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Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks [DVD] [1975]
Dvd ~ Tom Baker
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story, 18 Nov. 2014
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Classic fourth Doctor. A wonderful story of the futility of war and the rise of evil due to war. Tom Baker and Sarah Jane. You need say no more. Forget the premise that the Time Lords have foretold that the Daleks will become a menace and has sent him back in time to stop them (Causality???) - it's just an excuse to get the Doctor and Sarah Jane to Skaro to see Davros and the birth of his greatest enemies.


The Corridor of Certainty: My Life Beyond Cricket
The Corridor of Certainty: My Life Beyond Cricket
by Geoffrey Boycott
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As determined facing cancer as when facing Michael Holding, 18 Nov. 2014
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I am very much a fan of Geoff Boycott, so this book was a must. It was not really a cricket book as I was expecting. About two thirds of the book is dedicated to his battle against cancer. Some of the treatments he tried and some of the advice that he got and some of the conclusions drawn about the cause(s) of his cancer on the flimsiest of evidence will make the average doctor's hair stand on end, but then so too will some of the stories of incorrect treatment. The big lesson in the book is that it doesn't matter how weird the treatment sounds, if it helps you to fight with a positive attitude then it is worth trying.

Geoff Boycott's story is of facing cancer with the same bloody-minded determination that he applied to facing bowlers: no quarter, no flinching, eliminate all risk. However, there is a wonderful human side to Geoff that most people don't know: the incredible dedication of his partner (now wife), his incredible pride in his daughter and her fundamental role in him recovering. Some parts of the book are incredibly touching.

The last few chapters of the book are dedicated to his return to commentary and to cricket in general. There is some nice stuff on how he made his peace with some people who he had fallen out with and then the typical no-nonsense assessments of the state of Test cricket, on Yorkshire (the pride drips out of every line), of the Packer affair, or Kevin Pietersen. You may not agree, but he makes his points and they tend to be weighty ones.

Definitely a recommended read and hard to put down. If you have been diagnosed with cancer this is a "must read" - not everyone will go to the lengths that he went to, but the tips and the mental part are definitely a good guide as to what to do and how to approach things.


Official Doctor Who Birthday Card With Recorded Message By Daleks
Official Doctor Who Birthday Card With Recorded Message By Daleks
Offered by Dazzle The Party Store
Price: £3.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect birthday card for Dr Who fans of all ages, 18 Nov. 2014
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The card arrived securely packed, albeit later than expected. The card is beautiful: good quality and the message has had everyone at work laughing. It is an excellent recording. I will be storing it for my daughter's birthday: she will love it. If you are a Dalek fan, this is a must,.


Old Spice Classic Deodorant Spray for Men 150 ml
Old Spice Classic Deodorant Spray for Men 150 ml
Offered by Online4Perfume
Price: £3.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Effective for a few hours, not for the whole day, but a very masculine and attractive fragrance, 27 Sept. 2014
If you are going to wear the aftershave or the splash-on, you might as well go the whole hog and use the deodorant too! It is distinctive and a pleasant masculine odour. I find that the deodorant action is not as long-lasting or as heavy duty as other products (it won't last you the day), but the idea is to wear it as a feel-good when you are going out for the evening, or want to smell good for someone special for a few hours and it certainly does do that.


Old Spice Original After Shave for Men 150 ml
Old Spice Original After Shave for Men 150 ml
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle choice for a man, 27 Sept. 2014
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Memories of childhood! this was always my father's favourite aftershave, with its highly distinctive little bottle. It is not overpowering, but is pleasant and different. Having bought a bottle for my father as a gift to use in his retirement home, I got some for myself too to be able to pamper myself a little when I want to smell a little different.


Norton 360 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]
Norton 360 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year Subscription (PC) [2014 Edition]

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bargin if you need to protect two or three home computers, 27 Sept. 2014
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This is easy to install and almost as easy to use. We have a laptop and a desktop computer, so a single licence is not enough. This very economical and comprehensive product allows both computers to be covered, as well as our coming new laptop. Not just an anti-virus, there are computer optimisation facilities as well.

