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EverGreen Complete 360 sq m + 10% Extra Free Lawn Food, Weed and Moss Killer Bag
EverGreen Complete 360 sq m + 10% Extra Free Lawn Food, Weed and Moss Killer Bag
Offered by LightingandMobileAccessoriesUK
Price: £22.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the right kit and this stuff works, 15 April 2013
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This stuff works AND it covers the area printed on the packet PROVIDING that you buy and correctly use the appropriate kit, namely the Scotts Rotary Spreader and, if you've small/awkward areas to cover, the Evergreen Handy Spreader.

Dell 1250C A4 Colour Printer (Colour LED, 10 ppm Colour/12 ppm Mono)
Dell 1250C A4 Colour Printer (Colour LED, 10 ppm Colour/12 ppm Mono)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After 1000+ prints, 19 Dec 2012
After 1000+ prints I can say that we are really pleased with this printer - with the following caveats.

1. The first printer failed 31 days after delivery. Dell only offered a refurbished machine as a replacement. The firm I bought it from (not Amazon) were better and did a very swift collect and replace at no cost, so watch who you buy it from.

2. After about 850 prints the printer stopped dead, saying that the (supplied DELL-branded) black toner cartridge was empty. I'd weighed the cartridges when the machine was delivered, and the "empty" cartridge only weighed 10g less than the brand new weight. I couldn't believe that the cartridge had only been filled with 10g of toner so I set the printer to "non-Dell toner" mode (a procedure which includes a printer reset) but left the Dell cartridges in. Since then it has printed literally hundreds more pages - perfectly.

By the way, my comments refer to an small office environment where the printing is about 50% dense black text only and 50% colour text and graphics - with drafts printed in the very adequate Toner Saving Mode.

I've purchased some "high capacity" non-Dell toner cartridges - but, so far, haven't needed them. If they really contain double the toner of the DELL-branded cartridges supplied with the printer, the toner cost per page will work out at less than one penny per page. Even if we insisted on using Dell-Branded cartridges, though, the cost in our office will not be more than about five pence per page - because if we insisted on using DELL product a new set of four standard cartridges from Amazon is only (as of 19/12/12) 72.97GBP - i.e. you buy a new printer!!

Scotts EasyGreen Rotary Spreader
Scotts EasyGreen Rotary Spreader
Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars After two year's experience ..., 14 Oct 2012
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After two year's experience with this spreader, I give it the thumbs-up. The spreading action and the control to adjust the rate of dispensing have remained pretty constant over the two years. The spread is about 8 foot wide and I've found that the recommended procedure of first performing a run around the perimeter of each lawn and then filling it in with up-then-down straight runs works very well.

Just two warnings. Do hose off the spreader thoroughly after use and then dry it - particularly the rear perch - which has two clips at ground level that are prone to rust slightly. Also, regularly check the tightness of the four nuts and bolts that hold the hopper to the frame. Better still, replace the ineffective lock nuts supplied with nylon-loaded lock nuts and plain washers.

For awkward and/or small areas, I complement this spreader with Scotts Evergreen Handy Spreader. 1600 square metres of lawns done and dusted in about half an hour.

Bach Complete Edition (157 CD, 2 DVD & CD Rom Box Set)
Bach Complete Edition (157 CD, 2 DVD & CD Rom Box Set)
Offered by ____THE_BEST_ON_DVD____
Price: £92.98

75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go on, give it a go!, 26 Jan 2011
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Forty years ago I began buying Bach vocal scores. Kalmus miniature scores, as I wasn't made of money! I guess that I spent about 40 tanks of petrol on them. Forty years later, with older eyes that have a deal of trouble with miniature scores, I come across an offer of ALL of J S Bach's scores in an electronic, zoomable format for just under one tank of petrol! What is more, thrown in with the scores are 157 CDs and 2 DVDs containing performances of (just about) all of Bach's works.

I read some damning-with-faint-praise/sniffy (e.g. "good buy for a novice") reviews of the performances, but went ahead and purchased. I haven't listened and watched (yes, watched, as the two DVDs are videos of the St. Matthew and St. John 1725 version Passions) to all of the discs yet, but enough to say "Yes there are some indisputable faux pas in this set but so there are in the Haenssler and the Teldec sets". IMHO Helen Holton has a relatively weak, boyish, somewhat diction-less voice. If I dare say it - a rather Kathleen Ferrier-ish voice. Of course, for Bach, a boy soprano is not an unreasonable choice - the Teldec version uses boys, after all - although the demands made of the boys is one of the problems with the Teldec set. One can learn to live with Ms. Holton.

The instumentalists are really very good. The pleasure of owning and getting to know the various Complete Works is the way the different players bind together. You realise how good value Bach is as these different bindings come through and teach you something new - and they really do. Another marvellous thing here is that there is not enough ornamentation to drive you to distraction, but just enough novelty to give you real "gosh!" pleasure (Koopman - take note).

The technical side is a bit of a curate's egg. I can imagine that time and money were tight on this project. I understand that the sacred cantatas - which are all brand new recordings - were recorded in bits (loads of chorales one day, continuo recitatives on another) then spliced together. That that is not that obvious is a tribute but there are situations where for technical reasons another try should have been made - most obviously (so far!) at the start of BWV 6.

So, be green. Forgo that tank of petrol and set off on a journey with no end - and only a few bumps and swerves along the way!

Oh, and all of those Scores, too!!

Finally - and this might be just my luck - this is the first such 50+ set I've bought that has exactly the right discs. Others have been supplied with duplicates and missings - in the case of Teldec, even triplicates! These discs come in quality card (i.e. not paper) sleeves, well annotated and colour coded by genre. By the way, don't ask me to explain the groupings of the sacred cantata CDs. First CD is BWVs 80, 82 and 61, last CD is BWVs 41, 29 and 120. Any ideas why?
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LG 32LD690 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 100Hz LCD Internet TV with Freeview HD
LG 32LD690 32-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 100Hz LCD Internet TV with Freeview HD

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This TV's Media Player - a work in progress!, 2 Dec 2010
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I bought this TV two months ago. I'm not going to comment on its TV performance as you'll only pay the extra if you're after the 690-specific extras. The principal extra is the USB-based media-player. This seems to be very much of an afterthought. Once you've learned how to customise the TV picture, don't expect that knowledge to apply to the USB-sourced picture. The settings are quite different and - critically - don't include any control of Aspect Ratio. This is quite critical as the assumption is that all picture pixels are square - which they aren't for anything digitally captured from TV. So what was 16:9 becomes a narrow 5:4 and what was 4:3 becomes a squidged 5:4. A shame. The remote-control buttons for the media player are quite illogically laid out, again, suggesting that the media player is is an afterthought. The buttons offer play, pause, stop, fast forward and fast backwards. Fast backwards rarely works so you end up having to take a two-minute jump back and then edge forward with the fast forward. Oh, and whenever you release the pause function a banner obscures the screen for several seconds. It just shouldn't be like this! Oh, and ejecting the USB device requires about five or six keypresses!

I've discussed these shortcomings with LG - both Customer Service and Technical. The technical guys were quite good although very pessimistic about any change being made. The Customer Service team are of the Atilla the Hun tradition. No help whatsoever.

I got this TV from Amazon when the price was about £400, and I know how to reprocess captured files to 1024 by 576 so that they look right, how to juggle your way backward a bit in a session and how to dismiss the post-pause banner - but I shouldn't need to!. I'd feel quite miffed to be paying the much higher current prices for what is, essentially, a design that is still an early prototype of what it should be. (Remember British Leyland cars in the 70s? ;-}} )

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