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Night School: Wake up to the power of sleep
Night School: Wake up to the power of sleep
by Richard Wiseman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.10

5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and informative, 13 Feb. 2015
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This is a fascinating book and I learnt a lot from reading it. The style is easy to read and very informative. I learned why 'sleeping on it' works, that we dream every night, that dreams help maintain mental health although (or because) 80% of them are unpleasant, how sleep is essential to health, how to sleep better and much more.

I also leaned what isn't true - cheese doesn't make us dream, and there is no evidence that dreams can foretell the future. They can make you a better writer, painter or musician though

The author says that sleep science should be part of the national curriculum - after reading this excellent book I am inclined to agree with him


Napoleon and Wellington: The Long Duel
Napoleon and Wellington: The Long Duel
by Andrew Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars a military comparison of two men who changed their times, 9 Feb. 2015
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This is an interesting comparison of the lives and military talents of Napoleon and Wellington. In this book it seemed to me that the author was less praising of Napoleon than in his excellent one volume biography Napoleon the Great, and that he was going out of his way to fair and balanced.

There is little here about the political lives, or the civil measures, taken by either man, although one became Emperor and the other Prime Minister - instead the book is mainly about their military campaigns and the contrasting strategies used by each man.

An interesting book, well told, which shows the strange fascination which Wellington seems to have held about Napoleon, and the often disparaging view Napoleon held about Wellington, Waterloo not withstanding. That ii is Napoleon's view of Europe which is largely ascendant today is a fitting ending to the book.However, for me, it is pity that the civil record of each man is not compared and contrasted to anything like the same extent as their generalship


The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
by Dr. Steve Peters
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

4.0 out of 5 stars easy to follow guide to the human brain, 1 Feb. 2015
From the many 5 star reviews it is clear that this book has helped lots of people, and in my ways it helped me too. It explains how the brain works use a model - in which the limbic system is modelled as a chimp - emotional and difficult to control - the best and the worst of us. The model is used throughout the book - with the human, the computer and moons , also used to explain some workings of the brain and of the way we think and to some extent can control our more damaging thought processes.

It does work,it is clear and easy to follow, and I found myself recognising much in my myself as i read through the book-but I found the chimp model to over simplify matters and whilst I found the appendix which explains the science behind the model useful, I would have preferred more such explanation within the narrative


Gandhi, CEO
Gandhi, CEO
by Alan Axelrod
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars contrived lessons from Ghandi's life and movement, 25 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Gandhi, CEO (Paperback)
Having read and largely enjoyed Napoleon CEO by the same author, I was looking forward to reading this analysis of the leadership style and lessons of Mohanas Gandhi, who of course used passive resistance to challenge the British empire's rule in India.

Unfortunately most of the lessons contained here are rather contrived. Few leaders adopt passive resistance as a method of corporate leadership, for the simple reason that Gandhi's style, although admirable in many ways, is a poor fit for business. Gandhi's desire to avoid conflict is interpreted here to suggest amongst other things that if an employee refuses to carry out an aspect of their job the duty should be given to someone else...but no sanctions should be taken against the individual who refused. Hmm... Leaders should not use emotion to motivate, we are told. But then Gandhi wanted to abolish technology, which he said was evil.


So, Anyway...: The Autobiography
So, Anyway...: The Autobiography
by John Cleese
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars John Cleese - my early life, 25 Jan. 2015
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This is an amusing account of the early life of John Cleese. Although Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, a Fish Called Wanda, and the Life of Brian get the odd mention, these are not the subject of the book. Instead this is an account of Jon Cleese's childhood, education, time as a school teacher, and early breaks into writing and performing.

It is all told with charm, some self deprecation, and some insights into Cleese's thinking and values - but it is not a full autobiography. It is interesting, easy reading and I will look forward to what seems set up nicely for volume 2 in due course


Mooncandles  -  3 Vanilla Scented Wax Flameless Candles with Timer and Remote Control
Mooncandles - 3 Vanilla Scented Wax Flameless Candles with Timer and Remote Control
Offered by Innovationstore
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars look, smell, and feel like real candles, 14 Jan. 2015
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I bought a set of these for my daughter and was so pleased with them that i bought another set for my own home. They feel like candles, look like candles, and have a pleasant fragrance. They are easily controlled through the remote, and can be set for various times before they switch themselves off.

Really great value too


Pure Cashmere Scarf
Pure Cashmere Scarf
Offered by Laniger
Price: £139.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars looks and feels luxurious, 14 Jan. 2015
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This is lovely warm scarf which is just so soft to the touch. Quite long, it can be used in a variety of ways to keep warm, and looks and feels luxurious


The Lowland
The Lowland
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

4.0 out of 5 stars the choices in life, 14 Jan. 2015
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Set in India and the United States this is an interesting novel and reflection on life. It is the tale of two brothers who lives take very different paths following a very close childhood. There is a melancholy throughout the tale which has much to do with the choices we make in life - sometimes from seizing the moment, sometimes from failing to do so.

It is a very readable story, beautifully written, though rather sad


Breathe Right Nasal Strips Large Size 30 Strips
Breathe Right Nasal Strips Large Size 30 Strips
Offered by Activecare Online
Price: £11.39

5.0 out of 5 stars really seem to work, 14 Jan. 2015
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These really seem to work - they do help with breathing and have helped me to get a good nights sleep. They feel a little strange until you get used to them - a bit like wearing glasses - but you soon don't notice, and they help to avoid snoring


12 Gardens Live
12 Gardens Live
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £13.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Live Joel Magic, 14 Jan. 2015
This review is from: 12 Gardens Live (Audio CD)
This is so good - the live sound and Billy Joel's mature voice add something wonderful to these songs. The brass section which comes to life during many of these songs is wonderful. Pretty much all the best songs are here, with highlights for me being New York State of Mind, Zanzibar, Piano Man ( of course) and a beautiful rendition of And so it Goes. Its all great though - 2 CDs worth of live magic


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