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De'Longhi DEM10 Compact Dehumidifier
De'Longhi DEM10 Compact Dehumidifier
Price: 128.94

5.0 out of 5 stars De'Longhi DEM 10, a great product, 30 Nov 2013
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The product has turned out to be fantastic. I installed it in the bedroom. It has a slight whisper about it, and I sleep easily with the machine working all night; it's really quiet. In the first two weeks, the dehumidifier stayed on full power for 24/7 and extracted rivers out of thin air. By leaving the internal doors ajar, the dehumidifier started to work its magic throughout the entire property. I noticed the gas boiler central heating light itself significantly less often than prior to using the dehumidifier. The property retains the heat so much better now than without the dehumidifier.

My property is not hermetically sealed, but it is tight enough to enable the dehumidifier to do its job. The property has double-glazing and cavity wall insulation. The property is made of brick and concrete. The design allows for some ventilation, but the location of the property relative to other properties inhibits effective ventilation, even when the windows are open. And, as the English air is damp anyway, ventilation often replaces warm(ish) damp with cold damp. The property itself suffers from no damp problems.

Dehumidifying the property has made a substantial improvement to my quality of life. This particular machine has proven the merit of dehumidification, and it does the job well.


Banquet Roll White 100mtr | Large Banquet Roll, Table Banquet Roll, Tablecover
Banquet Roll White 100mtr | Large Banquet Roll, Table Banquet Roll, Tablecover
Offered by Anything 4 Home
Price: 16.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A regular supply for a wine tasting Club, 2 Nov 2013
My wine-tasting club ([...] uses this white table covering at all of its events. It works well, because it is relatively thick and copes with the occasion wine spill. It's got a useful texture, which works better when, having rolled it over the table(s), you turn the paper upside down. It's brilliant white, which is ideal for a wine-tasting event (it gives you a white canvas against which to hold the glass of wine and see the colour of the wine's margins). At the end of the night, it's easy to roll it up off the tables and bin/recycle.


RG6 RG59 Connector Waterproof Connectors Crimping Tool
RG6 RG59 Connector Waterproof Connectors Crimping Tool
Offered by LTZmart
Price: 4.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great price for an acceptable tool, 2 Nov 2013
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I needed a tool to crimp only two EX6 F-connectors used by Virgin Media. The tool did its job, and provided me with sufficient crimp to ensure a good connection of the coaxil cable to the connector, and then into the broadband modem. Virgin Media conducted some connection tests and found the connection was well within its tolerable limits.

The crimp wasn't as deep as I had expected it, based on the existing cables made by the Virgin Media engineer some years earlier. This did worry me at the time, but actually, this turned out to be a false worry.

It works.


Electrolux, Henry, Hoover, Vax, Vacuum Cleaner Floor Tool
Electrolux, Henry, Hoover, Vax, Vacuum Cleaner Floor Tool
Offered by GoVacuum
Price: 5.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Does the job well, perhaps better than the original part, 2 Nov 2013
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This floor tool for vacuum cleaner works well on both carpets and laminate flooring. It's designed to fit the standard 32mm tube (withour intentation).

I used it on my Electrolux Mundo Z1190E, and I think it works better than the original. This is because it is absolutely flat on the underside, with only the optional brushes to push it above the floor. The original had pointless little wheels that make it unworkable on laminate flooring. So this tool provides a much better true contact with the floor, thus significantly improving the suction of the vacuum cleaner. The carpet visibly lifts off the floor!

As a result, you don't need to use the brushes on carpet. Actually, you really shouldn't: you'll probably destroy the carpet. The brushes are designed for use on hard floors, not carpets. Then again, if you have a cat, your carpet is probably already destroyed, so if it works to use the brushes, try hoovering the cat.

The quality is appropriate for the price. I think it is appropriate for what it is; anything more expensive, or allegedly "durable", probably would last no longer than this tool. I recommend this tool.


Capps LH400 Unisex Water Resistant Smooth Leather Non Metallic Safety Gibson Shoe With Composite Toe Caps (UK 9/EURO 43)
Capps LH400 Unisex Water Resistant Smooth Leather Non Metallic Safety Gibson Shoe With Composite Toe Caps (UK 9/EURO 43)
Offered by Tiger Safety
Price: 44.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality shoes, 2 Nov 2013
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These no-nonsense shoes are great for both the office environment and the airport environment. They are comfortable, easy to break-in, last a fair long while, easy (and relatively inexpensive) to replace when worn out. They are lightweight, so you can move around quickly and relatively nimbly (obviously, you can't outrun a 100m gold medal olympian in these shoes).

I feel confident about the safety of my feet wearing these shoes. I have worn this make & model of shoe for nearly 5 years, and have yet to find anything better.

These shoes are fundamentally designed as a boot, so your normal practice of maintaining boots (e.g. walking boots) apply to these shoes, i.e. expect to experiment with different thicknesses of socks when breaking-in these shoes (the sizing assumes a thick safety sock); expect to re-lace these shoes occasionally, to ensure an even tightness over the top of the shoe; check for the stability of the heel relative to the sole. Remember also that, being safety boots, they aren't readily repairable by high-street cobblers.


Tuff-Luv 'ZipNGo' holster / telescopic style / Top-loader case for digital SLR camera in size: 1 / colour: Red / compatible with (Kodak EasyShare Z981)
Tuff-Luv 'ZipNGo' holster / telescopic style / Top-loader case for digital SLR camera in size: 1 / colour: Red / compatible with (Kodak EasyShare Z981)
Offered by Tuff-Luv
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good product, 21 Mar 2013
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Purchased as a present for a user of a Kodak EasyShare Z981. The camera fits well - not too tight, not too loose, just right - and there is sufficient space for other stuff in secondary pockets.

