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The Diet Delusion
The Diet Delusion
Price: £6.64

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive depth, research and clarity, 24 Feb 2014
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I wanted to read more about the so-called "carbohydrate hypothesis", and this book seemed to be getting the best reviews, so in I went.

What I got was an incredibly comprehensive study of the last century's worth of research on the health effects of dietary fat and carbohydrate. The amount of work that Taubes put into this is quite astonishing. It treads the line between popular science book and text book, without ever straying too far into one or the other.

The book is split into 3 parts. The first part covers the hypothesis that dietary fat is the cause of coronary heart disease and obesity, the research and evidence to support it, as well as a considerable amount of detail on the history and personalities of those most influential in furthering this view. Part 2 does the same for the alternative hypothesis, i.e. that carbohydrates are to blame. Part 3 is intentionally more speculative, extrapolating from the hard evidence covered in parts 1 and 2 into slightly more fuzzy waters. This part also covers the science of human metabolism to a considerable depth.

Taubes is ruthless in his distinction between cause and correlation, something which many of the personalities he covers in his history clearly were not. When it comes down to it, he's advocating nothing more than honest, rigourous science, and laments the fact that when it comes to public health advice on our diets, we haven't been getting it.

This is a long book. In parts, it's also quite a dry book in places, although I was never tempted to stop reading before the end. A truly excellent book.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Snug fit, good quality, folding stand a bit precarious, 26 July 2012
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After 2 minutes of playing with it, first impressions are good. Fits the Nexus 7 like a glove, and holds it in place with a snug Velcro fastener. The magnetic catch works as advertised, turning the screen on and off reliably.

The folding stand is a bit unconvincing, though, being a bit precarious when sitting up at a steep angle. The folded front flap attaches magnetically to the back, though, which is a nice touch, it's just that the whole assembly doesn't really lie flush with the surface, and wobbles a bit. Good enough to stand up, though, and hopefully won't fall over on a bumpy train or plane journey.


Case4Life Compact digital camera soft case pouch for Canon Powershot + Elph A, S, 5** IS HS Series Inc A2300, A490 - Lifetime Guarantee
Case4Life Compact digital camera soft case pouch for Canon Powershot + Elph A, S, 5** IS HS Series Inc A2300, A490 - Lifetime Guarantee
Offered by Gadget Barn
Price: £14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but not very well made, 20 April 2012
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I was very happy with this case at first. It fits my Canon S100 very well (snug but not too tight), it has a useful shoulder strap, and the velcro clasp holds things well.

However, after a few days of use, the velcro started detaching from the body of the case, and will probably come off altogether pretty soon, rendering the velcro clasp, and the case, useless.


Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System
Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System
by Ray Jayawardhana
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good, solid book with proper science, 8 Feb 2012
Despite the naff cover which makes it look like lightweight fluff, this book contains a solid amount of proper, well-explained science, describing not only the nitty gritty of how planet hunters go about their job, but also a nice dose of the human angle. This all comes from a man who's been involved at the sharp end of this stuff for many years.

It's well-written and strikes a good balance between detail, readability and length, although inevitably the rapid series of star catalogues, people and institution names becomes a bit of a blur after a while.


Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole
Believing Bullshit: How Not to Get Sucked into an Intellectual Black Hole

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a bit one-dimensional, 29 Dec 2011
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First off, I quite liked reading this. It's interesting and makes you think.

However, I was also rather disappointed by it. I was hoping for a wide-ranging discussion on the various "intellectual black holes" as well as a good selection of examples of such thinking. However, the author seems rather fixated on debunking young-earth creationism, and while I agree with his views, the repetitive banging on about it got a bit tedious after a while. I would like to have seen more variety in his arguments. As it is, the book veers uncomfortably close to a rant.
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HTC Wildfire S Sim Free Mobile Phone - Silver/White
HTC Wildfire S Sim Free Mobile Phone - Silver/White
Offered by Prepaymania
Price: £134.35

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great little phone for the price, but some serious flaws, 26 Dec 2011
Small and light, with a great screen (HVGA - much better than original Wildfire's QVGA). As an ultra-portable Android phone with a decent spec, I would recommend this.

It does, however, have one serious flaw, and some other minor but annoying ones. The internal memory available for downloadable apps is chronically small (150MB), much of which is already occupied by pre-installed apps that can't be removed (without rooting the device). I frequently have to uninstall one app before I can install another.

The annoying flaws include an occasionally unresponsive touch screen, and a sluggish processor, but these I can live with.

If you want an iPhone competitor, this isn't it (buy a Desire HD or a Galaxy S2 for that), but for a small, competent Android phone, this is not half bad.


CAT Footwear Men's Falmouth Shoes
CAT Footwear Men's Falmouth Shoes
Price: £54.54 - £87.52

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great shoes, but highly suspect quality, 21 July 2011
First off, these shoes take some serious breaking in; for the first few weeks of wearing them, they were seriously uncomfortable - hard, unyielding and poorly fitting. They're also extremely heavy - check the weight before you buy, and be sure you want to lug that much shoe around on the end of your legs.

After that, though, I found them to be extremely comfortable, saving me from sore feet even after a whole day on them. The soles gave me a lot of confidence in the wet and snow, also, being very grippy on notoriously slippery surfaces like wet train station floors.

The uppers are very hard wearing, showing barely a scratch after 2 years of heavy use.

If the story ended there, I'd give them 5 stars.

Unfortunately, the quality of the sole is highly suspect. After 2 years, the outside of the right heel has worn right down to the line, and these soles are normally very thick (well over 1cm at the heel). The rest of right sole, as well as the left sole, is still intact. This imbalance has rendered the shoe unwearable, which is a crying shame given how good a state everything else is in.

I'm tempted to buy another pair, but questions over the build quality, and the difficulty in breaking them in to start with, puts me off.
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Mens Thermal Socks with Wool (Pack of 6) (UK Shoe 6-11, EUR 39-45) (Dark Assorted Colours)
Mens Thermal Socks with Wool (Pack of 6) (UK Shoe 6-11, EUR 39-45) (Dark Assorted Colours)

5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and comfortable, 30 Dec 2010
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OK, so they're just socks, but they're warm, they're comfortable, and they stay up (important!). I've even used them for a quick spot of winter hill-walking, although that's maybe asking a bit much of them.


Long Distance - The Best Of Runrig
Long Distance - The Best Of Runrig
Price: £6.61

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd choices, 9 Oct 2009
This is a very peculiar choice of tracks for Runrig's greatest. Individually, the tracks are fine in themselves, but there's little coherency in the selection, and for any one of them, I could pick out 3 others from their back catalogue with a similar sound that would all have been better.

Most odd, but not bad.
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Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Creative Inspire T10 Multimedia Speakers
Price: £29.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the ticket, 25 May 2009
I bought these as a replacement for my aging Cambridge SoundWorks speakers, and it's a huge step up. They're much bigger than the SoundWorks minicubes, but then again there's no subwoofer to worry about. They're also surprisingly deep, so you might want to check out the dimensions if you're tight on space. The hilariously heavy (but small) PSU is a very good sign.

The sound itself is hugely impressive, although on the default setting they're way too bassy for my liking. But a small twiddle of knob put that right. I love them.


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