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Entrepreneurship: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Entrepreneurship: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Paul Westhead
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very badly written, 22 Oct 2014
This is quite the worst Very Short Introduction I have read. I was looking forward to reading it because I was a student of Mike Wright at Nottingham and I notice that he now teaches at Imperial College, where I also studied.

Other Very Short Introductions I've read have been well written and provided an enjoyable and understandable way into the subject. Not this one. I've come to call it the "book of lists" because it just seems to list a whole load of information about entrepreneurship in a very dry fashion. It certainly won't give anyone any helpful insights into how to become an entrepreneur.

The book would certainly benefit from decent sub-editing. Just one example are the four consecutive paragraphs on pages 67 and 68, each of which starts with the word "women". I have the impression that the book was written and published in a hurry.

The authors try to provide some case studies but these are somehow lacking and out of context, as if the authors can't be bothered to do it properly.


Great British Bike Rides: 40 Classic Routes for Road Cyclists
Great British Bike Rides: 40 Classic Routes for Road Cyclists
by Dave Barter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly flawed?, 30 May 2013
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Let me start by congratulating Dave Barter and Vertebrate Publishing on producing a truly innovative, excellently researched piece of work. Although I've only just taken delivery of the book and haven't yet had the opportunity of road testing any of the rides I'm sure it will give me lots of pleasure and be a lot cheaper than paying for entry to sportives!

However, a couple of little gripes emanate from the Pembrokeshire ride on page 187. Is there really an oil refinery at Haverford West(sic)? And anyway, is the presence of one there at all relevant because the ride doesn't even go to Haverfordwest? (I guess he meant Milford Haven.) Also, if you're riding northwards along Broad Haven won't the waves be breaking on your left hand side and not your right?

The route information pages are very helpful, providing all sorts of useful data. Isn't it a pity then that the compass rose that tells you the proportion of the ride in each direction has East on the left and West on the right, the reverse of a normal compass? Never Eat Shredded Wheat should be applied in a clockwise direction. Or is this another example of Mr Barter and his publishers not knowing the difference between left and right?

I do sincerely hope that these seemingly trivial errors aren't symptomatic of a widespread malaise in this book that only becomes evident out on the road.

A few other observations:

Dave Barter's prose is much better than in his Obsessive Compulsive book and this does make for easier reading although the hyperbole of his descriptions of some rides (e.g. "leg ripping", "flaming hard ride"; do you really need to launch an "assault" on the climb to Brill in the Chilterns route?) might be off-putting for some riders and rather wearisome after a while for some readers. This is probably due to the author's enthusiasm for the rides and a desire to make them interesting reading but it does seem OTT.

Some readers will find the ride lengths excessive. There are only two full rides less than 60 miles (one of those is 59.1 miles!) and the average exceeds 75 miles. Dave does provide shorter options but I feel the book would have been more accessible had the standard distance been closer to 60 miles with options to extend.

Finally, the book packs in a lot and it seems unfair to ask for even more but some information is lacking. The structure for each ride is a rather long introduction followed by a detailed route description and detailed turn instructions. Somehow all this detail seems a bit repetitive and unnecessary and it might have been better to edit this down (remove the introduction?) and provide more information about the history and appearance of the places visited as well as lists of cafes, shops and garages where the tired cyclist can refuel.
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Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder
by Dave Barter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.15

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Computer nerd trying to write, 18 Mar 2013
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I don't think this book is anything like as funny as some reviews suggest. Neither is it well written. it features rather a lot of gurning, whatever that is in a cycling context. Strangely, it doesn't even convey to me the sense that the author is particularly obsessive about cycling. So it fails on almost all counts. Go back to the day job, Dave, or get an editor!


Crud Roadracer Mud Guard - Black
Crud Roadracer Mud Guard - Black
Price: £19.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 18 Mar 2013
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I have fitted these mudguards onto three bikes. The instructions could be better but you can find videos on the manufacturer's website which make up for this. The first set I fitted needed to be cut because there wasn't enough room under the rear caliper but the second and third were fine.

They have really proven their value in torrential rain and I thoroughly recommend them to anyone who uses the same bike in summer and winter.


The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self -Treatment Guide for Pain Relief: Your Self-Treatment for Pain Relief
The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self -Treatment Guide for Pain Relief: Your Self-Treatment for Pain Relief
by Clair Davies
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't fixed my problem, 11 Feb 2013
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This is a comprehensive guide to DIY trigger point therapy. It's written in an understandable form and is particularly useful for learning about the main muscle groups and the problems they can cause. However, applying the techniques didn't do anything for my sciatica, although nothing else has either.


Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running: How to Fix Injuries, Stay Active, and Run Pain-Free
Running Doc's Guide to Healthy Running: How to Fix Injuries, Stay Active, and Run Pain-Free
by Lewis G.
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Belongs in any runner's bookcase, 11 Feb 2013
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Comprehensive coverage of the most frequent running injuries, written in an accessible style. The warnings about excessive caffeine consumption are thought-provoking.


Garmin Premium Soft Strap Heart Rate Monitor
Garmin Premium Soft Strap Heart Rate Monitor
Offered by Navi Technology
Price: £29.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Causes Blisters, 11 Feb 2013
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I had been using the standard Garmin chest strap for a couple of years when I thought I'd upgrade to the premium version. Big mistake! It chafes me in a way the standard strap doesn't, causing a blister that bleeds and takes a couple of weeks to heal. Looking on the internet tells me that I'm not the only person suffering in this way and that bandaid or gaffer tape on the strap is the remedy. I don't see why that should be necessary on an expensive piece of kit!


Canon PIXMA MX340 Multifunction Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Fax, 30 page ADF and Wi-Fi)
Canon PIXMA MX340 Multifunction Printer (Print, Scan, Copy, Fax, 30 page ADF and Wi-Fi)

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked straight out of box, 2 Jan 2011
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Bought this Pixma MX340 to replace a Canon MPC600F that didn't work with Windows 7. Installation of new printer on wireless network went completely smoothly and all functions work fine. One surprise was that this printer doesn't have separate cartridges for colours so I guess it might be a bit more expensive to run in the longer term. Otherwise excellent printer at excellent price.
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Hiking Trails of South Africa
Hiking Trails of South Africa
by Willie Olivier
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breadth rather than depth, 16 Mar 2006
Our recently completed holiday in the Western Cape would have been severely lacking without this excellent guide. It covers walking routes, ranging from long strolls to multi-day expeditions, across the whole of South Africa and provides comprehensive information about where to obtain permits. However, a major weakness in comparison to the more familiar Alpine or UK guides is the lack of information about path and terrain conditions and it would benefit from a rating system. It could also do with some route maps and more photographs. Perhaps this is too much to ask from a book that covers such a large country and it is better to use it to gain an overview before purchasing more specific detailed maps and guides for individual areas.


Pentax Optio S30 Digital Camera [3MP 3x Optical]
Pentax Optio S30 Digital Camera [3MP 3x Optical]

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Purchase, 29 Dec 2004
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I bought a Pentax Optio S about 18 months ago on a trip to the US. At the time it cost over £300. We've had wonderful use from it, taking plenty of holiday photographs, and were convinced that it was one of the best buys we'd ever made.
Unfortunately it was dropped on Christmas Day and stopped working. We needed a camera to take on a skiing holiday so we looked at Amazon and discovered that the equivalent current model, the S30, was available for £99 and that a free camera case came with it. We ordered it on the 26th and it arrived on the 29th.
The S30 is slightly larger than its predecessor and no longer fits in an Altoids tin but appears to be better specified. It's a fantastic little camera and an absolute bargain at £99.


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