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Atherton (NE) 1907: Lancashire Sheet 94.12 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Lancashire)
Atherton (NE) 1907: Lancashire Sheet 94.12 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Lancashire)
by Alan Godfrey
Edition: Map
Price: £2.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Clear Maps of Britain, 15 Oct. 2014
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These maps are very useful and give a good picture of the landscape at the end of the 19th century and earlier. . Unfortunately, the town I am interested in lies on the conjunction of four maps and one has not yet been published by Godfrey. All too often I seem to be looking for something that lies just off the edge of the three maps that I have. When will the fourth quadrant be published


I Am Pilgrim
I Am Pilgrim
by Terry Hayes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars An Edge of Seat Thriller, 15 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: I Am Pilgrim (Paperback)
I quite enjoyed this book but I did feel that it was a bit long winded


Thomas Nash Mens Pack Of Four Blue Tangas L
Thomas Nash Mens Pack Of Four Blue Tangas L
Offered by Debenhams
Price: £18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Pants, 15 Oct. 2014
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I find it difficult to write about underpants. Not a subject on which to wax lyrical. But these are good value, fit very well, stay in position and seem to be quite robust — I think they will have a long working life. Based on my experience so far I can recommend these to all


414 335 PAATA BURCHULADZE Mussorgsky/Verdi Works LP
414 335 PAATA BURCHULADZE Mussorgsky/Verdi Works LP

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Bass from Georgia, 27 Sept. 2014
I first heard Paata Burchuladze many years ago singing in the Verdi Requiem in the Festival Hall with The Philharmonia under Giulini and was overwhelmed by the power and majesty of his voice. At that time he was an almost total unknown. I bought this recording soon afterwards and have been enjoying it ever since. He is a bass singer of immense quality and this is shown on this disc that contrasts Russian opera with classic Verdi. Finding recordings of this singer is far from easy. He appears on a number of complete recordings of operas and religious works — hidden among the tenors and sopranos — but outside of Russian opera there are few works where the bass singer plays the prominent role. Why this recording has never been issued as a CD, I do not know. Perhaps if enough people recommend the vinyl disc something may happen. Try to get hold of this recording, if you can.


The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
by William Manchester
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I have read a number of biographies of Churchill but for the general reader William Manchester's is in many ways the best. Churc, 24 Sept. 2014
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It has been a long wait for this final volume in the three volume biography of Churchill, but it has been well worth that wait. William Manchester died before completing his work and it was Paul Reid who gathered all the loose ends together to bring us this final volume. Many years ago, I acquired a copy of William Manchester's history of the Krupp company over 400 years. This was a massive single volume work but was very readable and memorable. I subsequently read Death of a President and finally the first two volumes of Churchill's life. I have read a number of biographies of Churchill but for the general reader William Manchester's is in many ways the best. Churchill is almost viewed as god by British writers; a status he achieved through his leadership in the Second World War. But he became Prime Minister when he was in his late sixties, having previously held high office in governments before and after the First World War. This last volume of William Manchester's work deals with Churchill's life from the time of his becoming PM in 1940 to his death and state funeral in 1965. Most of the book deals with Churchill and the War. But this is to be expected. He was thrown out of office in the general election of 1945 when Clement Attlee became Prime Minister. But this was an attack on the Tory Party of Stanley Baldwin and Neviile Chamberlain, appeasement and their management of the years of depression. The country wanted a change from that. In 1945 Churchill was exhausted and had suffered more than one stroke. He returned to office as Prime Minister in 1951 but he was an old man, in far from robust health. He finally resigned when he was over 80 and spent his last ten years in quiet retirement.
Paul Reid has done a good job finishing this book and it is to be thoroughly recommended.


