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About the Jam, Darling: A Soldier's thoughts on Love and War told through Letters
About the Jam, Darling: A Soldier's thoughts on Love and War told through Letters
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and moving insight into real lives in extraordinary time., 6 Mar. 2015
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I very much enjoyed this book. It stands alone as a piece of social history with real insights into the genuine uncertainty of ordinary people's lives during the Second World War, but it is also a moving story about a young man and his views on love and life. There are some interesting photographs too.


Profoot Triad Insole Three Quarter Length Men Pr
Profoot Triad Insole Three Quarter Length Men Pr
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1.0 out of 5 stars One size does not fit all, 13 Nov. 2013
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These are simply too small for my feet. I'm not unusually large at UK size 11. The arch support is in the wrong place for longer, narrower feet.


Japanese Incense - Baieido Kobunboku Regular - Plum Blossom
Japanese Incense - Baieido Kobunboku Regular - Plum Blossom
Offered by Vectis Karma
Price: £3.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, 12 Oct. 2013
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This is brilliant, rich and lovely incense without being over cloying and choking. I use it for zazen. It drifts through the room gently touching the edges of the meditation.


Songs in the Time of War (Mark Padmore)
Songs in the Time of War (Mark Padmore)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 12 Oct. 2013
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Like their other collaboration project, Sometime I Sing, this album is faultless, thrilling and brilliant. Mark Padmore's clarity gives every word perfect emotional weight to carry the poetry.


Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing - Music for Voice and Guitar
Alec Roth: Sometime I Sing - Music for Voice and Guitar
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 20 Jun. 2013
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A magical collection of traditional songs and modern compositions. Mark Padmore's clarity and ringing tenor tones are perfectly accompanied. This is my CD of 2013 and I can't see it being beaten.


PURE Twilight, DAB/FM Radio with Mood and Wake Up Light
PURE Twilight, DAB/FM Radio with Mood and Wake Up Light
Price: £122.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bedside technology, 22 Aug. 2011
This is an excellent piece of kit. I had previously bought an awful drawn simulator from Androv Medical that was poorly designed, had a cheap build and feel and did not work properly (avoid!). The Pure Twilight is a complete contrast. It is robust, well designed, both in terms of the physical build and the functional organisation of its menus. The use of LED technology makes the light clear and colours vivid and exciting. The sound in clear and balanced on the DAB radio and the built in sounds. I strongly recommend it.


A Survey of Metaphysics
A Survey of Metaphysics
by E. J. Lowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.99

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent textbook and survey, 19 May 2004
There are several 'introductory' texts on metaphysics available for students of the subject and the general reader. Since analytic metaphysics remains at the heart of philosophy learning and teaching in the UK it is good that a range of surveys taking different perspectives are available. However, very few have the comprehensive sweep Lowe offers here.

Topics covered include: the nature of metaphysics, identity, change, composition over time, temporal parts and substantial change, necessity, essentialism, possible worlds and their interpretation, counterfactuals and conditionals, causes, causal agency, actions and events, events and space-time, absolutism and relationalism, incongruent counterparts, paradoxes of motion, tense and the reality of time, the direction of time, universals and particulars, tropes, abstract and concrete objects. Along the way he also includes discussion on such topics as mathematical objects and knowledge, event ontologies and categories of being.

Lowe generally seeks 'common sense' solutions to tricky metaphysical problems, that is, he works hard to defend much of our common sense intuitions about the fundamental nature of reality. This makes the book all the more useful as a textbook, since it guides the reader through more radical alternatives without abandoning her at the end of a discussion with an unpalatable outcome likely to deter further exploration - at that level the text engages the reader beautifully.

More advanced readers will also want to look at Lowe's 'The Possibility of Metaphysics: Substance, Identity and Time' (Oxford, 1998) for a more detailed and scholarly treatment of some of the more difficult topics covered (a masterly executed piece of contemporary philosophical analysis in this reviewer's opinion).

