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The First Day on the Somme: 1 July 1916 (Penguin History)
The First Day on the Somme: 1 July 1916 (Penguin History)
by Martin Middlebrook
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 21 Aug. 2007
Before Martin Middlebrook did his extensive research on the Battle of the Somme and published this book it was a forgotton about battle that people had little interest in and was just seen as a huge blunder by the British Generals. Middlebrook's dedication and great historical mind describes the battles inside the first day of the Battle of the Somme in immense detail with several detailed maps inside the book showing the position of batallions and the geography of the battlefield allowing you to know everything about the battles. He draws on official records from the time but also takes in the accounts of hundreds of survivors - the story of July 1st 1916 from the British and German soldiers and officers who were actually there.
This book describes the day that war on an industrial scale is created as old tactics are met by the realities of modern warfare. There were 60,000 British casualties - a third of them fatal.


Victoria's Empire
Victoria's Empire
by Victoria Wood
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent overview of the British Empire, 21 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Victoria's Empire (Hardcover)
Victoria Wood to the main parts of the British Empire including Australia, New Zealand and India to name a few. Her mission is to find out what the British Empire was all about, how it had come about and what the people thought about their country being part of the British Empire; with particular interest in Queen Victoria as they both share the same first name.
The book only covers nine colonies, which is a shame, however they are taken into much detail as the book is almost three hundred pages long. Everything is explained simply without much jargon as Victoria herself is learning most of the information herself! As a comedienne, she has made the book quite witty and it is a pleasure to read.
This book is one of the few modern ones you will be able to find on the subject of Empire, as our country dares not talk about it's imperial past, embarrased of it. It would go well with the DVD which is an added bonus.
I would recommend this book to anyone with some form of interest in the British Empire or commonwealth or how modern life is shaped around the British ways. Five stars.


Blackadder Back and Forth [1999] [DVD]
Blackadder Back and Forth [1999] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £3.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but too short, 2 Aug. 2007
The price is rather steep considering you only get a thirty minute long episode with two short bonuses (Cavalier years and Baldrick's video diary). However any true fan of Blackadder should 'cough up' as this is Blackadder on a whole new scale. A much larger budget was used, much larger cast, many more sets and a brand new style - instead of period Blackadders' it is set through time. Blackadder and Baldrick meet Shakespeare, go to the Jurassic age, go to Roman-held Britain, go to Sherwood Forest to meet Robin Hood and to the Battle of Waterloo! Some people have said on here that the plot is basic and boring but I would beg to differ; surely any plot which twists and turns throughout the episode due to Blackadder and Baldrick changing events in the past is far from predictable, and even further from simple. It is a much more satisfying end to the series than "goodbyeeeeeeeeeeeee" from the last episode of Series 4.


Blackadder 2 - The Entire Second Series [1986] [DVD]
Blackadder 2 - The Entire Second Series [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by DVDBayFBA
Price: £3.98

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore..., 2 Aug. 2007
Hilarious. That is the first word that springs to mind when I think of Blackadder. This really is a classic, modern comedies don't come close. In this series, Blackadder is cunning, shrewd and witty as a complete juxtaposition with the original Blackadder, and this works to stunning effect.
Perhaps the greatest thing about Blackadder is that you can watch it again, and again and find things you didn't see the first time and still laugh at most of the jokes. This really is British comedy at it's best.
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British Butchers and Bunglers of World War 1
British Butchers and Bunglers of World War 1
by John Laffin
Edition: Paperback

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bungler..., 26 Jun. 2007
Absolutely terrible. This is the book of an extremely biased man with his one sided totally exaggerated story of an attempt to ruin a victorious Generals name. We all know Haig made many mistakes but anything you read in this book can't be taken seriously due to the extensive hyperbole about everything and anything Haig does. He frequently calls Haig a "donkey" and said that Haig was the only British soldier left in the British Army from 1914 - ridiculous, utterly ridiculous.
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Of Mice and Men: With Notes
Of Mice and Men: With Notes
by John Steinbeck
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literature classic!, 5 Dec. 2006
This is a classic piece of English 20th Century Literature, albeit written by an American. Steinbeck is a prolific writer as shown when awarded with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Of Mice and Men is set in the period between the two world wars and is grippingly realistic. It tells the story of the most unusual and strange friendship between a small, intellectual man (George) and a huge oaf of a man with the mind of a small child. It tells their tale of working in ranches on California, desiring the "American Dream" - a small plot of land to call their own and to live on. This book, however, is not for everyone. Anyone with an interest in classic literature, 20th Century History or Steinbeck's work should read this now.


The Sims: Deluxe Edition (PC CD)
The Sims: Deluxe Edition (PC CD)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £17.73

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sims Deluxe, 21 Sept. 2005
I bought this game thinking it would be like the average computer game but i was in for a shock. The Sims Deluxe Edition is possibly one of the best computer game ever to be created. What's more, not only do you get the original Sims and the Livin'it up expansion pack but also the Sims Creator Tool. I can gurantee that you will have fun sticking the heads of your families and friends onto your Sims! Yet the best bit about the Sims is that it NEVER gets boring. You can have luxurious lifestyle with a beautiful wife/husband in a glorius mansion and have a good job or live in a petite house with no friends and a really rubbish job like a 'pickpocket'. The best bit about it is that the Sims reacts to your choices and is always different everytime you start a new game! The only problems with it is that to get all the items is to buy several expansion packs which will cost alot of money!


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