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Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists
Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists
by Daniel Dorling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Dorling breaks down complex social phenomena into easily understandable language, 4 Feb. 2016
Injustice is a remarkable piece of work. Dorling marshals an extraordinary amount of data to present contemporary society in a light that many may never have seen it before. Dorling breaks down complex social phenomena into easily understandable language, and so the several hundred pages of this book fly by with little – if any – need for re-reading. Thus Dorling is able to comprehensively make his case that historic levels of inequality are legitimised and justified by an ill-founded set of beliefs. By mapping the five new social evils of elitism, exclusion, prejudice, greed, and despair onto Beveridge’s classic set, he provides a framework through which contemporary society can be understood, and which may prove hard to shake off after reading. While the perspective is innovative, the pace, logic, and structure of Dorling’s argument provide a persuasive momentum that engenders confidence in his conclusions. While some of these conclusions will be familiar to readers of works such as The Spirit Level, this book provides a timely update and supporting evidence for the case that inequality is both unnecessary and harmful

Sony MDRE829V Fontopia Ear-Bud Stereo  Earphones
Sony MDRE829V Fontopia Ear-Bud Stereo Earphones

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sony headphones, 3 Aug. 2006
Like a lot of people, Ive had problems with these headphones since I bought them from Amazon. For the first few months, the sound was crystal clear and the heaphones worked fine, but soon after that the sound began to deteriorate in the left earphone. Today, the left one stopped working completely. This is the second pair from sony that this has happened to.

Be careful if you are thinking of buying these.

Man On Fire
Man On Fire
by A. J. Quinnell
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A man on fire won't burn. He'll explode., 23 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Man On Fire (Paperback)
I first heard of this book when AJ Quinnell had an interview with the Guardian newspaper, and from the sypnopsis of the book, I thought it sounded pretty good. I have previously been a fan of thriller novels, such as the Tom Clancy books, but this book amazed me.
The first few chapters are pretty slow-going, but when it gets going, it's very exiting.
When a former Soldier of Fortune; Creasy, gets a job protecting the daughter of a wealthy Italian family, he forms a shield of resistance towards everyone. However, as time goes on Pinta (the young girl) weasals her way into his heart. So when a group of kidnappers snatch her from Creasy outside her school, he goes on a rampage to kill everyone and everything that was in any way involved.
The writing is so effective, that you care about the characters, you want Creasy to be triumphant, you will feel his pain, and you WILL cry at the end.
You also feel that the Author, AJ Quinnell, knows what he is talking about when he describes weapons, the Italian crime Labyrinth, and Creasy's military history. This makes the novel even more compelling

This is a great book with a heart, a brain, and a nasty streak a mile wide.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (Xbox)
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (Xbox)
Offered by marxwax
Price: £4.97

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Game, 28 Dec. 2004
Before you play this, try to forget that the 1997 Nintendo game was called "Goldeneye". This game is completely different.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics in this game are beautiful. The weapons, environments and enemies are all superbly detailed. An important feature, is that Hong kong actually looks like Hong Kong, and that a shotgun actually looks and sounds like a Shotgun.
AI: 8/10
All of your enemies and allies are usually quite intelligent. Your allies will help you storm the Hoover Dam, and your enemies will blow things up to try and stop you.
Controls: 6/10
The controls take some time to get used to, especially the weapons system. One annoying thing, is that you can't jump for some reason, which is usually a fundimental part of any game.
Gadgets: 8/10
An invaluble tool and gadget in this game is your Goldeneye. Depending on how well you have done on previous missions, you can earn upgrades for your Goldeneye. These include the ability to see through metal, the ability to make your opponent's weapons to malfunction, and the ability to deflect bullets.
A great addition, are the Machine Traps. The best of these being the ability to stun an opponent, through them in a sauna, and lock the door.
Gameplay: 9/10
The gameplay is undoubtedly great. Whether you are firing rockets at airships, rampaging through Fort Knox or throwing goons out of windows, the gameplay is probably the best part of the game.
Overall : 40/50
Overall this is a 4* game, with some areas to be improved, but with a lot to be praised.

Permission To Land
Permission To Land
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.34

4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...............but, 13 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Permission To Land (Audio CD)
Let me just say first of all, I love rock and metal music and i have nothing against a lot of songs on this album.
BUT, since this was released the Darkness have turned into complete and utter knob-heads. If you disagree with me, please read on.
I was one of the few Darkness fans right at the start, when "I Believe in a thing called love" reached number 180 in the charts, but my loyalty has been stretched too far since the days of playing pubs in East Anglia.
Firstly, playing as a support act to ROBBIE WILLIAMS? Accusing Fame Academy of being institutionally racist on a SATURDAY MORNING KIDS SHOW? Demanding £1,000,000 to play an hour long set at Glastonbury? And the final straw being MOCKING SCOTTISH PEOPLE AT T IN THE PARK?
Quite frankly, to all you 9 year old kids who think you're really rock because you like the Darkness; go and listen to AC/DC or Motorhead, and if you're not playing with My Little Pony after that, i may forgive you.
Be a fan of the Darkness by all means, but beware, they are (as i've said before) knob-heads.

