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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good compromise of features and size., 1 Dec 2010
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I've owned one of these for almost twenty years now, and it's an incredibly useful piece of kit.

Originally I bought a Swiss Champ, which I still have, but I found that I was only using certain features of it, and the size of the Champ made it prohibitive to slip into a pocket in most trousers or jeans.
The Climber has the most useful features of the Champ, but in a slimmer casing which is very easy to carry.

The stainless steel used by Victorinox holds an edge well, and the hinge mechanism is very robust providing it's not abused by applying side pressure to any of the blades. It's a legal size to carry in the UK and is also non-locking, which keeps the Police happy, but does mean that a certain amount of care must be exercised so that it doesn't slip and fold up into your fingers!

It's worth picking up a spare set of tweezers and toothpick when you see them, as they can and do fall out and get lost from time to time, but they're cheap and readily available. When the plastic body gets scuffed it's easily restored to its new shiny condition with some Brasso or T-Cut.

The scissors can sometimes work loose because of the screw in the pivot. They've never yet threatened to fall apart, but I applied a little Loctite thread locking compound to mine and they've been fine now for ages. I also bought the small spectacles screwdriver that stores inside the coils of the corkscrew and it's incredibly useful. This will also serve to tighten the pivot screw on the scissors if needed.

UPDATE: In fact, the above gripe can now be regarded as historical, because I've just bought another Climber to keep permanently in my travel bag, and I see that on the new models the scissors joint is riveted rather than held by a screw. Great! That as the only weak point on the old model.

For serious outdoor use I still take my excellent Opinel knife as it's much more heavy-duty than this for cutting purposes and cheaper to break or lose, but the Victorinox is still an extremely useful tool to have with you every day. Especially for travelling. The Opinel range are also locking, which means you can't carry them without good reason. Fine for camping, but not good for every day, unlike the Victorinox.

Treat it well, look after it and will last you pretty much for ever. I don't know of any bloke who wouldn't be delighted to receive one of these as a gift.

Recommended.


Wenger WA-7426-02F00 Impulse 15.4-inch Laptop Case (Black)
Wenger WA-7426-02F00 Impulse 15.4-inch Laptop Case (Black)

5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for laptops..., 27 Nov 2010
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Not just for laptops - This makes a great briefcase too!

I have no requirement to carry a laptop at work as I use desktop machines, but I still love this bag.

The main compartment carries my manuals, documents etc. The zip-up "power lead" pencil case type internal bag carries my favourite mouse, cables for charging MP3 player, etc. and hands-free headset for my phone.
The front compartment neatly holds all my pens/pencils/refils/highlighters etc as well as my MP3 player. And the "key holder" stitched inside holds my USB memory stick with documents etc. on it.

There's a great little pocket designed to hold a small Swiss Army knife (Mine holds a Victorinox "Executive") to keep stowed in there for those little emergencies that crop up throughout the day.
In the top of the front panel is a small zipper which opens into yet another small pocket. Mine holds my Canon digital compact camera (being a keen photographer I feel naked without a camera, and working in the Aviation industry you sometimes get the chance for some good snaps!) But it could just as easily hold your pass, some change, fags etc. It's a good and useful size.

I've used this bag every working day now for two years and it still looks like new.

Highly recommended.


Pentel P205 automatic Pencil 0.5mm - single pack
Pentel P205 automatic Pencil 0.5mm - single pack
Price: £6.82

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't really be improved upon., 27 Nov 2010
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Been around forever, and a great design. Simple, durable and comfortable to use.

One of these is either in my hand or by my phone for 12 hours of every working day and it's superb for what I use it for (making small annotations / changes on printed documents, etc). When I lose one I immediately log on here and order a couple more. Other ones just don't feel "right" - especially the expensive Cross one that I have whose chrome case makes my fingers constantly slide down the barrel!

Pentel P205 all the way for me.


The Trailer Manual
The Trailer Manual
by Brian Bate
Edition: Hardcover

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ladybird Big Book Of Trailers, 27 Nov 2010
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This review is from: The Trailer Manual (Hardcover)
Finding myself with the requirement to tow a boat, and knowing absolutely nothing about trailers, I thought this would be a good place to start.

I mean, everyone knows Haynes, don't they? Useful info, lots of pictures, etc. Well, whilst this does have lots of pictures and a little bit of info on pretty much every type of trailer known to the automotive world, it's a bit short on useful advice.
I wanted to know about servicing and setting up/testing the braking mechanism for example, as my trailer was quite old. I could find almost no practical advice on this subject whatsoever as well as several other topics for which I searched. Really, the advice in this book is so general as to be almost worthless.

In summary: Great for the coffee table if you're a "Trailer spotter" (???) But not so good if you're buying it on the strength of the Haynes name in the hope of getting yourself some setup, repair or technical info.


The Golden Age of Formula 1
The Golden Age of Formula 1
by Rainer W. Schlegelmilch
Edition: Hardcover

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just like being there - except for the noise!, 15 Nov 2010
I was fortunate enough to view Herr Schlegemilch's exhibition of these photographs at London's Proud Gallery in Camden, and I've never before been so impressed by a single photographer's work.

Every period of the "Golden Era" is covered, from early days when these races still had a "Club meeting" feel right up to the last days of the "real" Formula One (Which in my personal opinion ended with the death of the greatest of them all - Ayrton Senna Da Silva - in 1994) and onwards to the present time.

