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Kong Squeezz Ball Dog Toy, X-Large, Colors Vary
Kong Squeezz Ball Dog Toy, X-Large, Colors Vary
Price: CDN$ 13.95
13 used & new from CDN$ 8.50

5.0 out of 5 stars It produces a good squeak, is tough enough that she hasn't chewed ..., April 21 2016
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I have a year-old Rottweiler, and she loves this toy. It produces a good squeak, is tough enough that she hasn't chewed through it yet (two weeks and counting), and most delightfully the ball bounces really well --like a racquet ball or those really bouncy rubber balls you'd get as a kid. One of the better "cheaper" toys I've purchased. It's worth adding to your next purchase.

Kong Air Squeaker Ball Dog Toy, X-Large
Kong Air Squeaker Ball Dog Toy, X-Large
Offered by Jazzy Pets
Price: CDN$ 9.50
8 used & new from CDN$ 7.01

5.0 out of 5 stars and this is ball is the perfect size for her to carry in her mouth, April 21 2016
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I have a year-old Rottweiler, and this is ball is the perfect size for her to carry in her mouth, but it's just large enough that she can't (or hasn't) shredded it like other smaller tennis-style balls.

Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties of the First World War
Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties of the First World War
by Jason Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 18.54
24 used & new from CDN$ 11.80

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent examination of the Canadian Concert Parties during the First ..., April 21 2016
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An excellent examination of the Canadian Concert Parties during the First World War. The primary focus falls upon the group 'The Dumbells,' but other groups such as the PPCLI CC and the Maple Leafs also get some attention. The actual text is 152 pages, with the remainder devoted to nine appendices: (cast lists, post-war tour dates, song lists, sheet-music lists, etc.) This is a first rate academic study, but accessible enough for anyone with an interest in WWI.

Ethical Mini Skinneeez Beaver 14-Inch Stuffingless Dog Toy
Ethical Mini Skinneeez Beaver 14-Inch Stuffingless Dog Toy
Price: CDN$ 5.00
10 used & new from CDN$ 5.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Now there is just a piece of the body left that looks like what's left of my dreams, April 1 2016
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I purchased this toy for a year-old female Rottweiler. She was very excited to get it, and had the squeaker out of both the tail and head within fifteen minutes. By the end of an hour, the legs and tail were gone. Now there is just a piece of the body left that looks like what's left of my dreams.

This product might be okay for smaller dogs, but I wouldn't count on it lasting long for any dog larger than a beagle. At five bucks +/- I was willing to take a flyer on it, and hope it would last few weeks. Nope.

Paderno Eco Pan Ceramic Non-stick Coating
Paderno Eco Pan Ceramic Non-stick Coating
Price: CDN$ 62.42

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the pan itself is great. The shape of the pan and the angle ..., April 24 2015
I want to echo the luke-warm reviews. I bought two of these pans (the 10" & 12") and at first they were a dream. Within four months of near daily use the non-stick coating on both is shot, meaning one needs to use oil/butter to cook with and a lot of effort to clean. I bought them on sale and took a flier on the cheapest range of Paderno's non-stick line, and haven't been impressed. Looked at purely in non-stick terms, these are less durable than T-fal pans, and a heck of a lot more expensive. However, the pan itself is great. The shape of the pan and the angle of the handle make it ideal for tossing sauteed vegetables, etc, and the silicon handle means one can pop the pan in the oven (for omelettes & browning) etc, adding to its utility. I would advise either going for a much cheaper non-stick pan (which you're gonna toss in 6 months anyway, so you might as well buy a cheap one) or wait until Paderno has one of their sales. I'm going to opt for the latter, and buy their top of the line model next. We'll see if that's a foolish decision.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.57
62 used & new from CDN$ 8.94

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay...., April 6 2012
Quiet, by Susan Cain is okay: it's not a great book, and it's not a complete waste of time either. I watched a video online of the author speaking about her book on introversion at TED event and thought, 'that looks like an interesting read.' Unfortunately, most of the scientific evidence she relies upon is presented in that brief talk, and so are most of the lessons that can be gleaned from her study of introverts. The book is repetitive, anecdotal, and plodding. It would have made a fantastic long essay in a publication like Psychology Today or The Atlantic, but she didn't need 270 pages.

