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Good Medicine: Safe, natural ways to solve over 75 common health problems
Good Medicine: Safe, natural ways to solve over 75 common health problems
by Patrick Holford
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.34

46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money, 20 Jan 2014
Having just had a short flick through this book, some things are noticable - and not in a good way.

For example - Holford still seems to be promoting his "take massive doses of Vitamin C as a cure for nearly everything" mantra - despite the fact that repeated clinical trials have not only shown high doses of vitamin C do not have such a curative effect, but that they can actually have a harmful one.

In fact it seems to me that much of the "advice" given in this book is along the lines of "your body needs a little bit of this particular thing" (for example chromium) "so you should take loads of it in the forms of supplements" (interesting advice from a guy who works for Biocare (a supplement pill company) as "Head of Science and Education"). Yet there is little proper clinical evidence to support most of the "advice" in this book (despite what the fluff on the book claims). The human body is perfectly capapable of getting all the nutrients it needs from a regular balanced diet without the need for any exotic potions and pills. In truth I'm at a loss to work out how recommending taking artificial supplements in any way qualifies as "natural" at all - it seems to me singularly UN-natural.

As other reviewers have pointed out - if you're worried about your health, go and talk to your doctor. If you want good diet advice, have a chat with a dietician (in the UK "dietician" is a protected and regulated title held by qualified professionals; "nutritionist" is not controlled or regulated - anyone can set themselves up as a nutritionists without a single relevant qualification). And in the mean time - save your money. Don't waste it on such nonsense as this book.
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Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele - The World's Most Popular Uke
Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele - The World's Most Popular Uke
Offered by Omega Music
Price: 69.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Not comfy, 26 Jun 2013
I have no doubt that the Lanikai LU-21 is a quality ukulele, and certainly when I tried one, it had a lovely rich sound. If I were rating this ukulele on that alone, it would get 5 stars.

However I found that the edges of the the white binding are quite sharp and hard. If you're a female uke player, this cound be an issue, as our playing position is slightly different than men have (by virtue of having a chest!!!) As a result I found the edge dug into my arm and became very uncomfortable quite quickly - ended up getting a Brunswick in the end. I don't think guys will have the same problem as they can hold a uke flatter. Because of this, I'm going to have to drop a couple of stars.

Price: 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Such a brilliant product, 28 Jan 2013
Our cat was hit by a car on Christmas day. She ended up having to have metal plates put in to repair the broken bones. Needless to say this meant she was in a lot of pain.

This lead to a problem. If she was in pain she didn't eat. As her pain medication had to go in her food, she wasn't getting a full dose - we got into a vicious cycle.

Then a collague recommended trying Lik-e-Lix. As she pointed out, although it's sold as a treat, it's soft and mild (good if your cat is not well), and although it's not as nutritious as proper food, at least she'd be getting some energy from it.

Puss hoovered it up from the outset. We were able to give her the proper dose of pain medication with no problems at all (if you're doing this, I recommend giving the Lik-e-Lix with medication first, before giving proper food). It meant she wasn't in discomfort anymore, her appetite returned, and she just seemed much, much brighter. And judging by the loud purrs, she enjoys her Lik-e-Lix every time.

Lik-e-Lix was a godsend!

My one tiny criticism is that it only comes in 2 flavours (chicken and salmon). But as it's a new product hopefully that will change.

Riemann P10 Once a Day 200 ml
Riemann P10 Once a Day 200 ml

3.0 out of 5 stars Works very well but..., 30 Jun 2012
I have to admit, this does exactly what it says on the tin. Put it on at the start of the day and it protects you all day with just the one application.


If you have very very fair skin, factor 20 sunblock isn't quite enough. I still find I need to add a little extra if I'm out during the heat of the day. However by having P20 as a base layer it extends the time you can go without topping up, so if you're running around like a lunatic, you know you've got some leeway to work with.

P20 say that their product doesn't leave white marks. This is very true. What they don't tell you is that on light coloured clothing it can leave yellow marks instead. As long as you stay cool this isn't a problem, but if you're active and you sweat, it can transfers some of the sunblock on to your clothes along with it.

