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iPhone Millionaire:  How to Create and Sell Cutting-Edge Video
iPhone Millionaire: How to Create and Sell Cutting-Edge Video
by Michael Rosenblum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.32

4.0 out of 5 stars Better on marketing than production - but i should have realised that, 17 May 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This little book is very much about how to market your videos. I suppose i bought it thinking it would tell me how to make better videos - but in this i was disappointed - though to be honest the title gives fair warning of the contents of the book.

What surprises me (which given i am heading for my dotage perhaps won't surprise others) is that these home vids are marketable. Watch this space for my follow up "How I made my first million" - but don't hold your breath


Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast
Anjum's Indian Vegetarian Feast
by Anjum Anand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, original, enticing take on Indian Food, 17 May 2013
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Whilst huge amount of India is vegetarian, little of that permeates to the UK where most so called Indian is based on Bengali cooking and heavily meat driven. The few vegetarian Indian restaurants in Tooting and Euston (sorry, this is a Londoner's review) are a welcome alternative but still offering a rather limited range of southern Indian cooking. Apart from that there are a few Keralan restaurants and Peckham's spectacular Ganapati offering interesting vegetable dishes from different areas of India.

Anjum's book whilst clearly coming form the Indian canon is far more western in orientation,but none the worse for that (curry is after all the national dish. She presents a beautiful collection of relatively simple dishes using broadly traditional Indian styles, re-worked into smart, modern styles which are ripe for posh dinner parties and upmarket bistros.

An example of this is her beetroot "fishcakes" (essentially using spiced beet instead of fish)- I love beetroot and have a number of good beetroot recipes, to which this would be an excellent addition.

All in all a terrific contribution to modern British Indian cuisine - an easy recommendation


Genius Ideas (Mostly) (Tom Gates)
Genius Ideas (Mostly) (Tom Gates)
by Liz Pichon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for my dyslexic son, 17 May 2013
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Having this drop through the door was a real plus. My son can't get enough of these. he is dyslexic and not a great reader, but the combination of boy orientated humour and great illustrations gets the reading frenzy going every time.


Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
by Gavin Spickett
Edition: Flexibound
Price: 31.46

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but who is it aimed at?, 9 May 2013
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Another member of the rightly popular Oxford pocket handbooks.

It covers a formidable amount of territory, including such things as AIDS diabetes and thyroid disease - though wisely focussing on the immune aspects rather than the whole picture. But this becomes a problem when covering such vast territory means everything reduces to a very condensed list of bullet points with little explanation.

With "ordinary" conditions - like thyroid disease, I am quite happy to fill in the gaps from existing knowledge or can easily find other sources, but for some areas - food allergy for instance, where I am less confident there is simply not enough explanation to give me a fleshed out picture. In this case (whether deliberately or accidentally), the clinical presentation is almost non-existent - which is a key starting place for the many of us non allergy specialists who nevertheless meet these conditions, or patients concerned they have them on a regular basis.

A minor irritation is that it uses extensive abbreviations, only explained at the start of the book. Flicking from text to glossary every half page makes it much more awkward as a quick reference and i doubt it saves more than a handful of pages.

Wondering quite who this book is aimed at I turned to the Introduction for advice. It gives none, but presents a formidable rant about the evils of a politicised health service (most of which I heartily agree with). So I'm not clear who the intended readership is but the "grumpy old men" tirade is worth the cover price alone!
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Cyclo Hollowtech 2 Bb Tool
Cyclo Hollowtech 2 Bb Tool
Price: 11.50

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent tool for a modest price, 9 May 2013
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This is much the same as the park tool, but costs nearly half as much.

Interestingly this turns out to be a "Weldtite" brand - I'm suprised they don't crow a little more about it.

It is well made, pressed from decent tough steel alloy (er... chrome vanadium - i've thrown away the label) and most importantly,
It did the job a treat for me. The screw in plastic crank adjuster (which tightens the L crank A-head style) benefits from magnets to stop it falling out - a thoughtful addition.

