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Living Cruelty Free: Live A More Compassionate Life (Greatest Guides)
Living Cruelty Free: Live A More Compassionate Life (Greatest Guides)
by Jennifer Thomson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide for making changes, 23 April 2012
First off let me say that i know the author and her partner (well i've known her partner for 15 years).

Never one to lecture folk about becoming a vegetarian he has in the past given a few bits of advice to me.

As such when i was got the book i knew what it was about.

Whilst i'm not comfortable with the thought of becoming vegetarian myself i do think this book has given me new information and inspired me to make some changes to MY LIFE that ensure i help others. A case in point is clothes - i used to stay away from the budget clothing stores (you'll know the ones) convinced that the only way they could make clothes so cheap was dubious quality AND child/sweat shop labour.

So i quite happily paid 20 for a t-shirt, convinced that there was "no way they would employ dubious labour sources".
Imagine my shock to discover one of the retailers i used was on the list and they weren't alone amoung the normal retail stores.

I've now chucked out all the clothes i bought from this store and am currently sourcing alternative brands.

That for me is the REAL VALUE of this book.

If you want to make ethical, EDUCATED choices based on how workers/animals are treated in the products you buy, then this book is a must.

Buying more exensive items doesn't guarantee they were produced ethically, all you've done is increase that companies profit margin/shareholder dividend.

I'm now in a much better position to make the correct choices about something i've been worried about for a long time.

That alone is worth the price.


Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything
Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything
by Kevin Cook
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Would liked to have met this man, 21 July 2011
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It's often been said that the late, great Oliver Reed would be a great guy to meet and have a drink with.

Well to that list you can add Titanic.

He crammed more into his life than most of us would do if we had ten!!!.

I've learnt a bit about how to play sports better, how to talk to women better and how to get more respect in work.

It's not meant as a self help manual but there are lessons to be learnt as well as a very good story.

How much of it is true is up for debate, but as we all know facts don't always make a good story.....


India - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture
India - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture
by Becky Stephen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpfull, 21 July 2011
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I read this within 2 days as i was going on a trip to India.

I found it changed my perception of what Indian culture is about and helped me understand more about the driving force behind this diverse and interesting country.

A good read if your planning a trip to India or if you're just interested in India itself.


Braun Series 5 590cc-3 Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver with Clean & Renew Charger
Braun Series 5 590cc-3 Electric Rechargeable Male Foil Shaver with Clean & Renew Charger
Price: 101.09

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great shaver but worth the money?, 25 Oct 2010
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I've been using this shaver for a month now and I am very pleased with it.

In my opinion and experience electric shavers can't give you quite as close a shave as a good razor (a Mach 3 for example).

If you shave everyday this isn't normally a problem but for people like me with sensitive skin who need to let a bit of growth build up to avoid razor burn, an electric shaver can be a problem.

Either you put pre-shave on and lots of cold water followed by moisturiser afterwards, or you let the beard grow and the electric shaver struggles to shave you without literally catching and pulling hairs out ( a bit discomforting).

I tried both methods with this shaver and am pleased to report that I don't suffer nearly as much razor burn as I did with my older cheaper shaver, nor did I suffer from a lot of pulling and grabbing with longer hairs. It left my skin with a relatively close shave (equivalent of a disposable twin blade) and a nice smooth feeling for the day

This shaver has an innovative cleaning system based on a cartridge containing (I assume) alcohol.

I don't know how long the cartridges last but I was cleaning the shaver every second shave and I still have a lot of fluid left.

However you can also go for the more economical method of using the brush and interestingly you can run the shaver under the tap.

I did this for one cleaning and it only took about 1 minute to clean and dry the shaver to a very good standard.

This begs the question as to why you would spend about 12 on 3 cleaning cartridges.

You could clean it under the tap once or twice a week and use the cleaning system the other time, that would ensure the shaver stays in good condition and works as intended.

As a standalone razor it's a good product but I'm not sure it's worth 160 even with the cleaning system.

If it comes down in price to about 100 I'd give it a bash.

It loses 1 star because of the frankly eye-watering price of the initial purchase and the 3 pack of cleaning cartridges (which should last 6-7 months of normal use). If you use the system as intended budget on 25 a year in cleaning fluid.


