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Mirage Men: A Journey into Disinformation, Paranoia and UFOs.
Mirage Men: A Journey into Disinformation, Paranoia and UFOs.
by Mark Pilkington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amusing Piece of Double-Double Cross Disinfo, 27 Feb. 2014
Bloated dish of spaghetti CIAse, which will inevitably satisfy the appetites of the left brained and those who have never properly researched the extraterrestrial issue it seeks to debunk.
As will all disinformation attempting to pass itself off as revelation, the recipe mixes a good deal of fact with fiction, in exactly the fashion it claims to be exposing.
How any serious researcher can imply that covering up the testing of secret US military aircraft was the sole explanation for the 1940s-50s flying saucer flap, is hysterically funny, and any reader who believes that has to have their head firmly ensconced in their intestines.
Presumably, we are supposed to believe that American secret aircraft were so advanced in the late 1940s and early 1950s that they could travel faster than the speed of light, stop on a dime and then, rather stupidly, hover noiselessly and conspicuously over the very nuclear facilities the military were trying to keep secret.
Cognitive dissonance anyone?


Visconti Leather Messenger Bag / Briefcase for the Office - 18797 - Oil Brown
Visconti Leather Messenger Bag / Briefcase for the Office - 18797 - Oil Brown
Offered by The Real Handbag Shop
Price: £67.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visconti Style For Your Mac Air, 5 July 2011
I purchased this ingeniously designed Messenger Bag as a carrying case to house my 13 inch Mac Air, and I couldn't be more delighted with it.
Not only does the laptop fit perfectly, but the bag has oodles of room for documents and other sundries, including a specialised pocket which is wide and deep enough to carry your i-Phone.
The online price is also staggeringly low for such a quality briefcase and knocks spots off the High Street competition.
I am impressed by the clever design of this case, as all together there are six largish storage areas, including four separate zip compartments.
All are of generous proportions, considering the overall size and slim style of the bag and one of these is on the outside rear, making it ideal for popping in last minute items if you're in a hurry.
The main central storage compartment perfectly accomodates the larger Mac Air laptop and this part of the bag, along with another frontal compartment, will also happily house any other A4 sized documents.
Inside the main compartment there is a five-stack credit/business card holder, three pen holders and another pocket for small change, notes or cards.
The plush appearance of the soft suede leather and stitching, set off by a circular brass buckle and magnetic clasp, is fabulous, as you would expect from a quality-conscious name like Visconti and wouldn't look out of place in any boardroom.
If you are not having to carry bulky items, I would heartily recommend this stylish shoulder briefcase as an alternative to a heavy traditional case.


Doctor Who: The War Machines [DVD]
Doctor Who: The War Machines [DVD]
Dvd ~ William Hartnell
Price: £6.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HARTNELL'L FIX IT!, 20 Sept. 2008
Doctor Who

The War Machines

Starring William Hartnell

* New BBC DVD Release * Latest Triumph of the Restoration Team *

4 Episode Adventure

Feature Length: 95 minutes.

First broadcast 25h June - 16th July, 1966.

Written by Ian Stuart Black, based on an idea by

Kit Pedler.

A marvellous romp through the Swinging Sixties with the original Doctor in all his grumpy, cloak-twirling, chuckling glory.

The TARDIS materialises in Bedford Square, near to the base of the then new Post Office Tower, where the Doctor senses evil at work in the form of a megalomaniac super computer called WOTAN.

Mesmerised humans are soon obeying WOTAN's will and building the trundling War Machines, which the BBC were clearly hoping would rival the Daleks in popularity.

As with many Doctor Who scripts, this story was quite prophetic, as the idea of machines overtaking human intelligence and building robot soldiers is now a mainstay of science fiction. It's been used recently in the Terminator and I Robot films.

There are some great shots of London in the 60s, along with an insight into the groovy fashions and some cringe-worthy nightclub dancing, which should have you all rolling around in hysterics.

Yes, they even had flared trousers way back then.

In The War Machines we see how the Doctor authoratively commands both military generals and government ministers alike; a talent which will come in useful later on in his career and a nice forerunner of his dealings with UNIT.

The Doctor also gets a change of companion, as the BBC unceremoniously dump poor Dodo in favour of blonde dollybird Polly (Anneke Wills) and jaunty sailorboy Ben (Michael Craze).

These two companions would go on to join Patrick Troughton, when he takes over the role of The Doctor, at the end of The Tenth Planet.

I love this DVD, if only for some of the infamous continuity errors. You get to see the TARDIS door lock fly from the left door to the right one and the window frames change from white to dark (blue) - and back again.

Then there's the single War Machine prop playing its own numbers game...oh, and keep a close eye on the Doctor's trendy astrakhan hat...

Extras include commentary by Anneke Wills and Director Michael Ferguson, a Now and Then look at the London locations, Blue Peter presenters meeting the War Machine, the plans to build one and the Radio Times listings from 1966 on PDF.

Tremendous fun and well worth adding to your collection.

10/10


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