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The Person and the Situation
The Person and the Situation
by Malcolm Gladwell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.93

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor!, 12 Jan. 2012
For those who are less than pedantic in purchasing publishing: Malcolm Gladwell is not a main author of this book. He has written the foreward and endorses the text.

This is not apparent when using the Recommendations link, where he is listed first among the authors, or on the Amazon for mobiles app.

Useful and interesting text, nonetheless: just not what I thought I was buying.


Pin Up Girl, Gil Elvgren 1950s (30x40cm Art Print)
Pin Up Girl, Gil Elvgren 1950s (30x40cm Art Print)
Offered by VINMAG
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully classic Elvgren, 5 Jan. 2012
Gorgeous classic Elvgren style with exposure (whilst still leaving something to the imagination), wit and charm.

Reasonable print quality on thick paper at a very reasonable price.

Anticipate seeing her framed with excitement!


Brabantia Touch Bin, 50 Litre - Brilliant Steel
Brabantia Touch Bin, 50 Litre - Brilliant Steel
Offered by Heritage Home and Garden
Price: £120.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional customer service, 26 Nov. 2011
This bin deserves to be a design classic. Smart, stylish and capacious, the touch lid is a perfect antidote to nasty pedal bins.

The hinge on my lid failed after a couple of years' use (hence four stars, not five). However, a replacement via [...] was provided with no nonsense. Once again, it is a joy to use.

The Baby Jesus Butt Plug
The Baby Jesus Butt Plug
by Carlton Mellick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great title, 3 Sept. 2011
It is not big. And it is not clever. This short book is neither funny nor erotic. The only thing in its favour is its length. The best thing about it is the title. Read no further.

Skechers Women's Strength Shape-ups Trainers
Skechers Women's Strength Shape-ups Trainers
Price: £25.04 - £71.87

58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Buttocks like fighting squirrels!", 18 Feb. 2010
These trainers were highly recommended by colleagues at work - many people who are on their feet all day were recommending Sketchers or MBTs and other so-called anti-shoes. A ringing endorsement came from one man who claimed that since wearing his trainers, he had "buttocks like fighting squirrels".

Having worn them for about four weeks, I have not yet replicated this finding. After my first half hour walk, my calves felt tight as though I had been exercising. Tolerance quickly builds up and at the end of the day my feet ache less and my legs feel better than they would after standing and walking around in standard trainers.

Sadly, one shoe has already ripped along the detailing (after no undue abuse). Having spent £90 on what is, after all, an expensive pair of popular, over-engineered trainers, I am most disappointed. I am hoping that a replacement pair will be forthcoming and better made.
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"Time Out" Paris
"Time Out" Paris
by Simon Cropper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out and about in Paris, 5 Jun. 2006
This review is from: "Time Out" Paris (Paperback)
I took this book as my guide for my first trip to Paris in June 2006.

A handy (handbag) sized book with plenty of information and plenty of colour pictures. The street and metro maps are indispensible. Top tips guided us to excellent restaurants.

Minor criticisms - which would be common to all such publications - cannot be comprehensive due to size limitations, and despite being a new annual edition, some details such as prices are already out of date.

MRCS Core Modules Practice Papers
MRCS Core Modules Practice Papers
by Chris Chan
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps to practice technique - but do master the syllabus too, 13 Sept. 2004
This book covers the core syllabus for the MRCS (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons) exam as was. Core included: perioperative medicine, trauma, intensive care and neoplasia. The College has recently changed its exam format, so that the old divisions no longer apply. The modern, intercollegiate (ie, applying to the English, Glasgow, Edinburgh etc colleges in total instead of separately) exam is divided into Applied basic science and Clinical applications. The same information is covered in the syllabus in toto, but is divided up differently.
The core practice papers book contains five separate papers (based on the old style exam) with both MCQs and EMQ style questions. These papers test a broad range of knowledge and allow candidates to sit a "mock" exam against a recommended time. Practice in this way is a valuable method of mastering the technique, especially for those not familiar with it.
At the back of the book are the answers, with reasonably complete explanations of the answers as a useful method of checking understanding.
Despite this book being outdated, it still has a place for testing technique and checking knowledge. Candidates sitting both the written papers simultaneously will be covering more-or-less the same syllabus as before, and there is considerable overlap.
PS for detailed information on the new exam format and syllabus check out the Royal College of Surgeons website too.

