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Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Lyman Tower Sargent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive and indispensible, 11 Jan. 2013
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Anyone who thinks of utopia as necessarily being idealistic and impracticable should read this book.

Professor Sargent - a prolific academic author on the subject - introduces the many aspects of utopianism in an accessible but thought-provoking way, and includes helpful signposts to the many other key works on the subject, both supportive and critical.

Overall, an indispensable tool for navigating your way through this complex, contested and often somewhat esoteric field of study.

So, Utopia, then. Are we nearly there yet?


CLiPtec RZE261 2.5 inch USB SATA HDD Enclosure with Carry Protection Case - Black
CLiPtec RZE261 2.5 inch USB SATA HDD Enclosure with Carry Protection Case - Black
Offered by ExpressPro
Price: £7.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and easy to use, 11 Jan. 2013
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This is a great value product.

Just to update the earlier review - it's not all plastic - part aluminium (or "alumumum", as it says on the box!) which should help with keeping it cool. Yes, it requires a pin or bent paper-clip inserted through the hole in the case to open (and not the button currently shown in the images). The pinhole is much more secure of course!

It comes supplied with a double-USB connector cable, but this won't always be needed, depending on the type of HDD you insert into it (basically if you were using a single connector with the HDD in its old case, as I was, you should be fine carrying on with that.

The only criticism of the product that I would have is that it would be handy for the supplied carrying case had a pocket to hold the cable securely, but for this price, I'll let that go!


The Last Rhinos. Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
The Last Rhinos. Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
by Lawrence Anthony
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Only half the story...,, 6 Dec. 2012
This is not so much a story of one man's struggle to save an endangered sub-species as a gripping thriller, full of adventure and political intrigue - and a true one at that. Yes, Mr Anthony is almost suicidally motivated by a desire to save the world's last northern white rhinos in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, but on the road to either succeeding or not (no spoilers here, folks) he seemingly becomes the only white westerner to take an interest in resolving the historic feuds that have left central Africa as it then was. A real eye-opener.


Forever Young - The Ska Collection
Forever Young - The Ska Collection
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £6.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Skanky, 3 Sept. 2012
OK, first up, this is a great collection of songs by the greatest band in the world, and as many other reviewers suggest, is a great introduction to the band, so why only three stars?

I'd been meaning to do a Madness Ska playlist on the old iPod for ages, and when I saw this was released, I thought, hey! A shortcut!

But twas not to be. This collection doesn't feature all of the bands great ska classics, and yet it does feature a lot of songs (brilliant though they may be) that aren't really ska at all.

Oh well, back to iTunes.

On the plus side, it does have two tracks you can't get anywhere else as far as I know, although the fact that these are seemingly both rejects from the Dangermen sessions probably says a lot.


Blues on the Corniche
Blues on the Corniche
Price: £21.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm... nice...,, 2 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Blues on the Corniche (Audio CD)
This is an amazingly varied album - something for everyone - showcasing the surprisingly diverse talents of the tiny Gulf state of Qatar, and all drawn together through Chris Coull's arrangements and trumpet/flugelhorn, with his trusty rhythm section of Mike Pigneguy on drums (and some arrangements) and Dan Sheppard/Matteo Gaspari on double bass. It's evocative and captivating from the start.

There's loads of great stuff here, but the stand-out track for me is "Going Home", a riff on the second ("Largo") movement of Dvorak's Symphony No.9 in E minor - known to most of us as the Hovis advert, of course - is Coull betraying a nostalgia for his Northern English (brass band) roots?

I've always been a fan of Coull's jazz, whether he's in mellow and soulful or upbeat and toe-tappy mood. The only problem is that, unless you find yourself rolling around the streets of Nairobi or Doha or Timbuktu or wherever he's got to this time, its so flipping hard to find. Thankfully, here is some of it on Amazon at last. Time to re-issue the back catalogue, Mr Coull.


Trust Centra Optical Mini Mouse for PC, Laptop - Black
Trust Centra Optical Mini Mouse for PC, Laptop - Black
Price: £5.99

1.0 out of 5 stars The price is probably right...,, 23 Mar. 2012
Lovely little mouse, feels good, great size for a messy desk.

But cheap. Need to press left button hard to register, and double-click only registers about half the time (and getting worse).

You gets what you pay for (at the reduced price). But how they ever thought to charge twenty quid for this is beyond me.

As another reviewer said, I probably wouldn't buy Trust again after this, but I certainly wouldn't after a similarly shoddy earpiece mike thing of theirs too also went wrong.


Sleep With 4ad
Sleep With 4ad
Price: £29.16

9 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Track listing anyone?, 7 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Sleep With 4ad (Audio CD)
Is there any chance of including a track listing for this item? Don't you think we care what music we buy? Hmmm?


Plato and A Platypus Walk into A Bar
Plato and A Platypus Walk into A Bar
by Daniel M. Klein
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable, 16 Feb. 2011
All the precious time I thought I'd been wasting sharing jokes by email with distant friends, I have instead, apparently, been pursuing a rigorous exchange of intellectual philosophical paradigms.

Ouzos all round!


Chrome
Chrome
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars See what you miss if you don't stay alert?, 6 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Chrome (Audio CD)
Throughout the mid-1990s, whenever you talked about rock music, people rambled on about Nirvana's "Nevermind" and Radiohead's "Pablo Honey" and "The Bends".

Every time someone rambled on about them, I told them that "Chrome" was better. They always said "Catherine Wheel? Shoegazers?", and then they heard the album, and then they shut up. This is a staggeringly good album, which has stood the test of time.

Personally, I think there are better CW songs on "Ferment", but, yes, that album is probably a little too shoegazey for most people's ears. But "Chrome" is pure, swooping, melodic rock.


The Chick Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates: An Atlas Featuring Neuromeric Subdivisions and Mammalian Homologies
The Chick Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates: An Atlas Featuring Neuromeric Subdivisions and Mammalian Homologies
by Salvador Martinez
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was after...,, 31 July 2009
While this is a definitive reference work on the physiology of avain neurology, it wasn't quite was I was looking for on this occasion, and I will have to continue research for my seminal work "Dave, I think I finally understand women!" elsewhere. Ho hum.


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