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The People On The Street: A Writer's View Of Israel
The People On The Street: A Writer's View Of Israel
by Linda Grant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very candid, 10 April 2006
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This was a very interesting short book, which describes how the rebellious teenage author would take the contrary position to her immigrant Jewish father on a whole range of issues, including the state of Israel. This provoked her to go to Israel and spend four months there speaking and meeting ordinary Israelis in street side cafes.
It's an easy book to read, with some illuminating characters. Perfect for people who might not know all the complicated context of the Israel / Palestine conflict.
I'd thoroughly recommend this book. It's enough to whet your appetite to learn more about Israel.


Nikon 10.5MM F2.8G AF DX IF-ED FISHEYE-NIKKOR
Nikon 10.5MM F2.8G AF DX IF-ED FISHEYE-NIKKOR
Price: £549.00

34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lens, 6 Jan. 2006
This is a really fantastic lens. I've used it with my Nikon D70, and have got some fantastic results. It brings corner to corner 180° warped perspective views, which can be kept in their original format, or converted to ultra wide angle views with Nikon Capture software. The nature of the subject will determine whether the software needs to be used.
The lens in a pretty good value of money for a Nikkor lens, particularly when you consider that it can be used as a conventional wide angle, if you're happy to crop your images.
You won't regret getting this lens!
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South America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide)
South America on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide)
by Sandra Bao
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, 1 Dec. 2005
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This is a pretty good book. Not all consolidated LP books are of equal quality, but I was pleased with the accuracy and volume of detail for each country. The crucial thing like border crossing points, times, and rough costs were good. Not much else really matters.


Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End
Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End
by Tarquin Hall
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 9 Aug. 2005
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One of the most candid accounts of modern day life in the East End. Tarquin's account of his time on Brick Lane, and the plethora of characters that inhabit the street are rich and diverse. From asylum seekers to drug addicts; each story is a treasure. Being a resident of one of the streets coming off Brick Lane, I can identify with his accurate betrayal of the local people. Tarquin hasn't relied on naff cliché and stereotypes to write an interesting book and unlike so many books (one with a similar name!); there is no hyperbole or gratuitous exaggeration. Worthy of much praise!


Protestant Boy
Protestant Boy
by Geoffrey Beattie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moving and honest account, 8 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: Protestant Boy (Paperback)
This is a very moving and honest account of his childhood days in one of the most dangerous parts of north Belfast. The world of violence and sectarianism sounds terrifying and frightening. The author looks at his family's military history, and the role of the Ulster regiments in the Great War, focusing particularly on the battle of the Somme, where tens of thousands of Ulstermen died. Interestingly, there is time to spend looking the physiological impact of the men who survived, and how their time at war must have left a huge burden for them during the remainder of their lives.
The book ends with his quest to find out about his own ancestors, what they did and where they were from.


Nikon 70-300mm F4.5-5.6D ED AF Zoom Lens
Nikon 70-300mm F4.5-5.6D ED AF Zoom Lens

29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good lens, 13 Jun. 2005
I'm pretty positive about this lens; good build quality, good range and good quality optics. It is, perhaps, just a tad slow at focussing, which can be a pain.
Well worth buying if you need a medium range telephoto.


Belkin Digital Camera Link for iPod with Dock Connector
Belkin Digital Camera Link for iPod with Dock Connector
Offered by MarkdownElectricals
Price: £7.99

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most useful things I've ever bought, 14 April 2005
Fairly simple bit of technology, but with the advent and growth of digital photography, this is a real life saver. Few people could fill an iPod with photos over the course of a holiday (I've tried!), but with the capacity, there's no worries about running out of space. If you're planning a trip covering more than 2 weeks, you'll fine this very useful.
I cannot rate this highly enough. Credit goes to the makers of the iPod for coming up with a device that is so resistant to shock, that taking it in the most adventurous travel situations is possible.


Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop
Secret Histories: Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop
by Emma Larkin
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful view of today's Burma, 1 Feb. 2005
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Any reader of Orwell will have read the magnificent Burmese Days, one of his earliest novels. To map the journey and try to recreate some of the context of Orwell's time as a colonial policeman was an innovative task, and one which the author has completed well.
The author draws many parallels from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four and today's near totalitarian Burma. The police state, the constant surveillance, and the perpetual state of war are all things which Orwell focused on. Meeting various people and visiting all the places that Orwell is known to have lived in, she sets up an informal Orwell Book Club (unknown to the military regime in the town). There is plenty of enthusiasm for Eric Blair amongst educated English readers in Burma despite most of his books (although not Burmese Days) being banned.
The book looks at Orwell's enthusiasm (or lack of) for the Empire, and his rocky relationship with Kipling, moving from fascination to contempt and then to understanding.


Harman Multimedia JBL On-Stage Docking Speaker System for iPod and iPod mini
Harman Multimedia JBL On-Stage Docking Speaker System for iPod and iPod mini

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 4 Jan. 2005
Great device. Not only generates a great base and crystal clear sound, but allows you to use it as a replacement for you existing iPod dock. Allows audio in also, which is very useful.
Perhaps a little expensive, but it's a pretty cool bit of kit.


Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide)
Southeast Asia on a Shoestring (Lonely Planet Shoestring Guide)
by Marie Cambon
Edition: Turtleback

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but rely on it too heavily, 17 Dec. 2004
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A good book, which his indispensable when travelling. However, you would be well advised not to rely too heavily on this book, as much of the information can be out-of-date by the time it is printed.


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