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nico less E-Cigarette E-Shisha Starter Kit
nico less E-Cigarette E-Shisha Starter Kit
Price: 10.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value basic E-cig kit., 16 July 2014
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This is just fine - not sure why there are so many negative reviews. If you're thinking of switching to E-cigs you could do worse than start here.
The 'kit' contains:
1. A good quality 1000mz battery. Most will contain a 650 or 750 model, this will last longer between charges. These batteries cost 11-12 in my local High St shops, so at the current price of 10.39, this kit looks like a good deal for starters.
2. One Clearomiser. This is the type that you need to replace the whole thing when it burns out or starts to leak (usually 4-6 weeks). When you replace it, get the type that you can keep the plastic tank and just replace the wick/coil (about 2) instead of the whole tank (about 5) - but this will do to get you started.
3. One USB charger. You will probably want to add a 3-pin mains adaptor for convenience, as this can only charge from a USB socket with this.

OK so no liquid is included but as there's over 100 flavours available now on the high street, thats probably better than supplying one which you might not like. You do need to experiment a bit with flavours and strengths to see what suits you. (Most people seem to start with a 'tobacco' flavour to more closely replicate cigarettes, but you'll most likely quickly switch to a fruit or other flavour.)
You'll probably want to order 2 so you can vape while the other is charging (about 90 - 120 min).
This is excellent value, as the 3 individual components would cost 16 - 18 if bought separately on the High St.
(Oh, and ignore the 'E-Shisha' name - its just an ordinary refillable e-cig)


Staedtler Karat 2420 C36 Oil Pastels - Assorted Colours (Pack of 36)
Staedtler Karat 2420 C36 Oil Pastels - Assorted Colours (Pack of 36)
Price: 15.30

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality product, 15 May 2014
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Lovely quality oil pastels - colour is rich and deep, pleasant to use Easy to smudge, blur and merge (purposely, of course!). Fine, smooth coverage on all surfaces. If you've only ever used the cheap varieties which sell for 4-5 a box you'll appreciate the difference. A quality product, as you'd expect from one of the leading and longest-established suppliers of art materials. The 'gold' and 'silver' "metallics" are a bit disappointing, more like brown and grey - but thats a minor quibble - only 2 of the 36, and who uses them much anyway?
An excellent quality product at a very reasonable price.


Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Conditioner 200 ml
Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Conditioner 200 ml
Offered by musk beauty shop
Price: 9.95

3.0 out of 5 stars nice shampoo..middling conditioner, 15 Dec 2013
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Over to Mrs. 23 for this review:-

"I used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo on its own once before the conditioner arrived and was very pleased with the result.
I have used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo and conditioner together twice and continue to be happy. Normally use Pantene 2 in 1 but found the AgeDefy left my fine hair with more body, felt thicker and was easier to manage. Of course it is more expensive and more effort to use than a 2 in 1. I felt the shampoo made a significant improvement on its own and I'm not sure the conditioner added a lot. I will be using it again,but may buy the shampoo rather than both in the future"


Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Shampoo 250 ml
Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection AgeDefy Shampoo 250 ml
Offered by musk beauty shop
Price: 9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars nice shampoo..middling conditioner, 15 Dec 2013
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Over to Mrs. 23 for this review:-

"I used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo on its own once before the conditioner arrived and was very pleased with the result.
I have used Pantene AgeDefy shampoo and conditioner together twice and continue to be happy. Normally use Pantene 2 in 1 but found the AgeDefy left my fine hair with more body, felt thicker and was easier to manage. Of course it is more expensive and more effort to use than a 2 in 1. I felt the shampoo made a significant improvement on its own and I'm not sure the conditioner added a lot. I will be using it again,but may buy the shampoo rather than both in the future"


Mediterranean Mountain Environments
Mediterranean Mountain Environments
by Ioannis N. Vogiatzakis
Edition: Paperback
Price: 39.95

