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Europe Entrapped
Europe Entrapped
by Claus Offe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Come again?, 23 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Europe Entrapped (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm stranger to academic writings but must admit that I did find the language and grammar a bit difficult. There are some very long sentences, too many clauses and subclauses, so that you can easily forget what the sentence is about when you get to the end.

The presentation too, does no favours. The paragraphs are long and there are whole pages of unbroken prose.

Which is all a shame really as Offe does pose some interesting questions. They may not be earth shatterringly original but are certainly thought provoking and combine into an interesting thesis. So, for example, it's fine to no what must be done to solve our woes, but who will do it? What will be their motivation? Capitalist free-marketeers may rankle against what they see as government interference, but what if we had a true free market and those gate communities were beseiged by the mob?

In my opinion, the content is good, perhaps very good, but is let down by the way the points are being across. A more snappy tone, short and to the point sentences shorn of some of the overly-academic language, in short punchy paragraphs would make this book considerably more accessible. However, maybe accessibility was never the aim?

In this format it's probably only suitable for students, and even then at a postgraduate level. Shame really, as could provoke some debate if the ideas could reach a wider audience.


MĖNAJI Face and Body Scrub 170 ml
MĖNAJI Face and Body Scrub 170 ml
Price: £12.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent exfoliator, 23 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've been using this daily for a week now, and it really is very good. It removes dead skin and leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed with no lingering greasiness that you get with some other products.

Yes, it is a bit expensive and as a bloke of a certain age I'm not sure I'd spend £20 on myself, but at around £12 it's still expensive but not overly so.

I'm not sure how long this tube will last but you don't need to use a great deal at a time, a little blob the size of a couple of peas will do.

Overall, I think this is a great product and definitely worth a try. Go on...you're worth it.


Karbonn A19 SIM-Free Smartphone - White
Karbonn A19 SIM-Free Smartphone - White
Price: £85.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Not a rotten apple, 6 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A nice simple to use, budget smart phone. SIM free so you can use what network you like, dual SIM capability and expandable memory that puts Apple to shame.

Sizewise it is similar to an iPhone with a 5 inch screen and my friend compared it not unfavourably with his Samsung 5.

I'd not heard of Karbonn before but one of my colleagues tells me they are a reasonably big name in India, so I guess they are looking to gain market share over here. At this price, the A19 might just be the phone to do that.


Philips AECS7000E/00 WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker
Philips AECS7000E/00 WeCall Bluetooth Conference Speaker
Price: £129.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little gadget that's easy to use as a hands ..., 1 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Nice little gadget that's easy to use as a hands free speaker for your mobile or to Skype or play music from your laptop.

It's about 4 inches square and about an inch thick, a comes with a felt case for safe transportation.

For the conference call facility you need to download an app. This apparently will let you import calls from your diary but I've not tried that yet.

Overall, it's a good useful piece of kit combining a speaker with the ability to conference call into a very neat little package.


Officially Licensed PS3 COMM-PLAY Stereo Gaming Headset CP-01 - Red
Officially Licensed PS3 COMM-PLAY Stereo Gaming Headset CP-01 - Red
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £19.53

4.0 out of 5 stars The CP-01 headphones are good for gaming on the PS3 and for chatting with ..., 26 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The CP-01 headphones are good for gaming on the PS3 and for chatting with friends whilst playing online. The 3 metre cord is long enough the allow you to sit a reasonable distance from the TV but not overlong as to get in the way. The downside is that they are just very specific to PS3, you can't use them with a PS4 etc.


Engraved/Personalised Brushed Hip Flask & Alcohol Miniature in Silk Gift Box For 18th/21st/30th/40th/50th/60th Birthday/Wedding/Christmas
Engraved/Personalised Brushed Hip Flask & Alcohol Miniature in Silk Gift Box For 18th/21st/30th/40th/50th/60th Birthday/Wedding/Christmas
Offered by Cr8AGift
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality hip flask and very neat engraving, 23 Dec. 2014
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Nice quality hip flask and very neat engraving. Bought as a present for an 18th birthday and was well received.


Dyson DC59 Animal Digital Slim Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Dyson DC59 Animal Digital Slim Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Offered by Smart Electricals Direct
Price: £299.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars On your marks..., 23 Dec. 2014
Great suction and cleaning power, but only lasts about 20 minutes on a full charge - and for the price that really isn't acceptable.

So unless you want to do the housework in your running shoes...


NOCO Genius Boost UltraSafe GB30 Jump Starter 12 V Lithium
NOCO Genius Boost UltraSafe GB30 Jump Starter 12 V Lithium
Price: £93.95

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars REVISED OPINION..., 23 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
***Just tried to use this to actually jump start a car for the first time and it couldn't manage it***

Nice product. First thing that strike you is how well this is made, it really is very sturdy.

It's easy to charge as well with a usb style charger and once charged should start your car 20 times. In addition there are two charging ports for your phones and gadgets and it also operates as a torch.

Yes, it may be be a bit pricy, but who'll be quibbling when it gets you going on those cold mornings?

Buy it, charge it, keep it in the car.
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Linksys SE4008 WRT Family 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Linksys SE4008 WRT Family 8 Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Price: £54.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, does what I want and easy to ..., 12 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm not a techie, but I needed to plug more cables into my powerline adaptors than there were sockets for so i got this.

It seems really straight forward and it works. You plug your switch into powerlines then plug your gadgets into other sockets on the switch. Hey presto, it works.

You can even switch off the LED lights if you find them distracting.

Good product, does what I want and easy to use.


Philips SHL3300BK/00 Foldable Headphones DJ Monitor Style with Padded Cushions Black
Philips SHL3300BK/00 Foldable Headphones DJ Monitor Style with Padded Cushions Black
Offered by 7dayshop Limited (VAT Registered)
Price: £20.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice for the price, 1 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Nice sound, not as good as my V Moda set which I got on promotion from Amazon for a similar price although they are normally 3 to 4 times more expensive.

The Philips fold up nicely making them easier to carry around but they are sturdy but a bit clunky and look just a tad plasticky. I found them comfortable they fitted well.

Overall, a good budget pair of entry level over the ear headphones that do the job.


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