My book-buying "problem"

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Chris C, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    I've been after this book for quite a while. Wasn't cheap £30, but worth every penny in my view.
    Anyway I've put it away handy, somewhere ?
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  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I appear to be the sort of idiot that buys things they already have because they were silly cheap (and a little better nick).

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  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    You can send it to me if you like!
  4. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Been off visiting the Book fairies in Stratford today. Hopeful this lot will satiate the cravings for a while.

    BTW. First post from a smartphone so apologies for any speelinf midtooks. It''s Mrs T''s - think I''ll stick to my ancient Nokia
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  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Good find with Paddington!
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  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Good year for Dragonflies. Never seen so many.
    I spent my childhood (York) thinking they were something made up in books. Never saw a single example - mind blown when first spotted.
    And I'm told they keep the bastard mosquitoes down? Mozzies love me.
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  7. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    revised and updated version of the classic work on the Hs129, one of those oddball types I find fascinating.
    A good russian study on the types of tanks and how they were used on the Eastern front.

    Published collection of essays from a symposium looking at the fall of Singapore 60 years on. Some interesting contributions from Japanese historians
  8. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Remarkable little things, dragonflies.

    The parks are absolutely swarming with them in summer here. The traditional children's game is to catch them in 'butterfly' nets, which is harder than it first appears as they're extremely agile creatures.

    I'm quite used to seeing them, but I recall that when an old mate and his wife made it over to Korea about five years ago, they were amazed by the swarms of them.

    The cicadas are also deafening when you notice them, although you instinctively 'tune out' the noise most of the time because it's constant.

    The thing with mosquitoes--and I am an expert in an unfortunate practical sense--is to live with large people, especially pregnant women. With a resident blood-donor to keep the blighters well-fed, you'll be left well alone.

    Mosquitoes detect prey through multiple methods, but the main one is by sensing areas of increased CO2, which they can do at an appalling 160ft.

    The larger you are, the more carbon dioxide you produce, and pregnant women are 'exhaling for two' so to speak (well, one and a half, I suppose), which makes them the main targets.

    Lactic acid is another attractor: don't sweat and certainly don't exercise. Try to remain completely immobile all summer.

    And it may help to wear white.

    Perhaps ensuring that your wife/girlfriend is pregnant (with as little exertion as possible) and then remaining in bed under a white sheet until autumn would prove the perfect anti-mossie ploy.
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  9. Don Juan

    Don Juan Well-Known Member

    Get somebody else to do it for you, obv.
  10. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I'll remember this while doing heavy work on a site dotted with stillages containing hundreds of litres of saved rainwater...
    The sneaky little spike-nosed bastards.

    Those PM Knight British tank books:
    Cracking on properly with the Comet one.
    If I've a criticism; there's so much archival reference & 'new' info packed in it's quite a challenging read just to keep up with exactly what's what & who the mentioned people represent. So many Boards, Establishments & committees.
    This is not really a criticism...

    A side-effect so far is increasing interest in the exchanges between US & UK, balancing lend-lease deals on vehicles & manufacturing machinery.
    Not since reading Alanbrooke's diaries have I so strongly been reminded 'Christ, this world war business is complicated'...

    Not sure if Crusader or one of the Cruiser titles next, but I fear the whole series will have to be obtained eventually.
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  11. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Knights books - I've quite predictably got the Comet one - are superb as they satisfy all the specialist/nerdy aspects and look very good whether in use or decorating the bookshelves.
  12. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Best production quality Print on Demand I've bought yet too.
    (I think... got a few well done 'academic' titles that I suspect were, but it wasn't made explicitly clear.)
  13. ecalpald

    ecalpald Chick LaPlace

    Could have been worse if:

    Only the Enemy in Front
    (Every other bugger behind …)
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  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Rude not to for 25p

    No mention of what goes up coming down yet.
    Anyone might think the 1945 HMSO didn't feel like discussing where shells ended up, other than embedded in targets.

    Cracking cover design.

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  15. Reid

    Reid Historian & Architectural Photographer

    Oh yes, always wanted to get my hands on this one - I love the cover too!!
  16. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Reminds me of: Anti-aircraft fire during a German air raid on Algiers, French Algeria (1943):

  17. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

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  18. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    Not so bad as when it's coming down the other way !

    AC-47 Spooky Gunship over Vietnam

  19. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery


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