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Personalised Drumsticks, Laser Engraved Drum Sticks, Made from top grade hard wearing Maple
Personalised Drumsticks, Laser Engraved Drum Sticks, Made from top grade hard wearing Maple

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super, 22 Jan 2014
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I bought a pair of these for my nephew who is 7 years old, and loves to drum. For the price i paid, i wasnt expecting too much, just a half decent pair of sticks with his name on them. As it was, the name was only a bonus, as the sticks are a great pair of drumsticks, smooth, good weight and well balanced, so much so, i am going to treat myself to a pair.....Tommy


Stakeknife: Britain's Secret Agents in Ireland
Stakeknife: Britain's Secret Agents in Ireland
by Martin Ingram
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read, 22 Jan 2014
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This not only gives the story of 2 British agents, one Loyalist the other Republican, their handlers from the British army, and those they murdered, or set up to be murdered, it also goes a long way in explaining why those actions took place. Written by someone who was there during the actions, and who took part in the operating of those agents, it gives a first hand account of how the British army took the fight to the Republicans front door, literally. The first of these agents....Stakeknife....was a close friend of Gerry Adams, and head of the IRA nutting squad. His job was simple, to squeal on IRA members and movements, and to shoot anyone who got close or became a nuisance. This he done on numerous occasions with Gerry's blessing. It must be hard on Republicans to know that many of the men he killed as traitors, were actually not traitors, and they were murdered on the asking of the British army, and with the blessing of the IRA. Confusing?....That`s why it was called the Dirty War, and why the book is so good as it explains why these things happened. Stakeknife is one of the highest ranked Republicans ever to work for the British Government, though i suspect others will come out in time. Many suspect Gerry Adams himself as being a top informer, and the reason why he has lived so long, or why the British army choose to save his life. It would also explain why he is allowed to still openly deny he was ever a member of the IRA, when, with so many agents so close to him, taking orders from him, the British army could prove this to be a lie many times over, leaving him open to prosecution. The one thing you learn most of all, is not to believe everything you hear or see on the news.
As for the other agent, he was a Loyalist UDA intelligence officer. The Army would supply him with names of Republicans, and his UDA/UVF friends would assassinate them. The thinking of the British was quite simple, rightly or wrongly, they wanted to show the Catholic people that the IRA couldn't protect them, only the police could do that, and secondly, that the IRA could run from safe house to safe house, but they couldn't hide from the Loyalist hit squads. Armed with A+ intelligence, the Loyalists would simply hunt them down and kill them. The IRA had no where to hide, and no protection to give, so had no options left but to come to the conference table.
The book also explains the difference between the 2 sides, and why they were viewed differently by the British army. The British thinking was simple, if they removed the IRA, the UDA/UVF would simply go away. The only reason the Loyalist paramilitaries existed, was because of the IRA and its violence.............Tommy


No Surrender 12th July Celebration
No Surrender 12th July Celebration
Offered by edmund3185
Price: £9.94

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 21 Jan 2014
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fantastic DVD, with fantastic scenes and music. My only problem is that i would rather have seen the whole parade just as it was. There is so much talk about this parade, and its only the past couple of years i can tune into BBC1 NI, on the 12th of July, and watch the thing live. Much more needs to be shown on the mainland, so people can see it for them selves, and learn what it is all about. It always surprises me when BBC news shows all the violence blamed on the parade, during their broadcast on the 12th night, ...yet the BBC has no problems showing the actual parade live every year, without a hint of trouble. It only goes to prove that the news picks what it wants to show us, and its about time we were allowed to see and decide for our selves. This DVD isn't the real thing, but its a good start................Tommy


MRF Shadow Troop: The untold true story of top secret British military intelligence undercover operations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1972-1974
MRF Shadow Troop: The untold true story of top secret British military intelligence undercover operations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1972-1974
by Simon Cursey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.06

