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BERGEN 12pc combination spanner set metric 8-19mm B1854
BERGEN 12pc combination spanner set metric 8-19mm B1854
Offered by Tools 2 U Direct SW
Price: £23.90

4.0 out of 5 stars Bargain. Good, well made spanner set at a sensible price., 19 Nov. 2015
Surprisingly good. Bought as an emergency "keep in the car" set. I didn't want to run to the expense of a second set of my every day FACOM spanners as I knew they would live in the car and hardly see any use.

That being said, I wanted build quality that would be dependable and a finish that would not rust or tarnish when left unattended for months on end.
This set fits the bill really nicely. The chrome finish on the spanners is good and even, and the spanners themselves are reasonably slim in width, allowing use on narrow fasteners whilst still being wide enough to transmit as much torque as you can reasonably hope to exert by hand. It may well be that my FACOM ones are ultimately stronger, due to being slightly wider and not as slim, but this is academic. If you think you're going to be in danger of breaking one of these spanners then you should be using a socket instead. I have no qualms about really pulling on one.

The fit to the fastener is fine, and the machining of the inside surfaces of both ends is equally good. Not polished to perfection like a Snap On or FACOM maybe, as you can see some traces of milling marks below the chrome, but this is really nit-picking, especially when you consider the price. These are plenty good enough to be both effective in use and presentable to look at.
I don't know who actually makes these (The "Bergen"name is sand-blasted / laser etched into the finish, so the chances are they're available under a selection of brand names) but they have a good weight to them, so they feel like they're made to last.

The tool roll is also good quality, and not the horrible shiny vinyl that hardens and cracks over time. This looks like vinyl coated fabric and rolls up well without any areas looking like they might split.
You could quite easily use these as a professional mechanic (Especially as most spanners get lost / left in cars long before they ever break!) but most professionals want the "prestige" of pulling out a drawer full of Snap-On or MAC, even if the extra strength will never be called upon.

For the DIY mechanic or occasional user though, they are cracking value. For a breakdown kit in the car it's really all you need.

Four stars for build quality. They acquit themselves very well against all other makes, even "Designer" brands costing 4 or 5 times the price.
Five stars for value for money!


3M Peltor Optime III Ear Defenders
3M Peltor Optime III Ear Defenders
Price: £17.52

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best. Absolutely no question in my mind., 18 Nov. 2015
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Excellent. I have stood only yards away from a Lightning jet fighter carrying out static engine runs (With afterburner) while wearing these, and although I could feel the concrete runway vibrating under my feet and my internal organs being shaken loose, my hearing was protected perfectly. Don't even bother wasting your money on those cheap jobs from the DIY stores. These are affordable enough that there's no reason not to go for the best.
These are even better than my older style Peltor defenders that were MoD issue for donkey's years.
They're also extremely comfortable. You could wear them all day with no problems.


Bahco S330 Socket Set 34 Piece 1/4 and 3/8 Square Drive
Bahco S330 Socket Set 34 Piece 1/4 and 3/8 Square Drive
Price: £34.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding. Would still be a bargain at twice the price., 18 Nov. 2015
Outstanding. Even at twice the price this would still be a good buy.
I'm mainly a FACOM user (From the days when I used to work on old aeroplanes and cars full time) but I wanted a compact and inexpensive socket set to keep in the car for breakdowns and such. I do of course have the recovery membership, but sometimes if you can just fix something yourself with a few basic tools it can save you several hours of waiting for the man with the van.
The main criteria were that it must be compact, reasonably priced, have the most commonly used tools and be well made enough to handle anything I can throw at it.

This little set is just about perfect. All the components are very well made, well thought out and packed in a tight fitting rattle-free box with a proper metal hinge and secure fitting metal latches. When closed, you can shake the set all you like and you won't hear a sound.
I would advise any purchaser to also buy a 3/8" drive 8mm socket (This set inexplicably doesn't include this very common size) and to place it inside the spark plug socket for storage in the box.
With this in the car, plus a few other basic and inexpensive tools, you're able to fix a good percentage of faults that could otherwise leave you stranded.
It fits perfectly into the front pocket of the Autoglym Gift Pack - Valet Case which is how I store mine in the boot.

