Master & Commander in Swiss Figures

1 January, 2016

It may be that you need to have read some/all of the amazing Patrick O’Brian Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin/Master & Commander books to appreciate this, but if you love the books you’ll love these too! Many thanks to Swisskun for making them, and for putting them up on YouTube.

And if you’ve not read the books yet then this is the perfect opportunity to start 🙂

The quality of the first one isn’t brilliant as the original files were lost (aagghh…), but the humour still comes through just fine 🙂

Poor service – Long Barn Books

31 May, 2011

I ordered a book from Long Barn Books on 21st May, and paid for it immediately via Paypal. I attached the following note to my Paypal payment.

Instructions to merchant:
Hello there. This is a gift, and I’d be grateful if you could please send it ASAP. Many thanks.

Almost immediately I received a standard form email from Long Barn Books confirming my order, and the usual email from Paypal confirming that payment had gone through.

Having received no book and no further communication, I wrote today to ask when I might expect the book to arrive. I attached my enquiry to a copy of Long Barn Books’ confirmation email, and soon afterwards I received rather a terse response asking me to forward a copy of my Paypal receipt instead. I did, and I asked again when I might expect to receive the book, and why they haven’t sent it yet.

I’ve just received the following response.

As with all mail order purchases, we are legally allowed 28 days for despatch. We aim to send more quickly than that and your book will go out this Thursday, which is our packing and despatch day.

Unimpressive, IMO. No apology for not having sent it out last week, and no offer to try to minimise further delay by sending it now rather than waiting another two days, by which time it will almost inevitably be further delayed until after the weekend.

Maybe I’ve been spoiled by my experiences with the likes of Amazon, and Bob & Rose (of, and all the other excellent online retailers who work hard to get things out to us as quickly as possible, rather than sitting on our money for 14 days before posting our goods. I know I won’t be ordering anything else from Long Barn Books, though.

Audiobooks RuleZ!!!

1 January, 2010

I’ve just finished listening to Vanity Fair. Since it lasted for 31 hours and 6 minutes, and I only listen when walking Piglet, cooking, clearing up the house or driving, I seem to have been listening to it for an awfully long time. It was well worth it, though, and I’m rather sorry that it’s finally come to an end. Although it was first published about 160 years ago, my lasting impression will be that nothing changes *g*

Now for something completely different, though: The Men Who Stare At Goats. Ooh… here’s what they say about it over on!

Britain’s funniest and most insightful satirist reveals extraordinary military secrets at the core of George W. Bush’s War on Terror.

Entertaining and alarming in equal parts, this is a true account of the US military’s experimentation with the supernatural.

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US army. Defying all known accepted military practice – and, indeed, the laws of physics – they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren’t joking. What’s more, they’re back and fighting the War on Terror.

Just my sort of thing, then! I remember loving a book that I thought was called “The New Soviet Psychology“, way back about a thousand years ago, when I was still at school, and it sounds as though this is more of the same. I can’t find a book of that name, though, and suspect that it must have been The New Soviet Psychic Discoveries.

Hey! Could be there’s something in it after all. Surely the USA and the USSR wouldn’t have spent such a lot of money and time on something utterly trivial…? I will let you know when I’ve finished listening…

*cue spooky music*

And what’s next? The Devil Wears Prada and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Yes, I love audiobooks! *g*