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The Forgotten Soldier: War on the Russian Front - A True Story
The Forgotten Soldier: War on the Russian Front - A True Story
by Guy Sajer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars You wouldn't wish these experiences on anyone, 24 Jun. 2016
This book is certainly a gripping read. It describes the horrors of war very well.

In the UK we often see WW2 in "black and white" ... Allies = good, Axis = bad. However the book recounts many instances of German soldiers showing decency and kindness, despite their uniform and their ideology. The book also shows the awful pomposity, hypocrisy and unreasonableness of some Nazi officials, which is much closer to the caricature that we have of a Nazi soldier.

I have far more sympathy with the civilian partisan fighters than Sajer did. Unlike him, I thought their actions were totally legitimate. They were not terrorists, and they had as much right to resist as the German army did to invade in the first place!

Is The Forgotten Soldier fact or fiction? It's probably both, but this does not matter. I strongly suspect the book often recounts events in an illustrative way rather than being a totally factual and linear account of what happened. This means the events being recounted make a blended, composite picture rather than being the totally separate events the author portrays. By his own admission, Sajer frequently didn't know exactly where he was, and the chaos and confusion of war would not have helped him to collect or record all of the facts of the case at any one time. Some stories are told in great detail, yet in others there is far less detail. However these inconsistencies do not detract from the power of the book.

Reading the book makes me extremely glad that I was not born in Germany or the Soviet Union in the early 1920s, as the stories in the book could very well have become my own fate. I once read that there was roughly a 10% chance of a German soldier going out to the east and coming back alive without a serious physical injury. That is not unrealistic, going by what I read in the book.


Threads (1984) [DVD]
Threads (1984) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Reece Dinsdale
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The most shocking and disturbing film I have ever watched, 10 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Threads (1984) [DVD] (DVD)
Threads shows the veneer of civilisation being stripped away after a nuclear strike, as England descends back into the pre-industrial era. There isn't anything I can add to what other reviewers have already put.

In summary...

i) Threads is the most shocking and disturbing film I have ever watched, and this will almost certainly be the case for you too. I watched it when it first came out on TV in 1984 and I still remember now how disturbing it was. How many other things did you watch on TV over 30 years ago where you still, even now, remember the effect it had on you?

ii) Threads is no exaggeration. If anything, Threads probably understates the true horror of nuclear war. It could never have got past the censors otherwise.

iii) Sensitive or nervous people should take sensible precautions if planning to watch this film. Yes, it really is that horrific. You could have nightmares for weeks after watching it.

iv) The scariest thing about Threads is that it actually could have happened. Everybody actually ought to watch it, in order to help prevent it coming true.

v) The special effects are sometimes a little crude, but you should look past the implementation and concentrate on the underlying message.

vi) If you still think nuclear weapons are a good idea after watching Threads then you have missed the whole point of the film. Same applies if you think CND were either amusing, eccentric or misguided.

If I really thought that a nuclear missile was on the way I'd want to be right underneath it when it lands. Better to be vapourised in an instant than to endure the living hell of a post apocalyptic world.


Rii Mini 2 in 1 Multifunction R900 2.4Ghz RF Wireless Presenter With Red Laser Pointer And Air Mouse Paired By USB 2.0 Nano Receiver W/ Slideshow Controls for Projector Work's with IPAD , MacOS , Window's XP - 10 , Linux , Smart Tv's , Android
Rii Mini 2 in 1 Multifunction R900 2.4Ghz RF Wireless Presenter With Red Laser Pointer And Air Mouse Paired By USB 2.0 Nano Receiver W/ Slideshow Controls for Projector Work's with IPAD , MacOS , Window's XP - 10 , Linux , Smart Tv's , Android
Offered by Uxpressbuying
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars This simple little device does what I wanted it to ..., 19 Mar. 2016
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This simple little device does what I wanted it to do. I got it to use in a classroom with a Smartboard interactive whiteboard. It is compatible with Smartboard and Powerpoint.


Sylglas Waterproofing Tape 75mm x 4m SYLWT75
Sylglas Waterproofing Tape 75mm x 4m SYLWT75
Offered by Transtools
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 31 Aug. 2014
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Really handy for waterproofing cracks in a corrugated asbestos roof.


Straight Down the Middle
Straight Down the Middle
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Rock and Roll, Just Excellent Instrumentals, 31 Aug. 2014
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Cliff Gallup is best known as the lead guitarist in Gene Vincent's original Bluecaps. His rockabilly style playing was much acclaimed and went on to inspire many a famous rock guitarist.

However, Cliff Gallup was playing electric guitar for years before rock and roll came along, and he continued to play semi professionally for many years since. In this album we get a feel for his own musical preferences. Rock and roll mainly takes a back seat and instead, we hear his interpretation of various country and pop standards. It may well reflect the repertoire his band had at the time it was recorded.

The tracks have a very strong, individual signature. Cliff Gallup's playing is precise and melodious, and his guitar has a deep rich mellow tone to it. Not surprisingly, there are close similarities with his input on some of the slower ballad type records that he worked on with Gene Vincent in 1956.

