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SubZero Tube-H5 Guitar Amp Head
SubZero Tube-H5 Guitar Amp Head
Offered by Gear4music
Price: £89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain!, 6 July 2016
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Wow, a real bargain for a valve amp head. Although I got this purely for practice, I can already see it having applications for small gigs.

I've seen this billed as a "two channel" amp elsewhere, but it is basically a single with a solid state boost. That said, this amp has a nice clear chiming tone on clean (I pull this through an 8 ohm full range PA speaker cab) and is very loud for 5 watts. I can imagine through 4 ohms this will likely be heading into small-gig suitability. That boost works well to provide nice progressive and rich break-up and nice fat overdriven sounds, equally at home in Blues or classic rock, although out-of-the-box, you'll need a distortion pedal if you want really heavy sounds.

Other things to like? The cool retro look, standby and useful tone controls which really help shape the sound nicely. It is compact and lightweight too, being based on a simple two-valve Sixties design.

Cons? Not really any for the price. You get an MDF cab, not ply, but I suspect sonically that's better (if not structurally). It would have been nice to have a mid control too, although I must admit I might just have enough control as-is. Nevertheless, I suspect this addition wouldn't have been too expensive. Also, this does not have the power limiter of the Bugera, but then again, it costs less.

But all of these are minor niggles: this is an outstanding amp for the money.


Youngman 301000 2.6 m Telescopic Aluminium Loft Ladder
Youngman 301000 2.6 m Telescopic Aluminium Loft Ladder
Price: £154.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality, design and a perfect fit for my needs., 4 July 2016
I was sceptical of this ladder at first, mainly because of the telescopic design. But after seeing contractors use the portable version, I decided to spring for this, mainly because it solved a problem for me of limited/restricted space. Specifically, my limited landing space requiring the ladder to approach the hatch from an angle where it would be impossible to accommodate a normal sectional ladder in the attic, due to it being close to a wall..

So, straight off, this ladder gives you more flexibility. No need to compromise on the best angle of approach because of limited stowage space for the ladder upstairs.

The ladder itself is cunningly designed and definitely one of the most sturdy I've come across. Its reassuringly sturdy tubing is far more substantial than any other loft ladder I've seen or used before. This, with wide solid treads mean that it is far easier to lift stuff up into the attic without worrying wobble. the ladder take my substantial weight plus heavy boxes without complaint. Perhaps the only dwnside to this is that the ladder itself, despite being anodised Aluminium, is not exactly lightweight. This may be a little intimidating for smaller people during the lowering process, although an ounce of care is probably all that's needed.

The stowage mechanism too is solid, with very substantial steel fittings ensuring a solid anchor to your loft joists. However, the size of these has meant that they did require me to adapt my lost hatch to accommodate the hinge brackets. The bracket itself is spring-assisted, ensuring that it is relatively easy to stow/unstow the ladder, and the ladders compact size when collapsed means you need next to no extra space upstairs.

Fitting is actually straightforward. Whilst the instructions are not the clearest, Youngman helpfully produce videos on Youtube which makes understanding installation a breeze. I suggest you familiarise yourself with the videos first, after which the written instructions make reasonable sense.

Some have sugested that this ladder is expensive, but I disagree. I really feel that I've got a quality product well worth the money spent. I specifically needed something very sturdy, compact, easy to fit and easy to use and I've got what I've paid for. True, your needs might not be so exacting, but for me this has proved the ideal product.

A solid five stars.


Birkenstock Arizona, Unisex Adults' Casual, Brown (DunkelBraun), 9.5 UK (44 EU)
Birkenstock Arizona, Unisex Adults' Casual, Brown (DunkelBraun), 9.5 UK (44 EU)
Offered by Shoedealer
Price: £40.96

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but overpriced and with limited life., 10 Jun. 2016
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I have a kind of love-hate relationship with Birkenstock.

Pros: classic, fashionable looks, very comfy (if you get precisely the right size and width fitting), the cork provides both a comfortable bed for your sole, and a some reasonable shock absorption. The uppers will continue to look good for years, although the sandals as a whole will last 2-3 years with occasional use only.

Cons: Overpriced for what they are. They also get very smelly, as the cork will eventually collect too much sweat, no matter how much you air them. This is a well-known problem with this brand, and with cork-bed sandals in general. So, whilst you may think they may still look good, eventually you will need to get shot of them.


