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DR WHO BOOKAZINE THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO SERIES - CYBERMEN
DR WHO BOOKAZINE THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO SERIES - CYBERMEN
by BBC
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide to the Cyborg Menace, 4 Aug. 2014
This has to be the last word (to date) on what is one of the Doctor's greatest foes and a favourite with many Doctor Who fans - the Cybermen. The front cover design is aptly accented and lettered with silver around a full face photo of the most recent design of Cyberman. This DWM special is edited by Marcus Hearn, who wrote the impressive "Doctor Who: The Vault".

The book is structured around the fifteen stories that the Cybermen have featured in. From their first appearance in "The Tenth Planet" facing William Hartnell's Doctor, up to the most recent episode "Nightmare in Silver" with Matt Smith. Each story is given two pages divided into five sections:
* a story synopsis;
* Technology, which details the Cybertech seen in the show;
* The Cybermen: explaining the appearance and background of the silver giants;
* Classic Scene: dialogue from a key scene in the story;
* Essential Data: cast and crew details.
Each story is well illustrated with screen shots. The feature "The Stuff of Nightmares" lists the cameo appearances in other stories including the wooden Cyberman seen in "The Time of the Doctor" and the Cyberwoman from "Torchwood".

Interspersed between the stories are pertinent articles relating to the creation of the shows:
* "Kit Pedlar: The Modified Man" is abridged from Michael Seely's book "The Quest for Pedlar" and tells how he co-created the Cybermen.
* "Gerry Davis: The Cyber Controller" is an interview from 1990 with the other co-creator.
* "Return to the Tenth Planet" is an interview with Alexandra Tynan, the costume designer of the first Cybermen, which features new artwork.
* "Cyber Director" is a 1991 interview with Maurice Barry, director of "The Tomb of the Cybermen".
* "Animating the Moonbase" tells of the animated reconstruction for the recent DVD release of "The Moonbase".
* "Tomb Raiders" details the discovery of the long-lost story "The Tomb of the Cybermen".
* "Fifty Shades of Silver" looks at the comicbook adventures of the Cybermen through the years.
* "Of Ombudsmen and Cybermen" is a 1969 interview with Kit Pedlar.
* In "We are the Cybermen", Chris Bentley speaks with actors David Banks, Mark Hardy and Brian Orrell who played Cybermen from "Earthshock" through to "Silver Nemesis". There is also a brief word with Barry Noble from "The Moonbase".
* "The Genesis of the Cybermen" tells of Gerry Davis' unrealised origin story from 1983.
* "Cyber Collectors" looks at the fans who collect original and replica Doctor Who props.
* "Ghost in the Machine" is an interview with Mark Platt, the writer of the audio serial "Spare Parts".
* "21st Century Cybermen" looks at how the monsters were redesigned for the reborn Doctor Who.
* In "Marching in Time", choreographer Ailsa Berk explains how the walk of the new Cybermen was developed.
* "The Page of Steel" tells of the Cybermen in popular literature.
* "Talking Shop" is an interview with Gareth Roberts, the writer of "Closing Time".
* In "Eliminate All Weakness", Neil Gaimen explains how he redefined the Cybermen in "Nightmare in Silver".

Like all Doctor Who Magazine special editions, Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen is extensively illustrated with screenshots, production stills and original artwork on luxurious glossy paper, giving a quality appearance. The text content is also high quality: succinct, relevant and informative. It's definitely worth a look if you are a fan of the Doctor's cyborg adversaries.


A to Z of Kit Cars: The definitive encyclopaedia of the UK's kit-car industry since 1949
A to Z of Kit Cars: The definitive encyclopaedia of the UK's kit-car industry since 1949
by Steve Hole
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but not Flawless, 17 May 2014
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I built my first kit car in the early Eighties - a Dutton Phaeton S2 - and have followed the scene ever since: buying the mags, doing the shows, researching the history... although less so in recent years.
Steve Hole's book was a heads-up on those models I'd missed in the meantime. I love the book. It is informative and is packed full of photographs and illustrations. However if there is one thing that lets the book down it's the accuracy of some of the photos.
In a quick flick-through I found three errors: under the Avante entry is a picture of a Nova; the Fairthorpe EM3 has a shot of the Falcon Caribbean (compare the genuine thing on the next page); and the Midas Gold Coupe is depicted by the later Midas 2+2 Coupe. There may be other errors, I've not yet come across. Just be warned not to rely on it solely as a spotter's guide.
Nevertheless, the A-Z of Kit Cars remains a prized addition to my extensive motoring library.


