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Energenie Power Meter
Energenie Power Meter
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works fine., 24 Nov. 2012
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Works very well but you need to plug it into a lead to read the display so it's at a good viewing angle.


Enemies: A History of the FBI
Enemies: A History of the FBI
by Tim Weiner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Weiner's talk at the London School of Economcs, 13 Mar. 2012
Tim Weiner's talk about the book this evening at the LSE was absolutely fascinating. A must read for me.

There was a wonderful (but apocryphal) story about J Edgar Hoover (who ran the FBI for nearly 50 years) writing on a document 'watch the borders' which caused agents to rush to the ports - when in fact it was an instruction to his secretary about the layout of the typing!


Debunking Economics - Revised and Expanded Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?
Debunking Economics - Revised and Expanded Edition: The Naked Emperor Dethroned?
by Steve Keen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on economics I've ever read, 23 Oct. 2011
I've been reading economics for over 20 years and the more I read the more difficult the subject seems to get. One despairs at times as to whether one knows anything. Largely because so much economics is compartmentalised - like books on individual human diseases.

Steve Keen's book is a tour de force in getting a handle on the big picture of core issues which underwrite economics if you think the conventional account limited or unsatisfactory - does supply and demand work, for example.

At towards 500 pages of often intricate argument, it's hardly a light read. But the subject is not a light one or ever going to be easy to comprehend. I'm not sure I could get far with this book at all without a substantial economics background.

Keen says his book is really two. One examining the deficiencies of conventional economics and another laying out different perspectives.

It will take me a long time to do full justice to everything in Debunking Economics. In fact, you might as well put all other books aside for the duration if you are setting out to understand the economy as a whole.

Steve Keen is a blinking hero of economics in my eyes! Not many of them around are there? Most 'economists' appear to be in the pay of one or another commercial interest.


Electrolux Z4471 Powerplus Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner, 2000 Watt, Silver & Blue
Electrolux Z4471 Powerplus Bagged Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner, 2000 Watt, Silver & Blue

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful - dead in months!, 6 Sept. 2011
I bought an Electrolux bagless last year. You had to clean the filter every ten minutes or the suction was useless. Then after 11 months it stopped working entirely. I got one of these as a replacement under John Lewis's one year guarantee. This one simply stopped working after five months. They are rubbish in my experience!

I've now paid the extra and palled up with Henry.

If you want to buy this Electrolux think first what you'll do if it dies on you.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Dec 1, 2012 1:14 PM GMT


Royal Mail Coaches
Royal Mail Coaches
by Frederick Wilkinson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!, 30 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Royal Mail Coaches (Paperback)
A wonderful read about a quite extraordinary system.

Everyone knows about the mail coaches but few realise what an achievement they were carrying mail and passengers around the country at a speed and with a reliability which seem impossible from horse drawn vehicles.

My gt gt gt grandfather worked in the system as a postmaster on the Portsmouth Road at Cobham during the 1820s and 1830s after which the railway took over. I often think of him at three in the morning having to be up to put the post on the London Mail.


Draper 43666 75 mm 230-Volt 900-Watt Belt Sander
Draper 43666 75 mm 230-Volt 900-Watt Belt Sander
Offered by ONE SAFE SOURCE
Price: £46.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bearing failed, 15 Aug. 2011
I've found this machine fine for occasional work. The tracking is not brilliant but if you want a top line machine you have to pay more.

Mine is two year's old and the bearing at the end of the motor by the drive belt pulley has seized. Draper won't sell parts to retail customers and at £34 for a new one it would not be worthwhile running around to repairers. The time travelling and charges would be more than a new machine. Such a waste!

So I've ordered a new one. The old machine may be handy for spare bits.


Electrolux ZSH710 Cyclone Power 1800w Cyclonic Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner
Electrolux ZSH710 Cyclone Power 1800w Cyclonic Cylinder Vacuum Cleaner

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Piece of rubbish!, 26 Mar. 2011
Had mine ten months.

You have to stop and clean the filter so often to keep it working that you might as well empty a bag. In fact there is no way of cleaning the filter without getting dust all over except going outside. And just taking it out of the machine to clean involves several steps and your hands covered in muck. It's an endless frustration to hoover for more than 15 minutes.

The motor on mine started suddenly getting more noisy recently and now it won't run at all. My last hoover lasted 15 years.

The only good thing I can say is that it's within the one year John Lewis guarantee period. I notice they don't sell it any more so I'm hoping they'll give me another model. I want to go back to a reusable bag.
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It's about Time: Designed to Help Drummers and Other Musicians Understand, Control, and Improve Their Sense of Time [With 2 CDs]
It's about Time: Designed to Help Drummers and Other Musicians Understand, Control, and Improve Their Sense of Time [With 2 CDs]
by Fred Dinkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Timing is the magic but few have written about it, 21 Jan. 2011
A guitarist told me that his band recorded a track using a drum machine. When the engineer moved the snare slightly ahead of the beat the thing came alive. Yet there is little published about the subtleties of playing ahead, on or behind the beat despite the fact that this seems to to play a very large part in making some players sound great and some ordinary.

Russ Miller discusses the topic briefly in his drums crash course video but I've found little else even mentioning the subject.

It's About Time has a serious go at demonstrating and instructing with examples on the CD where different sections of a piece are played ahead, on and behind. I'm sure some people can do all this intuitively but for those with less ability it's good to be given direction.

Other parts of the book are about being able to play steadily, and fill and play band hits while not losing the time thread. But the most useful parts I think are about playing before, after and on top of the beat.


Macrobiotics for Dummies
Macrobiotics for Dummies
by Verne Varona
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'd hardly need another book, 21 Jan. 2011
All the Dummies books I've seen have been excellent and this is no exception. Clear, thorough and practical.

Practical in this case means to me that the advice is usable by someone living in the Western world with access to normal shops and a lifetime habituation to our diet. It's not 'go and live in Japan' or 'live on brown rice' or 'nothing but lettuce'.

Breakfast is, I think, the most difficult British meal to replace without impossible cravings. Well, beans on toast is in the recipe list. A not insignificant part of the 'full English' we are nearly all addicted to.

It's difficult to see that you'd need another book if you buy this one.


On The Road
On The Road
Price: £8.55

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roger Hawkins' brilliant drums, 13 Oct. 2007
This review is from: On The Road (Audio CD)
I too bought this album in the 1970s and was knocked out by Roger Hawkins' inspired drums on The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. Despite decades of listening since then I've never heard anything better.
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