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Harrow Through Time
Harrow Through Time
by Don Walter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No bad thing in its own right, 15 Nov. 2015
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Having been brought up in the Harrow area from the early fifties, I had long anticipated the eventual availability of Don Walter’s latest “Through Time” title. My appetite was originally whetted by a pre-publication cover illustration on Amazon many months ago. This appeared to show a parade of long defunct shops at the Masons Avenue/High Road junction by Wealdstone station. That then was superseded by two views (not very similar, or interesting in the case of the modern contrast) up along West Street on the Hill should perhaps alerted me to the book’s seeming obsession with Harrow on the Hill and particularly Harrow School.
No bad thing in its own right. But the photogenic part of Harrow that the Hill proffers has been photographed and published almost ad nauseam over the years. In the same vein, given that modern day views were stimulated by original bygone prints, little effort seems to have expended to achieve interesting modern day contrasts – either from the considerations of angle, elevation – or even orientation.
To me the objective of this series is to present to current and past residents of an area evidence of improvements (but, more often, decline) in a varied but somehow interlinked fashion.
“Harrow” hops about quite frenetically from location to location. It spends far too much time on insignificant local events (see p83, 47, 34, 35, 94). And the photographer’s seeming obsession with a young couple meandering about – in a summer dress and questionable blue shorts – reminds me of some awful Pearl and Dean travelogues long since passed.
All in all: a wasted opportunity by Mr Walter. Very many already published pictures with a commentary that adds little to one’s knowledge of Harrow’s twentieth century past; far too much about Harrow School (with which Harrow past and present residents have very little affinity or interest); almost nothing about everyday life in the much larger areas, say, Harrow Weald, North Harrow, Wealdtone.
As the target audience for this book is presumably predominantly of my increasingly decrepit age who nostalgically want to recall the everyday detail of their earlier years – may I suggest that fewer often-seen engravings and fuzzy late-nineteenth century daguerreotypes might improve sales of the required second edition.
Finally: just glad that my enthusiasm for the title was tempered sufficiently to mean I paid half price for what to me would not have been a bargain at the fifteen quid cover.


The Cost of Living in Dreams: The 10cc Story
The Cost of Living in Dreams: The 10cc Story
by Dave Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The images are OK. But is the author a native English speaker?, 18 Oct. 2015
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Agreed. Written by a twelve year old and edited by a 5 year old Lithuanian, I'd say.

Thirty quid? Better spent on Andrex - super soft, IMHO!


Red Super 60 Black sided (30 pages) stamp album with clear strips. Double interleaved.
Red Super 60 Black sided (30 pages) stamp album with clear strips. Double interleaved.
Offered by Dauwalders of Salisbury (Stamp Dealers since 1958)
Price: £17.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Feb. 2015
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Excellent quality, price and delivery


Teixeira - Te Deum
Teixeira - Te Deum
Price: £11.53

5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this disc (on Collins Classics 13592) in Abergavenny ..., 24 Jan. 2015
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I bought this disc (on Collins Classics 13592) in Abergavenny more than 20 years ago. The Tibi omnes Angeli still sends a delightful shiver through me.

Don't think - just listen... and weep (with joy).


1937 London: Original Street Map - Harrow Weald, Wealdstone and Harrow
1937 London: Original Street Map - Harrow Weald, Wealdstone and Harrow
by James Bain FRGS
Edition: Map

5.0 out of 5 stars I'll happily pay your asking price, 21 Aug. 2014
Hi. I'll happily pay your asking price, but will not cough up £2.80 for you to post it to me!

I was brought up in the centre of this map and I'm sure it's older than you think.

let me know

cheers

Steve C


Steam in South Wales
Steam in South Wales
by Derek Huntriss
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Accuracy and specificity needed to help buyers, 24 July 2014
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To this author, South Wales's eastern border appears to have been at Crumlin and Llanhilleth. This is a shame for a buyer looking for views in Gwent rather than rather repetitive snaps taken around Cardiff/Barry/Bridgend. Oh well, another wasted purchase due to poor descriptive editing.
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Bournemouth Past and Present (Britain in Old Photographs)
Bournemouth Past and Present (Britain in Old Photographs)
by John Needham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here we go again..., 6 Dec. 2013
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A reasonable purchase but I have a gripe which I covered in my review of John Needham's book on the same subject: Bournemouth Then & Now (Then & Now (History Press)) Please read that before committing to buy.


