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Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio
Roberts Sports 995 2-Band PLL Synthesised Personal Stereo Radio
Offered by eZee Trade
Price: £27.00

4.0 out of 5 stars OK on trains, 12 Oct. 2011
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I am pleased with this little radio. I use it mainly on commuter trains, and I reckon it's about as good as you might expect from an FM radio under poor conditions. There's not much electrical interference, but you do get drop-outs under bridges. The great feature is the push-button tuning.

The earpieces are OK for around the house but not good enough for use on trains. You need something to block out external noise. I use Sennheiser CX 500 - High Quality Noise Isolating Ear-Canal Headphones With Volume Control - Black.

The radio will pump out plenty of sound so you need to be careful. Also, if you use the radio a lot then you need to carry a spare battery. I can't get Radio 5 on a train, but I can almost everywhere else.


Sennheiser CX 500 - High Quality Noise Isolating Ear-Canal Headphones With Volume Control - Black
Sennheiser CX 500 - High Quality Noise Isolating Ear-Canal Headphones With Volume Control - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An answer to commuter trains, 10 Aug. 2011
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I bought this product because I can't stand the automated announcements on commuter trains; they're too loud and too frequent, and too patronizing. I have asked the train company to turn the announcements down; their answer is No. This product solves the problem. The quality of sound from my iPod is better than the Apple earpieces, and the little volume control is just what's needed. The earpieces come with a selection of fittings to suit the size of your ear, and when fitted properly much of the unwanted noise is blocked out.

However, just over eighteen months later, after a lot of use, the cable has come loose from the little volume control and that's the end of it. So I have taken it down to a four star review.


Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
by Richard B. Bernstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "... a question for History", 7 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Thomas Jefferson (Paperback)
This book charts the life of the man who coined perhaps the most famous political slogan of all time, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal ..."; the opening of his first draft of the Declaration of Independence echoed eighty-seven years later by Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address. But the book tells us that Jefferson was not himself quite so sure of that self-evidence, for he was a racist who owned a hundred slaves, and said that if ever they were to be freed then they should be repatriated. His ideas about the human condition were influenced by the English philosopher John Locke who argued that everything we know is learned by experience, but that there are moral laws that come from God.

It is refreshing to examine the French Revolution from the point of view of its influence on America, and it is interesting to learn about Jefferson's time in Paris, and with his meeting with John Adams and George III. We learn of the battle with the Barbary Pirates, The Monroe Doctrine, and the founding of the University of Virginia. The book is rather academic in style; the subject is certainly challenging.

The book demonstrates to us that Jefferson was in many ways a very able president, but that during his lifetime he was accused of being better at words than with deeds.

I don't think I have ever read about a character with more contradictions than Jefferson, as he is represented in this book.

For an overview of the philosophy of John Locke (and many other philosophers), I strongly recommend the following little book by Nigel Warburton:
Philosophy: The Classics
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Buddhism Plain and Simple (Arkana)
Buddhism Plain and Simple (Arkana)
by Steve Hagen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising book, 5 Dec. 2010
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The author, Steve Hagen, is a Zen priest who lives in America. So one instantly feels that there is some way into this subject that is remote from many westerners. At first glance it seems like another self-help book, with subjects like Wisdom, Morality, Practice, and Freedom. But as the book progresses it becomes more and more convincing, and surprisingly in touch with modern western ideas. I would recommend this book to anybody, regardless of their religious beliefs or non-beliefs. I don't think that Zen can be mastered overnight, but I think this book points in the right direction and with something to offer for anyone. I don't think one should be put off by the "Plain and Simple" title, although the book is easy to read. I found the book to be thought-provoking, though more interesting in the latter part.


Hinduism: A Beginner's Guides (Beginner's Guides)
Hinduism: A Beginner's Guides (Beginner's Guides)
by Klaus K. Klostermaier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From ancient to modern, 5 Dec. 2010
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There is no dumbing down in this book of about 200 pages, which is divided into four parts: The Vedic Tradition, The Hindu Religions,The Hindu Philosophical Quest (including Yoga), and Hinduism Encounters Other Religions. We have to learn about pronunciation of Indian words and names. The subject is complex, but the book is fascinating and well written, and there are suggestions for further reading.


A Brief Guide to Judaism: Theology, History and Practice (Brief History)
A Brief Guide to Judaism: Theology, History and Practice (Brief History)
by Naftali Brawer
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Guide, 28 Sept. 2010
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This book of about 253 pages is just what I was looking for. It was written with great love, and is a pleasure to read. Of particular interest is the chapter on history which gives dates and thus timelines, so it is possible to put the development of Judaism into context. Occasionally I found passages that I didn't quite understand, and would like to have asked the Rabbi for further explanation, but there is a good list for further reading.


Antheism: Its Story and Significance (Classic Reprint)
Antheism: Its Story and Significance (Classic Reprint)
by J. Allanson Picton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting re-print, 28 Sept. 2010
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With religious society struggling to apply the dogma of thousand-year-old manuscripts to modern life, Pantheism may be unwittingly more prevalent than is realised. In this scholarly book of less than 100 pages, modern ideas wrestle with the ancient to explain the infinite in terms of the finite.
A useful companion book to this would be:Philosophy: The Classics by Nigel Warburton. This gives an outline to the work of Spinoza and many other philosophers, and each in just a few pages. The concept of Pantheism needs further thought.


A Day at the Races [1937]
A Day at the Races [1937]
Dvd ~ Groucho Marx
Offered by czech.out
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 26 July 2010
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There seem to be two threads to Marx Brothers films: the very, very, good and the (frankly) rather dull. This is accounted for by who produced the films. So there are high budget and low budget productions. I'm happy to say that 'A Day at the Races' belongs to the former in both categories. It even includes a big jazz number by the (unlisted) Duke Ellington band. Both Harpo and Chico are on top musical form. Harpo, who I discover was born in 1888, demolishes not only a Rachmaninov Prelude for piano, but also the piano. For anyone interested in stagecraft this is truly an amazing scene. There are some daring horse-racing stunts done mainly by Harpo (before he got injured), and Groucho is red-hot with the wisecracks. There is some additional information on the DVD which makes this not only very entertaining, but a DVD for the film connoisseur.

Another good one: A Night At The Opera [1935]


The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Collector's Library)
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Collector's Library)
by Anne Bronte
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one for my desert Island, 15 Jun. 2010
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This is absolutely my favorite of the Bronte novels. Like Wuthering Heights it has two story-tellers, and involves a rather strange man. The author uses very long sentences, but the description woven into the narrative is absolutely gorgeous. It is a powerful story that compels the reader to read on. There are few novels I would choose to read a second time, but this one ...I just might.
Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics)
Wuthering Heights (Wordsworth Classics)


Cosima Wagner: The Lady of Bayreuth
Cosima Wagner: The Lady of Bayreuth
by Oliver Hilmes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £28.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important insight, 15 Jun. 2010
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I have read most of the recent books about the Wagner clan, but they all leave me with the question: what happened to Isolde? 'The Lady of Bayreuth' answers this question in gruesome detail. The book also suggests that Cosima was the driving force behind Wagner's anti-Semiticism and suggests a reason why. This book is well-researched and with new material to hand. The translation is excellent and easy to read. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who feels that their knowledge of the Wagner clan is not quite complete.
Other books:
Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth

Cosima Wagner's Diaries: An Abridgement


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