Martyn Drake

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The Flight of Birds by Alan Howard
The Flight of Birds by Alan Howard
After the death of her mother, Kate Pegler moves to a small village with her father where she befriends a local boy whose father works on the estate of the Tercel family. But things take a strange twist when Kate encounters the mysterious Shabby Tattler whose very appearance triggers a series of strange events in which Kate finds out about the terrible massacre that took place back in the village during the Elizabethan times. Kate's future lies in the past and terrible secrets and revelations come to the surface. I shall say no more, as to do so would spoil things. Intrigue is the key here.

I absolutely loved this story. Alan has created a rich history filled with high drama… Read more
Halfway To Hollywood: Diaries 1980 to 1988: The Fi&hellip by Michael Palin
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Michael Palin is a writer, performer, producer, family man, and much more besides. His Halfway to Hollywood diaries reveal a tantalising insight into his life during the 1980's where he was writing screenplays (Time Bandits, The Missionary, The Meaning of Life, etc.), performing (Time Bandits, The Missionary, Brazil, A Private Function, The Dress, etc.), and producing (The Missionary). His diaries reveals his hopes, frustrations, friendships, business deals, and observations of life during the period. It also opens up the chaotic American and British film industries during the time in which video seen as a major threat to the cinemas.

Palin is a wonderful diarist, and this… Read more
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent budget HD camera, 29 Dec 2008
This little beauty is a pocket sized HD video camera suitable for everyday use. It makes bulky cameras a thing of the past and is so simple to use that even I can use it!

The image quality of the HD footage is remarkable for a device at this price. Outdoor and well lit environments look absolutely stunning, but much darker environments will be quite grainy (so make sure that when shooting in these environments you provide some kind of decent light source).

SDHC support up to 32Gb means no more knackered tapes and is quick to get started recording and reviewing recorded material on the device. Getting the video of the device is simplicity itself - on Macs (and PCs, I… Read more