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The White Queen [DVD]
The White Queen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rebecca Ferguson
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: 11.63

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wide ranging, 28 Dec 2013
This review is from: The White Queen [DVD] (DVD)
Although a drama series the whole series is clearly based upon a reasonably accurate summary of the unfolding events. Nobody at the time seems to have accused Richard of any complicity in the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower and this subject is avoided in the drama.

There were a couple of points not covered in the series though. Although Richard, as Regent, may well have guided his nephew Edward V, and even possibly hoped to retire to York, he must have realised at an early stage that the Woodville indoctrinated Edward would sooner or later turn on him. His future actions then become at least politically understandable.

I still remain unclear just why at the last moment did Stanley declare for Henry though.


Threads (1984) [DVD]
Threads (1984) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Reece Dinsdale
Price: 11.30

4.0 out of 5 stars Horrific., 18 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Threads (1984) [DVD] (DVD)
There has long been argument about the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. At first it was thought that only a vastly greater explosive effect had been created. Only later did the affects of the radiation become obvious. Following the bombing of these two cities it became obvious that after any such an attack, if there was any victor, the prize would only be heaps of poisonously radioactive rubble. This unexpected lesson has probably deterred anybody from launching such an attack ever since WW2.

This particular DVD is as accurate a reconstruction as possible of an event that fortunately never happened. It brings home all the horrors of the possible use of nuclear weapons and the likely aftermath. The descriptions of the horror has been adequately covered by other reviewers but I remain so shaken by what I saw that I don't think that I will have the moral courage to watch this DVD again, such was the level of realism.


S. S. "Great Eastern": The Greatest Iron Ship
S. S. "Great Eastern": The Greatest Iron Ship
by George S. Emmerson
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good review, 16 Dec 2013
With the increasing interest in the former British Industrial history I was seeking some information about what seems to have been the largest ship built in the Victorian era.

This a rare book in that it that it not only gives a comprehensive history of the ship for the layman but even some technical detail for the more serious reader. Although Brunel seems to have suffered from spates of "gianticism" in his projects, he was perhaps unfortunate that his ship was apparently never used for the originally designed purposes.

Read in conjunction with Duggans earlier book on the same ship there is little that seems to have been missed. Both books are excellent "reads".


St. Leibowitz and Wild Horse
St. Leibowitz and Wild Horse
by Walter M. Miller
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 4 Dec 2013
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I had hoped that this book would at least follow the outlines of the original story but if there was a plot I missed it. The whole thing seems to just ramble on and on. In comparison to the original story a considerable disappointment. I will most certainly carefully preserve my copy of the original "Canticle" story but this volume has gone in the charity bag.


Collins 2014 A5 Day to a Page Diary - Black
Collins 2014 A5 Day to a Page Diary - Black
Offered by FiveBoys Stationery Ltd

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just what I need, 4 Dec 2013
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I've used Collins diaries for a number of years and at least there is a whole page for Saturday and Sunday entries rather than irritating half pages.


Planes That Never Flew [DVD]
Planes That Never Flew [DVD]

4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 4 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Planes That Never Flew [DVD] (DVD)
I'm not greatly into aircraft but it seems that for all the advances in aeronautical science no one nationality was immune from making drastic mistakes with aircraft design.


Mediterranean Explorer: Illustrated Visitor's Map of the Mediterranean Including the Black Sea (Ocean Explorer Maps)
Mediterranean Explorer: Illustrated Visitor's Map of the Mediterranean Including the Black Sea (Ocean Explorer Maps)
by Nigel Sitwell
Edition: Map
Price: 9.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not much use, 4 Dec 2013
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I wanted a map, this has so many pictures over the map obscuring the details that it wasn't of much use.


Honda TRX300 Shaft Drive ATVs Owners Workshop Manual: 1988 to 2000 (Haynes Service and Repair Manuals)
Honda TRX300 Shaft Drive ATVs Owners Workshop Manual: 1988 to 2000 (Haynes Service and Repair Manuals)
by Alan Ahlstrand
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars lacking, 18 Oct 2013
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Although this is supposed to be a detailed manual about a shaft drive vehicle, all parts seemed to be covered except about the shaft drive. As these were the details that I was specifically seeking this otherwise excellent manual is of little personal use.


Nefertiti Resurrected [Discovery Channel] Documentary DVD
Nefertiti Resurrected [Discovery Channel] Documentary DVD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, 18 Oct 2013
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This is a misleading title. There is indeed considerable details of the search and catscan giving considerable information about the selected mummy and interesting in its own way.

Although the facial reconstruction was carefully done, as a sceptic viewer and despite the enthusiasm of Dr Fletcher I didn't think that it was Nefertiti. So the search continues.


Classic British Jets - Tsr2 [DVD]
Classic British Jets - Tsr2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Classic British Jets

3.0 out of 5 stars Unreal hope, 12 Aug 2013
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Unreal hope.

The political history of this plane may be murky but the intended military use and reasons for its demise seems to be very clear.

In the 1950s the RAF held the UK nuclear deterrent with an aging fleet of "V" bombers and the use of the so called "stand off" bomb. The final mark of RAF bombers were supposed to fly as close to the intended target as possible and then fire the rocket powered nuclear missile. With the small scale of the British nuclear deterrent the only viable target was Moscow itself.

How the British bomber was supposed to get close enough to the target, launch the missile and get safely away afterwards was never explained and in the wings was lurking the steadily improving nuclear submarine.

As the viability of the nuclear submarine became ever more obvious, the RAF and British aircraft industry launched a desperate effort to develop an aircraft that was considerably superior to anything previously and which would allow the RAF to retain the nuclear deterrent. The politicians initially bought this idea and funded the development of such an aircraft.

Despite the vast sums of money thrown at the project and its apparent technical success the whole idea was ultimately, never more than an unreal hope. The armament and range of the TSR2 was very limited compared to the nuclear submarine being available for months at sea and the submarine being able to launch a whole barrage of expendable missiles. The British nuclear deterrent rapidly passed to the Royal Navy.

The TSR2 may well have eventually been a considerable success with meeting the various requirements of the RAF but the cost of the TSR2 was continuing to soar as the nuclear submarine steadily became an almost "off the shelf" weapons package. This highly advanced, and expensive plane, was simply and rapidly rendered obsolete by other methods.

This DVD avoids all the political infighting and quite rightly concentrates on the plane itself with some superb footage, not without a degree of irony, at the peak of a concept that was rapidly passing. I have long wondered whether the TSR2 was the very last gasp of the British "world power" image.


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