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Kathmandu: Biography of a City
Kathmandu: Biography of a City
by Thomas Bell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.34

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb look at a unique place, 14 Jun. 2016
A vivid and fascinating portrait of a unique city. The chapters on the role NGOs have played in sustaining bad governance in Nepal are particularly interesting. Well worth a read for anyone who has ever visited Kathmandu.


The Global Minotaur (Economic Controversies)
The Global Minotaur (Economic Controversies)

5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and quite unique book, which discusses US ..., 27 Feb. 2015
An insightful and quite unique book, which discusses US involvement in fostering European integration in a way that I had never considered before. The Global Minotaur metaphor is a powerful image which looks increasingly relevant as time goes by.


Synthetic Leather iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7 Sleeve by Dockem; Slim, Simple, and Professional Executive Tablet Case - Soft Felt Lined Dark Brown Basic Synthetic Leather Protective Pouch Cover for iPad Air 1 and 2, iPad Pro 9.7
Synthetic Leather iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7 Sleeve by Dockem; Slim, Simple, and Professional Executive Tablet Case - Soft Felt Lined Dark Brown Basic Synthetic Leather Protective Pouch Cover for iPad Air 1 and 2, iPad Pro 9.7
Offered by Dockem EU
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great customer service, 17 Jun. 2014
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I initially wrote the review below based on the fact that the product I received was too small for my iPad Air. I am delighted to say though that the seller saw my comments and then sent me a new sleeve ( at no cost to me) to replace the previous one, which was clearly faulty. Overall, this product is nicely designed and looks professional so I am completely satisfied with the replacement sleeve I was sent. I would like to thank the seller for excellent customer service and for responding to my complaint so quickly and efficiently.

"This product seems nice enough but i can get barely get my iPad Air to fit inside. Trying to put it in the sleeve (without any sort of smart case) requires a lot of force and, as the edges around the opening are quite rough, I think there is a danger of scratching the screen. In any case, as it is extremely difficult to put the ipad in and out of the sleeve it makes it almost impossible to use easily."
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Running Crazy - Imagine Running a Marathon. Now Imagine Running Over 100 of Them.: Incredible True Stories from the World's Most Fanatical Runners
Running Crazy - Imagine Running a Marathon. Now Imagine Running Over 100 of Them.: Incredible True Stories from the World's Most Fanatical Runners
Price: £4.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great stories but undermined by the author, 6 Sept. 2012
As mentioned by most other reviewers, this book showcases the extraordinary feats of endurance, will and, at times, personal courage, necessary to run multiple marathons. Sadly, the impact of these remarkable tales is undermined by the irritating, repetitive asides which the author forces onto every page. At best, these incessant comments are simply dull and unfunny. All too often however this spills into a mocking tone which borders on hostility and contempt for her subjects. One typical example comes from her conversation with a blind runner who has completed over 100 marathons:

Paul - on the actual run itself, I felt brilliant, jubilant, elated!

Helen - And apparently by way of celebration he swallowed a thesaurus.

This type of snide retort is found on almost every page and ruins what should have been a great opportunity to tell some truly remarkable personal stories.
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The Fear Index
The Fear Index
by Robert Harris
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A contemporary tale or a well trodden path?, 7 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Fear Index (Hardcover)
Those familiar with Harris's previous work - in particular the excellent Fatherland - will not be surprised by the fluidity of the writing and the masterful story-telling. What may be the cause of some surprise and disappointment, however, is the nagging feeling as the plot develops that this story has been told somewhere else before. The plot centres around the world of high finance and hedge funds being managed from Geneva. Using an advanced "super-computer" one particular investment fund is able to use algorithms which can predict market movements better than any human analyst, thereby making millions for the fund and its investors. As the plot develops we discover that the management of this technology may not all be as it seems.

The book certainly contains all the ingredients for a fast-paced thriller. The problem here is that we have seen it all before - in the classic movie, Superman 3!

