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Evolatree - Sun Spiral - 3mm - 8 Gauge Earrings
Evolatree - Sun Spiral - 3mm - 8 Gauge Earrings

3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely but more than 3 mm, 2 Jun. 2015
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These are beautiful objects, intricately carved, and look good when worn. However, a serious warning that the diameter is considerably more than 3mm; if your holes are stretched only to 3mm, you won't be able to get them in, so be prepared to either stretch further or to hang them up as decoration! Also the gap between the hook and the drop is very thin, so if you have pudgy ears, you won't be able to push them through the gap.

Hippies - Series 1 - Complete
Hippies - Series 1 - Complete
Price: £0.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly terrible, 10 April 2014
As fans of many of the comedy actors in this series, we thought we'd better see Hippies for the sake of enjoying Sally Phillips, Simon Pegg, etc. But this programme couldn't even let them shine - they are reduced to cringe-making cliches, whose characters aren't even consistent in their lines and actions. It's really hard to tell if this is set in the 60s or the present. The main character is like a very watered down Rik Mayall - the writers should have studied The Young Ones better before even trying to match it. Could only watch part of this DVD before sending it back - it was pathetic and embarrassing. No matter how promising you think it sounds, best not to bother. Sorry!

Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £6.74

10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware animal lovers, 18 Jun. 2011
I only add this as a supplement, because surprisingly no-one else has mentioned it: Do not read this book if cruelty to animals will upset you. It is an interesting novel in many ways, but unfortunately I got drawn in before I read some horrible things that have stayed with me and that I regret reading. For this reason I have not finished the novel and am giving it away. Given that we are supposedly a nation of animal lovers this might be relevant information if you are deciding whether to buy this book!

Growing from Depression
Growing from Depression
by Neel Burton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok but still searching for something better, 25 May 2011
This is one of those books that repeats the same simplistic materials that can be found anywhere and that you've probably heard dozens of times already. For someone who's actually never thought of eating healthy food, taking some exercise, or doing something that they enjoy as a way of feeling better, swathes of this book may be a revelation... But most of us have heard this stuff so often (in magazines or in platitudes from acquaintances) that we've become immune, so I was hoping the author would reach a little deeper. There is a lot of repetition too, for instance the list of ways to start addressing anxiety was the same as the ways in which to start addressing stress, which could make the reader feel cheated in what is already a very short book.

Having said this... there are a few moments that may be worth having the book for. The paragraph where he explains that depressed people are not lazy and not losers but usually high-minded people who have worked too hard and want something more profound from life - this, many of us will want to write out (even embroider into a sampler!) and put on the wall. It gives us back our dignity and aspiration which is what depressed people really need. Yes there are a few pages on approaches such as talking therapies, drugs, and so on, but nothing you couldn't probably get from the internet - so whether you should buy it depends on if you want to read it in one sitting, mark a few pages for future reference, and put it away for a bad day. But there are probably things you could pick up that would be (a) more informative and/or (b) more uplifting (c) better value in content-per-centimetre-of-shelf-space. When I find them or think of them, I'll let you know. Hope this was helpful.

The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube
The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube
by James G. Nourse
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to solve the cube and a great starting point, 23 Jan. 2011
I had this book when it first came out in 1981 and me and my dad spent the summer holiday working out how to solve that cube. The method it describes is straightforward to work out and easy enough to memorise so that once learnt you will be able to do the Rubik's cube for the rest of your life [note: I was 9 then, I'm 38 now, and I've never forgotten it!]. There are plenty of diagrams, every eventuality is covered with a sequence of moves to perform, and there are endearing features such as ways to salvage the situation if you go wrong and mess it up. Using this method you can get to solve the cube in about 2 minutes 30 seconds reliably.

What it is not is a book to enable you to win speed-cubing championships with times of under 30 seconds - it's not meant to be and if you're looking for that there are alternatives elsewhere. However many of those (books and websites) are written by hard-core geeks who have more trouble expressing themselves in prose than James Nourse and take a somewhat devil-take-the-hindmost approach. With those, too, if your cube's colours don't match the author's, you are likely to get confused by the different combinations in the diagrams, whereas this book uses shadings so that any colour can be represented.