It's really hard to pick a favourite. There were so many that I just wanted to take home with me. My personal favourite would be a B&W of a pensive looking Graham Hill alone with his thoughts. There are so many great pictures here though that it's a good thing this book is available. I could never afford to buy all the prints that I love, but I can afford this excellent volume.

What really makes this work stand out though is the way that the photographer has not simply concentrated on the cars and the action (although his work here is of course stunning) but also on the life of the drivers and the whole "travelling circus" that was F1 back in the days before money and corporate involvement ruined it.

It also reminded me when browsing through the pictures on the wall, what a dangerous business F1 was back in those days. The study of the crashed car at the side of the circuit in Monaco and the expressions on the faces of some of the drivers really brings home how much of a gamble it was back then to pursue your dream of winning a World title.

Worth every penny. If you know someone with even a passing interest in F1 then you've just found their ideal Christmas present.


A Secret Wish [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
A Secret Wish [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition]
Price: £9.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece., 6 Aug 2010
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If my house caught fire and I could save only one CD:

It would be this one.

As I originally wrote when reviewing the "ordinary" non-Anniversary CD:

What can I say about this album that hasn't already been said? If you only ever buy one album of 80's electro-pop, make it this one. Every track shines out like a beacon, and it hasn't dated at all. Not one little bit. I first heard of this band when 'Miami Vice' featured the track 'P-Machinery' as the soundtrack to a fast night driving scene in the episode 'The Fix' and I went straight out and bought the album on the strength of ten seconds or so of the intro to this track.
In the intervening years it has never been far from my CD player (This is actually the second copy I've owned, as I wore the first out!!) If you like this, buy 'Outside world' as well, for the remixes.
As Paul Lester (Uncut) wrote:
'Sheer brutal beauty'


Fuji Superia 400 x36 Exp 35mm Film
Fuji Superia 400 x36 Exp 35mm Film
Offered by JSP online
Price: £6.80

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all-round 35mm general purpose film., 4 Aug 2010
I still use my old 35mm SLR cameras despite having a DSLR because I still like them.

This film is a good all-round choice for general purpose snapping away in a variety of conditions. I was considering using Fuji's excellent Velvia slide film, but it's a bit pricey and anyway I can use my D90 if I want fantastic quality.
This Xtra 400 gives good reproduction of colours and a wide dynamic range with just the right amount of grain to give the pictures that "warmth" associated with film images. I was turned onto it by a chat with a wedding photographer who uses this as his default film choice. If he makes his living using it then he knows an awful lot more than I do, so I followed his lead. I'm glad I did too. It works really nicely.

The Xtra 200 is also great, but I find the 400 gives me a bit more latitude in low light conditions.

Good stuff, although look around at different online sellers because the price varies enormously. I usually reckon on 3 rolls of 36 exp. for about £10 or less.Don't buy this stuff in the High Street because they charge well over the odds for it!

For the best value processing service, I'd recommend a search online for "Fuji Digital Imaging". You'll be impressed.

UPDATE:

Over a year on, and I've tried most of Fuji's 35mm colour print films, as well as the "pretty good" Neopan 400 B&W C-41 process stuff, and the execrable Kodak BW400CN.
And? The more I use Xtra 400 the more I realise just how good it is. It's one of Fuji's cheapest films and yet it always looks great. It's very tolerant of over-or-under exposure and it just... Works!

Let's hope that Fuji don't discontinue this one because it's just a good, safe and solid all-around choice.

You can't go wrong with it.
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Edge Of Darkness - The Complete Series [1985] [DVD]
Edge Of Darkness - The Complete Series [1985] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Bob Peck
Price: £5.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best drama ever produced by the BBC., 4 Aug 2010
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I won't go into a long plot synopsis here because let's face it, if you've read this far then you know what you're looking at, but I'd like to add my support for this excellent work.

This is without a doubt the best drama series ever produced by the BBC. The whole experience of the cinematography, cast, music and script make it a joy to watch and a pleasure to own.
What makes me sad is that the BBC no longer produces anything even remotely up to this standard. And I don't believe that it ever will again.

Don't buy one of these DVDs. Buy two at least, because when you lend them to friends you'll be lucky to get them back again!

As for the Mel Gibson version? I can't manage to say "Mel Gibson in Edge Of Darkness" without moving my bowels. Not even on the same planet let alone the same ball park.


Sanyo Eneloop AA 4 Pack Batteries 1900mAh
Sanyo Eneloop AA 4 Pack Batteries 1900mAh
Offered by iCell Media
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars The best rechargeable AA. No contest., 28 July 2010
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I've used rechargeable batteries for years, but I must say that these are by far the best that I've ever encountered. Sure, other ones may give more power output, but the advantage of these (and it's a massive advantage) is that they hold their charge.

I've got a set that I left in my spare SatNav in the boot of the car. Six months later I powered it up and the battery indicator still showed "Full".

Show me another rechargeable that can do that! Highly recommended.


Nikon EN-EL3e Rechargeable Battery
Nikon EN-EL3e Rechargeable Battery
Offered by HD Sales Inc
Price: £31.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best., 28 July 2010
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Normally I'm not one for genuine batteries. They seem to cost a hell of a lot more than compatible ones and are much the same. But not this one!
Pattern batteries don't seem to work so well with the D90's "remaining battery charge" indicator and give erroneous readings. There's none of that with this genuine article.

Save money on something else, but don't skimp on the battery for your Nikon. There's a good reason that the genuine article is double the cost of a copy in this instance.


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