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CrazyFire Green Beam CREE LED Flashlight 5 Mode Zoomable Flashlight Torch for Hiking Traveling Camping
CrazyFire Green Beam CREE LED Flashlight 5 Mode Zoomable Flashlight Torch for Hiking Traveling Camping
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Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted, 25 Sept. 2017
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Bought this for Light Painting night photography and it is exactly what I wanted. Excellent product!


Formatt-Hitech 95mm Firecrest Neutral Density 3.0 Filter
Formatt-Hitech 95mm Firecrest Neutral Density 3.0 Filter
Price: £167.53

5.0 out of 5 stars Well made and highly effective., 11 May 2017
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This is a well made and highly effective filter that works splendidly with my wide angle lens. I have used it for both sunrise and sunset long exposure shots and I am most pleased with the results. It is necessary to set the focal point for the photograph before screwing the filter onto the lens as it is almost impossible to do so when the filter is attached, and obviously a tripod is required for these kind of shots. It is an expensive piece of equipment but, as soon as you handle it, you can see how much care has been put into making it. Highly recommended


Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks and Ray Davies
Waterloo Sunset: The Very Best of The Kinks and Ray Davies
Price: £10.99

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muswell Hill's Finest, 15 Aug. 2012
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Ray Davies is a remarkable songwriter whose songs captured so much of growing up in the 60s and 70s. His recent rendition of Waterloo Sunset at the Olympics Closing Ceremony was, in my humble opinion, the highlight and was much more fitting than some of the songs that were performed. This is a fine compilation made interesting by the second cd 'London Songs' but I have to agree with the previous review in that the omission of 'Celluloid Heroes' is a serious error by whoever compiled this. I'd also have liked to have had the version of 'Lola' with its original line 'I met her in a pub down in old Soho where they drink champagne that tastes just like Coca Cola' instead of the changed version for the BBC with 'Cherry Cola' - hence 4 stars instead of 5.
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Scaramouche [DVD] [1952]
Scaramouche [DVD] [1952]
Dvd ~ Stewart Granger

5.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but a goody, 2 Aug. 2012
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Saw this film so many times when I was young and it's lasted the test of time, The swordfight sequence at the end of the film is still so impressive. An excellent film from a time when films seemed to transport you to a different world as you sat in the cinemas in the early 1960s and then emerged thinking you were Scaramouche, Zorro, Robin Hood and countless other heroes in a more simple age and time.Thoroughly enjoyed watching this again.


Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart
Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Album, 20 Mar. 2012
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Of all Van Morrison's albums this is by far my favourite and I have listened to it so many times since its release in 1983 without ever tiring of it. Indeed it's a wonder I haven't worn it out. What comes across is the feeling that the great man was very much at peace during this recording and there is a warmth that permeates the album throughout. Although it's hard to choose stand out tracks Irish Heartbeat touches your soul with it's simple message. This remastered version contains alternative versions of two tracks, Cry for home and ISOTH 2, that rest well at the end of the cd and they do not detract from an album that works so well in its original form. With many albums there are tracks that you choose to play and ones that you skip. This is not the case with this album and it forms a cohesive whole that just gets better each time you listen to it. A wonderful album.


The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones
The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, 1 Feb. 2012
This really reminds me of Chris Whitley's first album, Living with the Law, and that's no bad thing. It's got that same spooky, ethereal sound, interspersed with really good slide guitar. I'd have liked it in cd form but then I'm a stickler for sleeve notes. Would I recommend it? Without a shadow of a doubt - well worth buying.


The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army
The Chief: Douglas Haig and the British Army
by G. D. Sheffield
Edition: Hardcover

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class, 6 Oct. 2011
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Well written, superbly researched - Gary Sheffield's balanced view on Douglas Haig is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Great War. This is not a revisionist whitewash of Douglas Haig, and Gary Sheffield looks in depth at Haig's strengths and weaknesses before arriving at the conclusion that Haig played a pivitol role in bringing about Allied victory in WWI. Many of the myths about Haig that have become commonplace are countered and shown to be incorrect, and Haig's earlier reputation as the man who led the BEF to victory is reaffirmed. Professor Sheffield also looks in depth at the work of Haig before and after the War, and his role in working for ex-servicemen as they struggled to re-adapt. Is this book worth 5 stars - without a shadow of a doubt and Gary Sheffield's position as the leading authority on the Great War is sustained.
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Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century
Three Armies on the Somme: The First Battle of the Twentieth Century
by William James Philpott
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh for better information!, 11 May 2011
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Having bought and thoroughly enjoyed William Philpott's 'Bloody Victory: Sacrifice on the Somme' I was delighted to have this 'new' book recommended and ordered it immediately. When it arrived it was such a disappointment to find that I had bought the same book as earlier from Amazon but with a different title. William Philpott is a gifted author and Bloody Victory is a very good book, well worth 5 stars - I just wish that the product description from Amazon had been more accurate and I would have saved myself £18!
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The Skinny
The Skinny
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album, 11 May 2011
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If Ian Siegal's earlier albums were very good then this surpasses them. The fusion of Ian's vocals and slide guitar with the considerable talents of 'the younger sons' has created a record that just gets better with each play. I can't praise this record highly enough and it hasn't strayed far from the cd player since it arrived. The almost hypnotic feel of the music together with the haunting vocals and the high level of musical skills restores one's faith in an era of manufactured music and Simon Cowell domination. Thank heavens for music and artists of this calibre.


The Great War on the Western Front: A Short History
The Great War on the Western Front: A Short History
by Paddy Griffith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent introduction to the Great War, 4 April 2010
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This is exactly the kind of book that should be standard reading for anyone with an interest in the Great War. It is very well written and lucid, and brings a refreshing and welcome approach to the interpretation of those 4 and a half years of global conflict. Written with purpose and real understanding Paddy Griffiths continues the theme of his earlier works on the Great War, endorsing the view that this was a war worth fighting to prevent the militarism of Ludendorff dominating Europe in a similar way that Hitler would do 21 years time later. He gives rightful credit to the BEF for their role in defeating Germany and his work should be required reading for any student at either GCSE and/or A level, and makes a welcome change from the school of 'futility' that dominates so much of the history curriculum of schools for the Great War. Concise, thoughtful and relevant -I'd recommend this totally.


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