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Madonna & Gwyneth's Personal Trainer - The Tracy Anderson Method Dance Cardio Workout [DVD]
Madonna & Gwyneth's Personal Trainer - The Tracy Anderson Method Dance Cardio Workout [DVD]
Dvd ~ Tracy Anderson Method
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It may work for Gwynneth & Madonna but not for me!, 18 Mar. 2009
I recently bought the Tracy Anderson Method DVD for the days I can't make it to the gym, and I'm so disappointed with it. I completely agree with other reviewers who have said that you need a large area to do the routines and there is no cool-down section. However, the biggest issue I have with this DVD is that even as an experienced aerobics-goer used to learning choreography I found the routines far too complicated. I wish I'd bought something else!


The Trench
The Trench
by Richard Van Emden
Edition: Paperback

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Televisual Memorial in Action, 26 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Trench (Paperback)
Too many people know too little about how 5 million British men lived and fought in and around the Western Front 1914-1918. Few Great War infantryman would recognise their war if they read some of the nonsense people believe about trench life. This book will set the record straight, and is best read as an accompaniament to the BBC's three-part series of the same name.'The Trench' is a thoroughly researched and thoughful book that has been written with great care and attention to detail. A source of controversy before it had even reached our screens in the spring of 2002, the series sought to take a carefully selected group of volunteers from Hull to experience life in the front line of the Western Front, just as their forebears in the Hull Pals regiment had done in 1916. This book shows that the criticisms levelled against the programme as a 'Big Brother in the Trenches' falls very wide of the mark. With the help of a handful of remaining veterans, the producers wanted to see how men survived the day to day tasks of survival in a front-line trench system: it contains great detail not only about the daily routines, but of the Hull Pals battalion and the men remembered in the programme. It is a work steeped in a strong desire to respect and honour the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war. Indeed, anyone who is interested in the daily life of an average infantryman will be fascinated by 'The Trench.' This book goes a long way to dispel the myths about the infantry constantly being in the line without rest, permanently under fire from the enemy. This is simply not the case as 'The Trench' showed that infantry battalions would be rotated regularly between the front line, communication lines, and rest, recreation and fatigues behind the lines. 'The Trench' shows that for the majority of the time life in the infantry was actually quite dull, but the book remains an interesting and (sometimes humourous) read throughout. Punctuated with testimonies from remarkably sharp-witted veterans (average age 105) this is a must-read for anyone who wants to read about the admiration and commemoration of the spirit of comradeship and humour that helped Britain towards victory in 1918.


Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the First World War (Cassell military trade books)
Mud, Blood and Poppycock: Britain and the First World War (Cassell military trade books)
by Gordon Corrigan
Edition: Hardcover

28 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Myth-busting at its best., 26 Aug. 2003
Gordon Corrigan's inimitable style gives this book an explosive edge. 'Mud, Blood and Poppycock' is not for the faint of heart, as Corrigan storms through all the reasons why historians like him refuse to believe that the First World War was the futile and bloody waste that many writers beloved of the 'butchers and bunglers' theme would have us believe. Using hard fact, statistical analysis, and as a serving army officer his personal knowledge of the realities military life, Corrigan shows that 1914-1918 did not result in Britain losing a generation, that its generals were not incompetent butchers, and that cultural events such as the musical and subsequent film 'Oh! What a Lovely War' are as historically useful as 'Wind in the Willows.' This book says what others were too afraid to say, and Corrigan may fly a little close to the winds of controversy for some people's liking, for example on the subject of soldiers executed for treason, but his arguments are incredibly well-constructed and thoroughly researched. However, for those readers who have the historical nouse to know how much myth-making rubbish is published about the Great War, Corrigan's book is a refreshing breeze of old fashioned common sense together with rigorous historical enquiry. I highly recommend reading this book; you will love it or hate it but there is no denying the strength of Corrigan's formidably constructed argument.


Trench Fever
Trench Fever
by Christopher Moore
Edition: Paperback

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lions Led By Donkeys - Again?, 12 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Trench Fever (Paperback)
Christopher Moore's 'Trench Fever' is an example of how the historical legacy of this conflict can literally get into your blood. At times a touching account of one man trying to trace his grandfather's footsteps along the Western Front, Moore does not reach the intellectual or emotional plain occupied by the likes of Geoff Dyer. Those readers who have read Dyer's 'The Missing of the Somme' you cannot help but compare the two, and you may be left feeling a little dissatisfied with 'Trench Fever'.
Anyone who is aware of the histriographical debates over our modern memory of the Great War will get a little frustrated by Moore's approach. At times there is a strong whiff rendolent of Alan Clark's highly flawed 'Lions Led By Donkeys' - a major contributor to the myth that the Great War was a futile exercise fought by stupid generals for no particular cause. For students of the Great War and its effect on British culture, Moore has very little to offer and will be passed over in favour of Geoff Dyer's more substantial mediation.
However, 'Trench Fever' is worth reading if you want to get a picture of how some of the Great War battlegrounds appear now, and to see how one man contemplates his own existence and belonging. Christopher Moore is surely not the only one who feels he hass to keep his Great War fascination away from dinner party conversations. Despite the passages that will irritate a certain group of Great War historians, this is an interesting and widely accessible piece for anyone with their own personal bout of trench fever.


The Unquiet Western Front: Britain's Role in Literature and History
The Unquiet Western Front: Britain's Role in Literature and History
by Brian Bond
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £33.94

26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making way for a new generation, 9 Aug. 2002
If you think that the First World War was all mud, blood and poetry, you need to read Brian Bond's latest book 'The Unquiet Western Front'. It is a must for anyone with an interest in the most persistent myths that have contributed to Britain's 'modern memory' of the Great War. Refreshingly short and to the point, Professor Bond has started to peel away the layers that surround Britain’s 'Forgotten Victory'. In doing so, he is paving the way towards a more objective approach that is being developed by a new generation of historians who are now rising through the ranks of British universities.
If you know your History, you may say that the series of battles known as the Great War finished on 11th November 1918. In fact, the fighting over the perception of the war is as old as the conflict itself. Numerous poets, novelists, memoirists, historians, playwrights and scriptwriters, together with film and television directors have sought to portray the war as a futile massacre, where stupid chateau generals led millions of brave Tommy Atkins to certain death in the muddy trenches of the Western Front. The 'Lions Led by Donkeys' approach, beloved of certain 'historical' writers, has resulted in the cult of the ‘million dead’ eclipsing the real reasons why Britain went to war in 1914. Not only that, the futility angle does a great disservice to the five million volunteers and conscirpts of the British Expeditionary Force who grew in strength and expertise to defeat the Germans in 1918. For those who remember Geoffrey Palmer’s Field Marshal Haig sweeping up toy soldiers with his dustpan and brush in the 1989 BBC comedy 'Blackadder' or of battle casualty figures on cricket scoreboards on Brighton Pier in the 1960s film 'Oh! What a Lovely War', Brian Bond will remove the scales from your eyes.
The book is a succinct and comprehensive introduction to this area, deconstructing the development of selected Great War myths in just 101 pages. Professor Bond has successfully attempted to return the war to its rightful historical context, by getting to the root of the most persistent war myths that have been perpetuated by literature, visual art, film and television from the inter-war period via the 1960s and 1990s. In my opinion, it is the most fascinating study of this subject area since Samuel Hynes published 'A War Imagined' in 1991, Bond's work being more accessible to those outside academia, to be easily digested by those reading for general interest. It is certainly a book that will prove required reading for any discerning student of the cultural effects of the Great War on modern British society.


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