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4 x Large Old Oak Hardwood Bun Feet - Sofa Foot Stool Settee
4 x Large Old Oak Hardwood Bun Feet - Sofa Foot Stool Settee
Offered by Pandoras Upholstery
Price: 23.74

1.0 out of 5 stars Cheese and nuts, 31 Aug 2014
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These have got huge great nuts sticking out the bottom of them, so you'll have to find some felt pads thick enough and cut a hole in the middle of them. You can't undo them either.... I tried and split one of the feet.... My suspicions are that the wood is not oak at all..... Just a softwood that is stained..... About as crap as they could be without being made of cheese, which would at least be edible, so actually worse than if they had been made of cheese.

Krups Expert GVX231 Burr Coffee Grinder
Krups Expert GVX231 Burr Coffee Grinder
Offered by Harts Of Stur
Price: 39.44

2.0 out of 5 stars I was a fool......, 15 April 2014
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I don't know why I bought this….

I wake the house up when I start making coffee in the morning. The static charge distributes a large portion of the freshly ground stuff all over the outside of the machine, me and the floor. It is unpredictable in the amount that it grinds, and needs near constant cleaning of the burrs, which is tedious.

I never get the same amount out of it each time, so need to grind too much and store the excess in a tub in the fridge. Which I used to use for the packets of ready ground coffee we used previously. I can't wait for the wretched thing to break and we can go back to using the ready-ground, to be honest. It has caused loads of extra hassle, shown no economic benefits, and doesn't make the coffee taste any better.

I was a fool to fall for the supposed romance of it.

Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera with Bespoke Case, NP-95 Lithium Battery, Lens Hood and Adapter Ring - Silver (16.3 MP, APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II with EXR Processor II) 2.8 inch LCD
Fujifilm X100S Digital Camera with Bespoke Case, NP-95 Lithium Battery, Lens Hood and Adapter Ring - Silver (16.3 MP, APS-C 16M X-Trans CMOS II with EXR Processor II) 2.8 inch LCD
Price: 997.73

15 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware this bundle, 15 Feb 2014
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Why only 3 stars? I hear you ask.... Well, it isn't really the camera that I am giving 3 stars, more the deal that this bundle seems to be offering.... For 130 more than the camera alone, you get:

A filter-ring and lens hood..... quite important and indeed desirable as it is of a pretty high quality (there are clones that are every bit as good available for around 14, it turns out, but this is the real thing).

A spare battery, which is handy and is available separately from amazon at a variety of prices ranging from 7 to 30. The one included in this bundle is of course the fuji branded one.

A case, which is of a very high quality, but actually unusable if you have already decided that you want to use the lens hood, as the camera plus lens hood do not fit into the case. There are many more suitable bags available that can accommodate the camera with the lens hood attached.... I got one for around 40.

An extra neckstrap. Yes it is slightly different to the one that comes with the camera, and the brown will match that useless posh case....but why do you need an extra neckstrap? I don't.....

All in all, I feel this bundle is a bit of a con, and doesn't represent good value. The deal is that you pay full whack for each of the additional items, without being made aware that two of them are mutually incompatible. My advice would be to not buy this bundle, but instead buy the camera alone, and then see which additional items you may need, and which ones are available at a fraction of the cost in the generic form. A decent book on the camera will probably also help in this, as well as (obviously) the use of the camera.

The camera itself? All been said already. Sublime.
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Sun Readers Reading Glasses Sunglasses +2.00 Strength Mens Womens Unisex Wayfarer Style UV400 Brown Tortoiseshell UV Reader UVSR007 Inc Case
Sun Readers Reading Glasses Sunglasses +2.00 Strength Mens Womens Unisex Wayfarer Style UV400 Brown Tortoiseshell UV Reader UVSR007 Inc Case
Price: 8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I required and with me in time, 5 Aug 2013
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My expectations for this item were that they should enable me to read a book on the beach in the sun without having to resort to those clip-on things, and that they reach me before we left. They arrived within a couple of days, and worked well as sun readers. They seem robust, optically they worked in that they brought text into focus whilst doing the sunglasses thing. They survived the trip and will probably get invited on similar jaunts in the future. And at the low price here, they cost less than a couple of beers...... I couldn't have expected more really.....

