James Cameron Howes

"jacobs ladder"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 58% (14 of 24)
Location: Lichfield, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,685,142 - Total Helpful Votes: 14 of 24
Soccernomics: Why England Lose, Why Germany and Br&hellip by Simon Kuper
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I loved freakonomics and am a huge soccer fan so I was excited about reading this book. However I found parts of it lazy for example in the last chapter characterizing Russia as a underdeveloped sporting nation and therefore neglecting their performance in Euro 88 and various other tournaments or more criminally failing to mention Valeriy Lobanovskyi who while a Ukranian, operated in the Soviet league. Furthermore it suggests Australia's soccer development started with Guus Hiddink without mention of Terry Venables.

It also fell in to the trap that many "intellectual" football writers fall in to of praising Arsene Wenger to the hilt. This lazy cliche neglects the fact that for… Read more
Magic ~ Bruce Springsteen
Magic ~ Bruce Springsteen
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A grower from the Boss, 12 Jan 2008
The title didn't suggest to me that this was going to be the greatest Boss album- indeed it sounds more like the title of a Mariah Carey record. Upon first listen, whilst delighted to find that Bruce hadn't morphed into the sultry songstress, I was still under whelmed. But then slowly bit by bit and in increments I started to unwrap the layers of this fantastic piece of work.

Each track works on multiple levels and it takes a while to unpack them. At first "Livin' In The Future" is simply a lite "18th Avenue Freezeout". But once one starts to listen to the lyrics you find a far more complex examination of the nightmare that has been the Bush administration. "Gypsy Biker" lyrics… Read more
Decline and Fall (Penguin Modern Classics) by Evelyn Waugh
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waugh At His Best, 11 Jan 2008
"Oh I shouldn't try to teach them anything yet"

Decline and Fall is simply one of the greatest novels I have ever read. It is laugh out loud funny whilst also moving the reader to care deeply for these fates of it's bumbling characters.

The story is easily epitomized by the title. Paul Pennyfather is a theological student at Oxford. Unfortunately despite being an inoffensive individual he is "sent down" from Oxford for an incident. The incident in question involves running across the quad sans pantaloon.

When he is cut from his fathers will he has no money and only one option- become a teacher.

The high jinks of his time as a teacher in Wales… Read more

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