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Medical Anthropology (Understanding Public Health)
Medical Anthropology (Understanding Public Health)
by Robert Pool
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Introduction, 20 Mar 2011
When I first started studying medical anthropology, I found this a useful book to have on the shelf. Having come to the MSc from an alternative discipline I had to hit the ground running, and this book has all the basics. What I particularly like about Open University books is that they assume their students are doing distance learning and so do not have the support of a tutor on hand - this means that the book has everything laid out in a logical sequence (each chapter starts by setting out learning objectives and finishes with a summary), has activities to make you really think about what you are reading, and comes with a glossary (essential for all those words anthropologists like to use but I'd never come across before...)

The extracts that the authors use to illustrate relevant points are generally good, although there are better readers (those by Byron Good or Margaret Lock are worth looking at) for those that have some experience of the subject. For that reason, I've only given the book four stars, but I still think that it's a worthwhile read and would strongly recommend it for anyone starting to study the discipline of medical anthropology.


Wildlife World Bumble Bee Nester
Wildlife World Bumble Bee Nester
Price: 17.99

48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bee-rilliant, 20 Mar 2011
Just received this item and I'm really pleased with it. The construction is very good - quality (FSC certified) wood that is well put together. I had read that bees are more likely to use the box if an entrance is made using piping that can be buried under the ground, rather than using the landing platform (but that most hosepipes are too narrow to use for this). However, although it isn't mentioned in the product description, mine also came with a length of piping designed to be used with the box - result! In fact, the only thing needed that wasn't in the box was a piece of corrugated cardboard that it's recommended you put in the bottom of the box (so I used some of the box it was packaged in).

It's now March, so I can't wait to site this and see if any bees turn up. It's not stated, but it's recommended that the box is sited at ground level, south facing, with some cover - a hedge would be ideal, but I'm going to have to site it against a wall with planting used to provide the suggested cover. Ultimately there will be an element of luck as to whether your box is used or not, but as bees are on the decline and need our help, I think it's worthwhile providing a home for them in conjunction with some bee friendly plants.

If you're considering buying a habitat for bumblebees, you won't be disappointed with this product.
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An Introduction to Social Anthropology: Sharing Our Worlds
An Introduction to Social Anthropology: Sharing Our Worlds
by Professor Joy Hendry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.69

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction, 8 July 2010
Ritual, kinship, ethnography, it's all here. An update to her original book, this is maybe not as well illustrated as it could have been, but is still a fantastic introduction to social anthropology. Whilst its range of topics means that it might not be in depth enough for those that have already studied anthropology, I found it very engaging and readable for background knowledge when I first started studying. For that reason, I would advise it for anyone considering studying anthropology at university, or even those just interested in finding out more about the subject. Also, and (arguably) most importantly, it is on the Royal Anthropological Institute's recommended reading list for the Anthropology 'A' level which is due to start for the first time in September (2010) - I certainly feel that this will become essential reading for sixth formers fortunate enough to study this subject.


Sony Blu-ray Disc Remote Control (PS3)
Sony Blu-ray Disc Remote Control (PS3)
Offered by Global Xpress
Price: 14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Are you sure you need it...?, 8 Jun 2010
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
As has been said, this remote for the PS3 certainly makes it easier to navigate when playing bluray discs etc, but be aware that a lot of the Sony TV's now come with BRAVIA sync on their remote controls. Basically, if you have a PS3 connected to the TV, you can sync the TV remote so that it recognises the PS3 and will send basic functions to it (which are really useful for bluray discs).

So - good item, but if you have a Sony TV, try syncing the remote first - it might save you some money and cluttering up the place with remotes you don't need...


Cycling Traffic-Free: Home Counties
Cycling Traffic-Free: Home Counties
by Nick Cotton
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.10

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the map!, 14 April 2010
Just received this book and I am generally happy with the purchase. There are a lot of ideas for different routes in the area outlined in the blurb, the book is well laid out, current, and nicely illustrated. The author also provides information on the best maps to use for each route, and provides links to follow if they're available online (but this is just as well, as the "maps" in the book itself are woefully inadequate). Overall, I think that this is a good way of getting ideas for cycle routes that avoid using major roads, but still requires the reader to obtain their own route map and so only merits four stars.


Dualit Jug Kettle with Cream Trim 72302
Dualit Jug Kettle with Cream Trim 72302
Offered by Mike Sanderson Electricals
Price: 99.99

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much improved!, 6 April 2007
I've also known the same problem with the panel cracking that the reviewer below describes. However, I know for a fact that Dualit were aware of production issues and so switched production to a new factory. Since then, I've not had any problems with the panel on this kettle, and know others who have had no problems either.