How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of.
How Not to Grow Up: A Coming of Age Memoir. Sort of.
by Richard Herring
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud, 16 Sep 2010
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Richard Herring :- One of a breed of "thinking person's comedians"

I got this book having seen Herring perform in the Glasgow Comedy Festival with his fantastic shot "The Hitler Moustache".

The show challenges you to question why people perceive other people as bad just because of a pre-disposition.

He's a very funny man and this book encapsulates what every man (and i'm sure a few girls) don't want to do.

Why not run along the road in wellingtons splashing in puddles?, why not go fishing for tadpoles.

If you've still got it dig out that old BMX from the shed, fix it up and go for a ride?

If this book teaches you anything is that sometimes the greatest times of your life was as a child, and while we all can't recapture the innocence of youth we can at least remember what it was like to have a more whoelsome, less selfish fun.

Read this book and you may be inspired (as i was) to take the world a bit less seriously (even for one day) and put a smile on you face.


The Pirate Devlin (Pirate Devlin 1)
The Pirate Devlin (Pirate Devlin 1)
by Mark Keating
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really gripping yarn!!, 16 Sep 2010
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This was a really enjoyable book.

The story is written in a clear way and the tension of Devlin's multiple adventures builds & builds.

The author spends an acceptable amount of time developing not only the characters but their relationship to each other. The plot is neither contrived nor outlandish and you find yourself admiring Devlin's wit and intelligence which is beyond the expectation of his former master.

There aren't so many plot twists but the book captures what i feel may be an accurate account of the kinship, fear and desire of those people who sailed the saeas of those days.

I felt a real affinity with all the characters and learnt a few new things about Pirates i did not know (they covet charts over treasure!!!).

The story itself is unique in that you feel anyone in those days could become a pirate.

The story builds slowly but bear with it because by page 90 or so i literally read the rest in one sitting!!.

5 stars


CrocAttack!
CrocAttack!
by Assaf Gavron
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a labour but decent, 25 Feb 2010
This review is from: CrocAttack! (Paperback)
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This book took a long while to get into so to speak.

I was 80+ pages into it before it started to grip me at all.

The other main problem was it tries to tell 2 stories at once at the same time and you quickly lose sight of one of the main characters (the terrorist).

That being said it was educational and did reach a satisfying mid point and ending.

With a few tweaks to the pacing of this book it would merit 4 stars.


Killerbowl
Killerbowl
by Gary K. Wolf
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really gripping thriller, 2 Feb 2010
This review is from: Killerbowl (Hardcover)
I have now read this book about 6 times over the years and am on my 3rd copy (having given the other 2 away as gifts).

You don't need to be a fan of American Football as there isn't a lot of technical game based writing in the book.

The parts of the game a complete novice needs to know are actually explained by the main character to a journalist so an in depth technical knowedge isn't essential.

The book does jump to different time periods, all within one calender year & all have a logical progression. It'll jump from the latest period of the book (the current Superbowl) back to a time period months before that telling the story of what led to this point. All of these jumps have a heading.

The writing is gripping and the story flows well.

You feel real empathy with the lead character - veteran quarterback T.K. Mann as he takes on disrespectfull younger opponents, corrupt officials & interfering media moguls.

It's certainly worth a few pounds if you're an american football fan or even if you're a fan of any sci-fi as there is enough changes in the world of 2011
to interest fans of that genre.

It would be good to see this made into a film but unfortunately it should have been done 20 years ago.


Career Reboot: 24 Tips for Tough Times
Career Reboot: 24 Tips for Tough Times
by John Lees
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.63

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fairly wideranging, 15 Dec 2009
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I got this for my girlfriend who had recently lost her job but got a new one.

She read the book and said it was a good guide for someone wanting to change their carear or if they had lost their job.

What it didn't focus so much on was if you had a specific carear path you wished to follow on how to do that.

Still as a guide from A-Z it covered most of the basis without drowning you with too much information


One More Year
One More Year
by Sana Krasikov
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good, 27 Aug 2009
This review is from: One More Year (Paperback)
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I ordered this booke because i have a Russian friend and i wanted to learn a little but more about the type of people they are without pestering her.

I was pleasantly surprised with both the content and the prose used in this book for a foreign writer.

This wasn't a book i would say that i "couldn't put down" but rather i enjoyed reading it at a steady pace.

The stories themselves make good reading.

All in all i'd recommend this book as something you'd take on holiday.


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