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ADVFN'S Be Rich: How to Make 25% a year investing sensibly in shares - a real time demonstration - Volume 1
ADVFN'S Be Rich: How to Make 25% a year investing sensibly in shares - a real time demonstration - Volume 1
Price: £5.49

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 1 Mar. 2015
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An excellent book - with a silly, underselling, get-rich-quick title.

I'm a retail investor who has made money in shares in the post 2009 bull run but who has leaked losses continually in my spreadbetting account over the last 10 years

The sentiments expressed in the book resonate with my experience - use the 'Look Inside' as its gives an accurate flavour of the writer and his style.

The book describes the author setting up a portfolio of 30 shares , investing £1000 in each one, and taking a contrarian approach in most cases. He buys 2 to 3 shares a month over a year, tending to pounce after a share drops. ( Despite another reviewer's comments, I read the whole book without detecting any bias to oil/mining sectors )

He experiences ups-and-downs and he describes his thought processes in an engaging self-effacing way. Sometimes he widens the narrative with views on market behaviour and investor psychology. He takes some big hits along the way and he's not afraid of admitting his mistakes - there's no airbrushing here.

As it's written as a diary , ( it was blogged in real time ) , with obviously no hindsight , it can be 'one-paced' as most entries are of the 'bought/sold/keeping this and here's the reason' type. But investing is like that and that's what makes the book authentic.

As regards the author's credentials - he's the CEO of ADVFN and clearly knows how the markets work.

However he , admirably , steers clear of promoting his business in the book - other owner/authors please take note !

Recommended.


How to Win at Spread Betting: An analysis of why some people win, some lose and how you can be a winner
How to Win at Spread Betting: An analysis of why some people win, some lose and how you can be a winner
by Alpesh B. Patel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensible stuff, 28 Nov. 2013
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I like Patel's books - I bought the first one after an impressive appearance on TV ( his not mine !) - and I liked this one.

He keeps it simple and emphasises a disciplined, low-risk approach. He's experienced,articulate and opinionated. Where he , unusually , expresses complex ideas then they are fully explained and underpinned.

I wouldn't however have bothered to submit a review if I hadn't disagreed with the 'poor proof reading' comments previously expressed.

I bought the Kindle version on 9/11/2013 and it reads fine - I haven't carried out a forensic investigation but I found no problems at all and I used all the charts as I followed the text - perhaps its been revised.

The Kindle is no place for complex charts but I wanted the immediate gratification - in any event there are only one or two which caused me to squint.

As regards the content of the book - use the 'look inside' feature, its entirely representative.


The Game: How the World of Finance Really Works (New Edition)
The Game: How the World of Finance Really Works (New Edition)
Price: £5.69

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book !, 2 Sept. 2012
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This book takes a look at how the City works.

'So what' I hear you say, there are loads of patronising books that do that. This one , however , is different as it doesn't crawl to the industry or treat the business like rocket science. And its VERY well informed and a perfect blend of academic information, wry observation and downright sarcasm.

The book deals with the nuts and bolts of the daily activities of Investment Banks - brokers, clients, analysts,IPOs, mergers etc - and assumes the reader to be interested and intelligent.

I've been a retail trader for many years now , on the 'outside-looking-in' ,and I've been waiting for someone to spot the gap in the market for a book like this. If you trade then just get the book - you can use 'Look Inside' to get a taste. Even if you know it all it will raise knowing smiles as it confirms your suspicions. ( The narrative concerning Brokers is a hoot ).

It gives a wonderful account of the roles and motivations of all the players but avoids the 'War stories', 'When I was a lad' type of tired anecdotes and there are no 'City Boy' excesses either.

Finally, and importantly for finance books, its bang up-to-date.


India With Sanjeev Bhaskar (BBC) [DVD]
India With Sanjeev Bhaskar (BBC) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sanjeev Bhaskar

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I liked it ! So There !, 21 Aug. 2012
Contrary to many of the reviews here I found the DVDs to be very entertaining and pitched perfectly between the academic Michael Wood series and the slapstick of the Paul Merton package.

Bhaskar is a comedian but cracks few jokes; he occasionally pitches wry off-the-cuff remarks which are usually funny and reflective.

