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God is Beautiful: The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran
God is Beautiful: The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran
by Navid Kermani
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £35.00

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4.0 out of 5 stars Navid Kermani's God is Beautiful, 28 Mar. 2015
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I viewed the opportunity to read this as a chance to get below the skin of a world religion which is often characterized in the West as medieval and which- unlike Christianity- did not benefit from going through the enlightenment and embracing science, technology and philosophy. Instead, clinging to a belief system rooted in the dim and distant past. Looking at countries like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan,Iran and Iraq, it's hard not to agree.
Author and academic Navid Kermani, attempts to reveal the true face of Islam from beneath the multi faceted skin of the belief system. Does he succeed? It's always difficult for a western secular liberal agnostic like myself to take on board any academic work which- to put it bluntly- attempts to objectively evaluate mumbo-jumbo! That goes for Christian, Jewish or the church of the Jedi!
Taking a historical and cultural perspective, Kermani reveals Islam to be under-pinned by an aesthetic appreciation of both natural and human wonder. Those seeing ISIS goons destroying priceless ancient artifacts and buildings will lament the fact that this message appears not to have penetrated their thick skulls. Given the support they receive from educated Western Muslims however, it's a sobering thought that for all the fine work and academic reasoning people like Kermani offer,it appears to be increasingly falling on deaf ears.
At the end of the day, despite the fact that the work is scholarly, well written and intended as a work which users history, culture and sociology as a basis, for this secular liberal at least,it falls into The Lord of the Rings category. An interesting yarn but totally unbelievable.


Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career (IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series)
Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career (IEEE PCS Professional Engineering Communication Series)
by Anthony Fasano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Fasano's Engineer Your Own Success., 27 Mar. 2015
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Author, Anthony Fasano is apparently the founder of an organisation known as 'Powerful Purpose Associates' and describes himself as as an 'Engineering Career Coach'. In 'Engineer your own success' he brings his experience in the field to bear through a detailed and intelligently structured approach to developing skills and applying methodology within those areas where students often find themselves treading water and not progressing in an applied and satisfactory way. Fasano recognizes these pitfalls and guides his students around these obstacles; offering real life examples and strategies for dealing with these scenarios.
Exploring areas like communication skills, marketing and information compilation and distillation, those engaged as students or newly qualified practitioners will find in Engineer your Own Success, a rich seam of information and techniques to apply as they progress in their dedicated field.


Learning Disability Nursing at a Glance
Learning Disability Nursing at a Glance
by Bob Gates
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Learning Disability: Nursing at a Glance, 26 Mar. 2015
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Wiley's 'At a Glance' series of medical books are designed to be accessible and comprehensive despite being usually less than 200 pages in total. Bob Gates's Learning Disability: Nursing at a Glance' is aimed at young students and practitioners in both the health and social services who are seeking a career working with persons with learning difficulty. From children through to the aged. Covering all bases- from behavior to dietary factors- the author offers clear and concise advice based on his years of experience in the field.
According to the blurb, author Bob Gates is a 'Professor of and Academic and Professional Lead for Learning Disabilities, University of Hertfordshire and Visiting Professor of Learning Disability, University of WestLondon. Furthermore he is the 'Founding Editor and Editor in Chief of Journal of Intellectual Disabilities; Member of theInternational Editorial Advisory Board for Journal of Intellectual Disabilities; and is consultant editor to Learning Disability Practice magazine. He is Member of the British Institute of Learning Disability and the National Learning Disability Coalition.'

For young students and those starting out on their career path, Learning Disability at a Glance is a perfect work to dip into and take from it, the guidance and advice which is born of being a hands on practitioner.


The Wellness Syndrome
The Wellness Syndrome
by Carl Cederström
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Wellness Syndrome, 26 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Wellness Syndrome (Paperback)
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'Wellness' is a difficult concept to get a handle on.To be 'Well' does one have to be physically, mentally and emotionally on an even keel or will just two out of three suffice? The authors of The Wellness Syndrome take a...some would say...jaundiced view of the social and political dynamics surrounding the area. A view that for me was both compelling and confusing in equal measure.
As a natural born cynic, my heart sinks when I read yet another contradictory health story in the papers. 'Coffee will give you cancer/prevent cancer...'red wine will boost your natural immunity/decrease your natural immunity etc etc.. Add to Western dietary faddism a growing list of mental and physical exercises which their inventors claim will make you a more rounded grounded individual, then you only have to look at the great swathe of adherents/mugs (delete as appropriate) and the vast profits being made out of these adherents/mugs by big business, and my cynicism starts to go off the scale.
As a book The Wellness Syndrome doesn't really go anywhere new. It throws up some fascinating issues surrounding the socio/economic aspects but too often the authors are really stating the obvious.


Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up
Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education from the Ground Up
by Ken Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative Schools: Revolutionizing Education., 25 Mar. 2015
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Ken Robinson is-it is claimed by the publishers- "the world's most potent advocate of global education transformation'. Some claim indeed! I thought this would be of great interest to a son in law who is just embarking on a career as a primary school teacher here in the UK. As someone who has shown interest in alternative teaching system such as Steiner Schools, the Ken Robinson book appears to follow this alternative pathway to our conventional learning set ups which in my experience, are not aimed at developing young minds but, developing cogs to fit in the machine.and be of economic value to the state.
Hence, young people are usually taught to absorb and regurgitate facts and figures to enable them to get a piece of paper at the end of their school lives.
Ken Robinson quite rightly, focuses on how the education system needs to focus on individuals strengths,weakness and ambitions and channel those strengths towards an outcome where the individual finds fulfillment in education and eventually, in the work place.
A book which has universal value; more especially for those who are in the front line and charged with educating and developing young potential.


Fiddle For Dummies
Fiddle For Dummies
by Michael John Sanchez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Fiddle for Dummies., 24 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Fiddle For Dummies (Paperback)
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From the popular Wiley 'For Dummies' range of books. Michael John Sanchez's Fiddle for Dummies is a comprehensive take on the whys and wherefores of taking that step from traditional violin to country/folk fiddle playing.
As a non musician I obtained this for a teenage daughter to read as she is at a fairly proficient standard at violin. The book offers her the opportunity to concentrate on those areas which will offer most reward and the author suggests techniques and practices which demand the practitioner offers 100% attention if they are to progress in this area.
An ideal companion for anyone with an interest in fiddle playing or who wants to improve those skills.


Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance
Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance
by Bernard Marr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.20

3.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Marr's Big Data., 20 Mar. 2015
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Of interest to students especially. Bernard Marr's Big Data offers a comprehensive overview of what many see as an opaque and hard to fathom subject. The collation and analysis of material which is sourced through traditional methodology.
The real value of course in Data collation is how it is used and what value it brings to businesses and organisations who evaluate the information.
The Author offers his own take on how to extract the true value of this information and extend this into other areas where the data is employed.

The blurb describes Bernard Marr as a 'Big Data Guru' which sounds like a typical Americanisation, but there's no doubt that UK operatives and those studying the relevant and related areas as undergraduates will find the work a useful tool to have in the locker.


Wahl Ultima Plus Shaver
Wahl Ultima Plus Shaver
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Wahl Ultima Plus shaver, 19 Mar. 2015
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I've a Wahl hair cutting device which has lasted years and has always done a good job. First time I've ever had a Wahl shaver though. Usually its the common Phillips shaver. So far it's been more than adequate. It works as a corded or powered cordless shaver.
The makers advice that it just needs one hour of charging for 45 minutes shaving time or five minutes for enough juice for one shave. Of couyrse, if you have a bathroom shaver plug then you can just use it on the cord.
I'm not sure if replacement blades are as easy to come by as say Phillips blades but as Wahl are a pretty big maker of hair clippers and shavers then I don't anticipate a problem.


Bakers Dentacrunch Chicken & Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food, 1 kg, Pack of 4
Bakers Dentacrunch Chicken & Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food, 1 kg, Pack of 4
Price: £11.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Bakers Dentacrunch dog food, 17 Mar. 2015
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I know that some doggy people-the sort of owners who will happily pay £50 for a sack of specialist dog food- look down their noses as Bakers dog food. Presumably because it's commonly available, fairly cheap and sold in supermarkets. I must admit.I've never understood why anyone would pay a fortune for dog food when in my experience, my dogs will happily eat anything. Even the cheapest dog food. This Bakers product is advertised as a 'Dentacrunch' type of food which if eaten regularly, will promote healthy teeth and gums. My hounds have-as expected- eaten the Bakers with gusto and its obviously impossible at this stage to see its effect of their teeth. However, most dogs teeth will brown with age so there's no harm in trying a food which is supposed to promote good teeth and gums.
Make sure you either slop in some water or leave a bowl of water out with the food as this type of dry food makes dogs very thirsty.


The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom
The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Tyrant Who Created North Korea and the Young Lieutenant Who Stole His Way to Freedom
by Blaine Harden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Blaine Harden's The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, 17 Mar. 2015
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The secretive North Korean state is a rich seam for authors like US writer, Blaine Harden to mine. A genuine authoritarian relic from the 1950's, it's leaders falling very much into the James Bond super-villain role. In Harden's The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot, the author describes the contrasting paths of two men at opposing poles within the state.Kim Il Sung, the former North Korean leader and No Kum Sok, a fighter pilot who went from national hero to enemy of the state after his daring escape from North Korea.

Although the book cannot be relied on to be totally historically or factually accurate-in parts it uses conjecture, which is no surprise given the lack of access to information with N Korea-. The author however is to be credited for his research and descriptions of the global machinations in the Far East which are part and parcel of just how such a bizarre and comic book state like N Korea came into creation.
The bloody history of the region around the middle of the last century somewhat resembling the chaos in the Middle East today.

All in all,the story is a good yarn well told.


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