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G. P. Bartley "Xiedphdf" (Hilversum, The Netherlands)
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Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN MFT Fit Lens - Black
Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN MFT Fit Lens - Black
Price: £141.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's fine..., 20 Jun 2014
It's a F2.8 so it isn't ever going to replace your 20mm, but at £123 it's an extremely cheap way of bridging the gap from the 20mm to the 45mm. Construction-wise, again its fine, if a bit rattly (doesn't rattle when in use however). Some people have complained of camera slowdown - I've not had that at all. Performs just like a "proper" lens. It's not pretty, though - looking like a fat version of the Panasonic 14mm. One brilliant thing is that mine came with a proper zipped, padded lens case. Never got one of those from Panasonic - just those useless pouches.

Really, I should give it 5 stars as its so cheap, but its not quite there... (But just!)


Howard Leight Sync - Ear Protection, Headphones
Howard Leight Sync - Ear Protection, Headphones
Offered by Buy Right
Price: £28.10

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They do work but are very, very tight..., 15 Jun 2014
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By that I mean across the top of the head. Pointlessly so. For the sake of another 10mm of metal, they would have been great.


Rome Destination City Maps (National Geographic Destinations)
Rome Destination City Maps (National Geographic Destinations)
by National Geographic Maps
Edition: Map
Price: £5.44

1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, 15 Jun 2014
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Out of the box, this map appeared good, but actually trying to navigate around Rome, two flaws became evident. This map does not give the name of many smaller streets so you do get confused unless you are on a main road. Secondly, there are inaccuracies. For example, this map says the Keats and Shelley House is on the next square along to the Spanish Steps. We looked and looked and couldn't find it eventually concluding that a newly opening shop must have taken the site over. Looking on Googlemaps just now, it is actually right next to the Spanish Steps.

Leave it alone.


Olympus ECG-1 Handgrip for the OM-D E-M10
Olympus ECG-1 Handgrip for the OM-D E-M10
Price: £54.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars £54 for a piece of plastic*, but it is worth getting..., 15 Jun 2014
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* - its mostly plastic with some metal bits to work the screw and the quick release mechanism. The grip does three things... Firstly, makes the camera a decent size to use. I do not have big fingers (quite slender, really) and I was sort of unhappy with the handling of my E-M10, so I don't know how anyone with larger hands copes. This mostly sorts that problem out. I know I've said it's just a piece of plastic, but it is surprisingly heavy, which helps solve another problem is that with bigger lenses on, MFT cameras do become a bit "lens-heavy". This thing helps balance that out a bit. It's third benefit is that it acts like a half-case, so you can put your camera down on rough surfaces, knowing that the camera itself won't get marked.

The only downside is that being a bit heavy, it adds an amount of weight, so defeating the object of mirrorless cameras.

So, why buy a half-case when you can get this?


Beauty & The Beat
Beauty & The Beat
Price: £11.76

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I think Tarja is a leading talent of her generation, but I'm afraid this misses the mark..., 12 Jun 2014
This review is from: Beauty & The Beat (Audio CD)
Tarja is a fabulous singer and has produced some wonderful stuff. My Winter Storm and What Lies Beneath are stellar - buy them now if you don't have them. Underneath and The Reign are simply beautiful and remain in my top 5 favourite songs... Beauty and The Beat is, however, something else. For me, it has two issues. Firstly, it's a bit of an odd mix of tracks, for example The William Tell Overture (Lone Ranger version), The Barber of Seville and I Feel Pretty? Believe me, I know very little about classical music but on Henkäys Ikuisuutta we got and Ave Maria and Magnificat Quia Respexit, which were stunning. These just feel a little odd. There are some decent tracks in there, but nothing that draws me back again and again. However, the bigger problem is the drumming which just ruins a lot of the tracks. The first track (Concert for Violin and Oboe), in particular, is just a mess from start to finish. However, with 21 tracks on there, you can get 10 decent ones out so all is not lost...


Eat Water Slim Pasta Penn 270g (Pack of 5)
Eat Water Slim Pasta Penn 270g (Pack of 5)
Price: £9.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I eat this stuff just about every day..., 6 April 2014
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As I said, I eat this or the pasta version just about every day. At the weekends, it could be twice a day... Why? Because on my Weightwatchers diet, this is no points. NO points. Hence, with half a pack of vegetarian mince, some veg done and half a stir-in sauce I'm looking at 5 points for a solid hot meal. I get 40 points per day so I could have 8 Indian or Chinese dinners a day. My kind of diet...

