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Brother MFC-J650DW A4 All-In-One Colour Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer
Brother MFC-J650DW A4 All-In-One Colour Wireless Multifunction Inkjet Printer
Offered by PremiumBrands-4-Less
Price: £97.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars After a struggle! And then failure., 4 Jun 2014
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Bought this to replace a 7 year old Canon MP-830 which had died. I needed to be able to print lengthy documents with double-sided landscape pages, which the Canon could do without any problems whatsoever, and also occasional photocopying and scanning. I do not need WiFi or FAX. I bought Brother because the latest Canon printers appear to be much poorer quality than the MP-830 and they have an even greater greed for ink.

Basic set up was easy but for a long time it would either print landscape pages single-sided or portrait pages double-sided, which was not what I wanted. And if I threatened to overtax its tiny little mind it sulked and told me that there was a paper jam, when there was none! However, the Brother web site's FAQs did provide an answer and now all seems to be well. But I do feel that it should have been possible to do this from the supplied manual and it seems a bit light weight and flimsy so only 4 out of 5!

Two months later, I still found it recalcitrant. It can print fast and quietly but takes a long time to decide to do anything. I cannot find any way of persuading it to copy double-sided. And to day it has again falsely claimed that it has a paper jam when there is no paper in it. Following pulling all the levers it asks me to do it now says "unable to print 6F". Well, I can take a hint and it can go in the skip tomorrow. In short, a useless piece of cheap plastic rubbish.


The Quintinshill Conspiracy: The Shocking True Story Behind Britainís Worst Rail Disaster
The Quintinshill Conspiracy: The Shocking True Story Behind Britainís Worst Rail Disaster
by Jack Richards
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Book to be avoided, 9 May 2014
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This is a very bad book indeed. Its sole purpose is to argue that much new evidence has come to light indicating quite different reasons for the Quinitinshill crash, which was directly caused by two signalmen acting in breach of well established rules which lead to one forgetting that a stationary passenger train was left at signals on the main line. He then accepted a troop train which crashed into it and the wreckage was then hit by an express, with the cumulative loss of some 240 lives.

Specifically, the two authors tend to argue that the breach of rules was partial and irrelevant; that the two signalmen were over worked by war time traffic, that one of them had a pre-existing medical condition that lead directly to his failures and that the railway company should have known of this and of a considerable degree of supervisory failures. They then move directly from this thesis to accuse the company of a cover up, with the direct collusion of the Government and of the Scottish judiciary, police and prison services.

Unfortunately they provide virtually no new evidence at all. It has been apparent since 1915 that the company's senior officers were endeavouring to place their own actions or inactions in the most favourable light possible. The only medical evidence is that the day after the collision, the signalman most directly affected was prostrate with nerves and "had been having fits". Well he might be after killing 240 people! Any evidence that he was perfectly fit before and during the events is disregarded and evidence of his health during his subsequent prison sentence is also discounted as part of a government conspiracy.

The employment in menial capacities of both signalmen by the railway company after their release from prison is also seen as evidence of a pre-trial conspiracy brokered by the government to avoid embarrassing the managerial classes.

The book seems to oscillate wildly between implying that the signalmen's direct managers should have joined them in the dock and suggesting that it was all an unfortunate accident that should have lead to no prosecutions at all!

There is no real recognition that the strains of war might have impinged on the supervisors as well as the signalmen - only criticism of them for trying to maintain as far as possible peace time service standards for their paying customers. There is no recognition that it was the demands of war that lead to the use of elderly coaches for the troop train and that this was inevitable. There seems to be no knowledge that gas lighting for coaches continued well into the 1930s and that therefore it is not very helpful to criticise its continued use in 1915!

The only evidence that was new to me related to the activities of Jimmy Thomas MP, the leader of the National Union of Railwaymen at the time. First the union very properly organised the legal representation of the initially three railway servants (including the fireman of the stationary passenger train) who were charged with manslaughter. Unfortunately they engaged only one solicitor to represent three men with conflicting interests and that individual failed to do much of a job of bringing out any of the points that the authors consider now to be relevant. To them, of course, they are strongly tempted to regard this is just one more example of a middle-class conspiracy!

Secondly I had not been aware before that Thomas obtained the early release of his members from their remarkably lenient prison sentences by threatening the Government with a national rail strike in the middle of the war. This act of capitulation to an threat of near treason in war time has understandably received little publicity from its various participants.

In short, this is classic case of a book with two major failings for an alleged work of history. The first is that of the authors making bold assertions,that the that the signalmen were released early from their remarkably light prison sentences due to a quite outrageous threat in the middle of the war by their union's leader to call for a near general strike if they were not so released. This act of near treason in the middle of the Somme campaign has not been documented before, as far as I am aware.

This is a classic case of a book purporting to be a work of history but in fact applying two major errors. The first is of making bold assertions and, when there is no evidence to back them up, claiming that this absence itself is clear evidence of conspiracy! The second is of applying the standards of the early 21st century to events that happened in the early 20th century. Now every one in sight would have been investigated, pilloried for not having written a 30 page safety assessment before each shunting decision and prosecuted to within an inch of their lives. Then, those concerned cleared the track in two days, buried their dead and got on with fighting the war.

Finally, on a matter of trivial importance, I had thought that the railwayman in charge of the operation of a train was correctly described as the "Guard" in this country, certainly until the late 1990s when "train manager" became fashionable! The book uses the term "brakesman" for these individuals, which I have only seen used in the context of those unfortunates serving on American or continental goods trains who ran along the roofs of wagons to apply hand brakes in the days before continuous train brakes were introduced. Was the Caledonian Railway different from other British railways in this respect?
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Lifemax 250.1 Floor Standing High Vision Reading Light
Lifemax 250.1 Floor Standing High Vision Reading Light
Offered by 365-home-zone
Price: £38.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terminal Failure after 11 months, 4 Oct 2013
Lamp worked very well for 11 months until there was a flash from the sealed base unit and it failed. New bulb was tried but naturally made no difference. So lamp goes on the skip.
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TomTom Gooseneck Universal Mount
TomTom Gooseneck Universal Mount
Offered by Burrows Store
Price: £17.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tom Tom Gooseneck Universal Mount, 20 Jan 2012
This product just did not work for me. It repeatedly fell off the windscreen and I found the suction adjustment difficult to use and ineffective - and like all Tom Tom products it isn't cheap.


Headhunter
Headhunter
by Jo Nesboe
Edition: Perfect Paperback

90 of 105 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware, 10 Dec 2010
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This is a German language book which is not made clear on the website or on the front cover. I did not discover this until I started packing Christmas prezzies long after I had scrapped my invoice, so I cannot return it. A rip-off!
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