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Microsoft Publisher 2013: Introductory (Shelly Cashman)
Microsoft Publisher 2013: Introductory (Shelly Cashman)
by Joy Starks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.99

4.0 out of 5 stars OK PLus, 14 Feb. 2014
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I enjoy playing - but it lacked a good manual. AT last they are now appearing on Amazon! Good bye

by Scott Farquharson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawn - A Journey taken by a young man....., 10 July 2013
This review is from: Dawn (Paperback)
All his life this young poet has battled with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which came to a head in 2007 when he started to seek help and this book of poems relates his story depicting the changes he has felt since its diagnosis and treatment.

The set of seven chapters depicts the journey he has made and the changes he has experienced since then - emotionally, perceptively, spiritually and mentally.

Each poem vividly reflects his feelings as he makes his often tortuous path towards eventual `redemption' by a "a heartful angel, with a smile like the sun".

The structure and language of the poems are quite remarkable and convey well to the reader the ups and downs, the raw emotions felt on his journey; for example referring to:

"...calm followed by chaos, followed by calm followed by chaos, it's difficult to tie down these feelings, anchored only by us."

The first chapter (`Colours') is an evocative statement of experiences before `Realisation' set in, in the second chapter and from thereon we witness the problems faced by the poet in his journey. The chapter `Journey' had the greatest effect on me in conveying the horrors of his life emotionally and mentally, with the images of the beast of addiction and, in particular of being at a crossroad where no choice existed and the graphic illustration of his mental state of burrowing through "A great wall of stubbornness and blinkered single-mindedness" using just a toothpick to tunnel right through.

Overall this is a challenging book; challenging all of us to feel the emotions of a young man often tortured by his innermost feelings. His use of language and the structuring of the poems is no easy matter to take on board in one read.

It is a great anthology.

Brian P. FitzGerald
10 July 2013

SanDisk SDCZ60-064G-B35 Cruzer Glide 64 GB USB Flash Drive USB 2.0
SanDisk SDCZ60-064G-B35 Cruzer Glide 64 GB USB Flash Drive USB 2.0
Price: £19.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did Everything Required of it, 11 May 2013
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The cheapest I could find at the size of memory to act as a specific easily portable resting-place for relatively tired folders and files of some, perhaps little, historical significance.

It does this task well - it's all I ask of it - and I hope it lasts longer than a smaller capacity one of a different make I had for a couple of years.

Roberts ECO1BK Ecologic 1 DAB/FM RDS Digital Radio with Built-in Battery Charger - Black
Roberts ECO1BK Ecologic 1 DAB/FM RDS Digital Radio with Built-in Battery Charger - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars My Roberts Ecologic, 14 Feb. 2011
I am very pleased with this product as it sits on the kitchen window sill allowing me to follow the Egyptian Revolution on the World Service and to hear the weather forecast without having to seek FM on Radio 4 at 1758. It is clear - even to an oldie like me, but I am a little disapponted by being unable to get Classic FM (not a fault of the radio, I guess), and I found that, even using Duracell batteries, the battery power ran out very quickly indeed. OK, I will get re-chargeable when next out shopping, but I do have to put up with a trailing cable in order to access the stations I wish to get.

by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Pharoah - Manfredi, 22 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Pharaoh (Paperback)
An interesting mix and quite a thought-provoking one. The Kingdom of Judah (poor old Zedekiah), Jeremiah and the Book of Kings, a soupcon of the prophet Baruch, the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 586 BC and the Ark of the Covenant. In 2006 Egyptologist William Blake is at the centre of a discovery that involves Moses, a tomb of a pharaoh and the powder keg of war in the Middle East.

This is a very good read with a good incidence of 'can't put it down'. It could have ended happily half way, but it reaches new levels in the last part. The only reservation is that the last half has a marked degree of unreality about it. The quality of the writing and the historical plot reflects well the authoritative writing of a professor of classical archaeology.

The Little Stranger
The Little Stranger
by Sarah Waters
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Little Stranger, 14 Oct. 2009
This review is from: The Little Stranger (Hardcover)
Man-Booker short-listed - surprisingly so. The language is bland, the characters are difficult to identify with and the plot is slow and boring until about page 300, when it enlivens a little.

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