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Small Talk - How to Connect Effortlessly with Anyone: Strike Up Conversations with Confidence and Make Small Talk Without the Fear of Being Awkward
Small Talk - How to Connect Effortlessly with Anyone: Strike Up Conversations with Confidence and Make Small Talk Without the Fear of Being Awkward
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hello and what do you do?, 26 Nov. 2014
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How very interesting! Clear and instructive. I'm afraid that I just don't get why people would want to do small talk when they could be having an interesting conversation with someone else.


Head Full of Magic, Shoes Full of Rain
Head Full of Magic, Shoes Full of Rain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab u lous. Witty, clever and very entertaining musicians and lyricists, 17 Nov. 2014
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This band are truly awesome. Their music is first rate but the lyrics to their songs are what set them apart from the run of the mill. Each song speaks directly to you almost with a personal connection. Having said that its all good fun music not a bunch of boring worthies. Live they are really entertaining.


The Thirty-Nine Steps
The Thirty-Nine Steps
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 Nov. 2014
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An absolute classic that still has resonanace today.


Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault
by Stephen R. C. Hicks
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the game of words the man who writes the dictionary is king., 14 Nov. 2014
An interesting trawl through some aspects of leftist and postmodern thinking. Unfortunately it takes a rather American perspective that Liberalism is an unassailable truth that has delivered progress and opportunity for all whilst not really acknowledging that it is a kind of smokescreen for the greedy and privileged to hide behind whilst justifying their own excesses. Think banking crisis? and the pseudo doctrine of austerity. These are in Foucault's term dominant discourses that deceive and obscure the real truths of neo liberalism and its adherents who get rich at the expense of the poor in their own country and in other countries who produce things for miniscule wages. Postmodernism provides tools that enable free thinking to take place. Some of the so called leftist extremists are simply responding to the institutionalised inequalities that arise as a result of entrenched liberal power. Of course if you believe that words do have some direct link to objective reality and are not arbitrary and that there is an objective and perceptable social reality that is the same for everyone then you are never going to understand why postmodernism matters, as he himself admits.


Tallis: Latin Church Music
Tallis: Latin Church Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 9 July 2014
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Beautiful


Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting critique, 9 July 2014
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Really interesting. This is a useful insight into the problems faced by introverts in a world where confidence inevitably trumps competence. A world where a measured critique of any initiative is labelled as 'negativity' and its proposer mocked only to be proven right as the scheme crashes into chaos and failure. I'm sure many introverts have experienced that sinking feeling when their well researched and thoughtfully planned work is dismissed by some cocky extravert and attention switches to their 'off the cuff' idea. I'm sure that the extraverts will see their qualities somewhat differently but its a useful read whichever side of the 'vert' you are on.


Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks
Office Politics: How to Thrive in a World of Lying, Backstabbing and Dirty Tricks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking but strangely familiar news., 11 Mar. 2014
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Oliver James suggests that in a world where work is mostly blag and counter blag it is the psychotic, Machiavellian, chameleons who have the upper hand as they have the innate political skill to manipulate themselves and others to achieve their desires at the expense of the honest, naïve and talented. The second part of the book involves a number of case studies that illustrate the theory in a rather loose way. He then goes on to suggest that the rest of us need to wise up and learn these 'skills' for ourselves if we wish to outsmart these dastardly blaggards. Do unto others as they would do to you. Without this approach, James suggests, the self aggrandising will always have the upper hand.


Discovering Secular Humanism: Questions and Answers for the Novice and the Curious (2nd Edition)
Discovering Secular Humanism: Questions and Answers for the Novice and the Curious (2nd Edition)
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4.0 out of 5 stars People for people, 23 Feb. 2014
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Secular humanism believes that humans can make the right decisions for themselves and their fellows without recourse to belief in a 'spirit in the sky'. People treating other people with due respect because they are people worthy of respect, not because ancient texts and prejudiced priests tell them what to do.


Atlas Begs To Differ: Why It's a Mistake to Believe in Ayn Rand
Atlas Begs To Differ: Why It's a Mistake to Believe in Ayn Rand
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand's bizzarre and evil doctrine exposed, 23 Feb. 2014
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Ayn Rand is very popular amongst the geeks who flood to Silicon Valley in the States. Her books describe either dystopia or utopia depending upon whether you believe in the whole of humanity or just the wealth creating part of it. You may not have heard of her but her influence on the modern world is absolutely huge as many of her followers hold positions of power and influence in big business and governments around the world. In this book Hayes deconstructs the Randian arguments as detrimental to human progress because of their inhumanity and lack of empathy with the less fortunate. Greed is not good.
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Death In Venice (Vintage Crucial Classics)
Death In Venice (Vintage Crucial Classics)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous piece of writng by a master of the genre, 23 Feb. 2014
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An almost inconsequential series of events become poignant and deeply meaningful in the hands of this master writer. Read it.


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