Home - The Soldiers
year three soldiers by the names of Sergeant Major Gary Chilton,
Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi joined together
to form a singing trio called, appropriately enough - The Soldiers.
Christmas 2009 saw the release of their first Album, “Coming Home”
with donations being given to three charities: Army Benevolent Fund,
Help for Heroes and The Royal British Legion.
listening to the album I found myself torn between the spirit in
which it was made and the resulting collection. It is undeniable
that the intention is good, the idea is touching and the sentiment
is impossible to fault. Musically, the three men have very good
natural voices and they perform well together, a nice change when
compared with many other artists in the charts.
most, if not all of the song choices on the album seem obvious and
cliché: Lean On Me, I'll Stand By You and Against All Odds
just to name a few. All are slightly reminiscent of the sort of
thing you might find on the debut album of an X-factor winner -
interestingly Idzi was kicked out of X-factor in 2007 after forgetting
the words in the second round!
the song choices are not the boys' only problem with this album.
The lack of a significant vocal lead leaves it slightly weak and
lacking depth, which, in my layman's opinion, is the opposite of
what they should be doing.
an easy listening, background sort of album I would say yes, buy
it - stick it next to Susan Boyle's CD, under your Princess Diana
poster and enjoy. On merit though, as an album, sadly it just
doesn't cut it and as far as the charity side is concerned, I would
suggest the Heroes DVD instead; a similar price with a massively
higher proportion of the proceeds going to charity.
most popular boys' adventure hero of the 20th century revived for
the burgeoning nostalgia market. Four of the best stories brought
in the immensely popular flexiback jumbo format.
Biggles Second Case Biggles hunts for a wartime
German submarine, the U-517, whose ruthless captain, Von Shonbeck,
has escaped to the Antarctic with a horde of stolen gold bullion.
Biggles Breaks the Silence Back in the Antarctic
once again, Biggles tracks
a ship frozen in the pack ice with a hold full of treasure and does
battle with a gang of desperate villains while attempting to recover
the ship's cargo.
Biggles Gets His Men Biggles is tasked with the
dangerous mission of finding and rescuing a group of important scientists
who have been kidnapped and smuggled to a remote region of China.
Biggles Follows On Biggles comes up against his
arch enemy, Erich Von Stalhein, and teams up with Gimlet King's
special forces unit behind enemy lines in China.
W.E. Johns wrote scores of thrilling aviation yarns that were avidly
devoured by Biggles fans young and old from the time they first
appeared in the 1930's right up to Johns' death in 1968 and beyond.
A wartime RAF pilot, Johns' expert knowledge and combat experience
added a rare dimension of authenticity to his novels, making these
action packed adventures all the more exciting!
Biggles - Secret Assignments
OF BRITAIN – SCRAMBLE!
by George Law and Calum Laird
Schweinhund! For generations of men whose obsession with the Second
World War and all military history was triggered by reading war
comics in their youth, comes the first ever Commando's ultimate
collection of Battle of Britain stories.
One legacy of the Second World War is the outpouring of comics published
from 1960s onwards. Only one title has survived to this day
and it's the Commando series that has a monthly circulation of still
over 70,000. This book will have strong nostalgic appeal to those
whose comic book battle lust has ever been stirred by Nazi cries
of ‘Die! Englischer Scweinhund'
Everyone who has ever turned a page of a Commando war library has
a favourite story that stands out above the others for some reason
of another. The first thing to catch the attention are
the names… Spitfire, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tempest, Whirlwind, Mosquito.
Who wouldn't want to read a story with aircraft like that twisting
an turning through the pages, machine guns or cannon flaming, rockets
ricocheting in every direction?
Commando: The Battle of Britain – Scramble ! showcases
the best of the best and it's 25 per cent larger so the older guys
can read the comics without their glasses!
Chosen by the former and current editor of Commando, the brilliantly
drawn stories in this classic collection range from ‘Ace Without
Honour', ‘Island of Heroes', ‘Brigand Squadron' as well as ‘Blind
Courage', ‘Fly Fast-Shoot Fast' or ‘Spitfire Spirit' that bring
the atmosphere of the battle spinning into the 21st century.
Whether you are a novice ‘sprog' comic book pilot or a seasoned
veteran, the fantastic aero art created by the Commando artists
and the compelling stories will leave you gasping for the next ‘SCRAMBLE'!
George Low worked on Commando comic books for forty-four
years, retiring as Editor in 2007
Calum Laird is the current Editor of Commando, having been appointed
on George's retirement.
Commando - Battle of Britain