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Mens Iron & Pain T-Back Vest Gold L
Mens Iron & Pain T-Back Vest Gold L
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Muscle Vest, 30 Aug 2013
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It's well made, fits a treat and I think it will hold its shape well. Decent price — I bought two.


New Mens Black Kam Jeans KBS6007 Designer Striped Shirt Size 3XL
New Mens Black Kam Jeans KBS6007 Designer Striped Shirt Size 3XL
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Shirt for Big Men, 26 Jun 2013
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This an excellent shirt for the price and is available up to size XXXXXXXL, which should be big enough to house a small family on a camping holiday. Most shirts I buy are XXL or XXXl and often they tend to be on the small side around ths shoulders and chest. That's not true here. Check your chest and neck measurements and take the sizing data given here by the manufacturers as being spot on. The shirt fits quite well and has a quality look to it.


Great Tales From English History: Cheddar Man to DNA: A Treasury of True Stories of the Extraordinary People Who Made Britain Great
Great Tales From English History: Cheddar Man to DNA: A Treasury of True Stories of the Extraordinary People Who Made Britain Great
by Robert Lacey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Keep It on the Bedside Table, 26 Jun 2013
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This an excellent book. Full of stories of incidents in English history from 7000 BC to discovering DNA in 1953. Each story is about three to five pages and yet in every case is surprisingly informative. They are easy to read, as well. I don't know of any other book that I can compare with this and that makes it all the more valuable.
This is an ideal bedside book which you can dip into at will to read a single story or half-a-dozen if you can't get off to sleep. The stories are arranged chronologically and if you remember everything in this book, you will have a considerable general knowledge of English history over nearly ten thousand years. Great value too.


Verdi: Rigoletto (highlights)
Verdi: Rigoletto (highlights)

5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Rigoletto, 13 Jun 2013
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I have enjoyed the voice of Robert Merrill since I heard him for the first time singing the duet at the beginning of the final act of La Boheme. This was 60 years ago on a 45 rpm disc with Guiseppe de Stefano. Robert Merrill has a solid rich voice that is well suited to Verdi. And on this recording of Rigoletto, he is at his superb best. He is well supported by the tender singing of Anna Moffo as Gilda and the splendid Alfredo Kraus as the Duke. Kraus has a voice that is well forward but it has great clarity and hits the high notes with assurance. Solti would not be my initial choice for conducting Verdi but he does a good job here bringing out the drama of the story and an impressive dynamic range.
This is a good selection disc and available at a sensible price. Buy it either new or second-hand and enjoy one of the best Rigolettos on record -- and that's saying something with all the versions presently available.


Great Operatic Arias
Great Operatic Arias
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4.0 out of 5 stars Opera in English, 21 April 2013
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This review is from: Great Operatic Arias (Audio CD)
I have to confess that I had managed never to have heard Alan Opie — an English baritone, born in Cornwall in 1945 and with an impressive international career — until a year or two ago, and then more recently, I saw him on Sky Arts 2 singing the title role in an Australian production of Rigoletto. He was impressive both in his singing and in his acting. I have seen and heard few who could have matched him — only Tito Gobbi was better, perhaps. Then I bought this disc. The title is a bit odd. Perhaps I am wrong but I have always thought of Bel Canto singing as being applied to the gymnastic arias found in operas of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini but not to Verdi — even early Verdi — and certainly not Leoncavallo — the Prologue to Pagliacci. But, nevertheless, there is some fine singing on this disc. It used to be quite normal for all opera performed on stage in England to be translated into English and there was even a period when foreign singers sang their bits in their own language while others sang in different languages in the same production — which must have confused audiences no end.
Alan Opie probably suffers a bit in England because he does not have either a foreign name or a foreign accent. Heddle Nash once suggested that nobody took any notice of him until he had sung in La Scala. Alan Opie has done that and has been in Grammy Award winning productions of Peter Grimes and Die Meistersinger.
I enjoyed this disc enormously and it is now played regularly in my car.


Cassandra - At His Finest and Funniest
Cassandra - At His Finest and Funniest
by Cassandra
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.67

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5.0 out of 5 stars Re-acquaintance with a Master Journalist, 21 April 2013
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I first bought a copy of this book when it was first published in 1967, immediately after Cassandra's death. It contains a glorious selection of his writings in the Daily Mirror over many years. My copy was borrowed — I know by whom — and it was never returned. So I am grateful for the re-publication. Over those many years I could remember the gist of some of the stories and I enjoyed reading them all over again. The farce of "Handy about the House" to "Fun at the Dentist's" — which sounds like a Marx Brothers film title but is, in fact, a confrontational interview with Senator Joe McCarthy while the latter was being treated by his dentist. Cassandra was a constant campaigner against capital punishment and he never expressed this more eloquently than in "The Woman who Hangs Today" — published on the day that Ruth Ellis was hanged for murder in 1955.
Cassandra — William Connor — was a giant of British journalism and everyone — not least today's journalists — should keep this permanently to hand.


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Mens Grey Hoodies Drunknmunky D6997 Designer Hooded Sweat Top Size XXL

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Top, 20 April 2013
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A well-designed top that is warm, fits well and looks good. Sizing is conservative so probably best to get size above the one you normally buy. Well worth the money. Delivery was quick as well.


The Ultimate Garden Designer
The Ultimate Garden Designer
by Tim Newbury
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Garden Design Book, 21 Mar 2013
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A very practical book for anyone setting out to design their own garden. It gives lots of plans and suggestions for planting in all kinds of conditions. Also it is realistic about gardens for ordinary people. I have obtained many books on garden design and this is one of only two that I would want to hang onto as I plan the landscaping around my house. A good DIY manual.


BargainUniverse® 3 in 1 Military Marching Lensatic Lens Compass Hiking - Top Quality
BargainUniverse® 3 in 1 Military Marching Lensatic Lens Compass Hiking - Top Quality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robust Instrument, 21 Mar 2013
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A handy little instrument; quite robust and a bargain price. It is not particularly accurate and I would not recommend it for a serious hiker or surveyor. But then I would expect such individuals to be spending considerably more than £2.89 on something of key importance to their work. For us laymen, it does the job.


The Garden Design Book
The Garden Design Book
by Anthony Paul
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Grand Designs, 21 Mar 2013
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As a design manual this book is too grand for my sort of garden. I enjoyed looking at the pictures and it gave me some ideas that I could adapt for my rather modest suburban garden. It is full of splendid pictures of gardens designed by leading designers — the sort who win prizes at Chelsea. This book is available second hand for little more than the cost of postage. It gave me great pleasure — I think gardens are best when they are places in which to relax with a book and a bottle of wine. This book is full of such places located on sites from Surrey to Sidney In designing our own gardens we may be constrained by a budget but it is good to see what is possible.


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