced critique of the subject read David Goodhart's 'The British Dream'.
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English Musical Renaissance, 1840-1940 (Music and Society)
English Musical Renaissance, 1840-1940 (Music and Society)
by Meirion Hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PUTS THE BEST OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC INTO PERSPECTIVE, 29 Oct. 2012
Undeservedly consigned to the dusty realms of academic publishing, this brilliantly conceived, researched and written book puts the late Victorian musical renaissance into perspective, showing how the individual careers of people like Elgar and Vaughan Williams were mentored by a British Establishment keen to compete with Germany not just militarily but culturally and how this led to the setting up of the Royal College of Music and the Proms. It helped me understand the life and times of some of the composers I love.


Tuff-Luv Tuff-Grip (antenna assist) slim-line leather case cover for Apple iPhone 4 / 4S - (British Racing Green)
Tuff-Luv Tuff-Grip (antenna assist) slim-line leather case cover for Apple iPhone 4 / 4S - (British Racing Green)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC PRODUCT, 21 Jun. 2012
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After wasting £20 buying 3 cheap leather cases that fell apart within a couple of months I finally bit the bullet and spent £20 on a good one. It's one of the best things I've ever bought on Amazon. Thoroughly well made with quality leather and stitching and a fabulous colour, it really protects the phone. 6 months later and it hasn't worn at all. Thanks Tuff Luv!


Madness' One Step Beyond . . . (33 1/3)
Madness' One Step Beyond . . . (33 1/3)
by Terry Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NUTTY BORE, 21 Jan. 2012
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Rarely have I come across a book that's so over-rated by other reviewers. The 33 1/3 series aims to produce analytic yet accessible pocket books on great albums across a range of genres (check out John Dougan's fine study of The Who's 'Sell Out' for an example of how it should be done). Sadly this fails.

The author seems like a really nice man (honest, Terry). And he obviously knows Madness having been on the fringes of the group after growing up in Hornchurch, Essex, among West Ham Skinheads and Ford workers (there's a nice little vignette on why, in his words, 'Two Tone confused me').

But reading this book is like running into a roadie who's got a few chirpy tales about the making of some songs and wants to tell you all of them in detail over a pint or two. There is no contextual analysis whatsoever. Right at the end we get a paragraph-long epilogue that says 'Madness caught the end of the New Wave/Punk explosion'....and then it's all over.

Addressing the knotty issue of why a Two Tone band, that was part of the biggest anti-racist movement in British pop culture, had a large following of skinhead racists (not really the Nutty Boys' fault) all we get is 'an amusing tale' from Our Terry about how 'a black guy' once auditioned for Madness; apparently he backed out, saying 'You guys play too much reggae, I don't want to join the band!'

That's that awkward issue settled then...In terms of music journalism/cultural criticism it's the equivalent of a cabbie leaning over his shoulder at you and saying 'don't get me wrong, one of my mates is black'.

If you're a big Madness fan who wants an easy read that gives you lots of footnotes to a few of their songs without troubling your brain or feeding your soul, this is for you. But Greil Marcus it ain't. Think Steve Coogan's 'Saxondale' wearing a pork pie hat and you've saved yourself a fiver and an evening of your life.


Mighty Bright eFlex Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (Silver)
Mighty Bright eFlex Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle (Silver)

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BADLY MADE RUBBISH, 16 Jan. 2012
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A WASTE OF MONEY! The switch on the top is hard to move and the light keeps turning itself off because the two lithium cell batteries don't sit properly in the casing. When it is on the light isn't strong enough. However, I've since purchased the twin-LED 'xtra-flex2' version which is a much better design and does the job properly.


The Art of Struggle
The Art of Struggle
by Michel Houellebecq
Edition: Paperback

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LES FLEURS DU MAL FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, 6 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: The Art of Struggle (Paperback)
Even if you've never read Houellebecq's novels, try this amazing collection of poetry. These poems have the same themes as the novels - they capture his melancholic, painfully self-aware and bitingly satirical portraits of life in the consumer society of today's 'developed world' and the frustrations and anomie that it can induce. At the same time he is lacerating about the alternatives offered by Islam for example, which led to accusations of racism before the French literary Establishment belatedly gave him the credit he's due. Like most artists he's clearly in need of therapy as a man but his writing is itself therapeutic. Imagine Baudelaire crossed with Philip Larkin and you're there. The best novel to start with is Platform. Enjoy.


Four Classic Albums: Thelonious Monk Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington / Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins / Brilliant Corners / Thelonious Monk
Four Classic Albums: Thelonious Monk Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington / Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins / Brilliant Corners / Thelonious Monk
Price: £7.52

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars great music, poor sound, 14 July 2009
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This is a bargain if you are new to the music, otherwise think twice.

I've been happy with others in the AVID series like Clifford Brown because I've never heard the stuff before but as a Monk fan I know this music inside out. I'd already got one of the CDs that's on this compilation and when I played the two versions back to back the difference was immediately audible.

Perhaps because it's so compressed to cram four into one, the sound lacks depth and warmth and is tinny at times. If you just want some background music and aren't that interested in the artist, fine. BUT IT'S CHEAP FOR A REASON! SPEND A BIT EXTRA AND GET THE ORIGINALS. YOU'LL HEAR THE DIFFERENCE!
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