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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 7 Dec 2013
Everything you read about traditional DE shaving on the internet is, in my opinion, absolutely true:

-you do get a better shave than cartridge razors
-it is kinder to your skin and kinder to the planet
-you can buy very high quality DE blades for 12 per 200, delivered. Cheaper blades go as low as 6 for 200 delivered!
-those proprietry cartridges you buy for 1.50 cost around 5p to make. Traditional shaving frees you from this exploitation.
-An Arko shaving soap is 50p in Turkey, and is superior to and lasts as long as four cans of aerosol gloop.
-the penalty is an extra two to five minutes in the morning. But it's a pleasurable two to five minutes of… Read more
The Ancient Pinewoods of Scotland by Clifton Bain
Ray Mears once said his favourite environment is boreal forest - that great northern tree belt that stretches through Scandinavia, Siberia, Alaska and Canada. But at one time, Scotland had boreal forest too - the great Caledonian pinewoods, covering much of the highlands.

Pockets of this forest still remain, and they are described in this remarkable book. There's an excellent history of the ancient pinewoods from the end of the ice age up to the present day. It makes grim reading at first, as the woods have been greatly reduced by climate change, clearance by neolithic and then modern man, logging, fires, and most recently by our our unsustainably high deer populations - which… Read more
Feral: Searching for enchantment on the frontiers &hellip by George Monbiot
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
It is not a coincidence that the finest writers on wilderness - Henry Thoreau, Sigurd Olson, John Muir and Aldo Leopold - all had a sound scientific knowledge as well as the capacity to wonder. Both are necessary to make sense of the interconnections and entanglements in nature. This is a book in that fine tradition.

All is not well with the ecosystem in our wild country. Some of our most destructive uses of the land - upland sheep farming, windfarms and blanket sitka forests - do not even make economic sense. The first two are utterly dependent on subsidies, and the latter are only there because the cost of extraction often exceeds the timber value. Deer numbers are at an all… Read more

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