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Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World
Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World
by Phillip C McGraw
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.31

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound conclusive approach to modern life, self improvement, & beware disordered-personailty predators ..., 18 May 2015
I bought the Audiobook of this which has the convincing assertive voice of Phil McGraw, which I feel is an advantage as you really listen.
The first half of the book concerns what he considers to be a new landscape of exploitative predatory unprincipled behaviour by personality disordered people towards others which he details, quoting real life & personal examples, who all share common patterns in destructive covert attacks on others lives, based on paranoia. He describes what to look out for. Only one niggle: examples of such people attacking innocent others who also have cancer, for instance, omits the fact these "baiters" (as he terms them) may themselves also suffer from terminal illnesses, which they can hide behind and exploit to deceive others. I would consider these people even more dangerous, especially since they have little to lose even if found out. Although he thinks "baiters" should volunteer for professional help, which they usually don't, there is a problem in that the minefield of the therapy world may also consist of such people since they are everywhere.... and will certain therapists recognise these behaviours, or even encourage them as "healthy"??? Otherwise I found it convincing and realistic and disturbing.
The second half of the book concentrates on improving one's life with realistic practical approaches, for everything big or small, backed up by scientific facts & statistics, including single mothers, families, etc. with an emphasis on humanity & responsibility as priorities. It even inspired me to organise certain tasks which had been left to fester around the house in an organised, detailed and researched way, and to take them more seriously because of guaranteed results if you follow certain steps. And when the guaranteed results are attained the next bigger steps naturally follow. I think this is probably his best book to date which he seems to be very passionate about.


Rexel Prostyle+ 5 Shredder Cross Cut 5 Sheet Capacity Paper/Credit Card Shredder with 7.5 Litre Bin - Shreds Staples and Paper Clips
Rexel Prostyle+ 5 Shredder Cross Cut 5 Sheet Capacity Paper/Credit Card Shredder with 7.5 Litre Bin - Shreds Staples and Paper Clips
Price: £41.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This was too noisy so I returned it., 30 April 2015
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The One Pound Challenge: The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Business Adventure
The One Pound Challenge: The Ultimate Entrepreneurial Business Adventure
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What about tax then?, 15 Feb. 2015
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Despite this extended single minded foray into self-employment which comprised mainly of buying and selling anything he could find as he went along, or undertaking DIY tasks for people, I don't remember any mention of tax which would have been a practical addition to guide people along the way, especially anyone who may not have experience of paying tax previously. I heard him on Radio Four and the question came up and he said you just do "self-assessment", but even that can be a nightmarish undertaking so some tips on managing that side of things would have been helpful, it would have been nice to know what if anything might count instead of tax (tax deductible) like a computer, other equipment, etc. Apart from that, it was an inspiring read.


Raymond Blanc Hard Anodised Stockpot, 7.6 Litre, 24 cm - Grey
Raymond Blanc Hard Anodised Stockpot, 7.6 Litre, 24 cm - Grey
Price: £63.11

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Oct. 2014
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Tall & roomy, lightweight, dishwasher friendly..... Long lasting quality.


Alentejo Blue
Alentejo Blue
Price: £3.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Dubious cultural exploitation....., 30 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Alentejo Blue (Kindle Edition)
After her last book (Brick Lane) and the protests it roused against it and the subsequent film of the book, Monica Ali seems to have run for refuge into a vulnerable foreign environment and exploited that for relief instead. I think it's time Portugal stopped being exploited in this way by foreign opportunists, she herself says one of the reasons for her attraction to the area of Alentejo was because it was "undeveloped" and "largely unknown"..... as if that is a good reason for exploiting it, and that people "project their own fantasies" without a historical context onto foreign environments as if it's her job to put this right! At least she could have had the decency to leave the Portuguese fascist heritage for the Portuguese who experienced it to write about and respect that, but instead she arrogantly exploits it for no other purpose than her money-making enterprise. Is there no end to her ingenuity? God forbid there should be a film....


