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2014 slim size casebound week to view diary
2014 slim size casebound week to view diary

2.0 out of 5 stars It was cheap and it is cheap, 21 Mar. 2014
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I suppose I should have realised that a diary at this price would fall apart after just a few weeks.


Don't Buy Stocks: Why Investors Should Keep Their Money Away From Wall Street
Don't Buy Stocks: Why Investors Should Keep Their Money Away From Wall Street

3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but slightly hysterical, 21 Mar. 2014
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A strong expose of the corruption in Wall Street - traders, banks, brokers, regulators, politicians. Probably doesn't tell you anything you didn't already suspect. It's fine to tell us "Don't Buy Stocks", but this book doesn't suggest any alternative, so it's a bit like half a book. Also, the author should have hired a proof-reader. The text is full of spelling mistakes. Although they're not important, they're irritating and might make you think that, if the author cannot even get simple spelling right, could there be other things in the book that are inaccurate.


How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters
How We Invented Freedom & Why It Matters
by Daniel Hannan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

6 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Expensive - doesn't the author already get enough money from us?, 10 Mar. 2014
This book seems awfully expensive considering the author already gets a massive salary and huge expenses from us taxpayers. Moreover, he appears to have written the book while we were paying him to represent us in Brussels. Perhaps Mr Hannan will hand over all the money he gets from this book to charity? No? I thought not
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925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World
925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World
Price: £0.00

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, simplistic, 4 Mar. 2014
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Truly awful book. The supposed ideas bear little relation to the title and cover. I got it free on Kindle and it still wasn't good value. Avoid and you'll avoid wasting valuable minutes of your life


SanDisk SDCZ50-032G-B35 32 GB Cruzer Blade USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Black
SanDisk SDCZ50-032G-B35 32 GB Cruzer Blade USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Black
Price: £8.02

84 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken after 3 weeks, 12 Sept. 2013
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After about three weeks, it wouldn't connect properly to any of my 3 computers. If you pulled it out slightly, it would connect again but the connection would fail after a few minutes. Flimsy, garbage - do not buy
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When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence
When the Money Runs Out: The End of Western Affluence
by Stephen D. King
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You can watch the auuthor on YouTube - no need to buy the book, 18 Jun. 2013
There's a 1 hour 15 minutes clip on Youtube of the author talking about his book at the Policy Exchange in London. This pretty much covers everything in the book. There, I've saved you twelve quid and the time you'd have spent reading the book


The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became A Tax Haven For Fat Cats And Big Business
The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became A Tax Haven For Fat Cats And Big Business
by Richard Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent analysis - weak on solutions, 9 May 2013
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A wonderful book. Richard Brooks does us all a great service by revealing the complicity between governments, rich individuals and large companies to ensure that the elites pay little to no tax while the rest of us get squeezed by ever higher open and hidden taxes. This book should be read by every single MP and there should be angry debates in Parliament. Instead, all the leading 3 parties are complicit in turning a blind eye and allowing this scandal to continue.

The only quibble I have is that the book is not strong in proposing solutions. Whereas the book says that the rules on Corporation Tax should be tightened and applied, I believe a much more radical approach needs to be taken. Every tax has a useful shelf-life when it can collect revenue before people find a way around it. We had a Beard Tax - people shaved off their beards. There was a Wig Tax - wigs went out of fashion. Similarly Corporation Tax has reached the end of its useful time and should be scrapped. It should be replaced by a retention of part of VAT collected by companies (for banks there should be a tax on assets held). This would mean that every company operating in Britain would pay tax on its turnover whether it claimed to be based in Jersey, the Cayman Islands or on The Moon. Here's an article I wrote for MoneyWeek explaining this [...]

But otherwise, this is a great book that I highly recommend


To Hell in a Handcart
To Hell in a Handcart
by Richard Littlejohn
Edition: Paperback

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Painfully funny and accurate, 4 Mar. 2013
This review is from: To Hell in a Handcart (Paperback)
Although written over 10 years ago, the author accurately predicted the appalling Britain that we live in today. Corrupt, politically-correct police harrassing ordinary people, billions being wasted on benefits-scroungers pretending to be asylum seekers, a country obsessed with superficiality, celebrity and stupidity - Littlejohn saw it all. No wonder many reviewers are upset with the book - it is painfully true


Monkey with a Pin: Why You May Be Missing 6% a Year on Your Investment Returns
Monkey with a Pin: Why You May Be Missing 6% a Year on Your Investment Returns
by Pete Comley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - a must read, 26 Oct. 2012
"Monkey With A Pin" ranks along with "PILLAGED How They're looting £413m a day from your savings and pensions" by David Craig as two books anyone with savings in a bank, building society or unit trust should read. Reading these two books will save most people thousands of pounds avoiding the unnecessary fees and charges paid to financial services industry insiders for achieving little to nothing.


Fuel Fitness 4.0 Elliptical Cross Trainer - White
Fuel Fitness 4.0 Elliptical Cross Trainer - White

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly designed, badly made - do not buy this trainer, 12 Oct. 2012
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The worst problem with this trainer is that the upright steel pillar at the front which bears all the pressure from the moving arms and foot plates is not strong enough and bends even when used by someone (my wife) weighing just 45 kilos. When I (weight 90 kilos) use the trainer, it feels like it is going to break. This is a design problem - if the pillar had been round (the strongest shape) rather than oblong, it would have been stronger. For £299.00 I would have not have expected such a basic design fault and would advise people not to buy this product.


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