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Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914
Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 18 July 2014
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Very well written book and a cracking read which gave a strong sense of the context of the war and the developing views of soldiers and civilians on all sides. Hastings also I think is very good at not adopting a 'jingoistic' 'British perspective and concentrating on the failures of others, which makes it all the more surprising that when he outlines death rates by nation he omits to break down the British figures. These show that British troops from Scotland had a death rate of 26%, over twice the UK average and significantly higher than the French at 16%. My Scots Grandfather was an infantry solider during WWI. He was fortunately wounded: and decorated for saving men off the wire in no man's land. You really do feel for all of that social class and wider generation who were at the front line of this tragedy and no matter the number of clever arguments about the 'right' of longer-term British political objectives, you are still left with the feeling of utter tragedy and folly, and the careless attitude to life displayed by aristocratic, political and military elites of that day.


Life In A Beautiful Light
Life In A Beautiful Light
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 27 Sep 2013
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Had bought this for my 10-year old daughter who liked '4th of July' and the album is stunningly good in places and excellent overall. Hadn't expected to like it myself but her voice and songs are very strong: an under-rated artist and surprised she hasn't had a bigger UK profile, higher than the anodyne and insipid material pumped out by many current British female singers. And so nice to hear Amy being unafraid - just like Paolo Nutini - of using her Scots accent on songs: very very refreshing to hear (as a Scot) and it makes the material all the better for it. Will pay more attention to her material in the future.


Yoga - Dogs - Maxi Poster - 61 cm x 91.5 cm
Yoga - Dogs - Maxi Poster - 61 cm x 91.5 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Posters, 25 Dec 2012
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Kids loved them and they are a good size for a bedroom, Kids have started to copy the dog yoga poses. Great fun


GB eye 61 x 91.5 cm Dolphins Underwater Maxi Poster, Assorted
GB eye 61 x 91.5 cm Dolphins Underwater Maxi Poster, Assorted
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Posters, 25 Dec 2012
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Kids loved them and they complementn their other animal psoters, They also copied the dog poses which is good fun


Story of Ireland: In Search of a New National Memory
Story of Ireland: In Search of a New National Memory
by Neil Hegarty
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.37

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but.., 5 Aug 2011
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Coming from Mayo people who came to Scotland in the 1920's, I really enjoyed the book. The earlier histories are well documented and very interesting to read but the book really disappoints in the 20th Century material: particularly in the sorely abject lack of any much criticism of Eamon De Valera (avoiding the London treaty talks and sending Collins to be the 'fall guy', his proactive political role in the Civil War that followed, the political 'balance' of neutrality during WWII and the acceptance and encouragement of Irish emigration throughout much of the 20th Century). Authors such as Tim Pat Coogan provide a powerful counterpoint critique of de Valera's Ireland and while I didn't expect these views to be endorsed by this author, this section falls well short of any hard analysis of one of Ireland's major figureheads during the 20th Century.

A very interesting and enjoyable read, perfect for a skim of the times but falls short in modern age.


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