TRIXES Soft Black Faux Leather Credit Card Holder Wallet with 26 Clear Sleeves
TRIXES Soft Black Faux Leather Credit Card Holder Wallet with 26 Clear Sleeves
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £5.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In this wallet the plastic pockets are riveted in the middle and this makes this holder quite sturdy. How long it will last, 24 Sept. 2014
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This is a compact card holder that holds more cards than most. It folds neatly and compresses well so takes up a minimal amount of space. Inevitably with lots of cards packed in, any card holder will have a limited life and replacing the internals rarely works for long. In this wallet the plastic pockets are riveted in the middle and this makes this holder quite sturdy. How long it will last, I can't say but I am optimistic. In any case it is so cheap it's worth buying 2 or 3 at the same time. Well worth the money


The Emperor's Bracelet
The Emperor's Bracelet
by Manning Coles
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories, 27 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Emperor's Bracelet (Hardcover)
This book has the distinction of being the first full-length novel I can remember ever reading. That event took place in Douglas, Isle of Man in September 1949. I had gone with my father to watch the Manx GP motor cycle races and on our last day there the island treated us to some typical weather. The mist came in off the sea accompanied by a light drizzle. Not wanting to wander around in the foggy misery, my father bought for me a hardback copy of this book and we spent much of the day — between meals — under the Villa Marina and I read this book. I still have the book 65 years later. As a small boy, aged nine, I found the story exciting and most enjoyable. I remember it with great pleasure. It is now very dated of course and I doubt if I could read it in the 21st century with quite the same relish today as I did then. But if you can enjoy Bulldog Drummond and the writings of Dornford Yates, you will enjoy this — provided, of course, that you less than fifteen years old..


Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland : An Illustrated History
Midland Great Western Railway of Ireland : An Illustrated History
by W. Ernest Shepherd
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Irish Railway History., 1 Jun. 2014
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A bit of a specialist book this but is a very good presentation of the story of one of the early Irish railways. Making a powerful argument for building railways across the middle of Ireland to the poorest parts of the western counties in the 19th century was always going to be a struggle. But when the railway was planned in about 1840, Ireland had a population of more than 8 million and possibly as many as 10 million — including Northern Ireland. However, the central and western regions were not the most prosperous and the demand for railways was limited. But nevertheless, with some slightly wonky costings and revenue predictions they built a railway. The Midland Great Western ran from Dublin to Galway and then on across Connemara to Clifden as well as to the coast at Achill and Sligo.
The first railways in Ireland were built to the UK standard gauge of 4ft 8½in but the various companies as they built their railways selected different gauges until government legislation set the Irish standard at 5ft 3in — a gauge that is used in very few other places in the world — parts of Australia and Brazil..
This book tells the story of this major railway across Ireland in a very readable format and with many illustrations. For anyone interested in the history of Irish railways, it is a good buy.


American Noir: 11 Classic Crime Novels of the 1930s, 40s, & 50s (Library of America)
American Noir: 11 Classic Crime Novels of the 1930s, 40s, & 50s (Library of America)
by Robert Polito
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £47.84

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic American Crime Writing, 1 Jun. 2014
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This two volume selection of some of the best of American Crime has been published by the Library of America, an organisation that says that it "wishes to preserve our [America's] nation's literary heritage by publishing and keeping in print authoritative editions of America's best and most significant writing." They are doing a good job. These books use a lightweight paper but they are of good quality, well presented in a robust slip case. The novels included [12 of them] are by some of the best of American Crime writers including James M Cain — The Postman Always Rings Twice; Horace McCoy — They Shoot Horses, Don't They; Jim Thompson — The Killer Inside Me; Patricia Highsmith — The Talented Mr Ripley; and so on. Other reviews on Amazon.com give full details of all the novels included. Suffice to say that I am enjoying reading these excellent books and I think that at a price below £30 including delivery from America, they are good value.


Beethoven; Symphonies 6, 8 & 9 "Choral"
Beethoven; Symphonies 6, 8 & 9 "Choral"
Offered by rbmbooks
Price: £13.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Variable Beethoven Recordings, 1 Jun. 2014
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I have seen Guilini many times conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and I have always been impressed by the performances that he is able to extract from choruses. And this is no exception. The last movement of the 9th is glorious but the other movements tend to be a little heavy going and not Guilini at his best. On the other hand the performances of the 6th and 8th by Rudolp Kempe are quite splendid. A smooth and gentle Pastoral that sounds just right and coupled with a sprightly 8th.
This is a good pair of discs for the money and the sound is quite good too.


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