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Best Kept Secret: Book Three of the Clifton Chronicles
Best Kept Secret: Book Three of the Clifton Chronicles
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining enough to hold the readers interest in the series., 12 Aug 2014
The cliff hanger from the previous "The Sins Of The Father", is swiftly dealt with in the prologue to this the third book in the series, it's almost an anti-climax.

After this the book settles down into telling the story of Harry's developing career as an author, Giles as politician and Emma's progression into the business world.

Along the way there are elements that are again straight out of a 1980's US soap with Giles falling for the scheming Virginia, who pushes him into contesting Elizabeth's will. As Giles mother, Elizabeth sees through Virginia's façade and by the end of the court case so does Giles thanks to a clever trick Elizabeth entrusted Harry with for use in the event that her will was contested.

Things don't run smooth for too long though because Sebastian, the son of Harry and Emma, gets himself into a sticky situation.

So the book has plenty to hold the reader's interest in the evolving Clifton / Barrington family story without being totally top drawer.

The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles)
The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat improbable plot, but what a cliffhanger ending!, 25 July 2014
The second book in the Clifton Chronicles sees Harry adopting the identity of Tom Bradshaw, which seems on the face of it quite probable given the circumstances surrounding his non-marriage to Emma Barrington. Firstly however Tom is an American and secondly it turns out he is wanted for murder, but gets convicted for desertion. So we are starting to go down a path that seems to be improbable.

During the course of World War 2 both Harry and Giles Barrington seem to survive some experiences which virtually leaves them dead.

However this is all sub-plots to the main point - Is Harry the son of Hugo Barrington and the heir to the Barrington empire?

So we go to the House of Lords to make a final judgment. Then comes the cliff hanger, right on the last page. Like the cliff hangers at the end of a season of a 1980's US soap, the reader is left on a knife edge waiting to find out how it will turn out.

So for all the questions surrounding the improbability in the sub-stories, the cliff hanger is master stroke.

Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles)
Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles)
by Jeffrey Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story telling which encourages to read the other books in the sequence., 20 July 2014
The first Jeffrey Archer novel I've read and I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Set between World War 1 and 2, the book tells the tale of the early life of Harry Clifton. The son of a dock worker who dies in mysterious circumstances, with a thirst for knowledge and blessed with a good choral voice, Harry finds himself through scholarships mixing with the upper classes and in particular with the Barrington family who were his fathers employers.

The story unfolds by relating events from the point of view of the main characters involved, so each character's viewpoint reveals a little more insight into the events. This is the clever part of the writing, which kept me interested into how things would turn out.

Laminar Flow
Laminar Flow
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seventies musical styles just didn't suit Roy, 24 May 2014
This review is from: Laminar Flow (Audio CD)
There is an obvious seventies sound to this album, which has been languishing at the bottom of my Roy Orbison CD collection without being played for years. It has that funky seventies sound with a hint of disco which puts Roy completely out of place.

It actually doesn't start too badly with "Easy way out" a mid tempo, subtly disco type track. "Love is A cold Wind" is nice enough ballad without managing to stir the emotions in the way that the truly classic Roy Orbison ballads do.

The rot really sets in by the third track "Lay It down", which is an awful attempt at disco. There could have been a bit of an uplift on track 6 with "Movin'", which is a up-tempo song describing the life of a touring singer. However it is spoilt by uncharacteristic language, even though by today's standards its hardly noticeable.

Only more blandness follows with "Poor Baby" with that poor, funky 70's sound coming in. "Warm Spot Hot" has an even more hideous 70's sound to it, again with slightly suggestive lyrics that is so far removed from the Roy Orbison we love it's embarrassing to listen to.

Thankfully there is a slight improvement with "Tears", but again its just too bland for Roy Orbison.

The only song that has any true quality in it is the Elvis tribute "Hound Dog Man", and on which Roy finally sings with sincerity and it is the only song where Roy produced the emotion feeling in a song.

It's an album very much reflective of that period in Roy's career. It makes me angry that music executives, management or whoever couldn't help Roy get a better deal than this and get more out of him as a result.

I thank god that we had the final period of joy with the "Traveling Wilburys" and "Mystery Girl" which saw Roy depart this earth on top form, forever allowing us to over look this, because I love Roy Orbison.
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The Essential
The Essential
Price: £9.09

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality country - just a good ole boy, 8 May 2014
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This review is from: The Essential (MP3 Download)
Waylon Jennings was a very successful country music star in the US who has never actually featured in the UK charts.
Many UK people will have heard however of at least one Waylon Jennings track, this being the theme tune to the 1980's TV series "The Dukes Of Hazard", and many people quite like this as TV theme.

I came to hear Waylon's music via my discovery of Johnny Cash and also from The Highwaymen group and DVD. I was impressed by his performances with The Highwaymen in particular from the DVD of a concert performed by the group in 1990. Most recently for the duet of "I'm Movin' On" on the recent successful, Johnny Cash release "Out Among The Stars".

So "The Essential Waylon Jennings" has allowed my to discover some "new but old" music. I have to say I am impressed.
I'm also surprised that Waylon wasn't more successful as country / pop cross over artist with more international success.

The songs a mixture of ballads and mid-tempo tracks are often seductive and Waylon's voice has that classic Southern drawl to it that fans of the likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash will recognise. Songs like "Amanda" are beautiful. "Are sure Hank did it this way", is a nod against the more traditional "Nashville" country style which sometimes can be termed as being "corny". Waylon doesn't appear to have fallen into this trap.

