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Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery
Underneath the Lemon Tree: A Memoir of Depression and Recovery
by Mark Rice-Oxley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insider's view from a professional communicator., 13 Dec. 2012
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A gently relaxing cover if you are beyond tears. Entertaining if you can only manage the lighter autobiographic chapters. Comforting when you find out that you are not on your own. Encouraging to find that a professional writer has described the struggle so expressively that it will inform a wide audience.


RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography
RSPB Guide to Digital Wildlife Photography
by David Tipling
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.25

59 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame on you RSPB, 8 Mar. 2011
My review is for the 2nd edition, published March 2011.

I am so disappointed, and very annoyed as you can probably tell. This is NOT a book about wildlife photography, it is a book about DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY with wildlife images as the examples. Of the twelve chapters, only one (Ch.3 "Field techniques") is specific to getting pictures of wildlife and most of it would be obvious to anyone taking binoculars on walks. Do we really want to pay good money to be told we could go to a zoo, take photographs from a car? Not just in a list of ideas, or even a sentence each, but whole sections on the subject.

As for the other material, I am sure there are better sources for understanding exposures, depth-of-field, handling RAW files, backing up files, printing, and so on. You notice there is no "Look Inside" for this book, so you don't know what you are getting and the title is just a marketing ploy.

If it were somewhere near £7, it might be attractive for the pretty pictures (alright, for the great images from David Tipling). But it is certainly not the claimed "ultimate reference book for all aspiring and established natural history photographers".

In my opinion, there is a certain amount of dishonesty associated with the publication of this book, and I hope RSPB officers can sleep at night.
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The Heart Rate Monitor Workbook for Indoor Cyclists
The Heart Rate Monitor Workbook for Indoor Cyclists
by Sally Edwards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Much ado about little, 30 Dec. 2010
Very disappointed. It seemed very rambling until voluminous, and winsomely titled, workout plans. They appear to make complicated what is essentially only interval training between the five heart-rate zones.

Beware if you are a beginner, this book will have you working out to your maximum heart rate just to find out what that value is. In the first workout plan, the very first instruction (after warm up) is to "Increase intensity to max HR minus 70 bpm" and subsequently "increase HR by 5 bpm". The concept of training zones as percent values seems to have slipped away. The calculation of maximum heart rate does not take into consideration an individual's resting rate, so take care if you are coming to this programme from a sedentary background.

This material is ten years old. Hopefully there are now better texts.

Notice how few reviews there are for this book. Perhaps others have done what I have done, hidden it at the back of the cupboard.


Logitech V470 Wireless Bluetooth Laser Laptop Mouse (Blue)
Logitech V470 Wireless Bluetooth Laser Laptop Mouse (Blue)

2 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Newest is not always best., 15 May 2008
Mine gave up after 5 months.

Logitech not very helpful, but Amazon responded well.
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