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Music Quiz
Music Quiz
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for the music buffs, 7 Nov. 2014
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Interesting game, you don't have to be a musical genius but it is useful to have some knowledge of today's music to move on as many of the early questions are based around this era.


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Rise and Fall of Pontypool RFC
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4.0 out of 5 stars From riches to rags, the downfall of a giant., 27 Oct. 2013
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As an avid fan of Pontypool RFC I was eagerly awaiting publication of this book. As an ex Pooler player Carter knows the highs and lows of the club better than most and his view of what made the team into the mighty force they once were makes fascinating reading.

He gives great insight to what made the legendary coach Ray Prosser have coaching methods 20 years ahead of its time, of how the training techniques broke many a player's mental state, of how Pooler were the most feared club throughout Britain beating the likes of Leicester, Munster, Cardiff, Bath, etc on a regular basis and of how the bubble burst with the advent of leagues, professionalism and regionalisation.

Sadly he has not gone into too much detail as to the inner turmoil that beset the club during the early 90s onwards, the club's decision to give the captaincy to Mark Ring which led to over half the team leaving and eventually relegation, the change of ownership of the club on numerous occasions that caused financial problems from one season to the next, the way in which the court case that led to Pooler almost going out of existence came about. Maybe Carter wasn't too willing to upset the applecart but many of the inner problems at Pontypool RFC were as much to blame for the club's decline other than the introduction of leagues, etc.

That said this is a real tale of how a mighty force in sport can fall if things go pear shaped off the field, it should heed as a warning to others that if things aren't managed well that serious problems will occur and that despite all the success failure could be just around the corner. Bubbles do burst, in the case of Pontypool it certainly did, big time.


Rocket 88: Classic Singles
Rocket 88: Classic Singles
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been titled "My choice of classic singles", 8 Oct. 2013
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Everyone has their own personal opinion as to their favourite single from a particular year but the impression I got prior to reading the book was that it would give an insight as to why the author chose the song he he did for the specific years. It seems to me as what he achieved was nothing more than picking his own personal favourites as opposed to the songs that made the biggest impact in any particular year.

For example, the best selling single of 1984 "Band Aids" Do they know it's Christmas was overlooked. This should have been the single of 1984 because of the impact it had on the sales market, the political scene, it's effect on the poverty in Africa, the fact that Live Aid grew out of it the following year. Also the Bryan Adams single in 1991 "Everything I Do" was cruelly overlooked, this stayed at No.1 for 16 consecutive weeks. No other single in the history of music has been at the top for so many weeks in a row but it wasn't the single of the year?

There are also many condescending remarks concerning singles that the author doesn't seem to approve of, in particular some of the prog rock tracks don't go down too well and he also has it in for the likes of Peters and Lee, Dawn and the like. Not to everyone's taste I know but then he goes on to praise rap and punk? Do me a favour. Unfortunately it's these kind of records that the author seems to think are the ones that deem appropriate to the term "classic". Sad really because this book could and should have been so much more. If only he'd have gone into detail as to what made a single the most prominent of the year instead of focussing on his own personal favourites this would have been a wholly more practical book.


Record Collecting in the Digital age
Record Collecting in the Digital age
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal read for the vinyl enthusiast., 28 Sept. 2013
If you've just got back into the vinyl album collecting mode like me then this is a darn good read. The author gives a great insight into some familiar traits of pursuing that crock of gold we`d all love to stumble across, his description of charity shop behaviour is spot on and he is also accurate in his description of car boot, record fairs and junk shop perusing. His reflection on eBay buying and selling is a valuable lesson and one which sellers of vinyl would do well to heed.

Although he doesn't go into any detail about the profits he has made from his selling ventures it is very clear that he has gained massive pleasure out of his enjoyment of collecting vinyl down the years. Perhaps that more than anything else should be the key to understanding what makes vinyl lovers tick, whether we have just stumbled across a rare find for a quid at a car boot or travelled 40 miles to a record fair and found nothing it is the rummaging that is often most fun because you never quite know what will turn up unexpectedly.


The Dark Is Rising [DVD]
The Dark Is Rising [DVD]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I agree with all criticism here!, 19 Dec. 2011
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This is a typical American film adaptation -buy the rights to the book and then completely change the story! The makers could have updated things without making such a hash of it, surely? All it takes is a little subtlety. But it's a rush job, brought out, I suspect, to compete with the Potter phenomena. The worst part of it is, most of the cast don't seem to know if they are American or English either, the accents appear and disappear and are the only 'magical' thing about this film - not in a good way either! Why Mcshane and Ecclestone appear in this dross, I cannot fathom. Even the magnificent Frances Conroy can't save this film. It's a total blah. Avoid!