La Grande Bouffe [DVD]
La Grande Bouffe [DVD]
Dvd ~ Marcello Mastroianni

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 70's porn, 10 Sep 2012
This review is from: La Grande Bouffe [DVD] (DVD)
This does not stand the test of time at all well. What may at one stage have been saucy now seems banal; what once seemed avant garde now seems plotless; what once seemed pertinent now seems long-winded and mono-dimensional. The acting, which could have saved it, now seems over-played. Perhaps the more enjoyable moments were the flamboyant farts..... But the clincher for me was 130 minutes. Over two hours of banal, plotless, meandering bad porn with additional farting. All that was missing was a moustachioed plumber.... it already had the crappy soundtrack. Quite what these other reviewers saw in it to give it more than one star is beyond me. Two hours people - you can't get it back......

Offered by DJC Electronics Ltd
Price: 4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sturdy but...., 16 Oct 2010
I would agree with the other review about sturdiness, but I would not really say this could be recommended on many other grounds.

It is metal, and hence inherently sturdy in a way, and whilst the edges aren't actually sharp, they are also not exactly smooth. An unpleasant "pocket experience" would be had with this. The business end contacts just "catch" on the casing as you swivel it round to open or close it, which is rather un-satisfying. And that swivel action is just the thing for inquisitive hands, which would soon take the cover off to find out why it is catching and hey presto, the three pieces of the whole thing fall apart to reveal all the internal micro circuitry that we all know is in there. The internal casing is just sort of snapped together, bent metal style - very similar in feel to those tin sheet toys that came out of Japan post war...... I can't imagine what would happen if it were to accidentally get wet.

There are plenty of very satisfactory alternatives made of various plastics that do a better job than this one could ever hope to do. Best avoided.

Face to Face: Polar Portraits
Face to Face: Polar Portraits
by Huw Lewis-Jones
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 25.43

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A very odd collection indeed, 8 Oct 2010
Whilst only really being able to speak for myself, I still feel inclined to start off by saying "I am sure I am not the only person who...." So here goes:

I am sure I am not the only person who when they saw the cover of this book, made an assumption. An assumption that went along the lines of: This book contains photos of Polar Explorers from the early part of the 20th century photographed in black and white. The heroes, like Scott, Shackelton, Crean (the obvious shot of him with hat and pipe, and those eyes....). " And then of course you have to modify your expectations and include people from other countries (!) Amundsen and Nansen of course. And other eras maybe - Sir Ranulph Fiennes perhaps.... And Sir John Franklin from a previous era. OK - we'll allow them in gladly.

So how would you feel about equal space in this book being taken up by.... (and here I open the book at random) a colour shot of Ken Mantel taken in 2008. Who? Well Ken it transpires founded an Inuit Art Gallery in the UK. A fine looking chap in a rather mediocre photo, and doubtless doing very worthwhile work. But he is not really in the same league, is he? Neither is Jane Nedzhipova, who we learn doesn't want to be an explorer at all. She sells popcorn in North London, hasn't been further north than Birmingham, and wears a parka style anorak in the shot (you see, there is a link!). I am not making this up. I'm sure she is lots of fun, but she is not really a polar explorer, in any shape or form.

I would suggest that based on my original expectations (and yours?), about half of the portraits here are irrelevant. In their place could be images of other classic polar explorers, Otto Sverdrup (captain of Nansen's boat Fram) could get in, for example. And what about Douglas Mawson (just about the most frightening Antarctic story of them all)? As in any collection, nobody would agree to every choice, but this collection has many obvious omissions, and numerous inclusions of complete unknowns.

