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flapdoodle
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136 of 148  Sat 5th Sep 2015 7:56pm  
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On 17th Jul 2015 9:24pm, pixrobin said: There are a number of books on the Coventry we lost, but I have yet to see one showing the Coventry we gained. To some degree we are in the midst of the second re-incarnetion since the end of the war.
The 2-Tone scene is one thing. Born out of the racism of the seventies (during which time there were racially motivated murders) and the unemployment and associated devastation of the city's jobs market. Songs like Ghost Town and Concrete Jungle (an autobiographical tale of moving from the suburbs into the inner city of Coventry) are record of that time. This is what cities should be about, culture and arts from the grass-roots. And part of this was also a consequence of the landscape of the city, so you could say that this also led to something good. I think it might be happening again with places like Fargo Village. It seems that there is a desire for something different, and it's clear the council are too far up their own master plans to understand that maybe a few small tweaks here and there can make a huge difference - so we're getting two new music venues down there, and there is also the Tin Angel as well (a record label and venue, I recently bought one of their records, a folk/rock album by a group called Trembling Bells.) Belgrade Theatre in its time has been a recognised centre for new plays (I don't think it is any more) and a few famous shows began there. Even the post-war reconstruction was once famous and influential. Some would say 'Unfortunately' (I imagine the authors of, 'The Rape of Britain' would do so!)
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Midland Red

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137 of 148  Fri 18th Sep 2015 8:15am  
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"Blitzed City", new book by Karen Farrington
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Primrose
USA
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138 of 148  Mon 21st Dec 2015 3:43pm  
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Read this review in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday - a new book called Coventry by Frederick Taylor. He has also authored a book about the 1943 bombing of Hamburg. Coventry by Frederick Taylor
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Primrose
USA
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139 of 148  Mon 21st Dec 2015 3:50pm  
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Aaargh, it's a link to the beginning of the article only - you have to subscribe to read it. In short, the review I read discusses what a technological feat the accuracy of the German bombing was, also how the bombing of Coventry was used by the British to win sympathy in the US, and that the author debunks various myths. "In the hands of a lesser author, this book might easily have ended up just one more literary mediocrity churned out in pursuit of an anniversary. . . . Mr. Taylor handles the subject with great care and never allows himself to get carried away." Food for thought. I suspect I may find this in my Christmas stocking.
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Helen F
Warrington
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140 of 148  Mon 21st Dec 2015 5:29pm  
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Interesting article - it can be seen in full by searching for "A Seething Mass of Flame" in google and then following the link.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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141 of 148  Mon 21st Dec 2015 8:47pm  
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I've read a few books by Taylor, and have his Coventry book. His stuff is usually well researched and doesn't pander to the myths that most half-wits believe.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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142 of 148  Tue 22nd Dec 2015 12:43pm  
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After my retirement in 87 I spent some time working at St Dunstan's (lift-boy) Sometime in the 70's I spent many evenings at a Red Cross nursing home for old Army boys, one from Coventry - I shaved him, bathed him, put him to bed and listened to his stories, and wrote a book about him. I have changed his name, and condensed a few lines. The soldier that leapt from the train before it had time to stop in Coventry railway station was 19 year old Peter Lapworth, born and bred in Coventry, apprenticed to a well-known firm in Coventry as a tool maker, until the army grabbed him. Now Peter raced through the entrance, flung himself down in a cab, asked the driver to take him to an address and promised him a huge tip if he made it quick. Peter couldn't hold back from telling the 'cabbie' he was on a 48 hour compassionate leave as his wife had just given birth to his son, the 'cabbie got him there in record time, refused the tip and charged him half-fare Peter hugged his wife, and held his son aloft, and spent the next few hours in great enjoyment, in his little terraced house, but the clock ticked on relentlessly. Peter had to leave Coventry at 4 in the afternoon to get to his camp before midnight as his unit were about to embark abroad. Peter vowed he would come back safely from the war, take his wife shopping, dancing, etc. Full of dreams of the future with his son, he barely made the 4 o'clock train, but arrived back at camp before midnight. Woken from an earlier than usual bugle call, Peter was told, as were his mates, to go to the mess hall and get an early breakfast, they would be shipping out within the hour. Peter sat down with his food, when someone came in with a radio and turned up volume. The city is still blazing, Coventry is afire, the Cathedral has been destroyed, whole streets have vanished. Peter vomitted . . .
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Midland Red

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143 of 148  Thu 20th Oct 2016 9:09am  
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"Great War Britain : Coventry Remembered" published Thumbs up
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Midland Red

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144 of 148  Sun 16th Apr 2017 8:28am  
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A new book by David McGrory - "Coventry in 50 buildings" Thumbs up
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145 of 148  Sun 16th Apr 2017 10:33am  
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PS: The publishers have an offer of 25% off today and tomorrow Wave
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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146 of 148  Sun 16th Apr 2017 9:16pm  
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The Works in Leamington are selling copies of "The Story of Coventry" by David McGrory for 2 pounds.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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147 of 148  Mon 17th Apr 2017 9:58am  
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Isn't that Peter Walters' book?
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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148 of 148  Mon 17th Apr 2017 8:26pm  
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Yes, it is. It's quite a nice condensed history of the city for those who don't have the Victoria History volume or other text books that have been written about Coventry.
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