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Inner Skiing: Revised Edition
Inner Skiing: Revised Edition
Price: £5.76

2.0 out of 5 stars Over-diluted generic advice, 26 Dec 2013
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If you have never read any other 'inner' book, you may push it to 3 * but it doesn't come close to the Tennis or Golf tomes. I was expecting to have the inner principles applied to the modern skiing context, as this is a second edition. Only real additions pertain to snow boarding.Very disappointing.


Navigator Ultra White Paper A4 90gsm Box 5 Reams
Navigator Ultra White Paper A4 90gsm Box 5 Reams
Offered by NORMANS OFFICE
Price: £28.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best 90g paper around, 8 Jun 2013
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Although it says ink jet, I use it for laser too. Very smooth, high white, hardly ever jams. The only that comes close for laser only is the Xerox, which gives a shinier finish.


Pentel Sign Pen S520 Fibre Tipped 2.0mm Tip 1.0mm Line Black Ref S520-A [Pack of 12]
Pentel Sign Pen S520 Fibre Tipped 2.0mm Tip 1.0mm Line Black Ref S520-A [Pack of 12]
Price: £14.25

5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years young and still the best, 8 Jun 2013
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This is the original fibre/felt pen. For large handwritten notes, post-its, bold sketching or colouring drawings. Lasts a long time, much nicer than a sharpie and washable ink, should an accident happen.


Elgato EyeTV DTT, TV Tuner Stick for Freeview (USB 2.0), silver, For Mac & Windows
Elgato EyeTV DTT, TV Tuner Stick for Freeview (USB 2.0), silver, For Mac & Windows

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product, but out of date, 29 Mar 2011
The DTT is simple to use, especially if you already own another 'dongle' TV tuner (this is a replacement). The small antenna is not really useful in my flat but that's a feature of the building, so I use it with a cable antenna. Picture quality is excellent.

The programme guide doesn't seem to work and in any case I won't bother with it as it's only a free subscription for a year. I'll trust good ol' Radio Times instead...

Although the device claims to support HD signals it doesn't work with UK Freeview HD. Unfortunately none of the devices in the manufacturer's line-up currently does. Also, this model only supports one signal at a time, so you can't record a programme and watch another.

The software is basic and the recordings protected, unless you export them to Toast, but it does the job.

In summary: Very good to watch TV on the move or to record programmes where iPlayer is not available. If you are going to use it at home, you're better off with a cheap PVR (they start at £80) and a cheap flat screen.


Leadership Coaching: Working with Leaders to Develop Elite Performance
Leadership Coaching: Working with Leaders to Develop Elite Performance
by Jonathan Passmore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.96

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A robust resource for coaches, 14 Sep 2010
It is always tricky to review a book written by a colleague: if you enthuse about it you can be accused of nepotism and there is the inverse risk of being too stern and therefore equally unfair. Jonathan has edited all four books published by the Association for Coaching to date and I am a Council Member of the AC in the UK. With this out of the way, let's start with my take on the book: it is a clear 5 star if you are interested in leadership coaching. It is largely irrelevant if you are after either a practical or an academic tome on leadership theories.

The introduction looks at how leaders build their own leadership model from a palette of readings and experiences: if coaches want to be able to empathise with their clients, they need to have read the same books or at least know what the big themes of leadership are. For example the Servant Leadership model provides a useful framework to capture the three areas of interpersonal skills, outward relationships and strategy/long term thinking. This allows the practising coach to `hang' his or her existing learning to key areas of focus of the practising leader. Other chapters (e.g. Ch 3) present alternative `non partisan' models of leadership which will be invaluable to coaches who do not have their own model or robust research to rely on.

Each chapter follows a pattern of model description, research/supporting evidence, case study, and how to put into use. The academic backup is usually robust and there are numerous references to additional reading for those who want to dig deeper into a given theory. Beyond the non-partisan models described above, the book presents three other types of themes:

* Psychology-based tools which may be highly relevant to leadership coaching. For example, understanding the possible sources of egotistic or narcissistic behaviour will be very relevant to coaches without a psychology background.

* Situational coaching: chapters on how to coach politicians, African or Asian clients provide a refreshing departure from the mainstream Western business perspective of leadership. This is rounded off nicely by a chapter on coaching global top teams.

* Proprietary leadership models applied to coaching: these are probably less useful chapters. In most of them, the author looks at a fairly narrow leadership perspective and then draws applications to coaching situations. I found several of them simplistic and others impractical. As I hinted above, there are better places where to look at well-researched leadership models.

Ultimately, this is a manual for practitioners who will dip into it on a need basis. There is enough to keep coaches from both ends of the psychology/business background spectrum interested. Definitely recommended.


Lexar FireWire 800 Professional CompactFlash Reader
Lexar FireWire 800 Professional CompactFlash Reader

4.0 out of 5 stars Blistering speed although big and expensive, 1 Jun 2010
This is a true Firewire 800 product, not a 400 with an adapter. As a result it is VERY fast and is exactly what I wanted.

On the minus side, there is really no reason for this thing to cost the same as a half-terabyte hard drive or to be about 6 times the size of a CF card (by volume). Remeber that you are comparing it with £10 readers that accomodate 7 types of cards in roughly 1.5 times the size...


Lastolite Collapsible Background Black Velvet 1.5 x 1.8m (5'x6')
Lastolite Collapsible Background Black Velvet 1.5 x 1.8m (5'x6')

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good product, no instructions, good luck!, 1 Jun 2010
This is a good product. The material absorbs light very well and therefore will make your subject in front really stand out.

The problem is with the folding: no instructions whatsoever in the package and if you have not done it before believe me: it's not natural! You should have seen 3 of us scratching our heads with this gigantic pancake in the middle of my entrance corridor!

Anyway, found some videos on the web and eventually got the hang of it... I can't believe Lastolite doesn't have a better approach to customer service!


Sekonic Grey Card
Sekonic Grey Card
Price: £30.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A joke of a grey card..., 1 Jun 2010
This review is from: Sekonic Grey Card (Electronics)
The card is:

- Tiny
- Doesn't fold out properly OR hold its shape when left on, say, a table
- Is already looking worn on delivery (middle fold will not last very long)
- Obscenely expensive

Got an immediate refund and bought some basic grey cards from Calumet instead.


Drop Stop Wine Pourer Wine Accessory
Drop Stop Wine Pourer Wine Accessory

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best, 26 Feb 2009
I have tried many anti-drip devices over the years: from the micro 'claret jug' topper, to the velvet-lined silver ring, this trounces them all.

These little disks are deceptively simple yet it is virtually impossible to lose a drop even if you pour super slowly. Other benefits are that the folded disk gives an orientation to the bottle by virtue of a high and low side, so all the guests feel compelled to pour with the bottle facing the same way up: no more shaking of tannins!

The only think to watch out for is to remove the disk slowly as it will spring back to its (flat) original shape instantly: you could end up with a fine sprinkling of instant measles on your face! - These things happen after a couple of bottles...

I have given many of those away: buy quite a few more as your guests will invariably try to convince you to part with one or two.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Effective but a bit clumsy, 26 Feb 2009
I bought the Griffin Clarifi mainly for its close-up lens capability: it is a must have if you want to take picture notes on applications like Evernote (itself a 10/10 app!)

The cover is true to Griffin's values of good design and apparent good quality. It is a easy to install and is quite robust. My issue is that this is built like a tank and it shows: pretty thick and very heavy. The lens slider is also quite tough to manoeuvre although I assume this will improve with use.

In practical terms, my iPhone now has to move from being pretty much invisible in jacket or trouser pockets to something I must now think about. Time will tell if I get used to this...


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