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Bosch PKE611C17E Classixx 4 Zone Quick-Therm Ceram&hellip by Bosch
I brought this hob as I wanted the assurance that a quality brand like Bosch can give. That said if you following this principle you will end up paying a premium when compared with other brands like Beko or Hotponit which may deliver better value for money. I chose to install the hob myself, however be warned Bosch include screws of a unique configuration and there are 5 connections wire up to the mains, 2 neutral, 2 live and 1 earth. In order to make the hob work you need to have a bridging component to connect both of the neutral connections together and both of the live connections together and this was not included with the hob. Thankfully I was able get hold of an electrician to help… Read more
The Book of Tea (Penguin Classics) by Kakuzo Okakura
It’s difficult to know where to begin with this book so I think I’ll better start by saying that I brought it because I was interested in the tea ceremony, because this was a short volume and because it was a penguin classic, I assumed it must have some merit. The scope of the book covers a brief history of tea making, a brief introduction to Taoism and “Zenism” to provide a background to the aesthetic/philosophic concerns of the tea ceremony and ultimately covers the tea room/house and the ceremony itself. However this description of the content does not do the book justice in the slightest. The book is written in the style of a polemist thrusting their knowledge in your face. It is full… Read more
The House of Wittgenstein: A Family At War by Alexander Waugh
This biography is very clear and concise with nice short chapters that are nicely cut between the viewpoints of each member of the Wittgenstein family, showing how events are seen differently by each family member. Short chapters also made for easy reading and I think it was something of a necessity as writing a book encompassing so many view points of the same events in history could easily become turgid. As it turns out the style and pace of the book make for quite the page turner. The key events cover the years just before the 1st world war and ending a few years after the end of the 2nd world war (the sub title of the book "A Family at War" obviously having more meaning than I 1st… Read more

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