John Davison

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,660
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (414 of 490)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,660 - Total Helpful Votes: 414 of 490
The Rise and Fall of the House of Windsor by A. N. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, 29 July 2014
It was very interesting reading this book (published in 1993) from the perspective of 21 years later.

At the time of its writing, Lady Di was still very much alive (and kicking), the Queen had just had her "Annus Horribilis," and it looked to most people as if the monarchy was on the way out.

As I observed the warmth of public affection for the Queen at her Golden Jubilee, and the international appreciation of her James Bond stunt at the Olympics (currently about 4 million hits on youtube) it seemed clear that the institution is safe, at least until the present incumbent leaves us.

A N Wilson clearly believes this to be a good thing. I have always been… Read more
After The Victorians: The World Our Parents Knew by A.N. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 13 July 2014
I absolutely loved this book.

A N Wilson is luminously intelligent, and his prose style is luminously clear and engaging. I wish history books had been like this when I was at school. The author has a wonderful ability to sum up a person, a place or an event in a few words that light up the page.

I particularly liked his sense of fairness: Winston Churchill is shown warts and all, and Edward VIII gets a sympathetic reassessment. A N Wilson reveals some very dirty secrets about the British in India, whilst arguing for the positive aspects of the Empire. He shows us why the Nazis were popular in Germany, and why this did not make the Germans much different from the… Read more
Samsung E1150 Flip Fold Sim Free Mobile Phone - Ti&hellip by Samsung
2.0 out of 5 stars I regret buying, 17 Jun 2014
I have used Nokia 2720 Folds for some years, and having tried the Samsung alternative I am going back to Nokia.


1. In order to connect to the loudspeaker, you have to wait until the caller has answered, and then go through two processes to activate the speaker. I do wish phone companies would make speaker a default option.

2. The predictive text, though less eccentric than Nokia, is not user-friendly. The most annoying feature is this: if you want to change to upper or lower case or switch to numeric, you will lose the text edit for the text you have just keyed in, so you have to delete and start it over again. In general, switching case sizes… Read more