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Acer Aspire E1 15.6-inch Laptop (Black/Silver) - (Intel Pentium B960 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit)
Acer Aspire E1 15.6-inch Laptop (Black/Silver) - (Intel Pentium B960 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8 64-bit)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent laptop for the price, 24 Jun 2013
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Now I'm more of a Samsung girl. I have a Samsung mobile, Samsung TV and I did have a Samsung R510 laptop which just recently gave up the ghost after 4 years. I gave myself a limit of around 300 to find a new laptop and after much searching around decided to opt for this Acer Aspire E1. I'm so glad I did!

It's very lightweight (compared to my old laptop anyway) and a very good design and sleek black with a silver hand panel. It's quiet too with hardly any noise coming from the fan at the side. Still getting used to Windows 8 but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it. The laptop comes with a good Windows 8 booklet to show you how to set up the laptop etc.

Haven't tested out the DVD/CD yet so can't comment on that but I'm sure it'll be fine.

All in all a great laptop for the price!


Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard
Jaws: Memories from Martha's Vineyard
by Steven Spielberg
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for JAWS fans!, 17 Oct 2011
This has to be the best book on a movie ever. It's a huge paperback absolutely crammed with photographs, stills and sections from newspaper articles from the time (particularly the Vineyard Gazette). The chapters are arranged in order of the scenes filmed and the book is mostly in sections written by a few members of the cast and crew (e.g. Joe Alves [Production Designer], Lynn and Susan Murphy [Special Effects], Shari Rhodes [Location Casting Director] and Lee Fierro [who played Mrs Kintner] to name but five). I think one of the main reasons this book is just so good is that many of the stories and photos are from Islanders' who helped with the movie itself. Matt Taylor and Jim Beller are to be congratulated wholeheartedly for the time and money they must have spent finding all of this stuff and making it into such a wonderful book for JAWS fans everywhere! You've both done a marvellous job and should be very proud!

I read every single part of this book and if you are a JAWS fan like myself you just have to buy it!


RSPB Where To Go Wild in Britain
RSPB Where To Go Wild in Britain
by Dk
Edition: Hardcover

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glossy and informative coffee table book., 27 Mar 2009
I have only had my copy of this book for a few hours and only read a few pages but I just had to write a review immediately! This book is beautiful. There is no other word for it. The photos are superb (and there are plenty of them), the style and format is excellent and easy to follow. Every month has a selection of great places to see wildlife from the spring migration at Portland Bill in April, watching dragonflies and damselflies at Cornmill Meadows Dragonfly Sanctuary in August to looking for rocks and fossils at Lyme Bay in December.

Being a large, coffee table book I was a bit surprised when it said in the foreward by Mike Dilger to "pack your camera, your binoculars, and this book ..." I don't think so Mike! The best thing would be to browse the different places, find one near you or not too far away, write down all the details and then head off for a great day out. I wouldn't like to lug this book around, even in a backpack, plus I would be scared to damage it in any way it's just such a gorgeous book.

All in all this is definitely a 5 star book to Britain's wide range of nature and places to visit. I congratulate all who were involved in this major piece of work and if this doesn't get people out and about and interested in the natural world then I don't know what will!


Discovering Scotland (Atlas & Guide)
Discovering Scotland (Atlas & Guide)
by Collins
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, easy to use and stunning maps!, 1 Jan 2008
This is one of the best atlases of Scotland I have and I have quite a lot! Being only 24.5 x 12.5cm large it is perfect for in the car's glovebox or in a coat pocket - you can practically stow it anywhere without it being in the way! The inside front cover has a photograph of Gairloch Pier. It starts off with a route planning map which shows the whole of Scotland with sectioned areas referring to their page number in the book. Then follows a section on national tourist routes, information on all areas of Scotland with town maps, key places to visit and lovely photographs. Then there is a section on battlefields, Munros and golf courses. The main section of the book is obviously the maps - they are stunning - beautifully coloured and easy to read. At the back of the book it has lists of places to visit which give a number, website and a general short overview of the attraction. After this section it has information on ferry operators and routes, airport information and a distance chart. The inside back cover has a stunning photograph of Loch a'Chairn Bhain a sea inlet which is about 35 miles north of Ullapool (you'll find it on page 126 ;) )

If you are thinking of visiting Scotland and want a handy guide I highly recommend this one. Or even if you already live in Scotland and love to travel or simply love looking at maps then this is the one for you!!!


Wild Land: A Photographic Journey Through the Cairngorms
Wild Land: A Photographic Journey Through the Cairngorms
by Mark Hamblin
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photographs and a great read!, 24 May 2006
I took this out of the library and I don't want to give it back! This book is absolutely superb and I contragulate Peter Cairns and Mark Hamblin on a truly wonderful book. As you browse through the pages and look at the amazing, clear photographs it strikes you how very special and important our wildlife and landscapes are to us all. I highly recommend you get this book. The images are still etched in my mind even now. Get it and I guarentee you will not be disappointed.


Collins Complete Guide to British Birds: A Photographic guide to every common species: Photoguide (Collins Complete Photoguides)
Collins Complete Guide to British Birds: A Photographic guide to every common species: Photoguide (Collins Complete Photoguides)
by Paul Sterry
Edition: Paperback

382 of 385 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly readible and excellent photographs, 10 July 2005
Collins Complete British Birds Photoguide has everything you would ever need in a bird book. It gives a very detailed introduction to British birds and a highly useful section on bird habitats, plumage, migration and movements and conservation at the start of the book without making the text sound too boring.
The photographs in the book are absolutely superb and show birds in every plumage; male and female, adult or juvenile, summer or winter and they are very clear. Each species account gives a description of plumage patterns, voice, where the bird is likely to be found and its status in the country at large, and also (which I found very useful) a bit on where the best place to find the bird is and at what time of year, the distribution maps are very clear and include a calendar bar to show if the bird in question is a year round resident or a visitor.
I found the text very easy to read (unlike most bird books which tend to be very scientific and hard to understand) and is a great book to have. Buy it, I guarantee you will not be wasting your money.
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RSPB Handbook of British Birds : (Ornithology) :
RSPB Handbook of British Birds : (Ornithology) :
by Peter Holden
Edition: Paperback

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read And Use, 17 Feb 2005
The RSPB Handbook of British Birds is an excellent all-round bird book with many topics not discussed in ordinary identification field guides. The main purpose of the book is to give you a better understanding of the birds in the book with sections on habits, movements and migrations and conservation which gives you an idea of what is causing decline and what can be done to prevent it. It also includes some rare birds frequently seen in Britain such as the Night Heron, Ruddy Shelduck and Scarlet Rosefinch. Wherever possible the book has tried to give as much detailed information as possible, for example instead of saying that a kingfisher eats fish, it gives a good description of the different species of fish taken. All round it is a very good book with some excellent illustrations and good up-to-date maps. An excellent addition for anyone with an interest in birds. Well worth the buy!


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