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Forefront Cases Leather Case Cover with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function for 7.9 inch Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display - Black
Forefront Cases Leather Case Cover with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function for 7.9 inch Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display - Black
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value case, 18 Dec. 2014
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Bought this to replace an existing, actually more expensive case from another supplier.

IPad fits comfortably and securely, and I can access all the ports.

Only issue of any type is the relatively weak cover magnet. Using it as a stand it sometimes takes some time to set up, which could be addressed by a stronger magnet.

But otherwise for the price it's great.

The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp
The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to the hype, 9 Nov. 2014
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Maybe because I'd heard a lot of hype about the book I expected more from it than it actually delivered.

First the positives. It's a very easy read, I finished it during a long afternoon, and does cover quite a lot of ground - but that's what I found slightly unsatisfying. There's a lot of breadth, but not as much depth as you might expect from a book claiming to give you some essential geopolitical insights.

The book gives us a potted history of the history of energy, with a focus on Oil and Gas, as well as a similar history of Vladimir Putin and how he got to power. All very interesting and well written, but nothing new or in depth. If you've read anything about these two areas, and the are a lot of great books on that subject, then you'll already know pretty much all of it.

It might be that I'm not the intended audience. It's very US focussed - Europeans are restricted to a people wanting to live risk free lives on the state - and focusses on the impact on the states in the event that the colder war the author describes comes to a head. It's also written from a specific world view, a Ron Paul low tax, none intervention, Gold holding, libertarian ideal and that sums up the suggestion of how to avoid and/or profit from the outcome.

Not a bad book, and if you've you've not read much on this area before then it's an ok starting point, but there is more out there.
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Head of State
Head of State
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timely and fairly enjoyable, 21 Sept. 2014
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I read this during the final week of the Scottish referendum so it may have resonated with more than it otherwise might. The story revolves around another referendum, should the UK remain part or Europe (which at the time of writing is still to come).

It's set in the near future, with references to previous PM's, Blair, Brown, Cameron and Johnson. Covering murder, political cover ups and the power of the establishment.

The characters are fairly well written, and it's enjoyable trying to work out who they may be based on in real life. The plot itself is ok, but fairly predictable. You pretty much know what's about to be revealed several pages before they get it. Having said that, it makes for an easy read and you do want to keep reading until you get to see if you're correct or not.

I found the weak point the ending. It seemed to combine everything coming together slightly too quickly, with a number of plot lines withering or not quite ending. I don't think we're getting a sequel, so it's likely up to us to guess what happens next.

As a debut novel, which I think it is, it's Not a bad one at all, and I did enjoy reading it, but I was left wanting a little more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Watching UV Movies, 14 Jun. 2013
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Downloaded this package as it allows you to watch your Ultraviolet purchased movies on the Kindle Fire - either streaming or download, and not had any problems with it so far.

Other than that the rest of the app is fine, reviews of movies and ability to check movie times at cinemas close to you.

The Wolf of Wall Street
The Wolf of Wall Street
by Jordan Belfort
Edition: Hardcover

28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greed, power, drugs, but missing something, 19 Mar. 2008
The book tells the story of Jordon Belfont, the "Wolf of Wall Street", a guy who seems to have made insane amounts of money in not strictly legal ways, and then blew as much as he could on drugs, boats, drugs, planes, drugs, prostitutes and, well... more drugs!

And that's pretty much the book, a retelling of how he spent his money, and how the drugs made him feel, before the final crash.

The thing is it missed what I find the most interesting thing in these sorts of books or films, the climb before the fall.

The book starts off with the young Jordon at his first day at Wall Street, flat broke and in awe of all the big-shots and money around him. The chapter ends by Jordon describing how, if you had told him then, he wouldn't have believed that in a few years time he'd employ most of his seniors, and own the posh restaurant he was having lunch in.

Great set up for how he did it, but it never comes. The book jumps straight to him being incredibly successful, with a raging drug habit! It misses what could have been a really interesting ride.

The rest of the book is tales of his debauched lifestyle and eventual re-hab, interesting enough, but there's just too much of it. You do feel a bit bored come the end, which seems to be slightly rushed.

All in all it's an OK read, but could have been so much better. Worth a punt if you've got a long journey and enjoy reading about someone's debauched life.

It's apparently being made into a film, in which case I think it's going to need some padding.

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