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The Kayaking Handbook: A Beginner's Guide
The Kayaking Handbook: A Beginner's Guide
by Bill Mattos
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect starting point., 2 Feb. 2014
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I bought a touring kayak last year, so I bought this book and the Haynes Kayaking Manual to help get me started. They are both similar, and although the Haynes Manual contains more detail, I preferred this one as an initial starting point. It is more matter of fact and told me all the basics without overwhelming.


Philip's Guide to the Night Sky: A guided tour of the stars and constellations
Philip's Guide to the Night Sky: A guided tour of the stars and constellations
by Patrick Moore
Edition: Paperback

49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A rather brief guide, 24 July 2009
I bought this book as I wanted a guide to get me started in simple astronomy before I commited to buying a telescope, but for me this book was just too basic.

It contains a good overview of how to start finding your way around the stars and constellations at different times of year, but contains little desciption of what they are. The explanations are easy to understand and very concise, but there is little in the book to inspire or excite. The chapter on buying a telescope is has some good tips, but is not enough for you to make a properly informed descision.

I appreciate this is one of the cheaper books on offer and is not meant to be a full guide to astronomy, but I was hoping for something to get me excited about taking up astronomy. If you are looking for the same, I recommend spending a little extra on a more descriptive book.
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The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 2, Series 5, Part 2: v. 2
The Goon Show Compendium, Vol. 2, Series 5, Part 2: v. 2
by Spike Milligan
Edition: Audio CD

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Goon Show Release!, 11 May 2009
Another fantastic release from the BBC. Loads of shows and bonus material. Definitely some of the best shows are included in this set - great for old and new Goon fans. Can't wait for the next one!


The Goons: The Story
The Goons: The Story
by Norma Farnes
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best all-round book about The Goon Show, 16 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Goons: The Story (Paperback)
As the most recent publication about The Goon Show, this book covers all the areas you need for a good overview. It contains background information, scripts, photos and an episode list. It also contains memories of the then surviving cast members - Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, Eric Sykes (who wrote some episodes) and Max Geldray.

It's true that much of the book has been covered in other publications, but I think this is the most readable and if you are new to the Goons I would say this is the book for you. If you want a more indepth appraisal of The Goon Show and it's development you may want to consider 'The Goon Show Companion' instead.


The Book of the Goons
The Book of the Goons
by Spike Milligan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for any Goon Show addict, 9 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Book of the Goons (Paperback)
As a Goon Show fan I really loved this book. It contains some good photos, scripts and cartoons similar to some other Goon books, but a large proportion of the book is correspondences between Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe. These give a great insight into their relationship and how they lived with the Goon characters long after the show finished.

If you are not very familiar with the Goons and weren't around when they were household names, this book may not be for you as it doesn't contain much background information. But if you are a real fan of the Goon Show, it offers a brief yet wonderful glimpse into the minds of the cast members.


The Very Best Of The Goons And Spike Milligan
The Very Best Of The Goons And Spike Milligan

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy from The Goons and Milligan, 5 Dec. 2005
This three disc CD compilation released by EMI includes the same episodes included on their other Goon CDs (The Goons volumes 1 and 2). It also contains various great songs and sketches by Spike Milligan so overall it is good value for money.

Goon Show episodes include Tales of Old Dartmoor, Dishonoured, Tale of Men's Shirts, Missing Number 10 Downing Street, Red Fort, Robin Hood and His Merry Men. Dishonoured and Tale of Men's Shirts are widely considered as two of the Goons best episodes.

The shows are rather edited, noticeably the musical interludes are removed which may upset some people. I think BBC releases are considered to be better quality but that is reflected in the price.

Overall I guess this makes a good introduction to the Goons and Spike Milligan, but serious Goon fans will prefer the numerous BBC releases.


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