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Black 7" Straight Gas Lift for an Office Chair
Black 7" Straight Gas Lift for an Office Chair
Offered by BiMi
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fix your own chair., 20 Feb 2014
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The gas lift is very simple to fit. All the effort is in fact removing the old unit, which take a bit of hammering and coaxing out. There are some good YouTube videos showing you how to do this safely and effectively. Maybe look at

Be sure to measure the length of your current unit before ordering.

Arrived quickly and I write this in a cushion of air, having replaced a failing gas lift.

Price: 1.86

4.0 out of 5 stars Gaze into Medusa, 20 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Medusa (Kindle Edition)
Taking a leap and reading works from a new author are often a mix of trepidation and excitement. B.W. Cassidy has launched with a subject matter which many would and will shy away from. The story provides a balanced and interesting investigation into the psyche of the characters, taking religious and political views and challenging them in a logical and thoughtful way. I stopped and re-positioned my thinking myself as some of the situations played out.

There is a very strong dedication to the character dialogues, which are key to the way that the book is presented.
The areas where I wanted more coverage and research were those of the governmental departments, which came across as being naive in the story-line. A little more attention to procedures would have left me more comfortable.
I seldom read fiction, but this story played out as almost documentary in parts, leaving a strong representation of the characters.

Looking forward to see the next book.

Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC DVD)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC DVD)
Price: 22.85

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bugs, glitches and "unfinished", 7 Nov 2013
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is a big release and you fully expect that it gets care and attention. I received the game on the release day and there are fundamental issues with the quality and testing in Multiplayer mode.

The single player mode works fine, looks fantastic and is relatively enjoyable to play. I have all setting maxxed out and there are no real problems so far.
Multiplayer....well, that is a different matter altogether.
I run an SLI card, and there was flickering(strobing) on many game elements, such as the gun sights, your watch and many in game elements such as trees. When SLI was disabled, this resolved the issue. Folks with a single graphics card may not experience this, but I am running a GTX 590, which is effectively 2 cards "glued" together and bridged with SLI. To play this game, I need to go into Nvidia control panel and manually disable the options.

Other issues are that the mouse loses focus in Multiplayer menus and then then game itself. I have managed to find a "workaround" which is to toggle the vertical sync option (Sync every frame) from Yes to No, or if set to No, back to Yes. Weird.

In game options, such as when you die, offer a menu to change player by left or right clicking on the mouse. These simply do not work. Other players have confirmed this is not just me.

There is a serious lack of player education, so you have to guess your way through the menus and what options do what are only hinted at with a few words. I am lucky to play among friends where we work it out together, but if I was solo, this would be as confusing as heck. Remember the days when you got a manual to get the best of your game?

The gameplay itself, when you get in and it works, is OK, although very console-oriented and appears to favour the run and gun style, rather than anything which is more akin to military tactics.

Single player looks great, multiplayer looks "consoley" and the graphics are, in my opinion, far simpler and less enhanced than Call of Duty Black Ops 1.

When the patches come out, I may amend this review, but paying that amount of money for an incomplete and bug-ridden game is shoddy. It is like buying a car where it is delivered without the windscreen and the manufacturer stated "we will sort that for you out later, but you can still drive the car".
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De'Longhi ICM2B 10-Cup Filter Coffee Maker
De'Longhi ICM2B 10-Cup Filter Coffee Maker

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value and moderately well designed., 19 Sep 2013
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Bought on a deal of the day on Amazon for approx 12, this was a solid looking deal.

Tips: Amazon says that other folks bought paper filters with this purchased (as I did). You do not need to as there is a persistent, removable filter basket. Save your money.

The item is well packaged and protected well in transit.

There is nothing really to set up, but I chose to run a full jug of water through before my first brew. Processing a full jug of water takes approximately 5-7 minutes.

There are two design issues, although they are not major, just annoyances. The water-tank is unusually shaped and might have been designed with a wider opening. The jug itself sits snugly on the hotplate, but there is a little maneuvering to get it to sit.

