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Premium Solid Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain 183cm L- 1 Pair-BLACK
Premium Solid Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain 183cm L- 1 Pair-BLACK
Offered by Best Home Fashion
Price: £34.99

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackout works and thermal works. Must have curtain poles., 24 Nov 2012
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Firstly the possible negative, they must be put up on curtain poles, they will not fit on a curtain rail. The pole goes through the material. This wasn't an issue for me but it's not obvious from the description.

They're thermal blackout curtains, so the obvious question is how well do they do blackout and thermal insulation. I've got other thermal curtains and, as others have commented, these curtains are a lot thinner so immediately I was suspicious as to how well they would work, especially in terms of thermal insulation.

For the thermal performance I set up a thermometer inside and outside the curtain and monitored it overnight when we had a hard frost outside. These thin curtains managed to keep the room 5C warmer than the windowsill. Very impressive.

Blackout they do very well. No light passes through them and as they go through the pole as opposed to in front of the pole, it means that they sit slightly higher and slightly closer to the wall than the curtains they replaced. This means that less light passes above the curtain.

Final trivial downside, they're a pain to take up as the material is very tightly woven so it's hard to push a needle through the material. This is not really a downside, it's the flipside of the performance of the material in terms of preventing light and heat from passing through.

Summary: Don't be fooled by how thin they are. They do what they claim to do.
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7dayshop Multi Mode, High Power 3 Watt CREE LED Front Bicycle Flashlight / Bike Light with High Impact Adjustable Mount - Blue Ring / White Light- SUPER BRIGHT!
7dayshop Multi Mode, High Power 3 Watt CREE LED Front Bicycle Flashlight / Bike Light with High Impact Adjustable Mount - Blue Ring / White Light- SUPER BRIGHT!

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brighter than far more expensive lights, 15 Mar 2012
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I also have a cateye singleshot el600 which is 50 quids worth of light. This thing is a tenth of the price and is possibly brighter. It's more of a point source of light. The strobe is a bit epilepsy inducing so don't point it at drivers eye height.
It has very easy to use controls, some lights I have found fiddly with gloves on.

[Edit, it does not have a memory but at this price that's not an issue]

Fantastic thing. I've just persuaded a couple more people to buy one.


Mens Multi Pocket Cargo Work Trousers Sizes 28 to 52 By SITE KING
Mens Multi Pocket Cargo Work Trousers Sizes 28 to 52 By SITE KING
Offered by sakclothing
Price: £14.95 - £16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed, 12 Mar 2012
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Exactly as described. The sizing is perfect for me, someone said they were small on the waist. They're not. Measure *any* pair of 30" trousers and you'll find they are actually 32" at the waist and 40" at the pocket bottom, roughly the widest part of your hips. It's called vanity sizing :). These 28" cargo trousers are 30" at the waist and 38" at the pocket bottom so exactly right.
They look smart, have been washed and came out with no fading. The velcro looks fine and the clips at the waist, while they look odd, seems sturdy enough.
I was impressed enough to but a few more pairs.


Philips SpotOn LED Motion Sensor Hands Free Light, Black, One-Pack
Philips SpotOn LED Motion Sensor Hands Free Light, Black, One-Pack

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what you'd expect, 11 Oct 2011
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I got one of these for an understairs cupboard and since then have decided I need one in a couple more places. The motion sensitive part works fine and the cut off means you don't come back to find you'd left it on and the batteries have gone flat. Got the first one 3 months ago and kept meaning to get more and have just done so. It's not ultra bright but certainly bright enough to find what you're looking for.
Recommended.


The Mid-Wilts Way
The Mid-Wilts Way
by James Alsop
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for general ideas but don't follow it rigidly, also get your bike out, 20 July 2011
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This review is from: The Mid-Wilts Way (Paperback)
This seems to be written by a walker who really really doesn't like mud. No I don't understand it either. A vast majority of the walk is on bridleways and byways and quiet roads. This is despite the fact that there are perfectly enjoyably footpaths running parallel to the roads in places.

The book is split into "stages" and your natural instinct is to make those stages mean walks. This is not the way to use the book. One stages "end" at the top of tan hill. Not too much accommodation for the night if you were doing it as a point to point route. Especially where there's a decent carpark in the valley beyond. We did a lot of our own planning for start/stop points. The Stages, 9-11 miles one way, are certainly too long for a there and back walk in a day unless you're super fit. So you'll end up doing some of one stage and some of the next in one walk.

Get the 1:25000 maps of the area and use your imagination. If you're a seasoned walker, the navigation is easy but you do need the 1:25000 for the field boundaries in some places, the 1:50000 won't do. Look on the book as a loose guide to see where the route goes and make up your own variations

At one point in stage 1 the route drops down to Oare for no apparent reason when you could keep to the ridge where the views are stunning. We missed that bit.

Another quick hint, the car park at Devizes wharf is large and free on a sunday.

