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Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization
Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization
by Andrew Robinson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.87

3.0 out of 5 stars The influence of earthquakes, 15 Dec. 2016
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In "Earth-shattering Events" Andrew Robinson describes, chapter by chapter, ten earthquakes* and their repercussions. Robinson's particular focus is on the effects of such earthquakes on the politics, culture, and economics of the regions affected by them.

This is a nicely presented book with each chapter introduced by an evocative black and white photograph or illustration. I learned some new things both about seismology and history and Robinson quotes well from primary sources.

However, I did find myself becoming frequently frustrated by the book. Primarily this was down to Robinson's quotation of secondary sources. The prose is frequently interspersed with quotations from other authors' books which just state facts or themselves paraphrase a primary source (for example, "As a result of Flamsteed and Hales theories, 'the term "airquake" then enjoyed a brief currency in the popular press', comments historian of science Frances Willmoth.") This quotation is distracting and seems lazy and contributes to a feeling of superficiality.

In addition, although Robinson does hedge his assessments of the influence of some of the earthquakes he descibes, he does sometimes make claims which I didn't really feel he managed to substantiate convincingly. For example, that the Lisbon earthquake 'exerted an influence on European life and thought in the 18th century as far-reaching as the obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by atomic bombs in the 20th century'.

*London 1750, Lisbon 1755, Caracas 1812, Naples 1857, San Francisco 1906, Tokyo 1923, Tangshan 1976, Gujarat 2001, the Boxing Day tsunami 2004, Fukushima 2011.


Dove Pamper Me Washbag Gift Set
Dove Pamper Me Washbag Gift Set

4.0 out of 5 stars A good gift set, 11 Dec. 2016
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This large leather-like zipped sponge bag contains four full-sized products: shower cream, bath cream, a light body moisturiser, and spray deodorant. The products all have a lovely rich vanilla scent. This is a good luxurious collection that I would recommend. The shower cream (which is rich and moisturising) had a slightly offputting soapy smell at first, but it's grown on me!

The product description also mentions a candle and holder, but these weren't in the set I received.


The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect
The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect
by Marwa al-Sabouni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Architecture, home, and war, 26 Nov. 2016
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Marwa al-Sabouni is an architect working in a private practice in her home city of Homs, large areas of which have been reduced to rubble as a result of the war. "The Battle for Home" looks at Syria's urban areas and social problems through the lens of architecture. Al-Sabouni is a fierce advocate for the role of architecture in engendering social cohesion and wellbeing, and argues that Syria's failures when it comes to the planning, zoning, and design of its buildings have had a large part to play in the subsequent war. There are fascinating sections on modern Islamic architecture (what it is and how the concept has been thoughtlessly applied), her education as an architect, and the government's misguided interventions in employment and housing.

"The Battle for Home" has difficult theoretical sections, but these are accompanied by al-Sabouni's own experiences and personality. I know very little about Syria and I felt that this book was valuable in giving an insight into the 'everyday' life of some of its inhabitants. Al-Sabouni is an angry and engaging guide and I was conscious throughout that this is just one person's view of the situation; I'm sure some of her compatriots feel differently.

The book is filled with al-Sabouni's own drawings and maps. The drawings are attractive and enhance and inform the text. I found the maps, however, quite confusing. All in all this is a challenging and thought-provoking read


70s Dinner Party: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly of Retro Food
70s Dinner Party: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly of Retro Food
by Anna Pallai
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious (and terrifying), 26 Nov. 2016
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"70s Dinner Party" consists of full-page, full-colour pictures of seventies dishes taken from various recipe books of the period. Each picture is accompanied by a humorous caption, some funnier than others. As you flick through various themes emerge: aspic, piping, moulds, fruit in inappropriate places. For the most part the dishes look disgusting and time consuming, but they are utterly compelling. I couldn't turn away at this evidence of the hopes and aspirations of a previous generation (I'm a child of the eighties: Findus crispy pancakes, Angel Delight, boil-in-the-bag cod in butter sauce, and tinned fruit with evaporated milk).

I took this book to a thanksgiving dinner and everyone was enthralled and appalled by the recipes on display. Yes, this is a novelty book, but it is fascinating, hilarious, and will provide hours of entertaining time travel.


Fly London Women's Halp773fly Ankle Boots, Brown (Bronze/Black 003), 4 UK
Fly London Women's Halp773fly Ankle Boots, Brown (Bronze/Black 003), 4 UK
Offered by Legend Footwear.
Price: £98.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boots, 22 Nov. 2016
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I love these boots. They look good (and smart) with tights, as they fit snugly around the ankle but also work with jeans. The inside feels cosy and as their arrival has coincided with storm Angus they've been keeping my feet dry in the rain (the thick soles help here). The side zip means that they are easy to take on and off. I was given this pair free to review, but I would definitely consider buying another pair.


L'Oreal Paris 3 Pure Clays+Charcoal Detox Mask, 50ml
L'Oreal Paris 3 Pure Clays+Charcoal Detox Mask, 50ml
Price: £5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good face mask, 13 Nov. 2016
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(Although I ordered the black face mask, I was sent the green one, which purifies and mattifies, to review.)

This is a relatively runny, fresh smelling face mask which dries quickly with a tingling sensation. I was really pleased with the results - it reduced oiliness whilst leaving my skin feeling clean and soft. I will definitely buy this again once it has run out.


Gatineau Clear & Perfect Tonimasque 75 ml
Gatineau Clear & Perfect Tonimasque 75 ml
Price: £24.84

4.0 out of 5 stars A good face mask, 13 Nov. 2016
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This is a thick, lightly perfumed face mask that does a really good job of calming and rebalancing skin. It's not too harsh and reduced oiliness without leaving my skin dry. My only reservation is the price - there are other much cheaper face masks available which produce the same effect.


Radox You're the Bomb Gift Set
Radox You're the Bomb Gift Set

5.0 out of 5 stars A nice gift set, 13 Nov. 2016
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This gift set consists of two full sized shower gels (one raspberry, one coconut) and a multicoloured sponge. The shower gels are creamy and smell lovely and not too artificial. All in all this a present I would be glad to receive.


skinChemists Bee Venom Repair & Protect 8 ml
skinChemists Bee Venom Repair & Protect 8 ml
Price: £39.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Does not produce results, 13 Nov. 2016
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This is a product with a barely noticeable scent which you apply directly to blemishes and imperfections. I've been using it for a while now and I haven't noticed any difference with regards to either healing or appearance. So in summary: expensive and ineffective.


Rapesco Supaclip #40 Refills - Stainless Steel, Pack of 200
Rapesco Supaclip #40 Refills - Stainless Steel, Pack of 200
Price: £7.81

5.0 out of 5 stars For all your clipping needs, 27 Oct. 2016
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These clips are designed to work with the Rapesco Supaclip dispenser. They get the job done, come in convenient packaging, and given that there are 200, I can't see myself running out any time soon.


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