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I Want to Be Bacon When I Grow Up!
I Want to Be Bacon When I Grow Up!
by Ken Skinner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Let's glorify the horrors of the meat industry and promote unhealthy food to children!, 26 Oct 2014
After the authors of this book explained on their webpages and video clips what this book was about, I didn't need to purchase a copy to write a review objecting to them glorifying the horrors of the meat industry and also promoting very unhealthy food to *children*. They might as well have written a kid's book glorifying organised dog-fighting (called 'When I grow up I want to be a Fighter').


God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
by Christopher Hitchens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Damn Refreshing and Entertaining Read, 23 Nov 2010
I didn't read (and love) this in the way I have read (and loved) Sam Harris' work. The two men may share a distaste for faith and unreason, but they are enitrely different creatures and one should expect different things from them.

Hitchens is a (brilliant) journalist and book critic whereas Harris is a (brilliant) philosopher and neuroscientist. Both are sick and tired of the tyranny of theocracy and faith over humanity. It's easy to see why.

Anyone who objects to this book is either religious or trying to make out Hitchens to be something he's not (and needn't be). If you take this book for what it is - a witty, articulate and timely polemic - you shouldn't be disappointed.


The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today
The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Women and Men Today
by Kat Banyard
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 21 Nov 2010
It's everything you'd like such a book to be.

Well-researched and well-presented. Kat covers the spectrum of feminist issues compellingly, in great detail. She highlights how gender inequality primarily manifests itself in our most taken-for-granted, mundane, everyday activities - hence why it's so easy for us to continue the illusion.

The reviewer here who expected Kat to have 'more fire in her belly' clearly doesn't know what fire is.

This is an important book with enough fire to keep everyone heated for some time. It IS an alarm-call. Read it!


Teaching Collocation - Further Developments in the Lexical Approach
Teaching Collocation - Further Developments in the Lexical Approach
by Jane Conzett
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.04

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all ESL teachers, 26 May 2010
If you're not familiar with how collocation works or why it is important when teaching ESL, this book will prove invaluable. From modern linguistic studies, there is now overwhelming evidence for why collocation should be one of a teacher's main focus point when trying to teach effectively. In fact, many teachers are wondering just exactly what they were doing before understanding collocation.

Perfectly accessible, expertly written, this book will change the way you look at teaching and how you create lessons.

If you want to be a good teacher, you need to read this book.


The God Delusion
The God Delusion
by Richard Dawkins
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Religious people please read this excellent book!, 24 April 2008
This review is from: The God Delusion (Hardcover)
Very simply, this is a well-reasoned and well-written book. I defy any religious person to read it and not come away with serious doubts about their beliefs - nigh, abandon their beliefs all together.

Go on! If you think that your faith is unshakeable, read this book!

I DARE YOU!

Thanks, Mr Dawkins, for your passion and wit.
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Memory Almost Full
Memory Almost Full
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.40

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's face it: If you don't like this album, you don't really like McCartney., 25 May 2007
This review is from: Memory Almost Full (Audio CD)
As fans will know, Mr Paul's been enjoying something of a renaissance of late... and as largely enjoyable as the albums starting with Flaming Pie have been, i would say that a lot of their charm (besides strong songs of course) came from their modest, almost homemade aesthetics. Regardless of producer, he's taken to exploring far more lo-fi, no frills approaches, which naturally, after years of studied studio craft (whilst not quite hitting the mark) was very refreshing. Ten years since Pie and naturally most of us have become accustomed to his latter day back to basics ethic... which i why i was shocked! stunned! taken a-back! and altogether pleasantly surprised at this latest offering. The man is making 'albums' again.

I won't harp on about how great the album actually sounds or the fact that he is vocally and lyrically on the ball, more so than for ages... but i will say that those of you who don't 'get' this album are a puzzling lot. It is certainly among his best work (Wings comparisons are doing the rounds as we speak), but for the first time we have McCartney seriously facing up to his own sense of mortality which for a man who must have one of the most incredible memory stocks imagineable to articulate this (without over-sentimentality or triteness) into music so bursting with creativity and style.. well, at this stage in his career, who could ask for more?