Tommy's War: A First World War Diary 1913-1918
Tommy's War: A First World War Diary 1913-1918
by Thomas Livingston
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.95
30 used & new from CDN$ 0.78

3.0 out of 5 stars Tommy's War..., Sept. 23 2011
I picked this WWI diary up after reading the glowing reviews it received in British and American newspapers, and I have to admit to being underwhelmed. The book itself is beautiful: the pages are glossy, heavy stock, there are whimsical illustrations (from the original diaries) on nearly every page, as well as a wealth of historical context provided in several sections interspersed throughout the text. The book couldn't be more beautiful.

The problem is with the diarist, who seems an affable fellow, but is hardly a great or insightful chronicler of the period. Thomas Cairns Livingston was a Glasgow clerk, with a young son (wee Tommy) and an ailing wife. Not the heartiest of men, Thomas was never called up to serve, though he was subjected to several medical tests and the worry of being called up.

Each day's diary entry is a few sentences and follows a predictable formula: the weather, the health of his family, and the headline from the major story of that day's newspaper. There is very little reflection or commentary on any of these things, despite being an obviously charming and intelligent man. Had the diary been 200 pages shorter it would have been just as interesting.

If you're curious about the view of the war from the homefront, Tommy's War will be of minor interest.

Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin
Sapper Martin: The Secret Great War Diary of Jack Martin
by Richard Van Emden
Edition: Hardcover
38 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent WWI Diary..., Sept. 20 2011
If you've clicked on this book, chances are you're already familiar with much of the history and literature of the first world war. Martin's diary begins on the 17th of September, 1916, and recounts his time as a sapper with Royal Engineers until he is demobbed on the 3rd of February, 1919 and finally returns home to his family.

Martin's diary entries are extremely literate and literary: there are scattered references to Tristam Shandy, Shakespeare, and even Sassoon. He's observant and philosophical, and in places, tremendously witty. There are sarcastic bits, dreary bits, and some marvelously absurd scenes (like an officer that sentences his dog to Field Punishment No. 1 for wandering off).

Sapper Martin's is a fine diary, well worth the read.

The Lowdown: Unauthorized
The Lowdown: Unauthorized
Price: CDN$ 18.36
10 used & new from CDN$ 4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent item for the Moz afficianado...., June 27 2008
The Lowdown includes two compact discs: the first is an hour long biography written by Tim Footman called 'Maximum Morrissey & the Smiths'; the second disc is a disc of interviews over the years. Overall a nice collection, but be aware that the first CD is available separately, so if you order both in a flurry of Moz enthusiasm (as I did) you're going to be disappointed, when you open the box & discover you have the same disc in two different sets of packaging.

Cheers

Bachelor No. 2
Bachelor No. 2
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 143.95
4 used & new from CDN$ 138.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Aimme Mann is Brilliant!, March 12 2008
This review is from: Bachelor No. 2 (Audio CD)
I don't normally gush over singers, but Aimee Mann is worth owning. I was introduced to her work by the film Magnolia, and went on a downloading binge from there. There are real gems throughout her entire body of work. You'll be driving along, and suddenly a line that you've heard again and again will strike you as something new and wonderful and insightful. On this album, the song 'Calling it Quits', 'It Takes all Kinds' and 'How am I Different' are particularly striking. Since downloading her music, I've made a point of not only purchasing the albums, but buying them for friends. All have become fans. The album 'The Forgotten Arm' is incredible, as is Bachelor No. 2. Treat yourself and give both of them a listen. She also has an excellent podcast from her website. Here I am 'pouring out praise like a true believer'...which is a word away from an Aimee Mann lyric. Great stuff. You won't be disappointed.

James Calhoun

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