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Wester Ross and Lochalsh: 40 Coast and Country Walks
Wester Ross and Lochalsh: 40 Coast and Country Walks
by Paul Webster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect pocket guide, 29 Jun. 2014
Bought as a little insider's guide to walks whilst on holiday in the Highlands. Charming little book, with a nice variety of walks. Only did a couple of them, but the instructions were clear and easy to follow. It's a shame they can't license an OS map to show the route on. I also noticed many of the walks are on established, clearly signed walking trails making the route guide mostly irrelevant. But still a useful little book, clearly written by local experts to point you at the right places.


Merrell Mens Chameleon Wrap Slam Lace Up Trekking and Hiking Shoes
Merrell Mens Chameleon Wrap Slam Lace Up Trekking and Hiking Shoes
Price: £57.49 - £101.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent all rounder., 29 Jun. 2014
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I bought these as replacements for a pair of Merrell hiking trainers that I'd literally had for at least 10 years as my occasional walking shoe. Massively impressed with the durability these Chameleons seemed very highly rated as a casual outdoors shoe, which is what I wanted.

Please do heed all these reviews - ORDER A SIZE LARGER THAN YOU USUALLY WEAR! I'm glad I caught this bit of info as the larger size fits me perfectly and surely avoided an annoying return/exchange procedure.

Pros:
Very comfortable, does feel like walking on air
Light weight
Grippy on all dry surfaces
Looks casual enough to not look like a hiking nerd
Supportive, and chunky at the toe and heel

Cons:
One inner sole keeps riding up into the heel, tempted to glue into place. Very annoying.
Not very breathable, always have sweaty socks after a longer summer walk
Seem slippery on wet surfaces
Shallow, rounded tread not good in mud

I can imagine these being a great shoe for longer walks in Spring / Early Autumn. They just feel a bit too hot for summer, and not grippy enough for winter conditions. Pleased with the purchase though, hopefully they last another 10 years!


Wanting to Believe: A Critical Guide to the X-Files, Millennium & the Lone Gunmen
Wanting to Believe: A Critical Guide to the X-Files, Millennium & the Lone Gunmen
by Robert Shearman
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine companion to a frustratingly brilliant show!, 13 Jan. 2014
As a teenager I was absolutely crazy about the X-Files, and being quite a loyal and dedicated sort of person I stuck with it until The End (quite literally) getting my video set for each BBC showing of a new episode. I reviewed the whole 9 seasons several years ago, when the DVD boxsets were dirt cheap here on Amazon, and did a similar little exercise in rating and reviewing each episode. Sadly these are all lost on some now defunct old PC, but reading Shearman's book brought back all the memories of this series, both the highs and the lows.

Part of the fun in reviewing this series is the wildly inconsistent nature of the show. The under-achieving, or plain dull, episodes stand out so much more when just a week before, or after, was some miniature masterpiece of TV. Shearman really captures the spirit of this, writing both with the insight of a professional sci-fi scriptwriter and the enthusiasm of a genuine fan (but without sinking to sycophancy by any means).

Any X-File fan will tell you that things went downhill in a big way in the last 2 or 3 years, but to be fair Shearman finds hidden gems even in Season's 8 and 9, although is unafraid to utterly tear apart Chris Carter's final installment and lack of control over the mythology arc as a whole.

TV is a writers medium, and it's fun to keep track of his thoughts on the many regulars. He points out wildly inconsistent writing skills of Carter (brilliantly daring as much as prententious drivel), the considerable and consistent talent of Vince Gilligan (now famous for Breaking Bad), the fleeting genius of Darin Morgan, the anarchic boundary pushing of Gordon and Wong and the perpetually second-rate John Shiban.

I read the bulk of this book in one sitting, which is unheard of for this kind of TV episode critique, but it really was that good. I couldn't wait to see what he wrote about some of my personal faves, or pet hates. Guess I'll have to dust off those boxsets now, and open up a new file for my own reviews all over again. Highly recommended.


