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I live in North London with my wonderful wife. Amazon say I should tell you if I had a month off work. Well I did. I went trekking across Nepal from the Indian border to the Tibetan border. It was in winter, in a tent, just to see Mt Everest. Big mountain. Very cold. Came back 14 pounds lighter, coughing blood.



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Waterloo [DVD] [1970] <b>DVD</b> ~ Rod Steiger
Waterloo [DVD] [1970] DVD ~ Rod Steiger
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if flawed film, 6 Feb 2014
A gret if flawed film with too many jump cuts, but sadly the myths about a much longer version are just that - myths. I reproducxe here what IMDB has on the differing versions,

"According to an article written by the film's editor and associate producer Richard C. Meyer, the longest version is the 132 minute version. This has been confirmed by Vladimir Dorsal, the film's First Assistant and later the head of Mosfilm in Moscow. He says that they only have the 132m version in their vaults and no longer 4 hours version ever existed.

"The myth may derive from an earlier part of Meyer's article when he states that the rough cut was 4 hours long - not unusual for a… Read more
Chieftains by Bob Forrest-Webb
Chieftains by Bob Forrest-Webb
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Written in 1982 as a speculation on a future war in central Europe as Soviet forces push across the Inner German Border to grapple with Nato troops, this now reads as alternative history - a history which very thankfully never happened.
It si delibersterly written from the tankers' point of view - centred mainly around a BAOR armoured regiment - and reads mainly as a grimmer supplement to General Sir John Hackett's The Third World War, which had come out a few years' earlier.

If you are interested in how many Brits, in the late-70s/early 80s, viewed the chanced of a Soviet invasion in the near-future, then this is one you should probably read.

The late 70s/early… Read more
Sylvia's Lovers (Oxford World's Classics) by Elizabeth Gaskell
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, 20 Dec 2013
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I love Oxford World's Classics - well what's not to love? a passion for world literature, well-edited and produced with erudite introductions. I have only taken off one star because these days I could do with larger typeface - probably why i read most literature on e-book format these days where I can adjust the font size.

I'd not read Sylvia's Lovers before, indeed I approached Haskell through North and South - and her critiques of Victorian England - and her espousal of unitarianism.

I enjoyed the book, though I can see why it is less-well known than her other writing, I did find it a tad melodramatic at times, but probably not more or less so than much mid-19th… Read more