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Fearless Fingerstyle: A Step By Step Guide To Stunning, Confident And Practical Fingerpicking Guitar Technique (Dan Thorpe`s Fingerpicking series)
Fearless Fingerstyle: A Step By Step Guide To Stunning, Confident And Practical Fingerpicking Guitar Technique (Dan Thorpe`s Fingerpicking series)
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent teacher, 20 Dec. 2016
This is a brilliant guide to fingerstyle playing. Dan explains everything very clearly and with examples that are a pleasure to play. I've made significant progress over the last month with this book, complemented by some of Dan's other videos and ebooks. He's an excellent teacher.


Racksoy Professional Adjustable Microphone Fold Mic Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand Holder with Mic Clip Mounting on Desk or Table Top for Studio, Program record, Broadcasting, TV Station, Solo Artist (Black)
Racksoy Professional Adjustable Microphone Fold Mic Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand Holder with Mic Clip Mounting on Desk or Table Top for Studio, Program record, Broadcasting, TV Station, Solo Artist (Black)
Offered by MyArmor
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for a Blue Yeti, 27 July 2015
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I bought this stand for use with a Blue Yeti microphone. While installation was straightforward, the stand simply isn't strong enough to hold the weight of the microphone. No matter how much I tightened the screws and nuts, the microphone would gradually droop and there was an ominous creaking noise from the springs. I suspect it's a great product with a lighter microphone.


CPO® 2 Port KVM Switch for VGA Monitor & USB Mouse/Keyboard - Including Cables!!
CPO® 2 Port KVM Switch for VGA Monitor & USB Mouse/Keyboard - Including Cables!!

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job very well, 14 Feb. 2013
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I bought this switch for Windows 7 (64 bit) and Windows 8 desktops, sharing a 27-inch monitor. It works perfectly and is very easy to use.


TRIXES Wireless Internet USB Adaptor WiFi Dongle 150Mbps For Windows 7 / XP / Vista
TRIXES Wireless Internet USB Adaptor WiFi Dongle 150Mbps For Windows 7 / XP / Vista
Offered by Digiflex
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worked perfectly, 14 Feb. 2013
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I've bought a couple of these dongles for my Windows 7 (64 bit) and Windows 8 machines. It worked perfectly on both and was up and running in less than a minute.


Beautiful For Ever: Madame Rachel of Bond Street - Cosmetician, Con-Artist and Blackmailer
Beautiful For Ever: Madame Rachel of Bond Street - Cosmetician, Con-Artist and Blackmailer
by Helen Rappaport
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Victorian villainess, 28 May 2012
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Fans of Victorian sensation fiction will recognise Madame Rachel as Maria Oldershaw, foster mother and business partner of the delicious Lydia Gwilt in Wilkie Collins' 'Armadale'. She and her beauty products were also referred to in Mary Elizabeth Braddon's 'Lady Audley's Secret'. In this excellent biography, Helen Rappaport tells the true story of the woman behind the infamous creation of "Madame Rachel", purveyor of dubious unguents which promised to make women "beautiful for ever".

Madame Rachel, aka Sarah Rachel Levison, cleverly exploited women's perennial obsession with youthfulness. The wealth of background material includes descriptions of actresses nightly wrapping their hands and faces with slices of raw meat in order to preserve their complexions (presumably, it also worked to ward off any unwelcome sexual attention). There was a range of less repellant, but largely inffectual remedies on the market from such well-known names as Rimmel. Cosmetics companies vied to claim responsibility for Queen Victoria's youthful appearance when she came to the throne, which was entirely explicable on account of her being only eighteen. Figaro in London commented that the queen "must have had decayed teeth, grey hair, a a head nearly bald, scurf, superfluous hair, a tanned skin, rough and sallow complexion, pimples, spots, redness and cutaneous erruptions" in order to require so many products whose daily use was imputed to her. Madame Rachel was no less modest in her claims when she started advertising her Arabian preparations and enamelling technique in 1859, which were designed for the "restoration and preservation of female loveliness", and had obtained the "patronage of royalty".

The exact figures are unknown, but Madame Rachel seems to have made hundreds of thousands of pounds a year from this "ridiculous and culpable practice", based at her New Bond Street premises. Gullible patrons were taken in by her risible claims that she and her daughters were many decades older than they appeared and had in fact witnessed the guillotining of Marie Antoinette. Her clients became addicted to the treatments, often running up ruinous bills which they were then unable to pay. She ended up in court after one Mrs Carnegie (and her bewildered husband) refused to settle a bill for £938 5s 0d (nearly £65,000 in today's money). This legal case was the start of a downward trajectory for Madame Rachel, resulting in ruin for her and her family.

