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Peter Sallis - Summer Wine and Other Stories - My Autobiography
Peter Sallis - Summer Wine and Other Stories - My Autobiography
by Peter Sallis
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There are far too many "I'll get round to that later" segments and other unnecessary parenthetical remarks and the whole thing c, 25 Jan. 2015
This is the oddest autobiography I've ever read - there is absolutely NOTHING in it about his personal life, not even a mention that he got married. Instead, it's a rambling series of "fireside chats" about his life in the theatre (mainly) - LotSW doesn't even get a mention until you've almost finished reading it! There are far too many "I'll get round to that later" segments and other unnecessary parenthetical remarks and the whole thing could have done with a better editor to keep things on track - it just rambles in places.

That said, it's a very easy read, but you don't really come away knowing anything new about the man himself, which is a great pity. An opportunity missed.


Newhart: Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Newhart: Complete First Season [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a review, as an update, 5 Nov. 2013
After a long (very long) wait, season 2 will soon be available (at last!). Shout! Factory has acquired the DVD rights to the show and will be releasing the second season on February 11th 2014. This is great news for all fans of the series - let's hope they are able to release the remaining seasons in short order.
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Cheers - Season 9 [DVD] [1990]
Cheers - Season 9 [DVD] [1990]
Dvd ~ Ted Danson
Price: £9.95

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a review, just a thank you, 24 Jun. 2012
It looked as if the remaining seasons of Cheers were destined to remain region 1 only, leaving region 2 fans disappointed and frustrated.

So a big thank you to the powers at Paramount for releasing seasons 8 and 9. Let's hope that the final two seasons aren't far behind!
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Middle Cyclone
Middle Cyclone
Price: £7.96

4.0 out of 5 stars What the ...?, 31 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Middle Cyclone (Audio CD)
The first 14 tracks are fine, containing as they do very good music. So what's with the last track? Half an hour of crickets chirping... That track nearly got the rating dropped to 2 stars, but then I thought again and decided it would be unfair on the excellent music that preceded it.


A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits Of Disorder
A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits Of Disorder
by Eric Abrahamson
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An antidote to management organisation fads, 20 Jan. 2009
This is a rather delightful and entertaining read, filled with real-life examples of how a little (or sometimes, rather a lot!) of disorganisation and mess can actually improve the way a business works. (Having visited one of the examples myself, I can attest to their conclusions reached: I bought more than I had intended and made some interesting detours into unexplored territory!)

It tears down some of the myths surrounding organisational "efficiency", whilst occasionally gently poking the industry that has grown up to "solve" the problem of mess, often at a quite high price.

Some of the best examples are of discoveries (like penicillin) that probably would never have happened had the people concerned not been rather messy.

This ought to be compulsory reading for those managers with "clean desk" policies. It is advisable reading for everybody else.


More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics
More Sex is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics
by Steven E. Landsburg
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars However, back in the real world..., 20 Jan. 2009
This book is proof that economists don't inhabit the same planet as the rest of us. Economists start from the premise that humans are rational beings, weighing up costs and benefits before making a decision about "resources". The rest of us know that human beings are irrational creatures, driven by prejudices, fears, ideologies, group pressures, and so on.

Whilst the subjects discussed in the book could be thought-provoking, the thought is more often along the lines of "that's a bit of a leap of logic" or "you've omitted an equally valid conclusion".

The example that leads to the title is a prime example of the failure to think a little more carefully. In essence, the idea is that if an uninfected guy goes out and picks up an uninfected woman, she will be saved from a one night stand with an infected partner and thus the spread of AIDS is reduced; whereas if he stays home, she will end up with the infected guy and spread the disease. There is no mention of the odds she'll become infected, no mention of what happens when the virtuous cycle is broken (a massive *increase* in infection rates); just a rather simplistic approach to the problem.

Another example: he postulates two groups, one a religious group that adamantly opposes porn, and the second a porn-loving group that wants to abolish religion. His view is that by abolishing both porn and religion, everybody becomes happier because the object of their ire has been removed. Unfortunately, the opposite (never mentioned) is the more likely outcome: everybody is now unhappy. Why? Because people put more weight on issues that affect them personally than on those that affect others. Therefore, by removing something they love, you have taken away something personal, which will outweigh any happiness gained from knowing that at least their opponents are now deprived of their particular "object of desire", for want of a better term.

Finally, if you're a liberal, you may find some parts cause you to become rather agitated...
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Eccentric France (Bradt Travel Guides)
Eccentric France (Bradt Travel Guides)
by Piers Letcher
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It was never this much fun at school, 18 Jun. 2003
In summary: brilliantly entertaining.
I had intended to read only a small portion of the book at first sitting, but four hours later I found I was still reading. Piers Letcher has put together a picture of France that covers both the familiar (or so we thought) and the unfamiliar and he has done so in a very gentle and amusing style: the author's humour is very evident throughout as is his affection for his adopted country.
This is not your typical travel guide: I know of no other that has made me laugh out loud like this one has. In fact, I shouldn't even call it a travel guide really since it covers science, history, art, politics and a host of other, slightly more bizarre, topics. But, like all good guides, it encourages you to want to visit the places it describes, if only to see for yourself some of the oddities that human nature has managed to put together.
Highly recommended.


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