Thomas De Vries

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Cyprus by Grzegorz Micula
Item reviewed: 2012 edition (minor revisions being made every two years)

This book is comprised of:

* Introducing Cyprus (incl history), 30 pp (i.e. of a suitable size to be read on the flight over)
* Cyprus Region by Region (West, South, Troodos Mountains, Central, South Nicosia, North), 120 pp
* Travellers' Needs (mostly hotels and restaurants), 34 pp
* Survival Guide (practical info and good index), 28 pp

This is more illustrated than conventional guidebooks such as Lonely Planet. With those guidebooks, when you arrive at a major sight, you have to read or reread an essay of say five hundred words, and at the end may still be confused as… Read more
The UFO Phenomena by Edward Ashpole
The UFO Phenomena by Edward Ashpole
Item reviewed: Headline Publishing, 1995 (hardback)


A highly readable contribution from someone who has tremendous admiration for science but doesn't parrot the party line. He argues that little truly scientific enquiry has been made on UFOs, and suggests what can be done to remedy this. All the necessary science is explained in the book.


It is said that the only way to make money from a UFO work is to make it a "Gee Golly, there goes another saucer" type of book. The author eschews this approach and instead examines the current situation where alien visitations might be perfectly natural, yet are automatically and… Read more
Where Is Everybody?: Search for Extra-terrestrial &hellip by Edward Ashpole
Item reviewed: Sigma Press, second edition 1997 (paperback)


An independent viewpoint from a science writer who is able to say what he thinks. He is therefore able to be more constructive and free-ranging than the "usual suspects". His main contributions are the concept of technological ceilings and the serious consideration of UFOs. All the necessary science is explained in the book.


Authors such as Paul Davies and John Gribbin are constrained to the conventional viewpoint in writing on extraterrestrial subjects, if they want to keep their day jobs. Ashpole was apparently beyond retirement age when he wrote this, so he could… Read more