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Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction (For Dummies (Sports & Hobbies))
by Desi Serna
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Not for dummies!!!, 27 Jun 2014
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Excellent book!! Far from being for dummies, this is a good book for someone who has been playing for a while and wants to understand technique and chords and scales more and wants some things to look at it instead of playing the same old things over and over again.


The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future
The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future
by John Gerzema
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Women rule the world??!!, 27 Jun 2014
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Well, it's not a bad idea. In general, women are more empathetic, sympathetic, considerate and more likely to talk things through than want to dominate everyone else as men usually do. There are exceptions to the rule, but if more women had power it would be a better world.


Distant Love
Distant Love
by Ulrich Beck
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.39

4.0 out of 5 stars We are all global citizens now..., 25 May 2014
This review is from: Distant Love (Paperback)
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At first glance, a really good book. We all live now in a globalised world, which of course has its good points and inevitable bad points. Most of us online will have a number of friends in other parts of our own country, and probably many of us have friends dotted around the world here and there. This book covers this and love between all different kinds of people. Original at least.
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The Cabana Cookbook
The Cabana Cookbook
by David Ponté
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First glance looks a winner!!!, 25 May 2014
This review is from: The Cabana Cookbook (Hardcover)
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Excellent book, and the recipes and ideas look great. Most of us outside Brazil probably wouldn't know that much what constituted Brazilian food, drink, street snacks and the kind of street life that many Brazilians seem to live. I suppose for many of us in Europe and perhaps the States too, we are not that sure what the food and cuisine of Brazil or Latin America as a whole really is about, with the exception of Mexico, but that is actually Central America, so there!!!!

First glance, it looks an excellent book, really good photographs and some wonderful recipes and ideas for Brazilian drinks. I can't book my ticket just yet, so this book will have to suffice.


Culture Shock: A Handbook For 21st Century Business
Culture Shock: A Handbook For 21st Century Business
by Will McInnes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We are always dragging our feet!!!!!, 29 April 2014
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The review on Amazon of this book says 'There's a revolution afoot . . . don't be left behind. A new dawn has broken. Business has changed profoundly--fueled by aggressively advancing technology and a volatile global economy. So why has most business culture remained unchanged? Most organizations are closed, secretive, siloed, slow to change, and deeply hierarchical. It's time to shock these cultures. Let's burn up the old and start something new.' That isn't just in business, it is the whole culture of the UK in a nutshell. The more advanced business and communications and ways of doings thing become, the more entrenched the powers-that-be become too, perhaps for obvious reasons. With great change often comes great fear, and there is a curious tendency as things go through great change for people to yearn for some golden age, and for those with some kind of power to want to hold back the tide, again perhaps understandably. The Americans totally embraced the Internet whilst we Brits, as usual, dragged our feet and now we are still playing catch up. That alone should be a lesson to us. I do not wish to offend here, but at the moment our political, economic and business ideology is based on the spurious notion that well bred people have all the answers and must rule and dominate in every area of life. That is not the future, it is a mediaeval past based on the nonsense that people who are high born are somehow innately more talented, intelligent, creative than everyone else. If this was the case our society would be perfect... Take a look around at what has happened to our economy and the fact even people in work need food banks and most of the wealth and political power in the British Isles is centred on London, and you may come to the conclusion that society ruled by the rich and powerful in London only benefits mostly the rich and powerful in London! Wonderful for them of course, but we are not all rich and powerful, and we don't all live in the affluent parts of London either. Things need to change, Stop looking to presidents, queens, popes and high born people and see the solutions in yourself and the people all around you. Oh, and seek God first!


Samrick Specially Designed Leather Flip Case for Nokia Lumia 520 - Black
Samrick Specially Designed Leather Flip Case for Nokia Lumia 520 - Black
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Good little carrier for the price and fits the 520 like a glove., 22 April 2014
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Yeah, really good and made of leather and has a hole for the camera and speaker and protects the phone well. What more can I say? Er, ya wanna tip? Don't go off with strange men!


