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How to be Happier: Teach Yourself
How to be Happier: Teach Yourself
by Paul Jenner
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good in theory, 25 Mar. 2010
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The book has various "quick fixes" that you can try depending on how long you have got to spare, 1 minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes and so on. Then you can read the whole book and it goes into more detail on how you can eat healthily to improve mood or banish negative thoughts to find happiness. It's generally helpful, but mostly just quite full of vague waffle with little real scientific backing or sound theories on true happiness. It doesn't really seem to cover more accepted psychological theories that deal with "wholeness" and "wellness", such as the Human Givens approach, and I think a basic introduction to the Human Givens approach towards happiness and contentment would make a much better read overall. I tried the healthy eating for a month, and found that whilst my body may have appreciated the additional vitamins and nutrition that external factors such as work, relationships, and my thoughts had a much larger impact on my happiness levels.


Self-confidence: The Remarkable Truth of Why a Small Change Can Make a Big Difference
Self-confidence: The Remarkable Truth of Why a Small Change Can Make a Big Difference
by Paul McGee
Edition: Paperback

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really easy to read and quite helpful, 20 Mar. 2010
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This book is really easy to read with good pacing - it feels like each section has been written so that you can read each chapter in around 20 minutes, and the "personal stories" that you often get with these kinds of books are optional extras at the end. You aren't forced to read them like in a lot of other books. The good thing with this book is that the personal stories are often quite light hearted, easy to read, and add a natural brain rest period to the book, so that you are ready to start concentrating again for the next chapter.

The theory is sound and I found the book quite motivational and encouraging, and felt I gained some confidence generally. I would say that the theory is quite logical, a small change now can make a big change to your future, but is it really remarkable? I'm not so sure. Either way the book is easy to read and therefore well worth buying, as it's likely that you'll finish reading the book quite quickly, whereas I found a lot of books I've read are often left on the shelf after 2 chapters as I've simply lost interest in them. Not so with this book. Although saying that it's not particularly in depth, and perhaps glosses over the background reasoning behind some of the suggestions.


Dave Pearce The Dance Years 1989
Dave Pearce The Dance Years 1989

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting trip down memory lane... but..., 2 Feb. 2010
An interesting trip down memory lane, but generally most songs are fairly dull, and weren't particularly the best of the era. There is one stand out track on this album, track 12, CD 1, the listing above is actually wrong, it's Young MC, but the track is "My Name is Young" and it's the classic "boom boom chikawa" Shaft style theme tune music that sounds simply amazing turned up to 11! Worth it alone just for this track. The rest of the album is acceptable background music, but this track alone is the only stand out awesome track.
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Ultimate Ears Super fi 5 silver earphones
Ultimate Ears Super fi 5 silver earphones

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent comfort and sound isolation but expensive..., 25 Jan. 2010
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Ultimate Ears Super fi 5 silver earphones by Logitech. These are expensive earphones. They come with 3 different sized rubber covers (aka "silicone ear cushions", you get 4 sets in total, 2 are the medium size), and 1 size grey foam earpieces (you get 2 sets of these).

They provide a scary amount of noise isolation - especially with the foam ear tips - which I found the most comfortable. Walking down the street, you couldn't hear cars driving past. They provide better noise isolation than the Sennheiser CX-300 IIs, and the foam ear tips are more comfortable in my opinion.

However, the sound is not necessarily better than the CX-300 II's in my opinion - the CX-300s have louder bass, and crisper treble. The difference in sound quality is quite subtle, and the most noticable difference is in comfort, and noise isolation (it's like wearing foam earplugs). Although the price is also noticeably higher for the Super 5s, costing three times as much as the CX-300s! Sennheiser CX 300-II Precision Noise-Isolating Ear-Canal Phones - Black (Eco Packaging)

One thing I'm not overly keen on is the slightly firm feeling cable - the CX-300s feel a little softer to the touch and the silicon / rubber ear tips are harder / firmer than the CX-300s - which seems to make the Super Fi 5s a little uncomfortable when wearing the silicon earpieces.

If you're looking for excellent noise isolation and comfort then the UE Superfi 5s have the best options and most choice available regarding size and type of ear tip, however, I think it could be worth saving money by trying some Sennheiser CX-300 IIs first, or even Creative Labs EP-630/A Noise Isolating Earphones which are excellent performers considering the price! Creative Labs EP-630/A Noise Isolating Earphones (Black)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great screens, but also a great camera!, 21 Jan. 2010
I've used a few Samsung cameras in the past and been a little disappointed, but not with this one! The front screen is useful, clear, and fun for social events - friends really like taking photos of themselves with it - so you tend to capture genuine smiles with it. The huge 3.5" touch screen on the back is very good - better than a lot of touch-screens on mobile phones! And the way you can tilt the camera to choose modes and scroll through photos is quite neat once you get used to it. (Although it can be confusing for people who want to switch from photo to video mode, and don't know how to do it).

The battery life was a little disappointing as I could only get about 100 - 140 shots on one charge. Luckily the ability to charge the camera through the USB cable helps combat this, because every time you transfer pictures from the camera to your computer you are charging the camera again.

The camera is very stylish - and looks much better in real life than in the pictures - although there isn't much of a hand grip and it's a little slippery at times so use the wrist strap is highly recommended. The lens is good, providing a decent wide angle lens and a good amount of zoom, and image quality is generally good. The only downside for me was that the camera uses MicroSD cards which are small and fiddly compared to normal SD cards. A case isn't provided and I would highly recommend you invest in one, as well as a screen cleaning cloth as it quickly attracts fingerprints.


