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Husqvarna 236-14" Chain Saw
Husqvarna 236-14" Chain Saw
Offered by Sam Turner & Sons
Price: £189.00

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the price but doubts over long term longevity., 4 Aug. 2014
Mixed views on this saw. As a weekend user I've had mine for over 2 years and it's still currently the cheapest way into Husqvarna saw ownership. Broadly speaking it's done what's been asked of it, i.e. provided 3 woodburners with firewood as we approach our 3rd winter. This has involved felling a few small to medium trees, pruning hedges and limbing/sectioning/snedding bigger trees brought down by professionals. Consequently, lots firewood has been "cross-cut" on the saw horse before stacking, -varying thicknesses from 2" to the length of the bar (14") and more.

The positives have been; easy to start and maintain, light, well-balanced, low-vibration, decent power for 38cc, and generally easy for a beginner like me. Also, I can't help but feel that the relative lack of power has led to safer use as it's more forgiving and hasn't ever kicked-back scarily (although I'm careful where I put the upper bar nose).

The negatives center on the seemingly increasing flimsiness. -I've replaced the muffler as this shook free where it bolts into the engine and the thin metal quickly failed before I could re-tighten. I bought a 2nd hand part as the dealer wanted over £50 for a replacement costing a third of the value of a new saw. The tensioning screw seats on plastic which has broken. This means tensioning the chain using the main bar nuts which is OK but not ideal. The plastic cylinder cover is secured with screws via metal inserts but 2 of the 3 inserts no longer grip in the plastic meaning the cover would shake loose. I've superglued these but don't know how long this will last as a fix. I do basic maintenance and sharpen the saw every week when I'm using it and don't regard myself as clumsy or ham-fisted with a screwdriver or spanner.

As things stand the saw still functions and cuts OK but I simply don't know how long it will last without buying costly spares where relatively small bits of plastic have broken or become worn. As a result, I've just ordered a 550XP saw to upgrade and will use the little 236 as a backup.

The Back Book: the Best Way to Deal with Back Pain; Get Back Active
The Back Book: the Best Way to Deal with Back Pain; Get Back Active
by Martin Roland
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This will look quaint in the future, 26 Mar. 2014
The book aims to reassure and speed recovery from back pain. You can't argue with the sentiment and the authors are well qualified no doubt. I get an achy back sometimes which doesn't worry me, occasionally spasms and loss of function which lasts a few days, -no big deal, but recently I tried to put a big log on my shoulder and felt something 'go' fairly significantly. It hurt, a lot, but by the evening I couldn't even crawl on all fours. Over the coming days I tried to stretch and keep active whilst taking strong anti-inflammatories but I could barely stand (or even sit) and the only way of keeping the pain at comfortable levels was to lie down. Even taking some (borrowed) loopy Tramadol didn't really touch the sharp pain involved in small movements. I'm no hero but I've broken bones, run long distances with injuries, super-glued deep cuts and carried on working etc. Hence I'm not sure it was a wimpy pain threshold that was holding me back. I took time off work because I couldn't walk to the car let alone get in and drive it safely. When trying to keep active, other muscles that were compensating for the non-functioning knotted muscle began to ache and spasm, even my left elbow started to give out as I relied on it to push myself upright. When trying to take a short walk with the family I fell, because I wasn't very balanced/mobile, which predictably made things much worse. Eventually, 3 weeks later, after a couple of days in bed, some muscle relaxed and I got going again.

Why am I relating this story? Because "The Back Book" cheerfully insists that all back pain is basically the same and I should just 'get on with it', push through a pain barrier and be free. Regardless of any pain, I couldn't move normally because the muscle required to do so didn't work. It was 'switched off' beyond my control. Were my employer to read this book it might think I was skiving. The book was suggesting I do things that were simply impossible to do. In my opinion it made things worse. In years to come I think the clumsy theory this book espouses will be 'retired' in favour of a more subtle and gentle personalised approach, balancing motivational language with realism.

