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Sam Tait (Bristol, UK)

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Porlex Mini Mill Hand Grinder
Porlex Mini Mill Hand Grinder
Offered by J-Groove - Ships directly from Japan -
Price: £27.74

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little grinder, 11 Sept. 2013
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I purchased this Porlex to be used in the office with my Aeropress, and it does the job brilliantly.

The unit has a nice heft about it, being made from a combination of long lasting ceramics for the grinding plates, and stainless steel - each of the pieces fit together with a smooth machined precision, with no wobbly parts or cheap feeling finishes.

It's simplicity itself to use - take the cap off, add beans, replace cap, add handle and grind away. Once you're done the ground coffee collects in the lower part of the unit. There's very little static 'cling' meaning you don't end up wasting much coffee, and it's easy to adjust the grind size via a adjustable nut on the bottom of the grinding plate.

It takes a minute or so to grind enough for a decent sized mug from the Aeropress.

Note, I've only used this with an Aeropress, so I don't know if it grinds fine enough for espresso ...

Shakespeare's Local: Seven Centuries of History Seen Through One Extraordinary Pub
Shakespeare's Local: Seven Centuries of History Seen Through One Extraordinary Pub
Price: £4.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect another Hops and Glory, 5 Sept. 2013
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I've read my way through all of Pete Browns books, and found them to be pretty quick paced journeys through the bars and culture of the UK and Europe, or of a style of beer an its impact on the British Empire and the world, but Shakespeare's Local is a little different

Apart from the title which is a little disingenuous, as theres no evidence that the pub central to the book was ever frequented by Shakespeare, this book is solidly rooted in one place, The George. However, it does a very good job of explaining the evolution of the coaching inn/public house/tavern through history in Southwark, backed up to the gills with academic references giving you chapter and verse on how and why the points made are historically accurate.

It's interesting stuff, mind ...

The Black Guard (The Long War Book 1)
The Black Guard (The Long War Book 1)
Price: £1.99

9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Stodge., 5 Sept. 2013
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Whilst the universe created in the book is interesting, and reasonably well thought out, the dialogue and characterisation are utterly hackneyed. Seriously, if I'd have handed this in as schoolboy coursework, I'd expect it back with 'cliched' or 'derivative' scrawled all over the front in red pen, with an ominous 'See Me' at the end.

From the pointless, 'character-enlightening' scenes - the misty eyed maiden of the piece staring out over the defeated city pondering on the fate of her friend, the cabbage farmer, the 'witty banter' being thrown around in fight scenes - to the jarring - riding half an hour from the city walls and still being at risk of crossbowmen on the ramparts? Wearing full plate armour in virtually every scene if you're a knight, despite it being so utterly cumbersome meaning you could hardly walk in it, let alone fight if you weren't mounted? - to the repetitive - over and over you're informed of the salient points of the world, if you're told once Jaa is a Fire God, you're told half a dozen or more in the first half of the book, there are nigh on identical paragraphs about the heritage of the Kirin at the start of chapters only a few pages apart, to the position of each of the characters of the book within their society is described every few pages - I know he's an axe master, you've just told me that - the book grates on your nerves like a having a belt sander applied to your face

I carried on regardless as many of the other reviewers claimed that it improved as you went on, but I didn't find this to be the case, and deleted it after forcing myself through just over half of the book.

Bought it when it was 99p so I'm not exactly out of pocket, but I resent the time I wasted ploughing through this turgid tripe.
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Sinner: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga)
Sinner: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Really very short., 3 Sept. 2012
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It's not that it's a bad book, just that it's a short one. There are some brief connections to the further books in the Mongoliad series, but you don't really gain anything by reading this ...

Join The Dots
Join The Dots
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Price: £10.22

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Movin' On, 27 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Join The Dots (Audio CD)
From the first track from this, the Nextmen's 4th studio album, they show you the way their sound has grown beyond the standard hip-hop/reggae/breaks/soul based party tunes of 'Get Over it' and 'This Was Supposed to be the Future'.

The title track 'Join the Dots' starts as a gentle introduction to the album and is drenched with luscious strings, before chucking in a beat that remind me of late 90's drum and bass, and a bassline with more than a touch of the dubstep to it.

The range on the album is huge, ranging from the first single to be taken from the album, Lions Den with Miss Dynamite in full-on bad-girl ragga vocal style on a DJ Zinc style bouncing bass, to the Ska-ballad 'Love Someone' and the early 90's hip-hop sampling 'So Many Girls' which will be sure to rock many a party.

Personal highlights are the funky as hell, Meters sampling 'Round of Applause' featuring longtime collaborator Dynamite MC, and the danchall stylings of 'Facts'.

As ever it's a wildly eclectic bunch of tunes from Dom and Brad, with no obvious filler, and some stand-out tunes.

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