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The World Water Speed Record: The Fast and The Forgotten
The World Water Speed Record: The Fast and The Forgotten
by Roy Calley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.95

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but could have been so much better., 13 Sep 2014
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I really wanted this book to worthy of five stars. The subject has fascinated me for 40 odd years, and is written about only infrequently, save for Donald Campbell. This would have been a great opportunity to produce a new well researched book, with new material and rich in new images.

Instead we get a re-work of what has gone before, only not quite as good, and with a poor set of black and white images in the middle of the book. I'm afraid this type of format looks a little tired now. Perhaps the author was let down by the publisher in the design and ambition of the book.

I bought it because i'm very interested in the subject, but this book is a disappointment I'm very sorry to say.
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The Unobtainable: A Story of Blue
The Unobtainable: A Story of Blue
by David Maurice De Lara
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £55.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The pretty much complete Campbell father & son story., 22 July 2014
This is an excellent book, and the first published on its subject, Sir Malcolm Campbell since the late 1970's.

David has amassed a wonderful collection of monochrome images cover many aspects of Malcolm Campbell's life, not just his record breaking activities with his Blue Bird cars and boats. I cannot imagine a more detailed and comprehensive book covering Campbell's long and successful career. There are wonderful original and very amusing cartoons by Banx to add lightness to the overall story. Beginning with Malcolm's very earliest years and school days onto his First World War exploits as a Royal Flying Corp ferry pilot. The result is you are taken back into a bygone age when school boy hero's were larger than life, and did more than kick around a football. The first Bluebird land speed record breaker, the 350 hp Sunbeam 350 hp was the launch pad from where the book heads into record breaking and the characters who were brave enough to drive these ever more powerful beast; whether on tracks, beaches or across salt flats.

The long journeys across the Atlantic to Daytona Beach via New York City and down the east coast are well covered with images of the family at play before record breaking activities got underway. Later, with 300 mph as his target, the book follows Campbell's journey to the Bonneville Salt Flats, the venue that offered the prospect of achieving his ultimate goal on Land.

Water speed records are covered next, and the story of the duel of Miss America and Miss England, with their attending glory and tragedy and almost inevitably into the fray comes Sir Malcolm Campbell in the Bluebird K3 in 1937 to smash the existing record. The design and quality of the book are of the highest order.

David de Lara says that the book is merely packaging for the DVD, 'Remembering Donald', a superb 60 minute colour documentary about Donald Campbell put together as lovingly as David's earlier book 'Leo Villa's Bluebird Album' (2007), providing an intimate look behind the scenes with never seen before family films and interviews with those closest to Campbell; the designers, members of the team, family and friends serve to paint a complicated tapestry of events and relations. Some package.

In the production of both book and DVD film, David has the support and participation of the Campbell family and Longines of Switzerland, who timed most of the Campbell, (father and son) records from 1937 to 1967. The overall package of Book and DVD provide a pretty much complete picture of the Campbell story. A must have....


Philips HF3480 Wake-up Light
Philips HF3480 Wake-up Light
Price: £130.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish - DO NOT BUY, unless you have £100 to waste..., 19 Mar 2014
This product does what it says it will, initially. Then after about 18 months, the bulb blows and you find you cannot replace it. Absolutely ridiculous. How can a company like Phillips market such a product, at that price to find that after 18 months the product might as well be thrown in the bin? I will be contact Phillips to get the item replaced, and would urge others that have suffered a similar fate do likewise.


Bigjigs Toys BJ195 Snazzy Maracas (One Pair - Designs Vary)
Bigjigs Toys BJ195 Snazzy Maracas (One Pair - Designs Vary)
Offered by best deal 4 u
Price: £4.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Our sons favourite toy., 10 Dec 2013
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We bought these for our 3 month old son. He loves them, and they have been invaluable for teaching him to pick up and hold objects. Only downside. He sometimes taps his head with them!


Baby Changing Mat / Swim mat / Roll & Go Neoprene Change Mat - Blue
Baby Changing Mat / Swim mat / Roll & Go Neoprene Change Mat - Blue
Offered by Konfidence
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Baby Swim., 10 Dec 2013
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My wife and young son think this mat is just the job. Perfect for trips to baby swim, or I'm sure in due course, trips to the seaside.


The Stylist's Guide to NYC
The Stylist's Guide to NYC
by Sibella Court
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, 10 Dec 2013
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A great source of inspiration for my next trip to NYC. Covers all those hard to find stores, off the beaten track, where one may find that special item of interest. Nicely laid out and photographed book, with great production values.


The Fastest Men on Earth: 100 Years of the Land Speed Record
The Fastest Men on Earth: 100 Years of the Land Speed Record
by Art Arfons
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Factually Poor, 10 Dec 2013
This is a review of two halves:

The text is hopelessly inaccurate, and can by no means claim to be an accurate story of the LSR, let alone a definitive work. The chapter about the Budweiser car is just plain wrong.
Still, never let the truth get in the way of a good story...

The photographs are wonderful, although most are inaccurately captioned and credited as being copyright of the author. This is not the case, and it is unhelpful to the reader, that the correct photo source is unavailable.
Buy this book for the illustrations alone.


The Bluebird and the Dead Lake: The Classic Account of how Donald Campbell broke the World Land Speed Record (Sports Classics)
The Bluebird and the Dead Lake: The Classic Account of how Donald Campbell broke the World Land Speed Record (Sports Classics)
by John Pearson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 25 July 2013
This book was tells the story of Donald Campbell's courageous bid for the land speed record in 1964. Campbell himself commissioned John Pearson to write it, but don't let that fool you. Pearson does not hold back on his description of Campbell the man, and how his quest to become the fastest man on earth consumed him, and left him lost, notwithstanding his ultimate success. The book is immensely readable in its own right, portraying the incredible heartbreak and frustration that Campbell had to endure before the record was broken. If this book had not been written at the time, this important episode would have been lost to history. An incredible book for enthusiasts and non - enthusiasts alike. Buy this version or an original 1965 reprint. You will not be disappointed. Far more gripping than any fiction,


Jim Clark: Racing Legend
Jim Clark: Racing Legend
by Eric Dymock
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to the master, 18 July 2013
This book is without question the finest one can buy on the life and times of Jim Clark. That it is incomplete is no reflection on the author, but a reflection on the subject, for Jim Clark was never one to blow his own trumpet. To produce a finer work than this now, I would judge to be almost impossible. This is a high qaulity volume, into which has gone much thought, and preparation in terms of design and layout. It should form the foundation to anyones collection on 1960's motor racing.


Persol Men's 3019 Light Tortoise Frame/Blue Lens Plastic Sunglasses, 55mm
Persol Men's 3019 Light Tortoise Frame/Blue Lens Plastic Sunglasses, 55mm
Offered by Visiofactory
Price: £112.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality optics and cool looks., 18 July 2013
Persol sunglasses are wonderful, and these are amongst the best. Excellent high quality frames that have a timeless elegence, and with blue lenses, they look exceptionally stylish and cool.


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