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Black & Decker GL310 300W 2 Handled Strimmer
Black & Decker GL310 300W 2 Handled Strimmer
Price: 26.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Line feed lets down an otherwise good product, 10 Jun 2013
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The strimmer itself is light and well constructed. Easy to assemble and the cable can be wound around the handle and post of the strimmer in a figure of eight.

However, that is as good as it gets.

Like many others I could not get the bump feed to work automatically at all and had to operate it manually which meant I had to keep going into the house, turn off the electricity and back again every few seconds, because that is as long as the line lasts just strimming daisies and dandelions and the edge of the lawn. Not turning the electricity off makes it dangerous to manually operate the 'bump' mechanism.

At one point it disappeared completely and I had to take it apart and then rewind the line. This then became a complete nightmare because the nylon was very springy and kept wanting to unravel before I could get the line cassette back into the housing. It took several attempts.

This problem then started to repeat -line disappearing etc, and when there was still quite a bit of line left, it started to unravel in the cassette and jammed completely.

The only plus point is that Amazon make it very easy to return for a refund.


Brother HL-2130 Mono Laser Printer
Brother HL-2130 Mono Laser Printer
Price: 77.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value, 14 May 2013
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Taking other reviews into consideration for this and other laser printers, I am very pleased that I purchased this at a very good price at the time.

I'm a fairly light user and so won't be able to comment on how well it does with constant daily use, but so far the only minor quibble is that the fan does run on and on an on after printing has finished. That said, it is still so much quieter than my old HP 4L, and faster and cleaner too, so it's a small quibble.

The only other thing which would help is for the specs to say what else needs to be purchased if not already in situ. In this case, and thanks to the comments by other buyers, I knew that I needed to purchase the printer to pc cable. I purchased the one that was linked by Amazon as being the one other buyers bought which has been fine.

The instructions actually say that it should be 2 metres, whereas the one I bought was 3 metres, but it does not seem to make any difference.

The printer seems of a sturdy construction for its type and the paper tray holds a decent amount of paper. It does not need an expensive finished paper either.

I wanted to give the printer something like 4.8 stars but as it's only 4 or 5, I think on balance, it deserves the full 5.


Leonard Smith Inspire Calendar
Leonard Smith Inspire Calendar

3.0 out of 5 stars Good photos - shame about the paper, 6 Jan 2013
This review is from: Leonard Smith Inspire Calendar
The photos are good, although nothing outstanding.

What marks this calendar down is that it is supposed to be one to use - to write reminders in the daily slots on the page below the pictures. However, I have tried no less than 5 different kinds of pen and each one remains wet for nearly two hours and even then, I resorted to using blotting paper. What is the point of producing a working calendar on such shiny paper that it cannot be used without smudging?

It means that if you want to add a reminder on any following month, you either do it in pencil which also does not take very well and is hard to read, or in rollerball /ballpoint / felt tip / overhead acetate pen / sharpie pen .................. and then either leave it for a couple of hours, use blotting paper, or end up with smudges all over the photo of the following month.

This then ruins any attractiveness of the photos.

Also, although the paper may from a 'responsible source', producing such a shiny and over polished finish uses more resources overall and cancels out the effect of any responsibly sourced paper.

It is perfectly possible to produce calendars that can be used as intended, with more a less polished, more matt finish and still show the photos to a good standard.

Sadly, as this was a present, I have to have it out on display. I shall discretely source and use my own workable calendar which does not smudge.


Secrets of the Fire Sea
Secrets of the Fire Sea
by Stephen Hunt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Confusing at best, a gory mess with lost oppportunities at worse., 13 Nov 2012
As the other reader who has rated this a one star, I found this very difficult and confusing to get into. It certainly didn't explain that it was part of a series, and as such it wasn't until at least chapter 4 before I was even beginning to 'see' the landscape and urban structures.

I had the constant feeling that I had missed a whole load that would help me move into the scenes. It seemed that far too much was in the author's imagination which was not shared with the reader.

If an author is trying to build a totally different reality, he or she needs to give more time to detail and ensure that the picture any reader will conjure makes sense.

The other really naff aspect of this book was how names and titles were used. Philip Pullman's alternative universes in the Dark Materials trilogy work because he takes it seriously, not by being flippant.

eg, altering an old word of 'damsel' to 'damson' for some kind of female title came across as a rather childish joke. Ham Yard for a Scotland Yard equivalent??? It's just neither funny nor clever.

Then the science-fiction aspect waves all over the place as the plot tries to emulate aspects of the film version of the H G Wells classic, the Time Machine. The timings of what is happening to whom don't work either in terms of days or weeks. The potential to build on the discovery in the heart of the island is just tossed aside, because the 'characters' have been there long enough and have to get back - so the whole lot is just destroyed. The moral message of wisdom is equally tossed into the melting pot to justify the plot - it doesn't work.

