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Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2010-2011
Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2010-2011
by Jack Rollin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always reliable, always there..., 12 Sept. 2010
Yet another year has gone by in the world of football. Yet another example of records left, right and centre having been changed.
As usual, The Sky Sports Football Yearbook surpasses all others, simply because the writers and contributors are keenly aware of the standard
need to keep up with the ever fast paced modern world of national and international football.
This 41st edition has done for football what the yearly Wisden does for cricket. The colour of the cover is synonymous with the original idea, no
doubt borrowed from Wisdon (Yellow), and has become fully recognisable as such.
I can well remember the shading changes from the 14th edition and the uproar caused by the colour change. Thanfully, since the 33rd year (the last "Rothman's" year) the same colour and format have remained in place.

What would I like to see, within those hallowed covers, that isn't there?
Well, obviously, space is the problem, but if it were possible, then going back to the 1st edition, a complete list of every Football League table from 1888, the soccer steps of historypage updated and revised, but most of all, a current "Career records of league goalscorers" section reintroduced (Pages 25 and 26 in the Ist edition) and even an all-time goal-scoring list all players ever.

Having said that, I am perfectly happy to have the same version I have now, but I believe those additions would prove interesting and useful.If not in the 42nd edition, how about a 50th edition special?

A brilliant book, giving endless hours of help, education and statistics for anyone interested in football.


The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents
The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents
by Alex Butterworth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 27 July 2010
This effort from Butterworth is quintessential to anyone interested in the Late Victorian Period of London, England and indeed Europe. What really went on, in and around the East End of London in particular, and the multi-involvement of the police spy network, is a marvel to read about. The best thing about it is that it is all true. The World That Never Was is a book that I could not recommend more highly. Butterworth has really hit the nail on the head with this mammoth book, in more ways than one. The research is impeccable. It opens up a miriad of possibilities to understand why the police acted the way they did, and how the build-up towards the Russian revolution, the First World War and the eventual conflict in Ireland, had firm bases of the seeds sown. Theses things are easily seen, amongst much much more. Totally brilliant, and historically thought provoking.


E1: A Journey Through Whitechapel and Spitalfields
E1: A Journey Through Whitechapel and Spitalfields
by John G Bennett
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL East End, 20 Jan. 2010
What the author has done here is put together an essential overview on the current view of the East End. Not flowery, not over influenced by history, but a balanced view of the area as of today. He cleverly interweaves the ever present ghosts from the past into today's society, and the photograpic images are quite beyond reproach.
If you are going to buy a combined pictorial and written work on the area, this book is probably the best you will find. I have read and re read it, and find new things out about the area every time. The author really has, in my honest opinion, caught the mood, the ambience and the conditions perfectly.

If I had one, tiny murmur of a wish..the accompaniment of a street map would have made the book total, but it is, for me, a very very fine effort indeed.

PC


Harold Gimblett: Tormented Genius of Cricket
Harold Gimblett: Tormented Genius of Cricket
by David Foot
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a credit to cricket books, 5 Feb. 2003
Harold Gimblett, a man who in his own words, questioned his sanity, dismisses his own cricketing brilliance and torments himself and others with verbal attacks on those around him. Yet here is a man, whom Somerset cricket, and indeed, English County Cricket from 1935-1954 , would have been much the poorer without.
His first over smiting over long leg, or the far sightscreen, often from the first ball he recieved, made batting against very fast and very dangerous bowling look very very easy indeed.
Brought up in a small Somerset village, he was given a game for his county because of injuries to the regualar team players, having been at the county ground on trial, and having been rejected. A last minute replacement, a farcical trip to get to the match, and a maiden century in 63mins against bowlers who had played for England. His efforts to play this down, and subsequent traumas over self imposed questions that nobody could answer, eventually forced his retirement from the game in 1954.
When you read this book, you will feel for the man. You may even shed a not unworthy tear or two. It compells compassion.
A brilliantly written book by David Foot, who draws on many excellent sources to provide you with an intimate account of this tormented genius.
If there is a better cricket book, that tugs on more emotions, then it has yet to be written. As near perfection as is possible to come. Highly and thoroughly recommended. And when you do read it, it will haunt you enough for you to start it again almost immeadiately.


Classic Mastercuts Disco Volume 1
Classic Mastercuts Disco Volume 1
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £19.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disco Mastercuts Vol 1, 3 Feb. 2003
As a retired DJ, I cannot possibly count how many records I have played, for every audience. This album, is probably the quintessential dance album for music from 1977-1981. The choices made for this compilation are not just excellent. They are beyond reproach. All full length versions, thank goodness.
Track 1 sees Dan Hatman's Vertigo/Relight my fire...and a better introduction to a dancefloor classic would be hard to find.
Track 2, Tamiko Jomes' Can't live without your love is a pearl of a song.I could write like this forever...but will just indulge you in 4 more of the tracks..for very special mentions.
Track 5 GQ-Disco Nights...a funky rumbler that twists and turns in every direction...This 12" remix is probably near to being perfect. The "cascade" waterfall sound sets it up..and rolls you along.
Track 8 , Francine McGee's Delirium is about as disco(in the accepted sense) as I am a giant panda..but this album is TRUE disco..not the commercial stuff...forget that...this is where funk, jazz, dance, disco, combine. This track is THE track for understanding why we all sweated so much in dingy disco's in the late 70's. If you didn't want to dance...listening to this was very infectious indeed. The keyboard jazz-funk half way through is exceptionally brilliant.
Track 10 Shame..Evelyn "Champagne" King...from the very first beat...that first stuttering clomp...this is probably the smoothest dance track of all time. Wonderful voice, great guitar riffs, and the crowning glory, a 40 sec Saxophone break that is like heaven, it moves you, it wails and it cries..and it explodes rythmically upon you. This track is the smoothest of Malt Whisky, La Creme de La Creme of disco.
Finally Track 11. T-Connection's Do what you wanna do. If you really want to know why there were extended remixes made for dance tracks...7mins and 15secs of this will tell you. Probably the classic amongst classics, the drums on this are incredible..not to mention that brilliant vocal. I dare you not to become hooked.
There are 12 tracks on this compilation. I cannot fault one. They range from the light to the heavy, leaning from the frothy disco to the thump of influential P-Funk. Never, ever, in all my years playing music, have I seen such a definitively pure set of brilliant musical honours put before my ears.
If you really want to buy dance disco, you will never get a better, on one 12 track compilation, set of tunes. I can only quote Francine McGee. Pure "Delirium"


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