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China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival
by Rana Mitter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The forgotten war, 8 Dec 2013
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Many have already commented on this book so I'll keep my remarks brief. Whilst Britain, most of the rest of Europe together with the US concentrated on the upcoming war with Germany there was a long and brutal war in China as the Japanese slowly invaded that country with a thirst for natural resources.

This book describes that war and so doing brings is to a wider audience. The book is impeccably researched and yet also very readable. I enjoyed it very much and know far more about China now, and perhaps rather too much about Japan. If you've any interest in modern history, or are visiting China, get a copy, 5 stars for brilliant work which perhaps most fundamentally explains the China of today leading as it did to the Chinese Civil War and the issues with Taiwan - then a brutalized provide of China also subject to Japanese invasion.


Mediterranean Mountain Environments
Mediterranean Mountain Environments
by Ioannis Vogiatzakis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £39.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the field, 6 Dec 2013
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A new and comprehensive textbook on Mediterranean upland environments this book could for the cornerstone of a year two or three university course. It's clear and well argued with good use of graphics. I'd of preferred a more comprehensive review of the current historiography but overall a book I'd recommend to students. An informative empirical review of current though and a good effort.


Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape
Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems: An Approach to Reading the Landscape
by Kirstie A. Fryirs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook, 6 Dec 2013
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This is a standard (but not in a negative sense) undergraduate Year 2 perhaps 3 in fluvial geomorphology. As such all relevant topics are covered in a readable and approachable style. Major ecosystems are covered with good empirical data. I like the placement of fluvial systems in the environment, possibly a new element of focus for undergraduate reading. The literature review is also well done. Overall a competent work.


Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56
by Anne Applebaum
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exemplary, 6 Dec 2013
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At time of writing so many positive reviews of this book have been written it's difficult to add more. What I will say is the book's research base is excellent, that the writing standard is outstanding, and rbis is likely to become a standard text for readers of Eastern Europe pre-Hungry.


Finish All In One Lemon Sparkle 78 Dishwasher Tablets
Finish All In One Lemon Sparkle 78 Dishwasher Tablets
Price: £11.14

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 3 Dec 2013
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There are many dishwater tablets out there and every line seems to claim that they are best. Theses Finish tablets are not the top of the range (or at least not as expensive - that honour goes to the Finish Quantum tablets. Generally I've used the Quantum tablets but can't see much evidence that the All in ! tablets are a lot poorer. I'd be tempted to try these out for a while - but not through a 78 tablet pack!

Interestingly Which have tested tablets and suggest that Fairy are the best brand. I have stated using the All in 1 with better results than some of the products described above but Finish does not do well on a quality/cost comprise basis.


Tacwise Z1-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Tacwise Z1-140 Staple Gun. Staple Gun Tacker
Price: £12.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well, 3 Dec 2013
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This sem-rofessional staple gun should not be confused with office staplers. This stapler is designed to hold cables in a skirting board in place, repairing furniture. If you try and staple documents together they will fix your papers to the desk!

Build quality s generally good although I feel the safety lock only of limited efficacy. Don't let children near this kit therefore. A supply of around 150 staples are provided and as well as the base uint you get packaging which is a delight to unpack. One issue may be that the staples are not very large and could failed to hold items in place.

Overall though if you need a staple gun for DIY or furniture repair this is well worth a look. I've dropped on star for the limitations I see with the safety lock.


AURAGLOW 5w COB LED GU10 Light Bulb, Warm White, 50w EQV - RETROFIT
AURAGLOW 5w COB LED GU10 Light Bulb, Warm White, 50w EQV - RETROFIT
Offered by Safield Dist. Ltd
Price: £27.99

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as other GU10 lights, 29 Nov 2013
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I've reviewed a fair few LED low watted GU10 lights and I'm very much a fan of the technology. I am afraid this is not one of my favourites. The colour does not seem as bright as many Philips models and the design does not look as smart. Search for my Philips GU0 which gIves far a more much more comprehensive description. I'd not recommend this specific model. I don't; like the white colour or the limited light area exposed.

Just two stars I'm afraid.

I thought it might be useful to copy my review of a Philips bulb here to capture the science behind the figures banded around so here you go! Most buyers don't seem to want to know the warm whites, the beam focus etc but I can live with negative votes! I've removed my starring of this particular bulb for impartiality.

This review is from: Philips GU10 50 Watt MV Master LED Spot 6, 2700 K, Warm White
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I seem over the last few weeks to have found out more about light bulbs than perhaps I ever wanted to know! Nonetheless it's worth a bit of research when bulbs are this expensive and I've been gradually replacing suitable bulbs at home with these. The bulbs are designed to replace 50w halogen spotlights - coded GU10 - which are commonly embedded into ceilings in kitchens and bathrooms or form part of spotlight installations. They have rounded power fittings not to be confused with the needle-like connections of 35w halogen bulbs. These Philips bulbs use the latest technology - LEDs (light emitting diodes) - which are the next generation of lighting replacing florescent tube bulbs which have, in turn, replaced the original incandescent bulbs.

