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FireAngel SI-610 10 Year Ionisation Smoke Alarm
FireAngel SI-610 10 Year Ionisation Smoke Alarm
Offered by Cutlers Home Store
Price: 21.39

1.0 out of 5 stars Fatally flawed., 29 Mar 2014
Bought a twin pack of these. One simply set itself off randomly, so we've taken it down. The second one is ultra-sensitive, so making toast within a 20-yard radius (for instance, in the kitchen...) is now an impossible dream. Since I rather like toast, this means that the second FireAngel also spends a good deal of its life in a drawer.

Bingo. So - no functioning smoke alarm in our house... plus the rather annoying reminder of two pug-ugly mounting plates where the FireAngels used to live.

For heaven's sake, if you don't own a smoke alarm, buy one. But for heaven's sake, don't buy a FireAngel.


Ofsted: Thriving Not Surviving THIRD EDITION: What to do when an inspector calls
Ofsted: Thriving Not Surviving THIRD EDITION: What to do when an inspector calls
by M J Bromley
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.37

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darn, but it's a littlun..., 8 Mar 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Just a brief one, largely to endorse what's already been said by Julie (yes, it *is* a very small book for its hefty price tag), but with a further star of appreciation for the crutch it offered when my school had the OFSTED call a month ago. Also worth pointing out that J Glennie, the book's only other reviewer to date, only seems to review Matt Bromley's books. Most curious.


Pete Townshend: Who I Am
Pete Townshend: Who I Am
by Pete Townshend
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pete Townshend - Who Are You?, 8 Mar 2014
Let me hazard a guess:

You're a Who fan. You're less impressed by Townshend's post-Who output and you couldn't really care a wet slap about Lifehouse. You're interested in the stuff Townshend got up to with Roger and Moony and the Ox in the Who's heyday, and - given that there are two sides to quite a lot of stories - you're prepared to listen to what Townshend has to say about the whole 'indecent images' business of a few years back.

Well... prepare to be disappointed. The first third of 'Who I Am' is really, really weirdly written... an extremely dry and unemotive account of PT's childhood (for someone with a background in publishing, there seems to have been very little editorial oversight of this section...), followed by a pretty cursory account of the 'Who' years (again, for a songwriter, there's virtually no insight or reflection on the songwriting process, the lyrics, the inspiration...), and then a significant rump of prose detailing Townshend's (pretty tedious, bourgeois, self-regarding) decline into bloated rock-star self-pity. Most of the characters Townshend details won't stick in your mind, because they won't form part of a narrative with any meaning to anyone other than Pete Townshend. Most of these people will be 'beautiful girls' half Townshend's age who he slept with, or wanted to sleep with. Who cares..?

The other thing about this book is - a bit queasily - the feeling you have from very early on, that the writer's trying to manipulate your feelings about the (inevitable) account of PT's internet foolishness. Lots and lots of (seemingly quite contrived) 'flashback' references to what may, or may not, have been his own childhood abuse. Fair enough, it's his own autobiography and he can write what he likes... but from this reader's point of view, PT's 'victim' status seems a bit over-egged. I wonder why.


Breville 2 Slice Toaster Red/Silver (Breville s/s red 2 slice toaster reheat cancel defost function)
Breville 2 Slice Toaster Red/Silver (Breville s/s red 2 slice toaster reheat cancel defost function)
Offered by SOC ONLINE
Price: 54.08

2.0 out of 5 stars Good design goes beyond having a shiny red shell and groovy retro-styled buttons..., 23 Feb 2014
...it means thinking about functionality, too.

Alas, on the latter front, this toaster is a bit of a disaster. Yes, there's a dinky little lever to push upwards if you want to raise the toast and see if it's done yet. However, the resistance of the internal spring is such that you have to press down hard on the top of the toaster to use it... and no, it's not a 'cool wall', so this will sadly involve toasting your fingertips along with your crumpet.

There's also no consistency between rounds of toast. Say you've set it to '4' on the dial. Your first round will come out a delightful mid-brown... but the second or third rounds will come out burnt. Don't other toasters have intelligent 'brains' to compensate for a pre-heated element..? This 'un doesn't.

And speaking of elements (sorry to bang on, but...), this toaster doesn't even produce evenly browned toast when you *have* mind-read what it's decided a '4' is going to look like... the 'internal' side will always come out twice as toasted as the 'external' side.

So... if you want to play the toast lottery every morning, enjoying round after round of randomly-grilled two-tone toast while rubbing the butter into your blistered fingertips, then this is the one for you. Enjoy..!


