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Merrell Siren Sport Gore-Tex®, Women's Hiking Shoes, Brown (Falcon), 6 UK (39 EU)
Merrell Siren Sport Gore-Tex®, Women's Hiking Shoes, Brown (Falcon), 6 UK (39 EU)

5.0 out of 5 stars These are perfect for dogwalking, 25 Sept. 2015
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Bought to replace a previous pair of siren sport gtx that have finally worn out after several years of regular wear. These are perfect for dogwalking, low level hiking or general wear during wet weather. They keep my feet dry and comfortable, and the grip on the soles is great. I would recommend a test submerging, because in the past I had a leaky pair - they have a year's guarantee, so you can get replacement pairs if you are unlucky.


A Frequency Dictionary of French: Core Vocabulary for Learners (Routledge Frequency Dictionaries)
A Frequency Dictionary of French: Core Vocabulary for Learners (Routledge Frequency Dictionaries)
Price: £22.22

4.0 out of 5 stars A good investment, 29 Nov. 2014
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A lot of work has gone into compiling this frequency dictionary - it's very useful for prioritizing vocabulary to study, and there are also thematic lists, so if you want to study up on a particular area, you can. It's especially good on the kindle, because you can search by word, and see the approximate translation into English and the word in context in French. It's very handy if you're using a Spaced Repetition System of flashcards like anki for learning vocabulary. It's quite expensive, but that reflects the amount of work put in to producing it.


Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers: CELTA Preparation (ESL Resources for New and Prospective Teachers Book 1)
Basic English Grammar: A Guide for New and Prospective ESL Teachers: CELTA Preparation (ESL Resources for New and Prospective Teachers Book 1)
Price: £2.34

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very useful., 29 Nov. 2014
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Very basic, very short guide to the tenses used in English. I was expecting more in depth information and tips on how to teach the differences between the tenses, but the information on this was very scarce and not very practical. I suppose you get what you pay for.


French DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition
French DeMYSTiFieD, Second Edition
by Annie Heminway
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great way to brush up your French., 3 Dec. 2011
This course book is aimed at beginning learners of French, and though I think a complete newcomer to the language would struggle with it, I've given it 4 stars because it is a useful tool to improve upon existing skills, however rusty. If you studied French at school or perhaps have taken a basic class as an adult, and want to improve on what you already know, this book will probably be just what you're looking for. It provides a great review of the grammar points you may have forgotten (or never really learned the first time around!), some very useful vocabulary, and a review of pronunciation. There are quizzes and written practice sections throughout to test your progress, and these have been very useful to me, especially to check spelling and verb conjugations. The only thing which lets the book down a little is the audio - it consists mostly of two actors reading out some of the oral practice sections from the book. It seems a waste to have all of that audio just to check your pronunciation, and not to have any comprehension sections at all.


The Essential Guide to Colour Knitting Techniques
The Essential Guide to Colour Knitting Techniques
by Margaret Radcliffe
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive colour knitting guide, 15 Nov. 2011
This book is a great overview of colour knitting techniques, including the obligatory colour theory section at the beginning (it's well done, but colour theory is never that exciting). This book introduces colourwork techniques from basic stripes and varigated yarns through slip stitch patterns, intarsia, stranded work, twined knitting, shadow knitting and more. The chapter on finishing techniques is worth the price of the book however - techniques I've previously only seen on technical knitting blogs, explained and presented in an easy to follow manner.

This would be a great buy for an adventurous beginner, an intermediate knitter looking to add their own stamp to patterns, or an experienced knitter looking for inspiration or to brush up on techniques. The only possible downside is that the projects included call for yarn from a small US based supplier - though with the guidance on choosing yarns and colourways included in the book, finding suitable substitutions shouldn't be too much of a trial.


Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods series)
Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (Introducing Statistical Methods series)
by Andy Field
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars May save your sanity, 27 July 2011
If the thought of SPSS gives you a panic attack, but you know you've got no choice but to use it, this is the book for you. It explains the underlying stats, rather than just giving you a list of instructions to follow for particular tests, which is excellent, and can really help you feel as if you've got to grips with your data. It doesn't try to hide the limitations of the software, and delivers the pitfalls in such a way that you can usually avoid them.

If you already know the basics of SPSS, but need to access some of the more complex features, this book is also for you. I found this book invaluable for explaining some of the non-parametric tests I have needed to use, for example. The chapters on Correlation and Regression were also very useful to me. I've even read some of the chapters I'll probably never need (I now know what Exploratory Factor Analysis is), and I never thought I'd be able to say that about a Stats textbook.

Even the most stats-averse individual will find sections of this book easy to cope with - each section is labelled with a number, beginning at 1, easily understood by someone with a first year undergrad's knowledge of stats, upto 4, covering difficult topics, for postgrads with some research methods experience. There are fortunately very few level 4 sections, and if you're working with multilevel linear models no doubt you'll already know what you're getting yourself into (I have effectively no idea).

