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Red & Black Protective Leather Motorbike / Motorcycle Gloves - Medium
Red & Black Protective Leather Motorbike / Motorcycle Gloves - Medium
Offered by Bike-Wear-Direct
Price: £22.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic gloves, 20 Jun. 2014
These gloves seem very well made for price. Only issue is the sizing -- most bike gloves are on the small side (my others are Extra Large): these ones, in Medium, were too big for my pillion, and fit me perfectly! But they're so comfortable, and cheap, that I decided to keep them for myself, and order another Small pair in blue.


LS2 F351 SOLID WHITE FULL FACE MOTORCYCLE HELMET EXTRA LARGE
LS2 F351 SOLID WHITE FULL FACE MOTORCYCLE HELMET EXTRA LARGE
Offered by Gearedbike
Price: £39.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Neat lid, 20 Jun. 2014
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Bought one of these for an occasional pillion on the strength of its Amazon reviews: arrived today, and I'm not disappointed, Seems like a lot of helmet at the price (you'd be pushed to get a basic open-face for under £40!). Decent fittings and lining. Sizing accurate. Not QUITE as snug a fit as my Shoei, but then only a fraction of the cost!!


Genuine C-Shell CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Storage Cases, Clear, 50 pack
Genuine C-Shell CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Storage Cases, Clear, 50 pack
Offered by jetmediauk
Price: £10.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 Jun. 2014
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Wasn't sure about ordering these but they're great!! Perfect for storing CDs in the small compartment of my Micra ...


Umbro Gents Analogue U567B Watch with Silver Dial
Umbro Gents Analogue U567B Watch with Silver Dial

1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish!, 10 Jan. 2014
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Rubbish watch; do not buy!! I could hardly see the hands on mine, it was bulky and uncomfortable and then stopped working after a few months. Pleased to be able to throw the nasty thing away ................. replaced it with a comfortable, neat little digital for half the money from my local watch shop!


Melancholia [DVD]
Melancholia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kirsten Dunst
Price: £5.75

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Festen meets the The Sacrifice", 6 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Melancholia [DVD] (DVD)
Impossible? Well, this is what Lars Von Trier achieves in "Melancholia"; the dogged adherence to social tradition explored by Thomas Vinterberg's drama is successfully blended with Tarkovsky's bleak existential contemplation of annihilation.

The glue that binds is melancholia or loss of purpose. Justine's deteriorating condition is disfunctional only within the regularities of a human sphere. However, as everything is placed under an ever-increasing threat from the approach of a rogue planet, her disconnection from normal social and emotional concerns becomes a strength rather than a weakness and indeed the only rational response to such a disaster. Justine makes one final gesture of reconciliation; she constructs of a "Magic Cave" to reassure her nephew and calm her, by now, hysterical sister. In doing so, she makes up for all the previous pain: when all Earthly life is about to end there is no time left to qualify our relationships.

In her depression, Justine believes the Earth is evil; others would project their fears on to the planet named after the title of the film. In truth, these worlds simply exist, journeying through space until a chance encounter destroys them both ... Von Trier's beautiful film reminds us the event would hold no significance without the value we attach to our relationships, our consciousness of nature in general, and thus to life itself.


A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time
A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time
by Adrian Bardon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Neat little introduction, 10 Dec. 2013
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I bought this a Christmas present for a good friend who has no formal training on, but has always expressed an interest in, the literary/historical, physical and philosophical aspects of time ...
Having taken a good look before wrapping, I can heartily recommend Bardon's book for relative beginners -- it deals remarkably concisely and clearly with what is undoubtedly a difficult and elusive subject. In my opinion, Robin le Poidevin's "Travels in Four Dimensions" was previously the best introduction available, but although more sophisticated in its treatment of certain aspects, it also lacks some of the historical background and so probably requires more in the way of a philosophical background to be fully accessible.


BISON FOLDING FISHING TROLLEY WITH PNUEMATIC TYRES
BISON FOLDING FISHING TROLLEY WITH PNUEMATIC TYRES
Offered by Fishingmad
Price: £29.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little trolley..., 7 Mar. 2013
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For a cheap folding fishing trolley, this one isn't at all bad. Requires the tyres inflating (fairly easy with a footpump) and the wheels fitting (very easy, when you work out how they attach!). I particularly like the little catch that stops the trolley collapsing when loaded (which my old one did with monotonous regularity), though you need to tighten the screws with a pozi-head screwdriver and spanner to make it work properly. Looks like it will take all my gear . . .


Donna's Men
Donna's Men
by Michael E. Lloyd
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Subjectivity and Reality, 17 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Donna's Men (Paperback)
What has led Donna to the edge of a breakdown? Will Peter ever cast off his status as perpetual "outsider"? What lies behind the multiple appearances of the name "Catherine"?

