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Asterix in Britain
Asterix in Britain
by Uderzo
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.43

5.0 out of 5 stars classic asterix, 14 Dec 2013
This review is from: Asterix in Britain (Paperback)
classic unsurpassed Asterix - Goscinny and Uderzo at their indomitable best, and if you want an objective Gallic view of all that is best of the Brits - no magic potion required - then there is none finer.


The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000
The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000
by Chris Wickham
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity; not radical, not great, 30 Jan 2010
The central thesis is that Rome evolved and did not collapse. The book covers 500 years to 1000. It covers most of Europe a bit of Africa and a bit of Asia. It is too broad. There is little political history - hardly any battles, hardly any explanation of how the various peoples who displced Rome moved, were structured outside the empire or how they challenged Rome. There is little background as to what the Empire in the West was like before c 400. If it was tribal, disparate and poor then there was no change.
In Wickhams England the Anglo Saxons came in, kept to themselves, didn't interact: kept no words from Latin, or Celtic, made up a minority of people, then made England. No-one got hurt, possibly an agreed sort of merger - might have been a takeover. Who knows. Wickham isn't committing. Now on to Spain.
He freely admits the archaeology shows a collapse in living standards - particularly in England and Italy. He describes a myriad of kingdoms the size of a couple of counties, and yet he still says this was continuity. He happily admits that the poetry and culture of 4th century Rome is replaced by just religious tracts and church building - yet because there are more of these - apparently - from the 6th C than Roman 4th C then literature is all fine too. Just because Bede had no-one clever to talk to being stuck at the top of a benighted continent is no proof whatsoever that Rome hasn't just merrily evolved. Yeavering is rolled out as proof that all is well - a dozen timber holes an equivalent of Roman masonary and politcal structure from Hadrians Wall to the Persian borders. He covers 500 years, but within the first 100 the Roman Empire is gone (not in the East of course - but that's Byzantine and he pretty much ignores it just as we do).
Better the further he moves from 400, but there's a lot to cover and ultimately it has as much the feel of a Penguin History series high level review than the detailed analysis I was expecting. Inddeed 600 years and a huge territory at times it seems as much an early regal list with added verbiage as anything else and possibly couldn't avoid being so. A good background or introduction to the period, but not good on all and not great on any.
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Sigh No More
Sigh No More
Price: 5.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my heart told my head, 10 Jan 2010
This review is from: Sigh No More (Audio CD)
etc. best of 2009. all of above. indie/folk + rock + bluegrass. very very good.


Eurolight Twin 8 Led Front Lights - Rechargeable 6 Volt System
Eurolight Twin 8 Led Front Lights - Rechargeable 6 Volt System

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, 12 Dec 2009
Used it off-road to replace older halogens - hard 2 hour ride (vg mud and mist, only one rocky downhill, got lost - not lights fault.)
On its own a bit too focused and not quite bright enough.
Easily good enough for roads. Borderline off - road - I mean got round all ok so as a base entry off road light its unbeatable at the price and will be vg if you want to see if you like off-roading.
Will rig as headlight. bought another as gift.
1) if pushed in all way connections were fine - seemed easy to think they were in when they weren't but just reqd push.
2) it lasted 2 hours on both lights and still going strong
3) The battery is v compact. Will put in back pocket once a helmet light

At c 200ukp less than other leds - and 1/2 price of nearest rival this is good.
Would be nice if had head light kit - will have to diy.


THE GIRL WHO COULDNT FLY
THE GIRL WHO COULDNT FLY
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 11.04

4 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars terribly twee, 20 Aug 2006
This has a newly written track called 'fare thee well' and one on a knight on yon hill. No-one says 'fare thee well' or 'yon' these days. Cutting edge this ain't. Sounds nice but the lyrics are therefore clear as day and are very lightweight. Anyone writing about a Moon Shadow risks comparison with Cat Stevens and Maggie Reilly/Mike Oldfield. Kate'e effort here emphasises the weakness of the song writing on this album.
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