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West Meets East in Kazakhstan: Life in and Around Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the 1990's from the Perspective of an American Expat
West Meets East in Kazakhstan: Life in and Around Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the 1990's from the Perspective of an American Expat
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and insightful! Best book about Kazakhstan I ever read..., 22 Nov. 2015
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I already recommended the book to a few colleagues posted there. Never have I seen a book about Kazakhstan that would have so much insight delivered with equal amount of warmth and humour. Apart from being one of the top western lawyers in town in the 90- 00s, Tom turned out to be someone akin to Bill Bryson of Kazakhstan. Just listen to this account about love of sunflower seeds in Almaty. ' ever wonder how this city is supplied with sunflower seeds? I can imagine that there must be great long trains, with tandem diesel engines up front and with many freight cars behind, each burdened with tons of sunflower seeds that arrive in Almaty on a daily basis from the Sunflower Belt of Kazakhstan. How else is the necessary supply delivered to the nation’s capital and its many consumers of sunflower seeds? I can even imagine that, in future and more prosperous times, there will be competitions to deliver the freshly harvested seeds to the capital amid extensive television coverage. Perhaps these events will be similar to the mad rush that occurs each year to deliver Beaujolais nouveau wine by exotic means from Paris to London so that some prominent restauranteur can announce that he or she is the first one to be able to offer the new batch'


StarTech.com 5in Micro USB to USB OTG Host Adapter - Micro USB Male to USB A Female On-The-GO Host Cable Adapter
StarTech.com 5in Micro USB to USB OTG Host Adapter - Micro USB Male to USB A Female On-The-GO Host Cable Adapter
Price: £4.10

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3.0 out of 5 stars OTG itself works with no complaints. However it appears ..., 10 Sept. 2014
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OTG itself works with no complaints. However it appears that there are additional costs associated with mounting USB on likes of Nexus, namely a software, which although not pricey (few Euros) is also not reliable. In other words, more hassle that it seems
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THE LOIRE VALLEY: French Impressions
THE LOIRE VALLEY: French Impressions
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but a bit too light, 12 Aug. 2014
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The biggest positive about the book is the author's sense of humour. His inoffensive yet sharp observations of natives and British expats made me laugh to tears. Clearly, he travelled extensively through Loire and sketched a very recognizable portrayals of places, e.g. Blois, Tours, Saumur that I found easy to relate. The extensive coverage of Loire valley did come at a price of depth- some of the travel and research for this book was superficial or factually incorrect. For instance, when in Tours the author didn't get to Quarter de Vieux , a real highlight of the historic town. Also, the author mistakenly referred to Paris as place of execution of Joan de Arc, whereas the heroine was famously held, tried and put to death in Rouen.


FIFA 14 (PS3)
FIFA 14 (PS3)
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Price: £3.46

3.0 out of 5 stars Great graphics, but..., 19 Oct. 2013
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I used to prefer the FIFA over the PES due to superior graphics, proper club names, top notch commentary and more realistic player movements . I have to say only the first two are true for this edition. Commentary is very repetative and occasionally simply odd. The game misses some critical updates, i.e. Los Blancos didin't seem to have landed Bale in spite of the staggering fee !


How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: The Untold Story of a Noisy Revolution
How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: The Untold Story of a Noisy Revolution
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetative, 19 Oct. 2013
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As The Beatles fun grown up in the USSR, I was really looking forward to read this. Somewhat disappointed though, the book effectively repeats the same tune throughout: the Beatles were a breath of fresh air, people loved freedom and it helped to bring own the Communist Party rule. There about 10-15 accounts of very similar demographics- children of Soviet apparatchiks, perhaps easier to get in touch for the author. Hihgly ly repetative- a bit like the finale of Hey Jude (but not quite as much fun !) . Speaking of apparatchiks, turns out many in Putin's administration love the Beatles (unfortunately that didn't seem to bring any more freedom to Russia).

Love the Beatles, didn't like the book !


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5.0 out of 5 stars No complains !, 19 Oct. 2013
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have been using for the past 4 weeks and no complaints. Good range of lengths, charge holds for long enough (don't remember the last time I had to plug it in) and a nice ergonomic look and feel.


SingStar ABBA - PlayStation Eye Enhanced (PS3)
SingStar ABBA - PlayStation Eye Enhanced (PS3)
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Price: £14.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, as expected, 19 Oct. 2013
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Everyone in our family, kids to adults, enjoyed the sing along with this disk. Includes all the iconic hits and the original videos. Came from the US, not sure why, but the zoning is correct and the custom charges were paid by the seller.


When in Rome
When in Rome
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless reading for my trip to Rome, 2 Dec. 2012
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I bought this when in Rome on holiday as I was keen to read something about the city that's more than the glossy touristy volumes sold in souvernir shops. The book covers the forgotten, i.e. no longer existing landmarks of the eternal city from ancient times to modern. It really helped to magnify the experience of being in Rome. Not just because of its tails of Nero's forum, Temple Jupiter Maximus, etc but also of the fine detail about the city and many of its existing landmarks. It's not a short book, so there is plenty for another trip !


National Lampoon's Vacation Collection [DVD] [2005]
National Lampoon's Vacation Collection [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Chevy Chase
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Price: £8.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying for the 'European vacation' alone, 2 Dec. 2012
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I bought this for 8.99 and although I only enjoyed the one movie on it it was still worth it. The European vacation most certainly stood the test of time. A funny non-discriminatory sattire at Americans and Europeans only got better with time. Not so positive about the other movies, perhaps a lot is in understanding the cultrual context and therefore folk across the pond might find it funny stil...


The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than 120 years on still reads well, 21 Sept. 2012
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The kindle version is a top value for money- under 2 quid for the full set of novels. Still exciting and classy Sherlock Holmes is a captivating read... Also quite an entertaining one, as Holmes regularly 'ejaculates' in particularly emotinal moments...


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