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Innovative Technology 35mm Negative and Slide Converter to PC
Innovative Technology 35mm Negative and Slide Converter to PC
Offered by dealkings
Price: CDN$ 78.10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine value for the price, Sept. 14 2013
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This slide scanner installs quickly and is easy to use. The images are fine for most purposes and quite good for Powerpoint or any other application where the user can still manipulate the image, adjusting for brightness and so on. I am very pleased with it.

Dictionary of Egyptology, English-German / German-English
Dictionary of Egyptology, English-German / German-English
by Gerald H. Fer
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough, Sept. 14 2013
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This is a very helpful book, and i should be grateful, but i was disappointed that it covers only a sort of 'general' Egyptological vocabulary, does not go into detail, and is no help with specialist subjects. That said, i'm glad i got and have used it many times already.

1415: Henry V's Year of Glory
1415: Henry V's Year of Glory
by Ian Mortimer
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars A different point of view, July 2 2013
Ian Mortimer's study of Henry V during the year of Agincourt gives the reader a new way to look at history and at this fascinating king. By examining the comings and goings of courtiers, the issuing of orders, negotiations sincere and insincere with the French, dealings with bankers and potential lends, and all the other day-to-day business of a late Medieval king, the glamour and the glory fall away and reveal Henry of Monmouth as an extraordinary man with a will of iron and a capacity to pay attention to detail that would well serve the CEO of a multi-national. Henry shows himself neither particularly charming, nor particularly villainous. His strengths and weaknesses manifest in his actions, from his harsh treatment of Lord Scrupe of Marsham, to his ferocious use of the law of Deuteronomy at Harfleur. Small kindnesses to people he'd known in his childhood, care of an old nurse, are human touches that appear too rarely in his year's progress. Henry's determination and ambition mark almost every page.

Henry is not the only subject of Mortimer's consideration of this year. Sometimes Mortimer turns his light upon events in France, sometimes he details the state of the Church, suffering through a period of three popes and many ambitious rulers. A careful chronicle of the events of the Council of Constance and the unjust arrest and cruel treatment of Jan Hus is an unexpected bonus.

Though not a quick or easy read, this is a very fine and entirely satisfying book about a complex time and a very complicated king. After reading it, i ordered and began another book by Mortimer. I feel i can trust him.

Shakespeare - The King's Man
Shakespeare - The King's Man
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare and King James I, June 8 2013
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This review is from: Shakespeare - The King's Man (DVD)
I recommend this three part BBC series, with charming Shakespeare Scholar James Shapiro as guide, for anyone who loves Shakespeare's plays. Using the actors and productions of Shakespeare's Globe and some fascinating historical sources, Shapiro illuminates the changes in Shakespeare's methods and subjects between the plays written in the time of Elizabeth I and the Jacobean plays. Shapiro emphasises the difference that Shakespeare's new role as courtier made in his life and work. There are some real insights into the darker world of the Romances,particularly Measure for Measure, and some deep historical background that places Macbeth in the context of the Gunpowder Plot and other issues in King James' realms. Ben Jonson gets some time and respect, as do other playwrights and authors of the era. The series is informative, a pleasure to watch, and often enlightening.
With the disk of Shapiro's series comes a copy of the 1983 BBC production of Macbeth starring Nicol Williamson. Unfortunately, though the rest of the cast is quite fine, Williamson looks stunned and out of place - it may be his apparent struggle to speak in a standard 'Shakespearean style' rather than with his usual accent. He brings no insight to the character. It's a reasonable production, but not thrilling or enlightening.
A brief but useful booklet fills out the package.
Well worth the money

Nature: Braving Iraq [Blu-ray] [Import]
Nature: Braving Iraq [Blu-ray] [Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A place you've never been, May 6 2013
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A really good film takes us to a world we don't inhabit, and shows us things we don't expect. This fine documentary takes us to modern-day, damaged Iraq, and shows us men and nature working to restore an environment. This world of the Marshes is the world from which came the Ancient Civilizations of Mesopotamia. We can understand those ancient people the better for seeing this small piece of their landscape preserved. We can also learn that there are many ways to live a human life, and this we learn from the modern people trying to live traditional lives in those same marshes. The film follows the actions and struggles of modern Iraqis to restore marshland destroyed by Saddam Hussein, and now threatened by new dams and the insatiable demands for power and water of growing populations. There are some successes, some hope. From the timeless beauty of birds on water, to the modern obscenity of war and terror, this film surprises the mind and heart.

