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Pintoy Farm Series Deluxe Middlebrook Farm
Pintoy Farm Series Deluxe Middlebrook Farm

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pintoy farm, 26 Oct. 2009
This is the business, I would recommend this if you're looking for a robust and strong farm for your son or daughter 'carpet farmer'. We've had ours a year it is still as good as new, it's given my son lots of fun, and it stores easily, with all of the buildings and parts fitting within the largest building, a bit like a Russian doll. It doesn't have a base but this means the only storage space needed is the space equivalent to the floorspace of the largest building. The farmhouse and barn comes with some furniture and contents, the fences/walls it comes with are sufficient to make enclosures for your animals, make fields etc. We have bought other Pintoy products since and I rate the company highly.

Brabantia Pedal Bin with Plastic Bucket, 30 L - Matt Steel
Brabantia Pedal Bin with Plastic Bucket, 30 L - Matt Steel
Offered by Severn DIY
Price: £65.54

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Brabantia 30L Bin Canned, 2 Jun. 2009
Had one of these for a couple of years (gift) and I hated it from Day Two. If you are the lucky person in your household who doesn't empty the bin, go right ahead and buy. But if you are the one that empties the bin (that's me), quit now while you're ahead. This bin is designed to look great and be durable and I don't have any arguments with that. But that, dear reader, is as far as it goes. As any cursory view will tell you, the bin in question is long and thin. Think about it, that means it's hard to get the rubbish out - especially after it's been compacted a little and the bag is tight against the internal walls of the bin. So if you expect a smooth sliding out of the entire bin bag and contents, think again. The friction of the full bag against the internal bin wall means the full bag is quite hard to shift, so it's more like a brute force heave than a light sliding action. And because the internal metal handle gets in the way if you invert the bin, it's quite hard to even tip it upside down in anger thus emptying the contents straight into the dustbin. If you want my opinion (and you do, or you wouldn't be reading the review) this bin is rubbish. Do yourself a favour and buy a wider bin. Two years on, I've just got round to it.
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The Gulag Archipelago [Abridged] (Harvill Press Editions)
The Gulag Archipelago [Abridged] (Harvill Press Editions)
by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shines a light on some deeply disturbing aspects of 20th Century history, 6 Feb. 2007
A reader from Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK, writes:

Bearing in mind Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel prize for literature principally for this book, this might help you draw your own conclusions about its merit. This is the abridged version of the full 3 volume book, abridged by an American academic with the author's consent and cooperation, in a conscious effort to increase its readership and alert the wider world of the tyrannical regime experienced by the people of the Soviet Union under Stalin and others. The fact that the book has been shortened makes for gaps and omissions that are fairly apparent to the reader and as a result the book does lose its way a little, and parts of the book towards the end I found fairly heavy going. However for those of us who don't read the full version this is perhaps the price that we pay.

Despite the abridgment, the book remains a weighty tome yet like other books by Solzhenitsyn remains surprisingly accessible. Furthermore it is a hugely significant historical document, bringing to light the system of prisons, transit and work camps of the Soviet Union, generally focusing on the 1930s-1950s period, though with some overlap at either end. The sheer scale of this cruel operation is almost unbelievable to the modern reader, partly because we live in an age in which this whole enterprise seems to have been swept under the carpet. Anyone interested in 20th century history will find this book a remarkable insight.
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