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How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written
How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written
by Sterling Archer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Feeble effort, 25 Jan. 2015
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Love the show, hate this travesty of a book. The book captures nothing of Archer's sardonic tone. Not funny. Cheaply produced, exploitative spin-off.


All-Green 6 Litre Biobag Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners Food Waste Bin Liners, 150 Bags
All-Green 6 Litre Biobag Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners Food Waste Bin Liners, 150 Bags
Price: £10.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Too small, 28 Aug. 2014
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Does not fit the bin properly.


TomTom GO 6000 EU 6-Inch Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Always Connected and Interactive Screen Includes Click & Mount Car Charger and USB Cable
TomTom GO 6000 EU 6-Inch Sat Nav with Full European Lifetime Maps, Lifetime Traffic Updates, Always Connected and Interactive Screen Includes Click & Mount Car Charger and USB Cable
Price: £229.00

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst purchase ever, 22 Aug. 2014
Infuriating. Hours to get it going. Didn't work. Terrible advice from Tomtom support. Finally resolved (for now) one problem myself using Internet research. Really poor effort by Tomtom.
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Trap Line
Trap Line
Price: £5.69

3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, 17 Jan. 2014
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As genre fiction, not awful but not great. A straight-through read but a bit formulaic, characters somewhat stereotyped and not as witty as one expects from Hiaasen.


27KG (60LB) WALK BEHIND SPREADER
27KG (60LB) WALK BEHIND SPREADER
Offered by PPE and Tool Solutions Limited
Price: £45.85

1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor quality, 9 Jan. 2014
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Plastic spinner warped out of the box. Hence, not operational. This would be impossible for an unskilled person to assemble. We had to modify the metal spindle and after considerable effort it works. Do not buy this unless you have the tools and skills to get it working.


Assorted 50 Flavours Jelly Belly (1kg bag)
Assorted 50 Flavours Jelly Belly (1kg bag)
Offered by Chocolate Buttons
Price: £20.73

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it promised, 28 April 2013
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I ordered this bag of my favourite jelly bellies on the basis of it being packaged by Jelly Belly itself. I have bought this exact product many times and it comes in a sealed, marked Jelly belly bag and it includes a very good distribution of flavours across the range. The most recent time I ordered this product it came in an unbranded 1kg ziplock-type bag and the flavour assortment was not at all what it normally is with many of my favourites missing altogether and disproportionate numbers of a limited selection. I would sggest this bag had been assembled by the furnisher and dispatched in a zip-lock bag.

My complaint to the supplier has met with an absolute refusal to recognise they have failed to provide a product promised by reference to the image, which I maintain is certainly contractural. I feel this supplier has a very cavalier attitude to keeping Amazon customers happy and so I will be finding another source for this product and letting Amazon know that in some 15 years of heavy Amazon patronage, this is the first time I am feeling really annoyed!

Bait and switch are the words that come to mind.

Very, very short-sighted to treat customers disrespectfully.


Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
Price: £9.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that starts with an earthquake and builds to a climax, 24 Jan. 2013
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I read the Kindle version of this and found myself highlighting one passage after another. This book is really worthwhile. It tells many stories at once, using the 2010 earthquake in Haiti at its starting point. Amy Wilentz is in love with Haiti, but what is the nature of this love? It's complicated.

Amy Wilentz is kind of a hero for writing this book. It is not clear that some of those who will read it will be entirely pleased. But if she is harsh on those she saw in Haiti, she is harsher still on herself. The reader, meanwhile, will be enlightened on the subject of Haiti, as perhaps never before.

A book that restores my faith in journalism. Bravo Amy Wilentz.


The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan
by Michael Hastings
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Afghanistan. The war exposed., 11 Feb. 2012
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When the journalism establishment turned on Michael Hastings, they never laid a finger on his reporting. John Burns was among many who said Hastings had spoiled the game. The grand reporters trade access for discretion. Hastings doesn't do the deference. The result has been explosive journalism. Hastings was without doubt responsible for the sacking of one Afghan commander. Other reputations are equally shredded here.

As a reporter for Rolling Stone, Hastings has prrformed a magnificent service showing most of the hacks weary and useless. His cameo of Thomas Friedman offering advice was the more extraorinary because it was so deadpan. Hastings does not have to over egg the pudding. His forward-tilted reporting means he never has to.

Hastings has produced a classic on Afghanistan, a classic on the American military and a classic on journalism, all in the same book. Hastings is a brave journalist and a sensitive who lost a girl he loved to the war in Iraq. He writes beautifully and empathetically of the losses. Neither does he have to rant and rail at the futility and the lies - it can all speak for itself.

This is an American story and the British hardly appear except one does think of he recycled stories fed out to gutless hacks onveying ridiculous stories about governments in a box.

Hastings writes at a cracking pace and in places this reads like a thriller, in places it is funny and in many other ways, the story is surreal. Yet there is never a loss of truth. The bull**** detector stays silent. Hastings has his story copper-bottomed. Nothing captures the story of the American war in Afghanistan even remotely as well as this. Hastings has thought deeply about war and more attention should be paid to what he says. This book is simply fabulous.


Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
by Tony Judt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

11 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable - literally, 18 Mar. 2011
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Judt is a fabulous writer and i bought this paperback with keen anticipation. However it is printed so poorly in type so tiny that I was simply incapable of reading it. This edition does not do credit to a great and much missed author.
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50 Ways To Improve Your French: Teach Yourself
50 Ways To Improve Your French: Teach Yourself
by Lorna Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and amusing, 1 Sept. 2010
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Why learn French? So you can talk with the French? Francophones are generally more interested in learning English than Anglophones in speaking French.

But say you want to learn anyway. France is very beautiful. So, it turns out, is French. English people have a way of falling in love with the place, and the language is part of the deal. Certainly if you live there you will have to conjugate a few verbs. Frankly, monoglot English people are pathetic. So if nothing else, it is a matter of differentiation.

Not everyone has the benefit of a gifted French mistress. There is a dire tradition of language education in Britain. Generations of teachers have failed to inspire their pupils, and the pupils have often refused to be inspired. When one thinks of the French teacher, one is reminded of the Catherine Tate classic TV sketch.

Yet today, just as the headlines are bemoaning the failure of young England to learn languages, something else is also true, and adult language education is booming as grown-ups find out that they should have been paying more attention. Politicians, journalists, even euro-sceptics are taking language courses.

Perhaps not at GCSE and A-level, where languages are said to be declining, but elsewhere there is a renaissance in language education, and this is demonstrated by the number of self-help books, internet courses and the like.

If there is no magic bullet to learning another language other than an enthusiasm to do so, then there has been a welcome expansion of the resources available to the self-appointed student, learning from desire, not compulsion.

The improvement in language education materials is general but is represented especially strongly in French. French remains very popular with Anglophones, for the richness of the culture it unlocks. As a search on Amazon will reveal, numerous writers are getting to grips with the problem of explaining French to the English. Many are trying and succeeding, improving on the dry and inaccessible texts of the past.

No book can provide the answer to all the problems (and joys and advantages) of another language. But this one is pretty good. It is intensely practical, and as fun as these things can be. Cleverly produced and edited and focused on the need-to-know.

Learning French is a romantic and intellectual adventure but one that needs both time, study and practice and some good lessons on the way. These are some of the best.
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