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Disaster Response and Recovery: Strategies and Tactics for Resilience
Disaster Response and Recovery: Strategies and Tactics for Resilience
by David A. McEntire
Edition: Paperback
Price: £46.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Disaster Response and Recovery, 22 April 2015
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My interest in this work arises from the fact that I used to be a member of a UK Mountain Rescue Team. Although most people are aware that MRT's are made of of unpaid volunteers, most people are not aware that these teams come under the planning controls of the police. That is; it is the local police force who decides whether or not an incident falls into the call out domain of a MRT, the fire service or the police themselves. More especially when the MRT covers an area which includes urban patches.
Often the police will call on MRT's members as spare search dogsbodies in an urban area, looking for a missing person but call on the fire service who are also trained in rope management, to bring someone down from a building. It can and does lead to some conflict when in certain cases, the police call out the fire service to rescue someone in an area for which the MRT have been trained. For example, a party of tourists trapped in a gorge on the edge of an urban area were rescued by the fire service when it was patently a MRT situation.
Author David A McEntire is a US writer and his 'Disaster Response and Recovery' is essentially aimed at an American readership. However, it is of interest to UK readers as many of these management strategies; particularly in an international setting-are relevant to rescue and disaster agencies and individuals regardless of their nationality or area of practice.


Ethics in Ancient Israel
Ethics in Ancient Israel
by John Barton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Ethics in Ancient Israel., 20 April 2015
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I understand that the author, John Barton is in fact a C of E priest apart from his academic qualifications and from his modern Christian background he takes the reader back to the pre Christian era centred around what is now recognized as modern Israel and analyses the complex area of law and ethics that defined that society. Of course, the atheist will challenge much of Professor Barton's theories given that much of the evidence is drawn from what are essentially works of fiction. However, Christians, Muslims and Jews-in fact any dualistic religious scholar - will have to define their theories in terms that humanists would find fanciful and base their academic research in areas which would not be recognized by those studying practical subjects.
Of course the problem for the academic writing about this far distant era is that there is little objective research and material available so they have to interpret texts like the Dead Sea Scrolls and unrelated anonymous texts, extrapolating a believable theory out of what is essentially superstitious waffle.

Of interest to students studying in this area or those with an interest in the subject but for the secular reader, perhaps a little dry and dull.


A Year of Marvellous Ways
A Year of Marvellous Ways
by Sarah Winman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars A Year of Marvellous Ways, 20 April 2015
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This is a lovely story, set in the beautiful area in south west Cornwall, amongst the creeks and quiet valleys. Marvellous Ways is the heroine of the tale. An eccentric recluse lost in time and isolated in her little world centred on a secluded Cornish creek. Strangely enough, I think I might know the actual creek and homestead which inspired the tale.A little side creek upon which an eccentric appeared to live in a hut amongst a collection of rotting old boats moored on the fore-shore,with dogs and cats patrolling their domain.

AYOMQ captures the innocence and goodness of the central character who has been such a positive influence upon the lives of so many who have come into contact with her. The tale gently moves along like the advancing tide and the author refrains from making it too unbelievable and schmaltzy.Instead keeping it grounded in the here and now. A nice read.


Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Pearl Oyster Mushroom Kitchen Garden Grow Your Own Kit
Price: £18.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Pearl Oyster Mushroom kit., 14 April 2015
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Using coffee grounds as a base medium to grow Pearl mushrooms, the concept is certainly an appealing one which will be appreciated by children especially. Judging by other reviews then there are certainly customers who enjoy the cycle from production to pan. However, at almost £19.00 for each kit then you have to say it is hellishly expensive for on average, just two flushes of small mushrooms. In fact we';re talking Harrods food hall prices here! Also the kit has to be used within a month so if you want it as a present then make sure you give it to the recipient quickly.


Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age
Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age
by Manuel Castells
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Reconceptualzing Development in the Global info age., 14 April 2015
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Authors, Manuel Castells and Pekko Himanen have written a compelling account of the new dynamics at the root of information dissemination across the globe and its impact on socio/economic structures and how they define individual relationships . Both between interacting individuals and how individuals relate to institutions and the state structures. Casting their net across the globe, from hi-tec Silicon Valley in the US, Costa Rica, Chile, South Africa, Finland, the European Union, and China, the authors compare and contrast how development and our conception of progress is defined within new spheres of awareness.
The huge growth of the internet within both social and economic areas now defines our value judgements and sees development addressed using terms which never applied, even twenty years ago!

