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Samsung Slim Retail External DVD Writer - Red
Samsung Slim Retail External DVD Writer - Red
Offered by Comtronics
Price: 21.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works with MacBook Pro and reads CD+G (Karaoke) disks, 19 Feb 2014
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I bought this as the internal drive on a MacBook Pro does not read CD+G disks - the format used for karaoke - and I wanted to turn my laptop into a karaoke machine.

It's surprisingly hard to work out what drives read this format and which don't but I am pleased to report that this drive coped with them well.

For the price, this is an excellent buy. It works fine with the MacBook; I didn't have any problem with the power, though I have only used it for reading, not writing. The cable provided if quite short, which is fine for what I need but if you need a longer cable it's just the standard connections.

This is a cheap drive, and you can tell by the weight and the way it works. The tray pops with the workings of the drive, and you clip the CD/DVD into the tray before pushing it back. This can be a bit fiddle, but is they same as with portable CD players and many other types.

The the money, I think this is a superb drive. Light, easy to carry, works well and reads the disks I need it to.


HEAVY DUTY GAS SPANNER
HEAVY DUTY GAS SPANNER
Offered by Gas Equipment Direct
Price: 3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect size and weight for caravan gas bottles, 16 Feb 2014
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I bought this for use with the gas bottle connections. Using adjustable wrenches can damage the connections and there are cheaper, pressed steel versions of this that bend on tight fittings.

This one is heavy and an ideal size. The handle is quite long, but it still works well in the caravan front locker.


Eliza Tinsley Mesh Back Managers Armchair with Adjustable Lumbar Support 6200ATGFBK
Eliza Tinsley Mesh Back Managers Armchair with Adjustable Lumbar Support 6200ATGFBK
Price: 109.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good comfortable chair, but no much height adjustment, 16 Feb 2014
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This chair is OK. Easy to assemble and comfortable to sit in. Quality seems good. It doesn't have much height adjustment, double check the height of the desk or table you intend using it with. We had to swap desks around to get one the right height of this chair. Otherwise, a good chair and excellent value.


Kitchen Sink Strainer Waste Plug (McAlpine bwstss-top) chrome
Kitchen Sink Strainer Waste Plug (McAlpine bwstss-top) chrome
Offered by Plumbing Supermarket
Price: 4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but doesn't work well with my sink, 16 Feb 2014
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I bought this to replace a basket where the ball bearing had become lost. While this one is the right size to fit the plug hole, the rubber gasket on the base isn't wide enough to create a seal when pushed down. Therefore, while it catches solid waste and stops it going down the drain, I can't use it to seal the plug and fill the sink with water.

As it happens, I don't really need it to do that, but if you do, double check the diameter of the rubber seal that you need and bear that in mind with this product.


Maypole 603A 13 Pin -7pin N and S Adaptor lead
Maypole 603A 13 Pin -7pin N and S Adaptor lead
Offered by Auto-Accessorize
Price: 13.45

1.0 out of 5 stars Worked OK to start but broke after a year, 8 April 2013
Worked OK to begin with, after we had found one (our of three) that actually made all the lights work.

However, a year on, and after maybe about 10 trips, two things have gone wrong First, the pins on the 13-pin end have begun to corrode. This is despite the adapter being stored in the bag and the car electric being covered. However, worse than that, the plastic collar that slides round has cracked. I found this out as I had the caravan hooked up ready to leave to go home and I was eventually able to get it connected after about 15 minutes trying - the cracked plastic meant the diameter of the plug was bigger than the socket, so I had to try to compress it with my fingers and cajole it in.

Typically, this was just after 12 months, so I have had to buy a replacement.


Guide to Bees and Honey
Guide to Bees and Honey
by Ted Hooper
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The essential beekeeping reference, 30 May 2009
This book has an extremely high reputation that is well deserved. It covers most aspects of beekeeping in a clear and engaging style. Ted Hooper injects a fair amount of personal opinion and subjectivity to the text, but backs it up with experience and science.
It is not a manual to follow slavishly (though I doubt the bees would let you if you tried), but a tried and trusted reference to provide guidance and confidence. I have a couple of other books and this one reads best if you already know many of the principles from a more basic text. The sections on Queen Rearing for instance, are quite advanced.
Highly recommended.


Bee Keeping: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Would-be Smallholders (Country Living) (Countryside)
Bee Keeping: Inspiration and Practical Advice for Would-be Smallholders (Country Living) (Countryside)
by Andrew Davies
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.59

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first bee book, 19 April 2009
This is a great first book for anyone interested in keeping bees.

Beekeeping is incredibly complicated and detailed, and many other books get down into the depths very quickly, and can be confusing. This book pitches the level just right; enough detail to be useful, but easily accessible and simple to understand. In only 96 pages, the author covers alot of ground though if you are serious about keeping bees yourself, you'll need some other books later on.


Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia
Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia
by Prosper Montagne
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The all time classic - An absolute must for anyone serious about food, 13 April 2009
This is an absolute must have book for anyone serious about food or cooking. It is the classic reference that explains foods, techniques, regions and contains a recipe for pretty much everything you need. It contains all the basic skills you need to do anything you want to with food, and plenty of specific recipes of all types including some historical classics. Many of the entries combine stories and information about the dish/technique with a recipe or other instruction to tell you how to do it.

For example, the section on Beef contains drawings detailing how the French, British and Americans butcher a carcass differently, with all the different names for the cuts; then has several pages of various beef recipes.

I use mine all the time, particularly when I am trying something new or checking proportions for the basics (like pastry). The last time I used it was last week to check what *should* be in a Coq au vin before I did my own version; it's also interesting enough to dip into randomly when you have some spare time.

Although it looks expensive and there may be other similar books (like Stephanie Alexander's also excellent 'Cook's Companion' and the Delia or Prue Leith stalwarts), this is the original and best. It is well worth the money.


Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3
Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3
by Daniel Stevens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book - My bread has improved massively, 13 April 2009
This book is simply brilliant. The 'basic' bread recipe takes 54 pages (yes, 54!) because goes through each stage in detail, explaining why each step is important. This section alone is worth the purchase price because it contains all the basic skills you need. I thought I made pretty good bread already, but since I got this book and read through this section, my bread has got 100 times better.

He covers aspects most others don't such as how to shape the loaves and the basic ratios that almost all bread recipes are based on and has the customary (and well deserved) attack on the Chorleywood process that has all but killed 'real' bread for most people.

Dan's writing conveys his enthusiasm really well and makes you want to get stuck in straight away. He also covers the more specialist breads well (such as bagels, ciabatta) and yeast free breads (like soda bread).

Highly Recommended.


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