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SU26-BK Tenor Ukulele Gig Bag - Black
SU26-BK Tenor Ukulele Gig Bag - Black
Offered by ARMCO
Price: £5.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, basic gig bag for the money, 3 Feb. 2016
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This bag arrived 5 days after placing my order and is a perfect fit for my tenor uke.

It has a full-length zip and one carry-handle. There is no real padding or any side pockets to hold accessories. If, however, you're just looking for a simple gig bag to protect your uke from the elements when you take it out (or even simply to keep it free of dust at home), then this fits the bill perfectly at a very modest price.


The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis (Ladybirds for Grown-Ups)
The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis (Ladybirds for Grown-Ups)
by Jason Hazeley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Very very funny and occasionally poignant and profound, 1 Feb. 2016
What a brilliant idea! Take the cosy original Ladybird illustrations and add some subversive text to great comedy effect.
The whole premise reminds me a bit of "The Staggering Stories of Ferdinand de Bargos" or even "Mystery Science Theatre 3000" and it works extremely well on several levels. There are laugh-out-loud moments on most pages, some quite surreal elements (just loved the Guy Fawkes page!) and a few poignant bits, which just may make you reflect on where your life has gone.

Bought for me as a Christmas present by my cheeky younger sister. Cheers sis!

**** Update ****

Took it into work today and several people had a read., Lots of laughter - until they reached the page with themselves featured on it. Then stunned silence or comments such as "this is really sad"!


Keter Midi Shed Rattan
Keter Midi Shed Rattan
Price: £80.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable mini shed for the money, 30 Jan. 2016
Unlike some customers, luckily I had no broken or missing parts.

Took around an hour to assemble. No tools are required, although I found a rubber mallet was helpful to tap some panels into place. Study the diagrams very carefully as, once a panel is slotted into place, it's not easy to remove. A couple of panels had excess plastic partially blocking the access holes, which needed to be cut away.

I omitted one shelf so I could store some larger items. Doubt if you could leave any more shelves out (to store long-handled tools for example), as the shed would become too flimsy. The rattan effect looks quite nice and matches our garden furniture.

Overall this is a reasonable little garden store and fairly priced at £80.


Caramel CT400 Mahogany Butterfly Style Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele
Caramel CT400 Mahogany Butterfly Style Tenor Acoustic Electric Ukulele
Offered by Caramel Music Instruments
Price: £39.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice uke for the money and amazingly quick delivery, 26 Jan. 2016
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Arrived securely packed after just 6 days - China post doesn't hang about!

Un-amplified, the sound is bright and resonant and perfect for general purpose use. Slot in a couple of CR2032 lithium batteries though and you not only get a very useful built-in tuner, but a cute little pre-amp/equaliser which connects to a standard electric guitar amp, giving you all sorts of musical options.

The action is fairly low and fast - better than either of my soprano ukes, and it certainly looks very attractive, with its leaf-shaped cut-outs.

I love the uke but, as a fairly hefty bloke with large fingers, I certainly find the soprano uke a bit of a challenge to play above the 5th fret or so. This lovely little tenor instrument is built to a slightly bigger scale and is a much better option if you want to do some blues picking or lead and this particular instrument certainly won't disappoint you.

It can't stay at this price for long so just buy it now!


Golf Rules Illustrated: 2016-2017 (Royal & Ancient)
Golf Rules Illustrated: 2016-2017 (Royal & Ancient)
by R&A Championships Limited
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.94

4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I expected but serves its purpose well, 25 Jan. 2016
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Golf isn't really a complicated game; get your ball into the hole in as few strokes as possible.It's only when you get into the more arcane eventualities - lost balls, casual hazards, eligibility to claim relief etc. that your average amateur may well struggle to understand the minutia of what is and what isn't permitted.

When I ordered this book, I was expecting a pocked-sized but comprehensive guide, which could easily be slipped into a golfer's pocket or bag and pulled out in the middle of a round if any such dispute arose. Instead I got fairly hefty (just shy of A4 size) coffee-table sort of book. So this is one to be left back at the clubhouse, but is it any good?

Well, the first thing I noticed was quality of the paper and sumptuousness of the photos and illustrations. There's vibrant colour on each page and even the most complex scenarios (I liked ball buried in a bunker, which has happened to me) are explained in an easily digested manner. In some instances, I felt there were too many illustrations, which would only be of any benefit to complete beginners with no golfing knowledge. No big deal though; a reference work needs to cater for all levels of skill and experience and I'm sure every golfer will find something of interest herein. One star removed though for the indexing, which isn't as comprehensive as I would have liked and, if you're looking for a specific rule of the game, you may have to do a bit of browsing before you find what you wanted.

