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Henry Ford (Lives and Legacies Series)
Henry Ford (Lives and Legacies Series)
by Vincent Curcio
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.13

3.0 out of 5 stars Knocked-up quickly on the assembly line, 21 Nov. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With an easy reading style and flow of story this is a fine casual and fairly informative read - and should be treated as no more than that.

The jacket has a lovely oxymoron in the blurb 'succinctly exhaustive' and by the end you are left to wonder just who decided that the book should race over Ford's life with little depth. It seems that no original research was carried out for this biography and Ford is kept at arm's length.

Unfortunately you do come across the odd hack history expression, such as 'It took another 18 years for Daimler and Benz in Germany to make one of these engines work in a vehicle.', which not only makes it sound like they were working flat out during that time on that particular problem, but also that they worked together.

And Curcio uses the affected and nonsensical 'BCE' instead of BC. Perhaps he just wants to be seen as 'with it', but any historian willing to wipe out history for the sake of new dogma makes you wonder what else he is willing to tamper with.


Remington HC5800 Pro Power Hair Clipper
Remington HC5800 Pro Power Hair Clipper
Price: £39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Won me over, 7 Nov. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For something boasting power this is clearly not as powerful as cheaper old-fashioned hair clippers, the type the barbers have that can carve through hair like butter.

Yes the combs can easily break, but who on earth cuts their own hair unless they are giving themselves a zero grade? Or their girlfriend is a hairdresser?

But although you have to spend a little more care and time cutting your hair now, the blades are high quality and feel like they will last much longer than the cheap old-fashioned machine which just broke down and always felt ready to explode anyway.

If it matters to you, this looks and feels good, has a retro-futuristic display (think Alien) and is light in the hand (personally I miss the heft of a good motor). More importantly it has and keeps an excellent charge, the best I've seen on a clipper or shaver.

The oil supplied is tiny (probably not safe to store much oil hidden away in a box) and you need a pin to widen the hole to allow it to leave its tiny bottle - so you should probably go and buy a larger amount as well now, go on, open a new window and find it.


IronKey Personal S250 4GB Hardware Encrypted USB
IronKey Personal S250 4GB Hardware Encrypted USB
Price: £99.81

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mission: fairly impossible, 7 Nov. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Looks very cool on your keyring and from a hardware point of view I very much suspect this is impenetrable.

However, Mozilla Firefox and other software leaves just 3.2GB of space to play around with.

And it's this internet connectivity and how involved Ironkey seems to be in storing, protecting and recovering your password which makes this USB feel that much more insecure. Backdoor access anyone? (That's not an invitation btw). Internet hacking?

Why would anyone this paranoid about security then send their files over the internet to be stored on several servers along the way?

To counter industrial espionage I'd shop around for something that didn't encourage the staff to surf the internet on company time (to be fair they do say it is for individuals, for Stephen Fry to store his next bestseller it's pretty handy).

However, unplug the router, put the colander on your head and bask in the knowledge that like Jim Phelps you now own something that self-destructs.


Enoteca Martini Glasses 7.4oz / 210ml - Set of 6 | 21cl Martini Glasses, Cocktail Glasses
Enoteca Martini Glasses 7.4oz / 210ml - Set of 6 | 21cl Martini Glasses, Cocktail Glasses
Offered by Noble Express Catering Supplies
Price: £16.07

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Del Boy than Don Draper, 17 Oct. 2013
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Martini glasses are either classy or tacky, there is no inbetween.

If you're looking to host an 80s night where the guests will have a good raucous time flashing their day-glo underwear then these glasses are ideal, nicely large and chunky and some of them will still be intact at the end of the evening.


Waterpik Sensonic Professional Plus Rechargeable Toothbrush
Waterpik Sensonic Professional Plus Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £79.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Faultless - edit: until it breaks down 6 months later, 5 Oct. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
EDIT: Completely unresponsive as of 22/04/14. Never had a Phillips break down on me. Original (5*) review kept below...

Can't fault this, it's great. Holds a very good charge (more than a week), has a pick-like head for between teeth as well as the usual small and large heads, 2 speeds - the fastest gives a nice polish. 2 minute timer.

Does it get rid of more plaque than other sonic toothbrushes? Who knows, but it doesn't remove less.

