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Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, Warm White 3000K, Dimmable
Philips 5W (50W) GU10 Master LED Value Spot Light, Warm White 3000K, Dimmable
Offered by Surplus Trade Supplies
Price: £7.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright for a 5 watt LED lamp, 9 Aug. 2014
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There's not a great deal one can wax lyrical on about a light bulb, other than to say this is a mains powered 240V GU10 fitting lamp and bright for its wattage, giving an area or spot of soft warm white light that is very close to the light temperature and characteristics of a standard tungsten filament "pearl" lamp - i.e. around 2800 degrees C.

Like all "PAR" shape lamps this is primarily a low-power spot lamp which gives a somewhat unfocussed fuzzy "splodge" of soft light rather than the normal quite harsh light from the equivalent quartz-halogen lamp.

The lamp gets hot to touch after about 15 minutes, but not too hot to hold.

Overall, I would recommend this lamp - particularly for those who need a light characteristic similar to that of the long-used but now banned "pearl" tungsten filament lamp.

I hope Philips do a "GLS" shape version of this lamp as I think it would be a hit.

Oh, and it works well with dimmer switches too!

Timeguard FST17A 7-Day Supply Master Fused Spur Timeswitch
Timeguard FST17A 7-Day Supply Master Fused Spur Timeswitch
Offered by Sol*Aire Heating Products Limited
Price: £40.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good design ruined by a moment's lack of thought, 26 April 2014
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The FST17a is a 7-day time switch (max RESISTIVE load 13A) and can be programmed as
7 individual days with unique on-off settings for each day,
5+2 days i.e. Mon-Fri identical on-off times & Sat-Sun identical on-off times or simply as:-
a 24 hour timer with all 7 days on-off periods the same

The good:
Versatile programming options.
Auto daylight saving adjustment i.e. the clock will auto advance & retard one hour each March/October. The clock is not radio controlled though, this is programmed into the timer until 2050.
Simple time switch override & 1/2 hour "boost" by pressing one button.

The bad: (in fact very bad:)
NO earth bonding point or strap meaning no earth for the mounting screws! I really can't understand how this got through BS approval - other than by the unit being double-insulated I guess. What this means is that there is no earth bonding point on the timer module, you must use a single-way terminal connector to connect the earth wire of the appliance being timed to the earth wire coming out of the back box. Not good!

The "Even worse"! The design of the back of the unit prevents it being mounted even in a 42mm metal recessed back box if it has two vertical front plate mounting screw holes as well as two horizontal mounting holes. There is a large protuberance near the top in the middle of the timer (which I suspect is the relay switch) that fouls the two vertical mounting screw brackets on the recessed metal back box. So you have to either hack these brackets off with a hacksaw (pretty difficult in 38mm of space) or do as I did and buy a 42mm depth surface mounting box, carefully widen two of the preformed fixing screw holes and using large washers on the 3.5mm screws, carefully mount the surface mount box onto the spare screw holes in the recessed metal back box and then mount the timer on the surface mounted box which is itself mounted on the recessed metal box. With me so far? Good!

Not fantastic, a right game to do and means the box sticks out a fair bit, but it looks OK and providing you don't over tighten the screws, is firmly mounted. It's out of sight as it's in the airing cupboard. You may have to extend the mains wiring if it's not long enough. I had to extend the wire using two insulated 30A single terminal connectors and a short piece of 2.5mm twin & earth cable.

This design is just daft!

Having said that, the timer is working OK.

I agree with another reviewer that if you use this time switch on inductive loads such as motors & contactors, you may run into trouble with high voltage spikes interfering with the timer electronics. This was a problem I frequently encountered in one of the jobs I had, and sometimes it was a real nightmare to overcome. Apart from fitting some sort of suppression (a suitably rated capacitor or Varistor) there isn't much one can do to eliminate these spikes. So use this time switch on inductive loads at your peril!

