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500g Iron Sulphate heptahydrate 99%. Moss killer !!!
500g Iron Sulphate heptahydrate 99%. Moss killer !!!
Offered by Minerals water
Price: 2.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain, 18 Mar 2014
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This is so cheap compared to the stuff you can buy at the garden centre and it is very effective. I dissolved it in water to apply it, which was a bit harder work than using lawn sand, but much more accurate and I don't have any parts of the lawn that have been either fried or missed. Highly recommended.


Berklee Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary
Berklee Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary
by Rick Peckham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars OK but a bit verbose, 18 Mar 2014
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This is aimed at guitarists but half of each page is taken up with diagrams showing the notes on a staff, which I don't think most of us care about. However, I would like the chord diagram to show at least the root of the chord and preferably all the degrees of the chord. I've seen this done much better in other books. I do prefer the approach they have taken of showing only one example of the chord. I have other books that are 12 times the size they need to be because they show the same information for all 12 notes. It's not a comprehensive guide to jazz chords, but it is compact and accessible.


Vocabulaire Progressif Du France
Vocabulaire Progressif Du France
by Miquel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Resource, 18 Mar 2014
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This is one of 2 books and I have all three. They are all in French and therefore are best suited to someone who has enough French to be able to understand them. I don't understand how this beginner's level could possibly be used by a beginner. It starts by teaching you to say "Bonjour", but explains everything in French that you couldn't possibly know yet. It's very good as a revision book, though, and I am picking lots of little things I didn't know.

There is a wide range of vocabulary with good hints on usage, the kind of thing you don't get in a dictionary. For example, vieux is considered a negative word and age (excuse lack of accents) is preferred. Best of all, there is lots of French text which is quite easy to understand and which gives lots of examples of how to say things. It's all delivered in bite sized chunks so, although there is quite a lot to learn, it is not as daunting as it might be.


Vocabulaire Progressif: Vocabulaire Progressif - Livre: Niveau Intermediaire
Vocabulaire Progressif: Vocabulaire Progressif - Livre: Niveau Intermediaire
by Miquel
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.80

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Resource, 18 Mar 2014
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This is one of 2 books and I have all three. They are all in French and therefore are best suited to someone who has enough French to be able to understand them. There is a wide range of vocabulary with good hints on usage, the kind of thing you don't get in a dictionary. For example, vieux is considered a negative word and age (excuse lack of accents) is preferred. Best of all, there is lots of French text which is quite easy to understand and which gives lots of examples of how to say things. It's all delivered in bite sized chunks so, although there is quite a lot to learn, it is not as daunting as it might be.


5L Pump Action Pressure Sprayer - use with water, fertilizer or pesticides
5L Pump Action Pressure Sprayer - use with water, fertilizer or pesticides
Offered by Garden Selections
Price: 8.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Handy gadget, 18 Mar 2014
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I found this very useful for the job I had in mind and it worked fine. There are a couple of little usability problems with it but nothing serious. First, the strap supplied is pretty useless and it has a habit of fouling the pressure relief valve, which lets out all the pressure. I threw it out and got on much better without it. The tube from the container to the gun does the same thing, but it's easy to avoid problems by turning the container so that the tube doesn't hit the release valve. When the container is full of liquid you can only pump it a few times to get pressure and consequently you only get a few seconds spray time. This gets better as the container empties. I guess it's a matter of physics and the only solution would be a bigger container with more space at the top. BTW it says in the instructions to pump 25 times, but it can't be done because the release valve blows. I would have liked a longer nozzle to avoid having to bend over.

Apart from those little things, it did the job well.


Hal Leonard Guitar Method - Jazz Guitar (with Audio): A Comprehensive Guide with Detailed Instruction and Over 40 Great Jazz Classics
Hal Leonard Guitar Method - Jazz Guitar (with Audio): A Comprehensive Guide with Detailed Instruction and Over 40 Great Jazz Classics

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro To Jazz Guitar, 28 Feb 2014
Sorry to disagree with some of the other reviewers, but this really is a great little book to get you started in jazz. I've owned it for about 10 years and I still keep coming back to it to look things up or remind myself. You are not going to find a "play-in-a-day" book for jazz guitar; it's a big step up from playing major and minor chords and pentatonic solos and the learning curve is steep. This book approaches the subject in a logical, systematic way and is quite easy to follow, but there is a lot to learn. If you buy the book expecting to be able to play jazz after a few weeks' practice you are in for a disappointment. Treat it as a long term project instead and you will find the book to be very helpful.

