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DELL LATITUDE 10 PRODUCTIVITY DOCK WITH POWER CORD
DELL LATITUDE 10 PRODUCTIVITY DOCK WITH POWER CORD
Offered by Silicon Connect Ltd
Price: 46.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Built like a tank, 26 April 2014
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It's very well made and does the job perfectly. The only thing it lacks is tilt adjustment, but this would have made it less robust. It holds the tablet at about 20 degrees to vertical. The tablet and dock sit below my Benq monitor, which is on a riser.
The monitor takes Windows 8 from the Dell, on HDMI, and OSX from a Mac, on DVI, and I can switch between the two on the monitor. Crazy!


The Germans in England, 1066-1598: With Map of Hanseatic League (Classic Reprint)
The Germans in England, 1066-1598: With Map of Hanseatic League (Classic Reprint)
by Ian D. Colvin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant anti-Hun propaganda, 29 Mar 2014
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I am researching the Steelyard, the medieval London base of the Hanseatic League. This book was very helpful and I enjoyed reading it. The League, an association of German cities, was a hugely successful economic power. It dominated English trade, and the English king was in hock to it. Colvin wrote this propaganda piece during the first Word War. His theme is: expansionist Germany must be contained. England has been Germany's vassal before - don't let it happen again.
If Colvin were writing now, I am sure he would see a familiar threat in the resurgent Germany, dominant as it is in the European Union!


Marius Fabre Cube of Pure Marseilles Soap (600G, 1. Green (Olive Oil))
Marius Fabre Cube of Pure Marseilles Soap (600G, 1. Green (Olive Oil))

3.0 out of 5 stars Soap for the boys, 29 Mar 2014
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I tried it out of curiosity. Its perfume is not so much lavender and roses, more oil and rubber, a sort of Halfords smell. When I used it in the shower, I had comments from the nearest and dearest. It does leave the skin feeling soft though.


BT Freestyle 750 3 digital cordless handsets + Answering machine- Titanium Grey
BT Freestyle 750 3 digital cordless handsets + Answering machine- Titanium Grey
Offered by mmnshop73
Price: 75.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!! (almost), 5 Feb 2014
I am very please with it. It's big and clunky, very suitable for big hairy gorilla hands like mine. Those comfortable with the tiny mobiles would scorn it though. The design is optimised for ease of use, which has resulted in some trade-offs in features, which is fine by me. For instance, the display text is huge, excellent for those with failing eyesight. So names are limited to 8 characters. So what, it's easy enough to compress them. And you have to enter landline numbers and mobile numbers for the same person separately - no big deal. But it does have a very useful feature which some of its competitors don't have - speed dialling. You can set up one-button dialling for your 8 most-used contacts. And another thing, it is very easy to copy the phonebook entries on one handset to the other two. You might think this is standard on cordless phones, but it isn't. And there is an intercom button for walkie-talkie style communication between the three handsets. Did I say it was short on features? The wireless range between handsets is great, it outperforms my router's wifi range by a mile. I got mine for 46 from an ebay shop. I love it.


Fine Elements Ceramic 2 Bar Traditional Electric Radiant Fire Heater 500w / 1000W
Fine Elements Ceramic 2 Bar Traditional Electric Radiant Fire Heater 500w / 1000W

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beat those gas bills!, 13 Nov 2013
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Absolutely brilliant - I have just ordered another one. Perfect for those like me who can't afford to keep the whole house or flat warm with gas central heating - you put it where you want the heat. I have tried blower heaters (too noisy), halogen heaters (too bright) and quartz element heaters (the elements keep blowing). This is a good old-fashioned electric fire with under-rated elements which promise to last a long time. With a couple of these and two sets of Marks and Spencer's merino wool thermal underwear you have a strategy to beat hypothermia this winter.
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Sony ICD-BX112 - Digital voice recorder - flash 2 GB - MP3
Sony ICD-BX112 - Digital voice recorder - flash 2 GB - MP3

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job, 8 Feb 2013
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I just wanted something for shopping lists and to remind me where I parked the car, as my mobile does not have that facility. There are little keyring gadgets you can buy, but their awful sound quality makes them useless. For this purpose all voice recorders are over-laden with "features". but this Sony recorder is probably the simplest you can get. Even so, it takes a while to plough through the menu to set it up for the purpose - microphone to low sensitivity, voice operated recording off, noise cut function on, and so on and so on. It took me a couple of hours to read the manual (in tiny print of course) and puzzle it all out. And naturally the display window is overflowing with absolutely essential information. Still, I like it. Much better than scribbling notes on yellow post-its. It is mobile-size so it fits in a pocket, and in one of the stowage pockets in the car. But I would trade a few advanced features for one really simple one - an option to make the record button press-to-record-release-to-stop rather than having to locate a separate stop button. All in all, well done, Sony.


Remington F5800 Titanium-X Pivot & Flex Dual Foil Shaver
Remington F5800 Titanium-X Pivot & Flex Dual Foil Shaver
Price: 37.54

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 8 Feb 2013
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I liked my Remington Titanium MS3 2700 shaver very much, so I bought this one to replace it when it was damaged. The new one is quite adequate, but does not shave as well as the previous model. Also, it's a lot more bulky and not nearly so elegant. Disappointing.
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Currency Wars (Portfolio)
Currency Wars (Portfolio)
by James Rickards
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 28 July 2012
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Absolutely brilliant. It takes its place alongside other eye-openers like "The Black Swan" and "The World is Flat" which open new windows on the world for the general reader. Special benefits are its coherent structure and startling clarity of language and expression. I know nothing of economics or the financial world, yet I was gripped as by a powerful novel. It will be a classic.
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Compact Portable Mains Electric Quartz Heater 400/800W camping, caravan.
Compact Portable Mains Electric Quartz Heater 400/800W camping, caravan.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking good so far, 19 Mar 2012
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I have been disappointed with similar folding portable heaters - the elements blow very quickly and cannot be replaced. This one gives me more hope. The elements are longer for the same power rating, so are less stressed and should last longer. I have yet to find out if they can be replaced when they do fail.


Rentokil Live Capture Mouse Traps Blister
Rentokil Live Capture Mouse Traps Blister
Price: 4.05

5.0 out of 5 stars softly softly catchee mousee, 29 Jan 2012
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Made in Iowa USA it says - trust the Americans to come up with something so brilliantly simple, effective and well made.


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