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TeckNet® In Car Universal FM Transmitter
TeckNet® In Car Universal FM Transmitter
Offered by BlueByte Ltd
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, easy to use, quality improves if you don't charge phone at same time, 8 Feb 2014
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This is my 4th fm transmitter and for the price, it does what it says. It's good to have a double socket so you can charge your device and power the transmitter. It holds the frequency rock-steady as well. Dead easy to operate

Three things to note before you purchase:
> As others have said, you need to have it loud. Loud on your device and loud on the stereo. It doesn't transmit at high volumes and thus you do get a lot more hiss and crackle on FM.
> Once you get near a big city - i.e. London, the crackling and noise interference, presumably because of the number of adjacent stations, gets much worse
> If you are not using it and listening to your car radio, then don't keep it plugged into your phone as it does create more crackle and interference.

AFTER USING THIS FOR 2 WEEKS, I discovered that if you don't plug a charging cable into the transmitter's own socket, then the transmitted sound quality is miles better - no crackle or interference and it transmits a frequency that does "drown out" a station transmitting on an nearby frequency - ie tune it to 93.7 and even if there is another station transmitting on 93.8, it can spill over onto 93.7, but the device doesn't let it interfere. The issue with low volume remains but there is remarkably little crackle or hiss. It's fine for listening to speech podcasts. I've increased it a star because of this, but it does mean you can't charge your phone at the same time as using the transmitter so your phone or ipod/pad needs to have a decent charge.


Maps
Maps
by Aleksandra Mizielinska
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, hand-drawn illustrations of maps, 8 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Maps (Hardcover)
The kind of book adults and kids will love looking at - together or separately. Lots of interesting facts and just gorgeous illustrations. And great value compared to the full bookshop price.


GX53 LED SMD 3W replacement for CFL GX53 Cool White under cabinet light GX53 replacements
GX53 LED SMD 3W replacement for CFL GX53 Cool White under cabinet light GX53 replacements
Offered by Strictly Lamps
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Much brigher than the CFL it replaces, 8 Feb 2014
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These are very good indeed, but much, much brigher than the fluorescent GX53 they replace. The old lights were in triangular metal fittings under cabinets, so the lamp source is visible and the brightness feels like it is 2x the amount of the old. The old lights could flicker and gradually became less bright, and the quality of the light was more "yellow". The light quality here is indeed cool white but they take a little getting used to.


Firstlight 3321CHBK Perla Flush Fitting Chrome with Clear Black Glass including 20 x 12v 10w Capsule
Firstlight 3321CHBK Perla Flush Fitting Chrome with Clear Black Glass including 20 x 12v 10w Capsule
Price: £178.51

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really attractive light - contemporary and bright, 21 Jan 2014
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It was pretty easy to put this up over an existing rose - after the cover had been withdrawn. Beware that it can take over an hour to fit the bulbs and the individual crystals - one by one - very carefully and some of them seemed to need the wire bending very slightly to get them to fit. Start at the very middle and and work out in a spiral and make sure that you have the right length crystals before you get started [there is a paper guide]. All in all, really good value for a very good looking hall light


Securifi Almond - (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Repeater
Securifi Almond - (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Repeater
Offered by Securifi Europe
Price: £79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great looking, easy to set up, but didn't hold signal, 12 Jan 2014
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Almond have obviously thought hard about how people use routers - and this easy to set up, touchscreen device is lovely to look at (for a router!) and genuinely very easy to set up, without a PC or MAC - which is often the case in households where there are more tablets than (any) PCs.

Sadly, because I really wanted to like this device, it didn't work in my house very well. It dropped the signal and the connection on a regular basis and even though my ipad could "see" the device and the signal, it wasn't connecting properly on the ipad (or Android phone or whatever device I tried). I'm not technical enough to understand why but it obviously lost the connection with the router on a regular basis, no matter how many times I reset. [I was using it as a range extender]

