Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Profile for Paul Dyer > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Paul Dyer
Top Reviewer Ranking: 830,464
Helpful Votes: 21

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Paul Dyer "Chippie" (Wiltshire)
(REAL NAME)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
X-Sense CO03JF Carbon Monoxide Detector CO Alarm with Electrochemical Gas Sensor (Battery Powered)
X-Sense CO03JF Carbon Monoxide Detector CO Alarm with Electrochemical Gas Sensor (Battery Powered)
Offered by PLEMO UK
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product, 30 Mar. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The product arrived extremely promptly and was well protected in minimal packaging. Installation was straightforward, and for once the accompanying documentation in terms of installation and use was expansive, informative, well written and completely understandable.


The Hobbit Trilogy - Extended Edition [Blu-ray 3D] [2015] [Region Free]
The Hobbit Trilogy - Extended Edition [Blu-ray 3D] [2015] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Sir Ian McKellen
Price: £39.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection, 16 Mar. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Superb defnitive box set of all three films. The packaging must have changed subsequent to other reviews posted here; I received a sturdy outer sleeve which contains three plastic cases, one for each film securely containing 5 discs, and have no criticism of it whatsoever. It is a neat, compact and quality item for the shelf.

Audio and video quality are magnificent, and inclusion of the 3D versions makes this a great buy. I found the extra footage most enjoyable, having seen all three films in their theatrical release at the cinema, and having read the book and LoTR several times. Despite this, people who haven't read the books are still likely to be somewhat confused as to how all the different rings came into being, their purpose and ownership etc.

The filmakers have taken more than a few liberties in augmenting Tolkien's work with extra characters and scenes added to fit and support the later story told in LoTR. It seems that opinion is well divided on their motivation for doing so, and whether the result is better for it, or not. It was always going to be a huge challenge for Jackson to shoot The Hobbit after the runaway success of LoTR. It's the same with the books. If you read LoTR first before The Hobbit, you would probably find the ealier work less satisfying.


From A Dog's View: Lessons from Man's Best Friend on Customer Loyalty
From A Dog's View: Lessons from Man's Best Friend on Customer Loyalty

5.0 out of 5 stars A great summary of what you need to know and do, 3 Dec. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A great summary of what you need to know and do. Anyone who has successfully pursued marketing and sales for any length of time ought to recognise and know all the tips presented here, most probably having learned them the hard way. The author presents them from a pet's viewpoint which is both intriguing and novel, and is a good way of encouraging the reader to finish the whole book. It is fairly short and easy to read, and I look forward to future works presented in the same way.


Stairlift to Heaven: Growing Old Disgracefully
Stairlift to Heaven: Growing Old Disgracefully
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars You're never too old to laugh, 3 Dec. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A thoroughly enjoyable read for those with the experience and wisdom to appreciate his accurate observations on the sometimes seemingly insane aspects of modern society, and some of the ridiculous challenges we face everyday as honest and upright citizens. The basic message is to surely not take life too seriously. A recommended read for all those energetic and enthusiastic people who are 25 years old in the inside but appear somewhat older when viewed in a mirror.


Everyday Sexism
Everyday Sexism
Price: £6.99

10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read and understood, but not confirmed, 30 Jun. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Everyday Sexism (Kindle Edition)
Whilst a worthwhile read for a 99p download, I found this a challenging book to fully digest. The content is heavily bulked out by the quotes included and some of the points made seem somewhat laboured, overlapping and repetitive. I started to skim some of the paragraphs in later chapters first before reading in detail for new information and points that hadn’t been already adequately covered.

Whilst I am not questioning the veracity or implicit integrity of any contribution made and quoted in the book, my concern is that I have never personally witnessed anything like the outrageous behaviour reported by so many different people, most of whom are female. And I question why that is.