The New Encyclopedia of Motorcars: 1885 To the Present
The New Encyclopedia of Motorcars: 1885 To the Present
by G. N. Georgano
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE Definite Reference, 8 April 2014
Probably the most comprehensive reference to motor manufacturers ever published. I've never found another volume to match it. Now nearly thirty years out of date, (the 1985 book is the third revision) it has sadly never been updated. I believe Mr Georgano died shortly after this edition was printed. There are very few omissions to my knowledge, although some small volume manufacturers and minor kit car makers are not included. Makers who specialised only in race cars do not appear either.
It is illustrated chiefly with black and white photos (and only of a selection of cars per page) although there is a section of lovely colour plates at the front.
I've owned this book since the eighties: it's a mainstay of my library. I only wish that someone would take on the now immense task of updating it.


Three-Wheelers A-Z: The Definitive Encyclopaedia of Three-wheeled Vehicles from 1940 to Date
Three-Wheelers A-Z: The Definitive Encyclopaedia of Three-wheeled Vehicles from 1940 to Date
by Chris Rees
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun on Three Wheels, 8 April 2014
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Chris Rees book is not just a great reference it's also a cracking coffee-table book... and that's where my copy has taken up residence since purchase. It's fun to dip into when I have a spare moment. The chapter title and index pages are strewn with enticing photos encouraging the casual reader to go in search of the full entry. Cross-references then lead one into deeper exploration.
The book begins with a history of the 3-wheeler followed by an extensively illustrated alphabetical listing.There are all manner of vehicles from mass market four-seaters like the Reliant Robin; to one-offs and kit cars such as the Lomax 223; to commercial vehicles and tuk-tuks; to exciting performance cars like the Campagna T-Rex. Who knew the breadth of innovation possible with a three wheeled vehicle?
Entries are to the point and waffle-free but some of the more obscure entries sadly lack depth.
All in all though a lovely book. I'm now inspired to search E-bay for an old Messerschmitt... probably beyond my pocket nowadays.


4 x A4 Magnetic Sheets 0.5mm Thick Perfect for Spellbinder Dies
4 x A4 Magnetic Sheets 0.5mm Thick Perfect for Spellbinder Dies
Offered by Jackdaw Express Limited
Price: £3.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product and fair price., 8 April 2014
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Excellent for holding precious metal craft dies of the type marketed by Spellbinders, Tattered Lace, Tonic, Marianne Design, Memory Box, etc. These dies can be expensive and so need to be safely stored to avoid loss or damage. These sheets are ideal.
They are easily cut into smaller pieces with craft scissors so that dies might be stored in original packaging or they can be punched for mounting in a ring binder. They are magnetic on one side only: the shiny side.
I have paid much more than this (4 x A4 sheets for £4.50) for a similar product in the past. Great value from Jackdaw Express.


Steve Hackett -Spectral Mornings [DVD] [2010]
Steve Hackett -Spectral Mornings [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Steve Hackett
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £9.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Prog Rock, 6 Mar. 2014
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A great concert from 1978, early in Steve's solo career. I was introduced to the Genesis back catalogue by a school friend in the late 70s and subsequently explored the solo work of Steve Hackett and Peter Gabriel. Hackett seems to be the last member of Genesis to still be regularly touring and creating progressive new music: his recent album with Chris Squire entitled Squackett doesn't have a duff track on it.
Steve is ever an accomplished and inventive guitarist, as is demonstrated in the opening track which melds passages from Land of a Thousand Autumns and Tigermoth before launching into the brilliant raging torrent of sound that is Please Don't Touch. Two light-hearted, quirky vocal tracks follow before the instrumental Ace of Wands from his first solo album: it has a medieval flavour. The next song Narnia evokes C. S. Lewis's fantasies and this is followed by an acoustic section with subtle themes from Genesis' Blood on the Rooftops and Horizons topped off by the romantic Kim, inspired by Steve's Brazilian fiancée. Steve then introduces "the monster" Optigan and performs an experimental, electronic piece which segues into A Tower Struck Down and then the title track of his upcoming album Spectral Mornings: always a favourite of mine. He finishes with some of the stalwart pieces from his early career: Star of Sirius followed by the finale: the thoughtful Shadow of the Hierophant seguing into the powerful Clocks: The Angel of Mons.
I recommend this DVD to those familiar with Steve's work and anyone who has an interest in prog rock. It is very evocative of its time and shows the breadth of Hackett's musical ambition which still endures today.


