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John Lennon: The Life
John Lennon: The Life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Lennon bio out there, 24 Mar 2014
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I think this book successfully manages to celebrate Lennon's life whilst giving an honest account of his less savoury moments. For the most part it avoids positive or negative bias.

However, Philip Norman appears to have avoided saying anything controversial about Lennon's final five years in order to win an endorsement from Yoko, which was evidently not forthcoming. There is next to no information on Lennon's life after 1975 (not even any refutation of the various controversial theories which abound). The final paragraphs talk only of Lennon's bond with Sean, while there is no mention of Julian (even in terms of describing his distant relationship to his father).

Despite these gaps later on in the book's narrative, this is still an excellent account of Lennon and his music.


Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon
Falling to Earth: An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read, 24 Mar 2014
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An autobiography that makes you empathise with its subject whilst marvelling at his achievements. Al Worden is one of only twenty four people on Earth to have travelled to the moon, and this book goes into great detail about the Apollo 15 mission - one of the most ambitious space journeys ever attempted. Al clearly feels lasting shame about the postal covers 'scandal' that dogged his career. (Frankly I can't see what all the fuss was about.) It's a shame the Apollo program was scaled back later on due to funding issues - this book gives you the clear feeling that NASA could have achieved many more great things if it hadn't been.


The Didi Man
The Didi Man
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4.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography of a likeable character, 24 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Didi Man (Kindle Edition)
Does what it says on the tin. An entertaining account of Liverpool's trials and tribulations under Houllier and Benitez, contrasted by Hamann's personal struggles after leaving Liverpool. Hamann comes across as a funny and genuine guy. Doesn't give any deep insights into the nature of existence and man's quest for fulfillment, but it will pass a few hours if you're sat on an aeroplane or something.


Getting Started in Property Investment For Dummies
Getting Started in Property Investment For Dummies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Australian property investing, 24 Mar 2014
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I knew nothing about property investing before reading this book, but have benefitted greatly from it. The book gives a concise and easy to follow introduction to all aspects of owning and renting investment properties, such as choosing where to buy, financing your purchase and the tax implications that arise.

Please note this book is written in relation to Australian property markets. I'm not sure how much of this information would be relevant to other countries.


Red or Dead
Red or Dead
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is worth reading..., 24 Mar 2014
This review is from: Red or Dead (Kindle Edition)
...if you're a Liverpool fan and/or love football from the 60s and 70s. (Otherwise I wouldn't recommend it.)

It starts with Shankly's appointment to the Liverpool hotseat in 1959 and covers his entire managerial reign to 1974, match by match, blow by blow. I found the early chapters most exciting: Shankly takes a team in the doldrums of the old Division Two and propels it (mostly by sheer force of personality) to the top flight, the league title and the FA Cup. After that the book starts to get very repetitive.

I'm assuming that David Peace listened to recordings of Shankly speaking and used these as the stylistic basis of the narrative. This ambitious approach descends into self-parody during the infamous 'car wash' episode. The passage on Bill tending to his garden lasted several pages and was excruciating. The chapter where he interviewed Harold Wilson on the radio was also pretty dull, though it did give you an insight into Shankly's upbringing and political leanings. A unique man who came from a world which has vanished.

I could go on but you'll get a good idea of whether this book is for you from all the other reviews. Overall I liked it, and thought aspects of it worked very well, but it's a frustrating read.


Here in the Cull Valley
Here in the Cull Valley
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and evocative, 31 Jan 2013
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'Here in the Cull Valley' reads like a love letter to West Yorkshire, whilst providing an insight into the mysterious world of the newspaper sub-editor. I found it a hugely entertaining and evocative read. It is an unusual book in that the main protagonist dies right at the start - thus he is seen in a sympathetic and likable light as the story jumps back in time then works forward towards the fatal accident. There is much use of multiple perspectives, which work well and keep the momentum going - I particularly liked the journalists' inner monologues that accompany the news stories. A great effort from a newly-published author. Keep up the good work John!