Guilty Pleasures: The Songs You Secretly Love
Guilty Pleasures: The Songs You Secretly Love
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Guilt?, 28 Mar. 2011
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Have to say that all things considered many of the songs on here are timeless classics but as for calling them Guilty Pleasures? Some of these are the best tunes of all time - Don't Stop Believin by Journey, Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon, Feels Like Heaven - Fiction Factory to name but a few. I've never had any guilt about liking these songs or ever will for that matter. To me the whole point about a Guilty Pleasure song is to like something that was at the time considered really kitsch or naff, something along the lines of "Lay Your Love On Me" by Racey, "Best Years Of Our Lives" by Modern Romance or even "If I Had You" by The Korgis or even "If I Had Words" by Scott Fitzgerald and Yvonne Keeley. Now these really are true Guilty Pleasures. To put some of the songs on this album into the category of guilt is to do them a real injustice, they are classics in themselves but there is absolutely no guilt in enjoying them at all.


Bellies and Bullseyes: The Outrageous True Story of Darts
Bellies and Bullseyes: The Outrageous True Story of Darts
by Sid Waddell
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sid Waddell. Not quite a bullseye., 7 Feb. 2009
This is a fascinating insight from Sid into the history of darts as a television sport. He tells of some great memories from the early years of Indoor League and of how some of the games great characters burst onto the scene such as Alan Evans, Leighton Rees and Eric Bristow.

His tales of some classic wind ups whenever Evans and Bristow played each other are quite hilarious at times. He goes into great detail about the careers of the games legends - Eric Bristow, Jocky Wilson and Phil Taylor - and gives the reader useful information from their early days into what made them become household names.

Sid also reflects on the bitterness that evolved in the dispute between the BDO and the PDC that threatened to destroy the sport completely. This is where, I feel, that the author somewhat lets himself down. He is too ready to belittle everything that the BDO now do and cannot accept, it seems, that the BDO World Championship is still going strong. He ranted and raved when Phil Taylor became the first player to achieve a 9-darter on live television only to be told the following day by a Dutch TV producer that Shaun Greatbatch had actually achieved the feat shortly before. Sid's response was that it was only some BDO bloke hitting a 9-darter in a tatty tuppeny ha'penny do in a village hall. Hate to tell you Sid but a 9-darter is a great feat no matter who achieves it or where, whether it's done by a Taylor, a Greatbatch or a Barney it still counts the same.

Had he been a little more self restrained as to the thoughts he has about the BDO and the players who now play within their ranks then this book would have been given a 5 in my view however because he plays too much on this aspect of the sport he does somewhat let the reader down as when he has gone into great detail about the games legends it has made for fascinating reading.


Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby
Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby
by Alun Carter
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so Grand!!, 10 Nov. 2008
Alun Carter gives a real insiders view as to some of the more remarkable comings and goings on the episodes of Welsh rugby over the last 12 years. He does not pull many punches on his opinions of those who he feels have somewhat let the national team down during his spell as an analyst. He is very critical of the likes of Steve Hansen, Scott Johnson, Gareth Jenkins and Gareth 'Alfie' Thomas whilst he sings the praises of Graham Henry, Mike Ruddock and Clive Griffiths.

Carter gives a damning indictment on the player power that ultimately led to the resignation of a Grand Slam winning coach in Ruddock and tells of how some players were not willing to undertake tasks that were being asked of them by coaches who had a proven track record at domestic level.

Welsh rugby has seen some explosive episodes in the last few years and Carter tells it as he has seen it from the inside. This is a book that may not go down too well with some within the rugby hierarchy of Wales but for the genuine fan of the Welsh national team who has been dismayed with the events of recent years this is an account well worth reading.


Goldenhorse
Goldenhorse
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Golden moment for top New Zealand band.........., 14 Jan. 2007
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At last, the powers that be have finally released something by Goldenhorse in the UK. Why the long and unnecessary wait?

This album is a compilation of their two previous releases 'Riverhead' and 'Out of the Moon'. Lead singer Kirsten Morelle hails from Cornwall but emigrated to New Zealand with her family at a young age. The band have regularly toured Europe and have played at some London venues, they seem to be popular in Germany.

The stand out tracks for me on this release are Four Minute Drive, Run Run Run, Riverhead and Out of the Moon which if there is any justice in this world will be released as a single and go straight to number 1, it really is that good.

They may be a band who could get a fair bit of airplay if the radio stations pick up on their music. It would be a pity if they didn't as this promises to be one of the best releases of the year. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.


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