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Epson Aculaser C 1700 Colour Printer
Epson Aculaser C 1700 Colour Printer

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless with pre-printed paper UPDATE BROKEN, 24 Oct 2012
I bought this to replace an old, basic Epson colour laser printer whose name eludes me now. I needed one with an open tray to be able to insert different paper types easily for light business use. However, I get MULTIPLE paper jams on pre-printed sheets like company headed paper and pay slips, even when printing as few as SIX pages. Trying to print any number of company statements is a nightmare. I wish I had never bought it, and this printer might suffer an unfortunate "accident". After all these years I would expect a brand name like Epson to have sorted paper handling.

UPDATE: It gets worse... Printer refuses to feed in the mornings when our office is cold over winter, and takes an hour to get going, even with the back cover open to let air in. And now, just a few weeks outside of its 12 month warranty I get an awful grinding noise. Advised by Epson it is broken gears: pay for their authorised repairers to fix it!! If you are a consumer and not a business look up EU Directive 1999/44/EC which should give you two year's cover.


Corsets: A Modern Guide
Corsets: A Modern Guide
by Velda Lauder
Edition: Hardcover

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressions of thick book but thin content, 11 Oct 2010
I spotted this book months before it was published. Then the description stated it included a chapter on corset making, but sadly this has been dropped from the final draft and the blurb has been amended accordingly.

First impressions were the book was smaller than expected, but nice and chunky. There are lots of colour photos of corsets, including many by modern designers - perhaps too many as few readers will be in a position to afford couture corsets, let alone those designed over a decade ago.

Sadly the written content is not as comprehensive. In the history section, for example, there is too much on underwear such as bustles and not enough on corsets. The second half of the Nineteenth Century - in my opinion the golden age of corsetry with much innovation in product and processes - is skipped over in a paragraph or two. (And confusingly there is an advert for Swanbill corsets from 1879 whilst the text on the facing page talks of "the straight-fronted or 'swan bill' corset fashionable from 1900 to 1910": they are not the same thing.)

Whilst the pictures from modern designers are attributed, the same cannot be said of the French drawings from 1892 (La Vie Parisienne?): nor are the French captions translated. The bibliography is similarly light, omitting for example, Norah's Waugh's classic 'Corsets & Crinlines'.

One myth I'd like to dispel is that 'underwear as outerwear' is a modern concept. "The present corset... should be over the dress, like the Roman belt of old; it is quite as handsome." - Ladies' Column in the Aberdeen Weekly Journal, 19th October 1892. The idea is over a hundred years old; moreover, several period cutting books base their corset drafts on dress bodice blocks.

As another reviewer has mentioned, the text and photos read a bit too much like an advertorial for the authoress, but her claims are undermined by the final two photos, showing buckled back boning and a wavy construction line with the binding twisted in. The beading on the cover photo is not symmetrical either. By the end I am none the wiser what her "unique Uber-Curve method of corset construction and tailoring" is and why it is beneficial. Although I can understand her not giving step-by-step instructions this book is touted as coming from an 'industry insider', and I'd like to know more about her mentor Michael Garrod if not her own work. I hope other modern makers will leave a better written record for future generations.

I'd buy it again though for the final picture of Bex Paul and the wearers' descriptions of how corsets make women feel. At the end of the day it is not a lot of money and I'd like to encourage more books on this subject.
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Corsets in Stripeside
Corsets in Stripeside
by Bill Jarvis
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title, 2 Mar 2010
This review is from: Corsets in Stripeside (Paperback)
If there was a reference to corsets in this book, I blinked and missed it. I returned my copy.


Bound to Please: A History of the Victorian Corset (Dress, Body, Culture)
Bound to Please: A History of the Victorian Corset (Dress, Body, Culture)
by Leigh Summers
Edition: Paperback

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly researched & prejudiced, 2 Mar 2010
If the 'dress reformer' Ira Warner did not advocate abolishing corsets, that is probably because he is Ira De Ver Warner, one of the two Warner Brothers, of Warner Brothers Corset Co.

Whilst the ventilating corset illustrated could have had more ventilation, such corsets were available, and sold by the likes of David Fanning of Worcester Corset Co. since about 1870. Corsets made of open mesh fabric were also made by brand name firms like Thomson, Langdon & Co.

The corsets from the Leceister Museums collection are not unworn because they were bad, but because these corsets came from Symingtons, a corset firm that bought corsets from other manufacturers, probably for research. Therefore no need to buy old, worn or dirty corsets - it would have delayed analysis and copying if nothing else.

More snide remarks about Ixtle... William Pretty & Sons used this in their corsets as their firm had close relations with Warner Brothers and swapped or traded patented technologies. Ixtle was manufactured into Coraline, and Coraline corsets sold by the million. William Pretty manufactured these too, and Warners sold Pretty's corsets in the US.

Yes, 15 inch corsets were available. So were 54 inch. You may gather by now I found the author's prejudices and poor research rather irritating, sad to say.


Guitar Hero: Metallica - Guitar Bundle (Wii)
Guitar Hero: Metallica - Guitar Bundle (Wii)
Offered by Games Heaven
Price: 69.99

1 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading description, 31 May 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Quote:-
Manufacturer's Description
"Ride the Lightning" with musical icons Metallica...
- unquote.

Perhaps I've missed something, but Ride the Lightning is NOT on the track list, which is a shame because it is one of my favourites. Not sure Trading Standards would be too impressed.

PS I haven't got the game and can't play the guitar, so please ignore the **** rating. I had to make something up to be able to post.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jun 15, 2009 4:55 PM BST


Corsets: Historic Patterns and Techniques
Corsets: Historic Patterns and Techniques
by Jill Salen
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.60

30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition to corset making, 17 Sep 2008
Corset making is a suprisingly large subject, and this book is a welcome addition to the range.
It opens with some thoughtful comments about dating corsets and how typical are surviving examples, among other subjects.
The main body is devoted to an interesting selection of corsets, including finely boned and half-boned stays, hand stitched corded corsets, and later ones with a 'zone' waist band or gussets as well as the usual vertical panels - not forgetting the underbust and ribboned. Each corset features a full page colour photo, half a page or more commentary, and two page pattern. The patterns are generally to half scale, and all on graph paper with balance marks, grain lines and boning etc. indicated.
There follows a section on corset construction, including step-by-step guides for two corsets and how to insert gussets, floss and cord as well as the usual binding and busk insertion etc.
The book ends with lists of references, museums and suppliers.
If you know nothing about sewing but want to knock up a fashion corset, then this book is probably not for you - until you've got the bug! However, if you can follow a sewing pattern and want to recreate a period corset, this is the best single book available due to the large patterns and colour photos and the wide range of construction tips, including some not published elsewhere. Yes, more could be written about construction (where does one stop?), the 'close-up' photos touted in the blurb do not zoom in on any unusual feature, and the photos of the black corsets could be clearer, but I am happy to recommend this book: it is a steal at full price. 4+ stars


ByteStor 8GB USB  High Speed "Dataferry" Flash Drive
ByteStor 8GB USB High Speed "Dataferry" Flash Drive

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Capacity issues, 10 July 2008
I have the 4Gb version of this product and for some reason a file directory totalling 2.14Gb in Explorer does not fit! Either some storage capacity has failed, or formatting issues are leading to the loss of lots of space... I am now looking to buy a larger drive, and it will be a different make.
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