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Moon Gem 2.0 Front Fully Rechargeable Light - Black, 5 x 3 x 1.6 cm
Moon Gem 2.0 Front Fully Rechargeable Light - Black, 5 x 3 x 1.6 cm
Offered by Y Frame Discounts Ltd
Price: £19.79

2.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 15 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Moon GEM 2.0 Front Light (Sports)
I am really disappointed with this light. Yes, it's quite bright for its size, but that is because it is so surprisingly small - no bigger than a key-fob. I get about twenty minutes light per charge. Worse, it doesn't retain charge. Forget about it for a few days, and when you go to ride you'll find it's completely dead. It's not much fun crossing roundabouts in the dark without a front light.

In summary, it's useless as a backup or occasional light because it is not dependable. Only for those with short rides who can remember to charge the night before.


London Pottery 6 Cup Globe Teapot Cobalt Blue
London Pottery 6 Cup Globe Teapot Cobalt Blue
Offered by Emporium Cookshop & Homewares
Price: £16.61

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Looks like a teapot, but it isn't, 8 Mar. 2013
While this looks like a traditional teapot, the 'globe' design has resulted in the lid being too small and the spout too fat. The small lid means it's impossible to fit a hand in for cleaning, and the fat spout produces a wide, splattery, unpredictable stream of tea. Admittedly it's quite solid and well made, but if you are looking for a functional teapot, look elsewhere.


Spurious
Spurious
by Lars Iyer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.97

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'These are truly the last days, W. says, over honey beer in Cawsands', 2 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Spurious (Paperback)
At heart this is a comic tale of the friendship between two provincial academics who feel they are failures in life and in their quest for original philosophical thought. I was worried at the start, however, as the characters seemed disembodied, separate from anything in the real world, lost in the whiteness of the page and the abstraction of their philosophy. I know nothing about philosophy. Was I in for pretentious, indecipherable boredom? Thankfully not; slowly and satisfyingly the characters emerged and were themselves admitting their incomprehension of the philosophy they were trying to read like 'moths repeatedly butting up against a window'. That has certainly been my own experience but luckily it is quite the opposite to reading this accommodating book.

Lars, the narrator (and who knows how much this character shares with Lars, the writer?) is the butt of W.'s banter, somehow kindly meant despite its harshness. Lars is barely revealed except in the distorting mirror of his friend's constant criticism: he is a fat drunk, an idiot, an ape, an eater of stale discounted sandwiches. W. does not spare himself, either, but he believes he is just that tiny bit cleverer, just enough to be aware of his own stupidity. Somehow their studies in messianism (and I'm not sure it matters what that is) have led them to see the apocalypse in all things, or perhaps their sense of the oncoming apocalypse has driven them to their hopeless studies. The gloom, depression, sickness and rising damp that permeate the book make for a surprisingly warm comedy that's easy to relate to, but still intelligent. Well worth reading.


David Mitchell: Back Story
David Mitchell: Back Story
by David Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three books in one, 28 Nov. 2012
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This book frames David Mitchell's autobiography and his trademark diatribes (some funny, some not) inside a walking tour of London from Kilburn to the BBC. What he sees along the way triggers his musings and reminiscences. But in the first half of the book, this structure does not seem to work - the links to his life story seem forced and his insights on London are often mundane. In one startling revelation he tells how those big white London houses would once have held a single family and their servants, and then makes an awkward link into the story of his childhood. On this evidence, David Mitchell should never work as a straight historical tour guide (not, luckily, that he would ever need to do so outside of Peep Show).

Thankfully, the book gets better as it goes along and the walking tour element is gradually abandoned in favour of a more straightforward autobiography of Footlights and breaking into TV comedy. There is still plenty to make you laugh in this book, and above all, David Mitchell is an interesting character to share a few pages with. Is he really the lonely, awkward pub bore he portrays? How did he end up stuck with that haircut? It's entertaining reading if you like his comedy or are intrigued by the man himself, but don't get your hopes too high.


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