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Digital Photography Month by Month
Digital Photography Month by Month
by Tom Ang
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Ideas, 26 Oct. 2013
This book is packed with inspiring ideas. Themes are arranged on a monthly basis, although many are relevant to other seasons. The presentation is simple enough for 'point and shoot' photographers for follow, but also provides tips for those who wish to experiment with adjusting apertures, shutter speeds and colour balance. Never again will I see a shoot a mundane object without wondering "what can I do with that"!


The Mosquito Coast [DVD] [1986]
The Mosquito Coast [DVD] [1986]
Dvd ~ Andre Gregory
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Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good adaptation, 8 July 2013
Having read the novel many years ago, I was pleased that this adaptation closely mirrors the book. Ford delivers a fine performance as a fanatical father who attempts to 'save' his family from the materialism of 1980s America, despite struggling with the obvious difficulties and discomforts of the rainforest. There are good supporting actors too, including Helen Mirren, who plays his loyal but disillusioned wife. Well worth another viewing.


Wild Flowers (RSPB Pocket Nature)
Wild Flowers (RSPB Pocket Nature)
by DK
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A useful compact guide, 22 Jun. 2013
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This compact guide is useful for any beginner or intermediate naturalist. The illustrations and descriptions are informative, and include references to similar species to enable quick comparisons. Thumbnail maps are provided showing the distribution of each species within most of Europe, although these tend to be too small for those species that have a localised distribution. Apart from this minor point, I can recommend this guide.


National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 7th Edition
National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 7th Edition
by National Geographic
Edition: Single Issue Magazine

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild America, 5 May 2013
Few countries can rival the United States in their diversity of landscapes, climate, geology and habitat. This guide provides an overview of 58 National Parks, from Alaskan glaciers, through the wild and inhospitable Rockies to the Florida Everglades. Reasonable coverage is given to the lesser-known Parks, such as Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt NP, where herds of bison graze among rugged valleys, and the ironically-named Dry Tortugas NP in Florida. Throughout, the illustrations and maps are of typical National Geographic quality and style.

With an average coverage of less than nine pages per Park, this guide cannot hope to provide a substitute for more detailed specific guides, particularly for visitors who intend to go off the beaten track. Where it does excel is by providing a concise and enjoyable overview of the Parks, and a starting point for further reading.


Playing for Keeps [DVD] [2012] [2013]
Playing for Keeps [DVD] [2012] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Price: £4.67

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just don't expect depth, 27 Mar. 2013
Having viewed this film on a flight, I won't be buying the DVD. George Dryer, an unemployed Scottish football player, seeks to strike two more goals: the first is to develop a career as a sports journalist; the second is to reconcile himself with his 10-year old son who lives with George's (soon to be remarried) ex-wife. But his amazing talent for coaching attracts more attention than he could possibly imagine, particularly from women on the pitchside during practice.

Whilst the plot bears some promise, the delivery is disappointing, with little depth to the characters or the script. As a result, this is not a great film, or even a good one. The best I can say is that it's a mediocre romantic drama, which at times, could be described as a comedy.


Samsung WB150 Compact Digital Camera - White (14.1MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD
Samsung WB150 Compact Digital Camera - White (14.1MP, 18x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable value for money, 29 Dec. 2012
As a mid-price compact, this camera offers reasonable value for money. The controls are easy to operate, with a large dial offering pre-set programs for beauty (portrait), night, landscape, text, dawn, sunset, backlight and beach & snow. For more experimental photographers, the camera also offers the opportunity to manually adjust shutter speed and aperture size - again, the controls are easy to follow, without the need for extensive time-consuming menus. The shutter lag is acceptable for a compact, and I have no concerns over the battery life.

The one (and possibly unjustified) area of concern I do have is that the opening mechanism for the battery and card cover looks rather flimsy, as it pivots on a small pin.

Notwithstanding this potential concern, I can recommend the camera for both complete beginners and slightly more experienced photographers wishing to take some experimental shots.
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Great Railway Revolution
Great Railway Revolution
by Christian Wolmar
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How America (almost) fell in love with the railways, 29 Dec. 2012
As a renowned international railway historian, Wolmar chronicles how the American railway system followed - and diverged from - its European counterparts. He illustrates how events such as the Civil War, the exploitation of the west and the depressions and reconstruction programmes influenced, and were influenced by, the expanding rail network, and how the phenomenal growth of air and road traffic since the mid twentieth century nearly killed it. Wolmar concludes that the USA can never sustain an European style national rail network, and that the future of the American rail system will concentrate on freight and on suburban and shorter inter-city passenger journeys.

The text is well written, although it could have been better illustrated with more and better maps.

This is a worthwhile read, not only for railway enthusiasts, but anyone interested in the social and political history of the USA.


The Times Mapping The Railways
The Times Mapping The Railways
by Julian Holland
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An atlas of journeys through time, 8 Oct. 2012
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I've always had a passion for geography and cartography, as well as for reading about design, history and technology, so this volume has captured my interest for a number of reasons. The quality of the cartographic reproduction is exceptional, from the intricate Batholomew maps of the Victorian era, to the iconic diagrams of the London Underground. There are a number of oddities too, such as the 1890 map showing alternative proposals to link Ireland with Scotland by tunnel or causeway, or a 1919 map showing proposed routes on Scottish offshore isles. Yet the srongest praise is reserved for the simplicity, hierarchy and familiarity of the Beeching-era British Rail map of 1968; a product which the authors argue has not been emulated since.

As uncertainties over H2S and the future of freight traffic dominate the news, it's hard to imagine what a contemporary rail atlas will look in 20 years' time. What we can be certain of is that much of the surviving network will still be based on the efforts of the Victorian pioneers who surveyed and mapped the railways.


My Kitchen Table: 100 Foolproof Suppers
My Kitchen Table: 100 Foolproof Suppers
by Gizzi Erskine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes, 17 Jun. 2012
I'm not an adventurous cook, so was pleased to see a wide range of recipes which even the most cautious of cooks can master. The pork roasted in milk was particularly well received - its citrus and spice infusion so aromatic that it would be fit to grace the table at Christmas. Not all of the recipes are modern - some like flavoured steak butters are vintage 1970s!

A few of the ingredients could be difficult to source, but these dishes comprise a minority of the recipes. Altogether, this is a compact but useful source of ideas for tasty suppers.


Dubai Baedeker Guide (Baedeker Guides)
Dubai Baedeker Guide (Baedeker Guides)
by Baedeker Guides
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A contextual guide to the UAE, 17 May 2012
There are a number of guide books to the Emirates, and in most respect, this is pretty similar to the Lonely Planet and Thomas Cook offerings - a historic overview, things to do and sea, practical information, and so on.

The feature that distinguishes the Baedeker guide is the detachable large map of the UAE, which also includes extracts of neighbouring countries. The UAE's historic and continuing reliance on shipping (and more recently on air travel) is graphically demonstrated by the lack of road crossings into neighbouring countries - just four to Oman, and despite a border several hundred kilometers long, just one to Saudi Arabia.

A useful guide, both for travellers and for anyone wishing to learn more about the region.


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