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Cloughie: Walking on Water
Cloughie: Walking on Water
by Brian Clough
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal view of a private man, 9 Aug 2006
There have been very few men in the history of football as talented as Brian Clough - one of his generations great natural goalscorers, and arguably the greatest manager in the english game. However, he was one of the most outspoken men in football, and often misunderstood. In this book, his second attempt at an autobiography, he set out to put the record straight about his life and career. From his early upbringing in working-class Middlesbrough, through his first games for local side Billingham Synthonia, and on to the European nights with Forest and Derby, the football (naturally) takes centre stage. However, it also shows Cloughy as a family man, a side which rarely came out during his various media appearances, and shows much of the more personal and private side of his life, giving a more intimate look at a man not afraid to hog the spotlight

Ligeti: The Ligeti Project 4
Ligeti: The Ligeti Project 4
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £19.95

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 20 Jan 2005
This has to be the best classical album i've heard in recen years. Although Ligeti is not immediately accesible, as the background music for 2001 it arguably created the mystique the final portion of the film. Listening to the Kyrie from the Requiem again, you are again amazed by the sheer scariness of it. There may be no tune, and it may just sound like the wind howling, but it creates an amazing atmosphere. The Dies Irae which follows, which is at the same time insanely violent and comic, is also one of the most awe-inspiring pieces of classical composition. The rest of the disc is typical 20th century modern music, atonal and dischordant, but for the Requiem alone it is wirth it. And, before people dismiss this as some 'muso' talking, i only heard this from studying Ligeti at A-Level, and usually listen to U2, Yes, Eric Clapton etc. So it is accesible for anyone!!

The Science Fiction Of H G Wells: Volume 1: v. 1
The Science Fiction Of H G Wells: Volume 1: v. 1
by H.G. Wells
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars a set of classics from a master, 19 Jan 2005
This collection of 4 stories by HG Wells is a fairly definitive collection. It includes some of the greatest sci-fi stories written. More importantly, they aren't full of all the techical jargon that blights many modern authors. Wells sees the science element as an opportunity to dissect the characters whom he presents us with. The stories are sometimes satirical (such as the commentary in Moreau) and sometimes a warning (the 'perfect' society in Time Machine). The best story here is arguably War of The Worlds, which is far more interesting than the film version. The style of writing may be fairly Dickensian, yet as studies of Victorian/Edwardian society, Wells is more accesible and more enjoyable, yet no less biting.

The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking
The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking
Price: £4.16

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Waters effort - ever!!, 1 Mar 2004
This album finds Waters in somethign of a transitional period - the argumentative final years of Floyd behind him, but still to settl einto life as a solo artist. The album (as with most of his work) has a theme running through it. Waters is a middle aged man who takes up with a beautiful young hitch-hiker, and then move to the country. As always with Roger though, there is a twist - everything turns sour and they split up.
In one way, this can be taken as a simple story, but in other ways it can be seen as an allegory for his experiences with Floyd. It started well, had some surreal moments ('Arabs with Knive and West German Skies' is the prime example), but has an acrimonious split marring the end - much as what occured after the Wall. Musically, he has never been better - most of the album is based on one motif, but each track feels new and fresh, even 20 years on. Lyrically, he is also at the top of his game - 'Take out the dagger/and let's have a stab at a sexual revolution' stands out, and there's even a quote from Winnie the Pooh, and Clapton on lead guitar is far more impressive and translates Water's vision than Dave Gilmour ever managed.
All in all, this is an exceptional album by a musical legend, and should be a staple of most record collections

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