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Dr. W. H. Konarzewski "Dr W. H. Konarzewski" (Colchester, England)

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Four Seasons of Creative Writing: 1,000 Prompts to Stop Writer's Block (Story Prompts for Journaling, Blogging and Beating Writer's Block)
Four Seasons of Creative Writing: 1,000 Prompts to Stop Writer's Block (Story Prompts for Journaling, Blogging and Beating Writer's Block)
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3.0 out of 5 stars An excellent concept and worthwhile exercise., 27 May 2015
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This book is a great idea for stimulating thoughts and creativity. My guess is that it's targeted at younger writers. I didn't find any suggestions in it that really worked for me but that's just a personal thing. I've no doubt this book will appeal to quite a few aspiring authors. Also it's free at the moment on Kindle so it's well worth a look.


Building Your Book for Kindle
Building Your Book for Kindle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow instructions in plain English, 26 May 2015
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This book has easy to follow instructions written in good simple English. I actually learnt quite a lot about the features of Microsoft Word as well as how to publish on Kindle. Strongly recommended and it's free.


2m x 10m Garden Netting
2m x 10m Garden Netting
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Price: £1.58

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and effective but slightly unsightly, 18 May 2015
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I bought this to keep pigeons from stripping the leaves off my plum and cherry trees. It is cheap and effective but slightly awkward to handle. My wife finds it unsightly although I'm not too bothered by what it looks like so long as it keeps the pigeons from destroying the trees.


Wilder Mind
Wilder Mind
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Different from two previous albums but still a good strong distinctive sound., 16 May 2015
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We were warned this album would be different and it is. It's got some good strong songs with interesting lyrics and catchy melodies. The banjos may have gone but that's not a problem for me. Music evolves. Bands move on. Bob Dylan created a scandal when he started having electric guitars backing him. But he survived and the fans got used to it. I don't think Mumford and Sons will lose many fans as a result of this and they might gain a few. I'm glad I bought it and I'm enjoying it although it doesn't quite have the pure genius of Babel and Sigh No More. I might upgrade to five stars after a few more listens. Excellent music for diehard fans and recent converts.


TekBox® Digital Handheld Sports Stopwatch / Sport Stop Watch Time Clock Alarm Counter Timer - With Neck Strap
TekBox® Digital Handheld Sports Stopwatch / Sport Stop Watch Time Clock Alarm Counter Timer - With Neck Strap
Offered by TEKBOX LTD
Price: £4.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable display - lack of instructions, 11 May 2015
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This is fine as a stopwatch and the display is reasonably large. Unfortunately there were no instructions - apart from a rather incomplete set written on the back of the box. I was unable to set any of the displays other than the stopwatch function - which wasn't a major problem. However I have the days of the week flickering rather pointlessly above the timer. For the price this is an acceptable product if you only want to use it as a stopwatch.


Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not academic but very readable and informative all the same, 4 May 2015
The basic facts about the Battle of Waterloo are not contentious: it was fought on Sunday 18th June, in Belgium, about 9 miles south of Brussels. A British army led by the Duke of Wellington joined forces with a Prussian army led by General von Blucher and defeated a French army led by Napoleon. Out of a total of nearly 200,000 combatants on all sides, nearly 50,000 died on the field.
There are already numerous books available on the subject, and no doubt, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle, there will be plenty more. So why write another book on the subject? If one leaves aside commercial factors, the answer is that ‘every man’s account will be different’ – those are the words of the Duke of Wellington.
So why read this version of the battle by Bernard Cornwell?
One good reason is that this book also deals with the frequently overlooked battles of Quatre Bras and Ligny that occurred in the 3 days before Waterloo, and in which Napoleon defeated both the British and the Prussians: a reminder that Napoleon and his army were formidable opponents.
Another good reason is that – as one would expect from a book by Bernard Cornwell – the book is highly readable and entertaining. Cornwell is seldom content to mention a key player without mentioning an anecdote that reveals something of their personality. Some anecdotes are hilarious - including one about a British officer who fooled a French general into believing he was an American officer (despite wearing a British uniform) and hitched a ride in his carriage. The book contains fascinating personal information about Wellington and Napoleon, and many others. Some years after Waterloo, Wellington met some former French officers who rudely turned their backs on him at a social function. His response was to tell an outraged female guest: "Don't worry, I've seen their backs before."
Cornwell interposes numerous first person extracts from diaries and letters which give a feeling of authenticity and often pathos. There are, as well, plenty of good quality maps and illustrations, including some exquisite paintings which provide welcome touches of colour throughout the manuscript.
This is not an academic work. Cornwell is a novelist who knows about history but is not primarily a historian. He writes to entertain, and as he entertains he also informs and educates. If you want to feel you’re on the battle field in the midst of gunsmoke and slaughter, this is the book for you. If you want something for scholarly purposes, you might be better off looking elsewhere – although I’m sure you’d enjoy reading this all the same.


The Pastoral Symphony
The Pastoral Symphony
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4.0 out of 5 stars None is so blind as he who has eyes but will not see..., 27 April 2015
This is a novella about blindness - physical and mental. The story is simple, a pastor adopts a beautiful blind girl into his family, much to the consternation of his disenchanted wife. The blind girl blossoms under his tutelage, but he fails to see what is glaringly obvious to everyone else in his family. The only thing that lets this version down is the translation which stutters in places. The translator uses some clumsy expressions such as 'a bit triumphant' or the use of the word 'support' when 'endure' would have been far more apposite. This is an exquisite novella otherwise. Suitable for book clubs and discussion groups. And short enough for those with limited reading time on their hands. Strongly recommended.


Legend
Legend
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent collection, 21 April 2015
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So sad that Bob Marley died young. This is a wonderful collection of his work. The other 5 star reviews say it all and I totally agree with them. For what it's worth, Buffalo Soldier is my favourite. Strongly recommended.


Universal Audio
Universal Audio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - needs time to grow, 2 April 2015
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A friend of mine recommended this to me recently and I've been listening to it in my car for the last week. The impact wasn't immediate but it grew on me quite quickly. It's excellent of its genre. My stand out tracks are Sink or Swim, Bits of Bone (my favourite) and The City Consumes Us. Strongly recommended. I'm surprised it's received so few reviews. Emma Pollock's voice is fabulous.


Briers Medium Seed and Weed Bright Lavender
Briers Medium Seed and Weed Bright Lavender
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, excellent grip and keep the hands clean, 23 Mar. 2015
I bought three pairs at a local garden centre because they were reduced to half price. They are hard wearing, comfortable and keep the hands remarkably clean. The grip is excellent and they don't take up much space if you put them in your pockets. My only regret is the colour - they'd be much better in green.


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