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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 04:58pm on 12/02/2014 under , ,
The clear-out continues this week. Our give-away list follows. Please let me know if you’d like anything before I take them to a charity shop at the weekend.

(Items that with a line through have already been taken.)

Hardback books

“The More than Complete Hitchhiker’s Guide” by Douglas Adams (Wings Books, 1989)
“Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” by Douglas Adams (Heinemann, 1987)
“The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul” by Douglas Adams (Simon and Schuster, 1988)
“Mostly Harmless” by Douglas Adams (Heinemann, 1992)
“The Salmon of Doubt” by Douglas Adams (Macmillan, 2002)
“A Song of Stone” by Iain Banks (Abacus, 1997)
“The Business” by Iain Banks (Little Brown, 1999)
“Look to Windward” by Iain M Banks (Orbit, 2000)
“The Great California Game (A Lovejoy Novel)” by Jonathan Gash (Century, 1991)
“Paid and Loving Eyes (A Lovejoy Novel)” by Jonathan Gash (Random House, 1993)
“The Devil in Amber” by Mark Gatiss (Simon and Schuster, 2006)
“Sepulchre” by James Herbert (Hodder and Stoughton, 1987)
“Creed” by James Herbert (Hodder and Stoughton, 1990)
“Nice Work” by David Lodge (Viking, 1988)
“Unsweet Charity” by Keith Waterhouse (Hodder and Stoughton, 1992)
“Mr Pye” by Mervyn Peake (Methuen, 1985)
“The Foxglove Saga” by Auberon Waugh (Chapman and Hall, 1960)
“The Crack in Space” by Philip K Dick (Severn House, 1989)
“Minority Report” (short story collection) by Philip K Dick (Gollancz, 2002)
“Paycheck” (short story collection) by Philip K Dick (Gollancz, 2003)
“Wrinklies’ Wit & Wisdom: Humorous quotes about getting on a bit” by Rosemarie Jarski (Prion, 2005)
“Why Pandas Do Handstands: and other curious truths about animals” by Augustus Brown (Bantam Press, 2006)
“Word-spells” chosen by Judith Nicholls (Faber and Faber, 1988)
“Once Upon a More Enlightened Time: More politically correct bedtime stories” by James Finn Garner (Simon and Schuster, 1995)
“Stories for 5 year olds” (Ladybird, 2008)
“Favourite Tales: The Enormous Turnip” (Ladybird, 1994)
“Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees” by A A Milne (Methuen)
“Piglet Meets a Heffalump” by A A Milne (Methuen)
“Eyewitness Guides: Arms & Armour” (Dorling Kindersley, 1988)
“Eyewitness Guides: Battle” (Dorling Kindersley, 1995)
“Eyewitness Guides: Castle” (Dorling Kindersley, 1994)
“There’s No Place Like Space! All about our solar system” (The Cat in the Hat Learning Library) by Tish Rabe (Random House, 1999)
“Tell the Time with Croc and Bot” (Potter Books, 2007)
“Muddle Pirates: A magnetic play book” by Stephen Gulbis (Campbell Books, 2008)

Paperback books

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (Puffin Classics, 2008)
“McCarthy’s Bar” by Pete McCarthy (Lir, 2000)
“The Damned United” by David Peace (Faber and Faber, 2006)
“The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating and Sex” (Quirk, 2001)
“The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting” (Quirk, 2003)
“101 Places Not to Visit” by Adam Russ (Robson Books, 2008)
“Confessions of an English Opium Eater” by Thomas de Quincey (Penguin Classics, 1986)
“Fantastic Mr Fox” by Roald Dahl (Puffin, 2010)
“Beast Quest: Amulet of Avantia: Book 19: Nixa the Death Bringer” by Adam Blade (Scholastic, 2011)
“Beast Quest: Amulet of Avantia: Book 20: Equinus the Spirit Horse” by Adam Blade (Scholastic, 2011)
“Why Don’t Penguins’ Feet Freeze? and 114 other questions” (New Scientist) edited by Mick O’Hare (Profile Books, 2006)
“The Lost Continent: Travels in small-town America” by Bill Bryson (Black Swan, 1999)
“Made in America” by Bill Bryson (Black Swan, 1994)
“Notes from a Small Island” by Bill Bryson (Black Swan, 1996)
“Cider with Roadies” by Stuart Maconie (Ebury Press, 2005)
“How to Live with a Neurotic Dog” by Stephen Baker (New English Library, 1968)
“Alone on a Wide Wide Sea” by Michael Morpurgo (Harper Collins, 2007)
“Pirate Brother” by Pete Johnson (Puffin, 2004)
“The Cardturner” by Louis Sachar (Bloomsbury, 2010)
“Where I Belong” by Gillian Cross (Oxford, 2010)
“The Death Defying Pepper Roux” by Geraldine McCaughrean (Oxford, 2009)

