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G Coupler - ⅛" BSP Grease Gun Coupler - Zerk Grease Coupler Fitting Tip - Easy Lock-on, Clip-off - Stays on - Grease goes in, not on the machine. (By GURTECH)
G Coupler - ⅛" BSP Grease Gun Coupler - Zerk Grease Coupler Fitting Tip - Easy Lock-on, Clip-off - Stays on - Grease goes in, not on the machine. (By GURTECH)
Offered by G-PRODUCTS
Price: £20.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of kit, 31 May 2016
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I was struggling with a grease gun on different machines around our small holding. This attached easily to my existing grease gun and then seems to attach itself to just about everything, even old crusty bits of kit that haven't been serviced in years. It might seem a little pricey, but it has been well worth in terms of time saved and mess avoided. Highly recommended.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work trousers, 12 Feb. 2013
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These are a great pair of work trousers. The fabric is substantial and, at first, I thought that the fabric might just be a little too stiff. However, they have now been washed a couple of times and this has helped soften them up.

I have been using them for general building/demolition work as well as some dry stone walling. They have stood up to the work (and weather) well and aren't showing any signs of wear. The knee pads are a great addition.

I would say that the sizing comes up a little small. If you tend to buy the smallest size you can and then squeeze into them, I would advise against it with these trousers. The size is not overly generous.

All in all a great buy.


Weathereye WEA22 Indoor/ Outdoor Electronic Weather Station with Wind and Rain Sensors
Weathereye WEA22 Indoor/ Outdoor Electronic Weather Station with Wind and Rain Sensors
Offered by Longacres Garden Centre
Price: £154.99

51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great device for connecting to the internet, 6 Feb. 2013
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I have been using this weather station for the last month and have been really impressed with it, particularly for the price.

I had no trouble putting the external sensors together and the base station found the sensors straightaway over wireless. I have used other weather stations in the past and this has often been an issue. However, I haven't experienced any issues in the last month of using it. So far, so good.

The touchscreen unit works well and it was very easy to configure. It took 10 minutes to set it up. However, it really comes into it's own when connected to a PC. This is easily achieved via USB. Unlike some of the other weather stations, this comes with a USB connection as standard (no additional hardware or costs required).

The PC software that comes with the unit is OK, but I opted to use Cummulus [...] that is free to download and comes with an in-built FTP capability that means that you can post the weather station data to your website. You can also download page templates for Cummulus that further cusotmises your online weather site. It only took me a couple of hours to set up and now I have a set of pages where the data is updated online every 5 minutes. However, the wind speed and wind direction are updated every 30 seconds. This has proved very popular with friends and family.

The data from the weather station has been surprisingly accurate. I do have a reservation about the accuracy of the wind speed and wind direction, but this is due to the poor placement of the external sensors - I suspect they would benefit from being sited away from any interference from surrounding trees/buildings. But this is more about the placement than the device itself.

All in all, a great product. Accurate, easy to set up and with some great features for publishing online data.
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The Unit - Season 3 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
The Unit - Season 3 - Complete [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Dennis Haysbert
Price: £14.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic action from The Unit, 6 Jun. 2010
If you have seen series 1 and series 2, you know what to expect and this series does not disappoint. In fact, the only disappointment is that this series was cut short due to the writers strike in the US at the time - just 3 discs. The first two episodes on the first disc are probably two of the best episodes of any of the series - well written with loads of twists and turns along the way. I was hoping that these two episodes would set the scene for the rest of the series, but unfortunately the other episodes are not in the same league. Still, it is enjoyable watching as always. A couple of episodes lack a bit of realim, but overall a great (if short) series.


The Unit - Season 2 - Complete [DVD]
The Unit - Season 2 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Scott Foley
Offered by HarriBella.UK.Ltd
Price: £5.40

4.0 out of 5 stars Even better than series 1, 23 May 2010
Really enjoyed this series and it is even better than series 1. As in the previous series, Dennis Haysbert is the real star of the show. There is more action than the last series and less time spent back home. There are a couple of episodes that lack credibility, but there again it would be a mistake to confuse a TV show with reality! At the end of the day, it is entertaining television and that is all that really matters.


Design Thinking
Design Thinking
by Thomas Lockwood
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit academic, but useful, 17 May 2010
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There are some good ideas in this book, but they are a too few and spread too thinly. I found the text quite hard going in places and overly academic. The book is a collection of papers from a number of authors, so some of the sections are better than others.

While I appreciate the points that the authors are making, some of these points seemed to be very laboured. I found it difficult to get too excited about much of the material presented. A lot of the subject material presented here is about "User Centred Design". This is a topic that has been around for a while and had been dealt with better elsewhere (e.g. The Design of Everyday Things amongst others). There seemed to be little attention given to the fact that many of these ideas have their roots elsewhere.

It was interesting reading, but it was hard work on occasions. If you have a passion for design thinking, then this could be a book for you. If you are interested in more general design philosophies, I would suggest a different starting point.


