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Engaged: Unleashing Your Organization's Potential Through Employee Engagement by Holbeche, Linda, Matthews, Geoffrey (2012) Hardcover
Engaged: Unleashing Your Organization's Potential Through Employee Engagement by Holbeche, Linda, Matthews, Geoffrey (2012) Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Grounded & Researched material, 30 Jun. 2015
Before getting into the review it best to understand Employee Engagement, it is a Business management term coined in the 1990s, it purportedly relates to employees enthusiasm for their work. Thus their interaction in the business and their performance in a way that furthers organization's interests, trying to measure the degree of an employee engagement in terms of positive or negative attitude to their job coupled with willingness to learn and perform at work. However, this should not be confused with employee satisfaction, motivation and or organisational culture.

Initial thoughts on this book;

I found this book well-grounded and relatively updated in current thinking and good practice, it is well researched and its target audience are managers, the text here is not bogged down with convoluted academic terms, but rather this then acts as guide, a rather useful text for all managers across a company's frame work - well worth getting.
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The Ghost of Grotteskew (Stitch Head)
The Ghost of Grotteskew (Stitch Head)
by Guy Bass
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good and funny Story with superb pictorials, 30 Jun. 2015
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When selecting this book my nephew was drawn to the cover art by Pete Williamson. I believe like some adults, children are drawn to book covers first before sampling said narrative contained within. That said my nephew was not disappointed and enjoyed the story, but it he thought Mr Williamson's pictorials were superb and really added to the feel and texture of the story. He was not fazed by the tale containing spare limbs, ghouls and such like. Other reviews have done a good job encapsulating the key story points, no point rehashing them here. He enjoyed the humour and wants me to get the rest of the books in the series. As my nephew puts it well worth ten gold stars! What an endorsement.
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The King's Spy (Thomas Hill Trilogy 1) by Swanston, Andrew (2012) Hardcover
The King's Spy (Thomas Hill Trilogy 1) by Swanston, Andrew (2012) Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hill Trilogy Part One, 30 Jun. 2015
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The King's Spy was a relatively easy to read, with credible characters. This book was a real page turner that had me hooked from the onset.

Our lead character a one Thomas Hill is a Royalist at heart - but very much also a pacifist, all he wanted was the English Civil War to pass him by without any involvement by him. This, however, all changed, when Friar Simon de Pointz knocked on his door one night, and told him that King Charles the first was summoning him, to his court in Oxford. There he was to serve as a cryptographer to his majesty, on the recommendation of his old friend and former tutor.

The Historical setting is captivating; the reader is thrust in to a world where there are shocking insights of the time; in terms of the unsanitary environment, the poverty, common place murder, treachery and treason of the time. The narrative is cleverly woven with twists and turns. The skill of cryptographer is brought to the fore. I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy, and hopefully learning more about the mysterious, charismatic Friar Simon de Pointz, who was like a breath of fresh air in this novel.
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Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees by Stourton. Edward ( 2013 ) Hardcover
Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees by Stourton. Edward ( 2013 ) Hardcover
by Edward Stourton
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling read, 30 Jun. 2015
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As a fan of the fictional drama of the 1970s `Secret Army', a programme/series made by the BBC and created by Gerard Glaister. While Secret Army were fictional part of the series that was based on the `Comet line' a resistance group that operated in Belgium and France and helped Allied soldiers and airmen return to Britain during the WW2. So I am glad of the opportunity to read `Cruel Crossing', and a read I relished it. The narrative here is based on fact, and the detailed research contained within shows clear attention to detail, without overwhelming the reader, and illustrating the various harrowing cases of escape across the perilous Pyrenees. The Pyrenees were a mountain range that straddles between the borders of then Vichy France; which later on in the war was occupied by the German army, and Spain. The narratives within are not just about escaping or evading allied personnel from occupied Europe, but also describes the stories of political refugees and Jewish peoples escaping from the Nazi final solution. The stories detailed show brave acts of heroism but also the darker side of people who willing to betray those escapees. For those interested in this period of History this is a must read, and I strongly recommend it.
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The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War by Kochanski, Halik (2013)
The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War by Kochanski, Halik (2013)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A key piece of Polish History that is well researched and articulate in its delivery, 30 Jun. 2015
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The period of historical time-span covered here is a traumatic to say the least, but should be placed within a context that since the 17th century Poland has been in conflict with Imperial Russia as well Soviet aggression by the Russian Comintern before the Second World War this was in 1919 and was a failure. So it is not surprising that Stalin was `happy' to partner up with Nazi plans to seize Poland and carve up the country as part of the Nazi Soviet pact, better known as Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This is an important historical book that is well researched and articulate in its delivery, it shows the roles played by Russia, France, Britain and Germany and how self-interest was paramount in their national interest, at the expense of Poland's sovereignty.

