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Prisoners [DVD]
Prisoners [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hugh Jackman
Price: 5.80

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat It Out Of Them!, 17 Aug 2014
This review is from: Prisoners [DVD] (DVD)
Two girls have been kidnapped; but who did it? The local rozzers are on the job led by Jake Gyllenhaal in fine form. The father (well-played by Hugh Jackman) is of the know-all ranting variety who cooks off faster than Barry, Gary and Terry. Is it the daft lad in the RV (Paul Dano continuing his good work)? Then there's this mystery chap sneeking around and the paedophile priest with a body in the cellar. That barely starts to cover the clues in this long, intense and unpleasant mystery. Stick with it though, and keep watching carefully; all the clues are there. Intense.


In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]
In Search of the Trojan War [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael Wood
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaker Of Horses, 12 Aug 2014
By golly this is a good series, despite the risk of being presented by a celebrity historian (young Phoebus Apollo in this case) this is careful and judged in its views. It visits all manner of places that I will never see, and shows us the actual items that made up the story of our view of the Trojan War. We meet many academics all of whom are given time to develop their arguments; and develop them with great skill. It is Reithian television at its best. Michael Wood holds back his own view on the story until the very last moments, and ends on a splendid line.


The Butler [DVD]
The Butler [DVD]
Dvd ~ Forest Whitaker
Price: 7.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They Also Serve Who Only Stand And Wait, 12 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Butler [DVD] (DVD)
Typical exuberant American biopic based (very very loosely) on the life of Eugene Allen; you have a hard life in the cotton fields, the move north, the skills and rules of butlering, a son in the Freedom Riders and the Panthers another in Vietnam. It is a clever and effective moulding of a lot of the black experience in those years. A great opportunity for guest "presidents" and some real drama and tragedy. All lifting to the election of Obama. All the more effective for Forest Whitaker's skilful playing.


Lords of the Sea: How Athenian Trireme Battles Changed History
Lords of the Sea: How Athenian Trireme Battles Changed History
Price: 0.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ye Mariners All, As Ye Pass By...., 5 Aug 2014
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This is old fashioned narrative history (no discussion of possibilities, just the author's view expressed as such) spiced up with some practical knowledge of rowing. Because of the shortage of sources we get the usual old Herodotus (Xerxes lashing the sea) and then a broadly pro-Athenian account via Thucydides. The book is more a history of Athens than of trireme warfare - I'd have liked to know more of where the Spartans got their Persian financed rowers (for example) but if it is not Green or Lazenby it romps along enlivened by the occasional purple passage as the author imagines (for example) Themistocles getting ready to speak to the Assembly


Cut the Carbs: 100 Recipes to Help You Ditch White Carbs and Feel Great
Cut the Carbs: 100 Recipes to Help You Ditch White Carbs and Feel Great
by Tori Haschka
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.88

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Dreaming Of A White Carb Christmas, 2 Aug 2014
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This is essentially a Low GI recipe book, but the author takes a different approach of not listing all the types of carbs, but instead banishing "white carbs" - as good a shorthand for the naughty stuff as you will find - and using other stuff to fill those gaps. Oddly enough the most useful section I found was the one on using different purées to replace the High GI crack of mashed taters. I found the two test recipes I did worked well, even with me substituting where I felt like it. A sensible no-nonsense book for folks who only have time to cook not bone up on the GI details. We'll overlook the occasional naughty carrot and beetroot.


Field of Glory 5: Legions Triumphant: Imperial Rome at War (Field of Glory)
Field of Glory 5: Legions Triumphant: Imperial Rome at War (Field of Glory)
by Richard Bodley-Scott
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SPQR, 31 July 2014
Good survey of the armies of the period for those who play Fields Of Glory: in each case with army lists, a brief commentary and some photos/illustrations. This is of great value to those who own the rules but correspondingly not of great use to the general reader.


Roman Battle Tactics, 390-110 BC
Roman Battle Tactics, 390-110 BC
by Nic Fields
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Summary, 31 July 2014
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Osprey have always been a mixed bag when it comes to historical quality, but this volume is of good quality and nicely juxtaposed with the excellent illustrations to allow even a noob like myself to grasp the changes from warband to Polybian legion. This use of the "Show don't tell" technique is an important part of this series: one moves from text, to illustration, to (for many) wargame figures. One can also move in the other direction to cement the key links between historical text and hobby.


The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU isn't working - How it can be reformed - What could take its place
The Trouble with Europe: Why the EU isn't working - How it can be reformed - What could take its place
by Roger Bootle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muscles From Brussels, 27 July 2014
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Roger Bootle of Capital Economics is a regular on the Jeff Randall Show and in the Torygraph: always explaining clearly the issues behind a piece of economics. Here he moves to whether the EU works and if not (and he concludes not eventually) what could be done about it. I found his exposition of the various scenarios very useful though for various non-economic reasons can see that the result will be non-optimal. This is not the "hatred of foreigners" text that often, for me anyway, blights the discussion. One can but believe there is a deal to be done here, but negotiations are not easy for politicians at the best of times.I thought it admirably fair (I am weak pro-EU by inclination - this may colour my judgement)


The Spartans: An Epic History
The Spartans: An Epic History
Price: 4.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here, obedient to Spartan law, they lie, 26 July 2014
This is a robust plain spoken, one might say laconic, account of the history of Sparta through the lives of prominent Spartans. For so undramatic a people the lives of their kings read like an ancient country & western song (illegitimacy, exile, self-mutilation, rogue oracles). There is a bit of academic sniffery: can any of us tell at this remove whether Spartan religious sensibilities were, shall be say, situation specific? Recommended.


Clochemerle
Clochemerle
by Gabriel Chevallier
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonjour Ivresse, 25 July 2014
This review is from: Clochemerle (Paperback)
The massively successful product of a novelist famed for a Great War shocker ("Peur") Clochemerle is a beautifully observed account of a Beaujolais village at the community-level with some interesting observations on the sex lives of married couples. The events that cause the scandal are lovingly placed in the setting. In its observation I am reminded of the Croft and Perry TV series (like Dad's Army) where a distinct type is skewered exactly but always with the humanity to recognise their strengths as well as weaknesses. The 1972 BBC series was more Talbot Rothwell than Gabriel Chevallier with its Seventies Smut antenna working overtime; the text is much more nuanced however the casting of the series very much hit the target. I very much prefer the novel with its strong grip on village France. As Trenet wrote

Un petit village, un vieux clocher
Un paysage si bien caché
Et dans un nuage le cher visage
De mon passé


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