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read., 21 Jan 2014
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This is one soldiers story of the Dirty War on the streets of Ulster, and the road he had to take to get there. It takes the reader through the life of a boy, to becoming a man, developing into a soldier, and eventually a leader, where he ran agents for the state on the streets of Belfast, during the worst years of the Troubles. Its a great read, especially for any lad who has thoughts about a military career, although i personally would have liked to read more on the actual operations and players in Belfast, especially at that time, i would still highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially for those who are at all militarily minded. The final paragraph in the book by itself, is reason enough to buy it............Tommy


Holy Bible - With Zip Fastener: Authorised (KIng James) Version: Pocket Reference Bible
Holy Bible - With Zip Fastener: Authorised (KIng James) Version: Pocket Reference Bible

5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 21 Jan 2014
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I got this for my God daughters christening, and wasn't disappointed. Its a beautiful keepsake for anyone, but especially for a child to carry for life...........Tommy


Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland
Lethal Allies: British Collusion in Ireland
by Anne Cadwallader
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.74

20 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars lost chance, 19 Jan 2014
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As an avid reader of history, especially about Ulster, i couldn't wait to read this book when i heard it was being published. There are plenty of reasons why they called the Troubles in Ulster...The Dirty War..., and the part this book sets out to tell, is still one surrounded in so much secrecy and controversy, around an area of Ulster that is almost impossible to infiltrate because of the dangers and isolation. This is an area steeped in hundreds of years of mistrust and violence between the communities, that just passes through the generations, so as ive read most if not all the books about Belfast, this book was to be different and i just couldn't wait to get my hands on it. However, it was clear from the start, that this book is not out to help the victims of those it mentions, or even to release the truth, in the hope that others can learn from the mistakes made, this book was nothing more than a propaganda stunt. I believe the author has used the plight and anguish of others as a whipping stick, for which to whip a 1970s police force, British army, and British Parliament, with hindsight and 21st century DNA. Unlike the other books to come out at this time, Stakeknife, MRF Shadow Troop, or Ten Thirty Three, all of which talk about the use of agents in Ulster, this book has been written not to explain, but to revenge. The hatred is palatable, and makes the book hard reading. Each Catholic death being personalized by friends and family, including autopsy reports detailing the full horrors of what the victims suffered, while Protestant deaths read like a emotionless dictionary. Had this book been written by any of the authors of the other books i have mentioned, it would only be a quarter of the size, the quarter that contains the actual facts. Were as the other 3 books have been written by those involved, with no axe to grind, giving first hand accounts of actual events, and explaining why, this book is written with a lot of leading through connections, assumptions and hopes for the reader to see it the way the writer wants. Names become blared, connections are thin, and in the end, i feel sorry for the victims families because i lost interest in the book, and so was low on any sympathy they might have deserved. It is only when you understand that the author is a famous pro Republican writer, and the wife of a respected Republican in Belfast, that the book starts to make sense. This also explains why she should give the occupations of her family of her family at the start. Her family being Army or Police protects her against accusations of bigotry. She also finds space for a nice little republican joke, when explaining how a republican hit team went out to shoot a Protestant and had to ask.....2 men wearing poppies....for their victims location. This means nothing to most readers, but for those who know a little of the history, what it is saying is......the republicans asked 2 protestants remembering the dead of 2 world wars, for another protestants address so they could murder him too, as Protestants are the only ones in Ulster who wear poppies. She and her husband must have had a great laugh at that. The greatest mystery in this book, is why the author took 15 years to put it together, when, as a respected republican, her husband and his friends could give her many stories and first hand accounts into unsolved murders in Ulster, though as most of those have been against the British army, police, or innocent Protestants and catholics, i can understand why she wouldn't want to write it, even though they could give her accurate details, names and descriptions, and she could have done 15 accurate books over the past 15 years, rather than just one with some facts in it. I really hope another author looks into this time of the troubles, and is able to do the victims, and their families some justice. This author wants us to believe that successive British governments, British army and police, all despised Catholics that much, that they set out to murder as many as possible, as often as possible. If you were to take this book on face value, you would wonder how there are any Catholics still alive in Ulster, but the one fact the author doesn't give you, anywhere in this book, is the one fact that her husbands mates can not hide, the fact that Republicans murdered more Catholics during the Troubles, than any other group, state or paramilitary. My biggest regret, is that i paid money for it, and some of that money will go to the author, who in turn will entertain some of those responsible for making that statement fact......................T
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Face Down (Harry Tyler)
Face Down (Harry Tyler)
by Garry Bushell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 19 Jan 2014
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Before you open this book, i would advise you to pour yourself a drink of whatever you fancy, have your favorite sweets or munchies close at hand, and get yourself comfy, because as soon as you read the first page, you will find it very hard to put down. It draws you in, and carries you along, firstly in the knowledge that you know everything you are being told is leading you somewhere and you need to know where, then when you have that worked out, it keeps you on the ride with the need to know the outcome. This is the 3rd book about Harry Tyler, and i have to admit i only bought the first one through curiosity...Garry Bushell writing a novel hmmm. But, i enjoyed it and was more than happy when i heard he had written a second book. Again, a great read, and i was hooked that much, i couldn't wait to see where he took Harry next. Fantastic, good old fashioned, non pc, mans man, Harry Tyler. Hard as nails, grumpy as hell, and the only thing that comes anywhere close to his hard drinking, is his womanizing. Every boys super hero. Has a problem, gets a drink, beds a girl, then hunts out the problem and delivers justice, the way we all want to see justice delivered. Not only is it a great story, but Bushell has it littered with humor, sometimes dark, often non pc, but right in line with the character, and you are guaranteed to have a shameful chuckle or two on every page. Brilliant book, one id love to see on the big screen, and one i hope Bushell will carry on writing.........................T