HP Pavilion dm3-1020EA, 13.3-inch Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD Athlon Neo X2 Processor L335, 4 GB RAM, 320GB SATA HDD, Ethernet, Bluetooth, 6 Cell Battery up to 6 Hours Life)
HP Pavilion dm3-1020EA, 13.3-inch Laptop (Windows 7 Home Premium, AMD Athlon Neo X2 Processor L335, 4 GB RAM, 320GB SATA HDD, Ethernet, Bluetooth, 6 Cell Battery up to 6 Hours Life)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money. You can't go far wrong, 16 May 2010
I have been really pleased with this laptop and in terms of value for money, I don't think you can go far wrong. It seems to have enough processing power to handle general office tasks and it boots up quickly. 4Gb of RAM and a 7200rpm hard disk also helps to improve the performance.

I bought this to use instead of my company issued ThinkPad - it is too slow and too heavy. The build quality is really top draw and the design is really spot on. Compared to my ThinkPad, this laptop compares exceptionally well. It is smaller, lighter and better designed. Oh, and it is cheaper too! Surprising since this laptop is really aimed at the consumer rather than the corporate user.

Originally, I was looking at netbooks, but decided to go for this laptop instead. It is a little bit larger and more expensive than a traditional netbook, but it does make a very big difference. I did have some reservations about the 64-bit version of Windows7, but this hasn't been a problem. The inbuilt card reader and the HDMI port are useful as are the 4 USB ports. I was a little concerned about the keyboard (it looks a little like the keyboards on the Apple Macbooks), but it only took a short period of time to get used to. It is useful to be able to turn the touchpad off - this stops any mistakes when an external mouse has been plugged in.

The power consumption seems good, although I am not totally convinced that I will get the full 6 hours out of the battery (as advertised), but I guess this depends on the usage. All in all, a great little unit. Recommended.


The Unit - Season 1 - Complete [DVD]
The Unit - Season 1 - Complete [DVD]
Dvd ~ Scott Foley
Offered by Discs4all
Price: £8.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining TV, 26 April 2010
I caught a couple of episodes of this series when I was in the US recently. They must have been re-runs since the episode I saw I recognised immediately - strangely, it was episode 1 from series 1.

The series concentrates on the impact of being in the Special Forces (in this case the US's Delta Force) on the men of the unit and their families. Many of the episodes are based on the experiences of Eric Haney. For those interested, Eric Haney has written a book that covers much of his time in the US counter terrorism unit. Inside Delta Force.

The star of this series is Dennis Haysbert - eminently believable with some great lines and presence throughout the series. The supporting cast is pretty good too, although many of the "bad guys" seem to suffer from some poor acting skills (as well as having questionable morals, poor judgement and being on the wrong side!). A couple of the episodes are a bit difficult to believe (in particular the one with the bomb squad on the 4th disc), but otherwise it was an enjoyable and watchable series.


The Future of Management
The Future of Management
by Gary Hamel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!, 24 April 2010
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The only disappointing thing about this book is the title which is a bit underwhelming. The rest of the book is just exceptionally well written, thought provoking and easy to read. It is one of those books that is difficult to put down once you start reading it. I must admit that it had been in my "to read" pile for quite some time. Had it had a better title, I might have read it sooner.

It concentrates on the topic of innovation as applied to management and asks the question "Why hasn't there been more innovation in the way we manage people and businesses?". Much of today's management practices are based on theories that dated back to the turn of the last century and although innovation has affected almost every other walk of life, how we manage people seems to have been largely unaffected. There are some notable exceptions to this and these are covered in this book.

If I look at the amount of underling and margin notes that I have made in this book, it clearly had a lot to say. The points are well made and resonate with a number of other books that I have read recently. Most notably Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Great book. Fascinating reading. If you are a manager, it will make you stop and think. Can't recommend it enough.


Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence
Louder Than Words: Take Your Career from Average to Exceptional with the Hidden Power of Nonverbal Intelligence
by Joe Navarro
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reading, 24 April 2010
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This is the first book of Joe Navarro's that I have read and I will certainly putting his others on my reading list. This book is very well written and easy to read - once I started, I found it difficult to put it down. I read Body Language: How to Read Others' Thoughts by Their Gestures (Overcoming common problems) many years ago and found it fascinating, but Joe Navarro looks at non-verbals communication in a much wider context. The book doesn't just cover body language, but covers the wider issues of how organisations interact with the customers - everything from how your office is designed to the way your website performs.

The approach to analysing non-verbal communication is vastly simplified from others that I have seen. This approach is much easier to put into practice since it makes reading the signals much easier in real time. If you are new to the subject, this book would be a good starting point.

I particularly liked the last chapter where Joe provides example interactions from everyday situations. I would have liked to have seen this section expanded. They might just be anecdotes, but they put the material in the book into context and brings the material to life.

Great reading and very useful material. Highly recommended.


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