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Qualcast Panther 30 Hand Powered Cylinder Lawnmower (30 cm Cutting Width) (Old Version) (discontinued by manufacturer)
Qualcast Panther 30 Hand Powered Cylinder Lawnmower (30 cm Cutting Width) (Old Version) (discontinued by manufacturer)

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's cheap, but you'll be throwing it out within three months, 20 Aug. 2013
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I can only assume that the positive reviewers left feedback after the first mow - as it takes a couple of goes to realise how bad this machine is.

Very very poor quality design and build.

In particular the roller, which guides mowing height and smoothness, is terrible. It is made of cheap, lightweight plastic and only possible to fix on two points on either side and has very poor nut fittings - which means it will start moving very quickly and be impossible to keep straight / level. To get this right would have taken only a slight improvement in design and manufacturing costs - so it is a mystery why Qualcast can't make that investment.

All the other nuts which keep the handle in place will also wiggle themselves free reqularly.

The result is that your beautiful lawn will be like a do-it-yourself punk hair cut within the month.

Basically a metaphor as to the poor state of UK manufacturing - all off shored to China and with no thought for long term quality.
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Pubs & Inns of England & Wales (Alastair Sawday's Special Places Pubs & Inns of England & Wales)
Pubs & Inns of England & Wales (Alastair Sawday's Special Places Pubs & Inns of England & Wales)
by Alastair Sawday
Edition: Paperback

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure he knows his pubs, 27 April 2012
We're normally enthusiastic about Alastair Sawday's books - our experience of his guide on hotels, gites & B&Bs in Europe has been excellent. He and his reviewers know what makes a special place to stay, and appeal to a certain strand of English taste for the continent.

I'm really not too sure this applies to his choice of pubs though (to the extent that I doubt whether Alastair is actually a regular drinker).

If you look up a town you know, and see which pubs he includes, then often they are not the best, nor particularly 'special' in a way that you would expect from the Sawday brand.

There does seem to be a predominance of bistro style, slightly up market but not particularly individual pubs. You know the type - have a big thing for selling you pistachios, peroni and specialising in neutral greys, whites and pine furniture. Most of the really good, small, locally run, friendly pubs that specialise in really good local beer and food seem to be missing.

Not too sure whether this is to do with the funding structure of the publications (doubt small local pubs could afford much of a subscription), but it does make you distrust the choices here.

If you just fancy a safe choice of pub whilst taking a break from a motorway, this book is fine, but if you are actually looking for a guide to England's special pubs then you'll need to look elsewhere.


Guided Meditations: For Calmness,Awareness & Love
Guided Meditations: For Calmness,Awareness & Love
by Bodhipaksa
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £10.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent place to start for beginners, 8 Nov. 2010
This is a great place to start if you are thinking of starting and re-starting meditation - it sets out the three main meditation practices of the Buddhist tradition and does so simply and in a well balanced way.

All you get is a guided voice, which goes through the stages clearly - and that is about it. No new age excess, no music, as - in my opinion - it should be. There is also no specific 'Buddhist' additionals, so someone from any or no religious tradition can feel comfortable with this CD.

For those with more experience, you may find the balance of this recording has a little too much speech (particularly on the mindfulness recording, where you get guidence about every four breaths), and you will want to graduate with a more light touch recording to allow you to fully concentrate on the breath without external input.

So worth combining this with a non guided companion for the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana - just some recorded bells or other markers over a meditation period of 20, 30 or 40 minutes. There are a few free downloads of these on the internet which are easy to track down (from of FWBO New York site for example).


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