Rockport Vacation Ready Two Eye, Men's Boat Shoes, Brown (Dark Bitter Chocolate), 10 UK (44 1/2 EU)
Rockport Vacation Ready Two Eye, Men's Boat Shoes, Brown (Dark Bitter Chocolate), 10 UK (44 1/2 EU)
Price: £63.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice boat shoes for £27, 10 Jun. 2016
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Brilliant at the £27 I got them for. Perfect fit, well made and nicely coloured. At normal retail price, these might drop a couple of stars, but in my scoring, 3 stars means still good value.


s.Oliver Big Size Men's 5-Pocket Jeans, Blue-Blau (Blue Denim Stretch 53Z4), W42/L30
s.Oliver Big Size Men's 5-Pocket Jeans, Blue-Blau (Blue Denim Stretch 53Z4), W42/L30

4.0 out of 5 stars Great jeans for bigger guys, 10 Jun. 2016
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I've put "Fit as expected", but only because I know that with these stretch denim jeans, you have to order two waist sizes down (length is perfect).

Great looking, very comfortable jeans, by virtue of the stretch denim, which whilst extremely forgiving, never look anything other than 100% convincing.


Silverline 282637 Repairmans Taper Reamer 3-12 mm
Silverline 282637 Repairmans Taper Reamer 3-12 mm
Price: £3.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and adequate....just..., 10 Jun. 2016
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I got this simply because (a) it was very cheap, (b) it was available quickly and (c) it was Silverline, which whilst hardly the epitome of quality, is a known quantity.

The item itself is functional, if a little rough and ready. If you are looking just for cheap and functional, then this is fine for occasional use. Just remember that it won't win any beauty contests.


Prometheus
Prometheus
Dvd
Price: £6.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars No unanswered questions here, 7 Jun. 2016
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This review is from: Prometheus (Amazon Video)
To all those people bemoaning the "unanswered questions", I say: were you asking the right questions?

Firstly to the plot: it is easy to see parallels with the original Franchise and Scott's references are very deliberate and overt. But I suggest you don't be fooled into thinking this is meant to be an Alien prequel, because this movie is treading a very different path. Whereas the original movie was pretty much your standard slasher-in-space horror movie, I suspect Scott had in mind a very different question.

Could he be looking to prod a stick into that hornets' nest that is racism and white supremacy?

Well the historical references to a dark part of our past - Nazi Germany and Hitler's theories about the Aryan race - are too many to ignore, namely:

1. In the beginning, the "whiter-than-white" monk of warrior brotherhood, acting as source of all life.
2. The focus on the origins of this (Aryan?) race and the search for the Proto Indo-European language (made very prominent in the movie);
3. The search for those roots (the Von Daniken reference is, in of itself, an echo of Hitler's search for the legendary master race)
4. Weyland's artificial "son", himself the image of the perfect Aryan.
5. The true genocidal nature of the aliens themselves ("In order to create, sometimes you have to destroy", as David so menacingly puts it).
6. The continual "death's head" imagery hidden (or sometimes not-so-hidden) throughout the movie.
7. Even the Wagnerian theme music and setting, clearly shot in Iceland, a land in of itself not just "alien-looking", but also the cradle of the Norse god myths.

So what? Well if you accept this premise (for which I'm indebted to Shabogan Graffitti), the story unravels in a very different way. Is this story really a commentary on racism? Is there a message that in embracing intolerance, you too may become its victim (as is Weyland's fate)?

Indeed, is there some potent message that it takes a black man and a woman to take the aliens down?

As for the movie itself, on this premise, it makes it far less important how exactly this movie does or does not mesh with the "Alien" canon, itself deprecated after the second movie, "Aliens". Instead, it suckers you in with promises of answers, and then throws you new questions. Consistency is therefore of only passing interest.

Of course, other Sci-Fi buffs may still bemoan the scientific inconsistencies, all of which originate from the original movie (one has to expect "artificial gravity" and faster-than-light travel, as these dodgy precedents were set in the "Alien"). But see beyond that, and it becomes a thought-provoking action movie.

Production values are top-notch for a movie of this kind: impeccable photography, scenery, CGI and special effects. Acting, however, is more of a mixed bag. Noomi Rapace is irritating, chewing the furniture throughout with her affected and exaggerated body language (it only works in the scene within the Medi-pod) and appalling attempt at an English accent: she sounds like a English-fluent Italian exchange student.

