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The Martian
The Martian

5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, thrilling, scientifically mostly correct..., 17 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: The Martian (Kindle Edition)
I bought this on Kindle at the suggestion of Martin Lewis (yes, of MoneySavingExpert fame), and boy was it well worth buying! The hard cover version is currently in process of being published, but it is so worth the wait.

Storyline: The protagonist is left behind on Mars after being presumed dead. Waking up to being alone, he finds himself planning to survive on the planet before finally making contact with NASA in Houston via an old Mars probe, and the race to save him starts. Add to that a lot of good science (who knew that decomposing hydrazine would be so much fun), and you could get absorbed in it and forget the time!


mophie powerstation mini (2,500mAh) - Black
mophie powerstation mini (2,500mAh) - Black
Offered by everythingmobile
Price: £32.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy replacement for my Kensington, 4 Jun. 2013
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Back in May 2011, I bought and reviewed the Kensington Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod Touch when I got tired of being battery-anxious. Just over two years to the day, the Kensington died. Having known Mophie for their cases (especially the battery-backed ones), I thought I'd upgrade myself to a Mophie Juice Pack.

The Juice Pack Mini (this product) doubles the amount of power available compared to the Kensington and is geared towards any smartphone, not just Apple devices. It does not have the ability to charge the iPad though, which the Kensington did perfectly fine. The other negative of the Juice Pack Mini (and its larger brother, the Juice Pack Duo Powerstation) is the exposure of the USB and mini-USB ports without a protective covering, which leaves them prone to prodding/fluff gathering/shorting. This is not ideal and for that reason and for the inability to charge the iPad, the item loses one star. It is otherwise a perfectly suitable emergency pack.

The Juice Pack Mini is narrower and slimmer than most modern smartphones, and its soft-touch covering hides nicks and marks well, so it slips into most backpacks/briefcases/purses and is very unobtrusive.


Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin
Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin
by Francis Spufford
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Love science? Love technology? This is an absolute must-read, 2 Sept. 2012
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If you love technology, aviation, space, gaming or science, this book is an absolute must-read. It is a not-to-be-put-down kind of book. Written over 6 chapters or stories, this book covers how scientists and engineers, geeks and extremely passionate people made some of the things that many of us take for granted, happen.

From the roots of De Havilland, from AcornSoft (and its successor/spin-off ARM), to Racal and Vodafone, the Wellcome Trust and so many other great organisations, this book is one of those books that only scratch the surface of our science and engineering heritage, a heritage that is all too often hidden away for the sake of our 'new economy' (financial services and the like), and a heritage that continues to this day. It should make us British proud.

If you're an aviation kind of person, also consider reading Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World, another nod to our great heritage in aviation.


Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet
Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet
by Heather Poole
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic "back-stage" view of the flying attendant life, 2 July 2012
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So. You think the flying attendants are boring standing up front showing you the safety cards? There's so so so much more behind what makes a flight attendant, how they live for their work, how hard the life is even if we as members of the public think they just serve drinks, make announcements and amuse/bore us with their safety demos.

I have nothing but admiration for the cabin crew of every flight (it helps that I have some friends who have been in this business for years). It is well worth the read. Heather has summed up some things beautifully.

Two great movies that have been described as great companions are Up In The Air [DVD] and View From the Top [DVD], albeit on a slightly more passenger-central or romantic comedy aspect.


Crumpler Giordano Special GSIP-001 iPad Sleeve Black and Dark Nickel
Crumpler Giordano Special GSIP-001 iPad Sleeve Black and Dark Nickel
Offered by SEDIVA UK
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely! Quality sleeve from quality brand, 24 April 2012
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I have a Crumpler laptop sleeve and a keyboard slip. With the iPad I wanted something that would protect it and allow me to clean it too. With the microfibre inner, you can clean the screen without a problem. I use the iLuv Foam-Padded Neoprene Case/Sleeve for iPad 3 together with this item when out of the house to give me options and to really protect the Pad.

