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The Racing Tribe: Watching the Horsewatchers
The Racing Tribe: Watching the Horsewatchers
by Kate Fox
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Sociology for undergraduates, 16 April 2014
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This book was inspired by and contains an interesting conceit - scrutinising the various groups, trainers, jockeys and spectators and gamblers , in the sport of horse racing. But it becomes rather repetitious and actually the empirical content is limited.


Fred Trueman: Portrait of a Fast Bowler
Fred Trueman: Portrait of a Fast Bowler
by John Arlott
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Fiery Fred, 16 April 2014
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As might be expected, John Arlott's is a balanced appraisal - I use the word deliberately as this biography is a bit like a performance appraisal of Trueman's cricket career - of this first England bowler to claim 300 test wickets. There was much less money in the game in those days and it was maybe less colourful. But there were far more 'characters' and Fred was undoubtedly a strong character. The account of his developing proficiency includes many enjoyable anecdotes about county matches, as well as Test matches.


A Horse Called Nijinsky - Single Dvd
A Horse Called Nijinsky - Single Dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Triple Crown winner, 16 April 2014
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This is a very interesting and informative account of the breeding, foaling and training of Nijinsky. This colt won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket; the Epsom Derby and the 1 mile and 6 furlongs Doncaster St.Leger. As was his mien, his jockey, Piggott is impassive but even he must have loved this horse.


Name of the Game
Name of the Game
by Fred Inglis
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Sporting 'Moments'., 1 April 2014
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'Enjoy the moment', I have heard interviewers say on Ch4 racing when they have just finished thrusting a microphone in the face of a successful jockey seconds after that rider has managed to persuade or guide a horse into giving its best and winning its race. To me that is the antithesis of 'the moment'. Of course, it is true that performers are aiming for 'the moment' when hours of practice and attainment of fitness produce just the exact shot, movement, judgement of pace or switch of tactics. It is the sublime amidst the everyday that must have lifted factory workers who had trudged Lowry-like to matches in local stadia of concrete terraced steps out of their customary stolidity. Fred Inglis makes a good bid to convey this in print. The book is obviously dated now in its examples and its publication long preceded the digital age that has made the public transmission of some sports reporters' interpretation of the moment even faster and maybe therefore distorting the organ of wonder in the individual observer, though of course bringing a form of it to the masses.


Gypsy in My Soul
Gypsy in My Soul
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful ballad singer, 1 April 2014
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Frankly I am out of step - so maybe you should not take my opinion on singers too seriously. To explain: I find most - if not all - the so-called singing on TV programs like 'The Voice' execrable. There is no concept of melody and that means no range. So, maybe I am just an old fogey. Connie Evingson can sing but she was new to me. 'Gypsy in my soul' is a favourite song of mine especially in a version by an obscure singer with the Jack Harris band in the 1930s. Connie's is far different as she has slow-paced it into a plaintive ballad. On this album, I also like 'Nature Boy', a song made famous by Nat Cole, His was very good but the song is better by a woman and very beautifully rendered here.


Right As the Rain
Right As the Rain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the range, 19 Jan 2014
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I have read less than favourable reviews of opera singers' forays into jazz and lighter music. Actually, certainly as far as female singers are concerned, I would tend to disagree. Like top class racehorses, they can adapt to any distance or tempo. This compilation by Leontyne Price is a classic winner; such command of rhythm that her range is easily capable of these melodies.


Everton FC Blue Velour Bath Beach Towel 150x75cm
Everton FC Blue Velour Bath Beach Towel 150x75cm

3.0 out of 5 stars Good for little Toffees, 19 Jan 2014
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My two grandsons use these towels when they visit. Although I have not converted them yet to join me as a lifelong Evertonian, the towels are effective for drying - at any rate I have no had complaints from their mum.


Shall I Pray or Watch TV?
Shall I Pray or Watch TV?
by Vic Zarley
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well received present, 19 Jan 2014
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I bought this as a bit of a joke for a lady friend who is a devout Pentecostal church member. She told me that she finds it interesting and, although she does have the sense of humour to accept the joke, says that there is a serious side to the book.


Shuts and Passages of Shrewsbury
Shuts and Passages of Shrewsbury
by Allan Scott-Davies
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Ins and outs of Shrewsbury, 19 Jan 2014
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There are more than a few books about Shrewsbury, as you might expect; it is such an historic town and has kept some character alongside the inevitable shopping malls. One of the main features that make the town so distinctive is that its centre is almost an island inside an oxbow created by the River Severn. It is possible to walk most of this on the riverside, from Welsh Bridge to English Bridge and then onto beyond the railway station (though, be warned, as ever with such otherwise pleasant walks, it is favoured by dog walkers). This book is about the narrower streets inside the main town, enclosed by the river. The descriptions of the streets and the origins of their name are concise and interesting. I think that it adds to the charm of the booklet that they are illustrated by sketches, rather than photographs. The final pages contain a glossary of terms used about timber-framed buildings (saves cluttering up the text) and three very useful maps. An excellent piece of work.


Ain't Misbehavin'
Ain't Misbehavin'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and poignant., 25 Dec 2013
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First heard this many years ago on a Radio documentary about jazz in Paris is the 1930s when there was a 'nice little colony of black s' - as one of the performers quoted on the program put it. Of course, I love the Fats Waller vocal version but this is a wonderful piano solo, fast-paced and jolly.


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