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Case Logic KSB101 Sling Backpack for DSLR Camera
Case Logic KSB101 Sling Backpack for DSLR Camera
Price: £89.10

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent package but check on size, 20 Feb. 2014
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This is a very well designed and constructed camera bag. It holds your camera and two or three lenses nice and snug within a good protective bit of padding.

The internal fit can be easily customised with some moveable panels held in place by very strong velcro.

There are lots of handy pockets and nooks.

You can get to your camera through a choice of entrances.

It can either be worn as a back-pack or as a sling.

One minor fault, its not very well explained how to convert the straps between backpack and sling.

Another thing to watch when buying on line - it is not all that big. You may want something larger.


Sushi Slim
Sushi Slim
by Makiko Sano
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars The basics of sushi with an emphasis on weight loss., 13 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Sushi Slim (Paperback)
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The Japanese (apart from the wrestlers) tend to be pretty slim so it stands to reason their diet must be a good one. That is the premise of this beautiful well-illustrated little book. The emphasis is on weight-loss, and it is pretty slim itself.

As well as the sushi you might expect there are other things like soups and salads to keep things from getting dull.

There are calorie counts, which is great. Amazing how many cook books omit this.

A very useful book.


Case Logic Action Bag for Camera - Black
Case Logic Action Bag for Camera - Black
Price: £15.90

3.0 out of 5 stars I struggle to see the point. Neither fish nor fowl., 13 Jan. 2014
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On the face of it this looks like a nifty wee camera bag for the price. It has some internal pockets for this and that.

Two things strike me though - there is no padding and its not waterproof.

Go into any outdoor shop and for only a wee bit more cash you will get a fully waterproof bag or rucsac liner that will do pretty much the same job.

It seems to me this is a camera bag that merely holds the camera. It does not protect it. So a proper padded camera bag or at the very least a waterproof sac might be better options.

It is cheap but what is if for?


Alpen Apricot and Almond 560 g (Pack of 6)
Alpen Apricot and Almond 560 g (Pack of 6)
Price: £16.74

2.0 out of 5 stars Loaded with sugar - not very healthy, 5 Jan. 2014
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This is just too sweet! As well as the dried fruit there is also added sugar. They sell this stuff to you as healthy but it is anything but in my opinion. Sugar rush will lead to insulin spike and a mid-morning droop. Much better to have brand with no added sugar or better yet just have a bowl of porridge.


Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained
Why It Does Not Have To Be In Focus: Modern Photography Explained
by Jackie Higgins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Few of the photos live up to their background stories., 21 Oct. 2013
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This isn't really about photography, so much as contemporary art. Contemporary artists as you might be aware, can't help themselves. They record sound installations, manipulate controversy and of course take photographs. The dullest snap can have intense meaning if taken in suitable circumstances by a contemporary artist.

"an apparent lack of technique can still often be mistaken for a lack of artistic sophistication," it says on the jacket of this book. Hmmm, and sometimes there is no mistake.

Jackie Higgins sets out to "explain the artistry behind 100 key works of modern photogpraphy, revealing their hidden layers of emotional expression and the complex processes involved in their composition."

Now I am interested in the complex processes that might lead to a great photo. But you know what, the emotional expression is not hidden in a great photo. It is fully apparent and you shouldn't need a caption to get it.

The commentary is more about teaching any viewer to "read" the images, rather than explaining to photographers how to take that sort of shot. So don't be expecting "how many seconds at f1.8" or much about equipment.

About a fifth of the images here are worth looking at in my opinion. Other than that, the art is usually in the concept and the journey to the image, rather than the image. You'll know yourself how you feel about that. You can probably guess by now what I think.


Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
Leiths How to Cook (Leiths School/Food & Wine)
by Leiths School of Food and Wine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid dependable kitchen bible, 16 Oct. 2013
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First the practicalities. One of the things that annoys me about a lot of cook books is that they are not built to withstand kitchen abuse. You get these pretty coffee-table numbers that won't stand up to five minutes of spatter, smear and spill. So first of all - full marks for a robust wipeable tome.

The recipes can be very basic - cauliflour cheese for example. But there is a place for that if someone really wants to know how to cook. This really gives a good grounding on practical kitchen skills.

You are lead by the hand through various techniques - making stock, spatchcocking a chicken, making mayonnaise...

For the cook looking for the basics this is a real winner. For more advanced cooks it might be a bit dull and oldfashioned, but you will still find something useful.


Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts
Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts
by Gizzi Erskine
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only a skinny person could come up with something this annoying., 16 Oct. 2013
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I am really doubtful many people will find this book useful.

It seems a concept is needed to make cook books stand out these days and the schtick here is "diet during the week and have a bit of a blowout at the weekend"

So it is a combination of dieting recipes and more naughty things. Most people on the diet will have no trouble with the naughty but will be looking for low-cal recipes.

There are good recipes here but its all set within overactive design and the overbearing concept.


Guyrope Gourmet: A Camping Cookbook
Guyrope Gourmet: A Camping Cookbook
by Josh Sutton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, yeah...pass the baked beans., 16 Oct. 2013
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The market is crowded with cook books and I suppose every author has to try to find an angle that makes their's stand out.

Josh has clearly decided to be "The camping guy" but really, I can find little here that most campers would find practical.

Of course given the right expensive gadgetry you can replicate outdoors your kitchen hob, oven and all. But who wants to or does?

It is all the fault of the new notion of "Glamping" of course for which there are more aspirational publications than there are adherents.

The recipes are fine enough, but I couldn't help reflect on looking at a lobster recipe with pasta and tomato sauce that the best way for a camper to approach a lobster would be to grill it over hot coals with some garlic butter. Who the hell is going to faff around making sauce or pasta? This book's problem in a nutshell (or lobster shell).


Lonely Planet Scotland (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Scotland (Travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Take it from a local - this is a good guide., 11 Sept. 2013
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I've lived in Scotland all my life. Currently I am in Edinburgh, but I've lived in Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow too, and spent a good deal of time travelling the Highlands to walk, fish and snowboard among other things. I like a scone, a fish supper or a restaurant meal. So I am in a pretty good position to judge this book.

It is extremely thorough and will give any visitor a shortcut to all that is best in every part of the country.

The only thing lacking is a bit of personality. For that I would recommend Scotland The Best which is from the point of view of impresario and bon viveur Pete Irvine. And it only covers Edinburgh but for a really personal and quirky insight try The Locals' Guide to Edinburgh

That said though, this is a comprehensive and well laid out book with some handy maps tagged on. You won't go far wrong.


The Only Recipes You'll Ever Need: 4 Ways to Cook Almost Everything
The Only Recipes You'll Ever Need: 4 Ways to Cook Almost Everything
by Tony Turnbull
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull recipes grouped in fours., 11 Sept. 2013
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The recipes here come from a series running in The Times newspaper and the premise is - give me a typical ingredient and I will tell you four things to do with it.

So we get four things to do with roast chicken, puff pastry, cous cous, baked trout etc.

Each quartet is laid out across two pages, with a grid of photos on one side and a grid of recipes on the other.

If nothing else it looks very neat.

But the recipes are pretty lacklustre in my opinion and not very well explained. Its an ingredient list and very brief method in each case.

On the upside it has a wipeable cover and stays open at your place quite easily (amazes me how many cook books don't).

But I can't recommending shelling out the £16.99 cover price or anything like it for these rather dull meals. Jamie or Hugh will do much better by you than this.


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