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Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
Four Sisters:The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses
by Helen Rappaport
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.10

5.0 out of 5 stars 10/10, 18 April 2015
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An excellent book about four people not often talked about in historiographies of the fall of the Romanov dynasty. Definitely recommended.


Trademark Collections BANDH001029 Ben and Holly Luggage Set
Trademark Collections BANDH001029 Ben and Holly Luggage Set
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the niece and nephew., 18 April 2015
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My niece and Nephew enjoyed these greatly, definitely recommended.


The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything
The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything
by Nigel Farage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his finest works., 18 April 2015
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A great book from a great man. I initially thought it would be just a repeat of 'Flying Free', his other book, but it was not. Nigel in this book focuses more on themes rather than the linear progression of his other book, particularly the European debates with Nick Clegg, his victory in the European elections, the two by-elections that put elected UKIP MPs into Westminster and a look to the future with the General election and a possible EU Referendum. Even if you do not like UKIP, I would strongly recommend this book, Nigel shows how low this country has been brought and explains how corrupt both Westminister and the EU is.


Sinking of Lusitania [DVD] [2007] [US Import]
Sinking of Lusitania [DVD] [2007] [US Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good drama-documentary of a too often forgotten tragedy, 25 Aug. 2014
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This may not have the budget of James Cameroons Titanic but in the space of an hour and a half manages to pretty much sum up the events surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania. It is mainly told from the viewpoint of Ian Holbourn, a Scottish professor in his way back from the United States, who befriends a lonely twelve year old schoolgirl, Avis Dolphin, who is travelling to England with her nurse. The majority of characters are based on real people, such as Captain Turner of the Lusitania, Alfred Vanderbilt, a wealthy First Class passenger and Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger, the commander of the U-20 which sunk the Lusitania. There are a few characters that are made up, such as an American singer called Dorothy, who is with Vanderbilt all the time, but for the most part the characters are accurate.
The events leading up to the sinking and some of those afterwards are presented well. The contraband cargo, the German warning, the Admiralty's confusing orders and the lack of an escort are all explained as best as it can. There is still so much mystery surrounding the exact circumstances of the sinking that we will never know what exactly happened.
There were a few inaccuracies that I could see (although I don't pretend to be an expert on the subject). Mainly, these were:
- Ian Holbourn and Avis Dolphin are portrayed as being in Saloon (First) Class, they were Second Class passengers
- Some elements of the ship, such as the side of the ship and a few of the interiors (e.g. the Bridge) don't match the actual ship (although this was done on a low budget)
- Avis' mentions one of her nurses. She actually had two nurses, neither of which are seen in this. Both died in the sinking.
- Ian Holbourn did have a lifejacket in which he tucked some of his most valuable manuscripts
- a few characters were not real life people, for example an Officer known as Price
- A crew member of the U-20 is portrayed as refusing to fire the torpedo. This story is now believed to be untrue, however at the time this was made the story was widely regarded as fact
There are a few other things like the exact course of events with how Ian and Avis survived but, other than the above quibbles, it is generally accurate. One other criticism I would have is that the scenes of her sinking don't feel big enough. There are never more than a hundred extras (if that) which make it fell a bit small when, in real life, there were nearly two thousand people on board, of which twelve hundred died. That said, budget comes into this again. The graphics to make up for this a bit though. They are solidly decent, although there are one or two obvious green screen shots that don't look quite right (e.g. Captain Turner standing on the edge of the bridge as Lusitania is leaving New York- the cranes in the background look fake) but it is for the most part good.
The acting was for the most part good. John Hannah was good as the central character and narrator. Madeline Garrood was equally charming as Avis, although I was under the impression that real life Avis had dark hair rather than blonde. Captain Turner, played by Kenneth Cranham, gave a good performance. I think my favourite part of the acting in this though is the German side. Florian Panzer (as Walther Schwieger) and the rest of the Germans were good, giving a good impression of the strains of having a few dozen men being crammed into a small U-boat for long periods of time.
Overall, this is a good drama-documentary. Whilst there are inaccuracies, and a few assumptions as to the blame for the sinking, I think anyone wanting to learn about the Lusitania should watch this. It is based on a book by Diana Preston, which has even more details of characters that the drama, and roughly follows the book.
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TUNNELLERS
TUNNELLERS
by W Grant Grieve
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very detailed account of an often forgotten part of the First World War, 9 Jan. 2014
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I bought this book as my great-grandfather was a Sergeant in the 251st Tunneling Company Royal Engineers. He never talked about the war to his son and for years all we knew was that he fought in the war and was a Sergeant. I was eventually able to research what unit he was in but I could not find much information on what the actual unit did.
This book, first published only a few decades after the end pf the Great War, gives a good narrative of what the tunnelers, like my great-grandfather, went through. It is set out in a simple chronological narrative with each chapter focusing on a certain battle or campaign that the tunnelers were involved in, for example the battle at Givenchy in 1918 where tunnelers, including my great-grandfather, were actually fighting in the front lines against on of the last great German offensives of the war.
The book is an excellent read and, in my opinion, should be considered one of the definitive accounts of a part of the war that is almost forgotten today. It should not only appeal to people like myself, who had relatives in the tunneling companies, but to any student of the Great War.


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