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Sony MDR-ZX110NA Overhead Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black
Sony MDR-ZX110NA Overhead Noise Cancelling Headphones - Black
Price: £44.79

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work for me . . ., 20 April 2015
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I sent the first pair back thinking they must be a defective unit - when the second pair turned out to be the same I realised that it was just a bad product! The noise-cancelling function is negligible (no discernible reduction in low, steady noise such as a fridge or boiler and certainly nothing at all with higher-pitched transient sounds, which I know even the good ones such as Bose struggle with) and to top it all off the audio output is horrible too. I never knew Sony produced such inferior stuff as well as their many undoubtedly good things. I know one can't expect miracles for the price but basic functioning would have been good.
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Living Off The State: a critical guide to UK royal finance
Living Off The State: a critical guide to UK royal finance
by Jon M Temple
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.72

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paying for the privilege . . ., 19 Jan. 2015
I was impressed with this book. Trying to explain how the monarchy is funded in a country that has no written constitution was never going to be an easy task but this book sets out to do so and does so well.

The author makes no secret of being a republican and calls the book a 'critical guide', which indeed it is, although much of what his detailed and thoroughly-researched analysis uncovers goes a long way towards explaining why he has reached the position that he has. What is revealed here ought to be of interest to all those who continue to think that Britain should have a monarchy, as well as provoking thought amongst those who remain fans of the Windsors themselves. They may not like it much, but at least it will allow them to see things from the standpoint of a greater knowledge and understanding. Perhaps surprisingly though, there is plenty here that will make even royal fans laugh.

But the book is more than just a set of accounts, or an envious peek over the fence into another, privileged world. For once, someone has been able to explain, in a way that's is actually possible to understand, how the system works. It's detailed, but still written in a way that's engaging and, above all it has a distinct sense of humour about the whole thing.

All in all it's a real eye-opener as to how the British fund their monarchy, and how much they really end up paying for the privilege. Maybe every UK taxpayer would do well to read it!


Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests, and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler
Ratline: Soviet Spies, Nazi Priests, and the Disappearance of Adolf Hitler
by Peter Levenda
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £27.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read . . ., 14 May 2013
This account of events is so supported by detail and research that it is hard to ignore and has the ring of plausibility about it. There is every reason to believe that the leading Nazis had an exit strategy in place that included the creation of a belief that they were dead and therefore beyond being hunted and brought to justice. Stalin was convinced that Hitler and many others had escaped and there were only unreliable and half-baked witness accounts to support the bunker suicide view - never any real, hard, forensic evidence.

The photos in the book of "Hitler" as an elderly man in Surabaya are also tantalizingly convincing and the final departure of "Eva" back to Germany just at the time of her father's death all lends weight as does the sudden and final destruction of the supposed real remains buried in Magdeburg only two or three months after the real death of "Hitler" in 1970.

There are a couple of irritating errors - such as the misspelling of Adolf (as "Adolph") in several places on the cover - which when notified about the publisher feebly justified as being optional rather than putting their hands up to bad proofreading - and the very common one of thinking the Eagle's Nest and the Berghof were one and the same - but overall it's a really good book.

The parting shot is the thought of exhuming the grave in Indonesia to obtain DNA for comparison against known Hitler family DNA samples already obtained (reliably, albeit potentially unlawfully) which, were it ever to happen, could potentially necessitate a rewrite of history whilst exposing an enduring fraud.


John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer
John Christie of Rillington Place: Biography of a Serial Killer
by Jonathan Oates
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last - thorough, accurate research and freedom from bias . . ., 13 May 2013
It seems extraordinary that it has taken sixty years for such a rigorously researched and unbiased account of this celebrated case to be written and, now that it finally has been, one can only say "better late than never".

Students of the case will of course know of the great controversy which surrounded, and still surrounds, the tragic events that took place at this house and which ultimately led to the deaths, one way or another, of all the parties involved - some ten in total. However, controversy is a different thing from confusion and disagreement over verifiable facts and it has fallen to this author to correct much of the error and misinformation long believed, and widely propagated, all because earlier writers, including the supposed authority on the matter, did not achieve what this book does.

Whether any of the long-held beliefs and assumption can, at this distance of time, ever be changed seems doubtful but at least now there is the opportunity with information available to those who wish to have it whilst others may continue to believe as they will.

