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The Richer Way
The Richer Way
Price: £6.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Prob the most readable book on PR and internal staff relations around., 8 Dec. 2016
This review is from: The Richer Way (Kindle Edition)
I have what must be a previous edition and it is far and away the best book on customer service, PR and internal staff relations I've ever seen. Full of perhaps simple basic things but oh so few companies practice it. Very readable and free of jargon that far too many marketing and PR books wallow in. Buy it.


Inateck Aluminum USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive Enclosure for  2.5 Inch/ 3.5 Inch SATA HDD and SSD, Support UASP and 10TB Drives (FE3001)
Inateck Aluminum USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive Enclosure for 2.5 Inch/ 3.5 Inch SATA HDD and SSD, Support UASP and 10TB Drives (FE3001)
Offered by Inateck
Price: £23.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product worth the extra money, 1 Dec. 2016
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Yes I could have bought a similar product for one third the price but when you really need a back-up due to HDD failure it would be foolish to economise. It is a two minute job to drop in your HDD, screw in four supplied screws - they even include a screwdriver - and plug in. It looks a quality well made product.


Super Stomp Rocket Kit With Refill Accessory 3 Pack
Super Stomp Rocket Kit With Refill Accessory 3 Pack
Offered by Venture Blue
Price: £14.71

1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly over priced and dismal item, 22 Oct. 2016
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The packaging must have cost more than the product. This must be the most over-priced toy sold for years made from flimsy, cheap and unattractive materials seen since China first started exporting. A thoroughly wretched product.


Liberon GFOTE1L 1L Garden Furniture Oil - Teak
Liberon GFOTE1L 1L Garden Furniture Oil - Teak
Price: £14.21

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This product will turn teak red, not yellowish., 16 May 2016
A warning: this will turn your teak furniture RED: not at all like teak as I know it - which should be yellowish. Would not use it again. I'm just hoping that the one coat I have applied will fade - they recommend applying three, which would make teak look like cheap red cedar. No thank you.


Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide
Destiny in the Desert: The road to El Alamein - the Battle that Turned the Tide
by Jonathan Dimbleby
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title: shouyld have been Churchill's quarrels with the Generals, 26 April 2016
Disappointing. Title should have been "Churchill's quarrels with the generals." The actual battle takes up maybe a fifth. As his father was there I would have liked far more quotes from his astute eye. And many holes in Monty's record. No mention of his use of young and brave officers who reported back to him on what was really happening. And while he says that X General had past friction wouldn't we like to know where and how? No mention at all of Monty's rise to the top: staff college, writing of infantry manual, retreat from Dunkirk etc. On one page he says that Tobruk was of of no strategical importance, on another he says how long the supply lines were for the Axis forces. Little or no mention of the Long Range Desert Force or Stirling. And didn't thousands of Axis troops escape the Tunis surrender?


Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
by Paul Theroux
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best., 19 Nov. 2015
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Not one of his best by some distance. Like many of his travel books they have the happy knack of discouraging you from going yourself - but that's fine. I want to know warts and all. Seems to be an uneven book: some passages - not enough - really take off and flow, like the first visit to a gun fair, but then he visits others which smells a bit like padding it out. Many of the verbatim (one assumes) conversations are not particularly riveting or informative, better if they were excluded. Not knowing the area at all I tried to find some of the places on Google Earth but maybe I missed the derelict houses he describes for it looked not too bad to me, though trailer homes predominated. And of course Google Earth excludes people. In his initial review of authors he fails to mention Bill Bryson's early work The Lost Continent of a tour into small town America which I found both more informative and readable. He has a strong dig against Clinton which I found a bit disturbing and maybe unnecessary. While he makes a great play of re-visiting towns and people he has met before I don't see he adds much more to the tale.


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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 15 Aug. 2015
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Was fine till developed weak and broken connection at power input end. Will have to return.


Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders and Cover-Ups: Six Decades of Espionage
Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders and Cover-Ups: Six Decades of Espionage
by Chapman Pincher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bias and obsession by the author, 1 Aug. 2015
The overwhelming bias and fixation in attempting to nail Hollis as a traitor has produced the opposite effect on me. I saw no evidence at all that KGB code Elli was Hollis. A train of coincidences, eg that Hollis happened to visit Paris when a known KGB controller was also there proves nothing. Pincher is basically a journalist but the book lacked a strong sub editor. To me the book proves incompetence not a traitor. Remember that most of MI5 recruitment was based on which school you went to, not on any particular skill at value judgments.
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Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War
Razor's Edge: The Unofficial History of the Falklands War
by Hugh Bicheno
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoilt by the political bias., 5 Mar. 2015
As the author is bi-lingual and has lived much of his life in Latin America I was hoping to read more about los Malvinas and their attitudes to ownership but his history starts with an account of naval battles in WW1. Most students agree that Britain's claim to ownership is at best dubious and any 10 year old can read an atlas and understand why the Falklands is ridiculous as a British possession. But no discussion at all. The book is 95% on land fighting with scant mention of Harriers or indeed the Navy and nothing whatsoever on the mammoth logistical efforts of organising the fleet. To the author the BBC, Guardian and Harold Wilson are KGB plants. Yes indeed. There is even an appendix explaining the difference between totalitarianism and Marxism. What's that got to do with the Falklands war? The military detail is immense and I would have thought exemplary but Google Robert Fox and Keegan's views and they are more dismissive.
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Nelson: Love and Fame (Yale Nota Bene)
Nelson: Love and Fame (Yale Nota Bene)
by Edgar Vincent
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing read, 7 Jan. 2015
Disappointing and could do with closer editing. For example there's nearly a page of Lavinia Spencer's effusive congratulations after the Nile when I would have preferred to read Nelson's two month's delayed dispatches that turned him into a hero. His six year's "on the beach" receive very scant mention. The author says little about Agamemnon his first ship of the line's commissioning when this could have thrown considerable light on the complexity and demands (cf CS Forester). He confuses Victory with Vanguard at the Nile and we would like to know how the Vanguard recovered from dismasting near Toulon in only three days with no shipyard, presumably, near by. There is also nothing about his attempted writing after losing an arm. And surprisingly he casts doubt on Wellington's well known account of their only meeting in an ante-room, which seems entirely in character to me, and many others.


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