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Sheffield Football: 1961-95 v. 2: A History
Sheffield Football: 1961-95 v. 2: A History
by Keith Farnsworth
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Owls and Blades fans would ike this, 5 July 2016
This is the second volume of the history of Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United from the above dates, and the history of those two clubs is very comprehensive, with black and white photos in the book. The title is misleading, because it focuses on the two Sheffield Football League clubs, and very little is actually written about the grass root clubs in Sheffield.

Having said that, this came as part of a two volume set, and being a Blades Supporter (Sheffield United) I found the book interesting, with it's comprehensive history of both clubs. Depending on which one you support, one van choose which section of the book to read!

I have both volumes, which came in a two book set!


Sheffield Football: 1857-1961 v. 1: A History
Sheffield Football: 1857-1961 v. 1: A History
by Keith Farnsworth
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good for Owls or Blades Fans, 5 July 2016
Being A Blades (Sheffield United Supporter) I was very interested to read the history of United onwards from the dates mentioned. It is one of the most comprehensive books on the history of United and Wednesday (Owls). It states very clearly how the history of both clubs came together. Depending on which Sheffield Team (United or Wednesday) one supports, there is history available, and one can choose which team one wants to read about.

I do agree with the historian- the title is very misleading if you want to read about local non-league clubs in Sheffield. It concentrates on the Owls and the Blades History. This book doesn't deal much with that- it deals with the Owls and the Blades from the years given

I have however, got this, and it came as part of a two book set. Beautifully presented, it consists of a comprehensive history, and loads of black and white photos!


Recipes to Relish
Recipes to Relish
by Frank White
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique to Sheffield, 4 July 2016
This review is from: Recipes to Relish (Hardcover)
I have had this book since it first came out. Unique to Sheffield, Hendo's as it is known is found in Sheffield and North Derbyshire. It is often used in stews and pies in place of Worcester Sauce (which is totally different. by the way) One cannot buy it or eat it outside Sheffield or North Derbyshire!

Although there are some fictitious recipies for Hendersons, there are a few in the book for serious use. This is down to Tony Capstick. Frank White was also a Sheffielder who worked with Joe Cocker's Grease Band.


Rising Damp
Rising Damp
by Tony Warren
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for Rising Damp fans, 4 July 2016
This review is from: Rising Damp (Paperback)
I have had this book since it first came out in the 70's, It concentrates on the introduction of Philip, who moves in with Alan, which of course is arranged by mean landlord Rigsby. Alan and Philip, being lodgers, are forced to get to know each other. To immature hippy Alan, Philip seems very suave and grown up. It's not long before Alan realises that it is just a "front" put up by Philip, who although he has a little more experience of life, he feels vulnerable because of his colour. (This was the 70's).

Both Alan and Philip realise that they have two things in common- they both think Rigsby is mean and tight, not only to his tenants, but to himself as well! They also realise that in common with Rigsby, they both have their eye on Ruth Jones, who lives in the downstairs flat in Rigsby's lodgings. She doesn't mind being friends with Alan and Philip, but doesn't want to commit herself. She finds Rigsby's advances totally embarrassing but is unable to tell him so. This means that both Philip and Alan are continually keeping Rigsby and Miss Jones apart!

Rigsby also has a cat (Vienna) who Alan and Philip continually refer to. At one stage, talking about hunger, Philip calmly asks Rigby "Would you eat Vienna if you were starving?"
This is actually the book of the first series of "Rising Damp".
The front cover shows Leonard Rossier (Rigsby) with Frances La Tour(Miss Jones).


