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Eastpak Messenger Bag Delegate
Eastpak Messenger Bag Delegate
Price: £15.14 - £65.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Built to last, 23 July 2011
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Bought to replace a Targus laptop bag that was half the price but not up to the punishment I was dishing out. The Eastpak bag isn't very elegant (except for the range of colours to choose from) but is built to last. You get a total of 6 pockets, all with plenty of space - the main compartment, a zip pocket inside it, the back compartment, the two pockets which both take A5 notebooks, and the flap pocket - the best place for your iPod and miscellaneous cables. And of course the main compartment expands if you use that nifty zip on the outside. Zips and shoulder strap are all very solid-looking - as they should be with a 30-year guarantee.
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LAMY 2000 Ballpoint Pen - Multicolour
LAMY 2000 Ballpoint Pen - Multicolour
Price: £41.61

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 colours in your pocket without looking like a geek, 30 Jun. 2011
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All the same class as other Lamy 2000 pens and pencils, but 4-in-1 with no increase in size - I bought the pencil at the same time, and both are the same size. This one is a bit heavier than the pencil, but still relatively light, being mostly made from a posh kind of plastic.

Now I just need an excuse to write in green ink!


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A design and a pencil made to last, 30 Jun. 2011
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The really famous Lamy 2000 is the fountain pen - my father bought one in the 1970s, and when last seen a year or two ago it was still in good nick. This pencil is just about perfect. The black makrolon (some kind of polycarbonate) seems indestructible, and the steel cone at the end gives just a hint of priciness. Both have a brushed finish which is possibly the biggest indication of the age of the design, resembling black ash effect furniture. The clip (also steel) is strong and opens to a 2-3 mm gap just by pressing on the top end. It also has the tiny word "LAMY" on its side, though anyone who knows their writing implements will recognise it instantly.

The pencil feels a bit lighter than you might expect, and is very comfortable to hold - in my smallish hands and fairly orthodox grip, the part you actually hold is the bottom end of the black makrolon, not the brushed steel. The button at the top (quietly marked 7 just in case you have the 0.5mm model too) extends the lead in the usual way, and the lead seems to be very securely held. There's room for at least 6 spare leads.

The only weakness is the small and flimsy-looking rubber - one for occasional use only, but that's true of all "inside the button" mechanical pencil rubbers. The pull-out metal holder for the rubber includes a long needle which you can poke into the mechanism to clear any blockages, though this seems an unlikely requirement.

Look closely and you'll see that the barrel unscrews in two places, allowing you to take the whole thing to pieces. Again, unlikely to be necessary, but a good sign for future maintenance if required.


The New York Times Poolside Puzzles: 75 Easy to Hard Crossword Puzzles
The New York Times Poolside Puzzles: 75 Easy to Hard Crossword Puzzles
by New York Times
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.18

5.0 out of 5 stars High-quality recent puzzles from the New York Times, 23 May 2011
The review title is exactly the same as for The New York Times Wake Up with Crosswords: 75 Puzzles to Start Your Day (New York Times Crossword Collections). Why? Because apart from the date when the puzzles were published (27 July 2009 to 28 October 2009 for this book), there is nothing different to say. The puzzles are excellent, and they're the main content so the book gets 5 stars.

But the titling is potty - this book is no more "poolside" than the other book is "waking up time". A big splash of water from a passing swimmer or diver in a real pool would completely ruin this book, which is printed on pretty absorbent paper. I look forward cynically to "Crosswords to help you lose weight", and "Crosswords to make you more attractive to the opposite (or same) gender".


Roget's International Thesaurus
Roget's International Thesaurus
by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.17

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thesaurus out there, 11 May 2011
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I bought the 1977 4th edition some time in the 1980s and it has been may favourite thesaurus ever since. The main reason for buying this one is the need in my current work to have reference books in two different workplaces.

How American is it? As an example, 746 (American) FOOTBALL gets two full pages, but 752 SOCCER only gets half a page. So there's some bias. But I don't often look at a thesaurus to discover alternatives to "offside rule" or "fumble". I'm much more likely to want to know what a word like "absolute" can mean - and for that job, this thesaurus is admirable. In some areas, the bias seems absent - in the list of anniversaries and holidays in 487 CELEBRATION, we get Remembrance Day as well as Veterans' Day for example, and Queen's birthday as well as Lincoln's birthday. On the other hand, the list of vegetables in 310 PLANTS has "rutabaga" and not "swede".

