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I Speak Because I Can
I Speak Because I Can
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed, 24 Mar 2011
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After listening to this album a few time, I can't understand all the hype about Laura Marling. To my ears, most of the songs sound very ordinary, the lyrics often don't fit well with the tunes, and her voice is often weak and flat. However, lots of others love her .....


TuneUp Utilities 2008 (PC)
TuneUp Utilities 2008 (PC)

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, not great, 24 Mar 2011
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This does what it claims to do, in functional terms, but I've used it several times & I can't say I've noticed any huge difference in my PC's performance. Simple to use and well documented, though.


Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House
Live at The Mauch Chunk Opera House
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good live album, 7 Mar 2011
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I have reservations about many live albums but this one is well worth your money, with great harmonies, mostly great songs (some original, some covers)and a real live atmosphere. Almost as good as seeing them live!


Joy Mining
Joy Mining
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good - even for non-folkies., 7 Mar 2011
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Very unlike Iain Matthew's other albums, this is nearer Steely Dan than Fairport convention. It has a wonderful, dreamy quality about it, with some great songs and backing. I dare say it won't appeal to all Matthews fans but it's great that someone who's been around for 40+ years can successfully make something so radically different from his previous work. I have a couple of reservations about it - one or two of the tracks ramble on too long and some of the sax solos aren't at all melodic to my ears - but still, a fine album


Live From Around the World
Live From Around the World
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing live album, 7 Mar 2011
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There are a few good tracks on this album, but it suffers from problems common to too many live albums, especially far too much talking and a feeling that some of these songs would be better done in the studio. I gave this one away after 3 plays.


Greatest Hits: The Story So Far
Greatest Hits: The Story So Far
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good compilation, 7 Mar 2011
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Covers a wide range of Paul Carrack's music, both in bands and solo, and he's in great voice throughout. A few of the 1980s tracks are too heavy on the clattering percussion for my tastes, but that apart I've no complaints.


The Fallout: How a Guilty Liberal Lost His Innocence
The Fallout: How a Guilty Liberal Lost His Innocence
by Andrew Anthony
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read, 7 Mar 2011
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... especially if you're a "dried-out" former soggy liberal. Superbly written and often engrossing, it covers a lot in its 300 pages. Recommended.


In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality, 1939-45
In Time of War: Ireland, Ulster and the Price of Neutrality, 1939-45
by Robert Fisk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read, but worth the effort, 2 Mar 2011
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This is serious, detailed history about a neglected aspect of UK / Irish history. I've read a lot of WW2 history and Irish history, but the majority of this book was new to me.

As other reviewers have noted, none of the main protagonists come out of the book unscathed. To simplify, de Valera was frequently devious and obsessive, Churchill bombastic, the Northern Unionists manipulative and the Germans incredibly naive and ill-informed.

De Valera's government certainly made their mistakes, especially the crass decision to pay a visit to the German embassy to pay their respects after Hitler's death, but was their strategy wrong? The Irish state in 1945 was relatively unscathed, even if without Northern Ireland. If they had joined the Allies, would a united Ireland have resulted after an Allied victory? I'm not convinced, and there was a very high probability that doing this would have started something near another civil war.

One irony of this period is that the agreement to hand back the Treaty Ports probably strengthened the hand of the northern Unionists by increasing Britain's dependence on their ports.The Unionists exploited this to the hilt both during and after the war, projecting a picture of "Loyal Ulster" that really doesn't ring true - their contribution to the was effort was very poor, with the exception of providing the ports (which they didn't have much choice about.) Another irony is that the northern Unionists gained so much politically (e.g. the late 40s declaration the the British government that there would be no change without the consent of the majority of Northern Ireland's population) despite its government during the war being staggeringly incompetent, especially in dealing with German air raids.

This book is very relevant to post-war Irish history, even up to today.


Small Change: A Life of Tom Waits
Small Change: A Life of Tom Waits
by Patrick Humphries
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good, 7 Feb 2011
"More a collection of the author's opinions than a bio" one previous reviewer commented - that about sums this book up. There are some great quotes but few insights into the man or his music and the author comes across as an opinionated bore.


The Glory Game: The New Edition of the British Football Classic (Mainstream Sport)
The Glory Game: The New Edition of the British Football Classic (Mainstream Sport)
by Hunter Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best football book ever written?, 3 Jan 2011
For once the cliche of a "warts and all" picture is spot on. A wonderfully vivid picture of early 70s football, footballers, managers, board, fans, reporters - the lot. This makes nearly all football books of recent years seem very pallid.

You don't need to be a Spurs fan to enjoy this - I'm not!


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