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Dualit Jug Kettle Cream Trim 72402
Dualit Jug Kettle Cream Trim 72402
Price: 59.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely-looking rubbish, 14 Feb 2014
Like many other Dualit users, we thought this kettle really looked the part and to be fair, it gave decent service for four years - until the element went. As I understand the element is non-serviceable and Dualit aren't prepared to do much more than offer a discount on another (expensive) kettle, it's basically overpriced junk.

Also, yes it does have a tendency to spit when boiled full and yes, the lid is rather tight to open. If it was a bit larger, I guess you could hide a reliable kettle behind it.


PortaPow Premium USB Battery Pack with High Speed Micro USB and Apple Lightning Connector
PortaPow Premium USB Battery Pack with High Speed Micro USB and Apple Lightning Connector

4.0 out of 5 stars Well made, works well, 27 Aug 2013
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Took two of these camping last week and they did yeoman service. We were able to recharge them on site, but it was handy to leave these charging rather than leave our phones unattended and be without them. Easily got three or four partial charges for smart phones out of each one before they gave out. The casing and sockets feel solid.

Only criticism is that the provided multi-adapter cable, while a useful idea in principle, has fairly loose plug connections. I found a dedicated micro-usb cable more reliable.


Logic3 WIS026 i-Station26 Speaker System and Alarm Clock for iPhone and iPod
Logic3 WIS026 i-Station26 Speaker System and Alarm Clock for iPhone and iPod

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Squelchy, 24 Dec 2012
If you're a big fan of German Oompah bands or farting noises, I can highly recommend this unit for its incredible (and I use that word in its most incredulous sense) bass response. Otherwise steer clear; the i-Station 3 offers better sound in a smaller package.


Death Defying Unicorn
Death Defying Unicorn
Price: 15.20

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None more prog, 14 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Death Defying Unicorn (Audio CD)
A double concept album from a power trio that can deftly combine heavy metal, jazz and west coast harmonies collaborating with an accomplished jazz-rock musician & arranger, a jazz orchestra and sundry top-flight classical players to produce an epic tale of nautical horror? WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE??! It's like Motorpsycho incepted themselves into my proggiest dreams and then exclaimed, "WOW, let's make an album of THAT!"

Everyone involved here has made a fair and equal contribution to what can only be viewed as a significant masterpiece for the band. Occasionally atonal, often heavy, frequently groovesome, The Death Defying Unicorn may seem taxing at times but it's never less than entertaining. And lest you think that hollow world theories and huge sharks seem a tad removed from real world concerns, it also reads well as a coded critique on the assumed right to lead by the 1% and the rebellious stirrings of the 99% ("Your stale old ways bred hate and discordance / Your brutish arrogance has left you powerless"). Last track "Into The Mystic" sweeps all this up into a glorious elegiac yet ultimately redemptive finale that's redolent of classic concept albums such as The Lamb.

From Seattle to Luxembourg, it's hard to think of any self-respecting prog fans who wouldn't enjoy this indulgent yet wholly successful conceit tremendously. Album of the year, easily.


Wales A Photographer's Journey
Wales A Photographer's Journey
by David Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 35.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exemplary collection, 12 Aug 2012
David Wilson's "Wales, A Photographer's Journey" follows on from his earlier "Pembrokeshire" volume and, while it perhaps lacks the easy familiarity he has with his native region, it once again successfully goes beyond the typical, rather saccharine portrayal of the Welsh landscape in other photo books. Here, for once, are the highlights and vagaries of the real Welsh landscape, captured with quiet proficiency in monochrome. It may be a selective overview - there is nothing here from the north-west of the principality, nor the harsher realities of the urban areas and south-western valleys - but Wilson successfully renders both the well-known and lesser appreciated viewpoints of Wales. Take, for example, his glorious image of Cnicht, here brooding in dark shadow, while in the foreground a line of white washing illuminated in sun jerks and flaps in the wind - an archetypal scene from one of the more remote inhabitated corners of the country. Meanwhile, the contrasting tones of shots such as Mwnt chapel and Blaen y Nant are so rich, one needs time to imbibe them. There are three double spreads for one of Pembrokeshire's better kept secrets, the little harbour village of Porthgain, and the same again for North Wales' best known folly, Portmeirion, ranging from the most recognised features to the minor details that are easily missed and culminating in a wonderful shot of a statue against the Campanile. Away from these iconic locations, there are isolated villages and farmsteads, lost seemingly Brigadoon-like in the mist, humble yet cherished chapels nestling in obscure valleys, and lonely strips of tarmac snaking over desolate moorland passes (he gives good road, does Wilson).

