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The Poisoned Crown (The Accursed Kings, Book 3)
The Poisoned Crown (The Accursed Kings, Book 3)
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as previous two books, 8 Dec. 2013
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I absolutely loved the first two books of the Accursed Kings series. I found this one less compelling, but still an enjoyable read.


If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?: Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens ... WHERE IS EVERYBODY?: Fifty Solutions to the Fermi Paradox and the Problem of Extraterrestrial Life
Price: £18.04

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good overview of issues around the Fermi Paradox, 8 Dec. 2013
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Good, clear, well-written overview of potential solutions to the Fermi Paradox. A little bit out of date on some of the latest work now, but I've not come across anything that I felt organised all the different ideas and literature better. I felt some of the discussion of non-scientific contributions (philosophy, sociology etc) was unduly flippant, but that was the only real weakness. I found Webb's eventual conclusion very plausible and well justified. Still (2013) well worth purchase if you are interested in issues around alien life.


Rain Design i360 turntable for iMac 24" (Silver)
Rain Design i360 turntable for iMac 24" (Silver)
Offered by cherlyn - colour, controlled.
Price: £39.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased, 8 Dec. 2013
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Works just as I'd want (at least for my 24 inch white plastic iMac). Encloses the base in very stable fashion. Holds position when rotated. My feeling is that it's a bit expensive for what it is and that is the reason for the lost star, but then that's true of so much of this sort of thing for Macs.

Mine has let me set my iMac up so that it can either be facing into an alcove in its usual desk set up or into the room for use as a picture frame, secondary telly etc. So much cheaper and convenient to have that sort of flexibility than a second device.


Solo: A James Bond Novel
Solo: A James Bond Novel
Price: £4.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but not Fleming, 19 Oct. 2013
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Lots to enjoy in this - plenty of period detail, some fun villains and intriguing allies. There is a curious amount of focus on food, but Bond always was one for the finer things. I found it quite hard to put down. There's nothing quite like Fleming in his prime, and so no shame not to quite carry-off the imitation. I didn't find the conclusion entirely satisfying, but that's true of some of the originals as well.


Puccini: Il Trittico [Opus Arte: OABD7102D] [Blu-ray] [2011] [2012] [Region Free]
Puccini: Il Trittico [Opus Arte: OABD7102D] [Blu-ray] [2011] [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Lucio Gallo
Price: £23.37

5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful production, 16 Feb. 2013
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Especially the Suor Angelica, which is updated very effectively in a way that makes it much more accessible for a modern audience.


Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe
Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe
Price: £9.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 12 Aug. 2012
Just a really interesting and beautifully written exploration of some unfamiliar corners of European history - especially interesting if you've spent a little bit of time travelling in Central Europe and want to find out why some of the guidebook histories are so misleading. A bit hard work in a few places as one gets involved in some detailed genealogies and the like, but never pointlessly; usually the key lesson is that these things are all a bit more complicated than everyone pretends nowadays. One of my favourite history books of recent years. He has a few slightly provocative opinions about the future of the United Kingdom and a few other regional identities, so if that is the sort of thing that is likely to upset you, probably best to avoid. Strongly recommended for anyone else.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works Well for Me, 12 Aug. 2012
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Has made a big difference to my somewhat noisy old washing machine on an uneven floor in an upstairs flat that I've never been able to balance right and that had become a bit scary. Doesn't get rid of all noise, but cuts out all the worst vibrations and also stops it moving around the floor. Do check that you've got enough room under your counter top etc to fit in the feet, which are about an inch thick and also allow a bit of space for movement on the rubber feet (the washing machine does move up and down by about a centimetre in a slightly amusing fashion during spin cycle). Obviously, can't guarantee would work for people with different circumstances, but I've been very pleased and will use similar products for all future washing machines.


A Radical History Of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries - the men and women who fought for our freedoms
A Radical History Of Britain: Visionaries, Rebels and Revolutionaries - the men and women who fought for our freedoms
by Edward Vallance
Edition: Hardcover

19 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Fighting For, 17 Aug. 2009
This magnificent work is an astonishingly wide-ranging and erudite history of British Radicalism, covering historical episodes as diverse as Magna Carta, the Levellers, Tom Paine, Luddism and the fight for women's suffrage within its monumental scope. Indeed, the real revelation of this book is that Vallance's sophisticated treatment of these topics, particularly virtuoso when dealing with how subsequent ages understood an episode, actually shows that the connections between them are much more complex than one believed when one picked it up. This does make the book a harder intellectual work-out than it might have been in the hands of a weaker historian, for there is relatively little common structure or simple narrative to link the sections, although there are amusing, surprising, obscene or insightful revelations frequently enough that working through it is never a chore. Moreover, coming to a full understanding that the British radical tradition is not so much a single golden thread as a complex multicoloured tapestry repays the effort that this book demands and deserves, and is a lesson I wholeheartedly recommend to both contemporary radicals and their conservative opponents.


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