That all said, it is a nicely produced book, good quality images, and the words balance the images well, though I confess to not yet having read them all. I would be interested to know if others felt the same about the mix of portraits.
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Illustrator CS4 Bible
Illustrator CS4 Bible
by Ted Alspach
Edition: Paperback
Price: 25.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very little use to newcomers, 5 Oct 2010
This review is from: Illustrator CS4 Bible (Paperback)
I have previously used Corel Draw 9 on a PC and loved the book that I got for that (the official guide by Foster D Coburn and P McCormick). I had somehow got it into my head that a big book on Illustrator would be as good as this other volume, now that I had moved on to using a Mac and Illustrator CS4. How wrong I was.

While the Corel Book was brilliantly clear and instinctive to navigate, this book on Illustrator is not. The example graphics are strangely chosen - a large amount of space taken up with simplistic flashy automated processes and not enough space used for shedding light on how to take control and do stuff. Significantly, I feel that Corel is the better program at the moment, but I think it is because this book has left a nasty taste in my mouth! It has made me realise how important a good guide is for these epic programs.

Jean De Florette and Manon Des Sources (Film Ink)
Jean De Florette and Manon Des Sources (Film Ink)
by Marcel Pagnol
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.17

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, but the translation may not be to your tastes., 27 Aug 2010
This is a fantastic story, hugely moving and a real sense of place is achieved as the story gradually unwinds. Absolutely brilliant.

If, like me, you are resident outside the USA and have seen the films by Claude Berri, then you may understand my main grievance which lies in this edition and the translation by W E van Heyningen. And the fact that he is American and it shows in his translation.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a fair amount of American fiction, but having seen the films a large part of their appeal, and so part of the appeal of reading the books, is their UN-American-ness. The joy of the films is that they are not Hollywood, but very French. I know I am not alone in this enjoyment of things non-Hollywood, though I acknowledge that many others have an equally forceful distrust of any films that have subtitles, and I also enjoy many Hollywood films. The point is that both the films and the book are not American or Hollywood. And they are enjoyable because of it.

Now, the translation is clearly by an American, as one sees countless "colors", "neighbors" and other spellings that give the game away. These were not really that much of a distraction for me. What is, however, are mentions of "ass" instead of "arse", which gets comically confusing considering the beast of burden being mentioned a lot is a mule.... also (going along the lines of all things bottom) "butt" is mentioned a couple of times, which made me stop; but when one character made another "kiss his fanny" at boules, I had to go for a walk! Quite aside from the anatomical complexities involved as all the participants were male, that kind of language inevitably colours (with a U) one's interpretation of the text.

Another thing that bugged me was that the translator did a few of those show-off flourishes of rendering a particular word unclear. "Limbert" is the word I can recall - what the heck is a Limbert? It emerges from the text that it must be a lizard, but as to why the translator didn't just say lizard, or what is particular about a limbert as compared to a lizard, just is not clear. And then there are those stray words (not that many in truth, but a few) that are just left in French. This gambit always makes me go a bit wild - is the translator indicating that this particular word is so, oh I don't know..., "French" that they feel compelled to NOT translate it? Well pardonez moi, but is it not your job, for goodness sake? Just do your best! ....oooh, don't get me going.....

However I don't doubt the translator's hard work, or authoritativeness, as many passages read very well indeed, though what I am also saying is that there are some that clearly don't, and they sort of stick out a bit. He has also provided a map to indicate where the fictional places are located in real life, but due to a slight crapness in this edition, it is reproduced at such a scale as to make all detail just (but only just) too small to be actually readable. Neat trick that..... However, I am not sure that there are any other translations available of these books - my brief search seems to indicate not, and having read this one, I'm not sure I could be bothered to read it again in a different translation. The films, however, I could view any number of times.
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Seven for Old England
Seven for Old England
Price: 13.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous album with the longest blank space, 21 July 2010
This review is from: Seven for Old England (Audio CD)
A really great album. Absolutely the best of it's sort. One glitch is that the last track takes about 50 minutes to start. Don't know if this is intentional, or indeed if it happens on all systems, but it is just about the most annoying thing imaginable! i didn't even know this track was on here until I was halfway through washing up after forgetting to change the CD. I nearly jumped out of my skin when Magpie started up at full volume after everyone else had gone to bed....!
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