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Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith and War in a Shattered State (African Arguments)
Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith and War in a Shattered State (African Arguments)
by Mary Harper
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding overview, 19 Mar. 2012
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This is an outstanding overview of Somalia. With relevant history, insights and analysis, Harper unpicks some of the more subtle threads contributing to what is a highly complex situation. For an introduction to some of the most topical issues, this is a fantastic place to start; very well written and highly readable, with some good pointers in the right direction for other related reads.


The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda
The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention: Genocide in Rwanda
by Alan J. Kuperman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspective but megacalculations in hindsight, 19 Mar. 2012
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This is a critical review of military intervention that potentially could have been deployed by the US during the Rwandan genocide. Deeply researched with lots of figures and statistics, Kuperman's argument is indeed interesting. Ultimately, however, his conclusions are based on megacalculations with a lot of instances of extrapolation. One perspective in a complex debate. To get an idea of his key findings from this book, they are summarised in a 2000 Foreign Affairs article, 'Rwanda in Retrospect'.


A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide
A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide
by Linda Melvern
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic overview of Rwandan genocide, 11 Mar. 2012
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During the course of a number of years of university study, I've read widely around Rwanda and find the country and its history deeply interesting. This book provides an extensive and broad-sweeping overview of events, with the content praised by Roméo Dallaire himself, UNAMIR Force Commander during the genocide. There is particular focus on the roles of Belgium, France and the US, with significant discussion of the UK with regards to Security Council action (or inaction). The author clearly approaches the subject matter sensitively and objectively, but the message at the end is clear. Highly recommended.


Who Fights? Who Cares?: War and Humanitarian Action in Africa
Who Fights? Who Cares?: War and Humanitarian Action in Africa
by Alexander De Waal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, awfully produced, 11 Mar. 2012
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Anyone familiar with de Waal will know that he makes a sound and engaging argument. However, in this particular book, he resorts to numbered lists in almost every subsection (of which there are many). Additionally, these don't seem to really flow together and you're left with a hodge-podge of ideas thrown together. To cap it off, the production of the book is awful, with errors on almost every page: spelling mistakes, missed words, odd formatting, printed 3/4 signs between words. Seems very rushed and expensive for the quality, despite the content being largely involving.


New Classix 2008
New Classix 2008
Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: £4.08

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely superb collection, 1 Jun. 2008
This review is from: New Classix 2008 (Audio CD)
This is a superb collection of classical tracks that have been mixed and updated by a wide range of artists. There is still enough here to please the traditionalist, but it is different and modern enough to entertain the younger generation too!


55 Degrees North - Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [2004]
55 Degrees North - Series 1 & 2 [DVD] [2004]
Dvd ~ Don Gilet

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely original, 26 Mar. 2008
55 Degrees North sets itself apart from other television police dramas. Not only are the cases engaging and varied, but the subplots running throughout both series address serious issues, whilst being presented in an extremely enjoyable and watchable fashion.

CPS/police relations are explored, as well as the struggle for recognition within a police department. As a black detective, Nicky Cole (Don Gilet) has to win over his new team up North, along the way coming across weighty investigations revolving around topics as diverse as genetic engineering, date rape, extortion, racism and even fathers' plights to gain access to their children.

At the same time, 55 Degrees North manages to remain fresh, and a light hearted moment is just around the corner. The two series are superbly balanced, juggling Cole's personal life, tragedies and work, as well as allowing ample time to delve deeper into the carefully selected and researched cases.

This really is a breath of fresh air in the oversubscribed police drama department. Lightweight enough to make for a pleasant evening's viewing, but substantial enough to get you thinking!


Lowepro Topload Zoom Mini Case For SLR and Short Zoom for Canon 550D, 500D, 1000D, Nikon D3000, Samsung NX10, PL1, Panasonic G2,  Sony Alpha A450 - Black Case
Lowepro Topload Zoom Mini Case For SLR and Short Zoom for Canon 550D, 500D, 1000D, Nikon D3000, Samsung NX10, PL1, Panasonic G2, Sony Alpha A450 - Black Case

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fit for the D40x, 8 Jan. 2008
This is a superb fit for the Nikon D40x. The inside is well cushioned and the frame is sturdy and offers excellent protection for day-to-day use. Wouldn't want to carry it on a belt, but the shoulder strap allows for easier carriage. Space is limited for other kit, but the front pocket can hold a spare memory card, remote and one or two other small accessories. A high quality case for the price.


Oregon Smart Trainer Heart Rate Monitor
Oregon Smart Trainer Heart Rate Monitor

4.0 out of 5 stars Entry level product, 4 Jan. 2008
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For the price, this heart rate monitor is pretty good. With an easily readable display and adjustable target levels, it's fairly straightforward to get going with a bit of prodding and poking. The manual isn't the best, but the functions are not wide ranging, so it doesn't take too long to get a feel for the watch. The transmitter strap does have a tendency to slip and slide a little, and the readings stop as it does so, but if firmly attached and comfortably positioned, then normal function is wholly adequate.


House
House
Price: £15.31

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only a fraction of House, 4 Jan. 2008
This review is from: House (Audio CD)
The music used in House M.D. is wide ranging, and dips into an inordinate number of genres. That variety is not really captured on this CD. Although the songs are listenable, you really have to be in the right mood for it, because of the slow, fairly downbeat tone of things. In saying that, each artist has the gift of being able to sing well without the need for a cohort of backing singers and cranked up music, resulting in a quality, carefully organised production. This isn't the essential House collection, as many of the more memorable tracks used on the show do not appear here, yet if you appreciate good music - on the same theme as that used in the programme - then you will enjoy this collection.


The World of the Polar Bear
The World of the Polar Bear
by Norbert Rosing
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photography at it's Best, 4 Jan. 2008
This book is simply superb. Each picture is a joy to behold, as Norbert Rosing manages to really capture the life of the polar bear. This is a unique collection, with many unseen photographs, that maps a year in the life of this great animal. It is a high quality production with stunning photography and an informative commentary of events.


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