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Yoga For Dummies
Yoga For Dummies
by Larry Payne PhD
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

3.0 out of 5 stars A good overview but less than essential, 3 Sep 2014
This review is from: Yoga For Dummies (Paperback)
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This book offers a good overview of the most commonly offered yoga practices and styles. It is not, and does not try to be a substitute for an in the flesh class with a knowledgeable teacher. Do you need it if you have a good teacher? Probably not. But it is still an informative read.

The guide centres on the various disciplies of physical "Hatha" yoga, including Iyengar and Astanga, the names we often hear in the UK.

Dummies titles often offer online resources to complement the book. In my experience these can be really excellent and sometimes make the book itself redundant. Or they can be a pointless add-on. This one is somewhere in between nodding towards pointless. The online material comes in three chunks. First there is what they call a cheat-sheet, with lots of short tips. In previous editions of the book this actually came in a sheet at the front of the volume. Online or in the flesh, it is nothign special. Then there are a series of extra online short essays. They don't add much. Finally there are ten videos which take you through some of the moves in the book visually. These are helpful but in truth the internet is full of such usefull little movies without you having to buy a book like this. Irritatingly, you have to go to three different website locations to track down these online extras. It would make more sense to have them all accessible from one Yoga page.

Some Dummies titles come in a UK edition so when they recommend organisations or resources you are pointed somewhere appropriate to your location. Unfortunately that isn't the case here. Much of the advice on where to go and what to pay is US focused.

This might all sound like damning through faint praise and I don't mean it to be. There are good descriptions of a good many yoga poses, and the book sets things in a wider context of history and philosophy. But it must be said, this is far from essential reading.

On a side note, it is good to see that the Dummies series has now dropped the cartoons at the start of each chapter. They weren't funny and they added nothing.


Banjo for Dummies
Banjo for Dummies
by Bill Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars A good overview for the beginner., 3 Sep 2014
This review is from: Banjo for Dummies (Paperback)
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This book gives a good general overview for the beginner 5-string banjoist. Its not going to be your lasting guide for more than a few months.

Exercises and tunes are presented in tablature format with video and audio tracks available online. The bulk of the book covers other stuff though, like chosing a style, what to look for when buying, maintenance, players to listen to - that sort of thing. The best thing about the book is the online material. It really is excellent and you might do as well to ignore the book and just follow the videos.

Most people will find their feet with a book like this and then know if they wanted to pursue a more specialist line - Scruggs style or clawhammer. Books specific to those individual styles will take you on a lot further.

There are lots of different styles of banjo and different ways of playing them. This book actually covers only the various styles of playing a five string banjo, so if you are interested in Irish traditional music on a tenor banjo or strumming along to trad jazz on a bigger four-string - THIS BOOK WON'T HELP YOU AT ALL.

Glad to see the "Dummies" series dispensing with the cartoons before each chapter. They were never funny and added nothing.


CafePod Nespresso Compatible Arabica Colombia (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
CafePod Nespresso Compatible Arabica Colombia (Pack of 4, Total 40 Pods)
Price: 6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great tasting and cheaper than the Nesperesso ones., 3 Sep 2014
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I prefer these to the official Nestle pods, and they are certainly cheaper. A very nice flavour that hints at orange. Its rated as strength 8 which I would say overplays it. It seems very middleweight to me but thats what I like.

Each pod comes seal-wrapped in a little packet for freshness.

Worth giving them ago. These things are all down to personal taste but they work well in the machine and the flavour works for me.


Ultrasport Men's Biking Shirt Short Sleeve - Black/Paloma Grey, X-Large
Ultrasport Men's Biking Shirt Short Sleeve - Black/Paloma Grey, X-Large
Price: 39.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money cylcing top, 3 Sep 2014
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Nicely made and comfortable cycling top for better weather or under a waterproof. Its very lightweight, breathable and quick drying. Plain design for those who don't want to be too garish.

I'd have to say the front panel seems hardly there at all. As a bit of a portly bloke i would have to say I would feel too embarrassed to wear it walking around. It is not flattering!

The sizes are generous so careful you don't get too baggy.

Great pockets on the back but none with a zip which is a pity.

Overall, seems superb value for money.


The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
by Tom Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugh-esque sustainable noshing, 17 Aug 2014
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Dorset-born Tom has worked in Hugh F-W's River Cottage and now runs his own place in Bristol called Poco.

