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A Cockney Camera: London's Social History Recorded in Photographs
A Cockney Camera: London's Social History Recorded in Photographs
by Gordon Winter
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting old photo's, 17 Jun. 2012
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This book was originally published in 1971 and I suspect has not been reprinted since the 1970's. The copy I am reviewing is a 1975 paperback (about 8mm thick and roughly between A4 & A5 size; the photo's are not glossy). The title is a little misleading, as it implies (to me) that it is predominantly about working class London, but this is not the case. A lot of the photo's don't reveal as much as one would hope about the times. That said, many images date to the 1860's - 1890's and therefore represent very early photography, as well as subject matter that are not generally found in artwork of the time. The author's narrative seems a bit quaint at times, because it was written 40 years ago! But much still rings true. The author's introduction to each section often refers to photo's he did not include, which if he had may have made the book a deal more interesting. In conclusion, worth a look, but I wouldn't pay too much for it. (More 2.5/5 than 3/5.)


Swizzels Matlow Giant Drumstick Chewy Lollies x 120
Swizzels Matlow Giant Drumstick Chewy Lollies x 120

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chewy, fruity, sticky, yummy, 15 Jun. 2012
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At £12.08 (delivered) for a box of 120, seems like pretty good value. However, the chews are about 2/3rds the width of the ones you get in a standard Swizzle's mixed bag (i.e. the chunky version - I think). Nonetheless, if you want a large quantity of chewy lollies, this is one of the best choices available.


The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their significance for understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus and Christianity
The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls: Their significance for understanding the Bible, Judaism, Jesus and Christianity
by James VanderKam
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Of interest to the layman & academic alike, 15 Jun. 2012
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This is not really for the casual reader, but is accessible to the non-scholarly; it also provides an introduction to the subject for the academic. A "book of 3 parts", the first "section" deals with the archeological history of the scrolls and the Qumran site, and the subsequent process of analysis of the various materials - this makes for pretty interesting reading. The core of the book is concerned with the analysis and interpretation of many of the texts - this is a little bogged down by scroll code references (presumably for the academic). Although interesting, the analysis given doesn't reveal anything particularly exciting in the text contents perse; however, it is does enable a greater understanding of the what the scroll community were about. The "last section" deals with more controversial issues and texts which some believe are of particular Christian significance. This is also pretty interesting, however, although the writers appear to adopt a fairly neutral stance on these issues, essentially they adhere to the consensus opinion and are a little derogatory towards the more controversial views they have referenced. It is probably worth reading some of the books mentioned in this section, which express alternative interpretations to the apparent consensus, as this provides a broader, more rounded outlook of the various ramifications associated with the scrolls - one can then draw their own personal conclusions. Overall, not always an easy read (for the non-scholarly), but worth the effort.


Eurosonic ES820 10m 2-Way Extension Reel
Eurosonic ES820 10m 2-Way Extension Reel
Price: £10.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 5 Jun. 2012
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Excellent value at £10 delivered. Comparatively cheap for a 10m/10A cable reel. Seems to be reasonably well made and pulls out/winds-up quite smoothly.


Why Does E=mc2?
Why Does E=mc2?
by Brian Cox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, 2 Jun. 2012
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An enlightening insight into Relativity and Quantum Physics. Provided you have a fairly scientific mind and at least an O'level/GCSE understanding of Physics, then this book should be accessible. Complex concepts are presented mostly in layman's terms making them comprehensible without requiring a deep knowledge of Physics or a huge IQ; however, a familiarity with the terms associated with particle physics and a reasonably good grounding in maths, though not essential, certainly make it an easier read. But, even if a lot of the content is new to you, perseverance will reap great rewards.


Britax Evolva Group 1-2-3 Car Seat (Max/Black)
Britax Evolva Group 1-2-3 Car Seat (Max/Black)

4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money, 30 May 2012
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Item was £87.50 delivered, which is great value compared to other car seats, especially as this seat will do the child until they grow out of needing a car seat. Has a fairly easy to adjust harness, which is also easy to use. My only criticism is of the 3-point belt-fastening method of installing the seat in the car [when using the 5-point harness (children under 18kg)] which is quite difficult to install properly - it's awkward and requires a fair bit of strength to get it solidly fixed. However, many car seats have similarly difficult systems. All in all, great value for a well made, good quality car seat, which should be the only one you'll ever need for your child. (Just don't plan on swapping it between cars too often!)
[NB: when I originally ordered this item using 'supersaver delivery' the item never arrived; Amazon accepted that it was lost in transit and reordered with 1st class delivery at no additional cost to me - it arrived 2 days later. The culprits in this saga were Yodel (the delivery company used by Amazon) - it is a mystery how they could have lost something this big (and not exactly lightweight, either)?]


Pull Cord Ceiling Switch 10amp 2 Way Bathroom Toilet
Pull Cord Ceiling Switch 10amp 2 Way Bathroom Toilet
Offered by Strictly Lamps
Price: £2.32

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 30 May 2012
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At £3.16 delivered, this item was amazing value for money: most of these switches are only 5 or 6 amp (and many only 1 way) and yet cost more - a lot more in some cases. Certainly works perfectly well and having had it all apart (for reasons best known to myself), I can't see any reason why it wouldn't last at least as long as any other pull switch. Has a 15 year guarantee! (I may have invalidated mine.)


Philips AVENT SCF182/34 BPA-Free Animal Soothers (6-18 Months) (Set of 2) Designs May Vary
Philips AVENT SCF182/34 BPA-Free Animal Soothers (6-18 Months) (Set of 2) Designs May Vary
Price: £3.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 28 May 2012
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Very nice silicon dummies with little animal pictures. Excellent value at £4.90 per pack of two (delivered). The bulb of the dummy is of orthodontic design, but unlike many is quite wide and not solid - my son prefers the large latex bulbs, but was perfectly happy with these.


Konig Lightweight Aluminum Camera Camcorder Tripod
Konig Lightweight Aluminum Camera Camcorder Tripod
Price: £11.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 28 May 2012
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Excellent value at £7.83 delivered. Very lightweight and compact, with a nice carry bag thrown in. Seems well made and certainly adequate for the task, when you consider how much more you could pay.


From Eden To Exile: The Epic History of the People of the Bible
From Eden To Exile: The Epic History of the People of the Bible
by David Rohl
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating & compulsive, 23 May 2012
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This book could be read in isolation, but to get the full benefit of the rationale behind it, it's best to read 'Legend' first (see my separate review). The object of this book is to present Rohl's historical interpretation of the Old Testament and "prove" that it is more than just religious ideology knitted into a series of allegorical fables. In 'Legend' he establishes the foundation on which this book stands (or falls); in this book he has included some further "evidence" to support his case and draws on just about every available source and, in doing so, manages to present a fairly detailed history of the Israelite people over a period of ca 6000 years! Of course, the further back in time it goes, the more speculative it is, however it does (somehow) manage to maintain credibility throughout. Essentially, it is Rohl's own literary history of the Old Testament narrative, well written and brilliantly researched. It really is 'the greatest Story ever told' - although you will have to decide for yourself to what extent it is historically accurate; in any event, it is compulsive stuff (once you get into it) and though it is predominantly supposition, it does nonetheless offer an intriguing insight into the 'biblical world' (of which so little is truly known), and specifically, the creation of the Israelite nation.


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