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Casio W-86-1VQES Men's Digital Resin Strap Watch
Casio W-86-1VQES Men's Digital Resin Strap Watch
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Price: £15.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, light, accurate, go anywhere timepiece., 24 Sept. 2014
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Surprisingly small, very light and does what it says on the tin. The illuminated backing is a big improvement on the old 80's bulb in the corner, and the battery life should be way better. Not that you'll have to replace the battery, as the strap is probably going to break long before that runs out. Accuracy is better than advertised with mine slow by maybe 4 seconds a month, way better than the +/-30 seconds guarantee.


Elliptical Cross Trainer with Smooth Drive 12kg Flywheel - The Orbus XT7 Sport has Impressive Build Quality & 8 Resistance Levels. NOTE Shipping to MAINLAND UK only, excludes Northern Ireland. (White / Graphite)
Elliptical Cross Trainer with Smooth Drive 12kg Flywheel - The Orbus XT7 Sport has Impressive Build Quality & 8 Resistance Levels. NOTE Shipping to MAINLAND UK only, excludes Northern Ireland. (White / Graphite)
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Price: £199.00

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy cross trainer, good value, 24 May 2014
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For the money this is a nice, hefty cross trainer with a decent flywheel and a greater weight capacity than similarly priced units. The electronic display side of things is very simple, giving you the basics and letting you set targets such as time or distance if you so require. No games or fancy displays, it starts when you starts and waits for you to finish. Other reviews mentioned it being creaky, but I made sure to properly tighten ever bolt during construction and dont find it so. The main noise turned out to be the plastic surround that is the cup holder, creaking because it was too tight.

Others also mentioned the construction time and cracked flywheel casings. They're not wrong. It took two hours to carefully put together, although having done one a second would only be half an hour. My casing was also cracked, but not so badly as to be noticeable at first glance. I guess the design is slightly too weak in the plastic casing to survive transport of such a heavy package. Its well packed, but clearly there's a slight issue. Mine did not warrant any follow up or new parts, the trainer works fine and will do me for a while yet.


Twilight of the U-Boats
Twilight of the U-Boats
Price: £0.71

4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, very touching, 15 Feb. 2014
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It's difficult to read about all the horrors inflicted on people during wartime, then sympathise with the people perpetrating the horrors. They were just doing their jobs as soldiers, just as the British were doing theirs trying to kill them, and as the war went on the balance of power went very much in favour of the British. The book details the slide into disaster as we are given the personal histories of many of the U-Boat commanders as they try to survive the increasingly poor odds, and you cant help but feel sorry for them. It mentions Das Boot several times, and anyone who has seen that film will be able to sympathise with a lot of the descriptions and actions mentioned in this book. It can be harrowing at times, but well worth a read.


Hunter Killers: The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy's Most Secret Service
Hunter Killers: The Dramatic Untold Story of the Royal Navy's Most Secret Service
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 15 Feb. 2014
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A great history of the British submarine service during the cold war, and the transition to a nuclear navy spying on the Soviets in their own back yard. Lots of detail from real submariners of the time, and plenty of stories and information which technically cant be verified because most of the details are still very secret. There's a lot of hair raising stories about what happened during various missions, and the technical breakthroughs that allowed them to do a better and better job as time went on. A great read, with a very human setting that isn't a dry history at all.


Transparent Oceans: The Defeat of the Soviet Submarine Force
Transparent Oceans: The Defeat of the Soviet Submarine Force
Price: £2.27

3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but rather dry., 15 Feb. 2014
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This is more a technical diary of how a team of scientists thought that they might be able to study the ocean using very sensitive hydrophones and towed arrays, and how the navy came to use their skills to track subs. I was hoping for lots of stories about SOSUS nets, how they set it up and some stories about detecting and tracking subs during the cold war. What you get is rather more technical, detailing how they refined various algorithms based on hydrographic surveys of the ocean bottoms, salinity, etc and used early computers to model the sounds produced. There's little human interest here, its more detailing the technical story rather than telling us what they were really doing with it and the people behind it. OK if you're into cold war sub history, but not a riveting read.


The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development And Work (Strategy Classics Series Book 3)
The Grand Fleet 1914-1916: Its Creation, Development And Work (Strategy Classics Series Book 3)
Price: £3.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a log sheet of daily activity, 15 Feb. 2014
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This is the war diary of Admiral Jellicoe, setting out how he became leader of the British Grand Fleet and what went on in that fleet up to his becoming First Sea Lord not long after the battle of Jutland. It's chronological for the most part, giving a quick account of the war month by month, detailing what ships went where, what got sunk, how many merchant ships were checked and interned, etc. All pretty dry stuff, up to and including his account of the Battle of Jutland. At the end he also publishes his actual report of the battle that was sent to the Admiralty at the time, along with his own thoughts on how it went down.

The really interesting part is seeing how much their thinking at the time was influenced by submarines and mines. Aircraft were only just becoming useful and were in no way capable of doing anything much more than spotting, but subs, torpedoes and mines really put a crimp in their day. They underestimated the range and usefulness of the German sub arm, and paid dearly learning about it and trying to devise a way to stop them before they rendered all their humongous battleships worthless. Ultimately the battleship did pass into history, and we see the start of it in this diary.


Wolfpack
Wolfpack
Price: £5.75

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for sub fans, 15 Feb. 2014
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I've read quite a few submarine histories, but this one is particularly worthy of mention as it tells the story of British cold war subs from the perspective of the men actually driving the subs. There's a lot in here that you don't get in most other accounts of their antics and missions, and some info that is still not technically out in the open yet. There's some hair raising stuff going on out there that very few people ever get to hear about.


Sabres Over MiG Alley: The F-86 and the Battle for Air Superiority in Korea
Sabres Over MiG Alley: The F-86 and the Battle for Air Superiority in Korea
Price: £13.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dry but informative, 15 Feb. 2014
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I only had a passing interest in the Korean war, but have always been fascinated by aviation design and the battles in the air between very different machines. This book lays out the details of how the aircraft came about, their evolution and design, and then on to how they were actually used. The Soviets had the better performing machine in many ways, but the US had the better trained pilots and all the aggression. The descriptions of the battles, machines and tactics are good, but it then drags rather when it gets to individual biographies of many of the pilots. They may have been aces, but apart from a couple of them their back stories rarely make for a good read. Worth it for the aircraft and history of the battles and the improvements on both sides.


The Great Space Race
The Great Space Race
Price: £3.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, more informal than most histories., 15 Feb. 2014
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The book covers the time period from the end of the war to the launching of the first few satellites and the events that lead to the creation of NASA. It was a time of intense paranoia, in-fighting and war time guilt & prejudices, and they are all on display here. Don is a no nonsense guy and says what he thinks. When I found out at the end of the book he was Australian I was not in the least surprised, and think more histories should be written in this style. A good read with lots of handy media links to Youtube and Wikipediea straight from the book, but rather short and I was left wanting to know more.


TORPEDO IN THE WATER! - A Complete Guide About Submarines
TORPEDO IN THE WATER! - A Complete Guide About Submarines

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Google translate strikes again, 30 Dec. 2013
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In the original Italian this might well be an excellent read, it certainly seems to cover a lot of ground and has plenty of illustrations, graphs and information. Unfortunately it appears to have been run through an automated translation system rather than having a skilled translator do the work, so its practically unreadable. It's like Yoda wrote a technical manual, and that's not an easy read. I've wasted 7 quid on a book that tries to scramble your brain as you read it. Yet another rushed Kindle conversion that's been botched. Avoid until its done correctly.


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