Mr. K. E. Varney

Me (Kevin Varney) sitting in a photo-me-booth about two or three years ago.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (74 of 83)
Location: Reading UK
In My Own Words:
I am currently studying for a PhD at Reading University, having previously studied an MSc in Renewable Energy here. Before that, I was a computer programmer for twenty years. My other main interests are running, cycling and keeping fit.

Energy, religion, economics, running.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 80,403 - Total Helpful Votes: 74 of 83
Faber & Kell's Heating & Air-conditioning of Build&hellip by Doug Oughton
I would say this is a reference book more than a course book. I read all the chapters, but I have to admit that I skim read most of them. Some of it was poorly written. There were spelling mistakes. There were errors in some of the charts. I started compiling a list of the errors I thought I had found, but gave up after a few chapters. It could really do with some editing. Despite that, there is a lot of information in there, and a lot of diagrams. If you need some information on some obscure heating or air conditioning system, it is probably difficult to beat.
The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in P&hellip by Catherine Gallagher
This is not an easy read, but quite an absorbing one. I bought it because it combined two of my interests: 19th century literature and economics. Four books were studied in detail: Hard Times and Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, and Daniel Deronda and Tales of Clerical Life by George Elliot. The romantic poets are also mentioned, but only because of their interest in everything. Being a poet in the early 19th century entitled you to be taken seriously on any topic, so it would appear. The only one of those books I had read was Hard Times, which I have puzzled over quite a lot. It was not what I thought it was going to be like. On the one hand, I thought Dickens had something, on the… Read more
Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Barry Newman
Vanishing Point [1971] [DVD] DVD ~ Barry Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad actually, 26 April 2014
Better than I thought it would be. I thought it might be just a Cannonball Run sequence of car chases. There were a lot of chases, but it was a bit deeper than that. I liked all the back-story bits that explained why the driver was doing what he was doing.