For the ordinary cyclist who only tackles an occasional BB change it should last more or less a lifetime i would have thought. All in all excellent value.


Consider the Fork: A History of Invention in the Kitchen
Consider the Fork: A History of Invention in the Kitchen
by Bee Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating topic and much to enjoy, but v long winded, 7 May 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is just my sort of book: food history, how technology has defined cookery through the generations, an analysis of the fundamentals of cookery (fire, cutting, pans, etc)basics, not the latest must have (and soon to be forgotten) gadget.

The snag is that it is written in such a long winded way. every time a point is made it is made again and again often in increasingly prosaic ways. Its a shame. inside these 400 odd pages there is a great 150 page book waiting to get out.

This is a great pity because the solid content is fascinating and the scholarship considerable. How the different equipment we had through our history defined how we eat is a fascinating study. I wish i could be more positive about it, but the wordiness made it all a bit of a struggle


Leifheit Contour 72507 Medium Express Steam Generator Ironing Table
Leifheit Contour 72507 Medium Express Steam Generator Ironing Table
Offered by KTK Handel UK, Preise inkl. MwSt.
Price: 67.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A decent, robust ironing board, 27 Mar 2013
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Ironing boards are pretty unexciting things. What you want in one is that it will get through the ironing fast and with minimal fuss (ironing fetishists who think otherwise can go elsewhere). And this board does that. It is easy to erect, gets up to a decent height for us tall people, is nice and stable and a sensible size. (NB some reviewers have commented that it's small - personally I'd have called it medium large - its certainly as big as you need to get any clothes onto - maybe if ironing sheets is your thing its small).

The other thing about this board is the large stand designed for steam generator irons. We have a Bosch, in a trendy retro long and thin style - it doesn't fit perfectly but its good enough and handy as such. There is also an "aerial" which you can put up to hold the Irons flex - this fell out once the first time I used it, but it is very handy keeping the flex out of the way, so I'll persist with it though it's a little frail looking so I don't know how long it might last.

All in all a sensibly designed and recommendable Ironing board


Leifheit Professional Evo Mop and Wringing Bucket Set with Floor Wiper
Leifheit Professional Evo Mop and Wringing Bucket Set with Floor Wiper
Price: 77.41

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks good and mops well, but daft design makes it impractical, 24 Mar 2013
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This is a well engineered large mop and fabulous mantrap contraption of a wringer. The blurb says it allows you to wring the mop without touching it with your hands - in other words like most mops with a wringer. The snag with this one is that you have to collapse the frame and unhook one end of the mop from it every time you want to wring it out, and all by hand. Since you need to do this every few wipes it means using this mop will be long-winded and a frustrating experience. And most of us mop floors to get the job done, not for the aesthetic experience.

100 quid is a lot of money for a mop and bucket, even one with a claw for a wringer that could come from the set of Alien. But it has to do so efficiently and this one doesn't.


AVG Internet Security 2013 and TuneUp Utilities 2013 - 4 User 1 year License(PC)
AVG Internet Security 2013 and TuneUp Utilities 2013 - 4 User 1 year License(PC)
Price: 37.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality products - do what they say on the tin, 21 Mar 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is decent antivirus software (even more decently it is available as a free version so i wonder in practice how many people pay to get this one). it seems effective in dealing with viruses (I defer to those who know) and does so with little obvious expense to computer speed. So from my IT naive point of view there is little not to like.

Tune-up tools is a handy utility to de-clutter your computer and get it running faster and smoother - again worth having and little to dislike here.

All in all 2 good products that you run quietly in the background allowing you to get on with the things that actually matter to you


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5.0 out of 5 stars More wired ports for no trouble at all, 21 Mar 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There is little to say about this. We are all using more networked devices and even if we have enough our technology may go slow when everything is running at once.

This handy gadget give you 7 new wired ports (you use the eighth for the input from your router). It offers high speed connections and gets on and sorts out the interfacing all by itself.

And it is exactly what I want from new technology - I plug it in and can immediately forget all about it - it just gets on and does the job. If only everything (and everybody) worked like that!


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