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Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro
Price: £6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Sep 2014
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Really reminds me of the Mousedriver Chronicles, lots of really detailed information and very blunt honesty about the unglamorous side of pro cycling. And with lots of fart and poo jokes too, fantastic.


El Yucateco Mayakut De Habanero
El Yucateco Mayakut De Habanero

5.0 out of 5 stars Really authentic taste, 21 Dec 2012
Absolutely brilliant salsa, be warned as it is VERY hot indeed. The habanero taste and smell is wonderful, only a little is needed to spice up your burrito. If you find it too hot then mix with a little sour cream first.


Borgen - Series 2 [DVD]
Borgen - Series 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sidse Babett Knudsen
Price: £13.70

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully series 3 will be better, 1 Dec 2012
This review is from: Borgen - Series 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Really disappointing second series. The first 2 episodes are dire, then it picks up considerably, matching the intrigue of the original series. Unfortunately it then tails off again. Some of the b storylines are just plain dire and borderline unbelievable, better suited to a soap opera than a drama. The character of Katrine in particular has been reduced to a chick-lit creation, effortlessly swanning into jobs and getting stories without so much as lifting a finger. Trust me, don't bother buying this DVD and wait for it to air on TV.


First Ladies
First Ladies
by Kay Burley
Edition: Paperback

2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good inflight read, 13 Jun 2011
This review is from: First Ladies (Paperback)
Seriously, I don't understand the above reviews. It's a decent trashy book, which helped me pass the time on a recent flight. The story is set in a post-Cameron era (there are lots of references to Dave and Nick, and Blair) and focuses on a car-crash-waiting-to-happen involving the PM, his wife and his two lovers. We know there's going to be an almighty bang when the 3 confront each other, and the book leads up to this moment. If you follow politics then you'll see lots of little in-jokes, but even if you don't the story of the wife behind the man and her struggle to keep it together keeps it interesting. It's unusual to have a main male character completely unlikeable and conceited, instead of trying to excuse his bad behavior. The way the two lovers start to unravel and fall apart is interesting as there is no sympathy towards them either.
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Her Living Image
Her Living Image
by Jane Rogers
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few books that is fantastic from start to finish, 9 Aug 2010
This review is from: Her Living Image (Paperback)
I remember years ago picking up this book at random in the library and idly flicking through the first chapter. Before I knew it I'd finished the entire book and missed my classes for that afternoon. What an engrossing book, it's almost like peaking into someone else's raw thoughts. Think Sliding Doors but wa-a-a-a-y better. It's a very powerful critique of human relationships, and how there's no happy ever after scenario, just a very profound connection that has to be worked on.


Not a Chimp: The hunt to find the genes that make us human
Not a Chimp: The hunt to find the genes that make us human
by Jeremy Taylor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.23

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy to read, 18 Mar 2010
This is such a refreshing book to read. It feels like it's moving on the conversation, which is always going to upset some. Sorry but I don't think this is biased much, on the contrary it's well researched and makes an effort to address the opposite opinion without cherry-picking.


Clinical and Biochemical Disorders of the Skeleton
Clinical and Biochemical Disorders of the Skeleton
by Roger Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £185.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Beg, borrow or steal a copy, 17 Mar 2010
Everything you have ever wanted to know about the skeleton, plus more. I bought this for my uni course but it was actually a fascinating read by itself. Great chapters on various bone disorders and incredibly well researched ie not just a bunch of lecture notes.


Helena Rubinstein: Over the Top - Extraordinary Style - Beauty, Art, Fashion, Design
Helena Rubinstein: Over the Top - Extraordinary Style - Beauty, Art, Fashion, Design
by Suzanne Slesin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book, 17 Mar 2010
I never saw this book featured in the usual sunday magazine supplements or fashion mags, which is strange because it is chock full of amazing photos of Helena Rubinstein's career. Lots of text to keep you interested, but it's the amazing decor and architecture that steals the show. Also little, amazing shots such at the one of Rubinstein's photo before and after airbrushing (yes, it happened even in the old days!) and a fashion show on the roof of one of her apartments. A very flamboyant book indeed.


The Diet Delusion
The Diet Delusion
by Gary Taubes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

7 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok book for laypeople, major plothole though, 2 Oct 2009
This review is from: The Diet Delusion (Paperback)
Very good research, although too much Michael Mooreing (constantly repeating over and over). One problem though; if carbs were not essential, perhaps even the reason why we evolved and our cousins are in the trees, why did our sialic acid metabolism change so much? It must have given us an evolutionary advantage to eat more carbs. Becoming more dependent on carbs meant being able to switch between protein heavy and carb heavy diets (perhaps in warm and cold seasons) with little difficulty. Diseases like CHD and diabetes are chronic, but we have to remember they (usually) hit us later in life after we've had a chance to pass on our genes so to speak.

I realise the book is more directed at the diet industry and not dismissing this. However the call for more research is completely pointless. Look at agriculture; they can predict the yield of milk or meat per kilo of feed, right down to the last half kg, and can show how certain feeds will result in poor results yet they have never managed to pin down exactly where and why satiety occurs. What on earth makes anyone think we can do this with humans when cutting up and experimenting on ruminants hasn't revealed anything? It's a lot more complicated than "Eat this, eat that." But as a general rule of thumb, for a westerner (or someone who has taken up western ways of eating) who doesn't want to go on a diet and has no shortage of food, the advice in this book will help you lose weight.
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Don't Get Fooled Again: The Sceptic's Guide to Life
Don't Get Fooled Again: The Sceptic's Guide to Life
by Richard Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for those starting to step back from the trees to see the woods, 11 Nov 2008
I bought this book on a whim and feel that it's probably best suited to someone who is feeling disillusioned with how things are turning out and wants to make better decisions in the future. It's in the vein of Bad Thoughts by James Whyte, although it's geared more towards UK politics (which is a good thing). Definitely not a guide to life though. Better to get out of your routine now and again, and talk to people who don't share and confirm your own point of view.


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