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Ingleton: bygone and present. [With a map and illustrations.]
Ingleton: bygone and present. [With a map and illustrations.]
by Robert R. Balderston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant with information you can't find elsewhere, 31 May 2013
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The publishers should have shortened the title as this British library print of a scarce book just has the text. The original and very rare book has the map ... but what a joy to read this is. Heights of waterfalls and hills, vivid descriptions of caves and potholes from pioneer observers, botany, folklore ... take it at face value and it's a delight. You can sling it in your walking bag when at the caves at this price and not worry about wrecking a delicate copy of the original. Boggart's Roaring Holes here we come!


Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar
Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar
Price: £10.04

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Surprise, 21 Jan 2013
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I was snowed in from work and this arrived in the post. Yes the production is muddy but the sheer variation in musical style shows Adam still has it. 'Cradle Your Hatred' is a classic and deserves to be a hit. There's a lot to listen to but then I'm not used to easy listening anyway. If you like Iggy Pop you'll like this. Adam Ant could have returned with an easy listening package but instead this is a project to really get your teeth into and find something with each new listen. The packaging is superb, with the lyrics contained on little tabs between the main photographs - and even the disc itself is attractive. A lot of work has undoubtedly gone into this - and Adam Ant should be admired for it. Certainly a good album.


The Craven and North-West Yorkshire Highlands. Being a complete account of the history, scenery, and antiquities of that ... district. ... Illustrated.
The Craven and North-West Yorkshire Highlands. Being a complete account of the history, scenery, and antiquities of that ... district. ... Illustrated.
by Harry Speight
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars 'Classic' and never bettered book on the Yorkshire Dales, 28 Dec 2012
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Bought this as a research book for my own studies on the Dales. They simply do not write books like this any more. Reading it is like being in the company of a learned Victorian gentleman, rambling along the scars and limestone pavements. You almost want to pause to let him refill his pipe. Everything: legend, history, geology, poetry, opinion ... is included, and in a very readable style for a book written in 1892. After reading this and comparing modern guides to the area, you will question as to whether or not we have made progress in travel writing in the last 120 years.

Last point: this cheap printed version is excellent for research -= but go for the proper hardback version last printed in 1989. It is a beautiful book.


The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great (Campaign Chronicles Series)
The Viking Wars of Alfred the Great (Campaign Chronicles Series)
by Paul Hill
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.78

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed and poorly produced, 28 Dec 2012
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I love the Pen and Sword books, but some are rushed out to fill a gap - and this is one. I recently bought 'Battlefield Yorkshire' and was impressed with the photography, page quality, in depth battle analysis and artwork. I could walk each battlefield afterwards as a learned layman. Not in this case. The book claims to analyse Ethandun in detail. There are no photographs of proposed battlefield sites - I have a huge collection myself that could have sufficed, and there is little information about Ashdown. Where are the proposed diagrams of battle? Even in 1970 authors were offering suggestions, all be it on military ground. The pictures, not inserted into the text to save money, are dull, grainy and have no structure to them to match the text. I was expecting aerial views of Ashdown and Ethandun with proposed battle formations to bring the history alive. I was expecting an analysis of the lie of the land inside the military range on Salisbury Plain, and how it may have influenced Guthrum and Alfred's positions. There was none.

The author is knowledgeable - but does not bring the history to life in the same way that some Pen and Sword authors do - and it is not just about little knowledge from the period. Little if anything is known of the Battle of Fulford in York, but the author concerned with that one is so enthusiastic he makes you want to rush for your car and get out there.

This didn't do that for me. I could have spent my money in a better way.


Downfall (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Downfall (2 Disc Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Bruno Ganz
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent - and unfaultable, 28 Dec 2012
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There is not much to add to other reviews. This film is simply outstanding. It tests your moral decency in that Hitler is exposed as a human being, treating his secretaries with genuine kindness that is in no way mocking; and the end result is you kick yourself at a degree of sympathy for the pathetic character he presents himself as. This is Dickensian stuff played out for real - where human nature is revealed in all its complexities. So many films are over-rated with their effects and massive budgets masking a weak structure or storyline. In this case, the story is too real for comfort, the acting so convincing that you feel as if you are immersed in the depths of the bunker .. and the camera work sublime. Once you hit the play button - history buff or not - you will not be able to stop watching this modern epic. Congratulations to the actors and producers.


