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Leeds Trams and Buses
Leeds Trams and Buses
by Mike Berry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.22

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good photos: Shame about the rest...., 25 May 2013
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This review is from: Leeds Trams and Buses (Paperback)
Having also just received my own copy I must add my disappointment to that of the previous reviewer, but this time to the commentary added to the bus photos. These too, regrettably, are littered with inaccuracies. To take but a few:

1. The second batch of Orion bodied CVG6s (photo P54) were bodied at Weymann, not Metro Cammell.
2. Three of the 1955 batch of Roe PD2s (photo P53) are in preservation (207/212/214), not two. Neither were they the penultimate batch fitted with the offside staircase window.
3. The photo of the AEC Reliance on page 61 was not taken at Austhorpe - the route never went near the place.
4. The caption to the photo on page 62 confuses the registration plate with the bus's fleet number.
5. The middle photo on page 66 wasn't taken at Seacroft. The terraced houses in the background indicate a site much closer to the City Centre.
6. The registration attributed to the Leyland PD3 on page 71 is wrong (should be 322 GNW)
7. The caption to the second photo on page 73 states the first enclosed radiator Regent Vs arrived in 1964. Not so; it was 1962. Similarly, the final photo in the book dates the bus to 1965. 945 was delivered in 1963.
8. The caption to the photo on page 77 states 204 Regent Vs were delivered to Leeds. More like 224 (760-983 inclusive)
9. The caption on page 80 states that the 30 Atlanteans delivered in 1968 from Park Royal were "the largest batch to be manufactured for the Department by that coachbuilder". Somewhat contradicted by the photo on page 85 showing one of 50 Park Royal bodied AEC Swifts.
10. The back cover is also incorrect. Following the closure of the Leeds tram system in 1959, two systems remained in England. Sheffield (which closed in 1960) & Blackpool.
11. The experimental livery shown on AEC Swift 1065 (P94) wasn't the final version adopted by the PTE.

The lack of attention to detail is very disappointing, (I seem to spot more errors every time I pick it up, & I've only had it a day!) and a great pity as some of the photos are a delight.

To pick just one, I'd not seen the experimental PTE livery shown on Atlantean 485 (P93) before. Photos of these efforts keep turning up and could probably justify a volume of their own.

By all means buy the book for the photos, but don't rely on the captions for accuracy.
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Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance
by Jennifer Armstrong
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit lightweight, 25 Mar. 2006
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I decided to buy this book after reading of Shackleton's exploits to Antarctica between 1907-09 ('Nimrod', by Beau Riffenburgh), if nothing else to try to get some further insight into what made the man 'tick'. This book is however more of a chronological account of what happened when, with little background information about the participants, how they came together for this expedition or detail about the supporters back home. Maybe the short length of the book should have warned me.
However, set against that, the maps provided, whilst simple, are clarity itself and there are some good reproductions of the photographs which survived. If you want a quick read about this expedition, then this might be the thing, but if you want something with more detail and analysis then I recommend you search elsewhere.


Hergest Ridge
Hergest Ridge
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be..., 12 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Hergest Ridge (Audio CD)
I am old enough to have purchased this recording on vinyl when it was first released in the 70's. That pressing, alas, has long gone but I recently decided to purchase the "re-mastered" CD version. Oh Dear.I know memories fade but the CD bears no comparison to my recollection of the vinyl. I have since discovered that Mike revisited this recording after its' original release and "played" with it, altering the balance between the various components, particularly upping the bass at the expense of other elements.
If you've never heard Hergest Ridge before you will think this wonderful. If you've still got a copy of the vinyl record, save it at all costs and join a campaign to get the "original" original re-released. It's heaps better.


Hergest Ridge
Hergest Ridge
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £17.95

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be..., 12 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Hergest Ridge (Audio CD)
I am old enough to have purchased this recording on vinyl when it was first released in the 70's. That pressing, alas, has long gone but I recently decided to purchase the "re-mastered" CD version. Oh Dear.I know memories fade but the CD bears no comparison to my recollection of the vinyl. I have since discovered that Mike revisited this recording after its' original release and "played" with it, altering the balance between the various components, particularly upping the bass at the expense of other elements.
If you've never heard Hergest Ridge before you will think this wonderful. If you've still got a copy of the vinyl record, save it at all costs and join a campaign to get the "original" original re-released. It's heaps better.


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