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Liroyal 7 Watt Ceiling Lamp Spotlight Day White Replace 70W Incandescent Bulb Lamp Wall Lights
Liroyal 7 Watt Ceiling Lamp Spotlight Day White Replace 70W Incandescent Bulb Lamp Wall Lights
Offered by Liroyal
Price: 8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good product, expensive P&P, 30 Jun 2013
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The product is a bit basic, the packaging full of bad English, reflecting its Chinese origins. No instructions (not that it's that difficult to work out what to do)

Very bright, very white, a believable 70W incandescent replacement. Instant on (of course) so I prefer it to the CFLs I'm replacing. Slightly more directional projection than I would like but not an insurmountable problem.

Can be tilted in one axis (e.g., N-S or E-W) so need to think about the positioning when putting it in the ceiling.

Bought one to try out, bought more to complete the job, but no discount on P&P so you should evaluate it on the full cost not the advertised cost.


This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995
This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980-1995
by James Lough
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars check the facts?, 30 Jun 2013
OK I haven't read the book but according to the New York Post review 30 June "this entertaining new book about the final years of the Chelsea Hotel's long bohemian phase claims that Hendrix may have accidentally been killed by a female companion."

So far, so Monica Dannemann...

...but the Chelsea Hotel is in NY, and Hendrix died in London
...in the Samarkand Hotel, Lansdowne Crescent

I think we can all agree that is well known, so we know what we can do with this:

According to a rock singer and Chelsea resident named Marlowe West, [Devon] Wilson made [Hendrix] a cup of coffee and put a tablespoon of heroin in it. Her hidden addition, the book says, was "the straw that broke the camel's back," and Hendrix died that night.

The rest of the book might be better.
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Ikra Flexotrim ATHS-2440 24V Lithium Ion Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Ikra Flexotrim ATHS-2440 24V Lithium Ion Cordless Long Reach Hedge Trimmer
Price: 147.73

4.0 out of 5 stars semi-industrial piece of kit, a little bit intimidating, choose and use carefully, 28 Jun 2013
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Well packaged, looks well made and has a serious business end about 450mm long with a claimed cutting diameter of 18mm - suggesting sharp blades and a powerful motor.

It's got a lot of sensible features but to be honest (and I think this is the first time I've said this about anything) it feels like a training course would be a useful accessory.

The battery pack is a plug in unit and I definitely will be keeping that separate when not in use. So I consider that to be a good design feature. It looks a little small for the job. Also there is no charging/charged indicator which is surprising given all the other good design features.

I'm left-handed, and mains power tools have always been a bit problematic. I used to own a hedge trimmer and I used to spend my time cutting through the lead (or attempting to cut my head off).

So cordless is definitely a plus. The switch is still right hander friendly but it's manageable. I consider this to be important because this a serious piece of kit and could easily be dangerous if it's difficult to operate.

It's surprisingly heavy and a bit unwieldy (hopefully at only at first), I wasn't expecting a light-sabre or something but its weight is definitely something to consider. The shoulder strap looks like it will be essential. Failing to cope with the weight/wieldiness while the blade is thrashing away could be an issue.

I think I shall be spending some time getting used to that before I start using it for real. The next thing I did was order some protective gear: ears, eyes and hands.

update

Used it now - thanks to the safety switch it's still a bit difficult for a left-hander to use

It is slightly unwieldy but manageable enough. It's quieter than it looks like it's going to be. Googles are essential - stuff does fall into your face and with all that looking up...

Cuts quickly though my impression is that an 18mm cut diameter is slightly optimistic but not by much.

All in all it makes life easier.


Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Richard Toye
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an academic study rather than a manual, 11 Jun 2013
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Well written and succinct the book skims over the history and application of rhetoric. However, its not particularly practical. A better practical guide is offered in You Talkin' To Me?: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama which covers similar ground.


Crime Traveller: The Complete Series [1997] [DVD]
Crime Traveller: The Complete Series [1997] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Michael French
Offered by Revelation Films Direct
Price: 5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars high art, no, a bit potty, yes but fun enough, 10 Jun 2013
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Everything about time travel is a bit bonkers and I speak as someone that thinks Doctor Who - The Beginning (An Unearthly Child [1963] / The Daleks [1963] / The Edge of Destruction [1964]) [DVD] is great The Time Traveler's Wife [DVD] [2009] (though the book was better) handled the ideas quite well too.