I can't really recommend this unit - unless you're going to mount it on a surface box of at least 32mm depth rather than a on a recessed metal box.
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Starlight Hotel DVD (NZ Film) (PAL) (REGION 4)
Starlight Hotel DVD (NZ Film) (PAL) (REGION 4)
Dvd ~ Marshall Napier
Offered by SmokeCDs
Price: £13.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favourite films!, 9 Feb. 2014
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I fell in love with this film the first time I saw it on TV in 1991. Starlight Hotel is a touching, heartwarming film which has a certain refreshing innocence to it.

Great storyline, superb photography, breathtaking landscapes & skies, with a haunting, ethereal and enhancing soundtrack... what more could you want?

Just the film to watch after a tiring & depressing day at work. Let the film lift you up & make you feel "well, perhaps life and the world aren't so bad after all!" - and do so in a non-syrupy, non-sanctimonious way and refreshing way.

Not QUITE a 100% happy ending, but close enough and fitting enough to comply with the storyline.

Based on a book called The Dream Mongers apparently.

Highly recommended.

Meyer Select Advantage Non-stick Cookware Saucepan Set, 5 Piece - Almond
Meyer Select Advantage Non-stick Cookware Saucepan Set, 5 Piece - Almond
Price: £81.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Some good points, one seriously bad, 10 Dec. 2013
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First off, the good points:-

1) Sturdy construction and they look well made as well.

2) Two pouring lips for left or right-handed people.

3) Two grades of strainer built into the lid of the three larger saucepans. Large strainer for say broad beans etc., small strainer for say petits pois or even smaller. You simply rotate the lid to put the required strainer in line with the pouring lip. This ALMOST does away with the need for a colander.

4) They really are non-stick!

Now the not-so-good:-
1) The metal top part of the handles do get hot. This is a very poor piece of design and mars what is in other ways a well-designed product. We have an electric cooker with rings and the handles never got too hot to hold, but I can imagine with a gas flame licking up the side of the pan the handle could get very hot. Not good!

2) The side pouring lips are a double-edged sword. Because the overall height of the pan is considerably reduced by the side pouring lips, the pans boil over very easily and copiously out of the side lips - particularly with the lid on. This could be very dangerous for a small child standing underneath the cooker if one of the lips is near the front of the cooker as the pan boils over. Not good! And it makes a right mess all over your cooker too!

3) The skillet is rather handle-heavy i.e. it has a tendency to tip towards the handle if you're say melting some butter prior to making an omelette. Cue one messy cooker and when used on an electric ring or hob, a kitchen full of smoke... which plays merry hell with any smoke alarm within 50 feet!

I really want to like these pans as they do have some useful design features, look stylish and really are non-stick, but at the same time they have some howlingly fundamental flaws - and in one case a potentially very dangerous flaw.

I honestly can't recommend these pans for everyday use - simply because of the ease with which the pans can boil over and pour scalding water all over any small child who may be underneath the cooker at the time. Oh, and did I mention that the handles get hot?

So near and yet so far!

Pack of Two SureFlap RFID Collar Tags
Pack of Two SureFlap RFID Collar Tags
Offered by DasHeimtierCenter
Price: £17.38

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for testing your Sureflap too!, 4 Dec. 2013
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Both our cats are chipped and enjoying their freedom with the Sureflap, so theoretically I don't need these BUT, I've got no way of testing the Sureflap unless I grab one of our cats & shove it through! They would NOT be amused I'm sure at such undignified treatment!

Enter these Sureflap collar tags. I've put one on a key ring fob and after registering the tag with the Sureflap it works a treat for testing purposes. With the tag in my hand I just put my hand into the tunnel and click! The lock opens confirming the flap is working ok.

Looking at how well the tag works in my tests, it should work very well for any unchipped cat or a cat whose chip has moved or failed (it happens!) and needs one of these tags on a collar in order to operate the Sureflap.

Be aware that cat collars are designed to break off if pulled hard so that the cat can escape if the collar gets caught or trapped on anything.

Not cheap, but very useful - and there's two if one does get lost!

