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The Old Man on the Beach and Other Stories
The Old Man on the Beach and Other Stories
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Man on the Beach is shore of success, 31 Mar. 2017
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This is a fascinating collection of "fiction stories and semi-fictional essays". Which is which is left for the reader to decide. Of course, I enjoyed some more than others. 'Misery memoir' has never been my cup of tea and some of these are dark bordering on disturbing. Others are more positive and make for a more pleasant evening's reading. The categories DK Powell puts this book in (literary fiction - biographical and historical fiction - biographical) let you know these tales blur the boundary of where fact ends and fiction begins. Not a bad thing but some may find it unsatisfactory, being neither one thing nor the other. The standard of writing is strong of course (well, it's what he does for a living) and this collection is definitely worth a few quid of anyone's money.


Epson Inkjet Photo L 800 Colour Printer
Epson Inkjet Photo L 800 Colour Printer

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the printer you need, 27 Mar. 2017
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This is the second one I have bought - the first lasted about six years. I print a lot and it has saved me hundreds of pounds in ink. It's good to see Epson have bowed to demand and now produce a range of continuous ink jet printers (Eco tank they call them). No more £40 cartridges that run out after a couple of days - bottles are about £12 each (there are six bottle) and last for months. The quality is good but as with all printers regular head cleaning is needed (will tekkies ever solve this problem?). Printer software is very complex - fine if you want to do basic A4 but you may need a few hit and miss guesses with all the other settings to get anything more complex. However, once you've found the right settings, you can save them as a short cut. In short, highly recommend this printer for anyone doing a lot of printing.


Historic Cumbria: Off the Beaten Track
Historic Cumbria: Off the Beaten Track
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something better than the usual guide book, 4 Mar. 2016
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A delightful book - a league above the usual guide books that repeat all the usual tosh. Fresh, original material from a real enthusiast. Some more detail of local attractions, cafes etc might have been nice too but that's a small criticism of a solid book.


Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
Mastering Copperplate Calligraphy (Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography)
by Eleanor Winters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.68

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and succinct guide, 15 Jan. 2016
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A clear and easy-to-follow guide to copperplate. It is 'dated' (published in 1989) in the sense that there's no links to web video showing copperplate in action. It would also be nice to be able to buy this book as part of a 'kit' which included the right pen, nibs, printed guide sheets and the correct ink. Copperplate is a lost art and while there are some video clips on the web the quality is mixed - some folk have a strange idea of what copperplate is! This seemed a good start for the beginner but advice from a real-life tutor would be beneficial - if you can find one.


Finding Elen: The Quest for Elen of the Ways
Finding Elen: The Quest for Elen of the Ways
by Caroline Wise
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming, well-written and fascinating book, 13 April 2015
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First, Caroline Wise is a long-time and valued friend - but Amazon insists I give it one to five stars so I've urged on the side over gushing praise by awarding it five stars. That said, I've no doubt that more independent critics will also rave about this book. For the likes of me (psychic as a brick) it introduces the reader to a world beyond the rather ugly materialistic one we have to trudge through on a daily basis. If you've every suspected that there's more to life than daytime TV, celebrity culture of whether Southampton beat Arsenal in the cup then let Caroline take your hand and guide you through one path. She does not travel alone. Other friends speak through the pages of this book, giving their point of view on events and aspects of Elen. It's a rich and complex book - which is a good thing. It means you will find yourself reading it many times over - discovering each time something new. Since finishing the book, I've kept it by the armchair and have repeatedly found myself dipping into it. I'm not in a position to judge on her interpretation of the spiritual world so I'll stick to what I do know: the written word. And on that basis, this is an excellent book. It is beautifully and simply written - no meaningless made-up words trying to make the esoteric sound important. Good grammar, good spelling, good construction and easy enough for even the likes of me to understand. Loved it. (P.S. I was of course joking about it being more important than Southampton beating Arsenal),


