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The Drovers: Who They Were and How They went
The Drovers: Who They Were and How They went
by Kenneth John Bonser
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Any one of these books will a magnificent read for those interested in the trade of Droving animals across great distances, they, 26 Aug 2014
There are three reference books on the early 19C trade of the moving of cattle ,sheep and even geese huge distances from both the Scottish borders and Wales.

MR Colyers magnificent text "The Welsh Cattle Drovers" and Kenneth Bonsers more general but equally impressive account of the Drovers and who they were.

Those two books are sadly out of print and certainly difficult to obtain due to their age and limited availability.

A recently released and more centralised account of Droving in Northumberland is the third text.

Any one of these books will a magnificent read for those interested in the trade of Droving animals across great distances, they are recognised as true classic reference books on this most interesting of subjects.


Drovers' Roads of Wales
Drovers' Roads of Wales
by Shirley Toulson
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A detailed analysis of the Drovers and their routes in the North and West of Wales., 26 Aug 2014
A superb reference book on what is regarded as a rather specialist subject.
The early 19C Droving trade really came to an abrupt end in the late 1850s with the arrival of the Railways making the walking of countless beasts from Wales to the markets of Smithfield and other fairs in the SE of England unneccessary.

This book with the use of hand drawn maps outlines the main Drovers Roads in both North wales and Mid Wales especially in the Harlech Aberystwyth areas.

It was Anglesea that saw the main Droving trade in the North with Cardigan, Tregaron, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen seeing the main trade in South West Wales.

Shirley Toulson has also produced a second volume dealing with the Droving in South Wales being Llandovery, Brecon and Builth Wells being the main centres.

There have been few publications written about the Droving trade with KJ Bonser and MR Colyers publications being the classic text on the subject.

For those wanting to discover the routes actually used by Drovers throughout Wales then Shirley Toulsons book is a magnificent guide, and the hand drawn maps and illustrations make the book an excellent purchase for those genuinely interested in the subject.


Camberwick Green (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy - Re-scanned 2011 by the BBC)
Camberwick Green (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy - Re-scanned 2011 by the BBC)
Dvd ~ Brian Cant
Offered by Gordon Murray (Trumptonshire) Ltd
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A big and significant improvement BUT ONLY JUST, 22 Aug 2014
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Considering the age, I was only three when they were first televised back in 1966, and the limited quality of its original 16mm film this Blu Ray HD transfer is quite a step up in quality over everything else we have witnessed in the past.

Those expecting stunning clarity may be disappointed and in certain episodes especially the Mr Caraway the Fishmonger episode you can clearly see that the very old original film has seen better days with the picture quality almost on par with the standard dvd losing a lot of its clarity.

Certain episodes particularly the Peter the Postman and Jonathan Bell episodes are particularly impressive, you can clearly see the bits of string used to manipulate the characters arms and heads suspended from the trees and sky.

Its a real surprise that anyone thought it would be a good idea to have a go at digitally enhancing very old 16mm film, but its a testimony to the popularity of the Trumptonshire trilogy that we can enjoy Camberwick Green like we have never seen it before.

The sound quality has certainly improved and this new HD transfer is certainly clearer than anything we have heard before, but certain episodes are really beyond 21C digital help with immense picture grain and quality almost on par with the standard dvd, but all is not doom and gloom with a few episodes pretty spectacular and worth the tenner asking price.

One interesting highlight was being able to read the letters in Peter's hand whilst visiting the post office, with Dr Mops name clearly printed on the envelope, they could have printed anything on it not expecting nearly fifty years later technology able to bring out the blurd detail.

This DVD set is certainly worth purchasing and depending on the quality of your tv and disc player you may be in for a treat, but we cannot escape the fact that Camberwick Green was the very first childrens programme made in colour in March 1966 and because of that we could not expect miracles with 21C digital technology.

I was certainly impressed with what has been done to the picture quality but this is by no means a superb transfer, certain episodes are ropey to say the least whilst others are eye popingly good, but at ten pounds this twin disc set is a steal especially for those die hard fans ME INCLUDED.

If you are looking for the best quality picture we are ever likely to see, even better than the original 1966 broadcast then this Blu Ray set is a must have purchase, but be aware certain episodes are beyond help due to their age and in particular the Mr Caraway episode was dodgy to say the least.


LCD Digital Temperature Humidity Meter Thermometer
LCD Digital Temperature Humidity Meter Thermometer
Offered by Right Goods Right Price
Price: 2.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Changing the time is very easy and having a humidity gauge is also a bonus, 11 July 2014
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A very accurate and sensitive digital temperature readout with the ability to switch from centigrade to farenhight.
The AAA battery can last well over a year and even light body heat will effect the temperature.
Changing the time is very easy and having a humidity gauge is also a bonus.

Well worth purchasing.


