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Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know
Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know
by Ray Hilborn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written by an academic, suitable for everyone, 4 Jun 2013
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Before reading this book I thought overfishing had a singular definition, but Ray Hilborn shows us that there are many definitions for overfishing, depending on which criteria you apply.

Written in a Q&A style, this book is neither a dry, academic, tome or a tub-thumping, environmentalist vision of an oceanic apolcolypse, but lays out the issues in an easy to digest form.

Looking at the global fisheries industry, Ray Hilborn's experience and expertise are clearly evident on every page, covering a wide spectrum of topics, from historical overfishing to illegal fishing, from economic overfishing to marine protected areas.

If you are looking for a clear, concise book on the causes and effects of, and possible solutions to, overfishing, I would highly recommend this one.


The End Of The Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat
The End Of The Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat
by Charles Clover
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, if a little outdated, 4 Jun 2013
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This was the first book I read on over-fishing and marine conservation, and I would recommend it if you want an outsiders view on the global fishing industry.

Written almost in the style of a thriller novel, right from the introduction you are hooked (profuse apologies for the appauling pun!).

All joking aside, this is a truly thought-provoking book, detailing man's almost obsessive lust to catch the very last fish in the sea, whilst at the same time hoping that things will somehow, miraculously, improve.

It is fair to say that my view on the global fishing industry is very much different to before I opened this book, and has changed the way I see fish in the local supermarket to the point where I rarely buy fish as I cannot be certain where it has come from.

The lack of a 5-star rating should not deter you from purchasing this book, the fifth star was not added as I felt the book to be a little out-dated, being published in 2005, leaving 8 years of chronic mismanagement of the worlds fisheries uncovered.


Silent Seas - The Fish Race to the Bottom
Silent Seas - The Fish Race to the Bottom
by Isabella Lövin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about the seas at all, BUY THIS BOOK, 4 Jun 2013
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If you only buy one book regarding over-fishing and marine conservation, MAKE IT THIS ONE! Silent Seas - The Fish Race to the Bottom

This is the third book I have read on this topic (others also reviewed) and, despite the bias towards the Swedish fishing industry (as highlighted as early as page 12), is without doubt the best of the 3.

Isabella Lövin writes with a clarity and passion that rarely come from someone with no formal connections to the fishing industry. Issues such as discards, agreements with developing countries, the impact on fishing communities and the fishing industries stranglehold on global fishing policy are brought to life through personal stories, rather than relying on cold data.

It is easy to view this subject in a very academic manner, listing all of the fish species and stocks that are either close to, or pushed to, extinction, but by including the views of those so often directly affected by the decisions made by faceless bureaucrats thousands of miles away, causes the issue to take on a whole new, personal, dimension.

What makes this book stand out from the crowd, in my opinion, is that Isabella Lövin believed in the subject matter so much, she accepted a position of MEP for the Green Party and now has a front-row seat amongst the decision-makers of the EU Committee on Fisheries, which gives the book a unique insiders perspective.

The fact that, along with receiving no less than 14 awards (for the original Swedish version), Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (he of River Cottage and Hugh's Fish Fight fame) has given this book a ringing endorsement should be enough for you to finish reading this review and click on 'Add to Basket'!!


Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left The EU?
Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left The EU?
by David Charter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little biased, but extremely informative, 18 April 2013
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I read this book immediately after finishing 'The Great Deception: Can the European Union Survive?' by Christopher Booker and Richard North (highly recommended, by the way), which takes the story of the EU, and Britain's relationship with it, up to 2005.

'Au Revoir, Europe' pretty much fills in the gap between 2005 and the present and offers a great deal of insight into the options open to the UK regarding its continued relationship with the EU.

The author goes on to suggest that many of the options touted for the UK are simply not credible, or over-simplistic i.e. re-joining the EFTA, re-establishing links with the Commonwealth, adopting a Swiss-style bi-lateral trading agreement etc., for many and diverse reasons.

This book clearly spells out the consequences of staying in the EU or leaving, both of which involve a certain amount of pain for the UK. The picture painted for the immediate future is pretty bleak but I think this book is a useful tool for deciding how much pain is acceptable, and in what form it is likely to take.
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The Great Deception: Can the European Union Survive?
The Great Deception: Can the European Union Survive?
by Christopher Booker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Hard going, but worth the effort, 18 April 2013
I purchased this book several years ago, but recent events in Cyprus urged me to pick it up again. The comprehensive nature of this book make for heavy reading at times, but the reader is rewarded for their tenacity by learning not only about the origins and envisioned future of the EU, but also Britain's turbulent relationship with it.