Peter Andre - the Biography
Peter Andre - the Biography
by Louise Ford
Edition: Paperback

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and funny, 18 Aug. 2013
This book breezes along in a jolly conversational way and gives a fascinating insight into Peter's life. I particularly enjoyed the short chapters. One of them simply contains the words, "I once carved a dildo out of cheese and threw it at a policeman."
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Mature Squeezy Cheddar Cheese 340 g (Pack of 3)
Mature Squeezy Cheddar Cheese 340 g (Pack of 3)

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't set my world alight, 18 Aug. 2013
Purchased a bottle of this to spice things up in the bedroom. It was OK but really I should have stayed conventional and used a meat paste or tube of Primula. More of a 'Monday afternoon' lovemaking cheese than a Friday night 'crackerjack' product.

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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy for your Nan, 18 Aug. 2013
Times have changed, -or so I thought. My Grandmother has been down in the dumps since the death of my Grandfather so I thought that this product would help lighten the mood. It bloody didn't and I was asked to leave her birthday meal when I hadn't even finished my Banoffee pie.
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Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stewart Lee
Price: £11.31

22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money, 18 Aug. 2013
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Another great DVD from Stewart. All I will say is never meet your heroes. My wife and I noticed him outside a SPAR shop. He was eating margarine out of the tub with a plastic spoon and struck up a conversation with us. He made repeated references to Romanian people who he described as 'lazy' and asked us if we knew any good 'dogging spots'. We didn't, and left. As we were walking away he called my wife a 'fat, hairy lesbian'. An accusation which is inaccurate on two counts.
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Starting Over: The Explosive New Autobiography
Starting Over: The Explosive New Autobiography
by Denise Welch
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, inspiring., 18 Aug. 2013
Denise is a gutsy and outspoken lady, but writes sensitively about her own experiences with irritable bowel syndrome and feminine hygiene. If I'm honest, I expected her to write about some other aspects of her life, but this is her book, her story. I don't care if others find the subject matter one-dimensional or that they can't read it whilst eating, -you don't have have to look at the photos.

Rustins Methylated Spirit 250 ml RUSMS250
Rustins Methylated Spirit 250 ml RUSMS250
Offered by Equestrian Performance
Price: £4.80

42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am think of but can't of the drink to where I eyes hurting., 28 Jun. 2013
This of. When it drinking Rustins have where for much I think. For delicious but how to and the of incredible. But brain. Oooh brain and sick through eyes badly. Remembering can't but help of where I think the park or verge next to A249. Certainly best of taste on feeling if some ha ha! Range of mixers the appropriate companionship. And powerful cheeses. Stop now where to think my office for chartered accountancy, very much softer edges for objects visual field. Depth perception not for good and difficult. Recommend.
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Trueshopping White Ceramic Doc M Pack Disabled Bathroom Suite With WC Comfort Height Toilet Pan Basin Sink Taps Brassware and Grab Safety Aid Rails Set
Trueshopping White Ceramic Doc M Pack Disabled Bathroom Suite With WC Comfort Height Toilet Pan Basin Sink Taps Brassware and Grab Safety Aid Rails Set
Offered by Compact Bathrooms
Price: £264.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life saver, an absolute life saver, 28 Jun. 2013
As a vegetarian there's little I can do to make my meals appetising other than adding spectacular amounts of chilli and roughage-filled legumes. The unfortunate side effect is terrifying and volatile bowel movements. But now, with this product, blind panic is a thing of the past. When the stomach cramps announce themselves I simply sprint to the refrigerator, take out a chilled toilet roll and an old hot water bottle to bite on. Once seated, the sturdy grab rails then take the strain. -You can do all the breathing exercises you like but nothing beats being able to brace oneself securely if it's a fighter. I also find that it's helpful if I roar at the top of my voice. As a bonus, the rails which fit either side of the sink allow working-class guests (who may have had one too many Barrenttines!) a safe and secure means of urinating in the basin. Hurrah!
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