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Mammut Men'S Mt.Trail Gtx Hiking Boot
Mammut Men'S Mt.Trail Gtx Hiking Boot

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 3-4 season boots, 12 Mar. 2012
Bought these last week - tho I must confess not from Amazon. (Walking boots seem one of those categories that's best to try on.) I was after a boot that was good for general hillwalking and scrambling. First try on fit like a glove - very comfortable - unlike a similar pair I tested it against. Nice looking boots too. Not too heavy. And all the obvious great build quality you'd expect from a Swiss product.

Tested them around the house for a day and then walking around muddy fields in southern England for 2-3 more. Still very comfy. Dry too. Then last weekend I put them through their paces on the Snowdon Horseshoe - up via the Crib Goch ridge and down via Y Lliwedd. Weather was hill fog with some drizzle at first then getting dryer later. Coped very well with greasy rock and grassy slopes alike. The rand protected the leather on the toes nicely. Still very comfortable, No nips or blisters at all; no toe-bashing when going downhill. And 100% dry of course.

All in all great 3-4 season boots. Very very pleased with them. With the current discounts unbelievable value too.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value rucksack., 12 Mar. 2012
I bought this for twenty quid via Amazon. I was looking for a rucksack that would serve several needs - carry on for flights, daysack for hiking trips; and carrying various clobber, including a laptop, about town. 35l seemed about the right size.

Having used it on the first two of these, it's done pretty well as a daysack. On a recent hiking trip it worked well, with the useful array of pockets (main, top flap, sides, bottom section) providing room for waterproof, fleece, picnic, water bottles, valuables etc. The straps, back padding (with ventilation system), zips, zip covers etc all functioned well and the sack felt comfortable with a fair load.. The rain hood is also a nice feature, giving your stuff added protection from a dousing. It doesn't really work as a laptop carrier, however, since the main pocket is undivided (apart from a small pocket suitable for passport, tickets etc.

The one downer on the quality side, for me, is that the material feels rather thin and flimsy. Other than that the build quality seems pretty good. For twenty quid though it's great value - hence four stars.
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My People
My People
Price: £0.69

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre, 5 Mar. 2011
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Well it's OK I guess. Saw on al Jazeera's live blog about the Libya situation that Yusuf had written this "inspired by the popular revolutions of Tunisia and Egypt" and made it available as a free download. Nothing to lose so went for it.

It's neither good enough to like or bad enough to hate. Pretty mediocre I suppose. I was hoping for something more inspiring. The protestors in North Africa deserved better.


The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
The Qur'an (Oxford World's Classics)
by M. A. Abdel Haleem
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid, contemporary English translation, 27 Mar. 2010
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Non-Arab-speaking anglophones wishing to understand the message of the Qur'an often find the task of reading through English translations difficult. Many of the earlier versions are translated in a halting, archaic (and often ungrammatical) English. This is largely due to the reverence accorded to the absolute sacredness of the Arabic text. Another factor is that some translators (e.g. Arberry) have tried to convey something of the lyrical style of the original.

This translation, by Abdel Haleem, renders the original text in a lucid prose-style contemporary English. Further aids to understanding are brief introductions describing the content and context of each sura, and footnotes explaining references which would otherwise be obscure to readers. Consequently, of all the English translations of the Qur'an, this is by far the easiest to read and understand.

For any non-Arab-speaking anglophone whose aim is simply to understand the meaning of the words of the Qur'an, this translation is the best choice.


Walk on: The Spiritual Journey of U2
Walk on: The Spiritual Journey of U2
by Steve Stockman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Apologetic from a devotee, 14 Jan. 2010
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This book suffers from two main weaknesses. Firstly, it is an outsider's view. Stockman has no first-hand interviews with the boys in the band, and is thus forced to rely on second-hand material. Since he has not taken his questions directly to Bono and Co. much of his writing lacks the ring of intimacy and must be regarded as an outsider's best guesses.

The second weakness is that it is unremittingly hagiographic. This became obvious early on in the book, so I was on the look-out for places where Stockman questions or criticises anything the band have done . . . and discovered only one example. (When the band chose to end the European version of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb with the track Fast Cars instead of, as in the US version, Yahweh.) I wasn't looking for a hatchet job, but an objective appraisal requires a little more than adulation alone: a degree of detachment and an ability to genuinely critique the band's work is lacking. As it stands the book is more of an apologetic from a devotee.

Two positive things: the book is well-written and appears to be well-researched. This earns the book the 3 stars in my rating. Stockman can be quite lyrical in his own right and his book does contain many genuine insights into U2's work, albeit, as mentioned above, second-hand.


Screenplaying
Screenplaying
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 11 Jun. 2009
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I bought this CD because (a) Mark Knopfler is my favourite guitarist ever, and (b) I liked the theme song of the Princess Bride movie. Surely a CD of Knopfler soundtracks would be sheer bliss? Nope.

Firstly, there's little or nothing in the way of guitar pyrotechnics. Sounds more like the Shadows.

Secondly, the Princess bride theme is an instrumental - the atmospheric song version with Knopfler's husky vocals is not included. However, that was my mistake.

Thirdly, the rest of the album sounds like the sort of thing an average amateur musician might put together on their computer with a programme like Garage Band - thin arrangements consisting of bland synth chords, drum loops, clichéd sax solos - dull, bland, supermarket music.

All in all, very disappointing.
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The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals
by Jonathan Kingdom
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best safari guide, 20 May 2008
Currently the best field guide to take on safari. I found most of the illustrations excellent, although some of the descriptions were rather light. Conversely, there is much information that does not really belong in a field guide - e.g. discussion of the evolutionary relationships of the various species.

Another gap not mentioned by other reviewers is that there are no aquatic mammals, including manatees as well as dolphins.


Lowepro D-Res 4m Digital Camera Pouch To Fit Canon Ixus Series, Sony Cybershot Camera - Black
Lowepro D-Res 4m Digital Camera Pouch To Fit Canon Ixus Series, Sony Cybershot Camera - Black

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 28 Dec. 2007
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Great little case. A snug fit for the Fuji F31fd Santa gave me! Unless you have a very small camera, however, there's not much space for extra batteries or such-like if you need it. Check the dimensions before you buy.

Looks like it'll provide pretty good protection from knocks, dust rain etc. The velcro loop to attach to a belt is a good feature. Difficult to see how you could get more for the price.


Paint it White: Following Leeds Everywhere
Paint it White: Following Leeds Everywhere
by Gary Edwards
Edition: Paperback

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it's about, 7 July 2007
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Even though I'm a Leeds fan and remember many of the events in Leeds' history covered by this book, this book left a bad taste in my mouth.

Gary Edwards certainly has bags of passion for Leeds United, and writes with considerable wit; but numerous incidents described in the book reveal a darker side. For instance, on one occasion Gary and his mates are walking through a city centre when they spy a lad wearing a Man U shirt. One of his mates walks up to the kid and rips the shirt of his back. We're clearly supposed to think this is funny. (Ha ha, worra laugh, worra nutter etc.) It's not: it's criminal and it's sick. Many of Gary's adventures are tarred by this undercurrent of intimidating, threatening, violent behaviour.

Nah, sorry mate; this ain't what supporting Leeds is all about.
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