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Pipetto Luxury Patent Leather iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S Case - Red
Pipetto Luxury Patent Leather iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S Case - Red
Price: £39.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful case for your iPhone, 25 May 2013
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What fun - and matched Tora's nail polish!

This neat and elegant case perfectly fits your iPhone 5 - has a strong popper clip and a useful slot for a credit card or whatever. Everything you need for a trip out!

Looks strongly made, with a shiny cover made in good quality leather.


The South Downs National Park: An Archaeological Walking Guide (Archaeological Walking Guides)
The South Downs National Park: An Archaeological Walking Guide (Archaeological Walking Guides)
by John Manley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guide for walking through History, 24 May 2013
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There are plenty of walking guides to the South Downs Way - and most have more walks than this book.

But... if, like me, you are fascinated by the history of this beautiful place as well as wanting a healthy walk - this book is perfect.

The book starts with an excellent overview of the history of the South Downs, from the Ice Age onwards, covering the people who lived here and the particular geology (chalk mostly) that has such a bearing on what was built, or grown here.

We then have 15 walks spread along the whole of the South Downs - from Eastbourne to Winchester.
Each walk has a useful map, detailed instructions about the route and plenty of historical anecdotes of the places to stop and stare at. The author's objectives are not to get you from A to B as fast as possible, but to let you immerse yourself in the wonderful history and the beautiful views.

Since we moved to Sussex about five years ago we have walked miles on the Downs, and many of our walks are covered in this new book - so we can now revisit some of our favourite haunts - with a different perspective.


How to Read a Latin Poem: If You Can't Read Latin Yet
How to Read a Latin Poem: If You Can't Read Latin Yet
by William Fitzgerald
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amo, Amas, Amat, 15 May 2013
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Hmmm... I did Latin at school (sometime in the middle of the last century) and all I can remember is "Amo, Amas, Amat"

This book does what it says on the tin - you get the flow of the poetry, pick up some of the language and learn about the history of the poets and their poetry. Having a bit of Latin (and I did remember more as I read through the book!) certainly helps.

Very entertaining and informative book - which has spurred me on to revisit my Latin text books!


Kärcher K2 Compact Air-Cooled Pressure Washer
Kärcher K2 Compact Air-Cooled Pressure Washer
Price: £59.00

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Blast!, 15 May 2013
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Wow - this really works! Tremendous pressure squirts all the dirt and grime away.

Have used this on some Very Dirty mountain bikes, and to wash the salt off the Kayak - all perfectly clean.

Portable and lightweight, easily set up, and simple to use.

Great product!


The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Edition)
The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale (UK Edition)
by Oliver Pötzsch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Thriller, 15 May 2013
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Set in 17th Century Bavaria, we are thrilled with a murder most foul, the search for treasure, and plenty of cliff-hanging adventure.

The main characters are the doctor, the hangman and his daughter, who are well rounded and described by the author. They battle with a range of baddies and the story zooms along.

Ifyou have enjoyed any of the other Historical Monk Detective stories (Samson etc.)... you will enjoy this


What is Life?: How chemistry becomes biology
What is Life?: How chemistry becomes biology
by Addy Pross
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars The link between Chemistry (stuff) and Biology (life), 15 May 2013
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One of the most intriguing questions is "where did Life come from?"

A wide variety of theories, all have to come back to the point in time (whenever it was) when inanimate stuff (Chemistry) "magically" turned into living, breating, thinking Life (Biology).

Both sciences are based on the same stuff - organic molecules for example - and yet have quite different views on their subjects.

This book is a well written discussion of the links between Chemistry and Biology, looking at how simple molecules could ever have evolved into the enormously complex living organisms that have (somehow) become intelligent, thinking creatures - and yet still made of the same basic chemicals.

Great book - well worth reading


Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes
Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes
by Caleb Scharf
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science Book for the Lay Reader, 15 May 2013
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Gravity has been written about in many books (since Sir Isaac), including one of the most obscure books ever - Hawking's "Brief History of Time" - which has graced many a book shelf but few bedtime reading sessions.

This book, on the other hand, is well written for the reasonably intelligent layman - all you ever wanted to know about Gravity, Curved Space and Black Holes. But written in an accessible manner - highly recommended


The Science Magpie: A Hoard of Fascinating Facts, Stories, Poems, Diagrams and Jokes, Plucked from Science and Its History (Icon Magpie)
The Science Magpie: A Hoard of Fascinating Facts, Stories, Poems, Diagrams and Jokes, Plucked from Science and Its History (Icon Magpie)
by Simon Flynn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.18

5.0 out of 5 stars More science than you may care to know..., 15 May 2013
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This book is a bit like Schott's Miscellany, as it brings together a wide range of facts (and some amusing bits!) from science - including physics, chemistry and biology. Loads of things that you think you ought to have known.

A good book for a guest bedroom (if you are posh) or the downstairs loo (if you're not!)


Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
by John Darwin
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant History of the British Empire... and beyond, 15 May 2013
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A glorious and beautiful book, well written and with enormous research, detailing the Rise and Fall of that great mystical creature - the extraordinary British Empire. As a fan of Rudyard Kipling, and have been to school at the "Imperial Service College" [aka Haileybury], I have a great interest in our late, lamented Empire.

The author looks at how Britain, this tiny insignificant island (compared to the French etc.) acquired the largest empire the world has ever seen. This is a well written factual account - without much political intent - a great overview of the Empire.

Well worth reading for anyone intrigued as to how and why we ended up ruling half the World - and why we seem to have mislaid it!


The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 3)
The Mongoliad (The Mongoliad Cycle, Book 3)
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning finish to HUGE saga, 15 May 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in this series - and this final one was just as good.

Written by a series of accomplished authors, the books still read very consistently.

Story line is excellent, characters well drawn and fascinating, and the story line takes in a huge chunk of history

DO read the books in sequence!


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