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Eastpak  Tranverz Blue 42.0 L EK66197G
Eastpak Tranverz Blue 42.0 L EK66197G

5.0 out of 5 stars This suitcase is great!, 27 April 2015
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Long handle perfect for both tall and short people. Wheels run smooth. Compartments with zips are handy. Useful size - it can be taken as hand-luggage on airplanes if it's not over-packed, and it's also big enough for a week's holiday if you're a light packer.


BIC Sport Beach 2 Part Paddle - Orange/Black, 215cm
BIC Sport Beach 2 Part Paddle - Orange/Black, 215cm

5.0 out of 5 stars Great paddle that will fit in the boot of your car, 27 April 2015
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Used for leisure kayaking in British rivers - we paddled up river in relatively strong currents and it did the job nicely. It's easy to transport as it comes apart, and the connection that holds the two halves together is strong. The drip rings/guards which are included are useful for avoiding soggy sleeves.


Directional Skeg for the Sevylor Tahiti, Riveria Kayak Models and Z-Pro Pioneer Kayak
Directional Skeg for the Sevylor Tahiti, Riveria Kayak Models and Z-Pro Pioneer Kayak
Offered by BWSUK
Price: £17.32

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Tahiti, 27 April 2015
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Used with a Tahiti. We saw such an improvement to steering once this skeg was fitted - it really should come as standard! It's easier to fit when the kayak is half inflated. No problems with it falling off either. Even used in strong currents, paddling up-river it worked a treat.


Mahalo 2017C Concert Ukulele with Mahogany Top
Mahalo 2017C Concert Ukulele with Mahogany Top
Price: £41.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great little uke for a beginner, 13 Jan. 2014
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I had several friends that already owned ukuleles so I tried their various instruments to see if there was a difference in the sound quality (and there was), so I chose this one as it was the best of the bunch. I think it was worth paying a little extra to get a uke that doesn't sound like a toy. The strings are nicer than others I have played and the body resonates nicely.


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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a genuine Apple product., 9 Jan. 2014
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This is an imitation and is not a genuine Apple product. I have uploaded two images so you can see for yourself (unless these get taken down).

Here is a comparison of the imitation product purchased in this listing versus the genuine article that I purchased from the Apple store on Regent's Street, London a couple of years ago.

The plug:
- The plug purchased in this listing has different writing on the back. The genuine item says "Designed by Apple in California" then lists the model number, input, output etc. This listing's imitation plug doesn't mention Apple.
- The colour of the back panel is different - the genuine Apple product is a lighter grey.
- The colour of the white plastic is different - the Apple product is brighter.
- The surface finish of the white plastic is different - the Apple product is glossier.
- The imitation product is lighter and feels and sounds almost hollow in comparison to the Apple product, which feels more robust. I suspect the imitation product uses a thinner plastic of lower quality, which is likely to make the product weaker.
- The USB insert hole has radiused corners, whereas the imitation product has sharp corners.
- The join between the plug and the back panel in the imitation product is not as neat as the genuine Apple product - the tolerances aren't as good. There also appears to be a slot at the base of the back panel on the imitation product, possibly in order to open the back panel, or they adopt a different manufacturing and assembly method.
- The finger grips on the side of the imitation plug have a more defined edge than the genuine Apple product.

The cable:
- The wire portion of the cable has a completely different surface finish. The imitation product purchased in this listing does not have the lovely rubberised finish that Apple cables have.
- The imitation cable feels stiffer and the plastic feels less malleable / more brittle.
- The reinforced ends between the wire and the connectors are shorter on the imitation product. In my experience, this is where most genuine Apple cables fail, so having LESS reinforcement is probably not a good thing.
- The end connectors of the imitation product sound hollow and feel less robust than the genuine Apple product. Again, I suspect the imitation product has thinner walls as well as possibly using a lower grade plastic, which is likely to make the product weaker.
- The metal portions of the connectors have `HTP' stamped into the imitation product. The genuine Apple product does not feature any stamped letters.
- Looking into the connectors at the electrical component parts, it is visible that the imitation product's tolerances are lower, and the mouldings and therefore definition between pins aren't as high. This shows that it isn't just the external materials and finishings that are different - the actual internal components that make the product function are also different, and probably of lower quality.

This product does seem to fit into the required sockets (although a little stiff); the product does appear to charge; the cable does seem to work to transfer data - for the time being. However, this is day one, and I suspect the product will not last long - I'm already worried that the cable will break when I remove it from the socket.

Yes, my genuine Apple charger did eventually break, but it took two years to do so. Is it really worth `saving' a few pounds on a product that might not last a week (judging by previous product reviews)?

The look, feel and probably function of this imitation product are not the same high quality we have come to expect from genuine Apple products. Don't be fooled.
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Graphic Design Rules: 365 Essential Design Dos and Don'ts
Graphic Design Rules: 365 Essential Design Dos and Don'ts
by Peter Dawson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very glad I bought this book, 19 Aug. 2013
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I actually read this book cover to cover. It's been written in a light-hearted humorous way, and in easy-to-digest chunks (one page per topic, with 365 rules). It doesn't go into great detail, but it lists things you should think about so you can research them yourself. It'll be great as a reference text.


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