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How to Make an Archive on 4
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"Ever wondered how to make an Archive on 4? Here's your chance to find out!

Alan Dein enters the strange world of instructional records where you can teach yourself just about anything - from yodelling to training your budgie to talk.

It all started in 1901 when Polish émigré Jacques Roston harnessed the new technology of sound recording to teach foreign languages, signing up such luminaries as George Bernard Shaw and JRR Tolkien to lend their support.

By the 50s and 60s you could buy LPs on how to do just about anything - from keep fit to playing a musical instrument, relaxation and passing your driving test.

Perhaps the most surprising are those which help you to train your pet budgerigar to talk - with help from Sparkie, Britain's favourite budgie, who supposedly had a vocabulary of over 500 words.

With help from Sparkie, Alan Dein tells the story of instructional records and, along the way, reveals a few of the secrets of how to make an Archive on 4.

Producer: Laurence Grissell. BBC Radio 4 8pm UK Time 18th July 2015
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b062dhgb

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Re: "Best" version of Lord of the Rings?
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Tapuvae wrote:
What is the illustrated Collector's Edition you are referring to? I only have the three volume set of the two being discussed here but my first impression is that it is so large it is hard to manage in the hand.


The slipcased, illustrated one volume edition is the one linked to in the OPs post (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-To ... rd+of+the+rings+slipcased).

The *un*illustrated collector's edition I suggested avoiding is this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hobbit-Rings- ... d+of+the+rings+collectors


A agree with you that the illustrated editions are generally too large. They certainly aren't my first choice.

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Re: "Best" version of Lord of the Rings?
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What is the illustrated Collector's Edition you are referring to? I only have the three volume set of the two being discussed here but my first impression is that it is so large it is hard to manage in the hand.

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Urulöké wrote:
Hi and thanks for visiting! Looks like you are in the USA, but would consider UK or other editions too? Just curious.

For my personal favorite recent printing with nice paper and cloth binding, etc. I like the three volume edition illustrated by Alan Lee (picture attached below). Not expensive, each book can be found new for maybe $10-15, the boxed set new is probably closer to $80 or so if you want that.

The edition you show looks really nice (I haven't opened one to see the paper quality myself yet, but I am sure someone here has), but I am not a fan of the quality of the translucent slipcase. Does look nice from a distance though!

Hope this helps.



I've just done a quick side-by-side comparison.

Both the older three volume and the current one volume are Chinese printed on that slightly shiny paper. The paper on the older set is a little less white and perhaps a little less shiny (and IMHO preferable). Colour reproduction on the images is better on the single volume (markedly better for some of the images). The text is also blacker and thicker on the new one, so there is slightly more show-through from the page behind (I assume this is what the OP means by "ghosting"?). Neither are excessive in this regards.

If I personally had to pick between the two, I'd go with the older 3 volume. The only advantage I can see of the newer one volume is the image reproduction.

As Uruloke aluded to, the transparent slipcase is crap. It does indeed look absolutely fine from a distance, and it is only up-close that you realise it is essentially higher-end disposable plastic packaging. If HC had done a proper slipcase, I think my vote might be for the one volume, but not as is.

Steer clear of the unillustrated "Collector's Edition". This has nice cover design, but the overall quality is just horrible. The regular edition of the current unillustrated hardback is much better, albeit earlier printings beat the latest one(s)

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