And you have to put it on 15-20 minutes before you go out in the sun. Fine on holiday but if you have to go out suddenly - not so great.

So - great for holidays by the pool (if I did that sort of thing I'd probably be giving it 5 stars), but for active out and about for those with very pale skin - got to go with 3 stars I'm afraid.
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Christmas with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Christmas with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Offered by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Price: 10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A plucking good Christmas album!!!, 3 Feb 2012
If you want a Christmas album with a difference. Christmas songs, both secular and religious, done in the UOGB's inimitable style.

There's a nice range of genres and tempos, from Elvis's Blue Christmas, to traditional Wassailing tunes, to modern takes on old favourites. To this day I cannot decide whether I like Jonty Bank's version of "Merry Xmas Everybody", or Dave Suich's alternative take on "The Christmas Song" ("Rudolph roasting on an open fire...") more. Both are frankly amazing!

My only real criticism is with the "Down in Yon Forest" canticle. This is probably the weak point of the album. It doesn't seem to fit with any of the other tracks, although it has to be said that ukuleles do capture that medieval flavour excellently. This is why I've dropped a star, because I cannot fault any of the other tracks.

Unlike many of the Uke's other albums, more of this seems to be studio recorded rather than live, so you drop some of the banter. But really, it doesn't matter a jot.

It should tell you something that, although I am rather apathetic about Christmas in general (with a big helping on Humbug on the side!), I was still playing this album almost constantly until about a week ago (and it's now February). The music on the album is really a joy to listen to.

Ukulele For Dummies
Ukulele For Dummies
by Alistair Wood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.87

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for all levels, 3 Feb 2012
This review is from: Ukulele For Dummies (Paperback)
I was given Ukulele for Dummies for Christmas. I'm so glad I was.

I consider myself an intermediate player, but I'd got into a rut and didn't know how to move my skills on. Most ukulele books out there are either for beginners, or for advanced "finger pickers". If you're beyond beginner but still need to learn a lot more, there's never been a lot out there for you.

Not a problem any more!

This books covers everything! If you're a beginner it starts you out with everything you need to know to get playing. For intermediates it takes you on to more complicated strum patterns, and other effects such as chunking, as well as introducing you to reading music notation. If you're more advanced yet it takes you through some more advanced picking techniques and will give you some unusual exercises to really test your skills on (how about "Greensleeves" on the uke?).

There's even a section on ukulele maintenance, such as changing strings and basic troubleshooting, and introductions to famous uke players - so you know who all those people are that get mentioned on uke forums!

And for me, what I liked the most is that the songs you play in the exercises are ones you might have stood a chance of hearing at some point! Most beginners ukulele books seem to expect an intimate knowledge of American folk songs. If you're a Brit or under the age of 70, there's a liklihood that you've never heard of the song, which makes learning doubly difficult. Although there are still some of these songs (hence the dropping of a star), there are audio tracks of all of the tunes, so you can hear what it sounds like. And let's fact it, who can argue with learning how to play 3/4 time using "House Of The Rising Sun"!

Hal Leonard Ukulele Method: Book 1
Hal Leonard Ukulele Method: Book 1
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but maybe not for absolute beginners, 4 Sep 2011
The Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 is an excellent teaching book that teaches both strumming and playing tab (single notes played on individual strings), along with playing 12 bar blues and some more advanced techniques such as playing tremello. It also introduces you to how to read music, for those who've never learned. It goes at a good pace so you can work through it at your own speed with each lesson building on the previous so you move along. Okay so playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the like may be a little boring at times, but they're nice easy tunes so you're not just playing repetative exercises all the time.

