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Black & White Night [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]
Black & White Night [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Roy Orbison
Offered by MediaMerchants
Price: £6.34

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Bayou from Roy, 19 Jun. 2016
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Many of us (of a certain age, perhaps) know of this unique recording, and will remember it fondly as a piece of rock history. It was that affection for Roy Orbison, and his remarkable group of 'friends', that encouraged me to buy this disc. What came as a surprise was the transformation in audiovisual quality that has been made possible by Blu-ray technology. The contrast with a recorded TV transmission, or the DVD alternative, is striking. With Blu-ray, the sheer quantity of digital information lifts the performance of these great musicians to another level. You will not be disappointed. This is a gem.


A Reconstructed Corpse: A Charles Paris Mystery (BBC Radio Crimes)
A Reconstructed Corpse: A Charles Paris Mystery (BBC Radio Crimes)
by Simon Brett
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.91

5.0 out of 5 stars We'll Always Have Paris, 29 Sept. 2014
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Following the adventures of Charles Paris is one of life's great pleasures, and this story does not disappoint. It succeeds largely as a result of first-rate writing in the hands of superb actors, headed by the matchless Bill Nighy. The famous voice conveys every nuanced shift of tone, while the self-effacing humour raises frequent smiles. This is radio drama at its very best, with one proviso: if listening whilst driving, take extra care. At one point, I laughed so much that we drove past our turning and missed a train.


The Red Cross in France;
The Red Cross in France;
by Harley Granville-Barker
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A lost gem, now made available., 21 Aug. 2013
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First published in 1916, this large-format paperback, fewer than 200 pages, is the result of careful digital enhancement of a work that has long been out of print. Ulan Press, and Amazon, are to be congratulated on making it available now. Ulan apologise for any technical failings, but these are minimal: pages 22 & 23 are blurred and unreadable, but this is a minor quibble.

The book itself is a gem, written in a most engaging style that we no longer see: in some respects, it is the style of Empire, when upper lips were stiffer than oak, and duty to your King was unquestioning. Yet, in other ways, the author is deeply concerned about wider social issues, beyond the immediate military conflict. Speculating about post-war Britain, he concludes the book with a warning from Milton, no less: "Unless you rid yourselves of Avarice, Ambition, Luxury, you will suffer a harsher despot at home than any you have encountered in the field." Sound familiar?

Employing an informal, journalistic technique, the author takes on a journey through a dozen chapters, each examining a different aspect of the work of the British Red Cross Society (BRCS) in France in the early phases of the Great War. He recounts a series of meetings, recreated by the extensive use of dialogue, bringing alive the memorable characters he meets along the way. Thus, we commence in London, at 83 Pall Mall, the headquarters of the BRCS at that time, when Granville-Barker is effectively being interviewed for his assignment, ie writing this book. The postscript, a few months later, is in that same office, with the same official.

For anyone with an interest in this watershed in our national history, and the remarkable way in which our forebears responded to global conflict, this fine book can be warmly commended.


The German Army on the Somme 1914-1916
The German Army on the Somme 1914-1916
by Jack Sheldon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.10

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4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly, detailed, remarkable - how did anyone survive?, 18 Mar. 2013
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This excellent 2005 story of months of trench warfare on the Somme offers the reader an alternative perspective. It was instructive and fascinating to read this collection of the personal accounts of 'the enemy', the men who served in a German Army of quite remarkable skill and undoubted courage. I learned a great deal, and gained additional respect for a determined opponent who came close to 'victory', however that could be defined in this theatre. A recurring thought was simply how did the men engaged in this nightmare cope? Consider for a moment being there as a young Tommie on the second day of the Somme, surrounded by dead & dying colleagues. Could you continue, climb on to the firestep, and resume fighting? Jack Sheldon has given us an important book which can be recommended to anyone interested in the Great War. Read it in conjunction with Geoff Dyer's slim, poignant 1994 volume, 'The Missing of the Somme'.


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