Anthony Rivers

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The Dandy by Nigel Rodgers
The Dandy by Nigel Rodgers
What is a dandy?

What exactly is a dandy? This is the question that the book sets out to answer. It does so with some flair as it surveys dandies down the centuries. Rodgers lays down stringent criteria at the start but then, perhaps remembering his subtitle (Peacock or Enigma?), loosens up. So the fastidious Brummell, the `first Dandy' who wore only plain blue and white, is balanced by the louche Byron, who loved fancy dress. See the picture of him as an Albanian brigand. In France the austerity of Baudelaire, all in black apart from lilac gloves, is countered by Barbey d'Aurevilly, who looked like a figure from pantomime. Both Barbey and Baudelaire, whom Rodgers calls… Read more
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and&hellip by Robert M. Edsel
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Nazis must have been the greatest art thieves of all time. The story of the tiny number of 'Monuments Men' - mostly soldiers and mostly, though not all, Americans - who battled heroically to save or rescue endangered paintings, sculptures, buildings etc is the stuff of thrillers. (Or, in this case, a film.) Robert Edsel has gathered a lot of information and tells his tale with great gusto and narrative speed. Unfortunately he also tells it in a hyped-up journalistic way that grates horribly after a time. Every chapter opens like the first lines of a newspaper article. Edsel claims to reveal his characters' inner thoughts and feelings in a way acceptable in a novel but not in a… Read more
LARGE Plain wood Tea or Meal Tray 64x40cm (25`x16`&hellip by Craft Sales LTD
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this tray as a Christmas present. It may be the least successful present I have ever bought, rejected instantly, but I see why. The tray looks fine on the website but in reality it is so crudely made that you worry about getting splinters from it. It is large and reasonably strong but it looks like an unsuccessful attempt by an amateur carpenter, not something anyone would want to buy. Avoid! I have contacted the company responsible but they have not replied.