If you like the style of country performed by the likes of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Elvis (when in country mode), you will like Waylon Jennings.

I can safely say Waylon is the only artist I have ever bought who has never appeared in the UK singles or album charts, but I'm sure this collection will be played quite regularly.

Try it yourself I am sure you will enjoy it.

Country Guitar for Dummies [DVD]
Country Guitar for Dummies [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arlen Roth
Price: £4.98

2.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing on first impression, 16 April 2014
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I got this with my first guitar to get me started. When I got the guitar I discovered that there were some excellent tutorials on-line specifically for the some of the songs I want to play.

So it was inevitable that this was put to one side.

When I did get this out, I was put disappointed with the fact that there was long droning on about tuning. Let's face, it your a beginner / dummy player you get an electronic tuner. So after the lecture on tuning the lessons start and it seemed to whizz through some basics in half the time it took to drone on about tuning to play what might be considered at least an intermediate version of "Leaving on a jet plane".

At this point I returned to You Tube etc., and have not gone back to this since.

However, it probably does have something to offer as I progress more, so I am likely to come back to this at some point.

So I wouldn't completely rule this DVD out and if and when I do, I will update this review appropriately.

But, for now I am happier with selecting from the varied offerings available on line for free.

Marware Vassen Kindle Cover, Purple  [will only fit Kindle Paperwhite (5th and 6th Generation), Kindle (5th Generation), Kindle Touch (4th Generation) and Kindle (7th Generation)]
Marware Vassen Kindle Cover, Purple [will only fit Kindle Paperwhite (5th and 6th Generation), Kindle (5th Generation), Kindle Touch (4th Generation) and Kindle (7th Generation)]
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect fit, neat cover, 16 April 2014
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I bought this for my wife to go with the Kindle I also bought her.

Practically it does the job perfectly and my wife likes the colour.

There are more expensive covers than this, but I don't see a reason to go for anything more expensive.

Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi (Previous Generation - 5th)
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi (Previous Generation - 5th)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it is designed to do, very well., 16 April 2014
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Two years ago I bought a Kobo Touch which I also think does the job that a book reader does perfectly. At the time I was hoping for a Kindle Fire, but it seemed to be late getting to the UK market and I gave up waiting. The Fire had been out in the US several months before it hit the UK. So I shopped around and got the best offer for touch screen on a Kobo. So this is why I ended up with the Kobo rather than Kindle at that time.

I bought the Kindle for my wife, who is not such a big reader, because of the now competitive price and also gives me the opportunity to compare the two products.

OK one has a touch screen, one doesn't. But realistically this is the only difference on the actual mechanics of the reader.

If at a later date I was to upgrade my reader, I would go with either, depending on what deals were available.

TDK DVD+RW Recordable Disk Rewritable Cased 4x Speed 120min 4.7Gb Ref DVDRW474X10 [Pack of 10]
TDK DVD+RW Recordable Disk Rewritable Cased 4x Speed 120min 4.7Gb Ref DVDRW474X10 [Pack of 10]
Offered by DigiBits
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No longer stocked by local supermarket so Amazon came to my rescue., 13 April 2014
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I would normally be recordable DVD from my local supermarket. When I ran out recently, I went to my supermarket to get another pack and in the few months since I last bough some I discovered they are no longer stocked.

Whether you use these for Camcorders, or recording TV programs these are so handy.

Not everyone upgrades to the very latest technologies every time something new comes out, (technology moves more quickly then most people's capacity for upgrading to each new gadget) so being able to get hold of these conveniently via Amazon was most welcome.

Out Among The Stars
Out Among The Stars
Price: £6.00

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant Country, 31 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Out Among The Stars (Audio CD)
This previously unreleased album from 1983, re-discovered after 30 years by John Carter-Cash captures Johnny at his vibrant best.

The album contains songs that are echoes of classic albums from 10 years or so previously and also some songs that would fit into the American series some 10 to 19 years later.

This is no "outtakes" album it is a genuine studio album with great sound, benefitting in no doubt from modern day re-mastering.

Why unreleased at the time? Probably due to a perception of not being "cool" at that time. Looking at this with the knowledge of history demonstrates how wrong and perhaps irrelevant the notion of being "cool" or "on trend" is with regards to music. The important element is the quality, does it tell a story, does it make you tap your feet, does it do so without being cheesy, are real instruments being played as opposed to synthesised? These are factors that make timeless, quality popular music.

All the songs are great. Here are a few that I particularly enjoyed:

"I'm Movin' On" is given a great interpretation by Johnny featuring Waylon Jennings. This is a song that Elvis fans will be aware of from his classic 1969 album "From Elvis In Memphis".

"If I Told You Who It Was", is a classic piece of Johnny Cash comedy, storytelling about a fan who is invited by a female country star to change her punctured car tyre, leading to a romantic encounter.

"I Came To Believe" is a definite look forward to the style of the American Recordings with its theme of redemption.

Another track that could easily find a place on one of those latter day, celebrated albums is "She Used To Love Me A Lot", which captures Johnny in a moment of reflection.

This album deserves to finally get it's release and I hope that it is appreciated and gains success.

I am pleased to note that this has reached No. 4 in the UK, No. 3 on US Pop and No. 1 on US Country. So, timeless quality prevails.

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