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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter rubbish, 13 July 2015
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Theses do not taste as good as the old ones with the two discs, are still a small portion and always leave a pool of hot chocolate all over the surface my Tassimo machine stands on - no other disc I've had does this. This is rubbish. If it wasn't too much bother, I'd return the remaining discs for being of unsatisfactory quality. They should bring back the previous version. In the meantime, I won't be buying any more of these.

Mr. Standfast (Richard Hannay Book 3)
Mr. Standfast (Richard Hannay Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fully up to the mark, 13 Mar. 2015
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I had previously only read of Buchan's books John Macnab and the two Hannay stories that come before this one in narrative order, The Thirty-Nine Steps and Greenmantle. The narrative drive of this and the vividness of character, so simply drawn, of the main protagonists, is fully up to the mark set by the other two, though Greenmantle remains my favourite Hannay story so far. The end bought a little wetness to my eyes and surely will do the same to the eyes of thousands of other readers.

Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Edition, 3 Sept. 2014
This is a beautiful set with fine bindings, the usual excellent paper and design of a Folio Society edition with some lovely illustrations at the chapter heads. It is the most attractive edition of this great trilogy that I have ever handled.

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People
Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People
by Jonathan Dimbleby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book in need of abridgement, 11 Oct. 2009
This is a book in desperate need of abridgement. It isn't that I'm unused to long books - indeed, at 500-odd pages, it isn't particularly long. But it feels like it.

The subject-matter is potentially fascinating, a vast, extraordinarily diverse and proverbially enigmatic country, rich in natural resources, struggling to make sense of itself in a post-communist world. A country the West thought would welcome democracy but which in fact largely finds democracy both an alien and an irrelevant concept. A country of astonishing assymetries of wealth and power, where about 30 "oligarchs" are multi-billionaire owners of nearly all the major economic infrastructure, whilst rural areas are barely distinguishable from the third world, or from Western Europe a few hundred years ago. This book brings all this out, albeit in a rather unsystematic way, the result of the travelogue format. However, all this interesting material and insight has to be dug out laboriously by the reader from the rather more abundant supply of information about and insight into Jonathan Dimbleby. This is quite extraordinarly self-indulgent. Long paragraphs banging on about his feelings of fear, angst, nostalgia, homesickness, blah, blah, blah. I estimate that no more than half the book is about the subject matter implied in the title. In places there are at least two, sometimes three lines about Mr Dimbleby for every line about wherever it is about which he is ostensibly writing. This does admittedly improve towards the end of the book, where the insights about Russia overtake the insights into Mr Dimbleby - the last few chapters are definitely the best.

There is no doubt a place for celebrity autobiography. The bin, mostly. But a lot of people evidently like the stuff and buy piles of navel-gazing trash purportedly written by footballers, soap stars, and moronic reality show contestants. A book by a serious journalist, purporting to be about Russia, should not be the vehicle for the same sort of tedious and often revolting self-examination.

Readers Digest used to be famous for producing abridged versions of novels, for which they were rather derided. But here is a truly legitimate case for their urgent attention. The book, as I say, has interesting stuff - could not Readers Digest or someone, anyone, do us the favour of extracting and publishing the interesting bits, and saving us from from the nauseating tedium of Dimblebore's self-reflection?

Contract Law Directions (Directions series)
Contract Law Directions (Directions series)
by Richard Taylor
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Sound, 7 Oct. 2009
This is another "law for dunces" type book, like Elliot & Quinn or Martin "Unlocking Contract". Where it differs markedly from the others is that it seems (I have dipped in extensively, but not read cover-to-cover) actually to be accurate and reliable so far as it goes.

It is very clearly written, in accessible but literate prose, with boxes and diagrams to help those unable or unwilling to identify key cases or produce flowcharts etc. for themselves.

Although I've said elsewhere that if you really need a book like this, you probably shouldn't be reading law at university, I can see two valid uses for it: (1) where a student is struggling to master a particular topic using a heavyweight textbook, s/he can turn to this, read the relevant chapter through in one easy session to get an overview and basic working understanding, and then return to the heavyweight text to fill in greater detail, understanding and approach some analytical/critical understanding; (2) in teaching contract law to non-law students who need to study this area, perhaps for professional exemptions - accountancy, RICS, and the like.

In this segment of the undergraduate law text market (that is to say, the bottom, law-lite, segment) this is way the best contracts book, and the only one I'd recommend to any student of mine; but I'd still expect them to use it in conjunction with a heavyweight text (Cheshire, Fifoot & Furmston; Anson; Treitel) not on its own.
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Nikon D60 Digital SLR Camera - Black (AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Nikon D60 Digital SLR Camera - Black (AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR) (discontinued by manufacturer)

59 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent kit, 16 April 2008
I've had various film SLRs - starting with a Fujica AX5 (remember that? - Canon A1 for the less profligate), Olympus OM1, OM10, also compacts - Leicas - and a rangefinder - Leica M3.

