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Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen (2015) - Premium Leather Book Wallet Case Cover Pouch + Screen Protector With Microfibre Polishing Cloth + Touch Screen Stylus Pen
Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen (2015) - Premium Leather Book Wallet Case Cover Pouch + Screen Protector With Microfibre Polishing Cloth + Touch Screen Stylus Pen
Offered by CASE COLLECTION LTD
Price: £2.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to recommend, 21 April 2015
Works well, looks good and really can't complain about the price. Card slots are useful. Good prompt service from seller.


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2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, but needs tweaking, 12 April 2015
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A good concept in theory and a nice smart looking design, but the cut-outs for the buttons on the Moto E were in slightly the wrong place - the power and volume buttons were permanently pressed when in the case. I enlarged the holes a bit with a craft knife, which solved the problem but wasn't very neat. Also it's quite difficult to get the phone in and out of the plastic holder, which isn't ideal for me as I need to swap it into other cases for outdoor sporting activities. I think in the longer term I'll end up looking for a different case.
Good prompt service from the seller, and the enclosed screen protector and stylus are useful.


Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict
Keep on Running: The Highs and Lows of a Marathon Addict
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive and well-written, 15 Mar. 2015
I enjoyed this book. It's not a training guide; it's a well written, honest and perceptive account of the author's marathon running exploits, and I think most of us who do this sort of thing will identify with many of his thoughts and experiences. Those who don't might get a bit of an insight into what's driving friends and family who feel compelled to run. At times it's funny, at times quite sentimental, at times quite thought-provoking.

The author is a respectably competent runner, neither outstandingly good nor hopelessly slow. He is motivated (at least in the bigger, road events) by improving his times. He's hardly alone in that, though his talk of speed and pacing gets a bit obsessive in places. There's also one sentence too many on the problem of nipple chafing - made me wince. But his accounts of the various events he runs and his personal experiences of them are interesting and entertaining. He does a particularly good job of bringing out the differences in atmosphere between prestigious big-city marathons and smaller local races.

I can't say that the book changed my life, or that I'd dash back into my burning house to retrieve it. But in the increasingly crowded 'mid-life amateur sport memoir' market, I think this is one of the more intelligent and interesting offerings. So I'm happy to recommend it.


Perfect
Perfect
Price: £5.22

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not a barrel of laughs, 17 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Perfect (Kindle Edition)
I found this a little bleaker and more uncomfortable to read than 'Harold' and 'Queenie', where Joyce was able to balance unhappy events with a little more warmth and humour. 'Perfect' is a very well written book - the pacing is spot on, the dialogue is superb and the characters are beautifully drawn - but it's perhaps not a story to cheer you up on a rainy weekend.


Life's a Beach
Life's a Beach
Price: £2.32

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just very lovely, 17 Jan. 2015
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I read this book (and the prequel, Every Day's a Holiday) one after the other. They're rather lovely. Part autobiography, part cookbook, part self-help text - what's not to like? George's project to observe those random 'International xxxx Day' type celebrations we all ignore could have turned into a dull collection of mundane domestic anecdotes. But somehow George has managed to write his experiences up into an entertaining collection of mundane domestic anecdotes, and the books are funny and endearing. Along the way we get to know George's sweet children, his evidently long-suffering and remarkably tolerant wife, and an assorted collection of friends and extended family. Among other things, we get recipe ideas (some of which you might even want to replicate), a lesson in how to wax a surfboard, and slightly too many stories about his cats. I call that excellent value for money.

I can't honestly claim that these books have changed my life, or that I'll be emailing the Nobel Prize committee about them. But they did entertain me greatly for as long as it took to read them, and from time to time they provoked a bit of serious thought. George is the best sort of nutcase, and an engaging author. Five stars for sheer likability... More please, George.


Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life
Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse: And Other Lessons from Modern Life
Price: £2.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing enough, but didn't really hit the spot, 17 Jan. 2015
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How lovely it must be to get paid for having opinions in a weekly newspaper, even if it is the Observer. Most of us have to get slightly drunk down the pub on a Sunday lunchtime before pontificating loudly on the contentious issues of the day. Mitchell's views don't seem particularly better thought-out or informed than those of any other light entertainer, but I suppose the selling point is his particular brand of erudition and humour. There's a maximum recommended dose - I initially tried to read it cover to cover, and this got a bit wearing. But read individually (as intended) the articles are entertaining and in most cases worth reading. Sometimes I agreed with him, sometimes I didn't. Probably worth a punt if you're a fan, but don't expect too much.


Casio MQ24/7B Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap
Casio MQ24/7B Unisex Quartz Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Black Resin Strap
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap: not nasty, 17 May 2014
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I'm on my second. I worked out that even if I buy a new one every time the battery or strap goes, I can have a lifetime's supply of these watches for less than the cost of one factory service of my colleague's bewilderingly expensive TAG Heuer. I don't have to worry about losing it, having it nicked or damaging it. It's not fancy, but it's simple and elegant enough. Please keep making these, Mr Casio.


Nespresso by Krups XN300640 Pixie Coffee Machine - Electric Red
Nespresso by Krups XN300640 Pixie Coffee Machine - Electric Red
Price: £94.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Nespress yourself, 17 May 2014
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If you fancy yourself as a bit of a barista, and you want to spend an entire lifetime obsessively experimenting with roasting and grinding beans, tamping grounds and adjusting pressure and flow profiles, then Nespresso isn't for you. If you just want reliably decent coffee without drama and mess, it might be.

This is my first Nespresso machine, so I can't compare it with any of the others. I can compare it with offerings from the various high-street coffee chains. I can confidently say that it wins hands-down here: it is tastier, cheaper and does not involve the indignity of having to drink from a paper cup with a misspelled version of my name scrawled on it.


The Long Shadow
The Long Shadow
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it. Didn't love it., 17 May 2014
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I'm a big fan of Mark Mills. I enjoyed 'The Long Shadow', but ultimately I felt that it promised a little more than it delivered. The plot felt like it was building to a dramatic ending which never quite materialised, and it was a little contrived and difficult to believe in places. However, Mills creates an entertaining world in which the lives of ordinary people and the super-rich collide, and the characters are generally likeable and well drawn. As a survivor of the English public school system myself, I found some of the flashbacks to their schooldays quite amusing.

I'd like to give it three and a half stars. I can't, so as I like Mills and I'm a charitable fellow I'll round up to four. Worth a read, but for me 'The Savage Garden' remains the highlight of his oeuvre so far.


Bilt Hamber Auto Clay Medium (200g)
Bilt Hamber Auto Clay Medium (200g)
Offered by Detailed Clean
Price: £10.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Car looks better than new!, 13 April 2014
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Very good product. I hadn't used clay before, but I followed the instructions on the seller's website and it was easy - and also a bit quicker than I expected (but I only have a Mini)... I was a bit sceptical until I saw what the clay was picking up, and felt how smooth it left the paint. One polish and one wax later, and the car looks amazing - a definite step above the finish I was getting before. I used a quarter of the bar, so it feels like pretty good value. Will probably aim to do this every 3-6 months.


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