The Viking Invasion of Wessex 878AD - The Dark Ages [DVD]
The Viking Invasion of Wessex 878AD - The Dark Ages [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tim Saunders
Price: £14.27

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of money, 28 Dec 2012
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I love Alfred the Great and Saxon history, and have spent hours tramping the locations of Southern England to relive the past - but this is poor. It claims to analyse battles and reconstructions but is basically men speculating and talking with no real views of the areas concerned. I have watched it once - and have had it a year. I won't be watching it again. Why didn't they clamber into the army ranges to look at the proposed battle site for Ethandun? Don't buy it.


Hunky Dory
Hunky Dory
Price: £6.54

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Song Writing Beyond Description, 30 Aug 2012
This review is from: Hunky Dory (Audio CD)
As a Bowie fan for 35 years - I have to say this is his finest work. Made from a position of non-stardom - the experimentation is still there which is lacking on the perfectly produced legendary follow up a year later. 'Changes' eases the listener in, followed by the first of maybe four all time classic songs in 'Oh You Pretty Things' - with wonderful piano, superb lyrics and a great sing-along chorus ending with the prophetic statement 'gotta make way for the homo superior' - as the nation did a year later. This paves the way for the weird but necessary 'Eight line Poem' which acts as a bridge between the two jewels - then 'Life on Mars' one of the greatest songs ever written, clearly takes your breath away. Genius and obscure lyrics, wonderful voice and melodies, and Mick Ronson's beautiful orchestral arrangements at the climax. Listen carefully at the end and you will hear David mutter 'I think that's the one.'

'Kooks' follows - David's lullaby to his little baby son Zowie, and it's another timeless song with the great line 'if the homework brings you down then we'll throw it on the fire and take the car down town' - borrowed by Morrissey on 'Sheila Take a Bow' - while the song itself even spawned the name of a group. Again, I repeat myself 'Quicksand' is - well - one of the greatest songs ever penned anywhere. Enough said. Listening to it is like having a seasoned teacher of English literature giving you a fascinating lecture. Tremendous. 'Side two' kicks off with the jaunty cover 'Fill Your Heart' followed by the bizarre but brilliant 'Andy Warhol'- the first of several tribute songs. 'Song For Bob Dylan' adds balance before the Lou Reed inspired 'Queen Bitch' rocks in with 'Coo ba ba coo ba coo da da da da'. This brilliant rock song will have your hair standing on end as Bowie arrogantly proclaims 'I could do better than that' and he does with the climax. 'The Bewlay Brothers' named after a pipe company but concerning David's intense relationship with half brother Terry - cannot be listened to as background music - such is the level of raw intensity. The music is first rate, the lyrics sublime - the rising and falling moods and emotions and the chilling line 'my brother lays upon the rocks - he could be dead, he could be not .. he could be you.' The song ends with the voices of demons tempting you to immerse yourself in forbidden pleasures - 'Please come away just for the day.'
I would urge would be buyers to come away for the day just to listen to this musical masterpiece. People will be buying this at the end of the next millenium - it's that good. David Bowie 's talent is unquestionable and on this album alone he proves himself the man of the seventies.


Black Tie White Noise
Black Tie White Noise
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Price: £6.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A sign of the better things to come, 30 Aug 2012
This review is from: Black Tie White Noise (Audio CD)
Buy this for 'Jump They Say' about David's half brother Terry's mental problems - and for the fantastic 'Nite Flights'. The title track and 'Miracle Goodnight' are interesting too. A decent album rather than great. You know that if you skip a track every now and then, as I do.


Let's Dance
Let's Dance
Price: £6.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Top heavy but with one other gem, 30 Aug 2012
This review is from: Let's Dance (Audio CD)
Is there only me who love 'Ricochet'? It has superb beat and the lyrics and backing vocals are haunting and superb. If it had been on 'Low' everyone would have been praising it.

Aside of that, the title track is obviously classic pop though I rarely, if ever, choose to listen to it - along with China Girl. I admire it as a stage of David's career but I was never keen on the whole thing - the hair cut, the suits, the glossy performances of the accompanying tour.

Having said that, far better than what was to come in the 80s before David went back to being well aside of the mainstream, where he admits he is most comfortable. If you are new to the great man, avoid this and buy 'Ziggy', 'Aladdin Sane', 'Scary Monster' and the greatest ever, 'Hunky Dory'. 'Let's Dance' will then seem very ordinary - and we all know that really.


Reality
Reality
Price: £5.16

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresher and less complex than Heathen but still high quality, 30 Aug 2012
This review is from: Reality (Audio CD)
A wonderful listen. 'New Killer Star' is a great opener - the cover of Pablo Picasso is superb, 'Days' is beautiful - but for me it is worth buying just for 'She Drives the Big Car.' My God, how can a man in his late fifties sound so cool as this?

A sadly missed true rock icon. Long live Mr Jones!


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