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Black & Decker KA250K Sandstorm TM 170W Multi Sander
Black & Decker KA250K Sandstorm TM 170W Multi Sander

2.0 out of 5 stars Flatters to deceive, 16 Jun 2013
This is a bit like those 2-in-1 Shampoos which promises much but actually it's best to get two specialist products to do the job properly.
So it's OK for those simple easy-peasy jobs but it's not really fit for purpose for anything more robust.
At face value the KA250K seems like a great idea to have a 4 in 1 sanding product.
It has Orbital, Detail and Random orbital sanding applications which is a neat idea.
However after a short period of time the Random Orbital Sanding Head broke.
Someome suggested that the 170W of power is to blame as 13.000 RPM is simply too strong for plastic parts.
Can I get a replacement absolutley not.
In fact searching for this product on the B&D website suggests that it never existed in the first place!
Also the Filter dust cassete is not so effective and continually becomes loose plus creates additional noise and vibration.
In summary:
This product has many imperfections.
The front small diamond sanding strip continually comes off.
Changing the base plates is more tricky than it may first appear and the Velcro does't last long.
The cost of the replacement Black & Decker branded sanding sheets is expensive.
The Dust collector is is a complete waste of space.
Buy products that are fit for purpose.
I bought a Bosch Random Orbital Sander which is terrific.

The Surrogate (Brennan and Esposito Book 1)
The Surrogate (Brennan and Esposito Book 1)
Price: 5.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea which got a little bogged down, 4 Jun 2013
The comparison to Karin Slaughter, Tess Gerritsen and Kathy Reichs raised my expectations which was unfortunate as this writing combo (the writer is not named Tania Carver) as "she" is the pseudonym of a husband and wife writing team, namely Martyn and Linda Waites and not (yet) in the same league as these three authors.
So managing expectations wasn't great from the outset.
However the idea was genuinley intereseting, if not gruesome.
Being centred aroud Colchester was a bit risky as it hardly has the allure of Los Angeles or Paris so that was a brave call.
The central characters were a tad predictable but nonetheless well developed.
The story revolves aroud a serial killer who targets pregnant women and brutally removing their unborn babies with crude surgical techniques.
DI Phil Brennan is the main character and is the main man called into investigate.
Then enter stage left, criminal profiler Marina Esposito who is brought in to help solve the case and no suprise the love interest with Phil Brennan is rekindled.
Whilst all roads leads to a big brute of a man comitting these murders she believes there is a woman involved in these killings ... but is this classic misdirection?
There is some genuinely good writing here but you sense that a better Editor would iron out a few kinks.
However towards the end it was compulsive reading which is an essential ingredient with any Novelist.

oxford oximiser 900 battery charger
oxford oximiser 900 battery charger

4.0 out of 5 stars Fit for Purpose, 21 April 2013
I have used Oxford products for my Motorcycle battery maintenance for a number of years and when my last Oxford died on me I turned to the 900.
I was nervous about reviewers who had issues with it being used in a Garage but like many I didn't have another option.
So far it has done its job well.
I like the additional functionality i.e. Digital read outs plus you can leave it on full time with no worries.
The additional lead which you can fit to you battery is useful and prevents you having to take the seat cover off your Bike every time you want to recharge your battery.
The light on the display on the unit (which comes on for 60 seconds) is useful in darker conditions.
Overall very happy so far.

The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme)
The Coffin Dancer (Lincoln Rhyme)
by Jeffery Deaver
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.39

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with an amazing ending, 3 Mar 2013
Jeffrey Deaver's output is generally first class and the Lincoln Rhyme series is excellent.
The Bone Collector is a good place to start but not essential.
The story therefore involves Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs who are trying to hunt down The Coffin Dancer, an ingenious killer who's (always) managed to elude capture in the past.
There are many twists and turns in the usual Deaver style and plenty of misdirection.
Deaver has this uncanny skill to keep you guessing and you're left marvelling at the way he wrong foots you!!
Not surprisingly you are exposed to Lincoln Rhyme's incredible forensic skills in a way that really works and totally engages the reader.
Trying to ensnare The Coffin Dancer is a real treat and you every time you think they're getting close he slips out of their grasp.
What makes this book 5 Star is the ending.
Often you get taken to the top of the Mountain by an Author, only to be disappointed.
In The Coffin Dancer Deaver serves up a real treat of an ending.
Terrific book by an in-form Author.


