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Draper 35900 230-Volt 2,400-Watt Garden Shredder
Draper 35900 230-Volt 2,400-Watt Garden Shredder
Price: £125.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Two kinds of shredder, 6 Nov 2014
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This machine is OK for shredding soft materials, like large flowering plants or weeds, and for very small branches, i.e. twigs. However even this small stuff requires you to work very hard with the pusher to get it into the blades. If you need to shred even quite modestly-sized branches, forget it, the Draper can't cope. You will need very good ear protection and tolerant neighbours to cope with the extremely loud screaming noise it produces as well. It yields finely shredded material that makes a good mulch, but it clogs easily too.

I bought mine to replace an old Bosch 'silent shredder' that munches branches into lumps rather than finely shredding them. This really is quiet, deals easily with quite big branches, and draws them in so you don't have to push. I found this much more useful, and have had to return the Draper (using Amazon's very efficient service) so I can buy a new Bosch. I recommend that prospective purchasers consider which of the two kinds of shredder will meet their needs before buying.


niceeshop(TM) 1 Set(5pcs) Retro Flip Up Polarized Clip On Sunglasses For Driving Fishing Traveling-Grey Black
niceeshop(TM) 1 Set(5pcs) Retro Flip Up Polarized Clip On Sunglasses For Driving Fishing Traveling-Grey Black
Offered by Cosy-Zone
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance for a low price., 17 Sep 2014
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These took a while to come (all the way from China) but the optical performance is very good and I'm pleased with them. Excellent value.


Komputerbay 4GB 2X 2GB DDR2 667MHz PC2-5300 PC2-5400 DDR2 667 (200 PIN) SODIMM Laptop Memory
Komputerbay 4GB 2X 2GB DDR2 667MHz PC2-5300 PC2-5400 DDR2 667 (200 PIN) SODIMM Laptop Memory
Offered by KOMPBAY
Price: £34.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and effective fix for slow-running iMac, 17 Sep 2014
These came quickly and were easy to install. The iMac recognised the new memory instantly on restarting and there have been no problems with it at all. I had been having slow-running problems since installing the latest OS (Mavericks) on my fairly old machine, which had only 2Gb of RAM, but the upgrade to 4Gb provided an instant fix. I'm very pleased.


Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: 25th Anniversary Edition
by Robert Pirsig
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Takes work but worth it - a masterpiece, 6 Aug 2014
I re-read this every few years, and it gets better every time. The ideas it expresses are not easy to pick up, you have to work at them, but it's worth it. What exactly is quality? I'm still not sure, and neither is the author (read his other book, Lila) but there's something real that the narrative captures, and trying to grasp the concept and apply it is really clever. I like the way the story ebbs and flows, and the meticulous detail of superficially trivial things that illustrate the deeper concepts when you take the trouble to think about it. A masterpiece and a classic.


A Short History Of Nearly Everything
A Short History Of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's a disaster., 6 Aug 2014
I love many of his other books, but this one is so trite and superficial it makes me cringe.

And science isn't about personalities, as the author seems to think.


Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation (Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebook)
Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation (Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebook)
by David Price Naylor
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful photographic record of some great buildings., 6 Mar 2014
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You will buy this large coffee-table type book for the illustrations; there is some text but not a lot. However the photographs, and the buildings they portray, are magnificent and full of interest. They are from the government archives and span a hundred years or so of history, so all in black and white, but sharp and often very artistically composed. The Americans quite often exceeded the Europeans in the grandeur of their railway stations, especially of course those in the large urban centres. The vast distances that separated them from each other, at a time before significant long-distance air or road transport, meant they were the gateways to the rest of the country and the world for their rapidly expanding populations and their prosperous businesses.The book does not, however, neglect the little country stations and the regional character of many of them; the chapters are organised geographically to accentuate this point. The book is a worthy celebration of a glorious achievement; the sad thing is that so much of it has not survived.


Finlandia;: The story of Sibelius,
Finlandia;: The story of Sibelius,
by Elliott Arnold
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars As Dry as Dust, 6 Mar 2014
Firstly, the book has 241 pages not 7 as the description says! Written while the composer was still alive, this is a simple, adulatory account of his life illustrated by woodcuts. Dull and repetitive, written as if for children, modern readers will find themselves skipping large parts of it. Even someone who loves and appreciates Finland, like myself, will get bored with the repetitive accounts of its sky, its trees, its water, its poetry its repeated abuse and invasion by Russia. There is little other than a chronology to help one appreciate the composer's wonderful music. A collector's item only, and out of print of course.


Fred Hoyle's Universe
Fred Hoyle's Universe
by Jane Gregory
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.86

5.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched history of a brilliant and fascinating individual, 8 July 2013
This review is from: Fred Hoyle's Universe (Hardcover)
I can't remember the last time I sat up late in bed in order to finish a book, especially not a biography. But I was gripped by this well-researched and well-written account of Hoyle's career, not so much the science which is well known (although still interestingly outlined here) but the little-told tale of the politics for supporting British research and academics in the mid-to-late 20th century. These are exemplified by Hoyle's struggles to set up an institute in Cambridge to take forward his world-leading (if not always ultimately vindicated) ideas on theoretical astronomy, against a background that had become ossified and (like British science and technology in general) was in danger of being left behind, by the Americans in particular. There are no real villains; almost everybody was well meaning and wanted Hoyle to succeed, but systems and vested interests were in place that made it almost impossible, and Fred was in some ways his own worst enemy (a Yorkshire tyke and proud of it). The way it turned out might best be summarised by pointing to the fact that there are no less than three departments (and an Institute) of astronomy in Cambridge to this day. Hoyle's institute now forms a third of one of them. Brilliant people can create a marvellous mess.


Lg Nb3520A Sound Bar
Lg Nb3520A Sound Bar

4.0 out of 5 stars Performs well but you need French adapters., 25 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Lg Nb3520A Sound Bar (Electronics)
The product came reasonably promptly but without the usual advance notification of shipment. I was unable to set it up immediately because it is configured for the French market and required two plug adapters before it could be connected to the power supply. I found one inside the box, rattling around loose outside the main packaging, but two are required so I had to buy another one. A manual in French (only) had also been inserted in the box but not in the factory packaging. Once I got it set up it worked fine and I have been pleased with the sound it produces.


Cyber Clean Home & Office 145g Tub
Cyber Clean Home & Office 145g Tub
Offered by die-geschenkidee
Price: £10.53

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor, 27 Dec 2010
It picks up loose stuff - crumbs etc - but has no noticeable affect on ingrained dirt or grime at all. Very disappointing.


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