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Looking At You
Looking At You
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Feb. 2015
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This is the original 1968 single.

It is young, raw and wild.


Bobby Moore: The Man in Full
Bobby Moore: The Man in Full
by Matt Dickinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The title of this book would be more honest if it was followed by a question mark as it is clearly not the Man In Full, 15 Dec. 2014
The truth is Moore was essentially unknowable to most of the people who met him as even the author admits at the end.

The book does not do a bad job of outlining Moore's career and setting out some of the footballing, financial and personal issues faced both by him, his teams and his managers. However, at the end of the day it is a journalistic biography that relies heavily on anecdotes, quotes taken from other players biographies and the work of other journalists who knew Moore personally and wrote about him in the 1960s and 1970s. Obviously it is clear Dickinson is far too young to have met his subject but it would have been nice to have had some proper footnotes to identify where and when some of the information in this biography originated. The bibliography does give a clue but clearly the suspicion is that some of the book is based on recent recollections of events that are decades old. Moreover, the book is strangely light on hard statistical information about Moore's career, If you want to know how many games Moore played for his clubs or what number of goals he scored you will not find it here. Nor does the book really cover the day to day details of Moore's career. If you read this book it would appear that Moore was never injured as a player because the matter is scarcely mentioned. This is in stark contrast with a work such as Hunter Davies Glory Game where the threat of injury and sudden career termination hangs like an ever present Sword of Damocles over all professional players. The latter work makes clear that many footballers of the 1970s became disenchanted with the game the longer they played particularly as they discovered that the rewards of game was never going to make even the most famous of them financially secure. In that context Moore's increasing disillusion at West Ham in the late 1960s and early 1970s is more understandable as also were some his woeful attempts to make money outside the game. There is no doubt that Moore would have probably fared much better financially if he had accepted Mark McCormack's offer to let IMG manage his business affairs but he was doubtless poorly advised by some of his so called 'friends' He would probably also have had a more productive second half to his football career if he had managed to quit West Ham in the the mid 1960s and gone to another club as he clearly wanted to do. Since this was not an era of free contracts it is hardly Moore's fault that West Ham would not release him. Given that impasse it is not unsurprising his enthusiasm for the domestic game diminished as he got older

With regard to Moore's boozing he was not the only player of that era prone to that activity though doubtless he would have been able to hold his own with other legendary contemporary drinkers such as Peter Osgood. The author gives the impression that the booze culture was somehow particularly exceptional at West Ham when Moore was captain though even a cursory glance at the footballing accounts of the era would confirm it was flourishing strongly in nearly all major London clubs. This is one of the areas in which the author fails to put his subject in its proper geographical and historical context. Another is the account of Moore's obsession with neatness, tidiness and order. Now there is no doubt that Moore took this to extremes but he was hardly alone amongst white working class males in the East End of the early 1960s in being concerned about looking immaculately turned out and wishing to make a statement about his identity through his appearance. I also fail to see what relevance the fact that the pub where Booby and Tina Moore had their wedding reception now has Karaoke nights and a big screen football TV has to do with an event that was staged there 50 years earlier. I think all one needs to know about the Cambridge University educated Mr Dickinsons attitude to the working class Moore is revealed in that one aside. In this respect I think that the author merely reveals the yawning gap in both time and social class between himself and his subject.


Edgar Broughton Band
Edgar Broughton Band
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album., 8 Dec. 2014
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Evening Over Rooftops is simply one of the best and most original songs ever written. The contrast of an English suburban setting and the elemental sight of a 'storm of starlings' rising from the roof tops at twilight is captured brilliantly. The mundane and the magical all contained perfectly in one 5 minute song.