The Web: Alex Delaware 10
The Web: Alex Delaware 10
Price: 5.49

2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Belief, 14 Jan 2013
Having read Jonathan Kellerman's previous books in the Alex Delaware series I was expecting better than this effort.
It was beyond belief but not in a good way.
There were so many stretches of the imagination into the realms of the impossible that I almost gave up on several occasions.
The characters were poorly developed and even when they did start to become engaging like Dr William Moreland (Bill) he blew it at the end.
I have found Alex's wife Robin an interesting and strong character in previous books but here she was largely irrelevant.
The whole premise of the Book relies on the suspense which slowly builds up, but it was all a stretch too far for me, and the final denouement was unbelievable (in it's literal meaning!).
The sub-text was interesting encompassing usual things like greed, power, sex, politics, revenge, redemption etc
This was a very poor book and if this is your first experience don't be out off as Jonathan Kellerman's usually does a lot better than this.
It was a kind of a poor mans version of a Nancy Drew Mystery!
Oddly, and I usually prefer a book to the Film but this might just be more interesting if it was made into a Film for the visual effects (if nothing else).

Trust Your Eyes
Trust Your Eyes
Price: 5.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting idea but strecthed to the limits, 7 Jan 2013
This review is from: Trust Your Eyes (Kindle Edition)
First off I'm a big fan of Linwood Barclay.
I've always found his ideas stimulating and always interesting.
This book achieved both, but it really was a credibility stretch at times.
The story revolves around Ray and Thomas Kilbride whose father has recently died in a what you are led to believe is an accident.
Thomas is the odd-ball brother, a schizophrenic who spends all his time on-line on the "Whirl 360" site, obsessively learning each street in all the major cities around the world.
His brother Ray, is a magazine illustrator who has come home to address his fathers estate/will and support Thomas in the short-term.
The plot really starts when Thomas notices (on Whirl 360) an image on a New York Street window which looks out of place.
He talks to his brother Ray about this who initially is unconvinced.
A series of events encourages him to investigate which include hooking up with an old girlfriend (now journo) Julie.
Unwittingly Ray now becomes a target as does his Brother.
You know who the bad guys are and the female assassin who happens to be a former Silver Medallist in the Sydney Olympic Games starts to stretch the plot a bit too thinly.
In fact there is more than one plot going on involving two females who share the appartment where Thomas sees this strange image on Whirl 360.
The main characters are are well developed but some of the fringe players lack any depth and are charactertures of a myriad of bad guys who are two a penny in many crime thrillers.
In summary an interesting idea whose main characters are highly engaging.
Linwood Barclay handles Thomas's schizophrenia with great sensitivty and I really empathised with him.
The ending is a bit disappoing.
However well worth the effort.

When I'm President
When I'm President
Offered by Side Two
Price: 7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 24 Dec 2012
This review is from: When I'm President (Audio CD)
Recommended by a Friend I was surprised by his enthusiasm over the former MTH frontman.
At 73 surely his best days were behind him?
Not a bit of it.
I was blown away from the get-go.
It opens with Comfortable which is classic rock'n'roll.
The title track is superb and I've played it to death.
It is also quite varied with some of the output taking more time to grow on you - but grow on you it does!
It might not be a classic but it's worth every penny!
I will be looking at Man Overboard next.

Pig Island
Pig Island
by Mo Hayder
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 24 Nov 2012
This review is from: Pig Island (Paperback)
Having just started to get into Mo Hayder and thinking I'd uncovered a real gem I came across Pig Island after reading a Jack Caffrey novel by her.
I bought it instinctively and I too was taken in by Karin Slaughter's recommendation on the front cover of the book.
I was also expecting a kind of Whicker Man/Straw Dogs spine chiller alas this was not to be.
As others have stated it started off promisingly.
Mo can write well, from a male perspective, and she developed the main character of Joe Oakes well.
Oddly his wife, Lexie, seemed a rather superficial character and although I thought she might be more integral to the story I found her mildly irritating!!
Joe's trip to uncover, or tell the story about the goings on a remote Scottish Island (Craignish)among The Psychogenic Healing Ministries, made for an interesting journey especially as a there was some recent video evidence of a biforme on the Island.
I'd like to add more but after wading through endless chapters where nothing much of any real consequence happened and an ending which (I assume) was designed to lead to a number of conclusions I put this down having felt let down.
There's no doubt Mo has talent but I think I'll stick to the Jack Caffrey series!!

Tweezerman Neon Pink Slant Tweezers
Tweezerman Neon Pink Slant Tweezers
Price: 12.60

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Nov 2012
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Does what it says on the tin.
It's main virtue is oddly is its key weakness in that it's so small that it's easy to "lose" at bottom of handbag!!

FoxHunter White Hand Made Wicker 3 Panel Decorative Room Divider Privacy Screen Splitter For Home Or Office 1.7m High 40cm Wide Per Panel
FoxHunter White Hand Made Wicker 3 Panel Decorative Room Divider Privacy Screen Splitter For Home Or Office 1.7m High 40cm Wide Per Panel

3.0 out of 5 stars Does its Job, 3 Nov 2012
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We needed this for a temporary fix.
In this context it's perfect.
However it's very lightweight construction would not see it faring well in areas of a property where there is heavy footfall.
Put simply it is very fragile.
So if used away from the main thoroughfare it's great but not so good as a centrepiece.

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