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Speedy Network Metal Extendable Shower Rod, White, 140 - 260 Cm
Speedy Network Metal Extendable Shower Rod, White, 140 - 260 Cm
Offered by ABC Decor
Price: £11.66

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect solution!, 25 Aug 2012
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I bought this hoping that it could extend right across my bathroom to use as a shower rail - as we live in a rented property and the landlord didn't want to install a shower rail. This was so easy to put up and really grips onto either wall with the rubber ends. I can pull it quite hard and it still doesn't budge. Really impressed!

I would have liked them to have included measurements for the diameter of the rode in product description tho.

Regardless highly recommended. It has got me thinking what else i can do with them!
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Beyond Animal Rights: Food, Pets and Ethics (Think Now)
Beyond Animal Rights: Food, Pets and Ethics (Think Now)
by Tony Milligan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.05

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 5 Feb 2011
I received this book as a gift and began reading not knowing what to expect. There are a many books on animal ethics and not all of them are worth reading. As is evident from my rating, this one is.

The reason I consider this book worthy of the 5 stars, for a large part, is down to a highly important distinction Milligan draws between 'average' and 'optimal' meat eating - although this clearly informs discussion from the get-go, it is not made explicit till later on. By having this as a backdrop for discussion he cuts to the very heart of the modern debate about ethical living. The battle of ideas is not between veganism and intensive farming (veganism wins this) it is between veganism (he also considers vegetarianism) and animal products from ethically informed and also local smallholders. The sort of lifestyle passionately advocated as an alternative to 'average' meat eating by the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whitingstall. Before discussion starts Milligan recognises that if the latter option is not open to us then this automatically gives us a reason to adopt a vegan diet that we would otherwise lack - likewise if a vegan diet is not possible this automatically gives us a reason to eat meat, a reason that others have no such claim to.

Those familiar with the arguments frequently advanced to demonstrate the ethical credentials of a vegan diet (by philosophers and campaign groups alike) will have heard the following three claims: veganism is better for the animals, the environment and our health. However the 'betterness' in question is dependent on what it is we are making a comparison with. Discussion between veganism and 'average' meat eating does not necessarily inform our discussions about veganism and a possible 'optimal' level of meat eating. Much of Beyond Animal Rights can be seen as examining how traditional arguments do not necessarily effect meat eating per se, but rather only work convincingly against 'average' meat eating. Furthermore, in many areas Milligan explores how the would-be ethical meat eater may attempt to claim comparative 'betterness' for themselves - this is where it all gets very interesting. I found Milligan at his most compelling when he was discussing interests of animals and the environment. In particular, his analysis on the credibility of using an 'opportunity of life' argument (many animals would not exist if we did not plan to eat them) to support meat eating and (what he calls) the 'locavores challenge' to the environmental authority of veganism (getting locally sourced nutrients may have to involve some meat eating for many), I found both insightful and original. All in all this book is excellently written and guides the reader through an array of positions with both rigorous and clear discussion. I would recommend it for ethical eaters of all persuasions.

Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence
Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence
by David Benatar
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.90

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable thought provoking read, 13 May 2010
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This book is nicely written and his argument is easy to understand fairly early in.

His argument rests on an intuitive asymmetry between the 'good' that is the 'absence of pain', and the 'not bad(ness)' (or neutralness) that is the 'absence of pleasure'. His argument also turns on the distinction between two ways of talking about 'a life worth living'. We can (and ought to) separate our ideas on 'a life worth starting' from 'a life worth continuing'. This is very important. Where as some lives may be worth continuing (he agrees most are) NO life is worth starting. If i come down with a painful condition i may consider my life to still be worth continuing. However if i am faced with the choice whether to create a being who has such a condition it is As all life contains guaranteed harm the interests of a conceivable person are best served by not creating them.

I am unsure the problem some of the other commentators have with this. This is a good argument.

I think where one might want to attack his position, however, will be by rejecting the assumed asymmetry. But, as Benatar himself notes (near the end), such will be difficult to do without spawning other counter intuitive results. I would probably want to still go down this line - though i think his conclusion is right

Either way, i highly recommend this book

Born To Ruin
Born To Ruin
Price: £9.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i needed, 9 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Born To Ruin (Audio CD)
This band just captures that little something special that i don't encounter often. It is well worth buying the hard copy as there is a little insightful comment about each song under the lyrics in the sleeve as well as an incredible list of groups that they admire/support which really connects the listener to where these guys are coming from. Brilliant band and a brilliant debut album. Can't wait to see them in Edinburgh! Roll on the 16th march!
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