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Micro USB Cable, Rankie 1.8m Nylon Braided Extremely Durable Micro USB Cable High Speed USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B Sync and Charging Cables (Black) - R1323
Micro USB Cable, Rankie 1.8m Nylon Braided Extremely Durable Micro USB Cable High Speed USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B Sync and Charging Cables (Black) - R1323
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Aveeno Moisturising Cream 500ml
Aveeno Moisturising Cream 500ml
Price: £12.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Only 1 in Pack, 16 Mar. 2017
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The cream is good but IT IS NOT A PACK OF 2 but only 1 (as the price per weight correctly described).


The Shogun's Queen: The Shogun Quartet, Book 1
The Shogun's Queen: The Shogun Quartet, Book 1
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping tale on a pivotal woman in 19th century Japan, 8 Dec. 2016
This a gripping historical novel about Atsu, a young woman from western Japan, who is maneuvered into the role of the shogun's queen when Japan is forced to open itself up to the world. The book is rich in period detail, historically accurate, and unputdownable, with an impeccably timed straight plot. I found the only weakness a slightly tacky romance (there as if to double sales) which interestingly is also the only part that is entirely fictional. Otherwise, you are immersed into a gripping narrative in Japan's refined formal hierarchy on the verge of tumultuous change. You will want to read more.


Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
by Blake Masters
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars simplistic and cliche-ridden, 11 Oct. 2014
Think contrarian. Become a billionaire.
This slim book has its merits, but it is often simplistic and full of cliches that can be downright offensive. More than once we read that "the Chinese have been straightforwardly copying everything that has worked in the developed world" - that's all they can do, those Chinese. The European, "indefinite pessimist" ... "might as well eat, drink, and be merry in the meantime: hence Europe's famous vacation mania" - those slackers will never get anything done. Vacation, or idleness, is clearly not a joy for the author. Poor man.
2x2 tables, the staple of business books, divide the world into "optimists" and "pessimists" that may be "definite" or "indefinite". Charts present trivial curves. They insult the reader's intelligence. This is Futurism for Dummies.
To its credit, the writing is short and direct. I like the recommendation against a bland resume that leaves all options open, rather than doing one thing well; that you should choose your co-founders wisely; start small; and think for yourself. But then the author dwells too much on his "PayPal mafia" whose start-ups include seven billion-dollar businesses, including Tesla that "got everything right".
Is PayPal (founded by the author) really such a great product? To this day, on checkout PayPal suppresses the second address line (containing the company name, say), leaving you to wonder if it will appear on the shipping label (it often won't, so you better go back and change the address). Poor design that wastes the time of millions. They could have fixed this by now. But they don't have to. They are a monopoly, that cherished business goal. Galling.
"Technology will make the future better." Is that really all we need? India needs 130 million toilets. If they are ever installed, they will be made in China. As a business (admittedly the smaller part of this challenge), the author wouldn't touch it.
Become a billionaire. Dream on.
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Wealth of Nations
Wealth of Nations

5.0 out of 5 stars Even the losers feel good after playing, 16 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Wealth of Nations (Toy)
This is an economic contest as a parlour game. Requires thinking and concentration, best with 3 or 4 players. Played in about 10 rounds, each round has three phases of trade, development, and production, and it is important to plan well (getting the right resources) for the later phases.
The main interaction is by the prices for goods (food, manpower, capital, energy, ore) that go up and down with demand and supply, and shifting importance of goods over the rounds avoids a "winner takes all" effect. I recommend to use new rule amendments: trading up to 3 (rather than just 1) good in one trade phase, and imposing interest of 1 unit per round on promissory notes. Main economic mechanisms (such as increasing cost of cumulative debt) are well implemented. You learn as you play. An excellent game. Needs 2-3 hours playing time, faster with experience.


The Italians
The Italians
by Luigi Barzini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

5.0 out of 5 stars a classic that still applies half a century later, 16 Jan. 2014
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I read this book twice with 10 years in between and found it again unputdownable. Written with humour, wisdom about human nature, and love for Italy, it stands the passage of time. For a newer related book, read "Good Italy, Bad Italy" by Bill Emmott.


Andrew James 700 watt hand blender in red with 500ml food processor bowl attachment and 500ml beaker
Andrew James 700 watt hand blender in red with 500ml food processor bowl attachment and 500ml beaker
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Price: £34.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent, robust, easy to clean, 16 Jan. 2014
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This is heavy duty, looks good, well designed and inexpensive. The motor is powerful and robust. It stands relatively safely upright on its own. The flat bottom above the blade makes it very easy to rinse. The extra container for chopping is tight and works well.
Tiny quibble: locking it the front part on requires dry hands, but is easy with experience.

Now, after nearly two years of near-daily use, it broke, only the connecting moving part between motor and shaft. I am inclined to buy it again but wish there could be a spare part.


Andrew James Ice Cream Scoop With Cold Resistant Rubber Handle
Andrew James Ice Cream Scoop With Cold Resistant Rubber Handle

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sturdy handle, chrome coming off scoop, 16 Jan. 2014
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Inexpensive and useful. The rubber handle allows a good grip. The chrome on the scoop is partially coming off, which only impairs looks, not function.


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4.0 out of 5 stars high quality mechanism, a bit small, 16 Jan. 2014
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Well designed, turning fast, will not come apart. It look disappointingly small at first but the size is right for high-speed turning.


Combinatorial Game Theory: 146 (Graduate Studies in Mathematics)
Combinatorial Game Theory: 146 (Graduate Studies in Mathematics)
by Aaron N. Siegel
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Will be the standard text on the subject, 16 Jan. 2014
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A well-written compendium on combinatorial game theory.
This is a book for mathematicians, though, and graduate students.
The introductory chapter makes the main concepts particularly accessible.
As an undergraduate textbook, "Lessons in Play" is easier and slower paced.


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