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Pure White Plastic Bath Shower Rack with 3 Compartments for Soap, Razors etc
Pure White Plastic Bath Shower Rack with 3 Compartments for Soap, Razors etc
Offered by Red House Direct
Price: 5.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful, 29 Oct 2012
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It's a simple white plastic bath rack which, for 4.50 delivered, is good value. It is fairly robust and looks just like the picture!


The Jack the Ripper Location Photographs: Dutfield's Yard and the Whitby Collection
The Jack the Ripper Location Photographs: Dutfield's Yard and the Whitby Collection
by Philip Hutchinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a ripper-off?, 28 Oct 2012
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Is this book a rip-off? That depends on the individual perspective. From a purely Ripperologistic viewpoint, this book is essentially about one image; but it is an incredibly important one, which cannot be found anywhere else and was only recently discovered (by the author), having remained unknown and unseen for probably the best part of 100 years. If you feel the need to see and own a copy of this image, then this book is worth having - though you may want to try to get it as cheaply as possible. If, however, you are hoping for lots of exciting pictures, then you will be disappointed; in fact, much of this book (including many of the images) have little or nothing (directly) to do with the Ripper case. What it does do well, though, is fully validate the provenance and authenticity of the amazing Dutfield's Yard image - don't expect a high quality and detailed image, here; but do be most grateful that it exists! It should also be noted that all the images are presented in black and white, despite the fact that the 1960's photo's were shot in colour...?
I don't really think this book should be described as 4 or 5 star; but 1 star would certainly be too harsh, because if you want to know everything there is to know about the Ripper case, this book is a must have in the furtherance of that quest. (2.5 stars would be fairest.)

NB: My advice is to obtain 'The London of Jack the Ripper: Then and Now', which the author of this book is a co-author. This was published 2 years earlier than this book, just before the Dutfield's Yard image was discovered, and is much more definitive from a pure Ripperology perspective - it just lacks one image, however... [Incidentally, there is one other image in this book, not found in the 'Then and Now' book: this is an image of the yard at the back of 29 Hanbury St taken from a different angle to the one in the former book, but unfortunately is small and darkly reprinted.]


The London of Jack the Ripper:: Then and Now
The London of Jack the Ripper:: Then and Now
by Robert Clack
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive visual feast for the amateur Ripperologist, 27 Oct 2012
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This book contains just about every available image pertinent to the case of Jack The Ripper. It also provides thorough details of everything that is known about all of the possible victims. There is no attempt to investigate the crimes or identify the perpetrator; this book is purely a guide to the people and places involved and is an invaluable resource to anyone interested in this subject, from the faintly curious to the most ardent Ripperologist. However, it isn't quite perfect: there are no colour images, despite the fact that some of the archive originals are in colour; all of the images, old and new, are presented in black and white - contrary to any impression the front cover may give and there are no other composites. The book is a little over A5 size, so the images are all fairly small, some especially so and many would probably benefit from some image enhancement. Nonetheless, this is still a fantastic book. [NB: there is one (very special) image that is not included - this can be found in the co-author's [Philip Hutchinson] later book 'The Jack the Ripper location photographs', published in 2009.]


The Usborne Illustrated Guide to Greek Myths and Legends
The Usborne Illustrated Guide to Greek Myths and Legends
by Cheryl Evans
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars An ideal family book of this subject, 18 Oct 2012
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If you like fantastically bizarre tales, or you're just interested in getting some insight into the Greek pagan belief system, (through what effectively constitute their religious stories), then the Greek myths and legends will transport you to their weird and wonderful world. This particular book is fairly basic in content and simplistically presented, making it an ideal family book; but it is also makes for a great starting point (and reference) into this incredibly complex and substantial subject.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I
The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War I
by Alan Axelrod Ph.D.
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, but concise, 16 Oct 2012
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This book offers an excellent guide to the complex and futile conflict that was WWI. Whether you have a vague general knowledge of this blot in the pages of history, or whether you know very little about it, this comprehensive overview will provide you with a compelling and informative understanding of its chronology and the role of each of the many protagonists, including all of the most important individuals involved. The information is presented in a highly readable format that the casual reader can easily digest; it largely takes a neutral stance in examining the culpability of those involved, as this is far from black and white. The reader will draw their own inevitable conclusions as to who the primary villains of the peace were, but will also be challenged to contemplate the contribution and responsibility of all the protagonists to the overall carnage.
My only criticism of this particular edition is that it is written by an American for the American market and there is a slight hint of "America won the war" on a few occasions; there is also an emphasis on the US in respect of its analysis of the broader historical background and aftermath of the war. However, that element of the book is minimal; moreover, the US entered the war very late on, so any partisanship on the part of the author is also limited to quite a small proportion of the book.