As always, there can never be a definitive "answer" and therein lies the continuing intrigue of the case which no other quite has. No doubt Christie will continue to be reviled as a monster and Evans an innocent victim of a corrupt system - and it might yet be that both views are to all intents and purposes true. This book offers if not an alternative assessment of each character then at least perhaps a somewhat broader one where the human frailties of both men can be allowed.

As essential a read as Kennedy and a good deal more reliable.


Wholebake Hemp 9 Bar Organic Wholebake 50 g (Pack of 16)
Wholebake Hemp 9 Bar Organic Wholebake 50 g (Pack of 16)
Offered by Ainley Organics LTD
Price: £16.44

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 Bar Original (not Organic), 1 Jun. 2012
All of the 9 Bars are delicious - that's a given.

At the time of ordering the captions and the pictures for the "Original" bars and "Organic" bars were reversed on the Web site so I ended up with the wrong sort. True to form, Amazon answered their helpline promptly, thanked me for bringing the error to their attention, refunded my payment and asked me to keep the wrong item with their compliments. Fair enough the problem was essentially their "fault" but this sort of customer service is what endears people to Amazon and is of course good business.


Great British Trials: Evans and Christie
Great British Trials: Evans and Christie
by Sue Rodwell
Edition: Audio Cassette

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Clearly hopeless . . ., 9 May 2012
It's amazing how many errors can be packed into such a short synopsis - Evans was not even tried for the murder of his wife let alone hanged for it; Christie was not his landlord; Christie was not arrested on April Fools' day (it was 31 March 1953) and none of the victims were discovered behind kitchen walls - other than that this sounds like a great piece of reliable history!
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Power of Awareness
Power of Awareness
by Neville Goddard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.50

80 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One instinctively knows when something is right......, 23 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Power of Awareness (Paperback)
Like many people I suspect, I have a large number of books on this general subject including several from Abraham Hicks, Wayne Dyer, John Randolph Price - as well as some of the more esoteric ones such as The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles and, of course, the classic Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

Sooner or later one has to focus or risk becoming overwhelmed - there is a danger that any effort and attention becomes dissipated and one expends all the time reading the books instead of actually applying the techniques and philosophies that they contain.

When one reads widely on this subject the conclusion is reached that, essentially, the message is the same - all that differs is the packaging and language. For my part, I feel that this book, although old, strikes just the right balance of size and scale, optimism without delusion, and accessible practicality. I rather think that, when all is finally reckoned, this will be the book that I will regard as the "Eureka" read. Buy it!
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Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew: 3rd Edition: Story of the World's Most Recorded Musician
Hal Blaine and the Wrecking Crew: 3rd Edition: Story of the World's Most Recorded Musician
by Hal Blaine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack to our lives, 17 Sept. 2011
A fascinating book about one man's amazing life story which led him into the world of popular music-making in one of its golden eras, and his participation in the creation of musical history. Not an hour goes by anywhere in the developed world without his playing being heard on the radio - a claim unrivalled by any other musician. The sheer longevity of his career and the encyclopaedic list of stars with whom he has recorded is a wonder in itself but made all the more compelling when seen alongside the narrative of a far from easy or straightforward personal life.

Universally regarded as an innovator and musician of extraordinary finesse and breadth, Blaine is a heroic figure amongst not just fellow drummers but all those who appreciate great popular music. The third edition contains further reflections now that Blaine is in his eighties and also covers the period when his one-time close professional associate, and also musical legend, Phil Spector, underwent arrest and trial for murder.

The rather plentiful typos are a minor disappointment and distraction to what is nevertheless a great read for those interested in the subject.


Frenzy!: Heath, Haigh & Christie: The First Great Tabloid Murderers
Frenzy!: Heath, Haigh & Christie: The First Great Tabloid Murderers
by Neil Root
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars True in everything but fact..., 6 Sept. 2011
The trouble with books like this is that if you have no prior knowledge of the subject you will believe what you read and be misinformed - or, if you do already have some knowledge, you will simply wonder why people just recycle all the age-old nonsense without bothering to do even the basic research needed to make the information more reliable.

As regards the 10 Rillington Place murders not even the most fundamental errors have been avoided even though all the research and information is readily available - for free - on the authoritative website (10-rillington-place dot co dot uk) which the author cites as one of his reference sources!

Sloppy and factually inaccurate - only the fluid writing style saves this from a one star rating.


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