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NEW DISNEY FROZEN BACKPACK FOR KIDS (ELSA & ANNA)
NEW DISNEY FROZEN BACKPACK FOR KIDS (ELSA & ANNA)
Offered by On Time 4 u
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD FOR STREET CRED, 21 Jan. 2015
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Well designed, and made, this most attractive Backpack has all the attractions for a young girl - in this case our granddaughter - of being associated with the latest 'must have rage' viz. "Frozen". To be seen swishing through the school gates with this on her back elevates her to the 'with-it' crowd.....so important to a six year old girl.


GUERLAIN INSOLENCE eau de toilette spray 100 ml
GUERLAIN INSOLENCE eau de toilette spray 100 ml
Offered by pnpfragrance
Price: £59.93

5.0 out of 5 stars TEENAGE DIRTBAG, 21 Jan. 2015
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Given to my eldest daughter as a Christmas present mainly because 'Insolence' most appropriately describes her teenage years! Pleased to say that in subsequent years she has blossomed into a wonderful, caring and loving girl. However, back to the product, she says she is delighted with the fragrance which has a fresh floral aroma with longevity.


London Graffiti and Street Art: Unique artwork from London's streets
London Graffiti and Street Art: Unique artwork from London's streets
by Joe Epstein LDNGraffiti
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars THE ART FORM OF TODAY, 20 Jan. 2015
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The amazing and highly talented world of Graffiti and Street Art to be found in London is set out in this great publication that can be used to be introduced to and explore the clever and colourful work of many of our practitioners of this burgeoning art form.

This genre of art is a revelation in the perception of colour, dynamics, free expression, and importantly fun, which greatly improves the visuality of everyday surroundings, and this book is an excellent introduction to the London Street Experience.


DISNEY PRINCESS MAGICLIP MERIDA DOLL & FASHION
DISNEY PRINCESS MAGICLIP MERIDA DOLL & FASHION
Offered by MedClub
Price: £17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars MADE A LITTLE GIRL HAPPY, 20 Jan. 2015
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Requested by way of a Christmas list by one of our granddaughters who was very pleased with it and apparently plays with it a lot. However, being an 'in vogue' item, it comes at a premium being quite a few times more than the 'factory gate' price...... but oh well if a beloved granddaughter wants it.........


Anorak Kissing Rabbits Lunch Bag
Anorak Kissing Rabbits Lunch Bag
Offered by Anorak UK
Price: £18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars FOR GIRLS THAT LUNCH, 20 Jan. 2015
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A really attractive and seemingly well made bag, which being a grey-haired old codger I resisted the urge to keep it, and instead gave it to my granddaughter. She is very pleased with her bag and it gets very good use every weekday. She says she loves it!


Popamaing 205x145x70cm High Quality Waterproof Outdoor Wicker Rattan Garden Bench Furniture Protective Cover Patio Tables & Chairs Cover Wicker Rattan (M)
Popamaing 205x145x70cm High Quality Waterproof Outdoor Wicker Rattan Garden Bench Furniture Protective Cover Patio Tables & Chairs Cover Wicker Rattan (M)
Offered by Popamazing UK Shipping
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY....., 20 Jan. 2015
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Can say no more than this cover seems well made and well up to resisting all that our weather can throw at it.


Euphoria Forbidden by Calvin Klein Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml, Eau de Parfum Spray 15ml & Body Cream 100ml
Euphoria Forbidden by Calvin Klein Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml, Eau de Parfum Spray 15ml & Body Cream 100ml
Offered by Scent Sation Fragrances
Price: £52.00

5.0 out of 5 stars FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT?, 20 Jan. 2015
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Secondhand review expressed by the person for whom this fragrance was purchased, expresses a most favourable opinion, adding that Euphoria has now joined the ranks of her most treasured armaments in the battle to attract.


The Great Crash 1929
The Great Crash 1929
by John Kenneth Galbraith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ECONOMIC HISTORY, 15 Dec. 2014
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Those expecting both a factual account of this great financial happening together with an indication on the likelihood of a recurrence of the misfortunes of 1929 will be a little disappointed. The author states specifically that this is an economic history work dealing with not much more than what actually happened and is not intended to predict whether or when a similar fiscal collapse will happen in the future.

