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Sarah Stephen "oxongriffin" (Cambridge/Oxford, UK; & elsewhere)
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The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It
The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do about It
by Robert J. Shiller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Learn from history, 15 Nov. 2015
My work is quite cut out, given the previous reviewers (on the Amazon.com site: http://www.amazon.com/Subprime-Solution-Todays-Financial-Happened/dp/0691139296/ref=sr_1_3/181-7842212-8338725?ie=UTF8&qid=1447619394&sr=8-3&keywords=subprime+crisis) have excellently critiqued this book!
In addition to their comments, I would add that the following are the reasons why I am giving this book 4 stars:
• Concise, matter-of-fact, and easily readable. This means that you don't need to know anything about finance (or markets), you wouldn't be spending hours trying to grapple with its key message, and it reads like a story.
• Talking of stories, he emphasises the influence of stories and the importance of behavioural factors (there's more to capturing the financial reality than via some mere abstractions!)
• Although the book is on the history and factors leading to the subprime crisis, as well as pointers on how to deal (both short term and long term) with the crisis, its key messages still apply. You can learn from history and not repeat the mistakes of the past.


Brabantia  Ironing Board Cover, Size B, Standard - Various
Brabantia Ironing Board Cover, Size B, Standard - Various
Price: £8.76

2.0 out of 5 stars Not the same quality as older Brabantia covers, 20 Jan. 2015
(This feedback is not about the seller, but the product)
I bought this to replace the previous (also Brabantia) cover. It is easy to install, but I found the foam to be considerably thinner to the extent that you can feel the metal of the ironing board. The quality of the cloth too wasn't the same as the previous one. I have now fixed the new one over the older one- for, by itself, it is quite useless.
As for the design, the supplier sends this randomly (I got the pink flowers)


Stocks for the Long Run:  The Definitive Guide to Financial Market Returns & Long-Term Investment Strategies
Stocks for the Long Run: The Definitive Guide to Financial Market Returns & Long-Term Investment Strategies
by Jeremy J. Siegel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must read" for those interested in investing & market behaviour, 18 Jan. 2015
Very seldom have I come across books written by finance academics in which the complex workings are presented in a coherent language understandable to the layman. Siegel's is one of those. It is easily understandable and even though his conclusions on the optimal (long term) investment strategy may or may not be acceptable (even if empirically grounded), it is a good read for making informed investment decisions and for those who would like a good historic overview of the market behaviour and the lessons learnt. Do note that the emphasis is mainly on the US financial markets and it might be of an introductory/basic level to researchers in finance. The 5th edition also has updated chapters, especially on the financial crisis of 2008.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Test before using, 29 Mar. 2014
The brush is rather small. More alarming was that the bristles started coming off from Day 1 (so you basically have to factor in 2 minutes for shedding any bristles before applying the powder and another 2 minutes for removing any bristles from your face after applying the powder)- it is not a big problem for me since I wear makeup very seldom, but it might not be a good investment considering the price.The fine print is that this may be an outlier case. I would recommend just testing the brush before buying it.


Fundamentals of Fund Administration,: A Guide (Elsevier Finance)
Fundamentals of Fund Administration,: A Guide (Elsevier Finance)
by David Loader
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £55.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A simple introduction, 16 Feb. 2014
As a neophyte in finance, I wanted a simple introduction to investments, funds, and fund administration, without the usual corporate finance jargon. And this book serves that exact purpose. It is written lucidly for the beginner, structured well, and I was much wiser after reading this (and thus have given 4 stars because it fulfilled the purpose). I probably found the "Glossary" of 78 pages worth of definitions much more useful than the rest of the book.

However (and when compared to other books in the field), it is probably not detailed enough for professionals, academicians or students in finance.


Painless Tattoo Parlour Body Art Temporary Tattoos
Painless Tattoo Parlour Body Art Temporary Tattoos

5.0 out of 5 stars Happy with my purchase, 18 Aug. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I am very happy with my purchase*.

To begin with, the supplier dispatched this promptly and securely packed. There are 20 tattoos (2 of each design), all individually cut, each with instructions. The tattoos look like the genuine thing and are long lasting (12 days- although this might be a function of following the instructions!). A Chinese friend interpreted an unknown Chinese letter tattoo as meaning 'respectful', so no longer scared about sporting it!

* Temporary tattoo user since mid-teens and so has some experience in judging tattoo quality.


Trust 16296 ClassicLine Spill Resistant Keyboard
Trust 16296 ClassicLine Spill Resistant Keyboard

2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps as a backup.., 16 Aug. 2012
Note:
I did not purchase this from Amazon but from a supermarket

The keyboard serves the function it was intended for: as a backup. It is no Logitech/Dell/Microsoft and comparing this with other keyboards is useless- except just to note that the layout is compressed and might take a while to get used to it.

Unfortunately, both the Ctrl and Print Screen keys are not working on the keyboard (I don't know what else- and am not tempted to try). It does make quite a racket- but then, I like rackety keyboards (reminds me of typewriters).


Supergets® Nokia Lumia 900 Top Flip Magnetic Closure PU Leather Case Cover Includes Screen Protector, Polishing Cloth and Touch Screen Stylus (Black)
Supergets® Nokia Lumia 900 Top Flip Magnetic Closure PU Leather Case Cover Includes Screen Protector, Polishing Cloth and Touch Screen Stylus (Black)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 16 Aug. 2012
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The item was delivered within 3 days of placing the order.

Cons:
-Strong smell, probably due to the synthetic leather (hopefully will dissipate with time)
-Parts which looks cheap (sewing lacks workmanship; card slots are just two slits; camera slot is not well-done and is not as shown in the photo)
-Lack of instructions for attaching the screen protector (difficult if you are a newbie)
-No place to tether the pen

Pros:
- Good value (especially given the other components- i.e polishing cloth, screen protector, and pen)
-Very functional
-Cut-outs on the side for accessing the volume, power, and camera buttons, and on the top for the earphone (although not for the charging port).
-Stylus pen works ok (fingers may be better though)
-Plastic holder ensures that the phone is held securely (a bit too securely- it was very difficult to get it out!).
-Product otherwise as described to the dot

I hope it lasts for the next 2 years!

update: since this review, I have inadvertently dropped the phone quite a many times- and there's not even a scratch!


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, I suppose..., 28 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
It is decently large and is good fun (bought it as something to grace my desk). Still in early stages to comment about its durability- as of yet, it works well, although not exactly true to the exact action. Obviously, and unfortunately, all of these modern versions aren't anything like the Newton's cradles of yore.


5 Star Wrist Rest with 6mm Rubber Sponge Backing Blue
5 Star Wrist Rest with 6mm Rubber Sponge Backing Blue
Price: £4.38

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for all keyboards (except macs), 21 April 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I bought this for my iMac keyboard (which tends to be quite a pain, given the low incline).

The rest is indeed comfortable, is quite thick, and doesn't slip off from the surface - on all points, it is, undoubtedly, good value. The fine print is that its utility for iMac keyboards is restricted- given that those keyboards are quite flat.

Update: 2 years after its purchase, I am noticing that the rubber at the base is crumbling into fine, dark powder. So, I reckon the shelf-life is 1-1.5 years.


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