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Sennheiser MM 550-X BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
Sennheiser MM 550-X BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
Price: £290.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Not good for travellers, 8 July 2014
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Very expensive for what you get. I wish I hadn't bought them. If you fall asleep on an overnight flight and the headphones touch the seat headrest the headphones switch off and you lose the noise reduction feature. A poor design feature. So not a good purchase for travel purposes.


Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Price: £35.55

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worked 3 times, 26 Feb 2014
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Expensive but would still be happy - if it worked.
Used 3 times and then total failure.
Is it a genuine Apple product? If it is then very poor quality control.


Oakley Sunglasses M Frame Hybrid 06-728 Yellow Replacement Lens
Oakley Sunglasses M Frame Hybrid 06-728 Yellow Replacement Lens

1.0 out of 5 stars Broken soon after purchase, 12 Dec 2013
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I have been a fan and user of Oakley glasses for years. I have had M frames with polaroid lens for just over a year and recently bought the Yellow Lens for cycling in dull conditions. The yellow lens has snapped after a couple of months use in switching between them and the polaroid lens (which is still in mint condition). Simply Sunglasses (the seller) on Amazon Marketplace have advised me that they will not accept the product back. Seems unreasonable to me after so little usage and the item breaking in less than 3 months. I will now contact Oakley but the guarantee they offer only applies to products bought from an approved Oakley stockist. I don't know if this seller is on their list or not. I am far from impressed with customer service in this instance.


Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Why Britain's Prisons are Failing
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Why Britain's Prisons are Failing
by John Podmore
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Why Britain's Prisons are Failing, 24 Feb 2012
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Let me state at the outset that this book is an interesting read, it is not dry or some out of touch diatribe by someone who has no grasp of the reality of the subject. Mr Podmore has extensive first hand experience in several senior Governor management positions within the Prison Service. His wide ranging and often humourous comments provide a worrying indictment of the failure of our politicians and senior civil servants to deal with what is an antiquated, inefficient organization that is not fit for purpose. His approach is balanced and he is quick to name individuals, initiatives and prisons that are innovative and do work.
The system fails the prisoners, their families and our society. It is not that the book champions the prisoners' needs as such but provides a critical analysis of why our prisons are failing. Failing to be cost effective by any reasonable standards, failing to provide a safe environment and failing to rehabilitate. Yet sections of our press and many of our politicians push for more people to be locked up in this system because it is a popular thing to be tough on crime. Complex problems often have simple, easy to understand but wrong answers and Mr Podmore certainly cuts through such ill informed views.
The book is balanced and fair and should be read by anyone with an interest in the subject but more importantly by those who work in the Criminal Justice system, those tasked with improving our prisons or overseeing change. Members of the press would also greatly benefit from reading it to give them a different perspective from the usual tired and stereotyped arguments about prisons. I found the comments especially enlightening on legislation, on political shortsightedness and how prison regimes often make successful integration for prisoners back into society more unlikely.
Politicians and opinion formers would do well to reflect on his Chapters entitled: 'Pathways to Success' and 'Conclusions'.


The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies That Put the White House on Trial and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity
The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies That Put the White House on Trial and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity
by Joseph T. Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.16

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies That Put the White House on Trial and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity, 13 Oct 2011
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This is a fascinating book. I came to it after viewing the movie 'Fair Game' and was simply intrigued. Mr Wilson provides a very thorough- and in the circumstances a relatively objective account of how his family's reputation was besmirched by that family's government, specifically the Bush administration. These are not the allegations of someone who is anti government or anti USA but an American Ambassador and his CIA staffer wife. In fact 'allegations' is the wrong word as it suggests that there is much debate about what happened. There isn't. But it is not for me to reveal how Wilson proves his case. But prove it he does.
As he fairly points out and as it is explored in the movie the outing of his wife as an agent put many people at risk throughout the world.
The book is an important work and a lesson to us all about how governments can behave abominably and criminally against their own citizens.


Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
by Robert D. Hare
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.53

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths among Us, 31 Aug 2011
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A specialist knowledge of psychiatry or psychology is not required to understand this book. It is a serious text not given to sensational assertions or ideas. The inner intellectual and emotional processes of psychopaths is explored and there is an emphasis on the ways psychopaths disguise how they are different from their family, friends and colleagues. Psychopaths lack the emotional ties and conscience of others and this can make them very successful in any area they decide to focus on. Clearly not all psychopaths are criminals nor are they necessarily highly intelligent as suggested in so many movies and crime novels. But they do develop skills at manipulation and control whether of their close contacts or worryingly with professionals in the criminal justice and psychiatry fields. They manipulate tests and questions to provide the results which best suit their purpose. A fascinating subject which alerts us to the psychopathic personality that isn't just out there but 'among us'.


Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
Anna Karenina (Penguin Classics)
by Leo Tolstoy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anna karenina, 24 Aug 2011
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This will be a short review because I just want to impress on anyone who is thinking about reading this book that they should delay no longer. It is a wonderful and compassionate book that works on every level - Tolstoy's insight, his writing,the characters, the story, the description of a long gone society. It is totally understandable why so many readers and critics alike rate it as their favourite book. This is an excellent translation - if you didn't know better you might think that the novel was originally written in English.


The Innocent Man
The Innocent Man
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars the innocent man, 22 Aug 2011
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Grisham recounts real events and this is a harrowing read about injustice. It is about false confessions, corrupt police officers, dodgy forensic experts, a vindictive prosecutor and ineffective lawyers. If it was fiction I would have probably found the story preposterous. What makes it frightening is that it is true. When the two men are totally cleared of murder through DNA evidence, which wasn't in existence when they began their prison sentences, people who should know better still continued to argue their guilt rather than admit their mistakes. This even applied to members of the public. A very uncomfortable read which should be required reading for criminal justice professionals and crime reporters and anyone else interested in how miscarriages of justice can happen.
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Birdsong (Vintage War)
Birdsong (Vintage War)
by Sebastian Faulks
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars birdsong, 22 Aug 2011
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A beautifully written book with strong complex characters. The description of warfare and life in the trenches of the first world war have been so well researched and written that it is hard to believe that the author didn't have first hand experience! One of those rare books that you just don't want to end. It affects deeply on intellectual and emotional levels.


Nine Dragons
Nine Dragons
by Michael Connelly
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nine dragons, 22 Aug 2011
This review is from: Nine Dragons (Paperback)
If this had been the first Connelly book I had read I probably wouldn't have read another. I found it quite derivative and the storyline unlikely. I debated with myself that perhaps I was getting too used to his work but decided that the problem simply lies in poor plotting. Connelly is always easy to read, keeps the readers attention but judging by this book is becoming superficial. I hope that this doesn't happen again (I haven't read any of his more recent books yet) because I generally find his books 'a good read'.


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