Definitely an excellent buy.


Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain
Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain
by Charlotte Higgins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.98

4.0 out of 5 stars A must for lovers of the Roman history of Britain, 27 Sept. 2014
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This is a fascinating and heavily researched book. The style is very personal and full of little details about the author's working life and travels that make it much more than a history book. The one disappointment is the very low level of illustration, making the book appear unnecessarily dry, but the narrative is far from dry, even if the many pages of unbroken text appear intimidating.

It is often stated that the Romans were in Britain for four centuries, but left minimal evidence of their presence in that time. What this book shows is that the evidence is there, if you look for it carefully. She takes you by the hand through a series of places around the island of Britain, showing you where the evidence is and both how to find it and, what is just as important, how to see it. London (yes, the evidence of Londinium is there, just well hidden), Bath and an excellent chapter on Hadrian's Wall show you some of the better-known cases, but there is also a chapter on the Antonine Wall, which is far less known but, if you have the knowledge to identify it, still visible in the landscape. There is plenty of historical detail and context to go with the travelogues.

One of the results of reading this book is that you *DO* want to go out and see these things for yourself. Charlotte Higgins tells you were to go and what to look for and lets you play the detective and find the things that she describes. It's hard not to want to. I have always wanted to walk Hadrian's Wall - next summer I will be doing it! And Charlotte Higgins is the reason why.


P'tang, Yang Kipperbang [DVD]
P'tang, Yang Kipperbang [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Albasiny
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one for fans of John Arlott, 27 Sept. 2014
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This is a rather curious film set in post-war middle England. The star of the film is John Arlott, or at least his voice, whatever the credits may say. Having heard David Putnam and Jon Agnew discuss the film at length on the Test Match Special lunchtime "A View from the Boundary" slot I admit that I ordered it immediately and was not disappointed. The Director gets the character if his adolescent star absolutely spot on and those of the girls in his class - torn between increasing interest in the opposite sex and revulsion for the interest - to a T. John Arlott's commentary on the way that the boy's intimate thoughts play out in his mind about what he is doing and the world around him is just brilliant.

In the end the question is: does the boy get the girl? Of course he does, just not the way that he expects to and the ending is all the better for being unexpected.


Doctor Who - Black Orchid [1981] [DVD]
Doctor Who - Black Orchid [1981] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic '80s Doctor Who, 27 Sept. 2014
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Although Peter Davidson was not "my" Doctor, I have to say that this was a story that I remembered watching at the time and enjoying. Not as silly as some of the 1980s, low-budget stories, this story has stood the test of time relatively well. There are no alien monsters, no threat to the planet, just a murder mystery to solve.

As a two-part story, it is short and to the point, with minimal padding, which helps it to work well. There is a memorable moment in the first episode that Peter Davidson plays to perfection when he is compared favourable with "the other Doctor" (blank look) "The Master" (look of bewilderment and horror), until we discover that the reference is not to his deadly enemy, but to W.G. Grace - a bit of a stretch, as Grace had retired twenty years earlier, but Davidson dead-pans and plays it beautifully.

A lot of the action is filmed outdoors, which limits the need for the flimsy plastic sets for which Doctor Who became famous. Instead we get the peeling off latex make-up of the villain (??) which, by the end of the second episode, is flapping freely and very obviously in the side-on shots, in the air.

The Doctor is wrongly accused of murder. The TARDIS goes missing and a jolly nervous time is had by all, until it turns out that the local police have recovered the TARDIS thinking that it was theirs. Doctor produces key, invites his accusers inside and takes them for a ride. Collapse of police case! Of course, time travel and flying police boxes are so natural parts of 1920 rural England that no one seems particularly surprised by the experience, not even Tegan and Nyssa, who complain bitterly that the Doctor can't even hit the right planet, but then seem totally unsurprised that he can make a precision hop of a mile or so from the police station to the country house where most of the action takes place!

