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No spoilers from me I'm afraid. The yarn about Fergie's refusal to sell Heinze to Liverpool is a good one though.

All I'd say is read this book.
 

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Peter Ustinov's Dear Me is a fun read.
Just noticed this. I read this book years ago but remember little other than he was splitting duties between being David Niven's batman and writing film scripts while shacked up in a top London hotel. There was something about him being short of money and having to sell a valuable painting which he later saw on someones wall back in Hollywood. :)
 

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Just noticed this. I read this book years ago but remember little other than he was splitting duties between being David Niven's batman and writing film scripts while shacked up in a top London hotel. There was something about him being short of money and having to sell a valuable painting which he later saw on someones wall back in Hollywood. :)
I found it again and will re-read after finishing my latest book.
 

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After all these years, have just made a start on War & Peace.
(Well, given my already advanced age, I thought I'd better give it a go while there is (hopefully) still time.)
In my college days in Brighton, flushed with the exuberance of youth, I steadfastly sat through the uncut film version, which I seem to recall was in a number of tediously long parts shown over consecutive days. That was enough for me so I never bothered with the book ! Good luck !

Around the same time I ventured to another cinema for a late night showing of "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch". The staff obviously wanted to get home early and turned on the house lights and faded out the credits as soon as they started rolling. This irked me somewhat but my vociferous complaints were just shrugged aside, grrr ! That inspired me to go out and buy the book and several other Solzehnitsyn tomes
 

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Salad Daze - The autobiography of Wayne Hussey covering his career up to quitting Sisters of Mercy
 

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In my college days in Brighton, flushed with the exuberance of youth, I steadfastly sat through the uncut film version, which I seem to recall was in a number of tediously long parts shown over consecutive days. That was enough for me so I never bothered with the book ! Good luck !

Around the same time I ventured to another cinema for a late night showing of "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch". The staff obviously wanted to get home early and turned on the house lights and faded out the credits as soon as they started rolling. This irked me somewhat but my vociferous complaints were just shrugged aside, grrr ! That inspired me to go out and buy the book and several other Solzehnitsyn tomes
I found Ivan Denisovitch a fascinating read and was sure I could actually feel how cold and hungry the poor bugger was. Great book.
 

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Waterloo ~ Napoleon's Last Gamble. by Andrew Roberts

Having done the battlefield tour some years ago and have my musket ball/canister shot safely in my glass cabinet, I picket this latest book (I think), from a Swindon charity shop for the princely some of 30pence.

Leading up to the battle the author mentions Bonaparte's disastrous invasion of Russia and the somewhat pyrrhic victory at Borodino (Borisdino?) where both armies suffered severe casualties - the retreating French suffered further from the weather and Cossack attacks as they headed homewards.

Interestingly, one of the main reasons Napoleon attacked Russia was his "Continental Blockade" whereby he hoped to boost the French economy and bring Britain to its knees by a trade embargo that prevented Britain from trading with mainland Europe. Russia was having non of this and British ships continued to unload at St Petersburg which caused Bonaparte to lose his rag.

I guess that Marshal Barnier must be checking history books for pointers ;)
 

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About ten years ago I was part of a coach party set to do a tour of Waterloo Stuffy but there was an accident pileup and diversion in the area so all we got was half an hour in the place ,
Never did get back there again sadly.
 

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About ten years ago I was part of a coach party set to do a tour of Waterloo Stuffy but there was an accident pileup and diversion in the area so all we got was half an hour in the place ,
Never did get back there again sadly.
You must go back. I visited Wellington's and Napoleon's headquarters plus various museums showing weapons and uniforms. I also stood on the spot where General Picton was shot dead. The lane that leads to Chateau Hougoumont runs left to right across the very top of the battlefield with the reverse slope behind it that enabled the British troops to lie down and shelter from the the French cannonade coming up the slope towards them. The large mound with the lion on top was erected by the Dutch much to Wellington's annoyance when he visited many years later.
 

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You must go back. I visited Wellington's and Napoleon's headquarters plus various museums showing weapons and uniforms. I also stood on the spot where General Picton was shot dead. The lane that leads to Chateau Hougoumont runs left to right across the very top of the battlefield with the reverse slope behind it that enabled the British troops to lie down and shelter from the the French cannonade coming up the slope towards them. The large mound with the lion on top was erected by the Dutch much to Wellington's annoyance when he visited many years later.
Seems to be the story of my life , missed a crusader fort in Acre for the same reason.Did manage to walk down the Snake Path on Masada where the Roman and Zealot generals met to parlay before the Israelis closed it down for safety reasons.
I do love my history and visiting these sort of places and just imagining.
 

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Waterloo ~ Napoleon's Last Gamble. by Andrew Roberts

Having done the battlefield tour some years ago and have my musket ball/canister shot safely in my glass cabinet, I picket this latest book (I think), from a Swindon charity shop for the princely some of 30pence.

Leading up to the battle the author mentions Bonaparte's disastrous invasion of Russia and the somewhat pyrrhic victory at Borodino (Borisdino?) where both armies suffered severe casualties - the retreating French suffered further from the weather and Cossack attacks as they headed homewards.

Interestingly, one of the main reasons Napoleon attacked Russia was his "Continental Blockade" whereby he hoped to boost the French economy and bring Britain to its knees by a trade embargo that prevented Britain from trading with mainland Europe. Russia was having non of this and British ships continued to unload at St Petersburg which caused Bonaparte to lose his rag.

I guess that Marshal Barnier must be checking history books for pointers ;)
So Hitler didn't learn the lesson: never invade Russia : too bloody cold!
 

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Seems to be the story of my life , missed a crusader fort in Acre for the same reason.Did manage to walk down the Snake Path on Masada where the Roman and Zealot generals met to parlay before the Israelis closed it down for safety reasons.
I do love my history and visiting these sort of places and just imagining.
You're an unlucky man Mr B. Sometime in the past there was a tv prog on Masada and the ramp the Roman army built to get at them.

You climbed the Snake Path! You're nuts sir ;)
 

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Leviathan - John Birmingham. A book about the birth of Sydney up until the millennium. The history of Sydney they don't want you to see. The book has a focus on the underbelly, atrocities, political skullduggery, crime and so on. A fantastic historical read about how Sydney evolved from frankly shocking treatment of the indigenous population, to the role of convicts, political shenanigans and through some very tough times up to 2000. Historically accurate and may just make you look at Australia a bit differently
 

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You're an unlucky man Mr B. Sometime in the past there was a tv prog on Masada and the ramp the Roman army built to get at them.

You climbed the Snake Path! You're nuts sir ;)
The second time I could only get there by cable car. Lot younger the first time.Yes , it was interesting looking down from Masada at the markings where the Roman legions were camped out.Read some very good books on the place before I went , the ramp was quite a building achievement!
 

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So Hitler didn't learn the lesson: never invade Russia : too bloody cold!
S'right Mike.
So Hitler didn't learn the lesson: never invade Russia : too bloody cold!
He certainly didn't Mike. We had a Frenchman (near as dammit) and a German (near as dammit) invading Russia and coming mightily unstuck. I imagine next time they will be better prepared when Generalfeldmarscall Von der Leyen and Le petit emporeur's sidekick Christine Lagarde take charge.

When I visited the battlefield there were about 20 blokes (one in a grey greatcoat) staggering around the sunken lane trying to look fierce. Should there be further re-enactments I wonder if it might appeal to Elgy and chums to get involved. ;);)

 
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