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HP 250 G4 - 15.6" - Core i3 5005U - Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD(N0Z91EA#ABU)
HP 250 G4 - 15.6" - Core i3 5005U - Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD(N0Z91EA#ABU)
Offered by Laptop Outlet UK
Price: £294.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Are Apple-Macs going to take over from increasingly complex Microsoft ?, 15 Aug. 2016
An all black case makes some of the keys - on/off & touch pad - rather invisible. Set up was smooth but beware of Microsoft getting you to make settings that send all your info back to the US for distribution and advertising (ie to "im;prove your retail experience" - ha-ha). Windows 10 illustrates how computers are no longer our servants but rapidly becoming our masters - unless we are very careful. Google for good advice about setting up and preserving your privacy. I must say i dislike Windows 10 and it seems these Microsoft geeks are paid big bucks to make every version ever more complicated and commercial. Windows 7 is now only available on a few remaining more expensive laptops. It used to be so easy to put an icon on your desktop or forward a link/page - but not anymore.; it's all about apps and getting your money..but it seems that the Company is hell bent on forcing everyone to give up earlier versions. The machine itself comes with a few weeks' of McAfree antivirus protection, which is good, but other than that I must confess to being rather a Luddite who resents so many optional settings for everything. Keep life simple, Microsoft, or we shall soon be dependent on machines that we can't control and which control us.


The Naples of England
The Naples of England
by Andy Christopher Miller
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ! Such valuable memories and so much to identify with. Well done., 5 Jun. 2016
This review is from: The Naples of England (Paperback)
First, be aware this is not a topographical account of a sea-side resort ! It is essentially a very personal account of Andy Miller's childhood in Weymouth with lovely descriptions that are so honest, poignant and lyrically written that they are sure to spark similar memories and feelings in anyone who reads them - in much the same way as one might see an old toy in a shop window and remark, "I used to have one like that!". Through accurate dialogue and well remembered detail we indeed see and feel his early life as through his very own eyes - visits to the dentist, school dinners, bird-nesting, teachers' comments (how enduring are what teachers say to us when we are young!). Here we can read of the ups and downs of post-war school life, the sometimes dark side of childhood, the importance of family, the uncertainties of adolescence and then the quandaries of deciding one's future.
Other reviewers have accurately described the fine qualities of this book but I would highlight the engaging way in which Andy Miller's prose is at times so evocatively poetic. Here are just 2 examples, " a cauldron of molten porridge that burped and belched occasionally in the pan", and when he remembers riding on the Weymouth donkeys, "the warm sweet smell from the dung dropped outrageously onto the sand, the creak and resinous scent from the saddle as I shifted position, the hardened bony back beneath the sparse wiry hair, all gave rare textures to being alive".
This book will appeal greatly to several groups - those who have any association with Weymouth, those interested in autobiographical accounts, and finally those who are interested in accounts of growing up in the 1950s and 1960s.
This book helped me and my 91 year old mother - both Weymouthians in exile - to wallow luxuriously and fondly in a little nostalgia. It made me want to follow in Mr Miller's footsteps, to visit again those scenes of childhood and feel again those early experiences which are often felt so strongly at the time but which, alas, are gone so soon.
So, get Mr Miller's book, it may well trigger positive memories of your own, along with a little pleasurable therapy!
Highly, highly readable.


Middlesbrough Man Part Three: Always Summer
Middlesbrough Man Part Three: Always Summer
by Denis Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyages of Discovery !, 5 Feb. 2016
This is an excellent sequel to Denis Lawrence's first two volumes and it is my favourite. Once again it is written in a very friendly, honest, easy to read manner, typical of the author, and the only reason it took me a little longer to read this volume was on account of constantly vying with my wife who also found it utterly engaging. This volume recounts Denis Lawrence's later life when, forsaking England for Australia, he bravely sets out to take up a new post and define his destiny. The book frequently reminded me of the Yin and the Yang as the scene shifts to opposite sides of the world, the grey cold of England and the blue warmth of Australia, the feeling of completeness when Denis finds his wife Anne, and the balance that he ultimately achieves spending half his time in England and half in Australia. Throughout this account, the way in which Denis challenges life, looking for opportunities and taking them, tackling challenges head-on, or shaping purely chance encounters and happenings, illustrates how he is able to navigate life so successfully. His enjoyment of the outdoor life and his vivid descriptions of Australia as he first explores towns, the coast and the outback will be of interest to anyone contemplating a visit or a move to Australia. There is something of both Thomas Cook the explorer as well as Captain Cook the adventurer in these tales of Denis Lawrence the psychologist. His greatest discovery was clearly that of his beloved wife Anne, but his greatest adventure may have been the psychological one which finally brought him into the calm waters of personal equilibrium and existential fulfilment. The positive impact which Denis Lawrence makes on the educational world in Australia, as a psychologist, counsellor and teacher, will especially interest many of his erstwhile colleagues who will recall the effect of such qualities on their own professional lives and on educational services in the UK. His autobiography is a lesson for life, showing how an outgoing, friendly personality can combine with a spirit of adventure to enable one to take full advantage of every opportunity that comes along. This account not only constitutes a valuable memoir for his family and friends but it forms a tribute to a man who has given so much of his own life to improving the lot of others. It is an excellent read.