I have spent more than 30 years working for different companies and interacting with numerous people, both male and female, in countless offices in many countries. I am a very observant person. Yet, I have never once come across the kind of behaviour in the workplace that the book would indicate is rife throughout our society and an almost daily occurrence for many women. I have been party to some claims of verbal sexism in the office environment but these have been highly subjective to say the least. It is interesting to recount here one experience I had where the females in the office organised something on behalf of the whole company and excluded all the men. I only found out by accident and when I asked why the men were not included the answer was along the lines of “…we thought the men wouldn’t be interested….” When I discussed the matter with some of my male colleagues, most confirmed that indeed they weren’t interested, shrugged their shoulders and dismissed the whole issue as unimportant. It made me speculate as to what might have happened had the roles been reversed in this situation. If the ladies had been excluded and as a result a formal complaint were filed at the HR Department that the female staff members had been discriminated against there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that disciplinary action would have followed swiftly in the ensuing ruckus given the strict standards to which organisations must now adhere. Would this have happened; would one of the ladies have complained in this situation? I don’t know in all honesty, and I also fail to draw any irrefutable conclusions from this experience; except to say that I believe it far more likely that a female member of staff would have complained in this situation than a male.

I have never seen any male groping or masturbating on a bus or train in all my years of commuting. I have observed the occasional wolf whistle or admiring glance in the street but never seen the awful behaviour described concerning physical contact and blatant remarks.

I know many fine ladies and a quick straw poll totally failed to elicit any experiences as bad as those contained in the harrowing stories in the book. Likewise, a straw poll amongst many male friends and work colleagues produced very little. Both these facts cause me to ask a number of questions. Is the sexism problem indeed embedded in our society but not particularly noticed by me and other like-minded people because we are not looking for it? Is it there but not as prevalent or indigenous to daily life as the book might suggest? Or is it just that the incidents reported here are actually very rare?

It is also interesting to analyse the spread and flavour of reviews posted here. At the time of posting this, there are 46; of which 38 are a 5 and 6 are a 1, with the remainder being statistically insignificant. So 83% of readers give this book the highest possible rating whilst 13% give it the lowest and seem to regard it as collection of whining stories submitted by people who will always be able to find something to whine about. I've given it three stars just to be different.

Read it for yourself, do some research amongst your friends and peers and make up your own mind.
Comment Comment (1) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 13, 2015 5:26 PM GMT


How The English Establishment Framed STEPHEN WARD
How The English Establishment Framed STEPHEN WARD
Price: £3.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A disgraceful episode for British justice, 26 Jan. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I read this book after finishing Christine Keeler's "Secrets & Lies: Now Profumo is Dead, I Can Finally Reveal the Truth about the Most Shocking Scandal in British Politics" which was first published in 2002, and then updated and reissued after the death of Profumo in 2006. I would recommend anyone else to follow the same route. That book is co-authored by Douglas Thompson who in the foreword says of Keeler "I count her among the most honest people I've met". Anyone reading both these books and pursuing even the most minimal amount of research on the Profumo Affair would be extremely hard-pressed to understand what he means by this statement. That book is clearly not the whole truth.

The focus of this book is to get at the truth although the authors have to their great credit carefully reviewed many of the events that took place in terms of the circumstances and motivations that drove the individual people involved to act in the way they did. It is interesting to note the discrepancies that exist between the two books concerning some of the events which took place. Whilst some of these may be simply due to aging memories of those involved, it seems that Keeler in particular either plays down or omits to mention certain details in order to further her own case and character.

This book adds significant information concerning the involvement and role of the USA, and the FBI in particular, though it is clear that the Americans are still sitting on sealed files in just the same way as our establishment is in this country. As recently as yesterday there was an article in the press asking why the last remaining Profumo file has been buried for yet another 30 years and speculating on just exactly who it is that the establishment continues to protect after all these years.

This book does not pull any punches. Anyone looking at the evidence which has come to light must surely deem the trial of Stephen Ward to have been a complete farce and a travesty of justice. The behaviour of some of the leading players such as the police officer responsible for conducting the investigation and the judge appointed to the trial was completely appalling. Some of the people directing their actions behind the scenes still remain hidden from view, and the whole thing stinks to high heaven.

Do read this book if you have an interest in the Profumo scandal. It provided a lot of additional information and clarity for me. If you are just a regular citizen going about your business trusting in the British justice system to uphold both the law and the core standards of decency for the human race, you will be surely shocked; and woefully disappointed that the outrageous behaviour of "the establishment" orchestrated such an unfair and totally reprehensible destruction of one man's life and reputation in order to cover up their own misdeeds. Sadly, it appears to continue to this day.


