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Brainhack: Tips and Tricks to Unleash Your Brain's Full Potential
Brainhack: Tips and Tricks to Unleash Your Brain's Full Potential
by Neil Pavitt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

4.0 out of 5 stars For older readers too!, 27 April 2016
You don't have to be a young whizz kid to benefit from Neil Pavitt's ideas. I am in my 70s and struggling to maintain some semblance of creativity yet I found much of value in this book.
All Pavitt's "brainhacks" are supported by thorough research and I found his comments regarding the brain's sub-conscious activity and how it may be harnessed particularly useful.
The book is presented in conveniently short chunks which gives one ample opportunity to think about and apply them.
Highly recommended (for readers of all ages).


Acctim 36537 Adelaide Mantel Clock, Glass
Acctim 36537 Adelaide Mantel Clock, Glass

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 8 Feb. 2016
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A really elegant clock, my wife loves it!


Puregadgets Ultra Quick Non-Stick Electric Egg Boiler Cooker for up to 7 Eggs Stainless Steel construction produces 7 perfectly boiled eggs
Puregadgets Ultra Quick Non-Stick Electric Egg Boiler Cooker for up to 7 Eggs Stainless Steel construction produces 7 perfectly boiled eggs

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... to get the quantity of water right for a perfect result. Excellent finish, 9 Jan. 2016
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Works well but needed a few trial runs to get the quantity of water right for a perfect result. Excellent finish, very good value for money.


Hysteria
Hysteria
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Price: £3.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 9 Jan. 2016
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An amusing, lightweight comedy. Pleasant enough way to spend a Friday night.


LINDY NC40 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
LINDY NC40 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
Price: £37.46

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointed, 1 April 2014
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Bought this item in anticipation of a long flight I am soon to make. I find the sound quality rather poor when compared to my Sennheiser cordless headset. The earpieces clamp very tightly against the ears (no doubt to assist noise cancelling) and quickly become uncomfortable. In fairness though, I have not yet tested them on an actual flight so cannot comment on the quality of the noise cancelling.


GROHE 34143000 Grohtherm 1000 Thermostatic Shower Mixer
GROHE 34143000 Grohtherm 1000 Thermostatic Shower Mixer

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of kit, 1 April 2014
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What a joy! Bought this to replace a much older Grohe unit. As it turned out we probably only needed to clean the filters and adjust the thermostat on the old one but nevertheless we are very pleased to have replaced it. The Grohterm 1000 is a high quality item at a good price. Highly controllable and a delight to use.


How To Be Creative: Demystifying the creative Process
How To Be Creative: Demystifying the creative Process
Price: £2.08

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me think in a new way, 4 Mar. 2014
With so many more opportunities these days for ordinary people to demonstrate their creativity, especially in the field of writing, this little book (which could easily be read from cover to cover on a railway journey between London and Birmingham) should be a godsend. This is not to suggest that, because it is short it does not contain much distilled wisdom. As Mark Twain famously wrote: “If I had more time I would write you a shorter letter”
Neil Pavitt is keen to point out that everybody is creative, even if they don’t think they are. Like all good counsellors, however, he realizes that creativity cannot be forced. He does not seek to impose rigid principles upon his readers but rather to facilitate; to suggest ways in which, almost subliminally, a tiny seedling can be nurtured so that it develops into a fully grown idea.
The book is presented as a dialogue between two brothers, Hodge and Venn, who broadly represent the two halves of the brain - logical and creative – and the interaction between the two. The author’s Ideas are presented in short, bite-sized chunks, which makes them easy to digest and the whole is clearly summarized at the end.
As an occasional writer, mainly for my own pleasure, I found this book made me think about creativity in a completely new way. Highly recommended.


Silent Scream (Anna Travis series Book 5)
Silent Scream (Anna Travis series Book 5)
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Factory Production?, 15 July 2011
I was looking for something light to read on my Kindle. As la Plante is apparently the doyenne of crime authors and I have enjoyed her various TV series I gave Silent Scream a go.
I have to say that I was very disappointed. What with two-dimensional characters, a mundane plot and pedestrian writing the whole thing seemed more like a product of the Linda la Plante Book Factory than the work of a leading crime fiction writer.


No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone
No Angel: The Secret Life of Bernie Ecclestone
by Tom Bower
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, but flawed., 13 Mar. 2011
No Angel is a riveting read and goes a long way toward unravelling the complex network of companies and trusts that, over the years, have established control of the immensely profitable business of Formula One.
It does not, however, reveal anything that was not already known or suspected although it certainly underlines the power that Ecclestone continues to wield, as well as his obsessively secretive and manipulative nature and the fact that that he seems able to operate highly successfully in international financial circles using exactly the same crude techniques that he learnt as a second-hand car dealer in Warren Street in the 1950s.
I wish that the publisher had employed an editor with some basic knowledge of motor racing parlance. The book will, presumably, be read mainly by those with an interest in F1 and many of the expressions used, whilst not actually wrong, are not ones that would be used by those with even a passing knowledge of the sport. There are also several glaring factual errors which any competent editor or proof-reader should have picked up.
Worth reading if you have an interest in Formula One but probably a little boring for those who don't.


In Search of Ruritania: The life and times of Ivor Novello
In Search of Ruritania: The life and times of Ivor Novello
by David Slattery-Christy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Warts and all?, 14 Aug. 2010
My interest in Ivor Novello was triggered by a visit, sometime in the early 1950s, to the Scala Theatre in Charlotte Street for a production of Perchance to Dream. I came away captivated and, despite the ridicule of my family, Ivor's music has remained a secret vice ever since.
The earliest biography of Novello was a rather florid effort by his publicist W Macqueen-Pope and subsequent books about Ivor have drawn quite heavily on this seminal work. In Search of Ruritania is no exception but David Slattery-Christy has also done interesting research which confirms various aspects of Ivor's life and career that had previously only been hinted at. It is strange indeed, in this day and age, that the ever-dwindling band of Novello loyalists should still seek to obscure the fact that Ivor was a promiscuous homosexual, a fact that Slattery-Christy does not attempt to disguise whilst maintaining an obvious respect for Ivor's work.
Slattery-Christy's attempt to interweave Novello's story with his own work on Altman's film Gosford Park and other projects does not come off in my view and only serves to confuse the main thrust of the book. The author's sentence construction is often clumsy and sometimes ungrammatical. As with many print-on-demand books the illustrations are of poor quality and there seem to be a larger than average number of misprints. The book has some useful references at the back but would benefit greatly from a proper index. Perhaps the author should get himself a good editor.
Despite the above comments, In Search of Ruritania will be of interest to those who seek to learn something of the man who gives his name to a London theatre as well as the prestigious song-writing and composing awards which also bear his name.


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