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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty uncomfortable product, 28 May 2013
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There is little good that can be said about this pair of reading glasses. They are so badly designed and manufactured that it is impossible to wear them for more than thirty seconds without feeling distinctly uncomfortable.The Amazon site description promises "GOLD METAL FRAME GLASSES WITH COMFORTABLE NOSE PIECE." The truth is that the nose piece is a single piece of silicone which has very sharp edges that dig into the bridge of the nose - anything but comfortable.
These are a cheap pair of reading glasses so you can't expect much but you can buy a far more comfortable pair on Amazon for half the price. They didn't cost enough to go to all the trouble of returning them for a refund so I have tossed them into a drawer to be forgotten as a very bad buy.

TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Leather Case / Cover and Flip Stand With Built-in Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature + Screen Protector & 2-in-1 Capacitive Stylus & Ink Pen - Sky Blue
TeckNet® New iPad 4, iPad 3 & iPad 2 Premium Folio Leather Case / Cover and Flip Stand With Built-in Magnet for Sleep/Wake Feature + Screen Protector & 2-in-1 Capacitive Stylus & Ink Pen - Sky Blue
Offered by TECKNET
Price: £14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart, expensive looking case at a great price, 21 April 2012
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Quite frankly, this case exceeds all expectations for the price. It has a real leather look, appears to be very well constructed and holds the new third generation iPad snugly. All the openings for buttons, camera lenses etc. are in the right position and I have never needed to remove the iPad from the case since I first fitted it. A Velcro fastening on the inside ensures that it is held securely in place without any worries that it might slip out.
I was a bit concerned at how the blue colour would look in real life but the shade is pleasing. If you are thinking of buying one of these as a stopgap until you can purchase something more expensive, then you might have a problem because you will almost undoubtedly decide that this case is more than adequate for the job.
Despite concerns in another review, I have found that the magnetic lid does switch the iPad on and off without problem. If the sound is on, then you hear a reassuring click when the lid is closed, indicating that the screen is off.
Overall a very inexpensive case that does the job and looks smart enough to convince your friends that you have spent a lot more.

Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Olympus OM Zuiko Lens to MFT Micro 4/3 (Four Thirds) System Camera Mount Adapter, for Olympus Pen E-PL1, E-P2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, G2, GH2, GF1, GH1 G10,
Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Olympus OM Zuiko Lens to MFT Micro 4/3 (Four Thirds) System Camera Mount Adapter, for Olympus Pen E-PL1, E-P2, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, G2, GH2, GF1, GH1 G10,
Offered by Lumière-Shop Siegward Schmitz
Price: £30.72

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Micro 4/3 adapter, 10 Feb 2011
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This adapter allows users of the new Micro 4/3 camera format, including the Olympus Pen range, to use older type Olympus lenses from the OM range.
Since Olympus used the OM mount without any changes for many years, there is a huge variety of these quality lenses available second hand at very reasonable prices.
Olympus has its own adapters available considerably higher prices but, frankly, this is a well made item that does the job just as well.
There are two factors you need to bear in mind when using an older lens on your Micro 4/3 camera. The cropping factor resulting from the camera design means that the focal length of any lens attached is, effectively, doubled.
For example, if you pick up a standard 50mm f1.8 Olympus Zuiko lens on ebay, it becomes a very fast 100mm lens - making a high quality portrait lens for very little outlay.
Before you jump in, I should remind you of the second point. You will need to acquaint yourself with the manual controls on your camera because you will have to do quite a lot manually, including setting the aperture on the lens itself and focussing manually. If you always use your camera on "automatic" for point-and-shoot photography, this is probably not for you. If you decide to persevere though, you will be rewarded.
I bought this adapter because a relative recently gave me two old Olympus lenses from a defunct film camera. Although shipped from the US, it arrived in less than a week. The adapter clicked effortlessly onto the 50mm lens mount and just as easily onto my Olympus Pen E-PL1. The resulting test shots were impressive.
Using the telephoto zoom lens was a little more problematic because the doubling effect gave me a maximum 400mm equivalent lens which was a little more difficult to focus manually when hand held. That problem could be eliminated, though, with the use of a tripod.
Overall conclusion: adapters like this, also available for a range of other camera mounts, are bringing a little fun back into photography and open up a treasure chest of forgotten lenses hidden at the back of cupboards for decades. I am now planning to acquire a few more lenses to try out.

