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Anker® Bluetooth Ultra-Slim (4mm) Aluminum Keyboard for iOS (iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2), Windows and Android 3.0 and above OS with Built-in lithium battery / Aluminum Body T320
Anker® Bluetooth Ultra-Slim (4mm) Aluminum Keyboard for iOS (iPad Air 2 / Air, iPad mini 3 / mini 2 / mini, iPad 4 / 3 / 2), Windows and Android 3.0 and above OS with Built-in lithium battery / Aluminum Body T320


Motorola Moto E 4G 2nd Generation SIM-Free Smartphone
Motorola Moto E 4G 2nd Generation SIM-Free Smartphone
Price: £99.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, 9 April 2015
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This phone easily deserves 5 stars for the price. However I will start with the slight drawbacks.. I find it ever so slightly laggy sometimes. Not so much as to hinder me, but just slightly less responsive than a top notch phone. Also, the camera does not have a flash. The pics it takes are fine - perhaps not the "best" but "fine". The built in camera app is simple, but you can use the native Android one if you like.

Apart from that, you have an Android dream phone. It is really well made. I like the protective band that goes around it. It has a little ridge that protects the screen when it is dropped. It is slightly harder to break than some phones. You can run any apps you like on it. My son borrows it and plays minecraft on it. I use it for all the stuff I have used more expensive phones, including emails. The battery can last a day and half (when son is not playing minecraft on it). And if you do lose it, or it gets stolen, or it fall out of your back pocket into the toilet, well, it's not that expensive to go on Amazon and buy a new one.


The Story of Mohammed Islam Unveiled
The Story of Mohammed Islam Unveiled
Price: £0.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The author's argument is that the best place to look for the answer is in the ..., 15 Jan. 2015
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After the recent events in France at the magazine Charlie Hebdo, this book is very topical. Is Islam really a "religion of peace?" We have heard this many times over the past week. The author's argument is that the best place to look for the answer is in the "perfect" life of Islam's founder, which is the guiding example to the faithful who follow him.

The outline of the Prophet's life is given here in a clear, factual, and readable style. There is also some basic information about the Quran, the Sira (the story of the Prophet of Allah), and other sources of his life such as various Hadith traditions. Commentary is separated out from the narrative and as the book goes on, we jump into the present to see how the story of the Prophet influences Islam's modern day adherents.

It's not the most elegantly written or nuanced book. It is in places a bit of a rant - but it it is a very good rant, and it is highly readable.

Who is the real enemy of free speech? Who is it who really prevents us from discussing subjects such as Islam's treatment and mutilation of women?

The mad gunmen? - Only partly.

I requote this from this book

"Female Genital Mutilation is a legitimate facet of cultural identity." And I paraphrase here "akin to tattoos and piercings"

Who said this? Step forward the renowned feminist Germaine Greer.

The word "Islamophobia" is hurled at those who are brave enough to disagree with the liberal establishment. Worse, there are some horrifying cases of people being prosecuted, here in Europe, for pointing out some uncomfortable facts.

Yes, it's a good book. It comes from a certain angle, it's not exactly a balanced account, but it's well worth reading.


Unlikely Settler, The
Unlikely Settler, The
by Lipika Pelham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A totally original perspective on a special city, 29 April 2014
This review is from: Unlikely Settler, The (Hardcover)
I have visited Jerusalem only in books. I've read Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiore, and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan - both of which give vivid portraits of historical Jerusalem. The Unlikely Settler takes you to modern Jerusalem. It is still full of intricate contradictions and ancient customs, loves and hatreds. You see this amazing and confusing city through the eyes of an outsider - a Bengali born journalist and film-maker who is married to a British jew. Her husband appears dedicated to the Big Picture - the Peace Process and Politics. She is busy meeting every-day players on both sides of the conflict. She befriends the Jewish human rights lawyer who sleeps with her Palestinian clients (only the cute ones). Then there is Amos the Israeli soldier who tidies up the sock drawers of the Palestinian homes he has raided and searched. There is her Palestinian camera operator who surprises the security at the airport by stripping right away to save them asking. He also likes to smoke a joint as he travels through check points. She befriends a hard line jewish settler whom she appreciates for her straight-talking advice about her troubled marriage. Her difficult family life becomes a metaphor for the conflict. Her daughter becomes a flag waving patriot for Israel. In a harrowing episode, refugees spit on the young girl. Her son's sympathies lie with the Palestinians. The houses she lives in also become metaphors - some haunted by the ghosts of the Palestinians who used to live there before they fled, others modern but sterile. Even the hospitals the and the airports are somehow part of the story but also reflections of the big picture. Her sympathies obviously lean towards the Palestinian cause, but when she gives birth she feels most comfortable with a doctor who is an orthodox Jew. An atheist, she takes appreciates Jewish rituals and ceremonies but finds it hard to feel part of the big family. She learns to love this strange city the hard way. She is clearly going through a period of some emotional distress. At the end she is almost humiliated by the experience of being a reluctant as well as an unlikely settler. She is literally and metaphorically stipped naked, and somehow rebuilds. It's a great read and a great journey. A minor classic.


