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OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray
OXO Good Grips No-Spill Ice Cube Tray
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5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect!, 18 July 2017
Thoroughly excellent. The best I have had over the last 40 to 50 years and so good I'm buying a second definitely and probably a third for family etc. If there is a downside, the "cubes" or trapezoids are quite large. but it's not a problem


Requiem for a Wren (Vintage Classics) by Nevil Shute Norway (2009-09-03)
Requiem for a Wren (Vintage Classics) by Nevil Shute Norway (2009-09-03)
by Nevil Shute Norway
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars If you like reading about the last War..., 16 Mar. 2017
This is a love story set movingly against the latter stages of the Second World War and in Australia in the years that followed. I don't know Australia at first hand but Nevil Shute did as he lived there for some years. It's not great literature but it is an extremely well told story, with enough pace and plot twists to keep one turning the pages easily.


The Art of Execution: How the world's best investors get it wrong and still make millions in the markets
The Art of Execution: How the world's best investors get it wrong and still make millions in the markets
by Lee Freeman-Shor
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.88

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for all (private) investors, 15 Nov. 2015
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This book is both thought-provoking and has changed my behaviour. It is not for frequent traders on the stock exchange, which I am not. It is tightly focussed on what to do after you have bought a share. While it has a few thoughts on stock picking and portfolio make up, it concentrates the mind on deciding in advance what to do when your have done your stock picking, when the share price either goes down more than a few percent (more or less normal market volatility) or it starts and continues to rise . It is impressive in that it is based on hard evidence, not just theory.
It is not prescriptive in that each individual will make their own mind up what is the right course of action for them in the light of their investing policy, their temperament and their attitude to risk. Where Lee Freeman-Shor is prescriptive in laying down options, he comes down firmly on the side of the investor making up rules for himself/herself that lead to specific actions of buying or selling in whole or in part as opposed to merely having guidelines which allow the heart to over rule the heart.
I sincerely wish that this book had been available years ago. When you read it it makes perfect common sense, or rather, un-common sense, because it is clear that many, perhaps most, professionals either do not subscribe to this approach or certainly do not implement it. There are clearly advantages in having no masters looking over one's investing shoulder. It is a shortish book (190 pages with large type), with many inset case studies and data points, clearly written, concise and precise. If I had been able to read this book years ago and taken on board even part of its sage advice, I would have saved or made myself many many times its cover price. If you don't have established rules in place, to pay about the cost of one online trade for the book is a no-brainer.


Noisy at the Wrong Times
Noisy at the Wrong Times
by Michael Volpe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.89

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading for all educationalists!, 13 Nov. 2015
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This true memoir is a fascinating journey from Italian immigrant East End London fiercely loyal and loving but dysfunctional family member to Holland Park Opera as an employee of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for 25 years via the all-important ILEA Woolverstone boarding school for boys.

It is a complex book written in a readable style that arouses many thoughts and fierce emotions in me. The majority of the book is taken up with an account of Michael's five years at Woolverstone, on the banks of the Orwell estuary in Suffolk and its effect on him. At the same time he says that the book is not about him, but his older brother Matteo and his Mum, Lidia, both of whom had died before he finished the book. Matt, who was a frequent guest of Her Majesty, "because my life could have so easily looked like his, if I hadn't been lucky enough to be given a chance".

The chance he was offered was to qualify for entry to Woolverstone School, "A boarding school for boys from the London area who are suitable for an academic education" in 1977 the last year in which this was true before it was turned into a comprehensive and political doctrine finally destroyed Woolverstone by 1990. There he was exposed to many different and strange subjects, some of which he seized with both hands, such as singing, rugby and drama and others which he seems to have absorbed by some process of immaculate osmosis, despite his intentions, such as geography, geology and electromagnetic fields. The point was, "Yes, Woolverstone was selective , but it was a model of schooling that should have been adopted and taken forward and made available to as many as possible."

This book is so much more than a political tract, being a funny poignant, self-confessing account of a rich human development, warts and all. That Michael had this opportunity and that partly in spite of himself, his attitudes and behaviour, it has enriched not only his own life immeasurably but that of this children too, makes one's heart sing. If you read it, I think it will enrich your life too.

