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Mens Classic Genuine Soft Nappa Leather Driving Gloves Dress Fashion Motorbike Vintage Style
Mens Classic Genuine Soft Nappa Leather Driving Gloves Dress Fashion Motorbike Vintage Style
Offered by Kango Fitness
Price: £7.99 - £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful leather but colours not as shown, 5 Feb. 2016
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Beautiful quality but not quite five stars because the Tan is actually beige or light brown, not the very smart yellow-ish in the pictures, while the Reddish Brown is not at all reddish but very, very dark brown, like black chocolate (the Black is, unsurprisingly, black). I must reiterate, however, that the leather is as thick as it looks in the pictures, as good as the best Dent gloves, not the very thin stuff you get with cheap lined gloves. Furthermore, the studs on all three pairs I got are gunmetal black, which looks nicer than the plain metal in the pictures.


The SAS+ Security Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Yourself Safe at Home & Abroad
The SAS+ Security Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Yourself Safe at Home & Abroad
by Andrew Kain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, readable and practical, 27 Jun. 2014
Like any genuine expert (and unlike most allegedly 'ultimate' guides), Kain explains clearly and simply how untrained readers can benefit in everyday life from his decades of experience, not only in Special Forces but in advising business-people and reporters in dangerous zones. This new edition is light and small enough to take on your travels, with some new illustrative stories, making it an even more essential and practical tool than before (the original was published as a clip file).

Security is not a state of fear but a state of awareness plus some practical habits - just like covering your hand when typing your PIN, or using only registered minicabs. Just like good driving habits, getting it right will frequently save unpleasantness and occasionally save your life, for the same reasons: looking ahead and avoiding problems before they arise or, at worst, dealing with the unavoidable as efficiently as possible. Don't assume that security begins abroad: read it now and make all your habits safer as a matter of routine.


Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them
Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them
by Philippe Legrain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive and simplistic, 3 Nov. 2009
This is a pure economic argument with no acknowledgement of the social realities - or even of the economic reality that immigrant workers have only been needed in the UK because the same number of people are paid not to work. The social and political impact (education, crime and even terrorism) are completely ignored except for an implication that anyone who is against immigration is a racist and little-Englander. Facile and juvenile.
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Papa Spy: Love, Faith and Betrayal in Wartime Spain
Papa Spy: Love, Faith and Betrayal in Wartime Spain
by Jimmy Burns
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pivotal WWII campaign revealed for the first time, 3 Nov. 2009
Jimmy Burns describes for the first time a top secret intelligence campaign of bribery, recruitment and propaganda that, with Churchill's blessing, kept Franco in power to secure Spanish neutrality and protect Allied strategic interests in southern Europe and North Africa: if we had lost Gibraltar we would have lost the war.

This was the only strategic campaign of WWII conducted purely as an intelligence campaign: because no shots were fired it has eluded historians and biographers but its importance was simply vital, in the proper sense, to beating Germany. If Germany had been able to close off the Mediterranean, it would have gained access to the Middle East for the oil it so desperately lacked (Germany had to crack coal for its poor-quality fuel): with oil, and with Britain cut off from oil, it is hard to imagine the Germans losing the war. It was lack of fuel that was in Rommel's own judgement the reason he lost to Montgomery in the Western Desert and it was a major factor on both sides in the Battle of Britain .

Trying to keep Kim Philby off his back in London and fighting for influence against Germans in Spain, Tom Burns was involved in some of the more colourful episodes of WWII, entrapping German agents, thwarting a Nazi attempt to kidnap the Duke of Windsor in Spain and recruiting several unusual British agents such as the romantic Hollywood actor Leslie Howard. The author clarifies some of the many factors that prevented Franco paying his debt to Hitler and Mussolini who had helped him with the Spanish Civil War.

After five years of personal interview and probing family papers, classified government documents and other previously undiscovered archives, Jimmy found that Tom Burns was at the heart of the Allies' intelligence and propaganda operations in Madrid, Lisbon, Gibraltar and Tangier.

For the role of oil in all of 20th century history, including WWII, see Daniel Yergin's "The Prize".


Where the Hell Have You Been?: Monty, Italy and One Man's Incredible Escape
Where the Hell Have You Been?: Monty, Italy and One Man's Incredible Escape
by Tom Carver
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adventure and a mystery, 3 Nov. 2009
This is not just the obvious exciting adventure of escape and evasion in enemy territory but also a mystery, told with detective-novel skill, of a son's slow unveiling of the biggest story of his father's life and the extraordinary, daily and nightly, kindness of strangers that saved a PoW on the run. The hero being Field Marshal Montgomery's stepson, the book also sheds light on the private life of Monty whose harsh and even nasty professional demeanour masked a fondness for the simple and silly delights of being with children: this is a man who wept, in uniform, at his wife's funeral.


