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MAC.PANE MOULINEX OW 6101
MAC.PANE MOULINEX OW 6101

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Durable and reliable machine making excellent bread, 27 April 2014
I have owned a Moulinex Home Bread Baguette for more than 5 years. After extensive (nearly daily) use in those 5 years, the heating element started to wear down and wasn't heating the basket uniformly anymore. As it did such a great job for all those years I recently replaced it with the same model. It looks slightly different from the older model, but does the same great job. It's quite versatile allowing you to bake all sorts of breads, allows for 3 different sizes from 0.75kg to 1.5kg and 3 different levels of baking intensity. also great to prepare your pasta or pizza dough. Wouldn't want to miss this machine.


The Magic of Turkey: A Guide to the Turkish Coast
The Magic of Turkey: A Guide to the Turkish Coast
by Alfredo Glacon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.95

3.0 out of 5 stars An easily read story with a misleading sub tittle and description., 1 Aug. 2013
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This book is about an Italian couple who abandoned the busy days of work ashore and now live and travel the world with their sail yacht. The book focuses on their travel along the Carian and Lycean coast of Turkey. I enjoyed reading it, because I have had the great pleasure and fortune to sail the same areas for the past 7 years. Albeit only a few weeks in summer each year. Having said that, the book is not what its subtittle and back cover pretend it to be. It mainly narrates about their encounters with other people and describes some of the places they visited in a superficial manner. However, it seriously falls short of being "A guide to the Turkish coast". There is some practical information on sailing along the Turkish coast, but again, it falls short of a cruising guide or pilot. A lot of the information in the book is outdated and some of the practices described (such as tying a long line ashore on a tree trunk), are now, rightfully so, forbidden by law. The only decent pilot to the Turkish coast I know is Rod Heikel's, and that one is updated every 2 or 3 years because so many things change very quickly. If you intend to sail this beautiful area, which I definitely recommend, "The magic of Turkey" can be a good book to put you in the right mood. Alternatively, if you have sailed there, it may bring back some pleasant memories. Just don't be fooled by tittle and description.


Yachtmaster Exercises for Sail and Power: Questions and answers for the RYA Yachtmaster® Certificates of Competence
Yachtmaster Exercises for Sail and Power: Questions and answers for the RYA Yachtmaster® Certificates of Competence
by Alison Noice
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent help to test your knowledge before taking the exam., 25 July 2013
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I recently did the RYA (shorebased) coastal skipper/yachmaster offshore course in a distance learning format. The course material I had was excellent, but this exercise book, together with the text book, were a great help in testing whether I had properly understood all elements of the RYA syllabus. It certainly contributed to passing my exam. Highly recommended, certainly if you take a distance learning course.


Yachtmaster for Sail and Power: A Manual for the RYA Yachtmaster® Certificates of Competence
Yachtmaster for Sail and Power: A Manual for the RYA Yachtmaster® Certificates of Competence
by Alison Noice
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study help and quick reference guide, 25 July 2013
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I took the (shorebased) coastal skipper/yachtmaster offshore course in a distance learning format. Whilst the course material was excellent, this book was a very good study help. All elements of the RYA syllabus are explained in a straightforward manner and with good illustrations. The questions at the end of each chapter help to test your knowledge. The only part of the syllabus which would prove insufficient to pass your exams is the one on meteorology, which beyond doubt is the most difficult part of the course. The chapter on electronic navigation on the other hand, was better explained than in my course and more up to date. I've seen a number of similar books and this one is by far the best I came across. The exercise book, which is sold separately, was also a very good help in reviewing knowledge of the subject matter. Highly recommend this book and the exercise book to anyone studying for the shorebased RYA exam. It was a great help to me in passing my exam.


Mama Portelli's Classic Italian Desserts
Mama Portelli's Classic Italian Desserts
Price: £4.56

1.0 out of 5 stars Totally useless, 8 July 2012
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This is beyond doubt the worst book for Kindle I ever bought. The recepies don't even have a tittle. You know what ingredients you need but you need to guess what you are preparing! Browsing is difficult and the book has plenty of empty pages. Total waste
of money!
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End This Depression Now!
End This Depression Now!
by Paul Krugman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great argument spoiled by poor writing, 16 Jun. 2012
Whilst I sympathise and largely agree with the author's arguments, I got more and more annoyed at the book with every chapter I read.
Krugman's argument, mainly based on Keynesian economics, is that the austerity programs of governments around the world make the economical crisis worse. The main argument goes as follows. Consumers stopped spending because they lost their job or are afraid of losing it and want to save money and/or reduce their debt. The resulting decline in demand led businesses to stop investing which creates massive unemployment. By reducing spending as well, governments make matters worse. Governments should increase investment to create demand and end this depression.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to follow the argument and it's pretty obvious that current policies are not working. Unfortunately, 95% of the book is focussed on disproving arguments of economists and politicians who advocate austerity measures. The result is a book which sounds a lot as: "I was right you were wrong...told you so". It resembles more of a settlement of scores among economists than anything else. It would be better for the author to focus on convincing policy makers about the merits of his argument rather than telling them they are wrong and rubbing it in their face. The latter strategy is not proving to be very successful so far.
Finally, the book is quite badly structured. It is littered with phrases such as : "in this chapter we will talk about...but before we get there let me deal first with..." or "...much more about that later...". You keep thinking this is a build-up to a grand finale. However, that finale never materialises and it leaves you with a feeling of an unfinished story. Really annoying.
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An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington
An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington
by Karl Pilkington
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.83