Shakespeare Uncovered (Complete Set)
Shakespeare Uncovered (Complete Set)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, insightful, and fun, May 6 2013
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The six films in this series are a touch uneven, but all are good, and Jeremy Irons on the Hollow Crown and Derek Jacobi on Richard II are wonderful beyond expectation. Joley Richardson's commentary on the comedies, with the help of her grandmother Vanessa is charming and presents points of view not often heard. The other three are just fine, and well worth the watching.
Each film uses clips from many different versions of the plays - Hamlet, Tempest, Macbeth, Henry IV and V, Richard II, As You Like It and Twelfth Knight, to illustrate different ways to approach and interpret the texts. I found it interesting to see that, though acting styles change, the best actors always pull us in to the world of their character. Every episode is a testament to Shakespeare's living genius. The best of writers and the best of actors - what more could anyone want?

Henry IV Pt 2: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Henry IV Pt 2: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
DVD ~ Roger Allam
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, thoughtful, and all-around just fine, April 18 2013
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The Globe production of Henry IV Part 1 was very good, and oddly, this second half of the story is even better. There is more time for character development, particularly for Falstaff and more time for fun, too. We can share Prince Hal's enjoyment of the Tavern, but we notice, as Hal does, what a sad and doomed little company it is. The play takes unapologetic enjoyment in Falstaff's amorality, but accepts his downfall with a sense of dignity and inevitability.
The pacing seems a touch slow, but this is welcome as it allows the audience to follow the intricate plot appreciate developments. The scenes with Justice Shallow have seldom been produced as clearly and beautifully, with the perfect mixture of silliness and pathos.
The diction and clear recording of the Globe plays has been a wonderful asset. Lines that can often be lost in live performances are easy to hear and follow. Fans of the Henry plays will not be disappointed.

Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan
Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan
by Frank L. Holt
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient History that's thrilling and relevant, Oct. 11 2012
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Frank Holt's book about Alexander the Great in Afghanistan is as exciting as any mystery novel, up-to-date as a newspaper, and simply, utterly fascinating. Holt is a clear writer who knows how to pace his story so that the reader always has enough information without overload or confusion. Dr. Holt discusses the sources available for the study of Ancient Afghanistan and draws parallels with our ability to understand the sources of our 'news' about modern Afghanistan.
This book helps the reader to understand both ancient and modern history while being a wonderfully good read.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in Alexander, Classical history, Persian history, or the history of Afghanistan.
gayle gibson

NEW Coriolanus (DVD)
NEW Coriolanus (DVD)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly realized, July 7 2012
This review is from: NEW Coriolanus (DVD) (DVD)
Ralph Fiennes' production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus is just about perfect.
This is a hard, cruel play about men of war and about how war shapes individual men and whole cultures. This version sets the play in modern dress in an Eastern European theatre with ruined apartment buildings and damaged villages. This does real justice to Shakespeare's themes by showing us what the world looks like and feels like to a hardened general like Coriolanus; men fight with knives and machine guns, not glorious swords that can distract us with their glamour. There is no glamour here.
Gerard Butler is perfect as the Enemy Leader,Coriolanus' equal and opponent. Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia shows all the best of the British acting traditions. Fiennes himself seems simply to be this military man, hard-as-nails, passionate if not profound in his thoughts and feelings.
Coriolanus has never been one of Shakespaere's greatest hits, but it is one of his best and truest. In it, he shared some of his darker thoughts about humanity and the true nature of heroism.

Abusir IV: The Shaft Tomb of Udjahorresnet at Abusir
Abusir IV: The Shaft Tomb of Udjahorresnet at Abusir

5.0 out of 5 stars A model report, May 20 2012
Ladislav Bares' report on the shaft tomb of Udjahorresnet is a model of publication - clear and lively, and filled with all the details that the heart of the arm-chair archaeologist craves. The hieroglyphs are clear and plentiful. The photos are also clear, but there are never enough! A worthy addition to the wonderful series of Abusir publications from The Karolinum Press.

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