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Alan Lovejoy (ROSS ON WYE, HEREFORDSHIRE United Kingdom)

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Life: The Science of Biology
Life: The Science of Biology
by David Sadava
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding biology book, 22 July 2010
If you've ever seen Professor David Sadava lecture you will know immediately what to expect from this excellent volume currently updated annually by the team of five professors from leading universities who he leads in this splendid project. Their work is checked and reviewed for accuracy by more than two hundred other academics. The result is an impressive "must-have" volume for any student of biology as a study-in-progress or a valued book-shelf work of reference. Well printed it has more than twelve hundred pages with countless colour diagrams and photographs, and with a clear layout structure designed and presented to ensure maximum detail comprehension and learning. It is supported on the Internet by a companion free-access website featuring interactive summaries, animated tutorials, quizzes and other highly informative features. It also has a CD optionally packaged with the book. Up-to-date used copies of this annual volume are eagerly sought. For several months I've been searching for a used copy of the 9th edition which was launched at the close of 2009. Just about my only criticism is that, as you might expect, this volume is extremely heavy and the hard cover is not quite the thickness it might have; it thus needs more than a little care in transporting and handling.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
by David Crystal
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linguistic wealth, 1 Jan. 2010
I've long since lost count of the number of copies of Crystal's outstanding book that I've purchased as gifts. All my teenage grandchildren have been given copies. And now one ten-year-old has explained that she "needs her copy" for her next birthday.

I never fail to find linguistic riches whatever page I turn to.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bathroom safety rail!, 23 Aug. 2009
In my opinion this product cannot be mounted securely on a bath unless it is of metal, vitreous enamel etc., with a wide flat, rigid top edge. I have spent a considerable time experimenting with it on non-metal baths (ie: acrylic) and cannot possibly recommend its use with such as it consistently "collapses". I urge that you try this product most carefully before allowing a disabled/elderly person to make use of it.
I also urge that sales/promotional references to this product contain such qualification.
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Braun ThermoScan 5 IRT4520 Ear Thermometer
Braun ThermoScan 5 IRT4520 Ear Thermometer

5.0 out of 5 stars Braun 4520 Thermometer, 23 Aug. 2009
Very simple to use; rapid, accurate. Exactly what I expect from Braun...and it is a much better quality than those thermometers currently used in my local major NHS hospital.
Pity it isn't a bit cheaper!

Muscular Dystrophy (The Facts)
Muscular Dystrophy (The Facts)
by Alan E.H. Emery
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warrants a much wider distribution!, 22 Feb. 2009
It took many years for our family to learn that one of its members was a muscular dystrophy sufferer. Time after time different doctors and physiotherapists failed to get remotely near the right diagnosis...and the specialists who would have spotted it all practice light years away from where we live.
Thank heaven for the Internet. We were led to Professor Alan Emery's book. This modest book is an informative overview, clear, precise, pratical, and answering many important questions in a very readable and sympathetic manner. We consider it a precious book that has enabled us to understand and face the challenges of muscular dystrophy. It should be on every GP's bookshelf.

An Inconvenient Truth [DVD] [2006]
An Inconvenient Truth [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Al Gore
Price: £4.88

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention all human ostriches, lemmings and flat-earthers!, 22 Feb. 2009
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How many millions of "educated, intelligent" folk have yet to see this video!
OK, so, along with the many brilliant photographs and video clips it includes are a few factual blips. But the basic story line is, now "inconveniently" - accepted by an overwhelming number of scientists. In fact some of the data is already out of date; some events are occuring even faster than predicted. And nobody else has yet produced a communications package as authoritative and informative as this one.
If you don't see it soon you're going to be in for more than a few surprises.

Lawless World
Lawless World
by Philippe Sands
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Decline of International Law, 17 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Lawless World (Paperback)
The wide disparity in the reviews for this book are intriguing.
(One cannot help but wonder at the motivations of some reviewers!)
However, I for one, am quite convinced. Here is a highly informative, depressingly accurate account of the increasingly murky world of international law.
Phillipe Sands presents a powerful analysis of the miserable decline in standards and behaviour to the depths that we see daily of the most powerful nations colluding to undermine the flimsy network of law created over the centuries. Re-writing rules for their own blatant interests; heedless,time after time, of the condition and welfare of others!
This powerful text could be better presented, more clearly constructed - but it does contain such a wealth of fact and background, and it is highly readable for the non-legal mind.
A well-thumbed copy should be on every thinking person's book shelves.

DC Confidential
DC Confidential
by Sir Christopher Meyer
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transparency - from an impeccable source!, 12 Nov. 2005
This review is from: DC Confidential (Hardcover)
Thoroughly readable memoirs of Britain's highly perceptive and experienced senior US Ambassador from his enviable position as a participant at the very heart of western politics since the early 90's.
Fascinating from beginning to end as it reveals the true persona of scores of western political characters, and their acolytes ...and every word seems absolutely credible!
Written in a light, unstructured journalistic style this book provides us with graphic links to other current memoirs - military, political and journalistic from both side of the Atlantic - that are disclosing detail of the gross incompetence and hypocritical, self-serving antics of so many of our political leaders in recent years.
As the author retires at the book's end the reader is left despairing of just how much longer can this dreadful farce continue?

The Call-Up: A History of National Service 1947-1963
The Call-Up: A History of National Service 1947-1963
by Tom Hickman
Edition: Hardcover

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One!, 25 Sept. 2004
I read Tom Hickman's book at one (long) sitting.
As an ex-National Serviceman man (51-04); Territorial for a further 15 years, and a retired journalist, I'm normally wary of such books.
But this history is exceptional. It is excellent.
It brought back so many memories of every flavour. (I shiver to hear once again RSM Lynch's voice on the Eaton Hall parade ground: "You! The horrible little man with the fevver in his hat! Obelisk!")
This book is packed with information; a fascinating examination of background detail - political and military - much that I admit to having been quite unaware of. It ranges wide, exploring a whole spectrum of overseas postings and events.
Tom Hickman has dug deep in his research and ruthlessly into his subject and his sources, into fact, attitudes and emotions. As for accuracy: in well over three hundred pages I have, at my first read, found but one miniscule error (my own cap badge and shoulders spelled my initial regiment as "Inniskilling Fusiliers", not Enniskilling).
This book is a "must" for every aging national service man, for every historian of post-war Britain ...and for everyone who just wants to know what really happened to grandpa when he was a national serviceman.
I shall be reading it again - soon!
Alan Lovejoy
Symonds Yat, Herefordshire

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