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German Europe
German Europe
by Ulrich Beck
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.63

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars European Germany in a German Europe, 7 July 2013
This review is from: German Europe (Hardcover)
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This short book (only 100 pages) presents us with a thesis on the place of Germany in Europe and the possible trajectory of the European crisis. The essay starts well and places the author within the common range of anxieties that plague us all: What will happen if Germany continues to dominate policy discourses in Europe, why is Germany taking the stance it has adopted in favour of austerity, what are the local, national and European implications of this. In the first 30 pages or so the book raises very similar concerns to my work Redefining the Market-State Relationship: Responses to the Financial Crisis and the Future of Regulation (Routledge Research in Finance and Banking Law)and I was getting quite exchited. Alas, the future that the author sees is one of further unification and integration. We have therefore once again the divide that plagues the European left, how does one overcome current difficulties and bridge the legitimacy vacuum: more or less European integration? I belong in the second category, so I am not very well accepting of the essay's conclusions. The author fails to explain how this cosmopolitan pan european democracy will come about, in the same way as Habermas fails to convince in The Crisis of the European Union: A Response. The reason why I object so much to this book to only give it 2 stars, is the proposed notion of European leaders and eurocrats as a 'revolutionary cell' striving to undo the sclerosis of national politics. Tell that to Greek pensioners receiving less and less every month. Maybe economic orthodoxy and austerity is not so 'revolutionary' after all.


Ikra Flexotrim ATHS-2440 24V Lithium Ion Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Ikra Flexotrim ATHS-2440 24V Lithium Ion Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Price: 143.35

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Problem with battery and flimsy, 4 July 2013
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I never had a hedge trimmer (I lacked a hedge to trim), so I am not exactly sure what to expect here, but I am not too impressed with this specimen. The machine looks capable of doing what it promises (trim hedges, extend to unimaginable heights etc). It is quite heavy, even after a 5' test my arms hurt (but maybe that's just me) and its plastic bits seem fairly cheap. The big problem is the battery. I read and followed the instructions and it did not do what it is supposed to do. The charger is meant to flash green when charging. Mine does so for 5' and then goes dark (which is not supposed to happen). When I tried it, the trimmer did not work at all, the second time it worked for 10 seconds, after a 3rd attempt at a charge, it worked for 5'. I run out of hedge after 5 min, so I will post an update once I find something else to trim, but I don't have much faith in the battery lasting for long. Now, on the actual trimming thing, this worked so long as it (or the hedge) lasted. I would advise to wait for a few more reviews to come up before you decide to buy this product.


Exodus (Extinction Point Book 2)
Exodus (Extinction Point Book 2)
by Paul Antony Jones
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good take on a known topic, 4 July 2013
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This is a very well done book on a topic that has been done almost to exhaustion. I read this after reading Breakers (Breakers, Book 1) which I got for free for the Kindle. I was initially a bit dissapointed that the story was the same (alien virus leading to destruction of humanity and invasion), but quickly the book showed that good writing centred around a key chacacted can deliver an enjoyable read, even if the themes are predictable. This book is apparently part of a trilogy, but it can be read in isolation. The story follows a female character as she makes her way from New York to the north of the continent in an attempt to meet up with what appear to be the sole survivors of an alien seeded virus. The refreshing thing is that what happens is fairly novel and characters that the heroine meets do things that you would not expect, eg die! All in all a great effort and a good read.


The Twelve (Passage Trilogy 2)
The Twelve (Passage Trilogy 2)
by Justin Cronin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.27

3.0 out of 5 stars not the follow up you were expecting, 22 Jun 2013
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I loved the passage and pre-ordered this to be sure to have it asap. I am a little disappointed however. As other reviewers have noted the story is disjointed, nothing much is happening that is new or exciting. There is a lack of tension and the end is underwhelming. I will not be getting the last installment to the trilogy. I am afraid the author has over-reached.


Breakers (Book 1)
Breakers (Book 1)
Price: 0.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, 8 Jun 2013
This review is from: Breakers (Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This is very well written book. It is part of a trilogy, but this is not a serialised volume, meaning that it is a substantial book (not a 50 page intro). I enjoyed it, and the story is interesting, taking you from a viral apocalyptic beginning to something different altogether (no spoilers here, don't worry). I am not sure the plot is thick enough to continue with the same force in the other books, but I surely enjoyed this one.