No aftertastes or plastic smells/impairment. A great little machine which looks good and does the job. No auto-cutout or timers, so a basic machine, but at 12, not an issue.

PestBye Battery Operated Cat Repeller - Ultrasonic Cat Scarer
PestBye Battery Operated Cat Repeller - Ultrasonic Cat Scarer
Offered by Primrose
Price: 29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars It works, but very cheap materials and design, 26 Aug 2013
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A plain brown, unbranded box is what the device arrives in, and instructions are of little value, as they do not adequately cover setup and construction. If it were not for other Amazon reviewers, where the frequency settings are ranged for different pests is unclear.

Unpacking and setup.
In order to put the device together, you will need a micro-screwdriver set (hobby or for reading glasses size) - Philips head.
Start by inserting 3 AA batteries (not supplied) and then placing a gasket (seal) inside the battery compartment lid, before placing the back on. The back needs to be secured by 4 tiny screws. TIP: These do not go in fully, as the machining for the holes is poor. Do not force them, as you will end up screw-heads burred and unlikely that you will get the case open to change the batteries. I had to leave the screws about halfway seemed enough to secure the seal, but did not look right.

If you are not using the wall mount screw option, you will need to assemble the spike for ground use. Ensure you have the orientation correct for the brackets, spike and that all the holes align. It is not immediately obvious and of course, no instructions.

Operation: There are no numbers on the dials, so I set my frequency low (as cats are in the "2" range according to reviews). The sensitivity I set was just over a third of the dial, which covered approx 40ft of the area I needed it to.

When body heat is detected, you may just hear the pulse (I know I am sensitive to high frequency). It is uncomfortable and I could just about feel the discomfort when I was hanging out washing and in range of it. You can tell the unit is working, as a blue led lights up in the sensor.

Since installation, no I am happy with the value compared to the gel and scented repellents which only work until a a few rainy days have passed. As for how long it lasts in the UK winter and damp, I will report back. I am not confident is is put together well enough to survive damp and water intrusion on the electronics.

Worth 15 for effectiveness. Not worth the full price of 30 for the cheap construction.

Philips Avance Collection HR1869/30 700 Watt Juicer in White
Philips Avance Collection HR1869/30 700 Watt Juicer in White
Offered by Ideabright Ltd
Price: 154.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I returned mine before learning of a cut-out stitch, 16 Aug 2013
>>Please note I am re-editing this following a comment alerting me to a safety cutout switch, which was not clear.<<
The item I owned was the Black model and was purchased from Argos. - It is a shame that the number of low scoring reviews on this product all relate to an early demise(see the next model up for those testimonies). It is without doubt one of the best functionally designed juicers on the market, just that a flaw has left so many users frustrated with the early failure.

I had mine 20 days, using it at most twice a day. It simply stopped working for me today, mid use through 3 oranges. Just stopped, no burning motor smell, fuse not blown etc. I refunded my purchase at Argos as a result. *** UPDATE : The manual stated that there is "a safety feature which safeguards against overheating due to excessive loads. In case of overheating, the juicer automatically activates the overload protection and switches itself off. If this occurs, set the control knob to 0, unplug the appliance and allow it to cool down for 15 minutes. Remove the juice jug and detach the lid, juice collector and the integrated pulp container and then press the overload protection button on the bottom of the motor unit"***

Assembly is well thought through and each component interlocks without any allowance for user error. On top of the main unit/motor,you place (in order) the pulp collector, the liquid collection ring and spout, the shredder/grater and finally the top cover and feed-tube. As you interlock the final component, a large metal arm swings across to clip everything in place. This is the least friendly design item as it needs a bit of force to both lock and unlock. It does not feel "natural" to be using so much leverage on plastic components.

Once you are set up (maybe takes 15 seconds), you are ready to go. As you may have read, this takes whole fruit, so minimal prep of veg is required. Carrots for example go in whole, as to apples and all green veg. Citrus fruits only need the peel removed to prevent the oils in the peel from making the taste too bitter. You are never in danger of getting your fingers or hands juiced, as the tube is sufficiently long and a plunger is provided.

