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Le Creuset Wine Accessories WT-110W Waiters Corkscrew - Wood
Le Creuset Wine Accessories WT-110W Waiters Corkscrew - Wood
Price: £29.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid build, 10 Jan. 2013
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The built in foil cutter blade works well and unlike some other reviews I found this easy to open. Comes in an elaborate box. The technique of using this takes a bit of practice but is fast and effective. It's quite heavy but the quality of the build is excellent. It ought to last for ages. I find the spiral cork screw type is better than the spiral "blade" type as it is better for poor or broken corks. The wooden handle looks smart but the plain metal or plastic handled versions are identical so that's just a matter of choice.

The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that it is rather heavy and therefore not one you'd want to carry in a pocket.


Rosewood Pet Gear Free Standing Pet Ramp
Rosewood Pet Gear Free Standing Pet Ramp
Price: £72.58

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but, 10 Jan. 2013
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This product is well built but rather bulky. It's quite heavy too despite it's construction. Having said that it's dimensions were amongst the smallest of the competition. It would have taken up about a third of the available area in my estate car but check all other makes for size too.
I returned it because of it's bulk ...and our dogs refusal to use it (but that's no reflection on the item).
With an older or infirm dog this would be a good buy.


The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
The Secret Life of Bletchley Park: The History of the Wartime Codebreaking Centre by the Men and Women Who Were There
by Sinclair McKay
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Look Elsewhere, 28 Jun. 2012
I have little to add to any of the other 1 STAR reviews already posted. Except that when you click on the first star a little box appears beneath your cursor with "I hate it" in it. I don't hate it. It's faults are eloquently listed by previous reviewers and my advice is follow any of the links to other titles they suggest. If like me the history of WWII interests you and you've read much about it you'll know that the style and readability of authors can vary from "couldn't put it down" to "I struggled through it". For me this was one of a very few, in the hundreds I've read, that I just gave up on.


Really Useful Storage Box Robust Stackable Single 84 Litre Unit W444xD710xH380mm Clear - Ref 84C
Really Useful Storage Box Robust Stackable Single 84 Litre Unit W444xD710xH380mm Clear - Ref 84C
Offered by Grant's Supplies
Price: £19.30

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The BIG one..., 10 May 2012
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My title say's it all. This is a BIG box. My only concern is that it will be easy to overfill it weight wise? Both from a point of view of lifting and it's ability to cope with the contents. Since I discovered Really Useful Boxes there is little to compete. Cheaper flimsier boxes available at supermarkets and DIY stores aren't strong enough and professional removal type storage boxes whilst stronger tend not to come in such useful sizes and are designed more for transit than as a stackable storage facility.

BTW Really Useful you've failed me here. I had to buy this size to stack some hi-fi equipment in because none of your smaller boxes have the required 435mm width that standard stackable Hi-Fi stuff was built to. For those under 30 Hi-Fi was what we listened to music on before it was dumbed down to MP3's ;-)


Dorset County Atlas (A-Z County Atlas)
Dorset County Atlas (A-Z County Atlas)
by Geographers A-Z Map Company
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £8.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Philips Street Atlas instead, 10 May 2012
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In this age of "Sat Navs", you can tell the users ...they're the ones turning up farm tracks instead of roads ;-) , what a street atlas SHOULD bring to the party is detail. This is too much of a Jack of All Trades and the detail just isn't fine enough. Come on Geographers you're the founder of the legend that is The A-Z, but frankly this just isn't good enough. Lack of detail in City A-Z's is understandably limited by the sheer density of buildings but Pink stips to indicate buildings belongs in maps a third of the scale. OS maps 2/3rds the scale have much more detail and with the larger scale maps here there's no excuse for these ommissions.

If you want an all-in-one multi scale coverage of the County this may suit but the Detail in the Philips Atlas is much better IMO.


SKYHAWK 172R (PC)
SKYHAWK 172R (PC)
Offered by SC-WHOLESALE
Price: £14.53

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Good ...and the bad., 10 May 2012
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This review is from: SKYHAWK 172R (PC) (CD-ROM)
First let me say that I own and like quite a few Flight1 products. Their BN2 Islander is an FSX "Classic". Secondly this is an older title being first released for FS9 (FS2004) and subsequently updated to include an FSX version. However this is "Early FSX". Things have come on a long way since FSX was first released both in terms of hardware available to run it on and the quality that various third party developers have achieved in making add-ons for the Sim. Frankly the FSX version isn't up to the standard of the latest models IMO. I have to take issue with many reviewers too about how much better it is than the default C172 that comes with the Sim (FSX) as this has had several freely downloadable improvements made since it hit the screens. I've flown two versions of the real 172 and IMO the default model with the improvements available on FlightSim.com and other sites make it a pretty good visual model of the real thing. The cockpit is also very well modelled and anyone who's been in the real thing will feel like they're at home.

So why did I buy this add-on? Well the reviews claim the model to be far superior and the cockpit (minus the autopilot, a luxury most small GA aircraft owners would not have bought in the 70's) was almost exactly the same as a C172R model that I'd flown. This is the variant that Flight1 have modelled here. Well frankly the exterior model is, all in all, not much better than the Default for FSX. However the FS9 model looks pretty good in that Sim. However the virtual cockpit in the Default model is IMO far superior. Also, and rather unusually for a commercial add-on the model ships with only one livery.

So some good points? Well as other reviewers have said the flight model is excellent. By the numbers and as good as the Sims limitations will allow so that would get Five Stars from me.

