Robert Machin

Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,421
Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (1,311 of 1,824)
Location: Hampshire, UK
Birthday: 27 Sep
In My Own Words:
As Gustave said, “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

I'd say this was pretty obvious from the stuff I review... high and low culture, food and beat music keeps me happy most of the time.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,421 - Total Helpful Votes: 1311 of 1824
Punk Rock: An Oral History by John Robb
Simply the best account of that seminal epoch, by a country mile. Unvarnished, virtually unmediated verbatim accounts by everyone who was anyone between around 1976 and 1984, most of whom were highly articulate then and remain so today. John Robb adds just enough well-considered insight and hindsight to tie it all together, but it's a book that belongs to its contributors and brings it all back like nothing else I've ever read...
The Harcombe Diet for Men: No More Mr Fat guy! by Zoe Harcombe
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The fact that it's short and punchy was a big plus for me. The fact that it worked, even more so - I've lost ten pounds in three weeks, and feel like I've found a healthy long term diet.
What is Harcombe? I see it as a really a 'best of' of several other diets:
- a less lunatic version of Atkins - you eat a lot of protein, but you also eat a lot of vegetables and salad. You can eat carbs too, but I've found it's really encouraged me to give carbs a swerve, for the most part.
- 'combining' diets (like Hay), so you don't mix carbs and fatty protein. Effectively this has led me to cut out a lot of starchy carbs, and I feel loads better for it.
- granny/ caveman diets which… Read more
Robust, does the job very well, not hard to put together, but not the work of moments either. Set aside an hour or so.

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