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Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
by Christian Lander
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Secret Pleasure, 26 Aug. 2009
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Don't be misled by the title. This book is a great forbidden pleasure to read - and often laugh-out-loud funny. Ridiculing the preposterous obsessions of white middle-class Americans, it a salutary reminder just how absurd our retail and lifestyle choices have become. Read it if you dare, and cringe as you recognise your own snobbery being pilloried.


Logic3 WIP046 Rechargeable Battery with Leather Case for iPhone/iPodTouch
Logic3 WIP046 Rechargeable Battery with Leather Case for iPhone/iPodTouch
Offered by Comcast
Price: £47.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Indispensible, 26 Aug. 2009
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Quite simply the most useful accessory you'll ever buy for your iPhone! Most iPhone 3G already know of the woeful battery life of the unit when under fairly heavy use. This handy, re-chargeable case comes to the rescue more often than I can describe. It easily holds a nearly complete charge for the iPhone - and therefore offers hours of use beyond the natural life of the battery.

A couple of minor gripes though:

The instructions are feeble and badly written. It's got a couple of details wrong - the LED indicator and the fact that when charging this case and iPhone simultaneously, the case does NOT take a charge first. The case only charges when a fitted iPhone is fully charged first.

The on-off switch is slightly hard to locate in a hurry and doesn't feel terribly positive when switching the battery back-up on or off. Inevitably, this case is bulkier than the average wrap-around case, but the magnetic clip is very good. Would personally prefer that this case came with a belt-clip as it's a little too bulky for a jacket pocket.

That aside, this is a simple and essential accessory for anyone addicted to their iPhone!
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Omron M10-IT Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Dual-User Facility and Dual-Size Cuff
Omron M10-IT Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Dual-User Facility and Dual-Size Cuff
Price: £45.95

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Product: Solid & Effective, 26 Aug. 2009
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Delivered astonishingly quickly after order - comes well-packaged with a soft case in the box. Immediately, this kit feels solid and high quality against some of its cheaper rivals.

Instructions are contained in a 350-page book - but thankfully you only need the first 40 pages to make a solid start in monitoring your own health. Thus far, readings look incredibly consistent with my own physician's measurements. The free, included software is better than you'd expect for this price, allowing you to keep a comprehensive daily, weekly, monthly data set to e-mail to the doctor, with helpful charts and graphs at the touch of the button. Automatically categorizing measurements by the time of day makes comparative results more reliable - and the option to automate repeated testing at timed intervals makes reliability a doddle.

The supplied cuff is slightly tricky to manipulate first time, but it is much more accommodating than many supplied with cheaper kits. Basic operation is very easily achieved - more complex averages require a patient reading of the massive user-guide.

To be frank, this is well worth the extra cost - and possibly feels more accurate and reliable than similar units in use at my doctors' surgery! Testing your own blood pressure regularly at home is, anyway, likely to be more informative than irregular testing under stress in a busy surgery (the "white coat" syndrome!)

Obviously, it would be foolhardy to rely too heavily on any health conclusions drawn without professional advice and consultation - but this piece of kit is an amazingly-priced adjunct to your own doctor's testing!


BaByliss I Clip Automatic Silver Rechargeable Clipper 7930BU
BaByliss I Clip Automatic Silver Rechargeable Clipper 7930BU

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oddly-packaged Bargain!, 26 Aug. 2009
I purchased the 7930U from another discount store - at £16.99. Ludicrously over-packaged, it took a full ten minutes and very sharp scissors to get inside the moulded-packaging. Surely a little over-the-top?

The unit itself, is pleasingly weighty but comes with a host of cheap-looking accessories. Oddly, the user guide suggests the trimmer blade never needs lubricating - and then oddly supplies a little bottle of lubricating oil!

The electrical adjustment of the main clipper guide is very nifty - giving a precise length/grade display on a clear LCD screen. Not entirely convinced the integral comb/guard will prevent all little nicks at shorter lengths - but overall a very pleasing, inexpensive pair of clippers that looks and feels substantial and well-crafted.


iFrogz 3G iPhone Soft Touch Case - Blue/Black
iFrogz 3G iPhone Soft Touch Case - Blue/Black
Offered by gl UK
Price: £4.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Fragile Plastic, 1 May 2009
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The iFrogz 3G iPhone soft touch case isn't really fit for purpose. It looks ok, but it's made from flimsy, brittle plastic and is incredibly easy to break the interlocking tabs. It offers little practical protection from impact or dropping.

Because the case is rigid and unyielding, once your iPhone is housed, you cannot dock the phone with either Apple or Logik3 docking stations - therefore you are continually removing and replacing the case. This is easier said than done! If you routinely dock your iPhone, this is going to drive you mad.

The enclosed screen protector is very poor quality - bubbles easily - and is lifted at the edges by fitting the actual iFrogz case over it - so functionally useless.

Frankly, not worth the money and not fit-for-purpose.


BRITA Fjord Cool Midnight Blue Water Filter Jug Annual Pack
BRITA Fjord Cool Midnight Blue Water Filter Jug Annual Pack
Price: £52.00

50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job..., 9 Mar. 2009
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I bought the Brita Fjord water filter jug - after struggling with their routinely-faulty counter-top water chillers. Brita Aqua Fountain Water Filter Chiller - Stainless Steel The simplicity of the jug's design - it fits neatly into almost any fridge door and fills easily from the kitchen tap with a neat little finger-tip flip-up lid.

