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Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet
Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viral Hate, 28 Feb. 2017
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This is an interesting book about the spread of hate on the internet and how it can be controlled in very limited ways. It also covers the ways in which ordinary people can help to combat the insidious spread of racism and other forms of discrimination. The authors concentrate on the spread of anti-Semitism but what they say is applicable to any forms of hate speech, incitements to violence and cyber bullying.

Readers need to bear in mind that the authors primarily concentrate on the situation in the US. The law in the UK is rather different as, for example, cyber bullying can be prosecuted as a criminal offence here. In the US there is a need to use other laws and address the such problems in a comparatively roundabout way. Racism, misogyny, homophobia are more difficult to combat in the US than in the UK.

Of course the internet is international and therefore presents its own problems as all countries have different laws. This book examines several well known legal cases in the US which aren't well known in the UK and shows how invidious hate speech can be and how easy it is for it to make converts. The authors suggest that individuals should not try to engage in rational debate with bigots as it is impossible to have any sort sensible discussion with them. Posting links to reliable alternative points of view is probably the most you can do.

The book consists of half text and the rest is a collection of appendices on various topics, notes and an index. While some at least of the book is not relevant to the UK as the legal situation is rather different here it still makes thought provoking reading and may make some readers think twice before they make throwaway comments online which they would not make if face to face with a real person.


Death In the Clouds
Death In the Clouds
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death in the Clouds, 26 Feb. 2017
Hercule Poirot finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation when a murder takes place almost under his nose on a flight from Paris to Croydon. Unfortunately because he suffers from travel sickness he was asleep for most of the flight. In the confined space of a commercial airliner in the 1930s, the number of suspects is limited but the police of both France and England fins themselves puzzled for quite a long time.

I enjoyed this mystery and thought it was interesting that the author investigated the effects of suspicion on the various suspects - including Poirot himself. Some of the suspects found their lives changed for the better - even if only temporarily - while others found it brought existing problems to a head. I got the murderer completely wrong so it was almost a physical shock when the murderer was revealed.

I do like Hercule Poirot as a character though I didn't particularly like him when I first started reading Agatha Christie and I preferred Miss Marple. Now I like him as much as Miss Marple. They share an encyclopaedic knowledge of human nature and excellent powers of information. Both are good at fading into the background. Christie was just brilliant at plots as well as characters which is why these novels have remained in print for so long.
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Death of a Ghost (Hamish Macbeth Book 35)
Death of a Ghost (Hamish Macbeth Book 35)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Ghost, 26 Feb. 2017
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A retired policeman buys a derelict castle with the intention of restoring it. Then he reports ghostly - or maybe human - noises and happenings to the police and Hamish Macbeth and Charlie are sent to investigate and find a dead body.

Meanwhile the minister's wife is trying to find a good woman to take Hamish in hand after the breakup of his latest relationship. What follows is a complex story about smugglers, a spate of apparently unconnected murders, women scorned and some misguided scheming on the part of most of the series characters.

I enjoyed this latest Hamish Macbeth mystery and loved the way Hamish schemes to stay just ahead of his arch enemy, Blair. As ever the chapter headings are always worth reading. The book is well written and the author manages to bring the disparate plot strands together to make a satisfying whole as well as a unexpected ending. I certainly didn't work out who the murderer was. Hamish Macbeth fans will love this latest episode.


Murder on the links
Murder on the links
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder on the Links, 25 Feb. 2017
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Hercule Poirot receives a cry for help from a millionaire in France. Unfortunately Poirot and Captain Hastings arrive too late to save him as he has just been found dead when they get there. He had been stabbed in the back.

Poirot soon finds himself on a collision course with a French detective who regards Poirot as the lowest of the low. Hastings has his mind less on the investigation that normal as he has fallen in love.

I had some difficulty following the twists and turns of the plot of this story - possibly because I was listening to it rather than reading it. I did enjoy the rivalry between the detectives and I did like the settings - an embryo golf course in France. The solution to the mystery was intriguing in the end and I certainly didn't work out what was going on.


The Chalk Pit: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 9
The Chalk Pit: The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 9
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chalk Pit, 24 Feb. 2017
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I have read and enjoyed all the Ruth Galloway series and this one is just as good as its predecessors. There is something endearing about Ruth as a heroine in that she doesn't always do everything right and she has the same fears and insecurities as many of us endure. In this tense mystery boiled human bones are found in a tunnel under Norwich and Ruth discovers that they are recent rather than centuries old. The police in the person of DCI Harry Nelson therefore has a murder case on his hands.

