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Panasonic RP-WF950EB-S Wireless Headphones with Surround Sound- Silver
Panasonic RP-WF950EB-S Wireless Headphones with Surround Sound- Silver
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ear abuse!, 19 Aug. 2015
So wish I had paid attention to the one star reviews. A loud burst of explosive static on 4 out 5 attempts to watch for any length of time ruined my enjoyment. Deafening... then nothing. Recharged overnight plus some, same thing happened. Very disappointing.


Peter and Paul
Peter and Paul
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biblical fact and fiction, 6 Jun. 2013
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The author has taken the story of the Book of Acts and made it into a fascinating novel that will appeal to a wider audience than the Christian fraternity. It's the story of two very different people who founded the concept of "church" in the years after the crucifixion of Christ, based on (but by no means limited to) the facts in the Bible.

There are themes that are nicely explored, for example in Paul's concept of Empire formed in his pre-conversion days as a Romanophile. He sees Christianity as a potential Empire whereas Peter (the Rock on which the church was founded) is far more pastoral in his understanding of people. The author builds both characters well and is not restricted by traditional views of what these two apostles might have been like as people, with human flaws not entirely ironed out by their fervent beliefs.

The style is human too, offering a more natural approach to the miracles that litter the canonical book of Acts, with interesting switch of tenses to add literary impact. The deaths of the two apostles are not overloaded with gore, thankfully, while the character of Nero follows most traditions by painting him as a comical and tragic failure.

Personally, I think Law is on to a winner with his reinterpretation of Biblical stories, filling in the gaps with imagination in a reverent way. Strongly recommended.


Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism
Dictionary of Biblical Symbolism
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for deeper understanding, 9 Mar. 2013
I've read the Bible several times (though not front to back) and I am an enthusiast of the Old Testament as history. Now there is a way to read and understand the OT as teaching. I am so grateful for Stanislaw's dictionary and his depth of understanding, especially in the extremely helpful examples he gives of understanding otherwise seemingly dry OT passages.

I am using this largely as a reference work as I study the mindset of the author/s of Isaiah for my third novel set at the time of Hezekiah, and I'll keep using it for my own personal enrichment. This deserves wide recognition not only among the followers of religion but also anyone seeking inspiration and understanding.

Excellent.


Pitch Black to Plane Fare (Aviation Histories)
Pitch Black to Plane Fare (Aviation Histories)
by Wing Commander Oliver Wells
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A World War 2 gem, 2 Mar. 2013
While researching the background to the World War 2 heroics of my uncle, Wing Commander R. W. "Bob" Turner, I happened across this little gem of a booklet. Wing Commander Oliver Wells flew 40 aircraft types during 50 years of flying, but the most momentous was the Lancaster bomber shot down over the Rhur in 1943.

My uncle flew Wellingtons and was one of the lucky ones, returning safely with a fuselage riddled with bullets and on one occasion 50% of the power - one engine - dropped into the English Channel. W/c Oliver Wells was equally lucky, surviving the crash after failing to extinguish an engine blaze, but this young officer had to spend 18 months on the run or in German PoW camps.

The main part of the book is the best, Wells' account of his ill-fated flight and subsequent adventures behind enemy lines and the good will of the Belgian folk who took him in. There are also accounts of experimental night flight training and the post war Berlin airlift flights in Sunderland flying boats.

Oliver Wells, part of the Charles Wells Brewing family (worthy of many a peacetime medal in itself), is a charming character whose captivating prose is a pure delight and the nostalgia most welcome. Congratulations to a small publishing company, Valiant Wings of Bedford, for unearthing this jewel of 20th Century history.


Unbeelievable Health Bee Prepared Max Strength - Pack of 20 Capsules
Unbeelievable Health Bee Prepared Max Strength - Pack of 20 Capsules
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must if you want a powerful immune system, 18 Aug. 2012
Max Strength is pretty much a miracle. There's no cure for the common cold, but there is a way not to get one, or 'flu for that matter. Max Strength. Works for me. I returned to the UK just in time for a bitter winter and the wettest of damp summers ever. I took Max Strength whenever i felt vulnerable. My family didn't. They regret that and won't make the same mistake again. I even gave it to the plumber so he could keep working, and it shortened the time he was off with a bad throat. This stuff works. Rock on, Propolis!!!


Unbeelievable Health Bee Prepared Daily Defense - Pack of 30 Capsules
Unbeelievable Health Bee Prepared Daily Defense - Pack of 30 Capsules
Price: £9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Unbeelievable, 18 Aug. 2012
Daily Defence is brilliant. It worked for me when I moved back to the UK after years in Spain, and I felt vulnerable to the cold and wet and people with 'flu all around. No probelms, not even a sniffle. Now the whole family is on it especially in the damp British climate!


Beloved Pilgrim
Beloved Pilgrim
by Nan Hawthorne
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Romance and Adventure in Crusaderland, 9 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Beloved Pilgrim (Paperback)
This is the second novel by Nan Hawthorne that I have read and it is with delight that I can report a continued maturity in her craft, further commitment to tireless research and a wonderful sensitivity in dealing with two very difficult subjects.

