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Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong (3rd Edition) (Overcoming Common Problems)
Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong (3rd Edition) (Overcoming Common Problems)
by Tim Cantopher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, clear, friendly, helpful, 2 April 2014
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Have read other books on depression, but this one is a very good introduction for the patient and those close..
Cantopher has a gentle, relaxed conversational style, with occasional well measured light humour, as if you are sitting in his consulting room.
But you probably could not afford the time for him to spell out all this common sense.
If you, or a loved one, suspect depression, or have been diagnosed, then read this to help get a perspective on what depression is all about. You can read it a few hours, and probably read it again when you feel the need, as I found.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Compatible or identical?, 2 April 2014
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I had another compatible product for a year which eventually cracked round the USB, then the power switch.
Ordered this as cheap fill-in till I upgrade.
Came quickly, in Google/LG packet. How compatible was that?
Was the same in every detail as the other compatible.
Was it compatible, or legit Google stock being sold off?
Who knows? Who cares at this price. :-)


TumbleWeed Glyphosate 500 ml Liquid Concentrate Weedkiller
TumbleWeed Glyphosate 500 ml Liquid Concentrate Weedkiller
Price: 10.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch it while you can, 24 Aug 2013
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I have used Tumbleweed concentrate, and gel for weeds in amongst precious plants, for many years, as glyphosphate still seems the best systemic available for persistent weeds like bind weed, and other "garden thugs".
Since Scott's/Monsanto took over, they seem to be phasing it out, in favour of Roundup, e.g. Tumbleweed gel has disappeared.
I wrote to Scott's noting the price premium Roundup commands, and got a straight bat reply, acknowledging they both use same active ingredient, but are marketed in different ways(?!?). So, no reason to pay premium for Roundup, unless you value the quality of the Roundup marketing.
So, now that I have stocked up ;), I heartily recommend to save money by buying up Tumbleweed, before Scott's finally withdraws the product in favour of Roundup.
FWIW The only difference I have ever noticed between comparable weedkillers is the way some weedkillers stick to leaves. Many weeds have evolved to let water run off their leaves. glyphosphate has to be absorbed by the weeds through the leaf, thence through the plant to its roots, which is essential for weeds like bindweed which spread and persist under ground.
My father, widely praised for his green fingers, always added a drop of washing up detergent to his sprayer, to break down surface tension, allowing the spray to cling to and dry onto the leaf.


Neu!
Neu!
Price: 9.20

5.0 out of 5 stars The future predicted, 24 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Neu! (Audio CD)
Frightening how long ago this was recorded.
I hadn't heard it for years, but it is still fresh.
You can hear so many influences that have emerged through the generations.
Absolutely worth a listen.


A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works (Dover Thrift Editions)
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Jonathan Swift
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful historic satire, 24 Aug 2013
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If you like satire, jut read these pieces to see how well it can be done.
The title piece is a wonderful reductio ad absurdum, how to make clear how irrational a position is by taking it to the (il-)logical conclusion.


The Botanist Islay Gin from The General Wine Company
The Botanist Islay Gin from The General Wine Company
Offered by General Wine Company
Price: 40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Amusingly different, 24 Aug 2013
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A lovely distillation, a little stronger at 46%, beautifully smooth, with gently distinctive nose.
Still doing comparative tastings, but no one yet has been other than impressed.
Works well in standard G&T, easy on the tonic to let the botanicals come through.
Haven't yet found the perfect way to enjoy it, but working hard, may need another bottle, or two, to complete my research ;-)


End This Depression Now!
End This Depression Now!
by Paul Krugman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up hope - something can be done!, 4 Oct 2012
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Plenty of others have gone over the details of Krugman's arguments. But it's not a long book, and it's an easy enough read if you have any interest in economics and politics. The arguments are mostly in human behavioural terms, explaining how you and I have reacted to the crisis, and how we would react to a properly managed intervention.

His core plea that the governments do something, rather than wait for the markets (who seem to be still making money without a recovery), has some considerable resonance for those of us suffering with depressed businesses. We have been waiting four years for the recovery, and it seems years away. The optimistic tone that something could be done is somehow more reassuring than the pervasive baleful negativity of the austerity demanded by Serious People. For that alone, it is worth reading.


Hozelock Metal Adjustable Nozzle Watering Gun 2690
Hozelock Metal Adjustable Nozzle Watering Gun 2690
Price: 11.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No real flow control, 5 Sep 2012
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Bought to replace plastic 'jet gun', wrecked by landscapers mixing cement.
Thought it would be more robust. Probably will be.
But it lacks the flow control relying on the trigger which is harder to finesse than on the jet gun, without the extra flow control on top of the gun.
The spray nozzle is also less refined, neither as wide and soft at one end, nor as pure iand straight at the other end of the range.


Skios
Skios
by Michael Frayn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.79

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a farce!, 24 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Skios (Hardcover)
I read this on holiday in Skiathos, just before the Booker long list came out, which rather surprised me, because this was supposed to my light read, in amongst my heavier "Booker" stuff, like Jacobsen, Carey and Mantel.

I thought it a fun day's reading on a sun lounger. Recommended it to my wife, she thought it ordinary, had the Booker lost the plot?

The plot, like all farces, hangs on a series of plausible mistakes and coincidences.
Once the plot gets onto the slippery slope, Frayne rattles along with several laugh out loud moments. Various threads are handled well, with a lot of jump editing which presumably mirrors the film script which must surely already be in development.
It's not in the nature of farce to develop characters much, so there has to be some short cuts, but even so the characters have more back story than a play or film of the book will allow.
The focus is on plot, and timing, and dialogue, which Frayne's theatrical expertise serves well.
It is short and sharp enough not to put down.

The post modern ironic(?) denouement prefaced by "you are expecting this... but this is what actually happened" is an amusing indulgence, to little effect that I could sense.

The lead character, Oliver, wilfully impersonates - more than impersonates, steps into strangers' shoes, apparently for the thrill of not being found out. The basic premise that someone could compulsively be unable to resist being someone else is either interestingly novel, or implausible - I lean a little to implausible. Nevertheless, once belief is suspended, Oliver works well enough, although some of the faux savant bon mots (think Peter Sellers in Being There) again relies on a wilful naivete in Oliver's audience, who are supposed to be intellectual elites, all of which feels a little outdated for the 21st century.

I suppose there is a parallel with more sinister digital identity theft, but Frayne appears more concerned with the idea of how quickly, and what basis, trust is established between two strangers, how easily misconceptions can be established, and how hard such misconceptions are to break. When there are strong expectations there is scope for judgement to be suspended.

Maybe I should stop thinking too much. It's fun, enjoy a master craftsman at work.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Good products, 21 April 2011
good weight products for winter running.
Not sure what dri-fit is in reality, but these knitted not-quite-woollens work well, warm enough when you start, and not too hot when you are warmed up


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