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The Ghost Of The Mountain
The Ghost Of The Mountain
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, 29 Jan. 2014
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Musical appreciation is subjective of course but I love this album - and think Snow Patrol fans would too probably. Most songs are instant classics and I seem to play little else at the moment. The backing singers are excellent too and I love little touches like the tremulous Mandolin of Peter Buck shining through on occasion to give little notes of REM


Le Creuset Wine Accessories WT-110 Waiters Corkscrew - Black
Le Creuset Wine Accessories WT-110 Waiters Corkscrew - Black

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant & Sturdy Cork Screw, 29 Jan. 2014
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I find the double-action of the Waiter's Friend type mechanism is especially good at ensuring the removal of old corks in one piece


Prisoners of the Kaiser (Voices of the veterans)
Prisoners of the Kaiser (Voices of the veterans)
by Richard Van Emden
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book on the rarely investigated topic of Prisoners of the First World War, 29 Jan. 2014
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Each chapter begins with the author’s concise introduction to the scene and theme then leads on to the Veterans’ first-hand accounts of their time in captivity – enlightening and moving. I know from his other books that Richard van Emden spent decades visiting, interviewing & recording numerous surviving Veterans of the Great War to build up an invaluable archive of their experiences before they were lost to us. He states in the intro that research for this book began in 1999, when he could only find 20 or so remaining PoWWI and he directly recorded the thoughts of 10 of these men. All his contributors had 19th Century birth dates and were thus Centenarians at the time of these interviews - it seems really important that these testimonies have been recorded. The numerous photographs excellently illustrate and compliment the subject matter and together the full range of experiences are covered – from capture and transport through the lines to the camps, the daily grind of life, interaction between inmates and guards, works including salt mining, terrible near-starvation experiences, extraordinary orchestral and theatrical performances permitted in some of the camps (including photos of a prisoner in a full jousting Knight’s costume), tributes to those who did not survive imprisonment, to the eventual release and poignant home comings for the lucky ones (including the irony of one returnee being put to work guarding German Prisoners in East Sussex). Highly recommended book.


The Soldiers' War - The Great War Through Veterans' Eyes
The Soldiers' War - The Great War Through Veterans' Eyes
by Richard Van Emden
Edition: Hardcover

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soldiers' War, 10 Nov. 2008
The Soldiers' War is genuinely exceptional. There are other Great War anthologies around, but this one stands out by a country mile. The book claims to contain primarily unpublished stories from 1914-1918 and whilst I do not know enough about the period to comment, I do not recognise any accounts that I have read before. Furthermore, the breadth and exquisite balance of the tales here makes this book so very gripping.
The book contains not just the familiar stories associated with the war, but others that I have never even thought about: There is a man pulling 18th Century pewter from a dugout, another finding a Roman Sword uncovered by a shell explosion. There are stories of the survival and the beauty of nature, and of men locating trout ponds behind the Somme Battlefield for a spot of fishing.
Some of the stories are frightening and, at times, violent; many others are deeply moving and occasionally almost poetic, emotionally charged as they are. Others are genuinely funny, such as the officer who writes about two Geordie friends one of whom is shot and wounded. One man rips open the tunic of the other, looks at the wound and says `ee man, its champion'. The friend, pleased with the nice wound, replies: `Howay, Geordie, gan awa and shake hands with the German for bein' sae canny.' The incredible gallows humour of conflict.
I found the illustrations extraordinary, not least because the soldiers themselves took them, using their own private cameras, which were banned and therefore illegal. I've never seen such privately taken images elsewhere, although one slight nit-picky point here is the quality of reproduction - it's good, but given their historical importance might have been a little better. That said, on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, this book is an outstanding tribute to those men who lost so much, and whose sacrifices we must keep on remembering.


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