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Brightlingsea and the Great War, 1914-1918
Brightlingsea and the Great War, 1914-1918
by Julian Paul Foynes
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read, 1 Dec. 2016
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As you will see from the photo this is more of a booklet than a book, but there are plenty of pages for an absorbing read. I found it fascinating. I recommend it for those interested in either local history or how a coastal maritime town became a Naval base during the first world war (and later in the second world war).

There are lots of interesting facts, such as that the HMS Dreadnought was moored off the coast there for a time. I was also particularly surprised to read some revealing facts about the local bigwig Noble Eagle, amongst others.

I am now reading the author's book on Brightlingsea in the second world war ("Under the white ensign: Brightlingsea and the Sea War 1939 to 1945") which is also very interesting. The both have focus on the Naval history, but are of wider interest. For Brightlingsea (and nearby) natives particularly - I recommend buying both!

Logitech C510 HD Webcam
Logitech C510 HD Webcam
Offered by AOT (UK VAT registered)
Price: £49.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, 26 Aug. 2011
This is a great webcam at a very low price (£26 at time of writing). It's smaller than I expected but on reflection that's a good thing. The picture quality is excellent. It was easy to install and is easy to use. It has the usual extra features, but I can't say I have tried them all out yet. I have only had one other webcam before so I can't claim a great deal of experience of them, but i chose this one after reviewing reviews from the web and I am sure I made the right choice :) I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it for the normal user.

The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World
The New Machiavelli: How to Wield Power in the Modern World
by Jonathan Powell
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good insight into the Blair years but not unbiased (unsurprisingly), 1 Jan. 2011
This was an interesting read that gave a really good insight into the Blair government. Gossipy to an extent, but also very informative, in an easy to read style.

The battles between Blair and Brown are laid bare, despite the years of denials of any rift. Jonathan was Blair's Chief of Staff and so it's perhaps no surprise that he makes many bitchy comments about Gordon Brown and his entourage. There's no doubt a lot of truth and insight in what he says, but at times it gets a bit tiresome. However it's perhaps refreshing that he is so candid in his views! I'll have to read a book now from someone in Gordon's camp to try to balance things out.

The Machiavelli aspect of the book made it a bit different to normal books by politicians (he was appointed though, rather than elected, and he has a diplomatic background). It was more than just a novelty, but the links were at times a little tenuous in places. I haven't read either of the two particular Machiavelli books that he mentions, which limits the extent to which I can comment on his interpretation on them or how valid they are to the modern examples he gives. However having said that, it seemed to me that they were on the whole valid and insightful. However he does seem to repeat many of the same points at several times in different parts of the book.

I certainly enjoyed this book and felt it was well worth the cost price. I'd recommend it, particularly for people interested in recent British political history.

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