Wacky World of Tex Avery: Pompei Pete in 21st Cent [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Wacky World of Tex Avery: Pompei Pete in 21st Cent [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by simplyplay
Price: £12.21

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FALSE PRODUCT INFORMATION, 28 May 2008
This is NOT a Tex Avery cartoon and contains no Tex Avery cartoons. It is a rip-off using his name. Amazon should remove it as this constitutes "passing off" at the very least in either the USA or the UK, even if some guy called Tex Avery were actually involved in the production.


The Wacky World of Tex Avery: Power Pooch to the Rescue [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
The Wacky World of Tex Avery: Power Pooch to the Rescue [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by M and N Media US
Price: £28.45

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FALSE PRODUCT INFORMATION, 28 May 2008
This is NOT a Tex Avery cartoon and contains no Tex Avery cartoons. It is a rip-off using his name. Amazon should remove it as this constitutes "passing off" at the very least in either the USA or the UK.


The Fallen [2005] [DVD]
The Fallen [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Asher
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £1.00

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic, harsh, simple - a rare gem, 21 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Fallen [2005] [DVD] (DVD)
Why does this film arouse such harsh condemnation? Maybe because it lacks plot, melodrama, speeches, simple good vs. evil and an inspiring finale, all the things that make even the best war films tedious.

This is a stripped down, almost fly-on-the-wall, view into a couple of days in the lives of a bunch of people doing all the things people do in war, not unlike Band of Brothers - except you get an Italian, a German and an American Band. There is stupid, boring, confused, ridiculous, funny, honourable and even heroic behaviour but no razzamatazz.

It lacks messages about democracy, making the world a better place, fighting for a cause, fighting for the folks back home, Aryan destiny or war crimes: it's just about soldiers doing what soldiers have to do, however much they don't want to.

Even the culminating act of heroism is not a huge selfless sacrifice, just a doomed man accepting that he is doomed and that there's no sense in getting everyone else killed too.

It takes a lot of courage to avoid the great cliches and the standard expectations. The only other movies it reminds me of are The Long Day's Dying (with David Hemmings: just some soldiers in a wood, no context) or Un Taxi Pour Tobruk (with Lino Ventura: a bunch of soldiers lost in the desert, teaming up with a lost German).

It's true that the music is slightly intrusive but it has none of the cascading strings of melodrama or the dum-dum-dum that tells you when to be frightened, and that's a blessing too.

Finally, the fact that all the actors are unknowns make each of them credible as a human being whom you have a chance to watch for a while. War is hell because war becomes banal: this shows you the routine of war. I give it four stars because I would give Hell In The Pacific and Band of Brothers five.


Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them
Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them
by Philippe Legrain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

15 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing the elephant in the dining room, 8 Feb. 2008
This theoretical economic argument for a theoretical society ignores the real world: the central economic issue is that our economy only needs immigrants because Brits are paid not to work.

Current unemployment at around 14% (straight unemployment plus about half of Incapacity Benefit claimants) is vastly higher than the total of all immigration in the last 50 years (some 5-7%).

I have seen the author in debate and he is a propagandist of evangelical fervour who refuses to address the welfare issue - for example, by talking about skilled workers, investors and brain surgeons, whose tiny numbers are irrelevant to the overall question.

People casually talk about immigrants filling the jobs that Brits won't do, which confuses the issue: they are jobs that Brits don't need because they can get the same amount or more on the dole. The poverty trap for a single parent with one child is over £16,000 (the amount you have to be paid to make it worth losing your various benefits), so why take a lower income (and deprive your children of your care while paying someone else to look after them)?

That is just the economic issue. Legrain dismisses the social and cultural issues as racism.
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Aftermath
Aftermath
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £29.98

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Has Political Correctness struck again?, 22 April 2002
This review is from: Aftermath (Audio CD)
Take heed of the previous reviews! Of course this album merits a lot more that two stars for its music but only two for its format: the removal of Mother's Little Helper is either stupid or politically correct.
Mother's Little Helper is probably the Stones's most satirical number (very much in the style of their contemporaries the Kinks)as well as being very musical with its deceptive jollity.
Without it, the album lacks coherence and honesty.
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