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Lonely Planet Sweden (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Sweden (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Muddled and with signicant omissions, 29 May 2014
I am planning a trip to Stockholm and bought this book. I have several problems with it before I even set out.

The pull-out map shows the Stadsbibliotek and Kulturhuset as must-see sites, denoted with a red eye symbol. Neither is in the book’s index. There may be other such omissions.

I'm interested in art. So, where is ‘Magasin 3’ (p.67)? The book says it’s near Kaknastornet but doesn’t say where the latter is.

I have been trying to work out the best deal on public transport and museum entry. Prices cited in the book are higher than those on Lonely Planet's website. This doesn’t inspire confidence.

They fail to mention -- and I think it's important -- that the expensive Stockholm allows you into each of the 80 museums museum only once. There's not much point in having free admission to, say, the tobacco museum if you have to pay for your 2nd visit to the Nationalmuseum.

They refer vaguely to 'seniors' who get reduced admission. In fact it's over 65s (this matters if you are 64) and it's about 33% off.
Information on travel costs is divided between pages 60 and 94. It is hopelessly muddled and It needs rewriting. I tried to compare buying a 3-day SL card (is there an over-65s discount -- it doesn't say)with buying a carnet of 16 srtip-tickets, but couldn't. Please note that you need at least 2 strip-tickets for each bus, tram or ferry ride. They don't tell you this.


Lonely Planet The Netherlands (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet The Netherlands (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.29

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Some serious misinformation, 10 Mar 2014
The book's instructions on how to reach the Kroller-Muller museum are wrong and caused me difficulty, a long walk and 18 Euros expense.
The museum is in the middle of a huge national park.
The 400 bus, which connects Arnhem and Apeldoorn railway stations, goes into the park and close to the museum door. It is a pleasant 25 mins ride from either station.
Be warned that if you alight from the bus at the park entrance you will have to walk 3km to the museum and pay €9 to do so.


Olympics London 2012 Howard Hodgkin Swimming Poster
Olympics London 2012 Howard Hodgkin Swimming Poster
Offered by Poster Revolution UK
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hodgkin poster, 19 Nov 2012
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Well printed on good paper. Most of the Olympic posters were inspiring. Nice to have a Howard Hodgkin on my wall!


Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients
Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients
by Ben Goldacre
Edition: Paperback

57 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-researched but muddled and wordy, 27 Sep 2012
This is a fairly good book that could have been a brilliant book.
The contents are magnificent, but muddled, sometimes repetitive, poorly organised, and waffly. Here's a paragraph, chosen at (almost) random: "So these are not isolated problems, they are not on a distant soil, and they are most definitely a thing of the past, because many of them happened recently, and the people concerned are still around, in very senior positions of power." Or
"But before we get there, we need to remember that this isn't simply about fixing the problem, starting from now. Because even if we set aside the ongoing failures of industry and regulators to address these problems, patients are still being harmed, every day, by the actions of the pharmaceutical industry over the past few decades."
Sounds like recorded chit-chat? The trouble is that you can open the book in dozens of places and, between some well-researched examples, read much the same thing.
Ben's first book, Bad Science, was derived from his Guardian columns and benefitted hugely from that. It meant that he rarely addressed a subject twice and when he did so it was for good reason. It also meant that, with spece being limited, he had to make every word work.
On the production side, the publisher has wittily put some (fake) on the pill-packet format. Alas, in their haste, the spine title is printed upside-down (and the publisher's colophon is in the wrong place).
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The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
by Sinclair McKay
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thin material padded out, and not a good read, 8 Jan 2012
I suppose any book with Bletchley Park in the title will sell well, but this book is badly written and its flat-footed anecdotes needed tighter editing. For example, there is a whole chapter, padded out with wordy quotes, on how dull the canteen was, with the inevitable caveats about well there was a war on and rationing and how a few people thought the food was nice.
If you want a good read on wartime codemaking and breaking, you can't do better than Between Silk and Cyanide by Leo Marks. Marks applied to be taken on as a codebreaker at B Park and instead was put in charge of writing the codes used by British agents abroad. He was the son of Marks the bookseller of 84 Charing Cross Road and as a babe in arms cracked the code is father used to note the purchase price of their antiqusrian books.
As a teenager he supplemented his pocket money setting the Times cryptic crossword.
He was based in an office near Baker Street. His battles with the beaurocracy running his department make entertaining reading. His mother was a brilliant black-marketeer and used to send him off to work with chickens, cream cakes, or other unobtainables. She thought he did an office job for Marks and Spencers and was bribing his way from being called up. He used the cakes etc to reward the VADs (volunteers, mostly upperclass gals) who deciphered incoming messages.
After the war he refused a knighthood unless his VADs got equcalent recognition, and had a career as a screenwriter.
I don't recommened you to buy this book unless of course you want to buy my secondhand copy.
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Baltic Cruising, traveller guides , 2nd (Travellers - Thomas Cook)
Baltic Cruising, traveller guides , 2nd (Travellers - Thomas Cook)
by Thomas Cook Publishing
Edition: Paperback

