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The Little Black Book of Decision Making: Making Complex Decisions with Confidence in a Fast-Moving World
The Little Black Book of Decision Making: Making Complex Decisions with Confidence in a Fast-Moving World
by Michael Nicholas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.38

4.0 out of 5 stars WELL WRITTEN, LOW ON CORPORATE SPEAK AND HAS GOOD INSIGHTS INTO DECISION MAKING. QUITE REFRESHING., 16 Sept. 2017
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I’m have always been sceptical of self help books, with their comments and forwards from ‘leaders of industry’ and large chapters telling you how amazing the author is. The end result is that your euphoria at finding the ‘book that will change your life’ dies around chapter 3 as you lose interest and put the book down in some forgotten corner, the only beneficiary of the book being the author who has pocketed the money you paid for it.

However, this book, The Little Black Book of Decision Making, is a little more refreshing and first and foremost it is not written by an American. The author doesn't appear to have been entirely consumed by the corporate world, he has had some prior life experience, served in the Royal Air Force for 7 years on a SSC after University.

Whether this book will change your life or make you a better decision maker might be a moot point, especially as a human being is prone to act on impulse, risk take, make mistakes and never listen to advice when you ‘know’ you are right.

What the book actually does is direct you into analysing your decisions from more than one direction. Chapter 1 caught my attention from the very first moment “We All Make Mistakes”, especially the section about hindsight. It is well thought out and analytical showing pitfalls and that success isn't always down to the decision you take but also to luck and circumstance. Like a military de-brief it picks apart the outcome.

You might have won this time but how much was that down to luck? Making the same decision again in the same circumstances could in all likelihood put you on the losing side.

After that I read on and there was definitely some good direction in Mindset and Transforming Decision making. The book is easily readable and though there are corporate speak slip ups here and there they do not detract from the book as a whole.

Mindfulness rears its head in the last chapter. I get the feeling that this has been tacked on because it is fashionably in vogue at the moment. I’d also say that most new publications like this at the moment seem to feel the need to inject mindfulness somewhere or other within the pages.

I’d conclude by saying that this is an interesting and well written book, certainly appropriate to the British market and while it might not change your life it may give you enough insight to think through the decisions you make in life. After all we all learn from experience but some learn lessons better than others.


Face Inc Show Me The Bunny Sheet Mask
Face Inc Show Me The Bunny Sheet Mask
Price: £5.00

2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING AND POOR VALUE., 15 Sept. 2017
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An interesting concept.

However this impregnated paper mask just felt unpleasant when applied, cold and a fairly greasy especially as it had to be slid into position. The 'bunny' face on the mask added nothing to the experience except that it made the product look less plain and more of a party night gimmick.

Once applied it has to be left in place for 15 minutes and then removed. My skin felt a tad greasy and slightly perfumed. I had to wash my face with soap to remove any last residues for my skin to feel clean again.

It is not particularly good value as it is a one use throw away item whereas if you buy a face mask in a tube you get more than one application. I have attached a photograph hat caused much amusement with my children, luckily, like all superheroes the mask conceals my identity....
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Blu-ray] [2017]
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [Blu-ray] [2017]
Dvd ~ Chris Pratt
Price: £14.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST FILM I HAVE SEEN IN THE LAST 10 YEARS., 9 Sept. 2017
It is not often that a second film in a franchise series is better than the first but this film is. Probably the best film I have seen in the last 10 years, I kid you not.


Jam Audio Jamoji Heart Emoji Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Connect Any Bluetooth Device, 6 Hours Play Time Battery Life, Speakerphone, Integrated Stand, Aux-In - Stream from iPhone 7 6s SE, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More
Jam Audio Jamoji Heart Emoji Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Wireless Connect Any Bluetooth Device, 6 Hours Play Time Battery Life, Speakerphone, Integrated Stand, Aux-In - Stream from iPhone 7 6s SE, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars FUN HEART SHAPED SPEAKER THAT HAS GOOD SOUND CLARITY FOR ITS SIZE AND PRICE, 8 Sept. 2017
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The Jam Audio Jamoji Emoji speaker arrives packaged in a clear blister pack.

On the back is a button for three LED settings, volume controls and play and pause. The play button doubles up for bluetooth connection. There is also a single AUX in socket, integrated stand and power charging socket. The base of the sand and the base of the heart are rubber tipped so as to stop it slipping on smooth surfaces. There is also provision to attach a lanyard. There is a charging cable but no adapter.

