J. A. Ravey

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Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and&hellip by Kwasi, Patel, Priti, R&hellip
1.0 out of 5 stars Twaddle, 16 July 2014
Britannai Unhinged, more like. Want to know what's wrong with our country and its society? Read this mindless cash-worshipping vision of pure hell from some rising right wing tory MPs and wonder what happened to us.
Crush <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crush-OMD/dp/artist-redirect/B001I0XG1G">OMD</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
Crush OMD MP3 Download
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Crush was the penultimate album by the original OMD duo (although they have since reunited to produce two decent albums). More importantly, however, is the context in which it came out. The previous album, Junk Culture had been a massive success for the band. Although now looked at as a fairly decent stab at commercial synth pop, at the time that album was seen as a sell out. Its breezy pop tunes were a contrast to the scary future themes and discordant musique concrete of Dazzle Ships. Thus, when Crush came out, the band were already considered a busted flush by many of their original fans. This is why its combination of commerciality and experimentalism came as such a surprise. It… Read more
My Uncle Silas by H.E. Bates
My Uncle Silas by H.E. Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars A real discovery, 11 Jan 2013
I confess to being quite new to H. E. Bates. I have never read any of the Darling Buds Of May books - nowadays, his best-known material - although I may do now, having been transfixed by "My Uncle Silas". I recently read a new edition of his "Though The Woods" collection of nature essays and Uncle Silas was mentioned in passing. Having picked up this little book, I am amazed that I had not come across it before.

Uncle Silas is based on Bates' real great uncle and is a vivid and unforgettable character. The book is quite short and contains a collection of vignettes about this man's life. Most are humorous; some laugh-aloud. The word Bates uses for Silas more than any other… Read more