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Dead People Posing: The Mystery Behind Dead Photographs
Dead People Posing: The Mystery Behind Dead Photographs
by Alexander Coil
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.57

2.0 out of 5 stars The Wrong Approach to a Serious Subject, 8 Jun. 2016
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This is a very basic look at Victorian post-mortem photography and suffers from a lack of context and discussion about any of the pictures included. Some of these 'post-mortem' photos are of doubtful veracity, the portrait of an apparently young Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carrol), (which is believed to be a self-portrait anyway) being the most obvious! Other subjects are claimed as post-mortem on the basis that the stands used to prop them up are visible but this ignores the fact that such stands were also used to help living subjects stay still during the long exposures required. I am particularly disappointed that no examples of bereavement cards are included as these were what many Victorian post-mortem pictures were used for. Unfortunately the 'author' has clearly gone for sensation rather than a serious study of the subject so if you just want a quick, relatively cheap fix of the macabre then this might just satisfy you but if you want a serious look at the subject, save your money.


Strung Up (New Extended Version)
Strung Up (New Extended Version)
Price: £8.98

5.0 out of 5 stars If you had this on vinyl you don't need me to tell you how good it is, 29 May 2016
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At last, a long overdue CD release for this essential live/studio album. If you had this on vinyl you don't need me to tell you how good it is, if you didn't, treat yourself - it's cheap enough! Now, with the addition of bonus tracks it's even better too! One small complaint; Sony Music - don't they employ proofreaders? 'Length' is not spelt 'lenght' as it is twice on both the back cover and the booklet, and track 6 on the live CD is not 'Done me wrong all night' it's 'Done me wrong alright' and again it's wrong twice. Sloppy and unforgivable, absolutely unforgivable.


The Hound of the Baskervilles [2002] [DVD]
The Hound of the Baskervilles [2002] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Roxburgh
Price: £4.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Real Dog's Dinner, 4 May 2016
I cannot believe the number of good reviews of this travesty. Clearly the scriptwriter and director had never read the book. It appears to have been based on the old Basil Rathbone chestnut with extras thrown in to beef it up for a contemporary audience. The actors characterisations of Holmes and Watson are poor and the many changes to the story line (both additions and omissions) detract rather than add (less really can be more). In short, if you love Holmes stay away from this dog's dinner of a film. Stick to Cushing or Brett, or even Rathbone if you must but avoid this like the plague.


Quo
Quo
Price: £12.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be warned - the bonus is a poor quality audience bootleg, 4 Dec. 2015
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This review is from: Quo (Audio CD)
'Quo' is a great album and has been reviewed many times so this review is solely for the 'bonus' disc with this supposedly deluxe edition. I am not sure that a dreadful, audience recording can really be called a 'bonus' or should be included in a deluxe edition but it has been and I feel ripped-off. To be honest, after the live box set I shouldn't be surprised and to be fair, I half expected it but it doesn't make it any more palatable. What is doubly annoying is that the band, as usual, were clearly on sparkling form and if the sound was better this would be a great live CD. So to sum up, this is one for the die-hard fans only who have to have absolutely everything.
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Live at the Marquee, London, July 6th, 1969
Live at the Marquee, London, July 6th, 1969
Price: £7.82

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars for Crimson fans only, 10 May 2015
The perils of assigning a star rating to a recording you haven't heard...Sound quality is adequate at best, definitely not good. If you're a fan, and I am, it's worth having as a record of the Crims at this time but the 'bonus' track, recorded at Croydon's Fairfield Hall is abysmal, the band and the entire audience must have been stoned at the time, 20 minutes of soporific noodling and poor sound as well.


BestOfferBuy ALC-SH108 Lens Hood For Sony A550 A580 18-55mm 18-70mm SAL 1855 1870
BestOfferBuy ALC-SH108 Lens Hood For Sony A550 A580 18-55mm 18-70mm SAL 1855 1870
Offered by Augustus_Caesar
Price: £3.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent lens hood at a good price, 17 Dec. 2014
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Good quality plastic, shallow lens hood, which won't vignette the corners at the widest angle. This was a bit fiddly to fit on the 18-55mm SAM II lens but I got it on eventually. It's a reasonably snug fit and you can make it more secure by putting it directly on to the lens and then attaching a UV filter. No chance of it getting knocked off by accident that way. It took a while to receive it from HK but well worth it at the price.