All of this is thrown further into to stark contrast by the exemplary performance by Michael Fassbender and, to lesser degrees (inevitable only because of their limited parts) by Charlize Theron and Idris Elba (all of whom, incidently, handle their foreign accents with aplomb). Whereas Noomi writhes and grimaces like cartoon character, German Fassbender menaces with his smooth Queen's English and merest flicker of the eyebrow, Londoner Elba conveys authoritative leader veiled beneath a convincing Southern US drawl, whilst South African Theron exudes a 24 carat East Coast WASP-ish contempt, channeling her anger at her father's rejection. Beside these titans, Noomi is a witless buffoon, but she is also outshone by pretty much all of the other actors too.

Nevertheless, this movie is enjoyable and somewhat though-provoking. As an action suspense movie, it is up there with the original Alien movie, which in of itself is no mean feat, given the travesties that were wrought by David Fincher and subsequent directors.


StrungOut Double Sided Multi Function String Action & Guitar Set Up Gauge Ruler ~ With User Guide, Free Plastic Holder & StrungOut Pick ~ Luthier Tool for Electric, Acoustic & Bass Guitars ~ Inch & Millimeters ~ New Polished Edges - UK
StrungOut Double Sided Multi Function String Action & Guitar Set Up Gauge Ruler ~ With User Guide, Free Plastic Holder & StrungOut Pick ~ Luthier Tool for Electric, Acoustic & Bass Guitars ~ Inch & Millimeters ~ New Polished Edges - UK
Offered by Strung-Out
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Functional, but no bargain - feeler guages cheaper, 31 May 2016
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I needed something like this, but on reflection I'd rather have gone for some stock feeler guages, which would have been cheaper (and I got it for £8.75 from this vendor).

Note if you do buy this that you'll need to be careful as it has very sharp edges. Store considerately supplies a plastic credit card holder for this, but it looks like it will last a few months at best.

Other positives? Quick shipping, but the "free pick" is throw away garbage and a gimmick.

I'd give this 3 stars (OK for £8.75, but only just) but for the fact that my item came with a large scratch across its face. At this price it is not worth the hassle (queuing at post office for a receipt) and cost to return. I wish vendors understood that people like me shop online precisely because we don't have time in our busy lives for that kind of nonsense.


s.Oliver Big Size Men's Straight Leg Jeans -  Grey - W44/L30
s.Oliver Big Size Men's Straight Leg Jeans - Grey - W44/L30

4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but pricey and you may need to get two sizes smaller..., 23 May 2016
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These are great looking, very comfortable jeans that have garnered a lot of compliments. Without close inspection, you've never know they were stretch denim, but you will when putting them on.

However, be prepared to order down two sizes. I got my size and sent them back for the next size down, and their still a tad loose.

As much as I like them, I'm knocking a star off as they are premium priced, but hardly a "major brand".


Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Price: £59.50

3.0 out of 5 stars No bargain, but good enough for jobs requiring a lot of lightweight tacking., 23 May 2016
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No bargain, but I found this to be more than adequate for tacking 18mm floorboards in the attic.

However, bear in mind that I was looking for a solution that would allow relatively easy lifting of boards later: the rather small heads and thin nails are good for this, whilst being solid enough to keep the boards from shifting. But if you are looking for a more substantial and permanent joint, these tacks may not be enough. Their thinness makes them easy to flex and remove, so I would not recommend this for a job that requires them to support a lot of weight vertically (e.g. vertical stud work).

Use is very straightforward: you load in the tacks in glued strips rather like you'd load up a stapler. A power button on the base ensures you're able to avoid negligent discharge, but with safety in mind, it is always best to unplug when not in use. A removable rubber tip is supposed to prevent nails from penetrating too deeply, but I found I kept it permanently off. Being lightweight, the recoil even with the rubber tip off means some tacks may still show 2mm proud, requiring a hammer to finish off: remember to put some weight behind the gun and you should avoid this.

So for light jobs (e.g. tacking wood trim and lightweight panels), where you're likely to need a lot of tacking, this is fine. However, at this price, be sure that the job you have in mind warrants the outlay (i.e. you're going to be putting in hundreds of tacks).


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