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Red Crown & Dragon: The 53rd Welsh Division in North-West Europe 1944-1945
Red Crown & Dragon: The 53rd Welsh Division in North-West Europe 1944-1945
Price: £3.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing makes it unreadable, 29 Sept. 2015
Perhaps with better editing it would have been a good read, but unfortunately the style is so poor that it was barely readable. A shame! I think the substance is there.


iPad Air 2 Case, ESR Illustrators Series Folio Smart Stand Cover with Magnetic Auto Sleep/ Wake Function for iPad Air 2 / iPad 6th Generation (Mr.Wow)
iPad Air 2 Case, ESR Illustrators Series Folio Smart Stand Cover with Magnetic Auto Sleep/ Wake Function for iPad Air 2 / iPad 6th Generation (Mr.Wow)
Offered by ESR Case EU Store

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice!, 10 Feb. 2015
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Lovely little cover, solid, eye catching, no complaints at all!


Fin Gall: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 1)
Fin Gall: A Novel of Viking Age Ireland (The Norsemen Saga Book 1)
Price: £2.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical fiction - unique setting as well!, 13 Dec. 2014
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Excellent historical fiction. Good story, good pace, and certainly based on what we know of viking interaction with Ireland from around the middle of the 9th century. Hugely recommended.


Madden NFL 25 (PS3)
Madden NFL 25 (PS3)
Offered by hi-games
Price: £13.49

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, 2 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Madden NFL 25 (PS3) (Video Game)
I'm always curious why people write downbeat reviews when a new version of a game like Madden is released. Some pent up frustration from somewhere else methinks - are you really getting angry because a new version was released with only minor tweaks? Really? Then, er, don't buy it? Do you get similarly angry when a new style of t-shirt is released, or do you keep wearing the old one?

Yes, it does look and feel pretty similar to last years title, but that's what we have come to expect from all the major sports franchises like Madden. I buy the latest version so that I can easily access complete and accurate rosters with the latest stats and skills for all of the players. Changes like the new look uniforms are all included, and the commentary reflects the status quo in the league. I could have kept playing the last installment of Madden, there was nothing wrong with it; but I wanted the latest version that accurately reflects the league as we enter the new season this week. Am I sinner for that?
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LEGO Legends of Chima 70115: Ultimate Speedor Tournament
LEGO Legends of Chima 70115: Ultimate Speedor Tournament

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!, 23 Mar. 2013
A great product that my 5 year old has enjoyed thoroughly.

(A review written by someone who has bought the product....)


Torpedo: A Family's Search for Peace with Bipolar Disorder: A Surface Warfare Thriller
Torpedo: A Family's Search for Peace with Bipolar Disorder: A Surface Warfare Thriller
by Jeff Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Story is simply unbelievable....which is a real shame, 30 Aug. 2012
Excellently written, good character developement, strong attention to detail. Yes, it's very good in all these respects.

But...the core story is simply unbelievable, and seriously takes away from the enjoyment of the book. The concept of a core NATO member and major EU member state acting in the way portrayed in this book is all a bit silly. The author created a fictional Middle Eastern country to help with the story, so why make such a fundamental error with Germany?

Such a shame - I so wanted to enjoy this!


Operation Torch (Severn House Large Print)
Operation Torch (Severn House Large Print)
by Duncan Harding
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor beyond belief, 24 Aug. 2011
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Thoroughly disappointed - and that's before I'v started reading it.

This is not a historical account of the North African landings in 1942. It's a novel that barely mentions actual events and is full of racist terminology (referring to "sambos" and "nips" throughout). How this book was legally published in 2005 without the author/ publisher being sued for racism is beyond me.

(some of the racism is actually in the author's note, so can't even be justified as "language of the time").

Neither the description of the book, nor the title, gives the correct impression.

And it's written in size 32 font or something for the, ahem, elder reader.


Four Lions - Special Edition [DVD]
Four Lions - Special Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ Riz Ahmed
Price: £8.00

9 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull. Sorry!, 7 Sept. 2010
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Apologies, but this just isn't all it's cracked up to be.

I like Chris Morris; I like the risk he took in making a film about a controversial subject; and I have no problem with the subject matter at all.

But it just 'aint very funny I'm afraid. Yes, as other reviewers have pointed, a few jokes raise a smile. But on the whole, it's a bit of a painful experience due to it's dullness.


Why England Lose: And other curious phenomena explained
Why England Lose: And other curious phenomena explained
by Simon Kuper
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has to be taken with a pinch of salt..., 2 July 2010
A decent book, and certainly gives considerable food for thought.

But as other reviewers have highlighted (in a far better way than I could ever hope to), there's a sense that data used for certain conclusions has been chosen rather selectively, and that at certain times broad statements are used to gloss over anomalies.

The problem is that we only have the authors word and interpretation of the data. How do we know, for example, that there isn't a second set of statistics that would trash some of the opinions expressed? Until more research and evidence is uncovered, it's best to assume that this is an intriguing - and in many ways - enlightening book that will be judged over a generation, when hindsight can be used and other work on the matter has been carried out.


2010 FIFA World Cup (PSP)
2010 FIFA World Cup (PSP)
Offered by scaddingk
Price: £10.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just about alright..., 21 Jun. 2010
The last footie game on the PSP that I bought was FIFA World Cup 2006, so it's been a while.

The option menus, and actual variety in terms of different qualifying tournaments etc., is very good. Can't fault it there at all, nor the fact that each country seems to have 50+ players to choose from.

Gameplay is alright - not great, not terrible. Yes, you can try a variety of passing methods, but ultimately, the best tactic seems to be just to sprint forward down the wings. Glad to see that midfielders do get in on some of the goal action, but there's still a tendency for the forward striker to bag almost all the goals, regardless of his quality.

It's basically pretty average, and worth playing. But nothing to jump up and and down about.


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