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The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District
by James Rebanks
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars our leisure-centred attitude to the great outdoors is a relatively recent craze, 23 Feb. 2015
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This is not only a fascinating book, but also a very important one: a first-person description of the indigenous English hill farmer. While many of us feel a connection with the British countryside, our leisure-centred attitude to the great outdoors is a relatively recent craze, arising in the last few hundred years. In contrast, aside from the introduction of technologies that make the job easier, there is much about James Rebanks' outlook on the Northern English fells that is unchanged over hundreds, even thousand of years of farming in these islands. For this reason it is a valuable historical document, and a record of a way of life once shared by many that is now close to extinction.


TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)
TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)
Offered by DigiDirect
Price: £36.87

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They don't stay in., 20 Feb. 2015
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I have problems wearing in-ear headphones: they don't stay in my ear for longer than a few seconds. I had hoped that, as these hook over the ear, they would be different, but in fact they were worse: the weight of the phones plus the band at the back drags them out of my ear canal almost the moment I put them in, so that instead of getting a rich clear sound I just get a distant tinny notion of what I'd intended to listen to. I tried with all of the variously-sized rubber caps supplied, but none of them would stay in my ears for more than about 20 seconds when static, and far less than that when doing any kind of exercise. Aside from that, I couldn't get the NFC coupling to work, Bluetooth finally worked after half-a-dozen attempts. The controls are, of necessity, tiny and very close together, and this isn't helped by the fact that the instructions that come with them are equally tiny with the controls confusingly labelled. I'd really looked forward to getting these headphones, but now can't see myself ever using them again.


Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
by Alexander Osterwalder
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.31

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautifully presented little book, 16 Feb. 2015
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This is a beautifully presented little book, which presents a process for developing new products, complete with checklists and exercises, regardless of the type of product or market it is to serve. Everything is presented graphically, which makes it easy to follow as well as being very nice to look at. My only criticism would be that to some extent the book puts style over substance, and would benefit from case studies and more critical insight into alternative approaches. But what it does, it does very well.


VAX 2-in-1 Air Cordless Switch
VAX 2-in-1 Air Cordless Switch
Price: £129.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Small and powerful, 12 Feb. 2015
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This vacuum cleaner is surprisingly small when you take it out of the box - it seems there's almost nothing there! It fits together very easily, the battery's easily charged and you're away. It only operates in battery mode - there is no mains cord - and the battery life is not amazingly long (not surprising really, given the power of the suction on this thing) - around 15 minutes, so unless you live in a fairly small flat you won't do the whole place on one charge. Given the price of the thing, you'd think you might get a little more charge time out of it, but the 15 minutes suits us fine as we just use it for a granny flat - the size and light weight make it ideal for getting around and into corners. The steering on it is also a nice touch. My only other concern is that being so small and lightweight, it might not take the knocks too well. Has stood up nicely so far, but in particular the tilting mechanism (you basically stand on the head and pull the handle back towards you) feels like it could start to cause trouble in 6 months time.


Finish All in One Max Original Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Finish All in One Max Original Dishwasher Tablets (Pack of 74)
Price: £20.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars these do a great job - noticeably cleaner crockery than with competitors and ..., 2 Feb. 2015
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As with all Finish dishwasher products I've used, these do a great job - noticeably cleaner crockery than with competitors and supermarket own-brands, and in particular less streaking on glassware.


Kent's Kitchen 8 Chicken Stockpots 224 g (Pack of 4, Total 32 Pots)
Kent's Kitchen 8 Chicken Stockpots 224 g (Pack of 4, Total 32 Pots)
Price: £11.00

2.0 out of 5 stars These make decent enough tasting stock, and are certainly ..., 2 Feb. 2015
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These make decent enough tasting stock, and are certainly an improvement on dry stock cubes, but they bear very little relation to actual chicken stock. Just checking the top four ingredients: water - fair enough, of course a stock should contain water; yeast extract - why? I have never added yeast extract when making a stock, nor seen it listed in a recipe for making stock, I presume this is just a sneaky way to boost the umami taste of the stock; salt: no, no, no, stock does not contain salt, BROTH contains salt, stock should be unsalted so that you can add your own seasoning according to what you make with them; sugar - again, why on earth would stock contain sugar? If I wanted sugar, I would add it myself. By the time we get to ingredients that actually have a place in chicken stock (chicken fat) we are down to 2% of the total. So: there is an awful lot of stuff in here that shouldn't be, and the manufacturers have taken away the chef's ability to choose the level of seasoning. But as a quick fix, these are OK.


AATU 80/20 Chicken Dog Food, 1.5 Kg
AATU 80/20 Chicken Dog Food, 1.5 Kg
Price: £14.89

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy opening bag with a velcro-style strip inside to make ..., 31 Jan. 2015
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Easy opening bag with a velcro-style strip inside to make it resealable. Small pellets, good colour and smell and the dog seemed to like them (no big surprise as she likes everything that more-or-less resembles food).


Tacwise 50mm Brad Nailer. Air Nail Gun. DGN50V
Tacwise 50mm Brad Nailer. Air Nail Gun. DGN50V
Price: £69.59

5.0 out of 5 stars I found this very easy to use, 26 Jan. 2015
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I found this very easy to use, lightweight enough to be handy on the job but still with a heavy-duty well-made feel to it. Loads up easily and I didn't experience any jams while using it.


Tacwise A54 Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker
Tacwise A54 Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker
Price: £27.94

5.0 out of 5 stars I found the Tacwise A54 very easy to use, 26 Jan. 2015
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I found the Tacwise A54 very easy to use, and it feels like a well-built product. You just load it up with stapes and use it in a hammer-like motion. The staples fire into the wood surprisingly cleanly - I didn't have any jams or mis-fires in the 50 or so I fired. A lovely tool to work with.


Micro Scalextric 1:64 Scale Turbo GT Race Set
Micro Scalextric 1:64 Scale Turbo GT Race Set
Price: £44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars and when adding the next section of track it's very easy to accidentally disconnect the previous one, 8 Jan. 2015
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I found this initially harder to fix together than the larger Scalextric kits - the track pieces are rather stiff an unyielding, and when adding the next section of track it's very easy to accidentally disconnect the previous one. I was also a little concerned when first switching it on that it didn't appear to work. However, a little fiddling with the track connections and the car contacts, and everything ran fine. In operation, it's a lot easier to keep the cars on-track than with the larger sets - I actually had the car going around the track 3 or 4 times at maximum speed, without decelerating, before it came off. This makes it a bit less of a challenge, but also means it would be suitable for younger kids who are unable to control cars on the bigger set.


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