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iGADGET® Top rated #1 Heavy Duty Reuseable Hook and Loop Velcro Strap, Hooks and Loops Velcro Tape, Velcro Cable Ties with ideal length to use as Double sided Electrical tape for wire cable tidy 20mm x 180mm - 10 Pack Black
iGADGET® Top rated #1 Heavy Duty Reuseable Hook and Loop Velcro Strap, Hooks and Loops Velcro Tape, Velcro Cable Ties with ideal length to use as Double sided Electrical tape for wire cable tidy 20mm x 180mm - 10 Pack Black
Offered by iGADGET
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It's a wrap, 1 Aug. 2015
Looked behind your TV lately, or the desk with the pc, printer, router, phone, monitor, loudspeakers? All those cables are just waiting for a good iGadget wrap. This is such an obvious product and I've said goodbye to the plastic and wire ties that products with cables use when you first buy them and I always kept in a drawer for later use.

These Velcro ties are pretty heavy duty to be used over and over again and come in differnt pack sizes up to a hundred. If by chance your name is Ian (or Irene) Gadget and you live in London you'll have your own personalised cable ties...how cool is that!


The Chinese Photobook: From the 1900s to the Present
The Chinese Photobook: From the 1900s to the Present
by Martin Parr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £90.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese photobooks...who knew?, 30 July 2015
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Easily the most ambitious of the Aperture photobook series: Japan, 2009; Latin America, 2011; Dutch, 2012, large in size (and weight) with 448 pages and a 1000 coloured images from over two hundred and fifty photobooks. Though China might seem a long way from Western influences the country has absorbed these through colonial invasions in the early decades of the last century. Hong Kong, a British colony since 1843 gets a separate chapter (it includes Taiwan as well) which considers photobooks in both places from 1949 onwards.

The foreign influence is notable in the books from 1900 to the late twenties with so many of them published in Shanghai in Chinese and English. The Japanese invasion of Manchuria and formation of the state of Manchukuo gets its own chapter because the Japanese published so many propaganda books praising life in their puppet State. Two key chapters look at photobooks published from 1945 and especially books covering the Cultural Revolution from 1966. There some intriguing titles here: Medical workers serving the people, 1971; Chinese clouds, 1972; Railway bridges, 1973; Catalogue of tongue coating diagnoses in Chinese medicine, 1984; China traffic police, 1989; Road interchanges in Beijing, 1996 and of course plenty featuring the Great Leader Mao Zedong (was he the most photographed man on earth?). The last chapter provides a fitting conclusion by featuring twenty-eight photobooks about China but taken by foreign photographers and published outside the country.

Each of the featured books has a technical caption (title, date, size, publisher et cetera and then an essay about the book's editorial, these are always quite fascinating to read because of the amount of detail. I thought the book's design by Kummer & Herrman is worth praising because it's so elegant and Verona printers Graphicom do their usual quality print run, using a three hundred screen, too.

One of the pleasures of the book for me are seeing several spreads from each of the featured books and frequently quite large. I always thought Parr and Badger's photobook series for Phaidon were rather over-designed with too much white space which should have been filled with reproductions of photobook pages.

A suberb book to be added to anyone's slowly expanding photobook collection.
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Bruce Davidson: Los Angeles 1964
Bruce Davidson: Los Angeles 1964
by Bruce Davidson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars City of Angels back then, 27 July 2015
It's a pity Bruce Davidson doesn't give any indication why Esquire Magazine rejected his LA photo assignment that is the basis of the book. They are very typical of his work, full of detail and intriguing compositions and though only thirty-one at the time he was already a member of Magnum.

This is one of those delightful Steidl books that works on all levels: shape; design; printing with a 175 screen; paper and of course the photos and though there are only twenty-five of them (but with exception of maybe two) I think they deliver LA to the reader. By the nature of the place cars feature in many of the images mixed in with the beach, suggestions of the very pleasant climate and flamboyant commercialism. The photos kick-off with a shot of LAX through a jet's window (also tipped onto the front cover) and the last photo shows a group of senior citizens waiting in a bus station and behind them a list of all the places served, an indication of just how huge the place is, even in 1964.