Beloved Pilgrim begins with a young girl's evident swordplay skills, immediately signalling a heroine worth her salt for the future trials a Crusade will bring. She is forced against her will to marry an arrogant misogynist who rapes her and assumes power over her inherited wealth - these are the two things that motivate the evil Reinhardt - and this serves to fuel our empathy with this plucky girl.

The first three chapters are a slow burn and the rape scene in chapter four handled well. This is essential to the plot, demonstrating the driving force of so-called Christian knights in assuming superiority over all who did not bear the cross. Namely, the unlawful and misguided terrorism by Europeans on Moslems and even Christians who lived in the Levant at that time (a thousand years ago) into which even the intelligent, including our heroine/hero Elisabeth/Elias, were duped.

Hawthorne recounts this underlying theme through the eyes of a young girl who goes to war disguised as a knight to fight in 1101 on the losing side. Difficult, and very well achieved.

More so, in my opinion, is Hawthorne's handling of gay love and homo-eroticism. Elisabeth's twin brother is in love with Albrecht who will become her squire and protector. Elisabeth, too, will discover her true sexuality - whether inspired by the rape or already latent, it doesn't matter. Both Albrecht and Elisabeth/Elias find love with new partners. My only concern is that in both cases, love comes so readily. Perhaps war does that.

The homo-eroticism makes Beloved Pilgrim a romance as well as an adventure. The adventure ends in failure, but the two romances provide the necessary happy ending. For me, that an unjust war and a wholly expiated love are handled so well made this an engaging and thoroughly informative read. More please!


The Waste Land
The Waste Land
by Simon Acland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even a knight who says 'Ni', 18 Dec. 2010
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Simon Acland's cleverly devised historical novel is set during the First Crusade and is filled with literary delights.

The Waste Land has everything. Graphic descriptions of the horrors of the ill-advised crusade to satisfy historical fiction fans, religious controversy with a `lost' gospel, romance (sadly unfulfilled) and a wonderfully entertaining Senior Common Room stuffed with pompous academics ("the Taylor '45 is still drinking exceptionally well"). Their discovery of a 12thC manuscript predating Chretien de Troyes, obviously a source for the Perceval grail tale, ignites their enthusiasm for fresh college funds with the help of `the Best Selling Author'. Could do with more of this parallel plot, but as I say, clever.

And top marks for having having a knight who says `Ni' -- bravo!

I have dropped a star for The Waste Land because there is so much travelling across deserts, seas and mountains which must have been difficult to research and leaves the reader a little dizzy in places. Also I think there's a missed opportunity here to go down the Dan Brown route of a secret society, only do it better, but perhaps I'm ahead of myself as the sequel is on its way. Can't wait.


Paths of Exile
Paths of Exile
by Carla Nayland
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A path well worth following, 10 Nov. 2010
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Paths of Exile follows the back-to-the-wall story of Eadwine (Edwin), a Saxon atheling on the run after his family is wiped out and his kingdom overrun. It's a beautifully crafted story by an author who clearly knows her Dark Ages history and has a deft skill at weaving a story of courage, intrigue and betrayal. The setting seems to me to be very real, with great attention to detail in customs, beliefs, topography, religion, economics and social interaction.

It's the first book by Carla Nayland that I've read and I'm delighted to see from her website and various other mentions here and there that a sequel is in the offing. It can't come soon enough. Eadwine has suffered not only family loss and personal injury, but his betrothed has turned out to be a bit of an airhead WAG and the new woman in his life, the courageous and striking Severa, seems to have been consigned to the witch's flames. And they were made for each other, dammit!

Let's hope Severa has somehow survived and follows Eadwine and his lively friends in their honourable mission against the odds.


The Ghost of Jimmy Saville
The Ghost of Jimmy Saville
by Edward George Taylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brace yourself - desperation and immorality in middle England, 9 Oct. 2010
Every so often you pick up a book that leaves you struggling to identify your feelings. The Whores of Coxcomb Hall is one such, especially for fifty-something men who might have attended a British prep or public school in the Sixties (like me) or Seventies, or their teachers! This is not for young mothers. It will shock Mrs Romance Reader and therefore, I guess, will have a limited readership BUT this deserves success and I'd go so far as to say it's one to watch.

Egg Taylor is a mystery. It transpires he is a deceased music teacher who is barely mentioned in the book, so probably not the author. You do not get the impression good old Egg would have been such a nimble author to deal with such depressing and gloomy material. The author's style is of the highest order and his ability to make desperation, immorality and hopelessness so readable should put his (or Egg's) writing star in the highest firmament. Each character is memorable and introduced with narrative that remains in the mind, very well developed and paced.

Finally the cover. All will become clear and you'll find yourself flipping your copy over to look again at choirboys William Hartnell, Stratford Johns, Sid James, Jimmy Tarbuck and some Black and White Minstrels. Very clever, with forgivable loose ends at the finish, all helping to make "Whores" memorable. Recommended - are you listening, Booker judges?


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