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New Where to Live in London (Evening Standard)
New Where to Live in London (Evening Standard)
by Sara McConnell
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not 'New' now, but still useful as a starting point, 29 Jun 2010
A second-hand copy of this book helped me decide where to live in London when moving from the Southern Hemisphere to the UK.

The book is divided into areas, in some of which there have clearly been big changes since the book was published (for example, the 2012 Olympic site at Stratford). However, it still offers a useful perspective on the character of the most likely places for outsiders to start in. I found some of the characterizations a little stereotyped (Kensington and Chelsea is where your mother would like you to live, Camden can be rough around the edges etc.) so use the book as a starting point for your own investigations.

Only 3 stars - there are probably other, more up-to-date, alternatives out there.


Linux Pocket Guide (Pocket Guide: Essential Commands)
Linux Pocket Guide (Pocket Guide: Essential Commands)
by Daniel J. Barrett
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reference guide, but not an easy introduction, 23 Jun 2010
The opening chapter of the book offers this guide as both an introduction to Linux and a quick reference guide. I think it is very effective at the latter. However, it is a little dense for the newcomer, and was much more useful to me once I'd mastered the basics of Linux.

There seems to be a fairly comprehensive list of commands and options, and helpfully organises these according to function rather than just an alphabetical list.


AeroGarden Salad Leaves seed kit
AeroGarden Salad Leaves seed kit

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fresh salad than you can eat, 14 May 2010
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I've been growing the Salad Greens kit in my Aerogarden for 4 weeks now. The seeds germinated quickly, and after 3 weeks there were healthy green salad leaves ready to harvest. Today will be my fourth harvest, and we hope to make full use of the advertised 3 months of continuous growth. The kit also came with a germination guarantee - growth or your money back.

I price-checked a bag of salad in the supermarket today - although the seed kits might seem expensive, one bag of salad leaves in the shop sold for over £1. And the ones grown in your Aerogarden are fresher and taste so much better!


Wombles Complete -  Deluxe Set [DVD]
Wombles Complete - Deluxe Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ The Wombles

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember you're a Womble!, 26 April 2010
I received this as a gift. The packaging is made from recycled material, which is a nice touch in keeping with the message of the programme. The Wombles, who live sustainably, suddenly seem ahead of their time!

60 episodes on 2 DVDs should keep both adults and children entertained. The quality is fantastic if you take into account that digital detail can't be expected from an analogue 1970s programme, but the shows are well-made and entertaining. Would make an ideal present for the young and the young at heart!


Hydroponic Basics
Hydroponic Basics
by George F. Van Patten
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Making a start in Hydroponics, 26 April 2010
This review is from: Hydroponic Basics (Paperback)
This isn't a complete guide to setting up and running a system - but it's very good as a reference or an introduction to hydroponics. There are chapters on different systems, starting a plant, pests and problems, growing mediums and environmental conditions. Lots of illustrations, and the text is pitched at the beginner.

There are some pricing examples for systems and electricity use - these are in US$ so probably a little out of date and not so helpful for a British reader. However, as a practical aid to starting a hydroponic grow it's very useful!


White Aerogarden with Herb Kit
White Aerogarden with Herb Kit

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nutricious, delicious, 19 April 2010
This review is from: White Aerogarden with Herb Kit
Someone bought me this Aerogarden model as a present direct from this seller. It's fantastic! A great introduction to the world of indoor gardening, with everything you need to get started. A computer controls the growing conditions, so very little maintenance is needed, and my seed kit came with a germination guarantee - plant growth or your money back!

The system operates by using a pump to deliver water from a well to seed pods, from where the leaves grow up and the roots grow down into the water. The pump itself is quiet, and the Aerogarden is hardly audible from one room away. The growing lights are very bright, but can be set to turn off at a specific time overnight if dark is required. Although I haven't measured energy consumption myself, the manufacturer compares it to a single 60w light bulb.

What can you grow in it? Herbs, salads, flowers, cherry tomates and chillies from pre-packaged kits, or you can buy the starter materials to grow your own choice of plants.

Other models suitable for growing larger vegetables (e.g. larger tomatoes / bell peppers) seem to be sold only in North America at the moment - hopefully this situation will change soon!

Over the long term we're hoping it'll pay for itself with delicious salads and vegetables all year round - one criticism of the product is the relatively high price (compared to the retail price in the US, for example) and that does have to be taken into account when buying.
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Ecozone Moonlight, Energy saving LED Night Light, 3 year guarantee, costs less than 1p per week continuously on
Ecozone Moonlight, Energy saving LED Night Light, 3 year guarantee, costs less than 1p per week continuously on

4.0 out of 5 stars Green glow, 18 April 2010
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Low energy consumption from this nightlight - we leave it switched on all night and don't worry about the cost. The light is at the right brightness so it doesn't keep you awake but you can see where you're walking in the dark. The eerie green glow takes a few days to get used to, but overall the product is very useful. Recommended.


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