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Skagen Women's Stainless Steel Mesh Watch 589SSS
Skagen Women's Stainless Steel Mesh Watch 589SSS
Offered by Fairtrade Online
Price: £76.83

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment, 13 Nov. 2012
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A handsome watch; a present, nicely packaged & a good price. The clasp was, as reported by others, fiddly. I could cope with that BUT after only three wearings the clasp has come out - fortunately not when I was wearing it. I now have all the kerfuffle of sending it back, invoking guarantee etc etc. Skagen really needs to look at this problem & to rectify. Difficult to rate it so my rating is nominal; about 2 & 1/2 at this time!

Presence: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation
Presence: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation
by Patsy Rodenburg
Edition: Paperback

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Present (and Correct), 26 Aug. 2007
Patsy Rodenburg's "Presence" will be of value to w'shop leaders and to teachers in many settings, as well as to individuals puzzling at home over their personal (in)effectiveness .

It's a new book from an well-established coach: a thoughtful,practical, & accessible guide to work which will enable people to hold positive energy in posture, voice, outlook etc. and to assess consciously which 'circle' of energy (of three possibilities) they are operating from in any given situation.(Chapter 22, which deals with presence & technology, could usefully be required reading for all.)

Much of its material & exercises (it is a work-book!) will be familiar to those who have experience of voice/body work classes with such as Cicely Berry, Ann Skinner, Christina Shewell, Kristin Linklater, or Frankie Armstrong & P. R. is at pains to say that she is not claiming to expose anything fundamentally'new'. But I found it pulled everything together exceptionally well in a well-written, comprehensive, and unfussy whole - gentle, engaging, and authoritative - 'spoken',indeed, in the 'second circle' voice which she advocates. (It seemed clear when the 'third circle' voice of the publicist or marketing person promising 'instant' transformation had stepped in.)

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
by Maggie O'Farrell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Vanishing!, 26 Aug. 2007
A fine, mature, and psychologically perceptive novel which has been elegantly and skilfully crafted.
O' Farrell has woven a compelling plot with a strong sense of time (from the 1930s to the present) and place (India & Edinburgh), each anchored by rich sensory detail.Thorough research and observation clearly underpin this novel but they are neither heavy-handed nor self-conscious. Her characterisation seemed to me to be effective and persuasive.
Esme - the protagonist's previously unknown elderly relative upon whose discovery, after she had been held for sixty years in a lunatic asylum, the plot hangs - illuminates a significant theme of the novel (p 134)when she decides that "[w]e are all ... just vessels through which identities pass: we are lent features, gestures, habits, then we hand them on. Nothing is our own. We begin in the world as anagrams of our antecedents." But, as her life demonstrates dramatically, that is at the beginning and we go on to be shaped by our actions, and the social mores against which they are evaluated.
This is a 'good read' with an ending which, although finally unsurprising, presents itself as a possibility (unwelcome though just)sufficently late in the tale's unfolding to shock. Its impact unsettled me for some time after I had, reluctantly, finished the book.

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