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Loyal To The End: A Personal And Factual Account Of National Service In Malaya
Loyal To The End: A Personal And Factual Account Of National Service In Malaya
Price: £2.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 April 2014
As somebody who has had a long association and love of that part of the world, both Malaya and Malaysia (although not as a soldier) I heartily recommend this book. I have read quite a few accounts written by national servicemen (and regular soldiers) of the Emergency as it is known as (not called a war because of insurance implications would you believe) but a largely forgotten campaign these days which makes it all the more important that personal accounts of the period such as this are written. Unfortunately vast swathes of this beautiful country have fallen victim to the chainsaw and bulldozer since independence in 1957 including much of the area around Ipoh on which this account is centred. An excellent read, not just for ex-military personnel but also civvies like myself.


Will Any Gentleman [DVD]
Will Any Gentleman [DVD]
Dvd ~ George Cole
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Most enjoyable, 28 April 2014
This review is from: Will Any Gentleman [DVD] (DVD)
I thought I had seen all the British comedies from this era (the fifties) until this popped up on TV here recently. Fast paced( particularly for the comedic style of the time) and very funny it deserves a much better reputation. An absolute must for George Cole fans and the rest of the cast are outstanding. Highly recommended


Benidorm - The All Inclusive Box Set Series 1-5 & Specials [DVD]
Benidorm - The All Inclusive Box Set Series 1-5 & Specials [DVD]
Dvd ~ Steve Pemberton
Price: £19.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Ugly Brits abroad., 9 May 2013
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Crude, crass, coarse and crazy and I loved it. The first three series that is. The fourth and fifth had their moments but I felt that overall it had lost something. Not the fault of the newer caste members but the material given to them felt flat and not up to what had preceded. Also the first 'special' was pretty ordinary (the kidnapping one). Despite that I was sad to see it finish and I suspect that it will be a long time before another Benidorm comes along.


Brass - The Complete Series [DVD] [1983]
Brass - The Complete Series [DVD] [1983]
Dvd ~ Timothy West
Price: £17.70

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Final let-down, 23 Nov 2012
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I was really enjoying this series with it's brilliant scripts and the great Timothy West in his element. That has all been covered by other reviewers. However, towards the end of the second series I felt that it was starting to slip and that the third series was (apart from a few good lines) absolutely woeful. On that basis I certainly cannot understand how it gets so many 5 stars unless the authors have a vested interest in the product. I have donned my body-armour and await the assault.
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Enemy At The Door - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]
Enemy At The Door - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Alfred Burke
Price: £21.00

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb series, 16 Mar 2012
I read a review of this series (from elsewhere)recently which claimed that it was too stagey! Obviously written by some cretin who expected blood and thunder on the streets and roads of Guernsey which simply didn't happen.
It is a subtle examination of the relationship between occupier and occupied, both trapped by war and the effect it has on people.
No point in expanding on that as other reviewers here have covered all that and I don't want to be repetitious.
Worthy of 5 stars for sure.


Spoils of War - Series Three [DVD]
Spoils of War - Series Three [DVD]
Dvd ~ David Bainbridge
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Price: £18.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine series, 23 Sep 2011
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What a great series this is. Not being in the UK at the time it was shown (1979-81) I hadn't heard of it and came across the dvd details on this site by chance.
Other reviewers have said what's needed to be said so I can't really add anything further in that regard.
My only regret is that it didn't run to a fourth series, as I felt that there were a few loose ends with regards to the relationships that could have been tied up.
Whether today's generation would enjoy it is improbable unless they were interested in the social mores of the time and thats a shame.
The best of British here and highly recommended.


Tom Brown's Schooldays [1971] [DVD]
Tom Brown's Schooldays [1971] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Iain Cuthbertson

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 23 Jun 2011
There's not much more I can add to the other deservedly favourable reviews of this superior version of the classic tale. The quality of the indoor filming is crystal clear which many other shows on dvd of the period don't have. The outdoors not quite as clear (apparently this was a technical problem at the time which of course has been fixed since) but that is a very minor observation.
Everything else has been said. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.


Strangers - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]
Strangers - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978]
Dvd ~ Don Henderson
Price: £16.00

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing, 5 Jun 2011
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Great entertainment and I rank this slightly ahead of The Sweeney which I also loved. Nothing much to fault and the other reviewers have just about said it all so don't hesitate to buy it if you like a good old fashioned British cop classic.


A Company of Planters: Confessions of a Colonial Rubber Planter in 1950s Malaya
A Company of Planters: Confessions of a Colonial Rubber Planter in 1950s Malaya
by John Dodd
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining, 13 May 2011
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I really loved this book. Even if you have never been to Malaya/Malaysia don't be put off. A fine, evocative account of a bygone era told with humour should appeal to a wide readership.


Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Series [DVD]
Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joan Collins
Price: £48.00

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing, 13 May 2011
Excellent value and fine entertainment so I can't add much more to all the other unanimously positive reviews. My only slight quibble is that some of the American tales lacked the great character actors which the British series had. So many household names, some now dead others still going strong are all there. TV was far more civilised in the days that these shows were made and sadly it has been mainly down hill since then so we won't see the like again. A collection to be treasured.


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