The kettle doesn't get five stars because I'd prefer it to have a catch on the lid, and it needs regular descaling (but that's true of all kettles in the area where I live).

Overall, it's a stylish kettle, which is (now) well made. Enjoy!


Kenwood JK770 Kettle White 3000W
Kenwood JK770 Kettle White 3000W

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic kettle., 3 April 2007
This is one of the best kettles that I've come across. It has all the features that you could want from a kettle. It's light; the clear panels on the side mean that you can always see exactly how much water you've put into it (so you don't have to waste energy on boiling more water than you need); the catch on the lid is really precise and makes for easy opening; the opening itself is wide (very useful for filling); the rotational base means that it's suitable for left or right handed use; it has a light in the switch so that you know when it's switched on; it has a filter in the spout; it has a 3kW concealed element (which is easier to clean and boils faster than a traditional element); and (most importantly) I know loads of people that have this kettle and it is hugely reliable!

The reviewer that found the kettle noisy is quite right - concealed element kettles tend to boil faster, but the trade off is an increase in noise level. Having said that, plastic kettles tend to be quieter than their metal equivalents. Kettles also become noisier as they start to get affected by limescale. If you live in a hard water area, regular descaling is a must - a limescale free kettle is quieter, boils faster, pours better (if the filter in the spout is kept clean), and is less likely to leak (the limescale can open up seams left behind from the manufacturing process)!

Easiest way to descale a kettle:
1. Fill the kettle to just past the level that you would normally fill it to.
2. Boil the kettle (make sure you do this BEFORE point 3).
3. Pour in the contents of a small squeezy lemon.
4. Carefully remove the filter (it'll be hot) and drop it into the water.
5. Leave the kettle overnight.
6. Rinse out thoroughly in the morning and replace filter.
And hey presto! The acidity of the lemon juice neutralises the limescale and can transform a scaled up kettle. It also means that you don't have to use lots of nasty chemicals in your kettle.

By the by - the latest type of water filter cartridges seem to be really good at taking the hardness out of water. Before we had a water filter, I used to have to descale our kettle every 4-6 weeks. Since getting one, I've only had to do it once in over six months.

Sorry to go on so much - I think I need a cup of tea....
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Krups Twin Blade Coffee Mill
Krups Twin Blade Coffee Mill
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: 19.70

115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spice whirl., 3 April 2007
Although this is classed as a coffee mill, it is also one of the best ways to grind seeds and spices. The blades are dull and set very low - ideal for milling small amounts of dried ingredients. It's a compact unit, and its simple action means that (in my experience) it is also very reliable. Having said all of that, the continual chopping action (and resultant increase in temperature) can affect the final quality of ground coffee - people looking to get the best out of their beans might be better to consider spending a bit more money on a burr mill.


Alan Davies: Urban Trauma [DVD] [1998]
Alan Davies: Urban Trauma [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Alan Davies
Price: 5.00

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must have!, 7 Mar 2007
This is one of the greatest stand-up routines of all time. Much better than his earlier "Live at the Lyric", it's one hilarious anecdote after another. Not as blue as Frank Skinner; not as surreal as Eddie Izzard; not as contrived as Jasper Carrott; just very VERY funny. Some of the themes are dated now, but this doesn't detract from the humour. Alan's interaction with the audience is also spot-on - whilst he is also a great actor, this DVD just reminds us what a shame it is that he no longer has any plans to tour (though you can check [...] to see if he changes his mind)! In the meantime, buy the DVD, unplug the phone, pour yourself a drink, put your feet up, and prepare to laugh yourself silly. ENJOY!!!
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Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (PC DVD)
Soldiers: Heroes of World War II (PC DVD)
Offered by PNA247
Price: 3.75

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Gem, 18 April 2006
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Having seen reviews in magazines for this "hidden gem" I decided to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The game play is easy to master with the training missions, although the missions themselves are a tad more challenging! With plenty of missions and non-linear game play, this should keep you amused for hours. As with any game, there will always be some criticisms - enemy AI springs to mind (soldiers not reacting despite bullets whizzing past their heads!) - but there are also some great features (my favourite being the destroyable scenery)! Generally I'm a fan of the WWII FPS genre, but I found this WWII RTS really worthwhile - and the price just makes it a must have. Enjoy!


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