Case Logic Griffith Park Backpack for 15 inch Laptop - Black
Case Logic Griffith Park Backpack for 15 inch Laptop - Black
Price: £49.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hands free laptop carrier., 22 April 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Although this is more like a rucksack that you would go on a walkabout in the country with, and could indeed take a picnic lunch somewhere with, it looks and feels really good quality and getting it for free on the Vine programme means I didn't pay a red cent for it either!!! I truly did get it because I have a laptop and wanted to get out somewhere and type something in a café or somewhere; when I get the urge to type on the Left Bank of Paris, I'll send you a postcard!!!

Anyway, as father Ted used to say, I think it is an excellent little bag but as it is carried on the back I will be using a lock on the zip compartment where I put my laptop to stop any kindly person relieving me of my burden, and borrowing my laptop permanently whilst I am otherwise engaged! This can happen at times you know; what a world we live in!!! Oh well, I look forward to using my laptop carrier at some future date. Thanks Amazon for giving me free stuff!!!

One other point, perhaps besides the point; I noticed that Vine stuff always comes really quickly, when sometimes the stuff I buy takes longer. Not complaining, just praising you for promptness.


Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (Politically Incorrect Guides)
Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism (Politically Incorrect Guides)
by Kevin Williamson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.63

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Notice something about these guides...., 18 April 2014
All these politically incorrect guides seem to be the opposite of what many people would think they are!!! Praising the British Empire!!?? So now PC itself has been co-opted (as it was always going to be) into the mainstream rather Middle class worldview and war is indeed peace!!! So when someone very right wing like Katie Hopkins makes unpleasant statements about poor people, she and all those who hold those right wing reactionary views are seen as 'refreshingly non PC!' and etc ad nauseum. The debate is either held by right wing establishment types and left wing establishment types from a narrow band of people. Democracy itself is best served when a variety of voices are heard on any given subject, not just the usual white London-based Middle class talking heads, whatever views they espouse. Perhaps at the moment, that is the most non PC view of all, hey comrades???!!!
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Never Mind the Bosses: Hastening the Death of Deference for Business Success
Never Mind the Bosses: Hastening the Death of Deference for Business Success
by Robin Ryde
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deference for anyone who doesn't really deserve it is Mediaeval!!!!, 9 April 2014
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We should defer only to those who are truly knowledgeable and have earned their positions by hard work and because they are talented to do the job they have, and not because they are high born or aristocrats or in high positions in the church or business or anywhere else. IMHO!!!! God is no respecter of persons. He does not regard the Queen of England or the pope or the president of America any better than you or I. So why live in that mindset? Treat all people as you would wish them to treat you, and if you are going to show favouritism, show favouritism to everyone you meet.

In business like anywhere else, we need to think out of the box. Class deference has turned the UK into a backward society. When the American business/entrepreneur community were embracing the business potentials of the Internet, certain rather snobby businesses in the UK were refusing to have anything to do with it; it was rather beneath them and rather vulgar apparently! Americans don't have this frankly stuffy and pompous attitude and so used the Net to expand their businesses. We have played catch up ever since. Don't we need to see that often the people who run things in the UK come from too narrow a band of people and accept that if we wish to compete in the world we have to ditch this class system and all the other pointless prejudices and join the rest of the world in the 21st century, instead of living with one foot in the past in some British Empire 19th century fantasy that has gone?!! We need to stop living in the past and we need to challenge the class structure and think for ourselves and not accept that only those born to rule and born to wealth and privilege have a right to a better life, and stop thinking that high born people have all the answers, because they don't!


The Killing Fields of Inequality
The Killing Fields of Inequality
by Göran Therborn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inequality was never God's plan for the world!!!, 9 April 2014
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When we live in democracies, one of the cornerstones of that society is that we are all equal before the law... or so the theory goes anyway. Unequal societies are bad for everyone. It's not that we should all be forced into some hippy dippy Communist fantasy where equality means we are all the same or should be paid the same whatever job we do either, that also doesn't work, but equality has to mean all have decent chances to good healthcare, educational opportunities and where you are judged on the content of your character, if you are to be judged at all, and not on the colour of your skin or your socio-economic class or any other really irrelevant distinction. When will people learn that truth? Equal societies produce happier, and what's more they produce more productive people who will work harder because they have a stake in that society. A society of the rich, by the rich and for the rich produces the UK we live in now, where people who in some cases although working, need foodbanks. Is that what you want? Is that really a society anyone wants to live in?


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