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Dancing in Donaghadee
Dancing in Donaghadee
by Tom O'Grady Jr.
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, 8 July 2014
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This review is from: Dancing in Donaghadee (Paperback)
Donaghadee doesn’t appear very often in novels and, as far as I am aware, never before in an American novel. But here the wee Ulster town appears as one of the locations in Tom O’Grady’s novel, Dancing in Donaghadee.
This is basically a story about a descendant of Irish immigrants going back to Ireland to find himself after a traumatic period in his life.
It may look a little daunting at 504 pages, but the lines are widely spaced and it is written in a style that is easy to read. Although he doesn’t get to Ireland until page 161 and it takes to page 307 to get to Donaghadee, the story is initially both amusing and gripping in a strange way. You can easily get addicted and find it difficult to put the book down. The paranormal thread in the story does get somewhat out-of-hand towards the end, with fairies, a banshee and Queen Maeve hovering above Lough Neagh, but it is definitely worth a read.
The real residents of Donaghadee were surprised to find, however, that their local gourmet restaurant, Pier36, had mysteriously acquired an outdoor seating area overlooking the harbour and that ceilidhs are held regularly in Grace Neill’s for local people to let their hair down and indulge in Irish traditional dancing! (It doesn’t happen, folks.)
As usual, Amazon's packaging and service were immaculate.


ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline Pass-Thru Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit
ZyXEL 500 Mbps Mini Powerline Pass-Thru Ethernet Adapter Starter Kit
Offered by Box Limited
Price: 34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation, 15 May 2014
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This device was recommended to me by my son, who is a computer engineer, as the solution to the weak wi-fi signal I was getting through the concrete floors of my house. It was easy to install and the result was an instant tripling of the download speed I had been getting.
The device requires no attention and is always there immediately you switch on the computer. Highly recommended.


Casio Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap MRW-200H-1BVEF
Casio Men's Quartz Watch with Black Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap MRW-200H-1BVEF
Offered by TimeZone
Price: 17.75

5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Replacement, 1 April 2014
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I needed a watch to do temporary duty for 10-20 weeks while my Rolex is away for its 25-year service (really) and so I picked this one for the clarity of its face and the low price. The small amount of money it cost bears no relation to the excellence of its quality. It is exceptionally comfortable to wear, easy to set time, date and day and, as one would expect of a quartz watch these days, accuracy can be taken for granted.
I won't say that i will not be glad to get my Rolex back but, if I were starting again today, I might just to prefer to buy this watch than spend out money on a Rolex. It is that good.
As always, Amazon's delivery and packaging were everything one would wish from an online store.


LOOFAH EXFOLIATING BACK MASSAGER BATH BACK STRAP SPONGE SCRUB
LOOFAH EXFOLIATING BACK MASSAGER BATH BACK STRAP SPONGE SCRUB
Offered by world imports trading
Price: 2.29

1.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but..., 20 Feb 2014
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The idea behind this device is ingenious and it could have been great, had the company that produced it paid a little more attention to getting the details right. However there are two big problems, which make it totally unusable for me. Firstly, the ex-foliating strip is on one side only. This expands, causing the strap to curve with the operative surface on the wrong side. No matter how you handle it, the strip always ends away from the body instead of against it. The simple expedient of putting the strip on both sides would have solved this problem. Secondly (and this is the killer blow) the strap is too short. While a petite person might be able to get it around their back comfortably, it leaves a normal-size person struggling to operate it and the more rotund among us will find it completely impossible.
So I'm afraid I am back to using the bristle brush on a stick and the strap is now on its way to the recycling centre, where it might be made into something useful.


Homescapes Travel Booster Cushion, Taupe Beige, 100% cotton fabric, Easy to get in and out of car, Comfortable breathable travel Cushion for back and seat support, Extra lift of up to 5 Inches.
Homescapes Travel Booster Cushion, Taupe Beige, 100% cotton fabric, Easy to get in and out of car, Comfortable breathable travel Cushion for back and seat support, Extra lift of up to 5 Inches.

5.0 out of 5 stars So comfortable, 20 Feb 2014
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When you first look at this cushion, it doesn't look as if it would be any great advantage. But the first time you use it, the comfort is immediately apparent. It must be something to do with the combination of it being the right thickness and the right consistency. The fact that it folds and has handles for easy carrying comes as a welcome bonus.
I can safely say that this cushion has dramatically transformed the level of comfort in the armchair for my wife, who has a few creaky bones to contend with. Add to that the fact that the cushion is very well made and you have a winning product. Recommended without reservation.


TeckNet 2 in 1 Micro-Knit Fabric Tip Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus Pen and Fine Ball Pen For iPad / iPad2 /New iPad 3 / iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 / iPhone 3G / iPod Touch / HTC / Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 / Samsung Galaxy S2 S3 III /Galaxy Note - Black
TeckNet 2 in 1 Micro-Knit Fabric Tip Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus Pen and Fine Ball Pen For iPad / iPad2 /New iPad 3 / iPhone 4 / iPhone 4S / iPhone 5 / iPhone 3G / iPod Touch / HTC / Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 / Samsung Galaxy S2 S3 III /Galaxy Note - Black
Offered by BlueByte Ltd
Price: 4.97

5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Works!, 20 July 2013
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Unlike many on the market, this stylus pen works first time, every time. Selecting and dragging are a dawdle. It was delivered very fast and with excellent packing - and all at a bargain price.


