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New 2015 A-Level Chemistry: Essential Maths Skills
New 2015 A-Level Chemistry: Essential Maths Skills
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Striped down maths for Chemists, 10 Feb. 2016
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This is part of the subject where a lot of A-level students struggle. Maths phobia is a common problem and while often it isn't as hard as it seems in the beginning it is about building confidence and seeing what they want clearly. This short text helps to do that with clear diagrams that get straight to the point. It is an invaluable guide.


Why We Can't Afford the Rich
Why We Can't Afford the Rich
by Andrew Sayer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Exposing the ignorant rich., 8 Feb. 2016
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This continues on from the what the Spirit Level started but with a lot more of the details filled in. Right-wing capitalists believe that the growing inequality of wealth is a meritocracy and a natural justice. Those that work hardest and have the best business sense get ahead and deserve their excesses of wealth because it will them trickle down through the economy. Except this book shows that it never does and that the economy actually stagnates when we have this degree of inequality. What the author suggests makes a difference is having rich middle and working classes as these create huge markets to sell consumer goods to. If your workers don't have enough mages to buy in your shops then they can never be customers. The lesson is that the rich make the world and the economy worse for everyone including themselves. It is in their best interests to actually prevent this happening but they have become blinded by greed. It is not a problem with capitalism per se but it is a problem with the ignorant rich.


New MathsBuster: GCSE Maths Interactive Revision (Grade 9-1 Course) Higher - DVD&Exam Practice Pack
New MathsBuster: GCSE Maths Interactive Revision (Grade 9-1 Course) Higher - DVD&Exam Practice Pack
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Interactive maths tutorial with built in obsolescence, 19 Jan. 2016
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This is a self study tutorial guide for GCSE maths. Which is great because it is a way of getting your children to do something in a structured way. You don't have to sit over their shoulders checking they are writing something for hours at a time and the DVD also contains the solutions and so you don't have to spend even more hours trying to remember your maths and working out the answers.

As other reviewers have pointed out this is a licensed product that notionally works for 3 years and that can only be installed on one computer for a single user. I do not think that CGP are going to come to your house in three years and make sure you uninstall it. I also don't think they are going to check if multiple children use the same machine and I have two children who will be doing their GCSEs at the same time but I think it unlikely that both will choose the same moment to do their maths revision and so installing it more than once doesn't seem necessary. So I do not see that as a major issue.

What was trickier for me is that it comes on a DVD. I have quite a few computers at home and of my most recent purchases none actually have a DVD player and so I installed it on an old laptop. Everything now is either installed from the internet or on USB. So what is going to make this course obsolete on DVD in three years time is that you won't have a player to install it from!


Maybelline Mascara Great Lash Waterproof - 12.5 ml, Very Black
Maybelline Mascara Great Lash Waterproof - 12.5 ml, Very Black
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great product., 17 Jan. 2016
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It is definitely black and gives a great finish. There is no clumpiness and it gives the perfect lashes. The only downside is that it is so good at staying on that it is hard to take off!


Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists
Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists
by Danny Dorling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Updated and extended. The data of inequality., 11 Jan. 2016
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This is an update to Danny Dorling's previous edition. It is more comprehensive than ever in analysing the numbers and statistics behind social inequality. The Spirit Level was the first book that argued that inequality actually hurts society rather than being an impetus in a capitalist society. There are many who disagree with that thesis, mostly those who have benefited from the inequalities and the lack of justice. The opposing view is that there is no such thing as society and that failure is only an individual's fault. They believe only in self help, self motivation and personal success. The problem with their argument is that there is a lot of society that they benefit from and ignore. This includes. health, education, transport, water, communications infrastructure etc. Here Dorling goes beyond the rhetoric to give you data. You can argue with the philosophical opinion but it is harder to dispute the facts. A first class book from a first class Social Geographer.


Zanussi ZAN1910UEL Cyclone Classic All Floor Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, 800 W, Ice White/Yellow
Zanussi ZAN1910UEL Cyclone Classic All Floor Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, 800 W, Ice White/Yellow
Price: £59.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Great suction in a small machine. Pity about the instructions., 2 Jan. 2016
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This is is a very small and compact cleaner with a lot of suction power. I have a dyson cylinder cleaner as well which is much bigger and harder to store and that does not have the same level of suction. It is strong enough that it was lifting the carpet on the stairs. As other reviewers have commented this does make it hard to push forwards and backwards and so you might need to use the hard floor setting even on carpet as with the brushes there is quite a resistance. What it is missing is a handle to carry it. The front looks like it should have a handle but it doesn't and so it is inconvenient to take up and down stairs.

It loses one star because of the manual, or rather the single sheet which fails to explain that the attachments are all optional and that does not specify which ones come with your machine. If you phone them for help the support is very good and they have contacted head office to try and get the manual corrected. Otherwise five star.


What the Market Teaches Us: Limitations of Knowing and Tactics for Doing
What the Market Teaches Us: Limitations of Knowing and Tactics for Doing
by Charles W. Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars The markets teach us, that the markets will never behave in the same way again., 29 Dec. 2015
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The question that I wanted answered was if they can tell us anything at all. I have read too many of these self-help or how to play the markets books to be convinced by most of what has been written. If the advice is so good then why isn't everyone using it? Why is Warren Buffett still ahead of the game? If there is a right and a wrong way why doesn't everyone use the right way? For me in markets if there are winners there are losers and that means someone who is less well informed than you. The loser is the sucker on the other end of the trade. Otherwise all "winning" is luck and statistically over the long run it is a Gambler's ruin.


Windows 10 Bible
Windows 10 Bible
by Rob Tidrow
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.11

5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed, 29 Dec. 2015
This review is from: Windows 10 Bible (Paperback)
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I am more familiar with linux than the ins and outs of Windows which I just use as is. What I wanted was a book to give me a deeper knowledge of Windows 10 as it looks like it could be a powerful tool and I feel that I am under using it. This is a perfect guide for a power user, someone who wants to get the most out of Windows 10. It gives you all of the details of configuration. It takes you through the essentials of networks and security and helps you to work more effectively. This is the perfect guide for me.


Andrex Washlets Gentle Clean Toilet Tissue Wipes - 12 Packs (42 Wipes Per Pack, 504 Wipes Total)
Andrex Washlets Gentle Clean Toilet Tissue Wipes - 12 Packs (42 Wipes Per Pack, 504 Wipes Total)
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Moist toilet wipes, 19 Dec. 2015
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These are flushable moist wipes. They are low in fragrance and they give a fresh clean feel. They do not dry out with the easily resealed opening. They are flushable and I have never had any problems with using them.


Causality in a Social World: Moderation, Mediation and Spill-Over
Causality in a Social World: Moderation, Mediation and Spill-Over
by Guanglei Hong
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £55.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Reading for an insomniac., 14 Dec. 2015
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At times an insane amount of equations. Einstein said that a theory should be as simple as it needs to be and no simpler. When a derivation takes multiples pages and each equation runs over multiple lines then you have to think about whether this is simple enough. There is hardly ever an excuse for that level of opaque maths in a textbook. In a monograph for the specialists of the world then possibly but if your audience is undergraduates or even graduate students then you are not appealing to your audience. Proofs of that kind should be kept in the literature as references and not put into books.

What was most frustrating is that for the subject matter it is not really needed. David Hand wrote a book on social causes which does not have a single equation. When I see so much maths I begin to think that the author is over-compensating for the perceived weaknesses of their discipline. It is pure obfuscation when the point of equations is to make a simple unambiguous representation of a pattern. so I would not recommend it.


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