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An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-1783 The American Revolutionary War: An Expert In-depth Reference on the Armies of the War of the Independence in North America, 1775-1783
An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-1783 The American Revolutionary War: An Expert In-depth Reference on the Armies of the War of the Independence in North America, 1775-1783
by Digby Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.16

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slight Problem, 4 Aug. 2013
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As someone using this book as an artistic reference, I find the plates and the detail excellent.
I cannot comment on accuracy issues raised by other reviewers, as I don't have that detailed a breadth of knowledge. However, from an artistic perspective there is one major issue, which effects the cut of uniforms and proportions.
The average height of a British soldier in that era was 5'6" or 5'7". The standard issue Long Land Pattern infantry musket (Brown Bess) was 62.5" (5'2.5") tall, for which the bayonet was 20.5" long overall. This means that when the two were fitted together, the overall length would have been approximately 6'5" long. Thus most of the illustrations look like they are based on 6 foot tall soldiers. The 6'6" Grenadier officer on page 147 would be freakishly tall even in that unit.


Invicta Men's S1 Epoxy Touring Edition Analogue Watch 1450
Invicta Men's S1 Epoxy Touring Edition Analogue Watch 1450

4.0 out of 5 stars You will be noticed in this watch, 20 May 2013
I took delivery of this watch last week and it is certainly eye-catching. The photos don't do it justice as it is huge and very heavy. I thought my car was pulling to the left, the I realized it was the effect of the watch dragging my hand down the wheel.

I was going to mention oversized buttons but everything is big on this watch.

This watch will illicit a response whether love or hatred, it will not go ignored.


The Great McBurger States of America
The Great McBurger States of America
by Peter Biddlecombe
Edition: Hardcover

1.0 out of 5 stars Stay at home Mr B, 23 Dec. 2009
I have read the works of many travel writers, but never have I found it a struggle to read one until now.

What Mr Biddlecombe has missed, is the fact that great travel writers have to give of themselves. Whether the reason for there journey is emotional, nostalgic, challenging or the consequence of a drunken bet, it is only by us understanding their motivation, that puts their views and experiences into context.

I was in this city at a conference and x, y & z happened in a bar, really does not engage the reader. I ended up not only not caring about why he was there, but also not caring about anything he had to say.

If you want a great American travel book, try The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson, if you want a funny view of a Brit in America, read California Dreaming by Lawrence Donegan. Maybe Mr B should have read more like these before boring us rigid!


A Few Bloody Noses: The American War of Independence
A Few Bloody Noses: The American War of Independence
by Robert Harvey
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A balanced perspective - at last!, 23 Dec. 2009
If you're one of those people who believe that Washington never told a lie then this isn't the book for you, or maybe it should be.

From the time of the revolution, America it seems wished to ditch the folk heroes of the British heritage, but needed to replace them with a whole host of homegrown, Robin Hoods, King Arthurs, and even the occasional Lady Godiva.

This beautifully crafted work is remarkably even handed in its approach of the subject of the American revolution. The fact that the author does not call the Sons of Liberty terrorists, is testament to that.

A more realistic view of the strengths, weaknesses, treachery, and dastardly doings of both sides in this conflict I have never read. Pieced together with the political shennanigans of the Americans in their dealings with both friend and foe alike and putting the war in its place as a sideshow in a much broader global conflict between Britain and France.

The author does not neglect the British political establishment either, and its failure to conduct the war in a manner which may have brought a successful conclusion. Drawing many parallels with such conflicts as Vietnam.

When one reads this very readable and highly entertaining book, you will be in no doubt that Britain and her loyal colonial and German allies, were engaged in the first WAR ON TERROR against, the Traitorous Colonials and their French,Spanish and later Dutch axis of evil.


To Be Or Not To Be [1983] [DVD]
To Be Or Not To Be [1983] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Mel Brooks
Price: £8.10

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast dispatch, item as described!, 16 July 2009
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Mel Brooks' remake of Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 comedy of the same name.

Brooks plays Frederick Bronski, a second rate actor an impresario, who finds that he must start impersonating high ranking German officials to try and save his many Jewish players and their families from the Nazis.

One of the most memorable lines in the film is when Bronski, disguised as a Nazi spy Professor Siletski, is chatting with the Gestapo Commandant, Colonel Earhart, played by Charles Durning. When Earhart mentions he had seen Bronski performing Shakespeare before the war, Bronski asks what he thought of it, to which he replies, "What he did to Hamlet, we are now doing to Poland!"

Runs along at a steady old pace, with lots of decent gags along the way, plenty of big names too, withh Anne Bancroft playing Bronski's wife Anna, Jose Ferrer playing the real Siletski and Christopher Lloyd as Captain Shultz, Earhart's put upon adjutant.


24 Jack Bauer In Your Pocket Voice Key Chain
24 Jack Bauer In Your Pocket Voice Key Chain
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Price: £6.49

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't really sound like Jack, 15 April 2009
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A little disappointing but fun item, most amusing aspect is its non-resemblance to Jack Bauer and the usage of the word "DAMAGE!" instead of Jack's more common exclaimation.


Big Chief Elizabeth: How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World
Big Chief Elizabeth: How England's Adventurers Gambled and Won the New World
by Giles Milton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.21

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid romp through history!!, 21 July 2003
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Giles Milton brings history to life in an entertaining and fascinating manner.
Using letters and surviving documents of the period, the writer brings to life all the players in the story of England's attempts to colonise the New World. With the storytelling skill of a great novelist, this book will amuse, suprise and occasionally shock, as the courage, stupidity and brutality of the period unravel.
From Walter Raleigh to Pocahontas, this book has it all!


There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe (Capital Discoveries)
There's a Porcupine in My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe (Capital Discoveries)
by Michael J. Tougias
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining nature ramble!, 21 July 2003
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I found this book to be charming, witty and very entertaining as the writer comes to grips with juggling his city life and his wilderness retreat. Fighting the perils of mice, stuffed bear heads and the local hill-billies, as he tries to come to terms with nature in the raw and finding the biggest trout.
Michael Tougias gives of himself and encourages the reader to laugh with him at his greenhorn antics and those of his towny friends.


Fast Food Nation
Fast Food Nation

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need to read this book!, 30 April 2003
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This book makes compelling reading. It will outrage, horrify, and change your perceptions of the globalized food business and the way in which American politics and business go hand in glove to maximise profit to the detrement of employees and customers.
This book may change the way you look at food especially if you have ever eaten in America.
The stories of human misery may even bring you to tears, but never fear because these corporations are your friends.


A Walk In The Woods: The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
A Walk In The Woods: The World's Funniest Travel Writer Takes a Hike
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Treat, 21 Oct. 2002
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This is just what you expect, it's Bill Bryson, being witty, observant and occaisionally rather reckless on the Appalachian Trail.
Read of his encounters with man eating bears, his nights in vermin-ridden shelters and if you ever wondered what happened to his boyhood friend Katz from niether here nor there, this book has the answers.
It's good old fashioned laugh out loud on the train type Bryson.


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