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Man-Made: The Chronicles of Our Extraterrestrial Gods
Man-Made: The Chronicles of Our Extraterrestrial Gods

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money and I enjoyed it, 5 July 2014
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Excellent value for money and I enjoyed it. Delving into ancient myths and legends is quite the in thing at the moment - the "Ancient Ailens" TV series springs to mind, and of course the writings of Graham Hancock and others. The authors have tried not to present any sensationalist theories, but have compared ancient texts and the various creation myths, and tried to make some sense of it all.

Bit by bit, these accounts are shown not to be quite the imaginative yarns that they were always thought to be. A good example is the ancient city of Troy, featured in Homer's Iliad. This was thought for many years to be a mythical story, but archaeologists have found evidence which seems to suggest that Homer could well have been passing down factual accounts.

The most intriguing aspect of myths and legends worldwide, is how similar they all are to one another. The authors discuss this and other aspects in depth. Similar accounts of a Great Flood are told by ancient people living thousands of miles apart - I'd refer anyone who hasn't read Knight & Lomas's "Uriel's Machine" to have a close look at their investigations and findings.

Then there were the Anunnaki, much discussed by Sitchin in his many books.

The Biblical account in Genesis is examined here in detail, and the authors speculate that the periods of time quoted as "days" could well have meant "epochs", and this seems to resonate with the Hindu "Days Of Brahma" and the enormous periods of time given in Hindu cosmology. Was there a common source giving rise to the different versions?

All fascinating stuff - read this and broaden your knowledge of our ancient mysteries.

Who Built the Moon?
Who Built the Moon?
by Christopher Knight
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Theory..But It's Just A Theory, 21 Jun 2014
This review is from: Who Built the Moon? (Paperback)
This is Knight and Butler's follow-up to their earlier work "Civilisation One". I got through my Kindle version in a few days - this is very interesting and controversial stuff. My logical mind tells me that scientists have a good idea how the Moon came into being - a giant interplanetary impact seems to be the prevailing view. The authors however have gathered together a number of bits of information which lead to the unbelievable scenario of the Moon being (at least partly) hollow. The impact of modules discarded by American astronauts, for example, caused the Moon to "ring" like a bell, The authors point to ancient legends and myths which allege that the "gods" brought the Moon here and placed it in orbit in such a way that the Earth tilted, the seasons were created and the development of intelligent life was made possible. This last item of course is pure speculation, and hard-nosed scientists have no doubt scoffed at the idea. But other situations exist, for example the case of the Dogon people of western Africa, whereby advanced astronomical knowledge seems to have been acquired by otherwise primitive people and handed down over many generations.

In a similar style and approach to "Civilisation One", Knight and Butler have studied the numerical and geometrical relationships between the Earth, Moon and Sun and have come up with some very startling facts - all of which could mean absolutely nothing, of course, but it's all there to stimulate the reader and provide some food for thought. They also touch on religious aspects, which weren't really my cup of tea, but of course, there is a body of "creationist" thinkers out there with whom this would strike a chord.

Having read and enjoyed Knight and Lomas's "Uriel's Machine" I got a distinct feeling of repetition in a lot of the passages here. Maybe the available material for the "Hollow Moon Theory" was not strong enough and the authors needed to pad things out a little. Knight himself has stated in interviews that this "trilogy" of books is really one continuous train of thought and research.

Not five stars this time, I'm afraid, but a fascinating read nevertheless.

Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs
Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Piece Of Research, 5 Jan 2014
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Once again the author brings his professional approach to the fore in trying to fathom the mysteries of Ancient Egypt. In my opinion he makes an excellent case for the use of precision machining by the builders of the Pyramids and other massive structures. Surely copper tools cannot be the explanation, especially on granite. Mr Dunn goes into depth and at all times remains as objective and analytical as possible. His book is well illustrated and not unduly hard reading. It`s an excellent companion to "Giza Power Plant", and unbelievable as it may seem, the ancient builders appear to have been in possession of advanced techniques on a par with the modern world. The next question must now be, who were these people? How did they suddenly progress from ploughing the fields around the Nile Delta to creating such fantastic structures? This is another mystery, another story. There are a number of modern authors who are breaking new ground in trying to find an answer. It`s a fascinating scenario, stimulating and sometimes controversial. The "orthodox" explanations are being made to look increasingly inadequate, and maybe there will be new discoveries around the corner - all very exciting - watch this space!

