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Scotland: The National Cycle Network (National Cycle Network Route)
Scotland: The National Cycle Network (National Cycle Network Route)
by H Henniker
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dated and misleading, 17 Aug. 2011
Despite being published in 2009 this book is very out of date. It does NOT cover all of the NCN in Scotland and the text - despite claims on the cover of a revision (in 2004) and amendments (in 2009) - often mentions what the author EXPECTS will be the case in 2000 (i.e. at least some of the text hasn't been revised since the first edition in 2000).

The current NCN network in Scotland is considerably greater than that covered in the book - routes along the west Coast, the Great Glen and the islands are not described despite being included on the Sustrans map dated 2009. I'd also be concerned about relying on mileage, gradient and accommodation information, too (for instance, the distance from Carlisle to Gretna is a little over half that claimed by the author).

I think that the descriptions of places are impressionistic and could have benefited from being better researched or left out all together. Churlish I know, but a decent sub-editor might have at least added consistency with capitalisation of the map annotations.

This book may have been a labour of love for the author, but it's title and cover are misleading. It's also heavy - nearly 400gms or about a pound - if you're touring.

Standing with Stones [DVD]
Standing with Stones [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rupert Soskin

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This isn't mainstream!, 25 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Standing with Stones [DVD] (DVD)
It's great to see some of the sites featured on DVD and it's quite nicely shot. The presenter has a valid emotional response to these places, but he mixes up this emotional response with fact on too many occasions.

The script would really have benefitted from the input of an archaeologist as it's too impressionistic, arbitrary in its selection of sites (no Durrington Walls!)and contains factual errors (e.g people didn't build structures before the Neolitithic period). Sites and periods also get jumbled together and there's little context. The DVD spans at least two and a half thousand years, but the profound social change, mirrored in burial practices and attendant monuments, is pretty much ignored in favour of some very woolly musings.

Julian Cope does this sort of thing much better and I find his approach - personal and idiosyncratic - to be more palatable.
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