Hand Painted Wooden Children's Knights & Nobles Chess Set
Hand Painted Wooden Children's Knights & Nobles Chess Set

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality chess set that is great fun for kids, 4 Jan 2011
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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When we bought this chess set for our six-year-old granddaughter as a Christmas present, we were uncertain about what her reaction would be. We needn't have worried because it was by far her favourite present this year. Indeed, by 12th night, she was already well on her way to being a competent player. TV and computer games are now forgotten as she hones her skills and constantly pesters adults for a game.

This is by no means a cheap toy and consists of beautifully hand-painted wooden pieces on a sturdy board. No need to put it away like ordinary toys because it looks great in any setting. If she looks after this set carefully, there is no reason why she should not pass it on to her own children and even her grandchildren.

We also bought the well-written and easy-to-follow book by Murray Chandler: Chess for Children and I would thoroughly recommend it. Six is probably the ideal age for this chess set - any younger and children are more likely to use the attractive pieces as toys with the danger that some will get lost which would be a shame.

All-in-all this is the perfect gift to encourage any child to take up chess.

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
by Chris Riddell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A children's book with a message for busy parents, 28 Feb 2010
Our five-year-old granddaughter came to stay, with two of Chris Riddell's Ottaline books under her arm and insisted on having at least one chapter read to her every night at bedtime. I think I enjoyed these books even more than she did - they are quirky, beautifully illustrated and full of bitingly funny satirical comment on the state of modern parenthood. As one would expect from a leading newspaper cartoonist, Riddell delivers some well targeted broadsides at the cult of the career parent who mistakes bought-in services for real nurture.

Riddell brilliantly combines the surreal qualities of Lewis Carroll with the sometimes sinister darkness of Roald Dahl's children's classics to create a magical world where animals talk and a brown bear can emigrate from its lair in Canada to hibernate in comfort behind the washing machines in the cellar laundry room in the tower block where the little heroine lives alone with a hairy bog creature from Norway named Mr Monroe.

Each adventure is a page turner for the target audience but there is a bonus for the adult reader with a sub plot of alienation, abandonment and the sort of neglect that would have parents like Ottaline's under the scrutiny of the social services department. One is left with the uneasy impression that, beneath the surface, this is a story about a neglected child who copes by creating a make believe world inside her own head.

Ottaline's parents are keen antique hunters who prowl the four corners of the world in search of rare and decidedly odd collectables, leaving the tiny girl alone in their apartment with Mr Monroe to dust their rapidly expanding collections. From time to time they send a postcard to Ottaline and the pathos is palpable as she adds it to her own extensive collection of similar communications. Riddell drives home his message by pointing out how much Ottaline loves her postcard collection because it "makes her feel closer to her parents."

She also has a collection of business cards left by her parents - Ottaline is well provided for by local businesses who come in to cook meals, makes the beds, iron her clothes and there is even the "Smith & Smith Pillow Plumping Company" to ensure that she has a good night's slumber. Or could it be that her parents just want to sleep easy?

The theme of the absent parent is continued in Ottoline Goes to School in which she is sent off to boarding school. The parents of a lonely little school friend are summoned to the head's study for a dressing down because they hardly ever communicate with their own daughter and leave, red faced, with a "must do better" report.

Riddell's illustrations are a joy, especially when they extend to pages of comic strip style storyline. These are books that can be read to younger children but to which they can return when they are old enough to read them themselves - they are books to keep and cherish. The two our granddaughter brought were from the library but she loved them so much that has now requested her very own copies to "keep forever". We will be ordering them from Amazon for her sixth birthday.

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