Ten-Thirty-Three: The Inside Story of Britain's Secret Killing Machine in Northern Ireland
Ten-Thirty-Three: The Inside Story of Britain's Secret Killing Machine in Northern Ireland
by Nicholas Davies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dirty War, 19 Jan 2014
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Fantastic book, and reason enough to understand why the Troubles in Ulster were known as ....the dirty war.... It gives times, dates and names, and reads like a novel. Most of all, it gives explanations of why these things happened, from both a political and military respective, which in no way dulls the horror, but at least lets the reader understand the reasons. Terrible crimes, and not just by the gunmen, in a past time, during a dirty war. Great read................T


Glasgow Rangers A Celebration Of 140 Years [DVD]
Glasgow Rangers A Celebration Of 140 Years [DVD]
Offered by Jasuli
Price: £10.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Team, 19 Jan 2014
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Great video, and what a history. A must for all Gers fans, but also to anyone who like football. A reminder of football played on a level pitch, before the money men ruined the fairness, and a time when it was up to the managers skill to build a team. But also a reminder, not only of how good Rangers where, even in Europe, and what the Scottish Prem has been missing since they demoted them. Rangers will never die, but i cant say that for sure about the Scottish FA. ......T


Two-faced
Two-faced
by Garry Bushell
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars two faced, 14 Jun 2011
This review is from: Two-faced (Paperback)
I have read most of Bushells books, as no matter what the subject, the man talks straight, keeps you on edge, and peppers his work with humour which has you laughing even when you don't want to. The Face and Two Faced are books the British film industry should look at, hard hitting plots and characters, with raw humour and no time for political correctness. Its not only what we want to read, but see on our screens. Books for the Boys!! As for the UDA connection in Two Faced, which some blinkered bigot in Belfast was quick to comment on, it not only ran well as part of the story line, but was more real to life than even Bushell knows. The book was great. The story line, plot, action and humour made it a great read, but nothing less than i expected, and only lovers of fairytales, si.fi ....or leprechauns would disagree. I did hear he was going to include Gerry, Martin, and the rest of the republican movement in his next book as peace keepers and humanitarians, or even turn his UDA contact into an IRA contact, willing to help a British Copper for the sake of justice, but he didn't want to go into fantasy. This book was spot on, and a great read for anyone who likes their books to have an edge.


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