This is a travelogue, not a history lesson, and the whole thing is very reminiscent of Michael Palin's polished efforts and the equally polished BBC production values.

As a bonus , Bhaskar's language fluency means that we are not restricted to English-speaking characters.

A good and unassuming DVD set that gives a very good flavour of the contrasts and contradictions of India but that also gives rise to a polarity of opinion that seems odd to me.

Recommended.


Vax U90-MA-R Air Reach Multicyclonic Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Vax U90-MA-R Air Reach Multicyclonic Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner
Offered by deep deals
Price: £290.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly better than Dyson, 6 Nov. 2011
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I have always bought Dyson cleaners finding them powerful and easy to maintain

I also like James Dyson's back story and his fight against the established manufacturers

But I prefer this machine ...........

Its brilliant

Sorry James


Cut Your Cholesterol: A Three-month Programme to Reducing Cholesterol
Cut Your Cholesterol: A Three-month Programme to Reducing Cholesterol
by Dr Sarah Brewer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.99

72 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 5 July 2010
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This is an excellent book and an almost no-brain purchase if you have Amazon prime

No throwaway booklet, this is an in depth study of the causes and treatment of high cholesterol. Ms Brewer appears to be an academic and the book certainly exudes authority and clarity. What suited me was that, instead of simplifying the science by omitting details, she actually clarifies it and leaves one with a really good grasp of whats actually going on.

In terms of contents I guess its the same as all the others eg definitions, causes, risk factors, diet, statins followed by a thorough plan for reducing LDL, increasing HDL in 12 weeks

I bought 3 books on being diagnosed with high LDL.

The other 2 were longer books, but this is the one that has stuck.


James Martin Mini Grinder ZX595 150 Watt, Stainless Steel
James Martin Mini Grinder ZX595 150 Watt, Stainless Steel
Price: £15.49

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for seeds too !!, 22 Jun. 2010
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Not everyone will be looking for a coffee grinder.

I was looking for something to grind pine nuts , and particularly , very small seeds.

I happy to report that its excellent for this and reduces them all to a fine mush in about 5 seconds.


Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 6 Cup
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 6 Cup
Price: £20.49

83 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Espresso Maker, 17 Aug. 2008
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An excellent purchase and I would agree with all those who have already posted laudatory remarks.

Can I just add 4 observations

To those who want to know how many cups it provides - We get 295 ml of strong brown liquid from the 6 cup machine ( c. half a pint ).

It takes about 4-5 mins to make the coffee - from absolute start with cold water to drinking coffee. Just enough time to microwave and then foam up the milk using the bodum 1446 device.( we exclusively drink lattes )

Mild-to-firm tamping down is mandatory and crucial to taste - despite the instructions. We use the bottom of a glass tumbler

As regards using finely ground coffee - we don't have a grinder ; we buy Tescos Finest Columbian Supremo ground coffee and its fine.
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Classic Shell Scripting: Hidden Commands that Unlock the Power of Unix
Classic Shell Scripting: Hidden Commands that Unlock the Power of Unix
by Arnold Robbins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.73

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A UNIX book that's actually clearly written !!!!!, 1 Aug. 2008
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If you're like me then you've bought a few UNIX books and are none the wiser as you seem to be on the outside looking in at some 6th-form science club. You are, however , 'in IT' and have to get to understand shell-scripting rather than just copy other peoples code. Get this book. It's normal !! It achieves twin aims of covering the subject in depth and being easy to understand. It covers shell scripting very well ( all the curly brackets stuff as well as some very simple , but extremely useful , sed and awk code); it also covers all the usual UNIX stuff - it is entirely self contained. 'UNIX shell commands plus scripting' would be a better , if less snappy , title. I don't usually 'do' reviews - this is , however, a deserved exception.


My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes
My Father And Other Working Class Football Heroes
by Gary Imlach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, 1 April 2007
Don't mistake this book for one of the Hornby-esq clones - its not another football supporters memoir. Instead its a engaging account of one player written by his son. Some of the stuff is remembered , some newly-discovered and some , inevitably , perceived now, but not at the time.The main themes are the precariousness of professional sport for the journeyman, the way players were treated in 50s/60s and sons remembering dads. Recommended.


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