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Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip
Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip
by Billy Connolly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Billy Connolly's Route 66, 12 Nov. 2011
I was so looking forward to this, having driven the route a couple of times but I can't help feeling a little underwhelmed. Billy's 'take' on American culture is, as with everything he does, highly entertaining and, to a significant degree, informative. If the remit was to produce a TV programme and book that gives a personal and subjective overview of some aspects of the 'mother road', then it hit the mark. For me, though, it was a missed opportunity to delve a little deeper into the role of Route 66 as a metaphor for America's relationship with the car and how it's a country whose commercial businesses have developed to service the automobile. His references to towns that have almost disappeared since the de-commissioning of the road were very few and far between. As another reviewer has noted, he was very wide of the mark in his comments about the Meramec Caverns and just didn't seem to 'get' what they were all about. I've always loved Billy Connolly's anarchic humour and I enjoyed his trip overall, I just wish it had been a little more thorough and nuanced in it's approach - but maybe that's another book!Billy Connolly's Route 66: The Big Yin on the Ultimate American Road Trip


Accuratus 260 Russian Standard USB/PS2 Keyboard - Black
Accuratus 260 Russian Standard USB/PS2 Keyboard - Black
Offered by Comcen Computer Supplies Ltd *VAT registered*
Price: £20.57

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Russian keyboard without Russian characters!, 28 Oct. 2009
I gave this keyboard one star because, after all, it is a keyboard, as it says on the box. Unfortunately it did not have Cyrillic characters on the keys, as advertised, and as these are what is required to transcribe Russian texts I returned it for a refund - be warned.


Scott Walker: Long About Now
Scott Walker: Long About Now
by Ken Brooks
Edition: Paperback

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive discography, poor writing., 24 April 2001
This book has the look and feel of a self-published "vanity press" edition. The typesetting, printing and binding are not of professional quality and the author's own illustrations are decidedly amateur in appearance. The writer does provide a comprehensive discography and some pertinent comparisons are made between Scott Walker and other songriters, authors and poets of the beat generation that influenced his work. Various other influences are also cited but none are discussed in any depth at all. Unfortunately brief nuggets of information are interspersed with some quite bizarre and personal diatribes against what the author perceives as Scott Walker's arrogance and pretentiousness. The author constantly berates him for being egotistical over-sensitive and for not "playing the game".Mr. Brooks premise seems to suggest that as the possessor of a great talent, Scott Walker owes his fans an endless supply of recordings, personal appearances and more access into his personal life. This book is a huge disappointment. I had hoped to learn a little about the enigmatic Walker... The writing is truly bad; syntax, grammar and spelling are all extremely poor. The style is prosaic and pedestrian at best and I doubt that even the services of a professional editor could have rescued it. Without a doubt this is the most badly-written book I have ever read. What a wasted opportunity.


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