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The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business
The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business
by Richard Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

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5.0 out of 5 stars Where's Robin Hood?, 23 Jan. 2015
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Written by a former tax inspector, this book is an informative and unanswerable account of the various practices by which large corporations ands wealthy individuals avoid paying a just amount of tax. Both major parties are responsible for the current position but there seems to be little likelihood of the current situation being rectified, even though the vast majority of the population will feel that wrongdoing is taking place.

There could be a couple of difficulties any action would face. If large poltical donations were ended, then public money would be required to fill the gap. If the tax authorities ended the avoidance methods employed by many top footballers, would fans happily see the star names go elsewhere? Unless international action is taken there are no easy answers.

A book that should be read by politicians in a position to put things right and all the rest of the see how we are being shafted by the greedy and wealthy people at the top.


The State of the World Atlas
The State of the World Atlas
by Dan Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Serious analysis of world problems.., 4 Jan. 2015
In just under a hundred and fifty pages the book from New International gives a lot of information about the world, There are seven parts.

1) Who We Are gives information about population, life expectancy and related matters.
)2 Wealth & Poverty deals with income, inequality and debt.
3) War & Peace.
4) Rights & Respect analyses political systems and citizens' rights.
5) Health of the People deals with malnutrition and threats to people's health.
6) Health of the Planet is concerned with climate change and managing the world's resources.
7) Vital Statistics is anaylsis of each country's wellbeing.

The analysis is largely positive, 48% of people live in established democracies and there are fewer wars than there were twenty years ago. Written from a left-of-centre perspective, some of the statistics such as gender equality, corruption perception and the shadow economy must to a certain extent must be based on guesswork. There a shortage of information from some countries making for an incomplete analysis.

Some of the graphics are rather confusing with similar colours being used to display information. Given the ever changing nature of the world, even this revised work will already be out of date.

Despite reservations, a useful addition to a library of anyone interested in the serious problems the world faces,


The Monster in the Box: (A Wexford Case)
The Monster in the Box: (A Wexford Case)
by Ruth Rendell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Wexford nearing the end of the road..., 17 Dec. 2014
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The 22nd Wexford novel but set in 1999, prior to the three previous stories. The novel links events over thiirty-six years and makes reference to the case in the first Wexford novel, From Doon to Death, published in 1964. In the origihal book Wexford was a fifty-two year old inspector. Now he refers to the case as if it featured in the early part of the career. Aspects of Wexfotd's early private life are graphically described.

The tale is rather meandering with Wexford's obsession with Trago, whom he believes is responsible for two historcial murders emerging as the main suspect in his current investigathon.. Linked to the story is the disappearance of a teenage Moslem girl with attendant references to political correctness and reactions to politcal correctness which lead to no serious conclusion. Whether the right-on young woman detective would be able to bahave in such a way is open to question..

An interesting addition to the Wexford canon. I wonder if Ruth Rendell was worked how she will conclude the invesatigating life of her famous creation.


The Top Twenty Book: 1955-93: Official British Record Charts
The Top Twenty Book: 1955-93: Official British Record Charts
by Tony Jasper
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Chart book for pop music fans., 5 Nov. 2014
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Updated version of Tony Jasper's previous book which listed the top twenty hits up to 1985. All you need to know about chart positions is there and makes a useful companion when watched editions of Top of the Pops originally screened thirty-five years ago. This would appear to be last of the series . Presumably, any updated book would not be commercially viable.


Keel Toys 34cm Meercat
Keel Toys 34cm Meercat
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Meercat, 5 Nov. 2014
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A bought it as a birthday present for my mum and I like it too. The Meercat is a marvellous creature whom you can look in the eye and has a lovely tale. You do not have to buy the overpriced Oleg. Get this fellow instead.


Flopsies Meerkat 8-inch
Flopsies Meerkat 8-inch
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Meerkat, 5 Nov. 2014
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A truly wonderful creature that I bought for my mum and I love it too. Well-produced and superb value for money. Don't waste your money on the overpriced Oleg - buy this wonderful animal.


The Two Ronnies - Series 7 [DVD]
The Two Ronnies - Series 7 [DVD]
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Price: £9.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Still funny after all these years., 4 Nov. 2014
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Not reaching the very high standards of the two previous series, but still plenty of laughs.

There is no running serial, but seven of the eights shows contain extended Sid & Lily, George & Edie sketches. The Manhattan Transfer provide the music in classy style. Surprisingly the shows are just forty minutes long, five shorter than previous series. Otherwise the format is the same as the earlier shows.


Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Series [DVD]
Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joan Collins
Price: £55.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Twist in the Tale dramas., 4 Nov. 2014
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Fine collection of short stories, a genre of drama nol seen on television nowadays.

The first two sereies are introduced by Roald Dahl , who wrote all the stories of the first series and most of the second. A lot of the tales are filmed in Norwich, the city of my birth, with gives me a personal interest.

The four stars rating is given due to the lower quality of the twenty American stories which appear to have been filmed on a limited budget which resulted in a poorer quality of both sound and picture. Also, too many of the American dramas are concerned with guns and killing. The British stories are more varied.

Many famous actors appear. John Mills, Richard Briers, Derek Jacobi and John Gielgud all give memorable performances and in the very first tale, Man from the South, a young Pamela Stephenson plays a significant role.

The quality of the stories diminishes towards the end of the run, but given a total of 112 stories the collection is good value for money.


Infamous Angel
Infamous Angel
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5.0 out of 5 stars One in the Eye from Iris, 4 Nov. 2014
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As an only child I have never been a fan of big families but Iris Dement's life challenges my views. The youngest of fourteen children she uses her family's experiences as inspiration for this debut album. Nine of the eleven songs are self-composed and Iris DeMent has the talent to sing a song and tell a story in a compelling way. Her magnum opus is 'Our Town', all-time country classic. All the songs are interesting and the CD finishes with the traditional song,'Higher Grond' with backing with from The Infamous Angel Choir producing a tremedously uplifting song.

A marvellous album.


The Finest Collection
The Finest Collection
Price: £7.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Neglected Treasures., 3 Nov. 2014
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A fine collection of songs produced by the Meeks and Radcliffe siblings, along with their friend Eddie Crotty, producing material rooted in their Lancashire background

Most of the songs are penned by John Meeks and Colin Ratcliffe, and from the social comment on King Cotton (from their most successful album of the same name) and Old England, to love songs like Look Into My Eyes, comic material, Fred Fanackapan and Weight Watcher, and my own favourite Big Jim, a marvellous song for children of all ages that deserves to be played each year on Ed Stewart's Christmas Day show.

Linda Meeks was a superb performer, being both a fine singer and an outstanding storyteller evidenced in the moving rendition of Miss Nightingale, the much-loved retired schoolteacher.

It is sad that Liinda Meeks, George Radcliffe and Eddie Crotty have all died and will miss any deserved retrospective appreciation of their talents.

This collection of twenty-three songs is part of their legacy.


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