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Vincent Bootle specialises in wedding rings - Celtic style and traditional - all hand-crafted.
Based mainly on Celtic and Roman designs, every piece is hand-crafted. Worn by both men and women these simple or complex designs revive the intricate beauty of age-old craftsmanship.
He has made jewellery for 35 years and as a gold and silversmith designer. He welcomes commissions to satisfy individual tastes.
Vincent lives and works in the old Roman village of Aldborough, between York and the spa town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, an area once home to the ancient British tribe of the Brigantes.
One of his many designs that he enjoys making most is an ancient Celtic weave of eight strands of wire which I have exclusively converted into gold or silver or a combination of both. I've named this design BRIGANTE EIGHT after the ancient local tribe whose queen Cartimandua befriended the occupying Romans and is said to have taken up residence with them in my village of Aldborough in about 400 AD.
This design forms the basis of many rings, bracelets, collars, pendants, ear-rings and cuff links. For some designs he uses only six or four strands.
Perhaps design your own jewellery using a combination of yellow, red and white 18ct gold or in silver .. or even mix gold and silver.
Celtic-weave wedding rings are his speciality - but also traditional - perhaps design your own.

Chosing a digital camera is not easy. Some people rate convenience (small size) above picture quality. For the ultimate picture quality, a digital SLR would be the natural choice, but they are heavy, bulky, expensive and therefore less likely to be with you when you need it. This camera is a great balance. It's not a tiny camera, but still convenient enough. Picture quality is stunning.

Amazon appear knowledgeable about multi-region DVD players. This is an excellent example - cheaper than the normal (Region 2 only) found in the high street, yet can play DVDs bought elsewhere around the world (most likely, from holidays in the USA, where DVDs are cheaper and come out earlier).

This is simply the best freeview decoder available. It's nearly three times the price of the cheapest, but looks good, and works well (and fast). Subtitles are excellent. Note that it does not include a slot for "Topup-TV" cards, but Topup-TV for Freeview seems a contradiction in terms. Picture quality is typical Sony - utterly excellent. Hard to believe, but it seemed better than the NTL cable system it replaced!

Much cheaper than the Sony Freeview box. Only drawback appears to be programme information etc is slower to appear.

Robert Fisk is the war correspondant for the Independent newspaper. His style is engaging, shocking and impartial. Essential reading for anyone who cares about what's happening in the middle East.

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A classic of science fiction, well ahead of its time, and make you think. Unlike much science fiction, is easy to read.

Turn the lights down, headphones on, and enjoy.

Science made palatable by a non-scientist.

How to start out in astronomy using a cheap telescope (includes which to buy and which to avoid). .

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