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G10 Nato Nylon Watch Strap,Classic Bond, Black & Grey Stripes (16,18,20,22 & 24mm width's)
G10 Nato Nylon Watch Strap,Classic Bond, Black & Grey Stripes (16,18,20,22 & 24mm width's)
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Price: 7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars very cool strap and great service, 7 May 2014
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Pins had fallen out of my leather watch strap twice and the watch had dropped with a clunk on each occasion, so decided to try this strap. It looks great, not bulky at all (dress shirt cuff fits over it nicely), feels really secure, perfectly easy to fit (numerous youtube videos on the subject) and service from Monkey Swag fantastic...speedy delivery and a lovely handwritten note to say thanks for the order. Highly recommend the strap and the seller.


The Wolf in Winter: A Charie Parker Thriller: 12 (Charlie Parker)
The Wolf in Winter: A Charie Parker Thriller: 12 (Charlie Parker)
Price: 4.72

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best detective series at present...?, 18 April 2014
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John Connolly somehow manages to combine an eloquent and at times almost classical literary style with sinister Poe-esque overtones, a noir turn of phrase, graphic imagery, punchy humour and rollercoaster plots. A truly talented guy.

Parker is unsurpassed as a lead character; I can't recall any better in modern popular fiction. Maybe Parlabane runs him close but that's about it. And of course the ever enlarging cast of characters - moral, immoral, amoral and all shades in between - enables multiple layers and threads within each novel.

As regards the Wolf in Winter, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down. And had it been my first Connolly, it would have been a 5* job. However, in common with some of the later books, I felt it was a less challenging read than perhaps The Black Angel or Every Dead Thing. Hence 4*. The ending was a bit rushed, possibly more 'by the numbers' than the usual Connolly, and the supernatural theme in this case wasn't as believable as in some previous novels.

For future books, I would dearly love Connolly to expand on The Believers theme, particularly providing more detail on the fundamental nature of Parker. However, The Collector is an excellent supporting character, as are Angel and Louis - as much for comedic value as violent effect.


Murphy's Law
Murphy's Law
Price: 5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and inventive, 25 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Murphy's Law (Kindle Edition)
Never read any books by Bateman before but, using Brookmyre as a reasonable frame of reference, I rather enjoyed this. Not wholly dissimilar. Bateman probably grittier - Murphy more flawed than Parlabane. The humour is more 'in your face' with Bateman and to be honest in the first couple of chapters it was really a succession of soundbites. However, either the author calmed down a bit, or I got used to the style, but I settled into it fairly quickly after that and raced through to the end, which had a couple of twists en route. The plot was as plausible as it needed to be without constraining the characters and the humour and I'll definitely pick up the next one in the series as this is a good lead character and there's a hint of a developing relationship so I want to see if that goes anywhere.


Flesh Wounds
Flesh Wounds
Price: 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brookmyre's back!, 5 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Flesh Wounds (Kindle Edition)
Fallan, Jasmine and McLeod have been growing on me throughout this series and it really comes together in this novel.

Plotted tightly, imaginative but still believable, rooted firmly in a Glasgow which is instantly recognisable, despite the inventive place names. Authentic dialect, proper patter and a gallus cast of villains you half expect to see walking up Hope Street on a rainy November night.

Brilliant portrayal of the main characters, with some surprises along the way, and all credit to Brookmyre for managing to combine a touching human element with his traditional black humour.

Really loved this book and can't wait for my next fix of Jasmine et al.


LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - White (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera)
LG G Pad 8.3-inch Tablet - White (Quad Core 1.7GHz Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC, WLAN, BT, 2x Camera)
Price: 189.99

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tablet for business and pleasure, 2 Jan 2014
UPDATE TO REVIEW 13/06/2014...

The screen responsiveness is amazing, and I now get really frustrated with the Tesco Hudls and my Samsung phone. Kit-kat 4.4.2 update arrived and the tablet feels even smoother and first impressions are that it is much more memory efficient than previous OS. At first I thought battery had also improved, but now two months down the line, I'm pretty sure it's no better, or marginally worse. Not a gamechanger though.