With the benefit of hindsight, we now know that, with slightly different circumstances but with very similar underlying weaknesses in the system of regulation, that such major upheavals in the financial system will occur from time to time, witness the 2008 Credit Crunch. The precursor and 'flashing red lights' is a period of rapidly increasing prices whether it be Stocks, Shares, Commodities or Property accompanied by lack of fiscal regulation, people believing that nothing can stop the rising values, and that ever present 'switcher-off' of commonsense, Greed.

Mr Galbraith narrates an interesting and I assume accurate history of the meltdown on Wall Street and beyond in around 1928, which is very easy to read and become engrossed in the careering of the money truck down the steep decline, knowing that it will splatter in all directions eventually.

The Author is very gentle and it might be said a little over generous in absolving any major responsibility for the debacle from just about all Bankers, Stockbrokers, Politicians, Economists, Investment Advisers, Regulators, and, of course the poor all punters themselves. Beyond these parties it is difficult to drum up others that might have shared responsibility. I found his generosity in this regard a little disconcerting in that it does not offer a constructive guide to avoiding a repeat, as has been the case.

Perhaps the wisdom of Nassim Nicholas Taleb might explain the lemming like tendency that occurred in 1928 when he mused "It has been more profitable for us to bind together in the wrong direction than to be alone in the right one."

A very competent and engrossing work of Economic History but with little attempt to advising how to spot and stop a reoccurrence such as the 1980's S & L financial disaster and the 2008 Credit Crunch Tsunami which cost taxpayers $Trillions.


The Con Men: A History of Financial Fraud and the Lessons You Can Learn (Financial Times Series)
The Con Men: A History of Financial Fraud and the Lessons You Can Learn (Financial Times Series)
by Leo Gough
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.70

5.0 out of 5 stars GREED, GREED, GLORIOUS GREED, 14 Dec. 2014
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Whilst "The Con Men" parades the usual array of financial pariah's such as Bernie Madoff, "Sir" Allen Stanford, Ivan Boesky & Dennis Levine, Robert Vesco, the Enron gang, Bernie Ebbers, Asil Nadir of Polly Peck, and others, it also highlights the blatant plethora of Nigerian originated scams, and methods used such as 'Pump and Dump Schemes'.

It is a highly readable book, very interesting but whether it will help investors avoid tossing their money down the drain, is uncertain. The author offers advice on 'Safer Strategies' for potential investors which if followed would materially reduce the chances of being taken for a ride. However it is not just the novice investors who get caught but many battle scarred experienced investors have lost fortunes to sharp dealers because 'greed' is a very strong human weakness that overrides all else, and it is for this reason alone that good advice such as that given by Leo Gough may fall on ears and brains neutralised by avarice.

Whatever the effectiveness of the advice given and the warnings sounded in this book, it is a good read.


In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic by Wessel, David published by Crown Business (2009)
In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic by Wessel, David published by Crown Business (2009)
by Wessel Davis
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONE AND A HALF TRICK PONY, 14 Dec. 2014
A fascinating insight into the inner workings of The Federal Reserve and along with The Treasury Department, affording the reader a close look and 'blow-by-blow' commentary on the frantic, mainly by the 'seat of their pants' efforts by Fed Chairman Ben S Bernanke and the then Treasury secretary Henry M Paulson Jnr and their teams, to stave off the 2008 financial tsunami.

Bernanke was handed a toxic chalice when he took over the reins of The Fed from Alan Greenspan, who had buried his head in the sand and made light of or was unaware of the effect that resisting calls for regulations to control the quite blatant and obvious excesses in many areas of banking and finance but particularly in the virtually unregulated derivative markets. And Mr Greenspan's seemingly had a mental blockage when it came to recognizing the ominous warnings coming at him from many directions about the imminent implosion in the housing market.

By the time Bernanke got his feet under the table, it was too late to 'stop the fire igniting' and this book tells the gripping tale of how he, Paulson and the New York Fed chief, Tim Geithner, fought to bring stability back to the financial system and just how close on several occasions they were to failing.

The book also gives a very thorough account of the workings of, and the role played by The Fed in monitoring the country's finance system.

And why 'The One And A Half Trick Pony'? Other than regulation which The Fed was abysmally weak on leading up to the Credit Crunch Crisis, in reality it only has two major weapons at its disposal, Interest Rates and the flooding of tax payers money into the banking system, with the fancy title of Quantitative Easing. It is generally accepted that Interest Rate setting, if got right does help but the Jury of erudite opinion is still out on whether QE is a good tactic, a neutral one, or as many believe has the effect of further exacerbating the problem that it is meant to alleviate.

A very good, interesting read.


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