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Red Beret 100% Wool French Parisian Hat
Red Beret 100% Wool French Parisian Hat
Offered by Adventure Five
Price: $11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars A top notch Beret., June 27, 2016
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I am especially fond of this beret, in contrast to the Basque beret, which has a leather headband and less 'give', allowing one to wear it jauntily to one side, as this picture accurately shows. The rim is slightly elastic, so it will fit a wide range of head sizes. My best fitting hat is smallish, around 6 1/2 and this fits quite nicely. The color is bright, but I have not yet washed it to see how it stands up to a cold water launder. I am quite satisfied with this Beret, which has even more give and 'flop' than other soft rim berets I have bought.


Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
Price: $9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars One among several of the great guitar duet albums., June 26, 2016
`Jerry Garcia / David Grisman' and `The Three Kingdoms' with John Renbourn & Stefan Grossman, both released in 1991 continue a great tradition of superstar duet albums. In fact, John Renbourn may be the all time star of this genre, having done issues with Grossman, Robin Williamson, and the very notable 1960's album with Burt Jansch.

Grossman is also no slouch at duets, as my first encounter with his music was on another 1960's duet album paired with Danny Kalb which specialized in acoustic blues pieces. I was so pleased at discovering this album that I made a point of attending Stephan Grossman's performance at the Bethlehem Musikfest in 1986 or 1987 in the pouring rain. As there were but three people in the audience, Mr. Grossman had us all pull our chairs up from the open air house to the covered stage where he performed for at least 40 minutes of his 50 minute set. I point this out simply to indicate that Stephan Grossman is a nice man as well as being an exceptionally accomplished musician.

As I play none of the instruments on which these four very important musicians perform and my only claim to knowing anything about their music is that I have listened to a lot of it over the years, my primary source of insight is to compare two similar albums to determine why one may prefer one to the other.

For starters, `The Three Kingdoms' is entirely instrumental, entirely acoustic, and almost entirely collected from compositions by the two named performers. Both Grossman and Renbourn are playing guitar on most cuts. And, almost all cuts are guitar duets with, I imagine, the composer taking the lead part on each tune.

In contrast, the `Garcia / Grisman' album mixes instrumentals with several vocals from Garcia. It also mixes compositions by Garcia and Grisman with pieces by Hawkins-Darnell, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, and `traditional'. Garcia performs on guitar while Grisman performs on mandolin. Thus, this album has a much wider range of styles and textures in the music.

My very novice ear for technical skill says that the instrumental work on the two albums is very close, with a slight edge going to Grossman and Renbourn.

As I have bought both and enjoy both albums, I have to believe there is very little to choose between the two unless you happen to be an avid Grateful Dead Fan or an avid Pentangle / John Renbourn fan. If you simply happen to like good guitar music, buy them both. They are certainly closer to the tastes of the general audience than similar recordings by Robin Williamson.


Folk-Tales of the Magyars
Folk-Tales of the Magyars
by W. Henry Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.99
15 used & new from $6.16

2.0 out of 5 stars Stay away from this Kindle edition., June 19, 2016
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There are two Kindle books with virtually identical names "The Folk-Tales of the Magyars. This Kindle edition. with the plain green and black covered page, for $.99 is a pale shadow of the alternative book with a bright, colorful cover. This Kindle edition is worthy only for scholars who have run out of material on Magyar stories from other sources. The alternative book is delightful, as readable as anything from Aesop or Grimm. Save your buck and buy that book instead of the cheap, badly machine loaded tome.


The Folk-Tales of the Magyars: Collected by Kriza, Erdelyi, Pap, and Others
The Folk-Tales of the Magyars: Collected by Kriza, Erdelyi, Pap, and Others
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for the money, June 19, 2016
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There are two Kindle books with virtually identical names "The Folk-Tales of the Magyars. This one has a colorful cover page. The plain green and black covered page, for $.99 is a pale shadow of this book, and worthy only for scholars who have run out of material on Magyar stories from other sources. This book is delightful, as readable as anything from Aesop or Grimm. Save your buck and buy this book instead of the cheap, bad machine loaded tome.


Sylvania SDVD7060-Combo-Black Portable DVD Player Bundle with Matching Oversize Headphones (Black)
Sylvania SDVD7060-Combo-Black Portable DVD Player Bundle with Matching Oversize Headphones (Black)
Price: $54.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great little medium delivery system., June 19, 2016
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People are amazed when I show them what this can do for a mere $55. I plan to use this as the vehicle for taking inspirational material. It can do either visuals or music from three different sources, DVD/CD, Thumb drive, or SD card. With that kind of flexibility, it is a super appliance for distributing media to people who do not have and do not like computers and the internet. The headphones are a welcome bonus.


Childhood's End, Season 1
Childhood's End, Season 1
DVD
Price: $9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fair rendering of a fondly remembered classic., June 19, 2016
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This is a very good rendering of Arthur C. Clark's classic science fiction novel, the memory of which I revered for decades. Now that I see the plot again, I'm not certain I am so keen on the outcome of the story. It is actually more pessimistic than optimistic, as I originally remembered, but then, I read it when I was a teenager. To an older man, it is not endearing. I think it drags just a bit. It may have been better as a 180 minute movie than three 90 minute episodes.


The Black Rose
The Black Rose
DVD
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An old fashioned classic action movie., June 19, 2016
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This is one of my favorite action movies from the action movie heyday of Tyrone Power and Errol Flynn. In fact, this movie may have been an attempt to capture the excitement of Flynn's performance in "Robin Hood". Jack Hawkins and Tyrone Power have the best parts. It's really an 'old fashioned' style of action movie, where the threat comes from the drama and anticipation and not from megadeath special effects. Great color and cinematography.


The Religious Affections
The Religious Affections
Price: $0.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A most important book on Theology, June 19, 2016
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This may easily be the most important book written by Jonathan Edwards. I frequently use it as a source of quotes for reflections on the Holy Spirit.It is by far the best outcome of the first 'Great Awakening' in the 1730-40's. Read it and be amazed.


Carson Home Accents FlagTrends Classic Garden Flag, 13 by 18-Inch, Spoiled Rotten Cat
Carson Home Accents FlagTrends Classic Garden Flag, 13 by 18-Inch, Spoiled Rotten Cat
Price: $8.27
11 used & new from $3.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely announcement for the home of a pampered pet., June 19, 2016
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This is a lovely banner, with great colors and a strong, pliable material which has it lie flat as soon as you hang it. I'm quite satisfied. I only wish they had one in the plural.


The Hillman Group 592022 Safety Cup Hooks,  7/8-Inch,  Brass,  4-Pack
The Hillman Group 592022 Safety Cup Hooks, 7/8-Inch, Brass, 4-Pack
Price: $2.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice for small jobs., June 19, 2016
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These are nicely made, and work, as long as your rod has a very small diameter. I tried it with the usual tension rods, which were too thick. I ultimately used them to support 5/16 inch diameter dowls which I used as rods. You may also want to beware of the very short screw. Even with a wall anchor, they may not be able to support much more than a few pounds.


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