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The Berlin Wall 1961-1989: Photographs from the stock of the Landesarchiv Berlin, selected and commented on by Volker Viergutz  Author of the film: Wieland Giebel  Cut and sound: Bernd Papenfuß
The Berlin Wall 1961-1989: Photographs from the stock of the Landesarchiv Berlin, selected and commented on by Volker Viergutz Author of the film: Wieland Giebel Cut and sound: Bernd Papenfuß
by Meghan Cox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.45

3.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures and video, terrible commentary, 9 Nov. 2014
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This is a great little book, packed with photographs of the Berlin Wall from its construction to its demise. There is little context other than a few small maps and brief captions, but the photographs mostly tell their own story. It is accompanied by a 50-minute DVD of archive footage from the same era.

However, the package is let down by the very poor English narration on the DVD: the stumbling, badly-edited and at times totally incoherent commentary is so bad it is almost unlistenable. I expected much better from the Landesarchiv Berlin.


Berlin Wall [DVD]
Berlin Wall [DVD]
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Price: £6.91

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, dumbed down TV documentary, 2 Nov. 2014
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This is a dreadful, dumbed down TV documentary in which a small amount of fascinating archive footage is padded out to 48 minutes with poor computer graphics, dramatised re-enactments and repetitive recaps. Its intended audience seems to be middle Americans who have never heard of the Berlin Wall and who probably don't even know where Berlin is.

I have been visiting Berlin (including the eastern part of the city) since the mid-1980s and am utterly fascinated by the city and its recent history. This DVD contains almost nothing of interest and is a huge disappointment.


Knight's Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services 24-Hour Trainer
Knight's Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services 24-Hour Trainer
Price: £28.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to SSIS, 5 Dec. 2013
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I had been struggling to get a foothold in the world of SSIS: the previous books I had bought seemed almost impenetrable, and I was starting to think that I would never be able to teach myself how to use this very useful SQL Server application.

Almost in desperation I bought the Kindle edition of this book, and I'm very glad I did. It starts with a very high-level overview of SSIS and then, in 60 brief but incredibly useful chapters, takes you through the various components in turn. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the component and then has a hands-on exercise that allows you to try out what you have just learnt. The chapter ends with a step-by-step guide to the exercise, and there's also a video that shows you how it should be done. (The book comes with a DVD, whereas the Kindle edition tells you where to find the videos on the web). I was initially a little sceptical about the usefulness of the videos but they are very helpful and really help to consolidate the new knowledge.

Having completed the book (despite the title, it took me about 50 hours over 3 weeks) I am now confident that I can develop SSIS packages and am ready to return to the books I originally bought, which will probably now make sense. :-)


Plastic Carpet Protector Hallway Runner 27 Inches Wide Select You Length In 2ft Units
Plastic Carpet Protector Hallway Runner 27 Inches Wide Select You Length In 2ft Units
Offered by Stewart and Gibson Ltd
Price: £6.60

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, 14 Sept. 2013
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This is a good-quality carpet protector, significantly thicker than a previous one I bought. It has clearly been cut from a roll but the cut was neat and straight.

However, the grips on the underside are useless and the protector has to be repositioned several times a day. And it was rolled far too tightly before being dispatched, leaving it very badly creased along its entire length.


William Armes Carpet Protector 183X69cm 100% clear vinyl runner
William Armes Carpet Protector 183X69cm 100% clear vinyl runner
Price: £8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay, 6 Sept. 2013
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The carpet protector is made of thin but tough plastic. It has a strong chemical smell when first unwrapped but that disappears after a few days.

The length of protector I received had been cut very roughly and carelessly from a roll, and the ends were not straight. A little more care when cutting would have given a much better impression of the product. It had been rolled very tightly indeed and then flattened to pack it, so it has numerous creases which have still not disappeared after several weeks. In addition, it tends to slide across the surface of the rug it is protecting and has to be repeatedly repositioned.

However, it protects the rug adequately and can be taken up easily when not required.


Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR & BR WR Section 54 Swansea to Llandilo
Track Layout Diagrams of the GWR & BR WR Section 54 Swansea to Llandilo
by R A Cooke
Edition: Spiral-bound

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive detail, 7 Aug. 2013
This book is a real labour of love. Forty hand-drawn and hand-annotated maps depict the layout of all stations, junctions and industrial sidings between Llandeilo and Swansea Victoria. (Llandeilo station itself is not included in this volume). As well as the track layout, the maps indicate the positions of goods sheds, signal boxes, ground frames, tunnels, level crossings and other features. Large stations and complex junctions are given several diagrams, indicating the track layouts at various periods; on other diagrams, the dates when lines and sidings were opened, closed, singled and/or realigned are indicated on the map itself. There is also a map showing the entire area covered by this volume and a two-page index. The amount of research that has gone into this book is clear for all to see.

The book is a simple spiral-bound collection of printed A4 sheets, produced by the author himself in 1981. It will be of interest not only to railway historians but also to any railway modeller who is thinking of recreating any part of this long-gone railway line.


Cambrian Railways: A New History
Cambrian Railways: A New History
by Peter Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.09

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive history, 6 Aug. 2013
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This beautiful book is a pleasure to read and browse. Printed on high-quality gloss paper throughout, this is a detailed and well-researched history of the Cambrian Railway from its formation by amalgamation in 1864 to its absorption into the Great Western Railway in 1922. There is a huge amount to read, and very many photographs, maps and diagrams to illustrate the text.

The book contains the following chapters:

1. Laying the Foundations 1852-1860
2. The Road to Amalgamation 1860-1864
3. The Collapse of the Contractors 1864-1869
4. Emerging From Receivership 1870-1872
5. Maturity 1873-1900
6. The 20th Century: The World Changes 1901-1914
7. War and its Aftermath 1914-1922

In addition to the photographs and diagrams within the text, there are pages of photographs with the following themes:

Along the Main Line
Into Mid Wales
Along the Coast
Old Bridges
Large Station Buildings
Branches

There are seven appendices with interesting information that would not fit comfortably into the body of the text, such as details of opening dates, running powers, route mileage and rolling stock.

The photographs are of a very high quality and would undoubtedly be of interest not only to railway historians but also to railway modellers who would like to recreate the Cambrian Railway in its heyday. The photographs of some of the station buildings, in particular, would make it possible to build very accurate models.

Anyone with an interest in the history of the Cambrian Railway should have this wonderful book in their collection.


Cardiff to Swansea: Including the Cowbridge and Porthcawl Branches (Western Main Line)
Cardiff to Swansea: Including the Cowbridge and Porthcawl Branches (Western Main Line)
by Vic Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing content, 15 Mar. 2012
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I found this to be a rather disappointing - and, dare I say it, dull - volume in this generally excellent series. Perhaps it's because the route covered by the book is a main line and is still open, but I thought that modern-era traction was greatly over-represented: of the 120 photographs in the book, no fewer than 32 are of diesels, including several of 21st-century multiple units at soulless modern "bus shelter" stations. There are also a significant number of photographs of modern station and signal box exteriors, and views of derelict stations and goods yards taken long after service had been withdrawn, leaving a disappointingly small number of photographs reflecting everyday operations during the heyday of Britain's railways (which is, surely, the main attraction of books such as this one).


Anno 2070 (PC DVD)
Anno 2070 (PC DVD)
Offered by 4GamersUK
Price: £6.94

23 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Major bug in Autopatch, 25 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Anno 2070 (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
The game installed quickly and without problem.

However, when I attempted to start the game an "Autopatcher" window opened up. Eighteen patches were downloaded and (apparently) installed... and then it went back to the beginning and began downloading them again. And again, and again... It just goes round and round, downloading the same patches time and time again. I've tried uninstalling and re-installing the program but the same thing happens every time.

I've searched the games forums and this seems to be a common problem, and the only solution seems to be the edit the registry. I'm not happy about doing that so this game will be going back to Amazon for a refund.
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Best Walks in North Wales (Best Walks Guides)
Best Walks in North Wales (Best Walks Guides)
by Richard Sale
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down by its maps, 29 Aug. 2011
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This otherwise excellent book is let down badly by its maps. Most of the walks in the book don't even have an accompanying map, and those that do have a poorly-drawn sketch map that is sometimes almost impossible to interpret. You will need an Ordnance Survey map in addition to this book, and even then you should expect to spend many hours trying to work out the location of some of the walks.
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