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Hedgehog Gutter Brush Leaf Guard Leaf Filter Black 4m Length
Hedgehog Gutter Brush Leaf Guard Leaf Filter Black 4m Length
Offered by etailz UK
Price: £14.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made, 23 Sept. 2017
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The guttering shape was nonstandard, with a small gap between the gutter and tiles, but it fitted, though 75mm brush may have been OK.

2 x 4 metres x 75mm Hedgehog Gutter Brush / Guard Clean Clear Blocked Leaves Twigs Leaf Filter Enough to cover 8m
2 x 4 metres x 75mm Hedgehog Gutter Brush / Guard Clean Clear Blocked Leaves Twigs Leaf Filter Enough to cover 8m
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Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit, 23 Sept. 2017
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Easy to fit, but you do need to get the correct diameter brush, you really do!

Belief In God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
Belief In God: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion
by T. J. Mawson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I managed to get to Page 11, 27 April 2017
Bottom of page 11: "... it is, as I say, a remarkable fact that all Jews, Christians, and Muslims are agreed that God has these properties and that this is their status. Of course, one can find a few Jews, Christians, and Muslims who will deviate form this orthodoxy ..."

No, because, in the previous sentence, it says that ALL of them agree! I would also be surprised if most could rattle off the nine properties on their way to the supermarket, let alone in a discussion group, though, in Oxford, I might well be surprised!

This list of properties is written within a paragraph, and not tabulated, so it is difficult to work out which are essential and which are accidental properties. Even though they are dealt with later, it would have been better to introduce them properly.

Given only the slightest knowledge of these three religions it is NOT surprising that each of their gods has the properties mentioned. It would be surprising if they were different!

Also, in the preceding paragraph, it says that while he has divided it into these nine properties "some might sensibly divide it into a different number or indeed not divide it at all." Well, so they can, and probably put in a different order, but I would rather focus on the view in hand.

I did well to get to page 11.

The World of the Bible
The World of the Bible
by John Drane
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Friendly and helpful for anyone interested in the Biblical times, 27 Jan. 2017
This review is from: The World of the Bible (Hardcover)
I have only read the first chapter, because another library member requested it, not because I didn't like it! And I have flicked through the rest and it does look like it has a similar approach to the first chapter, so I look forward to reading the rest but, with only one review, I thought that another was overdue even though it cannot be a full one!

The book is an anthropological story about the wider geographical area, strong enough to keep your interest, with the Biblical History inserted. It means that the Bible stories can be placed in context, rather than having the Biblical story as the main theme, with secular history hanging off, somehow, which can only help if you know that well. It connects those secular bits that often are left dangling in other books on the subject.

I found it to be friendly and helpful, especially towards those who had a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the Bible (like, if you had been to Sunday School for a while!) and wanted to make connections with what had happened before and during those Biblical times. In many ways, it makes the Bible stories part of the normal flow of History, yet doesn't diminish the extraordinary things that the Bible tells us.

I would say it is a good book to have read as 'background reading'. It is written for adults, though anyone sufficiently keen wouldn't find it that difficult as the text is an easy read and can be read a bit at a time: it is just that there is a lot of information, much of it in the descriptions, rather than loads of tabulated data.

Planet Earth: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)
Planet Earth: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides)
by John R. Gribbin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The book to read before any Geology book, 9 Jun. 2015
For anyone interested in the Geology of the Earth this is really the book to read before reading any other!

It is quite light on the information that one would expect in a Geology book, though it cleverly meanders through from the Pre-Cambrian to the Present to give a good overview of how the Earth has changed. There are no maps or diagrams that I can find, but you will find those in other books! No, that is not the purpose of this book. What it excels at is in its description of what probably happened before the Pre-Cambrian, from 'just after the Big Bang'. It describes how all the elements were created, to how the Solar System was formed, right through to the changing structure of the Earth with its central core, and plate tectonics. It also describes several dramatic historic events, like the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, and gives very good explanations of what is thought to have happened, and how the Earth's orbit affects the seasons, in a very detailed way! There is a little bit of Maths which, as a Physicist, I found very elegant, as well as being very simple and well explained. :)

Any potential Physicist/Chemist/Biologist/Astronomer would also find this useful for background information.

Why only four stars? It's a five star book, until the last page, where have a quote from Lovelock describing humankind as like a virus infecting the planet which is a pity, because the rest of the book is very good.

For the University: Democracy and the Future of the Institution
For the University: Democracy and the Future of the Institution
by Thomas Docherty
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.69

0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars " With drivel like this, I hope the rest of the book ..., 24 Oct. 2014
Taking the opportunity to use the Look Inside facility, I read:
"The political backdrop to this is the financial crisis that hit the advanced economies in 2008 and that produced recession among those economies. The problem was caused primarily by the private sector in our economies and most specifically by the banking sector."