A Season With Verona
A Season With Verona
by Tim Parks
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, inspiring and funny, 6 Feb 2011
This review is from: A Season With Verona (Paperback)
Having never been to Italy I always thought of this country and its culture as something of an enigma. Tim Parks gets to the bottom of the enigma in this tribute to the now-fallen club Hellas Verona. Reading it ten years after it was written, it's as good as it ever was and brings back to life a turbulent and memorable era in world football.

I love how Tim Parks weaves other strands of Italian life into the book, and using some skilful language and grand metaphors he really conveys the personality of the city and its people, and of Italy's divisive nature. The liberal sprinklings of Italian really add authenticity to it, as do the changing league tables and the passionate/rabid internet fan quotes that bookend each chapter.

I found it a bit of a tough read in places but a wonderfully rewarding one. As a piece of writing it wonderfully conveys the matches, the tackles, the interminable away journeys, the raw emotion, the agony and the ecstasy of a season with the Brigate Gialloblu.

There are one or two minor factual errors (e.g. the labeling of Patrick Vieira as a striker) but don't let that ruin your enjoyment of what is an outstanding book.


TomTom Start 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps
TomTom Start 3.5" Sat Nav with UK and Ireland Maps

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable and faulty, 6 Feb 2011
My unit developed a fault soon after I got it. It overheated and caused a USB power surge when I connected it to my PC, and the car charger didn't work either, so I was left with no battery and no means to charge my gleaming new sat nav up!

I sent it back to Amazon and got the refund. Believing this to be a one-off, shortly after relocating to Australia I bought another Tom Tom Start. This unit then developed exactly the same fault! The car charger and USB lead both fail to persuade its battery to charge, and I get the 'USB power surge' error message when I plug it in my computer. So it's inoperable.

There are two frustrating things about the design which others have commented on: the rubber sucker is too flat and won't hold the unit in place properly, leading to some frantic one-handed windscreen reattachments and choice language from me while driving at dangerous speeds.

And also, nowhere does it display charge status when connected via USB. Most people would charge their unit by USB for the first time presumably? So you're left unsure as to how long to leave it for that all-important first charge. Tom Tom's design department must have been having an off day when they rubber-stamped this one. Tech support was ambiguous and non-existent.

Plus points are that the unit is easy to set up and operate... I genuinely enjoyed the 24 hours of use I got out mine. But if I bought one of these things for a third time I'd be an idiot. I am strongly motivated to check out competing brands and would advise any readers to do the same!


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent general-purpose trainers, 26 Sep 2008
I bought these shoes for a round-the-world backpacking trip and to date they have given me nearly nine months of trouble-free use. I've trekked through remote areas of India, Thailand and Australia wearing them, and they've never let me down.

They are tough and durable - suitable for hiking long distances on rough terrain - yet they are very comfy and lightweight and suitable for everyday wear. They are breathable enough to be worn for long periods of time too. They're reasonably water-resistant (though not waterproof), and at the reduced price it seems like unbeatable value.


Belkin iPOD 5G TUNETALK STEREO * BLACK
Belkin iPOD 5G TUNETALK STEREO * BLACK

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up - very good for portable recording, 30 Dec 2007
I bought the Belkin Tunetalk for my iPod as I am a musician backpacking round Australia, and I needed a portable and efficient means to record musical ideas I'm working on. I use it for recording vocals and acoustic guitar in my bedroom, and it does the job excellently.

The Tunetalk integrates well with Apple's iPod interface - you are presented with an extra menu option 'Voice memo' when you connect the microphone unit.

However, having used it for several months now, I have a few criticisms:
- It is very easy to accidentally delete saved recordings, as there is no 'Are you sure?' mechanism in the menu system, and no undelete function. Be very careful when using the iPod wheel!
- For some reason the microphone won't work properly unless headphones (or a mini-jack) are connected to the iPod. If you forget to plug them in you get a sound clip of silence (plus a hum from the iPod's internal workings). Very frustrating when you realise this and the moment's passed!
- As has been pointed out in other reviews, it can also drain the iPod's battery.

Despite those quibbles I would definitely still recommend it. Hopefully the manufacturers will pick up on people's feedback and iron out the glitches in what is a great product.


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