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Kela Swing 18031 Umbrella Stand Matted Stainless Steel
Kela Swing 18031 Umbrella Stand Matted Stainless Steel
Price: 34.02

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality, arrived damaged, 12 May 2014
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Really disappointed with this purchase. It came (very badly packaged) with a dent in the side (unsurprisingly given the lack of any protective material inside the box). And its lightweight and low quality with more of a plasticky feel than steel. I'd have returned it even if it weren't damaged, and I'll generally put up with most things rather than go through the hassle of sending something back


Bohemian Bamboo Pestemal with Blue Stripes on Ecru . High Quality Bamboo Turkish Bath Towel . Quality Bamboo Turkish Hammam Pestemal. Authentic Turkish Pesthemal.
Bohemian Bamboo Pestemal with Blue Stripes on Ecru . High Quality Bamboo Turkish Bath Towel . Quality Bamboo Turkish Hammam Pestemal. Authentic Turkish Pesthemal.
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Price: 16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The item name mentions the word "bamboo" 3 times....., 2 Jan 2014
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...but the product itself is, according to the invoice, 100% cotton.

So probably not all that much bamboo.

It would've got a 1 star review on that basis, but it feels ok, better than some other cotton towels I've also bought, so I upgraded it a star for that.


The Fundamentals of Drawing: A Complete Professional Course for Artists
The Fundamentals of Drawing: A Complete Professional Course for Artists
by Barrington Barber
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.99

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 16 Jun 2013
I picked this book up along with Donna Krizek's "Compendium of Drawing Techniques" in a quick "have to use these vouchers up before they expire" shopping trip. Unlike the DK book, which I really enjoyed, I thought this one was dreadful.

The advice is generic, vague, worthless ("don't worry if you go wrong - have another go" is a constant refrain but given that there's very little detailed explanation of HOW to do anything, you're likely to go wrong an awful lot and not know why) and often even contradictory (P94 "Attention to detail is important...don't put in more leaves than are actually there, or too few." followed a couple of paragraphs later by "It is not necessary to count all the leaves and render them precisely, just put in enough to make your drawing look convincing"). His approach largely seems to come down to 1) Draw the outline and 2) Shade it in. This is probably not the best way to become a quality artist.

Technique is very inconsistent and a lot of the drawings are amateurish (sometimes embarrassingly so IMO), sloppy and careless. P75's image for example, unless I'm missing the point somehow, has the most appallingly incorrect perspective in a jarring awful drawing (under a sentence exclaiming "In both of these compositions the use of perspective is essential to their success" no less).

I'm sure there are occasional nuggets of worthwhile information hidden amongst the dross. I'm equally certain that there are many many other more useful and more enjoyable reading experiences out there on this topic.


The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong
The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong
by Chris Anderson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make yourself a little better informed, 4 Jun 2013
This is a fine addition to the sports analytics library - an intelligent, well researched, well written and very readable book that does a really good job of looking at football in a scientific way.

Don't be put off by the title, the book is very accessible and much more along the lines of Moneyball (of course), Freakonomics or the work of Malcolm Gladwell than a bunch of statistics and equations. It's really well organised, looking at both off- and on- the pitch parts of the game and analysing both what matters and what doesn't.

The book pulls in many examples of social science thinking which are both interesting in themselves and allow the authors to produce reasoned theories about how football works, and how it should work. But I never felt that they claimed too much - they acknowledge this book is just the tip of the iceberg and in future years better data will allow deeper analysis and further insights, perhaps in time for the follow up book...

Well worth your time.


Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers
Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers
by Jared Dillian
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.27

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern-day liar's poker, 3 Oct 2011
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This is an outstanding review of the life of a trader, written by one of Lehman's more high-profile trading figures. Jared was known at Lehman for his direct, insightful and most of all witty commentaries (in a world where traders can receive several thousand messages each day, his were literally the only ones I would ever search for to ensure I didn't miss them). Now he has transferred this same writing style to produce one of the best "financey" books I've ever read.

He is brutally honest about his experiences, his moods, his behaviour, his pay, even his mental problems. You may find that you don't find him a sympathetic figure. You may be appalled by the world he lived in. But you should appreciate the way he opens up. And this is a genuine opportunity to see the financial markets from the inside, written by someone in the front lines who, crucially, can really write.

Liar's poker is a quarter of a century old now. If you want to read something as good but more up-to-date, read this.


Streakers
Streakers
by Gary Davison
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.79

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No idea what everyone else was reading, 12 Sep 2010
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This review is from: Streakers (Paperback)
Its short. Its crap. Everyone else seems to love it. I have no idea why.

On the positive side, you can finish it in about half an hour, so at least it doesn't waste a lot of time.
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Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager
Diary of a Very Bad Year: Confessions of an Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager
by N+1
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a different kind of finance book, 17 Aug 2010
I'd agree with the previous reviewer that the book isn't going to teach finance professionals very much. But I think it's very interesting for non-finance types to get a better understanding of what finance people are/were thinking during the credit crisis. Now the number of non-finance types who are genuinely trying to get that understanding may be quite limited, but these are the people who would really benefit from reading it IMO.

Full disclosure - I work in finance and enjoyed the book, if only because it was nice to read some analysis that I generally agreed with, from someone who actually understands what he's talking about. And because it made me feel that I haven't just been going slowly insane for the last 3 years...


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