It seems to be some form of white "stuff", which has been extruded through a very fine mesh and chopped up into tiny little bits to make it appear like rice. The pasta version looks more realistic.

When you open the packet, it does have a slightly fishy smell, but in reality, I think its more like a fish-stick smell. This goes if you rinse it under the tap. One problem I find is that the rice retains a lot of water. Hence, I find it useful to put it into a sieve and then press it with the back a spoon to press the water out. Then you don't end up with a liquidy sauce.

In terms of cooking, you just need to heat it through, rather than "cook" it. However, as it doesn't taste of much, you always need to mix your sauce in with it, so all meals turn out to be one-pot jobs. What I do is to just separately cook the veg (in an air-fryer), then just throw the sauce, Quorn and rice into a frying pan (no oil) until its hot. This is actually a really quick way of cooking - just a few minutes...

In terms of portion size, this is one portion, not two. For a bloke, its not a huge portion either so I do find myself padding it out with veg...

Would I continue to eat this after my diet is over? I doubt it as this as the cost is prohibitive. At thick end of three quid a go, its a lot. However, it does let you eat what you like and its not forever so I'll put up with it for now. I think a fairer price would be £1.99 (hence, one star knocked off)

So, for me, very useful, but short term only until the price drops.


M009S 8GB NATPC M009S 8GB Capacitive Android 4.2 (JELLY BEAN) , 7" ,Dual Core (2 x 1.5 GHz) Super Slim Android Tablet PC with Responsive Capacitive Screen - Flash Player 11.1 - Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Facebook - HD 2160P - now with 8GB Storage and SKYPE VIDEO calling
M009S 8GB NATPC M009S 8GB Capacitive Android 4.2 (JELLY BEAN) , 7" ,Dual Core (2 x 1.5 GHz) Super Slim Android Tablet PC with Responsive Capacitive Screen - Flash Player 11.1 - Compatible with BBC iPlayer / Youtube / Facebook - HD 2160P - now with 8GB Storage and SKYPE VIDEO calling

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the one as advertisied.. But still OK., 19 Feb 2014
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Turned up quick, so from the UK not China.

Problem is, this is actually what seems to be a Cambridge Sciences StarPAD (from the picture) with 8GB of storage (well its showing 6.6GB of storage). However, for £60, I'm not really bothered. Handing it round the office, everyone was genuinely impressed - particularly with the screen which is bright, clear and capable of nice 3D graphics. So, think I'll keep it, but do need an app to check whether the rest of the specs are right...


Philips SHP1900/00 Stereo Headphones
Philips SHP1900/00 Stereo Headphones
Price: £11.90

1.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable, 16 Jan 2014
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Perhaps I've got funny shaped ears, but despite their massive size, they still just sit ON the ears, not round them. Hence, background noise gets in. Also, you'll notice there is no padding whatsover on the top bridge, which makes them quite uncomfortable. Never mind. I'll try some others...


Marina LED Light Unit
Marina LED Light Unit
Price: £12.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only for a specific brand of tank, 13 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Marina LED Light Unit (Misc.)
Looking at it, the light seems quite OK. However, it seems to be for a specific brand of tank, meaning it has a very specific fitting. Hence, no good to me and I've now opened it. Should have been clearer on the wording...


Silverline 282415 Diamond Core Drill Bit 42 x 150mm
Silverline 282415 Diamond Core Drill Bit 42 x 150mm
Price: £16.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, just watch which arbour you get..., 19 July 2013
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I bought this with the Faithfull DCSDSBSP Adaptor SDS x 1/2-inch BSP and the Faithfull Drycore Taper Wedge Mas Drill 200MM. The DCD fitted well into the arbour - very solid and true, so no problems there. The tapered drill bit was another matter - all over the place. However, I can confirm that the DCD and Faithfull arbour combination works very well. Once it's cut in, no problems and nice clean hole - through block and then brick. The only potential issue was that the DCD was about 1cm too short for my wall, so be careful of your measurements...


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