Replacement EW-60C II Flower Lens Hood for Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM
Replacement EW-60C II Flower Lens Hood for Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM

2.0 out of 5 stars Just about okay, 17 Dec. 2014
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Got this (from a seller in China) for the kit lens on my daughter's EOS1100D. It fits okay but feels loose and as if it wouldn't take a lot to knock it off. Made it more secure by fitting it directly to the lens and attaching a UV filter afterwards. It still moves a little too easily but it won't come off by accident now.


At The BBC 1972-1982
At The BBC 1972-1982
Price: £29.21

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No TR fan should be without this, 13 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: At The BBC 1972-1982 (Audio CD)
First, this review is for the CDs only as I haven't got round to the DVD yet! The good news, we get three TR In Concert performances; from 1972, 75 and 77. The 1972 is especially welcome as I hadn't heard this before. Unfortunately it's fairly short (the whole disc including the two 'Whistle Test' performances only comes in at 46 minutes) but it is excellent. Disc 2 is the broadcast highlights of the Hammersmith Odeon show in 1975 and the good news here is that the full b/c has been restored with the inclusion of "Something's Coming", which was cut from the recent stand-alone release of this gig. The sound however is noticeably muted compared to the Shout Factory release, not enough to put you off but muted just the same. The third In Concert is from 1977 and again is most welcome (partly because my old cassette of this got chewed up!), it includes a stunning rendition of "Singring and the Glass Guitar" and opens with an incandescent "Overture/Communion with the Sun". This too is not only the full BBC b/c but is slightly longer as the closing number "Utopia Theme" does not fade out as it did back in the day. The sound is rather fuller than on the '75 show also. So, on the CDs alone, no complaints and a definite 5 stars from me. Given the recent BBC DVDs in such sets (e.g. UFO, PFM) I am confident the DVD will not disappoint either once I get round to it.


Alexander The Great: Murder in Babylon
Alexander The Great: Murder in Babylon
by Graham Phillips
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler alert - read this review and spend your money on something better, 23 Sept. 2014
As another reviewer has already torn this apart (deservedly) in detail, I shall keep this short. Call this history? This is a work of historical fiction, let's be clear on that. Phillips is very selective in his use of sources and no doubt ensured that what he gave to his pet 'experts' was similarly selectively chosen. Basically he appears to have begun with a belief that Alexander was definitely murdered and has made the 'evidence' fit his hypothesis. SPOILER ALERT! Roxane did it with strychnine. That is Phillips's claim and despite his assertions there is not a shred of evidence to support this conclusion so do yourself a favour and read a worthwhile book, don't waste your money on this piece of trash. If you want a decent discussion of what really killed Alexander I suggest you read Mary Renault's The Nature of Alexander', and although she almost idolised her hero, her account of his death is sober and reasoned, unlike Phillips's hysterical tabloid-level ravings (the whole book is full of claims for which there is no concrete evidence). Laugh? I nearly released me Kraken!


An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Uniforms of the Roman World
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Uniforms of the Roman World
by Kevin F. Kiley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.58

13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, 7 Sept. 2014
Those with a serious interest in ancient military history should avoid this like the plague. The fault in this book is revealed by its very title, which contains the words 'uniforms' and 'Roman world' in the same sentence. Anyone who believes the Romans, or any of their contemporaries over the course of the centuries had any conception of a military 'uniform' is either very naive or has zero understanding of ancient history. If you want a good book on Roman military dress you should consult the works of Graham Sumner and Dr Raffaele D'Amato, in particular. This book does little more than perpetuate the myth that ancient armies had 'uniforms' in the same sense that we understand the word. Indeed it appears that absolutely no original research went into producing this book, it's just a compendium put together from the works of other more specialist writers and as other reviewers have pointed out, the illustrations appear to be shameless re-renderings of pictures to be found in other authors works.


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