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Captain Cook: The Life, Death and Legacy of History's Greatest Explorer
Captain Cook: The Life, Death and Legacy of History's Greatest Explorer
by Vanessa Collingridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, over long, self serving..., 29 May 2010
Sorry but being a sailor and just having read Roy Adkins's 'Nelson's Trafalgar', which is incredible and flows well, I found this pretentious, long winded and self serving.


The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Classics)
The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Classics)
by Christopher Columbus
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mind boggling piece of history, 16 Mar. 2010
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How can anyone not be interested in these momentous times and the events which unfolded?

This is a mind boggling book, no fiction can come close to the records of those days and the changes in mentality which sprang from them.

Oh, and the bravery of the men...incredible.

Not the easiest of reading but worth the effort.


Mary's Voyage: The Adventures of John and Mary Caldwell
Mary's Voyage: The Adventures of John and Mary Caldwell
by Mary Caldwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One book you have to read if sailing the Grenadines..., 16 Mar. 2010
This is the awesome story of a wartime romance, told this time by Mary Caldwell (John's book 'Desperate Voyage' was about his stomach churning problems sailing the Pacific to be reunited with his wife in 1945). Their postwar adventures at sea with a young family are incredible. Later settling in the Caribbean and turning a desolate island into a tourist retreat says a lot about the realities of life. For those few who have been to Palm Island, this is an eye opener. Now owned by a resort company, I find it incredible that the Caldwell story is not mentioned anywhere on the island. Why the shop doesn't stock the two books seems insane. I sailed in a few times and met the Caldwell's years ago, I wish I'd asked them more about their astonishing lives.


Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World
Nelson's Trafalgar: The Battle That Changed the World
by Roy Adkins
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, shocking, tragic..., 11 Mar. 2010
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THIS is an awesome read. Brilliantly written, draws you in with astonishing facts of the era and life at sea but the battle and the aftermath are just shocking. Should be compulsory reading for anyone with a British Passport...or not! Cannot recommend it highly enough, Roy Adkins is an incredible author.


Fujifilm Finepix Z33WP Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 2.7" LCD
Fujifilm Finepix Z33WP Digital Camera - Black (10MP, 3x Optical Zoom) 2.7" LCD

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Screen packed up after 5 mins snorkeling..., 7 Dec. 2009
After 5 minutes snorkeling, the screen went blank and it never worked again.

If only they spent as much money on manufacturing these things as they do on advertising.


Vax U91-P3 Power 3 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Vax U91-P3 Power 3 Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 20 Sept. 2009
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It's a bit noisy but so what? It works very well, it's chunky and a FRACTION of the price of a you know what.


Lost Splendor: The Amazing Memoirs of the Man Who Killed Rasputin
Lost Splendor: The Amazing Memoirs of the Man Who Killed Rasputin
by Prince Felix Youssoupoff
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing insight into the Russian Aristocracy, 31 Aug. 2006
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A truly mindblowing insight into the realities of the Russian Aristocracy and NOT as the previous reviewer says 'the best justification for the Russian Revolution', not at all. I'm sure that THAT reviewer would have behaved in the same way...or probably worse, had he been in Prince Felix Youssoupoff's (expensive) shoes. All rich kids do daft things but realising the danger Russia was in, Prince Felix Youssoupoff did what was right and very brave, sadly it wasn't enough and Russia was plunged into decades of murder and pain on an unimaginable scale. Was it 20 or 30 million who starved to death in the Ukraine during Stalin's time? Russia was changing at the time of the revolution; nothing, NOTHING could have been worse than what happened, ask ANY Russian if millions of deaths were a price worth paying for 'a better world'. I have travelled extensively in Russia, the revolution was a disaster. The period described by Youssoupoff was unjust and extraordinary but nowhere near as appalling as what followed. One of the most extraordinary books I have ever read.


Desperate Voyage (Sheridan House)
Desperate Voyage (Sheridan House)
by John Caldwell
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible true story, 26 Sept. 2005
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Some years after being reunited with his wife, the author of this book, so altered by his experiences at sea and so impressed by the Pacific islanders who nursed him back to health, sought his own island and leased a mosquito ridden island in the Caribbean. He turned it into a paradise and today it is Palm Island near Grenada, a 'boutique hotel' resort. I sailed there a couple of times and met Mr Caldwell and his family. On my last trip there in November 2001, I was informed that John Caldwell had passed away. Enquiring of Mrs Caldwell, I was told 'her heart still beat strong'. John Caldwell's story in this book is incredible, I would have liked to have read a sequel as the rest of his life was also extraordinary.


Canon IXUS 400 Digital Camera [4MP 3xOptical]
Canon IXUS 400 Digital Camera [4MP 3xOptical]

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ixus digital is THE camera to have, 2 April 2003
It's small enough to have with you at all times, the quality is superb and it's as tough as old boots. I fell 100 metres down a mountain in France with this on my belt and though battered it still works perfectly. I have been in a number of yacht races and it's survived all of them, it's been at 16000 feet in the Andes, it's been frozen, steamed & bashed from snow covered mountains to sandy beaches and salty environments. I still can't break it to justify the latest model which many of my friends now have. I've used it for many websites and printed photos. Utterly brilliant.


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