Overall though, this is an attractive and useful work, which covers ever golfing eventuality you are ever likely to encounter - and then some. It's very reasonable priced and I'm sure any golfer would be pleased to receive it.


Churchill: The Life: An authorised pictorial biography
Churchill: The Life: An authorised pictorial biography
by Max Arthur
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional pictorial biography of one of the greatest Britons, 23 Jan. 2016
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This splendid book is certainly quite a weighty tome, particularly in its hard-cover incarnation and with its coffee-table book dimensions.
The technique it employs, however, comprising a photograph on every page accompanied by explanatory text, succeeds in taking us through the great man's life in a highly enjoyable and very easily digested manner.

The rare 19th century photos in particular are remarkable and convey a palpable sense of history, long before this bright-eyed young lad became the portly gentleman with the cigar (although there are plenty of those archetypal photographs later).

Understandably, the Second World War Years comprise the largest section of the book and Churchill visiting Britain's blitzed cities are perhaps the most poignant. I don't believe I had ever seen a photograph of the 'Big Three' at the Yalta Conference before in colour. Churchill and the terminally ill Roosevelt appear to be sharing a joke, while a stony-faced Stalin stares straight ahead. This amazing piece of history deservedly occupies two pages (208 and 209) and Churchill's eulogy to Roosevelt is particularly moving.

My only mild criticism would be that the illustrations take up such a proportion of the book that the explanatory and analytical text is perhaps slightly limited in comparison. No big deal though. If you want to dig deeper into particular events, there's always the Internet.

There is a comprehensive index, so you can dive in at any event of interest, which adds to the value as a reference work.

Overall, this is an exceptional book, which succeeds admirably in its aim and I can recommend it very highly to anyone interested in the great man.


Fender 150 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings Light 9-42
Fender 150 Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings Light 9-42
Price: £6.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value and quick delivery, 22 Jan. 2016
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Arrived securely packed, just three days after placing my order.
Strings have colour-coded ends so you can easily tell the lighter ones apart.
Third string (G) is plain and easy to bend (just as I like it).
Sound as good as any more expensive strings I've tried.
Great product at a great price!


RayGar 3M 10FT High Quality Electric Guitar Bass Electro Acoustic Lead Cable Phone to Phone Jack Plug - New
RayGar 3M 10FT High Quality Electric Guitar Bass Electro Acoustic Lead Cable Phone to Phone Jack Plug - New
Offered by RayGar
Price: £3.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery and exactly as described, 22 Jan. 2016
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Arrived, securely packed, just three days after placing my order.
Cable has a nice weighty feel and sound is clean with no crackling.
At this bargain price, I can't fault this excellent product.


Marshall MS4 Micro Amplifier Stack - Black
Marshall MS4 Micro Amplifier Stack - Black
Offered by Rich Tone Music
Price: £29.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little amp and very quick delivery, 22 Jan. 2016
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Just two days after placing my order, my Marshall mini stack arrived.

Pleased to find a PP3 battery was included, so all I had to do was plug in my trusty Strat and away I went! Will probably get a mains adapter though to save on batteries.

Volume is surprisingly full for such a compact unit and, with the gain turned up, you even get a little bit of sustain/distortion. Pinch harmonics and even tapping are just about possible too.

I would say this is the perfect amp for solo home practice or a little ad-hoc and restrained band practice. The fold-out stand is a nice touch too, allowing the unit to stand at a slightly laid-back angle.

And, of course the unit looks great - like an authentically scaled down version of what you would see at a classic rock gig.

Overall, I'm 100% satisfied with this product.


Revlon Travel Chic Manicure Set
Revlon Travel Chic Manicure Set
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little kit, 20 Jan. 2016
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My wife was delighted with this practical and versatile manicure set. It works either plugged into the mains or as a cordless rechargeable unit. Ours came with sufficient charge to use it straight out of the pack. Charging to full capacity - shown by 5 lit LEDs, took another couple of hours and should provide 90 minutes of cordless autonomy.

There's a good selection of grinding/buffing/polishing bits, which may be used for callouses as well as nails. We found you can achieve professional looking results after just a little practice. It all fits in a handy little zipped pouch.

For little more than the cost of one professional manicure/pedicure, this represents undeniable great value for money too. What's not to like?


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