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Biggles and Co
Biggles and Co
by W E Johns
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best, 17 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Biggles and Co (Paperback)
I've only read 30 or so of W.E. John's 100+ series of Biggles, but this is the best I've read so far. It has Biggles, Ginger and Algy in it, though not Bertie since it's before WW2. Biggles arch-enemy Von Stalhein appears, and that alone normally makes a Biggles novel more interesting. 'Biggles and Co' and some clever ideas in it and a few twists and turns familiar to readers of the other books, but it really is superior to most of the others for a reason that I can't put my finger on. And yes, Biggles makes his best ever witticisms in this one.

Just William: Volume 10: v. 10
Just William: Volume 10: v. 10
by Richmal Crompton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Nov. 2011
One of the two or three best series of Just William. Disc 1 contains five individual stories, William and the Chinese God, William and the League of Perfect Love (they may sound weird, but they're not really), Firework's Strictly Prohibited, William the Psychiatrist (the best) and William Joins the Waits. CD 2 is one continuous story with five different chapters, and is about Violet Elizabeth's special 'old fashioned' birthday party, to which William and the outlaws, against their wills, are forced to attend, despite their various excuses of tooth ache, stomach poisoning, and even (when things got drastic), offering to catch up on homework instead. A marvellous collection that made a four-hour car journey more bearable!

Just William: Volume 6: No. 6 (BBC Radio Collection)
Just William: Volume 6: No. 6 (BBC Radio Collection)
by Richmal Crompton
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £16.35

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 17 Nov. 2011
I have Just William collections 1-6, 9 and 10, and they're all very funny. The best in this collection are probably 'William and St. Valentine' and 'The Cure'. Marvellous quote from Robert in 'The Cure', upon hearing that William's very ill aunt wants to see William before she passes away. "I don't think it's fair," said Robert, "to show William to someone who's not well."

All episodes are amusing though, generally about William and the Outlaws trying to have a bit of fun, or William doing something ridiculous (like stealing the Bishop's handkerchief) for some equally ridiculous reason (like so Robert will lend William his silk one).

The Apex Intermediate Microscope Slide Kit
The Apex Intermediate Microscope Slide Kit

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 17 Nov. 2011
Really, really good product.

Having got the Apex Practitioner Microscope, I thought it would be a good idea to get some equipment to make my own slides. This has 3 different chemicals for making permanent slides, which I haven't quite got the hang of yet. The yellow booklet that explains about them isn't very enjoyable to read, though it is quite informative. The brown booklet however is very enjoyable to read, and gives you ideas about what to look at under a microscope (such as flies, Cyclops and other little bugs and organisms) and the most interesting parts to look at.

My favourite part of the kit is the dissection kit, which comes with two pairs of scissors (different sizes), three forceps (again, different), a blunt probe, a sharp probe and a blunt instrument to which you can attach a scalpel blade (five provided, all the same, all deadly sharp), and you get a nice little wallet to put it all in. Do note that the scalpel blades come wrapped in pieces of paper, which are in turn in a little plastic, uninteresting looking packet that looks like it's part of the cushioning. Don't make the mistake that I came very close to making and throw them away!

Well worth getting if you have a microscope but no extra slides, cover slips, or sharp instruments for cutting away little bits of leaves or deceased bugs.

Potassium Nitrate - 500g
Potassium Nitrate - 500g

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 17 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Potassium Nitrate - 500g (Misc.)
Not much to review about, but if you want 500g of potassium nitrate there's no reason why you shouldn't buy this that I can see. It comes in a plastic packet inside a white cardboard box that is clearly labelled and includes details, such as it is 13% Nitrogen and 46% soluble in water.

The Apex Practitioner Microscope
The Apex Practitioner Microscope
Offered by Apex Microscopes
Price: £148.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good, very pleased, 17 Nov. 2011
This is a great microscope, and £100 seems cheap for what you're getting.

Three objectives and two eye pieces give a range of x40 to x800 mag, it has an almost perfectly steady stage, with a firm clip for the slides and a very precise pair of knobs for moving the slide in all four directions once it's clipped in. It has a rough focus and a much more precise one, which is very good for getting a clear cut image, you can vary the amount of light output from the bulb and the head of the microscope swivels in a complete circle.

Mine came with several extras, including a slide box, two prepared slides (bug parts), two blank slides, two slides with dimple in them (for water I presume)and two with a metal square around the middle (useful for small, dry objects). There is also a spare fuse (for the microscope base itself, not the plug) two shades for the light, one blue and one green, a dust cover an an eyepiece cap.

The microscope has a solid metal frame, and is heavy enough to stay extremely steady when I'm moving the knobs.

Despite all its brilliant points, my microscope's bulb broke a few weeks after purchasing, I e-mailed Apex and within a few hours they replied saying they would pick up the microscope and give me a brand new one for free! Marvellously good service. Five days later they delivered the new one, and a little later collected the old one, but I was allowed to keep all the accessories from it. The new one is identical to the other one, and is still working fine after weeks now.

An excellent microscope, and the Apex Intermediate Microscope Kit which I also got was very good too.

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