The book does a very good job of explaining chords - the theory of how chords are constructed with a comprehensive list of chord diagrams to get you started. It would be better if it showed chord shapes in more than 2 positions, but 2 will get you going.

The sections on soloing are very well written and explain the theory in a very comprehensible manner. It gives lots of examples of soloing in different styles. When you start out you will find it hard to hear how the sample solos fit with the chord changes, that's a matter of ear training and practice, but it will come eventually.

The book touches of chord melody and intros and endings. These sections are very much an overview, which is what you need when you start out.

It's not a comprehensive jazz guitar manual, but it provides a very readable overview and enough information to get you started. Highly recommended


An Approach to Jazz Improvisation: A Step-By-Step Guide for All Musicians (Musicians Institute: Private Lessons)
An Approach to Jazz Improvisation: A Step-By-Step Guide for All Musicians (Musicians Institute: Private Lessons)
by Dave Pozzi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.43

4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not for beginners, 15 Dec 2013
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This book is full of practical examples of great, jazzy lines to play. The section on improvising over ii V i progressions gives examples of the styles of several top jazz musicians and is fantastic. The CD is a must because he uses it to demonstrate the phrasing, which doesn't come out from the dots. It's not for beginners though. The music is all quite up tempo - it's mostly in a bebop idiom - and the lines are quite hard to play at speed (they were for me, anyway).


Writing Better Lyrics
Writing Better Lyrics
by Pat Pattison
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A serious book about language, 15 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Writing Better Lyrics (Paperback)
This is a much more in-depth look at lyrics than the Berklee Songwriting course that Pat runs on Coursera. It's a study of the use of language and I found it very helpful and challenging. It talks about descriptive writing and the use of metaphor as a means of moving from simplistic narrative towards more intriguing ways of saying things. Very good!


Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: From 1000 CE to the Present v. 2: A History of the World
Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: From 1000 CE to the Present v. 2: A History of the World
by Robert Tignor
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat contrived, American centric view of the world, 15 Dec 2013
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I bought this to use on the Coursera MOOC, "History of the World from 1300AD", which was offered by Princeton. I found the course to be little more than a set of videos in which the lecturer presented the contents of the book, which was a very slow way of acquiring that information, so I dropped out and read the book instead.

The authors claim that the overriding theme of the history of the world over the last 700 years is increasing globalization. The book tries to tie every episode of world history into this idea. It's very contrived. They manage to construct the connections to globalization but completely overplay how important that was and try to turn minor aspects of world history into the most important thing that was happening in the world at that time. It's nonsense.

One of the most annoying and erroneous ideas the authors put forward is that the nation state came about because globalization created the conditions for it and that did not happen until the late 18th, early 19th century. I think Britain, France and Spain, to name but a few, would beg to differ with this point of view. They seem to think that Britain did not become a nation state until after the Act of Union with Scotland and only the current nations count as nation states. I do agree that America became a nation state during this period.

I also became very irritated by the number of times Britain was cited as having been evil and caused great harm, and given no credit for the good things it did.

The book does succeed in saying something about the history many areas of the world, but, of necessity, what it has to say is very superficial. It is a reasonable starting point for further reading but it's not very informative.

I was a bit shocked that this text book, written by professors at Princeton and designed to be taught at one of the world's leading universities, contained such idiot-level reviews and test at the end of each topic. They were at the level of, read 2 pages of text and answer yes or no to 10 questions that ask if you understood what you read. I don't know if this is the American way, but it would have been considered an insult to our intelligence when I studied O Level history at school.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Big and clunky, 15 Dec 2013
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They work very well and I have no complaints in that regard. The sensor picks up motion well and the light is very bright, which isn't necessarily a good thing. Rather than provide a guide to the stairs, one lamp alone floods the hall with light, disturbing anyone whose bedroom door is not closed. The battery life is amazingly good, one set of batteries has lasted about a year. They are much bigger than I was expecting and there is no way to install them discretely. Since they aren't very beautiful I decided to make do with one light. A better solution would be two or three much smaller lights.


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