Finally, derring-do? Sorry, it's just the same old blood-bath at the end ,so often employed by authors who can't work out how to complete their plot elegantly, with inexplicable and unworkable statistics on casualties and the heroes surviving ludicrous physical attacks which finish off everyone around them.

I won't be reading any of the other books in the series.


Yoke
Yoke

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful nightdress, 27 Sep 2012
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This review is from: Yoke (Apparel)
This is a gorgeous nightdress which is made with very generous proportions but in a design which will fit a wide range of sizes and always look lovely. The top includes white embroidery and small areas in the flowers of open network. The long sleeves include a generous sized cuff to avoid pinching the arms when asleep.

The only slight misgiving - hence the 4 stars - is that the material and cotton stitching is quite fine and it would be better if it the cotton thread and material was of a slightly thicker construction. On turning over in bed one night, some of the stitching on the pintucks has pulled and broken so has needed a repair - easily done but not everyone can manage this.


Regatta Stormbreak Adults Waterproof Jacket Raincoat - 3 Colours Sizes S - XXXL
Regatta Stormbreak Adults Waterproof Jacket Raincoat - 3 Colours Sizes S - XXXL
Price: 9.50 - 14.85

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good value, 27 Sep 2012
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This is a very good product both for the price and in its construction. Sizes are fairly accurate although it might help to choose a size larger if you're not sure and may want to wear a warm fleece or jumper underneath, which given the weather this summer has been very necessary.


Mystique
Mystique
Price: 10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful, 23 Aug 2012
This review is from: Mystique (Audio CD)
This album takes the listener to a different time and place. It has a gentle but seductive relaxing quality. The haunting singing on the first track pulls you into a world where you can almost feel yourself moving on desert ships, and then onto secret rooms in hidden palaces.

Wychazel has produced another great album as beautiful in transporting the listener into a world of mystery as his other albums are deeply earthly spiritual.

An excellent album for relaxing, sensual self-indulgence.


Shaman 2: The Healing Drum
Shaman 2: The Healing Drum
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A really great album, 23 Aug 2012
This is a fantastic album of beautifully composed and performed Shamanic drumming. The 3 drumming tracks are very powerful for use in trancework as well as being simply great to sit and listen to for centring or for dance-work with friends.

The tracks include other instruments interspersed with the drumming. I was interested to see if this would detract from the drumming - it does not. The additional instruments and sounds are added to really great effect which is what makes this such a fantastic album.

Wychazel has got this one just perfect.


Cotton Victorian Style Nightdress - El
Cotton Victorian Style Nightdress - El
Offered by The 1 for U Ltd
Price: 29.95

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Nightdress but sizing not as described, 13 July 2012
I purchased one of these on the basis that it would be a generous fit for me as I'm between a 16-18. The cotton is a good quality as are the lace inserts. The sleeves are a comfortable fit at the shoulders and are a fairly loose fit at the hem so they don't pinch. The length for me (at 168cm) is a little on the short size coming down to mid lower leg.

It has shrunk slightly and whilst it is comfortable, it is most certainly not too generous and I would not recommend it for anyone over a size 18.


Small Spaces (Home Series)
Small Spaces (Home Series)
by Jo Pauwels
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.61

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing - lost opportunity, 11 April 2012
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I wasn't expecting a great book of ideas and photos, but this is the other end of the spectrum. It is dated. Whilst there are some diverse schemes, a great deal is very much of the same ilk in a kind of retro, modern living, harsh lines, dark depressing colour schemes approach. Hardly any of the rooms looking as if they would be anything other than 'show rooms'. Some of them look more like business type, functional schemes, or set out to provide photo-shoots that make a statement which is nothing to do with small spaces at all.

For example. one photo shows a very dark grey brick wall into which a fireplace has been placed at quite a high level, and in front of which, about 1 metre away, three separate, 'waiting room' style black chairs are placed in a row, with a red plastic chair at the side half facing the other three. It has a feeling of lining up people to watch a screen that is not there, or to face some kind of questioning.

Another shows the large, high ceilinged, "children's" bedroom which is supposed to display the floor, only that part isn't shown, but the room is painted with a huge black wall with a black shelf, two single white bed-linen beds and a couple of token tiny toys and books on the shelf.

Even worse, many of the photos are repeated in the book as if the publishers couldn't afford to find enough different locations.

However, the worst part of this book is that it has virtually nothing to do with small spaces. The smallest are good sized, normal rooms for any situation, the largest rooms are just huge.

I won't be buying any more in the series as this has been very misleading and a huge disappointment.


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