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Telling Lies About Hitler: The Holocaust, History and the David Irving Trial
Telling Lies About Hitler: The Holocaust, History and the David Irving Trial
by Richard J. Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.79

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In defence of history., 30 Mar. 2016
A devastating job in demolishing the mendacious practices of David Irving. The chapter on Irving's account of the Dresden bombing is, on its own, reason to buy this book. Evans, an actual historian with proper degrees and stuff, exposes Irving as a purveyor of deceit and fabricator from the very beginning of his career. With respect to Irving's work on Dresden - which is often viewed as a work of 'proper' history written before Irving became a Nazi apologist - he shows how the author deliberately inflated the numbers of German dead to preposterous numbers and relied on source material he knew to be a forgery. Evans reveals even Irving's own publisher, William Kimber, wrote to Irving in 1963 about the book accusing him of 'falsifications of the historical facts' and producing a work which 'could be interpreted as the work of a Nazi propagandist'. With respect to the Holocaust and Hitler's role within it Evans goes back to the sources to unmask Irving's devious exculpatory tricks, such as his massaging of quotes, deliberate mistranslations and his plain and simple lying where Irving invents material not even present in the original documentary record. Read it if you care about the integrity of history as a practice.


Crime and Punishment [DVD] [2002]
Crime and Punishment [DVD] [2002]
Dvd ~ John Simm

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificant rendering of a masterpiece., 12 Feb. 2016
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As other reviewers have said this is an astounding adaptation of Dostoevsky. So many elements are captured from the book and realised brilliantly on screen - from the psychological disintegration of Raskolnikov to the stench, squalor and splendour of St Petersburg. Lovers of the book will delight in this energetic, visceral and powerful dramatization. Apart from the brilliant direction, casting and performances there is a wonderful, haunting score which works perfectly and captures all the anguish and despair of the redemptive Sonya and our tragic hero. I'm amazed the BBC have never seen fit to re-broadcast after its first showing. I could watch this on a loop!


Gdansk Street Map
Gdansk Street Map
Price: £1.73

1.0 out of 5 stars Useless waste of money, 5 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Gdansk Street Map (App)
Useless map. Far too small to be readable, even when you zoom in as much as possible. Waste of money.


Polycell Stain Block 250ml
Polycell Stain Block 250ml

5.0 out of 5 stars It works!, 17 Aug. 2015
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This review is from: Polycell Stain Block 250ml
So often you buy a product that does not produce the desired results. This really does work. Effortless to apply (and blends invisibly if spraying it on white walls or ceilings) and very effective. I got rid of very unsightly water staining on my kitchen ceiling in no time at all. It feels like magic!


DR Handmade Sunbeam Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings 10-48
DR Handmade Sunbeam Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings 10-48
Offered by Strings Direct
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Strings to make a difference to your playing, 19 July 2015
These strings have a warm but crisp sound with plenty of sustain. They sound fabulous on my Martin mahogany D-15. They feel a little softer and have less tension than a lot of other strings as well so they are very comfortable. I have used DRs on my electrics for a while and I love them - I'll definitely be buying these acoustic strings again.


Yamaha THR5 10-Watt Desktop Guitar Combo Amp
Yamaha THR5 10-Watt Desktop Guitar Combo Amp

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 3 Jun. 2015
If you are hesitating about buying this, don't. Quit your faffing and get yourself something that will transform your guitar playing. Straight out of the box this little thing is great. However, where it really comes into its own is when you get into the editing software and you can craft exactly the sounds you are after and save them into the memory slots on the unit. (Don't bother with the THR5 as you can't make the saves and so you will always have to play with your laptop out if you want anything more than the pre-sets. This would be a criminal waste of the unit's possibilities). Unlike other modelling amps this does not sound processed or electronic but warm and organic. It has an improbably spacious stereo sound for such a small thing which you will not believe. This thing really is deserving of all the praise that has been heaped on it. Get it now!


Black + Decker KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander with Accessories
Black + Decker KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander with Accessories
Price: £20.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 30 Oct. 2014
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Useless. Has absolutely no sanding power at all. Maybe good for filing your nails but as for anything more taxing I'd look elsewhere. I bought it for some very light sanding. This was removing a thin coat of paint from metal after some paint remover had been applied and left for the required time. All the sander did was heat the paint up and smear it around. A brillo pad and elbow grease would have worked better. While I'm sure some people would say 'you get what you pay for' surely an item by Black and Decker should at least do the job it claims to do? Why make it and sell it if it's just not fit for purpose?


Johnstone's 306534 Non-Drip Gloss Paint - Brilliant White,1.25
Johnstone's 306534 Non-Drip Gloss Paint - Brilliant White,1.25
Offered by B&R Direct
Price: £9.30

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money and your time., 14 Aug. 2014
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Shockingly bad. Writing this a week after painting most of the woodwork in my house with the stuff. It goes on ok - and it looks ok at first - but it dries a very off white colour. If the shade you are after is 'essence of tobacco' or 'vanilla' by all means get it. If you want brilliant white you will be wasting a lot of tedious hours and money. I am now in the process of going over the lot with a better paint (A Dulux trade gloss from Screwfix, which was recommended to me and has great reviews on their site).


Warp And Weft
Warp And Weft
Price: £10.76

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Laura's best., 15 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Warp And Weft (Audio CD)
I'm certainly a fan of Laura Veirs and I've followed her for many years, seeing her live a number of times in the UK. It's precisely because I'm so fond of her music that I found the album quite underwhelming. There are some 'good' songs on this album (e.g. Sun Song, Shape Shifter, the very catchy That Alice) but that's what they are - just 'good'.

As a particular fan of her albums Carbon Glacier and Year of the Meteors I found the album lacks the complex, brittle, stark melodies of this previous work. These albums had a mysterious 'other-worldliness' to them which is absent here. (Though to be honest this was also missing from the more commercially-sounding Saltbreakers). To my ears she seems to have lost the element of 'edginess' and 'darkness' that made her best work so interesting. Maybe that's becoming a mother for you! Still, it sure beats most stuff out there..
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Fall of the Romanovs, The: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution (Annals of Communism)
Fall of the Romanovs, The: Political Dreams and Personal Struggles in a Time of Revolution (Annals of Communism)
by Elizabeth Tucker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious scholarly account and excellent source material, 13 Nov. 2013
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There is a veritable industry of sentimental books of the Romanovs and their final days. This is in a different bracket altogether. Part of the exceptional 'Annals of Communism' series (see other titles) this book is a work of fine scholarship.

It is largely a collection of carefully chosen and utterly fascinating primary sources (diary entries, letters, newspaper extracts etc) which builds an incredibly vivid narrative of the final days of the Romanov dynasty - from the crisis of February 1917 to their exile, captivity and death in 1918. However, it is much more than this. Each episode in the drama is prefaced by a lengthy, analytical essay providing both an excellent summation of the historical events and a historiographical commentary on the source material chosen.

The book will be especially useful for teachers because of its discerning range of primary source material. However, for anyone wanting a rigorous account of the last days of Romanov rule, the reasons why the dynasty came crashing down, wonderful biographical sketches of the principal players, and an objective and subtle account of the decisions that led to their execution - this provides a terrifically satisfying and gripping read. I cannot recommend this book enough.


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