Looney Tunes: Back In Action - The Movie [DVD] [2003]
Looney Tunes: Back In Action - The Movie [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Brendan Fraser
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: £3.96

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're BACK baby!!, 9 July 2004
I am a devoted Looney Tunes fan, so i went to see this on the first day it came out.
I only have one word for it. wow.
This film has absolutely everything; car chases, comic violence, adventure, mystery, a mad professer and, of course, lots and lots and lots and lots of laughs.
The film shows Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck travelling all around the world in search of the mysterious "blue monkey" jewel. It is up to them to find it and save the world before the mad owner of ACME co. (brilliantly played by Robin Williams) finds it and destroys the world. This race sees them travelling to Las Vegas, France, Africa and Space, courtesy of Marvin Martian. They are helped along the way by the original cast of Looney Tunes (Sylvester and Tweety, roadrunner, Foghorn Leghorn etc.), but to find the jewel, they have to get past other Looney Tunes characters (Yosamete Sam, Wile E Coyote, Elmer Fudd etc.)
The funniest bit has to be when Brendan Fraser and Yosamete Sam are in a casino in Las Vegas, and are playing blackjack. They are both looking for a specific card which will tell them where the Blue Monkey is. Unfortunately, this card has been lost somewhere in the cards, so they have to play until one of them gets it.Brendan Fraser plays first, and gets about 10 cards before getting the one he wants. Yosamete Sam is protesting during this, shouting "NO, HIT ME!!!!!!" so eventually, the dealer (Foghorn Leghorn) hits him very hard with a wooden mallet.
I would recommend this to absolutely everyone.Even if you aren't a looney tunes fan (and you would have to be insane) rent it, and you will fall in love with it instantly.

MTV Music Generator 3 (Xbox)
MTV Music Generator 3 (Xbox)

24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but not perfect., 30 Jun. 2004
Take a break from those cookie-cutter fantasy games where your spell-casting hero travels through strange lands to defeat the evil king. With the third installment in the popular MTV Music Generator music-making series, PS2 and Xbox owners can swap their magic for a mixer and turn their game console into a recording studio. This Is the Remix lets budding producers and DJs create and edit original music tracks pooled from more than 4,000 samples stored on the DVD, as well as remix 10 current hip-hop, reggae, electronica, house and rap songs. Highlights include OutKast's The Way You Move, Snoop Dogg's From Tha Chuuuch to da Palace (it's so shizlicious) and Sean Paul's Get Busy.
Users start with the song's radio edit, extended mix, instrumental or a cappella track. Then, by using the controller to toggle switches, slide bars and import effects, DJs can create custom jams and save them for future playback. Hundreds of samples -- conveniently in the same key and tempo -- exist for each song. The studio includes limitless options for adding riffs, drum beats, bass lines, vocals and effects. And for the first time in the Music Generator series' history, users can import samples ripped from their own music CD collection. This option takes some practice and skill, but thankfully the many tutorials (and comprehensive manual) explain how to do it.
Because it's a virtual recording studio MTV Music Generator 3 isn't so visually stimulating, but the interface is intuitive and easy to navigate. Friends who stroll by the television screen -- especially those who dig this kind of music -- will undoubtedly take a seat and be amazed at what can be done to create rhythmic loops and add layers onto them.

The Coral
The Coral
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 25 Feb. 2004
This review is from: The Coral (Audio CD)
This album is one of the greatest albums to ever come from the British Isles.
I have been a die hard fan of the Coral ever since i heard this. I have been to see them play live twice, and both times blew my mind.
I would recommend this to EVERYONE!

The Private Eye Annual 2003
The Private Eye Annual 2003
by Ian Hislop
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Bill..., 16 Feb. 2004
This has to be the funniest, wittiest, and overall, best book ever made in the history of funny, witty books.
This has hilarious articles reffering to the war in Iraq, the Hutton report, and, of course, articles attacking Rupert Murdoch and Boris Johnson.

This has brilliant cartoons, hilarious, fake, interviews and the best Dear Bill... letter ever.
It's hilarious, and it will keep you laughing for days.

Crash Nitro Kart (GBA)
Crash Nitro Kart (GBA)

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Short, 21 Dec. 2003
Although this is a very enjoyable and fun game, i think that the storyline is far too short.
I completed the game, and got 100% within ten days of buying it. Also, you have to link up to a nintendo gamecube if you want to unlock N.Trophy or fake Crash (both from Crash 2-N-tranced). If you are looking for a good racing game for the GBA, i would recommend "Mario Kart super curcuit".

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