I went back to my Netgear WN3000RP and it does work better. Others have got good results with theirs and the reviews testify to this. I think it's worth a try, albeit Almond have a new model coming out later in 2014 and if you want this touchscreen interface, it might be better to wait for that.
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Expower(R) QI standard Wireless Charger for Google Nexus 5 and Goole Nexus 7 II FHD Tablet and Goole Nexus 4 and Samsung galaxy S5 note3 S4 S3 note2 and NOKIA Lumia 920 and 820 and Iphone5s Iphone5
Expower(R) QI standard Wireless Charger for Google Nexus 5 and Goole Nexus 7 II FHD Tablet and Goole Nexus 4 and Samsung galaxy S5 note3 S4 S3 note2 and NOKIA Lumia 920 and 820 and Iphone5s Iphone5
Offered by Smart techonology
Price: £11.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect - all phones should charge this way, 4 Jan 2014
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1. Unpacked device - well protected device inside. Took 10"
2. Plug in power socket to wall, connect USB cable to charger. Took 5"
3. Put Nexus 5 phone on top - starts charging and appears to be charging rapidly. I tried my son's Nexus 4 and it also works.

Great little device - the micro USB socket on the Nexus and most phones is so small and it's easy to damage the socket by trying to insert the cable the wrong way round.

For people who say it charges slowly, think it's worth trying the difference between plugging the USB into the charger vs into your PC. Most PCs don't put out the same power as a mains charger...

About to buy a second one so I can have one at work too.


Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen
Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen
by David Novak
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb on leadership and making things happen, 30 Nov 2013
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I had the great privilege of working with David Novak between c1997 and 2000. Whilst he was many levels higher than me, I experienced his self-designed and taught leadership programme that is the basis for this book. Along with his HR colleague, he personally led a small group of his employees through a highly effective strategy, leadership and personal impact programme that was quite the best short training course I've ever experienced. I regularly refer to his handouts and notes from that time and I try to follow much of his guidance. David Novak is the epitome of walking the walk - doing what he expects others to do and inspiring them to do it better.

You can read the book at a single sitting or take it in bite-sized chunks as you go. It's not complicated and it focuses on how to take people with you, in the direction you wish to go - at work or in your private life.

I've shared copies of this book with others and they all rate it very highly. No bull and much added value. Highly recommended.


Lavolta Pre and Post Motor Hepa Filter Kit for Dyson DC05/ DC08 Vacuum Cleaner Series
Lavolta Pre and Post Motor Hepa Filter Kit for Dyson DC05/ DC08 Vacuum Cleaner Series
Price: £12.90

5.0 out of 5 stars good value, arrived quickly, 30 Nov 2013
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I occasionally replace the filters on our 2 dysons and these are perfect - good value, fit perfectly, do what they say on the tin.


Ultimate Addons Pro Swivel Air Vent V2 Car Kit Mount with Black Holder for most Mobile Phones
Ultimate Addons Pro Swivel Air Vent V2 Car Kit Mount with Black Holder for most Mobile Phones
Offered by UltimateAddons-UK
Price: £13.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - rock solid and secure, 8 Nov 2013
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This holder has a metal arm that extends to grab the rear of the vent so it locks on, yet is easy to remove one handed. You then clip the phone holder onto the front, and it works with the phone in horizontal or (my preference) vertical position. It's really good for sat nav in cars, including using the great free-to-download Waze service (which gives you real time feedback about your route if there are any accidents.

The phone goes in and you squeeze the two spring loaded arms to hold it - easy to do one-handed - and there is a well-placed button the rear to release.

I haven't bought a cheap holder before but I think this one is worth every penny, and it's delivered quickly.


Feral Youth
Feral Youth
by Polly Courtney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Feral Youth - a South London Trainspotting?, 31 July 2013
This review is from: Feral Youth (Paperback)
This is a seriously powerful, deeply authentic view of life in South London. I lived there for 6 years, just after the Brixton riots, and it is a challenging, edgy environment and Polly captures the atmosphere, the tensions and especially the language of the streets in a very compelling way. Read the first chapter and you will be hooked. There is plenty of street slang - perhaps not as much as Walsh's Trainspotting but that brilliantly captured the zeitgeist of druggy Edinburgh and this does much the same for disrupted teenage lives in the midst of affluent, and not so affluent South London. This is a confident, mature work from one of the UK's best young authors and it deserves a wide audience.

Declaration: I briefly worked with Polly a few years back and she was kind enough to provide me with a review copy of this book at no charge. I was under no obligation to make a positive review.


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