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Knog Frog Strobe 1 LED Rear Light
Knog Frog Strobe 1 LED Rear Light
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very susceptible to rain, 11 Feb 2013
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Please dont buy if you cycle in the rain.

It cant cope with the wet. I got mine about 5 weeks ago, I commute to work by bike every day. This morning there were some sleet for about 15 mins and the light stopped working.

My trusty "Cat eye" lights are still working despite being exposed to the vagaries of the weather for months but this one does not cut the mustard.

Terror in Ireland 1916-1923
Terror in Ireland 1916-1923
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 29 May 2012
Wonderful series of essays by historians at the top of their game. In particular the "Kilmichael" and "Bloody Sunday" contributions are especially chilling and fascinating.

Its a wonderful concept to have different hisorians offer their own take on this turbulent era of history, all the essays stand alone in their own right though the book still holds together very well as a narrative

The vindication of Peter Hart is delivered in factual prose in the piece on Kilmichael, what I like about this essay is that its plain the author has no axe to grind and just wants to establish the facts.

The myth of Bloody Sunday as well is exposed with mini bios of all the victims, some of whom its clear were not intelligence agents, also it includes details of all the people killed including civilian bystanders.

It really is a golden era for Irish History writing, Peter Hart would be justifably proud of this earnest excellent book that is dedicated to his memory.

Dancer In The Fire: A Paul Brady Anthology
Dancer In The Fire: A Paul Brady Anthology
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, 9 May 2012
Amazing album from Irelands own "Jackson Brown". Every single track on this is full of memories, vitality and warmth. I was at his concert last night and he was outstanding. Its the kind of event that made me want to contact every single person I know afterwards and share with them the wonder of a magical occasion like this. They dont come along very often.

I knew quite quickly the night was going to be special,I turned up without a ticket, got talking to an Irish/Polish & English couple in the queue who both wanted me to take spare tickets they happened to have. Paul Brady people, the best in the world.

The gig was superb, he did lots of the older stuff and it took me right back to the first time I heard Paul play, he delivers every song with the same zest like he wrote them yesterday. Not forgetting the superb choice of Eleanor McEvoy as his support, another legend.

He did some very old numbers as well from his folk past like the "jolly soldier" & some of his cracking ballads.

Such is his power and personality on stage its difficult to put into words unless one was there, he is getting better as he ages, a titan of the music scene and a songwriter par excellcence.

Paul is the chronicler of our times, without people like him we lose sight of who we are now, where we were and where we want to be.

My favourties "crazy dreams" & "nothing but the same old story", buy this album, you wont regret it, and Paul, keep on going, we need you now more than ever.
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A Great Sacrifice
A Great Sacrifice
by Evening Echo
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 6 Mar 2012
This review is from: A Great Sacrifice (Hardcover)
Its a mighty tome in tribute to the thousands of Cork people who died during the Great War. I cant praise it highly enough.

It marks a coming of age when at last those who suffered have some kind of recognition of their service.

The book includes a full roll of those who died, some amazing photos and also cracking essays to set the period in context.

I cant fault it, it will prove to be a great work of reference for the future but a super read in its own right.

A Portrait of Charles Lamb (Biography & Memoirs)
A Portrait of Charles Lamb (Biography & Memoirs)
by David Cecil
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A gem, 20 Feb 2012
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Awesome book about one of the most neglected figures in literary history, its impossible not to admire Lamb, his rich prose and zest for life.

This is very much an abridged book on his life but that does not in any way diminish its power.

I felt deeply sad when I finished its last few pages, it only deepens my apprecaition of his essays and the man who penned them.

Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon De Valera
Judging Dev: A Reassessment of the Life and Legacy of Eamon De Valera
by Diarmaid Ferriter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.25

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about a very poor leader, 20 Feb 2012
Love this book, it does not make me dislike Dev any less but at least I understand him better. He certainly was a complete failure as a leader. A poor military commander during the Rising, he gave confusing instructions to the Treaty delegates, did little to avert Civil war, its clear though he was a brave man and his mistakes came from incompetence and economic illiteracy than any malice on his part.

When he became Taioseach he had 3 main aims, revivial of Irish language, an end to partition, providing a reasonable standard of living for people, he failed abysmally on all these objectives.

He did dilute the impact of the Treaty and he did help preserve democracy from the Blueshirt fascists but on all other scales, poverty, mass migration, infant mortality, womens rights, healthcare, job creation he was a massive failure, to cap it all he hung around way too long.

The book is excellent, wonderful prose, great reproductions of original material, a brilliant book, the reproductions alone make the book worth buying.

