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The Relic Guild
The Relic Guild
by Edward Cox
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.71

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended., 18 July 2014
This review is from: The Relic Guild (Paperback)
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I'm giving this three stars only because I can't give it two and half. The start of the book did not grab me, but I thought I would give it a bit of time to warm up. It hasn't. The story is slow and comparatively uneventful and the characters are insipid and mostly mature in age. The book is barely interesting, though the concept is good.


The Silver Bomb: The End Of Paper Wealth Is Upon Us: 1
The Silver Bomb: The End Of Paper Wealth Is Upon Us: 1
by Michael MacDonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.61

4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but questionable facts., 10 July 2014
An excellent book on a rarely discussed subject (it's usually gold). Very well written and an easy read. The only point, and it is a big point, that it falls down on is the matter of possible confiscation (or rather nationalisation as the government did compensate people who turned in their gold). A lot of people believe that if they buy numismatic coins that they can not be confiscated. This is NOT true.

Franklin Roosevelt declared that 'All persons are hereby required to deliver on or before May 1, 1933, to a Federal Reserve bank or a branch ... all gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates now owned by them or coming into their ownership on or before April 28, 1933.' Note the ALL gold.

The above matter does put into question the other seemingly good points raised elsewhere in the book. After all, if he can't get that fundamental point right, what else is wrong? So just beware.


The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment
The Crash Course: The Unsustainable Future of Our Economy, Energy, and Environment
by Chris Martenson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.91

5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYONE should read this!, 8 July 2014
Spot on and worth every penny (although had I known it was in a free video form I would have watched that instead - go to his website).

Martenson presents his information in an accessible and clear fashion which makes it a real joy to read and is therefore able to more easily raise awareness of some vitally important subjects compared to other authors. Everything leads easily on to the next. He explains 'compounding' very clearly so that when you come to the next subject you can more easily understand his point: we can't continue living this way. Not that we shouldn't, but that we physically can't. It's impossible. Something is going to give and we are ALL going to be affected by it, so you'd best get ready.

He practices what he preaches and gives the reader lots of ideas on how to help him/her self.


The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System
The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System
by James Rickards
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical and occasionally contradictory?, 8 July 2014
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I found this book to be very technical and consequently quite difficult to understand. This probably accounts for my confusion as Rickards seems to contradict himself on a number of points: gold is bad/gold is good; things are not that bad/things are worse than people realise. I also found it rather pretentious in the first few chapters as Rickards uses unnecessarily complex terms. Moreover, he makes a massive mistake: he claims that gold and silver are not manipulated. However, recent events have proved otherwise. Legal action has been brought against HSBC (and other banks) for silver manipulation and legal action is being brought (2014) against Barclays (and other banks) for Gold manipulation. He claims that having worked in exchange companies he never saw evidence of manipulation. This does not mean (obviously) that it didn't happen and it means that perhaps he was not in a high enough position to witness or be part of it. It could also mean that he is just being loyal.

It seems to me that this book is more just an analysis of the current situation and unlike other books, does not offer any solutions for the individual.

Nonetheless, there are certain interesting points that he makes. It is worth a read, but unless you are technically minded, be prepared for a bit of a slog.


Ring RCT1 European Travel Kit
Ring RCT1 European Travel Kit
Price: 29.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent basic kit, 24 Jun 2014
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Anyone who has a car in the UK and most importantly, those who drive abroad, should have one of these. I really like the breathalysers, of which there are two, and the foil blanket. I would have preferred it to be a foil poncho for practicality's sake. A nice feature of the bag itself is the velcro on the back which would stick to the fabric in the boot. The first aid kit itself is rather sparse, but there's enough space in that small bag to add some stuff of your own, such as pain killers (only to be self-administered). The light bulbs are a unique feature, in fact, I would say the entire pack is rather unique. It does not have a jack in it, but there's enough space in the bag to add one, along with a few tools, then everything is neatly in one place.


The Queen Of The Tearling
The Queen Of The Tearling
by Erika Johansen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner, 4 Jun 2014
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I am really enjoying this book. I'm currently in the middle of it and it is a real page turner. Kelsea, our heroine, has been brought up in complete seclusion in a forest by an older couple. The book opens on the day she is taken away to be queen at the age of 19. Neither of her guardians has told her anything about her dead mother, the previous queen, only repeating that they 'promised'. The guards who come for her are equally as closed-mouthed on the subject.

Kelsea is aware that she is supposed to rule an entire country and that to do so she must depose the Regent, her uncle. In her seclusion, she was taught a number of subjects including history and some medicine, but nothing about diplomacy or how to rule. However, she displays an understanding of human nature that is more in keeping with someone in their late 20s or 30s, even had they been brought up in the midst of court life. I am gathering, though, that this could be partly due to the sapphire she has worn around her neck her entire life, it being a symbol of who she is, and it is perhaps a lot more besides.

I do not like the various references about the world we currently live in, including a blatant mention of advanced technology. It seems incongruous. Unless the author has some particular reason for it, I can only see it as a clumsy way of drawing in those who like their fantasies to be based in the here and now.

If this is indeed her first novel, I can only wonder at how she has already gained film rights to it before it is officially released. I do not consider it anywhere near the level of Game of Thrones which is far more involved with many more characters intricately intertwined. This story concentrates on Kelsea and barely touches on anyone else (so far), but it is good enough to make me want to turn off the TV and get back to it.


Rapesco Heavy Duty Punch, Hole Punch, P1100
Rapesco Heavy Duty Punch, Hole Punch, P1100
Price: 49.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good features., 4 Jun 2014
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Naturally it is a bit heavy, but it has lots of great features. Primarily it can punch through about 100 pages which is great because it makes my filing go a lot faster. Secondly it has two 'rulers' between which you fit the paper and it automatically finds the centre. The only downside is that they don't lock, but they slide in and out very easily. Thirdly, it has a small drawer where the punched circles collect and are easily disposed of. It has a little cupboard for extra small parts (parts not included) and a little place to put your name.
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Sage Instant Financial Package 2014 (PC)
Sage Instant Financial Package 2014 (PC)
Price: 149.85

2.0 out of 5 stars Internet connection required., 4 April 2014
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As with 'Quickbooks' Sage requires an internet connection to be fully functional which, to me, defeats my aim. I want something that I can use at any time without the need to search for an internet connection.

It looks impressive, but I think I will stick with Excel for now.


64GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Drives Sticks Disks 64GB Pendrives Thumbdrive Logo
64GB USB 2.0 Flash Memory Pen Drive Stick Drives Sticks Disks 64GB Pendrives Thumbdrive Logo
Offered by ANDYCAROL
Price: 15.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the data gone?, 11 Mar 2014
I just tried saving a whole load of stuff on this damned thing and some of it has, but most hasn't. I tried again and it disappeared again. Not good!!!


Duronic RL123 Rechargeable ECO Wind-Up LED Lantern
Duronic RL123 Rechargeable ECO Wind-Up LED Lantern
Offered by DURONIC
Price: 19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very bright and compact, 18 Feb 2014
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A full charge requires about 5 hours from the provided USB connector and after that you can get really bright light for a few hours. I love the fact that it folds away so compactly. The little 'button' at the top also illuminates when the lamp is on, so when it is folded closed it is a clear indicator that the lamp is either on or off.


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