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Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Price: 65.99

5.0 out of 5 stars strong, light and mighty!, 12 April 2014
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It's a powerful and professional piece of kit that is adding to my DIY capacity in measurable ways.
It's a great piece of equipment for all sorts of robust tasks....Cant imagine better!


Feel Good: How to Change Your Mood and Cope with Whatever Comes Your Way
Feel Good: How to Change Your Mood and Cope with Whatever Comes Your Way
by Shane Pascoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars vaguely engaging....., 12 April 2014
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The construct of this book was promising, but in reality the substance of this was really lacking.

The content for each of the well framed chapters, just wasn't there. There was the desire to offer a combination of psychology and science which is both accessible and practical. The anger chapter was laughably light of real helps for many I serve who face this crippling emotion. The offer strategies were very weak and situationally unrealistic, as I had hoped for so much more.......

So, not feeling so good!


Your Life Plan: How to Set Yourself on the Right Path and Take Charge of Your Life
Your Life Plan: How to Set Yourself on the Right Path and Take Charge of Your Life
by Erica Sosna
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lively life plan resources, 31 Mar 2014
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Fluid, inspiring and wise. This is one of few self-help, identity, future-plan books I would confidently endorse.

It's a brilliant, engaging and useful title. 'Your Life Plan' is a surprisingly creative voice that will activate change and possiblity in your life, if applied. The practical exercises are clear, fun and empowering. The hero-emphasis did take a little getting used to, but the stories and content, were really helpful in rooting this in a practical way.

Attractively type-set with a tranche of engaging tools and approaches worth thorough application. Sosna has given us a book of real help.
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Management: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Management: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by John Hendry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars a small weight, 14 Mar 2014
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The evolution of management is well traced here. Pacy writing, creative metaphors, a rich foundation for understanding and some particularly brilliant diagrams offer a lot here for any reader.

The pyramid of routine work as foundation, troubleshooting as secondary and leadership as the apex of management was a help model.

I particularly enjoy the management across cultures chapter. There's great detail for such a small title, and the academic rigour is very obvious, with the linked title resources on offer, also of great help. For such a very little book, this packs a much more substantive punch. Not the final word but a significant teacher on the matter. A robust, compact management reader well worth your time.


The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Thoughts On Following Jesus, Amish Romance, the Daniel Plan, the Tebow Effect, and the Odds of Finding Your Soul Mate
The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Thoughts On Following Jesus, Amish Romance, the Daniel Plan, the Tebow Effect, and the Odds of Finding Your Soul Mate
Price: 1.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited life and wisdom, 5 Mar 2014
Here comes another dose of unusually packaged, edgey, soulful theology. Altrogge writes very well and with much heart. As well a playful This is a departure from the normal, with arguably the most creative and unique sub-title to this series of essays. You'll rarely get such diverse threads as culture, family, adventure, TV viewing, personality, profile, compatibility, one-in-seven-billion odds, discomfort, eternity and of course Ezekiel bread, in one title!

Some of my favourites lines from this:-
"Life with young children is 85% insanity, 10% vomit, and 5% dedication."
"Amish people bring out the worst in me."
"The gospel gives us meaningful reality, and the gospel compels us to tell others about that meaningful reality."
"Satan is very real, and he wants to bring as much destruction and despair into the world as possible."
"I need hope that Satan won’t have the ultimate victory. I need hope of deliverance. Fantasy can provide a brief respite from this world, but it can’t provide me with any true, lasting hope."
"These types of evangelists also tend to carry thick, King James Version Bibles, which they can pound with their open palm. These types of evangelists also seem to sweat a lot."
"God cares more about our character than about all the “awesome” things we accomplish........Maybe our bucket lists should be more about faithfulness than awesomeness. "
"Hell is very real and lots of people are willingly and unwillingly going there. Eternal realities compel me to tell people about Jesus."
"After all, it does us no good to win the culture war if we end up losing the people."
"Honesty is so much better than false humility."

This is playful, wise and full of pace. It lands more truth, encouragement and life that most more substantive works. A delightful canter, well worth your time. And it's just as Altrogge writes, "Selling freshness is big business these days."


