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Loncraine Broxton Crazy Maze - Circuit (difficulty 7 of 10)
Loncraine Broxton Crazy Maze - Circuit (difficulty 7 of 10)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Try this to test your skill and patience., Dec 21 2014
This is an excellent dexterity puzzle ,made by one of the primier makers of such puzzles,Loncraine Broxton.It reminds one of the small similar puzzles that have been around for years,but very cheaply made and with something simple such as a clown face and 3 balls that you tried to get in the eyes and mouth.Those sold for a few cents ,but this one is totally different.It is made of high quality acrylic and is very durable.The price here is considerably greater, reflecting not only the quality,but also the hours of entertainment and challenge it will give.
There are a total of 20 small steel balls, and the challenge is to get them in the 10 tiny holes around the outside of the maze,and 10 that need to be placed in the rounded ends of each maze section..To increase the challenge,. there are also 5 large steel balls that can move back and forth in each of the 5 sections of the maze.They don't have to be placed in holes,but they act as obstructions while attempting to get the small balls into place.It is a tough puzzle that'll require patience and dexterity to solve but it will give lots of satisfaction when completed.I would make a great stocking stuffer and be enjoyed by all ages.
It has a Difficulty Level of 7 out of 10.

Disaster Canada
Disaster Canada
by Janet Looker
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Who ever heard of anything major happening in Canada?, April 19 2012
Ce commentaire est de: Disaster Canada (Paperback)
This is an excllent account of some of the major disasters that have happened in Canada.It not only covers many of the biggest disasters,but many of the smaller ones as well.It no means covers all the disasters that have happened over Canada's relatively short history.Just the disasters and loss of lives on the oceans along Canada's coastlines would fill volumes,let alone those on the Great Lakes.
What the book does is cover many of the better known disasters under 5 sections; Nautical Disasters (11),Earth,Underground & Slides,(12),Fires (11),Weather,Wind,Water & Ice,(14),and Technology and Human Error,Trains,Bridges,Airlines,(14). With some there were large loss of lives,while others had few and even none.Therefore ,since the author has had to be selective,there are many ,many others that are not mentioned;but the more "famous" are generally there.
It is surprising how few Canadians know anything at all about Canadian Disasters,particularly if they are anytime in the past.This book fills a great void in one's knowledge of Canadian history.The reason for this lack of knowledge has several reasons.I don't recall any of these disasters ever being covered in our school history;the Media does a very poor job of keeping these events alive,except for the short time when they happened,through movies and literature,while Canada is swamped by what is produced in the US.Patriotism and History is much more prominent in the US ,throughout education and various forms of Media and Entertainment.Nationalism and Politics replaces Patriotism and History in Canada as compared to the US.The concepts of Life,Liberty,and the Pursuit of Happiness in the US ;and the concepts of Peace,Order and Good Government in Canada; are founding principles,and to a large degeree result in Canadians lack of knowledge of their history.Even in our education system,much more emphasis was placed on European and particularly British History,and our literature was even called English Literature.

For instance,one would be hard pressed to find many Canadians who could even name more than a handful of Prime Ministers .
So it's not surprising that few Canadians have any idea if of the Sinking of the "Empress of Ireland",a sister ship of the Titanic,which sank in Canadian waters (Gulf of St Lawrence),2 years after the Titanic,with the loss of 1012 lives,and actually more passengers than the Titanic,which had a much larger complement of crew and service personal ,which resulted in a larger overall loss.Most people have a little idea that there was a a major disaster called "The Halifax Explosion in 1917,but not really aware of any details.Two ships collided in Halifax Harbor,one loaded with explosives;resulting in 1963 dead,9000 injured,and 25000 homeless.This was the largest man made explosion in history,prior to the Atomc Bomb dropped on Hiroshima.And who ever heard of a Tsunami,with 100foot waves in Canada? Everybody knows of the great Dust Bowl and Locust Plagues of the midwest and Oklahoma,from the many movies and Steinbeck's "East Of Eden" ;but did you know what happened in Alberta,Manitoba and Saskatchewan during those 1930's?
Maybe the time is long past when the Canadian educational system deals with what happened here in Canada and the rest of North America,instead of ignoring it in favor of British and European history and Literature.