Nikon DK-21M Magnifying Eyepiece
Nikon DK-21M Magnifying Eyepiece
Offered by Carmarthen Cameras
Price: 24.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Transformation, 8 May 2013
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For me this eyepiece has transformed the experience of using a DX camera. Gone is the dark tunnel of a viewfinder and a large, bright screen has taken its place. I have started to use my D300 again and have ordered a D7100, knowing that the viewing experience is now satisfactory.
The information at the bottom of the screen is still visible. It requires a slight adjustment of eye position to see it clearly, but it is workable. The only downside is that the eyepiece is not usable while wearing glasses, so it would be a serious problem if I wore glasses permanently.
Worth the money.


Fujifilm Premium Leather Case for X10
Fujifilm Premium Leather Case for X10
Offered by Bliss St
Price: 59.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good case, great value, 21 Jan 2013
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Firstly let me confess that I am no lover of ever-ready cases or, as I usually refer them "never-ready cases". My Leica M2 is a lovely camera to handle, but its case turns it into a deckchair. And the case for my Nikon F2 just about doubles its size. For these cameras I normally use a soft, wrap-around case.
With the Fuji X10, however, I need a more substantial case for those occasions when it lives in my briefcase and gets tossed around a bit. I read through all the reviews, having a good laugh at those dim-wits, who put the case on back to front and then complained that it didn't fit! After much hesitation, I ordered this Fuji case, specially after the price had been reduced to 39.99.
Initial impressions were favourable, as the case is as snug a fit as a Savile Row suit, adding only a little in size to the camera, so I was keen to try out the ergonomics. After a bout of field-testing, I can say that this is probably about the best hard case you are likely to get for any camera. Here are the plus points:
1) The case is extremely well made of high-grade leather.
2) The fit changes the camera handling very little. The moulded body grip is covered, but it is replaced by the edge of the leather case.
3) The flap opens "the wrong way round". Although this is counter-intuitive, you soon get used to it and it means that the flap never gets in the way of the lens. It is comfortable to use horizontally or vertically.
4) With the flap removed, you have a half-case to rival any of the expensive custom-made jobs.
5) The strap remains attached to the camera body, fastened to the case by loops, which are big enough to accommodate the fixtures of the best camera strap ever made - the Leica 14312.
While no camera handles as well in a hard case as without it, this is the best I have ever used in 50 years of photography. I still would prefer a soft, wrap case for normal carrying, but for those occasions when greater protection is required, this case is effective and great value at its new, reduced price.


Photographer's Guide to the Fujifilm X10 (Black and White Edition)
Photographer's Guide to the Fujifilm X10 (Black and White Edition)
by Alexander S. White
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.95

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Light in the Darkness!, 14 Oct 2012
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This book is the first thing you should buy when you get your X10 - for the simple reason that the instruction manual supplied with the camera is truly appalling.

Speaking as someone who used to write instruction material for Kodak, I found the structure of Fuji's manual convoluted and the instructions obscure. Above all, you can't find anything, as the booklet has no index. A reference book without an index is bordering on insanity.

In contrast, this book by Alexander White is a model of how a guide should be written. It is comprehensive, logical and crystal clear, with an excellent index. It also provides sensible and useful advice throughout on how to start using this complex little beast and get to grips with the multitude of functions provided.

Fuji should give a free copy of this book with every X10 it sells. But as it doesn't, all users should order one from Amazon immediately.


Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - Black includes Lens Hood and Adapter Ring (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen
Fujifilm X10 Digital Camera - Black includes Lens Hood and Adapter Ring (12MP EXR CMOS, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.8 inch LCD Screen
Price: 199.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Camera - if you forget the instruction manual, 11 Oct 2012
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I would have given the Fuji X10 a top rating, but it is not without some annoying little problems which, thankfully, can be worked around.

Lets start with the reasons to own this camera. Firstly, the image quality is simply stunning and this, after all, is the most important aspect of any camera. To me the images look uncannily like transparencies on Fuji film and you can take your pick from Provia, Velvia and Astia. There is a strange 3-dimensional quality to them and the camera is exceptionally good at picking the best settings, if you simply leave it to it.

Secondly the handling is very satisfying. The camera is beautifully built and feels just right in the hands - not too small to be fiddly and not too large to be a chore to carry around all day, in the coat pocket if need be.

It is when you first take the camera out of the box that you meet the first problem - the strap seems to have been designed by a sadist. Fuji even have to supply a special tool to attach it to the camera and it seems cheap and feels intrusive on the hands at the side of the camera. My advice is to throw it away and fit a Leica 14312 strap - perhaps the most perfectly designed strap ever. They can be picked up easily on eBay.

But a bigger problem comes when you try to consult the instruction manual. It is a perfect example of how not to write an instruction booklet. Many of the sections are so obscure as to be opaque. For example, try figuring out from the manual how to set the C1 and C2 functions. Using the manual is not helped by the fact that, while there is a contents list, there is no index. A reference book without an index - can you believe it!

The basic menu system in the camera is actually quite intuitive. It is even easier after you install the latest firmware version 2.00, which converts the RAW button to access an excellent Quick Menu. This brings up most of the parameters you are likely to need to change on a regular basis. In contrast to the manual, Fuji's on-screen instructions for upgrading are a model of clarity.

So your best plan of action is to put the manual aside and just play with the camera. For finding some of the more esoteric functions, I would suggest an MI5 training course in code-breaking before diving into the deeper recesses of the manual. I have ordered Alexander White's idiot guide to the X10 from Amazon to serve as a reference.

My X10 arrived from Amazon in perfect condition, with none of the dust-in-lens problem reported by others. Also no "white orbs", so presumably it has the new sensor. I have encountered none of the problems reported by some reviewers in converting from RAW to jpeg in Adobe Camera Raw either.

So, to sum up: if you want a small, beautifully built camera with great image quality and one which feels just right in the hand, this is the one to go for. But be prepared to buy a better strap and be aware that the 2.00 firmware upgrade is essential to preserving your sanity.


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