3.0 out of 5 stars not for the general reader..., 15 Sep 2013
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I'm not an academic or a degree student so I guess I'm not the sort of person this book is written for. I do, however, have a great interest in Geology and Geography, as well as an interest in many of the regions covered. Unfortunately, a fair bit of went over my head but there was sufficient here to keep me interested. Having a variety of authors for each of the chapters helps to keep it fresh and readable when struggling with some of the more `difficult' sections. Ultimately, it's a textbook for those on a degree course and not written for the general reader, so I can't really comment on whether it would be suitable as such. To me, the breadth of the areas covered seemed a bit wide for a book of this size, in attempting to cover all the mountain regions of the Mediterranean from Spain to the Balkans, and from Lebanon to Morocco, in a volume of only some 200 or so pages. If you are interested in (or are studying) a specific region, I would suggest this isn't the place to look. Some interesting chapters on human geography, and mountains in the myth and history of the region especially.
Have to say that some of the illustrations and plates are not of the highest quality, and some of the tables rather confusing. But I accept the book is probably aimed at smarter people than me, and is intended as a guide to further study rather than a book for the general reader, and really needs an academic review to do justice to it.


HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH
Offered by MOONDANCE LTD (moondancewx)
Price: 14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great 60s pop here, 16 April 2013
Even if you don't know the film (and I would urge lovers of all things swinging-60s to check it out) theres some great sixties music here. OK the Traffic tracks you probably know and are available elsewhere but the rest are only available in this form I think. Most of the Spencer Davis tracks are terrific pieces of mid-60s pop RnB (better than anything on the SDG albums), especially 'Looking Back', 'Taking out time' and 'Picture of her', but the real treasure is Andy Ellisons 'It's Been A Long Time', a quite gorgeous piece of 1967 dreamy pop-psych which deserves to be much better known, and its complemented by a lush instrumental version of the same, used as a 'theme' in the movie (called 'virginal's dream' here)Highly recommended if you think you've heard all the sixties stuff. There are 3 short snippets of horribly dated dialogue from the film which are charming if you love the film, but are probably annoying (and a bit toe-curling) if you're just playing this as a 60's album. Still, a very effective sixties time-warp, hugely enjoyable. Ah, what a time it was....


T2
T2
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 18.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly close to brilliant..., 16 April 2013
This review is from: T2 (Audio CD)
Presumably you're only looking at this if you're a fan of the classic 'It'll all work out in Boomland' and want to know if this is a Great Lost 2nd Album, or a collection of rough demos and outtakes, like so much stuff from this period dug up over the past 2 decades. Thankfully this is closer to the former than the latter, but with some reservations. This 2nd album must have been ALMOST ready to release - the sleeve art for both sides of the album is included. Unfortunately, ALMOST is the operative word here. The vocals sound more like a 'guide vocal' which may have been intended to be redone, and it certainly needed a few days professional mixing to balance the sound - you will find yourself constantly fiddling with the volume knob for the quiet segments. The problem is that apparently the master tapes have been lost and only acetates exist, rendering any further production difficult.
Having said that,it is an almost-complete ALBUM rather than some odd tracks, and as such is perfectly listenable. The amazing (whatever-happened-to-?) Keith Cross's capacity for thunderous riffing and soloing is undiminished by the aforementioned reservations, sounding as exciting and inventive as he does on 'Boomland'. The songs have the same thrilling blend of power and melody as 'Boomland',though perhaps nothing quite as majestic as 'No More White Horses'. If you love 'Boomland' and have always wished for more, then buy (for a reasonable price) and enjoy as a bonus (there is plenty to enjoy here) - but its a huge pity this was never quite finished properly.


