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Monument 1453e Suction Plunger 5.1/2in
Monument 1453e Suction Plunger 5.1/2in
Price: £9.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product!, 25 May 2013
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Bought this on Friday afternoon, arrived Saturday morning. Took just 10 seconds to clear a long-standing clog that I'd tried chemical products ons.
Easy to use, good "seal", minimal effort required.
Highly recommended!


Biology for Dummies
Biology for Dummies
by Donna Rae Siegfried
Edition: Paperback

2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe OK, but not convinced, 19 May 2010
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This review is from: Biology for Dummies (Paperback)
I bought this because (obviously) I don't know much about biology, so I'm not the best judge of how good the biology is. However, I DO know something about chemistry, and some of the chemistry in here is distinctly sloppy (to say the least).

I wasn't too happy about the way the book was structured either. It reads as if the different chapters were written independently, with sometimes a later chapter introducing something you were assumed to understand in an earlier one. There's quite a bit of repetition of some aspects - which could be fair enough in different contexts, or to add depth, but it actually just seems to be telling you the same thing in the same way.

My other main objection - principally concerning cells and biochem - is that in many cases it tells you WHAT happens, but no explanation of HOW in the sort of depth I'd like - though that might just be an issue I have with biology (as opposed to chemistry).

On the plus side - I found the descriptions of how the larger-scale things work (circulation/ heart etc) helpful and interesting.


The High Girders: Tay Bridge Disaster, 1879
The High Girders: Tay Bridge Disaster, 1879
by John Prebble
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting account, 19 May 2008
This gives a good account of the building of the Tay Bridge, its fall and the aftermath. It's pretty compelling to read, and sheds an unfortunate light on practices of that period - we tend to remember the greats, but this book reminds us that there were a lot of cowboys around then too, with not much legislation to protect the public from them.
My only hesitation is that I found a statement on something (admittedly not directly related to the Tay Bridge) that was inaccurate - so it does make me question whether the rest of it is completely accurate. But that's probably a bit nitpicking!


Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Brunel: The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by R. Angus Buchanan
Edition: Paperback

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, balanced biography, 6 Jan. 2008
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This is a very full and well-written portrait of IKB. His achievements are discussed in context, including the lesser known works, which is particularly useful. This is not a wholly uncritical biography (like Rolt's) but nor does it take Vaughan's approach of giving undue prominance to IKB's faults. This should be the definitive biography!


Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by L.T.C Rolt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enthralling account, 27 Aug. 2007
This is a very engaging read - Rolt's enthusiasm for his subject shines out. This is a full account of Brunel's life and work, with interesting (but not unduly technical) detail on the engineering side. Rolt has been accused of painting too rosy a picture of Brunel - you can read other biographies if you are concerned about that - but you cannot beat this one for inspiration!


Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Engineering Knight-errant
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Engineering Knight-errant
by Adrian Vaughan
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unduly negative, 27 Aug. 2007
Vaughan's main purpose is to "correct" the rosy picture of Brunel painted by Rolt - accordingly, he seems to take a delight in dwelling on the dark side. Of course Brunel had faults and no doubt treated some contractors and others badly, but this account always seems to err on the side of the other party in any dispute. To me, this makes the book read more like the modern type of "hostile" biography than a fair analysis, even though Vaughan admires Brunel's work. I'd recommend Angus Buchanan's book instead for a fairer approach to the same information.


Panasonic BH-941P Ice Cream Maker
Panasonic BH-941P Ice Cream Maker

84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great simple ice cream maker, 27 Sept. 2006
This machine is really easy to use - mix up your recipe, put it in the machine, press the on-switch and put in the freezer! It takes between 2 and 5 hours depending how much ice cream you're making. It uses batteries - I'm still on my first set and have made lots of ice cream. (But cheap replacements are available from 7dayshop.com)

I've used their recipes, adapted them with extra ingredients, used recipes from other books etc. Only thing to watch out for - if you leave it too long in the freezer after it's finished, the blade can get stuck in the mixture. My way round this is to add a little liqueur to most ices to stop them freezing too hard!


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