The production quality of the book is excellent, the only quibble being that some of the larger plates are run across the gutter and, due to the otherwise sturdy binding used, cannot be flattened. Covering thirty six locations across 160 large format pages, those who love the Welsh landscape, in all its moods, will find this a worthy runner-up to being there within it.


Logic3 MIP103KB i-Station 3 Speaker System for iPod - Black
Logic3 MIP103KB i-Station 3 Speaker System for iPod - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, some niggles, 13 Dec 2011
As other reviewers have noted, this has a surprisingly rich and full sound for its size, probably thanks to the 6W RMS output. It works well with both an iPhone 3GS and a Samsung Galaxy S2 for us. Some minor niggles: the volume level is reset to minimum each time you switch it on; and leaving the AUX cable plugged in causes sound from the iPod or iPhone to be disabled, which is annoying if you often switch between both.


Millennium Falcon Manual: 1977 Onwards (Modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter) (Owners Workshop Manual)
Millennium Falcon Manual: 1977 Onwards (Modified YT-1300 Corellian Freighter) (Owners Workshop Manual)
by Ryder Windham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

167 of 184 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No use in a tight spot, 18 Nov 2011
Avoid. Using this book in a vain attempt to fix the notoriously fickle hyperdrive unit of my ship for the umpteenth time, I found I had a number of pieces left over after stripping down and reassembling the entire unit according to the instructions. None of them correspond to the diagrams in the book - I realise that these ships are often "bodged" with off-brand parts (it seems "Made on Alderaan" is no longer a guarantee of quality), but then this manual can hardly claim to be comprehensive if it does not account for the possibility of customisation. Needless to say, my ship is still grounded.

So now I'm stuck in this hollow asteroid, surrounded by Imperial fighters, with a gnarly co-pilot (doesn't help when he's always shedding hairs into the engine compartment) and an equally bilious passenger. The sexual tension is now unbearable, and I may shortly have to ask her to recce the rest of this barren rock while I "resolve matters" with my crew. It's either that or have my groin encased in carbonite, and we know that ain't gonna happen!

Also, the floor keeps rippling in a faintly alarming manner.

I shoulda stayed in that damn cantina and had another drink.
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On The Shore
On The Shore
Price: 9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate for one second, 28 Oct 2011
This review is from: On The Shore (Audio CD)
Just a brilliant, brilliant album that draws you in from the first listen with the dramatic settings of songs like "Murdoch" but withholds its true essence sufficiently to ensure there is plenty left to explore on subsequent listens. Stewart Lee's sleevenotes are bang-on in their appreciation of the remarkable work that Trees accomplished here in such a tantalisingly brief and promising moment of time. Stop reading this and add it to your basket now; don't be an Oswald.


Library Lion
Library Lion
by Michelle Knudsen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

5.0 out of 5 stars A future classic, 3 Jan 2011
This review is from: Library Lion (Paperback)
A lovely, charmingly illustrated tale that deserves a place on every child's bookshelf. Not to mention a nice little homily about the occasional need to put the normal rules aside.


The Great Paper Caper
The Great Paper Caper
by Oliver Jeffers
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 9.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Fold, fold, fold, WHAT??!, 15 Sep 2010
This review is from: The Great Paper Caper (Hardcover)
Oi Jeffers, I've just spent ages trying to figure out your paper plane folding instructions on the inner covers and failing miserably! You may be a fine illustrator of quirky short stories for children, but you can't draw explanatory diagrams for crap.

To echo what others have said, a lovely story but unlikely to make much sense to small children...or their parents, really.


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