MRCS Systems Modules, the Complete Test
MRCS Systems Modules, the Complete Test
by C. Chan
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important revision tool for info and technique, 13 Sept. 2004
Many applicants acknowledge that doing "a lot" of practice questions is an important revision technique for the written part of the MRCS - indeed, some use it as their sole revision method.
Practising MCQs and EMQs has the advantage of covering a large amount of knowledge in a relatively succinct time and familiarising oneself with the technique. This may be especially important for foreign applicants who are unfamiliar with MCQ / EMQ. I suspect that the urban myth that revision questions writers have spies taking the exam is just that - a myth. Questions in the exam are copyright of the college. However, the syllabus to be covered IS finite (however it may seem during studying), so the common topics and questions will tend to come up commonly. Doing lots of questions acts as revision and reassurance that some (hopefully, enough) of the information is going in. It also highlights weak areas that need further work.
The answers to the questions are laid out at the back of the book, with a fairly comprehensive explanation which allows you to check understanding. Unfortunately, we noticed a significant number of errors in the answers, which either contradict explanations given, or the original material in the textbooks. This leads you to doubt your own knowledge and can be pretty inconvenient!
This book and its sister title (on core) are based on the old division of the exam, with systems covering: locomotor, vascular, head, neck, endocrine and paediatrics, abdomen and urinary system and renal transplant. The new, intercollegiate exam phased in this year reshuffles the syllabus a bit, but the information to learn is, in toto, the same. Those candidates sitting both the applied basic science MCQ paper and the clinical applications EMQ paper shouldn't find this too inconvenient.
I suspect that PasTest will have new editions of the texts and their corresponding practice questions books in the pipeline already. Hopefully these will also correct the errors that we noticed. In the meantime, these books are a useful tool for checking knowledge and practising technique.
PS Check out the Royal College's website for detailed information on the exams and up-to-date syllabus.

Intoxicating Minds (MAPS OF THE MIND)
Intoxicating Minds (MAPS OF THE MIND)
by Prof Ciaran Regan
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smashing little brain book, 30 Mar. 2004
Intoxicating minds does exactly what it says on the cover: a text about brain drugs and drugged brains. Mind-bending drugs are the order of the day, including those used to bend the mind back to "normal" and those used so commonly that their effects are taken for granted. The whole gamut of psychoactive pharmacology is sampled and discussed: alcohol and nicotine, uppers and downers, hallucinogens and psychedelics, and tea and coffee.
This book comes with a good pedigree. As so often promised by brain-book blurb, it is written by a leading brain researcher, Professor Ciaran Regan. Regan discusses the effects, pharmacology and historical context of a varied range of drugs in a clear, accessible style.
For any reader studying or working in the area, there is not a great deal of new information, but a number of areas are well covered, from neuroscience and pharmacology to psychiatry. For the lay person new to the brain book,this provides an engaging introduction. Regan does not try to be cutting edge (read Nature if that's what you hope for) or propose radical new theories, but offers a decent review of recent understanding and current knowledge in psychopharmacology. All the big names and major theories are covered.
Clearly, the topic is an interesting one, and it is well handled. The depth and interest added by the historical detail add a great deal to the psychopharmacolgy presented. This is most evident in the chapter on hallucinogens and psychedelics, which discusses the history of these drugs' use going back thousands of years: shamen's use of these substances and the association of a potent mix with witches' flight (they spread it on their broomsticks) is discussed alongside contemporary writers' use of LSD.
This is a smashing little book which contains a lot of interesting information. An extensive bibliography is provided, so you can follow up areas that have stimulated your interest - there will be several.

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