Hi-De-Hi - The Complete Collection [DVD] [2013]
Hi-De-Hi - The Complete Collection [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Paul Shane
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good series. Subtitles for all series ARE available on this version despite information on the box to the contrary!, 4 July 2016
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I love this. This is an extremely funny series, and you have to watch it to do it justice. It starts off with Geoffrey (Simon Cadell) arguing with his mother about giving up his architectural job in order to become Manager of a failing Holiday Camp. We meet Ted Bovis (Paul Shane), Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard) Leslie Dwyer(Mr Partridge- the Punch and Judy Man), Spike (Jeffrey Holland), Ruth Madoc (Gladys) and Barry and Yvonne (Barry Howard and Diane Holland. This is Maplin's Holiday Camp, which is run by the uneducated Joe Maplin. Add these ingredients together, and you will understand why this comedy (which was written so it was in the Fifties) was so successful!

Picture quality is clear, and subtitles are very welcome. If you get this version, I can confirm what another reviewer (Edward) said that despite the info on the box stating that Series 1 and 2 do not have subtitles, but all the rest of them do, I can confirm that series 1 and 2 DO have subtitles as well as Series 3-to 9!

Enjoy!


Anthology of Northern Humour
Anthology of Northern Humour
by Colin Welland
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 4 July 2016
Yes, I have this version, and the book is very very funny. As well as telling us about his early life and mishaps, he underlines the people he has talked to and met in his career, and quite often they are involved, with laughter and very sharp humour.
As well as the "Acknowledgements" and "Introduction" he divides the people who he has spoken to and seen into three categories;

The Professionals
Jimmy James, Les Dawson Duggie Brown, Eric and Ernie, Bobby Thompson, Dave Morris, Arthur Askey, George Formby, and Gracie Fields.
The New Wave
Michael Parkinson, Mike Harding, Roy Hattersley, Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Alan Price.
Sport
Lawrie McMenemy, Bill Shankly, Jim Laker Arthur Clues, Ernie Clay.

There is also a Sports Shorts section in which Northern anecdotes are spotlighted, Nicknames for the Cities of the North and Rugby League Names.
There is also a section "The Rustic North. where people tell stories against themselves, other people, and each other. Another two sections consist of "The New Sophisticates" and "Where the Elite Meet to Eat".
The book ends in "Conclusion" which feature two excerpts from "The Comedians" one of which is by Jimmy James.
A laugh a minute!


Dixon of Dock Green: Collection 2 [DVD]
Dixon of Dock Green: Collection 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Warner
Price: £12.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Was not disappointed, 4 July 2016
I purchased this, having got collection 1 and was not disappointed The 6 episodes are in colour, they are subtitled, and the picture is clear. The series did run until 1976, but even then, it was an era when the law was respected, and the police were feared by the hooligan/criminal elements. Any episode of DODG is, to me a bonus.


Dixon of Dock Green [DVD]
Dixon of Dock Green [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Warner
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £7.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable- more please!, 4 July 2016
This review is from: Dixon of Dock Green [DVD] (DVD)
Even though a lot of the episodes are missing, to see any of those episodes of DODG in colour is an absolute bonus. This consists of 6 episodes. Picture quality clear, and subtitles very helpful. More please!


Z Cars Collection 2 [DVD]
Z Cars Collection 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gary Watson
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable- hope Acorn release more!, 4 July 2016
This review is from: Z Cars Collection 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this DVD after enjoying the first Z Cars DVD. It is still just as enjoyable, and to see the episodes in colour was a real bonus for me, as I was too young to watch the original episodes in Black and White, and our family didn't have colour TV until the early 80's! Picture quality clear, and subtitles very helpful. Hope Acorn release more!


Z Cars [DVD]
Z Cars [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Ellis
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars To see any episodes of Z Cars in colour is an absolute bonus, 4 July 2016
This review is from: Z Cars [DVD] (DVD)
I have this DVD in my collection, and thoroughly enjoy it. I was too young to watch the original Z Cars in 1962 to 1965, so to see any episodes at all in colour were an absolute bonus (our family never had colour TV until the early 80's). The only programme I ever saw James Ellis in was "One by One", although I knew Frank Windsor, Stratford Johns and Brian Blessed were in Z Cars. Picture quality clear, and subtitles very helpful!


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