There is not a single track I'd delete. For me personally, the standout tracks are "Am I That Easy to Forget", "Jealous Heart", "I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair", and "The Girl from Ipanema". None of them are the rockers that first drew Cliff Gallup to my attention many years ago, but that really doesn't matter anymore -- I have changed and times have changed. They are truly excellent pieces of musicianship.

Without a doubt, Cliff Gallup could have become a major name in his own right had he wished. However it is evident that his priorities lay elsewhere and that he was happy to revert to being the semi professional country / easy listening guitarist he had been prior to working with Gene Vincent. He had greatness thrust upon him, but decided he'd rather walk away.

It is wonderful to come across this album. It was created in 1966 and was sold around Cliff Gallup's local area in Norfolk, Virginia. It would have been almost impossible to get hold of this album in the UK before the advent of digital downloads, so I'm very pleased to have it.


DIGIFLEX Digital LCD Food Thermometer Cooking Probe
DIGIFLEX Digital LCD Food Thermometer Cooking Probe
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £8.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by a major design flaw, 1 Feb. 2013
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This is a thermometer that rolls over if you leave it in the pan! The side opposite the display is rounded. This means that as soon as you put it into a pan and let go of it, it will roll around so that the display is no longer visible. Of course, you can simply roll it back again, but sometimes a cook doesn't have a free hand and just needs to look but not touch.

It will still work as a probe, but as a pan thermometer it is a dead loss.
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The Chinese Detective - Series 1 And 2 - Complete [DVD]
The Chinese Detective - Series 1 And 2 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Yip
Offered by alentertainment
Price: £49.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody scenes of a London that no longer exists, 28 Dec. 2010
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For me this is a very atmospheric series. It's like a glimpse into the past, a journey into a world that is just that little bit too far away to revisit but which is close enough for me to remember. Many of the outdoor locations were around the Poplar and Wapping areas, but before they were remotely trendy or desirable. In 1980 the East End and what we now call Docklands were still very rundown and there was a lot of derelict land. However redevelopment was only a few years away, and the character of the area would then change forever. So this series captures a part of London's geography that you can no longer go and see for real.

Also apparent, and relevant from a social history viewpoint, are the cars (1970s staples like Hillman Hunters, Rover 3500s and Ford Cortinas are often to be seen, and are routinely driven without seatbelts), the home and office environments (they often looked uncomfortable and had awful décor, and not much in the way of IT, either) and the social attitudes (for example being patronising to women, drinking and driving, and making racist comments had not yet become socially unacceptable).

Ho himself comes across as a personable enough chap, but I find him dreadfully indiscreet, naive and unprofessional. It's small wonder his colleagues found him so irritating - I couldn't have taken it either. But mavericks are like that.

Some of the other characters are really more like caricatures. The portrayal of some of the criminal underworld is almost laughable in its shallowness - you wonder if the scriptwriters and actors had ever met a real gangster, or if they just took their inspiration from other detective programmes.

The remastering isn't the best quality, but this might reflect the original production standards and it only becomes apparent once seen on a modern TV set.

So if you want some history as well as just a TV drama, and you are able to accept the flaws as well, buy it and enjoy. Just bear in mind it is not made to modern standards, and it often shows.


Casio Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap MQ24/7B
Casio Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap MQ24/7B
Offered by Mayflower Stores
Price: £6.87

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple is Beautiful, 12 July 2008
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I've had one of these for a few years now. I got it because it was the clearest analog display I'd ever seen, and the watch itself was small and light.

It's attractive to look at, nice to wear and it keeps very good time. Provided you don't need to know the date, or if it's morning or afternoon, and don't need the to-the-second precision of a digital watch, this watch will do the job. The lack of these features mean it's no good for those expecting to travel into different time zones, but not everyone does that.

This watch is an absolute classic. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and does it well. For me, it is the clarity and simplicity that make it so beautiful.


Casio Men's Quartz Watch with Grey Dial Digital Display and Black Resin Strap W-96H-1AVES
Casio Men's Quartz Watch with Grey Dial Digital Display and Black Resin Strap W-96H-1AVES
Price: £14.95

76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who could ask for anything more?, 11 July 2008
This isn't a fashion item at all, and it doesn't pretend to be. But it is a sensible practical tool ideal for everyday use. I needed a watch with the unambiguity of a digital readout but the clarity of a good analog display, and this one was the closest I could find which is why I chose it. Combis are no good to me, the digital display is far too small.

There's nothing to dislike about this watch. It's light and unobtrusive to wear, with a clear display that has all the essential information on one screen. It keeps excellent time, mine gains only a second a week. And it's easy to reset to the exact time when you want. It is comfortable to wear and the buttons are well placed. I find I don't accidentally push them with my arm and hand movements during normal wear -- this has been a problem with other watches I have had.

The 10 year battery life means that the battery should never need replacing -- my view is that it is usually safer and more economic just to replace the watch at that point. The strap will probably be the Achilles Heel -- why can't Casio get these right when it does everything else so well?

Buy one of these and you'll have paid less than £15 for a watch with no gimmicks and which does everything well. Who could ask for anything more?
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