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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice slipper. Hopelessly impractical, unsafe, 25 Jan 2013
Look good in a moon boots way. Check. Keep feet warm. Check. Unable to grip on a stair carpet. Check. No proper sole. Check. Overpriced and dangerous. Check and check.

Going up and downstairs is transformed into a daily life in your hands scenario. These are dangerously slippy slippers. I've came close to breaking an ankle.

The sole is made from a canvas material, put something in the bin in the rain and they sponge up water. Great.

Sony ICF-SW12S Compact World Band Travel Radio
Sony ICF-SW12S Compact World Band Travel Radio

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product but high price, 9 Sep 2010
I've owned one of these radios for two years and it's been used approx 10 hours per day, every day - often getting covered in water and enveloped in steam when I'm in the shower, rained on in the garden etc. It's fell off my bed and bounced on the floor (and the dog) so many times I couldn't hope to count. This is a touhg little radio which won't let you down. Power usage I find good. Only one earphones works which probably saves power. Sizewise it's just right and fits in your pocket.

Unimpressive looking - it was not love at first site when I opened the box
Flip hinges now have hairline cracks
At 70 quid I felt it is about 20-30 overpriced
Worst of all - does not have LW

KGB: The Inside Story
KGB: The Inside Story
by Christopher Andrew
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rambling, long-winded and sneering, 9 Sep 2010
This review is from: KGB: The Inside Story (Paperback)
A hefty tome which looked the part however once I began turning the pages I found myself quickly turned off a) by the turgid writing and b) sneering tone adopted by the authors throughout. Andrew's appears to have been out to settle a few scores in this book and his jeering smug attitude I found to be most unacademic. The KGB is clearly a fairly grisly topic but his hatred and contempt contaminates every page. Andrew's takes great care to slag off Lenin and co. in the most unflattering light possible and I was left with the very strong perception this contempt was directed at the politics behind the KGB rather than the hordes of murders and killings carried out by the KGB.

This book is destined for the next car boot sale methinks.
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Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists: Marxism in the Civil War
Red Republicans and Lincoln's Marxists: Marxism in the Civil War
by Walter D Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.57

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Neo-con wacky reds under the bed rubbish, 18 Jan 2009
If you believe that Adolf Hitler and Abraham Lincoln were practically the same and struggle to discern the subtle differences between fascism and communism then read this review no further and buy this book. You will love it. As for the other 99.999999991% of the population - this book really is a total howler written in classic reds under the bed style.

The genesis idea of the book is that the republican forces of the civil war were stuffed with hardcore socialists and that Lincoln shared many ideas with Marxists. There is a kernel of truth in this. There is also a kernel truth in the argument that Hitler and Lincoln had striking similarities - they were both men, they were both heads of state, they both had dark hair etc. But it is not serious reasoned academic argument. It is the logic of the Carfax Lunatic asylum.

It is a shame as there as an interesting story to be found about the history of Marxists and socialists in the United States civil war period. However the authors almost visceral contempt for anyone, anything, any variety of socialism or communism appearing on their pages undercuts the whole enterprise.

I feel the only place for a book like is in what someone rather famously once described as `the dustbin of history'.
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Roberts Robi DAB/FM Radio for iPod - Black
Roberts Robi DAB/FM Radio for iPod - Black
Offered by Luzern
Price: 33.99

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't touch this product with long barge pole, 28 Jun 2008
This is in theory a useful ipod add-on which is in reality a poor bit of kit. It picks up a signal okay for me so I've given it two stars however there were a series of major flaws which became clear while using it.

1) Power usage - power is expended at a frightening rate. I was able to get 4 hours from my fully charged ipod touch. I felt this was poor.
2) The gizmo would not allow me to turn off the auto back lighting and i found that every 2-3 minutes even when stationary the gizmo would light up my ipod like an xmas tree needlessly expending lots of power. There was no way of stopping this happening even by playing about with the ipod settings.
3) The gizmo wire which runs into the ipod is way too long leaving lots of loose wire rattling around in my pocket. I couldn't undertsand why it couldn't have the option of pluging the gizmo straight into the ipod.