Sonic toothbrushes can take a little more getting used to, but sooner or later the sensation of letting a miniature ferret loose inside your mouth subsides and they are much better than the standard electric circular brushes.
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Zyliss Hand Held Slicer with Adjustable Blades and Julienne
Zyliss Hand Held Slicer with Adjustable Blades and Julienne
Price: £14.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Not for kids, 19 Sept. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Excellent, very sharp, pay attention and be careful! Slicing is much less of a chore and I have the patience to make potato dauphinoise now.


Philips Imageo 7007531PU Plastic Rechargeable Tea Light Set, 10cm Tall, White - Perfect for Creating a Touch of Ambiance this Christmas
Philips Imageo 7007531PU Plastic Rechargeable Tea Light Set, 10cm Tall, White - Perfect for Creating a Touch of Ambiance this Christmas
Offered by Select Stock
Price: £9.11

1.0 out of 5 stars Real candles last longer, 19 Sept. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If the batteries in these electric candles hadn't gone kaput I'd have given 3 stars. If I want to use the candles now (not fussed either way) I have to keep them plugged in on the short-cabled charger.

The on/off switch of turning the candle on its side is a good idea. The light is nice and mellow.

But apart from the rechargeable batteries quickly breaking down there are a few downsides:

- You can't read by these candles, even if you had 10 of them I doubt they'd shed enough light.
- My least favourite thing about candles is when their steady light fails and they flicker, these constantly have a flicker effect, so I ended up placing them behind something on the floor and pretending I had a real (dying) fire.
- Even new and working properly, when not used the batteries soon lost their charge
- Not environmentally friendly materials


Philips Sonicare AirFloss HX8211/02 Rechargeable Power Flosser
Philips Sonicare AirFloss HX8211/02 Rechargeable Power Flosser
Price: £49.99

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect, 22 Aug. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm more likely to damage my teeth than clean them flossing with those unbreakable pieces of string that always get stuck.

But this is simple and perfect, works surprisingly well and leaves my mouth feeling like it's just been cleaned by a dentist.

It doesn't contain a lot of water (but plenty enough for a little over one use), filling it again is not a hardship.

One of those things that become indispensible. Even so it feels like it needs to come down in price, I don't know how much they cost to build but half the RRP feels the right amount to pay.


Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard - UK Layout
Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Keyboard - UK Layout
Offered by Maplin_Webdeals
Price: £22.49

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pain and discomfort - style over substance, 22 Aug. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
All ergonomic keyboards take some getting used to, but sadly the point of learning a new way to type is lost here because this is less comfortable even than standard keyboards, nevermind the superlative Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (UK) (which I recommend you buy instead).

This model seems like it is meant to be a halfway house for those scared to go all-in for the 4000. But this keyboard cramps your hands inwards too far (thumbs turned towards your chest), forcing an unnatural posture.

I touch-type quite quickly and the little hill in the centre increases the overall distance and makes it so that I have to perform unnecessary movements - while not supporting your wrists - the 4000 is raised in the centre but the separated keyboard is much more intuitive to use and supportive.

And with more of my palm forced over the keyboard contortions are needed to reach some keys.

The feel of pressing down each key is not satisfying or trustworthy enough - it feels like being stopped short.

The optional stands are at the front of the keyboard rather than the back, but flipping these open only leads to a horizontal level, instead of the keyboard gently sloping down away from you for better wrist alignment.

Even though I never developed any pains (edit - yes, I have now, see below) along the backs of my hands, as I sometimes do with normal keyboards, I just can't recommend this - it may be sculpted but it isn't comfort.

EDIT...

Actually, lot of work looming and went back to this as options were thin. Definite RSI now developing (it's not my sitting posture, it couldn't be improved upon when assessed at work).


Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Lamb 3 Kg (Pack of 3)
Iams Dry Cat Food Adult Lamb 3 Kg (Pack of 3)

5.0 out of 5 stars Better than birds, 2 Aug. 2013
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
5 cats can't be wrong - neurotic yes and well, cats, but they know what they like.

Tested on a friend's 5 house cats and 5 out of 5 love it. 2 were initially reluctant to try IAMS instead of their usual wet food but were won around after a week.

The cats are more active (not necessarily desirable), their coats are better and they've been moulting less.

If you let your cats out of the house to devastate the local song bird population, poop in others' gardens and invade homes (a strange cat wandered into mine yesterday), then feeding them this stuff seems likely to encourage them to return to you from time to time.


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