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Information Modelling (BCS Practitioner)
Information Modelling (BCS Practitioner)
by Veryard
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer, 27 Feb. 2013
Very clearly laid out and very readable - and has that British advantage over similar US books of brevity.

A very good introduction to information modelling.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best thing? No battery, 13 Nov. 2011
I had another BT Converse phone (Converse 2025) that needed 4 AA batteries. It was always a problem. There was no indication that the batteries were flat, just that the phone didn't work. This Converse 2200 has no batteries. The handsfree and headset operation work well, and the quick dial buttons are very convenient. Note that the headset connection is RJ11. My previous headset (for the Converse 2025) had a jackplug. So I had to buy a new head set. Why have different connections for two phones branded Converse? Makes no sense. The other downside over the previous phone is that is has only one line coming in. Good for the money, however.


Ergon Race Grips Large
Ergon Race Grips Large

5.0 out of 5 stars Good but expensive, 18 July 2011
This review is from: Ergon Race Grips Large (Sports)
I guess good things often are expensive.

High quality product in all aspects - materials, design, packaging.

Easy to fit.

Works very well for me because my hands are prone to cramp and these grips prevent that.


OSx86: Creating a Hackintosh
OSx86: Creating a Hackintosh
by Peter Baldwin
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but perhaps made unnecessary by internet, 4 April 2011
It's a HUGE book, not all of it relevant to making a Hackintosh. For example, there are chapters on programming for OSX. I found these very interesting and might well follow them up, since I have a background in IT. But strictly speaking, they are not relevant to the subject.

The biggest issue is that the internet has made the book redundant. There are many forums and sites that can help the would-be Hackintosh builder.

I followed the instructions on one of the sites and build a working Hackintosh.

So buy the book for background interest, or if you want to understand more fully what the issues are.

It would be mean to give the book fewer than five stars, because it does do what it says on the cover.


The Barefoot Beekeeper
The Barefoot Beekeeper
by P. J. Chandler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.00

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in theory, but tricky in practice, 21 Mar. 2011
This review is from: The Barefoot Beekeeper (Paperback)
I have built a topbar hive (to Phil's design in this book) and have had a colony of bees in it for 9 months. I also keep regular hives.

The colony survived one of the coldest winters ever - with the open mesh floor open to the elements. Proof (if any were needed) that bees don't mind cold. It's damp that they don't like, and the OMF certainly provides a lot of ventilation.

But .... I have some practical issues with the design.

1. Despite being exactly to the spec, the bees built comb across the bars and stuck it to the side of the hive inside. This means that that comb cannot be removed to be inspected. If you are unconcerned about whether your bees are a source of disease for other hives in the area, this is fine. But a conscientious beek should do their best to ensure a healthy hive - and you can't do that if you can't remove the comb for inspection.

2. Despite the use of a circular saw and really careful construction, it's a bit tricky to get the internal end-stops to be bee-proof.

3. If you want to treat for varroa (and most beeks do), it's not easy because there is no top-bee-space on which to put the thymol (a natural substance, before anyone gets too excited.)

4. For the same reason, it's quite hard to feed the bees. You need to be quite ingenious and adept at handiwork.

Summary. Topbar hives are best undertaken by skilled woodworkers and skilled beekeepers, not beginners. And if it's honey you're after, go for regular hives.

Addendum: 11.09.2011
My top bar colony died. It was the only colony that I was unable to treat for varroa and it was the only colony that died. Anecdotal, rather than convincing scientific, proof of my previous review.

I am interested that most positive reviewers have not actually kept bees!

I really do have an open mind and I love to try different methods, probably before I am proficient enough to do so.

I expect there to be a backlash against top bar/Kenyan hives because they are more difficult to manage than conventional hives. So new beeks will find that they have more dead colonies that their conventional colleagues.

But if your Darwinian goal is bees that evolve to resist varroa, then your dead colonies will contribute to evolution of the european bee. Good luck with that! You will need a lot of patience and a long life :-) And a lot of dead bees.
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Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-cost Wood-fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves
Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-cost Wood-fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves
by Kiko Denzer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 21 Mar. 2011
Written from the heart, but not in any way superficial. Good solid advice and guidance on constructing ovens and baking bread, pizzas etc.

Some of the photos could have been reproduced a bit more clearly, but that's a minor issue. The hand-drawn illustrations are charming and do the job.


AppleScript: The Missing Manual
AppleScript: The Missing Manual
Price: £17.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK if you just want a quick overview, 6 Dec. 2010
Not much good if you want an in depth treatment.

I tried to write a script and quickly ran beyond the coverage of this book - and my script was only 20 lines.

A bit jokey-blokey in its style - which is OK for a while and then it grates.


A Practical Manual of Beekeeping: How to Keep Bees and Develop Your Full Potential as an Apiarist
A Practical Manual of Beekeeping: How to Keep Bees and Develop Your Full Potential as an Apiarist
by David Cramp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as Hooper's standard work, 2 Nov. 2010
It's written in a lively and interesting, personal, tone - with plenty of anecdotes from his long career in beekeeping. There are too few photos - a common failing with beekeeping books.

Readable, authoritative, good value.


Close Range: Wyoming Stories: v. 1 (Wyoming Stories 1)
Close Range: Wyoming Stories: v. 1 (Wyoming Stories 1)
by Annie Proulx
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American prose at its absolute best, 22 Jun. 2010
The writing crackles and burns indelible images. Phrases live with you. "She was ridden hard and put away dirty" refers to a mother of four who leaves home one day - can't take it any more. Proulx encapsulates that in just eight words.

Read this book for the quality of the writing and the images it summons up.


The Bee Friendly Garden: Bring Bees to Your Flowers, Orchard, and Vegetable Patch
The Bee Friendly Garden: Bring Bees to Your Flowers, Orchard, and Vegetable Patch
by Ted Hooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for choosing what to plant, 15 May 2010
Plants are listed alphabetically, and there are photos for many of them. Ted Hooper (sadly, no longer with us, having died only recently) shows his depth of experience in the many personal notes that he adds to the regular botanical descriptions. As a beekeeper, I will be planting many of the species that he recommends.


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