The big problem with Kit-kat remains the inability to modify files on the Ext SD. Hang your head in shame Google - and to a lesser extent LG for not warning their customers about this. The fix remains workable - move docs you want to edit to a My Docs file on the internal memory and use that as default folder for word, excel etc type apps. That doesn't help with modifying details on MP3 though where the online database misses a field and albums are split up. In order to update those, it's back to the laptop, unmount SD, stick in laptop, copy over the modified MP3, remount SD in tablet. Pain in the backside.

I'm still pleased with the tablet and have lost count of the number of people who have complimented its aesthetics, but this issue has slightly detracted from the package IMHO.

ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW...

Build quality of the G pad is superb and it looks stunning. Very similar feel to the iPad mini but less wide and IMHO a fair bit easier to hold. The aluminium back is nice to the touch and it is extremely well balanced and light in the hand, which makes it perfect for e-reading. My last tablet was 7" and I love the extra screen real estate on this. Haven't noticed any issues at all in apps scaling up to larger screen from phone versions and I have about 80 installed.

USB 'on the go' works fine and no app required. It just automatically recognises the USB stick, which effectively gives you a huge extra dollop of memory for nothing, or for the trivial cost of a micro USB 'OTG' cable. Just remember to unmount the USB stick - I didn't and got an electronic slap on the wrist from my new toy! Although it doesn't have an HDMI out slot, you can get a Slimport adaptor to do the job regardless.

The screen was reported as lower ppi and brightness than nexus 7 and iPad mini. Can't say I've noticed any issues whatsoever. From my perspective it's pin sharp and even with brightness set at 40% to preserve battery and prevent eyestrain, the screen looks stunning and colours are vibrant.

Speed of the unit is superb. No lag anywhere, despite LG overlay on pure Android. It downloaded myriad apps and installed them whilst I was setting up a variety of other accounts and googling a couple of things. And it was like lightning throughout. There is a great task manager with the device and it tends to show 300-500Mb free at any given time. This unit is just so much faster than either my old tablet (HTC Flyer) or the Tesco Hudls which we have in the house.

The LG installed software is a mixed bag. I thought Qpair would be really useful but haven't used it in practice. Qslide is OK but generally I disable it, so that tells its own story,and the remote control is for me a bit useless as it will control TV and DVD / Blu Ray but I can't find a way to extend to satellite box or hi-fi (although have seen images online of it doing this, so a bit frustrating that I can't figure it out!). Double tap on / off is fine but not a great leap forward for mankind in all honesty and it can be a bit temperamental. The packaged notebook app (as opposed to the small memo app on Qslide) looks good but I still can't see past Evernote which remains my default notebook, backed up by Wunderlist for "to-do's". There is a great swipe keyboard built in but it's not enabled by default so you don't need to buy one - just enable it in settings.

Sound quality is IMHO a bit listless, with noticeable drop in quality compared to uncompressed music on the CD player (which you'd expect). Playing through the hi-fi amp, it's fine for Spotify background music, and sounds OK on headphones, but I wouldn't want to rely on it as my sole source of music.

Battery life is decent. So far I've found 7.5 hours on constant wi-fi and installing apps etc for setting up the device, with screen on constantly. I think that's pretty good and acceptable for me. With intermittent wi-fi for checking emails and also reading with kindle app it's 9-10 hours. Again, absolutely fine. Although bear in mind that's 40% brightness. I also use Juice Defender Plus which helps, although there are also battery savers in-built.

Because it's relatively new there are fewer accessories than for nexus or ipad, but I see on here that more are arriving all the time, and the Duragadget neoprene case available on Amazon is a good fit.

The wi-fi signal is very much better than the other tablets and phones which we have, and it very rarely (never) disconnects, unlike my Samsung phone which specialises in wifi hokey-cokey. Noted on another review on Amazon that the backlighting becomes obvious at the bottom of the screen in portrait at 30% brightness. That was true and although it didn't bother me much, I did notice it when using Kindle app. However, I've just tried to replicate the problem for this updated review and can't manage to do so. Down to 10% brightness and with Kindle auto brightness either on or off I can't see the previously obvious backlights. No idea why but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth!