Talk Lean: Shorter Meetings. Quicker Results. Better Relations.
Talk Lean: Shorter Meetings. Quicker Results. Better Relations.
by Alan Palmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.02

4.0 out of 5 stars growing, learning and communicating......, 22 Feb 2014
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Focused meetings, interpersonal communication and sales pitches will improve if you take this advice on board.
Helpful for any and all who have to deal with bullying voices in their world. `Talk Lean' offers a framework to significantly improve your communications skills and achieve what you want without coming across as aggressive. For each of us can be better at meetings, conversations and negotiations.

Palmers best insight I think is the emphasis on transparency and dealing courteously with people rather than any attempt at manipulation. The core thesis builds on how people react to things that are said to them - rationally but above all emotionally. It builds a model of how to improve your outcomes which rings true chapter by chapter.

This is a communications useful-class. Applicable and transferable, if not always easily accessible. Pithy and clear stuff....


SanDisk 32GB Ultra Dual USB Drive - Standard Packaging
SanDisk 32GB Ultra Dual USB Drive - Standard Packaging
Offered by comf_tech
Price: 20.55

5.0 out of 5 stars pacey, powerful and compact, 22 Feb 2014
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Now's the time to throw-away the many inadequate smaller USB sticks.
This kicks all of them. Its great for capacity and is lightening quick. Am loving this.

My only ask would have been a better toggle for attachment for keyring purposes. Top quality and a certain to be a top seller. Excellent stuff.


Untamable God: Encountering the One Who Is Bigger, Better, and More Dangerous Than You Could Possibly Imagine
Untamable God: Encountering the One Who Is Bigger, Better, and More Dangerous Than You Could Possibly Imagine
Price: 1.87

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true untameable God!, 6 Jan 2014
Altrogge has a knack with words. But more that this. This is a beautiful description of life with God. A generous serving of gospel delight.
Here is a glorious vision of Jesus. Stephen Altrogge clearly believes that it's a crime to bore people with Jesus, despite this being our cultural default. Myths are deconstructed, unreality and error are engaged with in gentle but impactful ways. This is a robustly researched and strongly written new work. We are taken to the place of great truth, for 'when God dies to us, we die in ourselves.' Yet few authors let the scale of God remain gloriously beyond their measure, their language and their containment. Altrogge is one of these rare and precious voices.

The structure, spirit and close of the book for me were some of the best parts of this writing. This will cause you to be renewed in your confidence of Christ as Saviour and God.

Here is the God who 'breaks our vocabulary' who exceeds our biggest view of Him and just doesn't say love: He actually proves it. This is far beyond the shallows, its a compelling invitation to our "incredible, glorious, untameable God." This is full of engaging language, stimulating thought and searing theology. Top-class stuff.

Fresh, faithful and heartfelt.


The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Come True
The Yellow World: Trust Your Dreams and They'll Come True
by Albert Espinosa
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

4.0 out of 5 stars life, pain and aches, 31 Dec 2013
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Albert Espinosa spent ten years battling cancer and lost a limb and lung to the disease. These misfortunes have not stopped him having a zest for life which he seeks to convey in this book. There are twenty three 'discoveries' detailed before then explaining his theory about the `yellows' in everyone's life.

Espinosa is not a natural storyteller. I just couldn't find myself getting caught in the narrative of each short chapter and I found it often defaulted to colloquial language. I have the utmost respect for Espinosa's hardships and for his successes after his recovery but the description of his experience is somewhat difficult to relate to. He starts off by saying that he associates cancer with happiness but the dreamy way he describes things comes across as strongly inaccessible. Perhaps to him it makes perfect sense but a writer needs to work a bit harder than "cancer wasn't so bad" to make an audience understand such an incredulous viewpoint.

Great if harrowing life lessons and richly recorded life experiences are offered. Worth your time.........


Happy Graffiti: Street Art with Heart
Happy Graffiti: Street Art with Heart
by Jenny Foulds
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.60

2.0 out of 5 stars creative and a little bit fun!, 31 Dec 2013
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It'll make you smile, but wont sustain your interest for too long!

Only nine artists are the cause of this book of photos of unfinished street art and mainly slogans. Cheeky, observational visual summaries that are worth a flick! A fresh creative and an ideal light-hearted coffee-table book.


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