Of course, there is one small detail that had me baffled: if a mysterious murderer is killing off the domestic staff, how is it that the domestic staff seem unaware of this and totally unconcerned? They don't notice their colleagues vanishing?? I am sure that there is a simple explanation!

The story is great fun and a good countryside romp with the British aristocracy. It's not Agatha Christie, but it is very enjoyable.


Operation Chastise. The Dams Raid: Epic or Myth
Operation Chastise. The Dams Raid: Epic or Myth
by John SWEETMAN
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally regarded to be the definitive Dambusters Raid reference work, 26 Sept. 2014
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This book aims to be the definitive history of the Dambusters raid in 1943. It is a remarkable tour de force, impeccably researched, with a mass of information about the raid and its planning.

One of the aims of the book is to bust the myths about Operation Chastise. There are many references to the 1953 film and its inaccuracies and not a few criticism's of Guy Gibson's own book "Enemy Coast Ahead", written during the war when censorship was still vital and many parts of the dams raid were still secret. Strangely though, although the book is referenced in the bibliography, not one mention is made of Paul Brickhill's book, on which the film was based. While the film took a certain number of liberties with the story for dramatic licence (although careful readers of this impressive tome will discover, far fewer than the impression given by the author), no mention is made of the fact that Paul Brickhill - an Australian RAF officer and, later, prisoner of war - had 99% of the essential facts correct.

Another aim of this book is also to set the record straight on some things. In wartime, the operational chaos and lack of time, or opportunity to correct mistakes in official records mean that all kinds of details are simply recorded incorrectly: the book sets out to check many of the doubtful and downright incorrect details against German and other records and to set them straight. Even so, it is still impossible to confirm some of the crew details of the 617 Squadron aircraft that flew on Chastise. However, great effort is made to understand the details of the aircraft that never returned: what happened, where they crashed, who survived and how? Some of the detective work is incredibly impressive, in particular in reference to Z-Zebra, popularly but probably inaccurately, believed to have crashed alongside the Moehne Dam, as depicted in the film.

The book also fills in some of the blanks in Paul Brickhill's book such as the absolutely minimal details of the Sorpe attack "he dropped the bomb. It was accurate." We learn that the Sorpe attack was completely different to the other dam attacks in that the bomb was dropped directly on the top of the dam, not bounced across the water. We also discover that the Moehne and Eder dams were breeched by the only three bombs that were accurately dropped (such were the incredibly fine margins in aiming that night - Gibson's bomb, for example, although apparently released perfectly, exploded well short of the dam wall).

Ultimately, the book sets to examine the claims of the revisionists that the dams raid was an expensive and unnecessary net military disaster, that lost aircraft and many aircrew and diverted scarce resources without achieving any minimally worthwhile result. The conclusion is very much that the raid was worthwhile, even if it did not achieve everything that was intended.

However, there are still some puzzling gaps. John Sweetmann's book very much follows the line that Guy Gibson was a brilliant and charismatic commander, loved by everyone. In his book "The Last British Dambuster", George "Jonny" Johnson (strangely, no less than three of the bomb aimers that night were called "Johnson", the only three Johnsons in the entire squadron!), paints a very different picture of Gibson and how the squadron saw him. Perhaps though there are some myths that not even the author wants to bust. A lot of space is dedicated to a discussion of Highball - the version of the bouncing bomb to be launched from the Mosquito - but there is no mention of the fact that the German's also had an experimental version of the bomb, shown in original German footage in the BBC series, "The Secret War", that was never used in anger, but there is extensive discussion towards the end of the book of the concern in the UK that Germany could copy the dams attack: this would have been an ideal opportunity to introduce the fact that, having recovered an almost undamaged Upkeep, the Germans successfully copied the technology, although without putting backspin on their version of the bomb.


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