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Convergent Space by John-Paul Cleary
Convergent Space by John-Paul Cleary
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Expansive space opera with a very grand vision and some interesting ideas...*but*

No such thing as special relativity? Faster than light travel seems to be happening all the time without anyone commenting on it...
All the aliens speak English - except when we want to show they're different
Hundreds of alien races who seem to have no problem breathing each others' air - again, with no comment

Interesting and probably worth reading if you've got time on your hands - but if I were able to stop reading a book I've started I would have, and I felt a bit robbed at the end of it.
TomTom XL IQ Routes Edition 2 EU Sat Nav by TomTom
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The unit worked fine for a month - every time you start it it nags you to connect to the computer so they can update the software. I did. Mistake!

The software update resulted in the tomtom stopping being able to navigate to a full postcode - so instead of "W12 8QT" you'd have to enter W12 and then go through a rather non-intuitive process to find the address. This process seems to require a PhD in satnav.

So imagine your son has just been taken ill, you have to take him to a specialist clinic on a saturday night, and your husband has helpfully "upgraded" the satnav. So you can't find the clinic. So after ten minutes of trying to make it work you phone him to come… Read more
Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: What Makes&hellip by Jean-Benoit Nadeau
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The authors of this book, Jean-Benoit Nadeau and Julie Barlow, are clearly very intelligent and educated observers who managed to get the inside track on a lot of French life, especially among the elite.

What I personally find very disappointing, however, is the way they are constantly reminding us that they are Canadian, and seem to be seeing things in very Canadian terms - as France develops, for example, it is felt that it is "evolving towards a federal structure as in the USA or Canada". Why evolve towards? Why is this an "evolution"? While American authors usually write from an American perspective they don't usually have to remind me of that fact every two… Read more

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