There is more than enough information contained within this book to allow readers to draw their own conclusions as to where the future of the UK lies regarding the EU, but the authors make their views plain anyway. Despite this, I still have awarded 5 stars for this book as the details regarding the genesis and direction of the EU are worth that rating alone.

Whilst this book is in dire need of an update, I am sure that any additional information would not make for any more comfortable reading for Europhiles and Eurosceptics alike.

I would suggest reading this book in conjunction with 'Au Revoir, Europe: What If Britain Left The EU?' by David Charter for details on more recent event, and a more objective view on the UK's options over EU membership.


The Dukan Diet Life Plan: The Bestselling Dukan Weight-Loss Programme Made Easy
The Dukan Diet Life Plan: The Bestselling Dukan Weight-Loss Programme Made Easy
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Effective, but impractical, 4 Mar 2013
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As a card-carrying carnivore I thought this diet would be a piece of cake (if you pardon the pun). How wrong was I?

Virtually every meal in this plan has to be cooked from scratch which, in an office environment, is impossible, and eating virtually nothing but protein very quickly became a chore, not to mention bunging up your digestive system.

That said, if you can stick it out it definitely seems to deliver results. I lost 6lbs in the first week, but it felt like a month!!

I would summerise by saying that this book is great if you have access to a fully-equipped kitchen 24/7, and consume meat like a t-rex, but if not, save your money.


Brandy / Cognac Glasses - set of 6 - Maison
Brandy / Cognac Glasses - set of 6 - Maison
Offered by Concorde Houseware & Gifts
Price: £23.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money, 4 Mar 2013
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Probably the best brandy glasses I have found for the money. Others I have looked at have either been too thick, too small or too expensive, but these get the thickness/size/price equation spot on.


Leather Cleaner & Conditioner 2 in 1 Formula 500ml & Cloth
Leather Cleaner & Conditioner 2 in 1 Formula 500ml & Cloth
Offered by Syntec
Price: £6.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny, 4 Mar 2013
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Our white leather sofas were looking a little grubby despite regular wiping down with a damp cloth, so I purchased this product on the strength of previous reviews and have to say I am impressed.

Having fully cleaned the sofas twice now, the colour is still good, the leather nice and supple, and I still have at least a third of the liquid left!!

8th September 2013
Just used this product in conjunction with a Sonic Scrubber fitted with a magic eraser pad and the results were nothing short of spectacular! Not only removed all of the dirt, but did it in record time. Will only go back to manually cleaning when world supply of AA batteries is exhausted!!!


Musclemag International's No Pain No Gain Training Journal
Musclemag International's No Pain No Gain Training Journal
by Musclemag International
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best available, but could be better, 1 July 2012
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Having purchased several training journals in the past, this one is probably the best so far.

The front of the journal has information on target heart-rate zones, photos showing major muscle groups, and sections for personal data and goals & reminders. There are lines enough for up to 15 exercises and columns enough for 8 sets, the cells for weight and reps are big enough to write in, and the NOTES panel at the bottom is sufficiently large enough to record cardio information.

The negatives are that the cover is, in my opinion, a little flimsy (my previous copy had to be taped up more than once) and doesn't handle daily use well, and there are too many 'inspirational' photos and quotations throughout the journal (36, or over a months-worth, in all) taking up space where data could be recorded. I don't object to the words of inspiration, in fact I would prefer it if they replaced the various Musclemag web addresses that are at the foot of almost every page.

All in all, a very good training journal, but a stronger cover and less 'wasted' space would make it pointless buying any other!!


Salter StowAWeigh 9147 BK3R Body Analyser Bathroom Scale
Salter StowAWeigh 9147 BK3R Body Analyser Bathroom Scale
Price: £20.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 1 July 2012
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I purchased these scales based on the price & reviews, and have found them to be extremely useful in analysing my weight in more detail. There appear to be several reviews questioning the accuracy of these scales, but can't complain about the readings I see, although I have nothing to compare them with. I have also not experienced any issues with the scales not turning on/off when required.

My only reservation is that they are a little on the small side, making it a bit of a balancing-act to weigh yourself first thing in the morning, hence the 4-star rating.


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