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MiniSun High Power 3w LED SBC B15 Clear Candle Bulb - Warm White
MiniSun High Power 3w LED SBC B15 Clear Candle Bulb - Warm White

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor, unreliable product, 12 Dec. 2013
These Minisun 3 x 1w candle bulbs are economical to use in terms of power draw. They are more of a cool white, than as advertised. They are however extremely unreliable. I had the misfortune to buy 12 of these in Dec 2012 - one year ago exactly. None of them are now functional, despite having been used no more than 4 hours a day, and often less than 1 in summer. I reckon the final one had achieved less than 1000 hours, the rest popped off at between 200-600 hours. Avoid!


Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World
Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World
by James Hamilton-Paterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good, if sometimes rambling, post-war UK aviation history., 27 May 2013
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A broad and comprehensive assessment of the factors behind the slow, inexorable and horrifying decline of a once-great industry in the UK. Government vacillation and perfidy; petty personal squabbles and social-class-based vindictiveness; poor management and indecisiveness - they are all revealed here. Aviation enthusiasts will feel like cursing in frustration for the loss of what might have been - I know I did. Its well written in general, if sometimes somewhat rambling - reads like a work written by a novelist who occasionally fails to pursue a strict historical narrative. Still, it is quite well researched, with much accurate factual content and references and occasional direct quotes from the luminaries of the period - mainly test pilots and industry greats.

All the great and potentially great aircraft are covered here - TSR2 (obviously) Supermarine Swift, Short Sperrin, Lightning, VC10 and others less known - the VC7 for instance.

The first chapter or two seem as though the book will become a highly partisan "Labour-party-bashing" exercise; thankfully it is more even handed than that - the author later turns his fire on the Conservative party as well.

Minor criticisms - it's a shame that the book was not better proof-read, and also a shame for the author that the paperback's cover does it no justice - it does look just like a novel.

All in all, a good read - not a page-turner, but well worthwhile.


Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof Spray 300ml Neutral
Nikwax Wax Cotton Proof Spray 300ml Neutral
Offered by William Hunter Equestrian
Price: £6.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but smelly, 31 Mar. 2013
This product is easy to use, spray on and rub in, dries in a few hours and appears to result in a waterproof finish. It does however have a very strong Acetic acid (vinegary) smell, which several days later is till present in the garment, and the family have asked for it to be stored in the garage for the moment! So marked down a bit on that basis.


Tartufalba Black Truffle Oil 55 ml (Pack of 2)
Tartufalba Black Truffle Oil 55 ml (Pack of 2)
Price: £12.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good value but questionable flavour, 27 April 2012
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The two bottles supplied were good value, but underneath the normal truffley aroma there is more than a hint of an unusual sour, slightly acrid smell , which I have never noticed before with black truffle oil. This is particularly noticeable when cooking with the product and it manifests into the taste. So will have to rate it based on this flavour overtone.


The Familiar
The Familiar
Offered by inandout-distribution
Price: £10.59

3.0 out of 5 stars Channel Light vessel's low powered older sibling, 25 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Familiar (Audio CD)
I couldn't agree more with my fellow reviewers review title -(Channel Light Vessel it ain't!), but sadly that is almost the only point of agreement I have with him. On the plus side, this album is a pleasant set of pieces, most with a classical, musing voice; many augmented by Kate's beautiful vocal; many would not sound out of place as the backing for a film set in the middle ages. Lots of dramatic string sections and oboes.

But unfortunately, the overall vibe is far too restrained and downbeat for my taste, the cool excitement, purpose and drive present on the two Channel Light Vessel albums is nowhere to be found here. Many of the tracks have a laboured, weary, slightly sad atmosphere, which makes listening to them a vaguely depressing experience. Also, to my ear, there is a hint of "aimlessness" to some of the compositions.

I have listened to it a handful of times, but I doubt it will grace the CD player again for a while. I have given it 3* based solely on the quality of musicianship , which is good, and the careful exact production.


Hinari CM100 Digital Coffee Maker - Black & Stainless Steel
Hinari CM100 Digital Coffee Maker - Black & Stainless Steel

2.0 out of 5 stars Unreliable, 5 Nov. 2011
We bought ours in late 2009.

