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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well enough, 2 Nov. 2013
Not sure what is wrong with the product owned by the other reviewer that gave this product 1 star, but it DOES mince the garlic like in the picture, and I've used it for a year and found it to be pretty useful. You just need to make sure you don't put the garlic cloves over the blades in the middle, then it works perfectly well. Once the cloves are in, you just close the lid and twist it a few times back and forth to mash up the cloves. Then you can either use your finger or a spoon to scoop out the mashed up garlic.

It's convenient to use and then clean with the rest of the dishes later. However, I rinse it under the tap straight after using it because otherwise the garlic that sticks to the blades will dry and become more difficult to get off when you wash it later.

My model also has a very slight leak in it somewhere, meaning there is a small amount of water that has gotten into the middle of the lid (this is a clear plastic block with a hollow centre). Kinda annoying, and I doubt that water would be very hygienic if it ever were to leak out.

Overall a handy bit of kit.

The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
The Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist's Guide to Success in Business and Life
by Avinash K. Dixit
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but contains unnecessary bible analysis, 16 Dec. 2012
This book is very interesting. The concepts it outlines are entertaining and makes you think more deeply about games and strategies than you might have done before. Times when a certain 'intuitive' strategy would seem obvious are shown to actually work against you. For instance, if you were to play a game of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' against a professional, you would quickly find a strategy of picking your next move at random to work in their favour.

However, I felt the book was marred by frequent and unnecessary references to biblical passages. The authors use quotes from the bible to reinforce their points, all of which do not need such quotes to give them credence. That in itself would be acceptable in my eyes, as clearly the Christian authors feel these quotes best illustrate their points. What makes it worse though is that early on, there is a footnote that actually challenges anyone that doesn't believe in god to make Pascal's Wager, claiming it is the 'dominant' strategy in the game of beliefs. While I feel this is a good example of how game theory can permeate all aspects of life, I don't feel it is necessary for the authors to tell me that I am wrong in my beliefs. Especially when the authors overlook a key assumption that would otherwise change the initial conditions of the game they claim to have the answer to.

I would have given this book a higher rating if they had stuck to their area of expertise rather than trying to convert me. It's a real shame, because other than these points, it was a great book.
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Just Go, Go, Go!: The hilarious antidote to pretentious business books.
Just Go, Go, Go!: The hilarious antidote to pretentious business books.
by Andrew Freeland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A business book with a difference, 18 Jan. 2012
This book highlights the sometimes mad advice handed out by some consultants and business 'gurus' who ignore the realities of people in business. Rather than a participative approach to management, Alec Wonder 'super consultant' focuses on helping CEOs line their own pockets at the expense of staff, customers and ultimately the business - moving on before things ultimately collapse. His ideas are radical and very funny, but there is a grain of truth in each of them. Mad, bad managers should read this book and learn. Employees should read this book and worry. It covers all the usual topics like teamwork, motivation, customer satisfaction and corporate failure (most of which Alec Wonder seems to be responsible for). It's a business book with a difference, it actually made me question what we do in business, rather than present yet another theory of management.

Just Go, Go, Go!
Just Go, Go, Go!
Price: £2.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!, 14 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Just Go, Go, Go! (Kindle Edition)
A great read! This book is written in the form of a self-help book by the fictional 'Alec Wonder', a disgraced but vain business consultant. He addresses different areas of business in each chapter, often citing pieces of advice (or 'Alecdotes'!) he gave companies during his career and talking about how it helped them. You gradually realise that Alec Wonder has destroyed every business he's worked with, and yet he continues to believe he's a gift from the heavens.

The book deals with many different areas of business, such as marketing and human resources. There are also some hilarious diagrams accompanying the chapters, something which I've not seen in a book like this before. You don't need to be involved in business to find this stuff funny, and I'm sure you'll recognise Alec Wonder in some people that you have worked with and things that they've said!

I really enjoyed this book. It pokes fun at a lot of books out there that claim to have the magic ingredients for business success. It's a refreshing change. Highly recommended!

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