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CUT AND RUN: The Fourth Book in the Fighting Sail Series
CUT AND RUN: The Fourth Book in the Fighting Sail Series
Price: 5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent read, well-researched, 25 July 2014
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Another excellent read, well-researched, fast-paced and gripping. Characters we know and admire are forced by circumstances into trying their hand at the Merchant Service, but are dismayed when they discover the captain is an old enemy. This raises dilemmas: how to deal with a predatory letcher? Do you submit to a bullying coward? Can the safety of the ship justify mutiny?
Lots of ethical questions are nicely handled, from various viewpoints, while the action is vividly portrayed, setting the scene in the mind's eye which enhances the power of the narrative.
In keeping with the sailor's mindset of the time, casualties are accepted as a fact of life, and well-loved characters are victims of sudden death and disappear over the side... This aspect hones the edge of the sharp attention to detail that Mr Bond delivers, setting him apart from the sometimes maudlin aftermath of an action portrayed by other writers.
I look forward to the next instalment.


Making Woodwork Aids and Devices
Making Woodwork Aids and Devices
by Robert Wearing
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to a woodworker's library., 5 Jun 2014
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Well, written, good illustrations, but above all, really useful jigs and aids. So often in this type of book, the aids are overblown, complicated and nigh on useless... not so here, I found several great tips.


Game of Thrones - Season 1-3 [DVD] [2014]
Game of Thrones - Season 1-3 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Peter Dinklage
Price: 42.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the books!, 21 Mar 2014
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Great casting and direction, this series just sucks you in and won't let go - way better than most cinema movies, as there is more time to slowly build each character and to get involved in the reasoning behind their actions. Can't wait for Season 4!


Mens Desert Army Combat Military Patrol Tan Work Lightweight Suede Leather Boot (UK 8)
Mens Desert Army Combat Military Patrol Tan Work Lightweight Suede Leather Boot (UK 8)
Offered by CamoOutdoor - The Sports & Camouflage Outfitters
Price: 24.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fitting lightweight boots., 31 Jan 2014
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Great fit, nice high top to avoid ankle rubbing, tongue gusset to prevent dirt entering boot.
The grooves in the sole pattern are V-shaped to discourage dirt from adhering, and sole material is oil resistant.
Light and flexible, with breathable fabric around instep and ankle for coolness, they are very comfortable and seem very sturdy, with extra re-inforcing stitching of the sole to the upper.
Excellent value for money!


Unusual Motorcycles: A collection of curious concepts, prototypes and race bikes
Unusual Motorcycles: A collection of curious concepts, prototypes and race bikes
by Francois-Marie Dumas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 23.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of strange contraptions., 6 May 2013
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The author has gathered a motley collection of the weird contraptions that emerged throughout the 20th century; dead-ends like the mono-wheel, and brilliant seminal ideas rub shoulders. Packed with archive photos and illustrations, plus great research, this is a book to savour, and not only for motorcycle nuts.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UV Copy( [2013]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (DVD + UV Copy( [2013]
Dvd ~ Hugo Weaving
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: 10.01

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-elaboration of Tolkien's classic., 6 May 2013
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How can you make a 3 episode film series out of a book that takes less time than that to read? I fear that Peter Jackson has been pressured into stretching the story to maximise profits - it could come back to bite him, because I found this episode to be laboured, over-acted and over-CGI'd. The goblin sequence in particular strained credulity to breaking-point - our little band overcome several million goblins without losing a member or breaking sweat -definitely taking liberties with the script.
I doubt if I will watch the next episodes.
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Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction
Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction
by Aldren A. Watson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide., 6 May 2013
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Crystal-clear line drawings illustrate each step in the process of creating a book, re-binding a distressed volume or making a slipcase. Simply written with little jargon, it is packed with tips, techniques and a section on making your own tools, I love it!


THE EPIC VOYAGE OF THE SEVEN LITTLE SISTERS.
THE EPIC VOYAGE OF THE SEVEN LITTLE SISTERS.
by William. Willis
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy man on a crazy trip, 21 Feb 2013
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How the name William Willis is not universally recognised as a pioneering voyager is beyond my ken. OK he isn't the ethnographer that Thor Heyerdahl is, but he still proved the point that if a lone man can sail totally unaided from South America to Australia, it's conceivable that most of the Pacific could have been colonised from America in pre-historic times.
Apart from his courage, his implicit belief that everything will turn out OK permeates this book. Even when events conspire to sabotage the trip, he sees them as just another challenge, and overcomes them anyway.
But you have to sympathise with his long-suffering wife!
Just a great read.


Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting
Seaworthy: Adrift with William Willis in the Golden Age of Rafting
by T. R. Pearson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Summary of the life and voyages of Willis, 21 Feb 2013
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A dispassionate and often hilarious precis of William Willis's seeming headlong rush to self-destruction, either by crash diet, ignoring medical advice, setting himself adrift with no hope of rescue, and closing the stable door too late.
But you have to admire the man - he manages to survive it all, but is disappointed, so he sets out on a tougher task each time, willing the gods to destroy him.
A really good read; now go and read Seven Little Sisters, his own accounts of those voyages...


Doro PhoneEasy 615 GSM Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black
Doro PhoneEasy 615 GSM Sim Free Mobile Phone - Black
Price: 109.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best!, 21 Feb 2013
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Bought for my wife's 63rd birthday - she loves the big keys, massive font, idiot-proof camera, loud ringtone and loudspeaker. The software is intuitive, unlike her previous phone (Blackberry). Interestingly, the grandchildren seem to approve of it, even though it bears little resemblance to a smartphone!


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