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Best Of Brass
Best Of Brass
Offered by Direct Entertainment UK
Price: 8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Recordings, 7 Mar 2011
This review is from: Best Of Brass (Audio CD)
Thank goodness for digital remastering which will save these great recordings for ever. Jim Shepherd's brilliant playing of 'Napoli' never fails to astonish me despite having listened to it 100's of times. Highly recommended to all hardened 'pondashers' out there. One question though, why is the stereo picture the wrong way round?


Betjeman
Betjeman
by A. N. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A revealing book, 5 Oct 2008
This review is from: Betjeman (Paperback)
A concise and well constructed biography which adds much to the Betjeman story and should really be read alongside Bevis Hillier's authorised version. The absence of attention to Betjeman's TV and radio work is to me a weakness. J.B. at his best was a master of both media and this work deserves equal consideration with his literary work. His TV work is visual poetry, offering a view of Britain that is unique and endlessly fascinating. It was part of the man and part of his work. Wilson's book is now infamous for the hoax letter supposedly written by Betjeman to Honor Tracy providing evidence of their affair. The letter was in fact written by Bevis Hillier and contains a hidden 'message' to A.N. Wilson. I suspect that Betjeman would have smiled.
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Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD]
Tony Hancock Collection: The Punch And Judy Man / The Rebel [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tony Hancock

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both Hancock films at bargain price, 29 July 2008
An excellent presentation. Picture quality is first class throughout and the 'special feature' commentary on 'The Rebel' from Ray Galton and Alan Simpson as they talk to Paul Merton is fascinating. For viewers wanting both of Hancock's films in one package, I would certainly recommend this one.


First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong
First Man: The Life of Neil Armstrong
by James R. Hansen
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overdue biography, 25 July 2006
Neil Armstrong occupies a unique place in history and like Yuri Gagarin, no matter where we travel in the future, he will always be first. His enigmatic personality is examined in the closest possible detail here. The well-known 'distance' between the members of Apollo 11's crew is discussed of course, but as with much of the book, readers are encouraged to examine the evidence, to think for themselves and to make up their own minds. There are several inaccuracies (the comment about the death of Yuri Gagarin in 1967 is wholly inaccurate) but the book is nonetheless a triumph and a must for the 'serious' student. The author's achievement in getting Armstrong's co-operation is remarkable. I never thought it would happen. I'm not sure how Buzz Aldrin will feel about it though.


Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond
Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond
by Nancy Conrad
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing, 3 Jun 2006
Pete Conrad's life as the most colourful astronaut of the Gemini/Apollo/Skylab era provides enough material alone for a marvellous book, (the only one who lived up to the reputation to paraphrase Michael Collins). Given this, I find 'Rocketman' to be an incoherent mess and an opportunity utterly wasted. I have read numerous books about America's space programme and I cannot recall another book so full of inaccuracies and dubious unsupported comment. Pete's life should have been allowed to speak for itself and the story would have been fascinating, not tedious as this book makes it. I've waited a long time to read all about Pete Conrad. I'm still waiting.


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