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The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism
The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism
by Bertrand Russell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.13

5.0 out of 5 stars An early view of bolshevism., 15 May 2014
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An interesting insight into bolshevism in it's earliest days (1921) which shows how wrong it was for it's supporters to claim that it was corrupted by Stalin.
The author is a socialist but does not want to see it succeed.


Cobra MR-F55 Fixed mount VHF Marine Radio (Black colour)
Cobra MR-F55 Fixed mount VHF Marine Radio (Black colour)

4.0 out of 5 stars A Word of Warning, 15 May 2014
If the radio has to be mounted flush with the dashboard then it is almost impossible to secure it using the two screw stops provided.
I gave up and secured it with tape. It would also take too long to remove.
It looks fine if you are able to mount it on the gimbal which should be possible if you have sufficient room.


Garmin nuvi 2598LMT-D 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates, Free Lifetime Digital Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth
Garmin nuvi 2598LMT-D 5" Sat Nav with UK and Full Europe Maps, Free Lifetime Map Updates, Free Lifetime Digital Traffic Alerts and Bluetooth
Price: £161.56

56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some problems explained here., 11 Jan 2014
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Have just completed a 1500 mile journey across Europe having just acquired it .The problems I encountered were.
1) In planning the trip I tried to download Garmin Basecamp to my computer but this failed repeatedly.
2) Voice-over commands were frequently incomprehensible. In France she neither spoke with a French accent nor an anglicised phonetic rendering she just got the names wrong. This did not matter too much because :
3)She gave the street names you were turning into . Not very useful because you usually do not know the name of the street anyway so it does not provide a check. It would have been better to give the direction stated on signpost..
4)S lightly unreliable on roundabouts. Method was to tell you to take a numbered turn off eg 'take the third turning off' but would fail to include one of the minor turnings. Great care was needed
5) Once directed to a dead end. On the other hand once directed on rutted track through graveyard which was just fine!
6) Trip -planner quite hard to use because you could not enter where you want the journey to end only intermediate points. What you have to do is go to 'Edit journey' then 'optimise route' then 'Done' then 'Save journey'. Odd glitch as it is such an obvious one.
7) You have to provide an address for the place you are going to. You must enter one of the addresses provided and it might be some way from where you want to go. Perhaps this is the most annoying thing about the device.
By and large an excellent device and I would recommend it. Don't bother with the travel pack if you are offered it.It comes with a case which does not fit.
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Garmin Travel Accessory Pack for 5 inch Sat Navs with Carry Case, AC Charger, International Adapter Plugs and USB Cables
Garmin Travel Accessory Pack for 5 inch Sat Navs with Carry Case, AC Charger, International Adapter Plugs and USB Cables
Price: £19.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong pack !, 10 Jan 2014
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The sat-nav does not fit into the case. Quite useless as far as I can see. If it had not come as part of the deal I would have returned it.


Motorola Gleam+ Sim-Free Mobile Phone
Motorola Gleam+ Sim-Free Mobile Phone

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NO Backup, 15 Oct 2013
A very good phone ABSOLUTELY RUINED by the inability to easily backup settings to computer in the event of failure. What on earth are Motorola thinking ?


Kodak Hero 7.1  All-In-One WiFi Printer (Print, Copy, Scan)
Kodak Hero 7.1 All-In-One WiFi Printer (Print, Copy, Scan)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very Poor, 7 April 2013
This item runs through ink cartridges as if there is no tomorrow.
The black cartridge expired after a little very light use .This is a home computer.I then replaced the black cartridge because it would not work with only the Colour ink cartridge.I was obliged to replace both cartridges.It now says the new black cartridge is low.

Poor smeary printing but it seems alright in Draft mode.

I have not been able to get it to scan although the connection is all set up

The contact number 08702430270 I was given for the Help line now comes up as no number.


How To Lose Friends & Alienate People
How To Lose Friends & Alienate People
by Toby Young
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PG Wodehouse, 8 Mar 2009
Is this man being the Englishman of our time ?
He looks like something from the Lord of the Rings and has the energy of 10. He spent much of his time face down in his own vomit in various "boite" in New York .
It seems to have been an excellent training for politics. He excelled on Question Time .
Politics next for Toby .the natural progression for a man who fails upward .