This set is also ideal for light vehicle maintenance at home too. Certainly there is no compromise on the quality. I would happily put as much force on these as I do on my much more expensive FACOM kit. It may not be as pretty and polished as the French product, but it's extremely well thought out and build to withstand heavy daily use. The fact that the ratchet has a lock on it to prevent bars and sockets from being knocked off in tight spaces is also a design feature that you really wouldn't have any right to expect on a set as inexpensive as this one.
Everything locks on firmly, the ratchet has a firm and positive action which really inspires confidence and the 6 point sockets feel easily capable of handling some serious welly. The internal design of the socket appears to be similar to Snap-On's "Flank Drive" system, whereby the load is exerted on the flats of the fastener rather than the corners. This design means that you're less likely to round off tough bolts and you're also able to undo bolts that may have been previously rounded off (To a degree, anyway).

I've been so impressed by the S330 kit that I've now also bought the SL25 1/4" kit to go alongside it in the "Emergency" case in the boot.

Very, very highly recommended, either for yourself or as a gift for anyone who likes to tinker with machinery.
This will last for many, many years if looked after. Even an expert will be impressed by it. I was!


Rotten Hill Gang [Explicit]
Rotten Hill Gang [Explicit]

5.0 out of 5 stars West London's best kept secret - Buy this album!, 13 July 2015
I was lucky enough to catch this band live when they played the 35th Anniversary gig at Gaz's Rockin Blues, in Acklam Rd, W10.
To say I was impressed would be an understatement. This album has been on non-stop ever since it arrived.
The variety of styles and outstanding musicianship means that it's very hard to get bored with it. From the dreamy soundscapes of "Street Star" with snatches of Helen Reddy's "Angie Baby" sung by the wonderfully talented Hollie Cook, through to the rocky "Given Up Giving Up" clearly showing its Clash heritage, and onwards to the floor-filling "Capitalistic Hill" and "Might As Well Quit" making a defiant stand against the X-Factor culture, there is not one duff track on this album.
I challenge anyone not to want to get up and dance to "Incredible" too. It might sound like hyperbole, but this album makes it into my top ten of all time. And for a middle aged bloke who's not usually given to writing album reviews that's really saying something.
They don't seem to stray far from West London for their live gigs, but if you get the chance to see them live, take it!
They're all lovely guys and girls too who are only too happy to chat if you want to hang around afterwards and share a beer or two with them.
I cannot recommend this album strongly enough.
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100% Genuine Original Official Samsung Battery EB-L1M7FLU For Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 (4 Pin Connector / Terminal) With (NFC) Near Field Communication Latest Production Date (No Retail Packaging - Bulk Packaged)
100% Genuine Original Official Samsung Battery EB-L1M7FLU For Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini i8190 (4 Pin Connector / Terminal) With (NFC) Near Field Communication Latest Production Date (No Retail Packaging - Bulk Packaged)
Offered by Deeha Traders
Price: £6.70

5.0 out of 5 stars My Galaxy S3 Mini now works like new again, 4 July 2015
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Genuine product quickly delivered. My Galaxy S3 Mini now works like new again. Thanks!


MaximalPower Rechargeable Replacement Li-ion Battery for Fuji/Fujifilm FinePix/Real 3D W1 Cameras
MaximalPower Rechargeable Replacement Li-ion Battery for Fuji/Fujifilm FinePix/Real 3D W1 Cameras
Price: £5.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the original in use., 9 April 2015
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I cannot tell the difference in use between the genuine Fuji battery and this one. I can think of no higher compliment than that for a third party manufacturer. Well done Maximal Power. Delighted.