With drivel like this, I hope the rest of the book is better. At least I saw no signs that Climate Change has been to blame for the state of Further Education in Britain, so there is hope.
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Collins Easy Learning Polish Dictionary (Collins Easy Learning Polish)
Collins Easy Learning Polish Dictionary (Collins Easy Learning Polish)
by Collins Dictionaries
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing compared with the French Dictionary, 23 Mar. 2014
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Duplicated the heading of J Nicholson's post because, we also expected the two colour printing of the French Easy Learning Dictionary, since it was a new edition. I must have just missed seeing that post before ordering!

The paper is of poor quality, with an almost absorbent surface, and instead of two colour printing we have normal/bold fonts which can be read clearly. It's adequate, but not the high quality product we were expecting.

The book is 40 mm thick but, for its size, it does not 'feel heavy'. although it would require quite a large pocket to contain it.

It has the detailed information that we wanted, which is not easy to find elsewhere, so we shall keep the book.

Selling to Win
Selling to Win
by Richard Denny
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.03

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book's message is still relevant today, for everyone, 15 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Selling to Win (Paperback)
In the mid-eighties I worked for an IT consultancy and we were shown a bunch of videos about selling, by Richard Denny (which were very useful!). He was just like my Dad in how he approached selling. It was uncanny! However, before we had completed the videos, I found that he had worked with the same company that my Dad had: Silcocks Animal Foods.

Soon afterwards, I found the latest version of this book at the time (1988) and, apart from reminding me of what my Dad did (in fact, more than he said), it consolidated what I had picked up from my childhood.

It was a good introduction to how to make the most efficient use of your own efforts, every day, where ever you are with other people. It isn't just for sales people!

Quantum: A Guide For The Perplexed
Quantum: A Guide For The Perplexed
Price: £7.49

2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with the irrelevancies, 1 Jun. 2013
I was disappointed with this book. It has good information about how scientists in the early 20th century struggled with Quantum Theory but there appears much the author does not to understand. In the Introduction (page viii) he states:

"But there remains one area of science that cannot be entirely rationalized using everyday language, or explained in simple, easily digestible concepts and sound bites. I refer not to any speculative, half-baked idea based on some pseudo-scientific arguments such as ESP or, worse still, astrology."

Why, oh why, denigrate two subjects about which he appears to have little evidence to back up his argument?

I am not defending these two disciplines, just asking whether you these comments are relevant to the subject discussed in the book and based according to scientific methods and principals as one would hope.

One aspect that cannot be denied is that Quantum Mechanics was developed by people who were thinking the unthinkable. Every new advance was in spite of everything that they held to be true. Not only did they have to think of these new concepts, they also had to go against convention. It was only when the results of careful experimentation showed that their new 'ridiculous' incomplete theories were seen to be better explanations of reality that they could be used with some confidence.

So why be contemptuous of people who, confused with something in their lives, are searching for some understanding?

As my Dad said, many years ago, "Don't knock the opposition. Explain the good points of your own product."

The discovery of bacteria causing stomach ulcers was delayed because the idea was ridiculed, so scientists do need to be careful of unscientific behaviour, especially in a science book!

I thought that the descriptions were often laboured, the examples introduced too many complications and, if having some knowledge of the subject, the author's description of how perplexing the new concepts and his reassurances are distracting and, on occasion, very annoying. The structure of the first few chapters were not consistent. It was not: chapter title + author, the the chapter.

And chapter 3 talks about horoscopes! Talking about a train or bus timetable, or when a TV programme is expected to appear, would have been a better introduction to foretelling the future. It is something that more people do with more certainty than looking at horoscopes or weather forecasts for that matter!
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The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science and What Comes Next
by Lee Smolin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic Introduction. The rest of the book isn't bad either!, 8 May 2013
I graduated in Physics in 1975 but didn't choose this speciality for my career. At the time, I thought the subject too confusing and couldn't see any clear goals ahead, as well as being only 'good' at Mathematics, so I therefore chose a different path. It seems I made the right choice for myself, or at least avoided at least one wrong choice!

So, of course I enjoyed the book!

The other reasons for liking this book are that, as other reviewers have said, it challenges the status quo, which is what science is all about. While many difficult subjects are dealt with, (including fundamental particles, modeling, politics and project objectives,) they and the conflicting views that result are explained well. Where these conclusions are touched on later on in the book, there is a recap, to refresh the memory, and I found that although I didn't fully understand some of the text (about details discovered after my graduation!) I found that I could still follow the argument.

What may have been missed by many reviewers is The Introduction! This is around 17 pages long and is, in part, a potted history of modern science and how the story has unfolded. It is there so that the main book has something with which to be compared, but it is a gem in it's own right. It needs to published as part of an explanation for non-scientists as to why scientists are so enthusiastic about their subject!

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