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The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Gift, 20 Feb. 2013
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This is a special gift for a dear friend. The Qur'an, is an essential read along with the Holy Scriptures. When I started reading the Qur'an, I realised that there were many myths and simply not facts that are told about this beautiful book. Live, Love, be happy and share.


Recorder from the Beginning: Pupil's Bk. 1
Recorder from the Beginning: Pupil's Bk. 1
by John Pitts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 20 Feb. 2013
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This book helps children to learn recorder Children and adults love this musical experience. If you want your child to enjoy music, start with this simple instrument which enables a child to play a simple tune the first day.


School Recorder Books: Bk. 1
School Recorder Books: Bk. 1
by Edmund Priestley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 20 Feb. 2013
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I used this book to learn recorder at school and the contents of this book is still what is required for learning to play the descant recorder. Children and adults love this musical experience.


School Recorder Book 2
School Recorder Book 2
by Priestley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music, 20 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: School Recorder Book 2 (Paperback)
I used this book to learn recorder at school and the contents of this book is still what is required for learning to play the descant recorder. Children and adults love this musical experience.


Music Alley Descant School Recorder and Book - Blue
Music Alley Descant School Recorder and Book - Blue

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The children will love these, 20 Feb. 2013
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I decided to share my experience of playing the recorder with children who may never have this experience. I chose the recorder as this is the easiest (in my opinion) musical instrument to learn and to learn how to read music quickly. You do not need to be a musical buff/professional/or trained teacher to teach recorder. If you cannot play a musical instrument, try the recorder and the simple recorder books first. You will be palying a simple tune in one day.


The Patent of Mann
The Patent of Mann
by George Dixon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 19 April 2010
This review is from: The Patent of Mann (Paperback)
The Patent of Mann, a debut novel, was a superb read.

From the on-set mystery and intrigue lead from the deliberate sinking of a ship, The Ellan Vannin, to one families desire for the control world resources.

Nicely written and easy to follow, the writer maintains a good pace, with a flowing dialogue that maintains suspense throughout some fearful events in; the Isle of Mann, America and Antarctica.

Characters are brought to life with an ease, making them almost human by sharing their personal interests outside of their investigatory work.

There are some grammatical errors, however, these are easily rectified for the future.

I look forward to the next book by George Dixon


No Country For Old Men / A Beautiful Mind / American Beauty [DVD]
No Country For Old Men / A Beautiful Mind / American Beauty [DVD]
Dvd ~ Josh Brolin
Offered by SKYETORI
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection, 4 April 2010
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Good selection of films that I wanted to watch and would be good as family viewing


A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind
by Sylvia Nasar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 4 April 2010
This review is from: A Beautiful Mind (Paperback)
Have you read the book 'A beautiful mind'? After the first part, which is mainly mathematical, as the story unfolds it is heartbreaking what happened to John Nash, from the psychiatric treatment and rejection of some of his peer group. I was right, I am not sure if I told you this, I realised he used algebraic equations as a form of getting at people. I first realised this and I thought he was quite naughty, but as the book continues these people were not nice to him and it was his way of dealing with this.

Mathematics, especially if you are calculating in the head, this erases all other thoughts. Therefore, you would walk past people and not notice them, you would forget to eat and the time of day. John chose to walk whilst he was thinking and this made him obvious to other people. The other geniuses chose to stay in an office, just different learning styles, not mentally ill. He did not write everything down. He was working on an algebraic formula relating to game theory. This formula I think came to him before he was at college, all he needed to do was find a fit for it. If the formula did not fit, then what he was looking at was not the place to find the answer. His way of testing things were not on par with others at the University. One way of testing the formula, was the games he invented. Whenever someone new was learning the game he would watch them intently to study the strategy they used. The games always proved the formula to be correct. What he was unable to do was apply the formula to real life problems. They were all paranoid, at this unique University, someone would steal their ideas, and this is typical of people who want to be the first to discover things.

People said John was strange because he would sometimes want to play, like little boys. This is not odd behaviour. Society teaches us, that a certain time in life we become adults and adults do not play games and run around like children. It is quite acceptable to see a mother playing with her children. For adults to be running around and playing like children is clearly not right. Society is wrong, it is important to play and have fun. Far better than taking 'recreational' drugs, or drinking alcohol. People would scoff at this idea which releases pent up tension, being silly and having a fun time laughing, better than any anti-depressant on the market.

Well, his wife was not a nice person, in my opinion. Today her behaviour would be seen as stalking. She played a major role in having him committed into a psychiatric institute. What she did was go around getting people to look for his mental illness, then arranged committal procedure, but would not sign the papers herself. She tried getting his colleagues to sign and in the end persuaded his mother to sign. That is calculated, cruel and devastating behaviour. I was pleased when one psychiatrist asked to see her as well. One should always question why another person is claiming someone is mentally ill.