Achtung Panzer!: The Development of Tank Warfare (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
Achtung Panzer!: The Development of Tank Warfare (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS)
by Heinz Guderian
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Achtung Panzer, 25 May 2013
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A must read if you are planning a lightning invasion of Poland or France just don't deceive yourself it is going to work in Russia as well


Bosworth 1485: The Psychology of a Battle (Battles & Campaigns)
Bosworth 1485: The Psychology of a Battle (Battles & Campaigns)
by Michael K. Jones
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best historical monograph I have read for some time, 8 Oct. 2012
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It is that rarity a genuinely original study of Richard III that avoids all the tired old cliches about the king's character to place him the context of his family and his time. In particular it explains how Edward IV clandestine marriage to Elizabeth Woodville became the catalyst for the disastrous implosion of the House of York. In the midst of this maelstrom Richard emerges as a man driven to act as much by the need restore the honour of his family as by personal ambition. The author bolsters his argument not only by examining new evidence but by also shifting the light to show how much of the truth about Richard's reign can actually be extracted from the evidence of Tudor propagandists and ministers such as More and Cromwell who were paid to denigrate him. I particularly liked the way Dr Jones shows how Shakespeare may have lifted many of the supposed events of the Battle of Bosworth from the descriptions the medieval cause celebre the Battle of Courtrai which had happened in 1302 over 183 years earlier. At a stroke he exposes how the Tudor account of Richard was more literary artifice than reality. I would strongly recommend this book to both students of history and lay readers who wish to understand Richard III and his world.


Tracks
Tracks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously good album, 26 April 2012
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and unlike so many records from that era sounds just as good on CD. The bonus tracks are excellent too rather than the filler that clutters up far too many reissues.


Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day ~ Remastered plus bonus tracks-deluxe edition
Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day ~ Remastered plus bonus tracks-deluxe edition
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mans best album, 31 Dec. 2011
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and a fitting tribute to this band.

My one gripe is who ever remastered this recording really hated the drummer as he is so far back in the mix he sounds as if he is in Norway not Wales.


Flashman (The Flashman Papers, Book 1)
Flashman (The Flashman Papers, Book 1)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful entertaining and informative read, 26 Dec. 2011
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Through Flashman the late George Macdonald Fraser has provided a painless way to learn great chunks of British 19th Century Imperial history. The dastardly knavish central character also acts as a brilliant foil by which the author can skewer the hypocricies of not only the Victorian age but also our own PC driven era where modern Puritans have simply constructed new taboos and shibboleths to replace those of the past. It is a pity that the Aucklands, Elphinstones and Macnaghten of our own age did not read this book before rushing to sacrifice more British lives in the snake pit of Afghanistan in the past decade.


We're Here Because We're Here. Songs from the Great War 1914-1918
We're Here Because We're Here. Songs from the Great War 1914-1918

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Youths Own, 18 Nov. 2010
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Worth buying if only to listen to the opening reading of Galsworthy's poem Youth's Own which I personally think is a bit of lost gem from this era

YOUTH'S OWN

Out of the fields I see them pass,
Youth's own battalion--
Like moonlight ghosting over grass--
To dark oblivion.
They have a wintry march to go--
Bugle and fife and drum !
With music, softer than the snow
All flurrying, they come !
They have a bivouac to keep
Out on a starry heath;
And there a long long sleep to take
Beyond reveilly--Death
Since Youth has vanished from our eyes,
Who, living, glad can be ?
Who will be grieving, when he dies
And leaves this Calvary ?


Thank Christ For The Bomb
Thank Christ For The Bomb
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Mcphee is the unsung great of the British blues rock guitar, 12 Dec. 2009
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as is highlighted by his performance on the BBC In Concert live version of 'Soldier'. This is 'electric' guitar in every sense of the term with his playing captures all the power and excitement of the instrument. I just shows how ludicruous are all those '100 Greatest Guitarist' lists trotted out by the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine where Mcphee almost never gets a mention. The truth is he would blow 90% of them off stage.

Add in the fact that the supporting Groundhogs musicians were a class act and you have recipe for some grown up music so sadly lacking in the world today.

If you dont have this album get it.


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