Expert Shield - THE Screen Protector for: LG G Pad 8.3 Android Tablet *Lifetime Guarantee*
Expert Shield - THE Screen Protector for: LG G Pad 8.3 Android Tablet *Lifetime Guarantee*
Offered by Expert Shield
Price: 12.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars does the job!, 1 Jan 2014
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Screen protector went on just like any other. Packaging suggests it will bubble less than others, has a nice feel once applied and can be re-applied as necessary. Didn't bubble better or worse than any other and judicious use of credit card got rid of most of them, but not noticeably different from other protectors. It did feel rather tactile once applied so that was good. Can't comment on whether it can be re-applied as I'm not taking it off to find out and not any easier to remove dust specks from the sticky side than any other protector. Lopped off a star because expensive and only one in pack. Delivery very prompt, however, and that was really why I paid the extra for this as others had a wide delivery window.


DURAGADGET Blue Neoprene Cover With Front Storage Pocket For Acer Iconia W4/Iconia A1/B1, @Tab Nine SC/DC, & LG G Pad 8.3
DURAGADGET Blue Neoprene Cover With Front Storage Pocket For Acer Iconia W4/Iconia A1/B1, @Tab Nine SC/DC, & LG G Pad 8.3
Offered by GADGETPLUSUK
Price: 19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars no complaints!, 1 Jan 2014
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Item fitted LG G Pad 8.3 perfectly length-wise. Bit to spare width-wise but fine. Pocket useful. On the expensive side for what it is and whilst it will keep the weather at bay, I'm unsure how much impact protection it would provide. Not intending to perform any drop tests to find out!


BlueRigger High Speed Micro HDMI to HDMI cable with Ethernet
BlueRigger High Speed Micro HDMI to HDMI cable with Ethernet
Offered by BlueRigger LLC
Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars did the job!, 1 Jan 2014
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Arrived promptly, item as expected, worked as intended. Picture clear, sound fine. Sufficient length to play games on TV from tablet.


The Curry Secret: How to Cook Real Indian Restaurant Meals at Home
The Curry Secret: How to Cook Real Indian Restaurant Meals at Home
by Kris Dhillon
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.24

5.0 out of 5 stars this actually appears to work!, 30 Dec 2013
After 20 years of cooking bland, lifeless curries and the GDP of a small nation expended on spices destined to sit on the shelf only to be thrown out 90% full, 3 years after their best before date, it looks like this little book might just hold the secret.

I started out sceptical, particularly after slicing an entire tractorload of onions and the basic curry sauce still turned out pale and a bit meh. Nevertheless, I trudged on wearily, hope fading, and tried for a Rogan josh. And suddenly, voila, a dab of paprika, some chilli and whaddaya know, an actual curry. The "best ever" according to my daughter. Granted this is hyperbole brought on by years of conditioning to uninspiring tomatoey gook but she had a point.

And the good news is that I still have half of the basic curry sauce in the freezer and can look forward with confidence to my next "masterpiece". Highly recommend this book. Just commit to the method and follow each step without going too far off piste.


The Midnight Swimmer
The Midnight Swimmer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and credible, 18 Nov 2013
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A spy thriller set against the backdrop of cold war western Europe and the Cuban missile crisis, this novel skillfully and seamlessly weaves fact and fiction in a compelling and intelligent cocktail of forbidden love, cold assassinations and political manoeuvring.

There are precious few certainties and yet the book follows unerringly the moral compass of a few good men and women. The characters are drawn with loving care, each and every one a rounded person capable of strength, weakness, fear, loathing and love which transcend established boundaries.

The story is plotted carefully, with many a twist and a turn, but always credible and always engaging. Rarely have I read a tale which so successfully manages to balance deep characterisation whilst maintaining the unrelenting pace of a plot based thriller.

The star of the show must, however, be the country of Cuba. Guantanamera is the soundtrack to the Cuban locations, and the song is a perfect companion to the author's lucid and sympathetic description of this land and its people.


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