Cracker - Complete Collection [DVD]
Cracker - Complete Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robbie Coltrane
Price: 17.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW I forgot just how good this series was An easy 5 star rating., 20 Jun 2014
It's quite strange for me to forget the plot of a crime series once I've seen it, but that is exactly what happened on my reintroduction to this quite brilliant series.

Every time I watch a repeat of Touch of Frost I never forget the outcome or plot however old the episode,but apart from my reintroduction to characters I was almost watching Cracker for the first time, and for me that is a good thing.

The developing plot between Sgt Beck and DS Penhalligon was handled brilliantly,really there is nothing to fault this series, each episodes are stand alone classics with awe inspiring plots and acting to match.

I clearly remembered all the characters especially Coltranes character Fitz but due to the sublime acting it was as if I was watching the episodes for the first time not remembering how each episode began or finished.

Its testimony to a great series that actors as accomplished as Coltrane did not overshadow the rest of the cast.

I had forgotten Ricky Tomlinson featured as the Detective Inspector, it was a surprise to see him and like the rest of the cast a great piece of acting.

Each episode starts rather slowly but builds up its momentum quite brilliantly with Coltranes quite brutal tactics in gaining a confession from the accused in his cross examination techniques.

This disc set has been given an 18 adult certificate for its graphic content and over all nature, but thankfully the graphic nature enhances the realism and plot.

Maybe the picture quality is not that impressive and there are no extras or background storylines but one cannot escape the fact that Cracker in all its eleven episodes was drama of the highest quality.

It's such a shame that only eleven episodes were produced because my reintroduction to this superb series has brought back many fond memories of this superb series and this is one disc set I am sure to watch again and again.


The Magenta 'Bat5'. Digital Quartz Bat Detector locater listener
The Magenta 'Bat5'. Digital Quartz Bat Detector locater listener
Offered by Nutbags garden bird foods
Price: 96.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality detector & very easy to use, 5 Jun 2014
Let's put it this way for the technology side of things this Magenta Bat5 detector represents superb value for money due to the fact that it is able to pick up a substantial amount of Ultrsound frequencies that are in audible to the majority of adults.

Incredibly Magenta manufacture and assemble all their Bat detectors here in England which makes their asking price somewhat of a bargain when virtually all electronic items are made and assembled in China or the Far East.

The hearing of young children is more acute than say a thirty year old adult so a child can often hear the callings of various bat species when they are in audible to the older person.

This Bat5 detector has the same technology as it's slightly cheaper brother the Bat4 but you are paying for the slightly more sensitive digital display with it's very precise reading.

The one thing you will notice about either Magenta product is their superb build quality and their ability to use ordinary AAA battery's when most other detectors use the smaller less powerful 9V battery.

If you do a search on what the internal electronics of one of these detectors looks like you will soon realise you are buying a quality product, a product that is incredibly easy to use, you just point the detector in any given direction and if a bat is within calling distance it will pick up its call and convert it electronically to something a human ear can listen to.

A very popular frequency appears to be 50Khz, with many of the more common bat species such as the Pipistrel using this frequency.

Imagine tuning in a digital DAB radio, using this Magenta Bat5 is exactly the same except you are tuning into frequencies in audible to most peoples ears.

If you want a less complicated detector buy the cheaper Bat4 but if you need to know the exact frequency a particular bat species is using then the digital read out of the Bat5 will come into its own.

Either way you are buying a quality product manufactured and assembled here in England which today is a real rarity.

It's a product that if treated with care should last many years and who knows you may discover a potentially rare Bat species living in your loft.


Guy Martin: My Autobiography
Guy Martin: My Autobiography
by Guy Martin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.88

5.0 out of 5 stars 21 points on his road driving licence & the magistrates let him off with a caution., 4 Jun 2014
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I was hoping Guys autobiography would be an interesting read but it's his unique style of Lincolnshire humour that makes this book a real pleasure to read, and it has been written is a style that makes it compelling reading, a book that is not easy to put down once you've started reading it.

Few of us have amassed more than 3 or 4 points on our driving licence but Guy with 18 points was given an extra three and a soft fine, with the prosecution magistrate not quite remembering in their thirty years as a JP not banning the offender.

Even the prosecution magistrate asked him how he was so adept at getting his elbow so low on the TT course, being an advanced motorcycle instructor himself.

His gradual build up and discussion on how his racing career started especially on the road circuits of Northern Ireland is particularly well written and written with great passion.

I particularly enjoyed the inner dealings and controversies surrounding the various racing teams he has ridden for, that part of the book the majority of us bike nuts will find especially revealing.

I was unaware that Guy dislikes signing autographs in venues such as the annual NEC & Excell bike shows or even the various events he takes part in not because he cannot be bothered but because he suffers from a mild version of Aspergers Syndrome.

