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Keter Store It Out Max Plastic Outdoor Garden Storage Shed - Beige and Brown
Keter Store It Out Max Plastic Outdoor Garden Storage Shed - Beige and Brown
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Assembly intructions need some text., 31 Mar. 2016
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The assembly instructions are entirely in pictures which is OK most of the time but at a few crucial points there really needs to be some text to tell you things that are not obvious from the pics. We had to go back and take some of it apart and reassemble it again because of this. Some rough edges on the moulded plastic also made the fit awkward. It's together now and looks OK when closed but when opened is not perfectly aligned. If it was something I could easily send back I would consider doing so. But as it is now a large item in my garden it will have to stay there for now.


Laylam
Laylam
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four Fiddling Females, 17 July 2013
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These girls don't half know how to belt out a tune!

Great Stuff for fans of any of the four who get together here for an impromptu good time session.


Boneland
Boneland
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Grown Up, 26 Dec. 2012
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I read the first two stories in the 'trilogy' - if that is what is is - when they first came out as books for young adults, which description I fitted at the time. I haven't re-read them since and had largely forgotten all but the outlines of the plot. So I read this as much as a voyage of (re)discovery as one of continuity. And I'd say that is the best way to read it. This is adult fiction and the bewildering opening sequences where you have to unravel the two time frames and begin to explore - with the main character - the significance of what is happening is the best way into the narrative. It is certainly worth the journey. Garner manages to be both moving and profound in his presentation of the attempts of of a super-intelligent aspergers astrophysicist to come to terms with incidents from his childhood that he has blanked out. Experimental science, unorthodox theology and a theorizing of the metaphysics of place all play their part in the story and it is only when the parallel narrative of events in prehistory merges with the 'present' (though even that description is problematic) does the integration of the main character occur and the narrative(s) come to an end.

I re-read many passages of the book as I followed the story, as much for the desire to re-experience them as to clarify anything. I will surely want to read the whole work again before very long.
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The Book of the Cailleach: Stories of the Wise Woman Healer
The Book of the Cailleach: Stories of the Wise Woman Healer
by Gearůid ” Crualaoich
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Focused Folklore, 26 Dec. 2012
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The Cailleach often appears as a "Hag' figure, usually in Irish or Scottish folklore. Interpretations of her nature and significance are many and often lack a specific focus. The value of this work is that the focus is very specific and and the interpretations offered run in parallel with the Gaelic texts that have been preserved from the oral tradition. The work begins with a long introduction setting out the context and the approach to the tales. The the tales are given in English translation, followed by an exegesis of each tale. Finally the original Gaelic texts are given.

With the emphasis on the traditional tales of the Cailleach Bhearra (and its various spellings in different tales) mainly from Ireland but also from Scotland, this work avoids the interpretation of later imaginative and literary transpositions and is therefore able to concentrate on the significance of the tales preserved in traditional folk literature. Seen as a subverted sovereignty goddess who nevertheless retains her power in the christian society, she remains alive in the imaginative life of the communities that tell here story. Academically the analysis of her significance here rests on a structuralist understanding of the ways myths can be embedded in folk tales. But even if you don't wish to follow such analyses, the tales here can be read in their own right . They have been valuably preserved for anyone to read, and even without the accompanying analysis ( which I found valuable) this volume is worth having if you have an interest in traditional folk literature.
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Sudoku 16x16: Volume I
Sudoku 16x16: Volume I
by Sanket Sarang
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling Size?, 25 Dec. 2012
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It has to be said that the large number of 16x16 puzzles published here (difficult enough to come across as puzzles of these dimensions are) make the book excellent value, or rather it would if this had not been achieved by making the puzzles too small to be filled in comfortably - and the solutions are even smaller, making them difficult to read given the practice of shading alternate squares. Making the format of the book larger, or increasing the pages and putting one puzzle per page, would have helped, even if there were then less puzzles. So full marks for the puzzles themselves, but few marks for the presentational format.


Irish Fairy Tales
Irish Fairy Tales
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish Myth with a Light Touch, 25 Dec. 2012
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The title doesn't quite convey the contents. These are really stories from the Irish mythological cycle, superbly told by someone with a close familiarity with the substance of these narratives. Certainly there is much of 'Faery' in them, but they are more wide-ranging and, imaginatively mature than the 'fairy' epithet suggests. James Stephen's style here is on a par with the style he adopts in his novel 'The Crock of Gold', that is he manages to be imaginatively deep and suggestively serious while also being witty in a uniquely Irish sort of way. His take on the stories is his own, but he gets at the essence of them with light brush strokes rather than heavy interpretation and in the process tells stories that are delightful as original compositions as well as being true to the originals. It can also be argued his style - in contrast to that of the wistfully Romantic style often adopted to re-tell these stories - is more akin to the spirit of the Irish mythological cycle than any translations otherwise available. Recommended!