As the fruit/veg is shredded, you can visibly see the juice being spun off into the cover, which then drips into the collection ring and out through the funnel. Feeling the pulp afterwards convinces you that you got a lot of the juice out. It is not dry, but quite close.

Cleaning was a doddle for me. You need to take the whole ring and head off to the sink to prevent drips. They rinse very easily and there are no areas where pulp is trapped. The hardest item to clean (when i say takes 20 seconds), is the grinding unit. I recommend a nylon brush for the sharp shredder face, but the perimeter mesh can be wiped with a cloth under running water.

The pulp container is easily tipped away to recycling bin or composting (watch out for fruit flies!)

So, on design and use, I would recommend without fail. Assuming I returned mine in error with the safety cutout being the reason, instead of unit failure, I would buy again.
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Ultimate Slow Cooker: Over 100 simple, delicious recipes
Ultimate Slow Cooker: Over 100 simple, delicious recipes
by Sara Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed - modern recipes, not 1970's bland., 3 Jan 2013
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I am new to slow cooking, although was brought up with parents using one for ease of family life. The recipe books they used back then were quite tame and bland. The reason I give you this back story is that this book is very much a current book and the recipes vary across global cuisine. I feel you would be hard pressed not to employ one of the recipes in a dinner party, whether for starters, soups or mains, and not impress.

I have already produced 10 of the dishes, all very delicious, with ease. It is also worth stating that a lot of slow cooker books get poor reviews as the consumers expect to place everything in, raw, and return to a fully presentable meal 10 hours later. There is preparation involved in almost all of these recipes and it is clearly stated with a time estimate for prep included.

Some key points:
- The book is broken into sections covering Soups, Starters, Mains (meat and vege sections separate), sides, desserts and drinks/misc.
- Plain language is used throughout, it is not technical.
- Not every recipe has an accompanying picture (maybe 60% do), but those that do show the dish very well presented with good photography.
- I would not say this book is for an absolute beginner. Some knowledge of cooking off meat and veg to caramelise and add flavour/seal the meat etc.
- A useful section before the recipes explains the use of ground and whole herbs and/or spices, something to bear in mind and useful to know. Timing is important for fullest flavours.
- Recipe times range from approx 25 mins to over 10 hours, depending upon the dish.

I would recommend.

The Amazing Spider-Man (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
The Amazing Spider-Man (Blu-ray + UV Copy) [2012] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Andrew Garfield
Price: 7.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50% different - Why reboot a reboot?, 2 Jan 2013
The first half is so similar to Spiderman from 2002 that it is shocking that the studio allowed a reboot to repeat so much of the (already known) story. The SFX are pretty good and there was at least some passable acting in places. In general it was quite twee and probably needs "darkening" up in a way that Spiderman 3 was headed towards. The new lead (Garfield) looks like Andy Murray.

With all the superhero reboots of a film we all watched only a few years ago (years not decades), you have to wonder where imagination is left in the studios making these. It is comparable to the original films, but Toby Macguire was more convincing as Parker.

Average with a few scenes worth a watch for excitement.

Deluxe Sewing Kit
Deluxe Sewing Kit

1.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and a little nasty, 2 Jan 2013
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This review is from: Deluxe Sewing Kit
I bought this to patch the occasional tear etc. One thing that jumped out at me was the complete lack of any length to the spools of cotton. The included scissors do not even cut the thread. The most useful aspect of the kit was the needle selection, of which there was not that much variety.
Bad purchase by me.

Ted - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Ted - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UV Copy)
Dvd ~ Seth MacFarlane
Price: 9.75

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Lad-ish, 2 Jan 2013
This film does "talk" to the 30-40 something male who used to party. I enjoyed the in jokes , popular culture and film references throughout. I will need to watch it again to pick all of them up, as I know I was laughing through many of the follow ups.
There is sex and drug reference throughout, and very much plays to the strengths and humour of Seth Macfarlaine (Voice of Ted). There are few comedies that I would watch again in a short space of time, but this one is up there. Not a classic maybe, but the modern day "American Pie" maybe?

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