First2savvv BDV1701 cavans DSLR SLR camera case bag for FUJIFILM X-E1 X100S X100 X20 X10 X-A1 X-E2
First2savvv BDV1701 cavans DSLR SLR camera case bag for FUJIFILM X-E1 X100S X100 X20 X10 X-A1 X-E2
Offered by FIRST2SAVVV
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain! Got an X100S/T and want something a bit different to carry it in? Buy this., 9 April 2015
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Better than it has any right to be for the price. Heavy canvas construction with a sand-coloured soft nylon lining and padding behind. The inner compartment is secured by a zip and then the flap goes over the top. There is an open-topped front pocket and a small pocket in the lining for memory cards.
This is the perfect case in which to carry my Fujifilm X100S. It fits perfectly into the main compartment end-on, even with the lens hood fitted.
The front pocket neatly holds my three spare batteries (A vital accompaniment to a day out with an X100S, as any owner will tell you!) It will hold six batteries easily, for those extremely serious shooters or those really paranoid about battery life.
The canvas construction and sand colour make a rare and welcome change from the ubiquitous black cordura of every other camera bag under the sun.
Most of my clothes are primarily jeans, chinos, suede boots and some countrywear, and this bag blends in so well with this sort of attire that people don't even notice that you're carrying a camera. If you spend most of your photography time at country shows and such then this is the bag for you.
They could make one of these with the leather "Digital" badge replaced with a "Barbour" one, line it with check nylon and people would pay seventy quid plus for it, it's that good.

I was all set not to like this, but I thought I'd take a punt as it was cheap. In the event, it's every bit the equal of my Tamrac camera bags, assuming you can live with the velcro flap closure.
I don't like the noise of velcro, but this is better to use than my Tamrac one with its weird and easily "cross-threaded" strap fastener.
Being canvas, including the strap, it should also wear in over time and acquire that nice vintage patina that will make it even less conspicuous and noticeable to thieves.


Neewer Black Lens Hood And Adapter Ring Perfect For Fujifilm Finepix X100
Neewer Black Lens Hood And Adapter Ring Perfect For Fujifilm Finepix X100

5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good for the price. Even at twice the price!, 9 April 2015
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Very good. When you think of the extortionate amount that Fuji charge for the genuine article, this is an absolute bargain. Well made, secure and solid.
The finish is properly matt, rather than satin, so it's not such an exact match to the X100S as the original, but for the money, who cares? Mine still looks like new, so whatever finish they've used (anodizing?) is pretty durable.
The hood fits on securely, even if there is a tiny bit of detectable slack if you wiggle it around.
It won't rattle or come loose under any sort of provocation, but you can feel that the bore in the hood is very, very slightly larger than the outside diameter of the collar onto which it bayonets because you can move it very slightly side-to-side.
I'm very fussy about fit and finish but I can honestly say that it doesn't bother me in the least and I don't even notice it in use.But again, if you want engineering perfection then I'm sure Fuji will be more than happy to sell you one of theirs!

I'm very pleased with mine. If it got lost I'd definitely buy another without a second thought.


Parker Gel Ball Refill Twin Pack Medium Blue
Parker Gel Ball Refill Twin Pack Medium Blue
Offered by K Direct
Price: £5.57

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good while they last - but that isn't very long., 8 Nov. 2014
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Very good - while they last! Writes beautifully, feels like a fountain pen to use.
Only trouble is, one refill lasts maybe 4 to 6 weeks of daily use, while I get double that out of an ordinary Parker refill. I thought that I may have bought a defective batch, but having spoken to a relative who uses them, he reports the same lifespan.

If they were as cheap as the regular refill then I could understand it, but they're not. I shan't be buying any more personally, even though they are lovely to write with.

Not recommended in all honesty. I'm still using a Monteverde gel refill which feels the same to use, but has outlasted the Parker and is still going strong.


Decrescent 2 in 1 Universal Stylus & Writing Pen with High Quality Silicone Tip for Capacitive Touch Screen Devices and Tablets including Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, Air & Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Tab2 & Note 10.1, BlackBerry Playbook, Google Nexus 7 & 10 and more - White
Decrescent 2 in 1 Universal Stylus & Writing Pen with High Quality Silicone Tip for Capacitive Touch Screen Devices and Tablets including Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, Air & Mini 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Tab2 & Note 10.1, BlackBerry Playbook, Google Nexus 7 & 10 and more - White

5.0 out of 5 stars Great! Highly commended., 11 Oct. 2014
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Great product. Combine it with a Parker Gel refill (It's the same fit as the Parker Jotter's refill) and you'll have something that writes as well as it styluses! Well made, durable non-yellowing white finish and very durable but soft stylus point.


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