Earth: An Alien Enterprise - The Shocking Truth Behind the Greatest Cover-Up in Human History
Earth: An Alien Enterprise - The Shocking Truth Behind the Greatest Cover-Up in Human History
by Timothy Good
Edition: Hardcover

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth The Wait, 4 Dec 2013
Timothy Good has once again, after a gap of several years, produced a highly readable exposé on the subject of UFOs and the ongoing UFO cover-up. What always impresses me is his articulate and meticulous style, obviously the product of diligent in-depth investigation.

Although this book contains, as one might expect, a large number of straightforward UFO sighting reports, Timothy Good has highlighted the intriguing question of alien intervention, especially involving the military. There have been a number of cases where missile launches appear to have been intercepted and military systems disabled.

The author also considers the evidence that extraterrestrials have infiltrated the military on a personal basis; quite a frightening possibility, but he keeps an open mind on the subject and presents the accounts in a level-headed and no-nonsense way, leaving the reader to make up his or her own mind.

He is never afraid to pass on some of the more sensational stories that have reached his ears, such as the "Amicizia" group of alleged contactees, and the alleged contact with ET's involving Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

I think Timothy Good's gut feeling (and I agree with him) is that our discovery and use of nuclear weapons has alerted people "out there" who have decided to give us a closer look. It's no coincidence that the majority of UFO reports seems to have kicked off in the 1940's and on from there. The offical policy ever since, has been to ridicule and discredit those who try to prise open the lid of secrecy.

Authors like Timothy Good, Nick Pope and others are sparing no effort in prising open that lid - and whilst we have the written word and the Internet, at least their efforts reach the world at large, free (presumably) of suppression and censorship. They have a tough job on their hands, but maybe before too long that veil of secrecy might start to lift.

Always Managing: My Autobiography
Always Managing: My Autobiography
by Harry Redknapp
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars What You See Is What You Get, 1 Dec 2013
Excellent read - a no holds barred, warts and all account of his life and career. As another reviewer has mentioned, you get the distinct impression that a lot of this book is merely a transcription of Harry's spoken words, but for me this probably adds to the appeal of it. He certainly wears his heart on his sleeve. It isn't all funny stories - there have been some serious events, including a fatal car accident through which he lost a close colleague and was lucky to escape. Overall, he comes across as a man who loves his job and knows the game of football inside out. There are some very interesting insights into what goes on behind the scenes, and I suspect the stories he tells are just the tip of the iceberg! This would make a great Christmas present for a footie-mad recipient.

Miranda - Series 1-2 [DVD]
Miranda - Series 1-2 [DVD]
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Price: £11.15

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5.0 out of 5 stars Miranda Is Magic, 29 Dec 2012
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Our daughter told us about Miranda a while back, and we haven't stopped laughing since. Miranda Hart has created a very strong character for herself, with some great knockabout stuff, and priceless dialogue and facial expressions.

This DVD set takes in Series 1 and 2 so you get to see the development of the various personalities from Day 1. The supporting players are outstanding: her well-meaning but interfering mother Penny (the very experienced Patricia Hodge); the mild-mannered and slightly bemused Gary (Tom Ellis) who is the focus of Miranda's amorous attentions; her colleague Stevie (Sarah Hadland) who is a brilliant sidekick, constantly winding her up; and her twittering Sloane Ranger pal Tilly (Sally Phillips). Numerous very funny bit part players fill out the proceedings.

It doesn't take long to establish who is who, then you can just sit back and laugh your socks off. Miranda is basically a gangling, 6 foot 1 inch, accident prone, walking disaster area who bumps into, and falls over, practically everything - but the falling about is never overdone, always delivered in bite sized chunks.

When Miranda finds herself in social situations (especially involving the opposite sex), things usually get out of hand and end up in total confusion and mayhem. She isn't afraid to use double entendres and risqué situations, but again, these are done in such a way that they don't take over. No way is this a "smutty show". There are some good old-fashioned catchphrases which you know are coming but it doesn't matter one bit; Miranda "breaks the fourth wall" with her constant looks at the camera in mid-performance, but her facial expressions carry these off beautifully.