Dev was a gentleman and its impossible not to warm to him but he did do great damage to the country, the legacy of his actions still live with us today though thankfully the Fianna Fail electoral machine is in tatters after their culpability in the economie collapse.

The book is essential reading, nothing could rehabilate Dev, simply a 19th Century gentleman totally incapable of forging a state that could provide employment for its people and any kind of future.

His constitution still stands the test of time, he would have been a super foreign minister but had no interest at all in the economy or developing the country properly, he was far more concerned about symbols, the exercise of power and the practice of pull and jobs for Fianna Failers.

Great book though, I cant commend it highly enough.

Police Casualties in Ireland, 1919-1922
Police Casualties in Ireland, 1919-1922
by Richard Abbott
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, 3 Feb 2012
This is one of the seminal books about the war of independence. Its written in a calm factual prose but its searing stuff.

500 policemen were murdered between 1919/22, some were shot in their sick beds or on their way to mass or walking in the street.

Most were country policemen, bewildered by the way some of their fellow Irishmen turned on them in an orgy of killing.

Its tough reading, most of the RIC come from the same kind of stock the current Irish Guards (Gardai) take their recruits from so its hard to see any thing glorious or meaningful in a whole generation of policemen being murdered.

The book also serves notice that the people who bore the brunt of the violence during the war of independence were as Irish as their killers, having read this book a more corrct term for the war of independence would be the first Irish Civil war.

One comment on another review makes the suggestion that the RIC were obstructing the democratic will of the people, maybe so but that does not justify mass murder or make their lives more dispensable.

Also the pre war of independence election gave no warrant for these killings, none whatsover, no where is it listed in the Sinn Fein election manifesto that the Dail authorises the murder of policemen indiscriminately.

I cant see any of the RIC men deserving the fate that befell them, next time I pass one of those lonely memorials to an old IRA ambush on some quiet road in Ireland from that time the policemen who suffered and died at these places will have names.

This book bears comparison to "lost lives" one of the most amazing books about the troubles and a tome that gave me sleepless nights and still does

The Western Front: Irish Voices from the Great War
The Western Front: Irish Voices from the Great War
by William Sheehan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent volume, 30 Jan 2012
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For too many years the brave Irishmen who served in the Great War were forgotten, were it not for the writings of people like Myles Dungan & Kevin Myers they would have been even more marginalised.

This outstanding news books redresses the balance and brings them to life once again. its very broad in scope, draws from writings across all ranks and regiments. It truly is a great read.

The only thing I would have liked would be to know more about these men, how the ones that came back readjusted to civilian life, how Ireland treated them etc.

But that is only a minor point, this is a great volume, William Sheehan deserves great praise for collating these diaries, he is rapidly becoming an Irish "Richard Holmes". Cant think of a greater accolade than that for a historian. Richard may he rest in peace is huge loss to any one who loves history, particularly First World War history.

Finally I do wish the publishers would do more to publicise books like this, I found it by accident browsing in a small rural bookshop in Cork, where the proprietor was very welcoming. I only found out afterwards the author had actually signed the copy I bought, when I started reading it.

A book like this should have been launched in that wonderful Collins Barracks museum in Dublin or the the Imperial War museum/National army museum in London.

If you like this book try getting " A great sacrifice" another wonderful book about Ireland and the Great War, focusing only on Cork men who served but then to any Corkman, Ireland is Cork.

Tea and Cake London
Tea and Cake London
by Zena Alkayat
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little gem, 29 Dec 2011
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So fed up with the tea one gets in the chains, this book is a god send, been to a couple of recommended places already & its been a joy. Only one place was a disappointment over in Blthye rd, W14.

The rest have been excellent. My most favoured place so far is Cafe Pekoe in Barnes, some of the best tea I have ever had, a place to linger and contemplate life and consider what we are all here for, this is what good tea and company is all about.

This book is a revelation, an indispensable guide, avoid the chains at all costs, with this book in hand go seek the comfort of a fine cup of tea with excellent company and I guarantee the world will regain its lustre and all your troubles will fade away.

God bless the author for compiling this guide for us all to enjoy, tea is life.

Exploring English
Exploring English
by Augustine Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.40

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 30 Sep 2011
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For those of a certain age who want to be transported back to their inter cert days this is must. I cant recommend it highly enough.

It took me right back to the 1980's sitting in English class trying to understand these short stories. One of the joys of getting older is that these stories resonate much more now, experience and an earnest affection for simpler days make threading through this book a magical experience.

Irish education had many defects but Augustine Martin deserves a huge thank you for compiling this anothology and his poetry book as well. And also the publishers for reissuing this wonderful well done.
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