GadgetpoolUK Anti Stop No Barking Bark Train Training Dog Collar
GadgetpoolUK Anti Stop No Barking Bark Train Training Dog Collar
Offered by Magic&Gorgeous
Price: £2.07

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Quality and Ineffective, 6 Mar. 2014
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I'm sorry to say I cannot recommend this product.
It was cheap enough but of very poor quality. A tab broke off the battery cover as I was first refitting it and I had to use duck tape to secure it.
The product seemed to operate perfectly well: I could hear it responding to my Westie's barks, but it has had no affect on her behaviour whatsoever. She ignores it and carries on regardless when in full "bananas" mode.
I have found it far more effective to get her to sit with me on the sofa while she calms down. A little patience and affection seems to do the job most of the time... and she is a sweetheart when she's not barking.


Chef Aid Stab Can Opener - Silver
Chef Aid Stab Can Opener - Silver
Offered by Direct Discount
Price: £1.87

4.0 out of 5 stars Just the thing when it's just the thing you need, 17 Feb. 2014
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When I was a child every home had one of these "churchkeys" even though the ring pull had been recently invented.
Many cans containing liquids were habitually opened with one of these... particularly beer and milk.
I recently bought a tin of evaporated milk and searched the kitchen in vain for an appropriate opener. I was sure I had one of these in a drawer somewhere. No!
So I found this on Amazon and it's just what I wanted. The memories came flooding back. It's been decades since I had eaten tinned fruit with evaporated milk.
Aaahh! the nostalgia... it's one of the few things middle age allows you to keep.


Doctor Who - Beneath the Surface (The Silurians [1970] / The Sea Devils [1972] / Warriors of the Deep [1984]) [DVD]
Doctor Who - Beneath the Surface (The Silurians [1970] / The Sea Devils [1972] / Warriors of the Deep [1984]) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £16.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Homo-Reptilian drama, 17 Feb. 2014
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I bought this set chiefly for the second story The Sea Devils which I saw in my pre-teens when it was first aired in the seventies. I loved the show then and although it has somewhat dated over the years, I highly enjoyed revisiting the Jon Pertwee era. Early scenes on the sea fort feel particularly eerie and atmospheric.
The first story The Silurians is also a lot of fun and the monsters are not revealed too early. The script could perhaps have used some trimming, running as it does to 8 episodes.
The last disc in the collection, Warriors of the Deep, is the least satisfying of the bunch. The sets are too brightly lit, robbing the monsters of any menace, particularly the Myrkka. And Peter Davison was always rather Dr Who Lite for my taste. I did like the redesign of the Silurian costumes however.
All in all, an entertaining package, bringing together the Homo-reptilian (as they're now known) serials from the classic era of Who with some interesting and enlightening extras.
I guess I'll always be a Whooligan!


Hi-Tec Men's Eurotrek WP Dark Brown  83918-034 9 UK
Hi-Tec Men's Eurotrek WP Dark Brown 83918-034 9 UK
Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 17 Feb. 2014
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I wear these Hi-Tec boots daily as my usual footwear. They are very sturdy and comfortable and have never leaked on me, although I'm not generally one for wading through mud and puddles.
My first pair have lasted nearly a year before the soles started to go and the uppers began to crack. That's good going as the make I'd previously worn had regularly given out in just over two months (although they were only £20 a pair). Even the laces have lasted the course.
At just over £30 these Eurotreks are therefore great value. I've just invested in 3 new pairs - just in case the price goes up before I need some new ones.


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