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Tao Te Ching
Tao Te Ching
Price: £4.19

5.0 out of 5 stars For once, a book that isn't all about the translator, 12 May 2014
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All too often, translations of works of philosophy are dominated by notes, introductions, footnotes, interpretation and explanation. This can make it difficult to take a view other than that of the editor or interpreter, and can really obstruct any attempts to create your own interpretation: which is just as legitimate as that of the editor.

This book doesn't do that. It's the text, with a small intro, no footnotes and a translation of some important words at the back. The translation itself is unobtrusive and clear, and the Tao Te Ching is a short work, so I've already read it about five times. Interpret away!


Kai Shun Bread Knife 22cm
Kai Shun Bread Knife 22cm
Offered by DesignLeben „Prices incl. Vat“
Price: £159.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 12 Jan 2014
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Kai Shun knives are made by people who clearly care a great deal about knives and have done everything it takes to make a product that's a pure pleasure to use. The only downside - and it's a real one - is that Kai Shun knives make all your other knives seem a bit rubbish. Knives that you may have liked before now just seem like a bit of metal that won't hold a proper edge. One day after buying this I found myself in a nice cookshop that sells Kai Shun, trying out another chef's knife before realising that no, I really couldn't afford it. So purchase with care.


Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness
Price: £6.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Brings together some interesting points, 10 Dec 2013
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Most of the content of this book is covered elsewhere - ("Thinking, fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman" is a better read) but the book brings together some interesting points about nudges for behaviour change. As with most books about human behaviour, it's a question of looking for the interesting nuggets rather than expecting a solid block of fascinating material but it's worth a go. If I were to buy again I'd get the paper version not the Kindle one: the indexing doesn't make it easy to flick between sections and that's what you need to do when you're nugget-trawling.


Tricks Of The Mind
Tricks Of The Mind
by Derren Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory techniques actually changed my life, 1 Oct 2013
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I'm biased because I really like DB - his self-effacing (no, really) attitude and fascination with lots of different subjects, but there's a huge amount of really useful information in here, from neural linguistic programming to memory techniques. The reason it's changed my life is that I no longer struggle to remember people's names. it's more useful than you'd think in business.


Leatherman Wavemulti-Tool With Nylon Pouch
Leatherman Wavemulti-Tool With Nylon Pouch
Offered by Big Red Toolbox
Price: £90.63

5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Leatherman, 28 Aug 2013
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Robust, does the job properly. Knives need a little sharpening to get a serious edge and it benefits from a bit of lubrication at first, but a very good bit of kit and it's got a permanent place in the car.


Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly puzzled by the very high ratings this book has received, 22 April 2013
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As with all self-help books there's not very much content and the process of finding interesting material takes a bit of time. Nonetheless I found that I had a page or so of notes from this book once I'd ploughed through, so there's clearly some stuff I found useful. The downside is that most of it is toward the end of the book: the earlier chapters come across as rather smug and if I were one of Rumelt's clients I would be rather startled at how happy he is to tell us how clueless his clients have been - I doubt that I'd employ him. There's a lot more on bad strategy than there is on good - whilst that makes for interesting reading I'm unconvinced on how useful it actually is.


Speed Reading: How to Double (or Triple) Your Reading Speed in Just 1 Hour!
Speed Reading: How to Double (or Triple) Your Reading Speed in Just 1 Hour!
Price: £0.77

2.0 out of 5 stars Skim quickly, use a ruler, 22 Feb 2013
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I didn't realise I was speed-reading until I read this book, but it turns out I was. Most books come up with one or two things of some use, and this has one. Use a pen, ruler or similar to push your eye down the page.

Oh, and don't read out loud. Sorry, that's two isn't it? Never mind.


Thinking in Pictures
Thinking in Pictures
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating view from inside autism, 22 Feb 2013
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One interesting thing with this aubiography is that Temple Grandin sets herself apart from most of us - in a positive way - by treating her problems as somehing she has to learn to cope with through research and investigation rather than choosing to accept defeat. Perhaps living with autism is such hard work that a little more doesn't seem to rattle her.

Grandin is at her best when writing of her personal experiences, which give an insight into autism that can probably not be reached in any way other than hearing the voice of people with this condition (or, more rightly, spectrum of condition). Similarly her capacity to understand others with autism means that she can provide insight from beyond her own direct experience, and I was enthralled by her description of one friend with autism who took years to understand that the meaningless noises his speech therapist insisted on making were in fact a way of conveying meaning to another mind.

She's less engaging when writing about the medicine behind autism and how it might be treated. Whilst a fact-based mind like hers will be drawn to this, it makes for less insightful writing and is possibly double-edged because she's not a medical professional and some of the information in the latter sections may not have the authority it appears to show. it's dIfficult to be confident on that statement because a common theme within the book is that existing medicine and psychology is at an early stage when helping people with autism, but it would probably be wise to treat this part of the book as a useful source of information rather than a definitive guide on how therapies can or should develop.

It's a fascinating book for anyone that could be hugely helpful to anyone with a family member on the autistic spectrum, but the best of it is Grandin herself.


Moon X-Power 500 Front LED Light - Black
Moon X-Power 500 Front LED Light - Black
Price: £60.35

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very bright but slightly unreliable, 30 Aug 2012
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Excellent front lamp and good strong fitting, but there have been a couple of times when it's switched itself off after a sharp jolt when hitting a bump with my forks locked out. I would however recommend it and the battery life - particurly in flashing mode - is good.
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The Ultimate Anthology of Philosophy (75+ Works with an active table of contents)
The Ultimate Anthology of Philosophy (75+ Works with an active table of contents)

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult to use on Kindle, 30 Aug 2012
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The rating doesn't reflect the content, it's about the usability of the product. With a work on philosophy you dip in & out because - as far as I'm concerned - reading books on philosophy tends to be about searching for nuggets of interest. It's difficult to leaf through on this basis and after trying for a while to see if I could make it work, I've given up and deleted it. I wouldn't recommend it.
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