There are too many hilarious scenes to describe in detail - all I can say is, go out and get this DVD set and find out why this series is topping the viewing figures and winning awards galore.

Planes without Passengers: the Faked Hijackings of 9/11
Planes without Passengers: the Faked Hijackings of 9/11
by Dean T. Hartwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.22

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Little Read, 7 Dec 2012
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Must admit I was disappointed with how short this was, but it was interesting reading anyway.

The author has a pretty good stab at what really happened but the web of disinformation, etc., is so tangled that I don't think the truth will ever be known, at least not in my lifetime.

Having recently read "Terror On The Tube" I was struck by how similar the scenarios in both incidents were, with the "terrorist drills" coincidentally being carried out at exactly the same time and place, swift destruction of evidence, pristine ID of the assumed culprits being found at the scene, etc.

In-depth analysis is surely needed, and in the case of 9/11 I think Webster Tarpley has followed the most credible line of enquiry to date, in that this may have been some sort of coup d'état forcing the Bush Administration to precipitate the military actions that followed.

9/11: The Ultimate Truth
9/11: The Ultimate Truth
Price: £8.04

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Lines Of Thought, 21 Nov 2012
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I would certainly recommend this Kindle version, it is excellent value for money.

Contents-wise, it's rather unusual compared with other books I've read on the subject. There are lengthy passages concerning the possible origins of the Neocons, Zionists, New World Order and so on, which I found somewhat hard going, although I think the authors are right to include this line of thought.

As regards the events of that tragic day, I found their thinking to be very much in line with Webster Tarpley's "9/11 Synthetic Terror", in that the movements of Bush, Cheney & Co seem to indicate that verbal threats were indeed made, followed by some sort of discussion/negotiation. (See Tarpley's very interesting "Angel Is Next" chapter in that book). The fact that whatever hit the Pentagon did not trigger any missile defences surely shows that it carried "friendly" signals, which by logical deduction seems to indicate that it was launched or fired by some faction who knew the various codes. Then Bush (eventually) proceeded to Offutt, Nebraska, where the nuclear codes were kept and which needed his personal presence and authorisation in order to be overridden. Was this a coincidence or did it have some relevance? As regards the actual Pentagon impact, if there was nothing to hide, why did the authorities confiscate the CCTV footage so quickly and then issue a handful of highly dubious frames with the wrong date displayed?

The mystery surrounding possible cell-phone or seat-back phone calls made from the alleged Flight 77, is well covered in the book. This subject is particularly puzzling, and, again coincidentally, appears to involve senior people either in or close to, the US Government.

The alleged Flight 93 is also covered in depth, and the authors offer some intriguing ideas. Did the original plan for "Flight 93" go wrong? Did the conspirators then ensure that the passengers and crew of the original flight would not live to tell their stories?

The authors examine the possible motives of whoever planned and executed 9/11 and speculate that there must be some shadowy organisation in the background, controlling and manipulating governments both in the US and elsewhere. This was not a terrorist attack, they say, but a coup d'état, pure and simple. They point to the subsequent events in the Middle East, the "Weapons Of Mass Destruction" fiasco, and so on.

If this concept is anywhere near the truth, then of course the reader will ask, "what are they going to do next?". The authors examine the questions of false-flag terrorism, Western oil and arms interests, (the "Military-Industrial Complex") and the political situation in places like Afghanistan, and ask the often-repeated question, "who benefits?". They also point to the complicity of the Western mainstream media in (a) slavishly adhering to the "official conspiracy theory" of 9/11 and (b) maintaining the constant stream of propaganda against (real or imaginary) Arab terrorism.

In the words of the conclusion of this book: "Indeed, the experts will denounce our findings as lies. It is up to each reader to do the work to decide for him or herself whether what we say is an accurate reading of our reality or not. Your life, and the lives of your children, may well depend upon your answer".

Not quite five stars for me - the lengthy digressions were a bit tedious - but well worth a read.

Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
Jim Reeves: His Untold Story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic But Riveting Story, 18 Nov 2012
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Having recently acquired a Kindle, I found this format excellent value for money. The long term benefits are obvious if you enjoy a good read, even if like me you're not a devotee of modern technology ("tweeting" as far as I'm concerned, is what the birds do in my back garden)!

This biography of Jim Reeves takes me back to the days of my youth in the 50's and early 60's when the music world was vastly different to the world we live in today. The 45 rpm record made its debut in the UK about 1955 or 56, closely followed by stereo in about '58. It was the time of "Package Shows" when the big names performed live and were accompanied by musicians playing live, often on the stages of our local cinemas.

Jim Reeves was a major figure who attained international fame, at first racking up an enormous amount of miles crisscrossing the US with his band The Blue Boys, and then seeing all the hard work paying off when he was signed to RCA Victor in 1955. At this time he was singing (like most Country vocalists) in a fairly high register, standing well back from the mike. In 1957 he switched to a lower pitch, slower tempo and moved close to the mike. The effect was transformational (several people apparently claimed the credit for persuading him to adopt this style). "Four Walls" was his breakthrough and he was on his way.

When the phenomenon of Rock 'N'Roll first impacted the music business, the traditional "Country" artists must have felt a distinct chill, and there must have been a lot of soul-searching and head-scratching going on. Gradually the "Country/Pop" style gathered pace, with the town of Nashville, Tennessee at the heart of it. Reeves became a central figure in this. He abandoned his spangly jacket for a red Tuxedo, and turned out some seminal hits - "He'll Have To Go" being outstanding. The studios of RCA Victor (amongst others) became a fertile ground for the new Country/Pop sound, with Don Gibson, Chet Atkins, Hank Locklin, the Anita Kerr Singers and Floyd Cramer joining Reeves in creating a smoother, more "Middle Of The Road" style.

Larry Jordan has done an amazing job in documenting Jim Reeves' life and times, going into a lot of painstaking detail, interviewing many of Reeves' contemporaries and covering the last few years almost as a day-to-day diary.
Not surprisingly, the murkier side of the music business is in evidence, with the usual unscrupulous wheeler dealers and exploiters entering the picture. Jordan doesn't hold back in covering the seamier side of life on the road, with the various affairs and philanderings. Reeves was no exception in this, but his wife Mary stuck by him through it all.

The story gradually arrives at its tragic climax in July 1964 when Reeves and his colleague Dean Manuel were killed in Reeves' light aircraft on approach to Nashville Airport during a heavy rainstorm. He had joined the sad roll-call of artists who lost their lives in this way - Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, and many others.

Ironically, Jim Reeves probably achieved greater success after his death than ever before. The author describes, again in "no holds barred" fashion, the wranglings and cynical manoeuverings that took place as various individuals struggled to profit from and take advantage of the Reeves legacy.

I couldn't put my Kindle down reading this story. I think Larry Jordan has managed to be factual and candid without being sensationalist. Time has of course slipped away. Mary Reeves is no longer with us and I'm not sure who is pulling the strings these days. I just hope that whoever it is gives Jim Reeves the respect and credit that he deserves.

Vic Flick: Guitarman - From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond
Vic Flick: Guitarman - From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 17 Nov 2012
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This was a very enjoyable exposé of the goings-on in the world of session recording during the 60's and 70's by an influential session guitarist. Vic Flick has many claims to fame, but for me the most outstanding ones are his superb guitar work on the "James Bond Theme" which became an integral part of the Bond scene; also the solo he played over the opening credits of the popular BBC TV show "Juke Box Jury".

He possessed the unique talent of being able to sight-read musical scores on guitar, which surely not many musicians can claim. This was obviously recognised by the major record companies as well as many smaller ones, and he found himself caught up in the hurly-burly of life in the studios, backing most of the "big names" of the period.

There are many humorous stories along the way, as he gently lifts the lid off a murky world of crooked dealings, exploitation and corruption. Through it all he seems to have kept his good humour, managed to make a living, and most importantly, maintained his self-respect.

It makes for a very entertaining and interesting read. This Kindle version is excellent value compared to the book, and although I'm not a great lover of modern technology (tweeting is what the birds do in my back garden) I think Kindle and similar things, are part of a fast-moving world which is radically changing our reading habits.

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