Finally I should declare a tiny personal interest in that I have lived on the Shotley peninsular, within a mile or two of Woolverstone, for some thirty five years. I was full of admiration for the original concept of Woolverstone School and so fertile ground for Michael's anger and despair at what transpired. Let the last word go to him, "Children, including those from impoverished backgrounds, have the facility and the capability to understand the tenets of Roman society,, or the wonders of ancient Greece and the glory of Renaissance painting, or any number of things...l"


Twelve Ships a'Sailing
Twelve Ships a'Sailing
by Jim Andrews
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Family sailors ahoy!, 30 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Twelve Ships a'Sailing (Hardcover)
This is a very readable account of one man and his delightful family's experiences with sailing boats, that is likely to be of interest to sailors and boating people, particularly if they know the the approaches to the Thames estuary and the west coast of Scotland.
He was just in time in the 1950s to catch a whisker of the last Thames barges on the east coast to be used as cargo carrying work horses. His characterisation of barge skippers and his ear for East Anglian dialect are a master class in observation.
His family was based at Strangford Lough in Ulster, from where he did much of his sailing until he decided that Northern Ireland was too violent a place to bring up three young daughter and they decamped to Tarbert on Loch Fyne. Either place was a wonderful base for exploring the Inner Hebrides with occasional forays to the Outer Hebrides. Interestingly their boats of choce were catamaran, which were then in their infancy. He writes about their performance, their handling, their suitability for holiday cruising with the children and their practicality, which interested me because in my more recent experience over 20 years of sailing in the same waters, I rarely saw a catamaran.
This book won't interest the racing fraternity or long distance cruisers but it is a fascinating story of one admirably grounded and thoroughly likeable family's sailing in an epoch which has vanished.


Broke of the Shannon and the War 1812
Broke of the Shannon and the War 1812
by Tim Voelcker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good scholarship interestingly and authoritatively presented, 21 Sept. 2015
Such was Broke's legacy that fifteen years after his epic victory over the Chesapeake he "was invited by the Admiralty to make suggestions with regard to gunnery practice" which led to the establishment in 1830 of a Royal Naval gunnery school "in the venerable old hulk of Excellent, previously commanded by Collingwood at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent. Not until the 1850s did his insights into naval gunnery become finally overtaken by technicological advances.

It was my interest in why Broke had been able to defeat the Chesapeake in eleven minutes coupled with my ability almost to see Broke Hall at Nacton from my side of the Orwell and ignorance of the causes of the 1812 war that led me to this excellent anthology - better than a biography because broader in scope. Clearly Broke was an outstanding naval captain, not only insisting on rigorous continual training, but also paying for technical improvements to the Shannon's armament from his own pocket, as the Admiralty refused to underwrite them.

This book is a fascinating magnifying glass into what at first sight seems a small international incident but in fact was not only a seminal lynchpin in the progress of the war but a crucial stage in the development of naval power. I have learnt much from its reading.


Ravensburger Labyrinth
Ravensburger Labyrinth
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic board game that will last and last, 25 Sept. 2014
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We think this is a classic game which intrigues all ages. Our 5 year old grandson, who has an extraordinary spatial vision i.e. he is a wizard with jig-saw puzzles, regularly beats me, to my chagrin - and to my determination to beat him. It appeals to players at several levels and is frustrating, creative and imaginative, all at the same time. If you enjoy chess and draughts, you will enjoy this.


The Colour of Evening Light
The Colour of Evening Light
by Jeremy Fraser
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life and love and death, 7 May 2014
This is an intriguing story in two distinct sections. The longer first part is set in northern France at the outset of the first world war and the second some fifty years later. The whole book is a great page turner but the first part seems to me to be the better although I read the second part avidly because I wanted to find out what happened.

Jeremy Fraser has the great gift of being able to draw one into the scene so that the village in France, in which most of the early action is set, feels real, solid and vivid. He draws the panicky atmosphere and sense of impending doom contrasted against the brilliance of the August 1914 weather and the lives caught up in the drama with conviction and clarity.

At the same time it is an intensely personal and moving story, during which the main charater,a raw young army doctor grows and blossoms - I will not spoil the plot by saying more. It may seem presumptuous to compare this relatively unknown author with Sebastian Faulks but there are parallels with his "Birdsong" and in his evocation of France, Jeremy Fraser does not come out badly.

It is, in a sense, a very old-fashioned book, by which I mean that it has a beginning, a middle and an end, being well-crafted and in general well-written. In short, an excellent read, which makes one reflect, particularly 100 years on, and a book I unhesitatingly recommend. If I could give it four and a half stars I would.


The Royal Hospital Chelsea: A Year in Pictures
The Royal Hospital Chelsea: A Year in Pictures
by Patricia Rodwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Visual celebration of a great institution, 10 Mar. 2014
This is a most handsomely produced book detailing the life of the inhabitants of this unique and much-loved institution. The tricorne hats and the scarlet uniforms of Chelsea Pensioners are iconic and familiar sights of London but to be taken behind the scenes with a series of stunning photographs of the far from everyday life of an In-Pensioner is an unexpected pleasure. There is a historical introduction by Henry Russell, which together with the explanatory captions to the the photographs provide much fascinating information. For anyone with an interest in the military history of Britain and our armed forces this is an essential appendix. For an old soldier there is very definitely life after retirement.


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