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Philips HX8211/02 Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Power Flosser
Philips HX8211/02 Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Power Flosser
Price: £59.99

5.0 out of 5 stars If you hate flossing you will love this, 8 May 2016
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If you hate flossing you will love this! I have always hated flossing. Too much effort, discomfort, etc. When my dentist and hygenist recommended this on the same day I decided to take the plunge. Now my wife and I are complete converts. There are cheaper alternatives - but all I can say is that this one works a treat...


Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California & Graphic Design 1936-1986
Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California & Graphic Design 1936-1986
by Louise Sandhaus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Something beyond 60s psychedelic posters (even though I love them)..., 21 April 2015
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I came into this from one perspective - 60's poster design was my starting point - but found a fascinating overview of a much broader spectrum of talent. Here there is 'high' as well as 'low' art, frivolous and serious, outrageous and subtle, political and personal. The section dealing with moving graphics is especially well done given the restrictions of the medium - and it prompted me to see the originals online. Some of the articles (both contemporary and modern) may be a little too academic for my level of interest, but there is so much more to visually engage. Beautiful and recommended.


Celicious Black Wallet Keyboard Case for Asus Transformer Book T100
Celicious Black Wallet Keyboard Case for Asus Transformer Book T100
Offered by TechDecor UK
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little on the heavy side - but fits Transformer very well, looks good and gives excellent protection, 5 Jan. 2014
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A little on the heavy side - but fits Transformer very well, looks good and gives excellent protection. Good value


How to Build Dioramas
How to Build Dioramas
by Sheperd Paine
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good the second time around, 12 Sept. 2013
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I bought the first edition as a twelve year old when it came out back in 1980. It revolutionised my approach to modelling and I give Shep Payne due credit for encouraging me to work at my modelling skills - so much so that I was able to go on and win medals at the Model Engineer Exhibition in the succeeding years.

Years later - as my boys are approaching the same age - I have revisited this book via the second edition (although I still have the original). I am glad to say that it has been revitalised with many more colour photos, better illustrations and additional modelling projects.

Although some might appear a little dated in the modern age it is still a classic handbook for youngsters and adults alike who want to improve their techniques. It tells you everything you want to know without patronising the reader.

Still thoroughly recommended!


Fighting with the Desert Rats: An Infantry Officer's War with the Eighth Army
Fighting with the Desert Rats: An Infantry Officer's War with the Eighth Army
by Major H. P. Samwell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most incisive memoirs I have read from the Second World War, 30 July 2013
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As the publishers are keen to point out, what chiefly distinguishes this from other books of its type is the fact that it was written - and published - while the war was yet to be won and before any sort of revisionism could come into play.

Equally important is the author's total candour about the strengths and failings of himself, the Allied armies and their enemies - as well as the civilians caught up in the conflict. He records embarrassing encounters with pompous fellow Brits (he is a Scot) and cold Americans with as much relish as more rewarding meetings and there are conversations with wounded Germans which brought him closer to understanding the human side of the conflict – as well as bringing him useful intelligence.

One suspects that some of his views – or those of other soldiers – would not have appeared in print had he lived to see his book published. No doubt some well-meaning editor would have attempted to persuade him that tales of 8th Army mutiny on the way to Italy – or pretty disparaging remarks about the French – would have been better left out.

The action itself is plentiful and equally well written, with just the right mix of fear and aggression to convey to the reader what it must have been like to fight in the desert.

Thoroughly recommended.


Sturmgeschutz IIi: 1 (Backbone of/German Infantry 1)
Sturmgeschutz IIi: 1 (Backbone of/German Infantry 1)
by Peter Muller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable depth of research makes this invaluable as a resource for modeller and historian alike, 8 Oct. 2012
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The history of the Stug is in one way simple to understand; in another rather complicated. The basic design underwent two, maybe three leaps before the German designers arrived at the ubiquitous Ausf G, but along the way there were myriad variations of details depending on which chassis of Pz III was used and which manufacturing plant turned them out. Knowing which feature belongs with which - for example when the Saukopf mantlets were used, which pattern of zimmerit is appropriate and exactly when the roof top MG mount changed from the simple shield type to the remotely controlled version - is precisely what this book (and it's companion volume) is all about. I bought the second volume first, because it has the excellent 1/35 scale plans, but soon realized that both were indispensible.


Tiger Tank Manual: Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger 1 Ausf.E (Sdkfz 181) (Owner's Workshop Manual)
Tiger Tank Manual: Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger 1 Ausf.E (Sdkfz 181) (Owner's Workshop Manual)
by Michael Hayton
Edition: Hardcover

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This has the makings of an instant classic., 25 May 2011
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Just received this book, fresh out from the Tank Museum. It has the makings of an instant classic.

The title (and cover) are a playful take on the Haynes Manual format (for non-Brits a long-standing publisher of under-the-bonnet car guides) but this is actually a lovingly written history of the Tiger with a particular focus on the well-known tank which was captured intact in Tunisia and now resides in their collection - so literally an owners manual!

The photos alone are eye-popping: plenty of interior shots and others with the vehicle in various states of dis-assembly (some making it look for all the world like a half finished model). Of course, because this has been put out by the museum there were no restrictions with access.

If, like me, there are corners of the tank that you still haven't quite seen from the right angle or unresolved questions then there's likely to be an answer here. For example I wasn't quite sure how thick the internal rim of the loaders hatch should be - there's a great shot of it here. There's even a close up of one of the original padlocks from the stowage bin! [OK, so maybe that is getting a little close to rivet counting...]

There are also some fascinating side bars - e.g. how to paste zimmerit on to the real thing (a restored Stug III).

I cannot recommend this highly enough...
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"Galactic Ramble"
"Galactic Ramble"
by Richard Morton Jack
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Amble... superb from start to finish, 29 July 2009
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A fascinating and comprehensive trawl through many unjustly neglected records which doesn't ignore the big-hitters either. Contemporary reviews and accurate release dates are a nice touch. Congratulations to all concerned...


Creative Zen Mozaic 4GB MP3 Player - Black
Creative Zen Mozaic 4GB MP3 Player - Black

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why ipod when you could Zen?, 28 Dec. 2008
I have been a faithful user of Zens for the past 4 years. First I had the 20G brick, then I bought a Micro for my wife and - after she dragged my first player off a high shelf to its doom - I discovered the Vision M (30G). By the way, I sent the first broken player back to Creative and they replaced it with a 40G model free of charge with no questions asked. Apart from a few early problems integrating the players with Windows Media Player I have had no trouble at all with any of them. This Christmas I decided to add my eldest son (aged 6) and bought him this Zen Mozaic. As with the previous players, once I had added the software it smoothly locked into my computer and I was able to transfer tracks from my Media Player (and my wife could do so from her own library) with ease. Since Christmas day he has been happily listening to a bizarre mixture of kids TV themes and film soundtracks (his), late 60s psychedelic rock, folk and The Flaming Lips (mine) and 70s disco (hers) without suffering any obvious ill-effects. He finds the buttons easy to use and the screen display a delight. Suddenly my Vision M is starting to look like a brick again...


The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce
The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerce
by Fred Goodman
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile and detailed analysis of the steady commercialisation of US rock music, 30 Oct. 2008
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Whatever version of this book you buy (and the previous reviewer seemed to have missed the point of the 'Springsteen' cover - notice the dollars...) this is an engrossing account of the rise of the great rock managers and their often ambiguous relationship with their artists. The title is taken from a song by Hank Williams. It may be heavy on facts but that's hardly a reason to complain!


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