The question is within the barminess are you having a good time? This one is a bit keystone cops, with a twit from every point on the compass included but it's good enough fun, providing you can overlook what is essentially a one note tune and enjoy the bit of light romance thrown in.

The actors are largely jobbing types who appear to be channelling their favourite roles from their other TV series. Holly is definitely "the Doctor's daughter" and the time machine is definitely channelling the original flaky TARDIS.

It's cheap enough and good enough for the price, providing you are not channelling Einstein or Feynmann (in your dreams)


Yunzi Stones 9.2mm Jujube Bowls for Go Board Game Sets
Yunzi Stones 9.2mm Jujube Bowls for Go Board Game Sets
Offered by thebookcommunity_fba
Price: 135.26

5.0 out of 5 stars total indulgence but beautiful, 7 Jun 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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Are they essential? Of course not. They won't improve your game, but they are beautiful.

To look their best they need to be washed (plastic container, avoid metal) dried then coated in light machine oil, (e.g., WAHL Clipper Oil for Hair Trimmers and Clippers - 118.3ml (put them in a freezer bag) then wiped clean with paper towels.

This is tedious but rewarding not least because you get to see how well made the stones are.

The bowls are better than OK, quite well made if not amazingly finished, the bag and other accessories handy.


Red Ultra Slim Thin Leather Cover Sleeve Case For NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight
Red Ultra Slim Thin Leather Cover Sleeve Case For NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight
Offered by itech-coodio
Price: 10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars nice design, nicely made, 5 Jun 2013
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An attractive cover that doesn't detract from the product, adds some elegance with some nifty design features that enable all the nook features to be accessed without removing it from the cover.


Textoline Reclining Garden Chair
Textoline Reclining Garden Chair
Offered by Trendi
Price: 32.40

5.0 out of 5 stars well made, comfortable, good value, 2 Jun 2013
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You can spend a lot of money buying something like this. I wanted something to use every now and again so took a chance on the price.

The result was a pleasant surprise: sturdy, comfortable and cheap.

Yes, I've caught my finger in the latch. No, I wasn't paying attention.


Antarctica: A Biography
Antarctica: A Biography
by David Day
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive history of the politics of Antarctica, 18 May 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There are lots of books about Antarctic history.

Early days are covered in books such as Below the Convergence: Voyages Toward Antarctica, 1699-1839. The heroic age has tens or hundreds of stories about Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen and virtually every one who went with them. Later history has to a fairly light scattering of expeditions and modern day stories such as Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica

There is little that includes the whole span from 1770s to modern day - but of course this is what you would expect 'Antarctica - A Biography' to cover. It's in-chronological-order coverage has 523 pages of text (including the Epilogue) with 60 plus pages of Endnotes and seven pages of bibliography (should you need to read further) and 12 pages of photographs (mainly of expeditions), so comprehensive is the least you could say of it.

There are no maps, which might have been an aid to finding some of the more obscure places mentioned. What you get is less about the heroics or arrangements of the various expeditions but much more about the politics of the attempted land grab that went on over the centuries and the sometimes undignified actions of a number of nations to oust each other from their territorial claims. It also tells the difficulty of agreeing who was first to 'discover' the continent and to land there. The last chapter is about the settling by scientists and the protection by the Antarctic Treaty System.

In all this was an enjoyable, well written book, which puts Antarctica in a historical and political context. It is something you could dip into if interested in one particular time or story, but I think it is much better read from cover to cover to understand the full circumstances of some of the more outrageous international squabbling that the discovery and 'colonisation' of Antarctica has engendered.


Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age
Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age
by Jonathon Keats
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.09

5.0 out of 5 stars interesting historial overview and discussion of six masters, 14 May 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A scholarly run through of the darker side of "but is it art?" starting with the history of
forgeries, followed by an overview of six masters of the art of forgery used to challenge
the process of establishing provenance.

If I understand the final chapter correctly, it discusses when does art stop being art and
when does it start to be like the Emperor's new clothes. It strays into some wider issues
linking forgery to GMO organisms via Leonardo, coming dangerously close to overstating
the case but not a random argument.

Likely to be of more interest to those who like looking at art as a thing of beauty rather
than as an investment. Well written, it's not a lightweight read but it is stimulating and
rewarding, leavened by touches of dry humour


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