DS Judy Johnson wants to talk to a woman who used to sleep rough but it seems she has disappeared - gone 'underground'. Is this just a figure of speech or is she really living underground? There are rumours of a group of people living in the disused chalk mining tunnels under Norwich. Then another rough sleeper is found murdered and the case suddenly looks more complicated.

This is a fascinating read and like all good mysteries I could imagine it happening. Having lived near Norwich at one time I am familiar with the landmarks mentioned and could imagine the action of the story taking place against a real background. I love all the series characters - Judy Johnson and Cathbad, the Druid; DCI Harry Nelson and his wife Michelle; Ruth herself and her small daughter Kate who is very much a personality in her own right. Fans of this entertaining series which combines crime and archaeology will love this latest book.


The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot)
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Poirot)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of the Christmas Pudding, 22 Feb. 2017
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The audio book version of this collection of short stories doesn't include the final story - Greenshaw's Folly. I really enjoyed this quirky collection with ingenious plots, and plenty of humour as well with Hercule Poirot at his most whimsical best.

The title story sees Poirot at a house party over Christmas and receiving an ill spelled and written warning not to eat the plum pudding. Why has someone warned him? I loved the ending to this story.

My other favourite in this collection was The Dream in which a very clever murder almost succeeds in being passed off as a suicide. These stories show Agatha Christie at the height of her powers with memorable characters ad carefully crafted plots. Poirot succeeds because of his powers of observation and his knowledge of human nature. This collection would be a good introduction to Agatha Christie if you have not tried her books before.


Lakeland 6 Hole Egg Boiler, Poacher & Omelette Maker
Lakeland 6 Hole Egg Boiler, Poacher & Omelette Maker
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed with this device, 22 Feb. 2017
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I was very disappointed with this device. I have had a Wahl egg boiler for years and found that produced perfect boiled eggs. I'm never very good at omelettes or poached eggs so I thought this would be ideal. It is fine for boiled eggs - but I was very disappointed with its performance with both poached eggs and omelettes.

My attempts at poached eggs stuck to the non stick compartments and the eggs weren't done in spite of following the instructions and I don't like the omelette filling mixed in with the omelette. So this device has been discarded and I have reverted to my simple Wahl egg boiler with a sigh of relief. I usually find Lakeland devices very good but this definitely isn't.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perdometer, 22 Feb. 2017
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If you want a simple pedometer that doesn't connect with an app on your phone and doesn't have a USB lead so that you can download records of your steps to your computer then this is ideal. No setting up required, no measuring your step length. Just take the protective strip from the battery compartment, attach the lanyard and hang it round your neck under your clothes. One button - which resets it to zero and that's it - simple - uncomplicated - and does what it says - counts your steps until you press the reset button.


The Mystery of the Blue Train
The Mystery of the Blue Train
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Blue Train, 20 Feb. 2017
Wealthy Ruth Kettering is travelling to Nice on the luxurious Blue Train but when the train arrives in Nice Ruth is dead. The police favour her estranged husband Derek as prime suspect but Hercule Poirot is not convinced by the obvious suspect. This is a well plotted mystery in which jewel theft, the activities of the hugely rich and the disadvantages of marriages of convenience all feature.

I enjoyed this sometimes sinister story of greed and murder in which Poirot uses his usual talent for understanding human nature and his incredible ability to notice the smallest detail to good advantage to ensure that the right person is finally unmasked as the murderer.

I liked the background to this story and I also liked the fact that one of the characters has actually come from St Mary Mead - Miss Marple's home village. I love the way there are cross references between series and how characters flit in and out of each others' series.


Murder in Mesopotamia
Murder in Mesopotamia
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Mesopotamia, 19 Feb. 2017
Set on an archaeological dig in Iraq, this is an interesting mystery. It is narrated by Amy Leatheran, a nurse who has gone to look after Louise, the wife of a celebrated archaeologist. She is having frightening hallucinations and has been receiving anonymous letters. But are they hallucinations? Or is someone out to get her and are there really people tapping in windows in the night? Amy isn't at all sure which is the truth but she does know there are many tensions between the members of the excavation team.

Hercule Poirot is due to visit the dig but maybe there will have been murder committed before he gets there. This has to be one of the most difficult cases Poirot has to undertake as there is virtually no evidence apart from what people can tell him about the other members of the dig. Of course he gradually pieces together all the disparate bits and pieces to establish who is responsible.

I enjoyed this mystery and I liked the narrator as she gives the reader a very down to earth picture of the tensions between the members of this small group of people. She also shows Poirot in a slightly different light from other narrators the author uses in the series.


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