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River of Destiny
River of Destiny
by Barbara Erskine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.06

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter Tosh, 14 Aug 2012
This review is from: River of Destiny (Hardcover)
I started reading this book as it was chosen for my book group. A sense of duty to the group forced me to keep on reading it, but couldn't keep going and gave up about halfway through.

The plot creaks with contrivance & artificiality, and the characters are cardboard cutouts. The author tries to invoke a feeling of deep historical mysticism but merely invokes a feeling of falseness.

I resent the time I wasted reading this book.

Bosch AXT 25 D Quiet Shredder
Bosch AXT 25 D Quiet Shredder
Price: 279.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 15 Jun 2012
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In Summary:-

Good Points
* Good for thick brittle sticks
* Efficient administration of warranty repairs

Bad points
* Unreliable
* Virtually useless for soft stems
* Gets gummed up by softy/leafy material
* Prone to pressure plate wearing away quickly

This is a review after 14 months of occasional use. During that time the shredder has broken down twice (electrics blew) and been back for repair under warranty. The first time (after about 4 or 5 sessions of use) it went in they tried to charge me about 50 to replace a worn pressure plate - which wasn't related to the break down and which I hadn't asked to be replaced.

To get technical, the machine works by a sharp toothed steel cog wheel running against an aluminium anvil/pressure plate. The distance/pressure between these 2 must be adjusted via a knob on the side. There is an optimum adjustment of this knob which you must find. Too weak and the shredder doesn't shred, too strong and the aluminium pressure plate wears away.

With thickish, dry, brittle sticks (say around 0.5 - 2.5 cm) this sweet spot is fairly easy to find and the shredder works well. With soft green stems the sweet spot is virtually non-existent - if you adjust the knob soft enough not wear away the pressure plate then the stems are not cut through, merely squeezed in places. One of the other reviewers said that this doesn't matter - I disagree, if I've paid over a 200 for a shredder I expect it to shred.

If the stems are leafy (eg Leylandii) then the the leafy bits just gum up and block the throat of the shredder. They also stick to the cog wheel and the bits that do pass thro' come back round again. You then have to stop, loosen the pressure right off, remove the top of the unit and try pull out the blockage from both above and below the cutting point. You might have to do this every few minutes.

The last time I used it (on leylandii) I ended up giving up the with the shredder, making a pile of the stems and running over it repeatedly with my lawn mower. Not very pretty, but much much quicker than using the shredder.

Ironically the instructions that come with the machine recommend shredding fresh green material rather than older, brittle material. Presumably advice from a engineer, wanting to reduce mechanical stress on the workings, rather than a tester that had actually used the machine.

Vax U91-LF-B LiFE Cordless Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Vax U91-LF-B LiFE Cordless Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner
Price: 99.99

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fundamental Design Fault, 9 May 2012
I've had this vacuum for about a year now and in summary the cordless aspects are OK, but the basic design as a vacuum cleaner renders it a real pain.

The problem is that the pathway from the head to the dirt collection chamber is too narrow and too convoluted. This means that it gets blocked with carpet fluff by about every other time you use the machine. Too clear the blockage you have to:-
* Remove the head
* Take the head apart suing a screwdriver (7 or 8 screws to remove - careful you don't lose any!)
* Remove fluff and dirt from the head (hopefully you can do this just using your fingers)
* Remove the fluff from the main body of the cleaner using a bent wire coat hanger - this is a real fiddle.
* Put the whole thing back together again.

Once you've got the thing clean it sucks reasonably well considering it's a cordless and the battery lasts just long enough for me to vacuum my whole house (2.5 bed bungalow). The on/off switch is very conveniently placed.

It strikes me that Vax used their expert engineers to design the cordless aspects of the cleaner, but gave the job of designing the rest of it to the work experience youth.

I should have waited for the Dyson.
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Walk! La Palma
Walk! La Palma
by Davis Charles
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 16 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Walk! La Palma (Paperback)
Practical experience of a handful of walks from this book is that it is OK for classic standard walks on the island, except the author gives a lot of confusing unnecessary detail (perhaps to make the walk his own?). For example Walk 33 (Barranco de las Angustias), the walk would be easy to follow if the author had just said "follow the series of large signs to 'Zona Acampada' until you get to the dam". However he virtually ignores these.
On a circular route of his own devising (Walk 1) at one point he tells us to ignore "a branch to El Pajead de Charuco". On the ground it is impossible to tell which is the branch and which is 'his' track, because a) he doesn't bother to say whether the branch is to the left or the right, b) there is no signpost and c) neither the map in the book nor the companion map from Discovery Walking Guides shows El Pajead de Charuco.
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Sony Alpha A100 DSLR Digital Camera Lens Kit - Silver (10.2MP) 2.5" LCD Screen With 18-70 Lens
Sony Alpha A100 DSLR Digital Camera Lens Kit - Silver (10.2MP) 2.5" LCD Screen With 18-70 Lens

6 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Issues with Flash, 14 Dec 2006
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Do not buy this camera if you want to use your existing flash unit, or if you wish to use Studio Flash. This is because the hot shoe only fits Sony own brand flash units, there is no PC connector on the camera, and Sony do not sell a compatible hot shoe adapter. There is also no way to turn off the pre-flash.

Otherwise good.

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