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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
by Naomi Klein
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful insight into why capitalism has to be challenged in order to stop climate change, 12 Dec. 2015
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Klein - spot on as ever!
This is a very well written account not only of what the globalised companies are actively doing to prevent climate change mitigation but also, more disturbingly, how many of the so-called 'green' organisations are in their pockets. She carefully dissects the utter hypocrasy that lies at the heart of the capitalist endeavour to keep us all squandering the planet's precious resources and fail to clean up after ourselves. Her final call to arms via a mass uprising sounds a bit desperate, until you think about it...deeply...and realise that there actually is nowhere else to turn to other than ourselves saying no, together - loudly - and promoting the perfectly viable alternatives.


On Being a Department Head, a Personal View (American Mathematics Society non-series title)
On Being a Department Head, a Personal View (American Mathematics Society non-series title)
by John B. Conway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Essental reading for new academic heads of departments, 12 Dec. 2015
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Everyone who is thinking of becoming a head of department, or who has been asked to, should read this before they start the job. It was an invaluable insight into many of the dilemmas faced by an academic head of department and is written in a very personable way. Lots of great tips and tactics. Three years into the job, I can safely say that the author has really captured the role well.


NRS Healthcare M01278 Overbed and Chair Table - Divan Style, Tilting & Adjustable
NRS Healthcare M01278 Overbed and Chair Table - Divan Style, Tilting & Adjustable
Price: £26.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Great table for helping those who need some assistance, 12 Dec. 2015
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Excellent product - easy to put up, clean up and very versatile - it has transformed the life of my mum, who is relatively bedridden.


Wild About Putney: The Town by the Thames
Wild About Putney: The Town by the Thames
by Philip Evison
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully photographed account of Putney today, 12 Dec. 2015
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Beautifully photographed account of Putney today which really captures the essence of this fascinating part of London. I lived here as a child and I can vouch for the authenticity of the authors approach to this subject. He has a wonderful eye for nature, but also for building details which capture the spirit of the place. I loved the breadth of the photography which ranges from the grandeur of the riverside to the quirky little back alleys - all wonderfully atmospheric. I've bought one for every member of my family and thorough recommend this both as way to get know Putney and a superb memoir.


Hoppa Lightweight Shopping Trolley With Click-On/ Off Wheels and Easy Grab Handle Luggage Cart, 60 cm, 47 Liters, Leopard
Hoppa Lightweight Shopping Trolley With Click-On/ Off Wheels and Easy Grab Handle Luggage Cart, 60 cm, 47 Liters, Leopard

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little goer!, 12 Dec. 2015
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Very happy with this little Hoppa - it is superbly lightweight, nice big wheels and very easy to handle - loved the funky leopard pattern too!


Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things
by Donald A. Norman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off well and then fades away into robots etc., 25 April 2011
I looked forward very much to reading Donald Norman's next 'big number' after his fantastic text 'Design of Everyday Things'. 'Emotional Design' starts well with the introduction of the 'visceral, behavioural, reflective' level of user engagement, but from then on, conceptually, it all goes downhill.

The first three chapters offer new insightful material which explains how to take into account emotion in design, but the later chapters,'Fun and Games', 'People and Places', and 'Emotional Machines' (read: Robots for everything) really don't seem to go anywhere new.

To be honest, the idea of robots serving up everything does not inspire me in the same way as it does Donald Norman. It just seems like a lot more machinery to maintain and manage, at a time when we need to become more skilful ourselves, rather than deskilling ourselves and handing on our intelligence to machines.

I work with 'smart' buildings, and see just how often machinery breaks down. It's depressing.

Coming back to Donald Norman's book - the fact that it has been put together from a variety of separate sources shows. It is really an edited book of his conference talks and other events, and it would be more honest to sell it like this.


Assertiveness and Diversity
Assertiveness and Diversity
by A. Townend
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £41.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Broad, humane and empowering, 8 Mar. 2011
The most interesting thing about this book for me was the number of excellent case studies presented from all walks of life, including all sorts of people in normal jobs but managing to make extraordinary journeys in life. These are people whose engaging stories are often quietly hidden behind their every day existence. This is inspiring stuff! It also made me feel very empowered, to find out that there were others like me who faced difficult challenges and found a graceful way through to reach their goals.

