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The Massacre of Mankind: Authorised Sequel to The War of the Worlds
The Massacre of Mankind: Authorised Sequel to The War of the Worlds
by Stephen Baxter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.20

1.0 out of 5 stars Believe the bad reviews, 19 Sept. 2017
Let me first say that I have read a considerable number of Mr Baxter's books including Time Ships which I thoroughly enjoyed but this book is a turkey. I can't remember the last time I didn't finish a book because it was so bad but this time I had to despite struggling through to 200 pages. Maybe it improved after this but I doubt it, a book needs to hold my attention long before this.


And Then the Prime Minister Hit Me...
And Then the Prime Minister Hit Me...
by Brian Harris
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Coffee Table Book, This is a Work of Art, 23 Aug. 2017
I was lucky enough to score one of the 200 numbered ltd editions with slip case. A beautifully put together collection of anecdotes and mainly black and white photographs, which I prefer. Mr Harris certainly has had a colourful life traipsing the globe in search of that Pulitzer winning photograph, the only thing that puzzles me is that he didn't get one as many of the snaps in this collection deserve that accolade. During this pursuit he seems to have used up all his nine lives and more.

Don't be drawn into believing this is just another coffee table book, this is a work of art to be cherished and enjoyed on a regular basis. Mr Harris' name should be up there with all the great photo journalists, do yourself a favour and buy yourself a copy.


...And Then the Prime Minister Hit Me...
...And Then the Prime Minister Hit Me...
by Brian Harris
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just Another Coffee Table Book But a Work of Art, 23 Aug. 2017
I was lucky enough to score one of the 200 numbered ltd editions with slip case. A beautifully put together collection of anecdotes and mainly black and white photographs, which I prefer. Mr Harris certainly has had a colourful life traipsing the globe in search of that Pulitzer winning photograph, the only thing that puzzles me is that he didn't get one as many of the snaps in this collection deserve that accolade. During this pursuit he seems to have used up all his nine lives and more.

Don't be drawn into believing this is just another coffee table book, this is a work of art to be cherished and enjoyed on a regular basis. Mr Harris' name deserves to be up there with all the great photo journalists, do yourself a favour and buy yourself a copy.


Hunting the Nazi Bomb: The Special Forces Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Deadliest Weapon
Hunting the Nazi Bomb: The Special Forces Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Deadliest Weapon
by Damien Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story that reads like a fiction thriller, 9 Aug. 2017
My son bought me this for fathers day and I have finally got round to reading it. The pace reads like a Jack Higgins or Robert Ludlam thriller but it's all true. It's hard to believe that Hitler was so close to perfecting the atomic bomb first and had it not been for this handfull of brave men he would have and the world today would be a very different place. If you have seen the film 'The Heores of Telemark' you will recognise a lot of the things that happen in this book, despite the American accent of Kirk Douglas as he portrays the Norwegian hero of the day.

I found it impossible to put down. Highly recomended


Original Album Series
Original Album Series
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars seriously good musicians with fab tunes to clever satirical lyrics, 4 Jun. 2017
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You can't knock the price or the music, I saw this band live a few time, despite the comic overview they were band of serious, seriously good musicians with fab tunes to clever satirical lyrics, what a great loss Viv Stanshall is to this genre. Check out Men Opening Umberallas Ahead and the film Sir Henry at Rawlinsons end, if youi've never heared the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (their original name) this is the place to start.


Original Album Series
Original Album Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five fab albums by one of the great songwriters of the 60's/70's, 4 Jun. 2017
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Five fab albums by one of the great songwriters of the 60's/70's, top of the pile is the first ELO album which was a breath of fresh air with it's inovations, sadly Roy left before ELO2 which, along with all subsequent releases became a pale shadow of the original vison and sounding like the Idle Race with strings. In second place is the Move's Message from the Country where you can see what direction ELO would be going. A close third place is the Wizzard album (it was a tough choice between this and MFTC for second place) featuring the epic track 'Meet Me At the Jailhouse'. followed in the 4th and 5th place by Boulders and On the Road Again. So how about the second Wizard album?


Gwendy's Button Box
Gwendy's Button Box
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars especially for this author who usually takes great care over devloping his charactors and plot, 4 Jun. 2017
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Five stars for the story one star for the price so 3 stars overalol. Having been a reader of everything King since Carrie I have rarely been disapointed, once again a clever story but told far too quickly, especially for this author who usually takes great care over devloping his charactors and plot. We get to know very little about Gwendy, Harry or Frankie. I felt there could have been a lot more to to them as well as the plot, what we have instead is a short story that would have fit very well on any other of Mr King's anthologies and not for the hefty almost £30 it appears to be selling for now. I recomend you read it of course, if you have a kindle buy it that way (still overpriced) or wait until a paperback edition turns up in a charity shop for a quid.


Essex Boys: Law Of Survival [DVD]
Essex Boys: Law Of Survival [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jesse Birdsall
Offered by Home Entertainment Online
Price: £5.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs, 14 April 2017
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Seriously this is probably the worst film I have ever seen, if it were up against Plan 9 From Outer Space for an Oscar Plan 9 would win! Even the inclusion of Jesse Birdsall can't elevate this piece of garbage, well he was never an A lister, nothing could save it. The script is laughable, was it meant to be a comedy? As for the lead actor, Chris Bell, who I see crops up in a number of the director's (a term I use loosely) films should definately find himself a real job as he can't act to save his life!
Avoid at all costs, even if someone gives you a free copy you won't ever give those 88 minutes back again.


Hattie Jacques: The Authorised Biography of Hattie Jacques
Hattie Jacques: The Authorised Biography of Hattie Jacques
by Andy Merriman
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I already knew much about the life of Ms Jacques ..., 14 April 2017
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I already knew much about the life of Ms Jacques but this well researched biography threw a lot more light on it.


Department S: The Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD]
Department S: The Complete Series (Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Wyngarde
Price: £39.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No blood but a lot of fun, 14 April 2017
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As a teenager in the 60's I loved all these series, Danger Man, The Champions, Man in a Suitcase, Strange Report, The Prisoner, Dept S and of course it's follow up Jason King, most of them made by ITC. As a lot of these series, especially this one, were based in London it's wonderful to see what late 60's London was like, very little traffic, Heathrow Airport is hilarious as are some railway stations, I remember them like this.

I have to laugh at the way people die in all these series, overdramatically in most cases and there is never any blood, people being shot in the chest, sometimes twice with no sign of the wound at all. Still I can forgive this as the stories are well written and well acted. It's a shame Peter Wyngarde faded away after the Jason King series, I heard he was difficult to work with, maybe that was the reason although I did hear other rumours, unsubstansiated, so I won't repeat here.

The extras are excellent, nice to see Joel Fabiane, who was looking good 40 years on, and Rosemary Nichols who I wouldn't have recognised in the documentary, pit Mr Wyngarde wasn't as I believe he was still alive when this was made. Also the episode of Man in a Suitcase that featured Ms Nichols with a young Donald Sutherland is included. The international version of the episode 'The Mysterious Man in the Flying Machine' is half as long and makes little sense because of it but interesting to see, I wonder how they shortened all the other episodes.

The only gripe I have, and it doesn't effect the pleasure of watching the entire box set, is the episodes are not in the order they were transmitted, just a minor gripe. Other than that this box set is well put together and a bargin at £20 which is less than a £1 and episode.


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