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Cahier Plain Pocket Journal: Pack (Brown)
Cahier Plain Pocket Journal: Pack (Brown)
Price: 4.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quality ok. Back pocket useless., 7 May 2014
I'm a big fan of the "proper" moleskine notebooks with their soft vinyl covers, bookmarks and handy concertina pocket at the back. These are really a pale imitation. On the positive side, I rather like the paper, which is thin enough to keep the overall notebook skinny enough for a pocket, but thick enough to take a ballpoint or gel pen. Be aware that it's too thin to take a fountain pen. The dimensions also perfectly match the other moleskine pocket notebooks, so I guess it helps keep your bookshelves looking neat. Er... the cardboard is a nice colour? Sorry, I've run out of good things to say.

The cover is not at all durable. The exposed stitching frays within a few days. The back pocket is a joke - it's just a flap of glued-on cardboard. The 1cm glue margin makes the remaining "pocket" too small to keep anything bigger than a receipt or travel card, but it's so flimsy that I wouldn't trust it to hold either of those items.

I'll be sticking to the regular moleskines or their Volant range from now on.


Postgraduate Orthopaedics: Viva Guide for the FRCS (Tr & Orth) Examination
Postgraduate Orthopaedics: Viva Guide for the FRCS (Tr & Orth) Examination
by Paul A. Banaszkiewicz
Edition: Paperback
Price: 43.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, challenging book, 7 May 2014
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This book is great for viva practice. The material is presented in a question-and-answer format, as a dialogue between examiner and candidate. One brilliant feature which sets this book apart from others is that the "candidate's" answer is often wrong! This is usually followed by a short explanation, and a suggestion to the reader to think about how they would answer the question. Much better than competing books, as it forces you to really think about what you are reading.


Experience Curating: How to Gain Focus, Increase Influence, and Simplify Your Life
Experience Curating: How to Gain Focus, Increase Influence, and Simplify Your Life
Price: 3.07

1.0 out of 5 stars I would actually worry about anyone who followed the advice in this book, 11 April 2014
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This book is quite unsettling. The authors premise is essentially that we should make a spreadsheet containing and categorising our everyday experiences. The level of detail in the book borders on the obsessive, and any reader who actually carried out the advice herein would spend more time updating their "experience database" than actually living their life.

Don't waste your time on this one.


Anatomy Mnemonics
Anatomy Mnemonics
by A.S. Irving
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb little book, 11 April 2014
This review is from: Anatomy Mnemonics (Paperback)
A really good collection. Some of the mnemonics are a bit dated, but you are guaranteed to find some useful material in this book, no matter how much anatomy you "think" you know. Highly recommendeded.


Light Rays Moleskine Cahier Notebook Cover Holder
Light Rays Moleskine Cahier Notebook Cover Holder
Offered by 11:11 Enterprises
Price: 8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, simple, durable notebook cover., 9 April 2014
This is a plastic cover that fits moleskine pocket cahiers. Imagine an oversized version of the plastic wallet you get with train tickets or Oyster cards - so, not very high tech or fancy, but durable and can stand up to a split coffee. I really like the print.

Overpriced, but good fun.


Pocket Ruled Kraft Hard Evernote Journal with Smart Stickers 2 Set
Pocket Ruled Kraft Hard Evernote Journal with Smart Stickers 2 Set
Price: 5.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but badly executed, 6 Mar 2014
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I use a lot of Moleskine notebooks and I'm generally rather fond of them. I have one of the large hardback Evernote notebooks and it's pretty good. But this version is flawed.

Firstly, the cover is annoying. There is a sort-of pocket glued to the back, but is it not a proper pocket like the usual moleskines. Instead, it's a flat strip of cardboard glued at the bottom and right hand edges. This makes the "pocket" both flimsy and too small: unbelievably enough, too small even to hold the special evernote stickers, which are the main selling point of this notebook. Since the pocket is too small, you end up leaving the stickers at home, which means they don't get used.

Secondly, the notebook is poor value. It's the same price as the 3-pack of standard cahiers, but you only get 2. Granted, this includes a month of Evernote Premium, but I would argue that if you are buying an evernote branded notebook, you will already be a subscriber. I would rather have more paper to write on.

On the plus side, the dotted-line pattern does make it easy to photograph the pages, and the automatic deskewing feature on the evernote app does seem to work better with this pattern than with plain paper. On balance, however, I would rather have a normal notebook, with the dotted-line pattern.


Orthopaedic Basic Science for the Postgraduate Examination: Practice MCQs and EMQs
Orthopaedic Basic Science for the Postgraduate Examination: Practice MCQs and EMQs
by T.W.R. Briggs
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, highly recommended, 25 Feb 2014
I just passed the FRCS on first attempt. This book was my main source of practice questions for basic science. The questions on this book are really challenging - harder than the actual exam, but really well-pitched for revision, as they really test your understanding.

Unreserved recommendation.


Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Trauma at a Glance
Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Trauma at a Glance
by Catherine Swales
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not enough rheumatology, not enough orthopaedics, 23 Jan 2014
I'm a big fan of the At A Glance series. In fact, I would say that Psych at a Glance and Statistics at a Glance are true classics. But this book frustrated me. Rheumatology is a vast subject - one of the most important medical specialties. The physiology and medical treatments are complex and rewarding to study. Orthopaedics and Trauma is a surgical specialty, all to do with mechanics and metalwork. They may both be to do with joints, but they have very different emphasis, and I found that this book did justice to neither topic.

Half of this book was irrelevant to me, and part that was relevant wasn't given enough room to explain anything. Why do topics like a Immunology and Genetics get their own books, but Rheumatology and Orthopaedics do not?


BabyDan Multidan Extending Wooden Safety Gate (Beech, Old Version)
BabyDan Multidan Extending Wooden Safety Gate (Beech, Old Version)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, easy to fit., 15 Jan 2014
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I'm pleased with the build quality. It certainly looks and feels much nicer than plastic or metal, which is important if you are going to be opening and closing it multiple times per day. The real selling point for me is that there is no lower frame to trip over. Yes, you have to drill holes for the hinges, but it's a five minute job, and it's much more stable than friction-fit ones, and therefore safer.


Moleskine Pocket Size Hard Portfolio - Purple
Moleskine Pocket Size Hard Portfolio - Purple
Price: 7.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, compact and useful., 15 Jan 2014
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Just the right size for keeping train tickets and receipts, and yet it fits nicely in a jacket pocket. A little expensive for what it is, but on the other hand there doesn't seem to be any competing product at any price that serves the same purpose.


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