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Baader Astro Solar Film A4 Sheet
Baader Astro Solar Film A4 Sheet
Offered by Telescope House
Price: 18.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiddly but worth it, 25 Jun 2012
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This is much better value than a conventional filter, promptly delivered, although the instructions were not great. There are two films on either side, one tissue and one clear. It is easily ripped and wrinkled so great care is needed when creating your filter. This started as a filter for my telescope and ended up as a filter for my binoculars! (it would have been a struggle anyway: an A4 sheet would fit less than 6 inch dia telescope, I estimate). It is a basic filter so good for sunspots, eclipses, transit of venus (if you can wait over 100 years for the next one, assuming there are no clouds) but will not show the sort of detail you might see in astronomy mag photos.
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Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II Binoculars
Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II Binoculars
Price: 169.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BIG!!, 27 Aug 2011
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Good quality 10x 50 binoculars like these are perfect for casual star gazing. We used this to replace our old pentax binoculars that had been stolen. Optically these are good, hard to compare as I have not used the two side by side. It is v hard looking at the Pentax website working out what makes these more special than the next ones down. They are a LOT heavier than the old ones, so although there is nothing wrong with them, I have to mark them down as i would in retrospect have gone for a cheap lighter pair - but would be happy to stick with pentax


Casio Sport RFT-100-2VER Phys Referee/Multi-Sport Watch
Casio Sport RFT-100-2VER Phys Referee/Multi-Sport Watch
Price: 42.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handy, 27 Aug 2011
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When I rang casio this was the only watch they had that had a countdown timer with vibration setting - exactly what I needed (for reasons too complicated to go into). Better still, you can set it in stages so the alarm goes off at 4 mins 30, then 5 etc. It is a little tricky to set up but that I guess is the result of trying to squeeze so many functions on any small device. One oddity from the ministry of cr@p design is that the bottom right button is used to INCREASE (time etc} settings, and the top button is used to DECREASE them. Totally counter- intuitive but I can live with it


Be a Great Stand-Up: Teach Yourself
Be a Great Stand-Up: Teach Yourself
by Logan Murray
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For stand ups everywhere, 3 Jun 2011
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I have it on good authority Logan did not choose the embarassing title. I think this books complements Sally Holloway's 'Serious guide to joke writing', which is a succinct guide to - you guessed it - joke writing but not much else. Logan's book is a little more verbose and is not a 'how to' guide for writing jokes, giving exercises rather than specific tips, but there is useful advice on performance, how to get your first gig and the business side of the business.


The Serious Guide to Joke Writing: How To Say Something Funny About Anything
The Serious Guide to Joke Writing: How To Say Something Funny About Anything
by Sally Holloway
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.70

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How to write gags in a few easy steps, 3 Jun 2011
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You didn't think you could learn how to write jokes did you, but this book really makes it possible. Of course, how good you are depends on you, but as an intro to writing gags, or as a way of pepping up your existing skills, this book is great. It is also impressively succinct. Logan Murray's book ('how do be a great stand up' complements this book by exploring more the performance side of things.


Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there
Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there
by Richard Wiseman
Edition: Paperback

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine, but unlikely to convince the gullible (there's irony), 2 April 2011
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I enjoyed this book, but having read some Wiseman before, it all seems a bit familiar. (Although the style seems a little more humourous than usual, which might put off some people seeking a more sensitive approach to the subject)

Predictably those convinced by parapsychology have attacked the book, (the sole reason for most of the one star reviews) however all the mountains of peer-reviewed research 'proving' parapsychology phenomena have a a habit of disappearing when one goes into the details... so I am on Wiseman's side in this debate - but that is my problem. Wiseman promises us not a re-hash of the old 'is it true or isn't it' debate but psychological evidence as to why and how people are so easily taken in. The book does this in places, but in fact a lot of space is taken up by the old debate on the existence on parapsychological phenomena. If you have done any reading on this topic before, large swathes of the book will already be familiar to you.

When Wiseman does use psychological explanations, more details might be useful - psychological explanations have a habit of sounding rather tenuous or so obvious they could be used to explain anything (an unfair perception, but not necessarily helped by Wiseman occasionally recycling data from previous works). This issue is not restricted to Wiseman or hot debates such as this, but it means a lay audience may need more convincing that a psychology experiment is really the best explanation for certain phenomena.

IN summary, if this is your first foray into this area, this is an excellent introduction in a light readable style, if you need more convincing, further reading is recommended


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had to send back, 19 Feb 2011
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Arrived promptly but packed up within an hour of use despite paying close attention to instructions etc. I sent back and after much to-ing and fro-ing was told the blades were dry. This seems a bit unusual for a factory fresh product and I had tried some lube anyway. I opted to replace it. Other issues : long reach hedge trimmers are heavy ans tricky to control but this comes with a strap which helps. Blade is short but sharp. I suspect one issue is that distance between teeth may struggle with a leylandii .


Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five
Dvd ~ Jack Black
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: 2.89

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off, 23 July 2010
Totally agree with other reviews - this is a rip-off. In future I will read the wording on the side of the DVD like a hawk but what fun is that - and if you bought online you do not stand a chance. Shame on Dreamworks.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars puky bike, 3 May 2010
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This bike has been a huge hit, We got it for our 3 year old on his birthday, which was just about the right age for him to be able to control it independently, he whizzes around on it, his balance is amazing, he will soon be ready to move to a pedal bike, and will not have that difficult transition between stabilizers and two wheels. The bike is light and very portable. I wish we had had one for our older child who is 6 and has only just managed to ditch the stabilizers.
Although initially we thought the bike was quite expensive, it is great quality, and will be easy to re sell.


Murder, Magic and Medicine
Murder, Magic and Medicine
by John Mann
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Good read - but proceed with caution, 2 May 2010
I think my copy is a first edition so bear this in mind when reading this review. This is a great read for anyone interested in the connection between man and plants with medicinal or psychoactive properties. There are good explanations and it is full of great anecdotes (I was particularly interested in the use of poisonous plants for trials by ordeal) - my only reservation is that some of the anecdotes offered are in fact urban myths or wild speculation (such as Wasson's theories on mushrooms used for religious purposes), regurgitated by Mann but with little analysis.


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