Old Canadian Cemeteries: Places of Memory
Old Canadian Cemeteries: Places of Memory
by Jane Irwin
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Give me your arm,old toad,Help me down Cemetary Road.".."Toads Revisited" (1964) Philip Larkin, Jan. 7 2011
We have all been to a cemetery for a funeral,but a cemetery is a wonderful,interesting place to visit at any time.I have spent many hours wandering around in cemetaries all over the country and at all times of the year.If you have any curiosity,I doubt that you can spend more than a few minutes in a cemetery before you will come across a gravestone or monument that will make you wonder what was the story behind it.
This is an excellent book that will explain many things that you might have wondered about.Over the years I have attended many funerals,and without doubt,on those occasions it is all about sorrow and death.But a visit on another time you will quickly realize that a cemetery is really all about remembering people and the lives they lived.Of course,if you visit large cemeteries in cities,you will undoubtably come across the graves of famous people and names made famous in history.This book explains many of the types of monuments,structures ,inscriptions,symbols,etc.that you will recognize and often come across.Even small villages and town graveyards are very interesting sites that tell you about their history and the trials,suffering,heartache,joy and successes that took place.Sometimes you will come across monuments that will hit you very enmotionally ,even if you had never heard of or known of the people buried there.It is hard not to feel deep emotion when you come across a stone listing several deaths in a family,several even childern all within a few days ,obviously from sickness(flu,diptheria,scarlet fever,etc.)Particularly when it occurred in winter,maybe in the 1800's and what a great sadness it must have been.Then there are those graves of the young men and women who lost their lives fighting for their country.In the towns ads villages near the oceans and lakes with monuments to those "lost at sea"
I have come across many interesting things visiting cemeteries,never knowing what to expect,if anything.One day in Galway,Ireland,I decided to visit an old cemetery near the center of the city.I was amazed.I struck up a conversation with a gentleman who had just placed some flowers on a grave.Unbeknownst to me,he was a very famous sports figure in his youth and now was serving on a crmetery committee.He spent over an hour explaining many things about this site.It had originally been a Monestary,but destroyed by the English.He explained the huge Celtic Cross at the Synge gravesite.It was the world's largest,had been made for and erected at the World's Fair in Chicago,then later brought back here.He showed me a plaque in honor to a large number of Spanish Sailors who were part of The Spanish Armada,and got shipwrecked off the Irish coast.They managed to get to shore,but only to be killed by the British.Their bodies had been thrown in a mass grave which later served as a garbage dump.I was curious about the iron bar and padlocks on the end of several above ground crypts.He explained that nobody was in that structure,but that it covered the stairs that led down to the crypt where there was space for three coffins on each side.And there I thought the coffin was in the crypt above ground.
So,if you find cemeteries interesting,you'll find this a wonderful book and a great reference;I know I did.

At San Quentin: 1969 (Remastered / Expanded)
At San Quentin: 1969 (Remastered / Expanded)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Johnny Cash over 40 years ago., Dec 19 2010
This is the original recording at San Quentin that was recorded live at the prison in 1969 and has been re- issued with additional sosgs.It is one of the most famous and best loved albums in Country Music.Even though it was done over 40 years ago,it still ranks up there with the best of Country albums.
I am not going into a lot of detail about this recording;but only wish to say that it still sends chills up my spine each time I play it.This album has 37, 5 * ratings,most of them written a long time ago;but the surprising thing is that so many of them have recieved no votes either helpful or otherwise.After reading the reviews,I felt that about all that could be said has already been said.However;I would like to point out 3 reviews that deserve to to be highlited.
Lawrence Bernabo,of Zenith City,Duluth,Mimmesota (Top 10 Reviewer),Sept 16,2003;Decendo Discimus (Top 500)Reviewer),November 29,2003; and Bill Monroe,New York,(Top 100 Reviewer)July 13,2003) are all excellent Reviews and should be read.
After reading them;you will see why I think they leave me little to add.
So I'll simply list the 9 songs that were on the original album,which by the way had the same cover as this re-issued album.In addition,on the back of the cover, there were 12 colored photographs taken during the recording,6 of Cash and 6 of the prisoners.These photographs really convey the feeling that this was a recording session that involved not only Cash but the participation of the prisoners as well.