However I would not recommend this book for absolute novices who have never held a ukulele in their lives before now. I think it starts off a little too complicated. There are many other excellent books and websites out there to get you started. Once you've got going a little bit, maybe even to the point of learning a couple of easy songs, then this is absolutely the book to get you on and get you progressing further - especially if you want to learn to read music alongside chord charts, or if you want to move on to playing melodies on strings. This is definately the book to turn to to start turning yourself from a beginner to what I would want to call an intermediate player, where you're maybe attempting things slightly more complicated than 3 chord 4/4 timed easy tunes.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele [With 2 CDs] (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Hits for Ukulele [With 2 CDs] (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))
by Alfred Publishing
Edition: Sheet music
Price: 14.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as "rock-y" as it should be, 14 July 2011
The full song list is:

Do You Want to Know a Secret? - The Beatles
Tonight You Belong to Me - Patience and Prudence (composed by Billy Rose and Lee David)
Bad to the Bone - George Thorogood & the Destroyers
Over the Rainbow (from "The Wizard of Oz")
If You Could Read My Mind- Gordon Lightfoot
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) - Green Day
Wild Night - Van Morrison
Moondance- Van Morrison
Soul Man - Isaac Hayes
Ramblin' Man - The Allman Brothers Band
Long Train Runnin' - The Doobie Brothers
Sister Golden Hair - America
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
Maggie May - Rod Stewart
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
Take It Easy - Eagles
Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
I'll See You in My Dreams - Isham Jones
Creep - Radiohead
Sunshine of Your Love - Eric Clapton
Hotel California - Eagles
Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd
Layla - Eric Clapton

The title of the book is "The Complete Idiot's Guide to ROCK Hits for Ukulele". One wonders how "Soul Man" and "Gimme Some Lovin'" qualify as rock. Fine songs surely but definately not rock. And as for the inclusion of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"...

As a song book, it's quite good - each song is transcribed in full music notation and tab. There's a short refresher on musical theory, hints and tips, a big chord dictionary and best of all 2 CDs contain ukulele versions of every song (with computer software that lets you mute the vocals or ukulele, slow tracks down, and loop sections for practice).

But this is advertised as book of rock music. And it just isn't.

First Lessons Ukulele
First Lessons Ukulele
by Jenny Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but better if you're American with Google, 20 Feb 2011
This review is from: First Lessons Ukulele (Paperback)
This is quite a good book for basic ukulele players. It takes you through from how to hold a uke, to strumming and picking. However if you're an absolute beginner it can go a bit fast. The tuning section for example. If you're an absolute novice I'd suggest a website like Uke School. However once you get on a little, the book comes into its own.

Another problem is that many of the songs the book uses as examples seem to be ones you'd be more familiar with if you were American - "Beautiful Brown Eyes" and "Stars and Stripes Forever" for example. If you're learning, then having to listen to the CD to find out what the practice track actually sounds like before you do your uke exercises is a bit annoying.

My last critisism is that some of the finger positions the book gives in the chord charts are difficult if you're a child or (like me) have small hands. There are easier ways of getting an E major chord than the one they give in the book (the website "Ukulele Boogaloo" do quite a good one as an alternate).

Saying that, this book is better than a lot of other beginners ukulele books. It gets you up and running quite quickly. However supplementing it with learning material from some uke websites will get you going a lot quicker.

Mark Thomas Presents the People's Manifesto
Mark Thomas Presents the People's Manifesto
by Mark Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired policy making by the people for the people, 21 Feb 2010
As usual Mark Thomas manages to blend humour with a serious political point, this time pointing out that use ordinary folk are effectively excluded from the political process.

All of the manifesto policies were both thought of and voted for by the public. As such, some are well know political "wants" ignored by politicians (e.g. introducing the Tobin Tax), some of them absolutely inspired (e.g. any private health care companies using NHS-trained staff should pay the NHS a levy to reimburse it for the training costs) and some are just darn right funny (e.g. goats should be released into Parliament. MPs will be banned from referring to them!).

It's just a shame that because these policies were created by the people, for the people, they won't be used by the political parties because the general public's views just aren't important enough to matter. Instead of doing what they people want, they'll just carry on bailing out the banks etc. Never mind - the people have spoken and we have our own manifesto now!

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