The belt clip is sturdy enough to survive 12-mile walks, with the shoulder strap acting as a backup. The cover clip is reasonably quiet, useful out in the field for a wildlife photographer.


Irrationality
Irrationality
by Stuart Sutherland
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all social scientists, 13 Mar 2010
This review is from: Irrationality (Paperback)
I studied a social science degree during 1992, when this book was published. How I wish I had heard about it then!

Alas, it's compartmentalised in the "psychology" section of the bookshop... how irrational! Q.E.D.

This book is an excellent summary of the key (not all) causes of human irrationality, focusing on studies which are politically non-contenious. Consequently, you - the reader - have to exercise caution before you conflate the results into your view of real life!

My conclusion of the book is that nothing gets to rationality quicker than proper statistical analysis and a good grasp of probability theory. I was particularly excited by Sutherland's dismissal of "human intuition".

I have spent years ranting against the bigotry that passes off for public policy debate and implementation in the UK. I have always suspected that amateurism and gentle corruption have played their part. Greenaway et al referred to "disjointed incrementalism" based on rational research. Sutherland gets to the same conclusion on a different path, but goes wider: behaviour that looks political might not be political, but irrationality. One might say that cock-up is more likely than conspiracy.

The contents page (now visible from Amazon) shows the book's concise and focussed structure, analysing the key issues about irrationality. It is an excellent book and will challenge the way you think.

I think it should be mandatory reading for all teenagers still at school and for all politicians (at least once every two years while serving as an MP).


Remington HC 363 Salon K  Hairclippers
Remington HC 363 Salon K Hairclippers

5.0 out of 5 stars Works well, does the job, 16 Mar 2008
After reviewing the huge choice in this market, I went for this product. The product represents good value for money, because it comes with all of the accessories that make the clipper really useful.

There is a broad choice of graded combs in the box. This appealed to me, because this was the first clipper I had ever bought. It became the first time I have ever cut my own hair, so I wanted to ensure that whatever mistakes I made were recoverable.

And it worked first time! I am now looking forward to saving a fortune on barber's bills.

The user guide is thankfully brief. It summarises how to maintain the clipper (which involves a Phillips-head screwdriver) and how to use it (nape, back, sides, top, etc). The user guide makes no suggestions about which grade/millimetrage are appropriate in which circumstances, or what to look for when tapering hair.

Recharge the unit properly - in accordance with the user guide - BEFORE using it (minimum 16 hours before its first use), think hard about what you intend to do BEFORE rushing in and doing it and you'll be fine.


An Utterly Impartial History of Britain or 2000 Years of Upper-class Idiots in Charge
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain or 2000 Years of Upper-class Idiots in Charge
by John O'Farrell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 14.73

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and useful read, 8 Feb 2008
This book fills a gap in the market for history for those of us who went to a state comprehensive school in the UK, where teaching history was deemed to be a form of oppression and thus was avoided (except where it became a useful tool of social engineering).

The book skims across every major phase, event, monarch and prime minister to deliver a bullet-point summary of the key political factors of the time, rationalising and characterising the logic of the day. It then rolls the event into the next event or decision.

O'Farrell's characterisations and asides rest upon plenty of references to contemporary British cultural life. A Briton will get most of the humour in this book; a Frenchman would appreciate most of it (but might take exception to some of the characterisations of French positions, although I think the characterisations are balanced and probably about right). An American wouldn't get any of this humour at all; an "Irish" America will also except the presentation of the Irish home rule matter.

The book finishes its story in 1946, then runs into 4 pages of bibliography.

Accordingly, this book is dangerous. Those of us who can spot the humour won't take the book literally. It will educate us as to why we have today's public policy. Those of us who cannot spot the humour will probably take the book literally and come to the wrong perception about British history (and thus today's public policy).

The book is an extract of the key facts, perceptions, decisions and accidents that culminate in how history was lived at the time. If you want to read a purely factual encyclopedia of British history - complete with revisionism, counterfactual rubbish and ideology - this book is inappropriate.

I loved this book. It resonates with my limited understanding of British history, painting broad strong colours where there was only black-and-white (because as Generation X knows, everything before 1970 was in black-in-white).


Talk To The Hand. The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life
Talk To The Hand. The Utter Bloody Rudeness of Everyday Life
by Lynne Truss
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rant that requires urgent political action, 30 Dec 2005
Carry no pre-conceptions about Eats Shoots and Leaves: this book does not compare to it at all, neither should you seek to compare the author by the two books. Might just as well compare chicken to sheep.
This is a well-read, 210 page rant about the lack of manners AND CUSTOMER SERVICE in British society. Other reviewers do the details some justice, my incremental view about the content is that it is well very written and actually quite descriptively correct.
Unfortunately, Lynne Truss is short on practical solutions to the problems that she accurately identifies. I should think, however, that the solutions are another book!
In the meantime, all politicians and senior businessmen should read this book. Ever want to know why a bank puts your call on hold? Or why your NHS hospital appointment is a farce from the offset? This book explains why and reconciles it to the attitute of the staff, "It's not my fault!".
Ex-patriate Australians living in the UK will really relate to this book; most English people will understand its content, but will remain mystified as to what can be done better to resolve our cultural arrogance.
Whatever your take on it, this book represents a true, fair, accurate and valid description of British culture, British reactions (not thinking, that's the problem!), British selfishness and British stupidity.


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