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A Year In Vietnam With The 101st Airborne: 1969-1970
A Year In Vietnam With The 101st Airborne: 1969-1970
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting day to day journal of a year in the Vietnam War - but not for historians !, 1 Jun. 2015
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A very nice book but I don't see how anybody can give it five stars as some people have. It is a day to day journal covering the drudgery and danger of a year in the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1969. There is no actual historical events mentioned and the author admits the most important daily events were getting enough food and sleep. This is an interesting book if you take it for what it is - a diary of Harry Enoch's time in Nam, hisorians of the war will need to look elsewhere. I give it three and a half stars, worth a read at this bargain price.


BBC News
BBC News
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 30 May 2015
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Very good news app, as you would expect from the BBC. My only complaint is that it doesn't cater for domestic regional news.


SoundCloud - Music & Audio
SoundCloud - Music & Audio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 4 May 2015
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Excellent app with lots of music available.


Non-woven !! Top !! Photo wallpaper ! Murals ! Wall Mural Photo ! 350x245 cm - map of the world 10110910-1 ! Free glue for each wallpaper !
Non-woven !! Top !! Photo wallpaper ! Murals ! Wall Mural Photo ! 350x245 cm - map of the world 10110910-1 ! Free glue for each wallpaper !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely product and gives a room a real feature., 2 April 2015
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My wife wanted this mural, I wasn't so sure because I thought it would be difficult to put on the wall and match. In the end it was a success even though we live in an old house and the walls are slightly uneven. The map looks brilliant, it's a real feature in our bedroom. The glue works fine, you put in on the wall rather than on the paper, however there were no specific instructions for mixing the glue and we added about two and a half litres to each sachet and that worked fine. There are basic instructions for hanging the mural but it is really pretty straightforward. Very nice product and you don't have to be a highly skilled decorator to hang it, just be careful with the matching. Would definately use again in another room, five out of five.


Heavy On The Beach
Heavy On The Beach
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bang On Scottish Prog !, 24 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Heavy On The Beach (Audio CD)
This album is the work of former Abel Ganz keyboardist Hew Montgomery combined with three Comedy Of Errors members Joe Cairney (vocals), Bruce Levick (drums, percussion) and Mark Spalding (guitars).The music is written entirely by Montgomery while he and Cairney take credit for the lyrics. The album has been ten years in the making, being based loosely on the semi classic 1959 film “On The Beach” (Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire) which tells the story of the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust as Australia waits for the deadly fallout to reach them. Although Montgomery is an ace keyboardist, he has had the sense not to just make this a keyboard orientated album by bringing Spalding‘s guitar skills to the fore to break things up, this is demonstrated ably on the track “Grand Tour (Part 1) where Montgomery and Spalding trade licks and solos in the impressive instrumental break in a song that expresses the futility of mutually assured destruction.

The album starts with the sound of a wind of desolation on the five minute opening track “It Comes To This” as the realisation that the World is coming to an end, Australians wait on the beach for nuclear fallout to reach them from a war that has destroyed the northern hemisphere. This certainly is serious stuff as Montgomery’s keyboards and samples kick in with sombre chords to be followed by Joe Cairney’s vocals telling the sad refrain “watching the waves of death rolling towards me”. “Little Boy And The Fat Man” is a scintillating instrumental piece with the title of the piece being inspired by the names of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The music itself leans more to the Comedy Of Errors sound than that of Abel Ganz, indeed Montgomery left Abel Ganz slightly unhappy with the band wanting to steer towards a more eclectic, folky type of prog. Cairney’s vocals sound slightly different to me than on the last Comedy Of Errors album, he seems to sing in a less pure style with his Scottish burr showing through more and it suits the music fine. Veteran prog fans will love this album there is no doubt but there is certainly more to this album than a nostalgia for neo prog, it’s a tour de force for Montgomery’s keyboards with fine songs and a nice if slightly morbid concept of nuclear destruction. Top marks to Rob Aubitt and assistant Joe Lewis-Brown at Aubitt Studios for the sparkling sound on the CD. A fine album that is certainly worth adding to your collection.


Garden of Ghosts
Garden of Ghosts
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine album !, 16 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Garden of Ghosts (Audio CD)
A very nice album bought on recommendation (as I buy many albums). On first listen I thought it was a bit on the gloomy side but subsequent listens revealed some appealing and upbeat tunes. There are a couple of interesting guests, Brett Kull (Echolyn) plays some guitar and helped out with the production and mixing, while Larry Fast adds some keyboards and is executive producer and did the mastering. According to the sleeve notes “Garden of Ghosts” is a loosely related set of songs based on connections and relationships in the 21st century, how pervasive technology affects relationships and how memory and perspective changes over time. Guitars are very much to the fore throughout with keyboards quite often providing a background wash. The closing four minutes of “Orbital View” are great with a catchy guitar riff backed by piano interspersed with vocals “We are all in orbit, travelling around our suns”. Very good album, a solid four stars.


Perfect Beings
Perfect Beings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top class debut, 5 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Perfect Beings (Audio CD)
Debut album from Los Angeles based Perfect Beings hits all the right spots. The ten track concept album is based on the book "TJ & Tosc: A Field Guide for Life After Western Culture" by Suhail Rafidi. All the tracks are joint written by vocalist Ryan Hurtgen and Joannes Luley (ex Moth Vellum), the pair met at Luley's recording studio My Sonic Temple and decided to form Perfect Beings after work had finished on Luley's solo album "Tales From Sheepfathers Grove" which was released in early 2013. The concept of the album is based on Artifical Intelligence (AI), a very topical subject at present as Stephen Hawking has just issued a warning in the British press that AI could end mankind. The music is progressive rock but is so catchy in melody that the songs become memorable after a very short time. Luley's guitar is outstanding throughout, there are certainly aspects of Steve Howe in there at times but is style is unique and excellent, the solo towards the end of "Removal Of The Identity Chip" backed by Jesse Nason's understated keyboards is terrific. Every track on the album is very good and it's hard to pick out the best but the two longer tracks "Walkabout" and "One Of Your Kind" are certainly outstanding. One of my favourtie albums of 2014 and highly recommended.


Five Days that Shocked the World - Eye Witness Accounts of the Final Days of World War II (General Military)
Five Days that Shocked the World - Eye Witness Accounts of the Final Days of World War II (General Military)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and shocking insight into the final days of WWII, 10 Sept. 2014
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A very interesting historical perspective on the closing days of the Second World War. Not just interesting but also quite shocking as subjects such as the last days of Mussolini, the fall of Berlin and the discovery of the concentration camps is documented. The wartime roles of people who became famous after the war, such as Robert Runcie, Audrey Hepburn, Willie Whitelaw, Spike Milligan, Michael Bentine and Marlene Dietrich are covered, but also there are interviews with many ordinary people. A different type of book from the many on the Second World War and very good it is too.


Spider Solitaire Pro
Spider Solitaire Pro
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spider Soliaire, 23 Mar. 2014
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Addictive and interesting game, well worth the small price. Games take a little longer than the normal Solitaire and are .more challenging.


Chalk Lines
Chalk Lines
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rock album, 4 Feb. 2013
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This really is a top class rock album which has been embraced by the progressive rock fraternity. In my opinion it was one of the top releases of 2012. This 51 minute, eight track album is the brainchild of American guitarist / vocalist Randy McStine and features some high profile guests such as Gavin Harrison who features on drums throughout the album, Colin Edwin, John Wesley and Dug Pinnick. The music is mostly guitar orientated although there are some excellent keyboard moments. Every song on the album is memorable and catchy. Highly recommended album, not just for prog fans but admirers of rock music in general.


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