J. R. Caley

Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (247 of 251)
Location: Berkshire, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 93,756 - Total Helpful Votes: 247 of 251
These Charming Men: Manchester City 2013/14 Season&hellip by HOWARD HOCKIN
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days!, 11 Jun 2014
For old school City fans, all this success is taking some getting used to. Luckily the sense of humour which kept us going through all the many bad years is still alive and kicking and there is no shortage of targets. These include the great British press; the self-styled 'elite' clubs who have no time for nouveau riche upstarts; their lackeys in UEFA and - of course - our sacred, classy neighbours with a genuine history, from the Borough of Trafford.

This is a well-written and entertaining series of blogs from throughout the season. There is a small amount of repetition - for instance when the end-of-year review contains material from previous articles - but that doesn't… Read more
Bertie Plays The Blues: 7 (44 Scotland Street) by Alexander McCall Smith
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but..., 29 Aug 2012
I've just read 'The Importance of Being Seven' and 'Bertie Plays The Blues' back to back and, for the most part, thoroughly enjoyed my trip back to Scotland Street and its environs (plus Italy). But whereas I had no hesitation in awarding the previous book 5 stars, this one just didn't quite do it for me.

Let me first deal with the positives - of which there are many. As with the rest of the series, we dive straight into the ongoing story with no unnecessary preamble. Around six months have passed, and - without giving away too much of the plot(s) - births are imminent, wedding plans are in hand, and Bertie is still yearning to escape the clutches of his mother. The character… Read more
The Importance of Being Seven (44 Scotland Street &hellip by Alexander McCall Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 29 Aug 2012
Trying to keep up with AMS's prodigious output is something of a challenge! Having got up to speed with happenings in Africa, Corduroy Mansions and elsewhere in Edinburgh (with Ms Dalhousie), I returned to Scotland Street and read 'The Importance of Being Seven' and 'Bertie Plays The Blues' back-to-back.

I was certainly not disappointed in this book. It was like greeting old treasured friends after an absence of a couple of years. The point has already been made that you will not really understand what is going on unless you have read the previous books in the series, but it is good to get stuck straight into the action without repetitive scene-setting.

There are… Read more