The final issue is with the CD version. To get this to work I had to contact Flight1's excellent support. I'll not go into the detail but you have to install both FS9 AND FSX versions, plus a downloadable fix. This totally negates the point of buying the add-on as a disc (unless you want both versions) as if you want this for FSX only you'd be better off downloading the model from Flight1's excellent web site.

I'll be downloading the Carenado C172 too. This is an "N" model and has an original Cessna cockpit layout that many real world pilots may be familiar with.

To sum up an excellent "flight model" but the model is not up to current FSX standards of detail/eye candy and the disc has complications for FSX only users that make download of the FSX version the best bet.


Empire Falls [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Empire Falls [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £6.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story with a great cast, 21 April 2012
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Compared with some of the rubbish that finds it's way on to our screens from the US this is a gem of a mini-series. A good story, well made and with a great cast. Note that it's an import and an NSTC set. There are two parts so avoid "Part1" discs unless you can find the "Part2" disc as well. I got caught out by this but found the 2disc whole series set. You'll need a multi-region DVD player and be sure you're equipment will play NTSC discs before you buy.


BBC Sailor: The Complete TV Series [DVD]
BBC Sailor: The Complete TV Series [DVD]
Price: £17.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Was it that long ago?!, 21 April 2012
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Was it that long ago?! It say's something about this series that it made such an impression on me that I was staggered to find out when it was first released. Looking at it now you're reminded how far the technical improvements in Television have come. However you're also reminded how poor the quality of many TV programmes has become? This is an excellent documentary that covers many aspects of the life of a great ship, warts and all. No one can fail to be enthralled by the flight deck action which is very well presented from all angles. As fascinating is the coverage of the live's, problems and responsibilities of the crew. The calm understatement in the face of extreme situations seems to recall a way of life that's maybe lost to us now? Technically the 4:3 film format transferred from the video looks a world away from todays HD video but is non the less excellent. The copyright issues with the music mentioned by other reviewers are soon overlooked because the scripting and editing of this series means you're attention is focussed from the first scene to the finale. The bonus revisit with characters from the series 8 years on is interesting and a further bonus of a short about the operation of the carrier in the Med, whilst interesting, makes you appreciate how good the series was.


Records of Merchant Shipping and Seamen. Public Record Office Readers' Guide No. 20.
Records of Merchant Shipping and Seamen. Public Record Office Readers' Guide No. 20.
by Kelvin; Watts, Christopher T.; Watts, Michael J.: Smith
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for researchers, 16 Mar. 2012
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The National Records Office at Kew is a brilliant resource and anyone trying to trace their family history, and if like me you have family members who served in the Navy and Merchant Navy you will be able to trace their progress, and even whereabouts, in a way that's perhaps unequalled for other professions? However the way that detail is recorded and tracking the information is going to be a labour of love. The reason is that records were kept in a variety of ways and in a variety of places. This book goes into great detail about what records may contain and where they may be kept. It covers how record keeping changed historically and even sadly how some records were destroyed before anyone realised their potential value. It's only fault is that some of the information on where records are currently held is now out of date. This is inevitable because by their very nature and the current efforts to computerise documents they have been moved to different locations to facilitate these projects. If you plan a visit to Kew I'd recommend reading this first. Reference copies are available at Kew but it's a complex subject worth researching first.


Skoda Fabia Petrol and Diesel Service and Repair Manual: 2000 to 2006 (Service & repair manuals)
Skoda Fabia Petrol and Diesel Service and Repair Manual: 2000 to 2006 (Service & repair manuals)
by A. K. Legg
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £21.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dying Art?, 16 Mar. 2012
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When Haynes superb manuals first became popular any average mechanically able person could, with the right tools, tackle 90+% of the jobs that you might need to do on a car. In fact those who owned similar types of car to the Fabia in the 60's could easily remove and rebuild an engine from something like a Ford Anglia. It was almost as utilitarian as a Jeep. Nowadays however the professional mechanic will resort to a diagnostic computer before so much as picking up a spanner. Then there's the fact that modern engines will last many more miles than an Anglia's engine could, even if the dreaded rust didn't eat the car first?

I can only give this book 3 stars because it spends far too much time on covering complexities that only a handful of folk are ever likely to attempt. How many people rebuild Fabia engines? Even car enthusiasts are hardly likely to start tinkering with the innards of an engine designed for economy and reliability are they? Those who seek extra performance wouldn't start here anyway?

However when it comes to the sort of stuff that is still easily achievable by competent DIY mechanics the quality of the pictures is just not clear enough. Pictures are divorced from the text that relates to them and the print quality is just not good enough. Even more lacking is detail on how to remove necessary pieces of internal trim, often required to access and service switches and wiring. So much of this is just cleverly designed "push fit" nowadays but if you don't know how to remove it correctly you can end up breaking it.

In conclusion, as a regular purchaser of Haynes manuals for every car I ever owned, I feel that they've rather lost the plot. DIY mechanics will often be forced to dealerships just because so much is governed by electronic management sytems nowadays. Few folk are likely to ever rebuild an engine and yet the tasks that are still "do-able" are poorly covered. My last faults were diagnosed by reading Skoda Forums online and enthusiasts had posted detailed coloured pictures of one issue I had. I know that Haynes are aware of the issues I've raised but I still feel that there is a place for user manuals but with a greater emphasis on what is still DIYable and what's going to need computer diagnosis and even management sytem resets.
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