Sure, we all love macca alone with his acoustic singing lovely and affecting ballads, but dammit!.. the man is making proper albums again; big, imaginative albums! Ones (like Tug Of War, Band On The Run and Ram) that are expansive and full of flair and imagination, but this time Macca's world sounds genuinely lived in.
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Time Being
Time Being
Price: £8.46

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexsmith Loves Everyone!, 30 May 2006
This review is from: Time Being (Audio CD)
A stunning and very unique songwriter. An artist who's songs display an extraordinary sense of warmth and humanity, but remarkably never suffer from triteness or over-sentimentality. Having been a fan for some years, i eagerly anticipated this new offering. I was more than happy with the result. I would say that this is one of Ron's most cohesive and consistent sets. It is crtainly his most accessible. Each album release has seen Mr Sexsmith go from strength to stength as a vocalist and perhaps as a studio performer per se. There is subsequently almost an elder statesmen-like quality to this material, although it is little over ten years since his terrific debut.

I must say, i was a little concerned when i heard Froom would be producing. He resided over Ron's first three albums, though with each progressively sounding more cold and detached. His production work for Elvis Costello on Brutal Youth and then Richard Thompson's You? Me? Us? resulted in two strong sets of songs being completely undermined by their sound. In fairness, the arists involved have been completely aquiescent to Mr Froom's meddling, but never-the-less the albums could have been so much more.

I am very pleased to report that Mr Froom seems to have become a lot more grounded and sympathetic to Ron's material and never once does the production seem to be over-bearing. There are the trademark occasional 60's era psychadelic touches on a few tracks, but they are touches, which gives character, not take it away.

My favourite track here is Jazz At The Bookstore (an idignent, but gentle protest against consumerist apathy and a plea for us to remember the civil rights stuggles through it's musical legacies).

Mr Sexsmith is truly a one off. No matter which songs i prefer, the fact that he wrote the most intelligent and compassionate song on religion i have ever heard (God Loves Everyone - From Cobblestone Runway) alone, means i will always, always be a fan of this great atrist.


The Anti Chomsky Reader
The Anti Chomsky Reader
by Peter Collier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

35 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who's right?, 28 May 2006
Are we talking about moral values here or are we talking about scholarly values?

We have roughly two ideological viewpoints from readers and i suspect this informs many of the reviews of this book (including mine) more than any genuine evaluation of it as a thorough and credible academic work.

The authors, i think, have a definate axe to grind with Chomsky and though they've done their homework, it's hard not feel like they are simply trying too hard to discredit the man.

It's surely common sense that such a reknowned thinker couldn't be so far off the mark and make so many glaring mistakes that an opposing media and the conservatives wouldn't have already picked up on and written about with glee.

Also, putting Chomsky's name in the title was, i believe, a rather pathetic attempt to sell more books than, say the 500 or so it would have sold without it.

Now, I'm not an anarchist nor do i have any good answers on how to sort this world out, but i do appreciate Chomksy's often insightful criticism.

To paraphrase Chomsky 'if books like this didn't exist, i'd be doing something wrong'.
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I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
Price: £7.72

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Thompson - A National Treasure, 28 May 2006
Just because an artist is great, does not mean the artist will sell a lot of records. Mr Thompson (along with Mr Cale et al) is one of Britain's geatest musical treasures. For 40 years now, he has consistently proven himself a highly inventive and original composer of pop music (not to mention one of our most stunning guitarists). He is unique and now at almost 60 still producing stunning music. I've seen him live twice in two years and although his audience per gig is perhaps around the 2000 mark, it's easy to feel dissapointed that such an enduring artist is not playing to an audience of 20,000 and that his records (if ever they were not cult and lacking in media attention) are selling mostly to harcore fans only now.

It doesn't matter.

Richard Thompson, like all great artists transcends record sales and popularity polls. We are lucky to be able to enjoy such music from a genuine talent. Celebrate the man.


The Island Years
The Island Years
Price: £4.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cale - A National Treasure, 28 May 2006
This review is from: The Island Years (Audio CD)
Just because an artist is great, does not mean the artist will sell a lot of records. Mr Cale (along with Mr Thompson et al) is one of Britain's geatest musical treasures. For almost 40 years now, he has consistently proven himself a highly inventive, original and visionary composer of pop songs and avant-garde instrumental works. He is unique and remarkably at 63, still producing stunning music. I went to see him play this year and although, sadly isn't nearly as manic as he once was (climbing under his keyboard for song or screaming like a lunatic!) seeing and hearing the statesman (for me a first) was still a powerful and wonderful experience. He genuinely appears to be one of the few artists that does not believe in pandering to his audience. It's his world and we can take it or leave it. It's easy to feel dissapointed that such an enduring artist is playing to appoximately 400 people per town and that his records (if ever they were not cult and lacked media attention) are selling mostly to harcore fans only now.

It doesn't matter.

John Cale, like all great artists transcends record sales and popularity polls. We are lucky to be able to enjoy such music from a genuine talent. Celebrate the man.


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