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Aidan Taylor "aidan71" (Newquay, Cornwall)

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The Land's End?  The Great Sale of Cornwall
The Land's End? The Great Sale of Cornwall
by Bernard Deacon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote first review?, 4 Mar. 2014
Was it a cover for a councillor's 2 year old? Commenting upon an academic work should be written properly not as if you're slagging off a new CD.

David S Moore clearly cannot string together grammar or sentences and I would be amazed if he even has a GCSE. For the record Deacon is an expert on the county as anyone who has read the 'Cornish Studies' annual work will know.

I like Deacon's work though haven't read thus one BUT do object to a 'review' that is rubbish from the off.

Just One of Seven: The Autobiography of Denis Smith
Just One of Seven: The Autobiography of Denis Smith
by Simon Lowe
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 4 Jan. 2010
I agree with all the other reviewers have said. I am a York City fan but was just as hooked on his playing days.

However although I don't know how professional the publisher is the number of proof-reading errors is quite astounding. A larger publisher would simply not allow some of the errors to make it into print. They are there on nearly every page - spelling, grammar etc. Admittedly there is a lot of text to check - thanks Denis and the photos are generous. But a good work like this was crying out for proper proof-reading. Fanzines could get away with this but not an autobiography.

Otherwise a great book.
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Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
by John Carlin
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost a great book, 15 Nov. 2009
Carlin's book is wonderful from a political point of view. If you are a rugby fan (and you read it probably because you are) then be warned - the book is more about the transition to democracy than the World Cup tournament and the historical role of the Springboks.

Unfortunately Carlin has made the facts suit his story instead of the other way round. A chapter about the Boks' role in White Society (and the reverse for Blacks) would have lent his story more weight instead of relying on prior knowledge on the part of the reader. It doesn't fit his story but from 1970-76 the Boks played 22 internationals (plus the 1977 Northern Transvaal celebration game) and from 1980-86 they again played 25 games (plus the 1989 controversial World XV games to mark the SARUs centenary for which all were paid but that's another story!). True the Boks could only tour a few times (France 1974, South America 1980 and New Zealand 1981 with a stopover in New York) but reading Carlin you would think that the Boks didn't play any rugby at all after 1981. Yes some of those internationals were against anyone that would risk condemnation and visit the Republic (such as various South American teams, weakened England sides and of course the Kiwi Cavaliers). None of this rates a mention, not even the aborted 1986 Lions Tour. Only the 1985 All Blacks do - but that tour did go ahead, in a way.

The story would have been more powerful if Carlin had showed how the Boks became increasingly isolated, not just tell us it happened. Luckily the rugby side of things has been told elsewhere, by Edward Griffiths (covering the period 1992-95) and Chris Greyvenstein (just ignore his dated excuses for apartheid). Also the artificial 1979 South African Barbarians tour of the UK (made up of a third white, third black and third coloured players) gave the insular world of rugby an excuse to readmit the Boks to the international calendar.

But it's a good read nonetheless and with background knowledge can be appreciated fully.

XS All Areas - The Greatest Hits
XS All Areas - The Greatest Hits
Price: £7.24

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Status Quo CD, 15 May 2006
What a terrible waste! Quo have had 39 top 20 hits but only 25 are presented here on a 40-track double CD. So, what is the rest? Album tracks and not-so hits. Nothing is in some kind of order so it is a meandering ramble through nearly 40 years of great music. Most of the music is good of course, but minus several points for the awful 'Fun fun fun'. That and others like 'When you walk in the room' should be quietly deleted from the band's history. There is plenty more to feel good about (again, 39 top 20 hits).

So stick to '12 Gold bars' both volumes or the 1997 compilation which although out of date is better (albeit not perfect).

Pause for thought: Quo now have enough to warrant a third '12 Gold bars' (the first two stuck to the top 20). Or is that too obvious for the record company. This CD stinks of a hash-up quickly cobbled together for a book/tour with no real thought put in. There are better compilations out there.

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