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Draper 76334 125-Litres-per-Minute 400-Watt Submersible Dirty Water Pump with Float Switch
Draper 76334 125-Litres-per-Minute 400-Watt Submersible Dirty Water Pump with Float Switch
Offered by Tool Despatch Ltd
Price: 59.00

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!, 23 Nov 2013
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I bought this pump to replace an older one which had given up the ghost after many years of good service.I use it to pump out a manhole which occasionally fills from an outflow from my washing machine and dish washer.The rate of flow with this pump is not great and would not compare with the performance of my old pump which cost about the same.Also the pump if stood upright at the bottom of the filled manhole will only pump out the water until the level drops to the top of the pump.It then stops and you have to lie the pump on its side to drain out the last foot of water.I note the manufacturers instruction that the pump will only work when fully submerged but my old pump would drain out the water right down to the bottom even when it was upright.
Its does the job just about but overall I am disappointed with this product.


London Clock - 25058 - Traditional Oak Wood Finish Pendulum Wall Clock
London Clock - 25058 - Traditional Oak Wood Finish Pendulum Wall Clock
Offered by Carters of London
Price: 104.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Chiming Wall Clock!, 16 Dec 2012
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I ordered this clock on Monday and it was delivered on Wednesday to Ireland-well packed and swift delivery.The clock is good quality with a gorgeous oak finish and quite heavy.It chimes at the top of the hour with a nice Westminster chime followed by the hour count.The chime volume can be varied by a small dial at the rear of the clock.There is an automatic chime mute which silences the chimes between 11p.m. and 6a.m.The back of the clock slides open for access to the switches for setting the time and chime volume etc.
This clock suits my house fine as I live in a cottage style bungalow and this clock is not overly decorative but is yet quite beautiful in its own right.Highly recommended!


Panasonic QUINTRIX Replacement TV Remote Control by RemotesReplaced
Panasonic QUINTRIX Replacement TV Remote Control by RemotesReplaced
Offered by Remotes Replaced
Price: 8.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent replacement remote!, 5 Aug 2012
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I bought this to replace a Panasonic Quintrix remote which had gone faulty.Originally I had bought a number of other so called 'universal' remotes but none would work properly with my older Panasonic Quintrix set.Some would turn on the telly and switch the volume o.k. but would not turn the telly off.Others demonstrated other similar problems.
This remote however is working perfectly.It even has the keys for programming the set just like the original remote.Robust build as well-its been dropped a few times and still works fine.Highly recommended!


Hearts And Bones
Hearts And Bones
Price: 5.51

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply another classic!!!, 2 July 2012
This review is from: Hearts And Bones (Audio CD)
This is a hugely under-rated and largely unknown album by Paul Simon.It never garnered the huge success of 'Graceland' which was to follow three years after this was released.An album which is not as commercial as 'Graceland' but for me this is a plus as Simon bears his soul in a most personal manner.This was originally released in 1983 and I can recall buying it on vinyl at that time.When I first listened to it I can remember being bowled over by the sheer class of the songs on this album.
The album opens with the catchy 'Allergies'.If I recall correctly this was meant to be a 'Simon&Garfunkel' single as this album indeed was meant to be 'Simon&Garfunkel' re-union album at the time.They had been playing a lot of concerts at the time after the huge success of the concert at Central Park and the release of Simons previous solo album 'One Trick Pony'.However it didn't
materialise as the squabbles between the duo erupted again and this was then released as a solo Simon effort.
The title track is simply magical and if you are into the deep meaning of Simons work this one will not disappoint.My favourite track however is 'Train In The Distance', easily comparable to his best work on any album.That said there is not a weak track on this album.The closing track is his beautiful tribute to Johnny Ace/John Lennon.
Overall a vital addition to any Paul Simon collection.I have bought all his albums(a few times each!),buying my first in '73!.This is my second favourite, after the first post Garfunkel album 'Paul Simon'.Buy and enjoy-you just can't go wrong here!


The Plant Propagator's Bible (Readers Digest)
The Plant Propagator's Bible (Readers Digest)
by Miranda Smith
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not a Bible!!!, 28 Jun 2012
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As with previous reviewers I have many books on plant propagation and I must say this is certainly not the most helpful.There are of course the various propagation methods described and illustrated clearly but the plant list at the end of the book is extremely limited.Admittedly plants are listed on the side of pages where various propagation methods are described but this is not as helpful as looking up the plant by name directly.For example the huge and very popular genus 'Phlox' is not mentioned in the plant list at the rear of the book.Sadly this is only one of many plants 'families' missing.This is the part of the book which describes the suitable propagation methods for various plants and also why some methods occasionally fail.
To give the book some credit the propagation methods are described clearly and illustrated well.However throughout the book the illustrations are quite sparse.Compare this to the RHS'Propagation Plants' book which illustrates a lot of the plants being described.Also this same guide covers the plant world much more comprehensively.
So its o.k. if you are totally new to propagation.But if you are a 'seasoned' gardener like me you might prefer something more comprehensive....such as the one mentioned above.


