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Yale Locks HSA6020 Alarm Accessory - Wirefree PIR
Yale Locks HSA6020 Alarm Accessory - Wirefree PIR
Offered by DJM Direct
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Not Compatible with Yale Easy-Fit systems, 6 Sep 2013
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As I can see no other way of doing this, this is a warning that this sensor is not compatible with the new Yale Easy-Fit alarm system, only with the 3000 and 6000 series. I bought it thinking all Yale wireless systems were intercompatible and then discovered they were not. I am giving this five stars as it was delivered very quickly and a refund was offered without any fuss, just a shame that Yale cannot offer compatibility across the board.


The Invisible Universe
The Invisible Universe
by David Malin
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars It is huge!, 3 Jan 2013
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This is one of David Malin's superb books of the deep sky showing classic (and some unusual) deep sky objects in colour and black and white. The photographs are very well done and the text is good, but by modern standards some of them look slightly out of focus to me. This may be partly the paper they are printed on which is a kind of matt gloss rather than full gloss. This is good for fingerprints (doesn't leave marks) but perhaps reduces the sharpness of the image. The colours also seem to have aged slightly as well. But it is doubtlessly a classic and will appreciate in value as the new copy price already demonstrates(but mine got bumped in the book somewhat reducing its value!). I also have to point out that the book is simply huge and doesn't fit into any of my bookcases! More importantly this means that it can easily be damaged in transit unless it is very well packed.


The Lion's World - A journey into the heart of Narnia
The Lion's World - A journey into the heart of Narnia
by Rowan Williams
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too PC for my taste, 22 Aug 2012
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This is a brilliant meditation (not analysis) on what is, on one level, a rather lightweight series of children's books. As a gifted writer and theologian, Rowan Williams reveals the real ingenuity of Lewis's writing and his spiritual insights. Williams' discussion of the removal of the dragon's skin from Eustace is peerless. He also make some very good non-theological points, such Lewis' borrowings from Edith Nesbit and that his world is Edwardian rather than postwar. However I found Williams' constant apologies for Lewis' non-PC views rather grating to say the least. Having said that, reading some of the comments in the readers' reviews of the Narnia chronicles elsewhere in Amazon I recognise his hand-wringing defence of Lewis may be necessary nowadays. Sometimes I feel he distances himself from Lewis by saying "Lewis says this" and "Lewis says that", but at other times he identifies himself quite closely with Lewis, so perhaps this is just Rowan Williams the former professor elapsing into an academic style of writing. Most of the time, this book is very readable and certainly worth reading. But I can only give it four stars because of the PC aspect.
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Trexus Intro Operators Chair PCB High Back H490mm Seat W490xD450xH440-560mm Charcoal
Trexus Intro Operators Chair PCB High Back H490mm Seat W490xD450xH440-560mm Charcoal
Price: £73.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value but not so good for my back, 24 Mar 2012
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The chair arrived really quickly, in fact two days after I placed the order, and it was dead easy to assemble, no tools needed and took me (usually hopeless at DIY) about five minutes to put together. The construction appears to be very solid, the material is good and colour is just right for an office. My only problem (after having been very happy with my previous chair for 25 years) is that I do not find it very comfortable for my back. It is a bit hard (as other reviewers have noted) and it is not spring-tensioned. I am hoping that I will get used to it in time, but right now I would say that the back will not suit eveyone. But it is tremendous value for money, no question.


Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy
Stargazing Basics: Getting Started in Recreational Astronomy
by Paul E. Kinzer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for starting up, 13 Dec 2011
I thought this was a really good book about starting up in recreational astronomy, giving good practical advice about choosing binoculars and/or a telescope and acessories such as eyepieces. I wholeheartedly concur with the book's advice that a decent middle-sized refractor is the best starter scope. I have only two slight reservations, I feel there should have been a brief discussion of wide angle/premium eyepieces and I would argue that a go-to scope is essential in light-polluted urban areas. However this is a book about starting up as the subtitle makes clear, it is not a complete guide to observing the night sky (there are many alternatives for this purpose, such as Nightwatch, the Collins guide and Turn Left at Orion). Paul Kinzer does stress the value of naked-eye observing but it has to be accepted that naked eye observing for many people was effectively killed off in urban areas by light pollution in the 1980s. It might also be argued that such a starting off guide is of limited value once you have got your equipment and found your way around the sky, but you could save yourself a lot of money and trouble by reading this book first.


Celestial Harvest: 300-Plus Showpieces of the Heavens for Telescope Viewing and Contemplation (Dover Books on Astronomy)
Celestial Harvest: 300-Plus Showpieces of the Heavens for Telescope Viewing and Contemplation (Dover Books on Astronomy)
by J Mullaney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, 28 July 2011
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Knowing the quality of James Mullaney's writing in his other books, I was really looking forward to receiving this book. I have to say I was disappointed when it arrived. Rightly or wrongly I was expecting a volume containing colour and B&W photographs of the objects with a detailed analysis of each object with viewing hints (cf O'Meara, Deep Sky Companions) and above that the objects would in order of awesomeness or at least month by month (cf 1001 Celestial Wonders), or at the very least in RA order. They are in fact in alphabetical constellation order and it is very difficult to tell when one constellation end and the next one starts as they are in a continuous list without any breaks. The book is bound portrait but the text is landscape, a long portrait binding would have been better. Given the layout a spiral binding (cf the Pocket Sky Atlas) would have been much better. Furthermore the text is made up of short quotes (presumably Mullaney's own notes although this is not made completely clear) which makes it very bitty and again not easy to read. I do not wish to be completely negative. Mullaney is a very experienced observer, he does give the reader a good idea of what they will see (but there should be much more about the desirable magnification, aperture and seeing conditions, this information is very patchy) and his enthusiasm is evident. And there is space to make notes. It is difficult to know who this book is aimed at. Certainly not beginners, armchair astronomers, or astro-imagers, possibly the more experienced visual observer but they are likely to have other Deep Sky guides to hand (e.g. Burnham or the Webb Society Guides).


Fiftiestyle: Home Decoration and Furnishing from the 1950s
Fiftiestyle: Home Decoration and Furnishing from the 1950s
by Lesley Hoskins
Edition: Paperback

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The guide to the 1950s house, 18 Oct 2007
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I cannot recommend this book enough. I have been renovating my 1950s house in a 1950s style, especially the kitchen and living room. I found this little book to be the most useful guide as it is historically accurate and very well illustrated. In effect, along with a few books from the period by authors like Gordon Russell, it has become the bible of my project as it concentrates on what was actually in the 1950s English home rather than "retro" as a modern design style or the American diner style which is too often taken as being genuine, even for England. It is very different from Marion Haslam's Retro Style -- The 50s Look which is not greatly concerned with historical accuracy (although it is also good). One major strength of this book is the juxtaposition of idealised pictures presented in advertisements with personal photographs of genuine homes from the period. I found Madeline March's Millers Guide to Collecting the 1950s is a good complement to this book.
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