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Great British Shipwrecks
Great British Shipwrecks
by Rod Macdonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.91

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another (long awaited) Classic from Rod Macdonald, 14 Feb 2013
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Rod's books have always contained the fantastic pictures of wrecks that have been used over the years as part of any Scapa Flow or Sound of Mull dive briefing..some people have even commented that he must have emptied the water out, taken a photo and refilled the Flow! This book is another "must have" for any Scottish diver or anyone planning to come up and dive here. My diving friends in Italy have even framed his pictures and posters and put them in their 2 year old son's bedroom to inspire him for the future.
It has history, anecdotes, information and wreck drawings, linked together in an informative and always entertaining manner.

It is a book for divers and non divers, written by one of diving's true characters - it brings the wrecks alive and gives us another diving Bible to use when introducing the next generation of divers to the fantastic wrecks of the best diving destination in the world.

Scapa, Malin Head, East Coast wrecks and the Port Napier...with HMS Hampshire thrown in for good luck - a handfull of gems from the wrecks Rod has dived and documented over the years.

Thanks again Rod....it was a long time coming and well worth the wait!


Ballpoint Pen Extensible
Ballpoint Pen Extensible

5.0 out of 5 stars Not great quality for the price, 14 Feb 2013
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Mine leaked after a few months, the problem is with the Parker style cartridge though.. the ink leaked from the plastic top and it is impossible to get it all out of the inside of the pen.
It also stopped locking down in the writing mode after a few weeks and would either not operate at all or the pen would retract back inside while writing

A few clicks would generally make it work but it definitely isn't very well made from the point of view of the simple rectractable ballpoint pen mechanism.

It does look good and the finish and presentation are great...it just doesn't work very well as a pen

So - buy it to look nice on your desk and to admire as a "thing"...just don't plan to do a lot of writing unless you want to jam it in the writing position and never put it in your pocket


The Darkness Below
The Darkness Below
by Rod Macdonald
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.29

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any diver, 5 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Darkness Below (Paperback)
This has got to be the most enjoyable dive book I have read in a long time, for some reason I missed out on his first book, Into the Abyss, but Rod covers this period by starting the book with a précis of his early days of diving. This section certainly brought back memories of dives using home made wetsuits and very rudimentary dive equipment. Rod then effortlessly moves us through deep air dives, his introduction to technical diving and finally into his move to rebreather diving, where naming Ewan Rowell's rebreather "Kato" brought a smile to my face.

Rod weaves a golden thread through his diving career, picking out wrecks, characters and events that are all interlinked in their own ways and all form part of this fantastic story, leaving you wanting him to write another volume so that you can continue to follow the tale.

Rod shares the joy and elation of his diving as well as letting you feel the apprehension of some tense moments inside deep, dark wrecks. Rod never over dramatises but I certainly could remember a few similar experiences when diving in cold, dark conditions in the same Scottish waters.

For wreck detectives, this is a fantastic tale of search and discovery, guesswork and deduction as Rod turns information from fishermen and marks on charts into dives on virgin wrecks and then the painstaking work of proving the name and history of the wreck. As always, the wreck drawings are detailed and give you all you need to prepare for a dive on the wrecks.

I took the book on holiday, looking forward to dipping into it between sightseeing but opened it on the plane, was instantly gripped and read it cover to cover during the flight. There isn't a dull page to be found, it entertains, informs and delights from beginning to end as you move from Stonehaven to Scapa and then to the South China Seas to follow Rod on his dives on HMS Repulse and YHMS Prince of Wales.

Rod is a legend in Scottish diving and his Scapa books are the bible for anyone diving the German battle fleet. If you love diving, wrecks or just like a well written, true life adventure written with passion and attention to detail, this is the book for you!


Wrecks & Reefs of Southeast Scotland: 100 Dives from the Forth Road Bridge to Eyemouth
Wrecks & Reefs of Southeast Scotland: 100 Dives from the Forth Road Bridge to Eyemouth
by Mike Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.91

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guide to a great dive destination, 8 Nov 2010
Having known and dived with Mike for many years, I have been hearing about "the book" since it first became an idea of Mike's. Most folk will have read his articles in the dive magazines and this was the foundation for his dream to produce a different kind of dive guide for anyone wishing to visit and dive what must be the best and most varied dive location in Britain.
The book is entertaining and informative and Mike's main love, underwater photography, ensures that the images alone are worth buying the book for. The fact that I seem to be "diver in the background" in a few has not influenced my opinion at all.
The book begins with some good information on getting here, the qualification ratings used in the book to rate the dives and some information on good diver conduct.
Following this, the book then takes you on a journey through some of Mike's favourite dives in an entertaining and informative manner, starting with Burntisland in the shadow of the Forth Bridges and running through North Berwick, The Isle of May, Dunbar, St Abbs and Eyemouth.
All in - Mike has documented 100 dives in this book and these range from shallow shore dives to the deeper wrecks offshore. There is plenty for everyone; reefs and wrecks (from the first aircraft carrier to launch a plane, through K-Class steam submarines, U boats from both world wars, German and British cruisers, wrecks in less than 10 metres and others in the high 60s that have only recently been found. A strict "no take" rule means that steering wheels, binnacles and brass artifacts are there to be enjoyed by divers for years to come. All of these dives are my local haunts but Mike's descriptions bring them to life and I have to admit that he has a better memory than me for the directions and details that will get you the best value out of every cylinder of gas!
If you plan to come to Edinburgh or the South East of Scotland or even if you (like me) have been diving here for many years, this book will tell you everything you need to plan your dive trip, including contact details for boats, accommodation, gas and gadgets.
This book even includes a "dive" to the X-craft midget submarines at 0 metres in Aberlady Bay, these tiny craft attacked the Tirpitz, it is incredible that a crew of 4 lived and worked in these tiny craft.
As a local, I had come to take the diving here for granted. We have everything from shallow, scenic shore dives suitable for beginners and macro photography right up to virgin deep wrecks for learning deep diving and Trimix skills in a fantastic schoolroom within an hour of Edinburgh.
Eyemouth has become one of Britain's top technical diving destinations and more new wrecks are being discovered and named - I think Mike will need to start work on Volume 2!


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EMARTBUY DEDICATED SUCTION MOUNT CAR HOLDER/KIT MADE TO MEASURE FOR BLACKBERRY 9800 TORCH
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Price: 3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad buy, fell apart in 2 minutes, 3 Nov 2010
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The unit consists of a sucker mount, a bit of bent steel wire with a corrugated platic cover and a flexible mount and phone holder.
On arrival, the wire was so loose in both ends that the weight of the phone caused it to fall off the sucker mount. I tried to get it to stay together but it is so loose that I guess I would need to use epoxy or strong glue or something to keep it in one part.

I will not risk my Blackberry with it again and can't even be bothered to send it back as it would be a waste of postage money.


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