What I like about this book, as well as its user-friendly approach, is that it provides short-cuts and thought-provoking challenges to enable you to learn to solve the cube faster, but through your own insights, led from within the safe framework the author provides. If you know this method, and want to get faster/flasher later, it provides a decent basis for systems like the 'CFOP' (Fridrich) as it hints you can combine stages 2 and 3 into the 'first two layers' set of sequences. The author also encourages you to try different sequences of moves from a solved position to find out what they do and then use them, which provides hours of rewarding fun for those wishing to go a bit further. In short, there is more to this book than just a plodding round-the-houses method, whilst at the same time it is a more appropriate starting-point for most people than an ultimately slicker method like Dan Harris's Speed Solving the Cube: Easy to Follow, Step-by-step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles which I have bought last year and am also enjoying getting to grips with but I can't imagine being able to understand if I was going from scratch.

Happy cubing!

DIGIFLEX Small Black USB Wired Optical Light Scroll Wheel Mice Mouse for PC Laptop Computer
DIGIFLEX Small Black USB Wired Optical Light Scroll Wheel Mice Mouse for PC Laptop Computer
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £7.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and tacky and not that small!, 23 Jan. 2011
This mouse had good reviews but now that I've used it I'm sorry to say I don't share their experiences.

(1) The mouse is not what I would think of as 'small' but is pretty much a normal-sized mouse. The one I had before (by pc-line) was about 7 cm long and this is about 10 cm long - maybe I should have checked but the measurements are not obvious on the page. You may be happy with this size of mouse but if you are looking for an actually small mouse, this isn't it.

(2) The general construction feels pretty shoddy - for instance the scroll wheel moves around in its slot

(3) It doesn't work properly on my desk at home (maybe because it is white?) and needs a surface putting down, which takes up space, and I didn't think was ever necessary for an optical mouse

(4) Worst of all, there must be some kind of loose connection or something, because sometimes when I am not even touching the mouse, the screen jumps around, up and down, as if something is happening in the scroll wheel. This makes me feel a bit sea-sick and unsettled!

So I don't like to be the bearer of bad news, and I'm aware you get what you pay for, but I still think these flaws mean that if you want a solid working mouse unless you are very tolerant it would be best to carry on looking.

iSkin Solo FX for iPhone 3G - Sunrise
iSkin Solo FX for iPhone 3G - Sunrise
Offered by Modern-Tech
Price: £2.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice case, makes the buttons hard to press, 23 Jan. 2011
This case is a nice bright orange colour, semi-translucent, which means that it is probably more suitable for a white iPhone (like mine) than a black one which would spoil the colour. I had been using a soft rubber case, but that covered up the ear-sensitive bit of the screen, so had to be peeled back to make phone calls, so it's an improvement to have this frame-shaped cover and not have to do that.

However there is one drawback with the case, and that is as the description says, it covers up the essential on/off and volume buttons. Unfortunately because the case is semi-rigid plastic, it makes these hard to press, and I find it is uncomfortable on my finger to try to press hard enough to turn the phone on or off, and it doesn't always work straight away. It would be better to make holes for them like the other input/output slots (which are lined up very well). All in all this case has good points but this one drawback makes it frustrating to use and means that I will still be looking for a new case in due course. (If you have very strong, unbendable fingers, maybe this would be less of a problem for you!)

Beyond Motherhood: Choosing a Life Without Children
Beyond Motherhood: Choosing a Life Without Children
by Safer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, 2 Feb. 2008
This beautiful book affirms women's lives, their choices, and their achievements, whether or not parenthood turned out to be a part of it.

Radically, the author suggests you should look deeply at your own characteristics and background to determine what outcome would be best for you - and accept the result. For instance, what is your tolerance of interruption? How was your relationship with each of your parents? Is having a child likely to bring up unpleasant experiences from the past that are best left in the past? Rather than railroading you into changing yourself through counselling if you are disinclined towards reproduction (as does the awful 'I Want a Baby, He Doesn't' by Donna Wade, which I have reviewed elsewhere), Safer shows how you can play your characteristics to your advantage in your choice and determine for yourself what is likely to make you happy and satisfied.

