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Ecuador itm r/v (r) wp (International Travel Maps)
Ecuador itm r/v (r) wp (International Travel Maps)
by ITMB Publishing
Edition: Map
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Pro's and Con's, 16 May 2014
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Pro's
1) The waterproof paper (but I'm not sure why anyone needs that on a map of 1:660000 scale? Hardly a walking map?)
2) Index of Town names with grid reference.
3) Even Satellite imagery for Ecuador is not good for much of the country.

....but I'm afraid the rest are cons. Why 3 stars then? There was nothing better when I bought this.

Con's
1) The scale at 10.45miles to the inch is even greater than the 1:500000 (7 miles to the inch) used by visual aviation charts internationally. Even Road atlases are produced at 1:250000 or larger now.
2) The muted colours and choice of colours for the details/legend are fine in bright daylight but you'll need a good torch to read this at all after dark
3) The scale necessitates very small font sizes. Again hard to read in poor light.

In conclusion the lack of detail dictated by the small scale makes this at best "better than nothing" and as with all developing countries with extreme geographic conditions (earthquakes, floods, landslips etc.) you're never going to have total accuracy in a map but IMO this needs to be at least 1:250000 scale to make it readable in poor light and include more detail that's not possible at the current scale.


The Lumineers
The Lumineers
Price: £7.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Album, 6 Jan 2014
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Nice album, well recorded. Bought this after seeing them on TV coverage of Glastonbury. Would have preferred a live album but this is good.


Asus Google Nexus 7 7-inch Tablet (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)
Asus Google Nexus 7 7-inch Tablet (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC)
Price: £196.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good size, good price, good performance., 6 Jan 2014
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Bought this before I had a smart phone and even now it's WAY easier to read, uses the same software and apps and is an invaluable tool when travelling or just "searching" when in bed. Impressed with the performance. Battery life WAY better than smartphones.

Why a 4? Time will tell if it warrants a 5 but so far ...so good. Also of note is that it's HALF the price of a smartphone.


Melitta Look Deluxe Filter Coffee Machine, Red/ Silver
Melitta Look Deluxe Filter Coffee Machine, Red/ Silver
Price: £55.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but time will tell?, 6 Jan 2014
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My initial impression of this machine is that it makes good coffee, reasonably quickly and it keeps it hot. Melitta were the first coffee filters I found MANY years ago and I've drunk little else since. My only reservation with ANY filter coffee machine is how long will it last.

In the meantime it looks smart, is well made, easy to use and so far I'm impressed.


Rockport Mens Peakview Waterproof Plain Toe Snow Boots K72201 Chili 9 UK, 43 EU
Rockport Mens Peakview Waterproof Plain Toe Snow Boots K72201 Chili 9 UK, 43 EU
Price: £140.00

4.0 out of 5 stars So far ...so Good, 6 Jan 2014
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There is a small issue with these boots. They are not that easy to get on.
Once on however they are pretty comfortable AND so are they are totally waterproof. I bought these for Dog Walking and not for hiking. Dog walkers will know that long wet grass is the ultimate test for waterproof footwear. These also have an excellent "tread" on the sole so mud is easily tackled BUT the thing that really tests a boot is walking through saturated wet grass. So far.. so Good.
They are also pretty comfortable and the lining makes additional socks unnecessary so far.
Why only a 4? IMO a different lacing system would make getting them on and off easier? BUT the one employed ensures waterproofing.


TeckNet® Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Black Slim-Fit Ultra Durable Gel Silicone Cover Skin Shell With Screen Protector For Samsung Galaxy SIV
TeckNet® Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Black Slim-Fit Ultra Durable Gel Silicone Cover Skin Shell With Screen Protector For Samsung Galaxy SIV
Offered by MobySpares
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective, 12 Dec 2013
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Nice Matt Black Gel cover. Not quite as tight as my wife's G3 Gel cover but seems robust and fits easily. Two screen protectors and a cleaning cloth included in my pack which is a plus. All the "cutouts" line up perfectly with the switches, lamps lens and speakers too.
Big question is, and I don't want to be testing it, is how much protection it will afford in a drop. Looks good. I'll update after some use.


Songs from the Road (CD + DVD)
Songs from the Road (CD + DVD)
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £14.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Time to catch up with Mr Cohen?, 10 Dec 2013
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Time to catch up with Mr Cohen? ...well if you last heard him on an LP in the 70's that is. An excellent selection of the mans catalogue with an decent DVD as well. Inspired me to see him live and I'm glad I did.


The Complete Book of North American Railroading
The Complete Book of North American Railroading
by Kevin EuDaly
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars First stop for the subject?, 10 Dec 2013
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The rather poor title rather misleads? ...on what is an excellent book on it's subject. Some of the best North American Railroad photographers work illustrates a well structured and informative book that covers in good depth much of what makes the subject fascinating to rail fans and historians alike. Shame about the title which makes it sound like a colouring book!


Merde Actually
Merde Actually
by Stephen Clarke
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £5.24

4.0 out of 5 stars Reality thinly disguised as a novel?, 9 Dec 2013
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Reality thinly disguised as a novel? Whatever.... a very funny read. We probably enjoy our love/hatred relationship with the French because they are in so many, albeit specifically different, ways similar to us? If they could just master English ;-) like most of the rest of the World? ...but then they wouldn't be French and we'd have to find someone else as our Doppelgänger ? maybe not one for the "Book Club" ...but certainly an excellent light read.


B-Tech BT604 - AtlasTM Sound Isolating Loudspeaker Floor Stands 40cm (15.8") - Finished in Black
B-Tech BT604 - AtlasTM Sound Isolating Loudspeaker Floor Stands 40cm (15.8") - Finished in Black
Price: £46.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice build, and about as unobtrusive as a speaker stand can be., 9 Dec 2013
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Nice build, and about as unobtrusive as a speaker stand can be. Blokes like "sounds" ...women like "uncluttered"? Generalisation maybe! ....but as speaker technology has improved you need to have something to put small/medium speakers on? They will (check the specification) take quite large speakers but for me they allow good "bookshelf speakers" to deliver a reasonable sound where my previous floor standing (hated by the Mrs!) speakers stood. Excellent build quality.


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