This book works on one level when it should work on two, if I'm honest. The good news is that Suggs is a terrific, likeable storyteller and as a string of anecdotes this is top notch. I read it whilst on holiday and laughed out loud a number of times.
But as an autobiography it's a little lacking. Suggs' place of birth: don't know. Date of birth: Yes, he undoubtedly had one. Heroes include Ian Dury and he mentions that they met in the early days, briefly - then omits the record they made together. Drip Fed Fred, which is actually rather good.
As I say, you want a string of Suggs stories, buy this and you'll enjoy it. A lot. It earns those four stars I've given it. I… Read more
Lee Jackson's is one of the better books on PowerPoint that I've read. It has very simple visuals (which is basically lesson one), it tells you loads about what to do to improve your presentations and offers practical steps about where to get images and soforth.
After reading this in a single afternoon I've re-done a presentation I'm giving next week completely. I'm now confident that the focus will be on me rather than having slides as a distraction for the audience; it's going to be 100% better, largely thanks to what I've seen in this book.
I was lucky enough to see the Stranglers knock it out of the park on the last date of the "Feel It" tour, The set list was better on that occasion than on this CD, recorded earlier in the tour ("Toiler on the Sea" makes a better intro because it introduces so many of the instruments one by one - it could have been written as a show opener), but this still makes an excellent memento of having been there. Whether it works entirely as a CD in its own right is a bit more open to debate; my recollection is that Baz Warne's vocal was tighter in March and as you'd expect from a live album there's nothing new here. I notice someone else in the product's discussions has called it a waste of time and… Read more