The author freely shares her own story, which is poignant: she was one of the two-thirds of (later to be childless) women who are 'postponers', unsure whether they want children, and she describes the process that many of these went through in order to reach resolution, along with the stories of some of the other one-third, 'early deciders', who always knew they never wanted a baby. If you are unsure about the prospect of motherhood, or leaning towards giving it a miss, you will find yourself in here somewhere. There is a useful checklist in the appendix which you can use to help you achieve resolution if you are not sure.

Although focussing on the child-free, Safer's discussion is not one-sided; she includes description of various women who did go ahead and have children, their joys and regrets, and points out that no-one can have it all in one lifetime - there are sacrifices either way. No mother or prospective mother could feel maligned, yet the childfree and those resistant to having children will feel affirmed, supported, and part of a community of lively and richly likeable women (described in the book) who have had full and rewarding lives without biologically reproducing.

I read this book in a single evening, and I'll be reading it again whenever I doubt my own decision-making process or feel under pressure, or just need a bit of uplift in the knowledge that women can lead fabulous, satisfying lives.
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I Want A Baby He Doesn't: How Both Partners Can Make the Right Decision at the Right Time
I Want A Baby He Doesn't: How Both Partners Can Make the Right Decision at the Right Time
by Donna Wade
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Baby rabies, 2 Feb. 2008
The subtitle of this book promises to explain "How both partners can make the right decision at the right time". Sounds too good to be true? It is.

The author's own experience pervades the book and she seems to be rewriting her own history, over and over again. Many stories in a row straight-facedly describe how a couple 'resolved their dilemma' - by deciding they WOULD have children. Anyone who feels they don't want to have them is described as 'still having issues' about children and recommended therapy until they give in to their partner's demands.

Your heart will go out to the author's husband, Ken, when you read how the poor guy was pressurised to reverse his vasectomy, left in sole charge of his badly-behaved niece and nephew in order to endear him to children, and told he'd agreed to things that he certainly didn't remember saying. Women are praised in the book for continuing to press the subject with their husband against his wishes until he caves in. There's a chapter entitled 'Getting pregnant against his wishes', in which this course of action is (on the face of it) discouraged, but she devotes lots of attention to considering it as an option, and it is suggested elsewhere that you'd probably be happier as a single mother than you would in a good relationship with no children.

The book appears to make balancing gestures towards the opposite point-of-view, but they are stiff and unconvincing, and usually contain a sting in the tail. For example, the chapters on 'Agreeing not to have children' and 'Living child-free' present this as an alternative possibility, but stress that you are likely to change your mind, describe women who choose not to reproduce as 'those who haven't resolved their childhood issues', and melodramatises about how much regret such people are likely to feel later on, 'stewing until they feel as if they will explode'. Hardly guaranteed to leave you with peace of mind if this is your chosen course of action - and not borne out by any citation of actual women's lives. She also never considers the possibility that it might be the man who wants the children and not the woman (which it would have been easy to mention) - describing a wish to have children as a kind of longing that only a woman could experience - insulting to many men who feel very strongly that they would love to have children.

All in all the author's emotional involvement with the subject seems to have prevented her from tackling the subject in a helpful way. This is so to the extent that she tosses in generalisations that have been found by research to be simply not true (e.g. that many women who have an abortion suffer agonising grief and depression for many years) without bothering to check beyond her own projections. You might find this book useful if you are indeed a manipulative harpy dead-set on railroading your partner into fatherhood against his wishes - but for a more balanced view look elsewhere. I am now reading 'Beyond Motherhood' by Jeanne Safer, which has actually looked into the lives of those who choose the other way, and it is life-affirming, poignant and well-balanced, pointing out that you should find the outcome which is best for you, and that there are joys and sacrifices either way. Good luck in your quest to find your vocation whether parenthood is part of it or not.
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The Inferno
The Inferno
by Alighieri Dante
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Check for yourself, 5 Feb. 2006
Just to say that Ray Thompson's review above does not represent the translation which is being sold on this page. Check for yourself using the 'search inside this book' function! The translation in the book is much more modern and comprehensible. I have not yet read it (note: I was obliged to give a stars rating anyway), but will order it as it looks very readable.

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