The Last Day of JFK (BBC Audio)
The Last Day of JFK (BBC Audio)
by BBC
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £9.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Informative & Impartial, 28 Nov. 2013
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First off, this CD is a compilation of two BBC radio programmes.

1) "Something Is Terribly Wrong" which was first broadcast on Radio 4 in November 2003 on the 40th anniversary of JFK's assassination.

2) "Alistair Cooke's Letter From America" first broadcast on the BBC Home Service (Radio 4 from 1967) on Sunday 24th November 1963.

Programme 1) is a very informative and impartial account of the awful events of November 22nd 1963 in Dallas Texas and the immediate aftermath of JFK's assassination and which concludes with the assassination of JFK's alleged killer Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack (Ruby) Rubinstein. Interestingly and thankfully, very little time is devoted to the many (and seemingly growing number of) conspiracy theories that abound.

I was impressed with the factual content and emotional aspects of the material presented in this programme and the considerable amount of archive material included - mainly from the Dallas local radio station KLIF and from numerous eyewitnesses still alive in 2003. Well worth a listen even now - ten years after it was broadcast - and on the 50th anniversary of the awful event.

What can one say about Programme 2 other than it is the original recording of Letter From America by the great master himself - Alistair Cooke which covered the events of two days previously. The audio quality is not very good, but this edition was not delivered to the BBC in the usual format of a reel of audio tape couriered by air from the U.S. but via a "live" transatlantic phone link which, in 1963, was not good quality and more akin to a weak signal on a mobile phone today. Nevertheless, it is perfectly and easily audible, it just lacks the usual studio quality and ambience of most of the Letters.

Having been an avid listener to Letter From America for many years, I really do miss listening to those gentle tones of the great man himself as he spent 15 minutes very often talking about not much - and yet made it so absorbing to listen to!

Overall, this is worth buying - particularly as at the time of writing it's the 50th anniversary of the events.

It's worth buying for Letter From America alone in my opinion!

Recommended for student researchers or for general listening.

Bahco 2058S26 Ratchet Socket Bit Set 26-Piece
Bahco 2058S26 Ratchet Socket Bit Set 26-Piece
Offered by Caulfield Industrial
Price: £19.79

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed!, 22 Nov. 2013
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First off this set is VERY small - like the entire box is little bigger than a pack of 20 cigarettes, so it isn't for big tough jobs, but having said that, the ratchet spanner looks to be strong and is beautifully made! It's worth buying this set for the ratchet spanner alone! It's just that I would not recommend using it on jobs that need plenty of "grunt".

I was recommended to buy this set by a gas fitter who came to install our new gas fire. He had to fit a cover screw on the fire in a very tight space and produced this set. I was immediately impressed as the space he had to get in was very tight indeed and no right-angled screwdriver would had fitted, but this ratchet spanner did, so I bought the set - and glad I did! I've used it on several awkward access jobs already with great success.

The rest of the set is nothing overly exciting other than a well-made set of various commonly used 1/4 inch hex bits, a hex to square adapter, an extension bit holder and five metric spanner heads - for which you need the hex to square adapter. See the details in Amazon's description above for details of the hex bits included.

Recommended for getting into those really tight spaces with a decent screwdriver.

Dastardly And Muttley Complete Collection [DVD] [2006]
Dastardly And Muttley Complete Collection [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ William Hanna
Price: £9.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Muttleeeyy! Do Something!!, 29 Oct. 2013
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...which was what Dick Dastardly would bellow as he hurtled earthwards from the wreckage of some wacky aeroplane designed by Klunk to catch the carrier pigeon - hence the title song "Stop the Pigeon, Stop the Pigeon..." etc - the first verse of which goes:-

"Muttley, you snickering flop-eared hound,
When courage is needed you're never around,
And those medals you wear on your moth-eaten chest,
Should be there for bungling at which you are best,
So, Stop the pigeon... etc."

I find it strange that one reviewer said that this series didn't stand the test of time, yet for me it has most definitely aged well. Just shows that just like beauty, humour is also in the eye/ear of the beholder.

