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Fear Of God II - Let Us Pray [CD]
Fear Of God II - Let Us Pray [CD]
Offered by westworld-
Price: £8.48

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing., 6 Mar. 2012
Having really enjoyed The Neptunes production influence on the first two albums of Clipse, I was as disappointed to hear this album as I was to see that Pusha had, so it seems, gone solo. The majority of the content is repetitive and rather tired, although there are certainly some graces.'Body Work' stands out as a robust Hip Hop tune with characteristic depth and solidity of production whilst, stylistically in contrast, 'Feeling Myself' is a softer R&B offering - the two sides of Pusha, you might say. Whilst these tunes are special, and hit the Clipse mark, I was hoping for more. Maybe this was an unrealistic expectation given then Lord Willin', Hell Hath No Fury and Till the Casket Drops were also patchy, but between the patches were wonderful gems of genius. If so, this album is then consistent. Perhaps the successes, more often than not, hinge on the presence of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, and that they are here noticeable by their absence.

Physical Graffiti [VINYL REPLICA]
Physical Graffiti [VINYL REPLICA]
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Price: £29.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars An important moment in my life, 9 Jan. 2010
To state that I have, for many years, wished to myself that 'In the light' be played at my funeral, is no doubt enough for the reader to garner it importance for me as a true masterpiece of rock-blues-soul. Hearing the album for the first time in my formative years, at an important time with the closest friend I have ever had (my wife not included), makes it so special to me. There are some times, some experiences in life, that cannot be explained or related in such a manner as they might be understood by others. Needless to say, it was a timeless period, made all the more memorable by music of a stature that is perhaps beyond comparison, of a potency that is of the most rare kind.

The Colonel of Tamarkan: Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai
The Colonel of Tamarkan: Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai
by Julie Summers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Myth versus historical truth: Bridges on the River Kwai, 3 Jan. 2010
It's extraordinary how much damage to historical truth can be done by misleading films and fact-based fictional publications, (let alone inaccurate so called academic historical accounts) however strong they appear to be in their own right as creative works.

Such is the case with the film 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' (1957), which was based on Pierre Boulle's fictional work 'Le Pont de la Riviere Kwai' (1952). Met with great international critical acclaim, Sam Spiegel's film came to be seen by many who viewed it as an accurate account of the events that took place at Tamarkan PoW Camp, near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, 1942-1943. The lead character and Prisoner of War camp commander Colonel Nicholson, portrayed in the film by Alec Guinness, bears scant resemblance to the real-life camp commander Colonel Philip Toosey, whilst the film itself is misleading in many other respects. It is commonly understood that myth, subject to repetition and the passage of time, becomes accepted as fact and hence a realistic interpretation of actual events. The director's refusal, on the request of the National Federation of Far Eastern Prisoners of War (FEPOW)- of which Colonel Toosey was a founding member, to clearly acknowledge on the screen the film that the account was indeed fictional, was an act of disrespect to Colonel Toosey and the numerous men who suffered and died during the construction of the bridges over the Khwae Mae Khlong.

Julie Summer's book puts to rights these misleading impressions by elaborating upon the pre-war, wartime and post-war activities of Philip Toosey and his colleagues from the time of the fall of Singapore, until his repatriation to England in November 1945, whilst making repeated reference to Spiegel's film. Her lengthy thesis is hugely rich in detail, both insightful and fair in interpretation of Col. Toosey's character in its strengths and shortcomings. In contrast to the fictional Nicholson, Colonel Toosey was by all accounts (well documented in innumerable letters and other first hand evidence) a great Britain of heroic stature whose key intention was, as a leader and by example, the survival - both physical and mental well-being - of his men by retaining discipline, upholding morale and retaining self-respect among those being forced to work, under threat of brutality, in horrific conditions, by their Japanese captors.

One Fourteenth of an Elephant: A Memoir of Life and Death on the Burma-Thailand Railway
One Fourteenth of an Elephant: A Memoir of Life and Death on the Burma-Thailand Railway
by Ian Denys Peek
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishingly detailed and moving account., 11 Feb. 2009
Written in a marvellously detailed and realistic but colloquial style, the author manages to sustain the reader's interest over the full 650 pages. Having read just one book on the subject prior to this, Eric Lomax's 'Railway Man'(which is also superb), I would heartily recommend it to anyone wishing to gain a significant insight into the experience of Allied PoW's in Thailand working on the Burma-Siam railway - especially British and Australian servicemen.

Peek is brutally honest about his, and others' feelings towards their captors and this anger, frustration and bewilderment at the inhumanity they demonstrate are consistently evident. This to me is very important inasmuch as it demonstrates a pure and undiluted response to horrifying experiences - the fallout from which have to be dealt with by the individual, on individual terms subseqent to repatriation.

An absolute must for the interested reader.

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