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Running and Stuff
Running and Stuff
Price: £4.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Opens your eyes to a new world of running, 26 April 2014
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I know James through our running club, and the guy inspired me to move beyond road/cross-country and out into new pastures with my running. James is both completely extraordinary and utterly ordinary at the same time, and his down to earth attitude makes running a whole lot more fun. The book is a compilation of the blog of his journey from being so nervous before his first marathon that his nose bled, to running across America. There are real gems of insight into why he puts himself through several levels of hell, and the final sections on his America run are wonderful reading, even for someone who followed his blog every day. James inspired me into mountain marathons, and day long runs which opened my eyes to a beauty in running that I didn't know existed. I think the book could do the same for you if you are stuck in a competitive rut.


Terry Pratchett Discworld: Ankh Morpork Board Game
Terry Pratchett Discworld: Ankh Morpork Board Game

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly balanced, excellent game which uses the Discworld creativty to come up with a novel boardgame, 27 Jan. 2014
This is both a wonderfully balanced board game, and worthy of the Discworld name and creativity. I've played it with friends who don't know Discworld and they've enjoyed it too, so no prior knowledge is needed. At its heart the game is a straightforward domination game, but is made fascinating by the addition of each player being a secret character who may have alternative goals. It comes alive when you have one player seeking to spread spies, one trying to gain domination, one trying to spread dis-order and one (vainly) trying to keep the peace!


Graveland
Graveland
Price: £3.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow characters spoil a potentially interesting plot, 11 Aug. 2013
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Graveland looked to have an interesting plot as I worked my way through, but each of the characters was paper thin with nothing to engender any emotion about what happened to them. I stuck with it to the end in the hope of something fascinating bringing together the plot, but instead felt like one of the characters in the book who says of an ongoing court case where the lead prosecutor examines everything in minute detail something like "everyone is an expecting an exciting finale, but perhaps this will just peter out". The author aimed high, but unfortunately missed.


Sony MDREX38IPB.CE7 In-Ear Headphones with In-Line iPod Remote Control
Sony MDREX38IPB.CE7 In-Ear Headphones with In-Line iPod Remote Control
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Price: £20.13

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but a bit tinny. Really not worth the money, 20 Feb. 2010
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These are more like a £10 pair of headphones, just too tinny and can't do bass as well as they should for this price. Some of the in-line controls work on my iPhone 3G, but the volume control doesn't (not a big problem though as that is the easiest thing to control anyway when you're listening). In summary next time I need a pair of headphones I wouldn't pick these.
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xx (Digipack)
xx (Digipack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably good, 15 Jan. 2010
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This album is very different and very special. It is so pared back to the bare instruments that you'd almost wonder where the music is going to come from. But it grabs you almost straight away because it is absolutely gorgeous, and I've been unable to listen to much else for the past two weeks since getting it. The two singers (one female and one male) have real chemistry, I really think I can feel exactly the feelings they're expressing. It's a quiet, beautiful album, one for relaxing to or putting on when you actually want to listen to music and not do anything else. And the band are only 20! Just perfect.


Happiness: Lessons from a New Science
Happiness: Lessons from a New Science
by P. R. G. Layard
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, thought-provoking treatise on what economics should be about, 9 Sept. 2007
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'M ODonnell', commenter below, needs to read this book more carefully. Quite clearly on page 33 it says that at the height of Communism Russians were amongst the most miserable people on earth - hardly a marxist undertone here!

The wider point here is that this book is wonderful in its seeming simplicity but with far-reaching ideas. Economics is not just about money and this text argues powerfully, succinctly and simply why this should be the case.

It is an intensly interesting and though-provoking book. It is not perfect; I think that there would be very difficult issues between short-term and long-term happiness for example. However, it is a very important book and those who are trying to knock it or ignore it need to explain why "the greatest sum of human happiness" is not the best public policy goal. In my opinion it makes a lot more sense than lets increase GDP solely for its own sake.


Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan
Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan
by Giles Milton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engagingly written history, 13 Mar. 2003
Giles Milton writes engagingly and knowlegably about an episode of English history which sheds light upon Japanese society in the 1600's. If you are interested in history then this book will provide a fascinating look into a culture and society very different to the Western world, in an interesting and often amusing way. Well worth the read.


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