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The Hour
The Hour
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read., 15 Jun. 2016
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Well written, personal account of an attempt for cycling immortality.


BOLLE READING SAFETY GLASSES WITH CORD
BOLLE READING SAFETY GLASSES WITH CORD
Price: £8.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for trail running, cycling and map reading., 16 Dec. 2015
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These work really well for cycling or trail running when map reading is required. Tested over three days of running 26 miles each in the Dales and a couple of good, long mountain bike rides. They stay on well and I almost forgot that I was wearing them. Good optical quality.


Philips QT4050 Turbovac Rechargeable Vacuum Beard Trimmer Plus with Contour Following Comb
Philips QT4050 Turbovac Rechargeable Vacuum Beard Trimmer Plus with Contour Following Comb
Price: £29.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trims well, vacuum is a gimmick, 16 Dec. 2015
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The trimmer bit trims reasonably well and the adjustment is solid.
The vacuum is a bit of a gimmick; it catches about 3/4 of the trimmings, the rest go everywhere.


The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us
The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being: Evolution and the Making of Us
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nicely written book drawing together embryology and evolution., 16 Dec. 2015
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Nicely written with enough technical detail, but also plenty of explanation. Pulling together the development of a human embryo and the evolution of homo sapiens, she paints a picture of how we are formed as individuals and as a species.
Fascinating, I just wish that it were longer.
Probably better to buy a paper version - the diagrams are badly formatted on the Kindle.


A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain
A Guide to Better Movement: The Science and Practice of Moving with More Skill and Less Pain
Price: £5.69

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good laypersons primer on movement and pain., 3 Dec. 2015
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The book actually discusses sensing and pain as much as movement, which was very useful. Many books just cover movement, but Todd has tied these all together well. The sections on neural pathways for both sensing and control of movement were particularly interesting. Good that the pictures have been well formatted for a Kindle. It would benefit from better referencing.


Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter
Magna Carta: The Making and Legacy of the Great Charter
Price: £6.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Well written overview, 3 Dec. 2015
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A good primer on the background and influence of this renowned document. Well written and edited; readable and keeps to the point.


Lonely Planet Wall Calendar 2016 (Square)
Lonely Planet Wall Calendar 2016 (Square)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Calendar

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pictures and enough space to write on., 3 Dec. 2015
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Great pictures and a practical amount of space in the calendar section. Starts on a Monday, which I found useful.


Wilderness Paddling 2016 Calendar (Calendars 2016)
Wilderness Paddling 2016 Calendar (Calendars 2016)
by Gary McGuffin
Edition: Calendar
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing and starts the week on Sunday, 3 Dec. 2015
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The pictures aren't as good as I had hoped and it starts the week on a Sunday - please Amazon, for calendars indicate which day of the week they start on. some people prefer Sunday and some prefer Monday. I like my weekends to be together.


Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance
Price: £3.23

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why let a few anecdotes get in the way of a great story., 3 Dec. 2015
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Christopher has a writing style of taking an intriguing, overarching theme and then interspersing it with anecdotes and exhortations to adopt a more "natural" form of exercise. This just about worked in Born to Run with a limited number of asides. Here, it just makes the book too bitty. We come back to the main narrative after so many asides, with limited relevance, that the flow has been lost.
Saying that, it's a fascinating story and many of his asides on exercise and metabolism are interesting and will prompt further investigation.
Like Born to Run, some of these excursions sound a bit pious. There are probably as many studies indicating that we should run shorter and faster as there are showing that we should run longer and slower. Do your own research and make your own mind up about what is best for you.


Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life
Fast After 50: How to Race Strong for the Rest of Your Life
by Joe Friel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is becoming an essential reference, 19 Sept. 2015
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The more I think about the contents of this book - after reading it - the more I have grown to appreciate it. It will form a reference (next to Noakes) for going back to time and time again and won't join the box of training books hidden forever in the loft.
The concepts covered are relatively simple and have been covered many times before. What Joe has done is collect and discuss the evidence, where he feels the evidence is overwhelming - he integrates it into the suggested training plans; where there is some uncertainty - he puts the alternate points-of-view, gives his interpretation, but makes it clear that the final decision is the reader's.
As a triathlete, I would have liked more discussion of integrating multi-sport training as one ages; balancing possibly conflicting priorities and maximising cross-training. This has been covered in specific triathlon books (including Joe's), but it would be good to see more discussion specifically for the older athlete and integration into the training plans.


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