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Bandstands (Shire Library)
Bandstands (Shire Library)
by Paul A. Rabbitts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten heritage gets the treatment it deserves, 8 Dec. 2013
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Bandstands have been a feature of the British way of life for well over a century but after the Second World War an increasing number fell into disuse or were neglected. Sadly a large number were demolished as public parks went into a spiral of decline in the 1980s and 1990s. Fortunately in 1997 the Heritage Lottery Fund started pumping millions into the restoration of parks and this has seen the rediscovery of bandstands and an impetus to see them made anew. This book expertly chronicles the origins of bandstands in terms of design influences and manufacture and charts their gradual renaissance and the activities that are putting them back into the heart of community life and events. They are wonderfully exotic structures that are at once very familiar and also alien in their strange designs - looking like UFOs, Moorish temples, rustic cottages or Chinese pavilions. This is a great little book for anyone interested in our social and architectural history. Highly recommended.


Premier Gel Tech Bike Saddle / Seat Cover Size 21cm x 31cm PGSAD1B - FROM ROADUSERDIRECT
Premier Gel Tech Bike Saddle / Seat Cover Size 21cm x 31cm PGSAD1B - FROM ROADUSERDIRECT
Offered by bikes4life limited
Price: £8.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and effective, 11 Sept. 2013
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Easy to fit and certainly softens the impact on the bum bones. Chafed a bit on the inside of thighs.


Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables
Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables
Price: £13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating for new and old gardeners, 11 May 2013
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Dear Lawrence Hills was the man who started the Henry Doubleday Research Association which morphed into Garden Organic at Ryton. This was the book that turned me onto gardening in 1976 and I am now buying a second copy as mine was used and lent out so much it has fallen to bits. LH has a truly unique style with which he manages to interweave practical advice, useful tips, nutritional information and organic philosophy which is really inspiring as well as useful. He was a great man, a pioneer who devoted his life to good sense and gardening cheer. I could not recommend this book enough to anyone who is new to growing your own and anyone who still gets a thrill from it after many years.


Chopard Casmir Crystal Shower Gel 150ml
Chopard Casmir Crystal Shower Gel 150ml
Offered by Prestige Europe
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Enhances perfume, 30 Jan. 2013
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My wife was very pleased with this product. She says it makes the perfume last longer and stays on the skin.


Celebrate Winter Solstice cards. Pack of 20 cards - 4 of each design with brightly coloured envelopes 12cm x 12cm
Celebrate Winter Solstice cards. Pack of 20 cards - 4 of each design with brightly coloured envelopes 12cm x 12cm
by Astrocal

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For all pagans, 30 Jan. 2013
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These are very nice cards, if a little expensive. I would recommend them to anyone who wishes to celebrate the passing of the shortest day on the winter solstice and the return of the light instead of the traditional Christmas cards. They were well received by my friends.


Kenwood HB150 Stick Hand Blender
Kenwood HB150 Stick Hand Blender

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and good value, 17 April 2012
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This is a dead handy little implement that does what it is supposed to do. Brilliant for mixing the eggs for omelettes, giving fluffy and soft results. That's all I use it for but my wife finds it handy for loads of blending jobs that I don't understand. It's easy to clean too. Good value.


Player Piano
Player Piano
by Kurt Vonnegut
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Vonnegut's early masterpiece, 17 April 2012
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This review is from: Player Piano (Paperback)
This is Kurt Vonnegut's first novel which was largely ignored when published in the early Fifties and remains out of print in the UK and hard to find. In it he explores the world that he sees on the horizon when most of the work is mechanised and the population is split between the highly paid technicians and the welfare supported masses who while away their lives with trivial pleasures. As always Vonnegut is prescient, warning of the follies of humankind, but this is a regular novel in terms of style, not exhibiting the trademark snappy prose and insightful asides of his later works. Thankfully his career was rescued from the doldrums in the Sixties and he went on to write some of the best modern American fiction. It's a very interesting book and a good read and fits right alongside such post-war classics as Brave New World and 1984.


Onguard 5012 Bulldog DT U-Lock with Cable
Onguard 5012 Bulldog DT U-Lock with Cable
Offered by bikes4life limited
Price: £22.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fiddly to fit, 20 Nov. 2009
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There's nothing wrong with the lock which looks tough and is well-priced but how do you feel about instructions for fitting a lock to a bike that starts with something like "it can be very difficult to attach a lock to a bike"? Indeed it was, and mine showed clear signs of someone else having tried to fit it without success. I returned it as it was damaged with various minor nicks and marks and went and bought an Abus lock from the local bike shop which only took 10 minutes to fix securely to the bike frame. They either need to come up with a simpler mounting system or clearer instructions.


Reebok Radar Alloy 21-speed Cycle (22/26") (Old Version)
Reebok Radar Alloy 21-speed Cycle (22/26") (Old Version)

2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap but NO handlebar height adjustment, 18 Jun. 2009
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The bike came out the box looking fine, all the pieces present. Putting it together was easy enough until I tried to raise the handlebars (as it said in the manual that you should) and found that there was no handlebar stem and no adjustment at all. Undoing the top nut and whacking it as you do with any other bike made the entire headset fly to pieces, bearings and washers all over the place. Putting all this back together (this part arrives ready assembled) was not only laborious, having to take apart lots of other bits, but also gave me an insight into the build quality. Bearings and races were pretty feeble looking and the system of spacers was really basic - in fact the headset bearings are all held in place by the handlebar bracket - just like on a cheapo kids' bike. Seems a daft way to save on costs when the rest of the gear looked reasonable. There is nothing in the bike's description to tell you that the handlebar height cannot be adjusted and I reckon that's a bad omission (unless that's what "semi-integrated headset" means), in fact it put me off the bike a bit (quite a lot). Still, as the man says, it is very cheap.


Music In A Doll's House
Music In A Doll's House
Price: £11.36

46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acid winter days with your weird uncle, 27 Sept. 2007
This review is from: Music In A Doll's House (Audio CD)
Right from the galloping start of "The Chase" this album takes you on a lysergic maelstrom trip where the weather seeps in and blows through you ("Mellowing Grey", "Winter", "The Breeze"). Songs observe the strangeness of ordinary events (Never Like This, Hey Mr Policeman, See Through Windows) and lead you on a journey through love and time (Voyage, Peace of Mind, 3 X Time), the tracks swirling into one another with snatches of sounds already heard and sounds yet to come phasing in and out of the mix, imperceptibly taking you to a dark, still place and then returning you to earth thinking 'What the f*** was that?'. It also perfectly evokes the experience of winter days and nights in a mind altered state, accompanied by Roger Chapman as your weird uncle. Perhaps the most inventive album of all time and a must for all psychedelic meteorologists and for people who have been to their girlfriend's house for tea while out of their heads. It is so good that you'll only bear to play it twice a year and your friends will say 'it's a bit scary' then laugh nervously. Excellent.
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