If you are familiar with the 'For Dummies' series, you will find the 'Idiot's Guide' very similar in structure and style. Don't be put off by the implication that these books are for "thickies", because they are not; they are simply for those of us who like to cut to the chase and receive information in the most efficient and compressed form possible, while still being provided with easy reading. They make a great spring-board from which to look at all or some aspect(s) of the subject in greater depth. Unfortunately, (at the time of this review,) the 'For Dummies' series does not include an edition relating to WWI.


The Sudoku Cube Magic Dice 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
The Sudoku Cube Magic Dice 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Offered by Otherland
Price: 5.18

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a Rubik's cube with numbers, 10 Oct 2012
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
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When I saw this product I thought how great it would be for a Sudoku lover, but once I received it, I realised that it doesn't really have anything to do with Sudoku - when you think about it, how can it? 12 numbers going around the cube...! Only each face has nine numbers and they do not relate to eachother, in a sudoku sense. Basically, this is just a Rubik's cube using numbers instead of colours; however, I would imagine that as result (unless you learn the sequence) this is even more impossible than the original, because it's harder to assess your progress - in fact, learning the sequence could only apply to a specific start arrangement across the whole cube! (It's all a matter of relative allignment when the initial cube arrangement is created - there are phenomenal number of possible variations.) But of course, this review relates only to the concept, not this particular version of the product, which as the cheapest I could find is probably worth a punt, if you really are hellbent on mentally torturing yourself, or someone else! Be warned, though, this is not nearly as robust as the original Rubik's cube; it is, for example, unlikely to survive being hurled at a wall...


African Elephant Standing Decorative Ornament
African Elephant Standing Decorative Ornament

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 8 Oct 2012
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Good value at 14.95 delivered. About the size of your hand; quite light - don't know what it's made of, but it looks the business. Has a nice quality appearance for what is a relatively cheap ornament.


The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran: The Essene Record of the Treasure of Akhenaten
The Mystery of the Copper Scroll of Qumran: The Essene Record of the Treasure of Akhenaten
by Robert Feather
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly provocative, 2 Oct 2012
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A highly readable and thorough analysis of the copper scroll's origin and content. Though ultimately almost entirely speculative, it is nonetheless a compelling and often pretty convincing theory of not only the origin and meaning of the scroll, but also the influence of Akhenaten's monotheistic religion upon the development of Judaism. The evidence as presented is always subjective in nature and sometimes somewhat tenuous, but overall, it is meticulously persuasive, determinedly challenging and worthy of serious consideration by theologists, archeologists and historians alike; even if the theories prove only to be correct to a limited degree, the repercussions could still be profound for some or all of these disciplines. In conclusion, this is a worthy contribution to the genre and a worthwhile read.


The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science (Physics)
The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science (Physics)
by Arthur W. Wiggins
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.60

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit hit and miss, 26 Sep 2012
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Good in parts, hard going in others. Considering this is intended for the mass market, a reasonably good and fairly general scientific grounding is nonetheless required, otherwise the reader may struggle to comprehend much of the content. However, it is pretty interesting at times and does shed some light on a number of difficult subjects. There is some occasional and not unwelcome light humour, but unfortunately the cartoons are rather weak and a little too intellectual. Worth a look, but would benefit from an update, as since publication in 2001, a number of research projects which are referenced, have since produced some relevant results; however, the fundamental questions raised in the book remain unresolved and ample information has been supplied to enable further research on the part of the reader.


Fred And Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors
Fred And Rose: The Full Story of Fred and Rose West and the Gloucester House of Horrors
by Howard Sounes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the easily shocked, 23 Sep 2012
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The reader must suspend their disbelief and try to remember that this is true life. The author has spared no known detail, but it is not sensationalist, just factual - no need for embellishment. It is written almost in the form of a story, with some occasional literary licence; however, this style makes it highly readable and does not detract from the harsh reality beneath. This book has been meticulously researched, using every available source of information pertaining to the case; it leads you from both perpetrators childhood experiences, through their appalling crimes, and finally to the trial of Rose. It is a catalogue of abuse and depravity, so if you are easily shocked, then you should steer well clear. It is also a catalogue of unbelievable ineptitude and culpability on the part of the authorities and, it must be said, some of the victims themselves, which leaves the reader aghast. Ultimately, if you are curious to delve into the depths of their crimes and attempt to comprehend their deviant mentality, this book offers a compelling journey. It cannot be described as enjoyable, but it is perversely fascinating, though equally unsettling. The only reassurance is that, despite any spurious superficial appearances, these are not ordinary people; they are the epitome of what is known as 'low life' and it is wise to know how to recognise them.


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