Golebo Semi-Matt screen protector for TomTom Go LIVE 1005 Europe - (Semi-matt, Air pocket free application, Easy to remove)
Golebo Semi-Matt screen protector for TomTom Go LIVE 1005 Europe - (Semi-matt, Air pocket free application, Easy to remove)
Offered by DISAGU protectionfilms
Price: £1.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Should be standard fitment!, 26 Dec. 2013
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Pretty easy to install, and is a must have for this range of Tom Tom. Why they chose a shiny gloss screen which just reflects and mirrors light in the car is beyond me, but this actually makes the screen nice and easy to view.


Kodak Hero 5.1 All-in-One WiFi Printer (Print, Copy, Scan)
Kodak Hero 5.1 All-in-One WiFi Printer (Print, Copy, Scan)

1.0 out of 5 stars Kodak should stick to cameras..., 1 Nov. 2013
Possibly the worst consumer item I've ever purchased.

Within a year it needed a new printhead after the lightest of casual use.

Ink simply disappears from it, I've had new cartridges both genuine Kodak and refills, and both have run low on ink even just using the printer a handful of times. The cartridges may be cheap, but they don't last at all, even with barely using the printer.

Utter garbage, no wonder they're on here for just over a tenner. Even that'd be a tenner wasted.
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Garmin Nuvi 255W Traffic Widescreen Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping
Garmin Nuvi 255W Traffic Widescreen Satellite Navigation System with Full EU Mapping

76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended Sat Nav!, 16 Sept. 2008
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I have to admit this is my only experience of a satnav system but I thought I'd review the product I put my hard earned cash towards as other reviews were very helpful at comparing the overwhelming choice of models.

First off - is the widescreen worth it? Well maybe not for the map itself but I imagine the touchscreen keypad must be very very fiddly on the smaller screen model, so it's probably a big benefit in that respect.

I used this product on a huge journey round Scotland and the UK and the unit performed extremely well, just as comfortable with country lanes in the highlands as big city streets. It takes common sense to use the combination of listening to the vocal instructions, glancing at the map on screen and using everyday road-sense to navigate accurately and safely, but it doesn't take long to get used to the units quirks

One thing that does happen quite frequently is the unit will mis-read a sharp turn in the road for a give-way junction, but you soon learn to ignore these commands.

The traffic update system works pretty well, giving you a good idea of the seriousness of the delay and re-routing you if it thinks necessary. I have to say I've never had to use this feature, so can't comment on its re-routing accuracy. The unit must have it's power cord plugged in to use the traffic feature and does depend on the traffic info output by local radio, so not all traffic queues or holdups will be detected.

Mapping seems to be around 6 months or so out of date but these can be updated via the website. The trial subscription to safety cameras is spot-on for camera locations, and areas where mobile cameras operate. You do however need to subscribe to keep this feature upadted. Some may find the slight blip the unit emits when you go over the speed limit (even by a few mph) in camera areas annoying, but it can be turned off and well, it does encourage you to watch your speed!

Satellite acquisition only takes a few seconds on start-up and all the menu screens are easy to use. Pre-set attractions and locations (eg food, parking, attractions, petrol sations) are a little hit and miss (some major companys eg. Morrisons stores aren't listed) but they're a good basic foundation to start from when searching for something. One detail I particularly like is how the unit automatically zooms in close on the map when navigating through city and town streets, and also displays a red tint when traffic is detected. The anti-glare night display is cool too.

Perhaps the main thing to bear in mind when using any satnav is that you do have to input have an accurate address to get directly to destinations. It's not much use when you only have a vague idea of where you want to go. I sometimes know the general area of a destination, but have to use a regular street atlas to find an address nearby. Zooming out on the map to see an overview of your journey is a little fiddly, but the map is quick to refresh itself. Estimated journey arrival times are often quite a long way out to begin with, but these update once you're on the move / stop / slow down in traffic and are then generally pretty accurate.

To summarise I can't think of too many things this unit doesn't do that are honestly of any use. Bang up to date maps on purchase would be nice. I know there's a fuss about this European model not reading out road names but I'm not sure how much of a help that is - sensible reading of the map screen makes most turnings pretty obvious.

Finally, the protective accessory case is a must have, but if you own a digital camera you shouldn't have to buy the usb adaptor accessory as many camera ones work fine.
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