Secrets and Lies: Now Profumo is Dead, I Can Finally Reveal the Truth About the Most Shocking Scandal in British Politic
Secrets and Lies: Now Profumo is Dead, I Can Finally Reveal the Truth About the Most Shocking Scandal in British Politic
Price: £3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The truth at last - really?, 8 Jan. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is an interesting read, especially if you possess only superficial knowledge of the scandal which rocked the nation in the early 60s. I especially enjoyed some of the short put-downs spread liberally throughout; often witty and razor sharp, though it is not clear which of the authors contributed these.

Is this the whole truth? I doubt it very much. I share the scepticism that another reviewer voiced as to how accurately anyone is able to recall and relate conversations and events that took place decades ago. Whilst Christine emphasises that she is not looking for sympathy and has no reason to lie, the overall message coming through is that she was a young girl caught up in a web of deliberate deceit spun by much older and corrupt men. Whilst this may be true, I find it difficult to evoke great sympathy. By her own admission she has double standards. Attribute it to her background and nurturing or whatever, but from the very beginning she displays a very low level of morality. The main events take place in just a few short years between 1960-4 and by the time you have finished the book it is rather challenging to recall where she was living and how many beds she was sharing at any particular point in time. Although she and Mandy Rice-Davies may not have been prostitutes in the strict sense of the word that most people understand, there is no doubt they displayed little loyalty or integrity in relationships and systematically used and abused men for financial gain to fund their extravagant lifestyles.

I absolutely do empathise with her distress and disgust that a massive cover-up was instigated and executed, and it is interesting to speculate whether we will ever know the whole truth. Whilst many of the people who figured in the event are dead there are surely documents and other evidence that remain sealed away from prying eyes. It is clear from a report in the press this week that the very people who stand up and proclaim transparency are still hiding and protecting somebody from this affair 50 years ago. We should not be surprised. Power corrupts and there are plenty of examples around today of taxpayer funded institutions which initiate independent enquiries and publish so-called open reports. The carefully chosen cronies responsible make sure they look after their own and suppress any and all information that might reveal their misdemeanours, by labelling it as "not in the public interest".

Read this book if you have any doubt regarding the disgustingly low moral standards and outrageous behaviour of many of those born into a life of privilege and wealth.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 25, 2015 10:54 AM GMT


The Man Code: The Rules Every Man Should Live His Life By
The Man Code: The Rules Every Man Should Live His Life By
Price: £4.20

3.0 out of 5 stars For your amusement, 10 Nov. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I went through this book very rapidly; it's pretty short.

There were some genuine laugh out loud moments but generally this is not a book to be taken seriously. No doubt many men live their lives by following some of these witticisms to a greater or lesser extent at some point between cradle and grave, but anyone who adopts the whole suite as a recipe for long-term happiness is likely to be extremely shallow, and very disappointed with the outcome.


Never Get Lied to Again: How to Read Body Language and Become a Human Lie Detector
Never Get Lied to Again: How to Read Body Language and Become a Human Lie Detector
Price: £4.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Covers the basics, 10 Nov. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This is a reasonable book to read if you have never studied body language or lying and deceit before. It covers most of the basics and is a an adequate reference for looking up signals that are given consciously or unconsciously from various parts of the body.

The Kindle formatting is poor with unecessary large gaps between paragraphs and no section or chapter numbers.

The section on the famous Polygraph machine is well researched and informative.

I personally did not like the writing style which I found rather bullish, especially in the early part with statements like "This power you're about to gain...."


No Cure for Baldness?
No Cure for Baldness?
Price: £1.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and disturbing, 7 Nov. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The book is an easy read and falls into the category of being whimsical light entertainment, and an enjoyable read.

There is deifnitely some good humour here, as the main character refuses to come to terms with his balding scalp and gets himself into some amusing scrapes as he desperately tries to halt, diminish or otherwise hide his inevitably worsening condition.

Overall it is hard to empathise with the lead character because he displays a crass lack of integrity and pretty dubious moral standards. He treats most of the people and things in his life (employer, girlfriend etc.) with contempt, and is only concerned with his own life and his own perceived problems. Even when things turn out right for him, he takes another view and carries on his destructive path.


Page: 1 | 2