In summary, whether you're a new student drowning in research methods, or a postgrad who wants to be able to really get to grips with your data, this book's light-hearted but thorough approach puts the power SPSS within your grasp, without making you want to poke your own eyes out. It's therefore an excellent purchase!


Total Yoga Collection - 4 Disc Box Set [DVD]
Total Yoga Collection - 4 Disc Box Set [DVD]
Price: £10.00

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great collection, 21 May 2011
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This 4 DVD set covers a range of different levels of vinyasa yoga, from Earth which would be suitable for total beginners to Fire which is really quite tough! Earth, Water and Fire are all great and produced to a high standard, but the Original DVD was quite poor video quality - obviously this was recorded and released originally on VHS some years ago. I have only done it once, as there's really no need when the Earth, Water and Fire DVDs are so good. I've completed and enjoyed both Earth and Water a few times, but haven't quite made it through Fire yet.

The DVDs contain a range of sun salutations, standing poses, spinal twists, inversions and final relaxation sections, and they flow together very well. The two instructors don't speak, but work through the asanas at an appropriate pace (including modifications where necessary), and the voiceover instruction is enough to guide you through without looking at the screen too frequently if you are familiar with some yoga terminology. They give English and Sanskrit names for all of the asanas.The final relaxation is accompanied by some beautiful landscape photography if you get bored of lying there with your eyes closed, which is a nice touch! There isn't too much woo-woo spirituality with these DVDs, if you like that sort of thing (I don't) then some of the Kundalini DVDs might be more up your street.

With this collection, a sticky yoga mat and possibly a block or strap if you're not too flexible to start, you can have a really effective yoga practice in your living room. A great buy.


Communication Skills for the Biosciences: a graduate guide
Communication Skills for the Biosciences: a graduate guide
by Aysha Divan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £31.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful information, 28 April 2011
This book provides details of all of the communication skills which will be expected of you at graduate level in the UK, whether you're studying for an MSc, MRes or PhD. A lot of it might be taught under research methods as part of your course, but the bits that aren't are invariably the bits you'll need! It's comprehensive and up to date, going beyond the usual writing for publication and writing your thesis/dissertation chapters to include writing abstracts for conferences and structuring a grant application. There are lots of general tips on giving oral and poster presentations, as well as networking face to face and online, and keeping up to date within your field using RSS feeds. Overall, a good tool to help you as you start on the scientific career pathway.


Cellular and Molecular Immunology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access
Cellular and Molecular Immunology: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access
by Abul K. Abbas
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Accessible, 21 Sept. 2010
Having recently returned to university for graduate study after a break of 5 years, I picked up this and several other Immunology texts to refresh my memory. This is by far the easiest to use, with clear and useful tables and diagrams, and good crossreferencing of topics embedded in the text. It is up to date, covering regulatory T cells, Th17 etc. which some earlier texts do not. Despite being a fairly easy read, it is by no means a shallow introduction, and would be ideal for those who need a good grounding in or background knowledge of the subject before commencing a literature review of peer reviewed journals, for example.

The appendices included make this book special, however. Along with the obligatory Glossary, which is well written in itself, there are two additional appendices: Principle Features of Selected CD Molecules, which presents CD designations crossreferenced with "aliases", molecular structure information,cellular expression and known/proposed functions of each molecule; and Laboratory Techniques Commonly Used in Immunology, which sets the knowledge gained in the main teaching sections of the book in a practical framework, and covers methods using antibodies, T cells, B cells and mice. The Section on CD designations is invaluable when reading journal articles, when the same molecule may be referred to by several different names depending on the author and publication date.

In summary, this book would be an excellent purchase for the serious student of Immunology. It is easy to follow, has some features which may be missing from other text books, and goes into sufficient depth to enable the reader to tackle peer-reviewed papers with confidence.


Mason*Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide - Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes and Pictures
Mason*Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide - Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes and Pictures
by Kay Gardiner
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, but vague on some of the details, 25 April 2009
This is a great book for intermediate knitters. It challenges you to think about your knitting in a different way, trying new things with techniques you already know, and I have enjoyed reading it very much. The reason I have only awarded 4 stars is that of the 2 patterns I have attempted, both have been a bit vague about important points or had errors. It is also difficult to get a lot of the yarns used outside of the USA, so if you're not very confident at finding substitutions, this may be a problem for you.

The book has a 'how to get started' section, but if you have never knit before, this is not the book for you. There is no instructional information on the basics. If you want to start knitting, Debbie Bliss' How to Knit is a better choice. You need to be able to knit, purl and know how to pick up stitches and do a few different cast ons to get the most from this book.

In summary, this is a great book for inspiration and wit, but not so great for instruction or learning new techniques.


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