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Absent Friend
Absent Friend
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd hear some of these songs again, 25 Nov. 2012
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In 1995 I saw Brian Kennedy perform four times in the space of a month on his UK tour. He was outstanding every time. On this tour he was previewing new material and two tracks in particular stood out - Imaginary Conversations and Absent Friends. Both had been written by his collaborator in Sweetmouth - Mark Nevin. Not long after the tour Brian was repackaged by RCA (the 'Better Man' album era) and I was sad to see that these two tracks weren't included on either the album or singles. I tried in vain to find a bootleg recording and as the years went by I thought I'd never hear these songs again.

So I am completely chuffed to see this pair on Brian's new solo album. It feels like a reward for loyalty. The purist in me still hankers after purely acoustic versions but it's brilliant to be reunited with these fine songs after 17 years.

As an aside, I had a few problems with this 'Cloud Player' for MP3s, and found that these tracks are cheaper on iTunes....


Football Grounds from the Air
Football Grounds from the Air
by Ian Hay
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Revised Edition - so I bought it again, 2 April 2011
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Ian Hay's aerial photography is absolutely brilliant. I just run out of superlatives. His particular talent is to set the ground in the foreground and frame a backdrop of the town/city and its worthy features. The resulting shots are spectacular, and it really helps that the reproduction quality is very high.

It would also help if Myriad Books made it clear that this is a revised edition and clearly stated the publication date. Amazon gives the publication date as 25/06/2006 but this revised edition includes the new homes of Doncaster (opened 2007) and Colchester (opened 2008), so I have actually bought the book again.

We're spoilt for aerial photography of football grounds in the UK with this and Aerofilms, I only wish Ian Hay could be persuaded to export his talent to the grounds of France, Spain, Italy and Germany.


Lost League Football Grounds
Lost League Football Grounds
by Michael Heatley
Edition: Hardcover

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2.0 out of 5 stars Let down by some whopping errors, 2 April 2011
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This book was better than I thought it was going to be but that's for two reasons: the brilliant photography of Bob Lilliman (here often reproduced in glorious 10 x 8 format) and the quality print and binding. The actual text adds very little to what you will find in the far superior Football Grounds of Britain by Simon Inglis, and the book has been padded out by the inclusion of 'Memories' from a variety of sources. For such a prolific author as Michael Heatley there are two unforgiveable errors in this book that definitely require an "errata" slip being provided with each copy: on page 81, the photo purporting to be Oxford United is actually the Main Stand at St Johnstone's Muirton Park, and on page 95 there's a superb shot of Scarborough's old Grandstand - shame it's in the Scunthorpe United section.

These errors aside, I would still recommend that people purchase the book for Bob Lilliman's wonderful pictures from the seventies and eighties. Bob is the 'Don' of football ground photography and a comprehensive book of his astonishing archive would be something to treasure.


Around the Grounds: The Essential Fan's Guide to the Clubs of the English Football League (Footprint Activity & Lifestyle Guide)
Around the Grounds: The Essential Fan's Guide to the Clubs of the English Football League (Footprint Activity & Lifestyle Guide)
by Chris Nelson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars A confused book, 2 April 2011
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This book is confused about what it wants to be - it lacks the research and factual detail to work as a guide book, but then it also lacks authority and credibility to work as a journalistic review of English and Welsh football. On the plus side, the design and print is top quality, but it's a shame that some of the excellent ground shots are printed so small. But even that's a bonus because many grounds are not even pictured. The ground reviews are mixed; some have been written with knowledge and honesty, whereas others contain factual errors and ignore the history of the ground. Overall, I suspect that the author doesn't know a great deal about the history of English football grounds since 1988 when Scunthorpe built the first new ground in decades.

In the middle of the book is an 'interlude' of short articles by webzine authors. One is subtitled "Holding back the tide of the McFootball Generation" and yest in the 'Good food' section of the club guides an awful lot of them just direct you to the nearest McDonalds! Or how about the Liverpool entry: "There are a plethora of burger bars and takeaway joints close by". How useful. The introductory articles on each club page generally lack context, and they gloss over controversies or obvious examples of clubs achieving success through bankrolling.

If you want a guide book, I would direct you to Duncan Adams' A Fans Guide to Football Grounds (and associated website) and if you want to know about English football in general, take out a subscription to When Saturday Comes.


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