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Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What's Holding You Back
Clutter Busting: Letting Go of What's Holding You Back
by Brooks Palmer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.50

2.0 out of 5 stars A book that can go!, 4 Dec. 2014
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I didn't find this book helpful, but I am probably of the wrong generation. Our 'clutter' has nothing to do with ever having shopped as some kind of pick-me-up, and more to do with growing up in a pre-credit era, when acquisitions were saved up for, and chosen for their long-term appeal and durability. Our possessions are still needed for interests and projects in which we are actively engaged, or to which we intend returning. I am amused and pleased that, amongst them, here is a book I have no need to KEEP!


Acctim Supervisor Day/Date Wall Clock, 13 Inch
Acctim Supervisor Day/Date Wall Clock, 13 Inch
Price: £17.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue-white background, 6 July 2014
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The face of the clock turned out to be soft blue/lilac/mauve, rather than white, which made it clash badly with its surroundings - including freshly decorated brilliant white walls & white appliances. This was a great shame as everything else about the clock was very pleasing. It was smart, the numerals were crisp, the hands were neither bulky nor fussy, and we thought it VERY useful to have the date. Having scoured the market for an alternative, nothing else seems to match this particular clock.The price is excellent too. Just be aware of the distinct blueness of the face.


The Successful Self
The Successful Self
by Dorothy Rowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best explanation of introverts vs extraverts, 14 Aug. 2013
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I have owned this book for many years, but it was a while before I really grasped the many useful messages it contains. If you get nothing else from this book other than an understanding that introverts can be sociable and extraverts can be shy, you are likely to find yourself with a vastly increased sense of what makes different people 'tick' - yourself included - and why one man's emotional meat is another man's emotional poison. This can be particularly helpful in a world busy focusing on extravert preferences - open-plan living and working spaces, constant action, suspense, thrills and horror in popular entertainment etc., etc.. Our brains are wired up differently from each other, and it is helpful to recognize that the external stimulation which enables extraverts to thrive can easily challenge and overwhelm the senses of the introvert - however well-balanced s/he is. The converse is also true - if you want to stress an extravert, keep him/her out of social contact, and away from busy activities, lots of sensory stimulation and new environments.


The Man Who Sank Titanic: The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hichens
The Man Who Sank Titanic: The Troubled Life of Quartermaster Robert Hichens
by Sally Nilsson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.65

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaited and did not disappoint, 9 Nov. 2011
Sally Nilsson has achieved what she set out to do. Here she presents a more rounded picture of her great-grandfather, RMS Titanic Quartermaster Robert Hitchens, than anyone has previously made it their business to collate. Relatively little was passed down within Robert's family, but Sally has supplemented this by immersing herself in the available texts, sifting the information to be found there, and also carrying out her own painstaking researches. Through her efforts, the reader is given some understanding of the severe hardships faced by merchant seamen, together with their families, in the early C20th. Our attention one hundred years on from the RMS Titanic disaster can still all too easily be commanded by the fate of the more affluent passengers who sailed on her, making this a welcome addition to the books which invite us to consider the wider picture.

I have read numerous Titanic texts but there is still some new, and controversial, material to be found in this book. The events of a few hours one April night in 1912 sealed the fate of 29 year old Robert Hitchens, a father of two infant daughters who described himself in the 1911 census as "Yachtsman and mariner". Here, he is finally given a voice to explain what was - or was not - going on around him in RMS Titanic's wheelhouse just before the luxury liner hit the iceberg, and why he behaved as he did in the hours which followed. As the title suggests, what fragments could be traced of Robert's troubled life in the 28 years then left to him are also shared here.

As a young fisherman off Cornwall's unforgiving coast, Robert Hitchens had enrolled in the Royal Naval Reserve, where his training in navigation and seamanship began. When he became ill and died early in the Second World War he was back at sea, serving in the merchant fleet as it braved relentless enemy attack to keep Britain's supplies moving. In between, he paid a heavy price for having once been in the wrong place at the wrong time - and for the negligence and misplaced confidence of others who were more powerful than he was. In summary, he was indeed a troubled man who could be impossible to live with, and who once tried to kill a man who he felt had badly wronged him. But the author also shows us that Robert Hitchens was a man who did what he could to nurse his long-suffering wife when she was dying of a brain tumour, and to serve his country in its hour of need.


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