2.0 out of 5 stars seriously overrated, 3 Jun. 2012
Fair enough some bits made me laugh, but you need to be seriously bored to call this "The funniest thing I've seen". Some of the reviews on the back of this book may well be qualified as misleading advertising. As I mentioned, there are some funny bits in this book and whilst they are really good you can summarize them in a couple of pages. A bit of a waste of the other 221 pages. Not seen the series, but it doesn't translate very well in written form.


Learning to See Creatively
Learning to See Creatively
by Bryan Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly light in content, 27 Nov. 2010
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Having liked Bryan Peterson's book on exposure, I bought this one with the intent to learn a bit more about composition. Whilst it contains some useful tips and exercises and some good pictures to illustrate concepts, I'm quite disappointed with the book. Unless you don't know that wide angle lenses have a wide angle of view with a high depth of field and telephoto lenses have the ability to make big images of distant objects, you can safely skip the first 40 pages. The next chapter on the elements of design (e.g.line, form, shape, texture,...)is a lot better. It gets you to think about how you can combine some of the these elements to create dramatic and powerful exposures. The chapter on composition is the most practical one. It contains many tips which may sound trivial, but actually you rarely think about when you shoot your pictures: filling the frame, looking for the picture within a picture and arranging/rearranging your subject are just a few of them. The following chapter on "the magic of light" is too superficial and much better explained in the author's book "Understanding Exposure". Finally, I fail to understand the purpose of the last 2 chapters on the use of imaging software and career considerations. They lack content and have actually little to do with the subject of the book. In summary some useful tips and exercises, but way too light in content. A disappointment after having read and loved "Understanding Exposure" .


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Classroom in a Book
by Adobe Creative Team
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant., 30 Oct. 2010
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Being a complete novice to Photoshop Lightroom 3 I bought this book with the objective to learn the fundamentals and basic techniques of the new software I bought. The book has delivered 100% of my expectations. The first 2 chapters give a quick overview of what Photoshop Lightroom 3 is about, what it can do for you, as well as how the different modules of the workspace work. The next 7 chapters then take you through a typical workflow in Photoshop Lightroom 3: How to import your pictures, review them and organize them in an orderly fashion; how to improve your pictures with the develop & edit module; How to create slideshows with them, make creative print lay-outs or publish them in a web gallery. The last chapter deals with creating backups and exporting your pictures to other programs such as Photoshop CS for further editing.

The book is written in a simple style which is easy enough to understand for a beginner. It comes with a CD which contains exercises for each of the 10 chapters. The exercises are supported with literally hundreds of screenshots in the book, taking away any ambiguity. It will take about 15 hours going through the book and completing the exercises. Once you have, you will have a fairly good understanding of the functionalities and the power of Photoshop Lightroom 3.

I'm so impressed with this book that I now ordered 7 more books from the "Classroom in a Book" series for other Adobe software I recently bought. One warning though: it is clearly written for beginners. People who have worked with Photoshop Lightroom 3 for a while and would like to learn a bit more detail about e.g. the develop and edit module may want to look out for a more advanced book.


Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
by Bryan Peterson
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to photography, 22 Aug. 2010
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This book is beyond any doubt the best photography book for beginners I've ever read. It explains how to make a correct exposure in simple terms easy enough for a complete novice to understand. It then goes on describing "creatively correct" exposures by showing which apertures or shutter speeds are used for various types of subjects (e.g. storytelling exposures, singular item/isolation exposures, exposures which imply motion or those which freeze motion, etc.). It does a good job at explaining the basics of depth of field, although the concept of hyper-focal distance would have benefited from some more exploration. Finally, it also explains how to measure various types of light, how light meters work and where to point your camera to measure the light. You can easily read this book in an afternoon. Whilst it will not make an expert photographer out of you, it is likely that you will never want to use the automatic exposure function of your camera again.


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