Get Together
Get Together
Price: 16.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Gold and Silver...., 16 April 2013
This review is from: Get Together (Audio CD)
OK if you're looking at this page then its pretty sure you're a fan of Dino's solo album or the Quicksilver Messenger Service, or more likely both, and want to know if this is worth buying. If that's the case then the answer is an emphatic 'Yes'. Recording info and dates are scant, but (apart from the oldie 'Get Together') these tracks would appear to have more in common with Just for Love / What About Me era Quicksilver than the 'Dino Valente' album.
The vast majority here are finished, polished,mostly electric, quality tracks - 'One Thousand Miles an Hour' in particular is worth the admission price alone - classic Dino, and up there with Fresh Air, Children of the Sun, Long haired Lady among his very best work. Plenty more to enjoy too - 13 glorious rambling minutes of 'County Fair', idiosyncratic versions of 'Silver dagger' and Smokey Robinsons 'Try Something New', and top quality Dino originals like 'Ain't that a shame' and 'Star rider'. 14 tracks, 68 minutes and only the short cover of 'Midnight rider' is less than essential. This really is buried treasure, posthumously exhumed from one of Dino's forgotten storage units. At a stroke, this must add 50% to his total recorded works. It won't be for everyone, but if you love the Quicksilver albums mentioned, or his classic solo album, then don't hesitate snapping this up while its around. You'll find it better than you thought possible.


Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
Unfinished Empire: The Global Expansion of Britain
by John Darwin PhD
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - but start elsewhere, 20 Jan 2013
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Books about the rise and fall of the British Empire generally fall into two categories; either a linear history or a left-wing perspective highlighting the abuses of colonial power over `native' peoples. This work fits into neither category - rather than taking the linear `horizontal' approach, Mr. Darwin is far more `vertical' in his approach, looking more deeply at the state of the world in which the Empire existed. I have read several excellent histories of the Empire, but this is the first where I have felt that the context was fully explored. His chapters on the century before British dominance (up to 1815) place the emphasis firmly on relations and conflicts with other European powers (mainly the French), gives a solid background which other histories (Piers Brandon, Paxman, Ferguson) rather ignore. Similarly, the global perspective on the `End of Empire' in the 20th century goes much further than the aforementioned authors. Whilst never shying away from the failings of British administration, he takes no political stance, but analyses the prevailing context - as a historian should, in my view.
I enjoyed this enormously and felt far better informed at the end. Highly recommended to those with an existing interest in the subject, but not perhaps as a starting point. To those who just want an introduction to the British Empire, start with Paxman (or Piers Brandon for a more in-depth introduction), then come back to this.


DK Eyewitness Top 10 World (Eyewitness Travel Guide)
DK Eyewitness Top 10 World (Eyewitness Travel Guide)
by Dorling Kindersley ( DK CHU BAN SHE )
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing random miscellany, 2 Dec 2012
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Everyone likes lists, and lists are always subjective. Nothing wrong with that, but this book seems more random than subjective. Each country / city / region is given a double-page spread with a main list of the top 10 attractions with (some) photographs, plus a (very) brief resume of principal historical events and another rather random top 10 pertaining to some specific aspect of the area. In my opinion, there are several problems with this. Firstly, the main page may have 4-7 pictures, which leaves the remainder of the 10 un-illustrated. As the descriptions are pretty sketchy, one is left in the dark about the rest - may as well have been a `top 5'. If you're not familiar with the area, then a description which just says that the Maltese island of Comino "is an unspoiled wilderness" where you can "swim in the Blue Lagoon or hike the cliffs" is pretty pointless without some kind of picture. Secondly, it can get a bit repetitive - all major cities have a cathedral, art gallery, museum and zoo or aquarium - there's 4 of each 10 straight away! Thirdly, the '10 moments in history' is too superficial to be any use, and a waste of space in my opinion. The `other' top 10 could have been interesting but again - without pictures its hard to be impressed.
Far too urban-centered in my view. There is an entry for Tokyo but nothing on the rest of Japan. Of the 35 entries for `The Americas', 20 are individual US and Canadian cities, but nothing at all on the smaller Caribbean islands, Colombia, Venezuela or Bolivia.
A very superficial coffee table book - may give you an idea or two for future holidays I suppose.


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