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JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives In Ear Canal Headphones
JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives In Ear Canal Headphones
Offered by MyMemory
Price: £13.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Anti-personnel device needed? This will do the trick!, 14 Oct 2014
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Probably my 20th pair of earphones over the years and definitely the longest-lasting and best sounding for the money I have ever bought. Crank them up and a mob of schoolkids on the bus will hold no fear!


Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon
Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon
by Tony Fletcher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.56

5.0 out of 5 stars The best music bio ever, 14 Oct 2014
I've been reading music bios for 35 years and can say honestly that this is one of the hundreds on my shelves that I re-read again and again. Moon was a fascinating, extraordinary, doomed figure of course but it would have been easy for Tony Fletcher to fall into the myth and create some kind of 'Hammer of the Gods' absurdity.

It's a shame that Townsend devotes so much of his time these days to dismissing Moon's talents; watch the IoW concert or listen to Live at Leeds/Hull and Moon at his 1970 peak was just an unbelievable talent. I'm a drummer and some of his fills are so audacious and confident that I can't imagine he would be allowed to play with such freedom in today's production-driven scene.

One last thought -- if Moon had died today the appallingly cavalier prescription of the Heminevrin that killed him would have led to court cases of the type that followed Michael Jackson's death. Sadly the knowledge and treatment of alcoholism in 1978 was in a miserable state and the prescriptions he was given would now be unthinkable. I can't imagine Moon collecting his pension and maybe his would always be a short life -- but reading this thoughtful book I keep seeing him as a desperately lonely, adrift man needing real help and support. Very, very sad but Fletcher doesn't dwell too long and -- like all good music bios -- you are left wanting to return to the music (and the drumming) time and time again.


Victorinox - Pastry Knife
Victorinox - Pastry Knife
Offered by kitchen essentials
Price: £21.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what the pros use, not the fancy-pants stuff, 17 Sep 2014
For many years I worked for a commercial kitchen store in Shaftesbury Avenue and new chef/trainees at The Ivy nearby were told to come in and buy just 2 knives -- this one and the Victorinox 11cm Tomato Knife. And that was it! Seriously, ignore all the fashionable shizzle and just buy this puppy, it will be the one knife you use all the time even if you never cut pastry in your life.


OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler
Price: £3.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to use in the 'normal' way, 1 Jan 2014
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How strange. All these glowing reviews (for a kitchen utensil!) make me sense we have some sort of OXO fan-club afoot here. Truth is, the huge size and swivel blade make it impossible to peel anything as normal -- ie thumb on the veg etc as you pull the peeler towards you with the same hand. This product only works as a kind of speed-peeler where you have to randomly aim at the fruit/veg away from you with random scrapes -- ok if you are 8 years old or have bad hands but terribly wasteful and time-consuming and knackering...plus completely hopeless for smaller potatoes and the like.

Get a Victorinox for a fiver (the old-fashioned fixed blade things with the black or red handles) and feel the love of an old friend flood back into your life.


The Psychology Book
The Psychology Book
by Nigel Benson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not just for beginners!, 29 Dec 2013
This review is from: The Psychology Book (Hardcover)
Don't be a snob and think that because this book is published by DK and has lots of snazzy graphics it's only suited to GCSE students and the like. I have studied psychology for many years and read hugely but I still found loads of new insights. It was also great to rediscover ideas I thought I was over-familiar with (Skinner etc) re-presented in a bright and engaging way.

Also great to see Nigel C. Benson back in the world of publishing (hello Nigel); his Introducing Psychology (aka Psychology: A Graphic Guide) remains my favourite ever beginners guide to the subject and his Introducing Psychiatry and Introducing Psychotherapy are also fabulous books. Buy them all!


Quality Plastic Extra Large 3 Litre Yellow Mixing Salad Bowl
Quality Plastic Extra Large 3 Litre Yellow Mixing Salad Bowl
Offered by BUY NOW
Price: £1.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am reviewing a plastic bowl. How did things get this way?, 28 Dec 2013
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In fairness all of these bowls in all sizes are great value, last forever and I have used them for years without complaint. I am just posting this because as a good citizen I wanted to share that this particular version is actually custard-yellow in colour, not the rather nice olive-green that it appears to be in the photo. Knowledge is power. My work is done.


10 Deluxe Silver and White Christmas Crackers
10 Deluxe Silver and White Christmas Crackers
Offered by Balloon Shop
Price: £7.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Q: What do you call a person who buys these crackers?, 28 Dec 2013
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A: Ripped-off.

Undersized crappy poundshop little things and not even good value once you've paid the postage. If these are the 'deluxe' versions then Lord knows what the standard quality look like! You can buy miles better for less from BhS/Sainsbos etc, but of course I couldn't get my money back as half the buggers were torn in half....avoid this product and buy better for cheaper elsewhere. Happy Christmas.


Fellowes Cd Jewel Case - Black (Pack of 10)
Fellowes Cd Jewel Case - Black (Pack of 10)
Offered by Media Replication
Price: £5.27

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really a bit crap I'm afraid, 6 Dec 2013
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To be fair they arrived promptly and well packed and none were broken but these cases are just terribly light and flimsy and the grey plastic trays are thinner than an episode of The One Show. Maybe okay if you are buying these for mass mail-outs or data storage etc but if you want something to replace a broken case on a 'proper' CD album then DO NOT buy this product. Trust me people! Come back HMV, buying good quality cases used to be so much easier than this....


Tiger Padded Cymbal Bag
Tiger Padded Cymbal Bag
Price: £28.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't pay more for the brand-names -- this is all you need!, 16 Oct 2013
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Surprised not to see more reviews for this; Tiger may not have the 'name' but all their bags are just great with a heavy-duty feel, well-finished and with stitching that really holds up. This cymbal bag especially is terrific. If you can't resist the urge to spend twice as much in order to give Sabian etc some free advertising then go for it, but if not then I can really recommend this range.


Jegs UU98 - 21&Quot; Mens Automatic Umbrella in Black
Jegs UU98 - 21&Quot; Mens Automatic Umbrella in Black
Offered by stansbargains
Price: £10.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lasted two days then broke in half, 16 Oct 2013
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Certainly looks the part with a nice solid shiny handle -- but get the thing open and it's so flimsy that even Poundland might think twice about stocking it and I knew straight away I'd been sold a kipper. First day it blew inside-out in the wheeziest breeze and the lightweight stem started to buckle. Second day the whole thing snapped into two halves leaving me grasping the handle as the rest of the umbrella bounced down the street.

The spectacle gave passers-by something to laugh at in the rain, but that brief bonus aside there is absolutely nothing good to say about this product. It's probably still airborne somewhere above Baker Street if anyone fancies a look.


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