Replacement power supply for 9V Cambridge Sciences G7-II 16GB Android tablet
Replacement power supply for 9V Cambridge Sciences G7-II 16GB Android tablet
Offered by Digidave
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement for a duff part, 15 Sept. 2012
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This is a reliable and much more robust replacement for the poor quality adaptor supplied by Cambridge Instruments and charges faster too.
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Prospero's Cell (Faber Library 4): Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu
Prospero's Cell (Faber Library 4): Guide to the Landscape and Manners of the Island of Corfu
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prospero's Cell?, 15 Sept. 2012
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Laurence Durrell's impressionistic memoir of the island of Corfu in the 1930's. The title of the book comes from a theory of one of it's Greek characters that Corfu is the location of Shakespeare's play The Tempest. The theory is partly based on the suggestion that the Greek name of the island - Κερκυρα - (transliterated by Durrell as 'Corcyra'), could be construed as an anagram of Sycorax, the witch who inhabited Prospero's island before he arrived. Durrell's own reflections on the literary connections of Corfu include the identification of the bay where Odysseus is washed up an found by Nausicaä. He suggests three possible locations and opts for Paleokastritsa as the most likely with his own careful blend of fine-writing and factual accuracy:

"... drenched in the silver of olives on the north-western coast. The little bay lies in a trance, drugged with its own extraordinary perfection - a conspiracy of light, air, blue sea and cypresses. [ .....] For the benefit of the more recondite, or for the mere specialist, one must record the existence of a great cave in the point immediately before the beach marked Hermones on the maps."

Durrell asserts that the best way to understand the character of Odysseus is to get to know modern Greeks who still display the ancient hero's temperament of a refusal to see things as they are : to live the 'myth' rather than the 'reality'. What, I wonder, would Durrell have made of the Greeks sitting along the low wall outside the Government offices below a banner demanding "pay us our wages and our pensions"? What does Athena whisper in their ears as British and German tourists saunter past their banner on the way between the town and the beach to spend euros in the bars and tavernas?

That anagram of 'Kerkyra' (as I think it should be transliterated) doesn't quite work. It's author, though a real person, is a fabulist for whom the imaginative construction of reality is superior to the tyranny of fact. Durrell knows this, but his memoir itself has the air of a construction, a narrative based on a willed view of the island, though also one based firmly on his experiences of living there.


Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - N-Replacement v2
Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" Display, Graphite, 3G Works Globally - N-Replacement v2

5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Returns Procedure, 12 Sept. 2011
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I had to return my Kindle because of a fault and was impressed by the efficient system that has been set up to deal with such returns. One click on the relevant Amazon page and the phone was ringing within a minute to discuss the problem. It was soon sorted out and and a new Kindle arrived within a couple of days with clear instructions about packing up the old one and clicking a link to arrange pick-up. Refreshingly simple and stress free. Someone has obviously thought this through and the whole procedure was smoother than I could have imagined.

And the replacement Kindle is working fine too!

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Bach: Goldberg Variations
Bach: Goldberg Variations

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music of the Spheres, 1 April 2009
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I already had different versions of these variations on a single theme along with Bach's other keyboard works, mostly written as studies in counterpoint but now generally regarded as worthy of performance in their own right. So why would I buy another? Apart from the fact that Catrin Finch was brought up in the same village I used to live in, I was curious as to how this music would sound on the harp. Originally written with the harpsichord in mind, the keyboard pieces are generally performed today on piano, though The Art of the Fugue, with no instrument specified, also has a good modern representation for string quartet.

As well as being played straight, the pieces are often transcribed as with the renditions by Glenn Gould, hailed by some as brilliant and by others as eccentric. I have Gould's Goldberg as well as his recordings of other pieces, my favourite being the Two- and Three-part Inventions, in spite of the fact that you can hear him humming along and speaking to the piano as he plays! Finch follows Gould in transcribing the Goldberg Variations for her instrument, allowing her to adapt performance to suit its peculiarities. This works well for some variations and less well for others. (You can listen to the Aria on You-Tube)

So I'm glad to have added this to the range of Bach renditions in my collection. It remains to be seen how often it will return to my music player once I've adapted to the novelty of it. Those performances that do are the ones that, over time, seem to lead to greater depths of engagement with this very deep music. I listen to them for the way they unravel a complexity that never fully resolves itself.

That they reach real depths that are hard to explain is a view shared by those who have much more musical knowledge than I. Glenn Gould said:

It is, in short, music which observes neither end nor beginning, music with neither real climax nor real resolution, music which, has unity through intuitive perception, unity born of craft and scrutiny, mellowed by mastery achieved, and revealed to us here, as so rarely in art, in the vision of subconscious design exulting upon a pinnacle of potency.

(original liner notes to his Goldberg Variations LP)

That's a view I had formed for myself before reading those liner notes. Few other musical pieces get anywhere near this exploration of the music of the spheres, though some of Schubert's piano works have a similar atmosphere of depth and engagement. These are grand claims and certainly not all artists realise them in their performances. Instant judgements are not useful in this respect, so I'll wait on time to know if Finch's journey from the opening aria to its restatement at the end gets anywhere near the best. For now - it's growing on me!


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