My first digital effort was a Canon bridge camera - I found this whole idea desperately frustrating and a terrible waste of money (not a comment on the Canon - just on the concept of superzoom digital cameras).

The D60 feels like a film SLR - it has taken absolutely zero getting used to. I have taken a couple of hundred pictures since getting it a couple of weeks back, and had these printed. The highest praise I have - and it is meant as high praise - is that this is just like using a film SLR. I feel utterly comfortable with it, and this is brilliant. I bought the non-VR package - I can't see the point of VR (vibration reduction) unless you plan lots of sports photos in low light: such as greyhound racing. Even then, the usual techniques of supporting yourself should be fine - we didn't have all this stuff with film, so why should it be so necessary with digital? I don't want the extra gimmickry. The tech stuff is very instinctive and this camera is easy to get on with for a techno-idiotic old git like me. Get this camera!
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Contract Law
Contract Law
by Catherine Elliott
Edition: Paperback

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Thin for University, 29 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Contract Law (Paperback)
This book is too thin to be a reliable guide; and frankly, if you want to learn the law, why would you rely on a journalist? (which is what Quinn is).

Quite simply, the law of contract is a complex subject, and you just cannot make it all that simple without misleading the reader. Moreover, there's nothing in this book to help you when you want to research an essay - it's just Janet & John stuff, with no references to scholarly writings that you can read to help you understand the subject better (and get better marks for referring to). If you want an introduction to the subject, then try McKendrick, then for more detail you can go on to Cheshire, Fifoot & Furmston or Treitel.

This book might be all right at A Level, but if you have got as far as university and you still need a book like this, then you are never going to cut it as a lawyer, so you should cut your losses now.

Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston's Law of Contract
Cheshire, Fifoot and Furmston's Law of Contract
by M P Furmston
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb - with Knobs On, 25 Aug. 2007
This is a superb account written by one of the country's leading authorities on contract law, Michael Furmston, Emeritus Professor of Law at Bristol. A lucid account of the law is now prefaced by an historical introduction to contract that will help students better understand why contract law today is the way it is, and written by the living god of legal history, Brian Simpson.

Law books just don't get better than this.

Unlocking Contract Law (Unlocking the Law)
Unlocking Contract Law (Unlocking the Law)
by Chris Turner
Edition: Paperback

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Unreliable Guide, 25 Aug. 2007
This is one of a rash of law-for-dunces type books (not usually called that!) written by lecturers at ex-polytechnics.

The book purports to make contract law accessible and to present it clearly, and it certainly is law-lite and very easy going indeed. However, it suffers from a failing that seems to be on the increase in books of this type: it is full of errors. I don't mean complex, arguable questions about the true interpretation of a rule, or whether a case was wrongly decided; I mean simple stuff that you can't argue about - completely wrong facts given for cases, incorrect accounts of what the judges decided... You might as well ask another 1st year law student, picked at random from the college bar, as rely on this book.

There is no easy route to knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, or any other field of learning - the easier a book seems, the more likely that it is misleading. The least damage you can expect from this type of book is that it gets it wrong through over-simplification - but more and more of them, like this one, get basic factual stuff wrong, too.

Save your money and spend it on a decent book like Cheshire, Fifoot & Furmston, Anson, or Treitel. If you find the big ones too hard then either: (a) consider whether law is really for you or if you might not be better off switching to something a bit easier like business studies, media studies or hospitality, say; or (b) at least buy a decent, intermediate, book by someone with a scholarly reputation to protect, like McKendrick or Poole. In any case, you'd do far better to spend your money on beer than on this book.

The Death of Contract
The Death of Contract
by Grant Gilmore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.15

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Important - But Twaddle, 19 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The Death of Contract (Paperback)
This is an important work, because it is the best known book of the late and great American contracts guru Grant Gilmore. The title comes from the school of thought which was born at the famous 1957 Wisconsin seminar. Gilmore argues here that the whole idea of a "law of contract" in the sense of a coherent structure of rules governing the resolution of contract disputes in the courts was the invention of Dean C.C. Langdell of Harvard in 1871 (who, in spite of being able to "invent" the whole idea of the law of contract was "of no distinction of mind" according to Gilmore) and largely perpetuated by evil Harvard law professors down the generations. Contract, before then, had no system whatever (Gilmore ignores Anson, Pollock, Leake, and Chitty, amongst others). Now the evil system was dead, because everyone said so, a breach of contract could be considered just another tort. This idea, though complete twaddle, set off a trend over in England for courses on "obligations" replacing separate contracts and torts courses for law students. Some of these still exist in spite of the fact that Gilmore had decided by the late 1970s that he was wrong after all.

What "The Death of Contract" really is, however, is a malicious diatribe directed against the Harvard Law School and everyone who has served in it from 1870 onwards. The saving grace is that it is an interesting and entertaining diatribe and well-written.

A thorough debunking of Gilmore's thesis can be found in Austen-Baker, R., "Gilmore and the Strange Case of the Failure of Contract to Die After All" (2002) 18 Journal of Contract Law 1-31, which should be read by anyone who reads this book.

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