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Rosalind Franklin and D.N.A.
Rosalind Franklin and D.N.A.
by Anne Sayre
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Injustice Revealed (in my opinion), 28 Aug 2014
This is, I think, a significant contribution to our understanding of the dubious behaviour of Franklin's contemporaries, her strong character, immaculate research techniques and the injustices she suffered at the hands of 'the establishment'. 'Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of D.N.A.' by Brenda Maddox adopts a slightly different approach to the same topics and it is strongly recommended that both accounts be read, to ensure a balanced understanding. Although there are contradictions, both accounts left me in no doubt that Rosalind Franklin deserved most of the credit for the discovery of the structure of DNA and a Nobel Prize. They also left me with a greatly diminished regard for James Watson in particular and Maurice Wilkins to a lesser extent. Subsequent reading has done nothing but reinforce that opinion.


Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
by Brenda Maddox
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Injustice Revealed (in my opinion), 28 Aug 2014
This is, I think, a significant contribution to our understanding of the dubious behaviour of Franklin's contemporaries, her strong character, immaculate research techniques and the injustices she suffered at the hands of 'the establishment'. 'Rosalind Franklin and D.N.A.' by Anne Sayre adopts a slightly different approach to the same topics and it is strongly recommended that both accounts be read, to ensure a balanced understanding. Although there are contradictions, both accounts left me in no doubt that Rosalind Franklin deserved most of the credit for the discovery of the structure of DNA and a Nobel Prize. They also left me with a greatly diminished regard for James Watson in particular and Maurice Wilkins to a lesser extent. Subsequent reading has done nothing but reinforce that opinion.


Farming Simulator 2013 (PS3)
Farming Simulator 2013 (PS3)
Offered by Wowudo
Price: £18.29

2.0 out of 5 stars I Found the Controls Difficult to Master, 28 Aug 2014
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Controlling the vehicles with the PS3 dualshock is a nightmare. Maybe thats my fault, but the steering and speed control both seem to be way too sensitive. YouTube has examples of superb vehicle control, apparently proving me wrong, but are they the norm? Steering wheel and pedal controllers would be a welcome option.


Panasonic 32 Litre 900 Watt Microwave Oven, Silver
Panasonic 32 Litre 900 Watt Microwave Oven, Silver

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. Well done Panasonic (again)., 28 Aug 2014
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Superb product. appears to be of good quality construction (fingers crossed), easy basic operation (which is all I need), generous internal size. Panasonic have been my favoured manufacturer of VHS and DVD recorders for decades and it looks as though their microwaves might also become a firm favourite. Had some initial doubts about the colour, but it actually blends into the kitchen quite nicely and should be easier to keep looking clean than pure white would have been.


Brabantia 357183 Deluxe White Universal Can Tin Opener
Brabantia 357183 Deluxe White Universal Can Tin Opener
Offered by Jas Household Suppliers
Price: £7.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Beware cheaper products, 28 Aug 2014
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I used Brabantia for years, but was recently led astray by cheaper models. Bad economy - they lasted a fraction of the time - handles came loose, gears wore out rapidly, geometry wrong etc. I'm back to Brabantia for good, unless the quality slips or the price goes up too much. Smooth easy action, although that does gradually decline with use.


Build Your Own Electric Bicycle (TAB Green Guru Guides)
Build Your Own Electric Bicycle (TAB Green Guru Guides)
by Matthew Slinn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.39

1.0 out of 5 stars Complicated and Uninspiring, 28 Aug 2014
Way, way, way too complicated (for me at least) and many of the pictured examples of finished bike installations look outdated (bulky) and amateurish. This book did nothing to inspire me to follow the described path to electric cycling. In fact, it managed to put me off the whole idea.


Evergreen Handy Spreader
Evergreen Handy Spreader
Offered by Top Brand Discounts 4 u
Price: £9.10

1.0 out of 5 stars Useless., 25 July 2014
Rotary handle flimsy (I reckon it'll break before long) and keeps jamming, causing uneven spreading. Fertiliser collects below the outlet (as if by intentional design) and is dumped in one huge dose when (not if) you tilt or jerk the unit, causing patches of permanently dead grass. Useless.

LATER EDIT: Subsequently discovered that if you turn the handle in the unnatural, reverse sense to pedalling a bicycle (i.e. walk forwards, but 'pedal' backwards), the performance improves dramatically. Must be related to the alignment of the internal gear centres and/or deflections of meshed gears? Still represents a design/manufacturing fault which needs to be corrected.


Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]
Sherlock Holmes - The Definitive Collection (Digitally Remastered) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Basil Rathbone
Price: £15.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpieces, 21 July 2014
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Beautiful collection of magnificent black-and-white films, starring the perfect Holmes/Watson team of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. Criticise Bruce's interpretation if you wish, but don't expect the slightest support from me. The storylines, acting, production and fortunate absence of any colour except grey combine to create atmospheric masterpieces of drama oozing sheer quality.


What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology
What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology
by Addy Pross
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The origin of life on Earth?, 21 July 2014
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Although the pace of writing might be described by more impatient readers as slow, with frequent repetitions and arguably unnecessay analogies, the overall result is an secure, unambiguous account of a fascinating, very plausible and so tantalisingly close-to-complete theory of the origin of life on Earth, rendered easily accessible to anyone, regardless of scientific background or mental agility. A useful and thought-provoking read.


The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Collection: v. 2
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Collection: v. 2
by Anthony Boucher
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor storylines, outdated production and annoying adverts, 21 July 2014
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I bought this series expecting the same outstanding quality of storyline, production and acting enjoyed in the immaculate films. To say that I was disappointed on the first two points is an understatement. The acting is as good as ever, although Bruce does tend to mumble incoherently at times. The storylines are weak and the production is annoying. The longer storylines and accessible clues of the films are displaced by extremely short episodes, few decent clues and 'surprise' solutions. The guilty party can sometimes be identified with ridiculous ease by a process of elimination from the sparse number of characters, rather than Holmesian logic. As for the quality of production, we should accept that tastes have changed, but 'dramatic' bursts of organ music and endlessly repeated wine adverts could surely be edited out completely to spare the cringing and annoyance of a modern audience.


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