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Judge Stainless Steel Infuser Filter Glass Teapot For Loose Leaf Teas 600ml - TC296
Judge Stainless Steel Infuser Filter Glass Teapot For Loose Leaf Teas 600ml - TC296
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Price: £19.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 10 May 2014
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Looks stunning, just the right size for two cups, very easy to clean, and makes a lovely cup of tea. Thoroughly recommended.


The Collectors - Book Two
The Collectors - Book Two

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, but some glaring clunkers, 7 April 2014
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I actually read this straight through in one sitting, and definitely enjoyed it. It has more of an overall story arc than the previous book, which was much more of a collection of episodes. This has one major story which goes from start to end. Returning to Cyprus, PK and Bear are back on another collection, but a with a much grander plan than most of their previous escapades.

While this is a good example of a classic thriller yarn, there is a fair bit of back story and family life thrown in which gives quite a good contrast.

However, there are a couple of things that put me off slightly:

1. The fairly heavy-handed treatment of the Turkish authority figures on Cyprus, who are quite cartoonish and one dimensional. The author clearly has his mind made up about the right and wrong of that situation, but it just seemed a bit over the top to me.

2. Some repeated phrases and situations from the first book. Nothing major, but a couple of incidental dialogue lines and at least one scene were pretty much copied directly from the first book. That's just lazy.

I did enjoy this, but think it could do with a bit more polish.
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NeverSeconds: The Incredible Story of Martha Payne
NeverSeconds: The Incredible Story of Martha Payne
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly inspiring, 14 Jan. 2013
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Like many people, I heard about Martha and NeverSeconds in the context of the council's ill-fated attempt to stifle the blog. It was an extraordinary story at the time, and no less extraordinary months later.

This is a fairly brief, but quite detailed telling of the tale from Martha and her father. Obviously they aren't going to be totally objective, but I think they do a pretty good job.

Leaving aside the issue of who said what, when, and to whom, the full story is just incredible and is a testament to the clear talent of this wonderful young girl and her family. We could do with a few more Marthas in the world, and hopefully this might inspire a few to emerge.

I can't recommend this book enough. Uplifting and thoroughly inspiring.


The Penal Colony
The Penal Colony
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine yarn, 6 Sept. 2012
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There is little truly original in this story. A prison, an innocent man, warring factions, an escape attempt - quite formulaic really. But the story moves at a good pace, and deals with some intruiging issues.

There are some strange plot choices, and some odd characterisations, but perhaps that is simply expecting too much to stick to formula. Ultimately, this is a classic adventure tale told with verve and pace.


All in
All in
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling tale, 28 Aug. 2012
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I have no more than a passing interest in poker, and until I read this book I had never heard of Jerry Yang. This made no real difference whatsoever, because his story is told so simply and clearly.

Alternating between his early years in Laos and subsequent escape to Thailand and the the USA, and his later life on the poker circuit, this is a thoroughly absorbing story, told with honesty, humility and great humanity. I was fascinated from start to finish, and would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in biography of any sort. There is some technical detail about the game of poker, but this is largely explained as it arises and shouldn't present any barrier to the casual reader.

A thoroughly enjoyable book, and a great example of clear, concise writing.


GreatShield Smart Cover Buddy Snap On Slim-Fit Case for Apple iPad 2 - Transparent Clear
GreatShield Smart Cover Buddy Snap On Slim-Fit Case for Apple iPad 2 - Transparent Clear
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 11 Aug. 2012
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Looks great, doesn't add weight, and protects exacty as it should. Great with the smart cover making a lightweight package.


Everything But The Squeal (new version with images)
Everything But The Squeal (new version with images)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An ode to Galicia, 2 Aug. 2012
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John Barlow lives in, and clearly loves Galicia. While the book is putatively a journal of his mission to eat every part of the pig (apart from the squeal), is is in fact a description of a love affair, between a man and the region where he lives.

There is plenty of of food in there - hams, brains, trotters and so on. But there is also plenty of history, politics, cultural observation and general rambling.

I can understand why some readers might find that annoying or disappointing, but I found it fascinating. If you want to really understand nose-to-tail eating then this is not the book for you, but if you want to appreciate the region that has inspired such passion in Barlow, then I thoroughly recommend this book.

It reminds me in places of 'A Year In Provence', but Barlow is a more sympathetic, passionate and (perhaps) informed commentator than Peter Mayle, and it shows.


Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of a Lifetime
Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of a Lifetime

4.0 out of 5 stars Utterly fascinating, 3 July 2012
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This a genuinely fascinating read about one of the most stimulating mathematical journeys of recent times. In turns it is a detailed look at Grigory Perelman, a recent history of Russian mathematics and a more general look at the international mathematics community. This is more of a social history than anything; there are few mathematical details, and no real hard science. This is both a strength and a limitation. Personally, I would have, perhaps, liked more of the technical details but this would maybe have detracted from the real human insights. This reminded somewhat of The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös, and hits many of the same notes.

A great read for mathematicians and those simply interested in the great eccentrics.


Isaac Asimov, Scifi God
Isaac Asimov, Scifi God

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, 17 Jan. 2012
I urge you to check the sample before buying this book. Rambling, abominable formatting, and nothing at all to do with Isaac Asimov. This is pretty much an insult to one of the foremost Sci-Fi writers of all time. Only given 1 star because you can't give less.
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Soccer Dad: A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season
Soccer Dad: A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season
by W D Wetherell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.29

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful expression of obsession, 11 Jan. 2012
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Obsession is perhaps a little strong - but I think it comes close to describing what seems, to a UK reader, an almost fanatical devotion to a sport that seems to be engendered in the US - whether it is baseball, basketball, what Americans will insist on just calling 'football' or soccer.

However, that is not intended to be a criticism. Indeed, the author's great affection for the sport is not only clear, but clearly and wonderfully expressed.

Basically a diary of a single season of his son's high school soccer team and their bid to win the state championship for the third year running, this book covers a lot more ground than that. Sometimes in great detail, sometimes just in passing, but always with grace and care. As someone who came to football as a competitive player relatively late in my life, I can still recognise myself and others I play with in this book. There are some quite stunning descriptions of movement and atmosphere, that totally capture you in the moment.

I don't think this will convert anyone to loving the game, but to anyone with even a passing interest, particularly as a player, this is a real joy to read.


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