My Cat Pip: Pip, Pip, Hooray!
My Cat Pip: Pip, Pip, Hooray!
by Hachette Children's Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: 4.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lift-the-flap book for over 4yr olds, 4 Jun 2013
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This is a very nice lift-the-flap book. The illustrations are very nice, and Pip quickly becomes a recognisable character. The book has 7 double sided 'rooms' and 2 extra pages (beginning and end) where kids are invited to look in a fairly busy picture and answer questions contained behind the flaps. There is no significant overall story to follow, but this does not matter as the book is about observation and basic arithmetic. I would not recommend to kids lower than 4 as they may have the counting skills but will lack the concetration to discover things in the situations presented. Also smaller kids tend to rip the flaps fairly soon, which will destroy the purpoce of the book. these books are not very long lasting as the kids remember the answers after a few times, but it is still a good book to have.


Emjoi MICRO Pedi Portable Pedicure Device
Emjoi MICRO Pedi Portable Pedicure Device
Price: 22.89

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter waste of money, 29 May 2013
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If you are someone with nice soft skin, you will enjoy this, as it will give you a nice massage and will deal with anything slightly rough around the edges. If you are a dude with seriously dry feet you will achieve better results dragging your heels on the pavement on the way to the trash where you will deposit this little wonder of uselessness. Where do I begin? It needs batteries that are not supplied, which in any case run out of power long before any results. The little grating rotating thing went completely smooth and lost any grip after about 15 seconds of meeting skin. But as they say you can always buy some more of these ridiculously named things, to spend another ineffectual 15 seconds. I have never been annoyed so much by any product. This is I guess the sort of thing you buy drunk on telemarketing at 4am, and then curse the beers you were having. Go buy yourselves a 2.99 grater thing at boots and be done with it.


Mr Bridge (Penguin Modern Classics)
Mr Bridge (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Evan S. Connell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A snapshot of another era, 15 May 2013
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This is a very interesting book, but not a pleasant one to read. It offers a snapshot of an era where men were 'real men', meaning unable to articulate any feelings or relate to their families. I am not sure whether this is true, or a caricature, but it must have been true of many. The book is set in the 1930s, but it could relate to any other era till the 1970s, or even today in more traditional societies. The problem with the book is that by modern western standards Mr Bridge is a wholly disagreable character. This has made the book difficult to get through, and while it deserves the title of a 'classic', it is not a classic you can read in the tube on the way to work.


In the Sea There Are Crocodiles
In the Sea There Are Crocodiles
by Fabio Geda
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars the plight of a refugee next to you, 14 May 2013
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Oh, immigration is bad, evil foreigners come and take your jobs, steal and do evil things in their foreign evil ways. Everyone knows that prostituting yourself to raise the money to pay for being stuffed in a boot and smuggled into Europe, starved and abused along the way, is an immigrant's idea of fun. Everyone loves to be in a country they know nothing about and held into slavery while they 'repay' their transit fees. This book exposes what the real life of a refugee is like. What immigration means for the majority of poor people banging on the doors of Europe. This book may cause you to think whether our treatment of immigrants is right, whether perhaps we owe them something. Are we responsible for international poverty you may say? No one is responsible for anything, ever. The west is not to blame for the legacy of collonialism, in the same way that the rich of Kensigton have nothing to do with the deprivation of rough estates... or do they? A wonderful thought provoking book to read.


Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles
Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles
by Ruchir Sharma
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 21.81

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A moneyed outsider's view of the world, 14 May 2013
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Envisage the following: You are a rich investor who knows his stuff. You receive a call from the Prime minister of Underdevelopstan asking for help. You pack your bag and don your nice suit and off you go to the airport. When you get there you take a look around and in about 10' you have figured things out. Its growth stupid! Why don't these silly natives get it? You have to grow your way out of poverty! So you advise the prime minister to implement the usual package that makes countries internationally competitive, you lower wages, you close down factories that produce things that people at Waitrose don't want, you abolish the public sector and allow opportunity to flourish. While you are at it you get a loan from the IMF and ring your friends on Wall Street informing them that this country is the next Breakout Nation. All in a day's work you may say. On your way back to the airport you bump into Jeffrey Sachs who stopped over for a latte after fixing the country next door. If only life was like that and the natives everywhere followed the advice of the wall street boys, oh wait a second, they did! I almost forgot about the 1990s and all the post soviet states. Anyway, there are investment opportunities in the nations discussed here, shame I left my last billion in my other trousers.


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