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Lawrence of Arabia's Secret Air Force: Based on the Diary of Flight Sergeant George Hynes
Lawrence of Arabia's Secret Air Force: Based on the Diary of Flight Sergeant George Hynes
by James Patrick Hynes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars 14 squadron, 30 Dec. 2012
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If you are interested in researching 14 squadron RFC as I was, then this is an interesting book as it sheds light on the RFCs air operations against the Turks, from the view of a mechanic. However, it is not brilliantly written and I found it tiresome to first read what the author says his relative - who's diaries are the subject of the book - is going to say, and then reading the same thing as a diary extract. However, some good research items from RFC archives, and a lot of interesting info on T E Lawrence. One thing bothers me; the book is about 'X Flight' of 14 Squadron, a supposed 'secret' flight set up as Lawrence's private air force, but apart from a few references to inaccuracies in official documents relating to individuals being in certain places at certain times, I can't see anything to support the premise that this was a 'secret' outfit. Why should it be secret? There is very little written about 14 squadron anyway, so it is a useful book that fills in some gaps.
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The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
by Alistair Urquhart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Singin' In the Rain, 25 Nov. 2012
I defy anyone to read this and be unmoved by it; if it were fiction it would be an incredible survival story, that it is fact - and brilliantly written - will leave you stunned. When I got to the part where the hellship survivors started singing 'Singin in the rain', I blubbed like a good 'un. We owe this man, and the thousands like him who did or didn't make it. Read it, pass it on to someone - preferably Japanese.


Klarstein MKS-50 - 48 Litre Table Top Mini Fridge - Minibar Refrigerator - Black
Klarstein MKS-50 - 48 Litre Table Top Mini Fridge - Minibar Refrigerator - Black

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fridge, 3 Nov. 2012
It is a small square fridge, ideal for cooling small stuff No good for whole cows or sheep good for milk


Medal Yearbook 2013
Medal Yearbook 2013
by John W. Mussell
Edition: Paperback

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the publisher is so ruddy lazy, 6 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Medal Yearbook 2013 (Paperback)
What a pity the publishers of this annual are so lazy - there is nothing new at all, it is just the same every year showing slight variations in auction house prices - but they don't bother to track prices achieved online through the likes of ebay, why? Why not add details about prices achieved in groups, price variations by different regiments etc .. they mention some but then repeat it year on year. Do yourself a favour if you were thinking of buying this book new - just buy a 2 or 3 year old copy sec on-hand and save about 12 quid
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Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff - Small 212g
Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff - Small 212g
Offered by We Luv Shopping
Price: £3.79

2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A JAR OF BLUBBER, 10 May 2012
If you are reading this you seriously need to think about he crud that you are putting inside yourself, especially if you are planning on having it posted to you. Take a walk down the shops instead and buy real food.
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official arsenal alarm clock
official arsenal alarm clock

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRA TIME PENALTY, 10 May 2012
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The Arsenal alarm clock is perfect for anyone who wants a lie-in. Set the alarm for a specific time and you'll get at least 6 minutes 'extra time' before the whistle blows. As you can see in the picture, the clock has just 2 legs; this enables it to dive easily onto the floor if you merely look at it, and it will then roll around until you issue the voice command 'penalty'.


Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite

1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SERIOUS DESIGN FLAW IN THIS PRODUCT, 10 May 2012
I got mine as a gift from thoughtful relatives who know that I am an avid reader. They also know from my amazon wish list, that the sort of books I read just aren't available on Kindle, nor are they ever likely to be. Still, it is the thought that counts, so despite me working at least 12 hours a day staring into a VDU screen, I thought I'd give it a go. Fortunately, I was supplied with a couple of 'books' - fortunately that is because I am unlikely to ever pay for one while VAT is charged on it - so away we went for a day out at the seaside. Now I like to read a bit and stroll a bit, so after 5 minutes squinting into a badly overshadowed screen, I went for a stroll. That was the last I saw of it; evidently the Kindle at 89 quid is a tad more pinchable than a good 2nd hand copy of 'There's A Devil In The Drum'. I can only hope that the new owner will have used it to dig holes in the sand, carry 2 small tea mugs, or swat flies with it, as this device has little use to anyone who enjoys reading and the aesthetics of a good book. It also looks crap on a bookshelf. I suspect these will be popular gifts for a year or so, then the charity shops will be groaning under the weight of them.
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The Caliban Shore: The Fate of the Grosvenor Castaways
The Caliban Shore: The Fate of the Grosvenor Castaways
by Stephen Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A similar book you 'd like, 17 Oct. 2009
If you have enjoyed this book and the subject, you will certainly enjoy 'Wildflower The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story' by Raymond Warren. Barbara was a Scot who had emigrated to Australia ( that is a tale in itself, as her family survived one of the worst sea passages on record ), where she was basically abducted by a convict who was acting as a kind of licensed bounty hunter. Although some books like the HMS Rattlesnake journal, and Ray Mear's TV show, have mentioned the discovery of this 'woman' (she was a child) who was found amongst headhunters on 16th Oct 1849, it has taken this author 25 years to find out the full story about how she came to be shipwrecked and abandoned by her 'husband' amongst headhunters, how she was rescued and perhaps why her story was covered up, for it certainly has been. Why Hollywood has not picked up this stoy and made a blockbuster out of it, beggars belief.
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Ray Mears Goes Walkabout [DVD]
Ray Mears Goes Walkabout [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ray Mears
Offered by Entertainment Seller
Price: £27.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray discovers castaway Barbara Crawford Thompson, 13 Jun. 2009
As ever, another brilliant Ray Mears series. Highlight has to be when Ray 'discovers' the oral history of a headhunting tribe in the Straits Settlements, who talk about a white woman who lived amongst them 160 years ago until rescued. She was Barbara Crawford Thompson, not yet a woman and not entirely unknown to the then Australian authorities. If you want to find out what 25 years oof research reveals about her age, how she got to be amongst headhunters, why she was not rescued by the authorities and why her story has been covered up, you will be interested in the book WILDFLOWER, The Barbara Crawford Thompson Story by Ray Warren. Do a search on amazon uk, I am the only seller of this book in UK, it is a paperback not a hardcover as stated by amazon.
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The Rattlesnake: A Voyage of Discovery to the Coral Sea
The Rattlesnake: A Voyage of Discovery to the Coral Sea
by Jordan Goodman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What the book doesn't tell you is even more interesting!, 19 May 2009
The book covers the finding of a white woman, described as a castaway brought up by natives. This same woman was mentioned on Ray Mear's TV programme Walkabout. They all got the facts slightly wrong - she was a child who had been abducted by a very coulourful ex-convict, bounty hunter cum salvager who abandoned her amongst head-hunters. When she was discovered by the Rattlesnake, things really get interesting. You'd expect this less-than-usual occurance to be meticulously recorded , yet those vital pages of the ships log are 'missing'. There is a reason for this. If you want to know why, and what happened to Barbara Crawford Thompson before and after the HMS Rattlesnake, then I highly recommend the book Wildflower, The Barbara Crawford Thompson story, by Raymond Warren. He spent 25 years digging out previously unknown facts and evidence, and has uncovered one of Australia's great conspiracies, scandles and disgraces , why it hasn't been made into a film, I just can't say. Maybe it will be on the 160h anniversary of her rescue.
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