We all know he likes a cup of tea, but did you realise in certain stressful situations such as large crowds of excited fans looking for a autograph his thoughts turn very wired indeed.

The book is very revealing and incredibly well written with colourful language and humour that one cannot fail to enjoy.

Strangely enough the writing style and descriptive analysis of how his career started and developed can only have been written by someone like Guy Martin.

You've no doubt seen him many times on the various television appearances he's made, with his down to earth friendly persona, well on reading his book that character of the friendly chap who loves a cup of tea certainly shines through.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and it's not that often that I find it hard to put a book down like this one.

Like all the other reviews for this autobiography, it's a book that will please virtually every reader, even those with little interest in motorbike racing, but obviously that is its main reading audience and should be on every bikers reading list.


Timex Originals Watch with Cream Dial and Grey Nylon Strap - T2N654PF
Timex Originals Watch with Cream Dial and Grey Nylon Strap - T2N654PF
Offered by Watch Shop
Price: 39.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The pictures of this Timex do not do it justice !!, 12 May 2014
How wrong I was thinking this magnificent Timex was rather small, more designed for a ladies small frame and wrists.
It is far larger and more masculine with a build quality quite remarkable for the price.
It just goes to show that looking at internet photographs can be very deceiving when choosing a watch, you really do have to see it in person and try it on.

The white face is particularly clear and very attractive to look at, you do not have to look twice at the time everything stands out incredibly well.

There are twelve individual holes on the nice quality nylon strap so this watch will fit the wrist of any person you care to mention, and the strap is extremely comfortable to wear.

There is comfort in the knowledge that Timex is in a very select group of horologists ( watchmakers) who make their own watch movements, in this case a humble quartz battery affair.

Only Patek Phillipe, Blancpain and a hand few other rarefied watch companies make every moving part of the watch.

Not even Rolex make every single part of their watch movements,buying in a few separate parts from other Swiss companies, you see wearing a Timex carries no shame, it's a particularly old company in American terms having started out as long ago in 1858, which makes it even older than Rolex and far more affordable as we'll.

This Timex quartz has quite an audible tick to it, maybe noisier than most customers may like, but it keeps particularly accurate time loosing less than two seconds a week.

Let's put it this way, this Timex is an out and out steal for the price of 24.99.

If you did not know it cost so little you would certainly value it far higher.

I even know of a particular jewellers in Bond St in London who charge more than 25 to look at your watch even if nothing is actually wrong with it.

You see 24.99 in watch terms is not a lot of money,and even though it's manufactured under licence in the Philippines it's made to very exacting standards.

Having the trademark Timex Indiglo nightlight is also a real bonus.

This is one very fine watch, and certainly would not look out of place on anyone's wrist.


Endeavour - Series 2 [DVD]
Endeavour - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Shaun Evans
Price: 12.00

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still remarkable drama Long May it Continue, 15 April 2014
This review is from: Endeavour - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
I am sure you watched this new series expecting more of the quality drama provided by Shaun Evans and company, and I was certainly not disappointed.

Actually the scripts and story lines are even more powerful and the acting continues to impress, making Endeavour a stand alone series able to hold its head high alongside Morse & Lewis

It's interesting and fun to see the man behind the idea Colin Dexter make his Alfred Hitcock style appearances in each episode as he has done in every single episode of Morse,Lewis and both Endeavour.

All I can say is long may this series continue, but due to the massive production costs I doubt it will become a long established series like Morse.
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Apollo23 - Weather Storm Forecast Water Predictor Bottle Barometer Set Creative Glass Craft
Apollo23 - Weather Storm Forecast Water Predictor Bottle Barometer Set Creative Glass Craft
Offered by Pay.low
Price: 6.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly accurate weather barometer., 13 Mar 2014
This is a surprisingly accurate and effective weather instrument.

Once you've filled the glass ball half full to somewhere in between the rain and sunshine symbol with the supplied syringe and plastic pipe you then need to allow it to settle for at least 48 hrs.

You can use the supplied food colouring tablets to darken the water and make observing the water level slightly easier, but I've found over time it discolours the glass so I use just ordinary clear water.

When the air pressure increases the water will go towards the bottom of the glass spout and it's usually an indication of improving weather.

When the air pressure falls the water will rise to the top of the spout.

In the recent very unsettled weather in the New Year of 2014 where the barometric pressure went as low as 1043mb (that in Shipping Forecast Terms is very low indeed) the water trickled out of the small glass bowl at the top, but for it to do that there has to be a very severe depression over the Uk which happens very infrequently.

Most of the time the water level just moves up and down the spout in small increments, but it is very sensitive to even the smallest changes in air pressure.

There are other similar glass barometers on the market, it all depends on which one you like the look of, but they all work on the same principal and react well to even the smallest changes in air pressure.


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