Paul Simon
Paul Simon
Price: 6.54

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon burns his Bridge!, 19 Nov 2011
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This review is from: Paul Simon (Audio CD)
This album was Paul Simons first solo effort after the split from Art Garfunkel in 1970.It was also his first effort after the majestic and hugely successful 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' album.Originally released in 1972 it still retains all its unique musical appeal.The album title 'Paul Simon' makes you realise that Simon was making a simple statement that this was purely his solo work and what work!
Its a hugely contrasting album to the 'bridge' album.The 'bridge' album was massive in both musical production terms and harmonic liason between Simon and Garfunkel.This album is greatly pared down musically but for all that its still brilliant.Paul Simon seems to be baring his musical soul in a much more direct and intimate fashion.The result is an album which is still my favourite solo Simon album.
Instantly catchy songs like 'Me and Julio' and 'Mother and Child Reunion' soon make you realise that Simon had lost none of the old magical songwriting ability.
Sandwiched in the middle of the album is the beautiful 'Duncan', where Simon again shows his talent for writing instant classics.Mention must also be made of 'Peace Like a River' with its beautiful harmonies reminiscent of the Simon and Grafunkel era.To me this is the only song which reminds you of that era.The rest are all instantly recognisable as purely Simon efforts.
Yes, if you are a Simon fan at all you have to have this.Down through the years I have bought all his solo work and S&G work(at least three times each!).This album however is the one I return to most often....one to relish.Simply a classic!


Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care. Expert practical guidance on keeping chickens plus profiles of all the major chicken breeds
Mini Encyclopedia of Chicken Breeds and Care. Expert practical guidance on keeping chickens plus profiles of all the major chicken breeds
by Frances Bassom
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the Novice Chicken Keeper!, 21 Aug 2010
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If, like me, you are considering keeping chickens then this book is the ideal place to start...
It has an opening section dealing with chicken housing, feeding, health care and everything else you will need to know.However where I found it really useful was in the description of the various breeds and particularly breeds which are ideal for the novice chicken keeper.All breeds are described in great detail and there are also gorgeous photographs of each.This is where the first problem arises as its hard to decide on which breed to choose!There is also a comprehensive section on chicken breeding.
A super book and highly recommended......I think its the Buff Sussex for me!....


RHS Propagating Plants
RHS Propagating Plants
by Alan Toogood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the thrifty gardener!!!, 14 Aug 2010
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This review is from: RHS Propagating Plants (Paperback)
Although I am gardener of almost fifty years(heck I AM getting old!)standing I still learned an awful lot from this super book.
For many years I have grown vegetables and flowers from seeds successfully and I have also divided perennial flower plants with success on a regular basis.However I have never been much into taking cuttings and this is where this book is a huge help to me.I bought this book five weeks ago and I already have cuttings of Hydrangea and Spirea shrubs growing well-after following the advice contained here.
This book is extremely well laid out with clear diagrams and photographs of the various propagating methods.Whether you want to raise plants from seeds,cuttings or division this book is ideal.Also a section on raising plants from spores...truely comprehensive.Thoroughly recommended!Happy gardening!


The Clock Repairer's Handbook
The Clock Repairer's Handbook
by Laurie Penman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.91

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine.....but only if you know what a 'pinion' is!, 25 April 2010
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If, like me, you know nothing about the technical construction of clocks then this book is not the ideal place to start.That said, however, after reading through most of it, it is very well written and informative.
The author begins by explaining how to systematically approach various clock faults and advises on remedies for same.He advises that the last thing to do is to take a clock apart-as 'life is too short for this approach' and directs the repairer to other remedies first.However for many faults a clock has to be disassembled and for this he advises on what to check.
This is where it gets complicated for me as I was unaware of what 'pinions', 'arbors', 'escapements' etc actually are.I feel that a chapter on the basic operation of a clock would have been extremely helpful.This chapter, even if short, could have explained the various terms used in horology.
However, for me the book is redeemed by the inclusion of a systematic 'fault finding' section which advises on what actions to take for various problems.Also there is a very helpful chapter on what tools to acquire for various repair jobs.Overall a very well written and sometimes witty book and well worth buying if you intend to go in to the horology field.Recommended!


Duke
Duke
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 10.28

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Genesis Album!!!, 18 Dec 2008
This review is from: Duke (Audio CD)
This is a brilliant album by Genesis, easily equalling anything they have created.I have been a fan since their beginning buying everything 'tru the Gabriel and Hackett era's and up to the present.
This album has everything, the superb instrumentals, brilliant vocals by Phil and top class songwriting throughout.
Real highlights for me are the beautiful 'Duchess', the classic 'Turn It On Again' and the superb(if short) 'Guide Vocal'.Sandwiched in the middle of the album is one of Tony Banks best compositions, the gorgeous 'Heathaze'.But be assured there is really not a weak track here.The album ends with the dramatic and musically varied instrumentals 'Dukes Travels' and 'Dukes End'....simply brilliant.These tracks for me hark back to the 'old' days when Genesis were noted for their superb instrumental pieces.Originally released in 1980 this is really one to savour.Yes I know the 'diehard' fans will sing the praises of 'Trick Of The Tail' and 'Wind And Wuthering'.These are albums which I also love but 'Duke' also has it all and is easily comparable to their best work.For me it represents a point in their journey where they were continueing to evolve and they were starting to create a somewhat different sound.Some people would say they were becoming more commercial(in itself perhaps not a hugely bad thing),but I think they were just changing.Lets face it....who wants to listen to albums that always sound very similar.Highly recommended!!!


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