Mr Men and Little Miss books

Little Miss Naughty
Little Miss Sunshine
Little Miss Giggles
Little Miss Helpful
Little Miss Twins
Little Miss Tidy
Little Miss Fickle
Little Miss Curious
Little Miss Birthday
Little Miss Christmas
Little Miss Lucky and the Naughty Pixies
Little Miss Splendid and the Princess
Mr Sneeze
Mr Snow
Mr Busy
Mr Birthday
Mr Bump and the Knight
Mr Jelly and the Pirates
Mr Tickle and the Dragon
Mr Happy and the Wizard
Mr Messy messing about in the snow
Mr Silly get the giggles
Mr Men: The Night Before Christmas

Ordnance Survey maps

Landranger 63: Firth of Clyde: Greenock & Rothesay (revised 2002)
Landranger 176: West London area (revised 1990)
Landranger 177: East London area (revised 1991)
Landranger 196: Solent & The Isle of Wight (revised 1990)
Explorer 20: South Devon: Brixham to Newton Ferrers (revised 2005)
Explorer 362: Cowal West & Isle of Bute: Rothesay (revised 2001)
Touring map: Lake District & Cumbria (revised 2001)


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2x BD + DVD]


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Churchill: The Hollywood Years
School of Rock
Dirty Deeds
High Society
Rear Window (Christopher Reeve, 1998)
Pet Shop Boys: Montage: The Nightlife Tour


“Wagner: Love Duets” Domingo & Voigt, cond. Pappano (EMI Classics 2000)
“Folksongs” Alfred Deller & Mark Deller (Harmonia Mundi 1972, 2003)
“The Joyce Grenfell Collection” (HMV 2000)
“Holst: The Planets / The Perfect Fool” Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Mackerras (1989, 1991)
“The Essential British Light Music Collection” BBC Concert Orchestra, cond. Handley (BMG 1997)
“The British Music Collection: Traditional Folk Songs from Scotland” Moira Anderson (Decca, compilation 2002)
“Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado” The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Royston Nash (London 1973, 1989)
“Baby Needs Music” (Delos 2002)
“Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, etc.” Peter Hurford (organ), Orchestra symphonique de Montréal, cond. Dutoit (Decca 1979, 1983, 1988)
“Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” Ashkenazy, London Symphony Orchestra, cond. Previn (Decca 1972, 1999)
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 05:56pm on 03/11/2012 under , , , ,
I enjoy watching films. Over the years I’ve bought more than my fair share of video tapes, laser discs, DVDs, and Blu-rays. But the days of physical media are over for me. I’m now happy to exist in a world of Netflix and iTunes, where I can stream or download films to my various devices, and without shelves full of dusty boxes.

Now that iTunes allows purchased films to be re-downloaded as desired, it seems like a practical way to buy films. The immediacy of downloaded content beats mail-ordering discs, and to my eyes the 1080p downloads compare reasonably with 1080p from a Blu-ray.

In practical terms, we have nine or ten devices in the house that can play Netflix or iTunes media, compared to the single Blu-ray player connected to the TV. This is particularly useful when Beth develops cinematic obsessions. (How many times can an eight-year-old watch The Lion King in a weekend? How many times do we want to watch it?)

But more importantly, I have developed an intolerance for the preambles and introductory material that pervades films on physical media. Why on earth would I want to watch adverts, trailers, copyright warnings, menu loading screens, or, for that matter, use menus that look like 1990s multimedia presentations? When I want to watch a film, I want to get the film as quickly and painlessly as possible, without hassle or interruption.

We wouldn’t tolerate record companies putting guff like that at the start of CDs, so why do we put up with it with films?
location: St Andrews, Scotland
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posted by [personal profile] tobyaw at 11:19pm on 03/05/2012 under , ,
I’ve spent the past few evenings packaging up CDs that have I’ve sold on eBay. Kate has volunteered to post them — she’ll keep the Pipeland Road Post Office busy tomorrow.

My current listings are Doctor Who DVDs — time to reclaim the shelves! Some are ending tomorrow; others will end next week. Have a look — you might find something you fancy.
location: St Andrews, Scotland



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