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Masterplug Indoor Power TE7-MP 24-Hour/7-Day Programmable Electronic Timer
Masterplug Indoor Power TE7-MP 24-Hour/7-Day Programmable Electronic Timer
Price: £8.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a budget timer, that doesn't tolerate fools, 8 Jan. 2014
Not a timer for mission critical events, but good for those on a budget. It is tedious to set, and it is easy to set it wrong. The instructions lack essential information. However, if you can program it without a mistake it is reliable in operation (I have been running it for about 8 years), but it is better to "reset" the whole thing (and download the instructions again) each time you change the switching schedule, just to be safe. I seem to @#ck it up every time I change the program,and it takes a few days to ensure it is behaving itself. The trouble is, you cannot tell what program it is running without observing it over a 24 hour period.


The Brain Book
The Brain Book
by Rita Carter
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant reference and introduction to the brain, 19 Feb. 2013
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The best illustrated encyclopedia of the brain I have so far discovered. It helps de-mystify and clarify the most complex object in the universe richly illuminated with appropriate illustrations and diagrams. It should be read by all intelligent children and adults, and would be useful to all those who want to understand this organ for whatever reason.


Mapping The Mind
Mapping The Mind
by Rita Carter
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars at last a readable and up-to-date brain book, 19 Feb. 2013
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This book is readable, comprehensive, well illustrated and as up-to-date as a paper book can be, Pitched at the informed but lay reader, it is also useful as an introduction to 1st degree level psychology and brain studies and general reference book. I find the New Scientist style boxes of information tend to disturb the flow of the text, but this is only a niggle. If the information needs to be there it could be integrated with the main flow of text.


Flowerdust
Flowerdust
by Gwyneth Jones
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Exotic feminist SF, 8 Dec. 2012
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First class science fiction! I enjoyed this book, and the strange Earth near future it describes, exotically set around Malaysia after an alien invasion of Australia and Antarctica, an apocalyptic scenario as a kind of thriller with a dynamic heroine and interesting cast of characters. I won't say any more till I read it again, but I would recommend this to all lovers of quality science fiction, of any age, though I think aimed slightly at the younger end of the market. Better than Arthur C Clarke (who can be a bit nerdy). More humane than Iain M Banks. It wears its science and futurology lightly, but the technologies and politics are interesting and possible. The Amazonian nation (future Thailand? Burma? Sumatra?) where the few remaining men are kept chained up as sex-slave breeding studs for the elite of a nation 99.999% female is memorably elaborated by Ms Jones, and the spooky alien invasion which nobody understands gives a Beckettian background of profound unease and uncertainty to the steamy tropics and spices. No gratuitous or overdescribed violence, and I can't remember any sexual activity, except for the studs. I like all Ms Jones SF genre books for their intelligence and kindness. A good read, and I will read it again.


The Girl Who Played Go
The Girl Who Played Go
by Shan Sa
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.67

5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Who Played Go, 8 Dec. 2012
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I read this about 5 years ago, with great pleasure. Set in Manchuria in the 30s, it documents the early life of a western educated Chinese girl, contrasting eastern and western cultures. In the latter part of the book, in her 20s, living under Japanese military control, and working for the Chinese resistance, she develops a relationship with a Go playing Japanese security officer. It is an intelligent and compassionate book, well written, a page turner, and most revealing about that period of history in the far east. The game of Go, among other things, represents the subtle but brutal interactions between Chinese and the Japanese invaders - but also the power struggle between man and woman, destruction and construction. Go is a constructive game, unlike chess. An excellent novel which I would recommend especially to lovers of Go, people, politics, eastern modern history, WW2, romance and spy thrillers. It contains about three scenes of delightful sex and cruel violence, which though not gratuitous, could be upsetting to those of a sensitive disposition. A good read, well edited, and not too long, my recall of the book is many vivid images, though I never saw the film.