Alentejo Blue
Alentejo Blue
by Monica Ali
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Dubious cultural exploitation, 26 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Alentejo Blue (Paperback)
After her last book (Brick Lane) and the protests it roused against it and the subsequent film of the book, Monica Ali seems to have run for refuge into a vulnerable foreign environment and exploited that for relief instead. I think it's time Portugal stopped being exploited in this way by foreign opportunists, she herself says one of the reasons for her attraction to the area of Alentejo was because it was "undeveloped" and "largely unknown"..... as if that is a good reason for exploiting it, and that people "project their own fantasies" without a historical context onto foreign environments as if it's her job to put this right! At least she could have had the decency to leave the Portuguese fascist heritage for the Portuguese who experienced it to write about and respect that, but instead she arrogantly exploits it for no other purpose than her money-making enterprise. Is there no end to her ingenuity? God forbid there should be a film....


Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields
Price: £6.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating but a bit dry ... still relevant today?, 20 Sept. 2014
As a woman it doesn't really surprise me that women are capable of such deeds, women are just people, and motherhood is a biological function, most women are born with that physical capability, yet our pasts are littered with emotionally and physically abusive upbringings at the hands of mothers. More recently the horrors of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland have shown us that in certain conditions and contexts women are capable of anything towards other women within a formal cult-like organisation usually headed by a man, down to followers of murderous deluded psychotics. As far as I can see, powerless unstable people with issues and mental health problems, which can linger undiagnosed or dormant for years, will exploit such an opportunity to act out their personal problems, presumably to do with "the mother" if primarily aimed at women. The account in this book sticks to historical facts and is a bit dry in that regard, to the point where I wondered what the point of it was. Personally I would want to know more about the kinds of upbringings these women perpetrators had, what sort of psychology was fostered by the Nazi regime, what this did to gender relationships, and what was the cultural background. I know that in medieval times during the "witch" (aka "women") persecutions the most "witches" were burnt in Germany. I've noticed a difference between generations of older and younger Germans also, there definetely seems to be a problem among some older German women towards women especially in the so- called "caring" professions, such as social work, psychotherapy, etc. presumably as these are quite cloistered environments often with little political awareness, somewhere to take refuge....Apart from that, it just seems to me that the Nazi regime was just another opportunity for mentally unstable men and women with a cultural inheritance I don't yet understand, to unite and vent their spleen on their unfortunate victims, much like in the Magadalen laundries. It didn't surprise me too much that it was nurses that were at the forefront of some of the genocide, as that is where close contact can be formally attained.


How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
Price: £0.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good little read., 26 Jun. 2014
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This book basically warns people against wasting time when they could be usefully educating themselves or doing something more substantially rewarding, simply by re-assigning one or two hours in the evenings to more fruitful concerns.


Escape the Diet Trap
Escape the Diet Trap
by Dr. John Briffa
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CONFUSING!, 26 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Escape the Diet Trap (Paperback)
I borrowed this from the library with hope based on the customer reviews on Amazon. But on closer inspection I found the advice in the book to be rather odd. For instance, he advises take-aways, if you must, based on protein, such as meat or prawn-based curries and omitting the rice. In my opinion if you do that you will end up with diarrhoea. The whole point of the rice is to soak up the spices. He also recommends choosing dhal in a take-away, which is lentils, but on page 198 a useful chart of recommended and non-recommended foods lists "lentils" in the "foods to avoid" section. I can't imagine why as they are a super useful healthy food. In fact the only recommended foods are: meat, fish, eggs, berries, avocado, nuts & seeds, full-fat yogurt, green veg, salad veg, butter, some oils, and some other foods in the "in moderation" section. However, some people are allergic to eggs, which would be very restrictive on this diet, and they make some people nauseous, so it would be nice to have more flexible options. Some people also have food sensitivities which can result in migraines, such as with pork, maybe due to the chemicals and hormones it is pumped full of. Not everyone can afford organic meat however, if that is the only option, and there is no guarantee that will make any difference anyway. He recommends sea food but many other authorities don't, because of contamination with mercury etc. I think there are issues with this book, which to my mind sounds like the Atkins diet basically, but even more restrictive. As a purely diet book I expect it's fine, but as someone with food sensitivities and a health condition which restricts my ability to prepare food, I would like to see something a bit more flexible.


Gremlins/Gremlins 2 - The New Batch [DVD] [2005]
Gremlins/Gremlins 2 - The New Batch [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Zach Galligan
Price: £6.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Best eighties nonsense, 4 Jun. 2014
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Great film, the Gremlins are the best parodies of humans I've ever seen, hilarious.
Bought both as sme impossible to attain digitally.


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