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The Ultimate Inferior Beings
The Ultimate Inferior Beings
Price: 2.04

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very funny, 18 Nov 2012
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I'm sorry, lots of reviewers have given this 5*, but I can't see it. I found the book mostly boring and repetitious. For example all the aliens have ordinary English names whilst all the humans have strange names ending in 'X'. That is slightly amusing to start with, but as a running gag leaves something to be desired. There are a few amusing moments such as the alien transport system and how they get off at their destination and the deranged carpenter who has never had any wood, but other wise Red Dwarf, The Hitch Hiker's Guide and Terry Pratchett have nothing to be worried about.


Levington Evergreen Easy Lawn Spreader
Levington Evergreen Easy Lawn Spreader
Offered by Dealsdirect247
Price: 42.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 20 July 2012
As well as all the 1* comments above this product is only suitable for people who are vertically challenged.
The handle is so short that you are trying to use it stooped over, and very soon you've got back ache!
Flimsy, wobbly, unfit for purpose and in my case probably put too little fertilizer down.


Playpits Park
Playpits Park
Price: 3.42

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story until the end., 30 Mar 2012
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SPOILER WARNING
I really enjoyed this book, and found it gripping, but there was, for me, one glaring problem with the ending.
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The E-Book Murders (Global Crime Prevention Unit #1)
The E-Book Murders (Global Crime Prevention Unit #1)
Price: 1.54

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 30 Mar 2012
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I'm with the other 1* reviewer on this. Charlie's Angels meet Batman with Q lurking in the background.
Is this crime? Is this Sci-fi? Fantasy? What? The "story " is incomplete, it just stops half way with "To be continued".
But by that time I couldn't care less, it just wasn't making sense.


Night and Day: A Jesse Stone Mystery
Night and Day: A Jesse Stone Mystery
by Robert B. Parker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not convincing, 25 Feb 2012
This book is well written, reasonably fast paced and has witty dialog. Unfortunately the investigative methods are just not convincing. Having discovered a swingers group in the town Jesse makes a massive leap of guesswork to identify a peeping tom suspect. There are never any other suspects before or after, no real false leads, nothing else.


Tala Preserving Spoon
Tala Preserving Spoon
Price: 2.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more scalded fingers, 12 Feb 2012
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The one thing about making jam and marmalade I hate is the splashes of lava that inevitably hit your hand while you are stirring the pot with a normal spoon near the end of the cooking time when the jam is thick.
This spoon all but eliminates this, it's long enough to keep your fingers out of the danger area. The square ended bowl of the spoon is also ideally shaped to scrape the bottom of the pan to prevent catching. I don't know if I would ever leave the spoon in the boiling jam, hooked over the edge of the pot, so the built in hook is superfluous as far as I'm concerned.


Winware Spoonula
Winware Spoonula
Offered by Rinkit Ltd
Price: 6.87

3.0 out of 5 stars Did my one have a fault?, 12 Feb 2012
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This isn't the first of these and their little 10 inch brothers that I've bought.
They are an excellent cross between a spoon and a spatula with the useful properties of both.
The previous ones were hard wearing and could certainly be used in boiling water, which is why I bought more when they finally wore out.
This one was different. The first time I used it, fresh out of its wrapping, to stir some marmalade (just above boiling point - 103 degrees C) the end melted and the surface crazed.
I agree it should never be used for really hot things like frying (for that I use its red handled, high temperature cousins) but I believe it should have survived this.
Maybe this one was faulty, maybe I just hit a pocket of super heated jam.

July 2012
I think I know what's wrong with these items. They are manufactured in Taiwan. They are not the Rubbermaid make I had expected. I hate to say this but I think these are cheap Chinese knock offs.


How To Build DIY Solar Energy
How To Build DIY Solar Energy

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish, 6 Jan 2012
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I was lucky, I got this book when it was on offer for free and, as they say, "anything you get for free is worth every penny".
It tells you nothing about how to build DIY solar energy.
There are no circuit diagrams, just a garbled description of how to wire up some cells to a battery into which you then seem to plug your appliance!
How many appliances do you own that will run on 12V (?) DC?
There is mention of a mysterious "salvaged power unit", but what this is and what it is supposed to do escapes me, and I'm an electrical engineer.
There is insufficient information, it won't work as described and it could be dangerous.


Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Rotary Clothes Airer with 45 mm Metal Soil Spear - 50 Metres
Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Rotary Clothes Airer with 45 mm Metal Soil Spear - 50 Metres
Price: 59.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the average dryer., 26 Aug 2011
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Brabantia are never cheap, but they usually make a strong, well engineered product that looks as if it will last. And this dryer is no exception. It comes complete with a ground spike, but I found it would also fit the socket of my previous dryer, so I'm keeping it in reserve.
There are some well thought out features. Both the top and bottom arm brackets can be positioned up and down the pole. Move them apart or together and the dryer folds up or erects as in all other makes and models, move them both in the same direction and you can set the height of the whole arm assembly above the ground. The line is in individual sections, one per turn, and it looks as if it will make repairs much easier should they be needed; other makes use a single length of line in a spiral which is always difficult to adjust to get all arms level and all line spans reasonably taught. It has a surprisingly long length of line, and in my case it replaces a slightly smaller 3-arm model (different make) and a length of line strung between the house and a shed.

6 months later.

Another excellent design feature. Because each turn of the line is a separate piece of rope, and after some use they inevitably stretch slightly and go slack, they can be re-tensioned just by moving the two arm brackets a notch closer together, thereby spreading the arms a bit. The lines will slide through their holes and take up the tension evenly - try doing that with a dryer strung with one continuous piece of line.


A Green Guide to Traditional Country Foods
A Green Guide to Traditional Country Foods
by Henrietta Green
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different., 26 Aug 2011
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Along with more conventional recipes, this book contains instructions for curing fish and meat (smoked salmon, ham and bacon) and making sausages, vinegar and various dairy products (butter, yoghurt etc). Not the everyday cook book fare. So, if you are fed up with supermarket food and can't get to a decent farmer's market this is the book for you.


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