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37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) [DVD]
37 Days: The Countdown To World War 1 (BBC) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ian McDiarmid
Price: £12.10

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You couldn't make it up..., 1 July 2014
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This wonderful cast bring the dry diplomatic story brilliantly to life - you feel as if you are on a runaway train with the clock ticking inexorably down to catastrophe. Absolutely gripping and sheds light on these complex events in a way that is completely accessible.


Generation War [Blu-ray]
Generation War [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Volker Bruch
Price: £8.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a great time to be young..., 1 July 2014
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This review is from: Generation War [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Excellent performances, gripping story, dreadful, dreadful times.


Tails Are Wagging on Crete
Tails Are Wagging on Crete
by Freida Richards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.30

5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Crete?, 30 Jan 2013
This devastating book should be required reading for anyone contemplating settling in Crete. The author loves the island, respects its traditions and admires its people. She has also seen a side to Crete which many other Europeans will find disturbing - that's to say the despicable treatment and plight of animals, dogs, cats, horses and donkeys, regarded as pets by most of us.

The author and her husband didn't intend to devote their lives to animal welfare when they moved to Crete in search of the good life - although they clearly both have the qualities needed for such work: endless patience, emotional resilience and a willingness to sacrifice their own comfort for the benefit of the cruelly treated, abandoned and sometimes tortured creatures they find, collect or are brought to their home.

Some of the accounts in the book make for harrowing reading - but that's not to say there aren't moments of great hilarity which you will laugh out loud at. The story of the journey Freida Richards and her husband first made to get to Crete for example, with their own dogs and horses in tow, lends weight to the argument that truth is a lot stranger than fiction! The book also reveals much about the history and atmosphere of Crete; if you're interested in the island at all, or in the sparks that can fly when dreams collide with reality, you'll enjoy this wonderful book!


Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
by Christopher Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of facts but lively too!, 25 Nov 2012
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Read this after "Europe's Tragedy:A History of the Thirty Years War' - I found this a much easier read. It really is quite gripping (however unlikely that may sound) and gives a good introduction to the subject with helpful maps and interesting insights. Quite approachable for the general reader.


Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
Europe's Tragedy: A New History of the Thirty Years War
by Peter H. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted..., 25 Nov 2012
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I like a serious read and did learn a lot from this book but it took me 3 months to finish - if I stopped for more than a couple of days, I had to go back to the start of the chapter as it's so dense. To be fair, the subject matter is complex and the events cover a long period and a huge geographical area. Just don't expect to zip through it! On the other hand, it's a book I'll probably read again(once I've got over the first time...).


Nine Suitcases
Nine Suitcases
by Bela Zsolt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, disturbing and unusual., 25 Nov 2012
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This is a strange book but one that will be of interest to anyone who has studied the holocaust. The writer has a viewpoint that one rarely comes across as an educated central-European Jew who had a chance to get to safety at the start of the war and then endured the horrors of the Eastern Front and the ghetto. You always feel that you are hearing the voice of an individual which is so precious given that the holocaust robbed many millions of their unique lives and experiences. It is terribly sad at times and yet also retains a real sense of people's little struggles against tyranny and adversity that can almost be described as cheering. Zsolt's perceptions of the Western powers, the Germans and his fellow Hungarians provides a rich and varied insight into aspects of the war with which most of us in England are unfamiliar.


History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century (Blackwell Classic Histories of Europe)
History of Germany, 1780-1918: The Long Nineteenth Century (Blackwell Classic Histories of Europe)
by David Blackbourn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £21.59

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good..., 25 Nov 2012
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Haven't finished this yet but so far it's been exactly what I was looking for - clear, informative and thought-provoking.


Korres Best of Korres Gift Set
Korres Best of Korres Gift Set
Offered by Beauté Définie LONDON
Price: £21.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely products, excellent present(and easy to post...), 8 Sep 2012
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Products from Korres are always reliable and good value - this set is the perfect way to introduce a friend to the brand and makes an unusual gift.


Qualcast Panther 30 Hand Powered Cylinder Lawnmower (30 cm Cutting Width) (Old Version)
Qualcast Panther 30 Hand Powered Cylinder Lawnmower (30 cm Cutting Width) (Old Version)

5.0 out of 5 stars The joy of mowing., 15 May 2012
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I am not a nerd or enthusiast for machinery in general but must confess to feeling an unexpected delight with this little mower. I bought it to keep my allotment paths tidy and it does the job beautifully. It's incredibly light and easy to use yet feels robust. Long grass does need to be mowed twice but I've often had that problem with powered mowers. I even used it on my large front lawn at home this weekend as the alternative was my husband's beastly petrol machine - it took a while but as there are no fumes, no faffing about with the cable and a lot less noise the experience was really pleasant. The only problem I would mention is that it doesn't like uneven ground - this isn't an issue for me but may be worth bearing in mind for other buyers.


Friday Night Dinner [DVD]
Friday Night Dinner [DVD]
Dvd ~ Simon Bird
Price: £7.10

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formulaic? Repetitive? Remind you of life?, 17 Mar 2012
This review is from: Friday Night Dinner [DVD] (DVD)
Just wanted to say that criticising this sit-com for being formulaic is rather missing the point - it is the constant repetition of the same awkward, toe-curling situations that provides the comedy. As in real life, we find the characters colluding in an endless cycle of disfunction and misunderstanding. Anyone who's been part of a family must recognise these patterns and the fact that there is an enormous amount of love and compassion just under the surface. Whether this strikes you as funny or not is just a matter of taste. I absolutely adored it and just wish the DVD release date was sooner. On the other hand, I'll probably appreciate it more for having had to wait. Hope my friends and family will love it too as it will be featuring high on my list of 'presents to send' at Xmas 2012 (much in the same way as the novel 'Child 44' did last year...).


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