The unique selling point of this, his first cook book is that nothing is wasted. Its all about tackling food waste. The desire to 'cook consciously' is the key to everything he does. Every part of every thing is used rather than thrown away.

Although this is not a vegetarian cookbook it is the vegetables that are the stars. The book divides along the four seasons with key ingredients picked out for each, and then a handful of recipes for each of them.

An attractive, useful cook book that gets you thinking about sustainability.


Pasta: The Essential New Collection from the Master of Italian Cookery
Pasta: The Essential New Collection from the Master of Italian Cookery
by Antonio Carluccio
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars You are in safe hands with Antonio, 30 July 2014
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This would be a valuable addition to the shelf of any cook with an interest in Italian food.

I liked very much the range of the recipes - some startlingly simple with a few easy to hand corner shop ingredients combining with dried pasta for a quick meal - through to more elaborate affairs, with home-made pasta from scratch, and rarer more exotic ingredients. There are quite a few dishes here I know I will never make but enough I will to make it worth the purchase.

A touch I liked was that each recipe has a wee map of Italy beside it showing which part it is from.

I knock a star off as I felt the book was a wee bit cheffy. By that I mean that Antonio sometimes fails to convert his thinking from the professional kitchen to the home stove. For instance, there is a dish called Ciceri e Tria, a chickpea and pasta soup from Puglia. We are given a weight of 200g for dried chickpeas to soak overnight and cook for an hour and a half. I would wager most home cooks are going to use tinned chickpeas, so it would be useful to have an amount given for going that route. There isn't.

But otherwise this is a useful and interesting book


Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
by Desi Serna
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit hard going., 21 July 2014
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Guitar players are perhaps the most likely candidates to be self-taught musicians. You pick one up in your teens perhaps, learn a few chords and you are off. Then you get the odd trick here and there from other players along the way. It might take a few years, and you might actually get quite good, sound impressive, make money even - but sooner of later you will begin to feel limited by a lack of music theory. Very often guitarists' physical skills, coordination and playing technique far outweight their knowledge of what actually makes music tick.

I know. I am that picker. I have been waiting for a book like this. Unfortunately its not very easy to digest. The "Dummies" format lends itself to many subjects but this does not seem to be one of them. It does not look appealing on the page. Diagrams are not that well labelled, and the online support material is a bit pointless in my opinion.

I've given it three to be generous. Its probably a two and a half.

Definitely have a browse before buying.


Remington MPT3800 Detail Trimmer
Remington MPT3800 Detail Trimmer
Price: 14.28

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You never imagine the day will come when you need one of these., 21 Jun 2014
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God I feel old. Whoever thought they would end up having to deal with hair not growing on their head and instead finding lots of new interesting places to sprout from. My eyebrows, inside my nose, inside my ears, the edge of my ears.....

Its like a second puberty. You either let it go and look like a grizzled old geezer or you try to keep it in check. Scissors are tricky.

I had great success for a few years with a Philips version but it eventually gave up the ghost. Replaced it with one of these.

Perfect. Hasn't nicked me. Does the job, neatly and without any fuss.

I still fee old but at least i don't look so bad.


Eyrie
Eyrie
by Tim Winton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite writers on top form, 21 Jun 2014
This review is from: Eyrie (Hardcover)
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I love Tim Winton for his combination of depth and readability.

Tom Keely is divorced, disgraced and unemployed. After years as a high-powered environmental activist his life has imploded. He's holed up in a down at heel high rise appartment. His mother and sister worry about him and are determined to drag him back out into the world.

This is a superb story of disillusionment and redemption, loss and beauty.

The man is on top form!


Durex Thin Feel Condoms - Pack of 24
Durex Thin Feel Condoms - Pack of 24
Price: 12.84

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All the benefits of most Durex products but without the horrible smell., 21 Jun 2014
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It would be difficult to give a product such as this a bad review as lets face it, every use comes with a particular feel-good factor!

I find these to be all the things that the usual Durex condoms are: safe, dependable and well made.

Pluses here: I liked the shape.

For me the super-thin bit didn't make all that much of a difference. What did though is the lack of that horrible smell most condoms have. It gets on your fingers and in a moment when senses are in high gear, is frankly distracting and can take away a wee bit of the magic of the moment. Not so with these though. No pong. Well done Durex.


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