This coffee maker has several problems. The coffee produced is only just warm enough, and cools quickly despite the hot plate - this does not seem powerful enough.

Also, the display loses its calibration of time etc. regularly.

Worst of all, the electrical compartment at the base is not sealed properly; water and coffee can leak in, and the electrics have now failed. Its a scrapper.

Poor performance - should last longer than this. Avoid!!


Low Spark Of High Heeled Boy
Low Spark Of High Heeled Boy

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant but low-powered follow up to a classic, 3 April 2011
This album is the next release on from "John Barleycorn Must Die", a true classic. This well-esteemed band, which at various times exhibited the full-on genius of Steve Winwood, and the brilliance of Chris Wood, Jim Capaldi and David Mason, were capable of memorable, ground-breaking music.

Unfortunately, this album does not, to my ear anyway, contain as much of it as previous releases. It's difficult to be sure why, other than to say that a combination of several factors is probably the cause. The line-up producing the earlier album was a three-piece, just Winwood, Wood and Capaldi. On "High Heeled Boys" we have double that number, with several of the new additions world-class musicians (Jim Gordon, Ric Grech), but the effect seems to be to dilute the focus and urgency of the earlier nucleus.

Where previously there was real inspiration, power and purpose on tracks like "Glad", on some tracks from this release like "Many a Mile to Freedom" this band sound like they are having the musical equivalent of a gentle stroll in the park. There just isn't much excitement there.

The "Barleycorn" concept is maintained with the use of longer tracks like the album's title-track interspersed with slightly shorter pieces. However, although the musicianship is never less than excellent, some of the shorter pieces seem to lack inspiration in terms of song-writing.

Another responsible factor may be substance abuse. its well known that at least two of this band were heavy users at this time (in fact, this point appears to mark the start of the final decline of Ric Grech). Drugs have been the source of many high points in rock history (Hendrix, Lennon, Arthur Lee for instance) but most would agree that they can produce lows as well.

Overall, then, to my ear this is in no way an unpleasant album, but it's not one I have ever rushed home to put on, in sharp contrast so some other Traffic stuff, like the first and second albums, and of course "Barleycorn".

So don't look for timeless music here. But given that its musicianship is of such high calibre, I believe it rates three stars.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Non-waterproof car cover!, 4 April 2010
These "Oxford Onefit" elasticated car covers look good, but that is the only good thing about them. They are not waterproof and therefore ineffective. Rainwater permeates through and is trapped against the car's paintwork, and in my opinion this can make using these even worse that leaving the car open to the elements. Not much more to say really.


Madness Of The West
Madness Of The West
Price: £3.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Later Allmans albums were still good, 21 July 2009
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Some people might be tempted to write off this era of Allman Brothers stuff (1980, 81), after all, the guitarist who gets all the plaudits (Duane) had long since died, as had bassist Berry Oakley and the band lineup was very different...

Think again! Dicky Betts is a fine guitarist in his own right and I have long believed it's his sound and solos which live longest in the memory, not Duane's. Think "Jessica" "Ramblin Man", "Blue Sky". All these riffs are Betts.

This album contains some fine well written material, and lovely neat, crisp soloing (Drums, Bass, Guitars Keyboards) without a trace of overkill. Tracks like "Mystery Woman", "A Right to be Wrong", and the instrumental "From the Madness of the West" are really vintage Allmans performances, and Greggs voice is as good as ever.

And you get 2 albums in one!


Sealey CCXL Car Cover, 4830 x 1780 x 1220 mm, XL
Sealey CCXL Car Cover, 4830 x 1780 x 1220 mm, XL
Offered by EuroCarParts
Price: £47.49

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight flimsy car cover, 21 July 2009
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This cover is not durable. It was used fairly consistently on a car which it fitted well. However it was well cared for and rarely removed (maybe once a month) and should have had what I would term an easy life. After 10 months the interior coating was beginning to turn to powder - a right nuisance. After 11 months it ripped while being removed, then ripped again the next time in another place.

To be fair the seller very generously sent me another without quibble but it appears identical.


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