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Second-Class Male: A Book of Misguided Letters
Second-Class Male: A Book of Misguided Letters
by Stan Madeley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Silly and stylish, 16 Dec. 2010
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Books of letters and replies are nothing new, but that's no reason not to enjoy them. Stan Madeley has a wry, polite manner of expressing himself and his turn of phrase is well worth the read, but it isn't for the output of Stan's pen that I would principly recommend this book. The replies are by-and-large good natured, often humorous andwith a fair few spotting the joke and playing along. In the world of the form reply, the corporate communication and fear of ridicule, litigation and time-wasting, they show that a little invested time can still elicit some human response.


Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, 3 PC, 1 Year Subscription (PC)
Kaspersky Internet Security 2011, 3 PC, 1 Year Subscription (PC)

5.0 out of 5 stars Barely know it's there, 14 Nov. 2010
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After some nightmares with other systems, Kapersky is a dream. It installs simply, runs in the background only announcing itself when needed, hasn't clashed with anything on my system including Windows security, and freeze-ups have been just about eliminated. As far as I can tell it's not letting anything through. Best I've tested and I've tested many.


Yes Prime Minister: Series 1, Part 1 (BBC Audio)
Yes Prime Minister: Series 1, Part 1 (BBC Audio)
by Antony Jay
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Loses nothing in the audio, 14 Nov. 2010
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You can clearly hear that this is soundtrack rather than made for radio, as there are a number of visual gags or pauses for expression, which would be a problem if you'd never seen the programme. But if you have, you know how Humphrey would eact and it adds to the fun to fill those bits in yourself.

The episodes contained on the discs cover Hacker's early days of Prime Ministerial office, and follow the usual pattern of upper hand passing between departmens and back and forth between civil service and politicians, with cunning, dastardly deeds and wonderfully-written dialogue.


The Canal
The Canal
by Lee Rourke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In pursuit of boredom, 14 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Canal (Paperback)
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There's a strong link to Catch 22 and Dunbar's opinion that boredom makes you live longer, but Dunbar's in a war, and boredom is hard to come by. What if you're already a bored office worker and have the means to chuck your job in and properly focus on boredom as a way of life? Well it seems that stuff fills the vacuum, whether you realise it's happening or not. This is a wonderful book full of paradox and humour and satire and not needing to go chasing life as life will come to you.


Petzl Tikkina2 -
Petzl Tikkina2 -
Offered by Pescamania Faenza
Price: £21.78

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good life, questionable performance, 14 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Petzl Tikkina² (Sports)
Bought this mainly for running, but used it for that and DIY. For the DIY it's fine, bulb on the full power setting, 55 hours is plenty of life, and it does offer a wide field of well-lit vision. For running, however, it's an irritation, as there's an odd bar of shadow just at the edge of the field of vision which makes it seem like you're running in thick-rimmed Buddy Holly glasses. On economy mode, you just can't see enough, but it may help point you out to oncoming traffic. The weight of the unit is all at the base, which means that the fit is secure and it doesn't wobble as you go. All in all however, it's disappointing compared to the cheapo ones I've had in the past.


The Silver Linings Playbook
The Silver Linings Playbook
by Matthew Quick
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but insubstantial, 5 Sept. 2010
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It's alright. The characters are quirky and engaging, the story's a good idea, and it's reasonably well-told, but it doesn't draw you in, or make you think very much.
It seemed more at first, but in the end it was a sentimental, fun, undemanding read for the train.


Build a Brand in 30 Days: With Simon Middleton, the Brand Strategy Guru
Build a Brand in 30 Days: With Simon Middleton, the Brand Strategy Guru
by Simon Middleton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, common-sense and inspiring, 5 Sept. 2010
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Step-by-step and day-by-day, the exercises in this book achiee their purpose and make you think more precisely about what you're trying to achieve and how you're going about it. It's largely jargon-free and so would be an excellent introduction to brand maketing, and there's plenty there for experienced campaigners too.


The Tree House Diaries: How to live wild in the woods
The Tree House Diaries: How to live wild in the woods
by Nick Weston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living off the land without being all macho about it, 5 Sept. 2010
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If the SAS survival guide is your thing, you might get a bit frustrated with the fact the author pops round his mum's or off on holiday when he feels like it; but this book isn't about survival in a hostile environment, it's about living cheaply and pleasantly in the English countryside. And it's this lack of preachiness or judgement or claim to have found a solution to anything in particular that makes it such a good read. There's plenty in there about what to eat and how to cook it, and how to make alcohol out of just about anything. It all made me quite envious.


Ed Reardon's Week: The Complete Third Series
Ed Reardon's Week: The Complete Third Series
by Andrew Nickolds
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Radio 4 fare, 2 July 2010
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Misanthropic, middle-aged, can't decide between the Guardian and the Mail, the Radio 4 listener is an odd English institution. And much the same can be said for Ed Reardon. The penniless 53 year-old writer stuck in a perpetual student lifestyle, filled with regret and bitterness and wit staggers around a range of the usual radio four characters - his daughter's unconvincingly new-age, John Fortune is splendid as a combination of CJ and Rowley Birkin, his agent's as PR-girlish as it's possible to be; this is very much for people who like This Sort of Thing.

But provided you do, it's a wonderful piece of clever, witty writing, and the central character is brilliantly (over)drawn.


Low Life
Low Life
by Ryan David Jahn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pace, but not enough oomph, 21 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Low Life (Hardcover)
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This is a decent thriller, which is clear from minute one is going to be loaded with twists, and it's a fun read - the main characters are exquisitely imagined and scenes are described atmospherically, and there are moment where you have to restrain yourself from skipping forward to find out what's going on.

Unfortunately it does run out of steam a bit, and you can see the resolution coming from quite a way off. It feels like the last third was written to a deadline and left me feeling a bit unsatisfied. For all that it is a worthwhile read, but never a re-reader.


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