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Bosch PLR 25 Laser Measure
Bosch PLR 25 Laser Measure
Price: £69.99

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.


WMF 44 pce Boston, Cromargan 18/10 stainless steel cutlery set
WMF 44 pce Boston, Cromargan 18/10 stainless steel cutlery set

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
Price: £9.50

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.


Joseph Joseph Elevate Kitchen Utensil Gift Box Set, 6 Piece - Multi-Colour
Joseph Joseph Elevate Kitchen Utensil Gift Box Set, 6 Piece - Multi-Colour
Price: £38.18

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent set, regardless of bad habits, 25 May 2011
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So far, every 2-star review has bemoaned the fact that the plastic utensils have either partially melted or been otherwise ruined. The question is - Why do you put a spoon or other utensil against a hot pan or pot anyway? Because it's a habit to prevent drips or to keep the wetted part of the utensil off surfaces. We've done it with wooden spoons, metal ones, plastic ones... but, this is a Joseph Joseph set.

What makes Joseph Joseph special? No, it's not the pretty colours. It's the weighted handle! The handle allows you to put the utensil down, and voilà, the stirring/lifting/sieving/turning surface is... off any other surfaces, just like your old habit used to keep your wooden spatula away from your work surface. Yes, using the turner on a hot surface will melt the nylon, but then again, the same happens with a cheap Tesco or Sainsbury's set. How do I know? Because I've done it, and why I replaced my set with this!

The set is useful, the spoon is easy to use for tasting (chef will tell me off for tasting my food like that), the turner is perfect for non-stick surfaces, and the ladle works just as well. And with each, the weighted handle keeps things hygienic. Lovely.


Apple Mini DVI to VGA Adapter
Apple Mini DVI to VGA Adapter
Offered by Buy It Love It
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on for what I need this for - connecting a Mac to a VGA display, 25 May 2011
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It astounds me that other reviewers, especially the ones rating this item as 1-start, blame the adapter for not being compatible with their Mac hardware. Remember... Mini-DVI is *NOT* the same as Mini DisplayPort and Apple makes this very clear. You should look at your Macbook or iMac to see what external display connections it has before buying this!

With that out of the way, this item does exactly what it says on the box. I bought this as a replacement part because I owned one before for my MacBook. I now use this one to connect my (granted, older) iMac to an external display with VGA connector, and I have no problems with it at all.

And it was a little cheaper than Apple's own retail price, and with Amazon Prime the shipping was free anyway. Hooray.


Macally Hi Speed eSATA/USB 2.0 External Storage Enclosure for 3.5" SATA HDD
Macally Hi Speed eSATA/USB 2.0 External Storage Enclosure for 3.5" SATA HDD

4.0 out of 5 stars Just lovely., 19 April 2011
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The enclosure comes in a rather large box, but the enclosure only takes half the space, the rest being taken by its power brick (roughly as thick as the enclosure), the power cable (an EU-style twin-prong plug), and the USB and eSATA cables. Yes, you don't need to buy those, they're included (regardless what it says in the technical specs for this product).

The enclosure is well-finished. The power button works just like on a PC/Mac, holding it in for several seconds will turn the enclosure off. The only complaint I have is that the back plate, which exposes the ports and power connector, is plastic, not metal (or insulated metal) which would've finished the package off beautifully. The enclosure is sturdy enough to be parked under an iMac (space-saving, y'see), but it comes with two types of stands that allow you to stand it upright as shown in the standard Macally image. The one stand consists of two wide flat feet screwed into the the Mac G5/Mac Pro-style feet to prevent the enclosure from toppling, the other clips around the narrow middle and does the same.

Was it worth the price? The fact that I can put my iMac on top is already worth it.


Creative Labs 70SB109500002 Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 PRO Sound Card
Creative Labs 70SB109500002 Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 PRO Sound Card
Offered by AOT (VAT registered)
Price: £66.89

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent add-on for the iMac. Yes. The iMac. Regardless what's printed on the box., 18 April 2011
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It is a little amusing to see that Creative Labs specifically describes this item as *not* compatible with Mac. Yet it actually is. It just needs a little manual adjustment in Mac OS X. So fear not... if you have an iMac and you desperately want a Dolby Surround 5.1 system through your iMac, this gadget is perfect.

Packaged with USB cable, Windows CD-ROM, remote control (which does not work under Mac), and an adapter cable to convert the RCA outputs for left and right to a 3.5mm analog socket, it is easily plugged in, and through the Audio/MIDI setup utility (found in the Utilities folder in the Finder), configured to output Surround 5.1 sound: In the Audio window, choose the SB X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro device with 2 outputs. In the Format window, choose "6 Ch-24bit", then configure the speakers through the Configure Speakers option.

Unfortunately, the on-card volume control is not available, and its volume cannot be controlled from the Audio/MIDI utility either. Only the master volume control on the iMac allows you to adjust the volume, but I'm sure you can live with it.

The card is very nicely designed with a pleasing blue LED. The black exterior feels very Apple, and I have no complaints about it so far.
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Canon ET-120B Lens Hood
Canon ET-120B Lens Hood
Price: £373.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent replacement for the ET-118, 26 Mar. 2011
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If you own an old EF 300mm f2.8L lens (before they added Image Stabilization, or IS, to it), and your lens hood is bent, battered or just plain falling apart, don't bother going for a replacement ET-118 hood (or worse, the horribly expensive carbon-fibre versions).

This hood is a perfect replacement for the ET-118, it is around half an inch shorter, but it fits beautifully both inside the lens box, and whilst in use.


La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
by Italian Academy of Cuisine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book! A must-buy for those who love authentic Italian food, 26 Mar. 2011
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Ok, so another reviewer complained that the measurements were in Imperial measures, but then again, look at who published the book... Rizzoli, based not in England, but New York. So naturally it will be in American measurements.

With that out of the way, you will find some incredible recipes in this book. Spaghetti bolognese? *PISH* It is a ragù bolognese from the Emilia Romagna. Or the Tuscan ragù. Or the Naples version. Who knew there were so many recipes of a meat sauce?

Broken down into several sections, and those sections again showing the regional versions of some incredible recipes, you are spoilt for choice. Mother in law from Campania? Dig up some recipes from that region. Brother's new girlfriend from Venice? I'm sure you'll find some lovely stuff from that part of the country. Frankly, there is nothing in here that you won't be able to make. So some recipes don't have measurements, but I'm sure the Italians didn't always measure their stuff in the old days, and made it by look, feel and taste, and that's something you'll have to experiment with.

It is a brilliant book for the kitchen, and together with The Silver Spoon (Cooking) you will probably find you are well set to get going. I love both this book and the Silver Spoon, and I've been told that the dishes I've made from both taste better than in a restaurant.

If you like this book, and you also love Greek food, look at Vefa's Kitchen or Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes. Great stuff in there too.


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