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No Junk Mail / Leaflets / Menus / Flyers / Circulars Sticker Sign - 15 x 4.5 cm
No Junk Mail / Leaflets / Menus / Flyers / Circulars Sticker Sign - 15 x 4.5 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars Since buying this the same amount of junk appears in ..., 22 Feb. 2016
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Since buying this the same amount of junk appears in my letterbox, as people simply ignore the sign. I have on occasion run after them, but that's not the fault of the sticker.


Hermeneutic Interpretation of the Origin of the Social State of Man
Hermeneutic Interpretation of the Origin of the Social State of Man
by Fabre d'Olivet
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative social history of man, 21 Feb. 2014
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This isn't 'history' but a necessary imagining of the possible beginnings of man's social organisations (man as a unique animal) from the time before writing. He's not discussing historic events therefore but emotional and intellectual events, which are more real. His discussion of the origins of class and hierarchy in prehistory are particularly interesting to me, as it seems our societies are still run along those lines today. The author studied ancient languages and symbolism in a way which just 200 years later is not possible, we can only receive echoes of this type of knowledge. This is as close as most of us will get to it. The really important events in history are not battles etc, but whatever causes battles.


Red Right Hand (2011 - Remaster)
Red Right Hand (2011 - Remaster)

5.0 out of 5 stars Mythic Thinking, 2 May 2012
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Possibly one of my all time favourites. Nick Cave is a 'mythic' thinker, his mind doesn't fall short of the biggest concepts, and he's a New Testament scholar. You could place him in a lineage with Johnny Cash, who he admired I believe, as a pure 'man'.


The Impossible Dream (2010 Digital Remaster)
The Impossible Dream (2010 Digital Remaster)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential version of a classic, 1 May 2012
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This is one of the few occasions where I would recommend Amdy Wiliams version rather than Matt Monro's. In almost every case the warmth of Matt's voice wins out, but perhaps because of the superior arrangement, Andy's atill remains the quintessential version of this classic.


Kingston DataTraveler Generation 3 DTIG3/4GB 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Kingston DataTraveler Generation 3 DTIG3/4GB 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Ite,, 1 May 2012
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Old farts like me have already gone through several formats which have become extinct in our lifetimes. Leaving aside boring old pen and paper, which has served our betters for thousands of years, its still a good idea to have a back-up of your documents, photos, etc. This tidy little device stores all that.


Marx's Concept of Man
Marx's Concept of Man
by Fromm
Edition: Paperback

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4.0 out of 5 stars One step closer, 21 Aug. 2011
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No-one reads Darwin, no-one reads Freud, and no-one reads Marx. Our views of all these thinkers is based on what other people say they have said, with the results we see today. There's no substitute for the real thing, but we seem incapable of looking at reality full on. I myself have only looked at 'bits' of Marx, but at least I know he isn't what they say. If anything he belongs to an identifiable lineage of thinking, as does Fromm himself. This lineage you could say began in man's early days on earth, culminating in philosophies, which then become hardened into codes of laws at a later stage. Its possible that Marx is too 'hard' for us, and that a mediator is required, so its better to have one you trust. As a link in the chain, Fromm has read Marx, therefore the question is only whether he is to be trusted. I would say he is, from his other writings. There appears to be nothing startling in it, only what any reasonable person would already think about human beings. But there's the rub, the reasonable people are not creating the world. So what are we going to do about it?
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Is That All There Is
Is That All There Is

4.0 out of 5 stars Song with a unique mood, 10 Aug. 2011
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Once you have heard Peggy's version of this song you never forget it. We're used to hearing such experiences from a male 'voice' in a narrative, but this quite simple song tells the story of a woman, (though Tony Bennett and others have recorded it) who since her earliest memories, has had to say 'Is that all there is?' to every experience in her life. The chorus says 'let's break out the booze and have a ball' but the underlying emotion is not one of joy you could say. It basically describes an emotional distance unusual for a female to express. The writers were Lieber and Stoller, and it may surprise some that these two were intellectuals. I find on Wikipedia that the song was inspired by a Thomas Mann story, I must say this surprised me too.


The Secrets of the Federal Reserve
The Secrets of the Federal Reserve
by Eustace Mullins
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy Theories Abound, 5 Jun. 2011
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Ordinary people have no real way of ever knowing the truth or otherwise of the various conspiracy theories that abound, that's why they exist as a kind of outlet for all our uncertainties. The theories have interesting features in common though. Most noticeably, that there is a hidden power behind the visible hierarchy, that we know absolutely nothing about, and that this power today is almost certainly financial. Secondly that the extent of the power isn't known, and may cause wars and other international upsets, such as the kind of stock market tomfoolery that we allow for some reason. That much seems true in any case. Our next question then shouldn't be whether this power exists, but whether it will act for or against our own interests. We as `normal' people after all can never share in this power, that much we should be certain of. unless we take care of matters ourselves. In the best case, the power is morally completely neutral, interested only in gain as an end in itself, but in the worst case its purpose is more sinister. I don't yet know myself, and maybe can never know, but we should all at least make some effort to look harder at the world. I don't believe its accidental that so much mental effort today goes into the entertainment industry, because it's the chief means of sedation and distraction.
I have no idea whether the facts of Mullins' book are indeed facts. Men however, have been known to have secret meetings, in fact certain men like nothing more than a secret meeting. In a way the truth or otherwise of Mullins' assertions are immaterial, because the fact that these major doubts exist about the integrity of our governments is enough. Its dispassionately written and has a ring of authenticity, but what does that mean after all? It gets 4 stars for being stimulating reading.
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Charade
Charade
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Song, 22 Mar. 2011
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This song is a concise gem of a perfect melody and a thoughtful, clever lyric, sung by a man even Sinatra himself admired. Matt's voice is to many superior to Frank's, warmer and more expressive.


The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone
The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone
by Richard Wilkinson
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit Level, 19 Sept. 2010
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The authors draw on their experience and research in epidemiology to arrive at some conclusions which are both screamingly obvious and somehow ignored. Unequal societies basically make us ill in many ways, with those at the bottom worse off in every sense, not only in material terms. The authors realise in fact that our well being depends on much more than material conditions. Awareness of low status in certain societies quite simply causes anxiety, and anxiety in turn causes a great many other health problems. Put simply, stress releases unpleasant sustances in our bodies which are damaging over the long term. Those who already knew this may wonder why it needs telling, but it isn't possible to overestimate the effect of the National Neurosis, which is to not see what is obvious when it does not suit, to look for complex answers to social problems when the answer is simple, and to run away from reality at every possible opportunity. Perhaps the reality is too unpleasant to face, or rather the necessity would then have to be faced that we had to actually do something about it, perhaps a scene of some sort would have to be made. Heaven forfend.
The authors are very fair in their analyses of the data and though I hate statistics in and of themselves, this approach works in this case, because some people can only be convinced by statistics. It would be interesting to discover whether the book could convince someone who didn't want to be convinced of its message, that would be the test of it.
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