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The Obree Way
The Obree Way
by Graeme Obree
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read and he has walked the walk! No BS in here., 20 Sep 2013
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This review is from: The Obree Way (Paperback)
If you are interested in cycling at any level this is a very good book. If you are about to buy a bike it has constructive non commercially orientated advice, if you are a keen club cyclist it is stacked with practical non commercialised advice. He points out simple things that the manufacturers ad men might have you believe no longer apply, for example "the laws of physics have not changed" and on aerodynamics and materials for frame design (I won't say which material he refers to here "...they tend to be very blobby". Written in a style that is down to earth and comprehendable Graham Obree has achieved something here that few training manuals achieve, accessible and understandable information to the non medically trained reader and I guess of great interest to the medically trained.

The book is written from a base of knowledge and experience that few can rival and the best part for me is he clearly has no agenda to sell. He just wants to add value to your cycling experience whether you are a cyclist or an armchair fan or someone who wants to learn more about the subject.


I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Chairman Humph - A Tribute (BBC Audio)
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Chairman Humph - A Tribute (BBC Audio)
by BBC
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.11

4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and affectionate, 21 Jan 2010
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If you ever listened to 'I'm sorry I haven't a clue' you will think back to the show with smile on your face. Listening to the CD further stirs such memories. The CD is touching and affectionate tribute to the life of Humphrey Lyttleton. Where friends and admirers including Barry Cryer and Sandi Torsvig among many others recall times on the show and memories of Chairman Humph. Clips from the some 36 years of the show are played to remind the listener of the terrific qualities and talents of this wonderful and greatly missed talent.


Foreskin's Lament
Foreskin's Lament
by Shalom Auslander
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and thoughtful, 21 Jan 2010
This review is from: Foreskin's Lament (Paperback)
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The author is Jewish, has been bought up in a strict orthodox Jewish household and taught to fear god in all his omnipotent majesty. Despite his blasphemous language he is not an atheist he is infact or appears to be quite a religious man. The book is a recollection of his childhood memories through to his early marriage and his personal battle with his beliefs and trying to gain a comprehension of the implications of his beliefs. It is often hilarious, occasionally shocking and quite moving whilst he reveals his fears and concerns about the actions and attitudes he is taking and expressing. I give it five stars as he is honest and very amusing in his reflections.
Well worth a read if you are god fearing, an atheist or just someone interested in personal reflections.


Netherland
Netherland
by Joseph O'Neill
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Turgid, 29 Dec 2009
This review is from: Netherland (Hardcover)
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I like to read a variety of things in a variety of styles, but this book just never seemed to move out of a semi melancholic reflective drivel narrated by a lead character who you don't feel or manage to develop any empathy or understanding for. The plot does not seem to be there (it may well be but its been long struggle for me to read this as it is so turgid in style), it's a collection of rambling narratives loosely held together about talk of an over ambitious cricket club. All that said critics praise on the back jacket is high indeed. I have to conclude they noted the author was a Barrister and feared legal action if they did anything but genuflect when reviewing this novel. I give it two stars as if you enjoy a reading heavy duty novels about very little, you'll love it!


Foreskin's Lament
Foreskin's Lament
by Shalom Auslander
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and thoughtful, 28 Dec 2009
This review is from: Foreskin's Lament (Hardcover)
The author is Jewish, has been bought up in a strict orthodox Jewish household and taught to fear god in all his omnipotent majesty. Despite his blasphemous language he is not an atheist he is infact or appears to be quite a religious man. The book is a recollection of his childhood memories through to his early marriage and his personal battle with his beliefs and trying to gain a comprehension of the implications of his beliefs. It is often hilarious, occasionally shocking and quite moving whilst he reveals his fears and concerns about the actions and attitudes he is taking and expressing. I give it five stars as he is honest and very amusing in his reflections.
Well worth a read if you are god fearing, an atheist or just someone interested in personal reflections.