Bournemouth: Then & Now (Then & Now (History Press))
Bournemouth: Then & Now (Then & Now (History Press))
by John Needham
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An irritating development, 6 Dec. 2013
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I do not normally submit Amazon reviews, but feel this is warranted...

'Bournemouth Then and Now' is a reasonable book illustrating examples of the growth/development of the town - a subject of some possible interest to its present and past inhabitants.

Not problem with the subject matter or presentation. But, there's a significant "but". As far as I can ascertain John Needham has produced two books on this subject - both under the History Press imprint. They have similar titles and - for as photogenic a subject - the unsuspecting buyer might reasonably expect 2 x 96 pages full of variety. Not so.

A cursory inspection of the opening pages of this and Mr Needham's two year old 'Bournemouth Past and Present' volume clearly shows both employ the same old time views. OK the second book's current day comparisons are slightly different - taken maybe a week or two or maybe only 30 seconds later than the first book (and, admittedly, presented in colour - the old time snaps sepia-tinted for emphasis). But I've seen it the comparison before and the commentary is a re-hash.

I think the practice of publishing extremely similar titles with almost identical content is wrong. Publishers are milking a gullible audience.

This is a good book and reasonable value for money, but don't expect any new shafts of insight if you already have another similar title by the same author published by the History Press.


The Crushing of Poland (Images of War)
The Crushing of Poland (Images of War)
by Ian Baxter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1.0 out of 5 stars A paean to the Wehrmacht?, 3 July 2013
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My interest in this book sprang, probably like a large minority of potential readers, from a desire to learn what what my own father faced in early September 1939 - a subject on which he ever spoke very little. So I ordered it believing that it would offer the promised "rare photographs from wartime archives" (NB plural - as stated on the cover). That implied a balanced input covering both unprepared defender and criminal aggressor. I wanted to see the imbalance between German might and Poland's relative military poverty given such indefensible terrain.

I wanted to know just how a poor Poland managed to withstand foreign onslaught until the USSR stepped in rather better than the French just eight months later. Why was Hitler so anxious to ensure that Stalin commit to attack the Poles' rear before finally ordering his forces forward? Perhaps speculation on how long German victory would have taken if not for the Soviet adavnce?

Minimally, I wanted photographic imagery and evidence of:
Hitler's thinly-veiled groping for several causus belli, such as the Überfall auf den Sender Gleiwitz;
the impact his party's 1930s distabilising machinations in the Freie Stadt Danzig;
why the unprovoked bombardment of fewer than 200 guards at Westerplatte by the warship "Schleswig-Holstein" on a courtesy visit and repeated Stuka bombings nevertheless resulted in more than a week's fighting until the Polish ammunition expired;
why more Germans than Poles died in the one day battle between Polish Danzig Post Office staff and German troops, and the justification of why so many of the postmen were subsequently executed.

To suggest just a few: but do we get that?

The book has over 150 pages replete with photographs. Just five actually show Polish personnel - a bridge's three guards before invasion, two of Polish soldier corpses, one of a group of captured Polish soldiers, and a general view of some indistinct civilians wandering in Warsaw's bomb damage.

I do claim to be unbiased. But a book calling itself "Images of War: the crushing of Poland" surely deserves to be rather more than an celebration of fascist brutality.

Verdict? Good, perhaps for crypto-nazis and collectors of antiquated (in later-WW2 terms) German military equipment, vehicles and memorabilia. For students, wishing to get a real historical flavour of what happened and visualise events from both sides...? Forget it.


Spies of Warsaw [DVD]
Spies of Warsaw [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Tennant
Price: £6.99

3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 26 Feb. 2013
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I am surprised Alan Furst's brand-protection team let this be made, let alone shown. The characters are about as realistic as toshed 13mm MDF, the dialogue, mannerisms, attitudes, costumes, locations are all unbelievably snazzy and the 1939 location shots smack of EasyJet ("destination? ...oh, I dunno, where's cheapest this afternoon").

Utterly unconvincing and somewhat tiresome to watch. Dad's Army is more convincingly atmospheric.

BBC: don't waste another penny of my licence fee on the rest of Furst's formulaic robo-write, please!


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