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Hama CD Wallet Nylon Black Holds 120
Hama CD Wallet Nylon Black Holds 120
Price: £8.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid holders, 25 July 2014
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They do what you would expect - store lots of CDs / DVDs, and come in at a very reasonable price. The plastic pockets seem robust, and they sit nice and discretely on our cabinet shelf.


Counterparty Credit Risk and Credit Value Adjustment: A Continuing Challenge for Global Financial Markets (The Wiley Finance Series)
Counterparty Credit Risk and Credit Value Adjustment: A Continuing Challenge for Global Financial Markets (The Wiley Finance Series)
by Jon Gregory PhD
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" for capital markets practitioners, 25 July 2014
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This is the second edition, and expands quite a bit on the first, particularly in terms of covering emerging issues such as funding valuation adjustments (FVA).

I think the key thing that makes this book so useful is that it properly balances the mix of providing the intuition of the various complex issues, and then the mathematical detail. Whilst final CVA calculations are, inevitably, going to be very mathematical, the reasoning and thought processes behind the assumptions you make are just as crucial, and Jon Gregory covers this in a very easy-to-follow way.

If you are involved in capital markets trading in any way (trader, back office, controller, auditor etc), you really should read this book.


Zack & Wiki Quest for Barbaro's Treasure (Wii)
Zack & Wiki Quest for Barbaro's Treasure (Wii)
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £17.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think motion-sensitive Monkey Island, 2 Mar. 2008
This game truely is unique. It takes all that is great about point-and-click adventures, adds it's own quirky sense of humour, colourful cartoon graphics, and most importantly: it adds the Wii-mote!!!

Each level is a puzzle, the objective being to open the treasure chest located somewhere in the level. To get to it, you have to interact with the environment, using object X on object Y, which causes Z to happen. Need to shake a coconut out of a tree? Then click on the tree and shake the Wii-mote until the coconut drops. Need to turn the lever? Then hold the Wii-mote horizontal and imitate a turning action.

This is great fun for everyone, and some of the puzzles are fiendish!!! One of the best games on the Wii.


The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution
The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution
by Barnet Schecter
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn about pivotal events, 2 Mar. 2008
I read about General Howe and his apparent incompetence in America in the book 'Generals'. Intrigued, I sought out a book on the American Revolution to understand a bit more about this crucial time in world history.

'The Battle fo New York' provides exactly what I was looking for. As the name suggests, it focuses mainly on the struggle to control New York, but it also sets the context of the Revolution more generally. It's full of detail, and especially enjoyable are the anecdotes of various participants, from both sides of the battle.

An excellent read, both entertaining and informative.


Polar Star
Polar Star
by Martin Cruz Smith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Gorky Park, 2 Mar. 2008
This review is from: Polar Star (Paperback)
I prefer this to Gorky Park because it evokes a much stronger image of the life of Soviet workers in the 80s.

It's a murder-mystery, with a bit of politics and espionage thrown into the mix. It is a well-paced thriller, that I honestly couldn't put down without difficulty.

I look forward to reading the other Renko books.


Poker Tournament Formula
Poker Tournament Formula
by Arnold Snyder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for FAST tournaments, 23 Aug. 2007
The crucial thing you need to know when deciding whether to buy this is the fact that it deals with FAST tournaments i.e. those tournaments in which blinds increase every 20-30 mins. There are a lot of these games online, especially at the lower buy-ins.

Snyder explains his theories about these tournaments in a clear, informative way, and provides plenty of rules and charts explaining what hands to play from each position.

The most interesting sections for me were towards the end of the book, particularly his thoughts on rebuys. I have not seen a better discussion on rebuy strategy in these tournaments.

In conclusion, a great book. If you are wanting advice about how to succeed in long, slow tournaments like the WSOP, then get the Harrington on Hold 'Em series. If you want advice on quick tournaments, then pick up this book today.


NBA Street V3 (PS2)
NBA Street V3 (PS2)
Offered by AAA Toys
Price: £49.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Great ARCADE basketball, 22 Aug. 2007
This review is from: NBA Street V3 (PS2) (Video Game)
This is a really entertaining basketball game, as the other reviewers have pointed out.

However, be aware that this is a 3-on-3 game - it is not the 5-on-5 game played by in the NBA league. If you are looking for realism, this isn't for you. If you are looking for outrageous dunks and moves, then NBA Street V3 is right up your, um, street!


Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (Nintendo DS)
Pro Evolution Soccer 6 (Nintendo DS)
Offered by STOCKTASTIC
Price: £10.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good fun, 22 Aug. 2007
First of all, this is a DS game. As such, you really can't compare it to PES6 on the PS2 etc.

Secondly, and more importantly, this is a good little football game on the DS. You can play quick matches between over 80 national teams, and there are a few club teams such as Arsenal and Juventus. The controls are easy to pick up, and are almost exactly like the PS2 version.

The level of difficulty seems to be set just right, with the computer providing a tough challenge on 'Normal' difficulty. However, once you learn the fine art of the one-two and through-ball moves, you'll be rewarded with some memorable goals.

The graphics are OK, and dont detract from an entertaining game of football.

There is no Master League in this version - instead, you play in a World League in which you have to beat all of the other teams in the game. It's very addictive, and will take a while to complete.

I have not played it on Wi-Fi, so can't comment on whther it is any good.

All in all, this is a great game to fill the hours during a train journey etc. It is the best footy game on the DS.


1 [CD+DVD]
1 [CD+DVD]
Price: £4.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wu Classic, 12 July 2007
This review is from: 1 [CD+DVD] (Audio CD)
Let's be honest - the Wu camp has been churning out some pretty poor music these last couple of years.

However, this release by Cilvaringz gives hope to Wu fans that perhaps the Wu is back to top form.

Yes, this is Cilvaringz's album, but it's littered with guest spots from most of the Clan, and the Wu Elements (RZA, Mathematics etc.) take charge of most of the production.

Pop this in your player, and you'll be transported back to that mid-90s period of big beats, rhythmic hooks, and razor-sharp MCing.

Get it now!!!


When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management
by Roger Lowenstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, 12 July 2007
This is an informative and entertaining account of the rise and fall of LTCM - the biggest hedge-fund failure in history.

Roger Lowenstein does a great job of making what could have been a highly technical analysis of LTCMs trades and strategies into an book that is easily readable by anyone with a passing knowledge of business.


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