Ryobi Pbc3046Ye Petrol Brush Cutter 30Cc
Ryobi Pbc3046Ye Petrol Brush Cutter 30Cc

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite dreadful, 25 Sep 2008
I would warn anyone against buying this product.My particular version is the YB. The idea is good : it takes the Expand-it range of attachments blowers pruners etc.However it is so under-engineered that it it is incapable of withstanding even the very light amount of work that I subject it to. it has had to go back to the shop about 5 times .I have not been able to use it at all this summer .Spares take for ever to arrive .Last week the exhaust dropped off and as the screw has broken off that will have to be extracted.Not recommended.
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At Home With the Marquis de Sade
At Home With the Marquis de Sade
by Francine du Plessix Gray
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, 3 July 2008
The author uses the surviving letters of De Sade and her imagination to produce a very plausible biography . Much of it seen through the eyes of his immediate family.
The skill lies in managing to do this without glaring anachronisms and the author manages this very well .Highly recommended.


Orientalism
Orientalism
by Edward W. Said
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

32 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Drivel, 4 April 2008
This review is from: Orientalism (Paperback)
I do not know how Americans view Islam but as an Englishman/European it seems to me that Said's views are so much poppycock.To make a couple of points in a limited space.

Of course we have a stereotypical view of Islam just as Islam has a stereotypical view of us - and these views are largely hostile .So what? For century after century Islam was an enormous threat to what might loosely be called Christendom. It shaped every aspect of European history and was directly responsible for Europes colonial empires. Up till around 1750 they were a dangerous direct competitor to our interests.Gibbon writing in the 1780s was the first to think that the danger had passed .On a local scale the threat lasted even longer - Barbary pirates ravaged the coast of England up till the 1830s carting off coastal villages into slavery and at even later dates on the west coast of Ireland and that was at the height of the British Empire ! .By a strange inversion left wing academics and Said have made Europeans and Americans see these things entirely from the point of view of Islam ie as uniquely a problem of western imperialism largely ignoring about a thousand years of history.

Common sense would suggest that as our knowledge of these societies grew in the 19th century so stereotypes would break down.Said says the opposite - they served to reinforce them. Common Sense is right - stereotypes did break down.He makes much of the fact that as a boy he saw these european pictures of the east and they bore no relation to the societies he knew.It never seems to occur to him that as a Palestinian/American he might not be seeing these pictures as a European sees them and a 19th century European at that. 19th century Europeans , for whom these pictures were intended , were preoccupied with the dehumanising and mechanising aspects of industrial society ,their own society, and used other societies to show up these concerns.European attitudes were complex and contradictory but they were not attempting to give an accurate view of oriental society as their viewers well understood. When Gauguin paints a picture of a naked Tahitian girl we dont think he is trying to justify French imperialism nor do we think that he is saying much about Tahiti. Naked Tahitian girls did not buy his paintings. He was saying a great deal however about 19th century France with its rigid stifling conventions compared with the natural grace of a simpler more primitive world. Said is himself guilty of a kind of mental colonialism.He assumes that he understands what these pictures are about and is going to tell us what they mean. But he does not understand them because he does not understand 19th century Europe and he gets it wrong.

Finally Said does not seem to understand that the British did not need to justify their oriental empire by regarding other societies as inferior and their rule as necessary to bring enlightenment to the natives. He assumes that, like the Roman Empire, it was acquired through conscious effort.Nothing could be further from the truth. The British Empire in India was acquired in a haphazard way through chance .They thought that as it had been delivered into their hands by fate they had as much right to be there as their Moghul predecessors. Early British colonialists simply adopted the customs of the dominant Muslim culture which they much admired.- even to the point of practising polygamy.It was only after the Indian mutiny in the late Victorian period when the British were forbidden to intermarry with the natives that they turned into a caste and thought that they had to justify their presence in the country by adopting spurious notions of superiority.

In short western attitudes to the orient mirror by and large oriental attitudes to the west - often confusing and contradictory. Americas particular support for Israel owes much to a particular sense of their own identity and is not shared by European countries. Said's thesis is in my view nonsense..
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