I found myself (aged nearly 60!) hooting with laughter until my stomach was in agony at the antics and mishaps depicted in these cartoons that I remember so well from my childhood. No, they can't make them like this anymore sadly (well, perhaps we could make exceptions for The Simpsons & Futurama but that's another story ;))

If like me you've never grown up, then you will enjoy this box set... cartoons at about their best from the days before nannyism & political correctness went mad & stifled the fun out of cartoon humour!

Climate: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Climate: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Mark Maslin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Climate: a very GOOD Introduction!, 19 Sept. 2013
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It's a rare talent to be able to take quite complex scientific principles & theories of operation and to be able to present them in such a way that even the non-Einsteins in society such as myself can understand them and not be bamboozled. Mark Maslin possesses such a talent in spades in my opinion! He is also helped in the book by some superb diagrams that really do add much to the book and are a great help in understanding the somewhat more complex parts of the text.

This tiny book (about the size of a pocket diary) of around 160 pages is part of an ongoing series that now stands at over 350 volumes on such subjects as Wittgenstein, The Spanish Civil War, Probability and so on.

In this volume the author presents the facts about our climate and the way it works and what causes say the various weather patterns that exist in certain parts of the world (e.g. why the weather in north-western Europe is so changeable) in such a clear and concise way whilst at the same time avoids getting the reader bogged down & confused by reams of maths & formulae that really are only for the professional meteorologist. In other words, he only tells you what you NEED to know to understand how the world's climate works. As I said, a rare talent for someone who's a professor of Geography at a well-known London University College!

For the amateur weather forecaster like myself, this book is a really interesting read without becoming either incomprehensible or off-putting, and conveys information in such an easy-to-understand way that even say a child of around 11-12 who's interested in either geography or the weather would easily understand.

The chapter headings are as follows:-

What is Climate?
Atmosphere and Oceans
Weather v. Climate
Extreme Climates
Tectonics and Climate (Very interesting!)
Global Climate Cooling
Great Ice Ages
Future Climate Change (a very timely warning to the world's leaders!)
Fixing Climate Change ( " " " " " " )
Ultimate Climate Change (frightening!)

About the only criticism I can make of the book is that the author is obviously a keen proponent of evolution and, whilst I am quite happy to accept that the earth is as old as he claims, I'm not so sure I agree with the author on how life came into existence on this planet. However, each to their own!

Overall, a superb book on the world's climate and how it works and what drives its various weather systems and why. It is one of the few books I intend to keep for the rest of my life! A truly invaluable little book!

Highly recommended to anyone who, like me, isn't a trained meteorologist, but wants to know more about our world's weather.

Ireland (Regional Railway History)
Ireland (Regional Railway History)
by J.W.P. Rowledge
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Historically accurate, but oh! the proof-reading!, 9 Sept. 2013
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This book was the last volume to be published in the "A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain" series - although it can rightly be argued that Ireland is not part of Great Britain!

Be that as it may, this now rare book is well worth reading by anyone interested in the history of Britain and Ireland's railways as it contains pretty much an accurate as possible potted history of the the railways of Ireland. With the first volume (The West Country) being first published in 1960, the entire series was progressively published (and numerous volumes were updated & reprinted several times) over the next 35 years.

Where this book REALLY falls down though is in the pre-publishing proof reading - or rather the lack of it! "Losing" something becomes "Loosing" for instance: the book also mentions a railway line that was opened in (I think from memory) 1958 and closed in 1932. Sorry, impossible! Opened in EIGHTEEN fifty-eight and closed in 1932 is more like it... and so on! These numerous compositional or typographical errors are down to nothing else than sloppy proof-reading before publication. Such poor proof-reading standards were not allowed to pass uncorrected in the volumes produced by the original publishers of the series i.e. David & Charles of Newton Abbot.

Shame really, as to me, the poor proof-reading of this book mars the overall quality and provides a poor conclusion to a great and unmatchable series of railway history books that in my opinion are nothing less than superb and desperately in need of updating and reprinting.

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