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Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag
Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag
by Orlando Figes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Hope springs eternal, 3 Jan. 2015
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I expected this to be predominantly the letters between Svetlana and Lev. In fact Figes supplements short extracts from the letters with explanatory background. This works well and produces a powerful, continuous narrative. Reading of the personal suffering, doubts and fears makes it easier to reflect on how you would cope and how you would work to make a relationship survive such punishment and challenge to hope. Figes writes in a plain, passionless style, letting the characters and events speak for themselves. The human spirit survives another period of horrors. We are a great species but sometimes our government's seem to be taken over by something else.


Strange Glory: A life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Strange Glory: A life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
by Charles Marsh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive and gripping, 3 Jan. 2015
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I had some knowledge of Bonhoeffer's life and witness but had never before read an extended biography. This is a great place to start (and maybe finish). This is not a difficult read. Even the 50-odd pages of notes don't need to hold up the flow. Here is the man, his thought, his friends and his context. The story is meticulously told with photographs and extracts from Bonhoeffer's writings, including his poetry, which merits further investigation. Thoroughly worth reading - a life of a saint whose death was probably not as quick as the widely accepted version has it. The detail is harrowing, made worse by how nearly it could have been avoided with the end of the war coming so soon.


Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, 2700K Warm White, Dimmable
Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, 2700K Warm White, Dimmable
Price: £11.82

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brightly shines the kitchen light, 3 Jan. 2015
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Never tried an LED light before. Although this is the GU10 fitting of all my kitchen lights, this bulb was quite difficult to fit. Once it was in place it was secure and sheds a good warm light, matching the other halogen bulbs well. I had not realised that the LED lights don't get warm - a mixed set of LED and halogen could be quite dangerous if you were switching bulbs about after use. I'm very impressed and will definitely be replacing the halogen bulbs with LED as they need it. Just hope the stated longevity materialises to make up for the price differentlial.


Guilty Gadgets ® - 5m 5 Metre HDMI to HDMI Cable Wire Lead Gold Connector Fast 1.4 Version High Speed With Ethernet Gold Connectors Cable for All Brands including Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, JVC, LG, Sharp, Plasma, LED, LCD, TV, HD, TV's, Xbox 360, PS3, SKY Digital, HDTV, Blu-Ray DVD Player, Philips, HMP2000, Apple TV, Virgin Tivo, Freesat, Freeview Box, Playstation 3, BT, Laptop, Desktop, Netbook, Surround Sound Systrem, Sky Box, F5, HDTV, Raspberry Pi, PS3, MHL, Projector
Guilty Gadgets ® - 5m 5 Metre HDMI to HDMI Cable Wire Lead Gold Connector Fast 1.4 Version High Speed With Ethernet Gold Connectors Cable for All Brands including Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, JVC, LG, Sharp, Plasma, LED, LCD, TV, HD, TV's, Xbox 360, PS3, SKY Digital, HDTV, Blu-Ray DVD Player, Philips, HMP2000, Apple TV, Virgin Tivo, Freesat, Freeview Box, Playstation 3, BT, Laptop, Desktop, Netbook, Surround Sound Systrem, Sky Box, F5, HDTV, Raspberry Pi, PS3, MHL, Projector
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Price: £5.45

3.0 out of 5 stars It's a cable!, 3 Jan. 2015
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Nothing special. The cable is of reasonable quality with less protection from abrasion and other damage than some. The performance is fine working between a netbook and an HD TV. The additional length is very convenient, especially if you have a large TV screen and don't want to sit too close.


Becoming the Perfect Gentleman
Becoming the Perfect Gentleman
by Zach Falconer-Barfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

3.0 out of 5 stars Poor man's Debrett's, 1 Dec. 2014
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There's nothing to dislike strongly here. There's plenty of humour mixed with good advice. I was relieved that it was not yet another American dig at British stuffiness. I suppose it could really help someone who has no idea how they are expected to behave. I found the presentation rather dull. Debrett's Etiquette and Modern Manners does all this so much better - humour and a much wider range. A redneck stock car champion could comfortably meet the Archbishop of Canterbury after studying Debrett for an evening.
At least this book will probably appeal to a wider audience so may have a wider audience than Debrett. Worth reading but there is better guidance elsewhere.


Logitech K480 Multi Device Bluetooth Keyboard for PC, Smartphone and Tablet (QWERTY) - White
Logitech K480 Multi Device Bluetooth Keyboard for PC, Smartphone and Tablet (QWERTY) - White
Price: £49.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, 1 Dec. 2014
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This does what it says - allows you to use a keyboard linked to a mobile device or even several devices at the same time. It can be fiddly to connect. Typing is fine, although the keyboard has a retro look and feel which might not appeal to someone used to a modern keyboard. It's quite clunky and noisy, there is no way to adjust the angle at which a device sits in the slot above the keyboard and navigation on any device is very difficult to master. I gave up after a few days and now only use it for bulk typing, like this review. If that's a large part of your use of the connected device, this could be the solution you need. Having seen some of the keyboards you can get to link via Bluetooth, including those built into a case, I'm disappointed. Linking to multiple devices works well, but I'm not sure how often I'll use that with the devices synchornising so easily anyway. The batteries were dead on arrival.


The Evolutionist; The Strange Tale of Alfred Russel Wallace
The Evolutionist; The Strange Tale of Alfred Russel Wallace
by Avi Sirlin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars I like my history straight and really don't like historical fiction ..., 1 Dec. 2014
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Wasn't sure about this book before I started it. I like my history straight and really don't like historical fiction or enhancing history with fantasy to fill in the gaps. This book is nothing like that. It was gripping from beginning to end although disappointing on the evolution work of Wallace and how that related to the work of Darwin. I will need to read elsewhere to get any understanding of that. For me, a great pleasure was to find that he wrote extensively on Malaya, where I will be going for my son's wedding in February, so that's exciting and a great coincidence.
The 2 pages on Wallace discovering love are worth the read alone. There was a tear in my eye.
Well worth the read, to meet something of the character of a great thinker. I now need to find a biography.


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Paperama
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4.0 out of 5 stars Limits of device, 14 Nov. 2014
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Accuracy of tablet's detection of ginger position and movement make this an occasional frustrating game. Fun for getting your eye in for something more pleasure but not addictive.


Oral-B Trizone 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Trizone 4000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A handy Sonic companion, 25 Sept. 2014
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I'm a longterm Philips Sonic toothbrush user so found the rotating and swivelling head of the Oral-B Trizone bulky, noisy and quite uncomfortable in the mouth. However, with practice it's possible to be as gentle as with the lighter Sonic and get excellent cleaning results. If anything it's slightly easier to get to the back of your jaw effectively as the brush moves in several directions. The warning light which flashes when there is too much pressure on the head is useful to prevent damage. I'm finding alternating with the Sonic provides a good quality clean.

The noise is quite alarming, especially compared with the quiet bozz of the Sonic, but other members of the household haven't complained so perhaps it's all in my head.


Philips Shaver Series 3000 with CloseCut Blades and Flexing Heads HQ6986/16
Philips Shaver Series 3000 with CloseCut Blades and Flexing Heads HQ6986/16
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best so far, 25 Sept. 2014
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Now I know why Philips are the electric shaver kings. I've been using a Wet/Dry version of this shaver for several weeks but have never found it comfortable (or very effective) for more than a few days at a time. Although the 3000 has the same CloseCut blades as the Wet/Dry version they seem much sharper and product a very close shave with no soreness, no nicks and no need for expensive creams afterwards.

A charge lasts several days, it's quiet and a good solid build. I'm expecting it to last well. Very highly recommended.


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