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Screwtop Thompson
Screwtop Thompson
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Well written but very unsatisfing., 6 Feb. 2014
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I was disappointed with the book's content which is composed entirely of what appears to be false starts for stories Magnus Mills began to write and then decided not to finish.

What appeared to be chapters are actually individual, unconnected stories (Screwtop Thompson is one of those stories).

Each of these short sketches lasts only a few pages in which time a scene is set before it is abandoned with no conclusion.

Although very well written, it is disappointingly unsatisfying.


MIND THE GAP!
MIND THE GAP!
by Jason Cross
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In with the new..., 4 Aug. 2013
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Mind The Gap is an interesting pictorial review of London Underground’s tube stock between 2008 and 2012, capturing the last months of the old trains and the sweeping advance of the new.

The colour photographs each occupy a whole page and the information describes when and where they were taken. Many of the pictures are of tube trains on the surface, either in or near stations, with a few taken in tube or sub-surface stations for good measure.

Whether intentional or not, what the book also does is to capture the visual effect of the changes to the system that the S Stock has had since it become (or will soon become) ubiquitous across the tube network… Obviously, as the same train stock in the same livery is in use on different lines, the pictures can appear repetitive, but for me it only served to highlight the loss of character and individuality that has befallen each line not they all use virtually the same trains. Despite the improved standards the new trains undoubtedly bring, the sameness of it all was a bit disheartening…

Nevertheless, the book is excellent and provides a reminder of the last remaining D, C and A stock still in service as well as a snapshot in time of the advance of the S Stock across the network.


Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground
Walk the Lines: The London Underground, Overground
by Mark Mason
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.20

5.0 out of 5 stars A good read, 30 May 2013
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This works on a number of levels. It offers an urban guide to some routes you might like to walk for pleasure or exercise; It is the story of one man's personal quest to achieve their self-set goal and their encounters along the way; It is a reminder that many of the everyday things we pass by without a thought are often worth a second look; and it makes you appreciate the true extent of the size of the London Underground.

The facts about London Underground and the areas it passes through (or under) that are dotted throughout the book are interesting and, thanks to Mark Mason's engaging writing, you can experience the effort of walking every mile of London's Underground without leaving your chair or getting wet.


London Underground By Design
London Underground By Design
by Mark Ovenden
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much for one book, 30 May 2013
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Mark Ovenden has done a great job of cramming the entire 150 years of London Underground's history into this book, but that's where the problem lies: it is crammed in with the result that the pictures are too small and the text is too small.

The whole history is covered but there's no depth (no pun intended) and the feeling is that something's missing: the passion for the subject seems to have been lost as a result. Perhaps if this had been a two volume edition, it would have helped by allowing for larger photos and text and more space to expand on the information.

As a historical timeline, it is excellent, but as a read it can be a little on the heavy side.


Qualitative Content Analysis in Practice
Qualitative Content Analysis in Practice
by Margrit Schreier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.09

3.0 out of 5 stars Consider Krippendorf's QA book instead., 30 May 2013
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A good book, but I found that it veered between description and example in a way I didn't find as helpful as I hoped. If I'm honest I preferred an alternative book on Quantitative Analysis by Krippendorf which was easier to follow and was more suited to someone new to the wider process of QA.


The Maintenance of Headway
The Maintenance of Headway
by Magnus Mills
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 May 2013
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The book is sheer genius. Magnus Mills takes the dull principle of job creation to a new comic level.

He follows the tribulations of the rival delivery drivers who transport their van loads of spare parts between depots and introduces tension between the factions of drivers who share different viewpoints on clocking off early. It may not sound much of a theme, but in the hands of Magus Mills, the riavalry and comedy comes to life while the characters transport the parts between depots... and underlying it all is the that the parts they transport are the parts for the vans they drive. The depots only store and redistribute those parts and the entire purpose of the transpotation / storage and redistribution is to keep the vans on the road... all utterly pointless and extremely funny.


Childrens Christmas Carols + Songs
Childrens Christmas Carols + Songs
Price: £5.73

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 9 May 2013
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Don't waste your money. It is simply not worth it. I'd recommend making a donation to charity instead of buying this.


Tigerbox Black Leather Pouch Case with Pull Release Tab For Nokia 800 Lumia Mobile Phone
Tigerbox Black Leather Pouch Case with Pull Release Tab For Nokia 800 Lumia Mobile Phone

3.0 out of 5 stars Fine for the price, 9 May 2013
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Nothing special but serves its purpose. Thought it was a bit on the flimsy side and after a few uses decided not to use it at all and to let my phone take its chances with the keys and coins in the same pocket. So far it's done OK, so the pouch has been a bit of a white elephant.

Would I start using it again? Probably not. Would I give it to someone else? Already have... and they have also stopped using it in favour of a different case they bought themselves. That probably reveals more about the case than anything else I could write.


Underground Heritage
Underground Heritage
by Antony Badsey-Ellis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.95

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, 9 May 2013
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If you were hoping for an exploration of the stations and their architecture you’ll be a little disappointed as the book has gathered the strands together – all clocks, all lighting, etc – from across the system rather than covering them station at a time, and the information is sometimes a little brief, although it is still interesting.

However, the facts and photos grow on you and for regular users of the Tube it provides a spotters guide to the things that are taken for granted everyday but which mark out the long history of the Underground and are still in everyday use.


The Royal Mint London Underground 2013 Silver Proof Train Coin
The Royal Mint London Underground 2013 Silver Proof Train Coin
Offered by CoinGallery
Price: £50.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history, 9 May 2013
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The coin commemorates the opening of the first Underground Railway in the world and is a memento of the 150th Anniversary of the occasion with appeal for coin collectors or Underground Railway enthusiasts alike.


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