The Russell Connection: Reuniting Parents with Their Children in the Spirit World Through Physical & Trance Mediumship
The Russell Connection: Reuniting Parents with Their Children in the Spirit World Through Physical & Trance Mediumship
by Gwen Byrne
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A vitally important book, 13 April 2015
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This is a vitally important book - and a courageous one. For bereaved parents - including those who believe they have received absolute proof of life after death - to go public and tell others about what they have experienced is brave beyond words. Much of the book focuses on Gwen Byrne (and husband Alf) who lost their son Russell. The evidence - given in this book and its predecessor - is among some of the most evidential in modern times. On one level it's a very moving, touching story - and one told with the humour that personifies Russell. For those interested in life after death it also provides much food for thought. It's one thing the likes of the Daily Mail or defunct News of the World claiming all mediums are fakes but it's quite another for a a 'magician' to sustain hour-long conversations with parents and never slip up. Gwen's research included many visits to the 'Leicester circle' and medium Rita Goold. Too little has been written about those remarkable seances (held in the 1980s) so this book should be applauded for, at the very least, bringing this important work to light once more. The evidence and stories of the other parents shows the many different ways that evidence of life after death can be provided. Since I'm quoted (in my role as a reporter and researcher with Psychic News and ASSAP) I can hardly give a dispassionate review but for those who seek the highest level of evidence of life after death, then you'll do well to start with this book. I only have two criticisms: First, the lay-man coming to this book with no knowledge of trance or physical mediumship may struggle to understand fully what is going on; a chapter for the lay-man in plain English would be a helpful addition. And the sub-editor in me thinks there are far too many exclamation marks; yes it's a remarkable tale - but let the people tell that tale in a cool, calm way not with shrieking exclamation marks at every turn. But they are minor criticisms balanced against the gold-standard of the material included in these pages. Well done to all involved in this project.


The Search for the Eye of Fire
The Search for the Eye of Fire
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye of the storm, 16 July 2014
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The Sword and the Stone, The Green Stone, the Lights of Knowledge, the Eye of Fire - events which turned the world of the paranormal upside down back in the 1980s. Until then it had been all Doris Stokes and Uri Geller. Suddenly Graham Phillips, Andy Collins et al burst onto the scene and virtually invented questing. The events remain some of the most astonishing and baffling of late 20th century psychic research/mysticism. Now Boyd Lees has revived those ghosts and they walk again. Published work on those crazy days remains frustratingly fleeting - the Famous-Five-Go-Questing style of the mainstream books doing little to sate the appetite of serious researchers. But the 1980s predated digital publishing, the internet, blogging and Facebook. (Perhaps this will prove the last saga to be recorded solely in individual's diaries and notebooks?). Boyd's the first participant in recent times to put her head above the parapet and publish a first-hand account of what happened. She does so with a courageous honesty and with a deft style which reflects both the physical and psychic phenomena that took place. Some will find there is still not enough facts and figures, detail and detachment but this is just one more piece in the jigsaw - and a vitally important one at that. And it's not just that this is a first-hand account of such remarkable events which makes this book so riveting. It's that sneaking suspicion that they aren't finished yet.
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Dances with the Daffodils
Dances with the Daffodils
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wordsworth wizardry, 16 July 2014
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This is a delightful debut novel from an obviously talented writer. If you love Wordsworth, you love the Lake District, you love Grasmere or you just love a rollicking good tale, then this is the book for you. Connolly starts with the ingenious idea of following one of Dorothy Wordsworth's suitors and this enables the author and reader to indulge in a delightful 19th century fantasy involving walking in the Lakes, writing poetry and all the best things of Cumbrian rustic life. Going on a holiday in the Lakes this summer? Pop a copy in your bag or in your Kindle. Not going to the Lakes this summer? Then pick up a copy anyway as this as good as takes you there!


Ghost Stories from the BBC: The Stalls of Barchester / A Warning to the Curious [DVD]
Ghost Stories from the BBC: The Stalls of Barchester / A Warning to the Curious [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Hardy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling tales, 10 Jan. 2014
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A delightful trip down Memory Lane and a chance to revisit the storytelling of MR James. The quality of the 70s' shows remains good - and still as scary!


Resist Not Evil
Resist Not Evil
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3.0 out of 5 stars Clarity from Clarence, 17 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Resist Not Evil (Kindle Edition)
This is something of a historical curiosity but it's written by one of the finest legal minds of the 20th century and Darrow still has something relevant to say. For example he turns the "guns don't kill people" argument on its head by making the case that guns are - despite their inanimate nature - evil; they can do no good in anyone's hands. His 'summing-up' style of arguing is unlikely to survive much serious cross examination but then that's the advantage of publishing in a book. The ebook version is poorly presented of course but it's okay.


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