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Tisserand Sweet Almond Ethically Harvested Oil 100 ml
Tisserand Sweet Almond Ethically Harvested Oil 100 ml
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-lasting!, 2 May 2010
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Am just writing a short review, to say this is a fantastic massage oil.

And it lasts forever. I really recommend it, so much better than the ones you get in the chemist.


Serve with Honour: The True Story of the Commando Colonel Who Became a World-famous Neuro-Surgeon....from Killer to Healer!
Serve with Honour: The True Story of the Commando Colonel Who Became a World-famous Neuro-Surgeon....from Killer to Healer!
by Alexander Walker-Naddell
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars Pinch of salt required, 2 May 2010
I bought this book from Mr Walker-Naddell himself, at his Consulting Rooms in Glasgow where he was attempting to to treat me for a slipped disc.

Unfortunately, rather like his unorthodox (and incorrect) ideas about how to cure a slipped disc, his memories about his military record during the Second World War are also all in his imagination.

Reading this book, one gets the impression that if it hadn't been for Mr Walker-Naddell, the Allies would not have won the war at all. I read with total astonishment the daring feats he performed and how he saved this nation from almost certain defeat.

It really was incredible! In-credible, or shall we just be plain, and call it a complete figment of the man's imagination. I have harboured strong doubts about the truth of what I read ever since I bought my copy (ironically he signed it "With SINCERE wishes" - huh!) over 10 years ago, however my doubts were finally confirmed when I came across an article on the internet written way back in 1999 in the Scotland Herald.

This article confirms that Alexander Walker-Naddell admitted that his claims of a distinguished military career in the Second World War were fictitious. "He claimed last year in his autobiography, Serve with Honour, that he was a former commanding officer with No4 Commando Unit in the Second World War, but admits today he did not set foot in occupied Europe and that he ''made a story out of nothing''...''It is unfortunate that this old gentleman has deluded himself and others in this way and I am quite sure that, at his age, he feels absolute and total embarrassment for himself and his family.''

I have however given it 2 stars, because it is at least well written, and if it was in the fiction as opposed to autobiography section, it would be a rip-roaring read!


Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire
Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire
by Victor Sebestyen
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited history of fall of Eastern bloc, 2 May 2010
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I remember those days in 1989, sitting by the radio anxiously listening to the collapse of the Ceaucescu regime and its dreaded secret police force, the Securitate.

Those were glorious days - the fall of the Wall, the rise of the Solidarity Party in Poland, the end of Soviet domination in Eastern Europe and freedom to millions of people.

This book is a delight to read. It doesn't start and end in 1989 however as the title might suggest. This book is an all-encompassing history of the Eastern bloc. In fact, you don't reach 1989 until p.237 (of 404 pages). But this isn't a criticism, the beautifully written build-up is absolutely necessary to understand the full background and misery these regimes forced on its people, and the climax of freedom when it finally came.


The Soanes at Home
The Soanes at Home
by Susan Palmer
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating trip back in time, 2 May 2010
This review is from: The Soanes at Home (Paperback)
I visited Sir John Soane's Museum recently and was fascinated by the experience. It is certainly not a huge museum by London standards, but what a treat it is.

Sir John Soane (1753-1837) was an architect who lived and worked in London. He married well, and his wife's riches enabled him to finance a museum...in his home! I'm not sure what his wife must have felt about this, but it certainly left the nation with a fascinating legacy.

This book describes in detail the social and domestic life of the Soanes and is written by the archivist to the Museum, who evidently had extensive records to work from; it seems the Soanes kept receipts of everything they bought, whilst their servants kept copious notes of their daily life too, eg. the Washing book, and the Cook's book detailing records of meals cooked every day!

The book is lavishly filled with colour illustrations including, for instance, fascinating copies of 200 year old receipts.

NB. I recommend you buy this book at the Museum itself, where it is only £10 (as at date of writing) and is in perfect sealed condition.


The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food
The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food
by Jeffrey M Masson
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Jeffrey Masson, 2 May 2010
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I have a small library of Jeffrey Masson books, and can justifiably be labelled a fan. This book presented new thoughts on the misery that is fish-farming, as well as discussing in more detail the effects on the environment and the horrors of the factory farm, or as the Americans call it, a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation), although surely that should be CAKO - no guesses for what the K stands for.

The final chapter describes a day in the life of a vegan, which doesn't sound that difficult the way he describes it!

Read and enjoy, and if you haven't read Masson before, I particularly recommend The Pig who Sang to the Moon, in my opinion the greatest book on animal rights ever written.


Russia: A Short History (Short Histories)
Russia: A Short History (Short Histories)
by Abraham Ascher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 May 2010
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I've recently become fascinated about Russia and its history, but whilst there are numerous books on the market relating to specific events or people, there aren't many devoted to its entire history.

And whilst it is only 252 pages, it packs a huge amount into these pages.

First off, the book sensibly has four maps right at the front. Even though it's a relatively concise history, this is a wise investment. I am so frustrated reading history books which leave out maps and assume you have an encyclopedic knowledge of the globe!

I won't waste time describing the specific chapter contents because you can "Click to Look inside" but everything is presented in an eminently sensible way, and more importantly, it is superbly written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and have a much better understanding of Russian people and its history than I did before.


Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 6 Mar 2010
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Ignore the negative reviews, this is pure genius.

Gladwell writes so well, and in such a convincing manner that the theories he puts forward seems so obvious you wonder why you never thought of them yourself. I for one am convinced.


The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
by John Robbins
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 6 Mar 2010
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This is a beautifully written, compelling book about the vital part diet plays not only in your own health, but the planet's too. It also discusses the appalling treatment of farmed animals.

I wish everyone would buy a copy!

And pity the poor author, whose life savings were lost / stolen in the Madoff scandal.


Seeing Red
Seeing Red
by Graham Poll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, 6 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Seeing Red (Paperback)
This is an interesting book, and is very easy to read.

It is in a way, quite depressing as it reflects badly on today's society, the media, the totally useless football authorities and the players themselves. And as a qualified ref, I fear the worst for English refereeing, given the appalling lack of support the FA gives even its top referees.

The book pulls no punches, and its interesting to see what happens behind closed doors, particularly concerning John Terry and Jose Mourinho, two equally unpleasant characters.


The Little Black Book of Red Tape: Tales of Red Tape and Jobsworths
The Little Black Book of Red Tape: Tales of Red Tape and Jobsworths
by Ian Vince
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A history of red tape, 6 Mar 2010
Picking up this book in the bookshop, I assumed it would be a selection of amusing red tape anecdotes. After all, part of the title is "Tales of Red Tape and Jobsworths".

However it isn't. The author has essentially written a short history about red tape, and whilst that may be of interest, it does not do what it says on the tin! There are of course some tales, but they are all too infrequent, and I found myself skimming some passages to get to the good bits.
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