Do you have a bike in the garage that just sits there gathering dust, in which case get it out and use it on this "walk". It's legal to cycle on bridleways and byways but not on footpaths. This is what we did for a lot of the route. If you're not an experienced off road cyclist you'd be best off not doing the wansdyke part on a bike. This is the bit west of Tan hill. A lot of the later stages are perfectly ridable though (the bits that are not are called footpaths :)) and there's options of coming back on slightly different road/bridleways for some variation.

As for the walk itself, it's very nice, especially the first stage. This is wiltshire, don't expect the same views as you get in the welsh mountains or the lake district. Stunning views of some great scenery. The towns are touristy if you like such things.

I do recommend this book despite what I've said above, the instructions are clear and it shows you where his route is. I would just make my own variations of route and start/stop points.


Etc Mach-2 Bicycle Computer - 8 Functions
Etc Mach-2 Bicycle Computer - 8 Functions

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good simple computer, 20 July 2011
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If you want a computer that measures your heart rate, blood pressure and personality flaws to 2 decimal places this isn't for you. But if you just want a simple computer that measures all you need with a very clear display this is very good value. The blurb above doesn't say what the functions are so it's
Time of day
total distance travelled
speed
trip time
average for trip
max for trip
trip distance
scan between all of the above.

I have far more expensive cateye computers on my other bikes and while they do more and are smaller, cateye could learn a lot about plain readability from looking at this.

Definitely good value for money


Psychology for Dummies
Psychology for Dummies
by Adam Cash
Edition: Paperback

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very big dissapointment, 3 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Psychology for Dummies (Paperback)
I have a few "dummies" books and have previously found them to be a very good introduction to many subjects.
Sadly this book was anything but.

The authors rambling style left me at the end of many chapters wondering what on earth it had all been about. I spent a lot of my effort trying to figure out what on earth he was trying to convey so that very little effort was left for thinking about it. I tried a couple of times to restart reading the book but it just wasn't going in.

Note, I'm not an actual "dummy" I have 2 degrees, one in science and one in engineering.

In the end I gave up and ended up buying this instead :
Understand Psychology: Teach Yourself

I found this book infinitely better as rather than trying to figure out what is being said I got to think about what is being said.

The other problem with the dummies book is it's date of publication is 2002. The Understand psychology book is 2010. Many things have happened in the field in the last 8 years which meant that I was also trying to find out if the opinions expressed (when I could figure out what they were) were out of date.

In summary if you intend to read this book when you are at your peak of alertness during the day then it may be OK. If, like me, you read it in the evening just before going to bed, get the Understand Psychology book instead. It's far easier.


Keela Munro Jacket
Keela Munro Jacket
Price: £127.96 - £300.86

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good jacket, 3 Dec 2010
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I got the jacket a couple of months ago and had been waiting for the bad weather to arrive to fully test it. The weather arrived this week. I have to say that it is really warm. I've been out in the extreme cold in it this week and really not felt it at all. This is saying something as I normally really do feel the cold. Not tested in the rain/wind yet.

As for design, it is very well thought out, pockets in really useful places to keep phone/camera etc in easily accessible waterproof pockets. pit vents easily accessible but also storm flap protected

As for sizing, I'm tall and slim, 6foot with a 30" waist and the size small was perfect. I cheated and emailed Keela direct to ask for the measurements. It's roomy inside, even with a tshirt/shirt/fleece (I said I felt the cold) so someone of a more stocky build will be fine with it as well. Despite being roomy, the air layer is kept in and keeps you warm. The good thing about the size "small" is that it is still long. There's none of the cuffs halfway up your lower arm that you can often find if you're tall and slim.

A very good jacket at a very reasonable price.


Tatonka Rucksack Rain Cover
Tatonka Rucksack Rain Cover
Price: £9.16 - £46.76

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What the sizes mean, 20 Sep 2010
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The one thing I failed to find online when looking at these was what size is appropriate for an N litre rucksack. The annoying thing is that when they arrive, it says so on the box. XS is for 20-30L rucksacks, Small are for 30-40L rucksacks.

Other than that, yeah it's a rucksack cover, it'll cover a rucksack.


TeckNet® M002 Nano Wireless Mouse,6 Buttons,18 Month Battery Life,2000 DPI 3 Adjustment Levels-Grey
TeckNet® M002 Nano Wireless Mouse,6 Buttons,18 Month Battery Life,2000 DPI 3 Adjustment Levels-Grey
Offered by BlueByte Ltd
Price: £10.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wireless 2.4G, not bluetooth, works with linux ubuntu but very small, 18 Sep 2009
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I don't know if other reviewers are confused or we have reviews for different mice all grouped together. This review is for the 2.4G mini wireless optical mouse. This mouse uses 2.4G wireless technology which is NOT bluetooth.
It works a treat with ubuntu linux, it just appears as a standard USB mouse and just works... as long as you remember to turn it on :-)
The only thing I will say is that it is very small and hence quite difficult to accurately use the middle mouse button which is on the scroll wheel, probably only relevant to linux users. Perfectly adequate for a low use machine but would get frustrating when using for long periods.


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