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How To Beat The System: Loopholes, Get-outs and Short Cuts - How to Unravel the Red Tape of Bureaucracy and Come Out on Top
How To Beat The System: Loopholes, Get-outs and Short Cuts - How to Unravel the Red Tape of Bureaucracy and Come Out on Top
by Annie Ashworth
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some fair points, but nothing fantastic, 12 Jan. 2008
This is the sort of book you would have on your shelf, and refer to once in a while.
Trouble with this book is that there are sections on various aspects of life (eg education, jobs) and you would only refer to this once you have anb issue with any of those fields.
Therefore overall, it could be helpful if you have a specific issue, but nothing worth knowing for every day life.


The Times Su Doku (Collins Gem)
The Times Su Doku (Collins Gem)
by Wayne Gould
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for all levels, 5 Jan. 2008
In The Times, there are several different levels of Su Doku, namely Easy, Mild, Difficult, Fiendish and Super Fiendish.
Clearly anyone who struggles with an easy or mild su doku will not have a hope of tackling a fiendish or super fiendish one. Likewise, those of us who rise to the challenge of Fiendish and Super Fiendish find the easy, mild and difficult ones a walk in the park.
Therefore I feel this book is too widespread to appeal to any particular individual. I would recommend instead purcahsing the Times book on su doku with the level to suit the individual. To get some idea what that level is, try some Su Dokus in the Times (which you can do online).
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3-2-1 DVD Game [Interactive DVD]
3-2-1 DVD Game [Interactive DVD]
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £9.64

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Catches much of the spirit, but not great gameplay, 5 Jan. 2008
For those of us who remember 3-2-1 from the 1970s and 80s, this catches most aspects of the show. We have the question round to start with, though this is more in the style that the first to know the answer shouts it out, rather than 30 seconds each.
Then there is a silly round where you have to put a bag of rubbish into Dusty Bin several times over.
As with the gameshow, there are in the final round, acts (probably taken from actual shows broadcast on TV), with a clue and rhyme following each one. On must read the clue for oneself, and does not get enough time to do so. Further, when a prize is reveal, there is not explanation of how the clue referred to the prize, as Ted Rodgers used to give.
Therefore I don't feel the experience is complete!


How to Boil an Egg: and 184 Other Simple Recipes for One (Right Way S.)
How to Boil an Egg: and 184 Other Simple Recipes for One (Right Way S.)
by Jan Arkless
Edition: Paperback

4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No useful information beyond common sense, 5 Jan. 2008
I purchased this book as a reasonable cook myself, to hopefully try one or two simple recipes not currently in my repetoire.
This book regurgitates things that are often written on the packet when you buy food from the supermarket! I feel this is rather unnecessary.
I also tried a new recipe from the book, found the recipe far too brief, and the results did not live up to expectations.
Perhaps the author should have spent less time explaining how to fry or grill bacon (anyone can do that!), and more time explaining the not quite so simple dishes, like a Spanish Omlette for instance - I feel one paragraph was rather insufficient.
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Easy Guide to Defensive Signals at Bridge
Easy Guide to Defensive Signals at Bridge
by Julian Pottage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is very good, but very complicated, 26 Nov. 2007
Most club players who use defensive signals will probably have 2 or 3 in their repetoir, which they will regularly use.
This book covers plenty more than that. However, it is very technical, and taking me an age to read and understand.
Unless you really want something technically very advanced (and remember your partner has to understand all your signals too!) I suggest reading the signals section of Mendelson's "Play your Cards Right" for starters. After you've mastered those with a regular partner, then you can contemplate reading this book (but as I said earlier, it's no use knowing lots of signals your partner doesn't understand, so make sure your partner reads it too, and you discuss in depth!)


Sony Ericsson W880i Sim Free Mobile Phone
Sony Ericsson W880i Sim Free Mobile Phone

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Small Buttons - if that's not a problem then familiarise yourself with Sony Ericcson before you buy this!, 21 July 2007
This phone offers everything one needs. However, somehow the chemistry is not there!
Unfortunately I bought this as my first Sony Ericcson. It has very small buttons, and is extremely difficult to use.
However, since owning this phone, I've had other Sony Ericcson phones, offering similar features, and a more user friendly button layout. They've been excellent!
Having experience of other Sony Ericsson phones, I can see that this one is good at heart. Though the fact still remains that the buttons are too small, and can be difficult.
I guess in summary, if you're familiar with Sony Ericsson phones, and don't mind small buttons, then this is fine. However, if you're a bit older and find the small buttons a problem then it's a no go. Or if you're not familiar with this manufacturer, then buy one of their phone with a more user-friendly layout in the first instance!


The Complete Book Of Numerology: Discovering Your Inner Self
The Complete Book Of Numerology: Discovering Your Inner Self
by David Phillips
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful!, 8 Jun. 2007
I don't understand why I was ever daft enough to buy this book. How could the numbers in your date of birth possibly affect what sort of person you are, and your understanding of the world??
From reading the book, my impresssion is that the author knows very little about numbers. I feel he might as well have told me I have three arms, given the ridicule of what he says about me, based on my date of birth!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the standard Rubik cube, but with a 4th dimension, 26 May 2007
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This is essentially the same as the standard 3x3x3 Rubik cube, with the extra complication that the middle square on each face has to be turned the right way round. In the original cube, the squares are just solid colours, and so it does not matter which way round the centre square is turned.

This is often referred to as the "4th dimension" of the cube. This takes the challenge of solving the cube a little further, without reaching the dizzy heights of the Revenge 4x4x4 cube!


Rubik's 4 x 4 Revenge Cube
Rubik's 4 x 4 Revenge Cube

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent extension to the standard cube, 26 May 2007
= Durability:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Rubik's 4 x 4 Revenge Cube (Toy)
This is (maybe obviously) rather much more tricky than the standard 3x3x3 cube.

The real aspect that makes this one a challenge (for me) is that each side has an even number of squares, and so the is no square in the very centre of any side.

So you have to put the four squares in the centre of each side there yourself. Not only that, but you must also place the red centre correctly in relation to the yellow and the white centres etc. This is quite tricky.

Then there are further complications with parity (odd/evenness of permutations for those who understand) with the middle-edge pieces. There is still an element of guess work in that stage of the solution for me to this day (perhaps something I need to master).

There is indeed a 5x5x5 professor cube also. The professor cube is not in every respect more difficult than the revenge, since the professor cube has an odd number of squares on each side, and so eradicates some of the difficulties of the revenge. I believe now that 6x6x6 and 7x7x7 cubes have also recently become available.

One last thing about the revenge - it is structurally more complicated than the standard cube, and so is probably less durable for that reason.


Original Rubik's cube
Original Rubik's cube
Offered by Wi-Shop
Price: £10.79

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the early 80s when this was big, 26 May 2007
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
For me, this was one of the best toys ever invented. The concept is very simple, but the combinations run into the zillions, which means that you can't solve it by chance.

However, one can have fun working out how to solve it, then once you've done that, impress your mates by applying the same principles over and over again. There isn't that much to remember once you know how.

The main problem is in the mechanism and the stickers. These things don't last forever, and can start falling about once they've been played with quite a lot. Also, I have experienced the paint fading on some of the stickers. So it could be much more durable than it is.

However, this is definitely one of my all time favourite toys.


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