ClimaxDigital VCAP800 USB 2.0 Video Capture for Apple MAC (OS X 10.9 Mavericks ,Mountain Lion version 10.8 or older down to 10.3.9)/Windows XP,Vista and Windows 7,Windows 8 32bit/64bit+ DVD/VCD Maker from video source: VHS, V8, Hi8
ClimaxDigital VCAP800 USB 2.0 Video Capture for Apple MAC (OS X 10.9 Mavericks ,Mountain Lion version 10.8 or older down to 10.3.9)/Windows XP,Vista and Windows 7,Windows 8 32bit/64bit+ DVD/VCD Maker from video source: VHS, V8, Hi8
Offered by ClimaxDigital UK (VAT NO: GB948688449)
Price: 34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Works with Mac G4 PPC running 10.4.11, no glitches., 21 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Hopefully the title tells you everything you need to know. Spent a *lot* of time umming and aahing about which capture device to buy for my old Emac, and eventually plumped for this one. My setup, anyway, is a G4 Emac PPC 1.42Ghz with a gig of memory, and this works fine with it (although even compressed formats result in massive files... hey-ho...). I *did* try it with an old G3 Imac initially, with which it *didn't* work due to the USB port being 1.1 and not 2.0. Not a very lyrical review, I know, but hopefully useful to someone...


Yamaha YT100 Electronic Guitar Tuner
Yamaha YT100 Electronic Guitar Tuner
Offered by Fair Deal Music
Price: 9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Vague., 21 Feb 2014
The YT100 simply isn't up to snuff... the three lights (wee bit flat, wee bit sharp... and jes' right...) are nowhere near as illustrative as a needle would be. Well... to be more accurate (something which this tuner isn't...), there's an issue with the middle light... the green one... that tells you you're in tune. Because it'll go green for anything within about a third of a semitone. It's okay if you want 'ballpark' tuning... but if you're (say...) doing some recording, and it needs to be spot-on, then this is next to useless. Shame, really, because it's not cheap...


Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews
Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews
Price: 8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as superfluous as you might reasonably assume..., 26 Jan 2014
Found this remaindered for a couple of quid and (despite having enjoyed 'Rip It Up...') expected to find it no more than a fleeting diversion. Actually, ended up reading to cover to cover... often finding the most interest in the least familiar names. Clearly a slightly cynical cash-in, then... but still an illuminating collection of interviews for those with a taste for the faintly left-field.


Justin Bieber Official Annual 2014
Justin Bieber Official Annual 2014
by Century Books
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.16

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly Shameful., 26 Dec 2013
Oooooh, Mr Bieber - you really need to be more careful about what you put your name to. Take this Annual, for instance - and the fact that VAST chunks of it are... erm... well, let's be brutal... blank. Except for endless entreaties for me to fill the pages with my own 'Justin' fantasies... and anecdotes... and winsome doodles of your fine self, giving me a smacking great kiss.

If I didn't know you to be the decent, upstanding young man that you undoubtedly are, I'd think you were trying to shamefully part me from my pocket money. And you'd never do anything like that, would you..? Mr Bieber..? Mr Beiber..? Mr Beiber..???


Poachies Egg poaching Bags - 20 Bags
Poachies Egg poaching Bags - 20 Bags
Offered by Colanders FBA
Price: 3.95

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Free meringue with every poached egg. Free meringue, anyone..? On me..? Hmm..? Hm..?, 26 Dec 2013
I sense a very, very strong-willed (but possibly misguided) entrepreneur-cum-inventor behind these papery bad boys. Someone quite possibly unhealthily obsessed with eggs. Somebody prepared to persist with his/her invention beyond all good sense, utterly unwilling to conceded that their invention doesn't *really* work and determined to find fault with the end user when it inevitably goes horribly wrong.

By cheerful coincidence, my *own* obsession with eggs verges on a mania, so I've got to shoot from the hip, here.

'Poachies' don't *really* work.

By following the instructions rigorously, you *will* get a poached egg at the end... tough as a bullet, semi-adhered to the interior of its rather weird egg-condom and the shape of a neolithic arrowhead.

You'll also get a tasty sugar-free meringue, which you can enjoy at your leisure when you've finished hacking all the gack off the interior of your stainless steel saucepan.

So why not two stars..? Or even one..? Because... 'Poachies' can also be easily adapted into disposable surgical masks for pet degus... and because 'Poachy' was my mother's name. I think it's time for my Complan, now... Nurse..? Nurse..?


Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere: The Complete Chronicle of the Who 1958-1978
by Andy Neill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.67

3.0 out of 5 stars The who... the what... the when, where, and how. Ad nauseum., 9 Dec 2013
Yes, yes - this book does exactly what it says on the tin - but seriously, how badly do you need to know what Roger Daltrey was doing on the 4th February 1972..? To be honest, I skipped through quite a lot of the shorter entries... the 2,412 gigs they played in Stevenage, etc., etc... only really finding anything *serious* to chew on in the annual start-of-chapter summaries. Even in these, though, there wasn't *masses* of reflection on the music... not what the book's really about, I know, but surely more relevant and interesting than how many guitar strings yer uncle Pete broke in April 1965*. Just me..?

* - It was 4,723.


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