SAMSUNG ST550 - purple
SAMSUNG ST550 - purple

5.0 out of 5 stars Great screens, but also a great camera!, 21 Jan. 2010
This review is from: SAMSUNG ST550 - purple (Camera)
I've used a few Samsung cameras in the past and been a little disappointed, but not with this one! The front screen is useful, clear, and fun for social events - friends really like taking photos of themselves with it - so you tend to capture genuine smiles with it. The huge 3.5" touch screen on the back is very good - better than a lot of touch-screens on mobile phones! And the way you can tilt the camera to choose modes and scroll through photos is quite neat once you get used to it. (Although it can be confusing for people who want to switch from photo to video mode, and don't know how to do it).

The battery life was a little disappointing as I could only get about 100 - 140 shots on one charge. Luckily the ability to charge the camera through the USB cable helps combat this, because every time you transfer pictures from the camera to your computer you are charging the camera again.

The camera is very stylish - and looks much better in real life than in the pictures - although there isn't much of a hand grip and it's a little slippery at times so use the wrist strap is highly recommended. The lens is good, providing a decent wide angle lens and a good amount of zoom, and image quality is generally good. The only downside for me was that the camera uses MicroSD cards which are small and fiddly compared to normal SD cards. A case isn't provided and I would highly recommend you invest in one, as well as a screen cleaning cloth as it quickly attracts fingerprints.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great screens, but also a great camera!, 21 Jan. 2010
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I've used a few Samsung cameras in the past and been a little disappointed, but not with this one! The front screen is useful, clear, and fun for social events - friends really like taking photos of themselves with it - so you tend to capture genuine smiles with it. The huge 3.5" touch screen on the back is very good - better than a lot of touch-screens on mobile phones! And the way you can tilt the camera to choose modes and scroll through photos is quite neat once you get used to it. (Although it can be confusing for people who want to switch from photo to video mode, and don't know how to do it).

The battery life was a little disappointing as I could only get about 100 - 140 shots on one charge. Luckily the ability to charge the camera through the USB cable helps combat this, because every time you transfer pictures from the camera to your computer you are charging the camera again.

The camera is very stylish - and looks much better in real life than in the pictures - although there isn't much of a hand grip and it's a little slippery at times so use the wrist strap is highly recommended. The lens is good, providing a decent wide angle lens and a good amount of zoom, and image quality is generally good. The only downside for me was that the camera uses MicroSD cards which are small and fiddly compared to normal SD cards. A case isn't provided and I would highly recommend you invest in one, as well as a screen cleaning cloth as it quickly attracts fingerprints.


The Christmas Pocket Bible: Every Christmas rule of thumb at your fingertips (Pocket Bibles)
The Christmas Pocket Bible: Every Christmas rule of thumb at your fingertips (Pocket Bibles)
by Guy Hobbs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like bits of it..., 17 Dec. 2009
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The book is interesting and readable peppered with lots of bite sized facts about all aspects of Christmas - past and present - but it tries to be too many things and some sections disappointed me as they were somewhat boring; sections sounded promising but were surprisingly theological and intellectual in parts for what I expected to be a light hearted book. The book also covers Mince Pie Recipes, and How to Cook a Roast Dinner for example. The book succeeded in making me feel Christmassy though!


10 Minute Solution - Quick Tummy Toners [DVD] [2008]
10 Minute Solution - Quick Tummy Toners [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Andrea Ambandos
Price: £5.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good even for a lazy person like me!, 17 Dec. 2009
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This DVD is quite easy to use - even if you're in poor shape - as it lets you know which bits you can skip if it's too difficult for you. I found I was skipping quite a lot, and avoided some of the more energetic sections. Although I expect with more practise I will be able to advance to the more difficult exercises.

The only real complaints I have are that there don't seem to be any "warm up" routines, and I found that it took a while before I got the hang of it - for example - it's not till a much later exercise that she reminds you to relax your neck muscles - quite important when doing this kind of exercise!

There are five main chapters or rather five different 10 minute exercise routines. Crunch Free Abs, (I found this the easiest, and will probably stick to this until I build my strength up after a long time of not exercising), Yoga Abs, Bikini Belly, Ab and Waist Definer, Sexy, Sporty Abs. A lot of these are surprisingly energetic, and even she starts sweating in parts. You can watch these separately, all in one go, or in any order you choose.

The instructor is less blond in the video when compared to the front cover, and the video and views can be quite distracting for male viewers! She's clearly American, but not overly so, and there was only one bit where I cringed when she said "You're a rock star!"


Stuff White People Like
Stuff White People Like
by Christian Lander
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could also be called stuff people like..., 5 Dec. 2009
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Item number 1 is coffee. ALL people like it. Why the book has to talk about what different races and stereotypes are percieved as liking almost comes across as a white persons racist view of the world, and the book feels horribly dated (Number 11, apparently "White People" like "Asian Girls"). It harks back to a time (the 90s?) when stereotypical humour was considered funny. The book reads as quite patronising, and blatantly obvious (Number 13 - "White People" like Tea). The views expressed are quite American and quite depressingly stereotypical of what I hoped America wasn't really like, still strongly split by race and class.

I think the book might make a "humourous" christmas gift, and can be quickly read without raising many laughs, which perhaps makes it a perfect christmas gift! The book is easy to access, and you can dip in and out reading it in any order, picking out subjects that you find interesting. However, it isn't always funny, and quickly gets tiresome how often he mentions white people.


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