Two And A Half Men - Season 5 [DVD] [2009]
Two And A Half Men - Season 5 [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Charlie Sheen
Price: £9.20

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More good stuff, 3 Nov 2009
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If you enjoy a good sitcom with some clever adult humour thrown in I can recommend this show. The seasons follow on sequentially although you can pick it up anywhere along the timeline. The characters of the show have developed nicely over the time it has been broadcast. The grand thing about this comedy is you can watch the episodes more than once and still enjoy them enormously with the clever references and subtle humour used by the writers.


Two And A Half Men - Season 4 [DVD] [2008]
Two And A Half Men - Season 4 [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Conchata Ferrell
Price: £9.41

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A supremely funny sitcom, 3 Nov 2009
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The nice thing about this programme is you can re-watch the episodes several times as the humour is subtle, sharp, incisive and very funny. The show is based on the premise of two brothers (one, Charlie Sheen, is financially very rich but looking for that intangible element of life that brings emotional contentment) the other, Alan Cryer, after a divorce and a legal battle for shared custody of his son is impecunious and living with his brother in his Malibou beach house. The earlier seasons see Alan trying to re-establish his own male identity after many years of marriage whilst the rich brother continues to struggle with his own search for the intangible aspect of life.

The supporting cast are wonderful all have some equally funny lines one of the most memorable for me is the house keeper commenting to the rich brother when the poor one is courting '...if they can put a man on the moon they can put a women on your brother'. The writers of the show have constantly developed the characters (this season is no exception) and never hold back with sharp and extremely funny social and behavioural observations which make reality a place you either laugh at or cry about.


Mountainbike Scotland: The Highlands v. 1
Mountainbike Scotland: The Highlands v. 1
by Kenny Wilson
Edition: Paperback

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about everything, 5 Aug 2009
A group of us meet up to mountain bike once month with an annual trip away somewhere. Our Routemaster has been using this book for inspiration on routes. Which on the whole have been pretty good. The routes have been in the main very rideable and always enjoyable. However we recently had a weekend in Torridon. Three rides were planned, one from MBR Magazine and two from this book. Of the two from the book, both proved to be very disappointing as large parts of the routes were simply not rideable. The fact that this was so became very apparent when on our second route we met two separate groups of walkers who asked '...where are you going?' ...'...on the loop route back around to Incheril' we replied. Both times we were greeted with '...there is not a route as such, you best turn back.' Turning back would have been the thing to do in retrospect. The author made only the faintest reference to the difficulties you would encounter and I found myself in my frustration wondering had he actually ridden them? As if he had surely he would said, for about 5 -8k you will mainly have to walk carrying the bike over tricky terrain which becomes even more tricky when you are wearing clip in cycling shoes. Whilst the book is not without its uses (the central Scotland routes have proved sensible) be very wary if undertaking any of the remote highland routes unless you are willing to do a fair chunk of hikey biking and may be bring a some walking boots!
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Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics
Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics
by David Smith
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily digestible, 23 Feb 2009
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I bought this book as I had picked some supply lecturing work and part of the course I was teaching was economics. It sounded like a good option as a refresher course / generator of ideas for me to explain things for the students, as I had not studied economics for at least 10 years. The book is written in an accessible and entertaining style using the analogy of a lunch with various side orders to explain economics and the world it inhabits. The author defines economics and explains econimic matters as diverse as Marx to the credit crunch, house prices to taxes. It makes a great read for anyone interested in the world of finance and economics who does not wish to be bored by the reading material.


The Ghost
The Ghost
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn, 5 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Ghost (Paperback)
I bought this for my xmas 2008 escape read and was not disappointed. The book is written in the first person with the narrator being the fictional author of the book. It's a political thriller with the CIA, MI6, and the events of Gulf war in relation to decisions taken by the main character the now retired former British Prime Minister (named Adam Laing)who in effect represents a retired Tony Blair. The story is set against the background of Mr Laings memoirs where the rights have been sold, publication is imminent but the ghost writer has washed up dead from a presumed suicide. The narrator is brought in by the anxious and very generous publisher to replace the originally appointed ghost writer. His brief is quite simple finish the book ASAP. The opening line sets the scene nicely "The moment I heard how McAra died I should have walked away". From then on the book moves along at fair pace with great humour, intrigue and a nice examintion of the special relationship between the UK and USA. If you like a good yarn and are not too paranoid this is a great story.


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