The benefits of the Maxtra-branded filter are already well-rehearsed elsewhere - though replacements are needlessly expensive. I'm not fully convinced of the pseudo health benefits claimed for Brita-filtered water, but generally the taste and appearance of filtered water is preferable to that which comes straight from the tap.

This bundled deal comes with a year's supply of water filters - for less than the cost of buying just the filters alone Brita Maxtra Filter Cartridges x 3- so it has to be a worthwhile investment.

All-in-all a great-looking, functional product. But does a plastic water jug really merit a 76-page "instruction" book? I shudder to think of the environmental waste necessitated by printing such a ridiculously superfluous document. It's a water jug. Fill it - use it. what more needs to be said?


Casio WVA-107HU-1AVER Mens Wave Ceptor Resin Watch
Casio WVA-107HU-1AVER Mens Wave Ceptor Resin Watch

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful?, 9 Mar. 2009
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This Casio Waveceptor Radio-controlled watch just about does what it says on the tin. It tells the time and keeps itself accurate by routinely synchronising with the UK atomic radio time signal from Rugby. However, it looks and feels cheap - hardly surprising given the knock-down price. Despite feeling oddly light, it is rather bulky and distracting to wear.

The strap and the dial-surround feel particularly plastic. Most disappointing of all is the tiny LCD display. It is hard to read in anything other than direct light. The absence of a sweep second hand is troubling - and if you do select the seconds display in the LCD window, you cannot display the day! Additionally, the date can only be displayed in an "American" format - listing the month before the day.

All in all, it works as a routine, everyday watch, obviously keeps perfect time - but is neither stylish nor pretty. If you regularly damage or lose more expensive timepieces, then this could be the watch for you!
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Thomson Top Up TV - 250Gb Freeview Twin Tuner Digital TV Recorder
Thomson Top Up TV - 250Gb Freeview Twin Tuner Digital TV Recorder

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Dire - Avoid at All Costs!, 22 Sept. 2008
On paper, the TopUpTV service sounds unbeatable value, doesn't it? After ten months of haphazard service, my TUTV Anytime PVR is consigned to the bin. the issues are, respectively:

1)There is precious little interesting or original content included in the 100+ hours of content downloaded each month to your PVR. It's mostly ghastly third-rate American series that would never appear anywhere else.

2) TopUpTV's Customer service is unspeakably dire. Mysterious double-payments are routinely taken from your credit card - refunds are virtually impossible to secure. The call centre is unhelpful, unapologetic and downright rude.

3) The PVR itself is noisy, highly unstable and routinely re-boots itself at the most awkward of times. The box appears to get dangerously hot in use - and the hard-drive never spins down.

4) After a short while, the thrill of all this new content pales when you realise that 99% of it is complete bilge. Third-rate series are endlessly recycled. Sometimes episodes are just skipped for no apparent reason.

5) With the 160 Gb model, the hard disc is virtually filled with unwatchable downloaded rubbish, leaving virtually no space for your own recording.

6)The EPG is clumsy, clunky and difficult to navigate. It is painfully slow to respond to remote control.

7) Compared to other Freeview PVR tuners the picture quality is poor and frequently pixellated. I have near perfect terrestrial reception on other, cheaper, tuners.

8) Interactive "red-button" elements seldom - if ever - work. Often, selecting alternative viewing on BBC Interactive causes the box to freeze, crash and then eventually re-boot.

9) Subtitles are irritatingly haphazard - often unsynchronised, fuzzy - and again often cause the box to freeze, crash and reboot itself.

10) The overnight downloads are often corrupted and won't play at all. If they do play, there is every chance the programme will cut out early or freeze mid-way.

Overall, it was a nice concept - and theoretically could have added real value to the generally excellent Freeview service, but the technical instability of the TUTV PVR and the absolutely woeful customer service makes the entire service deeply frustrating - and one to avoid!


Sony NWZA818 - 8GB Video MP3 Walkman - Upto 30hrs Battery Life - Black
Sony NWZA818 - 8GB Video MP3 Walkman - Upto 30hrs Battery Life - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Quality, Style & Build from Sony, 8 Nov. 2007
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I've now had the NWZ A818 for nearly two weeks - and really can't rate this little gem too highly. It looks good, weighs next to nothing and sits comfortably in any pocket without feeling bulky. The build quality is up to Sony's best and sound reproduction is the best I've ever got from an MP3 player.

At long last, Sony have given up their calamatous attempts to engineer their players with their proprietary ATRAC format and the ghastly Sonic Stage or Connect software platforms. This player interfaces beautifully with Windows Media Player and Windows Explorer to transfer music files and video respectively. The transfers work flawlessly and quickly and offer all the functionality you'd expect - often exceeding expectations.

As the result the only frustration is that music downloads from Sony's Connect Store cannot be transferred to your new player because it doesn't support the obligatory ATRAC format! Sony helpfully provide a neat conversion tool to translate ATRAC into MP3 format - which works well until you overload it with work, but it cannot convert DRM-encoded ATRAC files previously bought and paid for from the Sony Connect store - which is a bit galling to anyone that has loyally supported Sony's previous attempts to dominate the MP3 market.

Nevertheless, this Sony Walkman simply knocks spots off the iPod Nano - which doesn't bear any comparison. Sony, I think you might have cracked the market, this time!


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