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The Zone of Interest
The Zone of Interest
by Martin Amis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Futile Fiction, 19 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Zone of Interest (Hardcover)
Why on earth did Martin Amis write this book? Amis has ‘returned to form’ critics announced. Forever is Amis positioned ahead of his text; overshadowing his narrative. His pen is everywhere, yet making not a mark on event Holocaust.

There is a problem with any fiction derived from testimonies and facts of the Holocaust: the Holocaust requires no fictional treatment. Any such attempts are meaningless; the event supersedes fictional treatment(s) by inhabiting a space outside of genre; it is anti-genre. Further, any attempt to overlay a fictional narrative, as Amis has, results in evaporation leaving the event untouched, unexplained. Amis admits to having “gained nothing at all in penetration” of the event (page 309) in the Acknowledgements section of his novel.

This story is synthetic, a miserable appropriation of legitimate Holocaust data and testimony to underpin go-nowhere narratives. Yet again, the horror, scale and diversity of the Holocaust erases fictional treatment.


Bully for Me! Along the Sunshine Bullyvard
Bully for Me! Along the Sunshine Bullyvard
by Jack Mildenhall
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Snap this one up!, 9 Nov. 2014
Queen Victoria, a well documented dog lover, is said to have made the following statement “If it were not for the honest faces of dogs, we should forget the very existence of sincerity”. (The Personal Life of Queen Victoria by Sarah Tooley, p.256.) In fact at her various jubilees prisoners were released all over the empire provided that she personally signed their remission. There was only one category she refused: those convicted of cruelty to animals. (Source: The Spectator, Apr 15, 2000 by Paul Johnson.)

Continuing this theme it was the late Mr Jack Mildenhall (Hollyfir) in his excellent book ‘Bully for me! Along the Sunshine Bullyvard’ (1993) which contains many salutary commandments and an important one being: “Thou shalt not sell to the wrong people; the scum of society; the people who abuse dogs” (p.19) that in many ways typified his commitment to the breed both individually and collectively. He was a breeder and championship show judge and great lover of Bull Terriers.

Therefore, who better to refer to than our breed’s luminaries, too numerous to mention here, yet in this instance I make direct reference to one of them, Mr Jack Mildenhall; not forgetting his wife Mrs Betty Mildenhall either. Mr Mildenhall passed on 3rd October 2005 and I had hoped to learn more of the man from the BTC Bulletin (No.178) winter 2005 which contained two obituaries. Though both
contributions were heartfelt I knew my search had to take me elsewhere.

In his book’s introduction Mr Mildenhall plainly referred to the past when mentioning the lessons he
had learned “These lessons I have learnt from three generations of experts, many of them now dead” (p.9). His book, in his own words, is a declaration of love and that love is for Bull Terriers. It is not a handbook in the ‘All About ...’ fashion but a distinctive and valuable resource associated with one kennel, ‘Hollyfir’. ‘Bully for me!’ is an unusual book and when I first sat and read it I was struck by the conversational style of the writing. It was as though Mr Mildenhall was conversing, pipe in hand, and offering me (a complete novice by comparison) kindly yet authoritative advice, peppered with anecdotes. I have come to believe that his book is, in essence, a journal; in the same way one details personal comings and goings, both modest and auspicious, so too did Mr Mildenhall.

Whether it was the arrival in Peterborough (the Mildenhall family home) of Mr R Oppenheimer and Miss E Wetherill and their spotting of a potential diamond in a recently produced Hollyfir litter or the story of his Ch. Sweet Thursday of Hollyfir which escaped in pursuit of an aggressive fairground-owned German Shepherd and ended up surprising a pair of lovers in their caravan to which the escaping German Shepherd had sought refuge; all is dealt with in his own engagingly, individualistic style.

However, I should be lacking in my task if I did not make reference to two aspects from his book; one
of which I alluded to in the second paragraph of these notes. Due to space I need to be brief, although this in no way implies lack of importance. The first aspect relates to Mr & Mrs Mildenhall’s Ch. Hollyfir’s Dog in a Doublet (aka ‘Ellis’), sired by the outstanding Ch Romany River Pirate, who had
by all accounts a tortuous route to achieving his title, fraught with political machinations, suggestions of lameness; a whole host of obstacles to overcome. Nevertheless with skilful strategy on the part of the Mildenhalls he did indeed earn the title he so richly deserved. Later Mr Mildenhall was approached by a fellow offering him £6,750.00 for ‘Ellis’ an offer which was immediately refused
much to the bewilderment of the potential buyer who believed everything or perhaps thought everyone had their price. In the words of Mr Mildenhall “Had I taken notice of him and sold Ellis to him, I would not have been able to live with myself. It would have been treachery on my part” (p.57).