Michael E. Lloyd's novel comprises a trilogy of personal accounts linking the life of a middle-aged woman to those of two very different brothers. As the story unfolds, we gradually come to see that something from the past binds these characters in a way that none truly understands. Meanwhile, a single enigmatic character works quietly behind the scenes to offer one of them a key to the mystery, a key that will unlock the past, release the truth and open the door to long-held hopes and fears.

Book I follows the inner monologue of an unidentified woman, Donna, as she experiences a major existential crisis -- an alcohol-fuelled episode characterised by self-pity and deception. Donna's descent into subjectivity concludes in a dream-like "literary banquet" attended by congeries of her heroes. Rendered helpless by a surfeit of navel-gazing, ironically even the self-deluded Donna must eventually recognise that her hallucinatory experiences lack the authenticity craved by these "men." And an act of "selfish kindness" finally strips away the pretence and forces her to return to the ordinary world where, with luck, she can begin anew.

Book II offers another perspective on subjective truth and existence: the recorded thoughts and feelings of a young boy growing up in the "austerity" Britain of the 1950s. Peter is an unhappy child: his twin sister died early and suddenly, leaving the bright little boy alone with a caring, but neurotic, mother and a practically-minded father and elder brother. Bereft of an empathetic male role-model, Peter retreats into a private world principally occupied with his own frustrations and alleviated only by the guidance he takes from the voice of his deceased twin, recorded in a secret diary.

Peter's testimony in Book II contrasts sharply with that of Donna: it is uncontaminated by the narrow cultural glosses that make the latter's account so suspect. But the eye of the child does not approach the world in innocence. Instead, the latent tensions and prejudices inherent in every family are all too apparent in Peter's commentary -- skewing his assessment of the behaviour, decisions and choices of others. Nevertheless, we are more inclined to take at least his introspective observations at face value: opportunities for self-deception must be minimal here. So his childhood diary offers us truth of a sort, albeit one that is narrow, partial and of limited value.

In Book III, the bigger picture swings into view. The narrative lens pans back as Donna, long recovered from her breakdown, encounters the recently retired Robert, Peter's supposedly unsympathetic brother. The now-mellowed Robert has possession of his young brother's diary and we are able to place its revelations into proper context, using the comprehensive family history supplied.

Slowly but inexorably, Robert's, Donna's and Peter's life-stories converge on a single event. A chance meeting, many years before, has created a shared destiny that none would have freely chosen. This event centres on a single name -- "Catherine" -- a name which has hitherto carried very different significance for each of them. The puzzle is eventually resolved, but is anyone now the better for that?

Donna's Men is a complex, multi-layered work: part historical mystery, part literary and musical tribute, part social documentary, part exploration of the epistemology of testimony. In the absence of an omniscient narrator, successive embedding of the characters' subjective accounts offers something akin to objectivity; but it is up to the readers, through active engagement, to come up with their own interpretations of the principal protagonists and their personal relationships. In judging their actions and responses, we need to balance what we know with much that we do not, and perhaps this is the essence of the human condition.

In this cracking good yarn, Lloyd does not tell us what to think: instead, having shown us the way, he invites us to consider all the options and leaves the choices to us.


Abu Garcia Fishing Nets - Folding Net With Tele Handle 60>220cm
Abu Garcia Fishing Nets - Folding Net With Tele Handle 60>220cm
Price: £30.82

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice little net, 10 Jan. 2013
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Purchased one of these recently... Nice and light, so I took it out while spinning for pike and while it worked OK, one or two bigger ones got away by swimming back out over the rubber end cord. I'm sure the net is fine for ordinary coarse fishing; but for larger fish such as pike and carp you really need something more substantial.


APC P1T-UK Essential SurgeArrest 1 outlet with Phone Protection 230V UK
APC P1T-UK Essential SurgeArrest 1 outlet with Phone Protection 230V UK
Price: £11.49

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEAT!, 13 Oct. 2012
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This little surge protector from APC is neat and stylish: however, to clear up one issue for once and all (and I found Amazon to be not much help here) this protector is designed for use with a ROUTER (such as BT's 'Home Hub') and NOT for a telephone or fax ............ The problem is that Belkin make a very similar product for these latter items, but confusingly, THEY claim that their protector is also suitable for use with a router (which it isn't!!). So it would be entirely natural, but incorrect, to assume that the two protectors are essentially the same product (which they aren't). And to make things even worse, NEITHER item has a proper description for the additional CABLE that you need (to link surge-protector to external line socket), so one has to go on the rather indistinct pictures on the web page. To be quite specific, the APC uses a DSL (NOT ethernet or telephone) cable which comes ready SUPPLIED (full marks to APC here!), while the Belkin requires a TELEPHONE cable, which DOESN'T. Once you've sorted all this, the product works a treat!!
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