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Simple Things
Simple Things
Price: £6.05

5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite albums of all time, 1 Feb. 2016
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I love every minute of this. I bought it when it came out in the 70s then forgot it until the musical 'Beautiful' came along and prompted me to buy it again on digital media to relive the pleasure it gave me then. The songs are great, the arrangements are excellent, and there is something about the plaintive quality of Carole's vocals that really grabs me. It's clear from reviews elsewhere, and indeed at the time, that not everyone likes it, but I do.


Bloomsbury's Outsider
Bloomsbury's Outsider
by Sarah Knights
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

4.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive biography of a dubious individual, 20 Jan. 2016
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The title is well-chosen; the main thing that makes David Garnett interesting is his association with Bloomsbury, although he was never fully part of that remarkable 'set'. This new biography is superbly executed in the way it covers his life in well-researched detail and it is a worthwhile addition to the vast canon of Bloomsbury books. However, two things spoiled it for me a little. The first was a slightly pro-forma style that did not bring people or events alive enough as it worked its way through the life. I guessed it was an expanded PhD thesis long befoe I read the note that confirmed this. The second problem cannot be blamed on the author, and that is that 'Bunny' comes across as a profoundly unlikeable character. It's a paradox because he obviously charmed a lot of people during his life, with relatively few (apparently) seeing him for the selfish love rat that he was. His treatment of his wives and women, especially Angelica, is only weakly excused by his 'honesty'. Sarah Knights defends him at the end of her book, but I found that at odds with the main narrative.


BT8500 Enhanced Call Blocker Cordless Home Phone - Trio Handset Pack
BT8500 Enhanced Call Blocker Cordless Home Phone - Trio Handset Pack
Price: £63.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended as a solution to nuisance calls, 24 Feb. 2015
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Excellent. I have used this for a month now and had not one single nuisance call!! Previously, there were five or six a day on average and it was driving me mad. The sound quality on these phones is also much better than my previous Panasonic set from a few years ago.

It does take some work; you need to install all of your family, colleagues and friends in the contacts directory for them to get straight through in the normal way. Otherwise they get grilled by a recorded voice, which can put legitimate callers off so that they might hang up. However, most of them follow instructions and say who they are, and then if you press the right button they are OK thereafter. It's the best solution so far to a really awful problem perpetrated by immoral and dishonest individuals worldwide.


Draper 35900 230-Volt 2,400-Watt Garden Shredder
Draper 35900 230-Volt 2,400-Watt Garden Shredder
Price: £122.39

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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
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Price: £2.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance for a low price., 17 Sept. 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: £22.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and effective fix for slow-running iMac, 17 Sept. 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 M. Pirsig
Edition: Paperback

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: £7.49

0 of 10 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 (Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks)
Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation (Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks)
by David 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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.


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