Now to my second point, at one time the Mildenhalls had 25 dogs or more in their kennels, champions and non-champions alike and Mr Mildenhall despite all of his best efforts felt that he never had “enough time to treat them as I should have done” (p.58). He made this statement despite them all receiving two extensive runs per day, coupled with breakfast and evening meals. Clearly he struggled with his conscience on the matter “I tried to correct the situation but found it impossible. You cannot make as much fuss and give as much love to twenty-five dogs as you can to one” (ibid). Yet despite this he refused to part with any of his dogs; “As far as I was concerned my old dogs and bitches had a very happy home here, with me” (p.57). He would never entrust his dogs into the hands of others irrespective of how appealing their ‘fireside homes’ sounded.

I began by stating that ‘Bully for Me!” was in ‘Jack’s’ own words a book about love. He achieved in
communicating this beyond a shadow of a doubt. Despite his self-recriminations his love and above
all, his integrity and honesty shone through for his and Betty’s beloved dogs.

I would like to finish with a quotation from the African-American writer James Baldwin: “You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimetre, the way people look at reality, then
you can change it.” Jack Mildenhall’s book provided me and hopefully others, with just such a glimpse of an altered reality. Without his words and experience our lives with this most special breed would be immeasurably poorer.


Petzlife (the original formula, since 2005) All Natural Original Oral Care Gel for Dogs Dental Health, 118ml
Petzlife (the original formula, since 2005) All Natural Original Oral Care Gel for Dogs Dental Health, 118ml
Offered by petzlife co uk
Price: £22.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 29 Oct. 2014
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Cleans


Kitchen Craft Microwave 1.5 Litres Rice Cooker
Kitchen Craft Microwave 1.5 Litres Rice Cooker
Price: £6.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 29 Oct. 2014
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Liquid spills out and rice stodgy


KTC Coconut Oil 500 ml (Pack of 4)
KTC Coconut Oil 500 ml (Pack of 4)
Price: £9.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 29 Oct. 2014
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Does what it says on jar


Speedy Poles Apart 28mm Recess Support Bracket, Satin Silver, 2 Pack
Speedy Poles Apart 28mm Recess Support Bracket, Satin Silver, 2 Pack
Offered by Linens Limited
Price: £6.24

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 29 Oct. 2014
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Bit clunky and ugly


Andrew James 12 LTR Premium Black Digital Halogen Oven Cooker With Hinged Lid + Easily Replaceable Spare Bulb + 2 YEAR WARRANTY + 128 page Recipe Book - Complete with Extender Ring (Up to 17 Litres), Cake/Rice Dish, Toast Rack, Baking Tray, Steamer Tray, Skewers, High And Low Racks 1400 Watts
Andrew James 12 LTR Premium Black Digital Halogen Oven Cooker With Hinged Lid + Easily Replaceable Spare Bulb + 2 YEAR WARRANTY + 128 page Recipe Book - Complete with Extender Ring (Up to 17 Litres), Cake/Rice Dish, Toast Rack, Baking Tray, Steamer Tray, Skewers, High And Low Racks 1400 Watts
Offered by Andrew James UK LTD
Price: £99.95


36" x 36" Disposable Whelping box
36" x 36" Disposable Whelping box

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced and not fit for purpose., 31 July 2012
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Seriously, don't waste your money. Find a supermarket or similar, and get a cardboard box or a couple and tape or fix them together. With this item they supply 'pig-rails' which came out of their fixings within about an hour of being used. This rendered them useless. Whelping is a messy business and I had expected this box to withstand the function it was made for. within a couple of hours it was wet, soggy, out of shape and coming apart. You would expect they would use extra thick cardboard ~ after all you are PAYING for this, but no. Never again.


Dremel 7700 Cordless DIY and Pet Grooming Multitool with 30 Accessories
Dremel 7700 Cordless DIY and Pet Grooming Multitool with 30 Accessories
Price: £42.99

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, 15 Feb. 2012
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Sounds like a good idea, doesn't it: 'cordless' especially as I needed to grind dogs' nails with the tool. Problem is, after a while the battery just doesn't hold its charge and the speed selector has a 'mind' all of its own. Ultimately there is little difference between 'HI' and 'LO.' The grinding capacity is pretty poor even when applying a small amount of pressure. Couple this with a wriggling dog and only Mary Poppins would be able to get the job done!! Do not buy this product.


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose [First Edition]
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose [First Edition]
by Tony Hsieh
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Receiving Happiness, 24 July 2010
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Excellent and inspiring.I wholeheartedly recommend that you buy this book; it isn't simply about the business of Zappos. It is more about how to structure a community where engagement and enjoyment of life with a desire to help others infuses our daily conduct. Buy it! Just buy it.


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