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Man Utd Scarf Gnome
Man Utd Scarf Gnome
Offered by Monkey Solutions
Price: £10.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for gnome games..., 23 April 2015
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A present for my brother who's wife collects garden fairies - tasteful ones of course. This interloper looks fine in his kit, but looks perplexed enough to be humble amongst the fairies. Great fun. About the same height as Lou Macari too! United gnomes will only add class to a Red Devils garden.


Jockey® Mens Sport Microfiber Active Brief Underwear, colour Black, size M
Jockey® Mens Sport Microfiber Active Brief Underwear, colour Black, size M

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfy and cool, 23 April 2015
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I purchased these solely for wearing on long runs. Cotton briefs can get damp after 6 miles so I was looking for a pair that wicked sweat at a steady rate and did not chafe. These are perfect for these criteria. Wash them without conditioner to keep them fresh and clean and they are a first class bit of kit.


Brooks Mens Ghost 7 Wide Running Shoes
Brooks Mens Ghost 7 Wide Running Shoes
Price: £82.16 - £110.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost goes on, 23 April 2015
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I still have 3 pairs of 2e Ghost 6s and love them. The 2000 mile pair are still fine for short runs; 800 mile pair still good at any distance; newest still great. Now I had a problem. I am increasing mileage and wanted to stick with lightness and comfort. As an 80kg runner, lighter when on high mileage, I needed a new pair for ultra training. Thus I purchased a pair of Ghost 7s 2e, UK9.

They feel lighter than the 6s but I still 'glide' as the miles rack up. They support and protect and seem to allow a natural footplant, so are not over corrective. Ignoring the ads, I can say they feel as good as the Brooks Ghost 6s, but are even more comfortable and 'invisible' once the 10 mile mark looms. Brooks Ghost 7s will not disappoint the 6 fans. The wider fitting suits me very well - I would be nearer a 10 in a regular width, but the wider fitting gives a snug but free feel. I love these shoes. If they last as long as my 2000 mile 6s they will be close to perfect.


Run or Die: The Inspirational Memoir of the World's Greatest Ultra-Runner
Run or Die: The Inspirational Memoir of the World's Greatest Ultra-Runner
by Kilian Jornet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An early peep at a growing legend, 28 Mar. 2015
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A poetic dance of a book full of emotion and deep thought. Kilian Jornet is still very young, but has already pushed the boundaries of mountain running back and will set record after record over the coming years. He is a surprisingly modest young man and these translated prose are vey emotional, but never dull. He has the energy of the young and shrugs off hardship with a few words. He doesn't always win and it hurts, but he is not afraid to say he cries with the joy of winning. It is almost as if every victory is a surprise. This chap will never take his talent for granted, nor stop training hard because of it. A good book for distance runners to add to their book collection.


Pigs & Pork: River Cottage Handbook No.14
Pigs & Pork: River Cottage Handbook No.14
by Gill Meller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to all things porky, 28 Mar. 2015
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I have every one of the River Cottage Handbooks, and this is of the same high standard. The format works well and it is a good starting point for those who would consider keeping porkers. It is not the definitive book on pig husbandry, but is sufficiently well set out to give a sound idea how to start, what breeds to choose and how to ease the stress of taking ones charges to slaughter. Preserving the meat and using every part is set out in sections, with recipes to round of the process. A beautifully presented little handbook - looks lovely with the other 13.


Running Beyond Limits: The Adventures of an Ultra Marathon Runner
Running Beyond Limits: The Adventures of an Ultra Marathon Runner
by Andrew Murray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.29

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5.0 out of 5 stars A long way to the beach, 28 Mar. 2015
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On my quest for ultra running tomes I came across Andrew Murray's book and bought a copy. It is worth a read for those who are interested in running extreme distances and gives an insight as to how a daily grind of 30+ miles can be endured. The pictures are worth the purchase, but there is little for those seeking tips on training. I think Andrew is one of those fellows who just believes to run a long way - well, you just run a long way. As with most ultra runners he seems like a nice fellow and has a mental strength which goes a long way to help his physical output. It seems the book is about a TV documentary which I must have missed. That would explain why the book seems to follow a script and seems a little disjointed in places, but it takes little away from the achievement of running from Scotland to the Sahara - would that I could do it!


Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World's Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
by Rich Roll
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to run, and run, and...., 28 Mar. 2015
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As I hurtle towards the end of my fifth decade I realised I could no longer run sub-3 hour marathons, or even knock on the door of a seven minute mile. So I have not competed since the 90s and plodded along until I had a brainwave - (or went mad) - what if I could run slowly, but for a long way? First a year trimming down and running under 9s beyond 10 miles - then search for ultra. First came Dean Karnazes then eventually 'Finding Ultra' by Rich Roll. This is a good read for anyone who is unsure there is way, or way back, to fitness as the years go by. Several Americal ultra runners have similar stories, including Karnazes, and there is often a little diet faith attached as born again fitness needs a dogma. This apart, there is enough to encourage us older once wases to try to set new personal bests by going further. Rich Roll has done some incredible ultra triathlons and is honest enough to share his pain and his dogma. It could be the dogma is the key! Well worth adding to your library and to pick up to read if things look impossible. Good running and good reading to all.....


Purgatory (Force Majeure Book 1)
Purgatory (Force Majeure Book 1)
Price: £3.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Purgatory – a place of suffering, 27 Mar. 2015
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Harvey Black has moved us forward a little over 30 years from the end of his Effect trilogy. Force majeure – Purgatory is one step into the future from where we are now and is no longer constrained by historic timelines, so he can let his imagination loose coloured by his knowledge of all things military. To set a post nuclear apocalyptic book in Britain gives a worrying familiarity to the tale with places known to all of us painted with the grey shades of fallout.

His characters are each driven by an atavistic moral compass – some brutal, many flawed, others adjusting ‘goodness’ to fit a new and frightening world. To survive the inferno; to miss the sickness; to come through whole, and standing is not good luck – it is to live in Purgatory, that place of suffering. Black makes a world waiting for heroes and there are some in this story, but even the heroes have to adjust. He explores the human condition very well stripping away everything to show what we are – mammals, primates, shaved apes, risen hominids, nothing more – yet he leaves that spark, hope. That some of the heroes are ordinary people is a refreshing salve in this ravaged land. As usual I have given little away so that you may read your way into Purgatory alone.

I’m glad this is Book 1 – it means that spark may get brighter ….. I hope.


The Lark In Morning - The Early Years
The Lark In Morning - The Early Years
Price: £7.89

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Folky and ok, 19 Jan. 2015
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A little heavy going and dated, but still evokes memories.


William McGonagall Collected Poems
William McGonagall Collected Poems
by William McGonagall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fond old friend in the making, 18 Jan. 2015
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McGonagall is renowned to be the 'World's Worst Poet' yet still remains in print with a large following. His poems can be clumsy yet never leave you dissatisfied. The Tay Bridge disaster is probably his most famous poem and tells the tale in grand style. And here's the thing - this book, if read from cover to cover, gives an insightful and poetic narrative to Victorian historical happenings from a man who lived at the time. So do not look upon this as just a book of poetry. It is an historical narrative by a man who may have struggled to find a rhyme at times, and who would fade beside Byron or Keates, but he had a great belief in himself and soldiered on to leave something of himself behind. Thus you may read this aloud and laugh with your listeners whilst recognising the inadiquacies of the verse, but you will become fond of William McGonagall and this book will become a dusty old friend. A good buy.


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