The psychosis came about when pressure was put on him to diverge from his usual pattern of learning and to focus on everyday things.

I think his new wife thought that now he was married he would focus himself more on being a family man, and when this did not happen she was deeply saddened. This woman wanted social status and this was a core part of her personality and needs. She had a hidden agenda and thought she would be able to change him. John, who had been a bit of a loner, tallied along with this, to the eventual detriment of his health. I should think he would have started to have sever anxiety, or panic attacks, because it was interfering with his work.

I found his wife's behaviour very odd. Always wanting to hear what John was talking about when they had guests. Giving up her education to be nearer him, this was prior to ever having gone out with him. Then obtaining employment so she could be where he was. I do not really understand what makes people obsessive in this way. I do know that it makes the other person who is the target very poorly when they become involved with obsessive possessive people. It is not nice and the person experiencing this form of relationship present with real anxiety about not being able to fulfill the other persons needs. It is the victim of the obsessive person that presents with an illness. Because she did not know him, she did not realise he would not notice her if he was constantly thinking of his theory. Maybe, this lack of noticing her created her obsession?

John obviously went to listen to classical music as a form of giving his mind a rest. When the mind has rested, the answers become sharper, or clearer, or you just forget that mode of thought because it does not apply to the theory. Then this woman, kept appearing in his life. It is so easy to be the person observing and thinking why are they putting up with this nonsense?

Even though it is not mentioned in the book, why did they not name the baby? 12 months later when the baby was named, it was John. Now, would you have two sons with the name John? This appears to be another part of the obsessive controlling behaviour.

John thought, because his wife was educated, she would be a better mother, not so. After the birth of his second son he must have felt really dreadful, he married the same person as his ex partner, but in a different body, with a different education. The packet was different the contents the same. Like the Belgium chocolate biscuits from Marks and Spencer and the same biscuits sold in Tesco. One cheaper and no fancy packaging the other expensive for the fancy packaging. Hence the trip to Europe, he had not intention of coming back to America and Alicia knew this. Dumping the baby with her mother to follow him? Strange, but his other son had a similar mother, only she dumped her son with social services. One loved heated arguments, the expensive wife want him committing to a psychiatric institute.

It may appear illogical that John Nash wanted to relinquish his nationality and quite insane. The unconscious mind works in the most strangest of ways. The unconscious mind is like roots, if one path is blocked then it will find another path in which to present. Johns real fear of going to war and dying, in another country he would not be under the pressure of conscription. The need to be free and working without added pressure, in another country his wife would not be living with him. His major problems being in America, so another country would erase all this. Away from all this and in a foreign country would be the easiest option, not logical, but to ease a troubled mind, very logical to the person thinking this.

It is sad, because John Nash was not clear with regards to his own sexuality. His relationships were not successful because he was not clear with what he wanted. There is no excuse where the babies came from, he was not retarded and could have used contraception, no pill them days. The amount of babies born now from the pill not working, suggests the pill should be abolished.

Insulin coma? Electric shock treatment? Psychotropic medications? Even newer drugs, all scar the brain. Scarred tissue never recovers, so the brain will find another route to present functioning. The brain recovering from this is amazing, and we have plenty of examples of these drugs and treatments being used to study the mind. That is all they are used for. Absolute poppy cock to suggest they are used for anything else. Freud needs to be back in psychology text books and on the degree course modules, they have completely stopped teaching his theories now. Even when I was at university, Freud was a brief introduction in the first year

The most poignant part of the book, for me, is what Robert Winters said pp 303-304. It was this that made me cry.

"When I look at the human race all over the world I think there is zero reason for humanity to survive. We're destructive, uncaring, thoughtless, greedy, power hungry. But when I look at a few individuals, there seems every reason for humanity to survive."

Freud thought along these lines. He could never understand man's inhumanity to man. Before Freud died, this was a lifelong question he was unable to answer. People considered this to be from his personal experience of being Jewish and the era of Hitler. What does it matter where his thinking and experiences came from? Man's inhumanity to man was around well before Freud was born and not specific to the Jewish people. It will continue, because people do not learn, or refuse to learn.


Equinox
Equinox
by Michael White
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 26 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Equinox (Mass Market Paperback)
I really enjoyed this book. The writer is excellent, no labouring on points, quick pace of writing which keeps reading more interesting and with excellent discriptions to enable clear visional thoughts of the characters. I would read this book again


Angels And Demons
Angels And Demons
by Dan Brown
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Da Vinci Code, 11 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Angels And Demons (Paperback)
Loved it - thrilling and exctiting each page turn was eagerly awaited. Better than the Da Vinci Code


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