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Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession
Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession
by William Skidelsky
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.79

2.0 out of 5 stars I found the author's blinkered, one sided, fan ..., 19 July 2015
I found the author's blinkered, one sided, fan boy attitude to Federer rather irritating, as was that fact that he seems to think that his own life and fandom was a subject worth writing about in the first place (very similar to Running With The Kenyans in this respect). Also, there are also numerous (albeit small) factual errors made throughout the book (such as claiming that Pat Rafter was a Wimbledon champion) that indicate that the book was rushed though in order to get it in shops in time for Wimbledon. Funnily the chapters where the author comments on subjects other than Federer struck me as by far the most interesting. However, I must put all of the above into context by acknowledging that, whilst I admire the aesthetically pleasing nature of Federer's game, I'm not a fan since he has often struck me as an arrogant bully on court who just puts on a show face for the cameras.

P.S. The book was bought for me as a birthday gift.


Once a Runner
Once a Runner
by John L. Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but be warned it is probably only ..., 5 Jun. 2015
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Great book, but be warned it is probably only for those who are or have been serious competitive runners of a decent standard (from 36min 10K up to Olympic level). If that is you then you should find a lot to relate to in this book. If you only run casually then you may not find it that interesting and would probably prefer "Running with the Kenyans".


Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX Tennis Racket Multi-Coloured red / black Size:4 (EU)
Wilson Pro Staff 95 BLX Tennis Racket Multi-Coloured red / black Size:4 (EU)
Offered by Racketworld
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good at what it does but not for everyone., 30 April 2015
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Good control racket. Not one to buy if you are looking for something that will give you a lot of free power. However, if you already hit the ball hard and/or are a serve volley player looking for something with good maneuverability and feel then this might be for you. I have added lead tape to the tip of my racket to try to move the sweet spot a bit higher up the frame. I still find it slightly underpowered for singles play. However, in doubles I love the control, particularly in warm conditions.


DENSION GATEWAY 500 iPOD CAR KIT, LATEST SOFTWARE (GW51MO2)
DENSION GATEWAY 500 iPOD CAR KIT, LATEST SOFTWARE (GW51MO2)
Offered by BASS JUNKIES - Wolverhampton
Price: £298.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless telephone support., 9 Mar. 2015
Device works fine most of the time, but about 3 times a year it would cause by ipod to crash and I had to reset it to factory setting to get it going again.

Telephone customer support is god awful. Some German bloke who was completely disinterested and seemed to be going out of his way not to offer any useful information.


Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth
Running with the Kenyans: Discovering the secrets of the fastest people on earth
by Adharanand Finn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable, but won't excite the serious athlete., 28 Feb. 2013
This book is readable, although I wouldn't say it was especially well written. Doesn't actually have much to say about the Kenyans and seemed like more of a diary of the author's own personal journey to improve. Might be inspiring and helpful to fun runners, but although I wasn't bored by it I'd not recommend it to any of my serious or semi-serious athlete friends as it won't tell them anything they don't already know.


Total Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week
Total Fitness in 30 Minutes a Week
by Laurence Englemohr Morehouse
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starter book for those who are out of shape or looking to take their first steps towards fitness., 1 Mar. 2012
My dad lent me this book in 1992 when i was 16 years old and bemoaning my lack of physical fitness. Whilst never fat i was the the archetypal nerdy weakling, couldn't manage one push-up and on school sports day the only kids i could outrun were the ones who were clinically obese. At the time i understood nothing about fitness, physiology or nutrition and generally felt so bad after performing exercise that i tried to avoid it whenever possible.

For someone who knew nothing at the time the book was very informative about the workings of the body (in some of its information it is now a bit dated) and made the very profound and obvious point, which had previously never really occured to me, that one minute of exercise a day is better than 24 hours of being sat on your arse. The book laid out a simple fitness regime whereby a simple 10 mins routine (1 min of stetching, 4 mins of strength work and 5 mins of aerobic work) is done 3 times a week. It also emphasised that an individual should start off doing what they are capable of and then move on from there gradually. I followed the plan closely and after 6 months had gone from being unable to do one push up to doing twenty (not amazing i know, but a huge improvement) and was able to finish 28th out of 120 in a 4 mile inter-form school cross-country race (again not amazing, but great for a person who a year earlier wouldn't have finished the race).

From that point on i had the fitness bug and have exercised in one form or another almost every day, a lot of it pretty intensly. I can now bench press my own bodyweight and have a 75 minute half-marathon to my name. Thus the programme outlined in this book now seems pretty tame by comparison. However, the point is that i wouldn't have achieved any of this had this book not started me on the path to getting fit by showing how easy it can be to make improvements if you don't try to do too much too soon and stick to a simple schedule for a sustained period of time.

Highly recommended for the novice.


James Bond: The Authorised Biography
James Bond: The Authorised Biography
by John Pearson
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting take on the James Bond myth, 6 Dec. 2010
As a big fan of the Bond novels and films I find it hugely surprising to read so many negative reviews of this book. My personal impression was that it was a genuinely decent effort at trying to bring a sense of realism to the Bond character and his origins and a more than cursory explaination for his skills and character traits. I read Devil May Care a few weeks after this novel and that trully is awful. A gaudy pastiche of Flemming's writing and storytelling style.


The Story Of F*** [DVD]
The Story Of F*** [DVD]
Dvd ~ Finlay Robertson

5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treat, 6 Aug. 2010
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Really expected this to be dire, but was pleasantly surprised that there was actually some heart and clever comedy at its core. Won't be breaking any box-office records but worth a watch if you want to try see different from the usual hollywood fare or a large 50 year old mad with tits.


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