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Bomber Harris BBC [DVD] [1989]
Bomber Harris BBC [DVD] [1989]
Dvd ~ John Thaw
Offered by dvdGOLD
Price: 6.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good drama documentary on Harris and Bomber Command, 31 July 2013
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This film takes us through the later stages of WW2 from the perspective of Sir Arthur Harris, played by the late John Thaw. The film gives little introduction, so some knowledge or research of the history would help. It shows how Harris had to jockey for influence and fight to keep Bomber Command, and to keep getting what he thought it needed, with others, RAF, Navy and Army, all squabbling. Most of the scenes involve Harris and his staff, planning a war and fighting political battles in a constantly tense drama. The feel of the film is very much as if it was made in its own time.

Harris' faults are not skipped over, exchanges with ACM Portal (his RAF boss) and Churchill show him as obsessed with his bombing strategy to the exclusion of all else, and also his struggles to work with the USAAF as a joined-up force. The political dimension, and how politicians treated Harris and his men with contempt when it suited them also comes across. There is plenty of archive footage showing bomber crews at work as the raids unfold, which, although in black and white in a colour DVD, give a 'newsreel' feel to events without breaking the tension in the chain of events up to VE day. It also tackles head on the question of the morality of area bombing, with tense exchanges between Harris and the Bomber Command Chaplain, Collins, who went on to campaign against nuclear weapons.

Robert Hardy plays Churchill in a supporting role, never quite giving Harris what he wants, but keeping him close.

Thoroughly recommended.


The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition) [DVD] [2008]
The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition) [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ John Neville
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Price: 12.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film with a message, 4 Jan 2010
This film introduces us to Baron Muenchausen, a forgotten heroic figure in the new "Age of Reason" in the late 18th Century.

The Baron comes to a besieged town to find his story has become a theatre act, put on to cheer up the citizenry in the war weary city. The city is run (on a clear parody of the French Revolution) by cruel and ruthless public servants, exemplified by the Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson, who orders the execution of a soldier (Sting) for an act of extraordinary courage in defending the city against the Turkish besiegers, on the grounds that his bravery was demoralising the other troops. The Baron intervenes in the theatre and gradually takes over the stage to tell his tale, which introduces us to various fantastic adventures, and the Baron joins up with his friends who have wondrous powers. The man character of the film is Sally, the young daughter of the impresario who is putting on the play, who asks questions adults could not.

There is a running tension between the Public Servants and the Baron, who says that he is the only person who can end the war, and he ultimately succeeds. Some parts of the film are a little overdone. I don't think that Robin Williams' character gels with the others, but it is a splendid tale of a lament by the Baron for his lost world in the new age of Science and Reason. Well worth watching again and again, for the story, the scenery, and the tales, a timeless classic.


Manual of Employment Appeals (Jordans Employment Law)
Manual of Employment Appeals (Jordans Employment Law)
by Patrick Green
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A big step forward, 10 Dec 2008
I am an Employment Tribunal practitioner and I would say that this book is a big step forward and fills a gap. This book is an extremely useful guide to the appeal process from Employment Tribunals, which is a rocky path at the best of times. It cover the Employment Appeal Tribunal and beyond that to the Court of Appeal, House of Lords and ECJ. It would mainly be of interest to an intelligent and fair-minded lay person lodging an appeal against an Employment Tribunal decision or Judgment or an Employment Tribunal advocate who has to bring an appeal, or someone with an interest in developing their knowledge of this area. The book has a good blend of practical advice and legal theory and it is not afraid to make its view clear where the authors believe that the law is unsatisfactory.
It is a very useful guide for anyone who needs to deal with an appeal and is on unfamiliar ground.
The book has a few misprints and the occasional error, such as a negative being obviously missing from a sentence, but the authors were not helped when a new Employment Appeal Tribunal practice direction was produced in May 2008 which must have caused them to review their material.
This book would be ideal for an Employment Tribunal representative who wants to bring or defend an appeal and wishes to have the process demystified. Experienced lawyers would also find it has virtually all the case law references you would need to argue your point. For Scots lawyers, it would still be relevant except that it doesn't really deal with the Court of Session stage of the appeal process.


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