Not a good product.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of print and off the beaten track - but well worth the effort, 28 Mar 2007
Holland and McDonald provide a compelling, articulate, history and analysis of the INLA and of it's later splinter arm, the IPLO. The authors track the development of the INLA through the leaderships of Costello, O'Reilly, McGlinchy, Brown et al. The constant crises in leadership, factionalism, stunted development of the IRSP, poor analysis of the unionist community and lack of finance are picked out, highlighted and laid bare as fatally undermining the movements inability to build the necessary political power-base. The INLA's ultimate slow-burn degeneration into a squalid racketeering, sectarian gang following the execution by the British of Ronnie Bunting appears stark and grim. It was interesting as someone who knew little about the INLA to read that a number of prominent members (such as Belfast OC Ronnie Bunting and Noel Lyttle) were protestant. This perhaps hints at the movements initial potential to have crossed some religious barriers.

This has been a book I had been looking to acquire for a few years. Often after a long wait the book proves not live up to high expectations. Not, I repeat not, in this instance. This is seminal reading for anyone with a serious intrest in the Irish troubles. No hesitation in giving this book five stars.

France Since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society
France Since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society
by Charles Sowerwine
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written and very accessible, 20 Mar 2007
Having had a very, very limited understanding of french politics and society I found this a very good introduction covering all the bases. I found myself initally dipping in and out of chapters till I found I had dipped in and out of the book cover to cover.

Nixon's Head
Nixon's Head
by Arthur Woodstone
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking little book, 19 Mar 2007
This review is from: Nixon's Head (Paperback)
Superb book, albeit of it's time, which is based on the statement: 'I think anyone who wants to be president should have his head examined' (Averill Harriman, 1970). Woodstone conducts an arms-length psychological analysis of Rochard Nixon based on his speeches, public statements and conduct etc. The reader can almost taste Woodstone's mounting horror at the sheer lunancy and palpable madness of Nixon's public pronouncements. I don't think it would spoil the ending for readers I if were to say Woodstone's conclusions tend to suggest Nixon was as mad as a bag of spanners.

Robespierre, or the Force of Circumstance
Robespierre, or the Force of Circumstance
by John Laurence Carr
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars B-minus 6th form paper, 18 Mar 2007
Carr's biography is a descriptive, very simple, very poor effort which brings to bear the intelluctual depth of a puddle to Robespierre's life. There is little effort to analyse, critique or put into any conceptual framework Robespierre's life or times. Vital areas stand out demanding further examination - Robespierre's psycholgical make-up, the possibility that he could have been gay, his relationship with his family, his own personal manifestation of the revolution etc. His move from part of the general revolutionary parliamentary mass to a political killer leading the revoluation is skated over with little comment.

Overall, a compelling subject matter poorly served by what is little better than an extended essay by an average 6th form student.

by Ed Moloney
Edition: Paperback

8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old and hard to find - but an excellent read, 24 Feb 2005
This review is from: Paisley (Paperback)
This is a really good, muck-raking biography of Ian Paisley. The authors are well-clued up local journo's who paint an intimate picture of Big Ian, with lots of fascinating detail (e.g. How Big Ian served queen and country in the dark days of WW2 by skipping off to the front-line in er,...Wales.).
Big Ian shows up as a none-too-bright personality who is usually the front man for more able and thoughtful brains (Desmond Boal in the 70's, Peter Robinson in the 90's). He is however clearly a charismatic personality who has always operated as an outsider from mainstream loyalist, orange and unionist bodies. He has been very successful in assembling his own independent power-base and it is clear he is loathed among UUP circles.
Far from the famous image of the ranting, not-an-inch mouthpiece Big Ian has actually pogo-sticked a fair bit around the Irish political landscape. The book outlines his astonishing dealings with loyalist paramilitaries in the late 70's (and makes a total mockey of his denunciations of 'terrorists'). More surprisingly it details his flirting with nationalism and the 'Dublin infidel' at the start of the 70's.
Whilst well dated now, I would thoughrouly recommend this hard to find book to anyone with an active interest in Irish politics.
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