Wanted Man
Wreck Of The Old 97
I walk The Line
Darling Companion
Starkville City Jail
San Quentin
A Boy Named Sue
Peace In ZThye Valley
Folsom Prison Jail

Years Of Minutes: The Best Of Rooney From 60 Minutes
Years Of Minutes: The Best Of Rooney From 60 Minutes
by Andy Rooney
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 God Bless America...including Andy Rooney!, July 16 2004
I dont know about the rest of the readers,David,but I just finished it and heres is my two bits.
What we have here is a selection of the best of Andy's rants from 22 years on 60 Minutes.
If youve ever watched Andy,I dont need to tell you what theyre like;youll know.
I liked his intro to one in 1998 titled "Differences": "Tonight,in an effort to promote discord ,I propose to take a stand on a number of vital issues about which most Americans are always disagreeing."
"What tastes best ,chocolate or vanilla?
Ans.A Chocolate is a bold,strong taste.Vanilla is namby-pamby.
B Vanilla is more popular.
Andy: I like chocolate better and I like people who like chocolate better than I like people who like vanilla."
He did one in 2001 on the theme of "God Bless America"
He asked the question "Do people who ask God to bless America believe that a just and caring God who has the power to make things better or worse for a country,would really choose to make things better for America than for the people of say,Canada or Botswana?Why would God do that?" That same year he did one with the theme "I get Letters".Carol Deverick ,Fresno,California provided Andy with this answer.
God doesnt bless the whole world because he doesnt go where he's not wanted."
If youre wondering why so many apostrophes are missing in this review youll have to read Andy's Foreword.I think hes onto something.
A great collection of thoughts ;maybe we'd all be a bit better off if we thought about things the way Andy does.

Trailsman 243 West Texas Uprising
Trailsman 243 West Texas Uprising
by Jon Sharpe
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "Well there's always another chance,"he told the Ovaro., July 8 2004
A good all round Western and great read for under a shade tree in July. In this episode Sharpe gives us everything from a train robbery to Indians,owlhoots to shootouts, soiled doves to cavalry,a high society gal from Boston and the always dependable Skye Fargo resolving all the problems;while enjoying life to the limits in the Old West of the early 1860's.
The Trailsman series always comes up with a fast paced yarn;and this one holds true to form.

The Ultimate Marilyn: All the Facts, Fantasies, and Scandals about the World's Best-Known Sex Symbol
The Ultimate Marilyn: All the Facts, Fantasies, and Scandals about the World's Best-Known Sex Symbol
by Ernest W. Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "The people made me a star." Marilyn, July 6 2004
This is a very good effort of pullimg together many facts about Marilyn.Her movies,books friends,photographers,lovers,fan clubs,web sites,etc.,etc.It is a very good collection of information and as a reference book ,very handy to have for further reading about her and her career.
It does not,however;shed any real light on Marilyn herself;but tells you where to find just about anything that is available about her.
There is very little depth about anything covered in the book;but taking it for what was intended; a collection of information,it is very good.The photos are poorly chosen and even more poorly printed;except for the cover.But then again,this is not a photo album,but does reference the many excellent ones that have been published.
It is not a biography;it is a reference book.
If one were to looking for one book to read on Marilyn and her career;this would not be the one to get.However; if you've seen most of her movies,read several books on her and been treated to a few of the excellent photo books;you'd probably find this book very valuable.Anyway,that's my take on this book.