The Esquire rejects of 1964 come alive fifty-one years later.
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Sinvitron Ultra-Thin Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet- DETACHABLE Bluetooth Keyboard Stand Case / Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet
Sinvitron Ultra-Thin Bluetooth Keyboard Portfolio Case for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet- DETACHABLE Bluetooth Keyboard Stand Case / Cover for Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Tablet
Offered by Xtron-Tech
Price: £30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Now you can forget those annoying on-screen keyboards, 19 July 2015
Having a keyboard on-screen was the obvious solution when the pc became small and portable but I've found them tedious and annoying to use, especially having to switch from lower case to caps and back again. This keyboard and case is the obvious beautiful answer. I was surprised at how thin the keyboard is, just slightly thicker where the (supplied) charging cable plugs in

Pairing to my Samsung tablet was easy, eight steps according to the Instructions though in my case it took less, step seven says enter a four digit code shown on the screen, I didn't see that but it paired anyway. I did notice that the keyboard was printed as an American layout with the @ on the number 2 key but when typing I found it had been configured as a UK keyboard: the @ is with ' and the £ with the 3.

The case and stitching is good quality and the tablet can easily be placed at an angle, there are holes for the side controls and camera. Magnets hold the keyboard in position which is good because it can easily be detached from the case if you want to type away from the tablet or take that out and not use the case at all.

If you are fed up with on-screen typing this keyboard case is the perfect answer but do check your tablets dimensions because this case comes in different sizes for different Samsung models.


Brabantia FlipBin with Plastic Lid 30 L - Anthracite
Brabantia FlipBin with Plastic Lid 30 L - Anthracite
Price: £55.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not a throwaway price, 19 July 2015
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Remember years ago that ad slogan for a European beer: reassuringly expensive. That could well apply to this refuse bin at the current Amazon price and oddly alternative colours are cheaper than this anthracite coloured model, perhaps even more oddly Brabantia have other bins costing well over a hundred pounds!

As bins go this is hard to fault, pleasant shape and colour, inner bucket is quite deep and has a handle that lays flat into an easy access recess, the flip lid takes no effort to open...so what's not to like...maybe the price.

Brabantia will guarantee it for ten years and the side of the bin's packaging says after twenty years please help to dispose of it responsibly.


Oral-B Pro Vitality Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral-B Pro Vitality Cross Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

4.0 out of 5 stars Brush-up with Braun, 17 July 2015
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As a basic range toothbrush this model is as good as it gets for the price. I've used Braun for years and like any company that makes personal care products Braun have various models and the really expensive ones have features that gradually trickle down, over the years, to cheaper ones. This Pro Vitality is an excellent teeth cleaner and the model has been out for some time but it still doesn't have a charging light and alternating as a low battery level light. The cost of having these features must be negligible.

Another disappointment, admittedly minor, is that the charger still can't be screwed to the bathroom wall. I have a light and shaver point unit in my bathroom (common, I believe, in millions of other households) and the only way to use the charger is to rest it on top of this unit. Far better to have charger that could be wall-mounted next to this and then plugged in. Some years ago Braun toothbrushes did come with a wall-mounted charger.

Another disappointment (OK, again minor) is the packaging. The plastic box is not easily opened and I find this odd because for years Braun has had a reputation for quality designed consumer products (under the leadership of designer Dieter Rams) and I would have thought the company could have designed a product container that was functional and easily opened but it seems not.

This is an excellent quality toothbrush from a reliable manufacturer but it's a pity that the less essential elements of the product haven't had more thought given to them.


EC Technology® 6W (2 * 3W) Bluetooth Speaker up to 15 hours of play time Wireless Speaker with Microphone and Speakerphone for Smartphones, Tablets PC, Laptops - Black
EC Technology® 6W (2 * 3W) Bluetooth Speaker up to 15 hours of play time Wireless Speaker with Microphone and Speakerphone for Smartphones, Tablets PC, Laptops - Black
Offered by EC Technology UK Store
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cool sound and trendy look, 14 July 2015
A stylish looking speaker that delivers a rather good aural punch for its size, almost a room filling sound. This is second smallish speaker I've heard in recent weeks that doesn't drown out the top notes with an emphasis on bass notes and for that I'm grateful.

Pairing with my Android tablet was fine, just look for X7 and your done or you can use the supplied aux cable to connect to another audio source (radio, mp3 or pc)

One reason I was interested in this speaker was the FM radio option. The Manual was useless in this respect giving no details about how to turn the radio on. It was only by reading another review that I found out how to do it and it works but the reality is that the radio aspect of this speaker is a waste of time because there is no readout to give any indication of what frequency you might be listening to or how to tune in your fave station. Because of this I'm only giving the speaker four stars.

Someone had put a bit of thought into using the speaker if you are in the outdoors. There is a foldout eyelet which, with the supplied hook, allows you to hang the speaker from a belt or whatever.