Villaware BLVLLAZ05H 2 Litre Jug Blender Die Cast Metal
Villaware BLVLLAZ05H 2 Litre Jug Blender Die Cast Metal

5.0 out of 5 stars large powerful quality blender, 7 Dec. 2012
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This is a really nice 2 litre blender, well designed, easy to use and to keep clean. The on/off variable speed control is ergonmic and obvious. It looks good and feels like a quality product, at a good price. Quiet and powerful, great for muesli smoothies - the nuts just disappear! It feels like it might last for a while too, heavy and stable on the worktop. Lift off jar is easy to use - no twisting involved in locking it, it just fits on four chunky base studs. I'm not sure how easy the glass jug would be to replace - hope I don't leave a spoon in it like I did with the Tesco liquidizer (which was also good, and only £26). The weight might make it harder for people with arthritis to use - and a smaller volume would be better if you don't make in bulk for freezing, though the jug does have a small internal well that deals with smaller quantities efficiently. Ideal if cooking for a family.
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Equus
Equus
by Tim Flach
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - better than Stubbs, 14 Mar. 2009
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Tim Flach's intention was to carry on where Stubbs left off with the horse, and he has truly succeeded. He is a very good man as well as one of the best animal photographers in the world, and this book made my mother and my daughter, both a little horse mad, extremely happy. I have not heard my mum so enthusiastic about a book for years. It was the best present I have ever given her, she says. Though you don't have to be a horse fanatic to love this book. Photographers can learn much from his brilliant use of outdoor flash balanced with natural light, and his expressive use of framing and significant detail to inspire narrative in the viewer. He is not just another photographer, he is a true artist.


The Wonderful O
The Wonderful O
by James Thurber
Edition: Paperback

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful wonderful O, 20 Dec. 2006
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I'm surprised this book is not better known. I read it when I was twelve, and thought it one of the cleverest and funniest I had read - laugh out loud stuff. It works for adults too - like the best children's writing, so not boring to read at bed-time. I had the edition with the illustrations by Ronald Searle. Would recommend it to any child who reads - 9 - 15. The version I had (Puffin I think) also had the "Thirteen Clocks" which is equally good. Thurber wrote brilliantly for children. He was one of the delights of my childhood. Also - for encouraging 'real book' reading, the language is quite simple, and they are not too long. Every school library should have it.


Man Meets Dog (Routledge Classics)
Man Meets Dog (Routledge Classics)
by Konrad Lorenz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Insight into Doggy Minds, 8 Sept. 2004
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Found this one hard to put down - got it for my teenage daughter. She loved it too. Intelligent and truly enlightening book - a must for all prospective dog (and other animal) carers. Lorenz was close to a real life Dr Doolittle. Read this book now.


Nikon COOLPIX 5700 Digital Camera [5MP 8xOptical]
Nikon COOLPIX 5700 Digital Camera [5MP 8xOptical]

37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nikon Coolpix 5700, 22 Aug. 2003
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A useful high quality picture making tool - sharp big prints even hand-held at 8 x zoom at sea. An improvement in usability compared to the Coolpix 4500 I had before, but miss the quick "museum" and other quick pre-sets of the 4500. Much faster reactions - but still seems slow compared to SLR. Much better for people and sports, but room for improvement. Preview quicker and easier. Adobe Photoshop Elelements is excellent value for money. Works well with Win XP. Wonderful lens! Excellent for night time landscapes, but still have exposure problems in backlit situations - can't tell if I'm freezing the autofocus or the autoexposure when I half press the shutter, but this requires reading the book :-(. Good looking design and reasonable ergonomics, though accidental operation of controls is too easy. Finger naturally lies across the red-eye reduction light making it useless.
Downs: Low light auto-focussing poor - especially in macro and telephoto use - haven't sussed manual focussing yet! Dingey low-res internal view-finder. Flare and some lighting siuations causes stripey bars to appear in the picture.
Can't use "bulb" setting (e.g. to capture lightning) unless you buy the extra shutter release cable and controller. Otherwise you have to hold the shutter open with your finger on the button because the self timer doesn't control "bulb" time settings.
External LCD sceen small and invisible in strong light.
No undo on delete.
Need 3 - 4 extra batteries for a day's shoot - eats power.
Need at least 256 Mb card - bigger the better.
Shutter release cable expensive. No camera case.
Battery pack be very useful addition. In car battery chargers hard to find.
Could be faster and easier to use, but still overall more useful than a film SLR for art/documentary photography in secondary teaching context.


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