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Craig Bellamy: GoodFella
Craig Bellamy: GoodFella
by Craig Bellamy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Lively and interesting, 21 July 2014
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A good read. He comes across as a contrary and exasperating character, but he has had an eventful career and this is a bold account of its ups and downs. As a Newcastle supporter, I found his account of his seasons at the Toon particularly interesting and convincing. Recommended.


My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism
My Trade: A Short History of British Journalism
by Andrew Marr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Mr Marr, 21 July 2014
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Andrew Marr has proved himself to be an excellent writer of popular history, and he succeeds here in making the somewhat esoteric subject of the development of British journalism very lively and accessible to the general reader. He uses his own personal experiences well to illustrate various points, and his overall assessment of the current state of his profession is forthright and interesting.

Andrew Marr has set himself a very high standard with his two previous books on modern British history, and this one doesn't quite hit those heights, so only a four. For anyone else, I'd have probably given five.


The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
by Mike Carson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

3.0 out of 5 stars Only a partial success, 21 July 2014
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There is some good material in this book, in the form of various anecdotes and quotations from the managers themselves. Clearly a lot of hard work has gone into this.

Unfortunately, Mike Carson's attempt to parcel these insights up into a structured theory of good football management is only intermittently successful, and can be quite tedious. It might well have worked better had he analysed the approach of each manager one by one, rather than attempt to use their quotations to illustrate a theoretical point.


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Quies Boules Natural Wax Earplugs 8 Pairs of Earplugs
Price: £4.79

4.0 out of 5 stars A good product, 20 July 2014
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These are the most comfortable and effective ear plugs that I have come across. They fit snugly in the ear without causing any irritation. Recommended.


SFR Galaxy Ice Skates - Black - UK 9
SFR Galaxy Ice Skates - Black - UK 9
Offered by Just Sport and Leisure
Price: £39.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 20 July 2014
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I'm a beginner who is unlikely to make spectacular progress, due to the wear and tear of middle age. Whilst not wanting to spend a great deal of money, I didn't want to give myself the handicap of dealing with a series of hired skates, with their patchy quality.

I've found that these skates fit that particular bill. They feel comfortable and seem well made (although it's early days). Using the same pair all the time gives me that extra bit of confidence on the ice, and the price seems very reasonable.


Kingdom of Heaven [DVD] [2005]
Kingdom of Heaven [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Orlando Bloom
Offered by Lifes Essentials
Price: £4.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing, 6 Jun 2014
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This is a standard, and fairly predictable blood and guts epic which is fine if you like this sort of thing.


Jose Mourinho - Special Leadership : Creating and Managing Successful Teams
Jose Mourinho - Special Leadership : Creating and Managing Successful Teams
by Luis Lourenco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.97

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much jargon, 6 Jun 2014
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There are some interesting quotes from players that Mourinho has managed, and from Mourinho himself. These convey a real sense of how Mourinho sets about management.

The trouble is, one has to wade through a lot of wordy modern management theory which adds little to the insights that these quotations reveal quite naturally.


Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) [DVD] [1995]
Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) [DVD] [1995]
Dvd ~ Colin Firth
Price: £5.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A classic adaptation, 30 Jun 2013
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This is a very popular adaptation, which captures the spirit of the novel very well. Stripped to the bare bones, this may be a romantic fantasy, but it is a hugely engaging one. And of course Colin Firth as the diffident but noble Mr Darcy carries the show.


5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond
5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond
by Andrew Adonis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing, 30 Jun 2013
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This is a very readable, insider's account of the unsuccessful negotiations between the Labour and Lib Dem parties, following the last general election. At 180 pages, there is very little padding, which is commendable.

Adonis seems to be motivated to go into print by a sense of frustration that the two parties who were closest in terms of political views, were unable to form a coalition, with the Lib Dems opting for what has been an uneasy and unnatural alliance with the Tories. I suspect in this, he underestimates the difficulties that the Lib Dems would have experienced in appearing to prop up a defeated government and an unpopular Prime Minister, at least in the short-term. Nevertheless, Adonis does make some credible points about the power imbalance within the current government.

This felt like an interesting subject that needs a writer in a more objective position. Adonis was a participant who can only give a partial account.


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Muck Boot Eden Shoe, Colour: Green, Size: 9

5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy, 31 Dec 2012
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These shoes are perfect for storing by the back door and slipping on and off quickly as you go back and forth to the garden. They are robust, comfortable and practical.


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