The content is distinctively inclusive, covering a wide range of minority and gender issues that are not often covered in the more traditional territory of assertiveness training.

Anni Townend is a natural, fluent writer who brings the reader right into the heart of assertiveness and all the challenges involved. This book is a highly useful primer for anyone wishing to discover new insights both in terms of their own behaviour and values as well as other peoples in terms of building successful relationships at work, or indeed anywhere.


Seven Days of Falling
Seven Days of Falling
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Price: £12.93

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you want one contemporary Swedish Jazz album, get this one, 6 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Seven Days of Falling (Audio CD)
This is one of the most beautiful contemporary jazz albums I have heard in a long time.

The pianist, drummer and double bass player that make up the trio are completely attuned to eachother's playing and draw the most sensitive and imaginative sounds out of their instruments imaginable.

Some tracks are quiet and reflective, other loud and playful, but always, always the deeply intuitive and responsive playing draws you in.

The untimely loss of Esbjorn Svensson makes this album all the more poignant. What other heavenly music remains unplayed without him here?


Sustainable Construction
Sustainable Construction
by Sandy Halliday
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.68

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is radically different and essential reading, 6 Oct. 2009
There are a lot of books out now on Sustainable Design and Construction, but very few are genuinely written from a multidisciplinary view point. What makes this one stand out from the rest is that it is highly practical but with a deep radical vision that demands we put ecology at the heart of building design and construction. It is equally rare to find costs, policy and legislation tackled alongside materials, heating, electrics, lighting, ventilation, renewables, water, construction process and urban ecology. The sheer breadth of coverage with solid theory and illuminating case studies make this a book that every construction professional should read. At the same time, it provides an excellent advanced text book for students.

The book begins with the simple but powerful premise that sustainable construction must tackle six key areas: biodiversity, communities, resources, pollution, health and management. Note: there is no headline for energy. Why? Because energy is rightly seen as a subset of resource use. When we use energy we uses resources. It seems obvious. So obvious that most other books on the subject don't make this simple connection and discuss energy as a heading on its own.

And so the author takes us on a fascinating tour of familiar topics but viewed from a profound understanding that forces us to reconsider mainstream 'wisdom' on sustainable construction. We discover that construction materials themselves provide a means of 'passive environmental control' that can be nine times more effective than bolting on mechanical solutions. We learn that aiming for heating and water to be autonomous and self-sufficient is not always 'green' - because economies of scale are important. We are reminded that power factors are really essential to know when measuring the performance of buildings, not just the apparent energy used.

There is a refreshingly strong emphasis on engineering solutions and simple physics alongside construction considerations, which are presented in an easy to understand manner. This is often missing from architectural sustainable design books that look good on the coffee table but do not deliver facts and figures. There are also facts and figures in the numerous case studies presented, which make them very relevant.

The book benefits from having a number of eminent experts contributing to the text alongside the author in various chapters, bringing cutting edge thinking and providing sound practical advice. The strongest chapters are those which tackle materials, heating, lighting, ventilation, water and sewage and construction processes. The bookend sections on policy, appraisal tools, renewables and urban ecology invariably suffer from not being right up to date, given these are constantly changing fields, but they provide welcome introductions to these areas.

It is particularly useful to have a whole chapter on how to ensure the construction process itself adopts a sustainable approach - something which is unique to this author's approach and which every project manager and design team leader should study.

The A4 format of the book means that it can provide big generous illustrations as well as some more detailed diagrams. The case studies are bravely grouped next to topics as far as possible rather than being grouped together. Sometimes this makes them a little hard to find without turning to the contents page of each chapter, but the pay off is having a practical illustration of the theory just discussed put into effective action.

Readers may not agree with everything that is written in this outspoken volume. I found myself disagreeing with the idea that the physical modelling of buildings (heliodon to study sunlight and artificial sky to study daylight)is becoming redundant in relation to CAD as these approaches can be complimentary. But that is not the point and debate is healthy in any case. The overall content is well grounded, vital, robust and urgently required for the challenge ahead.


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