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4 x GE (General Electric) 20W 12V Dichroic MR11 GU4 Halogen Lamp, Low Voltage Dimmable Reflector GU 4 Spot Light Bulbs, Cool Beam, 3.5 Years Life, 26° Beam Angle/ Flood, M262
4 x GE (General Electric) 20W 12V Dichroic MR11 GU4 Halogen Lamp, Low Voltage Dimmable Reflector GU 4 Spot Light Bulbs, Cool Beam, 3.5 Years Life, 26° Beam Angle/ Flood, M262
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Price: £18.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but pricey, 22 Mar. 2015
I've been pretty happy with these bulbs since buying them - work well and long-lasting - but since I ran out and had to buy some new ones, my enthusiasm has waned rather as these days they're quite pricey compared to other brands out there.


A Century of Huddersfield  (Century of North of England)
A Century of Huddersfield (Century of North of England)
by Sue Gillooley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of photos, 22 Mar. 2015
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This is a great pictorial history, with the photographs reproduced at large sizes, letting you enjoy the historical details packed into so many of them.


Just A Minute: Complete Series 58
Just A Minute: Complete Series 58
Offered by Audible Ltd

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, as ever, 22 Mar. 2015
In the days of limited capacity tapes, only four episodes were selected for the Just a Minute sets but thankfully nowadays the digital download versions of newer series give the full six episodes, which given the volume and quality of humour packed into every minute is a major boon. This series has a great mix of established and new guests, especially the poet Ian McMillan who struggles with the format but generates huge laughs along the way.


Boss Complete Season 1 and 2 [DVD]
Boss Complete Season 1 and 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelsey Grammer
Price: £13.50

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great political drama, 20 Mar. 2015
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Kesley Grammer brilliantly portrays a corrupt and ill Mayor of Chicago battling enemies, friends and outside political forces. Within moments I'd forgotten the character that made him famous and he was Mayor Kane - a tribute to his acting skills. Much of the time the series is brilliant, even if marred by some quite spectacularly implausible plot ideas at times and an increasing fixation with sex and violence rather than the depth of characterisation that makes the best moments so very good.

Although cancelled after two seasons, the final episode wraps things up reasonably well - no major cliffhangers or unexplained plot developments an whilst it is clear most of the characters will still have eventful lives to lead, that's life isn't it?


Boss: Season 2 [DVD]
Boss: Season 2 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Kelsey Grammer
Price: £10.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, but not quite up there with Season 1, 20 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Boss: Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Although some reviewers talk about how the cancellation of Boss left things unfinished, I didn't find that a problem at all. At the end of this Season 2, there is no major cliff hanger or mystery unresolved and instead the causes of various events are explained. What is true is that it is clear all the main characters have lots of lives still to lead - but then that's always the case save when a series forces a really artificial wrapping up of everyone's lives. Think more of both Season 1 and Season 2 as a brief window into people's long and varied lives and that way the end of Season 2 is natural, not something where you are left hanging.

If you've enjoyed Season 1 then Season 2 is a must - though it gets increasingly outlandish in points, almost as if there was a sex and violence quota to fill which Season 1 had slipped behind on. Even so, still much better than most drama and Grammer is brilliant once again.


REPLACEMENT PADS FOR CLOTHES MOTH TRAPS
REPLACEMENT PADS FOR CLOTHES MOTH TRAPS
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Price: £4.55

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality replacement parts, 12 Mar. 2015
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People's experiences seem to vary a fair amount about how often they need to replace these sticky pads, but eventually everyone needs to replace them. These look to be as good quality as those shipped with the original plastic traps, arrive quickly and (at time of writing) are very competitively priced.


Double Bed European Map Photographic Print Duvet Cover Bed & 2 Pillowcases Set
Double Bed European Map Photographic Print Duvet Cover Bed & 2 Pillowcases Set
Offered by StyleMyBedroom
Price: £18.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 12 Mar. 2015
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The quality of the map is great, and the material, sewing etc. are all up to scratch too. All makes for a fun and different set of bed linen, which is practical too.