Highly recommended.


iLuv Foam-Padded Neoprene Case/Sleeve for iPad 3/iPad /iPad 1 and all Generic 10 inch Tablets - Black
iLuv Foam-Padded Neoprene Case/Sleeve for iPad 3/iPad /iPad 1 and all Generic 10 inch Tablets - Black
Offered by pip55
Price: £12.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cover, 24 April 2012
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The fact alone that this is cover can be zipped shut makes me happy. Nothing bugs me as much as the possibility that my expensive tablet can exit its sleeve because it fell wrong. It's a bit chunkier than expected, but together with the Crumpler Giordano Special iPad Sleeve, you have good padding and versatility. I'm perfectly happy with this item.


Bosch PLR 25 Laser Measure
Bosch PLR 25 Laser Measure
Price: £73.15

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gadget, great value!, 27 July 2011
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The PLR25 might not look like much (it looks terribly utilitarian), but boy is that little box packed with good stuff. It is small and compact (around the size of two matchboxes), and does length, area, volume for starters. It measures including and excluding its own length, so you can stand it up on its end, or align it against the end of a table or a cupboard. It does continuous measurements (for those moments when you need to move a piece of furniture just so), and it can do simple arithmetic (addition and subtraction). It does exactly what it says on the box.

Gadget comes with a pouch, a manual (multi-lingual), and batteries so you can start using it immediately.


Kensington Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod Touch
Kensington Travel Battery Pack and Charger for iPhone and iPod Touch
Offered by eoutlet-uk
Price: £10.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box..., 26 May 2011
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Before buying this, I looked at other alternatives, and considering that Kensington is a trusted brand (compared to some others), that's what I went with.

The item comes charged and is around the size of two matchboxes. The USB charging port is hinged and folds out, but frankly that design could've been slightly better in that it doesn't use either a short cable or a ball hinge and is susceptible to damage (either it or the PC/laptop you use for charging) when hit in a direction that the hinge does not move in. That's worth one star to me.

That said though, it has 5 power LEDs to indicate remaining charge, and it has a small button marked with a battery icon that you can push to see the remaining charge if it's not plugged in for charging. This item was ultimately designed to extend battery life, not replace the battery altogether, so a full charge of the internal battery in your iPhone/iPod cannot be expected. However, on my iPhone I ended up with a 50% charge, enough for what I usually require (on the go in London without a power point available). It also charges up relatively quickly (30 minutes gives you an 80% charge of the gadget).

The "kickstand" is a wee bit irritating, but it is at least designed to work with your Touch or iPhone in a case/sleeve, so I can't knock it for that.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a touch of poshness in your dining room, 25 May 2011
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I was used to cheapo cutlery from Tesco, but recently, after realising that my stuff was falling apart, looked around for something new.

WMF, along with Villeroy & Boch, has an excellent reputation in Europe and abroad for quality cutlery. My parents own a set of WMF cutlery, and after shopping around, I was surprised to see Amazon put this 44-piece set on for almost half price. Not being able to find this set cheaper anywhere else, I went for it. The box is huge and comes with the full set of dinner ware, enough for you to have a wee bit of a dinner party for 6.

Polished to a high gloss, please please please do NOT use a pot scourer to remove food remnants from this cutlery or you will scratch it badly. Instead, soak it, use a sponge to clean it (or dishwash it), and immediate dry and buff it to preserve that stainless steel beauty. The knives feel a lot more solid, whereas the spoons and forks are a lot lighter and daintier, but this set is a joy to use.


Joseph Joseph Uni-tool 5-in-1 Kitchen Utensil - Grey
Joseph Joseph Uni-tool 5-in-1 Kitchen Utensil - Grey

5.0 out of 5 stars Great for tasting your food..., 25 May 2011
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This tool is perfect for the kitchen. Ideal for pasta or rice, or vegetables, where you need to judge the cooking time based on how firm what you're cooking is. Tip the spoon back and drain the water away and stop burning your mouth. Keep it tipped forward and taste your sauce. Turn it upside down and prevent something from burning. So many uses...

Granted, this item does not have a weighted handle, but because I use this for tasting only anyway, it's just like a spoon, only better.


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