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Chocoholic Pinotage 2014 14.5% 75cl
Chocoholic Pinotage 2014 14.5% 75cl
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Price: £10.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special (mainly overpriced), 24 Feb. 2014
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Just another palatable red, but without the "chocolate" flavour it purports to have by label title.

It is also overpriced for an import, with the middle man making a wack o' bucks out of it. Check the currency exchange rate for this product to see why.


Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security 12 months
Panda Platinum 2006 Internet Security 12 months

1.0 out of 5 stars A failed product, 2 Feb. 2014
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This product could not get updates because its software could not connect with the Panda website (which had changed location subsequent to this product's release).

When clicking on an advertising link in the control console, the locator gets redirected to Panda's new website, which does not show how to register or get updates for this product.

Attempts to get response to emailed queries also fail.


BullGuard Internet Security version 8.5, 3 user license, 1 year subscription (PC)
BullGuard Internet Security version 8.5, 3 user license, 1 year subscription (PC)

1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty program, 26 Jan. 2014
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This is meant to work with Windows 2000, and being one of the few internet security programs purportedly capable of protecting one's data from internet abuse on such an operating system (OS), I took the chance in vain hope.

It stopped my Firefox v.12 from accessing the internet and would not start its services for monitoring emails and web surfing. I have to shut down the Bulldog program to get my Firefox browser to work.

I wish I knew what else could work with my OS, because even AVG and AVAST have become bastards to use: they slow everything down to a stage where literally everything takes 10 times or more longer to get done on my PC.

Bullguard is less of a hog, but alas, the Bulldog is asleep in what it is supposedly bred to do.

Is there anything that really works & yet does not hog Windows 2000? (Don't tell me not to use this OS, for that would not answer the question correctly)


Spy Sweeper 2008, 1 User Edition (PC)
Spy Sweeper 2008, 1 User Edition (PC)

1.0 out of 5 stars Highly faulty, 24 Jan. 2014
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I've now wasted many hours on this product, after installing it as a new product, being told it's out of date & that I must update it, then being directed to a website telling me I must pay some £14 for it. I then find my MS Word program corrupted, even after uninstalling this Webroot product, such that, even though file attributes are not read-only, I can't save them. This has been one big mess-up of a product !!

Moreover, I subsequently discovered in smallprint on the product box that this version is NOT 2008 as advertised, but 2006. The vendors DiscountSpares have misrepresented this product!!!

DO NOT BUY FROM THIS VENDOR, as they have falsely advertised this product as 2008, when in fact it is 2006. Even the producers of the product, Webroot, have misled the purchaser by not stating boldly on the box that it is 2008. Yet, why did DISCOUNTSPARES advertise it as 2008 ??


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, despite one flaw, 16 Dec. 2013
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Quality for price is excellent. The only problem with this product is that it is not easy to see which side must be placed forward in one's printer. This problem could be addressed by either the purchaser or the producer; the producer need only (at a minimal cost) put a small printed directive (even just one word, such as "Front") on the front side of the pages so that only "peel-off" side gets printed by the purchaser, and not the other side as can happen by mistake.


The Science of Economics: The Economic Teaching of Leon MacLaren
The Science of Economics: The Economic Teaching of Leon MacLaren
by Raymond Makewell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Economic nature of our society, 11 Dec. 2013
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I had initially given this book a 5-star rating in anticipation that it would eventually include a description of the counterfeit system by which our money is created (which began developing in Europe and England over a century ago)

Being familiar with School of Economic Science's idolising of the founder of the School, Leon MaClaren, I should not have been surprised that emphasis on "land" and "rent" in this book would continue to obscure his followers' understanding of the fundamental nature of the problem of land ownership: today most land has to be purchased with money borrowed. (See "The Grip of Death", ISBN 1897766408). Money borrowed leads to inflation because readily available (borrowed) money helps raise the price of goods and services, as well as the price of land that is not even created by labour (except what is created from and on it)

However, what is obscured even further under the aforesaid problem is the problem with the system by which money is created for borrowing: the fractional reserve system.

Nowhere noticeable in the book, not even in the index, are the words "fractional reserve" mentioned. Not even offshoots of this system of money creation are mentioned, such as rehypothecation, shadow banking, and currency trading. The fractional reserve system creates our money for the purpose of lending out this money; it is a "double-whammy" system of counterfeit and usury.

What most of society does not understand, and the School of Economic Science does not understand (and therefore omits in its latest teachings as reflected in this book), is that there are two "pies" that western capitalism has created: a "pie in the sky" created by this fraudulent-cum-counterfeit money creations system, and the "pie on the ground" that is created by our work on land. The one pie lays claim to the other, and because of this lack of understanding, society, as it allows itself to be governed (by government), has conceded its claim on wealth (not money, but goods & services created by labour) to those who have created their money "pie in the sky".

The "pie in the sky" gets its nature from private banks using it as commodity, which is not what the purpose of money should be; it should be a debt-free token of exchange for people to trade the wealth they've created from their labours. The value of money should be based on the value of labour, not on any commodity such as gold or other currencies (such as dollars).