A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors
A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors
by Berenbaum
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "This sin will haunt humanity to the end of time", July 2 2004
Of the various books,documentries,movies newsreels,etc that I have seen about the Holocast,this book and CD have been the most profound to me.For such a horrible atrocity to happen "unbeknownst to the world" was demomstrated when the Polish courier got a chanch to tell the US via Justice Felix Frankfurter (a Jew)about what was happening to the Jews in Europe.He said he was "unable to believe what he told me." The Ambassador questioned Frankfurter,"Felix,you don't mean it.You cannot tell to him that he is lying.Frankfurter replied,"Mr.Ambassador,I did not say that this man was lying,I said that I am unable to believe what he told me.There is a difference."
The real horror of the Holocast is demonstrated in the very words of some people who actually witnessed and survived the Holocast;few though they may be.
"What am I supposed to be thankful for?That you didn't kill us?"
"The most severe of all the punishments we received is that we did not die."
In the words of Edward R. Morrow,after his visit to Buchanwald on12 Apr 1945,
"If you are at lunch or if you have no appetite to hear what Germans have done,now is a good time to switch off the radio;for I propose to tell you of Buchenwald..."He beseeched his audience,"I pray you to believe what I have said about Buchenwald.I have reported what I saw and heard,but only part of it;for most of it I have no words..."
As the world continues to be subjected to similar atrocities,many directed against freedoms proposed by the United States with its coalition to fight Evil and Terror,it would be well to remember the words of Fred Friendly.
"For if there had been no America,we,all of us,might well have carried granite at Mauthausen."
While not a large book,it tells the story of the Holocast and learned that "Kosovo was bombed,in part,because Auchwitz was not."
"History is the realm of human responsibility.The killers are responsible for their deeds.Not God."
Where would Europe be today were it not for America;and where are now they in the fight against Evil and Terror?
A brief,though excellent study of the Holocast.

The Ghost Wagon
The Ghost Wagon
by Max Brand
Edition: Audio Cassette

5.0 étoiles sur 5 My first Max Brand ..A terrific listen!, July 1 2004
Ce commentaire est de: The Ghost Wagon (Audio Cassette)
I'm a big fan of Longarm and The Trailsman series. Although not keen about "books on tape";I came across this one recently and thought I'd give it a try.So I got out a cold drink,sat out on my porch and settled back to enjoy life in the Old West.I thoroughly enjoyed this western.It was a good story,well narrated and lasted for 2 hours and 14 minutes.This was written by Fredrick Faust,who wrote under the byline Max Brand,a literary man who loved Homer and Shakespeare.Many of his stories were written around the turn of the century,this one in1920;and are considered classics of Western writing.Personally I prefer this writing to Homer and Shakespeare.Little wonder I did not develop a love for reading in school;but much later in life, when I read what I wanted to read ,not something imposed on me.

Cash: An American Man
Cash: An American Man
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 "We're all the same in the eyes of the Lord...JRC", June 2 2004
Ce commentaire est de: Cash: An American Man (Hardcover)
I too,watched the memorial on the Larry King show with the family members and the author,Bill Miller.It was an excellent program and showed how much the family liked and appreciated the book and their friend Bill Miller.It is obvious how much Cash liked Bill and how Cash gave him so many things,probably feeling they could be entrusted with him and one day be shared with all of John's fans and friends.It was only this relationship that lasted over 30 years,that resulted in this wonderful book for all of us to enjoy.Every turn of a page gave a new insight into Johnny's life.As great as the book is,I was left with the feeling that all we got was a brief glimpse;and how much more we would like to have.It seems Johnny sensed this and gave everything he had to his friends,family and fans and his Lord;and it seems that nobody ever got enough.There are many precious things in the book,especially the art by Johnny;which came as a great surprise to me.The poem he wrote after visiting June's grave and the song"My Lord Has Gone" shows he retained his talent right up to the end.
Thanks,John for all the great music you gave us;and thanks Bill for this fine book of memories.

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