J. Blakemore

"the history man"
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Location: england


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,317 - Total Helpful Votes: 527 of 574
Bannockburn: Scotland's Greatest Battle for Indepe&hellip by Angus Konstam
My interest in all things Scottish – well, some things Scottish – was peaked by a recent and highly recommended visit to Northumbria. We visited many of the coastal castles and sites that made up the one-time defensive ring on the border of Scotland, and which acted as the staging posts for the many Plantagenet raids into that country. With Scotland once again on the verge of declaring independence, by ballot this time around and not by the sword, it seemed the right time to read about the battle that so changed Scotland's fortunes in the fourteenth century. There are many books to choose from on the subject, and this volume by Angus Konstam, being reasonably priced, seemed like a good… Read more
Pompeii [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Kit Harington
Pompeii [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Kit Harington
Director Paul W.S. Anderson had a daunting task on his hands in his desire to re-create the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Rome's second city, Pompeii. After all, Pompeii was – is – vast. I was fortunate enough to visit the ruins of Pompeii some years ago, and it remains an unforgettable memory. I spent an entire day walking along the ruined streets and marvelling at the cracked and faded frescoes, and really only scratched the surface of the slumbering giant. To please me and the many others who have gazed upon Pompeii's shattered splendour, Paul Anderson had some work on his hands. Thankfully, the film does not disappoint.
The films 1080p transfer onto a single 50GBdisc… Read more
Britain's Cold War Fighters by Tim McLelland
Britain's Cold War Fighters by Tim McLelland
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot book on a cold war, 23 May 2014
I remember well my first exercise in Germany and freezing my proverbial's off in a trench in the coldest winter Europe had suffered in decades. I was serving in the RAF Regiment, and we had been entrenched in the countryside around RAF Bruggen for a week, unaware that due to the extreme cold, the exercise had been called off. We had been forgotten and left in our dug-outs. Nothing new for a serving Rock Ape during the Cold war. When we eventually returned to Bruggen - there had been only a single case of frost-bite - I remember sleeping for an entire day, after which I recall visiting the line of derelict Lightnings that guarded a remote corner of Bruggen's airfield and which I had glimpsed… Read more

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