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Measurement Madness: Recognizing and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Performance Measurement
Measurement Madness: Recognizing and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Performance Measurement
by Dina Gray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Can a ruler measure itself?, 2 Sept. 2015
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If you work in the public sector you will have come across most of the issues addressed here. A perfect holiday read for the over-burdened public servant. If, like me, you regularly spend most of your working week preparing reports which you know don't answer the questions that those reading them think they are reading answers to, this book will help you feel you are not alone. It might even make you feel that you need to start an intelligent discussion about what all that performance measurement is trying to do - not just the interpretation of the results (if that is indeed possible in any meaningful way) - but whether the activities being measured could possibly be better directed by analysing the data collected. The authors clearly know what they are talking about, with plenty of examples drawn from a wide range of experience. Dare I leave this lying around at work? Should I add a reading list to some of my emails?


Max Weber
Max Weber
by Joachim Radkau
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Academic and racy?, 2 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Max Weber (Paperback)
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I had come across the thought of Weber but never the life. This book is an extraordinary revelation. In the words of Lord Dahrendorf, in a review of this volume ".. he reveals what others tried to conceal: the emotional turmoil suffered by the champion of rationality."
This is no dry academic study - the headings within chapters give this away. 2 examples will suffice: "'Snouty' and 'Sparrow': the first act of the Esle drama" and "Discovery of the art of ecstasy: a precursor of hippie Hinduism". Read on.


The Secular State Under Siege: Religion and Politics in Europe and America
The Secular State Under Siege: Religion and Politics in Europe and America
by Christian Joppke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Wise words for secularists, 2 Sept. 2015
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Politicians and commentators who speak publicly about the place of religion in society and politics should be asked to state whether they have read and understood this book, so that we know whether they are well-informed and have looked more deeply than the usual dog-whistle responses would suggest. There is much to enjoy here on a critical topic as the West faces the threat of ISIS and seeks to accomodate those of many world faiths and none within one democratic community. Not always an easy read, but well-presented. Plenty to inform dinner party conversation and make you cringe during news broadcasts.


Philips GC2046/20 EasySpeed Steam Iron with 110 g Steam Boost/ Ceramic Soleplate and Safety Auto-Off, 270 ml, 2200 Watt, Blue
Philips GC2046/20 EasySpeed Steam Iron with 110 g Steam Boost/ Ceramic Soleplate and Safety Auto-Off, 270 ml, 2200 Watt, Blue
Price: £35.00

4.0 out of 5 stars I like ironing, 2 Sept. 2015
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We have used the predecessor Philips model for several years. Eventually it has clogged itself up, despite regular cleaning. This model is an excellent replacement. It seems lighter than the old one and has all the benefits of a good size reservoir, very quick to heat, safe to leave standing and now with the additional safety cutout feature - probably more necessary now that I'm older. Another good, solid, dependable Philips product with no gimmicks.


Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Standing Leather Origami Case (3rd generation - 2013 release), Black
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Standing Leather Origami Case (3rd generation - 2013 release), Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality and style, 2 Sept. 2015
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A real quality product. Perhaps as this is an Amazon production it fits the HDX beautifully, just with a magnet, so no fear about damaging a clip-on plastic case. The automatic switching on and off seems to be fine, which was a problem with a previous non-Amazon case. The build quality is excellent and the sound quality is not significantly impaired by the back of the case covering the speakers - there is a space for the sound to come out vertically. The only down side is that the angle of rake for portrait or landscape is limited to one position. If that's not the angle you like ... look elsewhere.


Napoleon: On War
Napoleon: On War
by Bruno Colson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.02

3.0 out of 5 stars Military thinking from the master, 17 July 2015
This review is from: Napoleon: On War (Hardcover)
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If you want a distillation of what Napoleon wrote and thought about war and how that fits into the thinking and actions of others, this book must be indispensible. The presentation is very clear, with a huge number of sources referenced. A timely production for the 200th anniversary of many of Napoleon's great battles - the BBC series from Andrew Roberts has aroused my interest.

As the book takes a wider historical perspective than the battles themselves, Colson includes Napoleon's reflections on his failures, writing from his exile on St Helena. The confession of a great man shows his insight into his mistaken enthusiasm for battle taking over from his military operations brain:

"At Borodino, I mistakenly attacked the Russians' entrenched position; it was because I was thirsting for a major battle. For an army with a sizeable, good cavalry, which can manoeuvre behind a system of good redoubts, supported by an army, should not be attacked. It must be made to abandon its position by manoeuvres."

This is easy to dip into and has excellent discursive summaries at the end of every section. It's a good catalogue of part of Napoleon's legacy.


AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Box Grater, Black
AnySharp Plastic and Stainless Steel 3-in-1 Box Grater, Black
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Grate, 17 July 2015
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I've been using a large IKEA grater, with a built-in plastic container underneath. That's fine for a big job, but this fills a niche. Very sharp, goor ergonomics and easy to clean. Probably the only grater you would need if you're coooking for one or two. Only downside is that it makes it too convenient to add a bit of grated cheese.


AnySharp ABS Plastic Multi-Tool and Knife Sharpener, Blue
AnySharp ABS Plastic Multi-Tool and Knife Sharpener, Blue
Price: £12.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp design = sharp knives, 17 July 2015
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I've been searching for a replacement for the ancient Prestige wall-mounted knife sharpener that I've relied on for over 30 years. That was quite a precarious operation when it was no longer screwed to the wall. This works just as well, but is designed to be handheld. A simple idea, with a quality execution - just hope I remember how to use when I have discarded the packaging.


Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015]
Dvd ~ Damian Lewis
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Tone-deaf version only available, 21 Jun. 2015
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This review is from: Wolf Hall [DVD] [2015] (DVD)
Even better second time round. This is a very fine production which I will enjoy many more times. The lighting is great but the interiors are dull. The only criticisms are that it is impossible to believe that Henry is in love with Ann. She is charmless and, according to my wife, has the wrong colour eyes. There seems to be no magnetism between them at all. Finally, to the biggest problem. If only the English had written some music in Tudor times! We could all have been spared the chugging "dramatic" music and the faltering tune which cannot complete. Please provide a version without the music and I'll watch it with George Formby on the ukulele playing on the gramophone - far more suitable I'd say.


Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
Price: £5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It'll be over by Christmas?, 22 May 2015
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Clearly written by a journalist anxious to demonstrate that the sources are sound. A compelling narrative with strong conclusions. If you've worked with addicts there will be characters you recognise and you might see them in a new light as they fit into an historical narrative that isn't often told. Well worth the time even if you don't agree with decriminalization or legalisation of any drugs.


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