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Egypt (Encyclopaedia Guides)
Egypt (Encyclopaedia Guides)
by Nagel
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Nagel Guides for the more popular tourist - that is in the 1950s, 4 Sept. 2014
The Nagel Guides were a modern version of Beadeker but without some of the snootiness. The series was affordable and catered for the new growing class of tourists in the post WW2 period. The guide comes with helpful maps and all the usual guidebook information.


The Last Enemy [DVD]
The Last Enemy [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Carlyle
Price: £4.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - a fine balance between paranoia and reality, 30 Mar. 2014
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This is an excellent movie which combines great acting with a very thoughtful plot that gradual unfurls. Set in a future UK we found that everything is not what it appears to be and genetic tracking assumes a very sinister role. This is a very topical movie touching on themes of identity, immigration, the power of the state and the way we lead open lives.

Rivetting


The Prisoner of Heaven
The Prisoner of Heaven
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars You either love him or you hate him - I love him, 30 Mar. 2014
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Carlos has ocean's of fans for series The Shadow of the Wind that introduced the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There was concern that he might have lost his way a little with the Angels Game but he has come roaring back into form with the Prisoner of Heaven. Gothic Barcelona, the shadows the Civil War, the reign of Franco, Daniel Martin and of course love lost, love betrayed and dont forget the Count of Monte Cristo.

This is just a brilliant read, fascinating, literate, amusing and teasing whilst set in a gothic twilight world where nothing is quite what it seems and Fermin is back and centre stage.


Luftwaffe Squadrons: 1939-45
Luftwaffe Squadrons: 1939-45
by Chris Bishop
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent source book, 30 Mar. 2014
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This is an excellent source book on the Luftwaffe with clear chapters on each stage of the air campaigns, details on both planes and squadrons and excellent illustrations. An essential book for those who want to know more about the Luftwaffe and their structure. Brilliant photos and colour plates


Luftwaffe Over Tunisia Vol. II (Air Battles): February- May 1943
Luftwaffe Over Tunisia Vol. II (Air Battles): February- May 1943
by Marek J. Murawski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A poor version of Osprey Military Books, 30 Mar. 2014
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This is a series that promised much but really is very weak. The books are poor competitors to the osprey squadron series or other aviation titles by Osprey. The two saving qualities are the excellent colour plates of planes and some good pictures but what doesn't work is

having the same picture twice in the book but with a different title
the opening layout is confusing and the text isnt that clear
the source references are weak
there is very limited analysis

Weak


Brandi Carlile
Brandi Carlile
Price: £11.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Soaring voice and exquisite lyrics, 30 Mar. 2014
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I came across Brandi Carlisle on the Prairie Home Companion Radio Show and wanted to explore the music. In the tradition of Nanci Griffiths she is able to ease between folk, country and introspective. Excellent tracks, great lyrics, stunning voice make this a must buy album


The Fusions: New Look at Australian Cooking
The Fusions: New Look at Australian Cooking
by Martin Webb
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Fusion maybe but more like fuzzy cookery, 22 Jan. 2014
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I like Fusion food, in fact the more fusion the better but this book isn't quite what it claims. New Australian cooking is versatile, excellent with ingredients and think Niel Perry or Skye Gyllangel as some of their best exponents.

This book is trying to muscle into this area but instead of interesting recipes you get a culinary mess - neither one style nor approach, the recipes aren't inventive and the approach is very pedestrian. Culinary books are a matter of personal taste so if you find it as a cheap book it may be worth a try but I brought it, read it and recycled it.


Leiths Cookery Bible
Leiths Cookery Bible
by Prue Leith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Pru is the Princess of the Kitchen, 22 Jan. 2014
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This is a cookery bible but its one that doesn't talk down to you, treats you like and adult and knows when things are getting complex. This is an excellent cookbook from the queen of culinary pragmatism. Pru L doesn't go in for the hyperbole instead you get excellent recipes, some demanding some thoughtful, great hints on techniques but above all - a versatile book that you come back to time and time again


To Kill A King [DVD]
To Kill A King [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dougray Scott
Price: £4.10

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting study of Thomas Fairfax, 19 Jan. 2014
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This is a clever film that looks at the role of Thomas Fairfax and his relationship to Cromwell ( who doesn't age at all over the 15 years of the film). With excellent roles by Tim Roth as Cromwell, Rupert Graves as Charles - there is much to like about this movie in terms of character development, changing allegiances and the complexity of friends who became foes.

Good strong character driven movie


Hidden [DVD]
Hidden [DVD]
Dvd ~ Phil Glenister
Price: £7.69

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Annoying ...very annoying, 19 Jan. 2014
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There was an excellent series somewhere here but this wasn't it. It had everything going for it - Phillip Glenister in his first role after Ashes to Ashes, David Suchet, plots and conspiracies and should have been a winner.

Very quickly you move from intrigued to irritated. There are so many loose ends ( actually you could make a series about the loose ends), so many inconsistencies and it looks like someone didn't a good job with the continuity. Basicially a story about a state sponsored coup that had been long in the making you are left asking a few hundred questions including

why were the lawyers killed
why did Cockburn spend 15 years on a plot
what was the plot
why were Dutch lawyers involved

The list just goes on...

Very very frustrating. Worth seeing Phillip G and david S do their stuff but not a lot else


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