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Keith Appleyard "kapple999" (Brighton, UK)
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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
by Karen Joy Fowler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting topic, but not as good as the hype had suggested, 25 May 2015
I 'stole' this from my wife on holiday when I'd run out of my own material.
She advised me it was not an easy read, but I thought the basic concept was brilliant.
Unfortunately this isn't the book to deliver on the concept.
The storyline was too random for my comfort.
I kept reading hoping that it would get better, but I actually continued reading into the acknowledgements before I realised the story itself had finished.


Blackberry C-S2 Replacement Battery For 8520 8300 8310 8320 9300 8700
Blackberry C-S2 Replacement Battery For 8520 8300 8310 8320 9300 8700
Offered by DeviceFun
Price: £4.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived on schedule, 25 Feb. 2015
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Arrived on schedule - lovely to have a battery that charges quickly and holds its charge - I note the previous one has lasted approx 12 months before it swelled up and kept 'popping' off the cover. See how this one does.


Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 -1949
Atomic: The First War of Physics and the Secret History of the Atom Bomb 1939 -1949
by Jim Baggott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on the subject for the layman, 23 Sept. 2010
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Probably like many of the potential readers of this book, this isn't the first one I've read over the decades, but this is the 'least' scientific, the one that is more about people.

Given the opening up of the records of British, Soviet and German records gives a timely 'all-round' story of one of the most exciting & mysterious periods of the 20th century.

Some excellent insights into the individuals, and the personal triumphs & defeats, when other authors tended to focus on the science at the expense of the individual.

Many of the names I'd read about many years ago came to life all over again, with renewed vigour : Oppenheimer, Groves, Feynman, Fermi. Bohr.

Even though the 'cold war' has eased, with the rise of the new Nuclear powers, this is a timely reminder of what havoc even the most primitive devices could wreak.


Basher Science: Planet Earth: What planet are you on?
Basher Science: Planet Earth: What planet are you on?
by Daniel Gilpin
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Planet Earth, 23 Sept. 2010
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I love these little books. I bought the Periodic Table to refer to when doing the Weekend Crosswords - I've forgotten many of the Chemical symbols.
So when I saw this one available I grabbed it with glee.
What an imagination that Dan Gilpin has to find so many fun things to write about - all of them relevant, none of them scraping the barrel to make up the numbers - and Bashers' illustrations able complement each description, whether it be Earthquakes, Tidal Waves, Clouds, Water or Rain.
This definitely goes into my stash of Christmas stocking fillers for the 7-10 year olds.


Ball of Whacks with Book(s)
Ball of Whacks with Book(s)
by Roger von Oech
Edition: Toy

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative, 24 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Ball of Whacks with Book(s) (Toy)
A friend bought this in New York, and I wanted one, so I'm so happy Amazon UK stock it.
Good fun to play with; requires a little skill to get it started, but then everything just drops into place naturally. Its not meant for those who like hard-to-solve puzzles, its more a relaxation piece.


X-Ball-Red [With Toy]
X-Ball-Red [With Toy]
by Roger von Oech
Edition: Toy
Price: £22.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, 24 Mar. 2010
This review is from: X-Ball-Red [With Toy] (Toy)
So interesting - only bothered making the regular ball - so amazing that it can be made by pieces that are all the same shape. Magnets good and strong. Deceptive in that when you get to the last 3 pieces you think you've lost one but suddenly there it is all complete.


Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence
Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence
by Tony Attwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.29

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Adolescents & School Teachers, 18 Jan. 2006
This is a fantastic book, written by a 13 year old with Aspergers.
Aimed at the adolescent, allowing for the needs of Aspergers, I would in fact recommend it for anyone aged 10 to 22.
I think it addresses particularly well the issues of Schooling & Bullying – both of which, if mishandled, can blight a person's life – give the book to all School Teachers as part of their training before they encounter such children.


Exploring Feelings: Anger: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anger
Exploring Feelings: Anger: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to Manage Anger
by Tony Attwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.95

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use Workbook, 18 Jan. 2006
Originally aimed at Aspergers children aged 9-12, this material can readily be adapted for use with Adolescents or Adults.
This book introduces Cognititive Behaviour Therapy in a simplified form, with Sessions looking at Self-Respect, Feeling Good, Feeling Poisonous Thoughts etc.
What isn't apparent is that the pages are actually perforated, so that you could easily remove them for tutorial work – how useful.


The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
by Joel Bakan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pathological, 18 Jan. 2006
The subtitle "The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power" says it all.
What would the world be like if its rulers were insane? The message being offered here is that as far as their Legal structure is concerned, the modern Corporation only has responsibility to its Shareholders, but yet the Shareholders wield no effective power over them – so the Corporation is out of control.
We can see how the modern CEO can be a different form of robber baron.
This is not an anti-globalisation polemic (I read those as well), but a calm & lucid description of what is wrong, and what we can do about it.
The most important truth of all : Corporations have no lives, no powers and no capacities beyond what we, through our Governments, give them. So let's get them back under control.


Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book about Autistic People
Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book about Autistic People
by Jasmine Lee O'Neill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational, 29 Dec. 2005
This is a fantastic book, written by an Autistic & Aspergers person.
It covers most aspects of the Autistic's interaction with the rest of the world, especially senses, emotions, language & intelligence.
I particularly related to one comment on emotion "it is cruel to get angry with an autistic person when they react in panic to a disruption"
Another comment, one that I hadn't previously thought about, was how disruptive it can be when someone comes to visit the house, whether it be workman or relative.
A nice short book, 140 pages, very useful for referring back to again and again.


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