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly-written and uninformative, 30 Aug 2011
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The failings of this book are too numerous to list, but here are a few.
The captions are uninformative except for one, which is misinformative -- barnacle geese are called Barnarde Geese (with a capital G and M,as the editor has yet to learn the difference between a common noun and a proper noun).
Halmstad, on our cruise itinerary, isn't mentioned.
There are insufficient maps of cruise destinations.
As this is the 2nd ediion, I shudder to think what the first one was like.
I am now about to ask for my money back.
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Melamine Tiffin Box x 3 Layers
Melamine Tiffin Box x 3 Layers

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An attractive and indispensible tiffin box, 2 Aug 2011
We live in the upstairs flat of a converted house and have the far half of the garden. Taking food and drink down to the garden was hard work till we bought this, which has enabled us to carry all the food with one hand. It is handsome and well made. We bought , which has 4 layers but is the sdame total height, at the Royal Academy of Art shop and paid £[] for it.


The New Small Garden
The New Small Garden
by C.E.Lucas Phillips
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely the most helpful gardening book ever, and enjoyable to read.Too, 24 Aug 2010
This review is from: The New Small Garden (Paperback)
The other positive reviews on Amazon have said it all for me. Now, at age 69, I find myself having a garden again after a ten-year gap, and am delighted that I can still buy a copy of Lucas Phillips's book. When it arrives it will be my third copy as others have fallen apart on me.
Mr Phillips is right in so many things. For example, the pink tupic called Clara Butt is as near to perfection as any tulip can be. Cherries are good to grow, though the birds will get most of them (and be a delight to watch, though he doesn't say that). And if it's cucumbers you want, the greengrocer will oblige.

It is small-to-medium size. The trouble with most gardening books today (2010) is that most of them are large-format, arm-breaking stuff when you want simply to look something up, and impossible to read in bed.


Breast Beating: A Personal Odyssey in the Quest for an Understanding of Breast Cancer, the Meaning of Life and Other Easy Questions
Breast Beating: A Personal Odyssey in the Quest for an Understanding of Breast Cancer, the Meaning of Life and Other Easy Questions
by Nick Ross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.93

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and enlightening memior, 15 April 2010
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This is a touching and enlightening memoir by the person who has done more than anyone else in Britain to minimise the effects of breast cancer.
As a surgeon he pioneered research -- a very difficult thing to do -- in minimising the extent of surgery that patients need. He reserched and introduced counselling for women facing or recovering from surgery.
He pioneered the introduction of tamoxifen and its newer and better counterparts, which have had a massive effect in prolonging survival.
He has also reseasrch the effects of screening, and has shown that it taken ten years of screening to save at most one life in every ten thousant women screened.
He has shown that, controversially and contrary to expectation, most of the tumours that are detected by screening would never have caused harm, and instead lead to emotional distress and medical intervention.


Sunday's Child? - A Memoir
Sunday's Child? - A Memoir
by Leslie Baruch Brent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling memoir by a great scientist, 20 Feb 2010
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Leslie Brent came to Britain in one of the first -- perhaps THE first -- Kindertransport, the arraangement that brought German Jewish children to safety in the UK in the late 1930s. He became one of Britain's greatest life-scientists. This a a wonderfully written, clear and compelling memoir.


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