Harris earns 3 stars here for his taut writing which works perfectly in this genre. The unoriginal plot unfortunately deserves no more than 2. Approach with reservations.


Field Music [Measure]
Field Music [Measure]
Price: £8.22

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 22 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Field Music [Measure] (Audio CD)
I rarely bother to review records but felt I had to make an exception in this case. Measure is one of the very few double albums in my collection with no filler material or wasted notes. Many reviewers in the press have mentioned that this is a band that like to wear their influences - Pink Floyd, XTC and even Led Zeppelin - openly but the end result is that they have created a superb, original record that moves effortlessly between genres. This is a very early contender for the album of 2010 and one of the most creative records of the last years.


The Complete Guide to Buying Property in Portugal: Buying Renting Letting Selling
The Complete Guide to Buying Property in Portugal: Buying Renting Letting Selling
by Colin Barrow
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars outdated and not very useful, 16 July 2008
Having lived in Portugal for several years and already bought and sold a property I recently read this book for the first time. I usually only review items when I have something positive to say but on I was motivated to write on this occasion about how poorly thought-out this book really is. Firstly, the advice on mortgages and finance (a crucial issue for most house buyers) is outdated by about 10 years. The book claims that banks will only loan 70% of the value and that most mortgages have a duration of 15 years. If this were true in a low(ish) income economy like Portugal no one would ever be able to buy property! Most banks offer 100% mortgages (and have done for some time) with a duration of up to 40 years.

Things do not improve with the advice on learning the Portuguese language: the reader is advised to look at the BBC website. An inspirational idea!

Sadly the majority of the book is no more useful. Any serious buyer would be advised to choose another book or even look at the websites of banks such as Millenium and Caixa Geral, which have web pages and advice in English. Likewise, many of the Portuguese estate agencies (such as Remax) have an English site so you can get a feel for the prices and the paperwork involved.


Hollywood Town Hall
Hollywood Town Hall

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect Americana, 9 Feb. 2006
This review is from: Hollywood Town Hall (Audio CD)
This is undoubtedly one of the finest Alt.Country/Americana albums of the last 20 years. Extremely catchy songwriting coupled with the distinct vocals and harmonies that are the trademark of this group's best work make this record indispensible for fans of Gram Parsons/Whiskeytown/Gene Clark-style country music.


Exile On Main Street
Exile On Main Street
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £7.50

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album Of All Time, 29 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Exile On Main Street (Audio CD)
Quite simply this is the greatest album of all time. It kicks off with Rocks Off, a near perfect rock n roll song with the usual Stones swagger. Over the next 17 tracks the pace (or the quality) never lets up as the Stones journey through country (Sweet Virginia - allegedly with Gram Parsons on backing vocals), folk (Sweet Black Angel), Blues (Shake Your Hips and Stop Breaking Down) and some of the greatest rock n roll ever recorded (Torn and Frayed, Let It Loose, All Down The Line). Naturally all songs are delivered with a beat that only the Richards/Watts/Wyman rhythm section can pin down. Throw in Taylor and Jagger at the peak of their careers and it makes for one of the most exciting experiences in music. If you don't own this album, buy it and enjoy!


A History of Modern Russia: From Nicholas II to Putin
A History of Modern Russia: From Nicholas II to Putin
by Robert Service
Edition: Paperback

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive beginners guide to 20th century russia, 29 Jan. 2006
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For those seeking an overview of 20th century Russian history it doesn't really get much better than this. However, the sheer scale of events that took place in Russia during this time means that there is an inevitable lack of detail in this one volume history. That said, it is an entertaining and educational read. The chapters concerning the Russian Revolution and the break-up of the USSR are particularly well presented and enjoyable. The latter is of obvoius relevance to anyone wishing to understand 21st century Russia.
"A History of Modern Russia" doesn't have quite the same page-turning excitement as, for example, Simon Sebag Montefiore's recent Stalin biography, but as a beginner's guide to this fascinating period of history it can hardly be bettered. Highly recommended.


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