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Pleasure and Pain
Pleasure and Pain
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure to listen to, 16 Mar. 2015
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I have been a T'Pau fan since the 'Bridge of Spies' album was released in 1987 and this new CD is an excellent addition to their work. Indeed, it is one of T'Pau's best albums. They are masters of their craft!


Rescues in the Surf: The Story of the Shields Lifeboats
Rescues in the Surf: The Story of the Shields Lifeboats
by Stephen Landells
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An important contribution to books on Tyneside's history, 17 Oct. 2014
This is a well researched and well illustrated account of a fascinating subject.


Shakin Things Up
Shakin Things Up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive, 14 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Shakin Things Up (Audio CD)
Although Lorrie's career was on the wane from a commercial point of view when this album was released, this is a wonderful collection of songs ranging from catchy up-tempo numbers to sad, reflective, material that showcase Lorrie's wonderful voice and artistry. In short, in my opinion this CD ranks alongside 'Greater Need' as Lorrie's finest album.


From Domesday Book to Magna Carta 1087-1216 (Oxford History of England)
From Domesday Book to Magna Carta 1087-1216 (Oxford History of England)
by Austin Lane Poole
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still valuable despite its age, 31 Jan. 2014
I purchased a copy of this book in 1984 and it has always been one of my favourite volumes of the original 'Oxford History of England' series. Austin Lane Poole (1889-1963) was a highly accomplished scholar who first made his mark in 1912 when he won the Lothian Prize with his essay on Henry the Lion.

As this well-annotated book shows, Poole had a good knowledge of the original Latin sources and was also well acquainted with the work of other historians, including the authors of books and articles written in French and German. Moreover, his text is generally well written and enhanced by his enthusiasm for the subject matter. Although there are some minor discrepancies (for example on page 446 King John is said to have been excommunicated in October 1209 whereas the correct date, November 1209, is given elsewhere) the text is, not surprisingly, generally of a high calibre. Furthermore, although there is (in my opinion) the occasional lapse of judgement, the text is generally well considered.

Although a considerable amount of work has been done on Norman and Angevin England since Poole's day, much of this book is still relevant. In addition, one of the book's strengths is that the text not only contains a wealth of information on the political history of the period, but also has much to say on other aspects such as the lot of the peasantry, urban development, the Church and monasticsm, and learning, literature and art.


Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade
Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade
by Kathleen Gill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.68

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Publication, 3 Jan. 2014
This is a well researched and very interesting book that deals with a neglected part of Sunderland's history. It is an admirable contribution to the literature on the city.


The White Queen [DVD]
The White Queen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rebecca Ferguson
Price: £13.51

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes pays scant regard to historical accuracy, 2 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The White Queen [DVD] (DVD)
This series should primarily be viewed as entertainment and not as a serious portrayal of one of the most fascinating times in English history. I was pleased that a period other than the Tudor era was in the spotlight for a change, but the fact that historical accuracy was sometimes spectacularly thrown out of the window was irksome. This is true, for example, of the depiction of the Battle of Bosworth. Contrary to what is shown, it was not fought in a wood during winter. The battle, in which Richard III fought bravely, occurred on a summer's day (22 August) and took place in open country. Furthermore, high ranking figures wore superbly made suites of plate armour, not the low budget defensive equipment shown in the series.


The Barchester Chronicles [DVD] [1982]
The Barchester Chronicles [DVD] [1982]
Dvd ~ Nigel Hawthorne
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment, 3 Jan. 2013
This is a wonderful dvd. The picture quality is very good and the acting is superb. I remember watching 'Barchester Chronicles' when it first appeared on TV. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it then and am delighted to be able to do so again.
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John Lackland or Bad King John
John Lackland or Bad King John
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic but marred account, 21 Sept. 2012
It is pleasing that Kate Norgate's classic biography of King John (first published in 1902) has been brought back to life via kindle. Unfortunately, though, as other reviewers have noted the quality of text on kindle is not what it should be. Nevertheless, the book is still well worth reading, as are Norgate's other works on the Angevins and their world. As Austin Lane Poole, a leading authority on the period aptly noted in his admirable study 'From Domesday Book to Magna Carta', Kate's 'books are scholarly and important.'


Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford History of England)
Anglo-Saxon England (Oxford History of England)
by F. M. Stenton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 15 Sept. 2012
Sir Frank Stenton (1880-1967) was one of the greatest historians England has ever produced. He dominated Anglo-Saxon studies in his lifetime and has continued to exercise influence on succeeding generations of scholars. Stenton's learning was profound and he wrote in a measured, thoughtful manner, that reminds me of an eminent judge summing up a complex case. Inevitably some of the text is now dated, as is true for example of Stenton's explanation of the origin of a category of tenant known as sokemen.

Stenton wrote the book for an academic audience and some of the dismissive comments of other reviewers are unwarranted. This book certainly has, and will retain, an honoured place in my personal library, and I remember with affection visiting Stenton's grave in 1990 while en route from Sunderland to a Belinda Carlisle concert at Peterborough. I wished to pay my respects to a scholar whose work had provided me with many hours of enjoyable reading and had greatly enhanced my knowledge of a fascinating period in English history.


Silk - Complete Series 1 and 2 Box Set [DVD]
Silk - Complete Series 1 and 2 Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Maxine Peake
Price: £9.70

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment, 3 July 2012
This series is superbly acted and excellent entertainment. The plots are absorbing and the programme highlights the intense competition and moral dilemmas that confront members of the legal profession.

'Silks' gives a good insight into the world of barristers. On the other hand, solicitors (who comprise the majority of lawyers practising in England) are far less well portrayed. They play a very minor role in the proceedings and hardly instruct the barristers at all. Moreover, contrary to the image portrayed by the series, some solicitors specialise in advocacy and thus sometimes cross swords in court with barristers. Indeed, some solicitors have been appointed QCs and have therefore attained the coveted status of 'silks.'


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