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
by Randall Munroe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and occasionally educational, but one word of warning - much of the content is from Munroe's website, 11 Mar. 2015
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Randall Munroe, author of the brilliant xkcd cartoons, sprinkles a good selection of his cartoon magic throughout What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, but the real joy comes from the absurd brilliance in trying to give scientific answers to questions such as, "From what height would you need to drop a steak for it to be cooked when it hit the ground?" (Spoiler: you can't, but you can burn the surface off something special.)

Not only are the questions bizarre, so too is much of the real research which is used in trying to answer them. In some cases it's almost as much fun trying to work out why a particular fact was ever unearthed.

Great fun and occasionally educational, but one word of warning - much of the content is from Munroe's website, so if you have been a regular reader of that site over the years then the book will often be a fun nostalgia tour rather than a new entertainment.


To Save Everything, Click Here: Technology, Solutionism, and the Urge to Fix Problems that Don't Exist
To Save Everything, Click Here: Technology, Solutionism, and the Urge to Fix Problems that Don't Exist
by Evgeny Morozov
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Evgeny Morozov keeps you on your toes as you swing from agreeing to disagreeing and back again, 8 Mar. 2015
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Reading Evgeny Morozov's book is rather a rollercoaster ride as it swings from well-made criticisms of internet zealots through to arguments with large holes and contentious assumptions.

Given part of Mozorov's argument is that people are too ready to accept at face value self-confident statements about how the internet is and the world must adjust to it, this rollercoaster does at least achieve his aim of keeping readers on their toes.

If you read more than a handful of pages and don't find yourself swinging between agreeing, disagreeing and back again then the chances are you've not read those pages closely enough.

Mozorov is at his best when attacking how some "internet" values, such as transparency, are idolised - as if a technological context somehow magics away all those occasions when transparency runs up against other factors, such as discretion or forgetting, which also have value.

He is also good on how 'understanding the internet' is often used as a misleading synonym for 'you must apply these different, contentious values' such as when people demanding that politics adapts to the internet slip in a definition of 'adapting to the internet' which means 'adopting direct democracy'. Direct democracy has both its pros and cons, but it's not an absolute, unquestioned and inevitable good in the way many internet democracy enthusiasts present it when dressed up in demands that politicians embrace technology. You don't have to be a luddite to doubt that direct democracy is the right model to adopt - and as Mozorov points out, a true understanding of how the internet is impacting politics means understanding that it can support a multitude of different political models.

When he's less good is in taking examples of dilemmas and opportunities existing prior to the internet and then arguing not only that the internet doesn't remake everything anew (true) but also that it hasn't really changed things at all in many cases (not so true). So whilst it is true that the British government's 18th century Longitude Prize was an early example of crowdsourcing solutions, Mozorov goes too far in then arguing that the internet hasn't really made things different when in fact it has made crowdsourcing much easier and more widespread. Something doesn't have to be completely new to be significant.

Then there are also the quite poor sections, such as when Mozorov argues that using technology to harness reviews and votes, which then in turn determine which content gets produced and prominence - such as songs being promoted on a website in response to prior people's reviews - will lead to a homogenisation and dumbing down of artistic endeavour and human variety. You can just as well - in fact better - argue that by reducing production, storage and distribution costs, the internet makes variety easier and enables it to flourish.

After all, the sort of books I write are niche and will never get much in the way of bookshelf space in the high street, either now or in the past. Courtesy of the internet, however, they can find an audience without those bookshelf spaces.

These are just a few of the many points I could have covered in this piece, which in the end makes Mozorov's book definitely one to read; not so much for the extent to which you'll agree with it but for the extent to which it makes you think.


Rockferry
Rockferry
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Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars but if you like it - this is great, 7 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Rockferry (Audio CD)
Her voice produces somewhat polarised reactions, but if you like it - this is great.


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