For me, a thesaurus must be the index type like this one, as it's a far more efficient use of space. It's also possible to get enough information about a word just from the index, some of the time. Apart from the Penguin Roget, all the major UK-published ones are now the modern alphabetical type, so they're ruled out instantly.

A particular feature of this thesaurus is the inclusion of useful lists, in appropriate forms. In 127 FEAR, FEARFULNESS there are lists of phobias by both name and subject - so you can see what ailurophobia is (fear of cats) or find the fancy word for the fear of <number 13> (triskaidekaphobia). In 10 FOOD, there are lists of breads, cheeses, desserts, meat cuts and joints, beers, beverage types, cocktails/mixed drinks, milk varieties, wines (the lists of fruit and veg are elsewhere).

On the physical side: the paper used is thin but not as thin as in some dictionaries. The binding is glued rather than in signatures, but that's true of my old copy and the glue binding is high-quality, so no pages have ever been in danger of falling out. The only bad thing about my old 4th edition (a paperback) is that some pages are badly aligned - nothing's missing but some margins are very narrow indeed. Just in case you remember the same problem, this edition doesn't have it.

The "How to Use this Book" section ends with advice that some people quoting thesaurus content as evidence about word meanings might want to note: "[...] very few words are true synonyms: Use the thesaurus in conjunction with a good dictionary whenever a selected word or phrase is unfamiliar to you".


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple job done with style, 9 May 2011
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If you wear specs but don't need them all the time, this is a handy way to make sure you can find them easily when you've decided to take them off.

The only thing worth knowing that isn't obvious from the picture: the "moulded black polyresin" is very solid and heavy. I expected it to feel as if it was made of wood, but it feels more like some kind of stone.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Built to last, 3 May 2011
Bought to replace a Targus laptop bag that was half the price but not up to the punishment I was dishing out. The Eastpak bag isn't very elegant (except for the range of colours to choose from) but is built to last. You get a total of 6 pockets, all with plenty of space - the main compartment, a zip pocket inside it, the back compartment, the two pockets which both take A5 notebooks, and the flap pocket - the best place for your iPod and miscellaneous cables. And of course the main compartment expands if you use that nifty zip on the outside. Zips and shoulder strap are all very solid-looking - as they should be with a 30-year guarantee.


HTC SMART PREMIUM PU LEATHER POCKET CASE - BLACK PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE
HTC SMART PREMIUM PU LEATHER POCKET CASE - BLACK PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value, 3 May 2011
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Combined with a matching rubber back for the phone, this does a sound job. It protects the phone well without making it much bigger in your pocket. Much happier with this than the expensive and bulky Krussel product.


HTC SMART BLACK SILICONE SKIN CASE WITH SCREEN PROTECTOR BY CELLAPOD CASES
HTC SMART BLACK SILICONE SKIN CASE WITH SCREEN PROTECTOR BY CELLAPOD CASES

4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 3 May 2011
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Just adds that bit of protection. I didn't like the screen protector - visible bubbles even with major efforts to avoid them. Contrary to another review, the various holes are in exactly the right place.


Krusell Orbit Flex Black HTC Smart, 75484
Krusell Orbit Flex Black HTC Smart, 75484
Offered by BPSALESDIRECT
Price: £4.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - so much leather for so little gain, 3 May 2011
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Bought one of these and gave up on it after a couple of weeks. The phone looked skew-whiff when pushed into the holder, and the combination of leather thickness and size of the leather border round the edge of the phone means that the border is not flat and the phone in this holder is too big to comfortably fit in a pocket. The huge plastic attachment for connecting to a belt holder had a slide-in connector that was too weak, so a bit snapped off, making this component useless. The combination of HTC SMART BLACK SILICONE SKIN CASE WITH SCREEN PROTECTOR BY CELLAPOD CASES and HTC SMART PREMIUM PU LEATHER POCKET CASE - BLACK PART OF THE QUBITS ACCESSORIES RANGE that's available in various colours here was about half the price and works well. It doesn't do as much as the Krusell tries to do, but lives up to its more modest ambitions.


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