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Mr. J. J. Hubbard "Josh" (Leicester, UK)

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Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series [Season 1]
Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series [Season 1]
Price: £5.64

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 7 Jun. 2011
I don't write many reviews, but I felt compelled to write something about this CD.

The closest I've got to New Orleans is watching Treme, and that was the first I'd heard of New Orleans music as well.

The CD just has amazing track after amazing track, a mixture of old 'classic' New Orleans music and songs written since Katrina struck.

It gives you a real feel for the place, creating an atmosphere of what it was and is like.

First the programme, next the CD, after that probably tickets to the place itself..

Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession: A Story of Fell Running and Obsession
Feet in the Clouds: A Tale of Fell-Running and Obsession: A Story of Fell Running and Obsession
by Richard Askwith
Edition: Paperback

19 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No sense of perspective, no humility. Real shame., 30 Nov. 2009
I was really hoping for the best with this: a book about a subject which intrigues me, written by a successful journalist who must have a talent for writing.

But by the second page I was already completely sick of it, and I'll try to explain why.

Page 2: 'Perhaps this is what wounded soldiers feel, as they call with their dying breath for their mothers'. Sorry, he's comparing himself to a dying soldier. My mind immediately thinks of the 200+ soldiers killed in Afghanistan, literally killed soldiers who may have literally called out for their mothers. I don't think running in the Lakes for even as much as 8 hours (8 hours!) can or, more imprtantly, should be compared to what a dying soldier might be feeling.

He then goes on to write about how he wants to lie down for a moment, but, no, he carries on, heroically, helpfully reminding us that he is but half an hour away from the last point where he might know where he is. As he says, he could be in as bad a position as Joe Simpson was, or Shackleton, or the 'billions of men [who] have faced worse challenges than this'. But he isn't. He's in the Lake District. No more than a few miles from civilisation.

Perhaps he should have remembered that before he started describing a pretty ordinary event in such an exaggerated style.

There are more examples, but I think these two make the point clearly enough.

A massive disappointment that this couldn't just have been an interesting and well-written account of an activity which is undoubtedly impressive and which takes place in places which have to be some of the most stunning in the world, certainly in Britain anyway. A real shame that he couldn't have written with some humility and sense of perspective. If you go on a run in the fells, you aren't experiencing what it must be like to go to war. You aren't experiencing anything which even approaches that. You're experiencing something which is undoubtedly special, but special in its own way and which doesn't need to be talked-up to interest a rational reader.
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by Andy Kirkpatrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read by a really decent guy, 5 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Psychovertical (Paperback)
The book is written in an unusual style, which at first I took for being a way to fill out what would otherwise have been a short story about one amazing climb: Reticent Wall. It did actually take a little while for that feeling to fade, and the regular conversations between the author and his own thoughts grated slightly at first.

But as I got into it, I really started to appreciate what Andy is all about. His achievements seem all the more impressive given that he doesn't come across as having the heroic qualities you'd expect such a climber to have, and it's this that really makes the book stand out for me. You feel as if he's experiencing what you might experience whilst hanging a thousand feet up a vertical wall by virtue of a small hook, and feel much closer to him as a result. And inspired.

One other small gripe is the title of the book, which gives the wrong impression that it's a book for the Nuts generation of young men impressed by wacky stunts, when actually it's a very personal and sensitive account of Andy's experiences, thoughts and feelings. An impressive book about amazing feats, written by someone who seems like a thoroughly decent guy.

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