Reconceptualizing Development in the global information age' is not a light read by any means, but it certainly throws up issues and addresses concerns which will resonate with anyone who feels that they are sometimes riding a Helter-Skelter with regard to the complex areas addressed by Castells and Himanen.


Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective
Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective
by Rebecca Henderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Leading Sustainable Change., 13 April 2015
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For many people, the idea that global corporations and their executives can embrace 'green' thinking and apply it to their business strategies is almost laughable! The evidence is that big business is wedded to the eternal principles of production and consumption. Producing instantly obsolete crap-usually made in China to exploit its sweat shop economy- and constantly upgrading their products so that consumer junkies can Q up for the latest iPhone or must have gizmo. Ratcheting up the profits in the process.
Yes, as a 100% big business cynic, the ideas promulgated in Leading Sustainable Change does promote some eyebrow raising on my part. Despite the evangelical theme of the book that businesses can promote sustainability in their business practices, the evidence suggests the contrary. That corporations will never kill the goose which lays their golden egg.
Consequentially, instead of making products which are produced using methods, design and materials which ensures that the item will last a long time without needing replacement, modern capitalism paradoxically in light of the books theme, makes products which are instantly obsolete and heading for the tip or recycle centre almost as soon as they are purchased.
Can business be green and sustainable? Not the way its currently structured around profit at all costs and puts shareholders before consumers!


How Does My Country Grow?: Economic Advice Through Story-Telling
How Does My Country Grow?: Economic Advice Through Story-Telling
by Brian Pinto
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

4.0 out of 5 stars How does my country grow?, 10 April 2015
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Author Brian Pinto is described in the introduction as.."Chief Economist, Emerging Markets, at GLG Partners ......he worked at the World Bank for almost 30 years, where his focus was predominantly on transition economics, sovereign debt, and economic growth.' With that amount of experience behind him, it is no surprise that his critique is deftly delivered and comprehensive in its over-arching take on specific economies and the markets they compete in.
Beginning with his study of the Polish economy in the late 90's before taking in India and Kenya, Pinto evaluates how differing strategies are needed depending on the historical dynamics under-pinning specific economies.
Using empirical evidence and data sourced from international market sources, he explains how certain strategies have succeeded in some countries but those self same strategies have failed in others. The reasons for this conflictual results are examined using social and cultural references.
An interesting look at the global market from a senior figure in the field.


Maclaren Protecting Nappy Change Balm
Maclaren Protecting Nappy Change Balm
Price: £8.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars Baby balm for grown ups too!, 10 April 2015
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First of all, I have to comment on Amazon's rather bizarre packing regime. This tube of balm-basically the size of a family tube of toothpaste-was packed in a hiking boot size box,packed with paper and another small box inside that! I wouldn't like to pay Amazon's postal charges!
As for the product itself. I actually ordered this for my daughter to use on her 2 month old baby. However, as someone who does a lot of hillwalking and mountain biking and who has suffered in the past with chaffing and soreness, I'm afraid baby will have to stick to good old vaseline because I'll be using this myself.
I've used baby balm before and I know a lot of outdoor types,including sea kayakers and road bikers who also use baby balm instead of Vaseline.
At £8 a go, it isn't cheap but it has a nice smell and isn't sticky.


The House of Hidden Mothers
The House of Hidden Mothers
by Meera Syal
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The House of Hidden Mothers, 5 April 2015
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I hadn't read Meera Syal before but of course I was familiar with her work as an actress. The House of Hidden Mothers was,as it turned out, far better than I expected. The author brought a real depth to her characters and set them within a believable story framework which spans two continents.The two main characters come across as engaging and people we can emphasize with and share their emotional turmoil and their gradual escape from fear and fascination. Although the pace is somewhat slow and the story is at times,meandering, The House of Hidden Mothers keeps us engaged through the strength of the authors strong characterizations and intriguing storyline
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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.


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