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Roberts R9993 3-Band Portable Radio
Roberts R9993 3-Band Portable Radio
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Problem with this radio, 18 Jun. 2016
I have had 2 Roberts radios that have gone dead on me after a few years, and a third that went dead immediately and was exchanged. Has anyone else had this experience? Is there a cure?


Untimely Thoughts; Essays on Revolution, Culture, and the Bolsheviks, 1917-1918 [By] Maxim Gorky. Translated from the Russian with an Introd. and Notes by Herman Ermolaev
Untimely Thoughts; Essays on Revolution, Culture, and the Bolsheviks, 1917-1918 [By] Maxim Gorky. Translated from the Russian with an Introd. and Notes by Herman Ermolaev
by Maksim Gorky
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Gorky on The October Revolution, 2 Nov. 2015
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Gorky's childhood memoirs are brilliant. His political commentary on the events of 1917 are often very woolly - for him "Culture" is the only way to "progress". Exactly how his Culture was to be furthered amid the chaos of revolution and civil war is never investigated. The descriptions of this chaos - of half literate bands of "soviets" toting their rifles in the backs of trucks - are very well observed. A good antidote to the overviews of many texts that assume a degree of order implied by the proclamations of Lenin and Trotsky.


Revolution From Above: The Demise of the Soviet System
Revolution From Above: The Demise of the Soviet System
by David M. Kotz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £48.99

4.0 out of 5 stars This book gives a much needed balance to the economic ..., 8 Sept. 2015
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This book gives a much needed balance to the economic achievements of the Soviet Union. It might have related these achievements to the horrific record of mass murders, genocide, and purges and asked whether the economic achievements ultimately depended on these human abuses


The Neandertal Enigma: Solving the Mystery of Modern Human Origins (Penguin science)
The Neandertal Enigma: Solving the Mystery of Modern Human Origins (Penguin science)
by James Shreeve
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars too chatty, 8 Sept. 2015
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Annoying chatty format - I needed a well argued case put forward in a scientific manner


Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower with 32 cm Cutting Width
Bosch Rotak 32R Electric Rotary Lawnmower with 32 cm Cutting Width
Price: £64.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 Jun. 2015
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works ok Cutting box a bit flimsy. can get blocked


Beyond Capitalism?: The future of radical politics
Beyond Capitalism?: The future of radical politics
by Luke Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disillusioned Marxist writes ......, 14 Sept. 2014
“Radical political ideas should be striking a chord amongst millions of workers”

As far as The West goes, the millions of workers aspire to “a better life” within the context of “everyday life”. They aspire to a modest detached house, in a cul de sac on a not unpleasant housing estate, all mod cons, a car (for both), with respectable education for the kids and a health service that is not too obviously under strain. This is what politicians promise as the fair deal for “hard working families”. And this is what the self same families aspire to. They see the costs involved - lifelong debt, delayed family, long working hours, little residual domesticity - as part of the deal, and the substantial minority who cannot achieve such goals as “losers”, implying that they don’t deserve the rewards that they themselves have worked so hard for.

As far as “The developing world” goes, people are struggling to survive at all, consider themselves lucky to get any job, however low paid, however long hours, however spirit-sapping. They see education as the way out of poverty, as if every assiduous student will be able to get a high paid professional job as a solicitor, a doctor or a teacher. Radical political ideas don’t get a look-in. Activism is limited to the struggle to form a union, to get marginally less low pay, marginally less long hours.

Anyway what Radical political ideas? Those of Chavez? “El Impulso hit by paper shortage as economic woes continue to affect publications across the country” “The once-thriving heavy industries of Ciudad Guayana are now starved of investment and hampered by labour disputes” 63.4% inflation. And all this for a country sitting on the biggest oil ocean in the world. Lenin believed (quite reasonably) that once the yoke of capitalism was lifted from the shoulders of the workers, they would to a man, work twice as hard to create a workers paradise. They didn’t. Railway workers simply stayed at home. Those that turned up at their work place did so only to steal lighting oil and candles, to make a fast buck. What could Lenin do OTHER THAN call on the secret police to use terror to force the population to work? Cuba is forced to prostitute itself by relieving decadent Western tourists of their spare cash. And how was all that spare cash generated? Through capitalist economies.

Society gives expression to the real priorities of the people. It’s called democracy.
People vote, not Radical political ideas, but for a bigger flat screen telly to watch University Challenge on


Thoughts without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
Thoughts without a Thinker: Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective
by Mark Epstein
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 15 July 2014
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Brilliant book. Must read


Modern Movements in Architecture
Modern Movements in Architecture
by Charles Jencks
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars classic review of Modern Architecture, 31 Dec. 2013
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Replacing my own lost copy of this classic review of Modern Architecture.
I don't agree that there is no single Modern Movement. It ran from Jenks' "mainstream tradition" (p31)to the bland international style (p120 / p196) and the gratuitous shapism (p122 /139) both of which trends lacked any vision of an ideal


Mozart: Arias
Mozart: Arias
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars brassy overtrained voice, 31 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Mozart: Arias (Audio CD)
I heard an exquisite excerpt from her on radio 3, and rushed to order a copy. But is far two much of a brassy overtrained voice for me


The Indian Ideology
The Indian Ideology
by Perry Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A potboiler, 31 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The Indian Ideology (Paperback)
distinguished marxist scholar needful of funds? No penetrating insights in this conventional retelling of the story of India since independence


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