Apart from the inefficient FM radio because of no readout this a worthwhile little speaker for looks and sound.


BLACK+DECKER WW100-GB All-in-One Window and Glass Vacuum Cleaner
BLACK+DECKER WW100-GB All-in-One Window and Glass Vacuum Cleaner
Price: £49.99

3.0 out of 5 stars When I'm cleanin' windows... (as in George Formby song), 13 July 2015
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If you have large windows, in a conservatory for example, then you'll find the Window Washer reasonable useful. If you have lots of windows less than twenty-nine centimetres wide (the width of the cleaning squeegee) the unit would rather impractical. It's one of those products that you have to get used to, for basic usage there are a minimum of four steps: fill water reservoir; spray window: turn the head and clean with the Velcro attached material strip; turn the head again and switch the motor on to vacuum up the any water on the window.

I've been using if for a couple of weeks and the results are OK but I can do just as good a job with water, sponge and a cloth. Where it does score is doing our conservatory windows, in and out, quite quickly but I'm not doing this on a weekly or even fortnightly basis, more like every six weeks or so. I find it useful to also have some paper towels handy or a cloth to dry the bottoms of window frames where they join the window ledge, the vacuuming doesn't always get every bit of water.

Several reviewers have mentioned the rather non-friendly user leaflet. Because it's in twelve languages graphics have been used to describe the product and just one word to explain what the images mean. So here goes: Assembly; Charging; Use; Fill; Spray; Rotate; Wash; Rotate; Power' Vacuum; Emptying; Clean; Use on; Windows; Showers; Spillages -- sums up the whole operation though B&D couldn't eliminate two pages in the leaflet which are full of English text about safety, charging, risks and all the other stuff that lawyers insist the buyer should be aware of.

Overall, considering the cost I don't think the product adds anything to the efficient running of the average house.


TECEVO F10 XL Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones , Overear Earcup , Adjustable & Foldable Headband , Multi-point Feature , Built-in Microphone (F10 XL, Black)
TECEVO F10 XL Over-Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones , Overear Earcup , Adjustable & Foldable Headband , Multi-point Feature , Built-in Microphone (F10 XL, Black)
Offered by DigiDirect
Price: £39.95

3.0 out of 5 stars Sound product, 10 July 2015
A reasonable headphone set for the price but with some rather quirky features. For the positives I like the over the ear style and also the fact the earpieces are flexibly fixed to the headband so they can take account of your head and ears, I've used ones that are headband fixed with slight left and right movement and they can become annoyingly unwearable after some hours listening.

Pairing was a breeze with my Android tablet (just look for BT-338). Sound reproduction was OK but not brilliant because of the over emphasis of the bass (a plus factor for some buyers I'm sure). You might think the controls on the earpiece and out of eyesight might be a problem but nicely there is small raised piece on the four controls so it's easy to find and use them.

The foldability of the set would make them useful to anyone who wants take them to the gym or elsewhere, they come with a black material string-pull bag.

These negatives might not be important to you but I thought the unique charging flex a mistake, lose it and this Tecevo product sort of becomes unusable (best to keep this cable in the supplied travel bag). The other annoyance for me was the lack of a line jack outlet to connect these headphones to an audio source and not use the Bluetooth option and so not worry about the internal battery running down. There can't be many headphones that are only Bluetooth like these.

Despite the annoyances I mention above these Tecevo headset might be just what you are looking for.


Stephen Shore: Survey
Stephen Shore: Survey
by Stephen Shore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £32.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Commonplace surfaces, 8 July 2015
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If you want an up to date book on Stephen Shore this is the one to get. Based on an exhibition of his work that's touring Europe from September 2014 until September 2016.

The book is landscape with 275 one to a page photos in the portfolio section, though the Print-on demand (2003-10) chapter has dozens of thumbnail size photos from the 2002 Apple iphoto concept. The first fifty-five pages have two illustrated essays, one of these is an excellent Q and A between Shore and David Campany, particularly interesting because it reveals a lot about Shore's approach to photography, influences and nicely some technical detail concerning his cameras and colour.

The portfolio pages are cross-section of work from 1964 to 2013. Those familiar with the work will recognise many photos from 'American surfaces', 'A road trip journal' and 'Uncommon places', all pre-1990. Other chapters look at archaeology (1994) New York (2002.2) Ukraine (2012-13) and Winslow, Arizona (2013).

I've looked through the book several times and still enjoy seeing the same photos, especially the Americana series from the seventies and early eighties. Despite so many of these just being shots of commonplace they hold a visual interest time after time.
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