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Stumpy and the Auld Sapper: A (different) tale of one man and his dog
Stumpy and the Auld Sapper: A (different) tale of one man and his dog

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Stumpy, 27 Nov. 2014
It is not often that I laugh out loud when reading a book but with this one it is impossible not to. Encounters with "THEM" doing undercover work and Stumpy's inherent hatred of civvies ensures that life can only be interesting.

Often when reading a book one puts oneself into the mind of the 'hero' which is strange when the hero is of the short legged canine variety but as Auld Sapper communicates with Stumpy the conversation just flows.

A wonderful book rich in squaddie humour yet which hints at the dangers the dog search teams came under. A definite keeper and if you served on Op BANNER then you will relate to much that is written here. Well worth the money and strangely a fitting tribute to the Red Paw Gang which uses humour but never degrades the or people doing it. You can even learn how to make a proper egg-banjo!


Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Olympus Has Fallen [DVD] [2013]
Dvd ~ Gerard Butler
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Olympus Has Fallen, 21 Sept. 2014
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Olympus has Fallen follows a time honoured and well worn path for action films. Good guy is disgraced but redeems himself when he is needed.

Probably worth waiting until the film is shown on TV, but then make a point of watching it. Lots of bangs, lost of bodies and bad guys you can hate!

The extras explaining how the film was made were very interesting and the DVD is probably worth it just for that.


The Book of Eli [DVD]
The Book of Eli [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Price: £4.58

4.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Eli - post apocalypse action film, 21 Sept. 2014
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A good post apocalyptic film with plenty of action for the shoot-em-up brigade. Lovely twist to the tale. Thoroughly enjoyed this film.


Calvary [DVD] [2014]
Calvary [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Brendan Gleeson
Price: £5.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Calvary - Irish cinema noir., 21 Sept. 2014
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Brendan Gleeson is just going from strength to strength with his Irish trilogy. The Guard was funny and very entertaining. Calvary was thrilling and very entertaining. I would like to know who shot the dog though!!

I look forward to the next film in this series of Irish adventures with virtually an ensemble cast.


Combat Camera: From Auntie Beeb to the Afghan Frontline
Combat Camera: From Auntie Beeb to the Afghan Frontline
Price: £7.12

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Combat Camera, 29 April 2014
What do you do when you are seventeen years old, leaving school with no idea what you want to do with your life? Like me Christian joined the Army, he as an Officer, me as a Sapper. After serving four years with the Royal Horse Artillery he left to do more with his life, becoming a show business journalist, BBC Radio news reader. He then decided to rejoin as a reservist in the Media Operating Group, ending up in Afghanistan as a Combat Camera Team Leader.

Yes, he bumped into Ross Kemp, whose favourite helicopter is a Chinook, which, with the amount of kit and baggage he had with him was just as well. Christian’s team consists of Ali the photographer and Russ the camera man. From the off Christian makes it quite clear that he is in no hurry to go outside the wire to report on bombs and bullets which might be hurled at him personally. Like most wars he doesn’t have to, for most of his time is spent in hours and hours of tedious boredom in the body and soul draining heat. One his of early highlights was to visit a passing out parade of ANA troops which was disrupted not by the Taliban but by a sheep escaping onto the parade ground; the sheep obviously understood that he was the day’s celebratory meal!
We do also get to go on Patrol with his team, but more interestingly we get lots of reports on the statistics of the war, unlike Vietnam it’s not body counts that are reported but ” incidents”. For example; 114 insurgents killed in the last week, 224 detained and we’re showing a 50% drop of incidents year on year. Helpfully there are a few pages listing these incidents and it reminded me of the War Diary’s from the first and Second world wars , “ all quiet today … six men lost to bombs , two to snipers Sgt Major Smith died from wounds received yesterday ” you know the sort of thing. All in scorching hot and dusty detail, no gung-ho stories but saying it like it is.

Christian Hill has done a fantastic job here, reporting the everyday lives of our service people behind and outside the wire. We don’t have a warrey novel but very good detailed, humorous when appropriate, reportage. This book is going to be a slow burner I believe it will come to the fore around the 50th. and 100th. Anniversary of the Afghanistan war, when it will be referred to like the classic it is constantly, when people need to know what is war really like? What were the people like? One of the MOG team kept telling people who phoned for information “We are trying to fight a war here ” she never once left camp Bastion or her computer during the whole tour, or the Helicopter pilot who stated as a matter of fact “We used to kill around forty or fifty insurgents a week but its gone down now” Was that a sign that we were winning? Time will tell on that one.

Christian Hill will get restless again I am sure and will be off to another conflict to report back to the great British public , but in the meantime I leave you with his last reminisces from a year after he came back to the UK. Talking to Ali the subject of the big man came up “Ross Kemp came back and the Taliban finally shot at him” “thank God for that that ” “an RPG as well , so he was very happy.”

Its a deeper book and story than appears at first, one to keep on the bookshelf for further reference I am so pleased that it was my luck to review it. It will be a favourite with the troops on the Army Rumour Service ([...] ) site as well 4.5 stars

sirbhp


Liverpool FC Mens Liverbird Short Pyjamas Red_L
Liverpool FC Mens Liverbird Short Pyjamas Red_L

5.0 out of 5 stars LFC Jammies, 11 Feb. 2014
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Good quality amd hard wearing. Put to good use immediately and worn well.

I think I have said enough now Amazon!


Brave [DVD]
Brave [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelly Macdonald
Price: £7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, 11 Feb. 2014
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Good fun film with plenty of laughs. As a Scot I appreciated many of the in-jokes and caricatures of ancient Scottish life!


JVL Keep calm and bin it 25 x 26.5 waste paper bin 1 x red, 1 x black 100 % polyprop
JVL Keep calm and bin it 25 x 26.5 waste paper bin 1 x red, 1 x black 100 % polyprop

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bins r us, 11 Feb. 2014
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Great wee bins attractive and get the 'message' across! Good price for two bins.

I hate been dictated to about the amount I would like to say about an item. I had said my piece but the system wants more! Bad settings by Amazon


Flight [DVD]
Flight [DVD]
Dvd ~ Denzel Washington
Price: £3.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flight - DVD, 24 Nov. 2013
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Cracking film with a very nice twist at the end. A good characterisation of alcoholism and the downward spiral that this causes, affecting everyone who the alcoholic comes into contact with. Well acted by Washington and well worth viewing.


Lloytron L2223C - Polished Touch Lamp in Brass
Lloytron L2223C - Polished Touch Lamp in Brass
Offered by What Watt?
Price: £15.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Lloytron L623C - Polished Touch Lamp in Brass, 20 Oct. 2013
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Great bit of kit. The only improvement I would say is to supply a suitable bulb with it. I would buy this again.


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