P. Webster

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The Boys [DVD] [1962] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ronald Lacey
The Boys [DVD] [1962] DVD ~ Ronald Lacey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Gem, 30 Aug 2014
This is a neglected gem of British cinema from the early 1960s. It tells the story, through flashbacks, of the trial of four teenagers who are charged with committing murder in the course of a robbery.

The film gives us a glimpse of working class London in 1962, and it raises social issues such as: inter-generational conflict; stereotyping; social class; and the inflexibility of the law. It also shows how the same events can be perceived and described differently by different people.

But most of all the film is an intriguing courtroom drama. Are "The Boys" guilty or not guilty?
Empire and Revolution : A Socialist History of the&hellip by Dave Sherry
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The government and media have used the commemorations of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War to whip up patriotic feelings and to try to persuade us that WWI was a war that had to be fought in order to defend freedom and civilisation.

This book is a powerful antidote to such nonsense. Dave Sherry shows that the millions who died did so in a war that was brought about by imperialist rivalries between the main capitalist powers.

Capitalism is based on two key features. The first is the extraction of surplus value (profit) from the working class (both manual and white collar workers) by the capitalist class. The second is competition between rival… Read more
The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley
The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley
I have had the marvellous first edition of this book for over ten years, and I hastily bought this updated second edition as soon as it came out.

But there are two problems with this new edition. These problems are not with what the author has produced, but with the printing. Firstly, the colours on some of the bird illustrations are too dark. Secondly, the print of much of the text is a sort of faint grey colour instead of black, and also rather small, making it difficult to read.

There has been a lot of discussion about this on the American Amazon website (Amazon.com), and it seems there is the possibility of changes being made when a new print run is produced by the… Read more