The commodification of money has even led to currency trading, which in turn affects the value of labour in other countries. Sharia laws (used to) forbid money being used as a commodity, and yet I cannot find any mention of the commodification of money in this book.

The "pie in the sky" is money created by the fractional reserve system. Over 97% of all our money in circulation is created this way and fed into circulation by way of loans (home loans included), so without debt there would be NO money in circulation - which is why we get "booms & busts". And then we have this fraud-cum-counterfeit money supply further complicated by systems of shadow banking, rehypothecation, and currency trading.

Money, before its quantity became mostly recorded on paper and digital ledgers, was cash in hand, so most of it is now obscure to people in the street. This is not emphasised in this book. The book mentions in a paragraph the "magic of money creation" by the goldsmiths of yore, yet does not describe it in terms such as being a "pie in the sky" created so that it can lay claim to the "pie on the ground". This misunderstanding of the nature of our money is reflected in a paragraph in this book that states:

"In the early days banks were able to print notes and make money almost at will. Many failed, and governments limited this right to approved banking institutions or created banking institutions (central "government banks") to fulfil this role." (Page 104)

The book fails completely to mention that central banks have largely, over the past century, lost control of the "approved banking institutions", and that those "approved banking institutions" are private banks bent on making profit for its major shareholders, not serving society. The incomplete information in the book shows me how naïve the author is about the capitalist nature of our money and how it governs (enslaves) our modern economic lives. I leave it for other reviewers to create a more positive view on the remaining bulk of the book.

I hope the School of Economic Science will improve its awareness of the pecuniary concepts that have materialised in the economic nature of our society. It should have known better.


Easiest Mandolin Tunes for Children (Easiest for Children)
Easiest Mandolin Tunes for Children (Easiest for Children)
by Larry Mccabe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

3.0 out of 5 stars "Precocious" missing from the title ..., 10 Nov. 2013
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This is again one of those books compiled by authors claiming that the contents are easy to practise.

In this case, the author should have included the word "Precocious" in the title, as the beats per minute for all but two tunes are 154 ♪ plus (with a few tunes being 164 ♫). Two of the tunes are 84 - 88 b.p.m.

If you are a speedy kid who can play at those speeds flawlessly, then this book is for you; otherwise search (as I am stilling trying) to find a music book that gives lessons in gradual increase in tempo.

The tunes are pleasant and easy for those who can master up to 120 b.p.m. without trying to keep up with the accompaniments on the accompanying CD.

The tunes do sound best at the required speeds though, so you may want to keep this book for the future when you can catch up with the "speedy-boys". However, you will get bored just practising the tunes in this book if this is the only book you will use to master speed.

Accomplished musicians who compile such books just simply forget their beginnings when they had to start off slow to master accuracy.


Speaker Stand Bag for Two Stands 1100 x 220 x 160mm
Speaker Stand Bag for Two Stands 1100 x 220 x 160mm
Offered by Instruments4music
Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good enough, 8 Nov. 2013
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This item deserves a better rating at the time of writing this (Nov 2013)

It is adequate for the length (as advertised) for a stand that can be dismantled (such as the Rocket KXS-A35 Height Adjustable Keyboard Stand: Amazon ASIN B0039OVWQA)

Sharp edged objects will wear holes in it over time, but it depends on the manner and duration of use. For the musician who makes a living frequently travelling from one place to the next, it could have a shorter duration of use.

The bag's zip seems tough enough by feel of quality. I have not had my stand bag long enough to verify this.


The Shop Stewards Guide to Work Organization (Practical guides to industrial relations)
The Shop Stewards Guide to Work Organization (Practical guides to industrial relations)
by Daryll Hull
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated report on workplace representation by Union shopstewards., 31 Oct. 2013
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This is an excellent book giving an academically researched report on workplace representation by Union shopstewards. It is not outdated despite its date of publication, because human nature does not change much over even a thousand years, and all workkplaces have the same effect on collective behaviour.

It was well-researched, and would still make a good study book for those who wish to understand more about organisation of trade Union members and their representatives..

There are not many books like this out there, and what thiere is, is very expensive. Unfortunately one can only get this second-hand (as far as I can see)


Stagg KXS-A35 Height Adjustable Keyboard Stand
Stagg KXS-A35 Height Adjustable Keyboard Stand
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent quality product for its price., 31 Oct. 2013
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An excellent quality product for its price. Easy to assemble and disassemble. Stable on the floor, and with an adequate number of level adjustments.

What would have been nice is if it also has a carry-bag, but then most other keyboard stands (even more expensive ones) don't have one either.

I managed to find a most suitable bag for it: a simply named "Stand Bag [1100 x 220 x 160mm]" - Amazon ASIN: B0055OIORM, by Terralec Ltd. One should retain the packaging in which the stand is delivered and use it for repacking the stand and putting it in the bag, which works well.

I don't think the stand is "bash-proof" enough for frequent travel gigs, so one has to be careful, particularly with the height-adjustment mechanism.


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