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The Wager Disaster: Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder in the South Seas
The Wager Disaster: Mayhem, Mutiny and Murder in the South Seas
by Rear Admiral C. H. Layman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Maritime Epic, 6 Aug. 2015
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This is an extremely full account of this disaster as seen by those who were involved both in the problems of the shipwreck and those which arose afterwards especially after the shooting of Midshipman Cozens by Captain Cheap. The account of the epic voyage of 2500 nautical miles from Patagonia to Brazil through the Straits of Magellan an open boat skippered by Gunner Bulkeley without the aid of charts must rank alongside that of Captain Bligh. Unfortunately the death rate among the Wager survivors was very high only 36 of the original crew returning to Britain. An exciting interesting and enjoyable read.


Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nosey 1 Nappy 0, 13 April 2015
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This was an extremely readable account of this important battle. The author, well known for his "Sharpe" novels, made the subject both instructive and entertaining, who could ask for more? There will always be some argument about the relative importance of Blucher's Prussians but the important thing is that Napoleon lost!


Culinario Frying Pan 24 cm Red EcoLon Ceramic Coating for Induction
Culinario Frying Pan 24 cm Red EcoLon Ceramic Coating for Induction

5.0 out of 5 stars Pan to beat all, 22 Dec. 2013
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Very pleased with this pan. Noted that there have been comments on ceramic pans that the were too light or became discoloured. This model is a good weight and no problem with discolouration. I wonder if the latter problem is due to using to higher heat and I have never used it for very hot deep frying. It has proved ideal for the type of cooking I do and the non-stick lining is the best I have met. I would never be without it and am buying on for my sister-in-law.


Ulysses [1967] [DVD]
Ulysses [1967] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Barbara Jefford
Price: £5.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Bloom's Dublin, 15 Dec. 2013
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To enjoy the DVD to the full it helps a great deal if you have read the book and know Dublin and its environs, for instance when the sign for the forty foot appears with a nude swimmer it helps to know that this is an area set aside for male nude bathing. It also adds to the interest if you can recognise the various sites as they appear. Having read the book and spending six happy years of my youth at college in Dublin I enjoyed this film very much but can see how anyone coming to it with no background knowledge might find it confusing.


Teddy Suhren, Ace of Aces: Memoirs of a U-Boat Rebel
Teddy Suhren, Ace of Aces: Memoirs of a U-Boat Rebel
by Teddy Suhren
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wet Oakleaves, 15 Dec. 2013
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I considered this book very entertaining as it not only dealt with his adventures as a U-boat first lieutenant and captain but covered his time as a cadet. One also gets a feeling of the political thoughts of the time and his meetings with historical characters such as Bornmann and Eva Braun. The photographs are printed on the relevant pages and not grouped together in the centre of the book which saves having to flick back and forth to correlate them with the text. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the U-boat war as an informative and enjoyable read.


Harvey [DVD]
Harvey [DVD]
Dvd ~ James Stewart
Price: £5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars White rabbits better than pink elephants, 21 July 2013
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It is many years since I first saw this gentle and charming film but it has lost nothing of its gentle moral humour in the mean time. Many of us could do with Harvey's advice even if it does come from a six foot invisible white rabbit. James Stewart as Elmer P Dowd using his kindly philosophy, prompted by Harvey, to sort out problems is excellent.


The 5:2 Diet: Recipe Book
The 5:2 Diet: Recipe Book
Price: £2.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Food?, 21 July 2013
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I found this book useful when working out my diet routine. There are innovative recipes which help to the relieve the monotony which happens with many diets. The diet itself seems to work for me and I look forward to trying out more recipes from it.


The Seventh Trumpet (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 23)
The Seventh Trumpet (Sister Fidelma Mysteries Book 23)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Revelation, 6 July 2013
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I always enjoy these mysteries as I have an afinity for Ireland. Here Fidelma has left the the life of religion to persue her legal interests while Brother Aedulf remains tied to his religion and his medical skills. The story itself concerns a rebelion brewing in the bogs with a massive fortress being built on the site of a monastry. One of my doubts is how Colgu, the king, remained ignorant of this since he must have had some form of an intelegence service if he intended to stay alive and in power. The story moves along well with enough battle murder and sudden death to keep the interest alive. There is also the case of Colgu falling in love with a most unsuitable lady but all matters resolve themselves in the end and as things have been so they remain, till next time.


Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual (Unofficial Manuals)
Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual (Unofficial Manuals)
by Philip Matyszak
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sinister,dexter,sinister, dexter, etc., 29 Jun. 2013
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I enjoyed theis very much. A very good explination of coditions in the Roman Legions and how they operated. One understands why their organisation and discipline made them allconquering despite the occasional set back by the Parthian mounted archers. Anyone thinking of joining the legions should read this first and then, like myself, join the navy.


Dorothy L Sayers: Strong Poison [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dorothy L Sayers: Strong Poison [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £53.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor, 15 Jun. 2013
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Unfortunately the DVD, which was for region 1, was not compatible with my player so I was unable to use it. I can not, therefore, comment on its quality.


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