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Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (Dover Books on Astronomy)
Star Names: Their Lore and Meaning (Dover Books on Astronomy)
by Richard H. Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3.0 out of 5 stars This is a typical, well-produced Dover reprint of an ..., 28 May 2015
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This is a typical, well-produced Dover reprint of an esoteric book. The history and lore of star names sounds fascinating but the linguistic scholarship is so detailed with countless quotes of non-English sources that it's all a little overwhelming.


Southern Railway Handbook: The Southern Railway 1923-47
Southern Railway Handbook: The Southern Railway 1923-47
by David Wragg
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars The author's writing style sometimes grates (with me) but it's a good one-volume survey of this underrated company, 28 May 2015
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This book calls itself a "handbook" but it's really a potted history of the Southern Railway in a large number of short chapters with a few appendices of lists of named locomotives etc. The author's writing style sometimes grates (with me) but it's a good one-volume survey of this underrated company.


Southern Infrastructure 1922 - 1934: A Second Selection: Photographs from the E Wallis Collection
Southern Infrastructure 1922 - 1934: A Second Selection: Photographs from the E Wallis Collection
by Photographs from the E Wallis Collection
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.15

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as Volume 1, 28 May 2015
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Another fascinating collection of infrastructure photos taken in early Southern Railway days.


Aberdeenshire: North and Moray (Pevsner Architectural Guides) (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)
Aberdeenshire: North and Moray (Pevsner Architectural Guides) (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)
by David W. Walker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £31.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 26 May 2015
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As the authors note in the first sentence of the introduction, the northeast of Scotland is a highly distinctive region and this magnificent and eagerly anticipated addition to the Pevsner family of Buildings of Scotland guides does it full justice. In over 800 pages of text with a thick middle section of gorgeous colour photos, every aspect of the architecture of the region is covered from stone circles to the modern era. The book is split into sections for Aberdeenshire North and Moray and each begins with an overview of churches, castles and tower houses, country houses and burgh, village and rural architecture, before the gazetteer proper for each region. The level of detail is amazing: for example, Fraserburgh is covered in about 23 pages and Elgin in over 50 pages. There is a glossary and a comprehensive index. We are fortunate that such accessible scholarship applied to this beautiful and underrated area is now available to all at an affordable price.


Tefal Intensium 28 cm Stirfry
Tefal Intensium 28 cm Stirfry
Price: £16.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pan, 3 May 2015
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This is an excellent non-stick pan, how did we ever live without them??


Southern Vans & Coaches in Colour
Southern Vans & Coaches in Colour
by Mike King
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.24

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential work for anybody interested in the Southern Region, 24 April 2015
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This fantastic book is full of remarkable colour photos of Southern Region coaching stock, which I have never seen before. The focus is mostly on pre-grouping designs, but SR types and even a few BR Mark 1s are included. Almost all the photos were taken between 1948 and the 1960s with a few later view of departmental vehicles and just one or two in preservation. A few highlights: a plum-and-spilt-milk set at New Milton (my home station) in 1948, a Van B (BR code B) at Birmingham Snow Hill in very early crimson livery and a pull-push set at Ventnor West just before closure. The captions are the most detailed I have ever seen in a book of this type and indeed the author notes that some people might even find them too detailed but how else could the very complex histories of some of these vehicles be correctly described... It seems churlish to criticise such a wonderful book but here are a couple of minor niggles: there are no photos of Tavern Sets or their 'inn sign' names, but perhaps these are being saved for the next volume... Because the captions are so extensive, the text is printed very close to the spine and are a little difficult to read without straining the binding.


Southern Wagons Pictorial: v. 5 (Illustrated History of Southern Wagons)
Southern Wagons Pictorial: v. 5 (Illustrated History of Southern Wagons)
by Mike King
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent volume, 11 Jan. 2015
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The title of this excellent volume is slightly modest, as it is far more than just a "pictorial:" every page is packed with text, diagrams, tables and photos. The author notes that the publisher limited the page numbers of some of the earlier volumes in the series, so this volume completes the story with a mass of new and additional information, especially with respect to LSWR wagons. This is an essential purchase for anybody interested in the Southern Railway, its constituent companies, or the Southern Region.


Southern Infrastructure 1922 - 1934: Stations / Signalling / Trackwork
Southern Infrastructure 1922 - 1934: Stations / Signalling / Trackwork
by Kevin Robertson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding album, 23 Aug. 2014
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This volume is full of fascinating and previously unpublished photos of signals, track-work, stations and other infrastructure on the Southern Railway. An essential volume for anybody modeling the Southern or wanting to explore "beyond the trains themselves."


Handbook for Steam Locomotive Enginemen (British Transport Commission)
Handbook for Steam Locomotive Enginemen (British Transport Commission)
by British Transport Commision
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting practical guide, 2 Feb. 2014
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This is a reprint of a 1950s manual to steam locomotive operation published by the British Transport Commission (before this date, enginemen simply learned on the job or through "mutual improvement classes" organised by themselves). The manual explains how coal generates steam, which then generates motion... without needless thermodynamics. This is very much a practical guide and a great deal of time is spent in explaining the operation of injectors and how to fix them...


Acer Aspire E1-532 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
Acer Aspire E1-532 15.6-inch Laptop (Intel Celeron 2955U 1.4GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
Offered by DGADGET
Price: £289.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice laptop, pity about the operating system, 2 Feb. 2014
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This is a nice 15.6-inch laptop with perfectly good performance for internet browsing, e-mail and other routine tasks. The screen is decent and the viewing angles are quite acceptable. Windows 8 is indeed as bad as everybody says it is, but a laborious and tedious upgrade(?) to Windows 8.1 (which took several hours with fast broadband) has improved matters somewhat, so that the loathsome "tile" screen (as seen in the picture) and link to the Windows "shop" are avoided at start-up.


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