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The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two
The Lost Continent: The BBC's Europe Editor on Europe's Darkest Hour Since World War Two
by Gavin Hewitt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 4 Feb. 2015
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Excellent read, well researched and eloquently written.


Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City
Explore Everything: Place-hacking the City
by Bradley Garrett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 4 Feb. 2015
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Well worth reading, stayed with me for a while after finishing it, which is always a good sign. I did find it a bit sociological in places, but well worth reading nevertheless.


Lakeland Sock Mates Washing Clips x 20
Lakeland Sock Mates Washing Clips x 20
Offered by Lakeland
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Real time-saver, 4 Feb. 2015
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Brilliant idea, saves so much hassle! Yes, the leaves do break off eventually, but given that one can just put a sock either side of the washing line it's really no problem.


Logitech B110 Optical USB Mouse
Logitech B110 Optical USB Mouse
Offered by EStore99
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars All that I could want at a great price, 18 July 2013
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Long cable, precise movement, easy to hold; so good I ended up buying one for home and one for work.


The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology
The Church of Fear: Inside The Weird World of Scientology
by John Sweeney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling read, 10 Jan. 2013
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This is an absolutely compelling read, all the more so because all of these encounters, all the programmes and documentaries, are there in YouTube waiting to be viewed.
Fascinating, and not a little scary...


3.5mm In Car AUX Audio Cable Lead Connector for Apple iPod iPhone 4 4s ipad 2 ipad 3 etc 80 cm RETRACTABLE
3.5mm In Car AUX Audio Cable Lead Connector for Apple iPod iPhone 4 4s ipad 2 ipad 3 etc 80 cm RETRACTABLE

3.0 out of 5 stars OK is the best that can be said... and check postage times, 11 July 2012
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I bought one of these some time ago and have had no problems with it. Seemed robust, sound quality was fine, and the retractable mechanism was great.

So I ordered another one; first thing was that it took ages to arrive. It was posted promptly, but was coming from CHINA! I have no problem with stuff coming from overseas, but I think you need to be really up-front about it, and this lot weren't.

However, it did arrive in a little under three weeks, and it works, kind of. As long as it's sitting in the right place then it's clear and uses both speakers, but I do need to fiddle around with it to make it work as it should.

But then, how much can I reasonably complain for £3 inc postage? You get what you pay for.


Hi-Tec Men's Montezuma Chocolate 28864-JN9 10 UK
Hi-Tec Men's Montezuma Chocolate 28864-JN9 10 UK

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 4 Aug. 2009
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Very pleased with them, seem well made. The size I bought (9) did come up a little large, but other than that, absolutely no complaints.


Gorbachev's Gamble: Soviet Foreign Policy and the End of the Cold War
Gorbachev's Gamble: Soviet Foreign Policy and the End of the Cold War
by Andrei Grachev
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 29 July 2008
I came to this book with vivid memories of the fall of the Berlin Wall as a teenager, but little or no other knowledge of the break-up of the Soviet Union, and found this book a riveting read.

It shows Gorbachev's final steps to becoming General Secretary of the Communist Party and concentrates on what he did when he got there. It shows the intellectual origins of the `new thinking', the idea that no one was benefitting from the arms race, it was economically unsustainable from the Soviet point of view, and had to be moderated, if not reversed. This was all tied up with internal reform of the Soviet Union; reform of one had to go hand in hand with the other.

Gorbachev told the world what he believed about the arms race, and thought that his erstwhile political adversaries abroad would take his statements of intent at face value, but after years of political deceit, few people did. His gamble was to agree to, and to implement, grossly asymmetrical arms cuts, including pulling out conventional arms and troops from Europe to the extent that, for the first time in several decades, there were fewer Russian troops in Europe than Western troops.

It deals with other events too, such as the first Gulf War and, naturally, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the impact they had on progress.

It's written by a former political adviser to and spokesman for Gorbachev, so it's bound to be pro-Gorbachev, and indeed he does come out of it very well, but interestingly it's clear from the book that by the time Germany was rushing towards reunification and the Berlin Wall was coming down Gorbachev had really lost control of events that he had put in train. It seemed that he believed, naively maybe, that people would still want to be part of the USSR after the end of the Cold War: he was clearly wrong!

This is a hugely well-informed book, well-written and a fascinating read.


Flat Earth News: An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media
Flat Earth News: An Award-winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media
by Nick Davies
Edition: Hardcover

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rise and rise of 'churnalism', 8 July 2008
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Today newspapers are run purely for profit. This means that numbers of reporters are being cut. This means that they can't get out into the world and build contacts that will help them unearth stories. This means that, by and large, they have time to just sit at a desk and recycle (sometimes just plain re-use) stories from:
1. News agencies, who feel it's not their job to interpret anything, merely report it, so no fact checking. This stuff goes straight into papers and broadcast media without being checked.
2. PR. PR agencies who work for organisations send out press releases, which by definition will not be fair or balanced. And that goes straight into the news too. Interestingly, there's also the issue of 'Astroturf' groups: supposedly 'grass-roots' movements and organisations that produce 'independent' reports, except they're no such thing; they're just a front for big business to put out press releases from an apparently independent source. And it's not just global warming or the millennium bug where we're being misled; there are apparently Astroturf organisations sending us reports, towing the government line, from Iraq! So next time you hear about the publication of a report from some think tank, ask yourself who's paying for that report?
3. Each other. If one paper has picked up on a story, rather than (a) check it or (b) get left behind, they recycle the same stuff. It seems that each paper goes through every other paper checking for stories.

Anyone who reads a paper or listens to the news in any way shape or form should read this book.


I Fought The Law
I Fought The Law
by Dan Kieran
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The more people that read this the better!, 8 July 2008
This review is from: I Fought The Law (Paperback)
Having been concerned about the erosion of civil liberties, particularly in the light of the recent 42-day detention issue, I saw this and couldn't resist: and the situation is worse than I feared!

This book is funny, but it's also scary; it shows us how we're sleepwalking in (not into, in: we're already there) a situation where anyone can be stopped and searched for no reason (the Government enacted legislation enabling the police to stop and search anyone for no reason under exceptional circumstances for a month at a time: that legislation has been renewed every month in Greater London since 2002!)

He also lists the ten most ridiculous laws, not saying that they are rdiculous per se, but that the heavy-handed and ill-thought-out laws have unintended and ridiculous consequences:

'Sex Offences Act 2003... Section 9 prohibits sexual contact with a child (obviously not ridiculous) 'but when applied with Section 13... it actually makes it a criminal offence for two teenagers to snog'. This was bad enough, but when I mentioned it in passing to a solicitor friend, she said that she had personally dealt with people actually prosecuted for, basically, a teenage snog in the park.'

It's a real eye-opener. Anyone who has given any thought at all to the disregarding of 800 years of legal rights as enshrined in the Magna Carta will read this and realise that it's much worse than they thought.


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