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Garmin Premium Soft Strap Heart Rate Monitor
Garmin Premium Soft Strap Heart Rate Monitor
Offered by Dennis Winter leven ltd
Price: £44.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money, 19 Oct 2012
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As countless others have said, the monitor gives inconsistent readings especially if wearing wicking tops (let's face who wears cotton these days). It also leaves an abrasion under/near your sternum as the bottom of the monitor digs in. Garmin are a joke selling this pile of junk on the one hand and supporting elite sports teams on the other. Stick to Polar is best advice.


Zamberlan Men's 996 Vioz Gt Charcoal Walking Boot 996 Mns 9.5 UK
Zamberlan Men's 996 Vioz Gt Charcoal Walking Boot 996 Mns 9.5 UK

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fit and performance, 15 Jun 2012
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Great boot, been out for short and long walks with the Vioz on, performance has been excellent.
I was particularly after good grip, having had problems with some of the latest Salomon's in this respect. Grip was very good last weekend on wet stone/grass, terrain which has seen me slip badly with Salomon boots.
Note on sizing - I'm 6'3" and approx 14 st, usually take a 9, ordered 9.5 and they fit great. Zamberlan say they are true to size and that seems to be the case. Perhaps a little narrow for some, but no problems for me.


The Northern Clemency
The Northern Clemency
by Philip Hensher
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable narrative on family life and mundanity, 8 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Northern Clemency (Hardcover)
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and relished the focus on the often overlooked details of everyday life. I read with interest how one reviewer here criticises the focus on mundane family life - but I enjoyed the voyeuristic quality of the writing. I bought this book having read the blurb and some reviews, so already had an idea of what to expect. Perhaps others should consider their reading material more carefully before criticising others for delivering what they originally intended?
Basically, I wasn't expecting escapism from the joys and tribulations of my own family's mundanity and didn't get any. Hensher delivers a narrative containing complexity, richness and pathos but it may be too subtle for some who require a read which clearly sign-posts when and where the reader should "feel" something whilst reading.
I do agree that a bit of editing would have benefitted the tempo of the writing but whilst not a brilliant 5 star of a book I really enjoyed this.


The Seldom Seen Kid
The Seldom Seen Kid
Price: £5.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, mature music, 16 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Seldom Seen Kid (Audio CD)
Not a big fan of Elbow's previous work, but this album is brilliantly put together, music and lyrics are beautifully crafted and repay repeated listening. Hence this has all the makings of a classic that I'll still be playing in 10 years time.


The Other Hand
The Other Hand
by Chris Cleave
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable, occasionally gripping, lacking credibility, 16 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Other Hand (Hardcover)
I found it easy to read large tracts of this novel. This can be both good and a not so good - good as it makes the story clip along at a good pace, but not so good as it indicates a lack of engagement with the book i.e. I tend to take longer on a book when it completely grips me. I recently read that the book seemed to have been written with one eye on the film adaptation, and I agree with this. The story is gripping in places but there are some sections that are cringingly bad and lacking in credibility e.g. the sections about the Home Office visit amongst others. Finally, the publishers compare this story to Cloud Atlas - its nowhere near the same league.


The Architecture of Happiness
The Architecture of Happiness
by Alain De Botton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Readable blend of philosophy, architecture and personal reflection, 16 Jan 2009
de Botton provides wonderful insights into philosophy and the built environment. I really enjoy his personal observations and the blend of pictures, formal "academic" text and witty personal narrative.


On the Origin of Species: The Illustrated Edition
On the Origin of Species: The Illustrated Edition
by Charles Darwin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.86

83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 16 Jan 2009
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This is a "coffee table" sized book i.e. on the large side which is a bit of a shock if you are expecting something you can carry easily. However the plus side is the fantastic colour plates and the addition of supporting material from the Beagle voyage, Darwin's autobiography and journals. A book to enjoy whilst sitting comfortably at home rather than on public transport.
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Resistance
Resistance
by Owen Sheers
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 April 2008
This review is from: Resistance (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The novel is not perfect, but as a first novel it is some achievement. I found the pacing to be just right, the description of the farming and the weather is integral to understanding the story and it is not surprising that those who can't make that connection consequently do not enjoy the story.

The 3rd Reich in the Olchon valley - that's the brilliant big picture but the human reactions of the women, the soldiers and the wider rural community is the gripping story that unfolds. A walk over Twmpa in the Black Mountains will never quite be the same again.


An End Has a Start
An End Has a Start
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £4.18

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is a grower, 25 Jan 2008
This review is from: An End Has a Start (Audio CD)
Not sure to start with but the album improves with every listening, impressive range of music and lyrics in the early tracks but tends to fizzle ouuuuut


We'll Live And Die In These Towns
We'll Live And Die In These Towns
Offered by Lifes Essentials
Price: £4.39

9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's not ok - it's much worse than that, 25 Jan 2008
If this is the "sound of British Rock n Roll" (NME) then God helps us, mediocre at best even considering this is a debut album.


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