Torment of Forbidden Love
Torment of Forbidden Love
by Kheng Chiang Si
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Tale of a Lost Love., 2 July 2015
This is a love story - the story of Chin Po, who is brought up in Sarawak but later moves to Australia. He falls passionately in love at a young age but his love, as he later discovers, is secretly and tragically thwarted by a third party. Following the lovers' contrived separation, Chin's passion does not abate but an inner anguish sets in and pervades his life to the extent that even intense study, marriage and a busy professional work routine fail to quash feelings of utter emptiness and his yearning for his old girl-friend. Chin's loneliness is echoed in his constant refrain, 'Who cares?'
This is a touching, psychological account of one man's desperate quest to regain contact with a lost love and to find inner equilibrium. It is in places both lyrical and poetic with a narrative that flows well, holds the interest and makes it easy for the reader to empathise with his plight. Only later in life, as Chin encounters mediums, psychics and clairvoyants in his quest, does he gradually discover the importance of articulating and showing his deeper feelings and of accepting his vulnerable inner self.
Many readers will identify with the passion and agony of a lost love, and the need to find peace and 'move on' in later life. This is a heartfelt account of the 'torment' caused by such a loss but you will need to read the story to learn the secret of how it became 'forbidden' and prevented from blossoming naturally. Does Chin ever find his true love again ? Buy the book and find out ! This is a short (149 pages), easy to read novel which put me in mind of the film, 'Sliding Doors' - cleverly showing how small events or twists of fate can have momentous effects on the direction that our future lives take.


Omron Eco Temp Basic Thermometer
Omron Eco Temp Basic Thermometer
Offered by eTwist
Price: £3.94

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of batteries !, 16 Jun. 2015
To be fair I'm not sure if the one I have is an Omron one but it looks very similar. It lay in my medicine cupboard for ages (as they do) and when I really needed it the battery had gone. I broke the silly cap off trying to get inside it (no instructions), put in a new battery, and it still did not work. So beware of the battery issue. Keep a spare and make sure you can change it. Better still, try and get an old fashioned thermometer - no batteries !


Middlesbrough Man Part Two. The Middle Years
Middlesbrough Man Part Two. The Middle Years
by Denis Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

5.0 out of 5 stars For biography readers, quite simply a 'must read' !, 30 April 2015
The fascinating account of Denis Lawrence's life continues in this, the second of his trilogy, and it pays tribute to the author's remarkable ability to recall so many small details of what happened to him many years ago. Once again, it is a fast moving account which holds the interest as we follow his career from National Service in the RAF, to later qualifying as a radio engineer, through teaching and lecturing to educational psychology, and to eventual acclaim in academia. In parallel to these career moves we follow his family life and several house moves to different parts of the country, noting the many interests and hobbies which the multi-talented Dr Lawrence turned his hand to along the way with apparent ease. But this is far more than a simple biographical account since Dr Lawrence illustrates in a more philosophical vein how chance encounters and seemingly random events in life often interact with individual personality, almost mysteriously, to shape and define one's destiny. Those who either know Denis Lawrence or are among the many around the world to have been influenced by his work will delight in this careful, light-hearted and easy-to-read record of his 'Middle Years'.


Middlesbrough Man
Middlesbrough Man
by Denis Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.86

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Middlesbrough Man' - what a man !, 4 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Middlesbrough Man (Paperback)
As one might expect from an experienced and well known author this is a very well written book, full of amusing anecdotes which detail the childhood of Denis Lawrence in Middlesbrough during the 1930s and 40s. The significance of the lighthouse on the cover picture will not be lost on many educational psychologists who have witnessed how keenly Dr Lawrence has, over a life-time, shone a light into many dark corners of education and psychology illuminating them with his incisive research, exemplary practical application and his natural wisdom. Now he turns that light upon himself to give a superb account of his early life which, for many people, not only provides an interesting biographical and historical account in its own right but, as with myself, is likely to trigger similar memories of one's own childhood, especially during that era. Fast moving and easy to read, this biography is highly recommended.


Princess Diana: The Hidden Evidence
Princess Diana: The Hidden Evidence
by Jon King
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it..read it...pass it on !, 31 Jan. 2014
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Although the style of this book is a bit heavy going in places the summation of its content is fascinating and compelling. Despite being so well researched I seem to recall that the book's publication in the UK has always been suppressed. When you put all the pieces together, as the authors have done, there is surely too much evidence to deny the probability of a conspiracy to murder Princess Diana. I think there are a great many who, in their heart of hearts, suspect the awful truth about poor Diana and maybe one day William will have the authority to expose this truth. Meanwhile this landmark book should be compulsory reading for the next generation and I hope that many others will get it, read it, and pass it on.


Euthymol Original Toothpaste, 75ml
Euthymol Original Toothpaste, 75ml
Offered by Beauty Porter
Price: £2.38

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't broken, so why did you fix it?, 31 Aug. 2013
I was always a great fan of Euthymol , it used to be a real 5-star+ toothpaste but I decry the way the formula has been changed recently. As others have said, the colour, taste and consistency have all altered - for the worse. Why do they have to mess everything up these days? I still use it, more out of habit and to maintain competition for Colgate but it's not the same, and the price has increased too.
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London Labour and the London Poor (Classics of World Literature)
London Labour and the London Poor (Classics of World Literature)
by Henry Mayhew
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading !, 22 Nov. 2011
First I read Mayhew's 'Characters', then this fuller version. Now I am determined to get hold of the original complete text. This book is surely a classic which will vividly open your eyes to just how hard life was for London's poor . Do you, for example, know of the 'pure finders'? - those who went gathering dogs' excreta by hand and sold basket fulls to the tanners for a few pence? or of 8-year old orphaned girls who went bare-foot to Covent Garden at 5 o'clock in the morning, all winds and weathers, to buy a few flowers to sell on ? I don't see how anyone could fail to find these books completely rivoting and to my way of thinking they should be compulsory reading for all school children (surely better than some of the drivel that passes for examination literature these days).
Individual verbatim accounts of people's lives are augmented by vivid descriptions of London and related statistics.
I look forward to a TV series which would surely be a hit as well as providing a social service of enlightenment to us all. Glib politicians who talk of 'lifting children out of poverty' don't know what true poverty is until they have read accounts such as this!


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