The bulbs form part of Philips 2013 light bulb release (yes, there are annual releases of light bulbs together with glossy brochures about them). They are available in six different flavours - there are three choices of colour warmth - 2700k very warm white, 3000k warm white and 4000k cool white. Each has two choices of beam focus, 40 degrees for more general use, say in a kitchen ceiling, and 25 degrees for a more concentrated spot-light effect. All use 6 watts (as opposed to 50 watts for a standard halogen bulb) and as far as I can tell output the same amount of light as halogen bulbs. In theory the `very warm white' 2700k bulb reflects the light colour from a standard halogen bulb. I find it a little too warm and prefer the 3000k 'warm white' for most settings. The 4000k `cool white' produce a noticeably whiter-white.

The headlines for these bulbs is that they use just 6 watts so a near 90% drop in power consumption. As most halogen bulbs tend to be installed as groups there's a chance for big power savings - 4 halogen bulbs use 200w which can be reduced to 24w. You could almost leave the bulbs on continuously they use so little power. However, another headline is that they are very expensive and Amazon is not the cheapest place to buy them at the time of writing this review. They are guaranteed by Philips for five years and are projected to last for 15 years or 40,000 to 50,000 hours. They also fill a gap in the market in that florescent bulbs are not available for halogen GU10 fittings. They are exactly the same dimensions as a halogen GU10 bulb so if you have a halogen bulb of this type you can replace it with these bulbs. You should note that the actual surface area of the bulb is smaller with a silver indented surround to the bulb itself. This does not impact on light output and looks OK.

Good news with the 2013 range is that the bulbs are dimable (unlike almost all florescent bulbs), they have a rather good silver finish compared to the white of last year, and have a longer life. The bad news is they a bit more costly and use 1 watt more power. Last year's used 5 watts rather than 6.

So far I've replaced three bathroom halogen bulbs with 40 degree cool white Philips LEDs. I like the white light in this environment. I've changed four kitchen halogen bulbs with the warm white 40 degree bulbs and four dining room lights with the very warm white (2700k) bulbs again at 40 degrees.

For most environments, particularly if you want the lighting to remain as it was with halogen bulbs I'd go for the 3000k warm white 40 degree bulb or 25 degree for a spot-light effect. Perhaps for highlighting cut glass, or chrome, using a 25 degree spotlight, or in a bathroom or more clinical setting 4000k at 40 degrees is better but you will notice a colour difference.

This particular bulb, to decode Philips' numbers, is a 6 watt very warm white (2700k) bulb with a 40 degree light dispersal.
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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Price: £309.00

20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the 7" model, 20 Nov 2013
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The new Kindle HDX has a similar resolution screen to the smaller new 7 inch model. What surprises me is that Amazon have managed to create a larger tablet which retains a bright screen with such good colour resolution. For its size the 9 inch Kindle is also remarkably light and can still easily be held in one hand.

So, the screen is brilliant and looks very good when watching films. The Amazon version of Android also makes good use of the additional screen space with icons appearing sharp and bright. The Kindle app is excellent allowing you to view a page which is larger than a standard paperback. Text is sharp with no sign of pixilation.

As you'd expect with the new model Apps work really fast. Browsing the web is a pleasure and downloading films is exceptionally quick. Build quality also seems very good although only time will tell if the Tablet is solid as it feels.

Downsides, well it's getting a little more costly but still worth the investment. Recommended.


Alessi Presepe Christmas Nativity Statue Scene NEW Gold
Alessi Presepe Christmas Nativity Statue Scene NEW Gold

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New in gold for 2013, 20 Nov 2013
This is Italian homeware firm Alessi's take on a nativity crib. The crib, in white, red, blue, and now in 2013 a very festive gold, comes with 5 porcelain figures. It forms part of a larger group of crib figurines which typically are added to each year by Alessi. The crib and figures are an great alternative to the traditional nativity collection and are collectable. This product is likely to retain or increase its value in the long term. Required for any Alessi fan. Recommended.


Smart Weigh JDS20 Jewel Digital Scale 20g x 0.001g - Black
Smart Weigh JDS20 Jewel Digital Scale 20g x 0.001g - Black
Offered by Five Star
Price: £19.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Specialised highly accurate scales, 16 Nov 2013
These are very accurate scales - to 0.001g. You get the scales with a clear protective cover, two 10 gram calibration weights, four AA batteries, tweezers, a sturdy box to securely hold all the items, and an instruction booklet and 10 year guarantee. The scales are well made for the price and seem to be exceptionally accurate and reliable - which is what you want if you're weighing gold and jewels as the manufacturer suggests. The display is a clear, and sizeable bearing in mind the small dimensions. The measurement units can be set to various measures. The scales will weigh up to 20 grams.

I've a couple of minor concerns, and hence the drop of one star. The scales almost seem too inexpensive and it would worry me a little weighing high value jewels on low value scales - my prejudice no doubt and I assume if you were selling diamonds they would be weighed by the buyer as well! Secondly, it's suggested that the scales can be used for gold coins. Such coins would need to be light. The scales cannot weigh more than two 2 pence coins. Three takes the weight over the maximum 20 grams.


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