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C. Young "Clive Young" (London, England)

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Proxima Direct® 3 Port HDMI Switcher 3x1 Auto Switch 3-In 1-Out With 28AWG HDMI Cable (Pigtail Part)
Proxima Direct® 3 Port HDMI Switcher 3x1 Auto Switch 3-In 1-Out With 28AWG HDMI Cable (Pigtail Part)
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Price: £24.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid product, works well, 26 Nov 2014
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This works fine, well made - would be nice to have a remote for the switch!


WARRIOR Classic Punk Black Donkey Jacket (Large 42/44)
WARRIOR Classic Punk Black Donkey Jacket (Large 42/44)
Offered by Viper London UK
Price: £59.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Good jacket, great service, 26 Nov 2014
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Have worn this for a few days, really like it.
Good fit, stylish, hangs well, material is reasonably thick but not too heavy.
Tartan lining a nice touch.
Lose a star though as the top button fell off on the first day!


The Bridge - Series 1 [DVD]
The Bridge - Series 1 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sofia Helin
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, don't miss this masterclass in mood, plot and acting, 24 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Bridge - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Athough I'd vaguely heard of it, I really picked the series up simply as I am learning Swedish. But I was hooked immediately. The strange interplay between the two main characters is very well written and acted and the plotting holds up to the very end. The settings feel authentic and even the haunting theme tune relates to the tale and complements the dreamy, washed out cinematography. Truly unmissable.


Gramątica prąctica del catalį i solucionari
Gramątica prąctica del catalį i solucionari
by Nśria Bastons i Vilallonga
Edition: Perfect Paperback
Price: £30.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent revision aid, 12 Nov 2014
Pretty much the definitive modern exercise grammar. A couple of pages of clear explanation in each section then lots of examples to work though, with answers. Quite dense, though, I use it for revision and practice to supplement other courses.


The Remaining
The Remaining
by D. J. Molles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, feeble plot, 5 Nov 2014
This review is from: The Remaining (Paperback)
This came highly recommended as a militarily ‘authentic’ zombie tale but I found it a bit disappointing. Sure it is fast-paced, with some realistic sounding military lore and kit but the plot is really woeful. A special ops soldier is has a bonkers sole mission to reconstruct US civilization after the usual zombie apocalypse. After a month of safe isolation he emerges into predictable chaos, and over two days kills lots of zombies, meets some non-very-interesting people, kills some bad guys…shows his survival skillz, but it is so meh that I didn’t even read the two free chapters provided for the next in the series...


Pompeii
Pompeii
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

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2.0 out of 5 stars Turgid toga tale, 10 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Pompeii (Paperback)
Well-researched but woefully under-written, Harris turns a truly exciting snd unique historical event into a bit of a lacklustre plod. The aqueduct near Vesuvius is failing and Attilius, an engineer, is sent by Pliny (yes, that one) to invesigate. His predecessor has gone missing and mysterious portents suggest all is not well.... As you would expect from Harris there is some interesting historical background (the wonder of Roman water engineering, Pliny himself, Pompeii politics and manners, the description of the eruption), but the plotting is tugid and unrealistic, the characters underdevloped and the (supposedly important) love interest just underwhelming. The ending is pretty pitiful, too.


Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town
by Mary Beard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable academic "CSI:Pompeii", 4 Aug 2014
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Beard opens by challenging the notion that Pompeii was simply a normal city simply 'frozen in time'. Pompeii itself had a long history and was recovering from an earthquake when the eruption in 79 occurred. Most of the city was evacuated during the catastrophe, its contents largely removed by the fleeing inhabitants. Some came back later to retrieve their remaining possessions and a fair bit was robbed subsequent looters. Moreover the early excavations were crude and what was uncovered has since deteriorated. Constructing the history of the town seems therefore like a jigsaw with most of the pieces missing; there is much speculation and controversy over even some of the most basic 'facts'.

Beard therefore manages to give an impression of the historiography of the city, drawing on changing ideas from archaeology and forensics, and circumstantial evidence from the (also fragmentary) contemporary literature. Anyone with an interest in how history works as a discipline will enjoy this 'CSI Pompeii ' approach as Beard builds up the picture of what we know or can reasonably surmise of various aspects of Roman life.

I read this in preparation for a trip to Pompeii this summer and it hugely enhanced my enjoyment of the visit. It is dense but very readable though I felt the detail of the competing claims sometimes interfered with the broader story, leaving me with as many questions as answers. But then that is probably the sign of a good history book.


La ira de los justos / The Rage of the Righteous (Apocalipsis Z / Apocalypse Z)
La ira de los justos / The Rage of the Righteous (Apocalipsis Z / Apocalypse Z)
by Manel Loureiro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.83

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but slightly disappointing, 21 April 2014
If you liked first two in the series, you'll probably like this one, too (athough not yet translated into English?). It is a similarly highly readable page turner, though the breathless action is now perhaps becoming just a little silly and repetetive. In a way the zombies fade into the background a bit as the heroes end up in a fascistic mini-state and get mixed up in a slave rebellion. The heavy Nazi metaphors are a bit simplistic and waste the post-Apocalypse setting. Similarly an interesting idea about the intervention of the last surviving pre-Apocalypse state is nicely set up but burns out improbably. I had the impression the author was now little bored with the story by the end and had run out of ideas.


La posguerra vista por una particular ...y su marido
La posguerra vista por una particular ...y su marido
Price: £7.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Charming account of childhood in Franco's Spain, 21 Nov 2013
A warm, personal story of growing up in Madrid in the tough postwar period, a little nostalgic despite the obvious toughness of the times. Hunger and hardship stalked the madrileños but the author vividly brings to life the small joys and sense of community of the era. A humanisic social history witnessing a period of Spanish history it is sometimes difficult for outsiders to understand


The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z)
The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z)
by Manel Loureiro
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb fast-paced Spain-set zombie thriller, 14 Nov 2013
(Refers to the Spanish edition)

I usually read a couple of books in Spanish a year to keep the language ticking over, and this was chosen at random - but what a treat! Zombie fiction is not really my thing but like the other reviewers I found the book utterly gripping and worth 5 stars as a page-turner. The downfall of Galicia is plausibly realised and we feel the psychological drain of the author/diarist's aimless post-apocalypse struggle against the tide of No Muertos. I liked the way the story of the final days of Vigo is pieced together and the occasional flashes of gallows humour. Looking forward to read the next in the series


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