While Britain and France declared war, in 1939, on Nazi Germany's invasion they seemed to do little at the end of the war to ensure that the Soviets would keep their hands off it.
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Thus for many countries the war ended in 1945 but totalitarianism instigated by Stalin, meant Poland was to become a Soviet Satellite state, and this was perpetuated until late 1980s, and with the demise of the Soviet Union and the civil resistance within Poland created by Solidarity (non-state controlled Union).
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Finish All In One Lemon Sparkle 78 Dishwasher Tablets
Finish All In One Lemon Sparkle 78 Dishwasher Tablets
Price: £17.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably good cleaning power - but there are better products out there, 30 Jun. 2015
Just add two of these to the dishwasher for a fairly good clean. We found it is a reasonably good all-round cleaner, and is toughest most on milk stains and tea stains. Unlike some poor quality dish powders, your dishes will not become cloudy over time with this product. On the down side we found it lacked shifting power on pasta and other starchy base substances.

Overall, for the family and I, this is an above average cleaner - but not necessarily the best out there on the market place. Our personal recommendation would be Lidl W5 All in 1 cleaner, which represents good value, as well as being a very good cleaning power.

It is interesting to note that apart from the standard disclaimers, on the packaging, such as may produce an allergic reaction and Keep out of reach of children. The statement that the user should use wear eye protection/face protection is somewhat alarming - obviously keep it away from your eyes, but need eye protection - well that does not sound good!


I am David (New Windmills) 1st (first) Edition by Holm, Ms Anne published by Heinemann (1991)
I am David (New Windmills) 1st (first) Edition by Holm, Ms Anne published by Heinemann (1991)
by Ms Anne Holm
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story, 28 Jun. 2015
I remember reading this book in my childhood, and I have re-read this as an adult, its a great story with powerful themes and metaphors that are as relevant today as they were when the book was originally published. In some respects the story may seem unbelievable as David seems to cross frontiers with ease, that said a lot of children's books could be given the same label and I feel that this book has no real flaws. It tells a riveting narrative that is packed with sadness, tenderness and innocence. This book is well worthy five star rating.


Lacie 9000294 Rugged 1000 GB External
Lacie 9000294 Rugged 1000 GB External
Offered by Digital Outlet
Price: £149.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Problems, 28 Jun. 2015
Based on the specifications, and the reviews of this storage device on Amazon, I bought two to solve my storage needs (at different times). Plus I also liked and it's perceived `ruggedness' of said product. The first device died after having it for the less than 24hours! It appears the controller card failed. The second drive lasted 6 months, it never failed but the heat issues were such that you could burn yourself, and hence I returned it. These devices were never abused and were used with care. I may have been unlucky, but it has stopped me buying another. Credit to Amazon for very good customer service with the issues I had. Do not take my word for it but search the Web and see other reviews and blogs, as I am not the only person to have real problems with these devices.


A&D UA-611 Blood Pressure Monitor
A&D UA-611 Blood Pressure Monitor
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good blood pressure device, 28 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This a good blood pressure unit that has a large scale display which is relative easy to read. It is certainly an improvement over my manual monitor/stethoscope set-up. The price point is pretty good. It is simple to operate, just one button to push. This is pretty a no frills blood pressure devise. It can store about a dozen readings, but there is no time/date stamp, if you need that. As the bumf says, “Irregular Heartbeat Detection also comes standard”. This key feature alerts the user to the presence of an irregular heartbeat while still providing an accurate reading. There is also a battery life indicator appears on the screen, so the user is warned in advance, when the batteries are low, or need replacing. The provided, and aptly named “Slimfit” we, as a family, found it to be a tad on the snug side. Apparently, A&D Medical sell a separate larger cuff, for those that may need it.

It will be 5-star good if it proves accurate at the GPs office and if it stands the test of time.

Below a list of some of the features:

15 Memory Recall
Shows systolic diastolic and pulse rate
Pressure Rating Indicator
Irregular Heartbeat Detection
Battery life indicator
Single button operation
“SlimFit” Cuff


LEGO City Arctic Helicrane 60034 Building Toy
LEGO City Arctic Helicrane 60034 Building Toy
Offered by RIGHT BARGAINS
Price: £33.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good set - with Lego Huskies!, 28 Jun. 2015
This is a well-designed `Helicrane' helicopter - which is pretty good and relatively easy build. Another great add-on to the Lego City Artic theme set. A very straight forward set up to put together, except for the `ice cargo', does not sit right and on a whim fall to pieces. For me the orange parts in the Arctic sets are nice and bright and are good pieces to have if you wish to create your own project. The pilot mini-figure nicely detailed, but for me the huskies in the dog team are the high-point of the set.

The highlights as I see them:

1. Quick, and easy, a fun build.
2. Bright and colourful - the Lego bricks in Orange look cool
3. So much room for modifications for other hauling adventures
4. Lego Huskies
5. Lego Huskies Wow!


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