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Hama Dust Ex Brush Air Blower
Hama Dust Ex Brush Air Blower
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great product, 8 Oct 2014
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Item arrived on time and as described by the seller. More to the point - it worked and rectified something that several other devices failed to address


Hack Attack: How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch
Hack Attack: How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Aug 2014
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Shocking and well written. Thank the Lord for the likes of Nick Davies. Highly recommended


DIGIFLEX Digital LCD Food Thermometer Cooking Probe
DIGIFLEX Digital LCD Food Thermometer Cooking Probe
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and accurate, 20 Jun 2014
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Price economically. Functionally easy to use. The results are obtained quickly. An excellent and invaluable addition to the kitchen arsenal.


5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond
5 Days in May: The Coalition and Beyond
by Andrew Adonis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

4.0 out of 5 stars an absorbing and thought provoking read, 8 Nov 2013
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Andrew Adonis - arguably the thinking man of the centre-left and this is a highly engaging account of the coalition discussions. What struck me on first read was how little the respective parties seemed to know or grasp about the developing situation. I would say that the Liberal Democrats come across as duplicitous and towards the end of the book Adonis argues that Clegg was already more "to the right" that had previously been understood. Certainly worth a read and given that there is at least an even money chance of another "coalition" after the next election there are lessons to be learned (for all sides).

As for Adonis - he comes across with authority, intelligence and no little political insight.


The Bibendum Cookbook
The Bibendum Cookbook
by Terence Conran
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars More top tips from Simon Hopkinson, 12 July 2013
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An excellent book for the average to good cook looking to build on their technique and repertoire. Anybody who has seen Simon Hopkinson's recent TV work will find his infectious enthusiasm for all things "food" reflected in the pages of this book. I hope you enjoy as much as I have


Invero � Battery for Canon
Invero � Battery for Canon

2.0 out of 5 stars not suitable for my Canon EOS 5d Mark II, 6 Feb 2013
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To be fair the item arrived quickly and on time but fundamentally it is not fit for purpose - it does not fit into my Canon EOS 5D Mark II as described and therefore I have to give a poor review. There were no details within the package to enable me to return so I will just have to accept the mistake.


Kitchen Secrets
Kitchen Secrets
by Raymond Blanc
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiasm from Raymond...., 28 Nov 2012
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A fabulous book packed with helpful hints and tips which (I believe and hope) have moved my cooking skills to a higher level. All in all, probably more for the enthusiastic cook rather than a beginner but the recipes for the "Cornish Fish soup" and "Fillet of mackerel, shaved fennel salad and soy lime glaze" are my initial highlights. Frankly I am looking forward to tackling some of the remaining recipes - Comte cheese souffle looks particularly enticing.
Like watching the great man on TV it is difficult not to be carried along with his enthusiasm for food.
I hope you enjoy


Becoming a Critical Thinker: A Guide for the New Millennium
Becoming a Critical Thinker: A Guide for the New Millennium
by Robert Todd Carroll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £39.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 22 Nov 2011
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This book was recommended by the authors of "Hard Facts" which in itself is an excellent business book. As a way to build up one's critical thinking "muscle" I think this book is an excellent help and I would heartily recommend. I have long thought that more MBA classes / courses should spend more time on decision making and impediments thereto and hence I think many new qualified MBAs (and others) would benefit from this book.
I hope you enjoy
Roger


It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its only the most surprising remaster..., 18 Feb 2011
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Let me say straight out that I am a lifelong Stones fan and I have had this album since it was released in October 74. To be honest for me, it has never been in the class of their purple patch (Beggars Banquet through to Exile on Main St) but of all the recent remastered albums I think this one has come up with the biggest shine.

It has its high spots; the title track, the Philly inspired "If you really want to be my friend," Fingerprint FIle with its echoes of post Watergate paranoia, and the fabulous Time waits for no one with My Taylor playing some beautiful guitar are all excellent. If you can't rock me, Ain't too proud to beg and Dance Little Sister are all more than credible as album tracks and considerably sharper thanks to the remastering process. All that said, Till the next goodbye is toe curdling bad and Luxury despite a great review from the writer Roy Carr, is an attempt at reggae cross over which doesn't quite get there - in fact Jagger's attempt to sound vaguely Jamaican doesn't help proceedings. As for "Short and Curlies" well along with the album cover I think it might have been better left for another day.

In summary, some high points, a sparky intro / opening to the album, Mick Taylor's playing on Time waits for no one and the overall quality of the remastering make this worthy of further investigation. At time of writing this can be purchased for less than £7 from Uncle Amazon which in my book is good value for money.

If you have all of their albums from the aforementioned purple patch then this is worth buying - more to this album than one might initially think on first listen and on balance it would compare quite favourably with most of their output post "Tattoo You."
I hope the above helps
Roger Bell


Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars their best line up - with Mick Taylor, 18 Feb 2011
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Exile on Main St (which is a great record) often gets the plaudits but Sticky Fingers pushes it to a very close photo finish. Simply put, it is a great album with the Stones, perhaps feeling more confident and "sparky" with Mick Taylor now in the band, take on the blues, ballads, country rock alongside their more "traditional" Chuck Berry like output. Several of the tracks were recorded in Alabama and it shows - the remastered version of Wild Horses is worth the price of the cd alone. Furthermore, as we now know from his excellent autobiography, by now Keith had mastered his own form of open tuning and his playing throughout the album is simply magnificent.

Perhaps they had been listening to early Santana because by track 4; Can't you here me knocking, they were in the mood for an extended "jam" session, a term later abused by "progressive rock" but in this context it demonstrates all of their talents to excellent effect. From the beginning "killer riff" from Uncle Keith through to Bobby Keyes saxophone and then finally in comes Mick Taylor with some fabulous lead guitar. This track is a true delight.

Jagger sings well, Charlie Watts is his usual sublime mode of percussive economy and in so doing demonstrates what rock drumming is all about.

However in the end great albums all need great songs; Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Sister morphine, I got the blues (with a fabulous organ solo from the late lamented Billy Preston), Moonlight Mile and arguably Sway are all up there with the best of the Stones canon. A fabulous record and the remastered version has finally done justice to the CD format. Highly recommended.

I hope you enjoy
Roger Bell


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