Switching the speaker on and off plays a loud fanfare. When switched on the outer heart shape lights up in pink and a blue light on the back flashes until it connects to your device. No codes necessary.

Play music though it or use the play pause button to answer and reject calls, but remember that you will have to turn the speaker around to find the button.

Sound quality is not top of the class, which isn't surprising considering the price and size of the speaker. It doesn't have exceptional bass either. However, for what you pay and the size of the speaker, the sound is really quite clear, the clarity is very good. There are no rattles or hissing and even on full volume, which is loud enough, and throughout the sound remains sharp and clear.

There is one small downside, it takes four hours to fully charge for 6 hours of music. The rechargeable battery is suppose to last a lifetime and it comes with a 2 year warranty though if it fails you can contact the manufacturer.

All in all, its a fun pink heart shaped speaker with good sound quality for the size and price.


The Complete Short Stories: Volume 2: v. 2
The Complete Short Stories: Volume 2: v. 2
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying if you are a Ballard fan, 3 Sept. 2017
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Volume one was so much better, with volume two the writing feels more dis-jointed. Still there are some good choice stories to get stuck into, though there are a few here I would consider fillers.

All in all it is still worth buying if you are a Ballard fan


No Man's Sky (PS4)
No Man's Sky (PS4)
Offered by NXTech
Price: £13.80

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars £5 would be too much to pay for this game, 3 Sept. 2017
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Promised so much but delivered so much disappointment.
Is really repetitive and after a few hours you will put it to one side and not play it again


LifeProof FRE Waterproof Case for Apple iPad Mini 1/2/3 - Black
LifeProof FRE Waterproof Case for Apple iPad Mini 1/2/3 - Black
Offered by Hurr Tech
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars WILL LAST FOR AROUND A YEAR OF CONSTANT USE, FOLIO SCREEN COVER SHOULD NOT BE AN OPTIONAL COST EXTRA, 3 Sept. 2017
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Better than the Nuud case because it offers screen protection and the case can be fitted with a magnetic folio cover. The downside is that the folio cover is an extra which irritates me as it is expensive but necessary if you want full protection.

In general expect the case to last around a year before the rubber starts to com off or the covers to the sockets break. The cover for the headphone socket is its weak point and with a lot of use it will just fall off.

The case is waterproof. Since being bought out by Otterbox the quality has gone down a little.

Probably overpriced for what you get but it is a good protective case.


Professional Watch Repair Tool Kit, Geepro Portable Watchmaker Watch Case Opener Link Remover Spring Bar Tool Antimagnetic Screwdriver With Carrying Case
Professional Watch Repair Tool Kit, Geepro Portable Watchmaker Watch Case Opener Link Remover Spring Bar Tool Antimagnetic Screwdriver With Carrying Case
Offered by Kibico Direct
Price: £13.99

3.0 out of 5 stars REASONABLE DOMESTIC WATCH REPAIR KIT, SOME PARTS AND TOOLS BETTER THAN OTHERS, 3 Sept. 2017
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Some parts are good such as the metal tools but the plastic bits are not as robust as they should be.
Overall it was sufficient for what I wanted to use it for but I would not call it a professional kit, more a domestic stop gap. It may well be that the parts and tools have been sourced from different places and thrown together in the case.


H&S® Glass Lid 12 Watch Jewellery Display Storage Box Case Bracelet Tray Faux Leather Black
H&S® Glass Lid 12 Watch Jewellery Display Storage Box Case Bracelet Tray Faux Leather Black
Offered by H&S Alliance UK Ltd
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars NICE ENOUGH CASE, REASONABLE BUILD QUALITY, 3 Sept. 2017
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Good for storing watches and allows you to see your collection through the glass top.
Some of the interior lining was a little dirty on the stitch seams but otherwise it is a ok case.
The glass is not of the safety variety.


ColorMaxNet 2.5" 3.5" SATA/IDE HDD 2-Dock Docking Station e-SATA Hub
ColorMaxNet 2.5" 3.5" SATA/IDE HDD 2-Dock Docking Station e-SATA Hub
Offered by VStoy Inc
Price: £17.84

5.0 out of 5 stars FEELS FLIMSY BUT WORKS WELL, 3 Sept. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Feels a bit flimsy and plasticky but it works and does the job it is supposed to.
Probably not as important now that hard drives are soldered into computer cases, but if you want to read old data or files from your old hard drives it is a worthwhile buy.


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