The only criticisms that might be made of this book are that the defence of traditional metaphysics given in the introduction is a little too brief and too strident, especially with regard to neo-Kantian approaches, and at times Lowe's style is a little too subtle, such that important parts of his arguments are too easily glossed - a problem in any textbook of this nature.

Overall, this is a great textbook and survey that should be a standard on any course of metaphysics for many years.


Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues: Discovering the Spiritual Themes of the "Lord of the Rings"
Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues: Discovering the Spiritual Themes of the "Lord of the Rings"
by Mark Eddy Smith
Edition: Paperback

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inspriational rather than philosophical, 20 Mar. 2003
This book is not the deep philosophical analysis of the virtues inherent in Tolkien's works that perhaps it appears to be. Rather it is an overview of tLotR that reads like an inspirational religious text. Taking the book in ordered sections (roughly a scene or set piece at a time) and drawing out quasi-religious themes, the author leads the reader through the novel highlighting a range of 'virtues' and their application to real life. There is no discussion of virtue ethics per se. I read such texts myself from time to time, but I was hoping for something more from this title. A scholarly analysis of virtue in Tolkien is possible: this is not it.


Managing Information and Knowledge in the Public Sector
Managing Information and Knowledge in the Public Sector
by Eileen M. Milner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £36.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important overview of IKM policy for the public sector, 12 Dec. 2001
This relatively short book is written from a manangement stance, both in style and content and this may put off public sector workers already over-burdened with 'management' speak agendas and strategies. However, once the style has been penetrated it soon becomes clear that Milner has some serious and timely points to make about how information and knowledge resources are dealt with by organisations where they are vital to the quality of service provided by those organisations.
Starting with a basic discussion of the emergence of information and knowledge management policy development as a recognised management topic, Milner soon moves into the basics of forming a policy for information management. This covers both internal information flow within an organisation and external relations with end-users and other agencies. It is in this chapter that we find the core of the ideas she is promoting and the key issues for effective IKM:
1. Information should be correctly classified;
2. There should be a means of controlling the quality and quantity of information flowing through an organisation;
3. The IKM policy should drive the IT policy, not the other way round.
From my own experiences in higher education administration I know that even just making these themes explict can have a genuine and lasting positive impact on resource management and delivery of a high quality service to the end-user.
Milner then moves on to look at how a basic policy can then be applied in a real setting. She discusses the need for an audit policy for the resources themsleves and the policies for their management.
There then follows a chapter on knowledge management that is perhaps slightly vague in its treatment of what precisely is to count as a 'knowledge resource'. This in not surprising since what is to be regarded as either information or knowledge may vary under different descriptions of the context of collect and use of the resources in question.
The next two chapters deal with the workplace where these policies are to be applied and they concentrate on the employee and their empowerment through an well-structured IKM, and the use of computers and IT in the implementation of an IKM policy. I think there are some good insights here, but Milner is working with best-case scenarios and it is unlikely that employees will ever be fully empowered in the ways she suggests, or that C and IT can be put back in the genie bottle in terms of the role taken by C and IT managers in high-level decisions for organisations.
Milner then tackles some issues that can arise for IKM policy implementation. This a good overview of some important matters covering security, access openness and the tricky issue of ownership - very much a hot topic where intellectual property rights are concerned.
Finally in two more general chapters Milner discusses how IKM can be an engine for driving forwards a policy of social inclusion, by making explicit resources that (ultimately) deal with people. She argues that the manner in which they are handled and made transparent should be seen as vital so that ALL have access to the imformation they need in interacting with public sector agencies. Whether one agrees with the agenda of social inclusion informing the discussion here, I think Milner makes her case on the arguments presented. She then concludes with an overview of her whole position. And here she acknowledges the very theoretical nature of her claims in that they are about the *potential* for improvements in service delivery that could be unleashed through a properly structured IKM.
I found the book dry in places, but a real eye-opener in terms of that very potential. Implementation of many of the strategies urged on the reader will be time consuming and hard work. However, on balance, I believe Milner does persuasively carry the reader along to the conclusion that the effort will be worthwhile.


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