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Life in Anglo-Saxon Times
Life in Anglo-Saxon Times
DVD ~ NA
Price: CDN$ 19.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life in Anglo Saxon Times, May 30 2014
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This review is from: Life in Anglo-Saxon Times (DVD)
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.

This educational film for all ages alternates between interviews with facts about the anglo Saxons by University of Leeds scholar Ian Wood and a virtual field trip to Houlgate Villiage, hosted by David Thirlwall. For school children studying Anglo saxon Britain, it provides ideas for educators to build on.(card that wool, tiny peasants!) For SCA folk, it provides a visual for period clothing, timelines and daily living. I would recommend this for teachers, home schoolers, historical recreationists and anyone interested in the time period.

Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends
Six Weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends
by Venice A. Fulton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 27.99
38 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Setting you up for failure, Aug. 24 2012
This book is written for the gullible young woman. Yes, I know, I can be gullible.

This is just the Aitkins diet (remember the Dr. who died FAT?) with a few new spins, fuel your morning with coffee and take baths so cold that you can't get into it in under 5 minutes (2 minutes standing in it, 3 minutes sitting in it, 10 minutes laying back and relaxing?? in it) but you are expected to stay in it for 15 minutes. You will probably loose some weight on this diet but the cold baths are nasty. I bought a thermometer and tested his recommended bath temperatures. They are so cold I literally could not get into the tub all the way (and that was at the warm end of his recommendation). He even acknowledges that in many parts, the just cold water from your tap won't get cold enough.

His carbohydrate daily allotment is just 60grams with animal protien making up half of your plate. As well, you are told to excersize three times a day; 1X(45min),1X(30 min), 1X(15 min). Thats an hour and a half per day. If you are already excersizing an hour and a half a day, you probably don't need an extreme diet.

The COLD baths,however,are what,IMHO, will set the reader up for "failure" and possible depression. If you really feel that you want to be skinnier than all your friends, you would be better off with a healthy sustainable diet and choosing heavier friends.

Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
by Scott Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.08
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource, April 18 2012
This book has turned out to be one of my favorite "go-to" books when I'm planning sacred-space gardening or working with plants in ritual. Written by the late Scott Cunningham it offers a wealth of information on the magical aspects of herbs and plants. As must have book for any green, kitchen or hedge witch.

Brother Cadfael's Herb Garden: An Illustrated Companion to Medieval Plants and Their...
Brother Cadfael's Herb Garden: An Illustrated Companion to Medieval Plants and Their...
by Robin Whiteman
Edition: Hardcover
17 used & new from CDN$ 59.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Medieval Garden Book, April 18 2012
As a longtime fan of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael, I had to get this book. The photos in it are beautifully done. This is not a book if you want a detailed lesson in herbology, though it does give medicinal uses for various plants and some of their history. It is sweet eye candy for anyone who has a herbarium, wants a herbarium, or would be happy in a cottage garden. If you are planning a medieval garden, this would be a great "ideas" book.

Vegan à Go-Go!: A Cookbook & Survival Manual for Vegans on the Road
Vegan à Go-Go!: A Cookbook & Survival Manual for Vegans on the Road
by Sarah Kramer
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.96
39 used & new from CDN$ 0.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Take-along Book, July 1 2010
This wee book is packed with recipies, advice and humour. It was perfect for my almost-at-weight-limit laptop case and was great fun to read. Once I got to my destination, I found almost all of the ingredients at the local grocers (except nooch, which I brought along already) The recipies are easy to follow and yummy! This would make a great treat for the traveling veg in your life.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray]
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Blu-Ray
Offered by Deal Beat
Price: CDN$ 17.99
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine rendition of a masterful series, June 14 2010
Based on the books by the Master of the sea-faring adventure, Patrick O'brian, Master and Commander brings together the books
into one incredibly well done story. This movie will please history buffs who wish they could have been there, men who want swash-buckling adventure, women who want to see a man handle a violin bow as deftly as he does a sword, aspiring entomologists and naturalists who wish they could have stowed away on the Beagle and anyone who wants to experience the hardships of ship-board life from the comfort of thier easy chair.
The commaraderie and gentle humor of Lucky Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin make this movie as much about friendship and loyalties as it does to naval tactics and duty.
Although there are a few scenes that make the movie unsuitable for the younger crowd, there is nothing here that would make a grandma blush or cringe. The movie also contains a wonderful soundtrack of concertos for violin and cello. If I could take only ten movies with me to the cottage, this one would be in the suitcase.

Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats
Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone's Favorite Treats
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.24
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vegan Cookies invade your cookie jar, May 13 2010
This cookbook is an awesome reminder that veganism isn't all about sacrificing fun. The recipies are fantastic tasting and easy to follow. There is a special hint sheet on how to make vegan substitutes within your own recipies.
Even vegans need thier chocolate chip cookies after school, homemade Oreos in their lunchbag and gingerbread men at Christmas.
This book shows you how to be environmentally savvy, compassionate in the kitchen and popular with your kids and co-workers.
245 pages long, 100 recipies to enjoy.

Living Vegan For Dummies
Living Vegan For Dummies
by Alexandra Jamieson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 12.00
47 used & new from CDN$ 2.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Vegan for Dummies, May 13 2010
Although I have always had an issue with the term " for dummies", I have to admit that this book gives a credible overview of veganism. It gives insight into the whys and wherefors of a sensible lifestyle which is becoming more understood and accepted. The book discuss's animal rights and the impact of the beef and dairy industry and shows the impact of the omnivore diet on both the environment and personal health. It also answers that always asked question, "Where do you get your protien from?"

I would recommend this book to anyone curious about veganism, concerned about the environment, dealing with diabetes or obesity, parenting a child who has just become vegan or interested in eating more healthfully ( recipies are included)

The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Graveyard Book, May 13 2010
This review is from: The Graveyard Book (Hardcover)
Like a talented spider, Neil Gaiman spins his dark web. After reading any of his children's books I'm left wondering if I should equate him to Stephen King for kids or Lemony Snickett for adults. A master word-smith, Gaiman creates visions that are darkly tangible; that slip into your mind and play with the focus on your inner eye. At the same time, they touch your heart, evoke laughter and make you loose track of time.

Nobody Owens, a young lad raised by the graveyard folk is confronted by bullys both natural and super natural. He learns to value life, respect his elders ( some of them Very Elder), speak several languages, appreciate the wisdom of his somewhat terse temporary nanny, show bravery and compassion and choke down beet soup.

This is a book worth sharing with your spook-loving kid or Goth grandchild...or just to savor for yourself.

The Genius of Charles Darwin
The Genius of Charles Darwin
Price: CDN$ 48.74
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear,WHAT a disapointment, Feb. 18 2010
This review is from: The Genius of Charles Darwin (DVD)
Although David Dawkins presents a wide panel of experts to back up his knowledge of evolution, he is simply too evangelical for my liking. That is to say, he is an evangelical athiest and he lets there be no doubt in anyones mind that atheism is his religion. As a non-christian, even I find his tactics "over the top." Whilst there is a great deal of information here, I was left with the feeling that I was being told what to think instead of being allowed to draw my own conclusions. After veiwing this show as a family, the concensus was only "What a pity, he was more interested in touching a specimen that Charles Darwin actually labeled! than in showing the veiwer what it was that Mr. Darwin was comparing too and drawing his conclusions from. My husband, who is an athiest, walked out of the room as he found it too preachy. Get Charles Darwin and The Tree Of Life instead.

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