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Brilliant
Brilliant
by Roddy Doyle
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 7.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Brilliant, 12 Jun 2014
This review is from: Brilliant (Hardcover)
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Depression, the Black Dog on the cover, is a bold subject to tackle in a book for children but Doyle handles it skilfully.

I really enjoyed this book – the construct is neat (taking a metaphor literally), the story moves along at a good pace and the dialogue is a brilliant as ever.

As enjoyable as his adult fiction.

Now I only need to persuade my teenage son to read it!


Targus Geo Gibson Messenger Bag for 15.6 inch Laptop - Grey
Targus Geo Gibson Messenger Bag for 15.6 inch Laptop - Grey
Price: 40.79

3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Bag, 9 Jun 2014
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I have mixed feelings about this bag and after two weeks of constant use I am still a little conflicted.

The bag is very (very) lightweight and well made. The internal compartments are well padded and well suited for carrying laptops and tablets. The shoulder strap is

While this bag won't win any bag beauty parades but it is not unattractive.

The issues are:
The handle is absurdly thin (and feels flimsy); a more substantial handle is required,.
Some of the design 'twiddles' are annoying; for example the faux leather fixtures for the front flap.


Rapesco Heavy Duty Punch, Hole Punch, P1100
Rapesco Heavy Duty Punch, Hole Punch, P1100
Price: 50.74

5.0 out of 5 stars The last hole punch I will ever buy, 8 Jun 2014
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To be honest, this hole punch is a little over specified for my requirements. That said it makes every other hole punch I've ever used (let alone owned) seem inadequate.

Fantastic.


Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Rapesco Supaclip 60 Dispenser with 8 Clips
Price: 6.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice alternative to staples and/or paper clips, 8 Jun 2014
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I was a little unsure about what to expect when I ordered this product. I was very pleasantly surprised; once I actually used it, it all made sense.

It is essentially a super paper clip, working particularly well in situations where there is too much paper for an ordinary paper clip or staple.

The dispenser is neat, easy to use and easy to refill. Recommended.


Are We All Scientific Experts Now?
Are We All Scientific Experts Now?
by Harry Collins
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.33

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 30 May 2014
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This short book feels more like an essay than it book. It explores the sociology of science (and the sociology of scientific knowledge).

This is an interesting book covering different types of expertise and looking at the reasons for the dramatic decline in confidence in science and scientists.

I’m not entirely convinced by the arguments but the case (for the treatment of science and scientists) is interesting and well presented, providing considerable food for thought. I expect to re-read this book in the near future.

A very good read.


Belkin USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter 10/100Mbps for Macbook/Ultrabooks
Belkin USB 2.0 Fast Ethernet Adapter 10/100Mbps for Macbook/Ultrabooks
Price: 17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective, 27 May 2014
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The combination of a laptop without an Ethernet port and temperamental home WiFi was causing problems. This has provided the solution.

It just works (although it does appear to work best with a dedicated USB port (rather than via a USB hub)).


NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
NOCO G7200UK Genius Smart Battery Charger
Price: 38.83

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Charger, 5 May 2014
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The charger was much smaller, lighter (and generally portable) than I had expected, although It's been so long since I used or needed a battery charger that my expectations may have been seriously out of date.

It is compact and feels well-made. It comes with good quality connectors. I haven't used the wall mounting but it looks good and I will use it if I ever move to a house with an attached garage.

As others have pointed out the manual is something of a challenge, but the charger is pretty simple and intuitive.

Overall this is a really nice charger; very impressed.


Corsair CA-9011124-EU Vengeance 1500 V2 USB Dolby 7.1 Comfortable Gaming Headset - Gunmetal Grey
Corsair CA-9011124-EU Vengeance 1500 V2 USB Dolby 7.1 Comfortable Gaming Headset - Gunmetal Grey
Price: 74.02

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality headphones, 29 April 2014
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My only real compliant about these headphones is that they are very large and you look a little like a Cyberman wearing them. I tried to use them at work but everyone assumes you are playing games!

They are extremely comfortable, even when being used for extended periods. Both my son and I found them comfortable, so they appear to work for a range of head sizes.

The sound quality, particularly the stereo is stunning.


BOOMco Dual Defenders Blasters
BOOMco Dual Defenders Blasters
Price: 14.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Fun, 29 April 2014
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Two guns, 6 bullets and a target.

The guns are well made with a fairly stiff pull back mechanism for 'cocking' the gun. They shoot one dart/bullet at a time. the shot is fairly powerful and accurate - it is possible to hit the target from over 10m away.

The 'stick' technology works as advertised; the bullets only stick to the targets (both the target provided and the targets integrated with the guns).

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I took them into work and chaos ensued.


G Data Internet Security 2013 1 user 1 year license (PC)
G Data Internet Security 2013 1 user 1 year license (PC)
Price: 40.19

3.0 out of 5 stars So far so good, 1 April 2014
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Without a major incident it is a little difficult to fully evaluate Internet Security packages.

That said, my experience so far is pretty positive. Installation was straightforward and it runs fairly unobtrusively in the background with little negative impact on system performance.

As seems to be the modern norm, it wants to update very frequently but even this isn't too bad.

A good package, certainly much better than a number of the competitors.


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