Helen Rappaport has skilfully brought together a variety of resources detailing Madame Rachel's extraordinary career, and has also unearthed hitherto unknown biographical material on her origins. The story is told compellingly, with clear but unobtrusive historical context. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to find out more about this curious character who pervades Victorian literature. While reading the book, I came across a reference to her catchphrase - `beautiful for ever' - in a novel published in 1896, 16 years after Madame Rachel's death. I've since found at least a dozen other references in novels by Trollope, Florence Marryat, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Henceforth, I shall be on the look out for her everywhere.


Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy
Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death That Changed the Monarchy
by Helen Rappaport
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A crowning glory, 20 Nov. 2011
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Having read some of Helen Rappaport's other books, I had high expectations of 'Magnificent Obsession'. I'm pleased to say that they were exceeded. Much has been written about Queen Victoria's long reign, but in this book Rappaport turns her keen historical eye on the year leading up to Prince Albert's death, and the two decades of dedicated mourning that followed. Victoria's own overwhelming grief is juxtaposed with that of a nation who considered the Prince Consort to be their uncrowned king.

Rappaport's account is scholarly, yet compelling and highly readable. The story is placed in unobtrusive, meticulous historical context, and the archival research is impeccable. I am an academic researcher in this field and rarely have I encountered a book that has satisfied in so many different respects.

'Magnificent Obssession' will appeal to both specialist and general readers, and is an example of historical writing at its best.


Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide to Formatting Books for the Amazon Kindle
Kindle Formatting: The Complete Guide to Formatting Books for the Amazon Kindle

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted, 16 Jun. 2011
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I can't rate this book highly enough. It answered every one of my questions, and has saved me many hours of rummaging around online for the answers. A certain level of technical ability is assumed, and it could faze those unfamiliar with the concepts of HTML and regular expressions. However, for Kindlers comfortable with at least the basics of web technology, the detailed coverage of Kindle formatting is excellent. There are also some handy time-saving tips for anyone prepared to tackle programming languages. The author makes useful recommendations for tools and software to handle other aspects of the publishing process, eg scanning books and extracting text from PDFs. A perfect introduction for the geekily-inclined.


Miss Cayley's Adventures (Valancourt Classics)
Miss Cayley's Adventures (Valancourt Classics)
by Grant Allen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Victorian Adventuress, 12 Oct. 2008
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Published in 1899, it features the redoubtable Lois Cayley, a Girton graduate who refuses to enter the teaching profession, instead becoming a self-styled adventuress. With only twopence in her pocket, she manages to travel around the world, solving mysteries and trying her hand at a number of professions. A particularly enjoyable chapter sees her taking part in a mountain biking competition and landing herself a job selling bicycles in Switzerland. Other escapades include setting up a typing agency in Florence with her conservative and downtrodden friend, Elsie. It's hard to imagine that Alexander McCall Smith hasn't read this book, as Lois is very much a nineteenth-century Mma Ramotswe. Despite a rather conventional conclusion, the book is fairly progressive for the time, in terms of Allen's treatment of both gender and race. He also created one of the earliest literary female detectives. Well done to Valancourt Books for reissuing it.


Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 (3 PC, 1 Year subscriptions) (PC)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009 (3 PC, 1 Year subscriptions) (PC)

5.0 out of 5 stars Greatsky!, 1 Aug. 2008
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I always struggle to recommend a good anti-virus program to friends and clients, but now I shall struggle no more. Kaspersky is easy-to-use, fast to install, and full-featured, without being overly-complicated. I did have a slight issue with it detecting an uninstalled version of my previous anti-virus software. However, a quick dip into their support site provided a fix which solved the problem with a minimum of fuss - just a matter of downloading and running a small file. It's simple enough for novices, yet sufficiently robust and unobtrusive for the more experienced user.


Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair
Do Not Pass Go: From the Old Kent Road to Mayfair
by Tim Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable treasure trove, 30 Dec. 2003
I’ve never got on with Monopoly at all; maybe I’m an incipient socialist, or just hopeless at board games. Anyway, “Do Not Pass Go” has inspired me to have another stab at it. It is one of those books that provokes barks of laughter, snorts of incredulity and little grunts of “ooh, well I didn’t know that!”. Even the most seasoned Londoner will discover fascinating facts and feel compelled to go and have a good nose around previously undiscovered areas of the metropolis.


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