Yamaha F370 Full Size Acoustic Guitar - Natural
Yamaha F370 Full Size Acoustic Guitar - Natural

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely guitar, 29 April 2014
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It's beautifully made. it sounds lovely. It's easy to play. Very good value for money. My favourite possession.

Who is it suitable for? Well I played guitar quite a bit in my youth. Now I wanted to take it up again for my mid-life crisis. I wanted something pretty good without shelling out a fortune. It really fits the bill.


Acer Aspire One 722 11.6 inch Netbook - Black (AMD Dual-Core C-60 1GHz, RAM 2GB, HDD 320GB, LAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit)
Acer Aspire One 722 11.6 inch Netbook - Black (AMD Dual-Core C-60 1GHz, RAM 2GB, HDD 320GB, LAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit)

79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice little machine, 25 Feb. 2012
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This is a seriously nice little machine for light use. It is perfect for surfing the web and writing documents with something like OpenOffice. Installing Chrome will also improve the experience over Internet Explorer. The modern processor and 2GB of RAM really make a difference over lower specced netbooks, though of course a fully fledged notebook or laptop would have much more power. Instead of power, what you get is a light and slim machine that is easy to take around with you. The build quality is fine - but not ulta-solid - I wouldn't like to drop it or give it a knock - this isn't a brick. The keys are a little thin feeling, but they are light to touch, and I find them easy to use. The touchpad has mac-like gestures, which are nice.
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Net Profit: How to Succeed in Digital Business
Net Profit: How to Succeed in Digital Business
by David Soskin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical down to earth and essential guide, 8 Sept. 2011
David Soskin built a profitable internet business at a time when many others were investing vast sums, and then crashing. As this book shows, his business (cheapflights.com), succeeded with very little up-front investment, and a lot of hard work. Net Profit will tell you a lot about the basics of managing a business - including issues like finding the right office space and recruiting the right staff. Its focus is on sound management, cost-controls, revenues, and customer relationships - but it is all told in the context of recent internet history. It shows how many internet businesses co-exist with bricks and mortar businesses and how the old economy and the new are merging. It's very down to earth, and if you read it, you will come away focusing and the essentials that will help you survive and thrive online.


China Surreal: A Photo Essay by Mark Henley
China Surreal: A Photo Essay by Mark Henley
by Mark Henley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Insightful, 30 Jan. 2008
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Henley clearly got his boots dirty while producing this magnificent photo essay on changing China. His journey into the furthest corners of the Middle Kingdom takes us through the mud and rubble of a country reconstructing and reinventing itself. But the ever-present question is whether the people traveling along this journey fully comprehend where it is taking them. Western symbols of material aspiration are bizarrely plastered over the confusion of a state in transition. The result is a collection of surreal but subtle juxtapositions. Henley's observations are sometimes ironic, but always full of humanity. His images are both enjoyable and deeply insightful, and together they form an important documentary of today's China.


How To Love Yourself: Cherishing the Incredible Miracle That You Are
How To Love Yourself: Cherishing the Incredible Miracle That You Are
by Louise Hay
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.98

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointment, 26 Dec. 2007
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I greatly enjoyed Louise's book, and the CD is a repetition of the book spoken in a dry and boring voice in a lecture hall with people coughing and sneezing in the background. This is Louise cashing in. You may as well listen to the cash register tink- tink-tink...


Remington HC8017 Hair Clipper
Remington HC8017 Hair Clipper

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Chews and pulls hair, 25 Sept. 2004
When it works, it does the job. But it quickly gets blocked with hair and then it starts to chew and pull. We unblocked it a a couple of times during each hair-cutting session (and I don't have that much hair) by following the instructions, but then it got permanently blocked. I'm afraid it's in the bin now and we are trying another make.


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