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Advanced Triton MSA200 Multi Stand Workbench with Compact Pen 4 in 1 Pocket Screwdriver
Advanced Triton MSA200 Multi Stand Workbench with Compact Pen 4 in 1 Pocket Screwdriver

1.0 out of 5 stars Wildly overpriced, 10 April 2014
The going rate for the MSA200 is £33. It is unbelievable that a pocket screwdriver added in would justify more than doubling the price.


Triton MSA200 Multi-Stand
Triton MSA200 Multi-Stand
Price: £32.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good but.., 17 Mar 2014
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Very useful, but concerns about quality control - there are 4 6mm screws holding the top on the tripod. On the two stands I have just bought, in both cases one of the 4 screws is, bizarrely, a twin thread screw, so doesn't fit (except with the usual brute force and ignorance). Difficult to imagine how it could happen in one case, but for both stands it beggars belief. Some concern about the flimsy nature of the adjusting screws, as mentioned by another reviewer.


Sony CMT SBT 100B - Micro Hi-Fi System with CD/DAB/FM Radio Tuner
Sony CMT SBT 100B - Micro Hi-Fi System with CD/DAB/FM Radio Tuner
Price: £169.99

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars beware, 1 Feb 2014
This is apparently the updated version of the CMT-MX550i. I bought one to replace another Sony micro hi-fi that stopped reading CDs after a couple of years. The new one stopped working properly after a little more than a year - initially skipping and now failing to play at all - occasionally showing the total track length and track count, but usually just displaying "no disc". Has Sony lost the ability to make CD players that work consistently? My Sony Discman from the 90s still works, so they used to know how. If you're happy with something that may just last the warranty period then this may be fine, or if you don't need to play CDs then also this will work.


Michelin Double Barrel Foot Pump
Michelin Double Barrel Foot Pump
Price: £16.64

1.0 out of 5 stars shameful quality, 6 July 2012
Bought one to replace a Halfords thing that lasted a few months. The Michelin lasted one usage. On second use the dial fell off, although it did still inflate the tyre. The replacement didn't even last one use. It struggled to inflate to 30psi and then just squeaked. Michelin should be ashamed, hopefully their tyres are built to a better standard. Why can't we give zero stars in a review?


London Under
London Under
by Peter Ackroyd
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.69

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 2 May 2012
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This review is from: London Under (Hardcover)
I agree with the reviewers who have pointed out the thinness of the book and its appearance of being thrown together. An editor was definitely necessary, not just for the typos though. On page 18 we have ".. Roman ship ... sunk by a stone cannonball at the end of the third century." Not a cannonball, however spherical it may be. This is a book the author may regret producing, it diminishes his reputation.


Up to Now - The Best Of Snow Patrol
Up to Now - The Best Of Snow Patrol
Offered by Giant Entertainment
Price: £4.55

5.0 out of 5 stars great but ..., 22 Nov 2011
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...where was "How To Be Dead"? Was it not as good as I thought? Or not as big a hit? Or do the chaps dislike it for some reason?


Lark Studio Series: Ceramic Sculptures
Lark Studio Series: Ceramic Sculptures
by Lark Books
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars very small and hence poor value, 21 Nov 2011
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Like another reviewer, I failed to notice how small the book was. Unfortunately this makes it largely a waste of money. If you're interested in the subject, then buy instead Lark's "500 Ceramic Sculptures" (Tourtillott)


Andy Goldsworthy: Pocket Guide: Pocket Size (Sculptors)
Andy Goldsworthy: Pocket Guide: Pocket Size (Sculptors)
by William Malpas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ~Waste of money, 27 Jun 2011
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Andy Goldsworthy produces some of the most beautiful contemporary art. This book talks about it but cannot manage to produce one colour picture (apart from the cover). Frankly, the text alone does not justify the price - and even that is not original. The description does not show it but the book's introduction states that it is a condensed version of "The Art of Andy Goldsworthy". Do not buy.


OVERLAY: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory
OVERLAY: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory
by Lucy R. Lippard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.47

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality reproduction, 26 Mar 2011
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Be warned if you order this book - it may not be what you expect. Whatever the merits of the text, this is an art book that presumably needs its illustrations to be reasonable quality. This is not the case with the copy I just received (from the Book Depository). It is fairly obviously a print-on-demand version, and the technology is simply not up to producing decent images (text is OK). Not only are the black-and white images poor, but there should be 8 pages of colour plates in the book. The index claims there are, and the back cover of the book claims there are, but there are not - they have again been produced like worn out grey photocopies. The publisher/printer should be ashamed at passing this off as an original.


Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art: A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics and Art
Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art: A Kaleidoscope of Mathematics and Art
by Ivars Peterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars should have been better, 1 Dec 2009
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This is a book that promises much. Peterson himself is one of the best popularizers of maths, and for anyone who has interests in both science and art this should be a must-buy.

BUT, it is produced extremely badly. Any book about art should meet a certain basic quality level. This book only has black-and white illustrations, which are of very low resolution, and most are printed too dark. This might be acceptable in a reproduction of a classic 100-year-old book, but not in a contemporary work. It looks like a vanity publishing effort rather than a product of John Wiley, priced like a quality book.

So a generous three stars simply for the text. Maybe someone will make an effort and produce a high-quality book on the subject (Taschen manage to combine quality and value, so it can be done). Until then, by all means buy the book, but be prepared to be disappointed and annoyed.

According to another bookseller, this item is print-on-demand (at least in the US). This is not a great advertisment for the technology, and suggests that the book details should include a warning of that and an expectation of poor quality.


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